He said that he leaves on thediscretion of the mayors about the possibilities of the cancellation offestivals in their respective localities relative to the local spread ofCOVID-19. Lacson appealed to the public tofollow protocol set by health authorities that includes bringing of alcohol andhand sanitizers aside from wearing mask for health protection. BACOLOD City – The staging of thisyear’s Panaad Festival in Negros Occidental might be cancelled amid growing fears overthe continued increase in coronavirus disease cases in the country. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson is set to meet this week chief executives of various towns and cities in the province to decide the fate of the weeklong festivity slated on April 20 to 26. “However we will not sacrificethe health of our constituents. We will be willing to postpone or cancel theevent if the need arises. The health and well-being of Negrenses is my utmostconcern and priority,” he said./PN The annual Panaad sa Negros Festivalis considered as the mother of all festivals. Lacson said he is waiting for theguidelines from the national state in relation to the public health emergencydeclaration. During the launching of the PanaadFestival last month, Lacson has already said the province will continuepreparing for Panaad 2020 and that they will not allow the condition whichmight not exist in April dampen its spirit. Lacson also alerted barangay officialsto closely monitor their respective areas especially people who just arrivedfrom other virus-hit countries like China, Hongkong, Korea, Macau, Taiwan andeven Italy where there has been a surge of COVID-19 cases.
Thiruvananthapuram: Captain Manish Pandey and Shivam Dube produced power-packed knocks to pave the way for India A’s four-wicket win over South Africa A in the third unofficial ODI in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday, giving the hosts an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.Dube smashed an unbeaten 45 off 28 balls while Pandey plundered 81 off 59 balls as India A overcame a poor start to win the rain-affected match rather comfortably in the end. Chasing 208 in 30 overs, India A reached the target in 27.5 overs.India A was in a spot of bother at 25 for 3 in the 7th over, having lost Ruturaj Gaikwad (1), Ricky Bhui (0) and Krunal Pandya (13) before Ishan Kishan (40 off 41 balls) and Pandey steadied the ship.The aggressive Jharkhand southpaw Kishan, who starred in the second match, again underlined his talent with a fluent knock.Pandey, who started rather slowly, opened up after Kishan fell to left-arm spinner George Linde. The Karnataka right-hander smashed five sixes and powered the team’s chase. Dube, who walked in at the fall of Nitish Rana (13), added 41 runs with Pandey. The skipper fell to a catch by Lutho Sipamla off left-arm spinner Bjorn Fortuin.India A needed 32 runs from as many deliveries at this stage but Dube’s pyrotechnics helped the team romp home with 13 balls remaining.Linde and the pacy Anrich Nortje took two wickets each for South Africa A.Earlier, ’keeper Heinrich Klaasen hit a 21-ball 44 to set up South Africa A’s total.There were also useful contributions from Janneman Malan (37), Matthew Breetzke (36) and captain Temba Bavuma (27). Deepak Chahar and Krunal Pandya took two wickets each.The visiting team looked set for a much bigger total before the India A bowlers pulled things back in the last few overs. Deepak Chahar bowled a superb final over, giving away just three runs.Manish Pandey was named man of the match.Brief scores: South Africa A 207 for 8 in 30 overs (H Klaasen 44, J Malan 37, M Breetzke 36, Krunal Pandya 2/23, D Chahar 2/42) lost to India A 208 for 6 in 27.5 overs (M Pandey 81, Shivam Dube 45 not out, Ishan Kishan 40, A Nortje 2/41, G Linde 2/41). IANSAlso Read: Feels good to get Pujara as my first Test wicket: Rahkeem CornwallAlso Watch:Assam Medical Service Association & IMA staged 24 hr strike in Tinsukia