Joburg: ‘SA’s cultural capital’

first_img3 September 2007A number of new theatres have recently opened in and around Johannesburg to add to the more than 20 already in existence, and the city council has now announced plans to rebrand the city as South Africa’s “cultural capital”.The city aims to produce a branding and marketing strategy by promote itself as the country’s cultural hub by 2008, and will hold the World Summit on Arts and Culture in 2009, further backing its claim to that status.In addition, the city council wants to promote the concept of a pan-African rotating “City of Culture” in consultation with the national Department of Arts and Culture, the African Union and other relevant bodies.The concept will be launched during the World Summit in 2009.The 1 900-seater Teatro at Montecasino in Fourways was built at a cost of R110-million and is the biggest lyric theatre in the country. It opened in June with the spectacular The Lion King, for which it was especially built.Another new venue, Gold Reef City’s Lyric Theatre, will open in October; in addition, two old theatres, the Victory and the Alexander, have been refurbished and re-opened this year.The Montecasino TeatroIn its first appearance in South Africa, The Lion King has played to packed audiences and the run had to be extended three times, currently scheduled to run till 2 December, giving it a total season of six months.Some 52-million people from around the world have seen the musical.Johannesburg’s residents can look forward to other theatrical delights, with Teatro general manager Steve Howell saying the theatre will secure other productions “of the stature of The Lion King“.Howell is confident that future productions at the Teatro will be well patronised, due to the high quality of their productions and increasing numbers of black middle-class patrons.The local acting fraternity will also benefit, as cast and crew on all shows will be mainly South Africans, as is the case with The Lion King. Besides, Howell says, it’s too expensive to bring in an international cast.The Teatro is just one element of a broader investment of R350-million, used to expand Montecasino with a hotel, six new restaurants, a ballroom and a piazza.The Victory TheatreThe Victory Theatre in Orange Grove is one of the city’s oldest cinemas, dating back to the 1920s.Shortly after closing as a cinema in the early 1990s, it opened again as a theatre, presenting Ipi Thombi and the Rocky Horror Show, but by the end of the 1990s it was closed down again, before being purchased by music producer and magazine publisher Joe Theron in 2004.Over the past two years the old building was demolished and a new state-of-the-art venue built as a cost of R28-million, with a view to setting up a home for the dance group Umoja, which Theron has taken under his wing.He opened the new-look 470-seater Victory Theatre in June with Africa Umoja, a show that traces the history of South African dance. To better cater for patrons, the venue includes a jazz bar and a 250-seater restaurant.“Umoja is happily settled in the theatre,” he says.Theron bought the four small stores alongside the old Victory Theatre, demolished them and incorporated that space into his new theatre. He has kept the old cinema seats, with a decorative “K” running down each outer chair, a reminder of the days when it was called the Grove Kinema.He has other plans for the theatre, including bringing back the popular Rocky Horror Show and possibly putting on In Defence of the Caveman, although he won’t be involved in producing the shows.Lyric TheatreAnother new theatre, the Lyric, is to open in October this year. Based at Gold Reef City, it is to be a “luxurious and intimate, world-class, Victorian-styled 1 100-seat theatre”.Producer Richard Loring is preparing for the opening of Hairspray, featuring local stars Mara Louw, Harry Sideropolous and Kate Normington, and a 34-strong cast. Hairspray is also showing in London’s West End Theatre and in Broadway in the US.He is working on other musicals to bring to the Lyric once Hairspray has finished its run. Despite all the competition around town, Loring is confident that he will fill the venue. “We will be creating a new audience,” he says.Loring feels that South Africans will identify with Hairspray, which is set in 1960s America, at the time of the civil rights movement. A new movie version of the cult classic, starring John Travolta in drag, is currently running in South African cinemas.Alexander TheatreThe Alexander Theatre opened in Braamfontein in 1951 and was named after Muriel Alexander, the founder of the Joburg Repertory Players, which played in the theatre for over 30 years.It was closed 10 years ago, but reopened in July this year with the musical Rent.Producer Hazel Feldman describes the theatre as a “very viable venue”, although it will take the public a while before they can be persuaded back into downtown Johannesburg.The response on the first few nights has been “very, very good”. Rent is a “powerful piece of theatre”, which had the audience on their feet by the end of the evening.“If Rent works, it will pave the way for other shows,” Feldman says.Although not prepared to comment on what she has planned for upcoming shows at the Alexander, Feldman says she is working on a few ideas.Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat was seen for the first time in Johannesburg at the Alexander and it closed in the 1990s with Ipi Thombi.Property entrepreneur Adam Levy bought the theatre late last year and gave it a major overhaul.“I want people to come into Braamfontein and feel inspired,” says Levy.He has had the 550-seat theatre re-upholstered and has had the bar and bathrooms revamped. “We have retained the old stall feeling – a very authentic feel and flavour – but with a new-age feel.”Counting the three theatres at the Civic Theatre and the three theatres at the Wits Theatre, Levy sees Braamfontein becoming Johannesburg’s West End theatre precinct.“They will all benefit each other.”Civic TheatreCivic Theatre chief executive Bernard Jay has been responsible for a major turnaround at the complex, with audience attendance figures improving from 30% seven years ago to a present attendance of 85%, mainly through creating “a new theatre-going audience in the city”.“For seven years people were criticising me – now they’re copying me,” he says.Although he modestly denies credit for getting more Johannesburg residents into the theatre, he admits to “a certain amount of emulation” and having “established something at the Civic”.The opening of the four new theatres this year is healthy competition, and Jay says it would be “mad to see this as a threat”. He says people might go to see The Lion King and, from that experience, be encouraged to go to the Civic Theatre or any other theatre in the city.His concern, though, is getting a steady supply of material, particularly musicals, to fill these theatres.“Just how many Broadway musicals are there around?” he ponders.Jay says that South Africans just don’t write musicals, but he may be about to be proved wrong – writer and playwright John Matshikiza has just finished rewriting his father’s 1959 script for the hugely successful King Kong.The Civic Theatre’s 1 069-seat Nelson Mandela Theatre is booked until October 2010, but this doesn’t mean Jay is complacent. A recent production, The Soweto Story, was not successful, he says, attributing this to people having never heard of it before.“People want to see titles they know, like Chicago, We Will Rock You, or Thoroughly Modern Millie.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Youthful 1BATAAN Risers upset Pasig Grindhouse to rule 1st leg of Chooks 3×3

