Japan virus cases surge over 10,000 with hospitals stretched

first_imgSpeaking at a press briefing on Monday, Iwata said Japan’s strategy of limited testing and intensive contact-tracing worked well in the initial phase of the local outbreak, when numbers were small.But he charged that Japan failed to adapt as the outbreak grew.”We needed to prepare for once the situation changes, once the cluster-chasing became not effective and we needed to change strategy immediately,” he said.”But traditionally speaking, and historically speaking, Japan is not very good at changing strategy,” he added.”We are very poor at even thinking of plan B because thinking of plan B is a sign of admitting failure of plan A.” Japanese medics are warning more must be done to prevent the coronavirus from overwhelming the country’s healthcare system as confirmed cases passed 10,000, despite a nationwide state of emergency.Experts have been alarmed by a recent spike in COVID-19 infections, with hundreds detected daily.Japan’s outbreak remains less severe than in hard-hit European countries, but its caseload is one of Asia’s highest after China and India, and is roughly on par with South Korea. There have been 171 deaths recorded so far in Japan and 10,751 cases, with the country under a month-long state of emergency, initially covering seven regions but now in place nationwide.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged residents to reduce contact with other people by 70 to 80 percent, and the number of people on Tokyo’s normally packed transport system has dropped significantly.But the measures do not prevent people from going out, and many shops and even restaurants remain open, even as medical associations warn the country’s healthcare system is struggling to cope.”The system is on the verge of collapse in many places in Japan,” said Kentaro Iwata, an infectious diseases specialist from Kobe University who has repeatedly criticized the government’s response to the crisis. Not a ‘worst-case scenario’ Japan’s government argues it has adjusted its strategy, boosting testing capacity, changing rules that required all positive cases to remain in hospitals where wards quickly became full, and imposing the state of emergency to reduce the spread.But medical experts have called the measures insufficient.”Beds for novel coronavirus patients continue to be almost full,” Haruo Ozaki, president of the Tokyo Medical Association, warned last week.The association has been increasing beds but with a large number of new cases coming in every day, “beds are being occupied instantly,” he said.The health minister has acknowledged that hospitals have in some cases turned away suspected coronavirus patients in ambulances.”Japan hasn’t built a system in which ordinary hospitals can take infectious disease patients in an emergency, when designated hospitals can’t cope,” Ozaki said on Friday.”We are doing our best… but infections are spreading faster than expected,” he added.And hospitals are also struggling with equipment shortages, with the mayor of Osaka calling for donations of unused raincoats for health workers currently forced to use garbage bags for protective equipment.Both Iwata and Ozaki warned that the state of emergency now in place until at least May 6 was not sufficient.”While they talk about border controls and decreasing person-to-person contacts, they let stores stay open,” Ozaki complained.Iwata said he was “half-encouraged and half-discouraged” by the infection numbers in Tokyo, which he called “relatively stable.” “My biggest fear was the explosion of diagnoses… like in New York City, which didn’t happen,” he said.”These numbers are much better than the worst-case scenario.” Topics :last_img read more

New fund category to boost Swiss marketplace moves a step closer

first_img“Obtaining product approval is such a time-consuming and costly process that many Swiss qualified investors have up to now tended to favour foreign collective investment schemes over their Swiss counterparts,” he said.“The L-QIF, an innovative and original Swiss concept, is designed to change this.”   Finma’s head office in BernAccording to Sfama, the new type of fund would be subject to indirect supervision, in that the asset manager offering an L-QIF would need to be supervised by Finma, the financial markets regulator, even though the fund would not need prior authorisation.L-QIFs would be reserved exclusively for qualified investors such as pension funds or financial intermediaries. Both open-ended and closed-ended collective investment schemes could be set up as L-QIFs.The Swiss government indicated the funds would be subject to “liberal and yet transparent investment rules”.  The consultation is open until 17 October. It comes just over a year after the cabinet instructed the federal finance department to draw up draft amendments to the collective investment schemes legislation. According to Sfama, there is widespread support in parliament for the L-QIF project. The Swiss government has opened a consultation on the introduction of a category of fund that could be offered without prior regulatory approval, following through with a project to make Switzerland a more attractive fund domicile. The federal council said its consultation was a response to “a concern of the financial sector”.The concept of a fund that does not require prior authorisation was originally an idea from the Swiss asset management association, Sfama, which said the project to introduce a ‘Limited Qualified Investor Fund’ (L-QIF) “has got up and running quickly by Swiss standards”.Markus Fuchs, the association’s managing director, said Switzerland was at an unfair disadvantage as a fund domicile.last_img read more

Hong Kong legislature suspended amid chaos

first_imgIt was the second day of chaos in HongKong’s Legislative Council as leader Carrie Lam tried to answer questions abouther annual policy address on Wednesday. HONG KONG – Pro-democracy lawmakers inHong Kong heckled the city’s embattled leader and called for her to step downduring a legislative session on Thursday.    The turmoil underscored the deepening political rift in the city to the often violent anti-government protests that began in opposition to an extradition bill. (Reuters)center_img A lawmaker (top) shouts at Chief Executive Carrie Lam as she leaves the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China on Oct. 17. REUTERS/KIM KYUNG-HOONlast_img read more

Wenger gunning for top quality

first_img Chief executive Ivan Gazidis may have talked up the Gunners’ new ”financial firepower” at the end of the last campaign – another which ended without any silverware – but so far the only confirmed signing has been France Under-21 forward Yaya Sanogo – on a free transfer from Auxerre. Arsenal failed to push through a deal for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain earlier in the summer, and Bayern Munich’s Brazil midfielder Luiz Gustavo has joined Wolfsburg. While the Gunners continue to pursue Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, the bid would have to be considerably closer to £50million to kickstart negotiations, and with the player back in training with the Reds it appeared a reconciliation had taken place with manager Brendan Rodgers. Lille winger Florian Thauvin is another said to be on Wenger’s radar, as is Romania forward Ciprian Marica following his release by Schalke. Gunners manager Wenger insists it is top quality, not just quantity, which his squad needs for the challenges ahead. “You certainly heard that we are not scared to spend money, but we want the right players,” said Wenger, who confirmed midfielder Mikel Arteta was set for an extended spell on the sidelines with a thigh injury and will miss the Premier League opener against Aston Villa. “At us, Chelsea and Man United, it is difficult to find the quality players to strengthen the team and the squad who are available at the moment, but there are a shortage of top, top, top players who are available. “We look more for quality than for numbers. The first request is to have the quality to play for Arsenal Football Club. Yes, we would like two or three players, if possible more, but we will not compromise on the quality of the players. “I understand every frustration, you have so many frustrated people, but what is important is the quality of what you do on the pitch, so let’s not create a crisis from nothing.” Arteta was one of several deadline-day signings in August 2011, along with German defender Per Mertesacker, who will captain the team on Saturday with Thomas Vermaelen still out because of a stress fracture in his back. While those late moves, which also saw Yossi Benayoun arrive on loan from Chelsea, worked out, Brazilian Andre Santos and South Korean Park Chu-young failed to make an impact. Wenger, though, insisted there would be no last-minute trolley dash this time around, with the transfer window set to finally close on September 2. He said: “The situation is completely different, because a couple of seasons ago we lost two or three players in one game and we had no other option than to buy. “It is maybe more difficult nowadays because there are more quality spenders on the market, especially in France, they have come on the market as well and bought at a very high level, so it is difficult.” Following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, Wenger is now the longest-serving manager in the Premier League. The Frenchman, 63, feels this season’s championship could be one of the most open, arguing six teams were good enough to mount a challenge. He said: “You have to consider all the teams that made over 70 points last year have a chance. That’s a benchmark for me – 70 points. “If you make 70 points, it means that there is not a lot of difference between you and the (team that finishes) first.” The full extent of Arteta’s problem is still to be diagnosed, but Wenger did at least receive a boost regarding the fitness of Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey. Walcott limped out of England’s 3-2 friendly win over Scotland with a knee injury while Ramsey did not feature for Wales at home to the Republic of Ireland due to an ankle problem. “It could be as long (as six weeks for Arteta), but honestly we don’t know yet. We have to check the severity with the doctor,” Wenger said. Given Wenger has also jettisoned several fringe players this summer to free up the wage bill, Arsenal could find themselves somewhat stretched in terms of numbers ahead of their crucial Champions League play-off against Fenerbahce. “I don’t disagree that we are a bit light at the moment,” the Arsenal boss added. “There are 18 days to go until the end of the transfer market and we are of course looking to strengthen our squad.” Arsene Wenger will not compromise on quality as he looks to bring only “top, top, top players” to Arsenal for the new season. Press Associationlast_img read more

SIS extends German Tote partnership

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit Related Articles Racing content and data services provider Sports Information Services (SIS) has confirmed that it has added a multi-year extension to its existing rights agreement with the German Tote.The extended partnership will allow SIS to include coverage of German horseracing across all of its verticals, including retail and digital 24/7 channels, and to be sold as standalone content on a watch and bet or bet and watch basis for digital use.Paul Witten, Product Director at SIS, commented: “We are delighted to extend our relationship more deeply with the German Tote for inclusion of their high-quality racing in all our services.“This content sits very well within our overall portfolio, and its availability in the near future is sure to fill a significant gap for operators seeking betting content to fill any void whilst domestic racing is still in lockdown.”It comes after the German government has relaxed some restrictions across the country following the COVID-19 lockdown. It has been suggested that German horseracing could resume as early as 1 May.The deal initially covers all German thoroughbred racing with the option to extend to include harness racing in the future.Riko Luiking, CEO at German Tote added: “SIS has proven to be a strong partner for German Tote, and we are very pleased to extend our relationship even further.” Share SIS adds Irish Greyhound Derby to its portfolio August 13, 2020 SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Tips on avoiding heating fires this winter

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. – The Alpena City Fire Department, along with the National Fire Protection Association say home heating fires make up a majority of all house fires in the country.The fire department says there were more than 54–thousand structure fires involving heating equipment. These fires have taken hundreds of lives and resulted in damages amounting to $1 billion between 2011 and 2015.City Fire Chief Bill Forbush says following these safety tips will you help avoid heating fires this winter. “You should have your furnace serviced by a qualified service personnel. If you have a wood stove or a fire place you should also have your chimney cleaned whether you do it yourself or not — it needs to be cleaned or periodically checked through the winter season.”Always dial 911 to report all structure fires and injuries. For a full list of tips, visit the National Fire Protection Association website.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Senior gym goers create pre-workout talk showNext 20 Local Kids ‘Shop With a Hero’last_img read more

Lonzo Ball suing Big Baller Brand co-founder Alan Foster

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersESPN was first to report that the family first learned last year that $1.5 million was missing from the BBB coffers, which the lawsuit alleges was invested in Ethiopian assets, so Foster could embezzle it and not pay taxes on the cash. It also accuses Foster of starting other companies in Wyoming (where BBB is incorporated) without Ball’s knowledge, botching tax filings, and overcharging for loan referral fees with questionable authenticity.Related Articles Lonzo Ball has since cut ties with Foster, removing him as manager of the company, which recently hosted an All-Star Game for young prospects but whose future is very much in doubt. The company has struggled with customer service and deliveries.According to the lawsuit, Foster has refused to account for the missing money to Ball.Per the ESPN report, Foster owned 16.3 percent of the company, while Lonzo owns 51 percent. LaVar owns 16.4 percent and Lonzo’s mother Tina Ball owns 16.3 percent.Ball traveled with the Lakers on their latest road trip despite being shut down for the year with a left ankle injury. Teammates believe Ball is positioning himself to sign a contract with an established apparel company during the offseason. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs A power schism within Big Baller Brand is headed to the courtroom.Lakers guard Lonzo Ball and Big Baller Brand are suing company co-founder Alan Foster, accusing him of fraud and improperly taking $1.5 million from company accounts to use for his own ends. Filed Tuesday to California Superior Court, the suit seeks more than $2 million in damages.Obtained by The Orange County Register, the court filing lays out the narrative of Foster, who previously pled in 2002 and served almost a decade in prison, as a con artist who intentionally got close to the Ball family for a “fraudulent scheme” to shave off the spoils of Lonzo Ball’s basketball career.The document accuses Foster of misrepresenting himself to the Ball family, particularly patriarch LaVar Ball, who he met in 2010. After Lonzo Ball was drafted by the Lakers in 2017, the lawsuit alleges that he trumped up his business credentials to the family to get them to start Big Baller Brand instead of signing with an established company, then benefited from his control over the corporate accounts. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

B&H Football Team in First Hat for Draw in European Championship 2016

first_imgThe European Football Federation (UEFA) announced the details and the rules of the European Championship that will take place in France in 2016.The Championship will last from 10 June to 10 July 2016, while the drawing of the qualifying groups, which will include the record of 53 teams, will take place on 23 February.Nine of the best and nine runner-ups in the qualifying groups and one best third place team will qualify directly to the competition, while eight third place teams will play additional qualifications to qualify for placement at the Championship.The qualifying matches will be played under the new ‘Week of Football’ system, and matches will be played from Thursday to Tuesday. The system was introduced for better visibility of the competition.The B&H team is in the first hat for drawing, which includes Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, England, Portugal, Greece and Russia.The qualifications begin on 7 September, and the drawing of groups for the European Championship will be held in Paris on 12 December 2015.last_img read more

Uganda sports official Nuwagaba dies on plane to Dubai

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Nuwagaba (left) with a Bahamas Commonwealth Youth Games official in July.Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Godfrey Nuwagaba, the treasurer of the Uganda Olympic Committee (UOC) is dead.  The long time Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) official collapsed on an Emirates flight that was headed for Dubai Monday evening and later died.UAF president Dominic Otuchet confirmed the news, describing it as a big loss to Ugandan sports.“I talked to him three times before he left Entebbe, only to get news from UOC’s William Blick this morning that tragedy had struck in Addis Ababa,” Otuchet said.“Because of his abilities he had many responsibilites, including being manager of many of our top athletes like Stephen Kiprotich.”The cause of death is yet to be established but reports indicate that because of an emergency onboard, the Emirates plane headed to Dubai from Entebbe was diverted to Addis Ababa.He was put on oxygen as the flight was diverted, as attempts were  made to resuscitate him. He was confirmed dead at an Addis Ababa hospital hours after landing. Nuwagaba was reportedly traveling with his wife and child to Dubai on a business trip. He was an educationist, proprietor of Standard Primary School in Zana and bursar of Standard High School.The former long distance runner has been a key figure in Ugandan sports for the past decade where he has risen to become treasurer of the athletics body UAF and Uganda Olympic Committee.His last major assignment was in July, when he headed the Uganda team at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas. Uganda won one medal, a gold by Josephine Lalam Joyce in the javelin.DETAILS TO FOLLOWFILE PHOTO: Atuhaire Ogola Ambala carrying the national flag at the Commonwealth Youth Games opening ceremony in Bahamas in July. Nuwagaba in Kanzu back of the team. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

