• TV highlights for Mon, Feb 10

    Date: 2019.03.17 | Category: 南宁桑拿 | Response: 0

    REVENGE – SEVEN, 8.

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    45pm

    This revenge mission by Emily (Emily VanCamp) is surely taking longer than she’d ever hoped. If she’d known how arduous, catastrophic and deadly her plan would become, one wonders if she might’ve taken the easy option out. Now jumping headfirst into the deliciously trashy drama’s third season, there is no end in sight – the calculating plan has been reset six months after last season’s explosion. Tonight, after being deceived by Emily, Aiden (Barry Sloane) is determined to destroy her, joining forces with the deliciously calculating Victoria (Madeleine Stowe). A refreshingly focused episode after last week’s shaky return.

    STEPHEN HAWKING’S FUTURE UNIVERSE – SBS ONE, 8.35pm

    If there’s anyone who everyone in the scientific community looks up to, it’s Stephen Hawking. The genius’s celebrity is so big that even those who don’t know much about science are likely to have heard of him and he is credited with bringing science to a bigger audience. In the premiere of Stephen Hawking’s Future Universe, an exciting array of names from the international scientific community come together to discuss cutting-edge science, but in a way Joe average can understand. Major breakthroughs will be revealed, and the show promises to bridge the gap between what scientists know and what we know.

    BECAUSE I SAID SO (2007) – SEVEN, noon

    Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore, Gabriel Macht. Something’s gotta give when interfering mother Daphne Wilder (Diane Keaton) sets up her daughter Milly (Mandy Moore) with a smooth architect (Tom Everett Scott). He’d be a great catch, but so would the cute guitarist (Gabriel Macht) Milly falls for at the same time. With Milly’s sisters happily married, it seems the meddling matriarch will stop at nothing until her youngest finds Mr Right. A chick flick in anyone’s book, this lightweight comedy is a bit like the souffles that chef Milly cooks – it’s light and fluffy. Believe it or not, it’s the work of Michael Lehmann, who made his directorial debut with the classic black comedy Heathers.

    STEPMOM (19998) – 7TWO, 2.00pm

    Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Ed Harris, Jena Malone. No stranger to fatal illness films (remember Dying Young?), Julia Roberts takes another tissue-baiting turn in this unashamedly melodramatic star vehicle. Ed Harris is the divorced dad who has gained custody of the children and is living in a de facto relationship with a successful photographer (Roberts), much to the disdain of his children and ex-wife (Susan Sarandon). Things go bad when Sarandon develops cancer, calling on Roberts and her children for support. Director Chris Columbus (Harry Potter) shamelessly manipulates the viewer from pathos to cheap laughs – heartwarming would be an understatement.

    THE FIGHTER (2010, AV15+) – GO!, 9.30pm

    Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams. Director David O. Russell (Three Kings) scores a knock-out with this original entry in the boxing film genre. Welterweight boxer Dicky Eklund made local history in the working-class Massachusetts city of Lowell in the 1970s by sending Sugar Ray Leonard to the mat. Later, struggling with drug addiction and running petty hustles, Dicky (an almost emaciated Christian Bale) trained his half-brother Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) to have a crack at a world welterweight championship. With a stellar cast including Amy Adams as Micky’s girlfriend Charlene and Melissa Leo as his domineering mother, this true story of pluck and determination is not easy viewing, but definitely a winner.

  • Charles and William: end wildlife trade

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    Prince Charles and Prince William have made a father-and-son appeal to end to the illegal wildlife trade, ahead of a major international conference in London.

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    Charles and William released a video message warning of the “grave threat” to some of the world’s most treasured species.

    The royals are attending a series of conservation events this week, including a London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade hosted by the British government on Thursday.

    “We have come together, as father and son, to lend our voices to the growing global effort to combat the illegal wildlife trade,” the 65-year-old Charles says in the recording, in which he and William sit alongside each other, both wearing suits.

    William, 31, says in the nine-minute video: “Despite the terrible crisis that we now face, we both continue to be optimistic that the tide can be reversed.”

    The recording ends with two royals saying the phrase “Let’s unite for wildlife!” in Arabic, Vietnamese, Swahili, Spanish and Mandarin, in what palace officials said was a bid to reach countries most affected by the illegal wildlife trade.

    Charles has long been a champion of environmental issues and William quit the British military last year to head up a new global conservation group called United for Wildlife.

    On Wednesday William will attend a United for Wildlife symposium at the Zoological Society of London, and that evening he will be at a reception at the Natural History Museum to mark the start of the British-government-hosted wildlife conference.

    On Thursday Charles and William will both attend the full conference at Lancaster House.

    In their video recording, the princes discuss the “unprecedented” level of killing of endangered animals such as elephants, which they say perish at a rate of 100 a day.

    Charles says the trade “now poses a grave threat not only to the survival of some of the world’s most treasured species, but also to economic and political stability in many areas around the world”.

  • Dhawan, Kohli give India hope as NZ seek wickets

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    Dhawan was on 81 at the lunch break with Kohli on 55 as the pair saw off the threat of Tim Southee and accumulated runs against the rest of New Zealand’s attack at Eden Park.

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    Southee was a major concern for India in the first hour as his nagging line and length created doubt and helped build pressure on the batsmen as the hosts chased early wickets.

    His seven over spell cost 11 runs and he snapped up the valuable wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara, who added one run to his overnight score of 22 before he nicked a seaming delivery through to wicketkeeper BJ Watling.

    While Neil Wagner and Trent Boult produced some anxious moments for the Indian batsmen, they were unable to break through and the advantage swung slightly in India’s favour.

    New Zealand had some half chances in the first session, once when Dhawan dropped his bat and was almost run out as he scampered for a quick single to reach his half century.

    Dhawan also survived two confident lbw appeals against Boult, while Kohli had two aerial cover drives fly close to New Zealand fielders.

    The ball had dominated the bat on Saturday with 17 wickets falling to set up the possibility of a result for either team.

    New Zealand had taken six wickets for 72 runs in the morning session to dismiss India for 202 before lunch but captain Brendon McCullum did not enforce the follow-on after they scored 503 in their first innings.

    The visitors’ bowlers then sparked a remarkable collapse with Mohammed Shami taking three wickets to reduce the hosts to 25-5 shortly after lunch before Ishant Sharma captured three more victims to mop up the innings early in the final session.

    The second test in the series begins at Wellington’s Basin Reserve on February 14.

    (Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Editing by John O’Brien)

  • Spain princess ‘evasive’ in fraud hearing

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    Spain’s princess Cristina has tried to distance herself from unprecedented fraud accusations, telling a judge she had simply trusted her husband.

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    Spanish King Juan Carlos’s youngest daughter was “evasive” as she testified as a criminal suspect in the Palma de Majorca court, said Manuel Delgado, a lawyer for a civil party in the case, left-wing association Frente Civico.

    The first direct member of the Spanish royal family in history to face such a hearing, the 48-year-old blonde Cristina said she “had great trust in her husband”, the lawyer told reporters during a break in the proceedings.

    Long thought untouchable as a royal, Cristina finds herself at the centre of the scandal, accused of being complicit in the allegedly fraudulent business dealings of her husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, who is also under investigation.

    “Ninety-five per cent of her answers are evasive. She is calm, relaxed and well prepared,” the lawyer said.

    “The judge is asking very rigorous questions,” he added.

    “She is exercising her right not to give answers that would compromise her. She is not diverging from the script we expected: she does not know, she does not answer and that’s it.”

    The princess is accused of tax fraud and laundering allegedly embezzled money – claims that have plunged the monarchy into crisis.

    Earlier, she smiled as she stepped out of a dark car, wearing a white shirt and black jacket, and walked into the courtroom, nodding to television crews, photographers and reporters crowded near the door.

    Minutes after Cristina’s arrival, investigating judge Jose Castro began questioning her in a courtroom overlooked by a portrait of her own father, Juan Carlos, 76.

    Neither Cristina nor her husband have been formally charged with any crime and both deny wrongdoing.

  • Toua stakes claim as Qld Reds fullback

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    After playing just five Super Rugby games in three years, Aiden Toua’s time may have arrived.

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    Vying to fill the contentious Queensland Reds’ fullback spot, Toua produced a standout performance when given first crack in the 31-20 win over the Chiefs in their opening trial match in Toowoomba on Saturday night.

    Coach Richard Graham is looking for someone to add a genuine attacking threat from the back and 24-year-old flyer Toua gave him plenty to think about as he chimed into a backline that looked sharp, particularly when Wallabies halves Will Genia and Quade Cooper were playing together.

    His first play of the night saw Toua take an angled run and pick up a long Cooper cut-out pass before sending former Waratahs winger Lachie Turner over for his first try in Reds colours two minutes into the game.

    Soon after, Toua burst through the Chiefs defence and kicked and chased, forcing a turnover close to their tryline, eventually resulting in a penalty and a further three points for the Reds.

    “It’s always nice playing outside QC (Cooper), he pulls a move and everyone just has to expect the ball,” Toua said of his first touch.

    “It was a really good way to get back into the game. It’s been a long four months training so to start the game off like that gave me a lot of confidence.

    Toua continued to be threat throughout his 40 minutes of game time, but admitted he was unsure if he had done enough to make the number 15 jersey his own with Turner and youngster Jonah Placid also given time at fullback.

    “It changes every day,” Toua said of the competition for the fullback spot.

    “It’s really good for the team. Whoever gets the jersey, we know is going to do the job for the team and it’s good to have the competition because it drives you to be a better player.”

    Toua made just two appearances for the Reds in 2013 and was named as a reserve in a further three matches.

    He made his debut in 2011 before having his 2012 season hampered by hamstring injuries.

    It was an impressive first-up performance from the Reds, but they fielded a side littered with Wallabies representatives, while the defending champion Chiefs played just two All Blacks in the first half.

  • Loan star Holtby had a World Cup dream

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    Fulham loanee Lewis Holtby has revealed he left Tottenham to prove his English Premier League credentials and try to force his way into Germany’s World Cup squad.

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    The 23-year-old started just six league games for Spurs this season before completing a deadline-day move to London rivals Fulham, who currently sit at the foot of the table.

    Despite being a firm favourite among Tottenham fans, Holtby always struggled to hold down a permanent place under either Andre Villas-Boas or Tim Sherwood.

    Now he has swapped a fight for European qualification for a relegation dog-fight, with his justification for such a move clear in his mind.

    “I reviewed my season at Spurs and checked how many games I had played recently and I’m a player who wants to play,” he said.

    “I’m hungry for games, especially in the Premier League, that’s what I came here for.

    “It is a great opportunity for me now at Fulham to get these games and get the full trust of the gaffer, Mr (Rene) Meulensteen, and show my abilities and what I can do and maybe slot in to the Germany side, somehow, to get my confidence running.

    “I want to show the Premier League and all the pundits what I can do week in, week out on the pitch.”

    Holtby made his debut in Fulham’s 3-0 home defeat to Southampton last weekend and has been described by Whites’ boss Meulensteen as a “class player”.

    Even if he helps to keep Fulham in the top flight, he is still unsure where his future would lie as he would still have plenty to prove at Spurs.

    He said: “It’s very early doors to be honest, I have a half-season loan deal and our task is to stay in the Premier league and if I think about the summer now then I’m not thinking about the task. I have a long contract at Tottenham so I can’t really say what will happen in the summer.”

  • Men’s downhill offers thrilling start to Sunday action

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    The downhill is one of the showcase events of the Games and Swiss 1972 gold medallist Bernhard Russi has designed a suitably challenging course.

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    Veteran Miller, fastest in the final training session on Saturday, warned the treacherous Rosa Khutor piste “could kill you” after Slovenian Rok Perko crashed heavily and was left with a bloody nose.

    Switzerland’s Didier Defago, the oldest man in the race at 36, is back to defend his title after a surprise win in Vancouver four years ago.

    However, the smart money is on world champion Svindal to improve on his silver from Vancouver or for Miller, another 36-year-old, to add to the super combined title he won in 2010.

    Down from the mountains, hosts Russia, Canada and Japan are among the medal hopefuls when the inaugural figure skating team competition reaches its climax in the Iceberg venue.

    In the nearby speedskating arena, Czech Martina Sablikova bids to retain the 3,000 metres title she won four years ago. She faces a stern test from Dutchwoman Irene Wust and 41-year-old German Claudia Pechstein, seeking her sixth Olympic gold medal.

    On the second full day of competition, the women get the chance to battle for medals in the new slopestyle event after American Sage Kotsenburg won the men’s title on Saturday.

    Petter Northug could make it a Norwegian double in the cross-country skiathlon following compatriot Marit Bjoergen’s victory in the woman’s race on Saturday.

    German Felix Loch is the man to beat in the luge, while there are also medals on offer in the women’s biathlon sprint and ski jumping where Swiss Simon Ammann goes for a fifth career gold.

    (Editing by Ed Osmond)

  • Khamenei demands ‘tolerance’ for Rouhani

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    Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has renewed his confidence in President Hassan Rouhani, demanding tolerance from opponents who have criticised him over talks with world powers on Tehran’s controversial nuclear program.

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    Khamenei spoke on Saturday after days of public spats between Rouhani’s government and hardline opponents and as Tehran held what it called a “satisfactory” round of talks with visiting UN inspectors.

    The disputes have focused mostly on a deal struck with world powers in November that has put temporary curbs on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for modest sanctions relief and the return of billions of dollars in frozen Iranian assets.

    Without touching directly on the nature of those disagreements, Khamenei said “critics must exercise tolerance when it comes to the government”.

    “It has only been a few months since the government has taken the reign,” said the supreme leader, who has the final say on all key state affairs, including the nuclear dossier.

    “The statesmen must be given time to push forward strongly with their plans.”

    Since the deal, hardliners in Iran have not shied away from criticising the government and top nuclear negotiator and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

    They argue that what Iran gained in the interim deal – meant to last six months and also buy time for diplomacy over a comprehensive accord – do not offset what it has compromised in its nuclear activities.

    But Rouhani insists that the deal is bringing down the sanctions regime and “chains strangling Iran’s economy” – a main campaign promise of the self-proclaimed moderate, who took office in August.

    Khamenei himself has also hailed the deal as a victory for Iran, but remains sceptical of interaction with longtime foe the United States, a member of the so-called P5+1 group of world powers negotiating with Tehran.

  • Bosnians sweep up after violent protests

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    Bosnians have swept up the rubble after protesters set fire to the presidency and other government buildings in the country’s worst social unrest since its devastating war.

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    But the next steps in attempts to clean up are far from clear.

    A few hundred people continued to protest peacefully in the capital, Sarajevo, and other cities on Saturday, angry about the nation’s almost 40 per cent unemployment rate and rampant corruption.

    Local governments in four cities, including Sarajevo, resigned amid the unrest, one mayor fled the country and politicians appeared on TV acknowledging mistakes and promising to change before general elections in October. But ordinary Bosnians have many reasons to be sceptical.

    The privatisation that followed the 1992-95 war decimated the middle class and sent the working class into poverty as a few tycoons flourished. Corruption is widespread and high taxes for the country’s bloated public sector eat away at residents’ paychecks.

    “This was a long accumulated dissatisfaction,” acknowledged Bosnia’s Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija. “The kids who did this were born in a post-war society and watched their parents being ripped off by tycoons in criminal privatisation. They grew up with no hope for a bright future, watching poverty and injustice.”

    The violence started early this week in the northern city of Tuzla, a former industrial centre, where thousands of factory workers vented their fury over the dubious privatisation that left them without jobs. Images of police beating and arresting members of the crowd prompted protests in over 20 cities.

    Some 200 policemen and 100 protesters were injured in Friday’s clashes as protesters smashed government buildings, cars and streetlights. Almost 100 people were detained, many of them teenagers. Protesters also set upon local government buildings in Zenica, Mostar and Travnik.

    Friday’s protests occurred almost exclusively in the Bosniak-Croat Federation, where salaries and pensions are higher.

  • Toyota lands naming rights at Daytona

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    Toyota Motor Corp has become the first company to land a naming rights deal at the revamped Daytona International Speedway in the US.

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    The Japanese automaker and International Speedway Corp, which owns the famous Florida track, announced the sponsorship deal at the Chicago Auto Show on Thursday.

    The 11-year agreement, which begins in 2015, will provide Toyota with naming rights to one of the five massive fan entrances at the redesigned speedway.

    Toyota will have more than 1800 square metres with which to work, giving the company plenty of space to showcase its automotive line-up and promote affiliated race teams.

    “This is a unique opportunity for Toyota to elevate our brand in the motorsports community,” said Bob Carter, senior vice-president of automotive operations of Toyota Motor Sales in the US.

    The deal also makes Toyota an official partner of the Daytona 500 and gives the company pace-car privileges. It means a foreign manufacturer will lead the field under caution at “The Great American Race”.

    “Toyota has been a great partner for many years and we will continue to work together to enhance the fan experience at many of our facilities across the country,” ISC chief executive Lesa France Kennedy said.

    Daytona is undergoing a $400 million renovation, dubbed “Daytona Rising”.

    Scheduled to be finished in 2016, the project will overhaul the front-stretch grandstands with new tiered concourses, wider seats and additional rest rooms and concessions. The track will have 11 football field-sized “neighbourhoods” that feature video screens as well as retail and dining areas.