LONDON (AP): Arsenal have issued a rare statement on Arsene Wenger’s future that gives no indication whether he will still be manager next season. Supporters protested against Wenger as Arsenal were eliminated from the Champions League by Bayern Munich on Tuesday. On Arsenal’s website, chairman Chips Keswick says “we respect that fans are entitled to their different individual opinions but we will always run this great football club with its best long-term interests at heart.” Wenger, who last won the Premier League 13 years ago, has yet to say whether he wants to prolong a reign that started in 1996. Keswick says “Arsene has a contract until the end of the season. Any decisions will be made by us mutually and communicated at the right time in the right way.”
A group of homeless people living on the streets of Johannesburg have found their true calling in theatre. With the help of a dedicated teacher, the group is taking Shakespeare to the streets, using his words to tell their stories.Acting coach Dorothy Ann Gould and her Johannesburg Awakening Minds students use Shakespeare to find their voices and contribute to society. (Image: Johannesburg Awakening Minds Facebook page)CD AndersonFounded in 2012 by South African actress and acting coach Dorothy Ann Gould, the Johannesburg Awakening Minds (JAM) theatre group comprises homeless men and women living on the inner city streets of Johannesburg.The group began as an acting therapy class in Hillbrow, with the intention, as Gould writes on her website, of “[letting] individuals feel that they had the right to speak, the right to be seen and the right to tell their stories in a city which has been very cruel to them”.Classes include vocal training, theatre stagecraft and creative writing exercises. The students quickly began finding their voices in the works of William Shakespeare, with many of them starting to recite some of the Bard’s most famous soliloquies on street corners as their own performance pieces.In Shakespeare, Gould writes, the actors found that “[the words] of Macbeth and Titus were speaking about their pain and that the plays were huge receptacles that could hold all the emotions that they needed to release: the rage, the feelings of abandonment; they began to flex again their intellectual muscle, to debate, have opinions and to become a team that support each other and watch each other’s backs, not only on the streets, but on stage.”The group has performed on stage intermittently since 2013, including performances at the Johannesburg Arts Alive festival, at the Space.com event at the Johannesburg Theatre and as part of the Shakespeare Society of South Africa festival on radio station Classic FM.With their stage productions few and far between, most of the actors still live on the streets or in shelters, but they have found a continued inspiration in performing for the public on street corners. Some of the actors have moved into other artistic pursuits, such as painting, and selling their works at markets.Donations and sponsorships, as well any small profit from the group’s performances, have helped the JAM members slowly re-enter society, enabling some to open bank accounts, begin hawker businesses and help their families.Some of the rising stars of the JAM group have also found work in short student films and as extras in television productions.JAM member Thando Matodlana has been accepted to study at The Market Theatre Laboratory theatre school, while Sibusiso Magubane has acted in television commercials and is auditioning for speaking roles in local and international films being made in Johannesburg.Gould describes her students as “dedicated and passionate… the talent and growth they have displayed is truly inspirational. Proving that Shakespeare is not for the old, stuffy academic types and has a home in Africa.”For more information, join the Johannesburg Awakening Minds Facebook page for photos and videos of the group in action.To support the initiative, contact Dorothy Ann Gould via her Triple Take Studios website here.Source: BBC, News24, Johannesburg Awakening Minds Facebook PageWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest COLUMBUS- On Wednesday, September 25th 5 members of the Miami Trace FFA Chapter, a satellite program of Great Oaks Career Campuses, attended the 8th annual Ohio FFA Legislative Leadership Conference at the Ohio Statehouse. Members representing the Miami Trace FFA were: Aubrey Schwartz, Morgan Eggleton, Kyler Batson, Shana Lott and Taylor Moore. These members took part in a morning workshop led by the Ohio Farm Bureau focusing on advocating for agricultural education, informing students about important issues and preparing them to speak with legislators. During this activity, the more than 200 FFA members from across the state were given several agriculture-related issues to lobby and advocate for legislative support. FFA members learned firsthand the process of creating new bills, representation in the statehouse and the roles of lobbyists.After the morning workshop, students were given time to tour the historic Ohio Statehouse and learn more about the state’s history as well as the layout of our state legislative government. During this time, the Miami Trace FFA members spent time visiting with President Pro Tempore of the Ohio Senate, Bob Peterson. Members toured Senator Peterson’s office and were able to ask him questions about is role as a senator, the history of the Ohio StateHouse and about their role in communicating with their legislators.The Ohio FFA Legislative Leadership Conference concluded with a meal in which FFA members were given the opportunity to hear from the Ohio FFA Officer Team, Ohio Department of Agriculture Director, Dorothy Pelanda as well as leaders of both the House of Representative and the Senate. During the meal, Miami Trace FFA members were seated with two legislative aides. This enabled the members the opportunity to share personal stories and concerns with legislative staff.The five Miami Trace FFA members that attended the conference gained valuable information about our state government while interacting with FFA members statewide. Miami Trace FFA senior member Shana Lott said “I enjoyed this event and learned about the many steps it takes for a bill to become law.”
SAINTS will face a “hungry” Salford side looking to gain a valuable home win.That’s the view of Head Coach Nathan Brown who is preparing his charges for the Round 19 Super League clash this Friday.“Our last match together won’t count for much!” he said. “We played in snow, had a very young side out and it was all about getting through it and gaining a win. This is a different scenario as we will have a much more experienced squad out this time.“The key for us is to move forward and have an improved performance on our match with Bradford. Salford have a fair few ex-Saints players in their line up and also blokes who are probably playing for their futures too.“I would imagine after a week off they’d come back hungry and be ready for us. They have pace in the wings and a handy half back partnership too.”Although Saints have lost Sia Soliola for an extended time there’s better news on Anthony Walker and Gary Wheeler.“Walks and Wheels will train with the side this week and when they are fully fit we can then decide where they play – whether that is using dual registration or in the side. A lot depends on the state of the squad at the time.“Luke Thompson missed the last game with a virus and he is back in contention too but even though Ade Gardner’s head is ok we won’t be seeing him back for an extended period. Mark Percival is only a young lad and isn’t physically as big as say Luke Thompson.“Jonny Lomax also pulled through the Bradford game well. Long term we see him at fullback but we opted to roll him at stand off and fullback on the advice of the medical team because of the distance you cover in each position“Paul Wellens has adapted his game nicely as a result and has done well for us. It suits us that they can play either position and are confident in either spot.”Tickets for Friday’s match at Salford remain on sale from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052.