‘Violence has no place in sports’: SBP apologizes for Gilas-Australia brawl

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gilas saw nine players ejected while four Aussies got tossed.READ: Brawl breaks out in Gilas-Australia game“SBP stands by its conviction that violence has no place in sports.”“We will review the incident comprehensively and await the decision of FIBA with respect to disciplinary proceedings on the matter.”RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT View comments Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees LeBron’s arrival transforms Lakers back into glamour show The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas on Tuesday apologized for the brawl at Philippine Arena involving the Philippine men’s national team and Australia in the Fiba World Cup Qualifier Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT “The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) apologizes to Filipino basketball fans and to the basketball community for the incident that occurred during last night’s game,” SBP said in a statement posted by president Al Panlilio on his Twitter account on Tuesday.READ: Fiba opens disciplinary hearings after Gilas-Australia meleeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“As hosts, we regret having breached the bounds of traditional Filipino hospitality. As the national team representing flag and country, we likewise extend our apologies to the Filipino people.”The melee was one of the most violent fights that have transpired in a basketball game since the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers’ free-for-all dubbed, “The Malice at the Palace” in 2004. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95last_img read more

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UL Contemplates Researching Infectious Diseases

first_imgAuthorities of the Science College at the University of Liberia have disclosed plans to begin research on viruses and other infectious diseases prevalent in Liberia.This move by the nation’s highest institution of learning is coming in the midst of the ragging deadly Ebola crisis, which has claimed and continues to claim hundreds of lives in Liberia.The UL Thomas J.R. Faulkner College of Science & Technology comprises departments, including Engineering, Chemistry, Physics and Biology.Making the disclosure on September 24, the Dean of the College, Dr. (PhD) Ophelia Inez Weeks said they have drawn the plan for the research, but were presently concentrating on creating more awareness about the deadly Ebola and waiting for it to subside, before their research work will be carried out.The University of Liberia has a number of challenges, comprising lack of up-to-date textbooks, laboratory equipment, among others. Students studying and graduating from all the departments complain about the poor condition of the university’s laboratories.Dr. Weeks in her statement said in spite of the challenges, they are strategizing means to secure funds from partners to enhance the project.As they embark on the research project and seeking outside funding, Dr. Weeks said they are also throwing out to students, staff, faculties and senior administrators of the University of Liberia to contribute certain amounts they can afford.She said while they seek assistance from outside; it is also good Liberians themselves contribute to their own project so others can take them seriously.She said a student will be asked to contribute L$25, staff L$50 and faculty L$100.Meanwhile, the Science College has also engaged in the sensitization process on Ebola but in the area of solution preparation for hand-washing.According to Dr. Weeks, even though the local populations have been sensitized about hands washing, what is lacking is the preparation of the chlorine of Clorox solution.A local resident who was taught how to prepare a solution said his family has been using solution containing unspecified quantities of Clorox, chlorine and powder soap to wash their hands.The UL Ebola Task Force is currently going from door to door in environments around the campuses to teach people how to prepare the solution. UL campuses include those on Capitol Hill, Fendell and St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital Community where the Medical School is located. Another one is in Sinje, Grand Cape Mount County.Dr. Weeks said it is important people be taught how to prepare the solution because excessive use of Clorox, chlorine and other detergent together has the propensity to create other health problems including skin cancer.Using the 1.5 liter water bottle, staffers forming the UL Task Force on Ebola taught residents in the Fendell campus community to put bottle caps of Clorox in a bottle of water for hand washing and multiply same by the number of bottles they would use to accommodate more people in the home.Dr. Weeks said the pilot project the UL Task Force on Ebola is carrying out is made possible through the instrumentality of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA), which provided US$2,623.60.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Local resident raises concerns about SPCA

first_imgIn an effort to get her dog back, Nicholson says she has offered the new owners the choice of a litter of puppies in exchange for her dog back, but has not yet heard from them. When Bev Nicholson noticed her eight month-old Shi Tzu, named Doobie, had gone missing on April 7, she began making calls to the local SPCA to let them know that her dog was loose.Then, on Friday, April 22, Nicholson says her niece let her know she had seen the dog advertised on the SPCA website and that there was a stray hold on the dog. She says she then contacted the North Peace SPCA to let them know she would be in the next day to pick up her dog.- Advertisement -Nicholson says when she went to the SPCA on the Saturday but her dog was not there and staff kept providing alternate explanations as to what had happened to the dog. She says they first told her the dog had been sent to a foster home, then that she had already been adopted, then told her the dog had had never been at the SPCA.After getting frustrated, she says she tried to involve the RCMP to help her retrieve her dog, but because the dog does not have a tattoo or microchip, she was told it would be difficult to prove conclusively that it was hers.When asked for a comment, the SPCA offered its own explanation. Although saying she would not comment on a specific case, North Peace SPCA Branch Manager Rosolynn Kalb says any dog that comes in as a stray is automatically examined for a tattoo, microchip or collar.Kalb says all animals are held for four days, after which time they become the property of the SPCA and are available for adoption. She also says if an animal has been legally adopted before the original owner comes forward to identify it, it is then up to the new owners to decide whether they are willing to give the animal back.Advertisementlast_img read more

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JUDGE DISMISSES PARKING CASE AGAINST WELL KNOWN LETTERKENNY TYRE COMPANY

first_imgA well-known Letterkenny tyre dealer has had a case of illegal parking struck out after it was revealed it did have a valid parking ticket.Letterkenny Town Council brought the case against Pearse Road Tyres.Judge Paul Kelly was told traffic wardens inspected a van belonging to the company on November 11th, 2011. There was no ticket on the van which was located close to Larkin’s Lane – the site of the company premises.Employee Ronan Gallagher told the court he had got a ticket but hadn’t put in on the van as another delivery truck was cuasing a huge backlog of traffic on the town’s Main Street.Mr Gallagher had presented the ticket to the local council but on appeal it was rejected.Solicitor for the accused Patsy Gallagher said he was annoyed and claimed he had not been told the council had the paid parking ticket.The court heard the reason it was rejected was because the ticket had not been displayed on the vehicle.However Judge Kelly dismissed the case saying he was satisfied the ticket had been paid.JUDGE DISMISSES PARKING CASE AGAINST WELL KNOWN LETTERKENNY TYRE COMPANY was last modified: November 6th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Judge Paul KellyletterkennyPearse Road Tyrestraffic wardenlast_img read more

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DONEGAL ATHLETES HONOURED AT NATIONAL AWARDS

first_imgDONEGAL athletes have been honoured at the National Athletics Awards in association with Woodie’s DIY and Tipperary Crystal which took on Saturday in the Clyde Court Hotel in Dublin.Mark English (Letterkenny AC) who had a remarkable 2012, a year in which he lowered the national junior 800m record to a blazing 1:45.77 and finished a brilliant fifth in a highly competitive World Junior Championship final. English was the worthy recipient of Junior Athlete of the Year.Teresa McDaid (Letterkenny AC) was the winner of the Coach of the Year. The Donegal coach has assembled an incredible squad of international class middle distance athletes including Mark English, Darren McBrearty and Ruairi Finnegan, whose talent she has nurtured. The Master of the Year award was presented to Ciaran O ‘Doherty (Letterkenny AC) after claiming the gold medal at the 2012 World Indoor Masters Championships in the 3,000m in Finland.Rob Heffernan (Togher AC) was named as the Athlete of the Year at the National Athletics Awards in association with Woodie’s DIY and Tipperary Crystal which took on Saturday 17th of November in the Clyde Court Hotel in Dublin 4.2012 was the year when Rob Heffernan quite literally had the Walk of his life. His fourth place finish in the 50k Walk at the London Olympic Games was the standout performance by an Irish athlete at major championships this season.On that occasion the Togher AC athlete carved his way through the field and came up one place short of what would have been a well deserved Olympic medal. In the process Heffernan destroyed his own national record with a time of 3:37.54. The 34-year-old remains on course to grab the major medal that now appears more probably than possible. Not Surprisingly Rob Heffernan was also awarded the Race Walker of the Year Award for 2012. Dundrum South Dublin (DSD) were the worthy recipients of the Performance Club of the Year Award. DSD is one of the powerhouses of Irish athletics and the Dublin 14 club enjoyed an exceptional run of success in cross country, road running and track competition over the past year. There was also the addition of the Development Club of the Year Award which went to Carlow club St Laurence O’Toole. The club caters for over 350 members ranging from a 120 strong Fit4Life group to young rising Irish Sprinter Marcus Lawler, who had a fabulous year setting new Irish youth records over 100m (10.72) and 200m (21.42).The Endurance Athlete Award went to Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) who struck gold at the European Cross Country Championships in Velenje last December. Britton was also the worthy winner of the Track and Field Athlete of the Year Award. She came agonizingly close to securing a bronze medal over 10,000m at the European Outdoor Championships in Helsinki, having to settle for fourth on that occasion. Britton went on to the London Olympics and placed 15th in the 10,000m and then returned a few days later to run a personal best of 15:12.97 in the heats of the 5,000m.Inspirational performance of the year went to Steven Colvert (Crusaders AC) for his outstanding 20.40 second performance over 200m in the heats of the National Senior Championships in Santry. Although the wind was just above the allowable limit on that occasion Colvert is an exciting prospect and looks set for a bright future in the sport.The Outstanding Official Award was presented to husband and wife Joe and Bernie Walsh of Fingallians AC who both embody the ethos of volunteerism, giving unselfishly their time and energies for the benefit of others. Joe and Bernie have been at the cutting edge of athletics in Ireland for a long time individually and as a couple.Padraig Griffin was named as the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Padraig played a very significant role in Irish Athletics for almost half a century. The award is a fitting recognition for all those years of service. Jason Smyth (City of Derry AC) and Michael McKillop (St Malachy’s AC) were worthy recipients of the Special Recognition Award. Both athletes dazzled at the Paralympics Games in London by winning double gold and setting two world records each.The Mountain Runner of the Year was awarded to Brian MacMahon (Clonliffe Harriers AC) who finished sixth at the World Mountain Running Long Distance Race in Switzerland.The Ultra Running Award was presented to Ruthann Sheahan (Athenry AC) for her fifth place performance at the World 24 hour Championships.The AVIVA Tailteann Schools’ Awards were awarded to Sarah Lavin of Castletroy College and Caimin Dunne of Belvedere College Among 27 national records set in track and field competition from junior to senior levels in 2012. The record breakers were honoured on the night for their outstanding achievements included Finn Valley pair Sarah Collins and Dempsey Mc Guigan.DONEGAL ATHLETES HONOURED AT NATIONAL AWARDS was last modified: November 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL ATHLETES HONOURED AT NATIONAL AWARDSlast_img read more

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Chris Coleman named new manager of Chinese Super League club

first_imgChris Coleman has been appointed the new manager of Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune.The Chinese club confirmed Coleman’s appointment on social media on Sunday, with the ex-Sunderland boss succeeding Manuel Pellegrini at the helm. 1 Pellegrini left China for West Ham, while Coleman was released from his Sunderland contract at the end of the season after the Black Cats dropped into League One.The club, who currently lie tenth in the Chinese Super League after eleven games, has players like ex-Barcelona and Liverpool man Javier Mascherano.The league’s mid-season break ends on 17 July.center_img Coleman guided Wales to the Euro 2016 semi-finals but has struggled for managerial success since last_img read more

