first_imgDaniel O’Donnell, the only celebrity to be interviewed by all FOUR Late Late Show presenters, said he hopes the RTE show will go on forever.The singer, who was interviewed by Gay Byrne, Pat Kenny, Gerry Ryan and Ryan Tubridy, will appear on the show’s 50th anniversary special tonight.The Donegal entertainer told Donegaldaily.com that all presenters brought a unique style to the show. “Somebody reminded me that I am the only person to be interview on the show by all four presenters.“Of course Gerry presented the show when Pat’s mother passed away and it was sad that he died.“All four were very different presenters but they all brought their own unique style to the programme,” he said.Daniel said his earliest memory of The Late Late Show was when his sister Margaret (Margo) appeared with Gay Byrne in the late 1960s. “I was only a boy and Margaret was only 16 or 17 and it was such a huge deal.“We all sat around the television and watched her and we jus couldn’t believe she was on the show.“When she came home to Donegal we had a big party for her.“Even now when I go on the show I get a little nervous because it is the biggest show on Irish telelvision,” he said.The singer said he estimates that he has been on the show on up to 20 occasions. However he says the occasion that sticks most in his mind is the show which Pat Kenny hosted for the victims of the Omagh Bombing.“I was singing on the show that night and it is something I will never forget. It was such a touching occasion.“People have their own favourite Late Late Shows but there are really so many great moments that it’s difficult to pick one which really stands out,” he said.Daniel said he hopes the Late Late Show will go on forever saying it was “part and parcel” of Irish society now. “People said that when Gay left it wouldn’t be the same and they said the same when Pat left.“I know numbers might be down but there is so much choice on television channels these days that people can choose whatever they want to watch.“But I think the Late Late Show has and always will be part of Irish culture and I hope it continues,” he said.DANIEL SAYS HE HOPES THE LATE LATE SHOW GOES ON FOREVER was last modified: June 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:daniel o’donnellLate Late Showlast_img read more

IPL 2016: Reaching play-offs is not ‘impossible’ for Royal Challengers Bangalore, says Yuzvendra Chahal

first_imgNoting that even one loss in the remaining four league ties will knock them out of contention for the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on Friday asked his Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) teammates to give their best in Saturday’s must-win match against debutants Gujarat Lions. (Full IPL Coverage)”We are in a very tight spot. If we lose even one match, we are out of play-offs. Hence, all the four games are a must win for us. Let’s see how they play out. Nothing is impossible,” the 25-year-old Haryana leg-spinner told reporters here on Friday.With only four wins and six losses from 10 games, the home team is stuck at the sixth position in the points table. They need to win all the four remaining games, including two away ties next week in order to reach the fourth position and for a place in the play-offs depending upon how other three teams fare with net run rate.The play-offs, including two qualifiers and one eliminator are scheduled between May 24 and 27 here and in and Delhi and the final on May 29 here.”As I said, we have to win all the four games for a chance in play-offs. Otherwise, we are out of contest. We are now preparing very hard for the Saturday’s match,” Chahal reiterated.Of the five games RCB played on the home turf, it won just two – over Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 12 and Rising Pune Supergiants on May 7 — but lost to Delhi Daredevils on April 17, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on May 2 and Mumbai Indians on May 11.advertisementSimilarly, in the five away games, RCB won only two games — over Pune on April 20 and Kings XI on May 9, but lost to Mumbai on April 20, Gujarat on April 24 and Hyderabad on April 30.Do or dieAdmitting that the team was under pressure to win at any cost for regaining the momentum, Chahal said the players were training hard to give their best for outright wins if they had to be in the reckoning for place in the semis.”In T20s, a combination of factors, including overall performance will determine the result. We can’t afford to lose any game so as to keep our hopes alive,” he quipped.On the team’s composition against Gujarat, Chahal said the management would decide the final 11 by Saturday afternoon after studying the pitch, which had undergone change over a month.’Bowlers will be under pressure'”The pitch has undergone a change in a month from being fast to a bit slow. It’s still a strong batting wicket. The ground being smaller, bowlers will be under pressure to contain batsmen from chasing even a high score,” he said.On the team’s bowling attack being weak and inconsistent, Chahal said in some games, more runs were given away in death overs, as even two bad overs could change the complexity of the match during the power plays.After Saturday’s match, RCB will play against Knight Riders in Kolkata on May 16 and return home for its penultimate tie against Kings XI on May 18 and fly to Raipur in Jharkhand for its last league tie against Delhi on May 22.last_img read more


first_imgSuicide bomber kills 25 at mosque in northwest PakistanPeshawar, Sep 16 (PTI) At least 25 people, including five children, were killed and 31 others injured when a Taliban suicide bomber shouting Allahu Akbar blew himself up inside a mosque packed with worshippers for Friday prayers in Mohmand Agency in Pakistans restive northwest tribal region.The attacker blew himself when the prayers were in progress at the mosque in the Anbar tehsil of the agency bordering Afghanistan.”A suicide bomber was in the mosque. He shouted Allahu Akbar and blew himself up,” Assistant Political Agent Naveed Akbar told reporters.Jamat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, today claimed responsibility for the attack.He said that Friday prayers were being offered around 2 PM when the powerful blast hit the mosque which totally collapsed due to the impact of the explosion.At least 25 people, including five children, were killed in the attack and 31 others injured, Pakistani media reported, citing officials.”Many people were gathered inside the mosque when a suicide bomber blew himself up,” an eyewitness said.Rescue teams and police rushed to the spot. The bodies and the injured are being shifted to local hospitals for medical treatment.Injured were also taken to hospitals in Bajaur Agency, Charsadda and Peshawar for treatment.There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Pakistani Taliban routinely targets courts, schools and mosques.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed his grief over the loss of lives in the blast.”The cowardly attacks by terrorists cannot shatter the governments resolve to eliminate terrorism from the country,” he said in a statement.advertisementThe attack came on a day when Sharif vowed to continue the war against militancy and terrorism till elimination of the last terrorist.During a meeting with Army chief General Raheel Sharif today, the prime minister expressed the resolve to continue the war against terrorism and militancy.The army had launched operation Zarb-e-Azb in June 2014 to flush out militant bases in the northwestern tribal areas. PTI AYZ/MZ/ZH CPS AKJ CPSlast_img read more


first_imgLast week, I read a report in the Times about the current conditions on Mt. Everest, where climbers have taken to shoving one another out of the way in order to take selfies at the peak, creating a disastrous human pileup. It struck me as a cogent metaphor for how we live today: constantly teetering on the precipice to grasp at the latest popular thing. The story, like many stories these days, provoked anxiety, dread, and a kind of awe at the foolishness of fellow human beings. Luckily, the Internet has recently provided us with an unlikely antidote to everything wrong with the news cycle: the actor Keanu Reeves.Take, for instance, a moment, a few weeks ago, when Reeves appeared on “The Late Show” to promote “John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum,” the latest installment in his action-movie franchise. Near the end of the interview, Stephen Colbert asked the actor what he thought happens after we die. Reeves was wearing a dark suit and tie, in the vein of a sensitive mafioso who is considering leaving it all behind to enter the priesthood. He paused for a moment, then answered, with some care, “I know that the ones who love us will miss us.” It was a response so wise, so genuinely thoughtful, that it seemed like a rebuke to the usual canned blather of late-night television. The clip was retweeted more than a hundred thousand times, but, when I watched it, I felt like I was standing alone in a rock garden, having a koan whispered into my ear. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Keanu Reeves is aware of his celebrity status, but doesn’t take advantage of it, and he’s generous but careful with his presence. (Photograph by Karwai Tang / Getty)center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more