Coronavirus kills two Iranians, first Mideast deaths

first_imgThe state news agency also quoted a media adviser to Iran’s health minister as saying two people had died after testing positive for the coronavirus.”Both of the people who had tested positive for coronavirus were in Qom and were old. Both have passed away,” said Alireza Vahabzadeh.- Quarantine hospitals readied -Qom is a centre for Islamic studies attracting scholars from Iran and beyond.However, the head of the health ministry’s contagious diseases unit said the pair who died were Qom residents who were not known to have left Iran.”These two were from Qom and visited (us) two days ago after falling ill… they didn’t even have a history of going abroad,” IRNA quoted Mohammad Mehdi Gouya as saying.Another official in Qom said people suspected of being infected with the coronavirus would be put into quarantine in two hospitals.Mohammadreza Ghadir, head of the city’s medical sciences unit, told IRNA that “the spread of coronavirus in Qom has been controlled and we want the people not to worry about it.”The new coronavirus has now claimed the lives of eight people outside mainland China.One has died in Japan, one in Taiwan, another in the Philippines and two in Hong Kong. One has also died in France.The United Arab Emirates last month became the first country in the Middle East to report cases of the coronavirus strain. Egypt has also reported cases.Iran’s health sector has been hit by sanctions imposed by the United States since Washington withdrew in 2018 from a landmark nuclear deal between the Islamic republic and world powers.Topics : Two people have died in Iran after testing positive on Wednesday for the new coronavirus, the health ministry said, in the Islamic republic’s first cases of the disease.According to YJC news agency, a branch of state television, the pair who died were Iranian citizens and residents of the holy city of Qom.They are also the first deaths from the COVID-19 virus in the Middle East and only the seventh and eighth outside China, where the outbreak has killed more than 2,000 people. State news agency IRNA quoted Kianoush Jahanpour, a ministry spokesman, as saying the virus was detected in two elderly people with immunity problems in Qom, south of the Iranian capital.”Following the recent cases of chronic respiratory diseases in Qom, two of the patients tested positive in preliminary tests,” it quoted him as saying.”Unfortunately both passed away in the intensive care unit due to old age and issues with their immune system.”IRNA had earlier quoted Jahanpour as saying that the “new coronavirus” had been confirmed in two people and that other suspected cases were isolated.last_img read more

Governor Wolf and Health Secretary Issue ‘Stay at Home’ Orders to 7 Counties to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19

first_imgGovernor Wolf and Health Secretary Issue ‘Stay at Home’ Orders to 7 Counties to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19 March 23, 2020 Press Release,  Public Health Order Effective at 8:00 PM in Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery, and Philadelphia countiesGovernor Wolf’s OrderSecretary of Health’s OrderStay at Home GuidanceGovernor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today issued “Stay at Home” orders to Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, as the state seeks relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.This order takes effect at 8:00 PM on Monday, March 23, 2020, and will continue until April 6, 2020.All schools statewide will also remain closed through at least April 6, 2020.“I remain deeply concerned about this public health crisis and we must continue to take careful but critical steps now to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Wolf said. “We are issuing these orders because Pennsylvanians’ health and safety remains our highest priority.”“The number of cases continues to grow and so we must take further steps to stop the spread of this contagious and dangerous novel virus to protect the public’s health and mitigate the risk to our hospital system,” Dr. Levine said. “There is one way to make sure people don’t need to be hospitalized and we don’t strain our health care system: Stay calm. Stay home. Stay safe.”Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from homeGetting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residencesEngaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancingTo perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining businessTo care for a family member or pet in another householdAny travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activitiesTravel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable personsTravel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related servicesTravel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdictionTravel required by law enforcement or court order.Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealthThe following operations are exempt:Life-sustaining business activitiesHealth care or medical services providersAccess to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banksAccess to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows: child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19, 2020 business closure Orders.News mediaLaw enforcementThe federal governmentReligious institutionsIndividuals experiencing homelessness are not subject to this order but are strongly urged to find shelter and government agencies are urged to take steps needed to provide shelter for those individuals.International students, foster youth, and any other students who would otherwise experience displacement or homelessness as a result of campus closures are exempt and may remain in campus housing.At this time, law enforcement will be focused on ensuring that residents are aware of the order and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement. To report a noncompliant business, contact your local law enforcement agency’s non-emergency number or the nearest Pennsylvania State Police station. Please do not call 911 or the Department of Community and Economic Development to file reports. Law enforcement officers should refer to Business Closure Order Enforcement Guidance available online.For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

