Tokyo seeks travel curbs as new infections tops 100 for 3rd day, says NHK

first_imgRead also: Beijing lifts most travel restrictions, says city’s outbreak containedTokyo on Friday reported 124 new cases, up from 107 the day before, partly due to increased testing among night-life workers in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro districts.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Friday the government was not planning to reintroduce a state of emergency. Curbs on movement pushed the world’s third-biggest economy into a recession in the first quarter, with a deeper contraction expected in the April-June period.Japan’s infection rates remain far below those of many other countries, but the recent rise in cases and the possibility of renewed restrictions have put authorities and businesses on edge.Topics : Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike urged residents of the Japanese capital not to travel beyond its borders on Saturday as new coronavirus infections topped 100 for a third day, public broadcaster NHK reported.Tokyo confirmed 131 new cases of infections of the coronavirus on Saturday, NHK said.Cases in Tokyo have risen to a two-month high, driven by the spread of the virus in the capital’s night spots. Of Saturday’s tally, 100 were people in their 20s and 30s, Kyodo news agency said, citing Koike.last_img read more

EU orders 30,000 remdesivir coronavirus treatments

first_imgThe first batch of doses will cost 63 million euros ($73 million) and ought to cover needs for the next few months before a second procurement contract in October. Topics : The European Commission has ordered 30,000 treatment doses of the antiviral medication remdesivir from US drugs giant Gilead, it announced Wednesday.Sold under the brand name Veklury, remdesivir is the first medicine to be approved by the EU to treat victims of the COVID-19 pandemic in EU member states and Britain.It is hoped the drug will shorten recovery times for patients with severe infections and it will be made available early next month. last_img read more

Trojans look to find home redemption

first_imgIt’s safe to say this game is not what it used to be.The USC-Notre Dame clash at the Coliseum on  Saturday night pits two struggling teams from very proud football schools against each other in a game with little consequence for the postseason. For the first time since 2001, both teams enter the game unranked.Hot seat · Senior backup quarterback Mitch Mustain was forced to fill in on Saturday after sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley was injured. Mustain will most likely start on Saturday against Notre Dame, though he has never started a game for the Trojans. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan USC (7-4) is coming off another loss in the state of Oregon after a 36-7 drubbing by Oregon State last week. The Trojans were held scoreless in the first half and held to the fewest points in a game since 2001.To make matters worse, sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley, who is ninth in the nation with 25 touchdown passes, went down with a high-ankle sprain just before halftime. Even though the X-rays came back negative, his availability for this week’s game is in doubt.That leaves senior backup quarterback Mitch Mustain to make his first start for the Trojans and lead the USC offense against a Notre Dame team that is coming off its two strongest performances of the year.The Fighting Irish (6-5) are struggling to maintain a winning record in coach Brian Kelly’s first year at the helm, and it seems like he’s got the team heading in the right direction as Notre Dame enters its final game of the regular season.The Fighting Irish have held their last two opponents, then-No. 15 Utah and bowl-eligible Army, to just three points each and are looking to pounce on a sputtering Trojan offense.The USC running game, which looked to be one of the best and deepest in the country earlier this season, is jogging in place. USC gained just 120 yards on the ground against Oregon State and its leading rusher, senior CJ Gable, hasn’t had a carry since USC’s 48-14 blowout of Cal and its other three running backs all have issues. Senior Allen Bradford has fumbling issues, redshirt junior Marc Tyler is running on an ankle he keeps hurting and might miss another week of practice this week, and freshman Dillon Baxter didn’t travel to Oregon State because of accepting a ride in a golf cart with an NFL agent.This game is the last game many USC seniors will play at home. Bradford, Gable, fullback Stanley Havili, wide receivers Ronald Johnson and David Ausberry, center Kristofer O’Dowd, cornerback Shareece Wright, linebacker Malcolm Smith and kicker Joe Houston will all be making their final appearances at the Coliseum as Trojans.Even with no bowl positioning on the line, the players will still be anxious to beat their team’s longtime rival.“It’s Notre Dame,” sophomore offensive tackle Matt Kalil said. “That right there is enough motivation … We’re looking to go play our butts off and bust out these last two wins and finish the season on a good note.”last_img read more

