FUBA launches FIBA 3X3 Africa Cup

first_img Tags: FIBAFIBA 3X3 Africa CupFubaNassar Sserunjogitop FUBA President Nassar Sserunjogi (Center) alongside FIBA official on Thursday. (PHOTO/FUBA)The Federation of Uganda Basketball Associations (FUBA) and officials from FIBA have on Thursday, September 9th, launched the 2019 FIBA 3X3 Africa cup Basketball tournament.The tournament which is expected to attract the continent’s best will run from November 7th to 10 in Kampala, Uganda.FUBA president Nasser Sserunjogi was joined by FIBA Sports supervisor Guillaume Julien and Alexis Rambur, the event supervisor at the launch held at Uganda Olympic Committee offices in Lugogo.Burundi, Kenya, Djibouti, Madagascar, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Togo, Niger, Benin, Botswana, Egypt, Mauritius, Mali will all be on Ugandan soil to challenge the hosts.Each of these nations is expected to have four teams at the event for the U18 and the senior sides.“I believe this is an exciting opportunity for us as a country to take the lead in 3X3 development,” Uganda 3×3 coordinator Hamza Nyambogo said at the launch.“In the end we can further elevate our National federation ranking.“It is also a unique opportunity to show case to our basketball fans what 3X3 is all about and the potential it has.” He added.FIBA’s Alexis Rambur lauded Uganda for the efforts put in to have the event held in Kampala.“We thank FUBA for their maximum cooperation. They have been very supportive and it’s a great mark of confidence. We have been here for some days and everything has been very positive. The local organizing committee is doing a great job ahead of the event.” Rambur told the press.3×3 basketball has been on the rise in the last few years and has now been included as one of the activities for the Olympics.It will feature for the first time in the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.Team Uganda has been actively involved in preparations ahead of the competition and the U23 (Women) team just returned from the World Cup in China.Uganda will now play at the World Beach Games that are organized under the auspices of the ANOC (Association Of National Olympic Committees). The games will be in Qatar starting from October 12th-16th.The Silverbacks team will comprise of City Oilers’ small forward Jonathan Egau, KIU Titans’ Henry Okoth and UCU Canons’ Fayed Baale.Ritah Imanishimwe, Sarah Ageno, Melissa Akulluand Abey Priscilla will take the lessons learnt from the World Cup and represent the country in the ladies’ category.Comments last_img read more

Who is reviving caste protests? Hardik Patel

first_imgHardik Patel, the face of Gujarat’s Patidar quota agitation which was launched in 2015, has revived caste protests ahead of the crucial Assembly elections at the end of the year. The 24-year-old commerce graduate, who is active on social media, has taken the fight to the BJP government on its development claims under the ‘Gujarat Model.’What is his stand?He is demanding reservation for the Patidar community, to which he belongs, and which constitutes 14% of Gujarat’s population but has disproportionate hold over the State’s politics and economy. He has raised several issues — distress of farmers; education being too expensive for most; and the high rate of unemployment.What is his politics? Mr. Patel’s connect with the people is visible at every forum. He set up the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), which has organised several protest rallies where his fiery speeches draw huge crowds. Hailing from a middle class family in a village near Viramgam town, Mr. Patel rose to prominence with the quota agitation.Before he set up the PAAS, he was part of the Sardar Patel Group (SPG), a social outfit floated by Lalji Patel, a Patidar community leader in Mehsana district. Both leaders and their aides created dozens of social media groups to reach out to community members before launching the quota agitation in 2015.Why did protests turn violent? After a month-long agitation which mobilised lakhs of Patidars with a demand for quota in education and government jobs in around 100 rallies, the police clamped down on his supporters which led to widespread violence across the State. In August 2015, 14 persons were killed in police firing, and protesters torched public buses, police vehicles and public properties. The government had to call in the Army to bring the situation under control while mobile-based Internet services were shut for a week.In the district and taluka panchayat elections held in November 2015, the BJP was wiped out from 24 of 32 districts as the Patidars revolted against the party, which came to power essentially with their support in 1995.What did the government do? Subsequently, the police in Ahmedabad and Surat slapped sedition cases on Mr. Patel and his close aides, and they were arrested and jailed for nine months.After getting bail, he was externed from the State for six months as the High Court asked him to stay in Udaipur, in neighbouring Rajasthan.However, as soon as he returned to Gujarat, he revived the agitation, which may not be as intense and largescale as it was in 2015, but still reverberates in the Patidar-dominated areas in Saurashtra, north Gujarat and parts of Surat.“In Gujarat, the BJP has been ruling for more than two decades. If there is so much development, why are people out on the streets fighting to get jobs? Not only Patidars, even OBC communities are agitating for jobs,” Mr. Patel said, addressing villagers in Saurashtra.What lies ahead? So far, Mr. Patel has rejected all compromise offers by the State government to resolve the contentious reservation issue before the Assembly elections. The government’s latest formula to set up a State-backed corporation to help economically backward upper castes like the Patels and an inquiry commission to probe alleged police excesses during the agitation in 2015 has not cut ice with him. Whether he will succeed in his mission to dislodge the ruling party is not clear yet, but his presence gives the BJP discomfort in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home State.In Gujarat, Patidars are staunch BJP supporters and it’s with their support that the BJP wrested power from the Congress in the mid-1990s. Its first Chief Minister was Keshubhai Patel. However, now the Patidars feel that their domination over the party is on the decline as the BJP is slowly but steadily building an OBC vote-bank, giving prominence to Kolis and Thakurs, numerically significant OBC communities in the State. All along, Mr. Patel has claimed that his agitation is apolitical, and that he is a ‘social worker,’ not a politician. But ever since the protests of 2015, when he mobilised thousands of people, he has emerged as a prominent leader with significant influence over the Patidar community.Mahesh Langalast_img read more

