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Welcome to our Soccer.London Carefree Chelsea doverview of daily news. Maybe not the first, we’ve certainly done transfer roundups before, and European roundups, so I guess in a way it’s not that new at all. Either way, we thought we were stepping into the football world in a wide and roundabout way for you and having fun with some of the stories and legends that tour daily.

Chelsea plot revisits Chiesa’s move

Chelsea plan to review a deal in January for the services of Federico Chiesa from Juventus, according to Calciomercato.

The Blues have reportedly opened talks with the 23-year-old striker and made an offer worth up to € 100million (£ 85.6million) for the signing of the Italian, according to Florian Pettenberg via Sports Illustrated.

Massimiliano Allegri’s side turned down Chelsea’s advances and were unwilling to accept offers in light of Chiesa’s Euro 2020 campaign, according to Pettenberg.

The report claimed the Italy international also dismissed Chelsea’s interest, promising the old lady her future.

However, Juventus have had a disappointing start to the season, currently ninth in Serie A and eight points behind leaders AC Milan, which could prove to be a crucial factor in the West London negotiating ploy in January.

Tuchel received big boost ahead of Juventus clash

Thomas Tuchel received a huge boost ahead of the Blues titans’ clash against Juventus on Wednesday on the second day of the Champions League group stage.

Forwards Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata were eliminated at Stamford Bridge by Allegri after the Italian side’s 3-2 victory over Sampdoria.

Dybala has started showing glimpses of his former self who was once considered the best in the world, so his omission will be good news for Chelsea’s title defense.

Speaking after the clash with Sampdoria, Allegri said: “Dybala and Morata certainly won’t play against Chelsea or Turin. That’s for sure.

“We can only hope to get them back after the break for international duty. It’s part of the game, we have to keep going.”

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The Blues ready to sell Kanté

Chelsea are said to be willing to get rid of N’Golo Kante amid growing interest from Real Madrid, according to Spanish media outlet Fichajes.

The report claimed the Blues were considering selling the 30-year-old midfielder due to his age and the promising emergence of Conor Gallagher and Billy Gilmour.



Conor Gallagher started the season brilliantly at Crystal Palace.

Fichajes said Chelsea see the sale of Kante as a last-ditch effort to reap huge costs for the Frenchman, whose bridge deal expires in 2023.

However, despite this report, other outlets have said otherwise, claiming that Chelsea had nothing to do with the sale of Kante, which, together with Tuchel’s admiration for the midfielder, heralds a unlikely exit anytime soon.

Rudiger decides against a new contract

Real Madrid have entered the race to sign Antonio Rudiger on a pre-contractual deal, rivaling Bayern Munich’s interest in the Germany international, according to Marca.

The 28-year-old’s deal at Cobham expires at the end of the season, meaning overseas teams are eligible to start talks in January on a possible free transfer.

The report claims representatives for the Chelsea defender have had discussions with the two European giants over a possible deal and are ready to formally offer deals in January.



Antonio Rudiger has been linked with a move away from Chelsea.
Antonio Rudiger has been linked with a move away from Chelsea.

Rudiger was reportedly open to a transfer to Bayern as the Blues were not yet ready to make an improved offer following recent negotiations a few weeks ago, according to BILD.

However, speaking to Sky Sports DE, the German denied the accusations, with due respect to Chelsea.

He said: “For me it will now be the most important decision of my professional career. I haven’t spoken to any club other than Chelsea.”

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The week on TV: The Morning Show; manhunt ; Pastry shop; Never mind the Buzzcocks | Television https://www.observingthesky.org/the-week-on-tv-the-morning-show-manhunt-pastry-shop-never-mind-the-buzzcocks-television/ Sun, 26 Sep 2021 08:30:00 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/the-week-on-tv-the-morning-show-manhunt-pastry-shop-never-mind-the-buzzcocks-television/

The morning show | Apple TV +
Manhunt: The Nightstalker (ITV) | ITV Center
The Great British Cake (Channel 4) | Every 4
No matter the Buzzcocks | Max Sky

Back for a second series, The morning show reminds us that TV on TV can be a tough sell. It can work: I still miss Aaron Sorkin’s exhausting chatter Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, although I needed a drip to get to the end of some of the one-liners. Less fortunately, it can end up as egocentric characters repeatedly bickering over career arcs and personal agendas, exuding all the dramatic intensity of stuck cue cards. So it’s here with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, returning as enemy arc co-presenters caught in the morning televised hell of bruised egos, reports of helicopter trafficking, and miracle shapewear. The first series ended so powerfully; how did we get back here?

To give it credit, the latest series of The morning show, Apple TV + ‘s first mega-launch, has grown from a pedestrian treatise on the status-hungry machinations of an American breakfast show to a tense #MeToo drama. Spoiler alert: Co-host Mitch (Steve Carrell) has been revealed as a full-fledged sexual predator; even after the suicide of a forced conquest (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), he was horribly inflated by the arrogance of the misunderstood man. It all led to a climactic scene where Alex (Aniston) and Bradley (Witherspoon) called the empowering culture of the workplace live on air. Well done, you thought – daring! – after that ?

