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first_imgThe virus affected even the traditional lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia“The Olympic flame relay is the biggest event ahead of the Olympics. It is very important for us to carry it out at any cost. It is an opportunity for people outside Tokyo to feel a sense of affinity for the Olympics,” said Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto.The coronavirus has already affected the relay. In what Muto described as a “heartbreaking” decision, organisers have been forced to scale back what should have been a key event to raise awareness and excitement ahead of the July 24 opening ceremony.While spectators are allowed to watch from the roadside, fans have been urged to “avoid forming crowds”, with organisers warning there could be a change of programme in the event of “excessive congestion”.Daily arrival and departure ceremonies are closed to the public and all torch-bearers will have their temperatures taken before participating in the relay, which is scheduled to visit every part of Japan before entering Tokyo in mid-July.– ‘Bigger than the Olympics’ –The virus has already played havoc with the traditional early stages of the torch relay in Greece – the lighting ceremony in ancient Olympia took place without spectators and was watched by a severely reduced delegation from Tokyo.The Greek leg of the relay was cancelled when crowds mobbed Hollywood star Gerard Butler Loading… The Olympic flame arrives in Japan on Friday, with what should have been a joyous celebration dramatically downscaled as doubts grow over whether the Tokyo Games can go ahead during the coronavirus pandemic. The Olympic torch relay has already been pared back Organisers have already taken the “heartbreaking” decision to pare back events surrounding the torch relay, as the world battles the virus that has killed more than 9,000 people and threatens to spark a global recession.Advertisement Read Also: Neymar flees Paris for Brazil to self isolate amid coronavirusThe IOC, which will take any decision over the fate of the Games, has encouraged all athletes to train for the Games “as best they can”, stressing it is “fully committed” to holding the event as planned.Nevertheless, IOC president Thomas Bach has admitted that qualifying is becoming a problem as competitions are scrapped.“No solution will be ideal in this situation,” an IOC spokesman acknowledged in comments to AFP on Wednesday.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Organisers were then forced to scrap the Greek leg of the relay after large crowds mobbed Hollywood actor Gerard Butler as he lit a cauldron in the city of Sparta.With borders shut in Europe – which has become the epicentre of the crisis – Tokyo officials will not be travelling to collect the torch, with former Olympic swimmer Naoko Imoto representing Japan at the official handover.As the flame arrives, there are increasing clouds over the Games, with some athletes past and present attacking the International Olympic Committee for insisting there is no need for “drastic” action such as postponement or cancellation.“This crisis is bigger than even the Olympics,” fumed Hayley Wickenheiser, a Canadian IOC member with four ice hockey golds.“I think the IOC insisting this will move ahead, with such conviction, is insensitive and irresponsible given the state of humanity,” she added.As well as wiping out the global sporting calendar, the coronavirus has also put paid to many athletes’ training schedules, leading some to propose a postponement.The flame will be picked up in a special charter plane The flame arrives on a special charter flight into Matsushima Air Base in the Japanese province of Miyagi, deliberately chosen as part of the “Recovery Olympics” to showcase the region’s revival after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. But some 200 local children that were due to welcome the flame will be kept away as part of measures designed to halt the spread of the virus, which has infected 900 people in Japan. The relay begins on March 26, starting from the J-Village sports complex in Fukushima that was commandeered as a base by workers scrambling to contain the fall-out from the nuclear meltdown. Promoted ContentA Lot More People Should See Hanna’s Fantastic Bread MasterpiecesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch TodayWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually Truelast_img read more


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first_img TUDN reported that the club located in Mexico City is following the ex-Chelsea midfielder and might make a move before the Apertura 2020 commences. read also:‘Mikel erred by swapping Chelsea for Chinese club’ Mikel has been attracting interest from South America with Brazilian clubs Botafogo and Internacional reportedly battling for his services.Advertisement Loading… Mikel began his career with local club Plateau United, before joining Norwegian club Lyn at the age of 17 in 2004. In 2006, he made a controversial transfer to English club Chelsea after Manchester United claimed they had already signed him. He stayed with Chelsea for 11 years, before moving to China with Tianjin TEDA in 2017. After two years in China, he returned to England on a short-term deal with Middlesbrough, before joining Trabzonspor on a free transfer in July 2019 but eventually left the Turkish club in a controversial manner during the Covid-19 saga. In a 14-year international career between 2005 and 2019, he played 88 times for Nigeria, scoring six goals. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 A club in the Liga MX has shown interest in signing free agent John Obi Mikel who left Trabzonspor in March. Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be IconicThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more


