ALAMEDA — Congratulations, Clelin Ferrell. Now go out and be another Khalil Mack.That wasn’t the company line emanating from the Raiders’ facility at Harbor Bay Parkway. But as sure as opposing quarterbacks came out of Oakland games with clean jerseys in 2018, that’s how fans will judge the selection of the Clemson defensive end Thursday night with the fourth pick in the NFL draft.Nobody knows how this will turn out. Take a draft, any draft, and the eventual reality often is dramatically …
17 November 2008South African opera singer Jacques Imbrailo, winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music 2009, has established an international career at the age of 30 that most artists struggle to establish in a lifetime.Imbrailo, who lives in London with his wife Cara, grew up on a farm in South Africa’s Free State province. He attended the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School, studied law and music under Werner Nel at Potchefstroom University, and opera under Ryland Davies at the Royal College of Music in London.In September 2006 he joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, making his debut as Morales in Bizet’s Carmen in December 2006.In the 2007/08 season, he played Scythian in Iphigenie en Tauride, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Morales in Carmen, the Flemish deputy in Don Carlos and the Wig Maker in Ariadne auf naxos. He also won the prestigious Audience Prize at the BBC’s Cardiff Singer of the World 2007 event.In the 2008/09 season he has extended his already impressive repertoire, playing Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with conductor Emmanuelle Haim, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte with Opera Colorado and the Glyndebourne Touring Opera, and Schaunard in La Boheme with the Royal Opera House.Imbrailo says he will be singing in France, Wales, England and the US over the next two years.Winning the Standard Bank Young Artist Award means South Africans will get a chance to hear the internationally sought-after soloist in 2009. Winners receive a cash prize and financial support for their participation on the main programme of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.“My parents will be able to come and hear me sing, and it is such a lovely festival to be a part of,” Imbrailo said.“I think it is good for South African opera to have local singers with international careers,” says Imbrailo. “It inspires young singers and also attracts international directors to take an interest in South Africa.”Imbrailo says that James Bailieu, Vuyani Mlinde and Pumeza Matshikiza are some of the young South African artists he enjoys working with. “They all have a vibrant energy about what they do and phenomenal natural talent.“What sets them apart from many other young artists [in Europe] is their willingness to give blood and sweat and leave it on the piano or the stage when they finish. They give of themselves and not just what they need to, which makes seeing them work very thrilling.”Imbrailo sees his career as an opera singer as an opportunity to live out his faith. “I believe God uses me to do that where I work, and the fact that I am an opera singer is just a way to reach people.”The annual Standard bank Young Artist Awards were started in 1981 by the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, with Standard Bank coming on board as a sponsor in 1984.The awards, seen as one of the most prestigious of their kind in the country, honour young South African artists who have not yet gained widespread national exposure or acclaim, but who are making a significant mark in their field.The awards recognize and actively promote the talent of these young artists, providing them with financial support and a platform for experimentation.Source: National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
Come Sunday and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to witness a ‘mega recruitment’ of leaders from the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and other parties at a rally in Solapur, in the presence of party president Amit Shah.Among the top leaders who are likely to join the BJP include former chief minister and current Rajya Sabha MP from the BJP quota Narayan Rane. Mr. Rane will reportedly dissolve his party, the Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksha, which he formed after quitting the Congress. His two sons, Congress MLA Nitesh and former Congress MP Nilesh, are also likely to join the BJP. Former Kolhapur MP and NCP leader Dhananjay Mahadik is also likely to jump ship to the BJP. Mr. Mahadik, whose cousin is a BJP MLA, lost the 2019 Lok Sabha polls to Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Mandlik, with the Congress and sections of the NCP allegedly campaigning against him because of his proximity with the BJP. On Friday, Jaikumar Gore, Congress MLA from Man in western Maharashtra, submitted his resignation to Assembly speaker Haribhau Bagde, which was accepted. Mr. Gore is also likely to join the BJP on Sunday. His brother and bitter rival Shekhar has already joined the Shiv Sena. In 2014, the brothers contested the polls respectively from Congress and NCP. Congress MLA Siddharam Mhetre from Solapur district is also likely to switch to the BJP on Sunday.The biggest defection could be of Padmasinha Patil, a founding member of the NCP and a close aide of party president Sharad Pawar, and his son, NCP MLA Ranajagjitsinha Patil from Osmanabad district. Apart from these names, Satara MP Udayanraje Bhosle, State Council chairman Ramraje Nimbalkar and MLA Baban Shinde from the NCP, and Congress leader Harshvardhan Patil are also said to be on their way to the BJP.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives past Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — LeBron James scored 37 points, and the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers got a much different result this time against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 120-112 victory on Tuesday night.It was Cleveland’s second straight win since adding George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. in trades, and their fourth straight victory overall.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Thunder: Visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kane leads Spurs’ recovery in 2-2 draw at Juventus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Thunder trimmed their deficit to five in the final minute and could have come closer, but Alex Abrines missed a 3-pointer, and Nance got free for a dunk to seal the win for Cleveland.The Cavaliers led 62-57 at halftime. James had 16 points, four rebounds and five assists, and Smith had 15 points on five 3-pointers. Adams scored 15 points before the break for Oklahoma City.TIP-INSCavaliers: A double foul was called on Nance and Oklahoma City’s Raymond Felton after they got tangled up in the second quarter. … Cleveland shot 54 percent in the first half and 51 percent overall. … Committed just seven turnovers.Thunder: Westbrook was issued a technical foul in the first quarter. It was his 12th of the season. … Had just two turnovers in the first half. … Outrebounded the Cavaliers 51-41.UP NEXTCavaliers: Host the Washington Wizards on Feb. 22.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH J.R. Smith added 18 points for the Cavaliers, who lost to the Thunder 148-124 on Jan. 20 with a very different roster.Paul George scored 25 points and Carmelo Anthony 24 for the Thunder. Steven Adams added 22 points and 17 rebounds, and Russell Westbrook scored 21 points. Westbrook and Anthony had missed the past two games with sprained ankles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames scored 14 points in the first five minutes of the third quarter, including two 3-pointers, to give Cleveland a 78-68 lead. He was 6 for 6 from the field during that stretch. The Thunder responded with an 8-0 run to get back into the game. Cleveland took a 91-87 edge into the fourth quarter.The Cavaliers took control in the fourth, and a layup by James after driving on George pushed the Cavaliers ahead 115-106 with 49 seconds to play. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC