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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Musical ShowcaseBenjamin Metzger, a local music teacher, organized an exciting lineup of bands that includes some of his students. The Hub Billiard Club & Music Hall, 4060 Austin Blvd., Island Park. thehubbc.com Free. 7 p.m. March 26. Michael W. SmithFamed Christian music singer Michael W. Smith, the proud owner of three Grammy Awards, is bringing his tour to Westbury, where he’ll be singing hits from his latest album Sovereign. Smith, who has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, is the epitome of an artist who sings from the soul while managing to take everyone’s breath away. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50. 8 p.m. March 26.Blackhawk & The OutlawsIt’s more than 20 years since Blackhawk—then a three-man band—released its self-titled album, which rocketed up the charts before going platinum. Now down to just the two members, country musicians Henry Paul and Dave Robbins are on track to release another studio album. The due will be joined by The Outlaws, the four-decade old Southern rock band intent on reliving the glory days. Rockin’ Country Tour. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$45. 8 p.m. March 26.Annie Minogue BandIt was as if Annie Minogue was destined to be a singer/songwriter. Growing up in New York City, Minogue learned to appreciate music from her father, a professional musician. But Minogue paved her path, releasing her debut album Home in 2000. Her music—a blend of rock, pop and blues—has aired on a number of TV networks and radio stations as she’s turned a childhood dream into an inspiring professional career. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com Free. 8 p.m. March 26.By Default: The Work of Jeffrey K. FisherThis award-winning local artist had displayed his mesmerizing work across the covers of many books and magazines, as well as posters, murals and advertisements. His client list has included Readers Digest, Doubleday, Harper Collins, Smithsonian and Newsday. Come realize the supreme beauty that is this visionary Long Islander’s creations. Come feel their power. Come revel in their intimate, emotional and electrifying gorgeousness. This is his first solo show. Gallery North, 90 North Country Rd., East Setauket. gallerynorth.org Free. 5 p.m. March 27.Piano ConcertTo translate raw human emotion into song is not merely a gift, to do so is a true transcendental miracle. Martin Kasík ranks among the foremost Czech pianists of the present time, and he will surely meld the worlds of life and love, passion and pain, while melodically painting an endless barrage of colors sure to heal the mortal woes of all in attendance on this truly magical evening. The award-winning performer has take the stage in many major concert venues throughout the world, and now he plays LI. Amen, dear readers. Amen. Grace Auditorium, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, One Bungtown Rd., Cold Spring Harbor. cshl.edu $20. 6 p.m. March 27.Barry ManilowLegendary Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter Barry Manilow is bringing his “One Last Time” tour to The Old Barn—where he’ll be serenading Long Islanders with such decades-old classics as “Copacabana.” Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz will join Manilow as a special guest. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. nassaucoliseum.com $14.75-$244.75. 7:30 p.m. March 27.Karla BonoffWhen this truly original singer/songwriter was a teenager growing up in southern California, she learned how to play guitar from Frank Hamilton of the famed folk group The Weavers. She had a lot of close calls with fame early in her career: a demo done by Doors’ engineer Bruce Botnick, an album recorded for A&M with a track produced by the Mamas & Papas’ Lou Adler. Neither was ever released. But the connection she made eventually led Bonoff to Linda Rondstadt, who used three of her songs, “Someone to Lay Down Beside Me,” “If He’s Ever Near” and “Lose Again,” on her 1976 ablum, Hasten Down the Wind. This tribute to her talents enabled Bonoff to get her own deal with Columbia Records, and the rest is history. Soon she was opening for James Taylor and Jackson Browne on tour, and going on to work with Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd, John Prine, J.D. Souther and other great artists. Regarding her life’s work in music, Billboard Magazine called Bonoff one of “a breed of singer/songwriters whose earthy anthems of soul-searching, heartache and joy touched souls in a way few can muster today.” Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $35-$40. 8 p.m. March 27.Lewis BlackNobody channels his anger to better effect than this caustic comedian, whose well-reasoned rage percolates through his pores the way an athlete sweats. This guy’s ill-humor is a tonic for the troubles of our time. He rants, he raves, he ravages against the hypocrites on a righteous rampage—at full volume when all cylinders are clicking—like a man possessed. And he clearly is, which makes us all the more appreciative to see what makes him tick and what ticks him off. West Hampton Beach Performance Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $95-$150. 