Sri Lanka lifts virus lockdown, says ‘no community spread’

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first_img“The curfew has completely been lifted effective from today,” President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s office said in a statement.Health officials said new infections reported since April 30 were from Sri Lankans stranded in the Middle East who were brought home on special flights and quarantined.A cluster in a navy camp was controlled with the facility still in lock down, they said.”There has been no community spread of the virus and the infections at the Welisara navy camp are now contained,” a health official told AFP. Air and sea borders remained closed, with international flights suspended.Authorities plan to reopen Sri Lanka’s borders on August 1, but the date could be reviewed due to the imported cases, the official added.Sri Lanka will also hold its parliamentary elections at the start of August after they were postponed due to the pandemic.Around 2,000 infections including 11 deaths have been recorded in the South Asian nation so far, according to government figures. Topics :center_img Sri Lanka’s nationwide lockdown was lifted Sunday after a selective curfew a month ago was reimposed during a surge in coronavirus infections, the country’s president said.The island nation imposed the lockdown on March 20 and lifted it gradually over the past two months, although a nighttime curfew remained in place.It reintroduced tighter restrictions in late May and early June to curb large gatherings for the funeral of a popular government minister and for a religious festival.last_img read more

Mexico crowds welcome Pope Benedict on historic visit

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first_img Tweet Share FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Mexico crowds welcome Pope Benedict on historic visit by: – March 24, 2012 Sharing is caring! 41 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Thousands greet the Pope on his first visit to Spanish-speaking Latin AmericaPope Benedict XVI has arrived in Mexico, at the start of his first visit to Spanish-speaking Latin-America.The Pope was greeted by thousands in central city of Guanajuato, and welcomed by President Felipe Calderon.Mr Calderon said the visit had enormous importance as Mexico was suffering greatly from drug-related violence.Before his arrival, the Pope said it was vital “to fight this evil” and urged the young to renounce drugs. After Mexico, he will travel to Cuba.He said Marxism there was no longer working.The Pope said the ideology no longer corresponded to reality and called for “new models” to be found.He made it clear that “the Church is always on the side of freedom of thought and of religion”.Huge camp sitesBenedict was welcomed by cheering crowds at Guanajuato on Friday. Supporters at the airport chanted: “Benedict, brother, you are now Mexican!”The pontiff then led a short blessing on a specially erected platform within the airport. But it was on the streets outside where Benedict was most eagerly awaited, the BBC’s Will Grant in Mexico reports. All day under a hot sun, thousands of cheering followers – dressed in white and yellow T-shirts and waving flags – lined the route to the city of Leon to catch a glimpse of Benedict as he passed in the armour-plated Popemobile. Our correspondent says security is tight – with the federal police and military deployed in large numbers. The Pope is due to hold talks with President Calderon later on Saturday.He will also spend time in the city of Silao, near Leon. On Sunday some 300,000 people are expected to attend Mass, and huge camp sites have been set up to give pilgrims somewhere to stay.Earlier, while on route to Mexico, Pope Benedict told journalists: “I share Mexicans’ joy and hope but also their anguish and grief,” referring to the country’s drug related violence, which has taken 50,000 lives in the past five years.One Mexican supporter said: “With this wave of violence that we’re living, not just in individual states but across the country, the Pope’s visit could be a great source of comfort.”Cuba challengesThe Pope will be given a charro hat in LeonSome 88% of Mexicans – almost 100 million people – are Roman Catholic, and the Pope’s predecessor, John Paul II, was a regular visitor to the country.Our correspondent says Pope Benedict is not regarded with the same affection yet, but there is undoubtedly excitement about the visit among the faithful.The Pope faces sensitive issues in Cuba.This week the campaign group Amnesty International reported that life was getting harder for dissidents there. Earlier this month, activists were evicted from a church they had occupied in the capital, Havana, demanding an audience with the Pope.In Havana, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said the government was open to opinions that differed from its own, in a reference to the Pope’s comments that Marxism there was no longer working.BBC Newslast_img read more

