The Wait Is Over! Star Ian McKellen Answers the Ultimate Godot Question

first_img Stewart agreed with his co-star, but turned to McKellen and said, “I have a feeling that answer is going to follow you for the rest of your life.” Related Shows Does Godot exist? That has been the question (among many questions) for audiences of Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece Waiting for Godot since it premiered in 1953. So… Does he? Ian McKellen, who plays Estragon in the play, knows. The actor confidently responded to the question when he visited Broadway.com’s Times Square studio with Godot and No Man’s Land co-star Patrick Stewart, who plays Vladimir. Look for more answers to your questions, when the Ask a Star feature on the pair of Sirs premieres on January 3. Waiting For Godotcenter_img View Comments “He certainly exists,” McKellen said. “He’s a farmer. He has goats and sheep. And he doesn’t treat his employees very well.” The actor went on to describe evidence of play’s absent title character, and then added, “He doesn’t keep his appointments. He’s a thoroughly unreliable person. And Beckett doesn’t want you to be interested in him whatsoever. But he exists.” Show Closed This production ended its run on March 30, 2014last_img read more

Four suspected terrorists arrested in Bekasi

first_imgThe National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad arrested four suspected terrorists in separate areas in Bekasi, West Java, on Sunday.“The first suspect, Muhammad Nasir alias Safiq alias Martin alias Kholid, was arrested in South Cikarang, Bekasi,” National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. Argo Yuwono said on Sunday as quoted by tempo.co.According to Argo, Nasir had allegedly helped hide suspected terrorists Muhammad Tsabat Abdullah alias Dul and Soleh Habibi. He also participated in outdoor training for the Adira group in 2012, Argo added. Tsabat was the second suspected terrorist arrested. He was nabbed in the Perumnas III housing complex in Aren Jaya, East Bekasi.Densus 88 also arrested suspected terrorist Nur Muhammad Maulidi Kusnanto alias Alung alias Nur alias Salman in Bekasi city.“The person helped hide Tsabat,” Argo said.Lastly, Irfan Gunawan alias Muhammad Ilham alias Bagus alias Yulian alias Sahidi alias Bimbim was arrested in Bekasi city on suspicions of terrorism.Argo said Irfan had served as a leader of a local Jemaah Islamiyah group and was responsible for managing tajhiz (handling, bathing, covering dead bodies). (syk)Topics :last_img read more

BlackRock joins legal action against Volkswagen over emissions scandal

first_imgBlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has joined other institutional investors in suing Volkswagen in connection with the emissions scandal in which the car manufacturer is embroiled.A spokesman for BlackRock said: “On behalf of their investors, a number of BlackRock-managed collective investment schemes are pursuing, alongside other institutional investors, legal action against Volkswagen AG in connection with Volkswagen’s failure to disclose to investors its use of ‘defeat devices’ that manipulated emission tests.”He added that, “in light of the ongoing legal proceedings”, the asset manager could not comment further at this point.The complaint is understood to have been filed on Friday, 16 September, and is supported by litigation funders Bentham Europe. More than 80 investors are participating in the class action that Bentham Europe is financing, which is seeking damages of up to €2bn.The Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF), the UK’s largest local authority pension fund, is involved, announcing its participation on the same day that the governments of the German federal states of Hesse and Baden-Württemberg also said they would be filing lawsuits against the company at Braunschweig District Court.The flurry of announcements came ahead of a statute of limitations associated with the 2015 scandal. Bentham Europe said its filing comes a year after Volkswagen publicly disclosed that it was using defeat devices in its cars.The states of Hesse and Baden-Württemberg join Bavaria in pursuing legal action.The federal state of Bavaria announced its plan to file a lawsuit in early August, doing so on behalf of its civil service pension fund.Volkswagen was last year discovered to have used so-called defeat devices to cheat emissions tests, sending its share price tumbling.last_img read more

Nelson Leafs struggles continues, drop 2-1 decision to Spokane Braves

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs continue to limp toward the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League post season.Nelson, looking more like a MASH unit than a hockey team, dropped its second straight game — five of the last eight — falling 2-1 to visiting Spokane Braves Friday night at the NDCC Arena.This is the same Spokane squad Nelson pummelled 7-2 Sunday in Nelson.With only 13 skaters on the game sheet, including 15-year-old Reece Tambellini, the Leafs struggled to find any offence against the Braves.Spokane found all the offence it would need during a two-minute span in the second period when Paxton Malone and Troy Pichette scored past Josh Williams in the Nelson nets. Kolten Nelson, scoring his fourth goal in three games, potted the only goal in the third period for Nelson.Spokane out shot the Leafs in every period, finishing the contest with a 38-21 advantage.Nelson, missing defencemen Dash Thompson, Brendan Smith and Aigne McGeady-Bruce along with forwards Eamonn Miller and Blair Andrews from the lineup concludes the regular season Sunday in Grand Forks.The Border Bruins tuned up for what promises to be a great series against Castlegar, battled the Rebels at home before losing 5-4 in overtime.Nick Headrick scored the winner in the first overtime period.The loss comes three days after Grand Forks defeated Castlegar in overtime by the same 5-4 score.For the Leafs, dropping to 20-29-0-0-2 on the season, it’s a day off to rest before opening the KIJHL Murdoch Division semi final playoff round Tuesday in Beaver Valley against the high-powered Nitehawks.Game two is Wednesday, also in Fruitvale before the series shifts to the NDCC Arena for Games three and four, Friday and Saturday.If necessary, Game five is Monday, February 29th in Beaver Valley.last_img read more

Meulensteen: Mata will boost United

first_imgFulham boss Rene Meulensteen believes Manchester United will be massively boosted by the signing of Chelsea’s Juan Mata. United are expected to complete the capture of the Blues playmaker within the next 48 hours after a deal worth around £37m was agreed in principle.Meulensteen, who spent 12 years at Old Trafford as a coach under Sir Alex Ferguson, said: “I think he’s a great player and would be a great player for United.“It’s not really my business to comment, but he is a very good player and I do think he will definitely improve them.”Mata is due in Manchester for a medical this afternoon and is expected to sign a four-and-a-half-year contract with the reigning Premier League champions.See also: I expected to lose Mata to Barcelona or Real Madrid, not UnitedFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Lee Smith, Harold Baines headed to Hall of Fame

first_imgLongtime closer Lee Smith and smooth-swinging Harold Baines have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame.Former outfielder and manager Lou Piniella fell one vote short.The results by the 16-member Today’s Game Era Committee were announced Sunday at the winter meetings.Smith, a minor-pitching consultant with the Giants, and Baines, an All-Star with the A’s in the early 1990s, both debuted in Chicago during the 1980 season Smith began with the Cubs and went on to post a then-record 478 saves …last_img read more

Chiefs vs. Raiders: Five questions with opposing beat writer

first_imgChecking in with Adam Teicher, who covers the Kansas City Chiefs for ESPN:1) A pretty impressive Week 1 by Patrick Mahomes. Is it even possible for him to be better than he was last season when he won the MVP?It’s difficult to see Mahomes topping his stats from 2018, when he became only the second player in NFL history to get to 50 touchdown passes and 5,000 yards. But he can still have a greater impact on games even if he throws, say, 40 touchdowns and 4,500 yards. His impact on last …last_img read more

South African HIV/Aids research pioneer Glenda Gray on 2017 Time’s 100 Most Influential list

first_imgDr Glenda Gray, the pioneering medical researcher, who specialises in the search for a vaccine for HIV/Aids, is the only South African to be selected as one of Time magazine’s prestigious 100 most influential people in 2017.Dr Glenda Gray, selected as one of 2017’s Most Influential people by Time magazine, is a pioneering medical researcher dedicated to finding an HIV vaccine. Gray has been at the forefront of HIV/Aids treatment and advocacy in South Africa for more than 30 years. (Image: South African Medical Research Council)CD AndersonDr Glenda Gray joins previous South African Time100ers such as comedian Trevor Noah, former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and tech entrepreneur Elon Musk. This year’s list includes US presidential adviser Ivanka Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, humanitarian Melinda Gates and singer Kendrick Lamar.Gray is the president and CEO of the South African Medical Research Council (SMRC), and also leads a group of internationally acclaimed medical researchers giving hope to people living with HIV/Aids. Its landmark contribution is the development and implementation of a pioneering HIV vaccine efficacy trial that has been running over the past seven years.This programme seeks to develop an effective and affordable HIV vaccine regimen in South Africa that, if successful, could be the first HIV vaccine to be licensed globally.Speaking to News24 about her work, Gray says: “I [believe] if we find a solution to HIV, we will find it in South Africa. As a county we have come a long way with many breakthroughs over the years.”In the Time profile, editor Siobhan O’Conner calls Gray a dedicated and passionate pioneer, and highlights her research that led to a dramatic drop in mother-to-child HIV transmission and babies born with the virus — from 600,000 a year to 150,000. Part of Gray’s leadership in ongoing research and medical trials is the development of an early infant inoculation system.“[Gray’s] ongoing HIV vaccine study is the largest of its kind ever conducted in South Africa, and with it, Gray is once again doing her part to make sure that the science of HIV — and the conversation around it — never stops evolving,” writes O’Conner.The doctor’s courageous drive and fearlessness in questioning the status quo was, according to her official SMRC biography, developed by her tireless work in fighting against apartheid. During the 1980s Gray was at the forefront of calling for the desegregation of the country’s hospitals and allowing access to medical treatment for all South Africans. After 1994, Gray worked closely with Nelson Mandela’s first democratic government in tackling the growing HIV/Aids problem.She founded South Africa’s first perinatal HIV clinic in 1993, offering testing and counselling facilities for pregnant women in townships. The clinic, together with the University of the Witwatersrand, was also at the forefront of HIV/Aids research. Later, Gray campaigned vigorously for cost-effective HIV treatments for developing countries.In 2001, Gray and others helped to form the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), which fought tirelessly for the distribution of treatment to HIV-positive pregnant women in South Africa. In 2002, alongside her colleague Dr James McIntyre, she received the Nelson Mandela Health and Human Rights Award for their research. In presenting the award to Gray and her team, Mandela recognised that “beyond doubt and argument” that giving drugs to pregnant women was central to the fight against HIV/Aids.In 2003, Gray and McIntyre were honoured with a Heroes in Medicine Award by the International Association of Physicians in Aids Care.She was also awarded South Africa’s highest national honour, the Order of Mapungubwe (Silver) in 2013 for both her activism during apartheid and her pioneering medical research.While the work of the TAC with the South African government has enabled more than 2 million South Africans with HIV/Aids to receive treatment, Gray has refocused her research efforts on developing effective vaccines for the virus, particular for enabling infected mothers to be able to breastfeed infants. Her current work is focusing on developing a vaccine that works for adults and children.“Once we find a vaccine that works, and we put it to infants, I would have completed my cycle, my journey,” she said. “I want to be part of that team that finds an HIV vaccine. I believe we will find it.”Regarding the Time 100 honour, Gray paid tribute to those around her who had been part of the trailblazing work, telling News24 on 21 April 2017: “I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my team and the people I work with. So, it’s not just about me, I happen to represent a team that very much deserves this as much as I do… we can’t rest. We will find a solution. I might symbolise hope and passion, but it is the hard work of a whole team of people that will ultimately make a difference.”For a full timeline of the life and work of Dr Glenda Gray, read this 2014 profile.Source: News24, South African Medical Research Council, Wikipedia Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Google Wants You To Live Longer—Much, Much Longer

first_imgreadwrite Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts Google wants to hack the human lifespan. Today it launched Calico, a new startup with a hazy  focus on “health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases.”Calico will be led by former Genentech CEO Arthur Levinson, who was once a research scientist at the biotech pioneer, and who will remain chairman of both Apple and Genentech (which is now a unit of the drug company Roche). Google didn’t say what, exactly, Calico will do, although Google CEO Larry Page told Time magazine that it will focus on longer-term initiatives:“In some industries, it takes ten or 20 years to go from an idea to something being real. Healthcare is certainly one of those areas,” said Page. “Maybe we should shoot for the things that are really, really important so ten or 20 years from now we have those things done.” How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees?center_img 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#Google#life extension Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more