Africa reports ‘hopeful’ daily drop in coronavirus cases

first_img“It’s a good thing that suggests that we are doing the right things on the continent,” he said. “We take this news with cautious optimism because we really want our population to continue not to show what we call prevention fatigue.”Nkengasong also announced Thursday that Africa had crossed the threshold of 10 million COVID-19 tests, suggesting that some progress has been made in addressing the continent’s considerable testing limitations. He acknowledged, though, that testing is still well below what is needed to give a full picture of how the pandemic is progressing on the continent.The Africa CDC announced last week that it would start large-scale antibody testing and that seven countries would participate in the first phase: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Nigeria and Morocco. Even with limited data, African health officials are increasingly sure that most coronavirus cases are asymptomatic — Nkengasong put the portion at 70 to 80 percent — and that deaths are relatively low, Nkengasong said. “For sure our deaths… are not as high as in other parts of the world,” he said, noting that official data put the fatality rate at 2.3 percent and there was little evidence this figure was off-base.”We are beginning to be comforted with that number,” he said. “Member states are looking actively as to whether deaths are occurring massively in the community, and that is not the case.” “It is very, very early. We are dealing with a very delicate virus that spreads very quickly, but it’s important to recognize those slight tendencies that are positive.”  Africa had recorded 1,147,369 cases as of Thursday morning, about half of which were in South Africa, which has the fifth-highest total globally.South Africa has seen its number of daily confirmed cases fall from a peak of over 12,000 to an average of 5,000, driving the drop in the continent-wide average.But Nkengasong noted Thursday that countries in West and Central Africa were showing “similar trends”.  Average daily cases of coronavirus in Africa fell last week, a “hopeful sign” for the continent’s fight against the disease, the head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said Thursday.The continent-wide daily average was 10,300 last week, down from 11,000 the week before, Dr John Nkengasong said at a press briefing, adding that officials were greeting the news with “cautious optimism”. “We have begun to bend the curve slowly,” he said. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Israel, UAE discuss deeper cooperation against COVID-19

first_imgThe health ministers of Israel and the United Arab Emirates spoke by telephone Monday to discuss cooperation in the fight against the novel coronavirus, Emirati state media reported.The call between Emirati minister Abdul Rahman Al-Owais and his Israeli counterpart Yuli Edelstein came after the announcement on August 13 that the two nations would normalize ties in a historic US-backed deal.The two ministers discussed ways to “strengthen cooperation in the medical field” related to the pandemic, the official Emirati agency WAM reported.  Topics : And earlier this month, the UAE’s APEX National Investment and Israel’s TeraGroup signed an agreement to jointly develop research and studies on the novel coronavirus, WAM reported.center_img They spoke about possible scientific and medical partnerships including vaccine trials and treatments as well as a possible exchange of delegations, it said.Even before their move to normalize ties, which makes the Gulf state only the third Arab country to seek to establish full diplomatic ties with Israel, firms from both countries had agreed to collaborate against the respiratory disease.Two Israeli defense companies signed a deal with an Emirati company in July to develop a non-invasive coronavirus screening test which could produce results in minutes.State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the country’s largest aerospace and defense firm, as well as the government’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, last month signed the memorandum of understanding with Abu Dhabi-based technology company Group 42.last_img read more

Home of former Queensland Governor sells at auction

first_imgThe home at 86 Yabba St, Ascot.A prestigious Ascot residence belonging to a former Governor of Queensland has sold under the hammer for $2.761 million. Major General Peter Arnison and his wife, Barbara, bought the Queenslander at 86 Yabba Street, Ascot nearly 25 years ago.They moved into the property in 1996, after the Major General retired from the Australian Army. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours agoThe couple moved to Government House a year later and remained there while Maj Gen Arnison served as Governor of Queensland until July 2003, when he was succeeded by Quentin Bryce. The open-plan living, dining and kitchen area at 86 Yabba Street, Ascot.Ray White New Farm agent Scott Darwon ran the marketing campaign for the Arnisons.Mr Darwon said the property was a “well-preserved” character home that had only changed hands twice in more than 50 years. Ray White auctioneer Haesley Cush said the Ascot home attracted two registered bidders, which was enough to achieve the $2.761 million sale price. The Arnisons are downsizing but will stay in Brisbane.last_img read more

Cabinet meets with overseas based nationals at Dominica Diaspora Dialogue

first_imgLocalNews Cabinet meets with overseas based nationals at Dominica Diaspora Dialogue by: – November 1, 2011 Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 105 Views   no discussions Share Audience at this morning’s Dominica Diaspora DialogueMembers of the Cabinet this morning met with several overseas based nationals at a Dominica Diaspora Dialogue under the theme “Enhancing Partnership for Sustainable Development” at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau.This dialogue organized by the Regional Integration and Diaspora Unit of the Ministry of Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs is an avenue for members of the Cabinet to meet with overseas based nationals with a view to discussing pertinent issues affecting them, development ideas for the country which they may have as well as areas in which they can invest in the country.Monsignor Eustace Thomas prayed that members of the general public find ways to build the nation instead of destroying it.“Father may this dialogue be sober, cordial, uplifting and devoid of any form of acrimony, false accusations and hate. May our statements and questions be respectful, impartial and non-partisan so that while this function will come to a close, this year’s independence theme “Celebrating 33; Joining Hands In Unity” will have fulfilled its purpose.”Monsignor Thomas also prayed that nationals would “get rid of the bitterness, passion and anger no more shouting or insults no more hateful feelings of any sort” and instead “be kind and tender hearted to one another and forgive one another as God has forgiven you through Christ.” Monsignor Eustace ThomasThe minster with responsibility for Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs Regional, Dr John Collin McIntyre while highlighting the importance of this dialogue, stated that it is an example of the benefits of working together.“This yearly event is perhaps the most important meeting organized by the Regional Integration and Diaspora Affairs Unit of my ministry. It provides and important bridge between the Dominicans resident abroad, recent returnees and the Government of Dominica. Many influential ideas are generated from these events and they assist us in developing policy solutions. They have long been a fruitful partnership between our overseas based nationals and the government and this is a great example of the benefit of working together towards a common goal,” he said.Dr McIntyre further thanked the overseas based nationals for their contributions to the development and policy making of Dominica through their many ideas.“We look forward to an open and enthusiastic exchange of ideas, as the ideas we develop here today will contribute to policy decisions of the future. We genuinely appreciate your contributions and look forward to the continued engagements in a productive dialogue. We would like to recognize the contributions of many other returnees; Dominicans who for whatever reason went abroad to live and develop their skills but have since returned to play their part in national development. We truly appreciate your contribution to development of the nature isle. We appreciate the efforts of those of you who despite living in foreign lands continue to keep Dominica in your hearts and are always willing to assist in whatever way possible,” the minister said.Dr. John Collin McIntyre Meantime Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit while addressing the Diaspora Dialogue said although countries around the world are faced with very challenging times the government is committed to working with persons who are serious about the development of the island.“We have continued to hold our own in so far as the economic situation confronting Dominica and we will all appreciate that Dominica has been making strides over the last several years and we are committed to this. We’re committed to engaging everybody who is serious about working for the development of Dominica, those who see that they have a constructive role to play, those who love this country and like would like to see this country taken to the next level and see that there can be more progress and prosperity, we want to move to a point where everybody in this country can have a decent home, a decent shelter and we want to ensure that we continue with our objective of ensuring that we have at least one university graduate in every home in this country,” he said.The Prime Minister also told the overseas based nationals that the dialogue is an opportunity for them to identify ways in which they can find areas in which they can make a contribution to Dominica’s development.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit“The purpose of this gathering is to hear from you in large measure as to what can you do from where you are to help in the building of Dominica. You’re a medical doctor, you’re a nurse, teacher, professor at a university, an accountant, you are involved in investment banking; whatever you’re involved in, how can I make a contribution to Dominica’s development.Mr Skerrit also noted that in recent times “a lot more Dominicans are coming to the island to invest in the country and not waiting when they retire”. This year’s dialogue took a slightly different twist in that officials from the various banking institutions, the National Cooperative Credit Union, Customs and Immigration Departments, Dominica Social Security, Invest Dominica Authority and DEXIA were in attendance to assist the overseas based nationals with inquiries and concerns which they may have.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Boxing: Fury chasing knockout in Wilder rematch

