In a sign of unity, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Basketball Australia released a joint statement condemning the terrible actions of their respective national teams during the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers last Monday.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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Fiba U17: Batang Gilas bows to Canada in 40-point thrashing Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding SBP president Al Panlilio and BA president Ned Coten said the two governing bodies “deeply regret the events that took place during the game, the actions displayed have no place on any basketball court.”“We wish to apologize to the entire basketball community worldwide—and in particular to our fantastic fans in the Philippines and Australia—for the behavior displayed by both teams and for bringing the game of basketball into disrepute.”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’Gilas Pilipinas and the Boomers were playing their second group stage match when uncontrolled physical play boiled over into a free-for-all melee.It all started when Roger Pogoy and Chris Goulding got into each other’s skins with the former eventually pushing the latter to the ground. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Daniel Kickert then threw a forearm to Pogoy’s jaw, resulting in the ugly fight that saw nine players from the Philippines getting ejected and four from Australia tossed.Australia’s Kickert, Goulding, Thon Maker, and Nathan Sobey were ejected while the Philippines lost Andray Blatche, Calvin Abueva, Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro, Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Matthew Wright, and Carl Bryan Cruz.Only June Mar Fajardo, Baser Amer, and Gabe Norwood were left to play for the Philippines in a game that ended at the 1:57 mark of the third and Australia winning by default, 89-53.“We fully accept our responsibility and are collaborating in the ongoing proceedings to investigate the incidents,” said the two officials. “We will do everything in our power to prevent this from happening again.”“Basketball has a unique power to unite and we look forward to continuing bringing people together in the true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship in future games.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team
Drug and drink driving numbers in the county have accelerated with Gardaí in Donegal arresting 25 people over the last three weekends for the offence. New figures revealed today (Tues) show over an 11-month period there has been a 24% increase in the number of arrests for the offence.The statistics revealed between September 2018 and August 2019 there were 416 arrests in Donegal for driving under the influence, which is an increase of 80 people arrested compared to the previous year. In the last three weekends alone, there have been 25 arrests in the county, with five arrests last weekend, 10 the weekend before and 10 the weekend before that here in Donegal.A Gardaí spokesperson said the figures showed how the public were simply not listening to warnings over the crime.Garda Grainne Doherty said: ” I attended the Roadsafe roadshow the other day at the Aura leisure centre and it gave out a very powerful message to the young students who perhaps are going to start driving in the near future.“I would doubt very much that anyone present at that Roadshow will ever drive whilst under the influence. “I thought it was extremely interesting to listen to Gerry Lane, the A&E consultant, at the roadshow and he said that people think that the worst news that he can give to a family is that their loved one has died as a result ofa collision but that it is not.“He may have to break the news that the person is alive but that they are totally trapped in their broken body and will remain like that for the rest of their days in a hospital bed or in a wheelchair unable to communicate or care for themselves.“The message we want to send out is clear and it is a simple one. If you drive under the influence of drink or drugs you could end up spending the rest of your days in a rehab centre regretting it or your family might spend the rest of their days regretting your bad decision at your graveside.“It is just not worth it!”Shock as drink driving arrests spiral across Donegal was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
An exhibition at the British Museum is showcasing South Africa’s diverse history, heritage and art from thousands of years ago up until today. It is the first time the golden treasures of Mapungubwe are leaving South Africa. They are part of South Africa: The Art of a Nation.The gold rhino of Mapungubwe, the centre of an ancient southern African kingdom, leaves South Africa for an exhibition at the British Museum called South Africa: The Art of a Nation, from 27 October 2016 till 26 February 2017. (Image: © University of Pretoria)Priya PitamberThe gold treasures of South Africa’s Mapungubwe, fashioned after animals such as a rhino, a cow and a wild cat, as well as objects such as a sceptre and a bowl, bring forth visions of a fanciful city of gold. But this is, in fact, reality.These treasures form an integral component of a new exhibition at London’s British Museum, titled South Africa: The Art of a Nation. It opens on 27 October 2016 and runs until 26 February 2017.Four of these gold creations will be leaving the country for the first time to be exhibited alongside other South African artwork.“The exhibition will shed light on the varied artistic achievements of South Africa with around 200 objects arranged chronologically across seven key episodes from the country’s history, from ancient history to the present day,” explains the museum.“Each section is illustrated with artworks by contemporary artists that provide new perspectives regarding South Africa’s past.”The exhibition is a chance to explore the long and diverse history of South African art and challenge audience preconceptions in the way visitors have come to expect from a British Museum exhibition, says museum director Hartwig Fischer. It’s #HeritageDay in South Africa – discover the country’s fascinating history in our #SouthAfricanArt exhibition https://t.co/JSkxXdXhrX pic.twitter.com/RSzMJEpXwS— British Museum (@britishmuseum) September 24, 2016African kingdomAbout a thousand years ago, Mapungubwe – in today’s Limpopo – was the centre of a thriving kingdom in southern Africa, with robust trade with China and India.Mapungubwe is the earliest known site in southern Africa with evidence of a class-based society. The kingdom’s leaders were separated from the rest of the inhabitants, and the golden figures were discovered in three royal graves.It proved there were developments and artistic productions at the start of the second millennium. It also showed that complex societies existed before the arrival of colonial Europeans.“This history was hidden during the apartheid era, when the colonial concept of ‘terranullius’, the myth of an empty land, was used to legitimise white rule,” says the museum.The gold rhino of Mapungubwe has become a feature on the country’s national orders, the Order of Mapungubwe. The rhino is also a symbol of leadership among the Shona people of Zimbabwe.An ancient shell bead necklace, dating from about 77 000 years ago, will also be in the exhibition. It was discovered at the Blombos cave in the Western Cape“People used to think that real artistic practice began in Europe 30 000 or 40 000 years ago; they typically cite the French cave paintings,” John Giblin, head of the British Museum’s Africa section, told UK newspaper The Guardian.“These kinds of finds really push that back a lot earlier, and it is only really in the last couple of decades that the tradition has been identified, so it is a really nice time to be telling this story.”Watch:Other items on displayMeasuring 2m wide, a tapestry called ‘The Creation of the Sun’ (2015) will also be on display. It is a collaborative piece from the Bethesda Arts Centre, in the famous village of Nieu Bethesda in the Karoo.“The artists at the centre are descendants of South Africa’s first peoples, San/Bushmen and Khoekhoen, who have been inspired by archival recordings of their ancestors’ beliefs to produce contemporary representations of their founding stories, such as the creation of the sun,” says the museum.‘The Creation of the Sun’ is to be in the South Africa: The Art of a Nation exhibition at the British Museum, from 27 October 2016 till 26 February 2017. It is a collaborative piece from Bethesda Arts Centre, in Nieu Bethesda in the Karoo. Jeni Couzyn is the artistic director and Sandra Sweers is lead artist. (Image: © The Bethesda Foundation)Other historical works and contemporary art will join the exhibition. There will be a self-portrait by Lionel Davis, a video featuring Candice Breitz, and a 3D installation by Mary Sibande, as well as pieces from respected artists such as Willie Bester, William Kentridge and Santu Mofokeng.The museum notes that the contemporary art scene in South Africa is dynamic and has a rapidly growing global reputation.A nod to diversityGiblin says the exhibition has a such a variety of South African art, which he hopes will reflect the country’s diversity. “What underlies the story is that South Africa’s art heritage is the art heritage of many: many different peoples, whether South Africa’s first peoples, San bushmen or Khoekhoen herders. Or the Bantu language speakers who arrived around 500AD and are responsible for the Mapungubwe gold objects, and their descendants who make up the majority of black South Africans today.“Or European and Asian people who arrived from the 17th century, including Dutch, British, Indian, Indonesian and Chinese and all of their descendants.”Summing up, the museum says the exhibition will be an eye-opener for visitors of South Africa’s long and diverse history. “Through the exploration of key episodes and objects from throughout the country’s history, it will reveal unique insights into South Africa today.”
