Youth to showcase talent at Artscape

first_img 1 of 2 A performance of Never Wave My Flag at the Joseph Stone Auditorium. Junior dancers acting as Cinderellas mice at the Joseph Stone in Not just another Cinderella story.center_img Junior dancers acting as Cinderellas mice at the Joseph Stone in Not just another Cinderella story. Children from Hanover Park’s First Community Resource Centre will perform at the Artscape Theatre, later this month, in a show raising money to guarantee similar opportunities in future.The group of about 50 youngsters from Hanover Park, Mitchell’s Plain and Delft will perform Not Just Another Cinderella Story on Saturday February 23. The proceeds will be ploughed back into the First Community Resource Centre’s arts and culture department. The centre in Lansur Road, Hanover Park, runs youth programmes, including dance, drama and music, that nurture young people’s talents, boost their self-esteem and keep them away from gangs, according to the CEO Craven Engel. The group going to the Artscape started performing about seven years ago, once or twice a year, on various stages. The show’s takings sustain the programme.“It is important for us to have this programme, as we are living in a structural crime hub with different gang zones who are looking to recruit idle kids,” Mr Engel said.“We do the same, and we recruit them before the gangs can. There is nothing for our people here – no entertainment, no arts and culture, no economic value.”The group rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week.The programme, said Mr Engel, expanded young people’s horizons. He said 80% ofchildren between the ages of 8 and 14 had never left Hanover Park.“Many don’t even leave their gang zones. The programme helps with this because if you live in one zone and the gangs see you walking in their zones they will question you but then the kids say they are coming here,” he said. “Our children have no prior training when they come here, but we provide a holistic change, which takes up to two years to shift their way of thinking… They leave with social skills and better communication skills.”The children are encouraged to set life and academic goals and are mentored to achieve them. The show is at the Artscape Opera House on Saturday February 23, at 6pm. Tickets are R70 for 5 to 12 year olds and R100 for adults. Call Tammy at 074 603 9563 for tickets. last_img read more

Sani Brown advances to 100-meter final with fastest time at nationals

first_img KEYWORDS RELATED PHOTOS Yoshihide Kiryu, Ryota Yamagata, Abdul Hakim Sani Brown, National Athletics Championships, Asuka Cambridge, Shuhei Tada Sprinter Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (71) competes in a 100-meter preliminary heat on Friday at the National Athletics Championships in Osaka. Sani Brown had the day’s fastest time (10.06 seconds). | KYODO OSAKA – Abdul Hakim Sani Brown twice clocked 10.06 seconds at the National Athletics Championships Friday to reach the men’s 100-meter final with the fastest time.On the first day of the meet which doubles as a qualifier for the world championships in August in London, the 18-year-old Sani Brown reproduced his time from the heats in the evening semifinals to book one of eight lanes in Saturday’s final at Yanmar Stadium.center_img Sani Brown’s time in the 100 met the world championships qualifying standard of 10.12. He took 0.12 off his previous best, holding off another rising star in Shuhei Tada (10.10) and Rio Olympic 4×100 silver medalist Ryota Yamagata (10.31) in the second semifinal.The race’s defending champion, Asuka Cambridge, came from behind to win the first semi in 10.10 over Yoshihide Kiryu (10.14) to secure his passage to the final, where the contestants will be trying to become the first Japanese to break the 10-second barrier. The top three finalists qualify for the Aug. 4-13 worlds in London.Sani Brown, who is also entered in the 200 heats Saturday, was surprised with Friday’s results.“I’m a bit shocked myself,” the University of Florida-bound teenager said.“In the prelims, I crouched too low at the start and in the semifinal, it took a while for the gun to go off after I was set, so I wasn’t completely happy with the performance. We’ll see how my body responds tomorrow after running the 200.”Cambridge, unlike his Rio teammate Yamagata who was fourth in the semifinal to barely advance, appeared loose and confident for what has shaped up to be arguably the most competitive 100 final in the meet’s history.“I feel pretty good and my times have been decent. I’ve been shaping up well for the nationals and I can’t wait for the race tomorrow,” Cambridge said. “Nine seconds would be nice, but the most important thing is to make the team for the worlds. We’ve got a really strong field.”In the men’s 10,000, Suguru Osako, third at this year’s Boston Marathon, defended his title with a time of 28 minutes, 35.47 seconds and will look to cap the 5,000-10,000 double on Sunday for the second successive championships.Pole vaulter Seito Yamamoto cleared 5.60 meters to win the event and make the worlds team. Ryota Kashimura won the hammer throw with an effort of 71.36 meters.Mizuki Matsuda was victorious in the women’s 10,000 in 31:39.41 to punch her first ticket to the worlds, while Hitomi Katsuyama won the hammer throw with a toss of 63.32 meters.Haruka Nakano capturing the women’s high jump with a leap of 1.80. Ayaka Kora finished first in the long jump (6.14). GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Costa Rica China sign cooperation agreements worth nearly 2 billion

