Touring Joburg’s landmarks and icons

first_img17 May 2011Johannesburg’s outgoing mayor, Amos Masondo, led a tour to many of the city’s more striking landmarks over the weekend, stopping at places of historic, cultural and political significance.Travelling in busses belonging to Reya Vaya, the city’s Bus Rapid Transit System, Masondo was accompanied by several mayoral committee members, councillors and city officials.“We have organised this tour to re-visit of some of major developments in the city and also to commemorate our history,” said Masondo. “I am glad that working together, we have been able to built a city that works, with a booming economy not only in South Africa but in the whole Africa.”The tour had set off from the Joburg Theatre Complex in Braamfontein; the first stop was Constitution Hill.A walk around this historic establishment brought back memories for those who were once inmates. The mayor and his team went on an orientation, which included visiting the holding cells, where Nelson Mandela was once detained, among many political prisoners.They also visited the Constitutional Court, where people involved in the struggle shared their stories and experiences. For Mali Mokwena, a proportional representation councillor, the memories were as vivid as if they happened yesterday.“This was never a pleasant place for anyone to live. I spent my Christmas Day here in 1976. It is one of the days that I will never forget in my entire life.”With everyone listening attentively, Mokwena urged the officials and members of the media to respect democracy: “It never came cheap, and blood was shed.”“We were subjected to inhumane and unhygienic living conditions, just because of the colour of our skin,” said an emotional Mokwena, wiping away tears.From Constitutional Hill, the group went on a drive through the city’s dynamic and vibrant cultural hub, the Newton precinct. The convoy of Rea Vaya buses drove through the Kazerne Marshalling Yards, into Dolly Rathebe and Ntemi Piliso streets.It also drove past some of the area’s iconic buildings, such as the Market Theatre, Mary Fitzgerald Square, Museum Africa and Chancellor House, where Mandela and Oliver Tambo once had their law offices.Masondo said Newton was one of the vibrant business hub in the City: “It’s where business deals are negotiated and signed,” he said.Out of the city, the convoy went southwest, past Golf Reef City, FNB Stadium, the Pennyville Housing Project in New Canada, Orlando Stadium, Dorothy Nyembe Park and Thokoza Park.Orlando West ParkThe convoy stopped at Orlando West Park, just behind the Orlando Stadium. The park opened in 2009. Officials strolled around stretching their legs after the bus drive and admiring the state-of-the-art facilities. They also inspected the giant screen mounted at the facility.The park is fitted with a big screen TV, netball and basketball court, professional football pitch and one-kilometre jogging track. There is a walking ramp, a wheelchair friendly maze, flowerbeds, a braai area and a sprawling green lawn. It also has a permanent irrigation system and is fully fenced, with 24-hour security.Next stop was the Hector Pieterson Memorial, in Orlando. Here, Masondo laid a wreath in memory of the youth of 1976 who lost their lives during the Soweto Uprising.“It is only right to remember and honour those who selflessly gave their lives to the betterment of others,” he said, encouraging young people to value the role that the youth of 1976 had played in changing South Africa’s political landscape.The square, which is visited by tourists and locals alike, is a booming business hub for local hawkers.Mounted at the heart of the memorial is the iconic photograph of the slain 13-year old Hector, being carried by a friend while his grieving sister runs alongside.Soweto TheatreThe Soweto Theatre, which is taking shape, impressed Masondo and his officials: “This shows that we mean every word when we talk about building a world-class Africa city,” he said at the construction site.He said the theatre would play a huge role in developing young talent in Soweto and neighbouring areas. “It is indeed fulfilling to witness developments of this nature. Our children will no longer have to travel long distances to develop their talents.”The theatre is expected to be completed in October. Giving details about the venue, Alan Dinnie, the manager of property development in the City, said once finished, it would have three auditoriums – one with 420 seats, one 120 and the other with 80 seats.Its design would make it one of the striking, iconic buildings of Soweto.Elaborating on other projects, he said 3 000 houses would be built on a piece of vacant land next to the theatre as soon as the venue was completed. A shopping centre, 20 000m2 in size, would also be built.He added that talks were ongoing with City Parks about the development of a new park in the area.Commenting the work in progress, Masondo said the city’s commitment to building better communities was a reality. “These projects show that we are not just preaching developments but we are living them.”Walter Sisulu SquareFrom there it was off to Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, where Masondo spoke about the importance of the Freedom Charter. He also emphasised the local government elections, taking place on 18 May.“It does not matter what party you are voting for, just go out and exercise your right, because it is stated in the Freedom Charter that the people shall govern.”Another development visited by the group was the Arthur Ashe Tennis Complex, in central-western Jabavu. With 17 tennis courts, the venue hosted a successful 2011 Soweto Open.It also provides training for aspiring tennis players with resident coaches employed by Tennis South Africa. City officials enthusiastically went from one tennis court to another, pleased with the quality of equipment they saw.Liliesleaf FarmIt was then up north, where the tour ended at Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia.Liliesleaf Farm, owned by the South African Communist Party, was a refuge for leaders of the liberation struggle in the early 1960s. It was a place of debate and dialogue on political and military policy and strategy.The farmhouse and the outbuildings, where Nelson Mandela lived for a time and the Rivonia trialists were arrested in 1963, have been restored, and opened as a museum in June 2008.The group walked around the historic site, reading plaques about the Rivonia Trial and the formation of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the former military wing of the ANC.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more



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Joburg, Cape Town move up global index

first_img28 May 2015Johannesburg and Cape Town are showing improvement in the spheres of political engagement and human capital respectively, according to the Global Cities Index.Wim Plaizier, a partner at AT Kearney Johannesburg, said the growth of political engagement in Johannesburg was being driven by the growth in the number of consular and other diplomatic representation, NGOs and think tanks in the city.African cities were making significant advances, he said. “The fact that Cape Town, for example – which did not make the list last year – has come in at number 69 is very encouraging, and indicates that the emerging cities are making positive gains.“This information is important for those making investment decisions,” he said.Harald Harvey, also a partner at AT Kearney Johannesburg, said the development of human capital in Cape Town was being driven by the growth in tertiary and secondary education.He highlighted the increase in the number of people moving to Cape Town, reflecting its attractiveness as a location with high living standards.Johannesburg (number 55) and Cape Town (number 69) improved the most in the ranking in the Global Cities Index.Global Cities 2015 comprises two parts – the index and the Global Cities Outlook (GCO). This is the fifth edition of the index, which was launched in 2008.It provides a unique assessment of global engagement for 125 cities representing all continents and regions, and measures how globally engaged each city is across 26 metrics in five dimensions – business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience, and political engagement.The long-term trend indicates that, while Cape Town has come in at number 69 from not even being ranked in 2008, Johannesburg has slipped from 50 to 55 in the same period.Plaizier explained that the Johannesburg drop was a result of the entry of a number of other countries.“Sixty countries joined the index this year for the first time, whereas Johannesburg and Cape Town were already there in 2014. They moved down due to people coming in above them, but they showed the biggest increase of the existing cities in the index.”Ranked in order, the other African cities that made it into the top 100 of the Global Cities Index this year are Cairo, which at number 50 is the only African city ahead of Johannesburg; Nairobi (number 75); Addis Ababa (number 85); Lagos (number 86); Accra (number 89); Tunis (number 90); and Casablanca (number 91).Earlier this week, the City of Johannesburg was allocated a budget of R52.6-billion for the 2015/16 financial year, at the 2015 budget speech in Sandton.The capital budget allocations would address the city’s Capital Investment Framework, which sought to, among others, contribute towards the eradication of service delivery obligations in poor and marginalised areas, said the finance mayoral committee member, Geoffrey Makhubo.According to a recent Fin24 report, the Cape Town property market continues to excel and exceeded that of Johannesburg both in transaction volume and value terms as demand outweighed supply.With about 11 487 property transactions worth about R20-billion, it generated over 40% more value than the Johannesburg metro’s just under R13.7-billion (11 307 transactions).According to the report, average prices in the Cape also continue appreciating at an inflation-beating pace.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more



