Advertisements


BFP enjoins families, communities to be proactive in fire safety

SAN JOSE, Antique, June 26 (PIA) -- The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) enjoined the families and communities in general to be proactive in fire safety in order to prevent the occurrence of destruc.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilanews manilanewsJun 26th, 2019

BFP enjoins families, communities to be proactive in fire safety

SAN JOSE, Antique, June 26 (PIA) -- The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) enjoined the families and communities in general to be proactive in fire safety in order to prevent the occurrence of destruc.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

'NBA Together' Campaign Launched in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

While the coronavirus pandemic has suspended the 2019-20 NBA season, it has not lessened the league's global impact and reach. Over the past week, 20 NBA and WNBA players created public service announcement videos to share important health and wellness information about ways to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Those videos have generated more than 37 million views across the league's social media accounts. The league is using its vast digital footprint and the powerful voices of teams, players, coaches, doctors and others across the NBA family to launch "NBA Together" - a global community and social engagement campaign that aims to support, engage, educate and inspire youth, families and fans in response to the coronavirus pandemic. As part of NBA Together, the NBA family is committed to contributing and helping raise more than $50 million to support people impacted by the coronavirus and community and healthcare organizations providing vital services around the world, which includes the more than $30 million financial commitment already made by NBA and WNBA teams and players to date. NBA Together is centered on four key pillars that will amplify the latest global health and safety information, share guidelines and resources, and keep people and communities socially connected through digital tools and virtual events as everyone copes with the impact of the pandemic: 1. Know the Facts: The NBA launched its  Coronavirus Information For NBA Fans webpage, which is updated daily with the latest information in their regions on how they can best protect themselves and stop the spread, featuring infographics and shareable resources with guidance from the CDC, WHO, former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and local and federal health experts. We have produced 20 public service messages to date featuring current and former NBA and WNBA Players. The NBA and WNBA will continue to use the influential voices of players, coaches and legends through public service announcements to inform fans on the best ways to stay safe and healthy in both their body and mind as the world faces the rapidly changing and evolving pandemic. 2. Acts of Caring: “Acts of Caring” will aim to inspire 1 million big and small acts of kindness to support those impacted, including community and healthcare organizations providing relief.  Using #NBATogether, we will call on players, fans and the general public to share ways they are sacrificing in this time of crisis to support friends, families and communities.  These acts can include teaching virtual classes, buying groceries for neighbors in need and donating supplies to local health centers.  Visit  cares.nba.com/actsofcaring to learn more. 3. Expand Your Community: “Jr. NBA at Home” – a new, interactive content series – will include daily posts on Jr. NBA social channels and NBA digital properties around the world to provide at-home basketball skills and drills that promote physical activity and character development and can be completed individually and in limited space.  The program features curated content and messages from NBA and WNBA players to inspire boys and girls around the world to stay active in a healthy and safe way. The program will feature daily posts on the @jrnba social media channels (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) and NBA digital properties across the globe, and integration with NBA technology partner and mobile basketball training application HomeCourt. Jr. NBA Philippines Facebook will integrate these content pieces and feature additional videos in the future. In addition to "Jr. NBA at Home," the NBA will engage education and wellness partners, such as  Scholastic Inc., Discovery Education, and NBA Math Hoops, to promote existing resources for students and parents that have been adapted for at-home learning. NBA personalities and educators will create short virtual lessons that will make learning at home fun. And in an effort to combat the higher levels of anxiety and stress during these uncertain times, the NBA, in partnership with  Headspac, will provide mental wellness and resiliency resources and tools to encourage fans to be mindful of their mental wellness and the wellbeing of those around them. 4. NBA Together Live: Every day at 3 p.m. ET (3 a.m. PHT) on the league’s official Instagram account, members of the NBA family, including current and former players, coaches and others, will join live broadcasts for engaging interviews.  Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love tipped off the series last Saturday, March 21 PHT and we will soon be adding other platforms where we will have daily live content at a set time.  We will also be streaming classic games every night at 8 p.m. ET (8 a.m. PHT) on NBA social platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Twitch.  To further help NBA fans stay connected with their favorite players and teams, the NBA continues to offer a free preview of NBA League Pass, the league’s premium subscription-based product, until April 22 (April 23 12 nn PHT).  This complimentary offering features access to full length and condensed replays of all games from the 2019-20 season, as well as an expansive archive of classic games and content. Fans can redeem this free offer by signing into their NBA account through NBA.com or the NBA App on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android mobile and tablet devices, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and other supported devices. The phrase “bigger than basketball” is often used when discussing the efforts of a player or team to make a positive impact in their community. The response to this global pandemic is the epitome of “bigger than basketball” as the NBA looks to do its part to help people across the globe come together and work through these tough times......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 26th, 2020

