a month agoEx-Ajax star Van Halst: Newcastle goalscorer Willems charming, frustrating

first_imgEx-Ajax star Van Halst: Newcastle goalscorer Willems charming, frustratingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Ajax and FC Twente star Jan van Halst has told Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce to take the good with the bad when it comes to Jetro Willems.Willems joined Newcastle United on-loan from Eintracht Frankfurt last month, though made his name in the Eredivisie with PSV Eindhoven, where he spent six years and won his first caps with Holland.And on Saturday, Willems scored the opener on Saturday in the Toon’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool. The goal was spectacular, but wasn’t enough as the Reds eventually steamrolled the visitors.Reviewing the action, Van Halst was delighted for Willems – though warned the Dutchman will always be occasionally loose defensively.Van Halst said on Ziggo Sport via Voetbalzone: “He makes it difficult for a football analyst. Before the game we say that he should play a little more carefully as a left back. It is of course the charm of Willems.”The good thing is too: if he does this for PSV in a home match against RKC, then you say: ‘This is of course not possible in the Premier League’. But it is foolish: he just does it. Charming. A great goal.”Indeed, Van Halst says that’s the ‘charm’ of Willems, who is capable of producing a moment of unexpected magic.He added: “He is playful. It makes you crazy as a football analyst. Of course you have to use him with his speed.”Defensively he just has his vulnerabilities. You have to take this for granted a bit. This is that playfulness of Jetro Willems. He will never get it out completely, because he is already 25.”Willems moved to Newcastle at the beginning of August. The defender has joined the Magpies on a season-long loan with the option to buy.- updated September 16 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


a month agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini pleased with Rice progress

first_imgWest Ham boss Pellegrini pleased with Rice progressby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is pleased with the progress of Declan Rice.Rice came in for some criticism for his defensive error which contributed to Kosovo’s second goal against England in Tuesday’s European Qualifier at St Mary’s.Hammers manager Pellegrini is confident Rice has the mentality to take everything in his stride and flourish for the national side.”Declan is a very young player, he is improving in every game he plays,” said Pellegrini.”He is only 20 years old and I think with his age it is important he plays for England and it is important for him the way he can demonstrate how he works.”You can expect these mistakes for any kind of player. He is improving and for the moment he is doing well in that position.”If you are 20 years old you always want to play, but we will see if he has any muscle problem. For the moment Declan must continue playing.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Darius Rucker Will Play A Concert At South Carolina’s Horseshoe If Gamecocks Win 6 Games

first_imgDarius Rucker singing while wearing a South Carolina hat.Twitter/@dariusruckerDarius Rucker is a huge South Carolina fan, but he’s not going too crazy with expectations for the Gamecocks in Will Muschamp’s first year. All he wants is a bowl game. Any bowl game.If South Carolina reaches six wins this year, the country star and former leader of Hootie and the Blowfish will play a concert at the famous ‘Horseshoe’ on his alma mater’s campus.Rucker agreed to the arrangement after receiving a tweet suggestion from a ‘Cocks fan. School president Harry Pastides quickly agreed.I think if we get 6 wins this season @dariusrucker should have another concert on the horseshoe— Croc (@WhiteJungleboi) August 10, 2016I’m dying to play the horseshoe. Start a petition tell them I’m in!! https://t.co/mgiW6vV9WF— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) August 10, 2016No need for a petition…consider it done! Darius in concert on the ‘Shoe after we get to 6! https://t.co/FMKYZ56Cpa— Harris Pastides (@HarrisPastides) August 11, 2016This isn’t the first time Rucker has put a performance on the line with South Carolina athletics, although this is a show he definitely wants to have. Last June, the country star serenaded ESPN’s Mike Golic with the Notre Dame fight song, after Golic’s Fighting Irish women’s basketball team beat the Gamecocks in the Final Four.With an SEC schedule, getting to six wins won’t be easy for South Carolina this season. Win at Vanderbilt, vs. ECU, at Kentucky, vs. UMass, vs. Missouri, and vs. Western Carolina. That’s probably the easiest path.[The State]last_img read more


Fincantieri Set to Build Cruise Ship Blocks in Australia

first_imgzoom Italian ship builder and ship designer Fincantieri, together with its selected subcontractor, will construct cruise ship blocks in Australia from 2018 to commence training the Australian shipbuilding workforce in Fincantieri tools and methods.For the purpose, the Italian giant hired the flat product steel producer BlueScope Steel, which now join Fincantieri’s global base of 80,000 subcontractors around the world, to supply steel for use in cruise ships and future test blocks of cruise ships constructed in Australia.“This order will ensure that cruise ships blocks built in Australia as part of our start-up activities will train an Australian shipbuilding workforce and use Australian steel,” Dario Deste, Chairman of Fincantieri Australia, said.The training activities lead into the start of production of the Future Frigate from 2020, as the company aims to bring its own work “to start up operations locally and create new markets for Australian industry.”The cruise ship blocks will be constructed by both Fincantieri’s own shipbuilding workforce and potential subcontractors to the Future Frigate Project, who will be invited to submit quotes in coming months to construct selected blocks.Fincantieri has also selected Hoffmann Engineering to manufacture a bow thruster for a Landing Platform Dock for a Middle Eastern Navy in Australia. Furthermore, the parties have entered a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly cooperate in the development of Fincantieri’s AUD 250 million global market (over 5 years) for the manufacture of marine systems and components.In association with its tendered proposal to the Australian Government for Project Sea 5000 Future Frigate, upon reaching the appropriate business content, Fincantieri said it will list its Australian business unit on the Australian stock exchange (ASX).Fincantieri presently lists two businesses within the group on public stock exchanges, being Fincantieri on the Italian exchange and Vard on the Singaporean Exchange.This announcement follows previous confirmation by the company that an Australian shipbuilding workforce will be used to build all the Future Frigates in Adelaide, Australia. An office of Fincantieri Australia will open in Adelaide on October 10, 2017.last_img read more


Ikea Canada names Michael Ward as new president

first_imgBURLINGTON, Ont. — Ikea Canada has named Michael Ward as its new president.Ward replaces Marsha Smith, who is moving to join Ikea United Kingdom and Ireland.The home furnishings retailer says Ward started at the company in Canada as part of a one-year internship program in 1986 and later moved onto positions in Sweden, the Netherlands and the United States.He served most recently in a global role at Ikea as regional retail manager.Ward officially stepped into his new job on Jan. 1.Ikea Canada has 14 stores.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Saudi oil minister makes second visit to India in less than 3

first_imgNew Delhi: Saudi Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih is making his second visit to India in less than three weeks to attend the wedding of richest Indian Mukesh Ambani’s son Akash. Akash Ambani is tying the knot with Shloka Mehta, daughter of diamantaire Russell Mehta and Mona Mehta at a grand ceremony in Mumbai on Saturday. Sources privy to the development said the Saudi oil minister will visit Mumbai for the wedding and will also make a brief stopover in the national capital to have a conversation with Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other industry leaders. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepAl-Falih, who has known Ambani for over a decade now, had previously travelled to Udaipur in December last year to attend the pre-wedding festivities of Ambani’s daughter Isha’s marriage with industrialist Ajay Piramal’s son Anand. Akash and Isha’s wedding will take place at the newly built Jio World Centre in Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai. The wedding festivities kickstarted on February 23 with a grand bash in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The couple got engaged in June 2018 and celebrated the occasion with a string of lavish parties in Mumbai. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAl-Falih last visited India on February 20 as part of the high-level delegation that travelled with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for a bilateral visit. When he last visited the Ambanis in December 2018, the Saudi oil minister had tweeted that the world’s largest oil exporter Saudi Arabia and Ambani-run Reliance Industries are discussing joint investments in petrochemicals, refinery and communications projects. At the time of the February 20 visit, Saudi Aramco CEO Amin Al-Nasser had spoken about talks with Reliance for investments in refinery and petrochemical projects. Reliance operates two refineries at Jamnagar with a total capacity of 68.2 million tonnes per annum. Reliance plans to expand its only-for-exports SEZ refining capacity to just over 41 million tonnes from the current 35.2 million tonnes but does not have any plans to set up a new refinery in the country. It is presently focused on expanding petrochemicals and telecom business, industry sources said. Crude oil is the basic raw material for the manufacturing of petrochemicals. Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, is keen to get a foothold in the world’s fastest-growing fuel market so as to get a captive customer for the crude oil it produces. Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil company, and its partner Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC) have picked up 50 per cent stake in a planned USD 44-billion refinery in Maharashtra but the project is facing problems in land acquisition. Aramco and ADNOC will together hold 50 per cent stake in the 60 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) refinery and adjacent 18 MTPA petrochemical complex planned to be built at Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra by 2025. The two will supply half of the crude oil required for processing at the refinery. Like other major producers, the two are looking to lock in customers in the world’s third-largest oil consumer through the investment. Kuwait too is looking to invest in projects in return for getting an assured offtake of their crude oil. Saudi Aramco is also keen on retailing fuel in India. A refinery in India can also be a base for it to export fuel to deficit countries in Europe and the Americas. India has a refining capacity of 247.6 million tonnes, which exceeds the demand of 206.2 million tonnes. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), this demand is expected to reach 458 million tonnes by 2040.last_img read more


