NPB and J. League noncommittal on return to action after virus task force meeting

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES NPB Commissioner Atsushi Saito is seen during an online news conference on Thursday | KYODO Your news needs your supportSince the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis, The Japan Times has been providing free access to crucial news on the impact of the novel coronavirus as well as practical information about how to cope with the pandemic. Please consider subscribing today so we can continue offering you up-to-date, in-depth news about Japan. Nippon Professional Baseball and the J. League remained noncommittal about a timeline for getting back on their respective fields of play following the sixth meeting of their joint task force on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday, with officials from both leagues seemingly resigned to playing behind closed doors when their competitions are able to resume.Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University professor Mitsuo Kaku, leader of the task force’s medical panel, said the two weeks that have elapsed since the Japanese government declared a state of emergency in seven prefectures — which has since been expanded to cover the entire nation — has not provided the time needed to collect enough data for the leagues to come to any decisive conclusions. The state of emergency is in effect until May 6, though the task force does not expect it to be lifted then. The government will reexamine whether or not the order should be extended early next month. J. League, NPB, Mitsuru Murai, Atsushi Saito, covid-19, covid-19 in Japan KEYWORDS The Rakuten Monkeys and Uni-President Lions compete in a CPBL game at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium on April 16, 2020, in Taoyuan, Taiwan | KYODO RELATED PHOTOS “We’re seeing a decrease in the number of new patients but our medical facilities are facing very difficult situations,” Kaku said.Earlier this month, NPB delayed the start of its season again and the J. League scrapped plans to resume its current campaign, with both leagues now hoping to play in June.The government’s own medical experts on Wednesday described the country as being at a “critical point” in its progress toward slowing the spread of the coronavirus. It urged the public to reduce close-contact situations by 80 percent through a number of countermeasures including wearing masks, telework and avoiding peak shopping hours at supermarkets.NPB Commissioner Atsushi Saito and J. League Chairman Mitsuru Murai acknowledged the possibility of returning to action without crowds initially, citing the example of Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League, which began its regular season in empty stadiums on April 12 and South Korea’s Korea Baseball Organization, which is preparing to do the same on May 5, with the country’s professional soccer league to follow soon after.“We want to help cheer up the nation by delivering pro sports to all of the children watching on TV or on the internet,” Saito said. “Even if we have to play behind closed doors, our desire to start the season hasn’t changed.”Added Murai: “As the state of emergency is wound down, starting without fans is the most reasonable option, because when we consider travel we have to take into account the different rates of infection in each region. We have to think about the safety of our fans.”Kaku said that while the leagues and task force were working to prepare detailed protocols and guidelines for players, staff and their families, the joint task force would also use other professional leagues as reference points going forward.“We would like to share information with leagues that begin their seasons ahead of (NPB and J. League),” Kaku said. “Right now, Major League Baseball and soccer leagues in Europe have steadily been proceeding on their own measures (to start their seasons). We shall share information with them and think about what we should do.”Kaku and his colleagues stressed that both leagues would need to receive support and understanding from both national and local governments, as well as the general public, in order to kick off their campaigns.“While this state of emergency continues and the public is asked to restrain from social activities, if (NPB and the J. League) start playing under such circumstances, the players could come under criticism,” said Aichi Medical University professor Hiroshige Mikamo. “But what if this declaration is ended? We will have to prepare for it.”As the task force continues to form strategies to ensure the physical safety of players and officials when both leagues eventually resume, it is also evaluating the mental health needs of players.Earlier this week, FIFPRO, the global union for soccer players, called for clubs to provide greater psychological care after finding that 13 percent of male players and 22 percent of female players had reported symptoms of depression due to uncertainty over the future.Former national team forward Ryuji Bando — who is participating in the joint task force in his capacity as a specially appointed member of the J. League’s board of directors — advocated for those needs to be addressed during Thursday’s meeting, according to Murai.“As the J. League, we recognize that some of our players and their families are worried for a variety of different reasons and some of them might not be able to sleep at night, yet they might not be able to report that to their team doctors and other officials,” Murai said. “So right now we are working on setting up a point of contact for them.”Murai added that his league would like to keep cooperating with medical specialists and other Japanese sports leagues, noting the presence of psychologists at clubs in Spain and elsewhere overseas.“I think it’s a very important thing,” he said.Following the meeting of the joint task force, both leagues held meetings with their respective club representatives Thursday afternoon to brief them on what had been discussed.The next joint task force meeting is scheduled on May 11, with Saito saying NPB is hoping to be able to set the date for its opening day around that time. J. League chairman Mitsuru Murai speaks during an online news conference on Thursday. | KAZ NAGATSUKA IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Media Watch – July 31st

first_imgThe Bristol Post has linked City with a move for Middlesbrough goalkeeper Connor Ripley, quoting his agent/dad Stuart in their latest article.Elsewhere, the Weston Mercury reports on Weston-super-Mare’s double swoop for young City players on loan. Aden Baldwin and Ashley Harper will spend the first two months of the new season at Woodspring Park.last_img

Football: Luke Shaw gives his honest opinion on Mourinho

first_imgAdvertisement bcnciNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9cikizWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E049( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2czt8Would you ever consider trying this?😱66hCan your students do this? 🌚zqxbRoller skating! Powered by Firework Luke Shaw gives his honest opinion on MourinhoLuke Shaw criticized Manchester United’s lamentable performance in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at West Ham and apologized to the fans, but refused to blame Mourinho for their shortcoming.Advertisement After losing to Derby County in penalty shootouts at the Carabao Cup last Wednesday and then to West Ham this Saturday, Man United are now behind Premier League leaders Manchester City and Liverpool in the league table.However, Shaw didn’t point his finger on Mourinho and instead gave his honest opinion about Mourinho in an interview to Sky Sports.Advertisement He revealed that the gaffer had wanted to talk with the team at half-time and insists that the players were to be blamed for the defeat, not the manager.He said, “It was a wake-up and words that he’s said before – we need to be moving, we need to concentrate more, we need to want the ball, we need to be playing. That didn’t happen. It’s disappointing and a very, very bad day for us.Advertisement “We have to look at ourselves as players. We’re the ones who go on the pitch. The manager isn’t on the pitch, is he?“He’s there to put a team out and put a team out that he thinks can win the game. You look at our team today and we had a very strong team. No excuses. As players, we weren’t good enough.”Read Also: ISL 5: Bengaluru FC vs Chennaiyin: Bengaluru FC kicks off their new season in styleFootball: Monkey see, monkey do. Real Madrid draw, so do Barcelona Advertisementlast_img read more

Castlegar sweeps pair from Nelson Peewee Leafs

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsCastlegar did its best to ruin the weekend for the Nelson Leafs as the Sunflower City squad scored a pair of West Kootenay Minor Hockey Peewee Rep League wins.Kadrian Klimchuk scored twice to lead Castlegar to a 3-1 victory Friday night at the Pioneer Arena.Saturday, Klimchuk and Tanner Costa each had three points to lead Castlegar to a 5-2 win over Nelson at the Arena Complex.The two wins leapfrogged Castlegar past Nelson in West Kootenay Minor Hockey Peewee Rep League standings.Nelson managed to conclude the weekend with some positive results as the Leafs double Revelstoke 6-3 in a game played in Nakusp.“It wasn’t as bad as it looks,” said Nelson coach Rod Podgorenko. “We had very good play from Merissa Dawson and Amit Bhabra and our goalies (Curt Doyle and Joey Timmermans) also played very well during the weekend.”Friday, Castlegar scored one goal in each period to edge Nelson. Justin Podgorenko scored the lone goal for Nelson.Saturday, Castlegar blitzed Nelson for four second-period goals to win its second game in as many days.Everett Hicks and Aigne McGeady-Bruce replied for Nelson.Sunday, Justin Podgorenko, with two goals and an assist, led Nelson offensively.Jacob Shukin, Taylor Cooper, Logan Mengler and Ben Woodward added [email protected]last_img read more

