ONE LUCKY SANTA ANITA FAN WINS BRAND NEW 2016 GLC COURTESY OF MERCEDES-BENZ OF ARCADIA

first_imgVEHICLE HAS RETAIL VALUE OF $42,000 ARCADIA, Calif. (July 4, 2016)–There’s an old adage among gamblers and horseplayers that if you don’t participate, you could be walking around “lucky” and not know it. Safe to say Jim Summers of Solana Beach is glad he decided to come to the races on Monday at Santa Anita, as he ended up winning a 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC courtesy of Mercedes-Benz of Arcadia, which is part of the Rusnak Auto Group, when the Doug O’Neill-trained first time starter Dynamite Charge won the sixth race on the Independence Day card, thus making Summers the beneficiary of the Mercedes-Benz GLC giveaway staged by Santa Anita and Mercedes-Benz of Arcadia.“I’ve been playing the horses since I was 18,” said Summers, 57, of Solana Beach. “I love the people and the action. It’s just fun coming to the track and looking for horses to play.“I came up today and had a few of the dollar beers with a couple friends, we’re all San Diego guys. I’m gonna keep the car. I have to pick it up by July 30 here at Rusnak in Arcadia.”Summers, who works in the San Diego area as an actuary, qualified as a Top 10 finalist in the Mercedes-Benz giveaway contest through an online entry at santaanita.com.“This contest has really been a win-win for everyone involved and we’re very appreciative of Rusnak/Arcadia for helping to make it happen,” said Santa Anita’s Vice President of Marketing, Nate Newby. “It’s really nice to have a guy like Jim win this as well. He’s a lifelong horseplayer so it’s great to see him hit this kind of a jackpot. We just wish he lived closer to Santa Anita!”Donated by Rusnak/Arcadia, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC has a retail value of $42,000.last_img read more

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MELATONIN ‘HORSE OF MEET’ IN MEDIA POLL

first_imgHorse of Meet: MelatoninSprinter: Lord NelsonOlder Horse: Melatonin                                           Older Filly/Mare: BeholderClaimer: Navy HymnGrass Male: Midnight StormGrass Filly/Mare: Illuminant3-Year-Old Male: Dalmore3-Year-Old Filly: Songbird2-Year-Old Male: California Diamond2-Year-Old Filly: TheonewewaitedforTrainer: Phil D’AmatoJockey: Rafael BejaranoApprentice: Chad LindsayRace: Gold Cup at Santa AnitaOwner: Hronis RacingAchievement: Michael Wrona New Voice of Santa Anita 2016 Santa Anita Spring Media Poll ARCADIA, Calif. (July 10, 2016) – Melatonin proved his victory at 16-1 in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 12 was no fluke by winning the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 25 as the 9-5 favorite and was thus named Horse of the Meet in Santa Anita’s annual Spring Meet Media Poll.A five-year-old gelded son of Kodiak Kowboy trained by David Hofmans for long-time client Susan Osborne, who campaigns as Tarabilla Farms, Melatonin’s ultimate goal is the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 5 at Santa Anita, where he is unbeaten in three starts, all under jockey Joe Talamo.Melatonin also was named Outstanding Older Male, and the Gold Cup, in which he repulsed the longest shot in the race, Win the Space at 24-1, was awarded Race of the Meet.“We are proud and pleased with the recognition,” said the 73-year-old Hofmans, who has trained for Mrs. Osborne going on two decades. “We hope to continue our successful run through the Breeders’ Cup Classic.”Rafael Bejarano and Phil D’Amato repeated as Outstanding Jockey and Trainer, respectively, each having captured honors at Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, where D’Amato won his first-ever training title with 41 victories. D’Amato won the Spring Meet crown with 25 victories, well ahead of runner-up Bob Baffert who had 18.Bejarano, a perennial Southern California leader since coming West in November of 2007 at the behest of the late Bobby Frankel, won the Spring Meet crown over runner-up Flavien Prat, 46-40. It marked the 15th title at Santa Anita for the 34-year-old Bejarano, his 27th in Southern California and his 32nd overall.Champions dominated two categories in the voting. Eclipse Award winner as best Two-Year-Old Filly of 2015, Songbird was voted Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly, while three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder was named Outstanding Older Filly or Mare. Unbeaten Songbird won the Grade II Summertime Oaks on June 18 for her eighth straight triumph, while Beholder took the Grade I Vanity Mile on June 4 for her 13th victory from 14 starts at Santa Anita.Lord Nelson was named Sprinter of the Meet thanks to his half-length victory in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes on June 25; Affirmed Stakes winner Dalmore was voted Outstanding Three-Year-Old Male; Midnight Storm was named Outstanding Grass Male off his win in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile; and Illuminant became Outstanding Grass Filly or Mare by capturing the Grade I Gamely Stakes.California Diamond and Theonewewaitedfor were named Outstanding Two-Year-old Male and Female, respectively, after capturing the Santa Anita Juvenile and the Landaluce Stakes, each youngster remaining unbeaten in two starts.Chad Lindsay, a 23-year-old Texas native, was voted the meet’s Outstanding Apprentice rider by virtue of his 13 victories from 75 mounts, placing him among the top 10 in the standings.Navy Hymn, a three-year-old son of Songandaprayer, reeled off three straight victories to be named Claiming Horse of the Meet. The Kentucky-bred won for $25,000 at six furlongs May 8; for $40,000 at 6 ½ furlongs May 21; and by four-and-three-quarter lengths in an optional claimer on June 5.Brothers Kosta and Peter Hronis, who campaign as Hronis Racing, LLC, were named Owners of the Meet. They led in most wins, seven, and purse money earned, $634,068.Michael Wrona’s performance after being named Santa Anita’s new announcer was voted Achievement of the Meet.center_img D’Amato, Bejarano Named Top Trainer and Jockeylast_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY MIKE WILLMAN – SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2017

