UG’s Diaspora Conference set for May 2020

first_imgThe University of Guyana has confirmed that its second Diaspora Conference, which was rescheduled in 2019, is now set for May 28 to June 1, 2020.The theme will be “Investing in Guyana’s emerging business, Indigenous, women and youth leaders”.  This theme has been chosen in recognition of the need for all Guyanese at home and abroad to work together with inclusion, tolerance and cooperation for national and regional growth and development.The University of Guyana remains committed to Diaspora engagement and facilitating a positive enabling environment and discussion on ways in which Guyanese can best work together to accomplish joint goals towards creating prosperity for all our people.The conference will feature a mixture of academic and non-academic experiences and will host a number of panels, forums, roundtables and multimedia presentations on key thematic areas.To meet the challenge of Diaspora engagement, and to ensure the strategic integrity and sustainability of the University’s Diaspora project, the University of Guyana has appointed Dr Mellissa Ifill, Lecturer in History at the University of Guyana, and Dr Wazir Mohamed, a member of the Diaspora and Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University East, as Co-Chairs of the second University of Guyana Diaspora Engagement Conference.In addition, the following key individuals from UG and the Diaspora along with others still to be named will play key roles in the planning process for the conference: Gillian Williams (Toronto), Chet Bolling (Moscow), Lear Matthews (New York), Brandon Cheong (Toronto), Adeti DeJesus (Guyana), Mellissa Bess (UG), Arlene McLean (UG), Denise Braam (UG) and Leisa Somrah (UG).The University’s Transition Management Committee (TMC) will maintain oversight of the project. The TMC wishes to thank the new conference Coordinating Team for their sterling work over the last few months in ensuring an excellent event for 2020.The University of Guyana also specifically values and welcomes the support from the Diaspora, State and non-State actors, Government, the Private Sector, civil society, the public at home and abroad, and all stakeholders as it builds out the project of Diaspora engagement.Since it is a well-documented fact that Diaspora engagement is one of the major building blocks for national development, submissions and registrations will be accepted from January 30, 2020, at the University of Guyana’s Conferences website www.uog.edu/conference and also on the Diaspora Conferences dedicated website https://diaspora-entrepreneurship.uog.edu.gy or email: ugdiasporaconfernces@uog.edu.gy or call: 592-222-3583.last_img read more

Income gap in L.A. is growing

first_imgThe current educational model is not well-suited to the economy of tomorrow, and if it isn’t changed radically, “we could see the middle class hollowed out again,” said Jerry Nickelsburg, an economist with the Anderson Forecast at UCLA. To illustrate the income gap, economists use a scale in which zero is for a utopian society with wealth evenly distributed, and 100 is for a society in which a few mega-rich individuals hold all the dollars. In the United States, the index has slowly inched up to somewhere near 50 in the past 35 years, meaning wealth is distributed somewhat evenly between rich and poor. In L.A., however, it’s above 60 percent, meaning the wealthy control a disproportionate share of the money. According to the most recent Census Bureau data, the mean annual household income in Los Angeles stood at $66,364. On the wealthy side, nearly 60,000 households made more than $200,000. On the poor side, more than 140,000 made $10,000 or less. Things aren’t as bad as they were in the 1990s, when high- wage manufacturing jobs evaporated by the tens of thousands and the index soared well above the national average. Nickelsburg said the economy had evolved, so high- wage service jobs – paralegal, graphic design, communications and audio-visual – gave workers a better shot at working their way into the middle class. But the key difference then, he said, was that someone also could land a manufacturing job right out of high school with no special training. And if assembly-line workers got laid off at General Motors in Van Nuys, they could often take a short trip to Burbank and get hired at Lockheed with the same pay. Graphic designers, on the other hand, can’t just apply to be nurses if their firm closes. And without a more comprehensive employment-development and training strategy throughout the region, economist Jack Kyser said, the middle-class jobs of today can easily evaporate tomorrow. “When you have a two-tier economy with a rapidly shrinking middle class, you’ll have some social problems like crime and homelessness,” he said. “You need a balanced economy with a good job ladder so if people want to work hard, they can get ahead.” Jos Torres, 21, of Sylmar wants to work hard and get ahead. The first isn’t so difficult, he said, but the latter is a challenge. Torres makes $9.25 per hour, plus commissions, answering phones in customer service. He brings home around $285 per week. He rents a room from his mother, has credit card and cell phone bills and makes payments to a friend who lent him money to buy a 1991 Toyota Celica. To try to get ahead, Torres sought assistance from Communities In Schools, a North Hills agency that helped get him into vocational training. He plans to study to get into real estate and to save for a home. “It’s pretty difficult,” he said. “You need a little pile of money to get started, but it’s hard. Everything’s going up – rent, gas, everything. You’re not going to get that pile unless you starve yourself.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m really blessed,” he said. “I still don’t have a Lamborghini, though. And I need one.” As Rodriguez marveled at the sleek, red Italian sports car, Martinez washed it. For the past seven years, that’s been his living, earning minimum wage plus tips. He has an apartment on Victory Boulevard in Valley Glen with his wife and two children. He makes $300 to $400 per week. “It’s hard,” Martinez said. “I don’t have a lot of money but, compared to Mexico, it’s good. There, $5 is a day’s work.” Rodriguez considers himself well-off; Martinez considers himself poor. And according to a report released today by the UCLA Anderson Forecast, Los Angeles has a growing number of people just like both of them – and not so many in the middle. While the local economy has adapted in recent years to accommodate more middle- class jobs, the report, titled “Richer and Poorer: Income Inequality in Los Angeles,” warns that the next generation of workers could find itself ill-prepared to labor its way from poor to rich. On one hand, Francisco Martinez and Paige Rodriguez aren’t so different. They both live in the San Fernando Valley. They’re both around 30. They both work with cars. But the similarity ends there. Rodriguez customizes high-end automobiles and sells them to celebrities. Last year, his 101 Automotive Group grossed $2.5 million. The Toluca Lake man drives a tricked- out Mercedes-Benz S550 he estimates is worth $150,000. last_img read more

Arraignment put off in murder case

first_img He told investigators he heard gunfire and watched the Mustang roll backward but didn’t see the killer because his view was blocked by a parked van. Jennings said he called a supervisor and waited for her to arrive before approaching the car. O’Keefe’s parents and brother attended the hearing and left court without commenting. Jennings’ wife left the courtroom, sat on a hallway bench and began crying. She was comforted by others, including a woman dressed in olive green camouflage fatigues who rubbed her back. Jennings was named in December 2000 in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by O’Keefe’s parents but was not criminally charged until prosecutors filed the case Nov. 15, about two days before Jennings, a sergeant in the Army National Guard, returned home on leave. He was arrested Dec. 13 when deputies stopped his vehicle on a Lancaster street. Prosecutors in the past declined to file criminal charges, citing insufficient evidence, but said after charges were filed that proceedings in the civil case changed the “character of the evidence.” O’Keefe had returned to her car after leaving it at the lot while she rode with a friend to work as an extra during the taping of a music video for rapper Kid Rock. The gun that killed O’Keefe has never been found. In May 2002, members of a local scuba diving club combed the murky bottom of nearby Palmdale Lake but turned up nothing. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Outside the courtroom, Deputy Public Defender John Henderson declined to comment on the legal conflict, citing confidentiality, but said of Jennings, “I think he’s innocent.” In Jennings’ first court appearance, Dec. 15, Henderson asked the judge for a report on the suitability of releasing Jennings on a written promise to appear for future hearings, citing his community ties and military service, including about 10 months in combat zones in Iraq. Jennings is charged with murder in the Feb. 22, 2000, death of 18-year-old Michelle O’Keefe. She was found shot to death behind the wheel of her blue 2000 Ford Mustang in the Park-and-Ride lot on Avenue S in Palmdale. With its engine running and the driver’s door opened, the car had backed out of a parking space and rolled over the edge of a small concrete planter. In interviews with investigators, Jennings, working for a private security company under contract with the city, has denied killing her. LANCASTER – Arraignment was postponed Monday for a second time for a former security guard charged in the 2000 murder of a Palmdale teenager at a Park-and-Ride lot that he was patrolling. Raymond Lee Jennings, a 31-year-old Iraq war veteran who was arrested about a month after he returned home on leave, did not enter a plea after the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office said it cannot represent Jennings because of a conflict. “The court intends to appoint the alternate public defender tentatively. I’m advised they will not accept the case until the supervisor returns, which is Wednesday,” Antelope Valley Superior Court Judge Steve Ogden told Jennings. “We may or may not have an answer for you on representation, do you understand?” Jennings, wearing an orange jail jumpsuit with his hands handcuffed to his waist, replied, “Yes, sir.” He was ordered to return to court Wednesday and remained in custody in lieu of $1 million bail. last_img read more

