Country star Keith Harkin to support Las Vegas victims with live broadcast

first_imgSinger and musician Keith Harkin has promised to donate proceeds from an upcoming show to support the victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting.The Inishowen man, who has a loyal US fanbase, last night expressed his devastation after the massacre at a country music festival on October 1st.Harkin has decided to broadcast a live ‘Las Vegas Needs Us’ show from his upcoming concert in California tomorrow (Wednesday) and donate all proceeds to the National Compassion Fund for Las Vegas. Keith Harkin will be bringing his acoustic, folk, pop, rock sound to the stage, with support from Taylor Rae, and the whole world can tune in on October 04 at 8pm PDT (4am Irish time)Fans in Donegal can pay to tune into the broadcast on stageit.com and enjoy a concert that will benefit the many victims and their families who need emergency support in Las Vegas. Tickets can be purchased here: www.stageit.com/las_vegas_needs_us…Harkin has also pledged to donate the profits of the stage show from the Californian winery to the relief fund.The solo artist shared an emotional post with Facebook fans, saying “My heart is heavy today.” “I will be doing a StageIt this Wednesday night and giving 100% of the proceeds to the people effected by the atrocities in Las Vegas.“It’s the least I can do it’s in these times we must stick together. Myself and Folktale Winery & Vineyards are also giving the profits of the show from Wednesday night in Carmel too.”Harkin recently raised over $10,000 from a StageIt show in aid of the Texas flood victims. He expressed his gratitude to fans for helping him support the Center for Disaster Philanthropy on this occasion and is hopeful that word will spread of his second fundraising show tomorrow.Keith harkin“Thank you for everything you do for me, my gift in return is my music. We need anything that brings joy to the world right now,” Harkin told fans.Keith’s ‘Harkin Army’ fanbase are full of admiration for the musician’s kind act this week, leaving comments of thanks and prayers for the people of Las Vegas. Country star Keith Harkin to support Las Vegas victims with live broadcast was last modified: October 3rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:benefit concertcharitykeith harkinLas VegasMUSIClast_img read more

IPL vs Maharashtra drought: Criticising T20 tournament for water crisis mere symbolism?

first_imgThe Bombay High Court today allowed the first of the 20 IPL matches scheduled to be held in Maharashtra to go on as planned but the fate of rest of the games hangs in balance.Several districts of Maharashtra are facing acute water shortage and objections have been raised over the “wastage” of water to maintain cricket grounds across the state.Petitions have been filed against hosting the Indian Premier League in Maharashtra at a time when people are finding it tough to arrange water even for their daily needs. But the big question is whether the opposition to the glitzy cricket tournament is mere symbolism or it means more than that?Big QuestionsWill 70 lakh litres of water really make a difference?Criticising IPL for water crisis mere symbolism?Should cricket alone be targeted?Should BCCI avoid hosting matches in Maharashtra?Morally right to host 20 matches in Maharashtra?IPL to be affected in drought-hit Telangana too?Why blame IPL only for the water crisis?Unnecessary controversy over non-potable water?Avoiding IPL games a solution to solve crisis?Water use during IPL really a criminal offence? Speaking to Karan Thapar on his show To The Point,  Rakesh Singh, advocate who has filed a petition in the high court against hosting IPL in the state, said that concerns over the issue were genuine. “Maharashtra at this juncture can not afford to host IPL. This is a moral as well as a legal issue,” Singh said.Dipankar Gupta, one of country’s top sociologist, also pointed out that the controversy has certain moral connotations to it.advertisement”I do believe that one has to take a serious view of this. Look at the golf courses… the amount of water they waste. I think it’s not just a moral issue but an ethical issue too. Why should we waste so much water on these (cricket) pitches to favour certain kind of sport which is not indigenous to our country,” he said.Presenting his views during the discussion, Brand Guru, Dilip Cherian, said,” I would have supported IPL if it would have been real cricket. It is actually an advanced form of entertainment. As far as cricket is concerned, IPL is a tournament essentially based on clubs.””IPL is not even real sport, its actually a game people play to amuse vast number of people,” Cherian added.P Chengal Reddy, President, Federation of Farmers’ Association, observed that it was probably for the first time that such an issue has been raised in the country.”We are raising an issue which also concerns the sensitivity of cricket lovers and Mumbaikars. This is not a question about morality but sensitivity,” Reddy said.Former Indian cricketer Saad Bin Jung was of the view that if IPL matches are banned in Maharashtra then it should be banned in other places too.”Will banning the IPL get you 70 lakh litres of water? Do we have a method in place to provide that water to the families who actually need it. No we don’t,” Jung said, adding,” the petitioner has come as a blessing in disguise for the officials and politicians who for so many years have not delivered basic water facilities. What will happen now is everyone will go hammer and tongs against the IPL and forget the main culprits.”last_img read more