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Off-Broadway’s Making an Offer You Can’t Refuse! Tickets Now Available for Philosophy for Gangsters

first_img The most wanted cast features Courtney Romano, Tom White, David Demato, Tally Sessions, Bruno Iannone, Shabazz Green, Kyle Robert Carter and Leajato Amara Robinson. Mafia heiress Callie Rizzoli has a lot on her plate. A street gang is fighting to take over her territory. She wants to make someone pay for her parents’ deaths. To top it off, she and the philosopher she’s kidnapped are lifted to top slot on the FBI’s Most Wanted List. Philosophy for Gangsters is a clever, provocative comedy about ideas and messy deaths. Philosophy For Gangsters Related Shows View Comments Think ABC’s Revenge meets The Godfather, with a splash of comedy! Tickets are now on sale for the off-Broadway mobster comedy Philosophy for Gangsters. Written and directed by Barry and Reparta Peak, performances begin January 31 and the show will play through March 1. Opening night is set for February 4. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 1, 2014last_img read more

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See how Jordan Ayew, Benteke embarrassed Watford defenders in final minutes of Palace’s win [VIDEO]

first_imgPalace fans were, of course, loving every moment of it. Ghanaian forward, Jordan Ayew and his strike partner, Christian Benteke provided a masterclass in time management for Crystal Palace in the final moments of their 1-0 win over Watford on Saturday.With Palace heading for a third straight win, and the game reaching a satisfying conclusion for the home side, the ball fell at the feet of Benteke from Ayew’s short corner.Surrounded by desperate Hornets defenders near the away side’s corner flag, who were anxious to get the ball off him, the bulky Belgian showed extraordinary strength and skill to hold off three different Watford players.He then passed the ball to Jordan Ayew, who, despite being smaller in size to Benteke, was apparently no less strong or skilful.He also passed it back to Benteke, as the Watford players went from player to player, with time running out.Benteke yet again laid it off to Jordan, who held the ball up for a few moments before being hauled to the ground.It was a moment so brilliant that Crystal Palace’s social media team could not resist starting off the morning with the video.See the first angle posted on Twitter by Crystal Palace below Another angle of the Palace duo given the Watford players the runaround, shot from the stans by a Palace fan, showed the supporters cheering each move and lay off, reserving the loudest cheer for when the desperate defenders upended Ayew.It was an apt end to a great performance from both players who had been involved in Palace’s only goal – Benteke holding off the defenders before Ayew finished off the move.See the second angle below: last_img read more

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Humboldt Crabs improve to 2-0 after blowout win over South Bay Sliders

first_imgARCATA >> If opening night showed Tyson Fisher that his brand new squad could hit a little bit, Saturday night only reaffirmed that notion.The Humboldt Crabs scored early, they scored often, and then they tacked on a couple more for good measure. Humboldt pounded out 18 hits and took advantage of walks galore in a 18-2 blowout win over the South Bay Sliders on Saturday night at the Arcata Ball Park to improve to 2-0 on the young season.“We swung the bats a little bit,” Fisher said with a …last_img read more

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Pomeranz strikes out 11 in five innings, Giants can’t score

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. SAN FRANCISCO — Drew Pomeranz struck out 11 batters in five innings but paid for his lone mistake Monday night as the Giants lost 2-0 to the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park.After recording five of his first six outs by strikeout, Pomeranz gave up a bloop single to Charlie Blackmon and a two-run homer to David Dahl to account for the scoring before a crowd of 30,018.Jon Gray got the win, pitching six innings of shutout …last_img read more

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Photo library: Business and industry 2

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Business & Industry contact sheet (1.8MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Johannesburg, Gauteng province: The recently opened Maponya Mall, the flagship of Soweto tycoon Richard Maponya’s many enterprises. Constructed at a cost of R650 million (some US$100 million), it is the third, and now largest, shopping centre in the township. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: The Woolworths food store in the recently opened Maponya Mall, the flagship of Soweto tycoon Richard Maponya’s many enterprises. Constructed at a cost of R650 million (some US$100 million), the mall is the third, and now largest, shopping centre in the township. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Jabulani Mall in Soweto, one of the many new shopping centres being constructed in the city’s townships as a result of South Africa’s rapid economic growth. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Robertson Hlatshwyo works in the labelling plant at South African Breweries’ Alrode brewery. Producing 1.9-million litres of beer a day and employing some 900 staff, the brewery is the largest in the country. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Loading beer crates at South African Breweries’ Alrode brewery. Producing 1.9-million litres of beer a day and employing some 900 staff, the brewery is the largest in the country. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Gladys Mokgatle in the quality control laboratory at South African Breweries’ Alrode brewery. Producing 1.9-million litres of beer a day and employing some 900 staff, the brewery is the largest in the country. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: Notokoszo Sangweni in the quality control laboratory at South African Breweries’ Alrode brewery. Producing 1.9-million litres of beer a day and employing some 900 staff, the brewery is the largest in the country. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: South African Breweries’ Alrode brewery. The largest in South Africa, it produces 1.9-million litres of beer a day and employs 900 staff. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Johannesburg, Gauteng province: South African Breweries’ Alrode brewery. The largest in South Africa, it produces 1.9-million litres of beer a day and employs 900 staff. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 2: {loadposition business}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

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Safa and PSL aboard for 2010

first_imgTamara O’ReillyTwo giants of South African soccer have signed a memorandum of understanding with the 2010 Local Organising Committee to ensure the success of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The agreement will see the national football governing body, the South African Football Association (Safa), and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) collaborating with the LOC on issues that affect the event such as media and marketing, security, match organisation, events management, protocol, accreditation, transport and logistics, and volunteer recruitment and deployment.According to Fifa, the memorandum outlines co-operation between the bodies to ensure Safa and PSL personnel have maximum exposure to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, as well as the Fifa Confederations Cup in 2009. For the two sporting bodies, the main aim is to ensure that there is a transfer of knowledge and skills between them and the LOC so that once the tournament is over, the knowledge gained can be used to enhance the game locally.“We want to use the Fifa World Cup as a tool to build skills for the PSL which will help in the running of professional football after the games,” reiterated Kjetl Siem, the CEO of the PSL. “This is a dream come true for the PSL. We respect the role of the LOC 100 percent but we will use this opportunity for the benefit of our future.”Raymond Hack, CEO of Safa, said co-operation from their side was aimed at ensuring the event goes off without a hitch and to create a football event that the country can be proud of. “You will not find more passion anywhere in the world. We all have the same goal which is to make sure that South Africa delivers the best Fifa World Cup ever.”One of the first issues the PSL, Safa and the LOC will collaborate on is pitch management. The LOC will look at including the two bodies on a proposed pitch monitoring committee to ensure consistency in the quality of pitches at all stadiums being used for the tournament.Already the PSL is training its media personnel as venue media officers who will handle queries at each of the stadiums during the Fifa Confederations Cup in June next year. This tournament is held every four years and the title is contested by winners of the various Fifa tournaments held worldwide, like the African Cup of Nations and the European Championship.Useful linksFIFA SA Premier Soccer League South African Football Associationlast_img read more

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Etihad Airways; Non stop innovation

