Indonesian Basketball League season put on hold amid COVID-19 fears

first_imgThe Indonesian Basketball League (IBL) has suspended the ongoing 2020 season following the latest developments in the COVID-19 pandemic.“Our decision was not just based on our concerns over players and officials’ wellbeing, but also the fans and everyone involved in the 2020 IBL,” the league organizers said in a statement on Friday.The league said it would continue cooperating with the national authorities to discuss when to resume the 2020 season.“We will resume the competition as soon as we are sure that conditions are safe for all,” league organizers added.The organizers said full refunds would be provided for tickets already purchased and that they would keep fans updated on the future of the 2020 season via Topics :last_img

Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool in Kai Havertz transfer battle

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Coral BarryThursday 22 Aug 2019 12:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool in Kai Havertz transfer battle Havertz is hot property among the biggest clubs (Picture: Getty)Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have registered a transfer interest in Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz, according to reports in Germany.The 20-year-old is a rising star in the Bundesliga and has caught the eye of almost every top club in the world.After scoring 20 goals last season, Havertz is expected to push for a move in the summer of 2020.German outlet Sport 1 claim Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester City are battling for Havertz and will face competition from United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Spain’s two biggest clubs.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Comment Bayer Leverkusen want £91m for the youngster (Picture: Getty)While Havertz has a good relationship with Bayern, the youngster is thought to be a life-long Barcelona fan.However, Havertz is yet to make an decision on his future and appears ready to hear out his suitors.The spending power of the English quintet could be key and Leverkusen are hopeful a bidding war will erupt for the Havertz’s services, who can play through the middle or on either wing.Havertz joined Leverkusen as an eleven-year-old and has risen through the club’s youth ranks, breaking into the first-team in the 2016/17 campaign.MORE: Eddie Nketiah sparks wild celebrations from Arsenal legend Ian Wright with dramatic winner for LeedsMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Five Premier League clubs are chasing the playmaker (Picture: Getty)Real Madrid and Barcelona are also keen on Havertz and the attacking midfielder appears set to have his pick of Europe’s biggest clubs.AdvertisementAdvertisementBayern Munich are desperate to poach Havertz from Leverkusen, but their Bundesliga rivals are set to demand a stunning £91million for the German.After watching Benfica collect £113m for Joao Felix this summer, Leverkusen are confident they can demand a similar fee for Havertz.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citylast_img read more

Manchester United should have signed Arsenal legend Tony Adams, says Phil Neville

first_imgManchester United should have signed Arsenal legend Tony Adams, says Phil Neville Neville praised Adams’ leadership (Picture: Getty)Adams was a vital cog in the Gunners’ title victory and Wright says his work with young players set him apart.‘He was always talking, especially with the young players,’ said Wright.‘Once they got into the first team – [the likes of] Ashley Cole, Ray Parlour – Tony almost just had them in training to coach them. “Don’t go here, push here” all that, he was just brilliant.’MORE: Michael Ballack urges Kai Havertz to hold off Chelsea or Manchester United transfer Tony Adams’ career at Arsenal spanned three decades (Picture: Allsport)Former Manchester United ace Phil Neville says Tony Adams is the one Arsenal player he wished Sir Alex Ferguson had signed. The 53-year-old spent his entire career at Arsenal and won the title on four occasions in his 19-year spell with the Gunners.Adams was entering the latter stages of his career by the time that Neville’s Manchester United started to dominate the Premier League but he was the England captain at Euro 1996.The defender was an inspirational leader for Tony Venables’ side as they came within a whisker of reaching the final on home turf and Adams was instrumental in ending Arsenal’s seven-year wait for a title in 1998.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTFerguson was a huge admirer of Adams and tried to sign him on a number of occasions. He once proclaimed that he was a ‘Manchester United player in an Arsenal blazer’. Comment Advertisementcenter_img Alex Ferguson once referred to Tony Adams as a ‘Manchester United captain in an Arsenal blazer’ (Picture: Getty)But Adams stuck with the Gunners and that title win in 1998 was at the expense of Neville’s United side, with the England Women’s boss admitting he wished Adams had made the move to Old Trafford.‘I think if I could have picked an Arsenal player to play for Manchester United I would have gone with Tony Adams,’ Neville told Premier League Productions.‘He was the best captain I played with for England. He was just unbelievable’.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityNeville was looking back on United’s 3-2 defeat to Arsenal at Highbury in 1997 alongside former Gooner Ian Wright.It was Arsene Wenger’s first victory over Sir Alex Ferguson and it proved vital as the Gunners beat United to the title by a single point. Sean KearnsWednesday 13 May 2020 2:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisementlast_img read more

