TRIPLE CROWN CHAMP VICTOR ESPINOZA TO ACCEPT 2016 SANTA ANITA GEORGE WOOLF MEMORIAL JOCKEY AWARD ON SUNDAY; MEXICO CITY NATIVE SELECTED BY A VOTE OF JOCKEYS NATIONWIDE

first_imgWOOLF AWARD TROPHY TO BE PRESENTED AFTER THE 6TH RACE SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA ARCADIA, Calif. (March 10, 2016)–As America’s first Triple Crown Champion jockey in 37 years, Victor Espinoza helped Thoroughbred racing project a positive image far beyond the confines of the Thoroughbred industry throughout 2015, thus elevating the sport’s exposure and acceptance to a level perhaps not seen since the 1970s. Accordingly, Espinoza, a 43-year-old native of Mexico City, has been selected by a vote of jockeys nationwide as the winner of Santa Anita’s highly coveted 2016 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award and he will accept the award in a Winner’s Circle ceremony following Sunday’s sixth race.“It’s quite an honor for any rider to be selected by his peers as the winner of such a prestigious award,” said Terry Meyocks, National Manager of the Jockeys’ Guild. “And I would like to congratulate Victor on this great achievement.”In addition to numerous national television appearances through the 2015 Triple Crown and last fall’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Espinoza also remained tireless in his efforts on behalf of cancer-stricken youth, donating 10 percent of his winnings to support pediatric cancer research at City of Hope, in nearby Duarte.With the Bob Baffert-trained American Pharoah providing the horsepower, Espinoza gleefully proclaimed himself “The luckiest Mexican on earth,” on national television following their win in the Belmont Stakes June 6.In addition to winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, Espinoza and Santa Anita-based American Pharoah won last year’s Grade II Rebel Stakes, Grade I Arkansas Derby, Grade I Haskell Invitational and, in a performance for the ages, the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by 6 ½ lengths on Oct. 31–all the while elevating the profile of jockeys nationwide and generating tremendous ratings on a consistent basis.Born on a dairy farm near Mexico City, Espinoza is the 11th of 12 children. A three-time ESPY Award winner, Espinoza has three career Kentucky Derby wins, three Preakness victories, three Breeders’ Cup wins and he’s taken 11 Southern California riding titles.First presented by Santa Anita in 1950, Espinoza is the 67th winner of the Woolf Award, which seeks to honor riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and Thoroughbred racing. The remaining four finalists for this year’s award, which can only be won once during a rider’s career, were Joe Bravo, Javier Castellano, Gerard Melancon and Joe Steiner.last_img read more

Calls for govt to increase funding for Gaeltacht areas in Budget 2020

first_imgThe treatment of Udaras na Gaeltachta by various Governments since 2010 has been nothing short of a national scandal.That’s the view of Donegal TD Pat the Cope Gallagher ahead of Budget 2020 tomorrow (Tues).Speaking ahead of the national budget on Tuesday, Deputy Gallagher said the current situation in Gaeltacht areas followed years of heavy cuts by successive governments. He said: “The present situation whereby Udaras the only agency charged by Government to be responsible for and in sole charge of job creation and economic development in Gaeltacht areas has seen its current and capital budgets more than halved while at the same time its responsibilities expanded, while been starved of additional resources, staffing or extra funding.Pat the Cope added that Udaras na Gaeltachta at present support and sustain over 7,700 jobs within the Gaeltacht areas.He added: “They run various programmes from community development to community employment programmes in addition to performing the functions of Local Enterprise Offices in Gaeltacht areas notwithstanding the functions of the various Plean Teanga ( language planning ) in our Gaeltacht communities.“The Gaeltacht areas have a population of 100,716 as per the 2011 census, with most of the population divided over Gaeltacht areas in Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Meath. “Udaras na Gaeltachta is the sole development and job creation agency in Gaeltacht areas, it has the remit for sustaining and creating jobs in the most remote and isolated areas in all of Ireland.“The purpose and function of Udaras is essential for the long-term sustainable development of our Gaeltacht areas, but for Udaras to carry out their function properly they must be funded accordingly, as opposed the present situation where they are grossly underfunded,” Pat the Cope said.“Present funding levels of Udaras are farcical, Udaras are hamstrung from the outset and curtailed by lack of funding from central Government while at the same additional demands are being placed on it by various Government Action Plans and National Strategies.“The present situation within Udaras is at near breaking point, the current budget of Udaras in 2019 in real terms is just a meagre €5 million per annum, from that budget all regional offices, costs of staffing and the entire budget for job creation must be taken from.The lack of an appropriate level budget for attracting and marketing Gaeltacht areas for job creation is having serious impacts on how the Udaras targets and projections can be achieved,” Pat the Cope added. “In 2009, the Udaras current budget was €14 m, the current budget for 2019 is just €9.5m and as we witness priority is been given to IDA and Enterprise Ireland who year on year have experienced budget growths of 9% to 15 % per annum, but Udaras is a similar agency to them albeit covering Gaeltacht areas – but no budget increases are afforded to them.“It is now time that the present Government align Udaras with the other job creation agencies within the Department of Enterprise in terms of future funding and support.“This can be achieved while at the same time maintaining the cultural and language importance of the Udaras. It is not conceivable or just any longer, that these agencies are being treated differently, they all perform the exact same functions and responsibility,” stated Pat the Cope.“A similar situation exists in Capital Budget terms within Udaras, the 2009 capital budget was €25m, whereas the 2019 budget is only €9m. This is case in point where budgets have been cut to unsustainable levels over time, and without budgets being restored, the impossible is being asked of the Udaras at present. “The staffing level of Udaras is also cut from a staff of 156 in 2008 to present-day levels of 88 people only.“Whereas the previous Government may well have decided to keep the Udaras as a development and job creation agency, it has effectively overtime destroyed its ability to compete and function as an employment agency on a kin to IDA or Enterprise Ireland despite all three having the exact same responsibility and function,” Pat the Cope stated.“Udaras backed business and employers with 10 employees or more have contributed over €800 m to the national exchequer, with 60% of that being exported.“That is also contributing €150 m payroll to local communities and a return to the national exchequer of a nett €77 m in taxes alone. Therefore, funding of Udaras is a massive nett contributor to the national exchequer and is the only possible way of the sustainable development and providing for the long-term future of our most rural communities,” Pat the Cope added.“Unless real and substantial funding is made available for the Udaras, the targets set by both Government and by Udaras themselves for employment creation simply will not happen, and the further threats of Brexit and global uncertainty will only add to the challenges facing this state agency.“In recent media reports, the government are prioritising Brexit proofing businesses and jobs, that is the correct course of action but unfortunately with Udaras not being directly under the Department of Enterprise, it does not seem to be getting the same priority nor funding envelope.“Budget 2020 is a critical crossroads for Udaras na Gaeltachta, and by extension our rural communities in Gaeltacht areas, unless we see real commitment and proper increases in our funding of this state agency we are staring into uncertain times for our Gaeltacht areas.“Million of additional resources given to Department of Enterprise thus far for Brexit proofing strategies but none have filtered to Udaras.“Budget 2020 must prioritise Gaeltacht development, must begin a transformation of bringing Udaras into mainstream employment and development funding opportunities, it must create a hybrid model whereby employment initiatives in Udaras are supported directly from the same funding opportunities as IDA and Enterprise Ireland, while at the same time recognising the uniqueness of our Gaeltacht and linguistic responsibilities of Udaras and our Gaeltacht communities.“In short Udaras must be put on a level playing field with other agencies otherwise we are treating Gaeltacht citizens as lesser priorities and that will not be tolerated,” concluded Pat the Cope.Calls for govt to increase funding for Gaeltacht areas in Budget 2020 was last modified: October 6th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Get set for a National Arts Fest feast