Solskjaer plans to boost team with new players

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first_imgManchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, admits he may need to boost his midfield options in January after defeat Arsenal. Loading… Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime11 Items You’ve Been Using Wrong Your Whole Life8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way “That gives us fewer options and we have loads of games and important games. But it still has to be right and that’s the big point here if someone is available and something is possible we’ll do it. We’re looking at one or two.” On Fred and Nemanja Matic’s performances, the manager added: “We’ve been without him [Pogba] all season and the boys that have played have been fantastic. Now we’re without [McTominay as well as Pogba] so Nemanja and Fred [will continue]. If they played like tonight then I’m happy with them because they played well, the two of them. Of course, you always want competition for places at a place like this and you want players to rotate with. Read Also:Nani: I was never in Ronaldo and Rooney’s shadow at Man Utd “We’ve been suffering a little bit, especially in midfield but you’ve just got to cope with it. The boys who are playing have been fantastic and have really put an effort in. They’ll go again on Saturday and Tuesday and then next Saturday – it’s a relentless period.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Solskjaer says the injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay are being felt. After the 2-0 reverse last night, Solskjaer said: “You can see the squad and sometimes you think, yeah, one or two additions would do nicely because we are building towards something. It just depends on if what we think will be right for us will be available. Of course it’s playing on our decision-making when we’ve got two players out for a bit, Scott for two months and Paul for a month.Advertisementlast_img read more

Top IMCA Modified, Late Model drivers earn Sweet steering boxes

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first_imgKALAMAZOO, Mich. – IMCA Modified and IMCA Late Model drivers benefit again this season from support by Sweet Manufacturing.The manufacturer of the official steering box of IMCA continues contingency awards for a ninth season. Sweet is in its fourth season as part of the national decal program for Modifieds.Champions in each of the five Modified regions and the top driver in national Late Model point standings all earn steering boxes while second through fifth place finishers in each Modified region receive $50 gift certificates from the Kalamazoo, Mich., manufacturer.Drivers in both divisions must compete with two Sweet Manufacturing decals on their race cars to be eligible.Recipients of steering boxes awarded at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s will include Modified and Late Model champions, plus the three Modified front row starters, longest tow qualifier, top non-qualifier in points, the Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational winners, and best appearing car contest winner.The final steering box to be awarded in 2018 goes to the Modified winner of the Duel In the Desert at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in November.Information about Sweet-manufacturer steering boxes and other products is available by calling 800 441-8619, on Facebook and at the www.sweetmfg.biz website.“We are approaching Super Nationals and we’ve got the Sweet steering boxes to be awarded at that event,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “It is such a diverse program that it is great to award so many quality boxes to so many different racers. We’re excited to partner with Sweet again in 2018.”last_img read more

Ecuador: Minister urges the Golden Eaglets to make Nigeria proud

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first_imgRelatedPosts Ex-Falcons, Golden Eaglets coach dies in Osun Eight South American countries take joint action against coronavirus Ecuador appoint Jordi Cruyff as manager The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has urged the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria to consolidate on their victory in their first match at the World Cup and make Nigeria proud in their encounter with the Ecuadorian side.The Minister while expressing confidence in the team’s ability to perform well, said: “I urge the Golden Eaglets to give their heart and soul to the game. It is a crucial encounter with Ecuador no doubt, but Nigerians are confident in their skills and determination. They must come to the game with a sense of purpose and professionalism and the kind of optimum performance and precision football that saw them overcome the onslaught of the Hungarians.“The Nigerian can do spirit again comes on display and the brilliance of our youth football is there for the world to see.”Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets will on Tuesday take on Ecuador in their second match of the Under-17 FIFA World Cup.Tags: EcuadorGolden Eagletslast_img read more

Emerita blooms at Fairyhouse

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first_img Only fifth on her debut last month, she looked a different proposition on this occasion and it was obvious from a long way out that she was travelling better than the favourite Tap Dancing, who yet again had to settle for second. Emerita was a well-backed 2-1 chance and was heavily eased down by Pat Smullen on crossing the line. Dermot Weld’s Emerita looks a name to remember after cruising to victory in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden. Weld said: “She’s crying out for a mile and a half. You won’t see her a lot this year as she’s a lovely big filly for next year.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Nugent hails bargain striker Ulloa

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first_img Eyebrows were raised when Leicester broke their transfer record to sign Ulloa from Brighton in the summer. The Foxes paid an initial £8million fee, which could rise to £10million, for the striker even though he had just one season of experience in English football before moving to the King Power Stadium. The 28-year-old has had no problems adapting to the top flight, though. On Sunday he took his tally to five goals in five matches with a well-taken brace in the shock win over Manchester United. Given that Diego Costa, who cost Chelsea four times as much, is the only man to have scored more goals than Ulloa this season, Nugent thinks the acquisition of his Leicester team-mate is proving to be a shrewd bit of business by the east midlands club. “Leo has been a revelation so far,” said Nugent, who scored a penalty in the hugely impressive 5-3 win. “He has come in from Brighton and he has scored lots of goals. At £8million he has turned out to be a bargain.” Bookmakers have cut the odds on Ulloa topping the scoring charts at the end of the season from 80-1 to 33-1. They have also lengthened the price on Leicester being relegated after their successful start to the season. Nigel Pearson’s side, who won the Championship last year, have taken eight points from five matches. Given that they have already played Arsenal, Chelsea and 20-time champions United, the Foxes are taking delight in silencing their doubters. “When the fixtures came out, with the start we were given, no one expected us to get any points, so we are proving everyone wrong,” said Nugent, who has played in the top flight before with Portsmouth. “They can write us off all they want, but we know in this squad we have the spirit, the energy, and the players to cause teams problems as we showed against Manchester United.” The Foxes lost two and won 17 of their 23 matches at home last season. Now Leicester are looking to make teams fear coming to the King Power Stadium this season. “It was important to win at Stoke (the weekend before last), but our home form is very important to us,” Nugent said. “We have to make this place a fortress.” Forward Jamie Vardy, scorer of the Foxes’ fourth goal on Sunday as well as playing a key role in his side’s other goals, played down his heroics, insisting it was all about getting the three points. Speaking from Leicester races, he told At The Races: “The fans were amazing and the players were amazing. “It’s not about me scoring – it’s about the team winning, and that’s all that matters.” Vardy was not dwelling too much on the amazing comeback, though, as he swiftly turned his attention to Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace. “We haven’t had the easiest starts (to the season), but we’ve already shown what we are all about,” he added. “It’s on to the next game now and trying to get three points. “There’s no easy games – it doesn’t matter who you are playing – so we have to get on the training ground and find out their (Crystal Palace’s) strengths and weaknesses and exploit them, like we did on Sunday.” David Nugent thinks Leicester have signed one of the bargains of the season in Leonardo Ulloa. Press Associationlast_img read more

Faugheen vies for Rich pickings

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first_imgOwner Rich Ricci believes Faugheen represents his best chance of winning one of the championship events at the Cheltenham Festival ahead of his bid for glory in the Stan James Champion Hurdle on Tuesday. Unbeaten in eight career starts, the seven-year-old will attempt to follow in the hoofprints of Istabraq and Hardy Eustace, both of whom won what is now the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle before clinching gold in the two-mile hurdling championship. While respectful of the opposition, Ricci is confident Willie Mullins’ hot favourite has what it takes to emerge triumphant. “He’s a funny horse in that he’s won over two miles, two and a half miles and three miles,” he said. “He’s not the best looking of horses and has an unusual pedigree, but he just seems to be able to do it. “He hasn’t faced anything like the calibre of horse he’s going to run against in the Champion Hurdle, and he’s too short (in the betting) for what he’s done, but he goes there with a big reputation and he’s unbeaten. It would be a dream come true to win one of the championship races and he’s the best chance I’ve ever had in my career.” Ricci rates last year’s winner Jezki the biggest threat to Faugheen, but is also wary of esteemed stable companion Hurricane Fly and the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained The New One. He said: “I would probably say Jezki (is the biggest danger). I think The New One is a very good horse, trained by a very good trainer and ridden by a nice pilot. “Hurricane Fly, it would be great if he did it. I’d be the first one applauding in the ring if he did because it would be a remarkable feat, but statistics are against him. In fairness, they are against Faugheen as well. It should be a cracking race.” Statisticians will claim the fact Faugheen has not won since his scintillating display in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day is a huge negative, with 2011 champion Rock On Ruby the first horse since Granville Again in 1993 to win the race without having had a prep race in the calendar year. Mullins is not concerned, however, having decided against an outing in last month’s Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park on the advice of stable jockey Ruby Walsh. Mullins said: “We looked up the stats and we’ve seen plenty of horses that have gone from Kempton to the Champion Hurdle without a run. I didn’t particularly want to travel to England again and I didn’t want him to take on Hurricane Fly in the Irish Champion Hurdle. I felt Hurricane Fly deserved to go back to Leopardstown. “We prepared him for the Red Mills, but we decided not to run and with the ground and everything I’m happy enough we didn’t. I asked Ruby if he needed another run over hurdles for experience and he felt he didn’t, so I was guided by him.” With Walsh nailing his colours to the Faugheen mast, Hurricane Fly will be partnered by Paul Townend for the first time since steering him to the first of his five Irish Champion Hurdle victories at Leopardstown in 2011. With Champion Hurdle victories in 2011 and 2013 among a record 22 Grade One wins, the 11-year-old’s legendary status is already secured. Having beaten Jezki in all three of their clashes this season, Mullins would not be surprised to see the apple of his eye become the first horse in history to twice reclaim the crown. “To me, if Hurricane Fly was two years younger he’d be favourite, clear favourite,” said the Irish champion trainer. “He’s done everything that a clear favourite should be. It’s just his age, but it can be done at 11 and he’s got class. People have said he doesn’t run as well in Cheltenham. I’m not so sure. “He’s run there four times and won twice, which is good enough for anyone. It’s a 50 per cent record and I think I have two good excuses for the other two times. When he was really right, he scored there. Every horse has to be really right on the day and things have to go right.” Hurricane Fly finished outside the first three for the first time in his hurdling career in last year’s Champion Hurdle, faltering up the hill and passing the post in fourth. After also losing to Jezki at Punchestown in May, the veteran looked close to retirement, but he has roared back to form this season. Mullins is confident Hurricane Fly is in better form than 12 months ago. He said: ” I just felt last year, for his last two runs, he wasn’t sparking the way he can spark, but he wasn’t not sparking enough not to run. I felt we had to run. “We just changed things with him at home. Paul (Townend) rides him all the time and is a great indicator. He’s able to tell me down the ounce how he’s training. He was giving me positive feedback all the time so we really got him ready for that first run, which we wouldn’t have done other years, and it paid off. “I think a lot of people had been putting in their own minds that he was gone, but I knew he had too much class. I was prepared to accept it if he didn’t train this year, but he came back in and trained well and when I trained him hard he took it, whereas in the second half of last season he wasn’t taking it and was just going through the motions. “He was quite tired after the Irish Champion Hurdle, probably more tired than I’ve ever seen him. He was quite back in himself for a week after, where it normally takes him a day or two to recover. He’s back as good as ever again now.” Mullins will also saddle a third runner in Arctic Fire, the mount of Danny Mullins. The six-year-old picked up minor honours behind Hurricane Fly at Leopardstown on his last two outings and showed a liking for Cheltenham when only narrowly denied in last season’s County Hurdle. “Arctic Fire’s a horse that always showed me plenty at home,” said the County Carlow handler. “As a three-year-old, his work was better than any of them and I don’t think we’ve got the best out of him yet. A strong-run race will suit him, he loves the track in Cheltenham.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Digicel’s schools Football Tournament

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first_img-‘Multi’ blast Mahdia 5-0 to reach quarter-finalsCHRISTIANBURG/Wismar Secondary School easily brushed aside Mahdia Secondary 5-0 yesterday at the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground to advance to the quarterfinals of this year’s Digicel Schools Football Tournament.Jehu Regis netted a double, while Kevin Dare, Jernel Williams and Randy Pickering scored a goal each for the Lindeners who will now play Buxton Youth Developers on Tuesday.The four-time champions were barely made to sweat in a game they completely dominated for 90 minutes.Pickering, just two minutes into the contest, collected a through-ball from Omar Brewley and the player who was left with just the Mahdia goalkeeper to beat, did so easily and slotted home the game’s first goal.The school popularly known as Multi could’ve ballooned the scoreline if they had only converted half of their chances.Brewley, a usual goal-getter for the side was guilty of squandering several chances.However, despite their effort, ‘Multi’ only had a one-goal cushion heading into the second half.Mahdia Secondary didn’t had a chance to get a shot off in the first half and that drought would continue, since the Linden’s side defence, marshaled by Dare, was rock-solid.Brewley then setup Regis in the 58th minute for his first of two goals after he unselfishly released the lanky forward with a beat pass in the 18-yards area.Six minutes later (64th minute), Brewley would find Regis again to push the score 3 -0 as Multi ran riot on the boys from Region 7.Mahdia seemed hapless against the tournaments most decorated team and they would watch their keeper pull the ball from the back of the net after Williams, in the 73rd minute, was left unmarked on a play where the defence was broken down.Dare’s goal in the 85th minute was the icing on the cake for the game that was one-sided from the opening whistle.The Christianburg Wismar Secondary had played in every final of the Digicel Schools Football Tournamen, losing in the inaugural tournament and last year to Chase Academy.However, the team vowed to return to the finals of this year’s tournament and return the trophy to Linden where they believe it belongs.last_img read more

Syracuse men’s soccer jumps to No. 9 in NSCAA poll, best mark in recent history

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first_img Published on September 30, 2014 at 1:26 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Syracuse has jumped nine spots to No. 9 in the country in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, which was released early Tuesday afternoon.It’s the Orange’s highest mark since the poll started ranking teams on a weekly basis in 1996, though SU was No. 6 in 1984, according to SU Athletics.Since October 2001, SU had never been ranked higher than last week’s mark of No. 18, but after 1-0 wins over Binghamton and then-No. 2 Virginia, Syracuse leapt up the national polls. TopDrawerSoccer.com ranked Syracuse at No. 5 in the country on Monday and the NCAA’s RPI rankings put SU at No. 4.The Orange (8-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) will host Colgate (4-3-1, 1-0 Patriot) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more