October 13, 2013
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October 12, 2013 |
The 6.3 magnitude earthquake that devastated Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2011 toppled buildings, upended roads and even liquefied the ground under some communities, causing them to sink. The historic city saw the soaring brick spire of the ChristChurch Cathedral topple and another 19th century landmark church crumble to the ground. But residents were stunned to learn that two-thirds of the 185 people killed in the city were in two more modern, seemingly solid concrete office buildings that fell down with the shaking.
September 27, 2013 |
Chivas USA, the New Zealand national team and a pair of clubs from Mexico's first division are expected to compete in a planned soccer tournament, the Los Angeles Cup, next month, as part of an effort to raise funds for hurricane victims in Mexico. The tournament will kick off with an Oct. 9 doubleheader at Citrus College. New Zealand meeting Mexico's Queretaro in the first match at 7 p.m. followed by Chivas against Veracruz. On Oct. 12 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Chivas will play New Zealand, which is preparing for a two-leg playoff in November for a final spot in the 2014 World Cup. A portion of the tournament's ticket proceeds will go to victims of hurricanes Ingrid and Manuel.
September 26, 2013 |
If you care about lost films in general and silent films in particular and can't wait till they arrive on DVD (no names, please), the moment is now. The National Film Preservation Foundation's “Lost & Found: American Treasures From the New Zealand Film Archive” is newly on sale, showcasing highlights from one of the most exciting finds of the past decade. That would be the discovery in New Zealand of a trove of silent material (detailed in a comprehensive 48-page booklet) that had been thought lost forever.
September 25, 2013 |
It was barely a week ago that Oracle Team USA, the defending champion in the America's Cup, looked all but finished. The American boat trailed Emirates Team New Zealand by eight races to one on the scoreboard, just one defeat short of losing the Cup. "It's a funny thing, but you need to face the barrel of the gun to come together as a team," Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill said. "You can either get wobbly in the knees or you can look straight down the barrel and smile. " Spithill was smiling Tuesday after his crew won twice to even the score at 8-8 and force a winner-take-all finale Wednesday afternoon.
September 19, 2013 |
The America's Cup is staying in America for at least one more day, thanks to the wind that blows in through the Golden Gate Bridge and the strong tide that flows out to sea. That means, of course, that all those bottles of champagne that New Zealanders have at the ready in San Francisco won't be popped open quite yet. Not long after Emirates Team New Zealand won Race 11 Wednesday to reach match point in the America's Cup against Oracle Team...
September 15, 2013 |
Whether it's the loping blue hills of Appalachia rising from a morning mist or the majesty of Alaska's Mt. McKinley piercing the clouds, mountains bring me peace. The clichés come to life: The steely rock seems solid and safe, the sheer size of each pinnacle a reminder of personal insignificance. But it's the simple beauty of frosted peaks against a luminescent blue sky that is the best soother, a martini and a hand smoothed across the brow rolled into one. The most potent tranquilizer: recollections of a visit to New Zealand's Southern Alps.
September 12, 2013 |
Emirates Team New Zealand moved a step closer to capturing the America's Cup on Thursday, winning two more races over defending champion Oracle Team USA. Neither race on San Francisco Bay was particularly close as the challenger opened a convincing lead of six races to minus-one, Oracle still in negative territory after incurring a two-race penalty before the competition began. Emirates needs only three more wins for the Cup. "Very happy with the day," New Zealand skipper Dean Barker said.
September 10, 2013 |
Larry Ellison, prince of Silicon Valley, is richer than God. But even Ellison can't always get what he wants. In 2010, Ellison's Oracle Team USA won the America's Cup, the 162-year-old yacht race that pits big personalities and big pocketbooks against wind, currents and radical boat design. The victory gave him the right to set the rules for where and how the next cup would unfold. He chose San Francisco Bay as the location, and set specs for the boats: They would be seven-ton catamarans, 72 feet long, with 13-story carbon-fiber fixed "wingsails.