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

Tailgating

first_imgTailgating is the new thing to do before any football game. It is even coming to high schools. Some of these parties begin six hours before the kickoff, and some of the guests do not even have tickets to the game. A TV is set up and they watch the game from the parking lot. A whole new line of equipment has been developed to make the tailgating easier, and more like the backyard picnic. No longer are hot dogs and burgers the main course. We now have ribs, skewers, elaborate casseroles, and whatever you might think of to eat on the menu. Elaborate tents, grills, ovens, and liquor dispensers are purchased and lugged to every game. The menu is planned early in the week so all the ingredients are in place on Saturday. Everyone is assigned something to bring or pay for, and the party is on. Universities now hire extra police to patrol the parking lots to make sure the party stays a party and the goodies are not stolen or destroyed. Pack ‘n Plays are set up for the young ones, and the older ones have their footballs and Frisbees. Some people have even purchased vehicles to transport all this important gear to home and away games. If the weather cooperates, the party might start at 7 a.m. and go well into the night. Some of the tailgaters probably don’t know who won the game, but boy, did they have fun; come next Saturday they will be raring to go again.last_img read more

Bleach: Path not easy for interim coach

first_imgWhen it comes to the 23 different varsity sports at Wisconsin, you don’t have to be a Vegas odds maker to predict their future.Hell, you don’t even have to be professor Trelawney.Whether Badger fans like to accept it or not, the various UW head coaches carve their own little groove — good or bad — and they will continue to chug along at that pace like the little engines that could with little difference between seasons.Here are just a few examples:* The football team will continue to be good (See: 5-0 start), but not great (See: losing to Ohio State despite doubling their yardage).* The softball team will continue to set records for futility — currently sitting on two 15-40 seasons in a row — and fans will moan for the days before Title IX when we still had baseball.* The men’s basketball team will be underrated for the 109,584,983th straight time and Bo Ryan will prove all doubters wrong for the 109,584,983th time. Or something like that.While I am not advocating Athletic Director Barry Alvarez go trigger happy with pink slips (except in the case of a certain softball liability), it doesn’t take more than a few years to see what you are going to get from a coach.Take women’s hockey for example. Ever since Mark Johnson took over in 2003, the Badgers have a 210-39-22 record, own the longest NCAA undefeated streak and have brought three national championships back to the Kohl Center. Johnson has produced perhaps the greatest women’s hockey forward of all time in Sara Bauer (though Hilary Knight might eventually usurp her) and certainly the best goaltender of all time with last season’s Patty Kazmaier Award winner Jessie Vetter.When the cardinal and white take the ice, they are more of a certainty than the Harlem Globetrotters vs. the Washington Generals.So four games into the season, UW’s record is naturally…2-2…?WHAT?And this isn’t just any 2-2 record. The Badgers didn’t lose to Minnesota or Minnesota-Duluth — the Alabama and LSU of women’s hockey to Wisconsin’s Florida.No, UW was shut out 2-0 in the season opener by North Dakota, a team that lost eight straight to end their season last year and fell 1-0 to Bemidji State.Bemidji isn’t even a real state!If you follow the women’s hockey team — save your jokes, there are fans who follow them — you understand how shocking this is.If you don’t own a personalized Erika Lawler jersey, then just think of Appalachian State over Michigan and you will be somewhat in the realm of just how surprising those losses were.First let’s start with what didn’t cause these losses.Watching Vetter graduate to go defend Team USA’s nets certainly won’t help Wisconsin, but with four experienced junior blueliners helping the new goaltenders, the drop-off shouldn’t be too steep. So far, UW has given up four goals in four games, an impressive average even for the superb Vetter. Goaltending may be a problem when the Badgers run into the talented forwards of Minneosta and Minnesota-Duluth, but the ladies between the pipes certainly haven’t been the problem so far.Well if it isn’t defense, logic states it must be offense, right?Losing Lawler (64 points), Angie Keseley (59 points) and Vetter (superman status) to graduation certainly would be a big blow to any program. Having the team’s best two-way player in senior Meghan Duggan and WCHA points leader junior Hilary Knight redshirt as they spend a year playing for the Olympic team hurts even more.With the team being shutout in both losses, the loss of the top four scorers must be the answer for their downfall, correct?Wrong. Even though the team lost enough offensive firepower to restart the Cold War, the Badgers (much like the U.S.), have enough weapons stocked a few missing missiles is no reason to panic (unlike the U.S.).With senior Jasmine Giles (45 points), preseason WCHA all-star Mallory Deluce, sophomore Brooke Ammerman (second on the team with 27 goals) and preseason WCHA rookie of the year Brianna Decker, goals shouldn’t be hard to come by, even if Decker is out until at least December with a broken arm.The defense isn’t to blame. The offensive talent is certainly there.The person most responsible for two unspeakable losses, unfortunately, is interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser.While this may seem like an unjustified attack on a coach after merely two losses, I actually mean it as a compliment.To current Olympic head coach Mark Johnson.Hockey is a game where lucky bounces matter. The NHL needs seven game series to fairly judge which team is better, because the team that dominates the puck doesn’t always win. In short, it is a game that cannot be mastered — you can only hope to put yourself in the best position to win.DeKeyser has the misfortune to follow what might be the most successful hockey coach of all time. Note that I didn’t say women’s hockey.Losing two games to conference opponents shouldn’t be shocking. Johnson has just been so successful, he has created a new standard.DeKeyser should not be blamed for losing two early games with a drastically different team.Johnson should just be praised for creating the illusion that DeKeyser should.Michael is a senior majoring in journalism and he would like to wish a happy birthday to his Dad! If you want to talk about hockey he can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more