ExQuebec Liberal cabinet minister Marguerite Blais to run for Coalition

first_imgSAINT-SAUVEUR, Que. – Former Quebec Liberal cabinet minister Marguerite Blais will run in the provincial election this year for the Coalition Avenir Quebec.Blais was a member of the legislature from 2007 until she stepped down in 2015 several months after her husband’s death.She was minister responsible for seniors between 2007 and 2012 in two Jean Charest governments but did not make cabinet under Philippe Couillard when he won the 2014 election.Blais, 67, will seek election in the riding of Prevost, north of Montreal.She said she will continue to defend the rights of the elderly as well as those of caregivers.Blais admitted she was approached first by Couillard to run again for the Liberals, but that she chose the Coalition because Leader Francois Legault agreed right away to her five proposals aimed at advancing the cause of caregivers and senior citizens.One of them is the further development of special homes where caregivers for people who are ill are offered help in the form of various services.Blais was also won over by Legault’s promise to implement “a real policy for caregivers.”last_img read more

OLeary dropping out of Conservative leadership race

first_imgCelebrity investor and reality-TV star Kevin O’Leary is quitting the federal Conservative leadership race and throwing his support behind Quebec rival Maxime Bernier.The Canadian Press has confirmed O’Leary is making the announcement later today.Bernier, for his part, has scheduled a news conference in Toronto, where the candidates are scheduled to face each other in a final debate showdown before next month’s vote.O’Leary was widely seen as the front-runner in the race, but he doesn’t believe he will be able to win a federal election because of a lack of support in Quebec.A lack of facility with French was always considered one of O’Leary’s greatest liabilities.More coming…last_img read more

iPhone XR Review Sometimes Less is More

first_imgCALGARY (CITYNEWS) –  Apple’s latest iPhone XR has many of the same features as the iPhone XS and its larger counterpart the iPhone XS Max. It boasts the same lightning-fast A12 Bionic processor and it shares the same camera sensor as the two other iPhones, which were just announced last month. And yet Apple’s iPhone XR costs less than the company’s other two flagship devices.So what did Apple remove to bring the price down, and will you notice a difference? There certainly is a difference between the models, but it’s probably not as noticeable as you may think!Here are five things that differentiate iPhone XR from the pack to help you determine if this is the iPhone for you.READ MORE: Bigger, pricier iPhone BURST OF COLOURApple usually rolls out the standard metallic colours each year, while adding one or two new tones into the mix. This time around Apple is offering a flashier palette to choose from. Sure, there’s the traditional black and white, but if you really want to stand out, you may want to express yourself with a bolder colour, such as yellow, blue, coral, or (PRODUCT)RED.I was surprised at just how nice the new flashier colours look, while still giving the phone an elegant look and feel. You may remember six years ago, Apple launched the iPhone 5C in a variety of fun shades. While those phones were made from polycarbonate, the iPhone XR is a completely different beast. It’s made from aluminum and glass and feels of high quality.In fact, it’s the aluminum that really draws the eye. Apple has given the metal a matte coloured finish, to match the colour of the iPhone (with the exception of the white model which is silver). It looks so nice that you may be tempted to go without a case!LIQUID RETINA DISPLAYApple has slowly been adopting OLED technology on its iPhones. The reason is simple. The picture quality is stunning, and the black levels simply can’t be matched. They are so inky black, that white text almost floats on the screen.Yes, OLED is beautiful, but it’s also pricey. That could be why Apple decided to go with what it calls a Liquid Retina Display. Fancy name aside, it’s a 6.1-inch LCD screen.I have been using the iPhone XR for the past week and when I first turned it on, I was ready to be disappointed by what I saw on the screen. After all, I have been using the iPhone X for the past year, and the iPhone XS Max for more than a month, both of which sport an OLED screen. In all honesty, I found it hard to tell the difference.The screen is bright, the text is crisp, and the colours are vibrant. The only time where I could notice a difference was while looking at the iPhone XR was in the dark. That’s when you will notice the blacks aren’t quite as dark as an OLED. But they’re close! Very close.Will the average user notice the difference? No, they more than likely will not. In fact, not having an OLED display actually benefits the iPhone XR in another way, which I will get to in a moment.SINGLE REAR CAMERA The iPhone XR has a single rear camera. Both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max use a dual camera system comprised of a 12MP wide-angle and telephoto lens. A quick glance at the rear of the iPhone XR and you’ll notice there is only one camera. One single 12MP camera. So what does this mean for photos?Dual cameras come in handy when it comes to optical zoom and creating depth of field. Without a second lens, the iPhone XR relies on machine learning to recreate the effects you get from a dual camera system.To be clear, there is no optical zoom on the iPhone XR. The zoom effect is created through software. Even the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max only have a 2X optical zoom. After that, it too relies on software. So, while you can get a slightly better zoom on the other two models, you’re really not missing out on much. Just move a little closer to your subject with the iPhone XR and you’ll snap the exact same photo as you would on the other two models The iPhone XR uses machine learning to produce Bokeh effect in Portrait mode.  Is $1,100 too much for an iPhone? Get an older one for lessTHE BOTTOM LINEThe biggest thing to consider is the iPhone XR has many of the same features as both the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. As mentioned previously, they all share the same A12 Bionic processor, and the same camera image sensor for the camera, even the front-facing camera is exactly the same! Apple has simply swapped out a few parts in order to bring the price tag down and make it more affordable.Unless you are a serious photographer who feels the need to blur all of your backgrounds, or you have the eye of an eagle that requires the highest contrast possible on a display, chances are you won’t even notice this subtle changes between the iPhone XR and the more expensive models.When it comes down to best bang for your buck, it’s hard to beat Apple’s iPhone XR.The iPhone XR is available for pre-order now and will be available in stores on October 26th.center_img Portrait mode is where users may see the biggest difference, especially when using the Bokeh effect to blur the background of a photo. The iPhone XR’s software looks for a human face and then separates it from the background so it doesn’t become distorted. It works quite well, as long as you have a human face in the photo. Since the iPhone XR only knows to look for faces, you aren’t able to crush the background with an inanimate object in the foreground like a flower or tree. Users will get an error when you launch Portrait mode if a person is not present on the screen.I did notice a few occasions where the algorithms were slightly off, and the iPhone XR missed a small section of the background which should have been blurred. For the most part that was rare, and most of the time it did work as intended.WATCH: New iPhone feature helps record police encountersBETTER BATTERYIt’s interesting to note the iPhone XR’s battery life is actually better than both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The improved battery performance stems from the fact that the device uses an LCD screen as opposed to an OLED display.Apple’s Liquid Retina Display has fewer pixels to power due to a lower resolution. Fewer pixels, in this case, means the phone doesn’t have to work as hard to light up the display, resulting in a longer lasting battery. See, the LCD actually becomes a benefit in this case!LOWER PRICEAnd here’s the feature that will get most people excited. The iPhone XR costs less than the other two models released last month.If you were to buy an iPhone XR outright with no contract, you will be looking at spending roughly $1,029 CAD. That’s a full $350 dollars less than the iPhone XS and $490 less than the iPhone XS Max. For many, money talks, and this right here may be enough to convince you that this is the right iPhone for you!READ MORE: Is $1,100 too much for an iPhone? Get an older one for lesslast_img read more

