Europe Playhouse Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 October Ilan Goodman’s production of David Greig’s Europe asks the question “What is politics?”. At the same time it posits a bicentric world-view in which we see traditional nation-politics offset by Thirlwellian bedroom power-play. The continent that this play deals with is not just the cosmopolitan world of Berlin, Athens, and Salzburg, but a war-ravaged, refugee-ridden place of treachery and insecurity. Set in a unspecified European village, two contrasting arrivals cause characters to reconsider the nature of their locality. Morocco, a well-travelled entrepreneur, pines for the comfort of home, while economic migrants Sava and Katia are forced to sleep on the train platform. Greig’s fans will tell you of his speciality in presenting subjects such as immigration, nationalism, patriotism and identity, through tight personal relationships. It is certainly an absolute triumph of Goodman’s direction that in such a large play – big themes, big stage, big set – Europe is sincere and personally involving. The interplay of the tired and pained Katia (Kate Fowler), looking after her doting father, Sava (Colin Burnie), is particularly affecting; the consequences of their flight grow in front of your eyes. Some of the most entertaining scenes are between three youths, Berlin (Gethin Anthony), Billy (Tai Shan Ling) and Horse (Andy King). They fizzle with a melancholic humour as the hopeless discuss their hopes. The scenes between the lovers Berlin and Adele (Polly Findlay) are also brilliantly staged and harrowing. This is also a play about escaping, about journeying, but for a journey to make sense it has to be going somewhere. Throughout, there is a feeling that ideas are floating about in the same way that the characters do. In order to flourish they need to be pinned down. Greig seems willing to raise the issues of media presentation, immigration, and the rise of the right-wing. He seems more evasive in answering them. There are moments when the play feels distinctly didactic, “remember that we are, in our own way, Europe” and yet when we look for the lesson there is nothing to be learnt. But hardly in a version as brilliantly staged and compelling as this can there be no point. We are reminded that humanity is to be found only in the relationships in our world.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003
Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet InternationalNewsPrintRegional Chávez celebrates 57th birthday with vow to beat cancer – Sets new summit date by: – July 29, 2011 Share 34 Views no discussions Hugo ChavezVenezuelan President Hugo Chávez celebrated his 57th birthday Thursday vowing to survive cancer and proposing to host a summit of Latin American leaders in December.Chávez said he expects his hair will begin to fall out soon due to chemotherapy but that he should be finished with the bulk of his cancer treatments by December.“At the end of the year, I should have passed this hard, careful, very, very strict phase,” Chávez said in a telephone interview on state television.He said he sent letters inviting Latin American and Caribbean leaders to the summit in Caracas on December 9. That meeting had originally been scheduled for July 5-6 but was postponed due to Chavez’s illness.A group of children sang birthday songs for Chávez on television and blew out a candle on a cake in his honour.Chávez said that for now he needs to limit his contact with the public because chemotherapy has weakened him and lowered his natural immune defences. But he also said he planned to address supporters from a balcony of the presidential palace Thursday.“I’m going to be here in private with my inner team,” Chávez said. “But of course, I’m going to the balcony.”He said he was sorry he couldn’t attend Thursday’s inauguration of Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, and that he sent his foreign minister in his place.“I sent a hug to Ollanta,” said Chávez, who also offered a congratulatory message to the Peruvian leader through his Twitter account.Chávez underwent surgery in Cuba on June 20 to remove a cancerous tumour. He has not said what type of cancer he has been diagnosed with or specified where exactly it was located, saying only that it was in his pelvic region.He underwent his first phase of chemotherapy in Cuba last week, saying the aim was to make sure no malignant cells reappear.The president said he was preparing to begin a second phase of chemotherapy.“But putting all those things aside, I’m happy,” he said. Chávez called his 57th birthday “sublime.”“And I invite you to the 67th,” he said.The Gleaner
Jonas Gutierrez admits a return to first-team football with Newcastle after overcoming cancer would trump all his other achievements in the game. “I have played in a World Cup but if I play again for Newcastle then that will be the best moment of my career,” Gutierrez told multiple national newspapers. “To get back after the cancer and chemotherapy, to put all that behind me, would be a huge moment. I feel really good. Maybe in two weeks I will be at 100 per cent.” Gutierrez has spent seven years in Newcastle since signing from Real Mallorca and said: “The welcome from the fans from the day I arrived has been special. So if I come back and play for Newcastle then, of course, it will be the best. It will be emotional. “I haven’t been to the stadium. It is hard to go and not be involved. For now, I prefer to watch on TV at home. But, of course, I want to return to the first team.” It will be a different-looking Gutierrez who bids to return, absent his trademark ponytail, though his hair and beard have grown back well after falling out as a side-effect of chemotherapy – adding to an already hard emotional battle. “When I was told about the cancer I went home to my dad and cried,” he said. “Then it was hard to find my hair falling out. “But I was always positive and I told my family and friends, ‘Listen, the most important thing is to be healthy again’. Fighting cancer made other problems seem insignificant.” There could be one visual quirk to recall the old days, though, as Gutierrez – who scored from 20 yards in his last under-21 outing against Bolton – is considering revisiting his favourite goal celebration should the chance arise. The Argentinian was noted for pulling on a Spiderman mask after finding the net and he said: “I don’t have it any more – but maybe I will buy another one!” The 31-year-old winger was diagnosed with testicular cancer 15 months ago but, having made a full recovery and featured on several occasions for Newcastle’s under-21 team, he is dreaming of a day he thought he would never come – a return to St James’ Park. And if that happens, the feeling would surpass even his selection for the 2010 World Cup, where he made three appearances for Argentina under coach Diego Maradona. Press Association
Letterkenny Public Services Centre will be closed on Thursday 27 June 2019 as a mark of respect to the late Cllr. Manus ‘Mandy’ Kelly who died following a tragic accident on Sunday. Cllr Kelly, of Drumacanoo, Churchill, will be laid to rest tomorrow, Thursday.His funeral mass will take place in St Columbas Church, Glenswilly at 12noon followed by burial in Conwal Cemetery. A book of condolence was opened in the Letterkenny Public Service Centre on Monday in memory of the late councillor. Manus was elected to council in the Letterkenny Electoral Area in May, representing the Fianna Fáil party.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Nicholas Crossan and Mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal District Cllr John O’ Donnell officially opened the book. Members of the public can sign the book at the Public Service Centre on Neil T. Blaney Road today (Wednesday) and from Friday onwards when the centre reopens.Cllr Nicholas Crossan signs the Book of Condolence in member of the late Cllr Manus ‘Mandy’ KellyMayor of the Letterkenny Municipal District Cllr John O’ Donnell signs the Book of Condolence in member of the late Cllr Manus ‘Mandy’ KellyLetterkenny Public Services Centre to close as mark of respect to the late Cllr. Manus Kelly was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cllr manus mandy kellyLetterkenny Public Services Centre
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick filmed an inspirational Nike commercial, “Dream Crazy,” that began airing in Week 1 of the 2018 NFL regular season.Want to know something crazy? According to TMZ, the ad has been nominated for a Commercial Emmy.It’s an eye-catcher. As Kaepernick narrates, you see 10-year-old wrestler Isaiah Bird who has no legs, a surfer riding a monstrous wave, and a young woman in a wheelchair dribbling basketballs with both hands.“Don’t settle for homecoming queen …
Ruth First, Noni Jabavu and Joyce Sikhakhane-Rankin are just three examples of groundbreaking female writer-activists who made a difference in apartheid South Africa. These are their stories.Outspoken women in journalism and media like Joyce Sikhakhane-Rankin, Ruth First, Noni Jabavu have shaped the history of South Africa. (Image: The Journalist website)CD AndersonOften overlooked in the grand scheme of the anti-apartheid struggle, the contributions of female journalists during a turbulent and often dangerous time in the history of South Africa played an important role in highlighting the plight of women and children. To commemorate Women’s Month, we look at three formidable female journalists who broke down barriers and made history.Ruth FirstBefore she became a well-known political activist, Ruth First worked as a journalist and later editor of a number of progressive newspapers in the 1940s and 1950s, including People’s World, The South African Guardian (later the Clarion) and Fighting Talk monthly magazine.In addition to writing about social injustices and township life, First also focused on labour issues and did in-depth political investigative reporting. It was in this work that she met some of the main players of the burgeoning struggle movement, including her future husband, the South African Communist Party’s Joe Slovo.Hounded by the apartheid government, First received several banning orders on her writing. She eventually became a full-blown activist when she could no longer find outlets that would publish her journalism. Her extensive coverage of the 1956 women’s anti-pass march in Pretoria was published across the globe to draw the world’s attention to the injustices of the apartheid system.First was one of the 156 defendants in the Rivonia Trial, alongside Nelson Mandela and Slovo. After being detained for 117 days, she escaped into exile to London where she became one of the most outspoken anti-apartheid activists. She was assassinated by covert South African government forces in Maputo in 1982.Read a detailed profile on the life and work of Ruth First by acclaimed author Lauren Beukes here. Helen Nontando JabavuHelen Nontando (Noni) Jabavu, born