Odds & Ends: Watch Ariana Grande & JRB Team Up on Tonight & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Watch Ariana Grande & JRB Team Up on TonightAriana Grande, who appeared on Broadway back in 2008 in Jason Robert Brown’s 13, has never forgotten her Main Stem roots, and she once again joined forces with the composer on September 19. Check out below as they perform “Jason’s Song (Gave It Away)” together for the Tonight Show audience. We can’t wait to see Grande take on the role of Penny Pingleton for the December 7 broadcast of NBC’s Hairspray Live!. White Rabbit Red Rabbit Alex Brightman & More Set for RabbitSchool of Rock’s Alex Brightman and more have signed on for the buzzy White Rabbit Red Rabbit off-Broadway. Tony nominee Brightman will headline the production on November 14, with Mozhan Marnó (Blacklist) signed on for October 17, Joe Pantoliano (Sopranos) on October 24 and Nancy Travis (Three Men and a Baby) on November 21. The New York premiere of Nassim Soleimanpour’s solo show, which involves a different actor every performance seeing the script for the first time just before they go on stage, is playing Monday nights at the Westside Theatre.Cherry Jones Tapped for American CrimeCherry Jones has boarded the third season of ABC’s American Crime. According to Variety, the Tony and Emmy winner will have a recurring role as the matriarch of a big family agricultural operation. Set in North Carolina, production began earlier this week on the upcoming episode series, which is slated to bow next year.Actors Fund to Honor Dame Marin MazzieThe Phyllis Newman Womens Health Initiative of The Actors Fund will honor Marin Mazzie this fall during the 20th anniversary of Nothing Like a Dame. Newman will produce the annual event, directed by Bebe Neuwirth and featuring an all-star cast. Mazzie will receive the first Phyllis Newman Dame Award for her bravery and generosity as she publically shared her battle with ovarian cancer. The one-night only event is scheduled for October 24 at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Tickets will be on sale soon through the Actors Fund.Ana Gasteyer Set for Café CarlyleBroadway alum Ana Gasteyer (Wicked, Grease: Live) will make her Café Carlyle debut from October 25 through November 5. She is set to perform a saucy selection of covers and reimagined classics from her critically acclaimed jazz album, I’m Hip. Buy tickets to see her at the Big Apple hotspot here. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 19, 2016 Ariana Grande Related Showslast_img read more

Consumers Win Trip to Wembley Stadium for FA Cup Final

first_imgThe premium beer brand in 2016 and early 2017 became the official beer partner of Arsenal Football Club and five other major European clubs thereby offering Star beer consumers and football fans in Nigeria a range of club-related benefits and an improved football experience.This development reinforces Star Lager Beer’s unwavering commitment to delighting its consumers who form a huge chunk of football fans in Nigeria.One of the lucky fans, Olakumbi Titiloye said: “I’m very excited to be making this trip. As a die-hard football fan, seeing live action at the stadium, especially an FA Cup final at Wembley of all places, is one opportunity I wouldn’t miss and an experience I would forever cherish. It’s a proud moment for me and I deeply appreciate this lifetime opportunity Star is offering me and other football fans.”Tokunbo Adodo, Portfolio Manager, National Premium, Nigerian Breweries Plc, said: “Star Lager Beer is all about premium quality and adding fun and excitement to the lives of our consumers and football lovers across the country. As with every initiative we undertake, this all-expense paid trip to see the FA Cup final live at Wembley stadium this Saturday, is yet another clear demonstration of how importantly we take consumer delight. It’s certainly going to be a very memorable experience for the lucky consumers and football fans.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Five lucky consumers and football lovers will watch the 2017 English FA Cup final live at the Wembley Stadium this Saturday, May 27, courtesy Nigeria’s No. 1 beer brand, Star Lager Beer.The lucky fans, who left the country last night will get a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch two of the biggest clubs in England, Chelsea Football Club (2017 English Premier League Champions) and Arsenal Football Club (2014 and 2015 FA Winners) slug it out against each other in a match that promises to be 90 minutes of pulsating footballing action at the historic Wembley Stadium.last_img read more

Mourinho wants FA Cup response from stuttering Man Utd

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United will be desperate to bounce back in the FA Cup fifth round against Huddersfield on Saturday, their first match featuring opinion dividing video assistant referee (VAR) technology.Defeat at the hands of Newcastle at the weekend left Jose Mourinho’s men second in the Premier League but just four points clear of Tottenham in fifth as the race for the top four heats up.Now they travel to Huddersfield — where they lost in the league earlier this season — ahead of a testing run of fixtures that could define their season, with major questions over how best to deploy club record signing Paul Pogba and new boy Alexis Sanchez. “It’s very difficult to put me in a position where I have to criticise my players,” said Mourinho when quizzed on Pogba’s lack of form, which saw the £89 million ($125 million) midfielder dropped by his Portuguese manager when United last faced Huddersfield a fortnight ago.There have been mixed reactions to the VAR system, which has been used in a handful of League Cup and FA Cup ties.The recent fourth-round FA Cup tie between Liverpool and West Brom proved particularly contentious as the extra official awarded Jurgen Klopp’s side a penalty, ruled out a goal for his opponents then confirmed another would stand.– Mourinho backs VAR –“When people ask us if we like it, if we don’t like it, if we agree with it or don’t agree with it, I think honestly it’s a question for the referees,” said Mourinho, who said he backed the system but that it needed adjustments to preserve the flow of the game.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Water burst leaves residents without supply yet again in Falcarragh

first_imgHundreds of householders and business owners in and around Falcarragh are without water again following a burst pipe in the Rocktown area. Irish Water are currently at the scene addressing the issue.It is expected that the normal supply will return around 5pm on Saturday. Earlier this month Irish Water held a constructive meeting with elected officials from the Gortahork and Falcarragh area to discuss the utility’s plans to replace two sections of water pipes that are prone to frequent bursts.Councillors were told that Irish Water is committed to delivering water improvement works in Falcarragh and financial approval has been given to progress this through the National Leakage Reduction Programme.Roisin Gallagher, the owner of Roisin’s Beauty Bar, said her business couldn’t afford to wait till October for new pipes to be installed.” (It was a) booked out day with communions and weddings and we will lose a full day again due to the neglect we are receiving from Irish water. “We can’t afford to wait until autumn for this new system with how frequent we are losing water.“We can’t deal with the stress of going through a full busy summer losing days and disappointing customers.”Another business owner said Irish Water were failing the people in the Cloughaneely area.Batch Donegal said on Facebook: ‘This issue is way to frequent and is putting businesses in this town under serious pressure.‘We are losing hundred’s if not thousand’s of euro each time this happens and we are not receiving any compensation or support whatsoever. ‘Irish Water give no warnings of outages and we have to wait until our taps run dry to know that we will be without water.‘By the time this happens we have food baked and prepared for the day and most of this then has to be discarded. They have been of no help any time I have been on the phone to them.‘I have left numerous requests for a callback and sent many emails to which I have got no reply. Advertisement ‘We are being failed here in Falcarragh.’Water burst leaves residents without supply yet again in Falcarragh was last modified: September 22nd, 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)Tags:FalcarraghIrish Waterlast_img read more

Virtual Reality experience revolutionises house design in Donegal

first_imgA new West Donegal company has tapped into tech to offer a brand new perspective on property plans.Imagine walking around a building to check out the design before it’s even built – that’s what Virtual Teic is doing with brand new technology.The Gweedore-based company takes 2D building plans and builds a 3D virtual model for people to see a real representation of their building. Furniture, and kitchens, windows, doors are added for people to see as they ‘walk through’ the rooms. In this way, they can make decisions on changes they would like to make on room sizes, kitchen layouts, doors, windows and walls and interior design.No more of “I wish we had made that window bigger”, or “if that wall should have been moved to another position, we could have had more room”.The 3D design can be viewed either through Virtual Reality hardware (goggles) or a  high-quality render 360° model.  Virtual Teic can also use a drone to take an image of the house location to add an exterior view of the surrounding area and views of the building into the plans.“The response has been amazing and there hasn’t been anyone who has used it that hasn’t been in awe of its capabilities,” said Paul McMahon, Design & Sales at Virtual Teic.Virtual reality is said to be the next wave of technological revolution – and this experience brings a wow factor to building plans.“Most people now get plans and a lot of people can’t visualize real problems like spatial awareness, window and door positions relative to the space in the room or the positioning of important elements from the plans and the design of rooms. All they see are lines on a page, so to have this tool, this service we are offering, is a great device for people who can’t visualise what the house will finally look like,” Paul said.Virtual Teic Gweedore launch. Photo Clive WassonAlthough the technology is high end and relatively expensive, Virtual Teic offer this service at a reasonable cost and their model production time is minimal.It has to be seen to be believed! If you’d like to immerse yourself in a unique new building experience, check out virtualteic.com or call 0892479088 Virtual Reality experience revolutionises house design in Donegal was last modified: August 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:g-teicGweedoreplanningpropertyVirtual Realityvirtual teiclast_img read more

Challenging media views of SA

first_imgKhanyi MagubaneInternational media perceptions of South Africa, and their effect on the country’s economic development, will come under the spotlight in May this year during the second International Media Forum South Africa (IMFSA). The forum will bring together senior editors from the world’s most important media, as well as South Africa’s leading business decision-makers, government officials and communication professionals.Held at the Forum in Bryanston, Johannesburg, the conference will aim to address challenges in communicating what South Africa has to offer the international investor community. Participants will discuss ways of building international confidence in order to attract foreign direct investment. The forum will also be a platform for critical dialogue between those who shape South Africa’s image abroad, and South Africans who can change their future for the better by the way they communicate the country’s news.According to organisers, the main points of discussion will be:How do international communications affect the economic development of South Africa?How important is the South Africa story globally compared with other developing world economies, and how can the country use the media better to compete?How is the media changing as a result of new media takeup?What does new media offer companies, organisations and countries, and how can it be harnessed for advantage?How can participants get their organisation and its missions covered in the media for positive results?How do leading international players use media relations to their advantage?Branding South AfricaBrand South Africa, tasked with creating a positive and compelling brand for the country, is a major partner in this event. Established by the presidency in 2000, Brand South Africa has a mandate to carry out proactive marketing and a communication strategy that promotes trade, tourism and investment. Through the “Alive with Possibility” campaign, Brand South Africa aims to build a strong and consistent brand that will mould a shared identity for South Africa, leading to a common mindset.Other partners include Business Unity South Africa; the Public Relations Institute of South Africa and media partners Business Day, Financial Mail, Summit TV and Kaya FM.Close to a thousand delegates attended the first forum in 2006, with representatives from the international media including the BBC, CNN, CBNC Europe, Al-Jazeera International, The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine.The big debateThis year, the programme has been stepped up to include a number of high profile speakers. They include The Economist deputy editor Emma Duncan, Financial Times Africa editor William Wallis, Hindustan Times of India foreign editor Amit Baruah and New York Times Africa correspondent Celia Dugger, who will deliver keynote addresses.Professor Anton Harber, head of the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Journalism and Media Studies, will chair one of the most important sessions at the conference. Simply entitled “The Big Debate”, this will centre on the common perception that international coverage South Africa is generally negative. Three viewpoints on this issue will be discussed.The first is that news organisations around the world don’t treat South Africa any differently from any other country, and that South Africa is given an equal amount of positive and negative coverage. The second argues that the international media only focus on the negative issues of crime, corruption, and Aids, with little or no balanced reporting, thus failing not only South Africa but also Africa as a whole. The final viewpoint is that the international media have a responsibility to cover what is happening. The responsibility rests with government and business to tell media what is happening.Presiding over the forum will be veteran journalist and Kaya FM radio presenter John Perlman. His role as chair will be to ensure that the debates are open and fair to all involved.“The role of the chairman is to ensure that the debate is as productive as is possible and that as many people as possible get to have their opinions heard,” he says. “Nobody is always right, and no one always wrong. It’s all about the quality of the debate.”Conferences of this nature, he says, are crucial. “I think this will help foreign journalists to have a deeper understanding of South Africa. While you don’t change people’s minds in one conversation, you certainly need one good conversation to start a debate of that nature.“Every country has many different layers, and it’s important that foreign media understand that. As long as we all engage in the right spirit, we will have a fruitful discussion. But if you arrive at the conference with the attitude that your opinion will triumph, then you are not going to get much of out of it.”One of the issues that will top the agenda is coverage of the 2010 Fifa Football World Cup. The question will be, how can both government and business media relations be improved to use the event to promote the future economic development of South Africa in the run-up to the tournament? Mike de Vries, chief executive of Germany Land of Ideas, will share the lessons he learnt from managing the task of changing perceptions of Germany for the 2006 World Cup.Themba Maseko, head of government communication in South Africa, will also deliver a paper on the view from the government. The GCIS is responsible for all government communications and acts as the mouthpiece for its thoughts and policies. Maseko will outline his priorities for government communication and its relationship with the international media.Useful linksInternational Media ForumBrand South AfricaSouthAfrica.infoGermany Land of Ideaslast_img read more

