first_imgEstonia reported its first coronavirus case on Thursday, a day after the man returned to the Baltic nation of just 1.3 million people from his homeland Iran. “The person, a permanent resident of Estonia who is not a citizen, arrived in Estonia on Wednesday evening,” Social Affairs Minister Tanel Kiik told public broadcaster ERR.He said the Iranian citizen is currently hospitalized. Local media said the man arrived in Tallinn by bus from the Latvian capital Riga.”For now, there are no plans of putting cities in quarantine following this one case,” Kiik said. “The patient is isolated, there is no risk of the disease spreading, now we have to identify all the people the patient was in contact with.”Iran has announced a total of 19 deaths and more than 130 infections, including the country’s deputy health minister.Iran’s coronavirus death toll is the highest after that of China, where more than 2,700 people have died from the disease.   Topics :last_img read more


first_imgStuff.co.nz 24 April 2013A group is calling for the Government to consider legalising multi-partner marriages. The group set up a Facebook page just before the Marriage Amendment  Bill passed through Parliament last week, legalising gay marriage.  A statement on the page described multi-partner – or polyamorous –  marriage as “responsible, adult, committed non-monogamy,” and said all  committed loving relationships between adults regardless of number  should be respected and given legal acknowledgement. “Some Australian Greens have now got a lobby group going, there are  several MPs around the world coming out as poly and poly-friendly and it  seems the time is right to at least bring it to the attention of the  New Zealand public and New Zealand parliament,” the group said.  “This will be a long-term  project but with the rest of the world getting on the bandwagon legal  multiple partner marriages/unions may one day be accepted.”The “slippery slope” towards legalising polygamy, polyamory or  incestuous relationships has often been an argument raised by opponents  of the Marriage Amendment Bill.  Last year the member in charge of the bill, Labour Party MP Louisa  Wall, and Conservative Party leader Colin Craig went head to head in a  live online debate about marriage equality.  At the time Mr Craig predicted the bill would inevitably raise issues  surrounding discrimination to people in polygamous or polyamorous  relationships who could not marry and yesterday said it was “no  surprise” the Support Legalise Polyamory in New Zealand group had  started up and there was no doubt marriage would be further redefined in  the future.  “We have opened the doors to this.”  He said it had begun when the line was moved for civil unions.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8588721/Legalise-multi-partner-marriage-grouplast_img read more


first_imgCoaches Corner with Hall of Famer Ron Raver will be on Monday Night at 6 on The Sports Voice-Country 103.9 WRBI and WRBIRADIO.Com.Guests include Brad Stacy-Franklin County Girls Basketball Coach and Eric Heppner-Batesville Football Coach and his Assistants.IU Exhibition Basketball will follow immediately after Coaches Corner.last_img


first_img Press Association A Celtic statement read: “The first leg of the tie was scheduled for Celtic Park on July 16/17, with the return match taking place a week later in Belfast on July 23/24. “However, at the request of Cliftonville, there is a possibility of the matchdays for the tie being swapped. “Both clubs are looking into this at the moment and are awaiting a decision from UEFA. “Celtic would reiterate that supporters make no travel arrangements until these details have been finalised.” Celtic have urged fans not to make any travel arrangements for their Champions League qualifier against Cliftonville until fixtures are finalised.center_img The Hoops were paired with the Northern Ireland champions in Monday’s draw for the second qualifying round and were set to play the first leg at Celtic Park. Both clubs are now awaiting a decision from UEFA after Cliftonville requested the opening fixture take place in Belfast. last_img read more


first_img Published on October 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjr Isaiah Pead is tough to tackle. Cincinnati’s junior running back was tops in the Big East last season in yards per carry and has improved upon that number this season, rushing for 7.7 yards per carry. Despite those numbers, he sometimes gets overlooked. It’s easy to miss him. Quarterback Zach Collaros’ 20 touchdowns garner the national attention. But without Pead for two games earlier in the season, the offense struggled to find any balance. Since his return from a knee injury, it’s been smooth sailing. ‘Just his overall playmaking ability has really been beneficial for us to get him back to full strength,’ Bearcats head coach Butch Jones said in the Oct. 11 Big East coaches’ teleconference. Pead is the motor that keeps the Bearcats offense going. Without him, Cincinnati (3-4, 1-1 Big East) lost to North Carolina State by double-digits, scoring just 19 points in the process. Cincinnati’s backup running backs combined for just 43 yards as Collaros worked with a one-dimensional offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Pead’s first game back from his knee injury was against then-No. 8 Oklahoma. The junior gave UC the rushing attack it desperately needed, running for 169 yards on just 21 carries. The Bearcats looked little like the team that won the Big East last season, falling to the Sooners in a 31-29 nail-biter. Cincinnati played like a different team against OU. And the reason why was clear, crystal clear for Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. ‘He gives them a very good dimension on the ground,’ Stoops said. ‘And any time you have a back of that quality, it sets up other aspects of the offense as well.’ Pead’s ability to break off a big run has opened up Cincinnati’s passing game even more. Collaros has thrown for 11 touchdowns in the three games in which Pead has run for over 100 yards, compared to nine in the four games in which he hasn’t. Pead, who was also a track star in high school, has helped shape Cincinnati back into the Big East title contender that most expected it to be. Oklahoma couldn’t tackle him. The highlights from that game are full of Pead jukes and spin moves. Miami (Ohio) couldn’t tackle him. Pead ran for 197 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries — all in the first half — while Collaros threw for three touchdowns. Pead broke through for an 80-yard touchdown in the first quarter, the longest run of his career. The Bearcats’ first team didn’t even need to play in the second half after a 45-point output in the first two quarters. ‘Obviously he’s one of our playmakers on offense,’ Jones said. ‘Not just from a run standpoint, but from a pass standpoint, too. … He’s got probably some of the best hands we have on the team.’ In Cincinnati’s Big East opener, Louisville couldn’t tackle him. Pead ran for 145 yards on 21 carries against the Cardinals on Oct. 15 in a UC victory. It was against a Louisville defense that has shut out its last two opponents other than the Bearcats. This past weekend was the first time anyone limited Pead since his return from injury. South Florida stacked the box, and the junior couldn’t find any holes, rushing for just 48 yards on 15 carries. Still, his ability to put fear into USF meant Collaros would have more open receivers to throw to. The quarterback managed to throw for 463 yards, and the Bearcats put up 30 points. UC might have lost 38-30, but it wasn’t the offense’s fault. Even in the loss, Cincinnati’s offense made a statement. Pick your poison: run or pass. Because you can’t stop both. ‘We felt like we needed to make them one-dimensional, one way or another,’ USF coach Skip Holtz said. ‘We tried to turn and stop a little bit more of the running game. But Zach Collaros is a very efficient quarterback. ‘I don’t think you’re going to line up and scheme Cincinnati. … You’re not going to win that game 10-9.’ Holtz is right, based on the Bearcats stats this season. It doesn’t look like there will be any 10-9 games. UC’s offense hasn’t been shut down since Pead has returned. Cincinnati’s last four point totals: 29, 45, 35, 30. When a team is averaging almost 35 points per game in a month’s stretch, it’s hard for a defense to game plan. Two playmakers like Pead and Collaros make it nearly impossible. ‘I think it all stems from balance,’ Jones said. ‘Any time the defense makes you one-dimensional, it’s extremely difficult. Isaiah Pead brings so much to our offense.’ Big man on campus QB B.J. Daniels Sophomore South Florida Last week: 13-of-16, 286 yards, 2 TDs, 9 carries, 35 yards, 2 TDs Whew. South Florida fans breathed a collective sigh of relief after Daniels finally displayed the talents he showed off so frequently last season. Daniels, who had thrown five interceptions to zero touchdowns in USF’s first two Big East games this year, figured things out Friday night against Cincinnati. He ran for a touchdown from three yards out to give the Bulls a lead early in the second quarter and then helped extend the lead less than two minutes later, as he delivered a 31-yard touchdown strike to Evan Landi. He would add two second-half touchdowns — including a 70-yard touchdown pass — as South Florida (4-3, 1-2 Big East) defeated the Bearcats 38-30. It’s the most points USF scored against an FBS team all season. And it’s no coincidence the two games in which South Florida has scored 30 against