PBA: Phoenix turns back Columbian in Abueva’s debut

first_imgView comments “Defensively we don’t have that toughness because we gave up 37 points, not to discount Kia [Columbian],” said Alas. “Good thing we had a huge game from Eugene [Phelps] and of course Calvin being Calvin that’s why we pushed for his trade because we need that extra energy.”Phelps finished with 50 points, his third 50-point game in a conference opening game for his team, and 17 rebounds while Abueva had 12 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks.Columbian had a chance to tie the game after Abueva’s free throw but Rashawn McCarthy turned the ball over with Jason Perkins picking his pass off with 17.4 seconds left.Perkins missed his two free throws but Phelps managed to gain extra possession and dished it to Matthew Wright who split his chances from the line to give Phoenix a 111-107 bubble with12 seconds remaining.Abueva, who played his first six years with Alaska in the PBA, was dealt to the Fuel Masters after getting suspended indefinitely from the Aces due to unexplained absences.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ King topped the Dyip with 27 points with six boards while Akeem Wright had 25 points, 14 boards, and six assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Fuel Masters also opened the conference at 1-0 while the Dyip remained winless in their first two games.The Beast immediately displayed his trademark hustle for the Fuel Masters. He came up with a clutch block on Jerramy King with less than a minute remaining and notched a crucial free throw after his second offensive board to give them a 110-107 lead with 24.5 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Phoenix head coach Louie Alas rued his team’s third quarter wherein Columbian outscored the Fuel Masters 37-28 to get to within five points, 84-79, heading into the fourth.Fortunately for the Fuel Masters, Abueva ran rampant in the fourth quarter to preserve Phoenix’ lead. Calvin Abueva is off to a strong start with his new club as Phoenix held off Columbian, 113-107, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Trying time for Sri Lanka swimmer Peiris at Asian Games Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firmslast_img read more

South African initiation film shines at Sundance Film Festival

first_imgA new South African film, The Wound, which tackles the secretive world of initiation rituals, premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the leading global independent film showcase. South African musician and actor Nakhane Touré stars in the controversial and widely praised South African film The Wound, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017. (Image: Urucu Media)CD AndersonThe Wound, a feature drama by South African filmmaker John Trengrove, is set during a traditional initiation ritual for teenage boys in a rural Xhosa community. It explores conflicts between tradition and modernity while dissecting the role of masculinity and sexuality in South African culture.South African musician Nakhane Touré plays the film’s central character, Xolani, an initiation mentor who is secretly gay and is conflicted between his culture’s traditions and his own inner desires.The film, a South African-European co-production, premiered at the respected Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on 27 January 2017.The festival, which annually attracts more than 50,000 visitors, filmmakers and film distributors from around the world, was founded in 1978 by actor Robert Redford as a platform to showcase small scale, independently made films, particularly those made outside the Hollywood system.Billing The Wound on its official website before its debut, Sundance said the film offered a rare glimpse into the “secretive male-only cultural ritual fighting for relevance in an increasingly westernised world and orchestrates a complex, dynamic examination of sexuality, masculinity, and the clash between traditional and contemporary African values”.Variety, the influential US film industry trade journal, described it as a “hard-edged but beautifully wrought study of clashing Xhosa models of masculinity”, saying it would be an eye-opener to outsiders — and some South Africans too.Another leading US publication, The Hollywood Reporter, praised Touré’s performance as an “expressive … impressive screen debut”. It called the film “intense and provocative”.The Wound has been widely praised and criticised both in South Africa and abroad for its realistic and honest depiction of initiation ceremonies, something usually not exposed to the outside world.In an interview with the Sundance website, Trengrove admitted that ritual initiation was very controversial in South Africa. Having been explored comprehensively in South African art and media over the last 20 years, however, he said that the time was now right to begin talking about the subject in a rational and compassionate way.“I think our film comes at a moment when there’s a growing conversation about a sensitive subject,” he stated. “The ritual has come under fire for reasons of relevance and safety. I think equally it’s still regarded as a meaningful process that boys go through that shows them their place in the world of men.”The Wound will also be screened at the Berlin International Film Festival this month, before returning home to open the 2017 Durban Film Festival in June. It will then be released in selected cinemas countrywide in July.Watch the trailer for The Wound belowSource: Sundance Film Festival websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Meghalaya mine mishap: No change in water level

