CHALLENGE FOR CITY FIRMS TO GO OFF ROAD

first_img Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Monday 14 February 2011 9:57 pm whatsapp CHALLENGE FOR CITY FIRMS TO GO OFF ROAD whatsapp FOR frustrated finance workers who fancy themselves as a bit of a Bear Grylls-type come the weekend, CARE International’s Finance Adventure Challenge might be just the opportunity to show your colleagues what you’re made of. City A.M. is supporting the Challenge this summer, giving City professionals a chance to ditch the suits and prove their mettle stretches further than the boardroom. It takes place in Exmoor on 25 June, and will see corporate teams from financial firms pitted against each other in a series of testing trials, including cycling, canoeing and hiking. For real suckers for punishment there’s even a mystery bonus stage – an extra hour of challenges pitched to the most competitive members in the field. But the more cerebral types shouldn’t be put off by the physical demands of the course – it also promises to test teams’ mental ability, and with fundraising targets set at £3,000 per team, companies will need to call on their best mathematical brain to make sure that all the effort is worthwhile. Funds raised will support CARE International’s poverty-fighting work in over 70 countries, which includes microfinance projects and village savings and loans schemes.Website: www.carechallenge.org.uk/financeTel: 020 7934 9470SEAL OF APPROVALIn the first six months following their launch in July 2010, tourists, commuters and weekend daytrippers have cycled to the moon and back 13 times on their ‘Boris’ bikes ?– and the distance is likely to skyrocket even further once the scheme is extended out towards Canary Wharf.So the scheme’s 110,000 registered users will be delighted to hear that their chosen mode of transport is now also officially “cool”, having just been nominated for a Brit Insurance Design Award. Tagged as “the Oscars of the design world”, the awards recognise innovation in architecture, fashion, furniture, graphics, interactive, products and transport. The bikes face stiff competition in their category, with the world’s first folding electric bicycle and the Riversimple hydrogen car also up for the prize, which will be announced on 15 March at the Design Museum. But the blue bikes’ supporters will surely be heaving a sigh of relief that they’re not nominated in the “interactive” category alongside ultra-addictive iPhone game Angry Birds. Not even Colin Firth would want to be shortlisted next to a competitor like that.GIFTS KEEP ON GIVINGIf there were any doubt that the British entrepreneurial spirit lives on, a simple eBay search this morning would prove otherwise. Just hours after the end of Sunday night’s Bafta ceremony, freebies from the heavily-sponsored goodie bags started appearing on the popular auction site. Top of the search pile last night was a Bafta-themed Lancome skincare and make-up gift set in a red carpet box ?– yours for just £20 “brand new, unused and unopened” – proving perhaps that high-street products just aren’t enough to impress those more used to having private access to London’s best botox experts. But The Capitalist sincerely hopes that no one whose other halves attended the ceremony received a Hotel Chocolat solid chocolate Bafta mask as their Valentines Day present. 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Diageo seals £1.3bn deal for Turkish spirits firm

first_img whatsapp whatsapp Share Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Diageo seals £1.3bn deal for Turkish spirits firm Diageo, the world’s biggest spirits maker, has confirmed a deal to buy the Turkish spirits group Mey Icki for £1.3bn to give it access to this fast-growing emerging market.The London-based maker of Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka is buying Turkey’s biggest spirits company from investment firms TPG Capital LP and Actera. The agreement is expected to be completed in the second half of 2011.The Turkish group is the clear market leader in raki, the biggest spirits category in Turkey, and has a leading position in vodka, while it also has an extensive nationwide sales and distribution network.It had net annual sales of £300m in 2010 and earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) of £120m, and will be earnings accretive for Diageo in the first full year of acquisition by around 1 percent.The group said the deal will allow it to accelerate the growth of its international spirits brands in Turkey throughMey Icki’s distribution network and customer relationships.“Turkey is an attractive, growing market for Diageo with strong GDP growth. The acquisition of Mey Icki transforms our existing position in this fast growing spirits market,” said Diageo Chief Executive Paul Walsh in a statement. center_img Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL John Dunne Monday 21 February 2011 3:55 am Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndolast_img read more

Have £10k to invest in FTSE 100 stocks? I’d buy these 2 bargain shares in an ISA today

first_img Peter Stephens | Monday, 15th June, 2020 | More on: BATS BRBY Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Peter Stephens owns shares of British American Tobacco. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Burberry. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The FTSE 100 has rebounded by over 20% since reaching less than 5,000 points in March. However, there continues to be a number of large-cap shares that appear to offer good value for money following the market crash.Certainly, they face significant risks. For example, a second wave of coronavirus could cause investor sentiment and economic activity to weaken.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…However, over the long run, shares such as the two FTSE 100 businesses discussed below could offer improving total returns. Especially when purchased in a tax-efficient account such as an ISA. Therefore, now could be the right time to invest £10k, or any other amount, in them.FTSE 100 consumer stock BurberryLockdown measures introduced over recent months have had a major impact on the financial performance of FTSE 100 luxury fahion house Burberry (LSE: BRBY). Its recent annual results highlighted a 27% decline in comparable sales for the final quarter of its financial year. This was due to around 60% of its stores being closed.Looking ahead, the gradual reopening of the retail sector could lead to improving trading conditions for the business. Prior to coronavirus, it was making encouraging progress in delivering on its new strategy. For example, it’s been able to transform its social media presence. An increasing focus on environmental issues also appears to be resonating with customers.As such, Burberry could offer long-term growth potential after what has been a hugely challenging period for the FTSE 100 business. It has reduced its dividend and sought to become more efficient in response to weaker trading conditions. The strength of its brand means it may offer long-term recovery potential after its 28% share price decline since the start of the year.British American TobaccoAnother FTSE 100 company that could post a share price recovery is British American Tobacco (LSE: BATS). Its recent trading update was somewhat mixed, experiencing little change in demand across a large proportion of its markets. However, the business also suffered weaker sales in some countries where lockdown measures have been in place.Despite this, the overall share price performance of British American Tobacco has been relatively resilient over recent months. Its adjusted revenue for the 2020 financial year is expected to grow by between 1% and 3%. It’s reaffirmed its commitment to a 65% dividend payout ratio. With its shares currently yielding 7.4%, it could become a more popular income share while interest rates are at historic lows.Although the FTSE 100 company has pushed back its target to generate £5bn in revenue from next-generation products to 2025, its pricing power in tobacco products could lead to a robust and growing bottom line. During an uncertain period for the world economy, it could offer a relatively attractive total return in the coming years. And I think that makes it a worthwhile investment at the present time. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img See all posts by Peter Stephens Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. 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Is the Oatly share price an opportunity or one to avoid?

first_img Jabran Khan | Wednesday, 26th May, 2021 | More on: OTLY Image source: Getty Images. Enter Your Email Address Is the Oatly share price an opportunity or one to avoid? One FTSE “Snowball Stock” With Runaway Revenues See all posts by Jabran Khan Grab your free report – while it’s online. Last week, Swedish-based oat milk specialist Oatly (NASDAQ:OTLY) launched on the NASDAQ via an initial public offering (IPO). I want to know if the current Oatly share price is tempting enough for me to add it to my portfolio.Oat milk popularity is soaringI didn’t know too much about oat milk prior to researching Oatly and looking deeper into the current Oatly share price. I did know there has been surging demand for plant-based and more environmentally friendly manufactured food products. There is a big impetus on saving the planet and oat milk is said to be better for the environment as it needs substantially less land to grow oats and overall produces less CO2 than cow’s milk. Furthermore, some people need alternatives to cow’s milk for health reasons. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The Oatly brand is available in more than 20 countries throughout Europe and Asia. Its popularity has been boosted by celebrity endorsements from well-known figures such as Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, and Natalie Portman to name a few. These types of endorsements can help massively. These people have huge platforms and also don’t risk their reputations lightly. Oatly also has commercial partnerships with Starbucks and Alibaba.Oatly share price and recent performanceOatly listed at $17 a share and a huge market cap of $10bn. The day it listed saw its share price climb to above $22, but as I write it is currently trading for just over $21. I believe it’s fair to call Oatly a market leader in the oat milk product category as it has the best-selling products in the alternative dairy segment of key markets such as Sweden, the US, the UK, and Germany. Oatly earned 63%, 24%, and 13% of its FY2020 revenue from its EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa), Americas, and Asia segments respectively. It clearly has a global footprint and is growing. In fact, Wall Street analysts predict Oatly will grow even faster than the overall global oat milk and dairy market. Analysts predict revenue growth will be more than 50% in FY2021 and more than 43% in FY2022. This will definitely boost the Oatly share price if these forecasts come true. Of course, forecasts can change based on future developments.Positives, risks, and my verdictCurrently, Oatly stands to make a hefty sum from the proceeds of its IPO. It intends to expand production facilities. I like the sound of this as it could contribute to future growth. Also, it is already an established global company making progress in several territories with ambitions of further growth. In addition, analysts are predicting excellent revenue growth in the coming years. Finally, it has some excellent commercial partnerships and some potentially fruitful endorsements.Oatly may be the type of product that is essentially a fad. It may not be popular or the ‘in thing’ in a few years time. Next, Oatly is still unprofitable despite being established for over two decades. Linked to that, I feel the opening Oatly share price and its market cap are very high.I would not buy Oatly shares for my portfolio just now. I would much rather invest in profit-making companies that have defensive qualities for the long term. However, I will keep a keen eye on developments. center_img Looking for new share ideas?Grab this FREE report now.Inside, you discover one FTSE company with a runaway snowball of profits.From 2015-2019…Revenues increased 38.6%.Its net income went up 19.7 times!Since 2012, revenues from regular users have almost DOUBLEDThe opportunity here really is astounding.In fact, one of its own board members recently snapped up 25,000 shares using their own money… So why sit on the side lines a minute longer?You could have the full details on this company right now. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Jabran Khan has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.last_img read more

The 50 future stars you need to know now inside Rugby World

first_imgWhat’s inside the May 2018 issue of Rugby World? Here’ a look at the features in the new edition 5. Can Ireland win the World Cup?Former Ireland prop Mike Ross reflects on only a third Irish Grand Slam in history and looks ahead to the team’s chances at RWC 2019.Green dream: Ireland celebrate with the Six Nations and Triple Crown trophies (Getty Images)6. Commonwealth Games preview Ben Ryan, who guided Fiji to sevens gold at the Rio Olympics, looks ahead to the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast and makes his predictions as to who will win the medals.7. Clubs FocusClubs editor Michael Austin rounds up all the news from grass-roots clubs around the country and we reveal our Team of the Month for February. Plus, there are interviews with Scarlets fly-half Dan Jones, Glasgow flanker Matt Fagerson, Scotland Sevens Darcy Graham and England Women’s Jess Breach.Run free: Darcy Graham in action on the World Sevens Series (Getty Images)8. The Secret PlayerThis month our former pro turns his attention to young players and debates whether they get too much too soon.9. BootcampIn this month’s fitness guide the focus is on stretching and being prepared in terms of nutrition. Plus, there’s a breakfast muesli recipe.10. Club Hero Rob Harley LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “He’s the greatest example of a team player you could find.” That’s Al Kellock on Glasgow Warriors’ record appearance maker Rob Harley – and the feature includes more tributes and stories.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. TAGS: Highlight The 50 future stars you need to know now inside Rugby WorldEveryone likes to be ahead of the curve and the new issue of Rugby World magazine will help you do just that with a rundown of the 50 future stars you need to know now.Of the names featured in our Next Generation feature in the May 2018 edition, some will be familiar and others not so, but they all have the talent to excel on the world stage.We also reflect on the 2018 Six Nations and Ireland’s historic Grand Slam in the new issue of Rugby World.Here are ten reasons to pick up a copy of RW’s May 2018 edition…1. The 50 future stars you need to know nowAs well as giving you the lowdown on the game’s next generation, we also have interviews, analysis and advice with several of those players featured. This includes:Exclusive Q&A with Ireland’s record-breaking wing Jacob StockdaleMy day off with the Simmonds brothers, Sam and Joe, who take us to the driving rangeWhat it’s like to… be an internet sensation with Taniela TupouNick Evans on the strengths of Harlequins’ teenage fly-half Marcus SmithKicking on: Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith (Getty Images)Analysis of Ireland and Leinster’s rising star Jordan LarmourUp-and-coming Wales prop Leon Brown talking scrums, debut songs and staying switched onInside the Mind of Springbok hooker Malcolm MarxAttacking tips from Italy full-back Matteo Minozzi DOWNLOAD THE DIGITAL EDITION OF RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE2. The future of rugby RW columnist Stephen Jones gazes into his crystal ball to predict what rugby should look like in ten years’ time – and in 50 years too.3. Six Nations report cardFormer England fly-half Stuart Barnes grades each of the home nations’ performances in the 2018 championship, assessing the good and the bad, and picks his World Cup XV for each.Welsh talismen: Ken Owens, Rob Evans and Alun Wyn Jones (Getty Images)4. Welcome to my club… GloucesterRW’s Alan Dymock takes a trip to Kingsholm to find out what it’s like to watch a match with the Shed Heads.last_img read more

Government arrests two journalists, closes TV station

first_img Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia SomaliaAfrica News Organisation Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Abdullahi Hersi Kulmiye and Ali Dahir Salad, two journalists working for London-based Universal TV, were freed on 8 October after being held for six days by the National Intelligence and Security Agency. However, Universal TV’s Mogadishu offices are still subject to arbitrary closure by the NISA and the station has not resumed broadcasting in the Somali capital.——————————————————————————————-Reporters Without Borders condemns the indefinite closure of London-based Universal TV’s East Africa offices in Mogadishu and the arbitrary detention of East Africa director Abdullahi Hersi Kulmiye and programme presenter Ali Dahir Salad. Follow the news on Somalia Abdullahi Hersi Kulmiye and Ali Dahir Salad were arrested without a warrant when they responded to a summons to report to the Mogadishu headquarters of the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) on 2 October. NISA officers raided Universal TV’s offices later the same day and shut them down.According to the information obtained by local NGOs that defend journalists, the attorney-general’s office has given NISA 21 days to conduct an investigation, during which time the two journalists are to remain in prison without being brought before a judge.Local analysts attribute the arrests and raid to the comments of two parliamentarians during a broadcast of the very popular programme “Doodwadaag” (Debate) on 30 September.The parliamentarians referred to a parliamentary motion challenging the government and to the presence of Ethiopian troops within the African Union military presence in Somalia – comments likely to have angered the government, which rarely tolerates media coverage of sensitive subjects including anything liable to exacerbate old disputes between Ethiopia and Somalia.On Saturday the State minister for information Maxamuud Cabdi Xasan said that, “The Universal TV has been repeatedly warned by the security forces to stop the anti government propaganda which they ignored. They have been arrested and will be taken to court shortly.”For Reporters Without Borders, “The detention of these two journalists is an absolutely illegal measure that violates the principles of freedom of information and expression enshrined in Somalia’s constitution.”“Such arbitrary actions send a very disturbing message to all the Somali media, which have a key role to play in the democratic debate before the 2016 elections. We call on the Somali government to free these two journalists and to reopen the Universal TV studios”, Reporters Without Borders said.The Somali government often closes down media outlets that irritate it.In August 2014, the authorities evicted Radio Shabelle from its premises because they wanted to take them over. After Radio Shabelle found a new location, several of its employees were jailed in April 2015 when the radio station broadcast statements by a spokesman for the armed Islamist militia Al Shabaab.A total of 37 journalists have been killed since 2010 without any credible investigations being carried out. This makes Somalia one of Africa’s most dangerous countries for media personnel.Universal TV investigative reporter Mohamed Mohamud was fatally shot six times at close range in October 2013.Somalia is ranked 172nd out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. January 8, 2021 Find out more RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region to go further SomaliaAfrica RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists News Receive email alerts March 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Help by sharing this information News October 6, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government arrests two journalists, closes TV station February 24, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Dillon Maggard To Sign Pro Contract With Brooks

first_img Written by July 9, 2018 /Sports News – Local Dillon Maggard To Sign Pro Contract With Brooks Tags: Baylee Mires/Brannon Kidder/Brooks Beasts Track Club/Brooks Running/Dillon Maggard/Drew Windle/Garrett Heath/Izaic Yorks/Jess Tonn/Katie Mackey/Natalja Piliusina FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Monday, former Utah State track and field and cross country star Dillon Maggard signed a professional running contract with Brooks Running and will compete for the Brooks Beasts Track Club.The Kirkland, Wash. native’s contract will last for three and a half years, per utahstateaggies.com.Other members of this squad include 2015 USA championships qualifier, Hannah Fields, 2013 USA 1-mile road title winner Garrett Heath, 2010 NCAA 1500 meter indoor track runner-up Katie Mackey, 2013 NCAA 1500-meter outdoor track champion Natalja Piliusina, 7-time NCAA All-American Jess Tonn, 6-time NCAA Division II 800-meter champion Drew Windle, 2013 NCAA outdoor track 800-meter third place finisher Brannon Kidder, 2016 Olympic Trials competitor Baylee Mires and 2016 NCAA cross country All-American Izaic Yorks.USU cross country head coach Artie Gulden showed his appreciation for Maggard’s accomplishment, saying it’s great that “making a living as a runner is a possibility.” Brad Jameslast_img read more

US, Vietnamese Navies Hold First SAR Exercise

first_img Training & Education US, Vietnamese Navies Hold First SAR Exercise Back to overview,Home naval-today US, Vietnamese Navies Hold First SAR Exercise View post tag: SAR View post tag: Navy View post tag: Vietnamese View post tag: Navies View post tag: first View post tag: Exercise View post tag: hold View post tag: Naval April 15, 2014 Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) conducted a search and rescue (SAR) exercise with a Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) minesweeper off the coast of Da Nang, Vietnam, April 12. This first SAR event between the U.S. and Vietnamese navies occurred a few hours after McCain got underway from the port of Da Nang, concluding six days of professional exchanges and skills transfers as part of Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) Vietnam that began April 7. “After a very productive series of naval exchanges in Da Nang this week, our at sea exercise today was an important stepping stone in building confidence to operate together in the maritime domain,” said Capt. Paul Schlise, commodore, Destroyer Squadron 7 and commander, Task Group 73.1.After McCain rendezvoused with HQ-862, both ships commenced a coordinated search for a simulated distressed vessel. The ships practiced bridge-to-bridge communications, flaghoist drills and search patterns to locate and render assistance to the simulated distressed vessel. Upon conclusion, the ships exchanged farewell messages and McCain continued out to sea.“Both ships did a fine job executing this search and rescue training – communications were professional and the crews handled their ships well – setting the tone for follow-on events between our navies,” said Cmdr. Chase Sargeant, commanding officer, USS John S. McCain.2014 marks the fifth consecutive NEA Vietnam and the 10th year that U.S. Navy ships have called upon the port of Da Nang. McCain last visited Da Nang in August 2010 as part of the inaugural NEA Vietnam, which coincided with the 15th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Vietnam.As with previous years, NEA Vietnam 2014 focused on professional exchanges between the VPN and U.S. Navy in military medicine, SAR, diving and salvage and shipboard damage control. NEA also provides an opportunity to develop mutual understanding and enduring relationships that will serve both navies for many years to come through ship tours, 7th Fleet band concerts, sporting events and community service projects.Approximately 400 U.S. Navy Sailors and civilian mariners participated in NEA Vietnam 2014. Participating units include USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50) with embarked Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5, staff from Destroyer Squadron 7 and Commander, Task Force 73 and the U.S. 7th Fleet Band, Orient Express.[mappress]Press Release, April 15, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: US View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

We are reviewing the situation

first_imgTheatre criticism, unsurprisingly, offends pretty much everyone involved. The journalist who dares hint at any form of negative opinion is condemned for being narrow-minded and unjust, and the threat of appearing biased looms like a doom-laden thundercloud over any poor university student who fancies themselves as a bit of a Sheridan Morley. If your best friend has a sister at Durham whose tutor’s niece got into Balliol and is playing Ophelia in the Hamlet you’ve reviewed, you cannot commend her performance. Similarly, if it’s common knowledge that you and your college dad don’t get on, you cannot point out that his Oedipus had an unfortunate stutter without the danger of being vilified for a lack of objectivity.It is still worse if you yourself have drunk from the cup of ‘thesp’. In this situation, you may blithely agree to review an upcoming production only to find, upon arrival at the press preview, that it’s being put on by a director you’ve previously worked with, and features a cast of friends, all of whom see you every evening in the thesps’ gathering ground, the Far from the Madding Crowd pub. What if you don’t like it? Will you ever get a good role in Oxford drama again, if you say that these people couldn’t act their way out of a gold-sequinned ethno-rah handbag with a copy of Stanislavski ostentatiously poking out of it?The answer seems clear: don’t review plays. It’s universally acknowledged to be a complete waste of both the performers’ and the journalists’ time. No half-hour press preview can give you a proper sense of what the finished production will be, when it is put on in an uninspiringly bare lecture room in Oriel by a stressed cast who are clad, not in their costumes (which the RSC wardrobe department won’t lend out until show week), but completely in black. Not only will you offend everyone from the director to the marketing manager with your lukewarm critique of their efforts, you won’t even have got it right, since the whole play will have exploded in the final week of rehearsals with the arrival of the set, costumes, sound and lighting, into a bearable and even enjoyable show. But someone has to write these reviews, otherwise no student theatre-goer will know whether the week’s dramatic offerings are worth seeing or not, right?The problem that arises from the reviewing concept is that both the reviewers themselves and the productions they review really seem to believe in the power of theatre criticism to make or break a show. Thesps who have been critically savaged in the student press are treated almost as war-victims by their thesp colleagues. Not to mention the critics who have been ostracised for being too critical of student drama, or for showing bias towards productions with which they have a personal connection.Reviews, though, mean very little, if we’re being honest. Of course, if an aspiring Emma Thompson receives glowing praise from Cherwell, it will be a quote they exploit on their theatrical CVs for years to come. But who really takes any notice of what we reviewers actually say? We might as well tell people to deep fry their own grandmother, for all the influence we have upon our readers’ decisions. So, student directors, turn to the example of Chekhov for comfort when your play has been torn apart by an Oxford English student with an attitude: his 1895 production of The Seagull was so badly received that he left the auditorium halfway through in shame. And I believe he survived the temporary setback.ARCHIVE: 1st week MT 2005last_img read more