Pacquiao tests negative for coronavirus

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Manny Pacquiao said he has tested negative for Coronavirus Disease after the eight-weight boxing world champion and Philippines senator came into contact with a politician who had contracted the disease. The 41-year-old, who holds the WBA welterweight world title, was recently pictured with Senate President Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimental, who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement, Pacquiao said he was already in quarantine and had used an unapproved rapid testing kit from South Korea to determine if he had been infected. However, he added that if he or his family exhibits any symptom, he will not hesitate to undergo swab testing. “My countrymen, I would like to make it clear that even before I received the letter from [Dasmarinas Village, Makati] Barangay Captain Rossana Hwang, I already started home quarantine,” Pacquiao said. “Please don’t worry. I received rapid testing kits from my friends from South Korea. Using these kits approved in Korea, I tested negative. The FDA [Food and Drug Administration] hasn’t approved them yet but these are what’s used in Korea. “I’ve been encouraged a while back to get tested at RITM [Research Institute for Tropical Medicine], but I want to let it be known that I have not felt any symptoms. “It’s an entirely different conversation when I’m feeling something strange in my body. I am willing to undergo swab testing for the sake of my family and my country, but I will go through the regular procedure. “I believe that there are many more persons under investigation or PUI that should be prioritised in testing.” The news comes after Pacquiao claimed he “was not afraid to die” to help those affected by the disease in the Philippines. “If you are a leader, you have to be a frontliner,” Pacquiao said. “You have to lead and let people see that you are with them. I grew up poor. I know what they feel.” There have been 1,418 cases of coronavirus reported so far in the Philippines, with 71 casualties.Tags: Aquilino PimentalCoronavirusManny PacquiaoRossana Hwanglast_img read more

Holtby: We’re keeping Andros steady

first_img After numerous loan spells at clubs varying from Yeovil to QPR, the 22-year-old academy graduate has finally come to the fore at White Hart Lane. Townsend has been one of the stars of the season so far, not only impressing at Tottenham but also helping England qualify for next year’s World Cup. Andros Townsend is riding a crest of a wave right now, but his Tottenham team-mates are keeping his feet on the ground. It would be easy to get carried away, but Lewis Holtby and the rest of his Spurs team-mates are making sure the level-headed winger remains just that. “Andros is a national hero and we are all very pleased for him,” Holtby said. “He has been playing some great football, but he is a young guy and we have been telling him there could be some rocky paths ahead. “Being a footballer is a long journey and you have to be ready for the bumpy parts. That is what we have been trying to tell him.” Townsend remained in London this week as Spurs flew out to Sheriff Tiraspol for Thursday’s Europa League clash. Paulinho and Kyle Walker were also rested, while a number of first-team players missed out through injury. Despite that, Villas-Boas’ side boasted a vast array in talent, highlighting the impressive strength in depth at Spurs’ disposal this term. “Aaron Lennon came back for us at Villa last weekend and our squad strength is unbelievable,” Holtby said. “Every Tottenham fan must be so happy to see how many top-quality players we have, and our strength in depth on the bench. “It’s amazing, but now the important thing is to deal with that situation and everyone can have a piece of the cake. “Bayern Munich won three trophies last season because their players were all patient and waited for their turn. “There were some big players not in the squad, but they took their chance when it came and we’ve got to do the same thing. “It’s a long, hard season, and the games come thick and fast over the winter, so we have to be up for it. “When you look at the quality we have, the overall standard is amazing – whether it’s Premier League, Europa League, Capital One Cup or FA Cup, we have the players to cope.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Iguanas, Nude Beaches Under Debate as Florida Legislature Returns This Week

