Madras High Court Rejects Karnan’s Defence Of ‘Severe Mental Depression’; Denies Bail In Abusive Videos Case

first_imgTop StoriesMadras High Court Rejects Karnan’s Defence Of ‘Severe Mental Depression’; Denies Bail In Abusive Videos Case Akshita Saxena16 Feb 2021 4:46 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court on Tuesday refused to grant bail to CS Karnan, former High Court judge, in a case relating to uploading of abusive online videos. A Single Bench of Justice V. Bharathidasan rejected Karnan’s defence of mental instability and observed that the former Judge had made scathing remarks against Judicial institutions and the Judges with a predetermined mind, fully…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madras High Court on Tuesday refused to grant bail to CS Karnan, former High Court judge, in a case relating to uploading of abusive online videos. A Single Bench of Justice V. Bharathidasan rejected Karnan’s defence of mental instability and observed that the former Judge had made scathing remarks against Judicial institutions and the Judges with a predetermined mind, fully knowing the consequences of his actions. “A perusal of the transcribed text of all those video contents would clearly show that the petitioner made such abusive utterances consciously and with predetermined mind. Whenever the objectionable act of the petitioner was condemned by the well reasoned persons, he used to react quickly and start abusing them in vulgar language,” the Bench held. Background An FIR was registered against Karnan on the complaint by Advocate Devika over his objectionable videos threatening sexual crimes against women relations of High Court and Supreme Court judges. Subsequently, the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu filed a petition in the Madras High Court seeking action against the ex-judge. On November 10, the High Court had ordered the blocking of the objectionable video links. Justices M Sathyanarayanan and R Hemalatha had observed therein: “It is rather unfortunate to note that the ninth respondent (Karnan), who held an important constitutional post, has gone to such a level to repeatedly make scandalous, obscene, vituperative & unparliamentary remarks against former & sitting judges of SC & HC and their family members, especially women.” However, Karnan continued to upload objectionable abusive/ videos by changing accounts in various names, following which he was arrested and remanded to judicial custody on December 2, 2020. In his bail application, Karnan told the Madras High Court that he has been “suffering from serious and severe depression after his retirement” and that is why “he has been doing certain act unknowingly in an unregrettable fashion.” Findings Deliberate actions The Single Judge noted that the defence of severe mental depression and incapacity to understand the nature of his act would not come to Karnan’s aid because, “the sequence of the videos and the contents would prima facie show that the petitioner had done all such acts deliberately knowing fully well that what he was doing was wrong and contrary to law.” In its order, the Single Judge noted that whenever the objectionable act of the petitioner was condemned by the well-reasoned persons, he used to react quickly and start abusing them in vulgar language. In this context, he recorded the following chronology of events: October 25 2020: First video was uploaded making vulgar allegations against Judges of th Supreme Court and the Madras High Court, their spouses and women court staff members. Immediately, a complaint was made by a practicing lawyer. Having come to know that, Karnan uploaded another video abusing the women lawyers including a woman senior counsel. November 6, 2020: Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry made a compliant and also filed a writ petition before the High Court seeking a direction for the removal of the objectionable and hateful videos. November 10, 2020: A Division Bench of the High Court passed an interim order directing the social media concerned to remove all those objectionable and hateful videos. Immediately, on the very same day, Karnan uploaded another video abusing the Presiding Judge of the Division Bench and also questioning his authority to hear the writ petition. Karnan also made abusing statement against the Co-Chairman of the Bar Council of India, who had argued the writ petition before the Division Bench. November 13, 2020: Two more complaints were filed by the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and all such abusive videos were removed from the YouTube pursuant to the order passed by the court. Following this, Karnan again started uploading abusive videos by changing accounts in various names. November 11, 2020: Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry gave another complaint to the Police. Since no action was forthcoming, the Bar Council filed a petition under Section 482 of CrPC seeking direction to the Police to register the cases against Karnan. Having found about the same, Karnan uploaded another video wherein also he vulgarly abused the High Court Judges and the Co-Chairman of the Bar Council of India. In this backdrop, the Single Judge was of the opinion that, “petitioner was and is not having any physical or mental ailments which rendered his intellect weak. The utterances made by him in the videos would prima facie indicate that all those statements were made in a clear state of mind and uploaded the same on social media platforms fully knowing the consequences of his action and also the nature of the act he was doing. Therefore, the petitioner cannot take umbrage neither under Section 84 of IPC nor under Section 330 of Cr.P.C.” That apart, the Court noted that when a search was conducted in Karnan’s house, the Police seized certain documents containing abusive writings. On