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Remorseful Kiefer out of PBA for 18 months

first_imgAn apologetic Kiefer Ravena speaks to the media during a press conference. Ravena has been suspended by Fiba for 18 months after testing positive for prohibited substances he got from a pre-workout drink. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netBarred from playing internationally for 18 months, Kiefer Ravena will embark on an awareness campaign on performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) so that other athletes don’t suffer the same fate as his.The electrifying Gilas Pilipinas guard was suspended by the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) after inadvertently ingesting three substances from Dust, a pre-workout supplement available in supermarkets and can be purchased over the counter in pharmaceutical stores.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Maroons nail 4th straight victory Meanwhile, PBA commissioner Willie Marcial told the Inquirer that Asia’s pioneering pro league is also set to tap the Wada to do drug testing in the league starting next season.“This was discussed in the board [meeting] even before the Ravena case happened,” Marcial said over the phone.“It’s part of the PBA also going with international standards.”The PBA, according to Marcial, doesn’t do testing on PEDs but is very strict when it comes to social drugs like shabu, Ecstacy, and the like.Bannered to spearhead the Visayas All-Stars against the Smart All-Stars in the PBA mid-season showcase in Iloilo City on Sunday, Ravena was asked to fly home to Manila as requested by the SBP.“But we are now seeking arbitration in the Fiba,” said Panlilio. “In fact, we’ve already sent a letter to (Fiba’s) Geneva (headquarters). Our prayer, since this is Kiefer’s livelihood, is that he would be allowed to earn a living [by playing in the PBA].”“I think he has suffered enough,” added Panlilio. “He has been honest and candid during the entire process. It was really an honest mistake.”Also present during the conference at Launchpad in Mandaluyong City were PBA chair and Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas, NLEX president Rod Franco, SBP executive director Sonny Barrios and SBP lawyer Aga Francisco.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film The Philippine Basketball Association will follow suit, with mother team NLEX set to sit out the 6-foot rookie for the duration of his Fiba suspension, which will run until Aug. 24 next year.Ravena took the workout drink before the Gilas Pilipinas five played Japan on Feb. 25 at Mall of Asia Arena during the second window of the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers.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 crownGilas won, 89-84, with Ravena firing 13 points and issuing five assists.“That was the first time I drank it,” said Ravena during a press conference Monday attended by the top brass of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas led by its chair, Manny V. Pangilinan. “I wasn’t aware that it contained prohibited substances.” 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 China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Pangilinan also owns three teams in the PBA, one of them the NLEX Road Warriors.Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio said they received the formal communication from Fiba on May 22 stating that Ravena was tested positive for Dimethylbutylamine, Methylexaneamine and Higenamine—ingredients in the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) list of prohibited substances.Aside from missing national team duties starting with the Feb. 25 game against the Japanese, Panlilio said Ravena might also not see action for the Road Warriors for the duration of the suspension.“With the process of seeking clarification, I’m hoping to lessen the suspension or even allow me to play in the PBA,” said Ravena. “I hope you will help me spread the right details and information to the people.”“The rules are very clear that all leagues and activities are included [in the suspension], even in the [PBA] All-Star,” said Panlilio. “That’s why we had to pull out Kiefer [from the All-Star Game on Sunday].”ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Student Group Lauds National Lottery D/G

first_imgA local group, Coalition of Youth and Students for Better Liberia (COYSBEL), has lauded the Director General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA), Martin Kollie, for reforms he instituted at the entity.The group made the statement recently in Monrovia during an interactive forum.The students noted that Mr. Kollie’s administration has changed the public’s negative perception on gambling, made Liberia attractive to international betting companies, and for gaining membership in the World Lotto Union.“We are overwhelmed by the massive improvements and transformation at the entity under Mr. Kollie, and his interaction with young people, encouraging them to take positive actions for their wellbeing,’’ the group said.COYSBEL further said the NLA boss has financially contributed to less fortunate students and children, an act which has afforded them access to education.The group said Kollie’s efficient management skills have attracted wealthy international betting institutions to the country thus making the NLA one of “the best government institutions in the country.”Director Kollie’s record, according to the group, dates back to when he served as Deputy Managing Director for Administration at the National Transit Authority (NTA).President Ellen Johnson signed to law the Act that repealed the 1993 Act of the Liberia National Lotteries Corporation, which created the National Lottery Authority.The Act, which was signed on December 22, 2014, compels companies operating casinos, slot machines, sports betting, raffle draws, promotional competitions or devices for the distribution of prizes by lot or chance to acquire a permit or license from the NLA.It gives the agency the exclusive power to conduct, manage, regulate, and supervise lottery services and all other games of chance in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Where the streets are fit for foodies 5 destinations with amazing and

