‘Insensitive’ Japan Olympic coronavirus logo pulled after row

first_imgA satirical mock-up depicting the Tokyo Olympics logo as the new coronavirus has been pulled after Olympic organizers branded it “insensitive” and said it infringed copyright.The design combines the distinctive, spiky image of the coronavirus cell with the blue-and-white Tokyo 2020 logo, and appeared on the front page of an in-house magazine published by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ).The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and halted sport worldwide. He said it was also an infringement of the copyright owned by Tokyo 2020, and revealed that top Olympic bosses had requested that the FCCJ remove the image.Read also: Olympic badminton champion Tontowi Ahmad announces retirement”I also have to say this is insensitive to many people being affected by this damaging and painful situation,” said Takaya.”It is especially insensitive to athletes who are willing to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Games next year and working very hard every day for next year’s Games.”Although the circulation of the magazine is tiny, this is not the first time Tokyo 2020 has become embroiled in a dispute over its logo.It was forced to scrap its original emblem after claims of plagiarism from a Belgian designer, who said it was “virtually identical” to his logo for a theater in Liege, eastern Belgium.Tokyo 2020 organizers are facing the giant task of reorganizing the Olympics for next year after IOC president Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to postpone the Games by a year.The postponement, announced on March 24, coincided with the beginning of a spike in coronavirus cases in Tokyo and throughout Japan.After several weeks under a state of emergency during which residents have been urged to stay at home, Tokyo is now seeing only a handful of new coronavirus cases per day.Topics : FCCJ president Khaldon Azhari said Thursday the club had decided to withdraw the image and remove it from its website after advice that its legal defense against a potential copyright breach was “not strong”.”More importantly, we are all in this coronavirus crisis together and clearly the cover offended some people in our host country Japan,” said Azhari, voicing “sincere regret”.Tokyo 2020 chief executive Toshiro Muto hailed the move, telling reporters: “We believe their response was appropriate and this is what we were hoping for as an outcome.”Speaking to reporters on Monday, Tokyo 2020’s chief spokesman Masa Takaya had blasted the emblem as “very disappointing”.last_img read more

Why it is a good time to be a renter in Brisbane

first_imgThe number of units in Bulimba has increased in the last two years, and there is more on the way.“And there is always the option to go further out to get cheaper rent,” she said.Increasing supply is a big cause of the drop, and in Bulimba the number of units has increased to 1525 from 1454 two years ago.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“And directly across the road from me they are building another big unit complex,” Ms Knight said.The increase in supply was modest compared to some suburbs such as Newstead where the number of units increased from 1050 to 1871 in the same period.Business development manager at Place — Bulimba Lisa Perruzza said the cheaper rents had not changed the character of the suburb. Stock has increased across many inner-Brisbane suburbs.“It’s always been a popular suburb for its schools, and great restaurants,” Ms Perruzza said.While it may be a renter’s market, the drops had hit investors hard, according to Propertyology’s Simon Pressley.“The softening of rents in Brisbane is not new unfortunately,” Mr Pressley said.“It has been progressively unfolding for three odd years, and the main cause of it is way too many apartments.” Fears of a market oversupply of units has seen rents fall.Rents for houses had also taken a dive across many popular Brisbane suburbs over the past two years.The median rental price in West End was $550 in March, down from $605 at the same time two years ago, despite the number of houses not changing greatly.“If you have too many of any dwelling type it can often have a knock-on effect to all dwelling types,” Mr Pressley said.“Someone may want to rent a house then they realise they can get something close to town in a modern apartment.”center_img Real Estate — Zoe Knight and her partner Luke Leaman and dog Daisy have benefited from Bulimba’s falling rents. Pic Mark Cranitch.Tenants are the big winners of the apartment building boom as median rents across many popular suburbs go backwards.Figures from CoreLogic reveal that tenants across a number of trendy riverfront and inner-city suburbs are actually paying less than two years ago.Weekly median rents in Newstead, Bulimba, Milton and Fortitude Valley have all dropped by between 9 per cent and 10.6 per cent over two years.Bulimba renter Zoe Knight rents a two-bedroom unit with her partner Luke Leaman, and together they pay the exact median for their neighbourhood, $450 a week.With the median rent having dropped from $495 just two years ago, and with her two-bedroom apartment a quick walk from dozens of shops and cafes, she thinks they get pretty good bang for their buck.“It is such an amazing suburb,” Ms Knight said. When she compared what she paid with a friend from Sydney, who paid $675 for a one-bedroom apartment in Bondi, she said Brisbane currently was pretty good for renters. last_img read more

