Renowned Classical Violinist Itzhak Perlman Cancels North Carolina Show In Protest Of HB2

first_imgBands like Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam made the headlines for cancelling shows in North Carolina, out of protest for the state’s newly-passed HB2 “bathroom bill.” The show cancellations have been important in creating a dialogue about this discriminatory policy, though it isn’t the first time rock stars have used their platform to speak out on political issues. Rock and roll itself is a genre founded on defiance, and these protests fit snugly in the long historical discourse of music.Interestingly, an unlikely musician has also joined the fight against HB2: Itzhak Perlman. Classical musicians aren’t often thought of as political figures, which makes Perlman’s words all the stronger. In a statement, Perlman wrote that he is “a vocal advocate for treating all people equally,” and cancelled a scheduled performance with the North Carolina Symphony out of protest for the bill.You can read his statement below:As my fans know, I have spent a lifetime advocating against discrimination towards those with physical disabilities and have been a vocal advocate for treating all people equally. As such, after great consideration, I have decided to cancel my May 18th concert in North Carolina with the North Carolina Symphony as a stand against House Bill 2. As Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently stated, HB2 “is about a great deal more than just bathrooms. [It] is about the dignity and respect we accord our fellow citizens.” I couldn’t agree more and will look forward to returning to North Carolina when this discriminatory law is repealed.You can also watch Perlman talk about the decision on MSNBC.We’re with you, Itzhak.last_img read more

ICC World Cup THIS player has been named Sarfaraz Ahmed’s back up

first_img“Mohammad Rizwan, Abid Ali and Faheem Ashraf will remain in England. They’ll play cricket to stay in touch with the conditions and if we feel the need for any of them as replacements, then we’ll have them as backup,” Inzamam was quoted as saying during the press conference to announce the final squad.Meanwhile, the men-in-green will begin their World Cup campaign against West Indies on May 31. It will be interesting to see if they can put up a better show. West Indies, on the other hand, will look to start the tournament fresh and not let the ODI rankings affect their performance.  For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has recently announced their 15-member squad for the all-important ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which is set to begin in England and Wales on May 30. The Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq tinkered with the provisional squad naming Mohammad Amir, Asif Ali, and Wahab Riaz in place of Junaid Khan, Faheem Ashraf, and Abid Ali for the mega event.Meanwhile, the country’s board has also decided upon the reserve wicketkeeper in case Sarfaraz Ahmed, also the Pakistan captain gets injured and it’s Mohammad Rizwan. The 26-year-old from North-West Frontier Province is presently in Pakistan and is expected to leave for England where he would stay during the tournament. Rizwan hasn’t been included in the 15-member squad though. Pakistan team will begin their World Cup campaign against West Indies. Sarfaraz Ahmed will lead in World Cup for the first time. Mohammad Rizwan has been named as Sarfaraz’s back up.  highlightslast_img read more

Justin Turner’s full circle with Dodgers is drawn by hard work, powerful fate

first_img Whicker: Scenes from a wetting: Dodgers rejoice, reflect in Chicago So they understand the superstitions, and why Red wears his hair so and his beard so identifiably thick.“I do wish he’d clean it up a little bit,” Betsy said.“I don’t think the Dodgers are doing their job,” John said, with a familiar-looking grin. “They should be getting him a deal with Lucky Charms.”LOST AND FOUNDAnd, as baseball people, they know they’re not in control.You work and work and then hand off your life to inexorable fate.They have learned that in easy and hard ways.They were at the College World Series in 2003, the year before the Titans won, the second of Justin’s three.The Stanford pitcher was Matt Manship. His fastball hit Turner in the face.A surgeon, watching at home, immediately told his wife, “I’m going in and this is going to be a long night.”He raced to Bergan Mercy Hospital, attended to Justin, kissed him on the forehead and said, “Someone is looking after you. A quarter-inch either way and it’s really bad.”Turner was back in the dugout for the 10th inning, although his ankle started hurting.“But when the surgeon said somebody was looking out for him, I immediately knew who it was,” Betsy said.It was Ruben Gonzalez.When Justin was 13, Ruben was his friend and summer teammate, a 6-foot power hitter. His feet stuck out of the short beds on which they slept. For John, there is little doubt Gonzalez would be in the big leagues.“We were going to Vegas for a tournament and we heard Ruben had been killed in a wreck,” John said.“It was devastating to us. But we knew he was the one the doctor was talking about.”Team USA didn’t want to use Justin that summer because he might be gun-shy. In his first summer at-bat Turner immediately faced the pitcher and tried to bunt, just to prove something.By then his ankle was worse. A second diagnosis discovered it was broken, thanks to the force of Manship’s fastball.BARELY A DODGERThat’s how baseball was played at Lakewood High, when John Herbold coached, between Long Beach Poly High and Cal State L.A., on his way to 918 wins. His team was known as Herbold’s Hustlers, and John Turner was one.That’s how it is still played at Fullerton, where Red was a bat boy on teams with Mark Kotsay and Aaron Rowand.Rick Vanderhook, the head coach, was an assistant then. Florida sent the Turners a recruiting questionnaire, and John showed it to Vanderhook, who grabbed it, filled it out and sent it back.“Too late,” he wrote. “Justin Turner is a Titan.”Spirits kept intervening. Turner didn’t have a contract in February 2014. He went to the CSF Alumni game, and Tim Wallach, the Dodgers’ third base coach, talked with him, then recommended him.“He was 10 minutes from signing with the Red Sox,” Jill said. “And that’s when Ned Colletti (then the Dodgers GM) called. It was a dream to play here. He just didn’t know if he’d be distracted by being home.”“He could have worn out that wall in Fenway Park,” John said.Turner went to camp with no guarantees. Alex Guerrero was supposed to be the second baseman, and Turner was butting heads with Chone Figgins for a roster spot.Then third baseman Juan Uribe came to camp out of shape and then pulled a hamstring. “That opened the door,” John said.Turner never stopped knocking. He revamped his swing – “certainly not the way I was taught,” John said – and became a power source.He analyzed his 2016 performance and frowned at his 107 strikeouts and his .209 average against lefties. This year he hit .380 against lefties and struck out 56 times, with 59 walks.“We’ve always said he was lucky,” Betsy said. “And people would say what he is doing this year isn’t luck. I know, but you don’t get a chance in the majors until somebody else fails or gets hurt, not unless you’re one of those 5-tool players. You just keep working and be ready once that happens.”Now all the decks at Dodger Stadium and tens of millions of viewers look down on Justin Turner and a pressured pitcher.The Turners do, too, with someone they know. BELLFLOWER — John Turner was the third employee hired by NC Dynamics, a machinery firm in Paramount.That was 37 years ago. Now 183 people work there. It’s the type of business that let John leave at 2 p.m. and coach the Mayfair High freshman baseball team, then come back to work at 6.John’s son Justin was on that team, with the school just a few blocks away. Later, Justin started for four years at Cal State Fullerton, even as a 120-pound freshman, and he passed through three organizations before the Dodgers signed him in 2014.Now Turner hits walk-off homers in the playoffs, finishes second in the National League batting race, leads the Dodgers to 111 wins. Or the kid who won a summer game against a team organized by his cousins. On the way home Betsy asked him, “I was nervous when you came up.”Justin replied, “Really? I like pressure. The pressure isn’t on me. it’s on the pitcher.”GAME OF THEIR LIVESIt’s a baseball family. Jill works for the Legacy Group, which represents Justin. John celebrates his birthdays at spring training. Betsy celebrates hers at opening days.They try to add two new major league parks every summer.“And I’m J.T.,” John said. “I know they call him J.T., but he’s always been Red.”Related Articles Dodgers 2017 World Series, postseason results, recaps, box scores How the Dodgers’ roster was built: 2 front offices, 12 trades, millions of dollars Whicker: Dodgers’ merit system works both ways John and his wife Betsy will hold their usual anniversary dinner Monday night, their 35th, at Captain Jack’s in Sunset Beach.The next night they will watch Justin play in the Dodgers’ first World Series since 1988.Much has happened since, but Justin is still the kid who sat on the porch with glove, ball and bat, waiting for John.Or the kid who sat in the living room with the new Mayfair coach and discussed practice plans for three hours. Justin did the talking. The coach took the notes.Or the kid who sat in front of the TV and correctly predicted the hit-and-runs and the steals. “It was ridiculous,” said Jill, Justin’s sister. “How did he know that?” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more