Former Arsenal and Chelsea hero Cesc Fabregas slams Boris Johnson’s lockdown plan

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Advertisement Former Arsenal and Chelsea hero Cesc Fabregas slams Boris Johnson’s lockdown plancenter_img Cesc Fabregas is not impressed with the UK’s response to coronavirus (Picture: Getty Images)Former Arsenal and Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas has blasted Boris Johnson’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, believing the current lockdown is too little and too late.It was announced by the Prime Minister on Monday evening that Britons could no longer leave the house unless it is for essential work, shopping, one form of exercise-per-day or medical need, for at least the next three weeks.While these may seem like extreme measures to some, Fabregas, 32, does not think Johnson has gone far enough, and he should have reached this point a lot sooner.Fabregas, who currently plays for Monaco, responded to a post from Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Instagram, which read: ‘We’re in lockdown or whatever you want to call it. Much needed. Vital in fact. Stay indoors and stay safe everyone.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Spaniard replied: ‘Two weeks too late and on top of that… Open parks, shopping, exercise allowed, walks…’ Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFabregas’ home country imposed a stricter lockdown on 15 March, which did not allow people outside for exercise.The Spanish government are now looking to extend that lockdown until 11 April, at least, as the death toll rose to over 1,700, with Spain the second hardest hit European country after Italy.Pedro Sanchez, Spain’s prime minister, warned that worse is to come, speaking on Saturday: ‘We have yet to receive the impact of the strongest, most damaging wave, which will test our material and moral capacities to the limit, as well as our spirit as a society.’On extending the lockdown, Sanchez said: ‘I know it is a drastic measure…but experts agree that it is an effective measure in the fight against coronavirus‘We hope that with this measure, which is so drastic, so dramatic, so hard, which without a doubt has consequences on our families, we can bend the (growth) curb of coronavirus.’MORE: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta provides coronavirus update: ‘I have recovered’MORE: Arsenal face stiff competition in race for Newcastle’s Matty Longstaff on free transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 24 Mar 2020 8:08 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link773Shareslast_img read more

Opinion: No going back for France

first_imgSource: political groupings have dominated French politics since 1958: the centre-left socialists and the centre-right republicans. This pattern has remained constant for decades, even though the parties that represent each camp have gone through various incarnations.This time around, neither group is represented in the second round of the presidential elections. François Hollande, the socialist incumbent president, was so unpopular he did not even seek re-election. Benoît Hamon, the socialist candidate who stood in Hollande’s place, only managed to get about 6% of the vote in the first round.Meanwhile, François Fillon, the republican candidate, came third with less than 20% of the vote. That left the second round as a battle between Macron and Le Pen.Despite the fact that Macron is essentially a moderate candidate, the importance of this shift is huge. Even if he wins the second round – which is far from inevitable – there is no going back to the old system.This leaves the way open for a far more fluid politics. Investors will be operating in a new political environment over the coming years.Support for Macron could evaporate as fast as it emerged in such an uncertain climate. That could open the way for the Front National or for other, possibly new, political forces to emerge.There is no return to the past for French politics. Source: Such a blinkered perspective is a particular problem for those – such as pension fund investors – who should be taking a longer-term view. Their focus should be the likely trends over the next few years, rather than short-term fluctuations in equity prices, bond yields, or the euro.center_img IPE deputy editor Daniel Ben-Ami on the new-look politics of Europe’s second most populous countryRegardless of what happens in the second round of the presidential elections the old French political set-up has shattered.That will be the case even in the likely event that Emmanuel Macron is elected president on 7 May. The two camps that have dominated French politics since the establishment of the Fifth Republic in 1958 have lost their grip.Many commentators have missed the significance of this shift because they are fixated on the dangers of a victory for Front National’s Marine Le Pen. While such concerns are understandable, they have led many to miss the bigger picture.last_img read more