first_imgMartin Pedroza9612181713%49%$540,903 (Current Through Saturday, March 4, 2017 Inclusive) SUPERSTAR UNIQUE BELLA HEADED TO SANTA ANITA OAKS            Jerry Hollendorfer’s newest superstar, 3-year-old filly Unique Bella, overcame a good dose of adversity in winning Saturday’s Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, winning her third consecutive graded stakes and her fourth race in a row under Mike Smith.Slower into stride than is her custom, the Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Tapit was quickly into contention while third at the rail into the Club House turn.  At that point, Smith made the tactical decision to split horses at the seven furlong pole and Unique Bella then took command, but had to repel a serious challenge a furlong out from runner-up Abel Tasman, who was ridden by Joe Talamo.“Hats off to the winner, what a special filly she is, because like I said, I really had a lot of horse and we had a beautiful trip,” said Talamo, currently fifth in the rider standings with 18 wins.  “The winner broke a little slow, which I was happy to see.  I was so proud of my filly.  I think she’s definitely going to move forward.”Despite repeated media queries regarding the possibility of her stepping onto the Santa Anita and Kentucky Derby trail, Hollendorfer was again steadfast in his resolve to get Unique Bella to the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 8, with the next objective the Grade I Kentucky Oaks on May 5.“We’re just trying to do our best and she’s rewarding us,” said Hollendorfer following yesterday’s Santa Ysabel.  “I don’t have any thoughts about running her against the boys, but some other folks do I guess.  When I saw her coming into the lane, I felt that she was waiting on horses a little bit.  Mike had to wave the stick at her a little but she responded right away.  I wasn’t too worried.”So the stage is nearly set for Hollendorfer, who won last year’s Santa Anita Oaks with two-time Eclipse Champion Songbird, to pursue his second consecutive victory in the race originally known as the Santa Susana. Bob Baffert4696920%52%$902,111 ANSWER:  At the bottom of today’s Finish Lines. BIG ‘CAP TRIVIA ANSWER:  Seven horses have carried 130 pounds to victory in the Big ‘Cap;  John Henry and Bill Shoemaker (1982), Spectacular Bid & Bill Shoemaker (1980), Ack Ack and Bill Shoemaker (1971), Round Table and Bill Shoemaker (1958), Mark-Ye-Well and Eddie Arcaro (1953), Thumbs Up and Johnny Longden (1945) and Seabiscuit with “Red” Pollard (1940).   JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Corey Nakatani62117618%39%$601,056 Rafael Bejarano10519161718%50%$1,042,143 Peter Miller872621830%63%$1,289,220 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.87178820%38%$748,565 Trainer Standings John W. Sadler468101017%61%$503,524 Kent Desormeaux11422151219%43%$1,359,649 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Doug F. O’Neill11615231913%49%$1,162,186 UNIQUE BELLA HEADED TO SANTA ANITA OAKSSTORMY LIBERAL MARCHES ON FOR MILLERMASTERY WORKS FOR SAN FELIPEMIDNIGHT STORM DRILLS FIVE FURLONGS FOR BIG ‘CAP Joseph Talamo12518111814%38%$597,168 STORMY LIBERAL TAKES NO