There’s no denying the musical legacy of Dr. John, as the New Orleans-based pianist has been a fixture for well over 50 years. Dr. John’s signature honky-tonk piano playing and gravelly voice has been an inspiration on every musician, as his unique swing continues to define a genre of music. It’s no wonder that an all-star group of artists came together to celebrate John in a 2014 concert, The Musical Mojo Of Dr. John.Now, that concert is finally being released as a CD/DVD combination on October 21st. With appearances from Allen Toussaint, Anders Osborne, Bill Kreutzmann, Bruce Springsteen, Charles Neville, Aaron Neville, George Porter Jr., Jason Isbell, Irma Thomas, John Fogerty, Jimmie Vaughan, Mavis Staples, Terence Blanchard, Widespread Panic, Zigaboo Modeliste and more, this was truly an all-star celebration.Among the many performers of the night was guitarist Warren Haynes, who paid tribute to Dr. John with a cover of his 2012 song “You Lie.” Says Haynes about the track, “For an artist of that caliber to still be putting out timeless music is pretty incredible.” The song certainly holds a candle to Dr. John’s famed body of work, as you can see in the brand new video that premiered today on Ultimate Classic Rock.You can find more information about the Dr. John tribute album/DVD release on Amazon.The Musical Mojo Of Dr. John: A Celebration Of Mac & His Music TracklistingDisc 1Right Place Wrong Time – Dr. John and Bruce Springsteen (4:30)Blow Wind Blow – Jason Isbell (3:47)My Indian Red – Cyril Neville (3:32)Somebody Changed the Lock – Anders Osborne and Bill Kreutzmann (3:11)Please Send Me Someone to Love – Dr. John, Aaron Neville and Charles Neville (6:04)Junko Partner – George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste (5:14)Since I Fell for You – Irma Thomas (3:49)Stack-A-Lee – Tab Benoit (4:13)Life – Allen Toussaint (3:09)Street People – Shannon McNally (3:32)Goodnight Irene – Dave Malone (5:54)Big Chief – Big Chief Monk Boudreaux (5:23)Disc 2Familiar Reality – Widespread Panic (9:45)You Lie – Warren Haynes (6:34)Traveling Mood – Chuck Leavell (3:53)Back by the River – Ryan Bingham (4:29)Let’s Make a Better World – John Boutté (2:46)Lay My Burden Down – Mavis Staples (5:59)New Orleans – John Fogerty (3:43)Come Rain or Come Shine – Dr. John and Terence Blanchard (6:07)I Walk on Guilded Splinters – Dr. John and Sarah Morrow (7:02)Such a Night – Dr. John and Sarah Morrow (8:27)Blue-Ray/DVDDr. John Interview (Opening Sequence)Right Place Wrong Time – Dr. John and Bruce SpringsteenBlow Wind Blow – Jason IsbellMy Indian Red – Cyril NevilleSomebody Changed the Lock – Anders Osborne and Bill KreutzmannPlease Send Me Someone to Love – Dr. John, Aaron Neville and Charles NevilleJunko Partner – George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo ModelisteSince I Fell for You – Irma ThomasStack-A-Lee – Tab BenoitStreet People – Shannon McNallyGoodnight Irene – Dave MaloneBig Chief – Big Chief Monk BoudreauxDr. John InterviewFamiliar Reality – Widespread PanicYou Lie – Warren HaynesBack by the River – Ryan BinghamLet’s Make a Better World – John BouttéLay My Burden Down – Mavis StaplesNew Orleans – John FogertyCome Rain or Come Shine – Dr. John and Terence BlanchardI Walk on Guilded Splinters – Dr. John and Sarah MorrowSuch a Night – Dr. John and Sarah MorrowBonusLife – Allen ToussaintTraveling Mood – Chuck Leavell
Sunman resident and current East Central High School Senior Luke Weisenbach has received a full ride scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston.According to school officials, Weisenbach is the first student East Central history who has earned such a prestigious honor.More than one-third of the nation’s space flights have included MIT-educated astronauts, and the college has also produced 29 Nobel Prize recipients. Among many notable alumni, graduates from the internationally acclaimed university include astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Oliver Smoot.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Chris Nanco pulled his jersey over his head, covering the tears. Kamal Miller lay on his back with his knees in the air, then slammed two fists into the grass.Oskar Sewerin stood between them inside the NCAA logo at midfield with his hands on his hips, staring blankly toward the Clemson celebration forming in front of him.With one kick, Clemson’s T.J. Casner shattered No. 6 seed Syracuse’s (16-5-4, 3-4-1 Atlantic Coast) dream season. His kick, the fourth penalty kick for the No. 2 seed Tigers (17-2-4, 6-1-1) and fourth to find the back of the net, halted Syracuse’s best season ever in the Final Four at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas on Friday night and moved the Tigers onto the national title game.“We are a special team and have had a wonderful season,” head coach Ian McIntyre said. “I couldn’t be prouder of my guys.”Before overtime on Friday, Clemson head coach Mike Noonan hugged McIntyre and told him that soccer can be cruel.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt can be generous, too.Syracuse wasn’t supposed to be here. Not in Kansas City. Not playing in the Final Four.When Syracuse was ranked No. 15 in the preseason poll, McIntyre said it was probably too complimentary. This wasn’t the same Syracuse team that was ranked No. 1 at one point last season. SU tried to replace Hermann Trophy finalist goalie Alex Bono and its three starters on the back line. Twelve players left Syracuse in the offseason, taking 70 percent of its scoring with them.On the road in the first game of the season, Syracuse lost to Hofstra and dropped out of the Top 25 for five weeks. In four games against ranked opponents during the regular season, the Orange was winless.In those five weeks, the pieces shifted to fit together. Ben Polk, a community college transfer, and Julian Buescher, who didn’t score a goal last season, emerged as the team’s leading scorers. Freshmen Miles Robinson and Kamal Miller bolstered a back line that, along with freshmen goalies Hendrik Hilpert and Austin Aviza, put up nine shutouts.In a span of five weeks to start the postseason, Orange went undefeated in seven games, including four against ranked teams.Wins on the road against North Carolina, Clemson and Notre Dame — the ACC tournament’s No. 2, 3 and 4 seeds — despite being seeded just seventh, led to the first ACC title in Syracuse men’s soccer history and the first conference title since 1985.“If you had said at the beginning of the year that we could,” McIntyre said after the winning the ACC championship, pausing, and seemingly in disbelief.What followed was the first Elite Eight game in Syracuse history and then its first Final Four appearance.But against Clemson, its season came down to penalty kicks.With each made Tigers kick, the 11 Syracuse players standing at midfield recoiled. After the fourth and final one, they collapsed. Sewerin moved to the sideline and crouched, staring at the net. The net he missed. At what this season could have been.During the postgame press conference, McIntyre was his usual jovial self, joking that the net should have been wider so some of SU’s shots would have gone in. But midfielder Juuso Pasanen’s eyes welled with tears and his lip quivered between answers. Nanco’s did the same.The pieces of the team, more like a puzzle at the beginning of the season, had all fallen in line only to have the dream cut short just one game away from a chance at a national title.“A dream season would have been if we carried on, but it was a fantastic season,” Pasanen said. “A historic season for the program.” Comments Published on December 12, 2015 at 12:47 am Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Related Stories Syracuse squanders opportunities in Final 4 loss to ClemsonSyracuse’s season ends with national semifinal loss to Clemson in penalty kicks Facebook Twitter Google+
The Consulate General of Jamaica, Miami, formally announces the passing of the Most Honorable Edward Philip George Seaga, ON, PC, former Prime Minister of Jamaica. Mr. Seaga served the country as Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister during the period 4th November 1980 to 13th February 1989.In honor of Mr. Seaga’s memory, a Condolence Book will be opened at the office of the Consulate General, located at Courthouse Tower, 44 West Flagler Street – Suite 400, Miami, FL 33130. Persons are invited to sign the Book as of today, May 30, through Friday, June 21, during the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Mr. Seaga died on Tuesday (May 28) on his 89th birthday, in Miami surrounded by his family.
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN OUTCOME 6In 2030, South Africa’s network of robust infrastructure is the bedrock of growth and job creation. This infrastructure efficiently delivers electricity, water, sanitation, telecoms and transport services, powers the economy, and supports manufacturing, trade and exports. More than that, it gives citizens the means to improve their lives and boost their incomes. • Overview• Document downloads• Quality basic education• Health care for all• Safety & freedom from fear• Economy & employment• A skilled workforce• Economic infrastructure• Vibrant rural communities• Sustainable human settlements• Accountable local government• Natural environment• South Africa in the world• Efficient public service• Inclusive social protection• Nation building, social cohesion Infrastructure – DownloadsFind out more about the National Development Plan.• National Development Plan – full text• National Development Plan – Chapter 4: Economy infrastructure – the foundation of social and economic development• Medium-Term Strategic Framework 2014 to 2019 – Outcome 6: An efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network• The National Infrastructure Plan • Framework of the New Economic Growth Path• New Growth Path booklet• Infographic: Economic infrastructureInfrastructure – The visionThe National Development Plan’s vision is that, in 2030, South Africa enjoys a strong network of economic infrastructure that supports the country’s economic and social objectives. Infrastructure efficiently delivers basic services such as electricity, water, sanitation, telecommunications and public transport, and is robust and extensive enough to meet industrial and commercial needs.Building an inclusive and dynamic economy requires urgent investment in rail, water and energy infrastructure. The private sector should also commit more investments to supplier industries for the infrastructure programme, and in general economic capacity.South Africa should also focus on diversifying its economic base. This should include building the capacities required to produce capital and intermediary goods for the infrastructure programme and sub-Saharan Africa.It should include development for the mining industry, combining production of capital goods, provision of engineering services, and beneficiation of natural resources.By 2030, South Africa should approach developed world status, with levels of inequality greatly reduced, including inequalities in infrastructure access, levels of service, and pricing of infrastructure-related goods and services.By 2030:• The proportion of people with access to the electricity grid should rise to at least 90% by 2030, with non-grid options available for the rest.• The country would need an additional 29 000MW of electricity by 2030. About 10 900MW of existing capacity is to be retired, implying new build of more than 40 000MW.• At least 20 000MW of this capacity should come from renewable sources.• Ensure that all people have access to clean, potable water and that there is enough water for agriculture and industry, recognising the trade-offs in the use of water.• Reduce water demand in urban areas to 15% below the business-as-usual scenario by 2030.• The proportion of people who use public transport for regular commutes will expand significantly. By 2030, public transport will be user-friendly, less environmentally damaging, cheaper and integrated or seamless.• Durban port capacity should increase from 3-million containers a year to 20-million by 2040.• Competitively priced and widely available broadband.Infrastructure – The challengesInvestment spending on infrastructure in South Africa fell from an average of almost 30% of GDP in the early 1980s to about 16% of GDP by the early 2000s. Public infrastructure spending is also at low levels by historic standards.In effect, South Africa has missed a generation of capital investment in roads, rail, ports, electricity, water, sanitation, public transport and housing.The country does have a relatively good core network of national economic infrastructure. But the challenge is to maintain and expand it to ensure inclusive economic growth.The economy has already been constrained by inadequate investment and ineffective operation and maintenance of existing infrastructure. Productive investment in historically black communities also continues to face constraints from inadequate logistics, water, waste removal and electricity.Current investment levels are insufficient and maintenance programmes lagging. Given the government’s limited finances, private funding will need to be sourced for some of these investments, and policy planning and decision-making will require trade-offs between competing national goals.The Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) goes a long way towards achieving these goals – as does the broad PICC National Infrastructure Plan, a programme for coordinated and managed infrastructure delivery. The Infrastructure Development Act of 2014 lays the basis for further strengthening coordination of infrastructure provision as well as accelerating implementation.Infrastructure – Action requiredThe NDP’s recommendations on economic infrastructure cover financing, planning and maintenance. Both the public and private sectors can play important roles in building infrastructure, including bulk infrastructure.Specific action includes:Coal• Ensure domestic security of coal supply for existing power stations through industry compact, more comprehensive coal field planning and opening up the Waterberg for coal mining.• Invest in a new heavy-haul rail corridor to the Waterberg coal field, upgrade the central basin coal network and expand export capacity in the line to Richards Bay.Gas• Enable exploratory drilling to identify economically recoverable coal seam and shale gas reserves, while environmental investigations will continue to ascertain whether sustainable exploitation of these resources is possible. If gas reserves are proven and environmental concerns alleviated, then development of these resources and gas-to-power projects should be fast-tracked.• Incorporate a greater share of gas in the energy mix, both through importing liquefied natural gas and if reserves prove commercial, using shale gas.• Develop infrastructure for the import of liquefied natural gas, mainly for power production, over the short to medium term.Electricity• Move to less carbon-intensive electricity production through procuring at least 20 000MW of renewable energy, increased hydro-imports from the region and increased demand-side measures, including solar water heating.• Move Eskom’s system operator, planning, power procurement, power purchasing and power contracting functions to the independent system and market operator and accelerated procurement of independent power producers.• Ring-fence the electricity distribution businesses of the 12 largest municipalities (which account for 80% of supply), resolve maintenance and refurbishment backlogs and develop a financing plan, alongside investment in human capital.• Revise national electrification plan and ensure 90% grid access by 2030 (with balance met through off-grid technologies).Liquid fuels• Upgrade fuel refineries to ensure they meet new fuel quality standards and insist on larger strategic fuel stocks to ensure security of supply.• Continue to import refined fuels, ensuring that the growing deficit in petroleum products is met, and defer decision on a new refinery to 2017.Water resources• A comprehensive management strategy including an investment programme for water resource development, bulk water supply and wastewater management for major centres by 2012, with reviews every five years.• Complete phase 2 of the Lesotho Highlands water project by 2020.• Timely development of several new water schemes to supply urban and industrial centres, new irrigation systems in the Umzimvubu river basin and Makhathini Flats, and a national water conservation programme to improve water use and efficiency.• Create regional water and wastewater utilities, and expand mandates of the existing water boards.Transport• Consolidate and selectively expand transport and logistics infrastructure, with key focus areas being:– Upgrading the Durban-Gauteng freight corridor, including a new port at the old Durban airport site.– Expanding capacity of the coal, iron ore and manganese lines, with consideration given to concessioning parts of this network.– Building the N2 road through the Eastern Cape.– Public transport infrastructure and systems, including the renewal of the commuter rail fleet, supported by enhanced links with road-based services.Information and communication technology• Establishing a national, regional and municipal fibre-optic network to provide the backbone for broadband access; driven by private investment, complemented by public funds required to meet social objectives.• Change the regulatory framework to ensure that Internet broadband capacity improves, prices fall significantly and access improves.Infrastructure – Key medium-term goals for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following sub-outcomes to achieve an efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network.• Regulation of infrastructure improved• Reliable generation, transmission and distribution of energy• Maintenance, strategic expansion, operational efficiency, capacity and competitiveness of transport infrastructure• Maintenance and supply availability of bulk water resources infrastructure• Expansion, modernisation, access and affordability of information and communication infrastructureInfrastructure – Key medium-term targets for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following targets to achieve an efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network.GRAPHIC: MARY AEXANDER Researched, edited and compiled by Mary AlexanderUpdated December 2015
Dr Iraj AbedianBrand South Africa will host a live Twitter chat with economist Dr Iraj Abedian, founder and chief executive of Pan-African Capital Holdings, to explore the implications of South Africa’s 2015 national Budget for both investors and citizens.• Date: 12 March 2015• Time: 12h00 to 12h45 CATSend your Budget questions to Dr Abedian via @Brand_SA using the hashtag #CompetitiveSA. To get the conversation started, here’s some background information on the importance of the Budget and what it means for South Africa’s economy.What is the Budget?In the finance minister’s annual Budget speech, the national government outlines its spending and revenue-raising plans for the next financial year, which runs from April to March. The minister explains how the government will allocate money to its various objectives and programmes. The Budget also gives citizens and investors insight into the government’s policies on raising revenue and decreasing debt.Why is the Budget speech important?The Budget speech outlines the government’s priorities for the next financial year. Budget allocations are key indicators of the importance the government places on specific social and economic issues.What were the key focus areas of this year’s Budget?• Reducing national debt• Decreasing the Budget deficit• Promoting economic growth• Managing inflation• Increasing government revenueHow does the Budget affect you?• Taxes are government’s primary mechanism to generate revenue.• In his 2015/2016 Budget speech, finance minister Nhlanhla Nene announced that certain categories of tax will be raised, including the fuel levy and income tax.• Income tax has been increased by 1%. This amounts to only R21 extra a month for those paying an annual salary of R200 000 – less than the cost of a meal at a fast food restaurant.• The government will invest this extra tax revenue on improving infrastructure, healthcare and education, as well as on resolving South Africa’s energy crisis.• The new revenue will also fund work toward achieving the priorities of the government’s National Development Plan.• A new savings policy will waive taxes on savings of R30 000 and under, to encourage South Africans to use their money more wisely.• Nene also called on all citizens to work to eradicate the fault lines cutting across our social and economic landscape.How can South Africans play their part and be responsible with their money?One of the government’s priorities is to decrease indebtedness. South Africans need to work towards getting out of debt and creating a culture of saving.How will the Budget affect South Africa’s investment climate?• South Africa is seen as a sound investment destination. The national treasury has a reputation for prudent fiscal policy management, and our financial markets are strong and stable.• Investors want to know that their business interests in the country will be protected. This requires sounds institutions, such as a clean and stable government, independent judiciary, fair recourse when investors’ business interests have been harmed, and so on.• Investors will want to know is that their market can grow into the future; that the South African economy will expand and GDP rise.• The Budget affects the health of South Africa’s economy in a number of ways. It decreases wasteful government expenditure, clamps down on corruption, and will not harm economic growth. Increasing revenue through a modest rise in personal income taxes, for example, will not harm growth.• Treasury has generally made good calls in terms of where to cut expenditure and where to boost revenue so as not to jeopardise future growth.• It is likely that the steps to decrease government expenditure taken in the Budget will be viewed favourably by investors, because they help bring public debt under control and prevent interest payments from crowding out government spending on important contributors to future growth.About Dr Iraj AbedianIraj Abedian is the founder and Chief Executive of Pan-African Capital Holdings (Pty) Ltd. He was professor of economics at the University of Cape Town, before entering the business sector in 2000. He obtained his BA (Honours) and MA in Economics from University of Cape Town (UCT). He received his PhD in Economics from Simon Fraser University in Canada in 1993. He has served as a consultant on economic policy issues to public and private sector organizations in South Africa as well as internationally. His involvement in policy development in South Africa includes: The Transformation of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (1995), the RDP White Paper (1995), Growth, Employment and Redistribution (GEAR 1996), Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF 1997/98), the Presidential Review Commission (PRC 1997/98, membership of the President’s Economic Advisory Panel 2006-2009 and Economic Advisor to Minister of Mineral Resources of SA Government (Feb. 2010 to July 2012).He is a prolific researcher and has written numerous articles and co-authored books such as:• Economic Growth in South Africa (Oxford University Press, 1992)• Transformation in Action: Budgeting for Health Service Delivery (UCT Press, 1998)• Economics of Tobacco Control; Towards an Optimal Policy Mix (SAMA Press, 1998)• Economic Globalization and Fiscal Policy (Oxford University Press, 1998)• “Intergenerational Equity in South Africa”, Transformation Audit 2013, Institution for Justice and Reconciliation, February 2014.During September to December 1999, Dr Abedian was based at the IMF, Washington D.C., working on issues related to fiscal vulnerability assessment. In January 2000 he joined The Standard Bank Group at their head office in Johannesburg as Group Chief Economist. He was appointed Director and Group Economist in April 2000, and was a member of the Standard Bank Group EXCO. From June 2003 to August 2004, he was an economic columnist for SOWETAN; a Johannesburg-based daily newspaper. In 2003, Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP) awarded him the title of “Top Economist of the Year”. As of March 2014, he is an Honorary Professor of Economics at Graduate School of Business, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth and serves the following organizations and companies:• Chairman of the Board: Bigen Africa (Pty) Ltd (April 2009 to date)• Member of the Board of Directors of Munich Re of Africa. (2005 to date)• Member of Board of Capital Fund Ltd (May 2011 to date)• Member of the Advisory Board of the Auditor General of the SA Government.(2006 to date)• A Trustee of the Global Legacy Trust (2014)