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines — 1BATAAN Risers proved that they were the rightful kings as they were crowned as the champions of the first leg of the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup, topping the Pasig Grindhouse Kings, 19-18, in the finals on Saturday at the SM Megamall Events Center in Mandaluyong.Alvin Pasaol and Santi Santillan powered the young crew with seven points apiece as they completed the upset over the preseason favorites.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Paras wasn’t just an observer for the day as he ruled the Gameville Dunk Contest with a sick one-handed tomahawk jam over four slouched referees to collect 49 points from the judges. He beat NU high-flyer Daniel Chatman’s 39 points for the throne.Ababou, on the other hand, made up for Pasig Grindhouse’s runner-up finish with his Gameville Three-Point Shootout victory over Asistio, 6-3.Carga Valenzuela and Pasay Voyagers also made it to the semifinals after topping their respective brackets.The second leg of the President’s Cup will be on Sunday, February 24, still at the SM Megamall Events Center.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jayjay Helterbrand, Ginebra beat rival Purefoods in PBA Legends game LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “We’re so happy and we really worked hard for this,” said Pasaol, the charismatic super scorer out of University of the East, in Filipino.1Bataan was well on its way to a victory after taking a 16-11 advantage courtesy of a pair of freebies from Pasaol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesTaylor Statham, though, didn’t allow Pasig Grindhouse to go down quietly as he brought his side within one in the final two minutes before Joshua Munzon gave the Kings the lead, 18-17, with a booming long bomb in the final 55 seconds.Santillan, however, had his way inside against Troy Rike to bring the lead back in the Risers’ favor, 19-18 with 30 seconds remaining. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Munzon tried his luck from the top of the arc, but his shot fell way short as 1Bataan banked on defense to hold off Pasig Grindhouse as time expired.Sean Manganti chipped in five points, as Anton Asistio was the crucial fourth member of the Risers as they bagged the P100,000 cash prize.“We beat them through our hard work. We really didn’t have any other strategy because they’re such a big team. We were the underdogs and undersized,” said Pasaol.It was a successful inaugural staging for Chooks-to-Go president and league owner Ronald Mascarinas and commissioner Eric Altamirano, who both raised the curtain on the first-of-its-kind 3×3 league in the country.Also gracing the event were former Gilas Pilipinas head coaches Tab Baldwin and Chot Reyes,  ambassadors Kobe Paras, Kai Sotto, Terrence Romeo, and Calvin Abueva, FIBA 3×3 business director Fei Gao, and FIBA Oceania and Singapore executive director David Crocker.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Expanded Court of Appeal Building Officially Opens

first_img The newly expanded Court of Appeal building located on King Street in downtown Kingston was officially opened on Wednesday (December 12). Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, who officially opened the building, said that the modernisation of court infrastructure is a critical plank of the Government’s thrust to provide a more modern and welcoming environment for judges as well as people who interface with the justice system. Story Highlights The J$846-million structure, boasts three new courtrooms, 13 judges’ chambers, two lounges, and expanded registry, among other upgraded and modern facilities.center_img Head of Delegation of the EU to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, who participated in the opening ceremony, said the expansion of the Court of Appeal “is a milestone achievement that has significant implications for the people of Jamaica in terms of access to justice”.She noted that the EU’s support “to any sector in Jamaica is never arbitrary. It is determined by the priorities of the Government and is data-driven”.For his part, Chief Justice, Hon. Bryan Sykes, said the expansion of the Court of Appeal represents a new vision for the Jamaican legal system.“It is the beginning of the provision of first-class facilities, to be matched by first-class delivery of service. I have been saying it and I will keep on saying that we will have a first-class system in six years, the best in the Caribbean in three years, and one of the best in the world in six years,” he said.President of the Court of Appeal, Dennis Morrison, said the new facility, complemented by additional judicial and support staff, will enhance the ability of judges to perform and improve the quality of the output of the court.“For all of us, judges of the court and staff of the court, it is an exciting prospect, and even as we give thanks, we look forward,” he said.The building, now owned by the Ministry of Justice, formerly housed the Administrator General’s Department, which has been relocated to the former Oceana Hotel building on Ocean Boulevard, downtown Kingston.Jamaica received €4 million in budgetary support through the EU’s 11th European Development Fund (EDF) Programme during fiscal year 2017/18. This allowed for increased budgetary allocation to the Ministry of Justice to fund the project.The contract was awarded to Y.P. Seaton & Associates. The newly expanded Court of Appeal building located on King Street in downtown Kingston was officially opened on Wednesday (December 12).The J$846-million structure, boasts three new courtrooms, 13 judges’ chambers, two lounges, and expanded registry, among other upgraded and modern facilities.Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, who officially opened the building, said that the modernization of court infrastructure is a critical plank of the Government’s thrust to provide a more modern and welcoming environment for judges as well as people who interface with the justice system.“Today marks a significant chapter in the ongoing quest of the Ministry of Justice to upgrade and develop the country’s court facilities, so that they can be beacons of hope and excellence in the delivery of quality and timely justice to our people,” he said.Mr. Chuck said the multi million-dollar project provides a more conducive work environment for judges.“(They) will be able to sit in comfort, to be able to write their judgements in air-conditioned comfort… and we hope that, in time, we will have at least three panels sitting and maybe more as the cases come along, so that the backlog, which is developing in the Court of Appeal, can be reduced significantly,” he said.Meanwhile, Minister Chuck noted that major renovation will take place next year on the offices of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).“I have asked for just under half a billion to fix the DPP office, which is to the left of this building, and I feel it will be provided. I want to thank the Prime Minister and Cabinet members, who have been very supportive of the justice sector,” he said.He noted that the intention is to develop the area into a ‘Justice Square’ with restricted access.The newly expanded Court of Appeal building located on King Street in downtown Kingston.last_img read more

