NLEX stands by Kiefer Ravena amid doping ban

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo from NLEX’s Road Warriors’ official Facebook account.The NLEX Road Warriors are standing by its embattled rookie Kiefer Ravena, who has tested positive for banned substances World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) List.In a post on the team’s social media accounts, the Road Warriors vouched for Ravena’s character as an athlete with the star guard also possibly facing suspension in the PBA during his 18-month ban in Fiba competitions.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations “We stand by Kiefer—our athlete, teammate, and member of the NLEX family—at this time,” the statement read.“In the time we’ve worked with Kiefer, we have known him to be a man of integrity and honor. He has always abided by the principles of fair play and sportsmanship since he was a young boy, which he has continued to demonstrate in his career and as a role model to the youth through his civic activities.”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 crownREAD: Kiefer Ravena tests positive for banned substances, gets 18-month suspension from FibaSamahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas on Monday announced that Ravena failed the drug test after Gilas Pilipinas’ game vs Japan in Fiba Basketball World Cup Asian qualifiers last February 25. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiefer Ravena tests positive for banned substances, gets 18-month suspension from Fiba Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Traces of Dimethylbutylamine, Methylhexaneamine, and Higenamine were found in Ravena’s system, substances that WADA has classified as prohibited.Ravena believes he ingested the banned ingredients through a pre-workout drink called Dust Extreme, which is readily available in the Philippine market.“While we as a team, do not condone the use of prohibited substances, we strongly believe that Kiefer would not knowingly take any such substance,” NLEX also said.“Kiefer has passed multiple drug tests conducted by the PBA since the time he joined the league, and has also passed previous tests conducted by the SBP and GAB. It was an honest mistake.”The Road Warriors also said they welcome SBP’s clarification from Fiba whether Ravena’s ban, which will last until August 24, 2019, would include his stint in the PBA, where is his playing only on his first year.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 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

