10 Gilas players, 2 coaches suspended by Fiba for brawl; SBP gets hefty fine

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Basketball Australia, the country’s governing body, has to cough up CHF 100,000 (P5,349,200) “for the unsportsmanlike behavior of its players and for abusing and/or tampering of equipment, after having removed floor stickers from the court on the eve of the game.”READ: Gilas players say sorry for failing to keep emotions inThe bans only apply to the games in the Fiba World Cup 2019 Qualifiers and don’t extend to the PBA and the NBL, the national league in Australia.The referees who worked game did not escape Fiba’s punishment. They were removed from the FIBA Elite Program and have been banned from participating in any Fiba-sanctioned international competitions for one year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Cone, Ginebra expect Rain or Shine to ‘come out with great force’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ten players and two coaches from Gilas Pilipinas have been suspended by Fiba for their role in the brawl between the Philippines and Australia during the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers last July 2 at Philippine Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? SEA 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 gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone02:14Carpio 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Calvin Abueva received the heftiest sanction of all as he is banned for six games with Fiba factoring in “prior behavior  in a Fiba competition,” while Roger Pogoy, Carl Cruz, and Jio Jalalon were slapped with five-game bans.Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro William, Andray Blatche and Jeth Troy Rosario were handed three-game suspensions while Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright got one game each.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’In this July 2, 2018, file photo, Philippines’ Jason William (7) jumps to hit Australia’s Daniel Kickert, center left, as others rush to break a brawl during the FIBA World Cup qualifying basketball game at the Philippine Arena in suburban Bocaue township, Bulacan province, north of Manila, Philippines. Kickert was given a five-match ban for unsportsmanlike behavior by international body FIBA on Thursday, July 19, 2018, for his part in a brawl during an Asian qualifier against the Philippines for the 2019 World Cup. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)READ: Fans divided over Gilas-Australia brawlAssistant Coach Joseph Uichico, meanwhile, is suspended for three games while Chot Reyes is out for one game and fined CHF 10,000 (P534,834) for “inciting unsportsmanlike behavior.” Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas also has to pay a whopping CHF 250,000 (P13,373,002) disciplinary fine for “the unsportsmanlike behavior of its delegation members and of its public, as well as for insufficient organization of the game.”As part of the sanction, Gilas Pilipinas’ next home game must be played behind closed doors and two more home games have been placed under a three-year probationary period.READ: Gilas runs out of players, loses to Australia in ugly, bizzare gameThe world governing body announced its decision on Thursday following a thorough review of the ugly incident.Meanwhile, Australia’s Daniel Kickert is banned for five games, Thon Maker three and Chris Goulding one for “inciting unsportsmanlike behavior.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio nameslast_img read more

With sights set on Tokyo 2020, PH skateboarding holds regional qualifiers

first_imgMOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:30Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gold medallist Margielyn Didal. AFP FILE PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—The Philippines isn’t just looking at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, which the country will host, it’s setting its sights on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines Inc., and Go for Gold have partnered up to find the best skateboarders that will represent the Philippines in the 2019 SEA Games and, if possible, in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES PBA: Pogoy, TNT remain in sharp form, crush Alaska Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Monty Mendigora, the president of the Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines, announced on Wednesday that the start of the regional championships would start with the Luzon leg on March 23-24 at Robinsons Mall in Novaliches.Skateboarding chief Monty Mendigoria (right) presents a limited edition skateboard to sports patron and Go For Gold Philippines head Jeremy Go. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO“We will look for the best skaters in the regionals,” said Mendigora. “The top three participants from the regionals will get a chance to prove their worth in the national SEA Games qualifying championship.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Visayas leg would be held in Cebu on April 6-7 while the Mindanao leg is set in General Santos on May 25-26.The top three skaters from the three regional legs will then compete in the National SEA Games qualifier in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on Aug. 24-25. The Visayas leg, though, is the highlight of the qualifiers with 2018 Asian Games gold medalist Margielyn Didal expected to appear on the competition.“We feel that Margie and the skateboarding team will become our bright lights in the 2020 Olympics, and hopefully they can bring home our first Olympic gold medal,” said Go for Gold godfather Jeremy Go.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Health Crisis Forces Senatorial Election Postponement

