Magic will host Bulls, Jazz in Mexico City in December

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The Orlando Magic will play a pair of regular-season games in Mexico City in December.The Magic will host the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 13 then play the Utah Jazz on Dec. 15. It is the third straight year that the Arena Ciudad de Mexico has hosted the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Kenyan marathon runner Samuel Kalalei suspended for EPO Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Both games are designated as home games for the Magic.This is Orlando’s second visit to Mexico City. The last was in 2012 for a preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Center Nikola Vucevic is the only current player who was on the roster for that game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Bulls are playing their first-ever regular-season game outside of the United States and Canada.The Jazz have played four times in Mexico, but the last visit was in 2003 when Utah beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-85. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

Fire Claims 28 at Islamic School in Paynesville

first_imgBodies of the 28 Islamic School fire victims, prepared for burial. President Weah: “It’s disastrous, painful and it hurts.”A major tragedy hit an Islamic community school in the clustered Bassa Town settlement in Red Light, Paynesville City, where at 26 Islamic students between the ages of 12 and 18 years of age and two instructors, met their tragic demise in a house fire.Frantic efforts by neighbors and other residents to extinguish the blazing fire proved fruitless as the fire engulfed the entire school building. Two students, who were fortunate to escape death, are reportedly seeking medication attention at the JFK Medical Center, eyewitnesses said.The Madrissah Islamic school, situated very close to a mosque established by members of the Fula ethnic group, hosted the 26 male students as a day care and boarding institution.According to highly placed security sources, the fire disaster or tragedy occurred at about 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17, after a heavy downpour of rain that fateful evening.During a prompt visit at the scene, President George Manneh Weah said it is unfortunate for someone or people, especially children, to die in a fire disaster. “We want the family to know that the government is with them and will do all to establish the cause of the fire outbreak.“I want to encourage them to have strength, because when one person dies, it’s painful. With this saga, it’s disastrous, painful and it hurts,” President Weah said.President Weah, Rep. Thomas Fallah and other government officials visit the scene of the fire disasterThe cause of the fire has not been established. The Liberia National Police and National Disaster Management Agency are investigating the incident, a statement from the Executive Mansion says.However, Prominent residents of Bassa Town community, in separate interviews with the Daily Observer, alleged that the Liberia Electricity Corporation transmission lines connected to the Islamic School and Fula Mosque were faulty and caused the fire. Other sources say the school was connected to “community current” — someone who owns a large generator and sells electricity to subscribers in the neighborhood.As news of the fire tragedy broke out on radio and social media, thousands of Liberians flooded in and out of the scene of the fire disaster.Almost all of the children’s bodies were burnt beyond identification, except through highly specialized medical examination by expert medical specialists.Madrissah Islamic school students and their teachersAt the scene, all the parents and relatives of the deceased students were seen weeping and wailing as the bodies were pulled out of the debris of the totally destroyed school building.Some of the relatives, mainly members of the Fula ethnic group, described the incident as an irreparable loss. They however prayed and offered supplications that Allah (God) grant the innocent Arabic students some beautiful places in Heaven and bring comfort to the hearts and souls of the bereaved parents and relatives.“We are indeed in disbelief and total shock that such tragedy and disaster have snatched our beloved, brilliant and promising Arabic school children forever from the face of our troublesome planet, Earth,” said Madam Salimatu Bah, mother of three of the deceased boys.“I definitely have hope that our children are now going to meet and rest with our mighty Allah in paradise, where I believe there is no sorrow and grief like such a fire disaster,” Madam Bah added.Scene of the fire disasterDuring the transfer of the bodies of the deceased into a Ministry of Health pick-up, hundreds of weeping and wailing men and women swarmed the vehicle and it took security personnel almost 45 minutes to get through the massive crowd of people who wanted to take a glimpse of the corpses, which had been collected in black bags.A Madrissah school is an Islamic institution where students assemble to study and memorize the Holy Qu’ran in Arabic for a certain period of time.According to sources close to institution the students had already completed memorizing the entire Holy Qu’ran as one major requirement of the Islamic school.The bodies of the deceased, once gathered from the scene, were bagged and taken for final prayers at 2:00 p.m. today, September 18, at the 17th Street Mosque in Sinkor, Monrovia. They were subsequently interred at the Muslim graveyard in Gaye Town, Old Road community.The prayers for the victims were attended by several dignitaries, including political leader of the opposition Alternative National Congress, Alexander B. Cummings. Mr. Cummings extended sympathy to the families, while describing its as a national tragedy.Meanwhile, Paynesville City Corporation (PCC), in a statement posted on its website, express sorrow over the tragic deaths of the children.“The Mayor, City Council and employees of the City Government of Paynesville mourn the tragic death of at least 26 pupils and two instructors of the Bassa Town Quranic Recitation Center located in Paynesville City,” the statement said.Alvin Worzi contributed to this story.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more