LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene The Scores:NU 79 – Antiquiera 19, Itesi 15, Nabalan 14, Animam 9, Sison 7, Harada 7, Del Carmen 6, Ano-os 2, Camelo 0, Cacho 0.UE 68 – Tacula 25, Chan 19, Francisco 6, Sto. Domingo 5, Requiron 5, Ramos 4, Cortizano 2, Gayacao 2.Quarters: 13-16, 33-35, 51-54, 79-68. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments Embiid waves goodbye to Drummond, Pistons in 108-103 win MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Janet Sison then put on the finishing touches for the Lady Bulldogs and scored all of her seven points in the final 1:17 to seal the title.Finals MVP Trixie Antiquiera paced NU with 19 points on a 6-of-9 shooting from threes, and two rebounds in her swansong, while the Congolese Itesi got 11 of her 15 markers in the fourth period, on top of 13 boards, and two blocks.Ria Nabalan added 14 points, four rebounds, and two assists, while Season 80 MVP Jack Animam chimed in nine markers, but hauled down 23 boards.It was a sorry defeat for UE, which made it to its first Finals appearance in the women’s division in 49 years.Ruthlaine Tacula shot 4-of-5 from threes and wound up with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Eunique Chan had 19 markers, three boards, and two assists in the losing cause.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Perfection is still sweet the fourth time around.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny National University annexed its fourth straight title in the women’s basketball division, pulling off a come-from-behind 79-68 victory over University of the East Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum to win the UAAP Season 80 championship.Completing another perfect season, the Lady Bulldogs of coach Pat Aquino also extended their winning streak to 64 wins as they continued to dominate the women’s division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut the win didn’t come easy this time as the Lady Warriors started out of the gates scorching to take a 12-point lead in the second quarter.In what could possibly be the toughest test in its reign, NU went to Rhena Itesi as she caught fire in the second half and triggered the telling 10-1 run to take the 66-60 lead with 3:18 to play. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.
These comedians are planning to crack their best jokes to raise funds for Nelson Mandela’s charities. (Image: Bongani Nkosi)It’s no joke that South Africa’s top entertainers are going all out to help raise funds for Nelson Mandela’s charities.The comic campaign, announced in Johannesburg on 23 February, will see 10 of the country’s most acclaimed heavyweight comedians teaming up for a one-night show at the Sun City Superbowl on 27 February.The evening will form part of the celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of Mandela’s release from prison.All proceeds from the event, called It’s No Joke, will go towards Mandela’s outreach programmes – which include the 46664 campaign, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Mandela Rhodes Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Institute and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.Charity drives organised around Mandela Day will also benefit from It’s No Joke, said 46664 South Africa campaign leader Ruth Rensburg. “We will be using comedy as a tool to highlight social injustices in the world,” she added.The Sun City line-up includes Tumi Morake, David Kau, Marc Lottering, Riaad Moosa, Chris Forrest, Trevor Noah, John Vlismas, Nik Rabinowitz, Ndumiso Lindi and Barry Hilton.“It is important that as comedians we give back to society …” said Forrest, who has been at the forefront of the South African comedy scene for almost 10 years. “If you find a project like 46664 to work with, that’s brilliant.”“We make a living by poking fun at society, so it is good that we give back,” said Vlismas.“We are using our abilities [for charity] in the only way we know,” Lindi added.For Morake, arguably one of the country’s most accomplished and best-loved entertainers, It’s No Joke will be yet another opportunity to reach out to the less fortunate after years volunteering for community projects.“It’s good to be the only chick [in the show], I’ll get to have all the men to myself for the night,” she joked.Seriously funnyThe 10 comedians are expected to dish out some hilarious social commentary on the night, using humour to tackle pressing issues in South Africa.Kau, known for his side-splitting shows Blacks Only and I Did These Jokes First, said he plans to make some strong comments about the South African education system at the Sun City event.“Comedy is … a serious business,” he said.The beauty of the comedy scene in South Africa is that entertainers can poke fun at any social issue without fear of reprisal – this is in stark contrast to their international counterparts, Vlismas and Kau said.“We do socially relevant comedy. We seem to have a robust way of talking about each other,” Vlismas added.“There are things we say here that they [UK comedians] could never get away,” Kau said.Growing It’s No JokeRenowned UK performer Eddie Izzard kicked off the It’s No Joke charity campaign earlier in February with his comedy tour called Stripped, which sold out in South Africa.There are now plans to expand the campaign and make It’s No Joke an annual event along the lines of the 46664 series of music concerts, Rensburg said.“It should be nurtured into a premier comedy festival … hopefully it will become one of the gigs that every comedian wants to join,” Kau said.
