Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Cignal guns for crown vs CEU five CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/POOLKUALA LUMPUR—Malaysia managed to ruffle Gilas Pilipinas’ feathers, but it paid a big price for doing so.Before a loud crowd cheering for the host squad, the Philippines blew Malaysia apart, 98-66, to score its third straight win Wednesday night and inch closer to the Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim As a result, Cruz and Amer were ejected with 5:41 left in the third quarter with Gilas protecting a 57-41 lead.Surprisingly, no Malaysian player was expelled after the incident.This fueled the Filipinos, who widened the gap to 73-46 going into the final period.Naturalized player Christian Standhardinger scored 18 points and got 18 rebounds for Gilas.Kobe Paras also had a solid outing for the second straight game to finish with 16 points off the bench.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony The Philippines needed some time to heat up, trailing Malaysia, 15-20, in the first quarter as it put up poor defense and could not hit its shots.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul The win, which came after victories over Thailand and Myanmar, assured the Philippines of a place in the semifinals.Filipino fans packed the MABA stadium cheering for the Gilas Cadets, which is practically guaranteed the gold medal here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThings got a little hot in the third quarter when Kuek Tian Yuan fouled Kevin Ferrer and locked up the arm of the former UST star.This drew the ire of the Gilas players with Baser Amer, Bryan Cruz and Troy Rosario engaging Malaysian players in a pushing contest.
ADC AUTHOR A key House Democrat said this week she will not support adding military construction funding in fiscal year 2020 to backfill projects delayed to build a southern border wall ordered by the president.“If the administration follows through and steals money from previously approved projects, the chairwoman’s mark will not provide funding for backfill. I am not joking,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who chairs the Appropriations Committee’s milcon panel, referring to the version of the bill the committee will eventually consider.House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) is trying to block a shift of $1 billion in excess money from the Army’s recruitment budget to build a wall, Politico reported.Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz at Naval Surface Warfare Center-Panama City. Navy photo by Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Taylor Baxley
Prime minister Sheikh HasinaThe incumbent Awami League is heading for record consecutive third term in the 11th general election due on 30 December, says a report published in The Guardian on Thursday.The British newspaper says, “Bangladeshis will vote on Sunday on whether to grant a record third consecutive term to a prime minister who has overseen one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but whose government is accused of rampant human rights abuses.”Terming the election campaign as ‘bloody’, the article referred that the opposition activists have described the campaign as the most stifled in the 47 years.The report said scores of opposition figures including Hasina’s major rival, Khaleda Zia, have been jailed or disappeared in the months leading to the election.“Police harassment of opposition activists has reached unprecedented levels,” The Guardian quoted Jatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain as saying.Kamal Hossain told The Guardian that around 70 candidates of the opposition parties were too afraid to campaign in their constituencies after a spate of attacks on rallies and party offices by armed thugs.The report also referred to the attack on Kamal Hossain’s motorcade on 14 December.Two members of the Awami League were killed in the opening days of the campaign and dozens of supporters of both parties have been injured in scuffles and clashing rallies, said the report.The international election monitors and press freedom groups have complained of unnecessary delays in issuing visas, according to The Guardian.The report also said the ruling Awami League has framed an estimated 300,000 cases against the major opposition BNP and arrested thousands of its members in the run up to the election.The report, however, praises the economic development Bangladesh has made in last decade and said PM Hasina is hoping that the voters would focus on extraordinary economic progress the country made in last one decade.If the voting is free, the grievances shown by the people during recent safe road movement and quota reform movement might make an impact in voting, the report says.“Despite the buoyant balance sheet, the capital, Dhaka, has been shut down twice this year by protests that some analysts say are evidence of a wider malaise, which could be registered at the ballot boxes if Sunday’s voting is unimpeded,” the report reads.The report also quoted Bangladesh Enterprise Institute’s research director Shahab Enam Khan as saying that the road safety movement in August was stoked by popular outrage at unsafe driving and a wider culture of impunity. “Public security issues in terms of law and order, how the law is being enforced, whether people have confidence in the judiciary, will be determinate,” Shahab quoted as saying.The report also said that the Bangladesh government was earlier accused of trampling human rights referring to a rise in enforced disappearance and crackdown on anti-narcotics drive which saw around alleged narcotics trader dead.
Bollywood films are seeing cuts and beeps by the censor board, musicians are facing flak and being misinterpreted, actors are being judged on the basis of their religion. So, is stand up comedy the only platform devoid of interference from “moral policing”? In stand-up comedy, artistes take bold pot shots at politicians or comment on social issues like the beef ban – yet most of them feel that people in India are not quite ready to be criticised or mocked. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfStand-up comedian Appurv Gupta, who has more than 200 shows to his credit, says “online trolls are making sure that even comedians won’t say what they want to say”.”These days, everyone is getting hurt over even small things and if we say something that affects them emotionally or forces them to think about their past decisions, then they can go to any level – especially on internet – and they make sure that either they win the argument, or you stop arguing with them,” Gupta said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”I, as a comedian, think twice before writing a small tweet and think about the consequences; so I doubt whether I have freedom of speech, specially at this point of time. Things were different 2-3 years back. I don’t know whether this change is good or bad for everyone, but, yes, freedom of speech is facing a struggle in India,” he added.On the other hand, Amit Tandon, who has done more than 700 shows in India and on foreign shores, feels stand-comedy is “one of the voices” against the negativity escalating in the country, but he believes that “other people are doing better jobs than comedians, like RTI (Right To Information) activists, NGOs, etc”. “In fact, stand-up comedy shows you that there is still freedom of speech because, despite all the FIRs, no comedian has actually gone to jail. It shows that it is okay to speak against the government,” Tandon quipped.On a positive note, Neeti Palta, who gives a female point of view on a variety of subjects, from Indian idiosyncrasies, to daily irritants, to current affairs – all the while poking fun at men, pointed out that since the time of “Akbar and Birbal, comedy has always been used as a tool to sugarcoat hard truths and make them more palatable. And so is the case today”.”It reflects the ethos of the era it exists in. Be it a poking fun at intolerance or a bunch of idiots who are all too easily offended, or the current political scenario, or even the alter lives we lead in cyber space. Everything is rich ground for material,” she said.Arjun Anand, co-founder at Punchliners, a stand-up comedy platform, said that every comedian expresses his perspective through distinct forms of comedy. But he believes that “sensitive issues must be handled sensitively”.Sorabh Pant concurs, saying that he thinks twice about his jokes only when it is related to Indian politicians.”I want to make sure that I am not saying anything that is incorrect. I will criticise (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi, (Chief Minister of Delhi) Arvind Kejriwal and (Congress leader) Rahul Gandhi, but I am also going to figure out their positive side to keep it balanced because all three of them have quite a vast number of supporters in the country and it is a little unfair to disrespect them,” Pant said.