The Day the Universe Changed

first_imgThe 1985 BBC series The Day the Universe Changed by John Burke outlined the many ways in which scientific and technological innovations transformed the Western world.Until the mass production of books, knowledge was limited to what you personally experienced in the few miles you could travel. In the new world of books, and later newspapers and magazines, for the first time people could share in the experience and knowledge of others. In the intervening 570 years, we have learned of oceans and continents, our solar system and galaxy, and the ever expanding and never ending universe. Little of what we know comes from our own direct and personal knowledge.Today, the world of print, however, is being buffeted by Internet storms and the global economic crisis is on the verge of scrambling the international economic order. But over the next few decades these unsettling transformations may seem like minor blips as physicists and cosmic theorists unlock the hidden mysteries of our universe.  As we have been reporting over the past several months, scientists are probing an infinite universe with infinite galaxies teeming with life forms similar or different from our own. They are tinkering with notions of parallel universes in which our universe is just one of many three dimensional membranes in six or more additional dimensions of space or other yet incomprehensible dimensions. And they are even speculating about multiverses — the possibility that the same object (you and me) exist in separate multiple states.Their ideas seem as crazy as the ramblings of Nicolaus Copernicus and Galileo Galilei in the 16th and 17th century. Should these cosmic theories pan out over the next several decades, however, we will enter a brave new world in which cosmic distances are navigated through the tiniest of wormholes. In such an eventuality, we may turn out to be modern day Neanderthals, our glittering world a throwback — as pathetically backward and limited as the five square miles that defined knowledge and reality for people of the 15th century seems to us.As we turn the page to a new decade, we may stand on the cusp of a revolution as epical as the one Burns argued in his BBC series was wrought nearly six centuries earlier by the printing press, “When one’s view of the universe changes, the universe itself effectively changes.” Related Itemslast_img read more

Philippines claims gold, silver in men’s triathlon

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Huelgas, who along with Chicano has been training around the region for the last two months, clocked one hour, 59 minutes and 30 seconds to win his second straight SEA Games gold medal.READ: Favorites to win, PH triathletes reminded not to be complacentFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingChicaco checked in four minutes later to make it a 1-2 finish for the Filipinos. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH 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 Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Ravena lauds Standhardinger’s efforts in Gilas cadets’ opener win NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH bags 2nd Gold as triathletes Nikko Huelgas (right) and John Chicano (left finish at 1-2 at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. – marianne bermudezKUALA LUMPUR — Nikko Huelgas and John Chicano dominated the men’s triathlon here in the Southeast Asian Games Monday as the Philippines picked up its second gold of at Putrajaya Water Sports Complex here.READ: PH bets also snatch gold, silver in women’s triathlonADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

Mahindra & Mahindra’s SUV Scorpio sets a scorching pace

first_imgThe Scorpio has set a scorching pace at a time when the auto industry has been sluggish with few companies clocking good sales.Mahindra & Mahindra’s SUV (sports utility vehicle) – they prefer calling it a car – has got a good start selling 1,475 cars since its July launch.The Scorpio,,The Scorpio has set a scorching pace at a time when the auto industry has been sluggish with few companies clocking good sales.Mahindra & Mahindra’s SUV (sports utility vehicle) – they prefer calling it a car – has got a good start selling 1,475 cars since its July launch.The Scorpio, if successful, could do what the Indica has done for Telco – facilitate a truck manufacturer’s entry into the passenger – car segment after repeated failures.SUVs are inching ahead in India’s car market in which it has only 12 per cent share, in contrast to 40 per cent in the rest of Asia and 50 per cent in the US.But then the Scorpio’s price tag of Rs 5.4-6.35 lakh – at least Rs 65,000 cheaper than a similar model of Toyota Qualis – might have a lot to do with its popularity.last_img read more

Children of the Revolution

first_imgA teacher with students during a relaxation drill ahead of exams, in ChongqingBeijing’s colourful Art Zone 798 is a world away from the grey communist-style buildings that surround the iconic Tiananmen Square in the heart of China’s capital. Located in the suburban district of Dashanzi, 15 km north-east of Tiananmen,,A teacher with students during a relaxation drill ahead of exams, in ChongqingBeijing’s colourful Art Zone 798 is a world away from the grey communist-style buildings that surround the iconic Tiananmen Square in the heart of China’s capital. Located in the suburban district of Dashanzi, 15 km north-east of Tiananmen, Art Zone 798 isn’t even marked on the official tourist map. The government isn’t keen on giving this thriving hub of art, culture and dissent any official publicity. It has toyed with the idea of closing it, but has desisted. Closure could risk offending the New China.It’s a Saturday afternoon and the narrow streets and alleyways of the art zone are packed with people. It is difficult to spot a tourist. The crowds are local. It is equally difficult to spot anyone above the age of 40. Beijing’s youth throng the galleries, shops and European-style street cafes. The residential apartments are plush-Bentleys and BMWs hog parking slots. The art is interesting, subtly irreverent. You could call it Maoist chic. There is a lot of the party’s red colour but there seem few red lines of conformity. No one is beyond satire, be it Mao, Obama, Marx or Hitler.China’s current leaders Hu Jintao (centre) and Wen Jiabao (second from left) with gen-next leaders (circled) XI Jinping (left) and Li Keqiang in Beijing.For the Communist Party of China (CPC), Art Zone 798 is a lethal cocktail of the wealthy, the youth, the creative and the liberal intellectuals. In less than a decade since it was founded in 2002-when a group of artists moved to occupy a factory (Number 798) that had fallen into disrepair in the 1970s-the district has already produced China’s most famous dissident in recent times, the artist Ai Weiwei. Authorities were quick to recognise Ai’s potential as an artist and dissident, co-opting him as a design consultant to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. That did not quell his dissident streak. After years of criticising the government for lack of democracy and abuse of human rights, Ai was arrested in 2011 for “economic crimes”.Corruption hits Communist citadelBo Xilai,Ling Jihua signal rot at the top  advertisementGu Kulai,wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, during her trialThe district is harbouring hundreds of potential Ai Weiweis who could pose a problem to China’s next leadership duo of Xi Jinping, 59, and Li Keqiang, 57, expected to take power from President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao over a lengthy transition process that begins in October and ends in March 2013.This has not been the best of years for CPC. That it is a sensitive year which witnesses a once-in-a-decade transition of the country’s leadership only exacerbates the problems. In February 2012, a scandal hit the CPC’s top tier leadership for the first time. The scandal unravelled when a renegade police chief in the southern metropolis of Chongqing sought shelter in the US consulate in nearby Chengdu claiming a threat to his life from local party boss, Bo Xilai. At the time, Bo, a rising star of CPC, was tipped to be appointed to the powerful nine-member standing committee of the politburo that effectively rules China, during the transition in October 2012. In revelations that followed, it was found that Bo’s wife Gu Kulai had ordered the murder of a British businessman, Neil Haywood, in November 2011 after a business deal had turned sour. Bo was sacked in March for attempting to cover up the murder by pressurising his police chief. His wife Gu was sentenced to death on August 20. His former police chief Wang Lijun was sentenced to 15 years in prison on September 24. The fate of Bo is still awaited, but punishment is likely to be severe to send out a message to the people of China-that CPC doesn’t tolerate abuse of power.The car crash in which the son of Ling Jihua, who was chief of staff to president Hu Jintao, died.Another embarrassing scandal broke out in the first week of September when bloggers in China and mainstream media in Hong Kong broke the story of a fatal car crash in Beijing, involving a Ferrari, two semi-naked women and a senior official’s son. It turned out that the driver of the Ferrari, who died in the crash, was the son of Ling Jihua, then chief of staff to President Hu Jintao. Questions about how the son of a government official sported such an expansive lifestyle went viral on the Internet. The government moved fast to censor the Internet but by the time the clampdown began, in the public eye, the damage had been done.”Corruption is the most acute problem in the party. That is why people have lost confidence. I would say they generally approve of the CPC policy line but they disapprove of corruption. Corruption in the name of serving the people is bad,” says Ge Jianxiong, 67, a professor of history at Shanghai’s Fudan University. “In my opinion, the situation is worse than ever before,” he adds.advertisementPeople relax at China’s only artificial beach near bund,in ShanghaiEconomist and China expert Arvind Subramanian, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute of International Economics in the US, has visited China frequently over several years. He agrees with Ge’s perception on corruption. “This is the first time I have seen corruption become such a public issue in China,” he says. He sounds an ominous warning: “The party is too complacent about corruption. Serious questions about CPC’s legitimacy have arisen in the last six months.”For many years, while corruption was rampant, the party had contained its taint to minor local level leaders. It was easy for the central leadership to sack the wrongdoers, in cases even execute them. With Bo and Ling, corruption has touched CPC’s uppermost echelons.The country that bought FerrarisThe rich-poor divide assumes critical proportions The public perception of corruption is not CPC’s only serious problem. The wide disparities in wealth, often between those connected to the powerful and those who are ordinary citizens, are creating social tension. At the Ferrari showroom on Beijing’s Jinbao Street, eager young sales girls are waiting for their next customer. A brand-new Ferrari costs 4 million yuan, around $600,000 or Rs 3 crore. The one sales girl who speaks halting English says that they sold 170 cars (about 15 a month) in 2011. This year, because of a slowdown in growth, business is slower. “We have sold only 40 (four-five a month) so far,” she says. The showroom’s clientele is exclusively Chinese. “No foreign buyers,” says the girl. China is now the third largest market for luxury Ferraris after the US and Germany.A pole dancer performs at a night club in ChongqingFifty metres down the road from Ferrari, there is a multibrand showroom called FFF selling supercars like Bugatti and high-end Ferraris. This correspondent was denied entry. “You must come with reference or appointment,” said the stern looking guard to my interpreter. Young Chinese couples surveyed the cars inside. There was no foreigner in sight.Right behind the row of luxury car showrooms-there is Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce and Mercedes Benz all within 100 metres-is the Ganmian Hutong. Hutongs are traditional lower middle class neighbourhoods in Beijing. A large number have been destroyed to make way for skyscrapers. Some have been preserved as World Heritage Sites for tourists to visit. Ganmian isn’t a tourist destination. It has a series of ramshackle courtyard residences with people cramped into tiny living quarters. There are an unusually large number of rag-pickers. Nobody wants to be photographed. They are not ready to show off their poverty.A few kilometres away, at the Hong Qiao Pearl Market, a downmarket indoor mall where makeshift stalls sell cheap goods from electronics to clothes, at least some Chinese youth openly complained about their relative poverty. Yang Yang, 25, from the province of Liaoning, north-east of Beijing, works as sales girl at a tiny stall selling women’s handbags. She dropped out of middle school at 15 and learnt English interacting with customers. She earns 3,000 yuan (Rs 24,000) per month working from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. six days a week. Yang explains that she has to send 1,000 yuan (Rs 8,000) a month to her parents in a small town in Liaoning. They work as janitors and earn around 900 yuan (Rs 7,200) a month. Yang spends another 500 yuan (Rs 4,000) a month renting a room in a tiny two-bedroom house she shares with cousins. That leaves her with just 1,500 yuan (Rs 12,000) to spend on food, travel and entertainment. “The only entertainment I can afford is to watch television at home,” says Yang, managing a smile. Yang has ambitions. She wants to start her own business, selling clothes. But she doubts her prospects. Why? “The global economy’s slowdown has hurt Chinese business,” she says. She refuses to blame the government.advertisementDissident artist Ai Weiwei,who was arrested in 2011 in a tax-related caseA few stalls down, A. Bao, 30, originally from Anhui province in interior China, owns his own stall selling Chinese silk and clothes. Bao is married with two young children. His wife works as a sales girl in another stall. Bao says that he and his wife don’t earn enough to keep their children with them in Beijing-they live with his parents in rural Anhui. Bao makes a profit of 5,000 yuan (Rs 40,000) a month, half of which he has to send home to his parents. “Things were better at the time of the 2008 Olympics,” says Bao. “I made a profit of up to 20,000 yuan (Rs 1.6 lakh) every month back then,” he says. Bao is almost tempted to criticise the government until a neighbour intervenes to say, “We are not interested in politics or government.”Xiao Ching, 27, a sales girl from Anhui, is the most outspoken. “China has either very poor people or very rich people, there is no middle,” she says. In India, she would be easily qualified to be middle class, but she thinks she is poor. However, she admits that there are people worse off than her. “In villages far from here, people don’t have food to eat. They wear very bad clothes, not like us,” says Xiao. She giggles when asked about the government. She only wants to say one more thing, “I want to marry a rich man.” Who does she define as rich? “Someone who can buy me what I want from a shop. Someone who has a car. And someone who has the potential to buy a house,” she says.Xiao and the other sales girls and boys in the market are still proud of their country. They believe China is a strong nation whose rise is being resisted by the US and Japan. Says Xiao expressing a mild note of dissent, “Every country has strengths and weaknesses. China’s weakness is that there isn’t enough money for people like us,” she concludes in a statement that underlines the serious challenges facing China’s new leaders.Learning to be freeSocial media fuels popular dissidence What will make the job of China’s future leaders more difficult than that of their predecessors is the democratising force of the Internet. China has banned Western social media sites like Facebook and Twitter but permits local versions of the same. Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, is a rage among the youth. Micro-bloggers on Weibo, in fact, played a lead role in exposing the Ferrari scandal, pictures of the crash going viral in a matter of hours. It wasn’t just the images that did the damage. Micro-bloggers also reported that Ling Jihua had smiled at television cameras in the aftermath of the scandal, interpreted by them as an indication that he believed he was above the law. They also reported how Ling was sporting a very expensive watch.Speaking at a meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Tianjin in September second week, eminent Chinese economist Li Daikou said that social media was allowing people to express their anger against the regime for the first time. “People have begun to complain loudly about corruption and excessive government interference,” he said. The party is worried. Says Fudan University’s Ge, “They fear what happened in the Arab Spring and North Africa.”Kai Fu Lee, a China-based American entrepreneur who heads Innovation Works, a venture capital firm that funds Internet ventures, believes China’s leaders are entirely aware of the Internet’s power. “They are following an underwater approach. They watch and hear but don’t say anything,” he said at WEF in Tianjin. Lee says complete censorship is impossible. “Someone says it. It gets removed. And then someone else says it,” he explains.It may not actually be the government’s intention to shut down all dissent. “The Internet can provide a safety valve. Some place where people can express their frustration with the system,” says a senior executive of a multinational corporation based in China. “The red line for the leadership is if there is any mass mobilisation. Individual dissent is okay,” he adds. Lee believes that smart officials and leaders are beginning to look at social media as an important feedback mechanism on which they can act to correct flaws. “Social media could be a safety valve but it could easily lead to an Arab Spring-type scenario too,” says Arvind Subramanian.End of the China modelTime to empower the private sector and consumer Click here to EnlargeIf there is one thing that has defined CPC’s legitimacy in China over the last three decades, it is the party’s contract with the Chinese people to deliver rapid, double-digit growth, year after year. Unfortunately, for China’s new leadership duo of Xi and Li, China’s growth model-based on aggressive exports and state directed investment in infrastructure-is running out of steam. In the first six months of 2012, growth fell to 7.6 per cent, below CPC’s comfort level of at least 8 per cent. There is only a limited prospect for exports to rev up in the near future as China’s major markets in the US and Europe continue to struggle to escape recession. China’s impressive infrastructure is already first world in quality, but China’s per capita income is just $5,400 (Rs 2.2 lakh). In such a scenario, any further build-up of infrastructure would just create unused over-capacity. It is well recognised, in China and abroad, that the country needs to shift its growth model to a domestic consumption-oriented one, a model that encourages the private sector and private consumer rather than government and exports. “We will work to maintain the balance between keeping steady and robust growth, adjusting the economic structure and managing inflation expectations. We will boost domestic demand and maintain steady and robust growth as well as basic price stability,” President Hu Jintao said at an apec meeting in Vladivostok, Russia, on September 9. At wef in Tianjin, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao acknowledged that the country faced several challenges including rising inequality, and the need to boost domestic consumption. A.Bao, 30 Owns a stall in Beijing that sells Chinese silk and clothes”Things were better for business atthe time of the 2008 Olympics.I made a profit of up to 20,000 yuan (Rs 1.6 lakh) every month back then.”According to some experts, the process of rebalancing the Chinese economy has already begun. “Rebalancing began four-five years ago with higher minimum wages and social security spending. That is already working to boost consumption,” says the CEO of a multinational corporation based in China. Others are less sanguine. Subramanian agrees some structural adjustment has taken place: “At least the Current Account Surplus (excess of exports over imports) has fallen from 10 per cent of GDP to 3 per cent of gdp over the last decade.” But he believes more fundamental reforms are needed. “There are still too many well-connected people getting rich,” he says. That is the direct result of a tightly controlled banking system which gives out loans at interest rates as low as 1-2 per cent per annum to businessmen chosen by the government. “Liberalisation, which will help give out loans to the private sector and individuals, means taking on these interests. Can the leadership take on these vested interests?” wonders Subramanian.He Zhenhong, editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur magazine, agrees with Subramanian: “It is very difficult to start a business here. The public sector is very dominant.” But she is not optimistic about things changing dramatically with a leadership change. Subramanian highlights another problem. “The Chinese need to move from manufacturing to services. But services are over-regulated and there is no competition. Political will is necessary to change that,” he says.Then there is the perennial pressure from the US for China to revalue its exchange rate. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has promised to declare China a currency manipulator on his first day in office. China fears that a serious revaluation of its exchange rate could destroy its exports completely and cause an unmanageable slowdown. In the circumstances, it would not be surprising if the Xi-Li duo is secretly hoping that President Barack Obama is re-elected on November 6-they could do with one headache less as they get ready to wield power in uncertain times.The rise ofthe fifth generationXi Jinping and Li Keqiang have their task cut out Yang Yang, 25 Works as a sales girl at a small stall selling women’s handbags in Beijing.”The only entertainment i can afford is to watch TV at home. Once a year, on birthdays, friends gather and celebrate.”There is little doubt that China is a country on the cusp of far-reaching economic and social change. It is change that CPC’s GenNext needs to respond to effectively if the party expects to retain its iron grip on power. There are mixed views on how much the new leadership can achieve.Economist Li Daikou is optimistic about the new leadership’s ability to implement reforms. “They (Xi-Li generation) were educated in the honeymoon years of opening up in the late 1970s. They believe in reform. The British model of gradualist incremental reform may work in China. Nothing radical is necessary,” he says. Li Daikou says the new leadership needs to focus on institutional reform, the most urgent of which is to democratise the judicial system and separate it from party control. He believes China’s new leadership should use the social media to their advantage. “They can use it to mobilise support for big-ticket reform,” he says.Ge Jianxiong argues that the Chinese people are yearning for change. “A majority of China hopes for change, like Obama and his promise of change in the US,” he says. “They won’t get it though,” he adds with a smile. Xiao Ching, 27 Works as a sales girl at a stall selling miscellaneous goods in Beijing”Every country in the World has strengths and weaknesses. China’s weakness is that there isn’t enough money for people like us.””Remember, Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang are controlled by the system, by CPC’s traditions. They have risen with party support.” Ge is concerned with the party’s overemphasis on stability. “You can solve any problem using this word stability. But stability must not mean stagnation. It means reasonable change. Not revolution, but progressive change,” he says. Like Li Daikou, Ge also believes that reform of the judiciary must top the agenda of the new leadership. “The rule of law must prevail,” he says.One young Chinese journalist, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang will form a formidable partnership. “Xi is not good-looking,” she jokes, before adding, “but he is a reformer. He will work to democratise systems.” According to her, Li Keqiang will be a good foil because unlike Xi, he does not come from a privileged background. “He rose from an ordinary background. He will have the people’s concerns at heart,” she says.Many others don’t even know what to expect from China’s new leaders because they know so little about them. Says a local business executive in Tianjin, “I wish I knew more about what they were going to do.” Says a young journalist, “You are asking me what they will do, I want to ask you the same because I don’t know.” Communication isn’t CPC’s forte. Leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping didn’t distinguish himself from earlier generations when he disappeared from official engagements and public view without an explanation in the first two weeks of September. At the very least, he will need to develop a better communication strategy if he is going to rule the New China effectively over the next 10 years. Xi would not want to be remembered by history as China’s last communist.last_img read more

Blue Jays Sweep Yanks, 2-0

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Everyone already knew the Toronto Blue Jays could really hit. Turns out, it was a trio of splendid pitching performances that closed the gap in the AL East.Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista launched long home runs, and the Blue Jays earned their eighth straight victory by beating the New York Yankees 2-0 on Aug. 9 to complete a three-game sweep that tightened the division race.“Everything seems more in reach,” Bautista said. “It seems more attainable.”Marco Estrada tossed three-hit ball into the seventh inning against the suddenly slumping Yankees, outpitching Masahiro Tanaka during Toronto’s second consecutive shutout.Boosted by some big acquisitions before the July 31 trade deadline, the streaking Blue Jays have won 11-of-12 to pull within 1 1-2 games of the first-place Yankees.A week ago, New York was up by six.“Incredible,” Estrada said. “It’s been a great ride. We’ve had a tremendous team this whole year and obviously just got a little better. Adding a few pieces helped a lot. Our confidence is pretty high and we’re all enjoying the run.”In a series that featured the top two offenses in the majors, New York mustered only one run and went scoreless over the final 26 innings.Not since May 1999 against the Angels had the Yankees been blanked in two straight — that stretch of 2,665 games between consecutive shutouts was the longest in major league history, the team said in citing research by the Elias Sports Bureau.It was the first time since May 2003 that Toronto swept New York in a series of at least three games.“We definitely took a punch this weekend, and good teams punch back,” Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez said. “For us, it’s all about how we respond that matters.”On an aggravating afternoon for the Yankees, Brett Gardner slammed down his helmet with two hands after grounding out with a runner on second to end the third inning.Moments later, he was standing in left field when he got hit in the back of the head by Bautista’s home run ball after a 15-year-old fan heaved it back onto the field.“I just wore it. Didn’t even turn around,” Gardner said. “I’ve got a hard head, so it’s all good.”Estrada (10-6) kept New York’s dangerous lineup off balance all day, masterfully mixing his 77 mph changeup with a 90 mph fastball and slow curve. He gave up three singles and three walks, striking out six.The right-hander was lifted after 89 pitches with two on in the seventh. LaTroy Hawkins got out of the inning, Aaron Sanchez pitched a hitless eighth and Roberto Osuna worked a perfect ninth for his 10th save.“This ballpark hasn’t been real kind to us in the past,” Toronto Manager John Gibbons said. “It’s been a tough spot for us. We’re just on a nice little roll right now.”Donaldson homered into the Yankees’ bullpen in right-center on the seventh pitch from Tanaka (8-5), who yielded three hits in six innings. He was relieved after 80 pitches.Bautista connected in the fourth, a mammoth drive that struck the facing of the second deck in left field.Donaldson also went deep in the first inning Aug. 7, when Bautista’s homer in the 10th sent Toronto to a 2-1 victory in the series opener.“This isn’t going to be comfortable the rest of the way,” Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said. “We have to fight for every win and that’s what we expect every single game going forward.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more

LeBron, Cavaliers down Warriors 115-101, force Game 7

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares CLEVELAND (AP) — From the edge of elimination to the brink of history.LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have pushed the NBA Finals to their limit. Game 7 is necessary.James scored 41 points, delivering another magnificent performance with the season on the line, Kyrie Irving added 23 and the Cavs sent the finals packing for California by beating the rattled Golden State Warriors 115-101 on Thursday night to even this unpredictable series and force a decisive final game.Cleveland saved its season for the second time in four days and will head back to Oakland’s Oracle Arena for Sunday’s climactic game with a chance to become the first team to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals, and more importantly, give this title-starved city its first major sports championship since Dec. 27, 1964.Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry, bottom, drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James in the second half in Game 6 of the NBA basketball Finals, Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 115-101. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)“I want to win for sure,” said James, who added 11 assists and eight rebounds. “But I want to give everything I’ve got and we’ll see what happens. We forced a Game 7. It’s going to be a fun one.”The Warriors never imagined being in this spot. The defending champions, who powered their way to a record 73 wins in the regular season, won the first two games by 48 combined points. But NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry and his teammates have lost their touch, their poise and are in danger of seeing their historic season — and a second title — vanish.Curry was ejected with 4:22 left after he was called for his sixth personal foul, cursed several times at an official and fired his mouthpiece into the front row, striking a fan. Curry finished with 30 points, Klay Thompson had 25 and Draymond Green, back from a one-game suspension, had 10 rebounds.Warriors coach Steve Kerr felt the officiating was biased against Curry.“He gets six fouls called on him, three of them were absolutely ridiculous,” Kerr said. “As the MVP of the league, we’re talking about these touch fouls in the NBA Finals. I’m happy he threw his mouthpiece.”On Wednesday, James called Game 7, “the two best words ever.”He’ll live them once more, thanks to a spell-binding effort — the two-time champion had a hand in 27 consecutive points during a stretch in the second half — and put away the Warriors after they trimmed a 24-point deficit to seven in the final period. James scored 14 in the fourth before checking out to a thunderous ovation in the final minutes as Cleveland fans chanted, “Cavs in 7!” and “See you Sunday!”“It’s LeBron being LeBron,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “He’s one of the greatest of all-time. Our back was against the wall and he took it upon himself, him and Kyrie, they put us on their backs. They’ve got us to where we wanted to be and that’s Game 7.”In typical Cleveland fashion, there were some heart palpitations in the fourth. The Cavs were up 70-46 in the third, and when J.R. Smith blindly dropped a lob pass to a trailing James for a dunk, Quicken Loans shook with noise.Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of Game 6 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 17, 2016. Cleveland won 115-101. (Ronald Martinez//Pool Photo via AP)The Warriors, though, weren’t done. On the same floor where they won their title exactly one year ago, Thompson made a pair of 3-pointers as Golden State, playing without injured center Andrew Bogut, used a 25-10 run to pull within 80-71 entering the final 12 minutes.But James, as he did while winning two titles in Miami, made sure those belonged to him and extended Cleveland’s dream season.last_img read more

Denis Suarez: Never doubt Barca’s quality

first_imgBarcelona Critics were wrong to doubt Barcelona’s quality, says Denis Suarez Chris Myson Last updated 2 years ago 01:58 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Denis Suarez - Cropped Twitter @LaLiga Barcelona Getafe v Barcelona Getafe Primera División Barca had two midfield substitutions to thank as Suarez and Paulinho both found the net, and the former believes there is a lot more to come still Denis Suarez believes Barcelona’s critics were wrong to doubt the squad’s quality after they continued their perfect start to the new La Liga season with a dramatic 2-1 win at Getafe.A miserable first half on Saturday saw Barca lose Ousmane Dembele to injury on his full LaLiga debut and fall behind courtesy of Gaku Shibasaki’s spectacular strike for the hosts.Sporting 11/2 to beat Barcelona Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing But two substitutes, Suarez and Paulinho, both struck after the break as Ernesto Valverde’s men continued to set the pace at the top of the table.Barca were doubted by many after losing Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain and suffering a heavy Supercopa de Espana defeat to rivals Real Madrid, but Suarez feels they were written off too soon, with a Champions League win over Juventus also on their 2017-18 resume.”It seemed as if everything was lost, but we knew how to react,” Suarez told reporters after the match, having netted his first goal since January.”We are having a spectacular start to LaLiga. I think we have a great squad, even though there were lots of comments made at the beginning of the season, people should not doubt that. “As players we need confidence and the manager is giving us that – you can tell.”2 – Getafe are the only in La Liga side Denis Suárez has scored against in two different games (for Villarreal and Barcelona). Favourite. — OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 16, 2017 Barca’s fine start to the season means they already sit seven points clear of reigning champions Real Madrid, whose game in hand is a testing away trip to in-form Real Sociedad on Sunday. Their display against Getafe was not a vintage one, but Suarez, 23, suggested the pitch had not helped them.”Before the game started we saw that the grass was long and dry,” said the midfielder, who replaced Andres Iniesta at half time.”In the move for my goal, the ball moved slowly, but I was able to put it where I wanted.”It was a fair win, even though they had their chances too.”last_img read more

Ozil central for Emery at Arsenal

first_imgPremier League Ozil one of Arsenal’s biggest talents – Emery Dom Farrell 06:36 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ozil-Cropped Getty Images Premier League Arsenal Mesut Özil The German has come in for regular criticism at the Emirates over recent seasons, but the new boss is a big fan of his abilities Mesut Ozil can be a vital player for Arsenal under Unai Emery, who is a huge admirer of the Germany international’s talents.Ozil has regularly wowed the Emirates Stadium faithful with his creative skills since joining from Real Madrid in 2013, but the club’s poor performances over recent years have also brought a slew of criticism for the 29-year-old.Emery addressed the media for the first time since his appointment as Arsenal head coach on Wednesday and suggested Ozil can expect to be central to his plans. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “He’s one of the biggest talents here at Arsenal and I want talented players here,” said the ex-Sevilla boss, who is fresh from landing a domestic treble with Paris Saint-Germain.”I want to spend time with him and with all the players. I want to speak to him on a level. I want to speak to him about how excited I am to be here.”I want all the players to feel that. This is an exciting project and we all have to give 100 per cent.”Jack Wilshere’s future is less clear, with the midfielder out of contract at the end of next month.Welcome to The Arsenal #WelcomeUnai— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) May 23, 2018Emery declined to discuss Wilshere’s situation specifically but reiterated his belief the squad left to him by Arsene Wenger might not be in need of major surgery despite finishing sixth in the Premier League this term.”I want to speak about the team collectively, I don’t want to speak individually about the players,” he explained.”This team is a big team with big players, great players and I think we need to change little things.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Bill Sets Timeline to Close Boat Harbour

first_imgLegislation was introduced today, April 17, to close the Boat Harbour Effluent Treatment Facility in Pictou County in January 2020. Last June, a leak was discovered in the pipeline carrying wastewater from the mill to the treatment facility at Boat Harbour. Meetings between the government and the Pictou Landing First Nation led to government promising to put a timeline for the closure of the treatment facility into law within a year. “I’m cautiously optimistic,” said Pictou Landing First Nation Chief Andrea Paul. “I have the personal assurance of Premier Stephen McNeil that the treatment facility will be closed this time.” By 2020, the treatment facility will stop receiving wastewater from the mill. Planning for the remediation of Boat Harbour is already underway, and some parts of the estuary could be treated earlier to test different technologies. “This government is committed to removing this environmental scar and making Boat Harbour a place the community can enjoy once again,” said Internal Services Minister Labi Kousoulis. The treatment facility has been operating for almost 50 years and Pictou Landing First Nation has long advocated for its closure.last_img read more

