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  • Investment – Tyne tees up investment

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  • Ethiopia reports first two deaths from coronavirus

    first_imgEthiopia on Sunday announced the first two deaths of patients suffering from COVID-19, as officials ramped up testing to get a clearer picture of the outbreak there.The first victim was a 60-year-old Ethiopian woman who had spent six days in intensive care, a health ministry statement said, with the second a 56-year-old Ethiopian man diagnosed with COVID-19 last Thursday.”It is my deepest regret to announce the first death of a patient from #COVID19 in Ethiopia,” Health Minister Lia Tadesse said in announcing the country’s first fatality on Twitter. Four hours later, Lia published a second post expressing “great sadness” as another death emerged.Ethiopia, a country of more than 100 million people, confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on March 13 and has recorded just 43 in total — mostly people with a history of recent foreign travel. But testing has been extremely limited. As of Friday, the country had conducted just 1,222 tests, according to the Ethiopian Public Health Institute. South Africa, by comparison, has performed tens of thousands of tests. Ethiopian officials said Saturday they were conducting an additional 647 tests, notably of targeted health workers, transportation sector workers who have “direct contact with passengers” and randomly selected people in Addis Ababa, the capital, and the city of Adama in the Oromia region.It was intended to help determine whether there has been undetected community transmission, said Dr Adisu Kebede, director of national laboratory capacity building.”There are also a few cases that we identified that have no travel history and things like that, and from their contacts, you can guess that there is community transmission already,” Adisu said. “The WHO recommended ‘test, test, test,’ so we had to test more people,” he added. The country has “around 23,000″ testing kits available, the vast majority donated last month by Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, Adisu said. It has no rapid testing capacity and can currently process no more than 500 tests per day, Adisu said. The goal is to push that figure to over 1,000 by the end of the month. Abiy resists lockdownEthiopia has closed land borders and schools, freed thousands of prisoners to ease overcrowding, sprayed main streets in the capital with disinfectant and discouraged large gatherings. Orthodox Christian leaders have encouraged worshippers to pray at home, and police were deployed Sunday to prevent large crowds from descending on one of the capital’s main cathedrals. Orthodox Christians make up 40 percent of the country’s population.Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, last year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has refrained from imposing the kinds of lockdown seen elsewhere in the region, including in Uganda, Rwanda and Mauritius. “We can’t impose a lockdown like more developed nations, as there are many citizens who don’t have homes,” Abiy said Saturday. “Even those who have homes have to make ends meet daily.” Topics :last_img read more

  • Further debunking of the latest same-sex parent ‘study’

