Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have had their appeals against 90-day provisional bans rejected by FIFA’s appeals committee.Platini and outgoing FIFA president Blatter were both provisionally suspended by FIFA’s ethics committee over a £1.3million payment made to the UEFA president in 2011 for work said to be carried out more than nine years previously.Platini and Blatter lodged appeals against the provisional suspension and, after these were rejected, they are now expected to take their cases to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. 1
CEO of SANParks, Dr David Mabunda congratulates the 49 new field rangers of the Kruger National Park. (Image: SANParks) Volkswagen has sponsored six of their Amarok bakkies to the Rhino Protection Initiative. (Image: Volkswagen) The canine unit will use specially trained foxhounds, equipped with GPS tracking devices on their collars, to help locate suspected poachers on the grounds of the park. (Image: SANParks) RELATED ARTICLES • Taking the plunge for our rhinos • Special anti-poaching weapon for S A • Musos pitch in to save rhinos • Rhinos to get revenge on poachersCadine PillayThe first group of 150 new game rangers promised to the Kruger National Park (KNP) by the minister of environmental affairs, Edna Molewa, earlier this year to boost efforts against rhino poaching has been deployed.The rangers are coming in at a critical time as South Africa continues to pay a high price with the senseless killings of the country’s rhino population, said South African National Parks (SANParks) CEO Dr David Mabunda. Since the start of 2012, 281 rhinos have been killed by poachers in the country, 164 of these in the KNP.Speaking at a special function on 31 July, Mabunda talked about the readiness of the 49 graduates of the anti-poaching programme, as well as a R5-million (US $600,400)sponsorship from the Unitrans Automotive, Volkswagen and Audi divisions to help the park with this and other future efforts in the fight against poaching.“The new rangers will adopt a multi-disciplinary approach, and draw skills and expertise from various law enforcement agencies currently deployed in the fight against poaching.”According to Mabunda, the improved incomes of average citizens in Asian countries have pushed the demand for rhino horn to higher levels than before. More and more people can now afford illegal horn, which is desired because of an unfortunate superstition that attributes healing properties to rhino horn, despite modern scientific evidence to the contrary.“We need to close down the syndicates that are enticing poorer members of society to engage in criminal activities, recruiting them to the front line of these evil operations,” he said.Corporates wage war on poachersWith help from the corporate sector, and the support received from the SANParks Honorary Rangers – a group of volunteers committed to conservation in support of the body – SANParks is acquiring some of the much needed equipment to effectively take the war to the poachers.“This is an indication that South Africa has realised that the fight against poaching will not only be defeated through the work of law enforcement agencies alone, but through a unified front, “said Mabunda.He further acknowledged the help his organisation is receiving from the government, in the form of members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the military, to patrol the 450km-long national border on the park’s eastern boundary. On the other side of the border is Mozambique.The new rangers took part in a special parade, which was inspected by a delegation including several of SANParks’s top rangers and managers, as well as high ranking officials of the SAPS and the military’s border patrol units.Setting dogs on poachersAs part of the sponsorship, Unitrans will make two Amarok 4×4 utility trucks available for the rangers, with one of these going to a canine unit that will soon be established.The canine unit will use specially trained foxhounds, equipped with GPS tracking devices on their collars, to help locate suspected poachers on the grounds of the park. When a positive signal is picked up from the dogs, a helicopter unit will move in on the suspects and once they are cornered, arrests can then be made.Another innovative tool is a DNA database in which information collected from the rhino horn will be stored. When a poached rhino carcass is found, the details of that rhino’s DNA are entered into the database. The database is used to match horns seized at border posts and in raids with the information on record, thereby positively connecting individuals to poaching activities and providing evidence for arrests and convictions.It is hoped that this method will help authorities narrow down the key areas where the illegal trade is rife and make it easier to bring those responsible to book. “We must let the poachers know that we will seek them out, we will find them and they will be dealt with accordingly. This is a war that we plan on winning,” Mabunda warned.CEO of SANParks, Dr David Mabunda congratulates the 49 new field rangers of the Kruger National Park.
