Injury forces Fajardo out

first_imgJune Mar Fajardo, the most dominant big man in the Gilas lineup, has begged off from joining the squad in the Fiba Asia Championship that unfolds next week in Lebanon after straining his calf in San Miguel Beer’s PBA game last Wednesday.San Miguel team officials furnished Gilas coach Chot Reyes a copy of Fajardo’s medical report with the 6-foot-10 center needing at least two weeks of rest before the injury is evaluated again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa was furnished the same copy of Fajardo’s medical report.Fajardo was ordered to immediately rest and missed the Beermen’s crucial game against Star on Friday night. Pirates still unbeaten Without Fajardo, the Beermen lost for the first time in three games in the Governors’ Cup, 104-98, and dropped to a tie with defending champion Ginebra at 2-1.The Hotshots zoomed to their third straight win to tie idle Meralco at second behind NLEX’s 4-0 start.Fajardo last played for Gilas in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association championship almost two months ago in Manila.His withdrawal from the team comes as a big blow after Gilas already failed to get naturalized center Andray Blatche on board, with the former Brooklyn Net in the NBA fearing for his security in Beirut.Gilas has been bracketed with China, Iraq and Qatar in Beirut, with the Filipinos to open up against the powerhouse Chinese on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ For the Philippines to advance outright to the quarterfinals, it would need to sweep its first three games, otherwise, the Filipinos would be relegated to a qualifying round to get to the quarterfinals.The good thing about resting Fajardo now is that he could be 100 percent ready for the World Cup Qualifying.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The injury bug just bit Gilas Pilipinas and got the Filipinos’ best man in the middle.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans View commentslast_img read more

‘Widows’ Paradise’ to be first play in Cross Hall for 30 years

first_imgTICKETS are selling fast for the hilarious play ‘Widows’ Paradise’ which will be staged in the Cross Hall, Killygordon on Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of November.This three-act comedy by Sam Cree features a cast entirely made up of locals, most of whom are new to the stage and all proceeds will go towards the Christmas lights for the Cross.Priced at €10/€8, tickets can be purchased at the parochial hall on 20th, 24th, 25th, 31st of October and 1st of November between 6 and 7 pm each night. Tickets are also available in all shops, bars and cafe in the village. Almost 30 years since the last play in the area, this farcical comedy is set in the 70s and the action takes place in a seaside caravan with five ladies embarking on a strictly Women Only holiday.All goes well until a case of ‘mistaken caravan’ puts five males into the mix – can the widowers cope with the male invasion or will all hell break loose? Directed by Kathleen Browne and Paddy Mc Menamin, both from Ballybofey, this is certainly a show not to be missed.The cast is Dean Gillespie (Harry), Majella Sweeney (Ruby), Olivia Kelly (Lucy), Jessica Kelly (Sylvia), Jacinta McCarron (Vanessa), Eloise Gillespie (Rachael), Maurice O’Donnell (Ernie), John Kelly, Dromore (John), Troy Devaney (Wilfred) and Aidan Mullan (Alan).‘Widows’ Paradise’ to be first play in Cross Hall for 30 years was last modified: October 17th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:Cross Halldonegallast_img read more

Members of Irish Defences could have hairs pluck under new drug screening process

first_imgMembers of the Irish Defence Forces could have hairs plucked out to test for illegal drugs as part of their new €130,000 screening process.The Defence Forces have put out a tender in search of a company to take over their drug testing programme for the next four years.According to a report online, soldiers currently only have to go through urine testing but the tender for the new programme says that a requirement for hair testing may arise. Urine testing has a very short window of detection and can only pick up drug use that occurred in the last few days.However, hair tests can pick up drugs that were taken up to 90 days before the screening.The chosen firm will carry out between 20 and 30 workplace drug testing operations per year in barracks across the country.They will select troops at ­random and with the aim of examining around 2,000 per year. Testing will also take place at a tiny number of overseas locations where Irish military is currently on peacekeeping missions.The Defence Forces estimate that the new screening process will cost €130,000 excluding VAT.A spokesman told the Irish Sun: “Compulsory random drug testing has been in use in the Defence Forces for well over ten years.The unlawful ­possession, supply, or use, of a controlled drug, is incompatible with membership of the Defence Forces.”Earlier this year, it was revealed that 78 soldiers failed drug tests over the last ten years. Some 62 soldiers were sacked after failing the tests with 16 other members of the Defence Forces staying in their positionsMembers of Irish Defences could have hairs pluck under new drug screening process was last modified: August 25th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

