Thousands flock to see Olympic flame in Japan despite virus fears

first_imgTens of thousands queued at Sendai station to see the Olympic flameRead Also: French swim federation joins US counterpart in Olympics delay call“I queued for three hours but watching the Olympic flame was greatly encouraging,” a 70-year-old woman told public broadcaster NHK.But organisers, concerned about the bigger-than-expected gathering, have warned the viewing event could be suspended if a crowd becomes “extremely dense”, local media reported.The nationwide torch relay begins on March 26, starting from the J-Village sports complex in Fukushima that was used as a base for workers during the 2011 nuclear disaster.But organisers have been forced to scale back the relay, closing daily ceremonies to the public and urging spectators to “avoid forming crowds” along the route.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksMost Beautiful Female Supermodels From India7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksSurprising Photos Of The Rock And His Lavish LifestyleHow They Made Little Simba Look So Lifelike in ‘The Lion King’Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Tens of thousands of people flocked to a cauldron with the Olympic flame in northeastern Japan over the weekend despite concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Organisers are under pressure to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Games because of the coronavirus pandemic The flame arrived in Japan to a scaled-down welcoming ceremony on Friday as doubts grew over whether the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will go ahead on schedule as the deadly virus causes chaos around the world. The pandemic has already shredded the global sports calendar, with top sports leagues suspended and major tournaments postponed.Advertisement More than 50,000 people on Saturday queued to watch the flame displayed at Sendai station in Miyagi, chosen as part of the “Recovery Olympics” to showcase the region’s revival after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. Some had to stay in a 500-metre (1,650-foot) queue for several hours, local media said. Many of them wore masks as they took pictures with the cherry blossom-shaped cauldron.last_img read more

Martin sprints to URSS Boothill Showdown Steve King Memorial checkers

first_imgDODGE CITY, Kan. (July 3) – Now a resident of Lincoln, Neb., Jason Martin rarely gets an oppor­tunity to race in front of his native Liberal, Kan., friends and family.Martin took full advantage of the opportunity to do just that by leading wire-to-wire in the 25-lap URSS vs. Precise Racing Products Sprint Car portion of the Boothill Showdown Steve King Memo­rial at Dodge City Raceway Park to take the $2,000 winner’s share.“There were some bad boys behind me. I had to be on my ‘A’ game to keep them there,” Martin said after the triumph over a field of 39 competitors.After a sixth-place run from 18th in Friday’s preliminary event, Martin earned a position in Sun­day’s redraw after heat race action and pulled the pole starting position for the feature event with reigning track champion Luke Cranston alongside.Martin gunned into the lead at the outset and kept Cranston at bay throughout, surviving three minor cautions in the opening 15 rounds and then one final stoppage after 22 laps.Martin held off Friday preliminary winner Cranston on the final three-lap dash to the stripe with John Carney II taking the final podium position in third. Jeremy Huish was fourth with Mike Peters rounding out the top five.Zach Blurton was sixth, with Zac Taylor, Taylor Velasquez, Lance Davis and 18th-starter Tyler Knight completing the top ten earning him the Keizer Wheels Hard Charger Award.Feature results – 1. Jason Martin; 2. Luke Cranston; 3. John Carney II; 4. Jeremy Huish; 5. Mike Pe­ters; 6. Zach Blurton; 7. Zac Taylor; 8. Taylor Velasquez; 9. Lance Davis; 10. Tyler Knight; 11. Kris Moore; 12. Steven Richardson; 13. Jordan Knight; 14. Brian Herbert; 15. Koby Walters; 16. Todd Plemons; 17. Keefe Hemel; 18. Ty Williams; 19. Brandy Jones; 20. Nate Berry; 21. Barry Crane; 22. Brandon Sprott; 23. Jordan Randles; 24. J.D. Johnson.last_img read more

