Evacuation ordersEvacuation efforts are being hampered by fears of spreading the coronavirus that has claimed almost 1,000 victims in Japan, with close to 20,000 cases.Partitions have been set up at evacuation centers to keep distance between families and evacuees are made to wash their hands frequently, sanitize and wear face masks.Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters that 19 people had been confirmed dead from the floods while a further 18 were in a state of “cardio-respiratory arrest” — a term often used in Japan before a doctor officially certifies death.He said more than 40,000 personnel from police and fire departments, the coast guard and Self-Defense troops were conducting search and rescue operations throughout the night.Around 800 people had been rescued, Suga said, adding that 4,600 households were still without power and 7,000 without water.Japan is currently in the middle of its annual rainy season which frequently delivers deadly floods and landslides.Climate change is also playing a role because a warmer atmosphere holds more water, increasing the risk and intensity of flooding from extreme rainfall.In 2018, more than 200 people died in devastating floods in the same region of Japan. In one of the hardest-hit areas, residents spelled the words “rice, water, SOS” on the ground, while others waved towels and called for rescue and relief goods.At a nursing home for the elderly, 14 people were feared dead when water from a nearby river inundated the ground floor, leaving those in wheelchairs unable to reach higher ground.Emergency services, aided by locals in rafts, managed to rescue around 50 staff and residents from the facility, bringing them to safety by boat.Heavy rain is expected to continue through Tuesday afternoon and the Japan Meteorological Agency issued a non-compulsory evacuation order for hundreds of thousands of residents in Kumamoto and neighboring Kagoshima Prefecture.Up to 250 millimeters of rain is expected in the 24-hour period through Tuesday morning in the southern part of Kyushu Island, which includes areas hit hard by the flooding, the agency said.”It’s such a mess,” resident Hirotoshi Nishi told public broadcaster NHK as he swept debris from his mud-strewn front room. “Many pieces of wood came into my house. I don’t know what to do.”Hirokazu Kosaki, a 75-year-old bus driver in the town of Ashikita, told Jiji press: “It was nothing but water as far as I could see.” Although the rain has subsided from its peak levels, the floods washed away roads and bridges, leaving many in isolated communities cut off.A local firefighter in the western region of Kagoshima told AFP they had deployed boats to rescue 11 people but that conditions were making it hard to reach some of the people stranded. “Calls came from people telling us that they wanted to flee their home but they could not do it on their own,” he said.”Some roads are submerged and you cannot drive through them.” Tens of thousands of rescue workers in Japan on Monday combed through the wreckage of houses shattered by deadly floods and landslides in a desperate search for survivors as the death toll rose and more torrential rain loomed.At least 37 people are feared dead after record rains lashed areas of western Japan in the early hours of Saturday, causing rivers to break banks and flooding low-lying regions.”Rescue workers are tirelessly continuing the search this morning,” a spokesman for the western Kumamoto prefecture told AFP, with at least 13 people still unaccounted for. Topics :
RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Spanish football’s top-flight has recommended that all its clubs join FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in introducing pay cuts to staff, including players. It said this would help in coping with a loss of income during the country’s state of emergency due to the novel coronavirus. Spain is in its third week of lockdown and many companies have filed temporary pay cuts, referred to as an ERTE, to cope with the deepening economic crisis. The crisis has been caused by the spread of the virus, which has infected 117,710 people and killed 10,935 in the country. “We are urging clubs to initiate ERTEs due to the special measures the government has taken to avoid and alleviate the negative impact COVID-19 is having on our sector so (that) we are able to guarantee that the sector recovers when the crisis is over,” a statement from La Liga indicated on Friday. It added that professional football represented 1.37 per cent of Spain’s GDP and was responsible for around 185,000 jobs. Champions and current leaders FC Barcelona became the first Spanish top-flight club to give details of a pay cut when it announced a 70 percent reduction in player wages on Monday. The first team squad is taking an additional pay cut to ensure non-playing staff continued to earn their full salaries. Atletico Madrid then announced a 70 per cent pay cut for players in their first team, reserve side and women’s team. The club added that the first team squad and directors had made a donation to ensure that other members of staff still earned their full pay checks. Major clubs in Germany and Italy have also announced pay cuts to playing staff. England’s Premier League has already attracted criticism from the government for not cutting players’ wages while some have reduced the salaries of other staff members. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Atletico MadridCoronavirusCOVID-19FC BarcelonaLa Liga
4 Nov 2019 Schmidt’s ‘crazy’ 2019 is just for starters Tags: Ben Schmidt Ben Schmidt can only find one word to describe 2019 – ‘crazy’.Even now, that single word barely covers the drama of an incredible year.Back in January, schoolboy Schmidt was outside the top 5,000 in the amateur rankings. He had ambitions to climb higher and the talent to make it a reality.But at that stage the talented teenager couldn’t have spotted the top ten with the aid of the Hubble telescope. This week, though, the hard-working, but still down-to-earth Schmidt is in the lofty position of world number eight. And the England Men’s squad member is not for stopping there.His victory in the Brabazon Trophy at Alwoodley GC at the start of June catapulted him up the rankings and into the consciousness of the wider golfing world.Aged just 16 and the youngest ever winner of the event (1975 victor Sandy Lyle – who progressed to becoming an Open and Masters champion – was the previous youngest), Schmidt found himself in the headlines.Yet he didn’t let it affect his rhythm. He followed up that win with victory in the Henry Cooper Junior Masters at Nizels GC later in June.Then came the hat-trick – success in the Carris Trophy at Moor Park GC completing a memorable six weeks of golf from the teenager.Now 17, Schmidt is widely acknowledged as one of the rising stars of not only English, but world amateur golf and the sky’s the limit for the lad from Rotherham GC.Yet it’s a position so far removed from where he was heading into the campaign that Schmidt can only chuckle when he casts his eye back over the year and looks ahead to what lies in store in 2020.“It’s been crazy looking back on it,” said the young Yorkshireman with a wide smile.“And if I’m being honest the amount of success I enjoyed this year has been unexpected.“I was striving to get myself to the next level and always had self-belief.“But it all just clicked over the summer and everything changed for me in a matter of weeks.“I started the season being rejected for a place in the Spanish amateur because my world ranking wasn’t high enough.“I couldn’t tell you my exact ranking, but it was in the 5000s.“Now I’m eight in the world having played in the US Amateur at Pinehurst and having won the Brabazon trophy.“England won the Home Internationals too and I was proud to be a part of that squad and will continue to represent my country when offered the chance.“Over the summer I just got on a roll.“I came out of winter training and made a decent start to the season despite not having played competitively for a few months.“I won the Yorkshire Boys in May which was a real boost and it progressed from there.“Once I won that first event, I started every tournament thinking only about the win. I just had so much confidence.”Schmidt’s potential has long been noted by observers of the English amateur game.In 2018, he won the Boys’ County Champion of Champions and was a stalwart of the England Boys’ squad.But 2019 saw him cruise through the gears. Schmidt also widened his horizons with that trip to Pinehurst – a very welcome bonus as part of the reward for winning the Brabazon with four rounds in the 60s.Schmidt said: “Pinehurst was unbelievable. I loved every second of it.“The scale of the event was massive and I found myself lining up alongside guys I had followed on social media and didn’t dare to think I would play alongside this year.“My pal Luca was caddying for me and he was standing watching players we’d only ever seen on YouTube! It was quite weird.“But I wasn’t overawed by the experience and learned so much even though I narrowly missed the cut.”Now after playing in the Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship at Quinta Do Lago later this month, America beckons again for Schmidt.In December, he will fly to Florida and play in the South Beach International Amateur in Miami.Over the winter he will also travel to South Africa, Australia and Spain to gain international experience in preparation for the domestic season and England team events.Still in his sixth form at Wath Academy in Rotherham, Schmidt is grateful to his school for backing him in his golf career.