The answer seems to be: not much. Going through three of the 10 new episodes, we return to the never-ending soapy clash between Alex-Kong and Bradley-Zilla. Watching them type is like listening to an argument between two colleagues: fun, until it gets boring. In the first game, Mitch has yet to reappear, while Alex is locked in Maine typing a memoir on a – natch! – Apple Laptop (Apple is so hilarious and shameless about product placements, I’m only surprised Aniston didn’t exclaim in a sultry voice, “My God, this keyboard delivers such a precise typing experience.” ). Back to The morning showBradley struggles and studio director Cory (Billy Crudup) is insanely scheming. Cory is overkill, but at least Crudup’s Joaquin-Phoenix’s-Joker energy enlivens the place. All is lost ? Maybe not. As Covid slips into the series’ timeline, you wonder if, like last time, The morning show the trick of becoming television on television that matters will succeed.

The first series of 2019 Manhunt (ITV) was a superb dramatization of the police capture of Levi Bellfield, the murderer of French student Amélie Delagrange, who also killed Milly Dowler, among others. Martin Clunes was a revelation as Detective Colin Sutton, whose understated decency and puddle-colored anoraks initially made you wonder if it was possible for the human soul to be double-glazed, but who turned out to possess keen police instincts.

This time in Manhunt: The Nightstalker, also based on Sutton’s memoir, the real case, which took place over four consecutive nights, was the horrific series of rapes, assaults and burglaries by the Night Stalker, or “Minstead Rapist,” on elderly people in South East London between 1992 and 2009. Some of the traumatized victims died soon after, leading one detective to say, “As far as I’m concerned, he’s a serial killer.

“Unshowy hero” Martin Clunes as DCI Colin Sutton in Manhunt: The Night Stalker. Photograph: ITV / Neil Genower / Rex / Shutterstock

This series isn’t as compelling as the first one, but it’s still eminently watchable. Clunes is just as good as the low-key hero masquerading as a drab clunker, whether he lifts a practical backpack over one shoulder, or keeps a fearful eye on his impending retirement (his own “killer”, he said. it is estimated). I like how Manhunt sticks to an old-fashioned police procedure, although that may go too far. Some sets (crime scenes, police corridors) may be old sets from The Sweeney gave a quick vacuum.

Speaking of police, I think it’s time to The Great British Cake team to systematically undergo drug testing. Whatever they are, it’s not just frosty frosting. Or, coming back from the Channel 4 show, was it me on potent hallucinogens? Did Judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood, and presenters Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas, really lead the case by performing a cake version of Achy Breaky Heart (“My Achy Puff Pastry”)? Was it absolutely necessary that they all dress like hardened Wurzel roadies? Some things are just too exciting for the pre-watershed.

Noel Fielding, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood with Bake-Off contestant George
“Human eccentricity is alive and well”: Noel Fielding, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood with candidate George. Photography: Mark Bourdillon / Love Productions

The glorious madness continued in the legendary tent – still a pastel-colored monstrosity that looks like a Cath Kidston-themed nervous breakdown. One competitor was disarmed and overwhelmed, comparing entering the tent to “that feeling you get when you first enter the Sistine Chapel”. From there it was Pastry shop business as usual: mini buns, anti-gravity cake, malt bread, some of which worked, some of which reminded you of the scene from Chernobyl when they cleaned the radioactive ash from the roof. Twelve sets I’ve had my moments of disapproval of Pastry shop (the spirit of Brexit immortalized in the sponge, and all that), but when it does, it’s a reminder that a certain bit of not only British, but human eccentricity is alive and well and kindly obsessed with quality. of its cake batter.

I still can’t get over the fact that Noel Fielding – such a cheeky goth! – gifts Pastry shop. Last week he also returned as one of the team captains on the new version of Sky on the longtime music quiz. Don’t mind the buzzcocks, alongside new host Greg Davies, new team captain Daisy May Cooper (This country) and regular competitor Jamali Maddix. Guests were Jade Thirlwall (ex-Little Mix), singer Anne-Marie and Mash Ratio comedian Nish Kumar.

Daisy May Cooper, Jamali Maddix, Greg Davies and Noel Fielding in Never Mind the Buzzcocks
Daisy May Cooper, Jamali Maddix, Greg Davies and Noel Fielding in Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Photography: Sky

If you want to feel old, watch a music show where no one recognizes Buck’s Fizz in the lineup section. Elsewhere, it was entertaining: Cooper, in particular, channeled her own rockstar to the point where she began to remind you of anyone you’ve ever seen stealing other people’s drinks backstage. If I have one criticism, it’s that the musical content is now almost jarring. With the former Buzzcocks staff, you felt like they knew enough about the music and cared enough about the music to get into an unseemly argument over Fall’s lyrics, if necessary. Comedy is everything, but don’t forget the music (completely).

What else am I looking at

Hawking: Can you hear me?
Sky documentaries
This documentary on the life and career of physicist Stephen Hawking, who died in 2018, is a lucid tale of brilliance, handicap and disruption, through the perspective and memories of his family.

Hawking: Can you hear me?
Hawking: Can you hear me? Photography: Documentaries on the sky

Nowhere to run: abused by our trainer
BBC Three | iPlayer
Charlie Webster’s documentary about joining a group of 12-year-old running girls. The coach was ultimately jailed for mistreating her and others. A disturbing story of harassed young athletes.

Vigil
BBC One
I found this underwater murder mystery rather an overcooked trail. That said, the penultimate episode was terribly exciting, leaving Suranne Jones in danger in a dark torpedo tube rapidly filling with seawater. Final episode tonight.

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Is Sky Sports’ Sarah Stirk Pregnant? Family explored https://www.observingthesky.org/is-sky-sports-sarah-stirk-pregnant-family-explored/ Sat, 25 Sep 2021 12:57:27 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/is-sky-sports-sarah-stirk-pregnant-family-explored/

The Ryder Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Taking place every two years, the best golfers from Europe and the United States compete as a team. In 2021, the Ryder Cup will take place over three days starting Friday, September 24 at the Whistling Straits Golf Course, Wisconsin, USA.

Of course, with major sporting events, sports experts and presenters are also expected. However, Sky Sports’ Sarah Stirk took to Twitter on September 24 to reveal that she will not be flying to the United States for the event. So, let’s find out more about Sarah Stirk, is she pregnant?

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Who is Sarah Stirk?

Sarah Stirk is a Sky Sports presenter from Yorkshire.

She specifically presents golf and, speaking to Attitude Magazine in 2021, said she was a gay woman: “I certainly had a hard time with that [my sexuality] for many years and I was quite reserved and closed, but I think that is my personality… In recent years I have become really comfortable and much more – I no longer have a problem talking about anything now“.

She has been a sports presenter since 2007 and started on MUTV (Manchester United TV).

Is Sarah Stirk pregnant?

Yes, in 2021 Sarah Stirk is pregnant. The 43-year-old man took to Twitter on September 24 to share a photo of her growing baby bump and said the baby was “cook well“.

Sarah has revealed that she is going to have a boy. She took to Instagram in August 2021 to say, “I wanted to share personal news. It has been a long, difficult and emotional journey to get to this point, but very happy to say that the mini Stirkers will be arriving in January 2022.“.

The sports presenter tagged “IVF” so we can assume she took an IVF trip. Speaking to Attitude Magazine, Sarah described herself as quite a private person. Perhaps this is the reason why there is little information about who could be a potential partner, even though Sarah may not have a partner.

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Sarah’s family explored

As Sarah has carved out a successful career as a golf presenter on Sky Sports, it turns out that she has an equally successful brother.

Sarah’s brother is Heart FM presenter Ed James. Siblings often take to Instagram to share snaps of themselves.

Sarah posted a photo of herself and her brother on National Sibling Day in 2020 and called it a “ledge.”

From the look of her IG page, she is also close to her mother. Sarah’s mom is 71-year-old model Annie Stirk! Check it out on Instagram, here.

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Thor defeats the Lutheran Church in a battle for believers in the land of fire and ice https://www.observingthesky.org/thor-defeats-the-lutheran-church-in-a-battle-for-believers-in-the-land-of-fire-and-ice/ Fri, 24 Sep 2021 18:47:50 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/thor-defeats-the-lutheran-church-in-a-battle-for-believers-in-the-land-of-fire-and-ice/

The ancient Norse gods were able to come out and perform this week in Iceland during an Autumn Equinox celebration in honor of Thor, Odin, Freya, Frigg, Vár, Freyr and Loki.

On Wednesday evening, 52 people gathered at a farm about 30 miles north of Reykjavik, on the shores of Hvalfjörður Bay, a serene body of water fringed by green, mossy hills sweeping across fog-covered mountains. Directly to the south was Mount Esja, actually a volcanic chain overlooking Reykjavik, the country’s capital. The rain from the previous day had continued and the evening was clear and calm.

The president was Jóhanna Harðardóttir, a priestess of Ásatrúarfélagið, known internationally as Ásatrú, Iceland’s fastest growing religion or spiritual movement. She began by hoisting a bull’s horn containing honey mead to the local goddesses, asking for blessings for the coming winter.

As a pagan movement first practiced by the early Vikings who roamed the eastern shores of Iceland, Ásatrú was resurrected from a 1,000-year slumber decades ago. Variants appeared in many other countries, some of which were adopted by neo-Nazi groups who appropriated the Nordic runes and symbols of Ásatrú.

But the Icelanders who founded the movement have no interest in a Viking-centered political movement. Their main preference is to commission a planned temple near downtown Reykjavik – an effort which, with cost overruns and complications from COVID-19, has stalled. But once more money is collected, the temple will be built, with features like a circular glass roof to make it feel like you are in nature.

Jóhanna Harðardóttir with an engraved bull’s horn with tributes to the Norse god Thor engraved on it.
Photo by Julia Duin

Until then, Harðardóttir, 69, has been organizing rallies at his waterfront farm. Wednesday’s ceremony, called task (pronounced as “bloat”), began with a walk through a grassy pasture to a circle of grass-covered mounds with four narrow openings. They were about 6 feet tall. Inside was a circular space, about 18 feet in diameter, with a gravel floor.

Four benches bordered the circle. Near a bench was a 4-foot-high bentwood block designed as a phallic symbol. In one of the mounds was a stone figure with large breasts and a distended belly: the fertility goddess Freya.

In the middle was a metal brazier set on some rocks, next to which was a stone 2 feet high with a six-petalled flower on one side. On the other side was a hammer symbol for the god Thor.

“He’s my favorite god,” Harðardóttir said. “He protects me and I talk to him. We talk to the gods. They are like us. They argue like you and me.

And so for Thor – and all the other deities who might have listened – the priestess sanctified the area and sang verses from Edda in prose, a compilation of Norse mythology by 12th-century leader Snorri Sturluson. A fire has been lit in the brazier.

Wearing a green cape over a blue woolen robe with silver brooches, Harðardóttir passed around the horn. Because of COVID, no one took a sip.

“COVID,” she said with a sigh, “makes things so boring.”