    first_imgThe latest advocacy study on same-sex parenting from Australia is getting the usual non-critical promotion from the lame-stream media.Here’s the problems with the study – and there are many, highlighted by expert Glenn Stanton:1) The authors of the study admit its significant methodology problems, which are the same problems with every other such study with similar findings…it uses a very small (500 children) non-representative sample.it is a convenience sample, meaning they used the most convenient sample collection available, by advertised in gay communities/publications/etc and interested people signed up for it.the parents participating in the study knew they were signing up for and participating in a study on the well-being of same-sex families.The information was collected via self-reports from the parent on the well-being of their child.The authors here (as well in all the other studies to date) fail to appreciate that these same-sex parents – knowing they are participating in a study on ss parented children that will have very important political and rhetorical implications – have strong reason to be more positive in their self-reporting in significant ways relative to the comparison sample of heterosexual parents whose data came from general non-partisan public health surveys. Not a small point.2) This study compared kids from two-mom and two-dad homes (only 18% were from dad/dad homes) with kids from heterosexual homes. There is no explanation whatsoever of which kinds of homes these comparison group kids were from, which again is a problem with nearly every such study. Are they all married mother/father families? They were not. How many were cohabiting, single, divorced, remarried step, etc.? The authors do not say and never address this question as important which is an incredible oversight.Ergo, the study essentially finds that kids growing up in same-sex homes look like kids that grow up in some kinds of heterosexual homes. But how do they compare to children growing up with their own married mothers and fathers? This study has no way of telling us one way or the other, and it didn’t even try.[On top of this, Do you know of anyone who has ever contended that children with same-sex parents do worse than children from all the various kinds of heterosexual homes. We have only contended that they will not do as well as children growing up with their own married mother and father. The study essentially disproves a thesis that no one is making.]3) Contains drastic contrasts in their hetero and ss parenting samples –The ss parented kids study is a non-representative sample of 500 children.The two comparison groups of kids from hetero-homes had randomly selected samples of 5,335 and 5,025 children.The ss population sample had parents with dramatically higher incomes and education status than the general population.Income: 406 out of the 500 same-sex parented kids had annual household incomes from 60- to 250K or higher compared to the average 64K annual household income of the more representative heterosexual sample group.Education: At least 384 homes in the 500 ss children sample had undergraduate degrees or above, 232 with postgraduate degrees. The same numbers for the general population are not even comparable.The study does not specify age at first parenthood, but if similar to other such studies, the same-sex parents generally have their first child in their early- to mid-thirties.Each of these mean that the measurements for the kids from same-sex homes have characteristics that strongly favor more positive outcomes among that population compared to the comparison sample, i.e. more selective, smaller sampling, dramatically higher household income and parental education status, and later age, maturity and life-stability at age of first child. These are far from anything close to equal measurements.4) Finally, the study curiously contends that children do better in ss homes but they are also more likely to suffer serious harm from social stigma regarding their family. While they don’t make this connection, nor do any of the mainstream journalists reporting on the study, it would appear that if this stigma were erased, these kids would be the new super kids, doing far better than all other kids.Which is it? Are same-sex homes triumphant or victims? It’s hard to sustain being both.And it would follow from these studies and the uncritical political trumpeting of them that we could actually be limiting children’s well-being by giving them heterosexual parents.But these are just but two examples of the over-reach these folks routinely make.FURTHER ANALYSIS FROM WHEN IT WAS FIRST RELEASED 2 YEARS AGO CLICK HEREAnd They Call This Research?OK, another set of banner front-page headlines telling us that children do just peachy keen in homosexual households. Yep, it must be some rock-solid research there. After all, the mainstream media has run with it, and the homosexual activists are delighted with it, so it must be true.What a joke. But the homosexual activists and their supporters do this all the time. We hear so many brainless headlines about how children just thrive in their alternative lifestyle households, and it always gets massive media coverage.But is this really science, or simply propaganda? Well, I will let you decide. Consider the latest “study” which all the MSM outlets have trumpeted. Indeed, the media from around the world has picked up this University of Melbourne study big time, with no questions asked as to the adequacy of the methodology.Here is just one such headline: “Children with same-sex parents happier and healthier than those from traditional families, study shows”. And what was the sound scientific method used for arriving at such conclusions? Oh, they asked for “volunteers” from their own homosexual buddies to answer a few questions.http://billmuehlenberg.com/2014/07/09/and-they-call-this-research/last_img read more

  • Bulldogs Coach Aaron Garrett Selected As An Assistant Coach For Indiana Boys All-Stars

    first_imgBatesville Bulldogs Boys Basketball Coach Aaron Garrett has been selected as an Assistant Coach for the Indiana Boys Basketball All-Star Games. Warren Central’s Criss Beyers will be the Head Coach .The Indiana All-Stars will play the Kentucky All-Stars on June 7 at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., and June 8 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The All-Star team will be unveiled sometime in April.Garrett is 171-88 in his 11 seasons at Batesville with a Sectional Title this year and a Regional Crown in 2011.last_img read more

  • Early Lead For Trojans Seals Fate For Bulldogs

    first_imgThe Bulldogs watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 12-7 loss to East Central on Thursday. East Central scored seven in the top of the first to secure the lead and Batesville never fully recovered.Batesville and East Central each had 13 in the high-scoring affair.Simon Williams earned the win for East Central. He lasted five innings, allowing eight hits and four runs while striking out six. Zach Henson and Gunnar Seig entered the game out of the bullpen and helped to close out the game in relief.Riley Zink took the loss for the Bulldogs. He allowed seven runs on four hits and walked one.Batesville launched one home run on the day. Quinn Werner went yard in the first inning.Trey Heidlage, Sam Voegele, Brayden Linkel, and Werner all managed multiple hits for Batesville. Heidlage led the Bulldogs with three hits in four at bats.The loss puts Batesville at 4-4 for the season and 2-2 in the conference. The Bulldogs will travel to Kentucky this weekend for the Doc Morris Invitational.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.last_img read more

  • Rodgers plays down title talk

    first_img Victory, Liverpool’s first in the league over Arsenal since 2007, closed the gap between them in fourth place and the Gunners to five points and they were six off the lead at the end of the day after Chelsea went top. With Jose Mourinho’s side and third-placed Manchester City still to come to Anfield, there is plenty of opportunity to do further damage to the teams above them but Rodgers played down Liverpool’s chances. “You only need to look at our squad really, that can be an indication,” said the Reds boss. “The objective has always been to finish as high as we can but you also have to look at the other teams around you. You only have to look at what Arsenal had on the bench today. “I want to be in a position where we can really challenge for the title here and the players have been incredible – we just hope to continue with that development and see where it takes us. “There is no doubt we have been outstanding for a big part of the season. “We have had one or two off days but in the main our consistency and quality of our game has been incredible. “We will keep focused and keep our concentration.” Manager Brendan Rodgers insisted Liverpool are still not in the title race despite their 5-1 demolition of deposed leaders Arsenal at Anfield. Press Association Four goals in the first 20 minutes – the first coming after just 52 seconds – left the Gunners reeling. Defender Martin Skrtel scored the first two, with forwards Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge following his lead. Sterling added his second just after half-time and although Mikel Arteta pulled one back from the penalty spot with 20 minutes to go the match was well over as a contest. Liverpool’s display was one of their best for several years and Rodgers was full of praise for what he considered an all-round excellent team effort. “We were brilliant today, it was a wonderful performance in such a prestigious game between the two teams,” Rodgers said. “The performance level was absolutely out of this world and I am very pleased as it is another marker for us that we are getting better and improving all the time. “These games are normally very tight games and Liverpool haven’t beaten them in the league since 2007 – that is a long time – but I felt we could have gone on and scored more, but I was pleased with how we managed the game. “The crowd were so excited and they were really wanting us to go for the throat but it was also important we could manage the game as well and that was a pleasing aspect. “Sometimes with these performances you don’t get these types of goals going in but we know we can perform to that level, with Everton (4-0) at home and Tottenham (5-0) away, there are many times we’ve scored many goals this season.” last_img read more

  • Hernandez injured on Mexico duty

    first_img Press Association “It will have an impact on the group but we’re just thinking about what is ahead. This is an unfortunate situation we cannot change. “‘Chicharito’ was going through a great period before the injury came, but we must move on.” Hernandez was hurt shortly before half-time in a collision with Honduras defender Brayan Beckeles and signalled for help before being substituted. The match finished goalless in Houston. A significant injury will not only rule Hernandez out of the Gold Cup but also complicate his attempts to secure a move away from Old Trafford after a season out on loan with Real Madrid, who declined to take up an option to make the move permanent. Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez was taken to hospital after suffering an injury while playing for Mexico against Honduras in a Gold Cup warm-up match on Wednesday night.center_img According to reports, the 27-year-old has suffered a broken collarbone, although the Mexican Football Federation has yet to confirm the nature of the injury. “We have no report, all I know is that he has gone to hospital,” coach Miguel Herrera said on the federation’s website. “We have not yet seen the results. last_img read more

  • Cricket News Australia avoid 136-year low, Travis Head and Joe Burns slam centuries vs Sri Lanka

    first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Australia was reduced to 28/3 and it required a wonderful knock from Burns and Travis Head to restore the advantage for Tim Paine’s side. Burns was dropped on 34 by Dhananjaya de Silva off Dilruwan Perera and he made most of the chance. Heading into the lunch session, Australia made a tremendous fightback and Burns got good support from Head. The right-hander struck three fours in one over of Vishwa Fernando and he neared the milestone. Burns reached his century off Kasun Rajitha and the celebrations summed up the joy.Head also made great progress and he benefited from Dilruwan Perera’s drop off his own bowling and he made the bowler pay by slamming his maiden century with a drive through mid-off for a boundary. The partnership between Head and Burns decimated Sri Lanka and the duo notched up the 300-run partnership, the first time that an Australian batting partnership had registered a triple century stand ever since Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh in the Perth Test against England.Sri Lanka continued to drop catches and concede easy runs but the 308-run stand was broken when Head missed a flick and was trapped in front by Fernando for 161. Burns continued to make great progress as Australia scored close to 400 runs in a day. The Manuka Oval in Canberra is hosting a Test for the first time. However, the venue has already provided Australia some great moments. New Delhi: The Australian cricket team have undergone a terrible time in Test cricket in the last one year. They have lost series to South Africa, Pakistan and India. In the four-Test series against India, they suffered losses in Adelaide and Melbourne as they suffered a loss against an Asian side for the first-time ever at home. Ever since the Pakistan series in the UAE, only one Australian scored a century and that was Usman Khawaja who scored 141 in the Dubai Test. In the home series against India, no Australian scored a century while in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Brisbane, the century drought continued. Ahead of the Test in Brisbane, Australia were in danger of breaching a 136-year low.The last time Australia went without a Test century on home soil over a summer of three or more Tests was way back in 1882-83 against England. However, the century drought ended in grand style as Joe Burns registered his fourth century in his 16th Test and it represented a good return for a player who has dropped frequently from the Test side. highlights Manuka Oval is hosting a Test match for the first time ever.Joe Burns and Travis Head shared a 303-run stand for the fourth wicket.Burns and Head became the first Australian batsmen to score tons at home in this season.last_img read more

  • MBB : Syracuse vs. Providence preview

    first_imgFor the second consecutive season, No. 5 Syracuse (13-0) heads into Big East conference play undefeated. And against Providence (11-2) inside the Carrier Dome Tuesday at 9 p.m., the Orange will look to win its first 14 games for the first time in 11 seasons.SU has had nearly a week of rest after an easy 93-65 victory over Drexel last Wednesday to close out nonconference play.The Big East, however, presents an entirely new challenge for the Orange. Five teams — Connecticut, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Villanova and Georgetown — make up half of the current Top 10 in the nation. For SU, the daunting challenge the conference represents begins Tuesday.Here are some interesting facts on the matchup with the Friars:FREE THROWSAdvertisementThis is placeholder textA win for SU would make the Orange 14-0 for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. Syracuse began that season 19-0, ending the season with a Sweet 16 loss to Michigan State.Syracuse has won its past four Big East opening games.STAT TO KNOWSyracuse has 91 assists to just 38 turnovers, respectively, in the past four games.BIG NUMBER: 57.7The percentage Syracuse has shot from the field in its past four games, after only shooting better than 50 percent once in its first nine contests.FORTUNE COOKIE: FryersBEAT WRITER PREDICTIONSBrett LoGiuratoSyracuse 72, Providence 60Providence is off to its best start since 1988-89, but it relies too much on the 3-pointer — even while it has been relatively ineffective from beyond the arc. SU’s impressive 3-point defense will further expose the Friars’ flaw. Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on December 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm –Compiled by Brett LoGiurato, sports editor, bplogiur@syr.edulast_img read more

  • New Year’s racing cancelled

    first_imgThe New Year’s Day racing at Tramore in Waterford has been scrapped.Following a course inspection this afternoon, the card has been cancelled due to a waterlogged track and an adverse weather forecast.last_img