first_img Facebook Comments Chinese President Xi Jinping led a major trade foray into Costa Rica Monday with agreements on projects worth nearly $2 billion, including upgrades of an oil refinery, a key highway and public transport.“Relations between China and Costa Rica could well become a model of cooperation between countries of different sizes and national conditions,” Xi said after meeting privately here with Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla.Xi arrived in Costa Rica on Sunday at 7:45 p.m. as part of a Latin American tour that also includes Trinidad and Tobago and Mexico.Xi and Chinchilla on Monday signed 13 bilateral agreements during a meeting held at Casa Presidencial in southeastern San José. Later, San José Mayor Johnny Araya presented Xi with a key to the capital city. Araya has traveled several times to China in recent years, hoping to forge closer business ties between the two countries.Costa Rica, the only Central American country that has diplomatic relations with China, was Xi’s second stop on a quick swing through the region before an informal summit with U.S. President Barack Obama in California on Friday.Xi and China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan, were welcomed at the presidential palace by a bevy of school children, a tradition in lieu of military honors in Costa Rica, which is unique in Latin America in having no armed forces.The biggest project will be the modernization of an obsolete oil refinery in the Caribbean port of Limón, which will be replaced with a new refinery capable of processing 65,000 barrels of oil a day.The $1.5 billion venture will be financed with a $900-million credit from the China Development Bank, and the remaining $600 million will be put up by the China National Petroleum Corporation and Costa Rica’s National Refinery (RECOPE). A group of 30 RECOPE officials will travel to Beijing in coming days to receive training for three months at China’s University of Petroleum.Another big project agreed to is the upgrading of Route 32, a strategic highway that links San José to Limón, a $400-million dollar endeavor that will be financed by China.The bilateral agreements include health protocols that will allow Costa Rica to export pork and dairy products to China. Costa Rican company Dos Pinos will send a first shipment in coming weeks to the Chinese cities of Beijing and Chongqing.China will also open lines of credit to Costa Rica for the purchase of 50,000 solar panels and to speed up the conversion of the country’s public transport fleet to more environmentally friendly systems, Chinchilla said.Xi also formalized the delivery of 8,400 computers to public school students and another 800 for teachers, under an agreement signed during a visit Chinchilla made to Beijing last year. And China will donate $25 million to a national police academy in Costa Rica.Monday’s schedule also included a meeting with lawmakers at the Legislative Assembly, while First Lady Peng Liyuan visited the National Children’s Hospital in the capital.  China promised a $150,000 donation to that hospital.And Xi briefly got away from the formalities to visit a coffee plantation and taste some of the brew in Santo Domingo de Heredia, north of the capital. Xi doffed his jacket and toured the ranch with its owners who were not identified, enjoying a coffee and light lunch.On his arrival in San José on Sunday night, Xi said expanding cooperation with the Central American country will help both countries, as well as contribute to world peace, China’s state news agency Xinhua reported.Xi and his wife, a glamorous soprano singer who has stolen the spotlight during the trip, later were to attend a gala dinner hosted by Chinchilla.This is the second visit by a Chinese president to Costa Rica since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in June 2007. After Costa Rica, Xi heads to North American neighbors Mexico and the United States for his first summit with Obama since taking office in March.Xi previously made a three-day stop in oil-rich, English-speaking Trinidad and Tobago, where he met with Caribbean leaders for talks on trade and energy issues.“What I found so impressive in the president of China is that he treated the leaders of small Caribbean nations no differently to how he would treat the president of (the) United States” or Britain’s leader, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie said.China’s growing interest in the region is “very constructive,” said Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. “It’s a signal to us in the Caribbean that China has been taking us seriously, they have responded to the solidarity we have expressed to them, particularly in the one China policy.”Separately, Chinese Politburo member Guo Jinlong was on an official visit to nearby Cuba, an island that Xi was not scheduled to visit. China signed seven agreements with Cuba to increase bilateral cooperation on trade, transportation, tourism and biotechnology, state media reported.More pictures: No related posts.last_img read more