The planes between Poland and Croatia will continue to fly, without changes

first_imgFrom the latest provision of the Polish Government on the ban on flights – Croatia has been deleted, said Agnieszka Puszczewicz, director of the CNTB office in Poland. Read more about the official decision HERE Although it was announced that Poland will ban flights from 02 countries, as well as from Croatia, from September 46, the planes between Poland and Croatia will continue to fly, without changes.last_img

Barca’s final shot in the dark to save troubled season and Setien

first_imgBut after a miserable end to La Liga, that flipped a two-point lead over Real Madrid into a five-point deficit, Barcelona resume their European tilt as outsiders, behind Bayern, Juventus, perhaps Atletico Madrid given their favorable draw, and certainly the winner of Real Madrid and Manchester City. “The fans are running out of patience because we’re not giving them anything,” said Lionel Messi as Barca’s title chase unraveled. “If we want to fight for the Champions League, a lot has to change because like this, we will lose to Napoli as well.” The hope might be Barcelona can turn pessimism to their advantage, if the result is a team free of tension, able to view the Champions League as a fresh start after a failed campaign in Spain. When they capitulated against Roma and Liverpool, Barca’s players talked about crumbling under pressure, a weakness that has been exposed all too many times since. If Barcelona have been weighed down by the burden of expectation in recent years in the Champions League, they should feel freer than ever ahead of Saturday’s last 16, second leg against Napoli. Few expect an easy passage into the quarter-finals and if they get there, even fewer expect them to survive against Bayern Munich, the tournament’s most convincing team so far, who will surely finish the job against Chelsea in their last-16 tie. With the advantage of an away goal from the 1-1 draw in Italy in February, Barca would usually feel confident against a side that just finished seventh in Serie A, and at the Camp Nou, where they have suffered only one defeat in 58 Champions League games. “They were strong and from a psychological point of view they fed off our fragility,” said then-coach Ernesto Valverde after the Liverpool loss. “They came at us and we failed to react,” said Sergio Busquets of Roma. The obsession with winning the Champions League and ending what is now a four-year drought both for the club and, crucially, Messi, has been all-consuming. Domestic success has been shrugged off, with results in Europe proving definitive regardless of what happens elsewhere. Yet nobody ranks Barcelona among the favorites this time around. The players might feel they have little to lose, even if current coach Quique Setien is likely to lose his job if they go out against Napoli or get humiliated by Bayern. Not all bad? There are caveats to the chaos too. Despite only seven wins from 11 games after the restart, Barca were impressive in spells and most effective against bolder opponents, the like of which they are more likely to meet in Europe. “You can’t tell me it’s all been a disaster, it hasn’t,” said a defiant Setien last month.They also have Messi, who comes in on the back of three weeks rest, and alongside him, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann, an attacking trio that should be the envy of every team left in the competition. Marc-Andre ter Stegen is one of the world’s outstanding goalkeepers. Ansu Fati and Riqui Puig are hugely exciting young talents. Without fans, Barcelona’s mental fragility could be less exposed, their technical quality more decisive. And yet still the sense is of a team relying on the intangibles: Moments of individual genius, momentum in a knock-out tournament, liberation from the burdens of expectation. “We have to be more consistent, more reliable,” said Setien last month. “If we manage to have a game like the one we played against Villarreal, where everything went well, it will undoubtedly give us a chance to win the Champions League.” In this format, with only four one-off matches to win, there is perhaps no better year to be clinging to the hope of the unpredictable.But for a club like Barcelona, it feels a little desperate, a final shot in the dark at the end of a long and turbulent year. There should be something more. Topics :last_img read more

Pats now prefect failures

first_imgI have to admit I was a little disappointed in this year?s Super Bowl.Oh, wait, I mean I was disappointed in the Super Bowl commercials.On the contrary, the game itself left little to be upset about. Even you bummed-out Beantowners have to give credit to the fact that it was entertaining for four quarters. It was much closer than ?experts? predicted and came nowhere close to the 12-point spread Vegas oddsmakers set. From wire to wire, it was an even match. In fact, it was the closest margin of victory since (ironically) the Patriots defeated the Eagles in 2005.Perhaps the greatest thing about Super Bowl XLII, however, was that it ended New England?s perfect season. No more talks of perfection. Nothing more said about how godly Bill Belichick is. No more self-righteous Pats fans.That?s right. A 16-0 regular season and two playoff wins all mean nothing now for Tom Brady and Co. They lost the big one.As a self-proclaimed Patriots hater (although I know I?m not the only one), I finally have the chance to gloat at the expense of the Pats. For 18 weeks, everyone was saying that New England was clearly the best team in the NFL, and possibly the best team ever.None of that mattered Sunday, though, as Eli Manning led an improbable upset over the once-perfect Patriots as brother Peyton ? winner of last year?s Super Bowl MVP ? watched from the press box.You see, it doesn?t matter how many regular season games you win if you can?t seal the deal and win the Lombardi Trophy at the end. The 1972 Dolphins can celebrate now, as they are the only team to make it an entire season, Super Bowl and all, without a blemish on their record. I can guarantee you the Pats would exchange this loss for a regular season one in a heartbeat.Usually, people only remember the Super Bowl winner, but in this case it?s more likely the Patriots will live on as the biggest disappointment in Super Bowl history. The Giants weren?t even supposed to make the playoffs. Now they?re on top of the world.Aside from the stingy New York defense that sacked Brady five times and the poise of Eli Manning, one other factor can be looked at as to how seemingly invincible New England left Phoenix as losers. I call this the ?Jessica Simpson Effect.?Before the game, the Fox cameras were showing notable celebrities in attendance, as can be expected for the Super Bowl. The aforementioned Peyton Manning was there, as were LL Cool J, Jim Carrey, Jenny McCarthy, Pamela Anderson and Giselle Bundchen. For those of you that don?t know, Bundchen is a Victoria?s Secret model and the girlfriend of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.So what?s the big deal if a model wants to come and watch her boy toy attempt to make history?Usually, nothing. But this season, as Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has shown us, it?s a bad idea to bring your lady friend to the game, lest you buckle under the pressure of her watchful eyes.Whenever Jessica Simpson ?Romo?s honey ?came to watch him play, he performed poorly. The media made a big deal out of it for whatever reason, but nonetheless, the story took off. According to an article on MSNBC.com, Brady even went as far as to give advice to Romo, telling him to forbid Simpson from coming to his games. The story even said that Bundchen was not planning on making the trip to Phoenix for the Super Bowl.Maybe she should have stayed home.OK, so I don?t really think that the supermodel?s presence caused New England?s poster boy to complete just one touchdown and lose his first Super Bowl in four tries. But it?s as good of an explanation as I can come up with.Who would have thought dating a supermodel could have a downside?Tyler Mason is a junior majoring in journalism. Send him your predictions for Super Bowl XLIII (it won?t be the Packers, sorry) to tmason@badgerherald.com.last_img read more