Rowley “cautiously optimistic” of hosting CPL 2020

first_imgCMC – Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley, said he was “cautiously optimistic” the entire six-week Caribbean Premier League could be staged here later this year but cautioned that the tournament would have to align with the country’s existing COVID-19 protocols, especially since it would involve “serious logistical arrangements”.Media reports here this week suggested CPL organisers were exploring the possibility of staging all 34 matches of the 2020 edition of the popular Twenty20 tournament between Queen’s Park Oval and the Brian Lara Stadium.Rowley said there had been no discussions with CPL officials as yet but once there was contact made, any planning to host the tournament would take place under guidance from the country’s Chief Medical Officer.“We don’t have a proper handle yet but we are cautiously optimistic if the CPL authorities would like to host the tournament in Trinidad,” Rowley said here Saturday.“We have heard from unofficial sources that they’re conversations that a tournament, all components of it, they’re looking to have it in Trinidad.“If that comes to us from official sources, we’ve cleared the pathway for that conversation and we would facilitate as we are able to, under the confines of the CMO’s guidance.“So we would be happy to host it within the confines of what we do here but they’re some serious logistical arrangements because we will want to preserve our environment and that tournament will involve a number of persons coming into Trinidad and Tobago.”He added: “A tournament in Trinidad and Tobago involving the teams of CPL with players coming from all over the world or all over the region, that creates a more complex arrangement because if they’re coming from areas where they’re problems and right now virtually everywhere in the world has problems.“We have to be careful … but we want to look at it (staging CPL) positively and we will. But as of now, we don’t have formal requests to do that.”The CPL is scheduled to be played from August 19 to September 26 across several Caribbean nations including Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad – which has hosted the final for the last three seasons.However, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic has put the tournament in danger, and organisers are desperately trying to find solutions to ensure it can go ahead as planned, despite the ongoing public health crisis.Trinidad was among the first Caribbean countries to close its borders to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and have managed to limit recorded infections to 116 along with eight deaths.Rowley warned, however, that with mandatory quarantine measures still in place for anyone entering the island, the tournament could face complications depending on when it was scheduled.“Now, if you’re coming into this country you have to go into quarantine. If the intention is to have the tournament during the time when coming in means going into quarantine, well then obviously we can’t do it,” Rowley pointed out.“But if the tournament is scheduled for a time when that mandatory quarantine is not on the table, then we can do it.”Security Minister Stuart Young added there were solutions to the challenge posed by quarantine.“It is not insurmountable. The CMO and myself have been working with some sectors … and once they satisfy us that outside of Trinidad and Tobago they’ve quarantined for the 14-day period and provide the test results … they’re ways. There’s flexibility and we’re always being guided by our public health experts.”Health Minister, Terrence Deyalsingh, said the proposed tour of England by West Indies in July would be used as a guide for authorities here.“We’ll be paying attention to the playing conditions being developed now,” he said.“This tour by the West Indies to England will give us a template to look at to see how we can manage the on-field application of cricket to CPL.”last_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Federer, Djokovic through after Opponents Quit

first_imgFormer champions Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic both reached the second round at Wimbledon without completing matches after their opponents retired.Third seed Federer led 6-3 3-0 when Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov quit with an ankle injury after 43 minutes.The Centre Court crowd had already seen second seed Djokovic progress after a calf injury saw Martin Klizan pull out at 6-2 2-0 down on 40 minutes.“You never like to end up a match this way,” said Djokovic.“I heard that Klizan had issues even before walking on the court. You could see he wasn’t moving. Once the ball was a couple of feet away from him, he let it go.” The Serb, 30, goes on to face Czech Adam Pavlasek in the second round on Thursday as he pursues a third Wimbledon title.Seven-time champion Federer took his first step towards an eighth victory at the All England Club, as he claimed a men’s record 85th win at the tournament.“I hoped Alex would feel better today but he’s had a rough time recently,” said the 35-year-old. “It’s great to get another win and feel healthy myself.”Klizan suffered a recurrence of a calf injury that forced him out of tournaments in Rome and Geneva in May, and a groan went around Centre Court when, less than an hour later, Dolgopolov also failed to complete two sets.The 15,000 spectators were at least cheered by the news that former world number one Caroline Wozniacki and Timea Babos would make a surprise appearance on Centre Court to bolster the schedule.Three-time champion John McEnroe said on BBC Sport: “I do think when you saw Klizan he clearly wasn’t ready or able to play from the very beginning.“They’ve got to figure out some kind of rule change where, I suggest, they give him half the first-round prize money and bring someone else in who is at least fit and can go out 110%.“It’s not a good look for our sport when you have to sit and watch that on Centre Court.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

