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NBA, FIBA announce plans for pro league in Africa

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ “I hope you know through sport, that if you put in effort, you will be rewarded,” Obama said. “I hope you learn through sport what it means to play as a team, and even if you are the best player, your job is not just to show off but your job is to make your teammates better.”The NBA and FIBA’s involvement will include financial support and resources toward continued growing of the game on the continent, as well as providing training for players, coaches and referees and some infrastructure for the new league. Silver said there are 438 companies in Africa that generate more than $1 billion in revenue annually, but that sport there has not seen the same growth — yet.“Africa is a huge economic engine,” Silver said. “And one place, though, where we haven’t seen enormous economic growth yet is in the industry of sport. And that’s something that we are all particularly focused on.”The NBA has held three games in Africa since 2015, all of them selling out — two games in Johannesburg, the other in Pretoria. Many of the league’s current players and coaches, along with several legends and Hall of Famers, have been part of those trips.“I went with them last year,” Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said. “The NBA reaches out across the world.”ADVERTISEMENT NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during the NBA All-Star festivities, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. The 68th All-Star game will be played Sunday. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The NBA is bringing a pro league to Africa.The Basketball Africa League, a new collaboration between the NBA and the sport’s global governing body FIBA, was announced Saturday. The initial plan is for the 12-team league to begin play in January, and former President Barack Obama is among those who are expected to have direct involvement with the league’s plan to keep growing the game in Africa through the league and other initiatives.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img The league has an office in South Africa, has helped create 87 learn-and-play facilities in seven African nations, and 13 players who were born in Africa on opening-night NBA rosters this season. The league also built an academy in Senegal that opened nearly two years ago.“It’s a huge joy to see our partnership with the NBA enter unchartered territory as we work together for the first time to maximize the potential of professional basketball in Africa,” said Andreas Zagklis, FIBA’s secretary general.This marks the first time the NBA has been involved with the operation of a league outside of North America.“We’re excited to work closely with the NBA to develop and put in a place a professional league like none that we have ever seen in our region before,” said FIBA Africa Executive Director Alphonse Bile. “Through the Basketball Africa League, we can provide the many great clubs and players with the best possible environment to compete for the highest stakes.”The NBA says more details about the new league will be released in the coming months.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The scope of what Obama’s involvement will be remains unknown, and it’s yet to be determined which existing club teams will be part of the league. Qualification tournaments will be held later this year to determine those clubs, with teams from Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia expected to be among those taking part. No nation will have more than two teams in the league.“As we’ve been talking about this concept over the last several months, there’s been a tremendous reception from many of our NBA team owners … and in addition, several of the partners of the NBA have expressed a strong desire to work with us in Africa,” Silver said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSilver said Pepsi and Nike’s Jordan Brand — Charlotte owner Michael Jordan was among the owners in the room where Silver made the announcement — are among the partners who have reached out to the NBA and said they want to be part of the Africa league. Silver also said that Obama, an enormous basketball fan, has told him he wants to “be directly involved with these activities in Africa.”Silver said talks between the NBA and Obama are ongoing. Obama spoke on a video that was shown during the event where Silver announced the league. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil OKC’s Hamidou Diallo leaps over Shaq to win dunk contest View commentslast_img read more

