Japan welcomes Olympic flame as doubts swirl over Games

first_imgTopics : But some 200 local children that were due to welcome the flame were kept away as part of what organizers called the “heartbreaking” decision to pare back events as the world battles the virus that has killed nearly 10,000 people.After a speech by chief organizer Yoshiro Mori, the former Olympians lit the cauldron with the torch, also designed to represent Japan’s cherished cherry blossom.”Children had planned to welcome the Olympic flame, but we decided to scale it down, giving priority to their safety,” Mori said.The actual torch 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. “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,” said Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto ahead of the ceremony.But organizers 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 organizers warning there could be a change of program 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 on a 121-day journey before entering Tokyo. The Olympic flame arrived in Japan Friday to a muted reception, what should have been a joyous celebration dramatically scaled down due to the coronavirus pandemic that has cast doubt over whether the Tokyo Games can even go ahead.The flame landed on a special charter flight into Matsushima Air Base in Miyagi province, chosen as part of the “Recovery Olympics” to showcase the region’s revival after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.Former Japanese Olympians Saori Yoshida and Tadahiro Nomura collected the flame from the aircraft and took it to a cauldron in the shape of a cherry blossom on a stage in front of selected guests. ‘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.Organizers 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 epicenter of the crisis — Tokyo officials did not travel to collect the torch, with former Olympic swimmer Naoko Imoto representing Japan at the official handover.As the flame arrived, 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.Japan Olympic Committee member and former Olympic judoka Kaori Yamaguchi was the latest prominent figure to suggest a postponement in a newspaper interview published the day the flame landed.”It should be postponed under the current situation where athletes are not well prepared,” Yamaguchi, a JOC executive board member, told the Nikkei daily.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 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.He said in an interview with the New York Times published Friday that the IOC was “considering different scenarios” for the Games but stressed that the Olympics were still four and a half months away.last_img read more

Arsenal to blow Sevilla out of water with offer they cannot match for Orkun Kokcu

first_img Euro 2020 postponed over coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:05FullscreenEuro 2020 postponed over coronavirushttps://metro.co.uk/video/euro-2020-postponed-coronavirus-2132178/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Mikel Arteta tells Arsenal to trigger extra year in David Luiz’s contractMORE: Willian sends message to Chelsea manager Frank Lampard amid Arsenal and Tottenham transfer linksFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Kokcu is a big talent in the Eredivisie (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are set to offer £25million to Feyenoord to sign Orkun Kokcu this summer, reports say.Mikel Arteta has identified the playmaker as the perfect addition to his squad and wants to make the 19-year-old his first permanent signing.La Razon claim Sevilla are also tracking Kokcu and have sent representatives to speak to the youngster about a move to Spain.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTSevilla want to convince Kokcu his future lies in La Liga rather than the Premier League and the Spanish side regard him as their No.1 target to strengthen their midfield.The interest from Sevilla appears to have forced Arsenal to react and the Gunners have hatched a plan to see off the competition.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal plan to outbid Sevilla and offer £25m for Kokcu, a figure the La Liga side will not be able to match.Arteta is hoping for a busy summer transfer window, but his plans may be affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Advertisement Arsenal plan to outbid Sevilla to complete Orkun Kokcu transfercenter_img Arsenal are ready to offer £25m for Kokcu (Picture: Getty)The Premier League has had to suspend action until April due to the outbreak and club chiefs are holding a meeting on Thursday to further discuss what is to be done.It seems the postponed games will have to be played during the summer, which would presumably see the opening of the summer transfer window delayed.Arsenal’s training complex is still shut after Arteta became the first high profile figure in English football to test positive for coronavirus. Coral BarryThursday 19 Mar 2020 12:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.8kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Raymond W. Coover

first_imgRaymond W. Coover, living his 88th year of life, of West Chester, Ohio and formerly of Milan passed away at his home on Saturday evening, November 25th.  Raymond was born Thursday May 8, 1930 in Gary, Indiana the son of Lloyd and Margarete (Teegarden) Coover.  He married Arlene (Grosz) Coover June 14, 1959 and she preceded him in death December 15, 2007.  Raymond was a lumber inspector for Millcreek Lumber Co. in Cincinnati for many years and was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Milan.Ray is survived by his companion Terry Carney of West Chester, sons Charles (Sandra) Coover of Lebanon, Ohio; Jeff (Kelly) Coover of Cincinnati; daughters Rita (Randy) Tank of Moline, Illinois and Barbara Coover of Fairfield; 6 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene Coover and a son Thomas Coover in 1986.Funeral services for Ray will be at 12 Noon Saturday December 2, 2017 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 7124 N. St. Rd 101, Milan, In 47031 with Pastor Susan Socha officiating.  Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 10:30 until noon Saturday at the church.  Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan entrusted with  Ray’s arrangements, (812)654-2141.  Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave and online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Olatunbosun’s Double Sinks Nasarawa Utd

first_imgIsah Akor spurned the opportunity to give the visitors the lead after 15 minutes as his tame effort was saved by goalkeeper Dele Ayeleso.Five minutes later, Olatunbosun put the Olukoya Boys ahead with a cool finish courtesy of an assist from from Stephen Odey.And ten minutes later he completed his brace to the dismay of the Solid Miners.In the second half, Kabiru Dogo’s side tried all they could to restore some pride but all were to no avail as the hosts secured maximum points to move up the NPFL log.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sikiru Olatunbosun scored twice as MFM FC eased past a jittery Nasarawa United 2-0 to bring an end to their recent poor run in Agege.The visitors – who had lost their first game of the season to Fidelis Ilechukwu’s men in Lagos with the intention of avenging their painful defeat but they looked sluggish despite a raft of changes from technical crew.MFM FC dominated the opening half with their forwards profiting from sloppy Nasarawa United defending.last_img read more

