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Japan, eyeing Olympics, lines up half-billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine

first_img‘Hope for a miracle’Some critics contend that Japan’s rush to secure supplies is driven largely by a political desire to show the world it is fully committed to hosting the Games.”The plan is, hope for a miracle and then capitalize on that miracle,” said Michael Cucek, a political science professor at Temple University Japan. “But the timeframe for that is getting narrower and narrower.”Health ministry and Cabinet Office officials did not respond to queries about whether Japan’s drive to secure coronavirus vaccines was connected to the Olympics.Japanese officials have discussed putting on a “simplified” Games, originally expected to attract 600,000 visitors. But the event would still involve some 11,000 athletes from around the world.Given the size of the events and people coming from all over the world, holding the Olympics require “mass quantities of an effective vaccine,” said Kenji Shibuya, director of the Institute of Population Health at King’s College, London.Staging an Olympics in a pandemic will be a huge logistical challenge, as thousands of athletes around the world will have to train and travel to events and many more thousands of fans will have to be accommodated at a time when many countries may still be in lockdown. Japan still has a travel ban in place covering more than 140 countries.Even with a viable vaccine, the additional challenge of immunizing athletes and visitors before or after landing in Japan will be enormous.A “very, very essential factor” for the Olympic hosts will be when an effective vaccine will be ready and how it will be distributed, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike told Reuters on Tuesday.”We will do our best to prevent coronavirus infections here in Japan and also to welcome the athletes from all over the world.” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the top government spokesman, said Japan was working with Olympic organizers on how to go ahead with the Games, tying the effort to the need to secure a vaccine.The various companies “will probably be able to produce a vaccine between the end of this year and next March,” Suga told Reuters in an interview this week. “There are a lot of considerations, but we want to hold the Olympics at all costs.”Japan is on track to have 521 million doses of five different vaccines in 2021, compared with a population of 126 million. Recent deals include global arrangements with such drugmakers as Pfizer Inc and AstraZeneca PLC, as well as local deals with the likes of Shionogi & Co.”You have to bet evenly to avoid getting nothing,” said Tomoya Saito, director at Japan’s National Institute of Public Health. Japan is making an aggressive move to grab enough coronavirus vaccine to inoculate its population four times over, a push the government hopes will instill confidence that it can host a delayed summer Olympics next year.Like other rich countries, Japan is signing multiple deals because some of the vaccines could fail in clinical trials or require more than one dose, an approach some experts consider prudent.But Japan has something else riding on a successful mass rollout of a vaccine: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s enduring aim to bring thousands of athletes and fans to Tokyo for the Games in 2021, after the event fell through this year due to the pandemic.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Lady Wildcats Soccer Results

first_imgFranklin County High School Girls Varsity Soccer falls to South Dearborn High School 6-0.FCHS Varsity girls soccer played 80 minutes in scorching heat but lost to South Dearborn 6-0. The Wildcats improved their showing against this team from the previous season.Karlie Hahn had another exceptional night between the pipes recording another 12 saves. Laura Edwards and Claudia Mauntel anchored the team sweeping up attackers left and right.Jaime Stortz, Grace Noble and Jordan Nichols had some excellent shots on goal but the South Dearborn Keeper made great saves.Franklin County High School Girls Varsity Soccer beat Milan High School 3-2.The Lady Wildcats had two back to back games high heat and humidity but were exceptional in executing simple possession soccer. The defensive line with Claudia Mauntel, Laura Edwards, Adrienne Bundy and Taylee Conrad were tough to beat. The Wildcats only allowed 6 shots on goal. Goal Keeper Karlie Hahn recorded another 4 saves.Making her way back from a serious injury over the summer was Sophomore Kylee Gibson. She scored her first goal of the season and racked up two assists on the night. A;lso score was Brylee Pace and Jordan Nichols. Paige Hall also had an assist. Grace Noble had 7 excellent shots but they were all stopped by the Milan GK.Notable were Jessica Parker, and Jaime Storz with excellent composure in the midfield. The fast and furious outside mids were controlling both sides of the pitch: Kamryn Dozier, Morgan Steward, Kloe Bolos and Halee Barker.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Cindy Adams.last_img read more

