Clashes, road accidents mar French World Cup partying

first_imgMOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding And a man in his thirties died after crashing his car into a tree while celebrating shortly after the game in the small town of Saint-Felix in northern France.Fans have poured into the streets across the country after the country’s second World Cup win, many waving flags and letting off smoke bombs.Some 4,000 police and security forces have been deployed across Paris during the World Cup festivities, and a vast security perimeter prohibiting vehicle access has been set up around the Champs Elysees avenue.France remains on high alert following a string of terror attacks since 2015, which prompted the government to grant the police extended powers under tough new anti-terror laws enacted last year.   /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Landslide at World Cup stadium mars Russia’s legacy Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas PLAY LIST 01:07Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas01:17Christmas Eve chaos in Hong Kong as police and protesters clash00:56At least 25 dead in Indonesia bus plunge02:14Carpio 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 Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names This picture taken from Trocadero on July 15, 2018 shows the Eiffel Tower illuminated in French national colors during celebrations after the Russia 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia, on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Geoffroy VAN DER HASSELTParis, France – Dozens of youths shattered windows at a popular store on the Champs Elysees Avenue on Sunday while hundreds of thousands of fans celebrated France’s World Cup victory, an AFP journalist at the scene said.About 30 people, many wearing ski masks, broke into the Publicis Drugstore and later left with bottles of wine and champagne, some smiling and filming themselves with cellphones.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Some also threw objects including bottles and chairs at police forces, who responded with tear gas.“That’s not how you celebrate,” a tearful bystander wearing a French team jersey said.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’As the hundreds of thousands of revelers gradually left the famous avenue, police used water cannon to disperse remaining troublemakers at around 11:30 p.m.Elsewhere in France, authorities said clashes erupted in the southern city of Lyon between police and about 100 youths who had climbed on top of a police vehicle at an open-air showing of the match in the city center. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Police fired tear gas to disperse the youths who responded by throwing objects and setting rubbish bins on fire, with the unrest causing some stampeding.Ten people were arrested in Marseille, where two members of the security forces were injured in clashes, a police spokesman said.In Frouard, a town outside the eastern city of Nancy, a three-year-old boy and two six-year-old girls were seriously injured after being struck by a motorcycle during the celebrations.Authorities said the motorcyclist had fled the scene.In the southeast city of Annecy police said a 50-year-old man died after breaking his neck when he jumped into a shallow canal just when the final whistle blew to signal the end of the match.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

NCAA: Benilde surpasses last season’s win total, stumps Arellano

first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The Blazers, who finished Season 93 with a 4-14 record, have shown tremendous improvement this season, improving to a 5-3 slate as the first round nears its close.Justin Gutang put up a game-high 15 points to go with seven rebounds for St. Benilde while Ray Carlos added 11 points. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Yankie Haruna missed out on a double-double for the Blazers coming up with nine points and nine boards. Defense was the Blazers biggest asset in the game as they limited the Chiefs to just 29.17 percent shooting, 21-of-72, while converting on 43.1 percent of their attempts, 25-of-58.  MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next College of St. Benilde already surpassed what it had done a season ago after it claimed its fifth win, beating Arellano University, 70-62, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre. ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_img View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Asian Games: Something for everybody—even contract bridge In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 “The team played well, we held our own in defense even without Clement,” said Blazers head coach TY Tang, who had his first string of back-to-back wins since he assumed the job in Season 93. Rence Alcoriza had 14 points and three rebounds for the 3-4 Chiefs. last_img read more

Pringle relishes thought of PH stints

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs The 31-year-old is not eligible to play in Fiba tournaments, having failed to secure a Philippine passport before he turned 16, that’s why he was never considered by past Gilas coaches to be included in their pools.There are a lot of others like him in the PBA who haven’t had the chance to don the national colors because of that strict Fiba rule, but seeing Pringle do his thing against Kazakhstan last week—18 points on 6-of-9 shooting—is making everyone pondering on the “what if.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’And it has Pringle pondering on what could be.“I sure hope I can do so [in the future],” Pringle said as he teams up with Jordan Clarkson and Paul Lee in forming a lethal guard rotation. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil JAKARTA—Stanley Pringle showed what he can do as a National player last Thursday afternoon and couldn’t help but think what he could have done to help had he gotten this chance years ago.“I really can’t control some things, but I would have loved to play [for the National team even before this one],” Pringle told the Inquirer when asked if he felt he could have suited up for Gilas Pilipinas earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentscenter_img DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Asian Games rules are more lenient in so far as eligibility is concerned, hence the likes of Pringle, Christian Standhardinger and Clarkson playing for this team.It would be a sight to behold if talents like Chris Ross and Pringle could join Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo in Fiba-run events together with a healthy Lee and Clarkson.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 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 Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Santos, Ocampo, Barrientos rule finals of GMTBC Open’s 3 divisionslast_img read more

