Japan PM Suga ‘determined’ to hold Olympics despite pandemic

first_imgThe march of the coronavirus around the globe forced the historic decision to delay the Games earlier this year.But with continued spikes in infection worldwide, there are ongoing questions about whether the event will be possible next year.Organizers and Olympic officials have insisted the Games will go on, with International Olympic Committee vice president John Coates saying Friday “this has to happen,” citing athletes who would be devastated by a cancellation.But medical experts have warned that the massive international event could be difficult to hold if the pandemic is not under control by next summer. Japan is “determined” to host the postponed Olympic Games in 2021 despite the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s newly elected prime minister told the United Nations General Assembly on Friday.”In the summer of next year, Japan is determined to host the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games as proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic,” Yoshihide Suga said in his first international address since taking office last week.”I will continue to spare no effort in order to welcome you to Games that are safe and secure,” added Suga in the video message. And enthusiasm for the Games appears to have waned in Japan, with polls over the summer finding just one in four Japanese want to see them happen, and most backing either a further postponement or outright cancellation.Read also: Silver says NBA participation at Tokyo Olympics may be limitedOrganizers and officials are discussing a long and complex list of possible coronavirus countermeasures that they hope will make it possible to hold the Games, even if a vaccine is not available.These are expected to include rigorous and repeated testing of athletes, and potentially mandatory vaccinations, if a vaccine is available by then.The postponement has also created a variety of logistical headaches and extra costs.Organizers are combing through hundreds of proposed cost-saving measures, including potentially scaling back the traditionally flashy opening and closing ceremonies.Topics :last_img read more

Construction firm boss selling lavish century-old Queenslander in millionaires’ row

first_imgThe deck at 60 Laidlaw Pde, East Brisbane.Traditional character features such as decorative fretwork, stained glass windows, VJ walls, ornate breezeways and polished timber floors have been restored to their former glory.Sweeping wraparound verandahs offer panoramic views of the city. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoOne of the bedrooms at 60 Laidlaw Pde, East Brisbane.The Hamptons style kitchen features stone benchtops, island bench, double sink, butler’s pantry and premium stainless steel appliances. White timber framed bi-fold doors open out to the back deck and balcony, overlooking the garden and in-ground pool. Family violence victims black-listed Huge luxury penthouse sales Immigration to cause interest rate rise Gina Rinehart is selling this property in Laidlaw Parade, East Brisbane. Picture: McGrath Real Estate.And a six-bedroom, four-storey home at 35 Laidlaw Pde is also on the market for $4.2 million through McGrath Real Estate. This house at 60 Laidlaw Parade, East Brisbane, is on the market.THE boss of a major Queensland construction firm is selling his stately, century-old home in one of Brisbane’s most prestigious streets.Flanked by multi-million dollar properties owned by the likes of Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart, the stunning period home at 60 Laidlaw Parade, East Brisbane, has just hit the market. house feature – 60 laidlaw pde east brisbane – kitchenMowbray Park, a CityCat service and elite schools are all just around the corner. It’s not the only property up for grabs in the elite inner-city street, where the northern aspect over the river attracts multi-million-dollar sales.Gina Rinehart recently listed for sale two properties she owns in Laidlaw Pde, East Brisbane – a vacant block of land she bought for $2.19 million in 2009 and a house she purchased for $4.95 million in 2008. The home at 60 Laidlaw Parade, East Brisbane. Riverfront homes on Laidlaw Parade, East Brisbane.East Brisbane has become popular among buyers because of its riverside location, views and proximity to the CBD — only 3km.The suburb has a median house price of $905,000, according to CoreLogic. 60 Laidlaw Pde is scheduled for auction through Place Estate Agents on September 7 at 12.30pm. Inside the home at 60 Laidlaw Pde, East Brisbane, which is for sale.Ostwald Bros CEO Brendan Ostwald bought the home at auction in December 2011 for $2.1 million.Built in 1915, the lavish five bedroom house is situated on a 754sqm north facing riverside block and is one of just 22 homes in the street.And it is certainly impressive. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE last_img read more