‘Modi doesn’t know how to speak the truth’

first_imgWith just days to go before the Lok Sabha election in Gwalior on Sunday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi told a rally at Phoolbagh on Wednesday evening that while his party has delivered on promises made in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi “does not know how to speak the truth”.‘Cong. waived loans’Speaking in Gwalior three days after Mr. Modi addressed a BJP rally here and attacked Mr. Gandhi’s “naamdar” family, Mr. Gandhi hit out at the Prime Minister for remaining silent on his 2014 poll promises. He said the Kamal Nath government in Madhya Pradesh had waived off loans of lakhs of farmers, including two relatives of former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. “The people had so much faith in Narendra Modi and his words. He said he’ll put ₹15 lakh in every bank account, will give jobs to 2 crore youth and will give loan waivers and right prices to farmers. What happened to that? These days, Mr. Modi doesn’t talk of employment, farmers, or corruption,” said Mr. Gandhi.He added that while youth were facing unemployment and agrarian crisis was pushing farmers to end their lives, Mr. Modi was “doing his mann ki baat”.Challenge for debate“He said he’ll make Gwalior a smart city. It’s been five years. Did it happen? Wherever he goes, he lies…He talks of nationalism. I want to ask him did the Congress send Masood Azhar to Pakistan? Did the Congress make him sit on a plane and send him to Kandahar? Was it our Minister who sat in the plane? Was it our Minister who gave money to a terrorist organisation? No, it was the BJP… Narendra Modi should tell the country the truth… Narendra Modi does not know how to speak the truth,” said Mr. Gandhi, adding that he had challenged the Prime Minister to a debate on the Rafale matter.Accusing the former BJP government in the State of reducing the number of factories from 400 to 80, he said a Congress government at the Centre would work with the party’s government in the State to make Gwalior an “industrial centre again”. Chief Minister Kamal Nath, while addressing the rally in support of Congress candidate Ashok Singh, said his government had waived off loans of 21 lakh farmers, while the BJP candidate from Gwalior, Mayor Vivek Shejwalkar, had not done anything for the city.“Shivraj was yelling that loans have not been waived. His own brother and nephew’s loans have been waived,” said Mr. Nath.Mr. Singh, who has contested three times before, had lost by a margin of about 29,000 votes in 2014 to the BJP’s Narendra Singh Tomar, who went on to become a Union Minister. This time, Mr. Tomar is contesting from the neighbouring Morena constituency, which was won by late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s nephew, Anoop Mishra, in 2014.last_img read more

San Miguel, Kia change imports

first_imgPH needs to ‘continue to get better’ as rest of Southeast Asia catches up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Miguel wasn’t the lone team who has made moves midway this season-ending conference, with winless Kia also replacing Markeith Cummings with Geron Johnson.The 25-year-old Johnson is fresh from his stint in Lebanon with Louaize, where he averaged 24.19 points, 8.65 rebounds, 6.19 assists, 2.85 steals, and 1.04 blocks.The Picanto have yet to taste a victory in the season-ending conference despite Cummings’ best efforts, netting 26.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.1 steals in the seven games he played.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:37Protesters 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 View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension He recently wrapped up his stint with BC Cactus Tbilisi in Georgia, where he averaged 11.89 points, 8.46 rebounds, 1.36 assists, 1.39 blocks, and 1.32 steals.Bridgeman will take over for McKines, who had a decent showing for the Beermen but could not help the team from losing two of their last three games, including 100-103 defeat to NLEX last Sunday.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 shutout“We decided to take a different direction in consideration of our current team composition and health status. We welcome Mr. Bridgeman and hope that he could provide the things we need in order for us to be successful in this conference,” said San Miguel team manager Gee Abanilla in a text message to INQUIRER.net.McKines averaged 26.2 markers, 14.2 boards, 4.4 dimes, 1.4 blocks, and 1.2 steals in his five games for the Beermen. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Wendell McKines. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAmid a subpar PBA Governors’ Cup showing so far, grand Slam-seeking San Miguel has changed its import, flying in Terik Bridgeman for Wendell McKines.The 6-foot-5 Bridgeman is a product of William Paterson University who went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Brownlee defends lack of timeout: We had good looks, just didn’t convert

