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first_imgIllovo Sugar Limited (ILLOVO.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2011 annual report.For more information about Illovo Sugar Limited (ILLOVO.mw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Illovo Sugar Limited (ILLOVO.mw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Illovo Sugar Limited (ILLOVO.mw)  2011 annual report.Company ProfileIllovo Sugar Limited is a South African-based enterprise and Africa’s largest producer of raw sugar and sugar brands produced from sugar cane grown by its own agricultural operations and independent growers. It operates in six African countries and exports products to sub-Saharan Africa, the European Union and the United States. Illovo Sugar Malawi is based in Limbe in the Blantyre District. Illovo Sugar Limited operates in four segments; cane growing, sugar production, downstream and co-generation products. The Cane Growing division grows sugar cane which is used in the production of sugar productions. The Sugar Production division manufactures and markets Illovo Sugar brands. The Downstream and Co-generation division manufactures and markets brands that are by-products of the production process, including furfural and alcohol. Illovo Sugar Limited also supplies surplus electricity generated in the sugar production process. Illovo Sugar Limited is a subsidiary of Associated British Foods plc. Illovo Sugar Limited is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_imgTotal Petroleum Ghana Limited (TOTAL.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about Total Petroleum Ghana Limited (TOTAL.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Total Petroleum Ghana Limited (TOTAL.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Total Petroleum Ghana Limited (TOTAL.gh)  2014 annual report.Company ProfileTotal Petroleum Ghana Limited supplies petroleum and allied products for vehicles with petrol and diesel engines as well as fuel and fuel oil for the aviation, marine and mining sectors in Ghana. The company also supplies a range of automotive lubricants and special fuels including racing fuels and lubricants, biocides, industry fuels, refining additives and performance additives. Total Petroleum Ghana Limited offers expertise and services to support the mining supply chain which include a fluid analysis laboratory, fuel management system, filtration and contamination management, mobile tank solutions, on-site refueling, road transport safety and solar energy solutions. Total Petroleum Ghana Limited is a subsidiary of Ghanstock Limited. Total Petroleum Ghana Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_img Initiating an orchestrated media campaign prior to any sporting contest represents a risky ploy. By giving bold predictions and belligerent messages, you are effectively beating an egg for others to catapult all over your face in the event of unsatisfactory results.Over recent weeks though, Eddie Jones has played a blinder. Bodyline references were backed up by blood-and-thunder attrition in Brisbane as England overturned Australia 39-28. Then, when his team travelled to Melbourne to seal the series, the theme was how desperate they were to clinch the series.The word punctuated just about every press conference and interview during the build-up to last Saturday. Its repetition bordered on monotony. But then the tourists stayed true to their term, turning out an epic defensive performance.Paul Gustard is famed for innovative techniques – wolves and snakes have been brought to Saracens sessions – and after the 23-7 victory at AAMI Park he revealed that Dale Wimbrow’s 1934 poem ‘The Guy in the Glass’ had been recited to the England squad with the purpose of encouraging deep introspection.Numbers only tell part of the story. Australia had 71 per cent of possession and 74 per cent of territory, but could not break a side that made 182 tackles. While not as lengthy as Wales’ 49-phase stand against Ireland 18 months ago, nor in fact their own rearguard of over 20 phases on the stroke of half-time in this game, one second-half spell of around two minutes defined England’s effort and demonstrated the following defensive principles as a collective:Work-rate and dynamismMutual trust and communicationTargeted disruption of key opponentsUnderstanding of when to blitz aggressively and when to drift passivelyAwareness of the referee’s viewpoint and law interpretationSound, streetwise disciplined decision-making in the tackle areaWith marginally less than half an hour remaining, Owen Farrell has just kicked a contentious penalty to put the Wallabies 13-7 behind. We join the action as Ben Youngs clears from the ensuing Australia restart.Reaction and restraintThe strike is weighted well. Chaser Anthony Watson is able to contest and the ball hits the ground before Israel Folau can reach it. However, the Waratahs  full-back latches on to the bounce and counters:Tracking Youngs’ kick allows us to appreciate England’s off-the-ball industry and reactions. Initially, Watson pursues with Mako Vunipola and Maro Itoje in the background:However, the Saracens forwards change direction rapidly as Folau gathers and bypasses Watson:Itoje’s pace in the wider channels proved to be extremely valuable throughout the match and here, he shuts down the carrier’s space quickly. Though Folau steps off his right foot……and pirouettes past the young lock……Mako Vunipola flies across to make a very robust tackle. Having been covering a potential kick return in the back-field, brother Billy Vunipola advances towards the tackle area:At the start of this year, the Saracens siblings were still the subject of jibes about their body composition. People still questioned their work-rate. Hopefully this series has finally killed off such lazy preconceptions. Certainly, this passage underlines the graft each of them gets through in each encounter.Despite the proximity of Tevita Kuridrani, Billy Vunipola shapes to attack the ball……but, with Dan Cole retreating into the defensive line alongside him, Billy Vunipola leans in and pushes off his brother Mako as Michael Hooper and Dane Haylett-Petty near the breakdown:On the microphone of referee Craig Joubert, you can hear Billy Vunipola saying “leave it, leave it” and the Saracen sashays right into the line, pushing Cole further out onto the openside. Meanwhile, Youngs starts organising as well. He tells Itoje to adopt the guard position on the openside.The upshot of Billy Vunipola’s canny decision not to contest is that Australia must commit three clearers to the ruck. Not including scrum-half Nick Phipps, there are four Wallabies tied up in this tackle, with only Mako Vunipola from England in the same breakdown:Most of the defensive line is set, although Cole is still sidestepping into place. As Phipps locates a three-man pod of forwards, there are spaces of about two metres between each England defender – as delineated by the dash between Billy Vunipola and Itoje.Adopting a four-point stance like a sprinter in the blocks, George Kruis, looks eager to burst off the line towards Ben McCalman:Sure enough, Kruis and Billy Vunipola blitz forward in a sort of pincer movement to make the tackle. In England’s system, individuals are trusted to shoot out of the line if they are confident of making the tackle. Therefore, it is no concern that Hartley and Cole are left behind.As McCalman is felled though, watch Hooper and Haylett-Petty retreating in a straight line from the previous ruck to give Phipps an outlet on the blindside. Splitting the field in this manner is a prime weapon against such aggressive defence:Fortunately, Itoje holds a position on the blindside as Phipps bounces back to his right. Scrum-half Ben Youngs also resists the urge to run around the corner, coming up into the line as his opposite number switches play:Haylett-Petty gets lucky with a ricochet, forcing Mike Brown and Youngs to make a scrambling cover tackle:From here, England are in survival mode, but remain calm. Brown recovers his feet almost immediately, dodging Phipps’ attempt to clear him out.Believing the ball to be out of the breakdown, Brown then edges around the ruck. Crucially though, he checks with Joubert before picking it up. Joubert makes it clear that Australia would be awarded a penalty, so Brown leaves everything alone.Meanwhile, Kruis, Cole and Hartley are back in the line:Defensive delayOn this phase, we see a major benefit of competing at the breakdown:Lock Sam Carter is the next Australian to carry. Look at the time on the clock when Kruis makes the tackle. Then, as Cole swoops towards the ball, note that four clearers are required to recycle possession:The tenacity, strength, size and technique of Cole means it takes six seconds for the ball to become available again. According to Prozone data, Australia averaged 2.7-second rucks during their 33-13 triumph at Twickenham during the 2015 World Cup.Such a delay means that when Phipps is next able to pass it out, England have set themselves.The tireless James Haskell and Kruis are next to make a double-hit on Toby Smith. Again, start the clock:Haskell and Kruis attempt to hold their opponent above the floor to form a maul, requiring Stephen Moore and Greg Holmes – the two remaining Wallaby front-rowers – to charge into the melee and attempt to force Smith to ground:They manage that, and Haskell is trapped on the wrong side in full view of Joubert, who had penalised him twice for precisely this in the first half.Demonstrating the organisation that can be done while defenders make it difficult for the attack to recycle, Robshaw calls Hartley towards him:With a mighty effort, Haskell hauls himself off the tackled player as Itoje arcs around into the left-hand guard position:This convinces Joubert not to penalise Haskell, although the ball comes free, ending a ruck that has lasted three seconds…As Bernard Foley scoops up, a hugely frustrated Phipps snaps at Joubert, making it clear that he believed Haskell to have moved the ball while on the floor:Itoje fells Foley……and once more Australia gravitate towards the ruck, with four joining it without a single Englishman to clear out:This allows the tourists to deal with the following two phases fairly easily. First Hartley and Robshaw bring down Scott Fardy……making a double-hit……with Hartley threatening the ball briefly as Hooper comes around the corner:Note that Mako Vunipola, who made the