Ashe County weekend

first_imgHeirloom Fried Rabbit(Note: Must prepare 24 hours in advance)5 rabbit legs1 quart buttermilk1 tablespoon chopped garlic1 tablespoon chili powder1 tablespoon dried thyme2 quarts all-purpose flour1/2 cup Texas Pete hot sauceSalt and pepperMarinate rabbit legs in buttermilk with the garlic, ½ tablespoon of the chili powder, and thyme for 24 hours.Dredge rabbit in flour that has been seasoned with thyme, remaining ½ tablespoon chili powder, salt, and pepper. Fry rabbit until golden brown and remove from oil.Toss rabbit with Texas Pete and enjoy!Soup from chef Van Nolintha of Bida Manda in RaleighPork Belly SoupSoup Broth:1 cup shallot, finely chopped1 cup garlic, finely chopped1 pound ground pork1 1/2 gallons pork stock or water10 lime leaves, finely chopped3 tablespoons sugarSalt to taste3 eggs1 to 2 cans coconut milk1 cup peanuts, crushed1 small can red curry paste1/2 cup vegetable oil2 limes, in sectionsVegetables:3 cups purple cabbage, julienned1 cup cilantro, chopped1 cup mint leaves1/2 cup green onion, choppedNoodles:2 bags rice noodlesMake soup broth:In a big pot over medium heat, combine oil, red curry paste, shallot, and garlic. Stir a few minutes, until shallot and garlic turn golden at the edges. Add ground pork and stir until pork is fully cooked. Add pork stock, sugar, salt, coconut milk, and lime leaves, and cook until boiled. When the broth is fully boiled, whisk in eggs slowly. Add peanuts.Taste the soup: add more sugar, salt, or coconut milk if needed.Prepare noodles:Soak rice noodles in cold water bath for 2 hours, or in warm water bath for 45 minutes (noodles tend to break easily when soaked in warm water).Assemble the bowl:Boil a big pot of hot water. Cook pre-soaked noodles in boiled water for 4 minutes, only enough for one soup bowl at a time.Drain noodles and place in a large serving bowl. Add broth, cabbage, cilantro, mint, and green onion.Serve with chopsticks and lime sections.Bill Smith’s Tomato SandwichesMakes 10 sandwiches1 loaf of your favorite white sandwich bread (see text)2 or 3 large ripe, red summer tomatoesMayonnaise (see text)SaltThis recipe is not as simple as it seems at first glance. All sorts of things come into play. I am always in favor of newness and innovation, but there are times when well enough should be left alone. This may be one such case. First of all, it’s really better to buy cheap, house-brand, grocery store, sliced white bread. Resist the temptation to upgrade to the artisanal. Then there is the mayonnaise. People fight over mayonnaise brands here, just as they do over barbecue or basketball. Both the users of Hellmann’s and the users of Duke’s regard the other with disbelief. Neither can contain their derision of the users of Miracle Whip. Use what your grandmother used.You should be able to get at least four fairly thick slices from each tomato. Commercial sliced white bread generally has 20 slices per loaf. Spread mayonnaise thickly on two slices of bread. Place a slice of tomato on one of the slices of prepared bread. Sprinkle with salt. Top with the other slice of bread. Slice the sandwich in two, diagonally. Repeat until you have used up all of the bread.These sandwiches are better if they sit awhile before serving. Many people claim that they are best if eaten while you are leaning over the sink, because if they have been made right, they are very messy. Bill Smith, the Crook’s Corner chef famous for bringing Southern cooking to a national audience with his cuisine and his writing, is the author of several acclaimed cookbooks, including Seasoned in the South. He has twice been a finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast, and has helped earn a James Beard America’s Classics award for Crook’s. photographs by Jim McGuireIt was a hot July morning in Raleigh when strategist Nation Hahn, nonprofit executive Alexis Trost, and restaurant owners Van Nolintha, Angela Salamanca, and Matt Kelly packed their cars for a weekend adventure. The friends, united by a love of food and community, were headed to the mountains of Ashe County to cook, eat, and raise money for a cause close to their hearts: the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation.As the group made their way to the blueberry farm where they’d spend three days, they talked about the people they’d meet there: their mutual friend Eliza Olander, who’d put the wheels in motion when she and her friend Jackie Locklear became high bidders for a foodie mountain weekend to support the foundation at a Triangle Wine Experience auction; the revered Crook’s Corner chef Bill Smith; the two Raleighites who own the farm, Johnny Burleson and Walter Clark; and 10 other friends. “Jamie believed in the power of good food and strong cocktails to bring people together to party with a purpose,” says Hahn, whose late wife Jamie inspired the creation of a foundation that nurtures leaders to work on issues like poverty, hunger, and public education. Ashe County Weekend Itinerary FridayThe group arrived and unpacked as chef Clark Barlowe of Heirloom Restaurant in Charlotte chopped tomatoes and chorizo.7 p.m.: Clark pulled out the tapas: clams, oysters, heirloom fried rabbit, and more for people to munch on as Matt Kelly of Mateo Bar de Tapas in Durham made paella over an open fire. Wine from Eliza Olander’s collection rounded out the meal.SaturdayThe group was slow to wake up on Saturday, but accelerated their pace when they smelled the pork belly soup being made in the farmhouse kitchen by Van Nolintha of Bida Manda.12:00 p.m.: Soup was served in the blueberry shed.Afternoon: The group whiled away a lazy afternoon around the farm.5:30 p.m.: Sonny Wong, bartender at Lantern Restaurant in Chapel Hill, mixed cocktails with bourbon and blueberries in a historic millhouse on the property.8 p.m.: Chefs Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill and Angela Salamanca of Centro in Raleigh made dinner. It began with a stack of Smith’s classic tomato sandwiches. They followed with seafood gazpacho, tamales, and, finally, roasted pork shoulder. For dessert, the duo made bread pudding with bread from the local farmers’ market and blueberries and apples picked from the farm.SundayBrunch: Salamanaca and Nolintha made brunch with the leftovers. Pork went into breakfast casserole; scrambled eggs were put together with peppers and arugula; and freshly picked berries made for flavorful french toast.Angela Salamanca serves up tamalesBill Smith and Angela Salamanca at work in the kitchenJohn Cooper, Angela Salamanca, Bill Smith, Vansana NolinthaPatrick Woodson, Nation HahnEliza Olander, Alexis Trost Seasonal cocktail from bartender Sarah Vickery of Chapel Hill’s Lantern RestaurantWalk Right In10-15 blueberries, muddled1/2 ounce simple syrup1/2 ounce lemon juice2 ounces bourbonCombine all ingredients and stir. Serve over rocks.Small plates from chef Clark Barlowe of Charlotte’s Heirloom restaurantChilled Clams Casino20 clams1 link fresh chorizo, diced2 shallots, minced2 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped1 cup Champagne vinegar1 cup blended oil (a combination typically of olive, canola, and other cooking oils)1 teaspoon Dijon mustardSautée chorizo slowly over medium heat until fat is rendered. Soak minced shallots and chopped thyme in Champagne vinegar for 20 minutes. Add Dijon mustard to vinegar mixture and slowly drizzle in blended oil, stirring as you go to emulsify. Add chopped chorizo and its rendered fat to the vinaigrette.Shuck the clams, top with chorizo vinaigrette, and enjoy. The farm that would host them was well-suited to a weekend of purposeful partying. Its 1880 farmhouse has been painstakingly refurbished by Burleson and Clark, who bought the place in 2003 after a memorable day picking berries there a few years earlier. “We felt an instant connection” on that fateful afternoon, Clark says. The two learned the farm was an Ashe County landmark, a spot where folks had come to pick apples and blueberries for generations. “We were stewards,” Clark says, “of a very special place.”In its current, beautifully restored state, it is still that. Old Orchard Creek Farm, as they call it, continues as a working blueberry farm and “a place where visitors find solace,” Clark says. And so it made sense to them to donate the haven to the foundation for the weekend. “What better way to celebrate and support the foundation than with a weekend of fine food and drink prepared by some of North Carolina’s best chefs from local products, including lots of blueberries?”last_img read more

