Creighton and Boyd make further inroads in Belfast

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On brink of coronavirus crisis, Japan PM offers masks, gets social media roasting

first_img“I am wearing one too, but these cloth masks are not disposable,” Abe said. “You can use soap to wash and re-use them, so this should be a good response to the sudden, huge demand for masks,” he said, noting domestic production of disposable masks would likely rise to 700 million in April from 600 million last month.Twitter users were scathing, with the hashtag “#AbeMask” the top trend early on Thursday. “Is the Japanese government for real? This is a total waste of tax money,” wrote a user with the handle Usube.Government ministers including Abe have said it was not yet time to declare a state of emergency that would provide authorities more legal clout to tell residents to stay home, close schools and take other steps, but would not allow penalties in most cases for those who defy the requests.Though small compared with outbreaks in the United States, Europe and China, coronavirus infections are on the rise in Japan – with some 2,500 confirmed cases as of Thursday morning and 70 deaths – prompting growing expressions of concern among social media users. Abe first appeared in public wearing a mask on Tuesday. He wore a loose cloth mask for parliamentary committee meetings the following day, sitting beside Finance Minister Taro Aso, who appeared visibly uncomfortable in a disposable paper mask and removed it to talk – in contravention of recommended procedures.After news of the offer, some Twitter users posted doctored photographs of Abe wearing two masks, one over his mouth and another over his eyes. Others listed nations that are distributing subsidies to each household and said they’d rather just get money.The offer of two masks per household also attracted scorn.”If your family has more than two people, what are you supposed to do – fight over them?” posted user Yosuke.The proposal also came in for caustic satire in yet another subtitled version of the global meme based on the German war film “Downfall”. The clip, which shows a distraught Adolf Hitler being told, “This is not an April Fool’s joke”, had 1 million views as of Thursday morning, and was retweeted by the Japanese Communist Party’s second-in-command, Akira Koike. Facing calls to declare a coronavirus state of emergency, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was flamed on social media on Thursday for instead offering people free cloth masks, pointing to growing frustration for some over his handling of the crisis.Abe’s offer of masks – two per household – came the day after experts had warned Japan was on the brink of a medical crisis as cases rose around the nation, especially in Tokyo. The prime minister said on Wednesday Japan was “barely holding the line” in its battle against the virus.The prime minister launched his offer to send cloth masks out while wearing one at a meeting of a government task force late on Wednesday. The masks will be sent to each of Japan’s more than 50 million households starting the week after next, with areas seeing a spike in cases getting priority.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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FIFA relaxes rules on release of players for internationals

first_imgClubs will not  be obliged to release their players if there is a mandatory quarantine in the country where the club is based,in the country where the international will take place or there are travel restrictions between the two locations and there are no specific exemptions for the players. The ruling applies to the men’s international window from August 31 to September 8 and the women’s window from September 14-22.FIFA had already decided that internationals in those slots  could only take place in Europe.  FIFA on Monday relaxed the rules on the release of players for the upcoming international window “in light of the recent evolution of the coronavirus pandemic”.Clubs are usually obliged to release players to national teams during those parts of the calendar reserved for international games, however quarantine rules in many countries will make travel impractical, FIFA said in a statement.”Many national governments have again implemented travel and immigration restrictions due to a renewed increase in COVID-19 infections. Some of these measures directly impact international competition, such as mandatory periods of quarantine or self-isolation and travel restrictions,” the statement explained.  Topics :last_img read more

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Jonathan Dinzeyi ‘really excited’ to join Arsenal after being released by Tottenham

first_imgJonathan Dinzeyi ‘really excited’ to join Arsenal after being released by Tottenham Advertisement Former Tottenham defender Jonathan Dinzeyi has completed a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal new boy Jonathan Dinzeyi says he’s ‘really excited’ to embark on a new chapter of his career after being released by Tottenham earlier this summer.The 20-year-old centre-back became the fourth player to join Arsenal’s academy ranks over the last week following the arrivals of George Lewis, Salah-Eddine and Tim Akinola. Dinzeyi, capped by England at Under-18 level, failed to break into Spurs’ first-team under Mauricio Pochettino or Jose Mourinho and was let go by the north London club last month. Comment Dinzeyi has been capped by England’s U19sDinzeyi will join up with Arsenal’s Under-23 squad and the youngster is looking forward to teaming up with the likes of Tyreece John-Jules and Folarin Balogun.‘I’ve played against them a few times and they’re really good. ‘I’m looking forward to playing with them this time!’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 ArsenalThe defender added: ‘Right now I just want to start as many games as possible with the Under-23s and in the long run hopefully be involved in some cup fixtures with the first team. ‘Who knows what could happen after that? It’s just about proving myself with the Under-23s right now and taking any opportunity that’s given to me.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal transfer target Philippe Coutinho speaks out on his future after winning Champions LeagueMORE: Arsenal’s £27m signing William Saliba billed as mix of Virgil van Dijk and Raphael Varane by former coach Arsenal academy boss Per Mertesacker is overseeing a recruitment drive this summer (Picture: Getty)Asked to describe his playing style, he replied: ‘I’m a ball-playing centre-half. ‘I love to tackle and win headers and keeping clean sheets for me is vital. If I don’t then it really hurts me. ‘I just love doing my job.’ Metro Sport ReporterMonday 24 Aug 2020 2:54 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 The young centre-back is raring to go with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s academy, led by Per Mertesacker, have been on a recruitment drive this summer and immediately made their interest known when it became clear Dinzeyi would be leaving their bitter rivals. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It’s a great feeling,’ Dinzeyi told Arsenal’s official website. ‘Arsenal is a massive club and they were actually the first club I supported as a child. ‘They have a great history and with the new manager coming in who likes to play a lot of young players, I think it’s a great opportunity for me to show the fans and the coaching staff what I’m about. ‘I’m really excited to get started now.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

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Queensland’s best holiday homes — where your kids would rather be these school holidays

first_imgOceans Edge, Port Douglas, is one of the tops picks for school holiday homes in Queensland. Picture supplied.EVER wondered where you’d end up if you let the kids pick your holiday destination?With school holidays underway in Queensland, new research by holiday rental site Stayz® has revealed the top holiday destinations in the state and the ultimate holiday homes for families.The findings of the Stayz Kidpinion Study reveal 95 per cent of kids are having a say in where the family goes on holiday, with technology driving the inspiration.According to our little darlings, the ultimate family getaway involves everything from palm trees to poolside rentals and theme parks to tree houses.Here are their top picks in Queensland and why:Bedarra Island Treetop Hideaway, Bedarra Island — Treehouse stay— Pool— BeachBedarra Island Treetop Hideaway, Bedarra Island. Picture supplied.Pavilion In Kewarra, Kewarra Beach— Pool— Fish pond— Close to the beach— Three bedrooms so everyone has their own spacePavilion in Kewarra, Kewarra Beach. Picture supplied.Hamptons Beachfront, Gold Coast— Pool— Beach— Close to theme parks— Five bedrooms so everyone has their own spaceHamptons Beachfront, Gold Coast, is one of Queensland’s top holiday homes according to kids. Picture supplied.Noosa Waterfront, Noosa— Pool— Water activities— Close to the beach— Four bedrooms so everyone has their own spaceNoosa Waterfront, Noosa, is one of the top picks in Queensland for school holiday homes. Picture supplied.Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox hereLake House Waterfront, Noosa Heads. Picture supplied.Lake House Waterfront, Noosa HeadsMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago— Pool— Beach— Five bedrooms so everyone has their own spaceLake House Waterfront, Noosa Heads, is one of Queensland’s top holiday homes. Picture supplied.Ocean’s Edge, Port Douglas— Pool— Water activities— Games room— Close to the beach— Three bedrooms so everyone has their own spaceOceans Edge, Port Douglas, is one of the tops picks for school holiday homes in Queensland. Picture supplied.Broadbeach Waterfront, Gold Coast— Pool— Beach— Near to theme parks— Water activities— Five bedrooms so everyone has their own spaceBroadbeach Waterfront, Gold Coast, is one of Queensland’s top holiday homes. Picture supplied.Riverhaven, Noosa Heads— Pool— Three bedrooms so everyone has their own space— WaterfrontFollow Liz Tilley on Twitter @liztilley84last_img read more

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Netherlands leapfrogs Australia as Denmark remains atop Melbourne Mercer

first_imgThe Netherlands has leapfrogged Australia in the 2015 Melbourne Mercer Global Pensions Index, coming second only to Denmark in the global ranking of pension systems.Both the Dutch and Danish systems were highlighted as “first class” in the seventh edition of the survey, while Sweden rose from sixth place to tie for fifth with Switzerland, and Finland fell to sixth.Finland, despite slipping in the ranking, retained the highest overall sustainability ranking of 92.4 – an increase over the 91.1 calculated in 2014, which at the time was the highest score awarded in the sub-index.The 25 countries’ scores were calculated by assessing a pension system’s adequacy, sustainability and integrity, with each of the three categories given a weighting of 40%, 35% and 25%. Finland (4)73.0 Country (2014 ranking)Score The UK, which ended mandatory annuitisation, narrowly retained its ninth-place ranking, nearly dropping out of the group of six countries deemed to have a sound system.Unlike 2014, which saw Ireland and Germany tied for 12th place, Ireland pulled ahead to claim 11th, increasing its score by less than 1 point, while Germany’s score dropped 0.2 points to 62.France came 13th, improving on its 2014 ranking, while Poland remained 15th.Austria, meanwhile, slipped one spot to 18th, ahead of Italy, the last-ranking European country at 20th.Top 10 countries within 2015 Melbourne Mercer Global Pensions IndexTop 10 countries within index Denmark (1)81.7 Australia (2)79.6 Chile (8)69.1 Canada (7)70.0 Netherlands (3)80.5 UK (9)65.0 Italy saw its ranking decline by one, despite its score increasing to 50.9.The report once again urged the country to increase participation in occupational schemes and the level of contributions among participants.Top-ranking Denmark was also presented with a number of reform suggestions, with the report proposing changes that would better protect accrued benefits in the event of fraud at a pension provider.The report, which has added two countries to its index in recent years, is likely to resume the practice next year, author David Knox told IPE.Knox, a senior partner at Mercer in Australia, cited Spain as one of next year’s potential European entrants.He added that Latin American countries could join as well in the coming years.For the first time, the report examined data gathered over the past seven years, investigating how the systems improved key areas, including time spent in retirement, since the first report was published in 2009.“During this six-year period, five countries – namely Australia, Germany, Japan, Singapore and the UK – have increased their current pension age, which acted to offset the increase that would have otherwise occurred from increasing life expectancies,” the report said. “Despite these increases, life expectancy has increased at a faster rate, thereby lengthening the period of retirement.”The report also examined the level of government debt built up by all participating countries, noting that a number of countries had sought to cut expenditure.“Such developments may improve the sustainability of the pension system,” the report said, “but, inevitably, some of these changes also affect the adequacy of the pension itself.“This highlights the natural tension in all retirement income arrangements between adequacy and sustainability.” Singapore (10)64.7 Sweden/Switzerland (6/5)74.2last_img read more

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Sports Minister  lifts Junior Olympic Triple Jumper

first_imgFortune has smiled on young Nigerian Junior Olympic Triple Jump athlete Ineh Oritsemeyiwa with the Minister of Youth and Sports Mr Sunday Dare providing him ticket to pursue further study side by side with sports through scholarship in the United States. Promoted ContentWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best Car Manufacturers In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing LocationsThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should See Also in 2018, he competed at the Africa Senior Championship in Athletics Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria where he finished 7th overall with a distance of 16:09m This was due to the fact that he took just one jump because he had pains on his ankles “. Latter in the same year, he qualified for the Youth Olympics Games in Buenos Aires Argentina where he clinched a silver medal in the triple jump with a distance of 16:34m to further extend the Africa Youth record . Oritsemeyiwa jets out to the United States of America to continue his sports and academics at the William Carey University, Hattiesburg, Mississippi . Read Also:2020 Olympics: Sports Minister plans with Presidents of Federations on Nigeria’s successful outing He is one of the athletes Nigeria will be relying on for medal in Tokyo. The trip would grant him further exposure to state of the art facilities that would enhance his chances of winning a medal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… L-R Mary Onyali , SA,SPORTS,YOUTHS and Sports Minister Mr Sunday Dare ,Triple Jumper Ineh Oritsemeyiwa and Football Ambassador Daniel Amokachi during a thank you visit to the Minister by Oritsemeyiwa in Abuja. The Minister facilitated his trip after two failed efforts at securing visa and ticket due to financial constraints.Speaking when the athlete paid the Minister a thank you and farewell visit in his office in Abuja,Dare urged him to be a good Ambassador of Nigeria by staying focused as he prepares for the Olympics in Tokyo. Oritsemeyiwa, born on 17th March 2001, represented Nigeria in triple and long jump at the Youths Olympics in Argentina in 2018 where he won silver. He competed at the Africa region ll games in Ghana where he won a gold medal in triple jump boys and a silver medal in the long jump. He also competed at the 2018 National trials in Abuja where he won both long jump and triple jump . He also represented Nigeria in the long jump and triple jump at the 2018 Africa youth Games in Algiers, Algeria where he clinched a gold medal in the triple jump with a distance of 16:22m, an Africa youth Record cthough not yet rectified . He also won a silver medal in the long jump with a distance of 7:36m .last_img read more

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BFAR to give 53 fiberglass boats to Caluya’s fisherfolk

first_imgThe Antique Provincial EngineeringOffice started the delivery of the boats on June 17 this year in Pandan,Antique.(With a report from PNA/PN) The fishing vessels were part of the900 fiberglass boats given by BFAR through its FB Pagbabago program upon therequest of Antique Lone District Rep. Loren Legarda. SAN JOSE, Antique – The Bureau ofFisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is set to distribute 53 fiberglassfishing boats to marginalized fisherfolk of Caluya, Antique.  These fiberglass boats from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources will benefit the marginalized fisherfolk of Caluya, Antique. Last June 17, the Antique Provincial Engineering Office started the delivery of the boats to its recipients in Pandan town also in the province. PNA FILE PHOTO She said the fishing boats, now inBarangay Badiang here, have no outriggers and engines and need to betransported on a cargo vessel, as they hoped target recipients could soon claimit. Alletth Gayatin, Senior Aquaculturistof the Office of Provincial Agriculture (OPA), on Friday said the fishing boatshave yet to be transported due to the inclement weather. “We were informed that because of thefrequently experienced rough seas going to the island municipality of Caluya,the local government unit could not yet transport it,” Gayatin added.last_img read more

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Chinese vessels docking at Semirara Island?

first_imgJust this Monday, April 20, three close contacts of this man also tested positive for COVID-19. All three were connected with SMPC, too. “The haze caused by fine coal dust has long been raised by residents of Semirara to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources but has never been addressed. The people’s complaint has always been dismissed by the Multi-partite Monitoring Team (MMT),” Sanchez lamented./PN * did the vessels’ crew have contact with local residents The dusts, he warned, “pose hazard to people’s health and the marine life.” As of yesterday, Antique had nine confirmed cases of COVID-19. One remained in a hospital, three quarantined at home while five were isolated in their local government units’ identified quarantine facility. Aside from COVID-19, according to Sanchez, the residents were also concerned about “the thick coal dusts contaminating the air and water emanating from the conveyor when loading coal, and from the stockpile.” Gov. Rhodora Cadiao wanted to know. She wrote a letter to the Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) demanding an explanation. * whether or not the suspected Chinese vessels had unloaded or loaded up cargoes DISCOVER ANTIQUE FB PAGE For her part, Antique’s Cong. Loren Legarda called for an investigation.  She also wanted to be clarified about the following: * who authorized the vessels to dock at the portcenter_img “May sulat dya ako addressed sa Semirara corporation.  Ano ginahimu nanda dyan,” Cadiao told Panay News. “Gusto ta mabal-an ang sabat nila.” * were appropriate quarantine protocols observed Cadiao previously asked SMPC to only have skeletal force working at its coal mine so as to observe social distancing; this was after the emergence of Antique’s first confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – a 74-year-old male connected with SMPC. Sanchez posed on Facebook: “(The) presence of Chinese vessels in the island worries residents…” SMPC operated a coal mine in Semirara Island. Cadiao cited a Facebook post of Bong Sanchez, president of the environmental group Save Antique Movement. Sanchez posted a photo of what were suspected to be Chinese vessels docked at the Semirara port on April 18. The man, a resident of Parañaque City, Metro Manila, came to Antique on March 9 via a private plane. ILOILO City – Have Chinese vessels been docking at the port of Semirara Island in Caluya, Antique notwithstanding the enhanced community quarantine? “I want a full-blown investigation into Semirara coal mining, the entry of Chinese vessels, previous deaths caused by unsafe mine operation, possible violations of health protocols during COVID, and transparency in the use of the national wealth fund,” according to Legarda. * what kind or type of cargoes were unloaded or loaded uplast_img read more

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Syracuse defense tightens up to shutout Wake Forest in 2nd half

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Chuck Bullough came into the locker room at halftime and told the defense that they were killing themselves, making costly mistakes where there didn’t need to be.Afterward, Ron Thompson — considered by teammates a captain, even though he isn’t — gathered the defense and told them not to give Wake Forest anything. He told them to simply do their job.Moments before, Syracuse had limited a driving Wake Forest offense to a last-minute field goal. Five completed passes in the span of 1:44 had given the Demon Deacons momentum, but the late stand shifted a momentum that had its pendulum swung by speeches from the defensive leaders.“It just got everybody back right,” cornerback Julian Whigham said. “…We knew we had a shot the entire time.”After a sluggish performance from SU’s secondary in the first half that contributed to WFU quarterback John Wolford’s ability to connect on 20 of his first 24 passes, the Syracuse defense rebounded to shut out the Demon Deacons in the second half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s offense backed up the effort with a couple big plays, and the Orange (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) came back to defeat Wake Forest (1-1, 0-1), 30-17, in the Carrier Dome on Saturday.“There were guys that weren’t where they were supposed to be,”Bullough said after the game. “In the second half, they were …I just said, ‘Don’t worry, this game’s going to change.”With Syracuse nursing a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter, Wake Forest needed just four plays to complete a 75-yard touchdown drive. The last of those plays was a 40-yard deep pass to K.J. Brent, who freed himself up using a double step to get past Whigham and in position where the safeties couldn’t salvage the play.With the Orange up 13-7, linebacker Zaire Franklin nearly sacked Wolford, who dumped the ball off to Tabari Hines. The Demon Deacons receiver couldn’t be brought down for 39 yards as he raced into the red zone, and a touchdown two plays later put WFU in front for the second time.“You get the feeling like, ‘Oh man, they got the lead, how are we going to do this,” Whigham said.Shafer said his defense “dug their teeth in” before halftime to prevent Wake Forest from getting another touchdown. To start the second half, a near six-minute drive for Wake Forest ended in a missed 50-yard field goal. Syracuse was able to take over at their own 33, and it was about as close as WFU would get to scoring the rest of the game.It was a stop defensive end Luke Arciniega said “we needed.” The defense had been on the field longer than Shafer wanted, but the stop set the momentum for the rest of the game.After the game, the topic of conversation was who would get the “hit stick”, an award given to the player with the biggest hit. It was between Wayne Morgan, who delivered a hit late in the fourth quarter to prevent a reception, and Ron Thompson, whose block helped Donnie Simmons get in position for an interception return for a touchdown.There wasn’t a clear consensus on who had won, but it was a welcomed topic of conversation for a defense that needed a strong second half to make an SU comeback possible.“Those kids, they nutted up,”Shafer said. “They sucked it up, they went, they had each other’s back.” Comments Published on September 12, 2015 at 6:05 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

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