Willie Nelson, Avett Bros, Warren Haynes & Many More Tapped For All-Star Merle Haggard Tribute Concert

first_imgIn recent years, Blackbird Presents has been putting together all-star tribute concerts to honor some of the most renowned names in music. Today, they’ve announced another installment in their series, titled Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard, bringing dozens of artists together for the cause.The organizers revealed their initial lineup today, with Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, John Mellencamp, Dierks Bentley, Loretta Lnn, The Avett Brothers, Hank Williams Jr., Alison Krauss, Ronnie Dunn, Warren Haynes, Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lucinda Williams, Ben Haggard, John Anderson, Connie Smith, Bobby Bare and more all performing for the event. It’s scheduled to take place on April 6th, 2017, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN.Merle Haggard was a lifelong musician who gained famed for his hit country-western song “Okie From Muskogee” in 1969. With well-known songs like “Sing Me Back Home” and “Mama Tried” in the Grateful Dead repertoire, Haggard’s legacy is rich among the vast world of music lovers. He passed away on April 6th, 2016, on his 79th birthday, and the tribute concert will take place on the exact day of his 80th birthday.For all the information about this show, head to the official website here.last_img read more

China bans smoking in public places in Beijing

first_imgAnyone breaking the regulations three times will be shamed on government websites. Beijing will ban smoking in restaurants, offices and on public transport from Monday.This tough new law has been celebrated by anti-tobacco advocates however many say its a challenge on how the law will be enforced.Health activists have pushed for years for stronger restrictions on smoking in China, the world’s largest tobacco consumer, which is considering further anti-smoking curbs nationwide.Under the rules, anyone in China’s capital who violates the bans, which include smoking near schools and hospitals, must pay 200 yuan ($32.25). The current fine, seldom enforced, is just 10 yuan ($1.60).A branch was found to have failed to publicise the hotline to report offenders and cigarette butts were found in the restaurant’s toilet, the report said.Lighting up in open areas near schools and hospitals is also banned.Anyone breaking the regulations three times will be named and shamed on city government websites.Restaurants could be fined up to 10,000 yuan for failing to stop people smoking indoors.The moves have been welcomed by anti-tobacco advocates, but some members of the public doubt whether the new rules will be enforced effectively.Users of social media websites said they saw people smoking in office buildings and in railway stations without being stopped on Monday morning.China has over 300 million smokers and over a million Chinese people die from smoking-related illnesses every year.Smoking bans already existed in China, but have largely failed to crack down on the habit.last_img read more

Serbia duo put club rivalry aside

first_img The City full-back said: “It doesn’t concern me. I have known [Branislav] since we were kids – I want to win the title, he wants to win the title. “That’s normal, but to be honest, we don’t talk about things to do with our clubs a lot.” Ivanovic’s Chelsea currently sit four points clear of second-placed Liverpool at the top of the table, with City a further two points and two places behind. However, they have two games in hand on the three sides above them – which also include Arsenal – and Kolarov knows there is little margin for error as the season approaches its climax. He said: “It will 100 per cent be very difficult to the very end because now we have played two games fewer, and we need to win them. “It’s very important we do that because we want to keep things in our own hands. We have 12 more games to play and every single one of them is going to be tough. “This is the important stage of the season and we have to hold our nerve. It is the team that handles the pressure better that will win.” Ivanovic’s future has been the topic of speculation in recent months, with big-spending Paris St Germain having been linked with him. Aleksandar Kolarov and Branislav Ivanovic will put their club rivalry aside to serve Serbia’s cause this week. However, the 30-year-old, who has reportedly opened talks over a new deal at Stamford Bridge, insists he is content as he attempts to increase his medal collection under manager Jose Mourinho. Asked if he was as happy as he has ever been at Chelsea, the Serbia skipper said: “I can say yes because, at the moment, the team is doing well and things are going right for us. “We have improved as a team since the beginning of the season. It looks like we are a very strong team, but we have the potential to make and build an amazing team. “Yes, I’m happy at the moment. But I prefer to look forward rather than back. You don’t get a chance during your career to look back. “You must be focussed. When I have finished my career, I will have time to look back and realise how successful I have been.” Serbia have been drawn in Group I for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign along with Portugal, Denmark, Armenia and Albania and acting coach Ljubinko Drulovic, who led the nation to European Under-19s glory last year, will take charge for the game at the Aviva Stadium following Sinisa Mihajlovic’s departure. Ivanovic knows exactly what to expect from the Ireland team after coming up against many of Martin O’Neill’s players in the Premier League, and he is preparing himself for a battle. He said: “We have played a lot of times against Irish players and those guys are tough. “You have to be especially motivated always and we have to be aware of that when we play tomorrow night.” The 28-year-old Manchester City defender and his Chelsea counterpart may be battling it out for the Barclays Premier League title on the domestic front, but will team up at international level on Wednesday night for a friendly against Ireland. Kolarov picked up his first winners’ medal of the campaign on Sunday as City came from behind to beat Sunderland in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley and although his compatriot is determined to ensure he does not add a league title to that, none of that will be on their minds in Dublin. Press Associationlast_img read more

