After wowing South African audiences in 2010, Dada Masilo’s Swan Lake is enthralling the rest of the world. Combining traditional ballet with African dance, the performance has been described as fresh, upbeat, innovative, and diverse. It sensitively deals with issues such as homophobia and apartheid’s legacy. Dudu Masilo’s unique take on Swan Lake deals with social issues such as homophobia and apartheid’s legacy. (Dansens Hus, photos by John Hogg)• From page to canvas: Broken Monsters charity art show• Indigenous Games Festival promotes unity in South Africa • Gallery: South Africa’s rich and colourful heritage • Oppikoppi at 21: it’s always been about the music • Libraries: integral to democracies Compiled by Priya PitamberA troupe of South African ballet dancers has given a local twist to the Swan Lake story. It was commissioned by, and premièred at the National Arts Festival in South Africa in 2010. Now, the 13-strong dance company is touring the rest of the world, captivating audiences.Choreographed by Dada Masilo, the ballet combines classical movements with African dance. In Masilo’s take, Prince Siegfried doesn’t fall in love with Odette, who is under a sorcerer’s curse and transforms into a white swan at sunrise every day. He falls for a male black swan, Odile, an attraction that has fatal consequences.“Homophobia, forced marriages, the legacy of apartheid and the ravages of Aids are evoked with humour, sensitivity and lucid intelligence in a vigorous work of astounding beauty,” reads the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust website.Masilo studied at the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (Parts) in Brussels from 2005 to 2006. She also trained at the Dance Factory in Johannesburg, and established her reputation as one of South Africa’s most renowned choreographers.Watch a snippet of the performance here:Masilo’s Swan Lake is currently touring the US, after touring the UK, to rave reviews.“Dada Masilo’s new version stands apart from so many others not only for the fresh and fast-paced style that comes with the addition of African dance, comic theatre and carnival, but for her wit and seriousness in handling the original ballet’s themes.” – Judith Mackrell, The Guardian“The ballet boasts incredible energy, attitude, innovation and diversity rarely seen in a typical ballet, all without sacrificing an engaging story and superb technique. One can’t help but offer a standing ovation to the bravery and ingenuity of a true artist and her incredible team.” – Olga El, Broadway World “Its politics are simple — against homophobia — and its manner is friendly, even near the start, when it makes fun of ballet conventions with broad narration about ‘surplus girls in the moonlight.’” – Brian Seibert, New York Times“Masilo’s brilliance lies in her ability to effortlessly weave the threads of so many themes — gender politics, art and artifice, the universality of the broken heart — into such strong and vibrant cloth.” – Natasha Gauthier, Ottawa Citizen(Images: Dansens Hus, photos by John Hogg)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Chef Aaron Braun, Meadowlark Restaurant, took top honors at the Ohio Pork Council’s Taste of Elegance Chef Competition and Legislative Reception, earning the coveted Chef Par Excellence award. Braun was also awarded the People’s Choice award for the second consecutive year.Chef Broc Baltes, Mercy Health, was named Superior Chef, while Chef Tom Tiner, AVI Foodsystems, was selected as Premier Chef.This year, each of the three chefs prepared an appetizer and entrée featuring pork. Judging the event were Connie Surber, past OPC Board Member and longtime supporter of Ohio’s pork industry; Chef Todd McDunn, Resident Director of Food Services, Scotts Miracle-Gro Campus and five-time Taste of Elegance winner; and Greg Lestini, Attorney, Bricker and Eckler.A signature tradition of Taste of Elegance, guests received white gloves and a bone-in pork chop to begin the evening. After sampling assorted flavors of bacon, cheeses and appetizers, they were invited to taste samples from each of the chefs’ menus. Additionally, a selection of Ohio wines was offered by the Ohio Grape Industries while the Ohio Farm Bureau’s Cover Crop Beer was also served.The evening provides a unique opportunity for Ohio farmers to mingle with chefs who have prepared the fruit of their efforts — pork — in unique and exciting ways. Although many farmers have spent their lives raising pigs, few have had the opportunity to dine on what may be considered culinary delicacies.Pork chops, as well as the pork used by each of the chefs, were donated by J.H. Routh Packing Company in Sandusky, Ohio. Event sponsors included the Ohio Pork Council, Farm Credit Mid-America, J.H. Routh Packing Company, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Grape Industries, Ohio Soybean Council, PIC and United Producers, Inc.
Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#business#Facebook Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… taylor hatmaker Wednesday, a pool of about 800 million Facebook shares were set free as the next tier of restrictions on insider selling of the company’s stock expired – but even those disgruntled Winklevii didn’t cash out. While many observers expected the worst, and indeed plenty of short sellers bet on it, instead Facebook shares shot up 12.6%, closing on Wednesday at $22.36. (The stock slumped slightly on Thursday, closing at $22.17.)While those numbers still don’t approach the company’s IPO debut of $38 a share, it certainly was a perky development given Facebook stocks overall issues. So what gives?With so many traders betting against Facebook (often with good reason), it’s wholly possible that the company’s stock, like Yelp’s following its own lockup unlock back in August, was buoyed by a so-called “short squeeze.” Investors held their breath when Facebook opened on Wednesday, bracing for the great share purge of November 2012 as insiders were finally able cash out.When that didn’t happen, droves of short sellers – investors who have promised to sell stock for a certain price, betting that the stock price would fall and they’d be able to buy it for less – scrambled to buy the Facebook shares they needed to satisfy their obligations before the stock rose even more. That pushed the stock even further into the black.While November 14 wasn’t the first lockup to expire since the company went public back in May, it was the biggest – and the biggest cause for concern. Facebook’s IPO came with a complex tiered system of lockups, with the first ending on August 16, after 90 days of public trading. At the end of the first lockup, Facebook closed at $19.88 – just 47% of its IPO valuation.The next Facebook lockup expires on December 14, when an additional 149.43 million shares will be set loose in the wilds of public trading. But the real question remains: Will the Winklevii hold fast? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Juventus boss Sarri admits Man Utd target Mandzukic not training with squadby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus boss Maurizio Sarri admits Mario Mandzukic is not training with his first team squad as he prepares for a January exit.The Croatian striker has been tipped to join Manchester United when the transfer window re-opens and bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attacking options. “Mandzukic is not training with us, in agreement with the club,” the Juve head coach told a news conference on Friday.”If the agreement changes, I am open to everything.”Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed talks with Mandzukic over his future this week.”With Mandzukic, we chose a quiet time for him to leave but a move to Qatar [in the summer] did not materialise so he stayed with us,” Paratici said.”Now we will talk to him and see what happens in January. We are evaluating, he is also evaluating. We need maximum calm, he is a great player.”It has been an added value in recent years, we must thank him. If he considers it appropriate to leave, we will satisfy him, otherwise he will consider other solutions.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Kolkata: In a bid to provide comfortable journey to the passengers, the South Eastern Railway (SER) has decided to convert two rakes of Kriyayoga Express with most sophisticated and modern LHB (Linke Hofmann Busch) coaches replacing the existing conventional coaches.”We have taken this initiative to ensure comfortable journey to the passengers. This apart, there will be an increase of 120 reserved capacity in each trip,” said Bidhan Chandra, public relations officer, SER. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaLHB coaches are the passenger coaches of Indian Railways. It is mostly produced by Rail Coach Factory in Kapurthala, India. These coaches are designed for an operating speed up to 160 km/h and could go up to 200 km/h. Kriyayoga Express is an Express train belonging to South Eastern Railway zone. It runs between Howrah Junction and Hatia. It consists of 22 coaches having revised composition of First AC-1, AC 2 Tier-2, AC 3 Tier-4, Sleeper Class-11, General Second Class-2. Meanwhile, the second foot over bridge at Santragachi railway station will see its inauguration before Puja this year. “The new foot over bridge will be Puja gift to the passengers,” said Chandra.
Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels became 26th player in Major League Baseball history to reach 500 career home runs Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. In the process, he set another mark: He is the first to blast his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, as the Angles defeated the Washington Nationals, 7-2.And the only problem with that was that his wife was not there to witness history. She had planned to travel with the team when he was one dinger away from the milestone. Neither of them considered that he’d hit two home runs in the same night.”I went and made a phone call and . . . she was doing her nails,” Pujols said. “And everybody in the salon, I guess, was telling her, ‘Congratulations!’ And she was like, ‘Did you just hit your 500th?’ I was like, ‘I’m sorry,’ ” Pujols said, laughing.”She would have loved to be here with my kids and my family. She drives me every day to try to be a better person, a better player,” he added. ”I would have loved to share this moment with her here.”Hitting like the Pujols of old, the three-time NL MVP delivered a three-run homer in the first inning and two-run drive in the fifth, both off Taylor Jordan (0-3).”I knew this year, it was going to happen, whether it was tonight, tomorrow, two months from now,” Pujols said.He also hit his 400th homer at Nationals Park.”I admire his ability and the way he goes about playing the game, and I have for some time,” said Washington manager Matt Williams, who played against Pujols. ”I just wish he’d do it against somebody else.”About three months past his 34th birthday, Pujols is the third-youngest to get to 500; Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx were 32.
The Sixers’ Ben Simmons is having a great rookie season, but there is one hole in his game: the 3-point shot. As you’ll see in the video above, it’s not common to find a player this good who is also this averse to 3-pointers.
OSU women’s soccer team huddles during a game against Texas on Sept. 9, 2016. OSU won, 2-1. Credit: James King | Lantern ReporterIn a matchup against No. 7 Brigham Young University, the No. 19 Ohio State women’s soccer team was unable to put one in the net and found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-0 final score.The Buckeyes had opened up the season at 6-1, their best start since 2007. But after the loss, their record fell to 6-2.The game was scoreless until BYU’s senior forward Michele Vasconcelos scored in the seventh minute of the game to stake BYU ahead to an early 1-0 lead.The game remained that way until the second half, when in the 55th-minute, junior forward Nadia Gomes ran ahead on a breakaway down the left side and was able to put the ball just inside the right goal post to bring the score to 2-0. Six minutes later, senior forward Ashley Hatch received the ball, assisted by Gomes and Vasconcelos, and kicked the final goal of the game past redshirt senior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker. It was Hatch’s ninth goal on the season and it tied her for first in goals among NCAA women’s soccer players.The game got interesting in the 49th-minute when the Buckeyes’ leading goal scorer, senior forward Lindsay Agnew, stepped up to kick a penalty shot. But like every other shot on goal, it was saved by junior goalie Hannah Clark.Despite the loss, OSU coach Lori Walker drew some positive conclusions on her team’s performance against a high quality opponent.“I think that the soccer that we put out today from attacking, our attacking transition, our defending, our defending transition, our set pieces, there’s a lot to be proud of,” Walker said. “We played against an outstanding team that I think has the potential to be at the Final Four in BYU and that only benefits us. Our growth is all about us, positioning ourself for November and postseason play and that game has made us a better team.”McVicker agreed with Walker, stating that this game was one of the best games the team has played this year.“They’re a really good team and they’re probably going to go far this season,” McVicker said. “So we’re not going to hang our heads. In our minds, the result didn’t show how hard we worked, and I thought we played about 85 minutes of excellent soccer.”Statistically, the Buckeyes played a much closer game than the 3-0 score would indicate. The Scarlet and Gray outshot the Cougars 13-9, including a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal. The Buckeyes also displayed more discipline during the game, drawing only four fouls compared to BYU’s seven. Each team shot a pair of corner kicks.Looking ahead to the start of Big Ten play, Walker believes that the most important thing for her team to do is rest up in preparation for the games ahead.“We’re going to work on recovering because right now that’s the most important thing is getting our legs back and head into Big Ten play,” Walker said. “And we want to take every bit of energy that we found today and make sure that we pack that on the plane with us when we head out to Wisconsin.”The next game for the Buckeyes will be on Friday in Madison, Wisconsin when they take on the Wisconsin Badgers.
