21 Apr 19
Emma's Book Blog

My thoughts: Things in Jars is a wonderfully plotted Victorian mystery novel, bursting with beautiful sentences and turns of phrase that brought smiles to my eyes on many occasions.  It is populated with a  cast of colourful characters who are likely to stay with you long after you finish the last page. During my reading […]

21 Apr 19
Nathan's Insights

Ranked 87 on the IMDB Top 100 Movies Watched May 2018. Cast: Robin Williams (Dr Sean Maguire), Matt Damon (Will), Ben Affleck (Chuckie), Minnie Driver (Skylar), Stellan Skarsgård (Professor Lambeau), John Mighton (Tom), Rachel Majorowski (Krystyn), Colleen McCauley (Cathy), Casey Affleck (Morgan), Cole Hauser (Billy) Director: Gus Van Sant My rating: 9.5 / 10 Danelle’s […]

21 Apr 19

Luxuriate in earthly delights, but stay grounded this season.

21 Apr 19
World Site News

QINGDAO, China (Reuters) – Warships from India, Australia and several other nations arrived in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao on Sunday to attend a naval parade, part of a goodwill visit as China extends the hand of friendship despite regional tensions and suspicions. Chinese navy personnel moor the Indian Navy warship INS Kolkata…

21 Apr 19
The Irish Sun
COMEDIAN Dave McSavage has revealed how he nearly blew his biggest ever gig — by calling the Taoiseach “an Indian queer” . The 53-year-old found himself sharing a stage with the biggest names in Irish comedy at a massive benefit in the 3Arena on St Patrick’s Night. Comedian Dave McSavage nearly blew his biggest ever gig Taoiseach Leo Varadkar But the controversial star’s performance raised a few eyebrows after he opened up his set as his infamous Savage Eye character Mick ‘The Bull’ Daly. Dave told the Irish Sun: “They put me on third from last, probably so I wouldn’t upset anyone. So I got out onto this huge stage and I start doing Bull Mick off the Savage Eye, that really homophobic barman. “I go into character and start telling the crowd, ‘There’s a f***ing queer running the country — worse than that, an Indian queer’. “The only problem is a large part of the audience never saw the Savage Eye on TV and they think I’m being serious. The whole place goes quiet because they think I’ve crossed the line. “So suddenly I’ve to jump out of character and say, ‘Listen, it’s not me saying this, it’s this character the Bull Mick I do on the Savage Eye.’ “I just about got away . . . I know it was the 3Arena, I played it like it was the International Bar, and just about got away with it.” MCSAVAGE TURNS CRITICAL EYE ON HIMSELF Featuring big names like Tommy Tiernan, Pat Shortt and Neil Delamere, the third Comic Relief Patrick’s Night Show turned out to be a massive success, raising €250,000 for good causes. But it was the first time Dave had been invited to take part. He explained: “I was glad I did it because Deirdre O’Kane organised it and she’s totally sound, right back to when I was doing my earliest gigs with her.” But he admits there was a tension backstage when he came face to face with at least one of the big Irish comedy names taking part. Dave recounted: “There was this huge screen relaying who was on the main stage and people were staring at it in complete silence. “I suppose the other comedians were fearful that somebody else would go onstage and be funnier. “There was one comic there, I don’t like him and he doesn’t like me because I’ve slagged him off in the past. So we were avoiding each other like hammerhead sharks. “It’s all a bit silly really because we all do different strands of comedy. Even if you don’t like comics, you should still talk to them. People don’t forget”. ‘BRENDAN O’CONNOR ONLY LIKES ME BECAUSE I’M LESS FAMOUS’ It’s now five years since his satirical comedy the Savage Eye finished on RTE but he still has plenty of fans who will no doubt turn out to see his upcoming shows. And TV host Brendan O’Connor lavished praise on the comic for a recent gig in Dublin’s Olympia, insisting: “Nobody can touch Dave McSavage in Ireland. He was just so brave about everything he does.” Sitting outside Hogans Bar on Fade Street in the capital, Dave’s response is typically McSavage. He said: “It was nice of Brendan to say that. I think he likes me because I’m not as successful as he is. People like a heroic failure but any support is appreciated.” Brendan had also claimed it was “a tragedy” that Dave wasn’t on TV. Some would say that’s because RTE has no interest now in making shows by middle-aged men. But Dave has his own theories, saying: “I assume RTE researches who is watching comedy and want to make it for that audience. “Amy Huberman has become a national treasure by attaching herself to Brian O’Driscoll, who risked his life for Ireland by charging into a bunch of Maori rugby players. “Who cares if it’s any good or not? There is nothing wrong with Amy Huberman having a dream — just pick the right one. Saying that, comedy is an incredibly hard thing to pull off. But RTE always go for the path of least resistance. They go for non-risky comedy. “The sad thing about RTE is that they have superb cameramen, the best sound men, genius make-up people but fall down by not finding the least expensive, most essential part of the production — the writers. “RTE just won’t push the boat out. I don’t blame them though, there are plenty of other places to bring your ideas. Blaming RTE is ridiculous, you will get your idea on air if you are determined enough. “All you need is a camera and an editing package, that’s how I made the pilot for the Savage Eye.” ‘AWFUL GAME OF THRONES INTERVIEW’ It’s not as if Dave hasn’t been keeping busy in the past few years, after being cast by director John Michael McDonagh in 2014 film Calvary and acting opposite Pierce Brosnan in 2016’s IT, which was set in Dublin’s Docklands. And last year, he jetted to Italy to star in new Hulu mini-series Catch 22, based on the Joseph Heller novel and directed by George Clooney. But what nobody knows is that an even bigger role passed Dave by — on Game of Thrones Dave revealed: “I was down to play ‘Lord Car Share’ or something. But they wanted me to do an audition and I had less than zero interest for something that sounded like a game of chess.” He added: “I didn’t have a clue what they were all talking about and didn’t connect to it so I did an awful audition. “I was glad because recently I saw an awful doc called The Making of Game of Thrones and all the actors were on trying to look like team players, and going on about what a great show it was. “But all I could see in their eyes was fear of not having work. So they were too scared of having a proper opinion. “But all you hear on TV and radio all day long are homogenised opinions because actors and television presenters are too scared to say anything.” GETTING AWAY WITH THE SAVAGE EYE I reminded him that RTE did commission four seasons of the outrageous Savage Eye, which scooped a Celtic Media Award. Dave said: “People still ask, ‘How did you get away with that stuff on the Savage Eye?’ I always reply, ‘How did the Catholic Church get away with what they were doing? How did the banks get away with it?’ Really, who gives a f*** about satire? I guess the Savage Eye was a breath of fresh air on RTE because it finally reflected what people were saying and not the bland stuff you hear all day.” As the satirical show’s frontman, Dave is keen to credit his fellow cast and writers, like Father Ted star Patrick McDonnell. He said: “Patrick wrote a lot of series three and four. “And the whole team was great. John Colleary, Damien O’Donnell, and Kieron J Walsh, and it was my show. The Savage Eye is over a long time now but it’s helped me to scrape a living by doing little gigs around the country.” Currently in the early stages of a new TV project, Dave added: “I just need to give it one more push.” And the stand-up insists he is generally happy with his lot. Drinking Coca-Cola in the sunshine, he’s been off the booze for over a decade. He also enjoys a good relationship with his two sons, Daniel, 25, and 19-year-old Jack. Dave said: “My son Daniel is in comedy and does the door on the International Bar’s Comedy Cellar, taking the tickets and paying the comedians. Sometimes paying me! [article-rail-section title=”MOST READ IN TV & SHOWBIZ” posts_category=”169″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] “I think he stands by the stage sometimes making sure I don’t say something too outrageous.” It was a civilised interview but I’ve learned to always expect the unexpected from Dave McSavage. And sure enough, when our chat was over and the Irish Sun photographer arrived, Dave produced his own camera and chased Crispin Rodwell up the street interviewing him as he took his picture. CATCH Dave McSavage at The Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray, Co Wicklow on April 26, and Moat Theatre, Naas, Co Kildare on May 3. Brendan O’Connor Amy Huberman Our man Ken pretends to be shocked by Dave
21 Apr 19
Ananthika's A level portfolio

The second day for shooting was more successful because I got lots of footage and also managed to complete four interviews with two people in each frame. I took a lot of varied shots and I was happy with the outcome. The interviews took the most time because the subjects were not used to the […]

21 Apr 19
Poet's Vengeance

The early 90’s, as I recall now, wore a hue of one of the shades of sunrise. Reflecting within a cultural context, the washing-over of mindsets, and the acceptance of new appropriations into previously rigid forms, is in itself a definition of the era. While conservative lifestyle was still the majority, the divide between the […]

21 Apr 19
FILE PHOTO: A man holds a Koran as Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan stands during a swearing-in ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta
FILE PHOTO: A man holds a Koran as Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan stands during a swearing-in ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, October 16, 2017. REUTERS/Beawiharta/File Photo

April 21, 2019

By Tabita Diela and Yerica Lai

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Even with Indonesia’s current presidential election result still to be officially confirmed, attention is turning to the next race for the top job in 2024 with some rising political stars and well-connected figures in the frame.

Sample vote counts by private pollsters from last week’s poll show that incumbent President Joko Widodo is headed for a second and final term in office though the results are being disputed by his challenger, ex-general Prabowo Subianto.

There are, however, a string of new leaders waiting in the wings for their chance including some who, like Widodo, cut their teeth running cities or provinces across the archipelago, and also the offspring of ex-leaders being groomed to take over.

Still, a candidate needs at least 20 percent of seats in parliament or 25 percent of the popular vote to stand, meaning it is conceivable for this year’s challenger Subianto, who is chairman of the Gerindra party, to run for a third attempt.

“We have a lot of potential leaders… The threshold should be lowered to give these people an open opportunity,” said Arya Fernandes, a researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies.

Here are some of the possible contenders for the 2024 vote.

Anies Baswedan, 49, is the governor of Jakarta. The former education minister, with backing from opposition parties and some hardline Islamist groups, defeated the popular ethnic-Chinese, Christian governor of the capital in a vote marred by religious tensions. Still, the Fulbright Scholar who comes from a family of moderate Muslim scholars is seen as appealing to younger voters and representing a more modern face of Islam.

Sandiaga Uno, 49, was elected vice governor of Jakarta in 2017, but stood down to be the vice presidential running mate for Prabowo. His private equity fortune made to a large degree with investments in Indonesia’s coal industry helped fund Prabowo and his campaign. Though a relative newcomer to politics, the campaign has allowed him to raise his profile across Indonesia and he proved a hit with millennial and female voters.

Ridwan Kamil, 47, is governor of Indonesia’s most populous province West Java and an ally of Widodo. A trained architect, he was previously mayor of Bandung where he is credited with rebranding the city to encourage creativity and use of technology. He has successfully used social media to connect with voters and has more than 10 million followers on Instagram.

Puan Maharani, 45, is a minister for human development and cultural affairs. She has political pedigree as the daughter of former president Megawati Soekarnoputri and granddaughter of Indonesia’s charismatic first leader, Sukarno. Her mother chairs the biggest party in parliament, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), which is in the ruling coalition.

Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, 40, is the eldest son of former president and Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The Harvard-educated politician followed his father by having a military career and despite his inexperience ran in the Jakarta governor race in 2017 where he lost in the first round. The Democratic Party has also not fared so well this year.

Other names being circulated by pollsters or the media include regional leaders such as Ganjar Pranowo, 50, the governor of Central Java, Tri Rismaharini, 57, mayor of Surabaya, and East Java governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa, 53.

In eastern Indonesia, Nurdin Abdullah, 56, the South Sulawesi governor, is also seen as a contender.

Deputy parliament speaker and vice chairman of the Gerindra party Fadli Zon, 47, is also seen as a possible candidate as a Prabowo loyalist.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, 52, the ex-governor of Jakarta, still has many supporters if he did try to get back into politics even with a blasphemy conviction for insulting the Koran.

Billionaire businessman Erick Thohir, 48, who orchestrated last year’s Asian Games and Widodo’s 2019 presidential campaign, has also been mentioned though he has denied interest in a political career and up to now lacks governance experience.

(Reporting by Tabita Diela and Yerica Lai; Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

Source: OANN

21 Apr 19

Information is present in computing platforms in two forms. – Bits that are stored – Bits that are traveling and transitioning Securing bits that are stored and bits that are traveling and transitioning is a task. These two forms present their own challenges but the bits that are traveling and transitioning i.e. changing forms within […]

21 Apr 19
Focal Plane

My latest story has been published in Corrugated Sky‘s anthology Cold as Death, a collection of four not-too-gruesome zombie stories. We got the editing and formatting of the book done and had our printed copies in hand just in time for RavenCon 14, where we had a vendor table. Our exhibits are starting to look […]

21 Apr 19
Audrey Driscoll's Blog

Several years ago I read a lot of spirited discussions on a LinkedIn writers’ group which no longer exists. I suspect it self-immolated. Here’s a post from early 2013. Grumpiness warning! Since joining LinkedIn’s Fiction Writers’ Guild last year, I’ve wasted — er, spent a lot of hours reading and occasionally commenting on several discussions. […]

21 Apr 19
Lowmiller Consulting Group Blog

The Observer Cambridge Analytica My TED talk: how I took on the tech titans in their lair Carole Cadwalladr For more than a year, the Observer writer has been probing a darkness at the heart of Silicon Valley. Last week, at a TED talk that became a global viral sensation, she told the tech billionaires […]

21 Apr 19
World Site News

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – World leaders meeting in Beijing this week for a summit on China’s Belt and Road initiative will agree to project financing that respects global debt goals and promotes green growth, according to a draft communique seen by Reuters. A map illustrating China’s silk road economic belt and the 21st century maritime silk…

21 Apr 19
World Site News

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – World leaders meeting in Beijing this week for a summit on China’s Belt and Road initiative will agree to project financing that respects global debt goals and promotes green growth, according to a draft communique seen by Reuters. A man walks past a flower installation set up for the upcoming Belt and…

21 Apr 19
World Site News

QINGDAO, China (Reuters) – Warships from India, Australia and several other nations arrived in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao on Sunday to attend a naval parade, part of a goodwill visit as China extends the hand of friendship despite regional tensions and suspicions. The Royal Australian Navy’s Adelaide class guided missile frigate HMAS…