Monday, February 28, 2011
The revamped New York Knicks announced their arrival as an Eastern Conference force with a thrilling 91-86 triumph over the Miami Heat on Sunday.
Still buzzing from last week's blockbuster trade for Carmelo Anthony that teamed the high-scoring forward alongside fellow All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire, the Knicks stole the show from Miami's "Big Three" with a dramatic fourth-quarter rally.
Anthony had a game-high 29 points to outduel LeBron James, who netted 27 but missed a potential game-tying three-pointer in the final seconds.
"I told you when I made this move I wanted to take on new challenges. Tonight was a big challenge for us, a big challenge defensively, but we stood up to that," Anthony told reporters after winning for the second time in three games since joining the Knicks.
"Everyone gave a great effort and as a result we won the game."
Still searching for chemistry with their new roster, the Knicks (30-27) fell behind by 15 in the first half and were down 84-78 with 3:05 to go before taking the lead with a 9-0 run.
Veteran point guard Chauncey Billups, who also came to New York in the Anthony deal, finished with 16 points and put New York in front 85-84 on a 27-foot, three-pointer with one minute left.
Stoudemire finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds and had the game's biggest defensive play, blocking a layup attempt by James with seven seconds left and the Knicks leading by one.
Chris Bosh recorded 20 points and 12 rebounds but Dwyane Wade had just 12 points on five-for-15 shooting for the Heat (43-17), who have lost two of their last three.
New York's trade is expected to revive their rivalry with Miami, which saw the teams meet regularly in the playoffs in the late 1990s.
The Knicks, though, are only sixth in the East and are still looking up at the second-place Heat, who have had the entire season to incorporate their three All Stars.
"We're not quite where we need to be at but it's a big game for us to win," Billups said.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Man has 39 wives, nearly 100 children
GUWAHATI, India – The more, the merrier is certainly true for Ziona Chana, a 66-year-old man in India's remote northeast who has 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandchildren -- and wouldn't mind having more.
They all live in a four storied building with 100 rooms in a mountainous village in Mizoram state, sharing borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh, media reports said.
"I once married 10 women in one year," he was quoted as saying.
His wives share a dormitory near Ziona's private bedroom and locals said he likes to have seven or eight of them by his side at all times.
The sons and their wives, and all their children, live in different rooms in the same building, but share a common kitchen.
The wives take turns cooking, while his daughters clean the house and do washing. The men do outdoor jobs like farming and taking care of livestock.
The family, all 167 of them, consumes around 91 kg (200 pounds) of rice and more than 59 kg (130 pounds) of potatoes a day. They are supported by their own resources and occasional donations from followers.
"Even today, I am ready to expand my family and willing to go to any extent to marry," Ziona said.
"I have so many people to care (for) and look after, and I consider myself a lucky man."
Ziona met his oldest wife, who is three years older than he is, when he was 17.
He heads a local Christian religious sect, called the "Chana," which allows polygamy. Formed in June 1942, the sect believes it will soon be ruling the world with Christ and has a membership of around 400 families.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
New York Knicks Finalize Deal With Denver Nuggets After months of endless speculation and rumors, Carmelo Anthony's tenure with the Denver Nuggets has finally come to an end. A three-team deal between the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves has reportedly been finalized.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Uganda challenger rejects presidential vote tally
Returns from Uganda's presidential election announced Saturday showed President Yoweri Museveni with a huge lead over his rival, making it likely he will extend his 25-year hold on power. The top challenger said the results were not acceptable and was considering his options.
With two-thirds of the votes counted, Museveni had about 69 percent of the ballots cast. Top rival Kizza Besigye had just shy of 25 percent. Final results are to be announced Sunday.
Besigye has previously threatened Egypt-style protests if the results are not in line with what he and his supporters believe the true returns are. On Saturday he rejected the official results projecting a large win for Museveni.
"It is now clear the will of the people cannot be expressed through the electoral process," Besigye said. "We the Ugandan people will eventually prevail."
Electoral Commission chairman Badru Kiggundu said counting was going smoothly but he said there had been some problems on voting day. John Mary Odoy, director of Democracy Monitoring Group, said several abnormalities were reported during Friday's vote, including ballots pre-marked for Museveni's party and observers being refused access to polling stations.
"There is no election in the world that is 100 percent without problems," Kiggundu said. "We are only five years into the current multiparty system."
Museveni, an ex-rebel commander who seized power at the head of a guerrilla army in 1986, once criticized African rulers who clung to power. But he sought another five-year term as a president who has fostered peace, stability and growth.
Museveni, who is vague about his age and is either 66 or 67, has mostly escaped the wrath recently aimed at other long-serving African leaders.
Besigye plans to release his own tally of results and is threatening Egypt-style unrest. He insists Uganda is ready for popular revolt. Museveni has said there will be no such protests in his country and that he will jail anyone who attempts to spark unrest.
While previous election campaigns were marred by violence against opposition candidates, observers say Museveni allowed opposition candidates a freer hand to campaign this year, perhaps thinking that allowing true competition would win him points with voters.
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni shows the ink mark on the thumb after he voted in Kiruhura district, which is Museveni's home area, at a polling station about 300 km (200 miles) west of Kampala, Uganda, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. Voters in Uganda faced the choice Friday of extending their president's 25-year grip on power or joining the anti-incumbent wave sweeping Africa and the Middle East and voting Yoweri Museveni out of office.
Semenya, clocking an unofficial time of 2:04.13, took the lead from the start of the two-lap race in north-west university town Potchefstroom during the first meeting in a national athletics series.
The 20-year-old has won three international races since being cleared to compete last year by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Tests into Semenya's sex were announced by the IAAF shortly before the athlete won a gold medal at the 2009 world championships in Berlin, thrusting her into the global spotlight.
Leaked test results said Semenya was a hermaphrodite, sparking anger from the South African public and government.
Friday, February 18, 2011
WOTE HAWA NI MAJIDUME...
SIJUE NYIE WENZANGU LAKINI BADO SINA JIBU NI KWANINI KAMA BINADAMU UMEZALIWA NA JINSIA FULANI USIRIDHIKE NAYO!
KAMA UMEZALIWA HASANI, ANDREW N.K NI KWANI UNADHANI MUUMBA ALIKOSEA HIVYO INABIDI UWE HASINA, ANDREA N.K.?
KATIKA NCHI ZA ULAYA, AMERIKA NA SEHEMU NYINGINE MBALI MBALI DUNIANI BADO WANANGAIKA NA HILI SUALA KISHERIA NA KIDINI, NADHANI KWETU BADO NI GUMZO TUU, LAKINI UKWELI NI KWAMBA TUTAFIKA MAHALA NASI ITABIDI KULIZUNGUMZA KISHERIA NA VILE VILE KIDINI.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Uganda election: Politics and land rights collide in the country's oil-rich east
Alice Kazimura's home stands atop some of the oil reserves that should change her family's future and that of her country, Uganda, for ever. But no one seems to be talking to her about it.
On Friday, Mrs. Kazimura – along with millions of other Ugandans – will vote in the country’s first presidential and parliamentary elections since huge oil deposits were discovered along Uganda’s western border with Democratic Republic of Congo.
As a stream of candidates – from longtime President Yoweri Museveni to local politicians – have campaigned in the area, Kazimura says few have done much to allay her concerns about the future.
“They have kept quiet; they have not talked about oil. They say oil is a government issue and a person is not supposed to talk about oil,” Kazimura says, as an oil company truck rumbles along a nearby dirt road. “All that creates fear because if the politicians don’t talk about oil we don’t know where we are going next.”
Kazimu is right to be apprehensive. Oil will radically alter Uganda.
2.5 billion barrels of oil?Since the first big oil finds in Uganda roughly two years ago, estimates for how much oil lies beneath the fertile soil have risen to 2.5 billion barrels. That means the country's foreign earnings could triple when production starts in the next few years, according to the London-based civil society group International Alert.
But the embryonic oil industry remains secretive, with contract details kept from the public and few politicians offering a clear vision on how oil will impact the local community, campaigners say.
“They can’t show people the benefits they are getting out of oil, they just make more promises and people don’t want just more promises,” says Dickens Kamugisha, director of the African Institute for Energy Governance in Uganda's capital, Kampala. “No candidate has come up with a concrete projection of how they will share the income with the local community.”
While the future multi-billion dollar oil bounty has raised the stakes for the country’s corruption-addled ruling elite at the upcoming polls, it has not resonated with a population struggling with the daily concerns of grinding poverty.
“To the politicians and president the discovery of oil means it’s a lot more important to win,” Mr. Kamugisha says. “But for the citizens it has not yet become a big issue.”
Land rights issuesWhile they may not be talking directly about oil, politicians in the region are talking about something far more tangible – land.