USC to battle Oregon, Oregon State

first_imgAs a result of its current eight-match win streak, the USC women’s volleyball team has climbed to the top of the Pac-12 standings.After consecutive road trips, No. 3 USC (13-3, 8-1) returns home to the friendly confines of the Galen Center for two straight weekends.“It’s always better to be at home,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “But we can’t relax. It’s where you finish at the end of the conference schedule that’s most important.”Second-year standout · Sophomore libero Natalie Hagglund recorded a career-high 33 digs against Arizona State last weekend. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanFor the first time since 2002, USC didn’t play a single home match during the non-conference schedule, as it had to play six of its first nine conference matches on the road.Since they won all six road matches, the Women of Troy have given themselves the chance to defend their first-place Pac-12 standing where they want to — at home.“We’re taking care of business right now,” Haley said. “We just have to keep our intensity and stay together.”On Friday, USC will take on No. 16 Oregon, which was swept by California last weekend before falling in four sets to Stanford.“While they didn’t fare well this weekend, they are a very good team,” Haley said. “We know they can score, so we’re going to have to defend really well.”The Ducks (12-4, 5-3) feature  junior outside hitter Alaina Bergsma, who ranks second in the Pac-12 in kills per set (4.83 kps), and sophomore setter Lauren Plum, who ranks second in the Pac-12 with 11.70 assists per set.“[Plum] really throws it around in a fast system, and Bergsma has been unstoppable,” Haley said. “[Bergsma] is name of the game for them. If she can carry a heavy load, they can play really well.”Both USC and Oregon played Minnesota and Penn State to start their seasons in the AVCA Showcase, with varying results against both teams.USC beat Minnesota in five sets while losing to Penn State in five, and Oregon lost to Minnesota in five sets but beat Penn State in four.The Women of Troy have won their last five matches against Oregon, and haven’t lost to the Ducks at home since 1990.USC will then face Oregon State on Saturday night, in a match that could potentially be the squad’s 10th straight win.The Beavers (11-7, 3-5) have lost their last four matches, including consecutive four-set losses at home last weekend to Cal and Stanford.But the squad doesn’t have any jitters about playing on the road; it has a 4-2 record when it plays away from its home arena in Corvallis.“They’re flying under the radar, and playing better than people know,” Haley said. “They have a different system [than Oregon], it’ll be difficult to plan for them.”Oregon State’s offense has struggled this year, as the Beavers rank 10th in the Pac-12 in hitting percentage (.188), ninth in assists (11.23 aps) and ninth in kills (12.27 kps).But the Beavers have showed some fight on defense, as they are fourth in the Pac-12 in digs (15.49 digs per set), sixth in blocks (2.49 digs per set) and fifth in opponent hitting percentage (.174).“They’re a much improved, more athletic team [from last year],” Haley said. “They have some young players that are playing really well.”The Women of Troy have also won their last five matches against the Beavers, and haven’t fallen at home to them since 1996.Though USC has matched the 2003 national championship squad with seven consecutive conference wins, Haley thinks the team has to improve in fundamental areas to get to the level of that championship squad.“The difference between those two teams is that [the 2003 team] played really outstanding defense,” Haley said. “We’re not as good as that team yet, but we could be changing that by the end of the year.”Both matches against the Oregon teams start at 7 p.m. at the Galen Center.last_img read more