What’s not boring are the statistics. The percentage of the population in Iceland’s largest religious body, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, has grown from 90% in the 1990s to 64% today. But other groups are developing. There are at least 1,000 Muslims in the country, and the arrival in 2018 of the country’s first full-time Jewish leader, Brooklyn, New York Rabbi Avi Feldman, has spurred an increase in Jewish adherence. Mainly due to immigration from predominantly Catholic countries like Poland, the number of Catholics increased from 3,200 in 1998 to 14,658 members in 2019.

But it is mostly native Icelanders who join Ásatrú’s ranks, which tripled in size from 2007 to 2017. Once the temple, which has been plagued with cost overruns, will open, others will pass through the doors.

“We are over budget,” Harðardóttir admitted, “but we don’t owe anyone. We win every year, but it’s not because we try. People come to our ceremonies and ask, “Why didn’t I know about it before? ‘”

The group does not proselytize, nor do they insist on a dress code for events. Presenters tend to wear some sort of dress, but others may dress according to the weather (which, being Iceland, is usually cold and rainy). They can choose the gods they need.

Besides the god of war Odin, Freya and the trickster god Loki (“He steals my keys,” Harðardóttir insisted), there is Odin’s wife, Frigg, and Vár, a goddess who protects the contracts.

“There are so many of them,” she said. “When you’re in love it’s good to have Freya. When you’re sick you want Eir [the goddess associated with healing] about.”

His red Nissan has a “Protected by Thor” bumper sticker on its rear window.

“He protected me. I need a lot of strength and energy,” she insisted. As she faced the impending death of a grandchild, “for three days we didn’t know if she would survive. Thor put me through that.”

The child survived.

Asked about details, Harðardóttir said: “I only saw his hands and his clothes. He has a very thick belt and leather straps around his wrists. They are amazing hands. I never have any. seen others like them. “

She’s had this kind of communication with Thor “since I was a kid.” His mother was Catholic; the father did not believe anything. Although the household was lapsed, she underwent the Christian Rite of Confirmation as a teenager, which she now regrets.

“I felt bad to be confirmed,” she said. “I felt bad about a God who was constantly spying on you.” Today, two of his three siblings are affiliated with Ásatrú.

Ásatrú does not imply any kind of belief or set of beliefs.

“I don’t believe in a god in the sky that we pray to, but I believe in him [Thor]”, said the priestess.” Ásatrú is not a religion where one prays to a god. Rather, it’s a way of life, living in peace with yourself and your environment. “

Around his neck is a “solar cross” – not a Christian symbol but a silver cross in the shape of a plus representing the four elements (earth, water, air and fire) placed in a circle representing eternity. “Icelanders know their sagas,” she said, adding that many believe that the old religions are more faithful to their national identity. “This country is still Christian in name.”

The late University of Pennsylvania scholar Michael Fell wrote in his 1999 book, And some fell in the good soil: A history of Christianity in Iceland, that when the Icelandic Althing (one of the oldest known parliaments in the world) met in the summer of 1000, Thorgeir, a pagan leader and spokesperson for the Althing, said that Iceland was not could exist under two different laws. Thus, the island had to convert to Christianity, starting with itself.

Thorgeir’s method – covering themselves with a cloak or horse skin for 24 hours to think about the decision – was legitimate for his pagan companions because the oracular method was how they made important decisions. Others have suggested that the oracle of Thorgeir was only a spectacle and that in reality he was succumbing to political pressure, as Norway relied on Iceland to accept Christianity.

Regardless, paganism officially disappeared from Iceland, only to appear in 1972, when a group of 12 Icelanders gathered at the Borg Hotel in downtown Reykjavik founded Ásatrú in as a local popular religion. Within a year, it was an officially recognized religious organization.

The organization has gone through several leadership changes, and Harðardóttir said she is only acting as an organizer temporarily while the current high priest, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, is on sick leave. She said she believed the massive conversions to Christianity of a millennium ago were more of a business decision involving Icelanders’ ability to find markets for their fish with Christianized Europe.

“The thought at the time was: Icelanders have 12 gods, why should we care about another called Jesus? ” she said.

The most honored god in Ásatrú cosmology appears to be Thor, and Harðardóttir’s horn includes runes showing Thor as “the son of Earth, friend and protector”. On the other side of the horn is a poem about mead. Below are two crows belonging to Odin. These same crows are tattooed on his arms.

For now, Ásatrú continues to generate interest, even among young people. Five teenagers attended Wednesday’s rite, and for them – and other guests – Harðardóttir told the story of Odin and Sleipnir, his mythical eight-legged horse.

She pulled out a children’s book, Sólstafir (“Sunrays”), the story of the god Freyr and his wife, Gerd. It sold well, she said, even though it was only Icelandic. Harðardóttir is planning a second for larger readership, in Icelandic and English, on Thor taking two human children to Asgard, the homeland of the gods.

Children raised in a pagan way are trained to do “what is good for you and for others,” she said. Even though Ásatrú has no concept of sin, “there are some things wrong,” she added. “I don’t make rules for other people. I hope they know what’s best.”

What if they don’t?

“You can tell others what is right and wrong and teach them to make a difference. We will have to figure out how to teach ourselves what is best,” she said.

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AMERICAN THEATER | National Theater Project Awards grants to 11 works https://www.observingthesky.org/american-theater-national-theater-project-awards-grants-to-11-works/ Thu, 23 Sep 2021 20:25:30 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/american-theater-national-theater-project-awards-grants-to-11-works/ Kealoha Kelekolio, Moses Goods, Lelea’e Wong and Kapano Na’ili’ili in “Kinolau” at the Honolulu Theater for Youth in 2018. (Photo by Brad Goda)

BOSTON: The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has announced 11 recipients of the National Theater Project Creation and Touring and Artist Development Awards, totaling nearly $ 1.3 million.