After finishing a noisy campaign rally, Stephen Mukitale Biraahwa, ruling party Member of Parliament for Buliisa District, told the Monitor that he's popular because he helped evict more than 600 cattle-herding, pastoralist families who moved to the area more than seven years ago.
But Grace Barooroza, one of the pastoralists, says her people were unfairly uprooted by politicians like Mr. Biraahwa in collusion with corrupt government officials looking to clear land in the oil region.
Ms. Barooroza’s home used to stand atop Uganda’s oil reserves. In just a few hours on Dec. 12, after a lengthy and sometimes violent dispute in the courts and on the ground, armed soldiers led by a top general cleared her and hundreds of other cattle-herding families from their land, scattering them across neighboring regions without compensation.
Now dispossessed, Barooroza has no doubt about why the families were evicted from land they thought they bought legally from locals way before any oil had been found.
“It is the oil they know is there now,” she says. “It is all about the oil.”
"INASADIKIWA KUWA ZAIDI YA WATU 20 WAPOTEZA MAISHA NA WENGINE 145 KUJERUHIWA"
Ndani ya kipindi cha miaka miwili tunashuhudia maafa ambayo yamesababisha watu wengi kufariki na wengine wengi kuumia na hasara kubwa kutokana na mali nyingi kuteketezwa. Je! tumejifunza nini kutokana na maafa haya? Uwezekano wa kutokea tena ni mkubwa sana kama hatua za taadhari hazitachukuliwa. Mojawapo ya hatua muhimu ni kuyasogeza mbali zaidi haya maghala ya silaha mbali na maeneo wanamoishi raia.
"MATEGEMEO NI KWAMBA JESHI AU SERIKALI ITAWAFIDIA WALIOKUMBWA NA MAAFA HAYA"
MPENDWA BABA YETU GEOFFREY M NKURLU, ILIKUWA SIKU, MWEZI NA HATIMAYE LEO TAREHE 17/2/2011 UMETIMIZA MIAKA 10 TOKA UTUTOKE KATIKA DUNIA HII.TUNAFARIJIKA KWASABABU TUNA AMANI UKO PAMOJA NASI KIROHO SIKU ZOTE.
BABA HAKUNA SIKU IPITAYO KWETU BILA KUKUMBUKA KWA UPENDO NA UKARIMU WAKO,USHAURI MWEMA, MISIMAMO BORA NA BUSARA ZAKO KATIKA KUTULEA NA KUTUUNGANISHA SISI WANAO NA FAMILIA PAMOJA,BUSARA ZAKO ZIMEKUWA DIRA NA NURU KATIKA MAISHA YETU.TUNAENDELEA KUKUOMBEA NA TUNAENDELEZA YALIYO MEMA KWA WAJUKUU ZAKO UPUMZIKE KWA AMANI.
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BABA TULIKUPENDA SANA, LAKINI MUNGU BABA WA MBINGUNI ALIKUPENDA ZAIDI.BWANA ALITOA NA BWANA AMETWAA JINA LA BWANA LIHIMIDIWE:
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Blasts rock Tanzania after military base accident
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Explosions rocked the night sky in Tanzania's capital Wednesday after an accident at a military base ammunition dump near the airport, officials said
Military spokesman Lt. Col. Kapambala Mgawe, said casualties were possible but officials would not know until Thursday. The explosions happened over several hours at the Gongo la Mboto military base in Dar es Salaam.
The road to the base was closed. Britain's Foreign Office sent out a travel warning saying it believed the nearby international airport had also been closed.
The advisory said the explosions rained debris across the city. Residents were advised to stay indoors and away from windows.
Residents reported loud booms that shook buildings over several hours. Photos sent to social networking sites showed huge orange explosions lighting up the sky.
"Of course there might be injuries and deaths but it's not yet confirmed," Mgawe said. "We are not allowed to go closer and, of course, the road to Gongo la Mboto has been closed."
James Kruuse, a resident of the capital, said explosions rattled the building he was in, which is about 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the base.
There were "plenty, plenty of explosions, and we felt them far away," he said.
Explosions at the base's ammunition depot in spring 2009 killed more than a dozen people.
Two goals in the final 12 minutes from Robin van Persie and substitute Andrey Arshavin clinched a dramatic victory for the English Premier League side after Barcelona had taken the lead through a first-half David Villa strike.
The result means Arsenal -- thrashed 6-3 on aggregate by Barcelona in last year's quarter-finals -- will carry a narrow lead into Camp Nou when the two sides meet in the second leg on March 8.