December 7, 2013 |
Juergen Klinsmann struggled to put a bright spin on what was clearly a black Friday for U.S. soccer. But his face told the story his words couldn't. On most days, the perpetually exuberant Klinsmann looks like a boy who just got a puppy. But after the U.S. team he coaches was drawn into the most difficult four-team group for next summer's World Cup, he looked like a boy whose puppy had just been run over. "Well, I think we hit one of those real big killer groups," Klinsmann said from the Brazilian beachfront resort of Costa do Sauipe after the U.S. was paired with Germany, Portugal and Ghana in a group from which only two countries can advance.
December 6, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. Whether Grammy voters will recognize it or not, it's been a curious and transitional year for popular music. A few of its brightest new stars, 17-year-old New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde, country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves and the DJ-producer team Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, whose ascent from YouTube fame to Staples Center headliners was remarkably quick, were virtually unknown at the time of last year's ceremony. In their own ways, all wrote of thriving - not through wealth and fame but through creativity and honesty.
December 2, 2013 |
Air New Zealand hopes to get some tail winds from the next installment of "The Hobbit. " In a not-so-subtle marketing campaign tied to the movie, the self-described "airline of Middle-earth," has emblazoned a Boeing 777-300 aircraft with a 177 foot-long image of the dragon Smaug. The dragon-themed jet touched down at Los Angeles International Airport Monday morning in time for the premiere of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. It's the second film in the "The Hobbit" trilogy, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures.
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November 28, 2013 |
Dusk fell on the Imperial Highway apartment as Saia Holani scrambled to find a spare lamp, having handed off his own to a neighbor in need. Four of his children romped through the darkened living room, still in their Sunday best, as his wife offered pink wedges of watermelon to guests. "No Tongan is here to get rich," Holani had said earlier, outside the humble chapel of the Lennox Tongan United Methodist Church. "Even the smallest thing - we give. " Families who trace their roots to the South Pacific islands of Tonga are among the poorest - if not the poorest of all - in Los Angeles County.
November 26, 2013 |
One of the stars for Venice High this season is a foreign-exchange student from New Zealand , James Cherrington. The 6-foot-1, 216-pound 17-year-old has six sacks playing defensive end. Not bad for someone who showed up last January having never played football. He was a rugby player coming to America to experience a year of Southern California culture. “I love it. There's nothing like it,” he said of his football experience. If he can help Venice knock off Crenshaw on Friday in a City Section Division I semifinal, he'll get the chance to play in the City championship game.
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November 24, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - Jenny Chung is looking at the elephant that killed her sister, a well-known veterinarian in New Zealand who devoted years to the elephant's care after she was rescued from a touring circus. Chung has no anger toward Mila, the 7,600-pound African elephant with thoughtful eyes, stubby tusks, and hair on her back that turns reddish from "dirt baths. " "She never meant to hurt Helen, I'm convinced of that," Chung said. "She's lovely and she deserves to live like an elephant.
November 20, 2013 |
Mexico christened a new soccer star and it may have found a new manager as well Wednesday when Oribe Peralta's three first-half goals sparked Coach Miguel Herrera's team to a 4-2 win over New Zealand, qualifying Mexico for next summer's World Cup in Brazil. Peralta, who scored twice in the second half of Mexico's 5-1 win in Mexico City last week, had a hat trick in the first 33 minutes of the return leg in Wellington as El Tri swamped New Zealand, 9-3, on aggregate goals in the two-match intercontinental playoff.
November 19, 2013 |
The number of affluent travelers has risen in the last few years, and more of those travelers are women, according to a report by MMGY Global and the Harrison Group. And nine in 10 use the Internet to find travel suppliers and information. Affluent travelers, defined as those with an annual household income of $250,000 or more, make up 6% of the leisure travel market, the 2013 Portrait of American Travelers report says. Women now make up the majority of those travelers at 54%, up from 42% in 2010.
November 13, 2013 |
Recently, a curious case appeared before New Zealand's High Court. The plaintiff, Ioane Teitiota, a resident of the island-nation of Kiribati, was seeking refugee status in New Zealand. His reasoning? Climate change and rising sea levels were making Kiribati uninhabitable. "There's no future for us when we go back to Kiribati," Teitiota argued. I used to live in Kiribati, a remote nation of 33 atolls in the equatorial Pacific scattered over an area nearly two-thirds as large as the continental United States.
November 9, 2013 |
This wasn't the way it was supposed to end for Bob Bradley's Egyptian team. In a just world, Bradley, who has given Egyptian soccer fans hope during some of the darkest days in the country's recent history, would see his Cinderella team end up in Brazil next summer with a spot in the World Cup, a tournament Egypt has played in once since 1934. Instead, Bradley's Quixotic World Cup qualifying quest figures to end in disappointment next week in the second leg of a two-match African qualifier with Ghana.