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first_imgPhilip “Goose” Powers Jr, age 77, of Napoleon, passed away at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on Friday January 3, 2020.  Philip was born on July 18, 1942, the son of the late Philip and Audrie (Smith) Powers in Decatur County Indiana.After attending Napoleon High School , Philip proudly served in the United States Army from 1964-1966. After returning from service, Philip entered the work force, and spent the next 40 plus years working in manufacturing.  The majority of his working years were at BCA/NTN in Greensburg.He was an avid basketball fan, supporting the local teams as well as the Indiana Hoosiers.  He like spending time with family and friends.  In his earlier years he enjoyed fishing and hunting.Philip is survived by daughter Cheryl (Charlie) Johannigman, grandchildren Christen and Matthew Johannigman, and brothers Anthony “Tony” of Napoleon and Richard (Linda) of Harrison, Ohio.  He was preceded in death by brothers Kenny and Gary, sisters Elizabeth Powers, Gladys Forwalt, Joanna Hendrix and Barbara Walterman, and infant grandson Charles Craig Johannigman.Visitation will be held on Tuesday January 7, 2020 from 4pm-7pm at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday January 8, 2020 at 10 am. also at the funeral home, with burial following at Union Flatrock Baptist Church Cemetery.  Memorials may be given to the cemetery fund, in care of the funeral home.last_img read more


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first_imgELLSWORTH — The Maine Junior Black Bears Tier III Midget hockey team won its second state championship in a row Sunday when it defeated Maine Moose 3-2 to win the 16U crown at the Colisée in Lewiston.The team finished the regular season with a 9-3 record before beating Lewiston and Casco and topping the Moose twice to go 4-0 in the playoffs. It was the second season in a row the team finished with the top regular-season record and went undefeated in the championship tournament.Guy Perron, who played at the University of Maine from 1986-90 before coaching at both the college level and in the North American Hockey League, helped lead the Junior Black Bears to the title in his first year at the helm. Assistant coach Mario Thyer was a member of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota North Stars in the early 1990s.The team’s roster this season included Curran Granger, a Blue Hill native who was one of the team’s starting defensemen. Also starting at defenseman was Nevin Daviault, whose father, Max, works at Ellsworth’s Maine Coast Memorial Hospital.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Black Bears are a youth team drawing players from Penobscot County, Hancock County and other parts of eastern Maine. The team plays its games at the University of Maine’s Harold Alfond Sports Arena in Orono.last_img read more


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first_imgTHE Massy United Insurance fourth annual Golf tournament will tee-off today at the Lusignan Golf Course from 13:00hrs. The tournament was initially set for the month of May but was postponed due to heavy rainfall and the poor condition of the course and access road. However, restorations done between Macorp EMR Inc. and club executives ensured the course was tournament-ready.The tournament will play on the Open Medal Play system. In this system prizes will be awarded in the 1st to 4th Best Net, Nearest The Pin, Best Gross and Most Honest Golfer categories.Club president Oncar Ramroop, expressed gratitude on behalf of the Lusignan Golf Club stating, “We are highly appreciative of the good, faithful support that we have had from Massy United Insurance in four years of sponsoring tournaments.”Ramroop concluded, “We at Lusignan Golf Club are quite delighted that Massy not only provides such support but also offers great insurance coverage to the club.”The public is invited and the tournament is free of charge and open to all.last_img read more