first_imgView comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJustin Brownlee felt that the Ginebra players were justified for not calling a timeout in the last 15 seconds of Game 4 on Friday.“I think we’re in the heat of the moment. We see we had the opportunity where we could score. I thought we had some good looks. We just didn’t knock them down,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:37Protesters 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 Mercado suffers high-grade ankle sprain after chasedown blockcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ The Gin Kings had five chances to sue for time as coach Tim Cone and LA Tenorio desperately tried to get the attention of of the players on the floor to call a timeout.But with adrenaline running high, the players waved off the instruction and found a cutting Brownlee in the final seconds. However, the reinforcement’s potential game-tying shot fell way short as time expired, handing Meralco the 85-83 victory to even the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals at two games each.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 shutout“Of course, we’ve wanted to get a timeout and drop a designed play for that type of situation, but I think we got a couple of good looks but we just didn’t convert. They got some good looks as well, but they converted,” he said.With the best-of-seven series now a virtual best-of-three, Brownlee noted that from this point forward, it’s a matter of “who wants it more.” LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “They’re a tough team and we’re a tough team, so every game is going to be a 50-50 game. Who wants it more will come out on top. The rest of the games will probably come down to the wire, so we got to finish the game strong,” he said.Brownlee also said that though playing in front of a mammoth crowd inside Philippine Arena will be quite an experience, the Gin Kings need to calm themselves down and play to their potential.“From what I’ve heard, it’s the biggest indoor arena in the world. I’ve never played in anything like that, so it’s definitely going to be exciting for me,” he said. “But we just got to look at it like a same game, go out there and play our best.”Game 5 is on Sunday at the massive Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

In Nunavut some people are encouraged to call family when in trouble

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN National NewsQuestions are being raised about whether the Ottawa police should be called in to investigate any incidents involving RCMP and civilians.That’s because of racist comments that were posted by a Staff Sgt in the Ottawa police service.But others say it doesn’t really matter – because they don’t trust the RCMP enough to call them in the first place if something is happening.kdriscoll@aptn.calast_img

Atlantas Dismantling Of Tampa Was The SixthMost Dominant In NFL History

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had some bad moments over the years, but their 56-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night might be the franchise’s lowest point.The Bucs gave up 35 points to the Falcons before gaining a single first down. They trailed 49-0 with 8:11 remaining in the third quarter after an aborted snap — Tampa Bay’s fourth turnover of the game — handed Atlanta the ball on the Bucs’ 2-yard line (Steven Jackson would punch it in for a touchdown on the following play).If Atlanta hadn’t pulled their starters at that point, there was the real sense that they could have challenged Chicago’s NFL-record 73-0 obliteration of Washington in the 1940 NFL Championship Game — it was just that one-sided. As it was, the Falcons’ win was the 108th-biggest blowout in pro football history (since 1940).But that actually sells the performance short, because the score was out of hand so quickly and the margin so lopsided for most of the game; it took a pair of late Tampa Bay touchdowns to pull the margin closer to anything approaching respectability. To better quantify how the game played out, we can use what FiveThirtyEight contributor Chase Stuart calls the “game script,” which measures the average point margin at any given second in a game. And Atlanta’s game script Thursday night — +32.9 — was a doozy. Going back to 1940, it was the sixth-most dominant performance by any pro football team (playoff games are in gray):Naturally, that infamous Chicago-Washington rout was first, with a +34.9 game script. And most fans probably remember the Jacksonville Jaguars dismantling the Miami Dolphins in Dan Marino’s final NFL game, or Tom Brady throwing five second-quarter touchdowns in the snow against the Tennessee Titans. But as far as historic thrashings go, Thursday night’s ranks right up there. read more

Claims against Ohio State dropped in former diving club coach sexual abuse

Claims against the Ohio State Diving Club alleging the university did not take significant action to stop a former coach from sexually abusing a former athlete were dropped Wednesday, according to a report by the Associated Press.Former assistant diving coach William Bohonyi was accused of coercing a 16-year-old female athlete to engage in sex acts in July 2014, both on campus and during a competition in Maryland, in a lawsuit filed July 11 in Indianapolis federal district court. Bohonyi, the university’s diving club and USA Diving were named as defendants.Robert Allard, the attorney for one of the divers, said the dismissal “was based purely on procedural grounds” because the lawsuit was filed in Indiana. He said Ohio State said Indiana did not have proper jurisdiction over the university, and that he intends to file a new lawsuit in Ohio against Ohio State.As of Friday, no lawsuit has been filed against Ohio State in Ohio.“We continue to believe more than ever that there was a cover up of massive proportions and we intend to hold OSU fully accountable for its unconscionable conduct in failing to arrest and allowing a known predator to continue to molest children including our client,” Allard told The Lantern.Ohio State spokesman Ben Johnson had previously said the university immediately notified Franklin County Children’s Services, the Ohio State University Police Division, Maryland law enforcement and USA Diving about the abuse by Bohonyi when it first learned of the allegations in 2014.Johnson said on Friday that the university is pleased to be dismissed from the lawsuit.“We have always maintained that — fully consistent with our core value of protecting the safety and well-being of those we serve in our community — the university handled this matter appropriately,” Johnson said.The Lantern obtained records of Ohio State’s internal investigation and found conflicting accounts of the relationship between the club member and Bohonyi. Though investigators were not able to conclude, at the time, if sexual harassment claims were valid, the university found evidence to support a consensual romantic relationship between the two. Ohio State fired Bohonyi on Aug. 29, 2014 because the relationship violated university policy.The investigation conducted by Ohio State found the university first learned of the relationship on Aug. 10, 2014.According to the AP report, Bohonyi and USA Diving remain defendants in the lawsuit.The Lantern reached out for comment from Ohio State and Bohonyi, but did not receive a response by the time of publication.Updated at 11:16 p.m. on Friday to include the information from Robert Allard.Updated at 1:02 p.m. on Friday to include the statement from Ben Johnson. read more

Gladbachs vicepresidents ask for tranquility

first_imgBorussia Monchengladbach beat Bayern Munich 3-0 at the Allianz Arena just last weekend in the German BundesligaAfter Borussia Monchengladbach was able to beat Bayern Munich 3-0 at the Allianz Arena, Gladbach’s vice president Rainer Bonhof asks for tranquility.“For me, it’s a little too early to look too much into things. We’ve got off to a good start, but I’ve always said that it takes ten games to get a sense of how you’ll do that season,” he told the club’s official website.“We’re happy with where we are at the moment, but nothing more. I don’t want to downplay things, but the games in Berlin and Wolfsburg have shown that there’s still room for improvement. Those that think we’ll easily beat other teams just because we beat Bayern 3-0 have been warned.”“You have to give 100% every week in the Bundesliga, or you’ll find it hard against any side. Therefore, we need to take it one game at a time,” he added.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We can enjoy the victory at Bayern for a few days, but we shouldn’t get carried away”“The team seems more stable compared to last season. For me, an important factor is that we have a squad with two players for almost every position,” he continued.“We’ve got competition for all the positions, which has a positive effect on how the team performed overall. Our new system has also been hugely successful for the team so far.”“No matter who’s in the starting line up or who comes on during the game, each player fits into the system well. We want it to carry on like this,” he concluded.last_img read more

Fabian Ruiz discusses all things Napoli

first_imgAccording to the Spaniard, he joined the Partenopei because he was advised by the legendary Italian manager’s son Davide AncelottiNapoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz has revealed how the son of Carlo Ancelotti, Davide Ancelotti, helped him get to the Italian Lega Serie A as part of the Partenopei.“At the start, I suffered an injury which held me back for three weeks and then it wasn’t easy to break into the team, my teammates were doing very well. I’m better now and I’m happy,” he was quoted by Football Italia.“It’s going really well with Carlo Ancelotti, he’s a great Coach. He’s calm and close to the players.”“He rarely gets angry, but on the pitch, I’m often close to his technical area and when he does… it’s dangerous!”Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“Did his son recommend me? It’s true, Davide was engaged to a girl from Seville who he met in Madrid, and when he visited her he’d go to watch Betis and Sevilla matches,” he explained.“He saw me play on those occasions. When I met his fiancée, I thanked her.”“It’s a more direct and quicker style of football here, but now that I’m playing regularly I feel good. The players are strong, the quality is very similar and in the end, there is not a huge difference,” he added.“I’m learning the language little-by-little, it’s not as hard as it seems at the start.”last_img read more