Volunteers are the heart of the Dusi

first_img28 January 2013For every two paddlers that start The Unlimited Dusi Canoe Marathon on 14 February, there will be a volunteer working behind the scenes to make sure that South Africa’s oldest, most famous canoe marathon runs without a hitch.The Dusi is also one of the largest canoe marathons in the world. When one takes into account the seconders, the numbers – usually between 1 600 to 2 000 – leap significantly. Overseeing it all on the 120-kilometre, three-day race are 800 volunteers, without whom the race would not be what it is.Apart from providing a cost saver that would otherwise have to be added to paddlers entry fees, these 800 men and women have a history and tradition that is deeply woven into the fabric of the race, with many of those volunteers having returned to the race year after year for a remarkably long time.Ivan Willmott is the longest serving volunteer to date. He began his Dusi work in 1965 and has become known not by his name, but by the vehicle he drives, “The Yellow Van”. Ivan’s family has been involved in the event for many decades too.“We used to paddle when we were younger. I suppose we just got into the Dusi because I enjoy it. It’ a good break from work and you meet a lot of guys,” he explains.‘Howzit Yellow Van’He’ been driving the Yellow Van, a 1965 Ford Transit Van, since the 1981 Dusi. “he paddlers all greet you ‘Howzit Yellow Van’, it’s not Ivan, I am just called the Yellow Van,” he laughs.His sister, Colleen, together with her husband Dave Brymer, has been part of the Dusi almost as long as Ivan.“In the beginning, my husband Dave and Ivan were boat boys [helping paddlers put their boats in the pounds]. They had their different jobs and I was in the tea tent. In those days, we had to peel a pocket of potatoes and cook 10 kilograms of rice and take that down, but now it is all done differently.“About 12 years ago, we were brought onto the committee to do the second night stop, and that’s what we’ve done since then.‘One of those things you don’t miss’“None of us have missed a year since we started. It’s just been one of those things you don’t miss,” she says.Having been a part of the iconic race for so long, Colleen says she has seen many changes. In the early days the roads were not tarred and that presented some challenges.“The one time,” she recalls, “we had a little Datsun, and it rained so much when we opened the door of the Datsun, the mud pushed away from the side of the car. The army had to pull us up the big hill by Inanda Dam. We had a larny car with a scoop on the front. They couldn’t pull us forward. We had to be pulled out backwards!”‘You sometimes wonder…’Brett Austen Smith, general manager of the Natal Canoe Club (NCC), the organisers of the Dusi, says: “You sometimes wonder why volunteers come back year after year when you hear some of the stories.“These guys deal with a wide variety of problems, including some very rude people who seem to lose all sense of responsibility the moment they head into the valley. But clearly, there must be some fun involved too, otherwise they wouldn’t keep coming back,” says Smith.“We have also invested time and money in many of these guys, sending them on swift water rescue courses among other things.”The Dusi BikersBrad Gardiner oversees the Dusi Bikers, whose job it is to provide marshalling duties along the route where it is difficult or impossible to access with other vehicles. The bikers are the link between the static marshals like medical posts and water tables and the paddlers who are in remote areas. They deal with all sorts of incidents ranging from security and safety issues to assisting paddlers in trouble in the water.Never a paddler himself, Gardiner, even though he now lives in Johannesburg, has been a part of the event for a long time. When he was transferred to Johannesburg, he used to time his business to Natal to coincide with the Dusi meetings. “Without people like that, the event just wouldn’t happen,” says Cameron McKenzie, the race organising committee chairman.Gardiner got started in the Dusi when he acted as a second for some friends. “The one year I saw the guys riding their bikes. I’ve always ridden motorbikes and I put my name down and it took me a long time to get on the list of volunteers. In fact, the bikers for Dusi, they’re probably the only portfolio for which there is a waiting list. In fact, if you drop out and you can’t participate for one year, you basically go back onto the waiting list because there are so many people on the list. Eventually I got my chance and this will now be my 16th year.”Why keep coming back?So why does he keep coming back to help out? “It boils down to the people that are involved in the race, from the paddlers through to the marshals that give of their time to do it for free,” Gardiner explains.“There is something about the Dusi that is just incredible. You can speak to many different people, they will all have their own opinions, but for me, I do the Dusi Bikers. The guys will give of their time for free. They don’t expect anything back in return. They get a little bit of petrol money. They get some free beer. They get a t-shirt. But they do it for the love of it.“Just to sit on the side of the river and the guys coming past saying ‘thanks a lot’, it’s an amazing feeling. It’s something that I don’t think any other race has.”The Land Rover Owners ClubGeorge Goswell is a part of the Land Rover Owners Club. “We have 140-odd members and have been going for coming up for 25 years. This is the 23rd year that the Land Rover Club will be involved with the Dusi,” he says.“In the early years, we were responsible for the start, all the boats and the scrutineering of the boats at the start in the pounds in the morning on day one. For many years we did that. The last 13 years, we’ve been going down river as well. We do traffic control at key spectator points,” Goswell adds.“On each day we have guys at at least three keys positions and they are key spectator points, with one-way bridges and narrow roads. There are a lot of cars coming down and the Dusi organisers would like the locals to be happy getting in and out of the valley and in and out of their homes, so that’s what we do, we do traffic control where there’s normally a big gathering of seconds and spectators.”Times have changedTimes have changed, but the enjoyment remains, Goswell continues: “In earlier years, it was all dirt in the valley. Now all the roads are tarred and you can get through there with a car. But we, as members, we’re up early and we spend the whole morning working and when we’re finished we take the real back roads and the dirt tracks to get back to the overnight stop. So the guys go down there and have a bit of fun in the afternoon and do a bit of 4×4 driving as well. It’s all-round fun and a bit of work in the morning, and that’s why the guys enjoy it.”What would the monetary value be of the work provided by volunteers? “You’ve got 800 people giving freely of their time. You just work out the cost of the man hours,” says Dusi Chairman Cameron McKenzie.Almost all the volunteers struggle to clearly put into words why they love The Unlimited Dusi so much.“You’ve got to be part of the Dusi. It’s very hard to describe. It’s just that whole atmosphere of the Dusi. It’s a unique race. We’re up early. We’re part of it. Okes just love it and enjoy it,” says George Goswell.Fathers and sons“We’ve got guys that keep coming back year after year. This is my 14th year that I’ve been involved in the Dusi. Some guys have been doing it for 17 years. The guys just enjoy it. We’ve got a number of guys that are doing their 10th. It’s my son’s 10th year that he’s been involved with the Dusi. The guy’s love it.“It’s a Thursday, Friday, Saturday in the valley. You get to go into areas that are 4 x 4 sort of territory, so the guys love it. You get to watch the paddlers, you get involved with the spectators, and the whole atmosphere around it is excellent.”Volunteering is something that can be passed on from generation to generation, as Tony Barrington, who is in charge of the first overnight stop at Dusi Bridge, explains. “There are some who come along year after year, like Dudley Price who did it for 43 years, and his son is now going to continue the tradition. There are many folk like that, who just don’t like to break the tradition.”“People are very proud of what’s goes on here’Barrington says KwaZulu-Natal and its people have a lot to do with the success of the Dusi and the province’s other big endurance events. “If you think about it, we actually live in a province where a lot of people are very proud of what goes on here and want to be associated with it.“You think of Comrades, there are some people who have never run, who come back year after year to be a marshal,” says Barrington. “They stand on the same street corner that they’ve stood on for 20 years and they stand there for six hours and they wouldn’t let anyone else take that job.“It’s the same with the Midmar Mile, the AmaShova as well, and I think it is KZN culture really. You want to see things like that succeed, and you understand that they will only succeed if we all lend a hand.”Barrington says others, who are not associated with the Natal Canoe Club, should also be praised for the role they play in the race. “Bruce Acutt, for example, has done the start year after year. He belongs to the Fezela Canoe Club. There are people who are associated with other clubs who still give generously of their time to the NCC. They’re not going to get anything for it. They’re not going to get a reduced club fee. It is actually quite something.”A monumental taskNCC General Manager Brett Austen Smith, like Barrington, was a paddler before he helped run the event. “Although I have done 17 Dusis, I have only recently been involved on the committee – three years now,” he says. “As a paddler, I had no idea of the monumental task of organising the Dusi. There is no other event like it that can compare with the logistical and social issues we have to deal with.“As a paddler, you also have no real idea of the role played by the various groups of volunteers,” says Smith. “It is really humbling that so many people who never get into a boat feel so passionate about the Dusi, and are prepared to donate their time and energy so freely to retain the tradition and integrity of this great iconic event.”The last word goes to Ivan Willmott, the Dusi’s longest serving volunteer. Has he ever thought of stopping? “No, never, never,” he replies. No hesitation. No pause for praise. No pause to show that quitting is even an option.The Unlimited Dusi Canoe Marathon starts on the 14 February at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg and ends at Blue Lagoon in Durban on 16 February.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Serena Williams Only Loses In Big Upsets Because Shes Always A Big

