So much has happened during this year and what better way to close off the year than with Uncensored. On December 29 and 30, the show will be pushing comedy beyond the boundaries. It is the only one of its kind in Guyana.It’s comedy in its purest form; there is no holding back. All the pertinent issues, all the hot topics, the comedians get an opportunity to express themselves while at the same time feeling comfortable doing so. Of course it’s an adult only show.Uncensored has been an eagerly anticipated event triggering overwhelming responses from the public. This annual show has earned a high place as the foremost event in stand-up comedy with overwhelming box office pull.The show is an attempt at removing certain limitations and allowing comedians the liberty of expressing themselves, and making the kind of jokes they would not otherwise be allowed to make anywhere else.The show will be staged at the National Cultural Centre and will see comedians competing for over $1 million in cash and prizes.The line-up of comedians includes defending champion Chris Gopaul, Lyndon “Jumbie” Jones, Michael Ignatius, Kirwyn Mars, Mark Luke Edwards, Mark Kazim, Kirk “Chow Pow” Jardine, Kirt “Chubby” Williams, Kwasi “Ace” Edmondson, Jermaine Grimmond, Malcolm “Wickedee” Ferreira and many more.Newcomers are Marlon Jacobs and Paul Burnette. The show is billed to start precisely at 20:00h. Tickets are $1000, $1500 and $2500 and are available at the National Cultural Centre.
24 August 2010Brand South Africa, as part of its “Legacy” campaign, has called on South Africans to “Fly the Flag” this Friday by doing something in support of the Department of Education’s Class of 2010 initiative.Brand South Africa’s Legacy campaign aims to leverage the momentum of the 2010 Fifa World Cup by providing platforms for South Africans to keep achieving and showcasing their “South Africanness” to the world, while entrenching the principles of pride, patriotism and solid citizenship that have been established over the past year.SA Legacy campaign explainedEach Friday for the next five weeks, “South Africans will celebrate all the things that make us who we are,” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola told journalists at the launch of the campaign in Johannesburg on Monday.Each Friday will have a different theme, starting on 27 August with a call to Support the Class of 2010.With the countdown to this year’s final matric exams well under way, Matola said, “it is up to us to support our scholars.“Most importantly, we need to pledge to help learners realise how important their education is, but we can also give support by helping a scholar to write a study plan or assisting with revision.”Support your Class of 2010 – posterClass of 2010 Pledge – posterMatola said he himself had pledged both his and Brand South Africa’s support for the Class of 2010. “My organisation has dedicated Fridays to distributing stationery to schools, and donating 30 minutes of their lunchtime to teaching learners about post-matric career choices.”During the World Cup, Matola said, South Africans united in support of their team and their country, in the process learning a valuable lesson – “that together we can do anything we put our souls into.“If you pledge that same support to your Class of 2010, you can give them all the motivation and inspiration they need to succeed, not only in their final examinations, but also in life.”SAinfo reporterSA Legacy campaign: programmeWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Learn it: Netflix has been rolling out some really exciting new content lately; I’m finding it both educational and entertaining. If you haven’t watched it yet, Beyonce’s Homecoming is a feat of human ingenuity. Its sheer scale is stunning, but what I loved most were the background moments where you see the intense hours, the eye for detail and the constant practice over the course of eight months that lead to producing something so beautiful. Two films I’m excited to check out soon are Brene Brown’s Call to Courage and the new documentary out May 1st, Knock Down the House, about 4 Democrat women who ran in the 2018 election. Though I don’t agree with their politics, I certainly agree with some of the challenges America faces, and there is a lot to be learned from those who have the courage to stand up and fight to make a change.Finally, I love what the guys over at Freethink are doing through storytelling, last week was criminal justice week and the issues they raise through individual stories is amazing and so important. If we are to boast with pride about “America, the Free” we need to be bold enough to look at areas where we fall short and work tirelessly to ensure our institutions are built to preserve freedom, not power. Live it: From the list above, you’d think I’d be spending all of my time indoors watching TV, but on the contrary! I have every intention of getting out and enjoying the best season to be in Washington, pollen be damned! Next weekend is one of my favorite events of the year, The Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival. It’s got great local talent (don’t miss Oh He Dead and Yasmin Williams), a beautiful natural setting and supports nature education programs. Tickets aren’t too pricey, and it’s always a fun time, even if it rains (mud pit anyone?). Maybe I’ll see you by the s’mores pit! Love it: This week, the AFF team has been reviewing nominations for the 2019 Buckley Awards. It has been amazingly inspiring and gratifying to see the talent and dedication that young people across the country bring to advancing liberty and opportunity for all.We’ll be celebrating this year’s winners at the AFF Gala & Buckley Awards on May 23, but really, this event is a celebration of all the young people working to make this country a better, freer, more prosperous place. Here’s to you, and thank you!