Pandemic forces private college to shut down

first_imgSACI became the first private school in this city to close due to COVID-19. She added: “We are saddened by the decision, but we discern that this option will be for the good of SACI in particular and the community in general.” On May 27, the then school administrator of Angelicum School Iloilo Father Maximo Gatela announced that the school was shutting down by July 1, 2020 due to COVID-19. The Board also announced it had accepted the resignation of Gatela. Gatela’s announcement of Angelicum’s closure alarmed Mayor Jerry Treñas. He expressed fear that more private schools here could shut down, thereby adversely affecting the education of students and economically displacing private school teachers./PN In announcing Angelicum’s cessation of operation, Gatela cited the difficulty that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created. SACI was established in 1986 and known then as the Polytechnic School of Iloilo. It offered the courses Business Administration, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Office Administration, and Accounting Technology. The school announced the closure through Facebook. On May 29, however, the Board of Trustees of Angelicum overruled the announced cessation of operation. “COVID-19 brought untold difficulties to education systems…We continue to pray for an end to COVID-19. We look forward to a journey towards healing, rehabilitation and development,” according to Natividad.center_img In a “Corrective Statement”, the Board clarified that it and the Provincial Council of the Dominican Province of the Philippines “didn’t approve any cessation of operation.” The Dominicans, a religious order, operates Angelicum, a Catholic private school here offering preschool, elementary and high school education. “We apologize to those who are affected either in your education or employment. We seek your understanding,” according to Natividad. She, however, clarified that, “Our office remains open for those who transact business related to SACI.” “Knowing that even at this time no vaccine for COVID-19 is yet in sight, the Board of Trustees of St. Anne College of Iloilo, Inc. (SACI), in a special meeting held on June 4, 2020, unanimously approved to indefinitely close SACI effective this day,” read part of the official statement issued by the school’s president, Atty. Alma Natividad. Opened in 1978 with 70-plus students and four teaching staff, Angelicum School Iloilo pioneered the non-graded, open-classroom education system in the Philippines. ILOILO City – St. Anne College of Iloilo on R. Mapa Street, Barangay Tabucan, Mandurriao district has decided to close indefinitely, citing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic as reason. It is also known for the Lizares Mansion in its compound, a former heritage house and one of Iloilo City’s imposing landmarks.last_img read more

IMCA drivers in five divisions chase Performance Distributors prizes

first_imgMEMPHIS, Tenn. (March 18) – Drivers in five IMCA divisions are in the running for contingencies from Performance Dis­tributors again this season. Product awards and product certificates go to eligible competitors in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact divisions. Top eligible drivers in each Stock Car and Hobby Stock region, and in national standings for the Northern SportMods and Southern SportMods all receive DUI distribu­tors. Second-place drivers each get $100 product certificates, with $75 for third, $50 for fourth and $25 for fifth. Both the Sport Compact national champion and national rookie of the year receive Dyna-Batt batteries. Se­cond through fifth place finishers in national standings for the 4-cylinder class all get $50 product certificates.Drivers in all five divisions must display two Performance Distributors decals on their race cars while Dyna-Batt decals are required for Sport Compact competitors.In addition to required distributor usage, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and SportMod drivers must also fill out and return a sign-up sheet to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1. “The new Dyna-Batt battery and alternator combination is an extension of the quality ignition accessories they already manufacture,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said, “and something drivers in these targeted divisions may find intriguing when examining the performance of their race cars.” Information about Performance Distributors-made products is available by calling 901 396-5782 and at the website. The Memphis, Tenn., high perfor­mance parts manufacturer is in its eighth season as an IMCA sponsor. Awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week.last_img read more

Umscheid, Pittsenbarger, capture first wins

first_imgBy Bill GritMAYETTA, Kan. (June 14) – Austin Umscheid picked up his first-ever career win in the Casey’s General Store IMCA Sport Compacts in the final event of the evening Saturday at Thunder Hill Speedway. Morgan Ziegler and Issac Jones chased Umscheid through the field before lining up in the Pit Pass Liquor Victory Lane in that order. Jordan Grabouski held off a determined Dave Conkwright for the BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modi­fied checkers. Patrick Thyfault got to the front early and stayed there in winning the Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA Hobby Stock main. The Belleville Motor Sports IMCA Northern SportMods always provide the fans great racing action week in and week out. Troy Baumgartner led the race early but as the race went on his car lost forward bite. At the midway point, Jeremy Pittsenbarger made a pass for the lead, getting his first win at Thunder Hill. Pittsenbarger stood proudly in the Pit Pass Liquor Victory Lane, followed by Troy Baumgartner, Luke Stallbaumer, Aaron Hilderman and Curtis Dreasher. Marvin Griffith Jr. led every lap but the last one in the Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Car race as Brian LaBonte fought relentlessly to make a pass. Griffith led the field out of turn four to the checkered flag but spun out before the flagstand, handing the win over to LaBonte.last_img read more

