Share This!This fall, at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, Guests will be invited to celebrate Día de los Muertos.Let’s start at Disney California Adventure. Guests should first stop at the Plaza de la Familia at Paradise Gardens. Themed around Coco, families can share meaningful memories of loved ones at the Memory Wall, enjoy the iconic Mexican Árbol de la Vida (Tree of Life) photo location and take part in a mask-making craft that depicts an alebrije (spirit guide) from the film. You will also want to make sure you visit the art exhibit called The World of Coco, Mariachi music performed on the bandstand and delicious Mexican food menu at Paradise Gardens Grill. If you have a Cars fan in the family, you’ll also want to make sure to stop in Cars Land where you’ll be able to see an ofrenda (a remembrance altar) that pays tribute to Doc Hudson, which will be found at Ramone’s House of Body Art. (I know it’s an animated character, but all the tears!)Over at Disneyland, Zócalo Park in Frontierland will feature a colorful display in honor of Día de los Muertos featuring marigolds and papel picado, along with a traditional ofrenda, calaveras (sugar skulls), an iconic figure of La Catrina and delicious food at Rancho del Zócalo.This event won’t last long! Día de los Muertos activities begin on September 7 and will take place through November 2.
9 December 2005“Oh people my people. It’s really so flippen wonderful. We are back in the real world inside of South Africa and quite glad not to have to drink all that flippen Belgium beers anymore.“And hey, hang on to your underpants because guess why guys. Because we also got our own TV show which is going to be on TV next year and we are busy making it right now.“So to all you golden kids out there who always believed in the Dream and shared in the Love, we just want to say: Come on! Believe it! Thanks.”Meet Corne and Twakkie, stars of The Most Amazing Show (T*M*A*S). If you’re not South African, you’ll probably find them scary. If you are you’ll find them scary anyway, but you’ll laugh a lot too. As they would say, Corne and Twakkie are totally not kak.They’re like a bad seventies flashback: mullets, insane facial hair, tight shiny shorts last worn on a high school hockey pitch in 1974, and wonderfully mangled SA English. According to their website, Corne – the Love Captain – is 6ft 4in (23in x 4in), “the fabulous host of The Most Amazing Show and part-time healer at the Dai Maharaj Centre for Healing through Eastern Eroticism.”His co-host Twakkie is 4ft 6in, and has 84 broken bones and eight metal plates. “He made a name for himself as a stuntman in the golden decade of the 1980s and still struggles to cope with the unbearable stress of stardom.”You’d better believe it, ’cause it’s true.David HasselthoffFor five years Corne and Twakkie have toured South Africa in their clapped-out caravan, taking T*M*A*S to sell-out shows in places like Kokstad and developing a serious cult following. They’ve appeared at the National Arts Festival and hosted Oppikoppi, South Africa’s major music festival, for two years in a row.They’re also big in Belgium.“In case you forgot about it we were just overseas in Europa in a country called Belgiam at a big giant festival called Pukkelpop which was totally not kak,” they say.The festival “was there rocking that piece of soil which is usually a pig farm just outside a town called Hasselt. What an amazing place and also the birthtown of David Hasselthoff. Amazing. We are very famous in Europa.“Its true what they say you know, you Belgians have an amazing sense of human.”The Most Amazing TV ShowThey’ll soon be even more famous in South Africa. The SABC2 channel, which focuses on local South African content and language, has snapped up The Most Amazing Show, with the first series already in production.The show is being filmed on a most amazing set. There’s the Corne and Twakkie caravan, littered with old South African kitsch such as leopard-print bed sheets and Tretchikoff paintings.Then, of course, there’s the jacuzzi, where the pair wear skin-tight one-piece swimsuits to interview their unfortunate guests. Each episode also showcases local musicians, who have to perform on a bizarre stage featuring the face of a clown with a gaping hole for a mouth and a garden swing chair.“It’s nice to be back,” they say. “Its nice to be famous. And we can’t hardly wait to see all of you lovely golden kids again.”Visit The Most Amazing Show Interwebsite. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
18 February 2014Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile has encouraged South Africans, especially those who were close to or were part of the liberation struggle, to write more books about the political history of the country.Mashatile said this would help preserve the country’s heritage by imparting the story of the political struggle to generations to come.Speaking at the launch of The Future We Chose: Emerging Perspectives on The Centenary of the ANC in Cape Town on Friday, Mashatile said his department would support book projects that contributed to preserving South Africa’s arts and heritage.“The Department of Arts and Culture, among many of its responsibilities, encourages the writing of books – especially in indigenous languages – as well as the reading of books [that] tell the true story of who we are as South African people. I encourage us all to write books,” Mashatile said.He added that while there were books by people who were very critical about South Africa, “we should write more about ourselves so that there is proper discourse out there”.‘Tell a good story’“All those who have got the energy to write, please let us get together. Let’s write more and more books so that we can impart good heritage to the young generation. We must be able to tell a good story of this great nation,” he said.The Future We Chose was edited by commentator and writer Busani Ngcaweni, who approached ANC leaders and stalwarts to contribute chapters on their perspectives of the liberation movement’s centenary celebrations and history.The book explores the events and narratives that define South Africa’s oldest political organisation.Among the senior politicians who contributed to the 19-chapter book is Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who attended the launch. Planning Minister Trevor Manuel was also there.Source: SAnews.gov
Jack Rodwell isn’t the only free agent undergoing medical tests with Roma, as Marcel Buchel is also ‘auditioning’ for a contract. The Giallorossi are in the middle of an injury crisis, with long-term problems for Lorenzo Pellegrini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Amadou Diawara, Bryan Cristante and Davide Zappacosta. There is above all a lack of midfielders, so the club is going back on the market for free agents who can sign immediately rather than wait for the January transfer window. It has already been reported that English player Rodwell is in Rome for medical tests, but it seems he is not the only one. According to Il Messaggero newspaper, Liechtenstein international Buchel is also in the Italian Capital for a series of medicals. Coach Paulo Fonseca will decide over the next few days whether to sign one or both of these midfielders. Unlike Rodwell, Buchel spent practically his entire career in Italy with Siena, Cremonese, Juventus, Lanciano, Bologna, Verona and Empoli. He has 66 Serie A appearances under his belt, plus 80 in Serie B and 24 at Serie C level. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
West Ham boss Pellegrini coy over season targetby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is coy over their season target.Skipper Mark Noble says they should be going for the top six.Pellegrini said, “I never say what our team target is for the season. I think though, that if pundits have those feelings, maybe it is because the team is showing in games, we are able to do that. “Our duty as a team is not to hear what happens, it is to play every game and demonstrate we are able to do it. “We know we have a very strong team to play and we have a good test against Manchester United and we will try to beat them. That would be the only way to arrive in the top six position, by demonstrating in every game we can do exactly that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Nearly seven months after a one-year contract was signed putting Ohio State in charge of managing both the Schottenstein Center and Nationwide Arena, no plans have been made for when the agreement expires June 30. The deal has provisions that provide for extensions of either month-to-month or yearly after this date, said Xen Riggs, assistant vice president of OSU’s Office of Administration and Planning. Riggs was responsible for the oversight of the Schottenstein Center, along with other major events on campus. He helped work through the details of the general goals for the partnership on a daily basis. OSU and Nationwide aren’t taking the fast track to decide what will come next for the long-term contract between the venues. “I don’t think anybody’s in a monstrous hurry,” Riggs told The Lantern. “We want to do it right and we want to do it well. We want to make sure the structure benefits the community and university in the most advantageous ways.” Riggs said there are ideas being thrown around for the new contract that still need to be refined, but overall, there won’t be much difference on how the venues operate. No ideas were disclosed to The Lantern, since they are still in the works. “It’s really just structure that will be put in place,” Riggs said. “One nice thing about being into this (seven) months is we’ve got (seven) months of experience and history. Now that we know each other better, we know what works best.” Karen Davis, director of business communications for the Columbus Blue Jackets, said the focus on the contract is now on leveraging combined resources to provide the best entertainment and event experience for customers. However, she reiterated there are no immediate timetables dictating discussions regarding the future of the agreement. OSU and Nationwide joined forces for financial and marketing reasons. Officials felt it was also the right thing to do for the community. “The synergies between the two venues is better than it was when we were competing against each other,” Riggs said. When the arenas were competing against each other before the contract on non-sporting events, they often undercut each other’s efforts to land events, causing the winning venue to actually lose money, said Stephen Buser, an OSU professor emeritus of finance who conducted a report on the financial viability of the National Hockey League franchise in 2009. OSU President E. Gordon Gee agreed that “having two competing arenas in which each are undercutting each other creates a level of competition that is unhealthy.” OSU now handles booking for concerts and other non-athletic events for both arenas. Tickets for events can be purchased at both venues. Instead of duplicating efforts on marketing, the venues have combined all marketing tactics. More time and money can now be spent on cross-promotion and gaining larger audiences for events. “The co-management relationship offers us more opportunities at reaching our core audience in the Columbus area by being able to now market our shows across both venues and their customer bases,” said Donna Larkin Lake, public relations manager of Feld Entertainment, a production company that brought “Disney on Ice” to Nationwide last week. Riggs said the vision of joint marketing tactics is to enhance Columbus as a destination for concerts and live events by providing marketing and other tools that might not be available in other cities. Financially, combined marketing tools have brought the venues big savings and revenue. According to Riggs, the collaboration was hitting and exceeding the expected financial and programmatic outcomes they anticipated. However, there are no specific target numbers in the contract. Before the contract, Nationwide was in contract with SMG, a Pennsylvania-based management corporation that handles booking for events. Eliminating this management fee has also helped save money between the two venues. The estimated cost savings for both arenas from consolidation in terms of management will be close to $1 million for both arenas, Gee said. “From the Blue Jackets’ perspective, we’ve been very pleased with the partnerships,” Davis said. “The consolidation of duties in some areas and sharing of best practices has been mutually beneficial, as we had hoped it would.” Gee credits the success of the contract to Riggs. “He’s a magician,” Gee said. “He’s one of the best in the business in managing these large arenas. In fact, that’s why we have someone like him here who can escalate the use of both of those arenas in good ways so that we all benefit from it, as a community and as a university.” Another agreement benefit for OSU is the use of Nationwide Arena for its hockey team. “I think that would be a great place for them to play,” Gee said. “I don’t want to move them entirely off campus, but the more we can integrate ourselves in the city, I would welcome that.” In Buser’s NHL report, he found the Blue Jackets lose between $4 and $5 million a year in management fees. According to his study, the team has been losing an estimated $12 million annually. Despite this money loss, the level of tax revenues generated by the Blue Jackets in terms of accelerated growth of business in the Arena District is more impressive than is the case of the typical city hosting an NHL team, Buser said. “I discovered that other cities now look to Columbus as a new model for development in and around a hockey arena,” Buser told The Lantern. “The visiting cities were stunned to see that strong business development continued in the Arena (District) even during the worst of the recent recession.” Buser also said other cities have concluded the Blue Jackets, Nationwide and the Arena District provide a virtual money machine for the generation of business development and local tax revenues. The only financial fear Buser has is if Columbus loses the Blue Jackets. “Development of the Arena District could easily stagnate or even reverse the current trend and Columbus, Franklin County and the state of Ohio would suffer tremendous losses in current and future tax revenues,” he said. The only struggle the venues have faced so far deals with the economy of the concert business. “The number of tours out on the road has been a little lower than it has in past years, but that seems like it might be coming back,” Riggs said. Riggs estimated the number of major tours through Columbus has been down by as much as 20 to 25 percent. Earlier reports of the initial contract speculated ticket prices for events would be cheaper with this contract. Riggs said the concert business doesn’t work this way. “We’ve said that from the beginning,” he said. “It really wouldn’t have any impact on ticket prices. The market is the market regardless of those factors.” Venue officials don’t know where the decision making process on the long-term contract will be in the next six months, but said they have good ideas in the works. “I don’t think anybody wants to put a hard timeline on it because that’s not our intent,” he said. “We’ve got a long way to go and (five) months sounds like a long time, but it’s really not for a project like this.”
Kolkata: Coming down heavily on the BJP for running a ‘parallel government’ for the last five years, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday urged the CPI(M) and the Congress to join hands with Trinamool Congress to fight the BJP.”The situation in Bhatpara has made the people of the state realize what happens if you vote for BJP. The way they are functioning in the country, I apprehend they will change the Constitution one day. I feel all of us (TMC, Congress and CPIM) should come together in the fight against the saffron party. It doesn’t mean we have to join hands politically, but on common issues at the national level, we can come together,” she said while speaking in the state Assembly. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee also reiterated that 23 political parties in the country are trying to put up a united fight against the BJP and they have to continue this for the greater interest of the country. She appealed to the Congress and the CPI(M) to be vocal against alleged EVM manipulation on the part of BJP to swing votes in their favour. “It is your prerogative with whom you should forge an alliance. But I feel, we need to be united to fight the fascist BJP. We stand by the Congress in various issues in Parliament and it should be the same in our state too,” she asserted. BJP had managed to win 18 out of 42 seats in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls against TMC’s 22 seats. Congress won two seats while the Left failed to open its account. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said time and again that CPI(M) and the Congress have connived against the TMC right from the Panchayats to the Lok Sabha polls. Continued on P5
The Michigan House Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to approve a plan sponsored by state Rep. Jeff Noble removing an unnecessary law from the books.Noble’s plan repeals a section of law that references the Board of Control for the Michigan School of the Blind, which no longer exists.In 1879, the Legislature established the Michigan School for the Blind, which opened the following year and served 35 students. The school taught traditional subjects, including musical arts, with one of its students being the great Stevie Wonder. At one point in the 1950s, enrollment surpassed 300 students, but the school’s student body started to decline until its ultimate closure in 1995.“While at its pinnacle, the school helped hundreds of blind students pursue their dreams and set up successful futures for themselves,” said Noble of Northville. “While I am sad to see the school no longer in operation, it is best for our government to remove references to it to make sure the books are clean and we are running efficiently for the people of Michigan.”House Bill 5998 now moves to the Senate for further consideration. 24May Noble’s plan eliminating unnecessary law passes House Categories: Noble News