South Africa can be a leader in sport for social change

first_imgBeyond Sport is a UK organisation that can help young men and women apply the skills and values they learn through playing sport to all aspects of their lives. • Ellis uses sport to build a better world • Promising future for South African football• Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust has changed lives • Dreamfields changes lives• Women’s sport in the spotlight with gsportShamin ChibbaNelson Mandela once said that sport had the power to change the world, to inspire, and to unite people in a way little else did. These words of the late statesman echoed through the 2014 Beyond Sport Summit and Awards held in Johannesburg between 28 and 30 October.Beyond Sport, a global non-profit organisation that promotes the use of sport to create positive social change, used the event to explore ways in which sport could be used to tackle a range of issues affecting society, such as HIV/Aids, poverty and even bullying. It was the second time the event was held in South Africa; the first was in Cape Town in 2011. According to Nick Keller, Beyond Sport’s founder, the event returned to our shores because the country had the potential to become the world leader in using sport for social change.“The South African sports industry is very vibrant and passionate,” said Keller. “With that vibrancy and the support of the business world, against the context of social issues here, you have a fantastic opportunity to become a world leader of sport for social change. So for us to come down here really takes us to the heart of where we believe sport for social change can have the greatest impact.”Among the speakers at the event was former Bafana Bafana and Leeds United legend, Lucas Radebe. Speaking to Media Club South Africa at the Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto, Radebe said that as a Beyond Sport ambassador, he aimed to pass on to the youth the values he had grown up with and even had learned during his playing career. The footballer espouses discipline, a good work ethic and, most of all, honesty: “In my career, I played for four teams, and one of the values I learned was honesty. I was honest to each and every team. I never went from one club to another.”He said the recent killing of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa could be related to a lack of values and role models. Sportsmen and women today had a big responsibility in that they needed to carry the values they learned into every aspect of their lives. “We need to see more of the current players being the role models, exercising the values on and off the field of play. Every weekend the kids are watching and they want to play like [Bafana Bafana footballer] Rivaldo Coetzee.”The Meyiwa tragedy did not bode well for the image of South Africa, Radebe added. “We are trying to make our country safe for tourists and foreign businesspeople who want to come and improve our country, invest in our country. [The killing] doesn’t paint a great picture outside of South Africa. This is something we have to learn from and engage ourselves to make sure it doesn’t happen to the future leaders of this country.” Former Bafana Bafana captain, Lucas Radebe, was this year’s Beyond Sport ambassador. He said more role models are needed to inspire young sportsmen and women. (Image Shamin Chibba)Radebe’s purposeRemembering where he came from – Diepkloof in Soweto – had forged his path through life, Radebe said. Being a footballer during South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy had sharpened his career. “It moulded me into who I am in terms of values and withstanding challenges and being hungry for success.”Having achieved so much at international and club levels, he was now focused on creating opportunities for young professional footballers. “I want to bring guidance as well as knowledge of what football can do to change one’s life and [affect] you as an individual and society.”Origins of Beyond SportKeller was not much of an academic during his adolescence. He describes himself as a poor student, who “didn’t understand what people were talking about in class”. But he did understand what happened on the playing field. “I found solace on the rugby pitch, the tennis court, the swimming pool, the hockey field, any place that took me out of that place of discomfort, which was the classroom, where I felt a lesser self than I did on the sports field,” he said.The lessons he learned as a sportsman led to his founding of Beyond Sport in 2009; Keller decided to use sport as a tool for social change when he noticed that no one else was doing so. He called on Barclays Bank for support and it agreed immediately. “We knew that sport could be a very good protagonist for the corporate world to engage.”He said the biggest issue facing humanity at the moment was the growing young population. As a result, the youth was the most excluded group of people, the most unemployed and the ones suffering from poor education.Beyond Sport’s purpose was to find a way to engage with these young people. “The same conversation has to happen in London, Johannesburg, Nairobi, and in the smaller villages and towns,” said Keller. “This movement towards urban environments is putting young people in peril and making them more excluded. The challenge is much the same worldwide. Because as we all move to urban environments, we all face urban problems.” The Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto hosted the second day of the Beyond Sport Summit, which featured a number of workshops on issues ranging from HIV/Aids to youth development in cricket. (Image: Shamin Chibba) Calling on business to helpBeyond Sport, Keller said, was sending the message to corporates that they needed to be a part of society and that they could help to create positive change while meeting their business objectives. “We are of the view that the Barclays and Absas of this world can help to drive their business and create more sustainable change. And what we see is that not all profit is equal. Profit that drives social change is of more interest to us than anything else.”Philanthropy had changed in that it was no longer just about corporate social responsibility, when companies felt obliged to help society and felt good about themselves for doing so. Nowadays, he said, businesses wanted to understand the impact they were having on the people they were helping.In South Africa, philanthropy sat between corporate social responsibility, Keller said, and what he called shared value, which allowed companies to make a tangible impact on society. “With corporate social responsibility we have always seen profit as an apple, and a bite out of that apple. But what we are interested in is a company engaging in social change that can grow the size of the apple itself.”This idea of shared value was driving Barclays in the United Kingdom to try to get five million young men and women employed and their life skills improved. “It shows a great understanding that if Barclays can support that many people [it] will also have more customers, more prosperous customers and [its] desire to help people achieve their ambitions in the right way is going to help [the bank to] drive business as well.”The summit and awards have been taken to London, Chicago and Cape Town. Speakers at past events have included David Beckham, Muhammad Ali, Francois Pienaar and Tony Blair.last_img read more