KPMG partner Adam Twemlow selling Gold Coast house

first_imgAdam Twemlow at his Bundall office. Picture Glenn HampsonKPMG partner Adam Twemlow, who runs the multinational accounting firm’s Gold Coast office, has put his Sorrento property on the market with a $1.745 million price tag.The five-bedroom residence, which is in wife Nicole’s name, is on a 999sq m block and has a pool, spa, jetty and boat ramp.Robert Graham of Ray White Prestige is marketing the property.“There is endless room for the kids to run around with lush grassed yards at the front and back and established landscaped gardens,” Mr Graham said. The Sorrento property has a modern interior.“The yard is also fully fenced for the dog to run around too.’’More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoMr Twemlow, who is also a board director at Destination Gold Coast, has worked for privately-owned companies with multinational operations, ASX-listed companies, and also has managed investment schemes and not-for-profit entities.KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax and advisory services. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

Bigger Ships on the Horizon as Fujairah’s Transformation Enters Full Swing

first_img“The current expansion work undertaken by Fujairah Terminals includes deepening of berths to 18 metres, allowing large vessels to come to the port, building a 300,000 square meter yard of storage space and upgrading the 1 kilometer quay to accommodate the anticipated growth in shipping traffic. Both phases of the expansion project are on track for their respective completion dates of June 2019 and June 2020,”Al Mutawa continued.“The ongoing construction activities at the port are not affecting the daily work stream and we strive to minimize disruption of services to existing and new clients.”Once phase one is completed, the port will have a capacity of 350,000 TEU per year and 400,000 tons of general cargo. The port will also be able to accommodate Marco Polo-class vessels of up to 9,000 TEU, doubling the size of the largest vessels that can currently call at the port.“We are working to complete phase two of the expansion project by 2020 and we are smoothly implementing our masterplan with the support of various government entities and authorities, including the Fujairah Port Authority.“We have worked with the Fujairah Port Authority on an extensive research, including economic and environmental studies to implement the best means to enhance the capacity of Fujairah Terminals.“Whilst the berth is designed and is being built for 18-meter draft, further dredging as well as increased entrance channel will be addressed in our future development plans, driven by the strategical volumes growth,” he pointed out.The company expects the capacity to reach 1 million TEUs and 700,000 tons of general cargo by 2030.Commenting on investing in berths for even larger ships in line with increasing vessel sizes of up to 21,000+ TEU, Al Mutawa noted that further investment in berth capacity, driven by volumes growth is part of the company’s long-term strategy.In the short run, and to help benchmark against international standards, the company plans to install equipment, such as STS Post-Panamax quay cranes and e-RTGs, to increase operational efficiencies to meet the needs of global shipping companies and service operators.“A new gate complex is also being constructed that will be dedicated to customs and use radio frequency identification (RFI) technology to speed up turnaround for transportation firms, making it easier, cheaper and safer to use the port.“We are gearing up for further expansions. The 18-meter quay wall depth could accommodate the biggest vessels, so that we will be able to adapt to growing demand and industry trends of larger container vessels,” he said.Automation and Digitalization Speaking of the role of technology and innovation in the terminal development, Al Mutawa stressed that the two represent integral components of the company’s growth strategy.“We are constantly assessing ways to harness emerging technologies to streamline our processes and operations together with our investors and customers. Operational inefficiency is one of the major issues affecting the maritime trade. At Abu Dhabi Ports, one of the ways we’ve addressed inefficiencies was to integrate technology seamlessly into our solutions,” he said.“For instance, one of our recent innovations is MAMAR, which was developed and operated by Maqta Gateway, a wholly owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports and a central pillar of the company’s strategy to be a leader in the development of integrated, digital, global trade.”MAMAR is a single-window online interface that merges existing features from Port Community System (mPCS) with Abu Dhabi Customs’ e-services, the aim being to reduce inefficiencies by connecting multiple entities and enable different stakeholders to work together.Impact of Geopolitical Challenges and Trade Wars When asked about the potential impact of the geopolitical challenges on global trade and the future of container terminal industry, especially on the back of the rising tensions between China and the United States, Fujairah Terminals CEO said the vision of Abu Dhabi Ports was one that looks at the long-term.“That is why we’re focused on building infrastructure that will outlast any short-term geopolitical changes that impact the trade environment. In 2019, our industry still faces challenging conditions, however the resilience and creativity that it has shown over the past decade since the financial crisis mean that the sector has emerged stronger, smarter and more efficient.“In fact, the recovery has exceeded expectations. Take, for example, regional container volumes, which have grown at an annual rate of 6.4% in the last 10 years.“So, we are in a strong position to face any challenges.”Al Mutawa believes that there are real opportunities to explore, such as the potential for automation. According to a study by McKinsey & Company released in December 2018, careful planning and management of automated ports can lower operating expenses by 25 to 55 percent and increase productivity by 10 to 35 percent.“Our plan is to continuously scrutinize the market as well as the macro-economic environment to identify levers that will help boost the volumes operated within the terminal. “Whilst containerized cargo and general cargo/project cargo both represent our key priorities in the immediate future, we are continuously exploring prospects beyond these two segments, which involves capitalizing on the strategic geographical position and regional connectivity around Fujairah Emirate. As you may be aware, Etihad Rail is planning to connect main regions and ports with rails expected to come right inside the port,” he concluded.Interview by Jasmina Ovcina Mandra; Image Courtesy: Fujairah Terminals/Abu Dhabi Ports In 2017, UAE-based port developer and operator Abu Dhabi Ports signed a 35-year concession agreement with the Port of Fujairah, under which Fujairah Terminals, a new operational arm of Abu Dhabi Ports was established, with over AED 1 billion (USD 272 million) earmarked for infrastructural investment.Commercial operations at Fujairah Terminals were officially kick-started in September 2017 as activities were ramping up to launch the expansion project the following year.The Port of Fujairah is the only multi-purpose port on the East Coast of the UAE, a major bunkering and energy hub, as well as a major port for crew changes.Over the past decade, the port has tripled its berths to nine and increased shipping traffic more than eight-fold, with the port handling 4,695 vessels in 2018, including vessels handled by Fujairah Terminals; oil terminals, bunkering, supply boats, container, cruise and general cargo, data from Abu Dhabi Ports shows.Over a year and a half since the establishment of the new company, World Maritime News spoke with Ahmed Al Mutawa, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fujairah Terminals, on the progress made so far with expansion plans at the port, which remained operational during construction work.“Abu Dhabi Ports realized a significant growth opportunity to leverage the Port of Fujairah’s location and improve its capacity and facilities, creating a new gateway to the UAE that boosts connectivity to India, Africa and Asia. Over the past two decades, the port has become the world’s second largest bunkering hub due to its world-class terminal and storage facilities. Additionally, Fujairah Port is the only multi-purpose port on the Eastern seaboard of the UAE, strategically located on the country’s Indian Ocean coast, close to the east-west shipping routes,” Mr. Al Mutawa said commenting on Abu Dhabi Ports’ motivation and strategy behind the investment in the Port of Fujairah.“We’re transforming the port through an AED 1 billion investment program in infrastructure and superstructure. By developing world-class infrastructure such as this we are facilitating global trade and attracting foreign direct investment, in line with the vision of UAE’s leadership to create a strong, diversified economy,” he added.According to Fujairah Terminals CEO, the port is witnessing a growing demand for general cargo, project cargo, container, bulk and RORO. “We look forward to tapping into business opportunities from the Red Sea, East Africa and several neighboring countries through our long-term investment plans.“We see significant growth opportunities and plan to boost transhipment for vital sectors like steel, spare parts, food and polymers. The port directly serves the entire Arabian Gulf region and the Indian subcontinent, which represent our key target markets,” he added.The company’s development master plan includes deepening of berths to allow large vessels to come to the port, as well as increasing the entrance of the channel. So far, the port has been able to accommodate containerships of up to 5,500 TEU.Activities on constructing the berths, yards and the marine side were launched in 2018, and the development is taking place in two phases, with the completion deadline set for the mid of 2020.last_img read more