Seniors take over as San Beda trumps Perpetual ahead of Final 4 clash

first_imgIt paid off in the end with sparingly-used senior Jeramer Cabanag rising to the occasion with a career-high 16 points to help San Beda beat University of Perpetual Help, 80-72, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament.“It’s seniors day for us today. that’s why we started the seniors who are graduating this year and I credit them for starting really well and it carried over in the second quarter,” said Fernandez.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 Chriss“I just did my part and rewarded coach’s trust in me,” Cabanag, who went 4-of-8 from the field and had five rebounds and a steal in 20 minutes of action, said in Filipino. “It’s also our last playing year and we have to play well to really inspire our rookies and holdovers for next year.” Fernandez was all praise for Cabanag, who was never discouraged despite riding the bench most of the time this season playing behind star guard Robert Bolick. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. With the top seeding already in the bag, San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez started his graduating players in the Red Lions’ final game in the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT “I was the one he recruited him and I do believe in his talent,” Fernandez said of Cabanag. “I really do appreciate his work ethic. He comes to practice and takes his shots and his game today was the product of it. He’s also a good defender.”“Playing alongside Robert is really tough and I’m happy with the way he responded today and how he accepted his role with the team. Hopefully, other pro leagues see how he reacts and plays off the bench and how we will be an asset to them.”Donald Tankoua led the surging Red Lions with 23 points and 10 rebounds while Bolick, who is also in his final year, added 12 points and five rebounds.Javee Mocon, another key senior, almost had a double-double with nine points and 12 rebounds.San Beda (17-1) heads into the Final Four with an 11-game winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT North’s anthem played for South Korea at U19 football tournament Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As it stands, the Lions and fourth-running Altas are set to meet in the Final Four, which begins on Friday, after the league released its schedule following the game.College of St. Benilde, which is in fifth, recently filed a letter urging the NCAA to look into four Altas players in Edgar Charcos, Kim Aurin, Kyt Jimenez and Rey Peralta, who allegedly playing in other leagues during their residency period last year.If proven, the Altas’ 11 wins will be forfeited, which would pave way for the Blazers to make the Final Four.Aurin paced Perpetual Help with 18 points, Edgar Charcos had 17 points, five rebounds and five assists while Prince Eze finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

UFC boss meets with Floyd Mayweather’s team

first_imgUFC President Dana White takes questions from the media during the UFC 229 Press Conference at Radio City Music Hall on September 20, 2018 in New York City. Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFPUFC president Dana White isn’t promising anything, but it seems like progress has been made regarding a possible fight between boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC World lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.In an interview with ESPN’s Get Up!, h/t to BoxingScene.com, White said that he met with Mayweather’s team on Wednesday in Los Angeles to discuss the fight between the undefeated boxer and Nurmagomedov.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Koreas to inform IOC of intent to co-host 2032 Olympics 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 “I don’t want to say anything that makes it sound like, ‘oh wow, this could happen,’ but we had talks yesterday,” said White.Mayweather already had a crossover fight with the UFC when he stopped Conor McGregor in 10 rounds atop a boxing ring in August of 2017.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 ChrissThe fight drew 4.3 million pay-per-view buys, second only to Mayweather’s mega fight against Manny Pacquiao in May of 2015 that drew 4.7 million buys.White, however, was adamant that if Mayweather wants to fight Nurmagomedov, it has to happen inside the UFC’s Octagon. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img “We went over there, we boxed him,” said White. “If he wants to do it again, he has to come to the UFC, I don’t think it’s realistic at all but I didn’t think the [McGregor] boxing match was either. So we’ll see.”The potential fight between Mayweather and Nurmagomedov first gained traction when Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe came together with the mixed martial arts champion in a boxing event in Russia.A video, which has since gone viral, showed Nurmagomedov challenging Mayweather to a match with the five-division boxing champion accepting the call a day later.White said Mayweather has a reason on why he wants to fight UFC fighters.“There’s a reason Floyd Mayweather wants to fight my guys, there’s big money there for him,” said White. “Obviously there’s big money there for us, but I’m not into making those kind of fights.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “If Floyd wants to come over here—he says he’s been wrestling and doing this or that—if he wants to come over and fight in the UFC, he’s more than welcome.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

Fournier’s buzzer beater lifts Magic over Cavs

first_imgView comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Fournier took an inbounds pass with 1.8 seconds left after Nikola Vucevic blocked George Hill’s shot at the other end, and the ball went out of bounds off Hill.“I finished well shooting the ball, but I missed so many open shots in the first half and third quarter, it’s amazing,” Fournier said. “I knew (the last shot) wasn’t going to be catch-and-shoot situation because that’s a tough shot. … I knew I had time to dribble.”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 ChrissJ.R. Smith’s 3-pointer with 41.9 seconds remaining had given the Cavaliers a 100-95 lead until Aaron Gordon scored after an offensive rebound for the Magic with 23.8 seconds to go. D.J. Augustin made a steal and two free throws with 18.7 seconds left to trim the deficit to one.Kyle Korver then lost the ball to Fournier, who hit one of two free throws with 13 seconds on the clock to tie it at 100. Cleveland answered with 11 straight points early in the third quarter and pulled ahead 71-68 on a 3-pointer by Hill.Hill and Smith combined for nine points and Jordan Clarkson converted a four-point play as the Cavaliers finished the period on a 15-2 run to lead 79-70.But they didn’t finish it. In the last 20 seconds they had two turnovers, and their only shot was blocked.“We put ourselves in a great situation and we just did not execute down the stretch,” Cleveland coach Larry Drew said. “When situations come up like that, you have to know what to do and execute. We didn’t handle it and that is why we lost the game.”JOB REPORTDrew, promoted to head coach when the Cavaliers fired Tyronn Lue on Oct. 25, reached an agreement to remain the head coach for the rest of the season. Drew said there was no discussion about anything beyond this season.TIP-INSCavaliers: Sam Dekker left the game with an ankle injury at 10:04 of the third quarter. … Clarkson, who has come off the bench for double figures in every game, scored his first eight points in a span of 71 seconds.Magic: F Jonathan Isaac missed a second game with a sprained right ankle. … The Magic played their third game in four nights, including wins on consecutive nights. Their next four games are against teams that failed to make the playoffs last season.UP NEXT Cavaliers: Home against Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.Magic: Home against Washington on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 A guide to the 2018-19 college basketball season Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier, second from right, is hugged by Wesley Iwundu, right, as D.J. Augustin (14), Nikola Vucevic, second from left and Terrence Ross run out onto the court after Fournier made the winning basket at the buzzer to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — Evan Fournier has struggled with his jump shot early this season. He got a big one to go down Monday night, though.The seventh-year swingman hit a 22-footer at the final horn and the Orlando Magic came back from a five-point deficit in the last 24 seconds, taking advantage of a late collapse by Cleveland in a 102-100 victory over the scuffling Cavaliers.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “We had to steal the ball, execute, and really win a game you’re not supposed to when you’re down whatever with 15 seconds left,” Fournier said. “Most of the time you don’t win those games.”Gordon scored 23 points for Orlando, while Fournier and Terrence Ross had 15 each. Fournier added three steals, including that critical one in the final seconds while the Cavaliers were trying to protect a one-point lead.Hill scored 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and made 10 of 12 shots for Cleveland (1-9), which remained winless on the road. Tristan Thompson added 19 points and 16 rebounds.“It was real tough, but the good part about it is the way we competed,” said Smith, who had 14 points. “Mistakes were made, but to see the way we played together defensively and executing on offense was inspiring to watch.”Vucevic scored the final six points of the first half, including a putback with 1.4 seconds left, to leave Orlando (4-6) with a 58-47 halftime lead — the largest of the game for either team.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