“I’m excited for 2020, but also know I need to put in a lot of hard work over the winter,” said Schmidt who has leeway to study and play as part of a schools’ scholarship programme.“I played in a Challenge Tour event recently and I saw at close hand just how sharp these guys are from a range of 60 yards. They are unstoppable and that’s the level I need to reach.“There are plenty of goals to look at for 2020 – I’d like to be the number one amateur if I could.“I can’t be satisfied at where I am – I have to always look at the next level.”Photography credit: Leaderboard
Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco comes up short of a catch on a single hit by Chicago Cubs’ Mike Olt during the seventh inning of a baseball game on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)CHICAGO (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates had one successful weekend at Wrigley Field. It was so good that even Gerrit Cole had a big swing at the plate.Cole pitched six-plus innings and hit his first career homer, and the Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 10-4 on Sunday to move into the second wild-card slot in the National League.“Yeah, it’s pretty sweet,” Cole said. “Everybody wants to hit a home run in the show, and it happened at Wrigley, which is really cool.”The Pirates swept the three-game series against the last-place Cubs to improve to 12-4 against Chicago this season, including 7-2 at Wrigley Field. Coupled with Milwaukee’s 9-1 loss to St. Louis, they moved a half-game ahead of the Brewers for the last wild card.Cole hit a two-run shot in the seventh for the last of Pittsburgh’s four homers. Neil Walker hit a two-run shot in the first and Jordy Mercer and Andrew McCutchen connected in consecutive at-bats in the second.“Offensively, we showed up early,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “We got some pitches out over the plate and we elevated some and got good swings on them. We played defense, we pitched and we hit a little bit. It was a good weekend for us.”Cole (8-5) allowed four runs, three earned, and nine hits. He struck out eight and walked none in his first victory since July 4 against Philadelphia.Chicago had won three in a row before the visit from Pittsburgh. Travis Wood (8-12) was tagged for seven runs and nine hits in 1 2-3 innings, making the left-hander just 1-7 with a 5.86 ERA in his last 15 starts.“Wasn’t Woody’s day today, obviously,” Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. “They came out swinging.”The Pirates scored five times in the second to open a 7-0 lead. They strung together six straight hits with two outs, highlighted by the homers for Mercer and McCutchen.“He was throwing his heater and leaving a lot of stuff over the middle of the plate,” McCutchen said of Wood. “You can’t really do that in this game. We were able to key on that.”Pittsburgh finished with 19 hits. Walker, McCutchen and Gaby Sanchez had three apiece.Sanchez hit an RBI single off Eric Jokisch to make it 8-0 in the fourth.The Cubs had a 19-inning scoring drought before Mike Olt’s RBI single in the fifth. Welington Castillo added an RBI double in the sixth.Olt went 3 for 3 with a walk, and Matt Szczur had a two-run single in the seventh. Chris Coghlan had two hits and scored a run.“The offense exploded early and allowed me to try some things out there,” Cole said. “When you’re pitching with a lead like that, you can take some risks here and there. I made some pitches early.”TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: INF Josh Harrison was out of the lineup for a second straight game after aggravating a left ankle injury in the completion of a suspended game on Saturday. … The Pirates are concerned that INF Pedro Alvarez’s left foot injury is not improving as much they would have hoped. Alvarez is expected to travel with the team to Philadelphia, but the Pirates are considering sending him back to Pittsburgh for further tests.Cubs: OF Jorge Soler got the day off after playing 14 innings on Saturday. The Cuban rookie missed a major part of the season in the minors with recurring hamstring injuries and the plan is to give him regular rest in hopes that it will help him stay healthy.UP NEXTCubs: RHP Jacob Turner (5-8, 5.54 ERA) goes for his second straight win when he faces RHP Marcus Stroman (9-5, 3.83 ERA) in the first of three games at Toronto on Monday night.Pirates: LHP Jeff Locke (6-4, 3.75 ERA), who is 4-1 in his past six starts, starts on Monday in Philadelphia. Locke is 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA in three career starts against the Phillies.
