Rugby: Hatakeyama departs for new challenge in Newcastle

21:24 29 January 2016 TOKYO, Jan. 29, Kyodo Japan and Suntory Sungoliath prop Kensuke Hatakeyama is aiming to get into games in England’s Premiership, he said Friday at Narita airport. The 30-year-old, who has played 72 times for the Brave Blossoms, signed a short-term deal with Newcastle, who are currently at the bottom of the

A&Es struggle after ‘surge’ in demand

Image copyright Getty Images A “sharp rise” in demand in A&E units is causing real problems for hospitals, NHS bosses are warning. The BBC has learnt some NHS trusts have even had to take extreme measures to cope with the “exceptional” pressures. One hospital had to cancel all its routine operations, while another considered setting

Short home care visits ‘plague system’

Image copyright Thinkstock Unacceptably short 15-minute home care visits to elderly and disabled people are still plaguing the care system in England, a report suggests. Research by Unison found “distressing” cases of care being compromised after surveying councils and care workers. Councils are not meant to schedule 15-minute visits for personal care, like help with

Cameron in Brussels, facing decision time on EU deal

BRUSSELS British Prime Minister David Cameron was in Brussels on Friday seeking a deal on immigration controls and launching three days of talks that could deliver a draft EU reform package that might keep Britain in the European Union. Over lunch with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Cameron will discuss in detail how an EU

Avispa acquire midfielder Danilson

FUKUOKA – Avispa Fukuoka have signed Colombian midfielder Danilson Cordoba, the J. League first-division club announced Friday. The 29-year-old, who plays under the name Danilson, joined Consadole Sapporo in the second-tier J2 in 2009 and moved to Nagoya Grampus a year later, initially on loan. He helped the side win its first league title in

Hakkaku, Takanohana keep seats on JSA board

Japan Sumo Association chairman Hakkaku and former yokozuna Takanohana retained their posts as JSA directors on Friday. With 11 sumo elders running for 10 director positions on the board of directors, the odd man out was Takashima who reached the rank of sekiwake under the name of Koboyama. The JSA’s 99 stable masters voted on