Japan Olympic Committee deputy head says he has coronavirus

first_imgJapanese officials insist that the summer Games — due to start in July — will take place as scheduled despite rising speculation that it might be postponed or even cancelled due to the virus.Tashima said he had been on a business trip since February 28, first heading to Belfast to attend the annual general meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB).From March 2, he visited Amsterdam for a Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) meeting to give a presentation on Japan’s bid for the 2023 women’s World Cup.And On March 3, he attended a general meeting of the same body. Japan Olympic Committee deputy chief Kozo Tashima said Tuesday he had contracted coronavirus, as doubts increase over whether Tokyo can safely host the Summer Games.”Today, my test result showed positive for the new coronavirus,” Tashima said in a statement, issued via the Japan Football Association, which he also heads.”I have a mild fever. Examinations showed a symptom of pneumonia, but I’m fine. I will concentrate on treatment following doctors’ advice,” he said. Topics :center_img “In Amsterdam and in Europe in early March, the level of nervousness against the novel coronavirus was not the same as now,” he said in the statement.”Everyone was still doing hugs, handshakes and bises (cheek kissing).” He then travelled to the United States to watch the Japanese women’s team in action and to lobby for the women’s World Cup, before returning home on March 8.”In the United States, too, the sense of crisis about the novel coronavirus was not as serious as now,” he said.Staff at the Japan FA have been working from home as a precaution against the virus, but Tashima said he went to the association building several times last week and attended meetings.He began feeling chills and experienced a mild fever from Sunday. He went to a local public health centre on Monday and told them about his travel history.During the UEFA gatherings, Tashima said he saw Swiss and Serbian football chiefs, who have tested positive for the virus, although he added it was not clear how he contracted the infection.His positive test came out on Tuesday.”I have chosen to face the illness as so many people are doing in Japan and around the world,” he said, adding that he hoped his decision would help eradicate the stigma attached to the infection.His announcement came as the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee said it would scale down festivities related to the Olympic torch relay to prevent further spread of the virus.The flame, which has already been lit in Greece, will arrive in northern Japan on Friday, with the torch relay slated to start on March 26 from Fukushima.Chief executive Toshiro Muto told reporters that the Fukushima “grand start” would take place without spectators “in order to prevent the spread of infections”.Any spectators who are feeling unwell will be asked not to watch from the roadside and torch-bearers with high temperatures will be barred from taking part, Tokyo 2020 organizers said.”Please be careful to avoid forming crowds,” organisers urged, saying the program could be changed in the event of “excessive congestion”.Ceremonies to mark the flame’s arrival at its final destination each day, as well as departure ceremonies, will take place without fans.So-called “welcome programs” by local municipalities will be scrapped.The flame is set to arrive on March 20 in Miyagi prefecture north of Tokyo, following the traditional lighting ceremony in Greece which took place without spectators.Only 100 accredited guests from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee were allowed to attend the ceremony, whereas 700 had originally planned to attend.Greece cancelled its leg of the torch relay after large crowds gathered to see the flame, despite repeated pleas to stay away.Hollywood actor Gerard Butler, who starred as the ancient Spartan King Leonidas in the movie “300”, was mobbed as he lit a cauldron in the city of Sparta.Japan also decided not to send a delegation to the Olympic flame handover ceremony in Greece later this week due to virus concerns, local media said.The delegation, including Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori and Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto, had been scheduled to attend the ceremony on Thursday in Athenslast_img read more

India political activist arrested for selling cow urine to combat virus

first_imgLast week, dozens of Hindu activists held a cow urine party in the capital New Delhi where they staged fire rituals and drank urine from earthen cups in order to fight the COVID-19.Critics have rejected the urine claims as quackery.A milk trader in the same state was arrested Tuesday for selling cow urine and dung and claiming they “would keep the novel coronavirus at bay”, senior police officer from Hooghly district Humayan Kabir told AFP.Kabir said the trader, Sheikh Masud, was selling cow urine at 500 Indian rupees (US$6.69) a liter and cow dung at 400 rupees a kilogram Masud, who hung a poster at his shop with the words “Drink cow urine to ward off coronavirus” told police he was inspired to sell the excrement after hearing about the Delhi party.AFP has sought comment from the Ministry of Health on whether cow dung and cow urine are effective in curing COVID-19.The World Health Organization in India has also been contacted for comment over the urine and dung claims.The government said Wednesday there have been 151 positive cases and three deaths from the virus in India, the world’s second-most populous country with 1.3 billion people.Most schools, entertainment facilities including cinemas, and even the iconic Taj Mahal have already been closed in India to try and stop the spread of the outbreak. An activist with India’s ruling party has been arrested after a volunteer fell ill from drinking cow urine at a party to combat the novel coronavirus, police said Wednesday, as interest grows in home remedies amid the pandemic.Narayan Chatterjee, a Bharatiya Janata Party activist, was arrested by West Bengal state police late Tuesday for “organizing the cow urine consumption event and compelling a civic volunteer to drink cow urine”, Kolkata police chief Anuj Sharma told AFP.”The civic volunteer fell sick on Tuesday and lodged a complaint with the police. The BJP activist was arrested on Tuesday night.” The president of BJP’s West Bengal branch told AFP Chatterjee’s arrest was “unfortunate”.”India is a democratic country. Everyone has the right to express his opinion,” Dilip Ghosh said.”It’s unfortunate that Chatterjee was arrested for expressing his opinion organizing the event. We don’t know if the civic volunteer was forced to drink cow urine.”Many in the Hindu-majority nation of 1.3 billion consider cows sacred and believe drinking cow urine is a panacea for all manner of ailments, from arthritis and asthma to cancer and diabetes.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Buyers are searching for homes among Cornubia’s bushland

first_img266 California Creek Rd, CornubiaLARGE blocks that make the most of Cornubia’s surrounding bushland are in high demand, a local real estate agent says.Elders Real Estate Shailer Park sales representative Joel Ruge said people who bought acreage properties in the suburb liked the extra privacy that came with them.“They all like the fact that they’ve got plenty of space around their homes but they are still only five minutes from the centre of everything,” Mr Ruge said.He recently sold a 5720sq m block at 266 California Creek Rd for $735,000.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020266 California Creek Rd, CornubiaMr Ruge said the six-bedroom house backed onto bushland and was visited regularly by wallabies, which gave it a private and peaceful feel.“(It was) a local family who bought the property,” he said.“They lived on a more traditional lot size, now they are just loving all the space.”He said the market was strong in the area at the moment.“We’ve got some other great acreage options that are coming onto the market,” Mr Ruge said.According to the latest CoreLogic market trends data, the median sale price for a house at Cornubia was $610,000.last_img read more