perusal of those documents, the Bench concluded, “it could be seen that the petitioner himself prepared all those abusive statements for recording the videos in question, which would clearly show that the petitioner made a thorough preparation before video graphing such abusive statements.” Contents of the impugned videos scandalous & vulgar The Single Judge expressed his shock at the scandalous, obscene, very vulgar and vituperative statements made by Karnan against sitting and former Judges of the Courts. On a perusal of the transcribed text of the video contents, the Bench said, “The petitioner had made scandalous, obscene, very vulgar and vituperative statements against few former Hon’ble Chief Justices, etc., batch and former and siting Honourable Judges of Supreme Court of India, former and sitting Honourable Judges of High Court Madras and two sitting Honourable Chief Justices of other High Courts as well as against the family members of some of the Honourable Judges, which cannot be expected even from a layman. The petitioner did not even spare women lawyers and women court staff members and also targeted some of the senior counsels who had argued the contempt case against the petitioner before the Supreme Court. The petitioner had also made very obscene and vulgar statements against the spouses of the Honourable Judges for no sin on their part and this court is fully satisfied that the contents of the video prima facie make out offences for which the petitioner has been implicated.” Insincere apology In his bail application, Karnan had stated that he was doing certain acts unknowingly, and that he would render unconditional apology to those who were offended by the video contents uploaded by him. However, the Court observed that Karnan is not serious to tender apology for the acts done by him. It noted, “Even though the wife and the son of the petitioner have filed affidavit and tendered unconditional apology on behalf of the petitioner, the same cannot be accepted in the absence of any such affidavit from the petitioner, genuinely regretting for the acts done by him. The learned senior counsel for the petitioner also assertively stated that the petitioner is not willing to file any such affidavit tendering apology.” Antecedents Coming to Karnan’s antecedents, the Single Judge noted that his tirade started in the year 2015 and number of unsustainable orders were passed by him when he served as a High Court Judge. He had also faced contempt proceedings for having made obnoxious allegations against the Chief Justice of India, some Judges of the Supreme Court and a number of Judges of the Madras High Court. In 2017, the Supreme Court had found Karnan guilty of contempt and he was sentenced to undergo imprisonment for six months [vide In Re Justice C.S.Karnan 2017 (7) SCC 1] Further, despite the Supreme Court’s explicit direction that no further statements made by him should be published, Karnan continued to make abusive statements against Judges, their spouses, women lawyers and the women staff members of the Registry of Madras High Court. Furthermore, even after the order of the Division Bench of the Madras High Court for the deletion of those abusive videos on the social media platforms, Karnan continued to upload such videos by creating new YouTube accounts. In this backdrop, the Bench noted, “This court is of the view that there is no guarantee that if the petitioner is released on bail, he would not indulge in similar acts in future. … Considering the past conduct of the petitioner, this court has every reason to believe that there is likelihood of the petitioner repeating the offence in the event of releasing him on bail. On considering the past conduct of the petitioner, this court is unable to accept the undertaking given by the petitioner.” No post-Covid complications In the bail plea, Karnan had said that he had been suffering from serious depression for some time, which aggravated after he underwent treatment for COVID19, causing him to act in an “improper manner”. During the hearing, Karnan’s wife and son stated that Karnan is suffering from age related ailments. The Court however observed that Karnan had completely recovered from COVID19 infection and is comfortable and hale and healthy. “He is not suffering from any post COVID complications. The general health condition of the petitioner is also good… Except the oral submissions, no material has been placed before this court to show that the petitioner is suffering from post COVID19 complications or any other serious ailments.,” the Single Judge said while declining the bail plea. petitioner admitted that he only uploaded the videos and further stated that due to long imprisonment undergone by him pursuant to the order passed by the Honourable Supreme Court and due to certain subsequent developments, he has been suffering from severe mental depression and his mind is not stable. It is further stated by the petitioner that he had lost his younger brother in the month of November 2020 and by that incident also, he was seriously affected and he has been doing certain act unknowingly in an unregrettable fashion. Likelihood of interfering with investigation In his concluding remarks, the Single Judge said, “The petitioner is none other than the former Judge of this court and High Court of Calcutta. He is also founder president of a political party and appears to be a very influential person. Considering the position held by the petitioner as a constitutional functionary and he being a very influential person, this court is of the view that if the petitioner is released on bail, at this stage, there is every possibility of the petitioner interfering with the investigation and tampering with the witnesses and influence the officials.” Case Title: CS Karnan v. State Click Here To Download Order Read OrderNext Storylast_img read more

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Jaguars’ Gardner Minshew offers unique explanation for warding off coronavirus

first_imgMORE: Complete list of NFL players opting out of 2020 seasonSome were wondering how that happened, and speaking with the media on Tuesday, Minshew offered some clarification as to what exactly happened with the coronavirus, and how he managed to avoid it:Gardner Minshew on no longer being on the COVID-19 list:“I did not contract the virus. It took one look at me and ran the other way. Probably in its best interests.” pic.twitter.com/fgSsdtyHLM— Brenna Greene (@BrennaGreene_) August 4, 2020Gardner Minshew, who was in quarantine for COVID-19, told reporters that the virus “took one look at me and ran the other way.”He did not test positive.— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) August 4, 2020#Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew on being in quarantine: “I did not contract the virus. It took one look at me and ran the other way. Probably in its best interest.”— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) August 4, 2020We have activated QB Gardner Minshew II and S Andrew Wingard from our Reserve/COVID-19 list and have moved CB D.J. Hayden off the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list.All three players are now on the active roster. pic.twitter.com/ZvX3bc9GtZ— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) August 4, 2020The NFL’s coronavirus policies dictate that players who either: 1) Test positive for the virus or; 2) Have come in contact with others who have had COVID-19 be placed on their reserve/COVID-19 list while being tested to make sure that player doesn’t have the virus. Minshew apparently didn’t test positive for the virus if he’s back this quickly. Coronavirus can’t contain Minshew Mania.The second-year Jags QB was placed on the NFL’s COVID-19 list just a few days ago, putting the start of his season in jeopardy. Well, things were quick to change, and now Minshew is off the list and ready to play. So, this remedy might work for Gardner Minshew, but you, fair reader, are not Gardner Minshew. So, a friendly reminder: Please wash your hands, wear a mask and keep your distance from others, the best advice the CDC has to offer.Some on Twitter chimed in after the news:Gardner Minshew activated off COVID/reserve list under 24 hours after being put on it.Doctors are now testing his swagger for possible vaccine/treatment for the public.— Scott Fish (@ScottFish24) August 4, 2020BREAKING: Corona has tested positive for the Gardner Minshew virus.— Frank Dyevoich (@Fantasy_Giant) August 4, 2020When is Saturday Night Live going to invite Gardner Minshew as a guest? – the best line of the week- ”I did not contract the virus, it took one look at me and ran the other way.”— John Reid (@JohnReid64) August 4, 2020As the medical world still races to find a vaccine, maybe the answer is in Minshew’s mustache.last_img read more

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Gardai say no foul play in death of woman in Milford

first_imgGardai have confirmed that they no longer are treating the sudden death of a woman in Milford as suspicious.The body of Julie Harvey was found at her home near Lough Road in the town around 7am on Saturday morning.The area was sealed off and the scene was preserved for forensic examination. A post mortem was held yesterday and Gardai have now confirmed that Ms Harvey died from natural causes.Tributes have flowed in on social media for Ms Harvey who was well-known in the county.She was a mother and a grandmother and was a keen bingo player.She is survived by her husband Anthony and extended family and friends. Gardai say no foul play in death of woman in Milford was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:deathJulie HarveyMilfordlast_img read more

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Round-up: Conte talks, Pato, Ivanovic hailed, Blues youngsters win, Pino trial, Faurlin back

first_imgReports in Italy claim their national team’s boss Antonio Conte is set to land the Chelsea manager’s job.Conte, 46, wants to take over at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea have held discussions with his representatives.Chelsea face Southampton on Saturday and John Terry will miss out again because of his hamstring injury.Interim boss Guus Hiddink has praised stand-in captain Branislav Ivanovic for the leadership qualities he has shown while Terry has been out.Hiddink has also suggested that impressive youngster Bertrand Traore is ahead of recent signing Alexandro Pato in the pecking order of Chelsea forwards.Traore scored in the recent win against Manchester CitySpeaking of impressive youngsters – holders Chelsea beat Reading 2-1 at the Bridge to reach the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup.Meanwhile, Celta Vigo midfielder Yelko Pino is training with QPR ahead of a possible move to Loftus Road.Pino, 19, played for Rangers’ development side in a 2-2 draw against Millwall on Friday, as did another trialist, former MK Dons winger Kelvin Osei-Addo, who scored.QPR midfielder Frankie Sutherland has made another loan move, this time joining League Two club Crawley Town.Alejandro Faurlin has been passed fit after a recent thigh problem and is in the Rangers squad for Saturday’s game against Birmingham.Faurlin could return to the Rangers starting line-upFulham, on the other hand, have had some bad news on the injury front – Lasse Vigen Christensen faces a further four weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.Hayes & Yeading United have made their third new signing in a week with the arrival of winger Shepherd Murombedzi.And in handball, Ruislip Eagles will face London GD in the semi-finals of the EHA National Cup after beating Cambridge.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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SA to step up corruption fight

first_img19 November 2009 South Africa’s Cabinet has set up a new anti-corruption inter-ministerial committee to assess how the government can deal effectively with corruption in the country’s public service. Briefing journalists in Pretoria after the Cabinet’s meeting on Wednesday, government spokesman Themba Maseko said the team would come up with new and “extraordinary” ways of tackling corruption at all levels of government. “We want to deal decisively with the perception that corruption is on the rise in the country, and this committee will be set up to do all that is necessary to ensure that decisive action is taken against all those involved in corruption.” Maseko said the committee would look at all past reports by the Public Service Commission on corruption, as well as other reports, to see what action was taken against people involved in corrupt practices involving public funds. “South Africa takes very strong exception to corruption, as this is a matter that has a negative impact on the country’s reputation,” he said, warning state employees to think twice before they commited a crime. “Strong action will be taken against all those involved in corruption.” The committee will be chaired by Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane. Other members will include the ministers of public service and administration, finance, local government, and social development, as well as representatives from the government’s security cluster. The committee will present a report and action plan at the January Cabinet lekgotla. Meanwhile, Maseko said the Cabinet hoped that all those involved in defrauding the Department of Correctional Services would face “the full force of the law”. South Africa’s Special Investigative Unit (SIU) has uncovered fraud running into millions of rands at the department. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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South Africa: adventure heaven!

first_imgWildthing Adventures, based in Gauteng, specialises in both soft adventures for all age groups – from eight years and older – and more adrenaline-pumping activities. These include canoeing, rafting, bridge jumping, mountain biking, abseiling and overland rafting expeditions. SA offers world-class climbing, surfing, diving, hiking, horseback safaris, mountain biking, river rafting – and just about any other extreme activity you can name, all supported by dedicated operators. Executive Adventures SA specialises in a wide variety of adventure sports, as well as in other areas, such as Wine and Garden route tours, tours of South Africa’s World Heritage sites, historical battle tours, cruise ship tours and sports tours. They present a tantalising smorgasbord of choices, on land, motorised and non-motorised, in the sea, and in the African skies. The Adrenaline Adventure Activity Guide lists stuff adventurers can do on the KwaZulu- Natal South Coast: abseiling, archery, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, hiking, microlighting, kayaking, whitewater rafting and more. There are over a hundred listed paragliding or hang gliding launch sites – and many more less well known – with schools in every centre. Also up in the air, there are many opportunities for helicopter rides, balloon flights, aerobatics, skydiving and microlight flights. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The SA Orienteering Federation is the controlling body for the sport of orienteering in South Africa, with a number of affiliated clubs. Ashanti Travel Centre , based in Cape Town, offers a wide range of packages for adventure junkies, including kloofing, scuba diving, bridge and bungi jumping, great white shark diving, kite boarding, paragliding, sandboarding, skydiving and abseils off Table Mountain. Townsend Adventure Lifestyles offer customised tours which can include lloofing/canyoneering, rock climbing, abseiling, hiking, caving, mountain biking, 4×4 trips, team building, corporate team building, and schools tours. They operate mostly in the Magoebaskloof in Limpopo. Extreme Scene operates out of Cape Town and offers a sensational number of options, on land, sea, and air. Unusual options including taking a flip in a jet fighter, or taking it more slowly in a Tiger Moth. Crocodile cage diving, which uses the same principles as shark cage diving (also available), is also on offer, as is whale watching and shark breaching. But there is much more, which a visit to the website will reveal. Active Africa Adventure Tours offers Western Cape-based adventure tours covering the full adrenaline spectrum. Otters Den, a river lodge on an island in the Blyde River at the foot of the Drakensberg near the Kruger Park, offers whitewater rafting, hot air ballooning, kayaking and abseiling. SAinfo reporter and South African Tourism Oribi Gorge Resort near Port Shepstone in KwaZulu-Natal has the Wild Five: abseiling, whitewater rafting, the Wild Slide (a foofy slide 120m along a steel cable 160m above the ground), the Wild Swing 100m into a gorge, and hiking and mountain biking. Adventure Purists offer various adventure package tours which include a variety of activities across South Africa. Adventure tour operators: multi-activity Abseiling, rapp jumpingBungee jumping, bridge swingingCanoeing, rafting, kayakingFishingHikingHorseback safaris and trailsMountain bikingParaglidingRock climbingScuba divingSkydivingSport & recreational flyingSurfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing Eden Adventures, located in the heart of the Wilderness National Park, offers canoe hire, kloofing, abseiling and a combination of both in the beautiful Kaaimans Gorge on the magnificent Garden Route. Another option is abseiling at Robberg in Plettenberg Bay, another spectacular site. Teambuilding and specialised tours can also be arranged. Felix Unite Adventure Travel is a comprehensive adventure tour operator, providing trips throughout Africa. Adventure South Africa Thousands of kilometres of hiking trails wind around the country in desert, forest, mountain or coastal terrain, many with mountain bike trails adjacent. Cape Sports Centre on the Langebaan Lagoon caters for kitesurfers, windsurfers, mountain bikers and kayakers. They sell and rent equipment, offer lessons and tips, and provide various adventure packages. Downhill Adventures offers a wide variety of exciting experiences. Take your pick: sandboarding, mountain biking and cycling, surf school and surfing lessons, tandem skydiving, shark cage diving, quad biking, kite surfing, paragliding, abseiling, sea kayaking, helicopter rides, kloofing, hiking, team building and corporate incentive groups. The Exploration Society of Southern Africa – A non-profit organisation founded in 1988, Essa provides a platform for “the conceptual and physical exploration of the Southern African landscape”. The society organises expeditions, holds discussions and presentations by world-class adventurers – and throws good parties. Travel Unite is a Cape Town-based adventure tour company operating in southern Africa. Kamala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape offers the Sheercliff Adventure Centre, with a wide range of adventure sports: a gorge glide, abseiling, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, paragliding and the 4×4 Samil mountain ascent. Stormsriver Adventures operates a wonderful, somewhat strenuous trip called the Stormsriver Challenge: abseiling, tubing and mountain biking. AR.co.za is the website for South African enthusiasts of adventure racing – a new sport made popular by the Eco Challenge television series. The site offers news, upcoming events, advice, features and more. And if it’s a very quick high you’re after, the 216 metre Bloukrans bridge on the border of the Eastern and Western Cape has the highest commercial bungee jump in the world. Or you can abseil over crashing waves at the western head at Knysna, hang out a kilometre high over Cape Town, do a combination abseiling and canyoning trip on the Storms River Gorge, or rapp jump down buildings in Durban or Johannesburg. Gravity pulls in spectacular fashion in South Africa! River trips range from mostly scenic to grade five whitewater washing machines. The art of canyoning – known as kloofing in South Africa – is another hot favourite, with both self-guided and escorted trips on offer. We’ve got some of the best, and most diverse, rock climbing in the world. The cliffs are big, wild – and still being discovered. Cape Town is particularly well endowed, but the action is far from limited to the Western Cape. South Africa offers 3 000 kilometres of coastline along with breathtaking mountains – often side by side. The country’s diverse terrain, together with an ideal climate for outdoor activities, make it a rich hunting ground for adrenaline seekers. There are wonderful easy horse trails through vineyards, on the beach or in the mountains and – for the more adventurous – horseback safaris in big game country. Mazda Adventure Zone offers information on numerous adventure activities – on land, sea, and in the air – including by region, and also provides accommodation links.last_img read more