For the second straight year, Serena Williams’s bid to make history at the U.S. Open was derailed in a semifinal upset. Last year, Williams was seeking to complete the first calendar-year Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988 and to tie Graf’s Open-era record of 22 career major titles when she was defeated by No. 43 Roberta Vinci. On Thursday night, Williams was two match wins from passing Graf in career major titles, but, hampered by an injury to her left knee, she lost to No. 11 Karolina Pliskova.Williams was ranked No. 1 heading into both matches. And according to win probabilities based on our tennis Elo ratings, both results were big surprises: She had a 97 percent chance of beating Vinci and an 87 percent chance against Pliskova.1In this article, our estimates of win probability heading into matches at this year’s U.S. Open use a blend of players’ overall Elo ratings and Elo ratings based only on hard-court matches, according to the methods described in our article about our tournament forecast. For earlier matches, we’re using probabilities based on overall Elo ratings for both players. That’s not unusual for Williams, who has left majors in two ways over the past five years, each one happening about as often as the other: Either as the champion (9 of 20) or as the loser of a big upset (11 of 20). She has had at least an 85 percent chance of winning all 11 of the matches she has lost at majors since 2012 (her first year playing the majors in her 30s). Those 11 losses are among the 14 most surprising of her career at majors: In other words, her 14 Slam losses for which she entered the matches with the highest Elo-based win probabilities.The series of surprise losses is the result of two factors:1) Williams is losing more matches she should win, perhaps a reflection of increased susceptibility in her 30s to injury or wear during a tournament. She has won 89 percent of Slam matches since 2012 in which she had an 85 percent chance or better, compared with a 96 percent win percentage in the same type of matches before 2012.2In both time periods, the average of her win probability in these matches was 95 percent.2) Against a field with fewer all time-greats than she faced earlier in her career, Williams is playing a lot more matches as a big favorite, giving her more opportunities to be upset: She has had at least an 85 percent chance of winning in 88 percent of her major matches since the start of 2012, compared with 64 percent earlier. read more

Praetorian Digital Expands Online Ed Platform with Kaplan Acquisition

first_imgIn the online education space, if you don’t already have a well of content to draw from, the quickest path to implementation can be an acquisition. That’s the strategy Praetorian Digital, a B2B digital media company serving the public safety and local government markets, used last week when it bought the Fire & EMS training unit from Kaplan Professional Education. Praetorian’s audience to its first responder brands has been growing. Traffic to FireRescue1.com, EMS1.com, PoliceOne.com and CorrectionsOne.com has ballooned to 1.3 million members and 6 million monthly visitors, according to the company. Online training has become a significant business for Praetorian. Two years ago it accounted for less than 5 percent of overall revenue. The Kaplan deal will help it grow to a projected 25 percent this year. Kaplan Fire & EMS will be renamed to the Fire EMS Academy and will be housed in the company’s Fire EMS Academy Division. In all, the group will offer more than 200 training courses, 600 videos and 80 hours of continuing education credits. Training and certificate programs are a key function of first responder markets, and Ford sees them as a complimentary platform to the company’s information products and services.center_img Terms weren’t disclosed but Praetorian CEO Alex Ford says the deal was financed through a mix of existing cash and term loan financing. “We recognized that there is a strong fit between online training and our core media business,” he says. “Rather than build a content library and work through the accreditation process from scratch, an acquisition to fast-track the opportunity made a lot of sense. Kaplan was not actively marketing the business, but it became immediately clear that it was a strong strategic fit with our business and that a combination was a great next step to scale the assets.” The Kaplan product comes with 300 fire and EMS department subscribers and “tens of thousands” of individual students using the products on an on-demand basis, says Ford. The annual department subscriptions are the primary revenue model. “The revenue model matched that of our PoliceOne Academy almost exactly,” he adds .last_img read more