first_imgStephen Scourfield was a guest of Etihad Airways. The fact the sign on the building says Innovation Centre speaks volumes for Etihad Airways but the interior says even more. I had previously received an emailed media release labelled Flying Reimagined and read through the words on the page — but here they are before me. Here, quite literally, are the products of reimagined flying.For the designers’ brief in rethinking what was offered in Etihad’s A380 and 787 cabins was to not just improve on the industry-standard offerings but take a blank sheet of paper or, rather, a blank screen, and start again.•A smooth, contemporary Arabic interior that makes it look more like a boutique hotel than an aircraft. Cupboards and trolleys covered by Arabian louvre screens. Walking on to the plane is more like walking into the foyer of a boutique five-star hotel•An economy seat with one firm “wing” to rest your head on. A big touch screen and no controller in the armrest to take space and knock with your elbow. It has a 28cm flat screen and yet the seat is very slim, giving more space.•The Business Studio seat is 56cm wide and upholstered in soft, supple Poltrona Frau leather. •And in that Business Studio, a lot of flat space — in fact, three separate areas,so when you are eating at the table, your laptop can still be open in front of you on the big, curved shelf, your tablet beside you on a separate area. And there before you, a 45cm flat screen. Beside you, electric window shades. There are full stem wine glasses and no carts in the cabin. It all has what I’d call a “mini suite” feel.•The Lobby on the A380, with curved seating for six people to sit, mingle, and with a service bar.•The First Apartments, which give first-class passengers a huge armchair (77cm wide), a full-length ottoman, or sofa, where two more people could easily sit, room to stand and move, a 61cm monitor that swings so guests can watch from armchair or bed, a chilled mini-bar, a lit vanity unit with a big mirror, and a four- minute shower in a full-height shower room. The curving aisle sets the scene — this is not straightforward aircraft interior design.•The one Residence feels more like a separate charter jet, or perhaps the interior of a yacht. There are three rooms — a lounge with sitting space, a bathroom with a full double shower, and a bedroom with a double bed. It comes with a chef and butler and feels very removed even from the rest of First Class. As one insider at the Innovation Centre put it: “It’s like a secret.”•Throughout it all, clever lighting that really enhances, moulds and highlights the gorgeous spaces.And now I see that the labels which looked just like catchphrases on the media release were, in fact, the philosophical foundations upon which all this was built.•Economy Class = “simply smarter”.•Business Class = “intelligent living”.•First Class = “my private universe”.And it was done in an unusual way — rather than choosing one design studio, Etihad picked three leading UK agencies to work together, in partnership, on what it says is: “The single biggest commitment to cabin interior product design made by any airline in the world.”They asked Acumen, Factorydesign and Honour Branding to work together to innovate and redefine . . . to recreate a luxury boutique hotel experience that embraced Arabian modernism.And here, in the Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi, Etihad’s corporate communications manager James Sanderson is showing me around full-size mock-ups of all classes of the A380 and 787 cabins. I am sitting in the seats, moving around the cabin, experiencing the shifts in lighting.Mock-ups were very much part of the design process, as ideas were tested with customers. It was a long process, with design concepts worked on through 2011 and 2012, before moving into the technical design phase through 2013 and 2014.The results across the board really are outstanding, as you can see if you join me to “walk through the cabins” in our online Video Feature.In the adjacent TrainingAcademy, there are more full-sized mock-ups. But in these, groups of cabin crew are being trained to deliver impeccable service.With 4500 crew expected to quickly rise to 5500 — with new recruits and refresher training — the TrainingAcademy, which opened in 2007, is a busy place.James Sanderson and James Gerber, manager business class training, take me through the Culinary Innovation Room.“We don’t have to teach our chefs how to cook — they are qualified chefs, just as our food and beverage managers are qualified at that, ” Mr Gerber says.But they do have to be trained in Etihad presentation and approach, and need to train in a confined space as they cook on board, at the “front end of the plane”, from a set of ingredients which include fresh, top quality and vacuum-packed proteins such as rib-eye steak and chicken breasts.Premium crew go through wine tastings, so they can advise guests, and the week after my visit there’s to be a “plating workshop”.The Flying Nanny training room is like a kindy. “But Flying Nanny is not just a title, ” Mr Gerber says. The Flying Nannies on board do this on top of their usual duties. They spend two days in the classroom, the second with outside trainers who give insight into child psychology and family dynamics. Then they dig into their Flying Nanny Kit for face paints, to run colouring competitions, which the flight’s captain might judge, and to show children how to make a hat like theirs from a paper coffee cup, with string under the chin and toilet paper for the veil.In the Style and Image Suite the women are advised on the best lipstick shades, make-up to suit their complexion, and how to put their hair in a French twist, plait or bun, and the men on skin care and to shave after breakfast, “when the skin has woken up”.For new recruits from 125 countries, but with the common language of English, there’s six and a half weeks initial training at the academy, and four and a half weeks of it is aircraft training, in a variety of mock-up aircraft, from the relatively small A320 to A380s.First there’s full first-aid, from CPR to delivering babies. There’s general cabin training from catering and heating food, to handling turbulence and “guest scenarios”.Then there’s cabin decompression, nose wheel collapse and firefighting — right down to a mock cabin which is filled with smoke, and which they have to enter to fight a fire. There’s ditching, where they will be screaming commands in the cabin, using chutes and treading water in the ditching pool before learning how to care for people and thelife raft that the chute becomes.In fact there’s so much training going on that the academy runs with two full sessions a day, one from 3.45pm to 11.45pm.And with that, I arm doors and cross check . . . and finally know what that means.Etihad’s open secretsAbu Dhabi transformationAbu DhabiInternationalAirport is undergoing a major transformation, for which $US6.8 billion has already been allocated. After its Terminal 3 was opened in 2009 it was capable of handling 12 million passengers a year but the additional Midfield passenger terminal will take that to more than 20 million, with the possibility of doubling it to 40 million. The 1.8km-long terminal is under construction and due to be opened in July 2017 — in fact, as we land in Abu Dhabi and pass it, I count 38 cranes at work. The development also includes a second 4100m runway, parallel to but 2km away from the existing runway.US Immigration Pre-clearanceEtihad Airways has another  real point of difference with its US Immigration pre-clearance. Passengers travelling to the US basically go through US Customs and Immigration before boarding their flight in Abu Dhabi and arrive as a “domestic flight”, avoiding the queues at those immigration counters in America. Amenities with meaningIt is more than just a bag of goodies. The amenities kits on Etihad planes are designed to reflect the airline’s culture. “Respect”, as one insider puts it. For the woven patterns on the little bags are Emirati “sadou” by weaver artisans at Sougha, a social enterprise funded by Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development. Sougha aims to revive Emirati culture. sougha.ae. Cuisine on boardEtihad’s corporate executive chef Thomas Ulherr has designed a menu across the fleet that blends Arabic hints with modern European cuisine. There will be a choice of three meals in economy class.Try this in business class — for entree, a choice of Arabic mezze, smoked Baltic salmon or artichoke soup. For main course, perhaps the black truffle ricotta ravioli or braised lamb shanks in Arabic spices. For dessert, Um Ali, which is a flaky pastry baked in rosewater-scented cream.last_img read more

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Giving Wings focuses on communication

first_imgThe Giving Wings youth development programme also facilitates group workshops to give participants the opportunity to sharpen their skills among peers, and assess their progress in a practical setting. (Giving Wings)Giving Wings – as the name suggests – was set up to help young people fly.A skills development organisation, Giving Wings has designed a programme aimed at providing young people with the knowledge, guidance and confidence they need to succeed in an ever-more competitive working environment.As part of its approach, Giving Wings identified the lack of communication skills as one of the major challenges young South Africans face when trying to find employment and grow in their careers. To address this, the organisation offers coaching in public speaking, presentation, business conduct and writing skills to promote work readiness.Founded by award-winning public speaker Kefilwe Morobane and business analyst Thato Mboweni, Giving Wings is devoted to giving back to society and, in doing so, has focused the bulk of its efforts on Olievenhoutbosch, a township in Centurion, in Gauteng.Mboweni, the director, says the objective of the organisation’s youth development programme is “to empower young and effective communicators… I believe that everyone is a communicator, but not everyone is an effective communicator.”Through its partnership with the Olieven Development Association, it facilitates workshops to hone people’s verbal and written communication skills.Watch Giving Wings Youth Development Programme in action:GROWTH AMONG PEERSThe Giving Wings youth development programme also facilitates group workshops to give participants the opportunity to sharpen their skills among peers, and assess their progress in a practical setting. The workshops also help them overcome the initial fears of speaking in public.“One of the greatest fears in this world is the fear of public speaking,” said Morobane, the managing director of Giving Wings, at the 2015 Giving Wings school speech contest, held in Olievenhoutbosch.That event was the culmination of a four-week programme the organisation had run for Grade 11 pupils that gave them the opportunity to display their new-found skills in front of their friends, parents and teachers.At the close of the event, Mboweni said she was “proud to see young students flourishing, flying. Express themselves in a way that they wouldn’t have had the opportunity to had we not done this… Giving Wings is about giving wings and I think we have really achieved that today.”last_img read more

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Still the King

first_imgLATEST STORIES Belying his 35 years, Nietes lived up to his moniker (Snake), striking and wobbling Reveco near the end of the sixth round before lunging for the kill with a hard right, three body punches and a lethal left in the seventh.The 34-year-old Reveco fell, staggered to beat the count, but was spared further punishment when his corner called the lopsided bout off at the 53-second mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter an uninterrupted reign of over a decade in three weight classes, Nietes finally proved that he’s indeed an elite fighter worthy of bigger, juicier pay-per-view bouts.No wonder, the pride of Murcia, Negros Occidental and torchbearer of Ala Promotions, sounded ecstatic after the victory that raised his record to 41-1-4 with 23 knockouts. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Viloria’s woes were compounded when he sustained a bloody cut on the left forehead caused by Dalakian’s wayward elbow in the 11th round.Now 37, Viloria skidded to 38-6, 23 knockouts.Dalakian stretched his win run to 16 with 11 knockouts. —ROY LUARCA Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving “Not only did I keep my title, I knocked my opponent out,” Nietes, who last tasted defeat in 2004, said in Filipino.In handing Reveco a fourth loss against 39 wins, Nietes lined himself up for a possible clash with Thai Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who kept his World Boxing Council super flyweight title by majority decision over Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada in the headliner of the event shown by HBO.Nietes said he is also looking at either Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez or Estrada for his next fight.While Nietes’ career gained luster, that of Filipino-American Brian Viloria dimmed further.The bloodied “Hawaiian Punch” yielded to the younger Artem Dalakian of Ukraine in their battle for the vacant World Boxing Association flyweight tile by unanimous decision, 118-109 thrice.ADVERTISEMENT Vargas reaches out to Peping LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico AFP official booed out of forum Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus There’s plenty of venom and power left in Donnie “Ahas” Nietes to instill fear among his peers.Fighting before a global audience for the first time, Nietes knocked out Argentine Juan Carlos Reveco on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to retain the International Boxing Federation flyweight crown in SuperFly 2 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more