UK To Impose Quarantine On Arrivals From Switzerland, Jamaica

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In this file photo taken on April 12, 2020 A handout image released by 10 Downing Street, shows Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he delivers a television address after returning to 10 Downing Street after being discharged from St Thomas’ Hospital, in central London on April 12, 2020. Pippa FOWLES / 10 Downing Street / AFP.


Britain said on Thursday it will reimpose quarantine for travellers from the Czech Republic, Jamaica and Switzerland, but ease restrictions on arrivals from Cuba in a bid to keep coronavirus infection rates down.

The decision, which will come into effect from 0300 GMT on Saturday, will require travellers from those three countries to self-isolate for 14 days following spikes in cases.

“Data shows we need to remove the Czech Republic, Jamaica and Switzerland from our list of #Coronavirus Travel Corridors to keep infection rates DOWN,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps wrote on Twitter.

“Data also shows we can now add Cuba to those countries INCLUDED in Travel Corridors,” he added, warning that people thinking of travelling abroad should be prepared for the advice to change at short notice.

Quarantine was imposed last week on Croatia, Austria, and Trinidad and Tobago, following France, the Netherlands and several other countries on the list as governments across Europe grapple with fears of a second wave of virus infections.

Britain, which has been the hardest-hit European country by COVID-19, registering more than 41,000 deaths to date, has itself seen its number of confirmed cases creeping up in recent weeks.

Officials announced more than 1,500 new cases on Thursday, its highest total since mid-June, although hospital admissions and death rates remain low.

The UK had no quarantine measures in the early stages of the pandemic but in June imposed a blanket self-isolation requirement on all arrivals.

Weeks later it carved out “travel corridors” which exempted travellers from certain countries from quarantine.

However, the measures were reintroduced for arrivals from Spain in late July, catching airlines by surprise — as well as thousands of Britons leaving for their holidays.

The country’s struggling tourism sector has criticised the quarantine policy as overbearing and called for more targeted testing at ports of entry.


Australia Advance To World Cup Semi-Final For First Time

Australia’s Matthew Dellavedova (L) and Martin Kriz of the Czech Republic fight for the ball as Australia’s Jock Landale (R) watches during the Basketball World Cup quarter-final game between Australia and Czech Republic in Shanghai on September 11, 2019. WANG ZHAO / AFP


San Antonio Spurs’ Patty Mills was in sparkling form once more for Australia as they reached the Basketball World Cup semi-finals for the first time on Wednesday.

The Boomers, who had never gone beyond the quarter-finals in 11 previous appearances, defeated tournament debutants the Czech Republic 82-70 and will meet Spain on Friday.

This was undefeated Australia’s sixth win in a row in China and in doing so they avoided becoming the latest surprise casualty at this unpredictable World Cup.

Argentina stunned favourites Serbia on Tuesday while reigning two-time champions the United States were dumped out by France on Wednesday.

The 31-year-old guard Mills led the scoring with 24 points. He also had six assists and four rebounds.

Australia were heavy favourites in Shanghai against the Czechs, who bravely hung on until midway through the third quarter, when the Boomers cranked up the pressure.

Australia survived the World Cup “Group of Death” also including Canada, Senegal and Lithuania, before beating the Dominican Republic and then fellow semi-finalists France.

Veteran Australian Andrew Bogut was again loudly booed throughout by fans in Shanghai upset with a tweet he wrote in July about Chinese swimming star Sun Yang.

He goaded the crowd afterwards with a dance as he came off the court.

Czech Republic Hand Nigeria Second Defeat In One Week

BREAKING: Czech Beat Nigeria In Friendly After England Loss
(L-R) Czech Republic’s Tomas Vaclik, Josef Sural and Marek Suchy vie for the ball with Nigeria’s midfielder John Obi Mikel (C) during the international friendly football match between Nigeria and Czech Republic in Rannersdorf, Austria on June 6, 2018. VLADIMIR SIMICEK / AFP


The Super Eagles have suffered another defeat in their friendlies for the second time in one week.

Nigeria suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Czech Republic on Wednesday in Austria in their final test ahead of the World Cup.

Defender Tomas Kalas, fresh from helping Fulham win promotion to the English Premier League, scored the only goal of the game in the first half in Schwechat, just outside Vienna.

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Gernot Rohr’s Super Eagles had already lost 2-1 to England at Wembley last weekend, while the Czechs — who failed to qualify for the World Cup — had lost 4-0 to Australia in their previous friendly outing.

Nigeria will face Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in a testing Group D in Russia, with their World Cup opener against Croatia in Kaliningrad on Saturday, June 16.

They will be based in Yessentuki, by the Caucasus Mountains in southern Russia.


Czech Republic To Hold Presidential Vote In January

Photo: Wikimedia/David Sedlecký/ Czech Republic President Milos Zeman

The Czech Republic will go to the polls in January in only the second presidential election in the country’s modern history decided by popular vote, the Senate speaker said on Wednesday.

About 20 candidates including the incumbent President Milos Zeman have already thrown their hats into the ring ahead of the vote which speaker Milan Stech said would take place on January 12-13.

If no candidate wins an absolute majority, the vote will go to a second round on January 26-27, Stech said on public television.

Zeman, who is known for his staunch anti-Muslim, pro-Russian and pro-Chinese views, announced earlier this year that he would run for a second five-year term.

The 72-year-old former communist and Donald Trump supporter is supported mostly in rural parts of the country and is disliked by the pro-EU intellectual circles of Prague and other large cities.

Critics have expressed concern that his health is not ideal for a president. Zeman is a heavy smoker, a fan of hard liquor and suffers from impaired hearing and diabetic neuropathy, which forces him to walk with a cane.

General election in October

Among the 20 other candidates are former Academy of Sciences head Jiri Drahos and businessman Michal Horacek — who along with Zeman are currently topping opinion polls.

Drahos, a 68-year-old chemist by training, is seen as the only candidate who could beat Zeman, with a survey by the Median institute in June showing he would win 53.5 percent of a possible second round vote.

Those wishing to run for president must obtain the backing of at least 20 lawmakers or 10 senators, or gather 50,000 signatures by November 7.

The Czech president’s powers are not as extensive as those of his counterparts in France and the United States, but he can nominate or remove the prime minister and other members of government, as well as approve or veto laws adopted by parliament.

Zeman is the third Czech president since the country gained independence in 1993, following the late dissident playwright Vaclav Havel and the economist Vaclav Klaus.

Before the presidential election, Czechs will hold a general election on October 20-21.

Led by billionaire Andrej Babis, the centrist ANO party has emerged as a clear odds-on favourite for the general vote in recent opinion polls.


Czech Republic Beat Spain To Reach Fed Cup Semi-Final

Czech Republic Beat Spain To Reach Fed Cup Semi-FinalThe Czech Republic have reached their ninth straight Fed Cup semi-final, after Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova led the reigning champions to a 3-1 victory over Spain in Ostrava.

After wins for Pliskova and Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the opening rubbers on Saturday, Sunday’s action started with the score level at 1-1.

Pliskova was in dominant form and the world number three dispatched Muguruza in just 60 minutes in their tie.

However, Czech triumphed 6-2 6-2 over the French Open champion to give Strycova the chance to seal the Czech Republic’s 10th consecutive Fed Cup victory.

Kvitova Survives Knife Attack

Petra KvitovaTwo-time Wimbledon champion, Petra Kvitova, has been injured by a knife-wielding attacker, believed to be a burglar, at her home in the Czech Republic.

Kvitova, 26, was stabbed in the left hand when she tried to defend herself but it has been confirmed that the injuries are not life-threatening.

She was attacked on Tuesday morning in the town of Prostejov in the east of the country, which is home to a national tennis academy.

The Wimbledon champion took to twitter to share her ordeal in the attack.

Prostejov police spokesman, Frantisek Korinek, said the attacker, who was aged about 35, escaped from the house and a manhunt is underway.

There is no suggestion she recognised her attacker, who she described on social media as an ‘individual with a knife’.

Earlier, Kvitova withdrew from the Czech Republic team in January’s Hopman Cup mixed-team tennis tournament in Australia because of a foot injury.

Euro 2016: Croatia Draw Czech Despite Crowd Violence

Euro 2016 Croatia, Czech Croatia have drawn Czech Republic 2 – 2 in the ongoing Euro 2016 championship in France, despite the violence that erupted from the Croatian end.

The crisis could be in reaction to Czech’s fightback goal, after being down by two goals to the Croatians.

This comes just as a French court jails three Russian fans for two years for their role in the violence in Marseille before the England-Russia opening match.

The watershed started in the 86th minute when some Croatians threw several flares on to the pitch after Tomas Necid replaced Jaroslav Plasil.Euro 2016 Crowd Violence

The referee, Mark Clattenburg, stopped the play when another flare was fired at an official’s direction, as fights also broke out in a section behind Petr Cech’s goal post.

The Croatians’ dream was subsequently truncated just as Clattenburg awarded a penalty in favour of Czech Republic.

Substitute Necid took advantage of the penalty to give Czech an equaliser, as they remain third in Group D while Croatia sit at the top of the group.

The crisis took place on Friday at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint-Etienne.

Euro 2016: Italy Beat Sweden 1-0 To Make Last 16

euro 2016Italy have maintained their Group E dominance in the ongoing Euro 2016 championship after beating Sweden 1 – 0.

The Italians were able to get through to the Round of 16 with a late goal in the 88th minute from Inter Milan forward, Eder Martins.

The match was played on Friday at the Stadium de Toulouse in France.Italy-Sweden, Euro 2016

Italy had beaten Belgium 2 – 0 in their first match with goals from Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle.

On the flip side, Sweden have been struggling to get a win in the competition after their match with the Republic of Ireland ended 1 – 1.

While Sweden are currently third in the group with one point, the match between Belgium and the Republic of Ireland would determine who will come second.

Euro 2016: Experienced Italy Stun Belgium 2-0

euro 2016A united Italy team on Monday night dented Belgium’s chances of glory at the Euro 2016 with a clinical 2-0 victory in Lyon.

Emanuele Giaccherini scored the opening goal in the 31st minute, while Graziano Pelle scored sealed the victory through a classic counter attack in the 91st minute.

After going one goal down, the Belgians missed several chances as they chased the equalizer all through the second half but Italy defended well.

Romelu Lukaku would be one of the guilty players, wasting one of the best goal scoring chances on the night as Marc Wilmots’ men failed to make it 1-1.

Pellè settled Italy’s nerves with a second after one of Belgium’s desperate attacking forays went bad and resulted in a counterattack.

Belgium, ranked number two in the world and rated as one of the pre-tournament favourites, are now bottom of Group E with Ireland and Sweden in second and third after drawing 1-1.

Earlier in the day, reigning champions Spain left it late as Gerard Pique’s 87th-minute header earned them a deserved 1-0 victory over a dogged Czech Republic in their Group D opener.

Spanish Coach, Vicente Del Bosque selected under-pressure goalkeeper, David De Gea for the starting line-up.

In the most one-sided game of the tournament so far, Vicente Del Bosque’s side looked like they would not get any reward for their possession until the Barcelona defender headed in Andres Iniesta’s cross.

Super Eagles Of Nigeria Unmoved In New FIFA Rankings

Super eaglesThe Super Eagles of Nigeria remain unchanged in the latest FIFA rankings for the month of May.

The Super Eagles retain the 14th spot in Africa and 67th in the world, Algeria remains Africa’s best playing nation on the 33rd spot.

The continent’s top ten team remind unchanged, with Cote D’ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Egypt, Cape Verde Islands, Tunisia, Cong Dr, Guinea and Congo.

With no grade A international matches played in April, the world’s top ten team were also unchanged.


Petr Cech Named Czech Republic Player Of The Year

Petr CechArsenal goalkeeper, Petr Cech, has been named Czech player of the year for the eighth time.

The award was announced on Monday after votes by coaches, players and club officials. Football federation officials and journalists also participated in the poll.

Sparta Prague striker David Lafata, finished second while Hertha Berlin midfielder Vladimir Darida came third.

The 33-year-old Arsenal player has been capped 118 times since making his international debut in 2002.

Cech joined Arsenal from Premier League champions Chelsea last June after making over 400 appearances in 11 years at Stamford Bridge.

Petr Cech has helped Czech Republic qualify for Euro 2016 in France where they play Spain, Croatia and Turkey in Group D.

However, a calf muscle injury he sustained earlier in March has ruled him out of the forthcoming international matches against Scotland and Sweden.

National team coach Pavel Vrba was voted best coach for the sixth straight year.

Davis Cup: Czech Republic, Great Britain Advance

Davis CupThe Czech Republic has beaten Germany to qualify for the Davis Cup quarter-finals despite a retirement in the fourth round by Tomas Berdych.

Lukas Rosol sealed the match-up with a straight sets victory against Alexander Zverev.

Berdych was trailing by two sets against Philipp Kohlschreiber before he retired.

The retirement levelled the match-up at 2-2 and left a final decisive round between Rosol and Zverev.

Rosol, beat 58th ranked Zverev 6-2 6-3 6-1.

Great Britain also advanced to the quarter-finals of the competition after Andy Murray overcame Japan’s Kei Nishikori in a five-set marathon in Birmingham.

The hosts and reigning champions led 2-1 heading into the fourth rubber but the British no 1 got the job done with a match to spare.

Murray wrapped up a 7-5 7-6 3-6 4-6 6-3 result against Japan’s top representative, Nishikori.

Argentina also clinched a quarter-final spot in the Davis Cup after Leonardo Mayer beat Poland’s Michal Przysiezny to give them an unassailable 3-1 lead.

Mayer lost the first set in a tie-breaker before winning the second, which also went to a tie-break.

The world number 41 then took the next two sets more comfortably winning 6-7 7-6 6-2 6-3.

The South Americans will now face Italy in the next round.

Serbia beat Kazakhstan 3-2 in their Davis Cup first-round tie in Belgrade to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash with holders Britain in July.

World number one Novak Djokovic overcame fatigue to beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7 7-6 4-6 6-3 6-2 in an absorbing five-hour contest before Viktor Troicki completed Serbia’s comeback with a 6-2 6-3 6-4 win over Aleksandr Nedovyesov.

Troicki, who was beaten by Kukushin, made light work of Nedovyesov in a straight-sets win.

The world number 23 was mobbed by the Serbian team after Nedovyesov sent a long forehand behind the baseline.