FBS teams (31 against Florida Atlantic being the other) are the two games in which Daniels hasn’t turned the ball over. ‘B.J. has been through a lot of adversity and criticism the last couple weeks,’ USF head coach Skip Holtz said. ‘He was really dialed in, he was focused, he was into it. I thought he played an excellent football game.’ mcooperj@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgThe Office of Orientation Programs has implemented new changes to this year’s sessions. To encourage incoming students to bond with other freshmen and and their orientation advisors, they will be arranged into groups to solve a five-part challenge on facts about the University. Photo by Emily Smith | Daily TrojanBeginning June 7, USC will host freshman orientation programs to welcome the class of 2022. Over the summer, USC will offer seven on-campus orientations, five off-campus U.S. orientations and three international orientations to accommodate the needs of rising freshmen. Several changes were made to this year’s orientation sessions. According to orientation advisor Minji Cho, one of the many changes includes a new interactive task for attendees. This event will take place at the beginning of orientation, once the incoming students are separated into their groups with other freshmen and their orientation advisors. “Rather than sitting in a circle and talking with their peers and orientation advisor, the freshmen will participate in a five-part challenge called ‘Trojan Challenges,’” Cho said. “They will go around campus while learning about USC facts. This year’s redesigned challenge will be a lot more interactive than previous years . . . it’s designed to help the students bond with each other.” According to Cho, the orientation advisors will also perform their annual “SCits,” which sheds light on significant campus issues for today’s students. However, they have added new topics that students may face during college, such as social anxiety and microaggressions. “Freshman orientation gives incoming students an opportunity to acclimate to the campus,” director of orientation programs Lisa Starr said. “It allows them to meet fellow students, touch base with their academic advisors and to experience a little bit of the Trojan Family before they start here in the fall.” Orientation is scheduled to take place over the course of two days. On the first day, students meet with their orientation advisors and groups, take necessary placement exams, attend seminars for their respective colleges and tour the University Park campus. During the second day, students register for their fall classes, learn about different campus services and organizations and are introduced to their residential colleges. “When students come to orientation, we want to start their journey towards academic success and to make sure they feel excited about their upcoming classes,” associate director of orientation programs Julia Stanton said. “The other layer to that is to connect students with other people . . . we’re really hoping that students have the chance to connect with not only current students, like the orientation advisors, but with other incoming students as well.” According to Starr, the most crucial aspect orientation offers are the academic advising sessions that students are required to attend. “At [their advisement appointments], they learn the nuts of bolts of what they need to do in order to be successful once they get here in August,” Starr said. Orientation advisors will assist incoming students and parents throughout the two-day event. According to Stanton, the advisors underwent extensive training during the spring semester to prepare for the arrival of new students. “We’ve got an amazing group of students, they just have a lot of great energy and each year, the students are really engaged and excited to foster the new class,” Starr said. “Their whole purpose is to let the incoming students see an actual student perspective and to have someone be a role model for them. They are there not necessarily to be the authority, but to be there as a resource.” From the spirit rally to the Student Services Fair scheduled during orientation, Starr hopes that incoming students will feel welcomed and take advantage of the University’s resources.“To get the most out of orientation, I encourage students to attend as many events as they can and to take this opportunity to connect with other students,” Stanton said. “I think that connecting with other people — incoming students, staff and academic advisors — is what really makes USC a second home for students. Using the different resources offered will give students a strong transition to USC and everything that is ahead of them in their years here.”last_img read more


