Tix Now On Sale to See Chita Rivera Return to B’way in The Visit

first_img John Kander and Fred Ebb’s The Visit is based on the classic Friedrich Dürrenmatt play (adapted by Maurice Valency) and features a book by Terrence McNally, with music by Kander and lyrics by Ebb. Claire Zachanassian is an often-widowed millionairess who pays a visit to her hardship-stricken birthplace. The locals hope she’ll bring them a new lease on life, but little do they know her offer to revitalize the town comes at a dreadful price. View Comments The Visit Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015 Tickets are now available to see the legendary two-time Tony winner Chita Rivera and Tony winner Roger Rees in The Visit on Broadway. Directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Graciela Daniele, the musical will begin previews on March 26 at the Lyceum Theatre. Opening night is set for April 23. Related Shows The production will also feature Jason Danieley, Matthew Deming, Diana Dimarzio, David Garrison, Rick Holmes, Tom Nelis, Chris Newcomer, Aaron Ramey, Timothy Shew and Michelle Veintimilla.last_img read more

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Demo Africa Conference seeks African start ups

first_img21 April 2016Melissa JavanA total of 30 start-ups in Africa will be selected to be mentored and coached in talking to investors and refining their business models to prepare them to engage funders at the 2016 Demo Africa Conference, which will be held in Johannesburg later this year. The 2016 Demo Africa will be held in Johannesburg from 22 to 26 August 2016.(Image: Brand South Africa)Applications are open until 15 June for entrepreneurs who want to benefit from this initiative. They will be able to pitch their ideas in the hopes of getting funding for their businesses. The 2015 Demo Africa participants, for example, raised $8-million (over R110-million) in funding.The 30 start-ups will be selected by a panel of judges. The conference will run from 22 to 26 August at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg; it is the first time the annual event will be held in South Africa.According to the organisers, Demo Africa is a flagship initiative of Liberating Innovations in Opportunity Nations in Africa ([email protected]), which aims to connect African start-ups to the global innovation, entrepreneurship and investment ecosystem. At Demo Africa, start-ups are able to meet investors, information technology buyers, media, and tech acquisition specialists from around the globe.The initiative was set up in 2012, and 150 companies have been launched since then, according to Harry Hare, the chief executive officer of Demo Africa. Although hundreds of start-ups apply to be part of the initiative, only 30 will be selected, he adds. “We are looking for companies that will have an impact in communities, and also have the potential to grow.”The initiative aims to help entrepreneurs refine their business model, he explains. “We will help them do marketing and give them supporting learning material. Sustainability is almost guaranteed.”Success stories include a micro-lender business in Kenya, he says, and “several companies have gone on to raise a lot of money”.One of the important aspects of Demo Africa is the experiential learning that entrepreneurs will gain, explains Isayvani Naicker, the chief director of international resources in the Department of Science and Technology. “A lot of entrepreneurs fail, but they learn from their experience for when try to do something else.”Johannesburg is excited to host Demo Africa this year, says Ruby Mathang, Johannesburg’s mayoral committee member for economic development. “We will engage with local investors and make sure that they come prepared – that they bring their wallets!“The city of Johannesburg wants to position itself as the number one entrepreneurial hub on the continent. This requires that we play a significant role in the African technology innovation ecosystem,” he says.For your start-up to be part of Demo Africa, apply at venture-africa.comlast_img read more

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Bridge of love is locked down

first_imgJohannesburg’s lovers are locking their souls together on the bridge overlooking Emmarentia Dam. (Image: Sulaiman Philip)1Sulaiman PhilipEmmarentia Dam in Johannesburg is best known as the home of canoeing in the city of gold, and the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens on its banks.However, the bridge along the dam wall is slowly becoming the scene of a different love story. Over the last six months, padlocks have been discreetly attached to its railings. You notice them as you walk or drive over the bridge: one at first, a shiny brass lock; further on there is another, then another, clustered together close to the park entrance. Most are simply covered with a pair of initials, many in the bold scrawl of teenagers. The locks celebrate the earnestness of first love.The tradition of attaching locks to a bridge as testament of undying love has been around for quite some time – since before the Second World War at least – and now, it seems, the ritual has arrived in South Africa. If South African Antonys and Cleopatras follow tradition, they attach the lock to the bridge together before flinging the key into the waters below. This marks the unbreakable bond of their undying love.If the relationship sours or dies, tradition goes, you are meant to dive into the water to find the key. But the locks creeping across the bridge in Emmarentia celebrate transformational love, pulse-bursting, sweep-us-off-our-feet, turn-your-life-around love.Love struck Joburgers are clipping locks to the railings in a gesture of everlasting infatuation. (Image: Sulaiman Philip)This tradition may be new in the rainbow nation, but some residents have found a very South African way to use it. Morningside in Durban is a racially mixed community of middle class families. The president’s official residence in Durban, Dr John L Dube House, is in the leafy suburb of Edwardian and Victorian homes.In July 2013, to celebrate his birthday while he lay ailing in hospital, the people of Morningside began attaching locks to a fence to show their love for Nelson Mandela. Patrick Coetzee of the Dreambuilders Institute, the NGO that began the programme, explained at the time that it was an opportunity for people to “symbolically celebrate the positive difference Madiba has made to South Africa and the world”.Tradition startsIn Europe, the romantic tradition can be traced back to the town of Vrnjačka Banja in Serbia. The story goes that the Most Ljubavi Bridge, known as the Bridge of Love, was the meeting place for local school teacher, Nada, and her lover, a Serbian officer named Relja. When Relja went off to fight in Greece, Nada promised to wait for him. But he fell in love with a Greek woman, broke off his engagement and never returned to Serbia. Heartbroken, Nada died never having loved again.In her memory, the young women of Vrnjačka Banja began writing their names and the names of the men they loved on padlocks and attaching them to the railings of the Bridge of Love. The tradition was mostly confined to that bridge until Italian author Federico Moccia appropriated the tradition for his books Tre Metri Sopra il Cielo (Three Metres Above Heaven) and Ho Voglia di te (I Want You).In his home country, the most famous spot for lovers to bind love locks is along the path connecting the coastal towns of Manarola and Riomaggiore. The legend that has grown up is that the pathway was once the favourite meeting place for lovers from the towns. Today tourists flock to the area to place locks on the railings of the pedestrian bridge carved into the cliffs. They then toss the keys into the sea below. Over the last decade, the tradition has grown and love locks are now seen in cities across the globe. The superstitious say that the only way to break the love sealed by a padlock is to do to do so with a key (Image: Eurosplorin‘)The Yellow Mountains in China, the Chinese claim, is the birthplace of Love Locking. Here, the sea of clouds and romantic atmosphere of “China’s loveliest mountain”, Lotus Peak, has inspired poets and painters for centuries. A local legend tells of the beautiful daughter of a successful merchant who fell in love with a poor man. But she was to marry a man chosen by her father. On her wedding day, the young lovers fled and died together when they threw themselves off the mountain. The spot has been marked by memorials ever since, and today lovers attach padlocks to the railings on Lotus Peak and throw the keys off the mountain to celebrate their undying love.Love locksCouples looking to escape the noise and crowds of Seoul head to Mount Namsam, in South Korea, and have used the North Seoul Tower to swear eternal devotion. A sign in front of the thousands of locks reads: “A Promise for Endless Love ‘I Love You.’”Puntan dos Amantes (Two Lovers Point), in Tumon Bay on the Pacific Ocean island of Guam, is incredibly remote but it, too, has its legend of an ill-fated love that ended tragically on the cliffs. At the point where the forbidden lovers are said to have died there is a fence decorated with padlocks. You can even buy heart-shaped locks from vendors if you have forgotten to bring your own.Across the world, in Montevideo, Uruguay, the fountain on Avenida 18 de Julio has attracted lovers young and old. A plaque at the fountain reads: “The legend of this young fountain tells us that if a lock with the initials of two people in love is placed in it, they will return together to the fountain and their love will be forever locked.”In Paris, the city of love, where romance is part of the city’s very existence, the bridges over the Seine have become magnets to lovers eager to swear undying love. For Parisians, however, this ritual of the world’s Romeos and Juliets has become an annoyance rather than a celebration. The fussy French complain that the padlocks are ruining the architectural and aesthetic integrity of their bridges. And as a Parisian waiter told The New York Times in 2012: “The fools! They haven’t understood a thing about love, have they?”In his book In Praise of Love, contemporary French philosopher Alain Badiou reminds his audience that love is about constantly risking your heart. It is vulnerable and fragile. It is, as the French believe, about wishing your beloved freedom. And then you have the chance of retaining their endless love. “The idea that you can lock two people’s love once and for all, and toss the key, is a puerile fantasy.”But then, Badiou has spent his life trying to recreate his first love, the one on which he gave up. “I tried to recover that initial love, late, very late but with a unique intensity and feeling of necessity. There have been dramas and heart-wrenching and doubts, but I have never again abandoned a love.”last_img read more

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How the Internet of Things Helps Us Understand Radiation Levels

first_imgData from Pachube and other sensor networks is being aggregated into various forms. Marian Steinbach, a data visualization specialist, has provided a collection of open data sources related to radiation in Japan. Steinbach wrote a scraper for the SPEEDI radiation dose data that is a continuously updated CSV download. SPEEDI stands for “System for Prediction of Environment Emergency Dose Informatio,” From that data he has created a real-time video of radiation levels. The Internet of Things is a powerful way to collect radiation data and visualize it. The challenge over our lifetimes will be in interpreting this type of data so we can really understand what it means and what we should do about it when disasters strike.Lead image: Associated Press Tags:#Analysis#cloud#Real Time Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… alex williams The need to just do something is a real reason people aggregate data from real-time sensors, create maps and share their findings online. Crowdsourcing is a manifestation of that desire to contribute in a way that helps us understand and better define the overwhelming amount of data available.In Japan, crowdsourcing is emerging as a way for people to keep track of the radiation levels around the country, levels that are spiking at times due to the pollution escaping from the Fukushima nuclear power plant.Pachube is being used to monitor Geiger counters across Japan. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The toughest part is understanding what the data means. Haiyan of Failed Robot created a map based upon Pachube data. He explained the issue this way:The toughest part of this visualisation is really understanding what the numbers mean and what impact they have on human health. The first step to this process is standardising the units of measurement, as the crowd-sourced measurements and visualisations may use a number of representations. Units here are in µSv/h (or microSieverts) and we’ve been hearing CNN and NHK World refer to the unit Milisieverts (1 miliSievert = 1000 microSieverts). I also urge other mappers out there to use the µSv/h unit, so we speak a common language. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Photo: Trevor Cooney Is Wearing A Rakeem Christmas Shirt While Warming Up For Tonight’s Game vs. Virginia

first_imgTrevor Cooney wears a Rakeem Christmas shirt.Twitter/@MattPark1Tonight’s game at the Carrier Dome between Syracuse and Virginia is going to be all about senior center Rakeem Christmas. With the Orange ineligible for the post-season, Christmas’ final home game is a major event in Central New York, and we bet there will be plenty of tributes to Syracuse’s lone senior. We’ve already shared this spectacular snowman on the Syracuse campus, now Christmas’ teammate and longtime friend Trevor Cooney is paying homage to the center in the Dome during [email protected] out early modeling shooting shirt tribute to @R_Xmas25 on Senior Night. And new shorts to go with… pic.twitter.com/ZiFlIKvL9D— Matt Park (@MattPark1) March 2, 2015Based on Matt Park’s tweet, the rest of the team may also be wearing these for warm-ups. This is a very cool tribute to a player who has meant everything to his team during what has been a very trying season for the Orange.last_img read more

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Video: Colin Cowherd Says Nebraska Will Upset Iowa

first_imgColin Cowherd talking College Football on The Heard.colin cowherd says nebraska beats iowaIowa, at 10-0, has two games remaining on its regular season schedule before potentially getting a shot at the Big Ten East champion in the league’s title game. The first, this Saturday, is a home contest against 2-8 Purdue. The second, next Friday, is at Nebraska – a 5-6 team that needs a victory to become bowl eligible.Fox Sports radio host Colin Cowherd thinks the Hawkeyes, who he calls a “fraud”, will be upset by the Cornhuskers in their final regular season game. In short, he thinks that Nebraska will end Iowa’s dream of a College Football Playoff berth.Cowherd has been trashing the Hawkeyes for their “weak” schedule all season, so this doesn’t come as a surprise. Iowa will just need to keep winning to keep silencing critics.last_img read more

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SD 60 answers questions on new Margaret Ma Murray School at public

first_imgInstalling cameras in the washroom hallways or ‘panic buttons’ in each stall were two ideas that were mentioned to provide students with a measure of safety in the new washrooms. Those ideas were also mentioned as a possible way to curb inappropriate behaviour by students in the washrooms after another parent raised the issue.Parents also asked the school board about if and when a playground at the school would be completed.“They can’t begin to build a playground until the spring at the earliest,” said Sloan. “We will continue to update the public as the building gets closer to completion. When the building is finished it should have a playground just like all other schools, that’s our anticipation.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 Trustees took questions from members of the public on the format of the washrooms at the new Margaret “Ma” Murray School at Monday’s school board meeting.The washroom format of the new school will be gender-neutral, essentially allowing anyone to use the restrooms. The washrooms’ toilets will be located inside individual separate rooms with locking doors. The toilet rooms themselves will be positioned around a common sink area that will be more open to the school’s corridors.Among the issues raised by the handful of parents in attendance was that of student safety. One parent asked how a teacher would know to provide aid if a student using the toilets needed assistance. “That’s a good question and a good concern,” said Superintendent Dave Sloan. “I’m all for providing a safe and comfortable space, I’ve taken that note. As for what can be done? I don’t have that answer specifically tonight but I can commit to taking that away from this meeting.”last_img read more

