The Red Ryder BB gun, fishnet leg lamp and the adventures of Ralphie Parker and his friends in the classic film A Christmas Story will transform into a musical this holiday season at the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts.With only three weeks of rehearsal from audition to opening night, more than 40 kids and 10 adults will take the stage on Dec. 13, 14, 15, 20 and 21.After doing the Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol every year for four years, Artistic Director Brach Thomson realized he needed to keep things fresh and switch up the performances every season. Last year the Bigfork Playhouse Children’s Theatre performed A Christmas Carol, and in years past, Thomson wrote his own 80s version of the Scrooge. A Christmas Story was last performed in 2014.“My audience gets fickle,” he said.Thomson says this year’s script is slightly different from the previous performance five years ago, with parts of it filtered out. Thomson said he tries to keep the show to 90 minutes, which makes families happy to come and go. A few lines were cut and some music was tweaked, but is otherwise very similar to the last show in 2014.While the film isn’t a musical, he says the performance has a jingly Christmas tune and embodies a standard Broadway show tune.“I think the music is outstanding in the show,” he said.Thomson says out of the all the Children’s Theatre’s shows, this is the only one where he allows adults to perform.“I want those kids to get that time to shine,” he said.This year’s performance will see some repeat cast members from the 2014 show who have moved up to different parts. The actor who played Ralphie in the last show has grown into the dad’s role, and the young actor who played Randy is now playing bully Scut Farkus’ role.Thomson prides his theater on being audition only, and he typically turns 20 to 40 kids away. He wants the roles to mean something to the kids, and he hopes those who don’t make the cut strive to make the next show.While he wants the children to have fun, Thomson also strives to put on a great show for his audience.“Children’s theater has a bad stigma,” he said.He says people have a pre-conceived notion that children’s theater performances inevitably don’t have a high-quality production. But his shows have full costumes and full lights. He ensures the kids sing in two- and three-part harmony, and he doesn’t settle for mediocrity. He says his audiences always leave pleasantly surprised.“Nothing makes me happier than when you see people leave and say that was not what they expected,” he said.A Christmas Story will be at the Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Dec. 13, Saturday, Dec. 14, Friday, Dec. 20 and Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.For more information and tickets, visit [email protected] Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.
VERY TOP PHOTO: Gabe St. John (L) and Mason Dople (R)NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR (WLAF) – Campbell County Middle School Fishing Team members Mason Dople and Gabe St. John won the Bass Federation’s Junior State Championship in May on Chickamauga Lake in south Tennessee. Their coach, Mike King, said, “They weighed in 12.59 lbs for the impressive win, and that sent them on to the Nationals in August on the Arkansas River.Pro bass fisherman Hank Parker (M) takes time for a photo with St. John (L) and Dople (R).The Nationals began Thursday at North Little Rock, Arkansas, with Dople and St. John representing Campbell County in the TBF FLW Junior World Championship. It’s a three-day tournament. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/09/2019-6AM-PHOTO COURTESY OF COACH MIKE KING)Share this:FacebookTwitter
…ruminations on WhimYour Eyewitness isn’t going to crow “I told you so” about the AFC results in Whim – a complete rout! – which is emblematic of its performance on the Coast. Not because it’s not good form but more because it didn’t even take a moron (“people with an IQ of 51–70, being superior in one degree to “imbecile” (IQ of 26–50) and superior in two degrees to “idiot” (IQ of 0–25) to know that Moses Nagamootoo must’ve been drinking a lot of that old time Berbice Bush Rum when he vowed the AFC would whup the PPP there!!So what will he say now? “PPP intimidation”? Who was “intimidating” who in the voting booth when they placed their mark for the PPP’s candidate rather than his sister who stood for the AFC? This LGE for the AFC wasn’t even a Greek Tragedy – you know…where you know from the beginning the protagonist is doomed – it was more like the “farce” that Nagamootoo’s hero Marx spoke about! History repeats itself, “the first as tragedy, then as farce”!The first time was just two days ago when Nagamootoo marched in almost solitary dejection down the Middle walk of Whim at the “Mini rally” he and Ramjattan held – to rouse the folks in the village. The 30 votes his sister later received must’ve all been there in their free AFC mustard-yellow caps and T-shirts. The giveaway of what was to come when even these “pay-a-crowd” folks hid their faces under the brim of their caps when the Chronic took their pic! You’d think they were being herded down the chute like those criminals going to their trial!!Nagamootoo had said Whim was a