first_img Read Also: Tyson Fury splits from trainer ahead Wilder rematch Wilder also ridiculed Fury’s insistence that he should have been declared the victory of the 2018 meeting. “If he beat me, then why all the new trainers? Every day it changes. Firing and hiring. I still to this day have the same people with me and I don’t need to change it,” Wilder said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “He thinks I’m going to come out herky-jerky with my famous style, but I want him to meet me in the center of the ring and have a slugfest, best man wins. Wilder (42-0-1, 41 knockouts) however was unimpressed with Fury’s claims of a tactical switch. “No, I don’t believe nothing Fury says at this moment in time,” Wilder said. “He’s very nervous as you can see. He can’t even sit still. “The fight will be interesting, he’s a great fighter. I’m looking forward to it. But I don’t believe anything he says. “He’s saying those things, I don’t feel in his energy that he believes that. I feel like he’s nervous because of what happened the first time.” Wilder believes the key to the rematch will be patience. In the first fight he tired during the later rounds after swinging and missing with a series of huge right hands earlier on. “More patience. More calm. I just need to calm down,” Wilder said. “I just learned from the first fight I need to be calmer.” Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksIs Cristiano Ronaldo Converting His Hotels To Hospitals?7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The Ratings11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Best Cars Of All TimeSuper Recognizable Outfits That Actors Wore In The Famous MoviesWho Earns More Than Ronaldo? Tyson Fury vowed to chase a knockout in next month’s eagerly anticipated rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, insisting he believes he has no chance of earning a victory on points in Las Vegas. The charismatic undefeated British fighter faces the unbeaten Wilder at the MGM Grand on February 22, after the two men battled to a draw in Los Angeles in December 2018. Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder face off ahead of their February 22 rematch in Las Vegas Fury (29-0-1, 20 knockouts) earned a share of the spoils in the first fight after frustrating Wilder with a superbly elusive performance. However the self-styled “Gypsy King” survived a 12th round knockdown to cling on for the draw at the Staples Center. At a press conference in Los Angeles on Monday, Fury said he plans to attack Wilder early on in next month’s bout, insisting he is targeting a second-round knockout. “Thinking ain’t enough,” the 31-year-old Fury said. “I need to know I’ve won the fight. I know I need to get a knockout here. I’m going into this fight knowing I can’t win a decision. I’ve got to knock him out.” Fury claimed his recent change of trainer – he has dispensed with the services of Ben Davison in favour of Sugarhill Steward, the nephew of late Kronk gym legend Emanuel Steward – would help him score a knockout. “I’m looking for a knockout,” he said. “That’s why I hired Sugarhill. He gets you to sit down on that big right hand. That’s what I’m looking for. There’s the game plan.” – No ‘Herky-jerky style’ – Fury said he expected the fight to flip expectations of either a knockout for the hard-hitting Wilder or a points win for Fury. “The consensus is either he knocks me out, or I win on points,” Fury said. “Usually when people have that opinion, it goes the opposite way around. Expect him to box and me to be looking for the knockout. Loading… last_img read more

Lady Cardinals And Lady Pirates Split Games

first_imgThe St. Louis 7th Grade Lady Cardinals took a fall against Greensburg’s A team last night. It went down with a 36-6 defeat, but they gave their all for the first game.Our leading scorer was Grace Laudick with 6 points. Defensively GiGi Dreyer and Sydney Schutte both pulled down 6 rebounds a piece.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Erin Trenkamp.The St. Louis 8th Grade Girls Basketball team opened their season with a road win against Greensburg Thursday night by a final score of 31 to 18.A buzzer beater 3 point shot at the half by Hailey Mohr ignited a balanced scoring attack and a solid defensive effort by the Lady Cardinals.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.last_img read more

