On Sunday, following New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival2019’s final day, Dumpstaphunk made their way to Tipitina‘s for a special late-night performance. Up-and-coming guitar virtuoso Marcus King was the evening’s featured guest, joining the band for a series of covers and impressive improvisational exploration.Dumpstaphunk—comprised of Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Tony Hall, Nick Daniels III, and Alvin Ford Jr.—opened up their show with a full-throttle double bass duel between Tony and Nick. Following approximately an hour of Dumpstaphunk’s firey-hot funk jams, the band invited up Marcus King for the remainder of their main set. With the addition of King, the funk warriors worked through “I’d Rather Be (Blind, Crippled and Crazy)”, a soul tune originally recorded in 1973 by O.V. Wright. Dumpstaphunk and King moved forward with choice covers, including B.B. King‘s “It’s My Own Fault”, the Allman Brothers Band‘s “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’”, and a set-closing take on Led Zepplin‘s “Ramble On”.Watch pro-shot video of Dumpstaphunk’s Tipitina’s performance featuring special guest Marcus King below:Dumpstaphunk – Tipitina’s – 5/5/2019[Video: nugsnet]Next up for Dumpstaphunk is a performance at The Charleston Pour House in Charleston, SC on Thursday, May 23rd. A few weeks later, Dumpstaphunk will hit the road with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic as a featured support act on the band’s expansive One Nation Under A Groove farewell tour. For a full list of Dumpstaphunk’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.
Another opportunity to hear from Michael Dell is coming at the SXSW Conference in March. Dell will be joined by Clay Johnston, the inaugural Dean of the Dell Medical School, to discuss “When Health Care Goes High-Tech.” Conference attendees can also see innovation in tech and meet other disruptive leaders making transformation real at THE EXPERIENCE coming from Dell Technologies at SXSW. “Here I am, supposed to be going to college and I’ve got this thriving business in my dorm room,” Michael Dell recently told Guy Raz when being interviewed for his “How I Built This” podcast.It’s the story that most people are familiar with when they think of Dell. And while those dorm room computer sales may have grown into today’s Dell Technologies company, it’s not where the story really begins.No, before he was buying computers, “souping them up” with more capability and reselling them from the campus of The University of Texas at Austin, Dell had a fascination with how things worked and an innate acumen for business.Dell told Raz he had a wide variety of businesses as a kid – from selling baseball cards to a stamp auction, to working in a gold coin and jewelry store buying item for resale. But to me, it’s his story of selling newspaper subscriptions that really gives insight into his ability to understand customers.He said he observed three things that helped him formulate a plan that would earn himself an income equal to my first job out of college when he was just 17 years old:If you sounded like the people you were talking to, they were much more likely to buy the newspaper from you,People that were getting married were much more likely to buy the newspaper, andPeople that were moving into a new house or residence were also far more likely to buy the newspaper.So, he lined up some high school buddies to go to local county courthouses and bring back public information on who had applied for marriage licenses, then sent those people letters with newspaper subscription offers. And he went to local condominium and apartment complexes that were under construction and pitched them on trial subscription offers for their new residents.“I did plenty of things that didn’t work, but that worked, so I kept doing itShare“I did plenty of things that didn’t work, but that worked, so I kept doing it,” he told Raz.That willingness to try many things and tenacity to keep at it when they didn’t always work probably helped when it came time to try to reassemble some of the things he took apart.You see, while a fascination with his father’s adding machine, led to the purchase of his first electronic calculator at age seven or eight. And the proximity of a Radio Shack store between home and school meant much time hanging out there checking out new technologies. Just looking at them wasn’t enough.“What else would you do?” Dell replied when Raz was amazed to hear that he’d taken apart an early IBM PC he bought to determine that the $3,000 system was actually made from about $600 worth of parts. (Now you really see the beginnings of that dorm room business.)“I wanted to understand it,” Dell explained. “And to understand it, you had to take it apart.”If you want to understand the vision and leadership that drives our company, then I encourage you to take time to listen to the full interview:
The coronavirus outbreak led to a contraction in the country’s economy of 5.32 percent in the second quarter this year and all components of economic activity fell significantly. The government expects the economy to contract by 1.1 percent this year, or to grow 0.2 percent in the best-case scenario.Read also: Govt aims for 2021 budget deficit at 5.5% of GDP, sees growth near 5%As a consequence, around 3.7 million workers have lost their jobs so far this year, according to data from the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), a number that is expected to hit around 10 million by the end of the year.At the same time, the outbreak has also exposed Indonesia’s healthcare gap as unequal distribution and shortages of testing and medical supplies, hospital beds, health and lab workers have hindered the COVID-19 response. Economic recovery and structural reform will be at the core of the government’s 2021 state budget policy as the COVID-19 pandemic paralyzes the economy and causes a health and social crisis in Indonesia.The government is directing the fiscal policy next year toward accelerating economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic, structural reform to boost productivity, innovation, economic competitiveness, the acceleration of economic digital transformation and making use of and anticipating demographic dynamics.“Structural reform must also be carried out in education, health, social protection and budgeting and the taxation system,” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said in his annual state budget speech before the People’s Consultative Assembly in Jakarta on Friday. Jokowi in his state of the nation address earlier in the day also reiterated the need to carry out regulatory reform to cut red tape that has hampered investment in the country.“We dedicate all of this to a fair national economy that caters to the interests of workers and job seekers in order to alleviate poverty by providing the widest possible quality employment opportunities,” he said.The government expects state revenue to reach Rp 1.77 quadrillion (US$119.79 billion) next year while state expenditure is expected to be Rp 2.74 quadrillion. Therefore, the budget deficit is set at Rp 971.2 trillion, 5.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) next year, compared with an estimated 6.34 percent of GDP this year.Read also: Govt to roll out $2b for ICT development in 2021, boost inclusionIt also pledges to continue this year’s stimulus allocation into 2021, which will include funding for social protection and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) support, while fiscal relaxation will be implemented again to support the government’s agenda.The government is allocating Rp 356.5 trillion (US$24.04 billion) in economic recovery stimulus funding next year in an effort to further support the country’s economic recovery, as well as to strengthen the healthcare system, including the provision of a coronavirus vaccine.However, experts have expressed concern at the government’s policy as uncertainty surrounding the pandemic remains.“There are several sectors that will be like sinkholes if we give them too much stimulus funding while the COVID-19 pandemic is yet to end,” said Bank Central Asia (BCA) economist David Sumual on Friday. “It will be difficult [to see a positive result] if our tax money enters into bad sectors, such as tourism, aviation and transportation.”The government will provide Rp 136.7 trillion in next year’s stimulus for ministries and regional administrations to improve tourism, food security, industrial areas, communication and technology development and as loans for regions, among other projects.By comparison, only Rp 25.4 trillion will be allocated for health care, including the procurement of coronavirus vaccines once they are available, Rp 110.2 trillion for social aid and Rp 48.8 trillion for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).“As long as COVID-19 is still there, the people will remain pessimistic,” David said.Bank Permata economist Josua Pardede expressed a similar view, saying the government’s optimistic macroeconomic assumption for next year was still surrounded by virus uncertainty.Read also: Govt to provide $24b pandemic stimulus funding next year“The key is how successful Indonesia’s and the global COVID-19 containment efforts are so that people’s confidence and spending can improve,” he said.The government projects GDP to rebound and grow by 4.5 percent to 5.5 percent next year and forecasts the rupiah exchange rate to be around Rp 14,600 per United States dollar.“Next year’s economic projection, although recovering, is dependent on the COVID-19 containment,” Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati told a virtual press briefing on Friday.“The people’s discipline, vaccine availability and fiscal expansion through continuing the national economic recovery program will determine [the economy],” she added.The government will also continue next year its cooperation with Bank Indonesia (BI) to finance the budget deficit. As debt monetization is only being applied this year, the central bank is expected to remain the standby buyer for Indonesian government bonds.“We will maintain BI’s ability to participate in auctions to create a stable and balanced supply and demand,” Sri Mulyani said.Topics :
Gray whales have returned to the Puget Sound to feed along their 10,000-mile journey from Mexico to Alaska. The dozen or so gray whales familiar with the area have begun to arrive to feed on the sound’s ghost shrimp lying on the bottom. … these whales are relatively new to the area. There’s no record of the whales before the 1990s and it’s thought the few visitors came to find food during a food shortage. The whales will be visiting through April, followed by the sound’s favorite orcas in May.