Lazlos Climb

first_imgby Kevin Barrett, cocktail director at Foundationphotograph by Nick PironioA few months back, when spring and summer were meeting, I took a trip to Central America to visit my friend Lazlo and climb some volcanoes.He would prefer I not mention which country. He has high demands for anonymity. We’ve known each other a while. Lazlo’s gotten me into and out of more trouble then I’ll ever admit, and he had been pestering me to come see him in Guatemala — whoops! Oh, well, he’s already relocated.Lazlo and I met up in Guatemala City, because that’s where my plane landed. It’s a mostly charmless city with few redeeming qualities. But at the time – with the promise of travel and adventure in front of me – it held a certain allure.After salutations, we checked into a hotel and went about the town eating and drinking and catching up. Lazlo’s not much for the phone, and I’m not much for heartfelt emails, so we had a lot to catch up on. We ended up at the hotel balcony drinking Gallo beer and Ron Zacapa rum into the wee hours.Our original plan to scale several volcanoes got sidetracked immediately because the rainy season started early. Lazlo’s alternative plan seemed reasonable to me at the time:  After we spent the night in the capital city, we would do something epic. We decided we weren’t just going to get drunk together in yet another country.  Or maybe he let me think we decided that.First thing the next morning, we caught a chicken bus to Antigua. Yes, a chicken bus, just like on TV, but with an elaborate paint job, and without the animals. The driver whipped around skinny mountain roads while another guy hung out the door yelling, “Antigua, Antigua, Antigua…”After a few days in Antigua, we took a 12-person shuttle van – basically an express chicken bus – to San Pedro and got a room at a hostel. One of the many endearing things about Guatemala, besides the people, the food, the culture, the climate, and the volcanoes – is the hammocks. They’re everywhere, and it just feels right.We bounced around San Pedro for a few wet nights, drank Ron Botran rum, and smoked Guatemalan cigarettes. I told Lazlo that this might not be the best way to prepare for our epic feat.“It’s part of your training,” he told me.From there, we chicken bussed it to Quetzaltenango, or Xela, 7,500 feet above sea level and Lazlo’s home base. This is where we were going to do something epic.That turned out to be hiking to Lake Chicabal in the crater of Chicabal volcano. It’s a sacred place to Mam Mayans, surrounded by ceremonial altars.  It’s also 9,000 feet above sea level.Lazlo has a good set of lungs, a long gait, and doesn’t sweat much. I have a hard time keeping up with him on a flat surface at sea level. The steady, gradual climb destroyed my will. Every once in a while, Lazlo would look back and say, “You doing all right?”Around every corner I suspected we would reach the top. I was disappointed many, many times. None so much as when I dragged my feet past a woman of 80 who wasn’t breaking a sweat.When we reached the top, I let him know his training regimen wasn’t working for me.“Doesn’t it, though?” he said.I asked him how he climbed so steadily.“It’s the way down that gets you,” he said. “Bad on your knees.”I couldn’t believe him. The way down was going to be cake. Maybe I’d be ahead of him on the way down. That was my gift, going downhill. I was going to excel at that.I didn’t. Lazlo was ahead of me the whole way down.The next day, we made the awful decision to climb Santa Maria, 12,250 feet above sea level. Three and a half hours into the climb, when my hands and feet started tingling, I finally asked how much further. I was pretty sure my body was sending all my blood away from my limbs and to my organs to try to keep me alive a bit longer, thus the tingling. I was drowning in the clouds.The last stretch was done on my hands and knees. The incline was so steep even Lazlo had to get his hands dirty. The moment it was over, and we had reached the top, and I was sure there was no more climbing, I wondered why I’d done this to myself. Maybe I did it so I could write a story about it. When I finally saw where we were, above the cloud line, I knew. How many people got to see this?The climb down went a bit faster, but left the soles of my feet bruised and my left big toe swollen and bleeding. I wanted to tell Lazlo that he was right – the climb down really does get you – but he was too far ahead to hear.    Lazlo’s ClimbThis drink commemorates Guatemala and all of Central America, not to mention Lazlo’s epic climb of the Santa Maria volcano. This is a drink you can easily make at home during an Indian summer in Raleigh. I recommend using crushed ice.2 ounces Ron Zacapa rum1 ounce pineapple or mango juice½ ounce fresh lime juice½ ounce OJ5 to 7 dashes Peychaud’s bitters or½ ounce grenadineMix all ingredients, except bitters, in a shaking tin and dry shake (no ice). Pour mixture over crushed ice into a tall Collins or swizzle/pilsner glass. Top with Peychaud’s bitters or ½ ounce float of grenadine for a sweeter October.last_img read more