Fresh clashes erupted between supporters of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) and the police in Kalimpong on Wednesday.GJM secretary Binay Tamang claimed that the police fired several rounds and three persons, including an ex-Army man, suffered bullet injuries. Refuting the allegations, Anuj Sharma, ADG Law and Order, West Bengal Police, said: “The police didn’t fire a single shot.” Clashes erupted after the GJM supporters took out a rally with their traditional weapon, Khukri, in Kalimpong town. During the rally, protesters allegedly hurled a petrol bomb at a building which houses the Trinamool Congress office. The situation turned violent and the police fired teargas shells and lathi-charged the crowd. Some police personnel were also injured in the attack.It took hours for the fire fighters to control the blaze at Damber Chowk. Protesters also tried to set on fire a ticket counter of the North Bengal State Transport Corporation. On June 17, three GJM supporters were killed in alleged police firing when clashes broke out between the police and GJM supporters. Shutdown continuesWith the shutdown entering the 21st day on Wednesday, the GJM held a public meeting in the hills. GJM president Bimal Gurung said the fight for Gorkhaland “can go on for months or even years”.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: Liverpool have title advantage playing at Anfieldby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino fears new stadium delays will wreck their title bid.He feels Anfield gives Liverpool the advantage as his second-place side battle for glory.Liverpool beat Newcastle 4-0 at home on Boxing Day and Poch said: “I saw the highlights, the Anfield crowd are desperate to win and are showing their support to the team.“Anfield was amazing, every game Liverpool are at Anfield is a party and that sometimes makes a difference.”Pochettino and his players are still having to play matches at Wembley as their new £850million stadium — which was supposed to open in September — is not yet finished.Pochettino said: “We cannot ask more from our fans, they are doing a fantastic job. The circumstances of this period in the club, we need to be strong and we cannot complain.“It’s not easy to get to Wembley on public transport, it’s not easy.“Our fans tried to raise the atmosphere but in a 90,000 stadium we’re limited to 51,000. We had 45,000.“That is why when I was asked before, ‘Do you want to move into our new stadium as soon as it is ready?'”I said ‘Of course, as soon as possible,’ because it’s going to be a massive boost for the team. It’s going to be a place where the fans can help the team achieve more. There is no doubt.”
Jerusalem: Israeli vote results on Friday confirmed a deadlock in the country’s general election and put Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party as the second-largest, leaving him with a tough battle to extend his long tenure in office. The near-complete official results from Tuesday’s election gave ex-military chief Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White alliance the most seats, with 33 out of parliament’s 120. Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud won 31 seats, but neither had an obvious path to a majority coalition. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportIn a stark admission on Thursday, Netanyahu acknowledged he was unable to form a right-wing coalition as he hoped and called on Gantz to join him in a unity government instead. Gantz responded by saying he would have to be prime minister in a unity government since Blue and White was the largest party. The standoff has even raised the possibility of yet another election — which would be the third to be held in a year following April polls that also ended inconclusively. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsIsraeli President Reuven Rivlin plans to begin consultations with all parties voted into parliament on Sunday to decide who to choose to try to form a government. Major developments were not expected before then, particularly with the Sabbath, or weekly Jewish day of rest, beginning at sundown Friday. Final results will be published on Wednesday and there could be changes before then, Israel’s election committee said. The committee said the results did not include 14 polling stations where verifications were still ongoing. Israeli media said more than 99 percent of the votes had been counted. The third-largest total was for the mainly Arab Joint List alliance, which won 13 seats. Its strong showing opened the possibility that its leader Ayman Odeh could become the country’s first Arab opposition chief if Likud and Blue and White form a unity government. A number of analysts attributed the Joint List breakthrough to anger with Netanyahu over actions and rhetoric seen as demonising the country’s Arab population helping spur turnout. Following the Joint List, the country’s two main ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties, Shas and United Torah Judaism, won nine and eight seats respectively. Ex-defence minister Avigdor Lieberman’s nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party also won eight seats, and he could potentially play a kingmaker role. He has called for a unity government between his party, Likud and Blue and White, excluding the ultra-Orthodox parties, which he accuses of seeking to force religious law onto the country’s secular population. On Friday, he said he had not spoken to either Netanyahu or Gantz yet and did not plan to do so until next week. He laid out his requirements for joining a coalition, including a demand for legislation to have the ultra-Orthodox perform mandatory military service like most Jewish Israelis. Lieberman’s refusal to budge on that issue caused coalition talks to fail after the April election. “We will not accept any less than that even at the cost of sitting in the opposition,” he said of his list of demands, which included other issues related to religion and state. But the main focus in the coming days will be on Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister but who is facing potential corruption charges in the weeks ahead. He was widely seen as hoping to have the new parliament grant him immunity from prosecution, but that may now be impossible even if he does manage to remain premier. “During the elections, I called for the establishment of a right-wing government,” Netanyahu said in a video message on Thursday. “But unfortunately the election results show that this is not possible.”
Gurugram: Over 1.2 million voters from Gurugram will be eligible to vote on October 21 when Haryana will go to the polls. In a district where voting percent has traditionally been more than 60 percent, the challenge for the district administration is to increase the voting count for which the new experiment is being tried. For this assembly election, the practice of giving a token to voters at the booths where there are high voter turnouts will be tried. The practice has already been done before in Hamirpur area of Himachal Pradesh to tackle the booths that had a high voting percentage and where the voting can be done without hassles. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAccording to Deputy Commissioner, under this process, the voters will be given a token and will be asked to wait in the nearby waiting room. They will be then asked to cast their votes when their time comes to vote. As of now, it has not been mentioned that in which booths this new process will be implemented. The following process being implemented is among various new experiments that have been tried by the district administration to improve, increase and harness the voting process in the city. In the Lok Sabha elections, various new schemes like a selfie with the inked wards, model wards, and pink booths were tried by the district administration. Moreover, the district administration also actively promoted one of its famous citizen Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli coming out and voting. “Gurugram district has always voted proactively. In the last General elections, the voting percentage was over 70. We would want this healthy trend to continue. We have provided facilities by enhancing the communication channels so that the eligible voters do not face any hassles,” said a senior public official. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarFor making the voting process comfortable and easy for the women voters there are also plans to deploy all-omen employees on the polling booth meant only for women voters. The impending elections will also lead in deployment of sizeable forces to ensure safety and security. “Around 9,000 to 10,000 employees and officers have been deployed on election duty to conduct elections peacefully. Of these, 5,000 security personnel will be deployed during the elections,” said Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri. Like the Lok Sabha elections, the counting of votes is expected to be held in the government college Sector-14.
Vienna: Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) grappled Tuesday with the fallout from heavy losses in Sunday’s elections as its scandal-hit former leader said he was bowing out of politics. The man at the centre of scandals which have dogged the party over the summer, disgraced former vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, announced Tuesday “a total withdrawal from politics and public life” — but this may not be enough to stem the instability at the heart of the party. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportStrache, who led the FPOe for 14 years, was forced to quit all his posts in May over the so-called “Ibiza-gate” tapes, which showed him appearing to offer public contracts to a woman he believed was a Russian oligarch’s niece in return for campaign help. That affair put an end to the FPOe’s coalition with the centre-right People’s Party (OeVP) of Sebastian Kurz. In the days leading up to Sunday’s election, another scandal broke, this time involving Strache’s alleged misuse of party money. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsAll this led to a stinging rebuke from voters, who sent the FPOe plummeting to 16 percent, down almost 10 points from their 2017 results. Strache said on Tuesday that he considered his membership of the party suspended and wanted to “avoid at all costs… any splits within the FPOe”. His announcement was seen as an attempt to pre-empt an election post-mortem meeting of the FPOe’s national executive on Tuesday. New leader Norbert Hofer said after the meeting that the party was indeed suspending Strache, and added: “If the allegations of the past few days aren’t refuted, he will be expelled.” Last week prosecutors confirmed they were investigating Strache’s expenses and had questioned his former bodyguard and his former office manager “on the suspicion… of submitting fake receipts” costing the party more than 5,000 euros ( 5,500). Strache again on Tuesday vehemently protested his innocence and insisted that he had been the target of a shadowy conspiracy. The party had previously also enthusiastically echoed this idea and some voices inside the party say its main mistake in the campaign was not being aggressive enough. “Instead of closing ranks we let this attack destabilise the party,” controversial artist and FPOe member Odin Wiesinger told AFP. “We made too many useless concessions to our opponents,” he added. But since Sunday’s poll debacle, many others have had the knives out for Strache. “The problem is home-made,” the leader of the FPOe in the Tyrol region, Markus Abwerzger, told Oe1 radio. “It’s not some foreign intelligence agency or the media who have got us into this situation but we ourselves,” he said, calling on the party to stop playing the victim. Some had speculated that Strache would split off from the FPOe to form his own party.
