Italy’s ‘very long’ lockdown to only end gradually

first_imgThe message from ministers and healthofficials came as Italy’s world-topping toll rose by 756 — well bellowFriday’s record of 969 — and the rate of coronavirus infections slowed tounder six percent for the first time. Yet the government appeared more focusedon the nearing April 3 deadline to lift a national lockdown that had never beentried by a Western democracy — and has since been replicated across Europe andthe United States. (AFP) Catholics had to celebrate Mass from home, as part of the lockdown measures. AFPcenter_img ROME – Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’sgovernment prepared Italians for a “very long” lockdown Sunday that wouldonly be lifted gradually despite its economic hardship and traumatic impact ondaily lives.last_img

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Arthur B. Young, 91

first_imgArthur B. Young, 91, of Greensburg, passed away on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Morning Breeze Nursing Home in Greensburg.  Arthur was born on July 6, 1926 in Jennings County, Indiana to Clem and Clara (Kohrman) Young.   Arthur served two tours in the United States Army, the first from 1946 to 1947 and the second from 1954 to 1955.  After graduating from Napoleon High School and serving in the military, he helped with the family farm.  He then worked for Mitchell Veneer Mill and he retired from Delta Faucet Co. both in Greensburg.  Arthur was a member of the St. Maurice Catholic Church in Napoleon, and a former member of the Napoleon VFW.  Arthur was married to Carol Meyer on September 25, 1954 and she survives.  He is survived by his wife, Carol Young, Greensburg, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces, and great-great nephews.  Arthur was preceded in death by his parents, Clem and Clara Young, and two brothers, Alfred F. Young and Raymond B. Young.  A rosary will be prayed at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home on Sunday, November 5 at 2 pm followed by visitation until 5 pm.  A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Maurice Catholic Church in Napoleon on Monday, November 6, at 11 am with Rev. Bill Turner officiating.  Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery in Greensburg.  Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society, St. Maurice Catholic Church, or Smyrna Lutheran Church.  Online condolences can be made at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

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Awoniyi Craves for Super Eagles Chance

first_imgLiverpool loanee, Taiwo Awoniyi believes he has done enough to get a call-up to the Nigeria national team.The forward has represented the West Africans at the U17, U20 and U23 levels but has struggled to gain attention from the senior national team coaches.Awoniyi’s teammates at the youth level Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho and APOEL goalkeeper Francis Uzoho have become a key member of the Super Eagles while Watford striker Isaac Success has also been given a chance in the past. The 22-year-old has been with Liverpool since 2015 but has spent his time on loan featuring for FSV Frankfurt, NEC, Royal Excel Mouscron, Gent and recently Mainz.Awoniyi has impressed during his temporary move away from the Premier League club but in the 2019-20 season, the striker was restricted to 12 league games owing to a number of reasons, including injury problems.The Imperial Soccer Academy graduate is looking forward to getting an opportunity to feature for the Super Eagles under manager Gernot Rohr.“I’m happy for Kelechi Iheanacho and Uzoho because they are deserving of the opportunity,” Awoniyi told BBC Sport.“Personally, I feel like I deserve a chance. I recall when I was playing well and scoring goals in Belgium. Nigeria had a friendly game and I thought I had done enough to get a look in that would hopefully enhance my quest for a UK work permit, but I was overlooked.“You begin to understand that it’s not something you can control or have power over. You just need to enjoy what you do and keep on working hard.”Awoniyi, whose loan with Mainz ended at the end of 2019-20 season has spoken highly of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.“Jurgen Klopp’s a man everyone is happy to be around. When I was going to Mainz last year he wished me luck because he is highly revered over there,” he continued.“And during my first year of professional football in 2015, many of my teammates talked about him at FSV Frankfurt and meeting him again shows how much he’s loved by people. His personality illustrates the success in Mainz, Dortmund.”Awoniyi could spend the 2020-21 season on another loan as he is yet to secure a work permit that would enable him to play for Liverpool.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Robinson, quick-strike Michigan offense next on tap for UW

first_imgJunior defensive end J.J. Watt and the Wisconsin defense plan on forcing UM quarterback Denard Robinson into some mistakes Saturday. UW has forced 7 turnovers in the past two games alone.[/media-credit]Before a single snap, it seems everyone expects Saturday’s game between Wisconsin and Michigan to be a shootout.With the Badgers unloading 83 points on Indiana just days ago and quarterback Denard Robinson leading a quick-strike Wolverine offense, it’s easy to see why.Just don’t tell the Wisconsin defense that they’re about to take part in a high-scoring affair.“I’m a defensive guy so I hope it doesn’t that work out that way,” senior linebacker Culmer St. Jean said of a potential shootout. “That would be a tough Sunday coming back watching film.”Still, the Badger defense knows they have an extremely tough challenge ahead of them this weekend in Ann Arbor.Robinson took the college football world by storm early this season, rushing for a 181 yards per game through the first five weeks. After a 5-0 start Michigan went on to lose their next three, with Robinson struggling to make an impact in the passing game, but the production continued on the ground, highlighted by a 191 yard outing against Penn State.At times, he’s single-handedly carried Michigan, whose defense ranks last in the Big Ten in yardage allowed per game.Defensive line coach Charlie Partridge has prepared his unit for talented quarterbacks before, and Robinson will be one of the toughest ones yet.“Great challenge, obviously the young man has tremendous playmaking ability and speed,” Partridge said. “We’ve tried to put one of our faster guys in that position this week to help us get ready. Guys just need to tackle well in the open field.”Freshman running back Jeff Lewis has assumed the role of Robinson for Wisconsin’s week of preparation and the speedy tailback’s temporary new role gives an indication of how respected a runner Robinson is.Several comparisons have been drawn to Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor as UW readies itself for Robinson, and while a key against both signal callers is to keep them contained in the pocket, Partridge insists that aside from the disparity in size, the scheme in place for Robinson is much different.“It’s not even comparable from a schematics standpoint,” Partridge said. “There wasn’t many designed quarterback runs for Terrelle Pryor. It was a matter of keeping him in the pocket when he was a passer.“With Denard you have both threats. You have designed runs as if he was a running back, and you’ve got the threat of him scrambling from the pass.”And keep in mind, Robinson does in fact throw the football. At times, he’s done it very well.The sophomore has thrown for 1,990 yards (21 more yards than UW quarterback Scott Tolzien) and 14 touchdowns to go along with his 1,417 yards and 12 scores on the ground.Interceptions have been the knock on Robinson (nine on the year), but the Badgers know they need to respect his arm as well as his legs.“His arm is legit. His speed is legit. A lot of teams have had trouble with him,” St. Jean said.Two better than oneWith Robinson suffering from occasional injuries and having recurring ball security issues, sophomore quarterback Tate Forcier, last season’s starer, has surfaced once again for Michigan.After missing action due to a concussion, Robinson watched Forcier lead the Wolverines to a thrilling triple-overtime victory over Illinois.Foricer, a playmaker who has some mobility in his own right, also saw action against Purdue last week, meaning UW must be prepared for two different threats running the Michigan offense.“They are both dangerous in their own ways. Denard is more dangerous with his feet, Tate maybe a little bit more with his arm,” said senior safety Jay Valai. “They are both great quarterbacks.”Limiting the big playWisconsin knows Michigan is going to move the football and rack up some yards.But the essential ingredient to a win for UW Saturday comes down to the Badgers’ ability or inability to keep the Michigan offense from getting quick scores.Robinson is one of the fastest players UW has seen all season, and he can reach the endzone whenever the ball is in his hands.“He can break at any moment,” St. Jean said. “One big play that’s 60 or 70 yards and that’s momentum on their side. The fans get into it, and we have to make them drive down the field and force a mistake.“We can’t allow big plays against Michigan.”The Badgers know they are going into a hostile environment. They know Robinson is going to get his touches in UM’s spread offense.But one way for a defense to keep an offense out of sync and out of rhythm is to set a physical tone from the start.That’s exactly what the Badgers plan to do.“The best way I know how to stop a potent offense is to hit them right in the mouth right out of the gates,” said junior defensive end J.J. Watt. “That’s what we need to do all game and we need to keep hitting them. We need to let them know that they are playing the Wisconsin Badgers, and they better be ready to play.”last_img read more

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Poe’s Perspective: Darnold leaves a legacy

first_imgJulia Poe | Daily TrojanAs a journalist, I can often fall into a slightly false sense of familiarity with athletes whose careers I cover for a long period of time. It’s easy enough. After all, we see these young people — our peers, at least in age — crying or laughing in the locker rooms after games, gritting their teeth through major injuries, promising improvement or revenge. It’s easy enough to feel like, along the way, we come to know these athletes as people, not just as a players.With Sam Darnold, this is especially true. Last year, the Daily Trojan was the first publication to cover the new quarterback phenom in depth, and I spent hours talking to Sam, along with coaches and teammates. In the process, I ended up spending hours in an interview with his parents, Chris and Mike, in their home in San Clemente. Most journalists know that there is truly no easier way to glean background information for a story than to talk to a young athlete’s parents, and the Darnolds were everything you would expect — patient and compassionate, humble yet full of pride for their son.The few hours I spent with them made me feel like I actually knew this one-day first-round draft pick beyond just a few sheets of statistics. In around four hours, I collected enough adorable stories about Sam to fill an entire issue of Daily Trojan — and believe me, I tried to convince my editor to dedicate a whole 16-pager to those anecdotes — and along the way, I stopped looking at him as solely an athlete. One story that Sam’s mother told me especially stuck with me. There was no conceivable way to work it into my already-way-past-word-count feature, but I still attempted to jam it in several times before giving up. Chris didn’t cry when she talked about the Rose Bowl, or the NFL, or anything else football-related at all. But she cried when she told me this one, about the bravery of her sixth grade son. When Sam was in sixth grade, he had a best friend, Cole, who had multiple sclerosis. The pair was playing basketball — Sam’s first love in sports — with a group at recess when several older boys approached them and ridiculed Sam for letting Cole play. Sam squared his jaw and replied, “He’s my friend.” He stared the older group down until they shied away.An aide told the story to Chris, and she cried when she heard about her son’s loyalty. It was something that couldn’t be taught, she said. He was fiercely loyal — to his friends, his teammates, his coaches. For the past two years, we saw that same loyalty toward head coach Clay Helton, toward his offense, toward our school and our football program. Every single one of his teammates spoke of Sam with a mix of awe and pride. He was a perfect team player, they said, a shy guy who led by example and lifted up those around him. We saw it even in that dismal route in Arlington, as he walked the sidelines talking to his receivers and praised his teammates in postgame interviews.Sometimes, it got exhausting. After all, the offense this season had its flaws, and it could get tiresome to hear a quarterback defend his team and coaches with such vigor, even when they were clearly letting him down. But every time that Sam defended this program, I saw the same little kid who had stuck up for his friend on the playground — fiercely loyal, perhaps to a fault, but always unwavering.It’s easy enough for fans to wax poetic about team loyalty and the courage of those athletes who choose to finish what they started with their college programs. Many will claim that it’s in those athletes’ best interests to stay and get their degrees, to fulfill the college education that exists as the purported “pay” for a college athlete.But the truth of the matter is that Sam doesn’t owe USC anything more than he has already given. In fact, he’s given this school just as much as it gave him. Nothing reflects that truth more than the Cotton Bowl. In his final game, Sam took nine sacks, often brutal and often preventable. He threw a boneheaded interception, but made up for it by doubling Ohio State’s passing yards and slicing apart the secondary to eat up the field. But nothing that Sam did could make up for the lack of all the other factors — pocket protection, clock management, receiver receptions — that could have turned the corner to create a comeback. He tried, but he wasn’t enough on his own.In the end, I think that Sam’s final chapter at USC feels like such a heartbreak because we were all rooting for him. Yes, we wanted the team to win. We wanted the redemption of reclaiming national championship caliber, and all the glory that would follow in its stead. But we also wanted Sam to win it all, and we knew he could do it.At the start of the season, I bought into all of the hype. Hook, line and sinker. If anyone asked me, Sam Darnold was going to win us the Pac-12 Championship and the National Championship and the Heisman to boot. And as the season dragged on, I wondered — was I really wrong? Was he not that good? Was it all a fluke?With the pain of the last season finally fading, I’ve come to see that we were all right. On any given season, Sam could’ve been that guy for us. It wasn’t our year, perhaps, but that’s not his fault. It’s also not his fault that he couldn’t give us the goodbye we wanted, especially on his own.And even though he didn’t go out in all of the blazing glory that we had hoped for him, I know that as the years pass, this school will remember him at his heights — scrambling out of the pocket, slinging bullets past Penn State’s triple coverage and sprinting down the sideline of the Rose Bowl with his helmet held high.For Sam, USC will always be here. So will the Trojan Family.Julia Poe is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism.last_img read more

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Tiana Mangakahia to miss next season amid battle with breast cancer

first_img Published on August 20, 2019 at 1:59 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse All-Atlantic Coast Conference point guard Tiana Mangakahia will sit out the entire 2019-20 season as she continues to undergo treatment for breast cancer, she announced Tuesday morning. The announcement came during her first press conference since she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer on July 1.The fifth-year senior intends to be back on the court for Syracuse in the 2020-21 season, she said. “I plan to play next season and get ready for the WNBA,” Mangakahia said. “That’s still my goal. That’s something I aspire to every day. That’s what I think about, being able to get back on the court.”The Australia native started 42 games for the Orange over the previous two seasons, averaging 16.9 points and 9.6 assists per game. She played in all 34 games for the Orange in the 2018-19 season and was named to the All-ACC First Team. Mangakahia transferred to SU from Hutchinson Community College (Kansas) in 2017.Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman accompanied Mangakahia at Tuesday morning’s press conference. Hillsman’s comments also served as his first since Mangakahia announced her diagnosis. Mangakahia called Hillsman the day she was diagnosed, she said, and the two scheduled to meet in-person soon after.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We had a little sad moment,” Mangakahia said. “Then Coach Q said, ‘We have to figure out where to go from here.’”Hillsman tweeted a picture of the two together on July 8.Hillsman, who is entering his 14th season as head coach of the Orange, and the rest of SU’s coaching staff have acted as a support group for Mangakahia, whose family is in Australia. The full Syracuse womens basketball team will convene on August 25 for the first time since Mangakahia’s diagnosis, Hillsman said.“She’s like a daughter,” Hillsman said of Mangakahia. “We have an obligation as coaches, as a university that our student-athletes are well taken care of. The most encouraging part about it is that she’s sitting here, she’s healthy, she’s happy and she’s doing well.”Mangakahia has completed four chemotherapy treatments and is scheduled to have four more, starting on August 30. Commentslast_img read more

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NBA wrap: Thunder stay tied with surging Clippers after big win over Raptors

first_imgThe Thunder can feel the Clippers breathing down their neck in the Western Conference playoff race, but they managed to keep pace with the surging team Friday after a huge 116-109 win over the Raptors.Oklahoma City was able to overcome a 37-point effort from Kawhi Leonard to remain in the fifth playoff spot in the West and in a tie with the Clippers (43-30) as Los Angeles has won nine of its last 10 games. James Harden now sits in a Rockets’ category all by himself The Clippers got a scare of their own when they had to fend off a pesky Cavaliers team in a 110-108 victory on the road.Danilo Gallinari scored a game-high 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting as Los Angeles stopped a fourth-quarter comeback from the Cavs. Cleveland nearly erased a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter when it cut the lead to one with 10.7 seconds left. Related News Fortunately for the Clippers, Jordan Clarkson missed a jumper at the buzzer to give Los Angeles the win.Studs of the NightJames Harden scored a career-high 61 points in the Rockets’ 111-105 win over the Spurs. He now holds all five of Houston’s best single-game scoring performances.Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas scored 23 points on 10-of-19 shooting and added 24 rebounds in Memphis’ 123-119 overtime loss to the Magic. Terrence Ross scored a game-high 31 in the win for Orlando.Duds of the NightThis was not Goran Dragic’s night. The 32-year-old point guard went 0-for-9 shooting in Miami’s 116-87 loss to the Bucks. HighlightsThe Nuggets always make passing by big men look easy and they did it again in their 111-93 win over the Knicks when Mason Plumlee found Nikola Jokic off the rebound.Mase with the hustle & find!#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/NvSVMrZcA3— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) March 23, 2019What’s Next?Pistons (37-34) at Trail Blazers (44-27), 10 p.m. ET — With 11 games to play, the Pistons have a seemingly safe 3 1/2-game cushion on the ninth-place Magic for the final playoff spot, but crazier things have happened. Portland, meanwhile, trails the third-place Rockets in the Western Conference by only a half-game.last_img read more

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Lawmakers approve tougher penalties for trespassing in livestock confinements, packing houses

first_imgDES MOINES — The legislature has passed another bill that toughens penalties for those who trespass at a “food operation,” including livestock confinements and meat packing plants.“It’s a pretty simple concept,” Representative Jarad Klein, a Republican from Keota said. “It doesn’t mean you can’t go up and knock on somebody’s door that’s a farmer. You just can’t go in their livestock building, for example, without permission.”Republican Senator Ken Rozenboom of Oskaloosa said he was targeted by animal rights protesters who got inside a hog confinement he had leased to someone else and released photos and video the group said showed animal neglect.“The M.O. here is simply lies, deception and intimidation. That’s what they do,” Rosenboom said. “In my case, intimidation to the point of a number of death threats. That’s who we’re dealing with.”The bill enhances the penalty for trespassing on farms and “food operations” to an aggravated misdemeanor. A second offense would be a class D felony. Senator Liz Mathis, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, said what happened to Rozenboom is wrong.“But let me put this in another perspective,” Mathis said. “We have current laws on the books that deal with trespasses…harassment and damage to your reputation,” Mathis says. “We have current laws that will protect you.”Republican Representative Louie Zumbach of Coggon says current law isn’t protecting barns where livestock is bred and fed.“People are often on our farms without being invited and it needs to stop,” Zumbach said, “and this is the effort to do that.”Critics predict the bill — if the governor signs it into law — will be successfully challenged in court. The bill passed the House and Senate Friday. The enhanced penalties for trespassing in the bill would apply to plants where eggs, milk and fish are processed as well as meat packing plants.last_img read more

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DaCosta equals Feanny’s all-time wins record

first_imgFifteen-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta saddled his 1,950th career winner in 3-5 favourite DYSFUNCTIONAL at Caymanas Park yesterday, to equal the all-time record of 14-champion Philip Feanny, both of whom have been training since the mid ’70s.DaCosta’s attempt to be sole owner of the record fell short in the eighth race over the round-five course in which his highly fancied runner, LITTLE BIG HORN, suffered grave interference in the early stages of what was a very eventful race, so much so that both the winner, GARY GLITTER (8-1), and the third horse, POISON GAS, were both disqualified after two horses lost their riders in the backstretch.DaCosta said he was happy to equal Feanny’s long-standing record.”Records are made to be broken in any sport, but when this is achieved, it’s a great feeling and I’m looking forward to becoming the sole holder. Feanny, however, is still very active, having saddled Campesino to victory on Wednesday in the open allowance sprint, and even if I go ahead of him, there is the possibility that he can regain the lead even for a short time,” said the 60-year-old trainer, himself a Hall of Fame inductee and, like Feanny, holds the national honour, the Order of Distinction for his contribution to racing.EARLYLEADRidden by four-time champion Omar Walker, DYSFUNCTIONAL was early in the lead in the maiden condition race over 1500 metres for native bred three-year-olds. The lightly raced colt turned for home with a commanding lead and cruised home by 51/2 lengths from 6-1 chance AIR COMMANDER in a field of 13.Significantly, DaCosta surpassed Feanny last season as the leading all-time champion trainer, with 15 titles.The man, who is popularly called ‘Pardie’, started out as Feanny’s assistant some 40 years ago and was also an owner in the stable as well. But he soon went on his own, saddling his first winner, ADORABLE (ridden by Winston Griffiths, groomed by Patrick Fong), months later and has never looked back, winning his first title in 1984 due to the exploits of the brilliant three-year-old filly, THORNBIRD.Meanwhile, three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson rode two winners on the nine-race programme, including 3-5 favourite DWAYNE STAR, who led home old rival ACTION MAN by 31/2 lengths in the overnight allowance feature over the straight.Nelson will leave the island on Thursday, April 21, to ride for an extended period in Canada for the second consecutive year. He is the leading rider so far this season with 26 winners.last_img read more

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