Justin CharlesWhen Avicii announced that Radio City Music Hall would be the host of his New York City tour stop this fall, many fans were understandably skeptical. Radio City is a legendary in the minds of New Yorkers, however it is most famous for hosting it’s annual Rockettes Christmas show and seated events like the NFL Draft and the MTV Video Music Awards. How would several thousand extremely excited young music fans react to being confined to a seat during a full set of electronic dance music?The answer is about exactly how you would expect. Organized chaos. Young adults decked out in neon filled the nearly 6,000 person capacity theater. Ushers heavily guarded the rows, and for the most part people danced wildly within the confine of their row. It was quite the sight to behold – thousands of being flailing the arms and jumping around, yet unable to move forwards or backwards. For all of the pre-show concerns, once Avicii’s massive stage set up was revealed to the crowd and the lights were dimmed, it seemed that no one seemed to mind the unorthodox seating arrangements.Before anything else, much credit must be given to Avicii and his visual production team. The stage set up was absolutely massive – earlier this year Avicii debuted a giant head that he would DJ atop of, while a massive array of lights project all sorts of images onto the stage. Words cannot accurately describe it – it truly is a sight to behold and is worth the ticket price alone. While Avicii gets a lot of flak from hardcore electronic fans whom see his productions as too main stream or safe – the producer does deserve a lot of credit for being forward thinking, pushing boundaries, and exceeding expectations with one of the better stage set ups this side of Amon Tobin.That is all not to say that Avicii musically disappointed. Far from it. His set weaved in between his own classics like ‘Seek Bromance’ , newer hits like ‘Sunshine’ which was co-produced by David Guetta, and some favorites from other artsits that are dominating the airwaves like Swedish House Mafia’s ‘Don’t You Worry Child’. He constantly teased some of the more memorable songs from his repertoire before changing the pace and dropping something else, keeping the capacity crowd on their feet. He even experimented with some progressive dubtep towards the end of his set, much to the delight of the crowd. By the time the familiar opening chords of Zombie Nation’s ‘Kernkraft 400′ blared through the house speakers, it seemed like the crowd had been given everything they expected and more. One word you could not use to describe the set would be safe.For all the confusion of seeing a DJ in a seated venue, it was really a remarkable feat for an electronic artist to accomplish. Avicii has seemingly lead a charge this year in trailblazing a path for electronic artists to fully enter the mainstream, for better or worse. He brought in the New Year to huge demand at Pier 94, an ‘outside the box’ idea for a venue. In March, he brought Madonna on stage with him at Ultra to huge controversy. Over the summer, he became the first EDM artist to take over the main venue at the Revel in Atlantic City. And now he has christened Radio City Music Hall, one of America’s premiere theaters, as an EDM-friendly venue. It can only be assumed that 2013 will be a similar year for the Swedish superstar as he continues his dominance over the EDM genre.
In 1973, he was transferred to their petroleum refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, where he retired as the Plant Manager in 1987 after 37 ½ years of service.Kenneth was a member of The First United Methodist Church in Port Neches and served on various boards and committees.Those left to cherish Kenneth’s memory are his wife, of 59 years, Coleta West Suiter of Port Neches; his daughters, Elizabeth Anne Suiter and husband, Robert Emanuel of Port Neches and Martha Kay Suiter of Galveston; and his beloved granddaughter, who he was so proud of, Julia Emanuel. Julia will graduate from Port Neches-Groves High School in May and in the fall, will attend Texas A&M University in College Station.Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Clanton Suiter, and his sister, Clyvene Deppe. Next UpKenneth proudly served his country in the United States Army Air Corps from 1944-1946 (active service) and 1946-1952 (reserve service).From 1966-1973, he served as a member of the Petroleum and Gas Unit National Defense Executive Reserve, Department of Interior.Kenneth’s professional career began in 1949 as a mechanical engineer for Fina Oil and Chemical Company in ElDorado, Kansas. Kenneth McClain Suiter, 94, of Port Neches, Texas, passed away at his home, surrounded by family, on Sunday morning, March 22, 2020.Kenneth was born in Otis, Kansas, on January 24, 1926 to Clive Suiter and Mary Peters Suiter.He grew up in Otis and upon graduating high school, attended Kansas State University and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1949. A private graveside service will be held at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches on Thursday, March 26, 2020.In lieu of usual remembrances, memorials can be given to the Southeast Texas Food Bank, or the Effie and Wilton Hebert Public Library in Port Neches.
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Rugby League BY FIDELIS SUKINA The Kroton Hela Wigmen have embarked on improving their performance this year, with the team teaming up with Axellerate Sports to bring in sports science and proper nutrition to the team. Wigmen chairman Andy Hetra said it is a step in the right direction for the team and will yield maximum results. “Rugby league has changed very quickly over the past few years, the sports science of it has become very important in rugby league and to be on par with the rest of the world in rugby league. We train the players but they have to have proper dieting and recovery proper specific technical coaching. “For that to happen we need skilled people to help us and having evaluated what we have in country we have seen that Axellerate Sports can give us that level of support we need so that is why we chose them and benefit from what they have in offer and we know the result will pay dividends throughout the season. “Its practiced in the game of rugby league, it is a step in the right direction for the team to give the maximum performance, there are certain things that need to be done behind the scenes and it is an investment in the right direction,” Hetra said. The managing director of Axellerate Sports, Anthony Toscano, said they are pleased to be involved with the Wigmen to ensure they lift their game for this year. “We are pleased to be involved with the Wigmen. The management of the Wigmen wanted to lift the standards of their apparel, off field training gear, diet and supplements and training equipment. It has been a pleasure dealing with both the players and the management as they have embraced the professional approach that Axellerate Sports has delivered for them. We are excited about this relationship and look forward to seeing the Wigmen become a powerhouse in the PNG Rugby League Competitio,” he said.
29 April 2008Speaking at South Africa’s Freedom Day celebrations at the Turfhall Stadium in Landsdowne, Cape Town on Sunday, President Thabo Mbeki called for “all hands on deck” to tackle the challenges facing the country.Mbeki urged everyone to get involved in creating a new South Africa; to become the kind of citizens who did not do crime, were not racist, sexist or xenophobic, and who worked hard to make the country succeed.“We believe that by coming together and working in partnerships as government, business, labour, civil society and communities, we will succeed.”Mbeki admitted that the country faced many challenges. “There are still too many people who are poor,” he said. “There are still too many people without jobs. There are too many people without houses. There are still too many children who study in dilapidated schools.”There were also “other problems we must confront together as they impact negatively on the standard of living of the people. These include the national electricity emergency, the high food and fuel prices and the high interest rates”.Mbeki said that since the government’s call to South Africans earlier this year to work together to save electricity and help stabilise the national electricity grid, much had been done by both businesses and households, and he thanked the nation for their positive response.He said that even though progress had been uneven since the country’s first democratic elections on 27 April 1994, “there is no doubt that freedom has given us the possibility to move our country away from the terrible legacy of apartheid, opening opportunities in the quest for a better life for all South Africans.”Fourteen years after the first day that South Africans, irrespective of race, got to vote, “we walk tall because of collective efforts that culminated on 27 April being the country’s Freedom Day,” Mbeki said.Referring to a recent spate of racist and xenophobic incidents, Mbeki said these showed that South Africa still contained “pockets of backwardness” which had to be confronted. “We cannot allow racism and racist attitudes to prevail in our society, in our communities or in any of our diverse and varied institutions.”The President also spoke out against violence against women and children. “Clearly we can’t proclaim to be a free nation while women and children are not free to enjoy our freedom.”He said men had an important part to play in advancing affirmative social values and mending the social fabric that had been torn by “those that behave like animals”. Men had an important message to give to their compatriots, namely that “real men do not abuse”.Mbeki said that in the country’s work to transform the lives of its people, particular attention needed to be paid to young people, who faced increasing challenges, such as substance abuse, unemployment, crime and the absence of good role models.“Indeed, many of our young have to face difficult challenges at times without parental or adult guidance.“All of us, as a society, need to inculcate among the youth the ethos and ethics that help build great and successful nations; we need to help bring about a spirit of resilience in the face of what would seem formidable odds.“We need to bring up young people who know that, to sustain the progress of the last 14 years, we need skills and better education.”Source: BuaNews
The department will establish these farmers where there is a large concentration of subsistence producers, including supporting smallholders on land acquired through land reform in partnership with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, she said. KwaZulu-Natal and Northern Cape get R60-million each; Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West and Limpopo R40-million each, Free State R52-million Gauteng R20-million, and the Western Cape R48-million. The Junior LandCare Initiative, focusing on enhancing an ethic of natural resources stewardship, reached 22 166 young people; and in total 14 815 green jobs were created through rehabilitation works related to soil, water and veld management. “For this CASP programme, a grant of over R1-billion has been allocated to the nine provinces, which will be paid out in tranches, depending on progress,” Joemat-Pettersson said. “By now the provinces will have received the initial 10% of their allocation, which will be followed by a further 20% next month, and the remaining allocations in October and January next year.” She said they will increase their support to new and existing smallholder farmers, working in close collaboration with the provinces to achieve their targets. The LandCare Programme, during the 2010/11 financial year, directly and indirectly benefited 28 161 land users. A total of 15 000 smallholder farmers have been targeted for the 2011/12 financial year. In addition, a Smallholder Development Plan will be developed this year to strengthen coordination with provinces in regard to the support of 15 000 smallholder farmers. “As part of the LandCare programme for 2011/12, an estimated 15 000 job opportunities will be created through the rehabilitation and land utilisation activities under the LandCare programme,” she said. “An amount of R57.7-million has been earmarked for the LandCare programme in this financial year, and all provinces will receive a share of this.” Smallholder Development Plan The Eastern Cape is to receive R174.9-million; Free State R102.9-million, Gauteng R41.1-million and KwaZulu-Natal R164.6-million. Limpopo will receive R154.3-million, Mpumalanga R102.9-million, Northern Cape R72.05-million, North West R133.8-million and the Western Cape will get R82.3-million. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries aims to establish 50 000 commercially oriented smallholder farmers focusing on homelands, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said during her Budget Vote speech in Parliament in Cape Town this week. Encouraging self-sufficiency Joemat-Pettersson said over 5 000 jobs were created in the 2010/11 financial year as a result of the support interventions of Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme (CASP), including programmes on state land managed by the department. With regard to the Illima/Letsema programme, which is aimed at encouraging self-sufficiency and the eradication of hunger, Joemat-Pettersson said a budget of R400-million has been earmarked for this and each province will receive a share. 17 June 2011 Source: BuaNews