“We will be looking at the data a bit later on this afternoon … looking at exactly where France and other countries are getting to, and you know we can’t be remotely complacent about our own situation.”The French health ministry reported 2,524 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday – the highest since its lockdown restrictions.That has prompted speculation it could be the next European country added to Britain’s list – a move that would affect the large number of British tourists travelling there during English school holidays.For UK holidaymakers, France is the second most-visited country behind first-choice destination Spain. Almost 13 million Britons travelled to France in 2017, data from Statista showed.Britain usually welcomes about 3.5 million visitors from France each year according to the same data, making France the second biggest market for tourists coming into the UK behind the United States. Topics : British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said his government was prepared to be ruthless with even its closest partners over COVID-19 quarantine rules, after he was asked whether France would be removed from the government’s safe-travel list.Britain has in recent weeks imposed a 14-day quarantine period for arrivals from countries like Spain and Belgium, responding to rising infections and fears of a second wave of the virus, having initially declared them safe for travel.”We’ve got to be absolutely ruthless about this, even with our closest and dearest friends and partners around the world,” Johnson told reporters on a visit to Northern Ireland.
Metro Sport ReporterThursday 21 Mar 2019 9:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link98Shares Comment Lucas Torreira’s dad reveals he almost moved to Napoli prior to Arsenal switch Advertisement Lucas Torreira almost joined Napoli in the summer according to his father (Getty Images)Lucas Torreira’s father has revealed that his son was close to joining Napoli last summer only to end up signing for Arsenal instead.Arsenal will face Napoli in the Europa League quarter-finals next month and the Uruguayan is likely to be a prominent player in the tie having emerged as a key player for Unai Emery’s side since making a £22m move from Sampdoria after the World Cup.Torreira’s all-action displays in the middle of Arsenal’s midfield has endeared him to the club’s supporters while he has also popped up with the odd important goal including in the 4-2 win over Spurs in the north London derby back in December.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, according to his dad Ricardo, he almost stayed in Italy rather than moving to London as a deal with Napoli was ‘very close’.ADVERTISEMENTSpeaking to Radio Marte, Torreira senior said: ‘It’s true, Lucas was very close to Napoli. There were negotiations with Napoli, but something strange happened, and you know in the transfer market things can change from one moment to the next.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Negotiations are long and complicated processes, so it can happen than they don’t go the way we expected. There was this opportunity to go to England and Lucas took it, so I have to say he is happy at Arsenal.‘Obviously, Lucas is very fond of Italian football, where he grew up, and might return to Italy in future. You can never say never, so it’s possible he could come back to this marvellous country and, why not to Napoli or another club that makes an offer?’Torreira started his professional career in Italy with Pescara whom he joined from Montevideo Wanderers in his homeland before moving to Sampdoria in 2015. The 23-year-old spent a season on loan at Pescara before establishing himself at Sampdoria in the 2016-17 season.Napoli are regarded as slight favourites to triumph over Arsenal in the Europa League quarter-finals after dropping down from the Champions League while they are currently second only to Juventus in the Serie A table.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement
Next up for Team Canada Red is versus the Swede’s tomorrow at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is 7:00 p.m.In Dawson Creek Team Canada White and Team Canada Black faced off in the afternoon game. Alex Beaucage potted the only goal of the contest at 9:25 of the first period with the man advantage. Kaeden Korczak and Jamieson Rees were the set up tandem on the goal. Canada Black goaltender Nolan Maier stopped all 28 shots fired at him for the first shutout of preliminary play. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Team Canada Red fell to Finland on the opening day of round robin play at the North Peace Arena by the score of 4-2.Canada Red hit the score board first as Alexis Lafreniere’s powerplay marker bounced off the Finnish netminders toe which was just over the goal line. Nick Wong and Ryan Suziki collected the helpers as the team skated into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead. However a Finland goal 1:42 into the middle stanza tied the game at 1-1. At 12:00 of the second period the Fin’s took the lead 2-1 while on a powerplay after Canada Red got caught with too many men. Exactly two minutes later Canada Red’s captain Peyton Krebs would wire a shot over the shoulder of the Finnish goaltender to tie the game at 2-2. Colton Kammerer and Alexis Lafreniere got the assists. In the third period the game stayed tied until the 8:04 mark when the Fin’s found twine with a go ahead powerplay goal making it 3-2. The visitor’s iced it with a empty net goal with under two minutes to go, doubling the lead to 4-2 which stood as the final score.Team Canada Red goaltender Luke Cavallin finished with 28 saves on 31 shots. The team went 1 for 4 on the man advantage while going 1 for 3 on the penalty kill.- Advertisement -Alexis Lafreniere lead the team with a goal and a assist. Captain Peyton Krebs netted one goal.Canada Red assistant coach Luke Pierce said, “The compete was there. I felt we played much better compared to the game versus the United States. We have to take less untimely penalties as they scored the go ahead goal on the man advantage.”Team Finland’s head coach Mika Marttila stated, “This team wants to win, so we know that we have to play wisely especially against a team such as Canada Red. We really established our style of game and were able to come out victorious. We never lost our concentration.”Advertisement
1 Blackpool fans protest against the Oyston family’s ownership A group of Blackpool fans have tabled a £16million bid to buy the club from owners Owen Oyston and his family.Blackpool Supporters’ Trust has sent an open ‘letter of intent’ to Oyston, who bought the club for £1 in 1987, urging him to sell “and thereby prevent any further damage being done to Blackpool FC, its reputation and its future prospects”.The Tangerines were in the Premier League five years ago but have since been relegated to League One – the third tier of English football.Fans have protested loudly at the way the club has been run for the last two years and relations between them and both Oyston and his son Karl, the club chairman, reached rock-bottom at the end of last season.BST said in its letter: “The action you take in responding to this bid is just as important to the future of the Football Club as was your decision to buy the Club for £1 in 1987.“The question now facing you and your family is whether you still care enough about the well-being and reputation of Blackpool FC to sell it (ie. your complete shareholding in Segesta) to the Trust for just over £16million.“The club is now perceived to be in such a parlous state that our members have decided it is better to offer to buy our club back by giving you as many of the assets as possible than it is to continue with the Oystons in charge.“The actions taken by Karl over the last four years have ensured that any good that you and your family may have done for the club has been entirely negated and rendered worthless.“You have lost the goodwill and the confidence of the supporters and indeed the people of the Fylde Coast.”Karl Oyston was last month banned from football for six weeks and fined £40,000 by the Football Association for calling supporter Stephen Smith “a retard” and telling him to “enjoy the rest of your special needs day out” during a text-message exchange last November.Tensions came to a head on the final afternoon of last season against Huddersfield when Blackpool fans staged a pitch invasion early in the second half, forcing the home game to be abandoned.The Football League elected not to replay the game but charges were brought against the club by both the League and the FA, while the incident proved to be final straw for manager Lee Clark, who quit shortly afterwards.Neil McDonald, former assistant manager at West Ham, has since been appointed as Clark’s successor.