first_imgOnWednesday, transport groups – including taxis, vans and even tricycles – in thecity and province of Iloilo announced they would be joining the nationwidetransport strike. ILOILOCity – Public and private school classes in all levels here are suspended onSept. 30 due to the nationwide transport strike. Fearingthat the strike could paralyze the city, Treñas said he would have aninter-agency meeting with various government bodies today. Preparations will bediscussed. Butwhile he ordered the suspension of Monday’s classes, Treñas made it clear inExecutive Order No. 89 issued yesterday that it would be business as usual atcity hall. Thejeepney started as remodelled army vehicles left behind by US forces afterWorld War II, and became a showcase of Filipino ingenuity and resourcefulness. Inordering the suspension, Mayor Jerry Treñas said he wanted to minimize theinconvenience that the public, especially students, parents and guardians,school faculty and staff, would suffer. Thephase out of jeepneys 15 years old or older is part of the government’stransport modernization program which aims to minimize air pollution andimprove public transport safety. Heprojected a “95 percent” participation in the strike, including some 5,000tricycles of 22 associations. The transportstrike will start at 12:01 a.m. of Sept. 30 and would end at midnight,according to Edgar Salarda, president of the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuperat Operators Nationwide – Panay which is a member of Alyansa Kontra PUV PhaseOut-Panay.center_img Thereare over 6,000 passenger jeepneys in the city and province of Iloilo, he added. Italso tapped the help of the Philippine Army, Iloilo City Police Office, Bureauof Jail Management and Penology, and Department of Public Works and Highwayswhich all have transport assets such as trucks to ferry stranded people. PHOTO BY IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN However,according to the Alyansa Kontra PUV Phase Out-Panay, a new broad alliance ofvarious transport associations, it would economically displace thousands ofjeepney drivers, operators and their families. Inprevious transport strikes, the city government mobilized its various vehiclesto transport city government workers. Thetransport strike is a protest against the government’s plan to phase out oldjeepneys by July 2020. Mainlypatronized by low- to middle-income passengers, it has become the core ofPhilippine public transport./PNlast_img read more

first_imgJose Mourinho said Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min would all start against his former club Manchester United in their Premier League return on Friday. Jose Mourinho said Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min would all start against his former club Manchester United in their Premier League return on Friday. The three-month coronavirus-enforced hiatus has arguably helped Spurs more than any other club, given the number of key players they have back from injury. But they have an uphill battle in their bid to make the Champions League. They sit seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and four behind United in fifth, which could be enough to qualify if Manchester City’s two-season European ban stands. Spurs will hand a fitness test to Giovani Lo Celso, while Jan Vertonghen will be involved even though his contract runs out on June 30. Mourinho said Lo Celso was struggling with an injury before the season was suspended in March but lockdown rules meant it could not be treated properly. “Because of the rules, his injury is not an injury in need of surgery but needed treatment and daily treatment, needed close contact with physios and fitness coaches working with him but that was not possible,” said the Spurs boss. “For about two months he was injured and he couldn’t recover from it.” Read Also: Guardiola embarrassed by treatment of black people Mourinho said the punishment was harsh and cited several high-profile misdemeanours from other players in the lockdown. “I don’t want to say much more than I don’t think he deserves a one-match ban compared with wrong behaviours at much bigger dimensions that happened during this period without any consequences,” he said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Vertonghen is primed to leave Spurs but Mourinho hopes they can agree a deal for the Belgium defender to stay until the end of the campaign. Mourinho admitted it would be tough to qualify for the Champions League but he said it was a “great motivation”. “The battle for the top four would be amazing if we all started on the same number of points,” Mourinho said. “Unfortunately that is not the case.” Spurs will be without Dele Alli after the England international was handed a one-match ban for a social media post mocking coronavirus.center_img Loading…last_img read more

first_img… hopes COVID-19 doesn’t ruin 2020 Guyana Open CupBy Clifton RossREIGNING Guyana Open Golf champion Avinash Persaud said he’s training 4 times a week in hopes of competitive action returning soon, adding that the time-off was good way to mentally refresh yourself as a professional athlete.Guyana’s most successful golfer told this newspaper on Monday, that he has been maintaining his pedigree by hitting the greens during private practice sessions at the Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) Course a few times every week.Persaud, who has won the country’s top Golf title a record 10 times, with a number of those titles coming consecutively, believes that the little training-time afforded to golfers, who may be working or have other outside commitments; is needed in order to maintain one’s form as a pro-golfer.“I’ve been keeping and putting in as much practice as I can during the week. It’s good to keep training and go out there, get in some strokes just for a couple of hours a day; it’s good for me”, declared the champ.Although golf is playable during the pandemic due to the way golfers can reduce the number of holes as well as take to the greens without a caddy, the COVID-19 risk is still high. Persaud, not looking too much on his time away from golf, noted that he was using quarantine as a way to refresh the mind and body,“I always keep on training and practising because I’m hoping there is a tournament sometime time soon. But as a professional golfer, it is a very important time to take some time off and get your mind off golf and ease some stress,” said Persaud.A few weeks ago, the executives and members of the LGC gave back to their community of Lusignan on the East Coast of Demerara. The drive was part of many around the country and world, which was specifically geared towards helping those affected by the pandemic.Residents of Lusignan received a hamper among other means of relief, compliments of the LGC family, who said they felt the need to take care of the single-parent families and families of caddies who are out of work. The champ hailed the move as one which will only help to fight the pandemic going forward.Persaud also believed that should the current state of things remain a daily way of living for the next few months, the sport and its shareholders could suffer greatly.The champ who went to Jamaica and Suriname last year to represent Guyana at the respective invitational tournaments, believed that the ripple effect could trickle across the boardThe harsh reality is that should the course remain close for a few more months, the financial setback which mainly affects caddies and those employed in different positions at the Club, will inevitably end up hurting everyone affiliated with the sport – sponsors, players and grounds-men and others.“It was a good thing (the relief drive) because it helped the caddies and their families as well as those single parents who are facing a tough time during C0VID-19. We will have a good day when things get better but it can affect us because we need golf to keep the club and ground going; along with our sponsors for our weekly tournaments,” the champ pointed out.Wrapping up his interview, the defending champ was optimistic that the future will be kind to gold and that the LGC can host its annual Guyana Open Cup, which usually takes place between October and November.Persaud was further confident that his training and weekly practice sessions can see him get in some putting roughly 4 times a week, which will be enough to capture his 11th title, once the Guyana Cup is hosted.“Not playing competitive golf is tough but it’s not a worry for me (my playing form) because I’m always training and working on my game. But hopefully we can get in a few tournaments when things get safer, before the Open Cup,” Persaud concluded.last_img read more