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Indiana Leading the Way with State of the Art Phenotyping Center

first_img Indiana Leading the Way with State of the Art Phenotyping Center Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Leading the Way with State of the Art Phenotyping Center By Andy Eubank – Aug 30, 2016 SHARE Plaut and Novak on phenotyping centerThe Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center was lauded this week as a building in which new technologies from major advancements in plant agriculture will be realized through automated field phenotyping, the process of measuring and analyzing observable plant characteristics.Senior Associate Dean and Director of Research at Purdue, Karen Plaut explains drones roaming fields to acquire data is some of what is actually happening at the center.“We get the exact information of how those genes are expressing themselves. That’s what we call the phenotype. It’s the visible characteristics of that plant. What we do then is we get that data, we put that data together, and try to figure out what are the best plants for different environments. What traits are we not measuring now that are important and will make a big difference in yield for farmers.”She told HAT a number of key elements come together to make the building such an enhanced space for their research.“It is the space itself. There are areas where we need a modern facility to work in. In addition, much of this equipment is customized for our researchers, so it’s really state of the art. We developed it with flexibility so we can change out equipment as it develops. It’s also the technology, and one of the things this space does that we don’t do in that many other spaces is really allow us to build these multidisciplinary teams.”The former chief executive of the Indiana corn and soybean checkoff organizations that helped fund the new center, Chris Novak, is now the CEO of the National Corn Growers Association. He attended the dedication and told HAT Purdue and Indiana are now at the forefront of what needs to be a national push.“One of the reasons I wanted to be here today is at a national level we’re reaching out and we’re talking to soybean associations, and the cotton farmers, fruit and vegetable growers in California and Florida, because we know that there needs to be a federal phenotyping effort if we truly want to look at not just solving hunger but also as we develop plants that can help us with other nutritional issues like obesity.”Hear more from Novak and Plaut in the full HAT interviews:Karen PlautChris NovakJust steps away from the new center dedication, at the Beck Ag Center, the North American Plant Phenotyping Network was holding its inaugural convening event. Plaut said they anticipated 40 people would attend the meeting but registration was closed when they reached 170. Phenotyping was being discussed by representatives of 11 different countries, 34 companies, 30 academic institutions and 19 federal agencies. This network startup follows Europe and international networks already established and addressing plant phenotyping. Data collected at Purdue will be important to the North American network, and the dedication of the center was certainly an attraction for their very first meeting. SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleFarm Progress Show Opens With Rain and Lower PricesNext articleFew Changes in Indiana Farm Bureau Policy Andy Eubanklast_img read more

The Latest: Earliest that NHL facilities reopen is April 6

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:The NHL is extending its recommendation for players and staff to self-isolate and stay away from team practice facilities until at least April 6.Multiple people with knowledge of the update say the NHL has recommended players and staff extend their self-quarantine 10 days beyond the original March 27 timeline, further pushing back the earliest date team facilities can reopen. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the NHL hadn’t formally announced the change in protocol. The worlds, relocated from Xiamen, China, to Cancun, Mexico, and set for May 25-31, were rescheduled. The new dates were to be determined.Governing body UIPM says it welcomed the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and will finalize plans to revise qualification.___The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, could be moved from 2021 to 2022 after the Olympics were postponed.World Athletics says it is talking with organizers about “alternative dates, including dates in 2022.” Associated Press March 24, 2020 TrackTown USA is working on procedures for fans who already have purchased tickets to either retain them or apply for refunds.The Olympic trials were among the marquee events set to showcase the newly reconstructed Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Hayward Field has been expanded in anticipation of the 2021 world track and field championships.___The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals have made a $1 million donation to help those in the state affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The Cardinals are working with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to launch an initiative that will help fund protective equipment for medical personnel, support nonprofits like food banks and homeless shelters, and provide disadvantaged students with technology to help with online learning. DeMartini says “we just need to be sure everything is being done to protect their safety.”___IOC president Thomas Bach says he did not discuss new dates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.One option would be July 23-Aug. 8. That is exactly one year from the now-postponed July 24-Aug. 9 dates.Bach says the exact dates is a question for the Tokyo organizing committee and an International Olympic Committee panel overseeing the preparations. Bach says the original health issue for hosting the Tokyo Olympics was “could Japan offer a safe welcome” and the IOC was confident it could.___The Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed until 2021.The International Olympic Committee along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers have decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak.The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. “We are just a very, very small part of not just the water polo community, but of Team USA and then the greater team that’s being affected by all this, which is the world,” she told the AP. “So at the end of the day the health and safety of our world is the No. 1 priority and so because of that, I completely respect and understand this decision.”The U.S. women hold every major title in the sport right now. They are going for their third consecutive Olympic gold medal.But, like so many other Olympic athletes, their training had been disrupted by the new coronavirus. Gilchrist has been swimming in the bay near her house in Southern California to help keep up her fitness.“It’s been stressful, but with the postponement I hope we can all take a big sigh of relief and focus on staying healthy and then getting after it once the team gets back together,” she said in an email to the AP.___ Owner Geoff Molson says: “We are working extremely hard to limit the impact this situation will have on our employees.”___One of the key worldwide athlete groups that called for postponement of the Tokyo Games termed the IOC’s announcement a “bittersweet victory.”The group Global Athlete says it was appropriate for the International Olympic Committee to make the call Tuesday, instead of on a four-week timeline that it had suggested over the weekend. In a statement, the group said that while it commended the IOC for its decision, it also pressed the committee to engage with athletes while deciding on a new date for the Olympics. He also is giving the local chapter of the American Red Cross $50,000 in support of Anheuser-Busch’s initiative to support the continuation of blood drives throughout the country.Additional allocations will be made as the pandemic evolves and its effects on Jacksonville and northeast Florida residents continue to be realized.___The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have done an about-face on cutting salaries for employees making more than $100,000. A day after announcing the temporary 20% pay cuts because of the economics effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the teams’ co-owners rescinded them.Co-owner Josh Harris says after listening to his staff and players, it’s clear that the pay cuts was the wrong decision. The induction class features Debbie Brock, Carol Callan, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Sue Donohoe, Lauren Jackson and Carol Stiff. The 1980 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team is to be honored as trailblazers of the game.___The U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, will be rescheduled in the wake of the International Olympic Committee’s decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Games because of the spread of the coronavirus.TrackTown USA, the local organizing body, announced Tuesday that is working with USA Track & Field and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee on rescheduling the event, which was originally set to start on June 19.“Although it is not yet clear how long it may take to finalize a new date for the event, our Local Organizing Committee stands ready to welcome the best athletes in the country to the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field once a decision is reached,” TrackTown USA CEO Michael Reilly said in a statement. Pedersen would have been among the favorites to win cycling gold this summer. He says he’s sorry for the athletes who had planned their seasons around the Olympics. But he ultimately calls it the right decision, saying that “it shows that we are thinking above the sport and making everyone’s health the priority.”The world cycling calendar has been suspended since the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Officials have not decided whether the Tour de France will carry on this July, but most of the events leading up to the Grand Tour race have been canceled or postponed.___The Montreal Canadiens are temporarily laying off 60% of employees while the National Hockey League season is suspended.Groupe CH, which owns hockey’s most storied club, says the layoffs go into effect March 30. Groupe CH also is establishing a $6 million assistance fund that will enhance employment insurance to make sure employees receive 80% of their salary for the following eight weeks and be available for loans to employees. NASCAR President Steve Phelps sent a memo to employees Tuesday saying all officers will have a 25% reduction in salary, while all other employees will have their salary reduced by 20%. Budget expenses also have been frozen, and employees are being encouraged to use vacation.NASCAR currently is suspended until May 9, a span costing the series seven of its elite Cup races. Phelps has vowed all will be rescheduled. NASCAR was four races into the season — the longest in sports at almost 11 months — when the coronavirus brought the series to a halt.___The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s newest class won’t get inducted until next year.Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame officials have announced their scheduled June 13 induction ceremony has been postponed to June 12, 2021, at Knoxville, Tennessee, because of the pandemic. FINA says talks with Japanese officials will “determine flexibility around the dates of the competition, if necessary and in agreement with the IOC.”The governing body cites priorities including “athlete wellbeing and maximizing opportunities for aquatics stars to compete at the highest level.”___The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have cut salaries for employees making more than $100,000 and put them on a four-day work week as the franchises deal with the impact of the coronavirus.Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment CEO Scott O’Neil announced the move in a letter posted on the Devils’ website. The league over the past two days has held conference calls with its Board of Governors and general managers to update them and take questions about the current situation. There is still no clarity on when the NHL might resume its season. Commissioner Gary Bettman said recently it would be a decision made in accordance with health officials and that the league is working on various scenarios about what a potential return to play could look like.— Reporting by Hockey Writers Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow___For U.S. women’s water polo players Maggie Steffens and Kaleigh Gilchrist, the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics made perfect sense.Steffens says the program’s team-first approach made it easier for her to handle the announcement. A three-time beach volleyball gold medalist, Walsh Jennings was in position to make the 2020 Games with new partner Brooke Sweat. They’re treating the coronavirus shutdown like an offseason, staying home with their families and working out on their own.California authorities have taken down the nets all along the Los Angeles-area beaches to discourage people from gathering. Walsh Jennings and her husband, beach volleyball pro Casey Jennings, put up a mini-net in their yard.Walsh Jennings says she understands why the IOC wanted to wait to make the decision.“Can you imagine making this decision after how many years and how much blood and sweat on a global level? People are having a problem calling off weddings, and calling off little tournaments, so imagine with all the billions of dollars that’s gone into this,” she said. “They have a grieving process to go through. They have so many moving parts to think about.”___center_img Organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics say the IOC and the Japanese government have ”chosen the best possible scenario” in postponing the Tokyo Games until next year.The Paris organizers said in a statement Tuesday that “postponing the world’s biggest sporting event is not an easy decision,” but that the IOC did the right thing in listening to “the concerns of the sports world.”The statement added that the ”postponement of the Tokyo Games will make it possible to offer the athletes optimal conditions for preparation and competition.”___Road race world champion Mads Pedersen of Denmark says he is happy the International Olympic Committee made the decision to postpone the Tokyo Games on Tuesday rather than wait weeks or even two months. Churchill Downs has delayed reopening stables at its track and training center until April 14 because of public health concerns related to the coronavirus. A decision on postponing the scheduled April 25 spring meet opening will be made closer to that date.The storied track last week postponed the 146th Kentucky Derby from May 2 to Sept. 5, the first time the event won’t be run on the first Saturday in May since 1945. Churchill Downs’ stables have been closed since Dec. 31 for winter renovations, and many of the horses that would be there are at tracks including Fair Grounds in New Orleans and Gulfstream Park in Florida.“We understand how trying the impact of this decision is on our horsemen,” Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery said in a statement.___Two U.S. senators are pressing for transparency after the International Olympic Committee’s decision to postpone the Tokyo Games over concerns about the coronavirus. A hospital in Porto said the contribution from the Juventus forward and his agent will pay for 15 intensive care beds fully equipped with ventilators and other necessary equipment. Another two units with 10 beds each will be set up in Lisbon.Media reports said Ronaldo and Mendes are contributing more than 1 million euros (dollars) for the three units.The Centro Hospitalar Universitario do Porto says the unit will be named after Ronaldo and Mendes and will be of “great use at a time when the country needs it the most.”___NASCAR has ordered staff pay cuts across its entire company until the series returns to racing. The statement said, “As shown over the past several weeks, no athletes, no Games.”___World swimming body FINA says it will talk to the Japanese organizers of the 2021 world championships about a possible schedule clash with the Tokyo Olympics.The championships are planned for July 16-Aug. 1 in Fukuoka.If an exact one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics is agreed upon, it would take place July 23-Aug. 8. The cuts are scheduled to last for three months and will amount to roughly 6% of the employees’ yearly salary if the pandemic subsides.The Devils of the NHL and the Sixers of the NBA are owned by Josh Harris and David Blitzer, who are the founders of HBSE.___Modern pentathlon has canceled the remainder of its World Cup season and postponed the world championships from May to September or October.The four remaining World Cups — two in Sofia, Bulgaria, another in Budapest, Hungary, and the final in Seoul — had already been pushed to May and June but have now been officially canceled. “This is an extraordinary time in our world — unlike any most of us have ever lived through before — and ordinary business decisions are not enough to meet the moment. To our staff and fans, I apologize for getting this wrong.”The teams did not say whether they plan to maintain a four-day work week, which was part of the cuts. Employees benefits were never changed and the teams plan on keeping their 1,500 hourly workers paid throughout the regular season. The NHL’s Devils and the NBA’s Sixers are owned by Harris and David Blitzer, who are the founders of Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment.___Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings says it was the “responsible choice” to postpone the Olympics.“When you do something on a grand scale, you want to do it right,” she told The Associated Press. “Give time for the world to heal. I can’t imagine the enthusiasm that’s going to be coming next year, with the whole world coming together to watch this. I know the Japanese people are going to make the best of this.” Swimming and track have their biennial world championships scheduled to start in July or August 2021.___IOC president Thomas Bach says “alarming figures” in the past few days about the coronavirus were key to deciding the Tokyo Olympics must be postponed.Bach cites the World Health Organization “saying in the last couple of hours that Africa has to prepare for the worst.”The IOC has been advised by the WHO, which said Monday the pandemic is accelerating. The championships in Eugene are due to run from Aug. 6-15, 2021. That would conflict with the Olympics if the same July-August slot as originally planned for 2020 is used next year.World Athletics adds that it is looking at a new qualification system to account for the postponement and for the havoc wreaked on the 2020 schedule by the coronavirus outbreak.___The president of the International Paralympic Committee says postponing the Olympics and Paralympics to 2021 was “the only logical option.”The Paralympics are governed by the same contract as the Tokyo Olympics. IPC president Andrew Parsons says “by taking this decision now, everyone involved in the Paralympic Movement, including all Para athletes, can fully focus on their own health and well-being and staying safe during this unprecedented and difficult time.”___USA Cycling chief executive Rob DeMartini tells The Associated Press that athletes were surveyed over the weekend by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and that the consensus was that postponing the Tokyo Games was the correct call.DeMartini says “training disruption and qualification challenges are too big to overcome even if the environment returns to a degree of normal by late summer.”DeMartini says that he is a fan of a “soonest possible” reschedule but not until the situation is a bit more predictable. That could mean early in 2021 or an Olympics that is pushed into the fall of next year. The start of the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League’s season has been delayed twice this month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The CPBL’s website says the opening game would go ahead in a closed stadium but there could be up to 150 season ticket holders allowed entry under strict social distancing guidelines if the government approves.Sports leagues across Asia have been postponed or suspended because of the virus outbreak. The professional baseball and soccer leagues in Japan are aiming to start or resume their seasons in late April.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Senators Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, and Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, are part of a subcommittee that handles issues related to the Olympics. In a joint statement, Moran, who’s the chairman, and Blumenthal, the ranking member, pushed for more clarity as the IOC decides when the games in Tokyo will be held in 2021.“Athletes deserve clear answers to when the games will be held and how their health will remain protected — not just at the Olympics themselves, but during the trials and training beforehand,” the statement read. “Clarity and transparency are vital steps to ensure the best possible outcome for the Tokyo Olympic Games.”Moran and Blumenthal sent a letter to IOC President Thomas Bach on March 11 to ask about the committee’s plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the Tokyo Games. They also talked with U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee over health and safety of the athletes.___Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes are funding three intensive care units for coronavirus patients at hospitals in Portugal. The Latest: Earliest that NHL facilities reopen is April 6 ___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to his proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bach had previously said the IOC would make an announcement about postponing the 2020 Olympics in the next four weeks.___Taiwan’s professional baseball league has set April 11 as the revised date for opening day. Cardinals President Michael Bidwell said in a statement that “this unprecedented crisis has us asking what we can do to help and what might have the greatest impact. We are grateful for the creation of this relief fund, are proud to support its critically important mission and hope that others throughout the community can join this effort in whatever way that they are able.”___Jacksonville’s Shad Khan is the latest NFL owner to donate money to help during the coronavirus pandemic.Khan committed $1 million to northeast Florida’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.He is giving Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund $400,000. He is giving $75,000 to Feeding Northeast Florida. He is giving $75,000 to The Clara White Mission to provide food and care for the city’s homeless. He is giving the Jacksonville Public Education Fund $50,000 to provide needed supplies and technology to students and teachers as they make the transition to digital home learning.last_img read more

Lifetime global peace prize for Mandela

first_img27 August 2013 Former South African president Nelson Mandela was honoured on Monday with the inaugural Lifetime Award for Global Peace from the Mahathir Global Peace Foundation. Receiving the award on Mandela’s behalf during a ceremony at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre in Putrajaya, Malaysia, South African President Jacob Zuma said: “We are humbled as South Africans to share president Mandela with the world. “At the same time, we are truly proud that our country, and the struggle for liberation in particular, produced such an international icon.” Zuma, who arrived in Malaysia for an official visit on Sunday, said that the 95-year-old statesman was still “in a critical but stable condition” in hospital in Pretoria, where he was admitted on 8 June and has been receiving treatment since for a recurring lung infection. “While wishing him good health, we also have to celebrate his legacy, and learn from it, in order to build a better world.” Zuma added that Mandela was also “no stranger to Malaysia”, having led South Africa in cementing ties with Malaysia during his presidency, and being a personal friend of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. “In a rare gesture for a foreign head of government at the time, Dr Mahathir was among the first to meet Mr Nelson Mandela at the airport in Zambia in 1990, soon after his release from prison,” Zuma said. “In the meeting they later held at a Zambian government guest house, Dr Mahathir presented Madiba with a silver keris, the symbol of Malaysia’s constitutional monarchy system of government.” The award, Zuma said, would further highlight the need for peace in the world, “as it has been given to a man who has demonstrated a remarkable ability for forgiveness and reconciliation, which are the building blocks for a peaceful society”. It was this commitment to reconciliation, Zuma said, that stood at the core of the Mandela legacy. “It influenced both his efforts to build a new democracy at home and his contribution to the resolution of conflicts in the larger world. “When others doubted whether it was still possible for old enemies to beat their swords into ploughshares, he showed us how.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

2014 FIFA World Cup match preview: Mexico eager to try its ‘luck’ against Croatia

first_imgGoalkeeper of Mexico Guillermo Ochoa during a training session at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. (AP Photo)Mexico coach Miguel Herrera says he’s happy to be lucky if that means advancing in the World Cup.Mexico wraps up Group A play against Croatia, whose star midfielder, Luka Modric, said that Mexico benefited from some luck in its scoreless draw with Brazil last week.Herrera indicated that he’d rather be lucky than lose 3-1 to Brazil, as Croatia did.”If we have a draw with Brazil with luck or without it, we did it, they didn’t,” Herrera said.Mexico needs only another tie against Croatia to advance to the second round, while the Croatians must win.After practice Sunday night, Herrera and defender Hector Moreno appeared at a news conference where they generally avoided opportunities to respond to some of the verbal jousts issued earlier in the day by Modric and Croatia coach Niko Kovac.Kovac suggested that his side has the requisite caliber of attacking players to become the first to score against “El Tri” and goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa in this World Cup, adding that “if anyone’s knees should be trembling,” it should be those of the Mexicans.”We could talk about 1,000 things here, and we could go through 1,000 circumstances that would lead us to believe that one (team) is better than the other,” Herrera said. “What we have to do is prove it on the pitch.”Mexico has played a World Cup in which we’ve proven we have an attitude of determination. It is a robust team. It is a team that has not conceded goals. It is a team that is doing things right.”advertisementMexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has posted a pair of shutouts against Cameroon and Brazil, needing a slew of spectacular saves to keep the Selecao from scoring.He could be challenged again by a Croatia side that is coming off a 4-0 victory over Cameroon, and which has several key players – from Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic to Real Madrid’s Modric – who have put together successful careers in Europe’s top leagues.Mexico defender Hector Moreno, who plays for Spanish side Espanyol and has faced Modric in La Liga play, said Mexico has no lack of respect for Croatia’s talent, “but Mexico also has great individuals and we have a great team.”Moreno added that he’s “not attaching a great deal of importance” to comments made earlier Sunday by Modric and Kovac.”We will see everything on the pitch,” Moreno said. “We will see on the field who has better players and who has a better team – and I fully trust it will be Mexico.”For Herrera, the fact that Croatia has a number of players from top European leagues should provide that much more motivation for El Tri to show the world – and European scouts at the World Cup- what Mexican football is all about.Thus far, Mexico has managed just one goal, scored by Oribe Peralta in a 1-0 victory over Cameroon. Manchester United striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez not only has yet to score, but hasn’t cracked the starting lineup, instead coming in as a second-half substitute. Herrera said he isn’t planning any changes to his lineup, meaning Hernandez will open a third straight match on the bench.Both teams practiced on wet turf at Arena Pernambuco because of intermittent showers throughout Sunday, and more rain was in the forecast for Monday. Herrera joked that Mexico seems to have brought ran with it wherever it has traveled in Brazil. But El Tri has also brought fans – lots of them.A cruise ship with several thousand Mexican supporters aboard is docked in the port of Recife, and many more have been seen throughout town.Herrera said he’s expecting a heavily pro-Mexico crowd to push his players.”Of course, we have the idea, the feeling of what people in Mexico are going through, with the dreams that we’ve created,” Herrera said. “We will come out onto the field to give everything so we can obtain the objective we have set before us.”last_img read more

Ellie Goulding petrified of cosmetic surgery

first_imgSinger Ellie Goulding is flaunting a curvaceous figure these days and she insists she hasn’t gone under the knife for it as she is “petrified” of surgical cosmetic procedures.The “Burn” hitmaker says her right curves are a result of altering her “obsessive” exercise regime and going vegetarian, reports femalefirst.co.uk.Ellie Goulding sports curvaceous figureThere were rumours doing the rounds that Goulding had sought a breast enhancement surgery, but when asked about it, she told Glamour magazine: “I’m petrified of anything like that. My friends will think that’s hilarious.”I ran every day for seven months, maybe too obsessively, and when I stopped I became curvier. My b**bs look bigger because my waist is smaller. People underestimate how you can shape your body.”Since I stopped eating meat and fish, my body is better than ever.”Goulding believes her vegetarian diet has helped her feel healthier and calmer.”I feel calmer, clean, although I drink and smoke. And – touch wood – I never get ill on tour anymore. And it’s always hectic,” she said.last_img read more

10 months ago​Hasenhuttl insists Southampton will help Davis join Rangers

first_img​Hasenhuttl insists Southampton will help Davis join Rangersby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is understanding of Steven Davis’ desire to return to Rangers.According to Sky Sports News, Rangers and Saints are in talks over a transfer. Saints are okay with letting their club captain leave. The 34-year-old wants to make the move, and he has his manager’s blessing.”The fact is he has a half-year contract here until the summer so what we want to give him is the chance to make the next step, if it is a possibility we will help him to do so,” Hasenhuttl said to reporters.”He has done a lot for this club so hopefully we can find a win-win solution for both sides.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Quebec barber praised for getting on floor to cut hair of young

first_imgROUYN NORANDA, Que. – The photo shows a bearded, tattooed barber lying on his side on the floor, using a pair of clippers to trim the hair of the young boy lying facedown beside him.Francis “Franz” Jacob says it’s just part of a day’s work, but the barber from Rouyn-Noranda, Que. has become an unlikely celebrity after the boy’s mother posted the photo online to thank him for going out of his way to accommodate her son Wyatt, who has autism.Jacob owns an old-fashioned barber shop that specializes in 1920 to 1950’s-style punk and rockabilly haircuts, but he says he’s also developed a connection with special needs clients like Wyatt.“Each time I’m doing Wyatt’s hair, he’s always going on the ground, moving around, sitting on his mom’s lap, standing beside the chair,” said Jacob, 45.“That’s why I have a wireless clipper now, because at first I had to follow Wyatt around and plug my clipper into (different outlets).”Jacob opened his salon two years ago in the mining city some 600 kilometres northwest of Montreal.Wyatt was his first client with autism, but since meeting him he’s taken on others.“Each one has different needs and reactions, so each time it’s about adjusting to the client,” he said.He also occasionally cuts hair for clients who are terminally ill.The boy’s mother, Fauve Lafreniere, told CBC News that haircuts are a challenge for Wyatt because he moves a lot and can be hypersensitive to touch.She said she posted the picture online in the hopes others would follow Jacob’s example in finding “other ways to approach differences.”Jacob says he’s received countless messages and phone calls since the photo began to make its way around the Internet.Since most of the photos taken at his shop are of slick rock-style haircuts, he’s glad people are getting to see another side of what he does.“In this case you can see the extra mile that the barber is doing,” he said.“I don’t mind going on the floor, I don’t see any difference between musicians or an autistic kid, it’s the same extra mile.”– with files from Morgan Lowrie in Montreal.last_img read more

Linkin Parks Chester Bennington To Be Honored By MusiCares

first_imgThe ninth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert will honor Chester Bennington, lead vocalist of two-time GRAMMY-winning band Linkin Park, and Tony Alva, legendary skateboarder, surfer, musician and original member of the skateboarding team Dogtown Z-Boys at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on May 30.Bennington will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process. Alva will be the recipient of MusiCares’ From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization. All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.“Chester and Tony are passionate and highly influential artists in their respective professions and each of them has achieved impressive and much-deserved success,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares. “What unites them around the mission of MusiCares is their willingness to lend their time and talents to raise funds for our organization, and their desire to be of service to music people struggling with addiction. We truly appreciate their steadfast support and committed generosity.”“MusiCares MAP Fund is an amazing program that takes care of their own, and actually saves lives,” said Bennington. “It’s been so rewarding to support them and see firsthand what they’ve accomplished for so many artists.”“Skateboarding, business and music have brought me enormous satisfaction over the years,” said Alva. “It doesn’t compare though with the power of being sober, which I am grateful for every day of my life, and that’s why I wanted to join MusiCares to help raise funds, so more people can get the help they need.”This special dinner and concert offers Living Room Sets that seat 10 for $12,500, Individual Floor Seats for $1,250 per person, and VIP Balcony Seats for $100 per person. Contact Wynnie Wynn for ticket information at 310.392.3777 or [email protected] General Admission Balcony Seats for $40 per person are available only through AXS beginning at 10 a.m. PT on April 5 at www.axs.com. Out of respect for the clients the MusiCares MAP Fund serves, the event will be alcohol-free.Bennington is the lead vocalist for Linkin Park. The alternative band earned their first GRAMMY in 2001 for Best Hard Rock Performance for “Crawling,” a track from their debut album, Hybrid Theory, which has sold more than 10 million copies in the United States. Their second GRAMMY came in 2005 for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Numb/Encore” with Jay-Z. The band has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, and is the biggest band on Facebook — with more than 51 million fans and counting. In the span of time since Linkin Park’s debut on the Billboard 200 in 2000, no other artist has had more top 10 singles on the Alternative Songs chart. With the release of their latest album, 2012’s LIVING THINGS, which reached No. 1 in more than 20 countries, no other band has achieved more No. 1 albums this century. In 2005 Linkin Park founded Music For Relief, a nonprofit organization that has raised more than $5 million for victims of natural disasters and environmental projects.Alva is a legendary skateboarder, surfer, musician, and original member of the skateboarding team Dogtown Z-Boys. Considered one of the most influential skateboarders of all time, Alva joined the legendary Z-Boys skateboard team in 1972, bringing the trend of skating in empty pools into the mainstream. He is known as the originator of vertical skateboarding, and is credited as one of the first skateboarders to perform frontside airs. In 1974 Alva began a long collaborative relationship with Vans and eventually started his own company, Alva Skateboards, in 1977 at age 19. Alva Skateboards was the first company owned and operated by a skateboarder, and one of the first companies to use layered maple plywood for skate decks. Alva was the first skateboarder to successfully market himself as a brand name, becoming the prototype for the modern professional skateboarder. Alva continues to skate, surf and play music with his band G.F.P. while operating his company Alva Skates and overseeing his board lines Alva|Surfcraft and the Power Station Project. In September 2012 Alva celebrated six years of sobriety.The MusiCares Foundation offers programs and services to members of the music community, including emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities and car payments; medical expenses including doctor, dentist and hospital bills; psychotherapy; and treatment for HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hepatitis C, and other critical illnesses. MusiCares offers nationwide educational workshops covering a variety of subjects, including financial, legal, medical, and substance abuse issues, and programs in collaboration with health care professionals that provide services such as flu shots, hearing tests, and medical/dental screenings. The MusiCares MAP Fund allows access to addiction recovery treatment and sober living resources for members of the music community. Staffed by qualified chemical dependency and intervention specialists, MusiCares Safe Harbor Rooms, supported by the Bohemian Foundation, offer a support network to those in recovery while they are participating in the production of televised music shows and other major music events. MusiCares holds weekly addiction support groups for people to discuss how to best cope with the issues surrounding the recovery process. The MusiCares Sober Touring Network is a database of individuals across the United States who can take music people to recovery support meetings while on the road.Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit www.musicares.org.Source:MusiCareslast_img read more