Bloomberg Media Names Global CRO People on the Move – 81016

first_img Angela Matusik, director of branded content at InStyle, has announced that she will leave the brand on August 16, after three years with the magazine. In this position, Grossman will lead the company’s international multiplatform sales organization and develop innovative revenue models and opportunities in new markets. He will report directly to chief operating officer Jacki Kelley. Anne Urda is now editor-in-chief of Law360. Urda, formerly co-managing editor, was promoted to the role following last week’s departure of EIC Cat Fredenburgh and co-managing editor Christine Caulfield.  Grossman joined the company in July 2014 as publisher of Bloomberg Digital and digital products. In November 2015, he was promoted to head of U.S. sales for the company. Previously, he served as associate publisher of Wired and Ars Technica. Bloomberg Media has promoted Keith Grossman from U.S. head of sales to global chief revenue officer, effective today. He replaces former CRO Paul Caine, who left the company in mid-July. Hearst Magazines UK has promoted Duncan Chater from group publishing director of Red, Esquire, and Cosmopolitan to chief revenue officer, effective September 1. Chater replaces Ella Dolphin, who will leave the company at the end of this month to serve as CEO of Shortlist Media. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: “He is a tireless leader, full of ideas and innovation which is what clients require most,” Kelley told Adweek. “He knows how to front a sales force in order to bring the best ideas to clients across lots of different industries and at many different levels of agencies and clients.” Slate Group has named Jason Santa Maria design director. Most recently, he was the executive design director for Vox Media.last_img read more

