UPDATE: Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder spoke about the cancellation at last night’s performance in the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA. He said “We thought we could take the money and give it to them and still play the show, but the reality is there is nothing like the immense power of boycotting and putting a strain and it’s a shame because people are going to affected that don’t deserve it but it could be the way that ultimately is gonna affect change, so again, we just couldn’t find it in ourselves in good conscience to cross a picket line when there was a movement.”Watch the video here:After Bruce Springsteen cancelled his performance in North Carolina two weeks ago, artists everywhere are being forced to reconsider their performances in the state. North Carolina recently passed a law called HB2, which has been reviled as a discriminatory legislation against the LGBTQ community. With other artists taking a stand, including Mumford & Sons donating their proceeds to a local organization, the latest to speak out is Pearl Jam.The band has been rocking out on their 25th anniversary tour, which recently included a full performance of the Vs. album. With a show scheduled at the PNC Arena on April 20th, the band has officially taken a strong stance against the HB2 law by cancelling their show. In a lengthy public statement, Pearl jam calls the law “despicable,” and will be donating money to local groups to help combat the state’s oppression.Read the full statement below:PEARL JAM STATEMENTIt is with deep consideration and much regret that we must cancel the Raleigh show in North Carolina on April 20th.This will be upsetting to those who have tickets and you can be assured that we are equally frustrated by the situation.The HB2 law that was recently passed is a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens. The practical implications are expansive and its negative impact upon basic human rights is profound. We want America to be a place where no one can be turned away from a business because of who they love or fired from their job for who they are.It is for this reason that we must take a stand against prejudice, along with other artists and businesses, and join those in North Carolina who are working to oppose HB2 and repair what is currently unacceptable.We have communicated with local groups and will be providing them with funds to help facilitate progress on this issue.In the meantime we will be watching with hope and waiting in line for a time when we can return.Perhaps even celebrate.With immense gratitude for your understanding,Pearl Jam
Rome: Defending French Open champion Rafael Nadal said Sunday he can’t wait to hit the clay courts of Roland Garros after claiming his first title this season and ninth Italian Open trophy. Nadal defeated world number one Novak Djokovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 for a record 34rd Masters, leaving his vanquished foe to label the Spaniard as “the number one favourite for Roland Garros”. “I am going to be there with time enough, as always,” said 32-year-old Nadal, who wants to capture the 12th trophy in Paris. “I’m going to repeat my normal routines. For sure I can’t wait to be there and have the feeling, see the stadium, watch all the new great things that Roland Garros is doing,” the 17-time Grand Slam winner said of the rebuilt Philippe Chatrier Centre Court. “I saw a picture. Looks great. Still open, still not closed. Is a different stadium, but the feeling probably will not be very different. “This year, I don’t see a big difference. The wind is going to be the same as always. The court is still big.” His first title this season, and particularly on his favourite clay surface, is a huge boost for the Spaniard.RELATED “Happy to reach that level in the last tournament before a Grand Slam,” said Nadal. “But, as I said, for me I don’t want to talk about Grand Slams now. I never did in the past. The important title now’s the moment to keep going.” Djokovic — winner at the Madrid Open last week — gave an error-strewn display in his 54th meeting with second-ranked Nadal, having spent six hours on court in his previous two matches. “For me, the most important thing is to feel myself playing well and feel healthy, with the energy that I need,” said Nadal. “If that happens, the experience is that I am going to fight for titles sooner or later.” The 32-year-old had not dropped a set all week before the final taking a 6-0 set from four his five rivals. “During the last couple of weeks, every day and every week have been better. And here we are finally with this great trophy, an important victory.” Nadal pulled out of Indian Wells with a knee injury and had not gotten past the semi-finals in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid. “After Indian Wells, there have been some tough moments for me in terms of recovering again,” he said. “I didn’t arrive very well prepared to Monte-Carlo. There have been some low moments for me. The first round in Barcelona, that was a disaster.” ‘Trying to peak’ Nadal had been stunned by Stefanos Tsitsipas, a player 12 years his junior, in the semi-finals in Madrid. But the Spaniard brushed aside the Greek in the semi-finals in the Italian capital on Friday. “Yesterday (Saturday against Tsitsipas) was probably was my best match on clay so far this season before today (Sunday) because today I played better than yesterday.” Nadal overtakes Djokovic at the top of the list for Masters wins — the pair were level at 33 each before Sunday’s final — although the latter still holds a 28-26 career edge. Djokovic is targetting his fourth Grand Slam in a row after Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open. The 31-year-old’s only title in Paris was in 2016. “Nadal, number one favourite, without a doubt, then everyone else,” said the 15-time Grand Slam winner. “But I think it’s going to be a good tournament. Dominic Thiem is playing some really, really good tennis. He can beat anybody really, especially on clay. (Fabio) Fognini also playing great quality tennis. He showed it against Nadal in Monte-Carlo what he’s capable of. I mean, on a given day, best-of-five, with one day between matches, I think players will have enough time to really be at their best. Everyone is trying to peak for Roland Garros, without a doubt. I’m looking forward to it. I think it’s going to be a great tournament.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Novak Djokovic is targeting his fourth consecutive grand slam title.Novak Djokovic holds a 28-26 head-to-head record against Rafael Nadal.Rafael Nadal lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas in Madrid but won in Rome. highlights
RIVERTON — Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst are calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to keep its commitment to repair a key levee near Hamburg.The Corps ordered that the levee be lowered eight feet following flooding in 2011 and residents say that’s one reason this year’s Missouri River flooding was so devastating. Ernst says there are indications the Corps is retreating from its earlier promise to rebuild what’s called the Ditch 6 levee.“They made a commitment to bring that levee up to 919 feet and then they backed off of it,” Ernst says, “so we’ve got to do something about that and we’ll continue to push them.”Ernst held a town hall meeting Wednesday in the small town of Riverton, which is in the far southwest corner of the state and fielded complaints about the Army Corps’ management of the river. Linda White of Hamburg told Ernst her family lost their farm to this spring’s flooding.“Who does the Corps actually have to…answer to?” White asked. “It seems like to us common people that they don’t answer to anybody except for themselves.”Ernst and Missouri Senator Josh Hawley are co-sponsoring a bill calling for the Corps to make flood control of the Missouri River its highest priority.“The Corps will answer to whatever the congress directs, but understand even those of us along the Missouri River corridor have different ideas on what those priorities should be,” Ernst said, “so if we can’t all agree up and down the river system that flood control should be the priority, it’s not going to go anywhere.”And Ernst warned that other representatives want protection for hydroelectricity and recreational projects along the river to be priorities.
CHARLES CITY — Floyd County authorities have arrested a New Hampton man and charged him with murder in the death of a child. The Charles City Police Department says 25-year-old Shane Morris was arrested on Monday and charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death. Charles City police say they started an investigation into Morris after the report of possible abuse of a three-and-a-half month old child on August 3rd of last year. The child was taken to the Floyd County Medical Center for treatment and later was transferred to the Mayo Clinic hospitals in Rochester. The child died the next day. No other details about the investigation are being released at this time. If convicted of first-degree murder, Morris would face the rest of his life in prison without the opportunity for parole.