Red Hot Chili Peppers’ New Album Is Finished, And Radiohead’s Producer Is Mixing It

first_imgThe actual recording process was overseen by another famous producer, Danger Mouse. The new album will feature some collaborative material with Danger Mouse, according to singer Anthony Kiedis.Listen To Red Hot Chili Peppers’ New Campaign Jingle For Bernie SandersIn a recent radio interview, Kiedis said, “We had written two dozen songs before we got with him. [Danger Mouse] is like, ‘Let’s keep a few of those, but let’s go write all new songs in the studio’.“We’re looking at each other like, ‘Dude, we kind of already wrote the songs, bro.’ He’s like, ‘No, I like to write new ones in the studio.’ So, in honor of accommodating this new process, we wrote all new songs, and it’s a good thing we did.”The one thing that remains unclear is why a separate producer was brought in for mixing, but there’s no denying that Godrich has an ear for audio production. We’ll be sure to update once more information is available.[Via CoS] The forthcoming Red Hot Chili Peppers release could be here sooner than we think! The band has been hard at work on the follow-up to 2011’s I’m With You, and according to a recent update from drummer Chad Smith, the album is in the mixing stages of production.Not only that, but famed Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich is the one doing the mixing. That’s what Smith tells us in a recent post:last_img read more

TTB Covers Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Santana & More In Second D.C. Show [Audio/Video]

first_imgLast night, Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to the Warner Theatre in Washington D.C. for their second of four performances on their current tour. The band will return to Washington, D.C  next weekend on February 16th and 17th after a two-night detour to Red Bank, NJ’s Count Basie Theatre on the 13th and 14th.The band was in fine form following their D.C. opener on Friday night, starting strong with a first set that featured favorites “Anyhow”, “Do I Look Worried”, “All The World”, “Right On Time”, “Ball and Chain”, and “Idle Wind”, as well as covers of Sleepy John Estes‘ “Leaving Trunk” and Rahsaan Roland Kirk‘s “Volunteered Slavery”.The second set got off to a funky start with a cover of Stevie Wonder‘s “Love Having You Around” led with charisma by Susan Tedeschi. The band’s own “Simple Things” from 2011’s Revelator came next, followed by another cover of a beloved songwriter: Neil Young‘s “Alabama”. A rousing run through old Derek Trucks Band favorite “Get What You Deserve”. George Jones‘ “Color of the Blues” followed, and featured some beautiful vocal harmonies before moving into new tune “Shame” and, subsequently, a cover of blues standard “How Blue Can You Get?”. You can watch fan-shot footage of “Shame” and “Color of the Blues” below:“Shame” – Tedeschi Trucks Band – 2/10/18[Video: Vinny Allen]“Color of The Blues” – Tedeschi Trucks Band – 2/10/18[Video: Tom Libera]Finally, “I Want More” set up a fiery guitar-driven closer: Santana classic “Soul Sacrifice”. An encore of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?” > “Bound For Glory” put a cap on Tedeschi Trucks Band’s first of two weekends in the nation’s capital.For a full list of upcoming tour dates, head here. You can listen to full audio of the show below:Tedeschi Trucks Band – Warner Theatre – Washington, D.C. – 2/10/18[Audio: user edtyre2]Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | The Warner Theatre | Washington, D.C. | 2/10/18Set 1: Anyhow, Do I Look Worried, All The World, Right On Time, Leaving Trunk*, Volunteered Slavery**, Ball and Chain, Idle WindSet 2: Love Having You Around^, Simple Things, Alabama^^, Get What You Deserve, Color of the Blues, Shame, How Blue Can You Get?, I Want More, Soul Sacrifice&Encore: Will the Circle Be Unbroken?, Bound For GloryNOTES:*Sleepy John Estes cover**Rahsaan Roland Kirk cover^Stevie Wonder cover^^Neil Young cover&Santana cover[Cover photo: Instagram user @rrblive; Steve Hefter]last_img read more

Dundalk overcome Cork but Kenny warns of strain

first_imgThe Lilywhites boss says that it’s unfair on his side to be asked to play so many games in such as short space of time as they compete across three competitions.Last night’s 2-1 win over Cork City at Oriel Park leaves the defending champions four points clear of their title rivals at the top of the table, but they’re still facing the prospect of another six fixtures this month.Kenny says that something will have to give…last_img

