View Comments The cast also includes Richard Goulding, Nyasha Hatendi, Adam James, Margot Leicester, Tom Robertson, Nicholas Rowe, Tafline Steen and Lydia Wilson. Further casting will be announced later. The Queen is dead, long live the King! The Almeida Theatre’s acclaimed production of Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III will transfer to London’s West End. Directed by Rupert Goold, the show will play a limited engagement at the Wyndham’s Theatre beginning September 2 through November 29, with press night set for September 11. Tim Pigott-Smith will reprise his performance in the titular role. The Queen is dead: after a lifetime of waiting, the prince ascends the throne. A future of power. But how to rule? The controversial play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of our democracy, and the conscience of Britain’s most famous family. King Charles III is designed by Tom Scutt, with music composed by Jocelyn Pook, lighting designed by Jon Clark and sound by Paul Arditti.
The women’s soccer team defeated Washington State on Thursday before falling to Washington on Sunday.The Women of Troy faced a top-25 squad in Washington State and came out victorious. Junior midfielder Morgan Andrews scored the game-winning goal with just 12 minutes remaining. The goal was Andrews’s third in four games.By earning 11 corner kicks and taking 20 shots, USC put a tremendous amount of pressure on Wazzu. The Cougars eventually conceded, and the Women of Troy walked away from Pullman with an important conference win.This was a massive win against a quality opponent, as the Cougars had just one loss heading into the contest.The Women of Troy had not lost since their early September clash with North Carolina, and they brought plenty of momentum with them to Seattle for the match against Washington.The Huskies are another elite team from the Pac-12 North and figured to provide a real test for USC.In the end, Washington edged out USC 1-0. Despite the fact that the Women of Troy were nipping at the Huskies’ heels after falling behind, they could not find an equalizer.Goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme continued her outstanding run of form, as she made five stops against Washington after making four against Washington State.USC has not conceded more than two goals in a game since Keidane McAlpine took over the head coaching duties, which shows just how defensively adept this team has been.USC exhibit excellent discipline when they do not have the ball, always staying organized and working as a unit.The Women of Troy are obviously very skilled in possession as well, but their defensive prowess is what makes them a legitimate national title contender.The loss to Washington may hurt in the short term — especially because the only goal of the game came via a penalty kick — but this team has shown the ability to bounce back time and time again.After losing to Florida State, the Women of Troy took care of business against UC Riverside. After losing two games on a road trip to North Carolina, the team went on a six-game tear without losing.The undefeated streak came sputtering to a halt in Seattle, but this USC team challenged a quality opponent in Washington — and did so on the road.The Women of Troy have two wins and a loss in conference play. The team will now prepare for its upcoming matches against Arizona State and Arizona at McAlister Field.
14 August 2012South Africans Bianca Buitendag and Sarah Baum maintained their challenge for coveted places on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) when they finished fifth and ninth respectively in the ASP six-star rated Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro at Oceanside in California on Saturday.Competing in peaky, small waves of only half-a-metre to a metre in size, 18-year-old Buitendag built on her confidence-boosting victory in Peru a fortnight earlier by advancing through a strong field of WCT and Star Tour competitors to reach the quarterfinals.She bowed out in the last eight to world number five, Courtney Conlogue of the USA, to finish in fifth place overall. The result was worth 1 560 rankings points, the second highest haul of the year to date for Buitendag.RankingIt sees sees the South African maintain her number five ranking on the ASP Women’s Star Rankings but with an increased lead of 773 points over sixth ranked Rebecca Woods of Australia.Six women qualify for the WCT from the Star rankings annually and with three of the four women above her in the rankings – Conlogue, Malia Manuel and Paige Hareb – having already qualified for the 2013 ASP WCT through their elite tour results, Buitendag is now effectively in second spot.Sarah Baum also had a good run in the Supergirl Pro, winning her opening heat ahead of Buitendag and placing second behind Conlogue to reach the last 12 where she was eliminated by ASP world number six Malia Manuel and Buitendag.RisingBaum picked up 920 points for her ninth place result, which moved her up from twelfth to tenth in the rankings.With four of those ahead of her already qualified for the WCT, she currently sits in an effective sixth place and on the cusp of giving South