Iran is battling one of the worstoutbreaks outside China, with nearly 13,000 confirmed cases and more than 600fatalities. The real number of infections could be even higher, as questionshave been raised about the government’s transparency. Firefighters disinfect a street against the new coronavirus, in western Tehran, Iran, Friday, March 13, 2020. AP TEHRAN – The official leading Iran’sresponse to the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East on Sundayacknowledged that the pandemic could overwhelm health facilities in thecountry, which is under severe U.S. sanctions. “If the trend continues, there will notbe enough capacity,” Ali Reza Zali, who is leading the campaign against theoutbreak, was quoted as saying by the state-run IRNA news agency. (AP)
FC Bayern Munich has completed the transfer of Philippe Coutinho.The Brazil international passed his medical examination on Sunday and signed his contract at the club’s Säbener Straße headquarters. Coutinho will initially spend a season on loan from Spanish champions Barcelona.FC Bayern possesses an option to buy the 27-year-old following the expiry of his loan contract on 30 June 2020. All parties have agreed not to disclose any financial details of the agreement.Philippe Coutinho said:“For me, this move means a new challenge in a new country with one of the best clubs in Europe. I’m very much looking forward to that. Like FC Bayern, I have big ambitions and I’m convinced that I can achieve them together with my new teammates.”FC Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented:“We’ve been working on bringing in Philippe Coutinho for quite some time and we’re very happy that we’ve been able to complete this transfer. Our thanks go to FC Barcelona for agreeing to the transfer. With his creativity and outstanding skills, Philippe is a player who will immediately strengthen our attack.”Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic commented:“Philippe made it very clear to us during the negotiations in Barcelona that he absolutely wanted to move to FC Bayern. He’s a world-class player with great ability, who we can deploy in a number of positions in our forward line, so the FC Bayern squad has gained even more quality. Philippe Coutinho will help us achieve the ambitious targets we’ve set for this season.”Coutinho progressed through the youth teams at the top Brazilian club Vasco da Gama. In Europe, he played for Inter Milan, Espanyol and Liverpool.When he moved from Liverpool to Barcelona in January 2018, he was the second most expensive player in the world after his compatriot Neymar.With the Catalans, he won back-to-back Spanish championships and, in 2018, the Spanish Cup. He has made 55 appearances for the Brazilian national team, scoring 15 goals to date.This summer, as one of the most influential players he led the Seleção to victory in the Copa América, the South American continental championship. Source: Bayern Munich
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has been named in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations best XI squad.The Black Stars striker scored one goal in six matches but created several assists for his teammates as Ghana finished fourth.Gyan was selected by CAF’s Technical Study Group to strike upfront with Nigeria’s Emmanuel Emenike who was joint top scorer with Mubarak Wakaso with four goals.African XI: Vincent Enyeama-Bakary Koné, Nando Maria Neves, Efe Ambrose-Jonathan Pitroipa, Siaka Tiéné, Seydou Keita, John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses, Asamoah Gyan, Emmanuel Emenike.
On 22 February at 7 p.m., match of the 17th round of BiH Premier Handball League will be played in Mojmilo hall.Handball team of former BiH champion ”Bosna BH Gas” will host team from Trebinje ”Leotar Trebinje”.Both teams are equally stong, and the match will be very interesting.
The Pirates are ready to move on from manager Clint Hurdle after nine seasons, the team announced Sunday.”Words cannot express how much respect and appreciation I have for Clint as a person and a leader,” Pirates executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington said in a release. “He was the right person at the right time to take on the enormous challenge of leading our Major League team out of an extended losing streak and piloting us to three straight Postseason appearances. “This was an extremely difficult decision for us,” Huntington added. “As an organization, we believe it was time for a managerial change to introduce a new voice and new leadership inside the clubhouse.”Hurdle reached the World Series in 2007 while with the Rockies, where he managed from 2002-09.The Pirates entered Sunday’s game against the Reds with a 69-92 record. Joe Maddon won’t return as Cubs manager in 2020 MLB wrap: Nationals secure home-field advantage in NL wild-card game Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander first teammates with 300 Ks since 2002 “While we felt it was time to make a change at the managerial level, I strongly believe that Neal Huntington and the leadership team that he has assembled are the right people to continue to lead our baseball operations department,” Nutting said (via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).”This has easily been the most difficult season of my tenure. Today we announced that we are parting ways with Clint, but make no mistake about it, this is by no means a statement that our shortcomings are solely Clint’s fault. The entire organization is accountable and that begins with me.”Hurdle, 62, became Pittsburgh’s 39th manager in November 2010 and posted a 735-720-1 record during his tenure. He led the Pirates to the playoffs for three straight seasons from 2013-15, but they haven’t made the postseason since and have taken a step back after finishing 2018 with an 82-79 record. “We will forever be grateful for his dedication to the Pirates organization on and off the field.” Pirates owner Bob Nutting also issued a statement, saying this was the most difficult decision he’s had to make with Pittsburgh. Related News
MASON CITY — A Mason City man accused of prostitution has pleaded not guilty. 38-year-old David Welsher was arrested on the morning of June 18th after he allegedly paid $50 to a person under the age of 18 in exchange for a sexual act. Welsher was due in court for his arraignment hearing on Tuesday, but online court records show he filed a written plea of not guilty on Tuesday in Cerro Gordo County District Court. His trial is scheduled to start on November 24th. Prostitution is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
“Michael, we’re not gonna fight about this okay?” “Paul, I think I told you, I’m a lover, not a fighter.”“She told me that I’m her forever lover,” said Paul “You know, don’t you remember?”“Well, after loving me,“ Michael answered, “she said she couldn’t love another.”“Is that what she said?”“Yes, she said it, you keep dreaming.”This playful exchange happened between former Beatle Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson during the 1982 hit music video “The Girl is Mine.” The video featured a make-believe rivalry between the two pop stars over the affections of a young lady.Paul McCartney. Photo by Oli Gill CC BY-SA 2.0Three years later, McCartney and Jackson would lock horns in a real-world battle, but not over a girl.According to Billboard Magazine, the conflict started in 1985, when Jackson paid nearly $50 million to ATV Music (now called “Sony Music”) to purchase a 4,000-song catalog.Michael Jackson performing his song “Jam” as part of his Dangerous world tour in Europe in 1992. Photo by Casta03 CC BY-SA 3.0The catalog contained 250 songs by the John Lennon/Paul McCartney songwriting duo. It also included tracks by Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen.Paul McCartney was not happy about having his own songs purchased out from under him by another artist. To add more insult to injury, Jackson had actually outbid McCartney on the deal.John Lennon (left) and Paul McCartney (right) in 1964.The fact that McCartney and Jackson were friends and had recorded multiple songs together – including: “Say, Say, Say,” “The Girl is Mine,” “The Man” and “Girlfriend,” – surely made the deal more of a betrayal. Their friendship never recovered.But how did Paul McCartney, one of the most famous pop songwriters of the 20th century, end up in a position where another artist could buy the rights to his songs?When The Beatles’ debut album “Please Please Me” was released in March 1963 their manager, Brian Epstein, published the songs with the company Northern Songs.Please Please Me, side 1, with original Parlophone gold and black label. Photo by Parlophone Records CC BY-SA 3.0The company was primarily owned by Epstein himself and by publisher Dick James, along with John Lennon and Paul McCartney. George Harrison and Ringo Starr – the other two Beatles songwriters – split ownership of the remaining 40 percent.Northern Songs became a public company in 1965, with Lennon and McCartney owning 15 percent each and with Harrison and Starr sharing a small percentage. Harrison was not happy about this, and even wrote a song about his meager cut in the deal.Jackson performing in June 1988. Photo by Zoran Veselinovic CC-BY-SAIn 1969, Dick James sold his stake in the company to ATV Music. John Lennon and Paul McCartney tried to outbid ATV, but they didn’t have enough money. After ATV had taken control of the Beatles’ song catalog, Lennon and McCartney sold their company stakes to ATV as well.So, when ATV Music went up for sale, they offered McCartney one more chance to bid on the rights to the Lennon-McCartney song catalog. This is when Michael Jackson stepped in and paid $47.5 million to become the owner of the catalog.McCartney and Lennon, 1964.In 2006, the matter became more complicated for McCartney when Michael Jackson, faced with a potential bankruptcy, agreed to sell half of his ownership in the company back to Sony/ATV. This would give Sony 75 percent ownership of the Lennon-McCartney song catalog, which, according to The New York Times, was then worth about $1 billion.McCartney was left with only one shot to get his songs back. According to the United States Copyright Act of 1967, any publishing rights to songs written before 1978 could be regained by their author after 56 years. Since the first Beatles songs had been written between the years of 1962 and 1963, McCartney would have to wait until 2018 before he could hope to get his songs back.Michael Jackson’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.Then, in 2009, Michael Jackson died by overdosing on the anesthetic “propfol” – he was 50 at the time. Jackson’s share of the Lennon-McCartney catalog became a part of his estate, which was controlled by his attorney John Branca and by John McClain.In 2015, McCartney began the fight to reclaim 32 Beatles songs written in 1962. In 2016 Sony finally agreed to pay $750 million to buy out the half of Sony/ATV which was owned by the Jackson Estate. This made Sony the sole owner of 750,000 songs, including the Lennon-McCartney catalog.Read another story from us: A Hard Day’s Night (in Jail): Paul McCartney Arrested for Arson in 1960This deal marked the official end of Jackson and McCartney’s battle – which had literally become a fight to the death. According to Billboard Magazine, Sir Paul McCartney finally regained the Beatles’ song catalog in June of 2017, just a few days before his 75th birthday.