Tickets Now Available to See Sam Shepard’s A Particle of Dread Off-Broadway

first_imgTickets are now on sale for the U.S. premiere of Sam Shepard’s A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations), which has also extended two weeks off-Broadway and will now play through January 4, 2015. Directed by Nancy Meckler, the production will star Oscar nominee Stephen Rea and Tony winner Brid Brennan. Performances will begin on November 11 at Alice Griffin Jewel box Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center, with opening night set for November 23. A Particle of Dread is a dark, modern-day take on Oedipus Rex. The play premiered in Ireland and is presented as part of Signature’s Legacy program, which features works of past Signature Playwrights-in-Residence. Related Shows View Comments A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations) The cast will also include Lloyd Hutchinson, Jason Kolotouros, Matthew Rausch, Aidan Redmond and Judith Roddy. Scenic design will be by Frank Conway, with costumes by Lorna Marie Mugan, lighting design by Michael Chybowski, sound design Jill BC Du Boff and music by Neil Martin. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015last_img read more

Turkey raises migrant pressure on Europe over Syria conflict

first_imgMigrants faced tear gas during clashes with Greek police on the Turkey-Greece border. AFP The escalating tensions between Turkeyand Russia, who back opposing forces in the Syria conflict, after an air strikekilled the Turkish troops sparked fears of a broader war and a new migrationcrisis for Europe. (AFP) ANKARA – Turkey’s President Recep TayyipErdogan on Saturday threatened to let thousands of refugees cross into Europeand warned Damascus would “pay a price” after dozens of Turkishtroops were killed inside Syria.center_img Around 13,000 migrants have gatheredalong the Turkish-Greek border, the International Organization for Migration(IOM) said as several thousand migrants were in skirmishes with Greek policefiring tear gas across the frontier.last_img read more

More fight needed from Windies  middle order, laments Reifer

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – West Indies head coach Floyd Reifer has urged the middle order take more responsibility following yet another batting collapse which led to the home side’s 59-run defeat to India in the second One-Day International here Sunday.The Windies were 148 for three in the 28th over in pursuit of a revised target of 270 off 46 overs but lost their last seven wickets for 62 runs to be dismissed for 210 off 42 overs on a good surface at Queen’s Park Oval.Opener Evin Lewis top-scored with 65 while Nicholas Pooran, batting at number five, got 42 but no other batsman passed 20.“We’ve got to continue to learn from this experience. The guys in the middle order have to show a bit more fight and a bit more grit, more determination to build those long partnerships,” Reifer said.“Again, we were in front of the game [but] we just find a way to give away our wickets. It’s just a matter for us now to learn from our mistakes … and try to dig deeper and work out a way out we’re going to handle the stressful positions that we put ourselves in.”A pleasing aspect of the batting was the return to form of Lewis, who has struggled of recent. He struck an unbeaten 40 in the rain-abandoned first ODI in Guyana and again looked in good touch with his sixth one-day half-century.Reifer said behind the scenes the Trinidadian had been working hard to turn around his form.“He has been doing a lot of work in the nets. In the last couple of days we’ve worked on his head position, trying to get his head behind the line of the ball [and] hitting the ball more in the ‘V’ instead of falling over the wicket,” Reifer explained.“That’s something he was [aware] of and he worked on it for the last couple of days and you can see the results. He’s getting consistent with the bat and let’s hope he can go on and make a big hundred for us the next game.”West Indies would have been satisfied at the halfway stage of the contest after limiting the powerful India batting lineup to 279 for seven off their 50 overs.Capain Virat Kohli stroked 120 – his 42nd ODI hundred – while Shreyas Iyer struck 71, the pair posting 125 for the fourth wicket which proved the bedrock of the innings.Once they were separated, however, West Indies pegged back the Indians, with seamer Carlos Brathwaite leading the attack with three for 53.“I thought the bowlers bowled very well to restrict India … I thought it was a very good effort from the bowlers,” Reifer said.“Guys bowled lines and lengths, with variations of pace. I thought Carlos Brathwaite bowled really well, Roston Chase had a very good spell [and] all the other bowlers chipped in. [Sheldon] Cottrell again [was] a champion so I thought the bowling unit did well.“I thought the fielding was up to par as well. We can improve some more on the fielding but it’s an improvement and we’re doing better in that area. So I thought the bowlers bowled very well to keep India under 300.”West Indies take on India in the final ODI here tomorrow..last_img read more