ESI Gambling Report: DreamHack Masters Marseille preview

first_imgBetway 6.00bet365 7.00Pinnacle 4.61 AstralisDanish powerhouse Astralis is another favourite to walk away with first at Marseille and for good reason: The team quickly broke out into the upper-standings after signing 19-year old Danish hopeful, Emil “Magisk” Reif, as their fifth player. Currently ranked fourth in the ESL Pro League Season 7, the Danes have displayed a velocity ahead of Marseille that has established them as a serious threat at this Masters event. Betway 5.00bet365 6.00Pinnacle 4.49 FnaticIn my opinion, Fnatic appears to be the most conditioned for this world-class skirmish. The fearsome five-man squadron has managed to secure two critical tournament wins in the previous months including IEM Katowice 2018 and World Electronic Sports Games (WESC). If Fnatic can perform with as much vigour as in their last two tournaments, they’ll be a sure bet as a top-finisher. Fnatic will face Asian qualifier, Tyloo, first in Group C. Betway 7.00bet365 7.00Pinnacle 10.62 SK GamingHeavily favoured by sportsbooks, SK Gaming is pinned to win DreamHack Marseille; the added bit of firepower that is Stewie2K is presumed to clash well with Marcelo “coldzera” David as an entry unit. The group hasn’t performed so well on LAN this year besides a 3-4th place finish at the Boston Major; with a new rejuvenated and hungry squad, however, I’d anticipate them to come alive at Le Dôme de Marseille. SK Gaming will have their first test against a lively Ninjas in Pyjamas squad in the initial round. Betway 6.00bet365 6.00Pinnacle 7.02 It’s an exciting week for Counter-Strike fans as 16 of the best teams prepare to descend onto Marseille, France for the DreamHack Masters from April 18 to April 22. As the first Masters tournament of 2018, CS:GO enthusiasts can guarantee a fierce and impassioned contest as teams look to secure the larger end of a $250,000 prize pool (£175,650) at Le Dôme de Marseille. With tensions surmounting ahead of next week’s blue-ribbon tournament, we decided to take a detailed look at how the teams will stack up against each other in this week’s ESI Gambling Report.Roster ChangesLeading up to the Marseille DreamHack 2018 there has been a flurry of roster changes that will presumably shake up the fixture a bit; elite teams such as SK Gaming, Team Liquid, FaZe Clan and Cloud9 have all had some significant changes in their lineup prior to the first Masters tournament.Epitacio “TACO” de Melo (Credit: HLTV)One of the most staggering CS:GO releases back in March confirmed Epitacio “TACO” deMelo’s exit from SK Gaming; the 23-year-old Brazilian was instrumental in SK’s success, guiding the team to gold medal in several international tournaments including two Majors. TACO would go on to further diversify the already multinational roster of Team Liquid, comprised of two North American, Canadian, and Brazilian Counter-Strike stars.Jake “Stewie2K” Yip would depart from Cloud9 and go on to fill TACO’s spot at SK Gaming in a similar role – whether the American fragger can fill the gaping void TACO left in the side of SK, is still to be determined.More notable alterations include Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer Gustafsson’s absence from FaZe Clan’s lineup at Dreamhack Marseille due to ‘personal reasons’ – Swedish native, Richard “Xizt” Landström, will substitute in at the tournament. Olofmeister’s unavailability shouldn’t set FaZe back too far, however; Olof’s recent performance has been dicey (probably relevant to his leave) and Xizt is thought to fill that role quite entirely.Richard “Xizt” Landström (Credit: HLTV)All this being said, Cloud9 will presumably be in a less than formidable condition in France; aside from losing Stewie2K, Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham, would send another devastating shockwave through C9 fans as he resigned from the team’s active roster. The current Major Champions have experienced a bit of a downward spell since their ELEAGUE: Boston first place finish; that’s not to say the North American squad can’t shape a configuration that grants them a top finish in Marisellie – however, it would appear somewhat bleak at the moment.The OddsFaZE ClanFaZe Clan would make an interesting stake to win DreamHack Marseille outright; the international troop has attractive odds and the mark of a serious contender for being a finalist. Although recent FaZe transfers may onset some uneasiness, the playing field is generally levelled between the top contenders regarding key player absences from France. While Xizt may not be able to match the same chemistry of Olofmeister – he has quite a bit of champion blood in him. Xzit’s entry into FaZe ended a six-year residency with Ninjas in Pyjamas – including an ESL One Cologne Major victory that solidified him as one of Sweden’s best in-game leaders. FaZe squares up against Team EnVyUs in the first bout of the tournament. Regardless, DreamHack Marseille should deliver on a cutthroat contest between the best CS:GO teams in the world. If you choose to wager on any of the matches over the course of the tournament, Esports Insider reminds you to bet responsibly!last_img read more

As long as he stays focused, the future is extraordinarily bright for Gervonta Davis

first_imgA trip to Britain in May 2017 brought a win over the unheralded Liam Walsh, and although the transatlantic exercise perhaps raised Davis’ profile in the thriving English market, it was levels below the Pedraza win and something of a sign of things to come. Uninspired on the Floyd Mayweather/Connor McGregor undercard opposing Francisco Fonseca, Davis was reckless with his attacks and this created a messy spectacle on the most-viewed show of the year. Seven months after establishing himself as a potential future face of boxing, Davis was heavily criticized for his labored win over Fonseca, and his personal life was also under intense scrutiny.Assault charges outside the ring in both 2017 and the following year overshadowed Davis’ sole outing of last year where he stopped Jesus Cuellar for the WBA strap, and it appeared that there was a possibility of a promising boxing career spiraling out of control. Bloated and boisterous at the Shawn Porter/Danny Garcia event with Adrien Broner as his sidekick, Davis looked every bit the poster boy of a young rich man living the good life. Boxing has so far provided the 24-year-old with just enough fame and fortune to walk an all too familiar path of destruction like many before him, but second chances in boxing are like fish in the ocean, and Davis has to grab one immediately starting this Saturday against Hugo Ruiz.Davis’ remarkable rise from care home product to world champion suggests the Maryland man is a winner regardless of what direction his career takes next. A series of wins and global honors have seemingly taken Davis off course, so one has to ponder what a succession of losses would do to the big smiled youngster. If this year can begin in a similar manner to one 2017 did then Davis has to take the platform and use it to his advantage. His showing against Pedraza remains his greatest moment, it would be an awful shame for Davis if we were still saying that 12 months down the line. A fighter can see his stock fall or inflate when having a night off.Bernard Hopkins’ matador performance against Kelly Pavlik at the backend of 2008 drew mainstream plaudits, but just a few months before, the Philadelphian wizard was narrowly outhustled by Joe Calzaghe via split decision. Some within the trade hinted at Hopkins’ age, he was 43 at the time, as a contributory factor versus the Welshman, but that logic was decimated six months later when “The Executioner” handed out a painful lesson to the bald puncher from Youngstown. Join DAZN to watch Machado vs. Cancio plus more than 100 fight nights a yearLast December, Jose Pedraza provided Vasyl Lomachenko with enough problems to give the magical Ukrainian a decent test. Lomachenko was a handy winner, but the vast majority of rounds were competitive and the wide scorecards that greeted the former star amateur contained a substantial amount of generosity. One man who had no such issues with Pedraza, a proud and gutsy Puerto Rican, was Gervonta Davis, and somewhere in America on December 8th, the Baltimore man probably forced a smile at watching his former victim take rounds off the so-called finest boxer on the planet.Make no mistake, Davis, on his day, is a daunting test for anyone in his own weight division, or those operating either side of super-featherweight. His 2017 stoppage of Pedraza is everything a breakout performance should be as he destroyed the previously undefeated star in a one-sided bout inside a congested Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York. The large crowd in attendance may have been there to witness super-middleweight supremacy between James DeGale and Badou Jack, but there was no doubt who the evening’s star performer was as Davis, just 22 and with only 16 bouts to his name, bludgeoned Pedraza for his first world title. That victory still remains the high point of Davis’ career, but time is on his side in ensuring the result doesn’t stay that way.last_img read more

When is the Preakness Stakes 2020? New date for second jewel of Triple Crown

first_imgThe Preakness Stakes has a new date for 2020. The 145th running of the Triple Crown race will take place Oct. 3, 2020, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced May 16. The 2020 Preakness was originally scheduled to be run on May 16, but it was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. In place of the race, NBC aired an hourlong special, “The Middle Jewel: American Pharoah’s Run to the Triple Crown,” which showcased the thoroughbred’s dominating win in the 2015 Preakness.  During the special, Hogan announced the new date for the race.Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announces that the 145th running of the Preakness Stakes is set for October 3 at Pimlico. pic.twitter.com/vQnVLjYXnM— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) May 16, 2020″Under normal circumstances, I would be standing at Pimlico with you, presenting the Woodlawn Trophy to the winner of the 145th Preakness Stakes,” Hogan said. “But as we all know, these are not ordinary circumstances.”MORE: Horse racing’s all-time Triple Crown winners The Kentucky Derby was already rescheduled for Sept. 5, four weeks before the rescheduled Preakness. The third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, N.Y., has yet to be rescheduled. It was scheduled for June 6.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said May 16 that horse racing at tracks across the state will be allowed to resume June 1 without spectators.  When is Preakness Stakes 2020?The 2020 Preakness Stakes will now be run on Oct. 3, 2020. The event normally takes place on the third Saturday in May but this year’s race has been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Where will Preakness Stakes 2020 be held?The Preakness Stakes will be held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. What is the distance of the Preakness Stakes 2020? The Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown, is 9.5 furlongs long, or an official distance of 1 3/16 miles. The 2020 Preakness will be the 145th running of “The People’s Race.”  The first running of the race was in 1873.last_img read more

Atletico seal qualification with comfortable Monaco win

first_img“They saw Griezmann lift the World Cup and now they’re going to play against him,” Henry had said on Tuesday.After beating Caen for their first win in his seven games, any momentum Monaco had, took a knock. Twelve injuries and 10 points from 14 league games perhaps gave Henry little choice.The last thing a youthful team needs away from home, against one of Europe’s toughest opponents, is to concede early, not least due to a heavy dose of misfortune.Koke was given too much time to line up his shot but the deflection off 17-year-old Benoit Badiashile was cruel, and left goalkeeper Diego Benaglio stranded.Thomas Lemar’s curling free-kick grazed the outside of the post but as Atletico’s dominance became entrenched, their intensity slackened too.Griezmann doubled the lead in the 24th minute, receiving on the half-turn and slipping Angel Correa free down the left. Correa’s twisting run put Jemerson on the ground, and he returned to Griezmann to touch into the far corner.Falcao came on to cheers in the second half and as Atletico settled for the win, Monaco a respectable defeat, he looked as surprised as anyone to be taking a penalty with eight minutes left.Youri Tielemans’ shot had been blocked by the arm of Savic, who saw a second yellow card, even if replays suggested the decision was harsh.Any hopes of the most unlikely of comebacks were dashed, however, as Falcao sidefooted wide to deny himself a happy return and Monaco a morale-boosting finish.ta/iwdShare on: WhatsApp Atletico’s Griezmann on markMadrid, Spain | AFP | Atletico Madrid moved one step closer to their dream Champions League final on home turf by beating Thierry Henry’s Monaco 2-0 on Wednesday to secure their place in the last 16.Atletico could hardly have imagined a more straight-forward passage into the knock-out stages as a struggling Monaco side, ridden with injuries and focused on avoiding relegation from Ligue 1, offered precious little resistance at the Wanda Metropolitano.A rout looked possible when Koke and Antoine Griezmann put Atleti two up within half an hour but they eased off and Monaco could have pulled a goal back, only for Radamel Falcao to miss a penalty against his former club.Stefan Savic was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for the handball.It was a disappointing end for Falcao, who had been presented with a plaque before kick-off and cheered by the home fans when introduced as a substitute in the second half.“I will hold onto this memory, of the fans always showing me affection, I am happy and grateful to all of them,” Falcao said afterwards.To return here for the final on June 1, Atletico will have to beat better opponents than this but, after a slow start, their season appears to be taking shape. They have now lost only once, albeit a thumping by Borussia Dortmund, in 16 matches.“We needed to take this step forward,” coach Diego Simeone said. “Apart from the game in Dortmund, where we were a mess at the end, we’ve had a really good tournament so far.”Dortmund could yet snatch top spot in Group A, particularly given they face Monaco last, with Atletico owning the slightly tougher final assignment away to Club Brugge.Monaco, meanwhile, cannot even trump Brugge to third and a place in the Europa League, even if they, and Henry, have more serious concerns domestically.“Going out of Europe is neither a source of regret nor relief,” Henry said. “Our real battles will come now against Montpellier and Amiens in the league.”At times, this match resembled a cup tie between a giant and an opponent two or three tiers below, but Henry must have expected as much when he rested key players, including Falcao, and fielded four teenagers in his starting line-up.last_img read more