Galway and Offaly in rare U21 hurling championship clash

first_img*GALWAY v OFFALY, Leinster U21 Hurling Championship 1/4 final LIVE on Galway Bay FM this evening at 7.30pm*print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email 1978 All Ireland U21 semi-final: GALWAY 2-13 OFFALY 2-9Galway: Gerry Smith (Ahascragh), P. J. Burke (Tynagh), Michael Headd (Killimor), Conor Hayes (Kiltormer), Seamus Coen (Mullagh), Michael Earls (Killimordaly), Joe Greaney (Turloughmore), Steve Mahon 0-1 (Kilbeacanty), Sean Forde (Kinvara), Gerry Kennedy 0-4 (Tommie Larkins), Joe Goode 0-1 (Kiltormer), Pascal Ryan 0-2 (Killimordaly), Bernard Forde 1-3 (Ardrahan), Mattie Conneely 1-1 (Sarsfields), John Coen (Mullagh). Subs.: Michael Kilkenny 0-1 (Kiltormer), Tony Carr (Kiltormer), Vincent Kelly (Sarsfields), Sean Forde (Kinvara), John Coen (Mullagh), Eddie O’Reilly (Tynagh), Tomas Fenton (Kiltormer), Jody Connolly (Craughwell), Tom Brehony (Tynagh), Jim McGrath (Turloughmore), Larry McCormack (Tommy Larkins); Syl. Dolan (Ardrahan), Sean Davoren (Rahoon), Jimmy Curley (Loughrea)Offaly: Jim Troy (Lusmagh), Billy Keane (St. Rynaghs), J. J. Geary (Shinrone), Ollie Minnoch (Clara), Joe Mooney (Seir Kierans), Brendan Keeshan (Shinrone), Aodh Horan (St Rynaghs), Aiden Fogarty (St. Rynaghs), Tom Conneely (St. Rynaghs), Dannie Owens (Na Piarsaigh), William Molloy (Birr), Mark Corrigan (Kinnitty), Martin Cashin (Birr), Pat Kirwan (Ballyskenagh), Noel Bergin (Seir Kierans). 2000 All Ireland U21 semi-final: GALWAY 4-13 OFFALY 1-10Galway: Colm Callanan (Kinvara): Eoin McDonagh (Ballinderreen), Diarmuid Cloonan (Athenry), Jamie Cannon (Clarenbridge); Derek Hardiman (Mullagh), Conor Dervan (0-1 ’65, Mullagh), Stephen Morgan (Loughrea), Shane Donohue (0-2 Athenry), John Culkin (Abbeyknockmoy); Gavin Keary (0-2, Loughrea), Eamon Hyland (Kilnadeema Leitrim), David Tierney (1-0, Kilnadeema Leitrim); David Donohue (0-4, 0-3 frees, Athenry), David Huban (3-3, 1-1 frees, 1-0 penalty, Kinvara) David Forde (0-1, Clarenbridge). Subs: Damien Joyce (Cappataggle) for Keary, 47 mins; Eamon Donoghue (Mullagh) for Tierney, 61 mins; Michael Greaney (Kiltormer) for D. Donohue, 62 minsOffaly: S. O’Connor; S Horan, D. Moran, JP O’Meara; D. Franks, W. Comerford, S Brown; A. Hanrahan, D Tanner; C. Gath (0-3, 0-1 free, 0-1 ’65’), P. Molloy, B. Murphy, R. Hanniffy, D. McGuinness, D, Murray (0-6, 0-4 frees). Subs: J. Brady for Horan, 23 mins; B Troy for Brown, 43 mins; R McRedmond (0-1) for Tanner 47 mins; G. O’Connor (1-0) for McGuinness, 54 mins. 1991 All Ireland