The scores:THAILAND 76 – Samerjai 14, Dasom 11, Lodliang 10, Jaisanuk 9, Ghogar 9, Chanthachon 9, Sunthonsiri 7, P. Klahan 4, C. Klahan 2, Boonsern 1, Muangboon 0.VIETNAM 51 – Tran 10, Nguyen VH 10, Nguyen TN 8, Le PT 7, Le NT 6, Nguyen HH 3, Trieu 3, To 2, Dang 2.Quarters: 22-6. 40-22, 59-38, 76-51.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Samerjai topped Thailand with 14 points and four assists, while Dasom added 11 markers, two rebounds, and a steal.The duo set the tone early for the Thais, jumping on a 22-6 first quarter lead before making it, 52-24, midway through the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundAnuruk Lodliang also had a near double-double of 10 points, nine boards that went with two steals, and two blocks for unbeaten Thais.Tran Vu Linh got 10 points, six rebounds, and two assists for debuting Vietnam, while Nguyen Van Hung also had 10 markers and seven boards. LATEST STORIES Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Wutipong Dasom skies for a lay-up. PBA IMAGESThailand bucked the absence of Chitchai Ananti and cruised to a 76-51 victory over Vietnam for its second win in the 2017 Seaba Championship Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Kannut Samerjai and Wutipong Dasom picked up the slack for the Thais as their leading scorer sat out the game after suffering a mild left leg injury in their game against Malaysia on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Perlas comes back, takes down Bali Pure in 5 sets Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ View comments
…nailed!!They say, “what goes around, comes around”. And the corruption the AFC biggies used to carry on about when they were in the Opposition, has come around to bite them on their bamsees with a vengeance! What say they now about corruption in housing with CH&PA Chairman Hamilton Green caught with his pants down giving out goodies to former PNC MP Ivor Allen?What say they about all the “advisors” hired as “contract employees” and gypping all those Public Servants out of a raise because of their multimillion-dollar salaries? What say they about “fertiliser gate”…which stinks to high heaven?? And hot off the press…what say they – especially the Vice President and Minister of Public Security Ramjattan – about the sole-sourced Specialty Hospital contract they handed on a platter to Fedders Lloyd?Right from the beginning when India provided a soft loan of US million for a Specialty Hospital to jumpstart the PPP’s “medical tourism” plan for Guyana, Ramjattan had plugged Fedders Lloyd for the project. They weren’t his client, Ramjattan claimed, with his hand over his heart…and was only representing their interests in the press, Parliament – and every which place he found himself – because he wanted to do right for Guyana! He was going to be the first lawyer in the history of the world, to represent a US0M company pro-bono. For free!The PPP government had chosen Surendra Engineering after a bid, but later had to cancel the contract for non-performance. Incredibly, the new APNU/AFC government insisted on giving the contract to Fedders Lloyd – without any bidding process!! Under the PPP/C, Fedders Lloyd had been disqualified for not complying with material demands of the bid. Transparency International – and even GhoulSarran, their pet auditor – condemned the decision. But then it always pays to have friends in high places, nuh?Well it all came crashing down when the Indian High Commissioner announced the World Bank had blacklisted Fedders Lloyd from ANY contract for five years!! Why? Well, the Indian Ambassador was pretty coy about it – but the World Bank’s web site had no such compunction. It declared that Fedders Lloyd fatal flaw was ….drum roll, please!….CORRUPTION!! As described by its Fraud and Corruption Procurement Guideline 1.14 (a) (ii) “fraudulent practice”: any act or omission, including a misrepresentation, that knowingly or recklessly misleads, or attempts to mislead, a party to obtain a financial or other benefit or to avoid an obligation.Fedders Lloyd “knowingly or recklessly” bribed to get a contract but never gave a penny to Ramjattan to lobby for years for the Specialty Hospital.After all, he’s an Honourable man, nuh?…and investmentAs your Eyewitness predicted, no investment came out of the Harvard Club event in mid-Manhattan. It was supposed to haul in the big fishes from Wall Street. The President himself confirmed this. But it wasn’t the horrific traffic from lower to mid-Manhattan that kept them away – it was the overseas Guyanese con men crowding the posh locale.It was a repetition of what happened to the PPP at the flag raising ceremony at the D’Urban Park Stadium. Imagine people with armless “singlets” given seats and none could be found for the representatives of half the country’s population! The fella hocking laser-beam parking meters is only the tip of a very large iceberg of corrupt hustlers courting the new government.Pressie gave his own pitch to Guyanese at other locales and promised them “concessions” if they make local investments. That’s a welcome departure from the stance of his MinistersTHEY seem to think investors are elbowing each other in line to invest in Guyana!…in CityBut Pressie isn’t oblivious to the corruption dangers. He’s promised to stamp it out. So could he remind his Local Government Minister’s Town Clerk it’s not that the city doesn’t need parking metres.It’s the how, they’re being procured