first_imgThe multi-agency operations to rescue the miners in Meghalaya failed to make any headway on Thursday, with efforts to pump the water out of the mine not yielding any result. The divers of the Navy and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were not able to resume the search operation for the 15 trapped miners as they could not go inside due to the high water level. Asked if the divers would take another chance later in the day, operation spokesperson R Susngi told PTI that they would wait, but there was a remote chance of the water level reducing so soon. The 15 miners remain trapped in the 370-foot-deep illegal rat-hole coal mine in Lumthari village of East Jaintia Hills district since December 13 after water from a nearby river gushed in. The operation to rescue them entered the 22nd day on Thursday. Fire service personnel from Odisha resumed work at 10 am and it was found that the water level has risen again, a day after full-day pumping resulted in it receding by 16 inches, Mr. Susngi said. One more pump will be put to use at the mine on Thursday and another would will be installed at an abandoned mine, about 100 metres away, he said. Meanwhile, the high-powered submersible pump from Coal India is yet to begin work, three days after it arrived at the site. Preparation is still going on to get the pump operational, Mr. Susngi said. The spokesperson had said divers would resume operation once the water level at the main shaft decreases to about 100 feet from its current level of over 160 feet. Authorities said there were at least 90 abandoned mine shafts in the area and they were full of water. Rescuers believe that these nearby mines might be interconnected and draining out water in these mines could help in reducing the water level in the main shaft.last_img read more

a month agoAC Milan rival Arsenal, Liverpool for Donyell Malen

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say AC Milan rival Arsenal, Liverpool for Donyell Malenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe battle for PSV Eindhoven striker Donyell Malen is heating up.The Mirror says AC Milan have joined Arsenal and Liverpool in the race for Malen, according to latest reports from Italy.Arsenal are monitoring £50million-rated striker Malen, two years after allowing the young Dutchman to move back to Holland for just £500,000.Malen has scored 11 goals in just 13 matches in four competitions for Eindhoven this season after hitting double figures in his breakthrough campaign.Eindhoven believe he is already worth 100 times the sum they paid Arsenal to secure his services.Malen was dubbed the new Thierry Henry when he spent two seasons with the Gunners’ youth team. However, he featured in just two pre-season friendlies for Arsene Wenger before being sold to PSV in the summer of 2017. last_img read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State hopes to keep momentum rolling into tough matchup

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann coaches Kaleb Wesson (34) on the sideline in the second half of an exhibition win against Wooster on Nov. 5, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentThe Ohio State men’s basketball team (6-3, 1-0 Big Ten) has wind in its sails as it prepares to square off against its arch-rival Michigan (7-2, 1-0 Big Ten) in the Schottenstein Center Monday at 6:30 p.m.The Buckeyes came away with their first signature win of the season Saturday in an 83-58 blowout of Wisconsin (3-5, 0-1 Big Ten) in Madison, Wisconsin.This game against Michigan will round out what has been a challenging slate of games for the Buckeyes. They will finish a stretch of six games in two weeks, having already played against then-No. 17 Gonzaga, Stanford, Butler, Clemson and Wisconsin.The team lost three of the games over that stretch, including blowing back-to-back double-digit leads to Butler and Clemson, respectively, but head coach Chris Holtmann said he believes the commanding win against Wisconsin was a confidence boost for a team that started to lose momentum.“We’ll see how we finish this stretch, but certainly I’m pleased with how we responded [Saturday] and then we’ll see if we can just continue to build off of it really into the coming weeks,” Holtmann said.Scouting MichiganOhio State will be transitioning from facing a team that possessed more gerth and started two forwards in Wisconsin and three guards to a taller, slightly lankier team that starts just one forward and four guards in Michigan.Though the Wolverines are not as heavy as the starting five for the Badgers, they possess the higher rebound margin with 1.2 compared to Wisconsin’s minus-1 margin. Offensively, every starter on the team has proven capable of knocking down 3-pointers. Though junior guard Duncan Robinson leads the team with 22 successful makes in 61 tries from beyond the arc, all six of the players who have started for Michigan have at least 20 attempts and 10 makes from 3-point range. Michigan has attempted the 15th-most 3-pointers in the nation (246) and drained the 20th-most (87).On the other side of the court, Michigan has proven to be among the most vaunted defenses in the nation. Its 62.4 points per game allowed is 29th-fewest in the nation, and its 66 steals rank 42nd-most.Holtmann views Michigan as a lock for the NCAA Tournament already at this early stage in the season and a team that will provide Ohio State with plenty of challenges in its attempt to end this stretch of games on a high note.“Their ability to spread you out, to make shots, to play downhill in transition, to play inside-out and their length,” Holtmann said. “They’ve got good size, good positional length. They’re just across the board a really complete team that’s no question one of the best teams we’ve played all year.”A key matchup in the game will come down to the battle at center between Michigan forward Moritz Wagner and Ohio State’s Kaleb Wesson. Wagner leads Michigan in points per game (15.6) and rebounds per game (8.4) while serving as the team’s lone starting big man. Wesson, on the other hand, has been filling in at center for injured center Micah Potter.Since becoming the starter, Wesson has double-digit points in four of the five games, including a career-high 19 his last time out against Wisconsin.Holtmann said Wesson has done everything asked of him so far and has held his own against some tough matchups. Starting opposite Wagner, a player Holtmann described as a “future NBA player,” he will have to continue to prove he is ready for this next challenge in his true freshman season.“There’s things we feel like he can continue to improve in, but man he’s given a great lift coming in with obviously the injury and the depth issues we have there,” Holtmann said.Micah Potter health update:Wesson will have to continue his strong play at center for the Buckeyes because Potter will be out a little longer. Holtmann said Sunday that Potter’s ankle injury, though not from season-ending, is probably going to force the team to temporarily shut down the sophomore for the foreseeable future until he can fully heal.“He wants to get back. We desperately want him back in the lineup and we need him. He was obviously playing really well before he got hurt,” Holtmann said. “But with ankles, it may be the right thing to just kind of let it heal, limit anything he does until he is completely confident in his strength.”Ohio State has been largely without its starting center for the better part of the past five games. During the team’s fourth game of the season, Potter injured his ankle and was forced to leave the game having played in only 13 minutes. He missed the next game against then-No. 17 Gonzaga. Against Stanford and Butler, he played in just 10 minutes combined and missed all of the game against Clemson. He played just three minutes against Wisconsin. read more

Southgate blasts media over leaked training notes

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate, says the English media will have to choose whether they want to “help the team or not”, following a picture of England’s training notes that was published online and in newspapers.A piece of paper held by assistant manager Steve Holland containing an indication that suggests England’s line-up for Sunday’s World Cup Group G game against Panama leaked online and in newspapers but Holland has apologised to the squad, according to BBC.Reacting to that, Kyle Walker said:“It’s not going to help us because all the rest of the world has now seen that team,” said defender Kyle Walker.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Southgate said the teamsheet was “just a squad list”, and “it doesn’t bother me in the slightest”.But he added: “Obviously any time, if we were to give the opposition the opportunity of having our team it’s a disadvantage to us.“So of course our media has to decide if they want to help the team or not.”Holland’s teamsheet indicated that striker Marcus Rashford could be in line to start alongside captain Harry Kane.last_img read more

Koulibaly believes Napoli is improving

first_imgThe team is now third in the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A season with three victories and only one defeatNapoli is climbing positions in the Italian Lega Serie A.The team was able to beat Fiorentina 1-0 last Saturday and is now set to start their UEFA Champions League season.Napoli is set to visit Serbian team Red Star Belgrade tomorrow.And footballer Kalidou Koulibaly believes his team is improving a lot.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We don’t need to change coach to understand that we have to improve our performance in the Champions League,” Koulibaly said at a press conference as quoted by Football Italia.“We also know how difficult it is to play at a feisty stadium like the Marakana. We must be able to win at this stadium.”“You [journalists] are talking about PSG and Liverpool, but we have to think about the Red Star because we want to move forward, even if the odds aren’t on our side,” he added.“We’re on the right track, even if we’re not at our best yet, but now we have to think about the Champions League, which is something else.”“Today we’re treating every competition with importance. We’ve started quite well in the League and now we face matches that we dreamed of as children. And we want to do well in them.”last_img read more

DEC Finds Bacteria Levels Below State Standard On Kenai River Beaches

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has completed the 2018 Kenai Beach Monitoring Program for coastal areas in Kenai.Beaches monitored this season includeSouth Kenai River BeachNorth Kenai River BeachEnterococci levels were found to be below the state standards for recreational uses at both beaches. The City of Kenai has implemented Best Management Practices to remove fish carcasses discarded on the recreational beaches during the July Personal Use Fishery. The practices were undertaken to discourage the presence of seabirds and therefore reduce the bacteria from seabird waste. Nancy Sonafrank with DEC: “The high bacteria had been found during previous fisheries and we think it’s mostly related to nearby seagulls that are feeding off of the fish as well.”  The DEC plans to continue Bacteria monitoring for 2019 to help further determine bacteria sources, and to understand the natural background levels of bacteria. Further sampling will continue during the recreation season in summer, 2019. Water samples were collected weekly from June 12 to September 7 at the two beach locations, after the DEC announced water quality samples taken on both beaches contained levels above Alaska’s enterococci and fecal coliform bacteria limit for recreation and harvesting for consumption of raw fish and shellfish. The purpose of DEC’s 2018-2019 monitoring on the Kenai River coastal beach areas is to evaluate background levels of bacteria before, during and after the fishery season to determine progress towards meeting water quality standards. The 2018 monitoring location maps and an analytical data results table are available on the Alaska BEACH Grant Program Website; the 2018 monitoring report will be posted on the website in late 2018.last_img read more

100 new psychoactive substances detected in Europe in 2014

first_imgClose The production of psychoactive substances is on the rise is Europe with cannabis still being the most used drug in the European Union, the blocs drug agency said in its yearly report published on Thursday (4 June).The annual report published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) showed that over a hundred new psychoactive substances were detected in Europe in 2014 and risk assessments were conducted on six new drugs, marking record highs.The market for illicit drugs is the most dynamic of all criminal markets. It is a globalised and a rapidly changing market. The production of new psychoactive substances is increasingly taking place in the European Union moving closer to consumer markets. This growing criminal activity requires a clear, strong and coherent answer at European level, EU commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said in Lisbon at the presentation of the annual report.Avramopoulos said that migration should not be linked to the drug trade, even if it has been confirmed that smugglers use migrants to traffic drugs.We must not link migration with drugs but, but as far as smugglers activities are concerned, yes it has been confirmed, they use this tool in order to conduct their operations. So, as we said recently in Brussels, we have declared war against smugglers and the ways they have adopted to exploit these desperate people, he said.Cannabis, the annual European Drug Report said, is still the most used drug in the EU and has been tried by an estimated 79 million Europeans over the course of their lives.Cannabis remains Europes most widely consumed illicit drug with some 20 million adults using it in the last year. About 1% of European adults are daily cannabis users, EMCDDA director Wolfgang Gotz said.The report stresses the major role played by cannabis in drug-related crime statistics and says it accounts for 80% of the number of seizures. Cannabis use or possession for personal consumption accounts for over 60% of all reported drug law offences in Europe, the report said.Gotz said there were no plans in Europe to go down the route of regulated sale of cannabis adopted in some parts of the Americas.In Europe I do not know any government or parliamentary majority backing a government that is currently seriously discussing cannabis legalisation or regulation in a different way, he said.The report stressed that in the EU the main concern remains the potential health costs of cannabis use, despite debate sparked by regulation of cannabis in parts of North and South America.Gotz also said there was no discussion in the bloc regarding the criminalisation of drug consumers.The other discussion which is, I think, in Europe quite accepted everywhere is that a drug consumer, a cannabis consumer in particular, should not be criminalised, and I think that is very much where we are in Europe, I dont see a discussion for the moment coming up, as it is, at the level of the Americas, he said.In December 2013, Uruguay became the first country to legalise the growing, sale and smoking of marijuana, a pioneering social experiment aimed at wresting the business from criminals that will be closely watched by others debating drug liberalisation.last_img read more

PM asks army to stay alert against internal external threats

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday directed members of Bangladesh Army to keep a constant vigil to face any “internal and external threats” to safeguard the country’s constitution and sovereignty.“You will have to always remain ready to face any ‘internal or external threats’ unitedly to protect the sacred constitution and sovereignty of the motherland,” she said.The prime minister was addressing the “national standard” handing over ceremony of the Bangladesh Infantry Regiments (BIR)-7th, 8th, 9th and 10th at Shaheed Colonel Anis Parade Ground at Rajshahi Cantonment Sunday morning.She handed over the national standard to the commander of the respective regiments.A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Army presented the salute to the prime minister through a spectacular parade.Along with chief of army staff general Aziz Ahmed and the parade commander, the prime minister reviewed the parade riding on a decorated open jeep.Describing Bangladesh Army as an asset of the country and a symbol of the confidence and the trust of the people, the prime minister also asked its members to be more professionally-efficient and welfare-minded with social and religious values.“Bangladesh Army is our asset and a symbol of confidence and trust of the people…so, you will have to be more competent, efficient, honest and welfare-minded being imbued with social and religious values to achieve desired standard of professionalism,” she said.Noting that her government always received constant support of the army to serve the people, Sheikh Hasina expressed her firm belief that the army will stand beside the people whenever it will be necessary during the running of the state by the present government.The premier said the members of Bangladesh Army played an important role in upholding the democratic trend of the country by performing their responsibilities with utmost sincerity in the 11th Jatiya Sangsad polls.“I extend my thanks to you and I also express gratitude to the people for the opportunity to form the government for the fourth time and the third consecutive term,” she said.The premier said her government always wants to run the country as the servants of the people, never rulers.Mentioning that the government is pledge-bound to build a modern and all-round armed forces, Sheikh Hasina said for this the government has framed the Forces Goal-2030 which is being implemented in phases.As part of it, she said, new infantry divisions, brigades, units and training centres were established. Besides, three new divisions were formed in the army, she also said.The prime minister said her government has established para commando brigade for the first time, while MLRS and Missile Regiment have also been added to the army for further strengthening the country’s air defence system.Besides, the present government has strengthened operational capability of the army to a great extent through inducting various modern war equipment, helicopters and modern infantry gazettes to keep pace with the developed world, she added.Referring to her government’s steps for women’s empowerment, the prime minister said the government took an epoch making decision to get female officers and soldiers enrolled to the army.Sheikh Hasina said in continuation of the initiative, appointing female pilots for the first time in the history of the army opened up a new horizon.The prime minister recalled that despite economic constraints, the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman took steps to establish strong armed forces in the country.At the directives of Bangabandhu, she said, Bangladesh Military Academy was founded in Cumilla Cantonment in 1972.Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu framed the defence policy in 1974 by realizing the necessity of a developed and professional army.The premier said in the light of Bangabandhu’s far-reaching defence policy, a process for modernisation of the army is underway. Today, Bangladesh Army has been elevated to a dignified position at home and abroad, she said.Sheikh Hasina said that in order to infuse more dynamism into the Infantry Division, her government for the first time established its second regiment alongside the East Bengal Regiment. “I approved in principle the formation of Bangladesh Infantry Regiment in 1999 and formally hoisted its flag in April 2001,” she said.The prime minister said Bangladesh Infantry Regiment is the first regiment established after independence. There are 43 units including two para commando battalions in the regiment, she said.“The members of the regiment have a good reputation at home and abroad and I hope that they will continue to uphold this reputation,” she added.Sheikh Hasina said her government has taken all kinds of steps to build Bangladesh Infantry Regimental Centre as a modern training centre. The work on increasing training and administrative facilities is underway, she said.Besides safeguarding the country’s independence and sovereignty, she said, the army has engaged themselves in the nation building programmes.“Due to your professional efficiency, the important responsibility of supervising work on the Padma Bridge and the construction work of Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive, the Hatirjheel Project in Dhaka and Mohipal Flyover in Feni was given to you,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said the army members at different foreign missions are bringing honour and dignity through sacrifice, dutifulness andprofessionalism which has further brightened Bangladesh’s image abroad.She said the flag is a symbol of independence, sovereignty, honour and dignity. “So it’s a responsibility of all soldiers to protect the dignity of the flag,” she said.The prime minister said earning ability of getting the national flag by any unit is a matter of rare honour and pride. “The national flag, a symbol of independence and sovereignty, has been handed over to you and I extend my heartiest congratulations to BIR-7,8,9 and 10 for achieving this honour and glory,” she said.“You’ll have to remain always prepared to protect the dignity of the flag which you have received as recognition to your work with efficiency, hard exercise and dutifulness,” she said.Earlier on her arrival at the venue, the prime minister was received by chief of army staff general Aziz Ahmed and GOC and area commander of the army and the Commandant of the Bangladesh Infantry Regimental Centre.Ministers, advisers to the prime minister, parliament members, the chiefs of navy and air force, former army chiefs, foreign diplomats and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.last_img read more