San Diego artist Casey Lynn Hancock goes viral on Instagram

first_imgSo neat meeting local artist Casey Hancock! She has gone viral on Instagram and is creating some really neat stuff!! @KUSINews @KUSI_GMSD #artist #tuesday #sandiego— Allie Wagner (@alliewagnertv) March 5, 2019 San Diego artist Casey Lynn Hancock goes viral on Instagram KUSI Newsroom March 5, 2019 Posted: March 5, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, center_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAccording to Casey’s website she said “This has been the scariest thing I have ever done, but also the most amazing experience of my life. There is no doubt in my mind that this is what I was meant to do. I am so grateful to wake up every morning happy and doing what I love.” Updated: 5:12 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – About two years ago, Air Force veteran, Casey Hancock made the decision to leave her marketing job, move to San Diego, and pursue painting full time. In that two years Hancock has amassed 40 thousand followers on Instagram and been commissioned to do pieces for celebrities, such as NBA star Dwight Howard.Although she has no formal training, she did always have a love for art. She works in all different mediums including acrylic, oils and air brushing. Hancock enjoys working on large, colorful pieces and including metallic details. You can follow Casey at @caseypaintings on Instagram or you can check out her website If you would like a painting from Casey, she is always asking people to contact her for custom pieces.Casey described some of her completed project’s and how she got started to KUSI’s Allie Wagner in our first live shot of the morning. Check out what she had to say below.last_img read more

8 apps to help plan your best Valentines Day

first_img Woo your lover in Klingon 1:41 It’s hard to ignore Valentine’s Day whether you’re excited about it or absolutely loathe it. The supermarket aisles are full of pink and red things. Cupids dangle from unexpected places. Shelves buckle under heaps of heart-shaped candy. Whether this is your first or your fiftieth Valentines Day with your sweetie, or if you plan to spend the evening with your pals, these apps can turn it into a fun time. Tags Get the food rightIf you’re confident in your cooking abilities and want to impress your date, check out BigOven (download for iOS or Android). The app has more than 350,000 recipes and seasonal collections that are sure to impress. Mark and organize your recipes under Favorite or Try and create folders and categories. BigOven can also create grocery lists, take pantry inventory, and sort items by store department or recipe. As you shop, you can check the items off or remove them from your list.If you’d rather not play chef, you can book a reservation at a restaurant through the OpenTable app (download for iOS or Android). The app lets you pick a section in the restaurant when you make your reservation. As of last year, more than 46,000 restaurants had joined the service.For a more casual Valentine’s day, a food delivery app like Uber Eats (download for Android or iOS), Postmates (download for Android or iOS) or DoorDash (download for Android or iOS) would be perfect. Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Stream the perfect showWhether your night is romantic or platonic, relaxing with a good movie or binge-watching a TV show is an easy win. You can pick from great titles on Netflix (download for iOS or Android) like the new psychological thriller You, or an old favorite like The Office. Don’t miss: Best Valentine’s Day movies on Netflix for 2019If you’re not subscribed to a streaming service like Netflix, Hulu (download for iOS or Android) or Amazon Prime Video (download for iOS or Android), you can check out Elizabeth Olsen’s Sorry for Your Loss on Facebook Watch for free. You can always snuggle up and watch together on your phone or tablet, or use Google Chromecast or Apple AirPlay to stream from your phone to your TV screen.Netflix Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Order movie tickets from your phoneIf you’re not in the mood for a movie on the couch, getting out and going to the movie theater is a long-standing Valentine’s Day tradition. If you don’t mind fighting the crowds, many of today’s movie theaters offer a better experience than ever with reclining seats, a variety of food and often a bar.Instead of calling the movie theater or Googling what’s playing, check out Fandango (download for iOS or Android) or one of these apps for booking your seats. The apps often show user ratings for each movie and let you watch trailers. Some even offer free snacks for registering.Fandango provides movie information and filters films based on genre, rating, film formats and more. You can watch trailers, browse ratings and pick the theater with the best amenities.Tickets for most major movie theater chains can be purchased in the apps. Pick your film, showtime, seats and more. Payment, splitting the bill and exchanging tickets is easy as well.Fandango Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Hold a vote on Google MapsDon’t get trapped in an endless cycle of, “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” Use Google Maps’ (download for iOS or Android) Explore feature to find the perfect activity.Your significant other or your friend group can find restaurants, events or other locations with the Explore tab. Any potential activity can be added to a short list for the group to vote on. Apps like Yelp (download for iOS or Android) and Gravy (download for iOS or Android) are also helpful in planning an evening.Google Maps Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Find a unique gift on EtsyA unique or personalized gift is a great touch for Valentine’s Day. If you’re not much of an artist, check out Etsy (download for iOS or Android) for beautiful, handmade gifts.You can specify your searches to gifts for him, for her, for spouses, for kids, decorations, cards and more.Since Etsy sells handmade goods, you’re also supporting artists. Keep in mind that because items are custom-made, they might be a bit more expensive in some cases. And make sure you give yourself enough time to have them delivered.Etsy Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Order flowers from an appGetting an arrangement of flowers is always a nice surprise. If you’re planning to surprise a loved one, send some to yourself or want to drop a hint to your significant other, try the ProFlowers app (download for iOS or Android). You can order and quickly send a flower arrangement or a plant. Pick out your gift, add the recipient’s address, add a personalized message, select a delivery date and press Send. ProFlowers ships its arrangements in a free vase or pot and guarantees freshness, so they can be enjoyed longer.Proflower Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Take a relationship quizCommunication is a big factor in a healthy relationship. The Happy Couple quiz app (download for iOS or Android) can help you learn more about a new relationship or strengthen an older one. After linking the apps, partners can tap Play Quiz to start. Happy Couple adds 10 new questions daily, like “Who picked up the check the first time you ate together?” You can choose from “I did,” “He did,” “We split it” or “We argued about it.” You can compare your answers afterward and discuss where you agree or disagree. Happy couple Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Tinder, Bumble or PickableThere’s nothing wrong with being single on Valentine’s Day. If you’re hoping to find your true love or a simple date to a party, a dating app is as good a place to start as any. Tinder (download for iOS or Android), and its famous swipe right interface, probably comes to mind first for most. Swipe right if you like someone, swipe left if you don’t. If you both swiped right, you match. If Tinder isn’t for you, there are plenty of other dating apps to choose from. Bumble (download for iOS or Android) lets women make the first move. Vibes (download for iOS) focuses on matching personalities and combats the negativity often found in dating apps. Pickable (download for iOS or Android) empowers women by letting them remain anonymous while browsing for dates. Tinder Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET 0 Gifts for your ‘foodie’ Valentine Read moreSurvive Valentine’s Day 2019 on a limited budgetWhite Castle taking Valentine’s Day reservations: Plan ahead, romanticsFor Valentine’s Day, buy this seductive heart-shaped meteoriteThe best apps for renting and buying movies in 2019 ( dating app HER can help you meet your perfect match for Valentine’s Day ( free dating apps for hooking up and relationships ( do not mentally start their work year until Valentines Day (ZDNet)Great last minute Valentine’s Day gifts for tech and gadget lovers (TechRepublic)center_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Mobile Apps 1:08 Post a commentlast_img read more