Vague economic vows

first_imgElection manifestos of political parties contesting the ongoing Lok Sabha elections seem to have one thing in common. None of them, including nationally present BJP and Congress, produced an economic manifesto, clearly specifying economic goals that will push industrial investment, create new employment and income for millions of the country’s unemployed youths in the coming five years. Domestic industrial investments witnessed a downtrend for almost seven consecutive years. Imports are galloping. The last five years saw a very week export growth compared to the previous 10 years. Imports are taking away domestic jobs. None of the major political parties seems to have plans to tackle it. New project investments have been the lowest in 12 quarters at about Rs 1 lakh crore for the quarter ended December 31, 2018, data from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) showed. This number is the lowest in 14 years, since mid-2004. Economic manifestos are practically blank on such matters. Also Read – A special kind of bondBJP’s election manifesto, promising investment of Rs 100-lakh crore in infrastructure over the next five years and pension to marginal farmers seem to be over-ambitious. Experts say that the promises if implemented would have a huge impact on the country’s exchequer. The slowdown in several economic indicators adds the scepticism towards the actual implementation of such decisions. The party’s Rs 100-lakh crore investment resolution by 2014 in the infrastructure sector raised eyebrows in many quarters. Also Read – Insider threat managementExpressing astonishment over the promised investment, N R Bhanumurthy, professor at National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, said that it is unrealistic as the amount is over 50 per cent of the country’s current GDP. Former chief statistician Pronab Sen said that the political parties do not actually tend to spend the money they promise in manifestos. During the budget presentation, they would come out with more pragmatic proposals. BJP reiterated its promise to double farm income by 2022, extend PM-KISAN scheme to all farmers, and give pension for small and marginal farmers. The ‘Sankalpit Bharat, Sashakt Bharat’, also pledged an investment of Rs 25-lakh crore to improve productivity in the farm sector. The Congress party’s economic manifesto is equally ambitious and unclear. The biggest takeaways from the manifesto are Congress’s flagship scheme NYAY that promises to eliminate poverty by 2030 and gives assurance to fill 22-lakh job vacancies within the government to boost employment. Few will disagree that the government is over-employed. A substantial portion of the government’s expenditure is now spent on administrative expenses, including massive salaries and perks to employees and payments towards pensions. Why does it want to further burden the government and its budget expenditure by filling up 22-lakh job vacancies? Why not expand industry and trade and minimise imports? Why talk of 2030, when the next government’s life ends in May 2024? A key focus of NYAY (Nyuntam Aay Yojana), according to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, is: “Garibi pe war, saal me 72,000 hazar (War on poverty, Rs 72,000 per year)”. The party has promised to create a new ministry of industry, services and employment in its bid to underline the link between the growth of the industry and services sectors and rapid creation of jobs. Congress has also promised to create 10 lakh jobs in gram sabhas. But, it is silent on how to pay for these jobs and the benefits they will bring to taxpayers. Few political parties had undertaken any serious background research on what ails the economy, reasons behind the slowdown in industrial investment, impact of new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotic process automation (RPA), IoT, blockchain, digitisation and machine learning on India’s industry and the future job market. More importantly, there is no mention of how the next ruling political party wishes to exploit India’s attractive consumption-oriented market with the high growth of the middle-class and rising disposable income. According to NRI Consulting, an affiliate of Japanese major Nomura Holdings, only 15 per cent of what is consumed in India is made by its domestic manufacturing industry, limiting the country’s ability to create employment opportunities. It said that micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), if nurtured well, can bridge the gap and create 10 million jobs in the next 4-5 years. “This could be done by following a market-oriented approach for MSMEs, wherein organised private sector participants invest in capacity building of the MSMEs against a valid for-profit business case with long term benefits,” the research firm said in a note on the Indian market, amid the political debate on jobs and joblessness. The MSME sector remained the highest job provider creating almost 36 million jobs, which was about 70 per cent in the entire manufacturing sector in 2017-18. “A deep dive into product groups manufactured in various clusters in India suggests that a dedicated focus on developing these MSMEs can create additional 7.5 to10 million employment opportunities in the next 4-5 years through partial substitution of imports,” Japan-based NRI Consulting said. However, not many in the BJP-led government seem to have any idea about the time it should take to make the so-called ‘Make-in-India’ drive successful and productive. Reckless imports of consumer goods and industrial products — from steel, automotive tyres to consumer electronics — have turned many of our MSMEs sick. For a specific instance, India’s top three homegrown mobile phone makers posted an accelerated fall in revenue in FY18, accounting for less than a quarter of the sales value generated by their Chinese rivals, Registrar of Companies filings show. India’s poll-bound political parties may not be interested in such details for preparation of their economic manifestos. Marketing unemployment ‘doles’ appears to be easier, catchier and a more favourable option than creating viable employment opportunities. Wish political parties questioned why India’s industrial growth fell to its lowest in 20 months last February. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more


