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Nexa Resources appoints ABB as partner for digital transformation journey

first_img Nexa Resources has appointed ABB to provide state-of-the-art industrial automation systems. (Credit: ABB.) Technology leader ABB has been selected to partner with Nexa Resources in an ambitious digital transformation program in Latin America. The first step will be the modernization of existing mining and smelting process installations in Brazil and Peru, which will form the foundation of digitalized and cost-effective operationsAligned with Nexa’s Directive Automation and Information Master Plan, ABB will install ABB Ability™ System 800xA as part of a five-year agreement. It is the most powerful Distributed Control System (DCS) automation platform in the market and is ranked by ARC advisory group as the world’s #1 over the last 20 years. This technology is the basis for the digital transformation and will serve as a common operations platform to support all technology upgrades as the plants evolve into digital mines of the future.“As part of the journey, we are providing Nexa with a thorough training and communications plan to support them through the transition.”In addition to automating existing sites, ABB will be responsible for the delivery of automation platforms at the Aripuanã site, the new Nexa expansion investment in Brazil.The Aripuanã project is a polymetallic extraction of zinc, lead and copper, located near the city of Aripuanã in the State of Mato Grosso in Brazil. The plant is a greenfield site in which Nexa is investing in operations infrastructure, engaging ABB from the start. There, ABB will deliver automation solutions that result in high levels of productivity, safety and cost savings.The scope includes a comprehensive automation platform, based on ABB Ability™ System 800xA, and equipped with ABB Ability™ MineOptimize solutions such as the Minerals Process Control Library, Power Control Library and camera connection. Together, these will make Aripuanã one of the most modern operations in Brazil. Source: Company Press Release One of the key players in mining in Latin America has appointed ABB to provide state-of-the-art industrial automation systems for existing and new operations last_img read more

US Navy Ships Arrive in Port Everglades

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Arrive Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Ships Arrive in Port Everglades April 26, 2011 More than 2,500 U.S. Navy Sailors, Marines, and Coastguardsmen arrived in Port Everglades, Fla., to participate in the U.S. Navy’s largest community outreach program in South Florida, April 25.Service members from visiting ships USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), USS Ross (DDG 71), USS Normandy (CG 60) and USS Annapolis (SSN 760), joined by elements from Navy Assault Craft Unit Four, USCGC Gannet (WPB 87334) and USCGC Diamondback (WPB 87370), as well as Marines from 2nd Marine Division, are scheduled to take part in a variety of community service projects and recreational activities during Fleet Week Port Everglades 2011.Broward County Navy Days Chairperson Mary Anne Gray said the ensuing ship tours, community outreach efforts from Sailors, and an extension of South Florida hospitality to members of the sea services has continued for more than two decades.“Sailors coming in give us the opportunity to show how much we appreciate everything they do and all the sacrifices they have made,” she said. “This is also an opportunity for them [Sailors] to get out and show how much they appreciate what we do for them.”Fleet Week Port Everglades has historically interjected thousands of dollars into the local economy.“Broward County benefits when Sailors go out into the community, visit restaurants, stay in hotels and go shopping,” Gray said.Gray said Broward County residents have been anticipating tours of the six U.S. vessels.“We have more than 7,000 people that are going to come down to tour the ships, and a lot of them are school children, young kids from JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Candidate program), Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts,” she said. “This gives them the opportunity to see the Sailors and a new career they may not have thought about in the past.”More than 2,500 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are in South Florida for Fleet Week Port Everglades 2011. The week-long celebration of the sea services honors the men and women of the military through public events and recognition, and also provides the sea services an opportunity to showcase the capabilities of surface platforms, equipment and the skills of the men and women serving aboard these vessels.By Eric Garst (navy)[mappress]Source: navy, April 26, 2011; View post tag: ships Training & Education US Navy Ships Arrive in Port Evergladescenter_img View post tag: Everglades View post tag: US View post tag: port View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