The National Theater Project promotes artist-directed, ensemble and designed theatrical works. Inspired by NEFA’s national dance project, The National Theater Project provides full funding, as well as an informed and interactive network of theater production, presenters and ensembles.

Since the first round of grants in 2010, NEFA has contributed $ 9.69 million to the field under the program. To date, 86 new theatrical works have been funded by grants and tours have reached 43 different states. NEFA’s National Theater Project is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

“National Theater Project advisors have worked rigorously to determine the recipients through difficult conversations about fairness, the needs of the field and the uncertainty surrounding performance as the world changes so rapidly,” said Quita Sullivan, Director principal of theater programs at NEFA, in a report. “I am very grateful to the advisors, the National Theater Project team and of course the artists for this thoughtful work and process.”

“These artists and their projects are raising a much needed voice and vision that reflects where we are – and where we want to be – as a culture,” NEFA Executive Director Cathy Edwards said in a statement. “We are grateful for the strong partnership with our funders who trust our process and our people to move the field forward. “

This year, grants ranged from $ 92,000 to $ 100,000. Some supported the creation and development of the new work, and the remainder went to artist-led allocations to presenters in support of artist fees through the National Theater Project Presentation Grant. Each beneficiary also receives an additional $ 7,500 for capacity building for the project tour. The 11 beneficiaries of grants and projects are:

  • a todo dar productions, Cedar Park, Texas, Ride the currents of the wild wind
  • Honolulu Youth Theater, Honolulu, Hawaii, I Lala Mauliola (Working title)
  • Kingorama, Brooklyn, Song of the North
  • Nia Witherspoon, Brooklyn, Twerk Priestess
  • PearlDamour, New Orleans, FILIBUSTER OCEAN
  • PULLproject set, Gardena, California, Tales of clamor
  • Safe Harbors NYC, North Arlington, NJ, Ghost parties
  • Teo Castellanos D-Projects, Miami, F. Punk Junkies
  • Mitu Theater, Brooklyn, Utopian hotline
  • Souzou Unit, Portland, Oregon, Cconstant state of otherness
  • Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding, Greenville, SC, Iphigenia

Organizations interested in presenting one of these works – or works from previous grant cycles – can apply for a National Theater Project Presentation Grant after contacting a project’s tour coordinator, found in the directory. . The National Theater Project also provides travel assistance for art presenters interested in seeing projects.

All National Theater Project finalists receive $ 2,500 at the start of the process. Artists who do not receive the Creation and Touring Grant receive an additional Artist Development Grant of $ 7,500. These recipients are:

  • All My Relations collective, Brooklyn, Gizhibaa Giizhig | Rotating sky
  • Amy Ruhl, Brooklyn, The pink foam deposit
  • Critical Mass Performance Group, Los Angeles, Mariology
  • DNAWORKS, Fort Worth, Texas, The secret sharer
  • Ebony Noelle Golden, New York City, On behalf of…
  • José Torres-Tama & ArteFuturo Productions, New Orleans, United States of Amnesia: From the Fugitive Slave Act to the Zero Tolerance Policy
  • Minor Theater, Providence, RI, Marie it’s time
  • Pick Up Performance Co., New York, “The relics and their humans” (working title)
  • Remember2019, New York City, Black Cypress: Evening Listening Tour
  • Road Theater / Appalshop, Whitesburg, Ky., New work from the Roadside Theater
  • The She Chronicles, Austin, Texas, “She came home”Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, New York City, PURPLE, a ritual in nine spells
  • Grand Order, Philadelphia, Tpipe with 2 clocks
  • Wonderlust Productions, St. Paul, Minn., Lost found
  • Written and performed by Whitney White and Peter Mark Kendall; Directed by Taibi Magar and Tyler Dobrowsky, Providence, RI, Capsule

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TechScape: Why should we quit GB News and watch more YouTube | Technology https://www.observingthesky.org/techscape-why-should-we-quit-gb-news-and-watch-more-youtube-technology/ Wed, 22 Sep 2021 11:24:00 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/techscape-why-should-we-quit-gb-news-and-watch-more-youtube-technology/

I don’t know what you did between 1:45 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. But I can be pretty sure you aren’t watching GB News, the UK’s new right-wing TV news channel.

It’s not because I think you would have a particular problem with the show that was airing at the time, which was a show hosted by former ITN presenter Alastair Stewart. Or because of assumptions about the political leanings of someone reading a Guardian newsletter.

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That’s because, according to the ratings I got, during those 75 minutes on Saturday afternoon, GB News officially had no viewers. Yeah, nobody.

(Zero viewers isn’t as simple as it sounds – the numbers are accepted as the industry standard but are ultimately a survey extrapolated from 5,300 surveillance boxes attached to people’s televisions by the British rating agency Barb There was probably someone somewhere in the country who chose to stay indoors on Saturday afternoon and watch GB News But that’s a story for another day. )

Another fox in the henhouse?

If you live in the UK, you’ve probably read and heard more about GB News – and its threat to bring Fox News-style cultural warfare programming to the country – than almost any other media article in recent months. . GB News is a new national television channel, which has raised £ 60million from leading funders, with the promise of bringing the values ​​of American television to challenge wokeism and anti-bias. -Brexit seen in UK media. He has obsessed the UK’s political and media classes with his threat to upset the streaming news duopoly of BBC News and Sky News with their approach to fairness which must be heard on both sides.

As the Guardian’s media editor, I have repeatedly written about the disastrous launch of GB News and its growing reliance on former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage. Some of those articles have attracted more attention than GB News itself – the latest, describing the failure of its deal with former presenter Andrew Neil, was published on Saturday.

But despite all the press attention, three months after launch, no one is watching some of its shows. And I’m afraid we’re focusing on the wrong part of the modern media-tech-industrial complex, rather than looking at where audiences actually are.

This is because it is still often easier to try to explain our current news environment by examining it in the context of a series of mainstream newspapers and radio stations owned by prominent personalities. plan with Machiavellian instincts. These politically motivated opportunities do exist and have considerable influence. Yet focusing on them at the expense of the larger online context ignores how many are increasingly insecure in their position and try to copy the tactics of the online challengers.

When I write about GB News, the behind-the-scenes drama and the material it airs (like a presenter pushing ivermectin to the air as a Covid treatment), it’s a straightforward and easy-to-understand account for the reader. . It’s much harder to explain how a decentralized anti-vaxx movement can use a mix of mainstream media links and crudely fabricated memes to reach millions of people through an interconnected network of private Facebook groups, Telegram channels and YouTube live stream.

The clock TikToking on traditional media

Even in terms of style, established players increasingly learn from scrappy newbies who can touch more people. GB News has spent millions of pounds to build a full television studio and hire established names in the industry with big salaries. And yet, it fell in part because its technology just wasn’t up to the job. Launch week had a lot of audio delays, guests just couldn’t get on the air, and the lighting was so dark it was impossible to see some presenters.

At the same time, a new YouTube or Twitch streamer with a few thousand dollars can buy a ring light, set up a small studio in their spare bedroom, and then earn enough money to move on to something much more impressive. Editing skills can be learned and provocative content can attract viewers, while hosting is provided by a third-party platform. Even the BBC can’t help it, celebrating its occasional viral success on TikTok rather than wondering how it ended up competing for audiences on this platform.

When the production values ​​of a stream start to overtake traditional television – and the content is more entertaining or extreme – what is the real benefit that a broadcast point offers beyond an easy channel number? access on a television? GB News would consider hiring popular right-wing YouTubers, but would getting paid to be on TV worth it for people who can already monetize their audience? When hugely popular and influential libertarian-leaning podcaster Joe Rogan signed exclusively for Spotify last year, his contract was worth $ 100million (£ 70million) – not much more than the amount GB News backers claimed. are committed to putting in their chain, but with much less return.

News oh!

And yet, despite this, the rich love the idea of ​​being a wayward media president, owning TV channels, and being praised by their peers. One of them is Rupert Murdoch, the founder of Fox News, who likes the idea of ​​becoming Rupert Murdoch again, as opposed to a 90-year-old shot down by the phone hacking scandal in his UK news group and the sale of most of its entertainment activities.

After seeing the failure of GB News last week, Murdoch decided to relaunch his own plans to bring a similar product to the UK airwaves, under the name talkTV. Yes, he spent the money on an evening show hosted by Piers Morgan, a man whose pig-ridden instinct for finding and fighting topics of viral cultivation predated the internet by decades. But the foundation of the channel is based on two elements supercharged by the internet: streaming-style content and endless debate.

Murdoch’s pitch is to live stream his radio stations, especially the war-centric cultural talkRadio, and turn them into a TV channel that people are happy to watch. Of course, it doesn’t have the same glamor as an expensive TV operation. But the public doesn’t necessarily care if it looks too cheap. Suddenly we are looking at the convergence of traditional media money and Internet values ​​into one package.

People can generally conceptualize the impact of radicalization from the furious, speckled rants of a TV news anchor that aired on their aunt’s TV. They find it much harder to imagine how their aunt is silently being pushed to extremes on her phone due to relentlessly watching a YouTuber she discovered after receiving a link. The reality of how the media influences our modern society is so much more complicated than we would like to believe – and people like me need to do a better job of explaining that.

With that in mind, which influential YouTube / TikTok / Insta / Twitch political accounts do you think deserve more in-depth coverage? Tap reply on this email to let me know.

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Arsenal vs AFC Wimbledon Carabao Cup match on TV with channel, live broadcast and team news https://www.observingthesky.org/arsenal-vs-afc-wimbledon-carabao-cup-match-on-tv-with-channel-live-broadcast-and-team-news/ Tue, 21 Sep 2021 22:53:15 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/arsenal-vs-afc-wimbledon-carabao-cup-match-on-tv-with-channel-live-broadcast-and-team-news/

Arsenal host AFC Wimbledon in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.

The game comes just after the Gunners’ 1-0 victory at Turf Moor over Burnley this weekend.

Martin Odegaard’s sublime free-kick gave Arsenal the victory to help them record back-to-back wins following the 1-0 over Norwich City the week before.

Despite a North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur to be waited for next weekend, boss Mikel Arteta insisted the “only priority” for now is to beat AFC Wimbledon in the cup.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, he said: “I am really happy to hear that [tickets sales are positive for the AFC Wimbledon match, currently at approx. 48,000] Because the boys are really looking forward to playing Emirates in the Cup again, winning this game is the only priority right now and then we can think about Spurs and how special it is. “

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How to watch Arsenal vs AFC Wimbledon on UK TV

Manchester United’s game against West Ham has been chosen to be broadcast live on Sky Sports on Wednesday evening.

This means Arsenal fans will have to wait to see the highlights of the game, with Carabao Cup on Quest airing on Wednesday 22 September at 10:30 p.m.