Time Inc and Meredith Merger Raises Important Questions for Magazine Media

first_img2017 is ending with a bang in magazine media. Maybe even a metaphorical big bang, as the wave of consolidation this year is forecasting a future of change that is unprecedented for this industry. In other words, magazine media as we’ve known it for more than 100 years may never look the same after the Time Inc. and Meredith’s merger becomes official in 2018.By now everyone has heard the news, the 96-year-old Time Inc., the purported largest magazine publisher in the U.S., is being sold to The Meredith Corporation, for $2.8 billion. But the road for these companies arriving to this intersection is a long and interesting story that could certainly fill a multi-part documentary.To quickly summarize that history: Time was founded by Henry Luce in 1922 and grew into a company that published some of the most prolific and successful titles in magazine media with Time, Sports Illustrated, Life and Fortune. It also launched its fair share of titles and acquired many that are still successful, like Southern Living. It became part of the larger conglomerate Time Warner in 1989 (also up for sale), but spun off and formed its own publicly traded company in 2014. Meredith, on the other hand, grew out of much simpler roots 20 years earlier in 1902, with Edwin Meredith’s launch of Successful Farming. From there, it too had a number of successful launches and acquisitions, and built out a very profitable network of local TV stations. For nearly 25 years straight the company has paid its shareholders a dividend, a feat that’s commendable.While all of that history is interesting, what’s more significant is the potential impact this deal will have on the brands these companies own, as well as the industry as a whole. After all, this isn’t the first major acquisition this year in magazine media. Us Weekly was sold to AMI for $100 million, and then a few weeks later it also bought sister brand Men’s Journal from Wenner Media. Wenner Media isn’t done though; it’s also put its flagship brand Rolling Stone on the market and intends to sell off the remaining 51 percent it owns after moving 49 percent off last year to BandLab. But the even bigger transaction this year saw the sale of the 87-year-old Rodale to Hearst for an undisclosed sum. So with all this consolidation, we’d be remiss to not ask around to find out what all of this means, and where things might go from here. What It Means for Time Inc. and MeredithObviously before you think big picture, we should probably boil down what each of these companies gain or lose from this merger. Because Time Inc. is publicly held, its financial woes are no secret. And things weren’t turning around quickly enough to make investors comfortable. For Meredith, who has weathered the difficult storm of industry-wide print advertising declines and falling revenues, this deal gives the company even more scale, and legacy brands that fit into its portfolio, but it also brings some challenges.“This deal will offer Meredith some valuable assets and some toxic assets, and will slightly postpone Time Inc.’s steady march into financial and cultural irrelevance,” Bob Garfield tells us.  The co-host of NPR’s “On the Media” goes on to say: “This will come at a cost: Titles will be folded. Jobs will be lost.  Journalistic resources, already drastically diminished, will be cut to the bone and deeper.”Pretty bleak, but not an unfair assessment given how these things work. And Garfield isn’t the only one we spoke to who thinks Meredith isn’t interested in the entire Time Inc. portfolio. “In a year or two Meredith will probably be able to sell the weeklies [Time, Sports Illustrated and People] for more than they paid,” Samir Husni, professor at the University of Mississippi and director of the Magazine Innovation Center, says. He adds that “People magazine is what saved Time Inc., not any of its other brands. It could bring as much as this whole deal is worth if Meredith is able to change the business model.”Former editor-in-chief of Folio:’s sister publication min and industry analyst for more than 30 years, Steven Cohn, takes Husni’s speculation a step further by suggesting the benefactors of this deal — the Koch Brothers — who bankrolled more than a half-billion dollars to Meredith to get this done, might be future players in divestment opportunities. “Perhaps the Koch Brothers have first dibs,” he ponders. “Controlling Time would be a huge prize because of its legacy, and the thought of Time matching their conservative politics has to be tempting.” That idea has been expressed by many media and political pundits prior to this deal getting done, but Meredith has said the Koch’s will have no involvement under the current structure and are merely in this as an investment opportunity.Of course, Garfield is skeptical. “I used to think the Koch brothers were smart,” he says. “But if they have indeed backed this deal without a seat on the board, much less operational control, they have just set fire to a very large pile of money.”Husni disagrees with that assessment, however. “These people are not fools. They know there is still money to be made here, and that’s why they got in.”Todd Krizleman, CEO and founder of MediaRadar, has a similar mindset to Husni, in that this is a smart buy for Meredith, a great deal for Time Inc. shareholders and a positive sign of things to come for magazine media. “I do think it is very encouraging to see the valuation, which is an 80 percent premium from the $10 stock price at the close of day on Nov 8,” he says. “Time Inc. has been improving its performance and so the price is a strong endorsement of the shifts in the business.” What It Means for Magazine MediaCEO of Trusted Media Brands, Bonnie Kintzer, sums up the big picture outlook pretty well. “Consolidation whether through mergers or acquisitions will continue to shape the industry in the year ahead as more media companies pursue opportunities to expand their offerings to consumers and marketers on all platforms,” she says. “This consolidation reflects the need for media companies to invest in emerging platforms either by adding or acquiring new assets or resources such as staff or technology.”While Time Inc. may have been reeling from print losses and a bloated infrastructure that CEO Rich Battista was constantly trying to fix, it had also been making a slew of smart, savvy investments in digital media. In many ways it’s years ahead of the industry. Particularly when it comes to data, in thanks to its acquisition of Viant, but also in video and custom content. So Meredith wasn’t just buying a stable of brands here, and this is perhaps one of the most important takeaways for everybody in magazine media. It was also buying technology, talent and other pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that will make up the future of magazine media. Any publisher in today’s world that isn’t thinking like this is doomed to fail.“We never really had a magazine problem, we had a business model problem. Companies like Hearst and Meredith have invested a lot in digital without ignoring print,” Husni says. This could suggest that dual investment strategy hasn’t been ubiquitous across magazine media.Naturally, Garfield sees it slightly differently. “A wave of consolidation will be triggered in which a few companies snap up dozens of data-rich properties that operate unprofitably at scale,” he says.  “So we are re-entering an era of media concentration — except that the new titans will be titans of bad businesses turning out bad products. In short, we are witnessing a supernova. A huge, bright, energetic, explosion of a dying star.”Krizelman, on the other hand, is much more optimistic when it comes to this particular transaction, but does suggest it’s part of a much more significant trend, with uncertain outcomes. “I don’t think this single acquisition will create a new ripple effect, he says. “I do think it is part of a generational change in ownership of media companies.  The Bancroft family sold the WSJ to News Corp in 2007. Martha Stewart sold her media business to Meredith in 2015.  Mort Zuckerman sold The Daily News to TRONC. And now there’s even rumors that News Corp will sell itself.”center_img What It Means for PrintAs Husni, who goes by the trademarked moniker “Mr. Magazine” loves to say, “If it’s not paper and ink it’s not a magazine,” so we can’t ignore the 600-pound gorilla in the room—magazines. Yeah, the things that built all of these companies.It’s no secret that Time Inc. didn’t have a lot of faith in the future of print. The company was continuing to scale back expenses that were largely due to the bloated nature of print media. Paper is expensive. Shipping is expensive. People are really expensive, and making a magazine requires a lot of them. So as Time Inc. was investing in its digital future it was also cutting way back on its print. However, what’s interesting here is Meredith has repeatedly exhibited a commitment to the medium. It has in fact cut frequency in some publications, but rate bases for several of its brands have grown. Plus, not only did it invest in Martha Stewart’s print holdings just a couple years back, it has also launched a new print title within the past year, with The Magnolia Journal, a magazine inspired by home improvement celebrities Chip and Joanna Gaines.A former industry executive who competed with both companies is equally optimistic for the future of print in light of this deal. “I hope that it’ll be good for the industry in that a publisher that’s doing very well in print is taking over one that seems to be denying they’re in the print business,” the unnamed source says.Jim Elliott, founder of James G. Elliott Co., an outsourced media ad sales company, shared with us a similar sentiment. “I think Meredith is a best-in-class publisher,” he says. “What I think this means is they see value in print and always have. And they see value in a print brand. I think that’s a good thing. I think it sets a tone.”–While nobody we talked to has a crystal ball that can see into the future, most agreed that consolidation is inevitable for economies of scale, and this particular transaction, while massive and potentially game changing, is nothing more than another sign of the times. Where things go from here is still anybody’s guess, but one thing is certain: More change is coming.last_img read more

