Fireworks lights up the sky during the closing ceremony of the SEA Games at the athletics stadium in Clark, north of Manila yesterday. AFP/VNA Photo SEA Games THE PHILIPPINES The 30th Southeast Asia (SEA) Games ended on Wednesday with a rocking closing ceremony in the 20,000-seater purpose-built stadium in Clark. After a chaotic start beset by organisational gaffes, a presidential apology and online mockery, the Games were briefly hit by a deadly typhoon, but organisers worked round the clock to get the schedule back on track. The ASEAN member-flags along with athletes march during the closing ceremony of the SEA Games yesterday. AFP/VNA Photo "This year, Christmas has come early," chairman of the organising committee Alan Peter Cayetano said to thousands of flag-waving fans in the stadium after each country's athletes had paraded by. "We Southeast Asians, we Filipinos, have shown the world that we can do it with world-class quality." Around 8,750 athletes and … [Read more...] about Philippines hails ‘world class’ SEA Games despite stormy start
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The battle lines are drawn: It’s La La Land, a musical fantasy about white lovers in Hollywood, versus Moonlight, a searing drama about black youth surviving on the streets of Miami. That contest is symptomatic of how serious Oscar is – or isn’t – about diversity. After two years in which not a single black actor showed up among the acting nominees, this year’s crop includes seven actors of color: Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, Ruth Negga, Dev Patel, Octavia Spencer and Denzel Washington. “Wow, what a difference a year makes,” said African-American Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs upon greeting the crowd at the Oscar contenders lunch this year. Not so fast. The bigger question is: Will it last? Were white Oscar voters guilted into doing the right thing because the whole world is watching? Will they be eager to roll back to business as usual next year? The good news is that Isaacs has backed up her words with action, … [Read more...] about 2017 Oscars Predictions: Who Should Win, Who Will Win
I wonder what in 100 years from now it will be, London. The city that privatised itself to death. Abandoned to nature, maybe, the whole place a massive, feral version of that mimsy garden bridge over the Thames currently being planned by the giggling classes. Poor London, the ancient and forgotten metropolis, crumbling slowly into an enchanted urban forest. Imagine. In 2115, all the lab-conjured animals in Regent’s Park Jurassic Zoo are free to roam, reliving their evolution. A diplodocus there, grazing in the jungled Mall. Look, a stegosaurus asleep in the ruins of Buckingham Palace. High above the forest canopy, a lone archaeopteryx soars, where once hundreds of drones glided through YouTubed firework displays. Perhaps eminent historians will study London in the early 21st century, see how its poorer inhabitants were driven out, observe how its built environment was slowly boiled to death by privatisation. And they will wonder why people tolerated this transfer of collective … [Read more...] about The city that privatised itself to death: ‘London is now a set of improbable sex toys poking gormlessly into the air’
There's no bigger stage in the world than the 50-yard line on Super Bowl Sunday by Nate Peterson @n8peterson Feb 5, 2017 at 6:37 pm ET • 18 min read reportedly pushing to perform on the roof of the stadium in Houston for her Super Bowl halftime performance. No, seriously. Insurance underwriters are still trying to figure out how to cover the stunt, given that the roof is 260 feet above the football field. Now, even for a show known for going overboard on spectacle, this is some next-level nuts. We're talking Kanye on bath salts craziness. It's also the perfect metaphor for the stakes involved for every performer who has signed up for this gig since Michael Jackson shot from the floor of the Rose Bowl in 1993 and stared down the world for a full 90 seconds. Playing the Super Bowl may be the pinnacle of pop superstardom, the Mount Everest of shows, but it's also the most dangerous 12-minute high-wire act in the world … [Read more...] about 2017 Super Bowl halftime show rankings: From epic fails to epic spectacles, 50-1
As a black teenager in Compton, California, in the 1970s, Hiram Johnson began to wonder about his father’s fine curly hair, and the light-brown skin that strangers sometimes thought was white.Hiram knew only a few things about his father’s childhood. Fred Johnson was raised in Jackson, Mississippi, by his mother, Bernice. Fred said that Bernice was a “beautiful black woman,” but he never said a word about his father. All Hiram knew was that his grandfather probably wasn’t black.He often pestered his dad for more details. Do we have a mixed heritage? Who was this man? What did your mom ever say about it? But Fred wouldn’t budge.Over the next three decades, Hiram got married, had two daughters, and went into law enforcement, climbing the ranks at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. On a visit to Fred’s house one day in 2008, Hiram asked the usual questions about their roots. This time, the 79-year-old finally opened up.Fred said … [Read more...] about His DNA Solved A Century-Old Jailhouse Rape. The Victim: His Grandmother.