Netherlands defeated Costa Rica 4-3 after the penalty shootout during the World Cup quarterfinal Tim Krul came on as a substitute in the final minute of extra time and then saved two penalties in a 4-3 shootout victory over Costa Rica on Saturday, giving the Netherlands a spot in the World Cup semifinals.Statistical Highlights | Match Photos Krul saved spot kicks from Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana after the match had finished 0-0.”We had a lot of chances but it didn’t go in,” Krul said on Dutch television. “Then I come in, stop two penalties and here we are.”In another stroke of tactical genius at this year’s World Cup, Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal pulled Jasper Cillessen moments after the Ajax goalkeeper had saved a shot from Marcos Urena in extra time.”The trick is good,” said Krul, who plays for Newcastle. “A lot of preparation went into it.”The Dutch team will next face Argentina in the semifinals on Wednesday in Sao Paulo.Krul looked super confident during the shootout at the Arena Fonte Nova, saving the second and fifth penalties by diving to his left and sticking out his hand.When Krul stopped Ruiz’s penalty, Cillessen, watching from the sideline, punched the air in celebration.When he saved the second to win the match, Cillessen out-sprinted the rest of the bench to get to Krul, who was already being mobbed by jubilant teammates who had watched from the halfway line.Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas had kept his team in the match with a string of great saves in the first half and again in extra time. When Wesley Sneijder twice beat him late in regulation and again in the second half of extra time, the woodwork made the stop.advertisementSneijder hit the post with a free kick in the 80th minute and sent a curling shot over Navas and off the crossbar before the penalty shootout.At the end, however, Navas could not stop any of the four Dutch penalties as veterans Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben, Sneijder and Dirk Kuyt all scored.The Krul substitution will only boost Van Gaal’s reputation as a coach who leaves nothing to chance and who has a golden touch with replacements. And it kept his tenure with the Netherlands alive for two more matches before he becomes the manager at Manchester United next season.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas took a share of the second spot at the end of the first round after upending University of the East, 25-18, 25-14, 25-20, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Golden Tigresses have racked up three straight wins for a 5-2 record to tie defending champion De La Salle while the Lady Warriors dropped their fourth straight game for a 1-6 card.ADVERTISEMENT It wasn’t much of a contest as the Golden Tigresses had their way against UE’s hapless defense that included freezing out Kath Arado in every way possible.Dimdim Pacres scored two straight points to give UST an 18-11 lead in the third set before Eya Laure and Cherry Rondina took over later in the period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLaure punished the Lady Warriors with a sickening kill for the 24-19 match point before Rondina ended the affair with a booming crosscourt.UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes admired how his team’s first round campaign ended, but he knew it would’ve been better if Season 80 Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini didn’t injure her left knee. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “We had an amazing start regardless if we went 2-2 before but I saw the great development of my players and of my team,” said Reyes in Filipino. “The only bad thing that happened to us was Milena got injured.”“This start is a good motivation for us going into the second round.”Rondina led all scorers with 17 points with Laure pitching in 15 but they weren’t the only Golden Tigreses who had considerable impact on the offensive end.Caitlyn Viray, Pacres, and Kecelyn Galdones had eight points apiece for UST.Judith Abil led the Lady Warriors’ offense with 15 points with Arado settling for 11 excellent digs and 12 successful receptions.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other LATEST STORIES Unbeaten Errol Spence Jr. wants ‘legend’ Manny Pacquiao next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Read Next Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
Paul Lee’s impact for Magnolia goes beyond scoring Matt Nieto scored 10 of his total 16 points in the first half where the Blue Eagles easily took control of the game with a 40-19 lead heading into the break.Tyler Tio led Cignal-Ateneo’s with 19 points on 4-of-9 shooting from deep as the blue Eagles notched up their fifth straight win for a 7-1 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It was a physical game and I think that’s certainly their formula for dealing with our big guys,” said Blue Eagles head coach Tab Baldwin. “I told the players to play through that and play good basketball, and that’s what we’re focused on.”William Navarro finished with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Eagles who played without Thirdy Ravena. MANILA, Philippines—Cignal-Ateneo clinched its playoff spot after punishing Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College, 90-46, in the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated JP Maguliano led the Generals with 12 points but they’ve bowed out of the playoff race after falling to a 2-6 record. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
LATEST STORIES INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – APRIL 21: Tyreke Evans #12 of the Indiana Pacers shoots the ball against the Boston Celtics in game four of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 21, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFPINDIANAPOLIS — The NBA has banned Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans at least two years for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.The league announced that Evans had been dismissed and disqualified on Friday. He can apply for reinstatement in 2021.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Yancy De Ocampo to retire if San Miguel wins Grand Slam MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard declined comment at the NBA draft combine in Chicago. The team said it in a statement it would reach out to Evans to offer our support.A 10-year veteran who will be a free agent after the season, Evans averaged 10.2 points in 69 games after signing with the Pacers in July. He scored 19.4 points per game for Memphis in 2017-18 and previously played for Sacramento and New Orleans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsEvans sat out one game early in the season for violating team rules and issued an apology then for being late to practice. He also missed three games late in the year due to personal reasons and a respiratory infection. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH00:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Influential players in Chelsea’s English Premier League title success:N’GOLO KANTE(Reuters Photo)The midfielder was a priority signing for Chelsea and he joined from surprise champion Leicester. The France international soon demonstrated his ability and was recognized by his peers as the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year, for his ceaseless energy and intelligence. He is the first player since Eric Cantona in 1992 and 1993 to win successive championships with different clubs in the English top-flight.EDEN HAZARDCHAMPION SELFIES!!! #ChelseaChampions ??? pic.twitter.com/hMVQqsEHfD- CHAMPIONS! ??? (@ChelseaFC) May 12, 2017The Belgium playmaker sparkled as Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea won the 2015 title, but underperformed last season as the Blues finished 10th. A change in management and formation under Antonio Conte, not to mention the presence of Kante, has given Hazard more freedom going forward and less defensive responsibility. He has thrived with his highest goal return – currently 16 – and consistently influential performances.DIEGO COSTA(Chelsea FC Photo)The striker enjoyed a hot streak in front of goal in the first half of the season, but his goal return has slowed since his head was apparently turned by a lucrative offer in January from China. Yet the Spain international has still scored 20 times, emulating Didier Drogba and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as the only Chelsea players to have achieved that feat more than once. As good as the former Atletico Madrid player was at times, Chelsea may welcome a big fee for a player who is 29 in October and at times more liability than lethal.advertisementDAVID LUIZCHAMPION SELFIES!!! #ChelseaChampions ??? pic.twitter.com/hMVQqsEHfD- CHAMPIONS! ??? (@ChelseaFC) May 12, 2017Eyebrows were raised when the Brazil defender was re-signed from Paris Saint-Germain. Many thought Chelsea had done well to sell Luiz for 50 million pounds (then $84 million) in 2014, particularly after his poor showing at a home World Cup. But two years on Luiz is a more mature player, more disciplined and the central position in the back three is tailor-made for a player who is so comfortable on the ball that he can saunter forward into midfield and can spray passes out from the back.
Acclaimed Greek-American sports broadcaster Bob Costas, a son of Commack, N.Y and Queens, said his criticism of football’s dangers led to him being pulled from pregame broadcasting the 2018 Super Bowl because it irked the game’s hierarchy.Costas, 66, told ESPN he was given the boot because he had several months earlier told a symposium in Maryland that football, with a proven history of concussions, “destroys people’s brains,” although he said, “Not everyone, but a substantial number,” which didn’t satisfy the National Football League. “That’s the fundamental fact of football, and that to me is the biggest story in American sports,” he said.Before the game he told Sports Business Daily the choice for him not to cover NBC’s show was “mutually agreeable,” adding: “Not only do I not have a problem with it, I am actually happy about it.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says that since Jamaica became a member of the Commonwealth in 1962, the nation has benefited from fruitful cooperation in a number of areas. State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says that since Jamaica became a member of the Commonwealth in 1962, the nation has benefited from fruitful cooperation in a number of areas.He cited support in accessing climate change financing, youth leadership and empowerment, trade competitiveness, education, among others.“Jamaica is grateful for the support provided over the years, which has contributed greatly to the country’s path towards inclusive and sustainable development,” he said, while addressing a Commonwealth Day celebration at King’s House on Monday (March 11).He noted that the Commonwealth’s Climate Finance Access Hub “is ensuring that Jamaica and other small States are climate finance ready by building our capacity to bid for pledged climate funds in support of greater resilience.”Special Adviser to Governor-General, Ambassador Burchell Whiteman (left), raises a toast during the Commonwealth Day celebrations at King’s House on Monday (March 11). Sharing in the moment (from second left) are Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr; Nigerian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Janet Omoleegho Olisa; Canadian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Laurie Peters; and High Commissioner of India, His Excellency Girish Juneja. “Jamaica is grateful for the support provided over the years, which has contributed greatly to the country’s path towards inclusive and sustainable development,” he said, while addressing a Commonwealth Day celebration at King’s House on Monday (March 11). “This is particularly important for us as a small island developing State, given that climate change persistently threatens our development and even our existence,” Senator Charles Jr. added.He said that the annual Commonwealth Day observance serves as a reminder of the greatness that can emerge from cooperation, “particularly for us countries, which committed 70 years ago to remain united as free and equal members of the Commonwealth of Nations, freely cooperating in the pursuit of peace, liberty and progress”.“We welcome this year’s theme for Commonwealth Day, ‘A Connected Commonwealth’, as it calls on us all to harness our dynamism and potential to leverage traditional commonalities into new and innovative means of working together,” he said.“We must work together to strengthen relations and synergise activities in key areas for the benefit of all our countries and people,” he added.The Foreign Affairs State Minister called on all Jamaicans, particularly the youth, to continue to engage with the Commonwealth and to avail themselves of the opportunities to participate in, and to promote the work of the organisation.Nigerian High Commissioner, Her Excellency Janet Omoleegho Olisa, points out interesting feautures of a display on Nigerian artefacts, to Special Adviser to the Governor-General, Ambassador Burchell Whiteman. Occason was Commonwealth Day celebrations at King’s House on Monday (March 11). Story Highlights He noted the opportunity for young people to apply and take part in programmes such as the Commonwealth Youth Council and the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme.“I also call on the Commonwealth Secretariat to increase its efforts to engage with all its members, and this must be done towards a better future for our countries and our people for successive generations,” Mr. Charles Jr. said.Since 1977, Commonwealth Day has been celebrated annually on the second Monday in March.The 53 Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe, marked the day with a range of activities, such as faith and civic gatherings, school assemblies, flag-raising ceremonies, street parties and cultural events. He cited support in accessing climate change financing, youth leadership and empowerment, trade competitiveness, education, among others.