If people do not take urgent action onair pollution, Lopez said, “We will never come close to achieving sustainabledevelopment,” Lopez said, citing the warning of WHO director general Dr. TedrosGhebreyesus. In a forum dubbed “Defending PublicHealth from Air Pollution” held recently at St. Paul’s Hospital Iloilo, RamonSan Pascual, executive director of Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) SoutheastAsia, said air pollution is not just an environmental issue. For his part, Paeng Lopez, HealthEnergy Initiative Campaigner of HCWH Southeast Asia, said air pollutionthreatens everyone, particularly the poorest and the marginalized people. “By reducing air pollution, countriescan reduce stroke, heart diseases, and lung cancer, among others,” said Lopez.(PIA/PN) The most affected sectors by airpollution are children, women, and outdoor workers, said Lopez. “Pneumonia is the leading cause ofdeath in children under five years of age; while women working in smokykitchens are exposed to high levels of household air pollution, and people whowork outdoors such as street vendors and traffic enforcers are affected by airpollution,” he added. Air pollution is a silent killer,causing seven million deaths around the world every year, he stressed. ILOILO City – The health sector hereshould lead the campaign against air pollution, considering the negativeeffects of polluted air to children, women and other vulnerable sectors,according to an international nongovernment organization (NGO) that works totransform healthcare worldwide. “The World Health Organization (WHO)considers it a health concern as well. Air pollution has become a leading causeof death,” said Pascual.
Press Association The highly-rated 19-year-old scored 18 times in 33 matches for the Catalan’s B side last season and made a handful of substitute appearances for the senior side, resulting in him earning a long-term contract this summer. Martinez has moved quickly to secure the teenager’s services, making his fourth signing in three days after bring former Wigan players Arouna Kone and Antolin Alcaraz and Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Joel Robles, who was also at the DW Stadium last season, to Goodison Park. “Gerard is a real diamond of Spanish football and a boy with incredible footballing talent and I am delighted that he has chosen to take the next step of his career with Everton,” Martinez told evertonfc.com. Deulofeu is a graduate of Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy and has played for Spain’s Under-17s, Under-19s, Under-20s and Under-21s. He will join up with the Blues squad later this summer as he is currently on a break after involvement in the recent Under-20s World Cup in Turkey. Most of the squad are now in Austria preparing for a friendly against Austria Vienna on Saturday. Captain Phil Jagielka has welcomed the new arrivals, particularly the experience of Kone and Alcaraz. “It is nice to have those type of players on our team this time,” the England centre-back told evertontv. “Obviously they are two players that the manager knows very well, two players who were big stars at Wigan. I know Kone played most of their games and scored most of their goals and was a really big handful. “Alcaraz unfortunately had a few injuries last season and didn’t play as much football as he would have liked but, the same again, he was a very important player for Wigan. They are two fantastic signatures to get and hopefully they can come into what is now a good squad and make it a little bit stronger.” New Everton manager Roberto Martinez’s reshaping of his squad continues apace after he signed rising Barcelona star Gerard Deulofeu on a season-long loan.
The 12-page document was dated May 12 and paints a grim picture of a $10 billion industry shuttered by the pandemic. It was an initial step in negotiations aimed at starting the delayed season around the Fourth of July.Teams say the proposed method of salvaging a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic would still cause a $4 billion loss and would give major league players 89% of revenue. Teams contend they lose more money with each additional game played, while the players’ union believes clubs would lose less money with more games.Owners voted Monday to propose salaries be based on a 50-50 split of revenue, a framework players say is tantamount to the kind of salary cap they’ll never accept. Teams gave the players’ association their virus-testing plan Friday and have waited to make their economic proposal.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR roaring back during pandemic Among the routine changes include players possibly arriving in uniform and being discouraged to take showers at ballparks. Team personnel will be banned from eating at restaurants on road trips, and mascots like the Phillie Phanatic and Mr. Met would be prohibited from the ballparks. The traditional exchange of lineup cards would be eliminated, along with high-fives, fist bumps, bat boys and bat girls.Spitting is prohibited along with water jugs and the use of saunas, steam rooms, pools and cryotherapy chambers. Hitting in indoor cages is discouraged, batting gloves encouraged.Batting practice pitchers are to wear masks, dugout telephones disinfected after each use. Players may not touch their face to give signs, and they’re not allowed to lick their fingers. Teams are encouraged to hold meetings outdoors, players spread apart.Teams will be allowed to have 50 players each under the plan, with the number active for each game still be negotiated.Meanwhile, Major League owners have made their pitch as they try to persuade players to accept less pay due to the coronavirus pandemic. MLB has told players their prorated salaries would contribute to an average loss of $640,000 for each game over an 82-game season in empty ballparks. That’s according to a presentation from the commissioner’s office to the union that was obtained by The Associated Press. — Former Washington Redskins star Dexter Manley is hospitalized and receiving oxygen to treat breathing issues related to the coronavirus. Two of his children told The Washington Post the 61-year-old Manley was hospitalized Friday in the Washington area. Daughter Dalis Manley said the former defensive end tested positive for the coronavirus May 2 and has steadily run a temperature between 101 and 104 degrees. Manley helped Washington win two Super Bowl titles in nine seasons with the team.— The 145th Preakness Stakes has been rescheduled for Oct. 3. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan disclosed the new date for the Preakness on NBC, which also had a hand in the decision because it televises the race. Saturday’s announcement was delivered less than hour before the original post time for the Triple Crown race.NFL-BILLS PLAYER TEXAS ARRESTBuffalo Bills player charged with drunk driving in TexasHOUSTON (AP) — Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Ed Oliver was arrested Saturday by police in the Houston area and charged with drunk driving and illegally carrying a gun. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLBNew MLB rules: shower at home, don’t spitUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball has created a 67-page draft of its proposed 2020 Operations Manual, which has been obtained by The Associated Press. It was first reported by The Athletic. Associated Press In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Live golf returns to television Sunday with a four-man charity Skins game at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida, to benefit coronavirus relief. There won’t be any caddies, so Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff will be carrying their own bags. The only rake will be carried by a rules official. Another rules official will be the only person to handle the flagstick, if necessary. It will be the first live action on TV since the opening round of The Players Championship on March 12.— German soccer champion Bayern Munich has returned to action for the first time in more than two months with a league game at Union Berlin. Bayern last played on March 8 before the Bundesliga (BOON’-dehsh-lee-guh) was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Bundesliga resumed competition on Saturday. Bayern can go four points clear of second-place Borussia Dortmund with a win as it chases an eighth successive German title.— All Spanish league clubs can begin group training sessions this week despite stricter lockdown restrictions remaining in place in parts of Spain because of the coronavirus pandemic. Cities like Madrid and Barcelona have not been allowed to loosen confinement measures like most of the country, but teams such as Real Madrid and Barcelona have been given the go-ahead to move into the second phase of training. The league has told clubs that on Monday all players can start small group sessions regardless of the lockdown phase in their regions. Players had only been allowed to train individually across Spain until now.— Russia has relaxed border restrictions for athletes and coaches in a move that will help soccer to restart in the country next month. Since March, Russia has barred most foreign arrivals in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Now the government says athletes and coaches will be allowed in if they have a contract with a Russian sports team or organization. They will have to spend 14 days in isolation on arrival and will be observed by doctors. Update on the latest sports May 17, 2020 Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies pulled Oliver over after receiving reports around 9 p.m. of someone driving recklessly in a construction area north of the city, local media outlets reported, citing jail and police records and statements from sheriff’s officials.The deputies found an open beer and a pistol in Oliver’s truck, according to sheriff’s officials.Oliver is from Houston, where he also played his college career. He was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of the 2019 draft. Montgomery County records did not list Oliver as being in the jail Sunday morning.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 UNDATED (AP) — NASCAR is back, but without fans, flyovers or commercialism.Darlington Raceway has opened its 70-year-old gates so engines in the stock car series could roar again and the revenue flow would resume.NASCAR’s return began Sunday morning as teams began filing into Darlington at designated arrival times. A checkpoint at the gate allowed pre-approved personnel into the infield after a health screening. There is no exiting once inside NASCAR’s designated footprint, all part of a meticulously planned health protocol.NASCAR chose Darlington, the oldest speedway on the Cup circuit, as the safest place to restart the season after eight events were postponed and the series sat idle for 10 weeks. Facing a financial collapse if live races didn’t get going on national television, NASCAR had its health plan approved in South Carolina and North Carolina and released an aggressive revised schedule.Sunday marks the first of 20 races across seven Southern states between now and June 21. All eyes will be on NASCAR and its protocols — representatives from IndyCar and the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, among others — were expected to observe the screening process Sunday.
The league will return, albeit with empty stadiums and players and staff regularly tested to assure the return to competitive soccer does not promote spread of the virus. The games are expected to be played mostly at home venues, a condition teams involved in the fight to avoid relegation had agitated to ensure. They expressed that sacrificing home-field advantage was too extreme given the stakes involved, even if there would be no audience to aid the cause. But league officials still allow that some games could be played at neutral sites because of concern about fans congregating outside stadiums in gatherings that would violate the notion of quarantining (and possibly government regulations) relative to the coronavirus crisis.The announcement that EPL action would resume with two games June 17 — Arsenal at Manchester City and Sheffield United at Aston Villa — and then a full slate of games the weekend of June 19-21 means Liverpool almost certainly will win its first Premier League championship since the founding of the league in 1992-93. Despite the lack of suspense about which team will become champion, there are plenty of compelling competitions within the league to capture our attention. Here’s everything soccer fans need to know about the return of the Premier League, including the restart date and a full TV schedule to watch matches in the United States.When does the Premier League return?Date: Wednesday, June 17The Premier League is scheduled to return on June 17 with a special Wednesday doubleheader, ending the league’s shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic after 100 days.When the shutdown took effect March 13, four days after Leicester City had slapped Aston Villa with a 4-0 defeat, every team but four had completed 29 games of the 38-game season. To allow the remainder of the season to progress symmetrically, the league will have Arsenal visit Man City and Sheffield United travel to Aston Villa for the reopeners.The league generally has scheduled the majority of its games in a single window (10 a.m. ET, which is 3 p.m. in England) to help protect the gate at the various stadiums. With fans unable to enter, the league will contest games one at a time so fans, if they wish, can watch every one on television.The schedule of game windows will be: Fridays, 3 p.m. ET; Saturdays: 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. ET; Sundays 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. ET and Mondays, 3 p.m. ET.Premier League schedule 2020The complete schedule for the return of the Premier League has not yet been announced. Kickoff times and TV information will be added when they are available.Wednesday, June 17MatchTimeTV channelArsenal at Manchester CityTBDTBDSheffield United at Aston VillaTBDTBDHow to watch EPL games in the USANBC Sports has rights to Premier League broadcasts in the United States. It typically broadcasts three select games on Saturdays and two on Sundays on the NBC Sports Network, better known as NBCSN. Some prime early afternoon games are broadcast on NBC’s main network. When there are multiple games in a single window and some are not chosen for television, there is a pay-service package called NBC Sports Gold that accommodates the rest.NBC made NBC Sports Gold free during COVID-19 quarantine, but that offer is scheduled to expire at the end of May. You can also stream EPL games with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.NBC has not yet announced whether it can or will place the entire EPL schedule on television when the league returns.Soccer fans in Canada will be able to stream Premier League games live with a subscription to DAZN.When can soccer fans return to EPL stadiums?As the Premier League discussed “Project Restart” to complete the 2019-20 season, it was a given the games would be played with no spectators allowed, as has been the case in the successful return of Germany’s Bundesliga, which resumed play May 16.In an interview with Sky Sports, however, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters expressed “optimism” fans would be permitted to return during the 2020-21 season but that their return will be in phases”Hopefully it will be a huge morale boost and that is what we’ve been working towards,” Masters told Sky. “We’ve got some incredible fans in this country and we all know the Premier League as we know and love it won’t be fully back until we have fans back through the turnstiles.”Premier League standingsBelow are the Premier League standings as of March 13, the date of the last EPL game played before the coronavirus shutdown:ClubWDLPTS1. Liverpool2711822. Manchester City1837573. Leicester City1658534. Chelsea1469485. Manchester United1298456. Wolverhampton10136437. Sheffield United11107438. Tottenham11810419. Arsenal91364010. Burnley116123911. Crystal Palace109103912. Everton107123713. Newcastle United98123514. Southampton104153415. Brighton611122916. West Ham United76162717. Watford69142718. AFC Bournemouth76162719. Aston Villa74172520. Norwich City561821Liverpool has lost exactly two games in the past two seasons, compiling a record of 57 victories, two defeats and eight draws in that period. To lose the Premier League now, LFC likely would have to go 0-9 while Man City would have to be nearly perfect, no worse than 8-0-1.That possibility is pretty much null and void.But there are plenty of other tight races to follow: Champions League positions: With second-place Manchester City currently banned from European competition, Leicester City (53 points), Chelsea (48) and Manchester Uniteed currently occupy the automatic qualifying positions, but Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United (43 each) are close behind and Tottenham Hotspur (41) and Arsenal (40) are in the chase. Man City are appealing the ban, however, and have a June date to be heard in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Europa League positions: Those two spots currently belong to Wolves and Sheffield United, with Spurs and Arsenal in pursuit, but they’re certainly also in reach for Burnley and Crystal Palace (39 points each).Relegation: A fierce battle that was a large part of “boardroom” discussions regarding the restart now will return to the field, with Bournemouth AFC (27 points), Aston Villa (25) and Norwich CIty (21) in the drop zone but Watford and West Ham United (27 each) plus Brighton and Hove Albion (29) trying to remain safe. “Null and void” is null and void. The Premier League is coming back.During the months to date of the COVID-19 quarantine shutdown, there had been an online campaign among rivals of Liverpool FC to have the 2019-20 season canceled permanently and the accumulated results discarded because they relished the idea of LFC, two wins from a title, being denied. They came to be known, informally, as the “null and void brigade.”