8 p.m. March 27.Blues to BlackstreetThese talented local musicians return to one of their favorite Long Island venues to serve up what they do best, their unique blend of blues and jazz with a twist. Featuring the sultry elegance of June Eysel on vocals and the virtuoso chops of John Vop on electric guitar, they’re joined regularly by Rob LaMonica on drums, Paul Gilmore on bass, Arno Hecht on sax, and Joe Roberts on keyboards. From the back streets to the boulevard of blues, this band will take you where you wanna go, and you’ll be sure to enjoy the ride. They won’t let you down, they’ll give you a lift. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com 10. 8 p.m. March 27.Big ShotThe only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who have actually shared a stage with the most famous Long Islander, The Piano Man himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol. Free buffet and two-for-one drink specials 6-8 p.m. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $7 before 8 p.m., $10 after. 10 p.m. March 27. Also playing at Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall. 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. Muls.com 9 p.m March 28.Moody BluesTalk about classic rock—what about classical rock! When Days of Future Passed hit the FM airwaves in 1967, the Moody Blues broke ground with a fusion genre that combined the latest in electronic instruments, the Mellotron, with the classical performers of the London Festival Orchestra as their back-up band. The ambitious songs these English musicians composed were almost metaphysical in their approach, certainly bordering on the psychedelic and the profound. One song might invoke the universe, the next be a meditation on love. “Nights in White Satin” may be the most romantic rock epic every recorded. Thinking way ahead, they called one of their albums To Our Children’s Children’s Children; getting mystical, they titled another On the Threshold of a Dream. If any group of visionaries ever cracked the secrets of time travel, it would likely be them. So take a trip down memory lane with the Moodies, and remember new recollections you never had before, whether from “10,000 Light Years Ago,” or “Tuesday Afternoon.” Timeless Flight-The Polydor Years. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$79.50. 3 p.m., 8 p.m. March 27-29.Volunteer FairThose looking for a chance to volunteer will be able to meet with representatives from local nonprofits looking for help. There will be about 20 organizations in attendance, including Bide-a-wee, Family Service League, Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society, Literacy Suffolk, Make the Road NY, New York Blood Center, Options for Community Living, Special Olympics and United Veterans. After all, research has shown that those who volunteer have lower mortality rates and lower rates of depression than those who do not. SO what are you waiting for!? There are so many amazing causes and people who need your help! Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Rd., Holbrook. sachemlibrary.org Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 28.The Enchantment of SpringOne of the best-kept secrets of the Nassau County Museum System, this South Shore gem is loaded with exhibits featuring the inhabitants and wonders of the absolutely gorgeous and fascinating nature preserve named after a grand Native American sachem. Turtles, rabbits, even a Red-Tailed Hawk–this magical forest is home to so many precious creatures and flora. It is a must-visit. Children of all ages are invited to participate in native plant and bird watching trail walks, guided by a local naturalist, followed by a live animal presentation. Light refreshments will be served. Tackapausha Museum and Preserve, 2225 Washington Ave., Seaford. nassaucountyny.gov/parks Free with museum admission. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 28.The Crystals & Shirley Alston Reeves “Up Close & Personal”The original sexy songstress from The Shirelles and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Reeves is bound to amaze, fascinate and inspire. This will undoubtedly be one of the best opportunities for fans to catch her up close and personal, and this intimate performance will unquestionably be memorable. Wow. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $28. 3 p.m. March 28.10,000 Maniacs is playing at the Long Island Aquarium.10,000 ManiacsNatalie Merchant may no longer front the alt-rock quintet from upstate Jamestown, but the group is still producing albums and performing their hits, including “Because The Night,” “These Are Days” and “Candy Everybody Wants.” Give ’em what they want, and rock out among the resident penguins, seals and walruses in the process! Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, 431 East Main St., Riverhead. longislandaquarium.com $35-$75. 7 p.m. March 28.Uke Hampton FestivalUkes, not nukes! That’s the ticket for some scrumptious strumming. It’s a music festival, and it’s filled with the tickling notes of utterly incredible ukuleles and their plucky performers. The ukulele may be a small stringed instrument, when compared with, say, a cello, but it turned Tiny Tim into a giant pop star. Who knows what it will do to the folks making music with their ukes on Saturday night in the Hamptons? Think big, think ukes! Fun uke fact: A “D” chord on the guitar translates into a “G” chord on the ukeler! Imagine that! Wild! The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett. Stephentalkhouse.com $15. 7 p.m. March 28.Bowling for SinglesBowling is a sport. Bowling is an art. Bowling can be cathartic. It can also bring two completely unsuspecting hearts together through the shared, communal experience of hurling very large (and very heavy) spheres down a wooden lane toward glory–or misery. In a way, this entire act can be interpreted to symbolize the paths of these lucky participants. Bowling requires strength and skill to successfully navigate and achieve its goals. Together, you and the ball take the plunge down the aisle (as in “walking down the aisle”), moving toward uncertainty while always hoping for the best. Yes, you most definitely want to stay on a straight course, occasionally maybe veering to the left or right, though always returning to the center. You want to stay out of the gutter, for sure. But you most certainly also want to realize that this bowling, this life, this love, this relationship, if you will, is a two-way street, and we both need each other to make it not only work, but last, long past the frozen pizza and flat soda from the shoe rental counter is closed. Hopefully, just maybe, if we do this right, we’ll find true love. And hopefully, just maybe, it can last forever. The Singles Association of Long Island is hosting this event for singles ready to mingle…while bowling. Social gathering to follow at Empress Diner, 2490 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. South Levittown Lanes, 56 Tanners Lane, Levittown. levittownbowling.com $7 per game, $4 for shoes. 7 p.m. March 28.The Get Up KidsGushy, poppy emo at its most infectious, these Missouri rockers will have you up and dancing along–or crying in your beer, thinking back to the last time you saw her, the last time you spoke, the last time you laughed together before it all went up in flames. With special guests PUP & Restorations. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 7:30 p.m. March 28.Mary Gauthier & David WilcoxTwo artists whose will will make you laugh, whose lyrics will make you cry, and whose performances will ensure you leave the show smiling! Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org $37-$188. 8 p.m. March 28.John Pizzarelli Big BandIn celebration of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ 100th birthday, this renowned jazz guitarist/singer/songwriter and bandleader will be revisiting some of Sinatra’s most glorious tunes while adding his own mesmerizing, melodic, simply awe-inspiring stamp. Come celebrate the Frank Sinatra Centennial, all Big Band-Style. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvrd., Brookville. tillescenter.org $53-$83. 8 p.m. March 28.H20No, not the seminal hardcore band! This is a reception held for a fascinating art exhibit celebrating–you guessed it, that magical natural elixir that hydrates us and from which nearly every life form on this planet has both spawned from, and primarily consists of, water! “Long Island is surrounded by water,” the curator writes. “We celebrate the magic around us.” Next time you enjoy a cool, sparkling glass, reflect upon its healing powers and evolutionary significance to all of life! Cheers! Phoenix Gallery, 139 South Country Rd., Bellport. brookhavenarts.org 1 p.m., March 29.Springtime SpectacularAn afternoon of family-fun with a wide variety of nature and music activities for people of all ages to enjoy, including “Planting A Pizza Garden,” “Let’s Drum with Jonathan Duda” for ongoing drumming workshops, live animal presentations, photo opportunities, musical performances with the popular teen rock band Pursuing JC, outdoor trail activities for all ages, outdoor bubbles, springtime crafts and destination family-walks to the beach and pond. Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. thesandspointpreserve.com $25. 1-3 p.m. March 29. Steve IsraelThe recently re-elected congressman from Huntington will be discussing and signing copies of his book The Global War on Morris, which is billed as a satire about a pharmaceutical sales representative who is targeted by spies. Barnes and Noble, 1542 Northern Blvd., Manhasset. Price of book. 2 p.m. March 29.SwingtimeSwingtime!The Jive Aces, known for their superb musicianship, high energy, original songs and fresh arrangements of swing/jive/R&B classics, join The Tinseltown Jitterbugs, a troupe of high-energy swing dancers, along with Hollywood vocalist Makinna Ridgway. Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center, Westerman Stage, One South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $35-$40. 