Family seals deal after bidding battle at auction

first_imgThe home at 25 Bride St, Wynnum.STRONG bidding ensured the sale of a renovated character home in Wynnum on the weekend. The five-bedroom home at 25 Bride St sold for $915,000 under the hammer. Marketing agent David Lazarus, of Belle Property Manly, said three bidders registered for the auction and two actively vied for the property. “We had an opening bid of $800,000 and strong bidding to $900,000,” he said. “We stopped there and negotiated a little bit more. We put it on the market at $915,000 and that’s where it stayed.”More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The kitchen at 25 Bride St, Wynnum.Mr Lazarus said about 40 groups inspected the home during the marketing campaign and 30 people gathered to watch the property sell on auction day. He said the successful buyers were a local family. “The new owners are upgrading from Wynnum West and the sellers have bought a place on the Esplanade,” he said. “They were all very happy with the result.”Mr Lazarus said the Wynnum property market was bubbling along nicely.“I reckon clearance rates are sitting at about 80 per cent for the year,” he said.last_img read more

RBS incurs £102m cost of equalising pension payments

first_imgIPE research shows that at least 19 listed companies have reported estimated or actual GMP equalisation costs since October’s ruling, with RBS the biggest so far. The Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) pension scheme has reported a £102m (€116m) cost due to the UK high court’s recent ruling on gender discrimination in pension payments.In its annual report for 2018, published today, RBS Group said it had revised slightly its initial assessment of the cost to its £45bn scheme of implementing October’s ruling.The UK High Court ruled last year that “guaranteed minimum pension” (GMP) payments accrued between 1990 and 1997 must apply equally to men and women, meaning schemes faced having to revisit 30 years’ worth of records and potentially pay billions to members who missed out.RBS Group’s £102m cost equates to just under 0.3% of its £36bn defined benefit pension obligations. The scheme has a funding surplus of more than £8bn. RBS’ head office in LondonCost estimates range from 0.3% to 1.9% of liabilities.Several estimates of the total cost to the pensions sector have emerged in recent months.Aon initially forecast a combined industry bill of £15bn, while Mercer put the total at £20bn. JLT Employee Benefits has warned that company profits could be hit with costs as high as £32bn in total, depending on how the costs are reported on company balance sheets.Meanwhile, the annual report also showed that the RBS Group scheme’s listed equity exposure had been dramatically reduced during 2018, from 21.9% of assets at the end of 2017 to just 3.7% a year later.Assets were reallocated to index-linked bonds (up from 30.6% to 40.1% of the portfolio), private debt (up from 1% to 5.2%) and private equity (from 4% to 5.2%).‘Ring-fencing’ rules create new schemeRBS Group subsidiary NatWest Markets – its high street banking operation – also reported for the first time since the implementation of so-called “ring-fencing” rules.These require the separation of investment banking operations from consumer-facing businesses. As a result of the restructuring, NatWest Markets was created and took on a portion of RBS’s total pension liability.The company’s inaugural annual report showed NatWest Markets had taken on responsibility for two pension schemes with a combined £1.4bn in assets. They have a net surplus of £281m.last_img read more

Easter with the eyes of faith

first_img Sharing is caring! 55 Views no discussions Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Easter with the eyes of faith by: – April 24, 2011 Photo credit: name for ritual is repetition. Rituals save us from starting from scratch every time something important to us needs commemoration. All we have to do is perform the ritual.It is said that we live in an age alien to this practice; and yet, when news of President Kennedy’s death reached the streets, to cite one famous example, impromptu candle processions formed everywhere. People did not turn in their grief to speech-making. They turned spontaneously to ritual. Holy Week is all ritual, culminating in the ceremony of darkness and light of Holy Saturday, and the great Exultet proclamation.Not every day is a day for significant ritual, where great deliberation goes into preparation and execution. Some days require it, and are incomplete without it. Easter would not be Easter if the accompaniments were just thurible and incense.At another level, every year, the details of the account in Scripture of the Resurrection are pored over. New explanations are often offered for some details, but the ground has essentially been covered before, and nothing really new emerges. The miracle remains the same: he is not here, he is risen!Easter ritual allows us to experience afresh the foundations of faith every time we commemorate the occasion. St. Paul put it simply and fundamentally in First Corinthians: “If Christ is not risen, your faith is in vain.” Your hope too, of course, but he didn’t have to say it.Some difference exists in the way the resurrection was experienced at the beginning and how later generations have done so. The single constant in all the early testimonies is an appeal to sight: “I have seen the Lord.” St. Paul felt excluded from this special band of witnesses, until his Damascus experience allowed him to say: “I too have seen.” It was a privileged, unrepeatable time, when the risen Lord was seen and, as John said in his First Letter, touched and verified.This does not mean that faith was not required. Early witnesses had to trust that their eyes were not deceiving them, that sight was not illusory. Nothing in their experience and tradition had led them to expect anything like it. The dialogue between the disciples on the road to Emmaus makes it clear that the crucifixion represented complete devastation. Then, a man whose brutal death was witnessed by crowds, who was buried in a sealed tomb, had reportedly returned to visit his companions. This is the man they now claimed to “see.”Faith then as now did not depend on proof. What proof could there have been? The moment of resurrection was not a visible event. No one could come forward as an eyewitness. The empty tomb did not constitute proof either. Other explanations were possible, as the gospels themselves indicate. The body could have been “taken away” by someone, as Mary lamented when she arrived at the tomb that morning.What faith attested to then was not an absence, but a special form of presence. This is the distinctive Easter fact in the gospels. It is what empowered the disciples, and it’s where the continuities in resurrection faith, past and present, crucially begin.Faith today responds to the resurrection as a continuing presence. The privilege of “seeing” is no longer ours. We cannot say “I too have seen the Lord.” What we can say is “I too have met him.” Presence now means that the Lord is accessible; he can be met; people keep meeting him, and meeting him continues to change their lives.The experience is something one must desire. St. Augustine set great store by desire in trying to explain the manner and the extent to which God pervades our lives. As Jesus once turned to ask the strangers following him: “What is it that you seek?” Such desiring takes many forms. Doing so actively and deliberately in prayer is one way. More ordinarily perhaps, it’s a matter of what loyalties one perseveres in surrendering to, how one keeps one’s heart inclined and oriented.The experience also transforms. The early witnesses were considered drunk because of change the resurrection had effected in them. Conversion, which is really resurrection encounter by another name, clearly also testifies to this. When it occurs, the experience is always felt as amazing; it transforms blindness into sight, and it brings the convert into a life of new, enlightened awareness.It is such witnesses, who have met the Lord, and are continually transformed by him, who are “sent.” Who else will make the world over; who else can possibly transform it? Such witnessing is a way of saying to the world: ‘I am the message I preach.’ I am reminded here of St. Francis’ instruction to his followers as he once sent them out: preach the gospel by all means possible, he said, and if it’s really necessary, you could even use words.Evangelization is essentially not a matter of giving doctrine. It works in a far more holistic way through the witness displayed in a life. It is life, not doctrine, that attracts and persuades. Method and approach are always important in evangelization, but lives transformed by resurrection faith will always be the surest and best of its techniques.By: Father Henry Charles Ph.dlast_img read more

Man City not so good this season, says Everton boss

first_imgEverton boss, Carlo Ancelotti, says Manchester City’s standards have slipped this season. Loading… “They remain a fantastic team with fantastic players and a fantastic manager. It’ll be a tough test but we need confidence to compete and focus on our football.” Indeed, Ancelotti spoke of his admiration for Pep Guardiola. He added: “Pep is a fantastic manager. I have a good relationship with him. I have met him a few times. I have a lot of respect for him. He is a genius. He always try to do something special on the pitch.” Read Also:Chelsea plot move for Liverpool and Man Utd transfer target He left Celtic for France 18-months ago for £20m. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeSuperhero Castings That People Hated But Were AmazingDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValuePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World Ancelotti is preparing to take his Everton side to the Etihad to face City on New Year’s Day after taking maximum points from his first two games as manager at Goodison Park. “Liverpool have won all of the games,” Ancelotti said before the City fixture. “That is why (Man City trail). It is a fantastic run but maybe Man City aren’t at the same level as last year. That’s the difference.Advertisementlast_img read more

Super Bowl: Chiefs’ Nnadi pays dog adoption fees to mark win

first_img “We’re so honored to partner with @DerrickNnadi who is sponsoring the adoption fees of all of our adoptables dogs at our locations!” the Kansas City Pet Project posted on its website. “What an incredibly generous gesture and we want to thank Derrick for his support all season long.” Promoted Content7 Interesting Facts About GoT Star Maisie WilliamsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Mind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Loading… CNN reported the gesture – announced after the Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in the NFL championship game in Miami – would cover the adoption fees of more than 100 dogs.The group’s adoption fee normally runs about $150, and a spokesperson told ESPN that 20 dogs had been adopted through the program as of Monday afternoon – about double the number that might usually be adopted on an average work day.“All my life, I always wanted a dog,” Nnadi, an American of Nigerian descent, told CNN. “Growing up, I didn’t have a pet; my parents didn’t really allow pets.”Kansas City Chiefs defender Derrick Nnadi, here celebrating the team’s Super Bowl win over San Francisco, is marking the victory by paying the adoption fees for dogs in a Kansas City shelterRead Also: Cricket: Injured Sharma out of India’s New Zealand tourHe finally got a dog, Rocky, in his final year of college.“When I first got him, he was very timid,” Nnadi said. “It made me think of how other animals, whether they’re owned or in a shelter, are feeling scared and alone.”During the NFL regular season, he partnered with the shelter to pay for the adoption fee for one hard-to-adopt dog after each Chiefs victory.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Kansas City defensive lineman Derrick Nnadi hopes to spread the joy of the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win by picking up the adoption fees for dogs at a Kansas City rescue group.Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal set to offer Saka £35,000-a-week deal’

first_img The 18-year-old left-back has been immense for the Gunners but his performances have attracted admiring glances from elsewhere, including Manchester United. His contract is due to expire in 18 months and Saka is only earning £3000-a-week at present. The Sun of UK reported that he could be in line for around £35,000-a-week if he commits to Arsenal.Advertisement Mikel Arteta insists that Arsenal are working hard to cement the future of breakout star Bukayo Saka. Arteta spoke about the situation ahead of his side’s game against Manchester City which has subsequently been postponed due to coronavirus fears. He said: ‘The club is doing what it has to do and is having conversations. [Hopefully] we’ll get it resolved. Arteta: Arsenal in talks with Saka about new deal Saka has scored three times this season and delivered nine assists, becoming a crucial member of the team. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical8 Shows That Overstayed Their Welcome6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsMost Famous Female Race Car Drivers Of All Time Loading… last_img read more

