Andray Blatche to join Gilas for Fiba Qualifiers in February

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Gilas Pilipinas team manager Butch Antonio guaranteed that the 31-year-old center will be available for the national team’s tough draw against Australia on February 22 at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne and a rematch versus Japan on February 25 at home at Mall of Asia Arena.“We have already made communication,” he said as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) has already reached out to Blatche’s mother ballclub Xinjiang Flying Tigers and the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAntonio is confident that there won’t be problems when it comes to Blatche’s availability with a new protocol in place.“We sent a letter already and we’re just waiting for their response because that’s the protocol now. You have to write a letter to the team through the CBA and you will just have to wait for their reply, but more often than not, they will release him. It’s just a matter of when,” said Antonio. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Antonio said that SBP has detailed to the CBA when the Gilas Pilipinas needs Blatche to join its training and when he can return to his mother team in China.“The general notion in the CBA is when one team releases, everybody who’s part of a national team gets released all at the same time. It cannot be later. It can be earlier if the team allows, but more often than not, they’ll all be released at the same time,” he said.Blatche has seen limited action this CBA season with Xinjiang due to his hamstring injury, averaging 12.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.2 blocks in 20.5 minutes of action in the five games.He last played on December 1 in the Flying Tigers’ 99-115 defeat to Jiangsu Nangang Dragons.But the soft-spoken executive is upbeat that Blatche will be at full strength once rejoins Gilas.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERSo far, Andray Blatche is still the man for Gilas Pilipinas.The naturalized center is expected to don the national colors in the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers in February.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lady Chiefs eye elims sweep OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments “We’re in touch with his agent and he seems OK. I think he has healed,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img read more

Forest set to confirm Kane deal

first_imgNottingham Forest are expected to confirm the signing of youngster Todd Kane on loan from Chelsea later today.The 21-year-old right-back has been recalled from a loan spell at Bristol City and Chelsea are keen for him to play in the Championship.Stuart Pearce gave Kane a call-up when the Forest boss was in charge of the England Under-21s and is set to sign him for the rest of the season.Kane, who made seven appearances for City but only one league start, previously played in the second tier while on loan at Blackburn and before that was loaned to Preston.See also:Chelsea’s Kane expected to join ForestKane’s loan move to Forest is confirmedFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Thursday hoops roundup: CR men advance in tournament, ‘Jacks men, women defend home-court, area high school teams pick up road wins

first_imgMen’s junior college basketball: Redwoods 81 Cañada 70Thomas Nelson scored 29 points to lead the College of the Redwoods men’s basketball team to an 81-70 win over Cañada College in the first-round of the Kris Kringle Tournament in Santa Rosa.Drew Gillette chipped in 11 points in the win for Redwoods (11-3) while Donald Willis added 10.Redwoods will face Napa Valley College Friday in the tournament’s semifinal-round.Women’s college basketball: Humboldt 71 S.F. State 59Alexia Thrower scored …last_img