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Vimeo Launches Built-in Video Review Tools

first_imgVimeo dives into the competitive workflow collaboration market with new video review features.Top image via ShutterstockThe world of video review is a competitive space where companies like Frame.io and Wipster vie for the loyalty of media pros. Now, Vimeo takes them head on with the announcement of some new collaborative workflow tools.Vimeo PRO and Vimeo Business members will have the ability to privately share videos with reviewers (even those without a Vimeo account) who can leave time-coded feedback directly in the Vimeo player. There are no extra costs for video review, but the tool is not available to Basic or Plus members.Image via VimeoToday’s launch is an exciting step forward in our efforts to build an end-to-end workflow solution for video professionals. Instead of managing endless email chains or paying for costly collaboration software, creators can now incorporate review seamlessly into their workflow as part of their Vimeo PRO and Business membership — for no additional fees. Video collaboration is now easy and affordable, and all on Vimeo. — Anjali Sud, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Creator Platform, Vimeo.Image via VimeoThe video review tools include shareable review pages, where users can securely send videos to an unlimited number of reviewers for feedback. Time-coded notes allow reviewers to click on a frame to add details and create a to-do list. Reviewers and creatives can respond to notes in real time, speeding up the entire process. Once finished, users simply publish the video.You can read more about the new Vimeo Video Review here.Are you excited to try out Vimeo’s new video review features? Are you loyal to Wipster or Frame.io? What are your favorite workflow collaboration tools? Join the discussion in the comments below.last_img read more



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Trap laid to catch leopard in Odisha

first_imgResidents of Haladi village in Odisha’s Nuapada district continue to live in fear even as Forest department personnel stepped up their efforts to trap a leopard that dragged a four-year-old boy into the forest last week. The boy was sleeping beside his parents when the tragic incident occurred. Most residents are spending sleepless nights ever since. Villagers spotted a leopard around the village temple on Saturday. After villagers alerted the forest department, traps and ‘goat bait’ are being used by the personnel.last_img



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Walk unravels Bharatpur’s splendour

first_imgA unique heritage conservation drive launched in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district has unravelled the unsung ingenuity, valour and splendour of the region and created awareness about its rich cultural inheritance reflected in its monuments. The drive has brought to light a new aspect of Bharatpur, which was earlier known only for the world-famous Keoladeo bird sanctuary.The Bharatpur Virasat Abhiyan has received support from activists, academicians, traders, tourist guides, hotel owners, merchant chambers, transporters, school children and government officials.Lohagarh fortAs part of the campaign, the heritage walks being organised every week have started exploring the historic Lohagarh Fort at the heart of Bharatpur town along with the artistic grandeur of as many as 353 heritage properties.The Centre for Advancement of Traditional Building Technology and Skills, which is the force behind the initiative, has set the focus on the region’s “built heritage” which needs to be popularised among both the residents and visitors. “We are creating awareness through heritage walks, mapping, documentaries, exhibitions and publications,” CATTS founding chairman and former Chief Secretary Arun Kumar said on Thursday.The heritage walks have been organised in collaboration with Lupin Foundation and with the support of district administration. In addition to the Lohagarh Fort, the walk explores artistic grandeur of the landmarks such as Chauburja, Ganga Mandir, Jama Masjid and Sarafa Bazaar.“The walk is unique in bringing a rustic fort experience coupled with exploring the historic bazaar along with live demonstration of handcrafted woodwork, jewellery, flower decor and metalware, and stimulating tastes and smells of an era slipping past,” CATTS secretary Urvashi Srivastava said.‘Lack of publicity’Lupin Foundation’s Executive Director Sita Ram Gupta said since the tourists visiting the region did not know about historical monuments because of lack of publicity, the heritage walks would connect the people with the history and help promote the palaces and old temples as tourist spots.The CATTS has also started an exercise for mapping of cultural heritage in several towns of Bharatpur district, which have a repository of ancient Rajput and medieval Mughal and Jat architecture.last_img read more



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Nationals Sign Rafael Soriano a Powerful Closer

Rafael Soriano, one of the most versatile closers in baseball, made the young and dangerous Washington Nationals more lethal by signing a two-year, $28-million contract with the reigning NL East champion.The agreement is pending a physical, according to the Associated Press.A source told AP that the deal contains a $14 million option for 2015 that would become guaranteed if Soriano reaches 120 games finished over 2013 and 2014 combined.Soriano, who turned 33 in December, had 42 saves last year with the New York Yankees, stepping in for injured Mariano Rivera. Soriano would join a Nationals bullpen that already includes Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard, who were among a group that closed games for them last season. Yahoo Sports first reported the Soriano-Nationals negotiations.A one-time All-Star, Soriano had a 2.26 ERA for the Yankees. In October, he declined a $14 million option for 2013, taking a $1.5 million buyout from the Yankees to enter free agency.As compensation for Soriano, Washington will lose its first-round draft pick in this year’s amateur draft, while the Yankees will gain an extra pick after the first round.The righty signed his old contract with the Yankees after saving a career-high 45 games for Tampa Bay in 2010. Soriano began his tenure in New York as a setup man, and ended up getting the bulk of his work in the seventh inning in 2011. But he wound up taking over as the closer after Rivera was hurt. read more



