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Seoul to hold int l online conference on how to prepare for post-COVID-19 era

South Korea's capital will hold an international online conference from June 1 to 5 to overcome the coronavirus disease crisis and prepare for a paradigm shift. .....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMay 30th, 2020

SC nagsagawa ng unang online session sa gitna ng banta ng COVID-19

Manila, Philippines – Isinagawa ng Korte Suprema ang kauna-unahang video conference nito ngayong Biyernes. Ipinost ng SC Public Information Office ang screenshot ng lahat ng 15 justices matapos ma-adjourned ang kanilang miting. “Took us days to prepare, to get used to the software and hardware, sharing with each other our knowledge and skills,” ani Associate […] The post SC nagsagawa ng unang online session sa gitna ng banta ng COVID-19 appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsApr 17th, 2020

No conditions in China’s move to prioritize PH as vaccine recipient — Sta. Romana

China has not imposed any condition when it included the Philippines as among the priority nations to gain access to its potential coronavirus vaccine, according to a Filipino diplomat. Amb. Jose Santiago Sta. Romana Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana said China instead reminded the country to prepare its cold storage facilities amid the highly anticipated breakthrough in vaccine development. China will hopefully announce its mass production of the coronavirus vaccine before the end of the year or early next year, Sta. Romana said during an online Palace press briefing. “Hopefully, mass production and distribution will happen in the near future, as early as November and December in terms of production. And it will depend on our capability to receive the vaccines in terms of our facilities, in terms of distribution,” he said.  “The prospects are bright in terms of a breakthrough in vaccine,” he added. Sta. Romana made clear that the cold storage facilities for the potential COVID-19 vaccines are not conditions set by China but simply a reminder to ensure effective distribution of the vaccine.  “It’s just a reminder that if you get the vaccine and you don’t have cold chain storage, then it’s useless so you have to prepare,” he said, citing information from Chinese drug companies.  He said even if the Philippines is in the “priority list,” the distribution of the vaccine will be a challenge. He said the vaccines must be stored in “freezing conditions” to keep its efficacy.  “If exposed to tropical weather or to normal weather conditions, the vaccine could lose its effectiveness,” he said.So far, Sta. Romana said the vaccines being developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firms have entered phase 3 of the clinical trials. One of the potential vaccines have been approved for emergency use for health workers and other government frontliners. “The Chinese will make an announcement in the near future and then they’ll start their mass production. And once there is the mass production, then I think there will be distribution. Hopefully, before the end of the year; but surely by the first quarter of next year,” he said.  Asked if China has imposed any condition on the Philippines in exchange for the vaccine supply, Sta. Romana said: “No, not at all. Actually, we’re the ones, our condition is that it should pass our local requirements.” When asked if Beijing has pledged the amount of vaccines and if these will be given to Manila for free, Sta. Romana said the matter would entail more discussion. “I cannot give you a definitive answer right now but definitely in terms of number, you know, how they will do it kasi it depends on the—they’re talking of hundreds of millions in terms of production dito sa China. So, the question is iyong distribution and deployment,” he said. “They’re preparing their manufacturing facilities for the mass production of vaccines the moment approval is announced,” he added. Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado has assured that the government has funds that will be needed for the establishment of the cold storage facilities for the coronavirus vaccines. “Surely, as the sun rises in the east, there will be funds for that because the President will never allow that we will run short of the requirements to make sure that we have the storage facilities for all of these vaccines,” he said in the same online press conference. Last week, President Duterte expressed confidence about the safety of the vaccines being developed by China, citing the Asian neighbor is a modern country. He said the government has funds for the vaccine purchase, adding he was just waiting for China or Russia to contact him. “I’d be glad to open up my sleeves because I am confident with their vaccine,” he added......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Chief Justice Peralta mulls holding online Bar exams next year

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court is considering online Bar examinations in 2021, said Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta. During the Senate Finance Committee’s deliberations of the  Judiciary’s budget for 2021, Senator Francis Tolentino has asked the magistrate if it is possible to hold the examination virtually. Tolentino, a lawyer, noted that this […] The post Chief Justice Peralta mulls holding online Bar exams next year appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 24th, 2020