Records broken at arts fest

first_imgDonkey rides around town were a hit during the arts festival. Crafters were supported by the localgovernment to showcase their work at the Village Green arts and craft market. Festival goers bought tickets in their numbers, breaking a number of records in the event’s 35-year history. (Images: Khanyi Magubane)Khanyi MagubaneOrganisers of the 35th National Arts Festival held in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, say a record number of tickets were sold during the 10-day event from 2 to 11 July.The festival, labelled 10 days of Amazing, saw over 400 theatre, dance and music productions, photography and art exhibitions, crafts, poetry readings and book launches culminating in a feast for art lovers.After the first weekend, ticket sales were up 7.7% from the same period last year.“At the same stage last year we had sold a total of 84 897 tickets. The comparative figure for this year is 91 487,” said festival chief executive officer Tony Lankester in a statement released after the first weekend of performances.  According to the organisers, both the fringe and the main programmes showed increased ticket sales, with figures for the main festival going up by 11.7%, while the fringe performances enjoyed a 5.4% growth.“The overall picture can still fluctuate wildly over the next week, so it is too early to celebrate or to make predictions about where we are likely to end. We are happy, though, that we have had a solid start to the event,” Lankester continued.In another first, on Saturday 4 July, the third day of the festival, tickets to the value of R413 000 (US$49 000) were sold, making it the biggest selling day in the festival’s 35-year history.Fortunately for the organisers, the upward trend continued throughout the festival.On 8 July, with just three days to go, more tickets had been sold than during the 2008 festival, with ticket sales after that serving as a surplus for the event.The ticket sales were however not the festival’s only success.Rural boost through art Xoliswa Tom, MEC for sport, recreation, arts and culture in the Eastern Cape, was pleased with the progress of the festival, especially the positive influence it had on the province’s rural communities in the province.“141 projects from all seven districts (of the province) benefited through the sale of their crafts at the Village Green. As at 8 July, crafts to the value of R48 288.50 ($5 800) had been sold,” said Tom.In a bid to support the local crafters, government paid for their transportation, accommodation, and meals.The government also covered the cost of the crafters’ sites at the festival’s market fair, The Village Green, ensuring that all the proceeds from sales made at the market, went directly to the artists.Hospitality owners of bed and breakfast guesthouses in the townships surrounding Grahamstown also benefited from a new programme aimed at encouraging festival goers to opt for township style accommodation.The Kwam-Emakana Homestays project, comprising 82 homes, housed a number of performing groups, government officials, tourist groups and private individuals.According to the Eastern Cape government, on average, around 153 people were booked in at the Kwam-Emakana Homestays from 27 June to 12 July.The project generated R659 800 ($56 000) during the festival. This amount includes accommodation, meals, transport, booking office agents’ fees and community liaisons who ensured guests were taken care off during their stay.Preparing for 2010 According to organisers, traditional music is set to feature more prominently in 2010.This year, the Indigenous Orchestra, an ensemble of various traditional instruments played by various ethnic groups, enthralled audiences.The performers were taken to the rural village of Ngqoko in Lady Frere, in the Eastern Cape, where they spent eight days rehearsing for the show.Locals and tourists were treated to donkey cart rides, a new addition to the annual festival.According to Tom, the donkey rides will feature more prominently next year and will resemble the popular rickshaw carts as seen in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.In another change, the festival will be extended by 10 to 15 days to accommodate the expected influx of tourists attending the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The Nelson Mandela Bay, one of the host cities of the World Cup, is an hour away from Grahamstown.The local government, in conjunction with the South African Broadcasting Corporation, will have a public viewing area in Grahamstown, where festival attendees will have the opportunity to keep abreast with all the soccer action.An extensive jazz programme has also been added to next year’s festival line-up. The existing jazz shows will be extended with more artists and various collaborations.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: Khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.com Related articlesG’town arts take to the streets Spotlight on words at arts festHair duo wows crowds at art fest  Useful linksGovernment of Eastern CapeNational Arts Festivallast_img read more

South Africa’s Gift of the Givers turns 23

first_img11 August 2015Gift of the Givers, the internationally renowned aid organisation that is based in Pietermaritzburg, reached a milestone when it celebrated its 23rd anniversary on 6 August.It has been congratulated on its achievement by a number of organisations and government departments.“We honour our association with an organisation that has made an incalculable contribution to the upliftment of the under-privileged, not just in South Africa but around the world,” said the Department of Environmental Affairs.The department noted the humanitarian and disaster relief work done by the NGO. “Gift of the Givers provides aid to 40 different countries around the globe. Its humanitarian services know no boundaries of race, colour, or creed.”Thanking people for their support, whether that be through donations or contribution of skills, the NGO said: “There will be no celebration, no party, no cutting of cake but only a silent prayer of thankfulness to the Almighty, for through His permission, we have managed to serve millions of people worldwide.“We appreciate the contribution of every single person, be it cash or kind, be it R1 or R100 000; be it in the form of prayer, words of support, well wishes, advice or promoting our activities through whatever manner.”Gift of the Givers workers were described as South Africa’s brand ambassadors. As part of its humanitarian aid, the organisation provides highly skilled medical personnel to those most in need.“Twenty-one years into democracy, South Africa continues to face challenges that are the legacy of centuries of discrimination and deprivation of the majority,” said the Department of Environmental Affairs. “But we have much to be proud of: we have come a long way.”About Gift of the GiversThe organisation describes itself as the largest disaster response NGO of African origin on the African continent.Based in the KwaZulu-Natal capital, it was established by Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, a South African, on the instruction of a spiritual teacher, Sheik Muhammed Saffer Effendi al Jerrahi, in Istanbul, Turkey on 6 August 1992.Since then, Gift of the Givers has delivered lifesaving aid in the form of search and rescue teams, medical personnel, medical equipment, medical supplies, medicines, vaccines, anti-malarial medication, high energy and protein supplements, food and water to millions of people in 41 countries, South Africa included.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Assamese singer Dipali Barthakur passes away

first_imgPopular Assamese singer Dipali Barthakur, who lost her voice due to a nerve-degenerating disease and had inspired music maestro Bhupen Hazarika to strive to fill the void left by her, passed away after a prolonged illness on Friday afternoon. She was 77.Born in eastern Assam’s Sivasagar district in 1941, Ms. Barthakur moved millions with her soulful songs, the first of which was recorded when she was in high school. Her songs such as ‘Joubone Amoni Kore’ (Youth bothers me) and ‘Sunor kharu nelage muk’ (I don’t want golden bangles) have been all-time Assamese hits.Ms. Barthakur’s singing career was cut short in 1969 due to chronic motor neurosis that forced her to be on a wheelchair. That year, Dr. Hazarika penned ‘Khitore khemeka raati…’ as an ode to an “eternal song of a now voiceless, mesmerising singer that heralds in many a morning”.Ms .Barthakur was married to noted painter and Lalit Kala Akademi member Neel Paban Baruah. Their relationship was often likened to that of English poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who had become a recluse because of an impairing illness.“Her death is a big loss to the world of music,” Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said in a condolence message.last_img read more