IS IT TRUE JULY 19, 2017

first_imgIS IT TRUE that a group lead by the Chamber of Commerce employee Josh Armstrong is trying to cram a new tax down on downtown businesses?…they want to charge for Main Street frontage, space, fees, and they somehow expect more taxes to help a struggling collection of businesses?…downtown businesses are already wearing the yoke of excessive utility bills because of the old poorly insulated buildings and vigilant meter maids writing tickets against shoppers and diners?…this tax has got to be one of the most insane things proposed if downtown revival is a goal?…we say Josh, this is not Michigan Avenue or Madison Avenue?…Josh, you seem to have lost any perspective on where you are?…this is not LA, New York, or South Beach in Miami?…this is Evansville, where people earn paltry salaries and pay exorbitant utility bills?…you really just need to forget about taxing these struggling businesses if you want to succeed in your Chamber of Commerce subsidized job?IS IT TRUE that the City of Evansville is trying to develop about 8 to 10 parcels of land in the Second,Third, Sycamore and Vine streets areas in hopes it will attract a multi-million  residential and retail development? …that Kelley Coures, Director of the Department of Metropolitan Development predicts that a RFP will attract some awesome development proposals?  …wouldn’t it be wise if Mr. Coures spend his time on correcting the expensive North Main Street curb mistake and also trying to get rid of the dilapidated and vacant North Main CVS building he purchased several years ago for the city around $650,000? IS IT TRUE that the Ford Center management In the shape of one Executive Director, Scott Schoenike of VenuWorks owned up that athletic events drew sparse crowds last year but he sure did put a positive spin on things?…Schoenike actually said the Ford Center is doing great, right before he said overall attendance was down due to low attendance for Evansville Thunderbolts and University of Evansville basketball games?…these are the only two sports teams that use the Ford Center and there are reasons for the attendance to be down?…the Aces simply didn’t have a very good season last year so it should not surprise anyone that attendance was down after the previous year that was a decent team?…the Aces have been losing fans ever since moving downtown and the only thing that will cure this situation is winning over 25 games a year while beating some good teams like Wichita State?IS IT TRUE that the Evansville Thunderbolts is a different situations altogether?…Schoenike says they will work on promotions and giveaways to try and pull hockey fans in?…this is no,way to put together a winning team in a second tier hockey league?…even with a private businessman on board the Thunderbolts put an inferior product on the ice?…it is time to face the fact that Evansville crammed a $127 Million hockey rink down the taxpayer’s throats and a hockey team that has not caught on?…it isn’t likely to do so either?…all of the talk about this just being a fluke down year are delusional?…we wonder how many of out elected members of the City Council actually believes this nonsense?…we can’t wait to see how many hundreds of thousands of dollars that the Evansville Thunderbolts costs the taxpayers of Evansville this hockey season?IS IT TRUE that the City County Observer would like to thank and congratulate the law enforcement members who took down a drug gang in Evansville and confiscated 10 pounds of fentanyl laced heroin?…there were eight people arrested who we’re operating a sophisticated heroin franchise in Evansville from Riverside Drive to Franklin Street?…it is not widely publicized that there have already been 43 deaths from illegal drug overdoses in Evansville in 2017?…five years ago Evansville was the meth capital of America and it now seems like our addict citizens have moved on to heroin?…we hope the fight to eradicate this scourge continues and that some public education programs will be launched to hopefully keep the deaths and destruction of heroin addiction?IS IT TRUE that a group of private citizens has formed a group to “Support Those Who Protect US”?  …that people from all walks of life shall be holding a “Public Safety Appreciation Ceremony” on August 23, 2017 on the steps of the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum?  …stay turned for additional information concerning this long overdue public event thanking the “Public Service Employees” of Vanderburgh County for doing an outstanding job in protecting us?  …its time for citizens of Evansville to stand up and be counted by attending the “Public Safety Appreciation Ceremony” on August 23, 2017 on the steps of the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum?Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you feel that the city should add an additional tax on downtown businesses to encourage development? Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of our advertisers. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Lydon, Edward John., Sr. 85 of Ocean City, NJ