US$6M Smart Health Facility project launched

first_imgThe Ministry of Health in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) with funding from the UK Government, on Monday launched the Hospital Safety Index and Green Checklist training course.This initiative is aimed at equipping participants with skills to ensure that health facilities remain safe and can provide healthcare even after natural disasters. The 25 participants, who include Engineers, Analysts, Information Technologist, Health Economists, and Quality Controllers, will undergo four days of training.British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn told the gathering at Cara Lodge that the launch of the initiative is part of the wider programme of Her Majesty’s Government/Pan American Health Organisation (HMG/PAHO) geared at strengthening health facilitiesBritish High Commissioner to Guyana Gregory Quinnwithin the Caribbean.He used the opportunity to reaffirm the UK’s support to the health sector in Guyana and the Caribbean at large: “This support is designed to ensure that health facilities are able to cope with disasters and climate risks.”The programme is part of a wider US$53 million project on strengthening Caribbean Health Facilities, which was announced by former British Prime Minister David Cameron, during his visit to the region last September. “It is a solid commitment to the Guyana Government by the British Government,” he asserted.Quinn noted that while health facilities provide essential services for daily life, it is vital that they remain in operation after extreme events.This, he said, is what the overall programme of assistance is designed to do. The High Commissioner related that the support announced by the former Prime Minister is set to significantly improve resilience across the health sector in seven Caribbean countries, including Guyana.He said those who benefit from the training will be able to assess facilities on the basis of safety and greening.“It is the first time in Guyana such an evaluation would have taken place on this scale. Those assessments produced would allow us to decide which of the facilities we would retrofit to improve their resilience to natural disasters. The knowledge gained in this training could also be relevant to other sectors. Assessment of resilience should not only be limited to those related to health. They will be better placed to identify future risks and needs, improving essential service delivery at all times,” Quinn said.Minister within the Ministry of Health, Dr Karen Cummings, said the phase two project is a timely initiative as the Ministry of Health continues to seek to deliver Universal Health Care in every region across Guyana. She said government has been seeking to narrow the inequalities between the Coastland and the Hinterland.“The initiative seeks to improve the infrastructure of healthcare facilities to make them infrastructurally sound, energy efficient and to have a comfortable work environment for persons to work and seek care. The low cost adaptive measure will also make the facilities disaster-ready,” she said.Permanent Secretary of the Health Ministry Trevor Thomas said Guyana is a very big country relative to its population and noted that the majority of persons are living on the coastlands, “yet we have a responsibility of providing adequate healthcare to the remotest areas and we should ensure that our facilities have the capacity to deliver healthcare.”He said in an environment where there is no access to a power grid, to areas where electricity is not provided economically, such facilitiesParticipants and other invitees at the opening of the training at Cara Lodge on Mondayshould be made available.Meanwhile, PAHO/WHO Representative, Dr William Adu-Krow said while the organisation is only retrofitting some health agencies, the government should follow suit and do the same, it should retrofit all health institutions and have the new ones built as smart health institutions.last_img read more

ECOWAS Approves Foreign Min. Ngafuan’s ‘National Early Warning Mechanisms’

first_imgECOWAS Special Representative to Liberia, Amb. Baba Tunde Ajisomo,  has disclosed that ECOWAS Heads of State have approved Liberia’s Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan’s proposal for the establishment of the National Early Warning Mechanisms.“On the 8th of July in Accra, the leader of the Liberian Delegation, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augustine Ngafuan, defended robustly the establishment of The National Early Warning Mechanisms, which the ECOWAS heads of state  approved on the 10th as a platform to strengthen the national mechanisms for preventing conflict and for providing leakages between the national level and regional level”, Amb. Ajisomo stated.The ECOWAS diplomat’s assertion was contained in his opening statement on Thursday during the Awareness and Capacity Building Meeting on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), held at Gabriel L. Dennis Foreign Service Institute at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Amb. Ajisomo observed that the uniqueness of the National Early Warning Mechanism is that it will serve as the coordinating unit in preventing conflicts as well as in addressing early potential threats.He said he was happy that Liberia was also hosting an event on the importance of the early warnings as the Liberian Foreign Minister rightly said, adding, “What we need to do now in line with the policy framework of the national early warning is to institutionalize it and bring on board all relevant stakeholders as our Heads of State agreed on the 10th of July in Accra”.Amb. Ajisomo added that he was proud that Liberia is not only a pioneer member of ECOWAS but that Liberia has been contributing effectively to the operations of ECOWAS.He said he looks forward to early institutionalization of the National Early Warning Mechanisms as it will serve as the temperament structure for addressing potential threats and conflicts.Also speaking, Liberia’s Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan expressed satisfaction that following eleven years of uninterrupted peace in the country following the end of the civil war, the nation can collaborate with the Global Center aimed at deepening awareness on R2P issues in Liberia, assess the country’s capacities and hold discussions on developing an Integrated National Action Plan for preventing mass atrocities.Minister Ngafuan reflected on the country’s efforts and participation in regional and global R2P’s initiatives,  including Liberia’s participation in a Regional Policy Forum on the Responsibility to Protect held in Abuja, Nigeria in June of 2012; Liberia’s participation in the Meeting of the Global Network of National R2P Focal Points in Accra, Ghana in June of 2013; the  country’s contribution to the Group of Friends for the Responsibility to Protect in December of 20013; and at the continental level, Liberia’s active participation in the debates shaping major policy decisions on peace and security on the continent.He noted that Liberia, as a country in a sub-region that suffered the brunt of bloody civil war splattered with accounts of the perpetration of gut-wrenching savagery whether by state actors or amorphous groups. He stressed the need for engaging in efforts that aid the country in erecting the necessary road blocks to conflict which occasion mass human suffering.“That is why we as a government welcome the R2P initiative because Liberia benefited from the concept where countries far and near seeing the self destruction we were dealing ourselves, intervened to prevent us from going further down the path of destruction and to build peace”, he added.The Minister observed that globally, there is a wide gap between verbal pronouncements and practical actions in living up to the R2P commitment, adding that countries must commit their scarce resources both materially and humanly.He observed that some countries in the world, especially those with the wherewithal, may choose only to intervene in conflict situations when their strategic  national interests are at stake,  and not necessarily because of human rights abuses or the humanitarian considerations.He urged countries executing their R2P obligations to commit scarce resources, both material and human.Minister Ngafuan noted that oftentimes, these “strategic national interest calculations do not capture the women and children caught in the line of fire, the ones who are maimed and raped. Their calculations are rather based on business and politics. It is not just talking peace; if it means dying to ensure peace then countries must be more committed to making the ultimate sacrifice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Mona Lisa’ writer Evans dies

first_img“They had a strong work ethic and they wrote a lot of plays that have wonderful and sophisticated songs that are quite different from movie songs,” said Feinstein, who in 2002 released an album devoted to the Evans and Livingston songbook. Of his body of work, Evans told friends his favorite piece was “Mona Lisa.” The song was originally called “Prima Donna,” but Evans changed the title at the suggestion of his wife, Wyn. “She was an art lover, and she said `Prima Donna’ didn’t sound right. Why don’t you call it `Mona Lisa?”‘ said Victoria Looseleaf, who is writing Evans’ biography. Evans was born in Salamanca, N.Y., on February 4, 1915. He met Livingston at the University of Pennsylvania, where they were both students, and formed a college dance band. After graduating in 1937, they moved to New York City and began their songwriting collaboration. Livingston died in 2001 at age 86. Evans, whose wife died in 2003, is survived by his sister.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He said to me, `I lived a great life and everything now is gravy. I take it day by day,”‘ Feinstein said in a telephone interview from New York. “He was always thrilled that his work survived.” Evans’ musical partnership with Livingston spanned more than six decades, with Livingston providing the melodies and Evans writing the lyrics. Often called the last of the great songwriters, the duo earned seven Academy Award nominations and won three – in 1948 for “Buttons and Bows” in the film “Paleface,” in 1950 for “Mona Lisa” in the movie “Captain Carey, USA” and in 1956 for “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)” from “The Man Who Knew Too Much.” They also produced the classic Christmas carol “Silver Bells,” and the theme songs for the television series “Bonanza” and “Mr. Ed.” Evans and Livingston wrote songs for dozens of movies, most of them when they were under contract with Paramount from 1945 to 1955. But the duo also wrote the music and lyrics for two Broadway musicals – “Oh Captain!” in 1958 and “Let It Ride” in 1961 – as well as many unproduced scores. Oscar-winning songwriter Ray Evans, whose long collaboration with partner Jay Livingston produced such enduring standards as “Mona Lisa,” “Buttons and Bows,” “Silver Bells” and “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera),” has died. He was 92. Evans died late Thursday of heart failure at a Los Angeles hospital, Frederick Nicholas, Evans’ longtime lawyer, said Friday. “I talked to him the day he died. He was just full of energy and excitement. When I heard last night that he died, I couldn’t believe it,” Nicholas said. Singer Michael Feinstein, a close friend, said he spoke with Evans on his birthday, Feb. 4. last_img

Wilson on brink of 1st tour victory

first_imgBut they’ll be the final group today at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Both shot 4-under 66s Saturday in the third round at PGA National, good enough to put Wilson atop the leaderboard at 6-under and Weekley alone in second, one shot behind entering the final round – where both will seek their first career tour victory. Mark Wilson has been to the PGA Tour’s qualifying school 10 straight years and has gotten so used to the drill that he just assumes it’ll be part of his schedule. And Boo Weekley is probably best-known for wearing camouflage pants and tennis shoes earlier in his career. An unlikely pair, for certain. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “If I can walk off that green and know I’ll be exempt through 2009, it’ll be just a great feeling,” Wilson said. “But it’s more about the journey, enjoying the whole journey that I’ve gone on. I played in the 1991 PGA Junior here, for instance. … And here I am, 16 years later, with a chance to win on the PGA Tour.” Wilson is 0 for 110 on tour, with a world ranking of 265. And Weekley – a guy from the Florida Panhandle who speaks with a drawl and is still blown away by the fact that pro golfers get free golf clubs – hasn’t won any of his other 30 starts, with a world ranking of 196. “When I played the practice round, I didn’t think I had a chance,” said Weekley, who had his first career top-10 tour finish in Mexico last week. “The golf course, I didn’t think it was set up for me real well.” Daniel Chopra (68) was third at 4-under, and Steve Stricker (70) and Westlake High product Charlie Wi (72) were tied for fourth at 3-under. Robert Allenby (73), who entered the day tied for the lead with Wi, was 4-over on the back nine and was alone in sixth at 2-under. PGA European: Richard Sterne held a one-shot lead after the third round of the Johnnie Walker Classic, turning in his second consecutive 8-under 64 in Phuket, Thailand. Sterne, who is at 13-under 203 for the three days at the Blue Canyon Country Club, was one shot ahead of second-round leader Oliver Wilson. last_img read more

Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff: Jubilant Tangerines claim first win in six months

first_img Blackpool celebrate claiming their first win in six months against Cardiff Blackpool finally ended their six-month wait for a victory as Francois Zoko’s second-half winner moved the Seasiders off the foot of the table and gave boss Jose Riga his first victory.Zoko struck just after the hour mark to seal three points for the Seasiders for the first time since last April, 160 days ago, as they defeated managerless Cardiff 1-0 at Bloomfield Road.The Bluebirds now head into the international break in managerial limbo, with prospective boss Russell Slade present in the stands but unable to take charge until a compensation agreement is reached with his former club Leyton Orient.It was the first league defeat for joint caretakers Daniel Gabbidon and Scott Young, who had hoped to sign off with an unbeaten record.However, in what is likely to be their last match at the helm, they became the first side to be defeated by Blackpool this season on a night when their fans held several demonstrations against the club’s owners.The Seasiders fans, who forced several stoppages to a home game against Burnley in April by invading the pitch and throwing tangerines on to the turf, had earmarked this televised fixture as one to publicly protest against the club’s owners, the Oyston family.Several banners were unfurled prior to kick-off and the relentless chanting early on focused on the fanbase’s fury at the handling of the club ever since they dropped out of the top flight in 2011.That specifically-timed 53rd minute protest, a nod to the FA Cup’s ‘Stanley Matthews Final’ in 1953, saw fans pour down to the advertising hoardings – and some on to the pitch – while others exited the ground.Little did they know that the side would claim a long-awaited victory just ten minute later when the Tangerines hitting on the counter.David Perkins fed substitute Joel Dielna down the left, and he in turn found Zoko, who shuffled the ball on to his left foot before firing his first Blackpool goal past Cardiff stopper David Marshall.The Bluebirds turned to Adam Le Fondre and Federico Macheda off the bench but their many attempts to equalise were thwarted by a mixture of heroic Blackpool defending and their own poor finishing, as the hosts held out to the delight of their jubilant fans who remained in their seats. 1last_img read more