Distraught Brazil captain David Luiz David Luiz, the most expensive defender in the history of the game, was given the honour of captaining the Brazilian side in the semi-finals of a home World Cup.But the £40million man, a national hero ahead of the game, took the fall as the hosts were obliterated on home turf in a 7-1 defeat to Germany.Joachim Low’s side proved the celebrated German efficiency also reigns supreme in the football world, as Miroslav Klose, Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira hit four goals in a rampant six minutes to shatter Brazil’s hopes of a dream World Cup triumph.And with superstar Neymar out injured and first-choice skipper, and defensive rock, Thiago Silva, sat in the stands, there was no way back for the hosts, who continued to concede and ended the game to the sound of boos from their own supporters.While there were those out there with enough of a heart to feel sympathy for the former Chelsea man as he sank to the Belo Horizonte turf in tears, some football fans were left to reflect on the genius of ‘The Special One’ Jose Mourinho, for somehow demanding a record fee from French moneybags Paris Saint-Germain for the under-fire defender.Check out Twitter highlights below! 1
Aides said the Villaraigosas expect to divorce. The usually ebullient Villaraigosa was joined at the news conference by his brother and sister and his two adult daughters from previous relationships. His children with Corina – Antonio Jr. and Natalia Fe – did not attend. “I take responsibility for what is happening, and I feel a personal sense of failure about it, and that’s all I’m prepared to say on this question,” Villaraigosa said. He also refused to say whether he’d been romantically involved with other women since he took office as mayor July 1, 2005. “Those kinds of questions are inappropriate, and I won’t answer them,” he said. “My family and I have a right in this very difficult time to go through this process free of that kind of speculation.” Questions about the mayor’s marriage were raised several months ago when he appeared at public events without his gold wedding band. Aides said it no longer fit because he’d lost weight, and he resumed wearing it soon after. He was not wearing the ring Monday. The couple previously separated in 1993, when Villaraigosa won an Assembly seat, after Corina discovered he was having an affair while she was battling thyroid cancer. She filed for divorce, but the couple reconciled after two years, and Corina was by his side through his two mayoral campaigns. “Corina is an exceptional human being in every sense of the word,” Villaraigosa said Monday. “She’s a strong and vibrant woman. She’s an outstanding, outstanding mother.” Aides said the mayor will continue to use Villaraigosa as his surname. He was Antonio Villar when he married Corina Raigosa in 1987, and the two merged their last names. Political observers said a divorce probably would not have a major impact on his popularity or his political career. Villaraigosa is expected to run for governor in the future or to seek a Cabinet position if a Democrat – he has endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton – is elected president next year. “If this had happened in 2009, as he was gearing up to run for governor, it would have had more impact in that it might have opened the door to his personal life and previous allegations,” said Jaime Regalado, executive director of the Edmund “Pat” Brown Institute at California State University, Los Angeles. “But happening here at the end of his second year in office, before he even seeks a second term, … if there is a right time for this to happen, this was the right time in that sense.” Staff Writer Tony Castro contributed to this report. firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took responsibility Monday for the breakup of his 20-year marriage, saying he felt a “personal sense of failure” at the separation from his wife, Corina. During a City Hall press conference, a somber Villaraigosa deflected inquiries about the reasons for the split and said his primary concern is for the couple’s two teenage children. “When you’ve been married for 20 years, that’s a big thing. The two of us have been a big part of each other’s lives; we’ve grown up together,” said the 54-year-old mayor. “It’s been a stable kind of anchor for the family, and so when you’re not able to continue, it’s difficult.” Villaraigosa will move back to the family’s home in Mount Washington, while Corina and their children will continue to live at Getty House, the official mayoral residence near Hancock Park.
