Cheniere completes commissioning of Corpus Christi LNG Project train 2

first_img Cheniere Energy takes delivery from Bechtel of the Train 2 at the Corpus Christi LNG Project (Credit: Bechtel. Cheniere Energy and Bechtel said that they has achieved substantial completion of the second train of the former’s $15bn (£12.26bn) Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project (Corpus Christi LNG Project) in Texas.Commissioning of train 2 of the LNG export terminal in Corpus Christi has been completed, said Cheniere Energy. It follows the delivery of the first commissioning cargo from the LNG project in July.The company expects to deliver the first commercial cargo from train 2 of the LNG terminal in May 2020 to Électricité de France, Iberdrola, Naturgy Energy Group, Pertamina (Persero), and Woodside Energy Trading Singapore under previously signed sale and purchase agreements (SPAs).Cheniere Energy, in a statement, said: “With the achievement of Substantial Completion, financial results of LNG sales from Train 2 going forward will be reflected in the statement of operations of Cheniere and its applicable affiliates.”Details of the Corpus Christi LNG ProjectTo be built in three stages, the Corpus Christi LNG Project will have a total capacity of 23mtpa. The first two trains comprise stage 1 of the LNG export terminal, the third train will mark the second stage, while a maximum of seven midscale liquefaction trains will be developed adjacent to the three main trains under the third stage.The first train of the LNG project entered into service in March 2019.Each of the three main liquefaction trains has a production capacity of nearly 4.5mtpa of LNG while the trains in the third stage of the Corpus Christi LNG Project will have a capacity of nearly 9.5mtpa.Bechtel holds the design, construction and commissioning contract for the three main LNG trains of the Corpus Christi LNG Project, which are all based on the ConocoPhillips Optimized Cascade process. The company is also having a contract for Cheniere Energy’s other LNG project on the US Gulf Coast, which is the six-train Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project in Louisiana.Cheniere Energy and Bechtel have achieved substantial completion on a total of seven liquefaction trains at the two liquefaction projects.In June 2019, Cheniere Energy took a positive final investment decision (FID) on the installation of a sixth liquefaction train at the Sabine Pass Liquefaction Project. In this connection, the company issued a full notice to proceed with construction on the sixth train to Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals.Bechtel LNG general manager Darren Mort said: “These projects are improving access to energy for communities around the world and we are extremely proud to be able to support our customer’s operational and performance success on these projects.” To be built in three stages, the Corpus Christi LNG Project in Texas will have a total capacity of 23mtpa from three main trains and up to seven midscale liquefaction trainslast_img read more

ASC shipyard upgraded for Future Frigate and OPV build

first_img View post tag: Royal Australian Navy ASC shipyard upgraded for Future Frigate and OPV construction View post tag: OPV Australian Submarine Corporation’s Osborne shipyard will be upgraded to better serve the needs of the Australian naval shipbuilding program, the country’s defense industry minister announced on Wednesday.MP Christopher Pyne said the Australian department of defense and Danish Odense Maritime Technologies were working together on the infrastructure upgrades that will deliver a surface vessel shipyard that supports both the minor and major surface vessel programs now and into the future.“Redevelopment of the Osborne shipyard and the implementation of the Offshore Patrol Vessels and Future Frigate programs will be carefully managed” Minister Pyne said.“This will ensure that the Air Warfare Destroyer and Collins Class sustainment activities continue unimpeded.”The $35 billion program to build nine anti-submarine warfare frigates will start construction in Adelaide in 2020. The $3 billion Offshore Patrol Vessel build program will provide work for Adelaide from 2018 to 2020 and will move to Western Australia thereafter.Minister Pyne added that facilities and infrastructure upgrades that are to take place at the government-owned Osborne South Naval Shipyard would be substantial. Back to overview,Home naval-today ASC shipyard upgraded for Future Frigate and OPV construction View post tag: Future Frigatecenter_img View post tag: ASC Authorities December 7, 2016 Share this articlelast_img read more