Ministry of Health hosts EPI Info workshop

first_img Share 2. The Ministry is in the process of implementing the World Health Organization New Growth Standards for monitoring growth and nutritional status of children 0 to 5 year olds.The training will be extended to the other health workers in the near future.The workshop is coordinated by Nutritionist Marynese Titre of the Health Promotion Unit and facilitated by Renelle Aaron of the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CNFI).Photo credit: gov.kyDominica Vibes News Share The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CNFI), the Pan American Health Organization  (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) is conducting a five day workshop on Epi Info – a statistical software used in data collection and analysis.The objective of the workshop is to increase capacity in the areas of management and analysis of food and Nutrition Surveillance.The workshop runs from June 20 to 24, 2011, at the Public Service Training Centre.A total of twenty participants are attending the training which includes Family Nurse Practitioners, Officers from the Health Information Unit, Health Promotion Resource Centre, National Drug Prevention Unit and the Ministry of Education.During the training participants will learn how to create questionnaires and enter data; know the basic statistical analysis and introduction to Epidemiological report.This workshop is timely for two reasons:1. The participants will have hands on in the use of current data collected at the Health Districts and how it can be analysed. 23 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweet HealthLifestyleLocalNews Ministry of Health hosts EPI Info workshop by: – June 22, 2011last_img read more

Rockets hit US embassy in Baghdad amid protests

first_imgIraq has been dragged into a rapiddeterioration in relations between Iran and the US in recent months. No group has claimed responsibilitybut the US blamed Iran-backed military factions in Iraq in the past. At least three people were injured,security sources told Reuters. Demonstrators are seen carrying an image of United States (US) President Donald Trump during a protest aimed at pressuring US troops to leave Iraq. REUTERS Powerful Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtadaal-Sadr organized the anti-American demonstrations aimed at pressuring UStroops to leave Iraq. Recent attacks have targeted theembassy or Iraqi military bases where American troops are deployed.  center_img Baghdad – At least three rockets struck the United States (US) embassy inIraq’s capital Baghdad on Sunday. This included the US killing of thetop Iranian military commander, Gen Qasem Soleimani, by a drone strike on Jan.3 at the Baghdad airport. One rocket hit the embassy cafeteriawhile two others landed a short distance away, a source told AFP. They began withdrawing fromanti-government sit-in camps on Saturday.(BBC)last_img read more

Hawaiian Island Shine has new awards for Deery Series, Arnold’s Dirt Knights drivers

first_img“These are professional grade products in a retail package. They are already used by professionals nationwide,” he added. “We are always looking to expand our customer base and drivers and fans using the discount coupon code IMCA will receive a 10 percent discount. I’m confident more people will learn about our products by word of mouth as well.”  IMCA’s first-ever sponsor from the 50th state gives two quarts of Mud-B-Gone to a designated place finisher at each event in the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models and the Arnold Mo­tor Supply Dirt Knights Tour for Modifieds. AIEA, Hawaii – Drivers in two top-of-the-line IMCA series earn top-of-the-line product awards this season from new sponsor Hawaiian Island Shine. A vendor for Walmart, Kmart and Navy Exchange, Hawaiian Island Shine offers a line of car care products for street and show car use as well as high performance customers.  “Our products are for people who care about their car. They tell me we are very fair and that we could sell our products for more but it’s not all about the money for us,” said Smith, who has high hopes for Hawaiian Island Shine’s growth. “My long-term goal for the company is to provide in­come for 50 families.” A South Carolina native and already familiar with drag racing, Smith retired after serving in the Navy. He’s been the sole owner of Hawaiian Island Shine – military friends came up with the com­pany acronym (HIS), then the name at a barbeque – since 1994.  More information about Aiea, Hawaii company’s complete product line is available at the www.hawaiianislandshine.com website and by calling 808 381-4683.center_img Hawaiian Island Shine awards will be presented after each Deery Series and Arnold’s Motor Supply Dirt Knights event.  “I like the enthusiasm for dirt track racing and the fact that it is family oriented,” said company owner and president Doug Smith, who expanded his research of sanctioning bodies and individ­ual drivers via social media before contacting IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “These two series are a perfect fit for us.” Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod Race of Champions winners and first non-qualifiers for main events in each of those divisions at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s all receive Hawaiian Island Shine basic detail kits and a quart of Mud-B-Gone. Mud-B-Gone is a water-based pre-race spray developed for the dirt track market and tested exten­sively on mainland ovals.  “Working with a company based in Hawaii was initially an intriguing proposition, but the more you talk with Doug the more you realize it is more than just a novelty,” Yoder said. “He has a passion for cars and with products targeting not only fellow car enthusiasts, but dirt track racers, getting him involved with a pair of our most popular series’ appealed to both of us. We are more than willing to help him get products in the hands of IMCA racers and eager to gauge the feedback.”last_img read more

