MFI takes space at Blackwater Valley

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Tale of three cities

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India’s coronavirus death toll exceeds 100,000

first_imgThe country surpassed the threshold after logging 1,069 new deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, over a 24-hour period, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.The ministry also reported 79,476 new cases on Saturday, taking the country’s total to 6,473,544.The United States leads the world with over 7 million confirmed cases and more than 200,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.Brazil has reported 4.8 million virus cases with around 144,000 deaths.Topics : India said Saturday the death toll from the novel coronavirus has exceeded 100,000, becoming only the third country in the world after the United States and Brazil to surpass this figure.The South Asian country reported earlier this week that its novel coronavirus cases had surpassed 6 million, only the second country to do so after the United States.With 100,842 confirmed deaths, India’s death toll accounts for roughly 10 percent of the global total.last_img read more

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New Chelsea signing Christian Pulisic spoke to Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Stamford Bridge move

first_imgNew Chelsea signing Christian Pulisic spoke to Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before Stamford Bridge move Advertisement Advertisement Christian Pulisic has joined Chelsea in a £58m deal (Getty Images)Christian Pulisic has revealed that he spoke to Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before deciding to move to Chelsea.The USA international was signed by Chelsea in a £58 million deal in the January transfer window but remained at Borussia Dortmund for the rest of the season.Pulisic played alongside Aubameyang for nearly three seasons at Dortmund and won the DFB-Pokal during their time together at the Bundesliga club.And the 20-year-old says he sought advice from his former teammate about a potential switch to London.ADVERTISEMENT‘When the possibility of my transfer to Chelsea came around, I reached out to him,’ Pulisic told the Evening Standard. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played alongside Pulisic at Borussia Dortmund (Getty Images)‘Even though Pierre-Emerick left Dortmund for Arsenal, we remained in contact.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I have spoken with him on and off ever since he moved here.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I asked him how it was in London and stuff. He loves it here.‘He is a big city kind of guy, you can see that and he has told me about a few places to go see.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 May 2019 10:53 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Commentlast_img read more

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Graphic images of Emmanuel Sithole murder deepen xenophobic crisis

first_imgOne incident in particular has horrified South Africans and millions worldwide.That was the killing of a Mozambican national on camera, in the township of Alexandra in northern Johannesburg. Emmanuel Sithole was beaten and knifed in broad daylight while residents looked on. Communities in Alexandra have decided to act. They’ve helped police catch three suspects. CCTV’s Julie Scheier reports Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial Xenophobic attack: 4 suspects in court over death of Emmanuel Sithole Related Oscar Pistorius manslaughter charge overturned to murderlast_img

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School bus crash report cites speed, sun and oncoming traffic

first_imgVersailles, In. — WCPO in Cincinnati has obtained the crash report from the South Dearborn Community School bus crash earlier this month on State Road 350 in Aurora. The driver, Raymond Nies, 64, of Moores Hill, reportedly was driving too fast, fighting glare from the sun and evasive action was not possible because of oncoming traffic.The report from Indiana State Police says the impact moved the Rumpke truck 40-feet and left one student pinned.The motorist immediately behind the bus swerved off the road and hit a mailbox in order to avoid a collision. Other witnesses told police the sun was very bright at the time of the crash.No charges have been filed in the crash. The report is expected to be turned over to the prosecutors’ office in April for review.last_img

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Britton extends Swans stay

first_img Like Michu, Britton’s new contract is a year extension on his existing deal, and will keep him with Swansea until at least the summer of 2016. Britton had previously penned a deal through to 2015 in March of last year. And the diminutive midfielder admits he could never have imagined the Swans would become a Premier League club and be looking forward to a first major cup final when he arrived at their old Vetch Field home just over a decade ago. He said: “The club has been my life for the last 10 years, apart from a six-month sabbatical at Sheffield United, of course, and there’s no other place I’d rather be playing my football. “I never expected things to turn out the way they have when I returned from Sheffield two years ago. “The club was in the Championship at the time and there was certainly no guarantee of promotion. But we went straight up into the Premier League, have established ourselves in our second season and we are now looking forward to our first major cup final.” Britton hopes his new deal will allow him to reach another landmark with the club. “The target for me has always been 500 appearances,” he added. “That will really be something special for me. I’d like to think I can keep performing regularly in the first team for a few more seasons yet. It’s probably for others to say, but personally I believe I am playing the best football of my career.” Leon Britton has become the latest player to commit himself to Swansea after agreeing a new three-and-a-half-year contract at the Liberty Stadium. The 30-year-old has become a firm fans’ favourite since making his debut while on loan from West Ham back in 2002 and, aside from a short spell at Sheffield United, has spent the last decade in south Wales, racking up over 400 appearances. His composure in possession has marked him out as a key figure in the club’s Premier League success, and he follows Michu, Wayne Routledge, Ashley Williams, Ben Davies and Michel Vorm in agreeing a new deal. Britton told the club website: “I’m delighted. I know I’ve said it before, but I would love nothing more than to finish my career here.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Raul Wants Real to Finalise Mbappe Deal

first_imgReal Madrid legend Raul doesn’t believe the club should hesitate in spending £160 million on Monaco prodigy Kylian Mbappe.The youngster has been tipped to make a big-money move to Los Blancos this summer transfer window.Speaking to Marca the club’s former striker suggested they shouldn’t worry about the fee paid in the current climate.“The market will set the price,” he said. “There has to be an agreement between several parties and that will define it. Real Madrid have great players but it is clear that until August 31, anything can happen. For now you have to focus on those who are here and we’ll see what happens,” observed the Real Madrid great.There’s no doubt spending £160 million on an 18-year-old would be something of a gamble, although Mbappe is the finest prospect in world football at the moment. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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UW not ready for baseball

first_imgA spring semester on the UW campus wouldn’t be complete without the annual cry of “Wisconsin should have a baseball team.” But you won’t hear any of that here, not one bit. I’m taking a bold line here among my fellow students, but the University of Wisconsin should not have a baseball team. Now, don’t get confused. I’m not against the notion of adding a baseball squad to UW athletics. It’s a disgrace that Wisconsin is the only Big Ten school without a baseball team. In fact, I would love for athletic director Barry Alvarez to add America’s pastime to Wisconsin sports. However, it’s just not that realistic. The last time Wisconsin had a baseball team, no one seemed to care — that’s why it’s gone. In all fairness, the whole athletic department was down before the 1990s, until Alvarez breathed some life into Bucky Badger. Every UW student would like to say things would be different today, but would they? I think not. The attendance for Big Ten baseball games is nothing to brag about. Last year, Ohio State led the conference in average home crowds and was 24th in the nation. The Buckeyes’ average attendance: 2,233. While that number isn’t too shabby for what would be a non-rev sport, compare it to Wisconsin volleyball. The Field House also held the Big Ten record for attendance in 2006 in its respective sport, and it was nearly double that of what OSU’s Bill Davis Stadium raked in for baseball — 4,328. Yes, Madison is a big volleyball town and supports its Badger athletics to the fullest, but the university just couldn’t depend on achieving a large attendance number for baseball. Not right away and not with a UW baseball team trying to create its own history. As much as Wisconsin students would love to say they’d snatch up baseball season tickets faster than a Demi Omole 100-yard dash, I’m just not buying it. The most likely destination for a potential baseball stadium would be over by UW Hospital, close to where Wisconsin plays softball at Goodman Diamond. You’re telling me students would eagerly jump on the 80 bus or walk nearly two miles to fill the stands? I doubt it. Aside from football games, people on campus complain more than Terrell Owens when having to go from one side to the other. Furthermore, students don’t even acknowledge the fact that Wisconsin actually does have a baseball team. Sure, it’s only a club team, but if UW students were so baseball-crazy, there would at least be some mention of it, especially considering the club baseball team is actually quite good. Last year, Wisconsin’s baseball team was fifth in the nation among club teams. Also, it has one of the best talents in the country in Ramphis Marrero, a player who could’ve taken full scholarships from a number of NCAA teams but decided to attend UW for his academics instead. And for those hardcore Wisconsin baseball advocates out there, don’t blame Title IX. UW could totally have a baseball team by next season if it wanted one — much of it has nothing to do with Title IX. The most common understanding of Title IX is that NCAA schools need to have the same number of male and female athletes. Therefore, if Wisconsin were to start a baseball team, it would have to add another women’s sport or two to make the numbers equal. While that is in fact true, it is only one test of Title IX’s three-test system. The second test is as broad as a school simply showing a history and continuing the practice of adding women’s sports. The third check is that a school must show that the athletic interests and abilities of its women have been efficiently accommodated. So, if UW were to simply support its women’s athletics to the extent of appeasing NCAA rules, the addition of a baseball team would be feasible. But the fact of the matter is Wisconsin doesn’t need a baseball team, at least not now. UW sports has a good thing going on right now. The fans and athletic department should embrace and build upon it before looking to expand. Big things are in store for the future — NCAA hockey and volleyball regionals next season and the possibility of landing more, even national championships, in the future. Also, UW is rumored to be planning on building a new cross country course soon — something that is a long time coming after some of the nation’s best runners have recently come through the program. Maybe, just maybe, a baseball team will come in time, too. But there’s absolutely no need to push for one just yet. Michael is a senior double majoring in journalism and communication arts. He can be reached at mpoppy@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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Syracuse’s season ends in 16-15 loss to Johns Hopkins in NCAA tournament quarterfinals

first_img Published on May 17, 2015 at 2:44 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Ben Williams trailed his final faceoff of the season with a dejected jog. He had won 11 of the past 12 of the X, and as he scooped the ball up and took his first step into Syracuse’s offensive zone, it looked like he had gotten possession of his biggest yet.But the ball popped out. A furious three-goal comeback with a four-goal deficit would end with the game’s final 23 seconds. A season in which Williams had won the big faceoffs, and a season when SU’s furious runs were seemingly always enough was helplessly ending before their eyes.“I don’t even know that I was looking at the ball,” Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala said. “I was looking at the clock. Just asking it to tick.”And it did. Down to zero. By then, JHU defender Michael Pellegrino had begun celebrating with his goalkeeper Eric Schneider. By then, Nicky Galasso was on the sideline, watching from his knees as his career came to an end. No. 2 seed Syracuse (13-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) came back from four deficits against Johns Hopkins (11-6, 4-1 Big Ten) on Sunday, but the fifth was just one goal short in a 16-15 SU loss at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.Kevin Rice looked as though he’d been crying when he took the podium during the postgame press conference. He remained composed enough to make short, quiet statements. He had just played his final game for Syracuse. So too had a group of six other seniors that comprised a starting lineup which had garnered the expectations of a do-or-die season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Obviously, I’m disappointed,” Rice said. “I had hoped to make it to championship weekend, we just fell short.”In the first half, Syracuse answered every Johns Hopkins run. When Wells Stanwick scored JHU’s first three goals to jump ahead 3-1, it was a hard shot from Galasso and a stop-and-turn quick release from attack Randy Staats to tie it up.After the Blue Jays connected twice more, Dylan Donahue scored and then assisted on another as it took SU less than six minutes to knot the game, 5-5, just 4:46 before halftime.Syracuse’s first lead came moments before halftime, but the momentum that the Orange had fought to get a grasp of ended with the first-half buzzer.Wells Stanwick assisted on his brother Shack Stanwick’s two goals coming out of the break. The first tied the game. And after Patrick Fraser scored on a man-up due to a Sean Young delay-of-game penalty, Wells once again found a cutting Shack on an over-the-shoulder pass and finish.“It’s just a part of the game sometimes,” Donahue said. “The other team scoring goals on a run…You have to weather the storm and keep moving on from there.”But Syracuse couldn’t. A two-goal deficit for SU turned to four in a 13-9 game with less than 10 minutes to play. Syracuse head coach John Desko looked up at the scoreboard behind JHU’s goal and the empty stands below it and didn’t talk to anyone. He saw a deficit that Syracuse wouldn’t make up.Staats forced some life into the team when he blew past a defender and pushed a shot into the top right of the goal over Schneider’s shoulder. He punched his fist in the air. The five-goal, 15-10 deficit had become three in just one minute of game action.Kevin Rice cut into a 16-12 lead with 53 seconds left. The sideline didn’t celebrate. The wings just jogged onto the field.After Henry Scoonmaker made it 16-14 with 34 seconds left, there were fist-bumps and claps.The bench begged for and received a man-up after JHU’s third violation of the half on the ensuing faceoff. And once Rice scored again 11 seconds later, his teammates raised their sticks in the air. There was life and emotion where there hadn’t been before.But that hope was taken away seconds later. Hunter Moreland beat Williams for the faceoff and ran down the field as the Syracuse players chased the ball down. The Orange had its chance, but saw it slip away in one last play.Johns Hopkins dispersed around the field, smiling, celebrating the upset win following a mob scene near the JHU goal. Desko gathered his players next to their bench and tried to temper the raw emotions of a team that was never supposed to lose its final game.“I told them, I wish I had some magic words for them,” Desko said. “But I didn’t, because I know their expectations, my expectations, the staff’s expectations. These guys stepped up all year, and you saw that at the end of the game.“We came out a goal short, and just a lot of disappointment right now.” Commentslast_img read more

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