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FIBA suspends 13 players, 2 coaches, match officials over World Cup brawl

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, July 20th, 2018

The FIBA Disciplinary Panel on Thursday (July 19) sanctioned Australia and Philippine players over a World Cup qualifying brawl in Manila on July 2.

According to FIBA Basketball’s official website, the decision suspends 10 Philippine Gilas players – Japheth Aguilar, Matthew Wright, Terence Romeo, Jayson Castro William, Andray Blatche, Jeth Rosario, Roger Pogoy, Carl Cruz and Jim Gallon – and Assistant Coach Joseph Uichico for unsportsmanlike behaviour. Head coach Vincent ‘Chot’ Reyes was also suspended for inciting unsportsmanlike behaviour and was ordered to  pay a disciplinary fine of $13,500.

Likewise, the Philippines’ national federation Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas, Inc. (SPB) is sanctioned for the unsportsmanlike behaviour of its team and of its public, and for “insufficient organisation of the game.” The federation is ordered to pay a disciplinary fine of $337,000

The Philippines will play the next home game behind closed doors while a ban for two more home games has been placed under a probationary period of 3 years.

Meanwhile, FIBA suspended three Australian Boomers – Chris Goulding, Then Maker, and Daniel Kickert – also for unsportsmanlike behaviour.

No sanction was imposed, however, on Australians Nathan Sobey and Jason Cadee, who were also on the court during the brawl.

Basketball Australia also ordered to pay a disciplinary fine of $134,850 for the unsportsmanlike behaviour of its players for abusing and tampering of equipment.

The money from the fines will be used to support a social program called “Basketball for Good” launched by International Basketball Federation (IBF). – UNTV News and Rescue

Philippines Sanctions

Japheth Aguilar (1 game)

Matthew Wright (1 game)

Terence Romeo (3 games)

Jayson Castro William (3 games)

Andrey Blatche (3 games)

Seth Rosario (3 games)

Roger Pogoy (5 games)

Carl Cruz (5 games)

Jim Jalalon (5 games)

Calvin Abueva (6 games)

Assistant Coach Joseph Uichico (3 games)

Head Coach Vincent ‘Chot’ Reyes (1 game and $13,500 fine)

Philippines’ national federation (Fined $340,000 and 3 years probation)

Australia sanctions

Chris Goulding (1 game)

Then Maker (3 games)

Daniel Kickert (5 games)

Basketball Australia (Fined $135,000)


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Warehouse fire lights up Melbourne morning sky

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 30th, 2018


Aerial shot of fireball from a Melbourne warehouse fire | REUTERS

A fire in an industrial warehouse lit up the Melbourne sky on Wednesday morning (August 30) with thick smoke billowing across the city skyline, forcing residents to seek shelter and schools to shut, according to Australian media.

Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) said the fire began around 5 am local time (1900 GMT), with more than 100 fire-fighters battling the blaze, according to the Nine Network. MFB Acting Deputy Chief Officer Ken Brown said that the warehouse contained acetone and oxyacetylene, which energized the fire.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that several schools in the proximity of the smoke were closed, while planes were diverted from the area.

The fire is expected to burn for several hours. — Reuters

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China expresses ‘serious concerns’ over Australia’s ban of Huawei from mobile network project

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, August 24th, 2018

Huawei. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

China on Thursday (August 23) expressed “serious concerns” over Australia’s ban of Chinese telecoms firm Huawei Technologies from supplying equipment for a 5G mobile network in the country.

Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Australia should not “use various excuses to artificially erect barriers.”

Australia had banned Huawei, citing risks of foreign interference and hacking which Beijing dismissed as an “excuse” to tilt the playing field against a Chinese firm.

The move, following advice from security agencies, signals a hardening of Australia’s stance toward its biggest trading partner as relations have soured over Canberra’s allegations of Chinese meddling in Australian politics.

It also brings Australia in line with the United States, which restricted Huawei and compatriot ZTE Corp from its lucrative market for similar reasons. — Reuters

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Starving koalas dying on overpopulated Australian island

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

A koala (Image courtesy to Reuters)


Koala rescuers in Australia are struggling to cope with growing numbers of the starving animals on an island off the state of Victoria, as bush-fire prevention laws force residents to cut down trees, further threatening the populations of the iconic animals.

Koala rescuers on Raymond Island, a 770-hectare area near Victoria’s eastern coast, that is home to about 300 koalas and 470 humans, said on Tuesday (July 31) that koalas are starving to death as the captive population grows amid a shrinking pool of trees to feed on.

The Department of Environment regional manager, Ryan Incoll said the ideal population number for koalas on the island is around fifty.

Koalas are listed as a “vulnerable” species under an Australian conservation law and are only naturally found in the eastern and southern states of Victoria, Queensland and South Australia, which are also the most populated states. — Reuters

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