Dave Matthews Band has announced an upcoming run of 2019 fall tour dates in Mexico, marking the band’s first concert trek in the Central American country since their debut shows south of the border in 2015.Dave Matthews Band will open up the run with a performance at Guadalajara’s Auditorio Telmex on October 3rd, 2019. The seven-piece will then head to Mexico City’s Arena Ciudad De Mexico on October 5th, followed by a show at Monterrey’s Arena Monterrey on October 8th.Dave Matthews Band Releases Charlottesville 2018 Recording For Summer Tour Ticket HoldersAs previously announced, an unreleased live recording of Dave Matthews Band’s Charlottesville show from December 14th, 2018 is now available to download for fans who have purchased tickets to DMB’s upcoming 2019 summer tour. All tickets purchased for DMB’s 2019 Mexican fall tour performances can also be redeemed for a free download of the Charlottesville show.Tickets for the Dave Matthews Band’s newly announced shows in Guadalajara and Mexico City go on sale this Friday, April 26th at 10 a.m. local time via Ticketmaster and Superboletos.com. Monterrey tickets go up for grabs this Saturday, April 27th at 10 a.m. local time via Superboletos.Head to Dave Matthews Band’s website for a full list of upcoming tour dates and ticketing information.
Tamara O’ReillyApart from being one of the host cities for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, Johannesburg will also be the location for the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) where journalists and broadcasters from around the globe will be stationed to broadcast the event.About 14 000 media personnel, including commentators, camera crew, journalists and technical staff, who are expected in the country in the run-up to and during the 2010 Fifa World Cup will use the 30 000 square metre Nasrec Expo Centre, one of the city’s oldest and largest exhibition centres, as their headquarters.The expo centre is located less than two kilometres from the FNB Stadium which will host the opening and final matches of the tournament. The South African Football Association headquarters as well as the Fifa headquarters and Local Organising Committee for the event are located here.A key feature of the area is its strategic location with regard to infrastructure such as transport, roads and the provision of power, water and sanitation. It is situated close to other accommodation facilities as well as to other stadiums which will be used as training venues for World Cup teams.Almost four billion spectators worldwide will rely on this communication hub to broadcast the games in 2010. According to Fifa figures, the final match of the 2006 Fifa World Cup in Germany between Italy and France was seen by 715 million people – an increase of 15% from the previous tournament held in 2002. The IBC set up in Munich broadcast images and reports of the 2006 event to more than 120 television and radio stations in 190 countries to a cumulative audience of over 26 billion people across the world.Johannesburg is already the primary broadcasting hub for international and local television and radio as well as home to almost 60% of all information communication technology enterprises in South Africa.The City of Johannesburg also announced a R120 million investment plan that will see a hotel being built in the vicinity of the expo centre to accommodate journalists and the IBC support staff. Expected to have 500 rooms, the hotel will be completed in time for the Confederations Cup in 2009. In addition, an exhibition and film centre, offices and retail buildings, and an events facility will also be constructed at Nasrec.The expo centre will house the host broadcast services logistics offices, and all South African, Asian and European broadcasters. According to a press release issued by the City of Johannesburg, included in the high-tech facilities that will be constructed at the IBC are satellite teleport and telecommunications infrastructure which will support 40 gigabytes of data per second to be transmitted.“As you know, I am a supporter of modern communication and this IBC will be one of the most advanced centres of information in the world,” said Fifa president Sepp Blatter via video feed at the announcement. “Through a sophisticated network dedicated for this event, it will be linking the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa to the rest of our football family all over the globe. This way it will also create a legacy far beyond the event in terms of telecommunication infrastructure for the country.”The communications hub is expected to add at least R513.7 million in revenue to Gauteng’s gross domestic product and will create more than 3 000 temporary jobs.Useful linksFIFASouth Africa 2010Expo Centre City of Johannesburg
Dubbing Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar’s proposed visit to the Enforcement Directorate’s office in Mumbai as “high political drama”, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State president Chandrakant Patil on Friday said it was the erstwhile Congress-led government that had first launched a probe into the Maharashtra State Cooperative (MSC) Bank scam.Mr. Patil rubbished the NCP’s allegations that the BJP was pursuing a political vendetta against Mr. Pawar. “I ought to remind the NCP that it was their own [Congress-NCP] government running on the advice of Sharad Pawar that had first launched a probe in the MSC Bank case,” he saidIt was the then chief minister Prithviraj Chavan who had initiated an inquiry into the case by setting up a committee as he had suspected some irregularities, Mr. Patil said. He said the Reserve Bank of India then appointed an administrator on the bank and that it was only later that an individual had moved the Bombay High Court on grounds that no proper inquiry was being initiated. “It was on the court’s direction that an FIR was recently registered. So where is the question of the State government acting in a vindictive manner? Then the ED, an autonomous agency, registered a case on its own as the amount involved in the scam was above ₹100 crore,” Mr. Patil said.He said the NCP was trying to garner people’s sympathy and support by spreading false propaganda that the government was behind the probe. “But people are smart as they know that when [senior NCP leader] Chhagan Bhujbal was arrested, there were no protests on part of the NCP workers,” Mr. Patil said, calling the NCP’s protests “forced” and without much support from the people.
In another two weeks, the community of Pennants in Clarendon will have its first water shop, which was built at a cost of $8 million.Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, made the announcement at a Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation town hall meeting at Edwin Allen High School in Frankfield on September 20.He said the project is expected to provide easier access to potable water for more than 1,000 residents in and around Pennants.It involves construction of a fenced complex to accommodate eight 1,000-gallon water tanks and an administrative office. The tanks will be refilled regularly to ensure a constant supply. Persons will be able to have access to water at a minimum cost.The Pennants project will serve as a pilot for the provision of water to areas across the island that face a shortage of the commodity during dry periods.Minister McKenzie, in the meantime, informed that the Pennants back road was repaired at a cost of $13 million, which will make it easier for water trucks to deliver the commodity to the community.