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Trump expects enough COVID-19 vaccines for every American by April

US President Donald Trump said Friday he expects enough COVID-19 vaccines "for every American" will be produced by next April, and that the first doses will be distributed immediately after approval later this year......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarSep 19th, 2020

FDA sees COVID-19 vaccine in Philippine by April 2021

The Food and Drug Administration assured the public yesterday that caution will be strictly observed in registering vaccines and approving clinical trials for vaccines against coronavirus disease, saying that safety is the government’s utmost priority......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 25th, 2020

Vaccines out before polls& mdash;US

The Trump administration has urged US states to get ready to distribute a potential COVID-19 vaccine by November 1-two days before the presidential election......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2020

Built by Bo, bonded for Bo, believe in Bo

This is not the first time that Bo Perasol has had a recruiting haul this huge. Now heading into his fifth season in the University of the Philippines, he has brought in blue-chip recruits such as Gerry Abadiano and Carl Tamayo and talented transferees like Joel Cagulangan, CJ Cansino, and Malick Diouf to a team that already has Bright Akhuetie, Kobe Paras, and Ricci Rivero. And don't forget that Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan are only sitting out the next season - and what lies beyond for them is yet to be determined. This is not that different from his time in Ateneo de Manila University when he scored UAAP Jrs. Season MVP Jerie Pingoy, UAAP Jrs. Finals MVP Hubert Cani, NCAA Mythical selection CJ Perez, and NCAA Jrs. standout Arvin Tolentino in his first few years. Those promising prospects then joined forces with Blue Eagle stalwarts Kiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal Unfortunately, all of Pingoy, Cani, Perez, and Tolentino - along with the rest of the so-called "Magnificent 7" - found themselves with academic deficiencies and, therefore, ineligible by the blue and white's standards. Not long after, they transferred to different schools and squads and then had varying degrees of success. Will Coach Bo's tale get a different ending this time with the Fighting Maroons? Perasol is making sure of that. "From my experience in Ateneo, natuto ako. Ngayon, meron kaming grupo sa programa na nagha-handle lang ng academics ng players," he shared. He then continued, "Sinasamahan sila sa mga klase, pinapakilala sa mga propesor, ine-explain na player natin yan, pag merong problema, coordinate lang po tayo." Apparently, this academic assistance team is made up of former student-managers who have graduated. Now, their first job is all about seeing to it that State U would not have to go through the same sort of headache Ateneo had with its "Magnificent 7." With that, you could be sure that UP's pillars of honor and excellence still stand strong even as all these new faces join Men's Basketball Team. "Walang special consideration. Pumapasok sila, bumabagsak sila. Binibigyan sila ng extra work, humihingi sila ng extra work," Coach Bo said. He then continued, "Ang ine-explain ko lagi sa players at sa professors, ang mahalaga, basta masipag pumasok at nagpapakita ng intensyong matuto." STARRING AND STRIKING At present, just about everybody is still getting used to blue-chip recruits and talented transferees going for UP. That is why there are more questions than answers each and every time they announce a new player. And along with the question of whether or not all these new faces would be up to par in terms of the honor and excellence the Philippines' prime public university prides itself in, there is a question of just how the Fighting Maroons got here in the first place. How could State U, not that far removed from its self-proclaimed "dark days," get all of these players? And not just players, at that, but many big name players. The categorical answer? The program could now afford it. "Meron nang pondo salamat sa sponsors," head coach Bo Perasol explained. "For example, kung makikita mo lang yung patches sa harap ng jersey, malaking pera yun. Nag-aagawan ang marami para dun." At present, the shot-caller said that UP has eight corporate sponsors all getting together for the funds for the program. And unlike Ateneo which has Manny V. Pangilinan or National University which has Hans Sy as primary backers, the Fighting Maroons' system is quite different. "Ang source ng funds ng UP, halos lahat galing sa alumni. Tapos lahat yun, mina-manage ng nowheretogobutUP," coach Bo said. According to its website, nowheretogobutUP (NTGBUP) is "a volunteer group of UP alumni that aims to help, assist, and support the development, improvement, and advancement of the varsity program of UP." All of the finances it manages, however, are not necessarily donations. As Perasol put it, "Yung model ng UP is unique kasi yung support nila, kailangan may balik din from us." For example, the tactician said that many of their players have made appearances, online in this continuing COVID-19 crisis and in person prior to the pandemic, to cheer up employees of Palawan Pera Padala, one of the team's sponsors. More importantly, Coach Bo reminded yet again that the only reason they have all these new faces is because they have to. He pointed out how Abadiano and Filipino-American Sam Dowd would make up for the losses of Jun Manzo and Juan GDL as well as how Diouf and Cansino are already waiting in the wings once Bright Akhuetie and Ricci Rivero graduate. "We're also recruiting for the impending need," Perasol said. "Hindi naman ito biglaan. Since nagsimula kami rito, we all did this nang dahan-dahan lang. Kaya rin yung support from alumni for funding, hindi na rin naging mahirap." DREAMING Still, the mere fact that UP is now a big-time player on and off the court in collegiate basketball seemed so farfetched just five years ago. Before Bo Perasol, the Fighting Maroons were stuck in a vicious cycle. Now, though, they have back-to-back playoff appearances and have traded blows with traditional powerhouses for recruits and transferees. All of this made possible because the very moment he came in, Coach Bo already knew the secret to success. "You cannot build a program without funds," he said. Perasol furthered that his biggest takeaway from his time in Ateneo was that competing with the traditional powerhouses on the court entailed competing with them as well off of it. "Alam ko yung kakayanan ng Ateneo and siyempre, kakumpetensya ko rin nun yung La Salle so alam ko rin yung kanila. Ganun na rin ang kakayanan ng NU and yung iba pa, kakayanin din nila kung gustuhin nila," he said. He then continued, "Kaya kung ang objective ng programa is to be in the top four, your program should be levelled din sa capacity ng top four." The General Santos native then went on to point out how training in the country or abroad, recruitment local and overseas, housing, and food and nutrition all have costs. "To sum it up, everything you're going to do would entail financing. Hindi ito kakayanin ng UP as a public school dahil wala namang pondo ang gobyerno para dyan," he said. He then continued, "Ang pinakasagot nalang ng school is yung scholarship. And siyempre, yung nag-aaral ka sa UP." That doesn't mean, however, that their hands were tied. In fact, the answer to the questions had always been there. "The good thing about UP is there's millions of alumni all over the world and a lot are successful people and businessmen who are willing to help," Perasol said. BELIEVING Indeed, having educated Filipinos for over 112 years now, UP has, without a doubt, more than a few successful alumni. It was all a matter of uniting - and then unleashing - them. Even before Bo Perasol came home to Diliman, NTGBUP was already organized. They were not necessarily thrilled with the Fighting Maroons, though. "Nung una, dahan-dahan lang, ambag-ambag lang para merong kakainin, pambayad sa dorm. Merong nag-donate ng shoes," Coach Bo said. He then continued, "Pero siyempre, they want first and foremost a program with improvements and direction." NTGBUP and the UP community got just that from Perasol as a 3-11, seventh-place finish in 2015 became a 5-9, sixth-place finish in 2016 in Coach Bo's first year. In his second year, the squad improved to a  6-8, fifth-place finish. From there, the Fighting Maroons have been in the Final Four for back-to-back years now - and even made the Finals in 2018. "Nagsimula maging excited ang alumni nung nagsimula ring manalo," he shared. "When we started winning, nagkaroon hindi lang ng physical support, but financial support as well. We were ascending eh." In his third year at the helm, State U, finally, officially had corporate sponsors. And you know how that year went? That was when they ended a 21-year Final Four drought and then a 32-year Finals absence. Safe to say, the sleeping giant was awoken. "Yes, sleeping giant talaga tayo and when we say nagising, ang pinaka-catalyst was the winning," its fearless leader said. Now, UP MBT has a mean machine of financial support on its back, paving the path for its big-time recruiting haul in 2020. Even better, they now have a loud and proud fanbase that is making up for all the lost time they stayed away during the "dark days." "Actually, sa pitches ko sa recruitment, kasama sa presentation ko yung machi-cheer sila nang ganung klaseng crowd," Coach Bo said. SURVIVING At the same time, though, that loud and proud fanbase expects much, much more from this brand new power. For each and every one of them, Bo Perasol has but one reminder. "What we have done in the past years is to level up lang. We have a new gym, we have all these players, we can train abroad," he said. He then continued, "Pero yung mga Ateneo, La Salle, 20 to 30 years na nilang ginagawa yan. What we did was just to level up alongside them." Again and again, Coach Bo has said that what he has been doing is, put simply, putting UP in the best position to win. Still, with a roster as overflowing with talent as this, he could only acknowledge that just about everybody sees them as having gone championship or bust. Credit to him, however, Perasol was blunt with his assessment that he would also be disappointed if they would not be able to taste their first championship since 1986 sooner than later. "Yes, it will be a failed plan kung hindi tayo makakakuha ng championship in the next three to five years," he said. He then continued, "Yan naman talaga ang plano and ang ginagawa natin ngayon is all going towards that objective." And again and again, he is putting all those great expectations on his shoulders - and on his shoulders alone. "Ako naman, hindi ko rin pwedeng hindi gawin itong ganitong recruitment kasi hindi rin naman ako magkakaroon ng chance kung ganun. I have to be in the best position to succeed so that we are in the best position to succeed," he said. Only time would tell if all the seeds he has sown would bear fruit. But Coach Bo is already guaranteeing that whatever happens then, he would have no regrets. "In the end, alam ko namang babalik ang lahat sa akin. Alam na alam ko namang ako ang leader ng team," he said. He then continued, "Ang mahalaga is we gave ourselves a chance. Anuman ang outcome, basta nabigyan natin ang sarili natin ng pagkakataon." After years and years and years as the laughingstock of men's basketball, it looks like it's now UP's turn to smile and wave. Whether or not that ultimately turns into jumps for joy for their first title in three decades remains to be seen. But maybe, just maybe, Coach Bo is right - this is all worth it just to have a chance to compete. Just remember that in the "dark days," that chance to compete wasn't there at all. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 30th, 2020

WHO warns of drawn out pandemic as South Africa cases top 500,000

The UN health agency warned that the coronavirus pandemic would be lengthy and could lead to “response fatigue”, as the case count in South Africa topped half a million. Although many Latin American countries have begun relaxing stay-at-home measures, the virus is still spreading quickly across much of the region Six months after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency, the novel coronavirus has killed more than 680,000 people and infected more than 17.5 million, according to an AFP tally. South Africa is by far the hardest hit country in Africa, accounting for more than half of diagnosed infections, although President Cyril Ramaphosa said the fatality rate is lower than the global average. Health authorities had been expecting a surge in cases after the gradual loosening of a strict lockdown that was imposed at the end of March. Nigeria on Saturday also announced it would ease a lockdown in the commercial capital Lagos, allowing churches and mosques to reopen next week.  An emergency WHO committee reviewing the pandemic “highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 outbreak, noting the importance of sustained community, national, regional, and global response efforts”. “WHO continues to assess the global risk level of COVID-19 to be very high,” it said in its latest statement. The agency also said the effects of the pandemic “will be felt for decades to come”. Mexico overtook Britain to become the third hardest hit country in virus deaths — after Brazil and the United States — with more than 46,600 fatal cases. Although many Latin American countries have begun relaxing stay-at-home measures, the virus is still spreading quickly across much of the region, which has now recorded more than four million cases and almost 200,000 deaths. Half of them are in Brazil, where President Jair Bolsonaro said he believes “nearly everyone” will catch the virus eventually, after himself recovering from it. The US, the hardest-hit country in the world, has now tallied more than 4.6 million cases and 154,319 deaths. Vaccine race The outlook was bleak in Asia as well, where India and the Philippines reported record increases in new daily infections. “We are waging a losing battle against COVID-19, and we need to draw up a consolidated, definitive plan of action,” said an open letter signed by 80 Filipino medical associations. Japan’s Okinawa declared a state of emergency after a record jump in cases on the islands — many linked to US military forces stationed there. The pandemic has spurred a race for a vaccine with several Chinese companies at the forefront, while Russia has set a target date of September to roll out its own medicine. However, US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said it was unlikely his country would use any vaccine developed in either nation. “I do hope that the Chinese and the Russians are actually testing the vaccine before they are administering the vaccine to anyone,” he said. As part of its “Operation Warp Speed”, the US government will pay pharmaceutical giants Sanofi and GSK up to $2.1 billion for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, the companies said. ‘Day of freedom’ France, Spain, Portugal and Italy all reported huge contractions in their economies for the April-June quarter, while Europe as a whole saw gross domestic product fall by 12.1 percent.  Daily case numbers in Switzerland have crept up again in recent weeks, while Norway recorded its first virus death in two weeks. At least 36 crew members confined to a Norwegian cruise ship have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the operator Hurtigruten said on Saturday.  Despite the resurgence in cases, there have been demonstrations in Europe against the curbs.  Thousands protested in Berlin on Saturday urging “a day of freedom” from the restrictions, with some demonstrators dubbing the pandemic “the biggest conspiracy theory”. In South Korea, the elderly leader of a secretive sect at the centre of the country’s early coronavirus outbreak was arrested for allegedly hindering the government’s effort to contain the epidemic. People linked to Lee Man-hee’s Shincheonji Church of Jesus accounted for more than half of the South’s coronavirus cases in February and March, but the country has since appeared to have brought the virus under control. The pandemic has also continued to cause mayhem in the travel and tourism sectors, with more airlines announcing mass job cuts. Latin America’s biggest airline, the Brazilian-Chilean group LATAM, said it would lay off least 2,700 crew, and British Airways pilots overwhelmingly voted to accept a deal cutting wages by 20 percent, with 270 jobs lost......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Trump bets on COVID-19 vaccine for political shot in arm

US President Donald Trump vowed to defeat the coronavirus by "unleashing American scientific genius" as he toured a COVID-19 vaccine facility in the swing state of North Carolina on Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 28th, 2020

Bill Gates ‘optimistic’ about coronavirus battle

American billionaire Bill Gates said on Saturday he was “optimistic” about the battle against COVID-19 and called for medicines and vaccines to be distributed to those who need them rather than to the “highest bidders”. Gates’ foundation pledged $7.4 billion to global vaccines alliance Gavi in June to help immunization programs disrupted by coronavirus. “If we […] The post Bill Gates ‘optimistic’ about coronavirus battle appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 11th, 2020

Trumps extends and expands proclamation ‘suspending’ imigration

On June 22, 2020, President Trump issued another Executive Order or Proclamation, extending his April 22, 2020 proclamation to December 31, 2020, and expanding its scope to also include H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 non-immigrants and their derivative spouses and children from entering the US, as they may compete for jobs ith unemployed Americans caused by the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 27th, 2020

Johnriel Casimero could be facing someone other than Naoya Inoue

Johnriel Casimero’s plans to go ‘Monster Hunting’ could be put on hold for now. Due to COVID-19-related travel restrictions, it looks like the Filipino WBO Bantamweight World Champion’s highly-anticipated title-unification bout against Japanese bulldozer and  reigning IBF and WBA Welterweight World Champion Naoya “Monster” Inoue could be put on the backburner for the time being. Casimero and Inoue were initially scheduled to fight on April 25th in Las Vegas, but it ended up being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking to BoxingScene.com’s Keith Idec, Top Rank Promotions CEO Bob Arum says that Casimero could be stepping in the ring against someone else, given that the Pinoy champion is already in the US, and Arum isn’t sure when Inoue can travel from Japan. A name that is being discussed is American Joshua Greer.  “One of the possible fights we’re talking about for [Casimero] is Joshua Greer, our kid from Chicago,” Arum said. “He was gonna fight Jason Moloney, so we could have him fight Casimero. That’s a good, competitive fight.” The 30-year old Casimero (29-4, 20 KO) is coming off a stunning win over Zolani Tete to capture the title back in November of 2019. “I talked to Mr. [Akihiko] Honda and Inoue’s people from Japan [on Thursday],” Arum added. “We’re thinking of bringing him over to the United States. The problem we have, of course, is the travel ban. Can we get a Japanese fighter into the country under these circumstances? I don’t know. Right now, what we’re concentrating on is American fighters or foreign fighters who are here in the United States. That way, we don’t have to worry about bringing them in from abroad for the fights we can do in the beginning.”  Greer, 25, is the number one contender for Casimero’s world title and owns a 22-1-1 pro record with 12 wins coming via KO, and has been on a 19-fight winning streak since 2016. A title shot against Casimero will be Greer’s first shot at a major world championship. Greer was set to face Jason Moloney on the same card as Casimero-Inoue. “From the looks of things, it’s a good fight with Casimero,” Greer also told BoxingScene.com’s Idec. “[Casimero is] an unpredictable, wild guy, very unpredictable. It’s a good matchup. I’m just looking for the winner, either or. I’m gonna take care of my business against Jason Moloney, beat him and I’m looking toward the winner, and I’m ready for either one.” Should the Casimero-Greer bout push through, its likely that the winner will get to go ‘Monster Hunting’ against Inoue......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 28th, 2020

Trump’s executive order ‘suspending’ immigration

On April 22, 2020, President Trump issued an Executive Order or Proclamation, effective at 11:59 p.m. on April 23, 2020, suspending, for 60 days, the entry of immigrants into the US, as they may compete for jobs with unemployed Americans caused by the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 25th, 2020

Experts trash Trump idea of injecting disinfectant to treat virus

PARIS, France – Experts on Friday, April 24, dismissed as reckless and irresponsible US President Donald Trump's suggestion of injecting disinfectant to treat patients with COVID-19 , the disease caused by the new coronavirus. "Is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside (the body)?" ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 25th, 2020

U.N. launches global push to accelerate production of virus vaccine

GENEVA, Switzerland – The UN on Friday, April 24, joined forces with world leaders and the private sector on an initiative to speed up development of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments , and ensure equal access for all. "This is a landmark collaboration to accelerate the development, production ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 25th, 2020

Iran Guards chief vows decisive response after Trump threat

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran's Revolutionary Guards chief on Thursday, April 23, warned the US of a "decisive response" after President Donald Trump said he ordered the US Navy to destroy Iranian boats that harass American ships in the Gulf. Iran and the United States have appeared to be on the brink of an all-out confrontation twice in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 24th, 2020

Serious side effects from Trump-backed virus drugs – EU agency

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – The European Medicines Agency on Thursday, April 23, added its voice to growing concern about an anti-malarial drug widely touted as a potential cure for the COVID-19 disease, warning about fatal side effects. Beneficial effects of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, which count US President Donald Trump as a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 24th, 2020

A tarnished reputation

“Strong” and “powerful” are US President Trump’s favorite words, but the American response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been anything but......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 15th, 2020

Philippines braces for recession due to coronavirus

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines expects to go into recession, as the economy contracts due to the coronavirus outbreak and lockdowns associated with it. Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said at the late night address of President Rodrigo Duterte and key Cabinet members on Thursday, April 9: "Ngayon, itong COVID-19 has ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 9th, 2020

ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon Vera uses nature as his gym during quarantine

ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon "The Truth" Vera may be quarantined up in his farm somewhere in Guam, but that doesn't mean that he isn't putting in the work to stay healthy and in fighting shape.  The 42-year old Fil-American mixed martial arts star is scheduled to defend his ONE Heavyweight World Championship against Canadian-Indian former Olympian wrestler Arjan "Singh" Bhullar in Manila on May 29th, but with the current situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, whether that title fight pushes through or not remains up in the air.  ONE Championship recently announced that they have decided to postpone their scheduled closed-door events in Singapore for April due to the country going into a partial lockdown for 30 days to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the country.  So while Vera is keeping himself busy with farm life and preparing to become a father, he isn't slacking off when it comes to working out.  After all, with an entire farm at your disposal, nature becomes your gym.  In partnership with Global Citizen and the WHO, Vera went live on Instagram to share a "jungle workout" routine using just some simple excercise equipment and the nature around him to promote staying #TogetherAtHome. Be warned however, as this workout was quite intense.          View this post on Instagram                   For those of you who missed out! Here’s my #TogetherAtHome livestream with @glblctzn and @who ! Social distancing may be difficult, but it doesn't have to be boring!! Learn about actions YOU can take to help slow the spread of coronavirus at globalcitizen.org/togetherathome. Tell me in the comments what ACTIONS you are taking and I will send one of you a @onechampionship care package with some of our newest merchandise!!! ?? I will be choosing a winner on 10 April!! A post shared by Brandon Vera (@brandonthetruthvera) on Apr 8, 2020 at 8:40pm PDT (READ ALSO: Brandon Vera talks movie projects and The Apprentice).....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 9th, 2020

Pink tests positive for coronavirus

  MANILA, Philippines – American singer-songwriter Pink revealed that she has tested positive for COVID-19. The 40-year-old performer said via an Instagram post on Saturday, April 4 that two weeks ago, she and her 3-year-old son Jameson were showing "symptoms of COVID-19." She learned about her diagnosis after being tested by ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 4th, 2020

Wishful thinking is dangerous

Despite the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in his country, US President Donald Trump wants to rescind his government’s stay-at-home directives and get America back to work by April 12, regardless of what the doctors say......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 25th, 2020

Boxing: John Riel Casimero expects Inoue fight to happen in May

Three-division boxing world champion and reigning WBO Bantamweight World Champion John Riel "Quadro Alas" Casimero doesn't expect to wait too long to finally get his hands on WBA and IBW Bantamweight World Champion Naoya "Monster" Inoue of Japan.  The two 118-pound titleholders were set to collide on April 25th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, but due to the current COVID-19 pandemic that's affecting the whole world, Top Rank Boxing decided to postpone all boxing events in March and April.  The Ormoc, Leyte-native believes that he and Inoue will square off in May.  "Durog 'yan, 'matic. Durugin natin 'yan in May, guys," Casimero said, responding to a fan during a live Q&A session on his YouTube channel.  "Pinag-usapan namin sa Top Rank, ibabalik [yung laban] in May, pero hinihintay pa namin yung 14 days, kaya malalaman natin after 14 days, i-aanounce na namin kung kelan yung laban, basta in May. Ready lang tayo, guys," Casimero explained further.  Casimero also touched on the possibility of a Filipino-versus-Filipino unification bout in the bantamweight division, since Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire is expected to challenge WBC Bantamweight World Champion Nordine Oubaali for the title.  "Yeah, maglalaban yan talaga. Pag-mananalo si Donaire at mananalo ako, maglalaban kami," Casimero said. "Walang problema yan, kay i-pray natin na manalo si Donaire, manalo din tayo, magandang laban din 'yan."  Speaking of Filipinos, as it turns out, Inoue was able to enlist some help from a Pinoy boxer in the form of "Prince" Albert Pagara.  "Si Albert Pagara ka-sparring daw ni Inoue doon sa Japan, pero naka-uwi na sila sa Cebu," Casimero explained. "Nag-sparring sila, malakas daw si Inoue, sabi nila."  Casimero also answered a ton of fan questions in the near-2 hour video which you can watch below:.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 20th, 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......»»

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