Cannon Hill property ticks all the right boxes

first_imgThe home now has a modern kitchen. Picture: realestate.com.auAnd why not try auctioning on Easter Saturday when the competition is not so great and potential buyers have plenty of time off work.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoSince she owned the house, Ms Della has upgraded it including replacing all of the old galvanised water pipes with copper and poly pipe and upgraded the electrical system.She renovated the kitchen which was in near original condition when she bought it and was basically a couple of cupboards and a freestanding stove.The kitchen has now been transformed into a much more modern fit-out with plenty of cupboard space. Jess Della is taking her Cannon Hill investment property to auction on Easter Saturday. Picture: AAP image, John GassTHIS Cannon Hill investment property could be an Easter holiday bonus for a new owner as it goes to auction this weekend.When Jess Della bought her first property at 148 Shrapnel Rd, Cannon Hill, in 2006, she was attracted to it because it ticked many of her boxes.It was in a great neighbourhood, within walking distance of Cannon Hill Anglican College, close to Bulimba restaurants and cafes and public transport. It also had a decent size yard, which was another bonus.She lived in it for about eight years, and has rented it out as an investment since then. With the tenants now out and Ms Della having recently had her second child, she says now is the time to sell. 148 Shrapnel Rd, Cannon Hill. Picture: realestate.com.auMs Della also had a new roof installed and solar panels.“I had always lived in the area but had rented in units,’’ Ms Della said.“When I was ready to buy I decided that I wanted a house so I chose that property. I wanted to buy a house with a big yard and land that was close to the city.”The three-bedroom house is on a 607sq m block of land. It has polished hardwood floors throughout and there are airconditioners.The main bedroom has a built-in wardrobe and there are security bars throughout.It is scheduled for auction today at 10am through Dennis Simic of Ray White Morningside.last_img read more

Specialty crop grants available

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is now accepting grant applications to grow the state’s specialty crop sector. These crops include fruits, vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops.“I encourage groups interested in enhancing specialty crop production in Indiana to take full advantage of this opportunity,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “Whether it’s applying individually or as part of a collaborative effort, these grants have the potential to create long-term, innovative solutions to some of the challenges facing producers today.”The federally funded Specialty Crop Block Grant program works to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in the marketplace. Applications are open to academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, producer associations, community-based organizations and other specialty crop stakeholders.According to the department, priority will be given to projects that address issues affecting the specialty crop sector, such as enhancing food safety, improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems, and developing new and improved seed varieties.Grants will not be awarded to projects that benefit a particular commercial product, or provide a profit to a single organization, institution or individual.“There are research gaps and obstacles facing every agricultural sector, including specialty crops,” said Bruce Kettler, ISDA director. “This funding provides the opportunity to address some of those key issues, pursue more efficient production methods and increase consumption of our agricultural products.”Indiana has not yet received the total allocation amount from USDA but that information is expected to be announced in the coming months.For more information, click here or visit www.isda.in.gov. Applications are due by March 22, 2019. A full list of specialty crops is available on USDA’s website.last_img read more

Lisowski stuns Selby

first_img There was never more than a frame between Lisowski, ranked 42nd in the world, and Selby as the game went to a decider, the 21-year-old top-scoring with a 96 break in frame five. That put him 3-2 ahead and, though Selby levelled with a 63 in the next, Lisowski came out on top in a scrappy final frame to seal a last-16 clash with Tom Ford. Joe Swail hit back from 3-0 down to stun world number six Stephen Maguire by reeling off four frames in a row. Maguire looked set for a comfortable evening’s work after rattling in breaks of 89, 56 and 52 to move within one frame of victory but Swail nicked the fourth. The Scot had a golden opportunity to wrap up the match in the fifth frame but missed a regulation black off the last red and his 43-year-old opponent moved to within one behind. A break of 69 levelled matters and the Northern Irishman sealed a shock victory after two visits to the table. Swail will next face compatriot Mark Allen, who thrashed Mark Davis 4-0. Allen looked in formidable form as he bids to win back-to-back events, having retained his Haikou World Open crown earlier this month. Neil Robertson was given a scare before he saw off Jamie Burnett 4-2. The 2010 world champion trailed 2-0, but stormed back to take four consecutive frames – the last off a re-spotted black – to progress. Barry Hawkins breezed past Li Hang 4-0, while Martin Gould crashed out after a 4-2 defeat to lower-ranked Ford. Jack Lisowski created a major upset as he defeated world number two Mark Selby 4-3 in the opening round of the PTC Grand Finals in Galway.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Rooney questions Arsenal title bid