D.K Olukoya Athletics Championships Gets New Date

first_imgThe 7th edition of the Daniel Olukoya Youth and Junior Championships earlier scheduled to hold on Saturday, April 8, 2017 has now been move forward to Monday April 10.According to Olukayode Thomas, head of Media and Communication, Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), the High-Performance Center, Port Harcourt remains the venue for the championships.Thomas explained that the change in date was necessitated because of the ongoing qualifiers for the Nigeria University Games, NUGA taking place at the University of Port Harcourt.“Yes, there is a slight change, we had to move the event to Monday due to the pre-NUGA activities that will drag into the weekend,” he stated. With the new development, athletes from participating states and clubs are now expected to arrive on Sunday, April 9 for screening at the competition venue.The AFN while reiterating on its’ zero tolerance for age cheats insist that only athletes that pass the screening exercise will be allowed to take part in this year’s championships.Expectations are high ahead of Monday’s Meet in Port Harcourt as this edition of the D.K Olukoya Athletics Championships will be used to select athletes that will represent Nigeria at the Africa Junior Championships that will be holding in Algeria 29 June to July 2nd 2017.This year’s D.k Olukoya Championships is also expected to aid AFN in their selection of athletes to represent the country at the World Youth Championships and Commonwealth Youth Games taking place respectively in Kenya and the Bahamas later this year.Raymond Ekevwo was among the shining stars of the 2016 edition of the competition at the Yaba College of Technology in Lagos.Ekevwo won the men’s 100m in a time of 10.36secondsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Fan reactions to Syracuse’s 74-50 win over Oakland

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Despite hitting success, USC defeated by UC Irvine

first_imgComing into Tuesday’s road game at UC Irvine, the glass half-empty takeaway from the USC baseball team’s last few games was that the lineup was struggling. USC ranks near the bottom of the strong Pac-12 in nearly every hitting statistic, from batting average to runs to RBIs. Alex Zhang | Daily TrojanStrong pitching and fielding performances carried the Trojans to a series win against Utah the previous weekend, but the Trojans needed their hitters to step it up. They did so against Irvine; it just wasn’t enough, as USC lost 8-9 to drop to 11-6 on the season. The Anteaters jumped on the Trojans early. Senior starting pitcher Mason Perryman never got control of the strike zone, hitting the first four batters he faced, gift-wrapping UC Irvine a run. Irvine catcher Jacob Castro followed up with a single to center, which turned into 3 runs on a fielding error by the Trojans’ junior center fielder Lars Nootbaar. By the time freshman reliever John Beller got USC’s third out of the frame, Irvine held a 4-0 advantage.The Trojans would respond with a run in each of the next two innings. In the top of the second, redshirt junior designated hitter Stephen Dubb scored on a single to center from redshirt sophomore catcher Kaleb Murphy. A two-out strikeout from sophomore right fielder Matthew Acosta, however, left redshirt junior third baseman Angelo Armenta stranded on third.In the top of the third, junior first baseman Dillon Paulson hit a solo home run down the right field line to cut the deficit to 2 runs. Another strikeout, this time swinging by Dubb, left another runner in scoring position.The Trojans had their chances to tie the game early, but didn’t take full advantage. The Anteaters did. In the bottom of the third, Irvine second baseman Cole Kreuter singled to left field, bringing Castro in to score. Both pitching staffs tightened up, and the margin stayed at 5-2 for the next three innings.At the top of the seventh, the Trojans rallied. Nootbaar singled, then scored on a double to left center from junior second baseman Brandon Perez. After advancing to third on a ground out, Perez scored on a double down the right field line by sophomore left fielder Blake Sabol, who would score two batters later when Armenta doubled to center. The game was tied at 5.USC didn’t maintain momentum for long. In the bottom of the inning, Irvine first baseman Ryan Fitzpatrick bombed a 2-run homer off of junior reliever Solomon Bates, a no-doubter over the left field wall. Nootbaar, who broke out of his struggles in this game, tied it up with a 2-run shot of his own in the top of the eighth. The Trojans had worked their way back into the game, but a bad mistake ruined it all. Two singles off of sophomore reliever Austin Manning and an error loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth, handing freshman Brian Gursky quite a mess when he came on in relief. Gursky did well, striking out the first two batters, but the second at-bat ended with a wild pitch, scoring the go-ahead run for Irvine. Despite the fact that Gursky retired each batter he faced, one unfortunate misstep made the difference in this back-and-forth game, as USC failed to score in the ninth.The Trojans will start a three-game series at Stanford on Friday. If the unforced mistakes continue, the third-ranked team in the country will show them just how important every play is in baseball.last_img read more

Syracuse women’s lacrosse preview: What to know about Georgetown

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments After a two overtime thriller at SU Soccer Stadium, Georgetown defeated Penn, 13-12, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. No. 5-seed Syracuse (15-4, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) will face the Hoyas (12-8, 3-2 Big East) for the first time since the Orange joined the ACC in 2013. SU is coming off a squandered upset bid against then-No. 1 Boston College, where it gave up four unanswered goals in a 14-13 defeat during the ACC tournament.Here’s what to know about the second round matchup.All-time series: Syracuse leads 8-7The last time they played: In the 2013 Big East championship, Syracuse dominated Georgetown, 14-7. Kayla Treanor, the Orange’s all-time leading goal scorer, netted six goals, and Kailah Kempney, SU’s all-time leader in draw controls and older sister of Braelie Kempney, tallied four points. Kelly Cross, sister of midfielder Julie Cross, also scored a goal in the win.SU went on to win two games in the NCAA tournament before falling to No. 1-seed Maryland, 11-10. The Orange haven’t faced the Hoyas in six years since their annual meetings in the same conference.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Georgetown report: Georgetown is led by senior midfielder Francesca Whitehurst who has tallied 72 points (41 goals, 31 assists). As a dual-threat, she sets up attack Taylor Gebhardt and Morgan Ryan who have 95 combined goals, almost 40% of the team’s scoring production. GU is in the bottom half in shot percentage but in the top-30 for shots per game. On defense, it focuses on the zone, similar to the Orange with constant slides and rotations.“Georgetown’s gonna play a zone defense for the most part,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “That’s what they’ve played most of the year.”Its most impressive statistic is a .906 clearing percentage which is best for eighth in the NCAA. The Hoyas commit 14.2 turnovers per game, top-20 in the nation, against a defense that features the ACC freshman of the year in Sarah Cooper, who leads in the Orange in caused turnovers. Like Syracuse, GU has relied solely on one goalkeeper in senior Haelie Chomo whose save percentage (.415) is a little worse than SU’s Asa Goldstock (.429).How Syracuse defeats the Hoyas: Against Penn on Friday, Gebhardt was almost unstoppable. The senior attack had seven goals on 11 shots with more than half of the Hoyas scoring production. Syracuse has a history of allowing top scorers to dominate them — like Boston College attack Sam Apuzzo’s seven goals and nine points that led a comeback against the Orange in the Carrier Dome on Feb. 16. Limiting Gebhardt to her average of under three goals a game will be key to the Orange making it past the second round.SU has only struggled once this season against an unranked opponent — its season finale against Cornell — but for the most part, it has dominated teams with lesser talent.“There’s been a lot of focus on ourselves, which isn’t too different than any other situation,” SU junior attack Emily Hawryschuk said. “But us having to practice against either man or zone and not knowing exactly what we’re gonna get (is key).”The Hoyas have the most votes outside of the Inside Lacrosse top-25 poll, and they’ll play like a top-team. But the Orange have a deep backline and a bonafide star in Emily Hawryschuk to rely on if it were to get down early.“I think this year the team’s in a good place mentally, they’ve had a good solid season, and they’re feeling good going into the playoffs,” Gait said. “And I think if they execute on our game plans, we’ll be fine.”Stat to know: 4Georgetown has four 30-plus goal scorers. The Orange only have one in Emily Hawryschuk. Though Gebhardt dominated in the first round, Georgetown spreads its offense out more than SU and doesn’t usually rely on one attack. If Gebhardt or possibly Whitehurst were face-guarded, the Hoyas have options outside of their two stars.Player to watch: Taylor Gebhardt, No. 10, senior attackPlaying in central New York isn’t new for the Hoyas’ top attack. A native of Baldwinsville, within a 20-minute drive of SU Soccer Stadium, Gebhardt hasn’t played in the NCAA tournament until this season. In Gebhardt’s first year in 2016, Georgetown went 6-11. Now coming off a win in the first round and her most important performance as a Hoya, she’ll be the key for Georgetown to pull off the upset.center_img Published on May 11, 2019 at 10:44 am Contact KJ: | @KJEdelmanlast_img read more

New Chelsea manager a step closer

first_imgYaya Toure is fit and available for City.In the nights other game Atletico Madrid host PSV Eindhoven with the tie balanced at nil-all.Both games kick off at 7.45Meanwhile, there are 3 games tonight in the Championship as 4th placed Brighton host Reading, 3rd placed Hull welcome Nottingham Forest and Ipswich meet Blackburn.All of those matches start at 7.45 He’s widely tipped to replace interim boss Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge.To action on the pitch tonight, Manchester City are odds on to confirm their spot in the Champions league quarter finals tonight.They host Dynamo Kiev in the round of 16 second leg with a 3-1 lead from the first game. last_img read more