Theater director to pass baton

first_imgSAN GABRIEL – For retiring director Bill Shaw, the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium is not just a building. It is an organism with moods and personality. The 1,400-seat theater at the heart of the Mission District is playful when packed with elementary schoolchildren watching their first Shakespeare comedy. It is festive when a new musical theater group holds fundraising cabaret dinners on its stage. Shaw will pass the torch by the end of the year to Anna Cross, who joins the Civic from UCLA’s Royce Hall. The former theater rental and public events manager was plucked from a pool of 33 applicants and holds a bachelor’s degree in music, with an emphasis in ethnomusicology, from UC Santa Barbara. Challenges ahead include finding parking for theater goers, as a current lot accommodates only a few hundred cars. There are also plans to replace the old marquee with a new digital one. Cross said she also hopes to attract a broader audience by expanding programming, perhaps working with events companies like Live Nation and Goldenvoice to bring in popular contemporary acts along the lines of Tori Amos. The goal is also to have the Civic Auditorium be the centerpiece of the city’s plan to revitalize the Mission District. As development brings more restaurants and activities, the area becomes a destination. “It makes it more of a whole experience,” Cross said. For his part, Shaw plans to stick around. He will continue to be artistic director for San Gabriel Valley Music Theater, a company that produced an inaugural “Sound of Music” over the weekend. The Pasadena resident also has plans to do freelance directing, train dogs for the theater and lengthen his stints in Japan teaching English. Shaw’s history with the Civic Auditorium dates back to when he was a 4-year-old attending his brother’s Boy Scout Court of Honor. Born in Alhambra and raised in San Gabriel, Shaw’s eighth-grade graduation ceremony from Wilson Elementary School was also held at the theater. “A theater is a living and breathing entity,” Shaw said. “When an audience is in here versus when you are here alone at midnight – you can still feel the vibrations.” [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4586 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’It was solemn when friends of late Mayor Chi Mui gathered to remember him in the theater’s halls. As managing director of the Civic for the past 28 years, and as a volunteer for 12 years before that, Shaw, 62, has had a hand in cutting the facets of the Civic’s character. When he was hired, the theater saw maybe five events over three months, Shaw said. Today, weekends are booked and some weekdays are, too. Clients include East L.A. Classic Theatre, Chinese opera groups, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Jose Hernandez’s Mariachi Sol de Mexico. “I was a contributor, along with a lot of people,” said Shaw. “We worked to enhance the accessibility, to get the word out that we’re here.” last_img read more

Tax incentives for small businesses

first_img23 Februrary 2011Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has announced various tax incentives for businesses, particularly small and micro enterprises, as well as plans to overhaul two failed tax incentives in a bid to make them more attractive to businesses.Presenting his Budget speech in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan also introduced various tax proposals for businesses which will help boost job creation. These include changes to the turnover tax for micro enterprises.The turnover tax for micro enterprises with an annual turnover of up to R1-million will be adjusted so that tax will be payable only if turnover exceeds R150 000 a year. This will take effect from March 1. The rate structure will also be reviewed by the National Treasury.Micro enterprises that register for Value-added Tax (VAT) will no longer be barred from registering for turnover tax. This takes effect from 1 March 2012.Scrapping secondary tax on companiesA dividends tax will take effect on 1 April 2012, replacing the secondary tax on companies.The National Treasury believes that doing away with secondary tax on companies will correct the impression that a tax on dividends is another tax on businesses, as the new tax will be a tax on individuals and non-resident shareholders, rather than on the business itself.The learnership tax incentive, designed to support youth employment, will expire in September 2011, but Gordhan said the government proposed to extend this for a further five years, subject to an analysis of its effectiveness with all stakeholders.The government also proposes to streamline the current research and development tax incentive by introducing an approval process by the Department of Science and Technology before a taxpayer can claim the incentive, with the aim of limiting opportunities for retrospective reclassification of spending.Venture capital tax overhaulAnother incentive to be overhauled would be the venture capital tax incentive, which was introduced into the Income Tax Act in 2009, but had seen a “poor response” from those looking to set up venture capital companies.“The approach will be refined so as to facilitate greater access to equity finance by small and medium businesses and junior mining companies,” Gordhan said.He said consideration would also be given to expanding such incentives for labour-intensive projects in Industrial Development Zones (IDZs).Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Embrace tattoos to fight cancer

first_imgThe Tattoo-a-thon SA for Choc Childhood Cancer Foundation – 30 tattoo artist, 300 tattoos, 24 hours. (Image: Tattoo-a-thon SA) The Tattoo-a-thon hopes to go international, with childhood cancer its main priority.(Images: Choc Chatterbox) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jordon Gray  Tattoo-a-thon SA event coordinator   +27 74 191 1234 RELATED ARTICLES • Facelift for KZN children’s hospital • SA scientist leads cancer fight • New online university to fight cancer • New eye care unit for KZN children • Reaching out to the terminally illCadine PillayFor many, the thought of getting a tattoo is a scary one. For others, people with tattoos have a bizarre way of expressing themselves and do not have charitable traits. Capetonian Jordan Gray is changing that perception, all in the name of charity. With the help of tattoo artists from around Cape Town, Gray organised the city’s first ever tattoo-a-thon, for the Children’s Haematology Oncology Clinics (CHOC) Childhood Cancer Foundation.The 24-hour charity drive took on 15 June and aimed to raise R100 000 for CHOC’s Tygerberg Lodge – a facility that houses several families of children undergoing treatment for cancer.The fundraiser involved 30 tattoo artists from 10 of the Mother City’s top tattoo studios, who were hard at work in an effort to help remove the stigma surrounding tattoo fanatics.  Project coordinator Gray wanted the event to draw as diverse a group of South Africans together as possible. Furthermore, he hoped that all who were present would be eager to assist CHOC by getting tattoos.The start of a journeyThe CHOC SA was established in 1979 with offices across the country that provide all-inclusive support for children suffering from cancer and life-threatening blood disorders. The organisation recognised the far-reaching impact of cancer on families and children undergoing treatment, and in response decided to provide residence for these children for the duration of treatment.Gray became involved with CHOC a few years ago when he adopted a cancer patient named Gishmo by taking over the funding for his treatment. Gishmo’s parents were struggling to meet the financial demands of his brain cancer treatment. The family was housed by CHOC for the duration of Gishmo’s trials with his cancer and treatment, until he lost the battle to the disease shortly after his second birthday. CHOC does not receive funding from the government and relies heavily on donations from corporates, individuals and parents of children with cancer.“Donations and fund raising projects like the Tattoo-a-thon are therefore the lifeblood of the organisation,” says Gray. “The facilities need re-tiling, paint, plumbing, electrical and security services urgently for the recovery process of the children.”The controversial champions of childhood cancerCurrently, Gray is a graduate of Landmark Education – a global educational enterprise – and is close to finishing the Self-Expression and Leadership Programme, through which students learn to make an impact on communities and contribute to the quality of life of others.The idea for a Tattoo-a-thon came to him, along with his connection to CHOC, in the form of a curriculum community project.Gray hopes to achieve respect for tattoo enthusiasts – to whom a stereotype of rebellious and somewhat mischievous is often attached – by highlighting the diversity of the city’s ‘tattoo community’.“I am covered in tattoos,” Gray points out. “And so I want to alleviate the stigma attached to people with tattoos by doing something to show South Africa that people with tattoos are not second rate citizens, but that we are a community that cares.”With fundraising at the core of this project, the event aims to uplift CHOC.  There are also plans to make it an annual event that can expand to Johannesburg and thereafter to overseas locations such as London, New York and Miami, with all proceeds strictly devoted to cancer awareness and treatment.Meanwhile, the tattoo studios in Cape Town seek to break a record of 300 tattoos for each studio in an effort to raise as much money as possible. The studios involved in the initiative are Wildfire Tattoos, Sins of Style, Metal Machine, and Mob Inc.Johannesburg tattoo parlour Fallen Heroes has pledged their support to the cause by designing gold ribbon tattoos, dedicated to childhood cancer. Manuela Gray, co-founder and owner of Wildfire Tattoos, said all tattoos are a set size and will only cost R700.Participants can book their tattoo appointment directly with the tattoo studio or go to www.tattooathon.co.za to choose an artist of their choice.last_img read more

