After triumphing on Broadway, the lower 48 states and London's West End, Hamilton is eyeing its first non-English production as well as tours throughout Europe and Asia.The much-decorated musical, currently being staged nightly in London and New York as well as four other US cities, last month announced plans to launch in Sydney in early 2021 in a production expected to tour Australia before going to Asia, its producer said in an interview.The Hamilton team is also working with a German hip-hop artist and playwright to develop a German-language version of the work.The show, which is performed by a mostly non-white cast and mixes pulsating rap numbers with ballads and traditional musical numbers, has been credited with invigorating Broadway, thrilling audiences of all ages and across the political spectrum.Producer Jeffrey Seller told AFP he sees a lot of international interest in the show. Australians frequently stream its soundtrack, Germany has long been receptive to … [Read more...] about Hit musical Hamilton heading to Sydney – could Asia be next?
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SINGAPORE: Gan Sun Ling had dealt only with the cash register and NETS machine for most of the past three months of her internship.But just two weeks ago, the cafe she was working at installed a smart Point of Sale system and enabled e-payment services. So, Sun Ling had to adapt quickly.“I have to know how to key in the number, then I need to know which button to press, and I need to make sure the customer taps the card properly and make sure it's received, then the receipt will come out. For the e-payment services, the customers just need to scan the QR code by themselves, and I’ll have to check to make sure the payment goes through,” Sun Ling said.The process sounds straightforward enough, but the training wasn’t.That’s because 18-year-old Sun Ling has cerebral palsy, and picking up new skills can sometimes be challenging.“We whittle everything down to a step by step approach, be it to cook or to serve customers, or to collect payment. My … [Read more...] about People with disabilities go digital to improve job prospects
LONDON: Injury breaks are not usually welcomed by tennis players but when Bianca Andreescu's shoulder began troubling her in Miami it offered her the chance to take stock of a stunning breakthrough.The 18-year-old Canadian became the first wildcard to win the Indian Wells title the week before - a feat that shook the tennis world and had Rod Laver remarking that a star had been born.Andreescu has only played in two Grand Slams and at the start of the year said just making the French Open main draw was her goal. She will debut as the 22nd seed.When she takes on 20-year-old Czech Marie Bouzkova it will be her first match on clay this season and her first anywhere since a sore shoulder forced her to retire in her last 16 clash with Anett Kontaveit in Miami.It ended the incredible 10-match winning streak that has catapulted the Ontario-born Andreescu into the big time."I think the injury helped me in the way that I could have the chance to let everything soak in and spend time with my … [Read more...] about Rested and recovered, Andreescu relishing French Open debut
By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Tues., April 30, 2019 Before I get to Mike Babcock’s grade for the 2018-19 season, I guess I should point out we’re all on #BabcockWatch now. (Tomorrow: The Forwards) When asked about the Babcock’s job security with the Maple Leafs, GM Kyle Dubas punted the answer downfield. He basically said everything is under review, and he’ll let us know when he knows. Not exactly words of endorsement, though how often has a coach been fired mere days after the GM promised him the exact opposite? So Dubas will let us know when he knows and he hasn’t said anything yet, so the #BabcockWatch will carry on. Article Continued Below It’s really too close to call right now, whether Babcock will be back for Season 5. It’s a bit like Game of Thrones, where some of your favourite characters don’t make it to the end. Jake Gardiner’s not making it. A bit like Theon Greyjoy there. We all thought … [Read more...] about Babcock watch: Grading a coach whose job is on the line
By Mark Zwolinski Sports Reporter Sun., April 28, 2019 Canadian marathon runner Rachel Cliff is like all record-setting athletes: She never stops trying to get better. In only her second marathon, the 30-year-old from Vancouver broke the Canadian record. On March 10, Cliff finished the Nagoya Women’s Marathon in Japan in 2.26:56, shattering Lanni Marchant’s 2013 standard of 2.28:00. Since then, Cliff — also the national record-holder in the half-marathon — has run in California and signed on as a global ambassador for the Swiss sportswear company On. On a recent spring day in Vancouver, Cliff snuck in a run close to home between phone interviews with the media — including the Star — before heading back to California for another race. Her coach, Richard Lee of the BC Endurance Project, learned that the winners in Nagoya trained more than Cliff’s 145 to 153 kilometres per week, and that information will be factored in … [Read more...] about Q&A: Canadian marathon record just the start for Vancouver’s Rachel Cliff