LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington Week of April 29 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are a few opportunities to catch live music in Wilmington this week:Larry GilbertTuesday, May 1, 6pmThursday, May 3, 6pmRocco’s Restaurant & Bar193 Main Street, WilmingtonPianist Ricky LauriaThursday, May 3, 8pmTremezzo2 Lowell Street, WilmingtonKaraoke with Winnell EntertainmentFriday, May 4, 8pmPacific Grove211 Lowell Street, WilmingtonLori & Richard Ruggerio (Husband & Wife Vocalist Duo)Saturday, May 5, 2:30pmWindsor Place of Wilmington92 West Street, WilmingtonNOTE: Know of any other musical performances happening in town this week or in the coming weeks? Let me know at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of May 13, 2018)In “Business”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of May 27, 2018)In “Business”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of March 25, 2018)In “Business”last_img read more

Heart over head poor acumen and lack of foresight Mindtrees parallels with

first_imgThe Mindtree logo. The company is fighting a takeover bid by Larsen & Toubro.When the mindset of people at the helm fails to keep pace with a firm’s growth, ugly boardroom dramas like the one playing out in Mindtree’s boardroom unfolds. The founders of the Bengaluru-based mid-size information technology services firm are locked in an emotional battle against the takeover bid by construction and technology giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T), which has deployed a massive Rs 10,733-crore war chest for storming the boardroom of the 20-year-old public-listed company.Mindtree founders Krishnakumar Natarajan, Subroto Bagchi, and Parthasarathy NS, and chief executive officer Rostow Ravanan have taken the battle to the public with a joint press conference and emotional posts on the social media. But L&T remains undeterred and managing director and chief executive officer SN Subrahmanyan has offered to allow Mindtree to keep its separate identity for “some time to come”.Even as L&T is expected to come out with a detailed public statement (DPS) on its takeover bid, Mindtree chairman Krishnakumar has demanded that the company founders would like to know the “contours of independence” that L&T would offer Mindtree. The Mumbai-based conglomerate has already made clear its decision to retain Mindtree as an independent listed entity. “I don’t know what the contours of the independence are. It is difficult to make a (judgement) based on a press statement,” Economic Times quoted Krishnakumar as saying. He claimed that the board of the 20-year-old company is “aligned to the logic” of the promoter group.The promoters jointly hold 13.32 per cent stake in the company, while L&T has already bagged 20.32 per cent stake form Café Coffee Day (CCD) founder VG Siddhartha. L&T, which already has its subsidiary L&T Infotech operating in the same market space as Mindtree, has made two open offers for accumulating 66.41 per cent stake in the company.Management experts, however, consider the emotional reaction of the Mindtree founders uncalled for, according to a report on Quartz website. “Part of managing a business as large as this is agility in dealmaking… the management have shown poorer acumen than one expects from professionals of their calibre,” Vivek Durai, founder of business intelligence platform Paper.VC told the website in an email. “They have also shown an amazing lack of ownership and foresight repeating exactly the same mistake as (Infosys founder) NR Narayana Murthy by passing the baton forward from one founder to another. A silly tradition that should never have started in a company that promotes meritocracy.”On March 19, Bagchi quit as head of Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA) and returned to Mindtree to lead the fight against the takeover bid. He tweeted, “Mindtree has not been designed as an ‘asset’ to be bought & sold. It is a national resource. It has a unique culture that humanizes the idea of business. It sets the standards of corporate governance. I need to be there in its time of difficulty. Hence the hard decision to return.”Quartz writes Bagchi’s interference is reminiscent of Murthy’s April 2017 outcry over the salary of then-Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka and the hefty severance packages doled out to former CFO Rajiv Bansal and former chief compliance officer David Kennedy. By August, Sikka had quit and co-founder Nandan Nilekani returned after a gap of eight years as non-executive chairman to stabilise the leadership churn. Mindtree board is preparing for a pitched battle in case of a hostile takeover attempt by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) that is in talks to buy up the entire stake that Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha controls, making possible an open offer with possibility of a management change.mindtree.comlast_img read more

