Japan may broaden emergency, as Abe plans cash payouts for all

first_imgTopics : Japan was preparing to extend a state of emergency beyond major cities to the entire nation, media reported on Thursday, and a government official said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will change a draft supplementary budget to include cash payouts for everyone.The government has declared an emergency in Tokyo and six other areas including Osaka, with more than 9,000 infections nationally and nearly 200 deaths, but other regions have asked to be added amid worries about the persistent spread of the virus.Still some way short of a lockdown, the state of emergency introduced on April 7, and imposed for a month, gave authorities more power to press people to stay at home and businesses to close. It currently covers about 44% of Japan’s population. NHK public broadcaster and other media reported on Thursday that the country was preparing to expand the emergency nationwide amid pressure on Abe to do more amid perceptions his response to the virus in general has been too little, too late.Chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said a meeting of experts would be convened later on Thursday about expanding the state of emergency.The coronavirus has bitten deep into the world’s third-largest economy. Under the current supplementary budget plan, the government has set aside funds for cash payouts of 300,000 yen ($2,784) but only for households whose income is judged to have been hit by the coronavirus.Abe’s administration will change the plan and instead deliver 100,000 yen to every citizen, the official with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.center_img The change would be a nod to growing calls from ruling and opposition lawmakers for Abe to take bolder steps to help people weather the economic impact from the pandemic.The International Monetary Fund, which expects Japan’s economy to contract 5.2% this year, urged the government to boost fiscal spending and focus on easing the hit to growth.”In the near term, expansionary fiscal policy is warranted to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 in the short term and support the recovery afterwards,” said Odd Per Brekk, deputy director of the IMF’s Asia and Pacific department.Rising coronavirus cases and business closures are piling pressure Japan’s economy which is on the cusp of recession.Sources have told Reuters the Bank of Japan is likely to project an economic contraction for this fiscal year and discuss further measures to ease corporate funding strains at its rate review on April 27-28.The draft supplementary budget, compiled to fund a near $1 trillion stimulus package Abe’s administration unveiled last week, needs parliament approval to take effect.It is rare for the government to make changes to a draft budget, which is carefully mapped out by the finance ministry taking into account the various views of politicians.Any such modification would underscore the challenge Abe faces in dealing with the deepening economic toll from the pandemic, without adding too much strain to Japan’s already tattered finances.A Reuters poll showed most Japanese corporations were disappointed by the government’s stimulus plan as being too little, too late.Surveys show Abe has lost support due to what critics say is a timid and sluggish response to the outbreak, and by widespread criticism that he has appeared tone deaf to the severity of the crisis in his own social media posts.Support for Abe’s cabinet fell to 39% in an NHK survey published on Monday, down four points, with 75% saying his April 7 declaration of a state of emergency came too late.last_img read more

EU gives green light for Nordic funds’ €235m wind power deal

first_imgThe EU has given the go-ahead for a deal between Norway’s Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP) and Swedish pension fund AMF to buy the biggest wind power company in Sweden.The deal, first announced in late June, will involve KLP and AMF investing roughly SEK2.5bn (€235m) in Stena Renewable, taking stakes of 30% and 35% of the firm respectively.KLP and AMF will buy Stena Renewable’s shares from Stena Adactum, an investment company that is part of the Swedish privately-owned group Stena Sphere.The European Commission, which looked at the deal under its simplified merger review procedure, said the proposed acquisition would not raise competition concerns because it would not result in any overlaps. KLP said it would pay around SEK650m for its 30% stake in Stena Renewable. It added that it expected to invest as much as SEK1.5bn through the financing of future projects up until 2021.AMF, meanwhile, said it was paying roughly SEK750m for 35% of the company, and over the next few years intended to invest a further SEK1bn in future projects.Stena Renewable is Sweden’s largest onshore wind power company with 94 plants and an installed capacity of 244MW, according to KLP.The firm also has a project portfolio of 150-200 wind turbines, with a planned installed capacity of more than 600MW, which it said would involve future investment of around SEK6bn.Aage Schaanning, KLP’s group finance director, said in June that the investment fitted in with the pension provider’s commitment to sustainable investments as well as its desire to find attractive, stable and predictable investment opportunities.Meanwhile Javiera Ragnartz, CIO at AMF, said the investment was part of her pension fund’s work to improve its risk diversification, broaden its portfolio, and boost its ability to deliver competitive returns at a time when interest rates were low and stock markets uncertain.last_img read more

