MICHAEL BUBLES BACK WITH NEW ALBUM TOUR AFTER SON BATTLES CANCER

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “There was a time obviously when what we were going through, I just knew my (career) would have to be put aside and I didn’t know what I was going to do or how I was going to do it. The truth is none of that really mattered at the time. But now things are good.”So good that Buble is releasing a new album, Love (or the red heart emoji), on Friday — the same day he’ll get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — and has just announced 11 tour dates in Canada including July 26 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.“I can’t wait, I’m so excited,” he said of going back on the road, adding either his family will be with him or he’ll never be away from home for more than three weeks at a time.Love, meanwhile, is mostly full of American songbook standards but there is one Buble-penned original called Forever Now that seems to be addressing Noah, but he’ll only say is about fatherhood.“I wanted the song to be about the journey of parenthood,” he said. “Of that unconditional love and care for someone or something that can’t care for itself. And sort of the sentimentality of moving through time and how fast it goes. Part of it began autobiographically for me. I was writing it about my experience as a father, and as I continued to get through the song, I really wanted to try and leave it open for the interpretation of the listener.”He will admit though that being a dad to a daughter for the first time is different.“My newborn is just talking, talking, talking, talking. She’s so cute,” said Buble of Vida.“I think it’s her mom. Her mom seems to like to talk a lot. I’m more of a pensive guy (said sarcastically). I think I realized within the last few weeks that we have a new sheriff in town already … I think she’s the boss of my boys. She’s the boss of us. Whatever she says, goes. And my wife (Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato) keeps laughing at me because I (tell) her — it sounds so weird — I can’t wait for Barbie parties. It’s been five years of Spider-Man and Thor and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and now it’s time for some red lipstick and princess parties.”The retirement rumours started when The Daily Mail reported Buble as saying Love would be his final album; that he wanted to go out on top; and that he would no longer do interviews or tour.“They took a two-year-old story when I wrote the statement that I would be stepping away from music to take care of my family, my son, and then they added out of context quotes to make the story seem like it would be better for clickbait,” Buble explained.“I can’t really express to you how disappointed I was about it. I thought it was really low. They just lied. It’s funny because it’s been kind of rotten because every time I go down the street someone says to me, ‘Congratulations on your retirement.’ ” Twitter Juno host Michael Buble and his wife Luisana Lopilato attend the red carpet arrivals at the 2018 Juno Awards at Rogers Arena on March 25, 2018 in Vancouver. (Phillip Chin/Getty Images) Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Michael Buble is hardly retiring, contrary to what you might have read.In fact, the Vancouver crooner is back with a new perspective after his five-year-son Noah battled liver cancer the last two years and is currently in remission.“Listen, I didn’t think about anything but my son (since his 2016 diagnosis),” said Buble, 43, down the line from his Vancouver home where he’s watching his other son, Elias, 2 (who he puts on the phone a few times), and daughter, Vida, born in late July, while Noah’s at kindergarten. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

The Cubs Ended Their 108Year Drought The Hard Way

91958New York YankeesMilwaukee Braves79.1 11986New York MetsBoston Red Sox70.6% A Chicago Cubs world championship used to be the stuff of fiction and fantasy.No more. The Cubs won the World Series early Thursday morning, ending 108 years of championship futility and setting off a Chicago celebration that might last another 108 years.Despite dominating the regular season, the Cubs won their long-awaited title in the most drawn-out way possible. Chicago needed the full seven games to eliminate a talented, resilient Cleveland Indians team that made it further than any predictions said they would. The Cubs also had to overcome a 3-1 series deficit, becoming only the sixth team in World Series history to pull off that feat. At one point, Chicago’s chances of a comeback were just 7.5 percent; only six teams ever came back from longer World Series odds. 61979Pittsburgh PiratesBaltimore Orioles77.0 32011St. Louis CardinalsTexas Rangers72.1 41968Detroit TigersSt. Louis Cardinals72.7 51960Pittsburgh PiratesNew York Yankees75.9 Functionally, the Cubs also won by outlasting the Indians’ brilliant-but-shallow pitching staff. Cleveland starter Corey Kluber had been largely untouchable in his previous two World Series starts, but in Game 7 the fatigue finally seemed to set in: He allowed four runs, two by way of the long ball, and struck out none in four innings Wednesday. Then Andrew Miller, Cleveland’s other unhittable ace — the bullpen edition — succumbed to his own heavy workload, yielding two runs in two-and-a-third innings, the most he’d allowed in an appearance all postseason.The flip side of that was the Cubs’ bats finally roaring to life during the team’s furious comeback. After scoring 5.0 runs per game during the regular season (third-most in MLB), Chicago averaged a mere 1.8 per game during Games 1 through 4 as they slid into that 3-1 hole. Cleveland’s pitchers deserved a huge amount of credit for holding the Cubs’ hitters in check, but Chicago’s lineup eventually solved and — more to the point — wore down the Indian hurlers. The Cubs averaged 6.7 runs per game as they clawed their way out of the pit, including 8.5 in Games 6 and 7. By Game 7, both power hitting (they smashed three homers) and timely run manufacturing (the winning run scored on a clutch single after being intentionally walked) drove the Cubs’ scoring.Add it all up, and the Cubs are finally champions, if by the narrowest of margins. (In addition to coming down to extra innings of Game 7, both teams scored exactly 27 runs in the World Series.) Wire to wire, 2016 was baseball’s Year of the Cubs; it carried over into the playoffs as well, even if things weren’t always easy. And this might just be the beginning: Chicago is favored to repeat next season, too. Suddenly, a Cubs championship doesn’t feel as fanciful and far fetched. It might just be baseball’s reality for the next few seasons and beyond. 22002Anaheim AngelsSan Francisco Giants71.6 Hot Takedown Toasts The Cubs’ World Series Win 81985Kansas City RoyalsSt. Louis Cardinals79.1 And then there was the three-run lead the Cubs blew in the eighth inning of Game 7, when fireballing closer Aroldis Chapman — fresh off an inexplicable, unnecessary 20-pitch appearance in Game 6 — gave up a double and a home run to the first two batters he faced. Just like that, the game was tied, and any notion of momentum seemed to favor a Cleveland championship.And yet, Chicago continued to bounce back in a way that seemed antithetical to the franchise’s long history as lovable losers. Chapman followed his shaky eighth inning with a clean ninth; the heart of the Cubs lineup plated two runs in the top of the 10th; Carl Edwards Jr. and Mike Montgomery survived one final push from Cleveland in the bottom of the frame. Resiliency like that was one of the biggest reasons why the Chicago Cubs are your 2016 world champions. (And yep, that still feels funny to type.) Source: The Baseball Gauge 101925Pittsburgh PiratesWashington Senators710.3 Related: Hot Takedown Biggest World Series comebacks RKYEARWINNERLOSERGAMESWINNER’S LOWEST WS% 72016Chicago CubsCleveland Indians77.5 read more