Canadian Men fail in bid to qualify for 2018 World Cup

first_imgDespite scoring a 3-1 victory over El Salvador Tuesday night in Vancouver, Canada finished third in its semifinal qualifying group for the CONCACAF region, behind Mexico and Honduras, and ahead of El Salvador.The top two teams in the group advance to the final round of the qualifiers in CONCACAF.Cyle Larin gave Canada a 1-0 lead, scoring in the 11th minute. Nik Ledgerwood made it 2-0 at the 54th minute before El Salvador’s Nelson Bonilla scored in the 78th minute. David Edgar added a goal for Canada in injury time.Canada, which in its only World Cup — 1986 in Mexico — now looks in from the sidelines as the rest of the world attempts to qualify for Russia.Next up is qualifying for 2022. There’s no joy in Canadaville as the Men’s National Team struck out in their bid to reach the next stage of qualifying for 2018 World Cup in Russia.last_img read more

Winger Feeney agrees move to Bolton

first_imgLiam Feeney has agreed a two-year deal with Bolton. The 27-year-old winger, from Hammersmith, will formally sign for Wanderers after his Millwall contract expires at the end of June.Feeney, who went to school in Brentford, began his career with Hayes, where he spent two years.Subsequently signed by Bournemouth, his performances on the south coast attracted interest from Millwall, who bought him for £200,000 in 2011.He had a spell on loan at Bolton earlier in the season, making four appearances for them, and ended the campaign on loan at Blackburn.See also:Wembley is the next stop on Millwall man’s ‘great journey’Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Benjamin Logan FFA members competed in the sub-district food science career development

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest FFA members Emily Roth, Matt Black, Kaiden Weaks, and Bradey Ackley competed in the sub-district food science career development event on Tuesday November 11th at Ridgemont High School.For the competition the students had to identify equipment, they had to take a test on the food science topic, the students had to identify customer inquiries. The  students also had to identify food safety and sanitation issues, and identify aromas as well as a triangle taste test. These activities are designed to show the students capabilities in the food science side of agriculture. Food Science is one of the fastest growing areas in agricultural science.last_img read more

All Hail The (New) Twitter Elite List

first_img The Twitter Grader algorithm has withstood a fair degree of scrutiny — exacerbated by the fact that the rankings generated don’t always agree with some other “top user” lists that rank purely on the number of followers.  But, one factor in the algorithm that has generated some debate is the reduction in grade that occurs when a given twitter user has a low follower:following ratio.  This is when (on a relative basis) a user has a lower (or equal) number of followers than the number of people they are following.  Stated different, on average, users who are following a bunch of people get a lower grade (all other things being equal).  The common complaint about this is “why would you penalize users that are following other users — doesn’t that go against the spirit of social media sites like twitter?”.  This is a fair question.  And, I have a reasonably fair answer:  One of the surest signals of a low-authority twitter account is that it has a very low follower/following ratio.  Using the follower:following ratio in the algorithm works great — except when it doesn’t.  Like when power users  like Guy Kawasaki ( .  (Oh, and for the record, my Twitter Grade dropped .  Guy’s a highly connected, highly engaged, highly authoritative twitter user (and I’d say that even if I wasn’t a raving fan, which I am). Twitter Grader Originally published Jan 12, 2009 2:32:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Want to learn more about using Twitter for Marketing and PR? Download the free webinar The problem is, it can be a bit difficult to tell the difference between a spammy twitter account that is using automated follows and a high quality, authoritative account.  It took some near-sleepless nights, but, I think I’ve finally figured it out.  Finally, the Webinar: Twitter for Marketing and PR Twitter Marketing ). State of the Twittersphere after this algorithm update — which is also as it should be).  Twitter Grader algorithm has been improved  is a tool that measures the authority and reach of a twitter user.  It has really taken off since it’s introduction a few months ago.  The software has now graded over 900,000 individual twitter accounts and gets used over 20,000 times a day.  The Twitter Grade is a score from 0–100 based on the power and authority of a twitter user.  It is used to build the list — a compilation of the top twitter users.  (We also generate a list of the top  — and a few new surprises.  @guykawasaki .  Significantly.  In addition to the existing factors, Twitter Grader now looks at the degree of Topics: a given twitter user has.  It looks at how well a given user is fostering conversations in the twitter community.  Clearly, Guy is really, really good at fostering conversations.  So, Guy is back on the Twitter Grader elite list of top 100 twitter users, where he belongs.  So are a bunch of other powerful twitter users geographic location Twitter Elite @onstartups ) don’t make it into the Top 100 list.  Twitter is all the rage as illustrated in this report on the Clearly, there was something wrong with the algorithm Happy twittering. report.  The information in this report is based on data from Twitter Grader. a lot Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack twitter users by keyword and by engagement for tips and tricks to drive inbound marketing using Twitter. If you’re a power user on twitter and think your grade and ranking was too low before, please try it again.  And, if you’ve got ideas for how we might improve the software and make it more useful, please leave a comment. And, if you’re looking for me , you can find melast_img read more

