NBA teams approve stiffer penalties for tampering

first_imgView comments Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The league told teams last week that fines would be raised in part to reflect the 600% increase in league revenue and the 1,100% increase in franchise value since the maximum-fine ceilings were last touched in 1996.There are some elements of the new measures that still need to be worked out — specifically, the specifics behind the league’s new mandate that five teams will be randomly selected for investigatory audits to see if there were any rule-compliance issues. The NBA wants teams to keep records of talks with players and agents for a year, and the league has the power to review a team’s electronic communications devices.The privacy concerns, however, remain a sticking point, Silver said.“None of us want people looking into their personal communications,” Silver said. “But I think people who operate in a public company environment or operate in a financial world who are used to compliance procedures understand that you have to find a balance between disclosure and privacy so you can ensure that people will understand that there will be consequences for inappropriate behavior.”In other matters before the Board of Governors:ADVERTISEMENT Silver said there have been discussions about changing the dates of free agency, though noted that any change would have to be collectively bargained with the players. The Houston Rockets suggested last season that it would be a good idea to move free agency ahead of the NBA draft. “My sense is those conversations will continue,” Silver said of the notion of changing the free-agency calendar. “I don’t have any expectation that anything is going to happen in the near term.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this May 30, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver holds a news conference before Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors in Toronto. The NBA’s board of governors was unanimous Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, in its approval of a plan to stiffen potential penalties for tampering with players and employees under contract with other clubs, hoping for increased compliance in existing league rules. “We need to ensure that we’re creating a culture of compliance in this league,” Silver said after two days of meetings concluded in New York. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)The NBA’s board of governors was unanimous Friday in its approval of a plan to stiffen potential penalties for tampering with players and employees under contract with other clubs, hoping for increased compliance in existing league rules.Fines of up to $10 million are now possible in the most egregious situations, along with forfeiture of draft picks, suspensions of executives and voiding of contracts when rule breaking is found — significant enough threats, the league hopes, to end any notion of teams entering into deals with free agents before rules allow.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Juventus revenues and losses rise in Ronaldo’s 1st season ‘People evacuated on their own’ Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees MOST READ “We need to ensure that we’re creating a culture of compliance in this league,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said after two days of meetings concluded in New York. “Our teams want to know that they’re competing on a level playing field and frankly don’t want to feel disadvantaged if they are adhering to our existing rules.”The rules aren’t new, but Silver has been saying for months that it’s pointless for the league to have policies that cannot be enforced. And while the new parameters aren’t foolproof, an important change is that every franchise will have to annually certify that its executives did not to free agents or their representatives before league rules allow.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4But for years, the notion of waiting for the start of free agency to talk to available players has been largely ignored. This year, free agency was to officially begin at 6 p.m. Eastern on June 30, and many deals were known to be done within minutes.“There need to be consequences when rules are violated,” Silver said. TRAVELINGThe issue of James Harden’s stepback jumper — travel or not a travel? — may soon have some clarity.The NBA is revising rule-book language regarding traveling, and specifically defining a “gather” — plus clarifying how many steps a player may take.For players receiving a pass or picking up a loose ball, the gather is defined as when control of the ball is gained. Off the dribble, the definition is when a player has two hands on the ball, or brings it to a pause, or otherwise gains control.The league is expected to release a training video next week, and said correctly calling travels gather will be a point of emphasis this season.STARTERSDaily fantasy players and bettors will now know who is expected to play in a certain game a bit earlier than usual.Teams now must submit starting lineups 30 minutes before the scheduled start time, instead of the previous rule of 10 minutes.Lineups can still change after the 30-minute mark, which gives teams flexibility if an injury occurs or is aggravated during warm-ups.FREE AGENCY No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Imageslast_img read more

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PH boxing bracing for tough climb to SEA Games gold

first_imgPH beach volley counting on hometown support to boost SEA Games bid “I don’t do medal projections as there are too many variables that we have to consider. But I can say that our boxers are in excellent shape,” said Picson, adding the officiating, conditioning and the draw are potential major factors intheir golden bid.“But it’s going to be tough. It’s no longer just Thailand that will come up with a good fight. We have information that other countries are also coming in strong as they are now using foreign exposure and coaches while upgrading their technology to boost their chances.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Eumir Felix Marcial together with Carlo Paalam, Rogen Ladon, Charly Suarez, James Palicte, Marjon Piañar, Bautista and John Tupas-Marvin will head the country’s drive. Meanwhile, newly-crowned world champion Nesthy Petecio will spearhead the women’s squad together with Gabuco, Irish Magno, Aira Villegas and Risa Pasuit.Marcial and Tupas-Marvin delivered gold medals in the previous biennial meet in Kuala Lumpur in 2017. Boxing competitions begin on Dec. 3 at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay CitySports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees FILE – Eumir Felix Marcial of the Philippines (Blue) competes against Pathomsak Kuttiya of Thailand (Red) in the finals of the men’s middleweight class of the 29th Southeast Asian Games boxing competition. Marcial prevailed to claim the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLMANILA, Philippines—The Philippines has been a consistent force in boxing in Southeast Asia but other neighboring countries are not far behind as far as the level of competition is concerned.Ed Picson, secretary-general of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (Abap), expects a steep gold medal climb for the country’s bets in the coming Southeast Asian Games as they face beefed-up opposition.Picson, though, remains upbeat about the contingent’s chances.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) View comments 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw LATEST STORIES ‘People evacuated on their own’ MOST READ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing downlast_img read more

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Policeman in hot water for shooting Itaballi man

first_imgA Police constable is in hot water after he allegedly used excessive force on a man with whom he had an argument at Itaballi Check Point, Region Seven. The incident occurred at about 20:00h on Friday evening.According to reports, the constable was responding to a report of domestic violence in the area when he came into contact with the accused, resulting in an argument.During the heated argument, the Policeman was accused of hitting the man to the head with his service revolver, causing him to fall. The Constable then discharged a round, hitting the man to his upper chest.After the shooting, the constable took the man to the Bartica Regional Hospital where he was admitted, and is now in a stable but serious condition.The rank, according to reports, fled the area but was later arrested at the Tiperu Crossing.The Office of Professional Responsibility has launched a probe into the purported breaches of standard operating procedures in relation to the report of domestic violence.last_img read more

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Sole sourcing should not be the standard – TIGI

first_img…Govt circumventing transparency by continuing practiceThe Government’s continued reliance on sole sourcing for the public health sector has drawn the attention of Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc (TIGI).TIGI President Dr Troy Thomas has stressed that by continuing to sole source from companies who are in some cases not pre-qualified, there can be no guarantee of value for tax payers’ money.Thomas told this publication that TIGI has also noted that the problems within the health sector, including incidents of sole sourcing drugs and medical supplies, have been recurring, but should have been stamped out by now. He noted that Government has instead gone ahead and sole sourced from a blacklisted company.This is a reference to an incident of a few weeks ago, when Cabinet approved a contract for Trinidad company Western Scientific to supply millions of dollars’ worth in Sysmex reagents to the Public Health Ministry although that the firm was only last year blacklisted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) because of what the donor agency referred to as “fraudulent practices.”“The Government of Guyana needs to consider (whether) it is fixing a broken system or realigning whatever fractures exist. If you say that so much is broken and wrong and you want to be transparent, and then you’re using these means (sole sourcing) to fix it, that doesn’t inspire confidence,” Thomas said.On May 08, the Parliamentary Opposition had fielded questions in the National Assembly to the ministers of Public Health and Communities in relation to the public procurement practices being used by the Government.When a response came from the Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, it was revealed that nine out of 10 regions in Guyana did no public tendering for drugs and medical supplies between January 2016 and February 2017.In addition, all regions indicated that no prequalification process was followed. Procurement of drugs and medical supplies had all been done in the name of emergencies.In the case of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), Opposition Parliamentarian Juan Edghill had noted that 77 per cent of the total allocations for drugs for that entity (GPHC) had been expended.last_img read more

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Penis-bite player vows to fight ban

first_imgWatts, who was dumped by National Rugby League outfit Sydney Roosters for disciplinary reasons in 2011 and was sacked last year by English Super League side Widnes Vikings, reportedly over a brawl, denied any wrongdoing.“I was wearing a mouthguard and there’s no way I bit him on the dick,” Watts told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph in his first comments on the allegations.“The claim is laughable, but I’ve still had to live with it. I know I didn’t do it and the people close to me know I didn’t do it, either.”He said it would overshadow his career and vowed to appeal the ban.“It’s something I’m probably going to be known for, even though they’ve got no evidence to back any of it up,” he said, claiming it was part of a campaign to eliminate him from rugby league.“There’s been numerous times in other games that players have made false claims against me,” said Watts, who has reportedly been linked in the past to a Gold Coast motorcycle gang known as The Finks.“I find that I get targeted all the time. If something happens to me, there’s no penalty. If I do the same thing, there’s a penalty.”After the incident in the minor league game, the alleged victim pulled down his shorts to reveal a mark on his penis to match officials, but then declined to make a formal complaint, the Telegraph said.Nevertheless, the Gold Coast Rugby League decided to charge Watts with contrary conduct and he was handed an eight-match ban last Tuesday.A photograph of the alleged victim’s penis was produced at the closed hearing. It showed a mark on the skin, but officials could not conclude the graze was the result of a bite, the report said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000SYDNEY, Australia, September 18 – Bad boy Australian rugby league player Anthony Watts on Wednesday denied he bit an opponent on the penis and vowed to fight an eight-match ban.The 27-year-old was suspended last week by the Gold Coast Rugby League over claims he bit an opposition player in an incident that attracted global attention and even inspired a Taiwanese animation.last_img read more

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Boost for Arsenal! Injury prone midfielder nears Gunners return

first_img1 Injury prone Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere insists he is close to a first-team return.The Gunners star marked his comeback from a serious ankle injury by playing a full match for the Under-21 side on Tuesday night.Wilshere has had a long spell on the sidelines as he has recuperated after surgery on his troublesome left ankle, an injury he suffered in the defeat to Manchester United on November 22.It was the latest setback in a succession of injury problems for the England international but he is now nearing full fitness.And the 23-year-old started alongside Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby in a formidable line-up as the second-string side defeated Stoke 4-1 at the Emirates.Playing the full 90 minutes was a timely confidence boost for Wilshere, who is now keen to force his way into Arsene Wenger’s team ahead of the end of season run-in, with Arsenal battling on both Premier League and FA Cup fronts.“You can train as much as you like but you can’t get that match fitness unless you play,” Wilshere told Arsenal’s official website.“In the Premier League you know how quick it is so you have to get back to that speed.“I feel like I’m ready to play some part. When you’re injured you look at your comeback date and the games around that time.“The one that stands out is the FA Cup semi-final but even before that we’ve got big games and we’ve got to got to Man United as well so there’s a chance to play this season.” Jack Wilshere in action for England last_img read more

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Job Vacancies: Nomadic Dairy, Donegal requires machine operators

first_imgNomadic Dairy (a subsidiary of Donegal Investment Group) based in Crossroads, Killygordon, produces innovative dairy products for national and international markets.We currently have vacancies for:MACHINE OPERATORS (3 x 12 hour shifts plus 1 evening shift per week)The successful candidates will possess the following• An ability to learn and demonstrate an aptitude for process operation• Exhibit a mechanical competence • Ability to achieve daily/weekly production targets to a high standard of hygiene/food safety in a fast-paced setting• Willingness and ability to progress in the organisation• Health and safety awareness• Excellent communication and numerical skillsTo apply for any of the vacancies please forward an up-to-date C.V. and cover letter to The Human Resources Manager, Donegal Investment Group, Ballyraine, Letterkenny, email to emarley@donegaligroup.com or call to Nomadic with your CV or to complete an application form. Closing date for applications is Wednesday 31st October, 2018.Job Vacancies: Nomadic Dairy, Donegal requires machine operators was last modified: October 22nd, 2018 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:donegaljobsKillygordonMachine Operatorsnomadic dairylast_img read more

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France’s Antoine Griezmann named Euro 2016 Player of the Tournament

first_img1 Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring a France goal with Dimitri Payet at Euro 2016 France forward Antoine Griezmann has been named as the UEFA Euro 2016 Player of the Tournament.The Atletico Madrid star scored six times and claimed two assists as the hosts reached the final, where they were beaten by Portugal.His haul – twice as many as anyone else at the tournament – included a double against world champions Germany in the semi-finals.Griezmann’s selection was made a by a 13-strong panel of technical observers, which included Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes.He has also been named in the UEFA Team of the Tournament, alongside Premier League trio Dimitri Payet, Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey.UEFA chief technical officer Ioan Lupescu, who led the panel which selected the best XI, said: “Antoine Griezmann was a threat in every game he played. He works hard for his team and possesses technique, vision and quality finishing.“The technical observers were in unanimous agreement that he was the tournament’s outstanding player.”last_img read more