Offers of accommodation supplies and entertainment pour in for BC fire evacuees

first_imgAs thousands of British Columbians are forced from their homes by wildfires, hundreds of people are stepping up to offer whatever support they can.Kristi McLean posted to an Facebook evacuee support group saying she has a tent trailer at her home near Kamloops, B.C., that would be perfect for a family.McLean, who has an autistic son, said it would be a good environment for a family with an autistic child.“Being in an evacuation centre, I know it wouldn’t be good for us, for sure,” she said in an interview. “Any family with special needs that need a place … we’re cool with it.”There are numerous offers of accommodation, ranging from a room to full homes.“Chilliwack accommodation for evacuees: three-bedroom house with full basement,” one posting said.Others are offering space for evacuees to park their trailers.Many people have said they can provide shelter for pets.“We have space available for evacuee horses, sheep, goats, chickens and a few dogs and/or cats,” one person said.Supplies for the evacuees are also being offered.“I have a 20-foot container almost full of non perishable food, Gatorade, baby supplies, toiletries, blankets and pillows,” a Chilliwack, B.C., resident said.There was even thought of evacuees who would be missing Sunday night’s premiere of the seventh season of “Game of Thrones.”Kayla Charest posted on Facebook that she’d be willing to host seven or eight fans of the series who’ve been evacuated to Prince George.“There’s not much I can do to help with accommodations but I can definitely house some people for a couple of hours for some entertainment — take their minds off things,” she said in an interview.last_img read more

Freezing Rain warning issued for Alberta Peace

first_imgUPDATE – The freezing rain warning has ended.GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB. – Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for parts of the Alberta Peace.The warning covers Beaverlodge, Hythe, Demmitt, Sexsmith, La Glace, Grande Prairie and Wembley. An area of rain will move through the Grande Prairie and Grande Cache region this morning. Temperatures are near or slightly below zero giving local freezing rain. Freezing rain will end this morning.For updates on highway conditions in Alberta, visit 511.alberta.caIssued at 2019-04-06 12:26 UTC by Environment Canada:Freezing rain warning issued for:Co. of Grande Prairie near Beaverlodge Hythe and Demmitt, Alta. (077111)Co. of Grande Prairie near Sexsmith and La Glace, Alta. (077112)Co. of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and Wembley, Alta. (077113)Current details:Freezing rain is expected or occurring.An area of rain will move through the Grande Prairie and Grande Cache region this morning. Temperatures are near or slightly below zero giving local freezing rain. Freezing rain will end this morning.Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #ABStorm.More details on the alert are available here.last_img read more

Large power outage in Fort Nelson

first_imgCrews are headed to the outage, but there is no estimate on when power will be restored.  The cause remains under investigation.For updates on the outage, visit UPDATE – Power has been restored.FORT NELSON, B.C. – A large power outage is affecting most of Fort Nelson.According to B.C. Hydro, the outage is affecting 2,313 customers in the community and started at about 3:43 p.m.  The interruption covers most of the community, including the airport and industrial area as you enter the community.last_img

A look at the winners and losers across Canada as the loonie

Two women chat while waiting for their turn at shuffleboard on the courts in Pass-A-Grille Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 in St.Petersburgh, Fla. The loonie fell below the 70-cent U.S. mark Tuesday for the first time in 13 years. In its wake, the rapidly dropping dollar is leaving a roster of winners and losers in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/The Tampa Bay Times, Lara Cerri TAMPA OUT; CITRUS COUNTY OUT; PORT CHARLOTTE OUT; BROOKSVILLE HERNANDO TODAY OUT by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 12, 2016 11:11 am MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2016 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The loonie fell below the 70-cent U.S. mark Tuesday for the first time in 13 years. In its wake, the rapidly dropping dollar is leaving a roster of winners and losers in Canada. Here’s a look at who is benefiting — and who is hurting:Winner: The film industry. Hollywood North, whether it be Vancouver, Toronto, or some of the up-and-coming markets like Calgary, is booming. Peter Leitch, president of North Shore Studios and chairman of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of B.C., says American studios are increasingly heading to Canada to take advantage of the low dollar.“That does make Canada one of the top choices of places to come to,” said Leitch. “A few years ago when it was at par, it was quite a challenge to attract business.”He said the boost to the film industry is helping fill some of the gaps from the resource sector.“It’s a great alternative when other parts of the economy are struggling. I mean, we’re hiring people from the oil and gas industry to help rig some of our sets.”Loser: Snowbirds. Canadians planning their winter escape to the southern U.S. will be feeling the pinch as their money won’t stretch as far.Evan Rachkovsky, director of research and communications at the Canadian Snowbird Association, says so far members don’t seem to be cutting down on the duration of their visits to the U.S., but they will likely be spending less on everything from meals to rounds of golf.“What I would say is happening is a reduction in discretionary spending,” said Rachkovsky.Winner: The cattle industry. Canada exported about $1.5 billion in beef products to the U.S. last year. Brian Perillat, senior analyst at cattle market research outfit Canfax, says the high U.S. dollar has helped keep Canadian beef prices up even as the U.S. market has started to retreat.“As the (Canadian) dollar goes down, it certainly helps our prices relative to the U.S.,” said Perillat.“Basically every time the loonie drops a cent, on average our calf prices go up about five cents a pound, holding all other things consistent.”Loser: Pro sports teams. If you think buying a pair of shoes in the U.S. hurts, try signing a multimillion-dollar contract with an NHL, NBA or Major League Baseball star.When the dollar was last in a slump and hitting sports teams in the late 1990s, Ronald Corey, then the president of the Montreal Canadiens, offered the following to a parliamentary subcommittee: “It costs us $300,000 extra whenever the Canadian dollar loses one cent.”Winner: Tourism. Canada’s tourist hotspots are getting a boost from Americans heading north of the border as well as Canadians opting to take so-called staycations.“We’ve got a lot of drive traffic coming across the border,” said Sarah Morden, a spokeswoman for B.C. ski resort Whistler Blackcomb. “It’s just kind of a no-brainer really. We’re not that far from Washington state and we’ve got great snow and a low Canadian dollar.”The Conference Board of Canada says overnight travel from the U.S. increased about seven per cent last year and is expected to rise another 3.3 per cent this year.Loser: Consumers. Be prepared to pay more for anything imported, including food. The University of Guelph’s Food Institute estimates the average Canadian household spent an additional $325 on food in 2015 and is expected see an additional increase of about $345 this year because of the low dollar.Winner: The mining sector. Vancouver mining company Teck Resources credits the low Canadian dollar for helping the company weather the downturn in commodity prices, with the company able to sell its copper and coal at U.S. prices while pay operating costs in Canadian. A look at the winners and losers across Canada as the loonie continues nosedive read more