first_img24 May 2011A spirit of artistic innovation with a range of national, continental and world premieres in theatre, dance, music and visual art will be celebrated at this year’s National Arts Festival, taking place in Grahamstown from 30 June to 10 July.“The artists come from everywhere, all disciplines, and are amongst the most excellent, courageous, thoughtful, provocative and iconic,” says National Arts Festival committee chairman Jay Pather.“The festival attracts the best administrators and production crew that help mirror a complex and vast nation on many fronts. From jazz to drama, installation art to comedy, we draw innovation and excellence from a variety of cultures. So we attract the most discerning, wide cross-section of audiences.”DanceThe main programme dance stage welcomes Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance Mamela Nyamza with Isingqala and amaFongkong. This double-bill features a solo work by Nyamza and a collaborative production with the Adugna Dance Theatre Company from Ethiopia.In creating Amafongkong, Mamela says that her intention was to hold an open space to explore the notion of “collaboration” in all its complexities, to see how and where similar and different bodies could meet in movement.The South African premiere of Desert Crossings is a cross-cultural collaboration between UK-based producers State of Emergency and South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma of Vuyani Dance Theatre, performed by a company of five dancers from different cultural backgrounds, with an original score by Steve Marshall.Batsumi is the lyrical new work integrating songs, dance, acting and live music by Thabo Rapoo. Presented by Moving Into Dance Mophatong, Batsumi celebrates the hopes, joys and struggles in the stories of Africa’s hunter-gatherers.The Baxter Theatre will present the Remix Dance Company’s Lovaffair as a celebration of bodies and love, turning perceptions of gender and disability on its head. The company was founded in 2000 with the aim of bringing differently-abled performers together on South African stages, and developing integrated dance locally.The Cape Town City Ballet brings Swan Lake to the festival. This version of the timeless classic is based on that of Vladimir Bourmeister and was first taught to the Capab Ballet Company, now the Cape Town City Ballet, by Frenchman Attilio Labis in 1971. Labis had danced as a guest in Russia in several different productions, and it was from these that he chose the elements to make it one of the most eclectic productions of Swan Lake in the world.The Rajastani Folk Dance Troupe will make their South African premiere at the National Arts Festival, using amazingly rich music and dance to describe the legendary battles of the Rajput rulers.In the SA premiere of Madam Silk, Ireland’s foremost aerial dance theatre company, Fidget Feet, presents a visually stunning show featuring spectacular aerialists, beautiful choreography and multimedia magic. Graceful aerialists Lindsey Butcher, Chantal McCormick and Jennifer Patterson dance, sweep and spin both across the stage and through the air in a universe of veils and drapes, using dance and circus skills on fabric and hoops, with choreography by Fred Deb.Twirling, twisting and arching her body up and around ropes, the Spanish artist who goes by the name FURA will perform two of her choreographed pieces at the National Arts Festival. Angel Heart is danced on a fixed trapeze, while Fourteen, inspired by the story of Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges’ novel The House of Asterion, is a choreographed work on vertical cloths.TheatreHeadlining the main theatre menu at this year’s festival is Standard Bank Young Artists Ward winner for Drama, Neil Coppen, with his latest play Abnormal Loads. It is set in a fictional battle-field town known as Bashford, nestled in the once war-ravaged valleys of northern KwaZulu-Natal. With a narrative that whisks audiences through two centuries of South African history, Abnormal Loads presents a theatrical universe where the past runs in tandem with the present and events shift seamlessly from the grandeur of a battle-field in 1879 to the intimacy of the bedroom in 2011. Movement, sound, music, multimedia and shadows combine to create a breathtakingly original theatrical experience.The Table is created by Sylvaine Strike and presented by the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company in association with the Market Theatre and the Aardklop Festival. In this cutting-edge theatre production, Strike collaborates with an electrifying cast and acclaimed writer/dramaturge Craig Higginson to bring an enticing slice of a family dinner for audiences.Four children re-unite with their mother over a Friday night meal where a world of love, sibling rivalry, confused genetics, domesticity, tradition and, of course, food, is unveiled. Funny and moving, this is a journey into the heart of a family redefined by the South African experience.The Baxter Theatre brings Ariel Dorfman’s riveting play Purgatorio directed by Clare Stopford to the festival. Performed by celebrated actors Dawid Minnaar and Terry Norton, Purgatorio deals with a Man and a Woman in purgatory, a stark and soulless waiting room. Their identities are fluid, and as the drama unfolds it emerges that they are each other’s interrogators, searching for clemency and contrition. Their fates are bound together by a horrific past, and freedom depends on their willingness to sacrifice themselves, each for the other.Created by Rob Murray and presented by FTK:K and Conspiracy of Clowns, Benchmarks is a small story of great hope and rebirth. In the Mother City, three desperate and lonely individuals – a middle-aged clerk, a reclusive widow and a Zimbabwean refugee – get drawn into an unlikely relationship that will lead them on a journey of discovery, companionship, tragedy, and reconciliation.Benchmarks is a poetic celebration of the human spirit told by three performers in full character mask, by the crew that birthed Pictures of You, Womb Tide, QUACK!, and GUMBO.Billed as one of the finest plays ever written by Alan Bennet, The History Boys, presented by Peter Toerien and directed by Alan Swerdlow, is packed with superb one-liners is about a group of mostly working-class boys preparing for the entrance exams that will determine whether or not they will gain entrance to the elite world of Oxford and Cambridge.The last pro in Yeoville, written by Martin Kobokae and presented by Utlwanang Theatre Company, is the witty and compassionately told story of the 45-year old Camellia, an ageing white prostitute who loses her sex appeal in an upmarket brothel in Rosebank. She is forced