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IOC agrees to postpone Tokyo Olympics by a year; Ontario releases list of non-essential businesses ordered closed; global stocks surge – Toronto Star

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The latest novel coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Tuesday (this file will be updated throughout the day):

8:58 a.m.: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals back off their move to seek broad powers to hike taxes and spend money without Parliament’s approval. Read more from the Star’s Bruce Campion-Smith.

8:47 a.m.: Japanese Prime Minister ShinzoAbe said he expects the pandemic to be over by next year and the Olympics can be held by the summer of 2021 at the latest. On Sunday night, Canada became the first country to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics unless the Games were postponed this year. The Games were supposed to take place July 24-Aug. 9.

8:38 a.m.: IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100 per cent” to a proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday.

Abe said after his telephone talks with Bach that he requested a postponement of about one year “taking into consideration the current circumstances” and to secure an environment in which athletes can perform in their best conditions and the sense of safety and security for the audience.

Abe held telephone talks with Bach after the IOC said it would make a decision on the Tokyo Games over the next four weeks.

8:30 a.m.: Japanese Prime Minister Abe says IOC president has agreed “100 per cent” to proposal of postponing Olympics for about one year.

8:05 a.m.: Prices continue to soar in Toronto real estate market despite COVID-19 crisis. Details from the Star’s Tess Kalinowski.

7:42 a.m.: Japan’s NHK television says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose one-year Olympic postponement during talks with the IOC.

7:35 a.m.: Global stocks surged Tuesday while U.S. futures raced ahead so much that trading had to be halted, after U.S. political leaders said they were nearing a deal on a massive government stimulus package to offset the damage inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Stock markets around the world, from Japan’s Nikkei to Germany’s DAX, have spiked by more than 5 per cent. Wall Street was also headed for similar gains at the bell, which according to regulations means that trading is suspended temporarily. Despite the gains, most indexes are down around a third from where they started the year.

In the U.S., sentiment appears to have been boosted after top congressional and White House officials emerged from grueling negotiations over a nearly $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package saying they expected to reach a deal Tuesday.

7:30 a.m.: Egypt will impose a two-week, nightly curfew in the Arab world’s most-populous country in an effort to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, its prime minister announced Tuesday as the International Monetary Fund warned that a shortage of medical supplies could affect the Mideast’s poorest nations.

There are over 31,000 confirmed cases of the virus across the Mideast, the vast majority in the hard-hit nation of Iran.

Egyptian Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly told a news conference that the 11-hour curfew, from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. would go into effect Wednesday across the country. He said many kinds of transportation will be halted during the curfew.

Egypt has 366 confirmed cases and 21 fatalities, including two senior military officers.

5:40 a.m.: South Africa’s coronavirus cases leapt again to 554 on Tuesday, the most of any country in Africa, as its 57 million people rushed to prepare for a lockdown that begins Thursday.

Across Africa, 43 of its 54 countries now have cases, with the total at 1,788. Thirteen countries have reported 58 deaths. South Africa has not recorded one.

4 a.m.: There are 2091 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada

Quebec: 628 confirmed (including 4 deaths, 1 resolved)

Ontario: 503 confirmed (including 6 deaths, 8 resolved)

British Columbia: 472 confirmed (including 13 deaths, 6 resolved)

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Alberta: 301 confirmed (including 1 death)

Saskatchewan: 65 confirmed, 1 presumptive

Nova Scotia: 41 confirmed

Newfoundland and Labrador: 4 confirmed, 20 presumptive

Manitoba: 14 confirmed, 6 presumptive

New Brunswick: 8 confirmed, 9 presumptive

Canadians quarantined at CFB Trenton: 13 confirmed

Prince Edward Island: 3 confirmed

The Territories: 3 confirmed

Total: 2091 (36 presumptive, 2055 confirmed including 24 deaths, 15 resolved)

2:03 a.m.: Chinese authorities are lifting a lockdown in most of Hubei province. People who are cleared will be able to leave the province after midnight Tuesday.

The city of Wuhan, where the outbreak started in late December, will remain locked down until April 8. China barred people from leaving or entering Wuhan starting Jan. 23 and expanded it to most of the province in succeeding days.

11:59 p.m.: The closure of all non-essential businesses in the province will begin at 12 a.m. Wednesday morning in efforts to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

The closures will last for at least 14 days.

The government says that Ontarians will still have access to grocery stores and pharmacies, and their power and telecommunications will continue to run.

Businesses that support IT infrastructure service providers, power generation, natural gas distribution and clean drinking water will also stay open.

Click here for a list of all the essential services staying open during this shutdown.