Teaching online

  Over three decades of classroom teaching did not prepare me for the rush to online education following the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike many of my colleagues who will start teaching online at the end of August, I had barely a month to learn Canvas, the chosen Learning Management System of the Ateneo de Manila University. […] The post Teaching online appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 29th, 2020

Duque: Mas maraming medical personnel naipadala na sa Cebu City

Manila, Philippines – Mas maraming medical personnel ang naipadala na sa mga ospital sa Cebu City upang dagdagan ang bilang ng mga staff na nakikipaglaban sa COVID-19, ayon kay Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. Sa isang press conference, sinabi ni Duque na limang medical doctors ang ipinadala sa Cebu City, habang 22 pa ang nagboluntaryong […] The post Duque: Mas maraming medical personnel naipadala na sa Cebu City appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJul 1st, 2020

Heart Evangelista to give away tablets to students with online classes

Actress Heart Evangelista will be giving away tablets to less fortunate students as schools hold online classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Evangelista announced her giveaways via Twitter earlier today, June 4, which was accompanied by a photo of a Cherry tablet. It was not specified, however, if this is the only model of tablet the […] The post Heart Evangelista to give away tablets to students with online classes appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2020

Bahrain pardon para sa 16 Pinoy, isang ‘act of healing’ sa gitna ng COVID-19: CBCP

Manila, Philippines – Ikinatuwa ng Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines–Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant Peoples (CBCP-ECMI) ngayong Lune sang pagbibigay ng royal pardon ng Kingdom of Bahrain sa 16 na Pinoy. Ani Bishop Ruperto Santos, vice chairman of the commission, na ang desisyon ay pagsisimula at isang senyales ng “healing” sa gitna ng […] The post Bahrain pardon para sa 16 Pinoy, isang ‘act of healing’ sa gitna ng COVID-19: CBCP appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJun 1st, 2020

Is Virtual Racing The Future of Exercise?

This article was originally published on womaninaction.ph It’s one thing to say you’ll keep working out during quarantine, and it’s another to be constantly motivated and consistent about it. Professional athletes usually have targets to hit that keep them motivated, or games to prepare for. For enthusiasts, signing up for races does the trick, because races feel like “tournaments” they have to be in condition for. With games cancelled and races postponed, how do you stay motivated in a COVID world? For those who have been raring to go out of their homes, it’s a good thing that restrictions on working out outside have already been somewhat eased. Walking, jogging, running and cycling are now allowed. However, is it recommended that face masks be worn and social distancing must be observed (at least 2 meters). With all of these measures in place, can virtual racing be the future of exercise? Don Velasco, a professional triathlete and coach, says joining the IronMan Virtual Races every weekend has helped him and his clients stay disciplined. “The hardest part is staying motivated. Because some people lose sight of why we’re doing this. Like if walang race, bakit pa magtrain (if there’s no training, why train?). But it transcends that. It’s about having this lifestyle.”, Velasco says. Apart from personal training, Don has been racing with his athletes as a way to monitor and motivate them. How does it work? Since swimming is not allowed at this time, the IronMan Virtual Club features challenges centered around running and cycling, much like a duathlon. The way it works is you register online (for free) and then sync your tracking device with your account. You can also train with different coaches and groups on their website. “I think running and cycling are actually great options during the MECQ because it's relatively easy to perform social distancing while doing them. I feel that running and cycling will be bigger in the next few months. Running is a relatively easy sport to get into and needs minimal equipment to participate in. Cycling, on the other hand, will not only be an excellent form of exercise, it will even be a great means of transportation as well. At the end of the day, more and more people will value health and wellness because of this pandemic.” For the weekly IronMan races, there are rankings based on your time, as you get to compete with all the other athletes around the world. Training and racing earns you points that add up to rewards with IronMan partners, but that’s not what we’re working hard for right? Want to join a virtual race, even as a beginner? Apart from IronMan, World Vision has come up with its own virtual race called World Vision Run for Children to help support its causes on Education and Food & Nutrition. You can choose from the different distances — 21km, 50km, 100km and 200km, and you must complete it in a span of a month and a half, from June 15 to July 31. Unlike IronMan, this race has a much simpler process. No need for syncing of apps, you just need to submit screenshots as proof of your progress. When this is all verified, your finisher shirt and medal will be delivered to your doorstep. “We want you to have the freedom to run where, when, how often and how far you prefer. Walk, run, ride a bike whether indoors or outdoors, in your treadmill or on a trail, every morning or just one time, whether you’re alone or with your friends. As long as your heart beats for children”, according to World Vision’s press release. The proceeds of the virtual race will go to the funding of 4,500 sanitation kits and 28,000 back to school kits for all registered kids of World Vision. You may register at www.worldvision.org.ph/virtual-run-for-children/. Honesty system Virtual racing is all about doing your own workouts, tracking your progress and submitting reports. It is definitely possible to cheat but remember that when you do, you’re only cheating on yourself. We know it isn’t easy to be disciplined in this pandemic, especially with all the limitations, adjustments and changes, but here is what Don Velasco says. “Focus on what you can do, not what you can't do. Having a more positive mindset will not only influence your success, it can also help a lot with mental and emotional well-being. Adjust your goals. Most things in our world are put on hold. Having the same set of goals for yourself is somewhat unrealistic. Maybe adjusting a few things here and there are in order. This can mean changing the timeframe in which you want to achieve something or adjusting your definition of "success." Remember, the mere fact we're alive and well is already cause for celebration. Being able to workout and enjoy are just bonuses!”. Spoken like true athlete.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 17th, 2020

Gwen welcomes May 15 extension of ECQ

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia welcomed the decision of Malacañang to extend the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Cebu to May 15. At a press conference aired online Friday, April 24, Garcia said the move from the national government would enable stakeholders here to have ample time to prepare for a possible modified […] The post Gwen welcomes May 15 extension of ECQ appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 24th, 2020

Even at home, the work continues for Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton

When the NBA was postponed in mid-March due to a player testing positive for COVID-19, there was immediately an air of uncertainty as to whether the world’s biggest basketball league would resume action later on in the year. Now, over a month later, that uncertainty remains there, even more so now. The playoffs should have started by now, which makes the NBA’s return even more of a question mark, especially in terms of how the league would decide to go about getting the season back on track. For now, there are definitely more questions than answers, but for most of the players and the coaches and the people involved in the league, work continues, even at home. That’s very much the case for Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton, who says he continues to find ways to continue to get things done, even under quarantine. When the season came to an abrupt halt, the Kings were 11th in the Western Conference, but were tied with the tenth and the ninth seeds at 3.5 games behind the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies, meaning that they were very much in the running for the last spot in the post-season. With a jump straight into the playoffs being discussed as an option for the league’s return, it would mean that they would once again miss the post-season without having the chance to make one final run in the regular season. Right now however, Walton says that the focus is on the safety of everyone from this dreaded disease. “Normally, I would say that yes, it would feel like [a missed opportunity for a playoff chase]. But again, this is one of those rare circumstances in life where the safety of everyone involved is really what we’re thinking about,” Walton said in an interview with the NBA. “And if that means that were the case then hey, we continue to look forward. We continue to learn from what we did have this year and we take that information and we go full steam ahead into next season.” The Kings were set to take on the tenth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans in an important battle for playoff positioning the day that the league ultimately decided to postpone the games. If the league decides to jump right into the post-season, Walton says that they’d be fully behind the decision if it means finally having the season back. “This is one of those few times where truly the most important thing is that we get past this [pandemic] together. And by together, I mean everybody. Together, we get past this. If that’s what it takes for the NBA to come to a decision, we will be behind it. Normally I would say basketball is more important than most things I’ve gone through in life, but with this the only thing that really matters is that we get through it.” Walton adds that prior to the postponement, there was an excitement within the team because of how they were playing and the position that they were in. “We were excited. Like I said, we were playing high level basketball. As far as a team embracing what it needs to do. What I mean by that is individuals understanding their roles, individuals understand-ing what we need out of them and those individuals making sacrifices for the betterment of the team. I think that’s why we were winning games at a pretty solid rate towards the end.” “As a coach, that is what you’re looking for. As you said, Alex [Len], [Kent Bazemore] coming over to add some tough-ness and physicality that we needed and the defensive level that was being played. A big part of it was having De’Aaron [Fox] get going like that and getting to the free-throw line consistently. In the last few games, I know it’s a small sample size, he was shooting around 90 percent and if you get there eight times a game, that is going to help. Buddy [Hield] was just really dominating his role for us coming off the bench. [Bogdan Bogdanovic] in the starting lineup was making nice basketball plays. We had a lot of good positive things going for us as a team and we were excited. We were looking forward to every matchup that we had, and our guys were giving us everything they had,” he added. On a personal level, Walton says that it doesn’t know if the league will indeed return to finish off the 2019-2020 season. “Honestly, I have no idea. I think everyone wants to play but I think everyone understands top priority is the safety of the fans, the media and everyone that’s involved in this. As much as everyone wants to get back to playing, no one is pressing it and we know what is most important.” For now however, Walton says that he and the players are doing the most that they can during the extended time off. He does admit however, that these past month and a half has been tough. “It’s a challenge. In staying in communication with our guys and what we’ve all come to realize is what is most important and that is the health and safety of everybody; the fans, the players, the families and as much as we want to get out there and play basketball, coach basketball, and compete and be a symbol of strength for our community during this time, we know the most important part of this is the social distancing, staying healthy, and keeping people healthy. To answer your question, there isn’t a lot that the guys can do. We sent out exercise machines, there are workouts online, there [are] option-al Zoom yoga classes. A lot of guys at this point are at home and whether that’s a basketball hoop at home or a treadmill, they are doing what they can under the circumstances.” Walton adds that he has also done some additional coaching at home by homeschooling his children, before doing his work as a coach for the Kings. “We practice social distancing and take it very seriously. My family and I are still up here in the Sacramento area and we have young kids, so the mornings are dedicated to homeschooling and going on walks around the neighborhood.” “When we get done with that, that is when I start checking in with some [players] and some of the coaches and dedicate some time to move our work forward. In the evenings, we’ll either watch some shows or I’ll turn on some of our game film from earlier this year to look at different things and keep trying to grow and learn and understand our team a little more. Then, it’s pretty much like Groundhog Day. We wake up and do the same thing the next day. We are staying busy. We know the top priority, again, is the safety for everyone. I’m trying to use this time to continue to grow and continue to understand our guys more,” he continued. Walton adds that he hopes the players also use this time to get into other things as well and not just spend their free time playing video games. “A big part of what I believe in as a coach, is player development. Especially in today’s NBA, part of that is developing off the court as well. This is a great time for some of those things, whether it is like you said, reading books, listening to podcasts. Meditation is something we encourage our players to do and get into. That’s something that we’re constantly trying to get our players to accept and do. One, because we feel like as coaches, it’s the right thing to do to help people grow. And two, we feel as if you’re helping people grow off the court as people, the quicker they’re going to mature on the court as players. Yeah, this is a time that all those things are available to do. We can’t and we won’t force anyone to do them, but it’s highly encouraged that our players are taking the time to continue to chal-lenge themselves and grow in different areas.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 24th, 2020

Chinese General Hospital, isa nang COVID-19 testing facility: DOH

Manila, Philippines – Binigyan na ng sertipikasyon ang Chinese General Hospital upang maging COVID-19 testing facility, ayon sa anunsyo ng Department of Health (DOH) nitong Biyernes. Sa isang virtual press conference, sinabi ni Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire na dahilan ito upang umabot na sa 17 ang kabuuang bilang ng mga certified laboratory para sa […] The post Chinese General Hospital, isa nang COVID-19 testing facility: DOH appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsApr 17th, 2020

Cebuanos urged: Watch, participate in Palm Sunday Mass, consecration of Cebu amid COVID-19 online

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia is encouraging Cebuanos to participate in venerating and consecrating Cebu to protect the island from further threats of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Garcia made this appeal at a press conference on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Garcia said the consecration would be made before the image of […] The post Cebuanos urged: Watch, participate in Palm Sunday Mass, consecration of Cebu amid COVID-19 online appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 4th, 2020

Bagong ospital para sa COVID-19 patients, binuksan ni Prince Charles

London — Binuksan na ni Prince Charles ang bagong Nightingale Hospital sa main exhibition ng at conference center ma magsisilbing temporary facility, Biyernes. Sa ulat, magagamot nito ang nasa 4,000 indibidwal na positibo sa COVID-19. “An example, if ever one was needed, of how the impossible could be made possible and how we can achieve […] The post Bagong ospital para sa COVID-19 patients, binuksan ni Prince Charles appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsApr 4th, 2020

