Bruce Lee Bio-Play Kung Fu Opens Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on April 6, 2014 Directed by Leigh Silverman, Kung Fu tells the story of international icon Bruce Lee’s journey from troubled Hong Kong youth to martial arts legend. The new play blends dance, Chinese opera, martial arts and drama into a new theatrical form. The production follows Lee in America as he struggles to prove himself as a fighter, a husband, a father and a man. Related Shows View Comments The world premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu officially opens at off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center February 24. Starring Cole Horibe as Bruce Lee, the show will play a limited engagement through March 30 at the Irene Diamond Stage. Kung Fu In addition to Horibe, the cast of Kung Fu features Phoebe Strole, Jon Rua, Emmanuel Brown, Clifton Duncan, Bradley Fong, Francis Jue, Peter Kim, Ari Loeb, Reed Luplau, Kristen Faith Oei and Christopher Vo.last_img read more

The cities of Pula and Umag are postponing all public events and closing all institutions in their ownership

first_imgAlthough there are no infected people in Umag for the time being, similar measures have been adopted there as in Pula, ie all gatherings have been postponed, and all institutions of the City of Umag will not work with parties. The Civil Protection Headquarters of the Istrian County sent a proposal to the National Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia for the temporary suspension of the operation of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools and faculties. Source: City of Pula, City of UmagPhoto: Pixabay All public events, cultural events, public gatherings and sports competitions are postponed in Pula until Tuesday, April 14, and all public facilities and city institutions managed by the City of Pula are temporarily closed. The city administration has also limited the work of catering facilities to 23 pm, and it has also limited the work with parties that call for communication electronically, by mail or by phone.center_img Citizens are urged to adhere to the prescribed hygienic procedures, ie more frequent and thorough hand washing, avoiding contact with eyes, nose and mouth, and the use of hand sanitizers. When sneezing and coughing use wipes, wear a protective mask, if you feel signs and symptoms of fever, inflammation of the respiratory tract, even mild but new ones, contact your doctor for further instructions. After the meeting of Istrian mayors with the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Istrian County, Pula and Umag made decisions on the implementation of stricter measures given the proximity of the border with Italy, where 631 deaths related to coronavirus have been recorded so far.last_img read more

Govt mulls incentives as tourism faces potential $2.8b loss from outbreak

first_imgThe government is mulling over incentives for the tourism and airline industries to mitigate potential losses of US$2.8 billion from the coronavirus disease outbreak, which has already led to a decline in tourist arrivals.The tourism, transportation and finance ministries were finalizing the proposed incentives on Wednesday after meeting with industry stakeholders. The ministers expected to submit the proposal to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo sometime next week. The incentives under consideration included reduced tax, lower airport fees and eased slot permits for airlines, as well as travel discounts for issuing in partnership with all travel agents in the country, the ministries announced. “This is our effort to face the impacts from the coronavirus. It’s not easy, but we should do the best we can together,” Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama said in Jakarta on Wednesday, after a meeting with tourism and airline companies.Wishnutama said that Indonesia’s foreign exchange (forex) income could incur losses of up to $2.8 billion from potential Chinese tourists, assuming a per year average of 2 million tourist arrivals from China as in normal conditions.Indonesia saw 16.1 million foreign tourist arrivals in 2019, with Chinese arrivals contributing 12 percent of all foreign arrivals.Statistics Indonesia (BPS) chairman Suhariyanto said that the outbreak would “no doubt reduce foreign arrivals from China to Indonesia this year”, with the agency already recording a 2 percent contraction in foreign arrivals in December 2019. The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) reported 40,000 room cancellations and 20,000 visitor cancellations in Bali since the rise in infections in early January.Airlines have temporarily halted dozens of flights per week to and from mainland China in adhering to the government’s travel ban on all visitors from China, including all travelers who had been there within 14 days prior to arriving in Indonesia.“We have listened to the inputs from the airline industry and we have spoken to the hotel and restaurant association, as well as other players in the tourism sector,” said Wishnutama. “The incentives that we are preparing must be comprehensive so we can survive this battle, not only the airline and hotel industries but also other related sectors as a whole.”Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said that lower taxes and airport fees, as well as easier permit processing for airport slots and other operating permits were among the possible incentives that the ministry was proposing. During its meeting with airline companies, the ministry had urged them to either reroute their China flights to new potential markets or add flights to their busiest routes.“For example […], many airlines from Eastern Europe want to fly to Bali, but the problem so far has been the unavailability of slots. So we see opportunities there,” said Budi. Other potential markets were Australia and countries in the Middle East and South Asia like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, he said.Wishnutama added that the government was also looking to boost domestic travel to the top three destinations among Chinese tourists, namely Bali, North Sulawesi and the Riau Islands. Discounts could be offered in partnership with online and conventional travel agents, he said.Garuda Indonesia president director Irfan Setiaputra welcomed the government’s initiative, while urging that incentives be given to new inbound flights.”We are now trying to mitigate the impact of the [outbreak] by adding [flight] schedules on our existing routes,” said Irfan, adding that opening new routes was also a possibility. “This [outbreak] is absolutely affecting us, because the travel ban to and from China has caused us to lose revenue.”Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has halted 40 weekly flights to mainland China, while Lion Air Group, the largest private Indonesian airline company, has halted 30 weekly flights to China.Topics :last_img read more