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NEW GOVERNING BODY APPOINTED TO LETTERKENNY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

first_imgA new Governing Body has been appointed at LYIT for a five-year period until 2016. The Governing Body manages the affairs of the college and has the role of approving annual programmes and budgets.Its membership consists of the Chairman, President and 17 ordinary members as follows: LYIT Governing Body 2011 – 2016Front row from left: Anne Wilkinson, ICTU; Paul Hannigan, President; Henry McGarvey, Chairman; and Bernie Mulhern, Co Donegal VEC.Middle row from left: Cllr Michael Fleming, Co Sligo VEC; Dr Ann McDaid, Academic Staff Representative; Donal Buckley, BIM; Brian Campbell, Academic Staff Representative; and Deborah Nolan, Fáilte Ireland.Back row from left: Damian Brennan, Co Leitrim VEC; Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh, Co Donegal VEC; John Gillespie, Non-academic Staff Representative; Cllr Ian McGarvey, Co Donegal VEC; Philip O’Doherty, IBEC; and Donnchadh Ó Baoill, Údarás na Gaeltachta. Members not pictured: Anne Carrigy, An Bord Altranais; David Heraty, Student Representative; Mary Ann Kane, Co Donegal VEC; and Aoife Mangan, Student Representative.According to President Paul Hannigan, “I’d like to thank the previous Governing Body members for their diligence and valuable input during the last 5 years. I look forward to working with the new members of the Governing Body in continuing to make LYIT successful and relevant for the region and nationally.”NEW GOVERNING BODY APPOINTED TO LETTERKENNY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY was last modified: March 8th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LYIYPaul Hanniganlast_img read more

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Roberts begins his court career

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – John Roberts, who argued more than three dozen cases before the Supreme Court as an appellate court lawyer, got to see a new side on Monday. He took his seat – a leather chair, actually – as chief justice. On opening day of the court’s 2005-06 term, Roberts welcomed new lawyers to the Supreme Court bar and presided over arguments in two cases. He put on eyeglasses to read from the sheaf of papers in front of him, removed them to survey the packed courtroom and sipped from a silver cup. Crisp and businesslike, Roberts, 50, listened intently, at times with chin in hand. It was a younger and more robust version of his mentor, the late William H. Rehnquist, who died last month of cancer at age 80 after 33 years on the high court, including 19 as chief justice. But unlike his predecessor, who had adorned each sleeve of his robe with a set of four gold stripes after being inspired by a costume in a comic opera, Roberts wore a plain black judicial robe. Before taking his place in the chief justice’s center chair, Roberts was welcomed during a special sitting of the nine-member Supreme Court. Bush, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Solicitor General Paul Clement, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., and other senators, Roberts’ wife, Jane, also a lawyer, and the Roberts’ two children attended, among others. Gonzales, wearing a formal morning coat with tails, brought Roberts’ commission _ a poster-sized, ivory-colored document that Bush signed stating his intent to nominate Roberts to be chief justice. It was unrolled and read aloud before Justice John Paul Stevens, the most senior justice, administered the oath to Roberts in a repeat of his swearing-in at the White House last Thursday. Stevens, 85, then wished his much younger boss “a long and happy career in our common calling.” After the brief ceremony, the pair – in suits rather than their judicial robes – posed for pictures on the Supreme Court steps before Roberts motioned for his waiting family to join him. Four-year-old Jack, an active boy who manages to steal his father’s limelight when they appear together in public, gazed at the long flight of steps before him as if he wanted to make a run for them. His mother seemed to catch on and gripped his hand before letting him go to run, arms open wide, to Roberts, who scooped him up into a big hug. Roberts then hugged daughter Josie, 5, before exchanging a kiss with his wife and posing for news photographers. “We love you Judge Roberts. We are praying for you and your family,” shouted someone from the crowd that gathered in front of the court and had been singing until he appeared. About an hour later, Roberts took his seat on the court. His full head of dark brown hair stood out in contrast to the gray heads on either side of him – Stevens and the retiring Sandra Day O’Connor, 75.last_img read more

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Rare bloom’s perfume likened to body exhumed