Vlaar set for Villa talks

first_img With one year remaining on the Dutchman’s contract, and following his stand-out performances for Holland in the World Cup, Vlaar has since been linked with a number of clubs, notably Serie A pair Juventus and Lazio. After an extended break for the 29-year-old in light of his World Cup exertions, Vlaar returned to the Villa fold on Saturday, although as a spectator only for the club’s 4-1 pre-season friendly defeat at Groningen. With Vlaar back in training this week as the countdown continues towards the opening Barclays Premier League game with Stoke on August 16, Lambert said: “He told me he is concentrating on that game. “He’s not had much of a break, but he’s enthusiastic, positive and raring to go.” Once Vlaar is back in the swing of things again, Lambert plans on a more in-depth chat. “It was a good feeling I got from him,” added Lambert, speaking to the Birmingham Mail. “To be fair, it was a really brief conversation I had before the game as I was preparing the lads for the match. “Ron’s got another year still to go on his contract, it’s not as if he’s at the end of it. “Once we get back I’ll sit with him, we’ll have a bit more time, but he loves it at Villa, that’s well known.” One player who is on his way out of Villa Park is Antonio Luna, who has moved to Hellas Verona on loan with the Serie A side having an option to buy the full-back at the end of the deal. Press Association The 23-year-old Spaniard moved to the midlands club from Sevilla last July and was a regular in the side up until Christmas. However, he did not play again after a substitute appearance in the 2-2 draw at Liverpool on January 18 this year as on-loan defender Ryan Bertrand took his place. And it appears Lambert does not regard Luna among his first-team plans for the forthcoming season, with Verona announcing they had snapped up the defender on their official website. Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is planning on holding talks with captain Ron Vlaar in a bid to resolve the defender’s future.last_img read more

O’Brien suffers final-flight fall

first_img O’Brien missed the start of the new Flat season at the Curragh last Sunday, instead riding over hurdles for the first time at Limerick, and was having his second outing over jumps at the County Meath circuit. Marchese Marconi, trained by the jockey’s father, Aidan O’Brien, and owned by JP McManus, was ridden prominently throughout and still held a narrow advantage when he made a mistake at the last and unseated his rider. Joseph O’Brien suffered a dramatic final-flight exit from Marchese Marconi as Tony McCoy clinched victory aboard Sir Scorpion in the Gleesons Butchers Novice Handicap Hurdle at Fairyhouse. Sir Scorpion, carrying the first colours of McManus and trained by Tom Mullins, was the 6-4 favourite following victory at Leopardstown at the end of February and toughed it out on the run-in to score by a length and a quarter from Lilshane. O’Brien walked away seemingly none the worse from the fall, while McCoy, whose appearance at the Easter Festival looks set to be his last as a jockey in Ireland, received a rousing reception upon his return to the winner’s enclosure. He said: “I thought he’d a good chance going out. He took time to pick up, and hopefully he’ll improve for the experience.” Mullins added: “He sweated up a lot at the start and we’ll have to see how he comes out of this before thinking about Punchestown. Tony said he’ll stay further.” Tony Martin and Paul Townend got the Easter Festival off to a flying start as Voices Of Spring (12-1) cruised seven and a half lengths clear in the Choice Hotel Group Maiden Hurdle after the fourth-last fall of the odds-on Unic De Bersy opened the way. Martin said: “He was bought in November and he’s done nothing but improve. He was a bit difficult when we got him – keen and free – and the hood was a big help. He jumps well and has the makings of a nice horse.” Terence O’Brien’s 11-2 chance Ballyadam Approach looked a sitting duck in the closing stages of the BoyleSports Novice Handicap Chase, but main rival Dysios fell at the last and David Splaine kept him going to score well by three and three-quarter lengths. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Rider seeks revenge on Iona

