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Latin America cuts Europe travel links over virus fears

first_img“This decision has been taken regionally, so there will be no flights to our continent from Europe,” Edgar Melgarejo, president of Paraguay’s National Directorate of Civil Aeronautics, told reporters.The Peruvian government also suspended flights from Asia.Latin America’s biggest airline, the Chilean-Brazilian carrier Latam, said it was canceling 30 percent of its international flights for a two-month period due to falling demand over the coronavirus crisis.The measure will mainly affect flights from South America to Europe and the United States between April 1 and May 30, the company said.Argentina’s government suspended international flights from the worst affected countries, without stipulating which ones, for 30 days and declared a year-long health emergency.Last Saturday, Argentina was the first Latin American country to announce a death and has had 31 cases.Six Central American states and the Dominican Republic agreed Thursday to formulate a regional contingency plan to complement national efforts to deal with the coronavirus. The region has more than 50 cases, most of them in Costa Rica and Panama. “Countries must prepare their health services, because there will not just be one or two cases,” PAHO epidemiologist Marcos Espinal told AFP.Though still low in terms of global figures, the number of cases in Latin America grew steadily to reach more than 250 in 15 countries, with three deaths.The latest came in Guyana, where a 52-year-old local woman died. She had tested positive shortly after arriving from the United States last week.Following Venezuela and Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru became the latest countries to suspend flights from Europe, where Italy’s death toll from the virus soared past 1,000. Football matches suspended Other measures announced by Duque included suspending prison visits and banning cruise ships landing at the popular ports of Cartagena and Santa Marta.PAHO said it was sending support missions to countries with the weakest health services — Haiti, Venezuela, Honduras and Paraguay. “But everyone has to do their part — governments, civil society, citizens — because it is a multisectoral effort,” Espinal told AFP.Worst hit of the stock markets was Sao Paulo which plunged almost 15 percent by the close. Argentina fell almost 10 percent with Colombia down more than nine percent, Santiago losing over six percent and Mexico 5.3 percent.The Mexican peso closed at 21.64 to the US dollar, its lowest level since January 2017.Sport hasn’t been spared with world football governing body FIFA calling off two rounds of South American qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup due to be played at the end of the month.Regional governing body CONMEBOL also suspended the next round of Copa Libertadores matches to be played next week.The Bahamas government said it had decided to withdraw from hosting the 50th General Assembly of the Organization of American States in June. Latin American states preparing for the onslaught of the new coronavirus on Thursday tightened restrictions on travel links to Europe as the region recorded its third death in the outbreak.Fears over the pandemic swept through Latin American markets, continuing a global rout that began in Asia early Thursday and forced the region’s biggest carrier to slash flights.The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned governments to get ready to cope with the pandemic.center_img ‘Health emergency’ As well as the travel restrictions, Bolivia’s interim President Jeanine Anez announced the closure of school and university classes.”I am making an appeal to Bolivians for calm,” Anez told reporters.Mexico’s private Tecnologico de Monterrey, with 150,000 students and 30,000 staff in several states, said it would suspend classes next week and resume them online later in the month.Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said there were no confirmed cases in his crisis-worn country, but said large public gatherings and concerts were now prohibited.”We have to take gradually escalating measures,” he said after announcing the suspension of all flights from Europe for a month.Maduro also halted flights from neighboring Colombia, where President Ivan Duque declared a “health emergency” to help health services respond faster to the unfolding crisis.Socialist leader Maduro said Venezuela was considering closing its borders with Colombia and Brazil but called for “coordination” with the right-wing governments of Duque and Jair Bolsonaro, both of which have branded him a dictator.Maduro’s challenger for power, Juan Guaido, said the pandemic obliged him to reconsider calling his supporters into the streets — a tactic he has used in his so far unsuccessful bid that began last year to force Maduro from power.But he added in a Twitter video: “The fight for democracy is not suspended.”Brazil’s Bolsonaro, who has previously tried to downplay the virus outbreak, has been tested for the disease, his son Eduardo revealed on Thursday.Bolsonaro’s communications chief, Fabio Wajngarten, tested positive for COVID-19 after a trip to the United States last weekend.Duque also banned gatherings of more than 500 people in the country, which has nine confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease. 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Zaugg, special teams come through in home opener

