Manu Samoa rugby fans urged to keep the faith

first_imgThe 38-16 loss at Apia Park, Samoa’s fourth successive test defeat, reduced them to 16th in the world rankings, their lowest position since the index was introduced in 2003.Head coach Alama Ieremia said everyone was hurting and he accepted that all results, good or bad, ultimately came back to him.”I’m the head coach so I take full responsibility for anything that happens in the campaign so I’ve got no issues with that,” he said.”We’ve got to look at myself and see whether we actually dropped the ball and go through a review process to see where we could have done things better and if we missed anything.”We’ve got to review the players as well and we’ve got to have a good look at our preparation and all of that. So I’ve got no issue with taking full responsibility, it is my job and I’ve got to find out the answers as soon as possible.”Ieremia said Fiji took their chances at key moments in the game and earned their status as top team in the region.”Still a lot of disappointment sort of lingering around and … we didn’t create enough pressure to really test the Fijians early in the second half and that was costly in the end,” he said.”We played a very good Fijian side who took their opportunities, especially early in that second half. Those two early tries – once they created those it was always going to be tough to pull back and with the wind behind their backs they did very well to come up with the win.”The Manu now face a home and away play-off next year against a European qualifier and Ieremia urged disgruntled fans to keep the faith.”They’re very passionate people and that goes to show that they actually really care for the team, which is great and I understand the frustration is there but a two-point loss to Wales and that four-point loss against Tonga – the team is not far off it,” he said.”Those two test matches could have gone either way and when I look at the positives of this team I’m confident that it’s heading in the right direction and I’m confident I can do the job for this team.”Portugal, Spain or Russia loom as likely contenders for Samoa in next June’s play-off, according to Ieremia.”Then obviously the winner (of the playoff) goes straight through into Pool A (at the World Cup), which will be with Ireland, Scotland and Japan,” he said.”It’s pretty straight forward but that’s obviously a long way away so we will get through the next few weeks first and review and look at how things could have been done better here.”Fail in that playoff and Samoa will still have a chance to reach the World Cup via next year’s repechage playoffs that will feature the winner of August’s Oceania Cup clash between the Cook Islands and Tahiti. Photo: PHOTOSPORT Samoa were thrashed 78-0 by the All Blacks in June, before defeats against Wales, Tonga and Fiji.last_img read more

Marriott Casino, Entertainment Complex still on hold – Harper

first_imgThere has been no firm decision taken as yet to outfit the Casino and Entertainment Complex at the Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown.This was confirmed by Beverly Harper, the Chairperson of Atlantic Hotel Inc (AHI), which owns Marriott Guyana.The AHI chairperson was at the time debunking reports in sections of the local media to the effect that AHI has made a decision to go ahead with the outfitting of the Casino.Harper told  Guyana Times  that AHI would certainly like to have the Casino and Entertainment Complex outfitted before any sale of the property could be made since it would be the more economical option.The AHI chairperson further indicated to this newspaper that at present, the company is in receipt of proposals and is in fact open to receiving proposals to outfit the Casino and Entertainment Complex.However, she explained that any such proposal would have to meet the Marriott International’s requirement, adding that it certainly could not be any competing interests such as existing hoteliers.According to Harper, the shell/building for the Casino and Entertainment Complex is completed and is the building adjacent to the current hotel operations.She explained that the building had been constructed as part of Phase I of the construction of the facility—a project that had been undertaken by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) regime.Recent media reports have been fuelled by an advertisement appearing in the local dailies indicating that AHI was ready to embark on Phase II of the operation, which includes the outfitting of the Casino and Entertainment Complex but the advertisement being referred to is essentially for an available position of Accountant.Forensic Auditor, Anand Goolsarran had cautioned against proceeding with the outfitting of the Casino and Entertainment Complex.His recommendation had come in an audit he had undertaken of AHI, given the lack of market intelligence on the operations of casinos among other considerations.In the report, Goolsarran said: “The Entertainment Complex is too risky a venture for the Government to undertake.”He had also recommended that Government should proceed with haste to advertise for the sale of the hotel, bearing in mind that the Management Agreement with Marriott International is for 30 years, renewable for another 10 years.That Agreement, he observed, does provide for the sale of the hotel to a reputable individual or firm so that it can roll-over to the new owners.He suggested that Government alternatively retain majority interest in the hotel and offer 49% of shares to the public and institutional investors, such as banks and insurance companies.last_img read more

