PSL says Soltones fine sticks; PVL calls decision ‘absurd’

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first_imgView comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nguyen ready for jeers as he fights hometown hero Folayangcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “I don’t see anything wrong with what Gretchel did. In fact she should be commended for helping in this fund-raising event by her participation,” said Ricky Palou, president of Sports Vision, which organizes the PVL.“The suspension and hefty fine on Soltones by the PSL officials is absurd and totally uncalled for,” Palou said in a statement. “In the first place, Soltones has no contract with the PSL. She is only on loan to the team of Iriga as her mother league is the PVL.”Palou added that the PVL All Star was scheduled at the start of the 2017 season, before Soltones agreed to play on loan for Team Iriga.Team Iriga could not vote during the deliberation.ADVERTISEMENT PSL representatives voted 7-0, upholding the league’s decision to ban and fine Soltones.Team Iriga, however, does not have a contract yet with Soltones, to the dismay of league officials who have imposed a rule on all teams to sign their players to a minimum of one year with a one-league rider in the contract, meaning players are not allowed to play outside of the PSL while they are under contract with their respective teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMinus the contract, it isn’t clear if Soltones herself would pay the fine or how the PSL plans to extract the sanction from the San Sebastian star.Soltones saw action in a one-game affair dubbed the PVL All-Star Game. The charity match was held to raise funds for the benefit of HERO Foundation. Philippine Superliga team owners unanimously voted to deny the appeal by Team Iriga to reconsider Grethcel Soltones’ one-year ban and P50,000 fine as penalties for playing in an unsanctioned match outside of the league.The decision was branded “absurd” by the Premier Volleyball League, where Soltones plays, saying the power-hitting star merely did her part to raise funds for a foundation established to raise scholarship funds for children of soldiers who gave up their lives in the line of duty.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img

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As it happened | At least 21 students killed in fire at commercial complex in Surat

first_imgSurat – At least 21 students died in a massive fire in a commercial building in Surat. The students were attending their tuition class when the fire engulfed the area, supposedly due to a short circuit.  “Around ten students trapped on the third and fourth floors jumped from windows to save themselves from fire and smoke. Many have been rescued and sent to hospital. The operation to douse the fire is on,” said an official at the Surat fire control room.8.30 pmCoaching centres in Rajkot, Vadodara also to be closedAfter Ahmedabad, authorities have ordered closure of coaching centres in Rajkot and Vadodara till proper audit of fire safety systems in commercial buildings are conducted. Meanwhile, Ahmedabad police orders shutting down of coaching classes, dance classes and summer camps as a precautionary measure.”All Coaching Class, Dance Class, Summer Camp and all such premises which houses  children shall be closed until further notice and Fire Safety Compliance Certificate from AMC Fire Department, the Ahmedabad Police said.8.00 pmIt is heartbreaking, says Akhilesh YadavSamajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav says it is heartbreaking to see the images coming from Gujarat and read the tragic news about the children who have lost their lives at such a young age. “My thoughts and prayers are with all those families affected by the fire and with the people of Surat”, he said.7.50 pmGovt. orders shutdown on tuition centres in AhmedabadAs a precautionary measure, Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner, Vijay Nehra orders shut down of all tuition centres in the city till the fire department audits on fire safety systems in all the buildings are over.7.45 pmNadda speaks to RupaniUnion Health Minister J.P.Nadda spoke to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani regarding fire at a coaching centre in Surat and assures all help. The Union Minister also directs the AIIMS trauma centre director to render all help.7.35 pmShankarsinh Vaghela seeks Rs. 10 lakh compensationFormer Gujarat Chief Minister Shankarsinh Vaghela and Nationalist Congress Party leader Shankarsinh Vaghela urges the government to provide Rs. 10 lakh as compensation to the families of the fire victims. “I request the Gujarat Government to grant minimum Rs. 10 lakhs to the families of children who lost their lives in this incident”, Mr. Vaghela said in a statement.7.15 pmRupani leaves for SuratGujarat CM Vijay Rupani leaves for Surat to take stock of the situation.6.45 pmAmit Shah urges BJP cadres to assist in relief measuresGujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani says about 16 children are under treatment in Surat hospital. Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah too expressed his condolences over the fire tragedy. “Deeply anguished by the loss of lives due to a tragic fire accident in Surat, Gujarat. My condolences with the bereaved families. I pray for the speedy recovery of those injured. I urge our karyakartas of BJP Surat unit to assist the people in need” Mr. Shah said in a statement.6.35 pmSaddened by the loss of lives in Surat: Ahmed PatelCongress leader Ahmed Patel appeals to local authorities to provide best possible medical relief to the injured and adequate compensation to families of the deceased. Mr. Patel also asked the authorities to ensure that fire safety measures in are in place across Gujarat. Expressing his condolences, Mr. Patel said: “My thoughts and prayers are with their families”.6.30 pmRajnath offers condolencesUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday expressed his condolences to the victims of the fire tragedy in Surat. “Deeply saddened by the loss of precious lives due to fire in Surat. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured”, Mr. Singh said in a statement.6.25 pmFire caused by short-circuit?The fire that broke out in a commercial building in Surat on Friday was caused by short-circuit, sources said. There were more than 50 students in the tuition class when the tragedy occurred, the sources added.  More than a dozen students have been taken to hospital for treatment.6.15 pmCompensation announcedThe building was reportedly not equipped with fire safety equipment. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has ordered an inquiry to be conducted by the urban development department. Mr Rupani also announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the family of the deceased. 6.10 pmModi offers condolencesPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed anguish over the fire tragedy in Surat and asked the Gujarat government and local authorities to provide all possible assistance to those affected.“Extremely anguished by the fire tragedy in Surat. My thoughts are with bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly. Have asked the Gujarat government and local authorities to provide all possible assistance to those affected,” Modi tweeted5.45 pm19 fire tenders in placeSeveral students were seen jumping off a commercial complex after it caught fire, officials said. Visuals on TV channels showed students jumping off the third and fourth floors of the building. Locals were seen helping in the rescue operation to save stranded students as well as other occupants of the four-storey building.The fire engulfed the third and fourth floor of the Taxshila Complex here, the official said.A fire official said 19 fire tenders and two hydraulic platforms were pressed into service to douse the fire.last_img

1 litre milk mixed with water served to 81 students in UP school under midday meal scheme

first_imgA government school in Uttar Pradesh’s Chopan block has been accused of mixing one litre of milk in a bucket of water and serving it to 81 children as part of their midday meal. Officials took cognisance of the matter after a video showing milk being adulterated by Salai Banwa primary school’s cook went viral. The government’s Mid-Day Meal Scheme aims to better the nutritional standing of school-age children in the country. The cook is seen mixing a litre of milk in a bucket full of water in the video clip. Basic Siksha Adhikari Gorakhnath Patel said that an inquiry has been ordered and stern action will be taken against those found responsible. In August, a video showing a woman distributing rotis and another woman giving salt to children as midday meal in Siyur primary school in Jamalpur block had surfaced.last_img

Celtics complete rare sweep by beating Pacers

first_imgThe game swung when Indiana guard Cory Joseph was called for a Flagrant 1 foul with 6:45 left. Jayson Tatum made both free throws to give Boston an 83-82 lead. After Al Horford made 1 of 2 free throws on Boston’s next possession and then Morris knocked down a 3 and Hayward completed a three-point play to give the Celtics a 90-83 advantage with 4:15 to go.Hayward and Morris were just getting started. Over the next three-plus minutes, they made three more 3s to give Boston a 102-90 lead with 1:04 to go.Even a final flurry of 3s couldn’t bail out Indiana. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points and Tyreke Evans scored a playoff career-high 21 as the Pacers got swept for the second time in three years — the only two times it has happened in franchise history. So when coach Brad Stevens was asked Saturday about how he’d react if his players earned some time off, Stevens said he wasn’t sure.Now, last year’s Eastern Conference runner-ups can start a new to-do list with a potential matchup looming against the top-seeded Bucks.“It’s going to take everything we have,” Hayward said. “That’s why it’s good we finished this series. We can rest up, prepare, and have some extra time.”Clearly, the Celtics played better than a No. 4 seed in this series.They won the first three games on the strength of a suffocating second-half defense that twice limited the Pacers 12-point quarters and once to eight. This time, they finished the job by grinding it out behind a group of polished veterans.ADVERTISEMENT Hayward scored 20 points, Morris added 18 and the duo combined for five 3s over the final 5½ minutes to give Boston a 110-106 victory and its first 4-0 series victory in eight years.“I knew there was going to be a spark off the bench. (On Sunday) and that person was Gordon Hayward,” All-Star guard Kyrie Irving said. “This is his city. I’m glad he had a chance to put on a performance like that in a closeout game.”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, logisticsJust how rare is a sweep for a franchise with a league-record 17 titles?Since 1986-87, the Celtics had done it just once — in the first round against the New York Knicks. And between the Celtics’ title-clinching sweep over the Minneapolis Lakers in 1958-59 and their perfect run through the 1985-86 Eastern Conference finals against Milwaukee, the Celtics achieved it just twice — in 1979 against Houston and in 1980 against Chicago. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting While Oladipo did not talk to reporters, he did get a hug and spoke briefly with Irving after the final buzzer sounded.THEY SAID ITCeltics: “You have to earn it every time you play the Pacers,” Stevens said. “They just play so hard, and they play so together. If you take your foot off the gas at any point in time, you’re in trouble.”Pacers: “A lot of people downplayed Boston as a team,” coach Nate McMillan said. “But we knew they would get it right come playoff time.UP NEXTCeltics: Will wait for their second-round opponent.Pacers: Contemplate how to improve next season. EJ Obiena wins pole vault gold in record fashion “They got hot,” Pacers forward Thaddeus Young said. “They started making shots and we stopped making shots. That’s one of the biggest thing that’s haunted us through this whole series.”TIP-INSCeltics: Closed out the series with their seventh straight win against Indiana this season. … Irving had 14 points and seven assists. Tatum had 18 points and eight rebounds and Morris also had eight rebounds. … Al Horford had 14 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. … Jaylen Brown added 13 points and Terry Rozier added 11 off the bench. … Boston was 11 of 28 on 3s, 5 of 7 in the fourth.Pacers: Darren Collison had 19 points, six rebounds and five assists. Young added nine points and nine rebounds. … Domantas Sabonis scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Myles Turner had 13 points and seven rebounds…. The Pacers shot 40.9 percent from the field in the game and missed more than a handful of shots at the rim. …THE BIG OPacers fans welcomed back All-Star guard Victor Oladipo with a standing ovation Sunday, his first public appearance at Bankers Life Fieldhouse since he suffered a season-ending injury to his right knee.Oladipo sat safely behind Indiana’s bench, stood and waved to the crowd when he was introduced during the first stoppage in play. Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) celebrates during the second half of Game 4 against the Indiana Pacers in the NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Indianapolis, Sunday, April 21, 2019. The Celtics defeated the Pacers 110-106 to win the series 4-0. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS — Gordon Hayward and Marcus Morris took care of some housecleaning Sunday.They dusted off their 3-point shooting touch in time to help the Boston Celtics complete a clean sweep.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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