first_imgRider seeks revenge on Iona February 20, 2020 VETERAN PRESENCE: Senior leadership could play a big role in the outcome of this game. E.J. Crawford, Tajuan Agee, Isaiah Washington and Mo Thiam have collectively accounted for 65 percent of Iona’s scoring this season. For Rider, Dimencio Vaughn, Tyere Marshall, Frederick Scott, Stevie Jordan and Willy Nunez Jr. have collectively accounted for 79 percent of all Rider scoring, including 82 percent of the team’s points over its last five games.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Agee has been directly responsible for 47 percent of all Iona field goals over the last three games. The senior forward has 21 field goals and 13 assists in those games.SLIPPING AT 72: Iona is 0-10 this year when it allows 72 points or more and 9-3 when holding opponents to fewer than 72.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Broncs have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Gaels. Iona has 43 assists on 72 field goals (59.7 percent) across its past three games while Rider has assists on 51 of 85 field goals (60 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Iona has made 7.9 3-pointers per game this season, which is second-best among MAAC teams. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditRider (15-10, 9-6) vs. Iona (9-13, 7-8)Hynes Athletics Center, New Rochelle, New York; Friday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Rider seeks revenge on Iona after dropping the first matchup in Lawrenceville. The teams last played on Jan. 10, when the Gaels shot 51.9 percent from the field while limiting Rider to just 45.3 percent en route to a three-point victory.center_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

The Latest: Taiwan baseball could start on April 11

first_imgThe Champions Cup and second-tier Challenge Cup had already suspended the quarterfinals scheduled for next month. Now the semifinals on May 1-3 and the finals in Marseille set for May 22-23 are off.EPCR says it “remains committed to completing the 2019-20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season.”___The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start Thursday as planned in northeastern Fukushima prefecture but with no torch, no torchbearers and no public because of the coronavirus outbreak.There will be an Olympic flame carried in a lantern and transported by a vehicle along what organizers hope will be empty roadsides. March 24, 2020 The start of the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League’s season has been delayed twice this month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The CPBL’s website says the opening game would go ahead in a closed stadium but there could be up to 150 season ticket holders allowed entry under strict social distancing guidelines if the government approves.Sports leagues across Asia have been postponed or suspended because of the virus outbreak. The professional baseball and soccer leagues in Japan are aiming to start or resume their seasons in late April.___Japan’s NHK public television says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose a one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics during talks with IOC President Thomas Bach. Johnson says “as a national competition played in all parts of Australia, as well as New Zealand, mission complicated became mission impossible.”Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Melbourne City at an empty stadium on Monday was the last game completed. Sydney FC leads the standings with 48 points after 20 games.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: Taiwan baseball could start on April 11 Abe says a postponement is unavoidable if the 2020 Games cannot be held in a complete manner amid the coronavirus pandemic.Abe held telephone talks with Bach after IOC said it would make a decision on the Tokyo Games over the next four weeks.___The European club rugby finals in May have been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.Governing body European Professional Club Rugby announced the decision a day after a conference call by the board. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Taiwan’s professional baseball league has set April 11 as the revised date for opening day. The Tokyo Games and the relay have been caught in limbo since International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said four weeks were needed to decide on an inevitable postponement of the planned opening on July 24. He has ruled out a cancellation.___Australian soccer’s A-League has suspended its season indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.That brings an end to all professional football competitions in Australia and New Zealand.Football Federation Australia chief executive James Johnson says the latest measures imposed by the federal government made it impossible for the A-League to continue. The league had only a few regular-season games remaining before the playoffs. Johnson said the postponement will be reviewed on April 22. Associated Press last_img read more

