Tapsula jive at Market Theatre

first_img30 April 2004A production exploring an innovative new concept in South African dance, Tapsula – an explosive mix of edgy township pantsula jive and classic tap – runs until the end of June at the African Bank Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg.Created by choreographer Cinda Eatock, Tapsula was born after Eatock returned from Broadway in 2000 and immersed herself in a unique, distinctly South African project: a combination of the pantsula dance movement with the artistic movements of tap.Pantsula, with its township roots and reckless gangster mood, became an increasingly popular dance style in the 1980s against the backdrop of apartheid.Dancers try to out-perform one another, moving at lightning speed to carefully choreographed steps. Like jazz, dancers then improvise their own variations of the jive theme, and the audience becomes part of the performance, egging on their favourite dancers.For the African Bank Market Theatre Productions show, Eatock joins forces with Vita and Fleur de Cap award winner Mncedisi Shabangu as artistic director, and veteran theatre exponent Josias Dos Moleele as director.Lesley “Ma Ada” More, of local music group “Alaska”, spices up the dance sequences with pantsula moves he created for his band’s repertoire, and an electrifying new soundtrack from Eugene Mthethwa of local band “Trompies” adds fuel to the flamesThe cast of 18 dancers and drummers combine pantsula and tap with Tswana and gumboot dancing and the rhythmic beat of drums. Florsheim shoes, Dobs and Dickie trousers, bodies that speak through a twist and a spin, feet that mesmerise with their speed, all combine skilfully to conjure up Tapsula’s magic.Tapsula runs until 27 June at the African Bank Market Theatre, corner Bree and Wolhuter streets, Newtown. For more information, contact the theatre on (011) 832-1641.Source: City of Johannesburg websitelast_img read more

No free food and drinks on short haul BA flights

first_imgBritish Airways has decided to stop providing complementary snacks and drinks in economy class on domestic and short-haul international flights from next year.A glass of water still will be free of charge, but passengers will have to pay for a soft drink, a cup of tea, a bag of chips or a sandwich if they are thirsty or hungry. The practice of charging for food is standard for low-cost carriers such as Ryanair, easyJet, Jet2.com and WizzAir, but more and more full-service airlines are now copying their no-frills competitors and have started to unbundle their service offering and fares.Current food options on BA short-haul flights in the economy cabin vary depending on the length of the service and time of day. Examples include a choice of twin pack biscuits, crisps, roasted nuts, sesame sticks or raisins on flights of less than two hours, or small salads on flights over that.The airline, a subsidiary of International Airlines Group (IAG), said it is making the changes to its short-haul economy food service after customer dissatisfaction with the current catering on offer.“We know our customers expect a great experience with British Airways. They’ve told us we are experts in flying and service, but when it comes to catering on short-haul flights, they want to choose from a wider range of premium products,” BA chief executive Alex Cruz said. Cruz was CEO of IAG’s Barcelona-based budget Vueling till April.But lots of passengers are not happy with the change and have been venting on Twitter.The move however aligns BA’ s short-haul economy catering policy with all of IAG’s subsidiaries, including Aer Lingus and Iberia that scrapped free food and drinks in the economy cabin on short-haul flights years ago. This makes the on-board catering service on the group’s codeshare flights a lot more streamlined.British Airways contracted Marks & Spencer as its new food supplier on short-haul flights and said products are selected for their flavour at altitude. “Like British Airways, Marks & Spencer is a well-known, premium British brand that is respected and trusted, so it’s an ideal partnership, providing our customers with a choice of products they recognise and value,” according to Cruz.By partnering with M&S “I firmly believe what we are delivering breaks the mould and sets a new standard in short-haul catering,” he added.Element of the new British Airways menu will change on a quarterly basis to reflect the seasons, the airline said, while touting it is the first airline to offer “leading brand sandwiches, all of which are fortified with added fibre and vitamin D.”Menu choices include vegetarian, gluten free and healthy fresh options plus snacks and comfort foods such as a grab-bag sized milk chocolate covered popping popcorn and pretzels, packs of mini oat biscuits and the famous M&S Percy Pigs candies.Prices will range from £1 for a bag of chips up to £4.95 for a spiced chicken with quinoa and rice salad. Soft drinks are priced from £1.50 and alcoholic drinks from £4.Cash payments will not be accepted; purchases can only be paid for via debit or credit card, including contactless transactions. Customers will also be able to pay with points they have accumulated on Avios, the airline’s frequent flying program, via the BA app or with their Executive Club card.The new catering policy is the latest in a tranche of changes to the airline’s short-haul services. Since 2014, 95 short-haul aircraft have been revamped with an updated interior and earlier this year, British Airways also simplified its short-haul fares to just three options: Basic, Plus and Plus Flex. Basic fares are the cheapest and passengers have to pay a fee for checked luggage.The new catering policy – which does not apply to business class— comes into effect for short-haul flights from London Heathrow and Gatwick from January 11, 2017, and from London City and London Stansted by summer 2017.The London-based airline last month already cut its food service on longer haul flights. Instead of two full meals per journey, BA now provides just one meal to passengers in economy class on flights under eight and a half hours and to premium economy passenger on flights of less than seven hours.last_img read more

Thousands offer to help a beggar find a job

first_imgPam Green (left) says she is grateful for people assisting her to help a beggar get a job. Here she is with Nomsa Ncube, one of the people who gave a donation.(Image: Facebook)It took a small action such as posting a detailed status on her Facebook profile to lead to thousands of South Africans opening their hearts to help a homeless young man find a job.Pam Green, from Glenhazel, posted a status on 29 June, and asked her friends to share the message. They did, and the message was shared more than 34 000 times. Within days job offers streamed in for the 21-year-old, Joseph Phukube.Green’s message read: “This is Joseph Phukube. He is a beggar in Sandton. What makes him different to every other beggar you see? He isn’t there begging for money, he is begging for a job, literally! He has his matric certificate and CV on hand.“What a gentle young man, life has been hard on him. And his response when I asked where he stayed was ‘under Grayston Bridge.’“This is a bright kid, just look at his maths marks, he received a university entrance!”TRAFFIC LIGHT MEETINGGreen says she met Phukube when she stopped her car at a traffic light in Sandton. “He approached my car and tried to convey to me that he was looking for a job. Embarrassed to admit, but I drove off and rushed to my appointment that I was late for.“About 100m later, at the next robot I couldn’t bare the guilt I felt at ignoring him anymore. I turned around to go back to find Joseph Phukube and speak to him.”The local newspaper, Sandton Chronicle, reports that Phukube has received more than 1 000 responses following Green’s Facebook update. Job offers made to him range from call centre agent positions to scholarships at various institutions.Phukube says his dream job is in marketing. “I love new challenges, especially ones that will help me experience new things in life. I also like the chance to change businesses and come up with new ideas,” he adds.A day after her initial post, when offers of help had started streaming in.Her action has inspired admiration on social media, with Twitter chattering about her:The #HelpJoseph tag really warms my heart. Please RT the hashtag.— Opinionated Coloured(@koren_devereux) June 30, 2015@comp_breakfast Pam Green is an amazing woman. 25k people reached out to help and support! Good luck tomorrow Joseph! #HelpJoseph— JaxEngelbrec(@Jaxlibra) June 30, 2015She kept the public in the loop about Phukube’s developments:It is 5pm and it is the end of his first day of work at @LocomuteZA! #helpJoseph pic.twitter.com/dBO2jWzrF7— Pam Green (@PamGreen_17) July 6, 2015DETERMINED TO DO MOREThe 34-year-old says that she hopes the #helpJoseph campaign has inspired others to help even just one person in need. “I have always believed that we have a responsibility to each other to help make each other’s lives easier. I pride myself in honouring my truth.“People have questioned his [Phukube’s] motives and my response is simple: I would rather be duped by 10 false-hearted people and know that I helped one genuine person in need, than miss the opportunity of helping 10 people because I was duped by one.”Green, who has been doing volunteer work to help others since she was in school, says social media has definitely been a big help in assisting people in need. “I have put up previous campaigns for other community outreach projects I was involved with.“Recently [we had a campaign] for the victims of the xenophobic attacks, where we assisted at the displacement camps, as well as assisting families to return to their country of origin. Please can people like our page, My brother’s keeper, to access information about future initiatives I will be starting.”She is excited for Phukube, saying: “I can’t wait to see him flourish. Everyone deserves a chance and I am so glad that everyone sees the same special soul that I did. I am truly hoping that Joseph’s story will help me to help many more people in the future.”Watch Phukube’s response following the offers of help:last_img read more

Mamata’s pen drips sarcasm on Centre’s economic policies

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday once gain took recourse to sarcastic poems to target the economic policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government at the Centre. She alleged there was a “dangerous situation” for common people and also asked where the country was heading to with depleting foreign exchange reserve.“Rupee suffering from low fever, petrol and diesel prices highest ever,” she said in a post on social media. Earlier this month, she had written a similar poem titled ‘Identity’ expressing her opposition to the ongoing exercise of National Register of Citizens in Assam. In the post, she alleged that foreign exchange reserves had fallen by $21.84 billion between March end and August 3 and current account deficit was moving up towards 2.8% of the GDP. “The unprepared bravado of launching GST has resulted in a massive loss to State revenues to the tune of ₹48,178 crore during July 2017 and March 2018,” she said. She also alleged that the makeshift filing of GST has now “charges of racketeering, black marketing and hawala.” “Everyone of this country is concerned now. Where are we heading to,” she asked.last_img read more

Cray wins 400m hurdles by a nose with focus on century dash

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Cray, though, seemed to already know what the result would be. While Lich was listless throughout the wait for the official result, Cray was lying down on the track.READ: Cray not concerned with tight schedule aheadFrom lane No. 5, Cray led most of the way until the final turn to finish the race in 50.03 seconds, while the Vietnamese turned in an official time of 50.05 seconds.The Texas-based Cray could have been refocusing as he would need it in an hour when he competes in the 100m dash—where he is also the defending champion.Cray just came from the World Championships in England, where he was disqualified in the 400m hurdles for a false start.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony LATEST STORIES Eric Cray of the Philippines competes in the men’s 400-meter hurdles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games. Cray clocked 50.03 seconds to win the gold medal. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—It could have been out of sheer confidence or an act of self-preservation. But Eric Cray noticeably, inexplicably decided to slow down after making the final leap in the men’s 400-meter hurdles final Tuesday night.“I can’t be bothered right now, I was focusing on the 100 meter dash,” Cray later told reporters after the race, referring to the century dash final he needed to run an hour later.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img The 28-year-old Cray, who is regarded as a rock star here even by foreign media, was even looking at the giant screen of Bukit Jalil Sports Stadium after the last hurdle.READ: SEA Games: Cray strikes gold in 400m hurdles FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAnd as he eased up on the way to the finish, muscle-bound Vietnamese Quach Cong Lich made things interesting by mounting a last-ditch chase and was soon breathing down the Filipino-American’s neck.They ended the race in a photo finish—and Cray needed to crane his neck forward to gain whatever edge he could. But even then, both runners needed to wait for more than five minutes before the judges officially declared that Cray had successfully defended his title. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR His stint in the Worlds was because of his recent triumph in the Asian Championships in India.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yu ends medal drought for PH swimmers with bronze View commentslast_img read more