The Argentina National Team manager, Lionel Scaloni, wanted to clear the doubts about the decision to leave Lionel Messi’s number ’10’ shirt alone.Recently in Argentina, there was a lot of controversy surrounding the number ’10’ shirt from the national team as the decision to leave the number alone was made recently until Lionel Messi returned. The local press went nuts over this decision, they feel like the Barcelona star doesn’t deserve such honor and they don’t want this to become a constant thing for Argentina. But there is a large number of journalists and fans who do understand why this decision was made, they want Lionel Messi back to the national team as soon as he has taken a proper break because they know he is still one of the best players in the world who still has a lot to give to Argentina. As a way to clear the doubts there were about this decision, interim manager Lionel Scaloni decided to come out and publicly explain how this decision was made before the international break and how all the players agreed on it.DECISIÓN | Lionel Scaloni: “La número ’10’ es exclusiva de Messi” @marca https://t.co/8GhqpmXrmq pic.twitter.com/qEm8uUZmLu— MARCA Claro Argentina (@MARCAClaroARG) September 10, 2018“The answer to this is very easy, the players who went to the last World Cup and came to these matches kept their number. Argentina’s number ’10’ shirt is Messi’s until he says whether he will stay in the national team or not, it’s as simple as that. The first sensation is that we still haven’t gotten a negative response in regards to that. I was the one who made that decision about the numbers, nobody suggested it but me. We will have to wait but in the meantime, the number ’10’ shirt is only Messi’s and I was the one who decided it. When the best player in the world is not on the field, the team loses, there is no doubt about that. The idea is to form the best possible squad that can make Messi feel comfortable when he is in it. But meanwhile, we will prepare a squad that understands what it means to play with this shirt and then we will see what happens with Lionel,” said Scaloni during a press conference this Monday.#SelecciónArgentina Scaloni: “La 10 es de Messi hasta que decida si sigue o no”: https://t.co/lcTS9dnkrz pic.twitter.com/Lmw4kDQ1H8— TyC Sports (@TyCSports) September 10, 2018Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.Contacts with new managers.As the situation stands right now, there are still a few managers who are being contacted by AFA for the job as the National Team boss. The options are few but they are important, the most likely scenario right now could be that they won’t make a decision until 2019 and they are not still sure about the top candidate. One of the latest names who has been mentioned in the Argentina press is Gerardo Martino, a manager who already took the squad a few years ago and wasn’t able to take them to a title success back in 2015 and 2016 when Argentina reached two consecutive Copa America finals and lost both of them against the Chile national team. Martino is arguably one of the best options for the job due to his experience in major tournaments, but it’s still unclear if he would entertain the idea of taking the position again after the way he was sacked last time. Certainly, Lionel Messi would like this manager to take the job, because both have a very good relationship that dates back to their time in Barcelona.#Selección La camiseta de #Messi no se la puso nadie. ¿Y las del resto? Mirá quién cambió su número con respecto al Mundial y quién usa el del Kun, el de Di María, el de Otamendi y muchos más ➡ https://t.co/MiCbtQqTEO pic.twitter.com/1REXRlh2aB— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) September 10, 2018Messi right now is only focused on the Catalan club, where he is practicing every day for next weekend when his squad travels to San Sebastian to face Real Sociedad in Anoeta Stadium. This visit has proved to be one of the most difficult matches for the Catalan club in recent years, which is why getting a victory is so important for Messi and his teammates. Just a few days after that game, Barcelona will begin its new Champions League journey as tournament favorites when they face Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven at the Camp Nou. It will be a busy week for FC Barcelona after the international break, but they will fortunately have many of their most important players well-rested like Lionel Messi because they didn’t travel with their national teams. As far as the number ’10’ controversy goes, the press from Argentina will keep complaining because they still don’t feel like Lionel is worthy of playing for his national team and they will forever feel offended when he gets compared with Diego Maradona.#Seleccion La respuesta de Scaloni sobre por qué no usan la 10: “Es exclusiva de Messi hasta que diga si va a seguir o no…” ➡ https://t.co/kMPW4pdYnO pic.twitter.com/mo8tSSuWbw— Diario Olé (@DiarioOle) September 10, 2018What do you think about the decision Scaloni made to retire Argentina’s number ’10’ shirt for the moment? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho had his latest rant against the press ahead of Manchester United’s match at Watford, this time over Marcus Rashford.Before the international break for Manchester United, Marcus Rashford was suspended for misconduct during the match at Burnley and somehow this transformed into criticism against Jose Mourinho once again. Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher wrote a column for Sky Sports in which he urged Marcus Rashford to leave Manchester United, suggesting that Jose Mourinho was the reason his career hasn’t taken off as it should have yet. This piece was also powered even further by the performances that the player gave for England during the international break, but Jose Mourinho was having none of this new reason to go after him and this Friday, the Portuguese manager hit back in his familiar style. He came out to the press conference ahead of Manchester United’s crucial match at Watford which Rashford is going to miss due to that suspension and started dropping stats about the player’s time at the Red Devils under his guidance. Mourinho does this very well, he always has a perfect comeback for when he gets unfairly criticized and this time he went after Carragher.“I’m going to do something, not for you but for the United fans, because I think I hold myself to the United fans and, for them, I am going to spend two minutes with you. On the season 16-17, Marcus Rashford played 32 Premier League matches, 11 Europa League matches, including the final, three FA Cup matches, six League Cup matches, including the final, and the Community Shield. He had 53 appearances but if you want the minutes of play, he played 3,068 [minutes] and if you want to divide that by 90 minutes, he played 34.2 matches of 90 minutes in 16-17. In 17-18, he played 35 Premier League matches, eight in the Champions League, five in the FA Cup including the final, three League Cup matches and the European Super Cup final. He played a total of 52 matches with 2,676 minutes. If you divide that by 90, it gives 29.7 matches. So, with me, in two seasons, he had 105 appearances, 5,744 minutes, 63.7 matches of 90 minutes, including five finals, so the people speaking about these minutes, I think they are a bit confused,” said Mourinho during the press conference.?? Jose Mourinho’s press conference:? 3 minute rant about Marcus Rashford.? Read his stats & facts off a piece of paper.? Criticised a number of England’s U21 players.? Said the media are ‘Compulsive Liers’.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.? Says he ‘Feels Sorry’ for the media.? Box Office. pic.twitter.com/JnRt0Ojupt— SPORF (@Sporf) September 14, 2018To close his speech about Rashford, Jose Mourinho also pulled off a little irony by adding that: “I think I can expect that Sunday I’m going to be highly criticised for not playing him because some of the boys are obsessed with me and some of them they have, I think, a problem with some compulsive lies. So I can expect that Sunday, some of them, they will wake up and the first thing they think is Jose Mourinho, so I can imagine I am going to be criticised for not playing Marcus but it is not my fault, he’s suspended. Some of the persons, everybody knows they have double salaries, they work also for the clubs and when they work also for the clubs they are not independent and they conduct things in the direction they want, that’s obvious. That’s human, that’s natural, it’s not ethical but I accept. Since I was here, he [Rashford] was never one day out of selection because of my decision, only if he was injured or suspended. That’s why I’m going so specific about these numbers,” said the Portuguese manager as a response to the latest criticism against him.Press criticise Mourinho for not playing Rashford enough. Mourinho defends himself and points to other young English players who are struggling at other top clubs. Press criticises Mourinho for responding to them. pic.twitter.com/lXgVVo4T7a— Sam Homewood (@SamHomewood) September 14, 2018What do you think about the latest Jose Mourinho outburst against the press in regards to Marcus Rashford’s management? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.