Window washer falls 47 stories to his death

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – A window washer fell 47 stories to his death and his brother was seriously injured Friday when the scaffolding on a high-rise apartment building gave way, authorities said. The brothers were getting onto the scaffolding from the roof of the 47-story building when the platform gave way, Fire Department spokesman Seth Andrews said. “They apparently fell all the way from the top,” Fire Department spokesman John Mulligan said. A 30-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene; his 37-year-old brother was in critical condition at a hospital, officials said. The brothers’ names weren’t immediately available. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe body of the dead worker and parts of the scaffold landed in a plaza area outside the building on the Upper East Side of the city. A doorman said the window washers had worked at the building for about three years. They were employed by City Wide Window Cleaning, officials said. A number listed for the company was out of service; a person who answered the telephone at a second number listed declined to comment, saying she was only authorized to answer service calls. Solow Management Corp., the building’s owner, issued a statement Friday extending sympathy to the workers’ family and said it was cooperating with the investigation.last_img read more

Surging sales of new homes defy forecasts Housing inventory at record

first_imgThe National Association of Realtors is scheduled to report on existing home sales, which represent four-fifths of the total home market, today with expectations of a 2.5 percent decline. The Federal Reserve has been raising short-term interest rates for nearly two years, and those increases are finally starting to trigger a sustained rise in long-term borrowing costs. The rate on 30-year mortgages hit a nearly four-year high of 6.60 percent last week. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said last week that he believed the housing market, which has been a key driver of the U.S. economy, was cooling but that it appeared to be a “very orderly and moderate kind of cooling.” But some economists are worried that the slowdown could be more severe, mirroring the disruptions caused when the stock market bubble burst in early 2000. Peter Schiff, president of Euro Pacific Capital, a brokerage firm in Darien, Conn., said sales of new homes are coming at the expense of existing home sales as buyers respond to aggressive incentive offers builders are using to move unsold homes. Once existing homeowners realize they will have to lower their asking price to make a sale, this could cause a sharp drop in sales prices around the country, Schiff said. The backlog of unsold new homes rose by 2.4 percent to a new record of 565,000 homes on the market at the end of April. It would take 5.8 months to deplete that backlog at the April sales pace. Home sales were strong in all parts of the country last month except the Midwest, where sales fell by 1.1 percent, the second straight monthly decline. Sales were up 8.2 percent in the Northeast, 7.8 percent in the South and 2 percent in the West. Many economists believe the slowdown in housing will be gradual as long as inflation pressures remain moderate enough to allow the Fed soon to take a pause in its two-year campaign to push interest rates higher. In other economic news, orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods fell 4.8 percent in April, the largest amount in three months, as aircraft orders plunged by 32.2 percent and demand for computers and other electronic products dropped by the largest amount in nearly six years.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The median price of a new home sold in April was $238,500, up just 0.9 percent from a year ago, far below the double-digit price gains sellers were enjoying last year at the peak of the housing boom. “Housing is holding up better than we had thought given how much mortgage rates have gone up, but we still expect it to weaken as the year goes forward,” said David Wyss, chief economist at Standard & Poor’s in New York. Wyss said he expected home sales would drop by 10 percent this year and that construction of new homes and apartments would be down by about 8 percent. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average finished an erratic session posting a modest gain of 18.97 points to close at 11,117.32. The housing slowdown is coming after five years in which sales of both new and existing homes hit consecutive sales records as buyers enjoyed the lowest mortgage rates in four decades. WASHINGTON – Defying forecasts of an imminent slowdown, sales of new homes shot up in April to the fastest sales pace this year. But prices were up only slightly, and the backlog of unsold homes hit a new record. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that sales of new single-family homes increased by 4.9 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.198 million units, the highest rate since last December. Economists, who had been forecasting a sales decline in April, said the increase had been skewed by the fact that the government lowered sales activity significantly in prior months. Also, they noted that the number of unsold homes remaining on the market at the end of April rose to the highest level on record, an overhang that they predicted would depress prices going forward. last_img read more