Amazon Announces $99 Kindle Touch, new Kindle for $79

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Amazon#E-Books#web jon mitchell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In addition to the hotly anticipated Kindle Fire tablet, Amazon has announced a range of new e-ink Kindles. The first is a a full-screen, touch-controlled e-reader in the vein of its leading competitor, Barnes & Noble’s latest Nook. It’s called the Kindle Touch. The Wi-Fi only model is $99, and the 3G version is $149. A lighter full-screen Kindle without touch controls will sell for $79. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says that it’s “75% lighter than previous generations.” These Kindles ship on November 21.The Kindle TouchThe Kindle Touch has an infrared layer above the screen to detect multi-touch inputs, so it doesn’t interfere with reading. It does text-to-speech, and it plays audio books and mp3s. It has 4GB of internal storage, with “approximately 3GB available for user content. The Wi-Fi-only Kindle Touch sells for $99 with Amazon’s “Special Offers” advertising and $139 without. The Kindle Touch 3G sells for $149 with Special Offers and $189 without.The new KindleThe non-touch Kindle has a 6-inch, 600×800 e-ink display and about 1.25GB available for books. It has built-in Wi-Fi, and it offers free cloud storage for all Amazon content. It doesn’t have a keyboard. It sells for $79 with Special Offers and $109 without.Amazon has offered the option for ad-supported Kindles since April, and consumers don’t seem to mind; the ad-supported Kindle with a keyboard, the cheapest Kindle until today, was by far the most popular model. Kindle customers are used to the device as a point of sale for Amazon media, so ads that display over the idle screen don’t seem out of place.What do you think of the new Kindles? Sound off in the comments.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Ronaldo: ‘I’d only play Champions League’

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo admits he is driven by the “important games” and would only play “for the national team and in the Champions League” with Juventus if he could. The 34-year-old has won most of what’s on offer at club level and is motivated by the games where he can feel the “pressure”. “I’ll tell you, if it were up to me, I would only play some important games,” the Portuguese international said in an interview with France Football. “Those of the national team and in the Champions League. “It’s these kinds of games that emerge, those with something at stake, with a difficult environment, with pressure.” But he concedes that he always gives his all when he enters the pitch, whilst he doesn’t care too much about the reactions from the outside world. “You have to be a professional and perform well every day, to honour your family and the club you represent, the ones who pay you. For the rest, I do not give much importance to the reactions I get from the public,” he added. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Mens Volleyball No 9 Ohio State remains on road for conference battle

Senior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir (10) of the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes attacks the net against Quincy on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. The Buckeyes defeated the Hawks in three sets. Credit: Magee Sprague | For The LanternThe No. 9 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (11-4, 4-2 MIVA) will be back on the road for the second consecutive weekend to challenge McKendree (6-8, 3-3 MIVA) after being upset twice last weekend by Lewis in straight sets and Loyola in five sets.Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson feels the Buckeyes will be well prepared given the intense focus the team has shown during practice leading up to the weekend.“This is their third day of practice. We’ll travel tomorrow and then we’ll have a serve and pass on Friday before the match,” Hanson said. “I think the focus has been really good. I think they understand what’s in front of them.”Since joining the MIVA in 2015, McKendree has played Ohio State six times. In each contest, the Buckeyes beat the Bearcats in three or four sets. Despite being one of the younger teams in the conference, the Bearcats have had several upperclassmen recognized for their strong starts to the campaign. McKendree’s senior outside hitter Jared Wilcox, junior libero Zach Thompson and senior middle blocker Brendan Schmidt have all been recognized with conference accolades this season. Hanson said he’s looking out for Schmidt and Bearcat senior outside hitter Nolan Rueter, and that it comes down to being able to control McKendree’s offense with serving and blocking. The Bearcats rank tenth in the country in assists per set. After back-to-back losses, Ohio State dropped four spots from fifth to ninth in NCAA rankings. However, the Buckeyes are still early in the season, and Hanson said the team must avoid letting the losing streak affect the rest of the campaign since it still has much left for which to play.“I told the guys after the match on Saturday night, ‘Look we’ve lost three five-set matches, and two of them by four points. We could be sitting here talking about a whole different scenario and not crying in our milk or worried about things or hanging our heads. You’re four points away from being 13-2 instead of 11-4,’” Hanson said.The Buckeyes will play the Bearcats at 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night. read more