Shakespeare at Notre Dame presents two-man ‘Macbeth’

first_imgShakespeare at Notre Dame will host two performances of “Macbeth” Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Unlike other “Macbeth” performances, these showings of the Shakespeare play will only include two actors: Paul O’Mahony and Troels Hagen Findsen.The play follows the story of Macbeth — a Scottish general who is told by three witches that he is destined to become king of Scotland — and his wife, Lady Macbeth. Together, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth take a series of steps to fulfill the prophecy.“It’s a story of ambition and what you do once you attain power — it’s a compelling exploration of our nature,” O’Mahony, who plays Macbeth and several other characters, said in an email. “We’ve aimed to explore some of the lightness within what is often a challenging and bloody play.”O’Mahony said the show, which will last 80 minutes, is a bit different since it is only performed by two people.“It’s quite a physical show and we have many scenes where we’re playing multiple characters,” he said.O’Mahony said he and director Mike Tweddle knew when selecting the play they wanted to do a show with only two people, so it became one of the selection criteria for the play.“We knew that we wanted to create the show with just me and Troels … after he and I worked together on some of our earlier productions,” O’Mahony said. “A lot of our earlier work was devised and we were keen to tackle text.”Given this constraint, O’Mahony said they looked for a play with strong pairs of relationships. He said while they re-read several Shakespeare plays to find one to perform, “Macbeth” kept grabbing their attention since it has “enduring relevance” and there are multiple pairs present in the work.“Most famously there’s Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, but there’s also Macbeth and Banquo (who start as close friends but become estranged), Macbeth [and] Macduff, Malcolm and Macduff and Macduff and Ross,” he said in the email.Using just two people, O’Mahony said, meant they could focus on the pairs for the relationships.“We found that by stripping away some of the elements which are sometimes relied on in bigger productions, it allowed us to focus more on the relationships between these pairs, and to share the story more clearly,” he said. “It created a lot of work for us, but the restrictions forced us to find creative solutions.”To create a production that O’Mahony said they hope “feels fresh and exciting” and “[offers] a new take on the story,” he said they made some changes to the play, including cutting some storylines and combining characters.For this reason, O’Mahony said the scene after Duncan’s death is one of his favorites in the play.“That’s the scene where we play the most characters and we had to find a lot of solutions for how we could stage something so epic with just the two of us,” he said.Another favorite part of the performance for O’Mahony has been exploring the character of Ross.“Macbeth goes on an amazing journey and it all happens so quickly (especially in our production), but I’ve also really enjoyed playing Ross whose role we’ve increased by giving him lines from other thanes,” he said in the email. “His relationship with Macduff and the way he encourages others to rebel has been fascinating to explore.”O’Mahony said he hopes the audience is surprised by the resulting performance.“We’d like them to feel that they were included within the story, that they were sometimes put on the spot as to whether they supported the Macbeths or not,” he said in the email.Tickets for “Macbeth” are available online on the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s website.Tags: debartolo performing arts, DeBartolo Preforming Arts Center, Macbeth, Shakespeare, Shakespeare at Notre Damelast_img read more

New track boost for Calabar High

first_img “Some of that money will go back into the programme; some of it will go elsewhere. It’s a complex we are developing, so in the middle, there is a football field and we are looking at basketball because we want to ensure that we are putting up a sporting complex that will benefit the young men,” the principal said. Lights are also to be installed at the facility. At the launch attended by Sports Minister Natalie Neita Headley, Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association General Secretary Garth Gayle and Calabar alumnus attorney Michael Eaton, it was announced that the track will be handed over during a dedication ceremony set for Friday, January 22. The inaugural meet will serve as an incentive for 400- and 800-metre runners striving to replicate the impact made by Messrs Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley, former Calabar High School athletes described by Minister Neita-Headley as “two great stalwarts of modern Jamaica on whose shoulders we now stand”. At the 1948 Olympic Games in London, Wint won Jamaica’s first ever Olympic gold medal in the 400m; McKenley the silver. In Helsinki, Finland in 1952 both men were members of Jamaica’s mile relay team, along with George Rhoden and Les Laing, which broke the world record in winning gold. As such, the overall fastest times in the boys and girls 400 metres will be given the Arthur Wint Trophies donated by the Wint family while the top performers in the men’s and women’s Olympic Development 400m and 800m will be awarded cash prizes donated by members of the McKenley family and the Calabar Old Boys’ Association New York Chapter. ENTIRE SPORTS COMPLEX Besides hosting the inaugural staging of the McKenley/Wint Track and Field Classic on Saturday, January 23, the newly laid track at Calabar High School is already reaping huge benefits for the Red Hills Road-based institution. Principal of Calabar, Albert Corcho, revealed yesterday that the school stands to save hundreds of thousands of dollars in transportation costs alone. “We are benefiting already because we usually go to the stadium to train. Once the track is officially handed over we cut out all of that,” he said, following the launch of the track meet at the headquarters of the Jamaica Baptist Union on Washington Boulevard yesterday. “We had to rent buses every day to take the young men to the stadium and back,” he added. He estimated that it costs the school about $15,000 a day for transportation, money that can now be diverted to other areas of the school’s sports development.last_img read more

Plants Heal Humans and Vice Versa

first_imgFlowers in your hospital room do actually make you heal faster.  A study by Kansas State researchers reported by PhysOrg found that more patients recovered from abdominal surgery faster with flowers in the room.  It may be due to more than the psychological benefit of enjoying their colors, fragrances and the get-well wishes behind them: plants also moisten and clean the air of mold and germs.  Potted plants are more beneficial than cut flowers, the article said.  Patients also benefit from the positive activity of pruning and caring for their plants.    Once out of the hospital, you might want to keep it up.  PhysOrg also reported that gardening is a good way for older adults to stay fit.    Humans might be able to return the favor by donating a renewable resource to plants: their hair.  Another article on PhysOrg said that waste hair from barber shops and beauty salons can be packed into nutrient-rich cubes as fertilizer for crops.  It doesn’t help that much without other fertilizers but it works better than nothing.  Hair degrades into nutrients plants can use.Here’s a science project you can do at home.  Use an electric razor or brush over one potted plant; leave another as a control.  If the plant dies, it might not falsify the theory; it just might mean you use too many chemicals on your hair.  Your precocious kid could do a science project testing different hair colors or animal furs.    If this theory is right, we might get a nice symbiosis going with our house plants.  When you feed the plant your hair, it grows more vigorous, it cleans and humidifies the environment, making you healthier and thereby growing your hair faster.  It’s a win-win situation.  Love a potted plant today while you can; someday soon, you may be pushing daisies with more than just hair, or whatever is left of it.  Hair today, gone tomorrow.  We hope by then you will be doing fine in a better place (Warning: don’t assume!).(Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Woods 4 back with everyone around him at Honda Classic

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Defending champion Rickie Fowler had six bogeys on his front nine and shot 77 to miss the cut.“It’s unfortunate that the greens have changed this much in a year,” Fowler said. “They typically get slick and quick on the weekend because they dry out, but at least there’s some sort of surface. But like I said, everyone’s playing the same greens.”It looked as though List was playing a different course when he went out with a bogey-free 32 on the back nine, added a pair of birdies on the front nine and then dropped his only shot when he caught an awkward lie in the bunker on the par-3 seventh.“It’s very relentless,” List said. “There’s not really too many easy holes, but if you hit fairways and go from there, you can make a few birdies out there.”List and Lovemark, both Californians, have never won on the PGA Tour. This is the third time List has had at least a share of the 36- hole lead, most recently in South Korea at the CJ Cup, where he shot 76-72 on the weekend.“It’s kind of irrelevant because there’s going to be 30 guys within a couple shots of the lead,” List said. “It’s going to be that type of week.”He was exaggerating — there were 11 players within three shots of the lead.And there was another guy four shots behind.Woods brought big energy to a Friday afternoon that already was hopping before he overcame a sluggish start and holed a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 9 to make the turn at 1 under for his round, and leaving him two shots out of the lead. Everyone knew it just from listening to the roars.Woods had his chances, twice missing birdie putts from inside 10 feet at Nos. 10 and 12, sandwiched around a 12-foot par save. His round appeared to come undone when he found the water on the 15th and made double bogey for the second straight day. Tommy Fleetwood, who won the Race to Dubai on the European Tour last year, scratched out a 68 and was one shot out of the lead along with Webb Simpson (72), Russell Henley (70) and Rory Sabbatini (69).Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger each shot 72 and were in a large group at 139. They were among only 10 players remaining under par.Fleetwood laughed when asked the last time he was at 2 under after 36 holes and only one shot out of the lead.“Maybe some junior event,” he said. “It’s good, though. These are the toughest test in golf. Generally, one of the best players prevail at the end of weeks like this. Weeks like this challenge you to the ultimate level. Whether you shoot two 80s or you lead after two rounds, you can see what you need to do and see where your game is. Because this is as hard as it’s ever going to get for you.”The difficulty was primarily from the wind, which blew just as hard in the morning when List shot his 66 as it did in the afternoon. More aggravating to the players are the greens, which are old and bare, firm and crusty. It’s a recipe for not making many putts.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next View comments AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker on the 18th hole during the second round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Even with a tee shot into the water for another double bogey, Tiger Woods could see the big picture in the Honda Classic.He was four shots out of the lead going into the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Then, he hit out of a fairway bunker, over the water and onto the green at the dangerous 16th hole and faced a 65-foot putt. He misread the speed and the line, so badly that it was similar to a car driving from Chicago to Denver and winding up in Phoenix. A bogey dropped him to 2 over.The big moment was the 17th hole, 184 waters into the wind and over water. That’s where Rory McIlroy made triple bogey earlier in the day that ruined his otherwise solid round of 72, leaving him seven behind. Making it even tougher for Woods is the Brandt Snedeker hit 5-iron before him to about 6 feet. Woods got to the tee and the wind died, meaning 5-iron was too much and 6-iron wouldn’t clear the water.He went with the 5-iron.“I started that thing pretty far left and hit a pretty big cut in there because I had just too much stick,” Wood said.It landed 12 feet below the hole for a birdie putt.Thomas made 17 pars and a double bogey when he three-putted from 6 feet on No. 16. He felt the same way as Woods.“I’m in a good spot — really good spot — going into this week,” Thomas said. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Luke List delivered a round not many others found possible in such difficult conditions Friday, a 4-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead with Jamie Lovemark (69). They were at 3-under 137, the highest score to lead at the halfway point of the Honda Classic since it moved to PGA National in 2007.So bunched were the scores that Woods was four shots out of the lead and four shots from last place among the 76 players who made the cut at 5-over 145. More importantly, he only had 13 players in front of him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This is a difficult golf course right now,” Woods said. “Making pars is a good thing. I’ve done that, and I’m right there with a chance.”And he has plenty of company. Chemistry between Ross, Lassiter made SMB’s winning play happen Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Citylast_img read more

Adams focused on making his own mark

first_imgTyler Adams Tyler Adams focused on making his own mark, and not on filling other players’ shoes Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 22:30 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Tyler Adams MLS NY Red Bulls 10252017 Mike DiNovo MLS New York RB The U.S. national team midfielder is still just 19, but after his breakout 2017, is ready to be a figurehead for the revamped Red Bulls A year ago, Tyler Adams was seen as the young prospect with the unenviable task of trying to replace a fan favorite and MLS All-Star in former New York Red Bulls captain Dax McCarty. A year later, Adams has emerged as someone capable of much more. His evolution as a player is now much less about the guys who have come before him, and now is about one of Major League Soccer’s brightest prospects casting his own shadow.Adams enters 2018 with much different expectations having set the bar high for himself after a breakout 2017. And as much as Sacha Kljestan’s departure from the Red Bulls might lead some to think Adams will spend another season helping fill a void left by a star player’s departure, he doesn’t quite see things that way.AdChoices广告”You see people talking about ‘Are you going to fill his shoes’ and I think that for myself, there’s no shoes to fill in my mind,” Adams told Goal. “In my mind I’m going to be the player that I’m going to be, and I’m completely different than all those players. Obviously they’re both great players, but I want to be my own player and I’m going to try and fill any void or gap that we have now and do it off of my own game.” Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player No, the Red Bulls aren’t counting on Adams to replace Kljestan — Alejandro Romero Gamarra has been signed to do that — but Adams enters the new season expected to be one of the team’s leaders despite having just turned 19 earlier in February. That seems like a lofty set of responsibilities for someone his age, but last year saw him skyrocket from promising Red Bulls prospect to one of the most exciting young talents in the American soccer pipeline.Adams enjoyed a dream 2017, one which included his emergence as an MLS starter, his impressive showing at the Under-20 World Cup, and eventually his first U.S. national team appearance. Along the way he has quickly developed a reputation in MLS circles as a young player with the fearlessness and attitude to become a dominant player.”Over the last six months, (Adams) has been put in situations that could be overwhelming for a player his age and with his lack of experience. Yet, no matter what the situation is, you don’t ever get the sense that he’s overwhelmed by the challenge,” Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles told Goal. “If anything, he embraces it, and because he embraces it in that way, it brings confidence to the group. We’re not thinking we’re just putting a young player in there that could get caught up or swept up by what’s happening. We’re putting in someone that’s capable. It doesn’t matter how young or inexperienced he is. He’s capable.”That sort of characteristic lends to thinking that this person has greatness in his future. I’m one of those people and I think absolutely, that he’s not just great for the Red Bull organization, but U.S. Soccer in general.”GFX Quote PS Luis Robles on Tyler AdamsAdams’ poise has helped him make a smooth transition to the pro game, but so has a temperament that some coaches around MLS admiringly call “mean.” It is a fearlessness and on-field relentlessness that belies his baby face.”This would go back to when he was 15 when I first met him. You could tell he was different,” Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch told Goal. “It wasn’t just that he was athletic and was a good player. It was that he believed he was going to be a good player. That maturity and that self-belief that he has lends itself towards him continuing to grow in a big way.”When asked if he could think of a young player who Adams reminded him of in terms of mentality, Marsch brought up long-time U.S. national team standout and Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley, who Marsch saw develop from his earliest days. “Michael Bradley was always very locked in to his process,” Marsch said. “At a young age, he was very mature, but they have a different kind of intensity. Michael’s intensity is very, I think, inner-focused and over the years he’s had to teach himself to expand outside of himself. Tyler has a real ease to his inner focus, his ability to integrate within a group, his appreciation for people around him. He’s social. He’s a balanced young man. I think that will help him integrate and adapt to whatever situation he’s in.”That much was clear after the recent U.S. national team camp in January. Adams was one of the standouts of that camp, following up his November national team debut with a second straight start and solid showing as the team’s youngest player.”Getting called into January camp was obviously a huge opportunity for myself, and obviously you can never take those opportunities for granted,” Adams said. “I thought I had a strong camp, and was rewarded with a start against Bosnia. In the game against Bosnia obviously a lot of things we could have done better, and a lot of things you’d like to see improve, but I think as a whole it’s good to get a lot of young guys on the field. Going from that point on it will be fun to figure out individually how I fit in that team going forward, and then collectively trying to help that team any way I can.”Tyler Adams USMNT 01282018Adams adaptability was clear to see last year, when he was shifted into a right wing-back role by Marsch and thrived there, finishing the season as arguably the best right-sided fullback/wing back in MLS. Though central midfield remains his preferred position, the time spent on the right wing helped him round out his game.”i think playing that wing-back position you’re more an attacker than defender, which I wasn’t really known for,” Adams said. “I’m not really a 1-v-1 player so when I find myself out on the wing it’s kind of abnormal to the game that I usually do play, but I think that adding that 1-v-1 ability, especially in certain situations because of my pace and athleticism, I got to find myself in unique situations and definitely got better at those situations.”Though he did well as a right wing back, his future lies in a central midfield role, where his quickness, tenacity and improving passing can make him a force. While Marsch agrees with the idea that Adams is very much a midfielder, he does plan on continuing to take advantage of Adams’ versatility, and his growth as a player.”Our goal is to play him more in the middle of the midfield this year, but I still think there will be times when we do use him out wide,” Marsch told Goal. “We’ll just have to look at each week and realize where we’re at and figure out how to get the best out of our team in that particular week. Tyler is the type of person and player that grows each day and each week. I expect that, a year from now, we’ll be talking about a very different player than we are right now.”last_img read more

World shares advance even as commodity prices plunge

first_imgWorld shares headed for their best week in over a month on Friday, 20 November, though alarm bells over global growth were ringing in metals markets as copper hovered at its lowest level since 2009 and nickel since 2003.The commodities crunch was compounded as the dollar began to flex its muscles again after a quiet two days; gold slipped back towards a 5-year low and as a major sea freight index hit its lowest level on record.However, global stock markets seemed largely oblivious.Wall Street expected to start 0.2 to 0.3% higher with its main S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial indexes on course for near 3% rises on the week.European shares were barely budged as the main London, Frankfurt and Paris markets headed for 2 to 3.5% weekly gains and Tokyo’s Nikkei ended Asia’s week near a three-month high.The euro was sent tumbling back below $1.07 to $1.0670 as Mario Draghi gave the clearest hint yet that the ECB will expand its already €1 trillion stimulus programme next month and cut its key deposit rate even deeper into negative territory.”If we decide that the current trajectory of our policy is not sufficient… we will do what we must to raise inflation as quickly as possible,” Draghi said at a conference in Frankfurt, adding that a decision will be made at the ECB’s 3 December meeting.One of the most striking things is that the move will come just over a week before the ECB’s U.S. counterpart, the Federal Reserve, is likely to deliver the first hike in U.S. interest rates rise in almost a decade.The expected divergence pushed the dollar back up towards a 7-month high against a basket of top currencies in early European trading. Goldman Sachs on Thursday made a stronger greenback its top trade tip for 2016.The prospect of higher Fed rates and dollar, alongside concerns about China’s economic health continue to create uncertainty.For example, copper – seen as a good gauge of the global economy because of its wide industrial use – has been hit by persistent worries that supply cuts won’t suffice to offset the pressure on prices caused by weak demand in top user China.It slumped to a 6-1/2-year low of $4,573.50 per tonne before bouncing back to $4,650.00, still down 3.8% so far this week.The Baltic Index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities and is viewed as a good reflection of the health of world trade, having fallen 58.8% from its peak this year, experienced a record low.”Many economies in Asia and emerging markets are still not doing that good. Demand for raw materials remain very weak,” said Masahiro Ichikawa, senior strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management in Tokyo.Oil predictions Oil prices were also not far from near three-month lows hit earlier this week.Global benchmark Brent futures last stood at $44.40 per barrel, compared to Monday’s low of $43.15 as U.S. crude sat just above $40 a barrel.Crude futures have already lost around 60% of their value since mid-2014 as supply exceeds demand by roughly 0.7 million to 2.5 million barrels per day to create a glut that analysts say will last well into 2016.Market data also suggests oil traders are preparing for another drop in prices by March, 2016, as what is expected to be an unusually warm U.S. winter dents demand just as Iran’s exports hit global markets after its sanctions are ended.”Uncertainty is so high in the world’s crude markets,” said Kang Yoo-jin, commodities analyst at NH Investment and Securities based in Seoul. “Prices will have high volatility in 2016 and particularly in the first half.”In debt markets 2-year US yields were up for their fourth week in the last five.Meanwhile, Greek bond yields headed back towards their lowest levels in more than a year after Greece’s parliament approved a reform bill late on Thursday, 19 November, to secure further bailout funds from its international lenders.Mario Draghi’s soothing sounds also underpinned the broader euro zone bond market as core German Bunds, but also French, Italian and Spain bonds, cruised towards their second straight week of yield falls.Neil Williams, chief economist of fund manager Hermes in London, said that one of the things helping equity markets was the increasing degree of clarity on what the Fed and ECB will do next month and on China’s support plans for its economy.”China obviously needs watching. When a $10-1/2 trillion economy which accounts for about a half of the world’s commodity demand slows we need to take notice,” Williams said. “But I’m increasingly reassured that they have the policy buttons to press and are pressing them.”last_img read more

Rohingyas turning lost generation

first_imgRohingya refugees make their way to a refugee camp after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palong Khali, near Cox`s Bazar. ReutersA humanitarian organisation has warned of a “lost generation” with more than 500,000 Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh unlikely to receive schooling in 2018.Al Jazeera quoted the International Rescue Committee (IRC) as saying that unless interventions are “urgently funded”, the humanitarian needs of children will only increase.”Education in emergencies is a life-saving and life-changing intervention – helping children recover and cope with the continuing adversity they face,” Sarah Smith, the IRC’s senior director for education, was quoted to have said on Friday.”This is incredibly urgent for Rohingya children; no one is paying attention to their needs, and they face some of the highest levels of trauma the IRC has ever seen.”Until children’s rights to education in the Rohingya crisis are realised, we face the threat of a lost generation of what is already one of the world’s most vulnerable populations.”Less than two per cent of humanitarian funding goes towards education, the most underfunded sector in response to the Rohingya plight, Al Jazeera quoted the IRC as said.Evan Schuurman, part of the Save the Children’s emergency response team in Cox’s Bazar, reportedly said in October that schooling was particularly important for traumatised refugee children.”School isn’t just about learning,” he reportedly wrote in a piece published by Al Jazeera. “It provides routine and a sense of normality, a place where children can make friends, play and remember what it’s like to be children.”It’s also a critical form of protection from exploitation and abuse, such as trafficking.”According to the Oxford Burma Alliance, a student-run organisation at Oxford University, more than 60 per cent of Rohingya children between the ages of five and 17 have never been to school due to poverty, government restrictions on their movement, and a lack of schools in Rakhine State, Myanmar, Al Jazeera reported.More than 620,000 Rohingya have reportedly fled to neighbouring Bangladesh since August 25 in fear of abuses by Myanmarese soldiers, which the United States and UN described as “ethnic cleansing”.The ongoing crisis has been described as the biggest forced exodus of 2017.Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a deal last month for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees, but little is known of its details, Al Jazeera added.last_img