Lifeboat launched off Fanad Head

first_imgRescue volunteers with the Lough Swilly RNLI have been dispatched on a call off Fanad Head this Saturday afternoon.The alert was raised after 2pm after a fishing vessel broke down at sea.The RNLI lifeboat was launched at 2.20pm to assist the crew of the vessel, which is located 20 nautical miles north west off Fanad Head. More updates to follow. Lifeboat launched off Fanad Head was last modified: December 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A Passive House Take on the Hudson Valley

first_imgHudson Passive House, in New York’s Columbia County, though only recently completed, is already familiar to Passive House fans in the region.Last month, for example, the 1,650-sq.-ft. timber-frame home played host to 20-plus members of New York Passive House (NYPH), a New York City-based group of “Passivists” (consultants, contractors, architects, engineers, homeowners, developers, and others) who caravanned two hours north of the city to the project site in Claverack, a scenic town a few miles east of the Hudson River. Joined by several people from the community, the NYPH contingent participated in what the project’s architect, Dennis Wedlick, and other project partners called the Hudson Passive House Hard-Hat Tour, a show-and-tell event held November 13 and 14.The three-bedroom, two-bath house also has been the subject of an American Institute of Architects/NYPH presentation, a segment on WABC-TV’s Sunday-morning feature program “New York Viewpoint,” and write-ups in print and online publications, including a recent EcoHome post that brought it to our attention.A well-sealed envelopeSo as new as it is to the landscape, the barn-like Hudson Passive House, whose 25-ft. bow-arch beams were raised in late June, has been successfully marketed into modest celebrity. Structural insulated panels were used for the walls and roof, bringing their respective R values to 48 and 54. The foundation floor is insulated to R-60 with six layers of expanded polystyrene and, on the interior and exterior of the foundation walls, extruded polystyrene.Mechanical ventilation is provided by a Zehnder ComfoAir 200 heat-recovery ventilator, while space heating is provided by a minisplit air-source heat pump that is mounted in the wall of the loft space at the north end of the building.The building is exceptionally airtight, even by Passive House standards. A blower-door test showed 0.149 air changes per hour at a pressure difference of 50 Pascals. Wedlick told EcoHome that construction costs likely will range from $200 to $250 per sq. ft. ($330,000 to $412,000).The NYPH organizers apparently liked what they saw and, in a blog post about their visit in November, suggested they might make another trip to the house in the dead of winter “so we can actually experience the PH really ‘working.’”last_img read more

Cignal, Sta. Lucia all pumped up

first_imgBSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cignal and Sta. Lucia will have reason to be optimistic when the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference opens on Tuesday at FilOil Flying V Centre.Fresh from a training camp in Japan, the HD Spikers are on a high after winning the title in the Invitational Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cignal coach George Pascua’s confidence comes from his intact roster: The core of the national team, Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga will rejoin stalwarts Honey Royse Tubino, Mylene Paat and Steph Mercado.Meanwhile, after taking a one-conference leave of absence, seasoned mentor Sammy Acaylar will be back to guide the young Sta. Lucia squad to glory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast No more foul trouble as Rhodes finally adjusted to PBA officiating Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Launceston Touch Mourns The Loss of Michael Webb

first_imgWhilst enjoying a run with his ‘Old Grey Sharks’ mates on Thursday night, Mick suffered a heart attack, and despite the extraordinary efforts of volunteers and ambulance staff, could not be revived.Mick, his immediate and massively extended family, have played a huge part in the landscape of both Launceston Touch and Touch Football Tasmania for many years, and there is no doubt that his passing will sadden a great many.Mick embodied what our sport is really all about, having fun with your mates and spending some quality time with family and friends.Gone way too soon, Mick will be remembered by all who came to know him.Our thoughts are with Tania, and Mick and Tania’s beautiful daughters Tahila and Alix, as well as all of the very close and wonderful Webb and extended families.The LTA is providing counselling services to any of their members who may have been affected by this tragedy with:Newport and Wildman15 Lawrence St                              Launceston03 6332 09991800 650 204last_img read more

Ninth 14000 TEU SAVER Handed Over to Seaspan

first_imgzoom Hong Kong-based containership manager and owner Seaspan Corporation has taken delivery of YM Wind, a 14,000 TEU newbuilding, from Taiwanese CSBC Corporation.As informed, the ship will commence a fixed rate charter with Taiwan-based Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation for a ten-year term with an option to extend the charter for an additional two years.YM Wind is the ninth 14,000 TEU SAVER design containership to join Seaspan and expands the company’s operating fleet to 89 vessels.With a gross tonnage of 153,500 tons, YM Wind has a length of 368 meters and a width of 51 meters.Seaspan said it has entered into a sale-leaseback transaction for the YM Wind which provides gross proceeds of approximately USD 144 million. The proceeds will be used to pay for the final YM Wind delivery installment of approximately USD 75 million, with the remainder to be used for general corporate purposes including debt repayment.The lease has a term of 12 years, and Seaspan has an option to purchase the vessel at a pre-determined fair value after 9.5 years.The eight 14,000 TEU SAVER vessel from the batch was delivered to the company in late May 2016.Seaspan’s managed fleet consists of 114 containerships representing a total capacity of over 915,000 TEU, including 10 newbuilding containerships on order scheduled for delivery to Seaspan and third parties by the end of 2018.last_img read more