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first_imgParadise Invaders maul Young Strikers 5-0; Hopetown Rangers edge Orealla Falcons 3-2PARADISE Invaders kept their hopes of championships honours alive last Saturday when they mauled Young Strikers 5-0 in a fixture of the Berbice Football Association/J’s Golden Arrow Under-20 tournament at the Scotts School ground, New Amsterdam, Berbice.In the feature match that day, Hopetown United Rangers edged Orealla falcons 3-2. Hopetown Rangers drew first blood through a well-placed shot from the edge of the 18-yard box by Matthew Doris in the 34th minute and four minutes later, the score-line was further extended as Doris once again found the back of the opposition’s net.Orealla then cut the deficit in the 40th minute when Cleon Henry sent the ball crashing into Hopetown’s goal.Minutes into the second session, the Orealla team found the equaliser from the penalty spot after a Hopetown defender handled the ball in the 18-yard box. The kick from the spot was taken by Clevon France and he made no mistake.Wesley Greenidge then put the icing on the cake for Hopetown with a 70th minute conversion that gave his team a 3-2 victory.In the opening encounter, Paradise Invaders made light work of Young Strikers with five first-half goals.Keon Joseph opened the floodgates in the second minute of play then there was an own goal in the 12th minute.Shaqueel DeHart then netted a brace in the 23rd and 29th minutes and Shaqueel Small’s 34th minute effort sealed the issue in Paradise Rangers’ favour.Paradise Rangers with their victory move to the top of the points standings with five points from two matches (one win and one draw), while Cougars have three points from one win in their lone game to date.New Amsterdam United played one match to date and they were held to a draw and have one point.Hopetown played two matches to date and won one but lost the other and have three points.last_img read more


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first_imgJohn Carlson, a graduate student studying regulatory science in a yearlong exchange program at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, has had an experience not many other students have had while abroad.Carlson, who is in the progressive degree program and is also finishing his degrees in biochemistry and East Asian languages and cultures, met with the United States Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy on March 10 to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami disasters that occurred off the coast of the Tohoku region of Japan in 2011.Carlson has received funding through two scholarships for his studies. Through one of them, the Morgan Stanley U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation Scholarship, he along with two other American students were invited by the TOMODACHI program to meet Ambassador Kennedy, U.S.-Japan Council President Irene Hirano Inouye and Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida.Inouye, a USC alumna, earned her bachelors of science and master’s degrees in public administration from 1966 to 1972. Shinzo Abe, the current prime minister of Japan, also has Trojan ties — in 1978, he studied at USC for one year at the Price School of Public Policy.The TOMODACHI Initiative was created in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster that aims to foster Japanese and American relations through educational and cultural programs, including study abroad opportunities. The initiative is a result of a partnership between the U.S.-Japan Council and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo as well as private sector companies.“They try to facilitate student exchange, bringing students from the U.S. to Japan, and Japan to the U.S.” Carlson said.In addition to the opportunities provided by the TOMODACHI Initiative, Carlson attributes his study abroad program and past involvement with USC’s East Asia Studies Center to helping him develop the skills necessary for his current work experiences.Carlson, who was previously an intern at the Washington, D.C. offices of EMD Serono, an international pharmaceutical company, now works for the business’ Japanese headquarters in Tokyo. He is a graduate intern in the Government Affairs and Market Access and Pricing department of EMD Serono, which is known as Merck Serono in Japan.“My focus is ensuring the market landscape is favorable, or at least it’s open, to rewarding innovation and allowing for new products on the market,” he said.His speech at the meeting focused on both the positive educational experiences he has had while in Japan as well as how his work can promote economic revitalization in Japan. Carlson spoke on behalf of the three American students present at the event, and another student spoke on behalf of the five Japanese students invited, all of whom were born in the Tohoku region and were impacted in some capacity by the disaster.“At that meeting we presented both our condolences in terms of reaffirming our generation, the Tomodachi generation’s condolences to the people who lost their lives and the rebuilding of the Tohoku region that’s still going on today, and we also discussed the future of U.S.-Japan relations,” he said.He said that due to the high-profile nature of the meeting, his remarks had to be reviewed before the meeting by meeting organizers, and he was not able to speak about the event until after it took place.In addition to the remarks, Carlson and the students had an opportunity to share their experiences about studying in Japan as well as the nature of U.S.–Japan ties.“We discussed primarily our experience studying in Japan in terms of the great opportunity we’ve had, the close bonds we’ve created with Japanese students, and then our future,” Carlson said. “For us, the future is looking at increasing collaboration between the two countries, focusing not only on academia partnerships but on corporate partnerships so continuing to develop the leaders of both Japan and the U.S. together with the future of U.S.-Japan relations in mind.”Though Carlson has plans to later attend law school, he said that his science background contributed to his desire to use innovative technologies in the pharmaceutical industry. He believes Japan particularly can benefit from such technologies.“In Japan, there’s a large focus on science innovation, especially in its pharmaceutical industry, and it’s something that I’m passionate about in terms of my background in science,” he said.He hopes to use his time working in Japan to create positive change.“[My background] makes me want to bring innovative products to patients in Japan, and Japan being the powerhouse that it is in research, to have that opportunity to create new products that could change peoples’ lives — that was my [motivation] in terms of when I gave the talk,” Carlson said. “I stressed the innovation, and I stressed the economic revitalization because that’s going to make the future better in terms of strengthening Japan at the corporate and economic level — it’s just going to make the bonds last even longer.”last_img read more