Khashoggi murder claims baseless Saudi

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 15 December, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. Photo: AFPSaudi Arabia dismissed on Saturday accusations that Jamal Khashoggi was ordered murdered by a hit squad inside its Istanbul consulate as “lies and baseless allegations”, as Riyadh and Ankara spar over the missing journalist’s fate.As the controversy intensified, the Washington Post reported Turkish officials had recordings made from inside the building that allegedly proved their claims Khashoggi was tortured and killed at the consulate.A Saudi delegation arrived in Turkey for talks, officials said on Friday, with the case risking fragile relations between the two.In the first Saudi ministerial reaction to the accusations about Khashoggi’s killing, interior minister prince Abdel Aziz bin Saud bin Nayef said that “what has been circulating about orders to kill him are lies and baseless allegations”.The Kingdom “is committed to its principles, rules and traditions and is in compliance with international laws and conventions”, he added according to the official Saudi Press Agency.The case risks damaging the image of the kingdom and its ties to the West as crown prince Mohammed bin Salman promotes a reform drive at home.Big names from media and business have already cancelled appearances at a major conference in Riyadh this month.Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor Khashoggi vanished on 2 October after entering the consulate to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage.Turkish government sources say police believe he was killed but Riyadh denies that.Did he leave?The Saudi delegation, whose composition was not immediately clear, is expected to meet with Turkish officials in Ankara at the weekend, state media said on Friday.It is likely that they will take part in a joint working group on the case, whose creation was announced Thursday by Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin following a request by Saudi Arabia.A Saudi official source quoted by SPA news agency said it was “a positive move” Turkey had agreed to the creation of what it described as a “joint action team” over Khashoggi’s disappearance.The Turkish leadership has so far stopped short of accusing Saudi Arabia, although pro-government media have published sensational claims, including that an “assassination team” was sent to Istanbul to kill Khashoggi.In a rare public comment on the case by a Saudi official, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Britain, prince Mohammed bin Nawaf al Saud, told the BBC that Riyadh was “concerned” about its citizen.Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has challenged Saudi Arabia to provide CCTV images to back up its account that Khashoggi left the consulate safely.Khashoggi, a Saudi national living in the US since September 2017 fearing arrest, criticised some policies of Mohammed bin Salman and Riyadh’s intervention in the war in Yemen.The Washington Post reported the Turkish government has told US officials it has audio and video recordings which show how Khashoggi was “interrogated, tortured and then murdered” inside the consulate before his body was dismembered.Turkish officials contacted by AFP refused to comment on the veracity of the report.Visual’ search onlyAnkara and Riyadh have been on opposing sides in the region on key issues, including the ousting of the Islamist Egyptian government and last year’s Saudi-led blockade on Turkey’s regional ally Qatar. Yet as key Sunni Muslim powers they have maintained cordial relations.But despite Riyadh’s agreement on Tuesday to let Turkish authorities search the Saudi mission, the probe has not yet taken place. The two sides have been in intense contacts to resolve the issue, local media reported.Pro-government Turkish newspaper Sabah said the search of the consulate had not yet happened because Saudi officials would only allow a superficial “visual” probe.The Turkish side did not accept the offer and Sabah said officials wanted to search the building with luminol, a chemical that allows forensic teams to discover blood traces.Officers were looking into sound recordings sent from a smart watch that Khashoggi was wearing when he was inside the consulate to a mobile phone which he gave to his Turkish fiancee waiting outside, Hatice Cengiz.Milliyet daily reported that “arguments and shouting” could be heard on the recordings, but Sozcu newspaper said only “some conversations” could be heard.Chilling effectBloomberg, the Financial Times, The Economist and The New York Times withdrew as media sponsors from the second Future Investment Initiative to be held between 23-25 October in Riyadh dubbed “Davos in the Desert” after the World Economic Forum in the Swiss resort.The CEO of ride-hailing app Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi, said that he will no longer be attending the event unless “a substantially different set of facts emerges”.British entrepreneur Richard Branson said he would suspend two directorships linked to tourism projects in Saudi Arabia over concerns about the missing journalist.Amnesty International demanded the Saudi authorities reveal what happened to Khashoggi as it said Riyadh was “responsible at a minimum for enforced disappearance”.last_img read more

final touch

first_imgExperimentation. Entertainment. Instilled with energy. The third phase of Short and Sweet, organised by Shoelace Productions was a complete stunner. Not the conventional words to use in a play review maybe. But these are thoughts that came to mind as the festival draws to a close.Held at Epicenter in Gurgoan, these set of ten plays rocked, as festival director Deepak Dhamija made sure that festival-cum-competition sailed through smoothly.Unbelievably funny, Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dickheads (offended anybody?) was my personal favourite, which was dished out as a surprise. Written by Ashwath Bhatt and directed by Vivek Shrivastava, this play is about the lives of two street children who eventually become superstars. The story is simple yet compelling, with splendid performances. While 2922, written and directed by Arnav Nanduri and Pranay Manchanda, gets audience attention through a musical journey laced with humour.Who’s the Boss makes you laugh all through, with a secretary sitting on her boss, caught in an uncomfortable situation, being tied together. The lesser said about Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNine types of Ice the better. Designed and directed by Himanshu Mehta, Chup was more compelling.So was Chairpersons, written and directed by Rajiv Rajaram. It is a political satire, which encapsulates the contemporary Indian political scenario, comparing power dynamics to a game of musical chairs.Smart and slick writing, executed by amazing performances by Rajaram Sandeep John and Nikhil Sriram make this play a treat for theatre lovers.Solitary Creeper , which captures Delhi life as people bump into each other during metro rides was a fun watch. Arvind Gaur’s Khol Do was a compelling watch too with some actors making a lasting impact which includes Shilpi Marwaha and Gaurav Mishra. The evil effects of smoking was nothing more than a over-dramatic monologue. But even A Different Client directed by Vivek Mansukhani, experiments with a different concept complimented by a powerful performance by Mansukhani.After these three rounds, the list of ten plays who have made it to the finale of Short and Sweet, to be held this Friday at Kamani, was announced which includes – 2922, Chairpersons, Dickheads and A Different Client from this round. While from the earlier two rounds, plays which have made it include the superbly humorous Lyra directed and written by Aishwarya Jha Mathur, the amazingly directed The sum of your experiences with the stunning performance of Damandeep Sidhu, well conceptualised and executed Unit Test, superbly performed Between Romeo and Juliet, interestingly executed Gandhi, Chaplin and Salt and Juhi Goel’s fabulous Dhalti Shamein.Catch the the Gala- finale at Kamani on 14th December 7:30 pm, log on to www.bookmyshow.comlast_img read more

Movie tribute to legendary Uttam Kumar

first_imgTo pay tribute to legendary Bengali actor Uttam Kumar, the government of West Bengal organised a retrospective of his films at Muktadhara Auditorium in the city. This is second such festival featuring his movies within a span of two months.The festival was inaugurated in the presence of Rajesh Kumar, ADG and Officer on Special Duty, government of West Bengal, and other senior officials of the Office of the Resident Commissioner, New Delhi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The three films screened at the retrospective were Antony Firingee (1967) and Deya Neya (1963), both directed by Sunil Bannerjee and Chowringhee (1968), directed by Pinaki Bhushan Mukherjee. Uttam Kumar — popular matinee idol and the first megastar of Bengali film industry — has left an indelible mark in the history of cinema of Bengal, especially the period which is regarded by critics as its “golden age”. The initiative by the Office of the Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, was an endeavour to bring some of the gems of Kumar’s long and distinguished career to the movie buffs of the capital city. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe West Bengal Information and Cultural Centre, under the Office of the Resident Commissioner, West Bengal, regularly holds special screening of critically acclaimed movies for the connoisseurs of the national capital.On July 24, a one-day retrospective of films of Uttam Kumar was organised which received warm appreciation from the film lovers of Delhi, especially the members of the Bengali community.last_img read more

Tribal craftsmanship at its best

first_imgNational Tribal Crafts Mela Aadishilp, organised by Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd. (TRIFED), was inaugurated by Jual Oram, Union Tribal Affairs Minister at Dilli Haat on November 5. On this occasion, Union Tribal Affairs Minister, Jual Oram said, “These kinds of exhibitions provide our tribal artisans an important platform to showcase their talents through their products to urban India. TRIFED, through its 44 sales counter all over the country, is providing much needed marketing system for tribal products.”The main objective of organising Aadishilp is to give tribal artisans an opportunity to showcase and sell their traditional art and craft works directly to the customers and get their feedback which would help them in having valuable design related and other inputs. It also provides them a platform for direct interface with art and craft lovers, share their talent with the urban elite and know the customers’ taste and preferences for adapting their product designs and creations accordingly. Commenting on the importance of encouraging tribal artisans of the country, he said, “Ministry of Tribal Affairs will provide more and more such platforms for tribal artisans so that they can sell their products directly to the consumer without middlemen”. He also urged media, NGOs and particularly urban youth to come forward to popularise the tribal products and bring the tribals into the main stream of the society. TRIFED, which focuses on training for skill upgradation and capacity building of tribal artisans and minor forest produce gatherers, has been taking a number of promotional initiatives for marketing of tribal products. From a single sales outlet of TRIBES India in 1999 at 9, Mahadev Road, Delhi, it has established 34 outlets of its own and 10 Consignment outlets across the country. TRIFED has also initiated the concept of sourcing tribal products by organising Tribal Artisan Melas (TAMs) to identify new artisans and products from different regions/ states where tribal artisans are invited to display their products for selection and inclusion in the range of products marketed by TRIFED.The exhibition, which will be open till November 11, will have hand crafted items, handloom products, dry flowers, cane and bamboo products, tribal jewellery, Dhokra craft, tribal weaves, embroidery, tribal paintings etc, showcased at the venue.last_img read more

Google Street View Partners With Uganda Wildlife Authority to Promote Tourism

first_imgAdvertisement Google Street View, a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth that provides panoramic views from positions along many streets in the world has partnered with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to boost the country’s wildlife tourism.In the partnership, the Google Street View team visited and documented seven of the country’s most beautiful and iconic Savannah National parks which are home to an amazing variety of wildlife.Among the parks visited included the stunning Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is home to ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds, Kidepo National park, Lake Mburo, Murchison falls among others.One of the images captures in Queen Elizabeth National Park. – Advertisement – Google Street View, a platform which Uganda recently joined was launched in 2007 in several cities in the United States, and has since expanded to include cities and rural areas worldwide.Currently, only seven African countries have joined the platform while the total worldwide number of Google Street View countries lies at 81.The platform has been around for years, allowing a user to plop a marker in Google Maps and look around in the real world from that point.Unlike Google Maps with its satellite imagery, Street View requires cars with special cameras or people with backpacks or bikes to physically visit.“We are delighted to see that what began with some South African cities in 2009 has extended to many other cities in seven countries on the continent,” Dirk Friedrich, the Program Manager Google Street View was quoted by the Google blog.He added; “From Cape Town to Botswana, through Kenya, Tanzania and now Ghana, Uganda and Senegal, we are pleased that more people around the world can turn to Street View for an overview of this magnificent continent. We would not be surprised if you were tempted to explore the places yourself with your own camera!”last_img read more