Alice is no child’s play

first_imgFrankie Parham discovers oysters and boiler suits in Through the Looking Glass4/5With the pantomime season over, audiences may find it hard to stomach more childish theatrics. Not so with Emily Lim’s vigorous new production. This is no panto, but a dark, original remake of Lewis Carroll’s novel Through the Looking Glass. Unpleasant characters lurk around every corner of the chessboard Alice crosses, from harsh queens to cruel frogs. Although Lim has adapted Carroll’s text, improvising with her cast along the way, the quality of the original has not been lost.Tor Lupton as Alice is still the curious and confused pre-adolescent. She is confronted by an array of intimidating characters, brought to life by the use of a fourteen-strong Chorus. The Chorus members narrate the story in turn and portray everything Alice encounters, animal, vegetable or mineral. This kind of anthropomorphic Chorus is in danger of becoming a snarling, contorted freak-show. However the cast save themselves from this sorry fate with their excellent acting, and infuse each character with individuality. The audience feels sympathy for talking mutton and timid White Queen alike.The stage becomes cluttered with what looks like an industrial rubbish heap. The ‘conceptual’ costumes include boiler suits and bin liners worn by doomed oysters. The whole set, heaped with junk, reflects the back-to-front world of the Looking Glass. Accompanied by a cacophony of clarinets, basses and electronic recordings compiled by Danny Saleeb, Alice must face the prospect of a bleak and brutal world.Such a grand scale of dark lunacy sometimes feels exhausting. Yet by honouring Carroll’s love of wordplay, the production also brings out the humour that Carroll always intended. Exclaiming that she can’t see anybody wandering through the forest, Alice is strangely marvelled at by the White King for her ability to ‘see nobody’. Being in a looking glass, situations are not purely disturbing, but also comic in their reversal.It seems Lim’s adaptation often teeters on the brink of collapsing inwards through its own energy; faced with such chaotic disorder, an audience could become as frenzied as the unwelcoming banqueters at Alice’s palace. However, the grim perversion of the neutral space is just as magical as it is tantalising. ‘Leave off at seven’ is Humpty Dumpty’s advice – better not to grow up and face reality. After watching the show, prepare to feel unsure that you can ever say what you mean. This cast, at least, really mean what they say.last_img read more

Cargill combines formulations for texture

first_imgCargill’s new texture solutions combining pectin and starch are usable in all types of bakery fillings.The products, obtained by using specific combinations of Unipectine pectins and starches from Cargill’s C*Tex, C*CreamTex and C*PolarTex ranges, cover a large variety of uses, from ready-to-use bakery fillings to tailored formulations. Said Virginie Langendorff, Cargill’s processed fruit application leader, for Europe, Middle East & Africa: “Cargill can offer the best possible solution whether for a single ingredient or in combination. This has given us the freedom to design new textures and functionalities with different applications in mind, based on the distinctive strengths offered by each product range.”The new formulations cover bakery fillings ranging from neutral to acid, high or low solubility, and from bake-stable to post-bake applications.last_img read more

Ernst signs onto resolution condemning Democrats for handling of impeachment process

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says she has signed on to a resolution from a fellow Republican which condemns Democrats for failing to follow the proper process in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.“Because what we’re seeing in the House is the fact that Democrats have been so heck bent on making sure they impeach this president that they are just randomly acting through this inquiry process. It’s not open, it’s not transparent, we don’t have access to the information,” Ernst says.Ernst told reporters during her weekly conference call that the Democrats in the House are not following through on anything. “We have got to get our work done. The House needs to focus on getting things done like the USMCA. And impeachment — if they are going to go down that road — they need to make sure that they are following standards that have been set, practices that have been set in the past. And the president is not receiving that same courtesy right now,” Ernst says.Ernst was asked if she defends the president’s actions. “I can’t go down that path right now — because again — I haven’t seen all of the information. And bottom line, we don’t even know what the articles of impeachment are. (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi has not indicated what they are trying to do other than go after the president,” Ernst says. “So gain, it’s more of a political show over there than actually getting toward an objective.”Ernst says she doesn’t have any information to make any kind of a decision on whether the president’s dealings with the Ukraine were an impeachable offense. “As I read through the transcript of the call, of course I didn’t see an impeachable offense there. We will need to hear from additional witnesses and I’m sure that the House will bring those witnesses forward. They will have to. I mean they will have to when they bring it over to the Senate for a trial,” Ernst says. “So again, I want to make sure that I am evaluating all the information as presented by the House prosecutors — that is under the assumption that they are going to send articles of impeachment over.”Ernst says she will sit as a judge in the Senate if the inquiry moves forward and will make a decision based on the information.last_img read more

Standard Bank comes out tops in Africa

first_img27 July 2011South Africa’s Standard Bank Group has again been named Africa’s top bank in The Banker magazine’s 2011 rankings of the world’s top banks by their Tier 1 capital.It also rose from 106th to 94th place in the list of 1000 top banks in the world.Standard Bank Group Deputy CEO Sim Tshabalala said the bank’s continued rise up The Banker’s rankings table demonstrated the group’s strength and ability to implement its strategy across Africa.“It is particularly pleasing to achieve a top ranking on the basis of objective criteria applied by an independent journal,” Tshabalala said in a statement this month. “The ranking points again to the substance in our strategy to keep Africa firmly at the core of Standard Bank Group.”Leading global journalThe Banker is a leading global journal of the banking sector. Its annual top 1 000 world banks survey is to show banks’ soundness in relation to the Basel requirement of a minimum ratio of Tier 1 capital to risk-weighted assets of 4% (increasing to 7% by 2019), and a minimum ratio of total capital to risk-weighted assets of 8%.In its July edition, The Banker says that Standard Bank has increased its Tier 1 capital to US$12.06-billion, an increase of 26.15% on the previous year and almost twice as much as the second-ranked bank.“The strong capital position, highlighted by The Banker’s rankings, provides a stable platform for further growth,” Tshabalala said. “We will continue to build first-class, on-the-ground banking franchises in chosen markets in Africa, investing in people, branch networks and systems.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Svitzer Wins Work at Bangladeshs 1st LNG Import Terminal

first_imgzoom Excelerate Energy Bangladesh Limited (Excelerate) has awarded Svitzer a fifteen-year contract to provide marine support services at Bangladesh’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, to be located offshore Moheshkhali Island in the Bay of Bengal.Bangladesh’s first LNG import terminal will enable Petrobangla, the state owned energy company, to increase natural gas supply in the country by up to 20 percent, sufficient to support up to 3,000 MW of power generation capacity.The construction of the terminal will commence in the fourth quarter of 2017 and is anticipated to be in service by mid-2018.Svitzer will serve the facility with a suite of five vessels – three Robert Allen RAstar 3200 Ocean Going Terminal tugs under construction at the Cheoy Lee Shipyard in China, one 36m Crew Boat under construction at the Penguin Shipyard and the MSV Svitzer Foxtrot from the existing fleet.Svitzer said it would establish a Bangladesh branch office to oversee the operation.“It is a vote of confidence that Excelerate chose Svitzer to support their operations in Bangladesh, recognizing that we have a great deal of experience operating tugs and other support vessels,” Svitzer’s Alan Bradley said.According to Bradley, the contract is in line with Svitzer’s global expansion into the oil and gas terminal towage sector.”last_img read more

They would make monkey noises former NHLer reflects on his experience for

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) — Since 1976, Black History Month has celebrated African-American triumphs. As the NHL formally recognizes Black History Month for the first time, a former NHLer is reflecting on the hardships he endured on and off the ice.As a former winger for the Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils, Claude Vilgrain has experienced racism during the three decades he was an amateur and professional player from the 70s to 90s. His first game in the juniors playing in Montreal he was targeted by fans and players for the colour of his skin.They would make “monkey sounds, and say ‘go back to Africa,’” he said. “I was shocked.” It was his first time he had left the protection of his suburb in Quebec City and experienced the blatant racism.“That was the worst hockey game I ever played and after that, I swore I would never let that bother me,” he said.Born in Haiti, Vilgrain moved to Quebec City when he was a child where he fell in love with the game of hockey.“I was always the black kid unless I played with my brother,” he said. “I went through the ‘hey blackie’ or after games kids not shaking my hand.”Though the NHL is making efforts to put racial diversity front and centre, minority players like P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators still endure racism from fans. One man was charged for throwing a banana onto the ice in the direction of Wayne Simmonds, then forward for the Flyers, during a pre-season game in London, Ont.READ MORE: Karl Subban on racism, in-game protests and the power of sportOne of the most famous African-American NHL players is Willie O’Ree, whose known for breaking the colour barrier in the sport. Vilgrain had the opportunity to speak with him many years ago.“I finally met Willie O’Ree maybe 30 years ago, and I heard his story and it was amazing how he managed to play,” he said. “My story paled in comparison to his story.”READ MORE: NHL to celebrate Black History Month for first time The NHL has since created a mobile museum to showcase the role of minorities in the game. Today, there are roughly 20 black players currently on NHL rosters.With files from CityNews’ Brittany Rosen.last_img read more

Man guilty Found with Cocaine in Condom

first_imgOn Wednesday 44 year old Eddy Cerant took condom use to an entirely new level… at least in recent history.   Police say the man, now charged with possession of controlled drugs used a transparent condom to store cocaine.  Related Items:Eddy Cerant charged with possession of controlled drugs, man found hiding drugs in condom, man gets 9 months in prison and deportation after being found with drugs coming in on a flight from Grand Turk It is still important to curtailing sexually transmitted diseases and even a new mosquito borne virus, namely ZIKA is fended off with the use of a condom.  A tip to Police led to the search, arrest and conviction of Eddy Cerant. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 12, 2016 – Condoms; first introduced in the year 1855 as a means of birth control with their popularity and importance soaring once HIV/AIDS became an epidemic.  The man entered a guilty plea on Friday and is sentenced to 9 months in jail for the crime; after which he will be deported to Haiti.    Add to the strange choice of a hiding place for the cocaine, the man hid the 144 grams or four ounces of illicit drugs in his anal area; that is where Police found it when he was searched after disembarking a flight from Grand Turk on September 8, 2016. last_img read more