first_imgFormer Nigerian-born England footballer John Fashanu reportedly spent two days in a Nigerian jail pen alongside 200 others after he got himself entangled in an alleged land scam.According to the report from The Mirror, the 54-year old was held for 48 hours while Nigerian Police officers carried out their investigations on the allegations that he acted as a fixer in a land scam to sell plots that were unavailable for sale.The former Wimbledon, Norwich City and Aston Villa striker was arrested at his Sun City Estate home in the capital city of Abuja, and taken in on suspicion of “criminal conspiracy” according to detectives.Fashanu was said to have acted on behalf of a friend looking to buy land. The ‘unnamed’ friend disclosed that he was told by Fashanu about two contacts that would help him buy ‘forgotten lands’, which are plots owned by chiefs that the state didn’t know about.He was then given the princely sum of £23,000 in cash to seal the land deal only for the find out that the said land was neither for sale nor in the hands of local chiefs when he went to claim it.Police sources revealed that the former England international was thereafter questioned by a superintendent last week to explain his involvement in the land scam before he was locked up in a densely populated cell.The 1988 FA Cup winner has agreed to pay the said money back though he is still adamant that he didn’t do anything sinister. His alleged cohorts are still on the run with the police still on their trail.The former Gladiators presenter was released after his British passport was seized and also agreed to pay back a first instalment of the money.Speaking on the matter, a close source said: “This is a business deal between friends that has gone south and the police were asked to basically mediate.“It will all be sorted very quickly. It was just a business deal.” the source added.It is understood Fashanu was released after surrendering his British passport and agreeing to pay back a first instalment of the money. According to sources, he looked to dispose off some of his cars in bid to raise money while waiting for his several business investments to sail through.His Nigerian barrister Hyp Egbune confirmed that Fashanu has paid the second instalment of the money. He said: “The matter is being resolved. He won’t be charged to court is my understanding.“We are repaying the money and that should settle this matter.“The person who made the complaint has been a mutual friend for quite a number of years and we are more interested in keeping that relationship so we are making amends. We hope to do that as soon as we can. It is quite a lot of money so we hope to do it as soon as we can. We want to have this resolved.” he stated further.Nigerian police Deputy Inspector General Hyacinth Dagala while confirming the incident said: “John Fashanu was arrested on July 17 in connection with an allegation of criminal conspiracy and obtaining the sum of N9,550,000 [Nigerian Naira] under false pretence.“He was granted administrative bail on July 18 but because of his inability to produce the requisite surety on that day, he remained in detention until July 19 when he was released.” he concluded.RelatedFrank Talk! Eagles Strikers Are Better Than Abraham – Former England InternationalNovember 18, 2017In “National Team”Justin Fashanu: Britain’s First Openly Gay Footballer Makes Hall of FameFebruary 18, 2020In “England”The Most Expensive Nigerian Footballers of All TimeAugust 18, 2019In “Nigeria”last_img read more


first_imgPortugal star, Cristiano Ronaldo is having a stellar 2020.Having recently found the net for the 50th time for Juventus, becoming the fastest player to ever do so, the 35-year-old has gone on to score in every single game since the start of the year.Against AC Milan in the Italian Cup semi-final on Thursday night, that record looked set to end as Juventus looked to be heading for defeat in the first leg.Ante Rebic had put Milan ahead in the 61st minute, knocking the ball past Gigi Buffon in the Juventus goal.However, a red card to Theo Hernandez handed the Turin side the advantage again and they piled forward in search of an equaliser.And in the 90th minute a cross from the right was volleyed spectacularly by Ronaldo but his goal-bound effort was stopped dead in its tracks by the outstretched arm of Milan defender, Calabria.A long wait followed with the referee consulting the VAR screen before awarding the late penalty to Juventus.Ronaldo stepped up and fired home his second Coppa Italia goal of the season and his 24th overall in front of the record 73,000 crowd.The second leg takes place on March 4.Check out Ronaldo’s effort and late penalty belowBefore you call Ronaldo “Penaldo”,this was what led to the penalty, I’m sure your GOAT can never do this!😆#MilanJuve pic.twitter.com/jYxXMOY0zt— FUTA’S Own PR♥️ (@kunleofofo) February 13, 2020last_img read more


first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The 27-year-old left-hander has never been able to stay healthy in consecutive seasons. Beginning with his rookie year of 2009, Anderson made 30, 19, 13, 6, 5 and 8 starts before signing with the Dodgers last winter. The bet on himself wasn’t purely a leap of faith.For one thing, Anderson can start his off-season with a clean bill of health.“I do think that having this pseudo-normal off-season helps me with strength and velocity,” he said. “I don’t think (my velocity) will ever be where I was early in my career.”For another, the market for free-agent starting pitchers is expected to be weaker in 2016. Zack Greinke leads this year’s crop after he rejected the Dodgers’ one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer. Anderson conceded that played a role in his decision, though he knows he must perform well to get a raise.“You have to go out and prove it on the field,” he said. “It’s not like a slotting system — ‘there’s five of them, we’re going to give them ‘x’ amount of money because they’re there’.”Anderson had other reasons to reject the qualifying offer. No player had ever accepted one prior to this year, which some perceived as an act of solidarity on the part of sports’ most powerful union.As it happened, Colby Rasmus and Matt Wieters accepted qualifying offers last week from the Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles, respectively. That wasn’t a factor, Anderson said.Neither was the fact that the Dodgers don’t have a manager or a single coach under contract for 2016.“We have some smart people at the top,” he said. “I feel like they’re going to make the right decision.”Asked to identify the most positive thing he took from this season, Anderson didn’t mention the money or a chance at redemption, or even the 31 starts.“(Greinke) told me I had the third-most range among pitchers according to some stat,” he said. “I’ll take that to my grave.”center_img Brett Anderson’s health was such a non-issue in 2015, the pitcher said he could have signed a multi-year contract rather than accept the Dodgers’ qualifying offer last Friday.Maybe more than other teams were willing to bet on him, Anderson said he was willing to bet on himself.“Hopefully get the stigma of a bad health record off my back,” he said Monday. “Go into next year, see what happens.”Anderson made 31 starts and pitched 180 1/3 innings for the Dodgers in 2015, both career highs. He didn’t spend a day on the disabled list, needing only rest to recover from separate injuries to his calf and the sheath around his left Achilles tendon.last_img read more


first_imgThe Mariners introduced new center fielder Mallex Smith to the media Thursday and someone asked Smith what he was most excited about in going to Seattle.”I’m going to enjoy fans in the stands,” a smiling Smith joked. “So that’ll be, that’s a big one for me. I’m gonna be excited about that. I’m looking forward to seeing those seats full.” It was a light-hearted jab at his former team, the Rays. Smith, who was acquired from Tampa Bay in a five-player trade in November, spent two seasons playing in front of cavernous stretches of empty seats in Tropicana Field. The Rays ranked last in the majors in attendance and were 29th of 30 teams last season, averaging 14,964 fans during Mallex’s time there.The Mariners, who ranked 14th in MLB attendance last year, averaged almost twice that many fans (28,388). Related News MLB hot stove: Tigers’ Nicholas Castellanos prefers to be traded before spring training, agent says Smith was in a jovial mood during the media conference, which also introduced new Mariners pitcher Justus Sheffield and shortstop J.P. Crawford. It’s actually Smith’s second stint with the team, although his first stint almost deserves an asterisk; Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto acquired him from the Braves in January 2017, but traded him 77 hours later to the Rays as part of the deal that brought Drew Smyly to Seattle.“Initial thought: Jerry’s gonna flip me again,” Smith joked. “I’ll actually get to suit up as a Mariner hopefully this time. Jerry, don’t do it again, please. But overall just excited about the obstacles that lay ahead. I know we haven’t been to the playoffs in a long time. So I’m excited about actually helping us get into the playoffs and changing the culture, getting to meet my new teammates, and having fun on the baseball field.” The speedy 25-year-old center fielder is a rising star. He’s not a power guy (two home runs in 480 at-bats in Tampa Bay) but does everything else well. He covers a lot of ground in center, is a base-stealing threat (40 steals last year) and makes contact. He slashed .296/.367/.406 last season.last_img read more