tackle on Folau at the start of this attack, is back at guard with Kruis spaced well to his right:Hooper is met by George Ford and Kruis but Australia are able to recycle quickly. England’s resources are now stretched, as Farrell (circled) indicates:This message is passed from out to in, with Jonathan Joseph… TAGS: Highlight At the double: Chris Robshaw and Dylan Hartley combine to stop Australia dangerman Israel Folau LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS We highlight the defensive principles that helped England land a phenomenal victory over Australia in the second Test. …and then Brown shepherding forwards into position:As a result, when Phipps releases his backs, hitting Folau at first receiver, England have plenty of men on their feet in the defensive line:They come forward as Folau throws a miss-pass to Samu Kerevi……before Jack Nowell and Farrell wrap up the Reds centre. Start the clock again:Nowell and Farrell hold up Kerevi for two seconds, forcing Carter and Mumm to hurl themselves into the tackle area:In the wake of a superb win, Gustard admitted that stalling Australia in contact had been an instrumental part of the defensive performance.Again, England’s players roll clear to appease the referee and only after seven seconds have elapsed can Phipps restart the attack:One-man blitzRobshaw and Itoje stop Moore on the next phase……and Foley now decides it is time to spread play, calling for the ball from Phipps with his team’s two most dangerous runners on the outside:The fly-half receives as the England line advances before sending Folau on an arc towards Ford’s outside shoulder, a very similar line to the one that brought a try in Brisbane.At this point, Watson makes the do-or-die decision to leave his wing and jam in hard:Leaving Haylett-Petty alone, the Bath man aims at Hooper. Watch Brown trying to cover the vast expanse on the right:Blindsided and possibly surprised by Watson’s pace, Folau does not throw a pass over the top. Instead, he holds on and collides with Hooper:England could have had a penalty for crossing or at least a scrum for accidental obstruction, but neither comes.Instead, Ford completes the tackle and Kuridrani clears out Watson. Billy Vunipola and Hartley arrive on the scene next……and, with the ruck over because Kuridrani has driven Watson beyond the ball, Hartley senses a chance to steal:He dives in with Rob Horne competing……and Australia only recycle because Horne collapses, sealing off the ball:Stopping the sourceHartley wriggles free as four Wallabies committ to the breakdown. Robshaw, prompted by Brown, then calls over Hartley to bolster the other side of the ruck:Kerevi is next to barrel forward, with Kruis, Mako Vunipola and Robshaw meeting him:Kruis and Mako Vunipola upend Kerevi and with Robshaw circling, Fardy and Mumm must support their colleague:As Cole fills in at guard, the Wallabies take out Robshaw……but again, the ruck is over when Robshaw is driven out the other side. Cole is free to attack Phipps – another tactic England used throughout:While Foley looks to organise the next phase with Horne, Phipps is quick enough to snatch the ball and dart away……however, Cole hauls him in:Billy Vunipola then has a sniff at the ruck amid the attentions of Foley and Horne……but, in exactly the same manner as he did at the beginning of this defensive set, the 23 year-old pulls away, staying on his feet……and directing Youngs towards the guard position him, with Brown filling in on the outside:Shouldering responsibilityHartley is the chief protagonist to keep an eye on here. Because Phipps is stuck in the ruck, Haylett-Petty steps up at scrum-half……and barges through Youngs.Fardy latches on, adding his weight to the carry:But, with Brown’s aid, Hartley just about drags down Haylett-Petty:Brown, Robshaw, Mako Vunipola and Billy Vunipola reach the ruck to ward off any further pick-and-gos.Over and outAustralia look back to the left, and their attack ends on its 10th phase:As carrier Mumm receives the ball, the England defensive line is loaded with enough bodies to envelop an isolated carrier:Sure enough, Cole and Kruis make a solid hit on the former Exeter Chiefs second-row:Robshaw swoops around and adopts a strong stance that Carter cannot shift, but look at Mako Vunipola in this final screenshot:This is not the kind of contribution that features in match statistics. Still, it epitomises the selfless industry of this defensive display as a whole. Latching on to Robshaw to galvanise his position over the ball and make him more difficult to move, Mako Vunipola is a big part of the turnover.Australia came again, but England held out, breaking their opponents’ spirit a little more with each rearguard until Farrell’s try won the series in the final moments. A final onslaught from the wounded Wallabies awaits in Sydney, but Gustard and Jones can be extremely confident in their defensive operation.last_img read more

