Two American players in Iran stranded

first_imgLuis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Jerwin Ancajas keeps crown JP Prince. APTwo American basketball players, Joseph Jones and JP Prince, who are playing in the Iran Super League are stranded in Dubai after Iran imposed bans to United States citizens from entering the country.In a report by Chris Mannix of The Vertical, Jones and Prince were prohibited from returning to Iran, where they play professionally for Azad University Tehran.ADVERTISEMENT Eric Fleisher, the players’ agents, shared that the two were on a team-funded break in Dubai when US President Donald Trump signed the executive order barring refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-dominated countries, including Iran, from entering United States territory.In retaliation, the Iran government issued the same ban to US citizens, with Jones and Prince not spared from the law and found themselves stuck in Dubai.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“At the moment they are stranded,” Fleisher said. “It’s a real hardship.”Azad University Tehran management have had talks with the government on possibly softening its stance and resolving the issue, but as of now, fixing these problems seem to be still far off. MOST READ Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Both Jones and Prince could lose at least six figures in salary if they are unable to finish the season.“We are waiting for clarity from the team,” Fleisher said. “It’s tough. It doesn’t look like they can finish the season in Iran. It’s not good to be out of a job. Secondarily, all their things are in Iran. They can’t go back and get them. It’s been difficult.”Jones, a 6-foot-8 big man out of Texas A&M, and Prince, a 6-foot-7 forward who suited up for Arizona and Tennessee, are in their first seasons in the Iran league.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town View commentslast_img read more

Malaysia wins three awards at 2009 PATA gold awards

first_imgMalaysia has once again made headlines by winning the much-coveted Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Grand Award in the heritage category and two other prestigious PATA Gold Awards in the marketing media and education & training categories. Tourism Malaysia clinched the Gold Award in the Marketing Media – Travel Advertisement Print Media category for its ‘Malaysia: Truly Asia – Truly More with Every Visit. It Must Be Malaysia.’campaign. The new campaign is an evolution from the original Malaysia Truly Asia concept, targeted especially to attract repeat visitors to Malaysia and offering more experiences and more value with every visit. The Director General of Tourism Malaysia, Dato’ Mirza Mohammad Taiyab, received the award on behalf of Tourism Malaysia from the Director of Macau Government Tourist Office, Mr. Joao Manuel Costa Antunes and the Chief Executive Officer of PATA, Mr. Greg Duffell on 25 September 2009 in Hangzhou, China.At the award ceremony, the judging panels described the winning campaign as an excellent marketing campaign which managed to highlight the aspect of the different regions. “Beautiful photography creates a real desire to be there”, added the judges. Meanwhile, in the Environmental Education Programme category, the Frangipani Langkawi Resort & Spa, Malaysia, won a Gold Award for their on-site Environmental Education programme. The Grand Award winner in the heritage category, the Temple Tree, Langkawi, is a concept hotel that promotes a truly Malaysian holiday experience. It houses several restored and unique antique homes that represent various cultural elements in Malaysia comprising the Malay, Chinese, Indian, Eurasian and Arab. Profits from the resort also help to fund LASSie (Langkawi Animal Shelter and Sanctuary Foundation). The Temple Tree is a worthy winner as it conserves important heritage elements whilst assisting the foundation to carry out its ideals of receiving, rehabilitating and caring for neglected and abused cats and dogs.A total of 23 Gold Awards were presented to the winning entries in the Marketing Media (nine sub-groups) and Travel Journalism (four sub-groups) categories, in addition to four Grand Awards for outstanding entries in the categories of Environment, Education & Training, Heritage & Culture and Marketing Campaign. This year’s PATA Gold Awards programme attracted a total of 236 entries from 120 organisations worldwide. ONE FOR THE ALBUM…From left: Antunes, Mirza and Duffell Source = Tourism Malaysialast_img read more