News of record – July 29 | Police & Courts


The following is a list of incidents reported to police agencies on July 29; however, the call may have resulted in something other than what was originally reported.


Animal call: Clyde Street

Assist other department: 100 block Mercer Street

Burglar alarm: Robert C. Byrd Drive (2), Orchard Avenue

Burglary not in progress: Hargrove Street

Business check: Harper Road

Check welfare: 100 block 4th Street, New River Town Center, North Eisenhower Drive, South Fayette Street

Civil matter: Woodlawn Avenue, I Street, 100 block Larew Avenue

Disturbance: Ewart Avenue

Domestic: Azzara Avenue

Drug investigation: Quarry Street and Wilkes Avenue

Extra patrol: 1 Rails to Trails (3), 400 block Lewis Ritchie Drive, 2893 Robert C. Byrd Drive (Sheetz), 200 block Edgewood Drive, 200 block Grey Flats Road, North Eisenhower Drive (Freedom Skate Park), 1330 N. Eisenhower Drive (Walmart), 1220 N. Eisenhower Drive (Sam’s Club), 1210 N. Eisenhower Drive (Lowe’s), 300 block Beckley Plaza, 1924 Harper Road (Quality Inn), 100 Adair St. (New River Park)

Foot patrol: 200 block Main Street, 400 block Neville Street

Larceny: Harper Road

Loud music/noise: City Avenue, 300 block Reservoir Road

K9 unit request: Quarry Street and Wilkes Avenue

Magistrate detail: 222 Main St. (Beckley Judicial Annex) (2)

Motor vehicle accident: Harper Road

Motor vehicle accident in private lot: 100 block New River Park

Overdose: South Fayette Street, Johnstown Road

Possible driving under the influence: Harper Road

Shoplifting: Robert C. Byrd Drive

Special assignment: 1129 S. Fayette St. (Stratton Elementary) (3), 500 block Neville Street

Stolen property: New River Town Center

Suspicious activity: Harper Road, 3 Rails to Trails

Suspicious package: Galleria Plaza, Powerline Drive and Johnstown

Suspicious person: 500 block Neville Street, 1 Rails to Trails

Threats: F Street, Harper Road

Traffic stop: 2000 block Harper Road (2), Robert C. Byrd Drive and Veterans Avenue

Vagrant: Edgewood Drive

Vehicle assist: Appalachian Drive

Warrant served: Woodlawn Avenue

911 hangup: Robert C. Byrd Drive


No report provided.

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Latest News | Paytm Chief Vijay Shekhar Seeks PLI


New Delhi, Jul 31 (PTI) Fintech company One97 Communications, which operates under the Paytm brand, wants the government to bring payment segment devices under the production-linked incentive scheme to boost local production, a top company official said on Monday.

Paytm founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma said the company has started manufacturing soundbox devices in India even though local production attracts higher taxes compared to imported ones.

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While announcing the launch of two new models of payment soundboxes, Sharma said that India is a services-dominated country and there is a need to go towards manufacturing for job creation.

Making software in India and importing devices from China to operate — it is depriving the country of full advantage of the technology, he added.

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“Paytm soundboxes are completely made in India. We have done indigenisation of soundboxes. As we all know, we are under pressure from one new thing. When soundboxes come from overseas, duty is not levied on them but we are required to pay duties. My request to the government is to declare PLI on payment equipment,” Sharma said.

The company launched Paytm Pocket Soundbox and Paytm Music Soundbox for merchants.

Merchants using Soundbox get to hear about payment alerts when they receive money. With the new music soundbox, they will be able to connect their phone to the device and listen to music as well.

“My imagination is that there should be 4-5 crore soundboxes installed in the next 3-5 years in this country,” Gupta said.

As of June 30, 2023, the company had a subscription base of over 79 lakh merchants for Paytm payment devices like soundboxes and card machines.

