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  • Mexican president passes coronavirus buck to allies, rivals, business

    first_img“If I was worried, if things were out of control, I would tell you, because I always tell the truth,” he said on Friday in a video posted from his seat on a plane as he prepared to take off for a weekend tour. “But that’s not how things are.”Others are taking precautions anyway.The lower house of Congress this week passed a bill to create a 181 billion peso emergency fund. The central bank made an unscheduled interest rate cut on Friday.Streets and offices in major cities are emptying as bosses and local leaders urge people to reduce social interaction. Some fear that failure to do enough may end up hurting the very people the president says he wants to protect.Javier Alfaro, an employee of an international drinks firm, went into self-isolation with his girlfriend several days ago, cutting off all physical contact with family and friends.”It bothers me a lot when I hear the president,” said Alfaro, 35, who fears for his elderly mother. “I can understand worries about the economy and [the poor], but if you’re putting many people at risk, it’s something that’s also bad for the people.”Late on Thursday, Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, a close ally of Lopez Obrador, delivered a video message in which she urged inhabitants of the capital to stay at home. On Friday, traffic flowed freely in a city notorious for its gridlock.The same day, governors of three opposition-run northern states unveiled a joint plan to tackle the virus, readying steps that would enable them to close public spaces, including bars.Outsourcing Lopez Obrador has lashed out against criticism of his response to the global pandemic by saying his adversaries are seeking to exploit fears to undermine him.On Monday, he justified ignoring his own health ministry’s public advice to reduce direct human contact by saying his job was to keep up the spirits of the population.At the same time, he has shifted responsibility for some actions to others, saying he would wind down the mass rallies when a deputy health minister standing next to him told him to.A government source said Sheinbaum’s “stay at home” broadcast had been coordinated in advance with the presidency, which a spokesman for the mayor confirmed. A spokesman for the presidency did not reply to a request for comment.Businesses, meanwhile, are taking cues from abroad.Ana Lopez Mestre, director general of the American Chamber of Commerce, said many international companies had begun to act because they saw what was happening in other countries.”This is something very positive that has come out of society,” said Lopez Mestre, who is now working from home.At Mr. Tofu, a vegan shop in the capital’s Condesa neighborhood, a young shop attendant wearing rubber gloves stopped customers from entering and took orders at the door.”I proposed this measure,” she said, declining to give her name. “My whole family is old, and they’re very vulnerable.”  As Mexico scrambles to contain the coronavirus outbreak, many initiatives aimed at tempering the threat have come not from the president, but lesser officials, businesses and ordinary people.Mexico’s peso has plunged to record lows against the dollar and analysts expect the economy to suffer a major hit.President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says there is no cause for alarm, and is continuing to hold regular public rallies around Mexico. He argues the country must keep going to limit damage to the economy lest it hurt the poor and the elderly.center_img Topics :last_img read more

  • Mamelodi Sundowns seal eighth South African title

    first_imgMosimane and his stars now turn their attention to the Champions League, with their first group game at home next Friday against title-holders Wydad Casablanca of Morocco.A goal by “bad boy” Ayanda Patosi on 35 minutes gave fifth-place Cape Town City victory over Pirates, who are guaranteed to finish runners-up.Patosi has battled discipline and weight problems since quitting Belgium last year and returning home.Kaizer Chiefs put recent troubles behind them to defeat Maritzburg United 2-0 and replace them in third place.Goals by Venezuelan Gustavo Paez and Dumisani Zuma secured three points for Chiefs, whose coach Steve Komphela quit last weekend after an FA Cup semi-final loss triggered crowd violence.It was the first victory for caretaker coach and former Malawi star Patrick Mabedi,who had assisted Komphela, after a midweek loss at Golden Arrows.With Platinum Stars already relegated, there is a four-club struggle to avoid finishing second last and going into play-offs with two second-division sides for one Premiership spot.An Ajax team coached by Turk Muhsin Ertugral are in gravest danger with 31 points ahead of a final-round fixture at home to Chiefs.But three-time Premiership title-holders SuperSport United, Polokwane City (both 33 points) and Baroka (34) could also finish second last.Share on: WhatsApp Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Mamelodi Sundowns overcame an early setback to defeat lowly Ajax Cape Town 3-1 in Pretoria on Saturday and clinch a record-extending eighth South African Premiership title.The home side fell behind after two minutes when Mosa Lebusa scored for the relegation-threatened visitors in the penultimate-round match.But goals from Zimbabwean Khama Billiat, Brazilian Ricardo Nascimento and Sibusiso Vilakazi before half-time turned the tide in favour of the 2016 CAF Champions League winners.Second-place Orlando Pirates fell 1-0 at Cape Town City, leaving Sundowns with an unassailable seven-point advantage going into the final round on May 12.Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane was relieved more than ecstatic after his multi-national team won a third Premiership title in five seasons.“It has been a tough, long haul and my players have made a lot of sacrifices,” said the 53-year-old former South Africa striker and coach.“We have been averaging two matches a week, meaning many nights in hotels away from our families and friends, but we never wavered.“When Ajax snatched an early lead I never doubted that we would hit back hard. Mentally, this Sundowns side is extremely strong.”last_img read more


    first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES MARTIN GARCIA, SKY KINGDOM, WINNER: “They gave him a break but he runs well after some time off. He loves this track and he loves this distance; the farther the better for him. He has a long stride and these longer races just make him happy.” GARY STEVENS, FAVORED BRONZO, THIRD:  “They went really slow early. Maybe I should have let him dance away from there for the first quarter mile. He went to sleep on me and I couldn’t wake him up.”TRAINER QUOTEScenter_img JIM BARNES, ASSISTANT TO BOB BAFFERT, SKY KINGDOM, WINNER: “He hadn’t run since the mile and three-quarters race on Breeders’ Cup day, but it was a ridiculous pace that day, because they went so fast early. This horse runs well fresh and this was a good spot for him. They had sensible fractions and that was good.“The final time was good; they picked it up, and Martin (Garcia) had to move on him a little early passing the five and four-and-half (marker), he started letting him run. He did an excellent job riding him and we couldn’t be happier.”NOTES: The winning owners are Scott and Joe Ford of Little Rock, Arkansas, who race as Westrock Stables, LLC.-30-last_img read more