Schmidt will watch Wales closely

first_img Head coach Schmidt has conceded Ireland cannot afford to dismiss launching an all-out attack at Scotland from the off at Murrayfield. Ireland will most likely have to better the points difference of both England and Wales to retain their RBS 6 Nations title. Joe Schmidt has admitted Ireland could go for broke against Scotland if Wales thrash Italy in Rome on Saturday. Press Association Wales kick-off the ‘Super Saturday’ finale by taking on Italy in Rome, before Ireland face Scotland, with England hosting France in the closing clash of the triple-header. Schmidt is fairly confident Ireland will not dispense with their no-nonsense gameplan in Edinburgh – but did admit that could all change if Wales hammer the Italians. “There’s always that potential; I don’t think you can rule anything out, if Wales have a big win,” said Schmidt. “Whatever happens we’ll try to determine what the best thing is for us. “And the one thing I would do is probably throw a word of caution around trying to chase anything other than getting our noses in front of Scotland. “They were unlucky against Wales to lose by three points. “They were probably unlucky with a try that was disallowed, and they got very close to France in Paris too. “They were beaten at the death by Italy and they stayed really competitive against England for a long time. “With the job we’ve got in front of us it would be difficult to get any further ahead than just play that game. “Yes we’ll be keeping an eye on the game before us, and obviously the game after us, we’ll be watching that as well.” England top the championship table on points difference and start the day as slight favourites, given they will know exactly what they need to do against France come kick-off to claim the title. Schmidt believes Wales command the box seat however, given Italy’s propensity to taper off at the back-end of tournaments. Ireland’s 46-7 victory over Italy in Dublin last year proved pivotal to their points-difference title triumph, and Schmidt thinks Wales could produce something similar this weekend. “I think Wales will fancy their chances,” said Schmidt. “Inevitably in the last couple of Six Nations Italy have tended to fade in those last two games. “I know for us and England last year that became very much apparent as opposed to Wales beating them by eight points in the first game. “The forecast in Rome is good and that allows Wales to have a good shot. “We’ll get a little look at what the result is in that game (before facing Scotland). “It can’t affect our preparation, it can’t affect what we’re planning to do, because I think then that becomes a distraction. “And last-minute distractions are never good.” last_img read more

Contact made between PSG and Mourinho

first_imgThat’s despite current boss Laurent Blanc only signing a two-year contract extension in February.Sky Sports is reporting that PSG’s chairman has made contact with Mourinho’s agent Jorge Mendes.But it’s believed Mourinho’s preference is to see what happens at Manchester United at the end of the season first.last_img

Lowe’s Grants Rebuilding Together Critical Funds To Address Home Rehabilitation Projects…

first_imgAbout Lowe’s Charitable and Educational FoundationLowe’s is a proud supporter of Rebuilding Together, American Red Cross, United Way of America, and the Home Safety Council, in addition to numerous non-profit organizations and programs that help communities across the country.  In 2008, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together contributed more than $25 million to support community and education projects in the United States and Canada. Lowe’s also encourages volunteerism through the Lowe’s Heroes program, a company-wide employee volunteer initiative.  Lowe’s is a FORTUNE® 50 company with fiscal year 2008 sales of $48.2 billion and has more than 1,700 stores in the United States and Canada.  For more information, visit Lowes.com/community. Follow us on Twitter @Lowes and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Lowes. Rebuilding Together Thurston County, Washington – Lowes, a President’s Circle Sponsor of Rebuilding Together, is kicking-off home rehabilitation projects nationwide this fall to address critical home needs during cold weather months.  Since 2007, The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has been an active partner of Rebuilding Together and supports the organization’s work across the country.During the course of the fall, Lowe’s will support 65 Rebuilding Together affiliates, including Rebuilding Together Thurston County, by helping them achieve their mission of giving low-income homeowners a safe and healthy home. Each of the affiliates will receive $8,000 in funding to focus on weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades for low-income homeowners. Recipients can expect to see a wide range of modifications such as new window and/or door installation, insulation, caulking, sealing existing windows and doors, installing energy efficient furnaces and heaters, and other ways to increase warmth and help reduce overall utility costs in time for winter.This $520,000 grant is part of the overall $2 million Lowe’s has donated to Rebuilding Together’s mission for 2012.Rebuilding Together Thurston County will work with community volunteers, including Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers, to help single mother Dani Beck winterize and make repairs to the unfinished bathroom in her home, as well as to exterior stairs that are quickly decaying. Dani lives with her 11 and 15-year old daughters and works two jobs to make ends meet. “As fall and winter approaches, now is the time to act for homeowners in need of critical repairs to their home,” said Marshall Croom, chairman of Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “That’s why Rebuilding Together and Lowe’s Heroes volunteers are on a mission to make simple, yet impactful updates like adding weather stripping, insulation and caulking to homes this fall so that low-income homeowners across the country can stay warm, reduce energy consumption, and also cut back on high heating bills.”Since the beginning of this impactful partnership, Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has donated $1 million annually to Rebuilding Together.  In 2012, Lowe’s doubled their support to $2 million dollars. Over $7 million has been contributed to support 687 Lowe’s and Rebuilding Together projects nationwide.“Lowe’s has been an amazing supporter of Rebuilding Together since our partnership began. We are very appreciative that Lowe’s is continuing to support our AmeriCorps service members and act as such great advocates for the importance of improving energy efficiency and safety in housing,” said Gary A. Officer, President and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “Their funding helps ensure that low-income homeowners can live in a safe and healthy home.” The grant also supports Rebuilding Together’s AmeriCorps program on a national level.  In addition to the energy efficiency upgrades, Rebuilding Together AmeriCorps members will help provide safety modifications to those in need, such as wheelchair ramps, grab bars, handrails, and other measures to help prevent falls among homeowners who are elderly and/or disabled. Lowe’s has been a sponsor of the Rebuilding Together AmeriCorps program since 2008, giving more than $425,000 in funds to support the members and their affiliates.About Rebuilding TogetherRebuilding Together believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. Our focus provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients. Our impact extends beyond the individuals served to revitalize and stabilize vulnerable neighborhoods and communities across the country. Our 200 local affiliates complete 10,000 rebuild projects a year thanks to the efforts of nearly 200,000 volunteers from corporate partners, skilled trades professionals and everyday good citizens. Join us – visit www.RebuildingTogether.org. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Photos: Fans line up for free tickets to Stephen Curry’s party

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the photo gallery or video on your mobile device.A couple hundred Curry fans lined up outside the Golden State Warriors guard’s pop-up shop along Ninth Street in hopes of getting a pair of free tickets to a party Curry is throwing on Friday night at the Fox Theater.Curry invited fans on Tuesday night through his Instagram to the event, he said, was because “obviously it’s our last year playing in Oakland as a Warriors organization. This is a great …last_img

How to Make an Object Disappear Using DaVinci Resolve

first_imgObject Removal is a great addition to an already full-featured software package that’s perhaps the best free option on the market.After Effects got a lot of attention a couple months ago for incorporating the Content Aware Fill from Photoshop into their visual effects system.For those working in Resolve, Blackmagic has also added an AI content fill system called Object Removal.To use it, you’ll first need to mask out the object you want to remove with a shape or curve, then track that shape across your entire clip in the tracking window.Once you’ve done this, you’ll need to add another node and link it to the tracked object with the Alpha Selector, which is the blue arrow under the main green workflow selector.In this new node, go to Resolve’s OpenFX tab and find the Object Removal tool. You’ll need to click Scene Analysis so Resolve can analyze the scene and make its best guess for what to replace the missing area with.The final step is to click the Build Clean Plate button inside the Object Removal parameters and watch the object (hopefully) disappear. If the program’s guess is way off, it may help to change Clean Plate Source settings from internal to external, or vice versa. You can also control how far away Resolve looks for the pieces to fill in the missing object. If the immediate area is a better match, try turning this down.The effect works best on areas that have repeating patterns like grass, concrete, or sky — and less well with complex patterns, but it can still be surprising.Image via “DaVinci Resolve’s New Object Removal Tool — Is It Any Good?“Because the clean plate is in a node of its own, you can color grade it by itself over time. So, if the area gets darker — or lighter — as the clip goes on, you can make this adjustment with Keyframes.While far from a magic bullet, Object Removal is a strong accessory to incorporate into your filmmaking toolkit.Interested in the music we used to create this video?“The Name of Love” by Artlss“Uplifting Summer” by ArtMaks“So Good To Me” by Magnetize Music“Purple River” by Roy Ahern“Neon Asphalt” by Lewis UnoLooking for more on DaVinci Resolve? Check out these articles.NLE Showdown: DaVinci Resolve vs. Adobe Premiere Pro — Text EffectsHarnessing The Power of Facial Refinement in DaVinci ResolveNLE Showdown: DaVinci Resolve vs. Adobe Premiere Pro — Processing PowerLearn How to Fix a Variable ND Filter Vignette in DaVinci ResolveHow to Work with Different Frame Rates With The Same File in Resolvelast_img read more

Size counts in British sports

first_imgA few years ago, when I was helping out with the coaching of my son’s under-13 club cricket team in London, I would watch with great interest who the senior coaches would choose and how they would shape the teams of the under-11s, 13s and 15s. At one point I realised that several coaches were going for boys who had a certain height and bulk over slighter- built kids. It was bemusing, because, till then, I had always thought of cricket as being the one sport that was free from size- ist concepts.I understood the logic in a sport like, say, football: you had big bodies to play goalkeeper and to cover the goal, you then had to have tall bodies to jump higher than the defenders to head in the crosses, to stay on the ball when a defender tried to force you off, and the only place for someone slightly- built was in the mid- field, unless you happened to be a short but brutally powerful genius called something like Diego Maradona.Cricket, on the other hand, had always had a funny mix of heights and body types, with someone like Alan Knott (short, wafer- thin) and Tony Greig ( several inches over six feet and not too slight) able to pull the oars for the same team in the 1970s.I did understand that even Indian and Sri Lankan players were now getting bigger, while the old big- guy teams had plateaued out a bit, better enabling us southern subcontis to fight them. Nevertheless, this sorting out of boys at these early ages on cricket grounds in North London was, neverthless, a bit baffling.advertisementPersonalityIt was only when I overheard a conversation between two of the Englishmen weighing up a young all- rounder that I understood. “Think he could be a Fred?” asked one, “I reckon he’s got the build and the eye!” replied the other man.Suddenly, the penny dropped – they were, every club, colt, regional and county team, all of them, searching for the next Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff. The phenomenon I observed was a few years before 2005.At that point, the English had been without the Ashes for nearly twenty years and they were, understandably desperate; several stars of the English team had played out their entire careers without once getting a sniff of the legendary urn and for every new talent England released onto the field, the Aussies would counter with two or three, all of them far better than anything the Poms had to offer.Think McGrath and Gillespie for Angus Fraser, think Mathew Hayden and Justin Langer for Graham Thorpe, think Shane Warne and Gilchrist for nobody comparable at all. The one cricketer that England had produced who struck some semblance of hesitation if not exactly fear in the opposition was the freak called Flintoff.Freddie was big, he was fast, he hit the ball hard, but most of all he had a certain physical personality that could impose itself on most opponents; the actual talent FF displayed with cricketing skills such as bowling, batting and fielding were, of course, crucial, but what really put both icing and cherry on the cake of hope was the maniacal scream that exploded out of him when he took a big wicket or the psycho- stare he gave a bowler after he’d hit him ( yet again) for a six.In the English imagination, Freddie was not so much a general or a commander as he was that solid oak of a Sergeant- Major who could both motivate the troops under him while nonchalantly taking out the German machine- gun nests single- handedly, handedly, time and time again.The problem was that, again, the idea had come from football. For all the refinements of the David Platts and Gary Linekers, the character England supporters really loved was the working- class hulk, Paul Gascoigne. Gascoigne wasn’t anywhere as big as Flintoff but he had the same big heart and manic personality.As he grew into his game, whatever slightness of body he had, disappeared. There does exist one of the great sports photographs of the ‘ hard man’ of football, Vinnie Jones, grabbing Gascoigne’s family area just before a free- kick melee, young Paul’s face grimacing in pain; but Jones could never get close to touching the epicentre of Gascoigne’s playing when he was at his peak.AshesHowever, for all his talents and promise, the over- riding visual most people have of Gascoigne was his face wracked with tears at his second yellow card in the 1990 World Cup semi- final against West Germany, after which England were knocked out on penalties.advertisementBy 2005, when Australia came to England to play, there was already a new, hulky- hope for English football in the shape of Wayne Rooney. Here was, to reverse the comparison, a Footballing Freddie, and one who, ironically, may have inspired Vaughan, Flintoff and Co. to finally wrest the Ashes back from the Aussies.The ‘ 05 Ashes were Flintoff’s great moment: there he was, always in the thick of the action; there he was, unflinching, seemingly devoid of any imagination that might include defeat, nervelessly pulling England through in the closest of Tests, not once but several times; there he was, psycho- scream put away, consoling Brett Lee at the end of the series; there he was, face bombed by the mother of all hangovers the day after the victory was sealed.One could have been forgiven for thinking then that this, finally, was the lift- off for a great cricketer from England – something the world had not seen for many decades.Instead, that Ashes win was to be the peak of Flintoff’s trajectory. What followed was hardly the stuff of Greek or Shakespearean tragedy. The steep decline in Fred F’s career was more suited to absurdist drama or the satires of Bertolt Brecht: in the return series Down Under, under his captaincy, (the absent commander was Michael Vaghan) the Australians tore England to shreds, giving them not even a consolation draw while taking the series 5- 0; then came the drunken wrestling math with the pedallo, or what became known as the Fredallo incident and then came the withdrawal, first from Tests, then ODIs and finally, last week, from cricket altogether.IndiaDoes Andrew Flintoff’s rapid deflation give any pause to the coaches in England from looking for a replacement- giant among the teens and pre- teenagers? Not a bit of it. Because, debuting in that lonesome English Ashes win of ’05 was an articulated lorry of a South African called Kevin Pietersen.Even as Rooney fails in the World Cup, even as the Pakistanis playing in some reverse- gear manage to work out Big Kev in the last series, I’m betting England’s cricket and football coaches are still laying their hopes on over- size super- structures of bone and muscle.The lesson in all this, at least for us Indians, is to remain aware of what has brought us to the top of cricketing pile: the spread of better nutrition across a large swathe of middle and lower- middleclass society, providing us a with a far more competitive talent- pool, a sharp rise in fitness, three or four wristy players who time and place the ball beautifully, one or two bowlers who bowl well ( but none of them bulky), and one short but muscular world- beater called Tendulkar.Yes, we must value the crazy strength of the Yuvvies and the Dhonis but we must also congratulate ourselves on the variation of body- types in the Indian team.advertisementJust as it is more healthy to eat fruit vegetables of different colours, each colour bringing a different nutrient, so it is more effective to weave together a team made from the different talents coming different physical characteristics. If we remember this, not only in cricket but in other sports as well, who knows? We might even see an Indian football team in the World Cup in our lifetimes.The writer is the author of The Last Jet-engine Laughlast_img read more

Lonzo Ball injury, aging LeBron James set off Lakers’ free fall, says World Peace

first_imgColombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sisi Rondina takes tough UST loss in stride ‘as long as we learned something’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants MANILA, Philippines—The Los Angeles Lakers have a litany of problems with just 11 games left in their season.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other “Lonzo Ball made the Lakers better and when he got hurt that also hurt the Lakers,” said World Peace Thursday at Mall of Asia Arena.Ball sprained his left ankle on Jan. 19 in the third quarter against the Houston Rockets a bone spur in that same joint aggravated the injury that put him on the sidelines for an indefinite period.World Peace added that age finally caught up to James who at 34 is playing his 16th season in the NBA, which includes nine finals runs.“LeBron’s a really good player and why he couldn’t do it, I’m very shocked on how it turned out,” said World Peace who won the 2010 title with the Lakers. “He had them at fourth place and he’s not perfect, nobody is.”“He’s [James] not playing defense right now but he’s 35-years-old and he’s not 25-years-old anymore. But you know what, with that being said, he’ll be back.”ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss From the impending reality of missing the playoffs for the sixth straight year to superstar LeBron James not going into the postseason for the first time since 2006, the Lakers are a virtual train wreck.And former Laker Metta World Peace knows what triggered Los Angeles’ collapse from the fourth seed in the NBA’s Western Conference to a disgruntled 10th seed with a 31-40 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWorld Peace, who’s in the Philippines to support his son Jeron Artest in the 2019 NBTC Nationals, said the injuries to Lonzo Ball and James ultimately led to the Lakers’ [email protected], an @NBA champion with the @Lakers, talks about @KingJames, @ZO2_ and the Purple and Gold. He’s in town to grace @SM_Nbtc’s Coaches Convention, mentor an All-Star selection during the #MadnessInMOA, and watch his Filipino sonJeRon see action. pic.twitter.com/Af5IStqQgg— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) March 21, 2019ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more