OVERTIME

first_img:10 Here’s the part you don’t understand. Yeah, he’s the fastest man on the planet and certainly others have been there before and of course his last name is “Bolt,” but here’s the thing…the man is TALL! No man that size should be able to do what he does. It’s just not possible I tell ya. BILL NEAL :09 I told ya, I told ya, I told ya. Some of you didn’t believe me and most of you didn’t want to believe me …I told you weeks ago that the best “Big Man” in the NBA will sign with the L.A. Lakers and so it has come to pass. Dwight Howard will now lead “Kobe” and the boys to the promised land. He may not be Moses (as in Moses Malone…Phil. 76ers. Played with Dr. J. …you remember). Anyway, he may be a prophet of a different name, but the objective is the same. Slay the evil king…aka LeBron James and the Miami Heat …and set my Hollywood people free!:08 Word to the wise…or …a word to Andrew Bynum. If you make a statement like, “I don’t care where I play next year” you can be sure that Dr. Jerry Buss, Magic Johnson and the Laker front office will have your one-way ticket out of town booked by the time you get out of the shower. Trust me on this… “Bynum” who…will be the next words you hear!:07 I hate to have to keep telling you I told you so… well, no I don’t, anyway, just last week I was told “Howard” would sign with the Lakers and I’m telling you now to get ready for the Lakers vs. Heat championship series next year. Forget everything else you’ve heard about the Bulls, Celtics and Thunder. This was meant to be.:06 Speaking of basketball, and I was, if you don’t have the NBA channel, get rid of your cable provider. You’re not only missing today’s action, but they bring you some of the greatest classic games of all times, as well as greatest dunks, buzzer beaters and more. Get it mmmaaannn!!:05 Relax, the Pirates will make the playoffs.:04 Hey Pittsburgh Steelers…bring Plaxico Burris home. Problem? Red zone touchdowns…problem solved, Plaxico Burris, all 6 ft. 7 inches of him.:03 A big salute to the Penn Hills YMCA, Chuck Sanders Charities, Chuck Powell, Turner Construction Co., Fox Pizza, Vocelli Pizza, Eat-n-Park and Dave Smith Auto for their support of the Champions’ Armon Gilliam Memorial “Hard Work” Basketball Camp. Special thanks go out to Camp Director Jay Latimer and his superior coaching staff, celebrity guest player Warren Wilson, former Connie Hawkins League All-Star MVP and slam dunk champion, Rayco “War” Saunders, Anthony DeCello, and Coach Jennifer Bruce for their support in making this year’s camp in memory of “The Hammer” one of the best ever. More than 75 area boys and girls got treated to some ole school “hard work” life skills and all the basketball they could handle, not to mention t-shirts, lunch and certificates for completing the camp…miss ya and love ya, will never forget ya, Hammer!!!:02 The men won Olympic Gold in hoops, but I told you (oops, there I go again) they might have a little trouble and now you see why they couldn’t handle the original “Dream Team.” “Kobe” and this team would have no answer for Ewing, Barkley, Robinson, Malone or Bird inside. Hell, they couldn’t handle the Gasol brothers …c’mon man.:01?Anybody that knows me knows I didn’t graduate Cum Laude, Urn Lade or Lade Dade for that matter, but you mean to tell me that Jordan Miles takes the hit…and don’t excuse the pun. Where is the justice, the fair and right thing to do and where in the world is the leadership…the case should have been in the strong and capable, and losing is not an option, hands of Attorney Milton Raiford …he’s back you know!!!:00 Double Overtime—At the buzzer, here we go!•Champions and the Allure Models Car Wash, Aug. 18 at Firestone Tires, Route 22 in Monroeville, across from Chuck-E-Cheese, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Rain date same time, Aug. 19.•Fundraiser for Champions Mixed Doubles Celebrity Tennis Tournament, Sept. 3 at the Highland Park Tennis Courts.•Champions and the Pittsburgh United Rays Corvette Club present a Jamaican style Island Par-tay at Barcelona Restaurant on Allegheny River Blvd., Aug. 25. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m., featuring a come one call all car cruise. Get there early. Only 40 parking spots!!! The fabulous Allure Models will be there along with the amazing Flow Bank performing live in-concert outside, including cash bar, cash grill, inside and outside seating (bring your lawn chairs) and yes, the 50/50 and vendors. THE LAST GREAT SUMMER BLAST—WEAR YOUR JAMAICAN GEAR …IT’S GOING TO BE AN ISLAND PAR-TAY MUN AND DON’T FORGET, IT STARTS EARLY AND ENDS EARLY!!!-GAME OVER-last_img read more