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Taliban Burn Guitar, Table, Harmonium in Bonfire


Authorities from Afghanistan's vice ministry created a bonfire of confiscated musical instruments and equipment in Herat province at the weekend, deeming music immoral. (Image: AFP)

Authorities from Afghanistan’s vice ministry created a bonfire of confiscated musical instruments and equipment in Herat province at the weekend, deeming music immoral. (Image: AFP)

Arts, music, culture and visual arts have constantly faced attacks under the Taliban regime. The demolition of Bamiyan Buddhas still is fresh in the minds of people.

Authorities from Afghanistan’s vice ministry created a bonfire of confiscated musical instruments and equipment in Herat province at the weekend, deeming music immoral.

“Promoting music causes moral corruption and playing it will cause the youth to go astray,” said Aziz al-Rahman al-Muhajir, head of the Herat department of the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.

Since seizing power in August 2021, Taliban authorities have steadily imposed laws and regulations that reflect their austere vision of Islam — including banning playing music in public.

Saturday’s bonfire saw hundreds of dollars worth of musical gear go up in smoke — much of it collected from wedding halls in the city.

It included a guitar, two other stringed instruments, a harmonium and a tabla — a type of drum — as well as amplifiers and speakers.

Women have borne the brunt of the new government regulations, and are not allowed in public unless wearing a hijab.

Teenage girls and women have been barred from schools and universities, and they are also prohibited from entering parks, playgrounds and gyms.

Last week, thousands of beauty salons were shuttered across the country after authorities deemed certain makeovers to be too costly, or un-Islamic.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – AFP)

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Country music star enlist in the U.S. military


NASHVILLE, Tenn.—One country star is ready to serve his country again to heighten morale and help recruit new troops.

U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) was in attendance to witness country music star Craig Morgan as he was sworn into the U.S. Army Reserve in front of a sold-out Grand Ole Opry crowd in Nashville on Saturday.

Blackburn commended Morgan for enlisting to not only serve his country but to work with DoD leadership to boost recruitment rates.

Photo Credit: © Grand Ole Opry, photo by Chris Hollo

According to Blackburn, the U.S. Army was 15,000 recruits short of last year’s goal. It was then that her office started working with the Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. Army to allow Morgan to enlist, even though he is a few years away from mandatory retirement age. It was through Morgan’s willingness to serve his country and the cause along with Blackburn’s team that it was all possible.

In a statement from the news release, Senator Blackburn had this to say, “It has been such an honor to work alongside Craig on his return to the U.S. Army Reserve. Craig has long been a champion of our military, with his support spanning his previous active-duty service and an accomplished career in music. His dedication to serving our country exemplifies the very best of the Volunteer Spirit, and I know his story will be an inspiration to Americans considering the call to serve.”

Morgan stated in the release, “I’m excited to once again serve my country and be all I can be in hopes of encouraging others to be a part of something greater than ourselves.” He continued, “I love being an artist but I consider it a true privilege and honor to work with what I believe are the greatest of Americans, my fellow soldiers. God Bless America. Go Army.”

Morgan previously served his country for 17 years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve. He served with the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions. His certifications include Airborne, Air Assault, and Rappel Master.

Morgan will now serve as a Staff Sergeant and Warrant Officer candidate. He plans to continue touring and making new music while also serving his country in the U.S. Army Reserve.

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Music & the Spoken Word: On good days and bad


Editor’s note: “The Spoken Word” is shared by Lloyd Newell each Sunday during the weekly Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square broadcast. This will be given Sunday, July 30, 2023. This week, the Spanish pilot of Music & the Spoken Word” is scheduled to air.

We are blessed to live in a world of ups and downs, light and darkness, good and bad. We rejoice in the good, but it can be a bit disorienting when, despite our best efforts, accidents happen, mistakes are made, and bad things happen to good people.

Sometimes we might be tempted to conclude from all this that life is meaningless, haphazard or chaotic. At such times, we need the reassurance that the Tabernacle Choir just expressed, with words adapted from the Psalms: “He, watching over Israel, slumbers not, nor sleeps” (see “Elijah,” by Felix Mendelssohn and also Psalm 121:4).