The League of Rockets – The 2017 RL World Cup

first_imgYou can play for something greater than yourself. That’s the call to arms of The League of Rockets’ World Cup trailer.This summer will see the first Rocket League World Cup with sixteen countries taking part. We spoke to the person behind The League of Rockets, which is working with Bad Panda and Youtuber JohnnyBoi_i, to produce and run the tournament. Check for the latest updates for the tournament here; it’ll be available to watch live on LoR’s Twitch channel and then afterward on Bad Panda. Esports Insider: Can you introduce us to your backstory and the formation of The League of Rockets?LoR: I’m not going to share too much about myself except that I have been creating videos for quite some time. It’s the foundation for how I approach most of what I do publicly and League of Rockets is no exception.Regarding League of Rockets, it began with one video on my YouTube channel called “Journey To Greatness – Intro”. I made that video after realising that Rocket League was a sport no different than any other major sport  with regards to the discipline of the mind.“It’ll be a competition which will mirror the format of the FIFA World Cup”Players who are at the top in this game are truly talented and I wanted to show that while also showing what it takes to get to that point. This game goes deep and if you want to be good at it, you have to put in the work.ESI: Tell us more about the format for the World Cup competition. Can you give us any dates?LoR: It’ll be a competition which will mirror the format of the FIFA World Cup. So we’ll have a group stage, with groups of four and sixteen nations in total, followed by single elimination finals.We will be announcing the dates shortly. The tournament is being funded by myself and Bad Panda, and the only monetisation of the tournament will be through the Youtube ads from the videos that emerge out of it. ESI: How were the sixteen nations chosen and, moreover, the players representing each?LoR: Back when I was working on Twelve Titans, I asked Johnny Boi for help because I was an outsider and felt he was a great voice in the community who was diligent in his knowledge of the scene as well as being a talented caster. This ended up being a great decision because, along with knowledge of the community, I found that Johnny also cared for the community in a way that a business cannot. This made working with him very easy and I am grateful for his help so far.That being said, we picked the countries based off their depth of qualified players and decided to include some “non-traditional” continents who had proven themselves. Once the countries were set, Johnny and I then decided on a captain of each country and let them choose their two teammates. We felt that artificially picking a whole team would be taking away a chance for the countries to truly represent themselves.ESI: You’ve been putting out some excellent and standout promotional videos and graphics – how key is it to use content to stand out with such a plethora of tournaments now in existence?LoR: Thank you. I only have two things in mind when I’m creating. To make something that I personally want to see and to make it well.If you make something that’s good, the rest will fall into place. If you make something that’s bad, then you will need to load up on sponsors, trends, gimmicks, and so on in order to find some temporary success. Over the years, video creation (and digital art in general) has become an increasingly accessible craft which means everyone is doing it.“Over the years, video creation (and digital art in general) has become an increasingly accessible craft which means everyone is doing it”While, there is nothing wrong with this, the examples we look to for inspiration are being replaced with mass-produced soulless creations which serve no one but their creators. This is true even in Hollywood now. Videos used to have powerful and enchanting qualities about them (and still do), but it’s harder to find them nowadays. I do my best to keep those inspirations in my head along with my own original thoughts and filter out all the rest. It’s the only way I’ll ever enjoy creating.Regarding the “plethora of tournaments” that come out these days, I think the most important thing to ask yourself is “why” when creating a tournament or anything for that matter. If the answer is money, the community will know. They may not know how to explain it but it’s the same way you know when you meet someone who is genuine towards you versus someone who is putting on a front. It might take some time to figure out, but people will lose interest in those looking to serve only themselves. If you can build yourself up as someone who is honest, passionate, and creates with integrity…then that’s the best way to start. You may not have top notch graphic, video or hardware at first but keep working hard and bring in talented people who can provide in the areas you are lacking because quality will matter. This will help things go the right way.ESI: What are your thoughts on British Esports Association’s recent event to promote esports at schools and provide coaching in Rocket League? Bad Panda are involved in coaching…would you like to see this replicated elsewhere?LoR: It’s interesting. I think on one hand it could provide a way for certain people to find community in their school and learn how to put their mind to something. Especially those who don’t have an interest in outdoor sports.On the other hand, video games have an inherent tendency to distract people (especially younger people) from life’s priorities and playtime can get out of hand. If you could sort out those who intend on treating esports with the respect and level-headedness that an athlete treats their sport, then I would consider it a good idea. Otherwise, I’m not sure I could give a clear answer.As for the coaching of course if we want to see improvement in RL as a whole, we should be seeing coaches activated all over the place.  This should already be a common practice in the pro scene, however, it is not even close to that. “A coach allows a player to focus on playing and not to worry too much about constantly re-evaluating the team as a whole”There is a reason major sports have coaches who earn a lot of money. Players can only be successful for so long without getting too introspective causing them to lose sight of the big picture.  A coach allows a player to focus on playing and not to worry too much about constantly re-evaluating the team as a whole. Without this added value, players resort to doing things like constantly changing their rosters, inexplicably collapsing mid season, falling off or becoming “washed up” after a few seasons, and so on. Coaches are there to prevent these things from happening and will dedicate their time to the long term improvement of a team. The only two concerns here are knowing how to find a good coach and knowing how to find a team that is mature enough to respect the inherent authority of a coach.For individuals looking to be coached, I think it is a great thing and you should take advantage of it if you are able. If you don’t have the time or don’t want to pay for repeat sessions, I think getting a replay analysed by an experienced player that is able to articulate their thoughts is just as good or even better.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Tuesday, August 23, 2016:•On August 22, 2016 at 8:00 a.m., Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1600 block N. Readus, Wellington.•9:58 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a lockset in the 200 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•11:57 a.m. Officers took a report of an animal complaint in the 1100 block N. Plum, Wellington.•12:35 p.m. Mason L. Eckerman, 20, Caldwell, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 59 mph in a 45 mph zone.•3:30 p.m. Alecia D. Mortimer, 26, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no proof of insurance and speeding 30 mph in a 20 mph school zone.•5:12 p.m. Officers assisted an outside agency in the 800 block E. 8th, Wellington.•5:28 p.m. Thomas G K Hendrix, 26, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for illegal/expired registration.•7:35 p.m. Officers investigated a reckless driving in the 1600 block N. A, Wellington by known suspect(s).•11:20 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary in the 1100 block N. B, Wellington.last_img read more

