Brazil’s Bolsonaro removes mask in public after coronavirus recovery

first_imgBrazil has the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world outside of the United States and Bolsonaro has been criticized for minimizing the severity of the disease and doing little to curb its spread as deaths mount.Standing outside the Alvorada Palace, the Brazilian president’s official residence, Bolsonaro removed his mask after supporters asked that he take it off so they could snap pictures and selfies with him.Initially, Bolsonaro said he would not take his mask off because he would end up “on the frontpage of tomorrow’s newspapers” if he did, but ended up doing so for brief periods of time in response to supporters.The Brazilian Press Association filed a criminal complaint against Bolsonaro earlier this month because he took off his mask in the presence of reporters just as he announced he had tested positive for the coronavirus. The group alleges Bolsonaro endangered the health of those present at the news conference.On Monday, Brazil reported a total of 2,442,375 confirmed coronavirus cases and 87,618 deaths. New cases totaled 23,384, while there were 614 new deaths.  Topics : Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday took off his mask in public as he greeted supporters in Brasilia, days after saying he had recovered from the coronavirus, which he said had not had a serious impact on his health.The right-wing leader tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month and went into quarantine at his residence, but said on Saturday that his latest test had come back negative.”I didn’t have any problems,” Bolsonaro said on Monday. “For people who have prior health problems and are of a certain age, anything can be dangerous.”last_img read more

It was a great day for hockey

first_imgView Gallery (20 Photos)Brendan Smith was rarely without a smile in the postgame press conference Saturday — and with good reason.The junior defenseman scored two power play goals in the last six minutes of play to give the No. 3 Wisconsin men’s hockey team a 3-2 win over Michigan in the Camp Randall Hockey Classic. In front of a UW record crowd of 55,031, his heroics made up for a game that lacked much excitement outside of the first and last five minutes of the contest.So with the game tying and game winning goals, what would Smith tell his grandkids about the game years from now?“That we had 55,000 fans and we beat Michigan. I think that would be the first two things I’d say,” he said. “[The goals will] come later, but I think when I’m old I’ll be saying I had seven.”After a slashing penalty on UM’s Chris Summers with just less than two minutes to play, it only took 34 seconds of power play for UW’s Michael Davies to find Smith open at the top of the left circle.Smith ripped a shot past Michigan goaltender Bryan Hogan, putting Wisconsin up 3-2 with 1:22 left in the game and sending the remaining crowd into a frenzy.The play was almost a complete replica of Smith’s first goal, which tied the game at two goals apiece with 5:32 to play. Smith was able to score from about the same spot, skating into the high slot and putting away a one-timer.Davies and sophomore center Derek Stepan assisted on both goals.“They were pushing us up and we were able to go down to Davies and either had Blake back door or me coming down the slot,” Smith said. “So it was actually just up to that weak side forward to choose if he was gonna go on me or Blake. He chose Blake twice, which left me open, so I was lucky enough to have that time.”In a nod to the usual occupants of Camp Randall, Smith struck a Heisman pose after the goal.The goals were vindication for a power play unit that had gone just 2-25 since Jan. 15. UW went 2-4 Saturday.“We made an adjustment and we executed at a critical time, which says a lot about the guys on the team, because Michigan played a tremendous game,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said.Up to that point, it looked like the second-largest crowd for a collegiate outdoor hockey game would go home disappointed. Consistent stretches of possession in the offensive zone were rare for both teams and the game featured a lot of back-and-forth action that produced few results.Michigan went ahead 2-1 halfway through the third period, after UM’s Kevin Lynch fired a long wrist shot from the blue line that took UW goaltender Scott Gudmandson by surprise. The goal came at 11:03 of the period and ended a 30-minute stretch where the teams were mired in a 1-1 tie, after UM’s Scooter Vaughan’s equalizer near the end of the first frame.The Badgers actually led 1-0 just 3:04 into the first period when Craig Smith made a centering pass from the wing. The puck managed to get by defensemen and Hogan and through to Jordy Murray, who put it away.“It was kind of a flukey goal, but on that ice you take it however it comes,” Murray said. “I was just crashing the net and it popped right to me and I had a wide open net. I was ecstatic at that point, it was a great feeling.”For much of the game, the ice was a major issue, with play stopping multiple times to fix a gouge in the ice near the south goal’s crease. But the opportunity to play outside in front of all those fans made the delays worth it for the players.“I’ll tell you what, I was really nervous before the game, I felt like a freshman again out there, I had the butterflies going and everything,” senior tri-captain Blake Geoffrion said.“I think we really wanted to win it for the fans. They came out here and braved through the cold — what is it, 25 degrees out?” Gudmandson added. “It’s pretty chilly and they stayed for the whole thing and we battled through it for them and got them the ‘W.’”The Badgers’ exuberance after the game was countered by the Wolverines’ somberness. Michigan’s two penalties allowed Wisconsin to come back and win the game and a late goaltender interference penalty called on David Wohlberg essentially ended any chances UM would be able to come back and tie it.Asked about the late penalties the Wolverines took — two of which were generous calls in favor of UW — Michigan head coach Red Berenson had little to say.“Well, that’s a bad question to ask a coach after he loses a game on a penalty in the last five minutes of the game,” he said.With the win Wisconsin improved to 16-7-4 overall and earned revenge for a 3-2 loss to Michigan in November at UM’s Yost Ice Arena. The Wolverines fell to 16-13-1 and became the second Central Collegiate Hockey Association team to fall to the Badgers in an outdoor game.Wisconsin beat Ohio State 4-2 at Lambeau Field in 2006, in the program’s other outdoor contest. The Badgers finished that season as national champions, so the importance of Saturday’s win wasn’t lost on senior tri-captain Ben Street. Street is the only Badger remaining on the team that also played in the 2006 game.“This is one of those games that will really help us further on in the year,” he said. “It was a huge game, huge stage. It’s easy to get nervous and tense up at the end, and we didn’t, we came back, we stayed persistent.”last_img read more

Chelsea legend Le Saux makes SBC Global Championship draw

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Trustly hopes to celebrate 10 years in the online payments industry by winning the SBC Global Championship, after its two teams were kept apart in yesterday’s live draw.The draw for next week’s competition at Stamford Bridge (22 May) was made by ‘Trustly Avengers’ captain (or Trustly Gaming Director) Samuel Barrett and Chelsea legend Graeme Le Saux, who will be playing for ‘SBC Judgement Day’.The rest of a sizeable Trustly contingent will line up for ‘The Vikings’, while other teams include the Intertops dominated ‘Empire Strikes Back’ and a ‘Clash of the Titans’ side with a trio of OPTIMA representatives.In total there are 10 teams featuring more than 80 players from some of the sports betting industry’s leading operators, suppliers, affiliates and media organisations.For the full lineup of team names and players, click HERE.The five-a-side tournament, played out on the pitch at Stamford Bridge in Chelsea kits, will be officiated by former FIFA and Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher.Besides the coveted SBC Global Championship trophy, winners will take home fantastic prizes such as a VIP Box day at Stamford Bridge during one of the 18/19 season games.Meanwhile, the event will feature a pitch-side barbecue after the group phase and an evening social at the Jam Tree, one of Chelsea’s favourite local hangouts.SBC Founder and CEO Rasmus Sojmark said: “The inaugural SBC Global Championship will prove to be a fantastic day of fun, networking, football and food, all rounded off with a few drinks. SBC continues to find new ways to unite and strengthen the industry community.”Le Saux added: “I’m particularly looking forward to the SBC event on Tuesday; it’s the first time that most of these guys have been down here. What they will hopefully experience is that feeling you get when you walk out onto your home pitch and there is a crowd, very tight to the pitch and a wonderful surface – it’s a really exciting stage.“So, for anybody that’s coming to play on Tuesday, just think of the people that have played on that pitch. It should make for a really special afternoon.”If you are interested in joining us for pitch side BBQ and drinks or the evening social, please contact us on [email protected]last_img read more