Para muling makapagsimula: PBA, nag-aantay ng signal mula sa gov’t

Manila, Philippines – Wala pa ring pagbabago na magaganap sa first conference Philippine Cup na nakansela tatlong linggo na ang nakalilipas dulot ng COVID-19, ayon sa league governors nito. “If ever the conference will resume, we will be given two weeks notice,” saad ni PBA vice chairman Bobby Rosales ng Columbian Dyip. “That’s the only […] The post Para muling makapagsimula: PBA, nag-aantay ng signal mula sa gov’t appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsApr 4th, 2020

House committee on COVID-19 sets hearing

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Friday revealed that the newly created House Defeat COVID-19 Committee (DCC) will hold a hearing next week into the efforts of the government to fight the pandemic. In a virtual press conference, Cayetano said they will invite the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Thursday so that […] The post House committee on COVID-19 sets hearing appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2020

Rizal Memorial, PhilSports complex gagawing COVID-19 facilities: PSC

Manila, Philippines – Gagawin o iko-convert bilang pansamantalang medical facilities ang dalawang sports complex para tumanggap ng mga coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, ayon sa Philippine Sports Commission.   Sa isang press conference nitong Linggo, Marso 20, sinabi ni Chairman William Ramirez na ang Rizal Memorial Sports Complex sa Manila at ang PhilSports Complex sa […] The post Rizal Memorial, PhilSports complex gagawing COVID-19 facilities: PSC appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsMar 29th, 2020

CBCP tumatanggap na ng prayer requests online

Manila, Philippines – Tumatanggap na rin ng prayer request online ang simbahang Katolika sa kalagitnaan ng ipinatutupad na enhanced community quarantine in Luzon dahil sa coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.   Sa isang pahayag nitong Sabado, sinabi ni Monsignor Pedro Quitorio, Media Office director of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), na bumuo […] The post CBCP tumatanggap na ng prayer requests online appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 29th, 2020

Giit ni Mayor Joy sa mga taga-QC: “Stay at home”

Quezon City, Philippines – Mariing nanawagan si Qc Mayor Joy Belmonte sa mga taga-Quezon City na mamalagi na lamang sa kanilang tahanan upang hindi mahawa ng COVID-19. Sinabi nI Belmonte sa ginanap na press conference kahapon sa QC hall nang iulat na umaabot na sa 29 lugar ang positibo sa virus mula sa 23 na […] The post Giit ni Mayor Joy sa mga taga-QC: “Stay at home” appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 18th, 2020

Curfew sa Metro Manila, ipatutupad sa Linggo, March 15 – MMDA

Manila, Philippines – Magpapatupad ang Metropolitan Manila Development Authority ng curfew sa National Capital Region bilang bahagi ng hakbang sa community quarantine laban sa pagkalat ng coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Ito ay matapos ianunsyo ni MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia sa isang press conference ngayong Sabado na ang lahat ng mayor sa Metro Manila ay sumang-ayon […] The post Curfew sa Metro Manila, ipatutupad sa Linggo, March 15 – MMDA appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsMar 14th, 2020