U.S. Department of Defense to Establish 2 Ebola Testing Centers in Liberia

first_imgThe Government of Liberia has announced that the US Department of Defense will soon establish two Ebola testing centers in Liberia.This was disclosed by the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Walter Traub Gwenigale, when he officially initiated the “Ebola Half Hour” radio program.Pieces of information provided on the “Ebola Half Hour” will be the outcome of daily technical meetings between the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and its partners— including the World Health Organization (WHO).Dr. Gwenigale said a delegation of the US Defense Dept., which has medical testing facilities over the border in Kenema, Sierra Leone, will arrive in the country by Thursday of this week to begin work setting up the two laboratories.The main lab will be set up at the Liberia Institute of Biomedical Research (LIBR) in Charlesville, a few kilometers from the Roberts International Airport in Margibi County, while the other would be a mobile laboratory, set up in Foya, Lofa County, epicenter of the deadly Ebola outbreak in Lofa County, the Daily Observer was told exclusively by the WHO Country Representative, Dr. Nestor Ndayimirije.The Health Minister explained that the centers would reduce the cost and time of sending blood samples to neighboring Guinea for confirmation.He thanked the US Defense Department for their support in helping to fight the deadly Ebola virus, which has so far claimed at least 10 lives. Eight of those lives were lost in Foya, Lofa County, while the other two died in Montserrado and Nimba Counties.The Health Minister said the labs would help ensure that the spread of the virus in the country is stopped.Providing updates as he launched the “Ebola Half Hour” radio program, which would be simulcast on at least three radio stations, including the state-owned ELBC, Dr. Gwenigale stated that the Ministry has been making efforts to provide the necessary awareness on the prevention of the spread of the virus.He stated that they were also making sure that protection of all the health personnel working with suspected Ebola patients was paramount to the Ministry.Dr. Gwenigale disclosed that at least 21 persons have been confirmed to have contracted the virus since the verification of its presence in Liberia on March 30, 2014. Of this number 10 persons have died.  “We received information that a young girl who was hospitalized died early yesterday morning in Foya, Lofa County,” he said sadly.The Minister passionately appealed to the public to avoid contact with people suspected of having Ebola’s body fluids and with the bodies of suspected victims.He also appealed to religious leaders, praying mothers and family members to take advantage of the measures provided by the Health Ministry and stop praying for someone who shows signs of the virus as they themselves could contract the virus, which has a fatality rate of 90 percent, according to WHO.According to the Health Minister, some people who had come in contact with suspected Ebola carriers, were on the run and they were doing all they could to locate said persons, as their actions could pose a serious threat to the larger population.Since the launch of the “Ebola Half Hour,” radio program fell on World Health Day, April 7, the Message of the World Health Organization (WHO) Africa Region Director, was read by WHO Country Representative, Dr. Nestor Ndayimirije.Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo’s Message said the aim of 2014’s commemoration was to raise awareness about the threat posed by a group of diseases that are spread by insects and others vectors, including flies, mosquitoes and freshwater snails.The Day was celebrated under theme:  “Vector-borne diseases: small bite, big threat.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgMy dear People of Liberia, I greet all of you:I come to you today to answer the question about whether I will sit down and not take part in the General and Presidential Elections of 2017 or stand up to be the next President of Liberia through the 2017 Elections.When one out of every five Liberian children dies before reaching one year of age, this is not the time for me to sit down. When half of the Liberian children are looking much smaller than their ages because they do not eat good food, this is not the time for me to sit down. When nearly all of the Liberian children who die get killed by diseases that can be stopped by the know-how and money in Liberia, this is not the time for me to sit down.When half a million Liberian children of school age are not in school, this is not the time for me to sit down. When there are one and a half million Liberian children in school but nearly all of them do not have qualified teachers to teach them, this is not the time for me to sit down. Even when there are more than 5000 schools in Liberia but the educational system of Liberia is a MESS because it is not promoting Liberian culture but it is based on foreign culture, then this is certainly not the time for me to sit down.When the young people of Liberia are massively unemployed but foreigners are doing jobs and owning businesses in Liberia that these young people can do and own, then this is definitely not the time for me to sit down. When the doors of success are not open to women who can do as well or even better at work than men, then this is clearly not the time for me to sit down. When the workers of Liberia are being made second-class citizens by some Liberians who are supposed to be representing the interest of the workers but they do not want to make the Law for giving the workers a decent standard of living, then this is certainly not the time for me to sit down. When there is still no justice for the poor people, then I must not sit down in the face of injustice.When the President of Liberia says publicly that the government of Liberia has failed to stop corruption and corruption has now become a vampire sucking the lifeblood of the people, making the poor people poorer and a few rich persons richer, then this is the time for me to stand up. When the vampires, who benefit from the sweat, tears and blood of the people, are campaigning to be elected for political offices, including the Presidency, misusing the people’s money and being honored by false representatives of the people, then this is really thetime for me continue standing up. When the vampires continue to do the same blood-sucking of the people that brought the Civil War and could bring another Civil War, then, with  the experience that I have in stopping the Civil War and working to prevent another Civil War,  I must stand up taller and stronger now to stop the vampires.So my dear People of Liberia, I, Togba-Nah Tipoteh, come to you today to say to you that that I am standing up to be the next President of Liberia through the 2017 General and Presidential Elections. I want to be your next President because I continue to do the work of the President without being the President. As President, you already know that I am prepared to provide leadership to stop the vampire because of the work that I still do. What is the work of the President of Liberia? The work of the President of Liberia is for the President to be in the front, working with as many people as possible, to convince the people of Liberia that they have the right to own Liberia and to work and benefit fairly from the work that they do. The President must be in the front by example, by being the servant of the people, using the Constitution of Liberia to protect the rights of the people by installing a sustainable system of justice for all of the people of Liberia. I want to be the President because of what I have done and what I am doing and not because of the things I would like to do that the people have not seen me doing. You already know me to be your Servant and so I am presenting my humble self to you to be considered as your next President. If you let anybody cook your food without your knowing whether or not the person can cook good food, you could get sick or die from bad cooking. This is why with all of the suffering that the people of Liberia continue to go through, they have to choose well in 2017 so that the suffering can stop.For the 2017 Elections to be free and fair, the Commissioners of the National Elections Commission must be appointed by the President from a list of ten names given to the President by Civil Society. This new way of appointing the Commissioners of the National Elections Commission will prevent electoral fraud where a Commissioner is a foreigner, foreigners are candidates for elective offices, foreigners are voters in elections in Liberia and the wrong names of candidates are deliberately placed on ballot papers.As I bring this Message to a closure, let me thank the People of Liberia for the progress made in stopping Ebola by their taking ownership of the process of stopping Ebola through helpful messages and actions. Praises go out to the Health Care Workers for their sacrificial services and let us say Never Mind Yah to them for the hundreds of Health Care Workers who gave up their lives while trying to save the lives of other people. Let us take good care of the Ebola survivors and the children of the people who died from Ebola. The People of Liberia remain grateful to all of the friends of Liberia who have come to Liberia to help stop Ebola.Most of all, for all of the blessings that we continue to receive, let us thank God, Allah, Nahngala, Ah-Bie, Walah, Gi-Wala Gala, Glaypor, Kamba, Nyihnswa. To all of you my dear People of Liberia, I thank you by saying Eseh emama. Emama, bayzuo, baika-way, balika, enaykay kobalika, ahtato, ahtrohwa, ka-ah zuo katoto-diah.Thank you very much for listening.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LAND COMMISSION: The Land Commission is on its way to solving Land Snags