to migrate to the less illustrious streets of Yeoville to retire ungracefully. Entwined in the tale is a 26-year-old mystery in the form of a coloured boy’s picture which elicits conflicting paths that have crossed in the past.Written by Joe Carlaco and presented by Redcan Productions, the South African premiere of Shakespeare’s R&J is set at an exclusive boarding school in the 1950s. Four pupils run into the chapel late one night in a bid to escape from their repressive school routines. One of them brings a copy of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and they start acting pieces out. Shakespeare’s R&J ran for a year Off-Broadway, becoming the longest-running version of Romeo and Juliet in New York history and earning the play the Lucille Lortel Award.Sadako presented by Hearts & Eyes Theatre Collective makes use of video projection, puppets and live actors to tell the story of Sadako Sasaki and the legend of one thousand paper cranes. Sadako was two years old on 6 August 1945 when the atom bomb was dropped on her hometown, Hiroshima. She survived only to die 10 years later from “the atom bomb disease”, leukaemia.Death of a Colonialist, presented by the Market Theatre, deals with history, emigration, crime, national identity and family as it moves between a high school teacher’s bold perceptions of Xhosa history, the inter-personal relations within his family, and his wife’s quiet acceptance of her imminent death.Award-winning director Lara Bye is bringing Night, Mother to the Festival. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Marsha Norman gives Sandra Prinsloo and Annette Louw the opportunity to showcase their talents in the broken and beautiful love story about a mother and daughter in crises.The restaging of Anthony Akerman’s play Somewhere on the Border marks the 25th anniversary since it was first staged. After two decades of silence, the role of the military during the years of apartheid has found its way back into public discourse. Many conscripts who went through harrowing experiences as teenagers are looking back as adults and trying to make sense of it. Somewhere on the Border participates in this conversation.Using starkly elegant imagery, tender camaraderie and a dense and elegiac sound score, Melanie Wilson’s Iris Brunette delicately uncoils the remembrance of a friendship destroyed by the outbreak of war and the unfathomable demise of lost kinship and love. This is a warmly mournful and disarmingly engaging piece inspired by Chris Marker’s film La Jetee, and the 2009 winner of the Absolut Dublin Fringe Best Production.Mark Banks Live will provide laughter in large dollops in the festival’s popular stand-up comedy programme. Mark Banks is one of South Africa’s most respected comedians, digging in to all and sundry with his potent brand of humour.MusicOn the score sheet for the main programme music line-up, Standard Bank Young Artists Award winner for Music Ben Schoeman presents two piano recitals celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Hungarian composer Franz Liszt (1811) and the pianist and composer Australian Percy Grainger, who died 50 years ago.The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra will present two programmes. The Symphony Concert under the baton of Tibor Boganyi with soloist Jerome Pernoo (piano) includes works by Offenbach and Brahms. Richard Cock will conduct the Gala Concert with soloists Ben Schoeman (piano) and Magdalene Minnaar (soprano). The programme comprises fascinating and charming works including Liszt’s Hungarian March, MacDowell’s To a Wild Rose, Grainger’s Country Garden and Ambroise Thomas’ Mad Scene from Hamlet, to name but a few.In two separate concerts, The Goldberg Trio and Diamond Ensemble bring renditions of some of the most remarkable works in the chamber music oeuvre. Mozart’s Divertimento in E Flat, K. 563 performed by the Goldberg Trio – Zanta Hofmeyr (violin), Morkel Combrink (viola) and Wessel Beukes (cello). Samson Diamond, winner of the 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music, has chosen two contrasting works, Franz Schubert’s deeply sublime String Quintet in C major, D. 956 and Tchaikovsky’s celebrated String Sextet in D minor “Souvenir de Florence” Op. 70 performed by the Diamond Quartet and two guest artists.The Westhuizen Duo presents a programme which includes the staple of the duo-piano repertoire: Rachmaninoff’s monumental Suite No. 2, Op. 17 for Two Pianos together with works by Schumann and Poulenc. They will also perform the world premiere of Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph’s It Takes Two to Tango and the South African premiere of American Groove for Two Pianos by Evan Mack (USA).Inspired by text from the Book of Revelation, Quartet to the End of Time (Quatuor pour la fin du temps) scored for clarinet, violin, cello and piano is a piece by French composer Olivier Messiaen. Written while a prisoner of war, this major work of the twentieth century premiered in Germany in 1941 to an audience of fellow prisoners and prison guards. Performed by Samson Diamond (violin), Alan Thompson (clarinet), Anna Wilshire Jones (piano) and Wessel Beukes (cello).Take one portion of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata for piano and violin, saute thoroughly and add four delicious tangos by Astor Piazzolla plus five well-known swing melodies and mix briskly until the consistency is almost that of jazz. Beethoven Tango is brought to you by Charl du Plessis (piano) and Zanta Hofmeyr (violin). This is music that you can taste!Come and hear such favourites as Don’t cry for me Argentina (Evita), Memory (Cats), Music of the Night and All I ask of you (Phantom of the Opera), Love changes everything (Aspects of Love) and a host of other famous and popular songs in Lloyd Webber & Friends. Veramarie Meyer (mezzo soprano) and Nicholas Nicolaidis (tenor) are joined by members of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra with narration by Richard Cock, who conducts.Auriol Hays Behind Closed Doors features her mature, classy, alternative pop songs fused with jazzy soul wedged between some darker powerful ballads will, at one moment, have you dancing, and in the next, holding your heart heavily in its musical hands. Songwriter/producer extraordinaire Andre Scheepers leads the band on keyboards. The programme will feature hit songs Take it Slow and Turn Up the Volume, both of which received massive commercial radio success.Ever since its debut, the Luca Ciarla Quartet has been appreciated by audiences and critics for its highly original tunes and arrangements, in which contemporary jazz and ethnic music happily blend together, creating an irresistible Mediterranean jazz sound. Presented by Violipiano Arts supported by the Italian Institute of Culture, the quartet is sure to wow festival audiences.Boo! was born in 1997 in the backstreets of Brixton, Johannesburg. Within seven years they acquired an enormous cult following worldwide, brandishing their self-styled genre of “monkipunk”. After breaking up in 2004, Chris Chameleon surprised his punk pundits and cohorts by becoming one of the best-selling artists in Afrikaans music. In 2010, Boo! emerged again and soon won Suckfree Radio’s “Greatest unsigned Band in the World” competition with their remixed and re-mastered album The Three of Us, which has already spawned two hit singles The Three of Us and To Do Today. 