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first_img to go further April 28, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two daily newspapers suspended for violating ban on coup probe coverage Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News New Cyber Crimes Law restricts free expression and targets online activists News News RSF_en Organisation February 23, 2015 Find out morecenter_img Follow the news on Kuwait KuwaitMiddle East – North Africa September 5, 2014 Find out more KuwaitMiddle East – North Africa Courts uphold newspaper’s closure, increase blogger’s jail term Reporters Without Borders condemns the 20 April decision by the public prosecutor’s office to suspend two newspapers that defied a two-month-old ban on covering an investigation into videotapes that allegedly reveal plans to stage a coup d’état.Two daily newspapers, Al-Watan and Alam Al-Yaoum, have been ordered to suspend operations for two weeks. The public prosecutor claims that the blackout is necessary because news coverage could undermine the investigation.“The prosecutor’s ban on media coverage of this case is a grave violation of freedom of information” said Soazig Dollet, head of the Reporters Without Borders Middle East and North Africa desk. “The absurd and iniquitous suspension of those two news outlets again shows that the authorities are bent on controlling the media and, in this case, suppressing coverage of a sensitive political investigation.”Articles in Al-Watan’s 13 and 14 April issues claimed that former senior officials were involved in the alleged coup conspiracy.In a press release, the information ministry announced that “it had been informed of the public prosecutor’s decision to suspend the two newspapers for two weeks for defying “a prohibition on publishing reports on case 2013/1241 .”Al-Watan publisher Sheikh Khalifa Ali Al-Khalifa told Reuters that “the staff did not understand why they had been punished because they had done “nothing illegal.” He added that “the newspaper would continue to publish on its website because the site came under a “different jurisdiction” and had not been closed”.Several parliamentarians have criticized the suspensions and have called for changes to the media law.Kuwait fell 13 places in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and is now ranked 91st out of 180 countries. News January 21, 2016 Find out more Popular blogger charged with blasphemylast_img read more

Priorities set after M20 contract award

June 4, 2021 | fofabvlic | No Comments

first_imgMayor James Collins, Conn Murray, Limerick City and County Council CEO, and An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Cian ReinhardtTHE NEWLY awarded M20 contract must be prioritised as “one of the most crucial infrastructure projects yet to be delivered in the State,” according to the Limerick and Cork chambers of Commerce.Limerick Chamber chief executive Dee Ryan, said it was important that the momentum is maintained as every day that goes by without this holds back the south and west from reaching its economic potential.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The delivery of the M20 needs to be expedited as no other infrastructure project in the country can contribute so positively for so many”, she said.The awarding of the contract was confirmed last week during the visit of Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.Limerick City and County Council, as lead authority for the project which will be undertaken in conjunction with the Cork and Tipperary local authorities, has appointed Barry Transportation, and its project partners WSP and Sweco, as Technical Advisors to progress the scheme up to the stage where it will be submitted for planning.Despite being only 100 km apart, the economic interaction and inter-relationships between Limerick and Cork is limited with poor transport connectivity being a factor.Planning and design will start this month and extensive public consultation is promised at every stage.Limerick Mayor James Collins said the project was critical for the economic development of Limerick and the wider region along the Atlantic Corridor.“It will save lives and improve the quality of life for those who rely on this transport corridor for business, work, study and tourism,” he added.Limerick City and County Council chief executive Conn Murray said the M20 project was identified in Project Ireland 2040 National Development Plan as a major enabler for balanced regional development.  It would achieve this by substantially delivering the Atlantic Corridor, with a high-quality road network linking Limerick, Cork and Galway.”A Project Office has been established at County Council headquarters  in Dooradoyle. Facebook WhatsApp Advertisement Email Twittercenter_img Print NewsPoliticsTransportPriorities set after M20 contract awardBy Alan Jacques – May 8, 2019 876 Linkedin Previous articleMEP wants change in airport policyNext articleLimerick punter wins big on Liverpool comeback Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