in the Eastern Cape in 1919, came from a long line of writers. Both her grandfather and father were outspoken and groundbreaking journalists. Her father, Davidson Jabavu, started the first black-owned newspaper in 1884; before that her grandfather, John Tengo Jabavu, was the editor of South Africa’s first isiXhosa language newspaper.Jabavu spent much of her youth in London, where she became a literary journalist. She also covered the emerging post-colonial independence era across Africa, focusing on the relationship between art and politics. In 1961, Jabavu became the first African female editor of the British literary journal, New Strand.Always conflicted by her African birth and London education, Jabavu attempted to reconcile the two with frequent return visits to South Africa during the 1950s and 1960s. These trips often inspired her to write opinion pieces for an international readership on how the apartheid system was increasingly marginalising black South Africans.In 1976-77, while ostensibly researching a biography of her grandfather, Jabavu contributed to East London’s Daily Dispatch newspaper, under the editorship of Donald Woods. She covered various subjects, including the 1976 Soweto riots and the burgeoning anti-apartheid literary movement.She received a lifetime achievement award from the Department of Arts and Culture shortly before her death in 2008.Read a full biography of Helen Nontando Jabavu here.Noni Jabavu from Daily Dispatch on Vimeo.Joyce Sikhakhane-RankinWith a burgeoning political verve, Joyce Sikhakhane-Rankin joined the legendary The World newspaper in 1963 at the age of 20. At the time, she was the only female journalist in a newsroom filled with the who’s who of the era’s top black male writers, including Aggrey Klaaste, Casey Motsitsi and Joe Thloloe. Sikhakhane-Rankin joined the newspaper just as the Rivonia Trial began and was tasked with finding angles that highlighted the social effects of apartheid on the women involved in the trial.She befriended notable anti-apartheid activists such as Albertina Sisulu and Helen Joseph and made sure their stories were told. After leaving The World, Sikhakhane-Rankin became the first black female reporter for the progressive Rand Daily Mail, again focusing on the social consequences of apartheid. Her work included extensive investigative pieces on forced removals, of which she became a staunch and outspoken critic.Sikhakhane-Rankin’s highlighting of the plight of women and children affected by forced removals led activist-church leaders, including Beyers Naude and Cosmas Desmond, to form a precursor to the South African Council of Churches, the Justice and Peace Commission. Sikhakhane-Rankin herself joined doctors and clergy in poverty-stricken areas, providing food and medicine to displaced South Africans.Her work, both in print and as an activist, soon gained the attention of the South African government. She was arrested and detained for 18 months in 1968. Following her release, Sikhakhane-Rankin focused on her activism, working closely with banned and unbanned organisations, including the South African Students Organisation (SASO).She went into exile in 1972 and only returned to South Africa in the 1990s. Sikhakhane-Rankin has since worked in the government, and as a writer and a lecturer.Read a detailed history of Joyce Sikhakhane-Rankin here.Source: The Journalist, SA History Online, Wikipedia Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
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Liverpool management delighted with Curtis Jones progressby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool management is delighted with the progress of youngster Curtis Jones.The Liverpool Echo says on only his second senior outing, Jones lit up the Reds’ League Cup third round 3-0 win at MK Dons last Wednesday and was named as Sky’s official man of the match.Three days later, the 18-year-old homegrown talent stole in at the far post to net twice for the under-23s in their 2-2 Premier League 2 draw at Arsenal.“Inside the Academy we have to realise that sometimes young lads do makes mistakes and have to learn from them,” says Reds coach Barry Lewtas. “In this environment you have to learn quickly.“If the senior professionals have noticed it a change, then that’s really good. That’s part of growing up.“His form for Critch (U23s boss Neil Critchley) has been a positive. The standard of players, especially the attacking ones at Melwood, surely has to serve as motivation, not just for Curtis but for all the youngsters.“We are in a fortunate position where the group is so close knit. Curtis plays for the first team, gets man of the match, then a few days later scores twice for the U23s.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Mississippi State Football LetterMost college kids are rowdy. College football players are college kids, so you would expect many of them to be rowdy, too, especially when they’re staying in a hotel. Mississippi State’s football players are apparently not, though. Bulldogs’ coach Dan Mullen recently received a letter from a Connecticut resident who stayed in the same Miami hotel as MSU during the Orange Bowl. It reflects extremely well on the Mississippi State football program. I was copied on this letter from a Conn. resident who stayed at @HailStateFB hotel during @OrangeBowl. #HailState pic.twitter.com/lGBKO0TDuL— Scott Stricklin (@stricklinMSU) June 26, 2015Mullen has to love receiving a letter like that.