[singlepic id=1010 w= h= float=none]The Monmouth County Park System recently recognized its valued volunteers at the Hominy Hill Golf Course in Colts Neck. The Park’s 1,115 volunteers gave 27,657 hours assisting with recreation programs, special events and park facilities.Volunteers assist with therapeutic riding lessons, lead trips, assist in offices, garden, lend a hand at cleanups and monitor endangered birds. Docent volunteers welcome visitors and share information about exhibits, programs and facilities. Leaders and instructors with the Outdoor Adventures program assist with the climbing wall, hiking, archery, biking and canoeing. Many special events and races such as Thompson Park Day, Monmouth County Fair and E. Murray Todd Half Marathon depend on volunteers to run smoothly.“As we celebrate your accomplishments, I think about the importance of volunteering and the impact of volunteers on our community. And the impact is astounding,” Monmouth County Freeholder and Park System Liaison Lillian G. BurryHere’s a list of volunteers who gave more than 40 hours in 2015:Talya Ackerman, MarlboroNicholas Alexander, Red BankAndrew Antoniolli, BrielleMary Baechle, HazletCatherine Bannon, LincroftJoan Berg, LincroftBenjamin Berube, Sea GirtDenise Bixby, HowellLois Blake, Colts NeckSara Bonardi, MiddletownChristine Bremseth, Tinton FallsMary Byrne, MiddletownAlyse Capriglione, Old BridgeBarbara Carroll, Colts NeckElizabeth Clarke, Tinton fallsSaul Cohen, FreeholdCarol Cohen, FreeholdJohn Connors, OceanKathleen Culver, Red BankDarlene DeBarba, Fair HavenCaitlin Delaney, LincroftBarbara Duggan, FreeholdDonna Dziobak, FreeholdXenia Ellenbogen, ShrewsburyNancy Endresen, HolmdelKathleen Evans, Tinton FallsIlona Fallon, HazletCarol Fornwald, Long BranchEmma Foster, OceanportBarry Fulmer, FreeholdCheryl Fulmer, FreeholdBonnie Gold, Long BranchRaymond Gonzalez, West Long BranchWilliam Hands, Red BankDonna Hansen, FreeholdKathleen Harbort, Fair HavenLisa Haskell, Fair HavenJoyce Henry, LincroftLiz Hespe, MiddletownJoseph Hnat, Colts NeckKatharine Hopkinson, Colts NeckJulie Hunt, Red BankAndrew Imperiale, Sea GirtVijaya Iyengar, HolmdelPatty Jaeger, EatontownDawn Johnson, AberdeenDanielle Kaden, HolmdelNadide Karacay, Wall TownshipRoberta Kilduff, MiddletownEllie Knecht, Red BankJune Krepow, Sea BrightDanika Kuzmick, JacksonStephanie Kwan, MarlboroJonathan Larisch, ManasquanAnnie Lee, HolmdelDaniel Lingelbach, NavesinkJeanette Lingelbach, NavesinkGayle Mancari, Long BranchGeorgia Mangan, Monroe TownshipMaury Mangan, OceanportLynne Martocci, Tinton FallsPeter Mastropaolo, Red BankSusan Mazur, Port MonmouthCorinne Mazzocchi, WallAlice McCaddin, OceanElaine McColgan, MiddletownPatrice McCoy, FreeholdKim McCracken, Red BankNancy Meagher, MiddletownPhillip Mejia, Long BranchRichard Mosca, Tinton FallsBonnie Muir, Long BranchJanice Mundy, FreeholdWilliam Murphy, Red BankJuliette Muth, AberdeenDawn Nahory, LincroftStephanie Nolan, EatontownMorgan Plosica, Monmouth BeachJeannie Poole, OceanportArturo Poznanski, MiddletownApril Qin, HolmdelRobert Randall, EatontownDaniela Rodriguez-Luna, Tinton FallsMegan Romanczyk, MiddletownMeryl Russell, CranfordWalter Salzmann, Sea GirtGail Sanderson, LincroftElizabeth Scharmann, NavesinkPatricia K. Sherwood, KeansburgEllen Simonetti, MorganvilleRita M. Smith, KeyportJill E. Socha, RumsonJason Stone, Port MonmouthMargaret Swan, BricktownHarrison Sweeney, BelfordColette Tabor, OceanportPatricia Thul, EatontownTaylor Toris, HazletDonald Van Buren, LincroftGerald Vernon, Jr., Fair HavenJoanne Walker, EatontownPayton Wall, RumsonKelly Watters, Red BankElaine Weigl, HowellHarmon