Press release: 14 year disqualification for previously banned director, and 8 year ban for his mother

first_img act as a director of a company Directors who ignore disqualification undertakings that they have previously given, and those who provide cover for them to allow them to continue to run limited companies, will be vigorously pursued by The insolvency Service. This service is for journalists only. For any other queries, please contact the Insolvency Enquiry Line.For all media enquiries outside normal working hours, please contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Press Office on 020 7215 1000. The length of the undertakings in this case sends a clear message to the business community that such actions will not be tolerated. be a receiver of a company’s property Disqualification undertakings are the administrative equivalent of a disqualification order but do not involve court proceedings.Persons subject to a disqualification order are bound by a range of other restrictions.The Insolvency Service, an executive agency sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), administers the insolvency regime, and aims to deliver and promote a range of investigation and enforcement activities both civil and criminal in nature, to support fair and open markets. We do this by effectively enforcing the statutory company and insolvency regimes, maintaining public confidence in those regimes and reducing the harm caused to victims of fraudulent activity and to the business community, including dealing with the disqualification of directors in corporate failures.BEIS’ mission is to build a dynamic and competitive UK economy that works for all, in particular by creating the conditions for business success and promoting an open global economy. The Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions team contributes to this aim by taking action to deter fraud and to regulate the market. They investigate and prosecute a range of offences, primarily relating to personal or company insolvencies.The agency also authorises and regulates the insolvency profession, assesses and pays statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay employees, provides banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds and advises ministers and other government departments on insolvency law and practice.Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available.Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 7674 6910 or 020 7596 6187 The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy accepted a disqualification undertaking from Robert Patrick Murphy on 17 November 2017 that he would not act as a director for a period of 14 years, commencing from 8 December 2017.Robert Patrick Murphy was disqualified from acting as a director for a period of four years from 12 September 2011, but an investigation by the Insolvency Service discovered that despite resigning as a director of Silverview Developments his role within the company did not change.Mr Murphy’s mother, Ellen (also know as Eileen) Rosemary Murphy was appointed as the registered director and has also now been disqualified for eight years for allowing her son to act as a director whilst disqualified.In addition, Robert and Ellen Murphy failed to disclose to the liquidator the existence of two on-going contracts that were transferred to another company which had a future turnover of over £1million, and oversaw the diversion of funds due to Silverview Developments totalling over £45,000 to be paid to another company. Additionally, they allowed Silverview Developments to trade to the detriment of HM Revenue & Customs from May 2012 until it’s liquidation in October 2014.Robert Clarke, Group Leader of Insolvent Investigations North, part of The Insolvency Service, said: Notes to editorsRobert Murphy’s date of birth is May 1984 and he resides in Harrow, MiddlesexEileen (aka Ellen) Murphy’s date of birth is August 1954 and she also resides in Harrow Middlesex.Silverview Developments Ltd (CRN 07148732) was placed into creditors’ voluntary liquidation (CVL) on 30 January 2014 with a deficiency as regards creditors of £394,091. The company traded as a construction company from Kenton Road, Harrow, Middlesex.A disqualification order has the effect that without specific permission of a court, a person with a disqualification cannot: Email [email protected] Office currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic. LinkedIn Press Office YouTube You can also follow the Insolvency Service on: Twitter Media Manager 0303 003 1743 take part, directly or indirectly, in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnershiplast_img read more

News story: Using simulation to test driverless vehicles: apply for funding

first_imgConfidence in technologiesRegulators and manufacturers need to be confident that vehicle control systems are effective in all situations if self-driving vehicles are to be allowed on the roads.The competition is seeking ways of using simulation and modelling techniques to rigorously test vehicle control systems that support quick development and adoption.A further competition in 2019 is expected to support capital investment in this area.Competition information Find out more about this competition and apply. the competition is open, and the deadline for applications is 2 May 2018 projects must be led by a business working with partners we expect projects to have total costs of up to £5 million and to last up to 2 years businesses could attract up to 70% of their total project costs The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) in partnership with Innovate UK has up to £15 million to invest in projects that use simulation and modelling in the development of approvals and standards for autonomous and connected vehicles.Self-driving vehicles on the roadsUK government has said that it expects self-driving vehicles to be on UK roads by 2021.Testing physical vehicles in all conceivable situations is likely to be expensive and time-consuming. Development of connected and autonomous vehicles and battery technologies is therefore a core part of government’s Industrial Strategy.It recently announced a Sector Deal with the automotive industry that secures joint investment and long-term commitments in design and development of connected and autonomous vehicles, the research and development of battery technology and manufacture of ultra-low and zero emission vehicles.The announcement included the £15 million from CCAV in this competition to speed up adoption and development of standards and regulations. Find out more about the Automotive Sector Deal.last_img read more

OTD launches Experts-in-Residence program

first_img Read Full Story Harvard’s Office of Technology Development (OTD) has launched an Experts-in-Residence (XIR) program, creating a powerful new resource for Harvard faculty and researchers to accelerate startup formation and support the commercialization of University innovations.Initially, 28 XIR have volunteered for the program. Experts include partners at venture capital firms, scientific entrepreneurs, research and development (R&D) executives, and other respected experts on company formation and leadership, intellectual property strategy, legal transactions, product development, regulatory affairs, marketing, and corporate partnerships.OTD invites Harvard’s principal investigators to reach out with any questions in these areas or generally relating to technology commercialization.“Our XIR program enables faculty and researchers to quickly tap into a wide range of capabilities in the broader ecosystem,” said Isaac Kohlberg, Harvard’s chief technology development officer and senior associate provost. “The XIR are all people we’ve been grateful to call on in the past to help us navigate the complexities of technology commercialization. Establishing the XIR program formalizes this relationship and makes the same incredible resource available to researchers across the University.”The XIR could offer insight on the following types of questions, for example:What are the market trends in my area of interest?Given the current R&D landscape, would my innovations have a greater impact through a license to an existing company, or in the hands of a startup?What therapeutic indications should my research team focus on in our proof-of-principle studies?What regulatory considerations might affect my chance of success if I pursue one translational path or another?What strategic considerations might affect the value of my intellectual property?“With a wealth of professional expertise and personal experience, the XIR are really on call to answer the thorniest questions,” said Kohlberg.The program may prove an invaluable resource to aspiring entrepreneurs, in particular.“Launching a startup can be daunting,” said Marko Loncar, Tiantsai Lin Professor of Electrical Engineering at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Through OTD, our startup team was introduced to Stan Reiss [at Matrix Partners], who provided introductions to potential industry partners, as well as guidance on fundraising and team building. For researchers just starting to think about translating their research into startups that can have real impact, the XIR program will play an important role.”last_img read more

1800 Grenades Destined for the Zetas Are Seized from Salvadoran Military Personnel

first_img The more than 1800 grenades seized from a group of Salvadoran military personnel, who were trying to irregularly divert them from a destruction procedure, are believed to have been destined for the Zetas criminal group, of Mexican origin but also believed to be operating in Guatemala, Salvadoran Minister of National Defense Gen. David Munguía Payés confirmed on 24 June. Munguía Payés announced the arrest of six military personnel for the attempted theft of M-67 grenades at the end of May. The criminal cell that had infiltrated the Army was in contact with Los Zetas in Guatemala, the Salvadoran newspaper La Prensa Gráfica [The Illustrated Press] reported. “The president (Funes) highlighted the importance of intelligence work in the sense of detecting a cell that had infiltrated into the Armed Forces here,” the head of the Salvadoran Armed Forces said. The “cell,” according to the minister, “had the intention of getting hand grenades and taking them to Guatemala, and according to the information we have, the grenades’ final destination was possibly going to be this narco-criminal group, Los Zetas.” The military personnel had been arrested a month earlier, in April, and were working in the department in charge of destroying armaments. According to the military commander’s account, they simulated the grenades’ destruction with explosive charges, while hiding them underground on a rural property in the municipality of Tapalhuapa, in the department of La Paz. Munguía Payés flatly rejected the existence of a perennial criminal infiltration in the Army, despite individual cases. “Our intelligence services have been quite active, and we were able to dismantle this cell … but from there to us being infiltrated by criminal groups is a different matter,” the general said, according to the same article in the Salvadoran newspaper. The Salvadoran Armed Forces have been collaborating with the National Civil Police (PNC) in fighting common criminality and organized crime since November 2009, under a presidential order that has already been extended at least twice, most recently on 7 May, when it was extended for another year. By Dialogo June 29, 2011last_img read more

U.S. Thanks Guatemala for Extradition of Alleged Narco-trafficker Waldemar Lorenzana Cordón

first_imgIn November 2013, security forces in the U.S. state of Arizona captured one of El Mayo’s sons, Serafin Zambada Ortiz. He pleaded guilty in federal court on September 26 to conspiring to import cocaine and marijuana into the U.S. There, admitting that he tried to purchase more than 1,000 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana in Culiacán with the intent to sell them in California. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Zambada Ortiz is facing a mandatory minimum of 10 years behind bars to a maximum of life in prison, along with a $10 million fine (USD). He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 22, 2015. The Guatemalan government extradited Waldemar Lorenzana Cordón to the U.S. on November 13 to face international narco-trafficking charges in Washington, D.C., with the gratitude of the U.S. Justice Department. Security forces in Mexico and in the U.S. have captured three of El Mayo’s sons since 2009. Security forces in Mexico and in the U.S. have captured three of El Mayo’s sons since 2009. “For years, members of the Lorenzana family smuggled cocaine to the United States with impunity,” Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Patterson said after Lorenzana Lima entered his plea. Four years earlier, in 2009, Federal Police agents arrested Jesús Vicente Zambada Niebla, another of El Mayo’s sons, in Mexico City. He was extradited to the U.S. the following year. In April, Zambada Niebla pleaded guilty in federal court in Chicago to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and heroin between 2005 and 2008 as part of a plea deal before U.S. District Chief Judge Ruben Castillo. Guatemalan Public Ministry agents and National Civil Police (PNC) officers captured Lorenzana Cordón’s father, Waldemar Lorenzana Lima, in April 2011, and extradited him to the U.S. in March. He pleaded guilty on August 18 to conspiring to import more than 450 kilograms of Colombian cocaine into the United States. The Patriarch, faces a mandatory minimum five years in prison to a maximum of 40 years behind bars. His sentencing date hasn’t been scheduled. Zambada Imperial – also known as “El Mayito Grande” – was taken into custody on November 12 while inside a home in Culiacán, the state capital of Sinaloa. Mexican law enforcement officials are holding El Mayito Grande in Mexico City. Son of Sinaloa Cartel leader arrested in Culiacán He is known as “The Patriarch.” Guatemalan law enforcement officials extradited The Patriarch to the U.S. in March. “The department appreciates the assistance provided by the government of Guatemala,” Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell announced in a press release. Guatemalan Public Ministry agents and National Civil Police (PNC) officers captured Lorenzana Cordón’s father, Waldemar Lorenzana Lima, in April 2011, and extradited him to the U.S. in March. He pleaded guilty on August 18 to conspiring to import more than 450 kilograms of Colombian cocaine into the United States. “For years, members of the Lorenzana family smuggled cocaine to the United States with impunity,” Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Patterson said after Lorenzana Lima entered his plea. By Dialogo November 17, 2014 Mexican Army soldiers have captured Ismael Zambada Imperial, the son of Sinaloa Cartel boss Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, according to the Mexico’s Attorney General’s office. The conspiracy involved the distribution of “multiple” tons of cocaine during that period, with hundreds of kilograms distributed on monthly or weekly, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). His sentencing date hasn’t been announced. “The department appreciates the assistance provided by the government of Guatemala,” Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell announced in a press release. Zambada Imperial – also known as “El Mayito Grande” – was taken into custody on November 12 while inside a home in Culiacán, the state capital of Sinaloa. Mexican law enforcement officials are holding El Mayito Grande in Mexico City. Guatemalan security forces captured Lorenzana Cordón in September 2013. Guatemalan and U.S.security forces suspect he is the leader of an international drug trafficking organization that works with the Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexican transnational criminal organization. The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) designated Lorenzana Cordón as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker (SDNT) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act on April 27, 2010, and a U.S. federal grand jury has indicted him for allegedly conspiring to import cocaine into the U.S.. Son of Sinaloa Cartel leader arrested in Culiacán In November 2013, security forces in the U.S. state of Arizona captured one of El Mayo’s sons, Serafin Zambada Ortiz. He pleaded guilty in federal court on September 26 to conspiring to import cocaine and marijuana into the U.S. There, admitting that he tried to purchase more than 1,000 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana in Culiacán with the intent to sell them in California. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Zambada Ortiz is facing a mandatory minimum of 10 years behind bars to a maximum of life in prison, along with a $10 million fine (USD). He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 22, 2015. At the time of his capture, El Mayito Grande was allegedly playing a prominent role for the Sinaloa Cartel, which is regarded as one of the world’s most powerful narco-trafficking groups. He took over as the kingpin of the Sinaloa Cartel in February, after Mexican security forces captured longtime leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán in Mazatlán. Guatemalan security forces captured Lorenzana Cordón in September 2013. Guatemalan and U.S.security forces suspect he is the leader of an international drug trafficking organization that works with the Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexican transnational criminal organization. The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) designated Lorenzana Cordón as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker (SDNT) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act on April 27, 2010, and a U.S. federal grand jury has indicted him for allegedly conspiring to import cocaine into the U.S.. The Patriarch, faces a mandatory minimum five years in prison to a maximum of 40 years behind bars. His sentencing date hasn’t been scheduled. The Guatemalan government extradited Waldemar Lorenzana Cordón to the U.S. on November 13 to face international narco-trafficking charges in Washington, D.C., with the gratitude of the U.S. Justice Department. Four years earlier, in 2009, Federal Police agents arrested Jesús Vicente Zambada Niebla, another of El Mayo’s sons, in Mexico City. He was extradited to the U.S. the following year. In April, Zambada Niebla pleaded guilty in federal court in Chicago to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and heroin between 2005 and 2008 as part of a plea deal before U.S. District Chief Judge Ruben Castillo. He is known as “The Patriarch.” Guatemalan law enforcement officials extradited The Patriarch to the U.S. in March. At the time of his capture, El Mayito Grande was allegedly playing a prominent role for the Sinaloa Cartel, which is regarded as one of the world’s most powerful narco-trafficking groups. He took over as the kingpin of the Sinaloa Cartel in February, after Mexican security forces captured longtime leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán in Mazatlán. The conspiracy involved the distribution of “multiple” tons of cocaine during that period, with hundreds of kilograms distributed on monthly or weekly, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). His sentencing date hasn’t been announced. Before security forces captured him, Lorenzana Cordón allegedly directed an enterprise that smuggled multi-ton shipments of Colombian cocaine into Mexico and the U.S. between 1996-2012. Drug traffickers used go-fast boats to transport millions of dollars’ worth of the cocaine to El Salvador, and from there they moved the contraband into Guatemala, Mexico and finally the U.S. Before security forces captured him, Lorenzana Cordón allegedly directed an enterprise that smuggled multi-ton shipments of Colombian cocaine into Mexico and the U.S. between 1996-2012. Drug traffickers used go-fast boats to transport millions of dollars’ worth of the cocaine to El Salvador, and from there they moved the contraband into Guatemala, Mexico and finally the U.S. Mexican Army soldiers have captured Ismael Zambada Imperial, the son of Sinaloa Cartel boss Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada, according to the Mexico’s Attorney General’s office. last_img read more

