Spain may quarantine UK visitors, foreign minister tells BBC

first_imgTopics : Spain counts on tourism for about 12 percent of its economy and more than one in eight jobs, making it essential for the country to try and salvage some of the summer holiday season.Britain’s Finance Minister Rishi Sunak told Sky News on Sunday that the quarantine was among measures it would review, saying the government could make changes including introducing travel corridors with specific countries.Spain’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.  Britain, with more than 41,000 documented coronavirus-linked deaths, and Spain, with more than 27,000, have been two of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic.Both, along with other European countries, are in the process of easing lockdown restrictions that have included border closures.Spanish officials gave no mention of any quarantine curbs on Sunday, when the government moved forward the date for allowing European visitors back into the country to June 21 from July 1.In recent weeks, Spain has caused some confusion in neighboring countries by repeatedly changing the date and conditions for lifting the ban on foreign visitors it imposed in March in response to the epidemic.center_img Spain is considering imposing a quarantine on visitors from Britain when it re-opens its borders next week, Spain’s Foreign Minister said, in response to a similar policy introduced last week for travellers to Britain.Arancha Gonzalez Laya told the BBC she hoped Britain would lift its restriction, making a reciprocal Spanish one unnecessary.”We will be in a dialogue with the UK to see whether or not we should be introducing reciprocity as they have different measures than the rest of the European Union,” she said in an advance excerpt from current affairs program HARDtalk.last_img read more

Spring Notebook: Offense tops 2005 performance

first_imgLast Thursday afternoon, UW head coach Bret Bielema took a stroll down to the office of his former head coach and current Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez to speak about the 2005 spring football game.They weren’t the only ones talking.Quietly, those who have followed the football program and the team’s progress this spring feared the worst from the annual UW spring football game. Following the nigh unwatchable UW Cardinal-White contest from a year ago that ended in a 14-14 tie, this contest looked like it possibly could be even more dreadful, at least from an offensive perspective, as the seasoned Wisconsin defense had consistently outplayed the offense through the course of spring drills. “We knew coming in that we had the upper hand, having played all spring pretty well,” said senior linebacker Mark Zalewski. “We didn’t want to give up any points. We didn’t really state it, but we wanted to keep them off the board, just like you would in any game.”After the first two drives for the starters of the Cardinal squad, it appeared as if the nightmares were being realized. After a very quick three-and-out on the first drive, the next Cardinal possession got underway with P.J. Hill suffering a stinger on a dive to the right. On second down, junior defensive lineman Kurt Ware broke into the backfield and “sacked” quarterback John Stocco. And on the next play Stocco was picked off by Zach Hampton, who returned the pick 59 yards for a touchdown.Things weren’t looking good.In the end, however, the 2006 spring game was hardly a disaster at all and, unlike in 2005, lent optimism toward the upcoming season. The game was hardly a shootout, with only three touchdowns and a field goal, and it was sloppy at times, but most players and coaches left satisfied with the offensive performance.After its initial struggles, the first-team cardinal offense moved the ball well, and senior quarterback Stocco looked as in-tune with his receivers as he has at any point all spring, his pick-six to cornerback Zach Hampton not-withstanding.”Obviously, we still have some things to work on, but overall, I thought we did some good things today,” Stocco said. “It’s really just another practice for us, and we improved ourselves.”The Cardinal squad piled up 417 yards of offense, with Stocco netting 154 of those through the air. His throws were on target, and his reads were accurate. “I felt pretty good at making our throws, making plays, and I made my reads today, so it was a good day for me,” Stocco said.Hampton continues spring success: Hampton is making a name for himself as being an annual spring game star. In last season’s game, Hampton jumped in front of Jarvis Minton to pick off a John Stocco pass, solidifying what had been a fantastic spring for the aspiring safety.This year, after being moved to cornerback, Hampton repeated the feat and took it a step further, making it all the way to paydirt.On third-and-12, Stocco dropped back and attempted to hit wide receiver Paul Hubbard cutting across the field on a square route. The pass was behind Hubbard, who managed to get at least a hand on it, and was snatched by the opportunistic Hampton. He was then off to the races from there.”I was pretty much just trying to knock it down and it stuck,” Hampton said. “[Then] I saw the whole field, and I didn’t think anybody was going to catch me.”Nice reward: Offensive lineman Mike Van Someren tends to stick out in a crowd at 6-foot-7 and 320 pounds. However, the junior was even more noticeable than usual on Saturday, as he could be seen wearing a black jersey, symbolizing he was playing for both the cardinal and white, functioning as both the first- and second-string left tackle.Van Someren has become an iron man this spring, sometimes seeing 95 percent of the offensive line snaps. He has been one of the more impressive players during spring drills, if only for his endurance.His reward for the effort was somewhat dubious, having to play for both teams while wearing a black jersey on a very sunny day.”It was an opportunity, and I hope I took advantage of it,” Van Someren said. “I think, from an endurance standpoint, I think I showed them something. … With the sun beating down, it got pretty warm in there.”Infirmary report: Besides Hill, Hubbard appeared to be shaken up and said he rolled up his ankle in the first quarter but that he would be fine.Backup outside linebacker Jammar Crane also appeared to suffer an ankle injury in the fourth quarter.last_img read more

DYNAMIC DUO: Donahue, Rice carry Syracuse to blowout win in season opener against Siena

first_img Published on February 10, 2014 at 9:17 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Dylan Donahue and Kevin Rice wasted no time in showcasing the chemistry they built in the months leading up to the season.The two first met as juniors in high school as teammates in the Empire State Games and their friendship picked up again when Donahue transferred from Air Force before last season. Then they honed their connection this past summer playing together in summer leagues and working out up to five times a week.So when the Orange opened its season against Siena on Monday night, it was the well-oiled pair that spearheaded a potent attack and buried the Saints by the opening minutes of the second half.“I think that that definitely helped,” Rice said, “with our communication and knowing each other’s tendencies.”No. 2 Syracuse’s (1-0) season-opening 19-7 win over Siena (0-1) showed that the offseason work was greatly beneficial. A year ago, the Orange floundered in a double-overtime loss in its home opener against unranked Albany. Monday, Donahue and Rice hampered any chance of a Siena upset early on and treated the 2,015 fans in the Carrier Dome to a one-sided affair.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth players finished one tally shy of SU single-game records and surrounded themselves with elite company.Donahue netted eight goals, becoming the first Syracuse player to score seven or more since Matt Cutia did so in 1999. Rice dished out eight assists, becoming the first SU player to collect eight or more since Casey Powell in 1997. And to tie their stat lines together, Rice assisted on six of Donahue’s goals.Siena totaled just nine points, while Donahue and Rice combined for 17 of the Orange’s 31. Yet neither of the two were ready to take any individual credit after the game.“I think it’s nice for us that we get the points but most of the work was done by our middies,” Rice said.“It was a pretty good team effort today,” Donahue said.Donahue and Rice’s passive attitude toward their collective brilliance surfaces in their on-field play.Neither celebrates too much or too often. Just the occasional fist bump — which Donahue displayed after slotting the Orange’s first goal of the season two minutes in — or the theatrical head nod — which Rice utilized after assisting on a Donahue goal early in the second quarter.And as the scoring plays developed throughout the night, each one looking like a replay of the last, Rice was the easiest to follow.Early in the second half, amid a streak of three goals scored by Donahue off passes from Rice that put the game out of reach, Rice calmly cradled the ball behind the Saints’ net. The artful creator of the duo, he effortlessly dodged two defenders before Donahue darted into the crease.Before the Siena defense could react and goalie Tommy Cordts could turn his body toward the field, Donahue had already caught the ball and slapped it into the back of the net.Then the attention shifted to Donahue while Rice slowly caught up to a huddle of celebrating white jerseys.“Dylan picked up where he left off last year,” SU head coach John Desko said, “shooting the ball extremely well, moving without the ball and carrying the ball.”If Syracuse can take anything away from a double-digit win over an inferior opponent, it’s the rapport between two of its savviest starters. Rice and Donahue didn’t just lead the Orange attack to 13 first-half goals and an impressive overall output, but did so without revealing what they’re really capable of.Every Donahue goal that came off a Rice assist was within feet of the crease with passes coming from behind the net. Then both players said after the game that they’ve worked on all kinds of ways to score.Desko had a hard time explaining what he saw. He looked at Donahue from the seat over at the postgame press conference and said, “I guess you were just in the right place at the right time tonight.”That explanation works against Siena, but even when the Orange moves into the nation’s hardest schedule in the coming weeks, it will have a seasoned pair to lean on.“I get the ball and the defense is rotating and Dylan always finds the open spot,” Rice said.It’s as simple as that. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

How Jamie Trimboli’s transformed shot led to 1st team All-American season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The way Army goalie Wyatt Schupler reacted to Jamie Trimboli’s shot was logical. Most goalies did the same: they figured he’d shoot high. Film showed Trimboli’s tendency. Analysis by announcers confirmed it.Four minutes into the third quarter of Syracuse’s Feb. 23 game against the Black Knights, Trimboli circled behind the Army defense before cutting down the middle lane — catching a pass and beating Schupler one-on-one. When Trimboli’s stick rose, Schupler jumped. But instead, Trimboli deposited the ball into the bottom corner.Once he arrived at Syracuse, Trimboli couldn’t get away with the same offensive approach he used at nationally-ranked Victor (New York) High School, one that consisted of a sidearm shot rifled to the top corner. It became too predictable.“Everyone likes to see the upper corner shot where the net poofs out,” Joe, Trimboli’s father, said. Over the next three seasons, Trimboli worked to fix that. Goalies continued to anticipate the high shots, but he made it more challenging to distinguish between overhand and sidearm shots until the last minute. He established a scoring rate in 2020 that was on pace to surpass his Syracuse-highs in goals, points and shot percentage. It meshed with offensive coordinator Pat March’s new offense to help create what coaches called the country’s best midfield line with Brendan Curry and Tucker Dordevic, a trio that will remain intact next year after Trimboli announced he’ll use the NCAA’s eligibility relief.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Putting the ball low, putting it away, putting it on the hips, putting it in the corners, just changing it up,” Trimboli said. “Not being so predictable … and I feel like now I can kinda spray it all over the cage.” Katelyn Marcy | Digital Design DirectorAfter Trimboli was thrust into a starting role midway through his freshman year at Syracuse, opposing goalies started cheating high. They had always done that, but what worried him and Joe was the number of shots saved. Despite ranking sixth on the Orange with 13 goals and becoming the first Syracuse University offensive freshman to start more than 10 games in a decade, Trimboli still stumbled to a 28.9 shooting percentage. Until that point, it hadn’t mattered where Trimboli placed his shot. Top corners worked, so that became a habit. When Joe bought Trimboli his first stick from Dick’s Sporting Goods before starting Anthony Bianchi’s Aquinas Youth Lacrosse program, it was a “little whippy stick” Trimboli used to imitate college lacrosse shooting videos. Where Trimboli was raised, there was no lacrosse program, youth or high school, Joe said. Bianchi had coached Trimboli with Greece Chargers Pop Warner football but started the Aquinas Youth Program to pave a lacrosse avenue for a city that didn’t have one.  With a naturally powerful shot, Trimboli started on Bianchi’s team despite still learning the sport’s basics with Joe before games — how to scoop ground balls and catch passes. He learned how to dodge past defenders and capitalize on a goalie’s delayed reaction and ended up with 169 goals in three years at Victor — the town Trimboli’s family moved to when he was a sophomore in high school.“It gave kids like Jamie a chance to get into lacrosse and start growing,” Bianchi said.When Trimboli arrived at Syracuse, he stopped scoring at the same rate. Joe and his family would watch all the Orange’s games live, and then again at home, trying to observe for a second time why Trimboli wasn’t scoring. Ryan Powell, one of the analysts on those reruns, always pointed to the same flaw. “He’s a great player but he’s got to go high-low,” Joe recalled Powell saying. “He’s shooting upper corner all the time.”The changed approach required tweaks in practice, beyond the actual shot. Cover defender Brett Kennedy whacked Trimboli’s stick when he left it out in the open during dodges. Goalie Drake Porter pointed out how deceptive Trimboli’s shot was when he went overhand and hid the ball. “You can’t just throw gumballs at the net and hope they go in,” Porter said.“Time under tension” reps with Peter Dearth and David Lipka in the weight room complemented summers of Victor Crossfit with his older brother, Joey, and allowed Trimboli’s shooting percentage to increase nearly three points after his sophomore season. Under offensive coordinator March’s different tactics during the 2020 season, everything started to come together: the now-sporadically used sidearm shot, paired with the reemergence of the overhand one.Katelyn Marcy | Digital Design DirectorThrough five games of the shortened season, Trimboli was second on the Orange with 17 goals and converted 47.2% of his shots. His first goal of the season included a dodge past a defender and a shot that painted the lower-left corner, coming 20 minutes into the season-opener against Colgate. Two weeks later, he almost single-handedly led the Orange’s comeback against Army. Ever since Trimboli made the adjustments to his shot, the majority of Powell’s comments have turned positive: “Trimboli’s been re-calculating his shots.” They’d become less predictable.Against Army, less than a minute after Trimboli had cut the deficit to one, a Stephen Rehfuss pass in transition reached Trimboli, the trailer, who skipped twice to gather momentum behind his shot. An Army defender’s check threw him off balance, though. From the Carrier Dome stands, Joe screamed for a flag as Trimboli regained his footing and cut past his defender into a shooting lane.Schupler still kept his stick high. But for the second time, Trimboli bounced the ball past him into the bottom corner. Comments Published on April 29, 2020 at 11:18 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrewlast_img read more