U21 final: GALWAY 2-17 OFFALY 1-9Galway: Richard Burke (Oranmore Maree); Christy Helebert 0-1 free (Ballinderreen), Brian Feeney (Athenry), Murt Killilea (Carnmore); Gerry McGrath (Sarsfields), Paul Hardiman (Athenry), Noel Power (Tommie Larkins); Brendan Keogh (Athenry), Noel Larkin (Meelick Eyrecourt); Liam Burke 1-2 (Kilconieron), Justin Campbell 1-0 (Kiltormer), Francis O’Brien 0-4 (Pearses); Basil Larkin 0-1 (Meelick Eyrecourt), Joe Rabbitte 0-3 (Athenry), Cathal Moran 0-4; 0-2 frees (Athenry). Subs; P. Egan for Hardiman, M. Curtin (Kinvara) 0-1 for Larkin Offaly: Damien Franks; M. Hogan, K. Kinahan, David Franks; D. Dooley, H. Rigney, Brian Whelehan: Johnny Pilkington 0-1, P. Temple 0-1; Johnny Dooley 1-5 (1-4 frees), S. Grennan, A. Cahill 0-1; J. Troy 0-1, J. Brady, E. Mulhare. Subs: O. O’Neill for Cahill, D. Barron for Brady.1992 All Ireland U21 semi-final: OFFALY 3-17 GALWAY 1-5Galway: Kevin Devine (Abbey Duniry), John Kelly (Portumna), Willie Burke (Oranmore Maree), Kevin Griffin (Loughrea), Christy Helebert (1-0, free, Ballinderreen), Brendan Keogh (Athenry), Noel Larkin (Meelick Eyrecourt), Damien Coleman (Portumna), Francis O’Brien (Pearses), Liam Burke (0-2, Kilconieron), Joe McGrath (Sarsfields), M McEvoy (Meelick Eyrecourt), Cathal Moran (0-2, 0-1 free, Athenry), Pat Coyne (0-1, Castlegar), Ray Grealish (Carnmore). Subs: M. Donnellan (Athenry) for McEvoy, 28 mins; T. Kirwan (Ahascragh Fohenagh) for Coleman, 40 mins: B. Morrissey (Athenry) for O’Brien, 51 mins.Offaly: Damien Franks, H. Kilmartin, Kevin Kinahan, D. Shaughnessy, Donal Franks, Kevin Martin, Hubert Rigney, Brian Whelehan, S. Farrell (0-1), M. Hogan (0-1), Johnny Dooley (0-11, 0-8 frees), S. Grennan (1-0), John Troy (0-2), R. Dooley. N. Hand (1-0), O. O’Neill. Sub: M. Gallagher (1-2) for R. Dooley. Galway and Offaly clash in the Leinster U21 hurling championship this evening at 7.30pm in Tullamore in what will be Galway’s first ever game in the provincial U21 championship. Galway have always entered the U21 hurling championship at the All Ireland semi final stage, meaning they could only meet Offaly if the Faithful county won Leinster. This they did on five occasions since the competition started in 1964, (1978, ’89, ’91, ’92 and 2000) and in four of those years they played Galway in semi finals and, on one occasion, the final. This evening will be the 5th championship clash of Galway and Offaly in hurling at U21 level with Galway leading the head to head standings 3-1. The four previous championship clashes were:last_img read more

Aegean Airlines Wins Best Regional Airline Award

first_imgAegean Air flight attendants Aegean Airlines Wins Best Regional Airline Award 2018The city that once nurtured democracy and philosophy now has another reason to boast: it is the home of the AirlineRatings 2018 Best Regional Airline.Athens-based Aegean Airlines has come a long way since it started flying from the Greek capital to Thessaloniki and Heraklion, Crete, with just two jets in 1999.“It is now Greece’s biggest airline with a fleet of modern Airbus A320 family aircraft, a good reputation among travelers and bold plans for expansion,” judges said.“The airline is also heavily involved in promoting its home country by providing a platform for Greek regions and products.”Aegean flies 47 jet aircraft, including one A319 and a mixture of A320s and A321s, on short-to medium-haul routes.The overall group, which includes turboprop subsidiary Olympic Air, flew 12.5 million passengers in 2016 to destinations ranging from Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and London to Cairo, Moscow and Tel Aviv.Aegean promotes Greek food and wine in its cabin service and passengers regularly say they are impressed by the friendliness of crew.  It was also the recipient in 2017 of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Fast Travel Gold Award for its efforts to simplify and speed up the passenger experience.While seat pitch on its planes is just 30 inches in economy and 33 inches in business, its frequent flyer program and connectivity benefit through its membership of the massive Star Alliance.Plans for 2018 include a further strengthening of its position in Europe while offering a wider network of destinations.It plans to connect Athens with 81 destinations while upgrading passenger facilities such as lounges and boosting its promotion of Greece.The expansion includes 18 new routes, including 11 from its base in Athens and seven from Greek regional airports, expanding available seats in 2018 by 700,000 to 16.6m.The airline has already moved on upgrading passenger lounges in Thessaloniki and Larnaca and says its lounge at Athens International Airport will be upgraded by year’s end.  A second lounge at Athens is due for completion early next year.READ: World’s Best Airlines Excellence Awards 2018last_img read more

2007 Semantic Technology Conference – Showcased Big Internet Potential

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#conferences#Events Guide#web emre sokullu 1 Most of the sessions were showcases of semantic technologies on various topics – health sciences, web search, criminal justice, legal publishing, and more. TextDigger, a semantic web search company, talked about their CNET case study. In order to further increase their pageviews and ad revenues, CNET collaborated with their spin-off company TextDigger to overhaul their search recommendation system; they combined their archaic collaborative filtering based system (which depends on wisdom of crowd and statistical methods) with a new semantic equivalence based one and tried to compare the response of their users. The results were very promising for TextDigger and the whole semantics space – from 700,000 unique queries per day, the percentage of clickthroughs increased from 7.9% to 19.1%; and the pageviews were at a level they had only previously reached at Christmas times. As a result, CNET decided to stick with this semantics-based solution for their search recommendations.AskMeNow and Convera Another semantic search upstart (but a public one, with a $20M market capitalization already) to show their wares was AskMeNow. They showcased their semantic search capabilities integrated with mobile solutions, claiming that they have over a million active users asking questions on the move.Convera was another semantic search company at the event. It focuses solely on custom tailored, domain specific enterprise search solutions.Other HighlightsExhibitors at the conference included a wide variety of companies. Visual Knowledge is perhaps the most interesting one, because they showcased the very first semantics powered video game concept, Treasure Hunt. Saltlux which comes from Korea, showcased how semantics and mobile 3G technologies can work together to bring location aware services to your mobile; hopefully we will see similar innovations in the USA too in the near future. Syntactica‘s Intelligent Lexicon product allows you to abstract (i.e. summarize in a few paragraphs) a long dissertation of hundreds of pages. Government funded Cycorp showcased their terrorism data mining product which can successfully answer extremely complex domain specific questions, like “were there any attacks on targets of symbolic value to Muslims in 1987 that coincided with a Christian holy day”.All in all, the Semantic Conference was a wonderful opportunity to mix with many people trying to solve the problem of information organization. The Internet is a great utility, but it may one day become much more usable – with breakthroughs in the semantics field that are coming soon to the mainstream. There’s a lot of potential in the companies and technologies mentioned in this post! Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The Semantic Conference was held last week in San Jose. I went along to check it out. In the keynotes, Oracle’s Robert Shimp noted that the attendance has never been so great and remarked that this as a clear proof that the semantics industry is growing at a tremendous pace. Half of the attendees were from high-tech startups that we’ve never (or barely) heard of. But we will probably hear of them in a few years! The other half were from huge organizations like NASA, Department of Defense, US Air Force, Stanford University, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Ford Motors, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Google and Walmart. In other words, the audience was very diverse.The first day of the event was full of tutorials and therefore the academic level was very high. The most widely discussed topic was OWL (Web Ontology Language), which was accepted as a web standard by W3C about 3 years ago.The second day started with the keynotes. Oracle, the title sponsor of the event, underlined their strong commitment to semantics and their unique support of RDF in Oracle 10g database systems. NASA Headquarters CTO Andrew Schain started his speech by noting their internal data problems, such as high volume of unorganized, distributed data silos. He finished with their semantics-based solution to this – the beta stage RDF data browser Jspace, which is expected to be released as a stable open source version very soon.Yahoo’s Dave Beckett talked about the early stage semantic web practices at Yahoo – products such as Movies, Finance, Food and Underground.CNET and TextDigger A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