PRISONERS IN JOE HERNANDEZ STAKES            Winning at an astounding 30 percent clip, San Luis Rey Downs-based Peter Miller continued his winning ways in Saturday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes, as his Stormy Liberal was up to win by nose under Norberto Arroyo, Jr. while getting 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:11.89.Claimed four starts back on Oct. 16 for $40,000, Stormy Liberal, who got a career best 102 Beyer Speed figure in the Hernandez, is now two for four racing for Miller out of San Luis Rey, having won the restricted Clockers’ Corner Stakes down the hill on Jan. 29.Through 37 days of racing, Miller now holds a 26-19 edge over Jerry Hollendorfer, and, in the all-important stakes won category, Miller leads “The Dorf” nine to five. Santiago Gonzalez10612151311%38%$542,427 Mike Smith421431233%69%$1,337,167 J. Keith Desormeaux3573520%43%$447,105center_img Tyler Baze19634392317%49%$1,588,881 Mark Glatt62911915%47%$417,870 William Spawr26103338%62%$292,051 Jockey Standings Kristin Mulhall3176323%52%$213,230 Steven Miyadi54714613%50%$340,733 Vladimir Cerin42810619%57%$312,619 Jerry Hollendorfer10119122119%51%$1,418,064 Richard Baltas10218191518%51%$974,962 Stewart Elliott12714141711%35%$681,748 FINISH LINES:  Notable Santa Anita works this morning:  Kobe’s Back, Peter Eurton, 49.20, Accelerate, John Sadler, 1:01.80, Battle of Midway, Jerry Hollendorfer, (bullet) 1:00.20, Midnight Storm, Phil D’Amato, 1:01.20, Mastery, Bob Baffert, (bullet) 1:12.60 and Arrogate, Bob Baffert, 1:24.00…Additionally, Kaleem Shah’s Dortmund, prepping for the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) worked seven furlongs this morning at Los Alamitos in 1:25.80.  Trainer Art Sherman had the 2015 Santa Anita Derby winner galloping out a mile in 1:38.40…All THOROUGHBREDS members at Santa Anita on Big ‘Cap Day, Saturday, March 11, will will receive a free Santa Anita umbrella with paid admission while supplies last.  There will be a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick Six.  First post time will be 12 noon, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m….               …On Saturday, March 18, Santa Anita offers the St. Paddy’s Day Pitch, with the person who tosses a ringer winning $1 million!  It’s free to enter.  Just get on track, fill out a contest entry card and you could be one of four entries selected to participate, or sign up online at santaanita.com/events before March 18, as one online entry will also be chosen. Peter Eurton48105621%44%$531,807 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Tiago Pereira9211111212%37%$371,170 Edwin Maldonado60107917%43%$319,840 (Current Through Saturday, March 4, 2017 Inclusive) Flavien Prat18239293521%57%$2,647,969 Philip D’Amato711591321%52%$890,285 BIG ‘CAP TRIVIA:  The Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap, to be contested at a mile and a quarter on Saturday, will be run for the 80th time, dating back to Azucar’s win with George Woolf aboard in 1935.  In its 79 previous running’s, how many horses have carried 130 pounds to victory? Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537last_img read more

