The prolific director returns next month with Café Society and a TV series. Here, he talks exclusively about sex, antisemitism, the impact of that abuse allegation – and his dream of racing Usain Bolt
Woody Allen is 80. Time is finite and he knows it. Every day the industrious same: wake, work, weights, treadmill, work, clarinet, work, supper, TV, sleep. Except today and tomorrow and Thursday, when he’ll do something futile.
“I never thought there was any point doing press,” he says. “I don’t think anybody ever reads an interview and says: ‘Hey, I want to see that movie!’” He smiles benignly, tip-to-toe in peanut-butter beige. Allen no longer reads anything about himself (except, maybe, one article, of which more later). This is the boring bit of film-making. This and the gags of the financiers.
China Telecom, the state owned fixed-line operator, has released its latest five-year plan detailing the company’s move into emerging markets.
The change comes as China Mobile, the state owned mobile operator, starts to encroach on China Telecom’s business. More Chinese customers, especially the younger generation, are skipping fixed-line telephones and broadband for cheaper mobile contracts.
To remain relevant, China Telecom plans to transform the business into an “integrated information service provider”, focused on artificial intelligence, cloud computing, big data, the Internet of Things, mobile.
The state-owned enterprise already provides service to all five focus markets, according to Nikkei. The network’s Internet of Things (IoT) service reached three million connections and its mobile payments platform, BestPay, surpassed eight millions users.
Neither of those are particularly massive numbers, but China Telecom has faith that in the next five years, the five focus areas will make up 60 percent of the company’s revenue.
China Telecom faces big domestic competition
China Telecom has been in the fortunate position of zero competition in the fixed-line market, but will find it much harder to stake a claim in the artificial intelligence or cloud computing market, where major tech firms Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent are spending millions.
Yang Jie, the CEO of China Telecom, revealed that its cloud division had seen a 41 percent rise in revenue this year, but it did not provide numbers for artificial intelligence or big data businesses.
Companies outside China might not be confident in China Telecom as a data center or networking provider, because of its ties to the government. This is especially true for U.S. tech firms, which have received cyber attacks from hackers connected to the state.
The lack of foreign partners is not likely to hurt China Telecom though, due to its connections inside the country with tech firms.
The paucity of Marvel and Star Wars actors in the 2016 top 20 suggests the studio doesn’t need to rely on A-list names in the cinematic universe era
How is it possible to explain why Ben Affleck, star of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, is sitting pretty in sixth place on Forbes’ 2016 list of the highest-paid male stars in Hollywood with a whopping $43m in fees, while Harrison Ford, who headlined Star Wars: The Force Awakens, languishes down in 20th position with just $15m in earnings over the past year?
HAVANA: Colombia's government and the FARC rebels have reached a historic peace agreement to end their half-century civil war that cost hundreds of thousands of lives.
After nearly four years of negotiations in Cuba, the two sides announced a final deal Wednesday, which President Juan Manuel Santos said would be put to a decisive referendum on October 2.
"The Colombian government and the FARC announce that we have reached a final, full and definitive accord... on ending the conflict and building a stable and enduring peace," the two sides said in a joint statement read out in Havana by Cuban diplomat Rodolfo Benitez.
"We don't want one more victim in Colombia."
In a national address just after the announcement, Santos – who has staked his legacy on the peace process – said the deal marked "the end of the suffering, the pain and the tragedy of war."
He immediately launched his campaign for a "Yes" vote in the referendum, which he said would be the most important election of voters' lives.
"This is a historic and unique opportunity ... to leave behind this conflict and dedicate our efforts to building a more secure, safe, equitable, educated country, for all of us, for our children and grandchildren," he said.
Colombians welcomed the announcement with both skepticism and joy, as many took to the streets late Wednesday night, waving the national flag and carrying balloons emblazoned with the word "yes" to show their support for peace.
"It's hard to believe that we have lived to see such things, it's historic for the country," 24-year-old Marcela Cardenas said, before adding that she believes the transformation will be extremely difficult.
Local TV in Colombia's Caribbean city of Barranquilla showed a rapper chanting "Forward with peace, forward!"
The conflict began with the founding of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 1964, at a time when leftist guerrilla armies were fighting to sow revolution throughout Latin America.
Over the years, it has killed 260,000 people, uprooted 6.8 million and left 45,000 missing.
Along the way, it has drawn in several leftist rebel groups and right-wing paramilitaries. Drug cartels have also fueled the violence in the world's largest cocaine-producing country.
Three previous peace processes with the FARC ended in failure.
But after a major offensive by the army from 2006 to 2009 – led by then-defense minister Santos – a weakened FARC agreed to come to the negotiating table.
Over the past few days, the two sides had been discussing a range of unresolved topics, and worked late into the night Tuesday to draft their joint statement, sources from the two delegations told AFP in Havana.
FARC chief negotiator Ivan Marquez called the accord a new chapter for Colombia.
"We can now say that fighting with weapons ends and with ideas begins," he said from Havana.
The peace deal comprises six agreements reached at each step of the arduous negotiations.
They cover justice for victims of the conflict, land reform, political participation for ex-rebels, fighting drug trafficking, disarmament and the implementation and monitoring of the accord.
Under the peace deal, the FARC will begin moving its estimated 7,000 fighters from their jungle and mountain hideouts into disarmament camps set up by the United Nations, which is helping monitor the ceasefire.
The FARC will then become a political party. Its weapons will be melted down to build three peace monuments.
Special courts will be created to judge crimes committed during the conflict.
An amnesty will be granted for less serious offenses. But it will not cover the worst atrocities, such as massacres, torture and rape.
Those responsible for such crimes will face up to 20 years in prison, with lighter sentences if they confess.
Santos insisted there would be no impunity for such crimes.
'Historic day, critical juncture'
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated the negotiators for their perseverance, while emphasizing that equal determination will be needed to implement the agreement.
EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini warned in a statement that a number of challenges remain for implementation, but that the deal would bring lasting peace.
On Twitter Erna Solberg, the prime minister of Norway, one of the countries that mediated the talks, congratulated "both parties for a bold step towards a peaceful Colombia."
Meanwhile the White House said US President Barack Obama had called Santos to congratulate him.
"The president recognized this historic day as a critical juncture in what will be a long process to fully implement a just and lasting peace agreement," it said in a statement.
Obama vowed continuing support for Colombia, a key ally in the US war on drugs.
Washington has spent more than US$10 billion on a joint anti-narcotics strategy called "Plan Colombia" – recently rebaptized "Peace Colombia" by Obama.
Analyst Jorge Restrepo of the Conflict Analysis Resource Centre said the agreement allows Colombia to "finally deal with the public policy issues that have been overshadowed by the armed conflict," such as drugs.
However there are still obstacles on the way to peace.
Santos's top rival, former president Alvaro Uribe, is leading a campaign to vote "No" in the referendum, arguing his successor has given too much away to the FARC.
And the government is still fighting a smaller rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), whose ongoing kidnappings have derailed efforts to open peace negotiations. — AFP
A freshly ripened cantaloupe straight from your own garden is one of the summer's greatest pleasures. There are hundreds of varieties of cantaloupe to choose from, but the classic Hale's Best, a popular melon with old-time growers, is one of the best. Whatever variety you choose, you can learn to prep the ground for planting, care for your budding melons, and identify common problems throughout the growing process to give you the best chance for success. See Step 1 for more information.
Select a hardy variety appropriate for your climate. Cantaloupes, also known as muskmelons, are available in dozens of cultivated and heirloom varieties, and grow best in hot weather, at least 2-3 months of consistent warmth. Cantaloupes love very sandy and loamy soil with good drainage, and a pH of around 6.
Varieties good for cooler climates include Hale's Best, Sarah's Choice, and Eden's Gem. Varieties noted for their flavor include Hearts of Gold, Ambrosia, Athena, and Honey Bun.
Pay particular attention to the time to maturity listed on the seed package. Most of the time, you won't buy cantaloupe starts, you'll purchase seeds and start them yourself. On the seed package, pay particular attention to planting advice and information about keeping them safe, and pay particularly close attention to the length of time to maturation.
If you want to save cantaloupe seeds from a particularly-delicious melon for planting, scoop them from the flesh and soak them for two days in cool water, then drying them thoroughly on a paper towel. Store them in a clean jar in a cool, dark environment until you're ready to start your melons. While viable for around two years, it's usually best to plant seeds within the year.
Select an appropriate location for cantaloupe. The most important part of planting and growing cantaloupe is warm soil and enough space. The vines need some room to spread out, regardless of whether you plan on trellising or letting the melons mature on the ground, so you'll need a fairly wide bed, depending on how large a crop you're going to plant.
It's a common misconception and fear that cantaloupes will cross with other members of the same family, including cucumbers, other melons, squash, and pumpkins. They won't. Don't worry about planting your vining fruits in the same area of your garden plot. Most strange or bland-flavored cantaloupe is not the result of accidental cross-breeding, but the result of environmental factors or other problems.
Prepare the soil. Lay compost or well-rotted manure evenly on your planting bed to create a rich feeding area for the cantaloupe. 6-8 inches of well-tilled soil is appropriate, plus your fertilization matter.
Start cultivating soil by tilling the ground at least a foot deep, aerating and thoroughly mixing the rough soil, removing any rocks, twigs, or other hard bits. Mix in a thick layer of manure and a smaller layer of compost on top, replacing the earth you excavated. Cantaloupes grow best on mounds, slightly raised above the surrounding ground, so don't worry if you've created a big bulge in the ground.
If you want, it's common to cover the ground of your plot with plastic film or weed matting prior to planting, to speed the warming process of the soil. It's important to plant cantaloupe starts in warm soil to promote healthy growth.
Consider starting cantaloupe indoors. If you knew the exact date of the last frost of the season, planting cantaloupe would be a snap. Ideally, cantaloupes will be direct-sowed approximately 10 days before the last frost, earlier in warmer climates. Because that date is ever more difficult to determine, it makes starting your cantaloupe indoors a somewhat more grower-friendly method.
If you live in a cooler climate, start seeds indoors about a month before transplanting by sewing them in biodegradable seedling pots filled with rich planting soil. You won't be able to disturb the gentle root system created by the germination, so it's important to use a biodegradable pot, rather than terracotta cotta. Moisten the soil generously, but without standing water. Plants should have a few mature leaves before transplanting.
If you live in warmer climates, you can direct sow seeds when the soil temperature warms to at least 65 degrees to avoid poor germination.
In your plot, create mounds for planting. Cantaloupe should be planted on raised mounds in a row, with each hill about 12 inches (30.5 cm) apart from the next. Rows should be at least 4 feet (1.2 m) apart.
Some growers prefer trellising cantaloupe, training the vines up onto a trellis pole or wire as a way of keeping the melons off the ground. This typically only works for smaller melons. If you want to trellis your variety, make sure to save room for the trellising, discussed below.
Plant your cantaloupe. Wait for the ground to warm to at least , sometime after the final frost of the season. Depending on where you live, this may be earlier or later in the planting season.
If you started your cantaloupe indoors, plant your biodegradable pot in the middle of each mound, as close to the center as possible. Wet the soil generously during planting.
If you're direct-sowing seeds, drop 5 cantaloupe seeds about one inch deep, 18 inches apart, in hills about apart.
Water the cantaloupe deeply and sparingly. Keep the soil around the young cantaloupe plants moist, but not standing in water. They should get around 1 or 2 inches a week. Cantaloupe will be very sensitive during periods of drought and may need additional watering, so use your judgment and keep a close eye on the plants to make sure they're growing and looking healthy.
Melons will take a while to set on the vine, but most of the sugary flavor in a melon can be determined from the leaves. Just because you don't see melons yet doesn't mean that you don't know anything about how they will taste. Pay attention to the quality and vigor of the leaves: they should be dark green, with stiff structure and and healthy color. Yellowish or spotted leaves may be a sign of dryness or disease.
It's typical for melon leaves to wilt significantly in the midday and stay wilted looking until the evening in extremely hot weather. This isn't necessarily a sign that you need to water the cantaloupe more, however, so look at the quality of the leaves, not the limpness.
Drip-tape can be quite effective in watering your melons, but you can also hand-water or do whatever is appropriate for the size of your plot and other planting projects. Water around the base of the vines and try not to get the fruit wet, when it sets.
Protect the fruits as they begin to grow. Whether you're growing new plants or have transplanted your starts, it's a good idea to cover your rows with floating row cover in order to keep them warm and protect them from insects. You can use small loops of chicken wire to create a tunnel, then drape your netting over the row.
It's important to remove the matting after the threat of frost has dissipated and blooms have started to form, so that pollinating insects can reach the blossoms.
Weed the area thoroughly before the vines start running. It's challenging to walk around the thick network of vines, much less to weed it. To give your vines the best chance at growth, try to weed aggressively in the first couple of weeks of growth, and let them grow big enough to get a head start and beat out the weeds as the plant matures.
One of the difficult things about growing cantaloupe directly from seed is that the budding cantaloupe plant looks an awful lot like clover, a weed that you'll want to pick. Because it would be a tragedy to pull your budding plant, try to mark your start with a plant card, or wait until it distinguishes itself from the clover to start pulling weeds.
Consider trellising cantaloupe. Depending on how you've set up your growing patch, it may be appropriate to trellis your melons so they can grow off the ground. A fence-style trellis set low to the ground is the most effective for growing cantaloupe.
To train the vines, start by planting poles high at each mound in your melon row. You can use metal wire, planks of wood, thick twine, or any other available supplies to connect the poles and provide something for the melons to cling to. Train the vines up along the
To support the fruit, give them something to rest on or in to lessen the load on the vines. Place the fruit on raised mulch beds or pedestals like upside down cans or pots. You can cover the fruits if they are under attack by animals, such as ground hogs.
When your vines start fruiting, melons seated directly on the ground are more prone to rot and being picked off by critters. If the weather becomes somewhat damp, trellising is a good way to keep your melons protected from harm, especially in the latter stages of the growing season, but it's not super-necessary. Do, however, consider raising your melons off the ground level to protect them as then vine-ripen.
Fertilize plants periodically. During the growth process, its somewhat common to use a nitrogen fertilizer on plants that have not bloomed, or seem to be moving slower than other plants. Lining some coffee grounds around the root system can be an effective way of waking up the plant.
It's also common to fertilize cantaloupe with a higher potassium and phosphorus fertilizer after the blossoms have opened, though long time deposits of phosphorus fertilization can be environmentally hazardous. try to avoid weed killers and other chemical additives, line organic matter like compost or manure around the root system if they're lagging.
Withhold some water just before the cantaloupe reaches full ripeness. Too much watering can dilute the sugar content in the melon as it ripens and affect the flavor of the fruit. It's common to hold back on your watering in the last week before you harvest the melons.
When a cantaloupe is ready to pick, the stem will start cracking slightly where it meets the stem. It's overripe when it falls off completely. It's also common that you'll start smelling the distinctive musky smell of a ripe melon when you're near the patch. If you can smell cantaloupe, they're ready to pick.
Most varieties of cantaloupe will ripen within 4 weeks of appearing on the vine, though pay attention to the guidelines of the particular variety you're cultivating for more specific instructions.
Learn to recognize common pest infestations. Because they lay around the ground, melon vines are particularly susceptible to pests like insects, mites, and leaf miners. To keep from worrying, you can learn to recognize common problems and figure out whether or not you've got a serious problem.
Root knots and swelling mean nematodes, a significant problem that you won't be able to take care of this season. Pull up your plants and sew some cereal rye into the soil to cleanse it.
Stickiness and wilting mean aphids, which can be treated with Theodan or other organic insecticides like essential oil/olive oil mixtures.
Leaf tunnels and trails mean leaf miners, which isn't something to worry about. They shouldn't affect the fruit significantly.
Yellow webbed leaves mean spider mites, meaning that plants will need to be removed, if the small red mites are significant enough.
Recognize the symptoms of common blights. Grown and watered properly, your cantaloupe should be fine most of the time. Occasionally, though, ground-vining fruit are susceptible to blights and diseases that can ruin crops if not treated immediately. You can learn to recognize the most-common varieties of blight, so you can pull up the plants and save your other crops, or start a fungicidal regimen, depending on the severity.
Yellow spots with downy undergrowth signify downy mildew. This is sometimes treated with chlorothalonil, or other organic-based wide-spectrum fungicide, though it shouldn't be necessary for most gardens. Proper trellising of vines should help circulate air and eliminate the possibility of mildew.
Broken stems emitting amber-colored liquid means gummy sap blight. This is a soil-based blight, which means the crop will likely die this season, but you can treat sap blight by rotating varietals around your plot, and possibly using a selective fungicide.
Fruit rot after rain means southern blight. In regions with heavier soil, this is a common problem. Avoid over-watering and mulch between the plant and the soil to prevent rot.
Learn why vines sometimes won't set fruit. After going to all the trouble to prep your ground and start your cantaloupe, there's nothing more frustrating than a mess of vines that never sets any melons. Learning from this experience, though, can help ensure that you'll have fruiting vines in the future. Most fruiting problems are the result of one of two things:
A lack of pollinating insects can result in healthy-looking vines that never set. Cantaloupe vines produce male and female flowers, and pollination between them is necessary for fruiting. If you're growing cantaloupe in a greenhouse, or live somewhere that bees are scarce, you might need to pollenate by hand.
Improper ground temperature will force the plant to only produce male flowers, which makes it difficult to fruit, even if pollinating insects are very present. Make sure you wait to put your plants in when the soil is around .
If your melon plants struggle to produce, but you're doing everything by the book, try tilling some cereal rye in plots you plan on growing in for next season about a month before putting your plants in the ground.
KUALA LUMPUR, 25 Ogos — “Saya terdengar bunyi dentuman kuat beberapa kali sebelum melihat serpihan besi pencangkuk kren terjatuh dan menghempap kereta Perodua Kelisa di depan saya”, demikian menurut seorang saksi kejadian seorang pemandu wanita yang maut akibat dihempap besi kren di Jalan Raja Chulan, di sini malam ini.
Pemandu yang hanya mahu dikenali sebagai Elizabeth, 34, berkata ketika kejadian beliau sedang memandu selang beberapa kenderaan di belakang kereta mangsa dan sempat mengelak daripada turut terlibat dalam insiden pada 7.20 malam itu.
“Saya nampak orang ramai bertempiaran lari dan menyelamatkan diri melihat sebahagian besi kren jatuh dan menghempap kereta Kelisa itu,” katanya ketika ditemui Bernama di lokasi kejadian di sini, malam ini.
Beliau berkata pemandu lain sempat mengelak dan menyelamatkan diri masing-masing, namun pemandu Kelisa tersebut tidak sempat menyelamatkan diri kerana kejadian berlaku begitu pantas.
Sementara itu, seorang penunggang motosikal Hafiz Zakwan, 29 yang turut menggunakan laluan itu, memanjatkan kesyukuran kerana tidak terlibat dalam kejadian malang tersebut.
“Saya berharap pihak pengurusan pembinaan ini akan lebih berhati-hati dan mengutamakan keselamatan semasa melakukan kerja pembinaan,” katanya.
Dalam kejadian 7.20 malam tadi, mangsa Chim Khoo Sing, 24, berasal dari Pulau Pinang maut akibat dihempap serpihan besi kren seberat 1,000 kilogram yang jatuh dari tingkat 20 bangunan hotel yang sedang dalam pembinaan di Jalan Raja Chulan itu.
Menurut polis mangsa maut serta merta di tempat kejadian akibat kecederaan parah di tengkuk, dada dan rusuk kanan.
Wanita berkenaan yang berpakaian pejabat itu dipercayai dalam perjalanan pulang dari tempat kerja.
Mayat dihantar ke Hospital Kuala Lumpur untuk bedah siasat dan kes disiasat mengikut Seksyen 304 Kanun Keseksaan iaitu membunuh tanpa niat. — Bernama