Star Files Andy Karl Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014 Rocky Rocky headliner Andy Karl has obviously been eating his raw eggs and doing his pull-ups! Judging by this shirtless photo of the Broadway vet in Vogue, Karl is taking this whole Italian Stallion thing very seriously, and with the help of director Alex Timbers, he looks like he’s ready to rumble. He’s even got an “Eye of the Tiger” tattoo! Featuring music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and a book by Thomas Meehan and Sylvester Stallone, Rocky is a new musical adaptation of the beloved boxing movie of the same name. Check out this Hot Shot of Timbers and Karl (or as we like to call it, Rocky’s one-two punch), then catch the production beginning February 11 at the Winter Garden Theatre! View Comments
Huntington Residences’ bathroom finishes.“It’s great to see activity in our area and from a rental point of view, average days vacant has been less than seven days,” he said.Mr Tutt said feedback from the residents who had already moved in was that they loved the space and design.“We put a lot of effort into the design on this particular project and worked with our architects, Red Door Architecture, and also our interior designer 26 Street Design,” he said.“We worked to make sure we added something different to the market place. One of the courtyards at the Lutwyche complex.“In particular working on our facades and ensuring the street appeal of the project stood out from everything else in the marketplace. Urbis’s Outlook Lutwyche — A Context on Business, Culture, Lifestyle and Residential forecasts the suburb to leverage off the significant amount of current and future infrastructure investment occurring in the inner north Brisbane suburb. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< “Supported by a strong public transport network, Lutwyche is strategically positioned within close proximity to a number of Brisbane’s largest employment nodes,” the report stated. The completed development at Lutwyche. A pleasant outlook from one of the apartments.“There’s been a lot of homogenous stock development in that marketplace over the years and we decided to come in there and really raise the bar. “If you stand in front of our building, and then look at other buildings in the market place, it definitely has a much more eye-catching design to it.” Residents have started to move into Tessa Development’s latest project, Huntington Residences, at Lutwyche.Buyers seeking to secure a two-bedroom apartment in Lutwyche have a choice of only eight remaining in Tessa Development’s latest residential project Huntington Residences. Kitchen finishes in the Lytwyche building.“It’s literally about 60m away, it’s one of the major bus interchanges in Brisbane,” he said.“Also, the locality to Kedron Brook and being on the Wilston side of Lutwyche Rd is very much a desirable location. “The current $60 million upgrade of Lutwyche Shopping Centre has been of a huge benefit to us. We’ve seen a lot of buyers just locally because of that.”Mr Tutt said residents had already started to move into the 29-apartment ”boutique’’ development. An entertaining deck at Huntington Residences.Tessa Developments managing director Brendan Tutt said the proximity of the Lutwyche bus interchange was one of the most important factors surrounding the success of the development.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago
FIFA President, Mr. Gianni Infantino, has written to the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, to express delight about “a host of unforgettable memories” during the recent two-day visit of himself and Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, to Nigeria.In a letter personally addressed to Pinnick, the world’s number one football administrator wrote: “The FIFA delegation has now returned to Zurich with a host of unforgettable memories and having made many cordial new friendships. On behalf of the entire FIFA delegation, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for affording us such warm welcome. We all will keep wonderful memories of it forever in our hearts.“In just two days, we enjoyed so many memorable moments, culminating in the meeting with your head of state, H. E. President Muhammadu Buhari, and the visit to your headquarters and technical centre.” The FIFA President also recalled the Under-13 football match at the main-bowl of the National Stadium in Abuja and “the evenings we shared together with the Honourable Minister of Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung, the members of the diplomatic corps present, the football community and the Nigeria corporates.“Finally, let me congratulate you on your engagement in developing football in Nigeria and all projects realised, creating a solid base for a positive future. Wishing you full success in the coming matches in Brazil at the men’s Olympic Football Tournament,” concludes Infantino’s letter.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Over 12,000 subscribers of Cellcom MTN in Kporgbahn Statutory District #4, in Grand Bassa County are appealing to the management of the company to install a tower, mainly in the Zondo Mission vicinity to enable them make maximum use of their Cellcom mobile phones.The president of the Gianda Youth Development Association, Mr. William Diggs, told the Daily Observer last week that they had already written to the management appealing for a tower to be installed in their area in order to ease the network problems they are facing in communicating with other people in the district and elsewhere.He disclosed that sometimes they have to climb up some of the high hills to make calls but they do not receive calls from anyone because of the lack of network after they climb down the hill.He pointed out that the tower is expedient and will make the company more popular in the district and the county in general as communication will be very easy, especially in time of emergency or urgency.He mentioned that even for them to charge their phones is another difficult task, as they have to travel miles away to District #3 Compound or District #4 Compound to charge their phones or make calls.‘’We would highly appreciate were the Cellcom GMT management to consider our appeal for the betterment of communication,” the president of the Gianda Youth Development Association pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
New Mercedes Benz cars await export on the docks of the harbour in East London in the Eastern Cape. (Image: Media Club South Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Manelisi Wolela Media Liaison Officer Department of Economic Development +27 71 313 4192 RELATED ARTICLES • Team SA to call for investment • Africa rising • African integration on Brics agendaLucille DavieSouth Africa has been named African Country of the Future 2013/14 by fDi Magazine, a London Financial Times publication.“A worthy winner, South Africa has consistently outperformed its African neighbours in FDI [foreign direct investment] attraction since fDi Markets records began in 2003,” says the magazine in its August/September edition. South Africa has the continent’s biggest economy, with gross domestic product (GDP) at $5,8-billion or R3-trillion.Morocco is ranked second for FDI, with Mauritius in third position, followed by Egypt, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana, Tunisia and Namibia. South Africa also took the top prize in two other categories: best economic potential, and best business friendliness. “The South African economy has grown since 1994 almost exactly at the average for middle-income economies excluding China – and three times as fast as in the 1980s,” writes Neva Makgetla, the deputy director-general in the Department of Economic Development, in the Sunday Times of 20 October.Kenya has done particularly well, climbing from 10th position in 2011/12 to fifth position this year. It is an innovative country that strives to diversify its economy. Its use of M-Pesa mobile phone payments, for example, have encouraged new investment opportunities.Attracting investmentThe magazine indicates that South Africa attracts about a fifth of all FDI into Africa, more than double the second biggest FDI destination, Morocco. In 2012, that amounted to $4.6-billion, with almost 14 000 jobs created. Johannesburg, the commercial heart of the country, in Gauteng, was the top FDI destination on the continent in 2012.According to fDi Markets, this means that South Africa now ranks as the 16th top FDI destination country in the world. Since the global economic crisis of 2008, FDI globally has dropped 20%. In 2012, the figure improved slightly, settling around 14.3%. Seen against this background, Africa has fared better than other world regions, with FDI on the continent only down 7.9% in 2012. However, in the first five months of 2013, FDI in Africa fell, levelling out at about the same as global averages, down 27%, compared to 28% for the rest of the world.“Unrest, corruption and severe income disparities persist in Africa, though an emerging middle class with increased disposable income, a marked improvement in governance and the availability of natural resources present an attractive opportunity for investors,” indicates the report. “Despite a slight decline of 3.9% in 2012, South Africa increased its market share of global FDI, which further increased in the first five months of 2013 as the country attracted 1.37% of global greenfield investment projects.”In addition, South Africa has attracted more research and development investment than any other African country, the magazine points out, and it accounts for the largest number of patents registered on the continent.According to a recent report by the African Development Bank, Africa’s economy is growing faster than that of any other continent. Of the 54 African countries, almost half, or 26, have now achieved middle-income status, with countries like South Africa, Morocco and Mauritius leading the pack.Gauteng province contributes 40% of the country’s GDP, with Joburg at its heart. The city is the top destination for FDI in Africa, and in the first five months of 2013, was one of five African cities that attracted more investment compared to the same period of 2012. “South Africa has sustained democracy for close to 20 years and with it higher growth rates, solid employment creation and improvement in social and economic services for most people,” says Makgetla. She stresses that with democracy comes a commitment to real, if gradual, change. And it is only if the country lives up to that commitment, that it will establish a “positive investment climate or a cohesive and peaceful society”.Brics partnersIn 2012, FDI in South Africa fell just 3.9% compared to its Brics partners of Brazil, Russia, India and China, which experienced an average 20.7% decline.In its submission for fDi Magazine’s report, Trade and Investment South Africa stressed the importance of the country’s attachments to its Brics partners. “South Africa’s participation in the Brics grouping is significant… as it provides important opportunities to build South Africa’s domestic manufacturing base, enhance value-added exports, promote technology sharing, support small business development and expand trade and investment opportunities.”Nigeria and Botswana are the new entrants in the magazine’s top 10, ranking in seventh and eighth place respectively. Africa has experienced significant growth in the past decade. However, this must be viewed against the fact that its countries are expanding off a low base, with living standards and business environments taking longer to catch up to world standards.“Yet this represents an opportunity for future growth. If the region continues in its efforts to tackle poverty, corruption, inadequate infrastructures and political issues, Africa’s competitiveness on a global scale can only get better,” reads the report.
Rebuilding America and the ‘New Normal’ of ResilienceResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense StormsCalifornia Needs to Rethink Urban Fire RiskIs It Time to Move Our Cities? A similar study in 2005 showed a 4-for-1 return on mitigation grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The new findings show a benefit-to-cost ratio that’s 50% higher than that, but the new study also included spending by the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in addition to FEMA grants.The 6-to-1 is an aggregate, with spending to prevent some types of damage coming with a better payoff than others. Federally funded measures to lessen damages from river flooding would save $7 for every $1 spent, for example, while earthquake and wildfire grants showed a 3-to-1 benefit-to-cost ratio. Likewise, some states would benefit more than others.Looking at costs and benefits over a 23-year period, researchers said that total grant costs were $27.4 billion while savings amounted to $157.9 billion.Steps to help new houses exceed code minimums included building homes higher above base flood elevations than required, making sure that houses comply with hurricane standards published by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, and requiring that new buildings comply with the 2015 version of the International Wildland Urban Interface Code. A new report from the National Institute of Building Sciences says that federal hazard mitigation grants that make buildings more resistant to natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, and wildfires will save the country $6 for every $1 that’s invested.Further, designing new buildings so that they exceed requirements of 2015 codes developed by the International Code Council can save $4 for every $1 that’s spent, the report said.Over time, these twin strategies would prevent 600 deaths, 1 million injuries, and 4,000 cases of post-traumatic stress disorder. Designing better-than-code buildings also would result in 87,000 new jobs.The report was released earlier this month as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that weather and climate disasters in 2017 were the most expensive on record. There were 16 separate events during the year that racked up at least $1 billion in losses, while the total overall was $306 billion — three times the record losses in 2005.Researchers came to their conclusions after looking at the results of 23 years of federal mitigation grants administered through three federal agencies. Steps included buying or demolishing buildings in flood-prone areas, adding hurricane shutters and tornado safe rooms to houses in risky areas, strengthening buildings for earthquake resistance, and replacing roofs and clearing vegetation around houses in wildfire areas. RELATED ARTICLES
Ten people, including three BJP MLAs, suffered minor injuries when the stage erected by the Opposition party for a farmer rally collapsed on Tuesday in Madhya Pradesh, said eyewitnesses. The stage for the BJP’s Kisan Aakrosh Rally, set up at Rajmohalla Square, suddenly caved in, they said. About 60 people, including local BJP leaders and the Party’s elected representatives, were on the dais when the incident occurred in the afternoon, apparently due to overcrowding. Ten people, including three BJP MLAs – Mahendra Hardia, Usha Thakur and Malini Gaud, who is also Indore’s Mayor – were injured, the eyewitnesses said. Former BJP MLA Rajesh Sonkar also suffered minor injuries in the incident, which was caught on cameras installed at the venue. An ambulance was seen ferrying some of the injured. None of the BJP leaders suffered serious injuries, city BJP media in-charge Devkinandan Tiwari said. Mr.Tiwari said newly-elected Indore Lok Sabha MP Shankar Lalwani was among party leaders present on the stage at the time of the incident. Meanwhile, an official of the Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital (MYH) said three of the injured were brought to the the government-run medical facility. The BJP had organised the rally to denounce what it claimed “non-fulfillment” of promises made to farmers by the States Congress government, which assumed office in December last year. Leaders of the main Opposition party said the Kamal Nath government had “failed” to fulfil its promise of waiving farm loans made during the November 2018 Assembly elections.
Paid news is deceit. A publication that offers editorial space for sale in a manner that it is meant to look exactly like a news story is not just putting a “For Sale” sign on the sanctum sanctorum of editorial space, but is also peddling our trust.Think about it: the reason any advertiser would want to buy “paid news”, is that there is little that differentiates it as an advertisement from legitimate content. The latter is what we read and trust as an independent effort of a correspondent, and an editor taking a judgment call on what is to be communicated to us, the readers.Paid news, on the other hand, gives you no indication that what you are reading is sponsored content. In newspapers, there is no difference in typeface or background colour to differentiate it from regular news. On television, we rarely see the word “advertisement” on the screen whenever there is a sponsored show that looks like a regular news show.Large media houses have also begun taking equity in firms that don’t want to pay by cash – a business model known as “private treaties”. These deals are usually advertising- space-for-equity barters. As media houses are in the business of news, it becomes an open case of conflict of interest when newspapers and television channels become investors in companies that they might report on.Faith:Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the stock markets regulator, wants all media houses to disclose their private treaties investments in companies that are listed or are in the process of being listed.advertisementThis is a welcome move. If implemented earnestly, it will protect investors and readers. The reader and the investor have every right to know about these private arrangements so that they are not fooled by media reports.In paid news, the advertiser fundamentally wants to overcome “banner blindness”, the changing of channels during ads, and indeed a certain degree of defensive scepticism that one associates with the pitch that an advertisement makes. Print sells text, television sells sponsored shows and radio, even though it doesn’t broadcast news, sells what is euphemistically termed “anchor mentions”.We may bemoan the quality of news being delivered to us but as readers, we don’t just buy a publication, or just watch a channel. Consciously or subconsciously, we put our faith in the notion that the intent behind information and opinion being served hasn’t been prostituted.But what if the advertisers are individuals or even firms who merely want to insure themselves against unfavourable news in the future? We don’t expect the publication to be up for sale or for negative coverage to be a precursor to extortion from an election candidate; the words “caveat emptor” (Latin for “let the buyer beware”) probably don’t even occur to us.As any public relations executive will testify, they’re in the business of managing perception, and a key part of that is to manage the perception of our gatekeepers – the journalists. This is not new: journalists are wined and dined, taken on international “junkets”, gifted “demo” products that are never taken back; as a result, some of them are more favourably inclined. But it can become ugly.There is, for instance, a well-documented investigation by SEBI highlighting collusion between a major business publication’s journalist, a PR agency and significant shareholder of the Pyramid Saimira stock to manipulate its share price, by forging a SEBI letter, and then making public announcements to mislead investors, which were reported in the publication.For some journalists, it’s about favour and trust; for some, it is about the lure of power and a Rajya Sabha membership. But we don’t know what happens behind the scenes, do we? What we perceive as readers or viewers is often our reality. This is the corruption of our beliefs at its subtlest, on par with the practice of rewriting history books.Some media publications audaciously have rate cards, with the rationale: why not just do away with the middlemen – the journalists.Politics:According to a report submitted to the Press Council of India ( PCI) by a task force assigned to investigate this malaise (a copy is available at http:// presstalk. blogspot. com), it’s not that many media organisations are selling just your trust: during the 2009 general elections, many of them resorted to extortion.The report mentions allegations of publications denying coverage to politicians unless money was paid and even publishing negative coverage. Some news entities are upfront about their political or ideological leaning; paid news, on the other hand, is about putting these leanings up for sale. Funnily enough, the PCI report cites instances of specific newspapers carrying reports of two opposing candidates being likely to win the same elections.advertisementWhat this amounts to is indirect mass rigging of elections, and strikes at the very core of our democracy.Private treaties, however, are even more dangerous. Times Private Treaties, from the Times of India Group, won an award in 2009 in the “Innovative Business Models Contest” organised by the PubliGroupe and International Newsmedia Marketing Association.HT Media does both ads for equity and property deals; Network18 has Synergy18 for such deals. Business Standard had reported in 2008 that Dainik Bhaskar and Jagran Prakashan were also considering this model.At its core, private treaties is much more than just a business model. While it is legitimate for media businesses to take a stake in any company, it creates a financial bond between the two, and the linkages are far deeper than those between advertisers and publications.It is a marriage of their risks and growth. For its own financial growth, it is in the publication’s interest to further the cause of the company it has invested in, since the value of its investment is directly dependent on the growth or decline of the value of the company.An example of how a private treaty model works is available as a part of a draft red herring prospectus filing from Planet41, a mobile value added services company. The filing (at http:// www. sebi. gov. in/ dp/ planet4 1. pdf ) indicates that Brand Equity Treaties Limited (BETL) bought 2.88 per cent, by investing Rs 2.54 crore in Planet41, allowing the company to place advertising worth Rs 4.8 crore, of which Rs 80 lakh will be paid until the IPO.The company would have to pay BETL 33 per cent of the value of the advertising in cash, back, and post listing, 50 per cent. Once listed, depending on how investors perceive the company, the value of the 2.88 per cent stake will change. There is no mention of coverage, but favourable news coverage does tend to push up stock prices, and unfavourable reports can pull it down.While this merely suggests that media companies are corruptible, and not necessarily corrupt, let’s ask a simple question: over 200 companies having done such deals, most of them covered by publications that have invested in them, when was the last time you read disclosure from the news publication, accompanying the story? Now take into account the scale of operations – media companies have cross holdings across platforms – Print, Internet, Radio, DTH and Mobile.Accountability:To be sure, no amount of government or regulatory threats to censure will work because the advertisers pay for your eyeballs.You can never tell if media houses haven’t been promised bribes as full page advertisements, in order to go soft on an upcoming, disastrous and corrupt international sports event.Readers must therefore demand accountability from their publications, and choose those which disclose their interests.advertisementAdvertisers need to be told that readers are more than just a constituent of a circulation figure or a TRP. We also have much greater access to content from various global sources. Twitter and Facebook are fast becoming key sources of news, with people who we trust recommending news articles.Online, there’s always someone lurking to correct, critique or criticise coverage in the comments, holding the publication accountable. Sources that flaunt their disclosures and are open about their mistakes are those that value your trust as a reader. That’s an opportunity in trust for media businesses to pursue: to aggressively use disclosures as a differentiator; else, the readers will make their own choices. And advertising will follow the reader, as it has done in the west.The writer is the Editor of MediaNama ( www. medianama. com), an online publication
The CBI on Tuesday arrested Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) official KUK Reddy and equipment supplier Praveen Bakshi, two days after raids in connection with the awarding of Rs 630 crore worth of overlays contracts.Suresh KalmadiAgency sources also did not rule out the possibility of the arrest of former OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi , who has been claiming that he has nothing to hide as far as managing games was concerned.The CBI had recently arrested Shekhar Deorukhkar, OSD to Kalmadi , in the overlays scam.Group Captain Reddy, who came on deputation from the Indian Air Force, was working as additional director general (finance and accounts). Reddy was the key person as far as payments made to the suppliers was concerned.The OC had awarded overlays contracts which included furnishings, treadmills, air conditioning, generators, sports equipment, tents, LED boards and civil construction.The arrest follows the searches the CBI had carried out at the premises of CWG officials Reddy, R. P. Gupta, U. K. Ridhi, A. K. Saxena, Surjeet Lal and Nukesh Jain. Two Delhi-based suppliers Bakshi and Sandeep Wadhwa’s premises were also raided.The Enforcement Directorate and income-tax sleuths are probing the overlays scam. The CBI had earlier registered three FIRs for alleged irregularities in the awarding of contracts. Two cases were related to irregularities in the Queen’s Baton Relay in the UK. In January also, the agency had conducted searches at the premises of equipment suppliers, including those of an officer in the sports division of the ministry of sports.Earlier, the CBI had questioned OC joint director-general R. K. Sacheti for his alleged involvement in the mega sporting event scam. In December last year, the CBI had interrogated Sacheti along with former OC secretary general Lalit Bhanot and Kalmadi’s advisor-cum-political secretary Manoj Bhore in connection with the Rs 107 crore Games scoring system contract.Sacheti’s residence was searched by the CBI after it registered an FIR in November 2010 naming director general V. K. Verma and Lalit Bhanot in the Games scoring system contract.advertisement