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League in midst of political issues

first_imgBest known for its candidate forums and voter information pamphlets, the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles has thrust itself into two of the city’s most hotly debated issues. League President Liza White announced Tuesday the group had joined a coalition challenging a law giving Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa greater authority over Los Angeles’ public schools, claiming the measure bypasses voters and violates the state and local laws. The league is also co-sponsor of Proposition R, the Nov. 7 ballot measure that would give the City Council a third, four-year term and enact a host of ethics reforms. White said it’s just coincidence that the league is embroiled in two high-profile issues – not an indication of growing political activism. “The larger historical involvement is all of the issues that relate to protecting voting rights and protecting democratic issues,” White said after the press conference announcing the lawsuit. “Turns out that this is the season we have two issues that are extremely important to the league. Our interest and advocacy of education goes back decades.” The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization focused on voter education and advocacy. The 85-year-old Los Angeles chapter has about 500 members Although the nonprofit organization never endorses a political party or candidate, it does take positions on issues. For instance, it opposed the San Fernando Valley’s secession bid in 2002 and has endorsed Proposition H, the city’s $1 billion affordable housing bond, on the Nov. 7 ballot. However, the league hasn’t been front and center on such hot-button issues in a while. “A lot of it depends on the strategy and philosophy of the leadership,” said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a political analyst and professor at USC. “They’ve not been viewed as an activist group – or at least not as significantly activist – as they are now.” Xandra Kayden, a former president of the Los Angeles chapter who is still an active member, said the local leadership is strong and willing to take on controversial issues that are key to the group’s mission. “Sometimes people are surprised when we take a position, but they forget we’re the gold standard. We don’t take a position unless we’ve really studied it,” Kayden said. “We are an independent organization and part of our credibility is that people know we’re not doing it for political reasons. For us, being accused of being partisan would tarnish our image. Taking on controversial issues doesn’t.” In the case of Assembly Bill 1381, the league was troubled that voters didn’t get a say in such a major shift in governing Los Angeles Unified. A committee met with experts on the City Charter and the state Constitution before the league decided to join the lawsuit challenging the legislation. “Decisions about local governance belong first with those people directly affected,” the league said in a statement. Ironically, opponents of Proposition R – which the League sponsored, along with the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce – have said that measure was rushed through City Council and put on the ballot with insufficient community input. “It seems a little inconsistent,” said Jeffrey Jacobberger, with the Not PropR committee. “We agree that process is really important, and it’s important to do things the right way, as well as do the right thing.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillipslast_img read more

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Carlo Tavecchio resigns as Italian Football Federation president

first_img The 74-year-old’s departure follows the sacking of head coach Giampiero Ventura 1 Carlo Tavecchio has resigned as president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), the governing body has announced.Tavecchio read his farewell speech during a federal council meeting in Rome on Monday, seven days after the Azzurri lost their World Cup play-off 1-0 on aggregate to Sweden to miss out on the competition for the first time since 1958.Quoted in La Gazzetta dello Sport, Tavecchio said: “Lots of good things have been done over the last three years, but now there must be a fresh election inside the next 90 days.”The 74-year-old becomes the second high-profile departure from the federation in the past week, following the sacking of head coach Giampiero Ventura last Wednesday.“I’ve never said this before because details of private meetings aren’t made public – yet now you must know that Ventura wasn’t selected by me alone,” Tavecchio added. “But now I must pay for Ventura.“If I’m hopeless because I didn’t assure us of qualification for the World Cup then if that shot had gone in (Matteo Darmian hit a post against Sweden at San Siro), would I be a hero?”Tavecchio was re-elected for a second term in March, despite a controversial first stint in office. He was initially elected in 2014 despite a campaign marred by six-month bans from both FIFA and UEFA for allegedly making racist comments about a hypothetical African player “who previously ate bananas and then suddenly becomes a first-team player with Lazio”. Once in charge, he was forced to deny being homophobic or anti-Semitic after comments which appeared in an audio recording on the website of Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera in late 2015.Tavecchio on Sunday suggested Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who led his country for two years before leaving for Stamford Bridge after Euro 2016, would be his preferred choice to replace Ventura.“We are seeking the best,” Tavecchio was quoted as saying on gazzetta.it.“(Massimiliano) Allegri, (Roberto) Mancini, (Carlo) Ancelotti… these are the names, I say getting warmer. And Conte? Fire.”Returning to the subject during his resignation speech on Monday, he added: “I have spoken with four or five great coaches. They are all busy elsewhere.”last_img read more

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