first_imgThe health crisis in the country, caused by the Ebola virus disease, has forced the National Elections Commission (NEC) to recommend the postponement of the ensuing Special Senatorial Election.NEC is due to hold elections to replace or reelect 15 Senators that are within the first category of senators during the 2011 elections.Constitutionally, the electoral body is to conduct polling on the second Tuesday of October of this year, but the fear of the “deadly Ebola virus” constrains the Commission to consider requesting a deferment.In a meeting with aspirants Wednesday, NEC Chairman Jerome G. Korkoya said “The health emergency in Liberia may affect the conduct of free, fair, transparent and credible election on October 14, 2014.Chairman Korkoya said the Commission’s recommendation is also based on the fact that the Ebola outbreak would hinder the smooth conduct of campaign activities by candidates who are desirous of contesting the October 14, 2014 Special Senatorial Election.According to the chairman, the campaign period for the up-coming election is scheduled to commence on August 12; but the NEC is considering a call-off due to the national health crisis.“We want to make this clear that with the current health crisis in the country, NEC will not conduct a free, fair and creditable election for the people, so, we are contemplating on conducting the election by December,” Mr. Kokoya said.NEC does not have the power to suspend a constitutional process, Cllr. Korkoya said, “but the Commission would face problems in the process if continue, including training of over 25,000 polling staff to assist the conduct of election.”Taking the views of the aspirants, including current senators of the 53rd Legislature, many of them agreed with the idea of NEC but called on the NEC to use the Supreme Court of Liberia and advice from the health authority before any decision.According to Bong County’s Senator, Jewel Howard Taylor, it is important for the country to focus on combating the deadly Ebola virus and not campaigning amongst people who are dying from the epidemic.She further disclosed that the idea by NEC to suspend the October election was in right direction, as the election is not an event but a process especially the issue of training people to control election materials. “I don’t want to become a senator when my people are dying from a deadly disease,    were we continue to have new cases from other counties on a daily basis,” the senator asserted.One of the newly contestant of Montserrado County, Miatta Fahnbulleh, said, “We all want to be senators but not a dead one.  Our people are dying from the deadly Ebola virus. How are we going to the electorate with our promises if they are dying?” According to her, the international community,  including other partners, will not take Liberians seriously if Liberians will go to election with the national health crisis in the country.Maryland County’s senator  Bhofal Chamber said based on the situation in the country, it is reasonable to have this change carried out.“Who do we have election for if our people are dying from the virus; we want to ask for humanitarian assistance to be extended to other counties.”The lawmaker said  Government needed to have a decent burial for those who are dying from the virus, rather than have them cremated. “I cannot imagine, that, because it is against our culture.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

1,900 Beach Workers Frustrated

first_imgAt least, the nearly 1,900 workers of the Beach and Waterways Project saw their expectation shattered after President Sirleaf’s one-week’s appeal to settle some of their four-month arrears failed to materialize.And the only word fit to describe the workers’ disappointment is: frustration.“I cannot believe that four months will go by and we are yet to receive any pay,” a 45-year-old mother told the Daily Observer during a follow-up visit to West Point Beach last Saturday.The woman, who had worked on the project for the last five years, added, “The letter from the President made us to feel that at long last all would be fine,” which did not happen.During a tour of the beaches that are included in the Waterways Project, the Daily Observer encountered workers who were so worried about their future.At the New Kru Town Beach, the workers told the this paper that since President Sirleaf’s letter assuring them of paying some of their arrears has not materialized, “We don’t know what to do.”The minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Edward B. McClain, Jr., in a letter dated April 23, 2014, appealed to the workers to “be a little bit more patient and give us a week…to make settlement of a portion of the arrears.”“It is a little over a week, and we have not heard any information from the president’s office. This is very troubling,” the workers’ spokesman said.  A presidential source told the Daily Observer Monday that President Sirleaf is concerned about the arrears’ payment. As such, she was reportedly making “frantic efforts” to settle “some” of the arrears.However, what is disturbing is, “the silence from authorities concerned,” particularly those who initiated the Beaches & Waterways Project to reclaim Liberian beaches from neglect.The project is part of government’s effort to boost tourism, gravely affected during the years of war.The Beaches & Waterways Project, according to interviews conducted in New Kru Town and West Point, has helped the communities to avoid many diseases that could have claimed lives, particularly of children.“Today our beaches are more beautiful and we now go there with our families,” said a resident of New Kru Town.Many inhabitants told this reporter that the project has ensured that residents in the various communities recognize their contributions to keep the beaches healthy as they are now.“In any case,” said a disgruntled worker, “paying us is one way to encourage those of us who work at the beaches.”The Beaches & Waterways project includes those in New Kru Town, West Point, Mamba Point and ELWA, with a total of nearly 1,900 workers, including students.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bomi Stabilizing But for Two New Cases