The Donegal Sports Star Committee has more outstanding achievements to examine after plenty of success inside and outside the county during the month of September.On the national front the Ulster Senior League winning the FAI National Inter-provincial tournament for only the second time ever was one of the highlights that the adjudicating committee will run the rule at the end of the year.The 38th Donegal Sports Star Awards function takes place in the Mount Errigal Hotel on Friday, January 31st. Also expected to be in the mix for recognition is the Donegal Ladies team who won the National Surf Lifesaving title along with young Zach Gibson (Go-karting), athletes Arlene Crossan and Anne Marie McGlynn, cyclist Ciara Doogan, showjumper Shannon Ramsay, Damien Faulkner (motorsport) and the Cockhill and USL manager Donal O’Brien. O’Brien had an incredible month of success in September O’Brien guiding his club Cockhill Celtic to an Ulster Senior League and Cup double before being joint manager of the USL team who won the FAI National Inter-provincial tournament for only the second time ever.In the team award category the Donegal Ladies who won the National Surf Lifesaving title for the sixth time in a row on Curracloe Beach will expect to be nominated. The team included Triona McMenamin (Letterkenny); Tahita Britton (Rossnowlagh); Meadh McCloskey, Sarah Patton and Danika Maguire (Ballyshannon).In motorsport Moville racing driver Damien Faulkner claimed a first win of the season for his TRG team in the American Le Mans series in Austin, Texas. 12-year-old Zach Gibson from Trentagh achieved stunning results in Go-Karting winning the Southern Ireland karting championship.The 38th Donegal Sports Star Awards committee will also be anticipating a nomination for Arlene Crossan the Loreto Convent Letterkenny student who posted an impressive series of results to win the Ulster Schools Multi events at the Mary Peters track in Belfast in September. Lifford AC’s Ann Marie McGlynn superb season continued as she won the ladies section of the Waterside Half-Marathon in Derry last month while Pauric McKinney won the Masters section in a time of 72.31 which placed him sixth overall.Mark English just failed to beat his personal best despite a superb run in Italy clocking 1.44.89 to come fourth in the 800 metres. The UCD student is now just two hundredths of a second off the Irish 800m record held by Kildare man David Matthews, who ran 1:44.82 in Rieti almost two decades ago.The winning run of Rossapenna GC came to a heartbreaking end as the golfers lost 3-2 in the AIG Senior Cup Final to Co. Sligo at the Royal Tara Golf Club. And there was also defeat for Letterkenny Golf Club in the final of the GUI Ulster Cup to Cairndhu GC after the second leg at Barnhill. Burnfoot professional golfer Brian McElhinney won the PGA Irish Assistants Championship at Nuremore, Co. MonaghanIn badminton sister and brother Chloe and Sam Magee lost their Belgium semi-final against a Danish pair after a shock victory against the number one seeds from England. In boxing Donegal middleweight Joseph Duffy went to Southern Germany to defeat a Romanian opponent Ionut Trandafir Ilie while the Buncrana Banger John Hutchinson also won a professional bout in Belfast against a Hungarian opponent.Letterkenny born cyclist Philip Deignan signed a deal with the famous Team Sky racing outfit, which will see him linkup with some of the world’s top cyclists including Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome next season. However there was to be disappointment for Deignan when he missed out on representing Ireland at the Road World Championships in Italy after breaking his collarbone in the Tour of Britain. Errigal Cycling Club’s Ciara Doogan had a first and a second at the Sainsbury School Games in Sheffield. The sport of equestrian is also likely to feature on the 2013 Donegal Sports Star Awards honours list with a number of exciting successes in September including Letterkenny showjumper Shannon Ramsey who was crowned Ulster Region League Champion in Cavan on her gelding Bracken.17-year-old Lisa Moore from Ramelton represented Ireland at the Eurotrec Young Riders Championships, held in Belguim. She was the highest scoring Irish rider on the POR phase and second highest on the PTV.There were men’s and women’s GAA finals in September. At the beginning of the month Termon won the county senior Ladies Football Championship for the third time in four years