PSC gives 2019 SEA Games hosting green light

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Barring any major obstacle, the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines will most likely push through as planned.Presidential assistant Christopher Lawrence Go and Department of Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano breathed life into the country’s hosting of the biennial sportsfest in a meeting with Philippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles05:25PH 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 Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Practice makes perfect for PH booter Belgira View comments MOST READ “The POC welcomes the government support for the hosting and will defer to Secretary Cayetano to announce it. The POC sees the support as a unifying force for Philippine sports,” said POC president Peping Cojuangco.Ramirez, however, added there’s a few more concerns that has to be settled as Sen. Cayetano tries to discuss the positive development with the Philippine Olympic Committee.A reliable source said Cayetano would be named chair of the local organizing committee, replacing Senator Migz Zubiri.The government initially declined to host the 2019 Games, citing the ongoing armed conflict in Marawi City.POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. appealed to Duterte to reconsider the decision before the deadline on Aug. 18 during the SEAG Federation Council meeting in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Ramirez said he was invited to the luncheon in the presence of some cabinet members where Go, who represented President Rodrigo Duterte, and Cayetano inquired about the status of 2019 Manila Games.“I was asked if there’s still a chance to push through and I told them that I have no problem with it (hosting),” said Ramirez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn a board meeting on Wednesday, Ramirez said the PSC board, which is also composed of commissioners Ramon Fernandez, Charles Maxey, Arnold Agustin and Celia Kiram, gave the go-signal for the hosting.“We were very upbeat and happy that there is a big hope of holding the 2019 SEA Games,” said the PSC chief. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ramirez said he asked Fernandez to reconcile with Cojuangco in the spirit of unity and cooperation as the PSC board forms a partnership with the POC in the hosting.Ramirez said Fernandez has thrown his full support and even offered Cebu as a venue for equestrian. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

Acceed: mobile video controller for 8 PoE cameras

first_img Continue Reading Previous Axiomtek: 15.6-inch WXGA fanless touch panel computerNext Infineon and JD join efforts to build smart IoT ecosystem Controllers for video monitoring and further vision applications for installation in vehicles must be particularly robust, vibration-free and impact-resistant and designed for direct connection to the vehicle’s battery. The new video controller Nuvo-5608VR from Acceed is specified for such high requirements. Eight gigabit PoE ports are available for HD data flow from IP cameras, augmented by two further GbR ports and a total of eight USB connections.The fanless controller in the robust industrial casing Nuvo-5608VR is designed as a central interface for mobile video monitoring, for recording and evaluating as well as real time video signal streaming. Based on a 6th generation Intel processor, the controller provides the option to connect up to eight PoE cameras. Various processors from the i7 to the i3 can be selected. Two locations for internal 3.5”-HDD hard drives with RAID-0/1 support provide memory capacity of up to 24 TB. According to the manufacturer’s specifications, this enables the storage of H.264 quality video images for up to three months before overwriting them. The specialised heat dissipation ensures the appropriate operating temperature for the hard drives. The patented damper plate protects the system against vibrations under harsh conditions of use.The eight gigabit ports are designed ensure both a high bandwidth and simultaneously a power supply for the connected cameras without the additional installation of power supplies and cables. If needed, the PoE function can be deactivated individually for each port. Eight USB interfaces, four of which are USB 3.0, are available for fast connection to peripheral devices. Four different mini PCIe slots with internal SIM sockets can be used for individual functional extensions. Further interfaces (2 x RS-232/422/485, 1 x RS-232, respectively 4 insulated digital inputs and outputs, 1 CAN bus port) as well as connections for audio and graphics (1 x stacked VGA + DVI-D, 2 x DisplayPort with 4K2K resolution) round off the equipment.With its features, the Nuvo-5608VR combines top computer performance and high bandwidth with features that are designed to process video data in real time without compromise, as well as high reliability of all components and an equally compact and robust chassis with the dimensions 240 x 225 x 98mm. The casing with its extensive cooling chamber enables fanless operation at an ambient temperature range from -25 to +70°C when an SSD is used via the mSATA connection or from -10 to +60°C with installed HDD hard drives. Its supply voltage can be within the range of 8 to 35 VDC. This equips the Nuvo-5608VR equally for stationary operation and for applications in vehicles.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more