Atletico Madrid fails to defeat Betis

first_imgIn the late Sunday game in LaLiga, Atletico Madrid failed in the quest to earn three points against a Real Betis team that looks unbeatable at the moment.The result itself is not a reason to despair. What’s concerning is the fact that Simeone’s men have now failed to score in two consecutive matches and the Europa League matchup with Arsenal is looming on the horizon. Is the exhausting schedule catching up to his team, or are they just taking a breather and saving energy for what’s to come?Report: Owen now turns his attentions to BeckhamReport: Owen now turns his attentions to Beckham George Patchias – September 4, 2019 Michael Owen has now turned his war of words towards David Beckham.In the players serialised book in the Daily Mirror, “Reboot” has now turned…The Wanda Metropolitano outfit now has a solitary win in its last five fixtures. The absence of Diego Costa is obviously hurting the team, as Fernando Torres is nowhere near the player he used to be and is not an adequate replacement. Since Costa is set to miss the first leg versus Arsenal, Simeone will need to find a solution up front or risks failure.Diego Simeone did rest several of his first-team regulars against a side that had won their previous six games. Cristian Tello hit the post for Betis, while Saul struck the crossbar for the hosts. The 0-0 draw means that now Barcelona only needs a point against Deportivo la Coruna next Sunday to officially win the title.last_img read more


Ronaldo expects a spectacular game between Barcelona Madrid

first_imgBrazil legend Ronaldo Nazario expects a “spectacular match” between Barcelona and Real Madrid in tonight’s Copa del Rey encounter.The two Spanish giants will face off against one another for a place in the final of the competition with the first leg to take place tonight at Camp Nou.Real, in particular, are keen to get their revenge on Barcelona following October’s humiliating 5-1 defeat in La Liga last time out in October.As for Barcelona, the chance of winning a fifth consecutive Copa del Rey title is within sight with manager Ernesto Valverde having expressed his enthusiasm in taking on Real over a two-legged tie.And Ronaldo, who played for both clubs during his own playing career, cannot wait for the match to get started.“It’s a spectacular match,” said Ronaldo, according to Marca.“The best Clasico in world football. It’s incredible to play in these games.“The atmosphere is great and let’s hope the footballing gods give us a great game tonight.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Ronaldo, who won the Copa del Rey at Barcelona and two La Liga titles with Real, left reporters in no doubts over where his allegiance lies for tonight.“There is no favourite,” said Ronaldo.“It’s an important game. I have a special history with [Real] Madrid and let’s hope Madrid win.“It’s clear that whoever is ahead, I want Valladolid to win, but they are two great clubs.“Madrid are playing very well, they’ve found a great dynamic, have reinvented themselves and have young players. But then you have [Lionel] Messi and company, who are spectacular.”Isco has been included in the Real squad for the game, despite his struggles for opportunities under head coach Santiago Solari this season, while Barcelona academy star Carles Aleña is hoping to get a chance tonight himself.The match at Camp Nou will begin at 9:00 PM (CET).last_img read more


Gracia is impressed by Watfords crazy match

first_imgHis club and Bournemouth scored six goals in 27 minutes, or four goals in just a six-minute spell in yesterday’s English Premier League gameWith a 2-0 lead, Watford though it could get the victory against Bournemouth yesterday.But the local team never gave up and the game ended up in a 3-3 draw after four goals were scored in a six-minute lapse.And Watford boss Javi Gracia is impressed at how crazy the game went.“We conceded in the moment two goals from two free-kicks,” said Gracia to the club’s official website.What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“We had to defend better. I knew we needed to defend well because I was sure Bournemouth would create chances because they always do it.”“We conceded two goals from two free-kicks and it was difficult to accept,” he added.“After that, we competed well and we were looking for victory until the end.”“Maybe if it could have worked differently but we kept working. It was different moments in the game,” he added.“We started well and after they scored two goals as well it was a moment without control but we controlled it better in the second half and were more organized to contain them.”last_img read more


FEMA Opens Temporary Office In Nikiski

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享FEMA representatives have opened a temporary office at the North Peninsula Recreation Center in Nikiski. The FEMA temporary office is open 10am to 7pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 1pm on Saturday, this week and next week ending March 2. You must apply for Federal Individual Assistance even if you have already applied for State Individual Assistance. The major disaster declaration issued on January 31 for the state of Alaska makes federal funding available to eligible affected individuals in the Municipality of Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and Kenai Peninsula Borough. Residents whose homes were affected by the 7.0 earthquake on November 30 are encouraged to apply for the Federal Individual Assistance program. The deadline to apply for FEMA Individual Assistance is April 1. Announcements will be provided for locations in Homer and Seward. You may also apply online at www.disasterassistance.gov.last_img read more


Key Bank Employees Volunteer Time With Stream Watch

first_imgFor a complete list of wheelchair accessible fishing spots in your area visit the DF&G website. For any questions call (907) 260-5449 x 1205. Photo courtesy of Stream Watch Alice Main a coordinator with Kenai Stream Watch: “Stream Watch is a volunteer program that works to protect our world class fisheries through peer to peer education, and restoration projects across the Kenai Peninsula.”  Stream Watch volunteers are hoping that people spend more time thinking about how critically important the river is to the community. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Representatives with Key Bank in Soldotna helped the local Stream Watch install habitat protective fencing at our favorite wheelchair accessible fishing hole at Centennial Park. Anyone can volunteer with Stream Watch. Main: “The more the merrier, no matter whether it’s part of our organization or not. Folks can keep an eye out for one of our events, or one of our coordinators.”  Stream Watch Started in 1994 by a group of concerned citizens and the Chugach National Forest, this volunteer driven program has grown from a grassroots collective of 10 to a volunteer movement of 180+ volunteers who have spent 25 years making a difference for rivers on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula.last_img read more