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JetBoatersnet Bimini Fling doubles in size

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 3, 2017 – Bimini – This July more than 180 Americans and Canadians will bring 19 to 24 foot boats to Bimini to enjoy the natural beauty and abundant wildlife.South Bimini Island, June 12th, 2017: In less than a month a fleet of small vessels will depart Fort Lauderdale to spend five days in the beautiful water of Bimini, Bahamas. This group organized through JetBoaters.net has made an annual Bimini Fling since 2010. They began as a group of six boats that crossed with the official fling led by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. Since then it has become a tradition to bring dozens of boats each year.The group stretches far beyond the typical Floridian and East Coast visitors to Bimini. More than half of the group will tow their boats over 1,000 miles to cross to Bimini. Two of the boats will be towed over 3,000 miles from Oregon and Alberta, Canada.The group chooses Bimini specifically for the pristine natural beaches, beautiful water and abundant wildlife. Highlights of their trip will include swimming with dolphins, snorkeling and diving local reefs and ship wrecks, visits to the remote beaches and the sand bar found in East Wells as well as tours of the mangroves and healing hole.   The group is expected to bring more than $250,000 to the local economy during their visit.Furthermore, the group publishes extensive information both in writing and video documenting the process of traveling to Bimini and demonstrating the benefits of traveling to this paradise.In 2016 the group was privileged to participate in the Bimini Christmas Toy Drive which they plan to continue in the future. They enjoy the opportunity to bring joy to the Children of Bimini and appreciate seeing the pictures of this successful event operated by the Vander Werf Family Foundation.The group would like to stress the importance of preserving the reefs around Bimini and Bimini’s Mangroves that serve as a nursery for many species. Members of the group will collect trash during their visit to leave the area better than they found it.Press Release: DPA News Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more



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Grocery delivery and pickup are changing how we buy food for the

first_img • 4 Shopping at Amazon Go is really freakin’ fast 1:19 Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now CNET Smart Home Tags Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Target Walmart Amazon Prime Amazon There’s no minimum order, so if you wanted to order a single bottle of soda just to see a self-driving delivery pod in action, you could. Nuro My grandmother loved grocery shopping. Raised on a farm in south Alabama, she spent decades dishing up three made-from-scratch meals every day and loved nothing more than casually perusing the aisles all afternoon. One generation later, my mom loathes it. A working woman in the city during the height of TV dinners, she just wants to get in, get out and get on with her day.  Me? For years I had a foot in both camps. Sometimes, the hunting and gathering of pushing a big, squeaky cart through tiny aisles feels soul-sucking. Check with me a week later, when I’m feeling less stressed and more creative, and I might sing the praises of browsing for interesting ingredients and great deals. But all of that is changing. I may never step foot in a grocery store again, and I’m 100% OK with it. Let me tell you why.Retail, reimaginedLike other retail industries touched by technology, online grocery shopping is transforming your weekly schlep to the store into just a few clicks. Stores like Kroger, Walmart and Target are harnessing in-house resources to power curbside pickup and turning to third-party providers like Instacart, DoorDash, Deliv, and Shipt for home delivery. We’re not fully automated yet, but we’re headed that way. Walmart rolled out robots to manage stores’ stock and even clean floors, and Kroger partnered with startup Nuro for autonomous delivery pods in Arizona. Even the smaller aspects of food retail are changing. When it comes to couponing, stores are finding ways to digitize and catalog deals. Target’s Cartwheel and Kroger’s ClickList both make it easy to see where you can save money and apply coupons online. I’ve tried Walmart, Target and Kroger for grocery pickup and each experience was great. When something wasn’t quite right, it nearly always came down to how I input my order. It’s a learning curve, for sure. In my early attempts to grocery shop online, I made mistakes like ordering a single banana instead of a bunch, or forgetting to apply coupons for items I wouldn’t have bought if the discount wasn’t offered. The good, the bad and the ugly fruitIt’s early in the digital grocery era, and we have pretty good options, but no perfect system. There are pros and cons to shopping in person, and just like shopping for clothes or a new car, doing things online will take some getting used to. Pro No. 1: Time savedShopping for groceries online saves time. Yes, you’ll still need to make a grocery list (if you really loathe that, consider meal kit delivery), but the process of typing in each item and adding the right brand or size to your cart is much faster than physically walking the aisles. Plus, you can do it in your PJs from the couch. Anything that lets me get work done from beneath a blanket with coffee in hand is a winner in my book.Pro No. 2: Convenience and general rage reductionI like people, but I’m an introvert. Humans are cool. We do a lot of nifty stuff, and some of us are actually pretty nice. But my shopping-cart rage is worse than my road rage, and most days I just want to avoid the grocery store at all costs. With grocery pickup, I park my car, dial a number and a hardworking store associate brings me my wares, even putting them in my trunk. I never unclip my seatbelt, I never lift a finger. It’s magical. Walmart’s grocery pickup is free, as long as you spend at least $35. Giant Eagle and the Albertson’s family of stores also offer free pickup. There are fees for pickup from some stores. Kroger charges $4.95, so check with your favorite grocery chain to find out if picking up curbside might cost you extra.  It’s important to remember that there are umbrella companies here. Kroger’s family of stores, for example, encompasses 31 brands like Ruler Foods, Harris Teeter, Fry’s and Mariano’s. The Albertson’s corporate family tree of 21 brands includes Jewel Osco, Safeway and Vons. Not all of these brands offer the same pickup and delivery services. Pro No. 3: Digital couponsRewards programs and digital coupons for many grocery stores are also available within the online shopping experience. With Kroger’s Clicklist platform, items with active coupons display a checkbox under the description. All I have to do is click to apply it and purchase the qualifying items. KrogerKroger’s app makes it easy to fill your cart, apply coupons and see your previous purchases.   Screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET Some stores even add discounts for pickup customers only. With stores putting so much effort into curbside service, it’s no surprise grocery chains are incentivizing it with offers like free pickup when you purchase a specific brand or a certain number of items. I’ve taken advantage of it. It’s much nicer to add another item to my cart than pay a service fee. I get to keep something. I’ll take that deal every time. Pro No. 4: DeliveryDelivery is all the rage, and for good reason. Curbside pickup is great, but if you’re a busy parent, that means you still need to load up the kids and drive to the store. If you’re not feeling well or are in the middle of prepping for a big party, home delivery can feel like a life saver. It swipes a giant task off your to-do list for the day without even putting on your shoes. You can get food from almost anywhere with companies such as Postmates, DoorDash, UberEats, Instacart and Shipt. Like pickup, fees vary, but some waive the fee for your first order of reduce it if you spend enough. wholefoods-storefrontAmazon Prime members get discounts and free deliveries from Whole Foods.  Claudia Cruz/CNET If you’re an Amazon Prime member and choose delivery from Whole Foods, you can take advantage of free 2-hour delivery and free 1-hour pickup in some cities. Most grocery delivery fees range from $5 to $12. Depending on your personal budget, that may or may not be a deal-breaker.ConsCon No. 1: The produce problemThis is the first concern most people cite when I bring up grocery delivery and pickup. Not being able to pick out individual fruits and vegetables or even meats from the deli. Someone else is making that choice for you. I hear you. You won’t get to pick out your individual items, obviously. That’s what you sacrifice for convenience. Here’s the thing: I just don’t care. It’s a risk I’m willing to take. I know there is both emotional and quality-control value in choosing your own food. I won’t pretend for one second that food isn’t deeply personal to each of us. The foods we love grows with deep roots from our childhood memories, cultural backgrounds and most memorable travels.  I think that weight and value lies in recipes. So what if someone else picks out the sweet potatoes? I’m still going to make the sweet potato casserole scribbled in illegible cursive on that decades-old, stained recipe card written by my late grandmother. If having another person help me get the shopping done means I have more time to make and enjoy that recipe with my family, I support that. Con No. 2: SubstitutionsIn many cases, stores make an effort to give you the same or better if your requested item is unavailable. Just last week, I got a bag of coffee twice the size of what I ordered because the smaller size was out of stock and I didn’t pay a penny more. While many platforms allow you to review substitutions and accept or reject them prior to pickup or delivery, you don’t get the option to view every possible replacement. If I were physically in a store and had to settle for another brand, flavor or size, I’d want to look them over. I’d love to see a system where you can browse all similar items and choose your replacement from multiple options. Are grocery stores dying?Because so many people still prefer to physically choose their food, I don’t think online grocery shopping poses as big a threat to brick-and-mortar grocery stores the way online retail does to shopping malls. However, online grocery shopping, whether it’s pickup or delivery, is a new way of getting our food that is only going to gain momentum in our two-day (and now, one-day) shipping society. Grocery stores may begin to act more like fulfillment centers, but I’m optimistic those who want to will be able to shop in person. The pickup and delivery model rests on the shoulders of hardworking employees, and if it does indeed scale to a warehouse-style operation, what does that mean for that labor force? How do working conditions change?The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union has voiced concerns regarding Amazon’s aims to cut shipping time in half for Prime members and the impact that will have on already difficult warehouse conditions. If there’s anything to keep a sharp eye on when it comes to automating these services, it’s how people are treated. No technology is worth the sacrifice of employees’ well-being. My suggestion? Give some type of online grocery shopping a try. If you want to pick out your produce or cuts of meat, do that. But first, park the car for curbside pickup of the duller things in life like garbage bags, toilet paper and dishwashing detergent. You’ll still need to pop into the store, but only for the items you really care about.The future of buying foodRight now, there are a handful of innovations being tested in the grocery retail space. Companies are trying different models for pickup and delivery, working in technology to identify where the supply chain is weak. Ford Europe has developed a self-braking shopping cart that just might solve my cart-rage issues. Amazon, which recently acquired Whole Foods, is reportedly planning a new, lower cost grocery chain. That’s in addition to the Amazon Go stores. Walmart’s Store No.8 incubator is working on AI-powered stores of the future, too. ford-sbc-001Safety first! Ford Europe’s self-braking cart aims to make the aisles safer.  Ford The way I see it, that means our entire grocery system is bound to become smarter and more efficient. It means I’ll have more time to spend with my friends and family and more time to cook and enjoy the foods I love. Who knows? Maybe someday AI and machine learning will train grocery shopping robots to pick me out the perfect bunch of bananas.  Appliances Tech Industry Mobile Apps Autonomous Vehicles Online Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: reading • Grocery delivery and pickup are changing how we buy food for the better See All Comments CNET Smart Homelast_img read more



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Star Trek Picard trailer cast plot release date and more

first_img How to watch Star Trek: Picard will debut in early 2020. It’ll stream in the US on CBS All Access and on the Space Channel in Canada. Internationally, Amazon Prime Video will host each episode within 24 hours of the US premiere in over 200 countries and territories. That’s a change from how Discovery is distributed internationally through Netflix. Tags Star Trek: Picard unveils first look at costumes, props at San Diego Comic-Con Picard trailer — possible reasons Captain Picard left Starfleet Picard memes: Patrick Stewart’s best viral Star Trek moments The Next Generation finale has me pumped for new Picard series Picard is the hero we need, says Star Trek writer Michael Chabon Back on the floor w this guy ⁦@SirPatStew⁩ ⁦@startrekcbs⁩ pic.twitter.com/zPvHltPUts— Jonathan Frakes (@jonathansfrakes) May 21, 2019 “No Emma, I’m NOT going to give you any plot details…” #startrek #fosteringsaveslives #adoptdontshop #pitbullsarelove #pitbullsarefamily #adoptmissemma pic.twitter.com/Zwbh04Zlkp— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) April 11, 2019 CBS first revealed the official Star Trek: Picard name on May 15 and posted a look at the show’s shiny new logo. The Starfleet logo takes the place of the “A” in Picard. (Disclosure: CBS is the parent company of CNET.) A pup for Picard Stewart and CBS revealed the key art for the show on July 10, just ahead of the star’s appearance at Comic-Con. The trailer is starting to fill in the blanks. Picard will hook up with a new non-Starfleet crew in a quest to protect a mysterious woman (Isa Briones) who comes to him for help. The Borg, one of the most imposing Star Trek villains ever created, will play a role in the plot.Though they don’t appear in the trailer, Jonathan Frakes (William Riker) and Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) have both confirmed they will appear in Picard as their Next Generation characters. We also know Jonathan Del Arco will reprise his role as Hugh the Borg.A teaser trailer beamed in on May 23 shows that Jean-Luc Picard, who was promoted to admiral, led a rescue armada on a mysterious mission 15 years prior to the show’s events. He then left Starfleet, leaving us to wonder what prompted his exit and why he’s reappearing now. We should learn more in a series of comic books and a prequel novel that will arrive before the show airs. The journey has begun. Kirsten Beyer, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, Diandra Pendleton-Thompson, James Duff, and yours truly. #StarTrek pic.twitter.com/GxhwkTIgWQ— Patrick Stewart (@SirPatStew) September 24, 2018 Share your voice Stewart shared a photo of Emma along with his hidden Picard rehearsal script in April. The dog in the poster sports a Starfleet emblem tag on its collar and his name is now confirmed as “Number One.”  Revisiting Jean-Luc Picard Stewart has a long history with the Star Trek franchise. He first warped into the iconic role of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise with the debut of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1987. That means Stewart will be back in Picard’s shoes more than 30 years after originating the role. He last appeared on screen as Picard in the 2002 movie Star Trek: Nemesis. The best San Diego Comic-Con celebrity disguises TV and Movies He’s coming back. CBS video screenshot by CNET Patrick Stewart is going where no Starfleet captain has gone before: into his very own series, decades after wrapping up his original Star Trek run. He’ll have a furry companion and old crew mates along for the ride.Star Trek: Picard, a CBS All Access streaming show, will debut in early 2020. The show follows on the heels of Star Trek: Discovery, but the two series take place at very different points in the Trek universe.  A new trailer for Picard came out of San Diego Comic-Con last month, and it was a surprise-packed doozy. The trailer revealed that Star Trek icons Brent Spiner (Data) and Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine) will appear in the new series.  Hanelle Culpepper will make history as the first woman to launch a new Star Trek television show. Culpepper signed on to direct the first two episodes. She has an extensive TV resume, which includes Star Trek: Discovery, The Flash and Gotham. Frakes, who will appear as Riker in the show, has a long career as a director that includes multiple Star Trek franchise entries on both the big and small screens. He revealed he would be directing some episodes of the new series. Frakes posted a photo of himself with Stewart to Twitter on May 21 and tagged Star Trek on CBS. More Picard The official #StarTrekPicard key art is here. Will you be joining @SirPatStew at @Comic_Con next week? #SDCC #StarTrekSDCC pic.twitter.com/sf7ZnDmXlL— Star Trek on CBS All Access (@startrekcbs) July 10, 2019 The Picard plot CBS and Stewart had kept pretty quiet on the details of the show’s plot until the teaser and full trailer arrived. We already knew it takes place around two decades after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis.  The teaser lays out a big plot point when a voiceover says Admiral Picard commanded a rescue armada that “led us out of the darkness” 15 years before the series picks up. It asks the questions: What did it cost him and why did he leave Starfleet? That’s a huge cliffhanger to contemplate ahead of the show’s debut. Star Trek: PicardEnlarge ImageThe Star Trek: Picard poster shows a Starfleet logo formed from grapevines. James Dimmock/CBS Both the teaser and trailer start in a vineyard, which is a callback to the final TNG television episode in 1994, All Good Things that showed one possible future Picard working in a vineyard in France. That Picard had become an ambassador. We know the Picard in the new show was promoted to admiral at some point. A poster for the series shows a vineyard with the Starfleet logo formed out of grapevines along with the catchphrase “The end is only the beginning.” Picard’s history ties strongly in with the Romulans. “Picard’s life was radically altered by the dissolution of the Romulan Empire,” Kurtzman told The Hollywood Reporter.  The 2009 Star Trek reboot movie covered the demise of the planet Romulus at the hands of an exploding star in 2387. Could this event have been the focus of Picard’s rescue armada?  Picard has a complicated history with the Romulans. In Nemesis, he tangled with a Romulan clone of himself.  The trailer features a Borg ship that may be acting as a prison vessel staffed by Romulans. A sign says it has gone 5,843 days without an assimilation.Don’t expect a mere reboot of The Next Generation. “Patrick was very clear to us in the beginning. He didn’t want to repeat what he had already done. And by the way, it’s been 20-plus years, so he couldn’t possibly be that same person anymore,” Kurtzman told reporters in January. The dog is particularly notable. It appears to be a pit bull or bully mix. Zoom in on its ears. They may have been cropped, but they also look a lot like pointy Vulcan ears. Stewart is known for his work fostering rescue dogs. His most recent foster, Emma, is a pit mix with cropped ears. 3:00 Comments Meet the cast We all know the star of the show, and more casting details are emerging. We’re still waiting for several character names to be confirmed.Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc PicardSantiago Cabrera as Cristobal “Chris” RiosMichelle Hurd as Raffi MusikerAlison Pill as Dr. Agnes JuratiHarry Treadaway as NarekIsa Briones as DahjEvan Evagora as ElnorBrent Spiner as Data (or a related android) Jeri Ryan as Seven of NineJonathan Del Arco as Hugh the BorgJonathan Frakes as William RikerMarina Sirtis as Deanna Troi He’s been plenty busy in the meantime, continuing his role as Professor X in the X-Men movies, up through a farewell performance in 2017’s Logan. He has a lot of voice acting credits to his name, including Poop in The Emoji Movie. Fans will be able to catch him in theaters as Bosley in a 2019 version of Charlie’s Angels. Stewart announced the new Picard series in August 2018 at the Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas. He called his return “an unexpected but delightful surprise” and said he hopes “to research and experience what comforting and reforming light [Picard] might shine on these often very dark times.” Who’s making Picard?  Stewart is doubling as an executive producer along with Alex Kurtzman, the creator of Star Trek: Discovery. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon is on board as an executive producer and writer. Chabon described Picard as “the hero we need right now.” Stewart shared a behind-the-scenes photo in September 2018 from a Picard meeting where he’s sitting with Chabon and other members of the show’s production staff. Stewart has been involved with the writing for the show from early on. 22 Originally published May 17 and updated regularly as more information on Star Trek: Picard comes in. 15 famous Star Trek guests who brought their own star power (pictures) 15 Photos 35 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Prequels incomingWe have a lot of questions about what Picard has been up to all those years, and some of them are likely to get answered in a series of prequel books. CBS, Simon & Schuster and comics publisher IDW will release Star Trek: Picard — Countdown, a three-issue comic-book miniseries in November. This will focus on a life-changing mission for Picard.A full novel called The Last Best Hope will arrived in February 2020 and set up the story ahead of the series. We’ll get to know some of the new characters before meeting them on screen. Una McCormack, author of several Star Trek novels, is writing the book. Picard’s place in Trek Stewart’s Picard took on the weight of Star Trek’s future when he stepped up to captain the Enterprise-D. Until then, the Trek universe had revolved around the original crew led by Capt. James T. Kirk, played by William Shatner. Kirk and the gang had re-emerged from the shadow of the original series’ cancellation in the ’60s and were born again through a string of successful movies starting in 1979.  Stewart’s character couldn’t have been more different from the leap-into-action, kiss-the-aliens Kirk. Picard created a new mold for Starfleet captains. His Picard was cerebral, wise and measured, but also passionate. If you need a reminder, watch his defense of android crew member Data as a sentient being in the season 2 episode Measure of a Man. CBS Star Treklast_img read more



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SpiceJet in talks with Boeing Airbus to expand fleet by 150 planes

first_imgIn what could boost SpiceJet’s position in domestic aviation, the airline has said it is looking to expand its fleet by more than 150 planes. The budget carrier is in talks with aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus, its chairman said on Sunday.India’s second-biggest budget airline by market share will finalise the manufacturer from whom it will purchase the planes by the end of March 2016, said Ajay Singh, co-founder and chairman of the airline.However, Singh did not disclose the value of the deal as Spicejet is still in talks with aircraft makers. Currently, the carrier has a fleet of 41 planes and Singh plans to “more than quadruple” it.”We are in the process of placing a large aircraft order; the airline will order in excess of 150 planes – we hope to do that in this financial year,” Reuters quoted Singh as saying.Besides, the airline is in talks with a few other aircraft manufacturers including Bombardier to purchase around 50 regional jets. SpiceJet will use these jets to expand its operations to smaller cities in the country.”SpiceJet is generating enough cash internally to sustain those orders,” said Singh. “If we need to raise any money to fund those orders, which looks unlikely at this time, there are enough unutilised credit lines available to us.”The struggling carrier was on the verge of collapse late last year before an ownership change in January this year that saw Singh acquiring entire 58.4% stake held by the Marans.Following the infusion of funds by Singh to restructure the loss-making airline, SpiceJet returned to profit in the January-March quarter this year, earning Rs 22.5 crore. The airline also posted profits in the following two quarters, supported by a fall in fuel prices and increased passenger traffic on its flights.”If oil prices remain moderate, (there is) no reason why this profitability shouldn’t continue,” Business Standard quoted Singh as saying.Following a turnaround, SpiceJet saw more than 300% increase in share prices on the stock exchanges.last_img read more



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