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Montreal showed they can win without Carey Price stealing the game – Habs Eyes on the Prize

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After the Montreal Canadiens stunned the Pittsburgh Penguins to qualify for the 2020 NHL Playoffs, many of the plaudits went to Carey Price in net. While it’s deserved praise, many pundits and fans alike thought that the Canadiens stood no chance against the Philadelphia Flyers unless Price was god-like between the pipes. Two things are true with that after Friday’s game: Price has been out of this world through two games of this series as well, and also didn’t need to be in Friday’s 5-0 shutout.

It sounds strange to say given Price’s shutout, but the Flyers rarely seemed to put Price in a position of danger. Even their few good chances were casually brushed aside by the Montreal netminder. He was mostly great, but based on the play of the Flyers, he wasn’t the biggest factor in Montreal securing a huge victory.

Right from the outset, Montreal dominated possession of the puck. It took Philadelphia 17 minutes to register a shot on net, and in that time Montreal had built up a two-goal lead, and would add another early in the next period. In short, the Habs’ offence came to play in all facets.

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Looking at the above chart, at no point in time did the Flyers mount an even remotely threatening attack, while Montreal jumped into the game and never took their foot off the gas.

This was the best we’ve seen the Canadiens in a long time, and certainly in this post-season. Their Achilles’ heel has been a lack of elite finishing talent, and in Friday’s game they just wore down the Flyers like a river erodes its banks. Sooner or later things break down, and in the case of the Habs it was in the form of goals against Carter Hart and Brian Elliott.

A saying I’ve said multiple times recently is that “goalies can’t score goals” in regard to Price having to do so much on his own. Yesterday at least, he ddin’t have to. Montreal had always put up impressive shot numbers during the season, and now they may be starting to find the back of the net.

The Canadiens can win this series against the Flyers, and they can do it without relying solely on their franchise goalie.

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Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask opts out of NHL playoffs – CBC.ca

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Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has opted out of the NHL playoffs.

The team announced the change on Twitter on Saturday morning, less than two hours before their third game in their series against the Carolina Hurricanes.

“I want to be with my teammates competing, but at this moment there are things more important than hockey in my life, and that is being with my family,” Rask said in a statement. “I want to thank the Bruins and my teammates for their support and wish them success.”

The Bruins are currently tied 1-1 in their series against the Hurricanes. 

Jaroslav Halak will take over starting goalie duties for the Bruins. 

When the NHL first returned to play, Rask missed the start of the play-in due to COVID-19 concerns. After reports of a cough, he quarantined for two days in his hotel room before being allowed to hit the ice.

Rask hasn’t been shy about his criticism when it comes to the playoff environment in Toronto. While you’re trying to play as hard as you can, he said, the series “doesn’t really feel like playoff hockey out there.”

“There’s no fans, so it’s kind of like playing an exhibition game,” he said, adding that while there can still be scrums after the whistle, “there’s no atmosphere.”

Don Sweeney, the Bruins’ general manager, said Rask’s comments weren’t related to his departure but acknowledged that he was having a “tough time being away in this environment.”

“This is playoff hockey, let’s make no mistake about it,” Sweeney said during a media availability before Game 3 on Saturday. “Tuukka, in his own right, felt that he needed to be elsewhere rather than being here in this current situation.

“He’s the same goaltender that went to the Stanley Cup finals in a Game 7 last year … and he’ll be the same player when we get up and running again next year.”

And while Rask didn’t give any indication to the team that he was “absolutely” going to opt out, Sweeney said the decision didn’t come as a surprise.

“The priority for Tuukka at this point and time — and rightfully so — has to be his family, and we support that,” he said, adding that Rask’s family is healthy and safe. 

The Bruins goalie has three daughters, one of them a newborn.

Rask is one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s top goaltender.

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Alphonso Davies just wowed the world on this goal (VIDEO) | Offside – Daily Hive

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Alphonso Davies has arrived on the global stage.

The 19-year-old Canadian soccer star just wowed fans from around the world setting up a world-class goal in the Champions League quarter-final.

The former Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder who now stars as a left back for Bayern Munich in Germany, Davies’ assist on Bayern’s fifth goal was truly amazing.

Davies danced past two FC Barcelona players before blowing by a defender and setting up a teammate for Bayern’s fifth goal of the match. I repeat, he did this against FC Barcelona, one of the best teams on the planet.

Bayern won the match 8-2 and will play in the Champions League semi-final on August 19.

It’s been a superb season for Davies, who has taken his game to another level. A key player on Bayern’s Bundesliga championship squad, Davies is now widely considered one of the best left backs in the entire world.

Not only did Davies star on the world stage, he did so playing against one of his idols, Lionel Messi.

This is a dream come true for Davies, who said in 2018 he was most looking forward to playing in Champions League matches prior to making the move to Europe.

“At a very young age, every time you hear that [Champions League] song come on, you know something special is about to happen,” Davies told Daily Hive two years ago.

“Whoever made the Champions League is a brilliant guy… Having the top teams from Spain, England, Germany – all over Europe – to play against each other, it’s exciting to watch.”

He just made it more exciting.

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