first_imgThe Florida Legislature will have quite the workload when its 60-day session begins on Tuesday. Goals will include passing a budget expected to top $90 billion dollars; lowering the cost of health care; preventing blue-green algae; and increasing teacher pay.Our state’s lawmakers will also consider measures that include banning iguana breeding, protecting nude sunbathers, banning sunscreen bans, giving hunters a sales tax break on guns and ammo, and making shelter animals the official state pet.The full Senate will take up a bill that would prohibit local governments from banning sunscreens, while a House committee considers their version of the bill. That piece of legislation is a reaction to Key West recently banning the sale of sunscreens that contain oxybenzone or octinoxate, which some researchers say could harm coral reefs.Republican Senator Rob Bradley, who is sponsoring the bill, says the research has not been proven and that residents and tourists in the Sunshine State should use sunscreen.He adds, “That science is lacking in rigor. What science is clear and indisputable about is the case around using sunscreen to protect against skin cancer.”Conversely, environmentalists say other sunscreens are available that do not contain the chemicals in question, and that places like Key West should be able to do whatever is necessary to protect the reefs that drive tourism.Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Jason Pizzo plans to introduce a bill that would exempt people on clothing-optional beaches from being punished under a current law that prohibits people from publicly exposing their genitals.Another Senate committee will look Democratic Senator Gary Farmer’s proposed legislation, which calls for a ban on possessing, importing, selling, bartering, trading or breeding green iguanas or black and white tegus.While the Senate considers placing new restrictions on gun sales, Republican Senator Debbie Mayfield will ask for a one-day tax holiday for hunting and fishing. It is intended to exempt sales tax on rifles, shotguns, ammunition, crossbows, spearguns, hunting tents and fishing equipment.A House committee will debate a bill that could result in the creation of the Statewide Office of Resiliency and the Statewide Sea-Level Rise Task Force.Governor Ron DeSantis believes that sea level rise is a problem the state needs to address.If the bill ultimately becomes law, the Department of Environmental Protection would then be required to act on any recommendations the Sea-Level Rise Task Force makes.last_img read more

Syracuse climbs to No. 4 in weekly Inside Lacrosse rankings

first_imgSyracuse moved up three spots in the weekly Inside Lacrosse rankings after beating Northwestern 16-11 on Saturday night. The Orange now sit at No. 4.Syracuse (4-1) was eliminated by the Wildcats in the quarterfinal of the NCAA Tournament last year. But on Saturday, then-No. 7 SU got its revenge, upsetting then-No. 6 Northwestern.The defense conceded 11 goals against a Northwestern side that was averaging more than 24 goals per game before Saturday’s matchup in Evanston. Six goals from the nation’s leading scorer, Emily Hawryschuk, paired with five goals from sophomore Meaghan Tyrrell fueled the Orange’s second-half surge and eventual victory.Northwestern suffered its second loss of the season but only dropped one spot to No. 7 in the latest poll.Syracuse hosts hosts unranked Colgate Monday at 5 p.m. The Raiders are 0-13 all-time against the Orange. On Friday, SU faces off against No. 9 Maryland, who dropped five spots in the latest poll. The defending-champion Terrapins are 1-2 this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on February 24, 2020 at 1:16 pm Contact Roshan: | @Roshan_f16 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Hopes of fifth Irish medal at European Youth Olympic Festival

first_imgPhoto © Pixabay There will be hopes of a fifth Irish medal at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Hungary today.After posting the second fastest time in the semi finals, Miriam Daly competes in the women’s 400-metre hurdle final this afternoon.The sprint relays also take place today, as do the semi finals of the men’s 800-metres.last_img

Top ref Fergal Horgan says he is raring to go

first_imgFergal – who officiated at last years All Ireland Senior hurling final – told Tipp FM Sport that he’s looking forward to the 2018 campaign. Top inter county referee Fergal Horgan is raring to go for the new season. The Knockavilla native has fast become one of the top rated officials in the country. The national leagues get underway next weekend – with the Tipp footballers in Cork on Saturday evening and the hurlers in Ennis on Sunday. last_img

London Baby Ice Breaker…Bryan Blake – Secure Trading

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon SBC Charity Boxing Championship packs a punch for Oliver’s Wish Foundation January 20, 2020 Share SBC moves at ICE London to brand new stand location S3-206 January 18, 2019 Bryan Blake: Hexopay – Wire Act needs a cautious approach by all gambling stakeholders March 26, 2019 Related Articles Bryan Blake Head of Gaming at Secure Trading speaks to SBC on his firm’s ambitions and plans for 2017 Offering flexible, rapid and reliable payment gateways, Secure Trading has become one of the leading payment processing specialist firms in gaming and betting. A London Baby Sponsor  (7 February – Café de Paris Leicester Square), Blake details to SBC readers what topics, debate and discussion 2017’s industry agenda.____________What new products and services will Secure Trading be bringing to market for 2017?     Bryan Blake: The gaming world continues to change and evolve and, here at Secure Trading, we recognise this by always bringing our customers the latest in modern payments.  At the ICE Totally Gaming event this year, the modus operandi is no different, as we bring to the market a new innovative payment method called ‘Cash to Code’.  Following an exclusive partnership with Funanga, the innovators of this solution, we’re opening up the online gaming market to the most universal payment method; cash.Additionally, we also offer an instant SEPA payout service – ensuring that no matter where you are in Europe – you can access funds and winnings seamlessly.What do you think will be the industry buzzword this year and why? BB: All heads are turning to the US at the moment.  After Trump’s election and his controversial policies already filtering through Government, the US gaming industry is also likely to be affected.  Above all else, it’s a matter of managing changes as these have a knock on effect in the UK.Which new technology, service or consumer trend will have the biggest impact on the igaming industry this year?       BB: There is often a gap between technological developments and consumer adoption.  It’s only when these two factors reach an equilibrium that real change takes place.  For 2017, I think it’ll be the market penetration of wearables and consequential move of gaming to these devices.Virtual Reality (VR) is also likely to really make its mark in 2017.  A number of VR platforms were launched in 2016, from HTC’s Vive to Google’s Daydream and the Playstation VR means that VR is now in the home; this will be a catalyst to consumer adoption in 2017.SBC: Why have you chosen to begin 2017 by sponsoring the London Baby Party?   BB: Together we achieve more – that’s the thought behind our sponsorship of the London Baby party.  It’s all the movers and shakers within the industry fleshing out ideas to decipher between the light-bulb moment and a damp squib.  If this involves an alcoholic beverage in the Café de Paris – then all the better!SBC: Finally, where can people expect to find you at ICE?     BB: Speaking of a meeting of minds – I’ll be on the stand during the day, and most likely in the bar at night!___________________Bryan Blake – Head of Gaming – Secure Tradinglast_img read more

‘I am staying’ – Suarez dismisses transfer speculations

first_imgLiverpool striker Luis Suarez has dismissed speculation linking him with a move away from Anfield this summer.The 27-year-old Uruguay international signed a new four-and-a-half year contract in December and denied that a clause allows him to join Real Madrid or Barcelona this summer.”There is no clause that suggests a priority for a specific team,” he said.”My head now is focused on the World Cup. My agent tells me what’s there. It’s more speculation than reality.”Suarez broke down after Liverpool were held to a 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace Suarez, who joined Liverpool from Ajax for £22m in 2011, wanted to leave the club last summer, with Arsenal making an offer of£40m plus £1 in the belief it would trigger a clause in his contract which they thought existed for any Champions League club.Suarez stayed and had a superb season after missing the first six matches of the campaign to complete his ban for bitingChelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.Liverpool challenged for their first league title since 1990, before eventually finishing second, two points behind champions Manchester City.Suarez scored 31 times in 33 league games and was named the Barclays Player of the Season, the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year.Liverpool were top of the table just three weeks ago but lost to Chelsea before squandering a 3-0 lead in the final 11 minutes of their next match at Crystal Palace to be held to a 3-3 draw. Suarez buried his face in his shirt after that draw at Selhurst Park and said: “I was so angry on the inside. A week before we had real hopes of winning the league and after the Palace game, we knew that it had gone.”We had lost the chance. I felt frustration and rage at the fact that the opportunity had been lost.”I covered my face because I was so hurt and frustrated. I preferred people not to see me.”last_img read more

