Vaccine not mandatory for PBA players, staff

According PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, the league respects the players and its staff's decision on whether or not they want to get vaccinated......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMay 7th, 2021

4 more PBA teams undergo RT-PCR tests

      By JEREMIAH SEVILLA     SMART CLARK GIGA CITY – Four more teams underwent RT-PCR tests as the third cycle of the mandatory swab testing resumed Thursday here in the PBA Philippine Cup bubble. Players, coaches and staff of Barangay Ginebra, NLEX, NorthPort, Rain or Shine and San Miguel went through a […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 29th, 2020

WTTC issues insurance guidelines for travel industry

The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has released “new normal” insurance guidelines for the travel and tourism sector globally.WTTC is a private global forum composed of over 200 heads of world’s leading travel and tourism companies, such as aviation, hotels, and cruise.In a statement, WTTC said the guidelines are designed to drive the return of safe, healthy and responsible travel, noting that insurance will provide peace of mind and risk mitigation to consumers, suppliers, and organizations across all the stakeholders in the sector.The new guidelines were compiled based on input from leading companies, many of which have partnered with trusted experts in public health and governments to support safe, healthy, and responsible travels.It also aims to promote consistent standards across all relevant functions with an increased focus on health and safety, in line with what travelers need and expect.“We have worked closely with key players across the travel insurance industry to make recommendations to ensure individual travelers, groups and organizations can feel safe and confident enough to travel, sure in the knowledge they have the protection they need,” WTTC President and Chief Operating Officer (CEO) Gloria Guevara said.WTTC divided the new normal guidelines into four pillars, including operational and staff preparedness; ensuring a safe experience; rebuilding trust and confidence; innovation; and implementing enabling policies.Among the recommendations announced include:• All organizations to provide risk management plans, including how they aim to combat COVID-19 to insurers• Organizations to make sure their plans are thorough, practical, and simple to follow• All staff to be informed of protective measures being taken, which include insurance products that will cover them• Insurers to ensure audits identify and plug gaps in and source the right partners and providers to ensure appropriate coverage• Insurers to create blanket insurance and crisis management coverage to give comfort to customers• Ensure there is enhanced awareness of the terms and conditions, restrictions, and coverage limits of insurance products/policies• Insurers to provide a minimum base of mandatory coverage for risks posed by COVID-19• Educate travelers who are unfamiliar with the risk they could be exposed to and what coverage to look for.To recall, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has expressed her confidence in rebuilding the country’s local tourism industry with the help of WTTC, whose primary initiative is the recovery of the global tourism industry amid the unprecedented crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Golf makes a conservative return with an eye on the long run

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan went from wondering if any golf would be played this year to a schedule that resumes next week with a calendar filled through Thanksgiving. What hasn't changed is his belief that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic isn't over just because golf is back. “I don't think it's over," Monahan said Friday in a telephone interview. “I'm really confident in the plan. But you spend a lot of your time, given the uncertainty, thinking through scenarios that could play out. That's what we'll continue to do. We won't be comfortable until we're told we can be comfortable. That will be when we have a vaccine and there's no risk.” Golf is the second major sports league to return behind NASCAR, which began racing three weeks ago and ran nine national series races in a span of 14 days. The Charles Schwab Challenge next week in Fort Worth, Texas, has one of the strongest fields in Colonial's rich history, starting with the top five players from the world ranking. There will be no spectators for at least a month, even though Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this week moved the state to Phase III in the recovery that allows outdoor events at 50% capacity. “We've developed a safety plan that doesn't include spectators. That's what we stand by,” Monahan said. “We want to have a sustained return. If you think about a run to go through the FedEx Cup, we want to make sure week to week we're not taking on unnecessary risk.” Monahan said he is “not the arbiter of confidence,” rather it comes from guidance of health experts at all levels and a plan that involves testing players, caddies and essential personnel as much as twice a week — trying to create a bubble for the traveling circus that is golf. Players were mailed a test kit and were recommended to use it before they travel. They will be tested when they arrive at tournaments and before they leave if they're on charter flights the tour has arranged, and then the process is repeated at the next tournament. Thermal readings and health surveys are required daily, along with sanitizing and social distancing. “It's the only manner we could return,” he said. The tour added another layer this week in a deal with South Dakota-based Sanford Health to have mobile labs at every tournament, with capacity to get results in a matter of hours without taking away resources from the markets where they play. Monahan said CBS Sports is creating its own bubble for the telecast, with Jim Nantz the only person in the booth and other analysts working remotely. Ninety days will have passed from the opening round of The Players Championship, which was canceled the next day, until the first tee shot at Colonial. “We all went home dealing with the same questions,” he said. “How do I get a complete understanding of where we are with the virus and all the elements? How do we recognize that we're turning off (canceling) 11 events? How do you think about resumption and at the same time develop a safety and testing program, not our area of expertise?" The reset began with the majors picking new dates — the British Open was canceled — with the PGA Championship in San Francisco moving to Aug. 6-9, the U.S. Open in New York on Sept. 17-20, and the Masters on Nov. 12-15. “At that time it was very unclear where we would be with safety and testing,” Monahan said. “It could have been earlier than we are, it could have been through points of next year. Information was changing by the minute.” Now that golf is returning, Monahan couldn't predict when spectators would return. He said the tour has worked with tournaments the last several years on building a reserve fund for a crisis such as this. “If you’re not selling tickets, and there’s not hospitality, you don’t have the pro-am experience or the honorary observer program for the sponsor ... that’s a significant financial impact on those tournaments, and the impact on the way tournaments connect with their communities,” he said. Tournaments and their title sponsors still have managed to raise money for their local charities. The Zurich Classic matched last year's donation of $1.5 million to a children's services foundation. The John Deere Classic expects $10 million in donations, even though it canceled its July event. The pandemic is not the only talking point as golf tries to get back on track. The tour on Friday posted Monahan's letter to staff and players on the nation's civil unrest, which the AP first reported on Tuesday. He had a 10-minute video conversation with Harold Varner III, one of three PGA Tour members of black heritage, who wrote passionately on social media on George Floyd, killed when a white police officer held a knee to the back of Floyd's neck while the black man was handcuffed. The conversation was scheduled before the protests began, and Varner was chosen because he's on the Player Advisory Council and golf was ready to resume. “We'll be talking about COVID and civil and social unrest for some time,” Monahan said. “Next week will not be an exception on that front.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 6th, 2020

NBA Academy introduces development program for international teen cagebelles

A program that has sent 25 participants to US NCAA Division I schools, the project will connect chosen prospects with their peers around the world and enable them to take part in basketball and life skills development programming under the guidance of current and former WNBA players, as well as the NBA Academy staff......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 10th, 2021

MPBL mulls closed-circuit setup, wants participants vaccinated

The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League will have all its players, team owners and staff fully vaccinated before it opens its fourth season either late August or early September......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 28th, 2021

VP Robredo gets first Astra dose along with staff

Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday got her first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 at Pinyahan Elementary School in Quezon City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 20th, 2021

Vaccine mandatory for Vietnam SEAG athletes

Members of Team Philippines would have to be vaccinated for them to be allowed to compete in the 31st Southeast Asian Games set November 21 to December 2 in Hanoi, Vietnam......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 19th, 2021

‘Make-or-break’ phase for PBA

Now more than ever, PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said yesterday the players, coaches and staff of every team’s 25-man lineup must exercise extreme caution to make sure practices in areas under at least GCQ are smooth sailing in convincing IATF that the league is ready to open the 46th season next month......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 15th, 2021

KCS owner to use VisMin Super Cup prize money for players’ salaries

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Ricky Verdida, the team owner of the KCS Computer Specialists-Mandaue City, the newly-crowned Visayas leg champions of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup, plans to use the P500,000 champion’s purse for the salary of his players and staff. According to Verdida, their P500,000 prize courtesy of Chooks-to-Go will be used for […] The post KCS owner to use VisMin Super Cup prize money for players’ salaries appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 13th, 2021

Salaries of PBA players, coaches, officials to restored soon

By JONAS TERRADO The PBA will restore the salaries of players, coaches and staff in full on May 18 when teams are expected to begin holding 5-on-5 scrimmages in areas under General Community Quarantine. PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial made that assurance even as he asked for the cooperation of the teams in order for the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMay 11th, 2021

Protests in London against remaining UK COVID rules

Huge crowds protested in London on Saturday against Britain's remaining coronavirus restrictions, the mandatory use of masks and the possible introduction of so-called vaccine passports......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 25th, 2021

Elderly teachers, school staff or those with comorbidities can already get vaccine — DepEd

The Department of Education on Thursday said teachers and school staff who are senior citizens or with comorbidities can already get vaccinated for the COVID-19 prior to the targeted start by June......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2021

Vaccination key to launch

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial stressed the other day that vaccinating the league family from players to utility staff is key to launching the next season, both in the 3x3 and 5x5 platforms......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 21st, 2021

VisMin Cup throws book at ‘jokers’

The Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup expelled the Siquijor Mystics team while dealing multiple players and the entire coaching staff of the Lapu-Lapu Heroes with suspension and fines in the wake of their farcical match Wednesday in Alcantara, Cebu......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 16th, 2021

VisMin Super Cup bans Siquijor Mystics for life

The entire Siquijor Mystics’ team, from coaching staff to the players, was banished for life from the Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup on Thursday for throwing its Wednesday game against the ARQ Builders-Lapu Lapu City in Alcantara, Cebu......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 15th, 2021

Mystics banned from VisMin Cup; ARQ players, coaching staff suspended, fined

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup league officials dropped the hammer on those involved in the alleged controversial on-court actions of players. And getting the harshest punishment are the Siquijor Mystics who were perpetually banned from the league by VisMin Super Cup COO Rocky Chan. In a verdict aired live this […] The post Mystics banned from VisMin Cup; ARQ players, coaching staff suspended, fined appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 15th, 2021

MPBL dedicates Lakan Season finals resumption to frontliners

Led by Senator Manny Pacquiao, the league COO and founder, the MPBL family, including its officials and staff, the team owners, coaches, and players, decided to express their appreciation to what these unsung heroes have done by wearing jerseys, warmers, and shirts with simple messages to them in its bubble in Subic, Zambales......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 7th, 2021

No COVID vaccine mandate for NBA players: commissioner

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says the league won't require players to be vaccinated against COVID-19, but if progress continues against the virus the league can play a normal schedule in "relatively full" arenas next season......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 7th, 2021

Bohol receives over 2,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses

TAGBILARAN CITY- Hope finally arrives in Bohol following the delivery of over 2,000 doses of CoronaVac, Sinovac of China’s COVID-19 vaccine Saturday morning. The 2,860 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are enough for the staff and employees of Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital (GCGMH), said its medical chief, Dr. Mutya Kismet Tirol-Macuno. The biggest government […] The post Bohol receives over 2,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 6th, 2021

Mandatory vaccination for troops, AFP staff

Mandatory vaccination for troops, AFP staff.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2021