Yes, much of life is unpredictable, but we can count on this: the God of the universe notices us, cares about us, and is willing to guide us along the winding path of life. That doesn’t mean He determines every detail or outcome. He’s not the Great Micromanager. But He is the Great Parent, who loves His children and wants us to learn and grow. So He sends us to a world of ups and downs, light and darkness, good and bad, and He lets us choose.

Along with this power to choose, God has given each of us a spark of hope, an inner light of truth and goodness. It’s a reminder that He’s there, even when life is hard, and that because of Him, everything will ultimately be made right.

Of course, with the power to choose comes the possibility of making both good choices and not-so-good choices. But the Lord never gives up on us, even when we make mistakes. If we turn to Him, He will help us. Although He doesn’t take away all our problems, He also doesn’t leave us to face them alone. Even during dark times, we can trust Him and know that He desires to lead us to happiness and love. His all-encompassing love can breathe hope into even the darkest moments of our lives.

Just as a parent stays up late waiting for teenage children to come home — anxious to know that they’re safe and eager to hear about their experiences — our Heavenly Father is always watching over us, on good days and bad. Because He “slumbers not, nor sleeps,” we can rest assured of His constant love and care.

Tuning in …

The “Music & the Spoken Word” broadcast is available on KSL-TV, KSL News Radio 1160AM/102.7FM, KSL.com, BYUtv, BYUradio, Dish and DirecTV, SiriusXM (Ch. 143),  tabernaclechoir.org, youtube.com/TheTabernacleChoir and Amazon Alexa (must enable skill). The program is aired live on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Mountain Time on these outlets. Look up broadcast information by state and city at musicandthespokenword.com/viewers-listeners/airing-schedules.

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Curtain may fall on 50-year music business


After decades of supporting musicians the coda is playing for the Santa Monica Music Center. The historic music store operated by Mayor Pro Tempore Lana Negrete and her family will not survive in its current format but just how it will change, or close, is still up in the air.

At best, the store will close its current location on Santa Monica Blvd and move to a smaller footprint somewhere else. At worst, the Santa Monica-based family business will exit the city altogether and run entirely out of their Culver City location.

Either way, the sour note is a direct result of losses incurred by the business due to theft and a weak, or nonexistent, safety net for small businesses.

The store was started 50 years ago by Negrete’s father Chico Fernandez who had a dream of opening a practice space and photography studio for local musicians to jam, record, take lessons, shoot album covers and share music with the community.

The Music Center evolved over the years, with Chico’s brother Victor introducing the now integral retail shop and Chico’s daughter, Lana, founding a nonprofit based on Chico’s values of community and sharing a love of music. The shop has also moved from its original storefront on Lincoln Blvd over to a larger space at 1901 Santa Monica Blvd.

While all stores deal with petty theft, the Music Center has experienced a wave of crime with four burglaries in three years.

Negrete said the store experienced little to no theft during most of its history. Its original location on Lincoln Blvd. included a heavy gate that prevented easy access and while the store did have one daylight robbery in its early days, the repeated, high value thefts are not something the business was prepared for, let alone the unexpected consequences of the losses.

The first of the recent wave of thefts were actually full looting during the riots of 2020 that spread from Downtown. The store was then burglarized in 2021 when thieves smashed a window and stole several guitars. Those instruments were actually part of Negrete’s nonprofit music charity that operates out of the same location and while they were replaced through community donations, the location was broken into a second time just a few months later resulting in the replacements also being stolen alongside a lot of other inventory. This year, a thief broke into the store in May.

“The insurance companies will pay you for some of the loss that you can prove, but we didn’t get everything, like loss of business and certain structural damage and consignment replacement because they don’t value used instruments. That was the whole issue for us. So we lost that money,” she said.

The rash of thefts hit after the business, like all retail stores, had been severely impacted by the prolonged Covid-era closures with much of its reserves depleted to just stay afloat during lockdown.

The monetary losses alone are a challenge for a small family-owned business. Due to various deductibles and loopholes in insurance policies, the Music Center has had to spend about $90,000 out of pocket on repairs to its property. However, it’s not just the one time loss that’s jeopardizing the business, it’s the way that loss is magnified overtime.