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Nicholls’ Lewis Cox Named Men’s Tennis Player of the Week

first_imgDespite the Colonels (2-7, 0-1 SLC) falling 4-2 to UTRGV in its lone match of the week, Cox was able to win one of two singles points for his side. Nicholls returns to Southland action Wednesday when New Orleans (4-5, 0-0 SLC) heads into town for a 2 p.m. CT start. The Colonels then host Alcorn State on Thursday at 1 p.m. and UIW (5-7, 0-0 SLC) on Saturday at 11 a.m. Honorable Mention: None. In his only match this week, Cox defeated UTRGV’s Zane Kohrs in straight sets at the No. 5 flight. He gave up just four points across the match, defeating his opponent 6-3, 6-1. With rain in the forecast, doubles were not played. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Lewis Cox, Nicholls – Fr. – Sheffield, England This is the first weekly honor for Nicholls this season. FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls’ Lewis Cox is the Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com.last_img read more

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Chelsea and Spurs in race for Nick Pope as Mourinho eyes Lloris replacement

first_imgCHELSEA and Tottenham could go head-to-head in the race to sign Nick Pope, according to reports.The Burnley keeper, 27, has attracted admirers across the Premier League and the London rivals are said to be in for him as they look to replace Kepa and Hugo Lloris respectively.5 Chelsea and Tottenham are both interested in signing Burnley keeper Nick PopeAfter some shaky performances from Lloris, 33, before his horror elbow injury earlier in the season, Jose Mourinho is ready to look to Turf Moor to replace the World Cup winner, according to football.london.Lloris has kept just two clean sheets in 18 appearances this season.And after Paulo Gazzaniga failed to set the world alight – also recording just two clean sheets in the 18 Premier League games in which he replaced Lloris – Spurs fans are beginning to feel it is time for a change between the sticks.CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Blues newsAt Stamford Bridge, Frank Lampard has grown increasingly frustrated with Spanish stopper Kepa, 25, and will reportedly encourage the Blues’ hierarchy to land the England ace in his place.Before coronavirus put a temporary stop on Premier League action, the Chelsea boss had banished Kepa to the bench and promoted veteran keeper Willy Caballero to the starting XI instead.And in the next transfer window, he will reportedly try to get rid of the Spaniard for good.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himKepa has been linked with a return to Spain two years after his record £71.6million move from Athletic Bilbao.Earlier this month, Graeme Souness urged the West Londoners to replace the under-fire 25-year-old with Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.The club have been linked with several keepers since Kepa’s downfall – mainly Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Sheffield United stopper Dean Henderson, Ajax’s Andre Onana, and most recently Bayern Munich legend Manuel Neuer.5 The Blues will only act if they can get shot of Kepa5 Huge Lloris has struggled for form this season and could be replaced by Pope5 Jose Mourinho is reportedly willing to sign the England ace5 Chelsea are also said to be interested in signing Manuel Neuer from Bayern MunichPremier League to ‘restart in July’ and could be finished in just four weeks in hectic dash behind closed doorslast_img read more

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Only 2 changes to Hunters team for round 25 clash

first_imgThis is the last round of the Intrust Super Cup before the finals.Coach, Michael Marum has made only two changes to his side that came back to force a draw against the Mackay Cutters last Saturday.Halfback Ase Boas has been named in the starting line-up after being rested last weekend.Boas teams up with five-eighth Israel Eliab in a deadly combination.Another change is the return of second rower Brandy Peter who was out due to injury.Sunday’s game at the Sir John Guise stadium kicks off at 2:30pm.The finals begin on September 5th.The team: 1. Stargroth Amean, 2. Bland Abavu, 3. Noel Zeming,4. Thompson Teteh, 5. Adex Wera,6. Israel Eliab© 7. Ase Boas, 8. Henry Noki, 9. Wartovo Puara, 10. Esau Siune, 11. Brandy Peter,12. Kato Ottio, 13. Timothy Lomai. Interchange: 14. Warren Glare, 15. Atte Bina, 16. Willie Minoga, 17. David Lapua, 18. Roger Laka.last_img read more

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Arsenal says ‘no’ to Ceballos

first_imgDani Ceballos wants to break his assignment in Arsenal, although it is very complicated that this situation can come to fruition. The English team has informed Real Madrid and also the soccer player that it is not for the work of letting him out in this winter market. The Andalusian does not count for Arteta (he has not given him any minute since he arrived), although the club leaders consider the season to be very long and can be an important footballer in some section of it. The situation is very complex because the decision to leave for the London team was exclusively from Ceballos. It was a request from Unai Emery, who was dismissed, and Madrid was limited to respecting the decision of a football player who did not count for Zidane. The utrerano negotiated with Arsenal his new conditions and closed his relationship until next June 30. So, from the white club they consider it a situation that must be resolved in one way or another between Dani and Arsenal. It is a different situation from that of Jesús Vallejo, who has broken his assignment with Wolverhampton. In his case, it was from the hand of Madrid, which recommended him to go there because it was a request from Nuno. There is still a market week, although Arsenal does not seem to work to change its decision. Madrid, given the situation, does not intend to pressure a club with which it maintains an excellent relationship. They are worried about the situation of Ceballos, although it was his decision to go to London and it is he who must try to win a position there. Valencia, pendingCeballos, meanwhile, is very concerned about the European Championship. He always said he was looking for minutes because he wants to play that championship and with the change of coach (Arteta instead of Emery) everything has taken a radical turn. He has gone from being an important player to not playing a single minute. A circumstance that, if maintained until the end of the course, would leave him without going to the Eurocup … Given this perspective, Valencia has been interested in the possible transfer of the Utrera footballer. Albert Celades Perfectly knows the virtues of Ceballos and Mestalla would be a destination of the player’s liking.last_img read more

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Setién, under Seville minimum: 14 players of the first team and only three strikers

first_imgQuique Setién has no players to discard. In fact, the situation is so dramatic that it summons all available first team players. And even then you cannot complete a list. It is what has to give approval to a template with 18 chips of the first team, knowing in advance that you can only have 17 because Luis Suarez is injured for long duration. The Cantabrian coach accepted the challenge with his eyes closed, letting the winter market pass without strengthening despite losing up to three players -Todibo, Aleñá and Wagué- not counting Carles Pérez, of the subsidiary, who participated in the dynamics of the first team since start of season Thus, the complete list of those summoned for the match against Betis (9 pm) in Benito Villamarín is as follows: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Sergi Roberto, Lenglet, Umtiti, Alba, Junior, Sergio Busquets, Rakitic, Vidal, Arthur, De Jong, Griezmann, Messi, Fati, Peña, Riqui Puig and Araújo. This anomalous situation makes him practically a survivor in every call. This Saturday he only had 14 players of the first team, because the long-term loss of Luis Suárez has joined that of Ousmane Dembélé, which will be operated next Tuesday in Finland for a complete rupture of the proximal tendon of the biceps femoris of the right leg and thus says goodbye to the season, plus the casualties of goalkeeper Neto and central Gerard Piqué. The latter also was already known low before being injured: he will complete this card cycle before Betis. With so few wicks, Setién has had to massively leverage the subsidiary -There is the circumstance that García Pimienta’s team is also under a minimum of troops-, taking a total of four players to Seville. Apart from striker Ansu Fati, who has been with the first team since the beginning of the course, the goalkeeper Iñaki Peña, the defender Ronald Araújo and the middle Riqui Puig will travel with the team. It is surprising that there are only three strikers on the list: Griezmann, Messi and Ansu Fati. Any eventuality would force Setién to denature the attack, having to put up Vidal or Sergi Roberto, for example.last_img read more

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Official: the coronavirus causes six Serie A matches to be played behind closed doors

first_img“We have sent an official request for the closed-door development of the Inter-Ludogorets Europa League match on Thursday, and we expect a response in a short time,” Gravina said in a press conference organized after a meeting organized at the Roman headquarters of FIGC to analyze the measures to be taken in the coming days.The coronavirus has already caused seven deaths and more than 229 infected in recent days in northern Italy, and four Italian Serie A matches were postponed this Sunday for security reasons.The leadership of the Italian sport and the Government are working to manage the emergency and, at the sports level, it is necessary to dispute the meeting between Inter and Ludogorets on Thursday, because on Friday the draw for the round of 16 of the Europa League will be held.Gravina also explained that, in the absence of definitive confirmation, it is very likely that the next day of Series A will also be held behind closed doors. “I think that Sunday will be played behind closed doors. This evening we should receive the response from the Government,” said the Italian federal president. Italian football is still in suspense for the coronavirus. The Italian Sports Minister, Vicenzo Spadafora, has confirmed that the matches played in the regions of Lombardy, Veneto, Piedmont, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Liguria and EMilia-Romagna will be behind closed doors. In Series A they are affected six meetings of day 26: Udinese-Fiorentina, Milan-Genoa, Parma-SPAL, Sassuolo-Brescia, Juventus-Inter and Sampdoria-Verona. While Lazio-Bologna, Naples-Torino, Lecce-Atalanta and Cagliari-Roma will be allowed the presence of fans.Gabriele Gravina, president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), said Monday that he asked the Italian government for authorization to play this Thursday’s second leg of the round of 16 of the Europa League between Inter Milan and Ludogorets, which It must be played in Milanese terrain, behind closed doors, because of the alert for the coronavirus. Finally, UEFA announced Monday that the match will be played without a public. last_img read more

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Alisson: “I took my daughter out of school, we want zero risk”

first_imgAlisson is still injured. A muscle problem deprived him of being measured with Atlético and he has to follow a treatment. “I don’t see myself with my colleagues, we are all at home, I only have contact with the retriever and with the goalkeeping coach; we spend all our time at home without leaving, that is the best way to prevent the virus from spreading,” he says the goalkeeper.England has taken more days to give the order to close the schools, the measure is effective from today, but many have been closing because the parents themselves have stopped bringing their children or at the initiative of the centers themselves in the face of the epidemic. Despite the numbers of victims and victims in countries such as Spain, Italy, France or Germany, Boris Johnson and his Executive have preferred a gradual action and in many sections they are still in the recommendation phase. England has been one of the countries that have taken the most time to take drastic measures against the expansion of the coronavirus. Boris Johnson’s executive was still in the recommendation phase this week, despite expert opinion. In fact, schools are still open. In this sense, Alisson, a Brazilian goalkeeper from Liverpool and ambassador of the World Health Organization, explained today through his social media profiles that he has decided to stop taking his three-year-old daughter Helena to school. “I took the girl out of school because in England they were not closed yet, we made that decision for safety and prevention reasons, we want to run a zero risk, “said the goalkeeper, who points out that his wife Natalia is part of the population at risk due to a problem with low defenses.last_img read more

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