Picking a Twitter Username? Don’t Use Numbers or Underscores.

first_img Twitter Profile Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Apr 16, 2009 8:36:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Many geeks remember the days of AOL and AIM when all the good usernames were taken so everyone had to get creative with their screen names. Long strings of numbers and underscores were the norm.A different standard has emerged on Twitter. Many successful users use their first and last names concatenated into one long string. Unfortunately, some people find their first and last name taken (especially people with common names), and resort to a name with underscores and numbers.So, while my Twitter handle is @danzarrella, the next Dan Zarrella to join Twitter might pick @dan_zarrella.This is a bad idea, particularly if you’re trying to build an account with lots of followers.Using data from Twitter Grader (a database with close to 2 million Twitter users), I took a look at the relationship between the presence of underscores and numbers in usernames and average follower numbers.The results are pretty much what you’d expect, if only surprising in how clear-cut they are.The takeaway is obvious: Don’t use numbers or underscores in your username. last_img read more

Which Startups Do SEO Best? Here Are the Grades.

first_img Originally published Jun 12, 2009 8:57:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: A few weeks ago Red Herring announced its annual Red Herring 100, a list top startups.The list, which HubSpot and seven of its customers were honored to be included on, is a collection of North America’s most promissing up and coming companies. Past winners include Google, Yahoo!, Skype, Netscape, Salesforce.com, and YouTube.Since Red Herring doesn’t rank the 100 companies it picks, we thought we’d offer our own ranking: search optimization effectiveness. We took the list, ran it though our free Website Grader tool, and got scores for each company. The scores are on a 1-100 scale, where 100 is the best.The results are below. What can we learn from this list? One thing is clear: The scores are above average. Only 14% are below 50. That’s indication of SEO’s importance. The companies that are growing are doing it well.  Twitter (www.twitter.com) 99.9YouSendIt (www.yousendit.com) 99.8HubSpot (www.hubspot.com) 99.7Ustream.TV (www.ustream.tv) 99.2Appirio (www.appirio.com) 98.8Rocket Lawyer Incorporated (www.rocketlawyer.com) 98.6Elastic Path Software (www.elasticpath.com) 98.4Zuora (www.zuora.com/index.html) 98.4Rapid7 (www.rapid7.com) 98.1Marketo (www.marketo.com) 97.9Zimbio (www.zimbio.com) 97.8Neohapsis (www.neohapsis.com) 97.7Atiz Innovation (www.atiz.com) 97.5DocuSign (www.docusign.com) 97.4ClickFox (www.clickfox.com) 96.7Attivio (www.attivio.com) 96.5HomeAway (www.homeaway.com) 96.3Jaspersoft (www.jaspersoft.com) 96.3ParaScale (www.parascale.com) 96.3Avidian Technologies (www.avidian.com) 94LucidMedia Networks (www.lucidmedia.com) 94Nirvanix (www.nirvanix.com) 93Mob4hire (www.mob4hire.com) 92Purewire (www.purewire.com) 92Qtask (www.qtask.com) 92Reality Digital (www.realitydigital.com) 92Promisec (www.promisec.com) 91Top Layer Security (www.toplayer.com) 91Cast Iron Systems (www.castiron.com) 90CSA Credit Solutions (www.creditsolutions.com) 90BrightQube (www.brightqube.com) 88DealerSocket (www.dealersocket.com) 88Electric Cloud (www.electric-cloud.com) 88Bluenog (www.bluenog.com) 87Netcordia (www.netcordia.com) 86NetWitness (www.netwitness.com) 86Pivot3 (www.pivot3.com) 86Quantivo (www.quantivo.com) 86Carbonetworks (www.carbonetworks.com)  85Clarabridge (www.clarabridge.com) 84Airclic (www.airclic.com) 83BeyondTrust (www.beyondtrust.com) 83 Complete Genomics (www.completegenomics.com) 83OpTier (www.optier.com) 83Concerro (www.concerro.com) 81Damballa (www.damballa.com) 81Dyadem (www.dyadem.com) 81IPextreme (www.ip-extreme.com) 81KESDEE (www.kesdee.com) 81Trion World Networks (www.trionworld.com) 81Yodlee (www.yodlee.com) 81Quantenna Communications (www.quantenna.com) 80Dataupia (www.dataupia.com) 79NextLabs (www.nextlabs.com) 79YottaMark (www.yottamark.com) 79Arista Networks (www.aristanetworks.com) 77Dilithium Networks (www.dilithiumnetworks.com) 77Reflex Systems (www.reflexsystems.com) 77WhiteHat Security (www.whitehatsec.com/home/index.html) 77Pliant Technology (www.plianttechnology.com) 75Acclarent (www.acclarent.com) 74INVIDI (www.invidi.com) 74IQNavigator (www.iqnavigator.com) 74NeoEdge Networks (www.neoedge.com) 74PharmaSURVEYOR (www.pharmasurveyor.com) 74Theorem (www.theoreminc.net) 74Adaptive Planning (www.adaptiveplanning.com) 72Aster Data Systems (www.asterdata.com) 72Ethertronics (www.ethertronics.com) 71Univa UD (www.univa.com) 71Bubble Motion (www.bubblemotion.com) 69Optoplex (www.optoplex.com) 69OptionEase (www.optionease.com) 68Mixed Signals (www.mixedsignals.com) 67Applied Identity (www.appliedidentity.com) 65Weather Trends International (www.wxtrends.com) 65Bridgelux (www.bridgelux.com) 64INRange Systems (www.inrangesystems.com) 62AppTrigger (apptrigger.com/index.php)  61Mersive Technologies (www.mersive.com)  60Cresta Technology (www.crestatech.com) 59Ontela (www.ontela.com) 59Neophotonics (www.neophotonics.com) 58Amitive (www.amitive.com) 57Birst (www.birst.com) 54Xunlight (www.xunlight.com) 53Kovio (www.kovio.com) 48EoPlex Technologies (www.eoplex.com) 47ESP Technologies (www.fastesp.com) 46Microfabrica (www.microfabrica.com) 46Correlix (www.correlix.com) 45Everspin Technologies (www.everspin.com) 44Vumii (www.vumii.com) 43Mediaspectrum (www.mediaspectrum.net) 42RecondoTechnology (www.recondotech.com) 40Adaptive Engineering (adaptiveengine.com) 32Orasi Medical (www.orasimedical.com) 29BlackBall (www.blackball.com) 25Microvi Biotech (www.microvibiotech.com) 25Eden Park Illumination (www.edenparks.com) 6SEO for Lead Generation Kit Learn more about how you can optimize your site to get found online in search engines to generate more leads for your business. Download our search engine optimization for lead generation kit. SEOlast_img read more