Alexandre Lacazette missed (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta insists Alexandre Lacazette had a ‘great game’ despite missing a huge opportunity for Arsenal to equalise against Liverpool on Monday night, which the Gunners boss admitted he had to score if they wanted to get a result.Liverpool beat Arteta’s men 3-1 at Anfield, despite Lacazette opening the scoring for the visitors as he pounced on an Andy Robertson mistake.Goals from Robertson himself, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota earned the Reds the three points and kept up their perfect start to their Premier League title defence.With the score at 2-1, Lacazette was put through on goal by Dani Ceballos but spurned the excellent chance, hitting the ball straight at the advancing Alisson Becker.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArteta did not want to criticise his striker, but admitted that chances like that had to go in for his side to get anything against the champions.‘Obviously he had the best chance in the game to make it 2-2, and then again put us in a really strong position, but he had a great game,’ Arteta told Sky Sports.‘He put in another incredible performance and I’m pleased with him. I want to see my players upset and angry when we lose a game.‘When it comes to Anfield, you’re not going to get 10 chances, when you get through one against one with the keeper, you have to score if you want to get something from the game.’ Comment Mikel Arteta reacts to Alexandre Lacazette missing ‘best chance in the game’ as Arsenal lost to Liverpool HUGE CHANCE ð¬Lacazette should have his second and an equaliser but he is denied by Alisson ðº Watch on Sky Sports PLð± Follow #LIVARS here: https://t.co/Fw8N8jFvoNð² Download the @SkySports app! pic.twitter.com/TKZMdSNsSP— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 28, 2020 Manchester United legend Roy Keane was working as a pundit on the match and echoed Arteta’s sentiment that chances that good cannot be missed against a side like Liverpool.‘Lacazette could have taken it through, had a better touch. He should have put the ball into the back of the net, get into good habits,’ said the Irishman.‘They are huge opportunities that you have to take. It was the middle of the goal.‘We have to credit the goalkeeper for standing up but you don’t get many of those opportunities against Liverpool and you have to take them.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta, though, was pleased with his team’s performance in general, as they were competitive with Jurgen Klopp’s side for the majority of the game and looked impressive at times.‘It is a really tough place to come, they are a really good side. We stayed in the game for almost the whole match,’ said the Spaniard.‘Having took the lead, we should have held that situation a bit better. We conceded the goal too early.‘We competed well knowing the difficult moments you will have when you come to Anfield; when we had the clear chances to make it 2-2 we didn’t take them.‘They want to win and this is what they are like, the mindset of the team. They go to any ground and want to win. They really believed we could come here and do it and for large periods of the game we were there.’There is a replica of the contest on Thursday night when Liverpool host Arsenal in the Carabao Cup fourth round.MORE: Lyon slam Arsenal’s ‘timid’ offer for Housem AouarAdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Gary Neville slams ‘selfish’ and ‘greedy’ Mohamed Salah during Liverpool’s victory over ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 29 Sep 2020 7:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.9kShares Advertisement Advertisement
The Independent 23 March 2017Family First Comment: The push continues to distort the true and natural meaning of marriage – “sologamy”, “monogamish”, polyamorous, group marriage,Dominique, who married herself in 2011 and wears a nose ring as a symbol of her sologamy, talks to The Independent about how she helps other women undergoing the same commitment.Over the past few years, there has been a rise in ‘self-marriage’. This being quite as literal as it sounds – making a commitment to a deep, meaningful relationship with just yourself.Self-marriage, otherwise known as sologamy, is not legally recognised but has been on a steady rise in recent years. In many cases, it can mirror traditional weddings with various case studies and news stories showing women in wedding dresses stood alongside their bridesmaids and wearing a wedding ring.Dominique, from California, runs a self-marriage ceremonies website which assists people who wish to make that commitment to themselves. She says the community of people willing to do so is growingShe held her own ceremony in 2011, aged 22, after “practicing self-love for many years”, where she lit candles in her bedroom and vowed to be “kind and compassionate to myself, especially when I make mistakes”. Prior to this, she travelled across India for six months to connect with her own self-love after dedicating her career and studies to researching the subject.“My purpose in life is to help hold a space within and for all to drop into our true nature of being, to love ourselves more fully, and to experience the true intimacy of the divine in order to create a world where we live, serve, and embody love,” she told The Independent. “I have dedicated my life to the pursuit and study of love as a force for global, social, and personal change.”READ MORE: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/sologomy-women-self-marry-ceremonies-rings-what-happens-california-a7644576.