Car sales February 2018 Check out how Maruti Suzuki Hyundai Tata Motors

first_imgWorkers assemble cars inside the Hyundai Motor India Ltd. plant at Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu October 4, 2012.Reuters fileThe second month of 2018 saw carmakers steadily improving the sales numbers in India. The sales number of automakers in January 2018 was hopeful after a roller-coaster year that saw the BS-IV switch, GST implementation and the addition of cess. The February numbers for most of the automakers are positive and that indicates the industry is now slowly returning to normalcy.We have compiled a list of sales data for February 2018.Maruti SuzukiIndia’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki sold a total of 149,824 units in February 2018 and registered 15 percent growth over the same period last year. This includes 137,900 units in the domestic market and 11,924 units of exports. The company sold a total of 130,280 units in February 2017.The Indo-Japanese outfit’s domestic sales in India reported a 13.3 percent growth with 136,648 unit sales led by premium hatchback Baleno and compact SUV Vitara Brezza. Maruti Suzuki BalenoMaruti SuzukiToyota Kirloskar MotorJapanese carmaker Toyota’s Indian subsidiary Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) sold a total of 12,705 units in February 2018. TKM sold 11,864 units in the domestic market and exported 841 units of the Etios series. In February 2017, TKM sold 11,543 units in the domestic market and exported 570 units of the Etios series. The domestic sales witnessed a growth of just three percent.FordFord India’s sales (domestic and exports) in February 2018 stood at 23,965 vehicles as compared to 24,026 in the same month last year.Ford claims its domestic business grew to 9,041 vehicles in February from 8,338 vehicles in the same month last year. Exports were at 14,924 units compared to 15,688 vehicles in February 2017.Tata MotorsTata Motors’ passenger vehicle sales grew 45 percent with sales of 17,771 units in February 2018 against 12,272 units in the same month last year. New generation models like the Tiago and Tigor are the key models behind the spike along with the Nexon and Hexa gaining traction in the UV segment.Tata Motors’ overall sales grew by 38 percent at 58,993 units against 42,679 units due to the strong showing of its commercial and passenger vehicles business in the domestic market. Tata NexonTata MotorsMahindra & MahindraHomegrown automaker Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) posted eight percent growth in its passenger vehicles sales (which includes UVs, cars, and vans). The company sold 22,389 units in February 2018 as against 20,717 units in February last year.Commercial vehicle sales last month jumped 28 percent to 20,946 units compared to 16,383 units in the same month of 2017.HyundaiHyundai Motor India Ltd. (HMIL), the country’s second-largest car manufacturer registered sold 44,505 units in the domestic market and exported 10,917 units, taking the total sales to 55,422 units for the month of February 2018. The domestic sales grew by 5.1 percent against 42,327 units in February 2017.last_img read more


The Kaleidoscope Theater Brings In A Couple Of Industry Veterans

first_img Share TKT StaffScene from TKT’s production of “Urinetown.”Bruce Lumpkin isn’t going to sugarcoat it: There’s a lot of work involved in building up a young theater company.“We need to create a board, we need to raise money, we need to enhance the space,” Lumpkin  says. “We need to bring people onboard. They’ve built all their own sets and their own costumes – everything they’ve done with the four of them.”Late last week, The Kaleidoscope Theater announced that Lumpkin is joining their artistic staff. The former artistic director of Houston-based Theater Under the Stars is coming on board with Marley Wisnoski, previously the Associate Artistic Director for TUTS. Wisnoski says some of the challenges from moving from one of the city’s largest theater companies – to one of its smallest – are obvious.“First off, there’s only six of us, so it’s more work,” she says. “Also right now, the space is configured for 100 seats. We want to get it to a point where we can seat about 250.”TKT StaffScene from TKT’s production of “Metamorphoses.”The buildup and buildout of The Kaleidoscope Theater could ultimately mean more paid work for local actors. Right now, the staff isn’t getting paid, but the intent is to get the funding needed to become an equity house, meaning they’d be hiring union employees.“Professional theater doesn’t  necessarily mean that it’s equity in all cases,” says Kaleidoscope’s Founding Artistic Director Colton Berry. “But what we’d like to do is be able to hire actors from every point of the spectrum from the city. So, we want to be able to offer those equity contracts, and that’s something that we’re pushing towards almost immediately.”But Wisnoski adds that what many grassroots groups lack in funding is made up in other areas.“There’s the artistic freedom of being able to program as we like, and experiment as we like and do some exciting different things that haven’t been done before,” she says.The announcement of The Kaleidoscope Theater’s new additions comes just weeks after Lumpkin’s unannounced departure from TUTS, which was followed shortly by Wisnoski’s resignation. The mysterious and seemingly abrupt breakup caused rumors in the arts community to swirl, but Lumpkin puts it in plain terms.“The truth is that, TUTS is going forward with an artistic vision that I personally didn’t feel I could enhance or support and so it was time to move on,” he said. Lumpkin’s and Wisnoski’s titles with The Kaleidoscope Theater have not been assigned, but they’ve already started working on productions for the company’s new season, which begins later this month. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /02:22 Listenlast_img read more


Flower power

first_imgThe theme of this year’s Festival was Vertical Gardens.As Delhi witnessed a pleasant days, visitors in huge numbers came to see the unique floras on display. More than 5000 various floras are on display at this year’s festival. The highlight of this year’s Festival is the specially designed Vertical Gardens of size 20 ft. X 30 ft.This year’s theme Vertical Gardens encourages the use of vertical space for gardens indoors and outdoors. It is enlightening, garden enthusiasts about planting on roofs, walls and creating structures within small spaces as green covers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Various competitions were organized in more than 30 odd categories and an on the spot painting competition for children’s was also held today.Garden Tourism Festival is the only Festival in India where people finds plethora of floras on display. There are Rudraksh plants all the way from Nepal for sale, Orchids from Sikkim, Bonsai plants, Cacti etc. There were alos stalls where visitors could buy plants and other equipments.Apart from providing visitors a glimpse into some of the most exquisite flowers, Delhi Tourism has also created an Adventure Park at the venue to indulge visitors in outdoor activities such as Rappling, Flying Fox, Burma Bridge, Zorbing Ball etc. This zone is witnessing tremendous response from adventure enthusiasts.last_img read more


Varsity at Mungpoo to be named Darjeeling Hill University

first_imgDarjeeling: The name of the State University to come up at Mungpoo, Darjeeling will be undergoing a change in nomenclature from “Greenfield University” to “Darjeeling Hill University.”Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee talking to media persons in Darjeeling on Tuesday stated: “It was a long standing demand of the people that a University come up in the Hills. The foundation stone of the new university ‘The Darjeeling Hill University’ will be laid on Wednesday. The university will come up at Mungpoo.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIncidentally, the Government programme at Darjeeling Chowrasta that was supposed to take place at 3pm on Wednesday has been rescheduled to 11am.Mamata Banerjee will lay the foundation stone of the University from this programme and head for Kolkata. “However, during the discussion on the bill we had requested that the nomenclature be changed as it is the sentiment of the Hill masses that a University come up which bears the identity of the region. The Chief Minister has honoured the sentiments of the people. Now, an amendment has to be brought in the winter session of the Assembly to change the nomenclature,” stated Amar Rai, MLA, Darjeeling.”We have already earmarked a land of 100-acre at Yogighaat in Mungpoo for the University. A new 8-km long road will be built through which the distance between Siliguri and the University will be a mere 45 minutes drive,” stated Binoy Tamang, Chairman, GTA.last_img read more


Person hit by train near StokeonTrent

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA person has been hit by a train near Stoke-on-Trent tonight. Virgin Trains report the incident has taken place on the railway between the Potteries and Macclesfield. A Virgin Trains spokesman said: “Due to a person being hit by a train between Stoke-On-Trent and Macclesfield all lines are blocked. “Train services running through these stations may be delayed or diverted via Alsager. Macclesfield will not be served. “Disruption is expected until 11.45ppm.” Inrix, the traffic data company, also reports trains are being diverted via Alsager – and first reported the incident shortly before 11pm. Read MoreKnife disguised as key found in Stoke-on-Trent park We have no further information on the exact location of the incident at this stage. We will bring you an update on this story when one becomes available.last_img read more