Authorities in Spain’s Catalonia region on Friday called on residents of Barcelona to stay at home and not gather in groups of more than 10 in order to fight an increase in coronavirus cases, local media reported.The regional government’s spokesperson, Meritxell Budó, also recommended that people in Spain’s second-largest city and its metropolitan area should not move to their second homes this weekend as it emerged that 1,111 new coronavirus infections were registered in Catalonia over the previous 24 hours.Budó also said that social gatherings would be restricted to ten people while the capacity of bars and restaurants would be reduced. But the government did not officially impose a mandatory lockdown for the area, arguing that the new recommendations were aimed at being able to avoid such a drastic step. Earlier this week Lleida, another Catalan city, was spared the fate of a second lockdown when a local judge refused to ratify an order by the regional government, saying that such a decision was Madrid’s to take.Catalan President Quim Torra on Friday retweeted a tweet urging people from “Barcelona, the metropolitan area, El Segrià and La Noguera not to leave their homes if it is not necessary.”Spain, which suffered a particularly high death toll during the peak of the pandemic, mourned its COVID-19 victims on Thursday in an official ceremony hosted by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez.For the latest information and analysis on COVID-19 and its global implications sign up for POLITICO’s Daily Coronavirus Update or update your preferences. Also On POLITICO Coronavirus ruins the fiesta for Spain’s bullfighting aficionados By Guy Hedgecoe Spain commemorates COVID-19 victims By David M. Herszenhorn
[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Sun Yat Sen bounces back after first loss in Mayor’s Cup’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Thursday, May 25, 2017[/av_textblock] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]ILOILO City – Sun Yat Sen High School recovered from its first defeat in the 2017 Iloilo City Invitational Basketball League (Mayor’s Cup-1st Conference) with an 82-60 win over Mandurriao National High School on Tuesday at the Barangay Katilingban Gym in Molo.Earl Mabacquiao led the way with 26 points for Sun Yat Sen, which bounced back from a stunning 94-92 loss to St. Roberts International Academy on Monday to improve to a 4-1 slate in the high school category.Sun Yat Sen will finish off its campaign in the tournament against Iloilo National High School at 2 p.m. today after its matchup against the league-leader CenterPhil Montessori Silver Knights on late Wednesday.Meanwhile, the Jalandoni Memorial National High School has finally barged into the win-column in six matches after its opponent Iloilo City National High School failed to show up again.In the college category, the University of San Agustin moved to a share of first place with the Central Philippine University Golden Lions after beating St. Paul University, 94-87, behind the 22 points of John Robejos.In the 40 and up category, the Iloilo PROS has extended its winning run to four after dealing the PISAI team its first defeat, 81-79. John Aguilar finished with 30 points for the Iloilo Pros.In other matches today, Sta. Clarita International High School (5-1) will face Mandurriao National High at 3:30 p.m., while the PISAI versus Double B tiff is at 5 p.m. and the Iloilo PROS against Iloilo Tuesday Club clash is at 6:30 p.m.The 2017 Iloilo City Invitational Basketball Tournament, also known as the Mayors Cup-1st Conference, is organized by the Iloilo City Government and presented by Flanax and Bonamine./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]
RUGBY UNION BY JOHN PANGKATANA It doesn’t get any better than this. Particularly when you talk about promoting greater gender diversity in rugby union, the upcoming Oceania Rugby Women’s World Cup Qualifier set for February 29 in Port Moresby is a major opportunity to inspire the next generation of women rugby players, trainers, coaches, referees and administrators. The match is the outstanding one between the ANZ PNG Cassowaries (name change from Palais) and Tonga that was to be played last year at Lautoka, Fiji. The winner of this match will play Manu Samoa for the Rugby World Cup repechage. This is a golden opportunity to not only build the game on the home-front but to also field a full strength team for the first time with all players including the sevens and oversees based players being available. A squad of over 40 players was recently named to cater for the 2020 commitments, which includes overseas based players in Canada based Clare Akauma who missed the Fiji trip due to logistics, plus Australia based Marlugu Dixon, Melanie Kawa and Tracy Stanis who will make a huge difference if the Cassowaries can fly them in. Several others including Kokopo-based Nina Stein are also on top of the list if available. With the progress of players from the last two Oceania Rugby Championships, this is also a great opportunity to create role models and provide that inspiration for the next generation of players to aspire to be ANZ Cassowaries 15s player. PNGRU Interim Secretary Mike Uiari said they are fully committed to hosting the qualifier, as they see participation and inclusion as being more important than winning. “PNG has not beaten Tonga in 15s rugby, but who is to say with our current progress and availability of the full complement of players that the ANZ PNG Cassowaries won’t create some history. “Both Tonga and Samoa are at the forefront of growing their women’s 15s game and we need to keep pace with the rest of Oceania and the world. “It will cost PNGRU K150,000 to host the qualifier and it is hoped that support will be forthcoming from our business community.” Yesterday the Cassowaries came together under PNGRU strength and conditioning coordinator Cecil Davani, who will work closely with Cassowaries S&C Exodus Kima. All players recently named are being prepared for the longer term for the Oceania Championships later this year in November and for future engagements. However, to name a team to play Tonga, all players will be assessed over the next few weeks before a 23 man squad is finalised. This is also the first time the 15s squad is going through testing to prepare them to undergo the strength and conditioning programs conducted by the PNG High Performance Centre.