Gay Powers Argonauts Past Lady Statesmen

first_imgGay Powers Argonauts Past Lady Statesmen April 12, 2007Box Score DECATUR, Ala. – Whitney Gay (Cantonment, Fla./Tate HS) recorded her first multi-homer game of her career to help lead West Florida to a 6-5 win over Delta State in the opener of the Gulf South Conference Crossover on Thursday. West Florida (24-20, 4-7 GSC) improved to 26-2 all-time at the GSC Crossover. Delta State (31-21, 11-8 GSC ) dropped to 6-19 all-time against West Florida.West Florida opened the scoring in the top of the first inning. With Ashlee Simpson (Decatur, Ala./Jefferson State CC) on second with one out, Taren Walton (Pensacola, Fla./Daytona Beach CC) lined a double down the left field line to score Simpson.The Argonauts used the long ball in the top of the second inning to add to their lead. With one out, Gay drove a Sam St. Hilaire pitch over the center field fence for her fourth home run of the season. Two batters later, Kat Sheppard (Gulf Breeze, Fla./Milton HS) deposited a ball over the right field fence for her first career home run. Delta State got on the board in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI double by Brittany Eikner.West Florida added a run in the top of the third inning when Gay walked with the bases loaded to give West Florida a 4-1 advantage. But Delta State cut the deficit to one with a two-run bottom of the fourth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, Brittni Adcox walked with the bases loaded. Chasey Niebrugge was hit-by-pitch to force in another run and cut the West Florida lead to 4-3.West Florida regained their three-run lead with two runs in the top of the sixth inning. Gay led off the inning with her second home run of the game. It was the first multi-home run game for an Argonaut this season. After two outs, Simpson reached on an infield single and Valerie Staub (East Brunswick, N.J./Wallace-Dothan CC) doubled to put runners and first and third. Walton then delivered an RBI single to right field for her third hit of the game.Delta State answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs, Niebrugge and pinch-hitter Edie Oliver delivered RBI singles to cut the Argonaut lead to one. But Emily Burge (Pace, Fla./Pace HS) struck out Courtney Clark to end the inning and retired the Lady Statesmen in order in the bottom of the seventh inning to seal the win.Burge (11-11) earned the win by striking out 10 in seven innings. St. Hilaire (2-4) suffered the loss after allowing three runs on three hits in 1 2/3 innings of work. Gay and Walton were a combined 5-6 with five RBIPrint Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

Chelsea star tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Chelsea’s players and coaching staff were ordered into isolation as Callum Hudson-Odoi became the first Premier League player confirmed to have the new coronavirus late on Thursday. The news casts the viability of this weekend’s games further into doubt after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive, also throwing their team into lockdown. “Chelsea men’s team player Callum Hudson-Odoi had a positive test result for coronavirus returned this evening,” a club statement said. “Chelsea personnel who had recent close contact with the player in the men’s team building will now self-isolate in line with government health guidelines. “These will include initially the full men’s team squad, coaching staff and a number of backroom staff.” Chelsea said they would discuss their upcoming games, starting with Sunday’s trip to Aston Villa, with Premier League officials on Friday. Two Arsenal fixtures – Wednesday’s game at Manchester City, and away to Brighton on Saturday – have already been cancelled because of the virus. Hudson-Odoi displayed cold symptoms on Monday morning and has stayed away from the club since then. His test result was returned on Thursday night. The club said despite testing positive, the 19-year-old was “doing well and looking forward to returning to the training ground as soon as it is possible”.Tags: ArsenalCallum Hudson-OdoiChelseaCoronavirusMikel Artetalast_img read more

Mikel nears Stoke City move

first_imgRelatedPosts Branislav Ivanovic joins West Brom Stoke City manager salutes Mikel Mikel opens Stoke City goal account Stoke City is closing on agreement over a one-year deal for former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel.The former Nigeria captain, 33, is a free agent having left Turkish side Trabzonspor by mutual consent in March. Stoke have been in talks with Mikel for a couple of weeks and agreed terms with another free agent Steven Fletcher last week.Mikel made 249 Premier League appearances for Chelsea in an 11-year spell, which ended when he left Stamford Bridge in 2017.He won the Champions League and Europa League, two Premier Leagues, three FA Cups and the League Cup with the London side.Mikel has not played in England since a six-month spell at Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough in 2019, where he scored one goal in 19 appearances in all competitions.He also had a two-year spell at Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda, before joining the Riverside Stadium. Tags: Mikel ObiPlayer SigningStoke CityTranferslast_img read more