first_imgThe chairman of the National Taskforce on Ebola and Superintendent of Bomi County, Samuel Foday Brown, has disclosed that the county continues to show stability in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.Speaking to the Daily Observer from the county yesterday, Supt. Brown said the national taskforce on Ebola has been robust in the fight against the epidemic, confirming that Bomi is no longer an epicenter.However two communities in the county have reported new cases of Ebola after two persons tested positive.  But he said the taskforce is currently working to ensure that the situation is put under control.  The new cases are from Tubmanburg City, he said.Supt. Brown disclosed that the county has some Ebola patients undergoing treatment, including the recent two cases in central Tubmanburg. “We have nine persons in the isolation treatment unit and they have good chances of recovery,” said the Bomi Superintendent.The taskforce is considering having the two communities quarantined to facilitate contact tracing and other means of containing the Ebola virus there.He said Tubman Avenue is the first case since the outbreak of the virus and the taskforce will do everything necessary to ensure that the situation is put to rest.  He said the taskforce will not relent in putting the area under a 21-day quarantine.” The chairman reported that, the taskforce is vigorously engaged in the two affected communities promoting awareness and contact tracing that will help to break any further transmission of the virus.The taskforce is also working persistently to minimize stigmatization of Ebola survivors in their various communities, he said, adding that “health reports have stated that these people cannot get re-infected by the virus but yet they continue to be stigmatized by people from the community.”The chairman said the county now accounts for 68 orphans since the outbreak of the disease in Bomi.  He expressed thanks and appreciation to Plan Liberia for the high level of support provided for the children.“We are beginning to win the fight against the deadly Ebola virus. We cannot rest until the virus is completely out of Liberia and not Bomi alone,” Supt. Brown declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Was Millie a bilingual macaw or a bilingual parrot?

first_imgDear Editor,A historic magazine was published of Guyana’s participation at the EXPO 1967 in Canada and the ‘Forward’ was penned by one Frank Pilgrim, Public Relations Officer to the Prime Minister.It was also the event where “Mille” became world famous for swearing in both the French and English languages respectively. I will also add that in commemoration, stamps were produced in four different colours in the denominations of five and 25 cents with “Millie’s” photo attached.However, as a philatelist, avid reader and collector of historic artefacts, I stumbled on something on page 17 of the magazine mentioned above and I would like to agree with F Pilgrim’s description ‘Millie the macaw.’The stamp which was produced described “Millie” as a bilingual ‘parrot.’At first glance, I believe almost every human on earth will say or agree that “Millie” is a Macaw. However, if anyone was tasked to prepare a research paper, they will produce one saying that macaws are specie of the parrot family which is totally accurate.Did Guyana get it wrong with the description of “Millie” as a bilingual parrot instead of a bilingual macaw?Could it be considered an error on the stamps and perhaps should be included with other stamps globally in that category?I am opened to be schooled by an English major, historian, specialist on the subject of parrots and macaws, general public…Yours faithfully,T Pembertonlast_img read more

Opposition Leader and PPP are the barrier to a dictatorship Government

first_imgDear Editor,After almost three years of Local Government Elections in Guyana, Guyanese believe that many local issues would have been resolved. Unfortunately, that has not been the case. The question is: what differences have Local Government Elections and governance made to our lives and communities?I am absolutely sure that nothing much has changed in your communities or lives, but it is absolutely necessary to ensure that you continue to vote, in order for you to be protected against any increase in rates and taxes or any additional burdens by this coalition Government.The Government’s policies of modernising the country local system of democracy are nothing but increased hardship and burdens. Since the Local Government Elections of 2016, the coalition Government has refused to increase and delay subventions to assist LAA areas, but has insisted that rates and taxes’ increases is the solutions to various issues within these areas.This contributed significantly to the decline of the local authority areas, some areas are even worse than before 2016, with clogged drains, deplorable streets, garbage disposal crisis etc., and this continues to plague all the NDCs and municipalities across the country.Even the municipalities and NDC that are governed by the APNU/AFC coalition Government, where they imposed 100 per cent increases in rates and taxes, nothing has changed.The reason why the APNU/AFC coalition Government is trying to impose local democracy pressure on the Guyanese people is because of the numerous failures of the Government to deliver; as such, they are using the local authorities’ management as a scapegoat, to hide their incompetence and mismanagement.If the APNU/AFC were serious about the success of the LAA areas, then they would pump more resources into the LAA areas to satisfy the needs of the grassroots people.Remember that Local Government Elections are just the renewal of Local Democracy.Guyanese should recognise that the only hindrance for the APNU/AFC to become a total dictatorship Government is the Opposition Leader, Cde Bharrat Jagdeo, and the Peoples Progressive Party.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

Unwise decision by APNU/AFC Govt

first_imgDear Editor,It is quite unwise to have a sovereign nation such as Guyana place the revenue from its natural resources in a bank account out of its control. The oil contracts have already given a foreign supplier substantial power over the resolution of disputes with the laws of their homeland being very instrumental for any such dispute that could occur. In addition, the APNU/AFC party is placing the revenue from our oil into a low interest bearing account in a foreign Government’s federal banking system in the foreign supplier’s country of origin. In the event of a dispute, funds can be easily withheld from Guyana. Resulting in significant financial distress for our nation. This is not a very astute move on the part of a party that may not be in power after the March 2020 elections. The party of the APNU/AFC has no idea what a new Administration may result in, via oil contract renegotiations or via new legislation resulting from public action. It seems quite unwise to place a key source of the country’s future budget in a location out of our Government’s direct control. If there is a concern over the principles of transparency, good governance and international best practices being in place in Guyana’s banking system, then the more prudent action is to correct what is wrong and ensure our auditing team is empowered to report regularly on the status of the nation’s funds and the associated processes.Best regards,Jamil Changleelast_img read more

LM&TC rates, taxes collection system to be upgraded

first_imgLinden Mayor Carwyn Holland has urged members of the community to engage and embrace the Linden Mayor and Town Council, as it embarked on a number of initiatives aimed at development.Linden Mayor Carwyn HollandDuring a recent press conference, Holland said his Council, while being a cash-strapped entity, has been working to ensure that the plans for developing the town into a city were achieved.He said a number of initiatives have been planned, including an upgrade of the rates and taxes collection system. Already, the Council is pleased with its plans for rates and taxes collection, an issue which the previous Council found hard to overcome.“We are looking to upgrade our rates and taxes collection system. We’re looking to see how we can make it easier for persons to pay their rates and taxes. Also, we’re encouraging persons to start paying their rates and taxes. Business would not be as usual in Linden anymore. We have to go the legal and lawful way. In fact, persons who are building without permission, please note that building laws are here, which would cause some distress to persons who don’t follow the rules of the law. We want to encourage people to do things the right way and to come in to the Council and engage us when you’re looking at development and we’re ready to work on that,” Holland said.Additionally, he noted that the toll booth at Kara Kara has been gazetted and would soon be put into operation. The Council has also planned a market front enhancement project in an effort to forge towards making Linden a tourism hub.“It must not be Christmas time or Town Week only that we entertain tourists…We’ve engaged the local tourism body…and so far we are planning a monthly Linden trail, which will be visits to Linden…we’re doing these things to push and stay on our mandate, which is our campaign plan,” the Mayor said.Furthermore, the Mayor said the Council was looking at ways to enhance the National Library at Linden. The Council is also seeking to construct a heritage site to enhance the beauty and culture of the community; however, funding was a main issue, but the municipality has engaged the European Union (EU) in that regard. He added that the municipality was also looking at ways of enhancing the town through sports, as he hailed the recent fruitful engagement with cricket broadcaster Joseph “Reds” Perreira. The Mayor said a second engagement was in the pipeline to involve Linden, Bartica and New Amsterdam.last_img read more

Singh hunts 5th first-class ton

first_imgGuyanese batsman, Vishaul Singh, who is currently touring Sri Lanka with West Indies A team says he will be pushing for his fifth first class century when play resume on the second day against Sri Lanka A at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.Speaking to Guyana Times Sport via social media, the petite 27 year old said he will look to get going again and continue in the same manner he has done since landing in Sri Lanka.In the first match the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) player top scored in both innings for his side with 96 in the first innings and 46 in the second. In this match he has already scored 81 not out on the first day and is insight of his fifth first class century. He has adapted quickly and is so far the most consistent batsman in his side.According to him the conditions are similar to the Caribbean so it is just a matter of making little adjustments at the different stadiums.Prior to the series Singh set himself a goal to achieve at least 300 runs with a century and two fifties. He is definitely on track to achieve the 300 runs but must score 19 runs on the second day to get his first century for West Indies A.In their second match of the series the West Indies ended their first day on 331-5 with wicket keeper batsman Jahmar Hamilton leading the way with 99 before being run out. While Singh, who remains unbeaten and Rajendra Chandrika 51 retired hurt have also scored fifties. West Indies under-19 captain Shimron Hetmyer fell two runs short of a half century.According to Singh the team has batted well as a group, they had a good start and partnerships throughout the day’s play. “The guys applied themselves well and got stuck in,” said Singh.Yesterday’s batting performance was West Indies A best so far in three innings and there are three more days remaining in this match, the second of a three match series. West Indies will be looking to level the series at the end of this match to set up a pulsating final encounter.last_img read more