first_imgBuncrana GAA Notes for Week Ending Sunday 15th June 2014Senior FootballIt was a disappointing end to the Seniors long trip to Naomh Brid on Friday night. The home side were strong in the first half, going in 6 points up at half-time. Buncrana came out for the second half determined to make a game of it and in a period of domination they managed to reduce the home sides lead to 2 points. Unfortunately for Buncrana, Naomh Brid were then awarded a penalty which the keeper initially saved only for the home side to get the deflected ball into the net for the goal that finally killed off Buncrana’s gallant fight-back. Final score was Naomh Bríd 1-10 Buncrana 0-9. There was no Reserves game this week.Senior Training Seniors & Minors Hurling training is on Wednesdays at 7.00pm. All players are urged to make every effort to attend.Seniors, Reserves, U-18, & U21 Football training is on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 7.30 in the Scarvey. New players always welcome!There was no Senior Ladies game this week. Training every Wednesday at 7.30 in the Scarvey. New members always welcome.Club JerseysElizabeth Anne is now taking orders for the new Buncrana club jersey’s. Keep in mind lads that they are player fit/tight fit. If you want to order one let her know the size and number on back you require, price €50. EA also has club shorts and white shorts are in stock.Underage ReportsU14 Hurling BUNCRANA EDGE OUT EUNANS IN HUMDINGER U14 CHAMPIONSHIP FINALBuncrana 5-04 St. Eunan’s 4-02The spectators in Convoy’s Centre of Excellence for the county ‘A’ hurling final were treated to fine weather, fine drama and to great commitment from all thirty plus players.Buncrana won it in the final minute with a goal from Cathal Óg Wilson. It could so easily have gone the other way. Not thirty seconds earlier a strike from Eunan’s excellent Shane O’Donnell had goal written all over it but for high heroics from the Buncrana keeper, Óisín Kelly. The final minute reflected drama from the throw in by Senior Referee Hugo Wallace from Burt.Buncrana got the scoreboard ticking with a point from Aaron Craig. Shane O’Donnell got his first of three goals and followed with a couple of points.Aaron Craig on twenty minutes hit the Eunans net. Niall O’Doherty followed with a point for the Scarvey boys. When Letterkenny’s Ethan Doherty rattled the Buncrana goal Eunans had taken control. The Buncrana mums and dads looked worried. Their sons had swept all before them up till this point. They were League and County Féile champs and favourites to complete the treble.The O’Donnell Park manager, Gordon Randles’ boys were fighting tooth and claw and led by a goal with halftime beckoning. Matty Mulholland a touch of class from Inis Eoghain then nets and equalizes . The end of the first half – All square.Early after the restart Eunans miss from the penalty spot. Buncrana get another three pointer through Cathal Óg. Eunans step up to the mark: Shane O’Donnell’s two strikes score to the value of six points. The Letterkenny lads lead by a goal. Buncrana mammies are more worried. Niall O’Doherty points a free. The difference is two points. Jason McLaughlin’s fine goal leaves Buncrana a point to the good. Eunans attack : wide, wide, save. And again attack, attack, spectacular save. Ryan Hegarty points for Buncrana .The last sixty seconds will live long in the spectators’ memories. Both squads shone. Managers Cathal Wilson and Gordon Randles and their coaching teams have very fine players for the future. Both teams were praised by the Donegal County Minor Board for a terrific game of sporting hurling.U14 FootballThe boys did brilliantly and have now qualified for the Div 1 Championship final. This is a great achievement for a really talented and dedicated bunch of lads. They overcame their close neighbours Muff in an exciting and tense affair which lived up to all the pre-match expectations. A highly billed game lived up to the name with high scoring and great commitment shown by both teams. Although Buncrana started well they found themselves 3 points down at half time. After a half time chat the boys came out in the second half and scored 3 unanswered goals. This laid a platform for the rest of the half with Muff now chasing the game. Although Buncrana went on to win by a good margin it didn’t feel like that on the line as both teams gave their all right up to the final whistle. Both teams deserve great praise for their commitment and fair play. Next up is McCools in the final with the date to be confirmed. Hopefully Buncrana can get some of their wounded players back fit and ready for the final, we’re sure none of the players will want to lose out on that after all their hard work to get the team there.Under 14 Girls FootballThe girls lost narrowly to Ballyshannon last week by 2 points. The management knew that the trip would take its toll on performance, especially in a school week, and tried to rearrange the date to a Friday or weekend to facilitate our young primary school players but unfortunately this was not possible.As expected, our performance in the first half was not up to our usual high standards and we were second to the ball and failed to tackle and break down the Bundoran attacks. However, thanks to the goalkeeping of Leah Gallinagh and with Shannon Hegarty taking some fine scores, we finished the first half trailing by only one point.At the break some tactical switches and substitutions were made and the Buncrana girls finally blew away the cobwebs and started to dominate for most of this half. It was clear from the team’s performance that despite their youthfulness they were the better team and they took the game to Bundoran. The girls competed for every ball and played and moved the ball much better as a team. Bundoran’s defence, especially the half back line, was the defining factor in this game as they absorbed the pressure and minimised our scoring chances. The final score was Bundoran 5-4 Buncrana 5–2 in what was a very exciting game right up to the final whistle. The girls can be proud of their performance and will have learned a lot from this game, especially the younger girls.Well done to:Leah Gallinaigh, Rachel Gillespie, Niamh Grant, Lucy Herron, Ciara Doherty, Orlaith Mc Cracken, Chloe Frazer, Sophie Doherty (captain) Caoimhe Doherty, Courtney Clare, Nicole Donaghey, Mia McCusker, Catherine Mc Gonigle, Shannon Hegarty, Derbhla Gleeson, Aoife McGill, Rachel McLaughlin, Beth Doherty, Caitlin Gillespie , Briana DohertyU8sOur U8s held a home Blitz on Saturday welcoming Robert Emmets, St Eunans and Glenswilly.A total of 11 teams played great football showing very good skill and determination at this early age. It was a pleasure to watch from the sideline. Thanks to all our young referees who did a great job. Thanks to the Players, Coaches and Parents who helped make this a successful day.Under Age TrainingU6 Football 6.30-7.30pmFriday ScarveyU8 Football 6.30 – 7.30pm Friday ScarveyU8 Hurling 3-4pm Saturday ScarveyU10 Football 6.30-7.45pm Friday ScarveyU10 Hurling 3-4pm Saturday ScarveyU12 Football 7-8pm Monday & Friday ScarveyU12 Hurling 3-4pm Saturday ScarveyU14 Football 7-8.30pm Tuesday & Friday ScarveyU14 Hurling 7-8.30pm Tuesday & Thursday ScarveyU12/U14 Girls Football 7-8pm Mondays ScarveyU16 Girls Football 5-6.30pm Tuesdays ScarveyClub LottoThere was no winner of the Jackpot this week. The Club really appreciates all those who both sell and buy the Lotto as the funds raised go a long way to keeping the Club going.In a new initiative we are looking for drivers to drive youths around housing estates on Saturday morning from 11-12.30. Anyone available should be at Scarvey for 10.30. Contact Club Chair Sean Clerkin on 0862388071 for more info. Lotto sellers needed, if you have an hour to spare each week contact Club Treasurer on 0860297444 for details.Go-Games – Basic Refereeing.Next course up in our Development of Referees for our game will be held on the 23rd June,Venue to be decided yet.Please get names and contact numbers to Club Secretary asap as places are filling up fast!Donegal Mór Hurling.A new Twitter page, Donegal Mór Hurling, has been launched to compliment Donegal Óg Hurling which is enjoying an increasing number of contributions and visits.The aim is to spread news of senior hurling events, results and fixtures within the broader GAA and hurling community. Information, hopefully, will come from club or board secretaries. Suggestions are welcome.Cardiac ScreeningFollowing the completion of a two year research programme in which nearly 300 GAA players were examined in an attempt to assess the effectiveness of various screening methods, the GAA’s Medical, Scientific & Welfare Committee updated its position paper on cardiac screening.The GAA now advise that the most effective way to identify risk is for players over the age of 14 to undergo cardiac screening on one occasion. It is also advised that this process be repeated before the age of 25. Players should consult their team or family doctor if they wish to get screened and screening should consist of completion of the GAA’s Cardiac Screening Questionnaire, a Physical Examination and an ECG.As part of its commitment in this context and to aid diagnosis, the GAA in conjunction with the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) have implemented a programme whereby any doctors carrying out a cardiac screening programme for a GAA player will be able to send that ECG to the cardiac department in the Mater under Dr. Joseph Galvin to have a sports cardiology opinion on the ECG.In order to avail of this service, GP’s should contact Ruairí Harvey, the GAA’s Player Welfare Administrator in Croke Park ( or 01 865 8685).We would recommend that any interested players, parents or guardians download the Cardiac Screening Questionnaire, or alternatively there will be some copies available in the clubhouse. Notes: Anyone who would like to receive a copy of the weekly club notes should email Jim at to be included on the mailing list. If you have any items which you think should be included in the club’s weekly notes, please email Jim at by 6pm on each Sunday for consideration. To keep up to date with all the latest goings-on, please join us on @buncranagaa, or visit our website NEWS: DETERMINED BUNCRANA BEATEN BY NAOMH BRID was last modified: June 16th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncrana gaa club noteslast_img read more


