first_imgHe said 579 people arrived at the airport from abroad on the same day, most of whom were migrant workers.Read also: New regulation allows businesspeople, officials to travel despite ‘mudik’ banAs many as 351 of the total passengers came from Italy using a chartered plane while 62 came from Singapore using Garuda Airlines, 116 from Malaysia using Garuda Airlines and 60 from Qatar using Qatar Airways, Anas said.The large number of inbound travelers eventually resulted in a buildup of passengers at the airport’s international arrival terminals, as they had to undergo tests before being allowed to leave the facility.”We only have 24 medical staff and five doctors at the location to help with the testing,” Anas said as quoted by (vny)Topics : Eleven inbound travelers from Italy tested positive for the coronavirus through rapid testing at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on Friday. They were subsequently admitted to the COVID-19 emergency hospital at the former Asian Games athletes village in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta.Soekarno-Hatta Airport Health Office head Anas Maruf confirmed that the inbound travelers were “Indonesian migrant workers who worked as fishing vessel crewmen in Italy”, as reported by read more

first_imgTopics : ‘Future model’ Some have accused Sweden of playing Russian roulette with citizens’ lives by allowing the virus to circulate slowly in society, with the main goal being to ensure the public healthcare system can keep pace. The consequences are difficult to miss — Sweden’s death rate stood at 371 per million inhabitants on Tuesday, roughly eight times the rate in Norway and Finland, according to the Worldometer website.However, although Sweden’s hospitals have reported strained conditions, they have not been overwhelmed. At the Danderyd Hospital in Stockholm’s north, Klara Bergmark, head of the intensive care unit, told AFP that staff may be tired, but they are preparing to work at a heightened level over the summer and potentially “the whole year”.”Endurance is very important here, to be able to do this for a long time,” Bergmark said.Sweden’s approach may be tough on some sections of society, but some experts see it as far-sighted, especially as one recent report from the University of Minnesota suggested “significant COVID-19 activity” was likely to be around for at least another two years.”If we wish to get back to a society in which we don’t have lockdowns, then society may need to adapt for a medium or potentially a longer period of time,” WHO’s emergencies chief Michael Ryan told a press conference in late April, suggesting Sweden could be a “future model”.”I think there may be lessons to be learnt from our colleagues in Sweden.”Unfazed by the criticism of Sweden’s strategy, epidemiologist Tegnell said it was still too early to say whether an initial lockdown phase in Sweden — like those in neighboring countries — would have limited its mortality rate.But he has suggested a second wave of the virus could be milder in Sweden than in countries where lockdowns were imposed.”I think the Swedish strategy has proven to be sustainable. We get figures now that people are actually increasing their adherence to our advice, not decreasing,” Tegnell said. “It’s apparently reasonably easy to start a lockdown, but stopping it is much more difficult,” state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell of the Public Health Agency told AFP.He noted the difficulty of getting people to follow recommendations when “one day you’re supposed to do this and the next you’re supposed to do something else”. The European Union has started planning for a phased restart of travel this summer but Sweden has told its residents they will have to holiday at home, extending a non-essential travel advisory until at least July 15 — the middle of the country’s main holiday month.Other restrictions on travel, sport and care-home visits are also likely to remain in place even while other countries try to re-emerge from lockdowns.However, Sweden never imposed full lockdown measures — under-16s have continued to go to school, patrons have not been stopped from going to cafes, bars and restaurants.Although people have been urged to limit contacts and practice social distancing, the restrictions are advisory. Sweden has taken a soft approach to virus restrictions and although its rules are likely to be in place longer than in other countries, officials are adamant their strategy is a winner in the long term.”This fight against COVID-19 is a marathon,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said recently, adding that his officials “strongly believe” their measures are viable for the long haul.While people in other European countries have gradually begun returning to their workplaces in recent weeks, Swedes have been strongly advised to continue working from home, and possibly not just for weeks, but for months to come.last_img read more

