Whistle Stop Depot http://whistlestopdepot.com/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 14:49:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://whistlestopdepot.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2.png Whistle Stop Depot http://whistlestopdepot.com/ 32 32 Richard Mofe-Damijo, 2Face Idibia, others attend celebrity Gilbert Igweka’s birthday party https://whistlestopdepot.com/richard-mofe-damijo-2face-idibia-others-attend-celebrity-gilbert-igwekas-birthday-party/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 12:22:04 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/richard-mofe-damijo-2face-idibia-others-attend-celebrity-gilbert-igwekas-birthday-party/

The extravagant party took place in Lagos on Thursday 6th January 2022.

The virtues of the Ukpor Mughal, Anambra, were applauded by the guests who flocked to celebrate the birthday boy.

He has been celebrated for his culture of hard work, humility and integrity in his endeavors.

Other celebrities who attended were comedians MC Acapella and senator.

Other dignitaries who attended the birthday celebration include:

Mrs. Perpetua Ogechukwu Igweka (wife of the celebrant); Mr. Victor Nwokeji (EVC, Zotmann International Limited); Mr. Rabiu Umar (Group Manager, Sales and Marketing, Dangote Cement); Mr. Adeyemi Fajobi (National Sales Manager, Dangote Cement); Mrs. Funmi Sanni (National Marketing Director, Dangote Cement);

Tunde Mabogunje (Southwest Regional Director, Dangote Cement); Dolapo Ali (Regional Director of Lagos, Dangote Cement); Chief Sir Hyacinth (Obataobie Ukpor); Barr Rita Maduagwu (former Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly);

Hon. Johnbosco Akaegbobi (“Odaopuo”, Member, Anambra State House of Assembly); Chief Uzo Oragwa, (Zenco Properties Limited); uh Kazeem Odeyeyiwa (CEO, Kazab Heritage); Chief Celestine Emochai (MBA Aguneche and CEO, Emcel Oil & Gas);

Globacom’s giant strides in the entertainment industry https://whistlestopdepot.com/globacoms-giant-strides-in-the-entertainment-industry/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 01:33:05 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/globacoms-giant-strides-in-the-entertainment-industry/
Mike Adenuga, Chairman, Globacom


Chithiebere Nwobodo

In 2003, when Globacom Limited – the first indigenous mobile phone company – debuted in Nigeria, many optimists and ICT enthusiasts saw the birth of a promising mobile operator that would create competition in the telecoms sector and give more Nigerians a much-needed opportunity to own mobile phones. Other than the trailblazer himself – Mike Adenuga, Jr. – no one envisioned the unprecedented positive impact the burgeoning telecom operator would have on the nation’s entertainment industry.

Almost two decades later, Nigeria’s telecom and entertainment industry is feeling much better due to Glo’s outstanding achievements in these two strategic economic sectors. When the service provider initially proclaimed its mission statement, “To be the largest and most successful provider of entertainment, information and telecommunications solutions in Nigeria and Africa,” some cynics saw this as one of the lofty propaganda of corporate organizations.

But after eighteen years of rousing journey nicknamed GSM Revolution; With Glo as the main catalyst and its impact on the entertainment industry, the grains of optimism had been strikingly distinguished from the chaff of pessimism. The vision of the quintessential entrepreneur—Mike Adenuga, Jr.—not only demystified cellphone ownership, but breathed life into the entertainment industry. It was a glorious sojourn that unleashed an avalanche of telecom/entertainment opportunities for Nigeria and its neighbors.

With Glo in the ring of competition and its aggressive market strategies, the country’s subscriber base grew from a meager 400,000 active lines in 2002 to a whopping 180 million in September 2021. Of that number, Glo has over 50 million subscribers – and is still growing rapidly. Aside from the SIM card price dropping from N30,000 to N200, Glo’s pioneering Per Second Billing System (PBS) transformed the entire industry and made subscribers “Glo with Pride” with cheaper lines, voice and data plans. Glo’s promotions are known to be top-notch, customer-focused and rewarding.

When Chief Mike Adenuga, Jr. came up with the idea of ​​giving Nigerians – Africans in general – cheaper access to mobile telecommunications services using Globacom as a vehicle; He envisioned more than a cell phone unit. The accomplished investor envisioned a telecom company that would serve as a catalyst to fuel the country’s massive growth with the regional entertainment industry. His ultimate goal was to make Nigeria the melting pot of entertainment in Africa.

He has worked passionately and tirelessly to make this vision a reality for the past 18 years of operating Glo. No company in the country’s private sector has invested as consistently in Nigeria’s entertainment industry over the past two decades as Globacom Limited. Adenuga’s vision is reflected in Glo’s youth-focused ecosystem. There is no stratum of Nigeria’s entertainment industry where you will not find Glo’s signature: from music to drama to comedy, sports etc, the list goes on.

Glo is now thought of as a network of stars. No business organization has had such a constellation of entertainment heavyweights as brand ambassadors like Globacom. Over the years, the country’s best musicians, footballers, literary icons, actors, actresses and comedians have been either signed as brand ambassadors or featured in the company’s commercials.

Some celebrities who graced Glo’s Hall of Fame are: King Sunny Ade, Ebenezer Obey, Osita Osadebe, Oliver d’ Coque, Prof. Wale Soyinka, Yusuf Maitama Sule, Nelly Uchendu, Onyeka Onwenu, D’Banj, MI Abaga, PSquare . Others are Rita Dominic, Ini Edo, Juliet Ibrahim, Matter Ankomah, Davido, Wizkid, Flavor, Gordons, Basketmouth, I go Dye, Teniola, Brother Shaggi, Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, Osaze Odemwingie, Joselyn Dumas, Michael Essien, Anthony Joshua , and so forth.

While the commercials starring these stars helped market the Glo brand and make it a household name, the partnership greatly benefited these celebrities as it served as strategic publicity for their individual brands and the financial gains that came with them. So far, no corporate organization has touched the lives of these celebrities like Glo. The advent of Glo has truly been a boon to celebrities in the industry and beyond. The most interesting factor is that despite the country’s agonizing economic realities, Glo is still investing in the industry.

One area where Glo has done impressively well is sponsoring talent scouting shows. Nigeria is a reservoir of talent when it comes to entertainment. Having talent potential and using it are two completely different things. Like treasures buried in the ground, it takes resources and skills to mine and hone talents. Chief Mike Adenuga, who has successfully distinguished himself in the world of crude oil exploration through ConOil Producing Limited, has a deep understanding of talent discovery and unearthing hidden gems, especially as it relates to our youth.

This explains Glo’s huge investment in talent hunting shows over the last eighteen years. Examples: Rock ‘n’ Rule, GloNaiga Sings, Laffta Fest and the world’s leading reality TV show featuring singing talent, X Factor, which was first born in Africa in 2013. Others are the Slide and Bounce concert, an entertainment tour that went through all geopolitical zones of the country, and the Glo Mega Music Show; another platform through which Globacom develops the music industry and entertains Nigerians.

Youth unemployment is one of the social ills plaguing the country. Nigeria is the most populous black nation on earth. There’s this school of thought that black people are naturally talented when it comes to entertainment, but because of years of alarmingly low investment in this area, our youth’s talents are declining with corresponding unemployment, poverty and general depression in the country.

Worryingly, Nigeria’s unemployment rate is estimated at 33.3 percent. Among these unemployment statistics are youth whose talents have been left idle by the unavailability of opportunities. Africa hasn’t really taken investments in music seriously compared to the entertainment industry. The American economy earns an average of $19 billion annually from revenues generated from the music industry alone. Its film industry – Hollywood – is valued at nearly $150 billion. The market size, measured by revenue, of the arts, entertainment and recreation industry in the USA is US$275 billion in 2021.

How can we solve the challenges of uncertainty and limited economic opportunity when many youth are still wallowing in the wilderness of ignorance and lack of talent development opportunities? Globacom is redefining the standard and bringing hope back to the forgotten youth demographic. The mobile operator recently opened floodgates of opportunity for youth in the music industry, particularly those with dancing talents.

Globacom will rediscover great talent by giving youth the opportunity to show their dance skills to the world through its sponsorship of the world’s largest dance reality TV show, Battle of the Year, played out like a seasoned explorer in Nigeria show . According to Globacom’s communications director, Andre Beyers, who recently spoke at the unveiling ceremony, was quoted as saying:

“In line with our commitment to nurturing the Nigerian entertainment industry and the development of young talent across the country, we are excited to unleash the unlimited potential of Nigerian dancers and provide them with the platform to showcase their skills on the world stage.” He added that N84 million in prize money awaits the winners of the Glo Battle of the Year, giving the winners an opportunity to represent Nigeria and showcase their talents at the global dance competition.

The Battle of the Year competition was launched 20 years ago in Hanover, Germany. It is an annual international competition widely regarded as the “World Cup of Breakdance”. Glo has shown keen interest in the growth of the country’s entertainment industry. As part of its 18th anniversary activities, it launched a new online streaming app called GloTV. It is an innovative TV streaming service for Android, IOS apps and web to watch live linear TV, video-on-demand and catch-up with premium content.

Despite its massive investments in the entertainment industry, Globacom’s perspicacious vision of “building Africa’s biggest and best telecoms network” is still alive. To continue to offer its subscribers value for money through improved Quality of Service (QoS) and to reach Nigerians in remote corners of the country, Glo recently entered into a strategic partnership with Eutelsat Communications.