Following Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek who utilized a rare start and scored a hat-trick against BATE Borisov on Thursday, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes the midfielder must improve in defense even though he had impressed.Loftus-Cheek scored twice and inspired Chelsea to a 3-1 Europa League win at Stamford Bridge. He opened with a goal in the eight minutes before completing a surprise treble in the second half.“He played very well,” Sarri said via Sky Sports.“I think in the beginning of the season, I thought he was really a very good player. Now I think the same, but maybe he has also adapted to my football.“He is improving. He needs to improve defensively, but not only Loftus. At this moment we have four midfielders for two positions. Three of them with the same characteristics. Only [N’Golo] Kante is a defensive midfielder. It’s very difficult for me to put in the starting XI two so offensive midfielders at the same time.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I hope to be able to do it in the future. But I need the co-operation of the players, and for them to work on their defensive phase.”When Sarri was asked about his midfield troules, he replied:“I like very much this kind of problem.”“I have a little problem. I have to put only 11 players in the starting XI, and I have 28 players. I have this problem and I don’t know how to solve it. I can ask to play with 15, 16.”“I have a tactical problem with the midfielders. We need to work and they have to improve in the defensive phase.”
Burger King, the famous Miami-based fast food joint that launched in India in November this year, may have to find a new name for its brand to operate in the country as it is embroiled in a trademark lawsuit with an Indian burger joint of the same name.Burger King Restaurants Pvt., the Gujarat-based fast food joint, started operating in India in 1996 as local caterers. Gradually, the Indian Burger King opened up food carts and now it has three outlets in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state.The battle started off with the American Burger King suing the Indian fast food joint for trademark infringement. The U.S. chain said that it had trademarked its name in India in 1970 and the smaller joint was ignoring the rules.However, the India Burger King counter-sued the global brand saying its trademark right had expired and, therefore, they did not have the rights to use the name in the Indian market, The Wall Street Journal reported.Vishamber Shewakramani, the head of the Indian Burger King franchise, told WSJl that they would not back down and would fight till the matter was resolved. Lawyers involved in the matter said that the process could take years and until then, both parties could continue sharing the title.If the Indian company manages to win the suit, the global Burger King brand may have to use another name to operate in the country.Meanwhile, both the companies have massive expansion plans. The global Burger King is all set to launch more stores in Mumbai by the end of this year. India is its 100th country.”India is a very important market for Burger King. Not just in the Asia-Pacific region but globally it is a significantly important market,” Rajeev Varman, head of the Indian arm of the global Burger King brand, told CNBC in a previous interview.The Indian Burger King also has plans of multiplying the number of stores from three to 20. They also plan on setting up food carts and outlets in malls.The trademark infringement issue is not new for foreign companies in the Indian market. Groupon had also faced a similar lawsuit from Indian rival ValueNet Ecommerce, which was operating a coupon and daily deal website with the same name, according to the Business Standard.The American Burger King is a late entrant in the Indian market. It launched its beef-free whoppers last month but the market didn’t react well to the move. Burger-lovers took to social media to express their angst against the “no-beef” decision.”Whopper as chicken is unacceptable. That sir is not a Whopper. It looks more like a chicken sandwich trying to be cool,” one user posted on Facebook.But Burger King is committed to getting its foothold in the market.”I will only worry about the ability to grow rapidly once I am past, say, 200 outlets. Right now, there is a lot to play with,” Varman told Forbes in an interview.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is presiding over the cabinet meeting at the secretariat on Monday. Photo: PIDThe cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft Broadcast Bill 2018 with a provision to form a seven-member Broadcast Commission to provide licences to broadcast media, including online ones and to bring those under discipline, reports UNB.The approval came at the weekly meeting of the cabinet held at the secretariat with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.The cabinet also approved the draft of Mass Media Employees (Services Conditions) Bill 2018 in principle with a provision to constitute wage board for journalists and employees of all media houses, including electronic ones.As per the Broadcast Bill, a five-member search committee will place its report before the president to form the seven-member Broadcast Commission, said cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam while briefing reporters after the meeting.He said the president will appoint members of the commission, including a chairman and with at least a female member.”The Broadcast Bill 2018 is a new one which was framed following consultations with all stakeholders. The Bill has been placed (in the cabinet) to bring the broadcast media, including online one, under discipline,” said the cabinet secretary.The Broadcast Commission will have the authority to provide licences to broadcast media and revoke those. But the commission will have to take prior permission from the government in case of providing any licence in this regard.As per the Bill, the commission will have to dispose of any complaint to be lodged against any media house within 30 days after receiving it.It will have the authority to suspend or revoke the licence of any broadcast media on seven grounds.About the Mass Media Employees (Services Conditions) Bill 2018, Shafiul Alam said the wage board will be applicable for journalists and employees of all the media outlets, including print and electronic, as per the Bill.According to the Bill, the working hours for media employees will be 36 hours in a week instead of 48 hours, while the casual leave will be 15 days instead of 10 days and the earned leave will be 100 days instead of 60 days annually, he said.Besides, the festival leave will be 10 days in a year, recreation leave will be one month after every three years, and the maternity leave will be six months in place of the existing eight weeks.If anyone or organisation violates the provisions of the Bill, s/he will be fined Tk 50,000-Tk 500,000 lakh, the cabinet secretary said.