3 p.m. March 29.Remembering Things PastA discussion will be held on the theme of this art exhibit, which features foreign-born artists working in America. The artists in this exhibition all came to America at different stages in their lives and incorporate past interests, memories and experiences of their home country into their artwork. The variety of their forms and subject matter reflect the uniqueness of their experiences. Islip Art Museum, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip. Islipartmuseum.org Free. 4:30 p.m. March 29.Long Island Food and Film FeastAn enchanted evening highlighting our local food, the people who produce it and the difference it can make. Each of eight short films will be paired with the food featured in the film, prepared by iEat Green and Slow Food North Shore, along with a guest speaker, providing a glorious, local, seasonal and informative feast. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. CinemaArtsCentre.org $50 members, $60 public. 6:30 p.m. March 29.Lions LionsThese hardcore hellraisers from Boston are headlining this nuclear sensory assault on the minds and souls of all those in attendance, capping off an evening of intense, glorious rock from an arsenal of bands that everyone reading this post should get to know, immediately. Warming up the crowd are Everyone Dies In Utah, One Year Later, I Still Believe In Heroes, After The Outbreak and Critical Era. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. amityvillemusichall.com $12, $14 DOS. 5:30 p.m. March 29.MephiskaphelesOfficially back from an unofficial hiatus is this Lowe East Side-based mock-Satanist ska band that was among the most memorable from the genre’s 1990s revival era. And they’d better play LI, since it’s where the brassy sextet played their first-ever show in ’91. Bonus: They’re reportedly working on a new album! Will they play cult favorite “The Bumblebees Tuna Song”? One can only hope. Skank the night away, fellow dance freaks! Opening the show are The Shipwrecks, Samurai Pizza Cats [great band name, btw], Flak Jacket and Crisis Crayons. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com $12, $15 DOS. 6:30 p.m. March 29.New Found GloryThese bubblegum pop-punklers are out sharing their emotional brand of power-chord-driven tunes on their “Sleep When I Die Tour” with opening acts Turnstile, The Wild Life & Turnover. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20.50-$40.50. 7 p.m. March 29.George WinstonOne of the most recognized solo pianists in the world will perform his “Summer Show” featuring spring and summer songs, including melodic folk piano songs from his recordings, Vince Guaraldi’s Peanuts pieces, those inspired by the New Orleans R&B piano tradition & the Harlem stride piano tradition, and songs from his upcoming album, Spring Carousel – A Cancer Research Benefit, scheduled for release in 2015. West Hampton Beach Performance Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org  $20-$50. 8 p.m. March 29.Marc Peyser & Timothy DwyerThese two authors will speak and sign their new book Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth. Vivid, intimate and stylishly written, Hissing Cousins finally sets this relationship center stage, revealing the contentious bond between two political trailblazers who short-circuited the rules of gender and power, each in her own way. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. March 31.Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert KalishSinger Dawn Upshaw and her longtime collaborator, pianist Gilbert Kalish, bring a deeply engaging recital to the stage. Staller Center, 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook University, Stony Brook. Stallercenter.com $48. 8 p.m. April 1.Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Rashed Mian, Jaime Franchi, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

first_imgThe Arthur George founder, 33, has kept a relatively low profile over the past few years, but popped back up on an October episode of the E! reality show in honor of Kim Kardashian’s 40th birthday.“Major throwback lol HAPPY BIRTHDAY @kimkardashian‼️” Rob captioned an old photo for his sister’s big day on October 21. “Wishing you another Blessed year filled with good health and HAPPINESS 🙂 💙💙 I LOVE YOU SO MUCH woohoooo!!”Rob Kardashian Through the Years: Reality TV Star to Arthur George Sock DesignerE!Rob was also in attendance for the Skims founder’s private island birthday party last month.- Advertisement – The momager gushed about her only son, revealing how he’s grown as a parent after welcoming daughter Dream in November 2016 with his ex-fiancée Blac Chyna, who is currently suing Kardashian family for allegedly getting the pair’s E! reality show canceled.Kris Jenner Says Rob Kardashian Is So Good After His KUWTK ReturnKris Jenner Rob Latour/Shutterstock“His daughter, Dream, is great and he’s so in love with that kid,” Jenner explained. “He’s such a great dad and you never know — you have kids, they grow up, they have their kids — and you just don’t know how somebody is going to be as a parent but he’s just … wow.”She added: “He really is amazing.”- Advertisement – Back in action! Kris Jenner opened up about how her son, Rob Kardashian, is doing after reappearing on Keeping Up With the Kardashians last month.