Chile, Peru close borders as Latin America grounds flights over pandemic

first_imgStocks tumbleChile rolled out a number of coronavirus control measures as the central bank slashed interest rates by 75 points to 1.0 percent.It didn’t prevent the Santiago stock exchange closing down 14 percent, its worst fall in three decades as investors continued to panic.Stocks throughout the region were hit hard as the Sao Paulo exchange lost almost 14 percent, Argentina’s Buenos Aires exchange close to 10 percent and Colombia was down more than 15 percent before suspending trading until Tuesday.Brazil’s real closed below five to the dollar for the first time.The government then announced an emergency investment of almost 150 billion Reals (US$27.5 billion) into the economy to try to mitigate the effects of the pandemic.Chile’s closed borders caused a problem for a quarantined cruise ship in the deep south of the country.More than 200 passengers and crew aboard the Silver Explorer in the remote port of Caleta Tortel, some 2,400 kilometers south of the capital Santiago, are in lockdown after six people tested positive for coronavirus.They have been taken to hospital and health authorities want to evacuate the remaining passengers back to their home countries, but may need special permission.”We’ve taken the decision to ask the countries whose nationals are present on this ship… to conduct an evacuation operation from the Puerto Montt airbase” more than 1,00 kilometers away, said Health Minister Jaime Manalich. “Only foreign residents, diplomats and members of international organizations can enter” from Argentina and Brazil, said Paraguay’s migration director Maria de los Angeles Arriola.Due to the spate of border closures “and the subsequent fall in demand,” Latam said it was reducing operations by 70 percent, just four days after already cutting back by 30 percent.”If these unprecedented travel restrictions increase over the coming days, we’re not ruling out being forced to decrease our operations even more,” said Latam’s commercial vice-president Roberto Alvo.Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador bucked the trend, though, saying he won’t ban public gatherings or stop greeting people with “hugs” until public health officials tell him the time has come. Topics : Cuba helping Nicaragua Cuba, though, said it was allowing a British cruise ship to dock despite five people on board being infected with the coronavirus and nearly 40 others in isolation with flu-like symptoms.”We are working around the clock to arrange evacuation flights from Cuba to the UK as soon as possible for passengers on the Braemar cruise ship,” a British foreign ministry spokesman said.Cuba is also sending specialist doctors to Nicaragua to help the central American country treat COVID-19 patients.Ecuador, which has seen 58 cases and two deaths, banned tourists from the Galapagos Islands on Monday while authorities in Rio de Janeiro used megaphones to order people at the beach to go home.Rio’s Flamengo, the reigning Copa Libertadores champions, revealed that their Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus is the latest sports star to have tested positive for the virus.Honduras announced a week-long lockdown that will prevent people from going to work, using public transport or taking part in religious activities.People are only allowed to leave their homes to buy food or medicine or to go to health centers or authorized employment such as in pharmacies.center_img The announcement came as Chile revealed on Monday its number of coronavirus cases had more than doubled since Sunday to 155.Peru followed suit soon afterwards with President Martin Vizcarra announcing a two-week measure “today, from midnight.”It’s part of the state of emergency declared late on Sunday but like Chile, cargo will not be affected by the border closures.Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay confirmed partial closures of their borders, while the government in Asuncion imposed a night time curfew. Chile and Peru announced a total closure of their borders on Monday while Latin America’s largest airline said it was reducing operations by 70 percent as the region scrambled to stem the rapidly-spreading coronavirus pandemic.Latin America has registered more than 800 cases and seven deaths, according to an AFP count, after the Dominican Republic became the latest nation to report a fatality.”We’ve decided to close all our country’s terrestrial, maritime and aerial borders for the transit of foreigners,” said Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera.last_img read more