Sir Leon Lessons win South Zone title in dramatic fashion

first_img… advance to Digicel schools football quarter-finalIT was high drama at the Tucville Community Centre ground yesterday, when Sir Leon Lessons clawed their way from being down 1-0 late in their contest against Masters Academy, to clinch the Georgetown South Zone title in this year’s Digicel Schools Football Championship, winning 5-3 via penalty.With the win, Sir Leon Lessons received $100 000, a new set of uniforms and have also booked a place in the tournament’s quarter-finals, set for July 25. Their opposition is not yet known.Meanwhile, the level of play wasn’t anything to cheer about, as the two sides failed to properly put together solid combinations and run on goals.Maybe, the wet outfield at the Tucville venue could be blamed, but for the supporters of the two sides, they were certainly entertained from the opening minute.After several failed attempts, Masters Academy took the lead, which came off the cleats of Angel Smith in the 43rd minute.Sir Leon Lessons’ Tyrese Forde (#11 second from right) scores the equaliser from the penalty spot against Masters Academy. (Samuel Maughn photos)The goal sent their supporters into frenzy and, given the way Sir Leon Lessons were attacking, a victory was in sight for Masters Academy.Smith later had another opportunity at goal that could have put the game away and place Masters Academy in the quarter-final, but he seemed too anxious and his shot sent the ball over the crossbar.But, as time ticked away, Masters Academy became untidy in the defence and in the 62nd minute, referee Maurice Skeete was in the perfect position to spot a handball in the penalty area and quickly pointed to the mark.Tyrese Forde stepped up to the penalty spot to take the kick for Sir Leon Lessons, and the player made no mistake in tucking the ball nicely past the goalkeeper who had chosen the right side, but the ball was hit too hard and too high out of reach.With the scores level at one, and time elapsing, the game was sent straight to penalty shootout as per tournament rules.Sir Leon Lessons were flawless from the penalty spot, while Masters Academy missed their second kick and fell 5-3.Last year, Sir Leon Lessons were booted from the tournament at the semi-finals stage, falling 2-1 to the Christianburg/Wismar Secondary School (Multi).One hundred and fifty schools, drawn from the ten administrative regions of Guyana, are vying for what is considered as the country’s ‘Holy Grail’ of schools football.One million dollars will go the winning school for a project of their choice, while second through fourth will pocket $700 000, $400 000 and $350 000 respectively.last_img read more

Men CARE holds supply drive for women’s shelter

first_imgUSC’s Men CARE held its first service event in the community Saturday to benefit a nearby women’s shelter, the Jenesse Center Inc.From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., members asked customers entering Pavilions on Vine Street if they would consider purchasing an extra item to benefit the shelter. They passed out fliers that contained a list of what the shelter needed — mostly nonperishable food, cleaning supplies, hygiene items and school supplies — and information about domestic violence.“Doing a supply drive lets us raise the projects that domestic violence needs, but it also lets us educate people about domestic violence in a casual and informal way,” said Todd Henneman, assistant director of the Center for Women and Men and adviser to Men CARE.Season of giving · Allison Ganz (left) gives USC Men CARE member Tal Peretz a bag of supplies from Pavillions on Saturday. – Rachel Bracker | Daily Trojan Men CARE President Cameron Sabol, a senior majoring in physics/computer science and electrical engineering, suggested that the group do a service event in the community last year and found the Pavilions location.At the event, Men CARE ran out of fliers and boxes for the goods they collected.“I had varying expectations because we had heard of other groups who had done this before who had said, ‘Oh, we got a ton of stuff,’ but this being our first time doing it, we weren’t really sure what would happen,” Sabol said.The Jenesse Center was started in 1980 by five survivors of domestic abuse and is the oldest domestic violence center in South Los Angeles. It has a 24/7 hotline and offers a variety of services, including counseling, healthcare and transportation.“We wanted to use a place that served the community around USC,” Henneman said. “The Jenesse Center offers emergency housing as well as temporary housing so that victims can rebuild their lives. It also provides legal services as well as educational programs to help women and children establish new starts.”All of Men CARE’s members participated in the event. Henneman said that it was a testament to the group’s dedication that it was working on a game day — “a sacred day at USC.”“The event [Saturday] didn’t cost USC or students anything — just volunteer time — but we’ve literally collected hundreds and hundreds of dollars for the community. It shows what students can do when they think creatively and want to help the community,” Henneman said.Vice President of Membership Michael Vasquez, a junior majoring in health promotion and American Studies, said the event also displays how service-oriented USC has become.“We had UCLA people come by and say, ‘Oh, they’re from the University of Spoiled Children,’” Vasquez said. “But I said, ‘Actually, it’s the University of Service to the Community.’”The group has plans to continue the event in the future, possibly once a month. It has received approval to ask for donations for the Jenesse Center and the Ralphs on Adams Boulevard and Vermont Avenue.USC Men CARE has spoken with middle and high school students about domestic violence and often hosts speakers on men’s and women’s issues but has never held an event specifically directed at the community surrounding USC.“I feel like it really opens up your perspective,” said Gabriel Si, vice president of finance and a senior majoring in neurobiology. “Sometimes we might be a little closed in and not recognize a lot of things that are going on. Seeing all these people who are willing to help is really a great thing.”The Center for Women and Men also provides services to students who grew up in abusive homes or have experienced dating violence. Support is available to all students. male or female.last_img read more

USC to add D-I lacrosse

first_imgNewly inaugurated USC President C.L. Max Nikias made an informal announcement last Thursday to USC news source Annenberg TV News that the university will add a Division I women’s lacrosse team to the athletics department.Moving up – Junior attacker Jordan LaRue of the women’s lacrosse club team advances the ball up the field against North Carolina. – Photo courtesy of Shari MorningstarThe addition has not been formally announced yet, but it will come in the near future as coaching acquisitions are made, Nikias said.“Pretty soon we are going to announce that we will introduce a women lacrosse team, Division I, at USC,” Nikias said to ATVN. “That is going to be announced in the next few months. We are in the process of recruiting the coach for the team and then we will make the announcement.”According to Nikias, the move to add a lacrosse team comes as a result of the rising popularity of the sport, whose following has recently risen despite the long history of the game. He also mentioned that there are plans to add a men’s team in the future as well.“Lacrosse is becoming very popular,” Nikias said. “It’s more popular in the East Coast, but now it is becoming more and more popular in the West Coast. I wanted to give priority to the women lacrosse and then in the next three to five years I think we are going to be in a position to also introduce a men’s lacrosse team.”There are currently 91 Division I women’s lacrosse teams in the country, three at Pac-10 schools (the teams compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in women’s lacrosse) — Stanford, Oregon and Cal. USC will become the fourth.USC currently has a women’s lacrosse club, which will continue to compete at the club level, said Erini Blakey, a senior captain on the team.Blakey said she is excited about the opportunity the team will have to compete at a higher level in the future.“It’s incredibly exciting,” Blakey said. “I think it’s a great opportunity for girls here but also for the sport in general. It’s such an East Coast sport, and to have a school like USC decide to put in a program is very big news. We’re all very excited for it.”Blakey also noted that the growing demand both nationally and in California was reason enough for a team at USC.“I think that our club’s success and growth might have caught the attention of the athletic department, but I think it is such a popular sport around the country that it [called for a team],” Blakey said. “The sport has gained a lot of popularity in California in the recent years. We are host to some of the best clubs in the nation.”But although the new Division I team will draw a lot of talent to USC from the surrounding area, Blakey said she isn’t worried about a potential erosion of membership on the club side stemming from the new team’s creation.“The girls on our team will have the opportunity to try out for the D-I team, which is a great opportunity for them. But there will also be great athletes who choose not to try out for the varsity team,” Blakey said. “It’s not going to negatively affect the club team; rather, it will promote the sport, which I think is wonderful.”Once instituted, the team will become the 11th Division I women’s sport at USC.last_img read more