Jeanie Buss will remain the controlling owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers under an agreement reached with her brothers, her lawyer confirmed on Monday. Attorney Adam Streisand also said that Jeanie Buss has removed one of her siblings, Jim Buss, as a trustee and replaced him with her younger sister, Janie Buss. The agreement ends a dispute that surfaced in court this month after Buss brothers Jim and Johnny proposed a board of directors that didn't include Jeanie Buss -- which would have meant she couldn't continue as controlling owner of the team.
Director Barry Jenkins, whose movie "Moonlight" won this year's best picture Oscar, is writing and directing a drama for Amazon based on a prize-winning novel about escaping from slavery. "The Underground Railroad" will be adapted from the book of the same name by novelist Colson Whitehead. The novel has sold over 825,000 copies and won a National Book Award, one of America's most prestigious literary prizes.
The Chinese activist artist Ai Weiwei will build dozens of fences in New York for an exhibition opening in October that focuses on walls that divide people and mark borders. A champion of refugees and migrants, Ai is calling his new large-scale conceptual installation "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors." He took the title from the final line in "Mending Wall," a poem by the 20th-century US poet Robert Frost that reflects on a wall between neighbors. The artist says he is dismayed by President Donald Trump's policies, including his promise to build a wall along the US southern border with Mexico to keep out undocumented immigrants, along with his attempt to bar entry to the United States by some Muslim-majority citizens.
The Saudi Film Festival opened Monday with 58 homegrown cinematic works to be screened in the ultra-conservative kingdom that continues to ban public cinemas. The fourth edition of the festival had been slated to run from March 23-28 in the Gulf coastal city of Dhahran, but it was pushed back due to stormy weather. This is the third consecutive annual film festival in Saudi Arabia after a hiatus of seven years.
Philippines — Authorities arrested four members of a kidnap for ransom group operating in Nueva Ecija, Bataan and Pampanga. “Series na ang kaso ng kidnapping nila, puro Indian ang biktima ( They’ve had a series of kidnapping cases; the victims were all Indians),” said PNP Anti Kidnapping Group director, PSSupt. Glenn Dumlao Among those arrested […] The post Indian national, 3 Filipinos arrested for kidnapping appeared first on UNTV News.
A Singapore couple who starved their Philippine maid until she weighed just 29 kilograms (64 pounds) were ordered jailed Monday in a case described as "shocking" by prosecutors who vowed to seek stiffer sentences. Trader Lim Choon Hong, 48, was sentenced to three weeks in jail and fined Sg$10,000 ($7,200), while his wife Chong Sui Foon, also 48, was jailed for three months, the couple's lawyer told AFP. Critics were outraged by what they saw as lenient penalties for the couple, who will remain free on bail pending the prosecution appeal for tougher penalties.
The Philippines Monday took delivery of two Japanese military surveillance aircraft to help it patrol vital sea lanes in the South China Sea, despite Manila's increasingly conciliatory stance to Beijing's claims over the disputed waters. Japan will lease a total of five surplus Beechcraft TC-90 planes to the Philippines, according to Manila's defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Philippine military chief General Eduardo Ano said the new planes would be deployed over Benham Rise and the South China Sea.