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. From FEMAMore than $21 million will benefit several local entities in Florida for Hurricane Irma-related expenses.FEMA provided 100 percent of the funding for the grants. Below is a breakdown:Broward County Sheriff’s Office: Nearly $5 million will reimburse Hurricane Irma-related life-saving and public safety actions. Reimbursable expenses include securing critical infrastructure, traffic control and other measures to ensure public safety.Key West Utility Board: Approximately $15.5 million will reimburse labor and materials that restored electricity to their28,000 customers following Hurricane Irma.Orange County Sheriff’s Office: More than $1 million will reimburse Hurricane Irma-related life-saving and public safety actions. Reimbursable expenses include evacuations, sheltering and other measures to ensure public safety.These grants are provided through FEMA’s Public Assistance program which reimburses communities on a cost-sharing basis for actions taken in response to and recovery from a disaster. Public Assistance grants reimburse at least 75 percent of each project and the remaining amount comes from nonfederal sources.The state applies for the grant and distributes the funding to eligible applicants, which can include tribes, local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations.The state and FEMA work together to ensure all eligible costs are reimbursed for projects related to Hurricane Irma throughout disaster-designated areas in Florida. These grants were provided directly to the state. Following the state’s review process and upon receipt of appropriate documentation, the state will distribute the funds on a reimbursable basis.In Florida, FEMA has provided more than $83 million through the Public Assistance program to reimburse Hurricane Irma-related expenses.Follow FEMA and the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Twitter at @FEMARegion4 and @FLSERT. You may also visit FEMA and the Division’s Facebook pages at Facebook.com/FEMA and Facebook.com/FloridaSERT.Helping people before, during, and after disasters.Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses. Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSFEMA Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleApopka Police Department Arrest Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgIntercity Technology & Cure LeukaemiaIntercity Technology will be supporting Cure Leukaemia as an official charity partner throughout 2017 with all funds raised going towards the charity’s £1m Appeal to fund the expansion of the Centre for Clinical Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Here are nine more corporate fundraising partnerships that have caught our eye during July, including a number of new collaborations, a bake sale, a competition to win a car, and a bursary to support local work in the community. Hays & Action for ChildrenAction for Children has announced a new charity partnership with Hays. Staff from Hays offices across the country will undertake a number of fundraising activities throughout the next twelve months to fund an employability programme for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds struggling to get their foot on the work ladder.Main image: Hastings Give & Bake for Leonard Cheshire Disability  143 total views,  1 views today CALA Homes (East) & East Lothian CourierA bursary set up by CALA Homes (East) in partnership with the East Lothian Courier is to give a share of £20,000 to a diverse range of causes carrying out community work in the area. The successful 20 causes have been selected from 129 applications, and include Hadington Hockey Club, which receives £1,500, and West Barns Scottish Women’s Institute, which receives £1,000. PwC, Samaritans & UK YouthPwC employees have voted for Samaritans and UK Youth as the firm’s new charity partners, in line with its commitment to supporting mental health and promoting social mobility. PwC will help the two charities over the next two years by raising money through organised fundraising events, employees volunteering their time and staff donating money via payroll. PwC’s support will help Samaritans train 500 volunteers, while UK Youth will use the funds raised to help improve social mobility for more young people across the country. Tagged with: corporate fundraising events Fundraising ideas Nurse Plus & Leonard Cheshire DisabilityNurse Plus has so far raised £2,300 for Leonard Cheshire Disability by participating in the charity’s annual Give & Bake. 41 different Nurse Plus branches across the UK rolled up their sleeves and whisked, whipped and iced their best creations for a fundraising bake sale on 12th July.  144 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis43 Beard Guildford & local charitiesBeard Guildford has launched a fundraising campaign in support of local charities to celebrate its 125th anniversary. It plans to raise £10,000 for three local charities this year. The money will be matched by the company’s Beard Charitable Foundation bringing the office’s targeted total to £20,000. The initiative is part of a company-wide campaign to raise £125,000 this year for local charities across the South East. The three charities are educational charity SATRO, Shooting Star Chase children’s hospice, and neonatal support charity BURPS, which is based at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. 