first_imgWayne Rooney has cast doubt on Arsenal’s Premier League title credentials. The arrival of Mesut Ozil – the man Rooney once advised Sir Alex Ferguson to sign – from Real Madrid appears to be a masterstroke and with all their rivals making a faltering start, the Gunners have already established a five-point cushion at the top. But Rooney is remaining cautious about their threat. For there have been plenty of times in the past when Arsenal appeared capable of mounting a sustained challenge, only for it to peter out when the pressure starts to be applied later in the campaign. “We’ll have to wait and see where Arsenal are in March,” he said. “We’ve seen before that they’ve been in the top two until February or March and then faded away. “They are doing brilliantly at the minute, so it’s down to them to try and stay there and us to catch them.” After losing three of their opening six games, United have been gradually clawing their way back into contention. Despite registering back-to-back league victories for the first time this season, the Red Devils remain in a rather unaccustomed eighth position. After extending their unbeaten run to eight matches in all competitions with Tuesday night’s goalless Champions League draw with Real Sociedad, Manchester United’s focus is now trained on Sunday’s showdown with Arsene Wenger’s men. Despite negative pre-season expectations around a club that has won nothing since 2005, Arsenal have shot out of the blocks. But the gap to all but Arsenal – whom they are eight points behind – has been closed to a rather more manageable level. However, after collecting just a single point from their early-season meetings with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City, United have a point to prove about their own durability, beyond the simple requirement of victory. “We’re obviously capable of beating Arsenal,” said Rooney. “We’ve done it many times in the past. “They’re on a good run of form at the moment and they’re top of the league, so we know it’s going to be a difficult game. “But we have to go into it with confidence and a belief this is when we can edge closer to them and bring us back into the mix of being at the top of the league.” Whilst the fall-out from Tuesday night’s Champions League stalemate concerned Ashley Young’s conduct in winning a penalty, Robin van Persie’s failure to convert it and Javier Hernandez’s earlier inexplicable miss, the fact remains, in Europe, United are unbeaten and on course to reach the last 16 as group winners. In contrast, domestic progress has been a tortuous process. Indeed, it could be argued given their overall series of results, United are somewhat fortunate not to be totally cut adrift already. It was a point made by Gary Neville in the aftermath of Chelsea’s defeat at Newcastle last weekend when the former Red Devils skipper claimed everyone was waiting for United to make their move. “When you know one of your rivals’ results before the game – especially if they’ve been beaten – it’s great to feel you can edge closer,” said Rooney. “We know we’re capable of playing better and we’re trying to do that. “It’s up to us to keep trying to pick up points and then, come Christmas, see where we are.” Nevertheless, if any club is capable of emerging from their present position as champions, it is the one Rooney remained at despite extensive overtures from Chelsea during the summer. The 28-year-old’s impressive form has already proved there is no lingering disappointment at not getting the move to Stamford Bridge he apparently craved. And David Moyes’ work in talking round his one-time Everton protege means United can harbour ambition that might already have been extinguished had Rooney not remained at Old Trafford. “We had a whole new set-up and different ideas from the manager,” he said. “It was up to us to try and implement them. “It was a bit of a change but we’re starting to show the things that the manager wants. “There are only nine or 10 games gone so there’s no big worry at the moment. “We’re starting to do well. We’re confident at the minute, we’re getting more clean sheets and playing with freedom. “If we can get the victory on Sunday then we’re in a great position.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Laudrup makes Swans exit