The Narendra Modi government’s move to form a high-level committee for the effective implementation of Clause 6 of the 1985 Assam Accord has been labelled a “poll gimmick” by political parties and organisations in Assam.Clause 6 of the Assam Accord seeks to provide “constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards” to “protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.”“This is an election stunt. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been in power at the Centre for nearly five years. They have not fulfilled their promises about granting ST (Scheduled Tribe) status to six communities of Assam and have now come up with a new set of promises. But the people will not fall for their election stunt,” Gaurav Gogoi, Congress MP and spokesperson, said on Thursday.The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), which had ended a six-year agitation against illegal influx by signing the Assam Accord with the Centre in 1985, had a similar view.“This is an attempt to placate the Assamese people angered by the BJP’s bid to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. After almost five years of sitting over the demand for implementing the Assam Accord, the BJP is talking about a committee when the Lok Sabha elections are near,” AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya said.“Panels are meaningless when there’s no intention to execute the decisions taken during our tripartite meeting with the Central and Assam governments last year. The move is the BJP’s blueprint to cheat the people of Assam,” the union’s president Dipanka Kumar Nath said.The day also saw some 70 organisations headed by the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) launch a renewed agitation programme against the Citizenship Bill, whose draft is set to be finalised by the Joint Parliamentary Committee. If passed by the Parliament, the Bill will legalise the stay of non-Muslims who migrated to India from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan till December 31, 2014, allegedly because of religious persecution.“Deciding to form a committee to assess the implementation of the Assam Accord signed 33 years ago is ridiculous since the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) government’s term expires in three months. The panel ploy cannot divert us from the agitation against the Citizenship Bill,” KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi said.Union Home Home Minister Rajnath Singh had on Wednesday said that the high-level committee would give its recommendations to the Centre for the effective implementation of the Assam Accord. He also said that the committee would discuss with all stakeholders and assess the quantum of reservation of seats for the indigenous communities in the Assam Legislative Assembly.
A day after the show of strength by the Bahujan Samaj Party-Samajwadi Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance in Saharanpur’s Deoband, the stage was set for Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to address supporters in the constituency on Monday.However, after hours of waiting, the crowd gathered at Gandhi Park in Saharanpur left without a glimpse of the brother and sister. According to the announcement made about three hours after the rally was supposed to start, the two leaders were forced to cancel their appearance at the rally in Saharanpur, as well as in Shamli and Bijnor later in the day, due to “bad weather”, which prevented their helicopter from taking off. Ms. Gandhi would, however, hold a roadshow in Saharanpur, which goes to polls on April 11, on Tuesday morning, the party announced.Support for MasoodAs the crowd was gathering at the venue earlier in the day, a dust storm blew through, ripping the tents open and leaving the metal trussing dangling overhead. While the two star campaigners of the party cancelled, many local Congress leaders as well as representatives of the Bhim Army turned up to lend support to the Saharanpur candidate, Imran Masood.Many among the crowd said that they will continue to support and will vote for the Congress candidate, while some felt they were “fooled” and used to assemble a big crowd at the venue.Rashid Ahmed, a carpenter who attended the rally, said: “We will all still vote for the Congress. Priyanka is coming for a roadshow on Tuesday, and we will go and attend that as well.”Mr. Ahmed was interrupted by another member of the crowd, Ishrar, who said: “They have made fools out of us, they just wanted a big crowd.”For Mohammad Farhan, an 18-year-old first-time voter, defeating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government was the aim.“Modi kept promising acchhe din. The good days never came, so we want the old days back. Rahul Gandhi does what he says, Modi only spreads rumours,” he said.Twenty-one-year-old college student Shahrukh Ali said: “Modi has done sabka saath, sabka naash. I opened four zero balance accounts and they are still at zero. Now, I will wait for ₹72,000 [minimum income guaranteed by the Congress].”Rally vs rally Another local at the rally, Gulbahar, said he had attended the gathbandhan’s rally in Deoband on Sunday as well and the turnout was more than that at the Congress rally.“Haji Fazulrahman [the SP-BSP-RLD alliance candidate] may win here, but Rahul should be the next Prime Minister,” he said.Ram Kumar Jogi, a teacher who attended the rally, said: “What they [Mr. Gandhi and Ms. Vadra] did today is disrespect of the whole community. All parties are making false promises.”