PREMIUMAirVisual global report: The poison we breathe…grew even more poisonous in 2019

first_imgGoogle LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social account Facebook Linkedin Forgot Password ? air-quality-index Air-Quality-Meters Jakarta-administration air-pollution air-pollution-lawsuit Topics : If you notice that the sky is less than blue and feel an urge to don a mask, it’s probably because the air quality in the Indonesian capital has significantly worsened over the past two years, according to AirVisual, which monitors air quality in cities the world over.The 2019 World Air Quality Report published on Tuesday shows that the air over Jakarta has become increasingly polluted since 2018 and hit a new low in 2019.The report is based on AirVisual’s real-time aggregated data on air quality, which is gathered from ground-based air monitoring stations that measure fine particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers, or PM2.5.PM2.5 particulates are small enough to breathe in through the nose and could go even deeper into the alveoli, the air sacs in the lungs where the process of exchanging oxygen for carbon dioxide in the blo…last_img read more

Australia offers safe haven to Hong Kongers

first_imgChina has bristled at widespread global criticism of the law and Australia’s move to provide safe haven to some Hong Kong citizens was expected to worsen already rising tensions between the two.Beijing in recent months has imposed tariffs on some Australian imports and impeded trade in other key commodities in response to Australian steps to counter Chinese interference in the country.China, Australia’s biggest trade partner and a competitor for influence in the Pacific, was notably infuriated when Canberra led calls for a probe into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.New Zealand is also reviewing its relationship with Hong Kong because of the new law, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said, “including extradition arrangements, controls on exports of strategic goods, and travel advice”. “Australia is adjusting its laws, our sovereign laws, our sovereign immigration program, things that we have responsibility for and jurisdiction over, to reflect the changes that we’re seeing take place there,” he said during a press conference.Foreign Minister Marise Payne said China’s moves in Hong Kong were discussed earlier Thursday with Australia’s so-called “Five Eyes” security partners — New Zealand, the United States, Britain, and Canada.Morrison’s announcement came a day after China opened a new office in Hong Kong for its security agents to oversee implementation of the law targeting acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and foreign collusion.The law, which followed sometimes-violent pro-democracy protests, is the most radical change in Hong Kong’s freedoms since Britain handed the city back to China in 1997 under an agreement designed to preserve its freedoms for 50 years. Australia on Thursday offered pathways to permanent residency for thousands of people from Hong Kong, in a risky challenge to China over its crackdown on dissent in the city.Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government was also suspending its extradition agreement with the city and in addition to extending the visas of 10,000 Hong Kongers already in the country, threw open the door to thousands more to start a new life Down Under.Morrison said the decisions were taken in response to the imposition by China last week of a tough new security law in Hong Kong, which he said “constitutes a fundamental change of circumstances” for the semi-autonomous territory. Topics : Permanent residency pathway Morrison brushed aside questions about whether the challenge over Hong Kong would likely lead to further Chinese retaliation.”We will make decisions about what’s in our interests, and we will make decisions about our laws and our advisories, and we will do that rationally and soberly and consistently,” he said.Under the new measures, 10,000 Hong Kong citizens and residents in Australia on student or temporary work visas will be allowed to remain in the country for an additional five years.”If you’re a temporary visa holder, your visa will be extended to an additional five years from today, in addition to the time you’ve already been in Australia, with a pathway to permanent residency at the end of that period,” Morrison said.The five-year visa and possible permanent residency were also offered to Hong Kong entrepreneurs or skilled workers who wish to relocate to Australia in the future.”If there are businesses that wish to relocate to Australia, creating jobs, bringing investment, creating opportunities for Australia, then we will be very proactive in seeking to encourage that,” he said.The move echoed Australia’s response to the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown when Canberra offered refuge to thousands of Chinese students and their families.But it contrasts with the current conservative government’s policy of restricting immigration.Morrison said he did not expect a rush of new visa applications from Hong Kongers, in part due to coronavirus travel restrictions.And he added that it would be “very disappointing” if China tried to prevent Hong Kong citizens from taking advantage of the offer.Australia has already warned its citizens of the risk of detention under the new security law.Shortly before Morrison’s announcement, the foreign ministry warned Australians in Hong Kong of the risk of detention under the new security law.last_img read more

Tearful Jeremy Lin seeks NBA return after one season in China

first_imgJeremy Lin said Tuesday he is leaving the Beijing Ducks after one season in China and wants to return to the NBA, where he sparked the “Linsanity” craze of 2012.The 32-year-old guard, who as a Toronto Raptors player in 2019 became the first Asian-American to win an NBA championship, signed for Beijing as an unrestricted free agent last year.Lin helped Beijing reach the semi-finals of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league, where they were edged out by eventual champions Guangdong Southern Tigers. Lin began his NBA career with Golden State Warriors in 2010 before his heroics with the New York Knicks in 2012 sparked a frenzy that was dubbed “Linsanity”.He went on to play for several other NBA teams but has struggled with injury in recent seasons.Despite that he enjoyed a successful stay in China, where the CBA was suspended for almost five months because of the coronavirus.Lin averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game during the regular season.”I know that many of my fans have stood by me no matter if I was injured,” he said in the video.”Why was this decision so difficult? Yesterday, when I shared this with my family and friends, when I told them I would have to leave China, I cried.”Topics : “This decision has really been the hardest in my life,” Lin, who has complained about the rough-house treatment he received in the CBA, told his seven million followers in a video on the Twitter-like Weibo.”Every morning I would wake up at 4:00 am or 5:00 am, thinking, thinking and thinking all the time.”In the end, although Shougang (the Ducks) has treated me incredibly well… giving me everything I wanted, in the end, I feel that I still have NBA dreams. “I still have time to play (there) and I have to chase this.”last_img read more

Arsenal are still interested in PSG’s Christopher Nkunku as talks between the sides continue

first_img Comment Arsenal are still interested in PSG’s Christopher Nkunku as talks between the sides continue Phil HaighSunday 28 Apr 2019 9:42 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link41Shares Nkunku is out of favour in Paris (Picture: Getty Images)‘The playing time is insufficient,’ said Nkunku’s agent Jose-Karl Pierre-Fanfan. ‘Christopher is open to a departure.’La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira has stated that Arsenal are very much still interested in signing the midfielder as they look for a replacement for Juventus-bound Aaron Ramsey.‘Christopher Nkunku is still being pursued by Arsenal,’ tweeted Schira.‘He is one of the names evaluated by #Emery for the post-Ramsey. Contacts ongoing between Gunners and PSG.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery managed Nkunku when he was in charge of PSG from 2016-18 and is a fan of the talented youngster who has scored three Ligue 1 goals this season.Pierre-Fanfan confirmed in January that the Gunners were attempting to sign his client, but that they were unable to do so in the mid-season transfer window.‘There is a real interest from Arsenal for Nkunku, but the discussions are quite complicated,’ the agent told Canal+.‘There are restrictions from Arsenal’s side, they cannot do a transfer in the middle of the season.‘His situation will be evaluated in June, then he will have just one year left on his contract, and his situation will need to be evaluated.‘He is a young boy, who needs to play, enjoy himself, and to sign up for a project for the long term, that is what he is looking for, and he was in that phase with Arsenal but it looks complicated.’Nkunku has declined a new deal in Paris, meaning he has just over a year left on his current contract.MORE: Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer describes what he’s looking for in summer transfer targetsMORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tells Manchester United squad they can still finish in the top four in dressing room pep talk Advertisement Christopher Nkunku could be on his way to north London (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are still interested in bringing PSG’s Christopher Nkunku to the Emirates as discussions between the clubs continue.Gunners boss Unai Emery wanted to sign the midfielder in the January transfer window, but a deal could not be done in time and the 21-year-old remained in Paris.However, his playing time with the Ligue 1 champions has been limited, starting just 13 league goals this season and not playing at all in the Champions League.Nkunku came off the bench in the final minute of extra-time in the final of the Coupe de France on Saturday and missed the final penalty, blazing his spot kick over the bar and handing Rennes the victory.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe youngster has also been linked with a move to Rennes, and his agent has confirmed that a move is likely. Advertisementlast_img read more