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The specimen at the botanic garden, which began blooming early Sunday, is about 5 feet high. Now that it’s in bloom, the plant has also started emitting a smell that’s drawn comparisons to garbage, spoiled meat and rotting fish. But the plant’s stench is actually the key to its survival: carrion beetles and other pollinators in its native Sumatra are attracted to the smell, Kress said. “These beetles usually lay their eggs in rotting animals, so this plant pretends to be a dead animal,” he said. The smell also seems to be attracting visitors to the botanic garden. About 2,000 people had come to the garden to see the plant by Sunday afternoon, and at least 10,000 were expected by day’s end. Visitors are also interested in the plant because there are few chances to see one, Kress said. There are only about a dozen of the plants in the United States, he said. WASHINGTON – Its scent has drawn comparisons to garbage and spoiled meat, but that isn’t stopping crowds from flocking to see – and smell – an unusual plant in bloom at the U.S. Botanic Garden. The titan arum plant, nicknamed “corpse plant” for its rank smell, is attracting thousands of visitors during the day or two it remains in bloom. “It’s quite spectacular: the color and the form and the strong odor,” said John Kress, chairman of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History’s botany department, which owns the plant. “I think that’s what most people come to see. Or smell.” The long, conical bloom of the titan arum is believed to be the largest flower that doesn’t grow on a tree. It has been known to grow 12 feet high in its native habitat on the island of Sumatra. A typical titan arum plant only blooms about once every five years. The one at the U.S. Botanic Garden is blooming for the first time at age 14. Garden visitor Charles Miehm said he came to see the plant because it seemed like a rare opportunity. “It’s not as rancid as roadkill, but it’s got a pretty potent smell,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Infrastructure is key to Africa’s growth

first_img12 June 2015Infrastructure investment spending has quadrupled, exports have increased and Africa is receiving a growing share of foreign direct investment, according to President Jacob Zuma.“It is not surprising therefore that infrastructure development took centre stage at the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting in Cape Town on 3 to 5 June,” he said.“These positive trends come on the back of improved governance and a much sounder approach to macroeconomic management in our continent. We need to sustain these trends and deepen them,” Zuma said yesterday during the President’s Co-ordinating Council (PCC) meeting at Tuynhuys in Cape Town.At the meeting were premiers and local government representatives; it was held to discuss governance and how to improve the performance of government at all three levels.Infrastructure development work in all provinces and municipal metros is co- ordinated through the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Commission (PICC), led by the president. The president also chairs the Presidential Infrastructure Championing Initiative (PICI), a programme of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development. It reports to the agency’s Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee.North-South CorridorThe PICI aims to facilitate continuous dialogue and work to boost infrastructure development. South Africa was given the task of co-ordinating the North-South Corridor, focusing on road and rail. The initiative links heads of state and government to specific infrastructure corridors to ensure strategic political leadership in the championing of cross-border infrastructure projects.It is primarily tasked with bringing visibility to the infrastructure projects, facilitating the unblocking of bottlenecks and any political impasse, providing leadership in resource mobilisation and subsequently ensuring speedy implementation.“Infrastructure development is one of our key job drivers together with tourism, manufacturing, mining and beneficiation, the green and blue economies and agriculture,” Zuma said.“We are refurbishing and building new schools, clinics and hospitals; we are building three universities and 12 training and vocational education colleges; and we are constructing and improving rail, roads, ports, broadband, roads, dams and power stations.“What we are doing in the country dovetails with the continental infrastructure programme.”Catalyst for economic developmentRegional integration is the key and infrastructure development is a catalyst for economic development on the continent. Many of the regional economic communities have developed regional infrastructure plans to facilitate regional trade and investments. However, it is also important to invest in national infrastructure, in addition to regional infrastructure.These are projects that should ultimately unlock the economic potential of the continent and provide development opportunities for communities, cities and regions.The North-South Corridor championed by South Africa is a multimodal and multidimensional infrastructure corridor that includes road, rail, border posts, bridges, ports, energy and other related infrastructure. It passes through 12 countries – Tanzania, Congo, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.These projects form the nucleus of the implementation of the broader Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (Pida). Pida is a multi-sector programme covering transport, energy, transboundary water and telecommunications and ICT. It is dedicated to facilitating continental integration in Africa through improved regional infrastructure and is designed to support implementation of the African Union Abuja Treaty and the creation of the African economic Community.Pida is a joint initiative of the African Union Commission, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Planning and Co-ordination Agency and the African Development Bank.Progress has been made by the championing countries to bring these projects to a reality, which will be discussed at the 33rd Nepad Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee meeting tomorrow.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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