An Ideal Husband

first_imgTake one perennial play of the English tradition, stage it in the beautiful surroundings of the oldest college in Oxford, and watch the magic unfold. Nothing could be more of a sure-fire success than Univ Players’ garden production of An Ideal Husband, a feast of witty repartee and biting social comment set in the dizzy heights of upper-class London. It is beautifully presented, with careful attention to detail and a dazzling array of period costumes, and enthusiastically performed by a cast made up of Univ students. Directors Zeynep Kayacan and Naomi Wilkinson have shunned modernisation in favour of a completely traditional approach, down to the gloves, hats, canes and classical music. The ladies are all elegant distaste and archly-raised eyebrows, while they allow themselves to be escorted by the gentlemen to supper. The ensemble acting is polished and almost fautless. Nanw Rowlands is wonderful as a “frightfully plummy” Mabel and Jamie Rann turns in a first-rate performance as Viscount Goring, while Lady Markby is played with a fabulously aristocratic tone by the hilarious Heather Oliver. The whole atmosphere is one of propriety and etiquette, under which the sordid matters of power and money bubble. Wilde takes care to remind the audience that scandal is both the requirement and the destruction of the whole social structure. As Mrs Cheveley (Rachel Clements) points out, “it is the game of life as we all have to play it.” This energetic production is packed with laughs, and stands as unquestionable proof that the Univ Players are a force to be reckoned with in the world of Oxford drama.ARCHIVE: 2nd week TT 2004last_img read more

Tesla’s Aussie Success Paves Way For More Projects

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australia’s renewable energy sector responds to the success of South Australia’s Tesla lithium ion battery: South Australia will build the world’s largest solar thermal plant, and a Queensland wind farm may be the site of a new record-breaking battery.The Aurora solar plant in Port Augusta, SA, will begin construction this year. The $650 million, 150-megawatt plant uses mirrors and solar power to heat molten salt and generate electricity, and was approved this week by the state government. It will be built by American company SolarReserve, and is expected to create 650 local jobs during construction.In Queensland, French utility Neoen – which partnered with Tesla in SA to create the world’s largest battery – may trump its own creation by building an even larger storage system at the Kaban Green Power Hub, 80 kilometers from Cairns.Garth Heron, Neoen Australia’s head of wind development, told Bloomberg the company was looking to create “a very large battery” up north to deal with “a lot of need for electricity storage up in Queensland.”The South Australian Tesla battery, which is paired with Neoen’s Hornsdale wind farm, has a 100 MW capacity. In December the state government hailed the battery’s effectiveness in dealing with power outages, and Neoen and Tesla have recently announced plans for a second collaboration to build a 20 MW battery in Victoria.More: Tesla’s Aussie Success Paves Way For More Projectslast_img read more

Rajiv Gandhi University on board PM T20 Cup

first_imgTHE Rajiv Gandhi University of Science and Technology (RGUST) is the latest entity to support the sport of softball cricket through sponsorship of the upcoming Prime Minister’s T20 Softball Cup 2019, emphasising the notion that sports and medicine go hand in hand. RGUST has joined a prestigious list of sponsors for the marque softball tournament which is in its third season and runs from November 1 to 3 in Guyana.The tournament, which is organised by the Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc. (GSCL), has attracted 26 local and international teams across three categories; All-Stars, Masters Over-45 and Legends Over-50.In addition to the male categories, there will be four female teams taking part in two exhibition semifinals on Saturday, November 2. The winners will go on to play on ‘finals day’, Sunday November 3 at Everest Cricket Club (ECC) where the final of all categories will be played.On the same day that RGUST pledged their support, Chung’s Global and P&P Insurance Brokers also handed over their sponsorship. They join Ink Plus, KFC, Elegance Jewellery and Pawn Shop, Banks Beer, I-Bet Supreme, Crown Mining Supplies, Bedessee Sporting Goods, Star Party Rentals, Cyber Sports, Hero and USA Cricket Zone as official sponsors.Overall, more than G$2M is up for grabs with the winning team in each category being guaranteed $500 000.Various venues in Georgetown will be used as the male teams will play a round-robin format before the semi-finalists are determined. On Sunday at ECC, floodlights will be used as matches are expected to run into the night.The Legends category (Over-50 years old) is new to PM T20 Cup while Speed Boat and Regal Masters are both two-time defending champions in the All-Star and Masters (Over-45 years old) categories respectively.last_img read more

Women’s hockey: Badgers bring home WCHA title for third year in a row

first_imgFor the third year in a row, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is WCHA postseason champion.The Badgers (31-2-4-0, 22-2-4-0 WCHA) started off this weekend’s tournament by defeating the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks Saturday afternoon. The Hawks (16-16-6, 11-12-5 WCHA) have been one of Wisconsin’s toughest opponents this season, so the Badgers knew facing them to start off the Final Face-Off would be a challenge.The Badgers and the Hawks seemed to be relatively well-matched, with both teams scoring goals during the second period of play. With 11 penalties called during the game, eight of them being against North Dakota, it was clear this was going to be a close, physical game.The Hawks seemed to believe bullying Wisconsin on the ice would be the trick to winning, and North Dakota’s leader seemed to be sophomore forward Rebekah Kolstad. Kolstad, who had been aggressive in previous matchups between these two teams, earned herself a major penalty and was also given a disqualification penalty. She will be suspended for a certain number of games if North Dakota’s season continues after this weekend.Even with all the chaos, Wisconsin still managed to clinch the win, thanks to junior forward Emily Clark. Clark scored her 20th career game-winning goal Saturday.Men’s basketball: Wisconsin’s strong second-half makes Senior Day sweet as UW defeats MinnesotaFor one of the winningest classes in University of Wisconsin men’s basketball program history, Sunday’s 66-49 win over Minnesota on Read…Sunday’s contest featured a surprise for the Badgers. During the second round of tournament play, the University of Minnesota, Duluth defeated the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.While the Badgers didn’t have to play the Gophers in their home arena, Duluth was not going to be an easy victory for the Badgers. With the No.1 and the No. 2 teams squaring off on the ice, it was clear the winner of this game was truly going to be the best in the WCHA.With both teams scoring in the first period, it was clear the game would go to the team who managed to capitalize on the most opportunities. The win was thanks to Wisconsin’s junior forward Annie Pankowski and senior forward Sarah Nurse, who managed to create three scoring opportunities during the third period.Men’s hockey: Badgers remain No. 2 in conference after Penn State splitThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team suffered their worst defeat of the season to Penn State, squandering an opportunity to Read…Thanks to the UW’s first line of Nurse, Clark and Pankowski, the Badgers are bringing home Wilma for the third year in a row. Wisconsin will now wait for the NCAA to announce the schedule for the next round of playoffs.last_img read more

Pochettino motivated by beating Man Utd, not joining them

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Mauricio Pochettino says his focus is solely on defeating Manchester United on Sunday to further Tottenham’s Premier League title chances rather than his own prospects of taking over at Old Trafford next season.The Argentine is the bookies’ favourite to take over as United’s next permanent manager despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s perfect record in five games as caretaker boss following Jose Mourinho’s sacking.Spurs, in third place, are 10 points ahead of their sixth-placed visitors and are just six points off leaders Liverpool.Pochettino’s men are still involved in four competitions despite working with a fraction of the budget on offer to Mourinho over the past two-and-a-half seasons.“Of course when you’re a manager or coach you cannot be focused on all the rumours,” Pochettino said on Friday, referring to his meeting with Solskjaer being billed as a head-to-head for the United job.“The most important thing is the motivation that we have to do our job in our best way. Of course Manchester is going to come on Sunday trying to win.“Of course for him (Solskjaer) it’s a massive motivation or challenge to manage Manchester United, like for me it’s a massive challenge to be in front for this football club, Tottenham.“Always the motivation is to win because we’re so competitive. We’re people that love to win and hate to lose, and always when you play a friendly game or a competitive game like Sunday always it’s about winning.”Pochettino’s achievements are all the more remarkable given Spurs have played in a makeshift home at Wembley for the past 18 months and did not sign a single player during the summer transfer window. Tottenham are again unlikely to do business in January, with the immediate concern more focused on ensuring some of their best players do not leave.Christian Eriksen has been in fantastic form of late but the Danish midfielder has yet to agree an extension on his contract that expires in 2020, sparking interest from a host of top European clubs.“Christian is a very clever person and of course there’s going to be a decision from him, from the club, from different parts and I hope he can be committed to the club long-term,” said Pochettino.“In football it’s about timings, negotiations, different parties and how they feel.“Of course, it’s his right to wait, to sign this week or in six months, to have different dreams and challenges. For me, it’s not a point to discuss. He’s committed to us, he’s playing so well. I’m so happy with him.”And Pochettino joked that he treats Eriksen in a similar way to his dog.“Christian is a very special person and you need to give him freedom, like on the pitch,” added Pochettino.“You cannot put him in a box. You need to give freedom and trust him. Like my dog, in the park. I trust my dog. I say, ‘Go, I trust you’”.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Olympia Designer Discusses Pantone’s Color Lineup

first_imgSubmitted by Naomi Mercedes Chan of Furniture WorksLe Procope, founded in Paris in the year 1686, boasts a classic green ceiling, part of its celebration of the 18th century style. Photo by Olga Caprotti.Color can evoke a strong physiological reaction, and is a very important component in the alchemy of any visual composition, especially the spaces we live in on a daily basis. Whether it’s office or home, color has a direct impact on virtually every aspect of our lives.Historically, a color’s value was directly related to its scarcity, not so much on its ability to change one’s mood.  Today we have access to literally millions of colors thanks to the revolution in advanced synthetic technology. In Paris, France in the 1800’s, scarce and expensive green paint was so highly valued, just by virtue of its rarity, it was sought out as a status symbol. Green rooms then were rarely repainted and acquired an attractive patina from smoke. Today designers may recommend giving a green paint job a wash with brown stain, to mimic the look of old Parisian bistros.Purple was even rarer – Tyrian purple, the color of royalty in Rome, Persia and Egypt, was derived painstakingly from the mucous of thousands of predatory sea snails. The rarity of the color made it the first recorded instance of a color dye being manufactured as a trade.Today, with all of the synthetics available, we don’t have to confine ourselves to any particular palette, and conversely, no color is off limits.  How then, do we choose from the millions of hues available? As an artist who has a hard time reigning in my color binging, I’ve discovered one way to do this is by drawing on nature.  An artist or designer can take a snapshot of something they see in nature or art and form a whole palette around it. Using the eyedropper tool in Photoshop, we can form a natural palette.For example, here’s an infrared photograph of Galaxy Messier 101, taken by NASA’s Spitzer observatory. Using Photoshop’s Pantone color library, I can use the eyedropper to pick wall or decor colors directly from this image, to take chips with me accessory hunting, or I can just give the Pantone number to my local paint shop.These colors were the ones I used to redecorate a friend’s tired living room in 2012. He had a painting that was shades of blue and coral, and refused to part with its presence in the room. It was a design challenge, in that blue and orange are not often thought of as companions until one sees it done. In my atelier, it was taught that you draw what you see, not what you think you see. In interiors it’s the same – you decorate based on what you know to be true about colors, not what you think might work. Blue and orange are complementary. It might seem weird to some, but subdued sky tones and navy work well with the coral and salmon family – any scuba diver can attest to the natural beauty of pink coral against a backdrop of dark blue. In the end, it created a very relaxing room with universal appeal, and especially when embraced in white, it lends a nautical feel.So what is Pantone? Pantone is an American company that was founded in 1962. Today they are a megalithic presence in all avenues of design, from fashion to merchandising. They are in the business of cataloging and predicting color. It was Pantone who announced Cerulean as the “Color of the Millenium” and each year, they meet in a secret boardroom filled with experts to determine both the color of the year and its associated allies, by analyzing trends and behaviors both in the industry and of consumers.When Pantone announced their predictions for 2013, I wasn’t surprised to see a variation on orange and navy side by side. These two, Nectarine and Monaco Blue, are more vivid and exotic, but in a conservative kind of way. Monaco Blue is the color of the year for 2013, providing a seriously modern mood that can update older decor needing a pick me up. The accompanying trend colors are futuristic and exotic – marking the turning point back towards silhouette.  Color will still have its place, but it will be more integrated into the design, rather than the main attraction.I love working from Pantone’s color lineup. They are well-respected experts in color for good reason, always offering a fresh, forward thinking perspective on color from year to year –  the results of their seemingly esoteric, yet obsessively technical color trend analysis.  It’s always easy to follow their logic, if you connect the dots in design trends, from popular application colors, to what’s on everyone’s mind around the world. At the same time, we designers and artists find new and unexpected ways of looking at our ideas. This year’s spring lineup is quite exotic and relaxing at the same time.We can all look forward to blue and green both featuring in unexpected and innovative ways,  while at the same time, keeping room for old favorites like the very easy Poppy Red. Facebook5Tweet0Pin0last_img read more