Down 1-0 to Spurs, Heat seek some NBA Finals fun

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker, of France, stretches during basketball practice on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. The Miami Heat and the Spurs are to play Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Sunday. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)   by Brian MahoneyAP Basketball Writer  MIAMI (AP) — The NBA Finals. Just being here can be memorable — and miserable.And surprise, it’s those supposedly stoic Spurs who are having more fun, while the South Beach bunch is a little grumpy and grouchy.The Miami Heat may be on top of the basketball world, but there’s no joy unless they stay there.“Playoffs ain’t fun, man. I’m sorry to bust anyone on the outside’s bubble,” Dwyane Wade said. “As a player in the playoffs, you have no joy until it’s over and you won. If you don’t win, you have no joy for a while.”Down 1-0 after a record regular season that goes for naught without another title, the Heat can turn their moods around with a victory over San Antonio on Sunday night in Game 2.Back in the finals for a third straight year, the Heat have lost some of the ability to enjoy the ride. With exorbitant expectations, all that matters is the destination.But San Antonio, absent from this stage for six years, is soaking up what could be its last shot for Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.After all, Duncan is pretty ancient — at least, according to those wise-cracking Spurs.“Older than dirt,” coach Gregg Popovich called him this week.Parker listed him at age 50 — Duncan is actually 37 — and the repeated ribbing appears almost out of character for a franchise that was often considered the definition of basketball blandness.“My friends and everybody on the team, we get like the funny Instagram doctored-up photos or jokes where they’re making fun of how old some of the people on our team are who shall remain nameless,” reserve Matt Bonner said. “And we get a kick out of that.”last_img read more

Rumson Teen Sailing Standout in Frostbite Series

first_imgModinsaid golf was his first love upon moving to the area with his family as achild, a sport he was ready to pursue full-time when his family joined theRumson Country Club. “It’ssomething that I can do all year round and enjoy for a long time,” Modin said.“You don’t have to be super strong or athletic to have fun and be competitive.Unless you want to go to the Olympics or something.” Frigid temperatures that chill the Two River area provide the perfect stage for the club’s Frostbite races, a cold weather series that allows local laser boat captains and others from around the Northeast region to navigate a course within the Navesink River. The Monmouth Boat Club is on the Navesink River in Red Bank. Photo by Chris Rotolo Thoughthe series is opens to sailors of all ages, no competitor has stood out moreduring this 2018 season – which runs November through March – than PatrickModin, a 17-year old Rumson native who attends the Marine Academy of Science& Technology (MAST) on Sandy Hook. “It’s myfirst time competing and will give me a real understanding of where I stand(among national and international competition),” Modin said. “I’m reallyexcited for it because it will allow me to test all of my skills and everythingI’ve learned.” But itwas at the club where he discovered sailing, and a natural feel to being at thehelm of a vessel in the local waterways. The eventis scheduled to take place Dec. 26-30, where 650 sailors ages 8 to 18 from 20countries and 28 states, will race boats like Optimists, Club 420’s and Lasers– like Modin’s – in Miami, Florida. Modinsaid he was attracted to the sport because anyone can do it if they’re drivento put in the time and effort. Monmouth Boat Club’s Frostbite races are open to sailors of all ages as they navigate a course within the Navesink River. Photo courtesy Monmouth Boat Club “It cameto me pretty easily, but I’ve been working at it at for a while now and notjust out on the water,” said Modin, who added that he’s put in numerous hoursof reading about strategy and tactics and studying the nuances of the sport ofsailing. “I love the complexity of it, and I enjoy the work. I’m still gettingbetter.” Modinsaid an Olympic appearance would be a dream come true, but for now his sightsare set on the revered Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, the largestyouth event of its kind in the United States and South America. Henkel said an abundance of scenic locations, like the two rivers and the Sandy Hook Bay, are what make the area one of the best in the country to sail. For more information about how to join the Monmouth Boat Club visit TheMonmouth Boat Club, located at 31 Union St. in Red Bank, was founded in 1879and has sailing groups for all ages, genders and experience levels. There arecurrently 186 members. “He’sreally beyond his years. He’s very skilled and knowledgeable about the sportfor a kid his age…Plus, he only weighs about 130 pounds, which is a majoradvantage when going up against an old guy like me,” Westfield native, fleetchampion and series organizer, Chris Henkel, said in a Dec. 2 interview withThe Two River Times. “It’sjust beautiful and peaceful place to sail. I’ve sailed in a lot of places, butthere aren’t many that match this. We’re on the Navesink today, on either sideof you are these incredible mansions. Where else can you sail and see BonJovi’s house,” Henkel said. Accordingto Modin, there are currently 99 boats registered to compete in his division.Modin will have a few more weekends of races on the Navesink before heading forwarmer climates, though he said the Shrews- bury River, which is more wide openwith lower banks, is a more exhilarating ride. RED BANK– When the frost begins to bite, it’s a sailor’s delight for a few brave membersof the Monmouth Boat Club. last_img read more

Team B.C. gets into the Canada Games win column with 4-0 win

first_imgAimee DiBella of Nelson and Team B.C. sit in third spot in Pool A play after Tuesday’s play in Women’s Ice Hockey at the Canada Winter Games in Halifax.DiBella & Company finally got a win, defeating Team Newfoundland & Labrador 4-0 Tuesday. Julia McKinnon scored twice to lead Team B.C.Team B.C. opened with a 4-0 loss to Alberta Sunday.Team B.C. then lost 4-1 to Ontario Monday. DiBella, 16, had two minutes in penalties.B.C. meets Team Saskatchewan in the final round robin game today. Team Alberta leads the pool with a 4-0 record.Along with DiBella on Team B.C. is Kootenay Wildcats teammate Daley Oddy.Also on Team B.C. is Ella Matteucci of Fruitvale. Matteucci played last season for the Cats but this year is playing in Wilcox, Sask., at the Notre Dame Hockey [email protected]last_img read more

ICT vital to service delivery

first_img05 July 2007Information communication technology (ICT) is key to service delivery and is one of the essential factors in promoting growth in the South African economy, a report by research and consulting company ForgeAhead finds.The National Government Research Report, released this week in Johannesburg, focuses on ICT development, management skills, convergence in cyberspace, cyberspace security and e-Government.“National government departments are moving to citizen-centred service provision and not bureaucracy-centred governance,” said ForgeAhead’s research manager for national government, Nicky Pope.“The departments are gearing towards results and attempting to be more service delivery orientated.”Pope added the country’s ICT development was focussed on using technology for economic and social development.To this effect, Pope said the Departments of Trade and Industry and Communication established South Africa’s IT Strategy Project (SAITIS) to promote a robust ICT sector, increase population usage of ICTs for economic and social growth, foster a knowledgeable ICT workforce and create a culture of ICT innovation.The establishment of SAITIS has resulted in increasing internet services to schools, creating an academy for software development, providing community internet access points and installing public information terminals allowing for access to government services.ForgeAhead research found future investment in technology focused on increasing internet connectivity, adding “there will be heavy investment in information security software especially in anti-virus, firewall and spam protection software”.E-Government is the integration and use of ICTs within departments to fast track service delivery to the public through providing e-services in spheres such as education, health and administration.Skills still requiredThe survey was conducted within different government clusters namely, the governance and administration cluster, the social cluster, the economic cluster, the justice, crime prevention and security cluster and the international relations, peace and security cluster.The survey, conducted between February and April this year, involved two questionnaires given to both chief information officers (CIOs) and information technology technicians within the five clusters, yielding a 91% response.The CIO questionnaire focussed on ICT strategies and polices, whilst the second questionnaire looked at the design involved in systems, software and hardware audits.In terms of personal computers with access to the internet within the various clusters, research found the economic cluster led with 90% of computers having internet access, the governance cluster had 83%, the justice, crime prevention and security cluster registered 75% followed by the social cluster with 65% internet usage.The report included factors which inhibited ICT growth and development in government departments and found “skills, staff capacities and budgets allocated for human resources” to be the greatest inhibitors.ForgeAhead’s head of consulting Edwin Schofield added “the skills which are needed are just not thick enough on the ground”.President Thabo Mbeki in his State of the Nation Address earlier this year also stressed that government is planning to improve competition in the economy, lower the cost of doing business and promote investment, and further develop high-speed national and international broadband capacity.ForgeAhead said the current trend is that the government will “promote broadband [and ICT usage] not only for economic gains but also to achieve good governance”.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Gap sets up shop in South Africa

first_imgGap Inc. opened two stores in South Africa this week as the global retailer set up a base for expansion into the continent – and said it expected more retailers to enter the country in the next few years as the local retail sector matured.Gap Inc’s first African store opens at Sandton City Mall. (Image: Jeff Attaway)Brand South Africa reporterGap’s opened its first store in Johannesburg’s Sandton City Mall on Tuesday, followed by a second in Cape Town’s Tyger Valley Centre on Wednesday – and according to financial news agency I-Net Bridge, plans to open a third in Pretoria’s Brooklyn Mall later this year.“We are excited to bring Gap’s casual American style and store experience to more customers in South Africa,” Stefan Laban, Gap’s MD of strategic alliances, said in a statement on Tuesday.“South Africa is the natural next step for expanding our presence on the continent. The country has a thriving economy and high Gap brand awareness, so we believe there is tremendous opportunity for us in the market,” Laban said.Each store will house product from the international Gap, GapKids and babyGap collections, and the assortment will be customized seasonally to best suit the needs of local customers and the warm South African climate.Gap’s move follows that of Spain’s Inditex Group – Europe’s largest fashion retailer – which opened its first South African Zara store in Sandton late last year, and its second at the Gateway Shopping Centre outside Durban in March.The Gap will tailor its collections to match South Africa’s seasons. (Image: Anthony Starks)Laban told I-Net Bridge this week that, as demand slowed in Europe and the US, more retailers were seeking growth in emerging markets such as South Africa.Gap sells clothing, accessories and personal care products for men, women, children and babies under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, and Athleta brands.Its products are available in over 90 countries through about 3 000 company-operated stores, over 200 franchise stores, as well as e-commerce websites. The company’s net sales for fiscal year 2011 amounted to US$14.5-billion.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