Sudan allows alcohol consumption, decriminalizes leaving Islam

first_imgWhile Islamic tradition forbids the faithful from drinking, Muslim-majority Sudan has a significant Christian minority.Abdulbari, part of an transitional government that took power after Bashir’s ouster, also announced that converting from Islam to another religion would be decriminalized.”No one has the right to accuse any person or group of being an infidel… this threatens the safety and security of society and leads to revenge killings,” he said.Many Muslim-majority countries apply Islamic laws making leaving the faith punishable by death. Sudan is to allow non-Muslims to drink alcohol for the first time in decades and has scrapped laws that had made leaving Islam potentially punishable by death, the justice minister said.The raft of amendments comes a year after Islamist dictator Omar al-Bashir was toppled following mass protests against his three-decade rule.Sudan now “allows non-Muslims to consume alcohol on the condition it doesn’t disturb the peace and they don’t do so in public,” Justice Minister Nasredeen Abdulbari said in an interview Saturday evening on state television. Bashir, who had enforced such rules after coming to power in an Islamist-backed 1989 coup, was toppled by the army following mass protests over the country’s worsening economic crisis.Sudan’s transitional government, installed under a deal between protest leaders and the generals who took charge after Bashir’s ouster, has pursued a string of reforms including on Friday criminalizing female genital mutilation.A constitution adopted for the three-year transition period omits mention of Islam as a defining characteristic of the state.Official figures say Christians represent only three percent of Sudan’s 40 million inhabitants, although Christian leaders say the real figure is much higher.Human rights groups regularly condemned the toppled autocrat’s treatment of non-Muslims especially the Christian minority.Copts, Catholics, Anglicans and a number of other denominations are present in the country but Bashir’s Islamist regime had driven many of them underground.In 2014 a Sudanese woman was sentenced to death for converting from Islam to Christianity, triggering an international outcry.Her conviction was later quashed after a global campaign to free her, and she escaped to the United States.center_img Topics :last_img read more

One-of-a-kind newly built home features lift access to four levels

first_img16 Oxley Tce, Corinda.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The master bedroom is positioned towards the front of the house to capture the unbeatable river and mountain views, complete with lift access, balcony, walk-in wardrobe and ensuite. The ground level has a dual car garage with extra storage, and an additional room which could be used as a home gym or wine cellar. The next level has a fully self-contained level at the front of the home, with a kitchen, bedroom, balcony and bathroom. 16 Oxley Tce, Corinda.Panoramic mountain and river views at 16 Oxley Tce, Corinda, will never get boring.The five-bedroom, four-bathroom house is a new, architecturally designed home.Property developer Jumshied Kashkari, from HDK Capital, said the home was made of concrete panels compared to traditional homes that had wooden frames. 16 Oxley Tce, Corinda.Mr Kashkari said lift access to each of the four levels was available within the home.The top floor features four bedrooms all with spacious wardrobes, ducted airconditioning and ceiling fans. 16 Oxley Tce, Corinda.Mr Kashkari said he loved many features throughout the home including the luxurious independent living area with a balcony.He said family members could live or rent out the space for an income.With a swimming pool at one end of the home and an outdoor kitchen on the balcony at the other, Mr Kashkari said it was easy to enjoy the breathtaking views.“The sunset is amazing,” he said. 16 Oxley Tce, Corinda.Other features of this family-friendly property include polished timber floors throughout the living areas, a fully paved pool area and sola power system.Selling agent Carol Summerlin, from Harcourts Graceville, said the one-of-a-kind home was in a prestigious location.last_img read more

Transsexuals win green light on birth certificates

first_imgThe Age (Australia) 7 Oct 2011A transsexual can be legally recognised as a man without a penis, according to the High Court. The court yesterday delivered a landmark judgment allowing the appeal of two transsexuals who wanted to change the sex recorded on their birth certificates from female to male. The two, aged 34 and 28, had undergone double mastectomies and were having testosterone treatment, resulting in increased libido, hair growth and deeper voices. Both retained all female reproductive organs and neither had undergone phalloplasty surgery to construct a penis and testes. One of the men, known as AH, hailed the decision, saying not having a birth certificate to match his appearance had made life difficult, for example, when he had tried to obtain a mortgage from his bank manager. ”An over-emphasis on surgery should not exist,” he said. read more

Syria cancels football friendly with Iran

first_imgTEHRAN: Syria has cancelled a friendly football match with Iran in preparation for the remaining matches of the World Cup qualification group stage. The Iran football federation had already announced that they will host Syria in Tehran on September 3.”An apology has been made since we cannot play Iran but we will meet Iraq in a friendly match as planned,” Syrian national football team head coach Nabil Maaloul was quoted as saying by Tehran Times daily on Sunday. The Iran national football team is also scheduled to meet Uzbekistan in Tashkent on September 7. According to Iran football federation spokesman Amir Mehdi Alavi, the match will be held as planned. “The Asian qualifying matches of the 2022 World Cup have been postponed but our plans go ahead as scheduled,” Alavi was quoted as saying. Iran, who sit third in Group C behind Iraq and Bahrain, have four must-win matches ahead in the competition. IANS Also Watch: Assam Guv Bats for Good Governance in BTADlast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img— The Islanders are 0-3 on their road trip after Antti Raanta (AN’-tee RAHN’-tah) stopped 25 shots and Conor Garland scored his team-leading 20th goal in Arizona’s 2-1 victory over New York. Clayton Keller put the Coyotes ahead for good with a first-period goal. The Isles hadn’t scored on the trip until Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) beat Raanta with 13:18 remaining.— Evgenii Dadonov (dah-DAH’-nahv) notched his 24th goal and Mike Hoffman added his 22nd as the Panthers downed the Sharks, 5-3 in San Jose. Anton Stralman and Vincent Trochek (TROH’-chehk) added goals in the final three minutes to secure Florida’s first win in three games. Aaron Ekblad had two assists and Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF’-skee) stopped 29 shots for Florida.— Andrew Mangiapane (man-jah-PAN’-ee) had three goals and an assist in leading the Flames to a 6-4 victory over the Ducks. Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist for Calgary, which trailed 3-1 early in the third period. Sam Bennett and Sean Monahan also scored to back Cam Talbot, who made 26 stops.NBA-NEWSBeilein pondering future with Cavs Former LPGA golfer Mickey Wright dead at 85FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Hall of Fame golfer Mickey Wright has died. Her attorney says she died Monday of a heart attack at the age of 85. She had been hospitalized in recent weeks because of a fall.Wright won 82 LPGA tournaments, including 13 majors. She joined the fledgling LPGA in 1955 and her 82 wins place her second on the all-time list behind Kathy Whitworth, who won 88. She retired from the tour in 1969 because of foot issues.MLB-NEWSBraves extend contracts of Snitker, Anthopoulos Dayton, Duke, Maryland, Florida State, Penn State and Kentucky round out the top 10, with Louisville dropping from fifth to 11th with Saturday’s 15-point loss at Clemson.COLLEGE SPORTS-TRANSFERS-ACCACC supports one-time transfers without sitting outGREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference has joined the Big Ten in saying it supports one-time transfers without sitting out for all sports.The ACC issued a statement saying the league had “unanimously concluded that as a matter of principle we support a one-time transfer opportunity for all student-athletes, regardless of sport.” The conference added that it looks forward to continuing the discussion nationally. — Ratings for the NBA All-Star Game were up 8% over last year, with an average of 7.3 million viewers watching Sunday night’s broadcast on TNT. About 8 million viewers were tuned in for the end of the game, where LeBron James’ team defeated Giannis Antetokounmpo’s team 157-155 in the first target-score format in All-Star history. The fourth quarter was untimed and was broadcast commercial-free.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-POLLBaylor, Gonzaga, Kansas still lead the wayUNDATED (AP) — Baylor, Gonzaga, Kansas and San Diego remain the top 4 teams in the newest Associated Press men’s basketball poll.The top-ranked Bears claimed 48 of 63 first-place votes, the No. 2 Bulldogs picked up 14 and the third-rated Jayhawks claimed the other No. 1 vote. Kansas and Baylor will square off Saturday in Waco. February 17, 2020 The 0.014 margin of victory was the second closest in race history.Chris Buescher finished third, followed by David Ragan and Kevin Harvick.NHL-SCHEDULEKnights blank Ovi, beat CapsUNDATED (AP) — No goals for Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn), and no points for the Washington Capitals in the NHL standings. The Vegas Golden Knights knocked off a Metropolitan Division contender for the second straight game, carrying a 3-0 lead into the third period before holding off the Capitals, 3-2. Goals by Nick Holden, Reilly Smith and Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH’-tee) helped the Knights pull into a first-place tie with Edmonton in the Pacific Division.Marc-Andre Fleury turned back 27 shots and blanked Washington until T.J. Oshie (OH’-shee) scored twice in a 1:53 span midway through the final period.Ovechkin has failed to collect a point in five games since his hat trick against the Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 4. He remains two goals shy of becoming the eighth player in NHL history with 700 goals or more.The outcome keeps the Capitals just one point ahead of Pittsburgh for first place in the Metropolitan Division. The Penguins have two games in hand.Elsewhere on NHL ice: CBS Sports reported last month that the Big Ten had proposed legislation in October that would allow undergraduates in any sport to transfer without sitting out to satisfy the typical requirement that they spend a year in residence at their new school.The NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors implemented a moratorium Nov. 1 on transfer-related proposals for the 2019-20 legislative cycle while additional data was gathered for review, meaning any proposals likely couldn’t be adopted until 2021.NHL-NEWSToffoli dealt to CanucksUNDATED (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks have acquired veteran scoring help. — Astros pitcher Francis Martes has been suspended for the 2020 season following his second positive test for a performance-enhancing substance. The 24-year-old right-hander is on the Astros’ 40-man major league roster but hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2017. He was suspended last March 12 for 80 games following a positive test for Clomiphene.— Houston backup infielder Aledmys (ah-LEHD’-meed) Díaz has gone to arbitration seeking $2.6 million compared to the same $2 million salary he earned last year. Díaz hit .271 for the AL champions with nine homers and 40 RBIs in 247 plate appearances over 69 games last season.— Angels owner Arte Moreno acknowledges he scrapped the proposed trade that would have landed Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling from the Dodgers. Both veterans likely would have played immediately for the Angels, but Moreno called off the talks around the deal while the Dodgers’ blockbuster deal with Boston was delayed for several days. Moreno also says the Angels can make an even bigger trade for an elite starting pitcher if they get a chance this season. Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have extended the contracts of manager Brian Snitker and general manager Alex Anthopoulos.Anthopoulos also has been given an additional title of president, baseball operations, while his contract is extended through the 2024 season.Snitker and his coaching staff have received extensions through the 2021 season.The Braves have won two consecutive NL East titles under Anthopoulos and Snitker.Also around the majors: Hamlin is the first driver to win back-to-back Daytona 500s since Sterling Marlin in 1994 and ’95. Hamlin joined six Hall of Fame drivers as winners of three or more Daytona 500s. This victory comes after just the second rain postponement in 62 years, a pair of red flag stoppages and two overtimes.Newman had surged into the lead on the final lap when Ryan Blaney’s bumper caught the back of his Ford and sent Newman hard right into the wall. His car flipped, rolled and was hit on the driver’s side by Corey LaJoie’s car before finally skidding across the finish line in flames.NASCAR read a statement from Roush Fenway Racing that said Newman is in “serious condition, but doctors have indicated his injuries are not life threatening.”It took several minutes for his car to be rolled back onto its wheels. The 2008 Daytona 500 winner was placed in a waiting ambulance and taken directly to a hospital, and the damage to his Mustang was extensive. It appeared the entire roll cage designed to protect his head had caved.Newman’s accident comes 19 years after Dale Earnhardt was killed on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. Earnhardt was the last driver killed in a NASCAR Cup Series race. UNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein (BEE’-lyn) has discussed with team officials the possibility of him stepping down before the end of the first reported the possibility of Beilein leaving the team before the end of the season on Sunday night as the All-Star Game wrapped up in Chicago. The team is 14-40 amid reports that players have not been pleased with Beilein’s coaching style, calling it simplistic with too much emphasis on fundamentals.Beilein went 829-468 as a college coach. He won 428 games at Michigan, leading the Wolverines to nine NCAA tournament appearances and two Final Fours in his 12 seasons.If Beilein does step down, associate head coach JB Bickerstaff would likely replace him.Also around the NBA: Browns cut Carrie, 3 othersCLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns new general manager Andrew Berry cleared $13 million in salary-cap space Monday by releasing veteran cornerback T.J. Carrie and three others signed by former GM John Dorsey.The 29-year-old Carrie played in all 32 games over the past two seasons after being signed as a free agent. He had 125 tackles, two interceptions and two sacks.Along with Carrie, Cleveland terminated the contracts of tight end Demetrius Harris, guard Eric Kush and linebacker Adarius Taylor.LPGA-OBIT-MICKEY WRIGHT Update on the latest in sports: The Los Angeles Kings have shipped forward Tyler Toffoli (tah-FOH’-lee) to the Canucks for forward Tim Schaller and prospect Tyler Madden. The Kings also receiver a second-round selection in this year’s draft and a fourth-rounder in 2022.Toffoli has 18 goals and 34 points in 58 games this season. The deal comes after he became the first player in NHL history to record a hat trick in an outdoor game, leading Los Angeles to a 3-1 win over Colorado on Saturday.In other NHL news:— The Sabres have suspended defenseman Zach Bogosian for failing to report to the team’s AHL affiliate at Rochester after clearing waivers. Bogosian now risks losing out on what’s left of the $6 million he is owed in the final year of his contract. The developments come a little over a week before the NHL’s trade deadline on Feb. 24, and some three months after Bogosian requested to be traded.NFL-BROWNS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-DAYTONA 500Hamlin wins; concern for NewmanDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — There was celebration for Denny Hamlin and great concern for Ryan Newman at the end of the Daytona 500.last_img read more

Regional Under-19 cricket Looknauth Perez  star for Guyana  in stalemate with T&T

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC) – Raymond Perez grabbed the opportunity for a half-century as Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago played to a tame draw on the final day of their second round match in the Regional Under-19 Championship here Sunday.With no outright result possible after T&T battled their way to 128 all out, Perez lashed a breezy 76 as Guyana ended on 118 for two in their second innings at St Paul’sBoth Guyana and T&T had pulled off victories in the first round but any hope of similar fortunes here were dashed.Resuming on their overnight 67 for four, T&T failed to make serious inroads into their target and found themselves conceding a first innings lead of 129 runs.Christian Thurton, unbeaten on 33 at the start, made 43 while Saiba Batoosingh chipped in with 31. Thurton put on a valuable 30 for the fifth wicket with Joshua James (18) as T&T made a strong start to the day but the last six wickets fell for 33 runs in a disappointing collapse.Off-spinner Richie Looknauth was at the heart of the decline, claiming five  for 18 while left-arm spinner Keshram Seyhodan finished with two for 21.Batting a second time, Guyana dominated the Trinidadian bowling with Perez posting 109 for the opening stand with Aley Algoo who struck 35.Perez faced 96 balls and counted seven fours and one six while Algoo struck two fours and a six off 91 balls.Left-arm spinner Justyn Gango picked up both wickets, to fall to end with two for eight.last_img read more

FB : Bailey shines on senior day despite loss; SU defense exposed by Cincinnati zone-read offense

first_imgEveryone was consumed by the fourth consecutive loss. For the moment, nothing else mattered.So as Antwon Bailey walked off the field Saturday following a crushing 30-13 defeat to Cincinnati, the fact that he had just rushed for a new career high on senior day in the Carrier Dome meant nothing.He quickly brushed aside the accomplishment to reiterate that the season isn’t over.‘Of course, it touches me in a way because it is my last game in the Dome,’ Bailey said. ‘But we still have everything in front of us. We have one more game, and if we win we will be bowl eligible.’Lost in the middle of SU’s longest losing streak since 2007 was perhaps Bailey’s best performance of the year. Though he didn’t find the end zone against the Bearcats, the senior tailback was the only bright spot of the Syracuse offense. He ran for 135 yards Saturday and eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark for his career.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe was also the second-leading receiver for the Orange, hauling in five passes for 43 yards.But his performance was overshadowed by the shoddy play of the offensive line in passing situations. Quarterback Ryan Nassib was hounded relentlessly by the Cincinnati defense, and everyone, including offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, lost sight of the fact that the run blocking was, in fact, effective.‘We had some good stats,’ Hackett said. ‘I didn’t even know we ran the ball that well.’Bailey was the catalyst on SU’s second scoring drive to take the lead 6-3. He ran the ball on four consecutive plays to move the ball from the Syracuse 49-yard line down to the Cincinnati 22.Overall, he accounted for 30 of the team’s 64 yards on that drive. For the game, he earned nine first downs by himself.Still, the senior was disheartened along with the rest of his teammates with the result. It wasn’t the way any of them envisioned leaving the Dome.‘I definitely had a lot of emotions running with it being my last game in the Carrier Dome,’ Bailey said. ‘I’ve got a lot of good memories in this place.’Syracuse struggles to defend running quarterbacksIsaiah Pead moved in motion across the Cincinnati formation from right to left. The ball was snapped, and everyone knew it was going to be a sweep handoff to Pead, like the Bearcats had been relying on all game.Wrong.Third-string quarterback Jordan Luallen pulled the ball out from Pead’s belly and took off moving right as the whole Syracuse defense went left with Pead. He broke out up the middle for a gain of 48 yards to the 1-yard line, and UC would eventually tack on a field goal to extend its lead to 14.‘We see (Luallen) in practice, we see the explosive plays,’ Bearcats head coach Butch Jones said. ‘He brings a little bit different of a spin to our offense.’That play, the longest rushing play of the game for either team, gave Cincinnati a two-score lead midway through the third quarter and highlighted SU’s inability to play disciplined football against Cincinnati’s running quarterbacks. Luallen and starter Munchie Legaux combined for 88 yards rushing en route to the 30-13 win over Syracuse.Both players used the zone-read play perfectly throughout the game, mixing in carries for Pead and tailback George Winn while keeping the defense honest with quarterback runs.The result was 189 yards rushing for the Bearcats.‘Both quarterbacks ran the same schemes,’ Marrone said. ‘It wasn’t like one quarterback was doing something different than the other one. They were both running the same type of schemes in the same situations. We have to do a better job.’It wasn’t until Friday that Jones announced Luallen would see playing time in addition to Legaux. The Bearcats opening-day starter, Zach Collaros, is likely out for the year with a broken ankle.Last week, it was Legaux’s turn to run the show against Rutgers, and the result was a 20-3 loss. But the addition of Luallen this week provided a nice spark and a change of pace from Legaux’s running speed.Luallen finished with 77 yards rushing and averaged 9.6 yards per attempt to frustrate the Syracuse defense all game.‘They gave me the opportunity to go in and play, so I tried to just go out and do what I do best: run the ball,’ Luallen said. ‘It’s one of my strengths.’  Published on November 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Fast growth LeoVegas AB appoints Caroline Palm as Group HR lead

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Submit GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Caroline PalmStockholm-listed online gambling group LeoVegas AB has confirmed the appointment of Caroline Palm to the executive position of Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO).Appointed as LeoVegas’ first ever group HR lead, Palm joins the online gambling operator from Swedish health and environmental technology conglomerate Serendipity Group AB, where she served as Group Head of HR (2013-2017).Palm, who will begin her executive role this February, will be tasked as a key stakeholder as LeoVegas pursues its ongoing recruitment drive within its Malta, London and Stockholm offices.Confirming the appointment of Palm as CHRO, Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO of LeoVegas, details: “Caroline Palm fits perfectly into LeoVegas and this new role within the management team. The overall responsibility and strategic mind-set about staff, recruitment and HR is important now when we are close to 600 employees.”“It has also become even more fundamental when we have started to acquire companies and have offices in several countries and cities. Caroline’s experiences from fast-growing and entrepreneurial companies in the tech sector means that she has broad expertise and is a strong additional contribution to Team LeoVegas,” Hagman added.Ending 2017, LeoVegas completed its €60 million acquisition of UK-focused online casino brand, which will be integrated to the group’s current online gambling portfolio.Furthermore, focusing on developing new technology capabilities, LeoVegas launched its innovation and investment arm ‘LeoVentures’, a strategic division which is led by LeoVegas Co-founder Robin Ramm-Ericson. Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020last_img read more

AFCON Qualifier :Can Uganda Cranes defy the omens?

first_imgOver the years, Uganda-Ghana fixtures have been closely contested affairs.In fact, in the eight meetings the two sides have faced off since their meeting in the 1978 Nations Cup final when Ghana edged Uganda 2-0, the Black Stars have only registered four two-goal wins over the Cranes. In the other three, Uganda has beaten Ghana once and pulled off two draws –a pattern that would ideally point to another cracking fixture in Kumasi this weekend. Unfortunately, events in Cranes’ build-up to their first Group E fixture suggest otherwise. Apart from staging a mediocre performance in their 2-0 loss to Niger in Niamey on Tuesday, the team’s preparations have been dampened by mysterious circumstances under which the team’s main striker Geoffrey Massa was dropped for this particular fixture. “Why would anyone stop me from travelling to Ghana?” I had prepared for this game and thought I would help the team but that isn’t possible now,” Massa stated early this week. Massa, who turns out for South African side Amatuks, had scored in Cranes’ last two qualifying matches against Madagascar and Mauritania –games that decided Uganda’s progress to the group stages. It’s the second time that the 28-year-old has been overlooked for a crucial game.  In September 2013, Massa was dropped for the crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier against Senegal in Marrakesh –a fixture Cranes lost 1-0. Uganda also self-destructed in October, 2011. Back then, Cranes star David Obua was dismissed from camp, just 24 hours to a vital fi xture against Kenya that could have earned a place to the finals after several years of waiting. In the absence of Massa, Cranes will look to Robert Ssentongo, Yunus Ssentamu, Hamis Kizza and Brian Umony for ammunition. On the evidence of their display against Niger, Cranes will have to show more bite, application, and spirit if they are to survive the intensity of the game in Kumasi. Over the years, Cranes have always won their first fixtures. Cranes have always won their home fixtures. But for the first time in over a decade, their Nations Cup campaign starts away from home, at a place of no faint hearts. Ghana too experienced  The Black Stars will come to this fixture with plenty of experience gathered over the years from both Nations Cup and World Cup tournaments. In qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, Ghana topped their qualifying group, which included 2012 African Cup of Nations champions Zambia, with five wins out of six games. They eventually booked their flight to Brazil by dismantling much-fancied Egypt 7-3 on aggregate, including a 6-1 home victory. If Egypt’s performance against Ghana in Kumasi last year proved one thing, it was that any side that encounters the current Black Stars team needs to motor in top gear and not in bits. Engaging in second or third gear is not an option. Cranes will need to keep their tactical shape, throw bodies upfront, pressurize Ghana and force them into errors. This season, goalkeeper Denis Onyango has yet to start for his South Africa club Mamelodi Sundowns but will be considered ahead of Robert Odongkara due to his experience.  No changes The gangly custodian will be shielded by a back-four that includes Denis Iguma (right), Godfrey Walusimbi (left) and central pairing of Andrew Mwesigwa and Isaac Isinde.Micho Sredojevic will most likely opt for a conservative approach in midfield with two defensive midfielders in Khalid Aucho and Geoffrey Kizito. Tony Mawejje has assumed a more attacking role in recent Cranes matches. He will however find himself caught in providing more defensive cover than supporting the likes of Luwagga Kizito, Moses Oloya and Brian Umony in the offensive side of the pitch. It must be said, that although Ghana are good going forward, they do struggle at the back, with a lack of quality in goal and defence. In defence, the successors to John Mensah and Isaac Vorsah come with little of the quality the centre back paring provided in previous qualifiers.  This is where Massa would have weaved his magic, troubled the makeshift Ghanaian defense with pace and power over 90 minutes. As it is, Ghana will certainly dictate proceedings with Kwadwo Asamoah at the forefront of their attacking play. Asamoah has immensely improved since his move to Italian club Juventus. He was in great form last season as Juve pushed for a third successive Serie A title. Although Asamoah has often dropped back to play at left back for Juventus, he plays in a more central role for Ghana, linking the midfield and attack, and is the team’s orchestra alongside Andrew Ayew, Jordan Ayew and Gyan Asamoah — Ghana’s chief source of goals.But equally dangerous is Majeed Waris, a player whose stock has risen quicker than anyone on the Ghanaian team in the last six months. Waris has the ability to make diagonal runs off the shoulders of defenders than most players would make, giving him more space to run onto the ball. It will be interesting to see how Cranes central defenders shackle the youngster.last_img read more