Coast Guard: 1 of 8 OFWs who left quarantine facilities found

In a statement Monday, Commodore Armando Balilo, PCG spokesperson, said OFWs will be arrested and will face charges for violating quarantine protocols and for “compromising the health and safety of their families and communities.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 18th, 2020

Ateneo jin Lopez helps out girls affected by COVID-19 pandemic

Ateneo de Manila University taekwondo jin Pauline Lopez is doing her part to help out girls in vulnerable communities affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The UAAP Season 79 Rookie of the Year joined fellow 2019 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist karateka Joane Orbon in teaming up with FundLife International for the relief effort. FundLife has been providing food relief to families since March. "As we all come to terms with the reality of COVID-19 and staying at home to save lives, I am choosing to stand with all girls who are not lucky enough to have food security, a safe shelter that is free from abuse and violence and who are unable to access education," said Lopez, who won gold in the women’s Under-57 kg. division in last year’s SEA Games. To further talk about the program, Lopez and Orbon will host an Instagram live session on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. “I am using my platform #StandWithGirls and raise awareness for all girls who are living in poverty and/or are at risk of violence in the place where they should feel the safest—their homes," added the 23-year-old jin, the UAAP Season 81 women’s featherweight gold medalist. Lopez took a leave of absence from Ateneo during the last academic year to focus on the SEA Games and the Olympic qualifying tournaments......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2020

Villar Group begins rapid testing for its employees

THE Villar Group of Companies started conducting rapid tests to its employees as part of its return to work protocol in Metro Manila. This will ensure not only the safety of the employees but that of their families, as well. The test is free of charge. “Before we resume our operations, we want to ensure […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 25th, 2020

Teachers group asks DepEd to reconsider August 24 schools opening

Alternative modes of learning, such as virtual classes, may discriminate against a large number of students, TDC said, especially those in far-flung communities and from poor families......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 20th, 2020

Kobe Bryant s sports academy retires 'Mamba' nickname

By STEFANIE DAZIO and TIM REYNOLDS Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Southern California sports academy previously co-owned by Kobe Bryant has retired his “Mamba” nickname and rebranded itself nearly four months after the basketball icon's death in a helicopter crash. Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people were killed Jan. 26 as they flew to a basketball tournament at the Mamba Sports Academy. The Thousand Oaks-based facility said it would return to its original name of Sports Academy. It was founded in 2016. Bryant, who spent 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and helped the franchise win five NBA championships, joined in 2018. Games were being played at the academy when the news broke of Bryant's death. Players immediately stopped and many people in the gym burst into tears when told that Bryant was aboard the helicopter that crashed. The academy is under consideration as a home base for an NBA minor league program that will provide one year of preparation, on and off the court, for some elite players who chose to bypass college but are not yet eligible for the NBA draft. Bryant is the only NBA player to have his team retire two numbers in his honor. He was selected last month for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. A ceremony is scheduled for late August though it may be delayed until at least October because of the coronavirus pandemic. Bryant’s production company, Granity Studios, has remained active since his death. The latest children’s book released by Bryant’s company last month — “The Wizenard Series: Season One” — became his fifth book to reach No. 1 on The New York Times’ best-seller lists. The helicopter crash remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. In February, Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, sued the estate of pilot Ara Zobayan and the charter company that owned the helicopter, Island Express. She claimed Zobayan failed “to use ordinary care in piloting the subject aircraft” and alleged negligence. On Friday, Zobayan’s brother, Berge Zobayan, said in a court filing that Kobe Bryant knew the risks of helicopter flying and his survivors aren’t entitled to damages from the pilot’s estate, t he Los Angeles Times reported. Island Express responded in court papers Monday saying they are not responsible for damages, calling the crash, among other things, “an act of God" and “an unavoidable accident" that was beyond their control. The charter company also said the Bryants knew of the risks and dangers of flying in a helicopter and “voluntarily assume(d) the risk of the accident, injury, and damages" when they got on the chopper. Vanessa Bryant separately last week filed a claim — a precursor to a lawsuit — against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department after deputies were accused of sharing unauthorized photos of the crash site. The claim was first reported by PEOPLE; the investigation into the deputies’ photos was initially published by the Times. The sheriff has declined to comment, citing the ongoing litigation The survivors of crash victims Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton filed a complaint Monday against the helicopter company and the pilot's estate. Families of other victims previously filed lawsuits. ___ Reynolds reported from Miami......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 2020