first_imgPublic hearings on the proposed Land Rights Bill took place in the Chambers of the Liberian Senate on Monday, August 10, 2015, before the Senate Committee on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment (lead Committee) and the Committee on Judiciary, Claims, Human Rights and Petitions, as well as the Committee on Lands, Mines, Natural Resources & Environment and Judiciary of the House of Representatives, with call from a cross-section of Institutions represented, including the Governance Commission, Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), National Civil Society Council of Liberia, the National Traditional Council of Liberia, amongst others, to pass the law.Earlier in his opening statement, the Senate Committee Chairman on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment, Senator Albert T. Chie of Grand Kru County, noted that, land rights, ownership, protection and use are very crucial to the existence and well-being of the Liberian people.Senator Chie said Liberia has suffered several land-related violences that resulted into the death of many citizens and residents and the destruction of properties. He said some of the land dispute cases are on the courts dockets unresolved, while several others are being addressed through dispute resolution at a snail pace. He furthered that many Liberians often predict that the next civil conflict will be land-related, but assured that Government’s decision to take all necessary measures to address land problems in the country through the reform of land policies, laws and programs is irreversible and unwavering as evidenced by the proposed Land Rights Bill.The opening statement by Senator Chie was followed by testimonies from several panelists who were invited to provide their candid opinions on the Land Rights Bill. They include the Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, Hon. Patrick Sendolo, the Chairman of the Land Commission, Dr. Cecil T. O. Brandy, the Chairman of the Governance Commission, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, the Chairperson of the National Civil Society Council of Liberia, Madam Frances Greaves, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture for Planning and Policy, Dr. Charles McClain, and Mr. Ali Kaba of Sustainable Development Initiative (SDI), amongst others. The panelists pleaded with the legislators for the passage of the proposed Land Rights Bill, affirming that the drafting of the Bill and its subsequent submission to the National Legislature through the office of the President, was a result of extensive and participatory consultations, with diverse stakeholders, thus the Bill when passed will benefit the government and people of Liberia. However, two of the panelists, former Deputy Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy, ECB Jones and the Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Harrison Karnwea, held different views and argued against some provisions in the Land Rights Bill.Mr. Jones said even though he is not opposed to the passage of the Land Rights Bill, there were however some issues, which he referred to as “bugs” that needed to be revisited and clarified before the Bill is passed into Law. He cautioned committee members of both houses not to hastily pass the Bill because the issue of land is critical to sustaining the country’s peace and security while at the same time protecting the rights of the people as enshrined in the Constitution. He then volunteered to work with the Joint Committees on Lands, Mines, Energy, Natural Resources and Environment to point out what he perceived as “bugs” and proffer his expert opinions. For his part, FDA Managing Director, Harrison Karnwea similarly, subscribed to the passage of the Bill, but expressed concern that the Land Rights Bill could be in conflict with some provisions in the Community Rights Law. Hon. Karnwea also stressed the issue of governance as it relates to the forestry reform law of 2006, which mandates the FDA to set aside 30% of the remaining forest as protected area. He therefore requested the honorable legislature to critically look into these issues with a view that they are not in conflict with other laws before the passage of the Bill.In a statement during the hearing, Cllr. Tiawon Gongloe also supported the passage of the proposed Land Rights Bill, which he said is in the best interest of the Liberian people. Cllr. Gongloe specifically argued against the issues raised by Hon. Harrison Karnwea, stating that the Community Rights Law is possessory rights which are different from title rights. Cllr. Gongloe said the proposed Bill, for the first time in the history of Liberia, gives communities the opportunity to have titles to their land, making it possible for them to negotiate with investors, which will lead to greater economic advancement for all Liberians. The National Legislature now has the task to rectify and fast-track the passage of the historic Land Rights Bill to curb the injustices of huge land grab in the country by those with significant economic status that have persisted in the land sector for years.The draft Land Rights Bill already provides wide range of protections for customary land rights, which if retained and passed into law, will fulfill the potential protection of security of tenure for the customary land rights as contained in the Land Rights Policy. Over the years, there have been disparities between user’s rights and ownership rights, but the Bill has harmonized those rights by equating them to that of the private ownership rights said Dr. Brandy in his closing statement. “Therefore, most of those issues that were raised in the hearing are captured in the Bill; we all need to read the document extensively so that we can together resolve these land issues, which have the potential of brewing violent land conflicts in the country,” Dr. Brandy concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Shaw cable outage in Northeastern BC

first_imgThose who get their internet from Shaw Communication may have to wait a little longer to get their service back.Shaw has confirmed video and internet signals in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, and other Peace region communities have been interrupted, after a fibre-optic cable serving the region was severed today.At this moment, Shaw does not know when service will be restored. The outage started shortly before 3pm.- Advertisement –last_img

Ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter takes ban appeal Court of Arbitration for Sport

first_img1 Sepp Blatter Disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has taken his appeal against his six-year ban from football to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in an effort to have the sanction turned over.Blatter and UEFA president Michel Platini last month had appeal hearings after being punished with bans from all football-related activity in December over a £1.3million “disloyal payment” made to the Frenchman.Both deny wrongdoing. They claimed the £1.3million payment was made following a verbal agreement between the pair when the Frenchman worked for Blatter from 1998 to 2002, though not paid until 2011 – 13 years after the agreement.The pair’s suspensions were reduced from eight to six years, with their services to football a mitigating factor, but Platini took his case to CAS and Blatter has, as promised, followed suit.“Joseph S Blatter has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the decision issued by the FIFA Appeal Committee on February 16, 2016,” a CAS statement read.“In his appeal to the CAS, Mr Blatter seeks the annulment of the decision taken by the FIFA appeal committee in which he was suspended from all football-related activities at national and international level for six years.“A CAS arbitration procedure is in progress. First, the parties will exchange written submissions and a panel of three arbitrators will be constituted.“The panel will then issue directions with respect to the holding of a hearing. Following the hearing, the panel will deliberate and at a later date, it will issue a decision in the form of an arbitral award.”The six-year bans began on October 8, 2015 and expire in October 2021.Blatter is aged 79 and the suspension effectively ends his hopes of returning to football, unless CAS rules in his favour.Platini would be eligible to return in time for the Qatar 2022 World Cup he championed.Meanwhile, criminal proceedings have been opened against former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, the office of the attorney general of Switzerland has announced.Frenchman Valcke was formally dismissed as FIFA secretary general in January and last month was banned from all football-related activity for 12 years and fined 100,000 Swiss francs (almost £71,000) by FIFA’s ethics committee.last_img read more


first_imgRory Kavanagh with baby Zoe: Pic Joanne GillenDONEGAL footballer Rory Kavanagh is the proudest dad in the county – after his wife Kathryn gave birth to beautiful baby Zoe.The St Eunan’s club man is seen here beaming with pride with the new arrival.And what a beautiful little girl she is….in the arms of proud Auntie Alma.,PROUD DAD RORY KAVANAGH SHOWS OFF HIS NEW-BORN DAUGHTER ZOE was last modified: January 26th, 2014 by John2,Share 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),baby daughterDonegal GAARory KavanaghSt EunansZoelast_img read more


first_imgJohn Jnr, left, pictured with his dad on a previous visit to the same barA MAN with strong family links to Co Donegal is among eight people who have died in the Glasgow helicopter crash.John McGarrigle, (59), was at the Clutha Bar in the city on Friday night when a police helicopter ‘fell from the sky’ and smashed into the roof of the premises.John has many relations in the Letterkenny area and often returned to visit them. His son – also John – spent all day at the site. He told the BBC News Channel that his dad is “probably lying underneath that helicopter”.He said: “The realisation, and just a deep instinct … kicked in right away as soon as I heard there was an accident at Clutha. I just knew something bad had happened to him.“When I came round and seen where the position of the helicopter (was) that was when I knew, because he sat in that spot all the time, where the ‘copter hit.“I am still shaking,” said John Jnr. John. 38, spent hours around the police cordon waiting to hear news on his dad.He said his dad often went to the pub and usually with the same two friends.One of them stepped outside while the other went to the toilet when the chopper fell from the sky.And John Jnr revealed he could have been killed also.“I would have been sitting there right next to him if I hadn’t met  my girlfriend earlier in the night,” he said. MAN WITH DONEGAL LINKS ‘DIED IN CHOPPER CRASH’ was last modified: December 1st, 2013 by John2Share 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:crashdonegalGlasgowhelicopterJohn McGarriglelast_img read more

Kevin Eves is revving up again after lucky escape with concrete post at Donegal Rally

first_imgThe weekend was going to plan for Kevin Eves when his Joule Donegal International Rally came to a shuddering halt in mid-June.The Pettigo man led the national rally by 6.1 seconds after the first seven stages.Knockalla, though, would prove to be his nemesis. Eves’ name was added to a famous and lengthy list of scalps claimed on the notorious Wilhare’s Corner. It was unfortunate and yet fortunate for Eves all in one as he escaped with two broken bones when a concrete post pierced through the floor of the Corolla.“I knew that my foot was sore at the time, the whole thing just kind of happened and I was like: ‘Look at this, Christ, get me out of here,” Eves remembers as he prepares to get back in the cockpit this weekend in the Ulster Rally.“We just went off down the banking and the concrete D-rail came up through the floor. A lot of people mightn’t have realised what happened, it just looked like we slid off.Eves broke two metatarsals and fractured another one, while he was left with a rather large wound on his foot. He says: “I got away light enough, I suppose, considering a concrete post came up. I was in plaster up to about three weeks ago and had one of those moon boots on for another week.“I thought I could go around that corner harder than I could. It’s a deceptive enough corner. We had been sitting a long time on the start line and the tyres were cold. We carried too much speed on middling-cold tyres and the post just got a hold of us!“We knew it would be tough and we just got a wee bit over-excited!”Eves was taken to Letterkenny University Hospital and the stage was cancelled. Those watching the live coverage on Donegal Daily were concerned before Eves’ father, Martin, contacted us with an update of his condition.Eves and co-driver William Lynch had been preparing for Donegal all year. Wins in the Rally of the Lakes and the West Cork Rally had brought them into Donegal in good stead. “We were doing well with two wins and a third,” Eves says.“It couldn’t really have gone much better. Donegal was going to plan too for the short while that we were in it.“We’ve only really started to get going this year too and we knew how hot the pace was. The game plan for us was to get the pace up and be competitive in Donegal. Anything we got early in the year was a bonus.“We came into Donegal with good enough intentions. We knew the pace would be hard. Donegal always gets more out of everyone. We knew we had to get sharpened for it.” Kevin posted this picture on social media from his hospital nedEves had the overnight lead after day one after a fine start to the three-day event but, ultimately, the pace would be his undoing.Eves says: “It was mad. After a day’s rallying. there were only five or six seconds between five or six competitors.“There was a big pace. One mistake could leave you going down four or five places. That’s much better than being out on your own in no man’s land.”Eves is thankful to his sponsors –  the likes of Accapple Construction, JM Joinery, Building Cost Control, Darren McNern Paving and EnviroGrind – for their support as he gets back to action this weekend. The two-day Ulster Rally, based in the Derry, Strabane area, gets him at the wheel again – and there are precious Championship points at stake.“We just have to finish and hopefully score middling points,” Eves says.“The Championship is so close so we need to get points on the board. I’m looking forward to it, we’re revved up and ready to go!”Kevin Eves is revving up again after lucky escape with concrete post at Donegal Rally was last modified: August 18th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2017 Joule Donegal International Rally2017 Ulster Rallykevin evesPettigoToyota CorollaWilliam Lynchlast_img read more

QPR end talks with Alex

first_imgQPR have ended talks with Alex after they were unable to reach an agreement with the transfer-listed Chelsea defender.Rangers always faced a major task trying to persuade Alex to join them, and he is now tipped to be reunited with former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti at French club Paris St-Germain.Recently-appointed QPR boss Mark Hughes is keen to sign at least one centre-back before the transfer window closes.Nedum Onuoha has been the club’s number one target for some time and talks with the Manchester City man are ongoing.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img