Looking back on 2017 An inquiry dead in the water and blatant

first_imgAPTN InFocusShould the MMIWG Inquiry be granted an extension? Is Lynn Beyak a racist? Is the AFN relevant?Pam Palmater, Niigaan Sinclair and Tim Fontaine weigh in on these issues and more as we put 2017 In Focus and look ahead to 2018.The National Inquiry into MMIWGA formal request for an extension was expected by the end of 2017 but that never came. It was seen as another misstep in a year that saw nearly two dozen people leave the inquiry.There was also numerous calls for the commissioners to step down, including lead Comm. Marion Buller.Lynn Beyak and her take on residential schoolsIn the spring of 2017, then little-known senator from Dryden, Ont., Lynn Beyak, said in a speech said some good came out of the residential schools and some of the religious teachers were well intentioned. Just a few weeks ago, she was turfed from the Conservative caucus by party leader Andrew Scheer for posting and refusing to remove racist letters from her Senate website.The coming legalization of marijuanaSome First Nation communities are getting actively involved and looking to set up shop in the marijuana business.But not everyone wants weed in their communities.Subscribe to the APTN InFocus podcast below:last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,001.71, down 47.31 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 81 cents, or 8.9 per cent, to $8.30 on 27.7 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down $3.52, or 16.9 per cent, to $17.30 on 19.2 million shares.RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Unchanged at 24 cents on 10.7 million shares.HEXO Corp. (TSX:HEXO). Health care. Down 76 cents, or 9.2 per cent, to $7.49 on 10.5 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Down $9.03, or 13.6 per cent, to $57.28 on 8.7 million shares.Dollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL). Consumer discretionary. Down $8.95, or 17.2 per cent, to $43.12 on 7.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Dollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL). Down $8.95, or 17.2 per cent, to $43.12 on 7.7 million shares traded. The discount retailer’s shares had the worst day on the Toronto Stock Market after its second-quarter revenue, earnings and sales growth were weaker than analysts expected and the company indicated that it has been reluctant to raise prices due to competitive pressures. Although the results were shy of forecasts, Dollarama’s profit in the fiscal second quarter rose to $141.8 million from $131.8 million a year ago and sales grew to $868.5 million.Transat AT. (TSX:TRZ). Down 57 cents or 6.5 per cent to $8.25. The tour package company and airline missed expectations as it swung to a loss of $4 million from a $26.6-million profit in the third quarter a year ago. Excluding non-operating items, Transat reported an adjusted loss of $3 million or eight cents per share for the quarter compared with an adjusted profit of $26.9 million or 73 cents per share a year ago. Revenues fell five per cent to $696.6 million.Empire Company Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A). Down 81 cents or 3.2 per cent to $24.25. The parent company of grocery chain Sobeys Ltd. said its fiscal first-quarter profit increased to $95.6 million, up from $54 million a year ago , when it was hit by $28.7 million in costs related to its Project Sunrise cost-savings plan. On an adjusted basis, Empire said it earned $100.2 million or 37 cents per share for the quarter, up from $87.5 million or 32 cents per share a year ago. Sales totalled $6.46 billion, up from $6.27 billion.last_img read more