first_imgA young man was killed in a road crash at Stranorlar last night.Luke Peeks, from Carraduffy, Upper Killian Road, Inver, was the only person involved in the crash.It is understood his car left the road in the single-vehicle collision happened at Treanamullin at around 11pm. Mr Peeks’ car was found in a field close to the road. He was in his 20s.The road was closed for a number of hours, pending an examination by gardaí but has since reopened.Gardai have appealed for any other motorists who may have been in the area at the time and noticed the crash to contact them.A spokesman said: “Gardai at Ballybofey are investigating a single vehicle road traffic collision that occured last night at approximately 11p.m. 25th December, 2012 at Treanamullin, Stranorlar, Co.Donegal “The male driver (mid 20s) of the car, was fatally injured when his car left the road and came to a stop in a field. He was removed by ambulance to Letterkenny General Hospital.“The road where the collision occured is currently closed, pending an examination by Garda forensic collision investigators.“Diversions are in place from Stranorlar via The Cross and Killygordon when travelling from Stranorlar towards Lifford and from Killygordon via the Cross to Stranorlar/Ballybofey.” YOUNG MAN KILLED IN TRAGIC CHRISTMAS NIGHT ROAD CRASH was last modified: December 27th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:inverStranorlarYOUNG MAN KILLED IN TRAGIC CHRISTMAS NIGHT ROAD CRASHlast_img read more

It’s even bigger than drugs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “The bottom line is, American leaders in Washington need to get serious about how to handle this problem,” Coburn said during the hearing. “American jobs are at stake.” In addition to Glickman, who represented the major studios, Coburn gathered together witnesses from the recording, software and technology industries who all urged that the U.S. put pressure on China to crack down on the practice in a country where there are few repercussions to deter the pirates. “When it comes to ripping off our American sound recordings, China is one of the worst,” testified songwriter Gary Burr, speaking on behalf of the Recording Industry Association of America. “The problem remains as bad as ever. Realistic, meaningful penalties are never imposed.” Glickman testified that the piracy problem is so rampant that the illegal films are readily available for purchase on virtually all street corners and packed on the shelves of audio-visual stores in just about every neighborhood. He said the reasons for this epidemic are two-fold. BEVERLY HILLS – Movie piracy in China is costing the major film studios nearly $300 million a year, with more than nine out of every 10 DVDs sold in that country being a fake or stolen product, Motion Picture Association Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman said Monday. Glickman was among those who testified at a U.S. Senate subcommittee hearing called by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., to discuss ways to ensure protection of American intellectual property rights in China. “If you did not see a counterfeit DVD, you were not in China,” Glickman said during the hearing, held at The Museum of Television and Radio. “Unfortunately, I fear our collective perception of China has become so ingrained with the notion that China is overflowing with pirate DVDs we frequently fail to appreciate the magnitude of the problem.” The theft of intellectual property in China has been a hot political topic this month and was among the issues discussed during President George W. Bush’s visit to China, which ended Sunday, as well as during California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s recent weeklong trip to the country. “First, China imposes strict limits on the number of foreign films that can be exhibited in its theaters on a revenue-sharing basis and applies burdensome regulations and confiscatory taxes on foreign home video and television content. This creates a marketplace vacuum that pirates are only too happy to fill,” the MPAA chief said. “Second, China has not asserted the political will necessary to reduce the level of piracy.” Glickman also said the MPAA’s Asia-Pacific Office recently completed a study on the link between movie piracy and organized crime. Criminal revenue from the theft of intellectual property reached $512 billion in 2004, dwarfing the $322 billion illegal narcotics trade. The mark-up averages 1,150 percent on pirated DVDs that are made in Asia and sold in Europe, and the criminal risk in far lower than with drug smuggling. “Part of the allure for organized crime to move into DVD piracy is the incredible profit margins, exponentially higher than for drugs,” Glickman said. Coburn, chairman of the Senate Homeland Securities and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information and International Security, said he will take his findings from the oversight hearing back to Washington to share with Congress. Greg Hernandez, (818) 713-3758!dtpost 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Elliott: If Chelsea don’t appoint Di Matteo someone else will

first_imgSee also:Glory for Chelsea at the Nou CampBarca v Chelsea: Player ratingsFormer Chelsea defender Paul Elliott believes another club will snap up Roberto Di Matteo if the Blues do not install him as manager at the end of the season.Interim boss Di Matteo is being touted for the job on a permanent basis after guiding Chelsea to their Champions League semi-final triumph against Barcelona.And Elliott, a fans’ favourite during his time at Stamford Bridge, told Sky: “I think Di Matteo is a worthy candidate.“He’s only lost one of his 14 games, has engaged the senior players and is a Chelsea legend. He’s an outstanding manager and a very articulate and intelligent man.“Regardless of where he goes, Roberto Di Matteo will be a Premier League manager next season.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Kentridge’s Less Good Idea to inspire innovative South African art

first_imgSouth African artist William Kentridge launches his Centre for the Less Good Idea in Johannesburg during March 2017, a multidisciplinary showcase of unconventional art experiences by established and up-and-coming local artists.Finding unique ways to uncover new forms of African artistic expression, William Kentridge’s Less Good Idea project emphasises collaboration, improvisation and experimentation. (Image: The Centre for the Less Good Idea/ Stella Olivier)CD AndersonInspired by the Tswana proverb “if the good doctor can’t cure you, find the less good doctor”, renowned South African artist William Kentridge has created the Centre for the Less Good Idea as a way to redefine South African art through fluid collaboration and improvisation with new and exciting South African cultural voices simmering below the surface of conventional art.Kentridge began the project in November 2016, and it launches its first showcase in March 2017, with more than 60 South African artists from multiple disciplines exhibiting between 1 and 5 March at three venues at the Arts on Main complex in Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct.The space will be used to highlight short-form works that explore artistic expression outside the bounds of a conventional theatre or gallery. The works are ongoing, dynamic pieces, ranging from dance to visual arts and theatre, where collaboration and improvisation are enthusiastically encouraged.“Often, you start with a good idea. It might seem crystal clear at first, but when you put it to work the cracks and fissures emerge in its surface, and they cannot be ignored.” says Kentridge about the philosophy of the centre. “Those less good ideas found in trying to address the cracks in the first idea, that become the core of the work … the act of playing with an idea, you can recognise those things that you didn’t know in advance, but knew were somewhere inside you”.The curators for this first season — the centre hopes to present two seasons of exhibits each year – include theatre director Khayelihle Dominique Gumede, poet Lebo Mashile, choreographer Gregory Maqoma and Kentridge himself.“This explosion of creativity has not only stretched every collaborator within this inaugural season but it has also reinstalled the bravery to genuinely explore beyond and to fail extravagantly if need be,” says Gumede.Maqoma says the project is a good incubator for fresh ideas: “What makes it great is the gut to test it, otherwise you will not know. This is what the centre is about – discovering the essence of artistic collisions and allowing creativity to emerge without the fear of failure.”A fresh new look at how South Africans create and consume art is what attracted Mashile to the project: “I cannot imagine a piece of writing that cannot be made better by the interpretation of a dancer, theatre director or filmmaker. I want to tell stories and figure out where they should live instead of forcing them into a box.”Tony Miyambo in Kafka’s Ape. Finding unique ways to uncover new forms of African artistic expression, William Kentridge’s Less Good Idea project emphasises collaboration, improvisation and experimentation. (Image: The Centre for the Less Good Idea)Dancer Thulani Chauke, composer João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga and actor Tony Miyambo are some of the big names among the more than 60 performers, including dancers, poets, musicians, visual artists and even boxers, who will collide, collaborate and develop six events over the season.Composer João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga. Finding unique ways to uncover new forms of African artistic expression, William Kentridge’s Less Good Idea project emphasises collaboration, improvisation and experimentation. (Image: The Centre for the Less Good Idea)Highlights include a performance of Kafka’s Ape, a 2015 National Arts Festival Silver Ovation Award winner. Miyambo and director Phala O Phala give a fresh and uniquely African reinterpretation of Franz Kafka’s ideas on human transformation using dramatic physicality.Zúñiga will lead an improvised performance of dance, music and visual art that includes a 10-piece experimental ensemble and an Isicathamiya choir.South African artist William Kentridge. Finding unique ways to uncover new forms of African artistic expression, Kentridge’s Less Good Idea project emphasises collaboration, improvisation and experimentation. (Image: The Centre for the Less Good Idea)For more information on dates, times for performances at the Centre for the Less Good Idea, please visit the website.Source: Huffington Post, The Centre for the Less Good IdeaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more