Watch Michelle Obama Sing ‘Friend Like Me’ With Aladdin’s Cast

first_imgWishes were granted when Adam Jacobs, Courtney Reed, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart and members of the Aladdin ensemble recently performed a selection of highlights from the hit tuner at the White House. The previously reported visit was for the Kids’ State Dinner and First Lady Michelle Obama even joined in with a rendition of “Friend Like Me!” Check out a video of the shining, shimmering, splendid evening below, and then the musical on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Related Shows Aladdin from $57.50 View Commentslast_img

Man Utd v Fulham: Debut for Heitinga

first_imgFulham’s new arrival John Heitinga makes his debut and Ryan Tunnicliffe, recently signed from Manchester United, also starts against the champions, who welcome defender Nemanja Vidic back from suspension. The Whites’ record signing Kostas Mitroglou must wait for his debut, while Scott Parker is among the Fulham substitutes. Boss Rene Meulensteen has also opted to start with John Arne Riise and youngster Muamer Tankovic.Manchester United: De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra; Mata, Carrick, Fletcher, Young; Rooney, van Persie.Subs: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Giggs, Valencia, Kagawa, Januzaj, Hernandez.Fulham:Stekelenburg; Riether, Burn, Heitinga, Riise; Tunnicliffe, Sidwell, Kvist, Richardson; Holtby, Tankovic.Subs: Stockdale, Hangeland, Kacaniklic, Duff, Cole, Parker, Bent.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Cameron in Constitutional Court