first_imgLast season, head coach Mark Johnson, along with every player on the Wisconsin women’s hockey team, described the team’s success as “having a bull’s-eye on our backs.” That metaphor holds just as true this season, as the Badgers are the reigning national champions and ranked No. 1 in the nation for the second consecutive season. Throw in the fact that they were riding a 14-game winning streak going into this weekend’s series, and that makes for one large bull’s-eye.The Badgers completed a two-game sweep against St. Cloud State this weekend, knowing that the Huskies would come out and play hard. Unfortunately for the Huskies, they were unable to stop the Badgers’ relentless offense. Wisconsin trounced St. Cloud in Friday’s contest by a final score of 8-2. Junior forward Jinelle Zaugg recorded a hat-trick for the Badgers who held a 4-1 lead after the first period. St. Cloud’s starting goalie, senior Lauri St. Jacques, was removed halfway into the second period and was replaced by junior Kendall Newell.Zaugg had two goals in the first period and reportedly scored a third goal at the end of the period. Credit for the goal went to freshman forward Jasmine Giles, and Zaugg was gracious enough to let Giles record the first goal of her collegiate career. Zaugg completed her hat-trick with a goal in the second period. Saturday’s game was quite the contrast to Friday’s, as the St. Cloud defense buckled down to prevent a repeat of the night before. In a game filled with blocked shots, missed chances and close calls, the Badgers won 2-1 in overtime. The Badgers’ first goal came on a second period power play as freshman forward Meghan Duggan’s shot on goal was deflected high into the air before landing in the goal for her third goal of the season.St. Cloud State, still playing hard, responded with a power play goal early in the third period. Zaugg and Sara Bauer broke out for a shorthanded opportunity but were met with a great save by Newell. The play immediately moved into the Badgers’ zone where senior goalie Christine Dufour was beaten by a nifty top shelf shot by freshman forward Meaghan Pezon to tie the score at one.The play moved into overtime, and Zaugg was the heroine again. One minute into OT, Bauer and Zaugg again advanced the puck into the Huskies’ zone on a two on one. Bauer’s shot left a juicy rebound for Zaugg to pick up and record the game winner. In the four games of the season, Zaugg has already scored six goals and tallied four assists.Last season, Zaugg was known for her ability to clean up rebounds, but this season, she appears to be much more than just a rebound scorer, as her skating and play-making abilities look much improved from a year ago.”I think a lot of it has to do with confidence,” Zaugg said. “Being a freshman and even part of sophomore year you get a little nervous and a little intimidated by other teams and upperclassmen. This year I’ve been looking to be more of a leader on the ice … which is much easier because we have more underclassmen.”The power play and penalty kill were crucial this weekend, with a combined total of 25 penalties during the series. Of the 13 goals scored this weekend, five were power play goals and two were shorthanded, both of which were scored by the Badgers.”After the two games last week, you can look at things and say ‘Hey, we need to work on this and this needs to be developed,'” UW head coach Mark Johnson said. “So we spent some time this week working on our power play and working on our penalty kill … when looking at puck movement and creating chances, it was much better tonight [Friday] than it was last week.””I thought we moved the puck really well on the power play … we try to play our game and keep them on their toes, and I think we did a good job of that,” Zaugg added.The Badgers, thanks to the exploits of Zaugg and the special teams, are now coasting on a 16-game winning streak. The bull’s-eye, for the time being, seems to be getting bigger.last_img read more