Highlights will also be free to watch on Discovery +.

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Arsenal vs AFC Wimbledon team news

Granit Xhaka remains banned following his red card against Manchester City.

The Swiss midfielder tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty, but has resumed training and is therefore expected to be available for the weekend’s game against Spurs.

Kieran Tierney was forced out against Burnley after suffering cramps while Mohamed Elneny could also miss with a hamstring injury.

AFC Wimbledon will be without Paul Kalambayi after the center-back suffered a quad injury in the Papa John’s 5-3 Trophy match against Portsmouth.

Jack Rudoni recovered from a muscle injury and trained with the AFC Wimbledon team on Tuesday, with Ollie Palmer, who is also aiming to be involved after a calf injury.

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Vermeil medal for ‘The Natural Kalendar’ Sparsholt College Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show https://www.observingthesky.org/vermeil-medal-for-the-natural-kalendar-sparsholt-college-garden-at-the-rhs-chelsea-flower-show/ Tue, 21 Sep 2021 18:42:42 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/vermeil-medal-for-the-natural-kalendar-sparsholt-college-garden-at-the-rhs-chelsea-flower-show/

Continuing education news

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and # The future of education and the #AvenirduTravail.

Providing reliable and positive continuing education news and opinions since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mix of written articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialization offers you a blend of the latest education news, our position is always positive, building the sector and sharing different perspectives and viewpoints of thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions for bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative ideas and solutions.

FE News publishes exclusive articles on the thought leadership among the peers of our story writers, as well as user-generated content on our network of more than 3,000 newsrooms, providing multiple sources of the latest education news in the world. education and employability sectors.

FE News also broadcasts live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and continuing education newsletters so you receive the latest developments in Skills news and in the areas of learning, continuing education and employability.

Each week, FE News offers more than 200 articles and new content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest news on lifelong learning, providing insight from multiple sources on the latest developments in education policy, the latest strategies, right down to our thought leaders who provide strategy reflection on blue skies, best practices and innovation to help examine future developments. for education and the future of work.

As of January 2021, FE News had over 173,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new news content each week, ranging from thought leadership articles to the latest education news via writing, podcasts, videos. and press releases from across the industry. , which places us in the UK’s top 2,000 websites.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we prioritize our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily continuing education news and how we structure our content. of week FE:

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Our core features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and a reflection on the blue sky with experts writing peer-to-peer topical articles on the future of education and the future of work. The emphasis is on thought leadership focused on solutions, sharing of best practices, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our core features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they often relate to new concepts and new thinking processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, perhaps an expert’s insight on a policy announcement or a response to a report from an education think tank or a White Book.

FE voice

FE Voices was originally created as a section on FE News to give voice to the industry. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are generally thought leadership articles, they don’t have to be exclusive, but generally are, they are slightly shorter than the core features. FE Voices may include more mixed media with Continuing Education Information articles, such as podcasts and embedded videos. Our industry response articles requesting different comments and opinions on education policy announcements or responding to a white paper report are typically kept in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast at a party or a radio show like the SkillsWorldLive radio show the next morning we put the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector news

In Industry News, we have a mix of content from press releases, educational resources, reports, educational research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have lots of positive press articles on education from colleges, award bodies and apprenticeship providers, press releases from DfE to think tanks giving an overview of a report, as well as resources. useful to help you provide educational strategies to your learners and students.

Podcasts

We have a range of educational podcasts on FE News, from full hour production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in collaboration with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also records podcasts at conferences and events, bringing you one-on-one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology complements and transforms education, to podcasts with experts discussing research. in education, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for the jobs of the future to interviews with the Minister of Learning and Skills.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work with industry partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily educational podcasts, to work with industry leaders to create exclusive educational news podcasts.

Educational video interviews

FE News has over 700 FE video interviews and has been recording educational video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with education and work experts, discussing ideas and perspectives on the future of education and work.

Events

FE News offers a free events calendar to view the latest conferences, webinars and events to stay up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE press rooms

The FE Newsroom houses your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also helps the audience to develop a relationship with you as an individual or with your organization as they can click and “box” to consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education press releases, videos. and educational podcasts.

Want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you would like to write an article on thought leadership, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news, or contribute to a podcast, you must first create an FE Newsroom Connection (free): Once the team has approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the newsroom. FE News team – no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again, all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before ‘to be broadcast on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay for the team to review and approve the content.

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Smart, funny and scary near home https://www.observingthesky.org/smart-funny-and-scary-near-home/ Tue, 21 Sep 2021 07:28:56 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/smart-funny-and-scary-near-home/

Ben Schnetzer as Yorick in Y: The Last Man (Rafy Winterfeld / FX)

The Apocalypse is a pretty busy place these days.

The walking dead the franchise has three series running, there are more zombies on the loose in Country Z and Black summer, viral horrors linked to Netflix Sweet tooth, and patriarchal horrors abound The Handmaid’s Tale.

So you have to do something special to stand out in today’s end-of-the-world marketplace, and luckily that’s exactly what the graphic novel adaptation Y: The last man offers.

Read more: The best TV to watch this fall

Based on DC’s stunning Brian K Vaughan comic, this fabulous and ironic ride – launched on Disney + Star on September 22 – follows the adventures of Yorick, the last guy standing after all other men, humans or animals have died. . If you have a Y chromosome, basically: you’re screwed.

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Diane Lane as Jennifer Brown in Y: The Last Man (Rafy Winterfeld / FX)

Aside from the eternal loser and useless budding magician Yorick (Ben Schnetzer) and his monkey friend Ampersand who – for some reason – survived the end of half the world.