How to Take Charge of Your Mental Health

(BPT) – Our nation is sharing in an experience with the COVID-19 crisis that will serve to reshape the future of our communities, our work, our families, and each and every individual. With so much attention focused on the diagnosis and treatment related to the virus, we recognize that those feelings of isolation, depression, anxiety, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 13th, 2020

Refreshing our world for 108 years

Putting people first has always been the long-standing commitment of Coca-Cola in the Philippines for 108 years. From keeping the health and safety of its employees top priority, helping small and medium retail partners restart, supporting waste collectors sustain their livelihood, and providing water access for better health to water-poor communities, the Company has always […] The post Refreshing our world for 108 years appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 12th, 2020

Inayawan fire razes 25 houses, displaces 30 families

CEBU CITY, Philippines — An early afternoon fire destroyed 25 houses and displaced at least 30 families in Sitio Isla Verde, Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City on Sunday, May 10, 2020. Fire Officer 2 (FO2) Emerson Arceo of the Cebu City Fire Department estimated the damage to property at P200,000. Although they were still were still determining […] The post Inayawan fire razes 25 houses, displaces 30 families appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 10th, 2020

Teachers group bats for safe education

The planned opening of classes by August, whether physical or online, should consider the safety of learners, teachers and everyone involved in school operation, an educators group told the Department of Education. Benjo Basas, chair of the Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC), said DepEd should also ensure the accessibility of children’s families to gadgets and internet […] The post Teachers group bats for safe education appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 4th, 2020