Over 200 jobs created by Donegal company expansion

first_imgDonegal company E+I Engineering are planning on expanding their workforce to 1,000 staff, which is set to create over 200 jobs over the next several years.The company, which is owned by Phillip O’Doherty, is set to expand their Burnfoot based factory, which is set to be completed in October.An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar will visit the site on September 11 to officially make the announcement. E+I Engineering site in Burnfoot, Co Donegal.The 40,000 square foot extension means the company will be able to recruit extra staff in production, design and administration.Mr O’Doherty praised the commitment and dedication of the Donegal workforce -praising the county for being “first class” and “highly educated”.In a statement, Mr O’Doherty said: “We have a fabulous workforce in Donegal. One of the reasons for the expansion is because of the company’s performance and employee’s.Over 200 jobs created by Donegal company expansion was last modified: August 20th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:BurnfootBurnfoot and NewtowncunninghamBusinesse&I engineeringlast_img read more

‘Lincoln Red Imps stars will struggle to get time off for second Celtic game!’

first_imgThe chairman of Gibraltarian club Lincoln Red Imps has revealed to talkSPORT that some of his players could struggle to get time off for the second leg of their Champions League qualifier against Celtic.The semi-professional minnows recorded a shock 1-0 home victory over the Hoops on Tuesday to consign Brendan Rodgers to defeat in his first game in charge of the Scottish champions.Many are calling the result one of the worst in Celtic’s history, though they are expected to make amends when the Gibraltar champions travel to Parkhead for the return leg next Wednesday.With a total of 30,000 living on the island, you can fit the entire population of Gibraltar into Celtic Park twice over, though Red Imps chairman and president Derek Alman doesn’t expect many residents to make the trip.However, he fears some of his players might also have to stay at home as well.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast following the win over Celtic, Alman said: “We’re still struggling to come to terms with the tie to be honest. It’s very surreal.“I reckon about 40 or 50 people will make the trip over. It’s quite short notice with the flights and other arrangements. I’m not sure if we’ll get 50 or maybe 100 coming over.“If we get an invite from Celtic for all our people, we’ll get them all on a ship over to Scotland!“But of course all the players will have to take time off from their employers, so it’s going to be a struggle for us to get the employers to give them release!”last_img read more

Former Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo looks to have found himself a new club

first_img Yaya Sanogo in action for Arsenal Former Arsenal flop Yaya Sanogo is on the verge of signing for Toulouse, according to reports in France.The striker is out of contract after being released by Arsenal at the end of June.The Frenchman, who spent four years with the Gunners, has been in talks with Toulouse for over a week.Now, according to France Football, the final touches are being made ahead of Sanogo’s switch to the Ligue 1 club.Talks with the 24-year-old are said to have gone very well and an official announcement could be made on Friday. 1last_img

Real Madrid ready to move for Raheem Sterling after stunning performance in Spain

first_imgThe 23-year-old scored two goals in England’s 3-2 victory over Spain on Monday, ending a three-year goal drought in a Three Lions shirt.Real Madrid chiefs were in the stands at the Estadio Benito Villamarin and were apparently impressed by the speedster’s performance as his incredible pace tore Spain to shreds.And, according to the Daily Mail, the Liga giants are now set to ramp up their interest in the Manchester City star, whose future at the Etihad Stadium is still up in the air.Sterling has 18 months remaining on his City contract, meaning he can leave as a free agent at the end of next season. 2 Sterling can’t stop scoring for Man City, but can’t find the net in an England shirt Real Madrid are ready to make a move for Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling after watching him down Spain in the UEFA Nations League.Reports claim the Spanish giants could look to capitalise on Sterling’s contract uncertainty at City after being impressed by his performance in Seville. Sterling finally ended his long goal drought with a fine finish against Spain, and later added another 2 While negotiations are said to be continuing with the Premier League champions, the player and club are yet to come to an agreement.Sterling – who scored 23 for Man City last season and already has six for club and country this term – is currently rated at around £100million, but his value will surely decrease if he continues to run down his contract.And that has put Real on alert, with Los Blancos chiefs continuing to monitor his situation at the Etihad.last_img read more