Ebola vaccine ‘promising in Africa’

first_imgHealthLifestyle Ebola vaccine ‘promising in Africa’ by: By Smitha MundasadHealth reporter, BBC News – December 23, 2014 Share Share Share 196 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! The virus is spread through close contact with infected bodily fluidsThe first-ever trial of an Ebola vaccine in Africa shows promising initial results, according to a report in the Lancet medical journal.Scientists say it is a crucial step as other vaccines have shown lower levels of protection in African populations.Tests involving Ugandan and American volunteers reveal the vaccine is so far safe and generates an immune response in both populations.It provides reassurance for other trials currently underway, they say.The Ebola virus has killed more than 6,900 people in the worst-affected countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.No proven vaccine exists to prevent people from getting the disease, though several trials are underway.The aim of a successful vaccine is to train the immune systems of healthy people to produce antibodies – proteins capable of fighting off any future infections.Viral protectionResearchers from the National Institutes of Health tested this experimental vaccine on healthy adults in Uganda, having first trialled it in the United States.Dr Julie Ledgerwood, the lead researcher, said: “This is the first study to show comparable safety and immune response of an experimental Ebola vaccine in an African population.“This is particularly encouraging because those at greatest risk of Ebola live primarily in Africa and diminished vaccine protection in African populations has been seen for other diseases.”According to the study some 57% of people in Uganda who received the Ebola vaccine alone developed antibodies against Ebola in their blood.Dr Sridhar of the University of Oxford, commenting on the research, said the data provided reassurance about separate Ebola virus vaccines trials currently underway in Mali, the US and the UK.But further tests would be needed to see if the antibodies are strong enough and long-lasting enough to provide adequate protection against the disease.last_img read more

Man dies trapped inside house fire

first_imgThe Bureau of Fire Protection said the blaze started around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. Arson investigators have yet to determine the cause and origin of the fire./PN The victim was temporarily living in the house with his brother Rodjun Kent Allanic, who managed to get out of the house. Police identified him as house caretaker Rojhan Kent Allanic.Allanic’s remains were discovered in the comfort room of the house, owned by Regina Weiss.center_img Rodjun sustained minor burns on the body and already received medical treatment. ILOILO City – A man died after he was trapped inside a burning house in Barangay Sulangan, Dumangas, Iloilo.last_img read more

Report: UCF frat forced pledge to use cocaine for initiation

first_img(Orlando, FL) — A University of Central Florida fraternity has been placed on disciplinary suspension for the remainder of the semester as well as the upcoming spring semester for allegedly forcing a pledge to snort cocaine.According to a UCF incident report, Sigma Chi members blindfolded a pledge on Oct. 26 and forced him to use the drug to be initiated.The chapter attempted to appeal the suspension, but was unsuccessful.UCF officials released the following statement on the incident:“At UCF, our top priority is the safety and wellbeing of our students. Student organizations that endanger their members and violate the university’s code of conduct must be held accountable. Hazing in any form is unacceptable. We are thankful to the chapter members and others who had the courage to speak up so the university could investigate. UCF plans to bring chapter leaders together to discuss new ways to reinforce their commitment to Greek values. University leaders also are planning more frequent training to develop and strengthen up-and-coming chapter leaders who will step in when experienced chapter presidents and board members graduate. UCF offers resources to prevent hazing, including bystander intervention training; an anti-hazing webpage and online tutorials; and required workshops for freshmen, transfer students and leaders of Greek-letter fraternities and sororities. There are also multiple ways to report hazing:UCF, which is investigating, says hazing in any form is unacceptable, and it thanks those who came forward.The frat is already on suspension for a party at a resort in the Keys that led to police having to be called to help remove the students.last_img read more