Taipei: Five bodies have been recovered from under a collapsed bridge in Taiwan, rescuers said Wednesday, as the search continued for the last person missing after the structure smashed onto fishing boats moored underneath. Taiwan’s National Fire Agency said the deceased were fishing workers from Indonesia and the Philippines whose bodies were found in waters near two damaged boats late Tuesday and earlier Wednesday. “The search and rescue mission continues,” transport minister Lin Chia-lung told reporters, adding evidence was being collected for an investigation. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe Philippines labour ministry confirmed that two of its nationals were killed while one remained missing and five others were injured in the incident. The ministry pledged assistance to the affected workers and their families. Dramatic CCTV footage captured the moment the 140-metre (460-foot) long single-arch bridge came crashing down early on Tuesday morning in Nanfangao, on Taiwan’s east coast. In the video, a vertical cable at the centre of the bridge’s steel arch suddenly snaps. The road then collapses into the water, crashing down on three fishing boats as a petrol tanker, which nearly made it across, also plunged into the water. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsTwelve people were injured, including six Filipino and three Indonesian fishing workers, the Taiwanese driver of the petrol tanker, and two coastguard personnel. The petrol tanker burst into flames at some point after it hit the water, sending a thick plume of black smoke into the air. The local landmark was completed in 1998 and spanned a small fishing port. It was featured in a number of TV dramas and commercials. Taiwan was skirted by a typhoon on Monday night, which brought heavy rains and strong winds to parts of the east coast. But at the time of the bridge collapse, the weather was fine. Taiwan has a huge fishing industry and many of those who work on its boats are low-paid migrant workers from countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. Previous serious bridge incidents in Taiwan have mostly been related to typhoons.
Kolkata: A Durga Puja committee in North Kolkata has roped in a combination of Indo-Spanish artists to provide pandal-hoppers a sneak peek into the Spanish culture.The colourful Durga Puja pandal, a replica of Indo-Spanish pavilion depicting chess, has two entrance — one for common people and other for especially-abled people. There is only one exit. “World famous Spanish artist Antonyo Marest has joined hands with Indian artist Malay Das for Durga Puja festival 2019. The theme of our Puja is Chaturanga. 1500 years ago in India, the game of chess was known as Chaturanga. The theme has been suggested by both of them. Both the artists have expressed their art in a unique concept Chaturango. It will spread the message towards positivity between the people of the two countries. We are thankful to Basu Foundation for Arts for helping us to connect with Marest,” said Subhendu Chowdhury, secretary of M S G L Duer Palli (Old) Sarbajanin Durgotsav Samity. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAntonio Martinez Estevan, professionally known as Antonyo Marest, is a Spanish painter, sculptor and designer. He was in Calcutta last month and designed the structure of the Durga Puja mandap. The Puja pandal, situated at the intersection of B K Paul Avenue and Kali Prassana Banerjee Road, will showcase similarities between the people of both the countries. “This is for the first time we have roped in an international sculptor. Spanish people love different colours. That is why the pandal is colourful. The most peculiar thing is that the idol at the pandal is made of mirror. The idol of Maa Durga will reflect different colours,” said Raja Chakraborty, member of M S G L Duer Palli (Old) Sarbajanin Durgotsav Samity.