UP Men s Basketball players stay fighting amidst COVID-19

The whole world of sports has come to a halt because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons Men’s Basketball Team (UP MBT) stay fighting. Every member of the team is optimistic that Filipinos and the Philippines will get through the difficult challenges they are facing and are staying positive in words and deeds. Fighting Maroons head coach Bo Perasol has reminded his players to put in the same heart and passion they show in the game into their response to the pandemic, encouraging them to practice teamwork and find ways to help those who are affected by the scourge of the coronavirus. “During these trying times, our “never give up” attitude on court should be evident in how we battle this pandemic together as a team. We are optimistic that we can bounce back and come out stronger. While we face our own personal battles, let’s not forget our fellow Filipinos who are greatly affected by this virus. Let’s do our share, no matter how big or small,” said Perasol. The ongoing Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) have prohibited sports-related mass gatherings like training, competitions and tournaments. Holed up in their respective homes, the Maroons still find ways to stay competitive and in shape, both physically and mentally. UAAP Season 82 team captain Noah Webb says they “try our best to stay in shape by doing our workouts at home since we can't go to the gym. Our coaches are always guiding us and giving us programs to follow. It’s also very important for us to stay mentally tough since this is a different opponent we are facing.” UP MBT team manager Atty. Agaton Uvero said it is also important for the team and the players to be resilient since a lot of things will change and new protocols will be implemented even after the ECQ is lifted. “Our primary concern will always be the safety of each and every one. But we will stay committed to keeping the team intact so we can still give our best performance with or without games in the near future,” Atty. Uvero said. He reiterated his gratitude to all the team’s fans, supporters, and sponsors who continue to support the Fighting Maroons and their various initiatives. “We will always stay thankful to our fans who never tire of supporting us whether we are in active competition or not. And we will always be indebted to our partners and sponsors -- Robinsons Retail Group, STATS Performance Apparel, Palawan Express Pera Padala, and PayMaya -- for remaining committed to the team despite difficult times like these. Their support and their various efforts to provide assistance and relief to the frontliners and those most affected by the ECQ inspire us and buoy up our spirits,” Atty. Uvero added.   UPMBT players and alumni along with various UP teams and organizations sprang to action soon after the ECQ was declared. They initiated efforts to provide frontliners with necessary items like personal protective equipment (PPEs) and meals. They also reached out to affected communities with rice and other daily necessities.   Among those who raised funds and donated in kind are Fighting Maroons Paul Desiderio, Jett Manuel, Ricci Rivero, Diego Dario, Kyles Lao, Jarrell Lim, Ibrahim Ouattara, Jaybie Mantilla, and the Gomez de Liaño brothers, Joe, Javi, and Juan. NowheretogobutUP Foundation, the UP College of Human Kinetics (CHK), and the Salamat PH Healthcare Heroes also conducted fundraisers to help the frontliners, stranded UP students and staff, and various communities.   “There is so much uncertainty right now and these are extremely difficult times for many Filipinos. That’s why this is the time to be one with our people as we all go through these hardships together. Let’s all do our share in helping one another. Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. The goal of resilience is to thrive,” said NowheretogobutUP Foundation founding chairman Renan Dalisay......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2020

UFC champ Miocic welcomes octagon s return, has concerns

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic welcomes UFC's plans to reopen the octagon. The fighter — and firefighter — does have some concerns, though. After scrapping an idea to hold fights on tribal land in California and cancelling or postponing several events since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, UFC will return to competition May 9 in Jacksonville, Florida. UFC President Dana White recently announced UFC 249 will be held without fans at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena. Two additional fight cards are scheduled for May 13 and May 16 at the venue. Miocic said his only reservation about the sport's reopening is related to health reasons. “As long as everyone is safe, I hope it works out,” said Miocic, who has continued to work as a firefighter and paramedic during the outbreak. "And not just the fighters, I worry about everyone’s safety. It takes one person to (infect) three people, and how fast it can spread, it’s crazy.” Miocic recaptured his title belt in August by pummeling Daniel Cormier at UFC 241. On Thursday, the affable 37-year-old said his recovery following surgery to repair a torn retina continues to go well — “I have some spots, but definitely I can see" — and that he misses his training routine while awaiting a return to normalcy. Until then, Miocic has been working shifts for the Valley View (Ohio) Fire Department. Personal safety is always a priority in his “other” job, and Miocic said he and his co-workers have remained vigilant during these unprecedented times. “I have a job to do, and when I go to the station I make sure I stay clean,” he said on the phone from his home in North Royalton, Ohio, “We’re smart. We’re clean. We’re masked. We wear goggles, gloves and gowns when he have to. It’s our routine, so I’m not really worried about that.” Miocic has teamed with Modelo beer to raise funds for personal protection equipment for first responders during the pandemic. On May 5, the brewer has pledged to donate $1 (up to $500,000) for any social media post using the hashtag #CincUp. Miocic also has been working out, but not like he normally would while training for a fight. A third matchup with Cormier, who knocked him out in the first round in 2018, appears likely but isn’t official. He joked that most of his cardio work these days comes from chasing his young daughter around the house. Already proven to be adept with his hands, Miocic has filled idle time with home projects. He’s surprised himself with a knack for wallpapering. Removal, that is. “I’m good at bringing things down,” he joked. A die-hard Cleveland sports fan, Miocic was pleased with the Browns’ selections in last week’s NFL draft. “I thought we did really well actually,” said Miocic, who trained last year with Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett. “We were smart. I think we got a few of the pieces that we need. I think we’re doing the right things.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 1st, 2020

Let Your Kids Learn Sports at Home with the Milo Sports Clinics Online

Parents are constantly on the lookout for valuable activities their kids can engage in, especially during the summer. This year’s circumstances are very different with families urged to stay home and prioritize their safety. However, there are other ways for parents and kids to make the most out of their time at home through physical […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 28th, 2020

Wilcon Depot supports the relief efforts of Project Ugnayan

WILCON Depot, the country’s leading home improvement and construction supply retailer, has supported Project Ugnayan by donating an amount of P25 million in hopes of providing additional assistance to millions of families and communities affected by the quarantine in Metro Manila. The fundraising program is a collaboration between top business groups in cooperation with the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 27th, 2020

Beko Pilipinas extends aid to frontliners, communities

The global pandemic COVID-19 has claimed hundreds of lives in the Philippines and more so globally. It has held the economy at a standstill with people losing their sources of livelihood or uncertain about their fates. Everyday, our frontliners work in hospitals, medical facilities and local municipalities; and even outside the roof to make sure the safety and well being of the community. They lay and risk their own lives on the line to serve others......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 25th, 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

Team Lakay stars support ONE Championship s decision to post-pone closed-door events

As the world went into quarantine, sporting events started to either get postponed or cancelled as mass gatherings were prohibited and social distancing was imposed. ONE Championship, the Singapore-based martial arts promotion, has initially planned on continuing to hold events in Singapore behind closed doors starting April, but just days before the first event was supposed to take place, ONE ultimately decided to postpone the events as a result of Singapore going into a partial lockdown. While the events would have provided the fans something to look forward to and would have given athletes a chance to work and provide for their families, health, safety, and combatting the COVID-19 ultimately became the primary priority. Team Lakay stars shared their thoughts and are in full support of ONE Championship’s decision. “I totally agree with the decision, and I'm so proud to be a part of ONE Championship family,” said Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao. “I feel so fortunate to belong to an organization that values life over profit.”   “I believe this is very reasonable as most countries are lockdown and the organization’s cooperation is necessary to make sure this COVID-19 pandemic will be eased,” said former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang.   “I believe that ONE made the right move in postponing their events,” said former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon. “It shows that ONE cares about the safety of their crew, athletes and the fans.”   “ONE is the best. They really care for all the fighters and all people that organize the events behind the scenes,” said ONE featherweight contender Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly.   “I believe that it is a good decision,” said ONE Flyweight contender Danny "The King" Kingad. “It shows that they really think about the safety of the athletes and everyone who works with ONE.”   “I support ONE Championship postponing their closed-door events for now because even if it is a closed-door event,” said ONE Strawweight contender Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang. They may need fighters based outside of Singapore to participate, and with our situation that we can’t travel yet, I believe ONE did the right thing.”   “For me, I believe that it’s the wisest thing to do to make sure that the athletes are totally safe,” said former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario. “Remember, ‘What you cannot see, you cannot defeat’, the virus is so small that the eye cannot even see it.”   “I’m happy that I can say that ONE Championship is always looking out for the safety of us athletes, of the people in the company, and the fans,” shared ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio.   “I trust ONE Championship and their decisions,” said former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio. “They are one of the best companies in the world, they aren’t selfish and they make sure that they promote good things for everybody. I believe that we will overcome this.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 20th, 2020

[OPINION] Leaving no one behind: Internal displacement and the virus

  Disasters and conflicts often compel families and communities to leave their places of origin, in search for safer grounds. As humanitarian crises persist, internally displaced persons (IDPs) are forced by their circumstances to live in dismal conditions in camps and transitory ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 20th, 2020

Cebu City firefighters equipped to respond to fires in COVID-19 hit areas

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City Fire department is equipped and well prepared to respond to any possible fire incidents that may hit areas with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the city. Senior Fire Inspector Arnel Abella, chief of operations of the Cebu City fire Department, said this about the concerns regarding safety […] The post Cebu City firefighters equipped to respond to fires in COVID-19 hit areas appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 19th, 2020