straight battle between the AFC and the PPP. Well, now that the AFC’s been so comprehensively crushed in the battle – in Whim and elsewhere – what’s he and Ramjattan gonna do now? Are they going to man up; admit their defeat and cry “No Mas”? Your Eyewitness doesn’t think so. There’s no honour among folks like this duo. They’ll now backtrack on their words and come up with some BS as to why they should still continue to draw their mega salaries (plus perks!) as ‘representatives” of people who’ve so resoundingly rejected them.In Berbice, when people have no shame about their sordid actions, folks tell them to “rub blackpot” – soot – on their faces. That is, to try and hide their shame which would be apparent on their faces. Nagamootoo and Ramjattan, however, showed they were beyond the “blackpot” stage from their acceptance of their humiliations by the PNC in neutering them into political eunuchs! Ouch!!They’ll be prancing around! Shameless!…mourning Stan LeeHe’d been around so long, your Eyewitness was beginning to think he was immortal – like the Norse god Thor, he’d brought back into the popular imagination. He’s talking about Stan Lee of course, who, along with Jack Kirby, created the Super hero universe hawked by Marvel Comics. Lee is now dead at the age of 95.Your Eyewitness has to take time-out from his ruminations on all the political miasma swirling around him to pay tribute to this man who actually got him to develop his love of reading. School had gotten rather jejune, to say the least, with the “New Caribbean Readers” describing the travails of Mr Joe and his farm. While the DC stable with Superman and Batman helped to fill a void, it was the introduction of Spiderman and his cohorts – with their snappy, smart-alecky chatter – that got him hooked. Marvel Comics actually filled an ever expanding void!The move to the big screen – and then the introduction of CGX – brought out a whole new generation to the Marvel Universe.But it’ll never beat rifling through those paper-bound comics!…gyrating ladiesThere’s quite a lot of heat being generated by the letter of one lady protesting videos of gyrating ladies’ bamsies being projected “in the faces” of “horrified” children at the Women’s T-20! Well!!
Residents of Donegal’s offshore islands are heading to the polls this Thursday to commence voting in the presidential election and blasphemy referendum.Polling stations have opened on 12 islands nationally, including Donegal’s Arranmore, Gola, Inishboffin, Inishfree and Tory islands.There are 2,601 people on the electorate voting today to choose Ireland’s next President and voting in the referendum on blasphemy in Galway, Mayo and Donegal. Islanders traditionally vote a day early to ensure that ballots reach the mainland in time for the count.However, Fianna Fáil spokesperson on the islands Éamon Ó Cuív said he is confident that this election will be the last time people living off the coast will have to vote a day early.Mr Ó Cuív said that the arrangement is ‘unfair’ and improved transport services mean that there is no longer a valid reason for the tradition to continue.All other Irish citizens will go to the polls on Friday 26th October, when stations will be open from 7am to 10pm. Donegal islanders head to the polls was last modified: October 25th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Despite the impetus to direct funding towards post-apartheid development imperatives like housing and basic service supply, the government is now prioritising research.Most research capacity in the higher education sector is located in the country’s top 12 universities, but the National Research Foundation is spending R43-million each year in an equity drive to boost research activity in the historically disadvantaged institutions. (Image: School Moves)Brand South Africa ReporterAfter years of academic isolation, the country’s higher education institutions have eagerly rejoined the international research environment.The country puts out more research than any other on the continent, generated by 12 500 academics and as many researchers based at research councils, institutes and companies. There are hundreds of researchers who have achieved international recognition as leaders in their fields of research.Most research capacity in the higher education sector is located in the country’s top 12 universities, but the National Research Foundation is spending R43-million each year in an equity drive to boost research activity in the historically disadvantaged institutions. Altogether, the higher education sector contributes 34 percent of the country’s research and development initiatives.Despite the impetus to direct funding towards post-apartheid development imperatives like housing and basic service supply, the government is now prioritising research. In 2001, state funding for research increased by 15%.The challenges presented by a developing country combined with first-world teaching and research facilities at some of our universities and technikons, provide unique opportunities for study and research in South Africa. Many local institutions are working in collaboration with foreign institutions, and many academics from abroad spend periods of time here.Applied research projectsThrip. Higher education institutions are also forging links with private companies on applied research projects. The government’s huge Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (Thrip) embraces government, industry, science councils and higher education institutions in joint ventures to develop new technology and skills for the country.Innovation Fund. The government has also set up an Innovation Fund, which received R125-million for 2000 – 2001. The initiative encourages multi-disciplinary collaboration on projects addressing major social and economic problems. Countless opportunities exist for students to embark on academic study and research that has a real impact on the broader society.Statutory research bodiesSouth Africa has eight statutory science councils through which the government commissions research for social, scientific and technological development. Each has its own web site, offering a huge range of science-, technology- and industry-related information, archives, databases, services, products, funding and other facilities.National Research Foundation. The NRF promotes research through funding, human resource development and the provision of research facilities in order to facilitate knowledge creation, innovation and development in all areas of science and technology. The NRF’s web site has plenty of information on research and funding opportunities in the higher education sector.For specific information on bursaries and scholarships administered by the NRF, click here.To access research funds for research to be conducted at historically black universities, click here.Agricultural Research Council. The Agricultural Research Council promotes agriculture and related sectors through research, technology development and technology transfer.Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. The CSIR is the largest scientific and technological research, development and implementation organisation in Africa.Council for Geosciences. The Council for Geosciences provides geoscience information and services for the benefit of the people of South Africa.Human Sciences Research Council. The HSRC facilitates problem-solving and enhances decision-making through research excellence in the human sciences.Medical Research Council. The MRC improves South Africans’ health status and quality of life through relevant and excellent health research.Mintek. Mintek is one of the world’s leading technology providers, specialising in mineral processing, extractive metallurgy and related fields.South African Bureau of Standards. The SABS is responsible for the development and publication of standards for products and services.Other research organisationsAfrica Institute of South Africa. The AISA Promotes research on Africa and aims to further the aims of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).Southern African Association for Institutional Research. The SAAIR furthers research and development in the context of research units in higher education institutions.South African Association for Research and Development in Higher Education. The SAARDHE aims to further research in higher education with grants and awards.For more information on research opportunities, visit Study South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
19 March 2013Experts from the BRICS group of countries have given their backing to the creation of a BRICS development bank, as well as an alternative to Western rating agencies for educational institutions, says the executive director of Russia’s National Committee for BRICS studies, Georgy Toloraya.The fifth Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit will take place in Durban next week.Officials from the five countries met in Durban over a weekend earlier this month for a workshop aimed at mapping out a long-term strategy for a mooted consortium of BRICS think tanks.The experts held three days of sessions in the run-up to the summit, where they agree to establish a council of think tanks and to “support the idea of a BRICS bank”, Toloraya said last week.Toloraya said the first phase such a financial institution would serve as a centre of analysis.“We use World Bank and International Monetary Fund statistics and analytical reports all the time, as we have no such instruments of our own. A future BRICS Investment Bank is seen as a mechanism that would help realize where money should go, agree development strategies and coordinate investment,” Toloraya said.The experts also speculated that the BRICS countries might conclude preferential trade agreements. “It will not be a free trade zone yet, but a first step towards it. Settlements in national currencies are not ruled out,” Toloraya saidThe recommendation to create a BRICS rating agency for educational establishments has similar reasons behind it.“None of our universities is high on the Western rating lists. In the meantime, the Silicon Valley in the United States is crowded with Russians,” Toloraya said, adding that Western university ratings relied on publications in Western magazines and on Western awards.“Such an agency would be rather easy to set up. When we know how we rate ourselves, possibly students will decide to go to study in Russia or elsewhere, and not in the United States,” he said.Toloraya sees the BRICS grouping as an “intellectual project for formulating new rules of global co-existence”.An association of countries located on four continents was “an alliance of civilizations which will never develop into a military bloc,” he said. “BRICS is an elite project, an attempt by rising powers to safeguard their interests together.“BRICS is a civilized attempt at coming to terms as to what a future world order should be. It is not accidental that the group’s participants are advocates of non-interference in internal affairs and of the rule of international law.”Source: SAnews.gov.za
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As the saying goes, ‘you can take a Punjabi away from Punjab, but you can never take away Punjab from a Punjabi’. And the Punjabi diaspora across the globe stays true to that claim. Known to be courageous and enterprising, many Punjabis have made a mark globally. simply punjabi brings,As the saying goes, ‘you can take a Punjabi away from Punjab, but you can never take away Punjab from a Punjabi’. And the Punjabi diaspora across the globe stays true to that claim. Known to be courageous and enterprising, many Punjabis have made a mark globally. simply punjabi brings to you five such people who are achievers in their respective fields and are currently in the news. Though they are settled in different countries, their hearts beat for their soil in Punjab.Gill with his Italian shotgunSohrab Singh Gill, 23, shooterHe romances the gun and shooting is his passion. Sohrab Singh Gill grew up with guns all around him-his father Paramdeep Singh Gill is a Jammu and Kashmir-cadre Indian Police Service officer who served most of his term in the strife-torn valley and is today the director general of Punjab Police.”The guns and their sound fascinated me,” says Gill who took to shooting seriously at 16. “I started with rifle shooting but gradually began liking the shotgun. It was challenging shooting at flying targets,” says Gill. He is the only Indian to have won an international skeet medal at any event held outside India.Gill, currently pursuing his LLB from Chandigarh’s Panjab University, took it up as he could devote more time for his shooting. For four hours every day Gill practices his aim. The game demands a high level of concentration. “Also, you need good eye-hand coordination,” says Gill. Shooting, says Gill, is a very unforgiving sport: “You miss out on certain events and you are gone. You have to work hard throughout.”advertisementTuli shows off his invention, the UbisurferSuneet S. Tuli, 42, businessmanIt’s rather uncommon to find a mix of entrepreneurial moxie and humility in anyone. But Toronto-based Suneet Singh Tuli is an exception. Meet the man who virtually has the world in his palm. Aimed at leading an internet revolution in India he recently launched the Ubisurfer with free Internet. Tuli, the founder and CEO of DataWind Ltd, has had 20 years as an entrepreneur.Last few years Tuli has been focussed on providing affordable Internet to the consumer. He knows not all Indians can afford to spend over Rs 25,000 on a computer and an additional few thousands on an Internet connection. Hence, he has priced his UbiSurfer, (an internet-connected netbook) at an affordable Rs 7,999. Apart from being a netbook, it includes a CDMA modem Tata SIM and a free Internet connection for a year at 30 hours per month. “India is a different market with vast volumes and different needs. Now only a small portion have access to the net which ought to grow exponentially,” says Tuli, confident that the combination of fast and free access to the net will be a winner here.Brar on the sets of his filmKaran Brar, 11, actorHis teachers often visit him on the sets and his parents and grandparents just can’t keep the smile off their faces. But signing up three films with the famous production house 20th Century Fox is no reason to cry, is it? Karan Brar from Seattle, Washington, is the first 11-year-old Punjabi sikh who has in his kitty the Diary of a Wimpy Kid and its sequel. The film, based on the best-selling illustrated novel Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, chronicles the adventures of wisecracking middle school student Greg Heffley. Brar essayes the role of the second lead, a character by the name ‘Chirag Gupta’ in this movie.Greatly inspired by father Harry Brar, who acted in theatre during his college days, Brar fell in love with acting when he was only seven. His interest developed when he participated in Hollywood’s famous acting competition, IPOP (International Presentation of Performers), where he received rave reviews. His first acting assignment was an ad film for Shell Gas. “Actually, I hated acting as a seven year old. My dad inspired me so I did acting and I realised it was my talent,” smiles Brar.Bajwa strikes a poseNeeru Bajwa, 29, actorHer Bollywood debut was opposite Viveik Oberoi in Prince. An ex-runner up, Miss India Canada, her performances in Punjabi films like Dil Apna Punjabi, Heer Ranjha, Munde U.K. De, and now, the recently released Mel Kara de Rabba has been widely appreciated.Neeru Bajwa, a pretty and charming Punjabi model turned actress, has always been fond of acting ever since she can remember. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Bajwa strated out with a serial Hari Mirchi Laal Mirchi on Doordarshan.From a tender age, Bajwa has been interested in her culture and language and wanted to pursue acting in India. “I am thankful to my family for making me familiar with my native languages. Had I not been fluent in Hindi and Punjabi, I wouldn’t have ever thought of entering the Indian film industry,” says Bajwa.advertisementAccording to her, the Punjabi film industry is getting professional by the day, which really contributes towards the positive growth of the industry. “So far, my experience doing Punjabi films has been great,” she says and adds, “I had a great time working with Harbhajan Mann in Heer Ranjha for which I had to do a lot of research,” she says.Momi with her artworkTanya Momi, 49, artistA prolific painter and a successful salon owner in Mountain View, California, Tanya Momi rebuilt the pieces of her life after a traumatic marriage and divorce. Born into an intellectual sikh family in Chandigarh, Momi, a sensitive, shy child, showed an early talent for artistic expression. Thereafter, Momi earned her bachelors degree in art.”As a young woman, I was passionate about art,” says Momi, and adds, “My favourites were figure drawings and cubist paintings, techniques that have strongly influenced my painting style.”However, Momi lost touch with her artistic side when she got married and moved to California at 22. Rigid and orthodox, her in-laws didn’t allow her to pursue her passion or to step outside. However, on a neighbour’s suggestion of becoming a manicurist, the in-laws saw her as a money-maker and relented.After her divorce, Tanya was shunned by the women of her own community and propositioned by men. “I wasn’t swept asunder because of the faith in my gurus. In fact, many of my paintings display passages from the Guru Granth Sahib,” says Momi. Today, she has finished nearly 300 unique paintings. “I don’t have any artists I relate to,” she says. “My life is my inspiration.” n by Arvind Chhabra, Monita Sharma and Anandita Gupta
Bangladesh left-arm quick Mustafizur Rahman took 4-37 on debut and just missed a hat trick as South Africa was bowled out for 248 on the first day of the first test on Tuesday.Legspinner Jubair Hossain, with 3-53, also dented the progress of the Proteas, who slumped from 136-1, and scored at less than three runs per over.Another big contributor was fast bowler Mohammad Shahid, who was wicketless but brought pressure by conceding only 34 runs in 17 overs, and notching nine maidens in his fourth test.Temba Bavuma top-scored for South Africa with 54, the only half-century. Faf du Plessis made 48, and opener Dean Elgar 47.Bangladesh was 7-0 in two overs by stumps.Fresh from a first series loss to Bangladesh in one-day internationals, the visitors made fluent progress in the first session after winning the toss, posting 104-1 by lunch.Opener Stiaan van Zyl scored a brisk 34 in an opening stand of 58, the only wicket to fall in the morning. Elgar and Du Plessis took South Africa to lunch, after which they stalled.They added 78 for the second wicket, then were removed within three balls.Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam delivered one with extra bounce, and Elgar nicked behind. Wicketkeeper Liton Das dived to his right to take the catch at his second attempt. Elgar hit three fours in his 111-ball knock.In the immediate next over, another left-arm spinner, Shakib Al Hasan, dismissed Du Plessis with a straighter delivery which trapped him. Du Plessis sent the ball five times across the boundary rope in his 122-ball stay at the crease.advertisementSouth Africa had to claw for runs in the session, but captain Hashim Amla and Bavuma appeared settled and reviving the side until Mustafizur sparked a collapse, taking three wickets in just four deliveries.Amla was his maiden test wicket with an edge behind on 13, and JP Duminy was hit on his front pad next ball for a duck, and didn’t survive Bangladesh’s video appeal. Quinton de Kock blocked the hat-trick ball, then was late to the next one and lost his off stump. South Africa was 173-6.Bavuma occupied the crease for a career-best score, while his teammates regularly departed.He was the last batsman out, offering a simple catch to Jubair at deep midwicket off Mustafizur. Bavuma hit five fours in his 108-ball 59.Mustafizur Rahman was outstanding. He gets 4 wickets for 37 in the 1st inns on his debut. #BANvSA #riseofthetigers pic.twitter.com/4KxlC7hkYI Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) July 21, 2015
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal fullback Tierney hints Lacazette nearing returnby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal fullback Kieran Tierney has hinted Alexandre Lacazette is nearing his return from injury.Lacazette, 28, has missed the last seven games in all competitions with an ankle problem.Lacazette made an impressive start to the 2019/20 campaign with two goals in his first three appearances.The Gunners predicted he would return to action this month and Tierney has shared an update to his Instagram page.Tierney posted a picture of himself alongside the Frenchman on the training pitches at London Colney.Alongside a laughing emoji, the former Celtic star wrote: “Wagwan @lacazettealex.”