Gilas players say sorry for failing to keep emotions in check leading to brawl

first_imgUnfortunate series of events that took place tonight. Heat of the battle and emotions won out, but in the end we strive to show the best of who WE are.— Gabe Norwood (@GNorwood5) July 2, 2018Out of 12 Gilas players, only team captain Gabe Norwood, four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and Baser Amer had the presence of mind to stay calm amid the ruckus.READ: Brawl breaks out in Gilas-Australia game“Unfortunate series of events that took place tonight. Heat of the battle and emotions won out, but in the end we strive to show the best of who WE are,” Norwood wrote on Twitter.Gilas’ naturalized center Andray Blatche and national team star guard Jayson Castro were the latest to apologize for the incident.“I wanna apologize to my teammates and the Australia team for my wrongdoings. I have a son and that’s not what I want him to follow behind,” Blatche posted on his Instagram account.Blatche earlier went after former Gilas captain Jimmy Alapag, who was one of the players who tweeted that the incident was “embarrassing,” but seemed to have eventually calmed down.READ: Gilas runs out of players, loses to Australia in ugly, bizarre game Aguilar also said that had he and the rest of Gilas’ kept their emotions in check, the situation could’ve been controlled. pic.twitter.com/NI0IoDITcz— Japeth Aguilar (@japethaguilar35) July 3, 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 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tempers flared and emotions got the better of Gilas Pilipinas during a distasteful fight with Australia in the Fiba World Cup Qualifiers before a hometown crowd at Philippine Arena Monday night.Forward Japeth Aguilar, who was among the nine Filipino players ejected after the brawl, said the way he and his teammates reacted was “regrettable.”ADVERTISEMENT RELATED VIDEO 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 Gilas assistant Uichico regrets actions in Gilas brawl “The incident last night could have been dealt differently but emotions were running high. In the heat of the moment, we just wanted to protect our brother,” Aguilar wrote on Twitter.READ: Reyes says Australia’s Kickert ‘triggered the brawl’ after hit on Pogoy “I admit that we acted on emotion rather than logic and this is regrettable because the situation could’ve been pacified and could’ve ended differently.”Aguilar said being part of the national team means having a responsibility to represent the country and the people the best way possible.“As national team athletes, we are representing more than just ourselves as we wear our uniforms. How we acted last night is not a just representation of the Filipino people.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img The usually mild-mannered Castro, who was caught throwing a solid punch against one of the Australian players, meanwhile, recognized that their desire to defend their teammates just made things worse. LATEST STORIES Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial “I’m not that kind of person. Filipinos are not that kind of people. I should’ve controlled my emotions because we carry the name of the country when we’re playing for Gilas,” said Castro in Filipino on an Instagram post.READ: Aussies ‘feared for safety’ after brawl vs GilasCastro said he aspires to be good to example to kids, especially his own, and vowed not to get involved again in that kind of incident.Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has also issued an apology for “having breached the bounds of traditional Filipino hospitality.” Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

A year later, Golovkin, Alvarez meet with bad intentions

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Conquering the world Canelo Alvarez poses during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Las Vegas. Alvarez is scheduled to fight Gennady Golovkin in a title bout Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS— Canelo Alvarez has gone to bed the last few months thinking about how he’s going to knock out Gennady Golovkin in their middleweight title rematch.To wake up Sunday morning as the 160-pound champion, though, he’ll have to take some chances he didn’t in his first fight with Golovkin a year ago. And that could be a real problem against a fearsome puncher who has knocked out 34 fighters in his 39 professional fights.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “I know it’s going to be a tough fight,” Alvarez said. “But I’m going in there to knock him out.”Alvarez and Golovkin get another chance to settle what they couldn’t last September when they meet in a rematch of their first fight, which ended in a draw. They do so Saturday night on the Las Vegas Strip not as the gentleman fighters they portrayed themselves to be then, but as bitter rivals who legitimately seem to dislike each other.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThat showed at Friday’s weigh-in, when the two fighters had to be separated in their only face-to-face appearance before the fight. Golovkin weighed 159.6 pounds and Alvarez weighed 159.4.A positive test by Alvarez for clenbuterol forced the rematch to be postponed from May. At the same time it produced some hard feelings between the two fighters over Alvarez’s contention that it was caused by eating contaminated meat in his native Mexico. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Whether that translates into a more entertaining fight remains to be seen. But both fighters seem determined not to let it be decided by the ringside judges.“It’s a real fight,” Golovkin said this week. “Like a real war.”Golovkin (38-0-1, 34 knockouts) is a slight favorite in the rematch, much as he was in the first fight. Many at ringside thought he won that bout, but Alvarez pulled off a draw by winning the late rounds as the 36-year-old Golovkin seemed to fade.The fight wasn’t the “big drama show” that Triple G likes to talk about, with neither fighter down and neither fighter really hurt. But it was a tough, competitive matchup that delivered in other ways even without a winner at the end.“I had a great experience from the first fight,” Golovkin said. “It’s a little bit different this time, but I believe it will be a big fight for the fans.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 knockouts) believes that, too, but sees a different result. It’s one he’s envisioned nightly in bed as he goes over scenarios that will help him win.“Every night in my bed before I go to sleep I visualize what I need to do to get the knockout,” Alvarez said through an interpreter. “I know it’s going to be a tough fight.”The fight, which carries a pay-per-view price tag of $84.95, is big for the careers of both men. But Alvarez may have more at stake than Golovkin, the puncher from Kazakhstan who has held pieces of the middleweight title for eight years.The most popular fighter in his native Mexico, Alvarez has taken a hit from some of his rabid fans both for testing positive and for not fighting more aggressively. He can only talk about the doping that got him suspended for six months by Nevada boxing authorities, but he can do something in the ring to alter the perception that his style is too conservative.Golovkin trainer Abel Sanchez hopes he does just that.“He’s promised the fans he’s going to knock him out but in order to do that you have to be in range and then it gets dangerous,” Sanchez said. “In order to win a fight you have to want to win a fight.”Golovkin has — mostly through his trainer — tried to goad Alvarez into taking more chances in the rematch, claiming the Mexican star ran in the first fight. A more stationary Alvarez, of course, would make him easier to hit, but Alvarez is more comfortable as a boxer and counter puncher and used those skills to his advantage in the first fight.The first fight delivered not only in the ring but at the cash register, with a $27 million gate and 1.3 million pay-per-view buys. The rematch is sold out, but a lackluster promotion might make it more difficult to sell as many pay-per-views as the two fighters did when they first met. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

Liberia Adopts 5-yr Strategic Plan

first_imgA two-day strategic meeting amongst national stakeholders ended over the weekend with the acceptance of a five-year strategic plan on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)–a framework of the African Union (AU).The 5-year Strategic Plan (2015-2020) is primarily aimed to foster political stability, economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental integration in the country in consonance with the AU’s agenda.The Strategic Plan was completed and adopted on Saturday, August 15, in the conference room of the National Authorizing Office in Monrovia, after four years since Liberia was formally accepted into the APRM.Prior to the adoption, the Minister for Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh, who is the chairman of the Committee of APRM Focal Point, appointed the National Secretariat, headed by Atty. Lawrence Randall.President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, an immediate past chairperson of the African Peer Review Forum, appointed the members of the National Governing Council (NGC) of the APRM Country Program.The NGC comprises of stakeholders from various sectors of Liberian society, and provides policy and strategic direction for the rollout of the APRM County Program. They are appointed for a two-year term.Those appointed included Ma Kebeh Monger (Rural Women Association), Stephen Johnson (Ministry of Finance and Development Planning), Lafayette Gould (Political Parties), and Emmanuel David (General Auditing Commission).Others are Dee Maxwell Kemanyah (Liberia Business Association), Malcolm Joseph (Center for Media Studies and Peace Building) Janjay Jacobs (Traditional Council), Kadiker Rex Dahn (National Commission on Higher Education) and Rev. Fallah S. Boimah Cymbianoh (National Union of Organizations of the Disabled).Speaking on behalf of the National Governing Council, the newly elected Chairman, Dee Maxwell Kemanyah thanked President Sirleaf for their appointment and said the APRM was initiated and established in 2003, and Liberia formally acceded to the APRM in January 2011.Mr. Kemanyah said at the continental level, Liberia has played a prominent role in the APRM process amongst which she became the chairperson of the African Peer Review Forum, a committee of Heads of States and Governments.“Our vision is for Liberia to become a responsible and accountable member of the APRM where political stability, economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration are upheld by its citizens,” Mr. Kemanyah said.For his part, Atty. Randall said he would work with all stakeholders, including local and traditional authorities, the development donor partners, civil society and APRM member countries and structures to ensure the realization of Liberia’s vision in the APRM program.He said the APRM program would be domesticated for five years and would amongst other initiatives provide collaborative support, facilitation to state efforts and initiatives in the area of democracy, political, corporate, socio-economic governance and development.Mr. Paul James-Allen is the consultant of the Liberia APRM Program. Validation of the 5-year Strategic Plan would be done on Monday, the 31st of August, to be used as a legal action plan.The forum brought together the Liberia APRM Strategic National Secretariat, National Governance Council and civil society leaders, government officials and religious groups.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Weah ‘Slaps’ Judiciary in First State of Nation Address