PSO Awards

January 17, 2021 | xppcyhzz | No Comments

first_imgEight University of Georgia faculty and staff were honored for exemplary service to the state during Monday’s 2019 Public Service and Outreach awards luncheon, which included awards for Entrepreneur of the Year and Donor Impact.UGA’s highest award in Public Service and Outreach went to Stanley Culpepper, a professor and extension agronomist in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, who received the 2019 Walter Barnard Hill Fellow Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Outreach. The Hill Fellow is comparable to a distinguished professorship.Additionally, five faculty members will receive Walter Barnard Hill Awards for Distinguished Achievement in Public Service and Outreach. They are:Jeffrey Humphreys, director of the Selig Center for Economic Growth, Terry College of BusinessAmanda Burgess Marable, extension 4-H specialist and senior public service associate, College of Agricultural and Environmental SciencesDavid Meyers, public service associate at the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, a UGA Public Service and Outreach unit;William G. Tyson, county extension coordinator in Bulloch County, College of Agricultural and Environmental SciencesTheresa Wright, director of assessment and evaluation for the Vice President of Public Service and Outreach and unit manager for the Survey Research and Evaluation Initiative at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, a UGA Public Service and Outreach unit.The Hill Award and Hill Fellow Award are named for Chancellor Walter Barnard Hill, who led the University of Georgia from 1899 to 1905. Hill was a pioneer who helped define the university’s modern public service and outreach mission.The Public Service and Outreach Staff Award for Excellence went to Genell Gibson, administrative assistant at Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, a UGA Public Service and Outreach unit. This is the most prestigious award for staff members and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a strong work ethic, commitment to service and exceptional job performance.Alexander Scherr, associate professor and director of the Veterans Legal Clinic at the School of Law, received the Engaged Scholar Award, recognizing a tenured associate or full professor who has made significant career-spanning contributions to UGA Public Service and OutreachThe Entrepreneur of the Year Award, recognizing a company that has exhibited significant growth in business, benefitted from a variety of formal learning opportunities through the UGA Small Business Development Center and served as a public advocate of business ownership, went to Will Harris, a fourth-generation cattleman and owner of White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia. This award was sponsored by Cadence Bank.The Callaway Foundation Inc., won the Donor Impact Award in recognition of its longtime support of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, including a $1 million award in October to help fund a new visitor entrance. Since 1973, the Callaway Foundation has given more than $5.8 million to the State Botanical Garden for capital improvements that have enhanced visitors’ experiences. Paul S. “Tripp” Penn III, president of the Callaway Foundation Inc. and the Fuller E. Callaway Foundation boards, accepted the award.last_img read more

first_imgLITTLE SILVER- Red Bank Regional Creative Writing Majors in the Visual & Performing Arts Academy once again earned a bounty of awards in the prestigious national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which is sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Four students won national awards with Jordan Fleming of Red Bank winning a gold medal. Silver medals went to: Skylar Ebe, Willow Martin, and Mya Nunnally. Selected students will be invited with their teacher, Dr. Gretna Wilkinson, to attend the award ceremonies at Carnegie Hall on June 2. National winners represent less than 1 percent of nearly 320,000 works of art and writing submitted. Student works are submitted from all over the nation. Fleming and other gold medalist winners will have their work displayed at the National Exhibition at the New School Parsons School of Design, and Pratt Institute’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery from June 2 to 12.last_img read more

