Gilas Cadets applying finishing touches to SEA Games title defense bid

first_imgTeen gunned down in Masbate Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Nepomuceno admits gold hunt will be tough in Kuala Lumpur “I like it so far; I like what I was seeing,” Uichico told the Inquirer. “But we have many things to work on that I can tell based on how we played.”“I was experimenting out there and Ateneo was using all its players,” the nine-time PBA champion coach said. He did not go into details of the preparation, however.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Bannered by Kiefer Ravena and Ray Parks, the national team will fly to Kuala Lumpur with the main bulk of Team Philippines on Aug. 18.Uichico won’t have naturalized player Marcus Douthit in the team this time. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We won’t have that inside presence, but we will have Christian (Standhardinger),” said Uichico. “So we’ll see.”The 6-foot-8 big man from Munich, who was born to a Filipina mother, will fly straight to Kuala Lumpur from Beirut where he is playing with the senior Gilas squad in the Fiba Asia Cup.Uichico said they will play Far Eastern University, National University and Adamson as they rev up for their SEA Games defense. ADVERTISEMENT View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netA convincing victory wasn’t enough to make Gilas coach Jong Uichico confident about his team’s chances in the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games.The Gilas Cadets trimmed Ateneo, 86-79, Tuesday at Moro Lorenzo Gym and Uichico used the match as a chance to measure the team’s preparedness for a tournament the country has dominated for decades.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas MOST READlast_img read more

NU rolls to 2nd win

first_imgLATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winning start Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Break new ground View comments A costly, catty dispute finally settled Diana Mae Carlos of UP scores off Ashley Jinon (right) and Khem Consencino of TIP during their PVL match on Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre. —AUGUST DELA CRUZNational University has moved on.Showing no respect for the team being coached by its former mentor, NU crushed San Sebastian College, 25-21, 21-25, 25-11, 25-18, Monday night for a share of the lead in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Menor’s next goal: 2nd pro win at Riviera UP was head and shoulders above TIP in blocks, 8-2, and service aces, 10-1. But TIP worked hard, too, and was not that inferior in the digs (38-37) and receives (20-18) departments.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Diane Carlos showed the way for the Lady Maroons with 14 points, 11 on attacks, as they notched their first win in two outings in Group B, tying idle San Beda.Isa Molde also shone for UP with 12 points as she and Carlos peppered the hapless TIP defenses all afternoon with accurate hits.Marian Buitre had nine, Jessma Ramos six and Justine Dorog and Roselyn Rosier five each for UP, which fell to Adamson on opening day.It was the second straight defeat by the Lady Engineers who obviously didn’t get the exact measure of the team they faced.Ashley Jinion topscored for TIP with six points.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – 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 Aiko Urdas fired 17 points while Jaja Santiago added 11 for the Lady Bulldogs, who are unbeaten in two starts.The Lady Bulldogs also proved they have adjusted well with new coach Babes Castillo, who replaced their long-time mentor and now Lady Stags tactician Roger Gorayeb.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogGorayeb didn’t show up and instead asked assistant coach Clint Malazo to call the shots for the Lady Stags, who fell to 1-2.Earlier, University of the Philippines strolled to the win column with an easy 25-20, 25-9, 25-13 decision over Technological Institute of the Philippines.last_img read more