first_imgLydon, Edward John., Sr. 85 of Ocean City, NJ was granted the grace of a peaceful passing Friday, October 28, 2016 at his home.Born in and formerly of the Mayfair Section in Philadelphia, PA, he attended St. Matthew’s grade school and graduated from North Catholic High School, Phila., PA, Class of 1948. He spent most of his adult life in Churchville, PA before moving to Ocean City, NJ in 1995.Mr. Lydon was a Veteran of the United States Navy receiving his honorable discharge in 1953.Ed was a 60-year Malvern Retreatant, NFL Alumni Member, Phila., Eagles Season Ticket holder since 1956, and accomplished musician. He loved all sports, fishing, and golf.Ed was the owner and operator of Royal Factories in Philadelphia, PA for 17 years retiring in 2001. Mr. Lydon was Past President of Fairness in Taxes in Ocean City, NJ and Ocean City Mayoral candidate in 1998, and was an active Lector and Eucharist Minister at St. Damien Parish in Ocean City, NJ.Surviving are his forever bride Mary Agnes T. “Maggie” Lydon (nee Landgrebe) of Ocean City, NJ, seven children, Joan Ann Cahill (Mark) of Perkasie, PA, Jackie McCollum (David) of Perkasie, PA, Jean Perry (John) of Ottsville, PA, Janet Shuhart (Harvey) of Doylestown, PA, Jill Rieder (Mike) of Telford, PA, Julie M. Pilkerton (Paul) of Warminster, PA, E. J. Lydon, Jr. (Margie) of Horsham, PA, ten grandchildren, four great grandchildren, three sisters, Beatrice R. Adshead of Palm Harbor, FL, Marylou Weckerly (Harry) of Philadelphia, PA, Suzanne Olsen (Denny) of Sewell, NJ and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Beatrice Lydon, his daughter, baby Joyce Lydon, and his sister, Dorothy Bricarrell.A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Friday morning November 4th, 2016 at half past ten o’clock from Our Lady of Good Counsel RC Church of St. Damien Parish, 40th Street at Central Avenue, Ocean City, NJ. Friends may call Thursday evening November 3rd, 2016 from six until eight o’clock and Friday morning from nine o’clock until 10:15 am. Burial will follow mass in Seaside Cemetery, Palermo, NJ.Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Men of Malvern Retreat House, 315 South Warren Avenue, Malvern, PA 19355, and North Catholic Alumni Association, P.O. Box 7005, Philadelphia, PA 19149-0005.For condolences to the family, visit read more

County Government Announces More Closures and Recommendations

first_imgCape May County will soon offer a coronavirus testing site. (Image courtesy of U.S. Food and Drug Administration) The Cape May County Freeholder Board had a Special Meeting on Sunday to discuss what to do within the County regarding the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.Some new changes include the Cape May County Park and Zoo and all the Cape May County Libraries Branches are closed to the public beginning on March 17.Also, Fare Free Transportation will only provide medical trips for dialysis, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and infusion therapy (life-saving treatments).They will also provide in-county shopping. The only out of county trips will be for Northfield Dialysis. All non-essential trips have been cancelled i.e. hair appointments, library, visitation, etc.This service reduction will go into effect Tuesday and remain until further notice.The Cape May County Freeholder Board also supports the decision by Gov. Phil Murphy to restrict bars and restaurants to take-out and delivery services only during daytime hours.The Board of Chosen Freeholders along with Cape May County Health Officer, Kevin Thomas, highly recommend that all businesses limit employee and public interaction by restricting the number of customers to no more than 10 at a time. Social distancing measures will help minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus in the community.Cape May County government business will also be doing its part to limit social interaction by continuing to restrict travel for county employees, limiting interaction with the public for employees, when it’s possible, by pushing for teleconferences or online communications.“All of the decisions made by the freeholder board are made with the ultimate safety of our residents at heart,” said Freeholder Jeffrey Pierson, liaison to Health and Human Services. “The county wants to take the lead role in mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and to protect those who are most vulnerable in our county.”The governor has recommended a curfew statewide from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.All county employees are considered essential personnel and should be allowed to travel during those times if it is for work purposes.The freeholder board also recommends Centers for Disease Control Guidelines for cleaning at businesses that remain open. It is recommended and requested that all businesses implement and strictly adhere to the CDC Guidelines for stringent workplace sanitizing and disinfecting, “social distancing” and, to every extent possible, limit public interactions within confined spaces.“Cape May County has a significant elderly population and those individuals are at high risk,” said Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton. “We have to do everything possible to limit the spread of the virus to ensure their safety. We are also taking these actions to protect our employees and the public through this event.”List of cancelations and interruption of government services:Crest Haven Nursing home has restricted all visitors from entering the facility.A travel ban for employees going outside of the county has been enacted, effective 3/10.All public events scheduled are suspended, effective March 16.County employees are restricted from attending meetings with the public.The Cape May County Parks & Zoo is closed until further notice.All Cape May County Senior Centers are closed until further notice, effective March 16.All Election Board Polling Classes have been canceled until further notice.Cape May County Heath Care Resource Day scheduled on April 4 has been canceled.The Cape May County Library branches are closed, and all events are canceled until further notice.Reporting requirements have been suspended for all participants in the Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program (SLAP) through March 31.All U.S. Coast Guard recruits confined to base and no graduation ceremonyThe Surrogate Office will be closed to the public. It will remain open and fully-staffed with completion of necessary services over the telephone, Internet, and regular mail.last_img read more

Keller Williams Gets Us Excited For All Things KWahtro, Including Fall Tour And Future Album

first_imgKeller Williams is mastering his latest studio project, KWahtro, and taking to the road with the stellar band he assembled for a special run of fall dates. Fans of Williams’s many dimensions will be delighted at this new, acoustic take on classic jazz themes, along with plenty of improvisation. With longtime collaborator Gibb Droll flanking him on guitar, with drummer Rodney Holmes and bassist Danton Boller joining Keller on the road and in the studio, you can bet the songs are going to be forming before your eyes and ears at these upcoming shows.But the fall fun doesn’t stop there. Keller managed to find time for a couple of his legendary solo shows, a few co-headlining dates with fellow multi-instrumentalist Zach Deputy and even some bluegrass shenanigans with his friends The Infamous Stringdusters before ringing out the year in Baltimore. A few weeks ago our own Rex Thomson sat down with Keller Williams to talk about his upcoming album and the funky sound he and his fellow players were laying down.The first half of that lengthy interview, which focused on Williams’ amazing catalog, can be read here while the second part of the discussion Williams turns to the future. and his fall tour plans.Live For Live Music: In our last chat we went through the impressive amount of releases that have gone through in the past. Do you still get butterflies in your stomach when the big moment of sharing new music arrives?Keller Williams: No. Any bits of new material are so few and far between for me anymore that I end up playing them live immediately because I am so excited to have something to share. Having something new isn’t just fun for the fans, it excites me too. And actually getting to go into the studio and perfect these songs? I am ELATED to have new material to play.I learned long long ago that you can’t please everyone all the time. That taught me to make music that excites me, and my recordings are very self indulgent in the sense that I am documenting, in the highest quality possible, the music that most engages me. To use only the very best of takes, to try to have something that comes from it to show what is best to me, it always makes me excited.The process of making it, that recording and perfecting it, that makes it worth while whether the album sells or not. Usually not…L4LM: Awwww.KW: I know right? Awwwww. Ha!L4LM: Let’s talk about KWahtro. You’ve got your old buddy Gibb Droll with you. By my reckoning he is your most worked with collaborator, recording-wise at least. What is it about him that makes him so much of a pleasure to work with?KW: First off, he is a listener. He understands my thinking and my scales. My guitar playing is somewhat limited in a sense, in terms of scales and chords and places I can generally go. He knows what I know, and knows or can guess where I am going.Say I fall into a rhythm and I start to twist it up and try and take it somewhere different. He understand where I might be heading, even if sometimes I don’t. And then we can both fall back into where the song was going perfectly. It’s kinda a telepathy thing between he and I.I’m always glad to get some time with him because he is so busy. Since I saw him a few days ago, he has been out with Bruce Hornsby. Sometimes he’ll go from tour bus to tour bus and jump on the Brandi Carlisle bus. He’s one of the best and he’s all over the place.L4LM: The rhythm section for this project seems binary to me. Rodney Holmes seems to be doing the pocket work, while Danton Boller seems to be acting as a free agent and joining you and Droll in the forefront, musically. Is that an accurate summation of the situation to you?KW: I’ve never really thought of it in the context of being binary, but that is such a good word. Rodney is, first of all, a genius. He blows me away every time I play with him. You’d think you’d get used to it, but then he just plays some lick and you’re like “GOD DAMN!” I still freak out when he does that. I haven’t gotten used to it yet, and I kinda hope I never do.Every time I play with him it takes me a few minutes to get oriented to the level of his genius. But he is very numbers oriented, metronome -ish, though he can change time signatures at any time. He is definitely a bit more of a structure guy. If we say we’re gonna improvise from here to here in a song, then it is definitely ready to go down. And when you go on those journeys you know he is there, keeping the piece together. He is gonna keep the time.And that is one of the interesting dynamics of this band. Danton Boller, the bass player, is just another beautiful soul I am lucky enough to know and make music with. I’m incredibly grateful to be acquainted with him, and to be a part of his life. The four of us, together, when something kinda goes off Rodney gets it and comes along with us. Gibb and I have no problem taking the back roads to get us to the finish line.L4LM: The new music has a bit of a jazzy vibe to it. How long have you been holding back tackling this side of your sound more definitively?KW: I think there are little pockets of jazz on a bunch of my records. I can think of a few, like “Warning,” off of my record Odd is a straight “Upright Bass-Guitar-Piano” thing. It is definitely a side of music that I connect with more along the lines of acid jazz, that swinging ride symbol and maybe the “Four-On-The-Floor” beat.Using these fun, out there chords like I do and the improvisation. I feel like jazz is a strong part of my sound, even though I could be considered a poser in my approach. I don’t really study it. I haven’t taken the time to learn all the standard jazz licks or the songs.I couldn’t go to a strict jazz jam and hang with those guys. I just don’t know the material. I am just more of a fan of the genre, but that’s why elements of the style show up in my material. Same with bluegrass. I don’t really know all those old bluegrass licks either, but I love the classic sound of the material. Those elements are gonna be popping up all the time.L4LM: You’ve got a lot of concerts lined up to show off the new tunes and feature the music from the album. Will there be any reinventions of old material to go along with the KWahtro line-up?KW: Now, can’t give away all the secrets in advance, can we? Folks DO need to come see the shows!L4LM: You’re throwing in a few solo dates among your upcoming KWahtro run. Are those basically mental musical palette cleansers, are you trying to keep yourself fresh or is it the old “Pick up gas money” sorta thing?KW: KWahtro is compiled of seasoned working players. It’s not easy to assemble this band. I’m grateful to get solo offers and take them when ever folks in the desired projects are not available. It’s a luxury.L4LM: You booked yourself a rather busy fall, with a wide variety of shows on the way. The two Thanksgiving shows are being billed as bluegrass related. Will these be straight Grateful Grass shows, or is there something different in the works?KW: I’m afraid I could never play straight up bluegrass. I’m a fan way more than a player. It will be bluegrass but not your fathers bluegrass.  It will be tongue and cheek, rock and roll and pop songs mixed in with my material, all done with respect to the traditional bluegrass formula with no drums.  It’s a feeble attempt to entertain myself and those on stage with me in the hopes that it will carry over to the audience.Here’s Keller from Summer Camp earlier this year performing his beloved “Freaker by the Speaker.”L4LM: Well, I hope you manage to squeeze a drumstick or something in. Maybe some of that crimson stuff shaped like a can?KW: Oh turkey will be eaten. Football will be watched. Naps will be taken.  My shows are on Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. And what a lineup.  I got lucky this year. Just like last year.L4LM: L4LM: You are gonna be sharing the stage with fellow one-man-band troubadour Zach Deputy a few times this fall. Somehow that seems like it should be illegal, in the same way we don’t like having all the heads of government in the same place at the same time.KW: Zack and I are bros. He will be the sole looper for these shows. I’m more than happy to utilize the amazing humans who will be on stage with me during these shows. It’s uncertain how many times I can assemble the KWahtro and I’m going to absorb every second of it without any looper involved.Zack has the soul of a spiritual leader and I’m looking forward to being inspired by his presence, which is always a present. And there is zero chance of a parade, but 100% chance of collaboration in real time. I’m ready.L4LM: Fair Enough. Well, once again, thanks for taking the time to give us a glimpse into your process. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!KW: Thanks! I can’t wait either!You can see Keller’s full tour schedule below.last_img read more

Beck, Phoenix, Post Malone, Nas, And More Announced For 2018 Mempho Music Festival

first_imgToday, Mempho Music Festival brought to you by Big River Presents, has announced the full lineup for its second edition, which will return to Memphis, Tennessee, on October 6th and 7th, 2018. The highly anticipated event will offer an all-encompassing collection of rock, funk, hip-hop, blues, jam and everything in between. The 2018 event will be highlighted by headlining performances from Grammy Award winners Beck and Phoenix on Saturday. On Sunday, modern hip-hop supernova Post Malone and the legendary MC, Nas, will head the bill. The full 2018 lineup proudly boasts Grammy-nominated funkstress and Prince protégé Janelle Monáe, indie-rock prince Mac DeMarco, German folk rockers Milky Chance, Atlanta-based rapper Rich The Kid, and iconic funk-music collective George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic. Also joining the 2018 lineup are nationally recognized acts Larkin Poe, Sam Lewis, The Como Mamas, and Danny Barnes’ Space Program, featuring banjo virtuoso Danny Barnes, drummer Jeff Sipe, guitarist Mike Seal, and bassist Eric Thorin.The main event’s diverse lineup continues with a very special “Stones Throw” set, led by renowned keyboardist and The Rolling Stones’ musical director Chuck Leavell. The performance will explore the extensive catalog of The Rolling Stones and feature current and former backing band members of the pioneering rock act, including Bernard Fowler (vocals), Darryl Jones (bass), Tim Ries (sax), and Karl Denson (sax).Following the festival’s inaugural Memphis tribute set last year, which honored Stax Records, the 2018 festival will honor its Memphis heritage with a tribute set dedicated to Royal Studios, one of the most iconic music recording studios in the world. Led by Grammy Award-winning producer Boo Mitchell—son of Willie Mitchell (1928-2010), the founder of Royal Studios who hosted notable sessions with Al Green, Chuck Berry, and more–the Royal Studios Tribute will feature Grammy Award winners William Bell and Bobby Rush, Oscar Award winner Frayser Boy, and Grammy Award-nominated Hi Rhythm Section.15-year-old guitar phenom Brandon “Taz” Niederauer will serve as the weekend’s artist-at-large. More artists TBA.Nestled in the heart of Shelby Farms Park, Mempho Fest blends today’s top performers with Memphis’ rich musical history, creating a festival experience filled with music, food, and nature for people of all ages. This year, Mempho Music Festival has partnered with CID Entertainment to provide VIP and Super VIP experiences, including on-site camping and glamping options. Mempho Music Festival is the first major music festival held in the natural splendor of Shelby Farms Park, which plays host to a diverse range of outdoor activities including biking, canoeing, zip lining, horseback riding, and more. Building off Mempho Fest’s inaugural year, in 2018, the festival will offer multiple live music stages and an interactive dome that melds together the worlds of music, art, science, and design.This is one we guarantee you don’t want to miss! For more information, please visit their website.last_img read more

Student group celebrates Muslim religious holiday

first_imgTags: Campus Ministry, Eid al-Adha, Muslim Student Association On Aug. 31 through Sept. 1 Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest days on the Muslim calendar. Sophomore Doha Morchid, vice president of the Muslim Student Association (MSA) said to celebrate the religious holiday Campus Ministry and the MSA will host a dinner Tuesday in the Coleman-Morse lounge at 7 p.m.Eid al-Adha commemorates when God commanded Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, Morchid said. However, she said, God eventually provided a sheep for Ibrahim to sacrifice instead. Morchid — who is from Morocco — said in some countries, families sacrifice a sheep, in remembrance of the event.“We celebrate that sacrifice when God told [Ibrahim] to sacrifice his son and he went to do that but God brought down the sheep to him,” she said. “So [we] sacrifice a sheep as a way to get closer to God.”Morchid said families also often celebrate with a feast. However, she said, it is important for Muslims to remember the religious significance of Eid, as some people would focus on the material aspects of the holiday.“They would forget the purpose of it and focus on the food part of it, for instance,” she said. “It just becomes a feast instead of an act of sacrifice. I think it’s very important to remind ourselves why we do that, which sometimes people tend to forget.”Morchid said as a child, one of her favorite Moroccan Eid traditions was receiving a new outfit for the holiday.“My mom used to go, like a week before, to buy us clothes and I remember I would wait for the morning … ” she said. “We would wait for that moment to wear the new clothes. They’re mostly traditional clothes.”Sophomore Hosnia Samadi, president of the MSA, said her family celebrated Eid by visiting a mosque and sharing a meal with relatives.“You go to your eldest relative’s house,” she said. “My grandma is in Texas, so I’ll go to my eldest aunt’s house instead, because I’m from New York. It’s great. You go to the mosque in the morning … It’s like a Muslim Christmas.”Morchid said the Campus Ministry celebration of Eid will include a recitation of verses from the Quran, a presentation about Eid and a guest speaker — Ann Firth, chief of staff to University President Fr. John Jenkins.As many Notre Dame students are not familiar with Eid, Samadi said, the event aims to educate people about one of the holiest days of the year for Muslims.“I think my biggest goal for this year is to have people know there are Muslims here and just let them know the love of the community,” she said. “We want to have non-Muslims in MSA too and just show everyone our culture and our religion and stuff like that.”Kayla August, advisor to the MSA and evangelization assistant director for Campus Ministry, said she had the opportunity to participate in an local Eid celebration at a mosque this year.“It was not only fun, but also this beautiful experience,” she said. “I was thinking, being a Catholic, I’ve celebrated many Christmases and Easters and finding the love and joy of the community all together in one spot is such a special thing. All of the people in our community would certainly welcome anyone to be a part of that.”August said she hopes students will come to the event to learn about the holiday and find common ground with those of different faiths.“I think if we welcome people to take part in our faith traditions and to be a part of what we know and love, it’s our part to also step into theirs and just see what’s so special to them as well,” she said. “Often in sharing and sitting down at a table with someone, to share a meal, you realize you have a lot more in common than you have apart.”last_img read more

