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Iran says worsening outbreak could strain health facilities

first_imgIran 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.center_img “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)last_img read more

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Pirates part ways with Clint Hurdle after 9 seasons

first_imgThe 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 Newslast_img read more

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