2011 is set be the “Year of the Boo!”François Sarhan will present a programme of two works: Lectures of Professor Glaçon performed in English with three French musicians from the collective vocal-instrumental ensemble crWth; and Telegrams from the Nose, created by François Sarhan and William Kentridge, which he performs with four South African musicians including Jill Richards with videos by Catherine Meyburgh.Visual artsOn the visual arts front, Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner Nandipha Mntambo will be presenting her exhibition Faena which is the most beautiful and skilful section of a bullfight. It refers to a dance with death, where the matador must prove his courage and artistry. In this work, Mntambo presents an extension of her interest in the sport of bullfighting. Using the media of painting, drawing, video and sculpture, she creates an experience/encounter that interrogates the viewer’s sense of sight, hearing, smell and touch.The Johannesburg Art Gallery’s retrospective exhibition celebrates the life and work of Alan Crump (1949-2009), entitled Alan Crump: A Fearless Visionary. This memorial exhibition celebrates the extraordinary depth and integrity of his artistic vision by bringing together for the first time a comprehensive retrospective of his work.An innovative group exhibition featuring 26 South Africans and four international artists, each involved in some aspect of comic art and sculpture will collaborate in the CO/MIX Pavilion 2011. Drawing inspiration from the Beautiful Losers DIY street art movement, CO/MIX conjoins expressionist comic art with political and underground cartooning and the contemporary visual subcultures of skate, surf, street, hip hop, Indie craft & graffiti, overlaying it all with a passionate concern for aesthetic integrity in the creation of unique art objects.An exhibition presented by the Caversham Centre will feature works from the major portfolios printed by the Caversham Press, including well-known artists such as William Kentridge, Magkabo Helen Sebidi and the late Robert Hodgins and Gabisile Nkosi. The exhibition will offer a comprehensive history of personal visual concepts and observations mediated by experiencing life in pre- and post-apartheid South Africa. After two and a half decades, Caversham’s contribution to the story of South African printmaking reveals a complex dialogue of many voices and the evidence of many visions embedded in a rich diversity of imagery.… and walk in my shoes, presented by Brodie Stevenson Gallery, is an experiential installation that blurs the distinction between the roles of viewer and performer by Burundi-born artist Serge Nitegeka. As an installation, the sculpture is incomplete without viewer interaction and it gets completed by the viewer’s experience.For future generations is presented in association with the Albany History Museum and the International Library of African Music, and features instruments and artefacts from its vast collection. The exhibition is the outreach and education component of a two year cataloguing and digitizing project (2008-09) and it displays a selection of African musical instruments from the Hugh Tracey instrument collection and numerous features on Tracey’s field research, publications, films and audio recordings. Video stations offer footage of South African mine dancing, Chopi xylophone orchestras, Shona music and story-telling, and on ILAM’s history and current projects.Public performance artThe streets of Grahamstown will again comer alive with spectacular PUBLIC ART performances and exhibitions in public spaces. Following the success of the 2010 festival, this year’s festival will once again open and close with Move Your Mind, a street parade featuring a spectacle of enthusiastic giant puppets, the Phezulu Stilt walkers, the drumbeats of the Sakhaluntu dancers and drummers and physically trained and acrobatic artists from the Oddbody Collective.Members of the public are invited to join in with enthusiasm and a keen sense of frivolity as the throng of giant puppets, stilt-walkers, street acrobats and youth theatre projects parade down the streets of Grahamstown.The South African premiere of Machitun, devised as an outdoor spectacle for the whole family, will wow with flying bouncing acrobats, ethereal dance, aerial battles, the beat of many drums and the soaring harmonies of feminine voices, set against a dramatic backdrop of shadow and light, rain and fire. With direction by Argentine Javier Drucaroff, creator of the shows Doble Banda and Ritual, choreography and performance by Cirque du Soleil selected acrobat Pablo Descoubes, musical direction and score by the renowned Ernesto Romeo and guest-starring some of SA’s top musicians. Machitun has been designed and created for the National Arts Festival by Proyecto 34°S, with a team of professionals artists from Argentina and South Africa, with support from the Argentine Foreign Office.Funded by Culture Ireland, A Fairies Tale is a promenade theatrical performance pieces suitable for the entire family. Set in the idyllic Makana Botanical Garden, it is an adventure about finding out who or what is hiding out in some of the best-known children’s stories of all time. This show depends on the walk, and the audience follows the characters through the garden dancing, running and walking.Loosely adapted from the Antoine De Saint Exupery’s The Little Prince, Tshini Kwedini! takes the audience on a journey of a local herdboy who, tired of living in his tiny village and wanting to make a difference in the world, sets out on an adventure to far-away places in search of his destiny. With song, dance, clowning, music, stilts, juggling, acrobatics, and other circus tricks, this family event has something in it for everyone. Tshini Kwedini! is a local development initiative of the National Arts Festival and OddBody Theatre.Commissioned by the Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival, the 7x14m Bottle Top Mosaic is a public artwork