Willey, ShrewsburySandra Wolfe, HowellChristine Yovnello, Red BankDaphne Yu, HolmdelVolunteers who gave over 100 hours of service:Werner Aehlich, HolmdelSara Beamin, Atlantic HighlandsEmily Berner, Red BankPatricia Bernstein, ColoniaJanet Breslin, JacksonMarvin Britten, MiddletownSandy Burn, Red BankStephanie Camp, NeptuneRebecca Carhart, Port MonmouthAnne Caruso, Long BranchNina Casola, HolmdelHelen Cole, FreeholdBridget Connolly, RumsonJudy Curry-Phipps, Atlantic HighlandsLouise DelCollo, Colts NeckEan Delehanty , West Long BranchBrianna Delmar, OceanJohn Donohoe, OceanportHarriet Ellner, Ocean GroveHarvey Evans, Tinton FallsBarbara Finazzo, JacksonHarden Fowler, Tinton FallsRuth Gariepy, HazletLoma Gault, HazletJames Gault, HazletMorgan Glossbrenner, Red BankJonela Grimaldi, MiddletownErin Gross, HolmdelRebecca Gwinnell, LincroftJudy Hands, Red BankEmily Hassell, AberdeenPatricia Hauser, AberdeenJames Henry, LincroftSusan Henschel, NeptuneAmanda Hintelmann, RumsonKristen Kircher, West KeansburgLinda Lawton, EatontownKelsey Leone, MiddletownGerry Lingner, Long BranchLois Lyons, Tinton FallsRalph Maratea, LakewoodConor Meehan, Little SilverCatherine Merker, MiddletownRichard Merker, MiddletownBarry Miller, MiddletownEileen Murphy, Red BankDavid Nass, Red BankLeslie Neiman, BelfordFrank Nofi, ManalapanAlex Osnato, North MiddletownDeborah Palumbo, Monmouth BeachBetty Randall, EatontownPaige Rockhill, HowellLinda Rovder, Monmouth BeachCara Ryan, HighlandsEleanor Swanson, Long BranchEllen Terry, MillstoneMargo Thornton, Tinton FallsAnn Tvaroha, Fair HavenNora Vail, HazletBarbara Venanzini, MatawanMarietta Weaver, Long BranchKharisma Whitford, Lincroft
It took eight games but a team finally stopped the road warriors from Binghamton.Jed Ortmeyer scored twice as the Houston Aeros rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three third-period goals to edge the Binghamton Senators 3-1 in game one of the 2011 Calder Cup Finals Friday in the Lone Star State.The loss was the first for the Senators since game one of the division semi finals April 14 against Manchester Monarchs.The game was also the last time the B-Sens have been held to one goal.The teams played through a scoreless first period before Bobby Butler notched his 11th marker of the playoffs at 16:17 of the middle frame.Ortmeyer tied the contest early in the third before scoring the eventual game winner five minutes later.Warren Peters added an empty net goal to complete the scoring.Houston out shot the Ottawa Senators AHL affiliate 41-24, including 14-7 in the third period.Game two of the best-of-seven AHL Final goes tonight in Houston before the series shifts for games three and four Wednesday and Friday in Binghamton.Matt Hackett turned aside 23 of 24 shots to edge out Robin Lehner in the Sens nets.Nelson Minor Hockey product Geoff Kinrade, one of the keys to the Binghamton defence, finished the game with a minus-1 rating and no points. [email protected]
Tyler Garcia scored an unassisted marker at three minutes of overtime to spark the Nelson Leafs to a 3-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Grand Forks Border Bruins Friday night at the NDCC Arena.The win was the second straight for the Leafs against the Bruins this season — both one goal victories.Tyler Fyfe scored twice to lead the Leafs. Shayne Pluto scored twice for the Bruins, forcing overtime with late goal in the third period.Nelson out shot the Bruins 32-27 in the game.Joseph Barton earned the win between the pipes for Nelson.The Leafs return to action Sunday afternoon when North Okanagan visits the NDCC Arena for a 2:30 p.m. puck drop.
