Basketball Australia ‘extremely disappointed,’ sorry for fight with Gilas

first_img“Basketball Australia deeply regrets the incident in tonight’s match between the Boomers and the Philippines in Manila. We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it,” Anthony Moore, chief executive of Basketball Australia, said in a statement released late Monday night.“This is not the spirit in which sport should be played and certainly not in the spirit in which we aim to play basketball,” the statement read. “We apologise to our fans and will await the penalties to be handed down.”FEATURED 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 crownThe melee broke out with the Boomers in total control of the game, 79-48.The game resumed after a thorough review with Gilas down to just three men in June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood and Baser Amer while playing against five Aussies on the floor. MOST READ Fajardo and Norwood intentionally fouled out and with the Philippines having just one player left in Amer, the game was called off at the 1:57 mark of the third quarter with Australia taking an 89-53 victory.In a tweet, Basketball Australia also said it got confirmation that members of the Boomers “are safe and well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Neymar leads Brazil into World Cup quarterfinals 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 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img View comments Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Basketball Australia, the governing body of basketball in Australia, expressed its disappointment over the brawl that transpired involving its men’s national team and Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba World Cup Qualifiers at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.The fight erupted at the 4:01 mark of third quarter that saw both benches cleared and had a total of 13 players ejected, nine of which were from Gilas.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Ebola Infections ‘Slowing in Liberia,’ WHO Now Says

first_imgBarely days after the World Health Organization (WHO) made the alarming prediction of 90,000 Liberian deaths from Ebola by mid-December contrary to credible reports on the ground indicating a slowing down of the virus, WHO yesterday made an incredible U-turn. WHO now agrees that the virus is waning in Liberia, supporting government officials’ position that progress in the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease is being made.Commented journalist Alvin Worzi of the Daily Observer, “It shows we are making progress and what we need now are holding centers where those who are suspected of the virus can isolate themselves for the required period.”  Liberians are pleased that sustained efforts coupled with preventive measures have resulted in our progress in the fight against Ebola and must be continued, Worzi said.  In its editorial yesterday,  the Daily Observer examined the implications of the alarming and apocalyptic predictions of not only the WHO but also the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Yale Scientists, reported by the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, which also warned that by mid-December 171,000 will be infected and 90,000 not might, but will die.“It would then suggest that we were doing nothing here,” said 22-year-old university student, James Kollie, who spoke to the Daily Observer yesterday.Mr. William K. Guyan, 66, told the Daily Observer that with the change of position, WHO is confirming what Liberian officials have said that progress is being made, noting, “It means we must continue the fight to defeat the virus.”  Mr. Arthur Solomon, 38, a street vendor commented that “WHO’s reversal means that now they have correct information to agree with Liberian officials that their efforts are paying off.” “It’s also due to the effective global response, including tracing infected persons as well as those they might have come in contact with, that the WHO is able to calm the fears of Liberians by stating that infections are slowing down,” stated Richelieu Barclay, 42, of Monrovia.In a release yesterday, WHO’s Assistant Director General, Bruce Aylward, said he is confident the response to the virus is now gaining the upper hand, but warned against any suggestion that the crisis was over, the identical position of Liberian officials, including James Dorbor Jallah, head of Logistics at the Incident Management System. Aylward said the new number of cases globally was 13,703 and that the death toll, expected to be published yesterday, would probably exceed 5,000. The figure of 13,703 is a significant leap on the previous WHO situation report on Saturday, which showed cases rising above 10,000 for the first time to 10,141.  But Dr. Aylward said that this increase was due to data being updated with old cases, rather than new cases being reported. Saturday’s situation report put the death toll at 4,922.  Liberia’s Red Cross said its teams collected 117 bodies last week, down from a high of 315 in September. Treatment centers also have empty beds available for patients.The slowdown is real  Dr Aylward said: “It appears that the trend is real in Liberia and there may indeed be a slowing.”  “Do we feel confident that the response is now getting an upper hand on the virus? Yes, we are seeing a slowing rate of new cases, very definitely.”  Dr Aylward said there had been “a huge effort to inform the population about the disease, to change the behaviors that put them at risk”.  And he said there had been “a real step up in the work to put in place safe burials”.  But Dr Aylward said the data was still being examined and cautioned against thinking the crisis was over.  He said: “A slight decline in cases in a few days versus getting this thing closed out is a completely different ball game. It’s like saying your pet tiger is under control.”  The vast majority of cases and deaths from the disease have been in three countries, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.  On Wednesday, South Africa’s first black billionaire, Patrice Motsepe, donated $1m (£620,000) to Guinea to help the country fight Ebola.  The mining magnate said he hopes the donation will assist with clinical management, social mobilization and other key steps in controlling the deadly virus. His donation was announced as the US welcomed the international aid effort.  America’s UN envoy Samantha Power, who has been concluding her visit to the region, praised the efforts of Ebola-hit nations and foreign donors and urged them to continue to help. Her final stop was the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response in Accra, Ghana. She will now fly on to Brussels.A winnable war  Meanwhile, a source at the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare told the Daily Observer late last night that nationwide, there are 279 confirmed cases, and urged Liberians and all to be vigilant in taking measures because, “it is a winnable war, if we continue the fight.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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POLISH GARDAI DRAFTED IN TO HELP FIND BOGDAN’S KILLER

first_imgPolish Gardai have been dispatched from Dublin to help find the killer of a construction worker who was brutally murdered in Co Donegal.Murdered: Bogdan MichalkiewiczBogdan Michalkiewicz was stabbed multiple times at his apartment at Lower Main Street in Letterkenny on May 15th last.Now Gardai have brought in two Polish Gardai in a bid to help with their investigation with the local community to possibly find Bogdan’s killer. The 41 year old was found by his brother Tomasz at Westside Apartments at 11am after he had last been seen two days previously.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison has described the murder as “horrific.”Although Gardai are not commenting on the nature of Bogdan’s death, it is understood he was stabbed more than 20 times and also had a television thrown on top of him.Gardai hope the two Polish Gardai can gain the trust of the local community and also break down the language barriers. A number of people have given interviews to investigating officers but nobody has been arrested in connection with the murder.Gardai are also reviewing CCTV footage from the area which they hope might identify the killer.Bogdan, who arrived in Donegal eight years ago looking for work, was cremated in Belfast on Wednesday after a funeral mass at St.Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny. POLISH GARDAI DRAFTED IN TO HELP FIND BOGDAN’S KILLER was last modified: May 30th, 2013 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:BOGDANGardaikillerLower Main StreetPOLISHlast_img read more

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