Nordic roundup: DIP/JØP administration merger, KLP

first_imgTwo of Denmark’s labour-market pension funds for professionals – engineers’ fund DIP and lawyers and economists’ fund JØP – are merging their administrative operations to cut costs.The pension funds said they would put all of their administration together into one joint organisation covering their 76,000 members, from 15 June this year.DIP has more than DKK35bn (€4.7bn) in assets under management, while JØP has more than DKK65bn.Anders Eldrup, chairman of JØP’s trustee board, said: “The amalgamation will give our members an even better pension scheme.” He said that, together, the two pension funds would be the best joint provider in the growing market for academic sector pension funds.“This is a proactive cooperation, which will contribute to the consolidation in the market and give the best offering to members in terms of investments, products and services,” he said.Members of DIP and JØP will continue to belong to the two independent pension funds and keep their savings and investments within those funds, the two parties said.The funds will also continue to have their own trustee boards, assets and customer identities.Two years ago, DIP and JØP merged their investment operations, saying the move was a natural consequence of their close cooperation with each other over many years.The single investment department has since been led by the heads of both pension funds.In 2006, the two pension funds moved into the same building and, some time after that, started to use a single system for all their members.In other news, Norwegian public service pension fund KLP reported a 100% rise in contributions last year after municipalities continued to transfer their pensions to the scheme.Contributions – excluding reserves that had been transferred into the scheme – climbed to NOK62.5bn (€7.2bn) in 2014 from NOK30.9bn the year before.Sverre Thornes, group chief executive, said: “It has been difficult to accept such a large inflow as we had in 2014, and so it’s gratifying the feedback from our customers is good.”In all, the transfers will mean an increase in premium reserves of NOK30bn and 156,000 additional pension scheme members, KLP said.KLP’s business is continuing to swell as a result of moves by Storebrand and DnB Livsforsikring to withdraw from the Norwegian public occupational pensions market.This has left KLP as the only provider in the sector, although Norwegian public bodies do have the option of setting up their own pension funds for their staff.KLP said that, in 2014, a total of 58 local authorities and 203 public businesses had transferred their pensions to it.So far this year, a further 15 municipalities transferred in, which means KLP now has 418 of Norway’s 446 municipalities and counties as public sector earnings-related pension customers.The pension fund posted a book return of 4.3% for 2014, down from 6.4% in 2013, and a value-adjusted return of 6.9%, up from 6.7%.Shares, traded bonds and property were the main contributors to the returns.Equities produced a 13% return in the year, while traded bonds generated a return of 8.4% and property returned 6.9%.Group assets under management rose to NOK491bn by the end of December 2014, from NOK399bn.last_img read more

Typhoon ‘Ambo’: Portions of Iloilo, Capiz under signal No. 1

first_imgMANILA – The northeastern portions of Iloilo and Capiz were placed under tropical cyclone signal No. 1 due to Typhoon “Ambo” late afternoon yesterday. “Ambo” made landfall at around 12:15 p.m. yesterday at the San Policarpio town in Eastern Samar, packing maximum sustained winds of 155 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 190 kph. FIRST STORM OF 2020. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration senior weather specialist Christopher Perez gives an update on Typhoon “Ambo” at the PAGASA Weather and Flood Forecasting Center in Quezon City. PNA PHOTO Other areas under signal No. 1 were Oriental Mindoro, eastern portion of Pangasinan, the rest of Quezon, the rest of Batangas, northern portion of Leyte, Metro Manila, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, Bataan, Pampanga, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Tarlac, and Zambales. Under signal No. 3 were Sorsogon, Albay, Masbate including Ticao and Burias islands, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, southernmost portion of Quezon, northern Samar, northern portion of Eastern Samar, and Biliran.center_img Intermittent rains were expected in the next 36 hours, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in its 5 p.m. weather bulletin. Signal No. 2 was hoisted on the southern portion of Quezon, Marinduque, Romblon, Laguna, southeastern portion of Batangas, northernmost portion of Leyte, the rest of Samar, and Eastern Samar. “Ambo”, the first typhoon to enter the country this year, is expected to weaken over the weekend and will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Monday evening, according to PAGASA./PNlast_img read more

