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first_imgThe annual del-elebration known as DelFest has been rocking it all weekend long, bringing a soulful mix of Americana jams to Cumberland, MD. Last Friday night brought a number of great performers, including a headlining set from the beloved Tedeschi Trucks Band. The group has been on fire throughout 2016, touring on the heels of their recently-released Let Me Get By album.The show at DelFest featured some very special guests; Del and Ronnie McCoury. The festival hosts joined in on the classic song “Color Of The Blues” by George Jones, and Ronnie McCoury stayed on to lend a hand for “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” by Bob Dylan. Interestingly, the Dylan song from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was performed on the 53rd anniversary of its release.Thanks to taper Alex Leary, we can listen to the whole set, streaming below.last_img read more


first_imgOld Mutual CEO Julian Roberts, applauded the work of Brand South Africa for their crucial role in boosting the public’s perception of South Africa. He was speaking at the South African cocktail event at the world economic forum in Davos.He said the forum theme for 2013 “Resilient Dynamism” could have been created with South Africa in mind. “The country has a rich history of resilience – of facing up to problems, overcoming adversity, adapting and growing.  And its speed of change, development and growth is clear evidence that dynamism is part of the South African DNA”, Roberts said.Roberts said South Africa is a country with massive strengths that often get overlooked or dismissed.“There is a positive climate for doing business.  The country has greater stability and a higher level of fiscal discipline than many countries a lot closer to where we are this evening, here in Davos.  It has a strong banking sector – people forget, there has been no banking crisis in South Africa and our banks are at the top of the best capitalised in the world– and there are sound and deep capital markets”. Roberts said Old Mutual are very positive about the actions that the government is taking to improve regional integration and infrastructure which can only strengthen South Africa’s position as a launchpad, “not just for us, but for other global companies doing business in Africa. There is no better place to launch expansion into Sub Saharan Africa than using the skills and base of South Africa”.Read Julian Roberts’ full speech below:Julian VF Roberts –“opening words” for the South African cocktail event at Davos, 25 January 2013Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I am delighted to have the opportunity of making a few remarks at the start of this session and am particularly delighted for my company, Old Mutual, to be partnering Brand South Africa at this excellent function.  I am sure you all agree that Brand South Africa are playing a crucial role in boosting the public’s perception of South Africa – both at home and internationally, and I applaud the work that they are doing.This year’s Davos theme of “Resilient Dynamism” could have been created with South Africa in mind.  The country has a rich history of resilience – of facing up to problems, overcoming adversity, adapting and growing.  And its speed of change, development and growth is clear evidence that dynamism is part of the South African DNA. But I think that, in 2012, South Africa got a bit of a raw deal from the International media.  No-one would understate the seriousness of the events in Marikana – the loss of life was appalling and tragic.  But, from wildcat strikes to rhino poaching, you didn’t have to go out of your way to find a negative story in the press last year.  Obviously – and I know this from talking to our investors – this had a negative impact on sentiment about the globe.  I think that, as a result, there’s a huge disconnect between people’s perceptions of the risk of doing business in South Africa and the actual reality of it.  And in this short time, I would like to address this.The fact is that South Africa is a country with massive strengths that often get overlooked or dismissed.There is a positive climate for doing business.  The country has greater stability and a higher level of fiscal discipline than many countries a lot closer to where we are this evening, here in Davos.  It has a strong banking sector – people forget, there has been no banking crisis in South Africa and our banks are at the top of the best capitalised in the world– and there are sound and deep capital markets. Economic and demographic trends provide a strong case for investment.  The country offers emerging market growth potential with developed world regulation – in fact, I’d go so far as to say that the evidence over the past five years suggest South Africa’s regulation is better than much of the developed world. It ranks near the top on nearly every measure in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index.Development is continuing apace – I see evidence of that every time I land in Johannesburg or Cape Town. And then there are the people.  There is a huge pool of talent across every discipline; in politics, in business, in sport  – and also in the arts.  Just last week I was at a dinner at Nedbank in Johannesburg.  During the meal we were treated to the most exquisite music from a violinist called Neo – she was just 13 years old, but what a talent.  This level of “human capital”, if you want to put a fancy term on it, is really fundamental to future development of South Africa and to ensuring it fulfils its potential as a pivotal economy in a dynamic and growing region. Yes, there are still weaknesses and challenges but they are known and action is being taken on them.  Things don’t change overnight – but they are changing.  I am confident that with the Government, business, unions and civil society working together we will see South Africa continue to grow and overcome its problems.Of course, South Africa doesn’t exist in a vacuum – it is part of a global economy and the big unknown at present is the extent of any contagion from events in the Eurozone, the Middle East and North Africa.  But I believe this is where South Africa’s resilience and dynamism will come into play.  Look at the evidence so far; even though over a third of South African exports go to the troubled Eurozone, it is still delivering GDP growth at levels that many countries would envy.  So we should look past these short term issues to the longer term. The National Development Plan, which I’m sure Rob Davies will make reference to in a little while, provides a clear, bold and compelling vision for South Africa, and a strong framework for action that will be equally as bold.I believe that companies simply cannot afford to ignore the opportunities for growth in Africa in general and in South Africa in particular.  This is a message that we, at Old Mutual, are taking out to investors and to the media at every opportunity.But may I say a few words about Old Mutual.  A key element of our strategy for growth is to expand our footprint in Africa –and South Africa is the launchpad from which we will execute that expansion.  We have skills and infrastructure in the country that are needed elsewhere and are exportable. We are very positive about the actions that the government is taking to improve regional integration and infrastructure which can only strengthen South Africa’s position as a launchpad, not just for us, but for other global companies doing business in Africa. There is no better place to launch expansion into Sub saharan Africa than using the skills and base of South Africa.Our strong South African businesses are developing products and services to meet the needs of consumers across a broad range of financial services, whether that be insurance against financial shocks or saving for a life goal including retirement and, of course, one’s “final expenses” – the cost of a funeral.  We have excellent asset management capability.  And we offer a range of banking services through Nedbank which is high performing, strongly profitable and well capitalised – not too many banks in Europe can say the same. A large part of our effort goes into serving the mass foundation market – those at the lower income level who are entering the formal economy for the first time. These people need support – and we can, and do, provide it. Old Mutual South Africa is deeply rooted in the communities that it serves and we will continue to work with those communities to raise the level of financial education and awareness.  For example, although there is a relatively high level of life insurance penetration in the country, over 40% of consumers still have no form of retirement savings, so there is still work for us to do. Today we employ around 47,000 people in South Africa and you could expect that number to grow as our business grows.  Last year, for example, we created 1,500 new jobs. We have a long history of commitment to South Africa and I see no change to that commitment:  Put quite simply, Old Mutual is an integral part of South Africa – and South Africa is an integral part of Old Mutual.Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m sure that, like me, you are looking forward to hearing from the Ms Chichi Maponya and Minister Rob Davies so at this point I will finish my opening words.  Thank you for your attention and I hope you enjoy the rest of the evening.Courtesy: Global South Africanslast_img read more


first_imgn an age of globalisation, national identities, one often hears, are passé: Mass, easy, and constant movement render national definitions dated. This is especially true for me. Born in the USSR, raised largely in England but also in Germany and Scotland, having worked for over a decade in Prague and,n an age of globalisation, national identities, one often hears, are passé: Mass, easy, and constant movement render national definitions dated. This is especially true for me. Born in the USSR, raised largely in England but also in Germany and Scotland, having worked for over a decade in Prague and Moscow, most of my family is living in the US, while I’m married to a Russian with young children who have more passports than teeth. So when it comes to the World Cup, that great festival of national joy, I feel a little confused. I’m an obsessive football fan. But who am I meant to support?I have spent 65 per cent of my life in England (to be more exact in London -which of course isn’t really England). My heart says ‘support England’, and I know the team inside out. I am English enough to appreciate the masochism of English failure. But I am also English enough to know that it would be utterly un-English for a first generation immigrant to pretend to be truly English, to care too much about the country. You can do that in the US maybe. Here, it would be unseemly. It takes three generations to become English: The first is “from Russia/Poland” etc; the second is “of Russian/Polish, etc origin”; the third is just about English. Tory grandee Norman Tebbit’s famous “cricket question”, whereby an immigrant’s loyalties are checked by whether he supports England at cricket, is actually a trick one: Only a new arrival who hadn’t understood the nature of Englishness would make a show of supporting England.advertisementThey do things differently in Germany-a country where I spent my teenage years. For many decades after the Second World War football was the one place where Germans could be proudly patriotic: I remember my pimply German friends, still feeling somewhat awkward, if not guilty, for their grandparents’ sins in World War II, idolising the shamelessly teutonic 1990 World Cup-winning side, the Aryan pin-ups captained by that man-machine, Lothar Matthaus.The rise of the West German football team came together with the country’s economic success story, peaking in time with the end of the Cold War. In the decades after German reunification the team had a mild nervous breakdown-as if it was ashamed to frighten the world with too much reunified German success. Now, a new team has emerged-full of very un-German types with names such as Ozil, Khedira, Podolski, Gomez, Klose. This team plays attractive, flowing football. They lose games that their efficient forebears would have never lost. This new team allows Germans to revel in a new, acceptable globalised German-ness, and for the country’s new immigrants to feel part of the national story. The paradox of this national team’s new multicultural nature is that generally, Germany has rejected multiculturalism, with even Angela Merkel insisting that immigrants should Germanise. Until 1999, citizenship was based on jus sanguinis- bloodline. In terms of public policy, multicultural England is far more accepting. But when it comes to football, Germany is the more open country. I think the Germans would have welcomed my supporting their team-not that I’d have ever dreamt of doing that.While in Germany I attended something called a ‘European School’, one of a series of special institutions set up by the founding fathers of the EU to create a new type of post-national being. The pupils of the European Schools would, according to the EU’s architect Jean Monnet, “become in mind Europeans, schooled and ready to bring into being a united and thriving Europe”. Many of the pupils were children of EU politicians and bureaucrats, others of journalists like myself. The school was divided into different language sections: English, German, French, Italian, Dutch etc. We learnt the core curriculum in one language-History and Geography in a foreign language. There were good things about this experiment: Everyone in the school was at the very least trilingual. But in terms of identity politics the experiment flopped: Instead of becoming “in mind Europeans”, pupils retreated into caricatures of their countries, so deracinated they hyper-accentuated their national identities to an absurd degree-especially during World Cups. I remember Gustavo, a bloated boy who was so desperate to prove his Italian-ness he refused to speak other languages. Gustavo had never lived in Italy: He had grown up in Brussels and Frankfurt. But Europe had not given him a functional sense of self-it didn’t for anyone I met at the European School.But retreating to some sort of family-national genesis is difficult for me: I was born in a country that doesn’t exist any more. Bureaucratic forms asking for country of birth always flummox me: I used to write USSR, but you don’t have that option on Internet drop-down lists. So now I put Ukraine: I was born in Kiev. But growing up it never occurred of me to think of myself as Ukrainian. My mother tongue is Russian, as it is for many Kievans; I was teased as ‘the Russian’ in my English school; I would always be called Anglo-Russian at public events. When I wanted to discover my roots I lived in Moscow. I was there when Russian football rose from the ashes: The balmy Euro 2008 where the Arshavin-inspired team played delightful passing football all the way to the semis. The 2008 Euros seemed to be symbolic of many good things for Russia. It was during President Dimitry Medvedev’s pro-Western, liberal reforms; for the first time, the Russian team was managed by a foreigner, Guus Hiddink, whose appointment had been met with resistance from nationalists but whose success showed that Russia could thrive doing things the European way. I was happy for my Russian friends who cheered the thrashing of Holland, the gargantuan Stalin avenues blocked by shiny new Russians waving flags and honking their shiny Mercedes through the summer Moscow night. Since then, Vladimir Putin has kidnapped success in sport into his right-nationalist political agenda. Once again, Russia is managed by a foreigner, Fabio Capello, but he is symbolic of the Western toadies prepared to take Kremlin money, moral costs be damned.advertisementAfter Russia annexed Crimea earlier this year and launched its covert war in Ukraine, I felt Ukrainian for the first time. I’d wake up in the middle of the night with the clear realisation that my grandfather was from Odessa, my mother and her family from Kiev, my father from Czernowitz-and that all these places were suddenly under the threat of tanks. Suddenly, it became clear why nationalism, for all the dreams of globalisation, is still important: It is the only framework which protects the freedom to be individualistic.So I would have supported Ukraine at this World Cup. Problem is: They did not qualify. Or maybe it’s a relief, not a problem. With England and Russia out too, I can just enjoy some football.last_img read more


first_imgThe heavyweight states of New South Wales and Queensland battled it out in each division, while Tasmania created history, with its 12’s Boys team winning its first ever game at the event. In the 12’s Girls division, Queensland sits on top of the ladder after day one, with four wins from its four games. In the match against New South Wales, Queensland proved too strong, winning seven touchdowns to two. New South Wales sits in second place on the ladder, with three wins, while the Northern Territory and the ACT sit in third and fourth place respectively, with two wins each. In the 12’s Boys division, New South Wales’ win over Queensland sees it sit in top spot on the ladder, undefeated after two days.  Queensland is in second place on the ladder with three wins, while the Northern Territory also has three wins from its four games. The ACT is in fourth place with one win. In the 15’s Girls division, Queensland has won its five games so far over the two days, including a 7-4 defeat of New South Wales. Queensland finished the first two days of the competition with 79 touchdowns scored and only conceding four touchdowns. New South Wales sits in second place with four wins, with South Australia in third place with three wins, and the ACT in fourth place on the ladder with two wins. In the 15’s Boys division, Queensland is also on top of the table, with five wins from its five games, including its 11-7 win over New South Wales. New South Wales sits in second place with four wins, followed by the ACT with two wins and two draws, while South Australia sits in fourth palace. For more results, please click on the following link:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-4282-0-0-0&sID=188469last_img read more


first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Gilmour possesses ’emotional intelligence’ for Chelsea success – Scotland coach Gemmillby Freddie Taylor17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveScotland U21 coach Scot Gemmill says Billy Gilmour’s ’emotional intelligence’ will help him succeed at Chelsea.18-year-old Gilmour has two first-team appearances this season and has been training with Frank Lampard on a regular basis.”He is obviously improving all the time,” said Gemmill. “If you train and play with better players then it raises your game, but the thing with Billy is if you speak to anyone who has worked with him, they are equally impressed with him off the pitch as well as on it. His emotional intelligence; to be able to handle everything.”He needs to continue to show he can handle it, and that his performances continue to improve. He’s obviously playing for a great club, his manager’s got confidence in him, everything is there – but we’ve got a big responsibility to help him.” last_img read more


first_imgArizona State spells commit Jaason Lewis's name incorrectly.Four-star running back Jaason Lewis, who hails from Virginia Beach, Virginia, has decided to head out west to play his collegiate football, picking the Arizona State Sun Devils over a number of SEC schools, including Tennessee, Florida and Ole Miss. ASU hasn’t given him the best welcoming, however.Arizona State’s Twitter account has sent out two tweets to celebrate Lewis’ signing. In both, his name is spelled incorrectly.Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 10.15.01 AM Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 10.06.24 AMSure, it’s fair to say that he has a strange way of spelling his first name. But you’d think that whoever is in charge of ASU’s Twitter account would be a little more careful.last_img


first_imgart brilesTwitter/@McClain_on_NFL Last week, Baylor fired head coach Art Briles following the release of the Pepper Hamilton Report, which detailed the school’s failure to address the multiple instances of sexual assault within the Bears football program. According to the report, Baylor coaches failed to establish a “culture of accountability for misconduct,” and denied complainants true investigations into their accusations.For the first time since his dismissal, Art Briles released a statement on the matter.Art Briles releases statement pic.twitter.com/O0lsbiwyWN— Jeremie Poplin (@jeremiepoplin) June 2, 2016Former Ohio and Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe has been hired as the program’s interim head coach.last_img


first_imgATHENS, Greece – Greece’s eight-year bailout ordeal will forever be bookended by two of the country’s iconic islands.In choosing the western island of Ithaca to declare the end of the bailout era Tuesday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras harked back to one of the country’s legendary heroes from antiquity.From the purported home place of Odysseus, the mythical Mycenaean king whose arduous 10-year travels are immortalized in Homer’s “Odyssey,” Tsipras said in a televised address that Greece was ready to become a “normal” country again.“Since 2010, Greece has undergone a modern Odyssey,” he said, in a speech heavy on Homeric and nautical allusions. “Ithaca is just the beginning.”Tsipras declared that Greece has regained its financial freedom, after years of bowing to bailout creditors’ demands for — sorely-needed — cutbacks and reforms.Overlooking a small bay from the pine-forested hills, Tsipras’ address provided a reminder of the beginning of Greece’s crisis. In 2010, then-prime minister George Papandreou addressed the Greek people from the eastern island of Kastellorizo, informing them that the country was effectively bankrupt and had to get financial help.In return for the loans, successive governments imposed crippling cutbacks to right the country’s finances and balance budgets deeply in the red. Over the bailout era, the Greek economy contracted by a quarter and unemployment swelled with one in five still out of work. Incomes were repeatedly slashed and taxes hiked.It’s clearly been a hugely difficult and painful journey for Greece and one that has lasted almost as long as Odysseus’ legendary adventures.Odysseus was an unwilling protagonist in the 10-year Trojan War, a semi-mythical expedition by Mycenaean Greek kingdoms to conquer the city of Troy in what is now northwestern Turkey. After the fall of Troy, pursued by angry gods, Odysseus took another ten years of trials and tribulations at sea to return to Ithaca.And once there, battered and in a beggar’s rags, Odysseus found his home taken over by a bunch of youths who were badgering his faithful wife to remarry. He massacred them, and a more apocryphal story tells how later Odysseus died at the hands of his own son with the enchantress Circe.“Now we have reached our destination,” Tsipras said. “The bailouts that carried with them austerity and recession and turned our country into a social desert are over.”“Our country is regaining its right to define its own fortunes and future,” he added. “Like a normal European country, without having policies forced on it by foreign officials, with no more blackmail, no more sacrifices for our people.”Greek stocks closed 1 per cent down Tuesday, while the yield on the benchmark 10-year Greek bond fell slightly to 4.2 per cent.Opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, whose conservative New Democracy party is leading in Greek opinion polls ahead of scheduled parliamentary elections next year, poured scorn on Tsipras’ “false” Ithaca symbolism.“We have not reached the end of the journey,” he said. “Today is the end of cheap funding, but the harsh measures and heavy commitments undertaken by Mr. Tsipras continue.”The country remains shackled to the austerity demands of its former creditors. And even though it has little fear of new calls for cutbacks from abroad, its hard-won fiscal freedom still carries a high price.Though the country will no longer have to pass regular checks from creditors to get money it needs to avoid bankruptcy, it cannot return to the old lax ways that put it in a mess in the first place.During the past eight years, Greece avoided bankruptcy after getting loans worth some 260 billion euros ($300 billion) from the other countries that use the euro currency, and from the International Monetary Fund.Though Greece has turned a massive deficit on its annual budget into a sizeable surplus, further austerity measures remain on the horizon. Pre-agreed pension cuts and tax hikes lurk in 2019 and 2020.Greece has a 24 billion-euro cash buffer, set up with the help of bailout funds that will provide substantial breathing space up to the summer of 2020.After that, it will really have to stand on its own feet and as such it will have to take consideration of the demands of investors in international bond markets — any slippage on the budget front could see the interest rates they charge for Greece to borrow rise again, potentially to unsustainable rates.In the coming period, Greece must develop a working relationship with private investors, who will need robust signs of fiscal prudence, adherence to agreed reforms and economic growth to agree to place their funds in a country whose credit rating is still well below investment grade.The GSEE main private sector labour union contended Tuesday that the Greek people’s Odyssey is far from over.“For us, there can be no exit from the bailouts unless there is an end to the vicious cycle of austerity, unemployment and widespread social crisis,” it said in a statement.Tsipras has repeatedly issued assurances that his left-led government will tread the mandated course of fiscal virtue.In Ithaca, he promised “prudence and responsibility, so that we never return to the Greece of budget deficits and bankruptcy.”At the same time though, Tsipras is under pressure to provide some form of relief to wide swathes of the population hard-hit by the recession — chiefly pensioners, the unemployed and low-income groups.Government officials say this will be publicly formulated in early September, at the opening of an annual trade fair in the northern city of Thessaloniki which is traditionally a platform for governments to announce their economic policy plans.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: To bowlers bruised and battered, and faced with the frightening prospect of again running into Virat Kohli, spin great Shane Warne offered an advise: bowl at either leg or wide of off stump, but not at the stumps. “If you’re going to bowl to Virat Kohli, you either bowl at leg stump and protect the on side, or you bowl wide of off stump and you protect the off side. You cannot bowl at the stumps, because he can hit you both ways,” Warne was quoted as saying ‘ESPNcricinfo’. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “So, I think you’ve to take out one side of the field. Protect just one side of the field, that’s how you bowl to very good players,” the Australian added. Warne plotted Kohli’s dismissal if he were to actually bowl to him. “I’d be bowling wide of off stump and letting him try to cover drive with a slip, short cover and some protection out there. So then it’ll be very hard for him to get it over the leg side. That’s what I’d be trying to do and hopefully get a little bit lucky and he mis-hits one.” Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open Warne said he has not seen anyone “dominate” one-day international cricket like Kohli has, but steered clear of calling him the greatest of all time. “I got asked the question last night and again this morning: is Virat Kohli the best player in one-day cricket? Is he better than Tendulkar, is he better than Lara? I’m still thinking about it, I’m still trying to work that out.” Since the start of 2016, Kohli has amassed 3985 runs in 59 ODI innings, maintaining a staggering average and strike rate at the same time. Warne continued, “The one thing we can say is I don’t think we have seen anyone dominate one-day cricket like Virat Kohli has. The best player I saw (Don) Bradman’s the best so he doesn’t even come into the equation but Viv Richards is the best player I saw. As a player, playing against them, Lara and Tendulkar were the two best players that I bowled to.” The Indian has just scored his 41st ODI century, inching closer to Tendulkar’s record of 49 tons. “You know records are different in different eras and it’s very hard to judge. All you can judge is how a player is in their era, and Virat Kohli is so far ahead in one-day cricket than everybody else in hundreds made, especially while chasing that sets him apart from everybody else that is playing,” said Warne, known for his aggressive approach in his heydays as the world’s best leg-spinner.last_img read more


first_img FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Former PNP Election candidate and businessman calls for swifter reconstruction for Capital, Grand Turk New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passed Related Items:#HurricaneMaria, #magneticmedianews Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 21, 2017 – Providenciales – Tornadoes are to be a serious feature of #HurricaneMaria, along with the storm surge she is forecast to possibly bring to the TCI and SE Bahamas.    The hurricane pounded Puerto Rico, knocking out electricity to every customer and will today collide with northern Dominican Republic before the she makes her way near these islands and that movement could include a shift more west, which is a closer brush with the now notorious hurricane.Remember the storm updates are coming a couple of times per hour right here on Power and on Kiss, so you get the latest on what is the 13th named system of the season is doing with Kenny the Hitman.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more