9 corporate fundraising partnerships for the end of July 2017  Lookers & BBC Children in NeedNational motor retailer Lookers is aiming to raise £1m for BBC Children in Need this year. One fundraising initiative will see Lookers’ customers enter a twice yearly competition, which will give them an opportunity to donate to BBC Children in Need when they buy a new or used car. In return, customers could win a car up to the value of £25,000. Pudsey will also be visiting Lookers dealerships across the coming months to support Lookers employees and customers in their fundraising efforts to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people in their communities. Lookers also recently raised £40,000 for military charity 353 through its annual Track Day at Croft Circuit. Cornelius Group & The Sparkle FoundationCornelius Group has committed to support The Sparkle Foundation, which provides hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children with education, nutrition and medical support in 17 rural villages in Malawi. The Group has already made an initial contribution, and is planning a number of fundraising activities for the charity with a view to potentially visiting Malawi to work directly on a project in the coming years. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis43 Advertisement Aquarium Software & the Insurance CharitiesAquarium Software is supporting the Insurance Charities, which helps those working in the insurance sector facing hard times. Aquarium Software has announced that as well as making a donation to the charity it will also be promoting the cause to a wider audience within its own insurance, technology and business communities. Last year the Insurance Charities gave £1.2 million to current and former workers in the sector unexpectedly finding themselves in need of help and advice. Melanie May | 28 July 2017 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

first_imgAccelerating the provision of its £1.2m Digital Skills for Heritage initiativeContinuing to support the 2,500 projects it has already committed to fundingBeing as flexible as possible for existing granteesProviding bespoke advice and supportThrough a £2m commitment to its network of ROSS consultants in the new financial year to support organisations in needWorking with the Government, other funders and heritage organisations to bring together support for the sectorIn the longer term, it has also invested £4m in two Enterprise Development programmes across the UK for heritage leaders, and Business Support Programmes in all four countriesIn order to provide this support, it is halting all new grant applications with immediate effect, and the Heritage Emergency Fund will consist of money diverted from new grants.Decisions on funding for the Heritage Horizon Awards will be deferred from March 2020 into the 2021-2022 financial year, and it will not be opening a further round of funding for these Awards.The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s response to the coronavirus crisis is based on consultation across the sector, including more than 1,250 respondents to its survey, to which 82% reported a high or moderate risk to their organisation’s long-term viability with 53% asking for emergency funding.Further details are expected to be released shortly.  510 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Image: Stonehenge is a previous National Lottery Heritage Fund funding recipient  509 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Melanie May | 6 April 2020 | News National Lottery Heritage Fund announces £50m emergency coronavirus fund The National Lottery Heritage Fund has announced a UK-wide £50million fund to support the heritage sector in response to the coronavirus outbreak.  The fund, raised from The National Lottery, will address immediate pressures over the next three-six months for organisations most in need, offering grants of between £3,000 and £50,000.The funding is available to organisations across the full breadth of heritage, including historic sites, industrial and maritime heritage, museums, libraries and archives, parks and gardens, landscapes and nature.Organisations which have received funding in the past or are either a current grantee, or still under contract following a previous grant, can apply, and priority will be given where there is limited or no access to other sources of support, where heritage is most at risk, and where an organisation is at risk of severe financial crisis due to COVID-19.The National Lottery Heritage Fund will also continue to support more than 2,500 projects that it has already committed to – an investment of more than £1billion.Eilish McGuinness, The National Lottery Heritage Fund Executive Director, Business Delivery, said:“We know that circumstances are incredibly challenging for our heritage community right now and we want to do everything we can to support them. We hope this new fund will be a lifeline and a beacon of hope for organisations affected.“Heritage has an essential role to play in making communities better places to live, creating economic prosperity and supporting personal wellbeing. All of these are going to be vitally important as we emerge from this current crisis.”As well as the Heritage Emergency Fund, the National Lottery Heritage Fund will also support the sector in the following ways: Advertisement Tagged with: heritage Heritage Lottery Fundlast_img read more