SPRINT IS ONE OF FIVE STAKES ON 10-RACE SUNSHINE MILLIONS/CAL CUP DAY CARD ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2015)–Grade I winner and defending champ Big Macher, along with multiple stakes winner Rousing Sermon and potential star San Onofre, head a deep and competitive field of nine older horses set to go six furlongs in Saturday’s $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint.A bargain basement maiden $20,000 claim in his first start on July 17, 2013, Big Macher has rattled off six wins for trainer Richard Baltas, including a half length triumph in the Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes four starts back on July 27, and a nose victory five starts back in the Grade II Potrero Grande Stakes April 12.A troubled ninth, beaten 4 ¼ lengths in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 1, Big Macher came back to register a neck victory over state-breds in the seven furlong Cary Grant Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 23. Owned by Tom Mansor and Tachycardia Stables, the 5-year-old Beau Genius gelding has amassed earnings of $553,678 from an overall mark of 14-6-2-2.Second, beaten a neck by Big Macher in the Cary Grant, Jerry Hollendorfer’s veteran Rousing Sermon will try to even the score on Saturday. Although a highly accomplished two-time stakes winner, the 6-year-old horse by Lucky Pulpit would appear better suited at longer distances. Owned and bred by Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams, Rousing Sermon has a third place finish from just one try at six furlongs and is 30-5-7-7 overall with earnings of $756,342.A winner of his last four races by a combined 17 lengths, upstart San Onofre appears fresh and very dangerous for trainer Karen Headley. A 5-year-old gelding by Surf Cat bred by her father, legendary trainer Bruce Headley, San Onofre has a series of serious works on his tab, including a bullet five furlongs on Jan. 10 of 58.60–best of 87 at the distance.Owned by Matson Racing and out of the Native Regent mare Marrakech, San Onofre could prove the quickest of the quick with regular rider Mike Smith engaged. San Onofre is 5-4-1-0 with earnings of $165,040.The complete field for the Donald Valpredo Cal Cup Sprint, to be run as the eighth race on a 10-race program Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Big Macher, Rafael Bejarano, 123; San Onofre, Mike Smith, 118; Rousing Sermon, Elvis Trujillo, 118; Frensham, Mario Gutierrez, 118; Grazen’s Hope, Tyler Baze, 118; Follini, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Marino’s Wild Cat, Martin Garcia, 123; Frumious, Martin Pedroza, 118, and Spirit Rules, Iggy Puglisi, 120. There will be special early first post time on Saturday at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2016)–Favored Scuba, on or near the lead throughout the 1 ¾ mile trip, kicked clear from runner-up Hard Aces three eighths of a mile from home with Kendrick Carmouche and went on to a dominating 4 ¼ length win in Friday’s Grade II, $200,000 Marathon Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Brendan Walsh, the 5-year-old gelding registered his third consecutive win and got the distance in 2:58.20.Off at 2-1 in a field of nine 3-year-olds and up, he provided Carmouche with his first-ever win at Santa Anita and paid $6.00, $3.40 and $2.60.Hard Aces, a winner of last year’s Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita for trainer John Sadler, was forwardly place throughout under Santiago Gonzalez and proved second best, finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of Blue Tone, who likewise had been attentive to the pace. Off as the 3-1 second choice, he paid $4.20 and $3.40.Blue Tone, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, was off at 6-1 and paid $5.40 to show .Fractions on the race 24.17, 49.05, 1:14.67, 1:40.62 and 2:30.42.