first_imgJustice Edwin Cameron addressing the PlenarySession at the 17th International AIDSConference, held in Mexico in August 2008.(Image: International Aids Society) A memorial to the late Aids activist GuguDlamini, killed for making her HIV-positivestatus public. Dlamini was the inspirationfor Cameron’s unveiling of his ownstatus. (Image: Avert)Janine ErasmusA decade after former president Thabo Mbeki blocked his appointment, Judge Edwin Cameron has taken his seat on the Bench of the Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa dealing with constitutional matters.President Kgalema Motlanthe announced on 31 December 2008 that Cameron would be the next Constitutional Court judge, taking over the position left by Justice Tholakele “Tholie” Madala, who retired at the end of 2008. Cameron moves into his chambers at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg in January 2009.Other top judges in the running for the position were Cape High Court Judge Shehnaz Meer, Johannesburg High Court Judge Nigel Willis and Northern Cape Judge President Frans Kgomo.The appointment has also made headlines because Cameron, who turns 56 in February 2009, is openly gay and was the first high-profile public figure in South Africa to reveal that he is HIV-positive. He is well-known and respected as a long-standing activist for the rights of those living with HIV, and has worked tirelessly for many years to combat the discrimination and stigma associated with the disease.The Pretoria-born judge was moved to disclose his HIV status shortly after Aids activist Gugu Dlamini was stoned to death by a gang of boys in her neighbourhood of KwaMancinza, KwaZulu-Natal, for revealing on an isiZulu radio station that she was HIV positive. Her announcement came on 1 December, World Aids Day 1998, and she paid for it with her life. Dlamini had been a volunteer field worker for the National Association of People Living with HIV/Aids.Cameron had lived with the knowledge of his status for three years before disclosing it. In a 2005 interview with UK magazine Positive Nation he said, “I thought, I’m living with the professional and middle-class protections, surrounded by caring friends and family, and I’m not speaking, but this woman did. That’s what compelled me to speak.”For breaking his silence, Cameron in turn was praised by former president Nelson Mandela as one of South Africa’s new breed of heroes.In the same interview Cameron mentioned that he had suffered no negative repercussions whatsoever in his professional or personal life, and was overwhelmed by the love and praise that had poured in for him. He confessed to being puzzled that other public figures had not felt compelled to come out and speak themselves.A superb legal mindEdwin Cameron grew up in Pretoria and after matriculating from Pretoria Boys’ High School and took up studies at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape. Here he completed a BA in Law followed by a BA Honours in Latin. Later he obtained his LLB through the University of South Africa.Not content with these qualifications, Cameron was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1976 to study at Keble College, Oxford, completing two first-class degrees, a BA Jurisprudence and Batchelor of Civil Law. In 2003 he was made an honorary Fellow of Keble College and in the same year was invited to be a Visiting Fellow of All Souls College at Oxford.Cameron was admitted to the Johannesburg Bar in 1983 and three years later began to practise as a human rights lawyer at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Centre for Applied Legal Studies. His practice included labour and employment law; the defence of African National Congress freedom fighters charged with treason; land tenure and forced removals; objection on conscientious and religious grounds; and gay and lesbian equality.During this time he became active in human rights relating to HIV and Aids, co-founding the Aids Consortium, a national network of NGOs addressing the needs of those suffering with Aids, and founding the Aids Law Project, among other accomplishments. He also co-drafted the Charter of Rights on Aids and HIV, the founding document of the Aids Consortium.In 1994 President Mandela appointed him to the High Court on a temporary basis, where he chaired a commission into illegal arms deals, after which he took up a permanent position in 1995. Since 2000 Cameron has been a justice of the Supreme Court in Bloemfontein. Immediately prior to this appointment he served for a year as an Acting Justice in the Constitutional Court.Between 1998 and 2008 Cameron chaired the Council of the University of the Witwatersrand, the institution’s governing body. His long relationship with Wits includes a seat on numerous University committees as well as the Senate.Former Director of the Wits Centre for Applied Legal Studies, David Unterhalter, has referred to Cameron as ‘”one of the leading lawyers of his generation, possibly the leading lawyer”.Cameron is current General Secretary of the Rhodes Scholarships in Southern Africa. His other roles include patronages of several charitable organisations, among them the Guild Cottage Children’s Home, the Sparrow’s Nest Children’s Hospice, the Community AIDS Response, and the Soweto HIV/Aids Counsellors’ Alliance.Staunch Aids activistCameron has done stellar work in entrenching the rights of gay and lesbian people in the constitutional laws of the country, and fighting against the denial and discrimination associated with HIV and Aids. His outspoken opposition to Thabo Mbeki’s controversial stance of denial towards Aids, and reluctance to make anti-retroviral drugs available to all, earned him the disfavour of the former president. It is believed to have been a significant factor in his failure to gain an appointment to the Constitutional Court.Legal experts today believe that Cameron’s appointment, and that of the new Minister of Health Barbara Hogan, represent a break away from the denialist policies of the past.Cameron is the author of a number of legal books on that subject and others, such as Defiant Desire – Gay and Lesbian Lives in South Africa, and Honoré’s South African Law of Trusts. He has also written treatises on labour and industrial law. In 2005 he put his own experiences down in writing in the book Witness to Aids, which earned him the 2006 Alan Paton award for non-fiction, together with HIV-positive journalist Adam Levin.Among the many tokens of recognition Cameron has received from all over the world are the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights in 2000, a special award in 2002 from the Bar of England and Wales in recognition of his work in international jurisprudence and human rights, and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation Excellence in Leadership Award in 2003.For the rights of the peopleThe 11 judges appointed to the Constitutional Court must be independent – they may not be members of Parliament or of any political party, nor may they serve in any governmental role. Candidates are interviewed and then proposed by the Judicial Service Commission, a body that advises the government on matters relating to the administration of justice.The successful candidates are selected by the president, in consultation with the Chief Justice and the National Assembly. Under normal circumstances, judges serve for a non-renewable term of 12 to 15 years, depending on the initial age of the judge when taking up his or her appointment.The first judges took to the Bench in 1994 and were appointed by then president Mandela. Senior counsel and veteran struggle lawyer Arthur Chaskalson was the first president of the Constitutional Court. He was followed by the first four judges, all drawn from the ranks of the Supreme Court – Laurie Ackermann, Richard Goldstone, Tholie Madala and Ismail Mohamed.The remaining six judges were Johann Kriegler, John Didcott, Pius Langa, Kate O’Regan, Yvonne Mokgoro, and Albie Sachs.The Constitutional Court was officially opened by Nelson Mandela in February 1995. “The last time I appeared in court,” said Mandela on that occasion, “was to hear whether or not I was going to be sentenced to death. Today I rise not as an accused, but on behalf of the people of South Africa, to inaugurate a court South Africa has never had, a court on which hinges the future of our democracy.”The Court’s first hearing involved the constitutionality of the death penalty, and after three days of hearings it delivered its judgement that the death penalty was indeed unconstitutional.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksConstitutional CourtSupreme Court of AppealJohannesburg Bar SocietyCentre for Applied and Legal StudiesAids Law ProjectNational Association of People Living with Hiv/AidsWitness to AidsAids Consortiumlast_img read more

SA commits R1bn to supporting black industrialists

first_img27 March 2015A R1-billion incentive scheme to support the creation of large and competitive black industrialists is to be made available, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at the closing session of the Black Industrialists Indaba on Thursday.The indaba, hosted by the DTI and held over two days in Midrand in Gauteng, aimed to engage and generate dialogue between the public sector and key private sector stakeholders on black industrialisationDavies said that South Africa’s path to economic prosperity should continue to be anchored on the twin imperatives of industrialisation on the one hand; and economic inclusion, of which the Black Industrialists Development Programme is an important pillar, on the other.100 black industrialistsThe DTI launched the Black Industrialists Development Programme in August last year and is aimed at creating more than 100 black industrialists within three years and put black industrialists at the forefront of South Africa’s industrialisation efforts.The programme promotes the participation of black industrialists as manufacturers for the key sectors identified in the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) as well as other sectors driving economic growth and development.The programme outlines key measures aimed at supporting black-owned manufacturing companies such as access to finance, access to markets, skills development, and standards, quality and productivity improvement.Davies said the government was committed to deracialising the economy through the accelerated development of black industrialists. He said the government had committed financial resources and support to expand and upscale support for black industrialists.FundersOn Wednesday, DTI Director-General Lionel October said the R1-billion in funding was expected to attract an estimated R10-billion to R20-billion from other funders, such as the Industrial Development Corporation, the Development Bank of South Africa, the National Empowerment Fund and the Public Investment Corporation.October said that when South Africa’s new broad-based black economic empowerment codes came into effect in May, only companies with a minimum level of four would qualify for the incentives, Business Day reported.Access to finance was the primary constraint for existing and emerging black industrialists and financial support initiatives would help accelerate South Africa’s industrialisation, October said.Three commissions set up at the Indaba looked at access to finance, access to markets and state procurement, as well as policy and skills development.Recommendations from the commissions included:A committee comprising government and the private sector and comprising experts be established to explore more ways and instruments to accelerate the implementation of the Black Industrialists Development Programme;Review of the Preferential Public Procurement Act,Setting up the black majority threshold at 75% for companies qualifying for the Programme, andSkills development should be at the centre of the Programme.SAinfo reporter and read more

Celebrating Top Outstanding Young Persons Playing Their Part

first_imgBrand South Africa and the Junior Chamber International (JCI) have been in partnership for several years to continuously emphasise the importance of living the Nelson Mandela legacy, this is by way of contributing towards social justice for all especially by young persons. Through The 2019 Top Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) Awards ceremony hosted on 27 July in Durban, KZN, young people were recognised and acknowledged for their selfless efforts towards taking action against social inequalities.The awards speak to Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative which promotes active citizenship nationally as well as JCI’s mission to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change in all spheres. The TOYP Awards were acknowledged during Mandela Month and a special noting that six young women are also recipients of the Ten Outstanding Young person awards.         As the country celebrates Women’s Month, we commend these young women for breaking the glass ceiling and contributing to enhancing confidence in citizens taking pride in their country through active citizenship.Mbokodo we salute you!!!As the country faces ominous times it is imperative now more than ever that we continuously build confidence in the future of the nation, drive collaboration for opportunities for every South African to make a positive difference in eradicating poverty and unemployment.Click here to see the 2019 recipients of the Ten Outstanding Young person awards applaud the JCI for playing its part by developing young leaders and providing them with a framework to have the greatest positive impact in our changing world. Learn more about JCI the movement, find out how you can play your part in your community: read more

Interviews With Geocaching Filmmakers – Part 2

first_imgThe Deadliest CacheA film by TheHuntingYoshi | Norway“A geocacher is going on an FTF-hunt. Turns out, he might have made it more difficult than he needed to.” Who or what inspired this film?We asked around for ideas and a fellow geocacher (Lordwadar) came up with the idea about the FTF-hunter. I really liked it because every geocacher that has been on an exciting geocache hunt would see her or himself in that situation, and not just the FTF-hunters.How did you assemble the team (directors, actors, crew, etc.)?Laffa and me are very good friends and we’d made some other films together. The hardest part was to come up a script that only had two actors. Because there were only the two of us doing all the work. I wrote it, shot it and directed it with Laffas help. Did you have any funny/interesting/challenging behind-the-scenes moments?Every bit was both funny and challenging. But while I was behind the camera shooting, Laffa had to really do the hard work in this film. We had to shoot some of the scenes multiple times. The more tired he got, the funnier the scene seemed to become. In the final scene he jumps in the water fully clothed. I was afraid the water would be cold but he actually said the water was refreshing after rolling around in the woods all day long. If you could condense this film down to a basic message to all geocachers, what would it be?There is usually a trail going to the geocache. Look at the terrain difficulty to get a sense of how much bushing you need to do. What recommendations do you have for new geocaching filmmakers?Learn good camera handling. Make it short. Make cuts often. What are you excited about for GIFF 2015?Watching the creativity of the Geocaching community is amazing! The GIFF is one of the most enjoyable nights of the summer! SharePrint RelatedInterviews With Geocaching Filmmakers – Part 3February 20, 2015In “GIFF”Interviews With Geocaching Filmmakers – Part 1February 16, 2015In “Events”5 Tips for getting your video into GIFF 2015June 15, 2015In “Community” CacheheartA film by MudMen_GER | Germany“The cache king is dead and a new one has to be found. To climb the throne, we have to find the holy and royal FTF.” Who or what inspired this film?Our daughter Elizabeth was so inspired by the 2013 GIFF, she very much wanted to participate this year. Our family talked around several different ideas and we thought this one was the funniest.How did you assemble the team (directors, actors, crew, etc.)?This was truly a family project. We each had multiple jobs: gathering supplies/costumes, acting, filming and editing.Did you have any funny/interesting/challenging behind-the-scenes moments?We had several issues including overcast weather and dwindling camera batteries, but the kids were so motivated to make this happen that we just kept persevering.If you could condense this film down to a basic message to all geocachers, what would it be?Geocaching is a fun (and funny) adventure. Get out there and explore some new places and have a great time doing it!What recommendations do you have for new geocaching filmmakers?Give it a try! Even if you have never done anything like this before, you CAN make a movie. We are excited to see what you come up with and we will be sitting in the audience to cheer you on next year.What are you excited about for GIFF 2015?Watching the creativity of the Geocaching community is amazing! The GIFF is one of the most enjoyable nights of the summer! Who or what inspired this film?Having found out about the competition we wanted to give our own take on what Geocaching means to us. Since we live in Cornwall, a beautiful part of the UK, we wanted to show off a bit of the greenery and make a video that is both entertaining and would inspire people to make their own films.How did you assemble the team (directors, actors, crew, etc.)?We were a crew of 3. Myself and Michael Bray were the creative force who put the whole thing together. We were also assisted by Ben Grocock, Michael’s friend who acted as Runner and Prop guy, as he provided the ammo crate for us! Did you have any funny/interesting/challenging behind-the-scenes moments?We shot on a very hot day and poor old Michael had to wear that thick yellow hoodie for the whole shoot. He didn’t complain once and didn’t even take the thing off! We were limited to time when it came to Ben’s involvement as we could only shoot an hour with him so had to fit all his bits in first before he departed, but you wouldn’t have noticed it was shot completely out of order!If you could condense this film down to a basic message to all geocachers, what would it be?Getting the first to find is a great goal for any geocacher, but don’t let it ruin the experience and fun of the game. Some geocachers take the FTF too seriously and it ruins the fun of it! Just enjoy the experience whether or not you get there first!What recommendations do you have for new geocaching filmmakers?Try and be creative! Have fun in making your film and make it to the best of your ability. It should reflect what you enjoy and should be a joy to watch. We expressed our interest through comedy sketch, but your film has to be something that you would enjoy watching if you were the audience. If you don’t enjoy watching your film then why should anyone else?What are you excited about for GIFF 2015?I am looking forward to perhaps giving it another crack. Being one of the 16 nominee’s was an honour and was really fun to travel the distance to attend. Fingers crossed for this year!That’s it for now, folks. Stay tuned for our next round of interviews with geocaching filmmakers on February 20th, 2015, where we’ll get a look at arguably the funniest geocaching videos around.Think your geocaching film has what it takes to have geocaching audiences cheering in approval? Visit the GIFF 2015 homepage and find out how to enter! For the first time in history, all 16 geocaching films from the 2014 Geocaching International Film Festival are available to watch at the click of a button. If you have just 59 minutes to spare (and not a minute more) make those minutes worth your while.Watch the full films and decide which should receive the Global GIFF Audience Award here: today for your reading pleasure are exclusive interviews with some of the featured filmmakers. Go behind-the-scenes and hear what the producers have to say about geocaching, movies, and life.GeoDoubleA film by Owen15 | Canada“Have you ever found yourself itching to go out for a ‘First to Find’ but know you really shouldn’t? If so, GeoDouble is perfect for you!”center_img Share with your Friends:More First to Find — The Woodland HuntA film by CarboKnightLuke | United Kingdom“Two geocachers, Alan and Steve are on a mission to get the first to find, but unfortunately they are after the same cache. This can only mean trouble!” Geocaching With SasquatchA film by Frisky Biscuits | USA“A very clever Sasquatch figures out how to order up some snacks by publishing a geocache to attract people to his part of the forest.” Who or what inspired this film?The inspiration for our film came, because we were planing a geocaching tour to Scotland in Summer 2014. A wonderful country which we would like to visit since ages. So the story took place in a Scottish-like environment, but we never left Germany for shooting. The “Highlands” you can see in our film, is an old dump in the Ruhr district of Germany.How did you assemble the team (directors, actors, crew, etc.)?The story of “Cacheheart” was created together with our workmate and geocaching partner Hövel. We all have the same sense of humor, which is importatn when you work on a project like this. To get all the background actors to the set we made a geocaching event. Because of the guidelines of, we did an “After-Shooting-Event”. First working on our set and then relaxing at a fine little geocaching event. One actor, McMario, traveled 300 miles from Hamburg to be a part of our film. Did you have any funny/interesting/challenging behind-the-scenes moments?One of the funnist moments were as Hövel slipped into the costume of the Marshmallow Man. It was not planned, but it looks so wired that we decided to let the costume in the final film. Challenging were the weather conditions on the day of shooting. It was raining and one or two background actors slipped on theirs butts down hill.If you could condense this film down to a basic message to all geocachers, what would it be?Have fun, be creative and don’t care if you are the first , second or tenth finder of a geocache.What recommendations do you have for new geocaching filmmakers?Don’t wait until tomorrow, start now. It makes so much fun to see how your GIFF film is growing. And if your film will be shown on the big screen in Seattle, it makes you proud.What are you excited about for GIFF 2015?We already have plans for a participation on GIFF2015. The script is finished and we will start shooting in the next one or two month. We don’t want to betray too much, but the story is about the magic of geocaching. Who or what inspired this film?I was inspired by Saturday Night Live’s comedic ads for fictitious products and wanted to make one myself… geocaching style!How did you assemble the team (directors, actors, crew, etc.)?That for me was the easiest part since I was the whole team! I had some free time on my own at the beginning of the summer and thought this would be a fun project, and it was!Did you have any funny/interesting/challenging behind-the-scenes moments?The most challenging scenes to film were the ‘clone’ scenes where I had to fit two of me into the same picture. I had limited software so it took many tries to produce a satisfying result. Also, for certain scenes I had to leave the house and embarrass myself in public. I would wait until all muggles had cleared and then quickly set up, film, pack up and bike away, within a few minutes.If you could condense this film down to a basic message to all geocachers, what would it be?Never miss an opportunity to go geocaching!What recommendations do you have for new geocaching filmmakers?I would recommend capturing an element of geocaching that you particularly enjoy and portray it in a creative way.What are you excited about for GIFF 2015?I really look forward to seeing another round of creative films and hopefully submitting one myself!last_img read more

11 students killed in Kashmir road accident

first_imgEleven students, including nine girls, died when the vehicle they were travelling in fell into a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Thursday.The accident happened when the vehicle skidded off the road and rolled down the gorge near Pir Ki Gali. “Seven others were injured in the accident,” said the police. All the victims belonged to Poonch in the Pir Panjal Valley, and were students at a computer institute. They were on a excursion to Pir Ki Gali.“One critically injured person has been referred to a Srinagar hospital for specialised treatment,” said Deputy Commissioner, Shopian, Owais Ahmad.Governor Satya Pal Malik expressed grief over the loss of lives and announced an ex gratia payment of ₹5 lakh each to the next of the kin of the deceased.Hurriyat leaders as well as mainstream parties expressed their condolences to the bereaved families.last_img read more

Racela rues Tams’ poor defense vs hot-shooting Eagles

first_imgREAD: Ateneo downs FEU for 3-0 start“We have to really improve defensively,” Racela told reporters. “We gave up too many points against Ateneo and when they shoot like that it’s really hard to stop, even in the PBA when teams shoot that much from the three-point area they’re pretty hard to stop.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAteneo started out on a blistering pace scoring seven triples in the first quarter alone and finishing the game hitting 12 out of 34 attempts. The Blue Eagles shot 50 percent from the field.Although it’s still early in the season, Racela said their win-loss record is a sign that they are still not in peak form. “With our record now, you’d want everyone to play better,” said Racela. “I want to see improvements. Good thing is the season is far from over so we still have time and there are still lots to work on.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES TNT posts 3rd straight win, beats Star Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa FEU head coach Olsen Racela wasn’t pleased with his team’s defense in a loss to Ateneo on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University head coach Olsen Racela said his team’s lackadaisical defense is what cost them the game against Ateneo on Sunday.The Tamaraws lost, 94-82, and saw their record dip to 1-2 while the Blue Eagles remained at the top of the league with a 3-0 card.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more