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China Kashgar ousts Chooks-to-Go from title contention with 16-point beatdown

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “Proud of the guys’ effort, pero hanggang doon lang talaga,” tweeted coach Chot Reyes after the game.Chooks-to-Go has been relegated to the classification phase, where it meets Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai of UAE on Friday with a chance to finish as high as fifth place in the continental club championship.Adams caught fire early for China Kashgar, dropping 21 of his 23 points in the first half, to go with his nine rebounds, four assists, and two steals, before Xi Re Li Jiang picked up the slack in the third quarter, unfurling eight of his 20 markers in the frame as the Chinese ran away from the Filipinos.Yu Tang Cai added 11 points in the win, as China Kashgar advanced to the semifinals where it meets Kazakh side BC Astana.Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas faced an uphill battle early as Adams waxed hot and helped China Kashgar opened the game with a 17-4 start.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Fiba.comChooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ dream of reigning supreme in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup came to a screeching halt at the hands of China Kashgar.The Chinese crew, made up of the core of Xinjiang Flying Tigers, imposed their will in the second half to blowout the Philippine side, 86-70, in their quarterfinals duel at Chenzhou Sports Center in Chenzhen, China on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Meralco averts disaster, ousts Blackwater Though the Filipinos got their bearings back behind Ravena, who tied the game at 39-all with 2:00 left in the second quarter, they were just outmatched on the other side of the halftime break before Makan Kelanbaike gave the Chinese a commanding 21-point lead, 84-63, with 5:25 to play.Blatche did not play against his fellow Filipinos as coach Li Qiuping sat him out for the game after playing against Al Riyadi on Tuesday.The Scores:CHINA KASHGAR 86 – Adams 23, Xi Re Li Jiang 20, Yu 11, Wang 8, Makan 7, Sun M 6, Li 4, Tang 3, Liu 2, Sun T 2.CHOOKS-TO-GO PILIPINAS 70 – Austin 16, Ravena 16, Cruz 10, Manuel 10, Jose 5, Torres 5, Jero. Teng 4, Tamsi 2, Vosotros 2, Revilla 0, Jeri. Teng 0.Quarters: 24-17, 45-39, 68-57, 86-70. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight China Kashgar was afforded the luxury to rest Andray Blatche in the tiff as it was the duo of Darius Adams and Xi Re Li Jiang Mugedaer who did the damage and dashed Chooks’ aspirations.Kiefer Ravena fought valiantly for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas, firing 16 points, three rebounds, and two assists, but was largely checked by the taller opposition in the second half.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 shutoutIsaiah Austin also added 16 markers, but shot 5-of-12 from the field, to go with 11 boards and two dimes, while Carl Bryan Cruz and Jett Manuel got 10 points apiece in the losing effort.Chooks shot a horrific 5-of-23 clip from three against China Kashgar’s 14-of-35 shooting from beyond the arc. MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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‘FROM THE FISHBOWL’- DAY TWO