iStock.comA couple of weeks after Texas penalized its main testing vendor over glitches with thousands of standardized tests, another potential testing mishap is under investigation after more than 100 students in a high-performing Houston-area high school received zeros on their English essays.Valerie Vogt, chief academic officer at Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, said she was confused this spring when about 157 students at George Ranch High School, which generally performs higher than state average on standardized tests, received zeros on their English 1 and English 2 essays. In the other four high schools in the district, just 10 or fewer students received zeros on the essays.“There’s definitely something wrong,” she said.District officials argue the problem lies with New Jersey-based Educational Testing Service, the company that administers and scores the tests, and does not reflect the performance of the high school’s freshmen and sophomores. ETS and the Texas Education Agency are investigating the issue and could not say Thursday when they expected it to be resolved.TEA spokesperson DeEtta Culbertson said Thursday that students can receive a score of zero on their essays if the page is blank or if the paper is off-topic, illegible or written in any language other than English.Culbertson also confirmed Thursday that the agency is investigating a similar issue in Edna ISD, near Victoria.ETS spokesperson Tom Ewing said the people who score the handwritten essays have extensive training and that the company works hard to make sure the response process is “consistent and fair for all students.”In 2016, Lewisville ISD in North Texas experienced a similar problem, with dozens of essays wrongly given a score of zero — one of many logistical errors ETS made with scoring results and online testing that year, resulting in a $5.7 million financial penalty.Vogt said a Lamar CISD teacher with experience scoring state English tests looked over the test booklets of students who received zeros. Those essays didn’t differ much in quality from essays that received higher grades, she said.She said most of the students affected by the potential glitch otherwise did well on the tests and the essay scores will not affect whether they can graduate. But the district might get a bump down in its state ratings, which are largely based on standardized tests, with the scores erroneously showing that students did not progress compared to last year.“It’ll be a huge impact,” Vogt said. Last month, the TEA levied a $100,000 penalty against ETS after tens of thousands of Texas students were kicked out of the testing software or encountered connection problems when taking computerized tests in April and May. The agency also announced it would throw out the scores of students who experienced those glitches and reduce their effect on state accountability ratings for schools and districts.“We are committed to ensuring a similar event will not occur in the future and there will be a positive testing experience across the state,” Ewing said in a written statement after the penalty was announced.Disclosure: Educational Testing Service has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Share
Like every father, Mahesh Bhatt is extremely possessive when it comes to daughter Alia but the actor does not mind it as he never intrudes in her space and gives her enough freedom.The 22-year-old star says there are times when her father get irked reading about her dating rumours in the media but he does not force his opinions on her.“I have a beautiful relationship with my father and it is only getting better with each passing year. But yes dad is, not little, but very possessive about me though in a cute way. He is a whiner. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“But he is not intruding. He will never say, ‘Don’t do this’ but he does get disturbed here and there. He once read something in the paper and called me, saying, ‘Are you dating this guy?’ and I told him had I been dating, he would have known,” Alia told a media person.The “Highway” star feels as her father has been in the industry for a long time now and dealt with such stories about step-sister Pooja, he is better with handling rumours about the actress. “This is not new for him at all, he has been in the industry from such a long time. Having Pooja in his life much before I entered Bollywood has made him experienced at all this…,” she said. Also Read – Martin Freeman confirms ‘Black Panther’ returnDespite being from a filmy family, Alia does not discuss work at home, intentionally.“Right now, all conversations about work at home are banned. After working the whole day, that’s not something I like discussing with my family. I like to talk about other things.” Alia wishes to be directed by her mother Soni Razdan, who is currently working on her project “Love Affair”. “I want to work with her. It is everyone’s wish to work with his/her mother. We worked together as actors in an advertisement and that was cherishable for me. I would love to be directed by her but there has to be the right time and script for it,” Alia said. The young star is geared up for her next release Shaandaar, which is extra special for her as she got a chance to work with seniors like Pankaj Kapur and his actor son Shahid Kapoor. “I am hungry to learn. Opportunities like these are a huge deal for me becasue whenever I see someone senior, that moment becomes one to steal or take away from that person something, which I don’t have. Working with phenomenal actors like Pankaj sir and Shahid was an amazing experience for me.” Working with superstar Shah Rukh Khan in Gauri Shinde’s film and opposite Ranbir Kapoor in director Ayan Mukherjee’s next is “very important” for the actor.“I will start working on Ayan’s project next year. As I said I am hungry as an actor, one can imagine what all I can learn from Ranbir. I have heard he is a great co-star and is amazing to have on sets. So, I am excited to start the film.”
August 1, 2014Alumnus Russel Ferguson visited with a one of his students for the last two weeks. Russel teaches at the KANSAS CITY ART INSTITUTE.[photos and text by Sue Kirsch]Here are student Shane and Russel building one of Russels famous rock walls for a planter in the East Crescent Keystone. Ferguson rock walls can be seen all over the Arcosanti site.Russel drew several wonderful fantasy designs for the East Crescent Keystone.