19 Jan

Olympic figure skating unveils new, modern soundtrack

first_imgVanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France perform in the pair skating short program team event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — When the International Skating Union made the popular decision to allow lyrics in all performances, the Paul Simon classic “The Sound of Silence” seemed like it would be a natural choice.The folk tune is light and airy and fits neatly within the confines of traditional figure skating.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program PLAY LIST 02:12SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program00:50Trending Articles01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award James’ 37 lead Cavaliers past Thunder “When you have a powerful voice and words to express,” James said, “it changes everything.”Now, nobody is throwing tradition out the window. Fans still will see four Olympic programs set to “Carmen” and three to “Swan Lake.” Two programs are set to the figure skating staple “Moonlight Sonata,” including one by ice dance favorites Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron.But the decision by skating’s governing body after the 2014 Sochi Games to allow lyrics in all disciplines expanded the breadth of what is available, and skaters have taken broad liberties with it.Ed Sheeran and Coldplay will provide popular soundtracks to the rest of the Olympic skating scene. The rock bands Imagine Dragons and Snow Patrol, English vocalist Benjamin Clementine and pop musicians Lorde, Christina Aguilera and Adele also have music in the mix.“At the beginning, people were just choosing random music,” Cipres recalled, “but after some time I think people realized it didn’t work. You have to choose your music carefully.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres went in another direction.Yes, the French pairs team chose the 1960s hit for their free skate last year, and will bring it back for their Olympic program Thursday. But rather than the melodic version performed by Simon and Art Garfunkel, they opted for a haunting, heavy metal cover by American rock band Disturbed .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It was our coaches who found it,” James told The Associated Press. “They were like, ‘We really think it could be a hit.’ And Morgan listened to it and was like, ‘I don’t like it,’ because we weren’t used to it. And I was like, ‘OK, let me see if I can get into this.’ I thought it could be amazing, and I was like, ‘Morgan, let’s trust them.’ And we were so right to have trusted them.”That’s because the stirring rendition, coupled with the pair’s dramatic program, became such a fan favorite that they replaced this season’s program with it for the Pyeongchang Games. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Many skaters, such as James and Cipres, wound up choosing covers over an original. They may like the lyrics or message of a song but they also want it to have a different rhythm or feel.Two-time world champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada wanted “With or Without You” for their short program, but they decided U2’s original was a bit monotone. Their choreographers unearthed a little-known cover by singer-songwriter April Meservy that worked better for their routine.“There are people who are like, ‘Why aren’t they skating to the original?’ But if you listen to the original, it doesn’t lend itself well to a figure skating program,” Radford explained. “April’s version just has more ebb and flow, and it just works better for us.”Worked out well for Meservy, too. An anonymous donor provided funds for her to travel from the U.S. to South Korea and watch Duhamel and Radford perform to her rendition on Olympic ice.“‘With or Without You’ is a popular song,” Duhamel said, “but we always try to find unique versions of things. We try to veer off the path and pick obscure versions of songs.”That’s what German skater Paul Fentz thought he was doing when asked his choreographer to find a 1950s-style jazz tune, and wound up doing Paul Anka’s version of the Oasis hit “Wonderwall.”Fentz performed to it during his short program for the team competition last week, and he quickly became a trending topic on social media as fans debated whether it was cool or cringe-worthy.“That’s the risk you take,” said Fentz, whose free skate set to music from “Game of Thrones” ought to win back some skeptics. “I know the Oasis song, I really like it. But it wasn’t like I was trying to make something new or something. I just wanted something a little smoother.”The Austrian pairs team of Miriam Ziegler and Severin Kiefer will perform to the well-known song “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” when they step on the ice Wednesday for their short program.Rather than the pop-fueled original by The Proclaimers , though, Ziegler and Kiefer chose a soaring version by the cast of “Sunshine on Leith” — a British musical set to the Scottish duo’s music. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jeff Buckley’s popular version of the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah” will make an appearance, but so will two covers by K.D. Lang , including the one chosen by pairs favorites Han Cong and Sui Wenjing.“We have so much more music to choose,” Fentz said. “Many skaters picked Ed Sheeran or something, and you can’t skate to Ed Sheeran without lyrics. You can’t pick that.“With lyrics,” Fentz said, “it’s just better.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