Honeymoon in Vegas’ Tony Danza is Ready to Hook Your Kids on Musical Comedy

first_imgIf Tony Danza approaches you in the middle of Times Square and tells you to go see his show, it might behoove you to take his advice. Sure, he may be a big softie who really loves Broadway, but let’s not forget about this. While visiting Late Night, the Honeymoon in Vegas headliner told Seth Meyers that he spends his free time doing his own version of direct marketing on the streets of New York, and that from talking to families after the show, he knows that it pays off. “It’s the kind of show that will hook kids on musical comedy,” he explained. We also learned that Speaker of the House John Boehner and his family have their own birthday song, as does Danza. Well, Danza’s is more of a rap. We can neither confirm nor deny that he picked up this skill from his late pen pal Tupac. Check out the clip below to see what we’re talking about, and catch Honeymoon in Vegas at the Nederlander Theatre. Honeymoon in Vegas View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 5, 2015 Related Showslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Rose Byrne & Bobby Cannavale Expecting a Baby & More

first_img View Comments Bobby Cannavale Star Filescenter_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Rose Byrne & Bobby Cannavale Expecting a ChildNo wonder they’ve been nesting! Stage and screen star Rose Byrne is expecting a baby with her long-term boyf, Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale. According to E! Online, the Broadway alums, who have starred together in two movies—2014’s Annie and this year’s Spy—have been dating for about three years. Congratulations to them both!Sherlock’s Andrew Scott Will Lead The DazzleSherlock star Andrew Scott (AKA Moriarty) will play Homer opposite David Dawson (Nicholas Nickleby) as Langley in the U.K. premiere of The Dazzle. Directed by Simon Evans and penned by Tony winner Richard Greenberg, the limited engagement will run December 10 through January 30, 2016. Opening night is scheduled for December 15 at new London venue Found111. The Dazzle first bowed off-Broadway in 2002 and is set in New York City at the beginning of the 20th Century. Two brothers sit in their home surrounded by 136 tons of hoarded junk. When a beautiful guest arrives, everybody’s lives are thrown into sharp focus…Gypsy of the Year Sets DatesBroadway’s best will take the stage to celebrate six weeks of intensive fundraising efforts at the 27th annual Gypsy of the Year competition on December 7 and December 8 at the New Amsterdam Theatre. A competitive variety show, the event honors the tireless work of ensemble singers and dancers, known as “gypsies.” For two afternoons, more than 200 of New York’s most talented gypsies and their special guests will perform original skits, songs and dances. Awards will be presented for the best presentation during the two performances and for the shows raising money during a six-week fundraising effort for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.Cut Loose! Original Footloose Stars ReuniteKick off your Sunday shoes for this one night only event on January 12, 2016! Original Footloose Broadway cast members Jeremy Kushnier, Jennifer Laura Thompson and Orfeh, along with some new faces, will perform numbers from the cult classic at Feinstein’s/54 Below. We can’t wait to hold out for a hero with them!Very Good Place to Start for U.K.’s Sound of Music Live!How do you solve a problem like the U.K.’s upcoming telecast of The Sound Of Music Live!? According to Deadline,  Kara Tointon (Eastenders) will play Maria, with Katherine Kelly (Mr. Selfridge) as Baroness Elsa Schraeder (we presume this sort of shade is requisite) and comedian Alexander Armstrong as Max Detweiler. They join the previously reported Julian Ovenden as Captain Georg von Trapp. Still no word yet on airdate, but it will be broadcast on ITV during the holiday season.P.S. Sylvia’s Annaleigh Ashford, Finding Neverland director Diane Paulus and Marin Mazzie have joined the roster of special guest performers for the previously reported November 2 Drama League Centennial Gala, honoring Bernadette Peters.last_img read more