while Milford took the Donegal Intermediate title for the first time at MacCumhaill Park.Burt won the Donegal senior hurling title but reigning champions St. Eunan’s were sensationally knocked out of the senior football championship at the quarter-final stage by Malin who were joined in the semi-finals by Glenswilly, Killybegs and Ardara. Naomh Ultan won the Junior B Championship while Moville took the St Jude’s All Ireland. Naomh Conaill defeated Ardara in the U-16 League Final at Davy Brennan Memorial Park and the Buncrana ladies adult team made history winning the club’s first title at this level taking the Junior B football title.The Minor B Championship Hurling Final was won by St Eunan’s who were also victorious in the U12 Hurling County A Final. The Three Rivers Shotokan Karate Club took home three gold and two bronze medals from the JKS National ChampionshipsThere was international soccer recognition for four young Donegal girls last month, which is also expected to attract the attention of the Donegal Sports Star Awards Committee. At the beginning of the month Milford girl Amber Barrett grabbed a 85th minute equalizer which earned her Republic of Ireland U-19 side a 1-1 away draw with Portugal in an international friendly.Later in September Gemma McGuinness (Greencastle) and Barrett (Lagan Harps) were members of the Republic of Ireland U-19 squad who played three games at the end of the month in the UEFA Women’s Championship qualifying tournament in Dublin.Greencastle’s Roma McLaughlin was on the Republic of Ireland U-17 side that lost 2-1 to Spain in Romania in an Elite Phase UEFA Championship qualifier. Also in the squad was her club mate Sara Jane McDonald.Meanwhile, Letterkenny’s Ciara Grant was in the Republic of Ireland Women’s senior squad for two FIFA World Cup qualifying matches which included a 2-0 home win over Slovakia and an away draw against Croatia.Greencastle FC won the Ulster Women’s Cup Final with a 3-2 win over Lagan Harps at Maginn Park thanks to a double from Sarah Jane McDonald and one from Niamh McLaughlin. In the U-14 Ulster Girls Final also at Maginn Park on the same day a Shania McGonagle goal gave Illies Celtic a 1-0 win over Greencastle.The Glenree Utd girls were crowned U-12 blitz champions of Donegal in Ballyare. Milford Utd took the silverware in the Letterkenny Area Brian McCormick Shield Final after a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win over holders Rathmullan Celtic at the Flagpole. The other area winners Dunkineely Celtic, Glenea Utd and Castlefin Celtic.Ramelton’s Barry McNamee was an unused sub as the Republic of Ireland lost 4-0 to Germany in an UEFA U-21 qualifier in Sligo. There will be no World Cup for Seamus Coleman next year as the Republic of Ireland lost two vital qualifiers to Sweden (2-1) and Austria (1-0).Finn Harps made their exit from the FAI Senior Cup losing 2-0 in a quarter-final replay against Drogheda Utd at Hunky Dory Park. Isle of Doagh man Stephen McLaughlin made his debut for Bristol City in a 2-0 away defeat to Southampton in the Capital One League Cup.McLaughlin moved from Derry City to Nottingham Forest at Christmas and is now on loan with Bristol City. Four days later McLaughlin came off the bench to make his League 1 debut setting up the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Colchester Utd.Young Moville Celtic coach Eunan McDaid was part of the Northern Ireland management team who played in the first ever ‘Homeless World Cup in Poznan, Poland. Eunan was an Assistant Coach with the team, which won the ‘Best Newcomer’ award at the global event.In Triathlon Margaret Kelly competed in Las Vegas while her 24/7 club colleague Aidan Callaghan had wins in Rosses Point, Mullaghmore and Gartan. Siobhan Gallagher from Gartan a member of the Sligo Triathlon Club finished ninth in both the Aquathon (swim and run) and sprint in the 20-24 age group in London at the ITU Sprint Distance Triathlon World Championships. Hazel Scorer from Dungloe, a member of Triathlon Ireland, finished 39th overall in her age group (30-34) at the same championships.For further details on the Donegal Sports Star Awards visit donegalsportsstarawards.ie or find us on Facebook at DonegalSports StarawardsDONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS SEPTEMBER REVIEW was last modified: October 14th, 2013 by StephenShare 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)Tags:DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARD
Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty 6 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti on target Europa League permutations – What results do Man United and other British teams need? 6 Getty Images – Getty Simon Jordan insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still not right for Man United despite derby win latest There are high hopes for Garner, who has earned comparisons to Michael Carrick Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Lingard picked up a knock at Man City last weekend appointed Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:40Loaded: 24.24%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen AFP or licensors Andreas Pereira has started six of Man United’s 23 games in all competitions this season so this could be a good opportunity to make an impact.Up top, the highly rated Mason Greenwood should get his chance to shine once more. He has played in four of Man United’s five group games and has scored in two games including the winning goal in their opener at home to Astana.Either side of Greenwood we should see the likes of Juan Mata, an experienced player who has struggled for first-team action this season as well as Tahith Chong, who is also highly rated but things haven’t happened for him at Old Trafford yet.How Man United could look Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff statement rookie error LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Man United have had a resurgence in the Premier League having claimed 2-1 victories over Tottenham and Man City last week and are now only five points off the Champions League spots.So we fully expect a number of the club’s fringe players to be given a chance but there should be some experienced heads around in case the going gets tough against AZ.David de Gea should be rested so we expect Sergio Romero to get the nod.Ashley Young didn’t start against Man City but could lead the team out on Europa League night. However, to ensure they don’t get drawn against one of the Champions League dropouts, the Red Devils will want to finish top of Group L.They are ahead of the Dutch side by a point, so must avoid defeat to finish top. Solskjaer could make some changes for AZ Alkmaar’s visit stalemate Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Meanwhile, Axel Tuanzebe played the full 90 minutes in Man United’s last Europa League match at Astana so don’t be surprised if he plays again. Phil Jones, who is a bit-part player despite being relatively senior could get a run out too.Brandon Williams got a run of games in the first-team last month but has lost his place in recent weeks so could be recalled.At 23, it’s strange to label Scott McTominay as a senior player but the Scotland international arguably is at Old Trafford.He could start in the defensive midfield role alongside 18-year-old James Garner, who has made three appearances in the Europa League this season. Getty Images – Getty 6 Greenwood should lead the line as Solskjaer is keen to build his experience up Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be able to experiment with his starting line-up as Manchester United prepare for their final Europa League group match.Man United are already through to the last-32 of the competition ahead of their clash at home to AZ Alkmaar on Thursday, who have also qualified. targets 6 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Young will be a good head to have on a potentially tricky evening There’s more riding on Man United’s Premier League clash against Everton on Old Trafford on Sunday, so it wouldn’t be surprising if a number of key players were rested for AZ.However, the Norwegian may want to play some senior players just to make sure Man United don’t lose and thus get a harder draw in the next round.He’s likely to be without Jesse Lingard though, who is set to join Paul Pogba on the sidelines. update The attacking midfielder picked up a knock in the win against Manchester City and was absent from training on Wednesday, as was Pogba, who has not featured since September due to an ankle injury.Nemanja Matic is fit again and Phil Jones will be available, but the match is likely to come too soon for Diogo Dalot.Marcos Rojo, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Eric Bailly are also building fitness.Below you can see talkSPORT.com‘s predicted Manchester United line up for the clash against AZ Alkmaar. 6 6 Is this the team Solskjaer will pick?