SA companies on a mission to Thailand, Taiwan

first_img28 July 2014A South African business delegation arrived in Bangkok on Sunday on the first leg of a trade and investment mission to Thailand and Taiwan.The mission, organised and sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), will give the South African delegates – representing companies in the agro-processing, jewellery and automotive sectors – the opportunity to introduce their products and services directly to buyers in high-growth Asian markets.The delegation will participate in various business-to-business meetings, site visits and trade and investment seminars in both countries.Golden Touch Manufacturing Jewellers, based in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, is one of 18 companies taking part in the mission. Company director Mbulelo Singapi told the DTI that his company was looking forward exchanging business ideas with local businesspeople.Singapi said that, despite being a small manufacturer, Golden Touch had the capacity to scale up production, and would be able to meet any order they might secure in Thailand or Taiwan.Another participant, Pitto Limited, grows export-quality grapes along the Orange River outside Kakamas in the Northern Cape. Commercial manager Lorna Basson said this was the sixth DTI-sponsored mission that the company was taking part in.“Out of the five trips in which we participated, we managed to establish solid trading relations in countries like China, Germany, Poland, and Ghana,” Basson said, adding that Pitto was currently exporting to China, Poland and Ghana.She said the DTI’s missions had given her company “direct access to foreign markets, and cut on a lot of costs since there are no third party agents involved. It is also a great opportunity for us to trade in person and sustain our foreign export relations”.According to the DTI, South African exports to Thailand totalled R4.6-billion in 2013, while imports – nearly half of which were vehicle components – totalled R26.5-billion.Total trade between Taiwan and South Africa was worth R21.7-billion in 2013, with a trade balance of R3.7-million in favour of South Africa.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Are you travel ready?

first_img18 December 2015As the December break begins, the Department of Home Affairs has launched a campaign to urge all South Africans to make sure they are “travel ready” before they go on holiday – particularly if they are travelling with children.Find out more about new requirements for children travelling through South African ports of entry – effective 1 June 2015 – on the Department of Home Affairs website.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img

Bangalore is young and liberal

first_imgI was born in the city and so was my daughter. This is also the city where I co-founded both my companies. So Bangalore to me is home in more ways than one. I grew up in traditional Bangalore (Jayanagar). Over the years I have also lived in the colonial,I was born in the city and so was my daughter. This is also the city where I co-founded both my companies. So Bangalore to me is home in more ways than one. I grew up in traditional Bangalore (Jayanagar). Over the years I have also lived in the colonial bastion, in the cantonment area (Cooke Town), and am now settled in the exuberant bustle of new Bangalore (Bannerghatta Road). Bangalore is a young, liberal, cosmopolitan and fun-loving city. Its quintessential weather is just a welcome bonus.I am proud to be a part of its artistic, technological, social and cultural journey. Having taken to running as a sport more recently, the lovely trails in and around Bangalore make it worth the traffic congestions that one has to often endure. The verdant environs of Cubbon Park, Lalbagh, and trails such as near the Decathlon on Sarjapur Road (many of these trails are fast disappearing though), Bylekere Peacock Reserve, and the rolling hills of Kanakapura, allow runners the space to practice. I am looking forward to running the full Bangalore marathon later on this year. Bangalore is also close to nearby trails such as the Kaveri Trail, which is along the River Kaveri and cuts through the Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary. My entire team at Theramyt have also registered for many running events this year and completed events like the recent 10K run in the city.Today, Bangalore is also home to many start-ups, and the entrepreneurial spirit is pervasive in the city. The culture of creativity, self-expression and enterprise has been fostered by the larger framework established by the city’s excellent institutions and think tanks. The setting up of Inbiopro was a huge learning experience. I prepared for that role by taking up the Executive MBA programme at IIM Bangalore. When we sold Inbiopro to Strides Arcolabs five years later, my business partner, Sohang Chatterjee, and I were ready to get out there again and do something new. That is why we set up Theramyt Novobiologics, to address a different domain in biologics of Biobetters and NBE’s. I believe that as a community, we need to strive towards a stable ecosystem of transparency, ecological balance, sustainability and social relevance in the start-ups we create.advertisementThe writer is director and COO at Theramyt Novobiologics.last_img read more

CLT20: Tournament to be played Sept 13-Oct 4 in India

first_imgThe United Arab Emirates was looking to host the event after successfully staging the opening leg of the Indian Premier League 2014. The international cricket competition is jointly owned by the BCCI, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa.last_img

Shikhar Dhawan or Abhinav Mukund will have to make way for KL Rahul: Virat Kohli

first_imgSkipper Virat Kohli is faced with a problem of plenty in the opening slot but that is unlikely to come in the way of India’s rampaging run when they attempt to seal the series against Sri Lanka in the second Test starting on Thursday.India were without the services of regular opener KL Rahul in the opening Test at Galle as he was laid low by viral fever. However, his absence didn’t affect the team’s performance and the visitors won the match by a massive 304 runs to open with a bang in the three-match series.Rahul has recovered amply and if he is successful in proving his fitness for the energy-sapping humid conditions predicted during this Test, the toss-up will be between Shikhar Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund for the second opener’s slot.Kohli though did say that Rahul will make a comeback in the side for the second Test and one of the openers will have to make way for him.”KL has been our established opener. So, I think one of the openers will have to make way for KL because what, he has done in the past two years, has been very solid and he deserves to come back and start fresh in Test cricket again.”We have a team meeting after the practice and we can clarify more after the meeting but according to me, KL is definitely coming back at the top order.”He played the practice game as well and he looked really solid. He has batted really well for us in the last couple of seasons. As I said it’s very important to make him feel this (opening) is his spot and it won’t be changed because of unfortunate events that happen outside of the playing field or the injuries. He has really struck out of that phase. It’s been hard for him.advertisement”It’s very important to make him feel secure because he has given us the big performances when the team has required most. So, he is a guy that needs to be backed and we, as a team, and me, as a captain, back him 100 percent,” Kohli said at the pre-match press conference on Wednesday.Dhawan had smacked his fifth Test hundred at Galle, scoring 190 off 168 balls, a knock that put India in command on day one itself. Mukund did score his second Test half-century in the second innings, but it could be a case of too little, too late for the Tamil Nadu opener.If Rahul is fit, Mukund will be expectedly left out, a strange happenstance because he was the original back-up opener in this Test squad ahead of Dhawan. Interestingly, India had faced the opening dilemma even the last time they played here. Both Dhawan and Murali Vijay were out injured two years ago, and Rahul had opened with Pujara.Kohli also said that the team management already has a combination in mind for the match starting August 3rd and will stick to it unless there are some changes in the conditions on Thursday.”We already have a combination in mind looking at the wicket right now. When you have a big squad there are all kinds of possibilities,” he added.For the hosts, the task ahead is as onerous as it was in the first Test. The gap in Test rankings – no.1 to no.7 – highlighted the difference in quality of the two sides and the result from Galle has only widened this gulf.It is a far cry from 12 months ago when this same Sri Lankan side blanked Australia 3-0. Perhaps the pitches were vastly different in that series, and if so, Lanka should be concerned again. There is some good news ahead of this second Test for the injury-ridden side as their skipper Dinesh Chandimal has recovered from pneumonia and will be available for this game.He is a mercurial batsman who put the Indian attack to the sword with a blistering 162 off 169 balls at Galle in 2015. It had stirred a stunning turn-around, and Lanka will be hoping for similar inspiration from him once again.Seasoned batsman Lahiru Thirimanne has also been called up as replacement for injured Asela Gunaratne who broke his left thumb whilst fielding on day one of the first Test and was ruled out of the remainder of the series.Thirimanne had last played Test cricket for Lanka against England in 2016, and on his comeback trail, scored 59 runs in the two-day warm-up game India played in Colombo before the first Test.advertisementLeft-arm wrist-spinner Lakshan Sandakan has been brought into the squad as backup for Rangana Herath. The left-arm spinner, stand-in skipper at Galle last week, had injured his left hand whilst fielding too during the first Test.Although scans revealed no breakage, his hand was swollen as a result of which he didn’t bat in the second Lankan innings. He is expected to undergo a fitness Test today to ascertain his availability for the game.While his prospective absence will be a big blow to Lanka’s hopes of pulling one back in the series, it will also give them an opportunity to hand a maiden Test cap to left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara, touted widely as Herath’s long- term replacement.The hosts boast a mixed record against India at this particular ground, with eight Tests between the two countries yielding four draws. Both teams have won two matches each, with India winning the last encounter here in 2015 by 117 runs.It was a green-top wicket in the last Test of that series and Cheteshwar Pujara, as makeshift opener, had scored a magnificent 145 not out in the first innings to shepherd India’s victory.Since then, Pujara has reverted to his traditional no.3 role and now returns to this ground to play his 50th Test. Interestingly, R Ashwin had crossed that same milestone in Galle. India’s victory here in 2015 also puts into context their last Test win at this ground. It was way back in 1993, when under Mohammad Azharuddin, India won by 235 runs and subsequently took the series 1-0.The gap between the two series wins was 22 years, something coach Ravi Shastri underlined on Tuesday. The 2015 win came in near-similar sub-continental conditions against a comparatively weaker Lankan side and the challenge for Kohli’s men is to repeat their series win here and drive home the coach’s point.It could prove to be an easier task here at the SSC than in 2015. As opposed to the green top last time around, the wicket for this second Test could be a replica of the one in Galle, albeit with a bit more bounce. On Tuesday, the groundsmen were busy shaving off grass as well as rolling the pitch. At best, they might leave a sprinkling of green to just hold it together, a factor that will not alter India’s eleven from the first Test.The visitors continue to sit atop the ICC Test ranking charts and would once again be run-away favourites heading into this second Test.Teams: India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Angelo Mathews, Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Nuwan Pradeep, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Thirimanne.last_img read more