BACOLOD City – A P5,000 fine or jail time of six months will await anyone in this city found to have discriminated against health workers on the frontline of fighting coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Sangguniang Panlungsod has approved on third and final reading an ordinance prohibiting acts that cause stigma, disgrace, shame, humiliation or discrimination against COVID-19 health workers. Mayor Evelio Leonardia may be able to sign the ordinance this week and issue an executive order for its implementation. Councilor Cindy Rojas, author of the ordinance, said “with the emergence and continued spread of COVID-19, public stigma formed not only against persons who have contracted the said disease but also against health workers taking care of them and others working on the frontlines.” “There is an urgent need to combat this stigmatization and protect frontline workers, especially health workers, from all forms of discrimination, harassment and abuse,” she stressed. Such discrimination that the ordinance is referring such as prohibiting frontline workers from entering an establishment ; refusal to provide services or goods to frontline workers; evicting or forcing the frontline workers to leave , temporarily or preventing from entering on his or her apartment or dormitory; and others./PN
“Hopefully we can tie something up with Villarreal soon. We are optimistic about that happening.” De Guzman was one of the star men for Michael Laudrup’s side last season and his performances earned the him a call-up for the Holland national side, with who he has gone on to make five appearances. Press Association Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins is hopeful the club can bring midfielder Jonathan de Guzman back to the Liberty Stadium. De Guzman made an instant impression in south Wales following his arrival on a season-long loan from Villarreal last year, scoring eight times in 45 appearances in all competitions. And the club are determined to bring back the 25-year-old back to the club, with reports suggesting the Swans are close to securing another year-long loan deal. “I have met with Jonathan’s agent and he is comfortable with where we are at,” said Jenkins to the South Wales Evening Post.
Rory McIlroy has defended his comments about Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson being in “the last few holes of their careers”. ” But it’s a lot of golf for him to play in such a short space of time. So you could see he was getting a little tired the last couple of weeks. And, I mean, Tiger’s not here just because he’s been injured or he is injured. He hasn’t had the opportunity to play. “But I think if he gets back and when he gets back to full fitness, you’ll see him back here again. So I’m not sure…they’re just getting older. Phil’s 43 or whatever (actually 44) and Tiger’s nearly 40 (Woods turns 39 in December). “So they’re getting into the sort of last few holes of their career. And that’s what happens. You get injured. Phil has to deal with an arthritic condition as well. So it obviously just gets harder as you get older. I’ll be able to tell you in 20 years how it feels.” Despite simply stating the facts, McIlroy’s comments inevitably generated comments on social media and the four-time major winner later wrote on his Twitter account: ” Got a question today about Tiger and Phil… Gave an honest answer, was very complimentary about the 2 best golfers of this generation. “Golfers on average have a 20-25 year career, both into the back 9 of their careers… Don’t think there’s anything wrong with saying that.” World number one McIlroy first addressed the issue during his pre-tournament press conference at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, which will not feature either Woods or Mickelson for the first time since 1992. The 25-year-old was asked if that represented a changing of the guard in golf and said: ” Not really. I mean, Phil has played well in parts this year. He came really close to winning the PGA (finishing second behind McIlroy). I feel like he’s gotten a little better as the year has went on. Press Association
“I think Stephen is reflective of that quality – he’s No 1 contender for a reason. He earned it. He’s not a joke or a political situation – he earned the right to fight Pedraza.“I think every British fighter out there fighting for a title is dangerous because they’re all watching what’s going on around them. It’s like a British boxing revolution. It’s pretty amazing what you guys are doing over there.“Stephen thinks he can win and he’s here to win. You guys are hot. Right now, there is no country in the world hotter than Great Britain. You have more world champions than any place else.“You have a Brit fighting for a world title and it’s one of the Smith brothers. It’s one of the great fighting families to ever come out of the UK with a 154lb champ, a 168lb European champ, a world title contender and now ‘Swifty trying to win a world title against Jose Pedraza.“It’s a terrific match-up. He’s a legitimate No 1 contender and is trying to bring another championship back to Great Britain, to Liverpool and to his family. I think people should tune in because that’s a great fight.”Also on the bill is a potential future opponent for Wales’ IBF featherweight king Lee Selby – WBC holder Gary Russell Jr (26-1-KO15), who fights Ireland’s Patrick Hyland (31-1-KO15)DiBella added: “I’m sure you guys can root for a guy from Ireland, too, in Patrick Hyland.“He’s had an amazingly difficult year, is a really inspirational young man. He’s got his hands full with one of the fastest, most athletic champions in boxing in Gary Russell Jr.“Patrick is going to bring the fight. He has a lot to be fighting for. He’s focused. Everything he has, he’s going to be laying out there. When you have those kind of matches, you want to be staying up and watching them.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram American promoter Lou DiBella has admitted British boxing rules the world ahead of today’s clash between Jose Pedraza and Stephen Smith.Smith (23-1-KO13) can swell Britain’s total of world champions to 13 if he dethrones IBF super-featherweight champion Pedraza (21-0-KO12) in Connecticut, live on Sky Sports.DiBella told Sky Sports: “The quality of British boxing right now is, I think at an all-time high.
WASHINGTON, D.C — Global remittances are projected to decline sharply by about 20 percent in 2020 due to the economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown.The projected fall, which would be the sharpest decline in recent history, is largely due to a fall in the wages and employment of migrant workers, who tend to be more vulnerable to loss of employment and wages during an economic crisis in a host country.Remittances to low and middle-income countries (LMICs) are projected to fall by 19.7 percent to $445 billion, representing a loss of a crucial financing lifeline for many vulnerable households.Studies show that remittances alleviate poverty in lower- and middle-income countries, improve nutritional outcomes, are associated with higher spending on education, and reduce child labor in disadvantaged households.A fall in remittances affects families’ ability to spend on these areas as more of their finances will be directed to solve food shortages and immediate livelihoods needs.“Remittances are a vital source of income for developing countries. The ongoing economic recession caused by COVID-19 is taking a severe toll on the ability to send money home and makes it all the more vital that we shorten the time to recovery for advanced economies,” said World Bank Group President David Malpass.Within the Caribbean countries, money transfer agencies like Western Union have seen a spike in the number of people that have turned up at their locations to collect funds during the COVID-19 pandemic.Many Caribbean residents, including the newly unemployed, poor and vulnerable, have been forced to depend on income from their family and friends overseas to survive. The challenge is that many Caribbean immigrants and even seasonal workers now have no income and thus, little to no money to send back home.Remittance flows are expected to fall across all World Bank Group regions, most notably in Europe and Central Asia (27.5 percent) and Latin America and the Caribbean (19.3 percent).World Bank