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first_imgUndergraduate Student Government President Edwin Saucedo described the final projects he is working to implement during the remainder of his term at the USG meeting Tuesday. Chief among these are his plans to establish a resource center for first-generation college students, a fall break and a stipend for student leaders on campus.Saucedo began by explaining his goal of creating a resource center for first-generation, low-income students, modeled after others such as the LGBT Resource Center. Part of this project involved working with the University administration as well as with members of student government in other universities to come up with a plan to support first-generation students. Saucedo said he had submitted a proposal for a resource center to Provost Michael Quick and had discussed the idea with President C. L. Max Nikias.“Being first-generation at an elite university can be an intimidating process. The idea for a resource center is about addressing the needs of the students to make them successful in an academic setting. Being able to provide them with resources such as career mentoring opportunities and different programming will help to create a community among students.”Saucedo said he has been working with Trista Beard, the associate director of the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund and chair of the First-Generation Student Union, and Associate Provost Andrea Hodge to put together best practices for first-generation college students. He brought up the example set by different universities including Stanford University and Brown University, both of which have resource centers like the one he hopes to implement at USC. Saucedo said he hopes to have a center set up for first-generation students by the end of the school year.Beyond his first-generation college student project, Saucedo also discussed his plan to create a two-day break between the eighth and 10th weeks of the fall semester, which he said will be ready to present on Feb. 15. Saucedo said he was discussing the project with Academic Senate President Paula Cannon, and that a final resolution would be ready by March 29.“If we look at the fall semester, between Labor Day break and Thanksgiving, our school currently has 56 instructional days, one of the largest amounts of instructional days without a break in the nation compared to peer institutions,” Saucedo said. “That’s 11 weeks for students without a chance to breathe. This has to do with promoting an environment where students can address mental health issues and not feel so stressed out.”Finally, Saucedo announced his plans to move forward with the Positional Leadership Stipend, which he first introduced one year ago when he was still the USG Finance Director.  The stipend, according to Saucedo, is intended to meet the needs of low-income students who have to choose between having a job or being able to get involved on campus. Students in any official, unpaid leadership position on campus —  such as a club officership — would be eligible to apply to receive funding, which would reflect the compensation that paid positions such as USG members receive. “The stipend is similar to a scholarship opportunity, so that students can choose to get involved instead of having to [work to] meet their finances,” Saucedo said.Last spring, Saucedo implemented a pilot program for the stipend, which he said received 65 applications requesting over $70,000 in award money. After seeing this interest, Saucedo decided to bring the stipend back this semester, and he is currently working to allocate the funding from different USG accounts.After Saucedo reviewed his final plans as president, the Senate also approved its new exceptional funding allocation, which encompasses any additional money USG received this semester that was not originally anticipated. Saucedo said this often results when last year’s USG budget underestimates the next semester’s enrollment. This year, USG calculated $145,057 in exceptional funding, which will be distributed to different USG organizations such as the Concerts Committee, Student Assembly for Gender Empowerment and Environmental Student Assembly.Correction: An earlier version of this article stated Saucedo announced his plans to create a two-week fall break. His actually plans to create a two-day fall break. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more


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first_imgRussia are third, four points behind Sweden and eight adrift of leaders, Austria.It’s reported that Capello will receive €15-million in compensation from the Football Union of Russia.last_img


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first_imgGhana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu has been ruled out of next week’s decisive Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi.The Udinese midfielder was part of the 21-man squad named by coach Kwesi Appiah for the game in Lilongwe.But a knee injury he suffered while playing for his Italian club in the Europa League on Thursday means he will not be available for the Black Stars for the game.Italy-based midfielder Afriyie Acquah has been drafted in to replace Agyemang Badu.last_img