Primary lines of defense have collapsed. Stay home – dead in the water when businesses opened. Wear masks – badly compromised when DOH/FDA never clearly gave specifications that make masks work against the Covid-19 virus, and when the same agencies never monitored the efficacy of masks being worn. Wash hands frequently – good for some, not practical for most, no adequate washing facilities outside of houses, and no instant water available for the lower income bracket. Social or physical distancing – applicable to larger offices and restaurants, not applicable to public transport, public markets, busy streets, and other workplaces. What are secondary lines of defense? Vitamins and supplements? Yes, but for how many of the 110 million Filipinos? And for those who can afford to buy, for how long? Definitely, the poorest 30% cannot afford anything because they cannot even be assured of three meals a day. The next 50% were financially compromised when work was interrupted, ... » Learn More about Impracticality, stupidity, then arrogance
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PETALING JAYA: Independent mixed pairs Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie and Tan Kian Meng-Lai Pei Jing have received a timely boost ahead of the final stretch of the Olympics qualifiers, starting next month. Both pairs can heave a huge sigh of relief after securing a one-year sponsorship deal with sporting equipment manufacturer Victor last week. The major deal could not have come at a better time as Soon Huat-Shevon and Kian Meng-Pei Jing are still scrambling for funds to keep their Tokyo Olympics bids afloat after they were surprisingly axed from the national team two months ago. The quartet can now look forward to salvaging their slim qualifying hopes in remaining three events – Indian Open (May 11-16), Malaysian Open (May 25-30) and Singapore Open (June 1-6). Soon Huat-Shevon and Kian Meng-Pei Jing are ranked 11th and 13th respectively in the Road to Tokyo standings behind Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (seventh). A country can have two pairs if both of them are ranked in the ... » Learn More about Indie pairs sign major deal ahead of Tokyo qualifiers
ARE the Tokyo Olympics going to become a mega Covid-19 super spreader event? The local residents are increasingly worried of this aspect and it’s not surprising that with less than 100 days approaching before the country hosts the biggest sporting show on earth, the enthusiasm is contained than it would have been in normal times. A Kyodo news agency poll released on Monday revealed that only 24% of the local population supports the idea of going ahead with the Olympics. The current government is adamant it is doing its best to push ahead with the staging of a successful Olympic Games as cancelling it with the exception of a natural disaster will be unthinkable. But just why did the government think it is okay to welcome, say, 80,000 athletes, coaches, media and other related officials from more than 200 countries when the vaccination programme had barely started? And mind you, Japan does not require those jetting in for the Olympics to be vaccinated. MotoGP, Formula One, ... » Learn More about Can Tokyo Olympic Games stand firm on shaky ground?
Queen Elizabeth arrives for the funeral of Prince Philip at Windsor Castle on Saturday. (Pool Photo via Reuters) WINDSOR, England: Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday led Britain in one minute’s silence in memory of her late husband, Prince Philip, as she bade him a final farewell at a funeral restricted by coronavirus rules but reflecting his long life of military and public service. The 94-year-old monarch, dressed in mourning black and a black face mask, sat inside St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, as the coffin bearing the Duke of Edinburgh arrived on a bespoke Land Rover that he had designed himself. A military gun was fired to signal the start of the solemn tribute, which was observed in shops, railway stations and at sporting events across the country. The ceremony with just 30 mourners took place entirely behind the castle’s stately walls, with the public urged to stay away because of the pandemic. But small crowds still gathered in Windsor town centre, and on the ... » Learn More about Britain bids Prince Philip farewell
Journalist Surasak Marktavee, left, and former Thailand coach Kiatisak Senamuang pose during a match at Anfield. As the Premier League enters the home stretch of the season, runaway leaders Manchester City look set to win the title. City, who have played 32 matches, are on 74 points, 11 ahead of second-placed Manchester United (63) who have a game in hand. United are likely to finish second with a seven-point advantage over third-ranked Leicester City. However, the race for the other two top-four spots for Champions League berths remain close. Leicester (56) and West Ham (55) currently hold the positions, followed by Chelsea (54), Liverpool (52) and Tottenham (49). "Man City will surely win the title," Surasak Marktavee, the London-based chief correspondent for Siam Sport daily, said in a telephone interview. "Man U will finish second but the race for the other two places is still very close." Leicester suffered a blow last week when they lost 3-2 at West Ham. ... » Learn More about Don’t write off Reds, says guru