Africa two girls amongst the world’s top 17 ranked female surfers on the 2013 ASP Women’s WCT.Rosanne Hodge, the only other South African competing at Oceanside and a former four-year WCT member, produced her best result of 2012 with a 13th place finish.She finished third behind Baum and Conlogue in their round 24 encounter, and her 13th place was worth 650 points, which lifted her to 28th in the rankings.ASP WOMEN’S STAR RANKINGS(After Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro )Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11 810Sage Erickson (USA) 9 870Malia Manuel (Haw) 9 840Paige Hareb (NZ) 8 170Bianca Buitendag (RSA) 7 813Rebecca Woods (Aus) 7 040Sally Fitzgibbons (Aus) 7 000Pauline Ado (Fra) 6 890Sofia Mulanovich (Per) 6 050Sarah Baum (RSA) 5 490SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
11 May 2016Kigali, Rwanda hosts the 26th World Economic Forum on Africa from 11 to 13 May 2016. The country is in the midst of an economic and social renaissance following over two decades of turmoil and uncertainty, building itself into one of Africa’s prominent emerging nations.Here is a list of things about Rwanda and its people you might not know to help you understand how the country has grown in the last twenty years.Gorillas and tourismDespite initial concerns from environmentalists, Rwanda has shown that one of its most popular tourist attractions, the mountain gorilla and other primate species are fully protected and treated with respect from locals and tourists.While prices to visit gorilla sanctuaries are considered steep, even for tourists, the majority of funds is put back into conservation projects which concentrates on increasing the numbers of endangered species. It also contributes to improving the lives of communities serving the sanctuaries. Conservation education is a high priority for the country resulting in a significant drop in gorilla poaching over the last ten years.In addition to gorillas, Rwanda boasts a rich biodiversity that includes protected rain forest and mountain areas containing a variety of primate species, plant types, mammal and reptile wildlife. It is all protected and promoted over and above global conservation standards.Bisoke Volcanoe, at the Volcanoes NP – Rwanda-, home of mountain gorillas @SavingGorillas @CASHP_GWU @GWMcFarlinLab pic.twitter.com/wGnHypT0Un— Jordi Galbany (@jordigalbany) September 30, 2015Coffee and economicsRwanda is the most densely populated country in Africa, with 80% of the population involved in agriculture, primarily subsistence farming. The country’s chief export is award-winning coffee and tea. Starbucks Coffee is one of the largest importers of Rwandan coffee products, emphasising support for smaller coffee growers.The country is heavily invested in microfinancing, economically developing small enterprise and encouraging entrepreneurship, particularly in rural areas. The focus of these cover a wide range of industries, including construction, transport, trade and services, production and processing of agricultural products.According to the World Bank, between 2001 and 2015, Rwanda posted an average annual growth of real GDP of 8%. This was driven mainly by the higher productivity in the agricultural and industrial sectors. The World Bank’s annual Doing Business 2016 survey selected Rwanda as the second easiest country in Sub-Saharan Africa to do business with.In the post-genocide period, Rwanda received 100% foreign aid. In 2011, that number decreased to 40%.According to the most recent McKinsey 7 Company’s report, Lions on the Move: The Progress and Potential of African Economies, Rwanda is ranked 6th on the continent.Three award-winning coffees from Rwanda showcase diverse flavors https://t.co/tVQLjDkeOq @SBUXRoastery @1912Pike pic.twitter.com/wHVye9Jihw— Starbucks_Eagan_Mall (@Starbucks_20688) April 22, 2016No plastic bagsLittering and dumping in Kigali is illegal so it has unofficially become one of the cleanest cities in the world. On the last Saturday of the month citizens between 18 to 65 years old gather for compulsory community service called umuganda meaning “coming together in common purpose to achieve an outcome” – to clean up litter.In 2008, the country implemented a nationwide ban on plastic bags, including removing bags brought in by tourists.Rwanda banned plastic bags years ago when other countries impose taxes on plastic bags.If they can do it so can we. pic.twitter.com/lVS4Sd40rq— Faye Peters (@fayepeters) March 31, 2016Building new generations, building a futureAccording to stats from the World Health Organisation and the country’s ministry of health, Rwanda has seen a dramatic drop in infant mortality rates over the last ten years, dropping from 152 to 76 deaths per thousand.Participation in secondary schooling has doubled since 2006, and the enrolment rate in primary education has far exceeded the set Millennium Development Goal (MDC) target of 91%.Approximately 90.6% of Rwandans are enrolled in a community-based national health insurance system called Mutuelle de Sante. Begun in 1999, the system is arranged according to household allowance so people pay what they can afford. The system is installed in all