Navy Signs Massive Power Purchase Deal for 14 California Bases

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Navy, Western Area Power Administration and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power on Thursday held a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., marking an agreement for eight Navy installations and six Marine Corps bases in California to obtain power from a 210-megawatt direct current solar facility scheduled for construction 60 miles west of Phoenix.The agreement — which will meet one-third of the installations’ energy requirements over its 25-year term — is the largest purchase of renewable energy ever made by a federal entity, according to a Navy press release.Sempra will begin constructing Mesquite Solar 3, which will include more than 650,000 photovoltaic panels on ground-mounted, horizontal, single-axis trackers, this month. The renewable energy developer expects the project to be finished by the end of 2016.Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus underscored the deal’s significance.“The collaboration on Mesquite Solar 3 is a triumph of innovative problem solving, and will help to increase the DON’s [Department of the Navy’s] energy security by diversifying our power portfolio and improving energy efficiency,” said Mabus. “This agreement is also projected to save the DON at least 90 million dollars over the life of the project,” he said.In addition to helping the 14 installations diversify their energy portfolio and provide long-term cost stability, the project will help them comply with California’s renewable portfolio standard.  The solar facility will contribute 21 percent of the power needed to meet Mabus’ goal of bringing one gigawatt of renewable energy into procurement by the end of 2015.With the signing of the Mesquite Solar 3 project (210 megawatts), the recent groundbreaking at Camp Lejeune, N.C., (17 MW) last month, and a groundbreaking coming shortly at Kings Bay, Ga., (42 MW), the Navy is on track to meet that goal, with a total of 1.2 gigawatts of projects in the pipeline, according to the release.California installations that will be supplied energy from the Mesquite 3 Solar farm include: Naval Base (NB) San Diego, NB Coronado, NB Point Loma, NB Ventura County, Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, Naval War Station (NWS) Corona, NWS Seal Beach, NWS Fallbrook, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center 29 Palms, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Marine Corps Recruitment Depot San Diego and Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Bridgeport.last_img read more

Flashback To 1993 A Good Year In Music Or The Best Year

first_imgRevisit the highlights of a year that gave us classic after classic at a pivotal time in music, culture and the industryPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 13, 2018 – 5:57 pm Looking back from 25 years later, a case is being made for 1993 as a remarkable year in music. There are so many ways to look at it, but NPR’s World Cafe is definitely a fan, recently posing the question, “Was 1993 the greatest year in music?” While the world may never agree, it’s certainly worth exploring…Early in the year, looking back at 1992, the Record Of The Year at the 35th GRAMMY Awards went to Eric Clapton’s “Tears In Heaven.” At the 36th GRAMMY Awards for 1993, Record Of The Year went to Whitney Houston for “I Will Always Love You” from the soundtrack to The Bodyguard. Much of the music from that year is still dearly loved.It was also the year Wu-Tang Clan debuted with Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). It was the year of Bjork’s Debut, after the break-up of her group, The Sugarcubes. Her Best Music Video-Short Form nomination for “Human Behavior” at the 36th GRAMMY Awards was her first of 14 career-total nominations to date.Noteworthy first-time GRAMMY winners for 1993 include Toni Braxton and Dr. Dre. The soundtrack to the movie Boomerang produced “Another Sad Love Song” winning Best R&B Performance, Female for Braxton, who also won Best New Artist. The ultimate cruising anthem “Let Me Ride” from The Chronic gave Dr. Dre his first GRAMMY win for Best Rap Solo Performance. Toni Braxton has won a total of seven GRAMMY Awards to date and Dr. Dre has won six. https://twitter.com/WorldCafe/status/1062112946627715073 Here’s What Made 1993 A Special Year In Music flashback-1993-good-year-music-or-best-year-music Facebook Twitter Email Flashback To 1993: A Good Year In Music Or The Best Year In Music? News NPR went ahead to round up a great many more classics and choice little-known tracks.. For example, more 1993 artists that were just beginning to come into GRAMMY focus were Sheryl Crow and Sarah McLachlan. It is amazing to explore one year in music with such a lasting impact on today and so many tracks that one can close one’s eyes and remember hearing so many meaningful times.Whitney Houston Exhibit Opens At Newark’s GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential CenterRead morelast_img read more

