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Washington Center Opens Nominations for 2019 Excellence in the Arts Awards

first_imgFacebook9Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe 4th annual CENTER Stage Awards & Gala will be held at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, July 25, 2019. The event is a fundraiser for The Washington Center and an opportunity to celebrate local artists and supporters of the arts.During the gala, the Excellence in the Arts awards recognize the individuals and organizations whose work, support, and involvement help build a vibrant cultural community in the greater South Sound region. Jill Barnes, Executive Director, says, “We have such a depth of arts in our community, and we’re proud to be able to recognize and feature local performing artists during the gala. It’s an eye-opening display of how vast the cultural talent is here, and an opportunity for them to gain new audiences and appreciation.”The awards include two categories. The Achievement in the Arts category recognizes outstanding artistry (performing arts or visual arts) by an individual or organization in the greater South Sound. The Commitment to the Arts category recognizes an individual or organization for their leadership, support or advocacy for the arts in the greater South Sound.Individual nominees for Excellence in the Arts awards must be at least 18 years old and have a history of at least 12 months of work in the arts in Pierce, Thurston, Mason, and/or Lewis Counties. Organizations must be located in Pierce, Thurston, Mason, and/or Lewis counties, and have been in operation for at least 12 months.The Washington Center opened in 1985 from the belief that a regional performing arts center is fundamental to the cultural pursuits of our community and vital to a better quality of life. Barnes says, “This belief remains at the foundation of our existence today, and is evident with every child that performs on the stage or witnesses the magic of theater.” Over 200 events take place at the Washington Center each year, from local arts and youth organizations to international touring companies.Nominations will be open until 11:59pm PST April 5, 2019, and can be submitted online.Previous RecipientsAchievement in the Arts2018 – Jim This, lifelong theater performer and producer2017 – Joe Baque, career musician2016 – Bud and Mary Johansen, Co-founders of the Johansen School of balletCommitment to the Arts2018 – Olympia Family Theater2017 – Stephanie Johnson, City of Olympia public art program2016 – Andy Crow, advocate for pipe organs and music educationlast_img read more

2003 National Orders awards

first_img3 December 2003Forty-one South Africans – and the members of two Defence Force rescue missions – have received the country’s highest honours for outstanding contributions to nation building, the creative arts and sport, and for courage in the face of great danger.President Thabo Mbeki bestowed the newly instituted Order of Luthuli, Order of Ikhamanga, and Mendi Decoration for Bravery on some of South Africa’s “ordinary” heroes and heroines – ordinary people who have achieved extraordinary things – at a gala ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday.The new orders and decoration – each awarded in gold, silver and bronze categories – complete the country’s new set of national orders, created to express the new identity of the democratic South Africa that came into being in 1994.For more on the new orders, see Orders for ‘ordinary’ peopleSpeaking at the ceremony, Mbeki said the new orders “represent the nobility of human endeavour.“The distinguished South Africans we honour today are fit and proper persons to receive these awards, because they occupy an important place among those of our people who are the handmaidens of our liberty, who represent our creative talent, who manifest the national gift of courage that rises with danger.“For all time, these men and women will be admitted as esteemed members of these orders, and recipients of the decoration, subject to the precedence and authority of our national anthem, our national flag, and our national coat of arms, which represent the highest symbolic repositories of our common nationhood.”Confronting ‘clear and present danger’First to take the podium was game ranger Sam Nkomo, who received the Mendi Decoration for Bravery (silver) for rescuing two tourists who were being attacked by elephants at a resort near Madikwe in North West in July 2003.Slabbert Leonard, who saved eight members of the Congress of SA Trade Unions from drowning after their bus plunged into the Saulspoort dam while they were on their way to a rally on May Day this year, also received the Mendi Decoration (silver).Another recipient of the decoration – in the gold category – was not an individual, but all members of the South African National Defence Force involved in rescuing over 14 000 people from the floods that ravaged neighbouring Mozambique in 2000. South Africa’s role in the rescue and relief effort was lauded by Mozambique and the international community at large.Another group award – in the silver category – was made to the members of the former South African Defence Force involved in rescuing all 587 passengers and crew aboard the Oceanos, which sank off the coast near East London in 1991. The mission has since become a textbook illustration of maritime rescue professionalism, studied by many rescue centres across the world.Two posthumous decorations in the gold category were awarded to Umkhonto we Sizwe soldier Basil February, one of the first South Africans to sacrifice his life in the armed struggle; and to Petros Linda Jabane, also an Umkhonto we Sizwe fighter, whose last-ditch stand against apartheid security forces led to his becoming known as the Lion of Chiawelo.Mendi Decoration for Bravery: more on the recipients & their storiesAll the recipients, Mbeki said, had “confronted clear and present danger, with full knowledge of the potential harm to themselves, to save human life and limb … By their deeds, they reaffirmed our philosophy of Ubuntu – ‘I am because of you’.”Leonard said that he never thought his “bravery” would result in his being honoured, as he had performed an ordinary act as part of his involvement with the National Rescue Institute.“I never though it would come to this. This such an honour for me”, Leonard said, adding that if he had to do it again he would do it “with my eyes closed!”.Nation buildingThe Order of Luthuli – for outstanding contributions to democracy, nation-building, human rights, justice and peace – was awarded in the gold category to the late freedom fighters Charlotte Maxeke, Patrick Molaoa and Alfred Nzo, as well as to struggle veteran John Nkadimeng.In the silver category, posthumous awards went to Jafta Masemola, Archie Gumede, Matthew Goniwe, Cissie Gool and Mthuli Ka Shezi, while former Black Sash leader Mary Burton and African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Phillis Naidoo were at the ceremony to receive their awards.Other recipients in the silver category were liberation theologian Father Albert Nolan, Winnie Kgware – first president of the Black People’s Convention formed in 1972 – and Afrikaner academic Prof Willie Esterhuyse, who facilitated negotiations between the African National Congress and the apartheid government in the late 1980s and early 1990sLekgau Mathabathe (posthumous) and Jasmat Nanabhai became members of the order in the bronze category.Order of Luthuli: more on the recipients & their storiesPhillis Naidoo, dedicated her award to her sons Sha and Shdhan, whom she lost during the struggle against apartheid, and the “thousands of sons and daughters of the struggle”.“I lost two sons in the struggle”, Naidoo said. “I can’t say we thought we would make it, all I know is that we had to struggle, but here we are. So this award is for my boys and everybody who can’t be here – Masemola, Gumede, Cissie, so many people have died, and this is for them.”Mbeki praised the new members of the order, saying: “All of them have sacrificed much in their own lives, and yet some, their very lives, so that all our people can enjoy the right to live in a society free of oppression, racism and bigotry. All of them have been standard bearers for freedom who have blessed us with the gift of liberty.”Human imagination and talentThe Order of Ikhamanga – for excellence in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport – was awarded to some of South Africa’s most famous artists, writers, sportsmen and women, as well as to some that are not as well known.Artists Dumile Feni (gold), Gerard Sekoto (gold), Cecil Skotnes (gold) and Gladys Mgudlandlu (silver) became members of the order, along with writers Bessie Head (gold), Olive Schreiner (gold) and Alex La Guma (gold) and actor Ken Gampu (silver).Princess Princess Magogo ka Dinizulu, regarded as an authority on Zulu music and remembered as one of Africa’s greatest composers, musicians and singers, received the award in the gold category, while film maker Lionel Ngakane – who passed away just a week before the awards ceremony – received the award in the silver category.Among the sports men and women to receive the award were some of the pioneers of non-racial sport in South Africa: footballer Steve Mokone (gold), boxer Jacob Ntuli (silver), cricketer Basil D’Oliviera (silver), cricket and rugby player Eric Majola (silver), middle distance athlete Sydney Maree (silver), and cricket and rugby player Goolam Abed (bronze).Others to receive the award were golfing great Gary Player (gold), swimmer Penny Heyns (silver), high jumper Hestrie Cloete (silver), paralympic athlete Zanele Situ (silver), and boxer Gerrie Coetzee (bronze).Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone is regarded as the greatest footballer South Africa has ever produced. He became the first black professional in Europe when he signed up for English club Coventry City in 1955. He went on to achieve superstar status playing for the Dutch side Heracles and later Torino in Italy. In 1959 he was elected Europe’s best soccer player.Jacob Ntuli was the first black South African boxer to receive world acclaim – at a time when black boxers were severely restricted in South Africa. He became the first black South African to win an Empire championship (the forerunner to the Commonwealth title) in 1952, effectively making him one of the best two or three flyweights of his time, an achievement confirmed when Ring magazine selected him as its top-rated flyweight.Order of Ikhamanga: more on the recipients & their storiesMbeki said that the country’s “leading cultural workers and sportsmen and women” had all contributed “to the pride we as a nation feel in our achievements that celebrate our inner African and human soul”. Their achievements, Mbeki said, were representative of the country’s “wealth of human imagination and talent”.‘A new South African identity’Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s ceremony, the chancellor for the orders and director-general in the Presidency, Frank Chikane, said the new orders reflected a new South African identity.“We (as South Africans) are engaged in the quite extraordinary actualisation of the nature of society in South Africa and what we should be like in the future”, Chikane said.Speaking during the ceremony, Chikane said: “It is not given to every generation that it should be present during and participate in the act of creation. I believe that ours is privileged to occupy such historic space.“We are privileged … to be part of this historic act of conceiving and designing new national orders and the new coat of arms for this new democratic country. We are privileged as a generation to be part of the conception and design of a new national flag as well as develop a new national anthem.“We are privileged to be part of the process of self-creation, of defining who we are and what we want to be.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Could drone beehives solve delivery issues in tomorrow’s cities?

first_imgHow IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Related Posts David Curry Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citiescenter_img Amazon has presented a few weird ideas for delivery and its latest, a skyscraper beehive filled with drones, is no exception. The patent application is another look at how Amazon plans to integrate drones and improve ‘last mile’ delivery.Most of Amazon’s warehouses are located on the outskirts of cities and it would take too long for a drone to reach the city center before needing a refuel. The beehive removes this problem by placing the drones in the city, reducing the overall distance to customers.Sketches of the beehive interior show how this would work. Trucks supply the beehive with goods on the ground level, then workers move the products to the appropriate level. Once a customer purchases a product, it is then lifted onto the drone.Having the drones in the center of a city would improve the speed of delivery, says Amazon, and would also reduce the amount of drones flying at pedestrian level. Drones would only need to lower to that level when arriving at the customer’s home.See Also: What will Amazon’s buying of Whole Foods mean for our smart fridges?The beehive idea comes alongside some general improvements that Amazon has cooked up for drones to be less noisy and less likely to fall on someone’s head. While both are patents, like the beehive, the rotor and motor changes are more likely to be implemented, at least in one form or another, over the coming years.It is not Amazon’s first stab at bringing drones to cities, the last involved a zeppelin flying over the city, with drones being sent from the mothership to deliver packages. Both ideas are still just ideas however, and even if the patent is given it doesn’t mean the company will go ahead with the zeppelin or beehive project. Tags:#Amazon#Delivery#drone#e-commerce#featured#fulfilment center#Industrial Internet of Things#IoT#patent#top#warehouse IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

Yamuna records highest water level in Haryana

first_imgIncessant rain during the past few days has made the Yamuna river in Haryana record its highest water level till date, a senior official said on Tuesday.Haryana Chief Secretary Keshni Anand Arora said that in the wake of the flood situation, 25 families have been safely evacuated from Sonipat and Karnal districts.Review meetingShe was participating in a review meeting through videoconferencing held on the flood situation in Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi, under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary (government of India) Pradeep Kumar Sinha.Ms. Arora said 8.14 lakh cusecs of water was recorded in the Yamuna in 2013, which was the highest till that year. But due to above average rain in the last few days, this year so far the water level in Yamuna has increased to 8.28 lakh cusecs. “The Yamuna water would reach Delhi by this evening and the administrative officials of Delhi have already been alerted about this,” she said.She said that after Delhi, the water would reach Faridabad and Palwal districts of Haryana, and therefore, about 500 families have already been evacuated from low-lying areas along these two districts.last_img read more

Position Vacant – Game Development Officer (QLD)

first_imgThis position is based in Brisbane and involves working out of normal hours. The salary is $35,000 with superannuation paid on top of this and allowances are paid for petrol and travel.Please see the attached position description with applications closing on Monday, 25 August 2008. Please send a covering letter and your resume to Di Worters on email: [email protected] further information, please visit the Queensland Touch Association website – www.qldtouch.com.au Thanks to Di Worters for providing the article content.Related Filesgame_development_officer_qta_01-pdflast_img read more

9 months agoShearer: Man Utd matchwinner Rashford now great to watch

first_imgShearer: Man Utd matchwinner Rashford now great to watchby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United legend Alan Shearer hailed the performance of Manchester United matchwinner Marcus Rashford for victory at Tottenham.Shearer wrote for The Sun: “Nobody has ever doubted his ability but he has finally been set free under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer — and it is great to watch.”Rashford is the main man at Manchester United now and has every attribute in his locker to thrive as a striker going forward.”His movement is excellent and constantly improving, he has the pace to terrify any defence and his finishing has come on leaps and bounds.”It was a world-class pass from Paul Pogba to set him up and the strike from Rashford shows just how confident he is right now.”He is showing a calmness in front of goal now which we have not seen before, but that comes with experience.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Alberta court grants Unifor injunction blocking Suncor from random drug testing

first_imgEDMONTON – A union that represents 3,000 oilsands workers at Suncor Energy sites in northeastern Alberta has won a court injunction against random drug testing.Unifor Local 707-A had argued that random testing would be a violation of workers’ rights and privacy.Calgary-based Suncor (TSX:SU) has said random tests are needed to bolster safety and wanted to start the program this month.In his ruling, Queen’s Bench Justice Paul Belzil said the privacy rights of employees are just as important as safety.“In my view the balance of convenience favours granting the injunction,” Belzil said in a written judgment released Thursday.“The request by Suncor to increase the scope of drug and alcohol testing by implementing random testing would necessarily impact employees who have no drug and alcohol issues and who have not been involved in workplace incidents.”Belzil noted that Suncor already has non-random drug and alcohol testing. He said granting the injunction would not result in an unsafe work environment.He said both parties agree that the Suncor workplace is dangerous, but agree on virtually nothing else.Sneh Seetal, a Suncor spokeswoman, said the company would be filing an immediate and expedited appeal of the injunction ruling.“We are surprised and disappointed by the decision, especially in light of the evidence that we put forward of the pressing safety concerns associated with the ongoing alcohol and drug problems in the workplace in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo,” Seetal said from Calgary.“Preventing Suncor from taking steps to address known safety hazards associated with workplace alcohol and drug use is not reasonable.”Ken Smith, president of the union local, said Unifor members are happy with the judge’s decision.“We are very pleased with the ruling and that weight was given to a person’s dignity on the job and that human rights are being upheld for the time being,” he said from Fort McMurray.“Worker safety is the No. 1 priority here.”Suncor and the union have been battling over random drug tests since 2012. Unifor has sought leave to appeal an earlier court ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada.Belzil said if leave to appeal is granted, both sides should co-operate to resolve the case as quickly as possible.If the high court decides not to hear the case, Suncor and Unifor should go to arbitration, he suggested.Suncor presented evidence in court last month that 59 union employees have tested positive for alcohol or drugs over the last four years.The company said drugs — including marijuana, ecstasy, cannabis resin, cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine — and prescription pills such as oxycodone have been found at Suncor operations and work camps.The company’s oilsands projects around Fort McMurray operate 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Employees work 12-hour shifts operating some of the biggest and most complicated industrial equipment in the world.last_img read more

BC tanker ban bill squeaks through final vote in Senate

first_imgC-69 imposes more requirements for consulting affected Indigenous communities, widens public participation in the review process and requires climate change to be considered when major national resource-exploitation and transportation projects are being evaluated. It applies to a wide range of projects including interprovincial pipelines, highways, mines and power links.C-69 was set for its final dance in the upper chamber late Thursday evening. The Senate made more than 200 amendments to that bill earlier this month but the government accepted only 99 of them, mostly to do with reducing ministerial discretion to intervene in the review process.The unelected Senate has generally bowed to the will of the elected House of Commons when there is a dispute between the two parliamentary chambers about legislation.The bills, both expected to be fodder for Liberals and Conservatives on the campaign trail to this fall’s election, were on a long list of legislation the Senate pounded through as it prepared to rise for the summer.The House of Commons called it quits earlier Thursday. The House closed after MPs delivered condolence speeches following the death of Conservative MP Mark Warawa, forgoing the rest of the day’s planned activities out of respect for the veteran MP who died of cancer.Bill C-48 imposes a moratorium on oil tankers north of Vancouver Island, but after the government accepted an amendment from the Senate, it will now undergo a mandatory review in five years. OTTAWA, O.N. – Legislation barring oil tankers from loading at ports on the northern coast of British Columbia slipped over its final hurdle in the Senate Thursday, despite last-minute attempts by Conservative senators to convince their colleagues to kill it.Bill C-48 is one of two government bills Conservatives in both the House of Commons and the Senate say are kneecapping Alberta’s oil industry by limiting the movement of its oil. It passed the Senate by a vote of 49 to 46.The tanker ban and Bill C-69, an overhaul of federal environmental assessments of major construction projects, have together become a flashpoint between the Liberals and Conservatives over how Canada can protect the environment without driving investment away from the fossil-fuel sector. The Senate committee that reviewed the bill recommended in May the entire Senate vote down the bill in its entirety, but that didn’t happen, leading Conservatives to accuse the Independent senators who make up a majority in the chamber of being Liberals in disguise.Conservative Sen. Michael MacDonald was one of a few from his caucus to make final pleas with his colleagues to not proceed with the bill.He said it “will be devastating for the Alberta and Saskatchewan economies.”However several Independent senators rose to speak in favour of the bill, including Yukon Independent Sen. Pat Duncan.center_img “I believe we should be doing it,” said Duncan.Ontario Sen. Donna Dasko, who was on the committee that studied the bill in the Senate, said she thinks “it is quite a good bill.”“This bill does not actually ban tankers from the Hecate Strait; it simply landlocks Alberta and Saskatchewan oil, and destroys the possibility of economic development in northern Indigenous communities,” said Conservative Sen. Dennis Patterson, a former premier of the Northwest Territories, after the Senate passed it.last_img read more

SDMC announces mayoral elections by Aprilend

first_imgNew Delhi: The South Delhi Municipal Corporation has announced that they mayoral election for SDMC will be held on April 26, along with elections for the posts of deputy mayor and three members of the standing committee, officials here said on Sunday. They added that mayoral elections in East and North Municipal Corporations will be held on April 29.The last date for filing nomination papers for the mayoral elections is set for April 18, according to officials. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe notification for elections of mayor and deputy mayor of the NDMC was issued a few days ago, a senior NDMC official said. “This year, as per the rotation basis, the mayoral seat is reserved for the SC category,” he said. The Delhi Municipal Corporation Act provides for election of mayor and deputy mayor from among the councillors of the corporations in the first meeting of the House every year. The mayors and deputy mayors get a year-long term in the cities of Union Territories. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe BJP has been ruling the civic bodies for the past 10 years. The mayoral five-year tenure sees five single-year terms on a rotation basis, with the first year being reserved for women, the second open category, third for reserved category, and the remaining two also being in open category. Last year, the polls were held in the open category. The incumbent mayors for the three corporations are Adesh Gupta (NDMC), Narender Chawla (SDMC) and Bipin Bihari Singh (EDMC).last_img read more

Moroccos Raja Club sacks coach Mohamed Fakhir

first_imgCasablanca- Raja of Casablanca on Thursday decided to dismiss coach Mhamed Fakhir, according to Moroccan news outlet le 360. This decision was taken by mutual agreement at the end of a crisis meeting on Thursday night, following Raja’s defeat against the DHJ of El Jadida. This is the second time in less than two weeks that Raja loses a match against the same team after its loss 10 days ago on the occasion of the final of Throne Cup. Mohamed Fakhir was instrumental in helping Raja of Casablanca win Morocco’s football soccer last year, which qualified the club to participate in the FIFA Club World Cup scheduled to take place in Morocco in December. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more