The Biggest Camera Announcements from NAB 2016

first_imgLeicaLeica debuted the new Leica SL, a 4K mirrorless camera designed to take on the likes of the a7S and GH4. The Leica SL crops to a APS-C Super 35mm while shooting 4K video. The ISO reaches up to nearly 25,000 and shoots on Leica LOG. The camera uses a Leica L mount and can capture 4K up to 30 fps, and HD up to 120 fps. The camera records internally as 8-bit mov or mp4 files with H.264 compression or externally as 10-bit 4:2:2.The estimated price is $7,500. Take a look at the new Leica camera from No Film School. VR and 360-Degree CamerasVR was a big part of NAB 2016. On top of all of the new VR announcements, the thing most people were excited about was getting their hands on some of these rigs — many of which cost several thousands of dollars. This was the first time many manufactures had their cameras on the NAB floor for potential buyers to check out.Nokia showed off the Ozo, the $60,000 360-degree camera. It’s the first VR camera designed for professional productions — and it has a price point to match.Also on the floor was the new GoPro Omni rig, designed to hold six Hero cameras. The GoPro rig and software alone costs $1,499. Complete with cameras, it will cost $4,999. Also on display was the sixteen-camera Odyssey rig, which costs a whopping $15,000.Blackmagic showed off the 360 Designs VR rig that uses Blackmagic Micro Cameras. The Mini Eye rig can hold anywhere between three to ten cameras with a price range between $9,000 and $55,000.What was the most exciting NAB 2016 camera news you saw this week? Let us know in the comments below! PanasonicPanasonic introduced two new midrange 4K UX camcorders. The AG-UX180 and the AG-UX90 are the first successors to the old HD AVCCAM line. The number 180 is bigger than 90, so the AG-UX180 is the new premium model of the two. The cameras are scheduled for a fall 2016 release.AG-UX180 features a 1-inch MOS sensor, a 20x optical zoom, 60p UHD recording, dual codec recording, IR recording in low light, and 3G SDI/HDMI2.0 output. Variable frame rate recording in 1080p is also planned. The AG-UX90 is the standard model and features a 1-inch MOS sensor, optical 15x zoom, and UHD 30p recording. The expected price of the UX180 is under $4,000 and the UX90 under $3,000.Panasonic also showed of the new Varicam LT that was unveiled earlier this year. The Varicam LT is a 4K Super 35mm camera designed for indie filmmakers using gimbals and drones. The camera has 14+ stops of dynamic range and weighs under 6 lbs. The Varicam LT body costs $16,500.Here’s a look at the Varicam LT from No Film School. PhantomVision Research previewed a new Phantom model, the Phantom VEO. Poised to bring incredible slow motion to the tight-budget filmmaker, the Phantom VEO is set to reach up to 1500 fps in 2K. The camera is still only a prototype, but the company aims to bring this all-purpose mid-range camera to the market. No price or shipping date has been set. You can preview the Phantom VEO in this No Film School video.Additionally, the Phantom team gave an in-depth presentation on updates and the future of the Phantom line to AbelCine. Some rumors come true and others remain only a dream. Here are the biggest official camera announcements of NAB 2016.Top image via CraftWe’ve been anticipating camera news all year. Now we finally have details on all the latest from Canon, Sony, Panasonic, and even a newcomer.SonySony was the first company to make a splash at NAB 2016, announcing their new HDC-4800, a Super 35mm camera that can shoot up to 480 fps in 4K. We previously took an in-depth look at the HDC-4800. Sony also displayed the UMC-S3C, a compact ultra-sensitive camera.They introduced the PXW-Z150, a UHD camcorder that can shoot 4K and HD up to 120 fps. The camera has a built-in four-step ND filter, Sony G Lens, two SD memory card slots, and two three-pin XLR inputs.The company also announced firmware updates for the Sony FS5 and FS7. There are two updates for the FS5, a free version and a paid version that will give the FS5 a RAW output. The FS7 is getting an automated spot focus and a true 24 fps frame rate. Sony also introduced the AXS-R7 external recorder for the F55, which gives the ability to double your slow-motion capabilities from 60 fps to 120 fps in 4k.The updates are scheduled for June. Here is No Film School with more. CanonCanon teased some big “surprises” leading up to NAB 2016, but the announcements fell flat of expectations. No updates on the 5D MKIV or any other DSLRs. The company did announce the ME200S-SH, a Super 35 camera that has the same sensor used in the C100 series. This compact camera has dual pixel autofocus, but requires external memory and external power. The body weighs roughy 2.5 lbs. It’s scheduled to ship in the next few months, setting you back $5,999.Here’s a look at the new Canon ME200-SH and their new 18-80mm EF Cine Zoom from No Film School. CraftCraft made headlines as the impressive modular camera that came out of nowhere. The company has been teasing a production camera leading up to NAB 2016, where the finally released all the specs on their website.All of the specifics have yet to be announced, but we do know there will be both a 4K Video Element that has a Super 35mm CMOS Sensor with Global Shutter, or you can attach an HD Video Element with a Super 16mm CMOS Sensor and Global Shutter.The camera will have frame rates of 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94, and 60. The fast and slow frame rate speeds will have intervals up to 120fps. Not all of the recording formats have been announced, but the camera will shoot in Cinema DNG and ProRes.Since this a modular camera, the pricing is per element. The 4K Video Element alone will cost $1399, and another $599 for the element that stores 4K footage. The HD Element starts at $699 and another $399 for HD storage. An Audio Element and Power Element will cost $199 each. An LCD monitor will be available for $299 and a Handle for $199. A Speed Mount will cost you another $299 and batteries go for $49. Here’s a full breakdown of the Craft Camera pricing. Your final cost will depend on the type of camera you want to build.Here is a look at the camera from Craft. KinefinityKinefinity unveiled the new 5K and 6K Terra cameras at NAB 2016. The cameras record ProRes 422HQ 10 bits. Clips can also be recorded in KineRAW, which can be transcoded into CinemaDNG and ProRres by the company’s own KineStation software that is provided.The Terra 5K has dual shutter modes, allowing a rolling shutter for a wide latitude, low noise, and fast frame rates. You can switch to the global shutter for zero distortion. The latitude is up to 15 f-stops at rolling shutter, and 13 f-stops at global shutter. The Terra 5K can shoot 5K up to 60 fps, 4K up to 100 fps, and 2K up to 200 fps. The Terra 5K body starts at $4,999.The Terra 6K uses a 6K CMOS sensor with rolling shutter. The latitude is up to 16 f-stops at 3K/2K and 14 f-stops at 6K/4K. The Terra 6K can shoot 6K up to 25 fps, 4K up to 100 fps, and 2K up to 225 fps. The Terra 6K body starts at $5,999.Here’s a look at the new Kinefinity cameras from No Film School. LytroImage via NewsshooterLytro showed off a camera unlike any other. The revolutionary Cinema Camera shoots 755 RAW megapixels up to 300 fps. The camera is MASSIVE, and packages will start at $125,000. The camera uses Lytro’s light-field technology. The company teased a new short film that was shot on the new Cinema Camera.last_img read more

Mohan Markam made Chhattisgarh Congress chief

first_imgKondagaon MLA Mohan Markam was appointed as the president of the Congress’s Chhattisgarh unit. He replaces Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, who was holding the post.The notification announcing Mr. Markam’s appointment said that he was being appointed by the Congress president. Many are reading this as a sign that Rahul Gandhi may continue as the party chief. Mr. Markam’s constituency, Kondagaon, falls under the Bastar LS constituency, one of the two seats that the Congress won in the State in the recent Lok Sabha election.last_img read more