LATEST STORIES FILE – Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors directs his players during the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPGolden State’s Steve Kerr has won the Rudy Tomjanovich Award, given to an NBA coach in recognition of his cooperation with media and fans, as well as excellence on the court.The Professional Basketball Writers Association announced the winner Tuesday. The award is named for Tomjanovich, the former Houston Rockets coach.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 MOST READ Filoil: Cardinals win after Altas fail to show up at venue View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Kerr, who also won the award in 2015, beat out fellow finalists Brad Stevens of Boston, Mike D’Antoni of Houston, Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers and Steve Clifford of Charlotte in voting by PBWA members.The Warriors have won two of the last three NBA titles under Kerr and have a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals over Houston. The PBWA said Kerr encourages players to express themselves and is generous with his time with the working press.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 crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations
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China hits ground running for 2022 Olympics
Sports Minister Gou Zhongwen said sport’s role in China’s journey to build a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2020 should be further emphasised.The administration will call on sports authorities, organisations and relevant units at all levels to take the mass fitness campaign to the next level as a national strategy to improve the health of people and build a stronger nation, Gou told China Sports Daily.Equal importance will be given to mass sports promotion and development of the sports industry with the goal of winning medals at international events, Gou added.A burgeoning industryWith sports being embraced as a lifestyle choice by an increasing number of health-conscious urban Chinese, the country’s bid to turn sports consumption into a new economic growth pillar is gaining momentum.From plodding sweat-soaked exercisers at fitness clubs in major cities to excited crowds roaring on their heroes at professional basketball and soccer games, sports participation is rising.Sports-related businesses in China generated 647.5 billion yuan in added value in 2016－17.8 per cent higher than the figure for 2015－contributing to a total industry scale of 1.9 trillion yuan by the end of 2016, according to the latest figures from the National Bureau of Statistics.However, Zhao Yong, GASC’s deputy director, said the contribution of the sports industry to the country’s economic growth remains modest, with untapped potential in the service sector yet to be fully realised.“The industry scale of sports-related businesses in our country is still not big enough compared with other sectors or the equivalent industry in Western sporting powers such as the United States,” Zhao said.“The structure of the industry still needs to be diversified to explore more business opportunities in sports-related entertainment, leisure and the service sectors for more balanced growth in the future.” Built for the 2008 Olympics, the park features a 10-kilometer walking and running track that wends its way through a forest of greenery. The track has become a runners’ paradise since the country shifted its sporting focus from winning medals to promoting fitness for everyone in the post-Games era.“It’s become part of my weekend routine. If I missed my running session and did something else, I would feel uncomfortable all day,” said Lin Kunyi, an amateur marathon runner who began training at the park in 2013.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Running’s popularity provides just a glimpse of the country’s increasing fascination with fitness inspired by the 2008 Olympics, as the central government aims to build a healthier nation by 2030.Beijing 2008 boasted a spectacular opening ceremony, deft organisation and athletic milestones such as US swimmer Michael Phelps’ eight gold medals and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt’s record-breaking 100-meter sprint. The 2008 Games have been enshrined in the history of the modern Olympic movement with such memories to inspire future generations. MOST READ Ren Hai, a sports sociology professor at Beijing Sport University, said, “There was no better platform and timing than the 2008 Olympics for China to flex its muscles in not just competitive sports but all aspects of development during two weeks of intense global exposure.”The Games served as a window for the world to understand China in an unprecedented intensive and direct manner, Ren added.Selling pointAs an illustration of China’s strength in infrastructure development, major venues built for 2008 still host sports and entertainment events, while in some previous host cities such venues sit idle.Venues that remain busy in Beijing include the National Stadium, better known as the Bird’s Nest, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies, soccer and track and field competitions in 2008.As a major selling point for Beijing’s successful bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, the reuse of eight of the venues in the city used in 2008, including the Bird’s Nest, along with upgrading and transformation work, will see new life breathed into them for competitive and non-competitive purposes in four years’ time.The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will use a total of 26 venues in the downtown area, the city’s north-western Yanqing district and in co-host city Zhangjiakou in Hebei province.The reuse of facilities, coupled with the IOC’s support to optimize savings in venue operation, broadcasting and transportation is expected to significantly cut the 2022 hosting costs for Beijing, said Christophe Dubi, the IOC’s executive director for the Olympic Games.“There is absolutely no doubt about Beijing 2022 being cost-effective,” he said during a debriefing in the city in June on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.“These legacy venues from the 2008 Summer Olympics have given Beijing a huge advantage in making the future Olympics much more sustainable and cost-effective,” Dubi said. Beijing’s regulatory body for construction confirmed last week that transformation work on five existing venues, including the National Aquatics Centre and National Indoor Stadium, which hosted swimming and handball, respectively, in 2008, had begun, with a completion deadline of the second half of next year.The indoor stadium will be upgraded with an ice rink to host men’s ice hockey in 2022, while the aquatics centre, dubbed the Water Cube, will feature retractable structures to provide a frozen surface for the curling competition.Upgrading work at three more Beijing 2008 venues－the Bird’s Nest, the Wukesong Arena and the National Conventional Centre－will take place in 2020. They will be transformed for the 2022 opening and closing ceremonies, women’s ice hockey and media operations.Bao Mingxiao, a researcher with the Centre for Development of Sports Industry at Tsinghua University, said that with the transformation work for 2022 and commercial events such as concerts and entertainment shows being staged, Beijing has set an example for Olympic host cities in the post-Games operation of permanent facilities. This is despite challenges in using some technical and temporary venues.“Making use of highly technical and professional sports venues for commercial and civil functions is a global issue, not just one in China,” Bao said of international media reports on the disuse of the white-water canoeing centre and BMX cycling track for the 2008 Olympics.“Beijing has already taken a lead among its fellow Olympic hosts in operating most of the permanent venues in urban areas, while its counterparts such as Sydney, Athens and Rio de Janeiro are still struggling to find post-event solutions for their own main venues.”Healthier nationWith its athletic prowess proven at the highest level by the 51 gold medals in 2008, (three weightlifters were stripped of them last year for doping violations), China is now focusing on building a healthier nation by rolling out a national fitness campaign.From marathon mania to the square dance craze, Chinese are increasingly being bitten by the exercise bug, as evidenced by hot participation in celebrating the 10th National Fitness Day.Since 2009, the fitness day has been held annually on Aug 8 to commemorate the opening of the 2008 Olympics. Staged in the open area between the National Stadium and National Aquatics Centre, this year’s celebration involved 3,000 sports fans taking part in aerobic exercise, table tennis, badminton and soccer, despite sudden rainfall that drenched the city.From Aug 4 to Sunday, about 3,500 mass fitness activities and grassroots sports events will have been held at major public venues, provincial Olympic sports centers and schools nationwide involving more than 90 million people as part of this year’s fitness day campaign, according to the General Administration of Sport of China, the country’s top sports governing body.In his report to the opening session of the Communist Party of China’s 19th National Congress on Oct 18, General Secretary Xi Jinping urged the country’s sports sector to extensively promote mass fitness activities and to accelerate the construction of a strong sporting nation.The progress achieved by China in the past five years in mass fitness has underlined such instruction from the top leadership.Thanks to more accessible facilities, the proportion of Chinese who exercise at least three times a week with medium intensity had increased to 33.9 percent of the population by the end of 2015, an increase of 5.7 percentage points from 2007, according to the latest national fitness survey released by GASC in 2016.By the end of 2015, the government had set up 573,580 sets of exercise equipment for free use, covering more than half the country’s cities and villages, and had trained nearly 2 million community sports instructors.Meanwhile, GASC has been working with the finance, urban development and education ministries to ensure that State-owned stadiums, training bases and school facilities are open to the public more often.Since 2014, the government has subsidized venues run by sports bureaus and State-owned training centers to ensure they remain open to the public.According to the Ministry of Finance, the central government offered subsidies totaling 930 million yuan ($136 million) last year to support mass fitness functions at 1,257 sports venues. Total investment of 3.5 billion yuan has been made on this since 2014.Previously, the annual allocation of subsidies mainly considered a venue by size and capacity, but from next year distribution will be based on the number of “ordinary exercisers” and the frequency of mass sporting events hosted by a venue as well as feedback from surrounding communities, according to GASC. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippines opens Asiad with rout of Kazakhstan In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 With a series of celebrations for the 10th anniversary taking place across China, the thoughts of leading figures in the sports community shed light on the huge effect the event has had on the country.Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, said via a video message during a celebration ceremony at Beijing’s Olympic Park on Aug 8: “The Beijing Olympics made history 10 years ago. Today’s celebration reminds us of the great success of 2008.“We will always remember the fantastic opening ceremony, which amazed the world with the rich and profound culture of China,” said the former Olympic fencing champion from Germany.“The 2008 Games defined moments of sporting inspiration and they left an extraordinary legacy for China and Beijing… China has every reason to be proud of its Olympic legacy,” Bach said.Observers said that by hosting the Games smoothly and topping the medals tally with 51 golds, China showed the world its sporting, economic and social progress achieved through decades of reform and opening-up, and more important, building a confident image at a critical time for its ambitions to play a more prominent role in international affairs.ADVERTISEMENT BEIJING — Ten years after the flame was extinguished at the Beijing Summer Olympics, the legacy of the Games continues to benefit sports development in China as the country prepares for a winter encore in 2022.Despite the steamy summer heat at Beijing Olympic Forest Park on the north side of the capital, sweat-soaked runners managed smiles as they jostled for position on Saturday afternoon.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew According to national statistics, the sports industry’s added value accounted for 0.9 per cent of GDP in 2016, while market analysis released by Plunkett Research indicated that the same proportion in the US was as high as 3 percent in 2015.Huang Haiyan, a sports industry professor with Shanghai Sports University, identified public consumption of intangible sporting products and services such as fitness guidance, ticketing and spending at venues as the “next frontier” to close this gap.“Public demand for sports-related consumption has escalated from only purchasing sports equipment to a diversified package that includes various services and experience-based products, while the supply of these products still lags behind other countries,” Huang said.According to official statistics, manufacturing and sales of sports goods remained the biggest contributor to the sports industry in 2016, accounting for 62.9 percent of the 1.9 trillion yuan volume, while the sports service sector took up 35.9 percent.As China aims to build a 5 trillion yuan sports industry by 2025, more accessible exercise facilities, mass sporting centers and sports-related tourism destinations should be built, while a number of amateur sporting events should be organized, Huang said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
GOL Dedicates ‘Peace Hut’ in G. Cape Mount
In an effort to connect citizens through the Peace Hut initiative to foster genuine reconciliation, the Government of Liberia (GOL) in partnership with the ECOWAS National Unit has dedicated two Peace Huts in Teworand Gaworla District, Grand Cape Mount County. The two huts, according to government officials, were financed by US$22,000 provided by the government through the budget.In most African countries, a peace huts is a safe space where citizens come together to mediate and resolve community disputes. The Peace Hut in Teworand Town, Grand Cape County also provides citizens the opportunity to gather and discuss matters affecting their day to day lives. The hut is also where the reconciliation and resolution of conflicts takes place, where they (citizens) can openly and safely discuss issues of inequality and together take decisions on peace and security.As the Peace Huts evolve as a place to resolve conflict, the methodology is based on the traditional ‘Palava’ hut system practiced across Liberia.Gracing the dedication ceremony were hundreds of citizens who gathered to express their gratitude to the government and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) National Unit for the long anticipated project. The role and participation of community members in the peace hut for the maintenance of peace in their communities was appreciated as they now see themselves as crucial players in peacebuilding and conflict resolution.Deputizing for Finance Minister Amara Konneh was Mr. Patrick Sawyer who observed that the peace hut project would create a more peaceful and conducive environment bringing all