The goal of this partnership is to provide high-speed satellite broadband and voice services to businesses and communities in unconnected and undeserved areas of the country. In summary, Globacom is not only building the continent’s largest telecom company, but is also driving the rapid growth of the country’s entertainment industry. I challenge other companies to emulate this paradigm.

Chidiebere Nwobodo writes from Abuja at chidieberenwobodo@yahoo.com

Ordway Announces New Vax Policy As More Venues Cancel Shows https://whistlestopdepot.com/ordway-announces-new-vax-policy-as-more-venues-cancel-shows/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 21:48:19 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/ordway-announces-new-vax-policy-as-more-venues-cancel-shows/

As canceled or postponed arts events pile up, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has announced stricter vaccination requirements.

Beginning February 1, the St. Paul venue will not only require vaccination (or a negative test result within 72 hours of performance), but proof of a booster vaccination. Masks remain required and must not be cloth masks; The theater is now mandating more Omicron resistant protection such as N95 or KN95 masks. The guidelines apply to all performances by Ordway, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera and the Schubert Club at the venue.

The variant continues to anger the plans of the performing arts. The touring production of Come From Away, now playing at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis, has canceled two other performances – Friday night and Saturday afternoon – but intends to resume the show on Saturday at 8 p.m. after gaining a little time to bring new performers into the cast from the Broadway, London and Toronto productions. The musical runs until January 23.

Park Square Theater is postponing its revival of musical drama Marie and Rosetta after several performances were canceled. Originally slated for January 19, the drama about music pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe is being “put on hold” in hopes of a later premiere.

“We have heard the concerns of our guests and are facing challenges in the rehearsal space due to COVID-19. As we prioritize the health and safety of both our artists and audiences, everything tells us to take a breath and return when we can,” said executive director Mark Ferraro-Hauck.

Yellow Tree Theater pushes “In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play” back. The comedy is set to debut at the Osseo Theater on February 4th and will now run from June 2nd to June 26th.

Two events at St. Paul’s Landmark Center have been postponed. The “Urban Expedition China” dance/culture program originally scheduled for Sunday will now take place on February 20th. Black Sea Odyssey, featuring Ethnic Dance Theater and originally scheduled for February 20th, will take place as a virtual event in March.

In clubs in the Twin Cities, about one in five live music performances scheduled for this weekend has been postponed or cancelled, mostly at the request of the artists. Canceled shows include Samantha Fish at First Avenue on Saturday and Tina Schlieske at the Dakota on Saturday (which was replaced by Ginger Commodore’s tribute to Sidney Poitier that same night).

Other concerts canceled in the coming days include annual tributes to Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton at Cabooze and Turf Club respectively; rapper Sean Anonymous’ birthday bash on 7th St. Entry; Best Coast tour date at Fine Line and Kiss the Tiger performance at Icehouse.

Three shows have been canceled at the Crooners Supper Club in Fridley – Jennifer Grimm on Friday, Songs of Laurel Canyon and Lynne Rothrock on Saturday and Robert Robinson on Sunday. The venue will remain closed until February 3rd for renovations.

Authors Chris Riemenschneider and Jon Bream contributed to this report.

Events industry projected to reach $1.55 billion globally by 2028 at a CAGR of 11.2%: Allied Market Research https://whistlestopdepot.com/events-industry-projected-to-reach-1-55-billion-globally-by-2028-at-a-cagr-of-11-2-allied-market-research/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/events-industry-projected-to-reach-1-55-billion-globally-by-2028-at-a-cagr-of-11-2-allied-market-research/

PORTLAND, Ore., January 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Allied Market Research released a report entitledevents industry by type (music concert, festivals, sports, exhibitions and conferences, corporate events and seminars, and others), source of income (ticket sales, sponsorship, and others), organizer (corporate, sports, education, entertainment, and others), and age group (under 20, 21– Age 40 and Over 41): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2028.” According to the report, the global events industry was valued at $1.13 billion in 2019 and is expected to hit $1.55 billion to 2028 with a CAGR of 11.2% from 2021 to 2028.

Drivers, Limitations and Opportunities –

Increasing sponsorship of events, rising interest in entrepreneurship and business seminars from young people, rising disposable incomes of individuals are driving the growth of the global events industry. On the other hand, high operational costs related to the organization of events hampers growth to some extent. However, technological advances in the high-end are expected to create lucrative opportunities in the industry.

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COVID-19 Scenario-

  • Travel restrictions around the world to prevent the spread of the pandemic negatively impacted the global events industry, particularly in the early stages of the outbreak.
  • At the same time, the temporary ban on hosting major events also significantly hampered the market. However, the market is expected to recover soon.

The entertainment segment is set to dominate by 2028 –

According to the organizer, the entertainment segment accounted for almost a third of the global events market share in 2019 and is expected to take the lead by 2028. The same segment would also lead the fastest CAGR of 12.9% throughout the forecast period. This is because entertainment events are primarily focused on innovation, education and inspiration for professionals in the electronic music field, spurring discussions on new technologies and social and environmental responsibility.

