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Tokyo 2020 Olympics President says no plan to wear mask

first_imgTokyo 2020 Olympics President Yoshiro Mori said he did not intend to wear masks, despite the coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 2,000 people in China, a Japanese sports newspaper reported on Friday.”I pray to God every day that the coronavirus will just vanish,” Mori, a former Japanese prime minister, was quoted by the Sponichi Annex paper as saying.”I plan to hold out to the end without wearing a mask,” he said, while exhorting reporters and others in the room, “Please wash your hands when you get home, and especially athletes – please don’t catch a cold or the virus.” Masks, worn by many Japanese people during the cold and allergy seasons, are recommended for those who have reason to think they might have the virus.But experts say that while masks can prevent sick people from spreading germs, they are not very effective in preventing people from getting infected.Hundreds of Japanese and foreign passengers were set to disembark from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship near Tokyo on Friday amid growing disquiet in Japan about whether the government was doing enough to stop the virus spreading.Topics :last_img read more

AIDA Cruises starts LNG fueling ops in Mediterranean ports

first_imgAIDAperla (Image courtesy of Aida Cruises)AIDA Cruises, a Carnival Corporation company, said it will start regular operations to supply its LNG-powered AIDAperla with liquefied natural gas during the vessel’s stay in three Mediterranean ports.Following successful tests, the cruise company will start the LNG bunkering operations in the Spanish port of Barcelona, France’s Marseille and Civitavecchia in Italy.AIDA Cruises said in a statement it was also in talks with Palma de Mallorca in Spain.On average, a cruise ship spends around 40 percent of its operating time in a port. Thanks to its dual-fuel engine, the AIDAperla can produce the required energy from LNG during the ship’s port berth, AIDA noted in the statement.The LNG supply in the port takes place via a truck-to-ship method.AIDAprima LNG bunkering in the port of HamburgAIDAperla is the sister vessel to LNG-powered AIDAprima that was delivered last year.AIDAprima, the company’s first vessel in the LNG-powered series has already been provided with LNG in all five ports of her Northern Europe cruises since May 2016. AIDAperla is the second cruise ship that is able to produce onboard power from LNG while docked.In April last year, Aida Cruises signed an LNG supply deal with Shell for its two vessels, with Shell becoming Aida Cruises’ exclusive strategic partner in all ports that provide LNG bunkering.Worth mentioning, AIDA Cruises is also awaiting the delivery of two fully LNG-powered cruise ships which will able to run on LNG in port and at sea as well.AIDAnova, currently being built at the Neptun Werft in Rostock is expected to be delivered in the fall of 2018 while its sister ship will reinforce the AIDA fleet in the spring of 2021. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Dewes, Wambold expect to take over catching duties for SU after Lundstrom transfer

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 29, 2015 at 12:07 am Contact Liam: lpsull01@syr.edu Leigh Ross expected Nicole Lundstrom to be her catcher for four years.But when she transferred to Providence in the offseason, Ross, the SU head coach was faced with the task of replacing arguably her best offensive weapon.This year, she’ll do that by turning to a two-catcher rotation of sophomore Alyssa Dewes and senior Julie Wambold. They’ll take over responsibilities behind the plate and fill the void offensively.“As a coach you never know what’s going to come up,” Ross said “… and so I’m asking the two of them to play important roles for us.”Lundstrom was the Orange’s starting catcher in her freshman season, ranking first on the team in at-bats (154), second in runs batted in (32), third in runs scored (29) and fourth in batting average (.312). Ross said the team would miss her bat, but also said that Dewes and Wambold are more than capable of filling the void.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDewes and Wambold hit .307 and .309, respectively last season, however, neither played an inning at catcher. While replicating Lundstrom’s power will be hard to do, both players were regulars in the SU lineup last season. Their offensive contributions were enough for Ross to expect them both to be in the lineup no matter who is behind the plate.Ross said the starting catcher would be determined game-by-game and would see how it played out from there. Dewes and Wambold both believe the change in position is only making them work harder.“We push each other to do better,” Dewes said. “Watching her work and get after it in practice only makes me want to do the same. I don’t think we’re competing with each other.”Defensively, the transition for both players hasn’t been as tough as it would be teaching the position to someone for the first time. Dewes and Wambold both played catcher in high school so there is a level of familiarity.Dewes was a catcher throughout her childhood and high school and even was originally recruited to play catcher. Ross described Wambold as an “all-around athlete” who also caught a little bit in high school.She receives “quietly and smoothly” behind the plate, Ross said, having great hands and a quick release. Those physical tools match well with the experience and confidence she brings to the table as a senior. Dewes, though a sophomore, has the stronger arm.“Having two great catchers is going to be great this year. They each do something different really well behind the plate and in the way they handle pitchers,” pitcher Lindsay Larkin said. “Every pitcher is comfortable with both of them calling a game.”The catchers have been working on lots of drills to improve on blocking loose balls, framing pitches and picking runners off base.The most improvement Ross has seen has come from live bullpen sessions where Dewes and Wambold have been developing chemistry with the team’s pitchers. She is encouraged by what she’s seen, despite the fact that neither has caught in a game for SU before.“It’s like riding a bike,” Wambold said. “It doesn’t take much to get back in the swing of things. Just lots of reps.” Commentslast_img read more

Lakers’ nightmarish season culminates with 122-99 loss to Sacramento

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers just felt a brutal knockout punch, punctuating the end to a nightmarish 2014-15 season that will not become forgiving in the history books.The Lakers officially became the worst team in the franchise’s otherwise rich 67-year history, a 122-99 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday at Staples Center concluding a year that seemed as uncomfortable as the lineup they produced in their season finale. The Lakers (21-61) finished with a .256 winning percentage, falling below the 1957-58 Minneapolis team that won only 26.4 percent of its games, with barely recognizable names. Vander Blue, who posted 15 points on only 6-of-23 shooting, joined the team only two days ago after playing with the Lakers’ Development League affiliate. But he started at point guard. Jabari Brown, whose career-high 32 points came on a 9-of-19 clip, signed with the Lakers last month after also starring with the D-Fenders. But he started at shooting guard. It seemed fitting Brown and Blue started with the purple and gold amid sprained left ankles to rookie Jordan Clarkson and swingman Wesley Johnson. It concluded a season in which the Lakers’ players missed an NBA record 339 games due to injuries. That partly explains why Scott downplayed coaching the worst team of Lakers history after once winning three NBA championships as a player during the Showtime Era. “It obviously doesn’t sit with me well,” Scott said. “I don’t like the sound of it. But it makes for a very remarkable story when we turn this around as well.”How do the Lakers turn it around?The first part might start with staying healthy. The Lakers’ 2014-15 season started with veteran guard Steve Nash having a season-ending back injury during training camp. It continued with rookie Julius Randle breaking his right leg in the season opener and Kobe Bryant tearing a rotator cuff in his right shoulder after 35 games. center_img Plenty of players sat on the team bench dressed as if they belonged in a board meeting, including Randle (right leg), Wayne Ellington (right shoulder), Nick Young (left knee), Jeremy Lin (left knee) and Ronnie Price (right elbow). Nash has since announced his retirement. Xavier Henry (left Achilles tendon) and Dwight Buycks (fractured right hand) are no longer under contract. Bryant was presumably in the trainer’s room receiving treatment. “I’m smiling and shaking my head and just going, ‘Wow,’ Scott said. “You can’t do anything but laugh about it.”The Lakers do not consider Clarkson’s injury serious and Scott suggested he could have appeared in a playoff game. But the Lakers erred cautiously because of Clarkson’s limitations with his lateral movement. That left the Lakers with an eight-man rotation featuring three frontcourt players off the bench (Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis, Robert Sacre). The Lakers also lacked any players with past point guard experience. But Scott offered a clear solution on how Blue and Brown would handle that position.“Whoever gets the ball,” Scott said. “Whoever gets it on the rebound or on the outlet, they’re going to be point guard.”To minimize foul trouble, Scott urged Blue and Brown to play cautiously while the Lakers played mostly zone defense. That helped the Lakers avoid duplicating an awkward win last season in Cleveland. Sacre stayed on the floor after collecting six fouls because the Lakers had too many injured players. “As a young guy, we want the minutes. Even though we get tired like the older guys, we relish these opportunities,” Brown said. “Not all rookies are getting to play 30 to 40 minutes.”Yet , that wasn’t enough, leading Scott to question his team’s effort yet again.“My biggest thing after the game going in there with our coaches that you’re only as good as your last game,” Scott said. “That’s what we used to tell ourselves as players. If those guys had that same thought, it wasn’t very good. IT doesn’t leave a very good impression, which is what I’m saying.”So how does the Lakers handle things moving forward?“I don’t know want to tell you,” Scott said. “I really don’t. I’m at the point right now where I will go home and decompress, get my thoughts together and get ready for tomorrow. I don’t want to put a damper on an already not very good night.”Scott said that feeling may not fade away until draft workouts in June, leading to what might mark a long offseason before the rebuilding actually begins. “We’re not proud of that,” Brown said. “It’s tough. But I feel like guys played hard. We weren’t laying down,” Brown said. “We got young pieces, good old vets and Kobe will be back. Byron is a great coach. He knows what hes doing.”But that wasn’t enough for the Lakers to avoid appearing in the record books for all the wrong reasons.“If we had everybody healthy, we’d be a much better basketball team,” Scott said. “Hopefully we got them all out the way this year and we’ll be healthy next year.”last_img read more