Allardyce: Song can be our Yaya

first_imgSam Allardyce believes on-loan midfielder Alex Song will be a “Yaya Toure-type signing” for West Ham this season. Press Association “That’s a Yaya Toure-type signing for us. He’s a top quality player of the highest calibre and he’ll provide the sort of service our front line need. “He links everything together very well so we’ve got a top quality international player that’s played for Arsenal, for Barcelona and in the Champions League. “He’s obviously being slightly overshadowed by Enner Valencia and Sakho at the moment but he’ll have a big impact for us.” West Ham played City four times last season and lost on each occasion, conceding 14 goals and scoring just once. The worst of those defeats came in the Capital One Cup first leg in January when the Hammers were thrashed 6-0 but Allardyce is confident it will be a different story this time around. “We’ve got a different team, a different set of players, some of them last season will remember the fact we didn’t get anything against City,” the West Ham boss said. “Everyone still talks about the semi-final of the Capital One Cup but there was little we could do with the injuries we had. “If we’re going to challenge against them, it’s at this moment in time – City have just come back from playing in the Champions League and we’re in good, confident form.” West Ham will be boosted by the returns of James Tomkins and Cheikhou Kouyate. Defender Tomkins and midfielder Kouyate have recovered from thigh and groin problems respectively while striker Andy Carroll is back in training but not considered ready for the clash at Upton Park. Guy Demel (thigh), Joey O’Brien (knee) and James Collins (groin) are also out injured. Former England midfielder Frank Lampard has been ruled out of champions Manchester City’s trip. Lampard suffered a thigh injury in last Saturday’s 4-1 win over Tottenham and will not be back in training until next week. Playmaker Samir Nasri, who had groin surgery last month, has now rejoined the squad and could be back in contention to play next week. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes striker Sergio Aguero has the potential to become the best player in the world. Aguero’s superb start to the season, which has seen him score 11 goals in as many games, including four against Tottenham last weekend, has reignited debate over his standing in the world game. A year ago comparisons with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were common but injuries then hampered Aguero throughout the second half of last season. Those problems, which also affected the Argentina international at the World Cup, now seem behind him and he appears close to his blistering best. But Pellegrini expects the 26-year-old to get even better and eventually surpass the levels of those currently regarded as the best. Pellegrini said: “Sergio is a young player, he has a lot of years to improve – three or four years more than other players. It just depends on what he wants to do in the future. I think he has all the conditions to do that. “I don’t think it is the best I have seen from Sergio. I was always sure he would return to his normal performance but I think he can get even better.” City’s trip to Upton Park gives them a chance to cut Chelsea’s five-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League and apply pressure before Jose Mourinho’s men face Manchester United on Sunday. City beat West Ham four times last season, scoring 14 goals, but Pellegrini insists that counts for little and has noted the fourth-placed Hammers’ good start this term. He said: “West Ham are in a good moment, playing good, attractive football. “They are scoring a lot of goals, they had an important win against Liverpool at home and they have won their last two games. “I am sure we are going to have a very difficult rival, exactly as we have every game in the Premier League.” Song swapped the Nou Camp for Upton Park when he moved from Barcelona in August and the 26-year-old has helped lift the Hammers to fourth in the Barclays Premier League table. West Ham’s strong start will be given a rigorous examination when they host defending champions Manchester City on Saturday and when asked about his opponents’ world-class stars, Allardyce said: “We’ve got that type of signing in Alex Song. last_img read more

Trojans Lose Squeaker to Hawks

first_img Bio admin Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Hitting the dirt for the Mount Desert Island High School Trojans, Sam Stewart gets back to first in time to beat the tag from Hermon Hawk Brian Day in a game on April 27.— JEFF WALLSBAR HARBOR —In the home opener at Bar Harbor on Monday the Trojans came out on fire, then fizzled against the Hermon Hawks, losing 11-10 on Monday.The Trojans looked as though they were going to cruise through their game against the Hawks as they got out to an 8-0 lead by the third inning. The Hawks got a big rally in the fifth, putting eight runs across the plate due to hot bats and mishaps.MDI tacked on one more in the bottom of the fifth inning when Nick Shaw scored from a single by Sam Stewart and another by Dennis O’Neil. That gave the Trojans the lead, 9-8.In the top of the sixth inning, Hawk Cody Veilleux nailed a double that drove Ryan McGinley home, tying the score at 9. Two more runs came in on a fly ball from Hermon’s Tyler Fournier and an error by MDI’s Stewart.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textTrojan Nolan Hall got on first when the Hawk’s Fournier dropped Hall’s shot to centerfield. Hall stole second and scored when Jasper Cousins drilled a line drive to third. That would be all the Trojans would get as the Hawks eked out the win. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. Latest posts by admin (see all)center_img State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

Police searching for party killer

first_imgGRANADA HILLS – Police were searching Saturday for a suspected gang member who gunned down a 25-year-old Sun Valley man outside a party, police said. Santos Castillo was shot late Friday on a sidewalk in the 17800 block of Arvida Street, Los Angeles police Officer April Harding said. He died at a nearby hospital. Castillo, who was not a known gang member, had attended a house party when a gang member walked up to him about 11:40 p.m. and started arguing, she said. The dispute spilled into the street, where during the argument the suspect pulled out a pistol and shot Castillo in the chest and leg. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Detectives have not determined the nature of the argument and have no description of the killer. Police ask those with information to call Devonshire Division homicide detectives at (818) 832-0537, or (877) LAW-FULL. – Daily Newslast_img read more