3. West Side Story — 11% They’re drawin’ the line, so keep your noses hidden! The Jets and the Sharks danced their way into the final spot of the top three picks, with some mambo moves and rumble choreography in tow. The 1957 Broadway musical by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents has seen several productions since, in addition to a feature film. Thanks to West Side Story, songs such as “Maria,” “Tonight,” and “I Feel Pretty,” are now part of the Great American Songbook. It just goes to show: it helps to know your roots, save a spot for the classics, and get cool, boy! The new Broadway musical If/Then opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on a rainy March 30, and even in the abysmal weather, the show put us in a New York state of mind. We asked fans what show they consider to be the ultimate New York City musical. It’s been called a “hell of a town,” “a city of strangers,” and sure, “naughty, bawdy, gaudy, sporty,” but the results are in, and here are the top three shows that scream Big Apple. 2. Newsies — 21% Oh, to return to the big city in the late 19th century! Times have certainly changed (thanks, inflation,) but what could be better than a town run by dancing paperboys? The Disney musical, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman and a book by Harvey Fierstein, made the leap from screen to stage in 2011 at the Paper Mill Playhouse, and shortly thereafter became a Tony-winning Broadway hit. We’ll just ignore the fact that our leading man opens the show with dreams of escaping to, you guessed it, Santa Fe. (Hey, wait a minute! Is this a theme?) Either way, there’s no denying that these Kings of New York deserve a place on this list. 1. Rent — 22% The musical may have closed on Broadway in 2008, but Rentheads continue to make their voices heard! Of the 18 choices, Rent comes closest to depicting the New York we know today. Yes, the Life Café has since closed for good. No, people don’t leave messages on answering machines anymore (in song, no less.) And fortunately, our awareness and treatment of HIV and AIDS has developed since the mid-90s. But the late composer Jonathan Larson’s message of “no day but today” lives on, and that’s why Rent will always be a New York City staple—even if they spend their time daydreaming about Santa Fe. View Comments
Nelson Minor Hockey wrapped up the 2015-16 season on the ice with its annual Award’s Banquet at the Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus.Players, coaches and managers had a wonderful meal before the ceremonies saluted the award winners for the past season. Other honours went to Noah Quinn for Jackson Hole AAA Award Peewee, Tyson Hutt John Reichardt Atom Memorial Award; and Ellis Junker Midget Rep Brian Naka Award. The award winners include, Cody St. Thomas, winning junior referee Sarge Sammartino Award; Mike Zarikoff selected as the Jackson AAA for bantam house; Todd Hutt, winner of the Ted Hargreaves, excellence in Coaching Award; Charles Curiston, Marc Severyn Memorial Trophy for Bantam Rep; Tony Maida as Robert Jeffs volunteer of the year award; Ava Young, Female player Baker Street Esso Award; Amit Bhabra, Mike Laughton Sr Midget Rep Memorial Award; Anthony Maxinuk, winner of Jackson AAA for midget and Iain Love for the Midget House RC Wright Award.Josh Marsden won the Barry Geist Memorial Goalie Trophy; Dylan Watts Scotiabank Achievement Award for Peewee Rep; Jamie Popoff-Hnatiuk Walter Clarkson Award in Peewee House; Leo Jewitt, Barry Pearce Atom Memorial Award; Branwen Hainsworth Sarge Sammartino Senior Official Award; and Nathan Bernhardt Todd Matheson Peewee House Memorial Award.
A total of 349 new .ie domains were registered in Donegal in the first half of 2017, according to the latest dot ie Domain Profile Report published today.The figures were released by the IE Domain Registry (IEDR), the company that manages and maintains Ireland’s official country domain name, .ie.The figure is a 45 percent year-on-year increase. Overall new .ie domain registrations in Ulster in H1 2017 numbered 981, a 15.5 percent year-on-year increase. A total 20,255 new .ie domains were registered in H1 2017, or 112 every day. This is an 11 percent increase on the same period last year and is the best half-year period for new .ie domain registrations since 2011. SMEs, including corporate bodies and sole traders, made up 67 percent of all new .ie registrations in this period.There were 230,611 registered .ie domains by 30 June 2017, up 6 percent year-on-year.Commenting, David Curtin, Chief Executive of IEDR, said: “The remarkable half-year growth of .ie domain name registrations is a testament to the strength of the brand. SME owners and consumers alike recognise that .ie is ‘Identifiably Irish’, representing trust, authenticity and familiarity.“The increase in registrations in Donegal, and indeed in Ulster, during this period demonstrates this. An increasing number of SMEs understand the value of a website and, in particular, e-commerce. “However, there is still plenty of work to be done. While there has been strong national growth, much of it is concentrated around urban centres. Ireland still lacks a complete high-speed broadband network, and continued delays to the National Broadband Plan will not only disadvantage rural citizens, but stifle the growth of rural SMEs, making them less competitive. Indeed, our own research has shown that 83 percent of consumers expect a business to have an online presence and 74 percent find it frustrating when it does not.“IEDR is continuing to work with the SME community to improve access to website-building tools and e-commerce mentorship. For long-term success, we believe that Government and industry leaders must prioritise closer collaboration, with a view to improving rural internet connectivity and providing training and upskilling programmes for SMEs going online and engaging in e-commerce for the first time.”Donegal still going digital with 349 new .ie domains registered was last modified: August 16th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:digitaldomain namesdonegal
Chinese firm Shanghai Zendai has planned to develop the 1,600 hectares of land into the “New York of Africa”.The area will be developed into a financial hub, with as many as 35 000 houses, an educational centre, a hospital and medical centre, and a sport stadium. (Image supplied)Brand South Africa ReporterConstruction has begun on a Chinese-financed R84-billion city in Modderfontein, eastern Johannesburg, The Star reported last week.Work on the first set of 300 residential units and some of the roads was already under way, the newspaper said.Chinese firm Shanghai Zendai planned to develop the 1,600 hectares of land into the “New York of Africa”, Dai Zhikang, the company’s founder and chairman, said at a press conference in November 2013.The area will be developed into a financial hub, with as many as 35 000 houses, an educational centre, a hospital and medical centre, and a sport stadium.‘Hope and imagination’Zendai South Africa chief operating officer Du Wenhui told The Star that the development was a 15- to 20-year project that would see between 30 000 and 50 000 housing units of different types and sizes being built, ultimately housing about 100 000 residents.Wenhui said the project had been met with some scepticism, especially after drawings were released showing what it would look like in 20 years time.But “hope and imagination” were key words, he said. “The project will be market driven, and depending on what our clients or developers want, the sky is the limit,” he was quoted as saying.Chinese firm Shanghai Zendai is a Hong Kong-listed investment company. It develops and manages property projects in 12 cities in northern China, Shanghai city and Hainan province.Africa’s ‘future capital’It bought the 1,600-hectare property from South Africa’s chemicals and explosives company AECI in November 2013 for R1.06-billion, Business Day reported at the time. The sale was part of AECI’s plans to dispose of surplus land holdings, and the transaction represents one of the largest single foreign direct investments in South Africa.“It will become the future capital of the whole of Africa,” Dai reportedly said at a press conference in November 2013. “This will be on par with cities like New York in America or Hong Kong in the Far East.”The development, which is yet to be named, will become a hub for Chinese firms investing in sub-Saharan Africa, Dai said.Once complete, the city will provide jobs for 100 000 people and house about 100 000 more.CollaborationThe Modderfontein site is located between the central business district of Sandton and OR Tambo International Airport.It is on the Gautrain route, and the development will also include the completion of the Modderfontein station.The Gauteng Provincial Government says the new city will benefit Johannesburg’s residents, Eyewitness News reported last week.Nino Zama of the Gauteng Provincial Government said there was possibility for collaboration with local contractors.“There will be jobs created, there will be business opportunities for local people and after stages of the development are completed, there will also be new opportunities created.’Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.,Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter Approximately $10 million has been set aside this fiscal year to undertake repairs at the Muirton Boys’ Home in Manchioneal, Portland. This was disclosed by Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, during a visit to the home on Friday (April 26), where she met with residents and staff of the facility. Miss Hanna informed that sections of the home, which sustained significant damage during the passage of Hurricane Sandy last year, will be repaired “as soon as possible”. She noted that while work has already been done on some areas, there are still sections in need of rehabilitation. These include the roof and windows of the main dormitory, the house mother’s quarters, the outdoor bathrooms, and the living room ceiling. The Muirton Boys’ Home is operated by the Child Development Agency (CDA), an agency of the Ministry, and caters to boys, age 12 to 17 years, who are deemed to be in need of care and protection. The institution, which occupies approximately 29 acres of the Muirton Estate, a slave plantation up to 1838, is currently home to 26 boys, three of whom are in transitional housing, as they have aged out of the system.
Arambagh: A Trinamool Congress worker was beaten to death in Hooghly district, following which six people were arrested, police said on Tuesday. The ruling party’s district president Dilip Yadav accused BJP activists of killing Lalchand Bag for attending Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee’s Martyrs’ Day rally in Kolkata on July 21, a charge refuted by the saffron party. Bag (40), a resident of Nakunda village in Goghat 1 block, was beaten up on Monday night when he was returning home from a market, a police officer said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe was taken to the Arambagh sub-divisional hospital, where doctors declared him brought-dead, police said. Superintendent of Police Tathagata Basu said: “On the complaint of Bag’s father against 27 people, six have been arrested so far and investigation is underway.” Meanwhile, BJP’s Arambagh organisational district president Biman Ghosh said the death of Bag was a result of infighting within the ruling party of the state. The Trinamool Congress organises Martyrs’ Day rally on July 21 every year in memory of 13 Youth Congress workers, who were killed in police firing on July 21, 1993.
Five stories in the news for Thursday, June 28———NAVDEEP BAINS: FIRST LIBERAL CANDIDATE FOR 2019The Liberals have nominated their first candidate for next year’s federal election. At a Toronto-area rally Wednesday evening, Navdeep Bains was acclaimed as the Liberal candidate in Mississauga-Malton. The minister of innovation, science and economic development says he will run a positive campaign and the economy will be the party’s top priority. A party spokesman says Liberal nominations will take place at “a very quick pace” over the summer.———FATHER QUESTIONS UNSUPERVISED POOLS AFTER TRAGEDYAn Ontario man says it only took minutes for him to lose his wife and young daughter in an apparent drowning at a resort northwest of Toronto this week. “Just 10 minutes and they are gone,” Yiting Gong of Markham, Ont., told CTV Toronto. Gong’s 34-year-old wife and their five-year-old daughter died Tuesday at a resort near Collingwood, Ont. Gong is questioning why the resort does not have anyone supervising the pool.———SEN. HARDER SUBPOENAED IN ABDELRAZIK LAWSUITSeveral parliamentarians have been subpoenaed to testify in Abousfian Abdelrazik’s lawsuit over his detention in Sudan. Abdelrazik, 55, came to Canada as a refugee in 1990 and attained Canadian citizenship five years later. He was arrested during a 2003 visit to his native country, and while in custody, was interrogated by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service about suspected extremist links. He claims he was tortured by Sudanese officials but Canada says it knew nothing of the alleged abuse.———CANADA AWASH IN DAYCARE ‘DESERTS’A new report suggests an estimated 776,000 Canadian children live in areas of the country parched of available daycare spaces. The study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says 44 per cent of all school-aged children live in so-called “child-care deserts,” where the number of children outstrips the available spaces in licensed homes and centres. The study didn’t take into account unlicensed daycare because there is no exhaustive list of spaces Canada-wide.———TEAM OFFICIALS HEAD NORTH TO DISCUSS ‘ESKIMOS’ NICKNAMEOfficials from the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos are touring northern communities to discuss the team’s name. Marketing vice-president Allan Watt says they want to hear what northerners think about a name that some say disrespects Inuit people. Watt and team president Len Rhodes visited Yellowknife on Tuesday and Inuvik, NWT, on Wednesday. The two plan to visit Ottawa and Iqaluit later in the summer.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Provincial and territorial health ministers meet in Winnipeg.— The Alberta government will release year-end 2017-18 financial results.— Transport Minister Marc Garneau will announce new safety measures to shield planes from laser attacks.— A sentencing hearing will be held in Laval, Que., for construction magnate Tony Accurso, found guilty of five charges this week.— Stats-Canada will release the payroll employment, earnings and hours data for April.— Cable TV and broadcasting company Shaw Communications will release its third-quarter results.— Alberta Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan will unveil an Indigenous-owned housing program.
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement El Mocambo’s revival is getting a boost from a Toronto clubbing giant, with a slated reopening set for summer 2017.INK Entertainment — the same group that operates nightclubs like REBEL, Uniun and CUBE — has partnered with El Mocambo owner Michael Wekerle for the iconic but long-defunct venue’s revitalization.“We have been looking for a manager or management company to oversee the day-to-day operations of the El Mocambo, and we could not be more pleased to have enlisted the help of . . . INK Entertainment,” Wekerle, of CBC’s Dragons’ Den fame, said in a news release announcing the partnership Wednesday. The new El Mocambo interior is being designed by New-York based architectural acoustic design firm Walters Storyk Design Group and will feature “a state-of-the-art live music venue, event space, and recording and production facility, offering great music, food, beverages and merchandise, as well as live streaming capabilities for shows and events,” according to the release. Twitter Login/Register With: Facebook
With its focus no longer diverted by the aircraft formerly known as the C Series, Bombardier Inc. says it is working to improve the profitability of its regional jets and turboprops by boosting sales and cutting costs.The Montreal-based transportation giant’s regional aircraft order backlog rose to 116 planes, enough for three years of production that sets it up for the potential to increase production rates. Its commercial aircraft segment won orders for a total of 16 Q400 aircraft and 35 CRJ Series equipped with its new cabin design.“Adding a little bit of volume here also is very beneficial to those programs as you add units especially at the current rates — that does improve the cost structure,” chief financial officer John Di Bert said Thursday during a conference call about its second-quarter results.“It’s about continuing to focus on adding volume, it’s about leaning out the cost structure and make sure we have very efficient programs, really focusing on that aftermarket and then we’ll take it from there,” said Di Bert.Bombardier’s shares increased nearly five per cent at $4.99 in Thursday trading after the company posted strong results and signalled that its turnaround plan remains on track.“Our solid performance positions us to achieve our free cash flow break even target for this year and more importantly to sustain cash generation well into the future,” Di Bert added.Bombardier, which reports in U.S. dollars, said overall revenues increased three per cent to $4.26 billion in the second quarter.Most of the improvement was due to an 11 per cent increase in revenue at Bombardier Transportation, which accounted for $2.26 billion of the total. Revenue fell at Bombardier’s commercial aircraft and business aircraft divisions.The company achieved a second-quarter profit of $70 million as it posted a $232 million increase free cash flow, helped by $600 million net proceeds from the sale of Downsview airport in Toronto.Net income was equal to two cents per share and compared with a year-earlier loss of $243 million or 11 cents per share.On an adjusted basis, Bombardier earned $87 million or three cents per share.Analysts had estimated one cent per share of net income and an adjusted loss of one cent per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.“With our heavy investment cycle largely behind us, our focus is now on ramping-up production and improving operational efficiency to accelerate growth,” CEO Alain Bellemare told analysts.The results were “impressive” with solid free cash flow and plenty of momentum for the second half of the fiscal year, said Benoit Poirier of Desjardins Capital Markets.Bombardier concluded a number of key strategic actions in the quarter, including closing a partnership deal with European giant Airbus.Under the partnership, the European aircraft manufacturer acquired a majority 50.01 per cent stake in the C Series commercial jet program effective July 1.Airbus has since renamed the two models of C Series passenger jets to the A220-100 and A220-300.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)
The Canadian Press WINDSOR, Ont. — Autoworkers from across Ontario are set to rally in Windsor today across from the General Motors headquarters in Detroit.The 11 a.m. protest against the company’s decision to close a plant in Oshawa, Ont., coincides with a General Motors investors meeting.Unifor, the union that represents GM autoworkers, is bussing protesters in from cities that include Kitchener, Brampton and London, Ont.The rally is the latest in a string of actions opposing the plant’s closure. Earlier in the week, unionized workers at the Oshawa assembly plant staged two work stoppages to protest their employer’s decision to close the facility.The protest came after Unifor president Jerry Dias sat down with GM on Tuesday to talk about proposals the union had made to extend the life of the Ontario plant, but came away empty-handed.Approximately 2,600 workers will lose their jobs when the plant closes at the end of the year.