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Uganda falls out as Zambia, Namibia reach CHAN quarter-finals

first_imgGroup BAt MarrakechZambia 2 (Mulenga 8, 74) Ivory Coast 0Namibia 1 (Nekundi 90+2) Uganda 0Standings (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points)Zambia        2 2 0 0 5 1 6 – qualifiedNamibia       2 2 0 0 2 0 6 – qualifiedUganda        2 0 0 2 1 4 0Ivory Coast   2 0 0 2 0 3 0#TotalCHAN2018 TweetsShare on: WhatsApp Action in Namibia (white) versus Uganda (red). PHOTO CAFONLINEFT: Uganda ??  0  Namibia ?? 1 | Zambia ?? 2 Ivory Coast 0Marrakech, Morocco | AFP |  Zambia and Namibia reached the African Nations Championship (CHAN) quarter-finals on Thursday after contrasting victories in central Moroccan city Marrakech.Augustine Mulenga, who turned 28 the day before the match, scored in each half as Zambia cruised to a 2-0 victory over the Ivory Coast at the 45,000-capacity Grand Stade de Marrakech.Later, Namibia won their second successive match through a stoppage-time goal with Halleluya Nekundi the scorer in a 1-0 victory over 10-man Uganda.Namibia and Zambia meet on Monday in Casablanca to decide first place while there will be only pride at stake when the Ivory Coast face Uganda in Marrakech.It was the third time in three attempts that Zambia have reached the knockout phase in the biennial tournament for home-based footballers.Namibia are competing for the first time after shocking Zimbabwe in a qualifier, and their preparations were hampered by the cancellation of their 2016/17 domestic league.A back-heel created an opening for Zambia and Mulenga swept the ball into the net past goalkeeper Ble Zadi after only eight minutes.His second goal on 74 minutes could be a candidate for the best of the tournament as he beat three defenders inside the box before netting with a low angled shot.Uganda, playing their second match under new French coach Sebastien Desabre, dominated possession until defender Timothy Awany was harshly red-carded in the closing stages.Namibia took full advantage two minutes into additional time when Nekundi held off a challenge to slam the ball past Isima Watenga from close range.last_img read more

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Harlequin Productions Set to Announce its 25th Anniversary Season

first_imgSubmitted by Harlequin ProductionsThe State Theater, built in 1949, is home to Harlequin Productions. Photo courtesy Karen Crooks.Standing on the corner of 4th Avenue and Washington Street, Olympia’s State Theater has been a handsome landmark building since it opened in 1949. It served as a state of the art movie theater until the 1970s when multiplex cinemas displaced locally owned individual houses and by the late 1990s the building was boarded up and left for dead.In the meantime, live theater company Harlequin Productions had grown an audience base of a size that inspired the group to seek its own home. After seven seasons as a renter in the Washington Center, Harlequin took a leap of faith and bought the State Theater, remodeled it to be a beautifully appointed live theater venue, and reopened it in November of 1998. Now, seventeen seasons and roughly 350,000 tickets later, the company is preparing for its 25th Anniversary season.On Sunday evening April 19th from 5-8 pm at the State Theater, Harlequin will host Eclectica!, the company’s annual season announcement celebration, and reveal the lineup for their 25th season. How do you sum up 24 years of theater in Olympia? As Managing ArtisticDirector Scot Whitney puts it, “It’s been quite the ride.”“I was a filmmaker for 16 years,” remembers Whitney. “All I ever wanted to do was tell stories. But over the years, filmmaking became less and less about working with actors and more and more about working with equipment.”So, Scot put together a set of four plays he wanted to direct and set about finding theaters who would produce his shows. However, he was met with theaters who felt the plays he wanted to direct were too avant-garde, too challenging. “Everywhere I went, I was told ‘Oh, you can’t do that in Olympia.’ So I thought, ‘Alright, I’ll do it myself.’”Harlequin Productions was founded in 1991 by a group of five people—Scot Whitney, Linda Whitney, James L. This, Phil Annis and Ronna Smith—who decided that they wanted to produce a more challenging style of theater. They wrote their mission statement, pooled their start-up capital—a whopping $400 cash—and began producing individual shows at the Washington Center Black Box, which seated about 100.After building a small but devoted patron base, Harlequin took on an enormous production of “Hamlet” in 1992 (their second season). The show was staged with an Asian motif on a 20 foot motorized revolve with a cast of 18, an original score, and elaborate fights and dance scenes. “Hamlet redefined the direction of the company,” says Harlequin Artistic Director Linda Whitney. “Who cared if shows of that magnitude overtaxed our resources? They were fun! And no matter how we tried to rein people in, everyone involved was chomping at the bit to make the next production a little bit better.”By 1995, the productions had grown in size and scale so much that the company was outgrowing the Black Box space at the Washington Center. Searching for a permanent home, Harlequin found the State Theater, which had started its life as one of the finest movie theaters on the West Coast. It had fallen on hard times during the cineplexing of America and was chopped into three ill-conceived shoebox theaters. Within a few years, it became a neglected dollar movie house and was finally boarded up and abandoned. The State Theater looked so bad by this time that the company members had few hopes. As Scot Whitney tells it, “To be frank, it was an eyesore in the heart of downtown Olympia. But the price was reasonable. The owner was willing to sell. And it was in superb structural condition. It just needed paint and TLC. And new electrical. And a concessions stand. And marquee. And carpet. And dressing rooms. But the seats were great!”After about a year’s worth of hoping and dreaming, Harlequin Productions made an offer on the State Theater, it was accepted, and the company launched a massive capital campaign to fund the purchase and remodel. They had precisely seventeen months to raise $1.3 million and complete the renovation. And seventeen months later, Harlequin opened the doors on the beautifully remodeled State Theater.Harlequin Productions own comedy troupe, Something Wicked, will perform during Eclectica!The move to the State Theater provided Harlequin the ability to continue producing the challenging works the founders dreamed about in the beginning. In season nine (2000), the company had two productions (The Tempest and Hapgood) selected for permanent collection by the Theater on Film and Tape Archive at the Lincoln Center in NYC. And just over a year ago, the company added improv comedy to the mix with their own troupe, Something Wicked.It’s been an incredible 24-year journey filled with countless magical performances. And on Sunday evening April 19, Harlequin Productions will announce the lineup of their 25th Season.Eclectica! is Harlequin Productions’ annual fundraiser and season announcement party. The event will take place from 5:00-8:00 PM on Sunday April 19 at the State Theater in downtown Olympia and include a catered dinner; no-host bar; live entertainment; a wine toss; a short, live auction; and the announcement of Harlequin’s Season 2016 lineup of shows.“The 2016 Season is Harlequin’s 25th anniversary season,” said Managing Artistic Director Scot Whitney. “We’ve got some surprises in store to mark the occasion.”Entertainment will be provided by the acclaimed musical duo Red & Ruby, featuring LaVon Hardison and Vince Brown. In addition, Harlequin’s improv troupe, Something Wicked, will present live improv comedy.“Eclectica! is always a very fun event,” commented Harlequin Artistic Director Linda Whitney. “Red & Ruby are fabulous, and Something Wicked will be hilarious as always.What better way to celebrate where we’ve been, and where we’re going?”Tickets to Eclectica! can be purchased by calling 360-786-0151, or online at harlequinproductions.org. 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Table tennis ace Sharath Kamal battles Coronavirus fears to win Oman Open

