Helmed by esteemed Japanese theater director Tadashi Suzuki, Dionysus, a collaboration between Purnati Indonesia and Suzuki Company of Toga, will be staged on May 17 and 18 at the Victoria Theatre to open the Singapore Festival of Arts (SIFA), with tickets starting at S$40 (US$29.54). Dionysus, which derived its name from the Greek god of wine and theater, made its world premiere at the Toga Art Park in Toyama prefecture, Japan, on Aug. 24 last year. The play is an adaptation of the ancient Greek tragedy The Bacchae, written by Athenian playwright Euripedes. The story tells of Dionysus’ attempt to punish Pentheus, the king of Thebes, by seducing the women of Thebes – including Pentheus’ own mother Agave – into a frenzied worship. Multiethnic cast: The cast of "Dionysus" is made up of 11 Indonesian actors, two Japanese and one Chinese. (Courtesy of Purnati Indonesia 2018/Dian P. Susilaradeya) This adapted version of the famous tragedy was created in … [Read more...] about Greek drama ‘Dionysus’ to open Singapore fest
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By David Olive Business Columnist Sun., May 5, 2019 It appears the Trump administration isn’t all that interested in a deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after all. Last week, White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was sanguine about the prospect of Congress rejecting NAFTA’s proposed replacement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). “You could stay status quo,” Mulvaney told a California business conference. “Your real Plan Bs are either NAFTA or withdraw from NAFTA.” It might be that U.S. President Donald Trump has reverted to his years-long preference to simply kill NAFTA without replacing it. Trump won’t budge on the reasonable changes that Congressional Democrats seek to make to the USMCA agreement. He also seems determined to keep in place the steel and aluminum tariffs he applied against Canada and Mexico about a year ago. And that alone pretty much … [Read more...] about Time to say goodbye to NAFTA’s replacement?
BAKU, Azerbaijan: Another race weekend, another missed opportunity for Ferrari a week ago. This one may not have been the open goal missed in Bahrain, but on pure pace Ferrari had the potential to win in Baku and once again it came up short.A series of interwoven errors, mainly on Saturday last week, were to blame, but make no mistake, Ferrari threw away an opportunity to peg Mercedes back and with it the gaps in both championships are widening at an alarming rate.Rewind to the hour before qualifying on Saturday and you would have been hard pressed to find anyone in the paddock willing to bet on a fourth Mercedes one-two victory on Sunday. Ferrari had dominated practice, was still enjoying the power advantage it has held all season and was getting its tyres in the right operating window. Mercedes, meanwhile, looked lost.In final practice Valtteri Bottas had been 1.5s off the pace of Charles Leclerc and slower than the Red Bull of Max Verstappen. Setup changes made after … [Read more...] about The small mistakes at Ferrari that are having big consequences
FRANKFURT: Sales of higher-margin sports utility vehicles and cost cuts helped Volkswagen shrug off a 1 billion euro legal charge to meet first-quarter operating profit forecasts on Thursday, sending its shares 4.7 percent higher.Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) fell to 3.9 billion euros (US$4.4 billion) from 4.2 billion a year earlier but were in line with the 3.92 billion euros expected by analysts despite the extra legal charges.Adjusted for one-off factors, EBIT rose by a forecast-beating 14 percent, or 0.6 billion euros, to 4.8 billion euros, at a time when other carmakers and suppliers were cutting their outlook.Luxury brands Porsche and Audi remain key profit contributors, making up around 40 percent of group EBIT.A jump in demand for higher margin sports utility vehicles at the VW brand had helped to boost profits, a trend that is expected to continue for the rest of the year, the carmaker said."VW is defying the odds and growing earnings while others decline," … [Read more...] about VW shrugs off 1 billion euro legal hit with higher SUV sales
ON May 9, 2018 a fresh breeze ushered in a momentous transition to a new government. Giving birth to the promise of a new narrative. Of restoring the rule of law, of institutional reforms, of trimmed expenditures to avert a possible collapse of the country’s economy. Have these been realised? Now that we approach the one-year mark of the new government, should we rejoice or lament? Let’s reflect. The commissioners of the Election Commission (EC) have all been replaced with those of unquestionable integrity and non-aligned to any party. A clear prospect that there will no longer be hidden hands behind matters such as delineation of constituencies and the like to favour a political party. Significantly, the EC will now be answerable to Parliament. So accountability and transparency fundamental to a functioning democracy have been realised – as promised by the government. The prime minister’s office is to be limited to two terms and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption … [Read more...] about One year on under a new govt