Rio Ferdinand loved Neal Maupay’s comments about ‘smug’ Arsenal players

first_imgAdvertisement Rio Ferdinand loved Neal Maupay’s comments about ‘smug’ Arsenal players Comment Advertisement Rio Ferdinand was pleased to hear Neal Maupay’s comments on Arsenal’s ‘smug’ players (BT Sport)Rio Ferdinand admits he welcomes Neal Maupay’s comments about Arsenal’s ‘smug’ players following the Gunners’ defeat to Brighton on Saturday.Nicolas Pepe put Mikel Arteta’s side in front in the second half but the Gunners sunk to a defeat following late goals from Lewis Dunk and Maupay.Moments after the final whistle Maupay clashed with Matteo Guendouzi, with the Arsenal midfielder grabbing the Brighton striker around the throat.Speaking after the game, Maupay accused Arsenal’s players of showing arrogance after they went a goal in front.ADVERTISEMENT‘Some Arsenal players need to learn humility some times because they been talking a lot and second half when they were 1-0 up and they got what they deserved,’ said the Brighton striker.center_img Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno confronted Neal Maupay after leaving the pitch on a stretcher (AFP via Getty Images) Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 20 Jun 2020 6:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link15Shares Matteo Guendouzi confronted Neal Maupay after Arsenal’s defeat to Brighton (PA)And Ferdinand has said it is ‘refreshing’ to hear such honesty from Maupay.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think it was an open and honest comment from him there,’ Ferdinand told BT Sport.‘I think he didn’t sound like or look like he was intentionally trying to hurt the goalkeeper at all. ‘He was looking for a little advantage, as you do throughout the 90 minutes always no matter where you are on the park.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘What tickled me was the way he spoke about the Arsenal players, being a bit smug. ‘Talking when they were up and then obviously when they [Brighton] pulled it back and won, he asking for a bit of humility. ‘And that’s a big, nice, refreshing difference to what you normally see. You normally see like a really plain, played-down kind of response in these interviews after a game. That’s just a refreshing difference.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

King Bio voluntarily recalls dozens of products

first_imgDK Nosebleed Relief2 oz. bottleFor temporary relief of: nosebleeds commonly associated with irritations or strains, colds, coughing, sneezing or menses. Also for nighttime nosebleeds.357955514022050516H080916J Children’s Appetite Enhance2 oz. bottlea natural aid for: loss of appetite, no desire to eat, aversion to food, and inability to bear the sight or smell of food.357955531821020117F060216E080916B092415F Kids Sleep Aid2 oz. bottleFor temporary relief of symptoms due to occasional sleeplessness: restlessness, nervousness, exhaustion, excitability, inability to fall or stay asleep, worry.357955042426063016D081016F Children’s Appetite Enhancer (SCRX)2 oz. bottleFor natural relief of loss of appetite, no desire to eat, aversion to food, and inability to bear the sight or smell of food. Helps to naturally revitalize after gradual loss of weight from impaired nutrition.357955031826022316G Children’s Appetite & Weight2 oz. bottleFor relief of hunger – appetite suppression to control that empty feeling in the stomach otherwise relieved by eating. For weight control – maximizes the metabolism to eliminate cravings and metabolic tendencies to gain weight. It promotes healthy weight loss and supported the emotional balance and motivation necessary to reach and maintain a healthy weight.357955551720080916M091316D050516E072516E Children’s Growth& Development (SCRX)2 oz. bottleTo maximize children’ s growth potential and enhance development. Stimulates the body’s ability to digest‚ absorb and use food for maximum growth and development357955014225020917A062716E Children’s Cough Relief2 oz. bottleFor temporary relief of cough symptoms: dry or hoarse cough, hacking, barking, tickling or spasmodic cough, croupy cough and throat irritation, and excess mucus.357955514527021216J030916T092815E Children’s Ear Formula (SCRX)2 oz. bottleFor temporary relief of symptoms: clogged sensation, noises in ear, accumulation of ear wax.357955075721032316B Teething (SCRX)2 oz. bottleFor temporary relief of symptoms: teething pain, irritated gums, delayed teething, fever- like disturbances, restlessness, heavy salivation and drooling, irritability, desire to be held constantly.357955501824032216C TonsilPlex2 oz. bottleFor temporary relief of: sore throat, inflammation, swollen glands, difficulty swallowing, associated fever, redness and burning, sensation of a lump in the throat, congestion, and mucus.357955501725041416K061616D Bed Wetting Prevention (SCRX)2 oz. bottleFor relief of involuntary urination during sleep, urinary disturbances, and restless sleep.357955001225102216B Chicken Pox Symptom Relief2 oz. bottleFor temporary relief of multiple symptoms including intense itching from skin rash and vesicles (blisters), headache, fever, swollen glands, cough, sore throat, tummy ache, irritability, restlessness, fatigue, and loss of appetite.357955602521021216K062716D SafeCare Rx For Professional Use OnlyKing Bio is notifying its distributors and customers by letter and is arranging for return and/or replacement of all recalled products. Consumers/distributors/retailers that have product which is being recalled should discontinue use/distribution and contact King Bio at to make arrangements to return product. These products were distributed Nationwide to distributors and retail stores August 2017 – July 2018.Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact King Bio by 866-298-2740 or e-mail, Monday – Thursday 830am – 330pm, EST. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this product.Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.Complete and submit the report Online: Mail or Fax: Download form call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Kids Candida 4 oz4 oz. bottleFor symptomatic relief of Candida yeast overgrowth: thrush, cradle cap, pimples, tummy aches, constipation, craves sweets and odd foods, lethargy, lack of assertiveness, forgetfulness, spacey, poor concentration, irritable, moody, weak muscles, itchy skin and head, overexcitement and fearfulness.357955332244011416G011917R081016E092815AA041518H Kids Attention & Learning (SCRX)2 oz. bottleA natural aid for: slow or difficult comprehension, overexcitement, writing wrong words or syllables, oversensitivity, forgetfulness, lack of assertiveness, shyness, apprehension.357955001522121617A032316C091216A Children’s Growth & Development2 oz. bottleA natural aid for: impaired growth, weak muscular growth, loss of appetite, poor mineral absorption, nervousness, lack of focus, mental weakness, loss of confidence.357955514220050516E072516E Washington D.C. — King Bio is voluntarily recalling the below products to the consumer level.A small percentage of our products produced between 08/01/2017 and 04/2018 have tested positive for microbial contamination. Out of an abundance of caution, we are recalling the products and lot numbers below.Administration or use of drug products with microbial contamination, could potentially result in increased infections that may require medical intervention, and could result in infections that could be life threatening to certain individuals. King Bio has not received reports of injury or illness to date. DescriptionPackagingIntended useUDF_UPCLOTLOTLOTLOTLOT Kids Multi- Strain Flu Relief2 oz. bottleTemporarily relieves flu-like symptoms: fever, body aches, chills, night sweats, irritability, restlessness, flushed face, burning in eyes, nausea, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, sneezing, nasal congestion, sore throat, swollen tonsils, cough, and fatigue.357955042228071316A071316A111015B112015A Kids Bed Wetting (NP)2 oz. bottleFor relief of involuntary urination during sleep, urinary disturbances, and restless sleep.357955501220111717C101615B DK Attention& Learning Enh.2 oz. bottleA natural aid for: slow or difficult comprehension, overexcitement, writing wrong words or syllables, oversensitivity, forgetfulness, lack of assertiveness, shyness, apprehension.357955501527050216G070816C092617F DK Colic Relief2 oz. bottleFor temporary relief of: abdominal discomfort, pressure, and distention, spitting up, gas and bloating, cramping, pain, irritability, desire to be held constantly, weak digestion, restless sleep.357955515821092017A020118H Children’s Fever Reliever (SCRX)2 oz. bottleFor fast relief of fever, sweats, chills, shakes, aches, vomiting, rheumatic pains, muscular soreness, nausea, faintness, lethargy, fears, irritability, and oversensitivity.357955015925082516A102015F DK Teething2 oz. bottleFor temporary relief of symptoms: teething pain, irritated gums, delayed teething, fever-like disturbances, restlessness, heavy salivation and drooling, irritability, desire to be held constantly.357955501824020717B110716C080317D111617E020118F Colic Relief (SCRX)2 oz. bottleFor temporary relief of: abdominal discomfort, pressure, and distention, spitting up, gas and bloating, cramping, pain, irritability, desire to be held constantly, weak digestion, restless sleep.357955015826111717E Kids Stress & Anxiety2 oz. bottleFor temporary relief of symptoms: minor anxiety, fear, irritability, nervousness, minor mood swings, restlessness, stage fright, nervous stomach, oversensitivity.357955042327070516E081016G Children’s Fever Reliever2 oz. bottleFor symptomatic relief of: fever, sweats, chills, aches.357955515920021216H052616H102815C120816A Children’s Ear Relief Formula2 oz. bottleFor temporary relief of symptoms: clogged sensation, noises in ear, accumulation of ear wax.357955531524072516G112315B050216P Childrens Cough (SCRX)2 oz. bottleFor temporary relief of cough symptoms: dry or hoarse cough, hacking, barking, tickling or spasmodic cough, croupy cough and throat irritation, and excess mucus.357955014522091015B120616B DK Newborn Tonic2 oz. bottleFor temporary relief of symptoms: skin rashes, discoloration, minor skin problems, pimples, restlessness. If symptoms persist for more than 7 days, consult your physician.357955511427063016K112315F Tummy Aches2 oz. bottleFor temporary relief of symptoms: upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, aversion to food, stomach cramps, hollow, empty, or sinking feeling, pale or flushed skin, headaches.357955514626050516D072216Q021918B Tummy Aches (SCRX)2 oz. bottleFor temporary relief of symptoms: upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, aversion to food, stomach cramps, hollow, empty, or sinking feeling, pale or flushed skin, headaches.357955014621022316F Children’s Appetite& Weight (SCRX)2 oz. bottletemporarily brings relief to symptoms of contributing to:excessive appetite; constitutional tendency to gain fat; cravings for sweats and starches; water retention; overeating; ravenous hunger; excess weight; abdominal fat.357955251729102016J Newborn Tonic (SCRX)2 oz. bottleFor temporary relief of symptoms: skin rashes, discoloration, minor skin problems, pimples, restlessness. If symptoms persist for more than 7 days, consult your physician.357955011422110915H Chicken Pox Symptom Relief (SCRX)2 oz. bottleFor temporary relief of multiple symptoms including intenseitching from skin rash and vesicles (blisters), headache, fever, swollen glands, cough, sore throat, tummy ache, irritability, restlessness, fatigue, and loss of appetite.357955782520042616Dlast_img read more

The Latest: Pro tennis tours extend hiatus through July

first_imgQuarantine requirements and travel restrictions from some states means players and staff from the four AFL clubs from Western Australia and South Australia — the West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers, Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide — will be temporarily be relocated to hubs on the Gold Coast, an hour south of Brisbane. ___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: Pro tennis tours extend hiatus through July The decision came after a team of medical experts rejected a set of health protocols drawn up by the federation and insisted that its own guidelines are followed.The federation said it couldn’t overcome the expert group’s demand that an entire team be quarantined for two weeks if any player tests positive for the virus.Omonia Nicosia, Anorthosis Famagusta, APOEL Nicosia and Apollon Limassol were the top four teams in the standings when the league was suspended and will represent Cyprus next season in European tournaments.The federation also decided that the number of teams in the first division next season will increase by two to 14. There will be no relegation this year but two teams from the second division will move up.The first division will revert to 12 teams the following season with four teams relegated and two teams promoted. May 15, 2020 The total number of tournaments scrapped by the ATP and WTA since March now tops 40.Both tours say they will make further scheduling announcements in June.The top tours already had been on hold at least until July 13. That was announced on April 1 on the same day that the All England Club said it would be canceling Wimbedon for the first time in 75 years because of the outbreak.___Atlético Madrid defender Renan Lodi has returned to training after having reportedly been cleared following a previous positive test for the coronavirus. Associated Press The sport’s international governing body issued a statement Friday saying the mid-year test window will be rescheduled when cross-border travel and quarantine regulations are relaxed.New Zealand had been scheduled to play Wales and Scotland, Australia was set to play Ireland and Fiji and South Africa had planned to host Scotland and Georgia. World Rugby said the postponement is due “to ongoing government and health agency COVID-19 directives.”___Aussie rules football will kick off again on June 11, with the second round of the Australian Football League to be played almost three months after the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Australian Football League chief executive Gillon McLachlan on Friday announced the matches for the next four rounds of the condensed season would be released within 10 days. The AFL, Australia’s most-watched sports league in terms of attendance and TV audience, was suspended on March 22 after one round.center_img ___The Russian soccer league will restart on June 21 after a break of more than three months because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league intends to pack eight rounds of games into just over one month to finish on July 22. League president Sergei Pryadkin says all games will be held in empty stadiums.The Russian Cup will also continue with the final on July 25. That means some clubs face up to 11 games to finish the season.A planned promotion-relegation playoff has been dropped with only the bottom two clubs in the top division relegated automatically as usual. The league has also adopted a rule change allowing up to five substitutions per match.___The German soccer federation has delayed the restart of the men’s third-division because it doesn’t have political approval.The third division was scheduled to resume on May 26 amid the coronavirus pandemic but the federation says that can’t happen without the go-ahead from authorities around the country. Games in the first and second divisions will resume Saturday.The third division still has 11 rounds of games to play. The pandemic has put several third-division clubs under strain.Leader MSV Duisburg has financial problems and second-place Waldhof Mannheim told local newspapers on Thursday that it stopped training because it doesn’t have coronavirus tests.Two teams are barred from playing until May 27 by the state of Saxony-Anhalt and can train only in small groups.___World Rugby has postponed July test matches involving southern and northern hemisphere nations because of ongoing restrictions on international travel during the coronavirus pandemic. The Spanish soccer club says Renan trained on his own.Spanish media reported that Lodi had tested negative after spending several days confined following an initial positive result.Spanish teams have returned to training at club facilities but players must respect social distancing.___The Cypriot soccer federation has called off the season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The professional tennis tours are extending their suspensions caused by the coronavirus pandemic through at least the end of July.last_img read more

The ultimate guide to museum sightseeing from home

first_imgLos Angeles is home to the world’s most unique and famed museums. From the prestigious Getty Villa and the impressive Hollywood Wax Museum to the silly Selfie Museum and the flat-out weird Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum, the City of Angels pretty much has it all.  Petersen Automotive Museum USC Pacific Asia Museum The Huntington: Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens After binge-watching back to back Netflix releases (they really had to release The Legend of Korra right before school started), some of us could probably use some quality time with nature. So what better way to reconnect with the outside world than by browsing some botanical gardens? The Huntington is one of the most beautiful places to visit in L.A. Away from an urban setting, the gardens are a sanctuary for rare orchids and roses. Visitors can walk through the 16 themed gardens that are home to exotic flora from around the world: China, Australia, the desert and, for those of us out-of-state and international students, California. Lucky for all of us, the botanical gardens are accessible through virtual tours of the garden! But since the fall semester began, many of us may be missing residential city living — Hollywood, entertainment, the arts. But don’t fear! Recreate some of that L.A. magic and browse this eclectic list of programs hosted virtually by L.A.’s top museums, galleries and cultural centers.  Video Works – Perfect for some relaxation time away from Zoom and a break from scrolling through TikTok. While some museums have decided to go the old fashion route by posting articles, others have created video footage that include up close details of intricate murals. Regardless of the format, with all the different ways museums are innovating their online platforms, there’s no doubt you’ll have no problem fitting these virtual exhibitions into your busy student schedule. And if we have to mention one UCLA museum, you bet we have to mention at least another USC museum. The USC Pacific Asia Museum is one of the few and far between organizations in the United States that celebrates Asian and Pacific Islander artists. It serves as a cultural center, beyond a gallery, whose exhibitions often travel the globe. “We Are Here: Contemporary Art and Asian Voices in Los Angeles” has a digitalized viewing experience powered by the same technology as “Collective Constellation.” The three-dimensional displays come alive as you walk around installations. “We Are Here” uses virtual reality experience to elicit a cross-cultural experience to expand your Asian art perspectives. Now, for the moment we have been waiting for—let’s talk USC Virtual Exhibitions. The Fisher Museum covers a wide array of fine art — about 500 years — in all the mediums under the sun. Like the Getty Museum, Fisher has a detailed Google Arts & Culture landing page, with pictures of their permanent collection. While other museums host similar webpage-style exhibitions, what makes Fishers’ programs exciting are the gallery room online tours. The past exhibitions “Facing Survival” by David Kassan” and “James hd Brown: Life and Work in Mexicois” are both available in virtual reality for your viewing pleasure. The J. Paul Getty Museum  L.A. hosts a diverse collection of museums, many of which had programs that didn’t make the list. So whether you decide to visit these institutions online or on-campus, hopefully this gentle introduction to navigating virtual exhibitions has opened your eyes to some of L.A.’s many sites to see. Let’s start with a classic. The Getty Center and the Getty Villa host the late Jean Paul Getty’s prized collection of sculptures, art and artifacts. As a top tourist attraction, it’s no surprise that it displays the most diverse set of works on this list, all of which are open to online viewing through Google Arts & Culture. The curators have spared no expense to give viewers cultural context while pointing out intricacies commonly missed by the average eye. The online exhibits include detailed shots of masterfully placed pastel strokes, ornate baroque flourishes and even ancient Egyptian scriptures! Recording Academy Grammy Museum Interactive Articles – The perfect compromise for those who just like looking at the pictures and those who take all day to read every word written on every placard. You know which one you are.   The MOLAA’s virtual exhibitions are a great way to introduce the video category of this list while exploring different aspects of the Los Angeles art scene. “MOLAA en Casa” is the museum’s way to continue presenting modern Latin American art during the pandemic. “Oaxacalifornia: Through the Experience of the Duo Tlacolulokos” merges text, audio and visuals to share the dual Los Angeles-Mexican experience through muralists Dario Canul and Cosijoesa Cernas. At the beginning of the tour, a video shows sweeping shots of the mural that juxtapose urban scenes with Oaxacan symbols. A guide offers questions and insight that resemble a traditional pre-coronavirus tour. While more time-consuming than other virtual exhibitions discussed before, the MOLAA’s collection of tours will give you an unparalleled cultural experience, as well as introduce you to a perspective typically excluded from most well-known museums. And we’ve migrated once again away from visual arts. If you haven’t been to a natural history museum, let me tell you, they are not your typical art gallery. The curators at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County are master exhibitionists — engaging audiences, especially children, with installments that recreate nature, invoking all the physical senses. It’s no wonder that many of its virtual programs center around DIY projects, self-guided nature walks and educational videos. For the busy USC student, taking a guided tour down Dino Hall or listening about Life on Mars might be what you need to unlock your inner child and destress from the craziness bound to unfold this fall. Virtual Reality – Anywhere from a low commitment “outing” to an all-out museum get away. Finally! We’ve gotten to the abstract realm of the art world. Focusing on the 1950s and onward, The Broad displays work from artists such as pop artist pioneer Andy Warhol and graffiti artist turned gallery artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. “The Broad From Home”  allows folks to continue their appreciation of modern art through their computer. If you have a few minutes to spare and you’re down for some in-depth talks about art, its video series Up Close is an excellent introduction to well-known contemporary artists hosted by The Broad’s own curators.  Yeah, you read that right. We’re going to talk about a car museum. The Petersen Automotive Museum is not just about showing fancy, vintage cars, although it has plenty of that. No—the museum features exhibitions that showcase the global impact of automobiles on society and culture. Unlike the prior museums, this automotive museum is accessible through Google Street View, a virtual reality platform that allows you to walk through the galleries. See cars from the 20th century in exhibits that give context through visual recreation of historical scenes and displays of other automobile-related artifacts. The best part? You can look down into some of the cars, passing the do not cross lines, which would otherwise be frowned upon if you visited in person. Before you get on my case about sharing a UCLA museum, hear me out. The virtual reality experience for the “Collective Constellation: Selections from The Eileen Harris Norton Collection” is just too stunning not to mention. The works celebrate female artists of color through a variety of creative mediums. You can actually (well, virtually) walk into a dark room to get the sculptural works’ full effects while watching a digital video that sets the ambiance of the room. For many people, the reason why they visit a museum is to enjoy the multimedia setting while viewing art, and this virtual experience does precisely that. You thought we were just going to talk about a bunch of paintings? Of course not! For a more complete view of what L.A. has to offer, check out the Recording Academy Grammy Museum’s initiative “Doors Closed Mission Open” events. See features on stars like Whitney Houston, Leonard Bernstein and Frank Sinatra that recount their rise to fame. While there may not be current features from today’s Hot 100 Billboard Artists, any music lover would enjoy this deep dive into the past. Hammer Museum USC Fisher Museum of Art The Broad Museum of Latin American Art  Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Countylast_img read more

Quincy Guerrier increases playing time by being more ‘aware’

first_imgCHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Quincy Guerrier looked comfortable and fluid, perhaps because he was all alone. Prior to Syracuse’s (9-7, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) 63-55 win over No. 18 Virginia (11-4, 3-2) Saturday, SU clumped into a small space around the right elbow to shoot around. Except Guerrier. The 6-foot-7 forward and SU’s lone sure bench contributor camped in a corner by himself.Three-pointer after 3-pointer swished through the net. When the Orange are at home, Guerrier starts his routine three hours before game time. He takes 45 minutes to shoot, work on free throws, and practice dribble-moves inside and outside the 3-point line. Saturday, the shots fell with ease. A season of development has finally convinced him he can make those shots. Even when he hasn’t. SU head coach Jim Boeheim had insisted it from the first game of the season. Yet Guerrier has made just three of his 18 attempts from beyond the arc. Despite a slow start, Guerrier still found a role as an energizer off the bench. The early-season results were erratic, but Guerrier has now struck a balance between energy and making the right decisions.“I’m slowing down a little bit,” Guerrier said. “Probably more mentally.”Guerrier’s Syracuse debut in Italy was as a starter. The most heralded recruit in Syracuse’s 2019 class had the raw talent to excite, yet like most young players on the SU team, Boeheim said he wasn’t totally ready. Boeheim met with Guerrier before SU’s first exhibition game against Daemen and prepared him to come off the bench. Guerrier was Syracuse’s strongest player, and perhaps its most athletic big as well at 6-foot-7. His role was to take advantage of just that.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut early in the season, his speed never wavered. Tough crashes for offensive boards took him out of defensive plays, and powerful attempts under the basket pushed some shots strong. He missed seven of his first nine shots from the field and didn’t score in double figures until SU’s matchup with Seattle. He scored 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds, but at times still felt imbalanced.Corey Henry | Photo Editor“Even today (against Seattle), I was physical, but I feel like I was (sometimes not) in control,” Guerrier said on Nov. 16. “Should be finishing easy baskets around the rim.”Boeheim ensured Guerrier he would play through early mistakes. Guerrier tried to counteract erratic play with a steadier approach, but games with less activity left Boeheim asking for “anything.” Guerrier said Boeheim wanted him to be a “dog” because “I’m the strongest guy on the team and I need to use it.” The next step in his development was to make the right plays simultaneously.In recent games, production has followed a focus on making correct reads based off recent film. Foul trouble prevented him from contributing against Virginia — fouls he joked “I think probably (were) not (fouls)” — but against Notre Dame and Virginia Tech he strung together back-to-back double-digit point games for the first time since November. He flashed to the high-post when he needed to and identified mismatches against smaller defenders.“Guerrier has earned some more playing time,” Boeheim said after Virginia Tech. “He’s been good in practice so we’ll be seeing more of him.”Down five points with less than a minute to go in the Orange’s eventual loss to the Hokies, Guerrier caught the ball in the corner beyond the 3-point line as a defender closed out on him. It was the shot that the Orange have been waiting for, the one he knows he can make. It was there, but Guerrier saw something better.He pump-faked, watched the defender fly by him and burst to the rim for an uncontested dunk. Guerrier said earlier in the season he might have taken the initial shot. But he just sought out the better read.“I just got to be aware of the score and the time,” Guerrier said. “So, for me, that was the best decision.” Comments Published on January 12, 2020 at 10:33 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

One of Tipperary’s finest ever hurlers has passed away.

first_imgDuring his time with the Premier he won 3 All Ireland winners medals as well as 5 Munster and 3 National League titles.The renowned centre-back was also on the Carrick Davins team that won the Munster club title in the 60s.Mick was chosen as one of the 125 greatest hurlers of all time in a 2009 poll. A proud Carrick man he had been living in Horse & Jockey.last_img