Ryder roles for Torrance and Smyth

first_img Press Association “Sam is a man who has probably had the most influence on me in terms of playing team golf in my career. “Being my first captain in the Ryder Cup in 2002, I learned a huge amount from him and have continued to do so over the years. “Since those early days, our relationship has grown to see us become firm friends and, living not far apart, we see a lot of each other socially as well.” McGinley played under Torrance and holed the winning putt at The Belfry in 2002, while Smyth was a vice-captain under Ian Woosnam for the record-equalling win at the K Club in 2006. A further two vice-captains will be chosen later in the year, with McGinley waiting to see how his 12-man team is shaping up before making an announcement. European captain Paul McGinley today named Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as his first two vice-captains for September’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. The Dubliner often plays golf against Torrance at Sunningdale and has made no secret of his admiration for the Scot’s handling of the captaincy after the 12-month postponement caused by the 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. “We won at The Belfry because of one reason, captain Sam Torrance,” McGinley said in 2012. “There’s no doubt about it and anyone on that team would tell you why.” United States captain Tom Watson has already named Andy North and Ray Floyd as his vice-captains for the biennial contest from September 26-28. McGinley said: “I am delighted to officially unveil Des and Sam as two of my vice captains for the Ryder Cup. “As well as being good friends, they are two guys that I greatly admire both personally and professionally and I know they will be vital assets to me in Scotland in September. “They were the first two people I had in mind for this role when I was appointed captain and, since then, I have talked to a lot of the experienced European players about having them as part of the team and, to a man, they have been very supportive of the idea. “Des took me under his wing when I was a young rookie on Tour and he gave me tremendous advice which was not only valuable then but has continued to ring true for me throughout my professional career. “His views and ideas about the Ryder Cup particularly have consistently proved to be spot on and I really enjoyed working with him as a vice captain in 2006 when I was a player. last_img read more

City to know European fate on Monday

first_img(BBC) – Manchester City will learn on Monday whether their appeal against a two-year ban from European club competitions has been successful.City appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) issued the ban in February.The CFCB ruled the club had committed “serious breaches” of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations between 2012 and 2016.They were also fined 30 million euros (£25M).City immediately signalled their intention to appeal to CAS. They believe the CFCB was not independent and ended up being distrustful of it, partly due to the amount of secretive information the club felt was leaked to the media.They are adamant that what they consider an independent judiciary will clear them.“We are ready,” said manager Pep Guardiola yesterday.“I have a lot of confidence and trust with the people that we will be allowed to play the Champions League because we want to be on the field during these years.”Their appeal began in June and has been heard by three CAS lawyers in private video conferences.Unless the club are successful, they will not be able to participate in Europe’s flagship competition next season and will be prevented from playing in the annual UEFA Super Cup if they win this season’s delayed Champions League.City face Real Madrid in their Champions League last-16 second leg at Etihad Stadium on either August 7 or 8.They lead 2-1 from the first leg in Madrid and will face Juventus or Lyon in the quarter-finals, which will be held in Lisbon, if they progress.last_img read more

Doheny library evacuated after suspect flees inside

first_imgDiana Kruzman and Oksana Trifonova contributed to this report. A suspect fled from police after engaging in lewd behavior in Doheny Memorial Library Saturday afternoon, prompting the building’s evacuation and a two hour attempt to apprehend the suspect inside.Police reported around 3:35 p.m, a female called on an emergency line saying someone had attacked her. The victim was reportedly a Japanese international student.According to the Department of Public Safety, the suspect, who was a non-USC affiliated male in his thirties, approached the student in the Library  and showed her lewd photos. The student made the call to police after getting away from the suspect.Upon arrival, police initially had difficulty detaining the suspect and an officer suffered an injury to his hand in the process, according to dispatch. DPS then made the decision to evacuate the library as a precautionary measure. The suspect was found on the third floor and detained at approximately 5:15 p.m. He had entered the library during public hours.“I’ve been here 10 years and we’ve never had an incident like this,” said DPS Chief John Thomas.A previous version of this article stated that the victim was assaulted. An initial police report said there was an attack on the victim, but police later confirmed that there was no attack or injuries involved.The suspect’s description has been removed following the conclusion of the investigation. last_img read more

Malachi Richardson and Tyler Lydon key 2nd-half run that propels Syracuse to victory over BC

first_img Published on February 14, 2016 at 3:02 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Related Stories Storify: Syracuse community reacts to win against Boston CollegeFast Reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 75-61 win against Boston CollegeGrade Syracuse’s performance against Boston College and vote for the player of the game CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Tyler Lydon clenched his fists as he ran up the court. He had spent the last couple of seconds begging for a pass as he stood wide open on the perimeter. And when he caught the ball in transition, he connected on a shot that all but put Boston College out of reach.Throughout the first 27 minutes of SU’s game at BC, there was no such certainty. The two teams had traded leads, and the league’s worst team was giving SU its best effort.But Lydon’s shot came amid a 16-2 game-defining run for Syracuse. And it put distance in a game the Eagles, winless in conference play, had little business being in.“I feel way more confident in my game,” Lydon said. “I’m just playing more aggressive. I’m playing a lot better.”Lydon scored 10 of his 20 points during that run, and Malachi Richardson added the other six as the two freshmen combined to bring Syracuse (18-8, 8-5 Atlantic Coast) to life in its 75-61 win over Boston College (7-18, 0-12) at Conte Forum on Sunday. The Orange shot just 3-of-13 from behind the arc in the first half, but Lydon and Richardson combined to make four during the run as the Orange made 8-of-10 in the second half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHead coach Jim Boeheim said Syracuse got the 3-point looks it wanted in the first half, but BC’s Matt Milon had 20 points, a career-high, and the Orange couldn’t keep any separation with its poor shooting.“We were playing pretty well (in the first half), doing everything pretty well on both ends of the court,” Boeheim said. “But we’re up three because we’re 3-for-13. We have to make 3s.”With the shot clock winding down with 13:02 to play, Richardson held the ball being heavily guarded by Daryl Hicks. But he did a cross-over move and faded away as he made a 3-pointer falling to the ground.The next play he knifed through the defense to find Lydon, who laid in a wide-open attempt. After he found Lydon two minutes later, Richardson started running back on defense before it even went in.“I knew it was good before I even threw it to him,” Richardson said. “He was rhythm, he was wide open and he had just got a couple buckets. I knew it was going in.”When the run was over, it had spanned just four minutes and nine seconds of game time. Syracuse was up, 60-45 — a lead that would never get to less than nine the rest of the way.There have been long stretches this season where Lydon has been hesitant to shoot. On Sunday, he was begging for the ball. There have been stretches this season where Richardson has been unable to make shots. On Sunday, he hit big ones while being heavily guarded and created five more makes with his passing.It added up to a win with the 14-point final margin being the exact difference in SU’s second-half run. And SU’s star freshmen were at the heart of it.“We did the things we had to do today to win,” Boeheim said. “It really came down to making some shots in the second half. And that’s what we did. If we hadn’t, we’d still be out there playing, or we wouldn’t win.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Photos: Nyantakyi unites with Countryman Songo at KABA’s memorial

first_imgTwo rivals in the sports fraternity were united at the one-week celebration of ace broadcaster, Kwadwo Asare Baffuor Acheampong also known as KABA. President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi and his avowed critic, Patrick Osei Agyemang commonly known as Countryman Songo embraced and danced to demonstrate their unity to the excitement of the crowd at the one-week celebration of the late presenter.This comes after President of the GFA launched a $2m libel suit against Multimedia Group Limited (MGL) for allegedly being described on its platforms as the ‘head of a mafia’. Nyantakyi, who is also Vice President of Confederation of African Football (CAF), sued two of its journalists, Patrick Osei Agyeman and Kofi Asare Brako also known as Abatay (who now works with Atinka FM) for consistently defaming him for years on the Multimedia Group owned radio station Asempa FM.Nyantakyi claimed Asempa FM – a local-language FM station owned by MGL – tarnished his image in a series of broadcasts involving both journalists.But the neutrality and professionalism of KABA though no more was able to unite these two who had vowed never to see eye-to-eye. Mr Nyantakyi after expressing his condolence to the late KABA’s family and the Multimedia Group also donated ¢2000 and 20 boxes of bottled water to support the funeral of the late Asempa FM presenter.The families of KABA and those of Valentina are here with a unity of purpose – to give a befitting one week to the departed soul of the once bubbly broadcaster.last_img read more