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Plants have a waxy coating on their leaves, some more and some less, a fact many gardeners may notice without much thought. A recent paper by two plant biologists in Science1 reveals that even this seemingly ordinary feature comes about only through a complex process in plant cells. The waxy coating, called the cuticle, is composed of three distinct layers including water-resistant wax crystals that are synthesized by epidermal cells. Burkhard Schulz and Wolf B. Frommer, commenting on research on this subject, note that over 100 transporter genes of a class named ABC have been discovered in plants, some of which carefully move the insoluble wax molecules to the surface. They describe the process as major effort in transporting a multitude of large, complex molecules. Their diagram shows a multitude of molecular machines that take part in the construction of the “elaborate structure” of the cuticle. Yet they assume this cuticle, with its varied and essential functions, and all the machinery required to product it, arose through a “sloppy” evolutionary history:When plants moved from water to land 450 million years ago, they needed to develop a sealed surface to protect themselves against water loss in the “dry” air environment. To solve this problem, plants invented an epicuticular wax layer that covers the entire surface of the plant that is exposed to air. This protective wax cuticle also serves a multitude of other functions. Its elaborate micro- and nanostructure prevents water and other particles from sticking to the surface of leaves, keeping them clean and so enhancing their ability to trap light for photosynthesis. Adhering water droplets and other particles are washed away in a self-cleaning process called the lotus effect. The wax layer also filters out damaging ultraviolet rays, prevents volatile chemicals and pollutants from sticking to leaves and stems, and protects plants against attack by microbes and herbivoresSchulz and Frommer want to know “what were the evolutionary steps that led to this innovation?” They figure that early plants somehow co-opted existing transporter machinery for this new function, because the plants needed it:How did land plants invent wax secretion? The genomes of living land plants contain more than 100 ABC transporter genes. Because transporters seem to be sloppy with respect to their substrate specificity, it is feasible that when plants crept out of the water, they turned a member of the ABC transporter family into a lipid exporter by ensuring that it became localized to a different cellular compartment. Perhaps this is an example of an evolutionary principle in which sloppiness is transformed into flexibility.It’s only a suggestion, they end; “Obviously, there is more work to be done….”1Burkhard Schulz and Wolf B. Frommer, “A Plant ABC Transporter Takes the Lotus Seat,” Science, Science, Vol 306, Issue 5696, 622-625, 22 October 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1105227].Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week, easily. At the rate the Darwin Party is turning up the propaganda, we’re going to have to make this a daily award. So plants invented something because they needed it when they crawled out of the water onto the land, and used existing machinery that just happened to be in their toolbox. This is going to sound so stupid to everybody some day, just like it already does to anybody that cleans his ears of Charlie Ear Wax.(Visited 193 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
23 February 2004During the fifth World Parks Congress, held in Durban in September 2003, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Mohammed Valli Moosa launched a book highlighting South Africa’s progress towards environmentally friendly practices since the country’s first democratic elections in 1994.“People, Parks and Transformation in South Africa – A century of Conservation, A Decade of Democracy” shows the different phases the country has taken in environmental conservation pre- and post-1994.The first national parks to be established in South Africa were the Kruger National Park in 1926, followed by the Kalahari Gemsbok, Addo Elephant and Bontebok National Parks in 1931 and the Mountain Zebra National Park in 1937.These parks “were set aside for game animals, but early policy also included the killing of all predators,” Moosa said at the launch of the publication. “People, too, were largely excluded – indeed, the establishment of early parks mirrored the apartheid policies which gained momentum at the same time. People who owned land were forcibly removed to make way for animals, and parks became elitist playgrounds for a minority, while the majority of the population was excluded.”This, Moosa said, was no longer the case, as land was being returned to its rightful owners, with communities electing to become partners in conservation through the establishment of contractual parks.“As the 3rd most biodiverse country in the world, South Africa is putting considerable effort into addressing the shortcomings of the past. Today, when faced with the challenges of managing more than 10 000 elephants, it is hard to believe that less than a hundred years ago, we only had about 100 elephants left in the entire country.”South Africa set itself the target of increasing land under formal conservation from 5.4% in 1994 to 8% by 2010, and its marine protected areas from 11% percent to 20% by 2010.The country is well within reach of this target, with close on 400 000 hectares of land having been added to SA’s conservation areas since 1994, including the proclamation of four new national parks – the Cape Peninsula, Agulhas, Namaqua and Vembe Dongola national parks – as well as expansions to the Addo, Marakele, Augrabies Falls, Mountain Zebra and Karoo national parks.Last October, Moosa also unveiled a R76-million plan to expand seven of South Africa’s national parks through the proclamation of 121 000 hectares of land for conservation – the single largest proclamation of land for the country’s national parks since 1931.And in February 2004, Moosa announced plans for five new marine protected areas which will result in 19% of South Africa’s 3 000km coastline being protected.“We have also, during this period, proclaimed five more sites on the Ramsar list of Wetlands of International importance”, Moosa told the World Parks Congress. “Five sites of outstanding cultural and natural heritage have been inscribed on the Unesco World Heritage list, and more are being prepared for consideration.”South Africa has also:Put in place new policies and legislation to safeguard the country’s biodiversity that are based on principles of equity, accountability, participation, the right to a clean, healthy and protected environment, and the right to have the environment protected. Established voluntary partnerships between government, communities and the private sector to establish conservancies and biosphere reserves. Transformed the country’s institutions, included communities neighbouring parks in management committees, and made parks more accessible to the majority of South Africans. Become a full participant in global efforts to conserve biodiversity. SA has signed and ratified conventions such as the World Heritage Convention, becoming one of a few countries in the world to have promulgated legislation specifically to give effect to this agreement. Taken on a leadership role in ensuring sustainable development in Africa through the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), proactively seeking to establish cross-border parks with the country’s neighbours. Four Transfrontier Conservation Areas have been established since 1994, and two more are in the pipeline.“All of this means we are committed to meeting the needs of all our people today, while safeguarding our biological heritage for future generations”, Moosa said. “Many of our plant and animal species are under threat from over-harvesting, land use changes and alien invasive species – and especially from climate change.“This is a challenge no country can deal with on its own, and we need to work with our global partners to ensure that we find ways of dealing with these threats to our globally important biodiversity, so that we can achieve our goal of sustainable development and ensure that biodiversity brings benefits to all for centuries to come.”New National ParksCape Peninsula National Park – 1998Vhembe Dongola National Park – 1998Agulhas National Park – 1999Namaqua National Park – 1999New Ramsar SitesNatal Drakensberg Park – 1997Ndumo Game Reserve – 1997Seekoeivlei – 1997Nylsvley Nature Reserve – 1998Verloren Valei – 2003New World Heritage SitesGreater St Lucia Wetland Park – 1999Robben Island – 1999Cradle of Humankind – 1999Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg – 2000Mapungubwe – 2003SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
An artist’s impression of the inside ofCape Town’s Green Point Stadium.(Image: City of Cape Town) An artist’s impression of Green PointStadium, with the ocean in the foregroundand Cape Town’s landmark TableMountain in the background.(Image: City of Cape Town) Green Point Stadium under construction inFebruary 2008.(Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.For more free photos, visit the imagelibrary.)Lusanda NgcaweniNo matter what side of the fence you stood on a year ago, you probably won’t be able to hide your enthusiasm when you set eyes on the striking new football stadium in Green Point, Cape Town, which is to host eight Fifa World Cup matches in 2010, including a semifinal.Ever since it was proposed, the idea of building a new stadium in Green Point for 2010 has been plagued by political disputes. But despite the setbacks, and with the 2010 Fifa World Cup kick-off just under two years away, plans are finally coming together.Currently, the main challenge facing the Green Point Stadium – a joint venture between firms Murray & Roberts and Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) – is completing construction on time, according to project director Andrew Fanton. The structure is being built on a 10.6-hectare site and has a seating capacity of 68 000.The dedicated team of about 2 000 labourers, 400 supervisory staff and 35 subcontractors is working hard to ensure the 14 December 2009 target is met.“We are approaching completion of the level-five elevated slabs and are on target to complete the entire superstructure to receive the roof compression ring in September 2008,” Fanton says.The grass for the pitch is being specially cultivated and is scheduled to take about four months to plant, with the process starting in August 2009. The glass roof will also be custom-made. “The glass is not only an aesthetic element, but required to weigh the roof down for Western Cape environmental conditions. The glass forms part of the roof structure which is being delivered by a joint venture between US and German companies, Birdair-Pfeifer.”Fanton says the benefits of working on such a large assignment far outweigh the challenges. “Projects of this size and complexity allow us as an industry to not only re-tool our businesses from a plant and equipment perspective, but also to train and develop our trade labour and supervision to deliver a core competence in this type of construction.“We as team Green Point are very proud to be tasked with this project for the City of Cape Town and South Africa as the 2010 host nation. Personally, I am looking forward to December 14 2009.”Empowering the workforceMurray & Roberts and WBHO have put their money where their mouths are, investing R6-million in the Green Point Stadium Training Centre, an impressive facility focusing on the construction and engineering industry.“The Green Point Stadium is the biggest construction in Cape Town,” says Antoinette du Toit, training manager at the centre. “When we started looking for workers, there weren’t enough. The construction industry had expressed the need to formalise skills, but nobody was doing anything about it. Because of a skills shortage in South Africa, we were bringing in people from Indonesia.” The boom in the building industry in Cape Town didn’t help matters, as shutter hands had to be brought in from Johannesburg, and steel fixers from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.The centre not only trains new people from scratch, but certifies existing skills as well. The certification is for those who, for example, have been doing scaffolding work for years but without a qualification. In the past when they began new projects they always had to start as unskilled workers as they lacked proof of their abilities.“The assessment, which recognises their skills level, is 100% neutral,” says Du Toit. “We have assessed about 400 people so far and they have walked away with a national certification.”Launched in August last year, the centre has also trained about 200 people who came in as general workers, but showed potential to be shutter hands and steel fixers. “The training centre has done wonders for productivity and general motivation of staff, none of whom will walk away from this project empty-handed.”Fanton agrees that the training process is making a difference on site. “It definitely develops a good team spirit. It’s about creating an understanding of what we want to achieve with respect to project delivery. This [training and certification] creates the will – then it’s about skilling and drilling to deliver consistent performance,” he says.As an incentive, the centre ensures workers get paid during training. “This has made a big impact on safety because the more trained people you have working on a site, the fewer the accidents,” Du Toit says.Training is not limited to on-site workers. There is a huge interest from tertiary institutions that bring in design, architecture, engineering and construction students. About 24 interns are also being trained at the centre and have the opportunity to gain some practical experience. They get to interact with the experts in the field, such as chief engineers, quantity surveyors and project managers.With the shortage of construction training centres in Cape Town, the Green Point facility is also open to other construction companies that need to provide workers with training. This helps cover the centre’s running costs.Because a national system was preferred, Du Toit says they decided to subcontract the training. “The company we use provides the trainers and the material. Qualified workers get a proper national certificate, which is Seta-accredited.” The Services Sector Education and Training Authorities (Seta) manage the skills development process in the South African workplace.Pulling in the publicPart of the controversy surrounding the building of the Green Point Stadium was rooted in the area’s history. The Green Point Common, the 130ha piece of land on which the new Fifa Stadium is situated, was granted to the Cape Town City Council in 1923 by the Union Government as commonage for general public recreation. The extent of the common has been substantially reduced over the years for urban development, but remains a substantial and significant public open space – especially for those living in the area.To promote the idea of constructing a new costly stadium on the valued commonage, Murray & Roberts, WBHO and the City of Cape Town decided to open a visitors’ centre so reluctant locals and visitors to the city could see the site, track the stadium’s progress and have all their questions answered. Although the old Green Point Stadium had already been demolished for the new one close by, its presidential suite was still standing. This was the ideal place to convert into a visitors’ centre, says Silvana Dantu, project director of the Green Point Stadium Visitors’ Centre.The visitors’ centre helps educate the public on, among other things, the size of the new stadium and its environmental implications. It also enables school children to learn more about the project and gives access to people who wouldn’t necessarily get to see the stadium during the 2010 World Cup, adds Dantu.The facility boasts an extensive photo library, memorabilia from South Africa’s football history and puts on a one-man show for audiences. Visitors are also taken on a guided bus tour of the actual football pitch and can watch a short documentary, The Game Plan, which introduces the project’s major players and gives visitors an idea of what it takes to create a stadium that size. Visitors are then taken on a virtual tour of the completed Green Point Stadium as it will appear in 2010.Dantu believes the visitors’ centre should be the hub of the 2010 Fifa Local Organising Committee and the City of Cape Town. “We are documenting who is visiting the centre as part of the history of building the stadium. By the time it is complete, the Green Point Stadium will have a history of its own. For me it is such a privilege to get the opportunity to do something like this, to host one of the biggest events in the universe. Imagine … Ronaldinho will be here! The benefit of the experience will be to see the euphoria!”Shifting the goalpostsThe one-man show staged at the visitors’ centre, The Greensman, is a multi-media portrayal of the history of the Green Point Common andactor Apollo Ntshoko is the idea person to play the title role. “When I was a schoolboy at Langa High School, I used to come and watch soccer here,” he says of the new stadium’s site. Langa is a black township less than 10 minutes’ drive from central Cape Town. The Greensman is sure to evoke a sense of nostalgia for locals who know the area’s background and provide a gripping history lesson for adult and child visitors.“The best thing about his job,” Ntshoko says, is to see people who were vehemently opposed to the building of the 2010 Green Point Stadium, leaving the centre having changed their minds and being big fans.“It is a privilege for me to be telling this story and to play a small part in this, the first Fifa World Cup to be hosted on African soil. I can’t explain the feeling. My biggest wish is for the World Cup to open with The Greensman.”Lecture series, schools programmeMurray & Roberts and WBHO’s latest venture is the 2010 Lecture Series, which was launched in July 2008. “Hosted twice a month, these lectures will include a guided tour of the stadium construction site so the public will have a total experience of our spectacular 2010 stadium,” says Dantu.“All the lectures will be conducted by interesting and passionate experts who are integrally involved in the planning and implementation of national projects towards 2010.”The first lecture, on 13 August 2008, was presented by the stadium’s leading architectural firm, GMP Architekten of Germany. Project manager Robert Hormes discussed the design, construction and future use of the 2010 stadium and gave some background on GMP’s work globally.The visitors’ centre, in partnership with the City of Cape Town, also runs a free schools programme, which includes a tour of the centre, history on the Green Point Common and information on careers in engineering, architecture and construction. Murray & Roberts and WBHO use the buses for transporting its workers to ferry the youth to and from the centre – sometimes travelling as far as 72km to ensure South Africa’s younger generation in more rural areas don’t miss out on the developments.“So far over 6000 children have visited the centre. Soccer is a nice way of integrating communities from different backgrounds. It gives all the children something to aspire to, and makes the 2010 World Cup seem accessible to them,” Dantu says.Power of 10The visitors’ centre also doubles up as the site where new workers are inducted. “New workers get a motivational piece using soccer as inspiration for life,” says Dantu. “Football analogies with important qualities such as being a team player and keeping your eye on the ball are highlighted. To complete the stadium on time, we need workers to be motivated, to pull together and to be aware of safety measures such as wearing a hard hat at all times, wearing the correct regulation boots and not using a cellphone on site.”Inspiration and motivation are not limited to the induction, but extend to the construction site as well. As football fans know, the striker, who wears the number 10 jersey, is one of the most integral members of a football team. Some of the world’s most revered footballers have played this position, including Brazilian star Edison Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé; Argentinian Diego Maradona; Portugal’s Eusebio (Eusébio da Silva Ferreira); Brazilian Ronaldinho (real name Ronaldo de Assis Moreira); and Frenchman Zinedine Zidane.All the workers on the site wear overalls with the number 10 on the back, which signifies the crucial role each one has to play in the construction process, irrespective of their level of experience. It also denotes the importance of teamwork.With all the initiatives that Murray & Roberts and WBHO have undertaken at the Green Point Stadium, there’s no doubt they will leave a legacy behind. After the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the area around the stadium will be integrated into an urban park, says Dantu. “The plan is to have a big garden which is open and free to the public, with a walkway from the stadium to the beach front and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Lusanda Ngcaweni at [email protected]’ Centre informationTours can be adapted for different groups and cost R40 for adults and R20 for children and pensioners.Times of toursMonday to Friday: 10h00 and 14h00Saturdays: 10h00 and 12h00Free school tours: 12h00 dailyTickets to the 2010 Lecture Series cost R100.Contact Lana at the Green Point Stadium Visitors’ Centre on +27 (0)21 430 0410 or email [email protected] linksGreen Point Stadium Visitors’ CentreMurray & RobertsWBHOA history of Langa townshipThe Group Areas ActGreen Point Common Association
A two-year-old boy and a woman died in a Bru relief camp prompting the refugees to stage road blockade in the area in Tripura bordering Mizoram for the third consecutive day on Saturday, demanding resumption of free ration and cash-dole to them, officials said. Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF) alleged that the two died of “starvation” after the Centre “stopped providing free ration and cash-dole” to the inmates of the relief camps from last month following commencement of the ninth and final repatriation process from October 3. It is scheduled to be completed by November 30. Kanchanpur Sub-divisional Magistrate Abhedananda Baidya confirmed the deaths of an infant and a 60-year-old woman in the Naisingpara relief camp, but said the “cause of the deaths has not been ascertained”.Probe under way An inquiry into the deaths is under way, the SDM said. He refused to comment further on the allegation of the Bru leaders. As per the relief package provided by the Union government, every adult Bru person living in a camp used to get ₹3.50 in cash and 600 gm rice per day, while a minor received ₹2.50 in cash and 300 gm rice daily. Clothes were given in every three years. Brus have been living in six relief camps in the area in north Tripura bordering Mizoram since 1997. Reang among 21 Scheduled Tribes of Tripura are known as Brus in the neighbouring Mizoram. MBDPF vice-president R. Laldawngliana said over phone that two-year-old John Chongprengh and Makoto Reang, wife of Binoda Reang, died on Thursday. He alleged that the refugees informed the authorities and the doctors in Gachirampara, about three kms from the camp, but they did not come. Protesting against the suspension of the free ration and cash-dole by the government, Bru refugees have been blocking the road blockade Dosda in Kanchanpur and Anandabazar area in North Tripura since Thursday.
‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Phoenix’s Rob Dozier and Jason Perkins were also fined P1,000 each for their technical foul for 2nd motion and verbal altercation, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES The fan was the girlfriend of Blackwater guard Ray Parks, who called out and blasted Abueva after their game on Friday.What makes Abueva’s hard hit on Jones worse was that he did not appear to show any remorse as he even had the audacity to dance on top of the officials’ table and flash a dirty finger.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAccording to PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, the indefinite suspension on Abueva should serve as a reminder that such behavior has no place in the league.Marcial has had enough of Abueva, who has built a reputation of being a notorious troublemaker, and his childish ways. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Calvin Abueva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—The PBA on Tuesday suspended Phoenix forward Calvin Abueva indefinitely for his actions in the Fuel Masters’ last two games in the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup.Abueva was also fined P50,000 for clotheslining TNT import Terrence Jones with a clothesline on Sunday and another P20,000 for “engaging in a verbal altercation with a fan and making obscene gestures,” the league said on its website.ADVERTISEMENT Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ “Commissioner Marcial said that he had to impose the penalty of indefinite suspension to instill discipline and maintain professionalism in the league. He said that he can no longer allow Abueva to continue with his offensive and obnoxious on-court behavior against the fans and his fellow players, which the fiery player is known for,” the story said.“Fans go to the playing venues to enjoy the games, not to be insulted or disrespected. The welfare of the fans is of utmost importance to the PBA and he will not hesitate to impose heavy penalties on those who breach this rule, especially against women. He also said that while some level of physicality is allowed during the games, violent behavior or unsportsmanlike conduct have no place in the PBA.”“The Commissioner said that the indefinite suspension of Abueva should serve as a stern warning for him and other players to act as professional athletes and that unbecoming conduct or any act or statement that is prejudicial or detrimental to the PBA will be severely punished. If the players have any complaints about fan behavior during the games, they can always bring it to the attention of the Office of the Commissioner who can warn the fans or even send them out of the venue.”Marcial added that the lifting of the suspension has “no timeframe.”Meanwhile, Phoenix coach Louie Alas has been suspended for two games and fined P40,000 (P20,000 for his flagrant misconduct for physically contacting TNT’s David Semerad and P20,000 for issuing statements detrimental to the league).ADVERTISEMENT Raptors OK mentally, Warriors shaky physically in NBA Finals Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments