Former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters played a free concert at Mexico City’s Plaza de la Constitución last night to a crowd of over 200,000 people. The over two-hour performance saw Waters and his band take on a 25-song set of Pink Floyd classics and songs penned by the socio-political activist.As is typical during a Waters show, the fiery bassist took shots at various political figures, including well-deserving human punching bag and class clown Donald Trump. Watch a video of the entire performance below, which includes hits such as “Time,” “Fearless,” “Run Like Hell”, and “Comfortably Numb”:[Video courtesy of Live Concerts]Roger Waters Setlist – Mexico City, Mexico – 10/1/16:Speak to MeBreatheSet the Controls for the Heart of the SunOne of These DaysTimeBreathe (Reprise)The Great Gig in the SkyMoneyUs and ThemFearlessShine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)Welcome to the MachineHave a CigarWish You Were HerePigs on the Wing 1Pigs on the Wing 2DogsPigs (Three Different Ones)The Happiest Days of Our LivesAnother Brick in the Wall Part 2MotherRun Like HellBrain DamageEclipseEncore:Comfortably Numb[via Consequence of Sound]
23 January 2013South African-born and raised actress Charlize Theron was one of three “exceptional cultural leaders” to be given special awards at the opening of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday.This year’s gathering of global political and business leaders has drawn more than 2 500 participants from over 100 countries, including nearly 50 heads of state or government, 1 500 business leaders, and representatives from civil society, media, academia and the arts.After WEF founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab opened proceedings on Tuesday, Hilde Schwab presented the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship’s Crystal Award 2013 to Theron, US artist Vik Muniz and Pakistani documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy.The award celebrates “artists who not only excel in their art but also help to improve the world”.South African singer and humanitarian Yvonne Chaka Chaka received the same award in 2012.Theron, founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, told the gathering that she aimed to use the spotlight she attracted as an entertainer to draw attention to one of the world’s greatest problems, the HIV epidemic in South Africa in particular and sub-Saharan Africa in general.South Africa has the largest HIV-positive population in the world, while sub-Saharan Africa is home to three-quarters of the world’s HIV-positive youth.Theron said South Africa had made considerable progress in tackling the pandemic, with the eradication of mother-to-child HIV transmission in particular being an “incredible stride”, but said much work remained to be done to ensure that young people had “the resources, skills and life-saving information to lead an HIV-free life”.Documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy told delegates that film had the power to change lives. A recent documentary of hers had an impact on legislation in Pakistan, causing acid attacks to be treated as terrorism and punished with prison terms.“My mission as a filmmaker is not only to expose all the things that are happening around the world, but also to become a voice for those who cannot tell their own message,” Chinoy said.Artist Vik Muniz said that he was working to “use art as an element of inclusion” and towards making art “a right, not a privilege”. To achieve these goals, he was taking art out of exclusive exhibition spaces. One such project, his work with Brazilian garbage pickers, became an award-winning documentary film, Waste Land.The WEF is an independent international organisation that seeks to improve the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. This year’s meeting runs until 27 January under the theme “Resilient Dynamism”.A high-profile South African delegation, led by Jacob Zuma, is attending the meeting. The country is taking part in various forums, and on Wednesday will host a high-level thought leader session under the theme “Africa’s dynamism”.Here, key South Africans and their international counterparts will make a case for more foreign direct investment into Africa, highlighting the fact that the continent is a leading investment destination for good returns and sustainable socio-economic growth.SAinfo reporter
The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has started a pilot project to build roads using plastic waste and environment-friendly technology, primarily along the Sino-India border, said a senior official on Wednesday.Lt. Gen. Harpal Singh, Director General, BRO said here that “six roads in the States of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura have been identified for construction using waste plastic material and work on this pilot project has commenced”.Tripura has a border with Bangladesh while the other five States share border with China.“This (pilot project) will enable environmental friendly disposal of waste plastic which is otherwise a major cause for concern,” he added.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his last Independence Day speech, had given a call to curb the use of single-use plastic.Lt. Gen. Singh said on Wednesday that directions have issued to adopt “environmental friendly techniques of construction in remote border areas of the country”.The BRO constructs roads in many areas that are in ecologically sensitive zones where restrictions have been imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on the use of construction materials like local aggregates and sand, he said.“To overcome this problem, BRO has adopted innovative modern technology involving use of non-toxic chemicals, polymers, enzymes etc for soil stabilisation to construct road pavements without depending on conventional materials like stone aggregates and sand,” Lt. Gen. Singh added.“Geosynthetic and technical textile materials” are also being used for “slope stabilisation on a large scale and for construction of pavements”, he said.