first_imgFROM THE FISHBOWL DAY 2 Under a scorching sun, the valiant men and women of our sport have again demonstrated the sublime skills and talents they possess. We in The FISHBOWL are very impressed at the action we have seen here on Day 2. The introduction of the ASICS `Hot match of the round’ (another FISHBOWL innovation) has guaranteed spectators have a lead into the best matches of every round. This has proven a winner with some absolutely sensational performances around the grounds. In the Men’s Open division, Mets have suffered their first defeat, going down to our earlier dark horses, The Rustlers. Defeating the Mets is no easy task but the Boys from the QLD bush rustled up an 8-6 victory. Many judges predict that this may be a prelude to the final, but the Scorps, Sharks and Cobra’s boys will be there snapping at the heals when the whips are cracking. Women’s Open has once again been dominated by the big 2 in Mets and Cobras however the Rustlers, Cyclones and Barbarians have made an impact here as well. The little jillaroo’s from country QLD have stamped the brand upon the rumps of girls from the Northern Eagles and Southern Suns whilst the newly strengthened Barbarians have finally translated the promise shown over the past few years. The Baa Baas have soundly defeated the Rebels and Crusaders, scoring 10 touchdowns in each game. Those Cobras and Mets girls must surely be looking over their shoulders at these teams however a word of warning from the FISHBOWL….. BEWARE the circling SHARKIES!!!!! Day 1’s earlier tip for the mixed, The Sharks, suffered their first defeat today however I am prepared to leave my hard earned on them. In a match that had more bald heads than a Buddhist’s convention, the Tony Eltachi led Mets defeated the Sharks 7-6. When Adam Falzon or Brad Davids moved in to surround Eltachi, the FISHBOWL had flashbacks to a bad episode of 70’s TV show KungFu. Showing the skills of his youth, Tony drove his team to a hard fought but well deserved victory. This result makes the division interesting with the Scorpions, Suns and Cobra’s also showing glimpses of something special. A real division to watch! In scenes reminiscent of `Hotshoe Shuffle’ the dancing men of the tournament, our Men’s 20’s, have entertained the crowds with some spectacular touch. The depth of talent here has made this the closest fought division. These kids have to be seen to be believed and even then you will shake your head in wonderment. The FISHBOWL was sure he witnessed a double pike, half tuck sidestep from a Southern Suns player this morning, however the judges gave a lowly 6.5 score for the splash factor. Alyd Owen, surrounded by defenders, practically turned himself inside out but still managed to get the ball away for a team mate to score. Plays like this are evident in every match and this division is still to close to call. `Australia’s next top models’ organisers should be here in Coffs as the GLAM FASHION factor at this years NTL is clearly evident. Low riding hipsters, crop tops and full accessories abound but beneath this fashionista exterior lies a talented and athletic group of fine touch players. The Sharks and Cyclones appear to be dominating however the Suns and Mets may have something to say about that. My early and swaying prediction will be a Cyclones victory, but tomorrows results could see that downgraded to a Cat3 tropical depression. Play of the Day – Alyd Owens performance in the match against the Cobra’s – Simply outstanding! Rumour of the day – That a certain outgoing ATA CEO will be the recipient of something special in the next few days. Keep you posted! See Ya when we’re looking at Ya! **Adam Collins and Kane Weeks have done a great job running the tournament from the control box and have entertained the crowd all day with banter just like this.last_img

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Erin dumps heavy rain on western Maritimes some localized flooding reported

first_imgHALIFAX — Localized flooding was reported overnight in the western Maritimes as the remnants of post-tropical storm Erin dumped more than 160 millimetres of rain in some areas.The centre of the low-pressure system passed over Nova Scotia’s southwestern shore near Shelburne late Thursday, moving northeast toward St. Margarets Bay and the Halifax region before arriving at the Gulf of St. Lawrence this morning.The heaviest rainfall was reported in southwestern Nova Scotia, the eastern side of the Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, parts of northern Nova Scotia, southern New Brunswick along the Bay of Fundy and western P.E.I.More than 160 mm of rain fell on Parrsboro, N.S., which is in northern Nova Scotia, next to the Bay of Fundy’s Minas Basin.Meanwhile more than 150 mm of rain was reported in Port Maitland in southwestern Nova Scotia and Scots Bay, near the entrance to the Minas Basin.Bob Robichaud, warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada, said some communities in southwestern Nova Scotia received up to 30 millimetres of rain per hour, which he described as an extreme rainfall rate.“That resulted in some flooding,” he said, adding he was unaware of any serious damage or major power outages.“I’m surprised that I haven’t heard anything in terms of impacts. It may be that they’re still assessing stuff.”The Halifax Stanfield International Airport reported 53 mm or rain and a peak gust at 69 kilometres per hour.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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