BHA ‘thanks’ the bookies who participated in ABP scheme

first_imgShare Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Scott LongleyThe now discontinued Authorised Betting Partner (ABP) scheme initiated by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) to fill the funding gap left by offshore operators sidelining the old levy scheme raised £12m in its first-and-only year of operation._________________________According to the BHA’s annual report published at the very end of May, the ABP help fill a revenue gap ahead of the introduction of the new Levy scheme at the beginning of April.Chief executive Nick Rust said in his introduction that he wanted to say thank you to all the betting partners who entered into the voluntary arrangement. “As well as securing income of more than £12 million, the ABP scheme was an important factor in helping to secure support from government to replace the outdated Levy scheme,’ he said.“Now that we have a level playing field, we look forward to working closely with all betting operators to grow our sport for our mutual benefit.”Added to the money from the existing Levy (£61.9), racing had a total of £73.9m to distribute, of which £48.9m went to prize money and bonus schemes, £16.4m went towards regulation and integrity services and a further £2.9m was apportioned towards racecourse fixture incentives, while the remaining £5.7m went on various training, veterinary and other administrative expenses.In total, eight bookmakers signed up to the ABP over the course of the year including Betfair, bet365, BetVictor and Sky Betting and Gaming.The BHA was keen to trumpet the degree of involvement on the part of the eight, saying they all actively engaged and grew their horseracing product though their partnership with the industry. “Major new race sponsorships were secured and the sport repackaged some of its assets with the support of its betting partners,” the BHA report said.The positives for the BHA from the new Levy scheme are that every bet on UK horseracing by UK customers now generates revenue from the sport. The BHA estimates that the new scheme will raise between £85m-£95m in its first year of operation.Rust suggested that along with other key indicators such as recent rises in the number of horses in training and record racecourse attendances meant there was “good reason to feel optimistic about the future of our sport.”That optimism is shared by some of the bookmakers that had decided not to participate in ABP scheme. A spokesperson for William Hill agreed that the relationship between racing and betting could likely now be “re-set” now that the argument regarding long-term funding and the Levy were effectively settled.“We have a new chief executive, in Philip Bowcock, and we are keen to get down to business,” they said, adding that the appointment of Andy Clifton as the new racing director at the Racecourse Association (RCA) also boded well for the relationship between the two industries given his background working previously at Ladbrokes as well as the Hong Kong Jockey Club before he joined his current post as head of communications at Newbury Racecourse.However, it isn’t destined to be wholly plain sailing from this point onwards. Despite the European Commission giving the nod to the deal in April, there remains the possibility of legal action over whether the levy breaches EU state aid rules before the UK crashes out of the Union in March 2019.Writing ahead do this week’s general election in the UK, a note from law firm CMS and gambling consultancy Regulus Partners, noted that the Levy measures remained “controversial” and even without any legal challenges either domestic or European, it remained to be seen whether the new arrangements would “bed in” particular with tears to potential moves to remove the Levy board from the equation and form a new body to be called the Racing Authority.“Given how stalled the process of levy reform has been historically notwithstanding this development, it cannot be guaranteed that these further changes will ever see the light of day,” the CMS and Regulus report authors added._____________________The Sport of horseracing will have its own dedicated discussion track ‘Betting on Racing’ at the upcoming Betting on Sports Conference #Boscon2017 (13-15 September, Olympia London). Click on the below banner for more information Submit Related Articles UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020last_img read more

Cal blitzes Oregon St.

first_imgCal was down 13-6 to start Wednesday’s game, then went on that backbreaking run to build a 40-15 lead with about 3 minutes left in the first half. Oregon State’s Vojin Svilar then made a shot inside to end the run. Oregon State put together a run in the second half and pulled to within eight points at 52-44 and had a chance to cut it to five, but Angelo Tsagarakis missed an open 3-pointer and Cal pulled away from there. Marcel Jones had 21 points for Oregon State. No. 18 Marquette 76, at St. John’s 67 Dan Fitzgerald scored eight of his 20 points during a 15-3 run midway through the second half to lead the Golden Eagles in the opening round of the Big East tournament. Marquette won despite playing without Jerel McNeal, a second-team all-Big East selection who averages 14.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.6 steals. The sophomore guard injured a thumb in practice last Friday. At Central Connecticut 74, Sacred Heart 70 Javier Mojica scored 25 points, including a late 3-pointer that helped the Blue Devils to the Northeast Conference tournament championship and earn an NCAA bid. At Weber State 88, Northern Arizona 80 Conference MVP David Patten scored 22 points to lead the Wildcats to the Big Sky Conference tournament title and an NCAA tournament berth. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cal forward Ryan Anderson had 27 points and 15 rebounds. He had 16 points in Cal’s instrumental run and made 5 of 7 3-pointers and had 20 points (on 7 of 10 shooting) in the first half. He made 6 of 10 from 3-point range. “it was phenomenal shooting from space and depth that we hadn’t seen before,” Oregon State coach Jay John said of the Bears run. “Kudos to Cal.” Cal (13-20), the No. 8 seed, has struggled with injuries, but had 20 points from the bench. The Bears don’t even have a full 24 hours to prepare for today’s 2:50 p.m. game against a rested UCLA team. Cal guard Ayinde Ubaka didn’t seem to mind. “We shot the ball well today,” Ubaka said. “We played great defense. I want to get back on the court as soon as possible. I hope it carries over to (today).” The Bears easily won, 70-51, and will play top seed and defending Pac-10 tournament champion UCLA today at Staples Center. The Bruins swept the Bears (62-46 at Cal, 85-75 at Pauley) this season. “We’ve played UCLA tough,” Cal coach Ben Braun said. “We had them at their place and gave up the lead. “We’re going to have to play good basketball to beat UCLA. Our team is capable. (UCLA) is solid and they rebound well.” center_img LOS ANGELES – Basketball is a game of runs, but Cal had such a dominating stretch in the first half that no Oregon State run mattered. Cal went on a ridiculous 34-2 run in the opening game of the Pacific-10 Conference tournament Wednesday, and it should be no surprise the Beavers couldn’t rally from such an embarrassing stretch. last_img read more