Joc Pederson’s catch, Adrian Gonzalez’s 12th-inning single lift Dodgers to win

first_imgNicasio exhaled, then sat through two more scoreless innings on the edge of his seat. In the 12th inning, Adrian Gonzalez singled off Dale Thayer with the bases loaded to lift the Dodgers to a 4-2 win. The former Padre finished 2 for 5 with three RBIs against his former club.The takeaway, for Pederson: “No one has to put the team on their shoulders.”As for his catch, Pederson said, “The situation makes it bigger than it was.”Maybe. The catch certainly prevented a walk-off win, hushing Petco Park in the process. It also served to separate Pederson from his peers, the type of play that will be recounted when discussing National League Rookie of the Year candidates. SAN DIEGO >> Justin Upton bent over at the waist, staring toward the outfield in disbelief. Upton, whose eighth-inning home run the day before won a game for the San Diego Padres, thought he’d beaten the Dodgers again Sunday afternoon. Swinging on a 3-0 count against pitcher Juan Nicasio, Upton’s fly ball screamed toward the warning track in dead-center field.Center fielder Joc Pederson got there roughly the same time as the baseball. Pederson caught the ball over his head, hit the wall face-first, left a nice big crinkle in the padding and fell down — with the ball in his glove.The ninth inning ended there, tied 2-2 with a pair of Padres marooned on the bases. Pederson jogged back to the dugout as if he hadn’t just made the catch of the year. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Pederson has an “old school” method of tracking fly balls. He picks the spot where he believes the baseball will land off the bat, puts his head down and runs to the spot. “It’s something my dad (former Dodger Stu Pederson) has taught me since I was little,” he said. Few major league outfielders catch baseballs this way. Few will do it better than Pederson did in the ninth inning Sunday. “He’s definitely one of a kind,” said Mike Bolsinger, the Dodgers’ starter. The Dodgers (37-26) won two of three games in the series against their division rivals. The San Francisco Giants (34-30) dropped their third straight game at home to the Arizona Diamondbacks to fall 3 1/2 games out of first place in the division.That gives the Dodgers a temporary cushion as they head to Arlington for a pair of interleague games against the Texas Rangers on Monday and Tuesday.Bolsinger dominated for four innings. He had retired nine straight batters in a scoreless game when the opposing pitcher, James Shields, batted with two outs in the fifth inning and singled to right field.The next three batters all reached base, on two hits and a walk, including an RBI single by Upton that gave San Diego a 2-0 lead. That was the end of the line for Bolsinger, who struck out seven batters in 4 2/3 innings but also allowed six hits and walked three batters.Bolsinger will remember the no-decision as a side note to the weekend if he remembers it at all. The bigger decision came Saturday when his longtime girlfriend, Lauren Georgia, accepted his marriage proposal on Coronado Beach.The Dodgers got on the scoreboard with a solo home run by Andre Ethier in the seventh inning. That was the only run — and one of five hits — allowed by Shields, who walked three batters and struck out six.Joaquin Benoit took over in the eighth inning and walked Yasiel Puig. The next batter, Gonzalez, punched a double through a heavily loaded right side of the infield to drive in Puig, tying it at 2-2.The Dodgers’ bullpen pitched masterfully in relief of Bolsinger. J.P. Howell got the final out of the fifth inning, retiring Yonder Alonso on a bases-loaded groundout. Howell ran into trouble in the seventh inning, leaving Chris Hatcher to face a first-and-third, one-out situation with Upton and Matt Kemp due to bat. Hatcher froze Upton with a 96-mph fastball for strike three, then got Kemp to fly out.Nicasio survived a rough ninth inning, his first appearance since the nail on his right middle finger cracked earlier in the week. The injury left him unable to throw a breaking ball, and all of his 16 pitches Sunday were fastballs.Josh Ravin (2-0) took over in the 10th inning in his fourth major league game. He allowed one hit and struck out three in two innings. Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his ninth save of the season.“We hung in there with pitching,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of the three-game series. “Honestly, it was a sloppy series for us. We made way too many mistakes. Hopefully, we correct some of that and get better.”last_img read more


first_imgSinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has welcomed unanimous support for his motion which called for all housing developments with wastewater treatment problems in Donegal to be registered by the council as ‘in seriously problematic condition’ so that they may be exempted from any property tax.Cllr Murray said: “I welcome the unanimous support for my motion which, I believe, will provide protection for home owners in unfinished estates from future property taxes.“I moved the motion as I am aware of a number of developments in Inishowen which, while signed off by the council as having met all planning conditions, have developed serious problems with their wastewater treatment plants. “Some sewage plants have collapsed to a point that effluent has flown down their streets from overflowing manholes. The residents in these developments have confirmed, through the HSE, that there are serious health risks in these developments.“I am aware of a development which must empty their system on a fortnightly basis at a cost of €1300, just to stop it from overflowing. They is becoming an unbearable financial burden for the residents.“However, as the council has signed off on the development, it was deemed to be finished and is liable to property taxes.“Now however, with the passing of this motion, I am hopeful that they will be exempted from these taxes. “This is a small step in the fight to have problematic estates fixed to a standard that families deserve. It is also a small step in the fight against unjust property charges.” COUNCILLORS BACK MOTION TO EXEMPT UNFINISHED ESTATES FROM PROPERTY TAXES was last modified: December 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COUNCILLORS BACK MOTION TO EXEMPT UNFINISHED ESTATES FROM PROPERTY TAXESlast_img read more