Cone says Spoelstra ‘amazed’ by PBA record crowd at PH Arena

first_img“He always asked me about it. He asked me, ‘How did you get 54,000 people in Araneta? Sitting on top of each other?’ He really thought we played in Araneta,” Cone said laughingly as Spoelstra was unaware that the game was held at Philippine Arena. “It was really fun and he didn’t know about the new arena in Bulacan, outside the city.”Spoelstra, however, was not surprised with the legions of fans who trooped to the cavernous venue given the Filipinos’ passion for the sport of basketball.“He was amazed but not surprised. Those are his words,” relayed Cone. “There were 54,000 people but he said he wasn’t surprised because he know how the fans there and he knows what they’re like. He just loves the Philippines so much and the fans.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours READ: Cone can’t wait to tell good pal Spoelstra about PBA record crowd“I did tell him,” the two-time Grand Slam winner joyfully shared to the media as he met with the Fil-American bench tactician during the Heat’s trip to San Francisco to face the Golden State Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I went to their game against the Warriors, and I was able to spend the two days with him. After the game, I went with Erik and we walked around San Francisco for exercise for about two hours. We were so tired but we’re talking the whole time.”Cone was pertaining to Ginebra’s Game 7 conquest over Meralco that drew 54,086 fans at the world’s largest indoor stadium in Bocaue, Bulacan. Coach Tim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThrough the course of coach Tim Cone’s career, there’s only a handful memories he treasures.But in his recent trip to the United States, he made sure his friend and Miami coach Erik Spoelstra hears his once-in-a-lifetime experience coaching in front of a mammoth crowd at Philippine Arena for Game 7 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Champions League group stage reaches climax Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense 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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalslast_img read more

More people at Olympics get norovirus

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson A man sanitizes his hands at the entrance to the media cafeteria in Gangneung, South Korea on Wednesday, February 7, 2018. South Korean authorities deployed 900 military personnel at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Tuesday after the security force was depleted by an outbreak of norovirus. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP) 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 LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Hong Jeong-ik from South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday the number of cases is likely to continue to rise because authorities are screening more areas for the disease that was first confirmed in an area in the host town of Pyeongchang.Officials had initially confirmed 32 cases among security personnel and sequestered about 1,200. Because the sick workers handled security, 900 military personnel have been brought in to work at 20 venues.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe additional 54 cases included 38 security personnel, but also police officers, facility staff and a journalist who had been covering the Olympics. Not all were staying in the same place, though officials did not say where else those sickened were staying.Hong said officials suspect the outbreak was caused by contaminated water but that an ongoing epidemiological survey has yet to confirm that. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increasescenter_img Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Norovirus is a common, infectious bug that causes unpleasant symptoms, including diarrhea and vomiting, but does not require medical treatment. /kga James Harden scores 41 points, Rockets beat Heat Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – The number of people treated and quarantined for norovirus or winter vomiting bug, following an outbreak in Olympic areas, has increased to 86 as authorities continue to struggle to track the disease’s spread, officials said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Benzema brilliance inspires Real, Fati lights up Barca

first_img0Shares0000Karim Benzema (R) scored twice as Real Madrid beat Levante 3-2 in La Liga on Saturday © AFP / CURTO DE LA TORREMadrid, Spain, Sep 14 – Karim Benzema scored twice for Real Madrid in a 3-2 win against Levante with Eden Hazard making his La Liga debut while later Barcelona breezed to a 5-2 win against Valencia on Saturday with more magic from 16-year-old Ansu Fati.Benzema’s goals came just six minutes apart in the first half at a wet Santiago Bernabeu, before Casemiro put Real 3-0 up. However Levante, who had won their previous two outings, made a fight of it in the second half as they pulled goals back through Borja Mayoral and Gonzalo Melero.“The second half was more difficult for us, but the overall feeling was positive,” said coach Zinedine Zidane, whose team had drawn their previous two games.“We have got the three points and we were incredible in the first half, the way we played, the goals, the commitment. We just need to stay focused for the full 90 minutes.”Hazard also came off the bench for the final half-hour to make his first La Liga appearance after a thigh injury had interrupted the start of his Real career following his 100 million-euro ($110 million) move from Chelsea.The Belgian could now start when Real go to Paris Saint-Germain for their opening Champions League game on Wednesday.“I am happy for him,” said Zidane. “He will do us good. He is not ready yet though — he has only trained four times with the team. But when everyone is fit, when we have our rhythm, we will hurt teams.”Gareth Bale will also be available to face PSG after suspension kept him out here, but Sergio Ramos will be unable to play because of a European ban.Zidane was also without the injured Luka Modric here. However, as well as Hazard, fellow summer signing Eder Militao came off the bench in the second half and the former Porto defender could start in Paris.– Fati scores again –Fati blasts the ball past Valencia keeper Jasper Cillessen © AFP / PAU BARRENAReal would have won by a greater margin here had it not been for some inspired goalkeeping from Aitor Fernandez, who produced a stunning one-handed stop to keep out a Benzema shot midway through the first half.Atletico Madrid retained their place at the top of the table, but only by one point from Real Madrid after their first defeat of the season when they lost 2-0 at Real Sociedad at the Basque club’s newly refurbished stadium.Later, former Real Madrid assistant coach Albert Celades replaced sacked Marcelino Garcia Toral as boss of Valencia who were routed 5-2 at Barcelona.With Lionel Messi still out and watching from the stands it was left to Fati, the teenager from Guinea-Bissau, to take the plaudits.Fati, who became the third youngest La Liga scorer when he came off the bench to net in a 2-2 draw at Osasuna this month, scored again in the second minute, before providing the assist for Frenkie de Jong’s 7th minute goal.The teenager earned his standing ovation from the Camp Nou crowd when he came off after an hour.“It’s not usual that on his first touch he scores, and on his second he sets up a goal,” said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.“To get used to being a Barca player is work for anyone, even more so for a boy so young, but he’s a balanced kid, he strikes me as being at ease.”Kevin Gameiro got Valencia off the mark but a brace from the fit again Luis Suarez after a contribution from Gerard Pique meant Max Gomez’s injury time second for the visitors was purely academic.0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Criminal probe in Tillman death

first_img Tillman, 27, died on April 22, 2004, when he was struck by gunfire during a firefight along a canyon road near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. The Army said at the time that the barrage of bullets came from enemy fire. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The Army said Saturday it will launch a criminal investigation into the April 2004 death of Pat Tillman, the former professional football player who was shot to death by fellow soldiers in Afghanistan in what previous Army reviews had concluded was an accidental shooting. Col. Joseph Curtin, an Army spokesman, said the Defense Department office of inspector general had reviewed the matter at the Army’s request and concluded that a criminal probe was warranted. Members of the Tillman family were notified Friday, Curtin said. In the past, Tillman’s father, Patrick Tillman, and other family members have criticized the Army and its investigations. “We are obligated to answer the family’s questions, as we are with all grieving families,” Curtin said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Curtin said the scope of the new investigation by the Army Criminal Investigation Command had not yet been determined in detail. A Pentagon official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the new investigation has not been formally begun, said it will focus on possible charges of negligent homicide. A second Pentagon official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said no specific soldier is under investigation at this point. He said the CID will conduct an overall death investigation and “let the facts take them where they may.” The official said that the CID’s probe – the fifth formal investigation into the incident – will focus on the cause of Tillman’s death, not necessarily on whether the previous investigations were done correctly. It is the first criminal probe. Tillman’s mother, Mary, told the Washington Post on Saturday that the criminal investigation should have been launched at the onset. “The military has had every opportunity to do the right thing and they haven’t,” she said. “They knew all along that something was seriously wrong and they just wanted to cover it up.” last_img read more

New security feature for Mandela banknotes

first_imgThe South African Reserve Bank introduced a new security feature on the country’s Nelson Mandela banknotes.South Africa’s new banknotes, featuring an image of former president Nelson Mandela on the front and images of the country’s “Big Five” wild animals on the reverse, went into circulation on Tuesday, 6 November 2012.(Image: SARB)Brand South Africa ReporterThe South African Reserve Bank introduced a new security feature on the country’s Nelson Mandela banknotes on Wednesday to mark the first 12 months since the introduction of the new notes.Banknotes with the new security feature – little dots on the front and back of all notes – will gradually be introduced, with all current Mandela banknotes and the older “Big 5” banknotes remaining legal tender and continuing to co-circulate.“Enhancing features on banknotes is an ongoing process to maintain the highest level of quality and security,” Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus said in a statement on Wednesday. “This is in line with international best practice.”South Africa’s new banknotes, featuring an image of former president Nelson Mandela on the front and images of the country’s “Big Five” wild animals on the reverse, went into circulation on Tuesday, 6 November 2012.The notes – in R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200 denominations – came with upgraded, state-of-the-art security features, as well as enhanced features for the visually impaired, including raised print on both sides.Speaking after the notes’ release last year, Marcus said South Africans should look out for these security features, including the raised print, and a change to the colour of the note when lifted and exposed to the light.For the visually impaired, the notes feature a different raised “flash” for each denomination, starting with one flash on the R10 and up to five flashes on the R200 note.“Members of the public are encouraged to continue to ‘look, feel and tilt’ the banknotes to check for a combination of security features,” the Bank said on Wednesday.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Africa ‘can achieve its goals’

first_img15 June 2015The African Union (AU) believes it can achieve its Agenda 2063 goal of a prosperous and technologically advanced continent at peace with itself if leaders speed up the process of integration and adopt the continental Free Trade Area proposals.This comes as the 25th Ordinary Session of the African Union Heads of State Summit opened in Johannesburg last night, with pledges to do more to promote unity on the continent, accelerate the implementation of the first years of the Agenda 2063 blueprint, fight terrorist groups like Boko Haram, address the African migrants crisis and fight diseases like Ebola.The summit is taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 7 to 15 June. Its theme is “Year of women empowerment and development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”, and it is dedicated to focusing on the continent’s women.Although the official opening ceremony started several hours late, when it eventually began, around 4pm, leaders wasted no time and spelled out their plans for a continent challenged by poverty, disease and under development. First to speak was President Jacob Zuma, who called on fellow leaders to address the scourge of conflicts which had escalated to terrorism.“We believe it remains important to ensure that the necessary preventative measures are established. We also need new ways in which we, as Africa and not our partners, manage our conflict situations,” Zuma said. The summit provided the AU with the specific opportunity to express its resolve on the challenges and opportunities Africa was experiencing, and to affirm “our strong political will to rid ourselves of these challenges”.This year marked 15 years since the adoption of the Constitutive Act of the African Union.“The Act, amongst others, also acknowledges our impediments to the continent’s socio-economic development. Since the adoption of the Constitutive Act, Africa has taken its destiny, specifically its socio-economic development and integration, in its own hands.“Africa is thus on a new path of development and growth that will enable it to take its rightful place in global affairs,” Zuma said.Agenda 2063He congratulated the African Union Commission on the work done since 2013 to develop and finalise Agenda 2063. Agenda 2063 has been central to messages coming out of summit delegates since the beginning of meetings early this week.Agenda 2063 is a blueprint dealing with how the continent should learn from the lessons of the past and take advantages of the opportunities available in the short, medium and long term to achieve a prosperous Africa by 2063, a year that will mark 100 years of the formation of the Organisation of African Unity, the precursor of the AU.The expectations from the people of Africa were high, Zuma said, and the AU could not fail in the implementation of Agenda 2063 for the continent to redefine, lead and fund its own development and future.“To realise our vision, we continue to support attempts to establish sustainable and predictable sources of funding for the African Union that will ensure less reliance on development partners for the implementation of our African projects and programmes,” he said.The issue of alternative sources of funding for the AU has been at the top of the agenda of AU summits since Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma took over as the chairperson of the AUC. The fact that 70% of the union’s budget comes from donors does not sit well with her and she pledged to use her time in Addis Ababa, the headquarters of the AU, to mobilise leaders towards exploring alternatives sources of funding for the continent.Membership fees by member states have also been reviewed. In opening the summit yesterday, Dlamini-Zuma said funding was of paramount importance to the work of the summit but that money should not come only from development partners.EbolaDlamini-Zuma also reported that Liberia had been declared Ebola free for the last 78 days. The deadly disease had claimed thousands of lives since its outbreak in 2014.In the other two affected countries – Sierra Leone and Guinea – numbers of infected people had fallen significantly. But Dlamini-Zuma cautioned that the continent should not get complacent.“We must stay the course until the other two countries are also declared Ebola-free. The lesson from the Ebola Virus Disease is that with African solidarity and resolve, we can find our own solutions to our challenges,” she said.The disease also exposed the weaknesses of the continent’s health systems, especially public health.“As we move towards recovery, we must train more health workers, and build and strengthen our health systems and infrastructure.”Migration crisisDlamini-Zuma said that if African countries invested heavily in education and skill with an emphasis on science, engineering, technology and maths, Africans would stop undertaking the perilous journeys across the Sahel and the Mediterranean Sea to Europe, as seen in recent years.“When we undertake this skills revolution, extremists, armed groups and terrorists will find it difficult if not impossible to recruit our young women and men. Instead, our youth will have the skills to generate electricity, including renewables,” she said.Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who is the present chairperson of the AU, called on leaders to do more as the union worked to become more effective.“We must reduce the number of decisions we take at our summit and instead we must prioritise action plans and ensure the decisions we take are implemented,” Mugabe said.He paid tribute to the women of the continent, describing them as a “special breed” before he called on countries to tap on the continent’s natural resources by industrialising so that beneficiation could be possible.“As we celebrate that Africa has 10 of the world’s fastest growing economies, this growth must be sustained,” he said. The summit ends today with a reading of the declaration and adoption of decisions.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Assessing the research needs from the 2019 production year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Greg LaBarge, CPAg/CCA, Dee Jepsen, Ben Brown, Anne Dorrance, Sam Custer, Jason Hartschuh, CCA, Ohio State University ExtensionThe 2019 production year has presented many challenges. Ohio State University Extension wants to be responsive to needs of the agricultural community. At short survey aimed at farmers to identify both short- and long-term outreach and research needs of Ohio crop and livestock/forage producers based on the 2019 farm crisis year has been developed. Questions relate to crop production, livestock forage needs, emergency forage success, economic and human stress concerns. Since challenges and concerns varied across the state, this survey is designed to assess needs on a county, regional and statewide basis. The study will be used to determine Extension programming and future research needs.Please consider sharing your experiences at https://go.osu.edu/ag2019.last_img read more

Lowe’s Halts Sales of Some Laminate Flooring

first_imgLowe’s has stopped selling a type of laminate flooring following claims that it contains levels of formaldehyde that are too high, a published report said.Excess formaldehyde in Chinese-made laminate flooring was the basis of a damning report about Lumber Liquidators that aired on 60 Minutes earlier this year. The allegations, denied by the company, prompted an ongoing federal inquiry and a sharp decline in Lumber Liquidators’ stock price.Now, the same Chinese hedge fund analyst who helped launch the 60 Minutes investigation says that laminates sold at Lowe’s may have had the same problem, according to the article posted at MarketWatch.Xuhua Zhou cited industry sources as saying that Lowe’s had purchased flooring which did not meet requirements of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for formaldehyde emissions. He said that laboratory tests of wood sold by Lowe’s found it had formaldehyde levels 10 times above the accepted limit.The story was originally reported at the Seeking Alpha web site. The flooring is not a regularly stocked itemAccording to the report, Lowe’s has stopped selling the Tecsun brand of laminate flooring and will conduct its own tests. The flooring was available as a special order but was not kept in stock at the company’s retail outlets, Lowe’s spokeswoman Karen Cobb told MarketWatch.She said that the company has been told by Tecsun that its flooring is indeed CARB-compliant. She said that the company was focused on customer concerns.But Zhou wasn’t especially forgiving and suggested the company should have been tipped to the problem after the 60 Minutes report aired.“Lowe’s had to have known what it was doing given the publicity surrounding the issue,” he wrote. “You don’t get to that size by ‘being duped.’ Lowe’s is a sophisticated and savvy buyer. Moreover, Lowe’s misrepresented these products in its retail outlets and on its web site as being CARB-compliant.“Perhaps Lumber Liquidators was negligent, but after what I learned about Lowe’s quality control it seems to me that Lowe’s may have similar issues in its purchase of non-compliant [high density fiberboard cores]. Where else does Lowe’s cut corners?”It wasn’t clear from the reports published so far how much of the Tecsun flooring has been sold, and which retail stores may have distributed it. GBA is seeking comment from Lowe’s.last_img read more