New San Diego budget reflects new era

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Helen Robbins-Meyer, San Diego County’s Chief Administrative Officer released the county’s 2020 proposed budget yesterday, that totalssix point two billion dollars.The Board of Supervisors will spend a month dealing with amendments and public hearings that begin June 10.KUSI’s Steve Bosh has a preview.A new era in leadership is broadening the County of San Diego’s outlook on how to grapple with some of our region’s core issues, meet new challenges and remain prepared for whatever the future may bring.The County’s new $6.21 billion recommended budget for fiscal year 2019-2020 reflects a new direction while maintaining the fiscal discipline that ensures we deliver important programs to our residents. The budget supports our Live Well vision of a County that is building better health, living safely and thriving.Over the last two years, allocations of general purpose revenue to the County’s Health and Human Services Agency have nearly doubled, representing the County’s commitment to help our most vulnerable residents. This increase supplements the majority of HHSA’s programs funded through other sources like state and federal revenue, while still providing necessary funding for public safety programs, which represent the County’s largest allocation of general purpose, or discretionary revenues.Key priorities in the new budget include helping people with mental health or substance use disorders, those experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness, lack of affordable housing, and children and families in the foster care system. The County will also continue its focus on transforming the juvenile justice system.In terms of mental health, budget increases will support walk-in services for outpatients, fund 70 Psychiatric Emergency Response Teams and expand services for residents with severe mental illness who rotate in and out of hospitals. Additional psychiatric beds will help those needing longterm care. Extra funding will go to the No Place Like Home program for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness who need mental health services.San Diegans will get continued access to Drug Medi-Cal systems treatment for substance use disorder after our investment tripled last year from $54.6 million to $179.6 million annually. The number of people treated is expected to jump 30% over that time period. Substance use disorder often exacerbates mental illness, homelessness and criminal behavior.The County doubled the original $25 million housing trust fund to $50 million to create affordable housing for homeless families and veterans, older adults with extremely low incomes, those with special needs and others at risk for homelessness. The full $50 million trust fund could result in as many as 1,800 affordable units. Development of four excess County properties will create an additional 700+ affordable units in coming years.More funding will go toward Child Welfare Services for investigations and carrying out recommendations by the new Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board. The budget will also advance services for Alzheimer’s disease. More staffing will help Public Health Services identify emerging trends and monitor infectious diseases such as measles.Overall, the County is adding 338 staff positions with 270 slated for HHSA.In the area of juvenile justice reform, the County will create two new Achievement Centers for young people at risk of returning to juvenile hall. Continued funding for the recreational program Safe Destination Nights will keep 8,000 teens off the streets in the critical evening hours. Continuing to fund the Fresh Start program will help adults with criminal records overcome barriers to success. The program can reduce felony convictions to misdemeanors, dismiss or expunge criminal records, and offer Certificates of Rehabilitation.Sustainability remains a high priority. The County is exploring energy options such as community choice energy. The County will continue implementing its Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gases, including planting 3,500 trees on public lands and adding 500 acres of open space to the 41,000 acres already preserved.The budget will fund capital projects like new Live Well Centers, parks, trails, fire stations and more. Partial funding includes the five-year renovation project for the historic County Administration Center, which kicked off in April.The budget decreases 1%, or $59.7 million, from last fiscal year primarily from reduced spending for one-time projects ($381.9 million) such as capital, but anticipated spending for ongoing programs has increased by $322.2 million. Posted: May 7, 2019 May 7, 2019 KUSI Newsroom New San Diego budget reflects new era KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more