END OF AN ERA AS LIMELIGHT TO BE TURNED INTO A SHOP AND OFF-LICENCE

first_imgTHE famous Limelight Club in Glenties is to be turned into a shop and off licence.A planning application has been approved by Donegal County Council and An Bord Pleanála to transform the former club into a retail unit despite an objection.  The derelict club was bought in 2014 at a public auction for €185,000.KLH Trading DCC submitted the application with Donegal County Council in December 2015, and was approved following an inspection carried out by an official from An Bord Pleanála.The inspector granted planning permission under the condition that the development must function as a retail and off-license unit, as per their application. The inspector said that this new unit will “contribute to the vitality and viability of the town of Glenties by supporting the mixed use function of the town centre”.However, this decision was challenged by Harley Newman Planning Consultants on behalf of Darren Melly. The chief argument of that appeal was the fear that the new retail unit will  “impact on the vitality or viability of the town centre”, and that there are already four convenience retail outlets in the town centre.The appellant also feels as though there will be inadequate parking for people using the new retail unit and he has also raised concerns over how accessible the area will be to large delivery lorries.Donegal County Council responded to this appeal by saying that the new retail unit will actually compliment the existing range of retail activity and will not conflict with the County Development Plan.They also added that Glenties main street can “cater for delivery traffic without added or undue traffic disruption” and that the “former use would have necessitated such delivery traffic and no additional traffic issues are likely”. END OF AN ERA AS LIMELIGHT TO BE TURNED INTO A SHOP AND OFF-LICENCE was last modified: July 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Glentieslimelightlast_img read more

ALL-IRELAND MINOR FOOTBALL SEMI: DONEGAL LEAD DUBLIN BY THREE AT HALF TIME

first_imgThe Dalys frm Letterkenny enjoying the big match atmosphere at Croke Park.Donegal 1-06 Dublin 0-06Donegal’s hopes of winning their first ever All Ireland Minor Football title remain very much alive as they lead Dublin by three points at half-time in their semi-final clash at Croke Park.However, at one stage it looked ominous for Declan Bonner’s side as, after 15 minutes, they trailed by four points on a scoreline of 0–1 to 0-05, the Donegal youngsters recording five wides – their only score coming from a free. However, John Campbell turned the game Donegal’s way, first finding the net before putting over two excellent points to put his side ahead.Dublin took the lead as early as the second minute through a Jack Burke  point but Downings’ Lorcan Connor drew Donegal level three minutes later with a free.A lively Dublin put over four unanswered points before Campbell took the game by the scruff of the neck.First, he punched the ball to the back of the net after being picked out by McGlenaghan in the 22nd minute. A minute later, he turned his man brilliantly to put over the bar to draw Donegal level.He then pounced on a poor kick out by Dublin keeper Whelan to put two between the sides.A brilliant long distance point from Lorcan Doherty increased the lead to three a minute later.Saddler pulled a point back for Dublin before McBrearty put over a point t from distance to put three between the sides at half-time.Come on, Donegal !! ALL-IRELAND MINOR FOOTBALL SEMI: DONEGAL LEAD DUBLIN BY THREE AT HALF TIME was last modified: August 31st, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:allcrokedonegalfinalIrelandMinorparklast_img read more

Loftus-Cheek starts: England v Switzerland live commentary and team news

first_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade What is the team news?Gareth Southgate has made multiple changes from the defeat to Spain last weekend with the likes of Jack Butland, Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek being given the chance to prove themselves.England: Butland, Alexander-Arnold, Rose, Walker, Tarkowski, Maguire, Dier, Delph, Loftus-Cheek, Rashford, WelbeckSubs: Trippier, Pickford, Welbeck, Stones, Gomez, Henderson, Lingard, Kane, Gray, McCarthy, BettinelliSwitzerland: Sommer, Akanji, Djourou, Schär, Rodriguez, Freuler, Xhaka, Zakaria, Lichtsteiner, Shaqiri, GavranovićSubs: Mvogo, Moubandje, Klose, Mbabu, Embolo, Seferovic, Edimilson Fernandes, Zuber, Sow, Ajeti, Mehmedi, Kobel highlights silverware Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack possible standings Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more smart causal This is a just a regular friendly, but Switzerland arrive in great heart after tearing Iceland apart 6-0.But history is on the side of Southgate’s men, as the Swiss haven’t managed to beat England in seven attempts since 1981.What time is kick-off?Leicester’s King Power Stadium is hosting the match on Tuesday, September 11.Kick-off is at 8pm.The last meeting between the sides was in Euro 2016 qualification, where England ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney.How can I listen on talkSPORT?Tune into talkSPORT from 7pm for live coverage of the big game.You can listen using your DAB radio, the talkSPORT app or our web player.The match will also be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event. impact Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures The clash will be held at Leicester’s King Power Stadium 1 FOOTBALL LATEST MONEY Getty Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions are going on the road as they face Switzerland in Leicester.The Nations League began at the weekend for England, who suffered their first competitive defeat on home soil since 2007 as Spain ran our 2-1 winners in the capital.last_img read more

Ignoring the past

first_imgRe “From slime to sublime” (Oct. 10): Here’s another good example of some newspaper staff writer giving her opinion of something she knows nothing about. After disastrous floods in the 1930s, the Army Corps of Engineers built Hanson and Sepulveda dams. The L.A. River, which used to empty out near Santa Monica, was diverted miles to the south. The corps put the river in a cement jacket to keep it from tearing up the countryside, which it used to do all the time. Anybody who has seen the Big Tujunga when it’s really flowing knows what I’m talking about. “Golly gee, wouldn’t it be swell to get rid of all that ugly concrete?” Do that, and ignore the past, but before you do just look at Santa Paula Airport last year: No concrete channel there and they lost of one-third of their runway. Michael Leptuch Pacoima Grandiose plan Re “From slime to sublime” (Oct. 10): Note to Councilman Ed Reyes: Instead of wasting $3 million on a master plan for the Los Angeles River, why not use it to clean up trash in the river, get rid of the graffiti along the river, provide security along the river, run off the gangsters who think they own it and intimidate and run off decent people, move the hundreds of homeless people off the banks of the river, and maintain the bike path and pocket parks that have been built along the river? These are far better ways to revitalize the river than a master plan that will, as the one for Griffith Park shows, be composed of grandiose ideas and drawn up with little public input that will be ignored anyway. Tony Taylor North Hollywood Abolish LAUSD Re “Should the mayor run the schools?” (Oct. 7): What does the mayor of L.A. know about running schools? He has never taught, the Board of Education members have never taught, the governor has never taught. And here they are trying to run schools when they haven’t the vaguest idea of what to do. The real problem is that no one will do what has to be done in order to make the school system work. The Board of Education and all those employees at the downtown offices and at the local areas have to go. The system needs to be cleaned out, broken up, and started all over again. The parents and residents of the L.A. area need to demand that the LAUSD be abolished and redone. It cannot be fixed. Stephanie Schwartz Teacher Granada Hills Charter HS Photogenic pol Everywhere I look or listen, Antonio Villaraigosa appears before my very eyes. He is either out riding a horse, pruning a tree or some other photo-op. The latest being on the front page of the TV Book in our very own Daily News, showing that he is appearing on the “George Lopez Show.” If Villaraigosa is out of his office so much, who is minding the store? The first 100 days are over now and I would like to hear what has been achieved by this mayor, apart from gallivanting from place to place. Pamela Franklin Granada Hills Improve the schools Re “Should the mayor run the schools?” (Oct. 7): Instead of taking over the LAUSD, the mayor should take over the INS and enforce the laws of the land regarding illegal aliens. Then he could solve the low test scores and dropout rates at the LAUSD, the gang problem, the graffiti problem and the closing of all the emergency rooms. He could do all that from one throne. Politicians, don’t you just love ’em? Bob Budworth Woodland Hills We’re talking money Re “Bening makes push for arts in schools” (NewsLite, Oct. 8): Let’s have a reality check here. How many people want their taxes increased? That’s what increased funding for the arts means. That is what Annette Bening means when she stands on the Capitol steps in Sacramento. Let’s think out of the box. We learned a great lesson in Hurricane Katrina. The private sector is more efficient then the state or federal government. Why not provide incentives for private industry to fund arts programs in the schools? Kathy Dudley Northridge Not the problem Re “Special Election 2005: Prop. 74” (Oct. 10: I find neither the pro or con arguments for Prop. 74 regarding teacher tenure at all informative, so I am relying on what my adult children tell me. They are all outstanding teachers with many years of experience. Their concern is that Prop. 74 won’t change anything because the real problem is not the teachers but the inept school administrators who hire them and are themselves unqualified to know good teachers from the bad. While my children are not against increasing the time from two years to three years, they say five years is too much and that the procedures for firing a teacher can be used too easily to shut up teachers who dare criticize administrators. Jack Allen Pacific Palisades Shutting unions Re “Prop. 75, Pro: Union politics stifle some members” (Oct. 11): But most union members know that the true purpose of Proposition 75 is to shut down unions. However, if Republican big business and corporations would totally stop giving money to support Proposition 75, maybe they could strike a deal. Now that’s fair and balanced. Jerold Drucker Tarzana Not that simple Re “Keep it simple” (Your Opinions, Oct. 6): Here is another person saying that if someone doesn’t like the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, they simply don’t have to say them. It’s not that simple. I tried putting myself in others’ shoes and not saying the phrase “under God” while pledging with a group. It’s difficult to time correctly. People also offer the option of just not saying the pledge at all. I wondered how I’d feel if I had to stand respectfully while a group around me pledged something against my beliefs or offensive to me, for example, “under Satan.” I think I’d feel pretty resentful. The alternative I suggest is that people continue using the phrase “under God” when they say the pledge in their church, and omit the phrase whenever they are in a nonreligious or government-sponsored milieu. Wilma Bennett Reseda Political motives Re “Different rules” (Your Opinions, Oct. 9): Gene Cofsky writes that Tom DeLay has been reindicted. Well, yes, he was. But only after it was discovered that the first indictment was for a crime that wasn’t even on the books at the time of the “crime.” After a second grand jury refused to indict, the prosecutor was forced to jury-shop until he found one that would. This prosecutor only has political motives and I predict that all charges will be thrown out once a judge sees the “evidence” against DeLay. Glenn Smith Woodland Hills Training shows We would like to thank the men and women of the many fire services who rushed in and saved our homes during the recent fire. Their years of training showed as they went about their job and saved home after home. It is said that firefighters are the ones that are always rushing in while everyone else is rushing out, they are the true heroes. May God bless them and their families. Also a big thank you to the men and women of the sheriff’s and police departments for their long hours of protection also. And then after the fires, it is amazing how quickly phone and electrical service was restored. These repairmen worked day and night to get us our service back. Dave Harps and Karen Brown West Hills Love and liars With all the natural disasters, fires, floods, tidal waves, earthquakes and war, I don’t believe George Bush when he says he talks to God. If God is listening, he is pretty upset. If you were God, consider a love life where liars say they love you and start wars. Denis F. Cremins Simi Valley AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Spring into storytime events kick off at local libraries

first_imgSpring is definitely in the air at libraries across Donegal as the Spring into Storytime initiative kicks off this April. Thirteen libraries across Donegal will host a variety of interactive, fun and informative storytime events for preschoolers and their families. Kevin McCaul from Donegal Library Service said: “We want to reinforce the importance of reading at home through our Spring into Storytime sessions and we will be sharing hints and tips for parents that will help them develop a love of reading in their children”. He added “With the Easter holidays just around the corner we are keen to help families relax with their children in a welcoming environment while enjoying some special ‘family time’ at our libraries. We want to encourage a more family focused approach to reading with children and raise awareness of the benefits of reading as a fun activity for children and also to let people see the types of services and resources that are available free of charge for children in our libraries.“This is all part of the national ‘Right to Read’ programme and we are asking parents to come along and let Donegal Libraries transform, enrich and inspire you.”This is the 3rd year of the Spring into Story-time initiative which is a Libraries Ireland initiative and events are free of charge and open to everyone.The first event takes place on Wednesday 3rd April at 11.00 am in Central Library through to Saturday 27th April when Bundoran Library will be having a Storytime including “The Natural Company Presents “Wild, Tribe Heros”.  A recycling demonstration and childrens games will follow. Joining the library is easy and members can avail of up to 12 books for 3 weeks at a time. Children often love to read the same story over and over, and libraries can facilitate an extension so parents can ensure their young ones get to read their favourite book. The library also offers a range of online resources including parenting magazines, and online courses.For more information call into your local library or visit the What’s On page at donegallibrary.ie or follow Donegal County Library on Facebook or Twitter. Spring into storytime events kick off at local libraries was last modified: March 31st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:donegal librarySpring into Story-timelast_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

South African products: names protected under new agreement

first_imgThe names of a selection of South African products are now protected under a new agreement with the European Union (EU). It follows from a bilateral protocol on geographic indicators negotiated between the republic and the EU.South Africa said 102 wine names would be protected under the agreement and three agricultural product names, namely rooibos, Karoo lamb, and honeybush tea.In addition, an economic partnership agreement between the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and EU has been negotiated.#PostCab New agreement with EU will see 102 wine names, Karoo lamb, rooibos and honeybush (teas) names protected GD— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) May 26, 2016It allowed a single trade regime with the EU, said Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, and “would enhance the preferential access of some products to the EU such as sugar, ethanol, wine, fish and fruit”, reported news website Business Day.“[The agreement] further demonstrates that our country is on a path to recovery and continues to be a viable investment destination,” the Cabinet said. “It ensures in line with the National Development Plan’s objectives that South Africa advances industrialisation and promotes South African exports into the EU market.”The agreement also promotes the development of regional value chains in Africa, contributing to regional integration.South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more