Given the epidemiological situation in Croatia, our country is no longer on the red list, ie the list of high-risk countries in Switzerland. In other words, all Swiss citizens returning to their own country from Croatia, as well as all Croatian citizens traveling to Switzerland, do not have to go into self-isolation (quarantine) for 10 days. Namely, Switzerland introduced a new way of determining the list countries or areas with an increased risk of infection for which a travel alert is introduced. According to the new method of decision-making, the red list includes countries or areas in which there are 14 or more newly infected per 100.000 inhabitants in the last 60 days, compared to Switzerland. Photo: Pixabay.com Under this new rule, as of October 29, the list of countries and areas at increased risk of infection includes: France (Hauts-de-France region, Île de France region, Polynésie française), Andorra, Armenia, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Switzerland has lifted the travel warning for Croatia, according to the official website Swiss Ministry of Health.
For the first few weeks of the season, it seemed that nobody could figure out Katie Hnatyk. The junior outfielder was hitting everything that opponents could throw at her. Through the Badgers’ first 13 games, Hnatyk had already slugged eight home runs, and her batting average was hovering right around the .625 mark. She was slugging somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.200 and systematically destroying any and all who dared to challenge her at the dish.But lately, teams have found a way to successfully limit the damage that Hnatyk has been able to inflict. Over Wisconsin’s last 19 games, Hnatyk has amassed three more home runs, but with each one, it gets harder and harder to crack another.Is this due to better scouting by UW’s opponents? Perhaps. But the strategy that many teams are now employing has nothing at all to do with uncovering whatever weaknesses Hnatyk may or may not have at the plate, because the only thing scouting has revealed to coaches is that bad things happen when you pitch to Katie Hnatyk. So what pre-game instructions do coaches give their hurlers nowadays? Just don’t pitch to her.Hnatyk has been walked four times in Wisconsin’s last four games, with three of them being intentional, frequently with runners on base. For the rest of the season, expect Hnatyk to receive the “Barry Bonds” treatment more often than not.Since the first few games of the spring, Hnatyk’s batting average has predictably declined from an astronomical .625 to a still-impressive .370. Her average still leads the team, and her 10 homers and .771 slugging percentage are both good for fourth in the Big Ten. But from here on out, every pitcher she faces is going to be throwing all kinds of junk at her to try and keep her out of the headlines.Although good pitches are becoming an increasingly rare sight during Hnatyk at-bats, when someone does make a mistake over the plate, Hnatyk is still quick to make her pay. Hnatyk went 0-for-1 with two walks in Wisconsin’s loss yesterday in Game 1 of their doubleheader, but when given a chance to hit in the nightcap, she went 2-for-3 with two singles and an RBI.As more and more teams take similar approaches in efforts to neutralize the offensive production of power hitters such as Hnatyk, she says that just about the worst thing she could do is start to get anxious at the plate, or become frustrated when rivals pitch around her.”I just have to learn to be a little bit more selective and more patient,” Hnatyk said. “But if I do draw the walk, it gets me excited because I know my teammates can hit me in.”So if they want to put me on, good for them.”And if Hnatyk is able to maintain this approach through the remainder of the season, offensive production is inevitable.
Following a disappointing split at Ohio State, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team begins preparation this week for perhaps its biggest weekend of the season. As they do so, the ceiling of the hockey rink will be replaced by blue skies for what is sure to be the sporting event of the winter.“We’re looking forward to finally getting on the outdoor ice,” interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser said. “I know a lot of our players are very appreciative and just pumped to be part of such a great hockey celebration with the Culver’s Camp Randall Hockey Classic.”The novelty of outdoor hockey arrives in Madison just in time to elevate the already big stage being set between Wisconsin and Bemidji State.Coming off the split series on the road against Ohio State, Wisconsin (15-10-3, 12-9-1) sits alone in third place of the WCHA but with little room to breath. Bemidji State rests at fourth place and is eyeing third as they rest only one point behind Wisconsin in the standings.With six games remaining in the regular season, the playoff race has begun to heat up. The Badgers aim to lock up a top-four finish within the WCHA so as to host a best-of-three series in the WCHA playoffs. Four teams — including Wisconsin and Bemidji State — are separated by as many as three points for the final two spots.Moreover, the Badgers are sitting on the fringe of the top eight in the national standings and will need convincing victories down the stretch in order to secure an NCAA tournament birth.“With Bemidji right on our heels, just one point behind us, every point that we are able to gather is so crucial,” DeKeyser said. “Not just for the WCHA playoffs, but for the national standings and just for hopefully getting voted in at the end of the year.”DeKeyser realizes while the outdoor classic is a special event, she cannot allow her team to get too sidetracked by the game’s unique qualities.As such, DeKeyser will have the team practice outdoors all week in order for the team to adjust to the outdoor conditions and shed any distracting sense of novelty.“Hopefully getting out a couple days in advance and getting through the novelty of the whole situation will help,” DeKeyser said. “It’s funny, I went out yesterday to Vilas Park to kind of ‘prep’ myself for the weekend, and I got complete wind burn on my face, so my advice to them will be put Vaseline on your cheeks before you go out.”Nevertheless, DeKeyser happily admits a big reason why she is excited for the game at Camp Randall is exactly for what the game is — a hockey game outdoors.Nearly the entire roster of Badgers, as well as DeKeyser, grew up in cold climates while playing hockey outdoors. Among them, the Camp Randall Classic will certainly stir up fond memories of their youth.When asked about her level of excitement for the game, DeKeyser answered by getting lost in an old memory of her youth in Ashton, Ontario when she would play hockey outside of her house.“It just reminds me of being a kid,” she said. “I was a huge hockey enthusiast as a child. I remember I had about an hour bus ride home and I used to sit by the window and I used to evaluate the ditches on the way home and see the ice conditions, because when I got home, if our ditch was just perfect, I would be shoveling it off and making sure that I could get out there a couple hours before hockey practice.“This just brings me back to the reality of the game and what we all live for, you know, when you’re eight to 15 years old. This is just a great reminder of our roots and I think our players have a shared experience.”