SBP urges Fiba probe on removal of stickers from Philippine Arena court

first_imgSEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio 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 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In a press release, the SBP said concerns over their players’ safety prompted the Australian national team to rip off the decals during its closed door practice on Sunday afternoon.The Australians have apologized for their actions and are expected to make a statement regarding the issue Monday night.However, the removal of stickers without notifying Fiba or the SBP also damaged parts of the floor that has owners and operators of the arena is looking at the possibility of filing “criminal action of malicious damage to property through pre-meditation and in conspiracy with each other.”The SBP is still awaiting Fiba’s response to the incident. Batang Gilas struggles in 2nd half, loses big to France A screenshot of a video footage posted by SBP chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan shows members of the Australian team removing stickers on the court of the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas urged Fiba to look into the incident where members of the Australian national team stripped off Fiba-approved stickers on the parquet floor of the Philippine Arena.Through its legal counsel Atty. Aga Francisco, the SBP called on Fiba to probe into the matter during a technical meeting on Monday ahead of Gilas Pilipinas’ showdown with Australia.The SBP described the act of removing the stickers as “unilateral and uncalled for.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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’center_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Aussie team ripping our/Fiba logos on the court of Phil Arena w/o asking permission. We will not back down. Those stickers go in. Regardless. pic.twitter.com/LMwyiBNtG4— Manny V. Pangilinan (@iamMVP) July 1, 2018FEATURED 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 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In a video footage tweeted by SBP chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan late Sunday night, members of the Aussie team were seen removing logos on the court. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial View comments MOST READlast_img read more

Folayang, Pacio, Catalan added to ONE Manila card

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil FILE PHOTO – ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEduard Folayang is set to make his fighting return in the Philippines since losing his title to Martin Nguyen in November 2017.The former ONE lightweight World champion will face undefeated Aziz Pahrudinov (20-0) in the ONE: Reign of Kings card on July 27 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Rene Catalan (4-2) of Catalan Fighting System will try to extend his four-fight winning streak as he goes up against Indonesia’s Stefer Rahardian (8-0) in their strawweight bout.Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Renzo Gracie (13-7), a member of the iconic Gracie family, will finish his MMA career in Manila as he battles Yuki Kondo (60-34) of Japan.And if Gracie will have his swan song in Manila, Thai superstar Shannon Wiratchai (9-2) will make his first visit in the Philippine capital when he takes on Japanese icon Shinya Aoki (40-8).Italian kickboxing star Armen Petrosyan, who was once crowned as the World Muay Thai Association World super welterweight champion, will make his ONE Super Series debut against Democratic Republic of Congo’s Chris Ngimbi, the World Kickboxing Association Muay Thai World champion.Ngimbi and Petrosyan have some shared history with the Congolese having fought the Italian’s brother Giorgio twice in 2017 and 2008.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Cyprus’ Panicos Yusuf, a two-time Muay Thai World Champion, will go up against China’s Han Zi Hao, a Top King Muay Thai World Champion, in the ONE Super Series for Muay Thai.The United States’ Garry Tonon (1-0) will look to build momentum in his young MMA career as he faces India’s Rahul Raju in the lightweight division.Cambodia’s Sor Rey (4-2) will take on China’s Xie Bin (4-2) in the card’s opening fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding James Yap says Ginebra fun to beat: ‘So many people will hate you’ Folayang (19-6) was on a four-fight winning streak before he lost to Nguyen on Nov. 10, 2017 via knockout but he has since bounced back with a dominant unanimous decision win over Kharun Atlangeriev.Kevin Belingon, Folayang’s stable mate at Team Lakay, will headline the card as he faces featherweight and lightweight champion Nguyen for the ONE interim bantamweight belt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Joshua Pacio, another member of Team Lakay, will also feature in the card as he goes up against Pongsiri Mitsatit of Thailand in a strawweight bout.With two straight wins under his belt, Pacio (11-2) will go up against the undefeated Mitsatit who holds a 9-0 record. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Nothing for women in Budget 2018 – Opposition

first_imgWhile women make up 30 per cent of the Guyanese workforce and make significant contributions to society, there is not a single policy initiative that has been included in Budget 2018 that caters for their needs, future development and advancement on a personal or professional level.PPP/C Members of Parliament, Pauline Sukhai, Clement Rohee, Gail Teixeira, Juan Edghill and Dr Vindhya Persaud during Wednesday’s press conferenceThis is the view expressed by Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) and Shadow Social Protection Minister, Dr Vindhya Persaud, who expressed grave disappointment in Government for totally “sidelining” women in its financial plans, something she said has happened before.But the MP told the media on Wednesday during a People’s Progressive Party (PPP) press conference that this move also extended to various other groups, especially those vulnerable in society, including the differently abled, the elderly and children.“This budget leaves much to be desired when it comes to having a meaningful impact on any one group of people…In fact, in 26,000 words in the Budget and not one paragraph was dedicated to issues affecting women. I think when women continue to be sidelined, it is not conducive to sustainable economic development and progress,” she stated.Dr Persaud noted that women have been facing serious challenges especially when it came to literacy, employment, abuse, harassment and rape, and none of these issues were dealt with in the Budget speech delivered in the National Assembly on Monday by Finance Minister Winston Jordan.“In fact, when looking through the budget speech, one would be likely to think that women’s welfare is hunky-dory. It is not! If we look at both the rural and urban areas in this country, some women are not employed in any meaningful way in this country,” she added.The Opposition MP also highlighted the fact that there have been no new initiatives to help women get jobs, or to help with the development of women in a tangible way. In cases where women have made strides professionally and academically, some are still denied meaningful job opportunities, she said.Meagre pension increaseDr Persaud also raised concerns over the meagre increase of the Old Age Pension by $500 and the fact that Government has proposed having the pensions paid through electronic mobile money.“For that to even happen, the elderly person needs to buy a phone. Five hundred dollars adding on to your pension obviously can’t buy a phone. So, where is the benefit to the elderly people? There is no subvention on electricity, none on water and they still have to pay everything else like everyone else, and they still have to deal with VAT. And now you’re telling them to buy a phone and that’s how you’re helping them to get their pension?”She said that move could only be best described as a slap in the face of the elderly people and it showed no compassion and care for this group of people.The PPP/Civic MP also pointed out that while the elderly received a meagre increase on their pensions, Government continued to put large sums towards the hosting of events.She also stated that Budget 2018 did not cater properly for people living with disabilities and those in need of public assistance.Budget 2018 contained very few benefits, one of which was the increase in public assistance to $8000, which represents an increase of approximately 36 per cent over the period of two and a half years.Teachers who work in interior locations will also benefit from the new measures to be implemented for Budget 2018, including an 80 per cent increase in remote area incentives.In an effort to move and retain teachers in far-flung areas of Guyana, the Finance Minister said the remote area incentive would be increased from $5000 to $7000 and from $9000 to $12,000.Meanwhile, companies and individuals will be granted amnesty to file outstanding tax returns and pay outstanding taxes in 2018.last_img read more

Teachers in Guyana feel “unappreciated”

first_imgAt a time when teachers in Guyana are crying for their present remuneration to be improved, World Teachers Day was observed on Friday with most teachers complaining of feeling “unappreciated”.Nonetheless, in Guyana thousands of the teachers were reportedly honoured as they joined the rest of the world in celebrating the day, which was held under the theme “the right to education means the right to a qualified teacher”.Teachers at various schools were presented with small tokens and cards by students and parents for the meaningful and continuous labour of love and dedication they offer.Education Minister Nicolette Henry, in her prepared message to teachers, said, “being a teacher is one of the noblest professions, and through the teacher’s commitment and dedication, that human resource: past, present and those to come, can stand as independent thinkers and positive contributors to Guyana and the world at large”.Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson said in his message, “Teachers make a difference in the lives of our children, and they are at the heart of the action.“Even though teachers are still concerned that they are still not receiving their respective amount of money, they still continue to give their maximum effort.World Teachers Day in Guyana is observed at a time where thousands of teachers are again expected to take to the streets as they continuously battle for increased salaries and better working conditions, as the saga between the Education Ministry in Guyana and the Teachers Union continues.Efforts made to contact the Union on the matter went unanswered.The Guyana Times spoke with a few teachers, who expressed that they were happy to be in the profession, although they feel unappreciated, especially on a day set aside for them.last_img read more

“E-agriculture” takes priority at ICT roadshow

first_imgThe Information Communications Technology (ICT) roadshow, which will be held next week, will see residents in Berbice being educated on the benefits of e-agriculture which includes the use of drones in farming practices.This was relayed by Advisor to the Public Telecommunications Ministry, Lance Hinds, who reminded media personnel on Wednesday that the world was moving away from manual labour in farming and e-agriculture was gaining more traction.He explained that participants, particularly in rural Berbice, would be exposed to the functionalities of ‘farm bots’ which plant and monitor crops in addition to other technologies that check for weeds without manual labour.“The idea is to see how the tools would be able to help you to plant, cultivate orPublic Telecommunications Ministry Advisor Lance Hindsgrow [crops] faster,” Hinds said.He also stated that since drones were becoming more popular, their use in the emerging sector would be showcased during next week’s ICT roadshow, which runs from July 9-14.Hinds further disclosed that the roadshow would have presentations, workshops, and discussions on dealing with how communications technology impacted the various sectors.He reasons that adapting to these latest models of cultivation techniques would make farms operate with more efficiency and would enable farmers to get higher earnings from their produce.“If you’re looking at your rice fields, you can use drones instead of walking along the dams to see if there are any issues you should be looking at like disease or flooding,” he stressed.Guyana Times understands that there will be an app available for soil moisture measurement, which is currently done by hand. This too, it was explained, will lead to greater efficiency in farm practices.The roadshow will first be taken to the Arthur Chung Conference Centre in Georgetown, with other outreaches in Berbice and Annai, Region Nine.The six-day event hopes to stimulate discussion and awareness of not only ICT inA farm botgeneral, but also how communities can benefit from new technologies.The event, formalised out of a collaborative effort between the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) and the Public Telecommunications Ministry, seeks to bring more awareness on the benefits of the growing sector.Principal sponsor of the event and major mobile phone giant, Digicel Guyana says that its support is rooted in ensuring countries in the Caribbean fully capitalise on the ‘knowledge economy’”While declining to disclose how much funding it allocated, the company’s head of business sales, Nalini Vieira told the media that Digicel would continue to push for innovation.It is expected that President David Granger will give the feature address at the opening ceremony which will include over 20 delegates from various countries in the Caribbean.There will be days set aside for youth in ICT and discussions on using technology in daily life. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Peace at Drought Level Two

first_imgEnvironment Minister Barry Penner says below average snowpacks across British Columbia indicate significant potential, for low stream flows, and water-supply shortages, to develop this summer. As a result, Mr. Penner says the B.C. government is developing a 2010 Drought Response Plan to guide government actions.Given the current low snowpack conditions, notice of potential drought is included, in a bulletin issued today, although it says, should wet weather materialize in May and June, it could reduce the risk. – Advertisement -Conditions as of May first indicate a likelihood, of well below normal runoff during the next two months in a number of large rivers, including the Peace.Water levels on these rivers began to rise in late April, and they’re expected to peak by late this month or early June. The Peace is included among the regions currently classified at Drought Level 2 (dry conditions) and there are early indications of potential low stream flow, and summer water supply shortages. Advertisementlast_img read more

Prism To Headline Saturday At Big Bam June Jam

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – This weekend will see artists from across the Peace, and further abroad descending upon the Big Bam ski hill for the 2nd Annual June Jam.Compared to the first June Jam held last year, event founder and organiser Art Waite says that this year’s festival is set to be at least twice as big as last year’s inaugural event. Waite says that 16 acts have been booked to play on two stages at the festival grounds, with Punch Drunk Cabaret and the Johnny McCuaig Band headlining on Friday night, and Prism on Satuday. Wait says that the addition of children’s activities, a large slip’n’slide, along with both the Vertical Jam and Giv’r To The Riv’r mountain bike races will make for an action-packed weekend.Tickets for the June Jam are still on sale at Home Hardware in Fort St. John until the gates open on Friday afternoon at 4:00 PM, or at the ski hill all day Saturday. Tickets are $60.00 each, or two for $100. Accomodations can be booked at Peace Island Park campground, and parking is available at the Big Bam Hill chain-up area.- Advertisement -Waite says that a free shuttle to the show from Diversified Transport will also be in operation from 4:00 PM until 2:00 AM on Friday, and from 11:00 AM to 2:00 AM Saturday. The shuttle leaves from the Safeway parking lot.last_img read more

Real Madrid shocked by CSKA Moscow in Champions League

first_img0Shares0000On-loan Croatian striker Nikola Vlasic (C) gave CSKA a famous win© AFP Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOU, Russia, Oct 3 – Toni Kroos’ mistake proved costly as Real Madrid’s goalscoring problems continued on Tuesday with a surprise 1-0 defeat to CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos were among a number of key players missing at the Luzhniki Stadium but it was Kroos’ dreadful backpass that allowed Nikola Vlasic, on loan from Everton, to put CSKA ahead after just 68 seconds. Madrid searched for an equaliser but, despite hitting the woodwork three times, were resisted by a determined CSKA defence. The reigning European champions have now failed to score in three consecutive matches.CSKA’s veteran goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was sent off deep into added time after picking up two yellow cards for dissent but nothing could spoil the hosts’ victory.They climb above Madrid in Group G, with Julen Lopetegui’s side lacking spark, thrust and cutting edge in attack. They missed Bale, Isco and, perhaps even, the lethal touch of Cristiano Ronaldo.Bale and Ramos were both left at home to rest by Lopetegui while Isco and Marcelo are recovering from an appendix operation and calf injury respectively. Luka Modric started on the bench.The absence of the established names meant a youthful line-up which included a debut for left-back Sergio Reguilon, the 21-year-old who has been with the club’s academy since the age of eight.Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio both started too while summer signing Alvaro Odriozola came on in the second half for his Champions League debut. All three are 22.Lucas Vazquez, reduced to a fringe player so far under Lopetegui, was given a rare outing while Keylor Navas came in for Thibaut Courtois in goal to continue the policy of one in La Liga and the other in Europe.Madrid were three down by half-time against Sevilla last week and this time they were behind within two minutes.It was entirely self-inflicted as Kroos tried to half-volley a bouncing ball back to Navas but Vlasic read it and intercepted. Raphael Varane was slow to react and the weaving forward finished into the corner.Madrid hardly troubled CSKA during the first half even if Casemiro’s long-range shot clipped the outside of the post and Karim Benzema’s header plopped off the top of the crossbar.Mariano Diaz and Modric finally came on for Casemiro and Vazquez shortly before the hour but even FIFA’s best player in the world was unable to engineer any penetration through midfield.The hapless Karim Benzema dragged a shot on the turn and Ceballos had a deflected effort pushed wide by Akinfeev, who was shown a red card for dissent in the dying moments.Mariano headed Ceballos’ cross onto the post for one final chance but Madrid could hardly complain.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Clarifications and corrections made to renderings for 100 Street Charrette

first_imgCity planners will now make the necessary changes and will be discussed at the next Council meeting on November 25.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a City of Fort St. John Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, Council was presented with clarification and corrections to the renderings that were featured in the 100 Street Charrette final report. The clarity and corrections presented to Council, by General Manager of Integrated Services, Victor Shopland, mainly focused on turning lanes, placement of trees, and parking spaces. The Shell Fuel Station at 96 Avenue showed, in the rendering, that trees would be blocking the driveways. Source City of Fort St. John As for parking spaces, Council decided that they would like to see them maintained with five between 96 and 98A Avenues and three at 103 Avenue.center_img Source City of Fort St. John For turning lanes, some intersections were shown not to include right-hand turning lanes at 98 and 104 Avenues. – Advertisement -Also in some of the renderings, particularly near 96 Avenue, a couple of driveways to businesses were blocked by trees, something that would not be part of the official plan.last_img read more

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS: HOW TO CHECK WHEN THEY’LL BE BACK

first_imgTHE has been no repeat of the spectacular Northern Lights display over Donegal tonight.Readers have been asking how they can track their return.One of the best websites is here: http://www.softservenews.com/Aurora.htm THE NORTHERN LIGHTS: HOW TO CHECK WHEN THEY’LL BE BACK was last modified: March 2nd, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img