International organizations join fight against Thai child boxing

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ The organizations include the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP), the World Health Organization and the US Labor Department.A letter from AAP addressed to the Royal College of Paediatricians of Thailand “applauds” Thailand’s efforts to prevent children from sustaining injuries, but stresses that sport in which children “intentionally attempt to cause harm to the opponent” was unacceptable.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 ChrissOver the past decade, the AAP has worked with other agencies to cut down on the harm caused to children involved in extreme sports.“Boxing, including kick-boxing, exposes children to an unacceptable risk of injury, and therefore their participation in these activities should be prohibited,” it said, adding that the death of the 13 year-old boxer underscored the urgency to end this practice through law. CSIP’s statement also cited the 2017 report on the Worst Forms of Child Labor issued by the US Department of Labor, which lists muay thai as one of the worst forms of child labor in Thailand. The report puts these paid boxing matches right up there with the cruel seafood processing industry, human trafficking, commercial exploitation and dangerous street work.CSIP director Dr Adisak Plitpolkarnpim said the law needs to be passed urgently, and for it to become a law during this government’s tenure, the bill must be submitted to the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) by the end of December.“If we miss out on this opportunity, we will need to start all over again from square one,” he said.It has taken about five years for the effort to ban child boxing to get this far, he said. It took roughly two years before the amendment to the 1999 Boxing Act was finally handed over by the NLA’s subcommittee on social development, children, women and people with disabilities to the subcommittee on sports, he said.However, the bill has raised a hot debate.On the one side, prominent muay thai fighters, boxing camps and match organizers are strongly objecting to the bill, saying fighting offers a way out of poverty for many and boxers have to start learning the art of boxing from a young age.On the other side, doctors and children’s rights activists are for the bill as research shows signs of brain damage in young boxers and they see the sport as a case of child labor.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Julius Randle, Anthony Davis push Pelicans past Mavericks ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Many children in Thailand become professional muay thai boxers to help support their families and make money for boxing camps. But some of them end up with serious injuries that can sometimes prove fatal. The Nation/Asia News NetworkBANGKOK — Three weeks after a 13-year-old boy died in a muay thai ring, the bill banning children from participating in paid matches has yet to reach legislators.In response to this, the Child Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention Research Centre (CSIP) has stepped up pressure on the Tourism and Sports Ministry by listing the concerns about child boxing raised by well-known international organizations.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew On November 10, 13-year-old muay thai fighter Anucha Thasako died from brain injury after a blow to his head knocked him down during a match in Samut Prakan.CSIP said child boxing was “unacceptable” because injuries can have a long-term impact on the child’s mental development and can be considered a serious case of child labor.“These child boxers are encouraged by their parents and boxing camps to fight each other to earn money for their family and generate income for the camp. Gamblers also bet on them. This deplorable practice continues despite the fact that the sport damages the children’s still-developing brain and leaves them with incurable learning disabilities and other physical and mental health impacts for the rest of their lives,” Dr Liviu Vedrasco said.Vedrasco, a program officer at World Health Organization (Thailand), was speaking at the 13th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion last month.The Boxing Bill needs to be passed as soon as possible so children can be protected from harm and not taken advantage of, he said.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Ellen Urged to Repay Favor

first_imgUnity Party stalwart James M. Rogers has called upon President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to support the senatorial quest of Mike G. Mueller in the ensuing Special Senatorial Election in repayment for supporting her two-term electoral bid.At a news conference over the weekend in Monrovia, Rogers indicated that Mueller remains a strong supporter of Madam Sirleaf and has provided meaningful assistances on several occasions to the electoral struggle of the ruling Unity Party.As such, “the President should be able to reciprocate the good Mr. Mueller has done for the party and the President,” said Rogers, who contested for a Nimba County legislative seat on the party’s ticket in the 2011 elections.Mueller, a Liberian of part-Swiss descent, humanitarian and founder of Mike Mueller Charities, has declared his intention to contest Sinoe County’s vacant senatorial seat come October.According to Unity Party’s by-laws, however, one must be a member of the party two years before standing for an elected position in the primary. Mueller has no party at the moment and wants the Unity Party to refrain from putting up a candidate in Sinoe County for the upcoming election.”In the previous exercise of democracy in 2011’s Presidential and Legislative elections, he offered and rendered his support to the election of Madam Sirleaf, with respect to her ability to secure international support for stability and reconstruction. His service to his nation and people is remarkable and deserving of the support of every Liberian. It is in this vein that I commend my fellow guests here today, for their bold choice to similarly support the candidacy of Mr. Mueller,” Rogers said.“With respect to the commitment of President Sirleaf and the ruling party to further the era to progress,” he continued, “and in my capacity as former candidate for the Liberian legislature on the ticket of the Unity Party, I see it as a patriotic obligation to call upon President Sirleaf and her party to join in support of this great son of Sinoe County. I say to you, Madam President, even as he did support you in your bid, my humble advice is that for the same principles, your support is required in this instance.”Rogers maintained that Mueller has the academic, moral and financial credentials to lead Sinoe County’s legislative seat, adding; “Our nation needs people of high moral value in order to serve with transparency.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Worried Legislators Want Schools Reopened, Education, Health Ministers Summoned

first_imgLegislators in the House of Representatives are concerned about the future of Liberian children as the closure of schools in the country continues due to the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).As the Ebola virus spread uncontrollably throughout the country, the Liberian government through the Education Ministry in July ordered the closure of all schools until otherwise notified.The legislators said that the closure of educational institutions due to Ebola is troubling and worry that the previous 14 years of civil strife had already put Liberian children behind academically.  Being cognizant that education is the key to development and provides the skills and competencies students require in order to become productive participants in the country’s economic and social development, the legislators are seeking a way forward to reopen the nation’s schools.Members of the House of Representatives have unanimously voted for Education and Health Ministers Etmonia David Tarpeh and Dr. Walter Gwenigale to be summoned to discuss the conditions for reopening the schools.The two officials are to appear before the Committees on Health and Education on Thursday and thereafter the Committees will later report to the House Plenary.The Committees’ judgment to invite the Education and Health Ministers was due to the mandate from the Plenary predicated upon a communication from Rivercess County Lawmaker, Rep. Francis S. Paye, to find a way forward to reopen the schools.Rep. Paye hopes that Min. Tarpeh can provide the Health and Education Committee a briefing on current developments within the educational sector. “This, we believe, would also allow the Education Minister to hold consultations with other stakeholders for amicable solutions,” wrote Rep. Paye.However, Grand Bassa County Representative Gabriel B. Smith amended the motion for the inclusion of Health Minister Dr. Walter Gwenigale which was accepted by his fellow lawmakers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Demanding Govt to call elections as mandated by Constitution

first_imgDear Editor,I noticed an opinion piece penned by my former high school teacher, GHK Lall, in a section of the media on the current House-to-House activity. I previously wrote to you when the exercise was commencing, stating that this exercise will eviscerate my right to vote in the upcoming General and Regional Elections.Mr Lall is claiming that this exercise will take six weeks, I would urge him, as he has urged me many times, to examine all the facts. Recently, I saw a release of the GECOM work plan which showed that the exercise would take us into early next year. After collecting the data, the fingerprints must be sent to Jamaica for processing into the database, which I understand takes two weeks. Any errors must then be sent back and the person then located to have errors corrected and then sent to Jamaica for a further two weeks.“A list that is current, accurate, credible and reliable and representative of all eligible Guyanese voters before all Guyanese is the only way to go”. I have researched this, doing House-to-House will not achieve this. My advice to Mr Lall is to urge those whom he is connected to to have a period of continuous registration – this is how I have registered. That way, all those who are fourteen and above will be added to the National Register of Registrants Database. Also, simultaneously have a period of Claims and Objections, so anyone with a dead grandmother on the list can take in her death certificate and remove her. This way, people like me, who currently live abroad, but have intentions of returning home during the term of the next elected government, can have a say.He is calling for political sensibility to prevail, I believe the Opposition has been nothing but generous on time, carrying on with a myriad of court rulings. The CCJ has been clear to respect the Constitution. I believe the Government is letting their hand of immaturity show, with their desperate cling to power. I call on my fellow young people to observe what is happening. In 2015, we were promised this government of change and I have observed many of my classmates graduate UG and are still seeking employment.Concluding, he asked what the hurry is, well, the way I see it, a motion of no-confidence was passed since December 21 last year. We are a few months shy of a year since the Constitution dictates ninety days. How many ninety days have since passed? Surely he can see it’s the Government that is “defecating upon the Constitution”.I urge my fellow Guyanese, especially the youth, to see the farce at play, we don’t need a softer approach. We need to hold a hard-line and demand the Government to call elections as mandated by our Constitution— which was subsequently supported by the highest Court of the land.Regards,Nutana Singhlast_img read more