It’s done: Wade makes it official, signs with Cleveland

first_imgHe took a hard look at going back to Miami, listened to sales pitches from Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in Oklahoma City, even considered San Antonio and got a call from Golden State.But in the end, he wanted to play again with James — someone Wade calls his brother.“I definitely think I can help him in different ways,” Wade told the AP via phone as he sat in his new locker room. “He is, in today’s game, the greatest basketball player that we have. So he doesn’t need me to help him be great. But there’s other areas that I’ve been able to be there, to help him think about things a certain way. He knows I’m going to put the work in with him. He knows I’m going to be right there.”Earlier Wednesday, James said he feels like a little kid having Wade with him again.“Come on, man, this is like one of my best friends,” James said after the first of Cleveland’s two practices on the day — the second one set to be Wade’s first with the Cavs. “It’s kind of like when you start school and you walk into the classroom and you’re not quite sure who your classmates are and when you walk in there and one of your best friends is in there, you’re like: ‘Oh, yeah, this is going to be fun. It’s going to be a good class.’”ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Dec. 25, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade talk following an NBA basketball game in Miami. Wade is expected to sign Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, with the Cavaliers, reuniting the 12-time All-Star with James, a former Miami teammate and one of his best friends. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)The wake-up calls for Dwyane Wade were coming at 5:45 a.m. for much of the summer. An hour or so later, he and LeBron James would be in the gym together working on their games.And the chemistry was as good as ever.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees 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 MOST READ “When you play this sport, getting to those moments, getting to the Eastern Conference finals, the Finals, that’s when you feel alive,” Wade said. “And I haven’t felt that in a couple years. And I wanted to make sure I put myself in that position. If I don’t win one, my career path is not going to change, but damn it sure will feel great.” In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Ronaldo surprised by increasing criticism DAY6 is for everybody “He drives me to want to be better,” Wade said.They’ll be grinding together on a daily basis now.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWade signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday to reunite with James, with whom he went to four NBA Finals and won two championships in Miami. Wade’s deal was finalized quickly after he cleared waivers, which he had to do after getting a buyout from the Chicago Bulls over the weekend.“I’m all about the challenge,” Wade told The Associated Press. “If I didn’t want the challenge, I would have stayed in Chicago. But I wanted the challenge of being back on that big stage and playing in those moments and seeing what I’ve got. So I’m not going to talk about what I’ve got. I want to go out there and show, when the lights are the brightest and the games are the biggest, that’s when I’m alive. And I need that.” A good team, too.Wade and James spent four seasons together with the Heat, winning two championships and making the Finals four times as a duo as devastating as any in league history. They’ll now join forces on a Cleveland team that saw Kyrie Irving traded to Boston and the roster get remodeled by adding Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, former league MVP Derrick Rose and free agents Jeff Green and Jose Calderon.Wade has talked to coach Tyronn Lue about his role and seems assured that he’ll be in the mix for a starting job.“You want to earn your spot, but I definitely wanted to make sure it wasn’t something that was off the table,” Wade said. “I don’t want ever to be given anything in this league. I want to feel like I earned it. That’s kind of how you want it coming to a new team. … This is a deep team. That really excited me about the potential of this team and what you need to compete with a Golden State. You need a deep team to compete with them.”Wade has said many times that a fourth ring isn’t a make-or-break goal for him. His legacy is secure. He’s a certain Hall of Famer. He’s one of the best to ever play the game.That doesn’t mean another title is irrelevant, though. And he gave back about $8 million in the buyout with the Bulls to get this chance, after taking smaller-than-he-could-have-gotten deals in Miami multiple times to help the Heat and their championship quests.“I want to compete for it,” Wade said. “I’ve always said if I don’t win another one, it’s not going change the course of my career and what I’ve been able to accomplish. But as everyone knows, as has been very highly documented, some of it documented the wrong way, I’ve probably given back the most money of any player in NBA history. And it’s always been to be in position to compete for a championship.”The Cavaliers have been to the last three NBA Finals; add the Miami years in there, and James has been to the title round in seven consecutive seasons.Wade hasn’t played a June game since 2014.He’s hoping that changes in 2018. View commentslast_img read more

Ravena vows to be ‘more ready’ in Game 3

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I’ll be ready. I’ll be more ready on Wednesday. I can’t be playing like this, especially on a series where we know how important every game is in the semifinals,” he said.Also adding to his confidence is the presence of coach Yeng Guiao in crucial situations.“The numerous seven-game series that he’s won and lost, he knows how to control the minutes of his players. In this game, we just didn’t find any solution to Paul (Lee), and that’s tough that he shot 50 percent from the field the whole game,” he said.“We have to step it up. We’ll learn from this, rest, forget about this, and be ready on Wednesday.”.@ArangkadaNLEX’s @kieferravena talks about the team’s mindset after this Game 2 loss. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/GHGouGqSDoADVERTISEMENT Jalalon anchors Hotshots defense against Ravena Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano 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 MOST READ Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX super rookie Kiefer Ravena was man enough to tip his hat to Magnolia, especially with its defensive adjustments in Game 2 on Monday.“We have to give credit also to the defense,” Ravena said in the Road Warriors’ 84-99 defeat to the Hotshots in Game 2.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Ravena dealt with the pesky defense of Jio Jalalon and was limited to nine points, seven assists, and three rebounds against five turnovers in 21 minutes of action.“The familiarity of him being since college, that’s one of our perks playing alongside each other with Gilas. The battles we played internationally and the practices we’ve had together, you will always learn something when it comes to the tendencies of one person,” he said. “With Jio, maybe he really took the job to defend me because he knows me too well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkREAD: Jalalon anchors Magnolia defense against RavenaRavena vowed to bounce back from this forgettable performance as he promised to be better equipped to handle the Magnolia defense for the all-important Game 3. LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 12, 2018 View commentslast_img read more

US figure skater Mariah Bell probed for reportedly injuring South Korean rival

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history The officials refused to speculate what action, if any, the International Skating Union (ISU) might take, admitting it was “difficult to prove” intent on Bell’s part.“At this stage we can’t conclude Bell caused the injury on purpose,” a Korea Skating Union official said, adding that Lim’s parents also brought the clash to the body’s attention.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It is hard to tell just by watching the video footage of the incident.”The 16-year-old Lim, skating in her first senior world championships, was patched up before scoring a personal-best 72.91 points to place fifth in the short skate at Saitama, just ahead of Bell. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption 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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Justin Melton gets it done for Magnolia on both ends in crucial win Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “The problem with Mariah Bell was that she was skating too close to the edge and her blade stabbed into Eunsoo’s leg,” tweeted one fan.“Putting all bullying rumors aside, shouldn’t she have apologized?”The glitzy world of figure skating is more commonly associated with frilly skirts and hairspray but is no stranger to controversy, most notably when American Tonya Harding’s ex-husband and bodyguard arranged an attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan in the run-up to the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics.Plenty of skating fans came out in support of Bell, while others called for calm.“First of all people need to CALM DOWN and analyze,” suggested one Twitter user.“Why would a veteran skater like Bell injure someone during a PUBLIC PRACTICE in front of hundreds of fans? None of the fans, who were taking notes, said ANYTHING about a collision.”Olympic champion Alina Zagitova leads the standings heading into Friday’s free skate at the world championships in Saitama.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next From L-R – Figure skaers Mariah Bell and Lim Eun-soo. Photo from AFPFigure skating’s ruling body is set to investigate claims America’s Mariah Bell deliberately injured South Korean rival Lim Eun-soo during a warm-up at the world championships in Japan.Korean officials told AFP on Thursday that they had lodged a formal complaint following the incident, in which Lim’s management agency alleged Bell kicked their skater, causing a cut to her leg, while limbering up for the women’s short programme on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ As social media lit up in South Korea in condemnation of Bell, 22, the ISU was set to meet later Thursday to discuss the claims, said media and communications manager Selina Vanier.American skate officials were not immediately available for comment.Lim’s All That Sports agency said there was reason to believe Bell’s act was deliberate, claiming Lim was skating close to the rink wall away from her rivals and the American collided with her from behind.Lim and Bell both train under coach Rafael Arutyunyan and the Korean skater’s management also alleged Bell had been “bullying Lim for months” leading up to the world championships, according to local media.The management company also claimed Bell failed to apologize after the incident, a point many on social media jumped on.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

ECOWAS Ambassador Wants Experience Sharing

first_img– Advertisement –  To avoid proliferation of small armsThe Ambassador of the Economic Community of West Africa, Tunde Ajisomo, has called on stakeholders within the Mano River basin as well as the ECOWAS to share experiences in combating the proliferation of small arms.Small arms are any weapons that are illegally in the possession of a citizen for hunting and other reasons, according to the UNDP country director Pa Lamin Beyai. He added that it includes single barrel guns and any other weapon illegally carried by civilians or citizens.Speaking at the one-day stakeholders’ meeting organized by the Liberian National Commission of Small Arms (LINCSA) in Ganta, Nimba County recently, Amb. Ajisomo said sharing experiences to fight or curtail the proliferation of small arms is the best way.He said it is not easy to locate small arms because those in possession are not willing to leave the arms, but urged stakeholders to design an idea that can make the carriers to stop carrying arms. “Develop an idea by providing scholarships for the children who are in possession of the arms,” he added. Amb. Ajisomo noted that if money is used to retrieve the small arms, the carriers and the manufacturers will demand more and there will be more small arms.The Ambassador urged Liberians not to carry small arms during the election period, saying that “small arms are not for ballot papers.” He said the rules of election should be respected by everyone and should not be used for violence or carrying small arms.The one-day stakeholders meeting involved superintendents from Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Maryland, and Lofa counties, and representatives of other counties, including Gbarpulu, Cape Mount. The authorities of Nimba County were not present, although they were supposed to be part of the meeting, according to LINCSA.The heads of the Guinea Small Arms Commission and his Ivoirian counterpart attended the meeting and shared their experiences in collecting small arms within their respective countries. They expressed great successes in the pilot phase of their small arms control programs.The ECOWAS – EU Small Arms and Light Weapons Project is a regional initiative by ECOWAS and funded by the EU in a pilot weapon collection development, which is commonly known as “Arms for Development”.  The project is conducted within the broader context of disarmament and community development, or what is known as “weapons for development” in two clusters covering six countries in the Sahel.  They are Niger, Mali and Northern Nigeria, Mano River Union, including East of Liberia, Guinea Forestiere and North East of Sierra Leone.The Liberia component of the project is being implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in collaboration with the Liberia National Commission on Small Arms in selected communities in Grand Gedeh, River Gee, and Maryland counties.The project has four outputs which seek to create and enhance community awareness of the dangers associated with the illicit proliferation of small arms and armed violence as well as strengthening the capacity of security institutions and communities to enhance safety. Most importantly, it seeks to encourage voluntary weapon surrender/collection in return for community based development projects. The second phase of the program will include Nimba, Lofa, Gbarpolu and Cape Mount counties, according to Mr. James Fromoyar, head of the LINCSA.The Superintendent of Grand Gedeh, Mr. George Solo, on behalf of the superintendents of the pilot phase counties, reaffirmed their commitment to fully cooperate with the small arms program, but cautioned LINCSA to empower them in order for them to engage community leaders through palaver hut discussions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Amb. Tunde Ajisomo speaking at the programlast_img read more

Getaway car driver remanded

first_imgECD robberyTwenty-eight-year-old Travis John of South Ruimveldt Georgetown, alleged driver of the getaway car used in the July 17th East Coast Demerara robbery in which a man who had just withdrawn money from a bank had been pounced upon and robbed of some $1.7 million, was on Friday arraigned before the Mahaica magistrate on a charge of robbery.He denied the allegation that he, along with others, had been involved in theThe getaway car at Mahaica Police Stationrobbery.Guyana Times had previously reported that, moments after the ECD resident had arrived home after withdrawing the cash, he was pounced upon and robbed.The three gunmen had reportedly pulled up in a Spacio motor car and relieved the victim of his cash; but the Police were promptly contacted, and the getaway car was seen on the Mahaica Railway Embankment with one of the perpetrators attempting to change a fake licence plate which had been used during commission of the robbery.This alleged perpetrator was apprehended, and the Police are said to be still on the hunt for the other two gunmen. The stolen cash was not recovered.John has been remanded, and will return to court on August 3.last_img read more