Proposed traffic court rules amendments

first_img Proposed traffic court rules amendments March 1, 2006 Regular News Proposed traffic court rules amendmentscenter_img The Florida Bar’s Traffic Court Rules Committee has filed with the Florida Supreme Court its regular-cycle report of proposed amendments to the Florida Rules of Traffic Court. The committee proposes amendments to rules 6.040 (Definitions); 6.455 (Amendments); and 6.630 (Civil Traffic Infraction Hearing Officer Program; Traffic Hearing Officers). The court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s proposed amendments, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/proposed.shtml. An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before April 3, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on Joseph C. Bodiford, committee chair, 806 E. Jackson St., Tampa 33602-4149, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case for June. The committee chair has until April 18 to file a response to any comments filed with the court. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with In re Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO THE FLORIDA RULES OF TRAFFIC COURT (THREE YEAR CYCLE), CASE NO. SC06-150 PROPOSED AMENDMENTS RULE 6.040. DEFINITIONS The following definitions apply: (a) – (p) [No Change] (q) “Counsel” means any attorney who represents a defendant. RULE 6.455. AMENDMENTS The charging document may be amended by the issuing officer in open court at any the time before the hearing of a scheduled hearing before it commences, subject to the approval of the official. The official shall grant a continuance if the amendment requires one in the interests of justice. No case shall be dismissed by reason of any informality or irregularity in the charging instrument. RULE 6.630. CIVIL TRAFFIC INFRACTION HEARING OFFICER PROGRAM; TRAFFIC HEARING OFFICERS Under the authority of sections 318.30–318.38, Florida Statutes, and article V, section 2, Florida Constitution, this court adopts the following rules and procedure for the Civil Traffic Infraction Hearing Officer Program: (a) – (j) [No Change] (k) Implementation of Program. In any county electing to establish a program, the chief judge shall develop a plan for its implementation and shall submit the plan to the Office of the State Courts Administrator. Funds for the program shall be used for traffic hearing officer program salaries , provided that the traffic hearing officers shall be paid no more than $50 per hour, and other necessary expenses, such as training, office rental, furniture, and administrative staff salaries. Any county electing to establish a traffic hearing officer program shall provide the funds necessary to operate the program. ( l ) – (n) [No Change]last_img read more

PREMIUMTop official from Papua accused of sexual violence against teen in Jakarta

first_imgForgot Password ? Topics : Google Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here A civil servant working for the Papua administration has been accused of committing sexual violence against a female student while in Jakarta last month.The case emerged when the mother of the victim, a student of a senior high school in Jakarta, filed a report with the South Jakarta Police on Jan. 29.In her report, the mother said that the alleged perpetrator, identified only by the initials AG, a top official in Papua administration, invited her daughter to a hotel room in Jakarta where the man was staying on Jan. 28 and allegedly drugged the victim before raping her, Piter Ell, a lawyer for the victim’s family, said.The student’s medical examination report and school uniform were also filed as evidence, according to Piter.”There was a threat against the family, especially the victim herself,” he said.”[…] The parents had consultated with … Facebook Linkedin #SexualViolence Sexualviolence civil-servants #CivilServants Papua #Papua #Jakarta childrenlast_img read more

No new state of emergency as nightlife drives Tokyo’s coronavirus spread

first_imgJapan’s infection rates remain far below many other countries but the rising number of cases and the possibility of renewed restrictions have put the authorities and businesses on edge.Tokyo is on amber alert – the third most severe in a four rank scale – Governor Yuriko Koike said, with its medical facilities ranked at the lesser yellow level, indicating they are not in immediate risk of being overwhelmed.”We will prevent the spread of infection while maintaining daily life,” said Koike, Tokyo’s first female governor who is expected to win a second term comfortably in an election on Sunday after a campaign dominated by the pandemic.Preventive measures have already pushed Japan’s economy into a recession in the first quarter, with a deeper contraction expected in the April-June quarter.The state of emergency gave governors of Japan’s 47 prefectures stronger legal authority to urge people to stay home and businesses to close, but there were no fines or arrests for non-compliance.The government is considering revising the law to strengthen enforcement of lockdown requests, Jiji news agency reported, adding that it would aim to submit a bill before or during the ordinary session of parliament next year.  Japan will not reintroduce a state of emergency to tackle the novel coronavirus, a government spokesman said on Friday, as cases in Tokyo rose to a two-month high driven by the spread of the virus in the capital’s night spots.Tokyo reported 124 new cases on Friday, up from 107 the day before, partly due to increased testing among nightlife workers in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro districts.But despite the spike, the number of serious cases is declining and there was no need to reinstate the state of emergency that was lifted on May 25, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. Topics :last_img read more