Because significant quantities of inventory were stolen, customers were simply unable to find the items they were looking for in the store. Those individuals took their business to the internet or big-box retailers depleting the cash flow needed to actually restock the items in the first place by about $250,000.

“Even with the pandemic, we could have opened up a little except all our equipment was stolen and our computers were smashed and our interior demolished. So we weren’t open for those two months because we had to rebuild back a physical space. And that has been very hurtful, like, I didn’t pay myself during that whole time when I paid my employees. So we never really fully recovered from that because even though people were signing up and trying to support us by buying a guitar and a keyboard, it was a short-lived thing. And then everybody moved on and went back to shopping on Amazon.”

Inventory problems were exacerbated by various supply chain problems that emerged in the years following the pandemic.

“Then the production of musical instruments was deeply impacted because a lot of it comes from China,” she said. “Now the shipping issues pushed us back so far that schools that purchased from us traditionally had to unfortunately not. They wanted to, but they were forced to buy from big box retailers because we can’t buy as deep as them so we didn’t have a back stock of everything they needed and that hurt us because there was like $147,000 loss of revenue that the schools normally would have purchased from us that we didn’t get.”

The store has found itself in a downward spiral with a lack of inventory causing lost sales that are in turn preventing it from fully restocking inventory. All the while potential customers are following larger retail trends and while they may come into the store to browse or ask questions, they ultimately choose to purchase from Amazon or other large corporate websites.

The problem has become a crisis now because the store’s business cycle is cyclical with a dearth of institutional payments over the summer months.

Negrete said she’s been frantically searching for a way to bridge the emerging chasm but she’s realized much of the alleged government aid for small businesses is more mirage than money for a business like hers.

She said county agencies have sent her links to inappropriate aid programs, like a grant for minority-owned food businesses, or that when she has gone through several county processes, they have either not had money available, have had additional qualifications related to demographics or are more about offering advice than funding.

“I just went through a process and at the end, after I enter all my business information and financial information, they say they will evaluate applications including neighborhood characteristics, including unemployment rates and poverty rate. So if we don’t have a high poverty and unemployment rate in Santa Monica, I’m excluded.”

She said the way many programs operate actually segregates minority businesses. In her case, the business would probably survive and have access to significantly more resources if she were to close the Santa Monica location and move it to another part of Los Angeles, where the median income is lower.

“It’s just an unintended consequence of us trying to create more opportunities in underserved communities and incorrectly defining community. Community and a census tract are two separate things,” she said. “If you’re trying to help people who come from a shared inequitable place in life, you’re totally missing the mark … You’re trying to create programs, I think to help people like me, and you’re not helping us because you’re looking at the community as based on where the physical business is located and not with respect to who the people are that are running the business.

So you are driving the generational gap wealth issue even farther and farther and farther because you’re literally redlining small minority owned businesses. Making it so that minorities have to do business in the hood, where it may not be profitable for your business, to be able to obtain access to these programs — and makes it more difficult to actually do businesses in a city like Santa Monica that claims to want to diversify the local business community.”

Traditional loans, if available, would only delay the fiscal crunch, she said, due to their high interest rates.

“I’ve done all that I can to be a good businesswoman, I accelerated all our debts and I thought I was doing the right thing, we’re a triple A rated company. We paid rent during the pandemic, while people got free rent, I continued to pay my employees during our closure and sacrificed paying ourselves as owners often do.

“As a small business and checking off the boxes woman of color you might be eligible for a loan that’s going to charge you an exorbitant amount of money along with fees that puts you in an even deeper hole. But if you’re a wealthy person who’s folded 10 businesses, taking advantage of PPP loans, has lawsuits filed against you pending, you can still get another bailout and another loan from the bank. No problem. Companies that have bankrupted and reformed get millions, no questions asked.”

As a member of the City Council she said she’s aware of the kind of programs Santa Monica has to offer and while she wouldn’t take any city aid due to her position, it wouldn’t actually help as the local programs are all too small to actually help a struggling business. She said that in all honesty, spending more time at work and less on the dais would have made some difference to her current situation, but she hopes that no matter what happens with the store in the near future, she wants to make sure the work she’s done on Council reflects the struggle small business owners face.

“Serving on Council has definitely been a percentage of this happening because if I had focused more on my business I would have been able to do more, but I want to make sure that any policy that I’m working on at least can help someone else avoid this,” she said. “I also feel anyone who hasn’t had to make payroll shouldn’t be making policy around economic recovery and small business programs.”


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Good News in History, July 28


130 years ago today, the Vizcaya Bridge, Spain’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site of industrial heritage was completed. Spanning the two banks situated at the mouth of the Nervion River, connecting the towns of Portugalete and Las Arenas, it is the world’s oldest transporter bridge, using a 6-car gondola suspended on steel cables to ferry people and vehicles across the water without disrupting maritime traffic. READ about the one-of-a-kind bridge… (1893)

There’s no walking across Vizcaya. It works like a horizontal elevator and has only been disrupted once in its whole history during the Spanish Civil War. Designed by Alberto Palacio, one of Gustave Eiffel’s disciples, UNESCO considers the bridge to be a perfect combination of beauty and functionality.

It was the first to use a combination of iron technology and new steel cables which began a new form of constructing bridges which was later imitated throughout the world.

The structure is made of four 61-meter towers which are the pillars and stand on the river banks. The towers are braced by iron cables to the crossbeam and are parallel to the river and by cables following the line of the bridge into the hill behind (on the Portugalete side) and the ground (on the Las Arenas side).

The upper crossbeam which lies horizontally, rests between two towers by 70 suspension cables. They also help support a great amount of weight and are supported in the corbels which helps balance the weight. The gondola transports vehicles and they hang from a 36-wheeled caty. It moves along the rails through the horizontal crossbeam.

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing due process and equal protection under the law to former slaves, was declared in effect—and the first part, “No State shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person the equal protection of the laws”—formed the basis for landmark legal decisions such as Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, and Obergefell v. Hodges (1868)
  • The city of Miami, Florida was incorporated (1896)
  • Australian Ian Thorpe became the first swimmer to win 6 gold medals at a single World Championships (2001)
  • Nine coal miners were rescued after 77 hours trapped underground in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Pennsylvania (2002)
  • The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) officially ended its 30-year armed campaign to win the independence of Northern Ireland and began the full decommissioning of its weapons under international supervision, saying they would pursue exclusively peaceful means to its ends (2005)

84 years ago today, small iron and bronze fragments found during the Sutton Hoo ship burial were determined to be part of a kingly helmet. Buried around 625 and is widely associated with King Rædwald of East Anglia, its elaborate decoration may have given it a secondary function akin to a crown. The helmet was also a functional piece of armor that would have offered considerable protection if ever used in warfare. The Sutton Hoo Helmet has been called one of the most spectacular archeological discoveries ever made, and a symbol of the discipline writ large.

The Sutton Hoo helmet and a modern reproduction – CC 2.0. Mark Ramsay

The helmet was made of iron, with the decorations on the upper part made with bronze, and those on the cheek flaps and visage made in silver, gold, and other alloys including bronze. The skull protection was covered in motifs of men fighting, while the crest and eyebrows were individual dragons. Leather hinges allowed the iron flaps to fit the wearer’s jawline and fully enclose his face.

One of the best things in archeology is when the evidence it produces supports, or even confirms, legends of the past, and while the helmet in its glory of gold, silver, and garnet gems would have seen most use as a decorative piece, there’s strong evidence that Rædwald, or indeed whoever owned it, not only rode to battle wearing it, but actually engaged in battle wearing it. Damage to the back of the helmet, some scholars have pointed out, carries more similarities to a blow from a weapon rather than the decay of time. (1940)

202 years ago today, Peru declared its independence from Spain and became a republic. The bicentennial celebration commemorates two centuries since José de San Martín, the ‘Protector of Peru’ proclaimed the South American nation free from Spanish rule. It was San Martin who created the first Peruvian flag.

In the early 19th century, Peru remained a royalist stronghold, with its elite class vacillating between emancipation and loyalty to the Spanish Monarchy. Independence was achieved only after the occupation by military campaigns of San Martín and Simón Bolívar.

Home to the Inca civilization and Machu Picchu, Peru is a megadiverse country—from its arid plains, to the peaks of the Andes mountains in the west, and tropical Amazon Basin rainforests in the east. Peru, with its capital of Lima, has a population 33 million and is the 19th largest country in the world, by area—the third largest in South America.

Today, a rural school teacher and union leader is set to be sworn in as Peru’s new president. Running under the slogan, “No more poor people in a rich country,” the leftist Pedro Castillo has promised to redistribute mineral wealth that flows from Peru’s position as the world’s second-largest copper producer. (1821)

And 94 years ago today, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was born in Southampton, New York.

As First Lady and wife to President Kennedy, she brought babies to the White House for the first time in a half-century. She spent a year restoring the White House with historical furnishings that were missing when she arrived and established a culture of elegance in the building, which has lasted to this day. (1929-1994)

And, on this day in 1866, Beatrix Potter, the beloved children’s author and illustrator was born. From her first beautifully illustrated book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902, she went on to create a series of stories based around animal characters including Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Jemima Puddle-Duck. Not just a humorous storyteller and artist who, as a botanist, could render scientific illustrations, she was also an environmentalist, sheep farmer and businesswoman. With determination, she overcame professional rejection, academic humiliation, and personal heartbreak, to go on to earn a fortune.

And, on this day in 1959, in their preparation for newly-declared U.S. statehood, Hawaiians voted to elect the first Asian-American—Hiram L. Fong (R)—to the U.S. Senate, and the first Japanese-American—Daniel K. Inouye (D)—to the House of Representatives. Inouye (pictured, left), a World War II veteran who lost his right arm to a grenade blast, also served as a Senator from Hawaii until his death in 2012, having never lost an election in 58 years. He rose to become President pro tempore—making him the highest-ranking Asian-American politician in US history.

And, Happy 78th Birthday to Jim Davis, whose Garfield cartoon is one of the world’s most widely syndicated comic strips.

Jim Davis in 2010 by Ducky; cartoon uploaded on Flickr by Bennilover, CC licenses

Since 1978, the sarcastic feline has been grinning from pages—and was eventually joined by other Davis newspaper notables such as Tumbleweeds, Gnorm Gnat, and Mr. Potato Head. Garfield was inspired by Davis’s childhood memories growing up on a small farm in Indiana with 25 cats. (1945)

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Music festival to honour Gqeberha legends!


Lelethu Mahembehlala, a poet will be performing at Gqeberha Festival.

Lelethu Mahembehlala, a poet will be performing at Gqeberha Festival.

GQBERHA is set to honour and celebrate its legends.

They will be honored at an event called Gqeberha Legends Festival. 

The event will take place at Gelvandale Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, 23 September.

Artists who will be performing include Creshwell October, Richardo Moss, Lelethu Mahambehlala, Clive Williams, Chapter 3, Boeta B, Miss Mona to name a few.

One of the event organizers and legends is Rick Moss. 

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He said that the festival aims to celebrate the cultural heritage of Eastern Cape and bring together local artists, musicians, and performers to showcase their talent.

The marketing manager, Marcelle Davies said: “The festival will be hosted by the Mojo Foundation in collaboration with the Department of Sport, Arts, and Culture, as well as NACCAC.”

“Our goal is to create opportunities for our local artists to showcase their talents, products, and services while promoting economic growth and social cohesion. Currently, 320 jobs have been created and we are aiming for 360 within the next couple of weeks,” she said.

Marcelle said everyone is welcomed to come to the event, but no alcohol will be allowed.

Rick said he was excited to perform at this event.

“As an artist I am happy that we will be honored while we are still alive. As legends we will be performing and also feature the young artists,” he said. 

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