first_imgSwansea have “parted company” with manager Michael Laudrup. Press Association Laudrup, the former Real Madrid, Barcelona and Denmark midfielder, was appointed in the summer of 2012 having previously managed at Brondby, Getafe, Spartak Moscow and Real Mallorca. He initially carried on the good work of Brendan Rodgers, who oversaw promotion and took the club to 11th in the Premier League before leaving for Liverpool. Last season’s League Cup success – Swansea’s first major trophy – enhanced Laudrup’s reputation considerably and he was rewarded with a lucrative new contract until 2015. It was reported at the time that another club – and he had been linked with Real Madrid – would have to pay £10million in compensation to secure his services. It is unclear whether he is now entitled to a pay-out on such terms, although the club’s statement has pointedly not referred to his departure as a sacking. Problems surfaced last summer when it is thought Laudrup and Jenkins fell out over transfer targets. The difficulties led to the club’s refusal to deal with Laudrup’s representative Bayram Tutumlu in transfer deals. Press Association Sport understands tensions have also remained throughout the current season and there has also been disquiet about the intensity of training sessions. There have been rumours of rifts between the squad’s British and Spanish players while police were called last month after a training ground bust-up between Monk and Chico Flores. Prior to Laudrup’s exit, it had been understood that Monk, who has not played since September after undergoing knee surgery, was being lined up for a coaching role. The long-serving Monk, 35 next month, joined the Swans when they were in League Two in 2004. Interestingly, Laudrup left his last job at Mallorca after the club opted to remove his assistant Erik Larsen, who later joined him at Swansea. Monk and Curtis have now been put in charge for the “foreseeable future”. Their first task is a tough one as they face bitter rivals and fellow strugglers Cardiff in a crucial derby at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea are 12th in the table but their position is a precarious one as they are just two points above the bottom three. Jenkins said: “I hope all our supporters can fully understand how difficult this period has been for us and I would urge everyone connected to the football club to get behind Garry Monk, the staff and players.” Everton assistant manager Graeme Jones, who previously worked at Swansea under Roberto Martinez, is one of the early front-runners to be the next permanent boss. The Dane has left the club with immediate effect following a decision that chairman Huw Jenkins said was “taken reluctantly”. Veteran defender Garry Monk and first-team coach Alan Curtis will take charge of the team ahead of Saturday’s clash with rivals Cardiff. The news ends considerable speculation over Laudrup’s position, which had been growing since last weekend’s loss to West Ham. The Capital One Cup-winning boss’ relationship with the club had reportedly been strained since a major disagreement over transfer policy last summer. The 49-year-old had also been under increasing pressure after a run of just one win in 10 Barclays Premier League matches left the Swans facing the prospect of a relegation battle. Jenkins said: “It is a decision we have taken reluctantly, but it’s a decision made in the best interests of Swansea City Football Club and our supporters. “It is the first time in nearly 10 years that the club have parted with a manager in this way, but we had to remove the constant uncertainty surrounding the club and Michael’s long-term future with us. “I had a meeting with Michael today in a final attempt to support him and establish a way to improve the work of the backroom team to secure the results we need over the final 14 Premier League games. “However, after thinking long and hard about the best way forward, I felt it was unlikely we would achieve a stable environment at the club to allow us to get back to basics and produce the performance levels that have served Swansea City so well over the last few years. “Now we need to put that uncertainty behind us and move forward as a united football club on all fronts, while placing on record our gratitude to Michael for the work he has done over the last 18 months and wish him well for the future.” last_img read more

Pooran banned from WICB four-day, Super50 tournaments

first_imgWEST Indies wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran will be banned from participating in the upcoming Digicel Four-Day Regional tournament after signing with the Khulna Titans in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).As a result the player will also be unable to take part in the Regional Super50 tournament, which will get under way early next year and also impact his chances of eligibility for the West Indies.Pooran’s woes, as WICB CEO Michael Muirhead explained, stems from not honouring his contract with the Leeward Islands Hurricane for the upcoming tournament, which has related in a suspension from WICB sponsored tournaments.“Nicholas Pooran has decided not to play for the franchise (Leeward Islands Hurricanes) that he was selected for. All persons who are entering the (WICB Four-Day) draft, sign that they will make themselves available and commit themselves to playing for whoever they are drafted by.If you fail to honour that then there are consequences. The consequence is actually is that he won’t be able, for a specific period, play for WICB sponsored tournaments,” Muirhead explained.While admitting that the player’s period of ineligibility did not rule him out of selection for the regional team, Muirhead explained that he could be put at a disadvantage.“It does not mean he cannot play in a West Indies team if he is selected but it might lessen his chances of selection by not playing in our tournaments, but it still means that he could be selected if the selectors see it fit to choose him.” (Sportsmax.com)last_img read more

Cricket News On This Day – Aravinda de Silva powers Sri Lanka to 1996 World Cup glory vs Australia