“He’s so good. He is so good,” Jenner, 64, said on the Tuesday, November 3, episode of iHeartRadio’s “Pretty Messed Up” podcast. “He’s really great.”- Advertisement – The California native was all smiles as he posed for photos with four of his five sisters while on vacation with the family in October. He was joined by Kim, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian and Kendall Jenner. Kylie Jenner missed the festivities due to “other commitments,” a source previously told Us Weekly.Rob also appeared on KUWTK in April in an episode celebrating his daughter’s 3rd birthday.“I am so proud of Rob and what a cute party he gave for Dream,” Kris said during the episode, referencing the Trolls-themed bash Rob threw. “He wanted it to be so special. From the cake to the bubble guy, it was just so cute.”The Grandeza Hot Sauce cocreator returned to social media two months later in June after being out of the public eye for some time. He posted photos from Khloé’s 36th birthday party where he showed off his slimmer figure.A source exclusively told Us in July that the reality star has been “taking really good care of himself” lately and is “in a good mental state.”The insider added: “He’s really focused on being a parent, he lives for Dream and that keeps him in a good place.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |SHREWSBURY – Can we do more to impact the community in a positive way?This is the question David Levy posed when he accepted the role of president at the Guild of Creative Arts (GCA), as he considered how the 58-year-old nonprofit artist cooperative at 620 Broad St. could influence and extend its reach.For Levy, the GCA was more than a celebrated showroom or heralded hub of creativity for local artists developing ideas.The facility presented Levy a platform, and what’s more, an opportunity, to make the artistic experience accessible to all who sought it, a notion that led him to establish The Docent Program.“Our mission at the Guild is to advance excellence in the visual arts, but our vision is to reach out to everyone in our community, especially the underserved populace, including those with disabilities, and ignite or rekindle their love of art,” Levy said on Tuesday, while prepping the GCA’s Feb. 11 reception for its current Exhibiting and Associate Show, an exhibition that runs until Feb. 27 and features the work of the cooperative’s most prominent artists.According to Levy, The Docent Program, which focuses on the observation of art pieces and emphasizes analysis, evaluation and higher-order thinking skills, caters to the developmental and cognitive needs of elementary school-aged students, as well as children and adults with special needs and senior citizens with cognitive or physical disabilities.Since founding The Docent Program in 2013, Levy has witnessed firsthand the benefits such an offering can provide to the surrounding special needs community, which is why he finds it troubling that funding for the arts has come under fire in recent years.“Art is for everyone and is something that enriches lives,” said Levy, a former college professor of art history, as well as an instructor of gifted and talented students and an enrichment teacher for students with special needs.“There are so many reasons why it’s worthwhile, and for kids especially, it shows that art activities stimulate various parts of their developing brain, which positively impacts other subject areas and aspects of their lives,” said Levy. “The arts are something worth fighting for.”While he remains steadfast in his fight for the preservation of arts education, Levy’s Docent Program continues to offer insight to those who wish to appreciate and interpret art pieces from the perspective of an artist, helping viewers gain a greater understanding of the creatives’ methods and what they hope to accomplish stylistically and affectively.“It was a goal of mine to help transform this into something more than a place to view art and take classes,” Levy said. “We wanted The Guild to be a community resource that could reach out and educate everyone. And this program is helping us do that.”This article was first published in the Feb. 8-15, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_imgIt was a proud moment for Gartan National School today as they raised their fifth green flag in conjunction with an active flag. Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher hoisted the two flags at the school on Friday morning.The Donegal TD said both initiatives play an essential part in creating awareness about protecting the environment and the importance of physical education and fitness towards our overall wellbeing.Pat the Cope said: “The green flag schools initiative creates awareness in our primary and secondary schools about the single biggest challenge facing each and every one of us; is how we manage the environment, how we deal with waste and plastics that we create and how we minimalize damage we do to our shared environment with that waste. “Unlike in the past, we now have record population levels on our planet, record levels of waste and no effective ways of dealing with the ever-growing mountains of waste.“We see this daily with the amounts of waste and plastics in our seas, oceans, countryside, it is alarming,” stated Pat the Cope.“Unfortunately, it is all due to human recklessness and poor understanding of how to manage our countryside and environment.“The green flag initiative is an important first step in instilling how to manage waste and to better care for our environment. Speaking after launching Gartan NS their active flag award, Pat the Cope said: “For the overall wellbeing of the student and for the physical and mental health of the individual, it is essential that we have the correct amount of physical education and exercise.“That is the reason why initiatives such as the active school flag are critical programmes nowadays to have incorporated in our schools.“I wish to commend and congratulate Gartan National School for undertaking both initiatives and for promoting these programmes within their school.“I fully appreciate that these measures take quite an amount of time, both school staff and management have been great advocates for these two initiatives,” concluded Pat the Cope.Gartan National School receives fifth green flag was last modified: June 7th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgTherefore, the Warriors cemented a 123-103 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday at Oracle Arena not only because … Click HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.WATCH: Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr on their 123-103 win over the Phoenix Suns.OAKLAND – Even if the Warriors have Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, their identity does not hinge on 3-point shooting. Their stretch traces back how they blend star power and teamwork.last_img read more

first_imgAmendments to the National Environmental Management and the Mineral and Petroleum Development Acts will soon see a smoother process to licensing in the mining sector, improving the climate for investment in the country.As the 20th African Mining Indaba comes to a close, strides are being made in opening up investment opportunities into the sector. With $2.5-trillion in proven mineral reserves, it is ripe for beneficiation and investment, and remains a significant contributor to the South African economy. Recent research indicates that platinum, coal and gold contribute 66% and 84% of revenue and employment respectively.And, according to delegates at the Investment Promotion Workshop, co-hosted by Brand South Africa and the departments of Mineral Resources, Trade and Industry and Science and Technology at the Indaba, South Africa is “an emerging market that matters”.In light of this, the government is set to implement the Integrated Mining Licensing System, which will cap the time taken to approve new projects to 180 days and a further 90 days for the appeals process, and eliminate duplicating some environmental requirements.Cutting out the red tapeThe new licensing regime will come into effect with the amendments to the National Environmental Management (NEMA) and the Mineral and Petroleum Development Acts, said Martha Mokonyane from the Department of Mineral Resources during a presentation at the workshop.Mokonyane says parliament voting on the changes to the laws is scheduled to be finalised well before the end of the year.Under the proposed changes, the environmental authorisation in respect of mining and prospecting will be regulated under a single system, prescribed by NEMA.In terms of NEMA, the Minister of Mineral Resources will be the “competent authority” responsible for putting in place an environmental system relating to mining and prospecting. The Minister of Environmental Affairs will take over the responsibility of appeals relating to environmental authorisation on mining matters.Another change under the proposed system will see licensing requirements – like a Water Use Licence – running parallel to the other approval processes. This way decisions will be taken simultaneously.Previously Water Affairs, Environmental Affairs and Mineral Resources each had their own somewhat duplicate licensing processes – leading to inevitable delays.Mokonyane said under the new system there would be regulatory certainty, making it easier to do business in South Africa, which would in turn improve the investment climate.The work done to date by the three departments to ease the licensing requirements has the approval of Jonny de Lange, parliament’s Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs. Late last year he praised the departments for their efforts and noted that “the optimal implementation of these legislative arrangements” would strengthen confidence in the system.Making a case for investmentThe South African economy, underpinned by prudent monetary and fiscal policy, has grown from being worth US$80-billion in 1994 to one worth US$400-billion. Research shows that it has diversified in the past 20 years with banking and real estate increasing their contributions to the economy – from 12.5% to 24%. This bodes well for the creation of a knowledge economy.International investors continue to see South Africa as a reliable investment destination with foreign direct investment projects in South Africa having grown at a compound rate of 22.4% between 2007 and 2012, making South Africa the leading destination for investment into Africa.And, at the workshop, delegates were assured that government and business are committed to implementing the National Development Plan (NDP), the vision of the nation South Africa strives to be by 2030, improving the country’s position as a leading investment destination.Key proposals from the NDP are being implemented, including:Making sustainable investments in competitive economic infrastructure;Increasing the pace of job creation, especially for young job seekers;Encouraging the expansion of businesses and development on new enterprises;Transforming human settlements and developing a functioning public transport system;Providing policy certainly to encourage long-term investment in mining and other sectors;Increasing economic integration within Sub-Saharan Africa in areas such as energy production; and finance, tourism, communications, infrastructure building and customs administration.Presenters at the workshop included Brand South Africa chief executive officer, Miller Matola; the Department of Trade and Industry’s Yunus Carrim; the Department of Science and Technology’s Imraan Patel; Martha Mokonyane of the Department of Mineral Resources; Mxolisi Kota of the Council of Geoscience; Matlou Mabokanon of the Technology Innovation Agency; Dr Declan Vogt of the CSIR; and Peter Craven of MINTEK.Presenting in their fields of expertise, they made a compelling business case for why prospective investors should consider South Africa as an investment destination.In the final analysis, Matola said, “South Africa is a sound destination for inward flows of investment and is an emerging market that matters.”The Mining Indaba concludes on Thursday 6 February 2014.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Joel Penhorwood has accepted a job with Select Sires and will no longer be contributing his considerable talents with the OCJ/OAN team. We are sad to see Joel move on but wish him well as he takes on a new chapter in his career. Thanks Joel for your hard work and best of luck in your future endeavors. Here are some of our favorite posts from Joel:Super Bowl corn syrup controversy commentarylast_img

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Mostly sunny and pleasant today, as cooler air continues to move into the area. Tomorrow will be dry as well, with sun to start, but clouds increase in the afternoon and evening. Still, it should be a great start to the weekend.A front moves across Ohio for the second half of the weekend. We expect showers for Sunday. Rain totals will end up being from a tenth or two on the low end to around half an inch on the top end. Then overnight Sunday night through Monday, we continue to see rain and perhaps a few thunderstorms, but mostly south of a line from Youngstown to Cincinnati. Any thunderstorm threat comes Sunday night, and will be most prevalent in far south central to southern Ohio. Moisture actually will be done Monday midday in western and northern Ohio, and we should see sun return there faster. However those south and eastern locations can pick up another half to 1 inch.10 day precipitation potential.We are sunny and dry for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Temps climb a bit, but will generally be normal to slightly above normal. This will be great dry down weather and will promote harvest opportunity, particularly in the areas that are on the low end of the range this weekend on rain. Then, we have a strong system and cold front that moves through next Friday. Rain and thunderstorms bring rain of .25″-.75″ to 100% of the state. Behind the front we turn much colder as we clear out. We can see frost either next Saturday morning or next Sunday morning, depending on which model you believe. IF we can clear quickly on Friday night, we think Saturday morning is the most likely…but if the front is stalled at all in leaving, that will bring the coldest morning in on Sunday. Lows for this air mass change will be down in the 31-37 degree range, so we are looking at a frost only, not a hard freeze. The timing of this (October 12th or 13th) really not all that big of a story…this is about average for the first frost in our area.High pressure is in for Saturday and Sunday (with a nearby full moon too, everything seeming to align for a frost) as we finish the the 10 day period, and then stays in control for Monday and Tuesday (14th-15th) to kick off the 11-16 day period. Scattered showers are back over the northern half of the state for Wednesday the 16th, triggering a few hundredths to a tenth or two from I-70 north. Then better organized rain hits 80% of the state for Thursday the 17th, but still yields only a quarter inch or less. Dry to finish the extended window Friday and Saturday (19th-20th), but there is a large storm complex lurking out west that looks like it may want to push in shortly thereafter.last_img read more