Sting Announces Las Vegas Residency At Caesars Palace

first_img https://twitter.com/OfficialSting/status/1121033350607720448 “I’m thrilled to announce that my brand-new Las Vegas residency ‘Sting: My Songs’ will be opening at the legendary Caesars Colosseum in May of 2020!” the musician saidJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Apr 24, 2019 – 11:48 am GRAMMY-winning singer and musician Sting has announced that he is headed to sin city for his own residency.Sting will launch his Las Vegas stay at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in May 2020.  The show, titled “Sting: My Songs,” will be a 16-night run, but it may add additional nights if ticket sales are high, Rolling Stone reports. Currently, the show has dates set May 2020 through early Sept.  Twitter Sting Announces Las Vegas Residency At Caesars Palace News Email “I’m thrilled to announce that my brand new Las Vegas residency ‘Sting: My Songs’ will be opening at the legendary Caesars Colosseum in May of 2020!” Sting tweeted. The Las Vegas residency has gone through a kind of transformation that has made room for major names in music, more recently including Cardi B, Drake  and Lady Gaga, among others. Tickets for the shows go on sale May 3 at 10 a.m. PT. For more information, visit Sting’s website. Viva Las Vegas: Why Sin City Residencies No Longer Signify A Long Farewell Facebook Sting Announces Las Vegas Residency sting-announces-las-vegas-residency-caesars-palacelast_img read more

Deere cuts profit forecast hurt by weak equipment sales

first_imgDeere cuts profit forecast, hurt by weak equipment sales78 viewsDeere cuts profit forecast, hurt by weak equipment sales78 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Deere cuts profit forecast, hurt by weak equipment sales78 viewsBusinessFarmers are hurting and that’s bad news for Deere. The world’s largest farm-equipment maker reported a 43 percent drop in its first-quarter profit, while sales declined 17 percent– though it did topVentuno Web Player 4.50Farmers are hurting and that’s bad news for Deere. The world’s largest farm-equipment maker reported a 43 percent drop in its first-quarter profit, while sales declined 17 percent– though it did toplast_img

2 minor girls raped in 2 districts

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationTwo minor girls have reportedly been raped in Jashore and Netrakona districts as sexual perversion has become an order of the day in this society, reports UNB.In Jashore, a five-year-old girl was violated allegedly by the friend of her father at Altapol village in Keshabpur upazila on Sunday.Police detained the accused, Nazrul Islam, 35, son of late Insar Ali of Bherchi village in the upazila.Quoting victim’s father, police said Nazrul came to their house on Sunday morning.At one stage, he took the minor girl to a nearby fish enclosure and violated her there.Hearing the victim’s screams, locals rushed in, caught Nazrul red-handed and gave him a good beating before handing him over to police, said Mohammad Shahin, officer-in-charge of Keshabpur police station.The girl is now undergoing treatment at Khulna Medical College Hospital.A case was filed with Keshabpur police station in this regard.In Netrakona, a teenage girl was violated by a neighbour at Dhanshira village in Durgapur upazila on Saturday.Mizanur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Durgapur police station, said the victim who used to work as a domestic help in the capital returned home recently.Saiqul Islam, 21, son of Dulal Mia of the village, stormed their house on Saturday noon and violated the girl when she was alone.Later, the mother of the victim filed a case in this regard.The victim was sent to Netrakona Modern Sadar Hospital, the OC said, adding that they were trying to arrest the accused.last_img read more