Deepika Padukone reveals why she thinks Ranveer Singh is not apt for

first_imgDeepika Padukone, Ranveer SinghInstagramDeepika Padukone made a stunning appearance at Cannes 2019, but unlike Priyanka Chopra, the actress did not bring along her husband Ranveer Singh at the event.As Ranveer is known for his unique fashion sense, it was expected that he would accompany Deepika at Cannes 2019. When asked why Ranveer did not join her at the film festival, Deepika said that he would have been a better one to attend Met Gala as she would “top him” at the Cannes, according to Bollywoodlife.She had made a similar statement at Met Gala 2019 as well. “He has this crazy sense of dressing and I think he would be actually a perfect fit for the theme. I think he is one person who will 100 per cent do justice to the theme but I am the one representing him,” the actress had said at Met Gala some days ago.Met Gala is one such event where celebrities sport the quirkiest outfits and considering Ranveer’s flamboyant style sense, Deepika is not wrong in her views. Deepika Padukone at Cannes 2019.InstagramOn the other side, Priyanka was seen throwing some PDA with her hubby Nick Jonas at Cannes 2019. Before that, her outfit and an overall look at Met Gala was widely talked about. While she had sported one of the quirkiest looks at the event, scores of memes on her appearance had flooded the internet.On the work front, Deepika will next be seen in Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak that is based on the real-life story of an acid-attack survivor.last_img read more

India isolates Pakistan at UN by winning the diplomatic war

first_imgIndia and Pakistan.ReutersOn Friday morning, India secured a major diplomatic victory at the UN by reiterating its unequivocal position on Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan being the cradle of terror. By restating its position on how Pakistan remains a rogue state indulging in unabashed state-sponsored terror through proxies, India once again notched up major brownie points with the world community at large. Pakistan’s isolation is complete and Imran Khan’s last-minute attempt to speak to Donald Trump also appears to have failed. The most important part is that the UN Security Council acknowledged India’s measures to bring normalcy and development to Kashmir and wants all countries to follow suit. The piece de resistance came from Indias Permanent Representative to UN Syed Akbaruddin, who said: “We are gratified that the Security Council in its closed consultations appreciated these efforts, acknowledged them and indicated that this is the direction in which they would like the international community to move.”India’s diplomatic encirclement of Pakistan has been a success with the primacy of its position over Jammu and Kashmir being undisputed and unchallenged. Barring China, the world has accepted India’s position including the Arab world, formerly sponsors and supporters of Pakistan. But it is clear that even they are fed up. Prime Minister Narendra Modi address to the nation from the historic Red Fort.ReutersPrime Minister Narendra Modi talking to IANS earlier this week said: “I feel that there are two aspects to this. First, a certain section of people believed that my government — and I personally — would fail on the foreign policy front not just in the Gulf region, but also in the wider context. The reality is that my government’s successful track record on foreign policy across the world is there for everyone to see. In fact, after assuming office in 2014, the very first Foreign Minister my government received on an official visit was that of the Sultanate of Oman. So, what others thought of me, and what the reality turned out to be, is for them to introspect.”Prime Minister Modi doesn’t get adequate credit for this outreach but as he explained: “I think our policy has succeeded to a large extent because of this outreach, this constant engagement. We have not allowed any miscommunication, any doubts to play spoilsport. We have been very open with all the countries, and they have also reciprocated with warmth and friendship. I firmly believe that India and the Gulf countries have only begun to explore the true potential of a partnership which will go far beyond mutual benefits and can anchor peace, progress and prosperity not only in our common and extended neighbourhood but also in the larger world.”Even as Pakistan has upscaled ‘Ceasefire Violations’ both in terms of weapon and area in dimension over the last a few days, India has met fire with fire keeping a red alert vigil on the LoC. With a successful lockdown in progress in the Kashmir Valley and use of the Westphalian sovereignty template, India has managed to convince the world that its policy imperatives on the newly designed Union Territory are noble. The fact that not a single incident of violence has resulted is an equally bigger win.Meanwhile, Pakistan’s single-minded obsession appears to show Kashmir as a potential flashpoint to seek world attention. This has been tamped down with India’s delicate handling of the situation. While the closed-door meeting has turned into an acceptance of the Indian viewpoint, Pakistan is expected to continue pushing the envelope.With the UN General Assembly scheduled to commence shortly, Pakistan’s ploy of playing the victim card may not exactly get traction with the world given the toxic state’s track record as the global centrifugal force of jihadis. A new tactic being used this time by Pakistan is to escalate ceasefire violations so that the world may take due notice that Kashmir and the border is a dangerous place. With Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh calling Pakistan’s bluff by rescinding the NFN – no first nuke – option on Friday, a new resolute and more muscular India put on its fresh aggressive game face.last_img read more

Texans May Be Able To Register For New Mexicos Medical Marijuana Program

first_imgWikiCommonsMedical marijuana.A ruling by a New Mexico judge this week may enable Texas residents to register for that state’s medical marijuana program. But critics are worried that Texans may end up breaking state and federal laws.New Mexico’s Department of Health went to court this summer to challenge a law that would issue ID cards to out-of-state residents, including Texans, to buy medical marijuana. It argued the law encourages non-residents to violate state and federal laws and was never meant to include them.But a state district judge in Santa Fe disagreed and ordered the state agency to issue the cards to non-residents. The court will hear arguments against the ruling on Aug. 19.Jax Finkel is the executive director of the Texas chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML. She agrees with News Mexico’s Department of Health that the change would lead to an increase in arrests.She’s also concerned the program could lead to both confusion among Texan patients and an increase in arrests.“While we want patients to have access to medical cannabis, it is problematic that they would have to cross state lines. This would lead them to break federal law,” Finkel said.Finkel said these patients could face marijuana possession charges if they cross back into Texas because the Lone Star State’s Compassionate Use Program only covers CBD oil that has a psychoactive THC concentration of less than 0.5%, and patients must be listed on Texas’ registry.      The ruling applies to all U.S. states, but in the lawsuit, Texas and Arizona are named as two states that could specifically benefit.     This story has been updated.Ryan Poppe can be reached at and on Twitter at @RyanPoppe1. Sharelast_img read more

Netflix Establishes Production Hub in Toronto Leasing Nearly 250000 Square Feet of

first_imgNetflix is taking on close to 250,000 square feet of studio and office space in Toronto, as part of its agreement to invest in Canada’s entertainment industry.The company announced pacts to lease two studio spaces in Toronto: with Cinespace Studios for around 164,000 square feet of space, including four sound stages, and with Pinewood Toronto Studios, also for four sound stages and adjacent office space comprising a total footprint of approximately 84,580 square feet. The new spaces add to Netflix’s existing physical production footprint in Canada, which includes a lease of British Columbia’s Martini Film Studios and production sites it sets up on a per-production basis.The Canadian expansion comes after the streamer in 2017 committed to investing $500 million (Canadian) in content production in the country over a five-year period — a goal Netflix says it’s on track to exceed. According to Netflix, the new Toronto facilities will provide up to 1,850 production jobs per year. Both sites will support upcoming Netflix series and films, including horror anthology series “Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight” and feature film “Let It Snow,” based on the book by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle.The City of Toronto did not offer Netflix any tax breaks or other incentives for the studio pacts, according to a spokesman for the city. The province of Ontario offers a film and TV production services tax credit of 21.5% to foreign-controlled corporations (stipulating that Ontario labor is at least 25% of the qualifying production expenditures claimed); that can be combined with Canada’s federal tax credit of 16% to eligible film or video productions.“With this commitment to Cinespace and Pinewood Toronto, we are proud to continue our investment in Canada and Canadian films and series,” Ty Warren, Netflix’s VP of physical production, said in a statement. “These new leases will enable us to expand our presence in Canada and provide a wealth of production jobs for skilled Canadian workers.”In the bigger of the two Toronto projects, Netflix will expand its presence inside the city’s Marine Terminal 51 and the Cruise Ship Terminal, owned by PortsToronto and under long-term lease to Cinespace. Those new facilities are expected to be operational by the summer of 2019.Toronto Mayor John Tory, in a statement provided by Netflix, said, “I’ve been excited from Day One about the interest Netflix has shown in establishing a much bigger presence in Toronto. Great crews, great studio space, great customer service and great companies like Netflix make Toronto the best place in North America to make television shows and movies.”Netflix’s expanded footprint in the Great White North follows its announcement to acquire the ABQ Studios complex in Albuquerque, N.M., last fall to serve as a major U.S. production hub.Over the years, Canada has been home to several Netflix productions. Current series filming in Canada include “V-Wars” in Northern Ontario and “October Faction” in Toronto, along with an untitled film starring Sam Worthington directed by Brad Anderson in Winnipeg and an untitled film to be directed by Patrice Laliberté in Quebec. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Previous Netflix productions in Toronto have included “The Christmas Chronicles” starring Kurt Russell; action-thriller “Polar”; and upcoming sci-fi thriller “In the Shadow of the Moon.”Other Netflix originals produced in Canada include “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Lost in Space,” “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” “Death Note,” “Game Over Man” and “Always Be My Maybe” (all in Vancouver); “The Package” (multiple locations in British Columbia); “Christmas Inheritance” and “The Holiday Calendar” (Northern Ontario); “How It Ends” (Winnipeg); “Hold the Dark” (Calgary and Kananaskis Country); “Good Sam” (Montreal); and “I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House” (Ottawa).In addition, Netflix has teamed with Canadian production partners to co-produce series including limited series “Alias Grace” (CBC), “Anne with an E” (CBC), “Travelers” (Showcase), and “Frontier” (Discovery Canada).Pictured above: Pinewood Toronto Studios’ main buildinglast_img read more