LiAngelo Ball, UCLA teammates arrested in China for shoplifting

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LiAngelo Ball of Chino Hills High School dribbles the ball down court during the game against Mater Dei High School at the Galen Center on February 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images/AFPLiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers star Lonzo Ball, was among three college basketball players arrested in China on suspicion of shoplifting, reports said Tuesday.Ball, who is with the UCLA basketball team ahead of their season-opening game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday, was detained with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, ESPN reported.ADVERTISEMENT Bucks get Bledsoe from Suns for Monroe, 2 draft picks OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene The shoplifting reports threaten to tarnish that campaign, which has included LaVar Ball’s creation of the “Big Baller Brand” shoe and apparel line “inspired” by his three sons.The brand has promotional events planned for Friday in Shanghai, including an appearance by LaVar with autograph signings, according to the store where it will be held.Eldest brother Lonzo joined the Lakers this year after just one season with UCLA, while youngest brother LaMelo Ball is still in high school but also on the radar as a future professional.LaVar Ball is frequently criticized over his brash claims, and Twitter users wasted little time taking shots at LiAngelo.“Season hasn’t even started and he already leads the nation in steals,” said one posting, while others launched a cheeky #FreeLiAngelo hashtag.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A US State Department official told AFP: “We are aware of reports of three US citizens arrested in China and stand ready to assist.” The official declined further comment, citing “privacy considerations”.UCLA had said Tuesday it was “aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes” and was cooperating with local authorities, but otherwise declined comment. Georgia Tech said none of its athletes were involved.The Pac-12 conference to which UCLA belongs issued a Twitter statement saying it was “very disappointed by any situation that detracts” from the China visit.“Whether in the United States or abroad, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards,” it said.LiAngelo Ball is one of three basketball-playing siblings who have emerged on the national stage in recent years, fueled in part by father LaVar’s aggressive promotion of his sons as future NBA superstars.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ A Hangzhou government spokesperson confirmed to AFP that three American citizens had been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting but referred further questions to police, who could not immediately be reached.ESPN said the players were arrested Tuesday after around 20 police officers descended on their hotel in Hangzhou near Shanghai, where the team had gone to tour the corporate campus of China e-commerce giant Alibaba, a sponsor of the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogESPN had reported that police questioned members of both teams in the hotel before taking away the three UCLA players.The fate of the players on Wednesday, and whether they would face charges, was unclear. Shoplifting can bring a prison term of several years in China. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Albino Society Honors Miatta Fahnbulleh

first_imgThe Liberia Albino Society (LAS) has presented a “certificate of honor” to Ms. Miatta Fahnbulleh for what they termed her “standing with them” from the inception of their organization a few years ago.In their recognition of “Aunty Miatta’s” good deeds towards them, Ms. Ruth J. Tulay, Planning Committee head, LAS, said they decided to honor her on her birthday because of the many good things she has done and continues to do for them.Ms. Tulay said, “This certificate of honor has been presented to Ambassador Miatta Fahnbulleh for her immense contributions towards persons living with albinism in Liberia.”She stated that whenever the society calls upon Ms. Fahnbulleh, she (Aunty Miatta) is always willing to attend to their call and for this they had come to say “thank you.”After the presentation, Ms. Fahnbulleh told our reporter that the society was challenged with the lack of a vehicle for easy movement. She described how on many occasions, albinos are discriminated against when they get on public vehicles.“Most times the person sitting next to us in a taxi or a bus will try to push far from us so that his/her skin does not touch ours,” Ms. Tulay said. She told those who see them as not being humans like them that albinos are humans just like anyone else except for the pigmentation of their skin.She presented the honor to Ms. Fahnbulleh in the kindergarten class of the OBAA’S Girls Educational Outreach, which is run by the honoree.Receiving the certificate, Aunty Miatta, turned to the kids and said, “My darlings when you learn to do things for people, when you learn to share with people, when you learn to remember your neighbors as your friends, people will always come back to say thank you.”She urged the little ones always to share with their classmates when they can and to do good for people whether they know them or not, adding, “One day when you least expect, somebody will come back to say thank you.”She thanked the LAS for the recognition and promised to do more to help the society. She praised the leader of the society, Madam Patricia Logan, for her hard work in bringing the issues of people living with albinism to light in Liberia.Aunty Miatta, who is one of Liberia’s musical icons, turned 67 yesterday. She has spent nearly 40 years of her life in advocacy, especially for the girl child.She has influenced at least two generations of African musicians.Aunty Miatta Fahnbulleh was born in Monrovia and educated in England, Sierra Leone, Kenya and the United States. She has lived in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.  She is the mother of two – a son and a daughter and she is also a grandmother.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more