HBO Shares Trailer For New Doc On David Bowie’s Creatively Fertile Final Years [Watch]

first_imgOn Tuesday, HBO premiered the teaser trailer for their upcoming David Bowie documentary, David Bowie: The Last Five Years, which focuses on the particularly fertile years of creativity leading up to his death on January 10th, 2016 following a largely secret 18-month battle with liver cancer. The film will premiere on HBO and its various mobile platforms on January 8th, the day on which the iconoclastic artist would have turned 71 years old.However, while Bowie was battling cancer, and in the years right before his diagnosis, he had ramped up his creative production considerably. In his last five years on Earth, Bowie released two albums, The Next Day and Blackstar (released just days before his death, featuring eerily prophetic themes about death and the after-life) as well as oversaw the creation his stage musical, Lazarus. HBO acquired the U.S. rights to the documentary from the BBC.In the newly released teaser trailer, you can hear Bowie speak about the concept of creativity and his approach to exploring it. As he explains, “Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in and when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.”You can watch the new trailer for David Bowie: The Last Five Years, below, courtesy of Billboard:David Bowie: The Last Five Years, directed and produced by Francis Whately, follows Whately’s 2013 documentary, David Bowie: Five Years which covered Bowie’s career from 1970 to 1975 in addition to taking its title from the opening song on Bowie’s 1972 classic, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.For further information about the soon-to-be-released new David Bowie documentary on HBO, or to set a reminder about its release date, head to the network’s website.[h/t – Billboard]last_img read more

Alibaba exec on the state of Chinese consumers

first_img– Advertisement – During that his period, the company was able to make use of Alibaba’s e-commerce expertise and logistics scale to shift its sales to the internet.Tapping on livestreaming- Advertisement – In the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, China’s consumers are spending less time on the shopping process — but they’re spending more money than before, according to a CEO of an Alibaba-owned company.Chinese shoppers are particularly willing to pay a lot of money on luxury goods and cosmetics, Chen Xiaodong, CEO of InTime, said Tuesday. His remarks came during CNBC’s annual East Tech West conference, which is being held this year both remotely and on the ground in the Nansha district of Guangzhou, China.InTime is one of the largest department store operators in China and was acquired by tech juggernaut Alibaba in 2017.- Advertisement – Chen Xiaodong, VP of Alibaba and CEO of InTime speaks with CNBC’s Arjun Kharpal at the opening remarks of the CNBC East Tech West conference in Nansha, Guangzhou on November 17, 2020 in China.Zhong Zhi | Getty Images InTime used Alibaba’s livestreaming platform, Taobao Live, to increase the number of streams where viewers had the option to directly place orders on Intime’s online store. Several thousand sales associates from the physical stores were said to have been registered as livestreaming hosts to facilitate the streams.Chen explained that InTime was already tapping into the trends around online shopping such as livestreaming before the pandemic hit. The virus merely sped up “the digitalization procedure for the physical stores,” he said.With the pandemic now relatively under control in China, customers are slow to return to physical stores due to safety considerations, Chen explained. He added that sales have recovered from a year ago and about 20% of it is coming from the internet at the moment.Still, InTime has no plans to push customers in any one direction — either to the physical stores or the online store. It depends on people’s habits, according to Chen. But he pointed out that livestreaming had its benefits where a sales associate could potentially serve a thousand or 10,000 people concurrently through the stream whereas in the physical store they can only serve a handful of customers at any given time.“So, it’s very convenient,” Chen said.China’s retail sales for October continued on an upward trajectory, rising 4.3% year-on-year as more consumers opened up their wallets. Though the figure missed analysts’ expectations, it was still growing at a faster pace than September’s 3.3% increase. “Consumer intention is still there. The people want to spend more money compared with last year but the time they spend on a shopping journey (has shortened),” he told CNBC’s Arjun Kharpal at the opening remarks of the conference.Earlier this year, InTime temporarily shut 65 of its stores for a number of weeks as China went into lockdown to tackle the pandemic. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Tough pill to swallow but right call to postpone Olympics – Duffy

first_imgHAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) – Bermudan triathlete Flora Duffy says the decision to postpone this summer’s Olympic Games for 12 months was the right call but admits it was a tough pill to swallow after battling back from injury to be fit for the showpiece.Organisers of Tokyo 2020 and the International Olympic Committee made the decision to delay the Games on Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic that has killed almost 20 000 people worldwide.Duffy, who was hoping to double Bermuda’s medal tally in Tokyo in July, said she will now have to significantly change her triathlon trajectory with the Games to be held no later than the summer of 2021, media here reported.The 32-year-old had intended to wind down her career after the Olympics and bow out at the ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) grand final in Bermuda in September next year, but those plans have been adjusted to accommodate her ambitions of winning an Olympic medal.“In my little triathlon world it is a tough pill to swallow hearing the 2020 Games will be postponed until 2021,” Duffy wrote on her social media site yesterday.“Everything has been geared towards that race, I’d envisioned a very different 2021, but given the current situation in the world, it is the right call, and sport/prioritising training at the moment feels trivial. “Sending my thoughts to anyone COVID-19 positive and encouraging everyone else to stay inside and do your part to stop the spread.”Organisers faced mounting pressure to call off the Games after Australia and Canada pulled out on Monday because of the acceleration of the COVID-19 virus.The Olympics have never been delayed in their 124-year modern history, but were cancelled in 1916, 1940 and 1944 because of the two World Wars.Duffy was ruled out for eight months last season because of a career-threatening foot injury before making a superb return to competitive action, winning a fifth Xterra world title in Kapalua, Hawaii, in October last year.The two-time world champion was confident of carrying her strong form into the new campaign but now faces an uncertain year, with the opening two races on the WTS calendar, Abu Dhabi and Bermuda, both being postponed indefinitely because of the pandemic.Duffy had stitches removed from her hand last week after snapping a fifth metacarpal during swimming training this month.Heavyweight boxer Clarence Hill’s bronze at the 1976 Montreal Games is Bermuda’s only Olympic medal to date.last_img read more

2014 FIFA World Cup: Nigeria Supporters club demand 62m condoms

first_imgThe Nigeria Football and other Sports Supporters Club (NFSSC) on Monday demanded for the provision of 62 million condoms for fans attending the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.Rafiu Ladipo, President-General of NFSSC, who made the demand in Abuja, appealed to the United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) to take the demand very seriously.Nigeria Football Supporters Club in South AfricaLadipo’s appeal came on the heels of assurance by Bilali Camara, UNAIDS Country Director, that two million condoms would be provided for the entire duration of the 2014 World Cup.He said instead of two million for the entire duration, UNAIDS should provide two million condoms each day for the 31-day tournament. “Of all football loving fans all around the world, I alone will be taking over 10,000 fans to Brazil, not only from Nigeria.“You know that Nigeria will be playing their first three matches and there is going to be a match between Nigeria and Argentina.“By the time we play that match, we will regard it as the match that will also qualify us to play Brazil in Rio de Janeiro during the final.“If that is achieved, we want to be protected; we must be protected.`So, I want to urge you (UNAIDS) to provide more condoms,’’ he added. According to him, it is important for UNAIDS to look into the request to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS during the World Cup.He said the availability of condoms would help protect football fans who might want to have sex in Brazil after their daily assignment.Nigeria is drawn in Group F alongside Argentina, Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Mundial, which kicks off on June 12.last_img

Do Dodgers need new blood? They have a month to prove they don’t

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies On Thursday, their bullpen melted in the cloudless afternoon and the Dodgers lost to the Cubs. On Friday, they were tantalized by Tyler Anderson, a businesslike left-hander from Colorado.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.On Saturday they went against German Marquez, who was fifth in the Rookie of the Year balloting last year but came into Saturday’s game with an unsightly WHIP of 1.554. Manager Dave Roberts used the word “overwhelmed” for what Marquez did next. He did not walk a single Dodger and struck out eight.Anderson needed only 96 pitches through eight innings on Friday, Marquez 92 on Saturday.The Rockies won 3-1 on Saturday, and the Dodgers had three hits. Unlike Friday, they did move a runner to second base, only because Max Muncy took advantage of defensive interference in the ninth.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img LOS ANGELES — Only the rarest baseball season reveals itself at once.The Astros figured to be good, and they are. The White Sox figured to be bad, actually planned to be, and they are.Most of the rest of the seasons are slideshows, destination unknown. The final frame is difficult to see. The Dodgers didn’t start 2018 on time, thanks to health concerns, but since the middle of May their bottom line has been impressive. A week ago they were getting ready to finish a Home Run Derby exhibition and a sweep in New York.Then somebody put a thumb on the screen and swiped. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start There are 80 games remaining, a month before the trading deadline. There are approximately 2,732 rumors in the intervening road. Some are already traveling. The folks in management have to decide if this Dodgers roster, counting those who will rejoin it when they get healthy or straightened out, is playoff-caliber.No one knows what their computer screens are telling them. But if they begin relying on their eyes, the answer is: Probably not.This isn’t just based on Saturday. Marquez would have squelched anyone. In the eighth inning, he whizzed a 100-mph fastball past Enrique Hernandez.“His stuff is really sneaky,” the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger said. “It’s hard to pick up, and he’s throwing 95 to 100. Are we dragging a little? Maybe. We’ve run into good pitching the last couple of nights but, with that being said, we’ve got a chance to pick it up tomorrow.”But despite their 17-9 record in June, the issues abound. The bullpen ranks 17th in the majors in WHIP. Without Pedro Baez, Josh Fields or Tony Cingrani, the successor to the 2016-model Joe Blanton and the 2017-model Brandon Morrow has not been identified.The offense is too homer-happy, although it might surprise you that L.A. ranks only 12th among 30 teams in percentage of runs scored by homers. Still, the Dodgers needed seven homers to win in New York last Sunday, and they’ve scored just five of their past 14 runs without going deep.The offense rode Matt Kemp for a while, and now he is 3 for 36. Justin Turner pinch-hit for him in the ninth inning Saturday. Turner isn’t the same as before, and you wouldn’t be either if you broke your wrist. Yasiel Puig has driven in 27 runs. Logan Forsythe hasn’t dug himself out. Neither catcher is hitting frequently.At times like this, you remember why we all said Corey Seager, gone for the year, is their best and most consistent player. That is also why Twitterstan is ablaze with rumors of Manny Machado. Machado is Baltimore’s usual third baseman, playing shortstop now in his free-agent year. Somebody will rent him when the time comes. Machado has a career-high .931 OPS this season with 20 home runs.He would be tempting because he’s a charismatic star who would excite the clubhouse and he should deter lefties, although he’s been better against right-handers this season.Those who study the minor leagues say the Dodgers have the ammunition to get Machado, and they seem to find suitable talent in everyone else’s system anyway.This does not mean the Dodgers shouldn’t seek relief pitching. There are some good arms among the major league teams that, in an ideal world, would be worrying about relegation. There is Miami’s Kyle Barraclough, for example. There is also Zach Britton of the Orioles, who saved 47 games in 47 chances two seasons ago. In December he ruptured his Achilles tendon and has struggled significantly upon his return. But it won’t take much for him to convince hungry scouts.All of this can change if Walker Buehler resumes his Rookie of the Year campaign and if certain hitters can revert to the back of their baseball cards.Two games shouldn’t bring panic. But 82 haven’t brought reassurance.last_img read more

Tuesday July 7th Local Sports

first_imgAMES — Iowa State basketball coach Steve Prohm is confident the Cyclones will make major strides next season. The Cyclones add four freshmen and three transfers to a team that struggled to a 12-20 record a year ago.KGLO News · 7 – 7-spjuly – 1Prohm says the three transfers this spring will add scoring punch. Tyler Harris transferred from Memphis. Jalen Coleman-Lands played at De Paul and Blake Hinson at Ole Miss.KGLO News · 7 – 7-spjuly – 2The Cyclones bounced back from a losing season by posting 23 wins in 2019 and Prohm is confident of similar improvement.KGLO News · 7 – 7-spjuly – 3Cyclone guard Rasir Bolton says one of the reasons he transferred from Penn State was racially insensitive remarks by Nittany Lion coach Pat Chambers. Bolton was second on the Cyclones in scoring at just over 14 and a half points per game.KGLO News · 7 – 7-spjuly – 4This past season was Iowa State’s second losing season in three years. MASON CITY — Newman pounded out 18 hits on their way to a 15-2, five-inning win over West Fork last night at home in Top of Iowa Conference baseball action. Nash Holmgaard was 4-for-4 with two runs batted in while Max Burt knocked in three runs to lead the Knights. Doug Taylor picked up the win, striking out three and walking one. Newman is now 11-3 overall and 6-1 in the conference. The Knights travel to Denver for a non-conference contest tonight. CLEAR LAKE — Cade Witzke fired a six-hit shutout, striking out six to lead Humboldt to a 3-0 win over Clear Lake last night in North Central Conference baseball, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and Humboldt scored the only runs of the ballgame in the second inning, taking advantage of four straight one-out walks followed by a pair of run-scoring singles. Clear Lake drops to 8-5 overall and 3-2 in the conference. They’ll travel to Iowa Falls-Alden on Thursday. AMES — Mason City High split their CIML Iowa baseball doubleheader last night at Ames, dropping a 2-1, eight-inning decision in the opener before taking the nightcap 7-0. Avery Mellman and Ben Pederson hit homers in the second game for the Mohawks while Alex Gold had a five-hit night. Mason City is 9-7 and is scheduled to travel to Fort Dodge on Wednesday. — other softball from MondayClear Lake 12, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura 0 (3 innings)Ames 11, Mason City 1 (5 innings); Ames 16, Mason City 4 (4 innings)Rockford 19, West Hancock 5St. Edmond 8, Iowa Falls-Alden 4Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 23, Southeast Valley 1 MASON CITY — The Newman softball team picked up a pair of Top of Iowa Conference wins on Monday. In the first game, the Knights scored six times in the first on their way to a 10-0, five-inning win over West Fork. Paige Leininger was 3-for-4 from the plate and picked up the win in the circle, striking out three and allowing only two hits. Newman survived a late rally by North Union in the second game, as the Warriors scored three in the sixth but the Knights survived with a 4-3 win. Leah Martinez picked up the win, striking out six. Newman is now 13-2 overall and 6-1 in the conference. They’ll travel to Clear Lake on Wednesday night in a game you’ll hear on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB and starting at about 7:30 Class 2A (Final Poll)1. Van Meter (13-0)2. North Linn (14-2)3. Dike-New Hartford (10-1)4. Underwood (10-2)5. Woodward-Granger (12-4)6. Mid-Prairie (9-3)7. Roland-Story (11-5)8. Camanche (8-3)9. West Lyon (9-2)10. Pocahontas Area (11-1) Class 3A1. Central DeWitt (14-2)2. Dallas Center-Grimes (12-1)3. Davenport Assumption (12-3)4. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (12-1)5. Gilbert (14-1)6. Cedar Rapids Xavier (7-3)7. Sioux City Heelan (10-3)8. Ballard (Huxley) (9-2)9. Winterset (9-2)10. Boone (8-2) Class 4A1. Dowling Catholic (15-1)2. Johnston (13-3)3. Ankeny (12-6)4. Sioux City East (13-1)5. Dubuque Hempstead (8-0)6. Urbandale (10-8)7. Southeast Polk (12-6)8. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (8-2)9. Waukee (9-9)10. Ankeny Centennial (10-8) DES MOINES — Radio Iowa/Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association High School Poll 7/6/20Class 1A (Final Poll)1. Martensdale-St. Mary’s (18-0)2. Remsen St. Mary’s (12-0)3. Council Bluffs St. Albert (14-1)4. South Winneshiek (19-0)5. Alburnett (11-3)6. Mason City Newman (10-3)7. Don Bosco (10-1)8. Kingsley-Pierson (10-0)9. Easton Valley (10-0)10. HLV (Victor) (9-0) — other baseball from MondayNorth Iowa 4, North Butler 1Nashua-Plainfield 7, Central Springs 6Forest City 15, Northwood-Kensett 5St. Ansgar 8, South Winneshiek 4Rockford 11, West Hancock 3Osage 5, Lake Mills 3Hampton-Dumont-CAL 4, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 3Webster City 15, Algona 5Iowa Falls-Alden 9, Southeast Valley 8 AMES, IOWA (AP) — Iowa State guard Rasir Bolton said he decided to leave Penn State last spring because of a comment by coach Pat Chambers, who said the player had a noose around his neck. Bolton, who is Black, disclosed the reason for his departure Monday in a tweet. Chambers, who is white, tweeted an apology. Bolton tweeted that Chambers made the noose comment after the coach returned from a one-game suspension for shoving Nittany Lions player Myles Dread in the chest during the previous game. Bolton said he was offended because the comment was a reference to “lynching, slavery and racial terrorism.” MINNEAPOLIS — In a meaningful sign that baseball season is rapidly approaching, the Twins released their 60-game schedule for the 2020 regular season on Monday evening, featuring 40 games against divisional opponents in the American League Central and 20 contests against National League Central opponents.The Twins will begin their campaign with a trip to Chicago, where they will play the Cubs in a July 22 exhibition at Wrigley Field before officially opening the regular season at Guaranteed Rate Field against the White Sox on July 24 at 7:10 p.m. CT. The home opener will follow on July 28 at 7:10 p.m. against the Cardinals, christening the 60th season of Twins baseball in Minnesota.The Twins play 10 games apiece against the White Sox, Royals, Tigers and Indians, in addition to an Interleague schedule that features six games against border rival Milwaukee, four each against the Pirates and Cardinals, and three against both the Cubs and Reds.At first glance, several elements of this new schedule appear favorable to the Twins. Seven of Minnesota’s 10 matchups against Cleveland, the Twins’ top competition for the division crown, are slated to occur at Target Field. In addition, the Twins have four of their scheduled off-days in September, including two in the final week of the season. That unequal distribution of days off could make things more difficult in August, but it could also allow the Twins to be more rested for the postseason if they were to qualify.You can see the Twins full schedule by clicking herelast_img read more