first_imgStill awaiting green light The Premier League on Thursday announced the date of June 17 for its return, although that remains “provisional” for now, according to chief executive Richard Masters.He admitted the date “cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority.”Meanwhile, the Swiss league will vote on Friday whether to give the green light for a resumption on June 20. With Italy’s Serie A on Thursday setting a date for its return from the coronavirus shutdown and the English Premier League also now agreed on when to resume, AFP Sport casts a glance at the situation for football leagues across Europe:Leagues restarting The German Bundesliga was the first major European league to return on May 16, but the Faroe Islands came back before that. Football is also being played again in Estonia, the Czech Republic and Hungary, while Belarus was the one country on the continent where it never went away during the coronavirus crisis. Season overThe Netherlands was the first European country to bring an early end to the season on April 24 as the Eredivisie was cancelled without a champion being crowned.France then followed suit on April 30, ending the season with 10 rounds of matches unplayed.The season was not voided, though, with Paris Saint-Germain confirmed as champions, European places dished out and relegation and promotion between the top two divisions maintained on a two-up, two-down basis.Belgium also ended its season, with Club Brugge champions, after the Belgian government announced it was suspending all sporting competitions until July 31.In Scotland the season had already been called early in the three divisions below the top flight and the Premiership followed suit on May 18, with Celtic being crowned champions for the ninth year running.Luxembourg and Cyprus also called an end to their seasons but without naming a champion. Serbia, Ukraine — May 30Austria — June 2Portugal — June 3Slovenia — June 5Croatia, Greece — June 6Spain — week beginning June 8Turkey — June 12Norway — June 16Italy — June 20Russia — June 21Finland — July 1center_img On Thursday, Italy’s sports minister confirmed that Serie A will return on June 20, while La Liga in Spain will resume its season in the week beginning June 8.Here are confirmed restart dates elsewhere:Denmark — May 28Poland — May 29 Topics :last_img read more

first_img “I have to be honest with myself. It’s the most important thing so I have to appeal,” Mourinho said. “The moment we got the written reasons and I decided to appeal is the moment to stop with my opinions and not to add anything more than I did already. “I think I was very objective in my sadness facing the situation.” Mourinho on Thursday night addressed the sanction, which was announced by the FA on Wednesday. “Every word I say is a big risk for me,” he said on Thursday. “I am happy that I don’t have an electronic tag. I think it’s not far from (that). “I also think that £50,000 in the world where we live today is an absolute disgrace. “And I also think that the possibility of getting a stadium ban is also something absolutely astonishing.” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will appeal against the Football Association’s £50,000 fine and one-match suspended stadium ban, saying: “I have to be honest with myself.” Press Association The stadium ban will be imposed if Mourinho speaks out of turn in the next 12 months, but it is understood the FA is unlikely to pursue Thursday night’s comments. Mourinho has previously spoken of a wish to manage England – something which seems far-fetched now, given his fractious relationship with the FA. And in responding to a question on whether that possibility remains, Mourinho could not resist aiming another dig at Arsene Wenger. The Arsenal manager went unpunished for calling referee Mike Dean “weak” and “naive”, and Mourinho has repeatedly hit out at perceived inconsistencies in the disciplinary process. “Maybe I am naive – and I know that ‘naive’, I can use that word – but, for me, English football, English football fans, the English passion for the game, what makes me like so much this country and the football in this country – is not the FA,” Mourinho said. “It’s the people. If, one day, I have to work for that people, I will.” A more immediate matter is finding solutions for Chelsea’s current run of four wins in eight Premier League games, which leaves them 16th in the table. Mourinho said: “(On Friday) we had a good conversation again. We laugh a lot because Diego Costa found the reasons for the bad results. “I cannot tell you (but) he gave us the solution to go back to victories.” Mourinho lost one of 100 Premier League home games, but has now lost two in his last three after the Southampton defeat. The Portuguese admits playing at the champions’ Stamford Bridge home is a less daunting than it once was. “I really believe that every team that comes now to Stamford Bridge, they don’t fear us, they feel that they can get a result,” Mourinho said. “It’s normal. One thing is to go to a stadium where you know there’s a huge percentage of defeats for the away team. “Another is to go to a stadium where you know in the last four matches the home team only won once.” Mourinho is defiant in his belief Chelsea will climb up the table – and Villa’s record at Stamford Bridge is one win in 13 Premier League games. “We cannot run away from the reality of the table in the Premier League,” Mourinho said. “Obviously we know that we’re not going to be relegated, we know that in a couple of months we will be in a position where we normally have to be. “But the reality now, today, tomorrow before the game starts is the reality of the numbers and the numbers are very cruel, but objective and we need points.” Mourinho also believes Villa have the quality to climb out of their predicament. “A team that the manager is trying to rebuild having lost probably their two most important players of the team (Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph),” he said. “I don’t believe Aston Villa will be in this position in a couple of months.” Striker Costa is available again, after serving a three-match retrospective ban for violent conduct, but right-back Branislav Ivanovic is out after suffering a hamstring injury on Serbia duty. Mourinho is relishing the forthcoming busy period. “If we are not very well individually and collectively, I think play and play and play again is the best thing that can happen,” he said. Mourinho was sanctioned for comments made following the October 3 loss to Southampton in which he said referee Robert Madeley was “afraid” to give the Blues a penalty. The Portuguese on Friday confirmed he had received the FA’s written reasons and will appeal. last_img read more

first_imgMadrid, July 30 : American tennis player John Isner beat compatriot Ryan Harrison 5-7,6-3, 6-4 in a two hour final to win the Atlanta Open.In the first set, the 6 ft 8 inches (2.08 meters) tall Isner, ranked 9th in the ATP World ranking, on Sunday served eight aces as compared to Harrison’s four, and won more points in both his first serve (24 percent) and second serve (50 percent) than Isner, who managed 13 and 20 percent respectively, reports Efe.John, who won the tournament for the fifth time in six years, took the lead in the following two sets, kept up his service game without allowing Harrison to break him and improved his accuracy to win the tournament. IANSlast_img

first_imgWarsaw: Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has ruled out playing for Real Madrid in the future. The Pole has been connected to Los Blancos for years. It was believed that in July 2018 he hired Pini Zahavi as his agent to make a transfer to Real.However, the Bavarians didn’t want to let him go and Lewandowski extended a contract at Bayern until June 2023 before the 2019/2020 season, reports Xinhua news agency.”It’s too late for me to play in Real Madrid. I’m 31. I will be playing for a few years and I’m focused on winning the trophies for Bayern. Five years ago something was up between me and Real, but now I’m happy in Munich. I play for one of the greatest clubs in Europe, so there is no need for me to change the team. Here I have everything I need,” Lewandowski was quoted as saying by the Spanish “El Chiringuito”On Monday, “Lewy” was present on Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris. The striker took eighth place while Barcelona forward Lionel Messi took home the trophy for the best player for a record sixth time.”I didn’t expect to be higher, so I’m not disappointed. I’m happy that I’m among the best players in the world. It’s good to meet them in another atmosphere than on the pitch. I have a distance to the individual awards,” claimed the skipper of Poland national team in the interview for TVP.Lewandowski is in top form as he has scored 27 goals in 21 games so far. “My good shape will pay off in 2020. At Bayern I can achieve even more. I would like also to do something with the national team at UEFA Euro 2020. I have big ambitions”, added the forward. IANSAlso Read: Messi keeps Barcelona on top as Real Madrid pile on pressureAlso Watch: Struggling for over six years! “The Bodo-Fight for Identity” documentary film to be screened soonlast_img read more

first_imgREGARDED as the largest horserace meet in the Caribbean, the 11th annual Guyana Cup was officially launched yesterday at the Jumbo Jet Auto Sales Office at 92 Smyth Street, Stabroek, Georgetown.The mega event is billed for August 13 at the Rising Sun Turf Club in West Berbice.During yesterday’s event, Director of Sport Christopher Jones pointed out that the National Sports Commission (NSC), and by extension the Government of Guyana stand committed in the development of horse racing.According to Jones, horse racing, and more so the Guyana Cup has over the years been recognised as a tourism package.“Recently we hosted the tourism workshop, and we would have indicated that activities like horse racing and car racing attract thousands of persons from overseas and we hope that this tourism package can develop,” the Director of Sport echoed.Jones added, “By virtue of the fact that this is a tourism package, the Government of Guyana is only too supportive to lend support to such an activity”.The Director of Sport congratulated the organisers for managing an event of such magnitude, and at the same time called on the organisers to ensure all security measures are in place for the day’s event.Chief coordinator Nazrudeen Mohammed Jr, in his remarks pointed out that the event is not only about horse racing, but also for the entire family.According to Mohammed Jr, preparations for the event are moving apace, with most of the logistics already in place.He also noted that rehabilitation works on the grandstand and track are ongoing.Mohammed Jr further indicated that security measures will definitely be at its best, since he anticipates the biggest crowd in the history of Guyana Cup.Both Banks DIH Outdoor Events Manager Mortimer Stewart and Banks Beer Brand Manager (Trainee) Rawle Nedd noted that the beverage company is proud to be a part of the Guyana Cup for another year.Eight races are carded for the day’s event, with close to $20M in cash prizes as well as other incentives at stake.The feature event is for horses classified `B’ and Lower, battling over 1600 metres with the winner pocketing $2M.The co-feature event is open to E3 and Lower horses (open to all imported and Guyana-bred three-year-olds and up, rated E Class and Lower) and they will contest a 1200 metres race with the winner receiving $1.2M.Other races billed for the day are G1 and Lower, H2 and Lower, two-year-old Guyana-bred, three-year-old Guyana-bred and I1 and Lower, J2 and K and Lower and L and Lower non-winners.Meanwhile, for the first time a fifth place prize will be awarded to horse owners.Admission to the venue is $2 000 for adults while children will enter the venue at no cost. Race time is 11:30hrs. Jones commended organisers for their role towards horse racing developmentlast_img

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoWith emotions sure to be running high on Senior Day, No. 10 Wisconsin (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) will look to tie its school win-record with Buffalo (2-8, 1-6 MAC) in town Saturday.For the Badger seniors, it will be the last time they run through the tunnel of Camp Randall to the cheers of 80,000-plus fans. Given the team’s strong showing this season, however, the finale will be bittersweet.”It’s an emotional day for everybody involved,” senior offensive lineman Joe Thomas said. “It’s the only time we get announced by ourselves, and the parents get to come on the field.””It’s our last time to play in the Camp in front of the fans,” safety Joe Stellmacher added. “It’s going to be emotional, but we’re all going to enjoy it.”With players like Thomas, Stellmacher, quarterback John Stocco, linebacker Mark Zalewski, safety Roderick Rogers, defensive lineman Joe Monty and many others playing their last home game in front of the Camp Randall faithful, the rest of the team will make sure they do their part to send the seniors off with a victory.”We just really want to seal this game away,” sophomore offensive lineman Eric Vanden Heuvel said. “We want to make sure that Buffalo doesn’t even stick around, and give the seniors a good feeling as they leave Camp Randall for the last time.”Looking at the Badgers’ schedule, it may seem odd for Wisconsin to play a non-conference team after finishing the Big Ten season, and with much of the nation eagerly awaiting the much-anticipated Ohio State-Michigan matchup, Saturday’s game against Buffalo could easily be overlooked by fans.The players, on the other hand, are treating it like any other game.”It’s just the 1-0 mentality,” Vanden Heuvel said. “It’s just another game. We have to play just like we would any other game, go out there as hard as you ever have.”Running back P.J. Hill echoed that mentality.”We’re not going to take this team lightly,” Hill said. “We’re just going to go out there and play the game that we normally play.”Vanden Heuvel anticipates a strong rushing attack against a weak Buffalo defensive front.”They seem to be fairly easy to move,” Vanden Heuvel said. “With our big line, and with P.J. running behind us, I think we’ll be able to wear them down.”Defensive back Jack Ikegwuonu sees potential in a Buffalo team that has faced some decent competition this season.”I see a bunch of guys that know the game of football, play hard, want to win,” Ikegwuonu said. “They’ve played against top opponents. We’re not expecting anything less than a dogfight. We need to be ready to play.”For the team’s seniors, the past four years have provided a lifetime of memories that they will take with them after their college careers.Two games stick out in particular in Thomas’ mind.”The first game that always sticks out in my mind is the Ohio State game my freshman year, (Ohio) coming off their national championship game,” Thomas said. “Beating Michigan at home was something I’ve wanted to do since I was in high school. Those are the two big ones.”Thomas will also miss the gameday atmosphere provided by Camp Randall and its fans.”I’m gonna obviously miss playing in front of the fans,” Thomas said. “The Badger fans are some of the best in the country.”When all is said and done, the players who have spent their past four to five years in a Wisconsin uniform will surely look at this day as one to remember, and perhaps even shed a few tears along the way.”It’s going to be unbelievable,” UW defensive end Joe Monty said. “I’m going to probably be pretty emotional, crying a little bit maybe, but hopefully not too bad so I can focus on the game.”For some of the players, it hasn’t even registered that this will be the last time they suit up at home as a Badger.”It hasn’t entered my mind,” Thomas said. “It’s not really real until we walk down that tunnel at the beginning of the game.”Saturday’s game will be extra special for Thomas. Projected as a potential first-round pick in last year’s NFL draft, Thomas saw his dreams of playing professional football delayed another year after suffering a knee injury in the Capital One Bowl in January.With his senior season winding down, Thomas is projected to be one of the top draft picks once against this year, so it’s safe to say he’s happy with his decision to stay.”I think if I would have come out last year, I would have looked back at some point in my career and said, ‘I wish I would have stayed,'” Thomas said. “I already know that it was the right decision for me. I wouldn’t have been able to have this great year. It’s been a year I’ll never forget. I think this will be the year that really sticks out in my mind when I think of my college career.”Although his career as a Badger may be ending, it will mark the beginning of the next chapter of his life.”It’s kind of an ending of one part of my career and hopefully just the beginning of another,” Thomas said. “It’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.”While not all of the team’s seniors will go on to the NFL, they will all be left with great memories of the fans, the games and their teammates.”You build relationships here that will probably last a lifetime,” Stellmacher said. “That’s probably what I’ll miss most.”last_img read more

first_img Published on December 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Syracuse knew where to point fingers at the cause of the team’s two-game losing streak.It could have been the extent to which Syracuse traveled, moving from Syracuse to Boise, Idaho, to Laie, Hawaii. It might have had to do with the Orange playing three games in five days. Or it may have been that SU’s game against Arizona featured two power outages and no shot clocks.But the players agreed it was Syracuse’s inability to shoot well that led to two consecutive losses to Arizona and Brigham Young in the Hukilau Invitational.‘If we had hit more shots I think we would have been more successful,’ SU center Kayla Alexander said. ‘It’s still a learning experience. Take away what you can and don’t dwell on it.’Following SU’s two worst offensive performances of the season, it will look to right the ship when it opens up Big East play against West Virginia at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Wednesday. The Orange players have put the poor shooting games behind them, but it won’t get any easier against the Mountaineers. West Virginia is fourth in the nation in field-goal percentage defense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast season, Syracuse opened conference play with a 1-3 record, which dramatically hurt the team’s prospects of making the NCAA tournament. Entering the conference opener this season, SU will need to do everything in its power to avoid a similar beginning to the conference portion of the schedule.And that starts with figuring out its shooting woes.In the team’s last three games on the road against Boise State, Arizona and BYU, the Orange had its three worst shooting nights of the season. SU shot 37.1 percent or worse in each contest.‘I feel like we’re just going to come out and play to our best ability,’ senior forward Iasia Hemingway said. ‘We know how it felt last year to go 1-3, so I look forward to it, and I think everybody has the same mindset winning these games and getting ready for Big East play.’Against Boise State, Syracuse dominated on the glass, outrebounding the Broncos 57-26 to make up for a lackluster 37.1 field-goal percentage en route to a 70-47 victory. But in the other two contests the team’s inaccuracy would prove too much to overcome. The Orange shot the ball an astounding 84 times in its game against Arizona but converted only 26 times and went a ghastly 9-of-38 from beyond the arc.The next day, Alexander was the only player to make more than three field goal attempts against BYU.Head coach Quentin Hillsman said the team’s struggles carried over into its preparation. The Orange could not utilize its full-court press effectively because of a limited number of inbounds passes under the hoop following made shots by SU.‘You have to score the basketball,’ Hillsman said. ‘So you take nothing away from poor shooting performances because you have to make shots. If you can’t make shots we can’t set up our press, so it starts with making shots.’Before the game, Hillsman made it no secret that the Orange’s focus was to get the ball inside to Alexander or in the high post to Hemingway. Though those two players were effective at points during the Hukilau Invitational, the guard play was lacking.Starters Carmen Tyson-Thomas, Elashier Hall and La’Shay Taft shot a combined 4-of-28 from 3-point range in Friday’s loss to the Wildcats. Alexander was limited to 13 points and SU lost by six.Each team knew Alexander was the focal point of the offense, double-teaming her at every opportunity. It left the perimeter open, but the guards could not knock down their open opportunities to take advantage of the undefended space.‘It’s all about how we’re getting our shots and where we’re getting them from,’ Hillsman said. ‘That’s the most important thing. It’s getting the shots that you want in our offense. I think we do a very good job of getting them, we just have to make them.’But Alexander is confident that the shots will start falling. Players have returned to the comforts of the Carrier Dome and have taken more shots before and after practice.And those repetitions may prove valuable when the Orange takes the court on Wednesday.Said Alexander: ‘It’s another game for us to go out there and take what we learned on the trip and to get better.’ center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more