Metallica reunites with SF Symphony to open Warriors’ Chase Center

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device.Metallica, the biggest Bay Area band of all time, is set to open the new Chase Center in San Francisco.The band, which has sold more than 125 million albums worldwide, will rock the new home of the Warriors on Sept. 6, long before Steph Curry and company play their first official game in the 18,064-seat venue. And Metallica, consisting of vocalist-guitarist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett …last_img read more

Sharks beat Avs in Erik Karlsson’s return to action

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Erik Karlsson returned to game action and logged a decent workload as the Sharks wrapped up the 2018-19 regular season by locking down second place in the Western Conference.Karlsson suited up for his first game since Feb. 26 on Saturday, skating for 22:01 as the Sharks topped the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 at SAP Center.The two-time Norris Trophy winner skated cautiously as he returned from a groin injury …last_img read more

A cultural melting pot

first_imgYou’ll find a whole range of restaurants serving anything from hamburgers to sushi, but our specialities include Cape Malay cuisines.You’ll find traditional Cape Malay restaurants or workshops on Cape Malay cooking offered by tour operators like the Coffeebeans Routes during your stay in South Africa. (Image: Coffeebeans Routes)Brand South Africa reporterSouth Africa is triply blessed. A long and varied coastline supplies us with an astonishing amount and variety of seafood; our fertile soils and wonderful climate work together to produce an enormous range of agricultural products; and our chequered history has endowed us with a population with such diverse cultural backgrounds that fusion is hardly anything new here.Of course, you will find a whole range of restaurants serving anything from hamburgers to sushi, but let’s concentrate on our specialities.Our seafood is legendary, and is best sampled at one of the West Coast’s open air restaurants – not much more than simple shelters on the beach. As well as mussels, fish stew, grilled fish and lobster, you may be offered pickled fish – a well-loved dish which you’ll also find in some traditional Cape Malay restaurants.Other Malay specialities include fruity, spicy but not overpowering curries, smoorsnoek (a fish dish not unlike kedgeree), koeksisters (a sweet, syrupy treat), bobotie (a spicy mince dish), and some Indian specialities, such as rotis and samosas, with a local twist.But our cuisine truly is multicultural, and nowhere is this more apparent than at a typical South African braai (barbecue). Now braais are assumed to be the domain of the Afrikaner male, but the reality is not nearly so simple.Yes, there is an awesome amount of meat, most notably the very Afrikaner boerewors (a spicy, fatty sausage), but there will almost certainly be sosaties too. This is a lightly curried meat kebab, not unlike an Indonesian satay, which was brought to this country by the Malays hundreds of years ago.And of course, no braai is complete without pap en sous, which is the staple diet of most of Africa. It’s a grits-like maize porridge, cooked up stiff, and served with a relish of vegetables, usually tomato and onion at a braai, or wild spinach (merogo or imifino) in a traditional African environment.You’ll get the opportunity to try this at most cultural villages, or at one of the many African restaurants which are scattered all over the country.And, of course, all this food has got to be washed down with something. South Africans are great beer drinkers, and no braai is complete without the brown liquid. More worth trying, though, is the thick, low-alcohol, nutritious traditional African beer, brewed from maize or sorghum.But nothing can beat a good wine from the Cape – a notable wine-growing region for over 300 years.Find out more:South African wineSouth African cuisineSource: South African TourismWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Uddhav Thackeray faces acid test as he charts new course for Shiv Sena

first_imgWith the Maharashtra governor inviting the Shiv Sena to stake claim, Party chief Uddhav Thackeray now faces the biggest test of his political life to form a Sena-led government in the State, if the Congress and the NCP decide to support him. Mr. Thackeray, 59, a regional leader, stood up and held his ground against a national party (BJP) over a tussle for sharing power, a political analyst said on condition of anonymity. Now, he will have to prove his credentials as a leader who can navigate a new political path with parties like the Congress and the NCP, which are ideologically different, he said. “The tie-up will be with a national party and it remains to be seen how he will convince [Congress president] Sonia Gandhi to support him. Will he soften the fiery Hindutva stand, which the Shiv Sena espouses, or will that be an obstacle, the coming days will tell,” the analyst said. Another challenge for Mr. Thackeray will be whether to accept the post of Chief Minister, though there has been a clamour from some segments to project first time MLA and his son Aaditya as the Party’s Chief Ministerial face. “There could be a crisis in the Party if someone else is made (CM). There could be differences if another leader is appointed the Chief Minister,” the analyst said. While Mr. Thackeray has shown political sagacity and maturity, the BJP will not sit quiet and may try to topple a Sena-led government, he claimed. “Uddhav will have to keep his flock of MLAs together,” he said. Twenty years ago, Mr. Thackeray was seen as a reluctant politician, living a cosy life with his wife Rashmi and sons Aaditya and Tejas. The Sena leader, for whom photography is a passion, had set up an advertising agency called ‘Chaurang’. Like Rajiv Gandhi, who started out in politics by helping his mother Indira Gandhi, Uddhav Thackeray began assisting his father Bal Thackeray at a time when the firebrand Sena patriarch was aging and the party’s sphere was expanding, the analyst said. Amid new developments in the State’s political arena after the recent Assembly polls, Mr. Thackeray’s ability to lead his Party with its traditional street-fighter aggression would now face an acid test, he added.last_img read more

Ronaldo’s Portugal Wins 1st Nations League Title (Pics, Video)

first_imgPORTO, Portugal — Three years after conquering European soccer for the first time, Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo are celebrating another international title.Portugal won the inaugural UEFA Nations League tournament on Sunday, beating the Netherlands 1-0 to lift its first trophy since the 2016 European Championship.“It’s a great achievement, indisputable,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. “These victories will be part of Portuguese soccer forever.”Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo gestures as he holds the trophy after defeating the Netherlands 1-0 in the UEFA Nations League final soccer match at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)Ronaldo, coming off a hat trick in the semifinals, lifted the winners’ trophy but wasn’t much of a factor in Sunday’s final, with the only goal coming from midfielder Gonçalo Guedes early in the second half at the Estádio do Dragão.“Things have been going well for Portugal in recent years,” Ronaldo said. “The national team has won some important titles.”The hosts’ victory in UEFA’s newest competition, created to give national teams more meaningful matches than just friendlies, denied the Netherlands its first trophy since the 1988 European Championship. The revamped Dutch team was seeking some redemption after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and the 2016 European Championship.After the match, the Portuguese squad went to a public plaza in Porto where several thousand fans celebrated the win. Santos, Ronaldo and other players addressed the fans from a balcony.“We couldn’t have done this without you,” Ronaldo told fans.Ronaldo couldn’t do much against Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk in the matchup of likely contenders for the player of the year award, but Guedes couldn’t be stopped when he hit a powerful right-footed shot from outside the area in the 60th minute.Guedes started the build-up to the goal with a pass to Bernardo Silva, receiving the ball back at the top of the area and firing a firm low shot past Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, who touched the ball but couldn’t parry it away.“It was a hard shot,” said Cillessen, who was making his 50th appearance with the Netherlands. “I saw it late.”Portugal’s Goncalo Guedes, left, celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the UEFA Nations League final soccer match between Portugal and Netherlands at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)The Dutch had impressed in the group stage of the Nations League by eliminating the last two World Cup champions — France and Germany. It made it to the final after beating England 3-1 in the semifinal on Thursday.“At the start of this tournament I don’t think anyone would have believed us if we’d said we’d reach the final,” said Van Dijk, who hadn’t faced Ronaldo since the 2018 Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid. “We’ve made a lot of progress. We have to be very proud of ourselves. Now disappointment is in our heads but we have to keep heads up. It’s been a good season.”Portugal, which eliminated Italy and Poland in the group stage and defeated Switzerland in the semifinals, had lost the 2004 European Championship final at home to Greece, but this time it got to celebrate the title in front of its fans after a scrappy match in Porto.The hosts were in control most of the match but struggled to get past the stout Dutch defense led by Van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt.Ronaldo’s best chance was a header that went straight to Cillessen’s hands about 30 minutes into the first half.The Dutch improved after halftime but couldn’t create many significant scoring chances, with Memphis Depay coming closest with a 65th-minute header saved by goalkeeper Rui Patricio.The Netherlands kept pressing but Portugal was able to hold on to clinch the first Nations League title.“It was a bit better in the second half, and then the goal was (scored) and it became even more difficult because they are masters in defending when they are ahead,” Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman said. “We were not good enough tonight.”Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman walks in dejection after receiving his second place medal after the UEFA Nations League final soccer match between Portugal and Netherlands at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Sunday, June 9, 2019. Portugal won 1-0. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Santos made changes from the team that defeated Switzerland 3-1 in the semifinals, taking out 19-year-old Joao Felix from the starting lineup and adding Guedes to the attack. He also used Danilo in midfield and Jose Fonte to replace the injured Pepe in the middle of the defense.Koeman, a player for the Netherlands at the 1988 European Championship, kept the same squad that defeated England in the semifinals.Some of the loudest chants at the stadium came from English fans who likely had expected their national team to reach the final. England ended third after defeating Switzerland 6-5 in a penalty shootout earlier Sunday in Guimaraes.Portugal defender Ruben Dias earned the man of the match award. Ronaldo ended top scorer in the Final Four with three goals, and teammate Silva was named best player. Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong earned the best young player award for the finals.By: Tales Azzoni, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Court grants bail to triple talaq accused

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday granted bail to a man accused in the first case of triple talaq registered in the Capital city.Atir Shamim, a resident of the Azad Market neighbourhood near Tis Hazari, was granted bail by Duty Magistrate Dinesh Kumar on a personal bail bond of Rs 30,000 and two sureties of the like amount. Making this the first arrest in a triple talaq case, after both houses of parliament passed a bill criminalising the act, Shamim’s lawyers Bharat Bagga and Rishabh Kumar told the court that their client was being falsely implicated. “There is matrimonial dispute between the parties due to which the complainant made a false complaint and misused the process of law,” they argued. However, countering this argument, the counsel for Shamim’s wife, Ramiya Yaha (29) and the public prosecutor said that the allegations against the accused in the case are serious.last_img read more

Study Women and minority TV directors make modest gains

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Women and minority television directors made modest gains last season, but the majority of television episodes are still directed by white men, the Directors Guild of America found in a study released Tuesday.The guild’s study states that 62 per cent of nearly 4,500 television episodes reviewed during the 2016-2017 season were directed by white men. When adding in white female directors, 78 per cent of the television episodes reviewed were helmed by white directors.Non-white directors accounted for 22 per cent of all episodes directed last year, with black directors accounting for 13 per cent. Asian-Americans accounted for 5 per cent of the episodes directed, while Latinos represented 4 per cent.The numbers reflect low single-digit increases for female and minority directors from previous seasons: White women directed 16 per cent of episodes in 2016-2017 compared with 14 per cent, and minority females directed 5 per cent of episodes, up from 3 per cent in 2015-2016.Directors Guild President Thomas Schlamme wrote in a statement accompanying the report that the results show “stark disparities among the major studios that raise questions about how committed to inclusion some employers really are.”He said studios must do more to find directors from diverse backgrounds.“Frankly, it’s hard to understand why they’re not doing more,” Schlamme said. “Even if all the right reasons are not enough for them, they should at least be motivated by the bottom line — inclusion just makes good business sense.”The report also ranks studios and their subsidiaries on the racial and ethnic breakdown of its directors. The study found 20th Century Fox was the most inclusive studio, producing 553 episodes of content, with 55 per cent of episodes being directed by white men. CBS and NBC ranked second, while Netflix was last, with white men directing 77 per cent of the 88 episodes reviewed, and only 4.5 per cent of those jobs going to minority directors.ABC, which accounted for the most content with 614 episodes, ranked fifth out of 10 studios reviewed, with white men accounting for 64 per cent of the directors. Minority directors accounted for 23 per cent of ABC episodes, while female directors were in charge of 21 per cent.last_img read more

BC city to take Trans Mountain pipeline fight to Supreme Court of

first_imgCorrigan says the city has asked its legal counsel to file the appeal application within 60 days.He says in a news release that the Federal Court of Appeal did not give consideration to arguments made by Burnaby and the provincial government.The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed Burnaby’s application without reasons, but Corrigan says the judges should have explained why the provincial government was not being allowed to protect B.C.’s environmental interests.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) BURNABY, B.C. – The City of Burnaby is turning to Canada’s highest court in the dispute over construction of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.Mayor Derek Corrigan says the city intends to ask the Supreme Court of Canada to consider a lower court decision that denied Burnaby leave to appeal a ruling by the National Energy Board.That ruling allowed Kinder Morgan to bypass local bylaws during construction of the pipeline expansion, which will triple the amount of diluted bitumen and other oil products moving between the Edmonton-area and port facilities in Burnaby.last_img read more

FSJ Loves Family week starts today with event at Home Hardware

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Over thirty family-friendly events will be happening around the Energetic City starting Saturday, as the Family Friendly Coalition hosts FSJ Loves Families Week.The coalition, which is comprised of Success by 6, the Children First Initiative, and others are organizing the event, which goes from October 6th to 13th. The week will kick-off today in coordination with the Fort St. John Fire Department’s fire safety week.The Fort St. John Fire Department will host their event Saturday at Home Hardware that will include a smokehouse, bouncy slide, BBQ and fire trucks. For the rest of FSJ Loves Families week, all of the events are either completely free or incredibly low priced. A full list of events can be found here:last_img read more

Category 2 open burning ban to take effect Thursday

first_imgthe open burning of any material (piled or unpiled) smaller than two metres high and three metres wide; andstubble or grass fires over an area smaller than 2,000 square metres.The prohibition does not apply to Category 3 fires or campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, nor to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. Anyone lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from around the campfire area and have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish the fire.Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Category 2 open burns will be prohibited throughout the Prince George Fire Centre and that includes all of northeast B.C.The prohibition will take effect at 12 p.m. on Thursday May 23 and will remain in effect until the public is notified.Category 2 fire is considered one of the following:last_img read more