conceptualized by Hannelie Coetzee and Usha Seejarim of Such Initiative, made up of over 90 000 discarded plastic bottle tops. The work took 10 weeks to produce. At its peak there were 8 community centres, 140 children, 30 disabled adults, 31 crafters and the Such Initiative management team actively cleaning and weaving the bottle tops into a cohesive artwork.Eastern Cape ShowcaseThe Eastern Cape Showcase is a dynamic revitalisation of which positions the East Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture not only as a major sponsor of the festival but also as the most important player in the preservation and promotion of arts and culture in the province.The provincial showcase will feature theatre, indigenous music and dance, exhibitions, a youth film projects and performances by independent theatre companies who are contributed to growing an arts economy in the province.Two Women, Two Worlds devised by UK actress Val McLane and Nomhle Nkonyeni, a veteran South African actress from the Eastern Cape, comparing and contrasting their lives in the two different countries on two different continents. Together they tell each other and the audience about their customs and their rituals from the choosing of a name to their chosen career paths. In the course of these stories they question each other and the audience; sometimes arguing over their lack of understanding of each other’s culture. They tell stories of determination and resourcefulness from their own family backgrounds, interspersed with songs and poems and dramatic episodes.A Century of Fallen Eastern Cape Artists pays tribute to those who fearlessly used their creative skills in speaking out against the ills of oppression. Their heroic roles in resisting socio-political atrocities contributed to the downfall of the apartheid ideology. The exhibition further highlights the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture’s commitment to social cohesion and nation building through the visual arts. Talented young artists express themselves highlighting the elusive economic freedom so desperately needed in a developing country.In the Crafter’s Exhibition, authentic craft art from a province unique in style, design and production techniques have been sourced from urban areas and the most rural villages in the province to create an all-inclusive array of diverse products. Visitors to the Crafter’s Exhibition are guaranteed to have access to craft art that have already made their mark on the global market. Festival visitors will also have an opportunity to interact with crafters who will demonstrate their skills. They will highlight the production process from conceptualisation to design, production and finished product.Rhythms of the Eastern Cape highlight the vibrancy of the sub-tribes of the Eastern Cape – amaBhaca, abaThembu, amaKhoisan, abeSuthu and amaMpondo. Drawn from the various districts of the province, the Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture acts as a custodian of preserving and promoting indigenous knowledge systems and indigenous culture. Rhythms of the Eastern Cape, a fascinating display of the province’s rich music and dance heritage, is a potpourri of traditional dance and music ranging from the vibrant foot-stomping of the amaBhaca dance to the delicately refined animal movement of the Khoisan. In an extravaganza of five lunchtime concerts, audiences will be introduced to the sub-tribes or clans who will mesmerise with their indigenous music and dance. Artists will also be drawn from the newly-formed Indigenous Music Orchestra and Eastern Cape Cultural Ensemble.The Village Green Fair and Fiddler’s Green will offer festival goers enough space to take a break away from the performances and exhibitions and to indulge in the extravaganzas of strolling through busy festival markets to purchase from the spoils of hundreds of craft and food stalls.Festivals within the FestivalIn addition to the productions on the main programme, the National Arts Festival effectively runs seven festivals with the festival, including:The Arena programme, featuring productions by some of the winners of last year’s Standard Bank Fringe Ovation Award.The esoteric and eccentric Fringe programme, which often holds some unique theatrical gems and surprises.Think!Fest with its provocative and engaging conversations and debate.The Student Theatre programme showcasing work from the country’s leading university drama departments.The Standard Bank Jazz Festival, with Standard bank Young Artist Bokani Dyer.The Film festival, which will showcase, among others, films by festival guest Richard Stanley.Spiritfest and Wordfest, which also run alongside the National Arts Festival programme.The Festival will again run the Hands On! Masks Off! programme supported by Business and Arts South Africa, featuring a series of workshops and seminars on arts entrepreneurship.The Remix Laboratory, supported by various Embassies, funds community-based artists to attend the festival as a residency programme, allowing them to gain maximum benefit from presenting their own shows and by attending professional performances. Participants are also provided with a series of of creative skills capacity-building workshops with professionals.The festival’s Writer development laboratories allow emerging writers to be mentored by professional writers at the festival, and to have at least one work each year culminate in a full staged reading during the festival. The following writer development laboratories will be resident at the festival this year: Novel Script Project (funded by the Royal Netherlands Embassy), Playwright Development Project (funded by the British Council) and the Theatre in Translation Project (funded by the Argentinean Foreign Office).The ARTReach Project, Arts Encounter Project, Art Factory and the Phezulu Project continue to demonstrate the festival’s commitment to providing access to the arts and artistic development to all communities in Grahamstown.The South African Post Office will be on board this year as a new sponsor of local initiatives to promote indigenous music, coinciding with the launch of a new South African postage stamp featuring African indigenous musical instruments.Now in its 36th year, South Africa’s National Arts Festival is one of the leading arts festivals in southern Africa. Tickets for all shows are available through Computicket.The National Arts Festival is supported by Standard Bank, the Eastern Cape Government, the National Arts Council, the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, the Sunday Independent and M-Net.For more information, visit www.nationalartsfestival.co.za.Source: National Arts Festivallast_img read more

Starting 2016 Off on the Right Financial Foot

first_imgBy Molly C. HerndonAre your clients talking about making some financial changes in 2016? Many folks make financial resolutions, and you can help them by providing tools and resources to help make their goals a realitySmart Goals: You can help your clients identify what they hope to achieve with their financial changes by introducing them to SMART goals, that is goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and are accomplished on a Timeline. By working with your client to list how their plans fit into these goals, the action steps to get started will become more easily identifiable.Budgeting/Tracking: Many folks need to begin with the basics of creating a budget and learning skills and having resources available that will help them track their spending in order to meet their goals. Here are many resources:Basic Money ManagementSpending Plan WorksheetThe 52 Week Money Challenge is a good savings approach for people looking to save more in 2016. Groups of people make commit to the savings challenge together to increase the accountability of the program.Steps to Health & Wealth. New year resolutions based on finances are only eclipsed by health and fitness-based resolutions. The Small Steps to Health & Wealth program offers tips and resources for combining these goals to make long-lasting positive changes for better health and better financial security.Of course, a starting point for many families at the start of the New Year is paying off any accumulated holiday debt. Using systems like PowerPay.org can help folks focusing on creating new financial behaviors track their repayment and maximize their efforts to reduce debt.What other tools and resources do you point clients to when they are looking for ways to make lasting behavior change? Share them here.last_img read more

Day 8: Commonwealth Games schedule for October 10

first_imgARCHERYMORNING: 9 am to 10.55 amWomen: Individual recurve (quarters & semis); individual recurve (bronze medal match); individual recurve (final)AFTERNOON: 2pm to 3.55pmMen: Individual recurve (quarters & semis); recurve (bronze); recurve individual (final)ATHLETICSEVENING: 5.30pm to 8.25pmMen: Discus throw (final); 200m (semis), 400m hurdles (final); 800m (final); 200m (final)Women: 100m hurdles (heats); pole vault (qualifying); high jump (final); 200m (semis); long jump (final); 400m hurdles (final); discus throw (qualifying); 800m (semis); 200m (final)BADMINTONAFTERNOON: 9am to 10.00pmPreliminary: Men’s & women’s singles & doublesBOXINGAFTERNOON: 1pm to 3.30pm Men’s: Flyweight (52kg); lightweight (60kg); welterweight (69 kg)EVENING: 5.30pm to 8.00pm Men’s: Welterweight (69kg); light heavyweight (81kg); super heavyweight (plus 91kg)CYCLING ROAD EVENTSMORNING: 9am to 12.30pmWomen: 100-km road race (final)AFTERNOON: 12pm to 6pmMen: 167-km road race (final)DIVINGMORNING: 9.30am to 3pmMen’s: 1m springboard (heats)Women’s: 3m springboard synchronised (final)EVENING 4pm to 6pmMen’s: 1m springboard (final) Women’s: Platform synchronised (final)HOCKEYAFTERNOON: 12pm to 3.30pmMen’s: England vs South Africa; New Zealand vs CanadaEVENING: 5pm to 8.30pmMen’s: Australia vs Malaysia; India vs PakistanNETBALLMORNING: 9.30am to 12.30pmPreliminary: England vs Papua New Guinea, Jamaica vs IndiaAFTERNOON: 2pm to 9.30pmPreliminary: New Zealand vs Barbados, Malawi vs Samoa, South Africa vs Cook Island, Australia vs T&TSHOOTINGCLAY TARGETMORNING: 10am to 4.30pmMen’s: Trap singles stage 2 (qualification); trap singles (final)PISTOL & SMALL BOREMORNING: 9am to 2.30pmMen’s: 25m centre fire pistol singles (final)Women’s: 10m air rifle singles (qualification); 10m air rifle (final)FULL BOREMORNING: 10am to 1.30pm500 yards pairs (stage 2); 500 yards singles (stage 1); 500 yards singles (stage 2)advertisementSQUASHMORNING: 11am to 3pmMen’s: Doubles (pool), mixed doubles (pool)EVENING: 5pm to 9pmMen’s: Doubles (pool), mixed doubles (pool)TABLE TENNISMORNING: 9.30am to 2.30pmMen’s: Singles qualifying, Mixed doubles qualifyingEVENING: 4.30pm to 9.30pmMixed doubles qualifying Men’s: Singles (Rd 1); doubles (Rd 1) Women’s: Doubles qualifying; singles qualifyingTENNISEVENING: 5pm to 10pmMen’s: Singles (bronze medal match); singles (final) Women’s: Doubles (bronze medal match); doubles (final)WEIGHTLIFTINGAFTERNOON: 2pm to 4.30pmWomen’s: 75+ kg categoryEVENING: 6.30pm to 9pmMen’s: 105kg categoryWRESTLINGEVENING: 4pm to 7.30pmMen’s freestyle: 55kg, 66kg, 84kg, 120kg – repechage (finals)STAR TO WATCH OUT FOR — Matthew MitchamCountry: AustraliaEvent: Diving- Gold in 10m platform diving 2008 Beijing Olympics- bronze in 1m springboard diving at the 2009 World ChampionshipsTODAY’S MEDAL HUNT  – 84ARCHERYWomen’s: Individual recurve Men’s: Individual recurveATHLETICSMen’s: Discus throw; 400m hurdles; 800m; 200mWomen’s: High jump; long jump; 400m hurdles; 200mCYCLING ROAD EVENTSMen’s: 167-km road race Women’s: 100-km road raceDIVINGMen’s: 1m springboardWomen’s: 3m springboard synchronisedWomen’s: Platform synchronisedLAWN BOWLSMen’s: TriplesWomen’s: TriplesSHOOTINGCLAY TARGETMen’s: Trap singlesPISTOL & SMALL BOREMen’s: 25m centrefire pistol singlesWomen’s: 10m air rifleTENNISMen’s: SinglesWomen’s: DoublesWEIGHTLIFTINGMen’s: 105kg category Women’s: 75+ kg categoryWRESTLINGMen’s freestyle: 55kg, 66kg, 84kg, 120kg – repechage (finals)last_img read more

Knot expert testifies for defense in Coronado mansion death case

first_img Sasha Foo Sasha Foo, Posted: March 26, 2018 Updated: 10:40 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — An expert on knots testified Monday in the wrongful death case brought by the family of Rebecca Zahau.The witness for the defense analyzed the rope ligatures that were found around Zahau’s neck, wrists and ankles.Knot expert Robert Chisnall said based on his study of photos of Zahau’s body and from his own research, it looked like the knots around Zahau’s wrists were tied by her, and not tied by someone else.In July of 2011, Zahau was found bound, gagged and hanging from the balcony of her boyfriend’s Coronado mansion. Although the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department ruled her death a suicide, her family believes her boyfriend’s younger brother, Adam killed her, following a sexual assault in the mansion.Chisnall, the knot expert backed the defense claim that the knots were tied by Rebecca. He cited their looseness, their haphazard nature, their simplicity and the gap between her wrists as some of the characteristics that are common to a ligature that is self-tied, rather than tied externally.The defense continues its case on Tuesday. A criminologist is expected to be one of the final witnesses.Closing arguments are set to begin next Monday. center_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Rebecca Zahau, Zahau FacebookTwitter March 26, 2018 Knot expert testifies for defense in Coronado mansion death caselast_img read more

OBITUARY Hazel Vera Bragg Malcolm 92

first_imgROCKLAND, ME — Hazel Vera (Bragg) Malcolm, 92, died Monday, May 7, 2018, peacefully with the care of the excellent, compassionate staff at Pen Bay Medical Center, Rockport.Hazel was born in Dedham Jan. 24, 1926, to Ansel Jason Bragg and Abbie J. Allie. Her father, Ansel, died before she was born and her stepfather, Harvey B. Gray, was a true father to her. Hazel was born into a large family of 13 brothers and sisters. Her closest siblings were Charlie Bragg, Lillian Bragg Houston and her younger brother, Raymond Gray.Hazel was educated in Dedham and Brewer.Hazel met her first husband, Arthur Levi Collins, in the 1940s. They enjoyed a wonderful, adventurous life together, traveling across the United States, selling books and encyclopedias for Colliers. Hazel and Arthur settled in Reading, Mass., on the Collins homestead and raised their son, Charles William Collins II, whom they proudly adopted in Rockland in 1956 from Knox General Hospital.Hazel was a member of the Women’s Bowling League, and a Cub Scout leader in Reading, Mass. She was very proud of her membership in the Priscilla Chapter No. 52 Order of the Eastern Star in Reading, in which she held the position of Worthy Matron.She married her second husband, David Malcolm, who was also a member of the Reading Masons and a funeral director in Reading.She retired from Compugraphic in Wilmington, Mass., and moved to Rockland, where she continued to work part-time for The Courier-Gazette and as a personal care assistant well into her 70s.She was predeceased by her husband, David Malcolm, of Reading, Mass., her father, mother and stepfather, as well as all of her brothers and sisters. She is survived by her son, Charles W. Collins II, and wife Dianne Weeks of Rockport,; step-grandchildren Eric Prosser and wife Cynthia of Freedom, Ellen Prosser Trudel and husband Brian of Wyndham, N.H.; step-great-grandson Colby Prosser of Oakland; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her dear and loyal friends, Gloria Young and Julie Kinney of Rockland, Lori Cousens of South Thomaston, Rita and Ron Webster of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Mona Plourde of Louden, N.H.We also would like to thank the wonderful, caring staff at The Homestead in Owls Head for providing a happy and loving home, as well as Maine HealthCare At Home personal care attendant Cindy Joy and Lisa Duda, RN, from Rockland District Nursing.Family and friends are invited to a gathering of love and remembrance from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.,Saturday, June 9, at 104 Limerock, Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home’s reception facility.In lieu of flowers, donations in Hazel’s name may be made to Rockland District Nursing, P.O. Box 1713, Rockland, ME 04841 or MCH Meals-on-Wheels, 46 Summer St., Rockland, ME 04841.To share a memory or condolence with Hazel’s family, visit their Book of Memories at bchfh.com.Hazel V. MalcolmLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of May 6, 2018)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Patricia (Patti) Ann Griffin, 66In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Thomas M. “Tom” Haas, 62In “Obituaries”last_img read more

SSKM gets Health dept green signal to perform lung transplants

first_imgKolkata: SSKM Hospital is all set to conduct lung transplants as it has already received a clearance from the Health department in this regard.SSKM Hospital is the first government-run hospital in the state to get the permission. According to sources in the Health department, “Bengal has so far witnessed heart transplants in a government hospital but the idea of lung transplants is not only new in the city but in the entire Eastern region as well.” Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseIt may be mentioned that the hospital had got a clearance for heart transplants a few months ago. The Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) was the first state-run hospital in the state to obtain clearance to perform heart transplants and has already performed heart transplant on two patients. But SSKM is the first hospital to have adequate infrastructure to conduct both heart and lung transplants. The hospital had applied for clearance in August 2018. It had submitted a detailed project report to the Swasthya Bhawan. Following this, the Health department carried out a survey in this regard, considering various aspects and was convinced after assessing the infrastructure. As a part of infrastructure revamp, a heart failure clinic has also been introduced at the Cardiology department of the hospital last year. The doctors of the Cardiology department would examine and treat heart failure patients at the clinic.last_img read more

Exploring benefits of black water

first_imgWe are about to enter the month of September, but the mercury is still soaring high. In this weather, the best way to survive the scorching heat is to keep yourself hydrated. Speaking for myself, in stead of gulping sodas and other sweet beverages, I have always been reaching for bottled water. However, the ever-expanding market, offering a variety in the packaged water often confuses me. Aren’t all the same – crystal clear, odourless, sparkling fluids that quenches your thirst better than any other drinks? Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Obviously yes!” – This is what everybody of you might be thinking right now except the ones who have tasted or at least heard of ‘Black Water’.Introduced by ‘BLK’, it is a premium alkaline water infused with pH of 8+ at the source.But how is it better than my tap water?”This water detoxifies your body by removing all toxins 20times better than the normal water. It’s ultra-hydrating since it gets absorbed at a higher rate than the regular water due to its addition of electrolytes and minerals. Also, it is rich in dissolved oxygen, which is considered to be the fuel for metabolism,” says Tapasya Mundhra, Nutritionist. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIrrespective of the uncountable health benefits, I had inhibitions about trying this product initially. It’s black water – won’t it taste and smell like sludge or rotten eggs? But on the contrary, it tasted very much like good, old-fashioned water. (With various additional benefits).Revealing other benefits of alkaline water, experts say that when the body environment becomes acidic, the body is forced into drawing balancing elements from the body itself. By balancing the acidity of the body, alkaline water helps restore bone health, fatigue and aid in osteoporosis. Also, it is a great cure for the hangover as it ensures the restoration of natural body balance quickly after consuming alcohol. Talking about the idea behind bringing this product in the Indian market, Dikshit Jhanb, Director of IRIIS says, “In the last decade or so a number of international beverage brands have entered the Indian market making this sector segmented. I saw a great potential in the non- alcoholic beverage segment, especially in the packaged drinking water sector. The main reason for me to invest and bring international beverage brands to the Indian market was that there is an increased awareness in the country in general about health, wellness and at large about getting fit and leading healthier lifestyles.”He also informs about the positive response this product is receiving which is especially coming from the segment that understands the benefits of drinking alkaline water.Considering the phenomenal feedback from the fitness and wellness industry, Tapasya Mundhara recommends this black water but at the same time feels that alkaline water is not a necessity for the human body. “I think it is not a necessity for humans — if you are taking a proper healthy diet, eating sufficient amount of fruits and vegetables, managing sleep and stress well, you don’t really need any additional supplements,” she informs.last_img read more