Scrubbed: March Madness leads long list of canceled sports

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer The world's sports schedule cratered at warp speed Thursday, with one of the biggest events on the U.S. calendar, the fun-filled and colorful college basketball tournament known as March Madness, becoming the first mega-event to be scrubbed due to fear of the spread of the coronavirus. Leaders at all levels of sports, including the NCAA, NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball, tennis and soccer, decided the risk of playing games with the threat of the virus hanging over them was too great despite the billions of dollars — to say nothing of the trophies, pride and once-in-a-lifetime experiences — hanging in the balance. By late in the afternoon of an extraordinary, headline-a-minute day across a pandemic-rattled globe, the NCAA, which regulates March Madness and virtually all major U.S. college sports, basically had no choice. With conferences and individual teams calling off their basketball seasons at breakneck pace, the NCAA followed suit. They scrapped all college winter and spring championships, the highlight of which is the men's basketball tournament — a three-week extravaganza that stands as the biggest event this side of the Super Bowl on the U.S. sports calendar. The cancellation leaves a massive hole in American sports — from campuses across the country, to a growing passel of sports-betting businesses that rely on college hoops money, to say nothing of the hearts of players who were poised to get their first, or last, or only chance to shine on the big stage. All of it was to be covered by CBS and its partners; about 80 percent of the NCAA's $1.05 billion annual budget is bankrolled by the money the networks pay to present the 68-team tournament over the air, on cable and online. “This is bigger than a sport or championship,” said Kansas University coach Bill Self, whose team would've been the likely favorite to win it all. Hours earlier, Kansas and Duke had each taken matters into their own hands, announcing they wouldn't be sending any of their teams to games, no matter the stakes. It wasn't even the most jaw-dropping moment of the morning. That came, fittingly, at one of the world's most renowned sports venues — Madison Square Garden — where at halftime of a Big East Conference tournament game, the PA announcer came on and said the tournament had been called. By then, every major conference, and virtually all of the minor ones, had done the same thing. They were prompted in part by the NCAA's decision a day earlier to hold all its tournament games — which had been scheduled to start next week in nine cities and close April 6 at a 71,000-seat stadium in Atlanta — in front of friends and family and limited “essential” personnel. Only 24 hours later, with the stock market tanking, mixed messages coming out of Washington and no promise of quick relief being offered by world health experts, it became even more clear that gatherings involving thousands of people were hard to justify. Also clear: The NCAA would have trouble assembling an equitable bracket for its tournament, given that most games designed to suss out the most-deserving teams and automatic qualifiers had already been scrubbed. “I’m not a researcher in immunology or infectious disease, but those who are engaged at the NCAA level provided some stark information yesterday,” said Greg Sankey, the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. The March Madness news meant it will be a world free of basketball for the foreseeable future. A day after the NBA put its season on temporary hiatus, a second member of the Utah Jazz — Donovan Mitchell — tested positive for the coronavirus. The league said its suspension would last for at least 30 days — possibly a conservative guess, as teams undertake the task of identifying any player or referee who has had recent contact with the Jazz, then putting them into isolation for the required two weeks. “What would kill the NBA season is if more players catch it,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in an interview on CNBC. He called the hiatus a matter of “us being vigilant, as all businesses should be. Businesses are going to have to be incredibly vigilant, and that's hard.” The NHL also suspended its season, though it did not report any positives for COVID-19. Major League Baseball scrapped spring training and postponed the start of its season, currently scheduled for March 26, for at least two weeks. Before the start of one of the biggest golf tournaments on the calendar, the PGA Tour announced that the last three rounds of The Players Championship, best known for the rowdy gatherings around the island green on the 17th hole, would be played without fans. The same goes for the three events that follow, all of which lead into the Masters, which was, for the time being, slated to go on as scheduled the week of April 6. The LPGA postponed three tournaments, beginning next week, including its first major of the season. Tennis will also be canceling events. The ATP called off men's tournaments for the next six weeks; the WTA said its tournament in South Carolina, set for April 6-12, would not be held as scheduled, with decisions about the rest of the season to come in the next week. NASCAR announced it would race the next two weekends, in Atlanta and Miami, without fans, and IndyCar made the same decision for its race this weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida. Horse races were going on in several states, though without fans in the stands — leaving the parimutuel wagers to be made online; organizers of the Kentucky Derby were moving forward with plans for the May 2 race. The NFL, never off the radar even in the depths of the offseason, announced a number of changes and cancellations on its schedule of meetings, fan fest and scouting trips — all related to coronavirus. The U.S.-based Major League Soccer said it would shut down for a target period of 30 days. Earlier in the day, soccer leagues and teams scrambled to make changes: —Belgium's soccer league backpedaled on an earlier decision, and decided to close stadiums to fans. —A Champions League game involving Real Madrid was postponed after the Spanish team puts its players in quarantine. —Dutch soccer authorities canceled all matches through the end of the month, including friendlies against the United States and Spain. —Also, a second player from Italy's top soccer division tested positive. All sports in that hard-hit country have been suspended through April 3. For once, there were no major announcements coming out of Tokyo, where conflicting messages about the status of this summer's Olympics have come out of the country, and the IOC, for weeks. Instead, the IOC went ahead with its ceremonial lighting of the Olympic flame, an event held in front of the ruined Temple of Hera in Ancient Olympia. "We are strengthened ... by the many authorities and sports organizations around the world which are taking so many significant measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus,” IOC president Thomas Bach said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 13th, 2020