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
Australian LNG player Santos received a new, revised takeover bid by the US-based Harbour Energy upping its offer to a total of US$10.8 billion. The EIG Global Energy Partners-backed investment firm upped its bid for Santos shares to US$5.21 per share.However, the proposal is conditional on Santos undertaking hedging of its oil-linked production in 2018, of around 30 percent and changes to hedging in 2019, Santos said in a statement.In addition, Harbour has indicated the offer price would be increased to a US dollar amount equivalent to A$7.00 per share if Santos agrees to hedge 30 percent of oil-linked production in 2020.The revised offer came soon after the binding, conditional bids of US$4.98 per share Harbour put in on May 17 and another one on May 19, at US$5.12 per share.The revised Harbour proposal is subject to conditions, including completion of final confirmatory due diligence and entry into a scheme implementation deed between Santos and Harbour, which requires the transaction to be recommended by the independent directors of the Santos board and the shareholder approval.The independent directors of Santos will consider the Revised Harbour Proposal and will update shareholders accordingly, Santos said in its statement, adding that there is no certainty the bumped bid would result in an offer that the company’s shareholders would consider.So far, Santos has advised its shareholders not to take any action in relation to the proposal.
The body of FHP Trooper Joseph Bullock shot to death in Martin County was transported to Florida’s Gulf Coast Friday morning.A procession to escort the body of the slain 19-year veteran went through St. Lucie County on Friday morning, en route to Sarasota where his family lives.The emotional escort as Trooper Joseph Bullock’s body is transported to Sarasota where he has family. Thank you for your service, sir @FHPPalmBeach @WPTV @FOX29WFLX #thinblueline pic.twitter.com/yHjUzJ5OKE— Stephanie Susskind (@StephanieWPTV) February 7, 2020 The procession began at 8:30 a.m. from the Medical Examiner’s Office on the campus of Indian River State College.Investigators said Bullock stopped to help the driver of a broken-down car. The driver, identified as 30-year-old Franklin Reed of Palm Bay, shot Bullock to death. An off-duty Riviera Beach Police Officer, Jemel Headings, saw the events unfold and shot and killed Reed.
The world number one beat American Jason Dufner 5 and 4 in his opening match in San Francisco.But some of McIlroy’s European Ryder Cup team-mates didn’t fare so well.Steven Gallacher, Justin Rose and Ian Poulter all lost.