first_imgListen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 14 Michelle Carterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michelle-carter/ Previous articleNews Now 9/19/18Next article“The Predator” goes for the kill at the box office Michelle Carter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Michelle Carterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michelle-carter/ Official poster for Hulu’s new original show “The First.” Review: Netflix’s ‘Triple Frontier’ is ambitious, but soft Michelle Carter ReddIt Oscars: Where to watch each Best Picture nominee ahead of Sunday’s show From Horned Frog to Broadway spark Linkedin Michelle Carterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michelle-carter/ Michelle Carterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michelle-carter/ Linkedin Facebook ReddIt Twitter Facebook Twitter Editorial: Students returned to campus. Cases surged Michelle Carter, a senior of the class of 2019, is a journalism major from Santiago, Chile. She’s a film and TV junkie, and when she’s not reporting, you can find her bingeing the latest on Netflix or catching up on her favorite podcasts. Listen: Ball Don’t Lie: Parting Shots The Class of 1969 marks 50 years + posts printThere is an abundance of reasons why Hulu’s “The First” doesn’t work.A painfully slow pace, foreseeable complicated human relationships, astronomically unnecessary flashbacks… the list goes on.This show, about the first manned mission to Mars, should’ve never gone into orbit.“The First” starts off with a predictable catastrophe, prompting astronaut commander Tom Hagerty (Sean Penn) to save the day and lead a mission of his own to the red planet.(Trailer courtesy of IMDb.)Rather than letting us lift off into space with the astronauts from the get-go, viewers are forced to stay on Earth for seven-and-a-half episodes (out of eight) and watch how politics and bureaucracy get in the way of the mission. Only during the second half of the season finale do we get to see spaceship action.The only thing the show has going for it is that it’s aesthetically pleasing. Masterful cinematography and special effects give us a beautiful and realistic feel.The show spends too much time explaining how complicated a space mission can be – the risks involved, the money needed to fund the mission, and the people they must convince for approval.We’ve seen this in dozens of other Hollywood space productions. It would have been much more effective to get action from the start, like opening the show with our characters already in orbit or on Mars.Family relationships don’t make the show progress, either. It’s always one step forward and two steps back for our astronauts; just as you think one family is overcoming apprehensions about the voyage, another is crumbling back into hardships again.A show about outer space could have enormous potential, but “The First” just doesn’t have a good story.VerdictI watched the show it in its entirety because I kept expecting something to happen. Even the trailer is misleading since it includes footage from the show’s last episode, making me believe that the actual voyage to Mars would come much earlier. Everything that happens in seven episodes can be condensed into two, and the rest of the season could have been an exploration of survival on Mars. I wouldn’t bet on a second season.4/10last_img read more

first_img March 11, 2021 Find out more RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Organisation Help by sharing this information May 3, 2021 Find out more RSF_en AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Afghanistan October 16, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Explanation sought for closure of government daily Arman-e-Mili Receive email alerts Newscenter_img AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) today called on information and culture minister Sayeed Makhdoom Raheen to explain the closure of Afghanistan’s second most important daily, the state-owned Arman-e-Mili (National Will), which recently carried articles criticising President Hamid Karzai’s administration. The move appears to violate government undertakings regarding the independence and development of the state media.”If this a political decision aimed at banning any criticism of the government in the state-owned press, we urge you to reverse it and to reinstate the journalists in their posts,” Reporters Without Borders said in a letter to the minister.Arman-e-Mili’s last issue appeared on 11 October after the government ordered its “administrative closure” one day earlier. The information and culture minister said it was a “measure of a budgetary nature.”AFP quoted the minister as saying at a press conference: “There are currently 265 dailies, weeklies and other publications in Afghanistan. Five of them belong to the government and are subsidized by public funds, often with the same articles and the same photos. So we decided to close one of them.”But the daily’s editor in chief, Mirhaidar Motahar, claims that the closure was linked to its increasingly more independent editorial line. He said Arman-e-Mili had often reported popular discontent with government decisions.As the newspaper received part of its financing from the defence ministry, its closure could also be linked to power struggles within the government. Defence minister Mohammed Fahim heads a major opposition current within the transition government. As Arman-e-Mili very rarely criticised Fahim, President Harmai’s associates may have suspected it of being in his pay.Arman-e-Mili had a circulation of 5,000, one of the largest in Afghanistan. It employed 17 journalists and had some 15 other employees. News Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says June 2, 2021 Find out more News to go further News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom”last_img read more

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Che AhnHRock Church will be holding the Leader Shift Conference from June 7 – 10, 2012 at the Ambassador Auditorium 131 S. Saint John Avenue, Pasadena. The conference will feature Che Ahn, Peter Wagner, Bill Johnson, Kris Vallotton and Bob Hartley. Tickets are for $80.00 each for registrations after May 9.Click here for more information about the conference.Peter WagnerThere will be lunches which are open to the first 300 who register for each event. Tickets for the lunches can be purchased at the conference in person at the Lunch Ticket Table located in the Ambassador Lobby. Cash or check only please.HRock Church, 1539 E. Howard Street, Pasadena, (626) 794-1199 or visit www.hrockchurch.com. More Cool Stuff Faith & Religion Events HRock Church: Leader Shift Conference – June 7-10 Published on Friday, May 18, 2012 | 3:35 pm Make a comment Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Signs You Want To Stay With Your Girlfriend ForeverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

first_imgNon-Profits News The National Endowment for the Arts Presents $50,000 Grant to the Pasadena Playhouse Under the CARES Act By CARL KOZLOWSKI Published on Thursday, July 2, 2020 | 11:08 am Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS While the Pasadena Playhouse has suffered for months under shutdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic as numerous productions had to be postponed or canceled, the venerable theatre received a major piece of good news on Wednesday. The official State Theatre of California learned it had been approved for a $50,000 award as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.“At the start of the current crisis, we began an aggressive fundraising campaign to sustain the Playhouse through this uncertain time while continuing to serve our community,” saidProducing Artistic Director Danny Feldman. “This grant bolsters that effort, helping us reach our goal of employing as many artists and staff as possible while our curtain is down. We thank the National Endowment for the Arts for their support.”Pasadena Playhouse is one of 855 organizations located in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico selected for this grant. The National Endowment for the Arts received more than 3,100 eligible applications requesting $157 million for the $45 million available in direct assistance.Pasadena Playhouse, along with the other awardees, represents the diverse nature of arts organizations around the country.Overall funding was divided nearly evenly between small, medium, and large arts organizations. The grant will be used to support Pasadena Playhouse’s digital programming personnel in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The pandemic and its shutdown provided a shock to the system for the Playhouse, which had to cancel “Mach 33: The Caltech/Pasadena Playhouse Festival of New Science-Driven Plays” on April 3-4; a Pasadena Civic Ballet production of “Aladdin” from April 17-19; an April 20 Holocaust Remembrance Reading of “The Diary of Anne Frank”; and the impending July 28-Aug. 3 run of “Annie Get Your Gun.” In addition, the May 27-July 28 production of “Ann” – a biographical play about the renowned, late Texas governor Ann Richards – was postponed to a future date.The Playhouse is currently offering an online course titled “The Broadway Musical & America” through July 21, and will likely offer more such classes in the coming months.The National Endowment for the Arts says that arts and culture are a key component of the U.S. economy that contributed $877.8 billion, or 4.5 percent, to the nation’s gross domestic product in 2017 and employed over five million wage?and?salary workers who collectively earned $405 billion. This funding will help support those jobs and those nonprofit organizations during this time of great need so that arts and culture will persevere as a significant contributor to the American economy.Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.The Pasadena Playhouse has produced bold and important theater for over 100 years. It is one of the most prolific theaters in American history with a legacy of profound theatrical impact and courageous new work. In 1937, the Playhouse was officially recognized as the State Theater of California for its contribution and commitment to the dramatic arts. 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