Japan fears country on ‘brink of the brink’ of coronavirus surge

first_imgJapan is bracing for an explosive surge in coronavirus infections cases, senior government officials said, while continuing to resist calls to declare a state of emergency to fight the pandemic.“We are really continuing on the brink of the brink,” Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters Friday in Tokyo, one of several fresh warnings about the potential for a more widespread outbreak. Nishimura said that the government was concerned about the capital, where confirmed infections have more than doubled in a week to almost 700. Tokyo saw its biggest one-day tally of 97 on Thursday.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has come under increasing pressure to declare a state of emergency to contain the disease’s spread, with Rakuten founder Hiroshi Mikitani joining those urging such action. Abe told parliament Friday that the situation didn’t yet warrant an emergency declaration, but said he wouldn’t hesitate to do so when the time comes. Topics : While Japan was one of the first countries outside of the original epicenter in neighboring China to confirm a coronavirus infection, it has fared better than most, with about 2,600 reported cases as of Friday. That’s the lowest tally of any Group of Seven country, although Japan might be finding fewer mild cases because it has conducted a relatively small number of tests.Due to civil liberties protections enshrined in Japan’s postwar constitution, an emergency declaration wouldn’t give local governments power to clear the streets as China and some European countries have done. Still, it would increase their ability to procure essential materials and urge people to stay home.Besides Mikitani, who is one of Japan’s most prominent business leaders, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has also pushed for an emergency declaration. Hirofumi Yoshida — governor of the country’s second most populous city Osaka — said earlier this week that an emergency should be declared for his own prefecture as well as Tokyo, the Asahi newspaper reported.Abe urged people to cooperate with government recommendations to avoid more severe measures, telling parliament that 62 people infected with the virus were in serious condition as of Wednesday. The country has reported 63 deaths.Japan is at risk of a deepening recession due to the pandemic, a sales tax hike in October and the postponement of the Olympic Games. In the three months starting in April, some analysts see the economy shrinking more than 10 percent, the biggest plunge since Abe took the helm in 2012. If the Tokyo metropolitan area, which accounts for about one-third of the economy, heads into a lockdown, the damage would get even worse.Nishimura, the economy minister, also said the government was aiming to decide early next week on a stimulus package to support jobs and businesses. He said the government was considering cash handouts, as well as a variety of other fiscal, tax and deregulatory measures.last_img read more

St Vincent PM bats for single regional airline

first_imgPrime Minister Dr. Ralph GonsalvesKINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) – Caribbean aviation and transport ministers will meet in St Vincent on Tuesday to discuss a wide range of outstanding matters including the possibility of establishing a single regional airline, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonslaves has said.Gonsalves, speaking at a news conference, said that while his administration has no objection to the formation of a single airline to serve the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region, such initiatives in the past have not borne fruit. “At the end of this month, we are hosting here a meeting on air transportation in CARICOM….as you know there are many issues outstanding and as you know I am always amused that the people who are supposed to be thinking about public policy don’t look beyond the headlines”.He said five or six years ago, then prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Patrick Manning, dissolved BWIA, formed Caribbean Airlines (CAL) and paid off all their debts.But he said that in 201, CAL made a loss of US$44 million “and last year they made a loss in the sum of close to US$84 million.“That is plenty money in any language whatsoever and there is re-thinking of certain things and the call has been made by many persons for one Caribbean airline. “We have no problem with that,” he said, noting that the fine prints would need to be examined.“I am very mindful before BWIA was dissolved, BWIA took decisions where they simply cut off a lot of flights without notice to Barbados, which affected us here in the Eastern Caribbean and I see on more than one occasion where they have acted not consistent with our own transportation needs.“I am not going to leave the bone of LIAT for the shadow of something else. So I would like to see a complete revamping of air transportation in the region so that we can get all the relevant synergies,” he said.Gonsalves has been critical of Port of Spain for providing a subsidy to CAL which he said goes against the provisions of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs CARICOM.Caribbean Media Corporation Share Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet 52 Views   no discussions LifestyleNewsRegionalTravel St Vincent PM bats for single regional airline by: – April 30, 2013last_img read more

Revival of San Juaquin’s ‘pasungay’ pushed

first_imgSerag wants the National Commission forCulture and the Arts (NCCA) to declare the practice of pasungay as “a long-time practice and part of the culture andtradition of San Joaquinhons.” The festival was called off this yeardue to the animal cruelty claims of some animal welfare groups. ILOILO – A Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member is pushing for the resumptionof the century-old pasungay in SanJoaquin, Iloilo. “It is almost a year that pasungay had been called off, and untilnow we still do not have a clear explanation if it is legal or not,” SP memberMarcelo Valentin Serag of the first district said. Serag is hopeful that pasungay will be staged again this yearto showcase the culture, history, and legacy of San Joaquinhons to local andforeign tourists. (With a reportfrom PNA/PN) In line with this, Serag mulls to pass aresolution to the Department of Agriculture to revisit the Implementing Rulesand Regulations of the Animal Welfare Act and to “reevaluate its conformitywith the spirit of the Act, and if so warrants, to categorically state that pasungay is not covered by thedefinition or contemplation of prohibited animal fights for is not bullfightingper se and that is part of culture that will be afforded due respect andallowed to flourish.” “Despite the name, Pasungay in SanJoaquin is anything but bloodless. It is not a blood sport. The animal involveddo not attempt to head-butt nor attempt to use its horn to impale, puncture orpiece any part of the body of its opponent,” he said, citing Teodosio. This for it to “be allowed to flourishin a climate of freedom and responsibility true to the ideals of culture as ahuman right,” Serag said.center_img Serag has brought up the matter duringthe SP’s regular session. The move to pass a resolution for theNCCA was also encouraged by the Department of Tourism (DOT) 6 in WesternVisayas, as implored by the Sangguniang Bayan of San Joaquin in its resolutionnumber 2019-13. Pasungay – wherein carabaos owned by local farmers are pitted againsteach other for entertainment – is the highlight of the municipal fiesta of SanJoaquin held every Jan. 19. In his speech, Serag said then-Iloiloprovincial veterinarian Silvino Teodosio commented that bullfighting in SanJoaquin is not a blood sport but “is more of a wrestling match where each sidecomprises a bull and his human trainer.” “We want to open the issue again to seekhelp from the concerned agencies to help us bring back Pasungay,” he said. “The festival should be founded upon adefinite declaration of cultural significance for an argument favoring itscontinuity to succeed,” the DOT 6 said.last_img read more

Gerrard backs Sterling for England

first_imgLiverpool captain Steven Gerrard is convinced “frightening talent” Raheem Sterling is playing himself into contention for this summer’s World Cup. Press Association “Raheem has been in great form over the last couple of months and I’m sure Roy is watching him very closely,” Gerrard told the club’s official website. “The Arsenal game was an unbelievable performance from a guy of that age. I was just disappointed he didn’t go on and get his hat-trick. “His form of late has been sensational and if he continues that until the end of the season, we will see him at the World Cup.” Gerrard, though, concedes it is not only Sterling’s pace that is a major part of his armoury, but his strength despite his slender stature. “I don’t go near him in training because if I do, there is only one winner. He’s the toughest in our squad,” added Gerrard. “He just needs to keep learning and listening to Brendan Rodgers and the experienced players in the dressing room and believing in himself. If he does that, he’ll be all right. “I said to him before we played Everton (a 4-0 win at the end of January), ‘Put yourself in the full-back’s position – what doesn’t he want? He doesn’t want you to keep running at him’. “Raheem was relentless that night. He kept going and going. He gave the Everton full-backs a torrid afternoon and he did it to Arsenal. “Now he has to do it every week and get that consistency in his game. If he gets that consistency, he is going to be a frightening talent.” center_img The 19-year-old winger has been in stunning form of late, notably scoring a brace in the 5-1 Barclays Premier League demolition of Arsenal earlier this month. Gerrard feels Sterling is sure to have caught the eye of England boss Roy Hodgson, who will be mulling over the options for his squad ahead of the finals in Brazil. last_img read more

ABC: Hunter Biden Breaks his Silence

first_imgThe fourth televised Democrat debate gets underway tonight in Ohio and former Vice President Joe Biden is warning his Democrat rivals to stay away from the issue of Ukraine and Hunter Biden.Meanwhile, Biden’s son Hunter is speaking out on ABC this morning saying he made a mistake working with China and Ukraine.Former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter admits he used poor judgment, but says he did nothing improper by serving on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.The 49-year-old Biden talked with Good Morning America in his first on-camera interview since the House launched an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.House Democrats began the investigation after Trump asked the president of Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.last_img read more

Bounty handicap squash tournament launched

first_imgTHE Guyana Squash Association (GSA), in collaboration with its corporate sponsor Digicel, launched its 2017 season with the customary Bounty Farm Ltd Handicap Squash Tournament which started yesterday at the Georgetown Club courts.As usual there will be two categories, with the more skilled players participating in the Open category and the less skilled and younger players participating in Category A. This year more than sixty-six players have signed up to take part..Defending champion in the Open category, Jason-Ray Khalil, is away at school so Nyron Joseph starts with the most difficult handicap of -22.Some of the other players in this category and their handicaps are: Regan Pollard -14, Deje Dias -2, Joseph Mekdeci +4, Taylor Fernandes +4, Dennis Dias +10, Alex Cheeks +3, Daniel Islam +3, Adam Alves +7, David Fernandes +10, Michael Atherley +10, Javid Rahaman +5 and Medhi Ramdhani +7.In Category A, defending champion Samuel Ince-Carvalhal starts with a -8 handicap while other top-ranked players are Mohyryan Baksh, Abosaide Cadogan, Kirsten Gomes, Madison Fernandes, Aliyah Persaud, Paige Fernandes, Demetrius De Abreu and Gianni Carpenter.All matches are best-of-three and action starts each evening at 18:00hrs. The finals of all the categories are set for February 19 starting at 11:00hrs.last_img read more

Badgers-Spartans III

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoCHICAGO — For the third time in 17 days, the No. 3-ranked Wisconsin Badgers will face the Michigan State Spartans. And after two close games, it’s understandable if some of the UW players aren’t exactly hyped to see MSU once again come Friday.”I’m kind of getting sick and tired of seeing the green and white,” UW senior guard Kammron Taylor said. “But whatever we have to do to get to the championship — we’re just going to have to get after them.”Michigan State, the No. 7 seed, advanced to the second round of the Big Ten Tournament Thursday with a 62-57 win over Northwestern, as Wisconsin rested with the bye that comes with being the No. 2 seed. MSU’s (22-10 overall, 8-8 Big Ten) victory sets up a grudge match with UW (27-4, 13-3) Friday evening.Wisconsin and Michigan State split the regular season series with each team winning on its respective home floor. However, this matchup will come on a neutral site at the United Center in Chicago.Nevertheless, both the Badgers and Spartans are expecting a gritty, hard-fought game similar to the first two contests.”They were both great games — they came to down to the wire,” Spartans guard Drew Neitzel said. “It’s two great teams battling it out.”Neitzel scored a game-high 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting (5-of-7 from 3-point range) against Northwestern Thursday and figures to be a tough matchup for Wisconsin once again.”I really don’t want to have to guard [Neitzel] again; I don’t know if Mike does,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said of junior guard Michael Flowers, a Big Ten all-defensive team selection who had the assignment of guarding Neitzel the first two games.Those first two games against the Badgers saw Neitzel average 25 points and five 3-pointers made per game. With his recent success against Wisconsin, Neitzel is hoping he can do much of the same this time around.”[Flowers] is a great defender, but at the same time I’ve had some good games against him this year,” Neitzel said. “He’s challenged me. None of my shots have been easy, and I think it’s going to be another tough game [Friday].”But whereas the Badgers may be sick of matching up with the pesky Spartans, Michigan State welcomes the idea of facing a team it has had recent success against.Following the 64-55 upset victory over then-No.1 Wisconsin in the first meeting, Michigan State lost by only two points the second game as the Badgers needed some late-game heroics by Taylor to capture the 52-50 win.After surviving a late Northwestern run Thursday afternoon, Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo knows he has little to do to get his team familiar with Wisconsin for Friday’s game.”We need to get as much rest as we can possibly get,” Izzo said after the Northwestern game. “The nice thing is I don’t think we don’t need a lot of prep time — we just played [Wisconsin].”And Izzo rejects the notion that his team needs to make a run in the Big Ten Tournament to make the NCAA Tournament. He thinks Michigan State did enough in the regular season — namely in its most recent performances against Wisconsin — to make the Big Dance.”I thought our merit of work was earned before we came here; I really did,” Izzo said. “If you look at what we’ve done, I continually say our effect on what we did in the Big Ten, I think it is and was enough.”But you never know.”Either way, both Wisconsin and Michigan State know Friday’s second-round game will be a solid game.”It’s been a great rivalry, especially in the Big Ten,” Neitzel said. “So I think it’s going to be a great game.”last_img read more

Seniors’ journey nearing end

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThree Badgers. Three seniors. All 300 pounds.Only three games left together.Eric Vandenheuvel (right tackle), Kraig Urbik (right guard) and Andy Kemp (left guard) have a total of 110 starts and over 970 pounds among them. They’ve been to three bowl games and have exceeded expectations since day one.Needless to say, it’s been a long, four-year trek for this talented trio, one that none of them truly expected as high school football players.“Things came into perspective when Kraig started getting scouted,” Vandenheuvel, a Hudson High School graduate said. “We played next to each other a couple times in high school. My coach told me I had a chance to play at Wisconsin with Kriag, and I was kind of surprised at first because I didn’t consider myself that good of an athlete in high school.”Like most teenage athletes, playing Division I athletics was always a goal for these three linemen. But playing Wisconsin football took things to an entirely separate level for each.“My family was always big Badger fans,” Vandenheuvel said. “I’ve got a lot of family in Green Bay and they’re all Badger fans, so this was definitely a dream come true for me.”“It was always my goal to move on every place I was, from flag football to YMCA football,” Kemp added. “When I got to high school, I was one of the bigger guys in the Fox Valley. It was one of my goals to play in college. After my sophomore and junior years, it became a reality to me. It’s been a heck of a journey since.”That journey started off similarly for all three. Urbik redshirted in 2004. In ’05, all three linemen lettered during their rookie campaigns. In 2006, the trio started in all 13 of Wisconsin’s games, a season in which the Badgers finished 12-1 and running back P.J. Hill was named National Freshman of the Year, as he rushed for 1,569 yards, an impossible feat without dominant big boys up front.“It’s a great feeling knowing that you’re part of an offense with the tradition of a running game, the tradition of o-linemen,” Urbik said. “But you can’t just show up and expect to be part of that tradition; you’ve got to keep building on it. I think Andy, Vandy and I have definitely tried to establish that over the last four years, keep that tradition going and teach some of the young guys about it, too.”“There’s a sense of pride for all of us on the offensive line,” Vandenheuvel added. “We’re supposed to be the rock, the center of the offense. I think we’ve succeeded in doing that. It’s taken a lot of work for four years, but it’s good to see our hard work come to fruition.”According to the trio, Urbik is the brain of the bunch, Kemp is the talker and Vandenheuvel is the quiet, passive one. They’re three very different people, but as a unit, they’ve made great strides and will certainly leave their mark on the coveted Wisconsin football program. Their individual successes — like Urbik’s 45-game consecutive start streak that came to an end this season — have come from the camaraderie and chemistry they’ve established throughout their time while playing for the cardinal and white.“We know each other pretty well, we hang out,” Urbik said. “We know a lot of details about each other’s lives and what not. That’s definitely helped us out on the o-line because we know we can count on each other, and we have each other’s backs.”“We’ve all been playing together for a while,” Kemp added. “[Kraig and Eric] played together in high school, and this is kind of like back in high school.“We’re a tight-knit group. Basically we’re just having a good time, having fun.”As their final season winds down, the team’s current 4-5 record has been an unfathomable disappointment for all three seniors. But looking back, they know they’ll have plenty of memories to reminisce about.“This year has been one of the biggest when it’s all sunk in,” Kemp said. “I know I talk to Vandy on Friday nights — he and I room together. Looking at where we were in high school, it’s like, ‘Wow, we’ve been starting for Wisconsin the last three years.’ It finally has sunk in. Now we’ve just got to finish out right this year.”With just three regular season games remaining, Andy, Vandy and Kraig’s time as Badgers is rapidly coming to an end. All three have a legitimate chance to play in the NFL next season, but paychecks and Sundays remain distant in all of their minds.“[We’ve talked about it] a little bit, but it’s first things first,” Vandenheuvel said. “We’ve still got three games left. We’ll talk about that when the time comes, but we do know it’s an option.”I try not to focus on it all because I’ve got so much stuff to worry about like school and the rest of this season,” Urbik added. “It’s something that’s there, but I’ll just deal with it after this season.”“It’s in the back of your mind, but all three of us are concentrating on this team and nothing else,” Kemp concluded. “We’re just concentrating on Wisconsin football, leaving this team and going out with a bang.”That bang won’t be a BCS bowl game or a Big Ten title, like they had initially hoped, but Urbik, Kemp and Vandenheuvel know that when it’s all said and done, they have no reason to hang their heads.“This is what we’ve been working for since high school, middle school — our whole lives,” Vandenheuvel said. “It all came down to this, our senior season when you’re supposed to shine.“I think we’re playing the hardest we ever have.”last_img read more

Colby Covington makes special Trump Tower visit before UFC 245 fight, promises to win

first_imgLast Updated: 11th December, 2019 22:53 IST Colby Covington Makes Special Trump Tower Visit Before UFC 245 Fight, Promises To Win Colby Covington visited the Trump Tower before fighting Kamaru Usman at the UFC 245 main event. Watch the video of Covington’s recent visit and meeting. COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Raj Sarkar Also Read | Democrats Unveil Two Impeachment Charges Against Donald TrumpUFC 245: Colby Covington visits the Trump TowerColby Covington shares a great relationship with USA President Donald Trump and he has always been vocal about admiring him. After getting his hands on the interim title, Covington visited the President and the duo shared pictures of their meeting on various social media platforms. Now, when Covington is going to fight for a real title at UFC 245, he made a visit to the Trump Tower once again.The welterweight title challenger had a great time in the President’s residence as he met the entire Trump family. Donald Trump Jr and Colby Covington are often found interacting even on social media. A few days back, Covington took an active part in the promotions of Trump Jr’s book launch and the relationship continues as we head towards UFC 245. Take a look at Colby Covington’s visit to the Trump Tower. First Published: 11th December, 2019 22:53 IST Also Read | UFC: Conor McGregor Defends Jose Aldo’s Bantamweight Debut At UFC 245UFC 245: Main card fightsKamaru Usman (C) vs Colby Covington (welterweight title)Max Holloway (C) vs Alexander Volkanovski (featherweight title)Amanda Nunes vs Germaine de Randamie (women’s bantamweight title)Marlon Moraes vs Jose Aldo (bantamweight bout)Petr Yan vs Urijah Faber (bantamweight bout)Also Read | UFC: Kamaru Usman Takes Potshots At Colby Covington Ahead Of UFC 245Also Read | UFC: Corey Anderson Set To Quit If Not Given Fight With Jon Jonescenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington is going to headline the main event of UFC 245 as he goes against Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title on December 15, 2020. The American fighter is ready for the fight and as usual, he made a visit to the famous ’Trump Tower’ before going one-on-one against ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’. The interim welterweight champion of UFC is a huge fan of US President Donald Trump and he has often credited him for his success. As usual, the ‘Chaos’ believes that he will definitely win his upcoming fight and he won’t let the President down. LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Great Barrier Reef damaged in ‘unprecedented bleaching’

first_imgAerial surveys have revealed that unprecedented coral bleaching in consecutive years has damaged two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.The bleaching-or loss of algae- affects a 1,500 km  (900 miles) stretch of the reef, according to scientists.The latest damage is concentrated in the middle section, whereas last year’s bleaching it mainly north.According to BBC News, experts fear the proximity of the two events will give damaged coral little chance to recover.Mass Coral Bleaching Coral bleaching is caused by rising water temperatures resulting from two natural warm currents .It is exacerbated by man-made climate change, as the oceans are absorbing about 93% of the increase in the Earth’s heat.Bleaching happens when corals under stress drive out the algae known as zooxanthellae that give them color.The latest damage happened without the assistance of El Nino, a weather pattern previously associated with bleaching events.The UN says it is the “most bio diverse” of all the World Heritage sites, and of all the World Heritage sites, and of “enormous scientific and intrinsic importance”.last_img read more