Getting rid of (almost) entirely of a gender, like upside-down misogynist madman Thanos, creates a brilliant and confrontational world, and an (almost) all-female cast makes the show feel so fresh and original.

But it’s the characters that make this series stand out. Yorick himself appears to be exactly the kind of aimless underachiever who would fight his way through the apocalypse, and the battle lines drawn by the surviving women are incredible.

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Y: The Last Man – “The Day Beforeâ ???? – Season 1, Episode 1 (aired September 13) – Pictured: (L to R) Juliana Canfield as Beth Deville, Ben Schnetzer as Yorick Brown CR: Rafy Winterfeld / FX

When a right-wing president and his Conservative leadership are wiped out overnight, it’s his biggest political opponent, Liberal MP Jennifer Brown (Diane Lane), who takes over in order of succession.

But she faces immediate opposition and suspicion from Kimberly, daughter and adviser to the president in the style of Ivanka Trump, played by Amber Tamblyn, who has just lost her father, husband and sons.

Operating in the shadows, the mysterious Agent 355 (Ashley Romans) has vowed to serve the President, whoever he is, and is one of the most enigmatic and interesting characters you’ll see on TV this year.

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Y: The Last Man – “Would the World Be Kindâ ???? – Season 1, Episode 2 (aired September 13) – Pictured: Olivia Thirlby as Hero Brown. CR: Rafy Winterfeld / FX

Meanwhile, on the streets, chaos, scarcity of water, food and power sets in as society comes to a halt with each male-dominated workforce suddenly decimated, and the search begins. for Yorick’s girlfriend and his troubled sister Hero, played by Olivia Thirlby.

An original and endearing look at the end of the world, Y: The last man is funny, horrible and very, very smart.

The best apocalypse shows offer a look at today’s society through an extreme lens. Representing a deeply divided world, severely affected by a sudden health-related crisis, this hits modern life too well.

Don’t miss it.

Y: The last man, airing via Star on Disney + in the UK, will launch with the first three episodes on September 22, with new episodes every Wednesday.

Watch: Trailer for Y: The last man

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Ben Affleck praises Jennifer Lopez with rare public statement https://www.observingthesky.org/ben-affleck-praises-jennifer-lopez-with-rare-public-statement/ Mon, 20 Sep 2021 20:28:20 +0000 https://www.observingthesky.org/ben-affleck-praises-jennifer-lopez-with-rare-public-statement/

Jennifer Lopez has been appointed Advertising week‘s 2021 Brand Visionary and her boyfriend, Ben Affleck, say it’s a well-deserved honor. The last duel the star spoke to Advertising week how “amazed” he is at what she has done to be represented in the industry.

“All I can tell you is I saw firsthand the difference the performance makes because I have seen, over and over again, women of color approach Jennifer and tell her what her character is. example as a strong woman and a successful and demanding woman, her fair share in the business world means to them, “said the 49-year-old.

“I’m in awe of Jennifer’s effect on the world. At most, as an artist, I can make films that touch people. Jennifer has inspired a lot of people to feel they have a place. at the table in this country, ”Affleck gushed. “It is an effect that few people have had throughout history, one that I will never know and that I can only support and admire with respect.”

Ben Affleck raves about Jennifer Lopez with a rare statement. (Photo: Mondadori Wallet via Getty Images)

Lopez has been building his personal brand for decades, long before being an “influencer” was a job. The entrepreneur explained how she was aware of the brands to partner with early in her career.

“I chose to be a brand ambassador for companies like L’Oréal and Louis Vuitton when others didn’t really do it. There were so many taboos for real artists or actresses or record artists to do this. kind of stuff. felt it was important to start seeing someone who looked like me in those commercials, because it had been the same look for so long. And seeing a Latina there, a young Latin girl, back then for me was very, very important, “she said.

“I took this chance and I knew it would be something that could make a difference,” Lopez continued. “Now I have moved into a much more active role becoming a founder, owner and sometimes even an investor in companies that I have a unique and genuine connection with, companies that I think are doing a good job or doing something. . that resonates with me, or I feel it resonates with people who are my audience or who have grown up like me. “

Lopez said women are “creating this hurricane” to get seats at the table.

“We’re creating a storm right now, and that’s going to change things. When the storm is over, the things that need to be knocked down will have been washed away. And then there will be this beautiful rainbow, and it’s going to be a new day, ”she said. “And that’s what’s going on in the world right now. That’s what I want for my kids, not just for my daughter, but for my son too. I want him to be as aware of women as he is. my daughter is for herself. ” (Lopez shares 13-year-old twins, Max and Emme, with her ex-husband, Marc Anthony.)

The scammers the actress has been a star for decades, which is no small feat. Lopez credits this for knowing his worth and “valuing what you contribute.”

“At the end of the day, know when and how to build and capitalize on that. So it’s about being the rare asset. What we’ve been sold as artists is you’re a dime. The next girl will come and there is someone who will be younger than you and better than you, and that’s not the truth, ”she said. “It’s like you’re disposable, and especially as women. For me, what I realize is… no, there’s only one me. There is only one. this person. There is only one this person. have to offer is particularly different from everyone. “

Lopez added: “I am the rare asset – someone who is a proven creator, artist and entrepreneur who has the ability to really connect with people. It is my blessing, and what I feel is an amazing and amazing gift that I was given from God. And I don’t take it for granted. I treasure it and try to use it in the best possible way. “

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