first_imgAustralia and West Indies forfeited the game in Colombo due to a bomb blast.Sri Lanka’s semi-final against India was cut short in Eden Gardens due to crowd rioting.Aravinda de Silva became the third player to hit a century in the World Cup final. Having been undefeated in the whole tournament, Sri Lanka entered the quarterfinals against England high on confidence. In Faisalabad, England were restricted to 235/8 but Jayasuriya launched an unprecedented assault to smash 82 off 44 balls as Sri Lanka won by five wickets with more than nine overs to spare. In the high-voltage semi-final clash against India at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, Sri Lanka were in trouble at 35/3 but de Silva’s brilliant 66 and Mahanama’s solid 58 helped them recover. Some contributions from the tail helped Sri Lanka reach 251/8.Tendulkar started off aggressively and when he was on 65 and with India on 98/1, it seemed the game would slip away from Sri Lanka. However, Tendulkar was stumped by Kaluwitharana off Jayasuriya and India proceeded to lose six wickets for 22 runs. At 120/8 and with defeat imminent, the crowd in Kolkata resorted to rioting and bottles were hurled. Clive Lloyd, the match referee, awarded the game to Sri Lanka and they reached the final for the first time.Before the final, Ranatunga had said that he wanted the Australians in the final and he got it. In Lahore, Sri Lanka chose to bowl and Australia were in a good position at 137/1 with Mark Taylor scoring 74. However, de Silva changed the course of the match by removing Taylor for 74 and then denting the middle order at regular intervals to finish with three wickets. Australia managed 241/7 and they gave themselves a chance by removing Jayasuriya and Kaluwitharana cheaply. However, Asanka Gurusinha tackled the bowlers brilliantly and along with de Silva, strung a 125-run stand for the third wicket. Gurusinha fell for a brilliant 58 but de Silva became the third player after Lloyd and Sir Viv Richards to hit a century in the final and along with Ranatunga, guided Sri Lanka closer to home. When Ranatunga guided Glenn McGrath’s short ball to third man for a boundary, Sri Lanka had achieved the impossible. They defeated Australia and clinched the World Cup by seven wickets.The win not only put Sri Lanka on the cricketing map, it changed the very face of the country. They were now considered worthy opponents. After that, the country has gone on to win Asia Cups, the 2014 World T20, the 2002 Champions Trophy which was shared with India and they have been part of two ICC Cricket World Cup finals in 2007 and 2011. For all the success of Sri Lanka cricket in the modern era, the base was set by Ranatunga’s men in 1996. New Delhi: The 1996 World Cup was a watershed moment for Sri Lanka in many ways. It was the first time that the country would co-host the tournament along with India and Pakistan. The team had a formidable group of players in Aravinda de Silva, Arjuna Ranatunga, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan and Roshan Mahanama. At the top, Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana were rewriting the method of batting in ODIs with their aggression in the first 15 overs. The team stunned the world with their performances but their journey towards glory almost stumbled before it began. Before the World Cup, there was a bomb blast in Colombo which killed over 50 people. Looking at the security situation, Australia and West Indies refused to tour Colombo and Sri Lanka were awarded the games.Thilanga Sumathipala, the president of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board, spoke in 2018 about the incident to Hindustan Times. “We had a meeting in Kolkata following the blast. We had signed for the World Cup and sponsors were on board. I was facing a huge challenge. So, Dalmiya put together a team consisting of India and Pakistan players and made the XI. He demonstrated amazing leadership,” Sumathipala said. With security assured, Sri Lanka played Zimbabwe in Colombo and they won the match by six wickets.Sri Lanka made a big statement when they traveled to India for the league game against the favourites at the Feroz Shah Kotla. On an overcast Delhi morning, Sachin Tendulkar smashed 137 as India reached 271/3 but Sanath Jayasuriya smashed 79 and tore the Indian bowling apart as Sri Lanka won comfortably by six wickets. Aravinda de Silva smashed 145 in the last league game against Kenya as they notched up 398/5, which was then the highest team score in ODIs. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: Hurricanes began voluntary training sessions

first_imgTraining camps may open as early as July 10 if an agreement between the league and players on virus testing, health and safety protocols, and “hub” cities to host the games can be reached.___The LPGA Tour lost another tournament when the Canadian Women’s Open was canceled because of travel restrictions and quarantine requirements from the COVID-19 pandemic.The CP Women’s Open was scheduled for Sept. 3-6 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver. The LPGA Tour and Golf Canada say it will return to Shaughnessy the last week in August next year.“I understand this was a tough decision for everyone involved, but given the restrictions faced, there was simply nothing else that could be done that would have enabled us to run the event in 2020,” LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan says. June 30, 2020 ___The rest of the rugby sevens world series has been canceled and New Zealand declared winners of the men’s and women’s titles.The Hong Kong, Singapore, Langford, London and Paris legs were postponed but World Rugby canceled them after discussion with all of the host unions.New Zealand was awarded the titles for leading the standings when the coronavirus pandemic stopped the series after six of the 10 men’s rounds and four of the five women’s rounds.South Africa was second and Fiji third in the men’s series. Australia was second and Canada third in the women’s. Associated Press In a video conference with reporters, captain Jordan Staal said the players went through safety protocols that included wearing a mask and getting a temperature check when arriving at the arena, as well as “keeping your distance as best you can.”The team had announced last week that roughly 16 players were expected to participate, divided into two groups, with workouts closed to the public and media.Staal said the goal was “feeling the ice again” while running some drills. The team hasn’t specified which players were scheduled to participate in Tuesday’s sessions, though Staal said his group included All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton.Hamilton broke his left leg in January, but the team has said he should be ready to go if the season resumes.“Hopefully we can get through this Phase 2 and 3 unscathed, and get in the bubble and go from there,” Staal said.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Members of the Carolina Hurricanes have returned to their home ice at PNC Arena as the team began voluntary training sessions amid the second phase of the NHL’s return plan. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: Hurricanes began voluntary training sessionslast_img read more