a month agoRoma striker Edin Dzeko: 4-2 scoreline not good enough

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma striker Edin Dzeko: 4-2 scoreline not good enoughby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAS Roma striker Edin Dzeko says they should do better after their 4-2 defeat of Sassuolo.Roma were 4-0 ahead after just 33 minutes with Dzeko, Bryan Cristante, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Justin Kluivert on target.“We should’ve done better in the second half, but the important thing was to get the victory and continue our improvement,” Dzeko told Roma TV.“After going 4-0 up, the Coach told us not to rest on our laurels or lose momentum, but we did anyway. It was a bit of a struggle in the second half.“When it’s 4-0, you have to let the ball do the work. If you keep possession, then Sassuolo have to run around after us. We wanted to go vertical a bit too quickly and the Coach didn’t like that.“It was a spectacular first half and we need to build on that. We also hope the second half mistakes are not repeated. We believe in the approach that the Coach has taken.” last_img read more

25 days agoShrinks & scouts: Liverpool chief Moore lifts lid on new recruitment team

first_imgShrinks & scouts: Liverpool chief Moore lifts lid on new recruitment teamby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool chief Peter Moore has detailed how they’ve built up their recruitment team.Moore, speaking at the World Football Summit in Madrid, gave an in-depth analysis on how the club has combined data and analysis with traditional scouting.“There is a merging of data and the experienced eye – the analogue and digital coming together,” Moore told those in attendance at the summit.“We use applied science and technology to analyse players to create the best chance to win. From an analogue way, we look at the player and assess what they are about, both on and off the pitch. And we apply science.“We have four PhDs who are part of our club and we have a director of sports science, who is also a PhD and they look at data.“It is that combination, that amalgamation of an experienced eye – of looking at an athlete – combined with data, with psychological outputs, to see the person as a good player for Liverpool and also a good human being in the locker room.“Being a good person that happens to be a good football player is what you need to be for Liverpool Football Club. When I look at our squad, knowing most of the players, they fit that bill.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

AsiaWest Africa Trade on Recovery Path

first_imgzoom The outlook for the Asia-West Africa trade is improving, but there is much ground still to recover, shipping consultancy Drewry said.Container throughput during the third quarter of this year in the southbound Asia to West Africa trade grew at its fastest rate since the last period of 2014, rising by 7% year-on-year.This built on the 3% growth recorded in the second quarter, which marked the first upswing in over two years. The latest figures yielded a year-to-date growth rate of 3.2% with volumes landing just over 900,000 TEU after nine months.As this trade is highly exposed to the vagaries of the oil market, with the major oil exporting nations in West Africa being highly dependent on foreign exchange earnings to fund imports, the rise in container volumes seen in 2017, therefore, can be partly attributed to the rising oil market.Prompted by improving volumes and freight rates, operators in the Asia-West Africa trade introduced a large slug of additional capacity to the market from August, which led a drop of 25% in the value of spot market freight rates.Looking forward, this trade is set to see similar volumes in 2018 as well, with some modest growth potential.“While the demand outlook is improving there is little reason to expect any great surge in inbound volumes into West Africa next year. Having got greedy, carriers will be more wary of adding too much capacity to this trade in one hit in the future,” Drewry concluded.last_img read more