first_imgImage Courtesy: ITTF/TwitterAdvertisement 6rjdNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6ma1kWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ea7x1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) geyWould you ever consider trying this?😱zceeCan your students do this? 🌚ei9dRoller skating! Powered by Firework The pandemic of COVID-19 coronavirus may have caused major hampering in the world of sports and the sportspersons, but veteran Indian table tennis star Sharath Kamal is on a different plane. The nine times Senior National Champion not only fought through the risk of a positive infection from the virus, but also produced a spectacular performance at the ITTF Challenger Plus Oman Open. Kamal remarkably lifted the title on Sunday, putting an end to his decade long wait to clinch a tour trophy at a time where the world is focused on preventive measures of suspending sporting events.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ITTF/TwitterAt the final clash in Muscat, Sharath Kamal made all the right moves against the top seeded Marcos Freitas of Portugal, winning four games against losing two.Coming from a 6-11 loss in the first game, Kamal produced three back to back game wins of 11-8, 12-10, 11-9. Freitas, the world no. 26 got back in the match with winning the fifth game 3-11, but the final call was for the 37 year old Indian paddler who secured the sixth game 17-15, and lifted his first ITTF title in the last 10 years.Advertisement Kamal’s last ITTF trophy came all the way back in 2010 at the Egypt Open final. Since then, he was able to reach the semi finals of the 2011 Morocco Open and 2017 India Open, but was far off from clinching the title.“I am tired but I cannot stop smiling,” Kamal expressed his joy after his extraordinary feat. In the post match interview with Times of India, the player expressed on his comeback in the second game, after Freitas made the right calls in the first.Advertisement “I was not connecting my shots perfectly. But I knew where I had to make the amends. I just had to get into the rhythm,” Kamal told reporters.The 31 year old Portuguese powered back in the fifth game, and even took the lead in the sixth and final game of the match.He continued: “He is a very seasoned player but even I have been in a great run of form. These matches can generally slip out any time and at 8-6, I felt he was taking control away.”However, Kamal had the right amount of fight left him in to come victorious. “But once I levelled (at 10-10), I fought to grab it,” the paddler concluded.The Oman Open will be ITTF’s final tour in the coming weeks, after all the ensuing tours were postponed in the wake of the virus outbreak.Also read-10 year old Table Tennis prodigy Hansini to represent India in SwedenR Ashwin unhappy with Chennai people regarding anti-Coronavirus efforts! Advertisementlast_img read more

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