Japanese New Year Celebration Set For January 26

first_imgSubmitted by Oshogatsu in Olympia: Japanese New Year CelebrationThe Olympia-Kato Sister City Association invites the public to attend its Japanese New Year Celebration, Oshogatsu in Olympia. The event takes place Saturday, January 26 from 10am-4pm at The Olympia Center in Downtown Olympia.Oshogatsu in Olympia creates the atmosphere of a Japanese New Year celebration and brings the community together to share in a unique experience and learn about Japananese culture. Live entertainment on the mainstage will showcase Traditional Japanese dance and music, taiko drumming and cosplay vocal performances. The family-focused event includes a variety of cultural activities and make & take crafts, demonstrations and an Art Exhibition where visitors can view and purchase Japanese calligraphy, sumi paintings, paper cuttings and traditional crafts.Featured this year in our “Taste of Japan” Kitchen is a varied menu of Japanese foods prepared and served on-site by Hiroshi’s Restaurant & Catering of Seattle. Come hungry – because the aromas from the kitchen are sure to entice you!At the heart of this year’s Oshogatsu event is the Sakura Friendship Ceremony commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the “Gift of Trees” given by Japan to the U.S. as a symbol of friendship. Thousands of Japanese sakura (flowering cherry trees) still line the tidal basin of our nation’s capitol in Washington D.C. The Olympia-Kato Sister City Association, in cooperation with the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle, will commemorate this historic gift and the enduring relationship between our countries with this special ceremony. Japanese music, dance and a live calligraphy performance will enhance the significance of this event.Visitors to Oshogatsu 2013 are invited to sample a taste of fresh Japanese mochi and experience “Mochitsuki”– the ceremonial making of the chewy rice cakes that are traditional fare for Japanese New Year. A professional Mochitsuki troupe will elevate mochi-pounding to an art through their use of traditional implements, chanting, and choreographed movements.In an impressive display of dexterity and endurance, troupe members will swing large wooden mallets in a steady rhythm to pound steaming batches of cooked rice into a smooth, stretchy dough. As the pace increases, they’ll demonstrate quick reflexes and expert timing as they flip the dough by hand between each crash of the mallets.Event admission is free with a suggested donation of $2/person or $5/family. Proceeds benefit the Olympia-Kato Sister City Association (OKSCA), a local non-profit group whose mission is to promote cross-cultural understanding between Japan and America through community events, educational outreach, and cultural exchanges. For information and performance schedules for Oshogatsu in Olympia, or to learn more about the Sister City Association, visit Facebook20Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Van Dyk takes eighth Boston win

first_img28 April 2009South African wheelchair athlete Ernst van Dyk won the Boston Marathon last Monday, 20 April, to continue a remarkable record of success in the prestigious race. It was his eighth win in nine years.The Boston Herald, in its report on the race, appropriately headlined its story “Van Dyk an eighth wonder”. He won his first Boston Marathon in 2001 and since then has taken victory every year except for 2007, when he finished in third place.His time of one hour, 33 minutes and 29 seconds was his slowest winning time yet – a long way off his amazing world record time of one hour, 18 minutes and 27 seconds in 2004 – but a strong headwind put paid to any thoughts of a fast race.Equalled recordVan Dyk’s victory, nonetheless, pulled him level with Irishwoman Jean Driscoll’s record of eight victories in the Boston Marathon. Driscoll won the race from 1990 to 1996 and again in 2000.He moved clear of his challengers after about five kilometres, but the ever increasing strength of the wind concerned the South African star, whose preparations for the race had been hampered by injuries, as well as by the birth of a daughter.Van Dyk remained strong, however, and went on to claim victory by over three minutes over 2007 champion, Masazumi Soejima of Japan, who finished in one hour, 36 minutes and 57 seconds.The Japanese star said after the race that he had been troubled by the wind, and vowed to put on weight so that he could challenge the heavier Van Dyk.Schabort fourthSpain’s Roger Paigbo Verdaguer finished 50 seconds later in 1:37:47, while former South African Krige Schabort, now an American citizen, was the top local racer, ending in fourth place in 1:38:06.The 36-year-old Van Dyk, who won gold in the road race at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, says he will contest the Boston Marathon at least one more time; he wants to be the sole owner of the most victories in the history of the event.Colleen De ReuckColleen de Reuck, who competed in three Olympic Games for South Africa, including the marathon in 1992 and 2000, before becoming an American citizen, excelled in the Masters division of the women’s marathon.Now 45 years of age, De Reuck led the race until eight kilometres from the end. She eventually settled for eighth place in a time of 2:35:37, a minute and 13 seconds ahead of the second Masters’ finisher Alina Ivanova of Russia, who finished in tenth place.Victory in the women’s race went to Kenya’s Salina Kosgei in 2:32:16. Ethiopia’s Dire Tune finished just a second behind her, while third place went to the USA’s Kara Goucher a further eight seconds back.Deriba Merga of Ethiopia, fourth in the Beijing Olympics, captured the men’s title in 2:08:42. Kenya’s Daniel Rono finished in second place 50 seconds later, while Ryan Hall of the USA took third place eight seconds later.Race historyThe Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, having first been held in 1897, and it is also one of the world’s most famous races. It regularly attracts fields of about 20 000 competitors, but the record is almost double that at 38 000 in the centenary year of the race.Wheelchair competition in the Boston Marathon began in 1975, when one entrant entered and completed the race.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Exhibition exposes apartheid, celebrates South African photography

first_img“The exhibition emerges at a very important juncture of the history of South Africa,” said curator Okwui Enwezor of his Rise and Fall of Apartheid photographic exhibition, which was timed to coincide with the country’s celebrations of 20 years of freedom. (Image: Lucille Davie) • Lesley Perkes Publicist: Rise and Fall of Apartheid + 27 83 654 2009 +27 11 614 5500 [email protected] • Rise and Fall photo exhibition captures the scars of apartheid• Gallery: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid• Nelson Mandela: a life in photographs• African art scene blooms in South Africa• Moad builds a genius space for Africa’s artsLucille DavieAround 800 photographs that “require a double take” and “slow you down and call for a response” fill two floors of Museum Africa in Johannesburg, in a monumental exhibition entitled Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life.Opening on Thursday 13 February, the exhibition features almost all South Africa’s significant photographers, and a handful of foreign ones. Co-curator Okwui Enwezor, adjunct curator at the International Centre of Photography in New York, walked journalists through the exhibition before its opening. More than 70 photographers and artists are showcased in the exhibition, which is accompanied by 27 films and a book.Enwezor pointed to two images by world-renowned South African photographer David Goldblatt. One is of a hedge planted in 1660 to separate the Khoikhoi from the first white settlers in Cape Town, symbolising the beginnings of segregation. The other, taken three hundred years after the hedge was planted, is a photo of District Six, a neighbourhood in Cape Town where freed slaves, artisans and labourers settled, but which was declared a white area and flattened in the 1970s. Bulldozers can be seen in the photograph, systematically crushing homes and lives. Some 60 000 people were removed to the barren Cape Flats, and today District Six remains largely a wasted landscape.Image after image speaks to the cruelty, injustice and outright insanity of apartheid, mostly in black and white. There’s a sequence of photographs stretching along a table, giving second-by-second snapshots of the horror of Sharpeville, south of Joburg, where 69 peaceful passbook protestors were gunned down by the police in 1960, leaving 180 wounded. The graphic photos catch in the throat.“Sharpeville was the beginning of mass funerals,” said Enwezor. The world may not have known about the massacre, he suggests, if not for the photographs. Veteran South African photographers Omar Badsha and Santu Mofokeng at the Rise and Fall of Apartheid exhibition walkabout. (Image © Rise and Fall of Apartheid)Past, present and future photographersTimed to be part of the celebration of 20 years of democracy, photographers include Leon Levson, Eli Weinberg, Peter Magubane, Alf Kumalo, Jurgen Schadeberg, Sam Nzima, Ernest Cole, George Hallet, Omar Badsha, Gideon Mendel, Paul Weinberg, John Liebenberg, Bob Gosani and Cedric Nunn and Graeme Williams. (Williams is a contributor to the Media Club South Africa photo library.) Photographs by the famous Bang Bang Club of the 1990s – Kevin Carter, Joao Silva, Ken Oosterbroek and Greg Marinovich – are also on display, as are Drum Magazine photos of the 1950s and photos by the Afrapix Collective of the 1980s.Work by contemporary artists who record the impact of apartheid as it continues to resonate today are also on the walls, among them Sue Williamson, Jo Ractliffe, Jane Alexander, Santu Mofokeng and Guy Tillim. A set of 10 short films of William Kentridge run continuously. And a new generation of artists and photographers are also represented, including Sabelo Mlangeni, Thabiso Sekgale and the Centre for Historical Re-enactments in Johannesburg.Enwezor said he was “incredibly privileged” to have met many of the artists. Over 30 000 images from around the world were examined, he explained, but it was local photographers who portrayed apartheid the most succinctly. While many images will be familiar to South Africans, and equal number won’t, as he asked photographers to search their archives for unknown images.“The exhibition emerges at a very important juncture of the history of South Africa,” he said.The exhibition is on until 29 June, after travelling from Munich, Milan and New York, where it opened in September 2012. John Liebenberg poses next to his images of South Africa’s Border War with Angola. (Image © Rise and Fall of Apartheid)‘The African imaginary’It took about eight years of research, although the idea first came to Enwezor in 1994, he said. “In broad terms, the foundation for this exhibition evolved out of two interests of mine. The first was my intellectual and curatorial engagement with photography, with images of African photography. The second and related interest is how photographic images engender new possibilities for assessing what I call the African imaginary, particularly how Africans pictured and represented themselves and their social worlds.”It examines “the aesthetic power of the documentary form – from the photo essay to reportage, social documentary to photojournalism and art – in recording, analysing, articulating and confronting the legacy of apartheid, including its impact on everyday life now in South Africa”, the organisers said in a statement.Many of the photographs come from Museum Africa, where the exhibition is hosted. It is “fertile ground for debate across issues that will see the six-month long exhibition and its accompanying media participating in a national conversation about the photographers – some unknown, some deceased, some still practising here and abroad”, the statement said. First Encounter, Johannesburg, 1994. Photo © George Hallett. “That picture with the women running towards Mandela, which I call ‘First Encounter’ – this was the first time they had actually seen him close up. And it was an incredible experience, because for the first time I saw the whole country, and the joy and the hope that people had. My God, I thought – it’s finally about to end, this crappy system of apartheid.” – George Hallett. Read more about Hallett in The photographer who showed Nelson Mandela to the world at Africa is a Country.The curatorsThe exhibition has been curated by Enwezor and Rory Bester. Nigerian-born Enwezor is the director of the Haus der Kunst museum in Munich. He was the artistic director of La Triennale 2012 at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and of many other international exhibitions. He has been appointed the curator of the prestigious Venice Biennale 2015, making him the first African-born curator in the exhibition’s 100-year history. He has written extensively on contemporary African art and artists, as well as on American and international art. At the age of 20 he moved to New York, and lives there and in Munich.Bester is an art historian and critic, as well as a curator and documentary filmmaker at the Wits School of Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where he is the head of history of art. His teaching and research include archive and museum practice, curatorial studies, exhibition histories, photographic practice and post colonialism. He writes art criticism for South Africa’s top investigative newspaper, the Mail & Guardian, as well as for Art South Africa, Camera Austria and Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art. He has curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions in Denmark, Germany, South Africa, Sweden and the US.Enwezor said the research for the exhibition involved numerous visits to archives, museums, universities, libraries, photographers, artists, curators and galleries in South Africa, Europe and the US. He laments the fact that although they ploughed through thousands of images, there were times when they faced what he calls “the case of the missing negatives”.“On the one hand we had so many photographs, yet there were so many by different photographers that have been irretrievably lost,” he said.Bie Venter, the logistics director of the exhibition, says she and a team of 15 have taken three weeks to ready the space and install the works. “One of the biggest challenges was the quantity of work,” she said. Work has involved creating numerous walls, installing lighting, and pasting up huge wallpaper images. Venter, who helped install the world-renowned Venice Biennale last year, says of Enwezor: “He is an incredibly good curator – he thinks deeply about things.”last_img read more

Planning for Children with Special Needs: Factors Related to Suicide

first_imgWritten by: Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Specialist – Special Populations, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension ServiceSeptember is Suicide Awareness Month. Very few statistics exist about disability in relation to suicide. What is known is that suicide rates are much higher among people with spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis than in the general population. Also, at risk for higher rates of suicide are individuals with intellectual and learning disabilities. Partly influencing suicidal tendencies is the social message that life with a form of disability must be miserable, therefore causing people with disabilities to internalize feelings that cause depression, anxiety and lead to social isolation. Suicide may even be regarded as a noble, selfless act by people with disabilities who feel like a burden to friends, family and caregivers.An individual contemplating suicide exhibits such behaviors as abusing alcohol and/or drugs, increased discussions about death and ‘what if I were gone’ conversations, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, decreased interest in typically enjoyed activities, impulsive and destructive behaviors, changes in sleeping and eating patterns (too much and too little), excessive feelings of shame or guilt, excessive crying and anger, erratic emotions, dropping out of daily routines, disappearing for hours at a time for no reason, becoming more quiet or talking more irrationally.Parent, guardians and caregivers can help improve protective factors for individuals with disabilities by:Recognizing the signs and symptoms of suicidal thinking.Telling them how proud you are of their efforts to succeed in school or in employment.Listening without judgement, pushing or being confrontational.Not taking their suicidal thoughts as a personal affront on your caregiving.Connecting them to a spiritual advisor for support.Helping them revisit past happy memories through photographs and home movies.Encouraging them to journal or draw as a means of expressing feelings.Procuring professional help such as a counselor or the suicide hotline – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255.Considering taking a course on Mental Health First Aid. Surrounding them with positive images, words and people.*Additional Resource – People with Physical Health Problems or Disabilitieslast_img read more

Massachusetts Amends Corporate Nexus Rules

first_imgis incorporated or organized in the state;is headquartered or has a principal place ofbusiness in the state;owns or uses real or tangible personalproperty in the state; leases, licenses, or consigns real or tangiblepersonal property in the state;has a full or part-time employee in the state;owns or uses intangible property in the stateunder a contract, license, sublicense, or franchise;holds an interest in a partnership doingbusiness in the state, including interests in tiered partnerships; orhas in-state sales, including sales of unitarybusiness affiliates, from either economic or virtual contacts that exceed$500,000. By Tim Bjur, J.D. What Are the Nexus Rules? Theprotection under P.L. 86-272 does not apply to: A corporation is subject to Massachusetts taxjurisdiction if it: Login to read more on CCHAnswerConnect. Among other changes, the amended rules: Can Independent Contractors Create Nexus? its exclusive activity in the state is the solicitation of orders for the sale of tangible personal property;the orders are sent outside the state for approval or rejection; andthe orders are filled by shipment or delivery from a location outside the state. A corporation does not create corporate excisetax nexus in Massachusetts if it: Are There Exceptions to the Rules? P.L. 86-272 also prohibits Massachusetts fromimposing its excise tax on a corporation if: Visits to Massachusetts by employees or otherrepresentatives normally create nexus if: owns property stored in a licensed publicwarehouse in the state;owns property in transit through the statethat is in the possession and control of a common or contract carrier;owns stock in a corporation doing business inthe state;deposits funds or maintains securitiesbrokerage accounts with unrelated financial institutions in the state; orholds a limited interest in a publicly tradedpartnership doing business in the state. adopt an economic andvirtual contacts standard set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court in South Dakota v. Wayfair;clarify that therules apply to the nonincome measure of the corporate excise tax and theminimum tax;remove the laundry list of activities protected from excisetax jurisdiction by Public Law (P.L.) 86-272; andeliminate exceptionsfor de minimis activities. Massachusetts amended its rules on corporate excise tax nexus. The rulesexplain the standards Massachusetts follows when exercising tax jurisdictionover corporations doing businessin the state. A corporation can also create corporate excisetax nexus if it has an independent contractor or other representative inMassachusetts that: the visits are lengthy, continuous, regular,or systematic; orthe visits provide management, technical, orother business support to unitary business affiliates. sales of services or licenses of intangibles in the state;in-state activity that is not entirely ancillary to the solicitation of orders for tangible personal property; orthe non-income measure of the corporate excise tax or the minimum tax. delivers, installs, assembles, maintains, orrepairs the corporation’s products; ortakes orders or otherwise establishes ormaintains a market for the corporation’s products or services. Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Dog show’s young handlers take a grown-up sport in stride

first_imgBiggie’s handler, Esteban Farias, called the dog “a dream come true” after a tragedy: a previous pug pal suddenly died during a routine walk.About 5,000 junior handlers nationwide are registered with the American Kennel Club, a governing body for Westminster and many other dog shows. Young handlers also can compete through 4-H and other kennel clubs.AKC “junior showmanship” competitions are open to youngsters ages 9 to 18. They’re judged on their presentation, not their dogs’ particulars.But there’s no age minimum for handlers in the breed rings, a point driven home to Thanksgiving Day TV watchers who saw (emphasis on the “awwww”) 6-year-old Mackenzie Huston and her long-coat Chihuahua in a semifinal round at the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show.Mackenzie sometimes feels scared as she waits to show. But “when I get in the ring, I don’t feel nervous,” says the now 7-year-old girl from Bellmawr, New Jersey.She isn’t going to Westminster — yet — but super-young handlers have shown there, including then-7-year-old Raina McCloskey last year (with a borzoi, no less.)Westminster’s 95 junior invitees are “very competitive, they’re very talented and very, very good,” show chairman David Helming said. Westminster is boosting its top juniors’ prize, a scholarship, from $6,000 to $10,000 this year. The eight finalists all get some education money.Dog showing requires an investment of money and, particularly, time. Junior handlers can spend hours per week training, grooming and exercising their dogs, weekends traveling to shows and years balancing it all with school, other activities and friends.All that to don dress clothes and notch accomplishments many of their peers can’t quite understand. (“You’re running around in a circle with dogs?“)But young handlers say it’s worth it for the bond they develop with their animals. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ In this Feb. 13, 2017, file photo, Raina McCloskey, from Delta, Pa., shows Briar, a borzoi, during the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. The Westminster Kennel Club competition is best known for the dog crowned Best in Show, but it’s also a showcase for young handlers who sometimes go up against grown-ups. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)NEW YORK — Fenric Towell isn’t nervous about his first time competing at the nation’s top dog show. After all, he’s heading to the Westminster Kennel Club ring this week with 100-plus shows under his belt, a record of wins and a champion Lakeland terrier.So what if he’s only 11?ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “I’m going to try to think of it as a normal show,” the Oklahoma City boy says. “I just try to focus on the highest place that I can get.”Westminster is best known for the dog that will be crowned best in show Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. As judging began Monday night, a borzoi named Lucy won the hound group, a pug dubbed Biggie won the toy group and a bichon frise called Flynn took the nonsporting group. Slick, a border collie, won the herding group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the event is also a showcase for youngsters who can handle both dogs and grown-up competition.While there’s a special contest for junior handlers, many also exhibit their dogs in the breed judging that goes toward best in show. They go up against adults in an atmosphere that prizes poise and formality. “You go and spend time with your best friend,” says Emma Rogers, who’s returning to Westminster as a 2016 juniors finalist (older sister Sophia won).Juniors come away with human friends all over the country, plus an education in animal behavior and patient teamwork.“You have to be very resilient,” says Erin LaPlante, 17, of Caledonia, Wisconsin. “You’re going to lose far more than you’re going to win, but you learn far more than you win.”About five years after her dog show debut ended in tears, she won juniors at the AKC National Championship in December and is returning to Westminster. So is sister Maren, 13.Their family had never shown dogs before Erin started, at the suggestion of their Doberman’s breeder. Molly Anne Forsyth, on the other hand, comes from two generations of breeders of greyhound-like Salukis. But “we trust each other even more from showing together,” says the 16-year-old from Davis, California.For parents, the sport requires acclimating to the occasional double take when a 6-year-old uses the word “bitch” —appropriately, for a female dog — plus a lot of driving and helping out.“I can dress a little boy in a suit in my sleep,” laughs Alysha Towell. Her daughter and six of her seven sons, including Fenric, either show dogs or soon will.Cortlund, 17, was a juniors finalist at Westminster last year, earning a turn in the big ring at Madison Square Garden. He placed fourth and is returning this year.“It’s not like any other sport,” he says. “If you play soccer or football and quit, they can live without you. You can’t quit on a dog.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES “It’s hard because they’re top people, and we’re just kids,” says Faith Rogers, 14, of Bordentown, New Jersey, now at her fourth Westminster. But when she started showing dogs at age 9, she decided: “This is what I love, and I didn’t really care if there were older people or not.”Or, as twin sister Emma puts it, “Let’s just show ’em what we got.”Dogs ranging from wee Chihuahuas to rangy Irish wolfhounds showed what they’ve got in Monday night’s group judging, helped by adult handlers.Lucy “knows when there’s a big stage,” said handler Valerie Nunes-Atkinson. Handlers, meanwhile, need to “go Zen” so their dogs won’t pick up jitters, Bill McFadden said after leading Flynn.Slick has won best of breed previously at Westminster, but Monday’s herding group win “means a lot to us,” handler Jamie Clute said.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Belangel seizes top spot in 5th week of NBTC 24 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next View commentslast_img read more