The segment of 21 to 40 year olds should hold the dominant share.

Based on age group, the 21-40 segment held around two-fifths of the global events market’s revenue in 2019 and is expected to lead by 2028. The same segment would also exhibit the fastest CAGR of 12.8% from 2020 to 2028, due to the active participation of people between the ages of 21 and 40 in events such as exhibitions, conferences, seminars and music concerts.

Europe, followed by North America, collected the main share in 2020-

Based on region, Europe, followed by North America, held the largest share in 2019 and generated more than a third of the global events market. Europe has been quite successful in attracting international association conferences, with over half of the top cities and countries being chosen as destinations for international association conferences. This factor is driving the growth of the market in this region. At the same time, the market is transverse Asia Pacific would grow at the fastest CAGR of 13.7% through 2028. Increasing interest of youth in countries such as India and China Showing interest in events such as conferences and events, exhibitions, concerts, shows and others thereby driving the market growth.

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Key players in the industry –

  • ATPI Ltd.
  • Riviera events
  • Entertaining Asia
  • Versatile event management
  • Live Nation Worldwide Inc.
  • poll star
  • StubHub
  • Anschutz Entertainment Group
  • Cvent Inc.
  • Capita Plc.
  • Reed Exhibitions
  • Questex LLC
  • outback concerts
  • Access target services
  • The Freeman Society
  • penguins limited
  • CL events
  • seven events ltd
  • Clarion Events Ltd.

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Adam Driver didn’t attend the House of Gucci wrap party https://whistlestopdepot.com/adam-driver-didnt-attend-the-house-of-gucci-wrap-party/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 20:59:45 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/adam-driver-didnt-attend-the-house-of-gucci-wrap-party/

Adam Driver played the late Maurizio Gucci in Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci, but by the time the drama hit theaters around Thanksgiving, the two-time Oscar nominee was happy to leave Maurizio in his past.

“I went to Juilliard and they train you to be a repertory theater actor — Chekhov in the morning, Arthur Miller in the evening,” Driver, 38, told W Magazine while discussing his recent appearances in “Gucci,” “Annette ” and “Annette” thought “The last duel.” “I like this discipline. In a way, ‘House of Gucci’ was the most difficult. I don’t live in the same world as Maurizio Gucci. The way he picks up valuable things and throws them away so he is most elegant man – these traits were interesting to think about. But after 14 hours a day as Gucci, I was ready for it to be over. Generally, I quit jobs immediately. I haven’t been to a ‘girl’ wrap party since then. I just want to get the character out of my system and go home.”

Driver later added the role: “Finding [Maurizio’s] Glasses was a long process. The costume was important. And the walk – the Gucci walk. There have been generations of Gucci down this path. He’s a man who rejects the world he knows, regains his confidence, and falls in love with a poisoned world. He’s a victim of timing.”

House of Gucci is the dramatic retelling of the real-life events leading up to Maurizio’s assassination in March 1995 after his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) ordered a hitman to shoot him. The star-studded cast also boasted Al Pacino, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons and Salma Hayek. While the film impressed at the box office, the Gucci family has repeatedly denounced it as “far from accurate.”

See all the covers from W’s Best Performances issue – including Driver, Gaga, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Hudson, Cate Blanchett, Denzel Washington and more – HERE.

Gender equality remains elusive in the Malayalam film industry https://whistlestopdepot.com/gender-equality-remains-elusive-in-the-malayalam-film-industry/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 03:33:05 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/gender-equality-remains-elusive-in-the-malayalam-film-industry/ In April 2021, SAG-AFTRA, the United States’ union of entertainment industry professionals, standardized their procedures for filing claims of sexual harassment in the entertainment sector through a digital platform called “Safe Place,” which would find patterns in the complaints and prevent repeat offenders keep them from going unchecked. While the #MeToo movement in the US has led to some positive action, such as the creation of the Hollywood Commission, led by Anita Hill, to protect the rights of complainants without fear of retaliation, the response to the movement has been lukewarm – even hostile — in many other industries, including South Korea and India.

Take for example the attack on an actor in Kerala in 2017 that continues to rock the state. The attack and subsequent events – which led to the survivor recently making her identity public and seeking intervention by the Prime Minister to ensure justice – are a blatant display of male privilege and show a disregard for women’s professional and personal dignity, those in the working industry. In other cases we have seen short apologies; However, a majority of the allegations have been dismissed by lawsuits for defamation – a strategy of silencing observed in the case of filmmaker Leena Manimekalai and journalist Priya Ramani. Most telling is the sheer apathy with which even the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) reacted to the 2017 attack, which was said to have been directed by another actor. While both actors remained part of the organization, the survivor received little support.