BARONDA ROLLS OUT ‘GUGMA DAY’: Social services caravan benefits 1,000 Ilonggos

first_img“I went around after the elections andI continue to go around even until today and I harvest concerns and wish listsfrom people. And then I try to do something within my means to bridge gaps andplug holes. This is one of the concerns brought to my attention. I am happy tohelp,” she said. Baronda’s office will capacitate thefisherfolks’ associations by training and guiding them comply with thedocumentary requirements for them to avail of more government programs. Theywill be taught to do the minutes of the meeting, monthly reports, financialreports and the like. Department of Health (DOH) regionaldirector Marilyn Convocar was also present as Baronda’s brainchild“Balik-Sigla” program was launched. Under the initiative, 14 physicaltherapists were engaged under the DOLE Government Internship Program and willbe supervised by DOH to offer professional rehabilitative programs to strokesurvivors. [health, obra, peace and order,education] FOR SERVICE, RAIN OR SHINE. Iloilo City’s Rep. Julienne “Jam” Baronda helps a traffic aide put on a raincoat. A total of 291 traffic aides received rain protective gears from the city’s first congresswoman to shield them from inclement weather while on duty. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The Department of Labor and Employment(DOLE), through Secretary Bello and Regional Director Cyril Ticao, distributedmotorized bancas to 11 fisherfolkassociations to help them earn a living and reboot the fishing sector in thecoastal villages of the city. The part-time tricycle driver said, “Dako gid nga pasalamat kay maka-avail kami biskan gamay lang nga bulong.” Baronda sought the help of Bello whenshe learned that the fishers in Iloilo City were having a hard time with theirincome and could not fish due to dilapidated pumpboats. Bello, meanwhile, vowed to support theemployment programs that Baronda wants to bring to Iloilo City such as the trainingfor those who want to work abroad to be conducted by the Technical Educationand Skills Development Authority (TESDA). She also extends her gratitude to ArlaFoods Corp. Philippines/Fly Ace Corporation, Pepsi Cola Products Philippines,Inc., Gold River Management and Development Corporation, Virginia Foods, Inc.,and Sue’s Cake. ILOILO City – Despite his hecticschedule, Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III flew in here yesterday to attendthe launching of “Gugma Day” of Lone District Rep. Julienne “Jam” Baronda, aprogram that brought social services to hundreds of beneficiaries and rolledout employment programs. “This is just the beginning. We willmake this bigger and better,” said the neophyte legislator who was described byBello in his speech as “beautiful and hardworking.” The warm reception of thosewho came to the Legislative District Office (LDO) inspired Baronda to do moreand make it way better. Baronda, meanwhile, thanks the IloiloCity Government headed by Mayor Treñas for partnering in the program along withCity Health Office, DOLE, DOH, Philippine Red Cross Iloilo Chapter, Universityof Iloilo-PHINMA College of Nursing, Globe Telecom, Inc., SmartTelecommunications, Inc., Redeeming the Nation Foundation, Inc., St. AugustineSchool of Nursing, Panay Marian Rose Foundation, Inc., United Fraternities andSororities of Panay, Physical Therapists Registered Phils., WVSU MedicalCenter, Department of Social Welfare and Development, lawyers and the office ofCouncilor Love Baronda and the City Council led by Vice Mayor Jeffrey Ganzon. “I can’t thank enough the goodSecretary Bello for joining us today despite his very busy schedule, and forthe employment programs he has shared with us. Rest assured your firstcongresswoman will not stop working until I deliver the promise of H.O.P.E. Baronda told the nearly 1,000beneficiaries and guests that “Gugma Day” will be a regular periodic socialservices initiative of her office in partnership with Mayor Jerry Treñas and theCity Hall to bring medical, dental and other government services closer to theIlonggos, especially those in the periphery. She emphasized that more programs willbe brought in and additional government agencies will be enjoined as “GugmaDay” goes to more districts in the city to benefit more marginalized Ilonggocitizens. It will be held sustainably in all the seven districts in the nextfew weeks. Baronda also distributed uniforms to195 Barangay Service Point Officers (BSPOs), 174 Supplemental FeedingWorkers, 97 Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS), 168 Barangay Health Workers(BHWs) and raincoats to 291 traffic aides. He said DOLE will help Ilonggo nurseswho want to work in Germany, Canada or to China, as well as other Iloiloresidents who want to work in Japan. Others may opt to work as butchers inAustralia, too. Dominggo Barias of Barangay Magdalo,La Paz district lined up early hoping to get checked up. He was attended to bythe doctors and the 72-year-old was all too happy to bring home free medicines. Joselito Animas of Barangay Sto. NiñoSur, Villa Arevalo thanked Baronda for the initiative saying, “Gapasalamat gid kami kay Cong. Jam-JamBaronda. Syempre ang amon man nga mgamyembro gapasalamat gid nga may nabaton kami nga grasya. Magamit gid ini namonsa amon pagpangisda.” which I made last elections. Those were not empty promises norpromises made to be broken but promises to be delivered to the Ilonggo people,”Baronda said. Fisher Ronnie Mandal of BarangayCalumpang, Molo district is thankful that they have a new pumpboat to use. The51-year-old father said, “Dako gidmabulig sa amon kay ang pagpangisda lang ang amon nga ginapangitan-an.” Baronda also wishes to thank membersof the media particularly the Iloilo City Hall Press Corps for their help./PNlast_img read more