Spotlight Relay away

first_imgphotos courtesy Relay Foods and John Robinsonby Mimi MontgomerySummer vacation may mean time off for the little ones; but for busy parents, that’s a little harder to come by. Between packing for summer camp, carting kids off to the pool, and arranging trips to the beach, it’s nice to have a hand with the shopping.  Relay Foods is an online grocery delivery service that provides fresh, organic, nutritious food to customers in Virginia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and the Triangle.Users sign up online for free and browse through an endless list of groceries covering everything from produce, coffee and tea, and frozen foods to meats and seafood, paper towels, and dish soap. Relay will deliver straight to your doorstep in sealed bins and coolers – $12 for a one-time delivery, $19-a-month for an unlimited home delivery subscription – or you can select a local pick-up location and swing by to get them yourself.Relay sources local goods for each area it services, partnering with nearby businesses and farmers to make sure that it’s benefitting both its customers and the local community. Some favorite Triangle brands you can now get dropped off on your front step include Chapel Hill Creamery, Maple View Farm, Eastern Carolina Organics, Larry’s Coffee, Whisked, and even White Whale Bold Mixers.If you have picky eaters, food allergies, or just need menu inspiration, Relay Foods can help you there, too. It has online sections devoted solely to gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and dairy-free snacks and products, so you don’t have to scrounge around to find tasty food that fits your lifestyle. You can also shop by recipe – the website offers a catalogue of recipes for inventive dishes, and you can have every ingredient sent to you – making them not unlike a local Blue Apron. You can even upload recipes you find on other websites and Relay Foods will help you source the ingredients.Is it dinner time yet?relayfoods.comlast_img read more

Spotlight Bluegrass blue skies

first_imgMichael Cleveland & Flamekeeper play to a large crowd early afternoon on the City Plaza Stage Friday, October 3, 2014, during IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass. photograph by Juli Leonardby William LewisThe grass is bluer here in the Triangle. The International Bluegrass Music Association’s annual World of Bluegrass festival returns to Raleigh for the fourth time Sept. 27 – Oct. 1. It’s the who’s-who event in the banjo-pickin’ world, with live concerts, conferences and workshops, plus the IBMA awards show. William Lewis is the executive director of PineCone and the producer of Wide Open Bluegrass, the festival’s music extravaganza that closes out the week in downtown Raleigh. Below, he shares some thoughts on how to best enjoy the music he loves.PineCone works year-round planning Wide Open Bluegrass with IBMA and our Raleigh partners at the Convention Center and Visitors Bureau. So, you can imagine our concern last fall when Hurricane Joaquin caused us to scrap those plans and start over – moving the entire festival indoors in a period of a few days. Although we are all very proud of the results, and now know that it can be done, we hope to never have to do it again. Bluegrass festivals are best enjoyed under blue skies.Wide Open Bluegrass holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many in our city. While the event’s attendance and economic impact are impressive, I’m always overwhelmed by the pervasive and profound sense of community pride. For an entire week, the world joins us in celebrating one of North Carolina’s homegrown traditions – bluegrass music. And our folks turn out in droves to support it. Not only are they taking time to enjoy the music, dance, art, and food, but they are also going out of their way to welcome visitors to our city and our state. Raleigh’s hospitality ranks very high for attendees, according to post-event surveys.The Piedmont Regulators play on the steps of the Fayetteville Street Post Office during the Wide Open Bluegrass festival on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh, N.C. Saturday October 4, 2014.After hosting one of the world’s largest indoor bluegrass hurricane parties last year, we are excited to return Wide Open Bluegrass to Fayetteville Street and to the Red Hat Amphitheater in 2016. The amphitheater will feature performances by a wide range of bluegrass all-stars, including Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, the Del McCoury Band, and Steep Canyon Rangers, among others. As always, we are planning lots of unique collaborations and special guests to preserve the event’s “must see” status. I’m particularly excited about the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band celebrating its 50th anniversary in Raleigh, and the rare performance by the Soggy Bottom Boys – famous for the soundtrack of the blockbuster film O Brother, Where Art Thou? And the perennial favorites the Kruger Brothers return to the festival, this time joined by a 14-piece orchestra to perform an original piece written by Jens Kruger.It is a win-win for those purchasing tickets to Red Hat Amphitheater, because they are guaranteed world-class entertainment while also supporting a very important cause. A portion of proceeds from amphitheater ticket sales go to the IBMA-operated Bluegrass Trust Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to individuals in the bluegrass music community in times of emergency need.As for the free StreetFest portion of Wide Open, we are expanding the footprint of the event south of City Plaza toward the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The wildly popular Dance Tent Stage will now be located there, along with the N.C. Whole Hog Barbecue Championship, a food truck rodeo, junior Appalachian musicians’ showcase, arts and food vendors, kids’ games, and other fun activities. This area has lots of trees for shade and open space with grass for picnic blankets.Each year we try to tweak the event to make it a bit better than the last. We hope everyone will join us for what is sure to be another wide open bluegrass experience.For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit ibma.org.last_img read more

A rock n roll revival

first_imgSam McDonald, Matt Thomas, Billy Warden, and Jeff Holshouser of The Floating Children, photo by Jonathan Drakeby Billy WardenNot even the makers of Viagra have pitched the restorative powers of their product as insistently as proponents of rock ’n’ roll.From Bruce Springsteen to Joey Ramone to Pink, billions of decibels have gone into claiming for the music the mantle of all-purpose elixir, mender of broken hearts, guardian of the faithful’s most delirious dreams.Truth? Hokum? This summer, I got my chance to find out.On the evening of April 20, while playing catch-up with another blown tax deadline, an email arrived from the organizers of the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation. Would my old band reunite for the foundation’s annual August fundraising extravaganza at the Triangle’s venerated mecca of indie rock, The Cat’s Cradle?The tax sheets melted away along with the political argument in the kitchen. The email swept me back to the riotous late-’80s heyday of The Connells, The Pressure Boys, The Veldt, Three Hits, and my baby, The Floating Children.Of course, a reunion was out of the question. Completely impractical. What with family obligations and business responsibilities. Naturally, I replied: “Oh HELLZ YES.”Now, a quick word on how ill-advised this may have looked to an outsider. The Floating Children were not a stand-and-strum band. A writer of the era described us as “the New York Dolls run amok in Pee-Wee’s playhouse.” We were an anarchic, confetti-spewing mayhem machine.So as I lay in bed that night, troubling questions commingled with chronic back pain: “How could a middle-aged reunion NOT fall flat?” “If my wife leaves me in shame, which car will she take?” And, “how to make a reunion count for something beyond nostalgia?”   The answer to the last question, counterintuitively, was to up the ante, heighten the risk. The next day’s proposition to the rest of The Floating Children included the reunion performance – plus, “how about we write new songs?”New tunes would mean stretching beyond old tricks. They would require creativity and commitment. They would be a more profound test: Did we still, somewhere inside, carry that spark of inspiration?The band didn’t balk. We went to work emailing lyrics and texting demos – me, Jeff Holshouser, Jody Maxwell, James Olin Oden, Steve Eisenstadt, and Larry Burlison in the Triangle; Sam McDonald and new guy Matt Thomas in Norfolk.Craggy reserves of creativitySure, everyone had jobs and workaday duties. But everyone also had craggy reserves of creativity to uncork. Two new tunes came together fast – and with considerably more melodic hooks than 25 years ago. I couldn’t vouch for each band member’s bodily fitness, but creatively we were in fine form.Soon, the rehearsals revealed our physical and emotional conditions. Physically, the eight of us looked to be a collective 90 pounds or so overweight – not exactly Olympian, but certainly respectable by middle-aged standards.Emotionally, we were a ragged parade of humanity straight out of a Bob Seger double album. Divorce, money woes, exhaustingly complicated bachelorhood, kid concerns – they were all in the mix. But none of it slowed us down. When we played, energy and optimism gushed.We recorded the new tunes in a daylong blizzard of missed notes, surging solos, profane pep talks, and tequila shots. Then came the show. Creating new music had limbered us up. We were rock ’n’ roll acrobats again. And when our original background singer and “dance diva,” Tracey Brown, entered the dressing room, confetti bucket in hand, we were beyond inspired.Backed by an overzealous fog machine operated by my first-pumping teenage son, The Floating Children ’16 put on what some longtime fans called our best show – period. And, by the grace of the rock gods, we picked up new fans. They included 17-year-old guest saxophone player Lee Sullivan, who noted approvingly, “Putting on weird clothes and playing freaky music. The Floating Children go hard.”Indeed, we did – and not just musically. There were ridiculous twirls and foolish shimmies and other moves that away from the adrenaline rush of the stage would land me in intensive care.I hugged each Floating Child at least 120 times that night. While every embrace was an expression of genuine affection, maybe I was also trying to get a firm hold of something more ethereal. The magic that generations of stars and nobodies had promised was real. I wasn’t 22 again; but nor was I the same harried businessman/dad I had been on the night the reunion offer arrived.As The Floating Children prepare to share those new tunes with the world via technologies that we couldn’t imagine a quarter century ago, I am – we are – back to square one. Hoping that a few folks out there get it and groove along. The gamble is electrifying. The secret, then, of rock ’n’ roll’s restorative power is simply, beautifully this: The risk is the reward. Billy Warden is the co-founder of the marketing agency, GBW Strategies, and an incorrigible song-and-dance man. The Floating Children’s new songs are available on Facebook, SoundCloud, and YouTube.last_img read more

Red Carpet Green Dress To Celebrate 10th Anniversary

first_imgSuzy Amis Cameron’s Red Carpet Green Dress (RCGD) celebrates its 10th anniversary showcasing sustainable fashion.In honor of 10 years rocking sustainable dresses on the red carpet, RCGD is pleased to announce that Laura Harrier, from this year’s six-time Oscar nominated film BlacKkKlansman, and Danielle Macdonald, from the Oscar nominated short film Skin and Netflix’s acclaimed DUMPLIN’, will be representing RCGD at the 91st Academy Awards. They will be wearing ethical gowns designed by global fashion houses.Each year the RCGD campaign has worked with internationally acclaimed designers to dress stars in sustainable formal wear for the Academy Awards®.To qualify as a RCGD eco-conscious garment, each piece must either be made from sustainable materials, including organic, recycled or repurposed fibers. Other features include using hand-made detailing or incorporating natural dye processing, with a dedicated focus on minimal negative impact on the environment, and environmentally and socially responsible design.In honor of the 10th anniversary, this year’s sustainable criteria will be overseen by Good On You, a new partner of RCGD. Good On You is the world’s leading rating system on ethical and sustainable fashion to assist people in making positive shopping choices—all delivered through an accessible app.“I can’t believe it has been 10 years since RCGD was born,” shares founder Amis Cameron. “It has been an incredible journey and inspiring to see how the campaign has grown every year. I am so proud of helping people become more aware of what sustainable fashion can look like and its impact on the planet. What we wear and the fashion industry has a tremendous impact on the environment—and people’s choices can move the marketplace and the climate change needle. From changing one of your meals a day to a plant-based meal, to wearing vintage or ethically made clothes, we can all make a difference. Thank you to everyone for your continued support and joining the green revolution!”Suzy Amis Cameron is an actress, environmental advocate, and author of OMD: The Simple, Plant-Based Program to Save Your Health, Save Your Waistline and Save the Planet. She was inspired to create RCGD back in 2009 on her husband, James Cameron’s press tour for “AVATAR”. She wanted to challenge designers to think about fashion in an eco-conscious context. Since RCGD’s inception, a variety of celebrities have represented the initiative at the Oscars, including Emma Roberts (Scream Queens), Sophie Turner (X-Men, Game of Thrones), Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Gina Rodriguez (Annihilation, Jane the Virgin), Priyanka Bose (Lion), Kellan Lutz (Twilight), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Zoey Deutch (The Set Up), Camila Alves, Jake McDorman (American Sniper), Missi Pyle (Gone Girl), and many others. To date, the brands who have partnered and supported RCGD range from TESLA, Vivienne Westwood and Armani, to ESMOD, Reformation, Swarovski, among others.Proceeds from RCGD go to MUSE School CA, a nonprofit environmental school Amis Cameron founded in Calabasas, Calif. with her sister, Rebecca Amis. This assistance enables students to access a transformative educational experience. MUSE School CA ensures smaller class sizes with personalized instruction and learning practices; all set within an inspiring and beautiful campus. Through these key elements, MUSE School CA paves the way in creating leaders of the future. For more information, go to www.museschool.org.For more information please click here.last_img read more

Joanna Lumley Evanna Lynch Send Valentines Plea to Free Lonely Elephant From

first_imgCelebrities Joanna Lumley, Evanna Lynch and Jan Leeming are pleading with Johannesburg zoo in South Africa to have a heart this Valentine’s day and agree to relocate to a sanctuary a 39-year old female elephant called Lammie who lives a lonely existence since her mate died in September.Animal protection groups Humane Society International/Africa, the EMS Foundation and the Elephant Reintegration Trust have found a rewilding sanctuary willing to offer Lammie a forever home living with other elephants who would become her new family, but so far the zoo has resisted and has instead suggested it may acquire another elephant.The campaigners will hand in a 280,000 signature joint petition to the zoo together with Valentine’s cards from members of the public urging the zoo to transfer Lammie to the sanctuary. A letter of support from 13 of the world’s most renowned elephant conservationists has also been submitted.Joanna Lumley said: “Loneliness is more of a prison than the walls of Lammie’s zoo enclosure. She belongs running wild with other elephants. Please let her go, Johannesburg zoo.”Lammie and her mate Kinkel had been together for 17 years, and during her 39 years of captivity, Lammie has also endured the death of her parents, the relocation of one of her brothers to a French zoo and the other to a captive facility in Johannesburg, as well as the death of her own calf – sired by her own father – a week post-birth. Elephants develop strong social group bonds and losing family and peers can result in significant grief and trauma. Lammie now spends her days alone in her enclosure without the company of another elephant or adequate enrichment. Elephant experts at HSI/Africa, EMSF and ERT are concerned for her mental well-being.Harry Potter actress Evanna Lynch said: “Elephants are such amazing, intelligent creatures that it is simply heart-breaking to see them reduced to such pitiful circumstances. I really hope that the people of Johannesburg zoo will find it in their hearts to let Lammie live with other elephants in a sanctuary, it’s the least she deserves after years of captivity.”So far the zoo has resisted requests to release Lammie to a sanctuary, and has instead suggested that it may acquire another elephant. Even if another elephant is acquired, the standards of a number of zoo associations stipulates a minimum grouping of at least 4 elephants. Elephant experts at HSI/Africa strongly oppose this as the zoo is not able to meet the complex needs of elephants which is why nearly 40 zoos around the world are increasingly retiring their elephant exhibits.Audrey Delsink, wildlife director of Humane Society International/Africa, said: “Elephants are highly intelligent, extremely social, sentient beings with complex family structures and bonds that last a lifetime. Now that Lammie has lost her companion, she is in desperate need of a happier existence and the chance to live out her years with other elephants. There is a rewilding sanctuary ready and waiting to offer Lammie a home where she can express normal elephant behaviours and thrive emotionally and physically with a group of elephants who would become her new family. Acquiring another elephant would simply be repeating the cycle of suffering all over again, and seeing elephants in a sterile environment provides no educational value at all. There are many zoos around the world recognizing the welfare challenges of keeping elephants, so this Valentine’s day we’re urging Johannesburg Zoo to mend Lammie’s broken heart and let her go to a sanctuary where she can spend the rest of her days with others of her kind.”Based on observations conducted by Humane Society International/Africa, EMSF and ERT, the charities believe that Lammie’s well-being is compromised as she experiences little environmental enrichment, has little shade, insufficient water in which to bathe, and appears to listlessly stand at the gate of her elephant house for hours on end. She also appears to be overweight, likely because as a lonely elephant, she has little incentive to be active and eating is her main stimulation to break up the monotony of the day.Broadcaster Jan Leeming said: “Lammie belongs in a wilderness sanctuary with other elephants, not languishing in a zoo. HSI/Africa and friends have found a sanctuary ready to offer Lammie a forever home, letting her live here is the only ethical thing to do. Please have a heart for Lammie, Johannesburg zoo.”last_img read more

Five Extraordinary Women To Be Honored at TJ Martell Foundation 7th Annual

first_imgThe TJ Martell Foundation for Cancer Research has announced the 2019 Women of Influence Awards which will be held Friday, May 10, 2019 at The Plaza Hotel, Grand Ballroom located at 768 5th Avenue in New York.The reception will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a luncheon and awards to follow from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The awards celebration will honor five outstanding women who have achieved tremendous goals in business and inspire other women around the globe to live their dreams while balancing work, family, home and health.The 2019 Women of Influence honorees include Tracey Jordan, Vice-President, Board of Governors, New York Chapter of the National Recording Academy and Senior Director, Talent and Industry Relations, Sirius XM; Sandra Lee, Emmy Award winning television host-activist, philanthropist and internationally acclaimed Home Life expert; Sandra L. Richards, Head of Global Sports & Entertainment and Segment Sales & Engagement Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley; Rosanna Scotto, Co-Host, Good Day New York, FOX 5 NY and Dr. Maryland Pao who will receive the Dr. Jimmie Holland Pioneer Award.“The Women of Influence Awards & Luncheon always brings together such amazing women who have provided leadership in business and share a bond about healthy living. It is always a sold-out event and over the years the annual event has raised vital funds for the T.J. Martell Foundation’s cancer research programs.” – Laura Heatherly, CEO, The T.J. Martell Foundation.The 7th Annual Women of Influence Awards & Luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. with red carpet arrivals and reception. The luncheon and awards presentation will begin at 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. Media is invited to RSVP for attendance and coverage to press contact below. The event will take place at The Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom in New York City. Proceeds will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation.For information on tickets and sponsorship go to www.tjmfwomenofinfluence.org.last_img read more

Alexa Ray Joel To Perform At Smile Train 20th Anniversary Gala

first_imgSmile Train’s 20th Anniversary Gala will take place on May 2 at NYC’s iconic landmark Capitale (130 Bowery, NYC).Smile Train 20th Anniversary GalaThis year strikes Smile Train’s 20th Anniversary. Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity, believes that It Starts with a Smile. Cleft surgery is just the beginning of the journey toward a full, healthy life for a baby born with a cleft. Smile Train’s comprehensive cleft care programs provide their patients with nutritional support, orthodontic care, social and emotional support, and speech therapy – to ensure every child they help has the best opportunity for long-term success.There will be many celebrity guests in attendance, including a special performance by Alexa Ray Joel, followed by an after party with REV RUN + DJ RUCKUS.Find out more about the gala here.last_img read more

Deutsche Bank earnings up in 1st quarter but revenues drop

BERLIN — Deutsche Bank says it saw its profit improve by 67 per cent in the first quarter, though revenue dropped 9 per cent as proceeds from trading declined sharply.Germany’s biggest bank reported details of its January-March earnings on Friday, a day after it abandoned talks on a possible merger with German peer Commerzbank.The company said net profit was 201 million euros ($224 million), compared with 120 million euros a year earlier.Revenues dropped to 6.35 billion euros from 6.98 billion euros. The bank said revenues from fixed income sales and trading were off 19 per cent at 1.5 billion euros, while those from equity sales and trading dropped 18 per cent to 468 million euros.CEO Christian Sewing said that “our continued cost discipline helped us to offset lower revenues.”The Associated Press read more

Greek island ferry crews to launch 24hour strike Sept 24

ATHENS, Greece — Ferry services to Greek popular island destinations face severe disruptions next week due to a strike called by the country’s powerful seamen’s union.The PNO union says the walkout will keep ferries tied up in port for 24 hours starting at 6 a.m. on Sept. 24.Coastal shipping firms have urged the union to reconsider, saying the strike would harm Greece’s key tourism industry.PNO said in a statement Tuesday that it is protesting proposed legislation that’s been roundly criticized by labour unions because it will make it harder for them to call strikes.The country’s umbrella civil servants’ union has also called a 24-hour strike for Sept. 24 to protest the draft law that was presented by Greece’s new centre-right government.The Associated Press read more

Three companies now charged after 2013 bird kill in New Brunswick

SAINT JOHN, N.B. – Three companies now face charges after thousands of birds died in 2013 when they flew into a flare burning at a natural gas facility in Saint John, N.B.Canaport LNG LP was charged with three violations in October 2014 and two other companies — Irving Canaport GP Company Ltd. and Repsol Canada Ltd. — now also face those charges.The three companies face two charges under the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act that prevent anyone from depositing a substance harmful to migratory birds.They are also charged with unlawfully killing Canada warblers under the federal Species at Risk Act.Environment Canada launched an investigation after about 7,500 migrating birds were killed in September 2013 while excess gas was being burned-off at the facility.The case is scheduled to return to provincial court in Saint John on May 7 for the companies to enter pleas. Three companies now charged after 2013 bird kill in New Brunswick by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 21, 2015 10:09 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Normet expands to provide more and better underground service vehicles

first_imgAs IM finalises its service vehicle article for the July issue, one of the biggest players in the sector, Normet, opened its modernised production facilities in Iisalmi, Finland yesterday. EUR1 million investment in modernized production facilities has already increased Normet’s assembly capacity by 30% and another 25% of growth is expected in the near future. Later this year Normet’s new technology centre will open.“2009 was successful under the difficult circumstances. Even though turnover decreased from best-ever year 2008’s EUR107 million to EUR90 million euros, the operating profit remained at a satisfactory level of 7.8%. There were no layoffs, and employees were trained in low season. International operations of Normet continued to develop consistently last year. New sales and service companies were established in Indonesia and Canada, a representative office for ASEA’s market in Singapore and branch offices in Peru and India. India was the second biggest market area for Normet’s equipment sales.The company’s global market share grew in the underground tunnelling market. Mining machinery sales fell last year, but the underground construction sector remained strong, and it largely counterbalanced the reduction in the volume of mining machinery,” says Tom Melbye, President Normet Group.“The next six months are looking good. The first half of 2010 has seen recovery from the recession and the order intake has increased considerably, indicating good sales volumes for the rest of the year. Mining machinery markets are gaining strength and the underground construction sales are to remain at a healthy level. Normet’s worldwide sales and service network with 24 branches in 15 countries will be our strength in global competition,” Melbye says.last_img read more

This pinheadsized implant could replace hearing aids

first_imgYou can usually tell when someone is wearing a hearing aid by the device sat behind one or both of their ears. But such aids can only help so much. Depending on the level of hearing impairment, conventional aids may not be enough to allow an individual to hear and understand important sounds such as those that form speech.An alternative is to have a hearing implant, but until now the required surgery to fit them has taken several hours, making it unsuitable for the elderly–the group most affected by hearing loss. However, a solution is on the horizon in the form of a new, simple implant that can be fitted as outpatient surgery and could allow better hearing to even the most severe of impairments.The new implant actually consists of three parts. The key implanted part is a 1.2mm electro-acoustic transducer, which is positioned at the so-called “round window,” which is where the middle and inner ear connect. It then produces “amplified mechanical vibrations” that stimulate the auditory nerve. Even though the transducer is tiny, it can reach volumes of up to 120 decibels, meaning even those with severe hearing impairment should experience a major improvement.The other two parts of the implant are a microphone and battery contained in a casing, and the signal and power wireless transmission system that links the transducer and the microphone sections.The image you see above is of the prototype version of the electro-acoustic transducer. The research team at the Fraunhofer Institute already have it working, but say the final version of the transducer will be round rather than square. They also need to select a suitable coating for the implant so it can survive inside the body without degrading or being rejected.The good news is, the final version should be ready to use by next year with each implant expected to function for at least 10 years once in place.last_img read more

Bank deposits over 100000 into Greek School

first_imgThe Bank of Cyprus has provided over $100,000 to Alphington Grammar towards eight new classrooms and the new multi-purpose hall, currently under construction.President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV), Bill Papastergiadis, said this grant follows from talks between the bank and the Greek community.“We’ve been talking to them for some time about sponsoring us and working side by side with our school,” Mr Papastergiadis told Neos Kosmos, adding that the GOCMV has been trying to bring reputable brands into the Greek community. The grant from the Bank of Cyprus is a one-off gift, marking the relationship between the GOCMV and Bank of Cyprus, Mr Papastergiadis said. He said that this is an example he hopes others will “mimic”.In making the donation Managing Director of the Bank of Cyprus Australia, George Tacticos, acknowledged the GOCMV for its efforts to maintain and promote Hellenism.“Education is a key factor in the maintenance of our heritage and it is with great pleasure that the Bank of Cyprus Australia has chosen to assist Alphington Grammar,” he said.“We look forward to working with the President Bill Papastergiadis and his Board in the future.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Preshow match announced for WrestleMania 31 PPV

first_imgFacebook Videos Articles Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Triple H Now Playing Up Next Xavier Woods WWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up Changes Videos Articles Twitter Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns SPOILERS: 3/22 and 3/23 Impact TV taping results from Windsor, Ontario, Canada Google+center_img Many WWE Stars Want To Go To AEW Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Pinterest Impact Wrestling presents Rebellion this Sunday from Toronto, streaming live globally on FITE.tv Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next The Miz Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Courtesy of WWE.com:WWE Tag Team Champions Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs. The New Day vs. Los Matadores vs. The Usos (Fatal 4-Way)Tyson Kidd & Cesaro’s WWE Tag Team Championship reign may be less than a month old — fact — but in a division packed with worthy contenders, the new champions must defend the titles against The New Day’s Big E & Kofi Kingston, Los Matadores and former two-time champions The Usos in a Fatal 4-Way on the WrestleMania Kickoff.Sunday’s WrestleMania Kickoff is a special two-hour event that begins at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT, immediately before The Showcase of the Immortals goes on air. The first hour will be available on WWE Network, as well as stream live and for free on WWE.com, the WWE App, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Pheed. The second hour of the Kickoff will be shown exclusively on WWE Network.Since winning the tandem titles, Kidd & Cesaro have maintained that any team that believes they deserve a title opportunity at WrestleMania must first prove it. With all three duos making their championship ambitions crystal clear in recent weeks, Los Matadores, The New Day and The Usos set about backing up their demands.Since then, the division has been marked by great parity and competition, with Diego & Fernando upending The Usos, and The New Day at one point scoring a non-title win over Cesaro & Kidd. The action has grown so intense that it even threatened to claim one Superstar when, during an Eight-Man Tag Team Match featuring all four tandems, The New Day’s Xavier Woods accidentally drilled Jey Uso with a dive, injuring Uso’s shoulder in the process. Luckily for the popular former champions, WWE’s medical staff has cleared Uso for competition, just in time for WrestleMania.Which duo will wind up holding the championship gold when these teams square off in what’s sure to be a fast and furious Fatal 4-Way? Find out by tuning into the WrestleMania Kickoff, which starts at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT this Sunday, live on WWE Network!Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WhatsApp Video: Impact announces Rebellion Pay Per View for April 28 live in Torontolast_img read more

Former WWE star Hornswoggle Dylan Postl to release new autobiography next summer

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Twitter Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img ECW Press passed along the following press release noting that former WWE star Hornswoggle (Dylan Postl) will be releasing an autobiography next summer.The book will cover Postl’s wrestling career and signing with WWE at the age of 21.You can check out the full release below.UPCOMING AUTOBIOGRAPHY FROM POPULAR WWE WRESTLERPeople born with achondroplasia – a condition causing disproportionate dwarfism – don’t tend to end up as champions in the world of wrestling. In fact, only one man has ever achieved this, becoming the World Wrestling Entertainment Cruiserweight Champion at the age of 21 and the height of 4’ 5”.Wisconsin-born Dylan Postl worked and wrestled as Hornswoggle for the world leaders in sports entertainment for ten years, becoming the longest-tenured and unquestionably best-known little person performer in WWE history. In that time, he also appeared in Hollywood movies, bought his own wrestling promotion and, most importantly, became a dad.LIFE IS SHORT – AND SO AM I is scheduled for a Summer 2019 release by ECW press and will see Postl collaborate with co-writers Ross Owen Williams and Ian Douglass to delve into the physical and emotional challenges of being a little person in both a big person’s world and, often, a large person’s industry, as well as charting Dylan’s emotional path to parenthood, and varied relationships within his own family.“Looking back through my life to this point has been crazy,” says Postl. “It’s just reinforced something I’ve always thought which is ‘this should never have happened’. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve found myself backstage at a big event or on a movie set, and even this last week over in Saudi Arabia in front of 60,000 people halfway across the world from where I was born, thinking ‘how did this ever happen to me?’ It’s unreal.”Writer Ross Owen Williams, the co-author of both Bob Holly’s highly-praised Hardcore Truth and upcoming Al Snow autobiography Self-Help commented, “I’m confident people will be impressed when they learn more about Dylan’s background and, especially, his attitude about everything he’s gone through with regards to his condition. Some people could see the condition he was born with as a curse or an excuse, but he just sees it as the way things are and gets on with doing his best to be respected in his profession and an exemplary father – both of which he succeeds at beyond question. He’s an incredible guy with a huge sense of humour, one of the shortest, biggest-hearted people I’ve met and working with him on this book has been and continues to be great fun.”“Dylan has a highly unique story which we’re certain will both inspire and entertain,” says Michael Holmes, Executive Editor for ECW Press.Postl returned to WWE TV this past week as Hornswoggle with an appearance in the promotion’s 50-man Greatest Royal Rumble match, eliminating two-time NXT tag team champion Dash Wilder. Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Facebook Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more