citizens of the region together to forge unity and prosperity.Mr. Sawyer emphasized the need for citizens to use the Peace Huts to promote reconciliation, peace building against potential problems that would serve as obstacles to their district development initiatives. “Government wants you to use the Peace Hut to settle your problems; use it to carry on peace building measures; use it to have your community meetings and other activities that will bring success to the people in the district,’’ Mr. Sawyer urged the communities in Grand Cape Mount County over the weekend.Also speaking at the ceremony was the acting Director of ECOWAS National Unit, Mrs. Luopu K. Cooper, Mrs. Cooper disclosed that the Hut project started in 2012, after a visit of the vice president of ECOWAS Commission, Dr. Toga G. McIntosh, who appraised the ECOWAS Peace and Development project under which two estates were constructed in two separate districts in the County.According to Madam Cooper, head of ECOWAS affairs in Liberia, Amara Konneh approved US$22,000 for the project.She insisted that Finance Minister Amara Konneh believes in peace and development that positively impact the lives of the ordinary citizens across the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Ex-CANU officer jailed for cocaine in shoe soles
A former Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) officer and another man were on Monday jailed for four years and ordered to pay a fine of over .5 million each by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.They were convicted of trafficking cocaine in shoe soles at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).Ex-CANU officer Kurt Sunich, 30, and Israel George, 22, were found guilty of conspiring with a person or persons known and unknown to traffic 580 grams of cocaine on July 3, 2015 at the CJIA.The cocaine was reportedly neatly packed in the soles of two shoes and placed in the lavatory of the departure lounge at the CJIA, for George to collect. However, the plan failed when CANU officers carried out a routine search and found the drug.Unknown to George, who was an outgoing passenger to the United States, the ranks reportedly substituted the drug. He then took possession of the shoes and was arrested.Surveillance footage assisted investigators in identifying the persons who had allegedly taken the shoe soles to the toilet.During the summing up of evidence, Chief Magistrate McLennan said Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers was able to prove all the elements of the offence.She said that the Prosecutor was able to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt against Sunich and George.Magistrate McLennan added that she believed the two men had knowledge of the trafficking agreement and intended to play a part. As such, she affirmed that based on evidence led during the trial she was satisfied that they conspired with persons to traffic narcotic.In mitigation, Attorney Euclin Gomes said that Sunich has accepted the ruling of the Court and was very remorseful. He also asked the Court to impose the minimal sentence that the law permits.Prosecutor Jeffers told the Court that the street value of the drugs multiplied by three is $1,566, 000 which the men were each ordered to pay as a fine.Sunich and George made their first court appearance on July 7, 2015 and had denied the allegation. They were initially remanded to prison, but were subsequently released on bail by the High Court.
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Enbridge Seeks Northern Gateway Sunset Clause Extension
CALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board is looking for public input before deciding whether to extend the sunset clauses for the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Project.In a release today, The National Energy Board says that the sunset clauses in their decision to approve the pipeline project stipulate that construction must begin before December 31, 2016 or approval for the project will expire. Enbridge Northern Gateway and the Aboriginal Equity Partners wrote to the Board on May 6 asking that the sunset clauses be extended by three years to December 31, 2019.If granted, the extension to the sunset clauses would require approval from the Federal government.- Advertisement -The Board will accept comments from the public until June 27, 2016. Public comments can be made to the National Energy Board website.
‘No contact’ from Manchester United over summer move, claims Cavani
1 Edinson Cavani Edinson Cavani’s father has revealed his son is ready for summer talks with Juventus – but Manchester United have made no contact.The Uruguayan is expected to leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season after just two years in the French capital.The Old Trafford giants been linked with a move but Cavani’s father, Luis, has now claimed Juventus are the club set for talks with the striker.“Manchester United? No, we haven’t had any contact with them,” Cavani Snr told Calciomercato.“Is he eager to come back to Serie A? You’d have to ask PSG if they intend to sell Edinson. Juventus are a huge club, the best in Italy. “We haven’t spoken to them yet, as we are waiting for PSG’s season to end, then we’ll be ready to meet and talk to the Juventus directors.”
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal refuses to comment on Neymar rumours
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has refused to comment on speculation the club are in about a bid for Barcelona star Neymar.Rumours surfaced on Friday night about the Red Devils’ interest in the player and after a 0-0 draw, where they lacked firepower, the Dutchman was questioned about his interest in the play.Van Gaal though was adamant he would not talk about any transfer talk.“I don’t enter into this discussion,” he said.“You can ask about all the players in the world and you are doing it in every press conference and in everyone I have to say the same.“I have to protect the interest of Manchester United. I have to protect the players in my selection. I have to protect the people in my organisation and you can say anything, you can mention any player but I can’t answer these questions.“I know your problem because the media wants to know but I cannot say anything.”And then when asked if he would be looking at signing any forwards at all, he replied: “No, because three times we were the better team.”
Third U.S. chopper goes down in 10 days in Iraq
The other group that claimed in an Internet posting that it shot down the helicopter was the Salahudin al-Ayoubi Brigade. Both groups have carried out previous attacks. The number of fatal U.S. military helicopter crashes in Iraq has spiked in recent weeks, fitting a wartime pattern of more frequent accidental and combat crashes during winter months. An OH-58 Kiowa Warrior reconnaissance helicopter crashed near the northern city of Mosul on Friday, killing two pilots. On Jan. 7, a Black Hawk with 12 aboard crashed in bad weather near the northern city of Tal Afar. All eight soldiers and four civilians aboard were killed. The causes of those crashes have yet to be announced. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Rashid Khalifa, 27, who has a food and drink stand in the area, said he saw the attack. “I saw the smoke trail left by the missile,” he said. “I heard a hissing sound, looked around and saw the helicopter losing control before crashing down.” The U.S. command questioned the credibility of a video purportedly showing an attack on a helicopter that was posted on the Internet by one of the militant groups, the Mujahedeen Army. The wobbly video showed a militant firing a shoulder-launched missile toward what appeared to be a helicopter in the distance. The aircraft in the video was hit, burst into flames and crashed to the ground. “A review of the footage on television of a missile being fired does not appear to show this incident today, which remains under investigation,” said Lt. Col. Barry Johnson, a U.S. spokesman. “This appears to be another case of terrorists attempting to manipulate a tragic incident in the international media and getting the most news value out of it by using footage of something else to gain greater attention,” he added. BAGHDAD, Iraq – A U.S. military helicopter crashed north of the Iraqi capital Monday – the third American chopper to go down in 10 days – killing the two crew members. A resident said he saw the smoke trail of a missile before the aircraft plunged to the ground. The military said the AH-64 Apache was conducting a combat air patrol when it went down in an area “known for terrorist activity.” Officials said it was too early to determine the cause of the crash, and the names of the dead soldiers were not released. Apaches hold only a pilot and a co-pilot. Video footage shot by AP Television News in Mishahda, north of Baghdad, showed smoke billowing from what was reported to be the crash site. Helicopters circled nearby. Two militant groups claimed they shot down the helicopter. Neither claim could be verified.
Local relief as Glencolmcille Post Office to remain open
BUSINESS: Locals in Glencolumbkille have expressed relief after An Post officials confirmed that the Post Office will remain open. Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher moved to allays fears regarding the future of Glencolumbkille Post Office and the prospect of its closure.He told Donegal Daily, “Having been contacted by numerous residents from the Glencolumbkille area regarding the future of their local Post Office. “I have been in direct contact with An Post officials, who in turn have given me a guarantee that the post office in Glencolumbkille will remain open.”An Post have confirmed that they are currently seeking a new Postmaster/ Postmistress to operate the Glencolumbkille post office and that they are currently publically recruiting for same.When the new appointment is made, the Post Office in Glencolumbkille will operate with the full support of An Post and it’s future will be secure.Any service disruptions or temporary closure during the appointment of the new postmaster/postmistress will be kept to a minimum to avoid any inconvenience to An Post customers in the Glencolmbkille area. Pat the Cope concluded by saying, “It is essential that An Post commit fully to areas such as Glencolumbkille, as the local post office is an integral and important part of any rural community’s life.”He added that he hoped there would be no delay in filling the vacancy at the Post office in Glencolumbkille. Local relief as Glencolmcille Post Office to remain open was last modified: July 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessGlencolumbkillenewsPoliticspost office