The grand final of the 64th Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Saturday, 18 May in Tel Aviv, Israel, with the semi-finals held on Tuesday 14 and Thursday 16 May. Of the 41 competing countries, the current favourite is the Netherlands, at odds of 2/1, with Duncan Laurence looking to bag the Dutch a fifth win with his song Arcade. The country last won in 1975. Second favourite this year is, according to odds, Russia. Bulgaria and Ukraine will not participate in this year's contest for the first time since 2015 – Bulgaria for financial reasons, while Ukraine could not get the winner of a very controversial national selection competition to sign the contract, and their second and third choices refused to go to Tel Aviv. There has been much controversy this year around the location, with various musical artists urging contestants to boycott the event over Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the violence there, and Israel retaliating with a PR campaign in response. … [Read more...] about Eurovision 2019 preview: What are your country’s chances?
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Updated 7:16 pm PDT, Friday, April 26, 2019 The San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park offers free events all day. Pictured are Rebecca Solnit and L.A. Kauffman from 2018. The San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park offers free events all day. Pictured are Rebecca Solnit and L.A. Kauffman from 2018. Photo: Sunny Saperstein Photo: Sunny Saperstein Image 1 of / 20 Caption Close Image 1 of 20 The San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park offers free events all day. Pictured are Rebecca Solnit and L.A. Kauffman from 2018. The San Francisco Chronicle Stage in the Park offers free events all day. Pictured are Rebecca Solnit and L.A. Kauffman from 2018. Photo: Sunny Saperstein Author events: Plan your festival … [Read more...] about Author events: Plan your festival adventure
Valtteri Bottas (right) and Lewis Hamilton celebrate a Mercedes one-two in Melbourne. (Photo: AFP/PETER PARKS) Perhaps it shouldn't have been a surprise to see Mercedes romp away to a one-two victory, but the absence of Ferrari from the podium was a real shock. And so we are left with some obvious questions: Where did all of Ferrari's preseason promise go? Will it come back on a different type of track? And, ultimately, will anyone be able to challenge Mercedes? There is a weight of evidence (outlined below) that suggests Ferrari will recover, but even if it doesn't, the emergence of a more aggressive Valtteri Bottas this year has the potential to keep things interesting. Again, it's too early to draw conclusions, but if Bottas can continue to drive on the level we saw in Australia, he will be a genuine threat to Lewis Hamilton's title defence. So let's start with the race winner and how he managed to put a five-time world champion in the shade on Sunday. THE REAL VALTTERI BOTTAS … [Read more...] about Formula One: How Valtteri Bottas rediscovered himself and why Ferrari need to do the same
What's not to like about free money, especially if it’s touted as the cure for society’s ills? But if something sounds too good to be true, then it usually is. Finland has just spent two years proving that point, with a limited experiment into universal basic income (UBI) closely monitored by other countries. Some 2000 unemployed Finns were chosen at random to receive €560 (£500) a month from the state instead of their usual benefits. If they got a job, they kept the state’s money regardless. The initiative was supposed to release the entrepreneurial instincts of the nation, as well as encouraging the jobless to take up low-paid or temporary work without fear of losing their benefits. Finland is apparently the happiest country on Earth but it has struggled lately with the decline of Nokia and been overshadowed by its Russian neighbour; a falling birth rate is adding to the demographic pressure, so it was ripe for an experiment to cut ballooning … [Read more...] about Russell Lynch: Finnish flop shows free money is no magic recipe
In Tim Cook’s comments on CNBC last week, he seemed to hint strongly that Apple will introduce new healthcare services or device features in the near to midterm. Here’s Cook’s quote: “On the healthcare, in particular, and sort of your well-being, this is an area that I believe, if you zoom out into the future, and you look back, and you ask the question, ‘What was Apple’s greatest contribution to mankind,’ it will be about health… And as we’ve gotten into healthcare more and more through the Watch and through other things that we’ve created with ResearchKit and CareKit and putting your medical records on the iPhone, this is a huge deal…We are democratizing it. We are taking what has been with the institution and empowering the individual to manage their health. And we’re just at the front end of this.” If Cook is teasing future news, the question is “what and when?” Naturally, he isn’t … [Read more...] about Apple will likely tackle these three big healthcare challenges next