Clippers’ Lou Williams goes from on the bubble to in the ‘bubble’ in Orlando

first_imgWith so much movement happening on the social justice front, last month Lou Williams said he wasn’t sure whether playing basketball this summer would distract from those issues. And, he said, he didn’t know whether he should join the Clippers in Orlando as they seek to finish off what they hope is the organization’s first championship season.“This is a whirlwind of a time we don’t know what’s the right decision now, we’re trying to figure out on the fly like everybody else,” Williams said in June in an illuminating virtual chat hosted by CoStar. “We have a job to do, we have livelihoods, we have families to feed and we’re also majority Black men at the same time.“And so we’re trying to find that balance where, you know, if we do suit up … how much of this platform can we really use? Can we get a Black Lives Matter patch on our jerseys. Can our jerseys say Black Lives Matter? Can the courts say Black Lives Matter?“Honestly, it’s hard to call. I’m 50/50 right now to be honest with you.” For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Now that he’s in Orlando, Williams – a veteran leader and an 18.7 point-per-game scorer for the Clippers this season – and others will have to navigage how best to compete while also advocating for equality.“It’s going to be a challenge; I think we’re up for it,” said Williams, who said he’ll also spend some free time in his room working on a musical project that he’d intended to release July 4 if there hadn’t been more important issues at hand.“Obviously, we’re here in Orlando. This is Day 2 for us outside of quarantine, so at this point we have to focus on basketball,” he said. “We have to focus on getting ourselves in shape, understanding the environment that we are in, getting used to the environment and trying to compete at a high level … Once I realize that everything is OK, I can do this, and then I start focus on other issues that I want to involve in.”Clippers coach Doc Rivers said players and personnel will have to compartmentalize their priorities.“We made the choice that we can do our jobs and do our jobs well, and then, also, have the ability to talk,” Rivers said. “Let’s say if we hadn’t decided to play, I wouldn’t be here talking about it right now. So we have the opportunity to speak our truths, and we are not going to stop doing it.”Indeed not.Over Zoom on Saturday, Rivers expressed clearly that they’ll dribble, but they won’t shush, speaking his mind about a dispute between Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) and Adrian Wojnarowski.ESPN’s top basketball insider issued an apology for responding with an obscenity to a news release from Hawley’s office that criticized the NBA for allowing social justice messages on jerseys. Hawley tweeted a screenshot of Wojnarowski’s emailed reply and added the message: “Don’t criticize #China or express support for law enforcement to @espn. It makes them real mad.”Related Articles After a discussion and a vote with his teammates – “we decided that our decision, it was going to be everybody or nobody,” he said – Lou Will was no longer on the bubble. Now he’s in it.The three-time Sixth Man of the Year is getting adjusted to life on the closed campus at the Walt Disney World Resort. He’s practicing again with most of his teammates. Star wing Kawhi Leonard arrived a couple days after most of the Clippers and on Saturday was undergoing the quarantine and testing protocol before joining his teammates.And, Williams said, he’s happy the NBA heard him and his colleagues.The league agreed to give players the option of wearing a messages on their jerseys and to display Black Lives Matter in prominent locations on the courts.“That’s progression,” the guard said before Saturday’s practice. “I’m happy to know that I work for a company that stands alongside of the minorities in this country and wants to make a bold statement like that. Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 “Obviously they have a lot of sponsors and everything … and some people may not feel that way. But I thought it was important for the NBA to listen to the players and listen to our voices and put the things in motion that we felt strongly about and stand next to us with those issues.” Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Rivers was irked, saying Hawley’s tweet sought to turn the conversation away from Black Lives Matter.“It’s funny, whenever we talk about justice, people try to change the message,” Rivers said. “Colin Kaepernick kneels; it had nothing to do with troops. It had to do with social injustice, and everyone tried to change the narrative. How about staying on what we are talking about and dealing with that, instead of trying to trick us or … trick your constituents?“I guarantee you,” the coach continued, “we’ve done more for the military than probably that senator. And I guarantee you this: We also are going to do things for #BlackLivesMatter. How about him? Maybe he should join into that.”last_img read more

NFL free agency rumors: Jets to sign linebacker Anthony Barr

first_imgFormer Vikings’ LB Anthony Barr intends to sign with the NY Jets, per league source. Jets get a pass rusher.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2019The 26-year-old tallied 55 total tackles and three sacks for the Vikings last season.Barr was originally selected by Minnesota out of UCLA with the ninth pick in the 2014 draft. He has recorded 13 1/2 sacks in 71 career games. The Jets have added a linebacker.New York is planning to sign free agent Anthony Barr, according to a report from ESPN, which cites an unidentified league source. The Jets view Barr as an edge rusher and will continue to pursue adding linebacker C.J. Mosley, according to The Athletic.As I mentioned earlier in the week, the #Jets view Barr as an edge rusher. C.J. Mosley is a middle linebacker. Different positions.The Jets weren’t in the market for Barr OR Mosley*. They were targeting both.TBD if Maccagnan can get it done.— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) March 12, 2019New York also reportedly agreed to a three-year, $28.5 million deal with wide receiver Jamison Crowder on Monday. Related News NFL rumor roundup: Nick Foles signs with Jaguars; DeSean Jackson traded to Eagleslast_img read more