Coronavirus travel bans leave hundreds stranded at Brazil’s largest airport

first_imgCarvallido said she and her daughter Maria Jose had spent nearly two weeks at Guarulhos International Airport, located on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, the city with the lion’s share of Brazil’s coronavirus cases so far. The same airport saw a surge in traffic last week, when travelers descended on it hoping to beat a new US ban on foreigners coming from Brazil.”In this situation, we want to be with our families and my daughter wants it too … It is very, very difficult,” said Carvallido, shedding tears.Carvallido, 24, and others are eating from lunch boxes and donations and also take turns at an improvised kitchen set up outside the airport. They wash in the airport bathrooms using a small hose.They are demanding humanitarian flights. But Colombia’s foreign ministry said on Thursday no new flights from Brazil were scheduled until next week. Since late April there have been three such flights, taking a total of 346 people back to Colombia.Though called humanitarian, Colombians must pay $350 for the flights, and that is money Carvallido and many others at the airport do not have. Their calls for a free flight home have led nowhere so far.”Under current regulations, this request is not possible,” the Colombian consulate in Sao Paulo said in a statement. Topics : Stefany Carvallido, her 2-year-old daughter and about 200 other Colombians have been camping out inside Brazil’s busiest international airport for days in a desperate attempt to get back to their home country.More than two months after the coronavirus pandemic triggered worldwide lockdowns, much of the world is gradually reopening. But Latin America remains highly isolated by travel restrictions across the region.Colombia has suspended all international flights until at least Aug. 31, preventing its own citizens from returning by air. It has also suspended river and land border crossings with neighbors including Brazil.last_img read more

Paul O’Connell plays down Ireland’s World Cup chances

first_img Captain O’Connell revealed the analysis session following Saturday’s 16-10 home defeat to Wales laid bare the size of Ireland’s challenge in chasing their best-ever World Cup campaign this month. Ireland’s veteran lock conceded “you wonder almost why you’re playing any more” when coming to terms with Test match defeats and attempting to reverse fortunes. Paul O’Connell has admitted Ireland are a “long, long way away” from winning the Rugby World Cup after last week’s defeat to Wales in Dublin. Ireland face England at Twickenham on Saturday before opening their Pool D campaign in the World Cup by taking on Canada in Cardiff on September 19. “I’d love to win a World Cup but it’s a long, long way away now,” said O’Connell. “And I’ll tell you, the Monday morning after the Wales game, when we reviewed it, it felt a long, long way away as well. “For me I don’t think there’s any value in me or us getting distracted by that. “I think the week after you lose you wonder almost why you’re playing any more, and Monday was tough. “After the Scotland game I thought we were going to put a whole lot of things right, unfortunately we didn’t and you just find out a lot about how far you have to go. “So we need to get those things right this weekend and start building now, so winning the World Cup, it would be great but it’s very much not at the forefront of my mind.” Ireland sit second in the world rankings thanks to two consecutive RBS 6 Nations titles, and hopes are high head coach Joe Schmidt’s men can reach the semi-finals for the first time. Wales coach Warren Gatland was at his mischievous best in midweek, claiming neither England nor Ireland can afford to arrive at the World Cup off the back of two straight Test defeats. One of Saturday’s sides are almost certain to do exactly that, after England lost 25-20 in Paris and Ireland slipped up to Wales. Former Ireland coach Gatland’s cute comments were not lost on O’Connell – but the skipper refused to be drawn into the war of words. “I didn’t hear what he said but he’s entitled to his opinion,” said O’Connell when quizzed on Gatland’s comments. “You’d love to go into the World Cup having won, but if you don’t win, you just deal with it and get on with it. “From our point of view, it’s about putting together certain things that help us play well. “We recognise those when we lose and we recognise those when we haven’t done them when we win as well. “I think even in that Scotland game, there would have been a whole lot of things we would have loved to have done better as well even though we came out the right side of the result. “So that’s the big emphasis for us as always. There’s always a few things we need to do really well that leads to a big performance and we’ll be eager to do those this weekend. Hopefully that leads to a big performance and also a result.” England struggled in the set-piece exchanges in defeat to France in Paris, but O’Connell has warned Ireland the hosts will not falter this weekend. “I don’t think there are weaknesses: I think every team has days like that no matter how good you are,” said O’Connell. “It’s rare, if ever, you’ve seen that happen to an English team in the last few years under Lancaster, so we’ve no doubt how pumped up they will be for the physical aspect of the game given what happened in Paris.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Belgium’s Hugo Broos is named as Cameroon’s new coach

first_imgCameroon’s Football Federation (Fecafoot) have appointed former Belgium international, Hugo Broos, as the Indomitable Lions’ new head coach.Broos, 63, takes over from Volker Finke who was sacked in October.Alexandre Belinga, the team’s interim coach for the past three months, will remain as an assistant to the Belgian along with another former Belgian player, Sven Vandenbroeck.Broos, who has coached extensively across Europe, was a surprise choice.He was not on Fecafoot’s shortlist of five, which included three Frenchmen, a Serbian and a Cameroonian.Broos has vast experience as a manager, having won the Belgian Championship twice with Club Brugge and then again with Anderlecht. He has also enjoyed spells in Greece, Turkey and Algeria in recent years. His first task with Cameroon will be to keep them top of their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group M, when they face qualifiers – home and away – against South Africa next month.He will also take charge of the Indomitable Lions when they take on France in a friendly in May.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Rick and Carolyn Jones celebrating 50 years of marriage

first_imgRick and Carolyn JonesRick and Carolyn Jones of Wellington will be celebrating 50 years of marriage on February 8, 2014.  They were united in marriage on February 8, 1964 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Anthony. Rick and Carolyn were blessed with four children: Felicia Massey (Greg), Damon Jones (Rosemary), Danielle Shields (Shane) and Tony Jones.  They also have 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.  Their children wish to request a card shower in their honor and mail your well wishes to: 307 E. 15th Street S., Wellington, KS 67152last_img