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |RUMSON – The backyard was where their love for lacrosse bloomed.Rob and Alex Kelly can still recall the times they spent together at their Rumson home sharpening their skills with joint wall ball sessions, and strengthening their brotherly bond with more mellow games of catch.Back then remained focused on the fun of the sport, rather than the places it could one day take them.However, years later that focus has shifted, as the Kelly brothers have earned the opportunity to go further than they ever dreamed, taking the international stage this summer at the FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Netanya, Israel, where they’ll headline the Jamaican National Team roster.“When I first picked up the game of lacrosse, I never knew if I would be skilled enough to play for the varsity team in high school, let alone in college,” said Alex, 23, a 2013 graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and a two-year varsity competitor who is currently playing for Monmouth University. “Now, to be preparing to compete on the international level, it’s a dream come true.”The Kelly brothers’ Jamaican citizenship comes from their mother Nicola, who was born in the island nation before relocating to the United Kingdom. It was there she met and married her husband, Kevin Kelly, and where the couple had two sons.Eventually the Kellys moved across the Atlantic to New Jersey and settled in Rumson. But thanks to their mother’s national pride, the boys never lost touch with their familial roots.“We’ve been going to Jamaica and spending time there pretty much every year since I can remember,” said Rob, 26, who graduated from RFH in 2010 after three seasons of varsity competition with the Bulldogs, followed by a spot on the University of Richmond club team. “And that’s because my mother has always maintained a strong sense of pride in her home country, and it’s something she’s certainly instilled in us.”“Being able to represent Jamaica in this fashion has made our mother very proud,” Alex said. “We wouldn’t have this opportunity without her and it goes deeper than citizenship. She’s been instrumental in helping put this team together. From organizing the players and coaches, to the fundraising efforts, she’s basically started a small company and it’s all in the name of Jamaican lacrosse. And when mom’s pulling that much weight, we’d better play well for her.”This journey to the FIL National Lacrosse Championships began a year ago when Rob took a trip to the Caribbean country where he spent a week training and coaching Jamaican children alongside Christian Brothers Academy alum Kevin Dugan, the executive director of Fields of Growth, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting the game through positive social impact and global leadership development.It was at the instructional clinic where Dugan notified Kelly about plans to field the first Jamaican National Team in the county’s history and to have that outfit play among the world’s best this July in Israel.“When I got out there Kevin and I started to talk and he realized that my mother was from Jamaica. Then I told him about my brother and he was even happier,” Rob said.“We understand how special this is,” Alex added. “This is the first time Jamaica has had a lacrosse team play at the international level and there’s some responsibility that comes with being part of it. This a roster full of talented players with something to prove. We don’t want to just go out and play. We want to compete and win and prove that Jamaica belongs.”The Kelly brothers and their teammates are set to appear in one of the most anticipated matches of the tournament, as the Jamaican National Team squares off with host country Israel in the event’s opener on July 12, which is expected to fill the 24,000-seat Netanya Stadium.“That game is definitely the one we’ve all had circled on our calendars,” Rob said. “With 48 countries competing, it’s the largest turnout in the history of this tournament, and we’re going to be starting it off with all the fans and every other team on hand to watch. This is the biggest game I’ll ever be part of and it’s something I’m really looking forward to.”According to the Kelly brothers, though the FIL World Lacrosse Championship is the first step toward introducing Jamaica to the national stage, it can’t be the last, as they and their teammates are planning a sustained, hands-on effort to instill a lacrosse tradition on the island nation.“We certainly plan on going back there at some point and we do feel that responsibility to immerse ourselves in the Jamaican lacrosse community,” Rob said. “That’s the only way to build a culture and a tradition and to ensure that this national program can be self-sustaining.”The FIL World Lacrosse Championship is scheduled to run from July 12-21.This article was first published in the March 29-April 5, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_imgThe British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League’s (BCIHL) championship best-of-three final opened Friday night at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex with a 5-1 Selkirk College Saints victory over the Trinity Western University Spartans.Game two of the series goes Saturday at 7 p.m. tonight in Castlegar at the Arena Complex with the Saints looking for a league record fourth straight BCIHL title.Ryan Edwards played set-up man with four assists, Dallas Calvin scored a pair with Ashton McLeod, Ryon Sookro and Jamie Vlanich providing the rest of the offence.Saints starting goaltender and recently announced BCIHL First Team All-Star James Prigione stopped 24 shots in the win. Facing BCIHL Second All-Star Team goaltender Silas Matthys who backstopped his team a first round upset over Simon Fraser University in last weekend’s semi-final, the Saints pounced quickly.Defenceman McLeod’s shot from the point eluded Matthys just 24 seconds into the game for a 1-0 lead.The Saints then peppered Matthys with seven shots in the first five minutes where they dominated play. A pair of penalties in the second half of the first period doused Selkirk’s momentum and Jamey Kreller scored on a breakaway to tie the score with two minutes left in opening 20.Sookro scored 25 seconds into the second period when he stuffed away a rebound that came after Dane Feeney dangled through three Spartan defenders.Calvin gave the Saints a two goal lead seven minutes into the second when he fired a laser top shelf over Matthys’ blocker. Selkirk’s third powerplay goal of the period also came courtesy Calvin with helpers from fellow Beaver Valley Nitehawk alum Edwards and Sookro.Vlanich scored his fourth of the post-season midway through the third when he moved with purpose through the Spartans’ zone on a great individual effort.Trinity Western threw 11 shots on Prigione in the gritty final period where the intensity is sure to carry forward to Saturday night’s Game Two.last_img read more

first_img-30- BEHOLDER SOMETHING TO BEHOLD, STEVENS SAYSIf he ever writes a book on his legendary career, Gary Stevens could devote severalchapters on the great horses he has ridden and their great performances.If not No. One on the list, certainly high up would be Beholder’s 8 ¼-length Pacific Classic victory, achieved against males at a mile and a quarter on Aug 22.“I didn’t really ask her to extend herself until she swapped into her right lead, well insidethe three-sixteenths pole,” Stevens recounted Thursday morning of the two-time Eclipse Award champion, who will be seeking an unprecedented third consecutive Zenyatta Stakes victory on opening day Saturday at Santa Anita.The Zenyatta is one of five Grade I, Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge events Saturday and will be decided at 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares, age three and up.“I let her stretch to the wire, but by no means got to the bottom of her,” Stevens said of Beholder, who has 10 wins from 11 starts at Santa Anita. “It was probably the most powerful performance of any race I’ve ridden in my career, the most dominating performance.“It was unbelievable, and the ease with which she did it even surprised me. On that day, I don’t believe there was a horse walking on any continent that could have beaten her.”In addition to the Zenyatta, Santa Anita will showcase the FrontRunner Stakes for two-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles; the Awesome Again Stakes for three-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles; the Chandelier Stakes for two-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles; and the Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 ¼ miles on turf.Each race offers $300,000 in purse money. The winners will be entitled to automatic entry into their respective Breeders’ Cup races, in addition to a travel stipend if going from a base located outside of Kentucky.First post time for the 11-race program is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. There will be free parking and General Admission every Thursday and Friday, with post time at 1 p.m.            The field for the Zenyatta, race seven: Oscar Party, James Graham, 30-1; Savings Account, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; My Monet, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Big Book, Kent Desormeaux, 15-1; Kyriaki, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1; My Sweet Addiction, Mike Smith, 8-1; Wild in the Saddle, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 6-1; and Beholder, Gary Stevens, 2-5. CHANDELIER CHOICE SONGBIRD SPECIAL FROM THE STARTSongbird was no secret when she made her first start. A filly that cost $400,000 should go off as the 2-1 favorite. Breaking from the No. One post position in a field of nine 2-year-old fillies going six furlongs, she won by 6 ½ lengths under Mike Smith for Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro for Fox Hill Farms, Inc.She did even better in her next race, winning the Grade I Del Mar Debutante by 5 ¼ lengths as the 11-10 favorite, breaking from the outside 10 post position going seven furlongs.Next up: Saturday’s Grade I Chandelier Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth.“She’s certainly surpassed our expectations at this early stage,” said Dan Ward, valued assistant to Hall of Famer Hollendorfer, fresh from capturing the Del Mar training title.“You know when you start training if they’re nice horses or not, but she might be really special. When we brought her to the track for the first time, you could see how well she acted. She was very professional. She did everything right in the paddock and in the gate, but still, we didn’t expect her to be like that.“She was training well, but she has exceeded our expectations.”As for going two turns for the first time, Ward was realistically confident. “It’s not a concern,” he said. “You never know until they do it, but she’s a good size, big and long-striding.”Mike Smith, who has ridden Songbird to her two victories, was up for a four furlong drill Monday in 47.20.“All along, even before she ran, a longer distance is what we felt she’d want,” Smith said. “She wound up being a lot quicker early on than what we’d expected, but that’s because she’s naturally talented. She’s bred to go long. Again, you don’t know if she will until she does it, but I see no problem for her.”The field for the Chandelier, race eight: Pretty N Cool, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Halo Darlin, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Vieja Luna, Juan Leyva, 15-1; Yodelsong, Fernando Perez, 20-1; Songbird, Mike Smith, 3-5; Sheeza Milky Way, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Land Over Sea, Mario Gutierrez, 9-2; Jade Princess, Victor Espinoza, 9-2; and Right There, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1. MOORE THE MERRIER ABOUT MAIN TRACKNo news is good news for Dennis Moore, and Santa Anita’s respected track superintendent is content that mum’s the word.He and his crack crew are responsible for keeping the main track safe and sound for the hundreds of horses working in the mornings and running over it on race days.“So far, so good,” Moore said on a routine stop at Clockers’ Corner Thursday morning. “It is indeed a case of no news is good news, but the guys I’ve talked to are happy with the track so far. It looks good to me. We did a lot of work on it this summer and it’s paid off.” SHARED BELIEF COULD RETURN AT WINTER MEETShared Belief, who has not raced since suffering a non-displaced hip fracture in the Charles Town Classic last April 18, is back on the training track with expectations that he could return to the races at Santa Anita’s signature Winter Meet that starts on Dec. 26.“He’s jogging at the Pegasus Training and Rehabilitation Center in Redmond, Washington, near Seattle,” said Dan Ward, assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. “He’s finished with the AquaTred and swimming.“From there, I believe he would return to train at Golden Gate, because he’s been training on a synthetic surface (Polytrack) at Pegasus, and Golden Gate also has a synthetic (Tapeta) surface.“If all goes well, we hope to be ready for the Big Meet at Santa Anita.”Owned in part by renowned radio talk show host Jim Rome, Shared Belief earned an Eclipse Award as champion male 2-year-old of 2013.He has 10 wins from 12 lifetime starts, including the 2015 Santa Anita Handicap, with earnings of $2,932,200.The versatile Candy Ride gelding won three straight races at Santa Anita after his fourth-place finish in the controversial Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1, 2014: the Grade I Malibu at seven furlongs; the Grade II San Antonio Invitational at 1 1/8 miles; and the Grade I Big Cap at a mile and a quarter.center_img BEHOLDER SET FOR ANOTHER ‘CLASSIC’ EFFORT        SONGBIRD NO. ONE ON CHANDELIER HIT PARADETRIPLE CROWN ACE AMERICAN PHAROAH GALLOPSSHARED BELIEF COULD RETURN FOR ‘BIG MEET’NO NEWS, GOOD NEWS FOR TRACKMAN MOORE AMERICAN PHAROAH GALLOPS, TO WORK SUNDAYTriple Crown winner American Pharoah galloped a mile and a half Thursday morning as he prepares for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Oct. 31, the final start for the brilliant 3-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile.Trainer Bob Baffert plans to work American Pharoah at 6:30 Sunday morning at a distance to be determined, but likely five furlongs or less.             FINISH LINES: Multiple graded stakes winner Catch a Flight was not entered in Saturday’s Awesome Again Stakes because he “came up a little sore” Wednesday following a five-furlong workout Tuesday in 1:04.20. “It doesn’t appear to be serious,” trainer Richard Mandella said, “but it was enough for me not to enter.” . . . Ty Kennedy makes his Santa Anita riding debut this meet. A seven-pound apprentice rider from Hiawatha, Kansas (population 2,900), the 21-year-old has won two races at Los Alamitos after riding three horses at Del Mar. He began his career at Remington Park in Okalahoma and rode at Prairie Meadows before heading to California, where he is represented by agent and former rider Mark North, whose mother, Betsy Irvine, was an assistant to the late trainer Don Porter. North was the agent for Kyle Frey when he won an Eclipse Award as the nation’s top apprentice in 2011 . . . Journeyman Kerwin John is at the track before sunup these days, working hard to establish himself in the competitive Santa Anita riding colony. The native of the Virgin Islands is represented by agent Susan McBrayer . . . There will be a Late Pick 4 pool guarantee of at least $500,000 every Saturday and Sunday during Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet.last_img read more

first_imgThe Raphoe Masonic Charity Tractor Run proved to be another huge success this year with over €6700 donated. This year’s charities were Convoy Joint National School, Glenmaquin National School and The RNLI / The Simon Community.Both schools received €2980 each, while the RNLI/Simon Community were given €740. Raphoe Scouts, who provided a tent for refreshments, supplied food and tea for supporters on the day.Clive Wasson was in attendance and captured some of the day’s best moments. See below.Sam Maxwell and Jack Beatie at the Raphoe Masonic Lodge Tractro run.Members of the Raphoe Masonic Lodge presenting a cheque for €2980-00 to Glenmaquinn National School raised at there Tractor Run on the 27th of July. The RNLI and The Simon Community also received cheques for €500 each from the event. Back from left are Robert Johnston, Ivan Bates, Jucinta Crossan, Samantha McKinney, Jim Parke, Debbie Browne, Principal, Valerie Magee, Principal, Sammy Byres, Alex Buchanan and Marcus Doherty. Photo Clive WassonMembers of the Raphoe Masonic Lodge presenting a cheque for €2980-00 to Convoy National School raised at there Tractor Run on the 27th of July. The RNLI and The Simon Community also received cheques for €500 each from the event. Back from left are Alex Buchanan, Sam Maxwell, Ivan Bates, Rebecca Palmer, 1st 2nd Class Teacher, Robert Johnston, Valerie Magee, Principal, Jim Parke, Sammy Byres, and Marcus Doherty. Photo Clive WassonTractors arriving into Raphoe after ther tractor run.Tractors passing the Glenmaquinn NS on the Raphoe Masonic Lodge Tractor run.Tractors pass Glenmaquinn NS.Raphoe tractor run is a huge success – Pic Special was last modified: September 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

first_imgRoberto Di Matteo has urged the Chelsea hierarchy to give Didier Drogba whatever he wants in order to keep the striker at Stamford Bridge, the Daily Mirror suggest.The interim boss is apparently keen for the club to retain Drogba, who has been tipped to leave when his contract expires in the summer.Drogba’s future is in doubt.“He could do it for another couple of years at this level,” said Di Matteo.“Whether he’ll be here or elsewhere, I don’t know. He’s part of the history of this club, like many players, and always will be. But the final decision is for the club to take.”The Mirror also have an interview with Djibril Cisse, who is set to return against Tottenham today after serving a suspension and wants to atone for being sent off twice since moving to QPR.The Frenchman said: “Mark Hughes wasn’t happy with the decisions and wasn’t happy with me.“But you have to put your head down, listen and I have to pay him back.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgMOST READ “The University came out with a statement, so I won’t have any further comment on this other than in answering that question — those individuals won’t play on Saturday,” Alford said Wednesday in Shanghai.Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott issued a statement Tuesday night saying that UCLA basketball players were “involved in a situation” in China, with police being summoned to the team’s hotel to investigate the matter.“UCLA is cooperating fully with local authorities,” Scott said.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 shutoutCiting a person close to the situation, the Los Angeles Times reported that freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were involved in a shoplifting incident. Ball is the younger brother of Lonzo Ball, the former UCLA star and current Los Angeles Lakers rookie. Their father, LaVar Ball, is also in China and told ESPN that he was “going to wait until I get more intel on what’s going on” before commenting.Police in Hangzhou did not respond to telephone calls from The Associated Press for details. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Halladay was flying plane low, witnesses tell safety board Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Scott did not elaborate on what occurred and said the league was directing all inquiries about the specifics of the matter to UCLA.“We are very disappointed by any situation that detracts from the positive student-athlete educational and cultural experience that this week is all about,” Scott said. “Whether in the United States or abroad, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.”UCLA team spokesman Alex Timiraos said the school is aware of the situation and is gathering more information.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that local police were called to the hotel where both teams were staying in Hangzhou and inspected UCLA’s bus as players waited to depart for practice. Police interviewed players from both teams before clearing three players from Georgia Tech, according to a statement released by the school.The teams were staying at the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou on Tuesday before leaving for Shanghai, where Georgia Tech and No. 21 UCLA are set to open the season.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Georgia Tech said its players who were questioned were to rejoin the team and resume their scheduled activities.The teams are playing at Baoshan Arena in the annual Pac-12 China game, in which a conference school plays another American opponent as part of the league’s global initiative. FILE – At left, in a March 10, 2016, file photo, Aransas Pass high school basketball player Jalen Hill is shown during a state semifinal basketball game in San Antonio. At center, in a Jan. 16, 2017, file photo, Sierra Canyon’s Cody Riley is shown during a high school basketball game in Springfield, Mass. At right, in a Nov. 20, 2016, file photo, LiAngelo Ball is shown in Los Angeles. Citing a person close to the situation, the Los Angeles Times reported that UCLA freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were involved in a shoplifting incident in China. UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford will sit the three players for Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai. (AP Photo/File)BEIJING — UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford will sit the three players reportedly involved in a shoplifting incident in China for Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.Alford, however, declined to address the issue further.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more