ORIX Scanning Japanese Seabed

first_imgThe Japanese ORIX Corporation has commenced a seabed geological survey off the coast of the Chiba Prefecture to investigate the feasibility of offshore wind power.ORIX is carrying out an acoustic seabed survey in the waters offshore Choshi to study the conditions, ground structure and the topography of the seabed.The company said it is using an acoustic bottom profiler to identify the geological structure of the seabed, as well as an echo sounder to confirm the topography.In addition, the Japan-based business is deploying a side-scan sonar to determine man-made structures such as artificial reefs and submarine cables, the state of marine waste and shipwrecks that have been deposited, the state of sand waves, and the makeup and distribution of soil.The works, which began at the end of January, are scheduled to be completed by 15 March.Japan’s offshore wind market is gaining momentum following the government’s commitment to increase the deployment of renewables and the passing of the legislative foundation for designation of large-scale offshore wind development areas.In its Fifth Basic Energy Supply Plan from July 2018, the government targets 10GW of offshore and onshore wind capacity by 2030 as part of its ambition to reach a 22-24% renewable share of electricity generation by 2030.last_img read more

BIMCO: Three out of five converted VLOCs are no longer operating

first_imgThe VLOCs were converted from single-hull Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCC) towards the end of 2000 as an innovative result of the dry bulk super cycle and the IMO regulation which mandated that all single-hull tankers should be phased out by 2010. Once the VLOCs no longer have to fulfill obligations under long-term contracts, the economic incentive to keep the ships afloat evaporates, BIMCO said. The VLOCs were acquired and contracted for conversion during the dry bulk bull run in 2007-2008, but many of the conversions were only complete after the financial crisis put an end to the bull market The economic rationale of keeping the old VLOC tonnage afloat “Going forward, the obsolete VLOCs will be phased out of the market and replaced with technologically superior and more reliable ships,” says BIMCO’s Chief Shipping Analyst, Peter Sand. Perhaps even the contrary holds true. From June 2017 to April 2020, the Capesize (+100k DWT) fleet grew by 29.6m DWT (9.2%). From 2017 to 2019, seaborne trade of iron ore declined by 17m tonnes (-1.2%). Vessels In 2009 and 2010, the Baltic dry index (BDI) averaged 2,616 and 2,758 index points respectively, well below the 6,390 index points seen in 2008, but a substantial margin above the averages from 2011-2019, which never exceeded 1,600 index points. The comment from BIMCO come in the wake of the announcement from Brazilian miner company Vale that it would phase out 25 converted VLOCs from its operations. “The tragic Stellar Daisy accident brought the safety aspect of VLOCs into question. Now, three years on, three out of five VLOCs are no longer in operation as their long-term charters have now expired. Posted: 4 months ago Converted Very Large Ore Carriers (VLOC) are increasingly becoming a thing of the past with the long-term freight contracts coming to an end as newer and more reliable ships replace them in the market. With cheap and obsolete tanker tonnage in the market, investors eyed an opportunity to convert the ships into VLOCs and deploy them on long-term contracts of affreightment, often with a duration of 10 years. Many of the ships are approaching the average age of demolition, and these ships are set to be phased out as soon as the long-term contracts under which they are employed expire. In June 2017, BIMCO analyzed the VLOC fleet which at the time consisted of 51 ships with an average age of 23.8 years, not far from the average demolition age of 24.2 years. Back then, BIMCO argued that the ships on long-term contracts still made solid economic sense, given a second-hand price equal to the scrap value and stable earnings. Posted: 4 months agocenter_img Although the conversion from a tanker to a dry bulker came at an estimated price of $ 12-15 million, plus the cost of the actual ship, the freight revenue from the long-term contracts for carrying ore from Brazil to China have exceeded the cost by a fair margin. Since the last analysis, the fleet has undergone a massive trimming with 28 ships remaining in the fleet, eight of which are lying idle in Labuan, a dedicated lay-up site. The ships entered a market, which never recovered to previous highs, but nonetheless remained a profitable one in the initial years. Categories: Arguably, the maintenance and repair costs are significantly higher than younger tonnage, but the statement from 2017 still holds true, granted the condition that the ships have employment under long-term contract. Converted VLOCs are phased out as substitutes are brought in Vale to phase out 25 converted VLOCs Since June 2017, 43% of the VLOC fleet has been sent to the scrapyards, while 18% of the fleet is idled or damaged, data from the world’s largest shipowner association (BIMCO) shows. At face value, during their time as ore carriers, these ships have provided a solid return on investment, even when accounting for higher maintenance costs. However, new VLOCs and even larger ships, such as the Valemaxes, have already been supplied to the market. For this reason, the scrapping of converted VLOCs will not create a shortage of tonnage in the market. Since June 2017, 22 ships have been scrapped while one is damaged and not in service. Therefore, it seems likely that converted VLOCs will soon be a memory of the past. The investment strategy of converting cheap tanker tonnage to dry bulk carriers seems unlikely to be replicated any time soon, BIMCO believes. Source: Pixabay “A shortage of tonnage will not arise because the converted VLOCs are now phased out. New and even larger ships have already been delivered to the dry bulk market, more than covering the transportation needs,“ Sand says.last_img read more

Spanish Super Cup: Kroos stunner helps Real Madrid reach final

first_imgToni Kroos scored a wonder goal straight from a corner as Real Madrid beat Valencia 3-1 on Wednesday to reach the final of the controversial Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia.Advertisement Kroos caught Valencia goalkeeper Jaume Domenech napping with a brilliant, instinctive strike before Isco made it two and Luka Modric added a classy third from a curling finish with the outside of his foot. Loading… Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Iconic Roles That Got Rejected By World Famous ActorsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Apocalyptic Scenarios That Could Happen Today10 Absolutely Unique Facts About Kanye9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoocenter_img After two superb goals, the only shame was more fans were not there to see them given the King Abdullah Sports City stadium appeared only a little more than half full.The official attendance was given as 40,877 out of a capacity of 62,345.Dani Parejo scored a late Valencia penalty but Madrid advance to Sunday’s final where they will meet the winner of Thursday’s second semi-final between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.“I’m happy with the whole performance,” said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.“For the goal of Isco, because maybe he needed that, the genius of Kroos and then something that only Modric can do. But it is a semi-final, we haven’t won anything yet.”Barca coach Ernesto Valverde had said earlier on Wednesday that he preferred the traditional format of this competition, that pitted the La Liga champions against the winners of the Copa del Rey in a match in Spain in August.Under those rules, Real Madrid, who finished third in the league last term and failed to reach the final of the cup would not even have qualified but they now have the chance to win their first trophy of the season, possibly against Barca in a Clasico final.But it is the new location that has grated most, because of the lack of consideration for Spanish fans and the implications of associating with a country that has been heavily criticised for its treatment of women and record over human rights.In one of the more unusual aspects of the night, a giant banner of the King and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia were hung in the centre of the pitch during half-time.– Long unbeaten run –Either side of the interval, Real Madrid were too strong, extending their unbeaten run to 15 matches with another performance to suggest they are La Liga’s form team ahead of the second half of the season.Valencia had to cope without star player Rodrigo Moreno due to a knee injury while Madrid were also without their own top scorer in Karim Benzema, who has a hamstring strain, as well as Gareth Bale, who has a throat infection.Zidane did not rule out Bale joining up with the squad for the final but said the Welshman has not trained all week.In their absence, Kroos stepped up with a goal of which both Benzema and Bale would have been proud.Madrid won the corner in the 15th minute and with Domenech out of his goal, instructing Francis Coquelin, Kroos nipped around the flag and bent the ball towards the net.Domenech saw it coming but too late, and he could only succeed in punching the ball into the inside of his own goal.Valencia wanted a penalty when Casemiro nudged Carlos Soler in the back and Kevin Gameiro should have done better than blast over after he did well to wriggle through.But Madrid were the dominant force and Isco doubled the lead before the break. Fede Valverde pulled back for Modric and while his shot was blocked, Isco fired in the follow-up. Read Also:Real Madrid to offer Man Utd choice of four players in £160m Pogba dealLuka Jovic’s struggles continued as he struck the post from close range before Modric added a final flourish, selling Gabriel Paulista with a stepover left before guiding the ball into the far corner with the ouside of his right foot.Sergio Ramos handballed late on and Parejo scored the penalty but for Valencia the game was already up.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Leicester City aiming at £40m Celtic swoop for Nigeria star Iheanacho

first_imgLeicester City boss, Brendan Rodgers, is ready to listen to more bids for Nigeria striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, to help fund a £40m Celtic swoop. Only on Sunday Aston Villa came up with an interest but they were yet to be specific on their terms. But the Foxes are said to be keen on landing in-demand Parkhead star Odsonne Edouard this summer but must raise funds if they wish to land the 22-year-old. Edouard kicked off his season in the SPL with a hat-trick on Sunday, hitting three in his side’s 5-1 win over Hamilton.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeRidiculously Expensive Things The Rock Spends His Money OnDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeDeepika Padukone’s Most Memorable Looks10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At Longer5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks And there will be plenty of interest in his signature this summer. read also:Aston Villa show up as Leicester City listen to offers for Iheanacho Iheanacho, meanwhile, joined Leicester in 2017 for a fee believed to be in the region of £25m and, if reports by Daily Mail to be believed, could depart this month to raise funds for an Edouard swoop. The Nigerian forward, who started his career with Manchester City, scored ten goals this season in just 26 appearances with many of those coming from the bench this term. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Wolves beat Everton 3-0

first_img(BBC) – Wolves boosted their chances of claiming a place in next season’s Champions League with a comprehensive home victory over Everton.Wanderers bounced back from consecutive defeats with a victory through goals either side of half-time and a game-sealing third from Diogo Jota with 15 minutes to go.Raul Jimenez scored the first from the penalty spot in first-half injury time following a clumsy Lucas Digne foul on Daniel Podence.Leander Dendoncker headed in the second just a minute after the restart before Jota lashed in from just inside the box to put the game beyond the visitors.It moves Wolves back up to sixth in the table, three points behind Manchester United in fifth – a position that could be good enough to earn a place in Europe’s top club competition next season.Everton committed so much of their efforts to keeping the home side at bay and as a result offered little at the other end of the pitch, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison given scraps to feed off at best.The closest they came to a goal was a Digne angled drive that flashed past the far post in the second half.The defeat leaves the Toffees 11th and surely ends their hopes of securing a Europa League spot for 2020-21.And there was more bad news for manager Carlo Ancelotti, who was already without Mason Holgate and saw fellow centre-back Yerry Mina limp off in the first half with what appeared to be a thigh injury.Wolves return to winning ways in styleWolves returned to action in June in fine form, winning their first three games without conceding a goal to increase hope that a late dart for a Champions League place was on.But early July checked that optimism, courtesy of successive defeats without scoring against Arsenal and Sheffield United – opponents who are also in the mix for a place in the top five.This, then, was a necessary victory, resulting from very timely goals.Podence had already tested Jordan Pickford twice with low angled drives inside the box before he used his trickery to good effect to turn and draw a mistimed challenge from Digne.last_img read more