He had a front-row seat on the bench to watch his Kilmarnock team beat Celtic on Sunday.And from his close-up vantage point, Kris Boyd reckons he saw a split in the champions’ dressing room.The veteran forward insists Brendan Rodgers’ men are suffering internal divisions following Stuart Findlay’s last-gasp winner at Rugby Park.Boyd made his point by citing the form of Olivier Ntcham and Scott Sinclair as real causes for concern. While Boyd hogs the headlines, another ex-Rangers player has also been making his thoughts hard to ignore on Tuesday morning.Fabio Cardoso says he was “disrespected” during an ill-fated 12 months with the Light Blues.The Portuguese defender went on to savage the quality of the Scottish game after his season in Glasgow.Elsewhere, Real Madrid’s Luka Modric has been named best male player at the FIFA Football awards after winning the Champions League and leading Croatia to the World Cup final.
County councillor Patrick McGowan has spoken today of his anger at the lack of maintenance which he claims has led to the collapse of the side wall of the iconic Ivy Bridge in Cloghan.Cllr McGowan said despite several attempts to get proper maintenance money from Minister Ross’s Department they have had no response.And he claims that in the meantime, roads and bridges like this are literally falling apart. He referred to the old saying “a stitch in time saves nine “He said “In this case, the lack of basic road maintains on local and regional roads all over the county will cost millions to bring back up to standards by the next government as this Government has clearly shown they don’t care about Rural roads or services aid Cllr Mcgowan.“It is not known how long the Ivy Bridge will be closed. Engineers were out today examining the damage and will let us know tomorrow their plans.“In the meantime, it means a long detour for local residents and businesses.” Anger over lack of repairs as bridge collapses was last modified: September 18th, 2018 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Angercllr patrick McGowanCloghanIvy BridgeRepairs
The stars of “Gugu and Andile” LungeloDhladhla (red blouse) and Litha Booiwere both recognised for their outstandingperformance at the recent AMAA awards.(Image:TVSA) Litha Booi having a light moment on set.(Image: Fireworx Media) A scene from the film, gun peddlersselling firearms to some of the residentsduring the violent era in the Thokozatownship.(Image: Fireworx Media)Khanyi MagubaneOne of Africa’s most prestigious film awards, The African Movie Academy Awards, recently honoured two young South African actors.Litha Booi and Lungelo Dhladhla, both leading actors in the film Gugu and Andile, were lauded for their outstanding performances.Booi and Dhladhla walked away with the Most Promising Actor and Most Promising Actress awards at the ceremony, held in Nigeria in early April 2009.Gugu and Andile was nominated for eight awards and scooped an impressive three.The local production’s young actors wowed the industry with their portrayal as a modern day Romeo and Juliet. The film’s director, Minky Schlesinger, was also recognised for her work. She accepted the award for the Best Picture in an African Language.The Department of Arts and Culture congratulated the winners via a statement released to the media, “There is no doubt that this is a giant leap for African filmmakers to tell the African story to the international community and South African filmmakers are making their mark as important contributors to this continental effort.”The film was part of the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) six-part mini series, Shakespeare in Mzansi.Classic Shakespearean tales were used tell South African stories, with Gugu and Andile as the modern adaptation of the touching love story, Romeo and Juliet.The local adaptation of William Shakespeare’s famous book tells the story of two star-crossed lovers who find themselves in the middle of a volatile political environment set in 1993.It’s the year before the historic 1994 democratic elections but politically motivated violence is tearing up the Thokoza township, as a result of a bitter divide between the Zulu and Xhosa tribes.Gugu Dlamini (Dhladhla) is a 16-year-old girl who hails from a Zulu family while 18-year-old Andile Mcilongo, comes from a loving, attentive Xhosa family. The community sees their love as the ultimate insult to tribal loyalty and are vehemently against their relationship.While violence and politics tear through their community, both teenagers remain loyal to their own love. Their respective families ban them from having a relationship, a decision which only fuels the two lovers.As in the classical tragic tale of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, the two teenagers end up taking their lives, as they cannot bear the separation.Reacting to the news of the three awards, the film’s producer Bridget Pickering said it was well worth the sweat put into the project, “This is an incredible recognition for the years of hard work that the team put into developing the script.”Pickering said the awards were a testament to the team’s united spirit during filming, “Despite the challenge of a limited budget, the production crew and director Minky Schlesinger pulled out all the stops under testing shooting conditions in the Thokoza township in the middle of the rainy season to bring the film in on budget and still focus on creating a compelling story with strong visuals.”The Kenyan film From a Whisper proved to be another big winner, walking away with overall Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Original Soundtrack and Best Editing.Recognising African filmThe African Movie Academy Awards, or popularly known as the AMAA’s is currently in its fifth year.The 2009 awards were the biggest to date, with Hollywood stars including 2007 Academy Award winner Forest Whittaker, who won an Oscar for his portrayal as the notorious Ugandan leader Idi Amin in the film, The last King of Scotland.A-listers Danny Glover and Angela Basset attended the ceremony as honoured guests.The awards were conceptualised out of a need to recognise not only the stars of the film industry, but technical practitioners who work behind the scenes.According to the organisation, the AMAA’s are an “annual celebration of the brightest and the best in African movies. [The awards are about] class and style, blitz, glitz and razzmatazz.“It is the biggest gathering of movie makers across the African continent and the Diaspora.”Co-producer of the film Andile and Gugu Niel Brandt, expressed their appreciation for the awards, “The AMAA’s was a truly fascinating experience, with the selection of films exceptional, and of course the opportunity to engage with fellow filmmakers from across the continent is an opportunity not to be missed.“I strongly recommend that more South Africans submit their films to the AMAA’s in future years. We at Fireworx are certainly going to be using this opportunity to explore future co-production opportunities with filmmakers in Nigeria.”Do you have any comments or queries about this article: e-mail Khanyi Magubane at: Khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.com Useful linksAmma AwardsFire worxmediaNational Film and Video FoundationDepartment of Arts and cultureThe South African School of motion picture medium and live performance
Yesterday, President Elect Obama’s transition team announced the weekly Democratic address will be posted on YouTube. Today we saw the first of these fireside chats go live on the new video wire (video embedded below). It’s clear that Obama and his team are extremely competent when it comes to the social Web, but it might be useful to examine some of the reasons behind his phenomenal success online, and look at a potential misconception. The Internet is Now MainstreamWhile the Obama campaign is the first to utilize the Internet in such an expert way, it also needs to be pointed out that he is the first president going into office at a time when the Internet and Web are considered mainstream, and the tools for social media are freely available. In the eight years since President Bush was sworn in, Internet usage has grown by almost 300% to a now staggering 1.46 billion users worldwide, with 73.6 percent penetration in the United States. Image: Internet World StatsThe Web: What it Can and What it Can’t DoCertainly, the tools used in this presidential campaign were never an option for earlier presidents as they only came into existence over the past five years; MySpace (2003), YouTube (2004), FaceBook (2004), Twitter (2006). But by utilizing these tools, it’s almost as if Obama really cares whether the next generation has a connection to what he’s doing, and given officials have said that Obama’s goal in using YouTube is to put a face on the government, it’s clearly a noble intent.The issue however, is in this statement to the Washington Post by Jen Psaki: Thanks Renian for FireWire Obama’s Web omnipresence clearly relies on many tools, and certainly he should continue using them, but equating Web tools with transparency may not be such a great idea this early in the game, particularly with so many scrutinizing his every word. Earlier this month, TG Daily went through Obama’s recent speeches, and put together a list of their expectations from our tech-savvy president elect. On the flip side, there are those who are concerned that by selecting Joe Biden as a running mate, Obama has selected a politician with a mixed record on technology. Time will tell, and if nothing else, today’s FireWire chat showed us that Obama has kept to his promise of last year to have the fireside chats on video. Watch the three and a half minute video below, or read the transcript of the President-elects first address 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#New Media#news#NYT#web “This is just one of many ways that he will communicate directly with the American people and make the White House and the political process more transparent.” As pointed out by John Dickerson over at Slate, using new technology is not akin to being more transparent: “Finding new ways to sell your message is not the same as making yourself more transparent. In fact, obscuring the message with shiny distractions may actually undermine the cause of transparency.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting lidija davis A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts