A revelatory new recording of Gershwin's landmark Concerto in F
In 1949, pianist Oscar Levant released an LP of the most famous extended work for piano and orchestra ever penned by an American composer: George Gershwin’s Concerto in F (1925).The piece looms large in our popular culture thanks partly to Levant’s hyper-virtuoso performance of excerpts in the beloved Gene Kelly film musical “An American in Paris” (1951).Ever since Levant’s renditions on screen and record, his approach has stood as definitive – the interpretation against which all others are measured.Now there’s another that can stand alongside it.Pianist Kevin Cole, currently the country’s le...
Nigeria at 60
IT is another landmark for Nigeria in the comity of nations. But it should be apparent to any keen observer that this diamond jubilee is not unequivocally different from the previous milestones. Indeed, going with the various comments in mainstream and social media in recent times, Nigeria appears to be beating a reverse gear on what many thoughtful people consider the most important priorities of national life, namely security and welfare of citizens.Going back to the middle of the first decade of the 4th republic, this column has made it an annual ritual to comment on the state of the nation...
Appeals court rules against Minnesota school district in 'landmark' bias case
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that a transgender student at Coon Rapids High School had a right to use the boys’ locker room.Instead, the Anoka-Hennepin School District had directed the student, N.H., to use an “enhanced privacy” bathroom separate from the boys’ locker room in violation of the state’s human rights act, the court said in a decision filed Monday.The state Department of Human Rights called it a landmark ruling.“This decision means that schools are now safer and more welcoming for transgender and gender nonconforming students across Minnesota,” Human...
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Niger Bridge light-up, a historic landmark – Wasiu Ola Abiola
What interests marketing managers is keying into that connecting opportunity with the consumer who makes purchasing decisions. Covid-19 has brought this to the fore. In this interview, therefore Wasiu Ola Abiola, Head, Media, Digital, Brand PR & Sponsorship Mainstream Lager Brands speak on the recently-launched Niger Bridge Light-Up initiative by Life, a lager beer in the stables of the Nigerian Breweries Plc. Excerpts:How will you describe the project initiative by NB PLC Life Beer to light you the Niger Bridge?The Niger Bridge light-up is a historic landmark event not only for Nigerian Brewe...
CRICKET-WOMEN-LEAD Taylor landmark overshadowed by second defeat
Captain Stafanie Taylor surpassed 3 000 runs in Twenty20 Internationals but West Indies Women had little else to celebrate as they slumped to a 47-run defeat to England Women here Wednesday.Chasing 152 in the second T20 International amid frigid temperatures which dipped below 12 degrees Celsius at the County Ground here, the Caribbean side got a top score of 38 from the in-form Deandra Dottin and 28 from Taylor but lost momentum once the pair fell, and finished on 104 for eight off their 20 overs.The defeat was their second in three days after losing the opener by the same margin on Monday, a...
Let’s rethink the cinema experience
At the start of the year, it was shaping up to be a landmark for the cinema industry in the MenaENA region. The number of screens in these countries were predicted to grow by 74 per cent in the next four years, and the industry was forecasting box office returns to double over the same period.Then Covid-19 hit, and while the region’s cinemas have since cautiously reopened, the impact is being felt exceptionally hard across the global cinema exhibition market. How can the industry recover?Partial solutionsCinema has been forced to innovate ... and quickly. We’ve already seen the swift introduct...
Man Utd congratulate Juventus star Ronaldo for reaching Portugal landmark
Manchester United have congratulated Cristiano Ronaldo after he scored his his 100th and 101st goals for Portugal.The Juventus star became the second male player to reach the landmark of 100 international goals in the 2-0 win over Sweden on Tuesday.The 35-year-old opened the scoring with a stunning free-kick from 25 yards, before doubling his tally in the second half with a delightful curling finish.Congratulations toon a century of international goals for—(@ManUtd)Copyright 2020 tribalfootball.com Pty Ltd. All rights reserved.Provided by SyndiGate Media Inc.
Will a Beatles landmark fall to COVID?
Will a Beatles landmark fall to COVID?We’re seeing a really sad phenomenon hitting live music clubs worldwide, thanks to the lingering COVID crisis. Locally, places like Route 196 now face permanent closure because of lockdown, with no sign that things will get better, soon.And now, even world-famous cultural landmarks — like the Beatles’ famed gig spot The Cavern Club in Liverpool — are close to pulling the plug.One of my fondest memories before all the COVID-19 stuff ruined the world was visiting the Beatles’ birthplace back in 2014. Trafalgar brought us by bus to downtown Liverpool, where w...
Africa heads to coronavirus landmark with worse to come
Johannesburg (AFP) - Africa is now edging towards a million cases of coronavirus, but experts warn far worse lies ahead in a continent struggling with fragile health systems and slender economic resources.Countries across Africa have recorded more than 850,000 infections and at least 18,000 deaths, according to an AFP tally as of Tuesday.The toll took a while to move into higher gear thanks to early restrictions on contact and movement, Dr Mary Stephens, an expert at the World Health Organization (WHO) Africa office, told AFP."We haven't seen the peak yet," she warned. "All countries in Africa...
US top court in landmark ruling to protect LGBT workers
Washington (AFP) - The US Supreme Court delivered a landmark victory for the gay and transgender communities Monday when it ruled that employers cannot discriminate against workers because of their sexual orientation.In a blow to the administration of President Donald Trump, the court ruled by six votes to three that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlaws discrimination against employees because of a person's sex, also covers sexual orientation and transgender status."Today we must decide whether someone can be fired simply for being homosexual or transgender," the court said...