The formation of the Women in Cinema Collective in 2017 was the result of such institutional silence, which allows sexual harassment, wage inequality and a lack of safe workspaces to prevail. From the beginning there has been a concerted effort to delegitimize the WCC as an exclusive space constructed through a combination of class privileges. While there is room for improvement in the WCC’s larger coalition-building efforts, particularly among women’s collectives outside of cinema, social scientists such as J Devika have noted that there are “common threads of patriarchy that run through our (separate) struggles.” This patriarchal Hegemony is evident in the way WCC actions are monitored and held to higher standards than organizations such as AMMA or the Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA). Even media platforms are guilty of perpetuating such gendered expectations. Take the WCC press conference in 2018, when members who addressed the media were met with a barrage of questions demanding that the names of harassers be revealed, as if attribution alone could legitimize their claims. One wonders if the journalists would have addressed an AMMA meeting in the same way. Not long after the founding of the WCC, as part of its Silver Jubilee celebrations, AMMA staged a “comic” skit that derogatorily featured a thinly veiled reference to the WCC by the fictional organization WhatsApp Women Empowerment Group. Among the many objectionable strategies was the inclusion of a figure known to be negotiating an abusive marriage – a tactical move to delegitimize the political consciousness that led to the founding of the WCC in the first place. Such diversionary strategies came across as part of a hypermasculine tradition of labeling women as “emotional,” “no real organizational skills,” and “a bunch of feminists” pushing their personal agendas.

Given the WCC’s focus, it is not difficult to see why such reactions arise. The WCC is holding film organizations accountable and is seeking the establishment of an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) under the Sexual Harassment Against Women at Work (Prevention, Prohibition and Remedy) Act 2013. While this has yet to materialize in Malayalam cinema, one would wish that the Film Chamber of Commerce (FCC), FEFKA and AMMA proactively implement a grievance mechanism that does not offend the complainant. While functioning within workspaces needs to be addressed using the ICC’s mechanism, it is equally important to ensure that cyberattacks targeting female actors are also dealt with vigorously, as fan groups are willing to rally behind male stars, regardless of their offences.

The film fraternity’s repeated calls for the Justice Hema Commission’s report to be released speak volumes about how reports from constitutional bodies end up in the attic of bureaucracy. In 2017, the Kerala state government established a three-member commission, headed by retired Supreme Court Justice K Hema, to explore “options for improving safety, protection, better pay, working conditions and creating an enabling work environment for women.” ” to investigate. Despite submitting the report to the government in December 2019, it has not yet become a public document. While one can understand why the Commission might not wish to publish the full content of the report, particularly to protect the confidentiality of respondents, one wonders whether an amended version redacting the affected parts would not be within legal and ethical possibilities located. The material collected by the Commission is crucial for action at policy level on gender equality in the film sector. The non-publication of the key findings and recommendations limits meaningful engagement with the issues highlighted by the Commission and ridicules the work, emotion and time invested by the Witnesses. What we need are not just judicial commissions, but concrete ways to implement corrective measures to improve the conditions of women who work or want to enter the industry. In addition to infrastructural support and financial resources, the working conditions must be inclusive enough to enable long-term change. The state government’s decision to set up a film supervisory authority to settle labor disputes is to be welcomed, but only careful consideration can show whether it will have the desired effect. As we do not have a comprehensive data set on issues related to gender, pay and labor rights in the film industry (apart from the WCC-initiated survey), the time has come to consider the contributions of filmmakers. Perhaps a survey of film workers’ working conditions could show how apprenticeships and unpaid work are normalized in the system to move forward. And at every step we have to remember that it’s never about work or gender, it’s about work and gender. Intersectional thinking is key if we are to see lasting change in this industry, and perhaps we would all do well to remember Audre Lorde’s dictum: “There is no fighting over a single problem because we don’t live a single problem.” Life.”

This column first appeared in the print edition on January 13, 2022 under the title “Justice in slow motion”. The author is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Mayor of Malaga confirms that the bid for the AC37 venue on the Costa del Sol is under negotiation https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-mayor-of-malaga-confirms-that-the-bid-for-the-ac37-venue-on-the-costa-del-sol-is-under-negotiation/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 02:09:18 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/the-mayor-of-malaga-confirms-that-the-bid-for-the-ac37-venue-on-the-costa-del-sol-is-under-negotiation/

America’s Cup: The Mayor of Malaga confirms that the bid for the AC37 venue on the Costa del Sol is under negotiation

by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World NZ 13 Jan 00:41 UTC
January 13, 2022

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Leading Spanish sailing journalist Juame Soler confirms on his blog that the Spanish port city of Málaga has been working discreetly for several weeks to host the 37th America’s Cup.

The regatta bid, to be held in 2024, was confirmed by the mayor of the city in the heart of the Costa del Sol, Francisco de la Torre, the event that would offer “high economic performance in exchange for moderate infrastructure investments. ”

The report makes it clear that private sponsors are being sought to reduce the public contribution.

Later, Soler reports that Daniel Pérez, the leader of the PSOE, as the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party on Malaga City Council and the party’s provincial secretary, has indicated that they need to study the circumstances of the cup in other cities and has asked De la Torre not “always asking the central government to seek investment” and being “more serious”.

The Andalusian city, just 65 nautical miles from Gibraltar at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, is the third Spanish city to be associated with hosting the 37th America’s Cup. Valencia were the first to drop out when expected regional funding failed to materialise, but there was commitment yet to be crystallized from backers of companies that would have had a commercial stake in the Cup. When Valencia withdrew there was a second bid around Barcelona that was trying to get more benefit for the whole of Spain and could therefore justify a federal financial involvement. But that offer seems to have slipped off the radar, too. Soler says in automatic translation that Barcelona, ​​”who had a very advanced project to host the cup, finally decided not to bid because, after all, the administrations didn’t have them very much for the job.”

Although no formal announcements have been made for the venue shortlist, Malaga is in the mix along with a refocused offering from Cork, Ireland, where the bases and America’s Cup Village are located in the city centre. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is also listed – but has some political downsides.

Auckland are believed to be on the sidelines, but the New Zealand government appear to have little appetite for hosting the 37th trophy. An exclusive three-month period of negotiations ended with the government offering a hosting fee that represented a 25% reduction on that offered for AC36. Auckland Council has tipped the SailGP event a higher hosting fee than they, the organizers of the 37th America’s Cup, offered. A bid from Kiwi Home Defense was flat-footed from the start and the Board of Emirates Team New Zealand has declined to delve further into the rogue group.

Sail-World understands an America’s Cup team has attempted to gain access to Auckland to start sailing in September this year. However, all applications were rejected – an action which confirms Auckland cannot host the 2024 event. All teams including owners can start sailing from September 17, 2022 and new teams can start sailing version 1 AC75 in five months from June 17, 2022.

Soler reports (via automatic translation) that De la Torre has assured Emirates Team New Zealand is “very interested” in the city due to “the combination of its strategic location, climate, wind regime, culture and history, infrastructures and connectivity”, quality and hotel capacity, but the mayor “insists that the cost of this project falls on private sponsors”.

He goes on to say that supporters of Malaga’s bid are “talking” with the Andalusian government, the Provincial Council, the Ports Authority and state ports. Culture and Sport Minister Miquel Iceta says Malaga would require “only” an adjustment in an area of ​​the port where the teams’ bases would be located, rather than the construction and expense of new infrastructure.

Interestingly, the mayor “Francisco de la Torre” has claimed that some of the cup teams could start settling in the city between late 2022 and early 2023. The preliminary events are scheduled for the first quarter of 2024, with the Cup itself expected to be completed around a month before the start of the 2024 Olympic Games, at the end of July 2024.

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Country singer Scotty McCreery performs at Carnaval ME https://whistlestopdepot.com/country-singer-scotty-mccreery-performs-at-carnaval-me/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 18:09:28 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/country-singer-scotty-mccreery-performs-at-carnaval-me/

Country singer Scotty McCreery will perform at the Carnaval ME winter festival in Portland next month.

McCreery will perform on the East Promenade stage at the festival on February 26, promoter Shamrock Sports and Entertainment announced on Wednesday.

McCreery first gained national recognition in 2011 by winning the music competition show American Idol. The 10-day festival’s entertainment list begins on February 18 with a show by Maine-based band The Ghost of Paul Revere.

Other local and regional artists performing during the festival include Motor Booty Affair, rePercussion, Time Pilots, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Pete Kilpatrick Band, Hello Newman, Jason Spooner Band, VIVA and the Reinforcements, Maine Academy of Modern Music, Maddy’s Theater and Firefly of Penobscot Nation. The concerts will start at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m., according to the organizers of Carnaval ME.

Proof of vaccination or a current negative test is required according to the at the festival entrance Carnaval ME website. General admission is $15, while Bites and Brews tickets, which combine local chef creation with local craft beer, are $65.

Carnaval ME is scheduled for February 17-26 and will feature food, craft beer, ice sculpting, skiing and snowboarding demonstrations, train rides and entertainment. Portland City Council unanimously approved an executive order setting festival dates and reserving the site at their Oct. 4 meeting.

This will be the second Carnaval ME and will be a significant addition to the two-day event held on the East Promenade during the last weekend of January 2020. The event will take place mostly outdoors and is expected to attract 25,000 people. according to The proposal was submitted to the city

A large inflatable igloo structure for food and beer events – dubbed Bites and Brews – will be erected in a parking lot on Cutter Street, which leads down from the Eastern Promenade to Casco Bay. More information and tickets can be found at carnavalme.com.

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Best Nintendo Switch Controllers in 2022 https://whistlestopdepot.com/best-nintendo-switch-controllers-in-2022/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 17:32:00 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/best-nintendo-switch-controllers-in-2022/

Aside from being the most family-friendly console, there’s something special about the Nintendo Switch’s whimsical approach to gaming, putting inventive game ideas above high visual fidelity, which is more common at Sony and Microsoft. This is reflected most strongly in the Joy-Con controllers. These offer everything from HD rumble and motion control to use as two separate controllers. In addition to the Joy-Cons included in the Switch, other controller methods are also available for Switch Lite, Switch, and Switch OLED owners.

To help you find the right one for you, we’ve made a list of some of the best switch controllers out there.

A vast majority of first-party developed games on the Nintendo Switch usually take into account the use of the Joy-Con controller. For multiplayer games – like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Arms, Mario Party and 1-2-Switch – Playing alongside friends means you can have extra Joy-Cons in hand. Like the ones that come with the Switch, the Joy-Cons can be used as two separate controllers with the additional wrist strap.

Nintendo’s first-party Switch Pro controller is definitely aimed more at traditional gamers and those who play more third-party cross-platform releases. In addition to motion control, the controller supports HD rumble and the integrated amiibo function. The Switch Pro is charged via USB-C and has an average battery life of around 40 hours.

Delta Essentials Gamepad with wired controller

The original Nintendo Entertainment System revitalized the game industry when it hit the market in the mid-1980s. Over 30 years later, Nintendo is still finding ways to capitalize on nostalgia. In addition to the NES Classic, the house that Mario built has released a limited edition classic control set for Nintendo Switch Online users.

Since scalpers are difficult and extremely expensive to find online, there are some third-party accessory options available. That includes the $ 14 Delta Essentials Wired Controller Gamepad. While it’s not a full replica of the OG NES gamepad due to an additional set of buttons, it’s very affordable.

8BitDo SN30 Pro Wireless Bluetooth Controller Gamepad

Nintendo Switch Online subscribers have the option to play both original Nintendo and Super Nintendo games on the console. If you want a little more nostalgia, you can get the SN30 Pro from 8BitDo. Aside from the look and feel of a Super Nintendo gamepad, the wireless controller also offers vibration, motion control and a rechargeable battery (via USB-C). As an added bonus, the controller is compatible with PC, OSX, Android, and Linux.

PowerA Wireless GameCube Style Controller for Nintendo Switch

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players will typically tell you two things about the series. First, Super Smash Bros. Melee is the best entry on the series. Second, the GameCube controller made this game even better. There are ways to use an original GameCube controller with Ultimate via an adapter.

But if you want that old-school feeling with new-school functionality, you should take a look at the PowerA Wireless GameCube-Style Controller. In addition to mimicking the wireless gaming feel of the GameCube controller, there is an additional shoulder button for use in more modern Switch games.

HORI Nintendo Switch HORIPAD Wired Controller

As a no-frills switch controller with quality, the Horipad is an officially licensed wired controller for those who simply need an additional gamepad that is inexpensive. There are two things that buyers will appreciate. The first feature is that the D-Pad can be swapped out with either a cross or a keypad located on the back of the controller. Second, the controller has a turbo function for gamers who want it. Not bad for anything under $ 20.

FUNLAB switching regulator

Budget conscious Switch owners looking for a pro-style wireless controller should try the Funlab Switch Controller for $ 29.99. This controller retains the ergonomic feel of Nintendo’s player-oriented gamepad and has motion control, two motors for vibrations and an adjustable turbo function. With a 600 mAH lithium battery, the wireless controller should provide eight to 10 hours of playtime.

NexiGo Gripcon

Switch owners with big hands who prefer the more portable, handheld gaming style usually understand how difficult gaming sessions can be after a few hours. This controller from NexiGo helps relieve potential cramps with a wider controller that provides a better grip. By connecting the switch directly to the controller, users with larger hands can enjoy a more comfortable gaming experience. There are some other great features too, including the ability to change the nubs on the analog stick, use the gyroscope, use the dual motor vibration, and program four additional buttons on the back.

PowerA Spectra Enhanced Wired Controller for Nintendo Switch

The PowerA Spectra Enhanced Wired Controller is one of the cheapest gamepads available with the official Nintendo seal of quality. A cheap price below $ 30 doesn’t mean there is a lack of features. In addition to LED lighting in eight bright colors, there are two assignable buttons on the back of the control and a 3.5 mm stereo audio jack. For those concerned about accidentally pulling their wired controller out of the console, the PowerA Spectra has a detachable 3-foot cable with snap locks and in-line releases.

PDP Gaming Faceoff Deluxe Wireless Switch Pro Controller

For under $ 50, the PDP Gaming Faceoff Deluxe Wireless Switch Pro Controller offers some cool customization options through an interchangeable faceplate. It doesn’t all look like though. The wireless controller works up to 12 m away and has a rechargeable battery. Meanwhile, it’s one of a handful of third-party Switch controllers that come with a 3.5mm jack for those who love to chat in games that don’t require Nintendo’s Switch Online app, including Fortnite, DC Universe Online, Smite and Paladins.

NexiGo Elite Switch Pro controller

Switch owners looking for a cheaper variant of the Switch Pro controller should give the NexiGo Elite Switch Pro a try. With many attributes of the more expensive first-party sibling, the controller also has an adjustable vibration frequency. Its 6D dual vibration supports five different levels, which is good when players want to switch from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The battery life is around eight to 10 hours, with a charge taking between two and three hours.

8BitDo Pro 2 bluetooth controller

With the advent of third-party Nintendo Switch controllers, there are several that work with other platforms as well. The Pro 2 Bluetooth controller from 8BitDo is also compatible with PC, Mac, Steam, Raspberry Pi, Android and iOS. Available in three colorways, this is pretty great for gamers who travel and play on various portable platforms. When using the controller outside of the switch, 8BitDo has the Ultimate Software mobile app that allows users to customize controller settings as they see fit. By using USB-C for charging, the Pro 2 has a promised battery life of around 20 hours.

Hori Nintendo Switch Mario Kart Racing Wheel Pro Mini

When it comes to racing games, the current undisputed favorite of Switch owners is definitely Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. There are many wheel attachments that can be used with Joy-Con controllers. However, if you want more of a console-ready steering wheel solution, you can take a look at the Horis Nintendo Switch Mario Kart Racing Wheel Pro Mini. In addition to a giant item button in the middle of the steering wheel, brake / accelerator pedals, and traditional console controls, there are also paddle controls. This makes the steering wheel ideal for playing other popular racing games such as Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered and Gear.Club to Cruis’n Blast.

Jump rope for Switch Joy-Con

A surprise hit during the 2020 lockdown was a free version made by Nintendo software developers in their spare time. The end result was the Jump Rope Challenge. This game is a simple jump rope exercise where players try to get at least 100 a day using a simple surveillance system to keep up with the progress. For those who want an even more immersive experience than performing the movements on the Joy-Cons, users can purchase a skipping rope compatible with the controllers. This particular one from Echzove is designed to be adjustable for both children and adults.

Ex-AIDAcara to offer Mediterranean cruises from Sochi from March 5th – News from the cruise industry https://whistlestopdepot.com/ex-aidacara-to-offer-mediterranean-cruises-from-sochi-from-march-5th-news-from-the-cruise-industry/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 13:38:28 +0000 https://whistlestopdepot.com/ex-aidacara-to-offer-mediterranean-cruises-from-sochi-from-march-5th-news-from-the-cruise-industry/

The former AIDAcara – the 1,186-passenger ship previously operated by Germany’s AIDA Cruises – is soon to embark on new adventures as part of a new Russian project.

The ship, renamed Astoria Grande, is to date four cruises from Sochi in Russia.

The first is a 14-day round trip to Istanbul, Çanakkale and Çeşme in Turkey, Alexandria in Egypt (with overnight stay on board), followed by three other Turkish ports of call: Bodrum, Kuşadası, Istanbul. There are three travel dates available for this itinerary: March 5, 2022, March 19, 2022, and April 2, 2022.

The second available cruise is a 15-day round trip via Istanbul, Bodrum, Limassol in Cyprus, Haifa in Israel (with overnight stay on board), Alexandria in Egypt, followed by two Turkish ports of call: Kuşadası and Istanbul. Only one departure date is available for this itinerary: April 16, 2022.

The third cruise is an 11-day round-trip visiting Batumi in Georgia, Istanbul, the Greek islands of Mykonos and Santorini, followed by two Turkish ports of call: Kuşadası and Istanbul. There are eight departure dates available for the route until September 2022, with the first departing on May 1st.

The fourth route is called Legendary Greek islands and offers ports of call in Batumi, Istanbul, Syros, Milos, Santorini, Leros, Patmos, Kuşadası, Kos – depending on the sailing date. The crossings last 11 nights and are like the other round-trip journeys from Sochi, Russia. Six sailing dates are available until September 2022, with the first departing on July 17th.

The cruise ship, built in 1996, is now operated by the Russian shipping company Akvilon. The company is registered in Moscow. After the takeover of AIDA Cruises, the ship was given a general overhaul at Sefine Shipyard in Turkey.

Akvilon sees his goal as “offering fun trips from Russia’s cruise capital Sochi with cruises specially created for Russia’s most discerning passengers”.

These cruises operate in countries that do not require a travel visa from Russian residents. Russian-speaking service and entertainment are provided on board.