Kiffin escapes punishment from NCAA

first_imgAny lasting ties between USC coach Lane Kiffin and the University of Tennessee are now gone.Off the hook · USC coach Lane Kiffin was cleared of committing any major violations, which included impermissible recruiting activities and a failure to monitor, while serving as Tennessee’s coach in 2009. The investigation took less than six months. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanThe NCAA has notified USC that coach Lane Kiffin did not commit any major violations during his 14-month stint as coach at the University of Tennessee, the school announced Wednesday.Kiffin had previously received a notice of allegations from the NCAA on Feb. 23, which included a failure to promote an atmosphere for compliance, a failure to monitor and impermissible recruiting activities — the former two being major infractions.“I’m very grateful to the NCAA, the Committee on Infractions and its chairman Dennis Thomas for a very fair and thorough process,” Kiffin said in a statement. “I’m also very grateful that we were able to accurately and fairly present the facts in our case and that no action was taken against us. I’m pleased that the NCAA based its decision on the facts and not on perception.”Thomas, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference commissioner, chaired the committee and ultimately found the evidence was “insufficient” to support any of the findings.Though he was not disciplined following the two-year investigation, the COI did find the Tennessee football program, under Kiffin, had committed 12 secondary violations in 10 months, all of which pertained to recruiting.“The committee was troubled by the number and nature of the secondary infractions by the football coaching staff during its one-year tenure at the institution,” the report said.Kiffin, who served as coach of the Volunteers from November 2008 to January 2010, was nonetheless admonished by the committee.“Some of the violations received nationwide publicity and brought the football program into public controversy,” the report read. “This is not a record of which to be proud.”Former Tennessee men’s basketball coach, who was also cited by the NCAA, did, however, receive a three-year show-cause penalty, prohibiting him from recruiting for three years and forcing schools to “show cause” if they wish to hire him.Kiffin and USC Athletic Director Pat Haden appeared at an NCAA hearing for the case in Indianapolis on June 11, sitting before the infractions committee for more than four hours.“We obviously were pleased to learn about the NCAA’s ruling today regarding Lane Kiffin,” Haden said in a statement. “I appeared at Lane’s NCAA hearing, and I believe the NCAA’s decision is fair and based on the facts presented.”The initial charges stemmed from impermissible telephone contact Kiffin and his staff made in 2010 with five recruits between Jan. 3 and Jan. 9 — a total of 16 calls spanning 47 minutes, according to a 26-page document released by Tennessee in late February.Kiffin also allowed a recruiting intern, Steve Rubio, to accompany him on a recruiting trip to St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., despite forewarning from the school’s department of football operations.On that trip, Rubio allegedly made “in-person, off-campus contact with high school administrators,” violating NCAA rules as an intern and a non-authorized off-campus recruiter.“I’m also very grateful that the Tennessee football program was cleared of any wrongdoing,” Kiffin said.Kiffin is not expected to be subject to any further discipline.“I’m glad this is behind us now and I know Lane feels the same way,” Haden said. “From the time he arrived at USC, Lane Kiffin has been extremely compliant regarding NCAA rules and I feel confident that he will continue to be so.”Kiffin expressed similar sentiments.“As I have said before, we always have been committed to following NCAA rules and bylaws both at Tennessee and now at USC, and we always will be,” Kiffin said. “Now that this has reached its conclusion, I am looking forward to continuing to prepare our team for the upcoming season.”USC, which finished 8-5 in Kiffin’s first season at the school, begins its season on Sept. 3 against Minnesota.last_img read more

Trojan linebackers enter 2014 in state of transition

first_imgThe USC defense enters the 2014 season in the middle of a massive transition. Nowhere is this change more evident than in the linebacking corps, as the group adjusts to new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox’s 3-4 defensive front. This change in basic formation marks a shift from previous coordinator Clancy Pendergast’s 5-2 hybrid scheme that flummoxed opposing offenses and had the Trojans as the best statistical defense in the Pac-12.Strong and steady · Linebacker Hayes Pullard returned for his senior year and was elected a co-captain for the second straight year. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanEarly on, the Trojans will have to compensate for the loss of hybrid end/outside linebacker Devon Kennard who was a stalwart for the Trojans last year. Kennard was selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New York Giants.Senior J.R. Tavai and redshirt sophomore Scott Felix (formerly Scott Starr) will look to fill the void left by former co-captain Kennard.Tavai was a revelation midway through the season as he finished the year starting seven consecutive games. Overall, Tavai recorded 56 tackles on the year and was so impressive in conference play that he earned an All-Pac-12 honorable mention. While he has struggled with injuries during his time at USC, Tavai has demonstrated the ability in games and recent practices to make a major impact on the gridiron this season.Felix fought his way into a starting spot after only appearing in six games last season and recording nine tackles. Felix has been plagued by injuries during his time at USC, missing most of the 2012 season with a neck injury, from which he didn’t fully recover until the second game of 2013.After Tavai and Felix, however, the Trojans lack seasoned veterans to play on the outside at linebacker. Jabari Ruffin, a local product from Downey, was slated to compete for time at the outside spot, but the redshirt sophomore was lost for the season after suffering a knee injury in fall camp.This means that the group of true freshman linebackers from coach Steve Sarkisian’s inaugural recruiting class will be thrust into action very quickly. In Sarkisian’s inaugural depth chart, Don Hill, Malik Dorton and Uchenna Nwosu might all see time this year based on how the season progresses. Nwosu is a hybrid back who has the ability to play inside and outside. He was a standout at Los Angeles powerhouse Narbonne High and the Trojans would benefit greatly if he doesn’t skip a beat in his transition to the collegiate level.Dorton played at St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Califonia) where he was a highly regarded defensive end. Hill enrolled in the spring, but was held out of practice while recovering from an Achilles injury.The inside linebackers appear to be a bit more settled as the Trojans have depth and experience at the position.Linebacker Hayes Pullard is a fifth-year senior who has been one of the most dependable Trojans over the last few years. He has led the team in tackles for two of the last three seasons, while starting almost every game. The Inglewood, California native will serve as a co-captain for the second straight season.Junior defensive end Leonard Williams sang the praises of Pullard at Pac-12 Football Media Day this summer.“Having Hayes come back was a big part of our defense being strong this year,” Williams said. “He’s a great leader … He’s always been a great leader, since I was a freshman.”Pullard will anchor the defense with the support of senior inside linebacker Lamar Dawson, who is coming off a knee injury, as well as redshirt junior utility linebacker Anthony Sarao, a dependable contributor to both defense and special teams during his career as a Trojan.Sarao earned the starting nod at the weak inside linebacker position heading into 2014 after a strong 2013 season. Last year he recorded 44 total tackles after Sarao worked his way into a starting role in the last seven games of the season.Though the Trojans might be young and relatively thin at linebacker, new coach Peter Sirmon certainly has an abundance of talent to work with. Sirmon doubles as the recruiting coordinator brings experience as both a player and a coach. He has previously coached at Tennessee and Washington and also served as a graduate assistant at Oregon.Sirmon faced off against the Trojans when lettered at Oregon for four years under coach Mike Bellotti in the late 1990s. His direct experience as both a player and coach in the Pac-12 could potentially serve him well as he gears his linebackers up to combat the wide array of offenses the Trojans will face in the upcoming season.last_img read more

Botswana’s Isaac Makwala To Run 200m Alone, Following Norovirus Outbreak – IAAF

first_imgIsaac Makwala will run the 200 meters time trial race alone at the World Athletics Championships in London, following intervention from Botswanan Athletics Federation.The Botswanan Athletics Federation requested Makwala compete in the 200 meters event, following his withdrawal from the 400 meters event.A statement from the IAAF reads: “Given that his quarantine period expired at 14:00 hrs today (9 Aug) and following a medical examination which has declared him fit to compete.”“We have agreed under our existing rules that assuming he makes the qualification time, he will run in the 200m semi-final round this evening.”“Makwala is required to run a time of 20.53 or faster to advance to the semi-finals. He will run at 18:40hrs this evening on his own in lane 7, which was his original lane draw in the opening round.”However, “No athletes already qualified for the semi-final will be adversely affected.” the statement concludes.Relatedlast_img read more