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EOW arrests two ASI staffers for cheating unauthorised transactions

first_imgNew Delhi: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has arrested two staffers of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for cheating and unauthorized money transaction from the office. The law enforcement agency said that the scam was not revealed earlier as the audit of the office had not been done for the last 10 years.Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW) Suvashis Choudhary confirmed the news and said that after a proper investigation accused Prem Prakash (Lower Division Clerk) and MTS Basant Lal were arrested. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to EOW, a case was registered on the complaint of Raghu Prakash an official from the Chemical Department in Archaeological Survey of India, wherein he alleged that LDC Prem Prakash and MTS Basant Lal were involved in embezzlement of government money on the basis of forgery of salary bills, TA, DA bills and bills of vendors who supply chemicals and other articles to the office. Police further said that during the course of the investigation, it came to light that alleged Prem Prakash had prepared fake login IDs of the PFMS of Chemist Department of ASI. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”He prepared forged bills of office sent to PAO office through PFMS and physical forms. These were got sanctioned by the PAO with the assistance of the staff,” said senior police official. Through this modus operandi, around Rs. 9.5 crore were embezzled from the government account since 2010. In the complaint, the ASI official told police that they came to know about a bill from private enterprises which was returned by pay and accounts office of ASI in New Delhi. On enquiry, it has been noticed that the bill was not generated with the knowledge of staff and officers of Science branch. “It is also confirmed that none of the items against the above bill has been purchased and received. The matter was investigated and it is found that documents like sanction order, estimate provision, comparative statement, supply order, note sheet and account details of vendor were attached along the bill. However these documents appear to be forged,” complainant told police. The further investigation in the issue led to the fraud done by the accused.last_img read more

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Accusations of Mismanagement by Moroccan Ambassador to UAE Truth or Personal

first_imgCasablanca- A rumor currently circulating in national and international media accuses the Moroccan Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of mismanaging Embassy business and orchestrating a two-year campaign of slander and libel against a Moroccan citizen in Dubai who claims to be a journalist and member of an advisory council established by King Mohammed VI in charge of the Moroccan community abroad.  He also claims to work for a major TV channel in the UAE.In addition, the rumor accuses a female employee at Moroccan consulate in Dubai of bringing a “malicious complaint” against the Moroccan citizen.Although the complaint was subsequently withdrawn, the complainant allegedly said she had lodged the complaint against the Moroccan journalist at the instruction of the Ambassador. The Moroccan journalist claims that, “When withdrawing her complaint, the plaintiff confessed in writing to the public prosecution that she had initiated the case at the request of his Excellency the Ambassador.” The Moroccan journalist says that it is in fact “the Moroccan Ambassador [who] holds a long-standing personal grudge against me.”He contends that “the Moroccan ambassador has launched a sordid campaign against me, aimed at tarnishing my reputation in the UAE.”He adds that by filing the complaint, the Moroccan Ambassador has put the Moroccan Foreign Ministry in an embarrassing situation, as he did not obtain the proper clearance from the ministry to file a personal lawsuit.  Moreover, he claims, the Ambassdor repeatedly told his superiors in Rabat that “he had nothing at all to do with this case.” This version of the story has been widely published in several Moroccan news outlets, including newspapers, such as the daily Assabah. However, the Moroccan Ambassador has not been given the opportunity to provide his version of the facts or respond to the allegations.MWN is among the media outlets contacted by the alleged journalistswho sent us the same news story in several emails and asked that his name not be revealed, since he is personally involved.After an investigation over several days, MSN received information from several Moroccan journalists that the claims are probably a personal attempt by the alleged journalist to tarnish the Ambassador’s reputation. Several Moroccans residing in the UAE have suggested to MWN that the rumor circulated by the journalist is inaccurate and merely reflects a personal vendetta by the journalist against the Moroccan Ambassador.MWN has also received many emails from journalists in the UAE who say that the Moroccan journalist along with another journalist named Kamal Ryan submitted articles for publication anonymously to many news outlets in which they asserted that a recent exposition held in UAE had “failed because of the Moroccan Ambassador.”MWN’s investigations suggest that the claimed Moroccan journalist harbors a personal grudge against the Moroccan Ambassador and that the journalist has sent similar articles to many prominent Moroccan journalists under a pseudonym. Edited by Elisabeth Myers© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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