hospitals and rural clinics. Life expectancy has doubled since the late 1990s to 63 years, according to the World Bank.The country has invested in world-class road infrastructure, including a safe, reliable transport system serving as a link between its cities and rural areas.Rwanda is a leading African digital nation, with free Wi-Fi available to all on public buses, in hospitals, taxi parks, commercial buildings and restaurants, and 95% of the population have 4G access.Rwanda is ranked as the fifth safest country in the world, according to the Gallup Global Law and Order 2015 Report, after Singapore, Hong Kong, Norway and Spain.The Rwandan parliament includes the highest percentage of female ministers in the world -63.8%.According to the 2015 Ibrahim index of African Governance, Rwanda has displayed consistent overall governance improvements since 2000. It is ranked number one in Africa for Gender Equality and one of the top five most improved countries since 2000.Gallup Global Report 2015 ranks #Rwanda as the safest place to walk at night in #Africa & 5th globally. #WEFAfrica pic.twitter.com/GbKZJtMG7T— Government of Rwanda (@RwandaGov) April 25, 2016Source: AFKInsider
Man Utd Treble winner Ronny Johnsen returning to managementby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United Treble winner Ronny Johnsen has returned to management.Johnsen is to become the new manager of his local club FK Eik Tønsberg from the start of next season, reports Tønsbergs Blad.Johnsen made 150 appearances for United but at the age of 50 is set to embark on the first coaching job of his career.FK Eik Tønsberg currently play in the fourth division in Norway. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Mumbai: Lakshmi Vilas Bank shares tumbled about 5 per cent on Monday to hit its lower circuit limit after the Reserve Bank initiated a prompt corrective action plan against the lender due to high level of bad loans. The bank’s scrip declined 4.92 per cent to Rs 34.75 apiece — its lowest trading permissible limit for the day as well as one-year-low– on the BSE. On the NSE, shares fell 4.93 per cent to Rs 34.70 — its 52-week low as well as lower circuit. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra In a filling to the BSE on Saturday, Lakshmi Vilas Bank (LVB) informed that prompt corrective action (PCA) plan is initiated by the RBI. However, the bank said that customers of the bank can do normal business at the branches. The regulatory action may cast doubts over the proposed merger of Indiabulls Housing Finance with LVB, which is awaiting the RBI nod. Indiabulls Housing Finance, which had proposed to merge with Lakshmi Vilas Bank, also plunged 34.39 per cent to close at Rs 255.50 apiece on the BSE. During the day, it tanked 38.34 per cent to Rs 240.10 — its 52-week low. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days Other group stocks also dropped, with Indiabulls Ventures cracking 19.98 per cent, Indiabulls Real Estate plunging 9.91 per cent and Indiabulls Integrated Services 4.98 per cent. Under the PCA, banks are mandated to cut lending to corporates and focus on reducing the concentration of loans to certain sectors. They are also restricted from opening new branches and paying dividends. Shares of Lakshmi Vilas Bank tumbled 5 per cent on Friday amid concerns over allegations of various offences including cheating against directors of the company.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court said Tuesday that setting up of Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) in every tehsil across the country was a policy decision of the Centre and left it to the government to take a call on the issue raised in a PIL. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar said that whether to set up central schools in every tehsil or making it mandatory to study ‘aims, objects and basic structure of the Constitution’ in classes I-VIII, as sought in the petition, was a decision which the government has to take. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar It left it to the central government to consider the issues raised by BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay in his plea and disposed of the matter. Upadhyay, also a lawyer, had claimed in his plea that “unity in diversity is observed and celebrated” in the KVs as these schools have students from all parts of a state and “equal opportunities are provided to all students in spite of their religious, territorial differences”. “The low fee structure of Kendriya Vidyalayas will help the poor students in getting a quality education along with an exposure to the competitive world. The establishment of KVs will encourage nearby schools to provide a better education as they will face a competition,” the petition had claimed. It had said that presently, there were 5,464 tehsils in India and a total of 1,209 KVs. “To achieve real equality and elevate poor, weak, Dalits, tribals and deprived sections of society, State must provide uniform education having common syllabus and common curriculum to all students of I-VIII standards in spirit of Articles 14, 15, 16, 21A and Preamble of the Constitution,” the plea had said.
Jammu/New Delhi: Pakistan on Tuesday handed over to India the body of a Border Security Force (BSF) sub-inspector who had drowned in a river along the International Border in Jammu last week, officials said. The body of Paritosh Mandal was found “deep inside” the neighbouring country’s territory and the Pakistan Rangers informed the BSF about the recovery, they said. Mandal, 54, went missing in the Aik Nallah in Arnia sector on September 28 when he and two other troopers were patrolling along the India-Pakistan International Border.
New Delhi: It was a sultry Wednesday morning in the national capital, with the weatherman predicting light rains towards the evening. “The minimum temperature recorded at 8.30 AM was 23.4 degrees Celsius, a notch above normal,” a MeT official said. The humidity level was recorded at 85 per cent. The weatherman has predicted partly cloudy sky with possibility of light rains and thundershowers in the evening. “The maximum temperature is likely to settle at 32 degrees Celsius,” the official added.
Ulan Ude (Russia): Six-time champion MC Mary Kom’s seemingly endless reservoir of experience makes her a strong medal contender yet again but the spotlight will also be on some youngsters when India takes guard at the World Women’s Boxing Championship starting here on Thursday. Mary Kom was on Wednesday seeded third and handed a bye into the pre-quarterfinals. She will begin her campaign on October 8 against a yet to be decided opponent. In all, five Indians got first-round byes into different stages depending on the size of the draw. No Indian will be in action on the opening day of the mega-event. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThe 36-year-old Manipuri has been an ambassador of the sport not just in India but also the world over. However, there is a minor blemish in her magnificent record — the lack of a world title in the 51kg category. She would be aiming to set it right in this Russian city. This is not to say she hasn’t done well in the hard-fought category– Mary Kom has the Olympic bronze medal and the Asian Games gold to her credit in the division. Former champion and Mary Kom’s contemporary L Sarita Devi (60kg) is another one to watch out for after she defeated last edition’s bronze-winner and a much younger Simranjit Kaur in the trials. Sarita, seeded fourth, has also got a bye but into the round of 32. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersOutside the ring, the eight-time Asian medallist is in the running to become a member of the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) first ever athletes commission, the voting for which will take place during the mega-event here. She is expected to make the panel as there hasn’t been any other nomination from the Asian bloc. Previous edition’s bronze-medallist Lovlina Borgohain has moved up a division to 69kg this time. Borgohain, an India Open gold-medallist, has been seeded third and given a bye into the pre-quarterfinals. India Open gold-medallists Neeraj (57kg) and Jamuna Boro (54kg) are among the five boxers, who will be making their debuts at the big event and can be expected to create a flutter. Neeraj, a former national champion, has got a bye into the round of 32. In the 75kg category, former Asian champion Saweety Boora will be keenly watched. She was a silver-medallist in the 2014 edition of the marquee tournament. “This squad is a nice mix. Last time we had four medals, let’s see how the debutants respond to the challenge this time. Fingers crossed,” national coach Mohammed Ali Qamar said. “Before coming here, we had a fruitful training stint in Italy where we got to spar with the Chinese, which is not something that happens quite often. They hardly travel elsewhere and they are the biggest force in women’s boxing,” he added. In the 48kg category, which Mary Kom made her own, Strandja Cup silver-medallist Manju Rani will be fighting it out this time. A debutant at the world championship, Rani got a bye into the pre-quarterfinals. “She has shown a lot of promise and hopefully, it would translate into a medal here,” Qamar said. Among the veterans, former Asian medallist Kavita Chahal (+81kg) is in the quarterfinals due to the small size of the draw and will need just one win to be assured of a podium finish at the big event, where she has won two bronze medals in the past. India’s best performance at the tournament was back in 2006 when the country, hosting the event, topped the medals tally with a haul of eight, including gold medals by Mary Kom and Sarita. The Squad: Manju Rani (48kg), M C Mary Kom (51kg), Jamuna Boro (54kg), Neeraj (57kg), Sarita Devi (60kg), Manju Bomboriya (64kg), Lovlina Borgohain (69kg), Saweety Boora (75kg), Nandini (81kg), Kavita Chahal (+81kg).