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Nile Rodgers Reveals He’s Cancer Free, Details Personal Triumphs & Losses In New Video

first_imgIn 2010, legendary producer and CHIC musician Nile Rodgers began a cancer battle following the discovery of a “mysterious growth on [his] right kidney.” In the time since the diagnosis, Rodgers has been living life to the fullest, finding widespread pop success with his collaborations with Daft Punk on 2013’s Random Access Memories in addition to his ever-fruitful career touring and in production. Happily, the iconic musician recently declared “100 percent recovery” following a recent surgery, noting to fans, “You can start dancing, singing and cheering now!”The Hitmaker: An Interview With Legendary Producer Nile RodgersIn an intimate and extended video blog post, Rodgers detailed to fans his journey since his 2010 cancer diagnosis. While the post has an undeniable optimistic tone, the guitarist explains the emotional gravity of and the personal loss during the last two years. As a former producer of other icons like David Bowie, Madonna, and more, he elaborated, “One of my greatest artists, David Bowie, died at the top of 2016; a few months later, Prince passed away; and then George Michael died Christmas Day, 48 hours after I’d just worked on his film and worked on his last record.” He continues, “My friend, musician extraordinaire Chris Cornell, would die this past spring. My young first cousin dropped dead of a coronary with no prior warning … and my mother is currently suffering from Stage-VI Alzheimer’s.”Listen To George Michael’s Reworked “Fantasy” With Nile RodgersWith so much loss immediately present in his life, this cancer-free diagnosis is an optimistic cap on the last few years. While the recent surgery forced Rodgers to postpone his touring plans for 2017, the guitarist obviously has his eyes set on the future, offering that “what will happen next year is beyond any of my wildest dreams.” He ends his post on a jubilant note, stating, “After the last seven years of amazing life, I would have never believed that my body would be invaded by another cancer. … CANCER REALLY? I’m done. 2018 here I come!”You can watch Nile Rodgers’ full video post below, and we’ll see you on the road, Nile! [H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

​BHS trustees ‘very concerned’ after scheme restructure plan dropped

first_imgAsked by a member of the joint work and pensions/business, innovation and skills select committee hearing into the collapse of the retailer whether the suspension of discussions around a restructure amounted to a “bombshell”, Martin was frank.“From the point at which the trustees first considered Thor and thought Thor represented a better outcome for our members than the PPF, we [had] been working to deliver it, so it was very, very disappointing when we first heard it was going to be paused,” he said.The suspension, the committee was told, was initially intended to allow for a strategic review, as well as for results of Christmas trading in 2014 to be examined.But Martin admitted that the postponement of the restructure was a matter of concern.“At the time Project Thor was put on pause, I became very concerned about the corporate support for the scheme, given the message we had been delivered earlier in the process,” he said. He added that the fund de-risked its investment strategy in light of the postponement, as the trustees “had to behave as if we had no covenant”.Funding ‘into the future’The uncertainty seen during Martin’s tenure as chair of trustees contrasted with the relationship enjoyed by his predecessor, Margaret Downes, who retired in late 2013.Asked about the 23-year recovery plan agreed between trustees and the sponsor in 2012, she recalled a meeting whereby it was made clear the sponsoring employer “was not prepared to give any more money than £10m (€12m) a year” towards deficit reduction.Downes did add that the £10m a year upper limit came with a commitment to fund the £10m payment “into the future”, and that, at the time, no impression was given BHS would not continue to be a well-supported enterprise.The hearing follows the collapse of BHS, which left its two pension funds with buyout deficits in excess of £570m.Former sponsor Arcadia and the Pensions Regulator have argued over details of a 2015 sale to Retail Acquisitions, the pension scheme’s sponsor when BHS collapsed earlier this year. The withdrawal of a plan to restructure the pension funds of UK retailer BHS left its trustees “very concerned” and made them question the sponsoring employer’s level of support for the underfunded schemes, MPs have heard.Chris Martin, managing director of Independent Trustee Services and chairman of both BHS funds, said the proposed restructure of the scheme, called Project Thor, had been seen as offering a “better outcome” for the fund’s members.Members would have been offered a lump-sum payment, the opportunity to transfer to a new scheme where benefits would be higher than those offered by the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) or the ability to remain in the current schemes and transfer into the PPF.However, Project Thor was “paused” by Taveta Investments – parent of former sponsor Arcadia Group and therefore the ultimate parent company of BHS – in September 2014.last_img read more

Leon House delivers 24-hour support with AnonyMind launch

first_img Related Articles Share Stormont and Westminster to ‘exchange notes’ on gambling reform June 24, 2020 Christopher Metcalf, Leon House: Social barriers must be broken on gambling treatment June 25, 2020 Share Residential gambling addiction centre Leon House has launched a new online gambling treatment platform which seeks to offer a ‘full, impartial and anonymous psychiatric assessment’ for those affected by problem gambling.The platform, AnonyMind, has been created in collaboration with Cognacity, a Harley Street specialist provider of mental health and addiction treatment, while EPIC Risk Management has provided further oversight on the platform’s directives.The AnonyMind platform seeks to maximise research, education and treatment (RET) support provisions for gambling-harm front line workers, whilst improving care quality assistance for at-risk patients.Chris Metcalf, COO at Leon House, said: “The recent £100 million pledge to Gamble Aware from five BGC member operators shows that there is a real commitment from the UK gaming industry to help and support problem gamblers.“Now, with the launch of AnonyMind by Leon House, these same operators will be able to offer free, anonymous, 24/7 professional counselling to their players via video calls for the first time ever and residential treatment at Leon House, should it be required. We’re looking forward to working with more UK operators as we go through the year”.Users of the platform will receive access to support from over 120 trained consultants, who will help identify potential comorbid issues prior to any treatment.Last week’s House of Lords Select Committee report on urgent actions for the gambling industry earmarked the development of further RET-based programmes as a key directive that should be reshaped the good of the consumer over industry profits.Carolyn Harris MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling Related Harm, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has exposed the startling levels of problem gambling that exist across our communities. It’s vital that people who are stuck in this vicious cycle are able to access support when they need it.“AnonyMind’s new 24-hour service allows users to get confidential, secure support whenever they might need it. I would encourage anybody who is struggling with gambling addiction to take a look at this platform and reach out for support if they need it.” Carolyn Harris: Banning gambling sponsorships ‘one of the most obvious things to do’ July 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more