12 Jan

Overseas-based Guyanese robbed by gun-toting nephews

first_imgThe Police are on the hunt for three East Coast Demerara residents, who carried out a brazen robbery on an overseas-based Guyanese, mere hours after arriving in the country on Tuesday evening last.Two of the wanted men are nephews of the victim, while the third in a known bandit in the area. The robbery was committed on Ganesh Looknauth of Lancaster Housing Scheme, Unity, East Coast Demerara.Reports reaching Guyana Times indicate that as the man drove his motor vehicle into the garage, he was confronted by the three men; one of whom was armed with a handgun. They reportedly held him at gunpoint and relieved him of the suitcases he was carrying. The trio then demanded cash and jewellery among other valuables. The man was relieved of a large quantity of cash he had in his possession.This publication understands the money was proceeds from a property he sold recently. Looknauth was also relieved of close to US$3500, a wedding band, a quantity of clothing and several pairs of footwear. The clothing and footwear were reportedly emptied from the suitcases.After committing the robbery, the men made good their escape after which the victim raised an alarm. The neighbours ran to the scene and after realising that the man was robbed, they immediately contacted the Police.Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

6 Jan

Liverpool aren’t at the standard of last season, admits Rodgers

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted his side’s standards have slipped compared to the Reds team which secured a Premier League runner-up spot last season.The Merseyside outfit seem to feeling the effects of star striker Luis Suarez’s exit to Barcelona this summer, while their attacking force has taken an additional hit with the early injury blow to now-first choice frontman Daniel Sturridge.That has left Rodgers with summer signing Mario Balotelli as his main man up front, though the Italian failed to really impress at the weekend as the Reds slumped to a 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa at Anfield.The maverick forward finally opened his account for his new club just a few days later though, putting Liverpool in front – with what Rodgers described as a “world-class finish” – in their Champions League opener against Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets on Tuesday night.But despite Balotelli giving the hosts the lead, it was Steven Gerrard who saved the Merseyside outfit once again as the captain netted a stoppage-time penalty to secure a 2-1 victory after the visitors netted shock equaliser.It was a nervy night for the Reds, but Rodgers insists his new-look squad, bolstered by over £100million worth of summer arrivals, will improve with time as they start to gel.“We’re not at the standard we were at last season, that’s for sure,” said the boss. “We’re not at the level yet.“We’ve got a lot of adaptation going on with new players coming in, and even though they fit the profile and are working hard, it’s still a new team.“We’re still a work in progress, but we could do no more than win tonight, and we did that.“It’s important to keep winning games through this period, and winning in the Champions League is always good.“I think it was a great night for everyone at the club,” he added. “Obviously it’s been five years so to get first game back in and get the result was excellent.“Big congratulations to the players because they showed great character and commitment tonight to get the result.”last_img read more

26 Dec

Arsenal legend urges Man United to stick with Sanchez amid goal drought

first_imgRay Parlour has urged Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho to stick with Alexis Sanchez despite his six-month goal drought.The Chilean forward has now gone 831 Premier League minutes without a goal after drawing another blank in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Wolves. 2 “There’s still time. He needs to get a little bit of confidence back to his game, and then I’m sure he’ll end up being a great signing for Manchester United.“[The goal drought] is a bit worrying. A couple of efforts over the weekend weren’t good enough for a player of Sanchez’s quality.“But he’s a player who will know he’s going through a bad time and he will keep working hard on the training field.“Sooner or later things will turn around for him!” Ray Parlour is confident Sanchez will find his shooting boots for United Alexis Sanchez’s last Premier League goal came against Swansea on March 31 center_img 2 Sanchez last found the net in the league back in March, but has only scored three goals since joining the Red Devils from Arsenal in January.But Gunners legend Parlour believes the winger will come good in a United shirt and says it’s just a matter of time until the Chile international is back among the goals again.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Parlour said: “There is no doubting his ability, he’s unbelievable – I watched him so many times when he played for Arsenal.“He can turn a game on his own, that’s how good he is, but it’s how you get the best out of him.“I’m not blaming Jose, but when you look at it, Sanchez and Lukaku can be an unbelievable partnership on paper, but it’s just about getting them performing together.“I’m sure Man United fans were very excited about signing Sanchez, but it just hasn’t worked out for him… yet! “Sooner or later things will turn around for him!”@RealRomfordPele urges #MUFC boss Jose Mourinho to stick with Alexis Sanchez, despite the Chilean going 831 league minutes without a goal.How would you describe Sanchez’s time at Old Trafford so far? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/ypWPuFxVrY— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) September 24, 2018last_img read more

25 Dec

Minimum wage law considered

first_img Schwarzenegger said then that he supported an increase in the minimum wage but objected to a provision in the bill that automatically adjusted the wage each year based on inflation. Dominic DiMare, the chamber’s vice president of government relations, said he hadn’t seen the coalition’s proposed initiatives and wouldn’t comment. He said the chamber opposed this year’s bill because it would add to the already high cost of operating in California. “We look at the cost of doing business here, including minimum wage, but also the cost of permitting, of compliance with various different and often unique requirements in California,” DiMare said. “We don’t parse out minimum wage.” The coalition, which includes labor groups, the Green Party and the Mexican American Political Association, has yet to submit its initiative proposals to the state attorney general. Once the attorney general approves the language, which can take two months or longer, supporters can begin gathering the approximately 600,000 signatures per petition needed to put the measures on the November 2006 ballot. “This will be a signature issue on the November 2006 ballot,” Hermanson said. “It’s something that Democrats and Greens throughout the state can get out and campaign very heavily on and use it as a tool to drive Schwarzenegger out of office.” A year ago, Schwarzenegger vetoed another minimum wage bill that would have raised the rate without the automatic annual hike. In that veto message, Schwarzenegger said a higher minimum wage would “create barriers” to the state’s economic recovery. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 But that hasn’t kept pace with the cost of living, said Barry Hermanson, an organizer with Californians for Fair Wages. He helped pass a similar ballot measure in San Francisco in 2003, raising the minimum wage there to $8.50 an hour. “Back in 1968, the minimum wage was $1.60 an hour. If that had been indexed to inflation, it would be more than $9 an hour now,” Hermanson said. California’s hourly wage is higher than the federal rate of $5.15 an hour but is the lowest among West Coast states. Oregon pays $7.25 an hour, while Washington’s minimum wage is $7.35. Giving the state’s lowest-paid workers a raise would save the state money by reducing what it must pay to subsidize food, housing and health care for low-income workers, Hermanson said. The California Chamber of Commerce opposed a bill Schwarzenegger vetoed last month that would have boosted the state’s minimum wage to $7.75 over the next two years. SACRAMENTO – A coalition of labor and social welfare groups is proposing ballot initiatives to raise the state’s minimum wage, a reaction to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s vetoes of wage bills the past two years. Californians for Fair Wages is pushing two proposals to raise the minimum wage from the current $6.75 an hour. One would phase in an increase by raising the hourly wage to $7.25 in 2007 and $7.75 a year later, with future increases pegged to inflation. The second proposal would raise the wage to $8.75 an hour over three years and also would link future raises to inflation. California last raised its minimum wage in 2002, when it bumped the hourly rate by 50 cents. last_img read more

25 Dec

Immigrants flock to relatives

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Most Mexicans do not cross the border because they are destitute and penniless, but because they have family in the United States and want better-paying jobs, a study released Tuesday found. The report by Washington, D.C.-based Pew Hispanic Center found many recent immigrants held steady jobs in their home country and were not unemployed or farm laborers . “One would imagine before the facts, it would take unique circumstances for people to take risks before crossing the border … but that does not seem to be the case,” said Rakesh Kochhar, the study’s author. The study, which surveyed 4,836 immigrants in seven cities including Los Angeles, New York, Fresno and Atlanta, said newer immigrants have more schooling than those who arrived 15 or more years ago. And 38 percent of those in the United States for less than six months were high school graduates or had some junior college or university experience, compared with 27 percent of migrants 15 years ago. Once those immigrants have crossed the border – regardless of immigration status or ability to speak English – they quickly snap up varying jobs. “It’s significant that the immigration status has little to do with the likelihood of employment in the United States,” Kochhar said. The report comes as the Bush administration pushes an immigration reform package and Congress takes up guest-worker legislation. Its authors say the report offers a snapshot of how undocumented Mexican workers – who arrive at a rate of about 300,000 a year – assimilate into the U.S. work force. For many, surveyed as they applied for Mexican government identity cards at various consulates, family was one of the most important draws. About 54 percent of those who answered the 12-page questionnaire now lived with a relative and about 80 percent knew a relative here before arriving. rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741 583-7604last_img read more

25 Dec


first_imgVerduzco,D.3-7-2.30 Verduzco,D.230 Del Castillo,S.1309 Passing Total213951112248 Findeis,R.1006 Palisades09/30/2005010610 McDuffie,T.12525.00 Senegal,D.902282.51 Gutierrez,D.30018 Frias,J.6122.00 Ceniceros,J.74028090.74 Fairfax09/09/20050102841 Hale,O.1006 Antepara,W.2989130.7 Hale,O.3258.30 Taft09/23/2005010059 PASSINGPAPCPIYDSTDRating Antepara,W.1208 Frias,J.170 Findeis,R.4390 Shelton,P.1108511144.00 Interceptions Total1 RUSHINGTCBNYGAvg.TD Scoring Total18150123 RECORD: 1-9-0 Abraham,C.91143 INTERCEPTIONSNo. Shelton,P.1006 Canoga Park09/16/2005010022 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Foster,T.52032 Gutierrez,D.346743 Findeis,R.4-7-1.81 Ramirez,D.144.00 Ceniceros,A.1-4-4.00 Araujo,F.1006 VS SCHOOLDateWLTPFPA TOTAL2005190123309 SCORINGTDPATFGTP Foster,T.211351 Reseda10/21/20051002413 SAFETY0404 Kennedy10/14/20050101217 Rushing Total2377173.07 Senegal,D.20590111111789.96 Abraham,C.30018 Araujo,F.141251 Cleveland10/07/20050101421 Van Nuys11/04/20050102633 Foster,T.793144.04 Antepara,W.380 Hale,O.1130 O’Dell,H.28241.0 PUNTINGNo.YDSAvg. Receiving Total9512248 Sylmar11/11/2005010055 San Fernando10/28/20050101338 RECEIVINGRECYDSTD Senegal,D.14010 Ceniceros,A.61060 Shelton,P.1 Punting Total3197331.4 Antepara,W.491272.61last_img read more

24 Dec


first_imgPensioners from Donegal and other parts of rural Ireland will feature in a Primetime Special on RTE television tonight. Miriam O’Callaghan reports on Rural Isolation in a special entitled “No Country for Old Men,” which will be broadcast at 9.35pm on RTE One.Over the past few weeks, leading up to Christmas, Prime Time’s Miriam O’Callaghan travelled north and south speaking to some of the country’s bachelor farmers and older men living alone and in rural isolation. The team see behind the doors of Kerry and Donegal, meeting Mossie Foley, Barney Byrne and “Packie Jim of the Mountain.”Some of the men are part of a particularly Irish phenomenon, a generation that experienced the lowest marriage rates in history.In the 1950’s about a third of men never married. According to the CSO, the propensity to remain single “was most pronounced for rural males aged 35-44. Just over half this group was single in 1946, compared to 1 in 5 some fifty years later”.Often these men stayed on the family farm, taking care of the land and elderly parents. Miriam O’Callaghan met Seventy Seven year old Mossie Foley from South Kerry who reminisces about a time when his area was more filled with neighbours and school children, to “Packie Jim of the Mountain,” who still lives in the house he was born in 80 years ago – remarkably, he still has no running water or electricity.Miriam also met Barney Byrne, a widower, who explains how he spends his days in the country, living alone after his wife and adult son passed away. The challenges posed by a lack 0of rural transportation, needing home help and loneliness are never far away.“It really was a privilege for me that these men let us into their homes and into their lives,” said Miriam.“Theirs is a testimony to a changing society – one that involves exodus from country and the challenges of sustaining a happy and healthy life while struggling with the issues of rural transportation, home help and fear of living alone.”LONELY LIFE OF DONEGAL PENSIONERS TO FEATURE ON RTE SPECIAL TONIGHT was last modified: December 19th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:donegalpensionersPrimetime SpecialRTElast_img read more

18 Dec

R17bn Budget hike for education

first_img17 February 2010 Education continues to receive the lion’s share of South Africa’s Budget, with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announcing an allocation of R165-billion to the Basic Education and Higher Education departments for 2010/11 – an increase of more than R17-billion compared to the previous year. A further R2.7-billion will be made available to help the Department of Basic Education tackle serious challenges in South Africa’s schooling system, including unacceptably low numeracy and literacy levels, inadequately trained teachers, poor management, and a lack of basic resources in poor schools. Delivering his maiden Budget speech in Parliament, Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan said that while government spending needed to be kept in check, education remained the number one priority in the country’s fiscus. Workbooks, assessments The R2.7-billion would go towards the roll-out of workbooks in all 11 official languages to help raise literacy and numeracy levels in grades 3, 6 and 9. The workbooks would help teachers map out clear plans and guide effective use of the curriculum. An annual R28-million is also being provided for national assessments of literacy and numeracy in grades 3, 6 and 9. These assessments, announced by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address last week, will allow teachers and parents to intervene at the right time in students’ careers in order to improve their performance. Spending by provincial education departments is also expected to grow by 8.1 percent per year to R162-billion over the next three years.FET colleges, universities Gordhan said the country’s Further Education and Training colleges would receive R12-billion in 2010/11, with a further R1.3-billion set aside to improve the salaries of educators in this sector over the next three years. The government will use the R12-billion to promote higher training standards to meet the requirements of a changing economy, while addressing the lack of training in certain key areas. South Africa’s lack of skilled labour is hampering the country’s economic growth, with twice as many students enrolled in universities as in vocational colleges – the reverse of what is the case in most developed countries. Allocations to South Africa’s higher education institutions have grown from R7.1-billion in 2001/02 to R15.3-billion for 2010/11. An additional R1-billion is to be provided over the next three years to increase subsidies to universities, while R5.6-billion will go to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

18 Dec

WEF to ‘deliver on Africa’s promise’

first_img6 May 2013Over 1 000 global business, government and academic leaders will converge on Cape Town from Wednesday to Friday to focus on driving Africa’s economic growth, boosting strategic infrastructure and unlocking the continent’s talent as part of the 23rd World Economic Forum on Africa.These objectives form the three key pillars of the meeting organised by the independent international organisation, the WEF announced at a briefing in Johannesburg in Friday.“Africa has an historic opportunity to take advantage of recent improvements in governance, as well as its massive youth bulge, to transform its economy and society,” said WEF director of Africa, Elsie Kanza.“The World Economic Forum on Africa presents Africa’s leaders with a platform to build on these encouraging signs and work together to create innovative models, solutions and outcomes to tackle the region’s challenges and harness its great potential.”‘New growth trajectory’The South African delegation will be led by President Jacob Zuma. It will allow the country the opportunity to present its major programmes, such as the National Development Plan (NDP).“We will be showcasing the NDP, which places us on a new growth trajectory,” said Deputy Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene. “We also support growth in Africa through regional integration.”South Africa’s position in Africa will also help the WEF drive its vision of building sustained economic growth, mitigating global risks, promoting universal health care, improving social welfare and encouraging environmental sustainability.“South Africa has long been a friend of WEF,” Kanza said.“South Africa is strategically important in Africa and part of the growing credibility of the region.”Africa Competitiveness ReportThe Africa Competitiveness Report will be released as part of the conference, as will two infrastructure reports on accelerating public-private partnerships and boosting regional infrastructure development on the continent.The Africa Competitiveness Report is released every two years and the 2013 report, titled “Connecting Africa’s Markets in a Sustainable Way”, will be the fourth edition of the study.“It explores policy areas to facilitate the connection of Africa’s markets and determine further regional integration,” the WEF said.“The report also provides profiles for 38 African countries, providing a comprehensive summary of the drivers of productivity and competitiveness on the continent.”The public-private partnerships report identifies key challenges and outlines how to manage a project preparation process, conduct a feasibility study and create an enabling environment.The regional infrastructure development report looks at public officials and private sector companies, best-practice framework and potential innovative infrastructure financing instruments.According to the WEF, there will also be several important meetings on the fringes of the two-day public programme.This includes the Grow Africa Investment Forum on Wednesday and Thursday, which will involve over 300 participants reviewing private sector investment opportunities in member countries.“With an expected annual growth of 5% in 2012-2013, Africa continues its transformative journey from a developing continent to a hub of global growth,” the WEF said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more