Bowling Warriors charge to wins over ESM, Auburn

first_imgAnd it didn’t stop there, either as Zak Ormsby’s 266 capped a 623 series, while Deacon Roberson had a steady 611 set and Brandon Davis closed with a 258 to earn a three-game total of 603.The Liverpool girls 3-0 victory featured a deep, well-balanced effort as Ashley Hardy, with games of 199, 195 and 183, led the way, finishing with a 577 series.Makenzie Gill’s season-best 245 game led to a 561 series, whiel Makenzi Ormsby’s 216 game was part of a 556 set. Dominique Cimini added a 512 series (193 high game) as Brandi Harmon contributed a 457 set. Liverpool followed up with a match against Auburn on Thursday afternoon at Falcon Lanes, and the Warriors managed to win on both sides over the Maroons equal 2-1 margins.In the boys match, Dylan Roberson opened with a 279 and finished with a 676 series. Winzens’ 628 included games of 233 and 226.Ormsby was steady shooting a 613 series, while Deacon Roberson had a 562 series and Davis got a 546 set. On Auburn’s side, James Wilkes had a 603 series and Alex Guzewicz had a three-game total of 569.When the Liverpool girls defeated the Maroons 2-1, it took Hardy shooting 207 and 224 to close out a 577 series, while Gill’s 216 was part of a 550 set and Harmon shot a 190 early in her 500 series. Amber Pidlypchak (583 series) and Kaylee Hodson (556 series) both bowled well for Auburn.That same Thursday, Cicero-North Syracuse met Christian Brothers Academy, where it prevailed 3-0 on the girls side as Jessaia McGriff had a 544 series and Brianna Mabee shot a 193 game on her way to a 506 set.This followed, by a day, the Northstars’ 3-0 win over Cortland, which broke up the Purple Tigers’ season-opening five-match win streak.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: bowlingC-NSliverpoolcenter_img Both of the Liverpool bowling teams were already displaying fine form, especially in last Tuesday’s pair of matches against East Syracuse Minoa.Competing at Strike-N-Spare Lanes, where the Spartans moved for home matches when Bowl-Mor closed earlier this year, the Warriors won a pair of 3-0 decisions.Devin Roberson was superb in the boys match, shooting a league-best total of 758 helped by games of 267, 244 and 258. Josh Winzens shot 10 strikes in his second-game 288 that was part of a 713 series.last_img read more

WBB : Syracuse still trying to perfect defense in final stretch of season

first_imgIt sounded like a good plan. One that would elevate Syracuse from an NCAA tournament outsider to tournament participant. Increase intensity on defense, force turnovers and then convert to points on offense.As the season’s end rapidly approaches, though, the pressure defense hasn’t panned out quite as flawlessly as the Orange would’ve hoped. While it has created opportunities in some games, it has fizzled in others. Overall, SU’s pressure defense has had its ups and downs in a rocky season.‘I think we’re doing pretty well with it,’ guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas said. ‘We’re not forcing as many turnovers as we would like to. But we’re getting steals out of it. When we come and we press teams, we’re getting what we want out of it. They’re slowing the ball down, and they’re making some bad decisions.’Though the full-court press that head coach Quentin Hillsman introduced at the start of the season has forced some turnovers, it still hasn’t provided the answer Syracuse was looking for to make it a member of the Big East’s elite. Typically, when the Orange sets up its defense, it falls back into a 2-3 zone, just as it has for the last several seasons. Every once in a while, Hillsman will call for the press to catch opponents off guard, but SU still finds itself struggling in conference play. Syracuse (14-9, 3-6 Big East) will have its next opportunity to continue to improve its pressure defense when it plays South Florida (12-11, 4-5) on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.SU sits in 11th place in the Big East in steals with 9.1 per game. In Syracuse’s last game against lowly Providence, the Friars notched nine steals while SU managed to get only four. But on a night when Providence performed poorly on offense and Syracuse shot lights out from the field, SU’s pressure defense wasn’t needed as the Orange cruised to an 80-54 victory.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStill, four steals is less than what SU expects to get, regardless of whether it’s playing the press or a zone defense. And it’s clear that when Syracuse does force turnovers, wins come more easily.Against Pittsburgh on Jan. 7, the Orange forced the Panthers into 23 turnovers, leading to 23 points in an easy win. Down at Seton Hall, the Pirates committed 14 turnovers, which created 25 points for Syracuse. It’s those types of games, Hillsman said, that show how pivotal the press can be when it’s working right.‘It’s been good. Obviously, against Seton Hall, I think our pressure defense won the game for us,’ Hillsman said. ‘Down at Boise State, that game it won the game for us. Then against UConn, in the first half, it kept us in the game and kept us with the opportunity to win the game.’Perhaps the biggest issue hampering the Orange’s ability to use the press more consistently and effectively is SU’s poor play on the offensive end. All season — with the exception of its game against the Friars in which it shot nearly 58 percent — Syracuse has struggled shooting. Too often, the Orange’s shortcomings on offense have prevented it from setting up its press.And when Syracuse does have the ball, it’s also turning it over too many times. The Orange is 12th in the conference in turnover margin as a result.Guard Elashier Hall is second on the team in steals with 36 and said that despite the high number of turnovers her team is committing, it hasn’t been frustrating that her defensive effort is essentially being negated.‘The more steals I get, the more chances we get to convert,’ Hall said. ‘Even when we don’t convert as well as we would want to, the opportunities are still there. It’s one thing to not even have the opportunities, but to have the opportunities and sometimes not convert is better than not having them at all.’Hall said that an increased effort on the defensive end of the floor is what can take Syracuse’s defense to the next level. And the Orange needs that to happen to get back on track heading into the postseason.For now, there’s still work to be done for the pressure defense to work as well as SU expected.‘We haven’t risen as a pressure team,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘But I think we’ll get to that point.’cjiseman@syr.edu Comments Published on February 1, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

AUDIO: Delta Queens Coach Praises NWFL Board, Sets Sights On NWPL Title

first_imgAudio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Clifford-Aug-22.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Delta Queens coach Clifford Chukwuma has hailed the Nigeria Women Football League board led by Aisha Falode, saying that the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) has improved a lot this season.The regular season – unlike in the past – ran smoothly without any walk over and the media interest in the league also increased to a large extent.And only last week Wednesday (16 August), the first ever NWPL Super Four Championships draw was conducted in a ceremony that was attended by the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick.“I must tell you it’s been encouraging. There’s a lot of improvement. (As for) refereeing I have never got any course to complain, so we are really happy the way things are going,” Chukwuma stated at the NWPL Super 4 draw ceremony in Lagos.Delta Queens are one of four teams that will clash in Benin City, Edo State for the season-ending Super Four tournament which has been scheduled for 11-16 September.For a team that was in the fifth position in Group B by the end of the first round, it was really surprising to see them finish the regular season as Group leaders – overtaking Nasarawa Amazons in the process. However, it was thanks to their improved showing which saw them remain unbeaten in the second round.Nonetheless, they now have Bayelsa Queens, Rivers Angels and Nasarawa Amazons to wrestle for the title.“There is no intimidation. The four teams are good enough. We are four good teams, the margin between the four teams is not wide, so I think we are good enough to play among them, we are good enough to win the league,” he asserts. RelatedBenin City To Host NWPL Super Four, Three Million Naira On OfferAugust 16, 2017In “Nigeria”AUDIO: Aisha Falode Explains NWPL Super Four PostponementSeptember 8, 2017In “NWL”NWPL Super Four draw set for WednesdayAugust 14, 2017In “Nigeria”last_img read more

South Africa’s 2010 World Cup tarnished by findings

first_imgA hearing into “shameful” collusion by construction companies that led to bid rigging and price fixing on 2010 World Cup projects opened on Wednesday, tarnishing the legacy of South Africa’s historic tournament that was initially praised as a glowing success.A tribunal is being asked to confirm fines totalling 1.46 billion rand ($147 million) for 15 companies which agreed to “rigged” projects in the general construction industry in South Africa between 2006 and 2011.Work on World Cup stadiums is included in the findings by the Competition Commission, which revealed wrongdoing by the country’s biggest building firms.A lawyer representing the commission said there was “a shameful pattern of collusion” by the companies, leading to inflated prices on projects like the $730 million Cape Town Stadium.last_img read more

Whicker: Your 2018 ‘most valuable’ MLB awards

Well, it appears Tina Fey and Amy Poulter are still caught in traffic, so let’s give out the baseball awards right now.Note: The “Valuable” in Most Valuable Player does not pertain to your fantasy team.MVP: Christian Yelich, the pride of Westlake Village, was the best September player in several years. His efforts won the NL Central for Milwaukee. The Red Sox had everything but power and J.D. Martinez brought it. But Martinez was largely a DH, and MVPs should play both halves of innings. Teammate Mookie Betts hit .346 and slugged .640 and showed you could do that without striking out 100 times.BEST PLAYER: Mike Trout was Gold Glove-caliber in center field, was on base 46 percent of the time and hit 39 home runs while being intentionally walked 25 times. Yelich nearly became the first NL Triple Crown winner in 81 years (Joe Medwick). CY YOUNG: Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell topped the AL with 21 wins and took the ERA title by an entire run. He also was 9-0 with a 1.17 ERA after the All-Star break. The Mets’ Jacob deGrom lost nine quality starts and still went 10-9 with the only league ERA under 2.00. But, no, the “W” isn’t dead. The next four NL pitchers in the ERA rankings went a combined 70-21.MANAGER: Despite all the handiwork by Alex Cora in Boston, Oakland’s Bob Melvin should be unanimous or close to it. More people thought the A’s would be closer to 65-97 than 97-65. With Brian Snitker bringing the kinds of minor league battle scars that today’s instant managers never absorb, Atlanta reversed its 72-90 record from last year and won the NL East.ROOKIE: The Yankees’ Miguel Andujar was second in the AL in doubles, was in the Top 10 in four other major categories and wore a third-base glove as his team won 100 games. He probably deserves this award, but Shohei Ohtani’s novelty act was too impressive to deny. Most of the thoroughbreds were in the NL, where Atlanta’s Ronald Acuña Jr. barely edges Washington’s Juan Soto. The two dynamic outfielders were virtually identical. “Make it a ‘co,’’’ Braves coach Ron Washington said.EXECUTIVE: Boston’s Dave Dombrowski runs a team that won 108 games and a prospect-laden franchise, and he risked his neck by firing John Farrell so he could hire Cora. Milwaukee’s David Stearns, 33, had a spectacular season, acquiring Yelich and Lorenzo Cain. The Brewers needed every phone call Stearns made to overtake the Cubs in the NL East.COMEBACK PLAYER: Andrew Heaney, the Angels’ lefty, pitched 180 innings and had a 1.200 WHIP in a solid comeback season. Matt Kemp, the prodigal Dodger, made the All-Star team after coming west in what appeared to be a salary dump. Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.BREAKOUT PLAYER: Miles Mikolas hadn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2014 but returned from Japan to go 18-4, with a 2.83 ERA, for the Cardinals. Blake Treinen saved 38 games for the Athletics in his first sustained chance to own the ninth.COMEDOWN PLAYER: Adam Duvall was sputtering in Cincinnati, got traded to Atlanta, hit .132 and wasn’t on the postseason roster. He hit 31 homers in 2017. Michael Fulmer was the AL Rookie of the Year two years ago, faded to 3-12 this year.MIS-MANAGER OF THE YEAR: The Orioles were bad but not 47-115 bad, and Buck Showalter was fired for it. Dave Martinez might not have been the reason Washington fled the NL East race, but he certainly was no Dusty Baker.WIND FARM AWARD: The Phillies’ Cesar Hernandez fanned 155 times yet produced only 15 homers and a .718 OPS. In Baltimore, the sad decline of Chris Davis continues apace. He struck out 192 times, walked 41 times and had a .539 OPS with 16 homers.BEST FREE AGENT: Martinez’s 43 homers and 130 RBIs fulfilled Boston’s monster investment. Cain, after he signed with Milwaukee, showed again why he’s one of baseball’s most underrated.WORST FREE AGENT: The Cubs’ Tyler Chatwood signed for three years, $38 million and had a hideous season, with 95 walks in 103-2/3 innings and a 1.840 WHIP. Alex Cobb signed a four-year, $57 million pact with Baltimore and started it by going 5-15 with a 4.90 ERA season.STRONGEST TREND: The strikeout. There were more of them than there were hits (8.48 per game to 8.44, according to Baseball Reference). That’s an all-time high in strikeouts, but baseball has set a K record in each of the past 11 seasons. An intervention, with hours of Tony Gwynn videos, is needed. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more