London conference on UN peacekeeping sharpens focus on planning pledges and performance

Atul Khare, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support. UN Photo/Mark Garten Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. UN Photo/Manuel Elias “We have to make sure we also prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead and are able to respond rapidly with the right set of capabilities, leadership and support, wherever we are mandated to go,” he added. We have to make sure we also prepare ourselves for the challenges ahead and are able to respond rapidlyMr. Ladsous highlighted the progress made on registering and deploying the pledged capabilities, noting it was more than many had expected. “This rapid pace of follow up and implementation shows how sincere both your and our commitment is, and how determined we all are to turn pledges into better capabilities and real impact on the ground,” he said, stressing the need for a multi-year effort to sustain this level of commitment and determination over time. The peacekeeping chief also emphasized the need to draw on political momentum and global partnership. “The high level meetings and your pledges have been crucial in galvanizing and sustaining member state support and driving our reform efforts,” he said. “Only the UN can draw on such a wide range of countries and capabilities, and the legitimacy and strength of UN peacekeeping is greatly enhanced by the truly global partnership all of you represent.” Mr. Ladsous pointed out that “we are still falling short, unfortunately by a large margin” in increasing the number of women in military and police components, welcoming the communique’s call for national action plans aimed at increasing the number of women in national armed forces and police institutions. The spread of violent extremism, enduring local or regional conflicts and the growing impatience of populations for change, fuelled by technological advances, places ever greater pressure on governments and the international system, he said. Yet, he noted, peacekeeping operations that are UN-led or logistically supported by the UN can help to preserve, restore and foster international peace and stability. “They are part of a broader range of solutions that must be considered, employed and strengthened wherever appropriate,” he said, adding that the meeting had only strengthened these beliefs, he added. According to the UN Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support, head by Mr. Ladsous and Mr. Khare respectively, the UN leads or supports 36 peace operations on four continents in thirty countries, of which 17 are pure peacekeeping missions. Of the UN Secretariat’s $12 billion budget, peace operations account for over 75 per cent, and of $3 billion in annual UN procurement spending, 85 per cent is for such operations. “We understand that the success of the UN and the success of peacekeeping is intertwined,” Mr. Khare said. He asked the representatives of Member States to go back to their capitals and help the UN design cost-efficient budgets, provide quick funding, and invest in triangular partnerships with other nations. He also asked them to work with the two UN departments on registering more units with the Peacekeeping Capability Readiness System. “International and regional peacekeeping operations that are UN-led or supported must be able to act rapidly, effectively, efficiently and responsibly,” he said. On the performance of UN peacekeepers, he said this was a collective responsibility of all, and when individual peacekeepers or units fail to perform their most fundamental duties, there must be consequences. “I cannot overemphasize the importance of effective pre-deployment training in this context, including on the protection of civilians and the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse,” he said. The UN official said the UN needs better intelligence capacity to protect civilians and its own personnel, adding that the first-ever policy on intelligence in UN peacekeeping will be presented to all Member States later this year. He also underlined the importance of partnerships and collective responsibility, citing new and innovative partnerships, such as the rotation system for C-130 transport aircraft in Mali established by a group of five European countries and spearheaded by Norway. The rotation system will deliver a predictable supply of this asset for years to come, he added, while also noting that the possibility of creating the same type of shared arrangement for helicopters was to be discussed on the sidelines of the gathering in London. Concerns over ability to respond to conflictsAddressing the closing session of today’s meeting, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, Atul Khare, said that “there is justified concern that changes in the types of conflicts we are seeing may be outpacing our ability respond to them.” In the outcome document, which centred on the so-called “three Ps” of peacekeeping – planning, pledges and performance, the governments that signed on to the communique declared that they “must always strive to ensure that peacekeeping is as effective as possible, and evolves to meet today’s challenges, and the challenges of tomorrow.” “Modern peacekeeping demands improved political and military planning throughout the mission lifecycle, with clear and sequenced mandates. It needs Members States to pledge well trained and equipped personnel that give missions the capability to deliver those mandates. And it needs high levels of performance from civilian and uniformed peacekeepers, underpinned by effective and accountable leadership,” the communique stated. The outcome document was adopted at the UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial, which was hosted by the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence in London and brought together defence ministers from 80 countries – those collectively responsible for the resources promised for UN peace operations. The conference is a follow-up to the Leaders’ Summit on Peacekeeping hosted last September by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United States President Barack Obama on the margins of the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York. Some highlights of the outcome document are:“We welcome the commitments of Member States at the London Ministerial to make their military and police units available for rapid deployment, and encourage others to come forward with similar units that are deployable within 30, 60 or 90 days.” “We urge the Secretary General to prioritise the appointment of more women in senior UN leadership positions and to double the numbers of women in military and police contingents of UN peacekeeping operations by 2020.” “We urge the [UN] Secretariat to consider a range of methods to adequately encourage troop- and police-contributing countries to maintain rapidly deployable stand-by units. We urge all troop- and police-contributing countries to streamline their deployment processes and call on the Secretariat to facilitate the process of pledges moving to higher states of readiness.” “We call upon the Secretary-General to ensure that mission planning and assessment fully integrates the military, police and civilian parts of the mission, and takes into account other partners including the host government and regional actors, to accomplish the mandated tasks, and that mission planning and assessment considers from the outset how missions will complement the work of existing UN staff in-country.” “All UN personnel deployed in UN peacekeeping operations must be committed to the highest standards of conduct. We underscore our commitment and support to the Secretary-General’s zero tolerance policy on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) and commend and support the comprehensive initiatives in his enhanced programme of action to protect against sexual exploitation and abuse as set out in the report to the General Assembly A/69/779 and A/70/729 of February 2015 and 2016 and we are committed to taking serious and concerted action to combat SEA.” Progress on deploying pledged resources “None of us know when and where the next peacekeeping mission might be deployed. But it is probably quite safe to assume that it will not be a calm and easy deployment,” the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, said at the opening of the gathering today. The Chinese Battalion of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on a daily patrol of the area. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine read more

Wrestling Joey McKenna sidelined daytoday with undisclosed injury

Ohio State No. 2 senior Joey McKenna celebrates after defeating Michigan’s No.5 Kanen Storr by tech fall, 18-3, in the 141-pound bout. Credit: Sal Marandino | For The LanternAfter suffering its first loss of the season, the Ohio State wrestling team might be without one of its senior leaders.Ohio State announced that senior Joey McKenna, the No. 2 wrestler in the country at 141 pounds, is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. “The medical staff said it wouldn’t be in his best interest to wrestle this weekend,” Ohio State assistant coach Tervel Dlagnev said.Dlagnev noted McKenna will face Cornell sophomore Yianni Diakomihalis, the No. 1 wrestler at 141 pounds, on Feb. 22 and did not give any timeline for his status moving forward.This season, McKenna is undefeated with a 14-0 record. He owns a career record of 93-8.According to the depth chart, Ohio State redshirt sophomore Clay Ragon would be next in line if McKenna is unable to go this weekend. Ragon is 6-6 on the season with two wins by technical fall under his belt. Ohio State will face Illinois on Friday in Champaign, Illinois and Northwestern on Sunday in Evanston, Illinois. read more

Young Offenders star Chris Walley wins Olivier award

first_img Apr 8th 2019, 8:39 AM G’wan the Walley!!!— Alex Murphy (@Alexmurphy_97) April 7, 2019 Chris Walley with the Best Actor In a Supporting Role, for the The Lieutenant Of Inishmore at the Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Image: Ian West/PA Wire/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 8 Apr 2019, 8:39 AM Short URL Share68 Tweet Email 24,875 Views center_img Source: Alex Murphy/Twitter Image: Ian West/PA Wire/PA Images Young Offenders star Chris Walley wins Olivier award The Cork native scooped the award for his role in Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore. 9 Comments Chris Walley with the Best Actor In a Supporting Role, for the The Lieutenant Of Inishmore at the Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London. CHRIS WALLEY, STAR of The Young Offenders, has won the best supporting actor gong at this year’s Olivier awards. The 24-year-old Cork native scooped the award for his role in Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore, which ran in London’s West End last year. Walley is best known for his role as Jock O’Keefe in the RTÉ comedy series The Young Offenders, alongside Alex Murphy. Walley won the Olivier award for best actor in a supporting role – regarded as the Tony awards of British theatre – for his portrayal of Davey in the revival of Martin McDonagh’s Lieutenant of Inishmore, alongside Poldark’s Aidan Turner.McDonagh’s black comedy, set in Galway as the Northern Ireland peace process gets underway, follows Padraic whose methods prove too extreme and violent for the splinter group of the IRA he is part of. Walley’s Young Offenders co-star, Alex Murphy, tweeted “G’wan Walley” in support of his friend’s big win last night.   By Adam Dalylast_img read more

Apple Sneaks out Support App in the App Store

first_img iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week Stay on target Apple has always offered support for devices in its many retail locations, which is one of the ways it got the iPhone into so many hands early on. Now, it’s maybe looking for a slightly more hands-off approach. The company has quietly released a support app in the App Store on election day. So hey, maybe you can try to solve the problem yourself before you bother a genius in real life?The app includes help articles and tips for your device, I assume in hopes that people won’t come into an Apple Store every time something goes wrong. It’s not only for your iDevice, either. All Apple hardware registered on your account is accessible and eligible for support.The help articles are just the first step. The app also has a live chat feature, allowing you to get 1-on-1 help from an Apple rep. That’s probably good enough to figure out many software issues, and it’s still cheaper for Apple than in-store support. If the chat option fails, there’s the option to schedule a phone call with a support rep. And yes, if you don’t want to use the app’s built-in support services, you can schedule an appointment in the nearest Apple Store. The app is thus far only available in English, but it’s popped up in a few App Store catalogs around the world.I’d be on the lookout for this app to be a pre-load in a future version of iOS. Hopefully, you’ll have the option of removing it, though.last_img read more

Fiscal Balance Remains Strong

Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, May 5 (JIS): The country’s fiscal balance remains in good standing, with the deficit at $7.8 billion at the end of the 2014/15 financial year in March.The figure is $3.6 billion better than the target of $11.4 billion, and can be credited to the lower interest payments on Government of Jamaica (GOJ) bonds, and cuts in expenditure for the period. “What this means is that the Government has to borrow less in order to meet all its expenditures including the payment of interest, and so that is good, because it reduces (the) debt build-up,” said Co-Chair of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), Richard Byles.He was speaking at EPOC’s monthly press briefing in Kingston on Tuesday (May 5), where an assessment of the country’s economic performance as at the end of March was provided.Mr. Byles also informed that the country “comfortably” met the Net International Reserves (NIR) target, which stands at US$2.3 billion, which is almost double the target of US$1.4 billion. “So, we passed that target very comfortably I would say,” he noted.Meanwhile, the Government collected 98 per cent of its budgeted tax revenue for March. The EPOC Co-Chair said a total of $52.2 billion of the targeted $53.3 billion in taxes was collected.The shortfall in tax revenues was a result of underperformance from company taxes and General Consumption Tax (GCT) on local purchases. Mr. Byles told journalists non-compliance remains a serious issue in the collection of taxes. “Non-compliance continues to be a challenge for us, and we probably have not met the target we set because of compliance,” he noted.“We have to get tougher in respect of tax compliance. We can’t be going down to the wire, every quarter and just barely meeting the tax targets or missing the tax targets and having to recover by cutting on the expenditure side; it can’t continue,” he noted further. Recommended for you Related Items:Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), fiscal balance, richard byles, strong Epoc Expects Positive Review From Imf Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp EBOLA SCANNING MACHINE FOR SANGSTER AIRPORT read more