South African songstress Lira lends her voice to Disney movie

first_imgA local touch has been added to the latest Disney movie, Moana. Famed songbird Lira has recorded her own version of How Far I’ll Go, which plays at the end of the film.South African singer Lira has recorded a version of the song How Far I’ll Go for Disney’s offering, Moana, released in South Africa on 2 December 2016. (Image: Lira, Twitter)Brand South Africa reporterSouth African singer-songwriter Lira has recorded her own version of How Far I’ll Go for Disney’s latest animated film, Moana.Lira’s song features as the first song to play during the credits in the South African version of the movie. It is also available in the South African iTunes store.It was an honour to be involved, said the singer. She felt it was truly exciting that Disney was able to incorporate and feature voices from Africa in its projects.“How Far I’ll Go beautifully encapsulates the elements of Moana that resonate with me: to break away from conformity, to be bold, go out and discover what makes you uniquely you.”See the video below:Go behind-the-scenes:“We are delighted that Lira has lent her world-class talent and distinctively beautiful voice to How Far I’ll Go,” said Christine Service, country manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa.“Bringing her voice to the cinematic release of Moana adds a wonderful local dimension to this universal story of finding one’s true self. We are thrilled to be able to collaborate with Lira to bring this unique recording to South African families.”#Moana is no 1 at the box office for the second week. You can hear me sing ” How far ill go” in the end credits… https://t.co/I9GNowCWZe— LIRA-BORN FREE album (@Miss_LIRA) December 6, 2016So so cool to hear your voice on Disney’s Moana @Miss_LIRA ?? my boys so excited. Beautiful song too, well done done Ms ?#LiraMoana— Lebo Madiba (@Lebonator) December 4, 2016We are so excited! @Miss_LIRA has recorded her own version of “How Far I’ll Go” for @Disney @DisneyMoana https://t.co/9uW65nRDex #LiraMoana pic.twitter.com/yS65zYcseX— Helen Desbois (@helendesbois) November 28, 2016About the movieMoana is Disney’s 56th animated feature film. It tells the story of Moana, an adventurous teenager who leaves her home island so she can save her people. Voiced by Auli’i Cravalho, Moana is joined on her mission by a demigod, Maui, voiced by American actor Dwayne Johnson.Together they embark on a quest across the ocean, encountering various monsters and other challenges. Along the way, Moana finds something else – her own identity.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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Global recognition for South African lab

first_img29 June 2015The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) has been nominated by the Swiss Institute for Quality Standards (SIQS) and the Socrates Committee for the prestigious international award in European Quality in the health care category.“The nomination serves as recognition and affirmation of the NHLS’ position as a leader in pathology and diagnostic services on the African continent,” said the NHLS.The awards will be presented at Montreux, Switzerland, during the International Excellence in Quality summit, which will run from 30 June to 2 July 2015.These awards aim to spread the Swiss Quality concept and implement advanced quality standards. For the NHLS, the nomination is in recognition of its safe and effective treatment methods, highly professional medical staff, and services quality in accordance with the European standards.“It is with great honour and pride for the NHLS to be nominated for this prestigious award, as it not only represents the organisation, but depicts the great strides and continuous improvements which the South African health care landscape has made over the years, and also attributes to the overwhelming dedication and commitment of the NHLS staff,” said Joyce Mogale, the interim chief executive of the NHLS.The International Excellence in Quality summit is an annual gathering of the top regional goods and services suppliers and professionals in quality improvement. Held over three days in Montreux, the International Forum is an opportunity for 100 leaders and experts worldwide to meet, learn, share local knowledge and recognise the best quality experience.The event aims to empower and encourage all participants to be actively involved in quality practice presentations and discussions.The Swiss Institute for Quality Standards was founded to promote Swiss quality concepts in order to improve products and services.This nomination is not the first international recognition for the NHLS. In 2013, it won the Business Initiative Directions International Star Award for quality.That award was presented to the service for its demonstrated and proven commitment to quality and for its continuous quest for excellence through attention to products and services.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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9 months agoWolves boss Nuno: We’ll learn from Man City defeat

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves boss Nuno: We’ll learn from Man City defeatby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno insists there’s no reason for concern after their 3-0 defeat at Manchester City.The visitors were outclassed – especially after the dismissal of Willy Boly in the 19th minute.But Nuno reasoned, “We showed character, we were brave to stay in the game, always working hard, but we can’t stop all the chances for Man City.“We tried to have speed and to maintain the organisation, then play clearly on the counter attack.“You have to stay compact, knowing the result is going to be difficult. You have to work yourself until the end and my boys did it, so we must look ahead to the next challenge at home.”He continued: “We are learning every day, since last season. What we try is to concentrate on ourselves. We know that we must do better to compete against such a big and fantastic team.“There’s always a challenge for us. We can’t erase the game from our memories, but we’ll try because what is important is the next one.” last_img read more

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Newbuilding Quartet Set to Join Alpha Bulkers Fleet in 2018

first_imgzoom Four new Kamsarmax bulk carriers will be handed over to Athens-based ship manager Alpha Bulkers this year.The company said on its website that it is overseeing the construction of four eco newbuildings, featuring 81,800 in dwt each.Two ships from the unnamed quartet are flagged in Greece while the remaining two will fly the flag of the Marshall Islands.The four Kamsarmaxes were purchased from Chinese Yangzijiang Shipbuilding Holdings, according to the latest data provided by Asiasis.Nevertheless, the financial details of the deal were not disclosed.World Maritime News is yet to received a comment from Alpha Bulkers on the reported purchase.The ship management company has a fleet of thirty-one large bulk carriers, ranging from Panamax to Capesize vessels.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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5 things to watch for Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament

2. Do the Buckeyes have a second scorer? Do they even need one?Since Thomas left for the NBA Draft at the end of last season, OSU has been looking to fill the hole he left behind. Junior forward LaQuinton Ross is the predominant scorer for the team, leading the Buckeyes with 15.4 points per game. But Matta’s squad has seen numerous players step up — only to falter — as the second guy. Everyone ­— from senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. to junior forward Sam Thompson and junior guard Shannon Scott — have at times looked like the player OSU can look to for points. Scott most recently put up 18 points in a loss against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals, but perhaps the Buckeyes don’t need someone to step up on a consistent basis. Were it not for a missed 3-pointer by Craft, OSU would have had an opportunity to advance to the Big Ten title game against Michigan State, a team it beat a week earlier. If OSU has won 25 games this season with a rotation of players scoring behind Ross, what is to say they need a second strong shooter now? If OSU does make a deep run in the Big Dance, do not be shocked to see different names at the top of the scoring sheet following each game. 5. Buckeye post playIt’s no secret that OSU hasn’t looked for much from its postgame all season. Junior centers Amir Williams and Trey McDonald combine to average just 10.1 points per game, a far cry from what Sullinger used to do two years ago. But Williams, the starter, found himself on the bench during the important moments of the loss to the Wolverines Saturday in favor of McDonald. Matta is known for sticking with a hot lineup when his team needs a boost, so it will be interesting to see which player comes to play in the tournament. Winning in the postseason is very difficult without a solid low post game, so for OSU to have a chance, one of (or both) players will need to step up. OSU coach Thad Matta encourages his players during a game against Nebraska March 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU won, 71-67.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Lantern sports editors share their insight on what fans should know about Thursday’s matchup against Dayton in the second round of the NCAA tournament. 1. Does Thad Matta extend his streak of Sweet Sixteens to five?Even with the departure of players like Evan Turner, Jon Diebler, William Buford, Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas, coach Thad Matta has helped the Buckeyes sustain a consistent level of success in the NCAA Tournament. In each of the last four years, Matta has led OSU to at least the Sweet Sixteen — twice advancing even deeper into the Big Dance — the only coach in the country to do so. But this season might prove one of the tougher challenges for Matta. With Dayton in the second round providing a stiff challenge with talented 3-point shooters, OSU will likely have to fight to win their first game. But it is in the next round that looms perhaps the bigger challenge. No. 3-seed Syracuse, who started the season 25-0 before losing five of its final seven games, is heavily favored to advance past No. 14-seed Western Michigan in the second round, and sports a zone defense that is likely to be difficult for OSU to handle. The Buckeyes have struggled at times this season against a zone, and perhaps no one runs the zone better than Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. Not the easiest road for a team that is 208th in the country in points per game. 3. Defense wins championshipsAll the talk of OSU’s below-average offense this season leads to one thing seeming to get ignored: the Buckeyes still have a phenomenal defense. On the season, OSU is 12th in the country in average points allowed per game with just 59.8, and is led by two players who were named to the Big Ten all-defensive team. Craft in particular — who was named Big Ten defensive player of the year for the second time in three years and is the conference’s all-time leader in steals — will be the rock for a defense that will hope to cover the holes created by offensive issues. It is often said that offense sells tickets and defense wins championships. If that is the case, OSU must like its chances to make a run. Although, if the Buckeyes allow more than 70 points to their opponent — second-round matchup Dayton is averaging 73.4 this year — Matta’s squad might be in danger. This season, OSU has only allowed 70 or more points six times, going 0-6 in those games. The Buckeyes are good on defense, but it might not be enough this year. 4. A proper senior sendoffAll season long, players like Thompson and Scott have had nothing but good things to say about the two Buckeye seniors in Craft and Smith Jr. Both were the fastest players in program history to 100 wins, doing so Nov. 29 with a 99-64 win against North Florida in their 119th game for the Scarlet and Gray. After falling to Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament, Craft and Smith Jr. — along with the rest of the roster — watched Selection Sunday in Columbus for the first time in their careers. The team is a No. 6 seed in the Big Dance, the first time its been lower than a No. 2 in the guards’ careers. But sending the two seniors off properly is sure to be on the rest of the team’s mind heading into the second round game against Dayton. An early exit surely will put a dent on their illustrious careers. read more

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Rep Iden announces coffee hours

first_img Categories: Iden News,News 02Feb Rep. Iden announces coffee hours State Rep. Brandt Iden will host four office hour events within Kalamazoo County in February and March.“These events are a great way to connect with my neighbors on what matters most to them,” Iden said. “I hope local residents will join me to share any questions or concerns they have and I look forward to seeing everyone.”The Kalamazoo County coffee hours are:Friday, Feb. 10, 9:30-11 a.m. – Feed The World Café, 7000 Stadium Dr.-Suite 201, KalamazooFriday, Feb. 24, 10-11:30 a.m. – Rise N’ Dine, 121 S. Main St., VicksburgMonday, March 20, 5:00- 6:30 p.m. – Vicksburg Library, 215 S. Michigan Ave., VicksburgFriday, March 24, 9-10:30 a.m. – Portage Senior Center, 320 Library Lane, PortageResidents who are unable to attend the coffee hours are invited to contact Rep. Iden’s office at (517) 373-1774, by email at [email protected] or online at RepBrandtIden.com.#####last_img read more

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Rep Wendzel opens Lansing office

first_img State Representative Pauline Wendzel opened her Lansing office this week to serve the people of the 79th House District and announced contact information for community members to easily reach her.Rep. Wendzel may be contacted at (517) 373-1403; mail correspondence at N-1098 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014, Lansing, MI 48909-7514; or by email at [email protected]“I am eager to start working on the issues that the people of my community elected me to do, and to continue to hear the concerns and suggestions of residents throughout our community,” Wendzel said.  “I am honored to represent the hard-working families of Berrien County and encourage anyone with questions to contact my office so that I may be of assistance.”“My top priority in Lansing will be achieving results that help Southwest Michigan Families.  Bringing good paying jobs to our community, fixing our roads, and properly investing in our children’s education are important issues that I repeatedly hear from constituents.”Rep. Wendzel is in the process of planning office hours in the district so that she can meet with residents and share legislative updates.### 03Jan Rep. Wendzel opens Lansing office Categories: News,Wendzel Newslast_img read more

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