first_imgPhoto credit: MILKOVÍ Portland RelatedThe 5 most hipster cities in the USCheck out these five too-cool-for-school counter-culture US cities.Where to go on holiday in AugustWe’re all going on a summer holiday… Ditch your vain hopes of a decent British summer, pack your bags and get out there this August. Whether you want a sunny city, a sandy beach or a silly festival, we’ve got you covered. You can always catch up on the DIY…Top 8 things to do in PhiladelphiaIf you’re planning a visit to the City of Brotherly Love, don’t feel overwhelmed by the wealth of things to do, check out our eight essentials. Dotted around town are several hotels from the HappyCulture collection, all boutique properties with their own distinctive look and reasonable rates. Among them is The Jay, around 10 minutes from the station and five from the beach, with Art Deco furnishings and rooms from around £68 a night. Photo credit: Pixabay Search hotels in Portland Think Nice and you automatically think sun, sea and old-school glamour, all of which are definitely present and correct. They’re not the only reasons to head to this part of the French Riviera, though. The street food, too, is a cut above your average seaside resort, with delicious local specialities including socca (a thin chickpea pancake that goes down nicely with a glass of rosé), pan bagnat (essentially a salad niçoise in a bun) and pissaladière (the local take on pizza, topped with caramelised onions, anchovies and black olives). You can also feed your mind as well as your body – the city is home to some excellent museums such as the Musée Matisse and Musée National Marc Chagall, each dedicated to the work of its namesake artist, and MAMAC (Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain), where the collection of 1,300-odd artworks includes pieces from the likes of Yves Klein, Niki de Saint Phalle and Andy Warhol. It’s not that long ago that most travellers viewed Singapore as a bland stopover en route to somewhere more interesting. How things have changed: these days the combination of dramatic new skyline, fascinating history and top attractions have made it well and truly a destination in its own right. In between sightseeing, soak up the city’s fabulous street food at one of the hawker centres. Not only are their stalls famously a good place to eat on the cheap, you’ll also find a couple of them have Michelin stars, too: Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle in the Chinatown Food Complex and Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle at the Tai Hwa Eating House on Crawford Lane. You’ll have to queue (and queue and queue) but just grit your teeth and remember that waiting at the end is a bowl of Michelin-starred food for just a few quid. Search hotels in Nice Singapore Photo credit: Lily Banse Search flights to Portland Search flights to Nice Meals out can eat up a big part of your holiday budget – so the booming global street food scene has been a godsend for cash-strapped travellers. We’ve picked out five great destinations where you can eat really well at local food trucks and market stalls and make major savings in the process. Search hotels in Mexico City Download the app and buy train tickets Brisbane Search flights to Brisbane Stay: TRYP Fortitude Valley Close to the National Museum, Singapore Art Museum and Fort Canning Park, and with Bencoolen MRT station practically on the doorstep, Hotel Mi has modern, minimal rooms from around £70 a night. Australia’s buzzy food scene isn’t confined to Sydney and Melbourne. Up on the Queensland coast, Brisbane has undergone a bit of a foodie renaissance in the past few years, with a growing number of markets popping up to feed the demand for cheap and tasty street food. Leading the pack is Eat Street Northshore, a collection of brightly painted shipping containers converted into food stalls, where more than 70 vendors serve up everything from Chinese dumplings to Swedish sweets. Meanwhile, Boundary Street Markets recently launched a bang-on-trend vegan version on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. You’ll have plenty of chances to work off all the food – the city is full of more active entertainments, too, from kayaking down the Brisbane River and climbing the Story Bridge to abseiling down the cliffs at Kangaroo Point or cycling along the waterfront on the Bicentennial Bikeway. Search hotels in Singapore Wherever you wander in the Mexican capital, you’ll never be too far from a vendor selling tacos al pastor – little taco shells filled with thinly sliced spit-roasted pork and caramelised pineapple – along with many other stalls selling tamales, tortas, tostadas, tlacoyas and even some dishes that don’t begin with a ‘t’. They’re all part of a food scene that is both tasty and good value, making Mexico City a great destination for travellers on a tight budget. Some of the key museums help save you money too: the Museo de Arte Moderno and Palacio de Bellas Artes waive their entrance fees on Sundays, while the Museo Soumaya and Palacio Nacional (home to Diego Rivera murals) are always free. Elsewhere, a trip to Museo Frida Kahlo, where the artist was born and died, has to be on the cards, along with a cruise through the Unesco World Heritage-listed canals of Xochimilco, last remnants of an Aztec waterway system. Photo credit: Frederik Trovatten The Hoxton Portland opened towards the end of last year in a 1906 building in Chinatown. There’s a mid-century look to the décor and plenty of places for guests and locals to hang out, including a rooftop taqueria, basement bar and ground-floor coffee bar. Rooms from around £92 a night. Search hotels in Brisbane Nice Search flights to Mexico City Stay: Hotel Mi From street food to street art… TRYP Fortitude Valley is all about contemporary urban design and features work by internationally famous Aussie street artists such as Fintan Magee, Numskull, Rone and Beastman. Rooms, all adorned with artworks, start from around £58 a night. Photo credit: Paul Rysz All flight and prices mentioned in this article are estimates of the cheapest prices based on Skyscanner’s flight search tools. These are subject to change and were correct at time of writing on 11 February 2019.  Mexico City Search for hire cars Portland’s street food scene is the stuff of legends. There are more than 600 food trucks and stands around the city, many of them gathered together in ‘pods’ and serving up everything from Norwegian flatbreads to Mauritian curries. It’s all totally in keeping with Portland’s reputation as hipster central – if you like your craft beers, micro roasteries, urban wineries and vegan tattoos, you may never want to leave. Oregon’s largest city is also a magnet for bibliophiles, thanks to the presence of Powell’s City of Books, a massive new and used bookstore that takes up an entire block. If you’re partial to a quirky attraction, Portland delivers on that front, too, with museums dedicated to puppets, hats, vacuum cleaners and kayaks, and The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium, part store, part café, part collection of sci-fi-themed exhibits. You can see why ‘Keep Portland weird’ is the unofficial city motto. Find hotel dealsCheck-inCheck-outGuests12345678910Rooms12345Search hotels Ready to find your own foodie destination? Stay: The Hoxton Portland Stay: The Jay ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Stay: Room Mate Valentina Everything about Room Mate Valentina says young and lively, from the playful, colourful decoration and digital music system to the location just off Paseo de la Reforma in the Zona Rosa, a party part of town. The cheapest rooms are the Executive Rooms, from around £59 a night. Search flights to Singaporelast_img read more