Saint Mary’s faculty, students travel to see Shakespeare play

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College english and humanistic studies departments have teamed up to arrange their annual trip to a Chicago Shakespeare performance at Navy Pier.Students and faculty were able to visit Chicago on Saturday to see a matinee performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”The trip is open to a variety of majors and the only requirement is that the students be interested in Shakespeare.Chicago Shakespeare normally performs at Navy Pier in downtown Chicago, however, they also give performances to schools in the area and host a wide variety of educational programs. According to the company’s website, there are currently two plays being performed: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Us/Them.” The company also does a program called Abridged Shakespeare, which cuts down the traditional plays to a shorter length for families or younger school groups.Students and faculty from Saint Mary’s carpooled to Chicago to see the company perform. In past years, a bus was provided for students who wished to make the trip but this year, it was up to students and faculty to find transportation. However, the students who decided to go made it work. Senior biology major Jordan Myers has been on the trip before and said she greatly enjoyed it in the past. Myers said in an email that the decision not to rent a bus did not impact her enjoyment of the trip as a whole.“We were able to drive there with our professors, then had a quick lunch on Navy Pier,” Myers said. “We had some time on the pier, then we saw the play, which was fantastic.” Myers and other students were able to meet and take photos with the actors and actresses after the play. They also learned about what it takes to perform Shakespeare, she said.“I gained a fuller picture of what Shakespeare might have had in mind in his time,” Myers said. “And, we learned about the different ways to portray characters and the stage.” After the trip, students were able to see the city lights at night from Navy Pier and have a quick dinner before returning to Saint Mary’s.Myers said the trip would be beneficial to younger students looking to learn about Shakespeare and English in general.“Shakespeare is all about his plays,” she said. “Why study his works at all if you don’t get to see any?” Tags: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chicago Shakespeare, Shakespearelast_img read more

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Drinks retailer brewing out-of-town schemes

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Anies strongest candidate for president among regional heads, survey says

first_imgA recent survey conducted by pollster Indo Barometer found Anies Baswedan to be the strongest presidential candidate in a hypothetical electoral race that pitted six regional heads against each other.Conducted from Jan. 9 to 15 involving 1,200 participants across 34 provinces, the survey shows that Anies is the reigning favorite, with 31.7 percent of respondents expressing their support for the governor. He triumphs over Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo (11.8 percent), Surabaya Mayor Tri “Risma” Rismaharini in East Java (9.9 percent), West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil (8.2 percent), East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa (5.6 percent) and South Sulawesi Governor Nurdin Abdullah (0.8 percent).Anies was also found to be the most recognizable candidate, with 91.7 percent recognizability, followed by Ridwan (65.8 percent) and Khofifah (55.8 percent), then Risma at 49.4 percent recognizability, Ganjar at 47.8 percent and Nurdin with 10.7 percent. Indo Barometer executive director M. Qodari said that despite Anies’ recognizability, he still needed to tread carefully.“If the popularity of Ridwan, Ganjar or Risma reaches 90 percent, the dynamics will change,” Qodari said on Sunday.He went on to say that Anies’ popularity could largely be attributed to his current position as the governor of Jakarta, even though the city accounts for only 4 percent of the national population. Anies also has the advantage of constantly being in the media spotlight, especially on television, practically extending his reach to every person across Indonesia, he said.“This is where the adage ‘the Jakarta governor is a president-flavored governor’ comes from,” Qodari said.Analysts said that like President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, a former Jakarta governor, Anies would also use his position at City Hall as a stepping stone to the State Palace.Regardless of their popularity, every presidential candidate must also include other important variables in the electoral equation — such as work performance — to win the public over, Qodari said.“Ultimately, those who are both popular and maintain the best performance will win the most votes from the Indonesian people,” he said. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

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The return of ColtonT

first_imgEntertainmentLocalNews The return of ColtonT by: – March 19, 2012 Tweet 139 Views   3 comments Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Colton TThe entertainment world is being told to brace itself for the return of “Di Cutest Ting”. Colton “ColtonT Thomas”, who returned home recently from his promotional tour in the United States will on Tuesday officially launch a hot new singe dubbed “Everything N’ More”.The song writer and artists from Goodwill made his first mix tape in 2010 with one of the biggest hits “Why should I”.ColtonT released several other much talked about tracks like “Girl of my Dreams”, “Gangsters fall in Love” and “Whine Gyal”.ColtonT performed at the 2011 Annual Creole in Park, and most recently made appearances at the Purple Lounge and Club Kubuli in New York City just to make a few, also making appearance in Miami and Texas.He recently released a video “Can’t be Friends” that has been rated the best quality ever coming from Dominica has also gained recognition on the local, regional and international markets.Everything N’ More will be officially launched on all radio stations on Tuesday.Press Releaselast_img read more

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Spanish FA wins scheduling battle, ready to yield ground for season completion

first_imgThe Spanish football federation will allow matches to be played every day of the week in spite of winning a legal battle with La Liga over scheduling.This is in order to complete the season after a three-month shutdown due to the new coronavirus pandemic A commercial court on Tuesday rejected La Liga’s lawsuit against the federation.RFEF had last year ruled that league matches could only be scheduled on weekends so as to protect the interests of match-going supporters.The federation on Wednesday welcomed the judge’s decision.But it said it would not stand in the way if the league wished to schedule matches on every day of the week.The federation said this was in order to finish the current season as quickly as possible. RFEF president Luis Rubiales and La Liga chief Javier Tebas are sworn enemies.But both men last month committed to working together to overcome the crisis caused by the pandemic following a meeting with sports minister Irene Lozano at the Viana Palace.“The federation wishes to show its utmost satisfaction with the sentence passed by the judge today, which rejects La Liga’s suit and declares that matches on Fridays and Mondays require the federation’s approval,” RFEF said in a statement.“However, the federation wishes to show its goodwill and will do its part to facilitate the season being completed without any problems, upholding the spirit of harmony it committed to at the Viana Palace.“That is why it is offering La Liga the chance to hold games on Fridays and Mondays once this season restarts until it finishes, without asking for anything in return.” There are 11 rounds of matches remaining in the top-flight season.The season is set to resume on June 11 after being suspended indefinitely on March 12 due to the pandemic, although fixtures have not yet been confirmed.La Liga said it respected the sentence but disagreed with it and was planning an appeal.“La Liga’s importance to this country should be remembered, as this is an industry worth 1.37 percent of the annual GDP and generates 185,000 jobs and 4.1 billion euros (4.51 billion dollars) in tax revenue,” a league statement indicated.RelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Premier League, La Liga back on DStv, GOtv “The current predicament caused by COVID-19 and resolutions of this nature endanger an industry which is hugely important to society.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: La LigaRFEFSeason completionSpanish FAlast_img read more

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Leafs, Hawks battle to 3-3 OT tie on opening night of KIJHL

first_imgThe teams were tied 1-1 after two periods before the Hawks scored twice in a span of 39 seconds in the second period to grab a 3-2 lead in the third.Adam Maida was in goal for Nelson while Carson Schamerhorn played in the pipes for the Hawks.Nelson gets right back at it Saturday as the Leafs play host to another Murdoch rival, Castlegar Rebels at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Meanwhile Beaver Valley returns home for banner raising night as the club hosts 100 Mile House at 7:30 p.m. in the Hawks Nest.100 Mile double Grand Forks 4-2In Grand Forks, visiting 100 Mile House Wranglers scored twice in the third period to snap a 2-2 and defeat the Border Bruins 4-2.Matt Lucero and Michael Rand scored for the Bruins.Justin Bond, Stephen Egan, Devan Suidy and Micky Turner scored for the Wranglers. Rookie forward Sam Webber scored a power play goal in the third period to lift the Nelson Leafs to a a 3-3 tie against the defending Western Canadian Junior B Hockey Champs on opening night of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at the NDCC Arena.This was the third consecutive time this season the teams have played to a draw — Nelson and Beaver Valley twice tied during the preseason.Robson Cramer and Rayce Miller also scored for the Leafs who were out shot 30-29 by the Hawks.Sam Swanson, Michael Pruss and Kyle Hope replied for the Hawks.last_img read more

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De Bruyne scores twice as City roll over Arsenal

first_imgDe Bruyne made it three with a low curling effort from 20 yards, then saw another bending long-range shot hit the post via Bernd Leno’s superb stop.It was another of those days for Arsenal, who looked overawed throughout, while Mesut Ozil took criticism from the home fans as he walked slowly off the pitch when substituted at 3-0, prompting him to kick away his gloves in frustration.The result leaves Manchester City 14 points behind leaders Liverpool, but now four points from Leicester after their slip against Norwich on Saturday, while Arsenal sit ninth, seven points off the top four.-Courtesy Sky Sports0Shares0000(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City players celebrate Kevin De Bruyne’s goal against Arsenal on December 15, 2019LONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 15 – Two fine goals and an assist for Kevin De Bruyne inspired Manchester City to a 3-0 win over a woeful Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.The Manchester City of old turned up in the first half, racing into a 3-0 lead before the break, largely down to a De Bruyne masterclass. He put City ahead with a brilliantly controlled rebounded half volley, before squaring for Raheem Sterling to double their lead.last_img read more

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Gardai following ‘definite lines of enquiry’ after tricolour theft in Lifford

first_imgGarda investigations are continuing into the theft of tricolour flags from Lifford bridge last week ahead of Sunday’s Hunger Strike Commemoration.A number of flags were taken from the bridge just hours after they were erected for the major event last weekend.Gardaí have confirmed that they are following some ‘definite lines of enquiry’ as they continue to appeal for public information. The occupants of two Northern Ireland registered cars – a red BMW and white Astra – are suspected as being involved in the theft on Thursday night/Friday morning.The incident occurred between 12.05am and 12.20am on the morning of Friday 2nd August.The suspects also reportedly subjected local people to sectarian abuse after they were confronted.CCTV footage is set to be studied from the time of the incident. Anyone with any information which may assist in the investigation is being asked to contact Garda Damien Sheridan via Letterkenny Garda Station on 074 9167 100. The public can also provide information through the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.Gardai following ‘definite lines of enquiry’ after tricolour theft in Lifford was last modified: August 6th, 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)last_img read more

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Sharks add Kendall Coyne Schofield to TV broadcasts

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceKendall Coyne Schofield, a forward with the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team, is accustomed to breaking barriers. She’ll add another one to her list this fall when she debuts as a member of the Sharks broadcast team on NBC Sports California.In announcing the addition Thursday, the regional cable network said Coyne Schofield, an Olympic gold medalist and six-time world champion, will appear for “select” games as an …last_img

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The NDP at five: lessons learnt, emerging challenges and enhancing implementation

first_imgThe plan was about our dreams and aspirations and actionable steps to achieve them, said Minister Jeff Radebe, in recounting its successes.The NDP is a call to action for all South African’s say Minister Jeff Radebe. (Image: GovZA)Sulaiman PhilipThe National Development Plan (NDP) was adopted five years ago this month. Jeff Radebe, minister for planning, monitoring and evaluation, speaking at Unisa at the annual NDP Lecture reminded the audience that it was a roadmap to a transformed future for South Africa.It was also, Radebe reminded the group of students and academics, the 40th anniversary of the death of Steve Biko. As they celebrated Biko the leader, the minister said they should not forget his inspirational words: “We must remind ourselves, Biko also said, ‘In a bid for change, we have to take off our coats, be prepared to lose our comfort and security, our positions of prestige…’“And it is in the unity of that struggle, in the battle of ideas, that Biko so majestically articulated that our true worth as a nation, as South Africa, would become timeless if we could ensure that our ideas, great as they were, were implemented, actioned and executed. It is purposeful action, impact and implemetation of our NDP that we require now, more urgently than ever before.”Implementation of the NDP and Vision 2030 had not been easy, the minister admitted, and the government was calling on all South Africans to look upon the plan as theirs and to help, where they could, in implementing it. It was only through a shared sense of purpose that South Africa could build a better life for all. The government, he said, was determined to live up to the vision of the NDP. “Thus it is, that we must tread carefully as leaders too – for we should not dare to tread on the dreams of our people. We must forge ahead and deliver on the mandate our people gave us and bring about the necessary step change in the socio-economic conditions of our people.”A focus on youth and gender equalityThe NDP is built on six pillars – mobilisation of all people living in South Africa; a population involved in their own development; expanding and growing an inclusive economy; building capability; fostering strong leadership; and building a strong developmental state. It places a special emphasis on the development of and creating opportunities for youth in a society that offers women equal opportunities.Legislation informed by the NDP pillars have created opportunities for young South African’s. (Image: World Bank)These groups, according to recent Statistics South Africa figures, remain the most vulnerable in the republic. While economic growth in the last quarter lifted the country out of a recession, Radebe pointed out, youth unemployment remained a serious issue and was one of South Africa’s most intractable socio-economic issues. The personification of poverty in South Africa remained a young, uneducated black woman. “This needs resolution; it calls for serious introspection and concerted efforts to tackle the scourge of poverty, inequality and unemployment. Nobody made a greater mistake than those who did nothing because they could do only a little.”He highlighted programmes that put youth empowerment at the centre of the NDP’s development strategy.His department, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, set up the National Youth Development Ambassador Programme to boost entrepreneurship among young people. To be selected to participate, individuals must be between 18 and 35, and must be committed to driving change in their communities and the country at large. In addition, the government had built more technical and vocational education and training colleges and had made more funding available through the National Student Financial Aid Scheme for university students. The Employment Tax Incentive Act, passed in 2013, had helped young people enter the labour market and gain vital real world job experience.An investment in the youth of South Africa, Radebe said, was an investment in the future of the country. “This is a very important venture to ensure that the youth are self-sufficient. The youth of today are the ones who will witness the fruition of our Vision 2030. They must be the key drivers of NDP programmes today.”“The youth of today are the ones who will witness the fruition of our Vision 2030. They must be the key drivers of NDP programmes today.” (Image: World Bank)In the government and the public sector, the representation of women is nudging closer to 50%; however, women are still more likely to be poor and uneducated. The NDP sets out measures to improve their conditions, especially for women in rural areas who still struggle to access education and healthcare, and do not have ownership of the land they tend.SuccessesOver the past five years, there had been successes to which the government could point, the minister told his audience. These successes were across multiple sectors of the economy and in the social upliftment of the most in need.Health, education, mining, agriculture and the ocean economy had all benefitted from interventions through Operation Phakisa, an NDP programme. Since 2014, the various Operation Phakisa initiatives had unlocked R7-billion worth of investments and created 6,903 new jobs. The establishment of six industrial development zones, through the Special Economic Zones programme, had attracted R10.7-billion in investment.The NDP had targeted tourism as a growth industry. Initiatives had helped to grow the sector, and its contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) had increased from R372-billion in 2014 to R375-billion in 2015; tourist arrivals figures had increased by about 50%. Total tourist foreign direct spend rose from R67.9-billion to R189.2-billion.Over the five years of its implementation to date, the NDP had improved conditions for millions of South Africans. Among the successes were:331,000 new homes have been built;305,00 new households have been connected to sources of clean water (12% of the 2019 target of 2.3 million) and a further 1.12 million homes now have access to decent sanitation (45% of the 2019 target);The 2019 target for access to refuse removal is 1.3 million households and the NDP has reached just over a million households;724,430 households have been connected to the electricity grid since 2014 (58% of the 2019 target of 1.25 million) and 52,778 households have been connected to non-grid (50% of the 2019 target of 105 000 households);3,455 schools have been connected to the internet and have received devices through Operation Phakisa ICT and the matric pass rate improved to 72.5% in 2016 from 70.7% in 2015 while Bachelor passes increased to 162,374 in 2016 from 150,752 in 2014;Improved access to healthcare has raised South Africans’ life expectancy by six years and maternal mortality has decreased from 158 per 100,000 live births to 154 over a year. The Child Mortality Rate (under five) has improved from 41 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2014 to 37 per 1,000 live births in 2016;More than 3.7 million HIV-positive people are receiving lifelong antiretroviral therapy.The mandate paperThe government’s embrace of the NDP had changed the way it thought about budgetary priorities. Adopted in August 2017, the National Planning Commission’s Mandate Paper aligned government spending to meet priorities in higher education, social security and job creation.The new policy would help departments prioritise spending to meet not only priorities in the NDP but to ensure that budgets were more agile in meeting plans set out in the Medium Term Strategic Framework. The paper would, in future, precede the budgeting process and would help to identify priorities based on economic conditions. “We are exploring new, effective and better avenues for socio-economic development in our country as we implement the NDP.”The NDP will influence the way ministries allocate budget resources. (Image: GovZA)As Radebe reminded his audience, the NDP was an opportunity for South Africa to recreate the future. It gave South Africans the chance to identify ways for each one to play a part and become active citizens. “The NDP is a call to action to unite as a country and identifies the role different sectors of society need to play in reaching its goal. The plan is about our dreams and aspirations and actionable steps to achieve them.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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