first_imgPresident Weah. Observes Cllr. Jonathan MassaquoiCllr. Jonathan Massaquoi, a practicing lawyer at the Supreme Court has observed that President George Weah’s  first State of the Nation address on Monday, January 29, did not set any ‘meaningful agenda for the justice system.’Under Pillar three of his Monday’s address which President Weah titled: “Sustaining the Peace” he noted, “Under this pillar, we shall examine ways to improve the judiciary system to ensure that the basic rights of all Liberians are protected.”The President did not elaborate.Against this backdrop, Cllr. Massaquoi said that the President Weah’s remarks, failed to detail how his government is going to improve the judiciary to ensure that the basic rights of all Liberians are protected.“The President did not mention anything in the address in strengthening the rule of law, because this is a precondition for sustainable peace and development,” Massaquoi added.For this reason, the lawyer wants President Weah to recognize that the justice system is an essential stepping stone in achieving the rule of law. As such, the address should not have left it unattended and vague.“The President’s first State of the Nation address missed on the step of the justice system and the third branch of government that is responsible for upholding the rule of law,” according to Massaquoi.He wants President Weah to recognize that significant weaknesses in governance, justice and security institutions were key factors that caused the crises which have haunted Liberia over the past decades.The lawyer highlighted rule of law along with security and economic development as key challenges to be addressed in order to solidify the progress made so far.“President Weah should understand that the importance of the rule of law for consolidating peace, effective and accountable legal and justice institutions, access to justice, and the protection and promotion of human rights are not only essential for sustainable peace-building, but are underpinning many of the country’s development initiatives,” Cllr. Massaquoi 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

1 dead, 1 injured in hit and run

first_imgTwenty-one-year-old Brian Basdeo, an auto body technician of Grass Field, Lusignan, East Coast Demerara, met his demise on Saturday evening following a hit-and-run accident on the Linden- Soesdyke Highway.Based on information reaching Guyana Times, the young man travelled to the Highway to tow another car to his home to get it repaired.The car with the mechanical issue was being towed by another car driven by a friend of the now deceased man. As they moved off, the car that was being towed and steered by Basdeo started to make a loud noise.At that time, Basdeo shouted to his friend ordering him to stop. They both exitedDead: Brian Basdeo1their vehicles to make checks.Another car then pulled up to render assistance and in doing so, they saw another car approaching them at a fast rate.This publication understands that the man who stopped to offer assistance shouted for Basdeo and the other man to move out of the way as he ran to safety.Basdeo was reportedly stooping down to conduct checks on the vehicle when he was struck and tossed several feet into the air. He landed onto the roadway and died almost immediately.His friend who attempted to run was also struck by the speeding car, which did not stop to render assistance. He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was examined and it was discovered that his left leg was broken in several places.He was treated and sent away while Basdeo was pronounced dead on arrival at the Diamond hospital.When contacted, Sherry Basdeo, sister of the now dead man, told this newspaper that she lives in Berbice and received the news of her brother’s death late Saturday evening and would have travelled down on Sunday morning.She explained that she spoke to her brother’s friend who was injured in the accident as well as the wife and they both have related different stories as to what occurred on Saturday evening. She told Guyana Times that she was expecting to get a report from the Police as to what exactly transpired.“All I can say at this time, everything that they told me doesn’t add up … the position my brother was found did not look as if he was struck down and killed… It more look like when he was pinned … at the scene, there were no parts belonging to the vehicle that hit him down… and there were no blood on the roadway… I don’t know what is happening, but all I can say it that something is missing…,” the sister added.last_img read more

Unwanted man at Bert Bowes

first_imgBy Energeticcity.ca Staff The Fort St John RCMP were called to Bert Bowes Junior Secondary School Tuesday. Just before 12pm, the RCMP received a call from staff at the school about a male refusing to leave the building. The male was not a student at the school. Once the RCMP arrived the male had left. The RCMP made patrols and were able to locate the male and resolved the issue. – Advertisement -During that incident, a caller to the school stated someone was in the school with a firearm. The caller wouldn’t provide any further information about the person or themselves. After a search, a firearm was not located inside Bert Bowes. The RCMP are looking for help from the public in regards to this matter. If you have any further information, please call 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-222-8477.last_img read more

Brazil’s Miranda silences Argentina with last-gasp winner

first_imgThe lapse spoiled an otherwise strong defensive performance from Argentina, who contained Brazil for long periods.He may be 34, but Miranda, whose career has also seen him play in France and Spain, says he is far from done in the yellow shirt of Brazil.“Despite my age I’ve been able to show that I’m in good physical shape and, of course, I want to keep playing for the national team because I still have a lot to show in this jersey,” he said.With Neymar to the fore, Brazil exerted late pressure and could have scored in the few minutes before Miranda struck. Neymar in action against the Argentines © AFPCasemiro came close with a 25-yard free-kick manufactured by Neymar that flew past goalkeeper Sergio Romero’s left post. Then Nicolas Otamendi stuck out a boot to deflect a diverted shot from Richarlison in the last minute.Argentina’s best chance came during a period of pressure around the hour mark, when Leandro Paredes hit a swerving, dipping drive that had Brazil keeper Alisson beaten.But while Brazil named a strong team including Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, Philippe Coutinho of Barcelona and Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino alongside Neymar in attack, Argentina were without a host of top stars, including Lionel Messi.“It’s always difficult, but our team is better than theirs because we’ve had the same foundations for many years while they’re in the process of a drastic renovation,” Brazil’s full-back Felipe Luis told TV Globo.Missing from the Argentina line-up were also Manchester City’s in-form forward Sergio Aguero, Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria and AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain.Messi has sat out Argentina’s last four matches, all friendlies, since the country’s disappointing last-16 elimination from the World Cup in Russia.A local fan at the King Abdullah Sport City Stadium in Jeddah © AFPHe is believed to have asked for some time off from international duty ahead of next year’s Copa America in Brazil.It was the 105th time the South American arch-rivals have faced each other in an official match, with Brazil marginally ahead on 41 wins to 38, with 26 draws.The two sides last met in June 2017 in a friendly in Australia, won 1-0 by Argentina, but Brazil romped to a 3-0 success in their last competitive fixture, a World Cup qualifier in November 2016.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Local fans from Saudi Arabia ham it up during the Brazil Argentina game © AFPJeddah, Saudi Arabia, Oct 16 – Brazil snatched a dramatic 1-0 win over Argentina with an injury-time header from Miranda in their friendly match in front of a sell-out crowd in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.The Inter Milan centre-back was left all alone to thump in a 93rd-minute effort from Neymar’s corner when the match between the fierce South American rivals seemed destined for a stalemate.last_img read more

Job Vacancies: Clinical Support Workers sought by local youth service

first_imgJob Vacancies: Jigsaw Donegal is seeking applications for the roles of Clinical Support Workers: Jigsaw Donegal is an innovative community-based model that supports young people aged 15-25 to achieve better mental health and wellbeing.Jigsaw Donegal in partnership with The Alcohol Forum invites applications from Clinical/Counselling Psychologists, Social Workers, Mental Health Nurses and Occupational Therapists for the positions of: Clinical Support Worker (Full Time, 3 year Contract) and Clinical Support Worker (Full Time, 1 year Contract)(Flexible/sessional working arrangements will be considered)Salary Range €36,000- €45,000 pro rata Applications are welcomed from suitably qualified candidates from the above disciplines with a minimum of two years’ post qualification experience.Detailed job description and an application form are available to download on our website www.alcoholforum.org and on request from info@alcoholforum.orgClosing date for all applications is Monday 02nd October at 1pm.Interviews will take place on Thursday 12th October 2017Short listing will apply.Additionally, we wish to create a panel of suitably qualified Clinical Support Workers. Candidates should note that a young person will sit on the interview panel as an equal member of the panel. Candidates should note that a young person will sit on the interview panel as an equal member of the panel.Job Vacancies: Clinical Support Workers sought by local youth service was last modified: September 14th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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 read more

TRAGIC TOMAS LIVES ON FROM THE SIDELINES AS TEAM-MATES HONOUR HIS MEMORY

first_imgThis is the heartbreaking scene as friends and team-mates paid a tearful tribute to tragic Tomas Maguire.The 24 year old Ardara man was killed in Australia last week in a freak car accident. Friends of the much-loved Donegal man at Donegal GFC in Boston, where he played for a time, placed his number two jersey on the sideline before the game.His friends then held a minute’s silence before the game as Donegal took on Armagh at the Irish Cultural Centre.A spokesperson for Donegal Boston paid tribute to Tomas and remembered a “loveable character” and a “great friend” who was taken form them all too soon.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Tomas. May he rest in peace,” said the spokesman. TRAGIC TOMAS LIVES ON FROM THE SIDELINES AS TEAM-MATES HONOUR HIS MEMORY was last modified: June 12th, 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:accidentArdaraDonegal BostonTomás Maguiretragedylast_img read more

Transfer report: Liverpool preparing £9m bid for 23-year-old Bordeaux striker

first_imgLiverpool are poised to swoop for Bordeaux striker Gaetan Laborde and are readying an offer for the 23-year-old.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is eyeing up reinforcements this summer with a return to Champions League football next season secured by a fourth-place finish in the Premier League.And, according to Le Parisien, Laborde is on a list of transfer targets, with Liverpool ready to offer around £9million for his services.The striker scored 13 goals and provided five assists in 42 appearances in all competitions for Bordeaux last term.Laborde is under contract until 2020, putting the French giants in a strong position to dictate any transfer agreement.Klopp is hopeful of bolstering his attacking options during the early stages of the summer window and the Frenchman seems a ready-made pick. Bordeaux striker Gaetan Laborde 1last_img read more