You’ve likely heard a fair amount about Mungion in the last couple weeks after their tour van and trailer–containing all their gear, lights, merch, and other valuables–were stolen in Detroit. As the band explained in a statement, “Although we are grateful that everyone is safe, our livelihood was taken from us in the blink of an eye. After going from door to door in the neighborhood, we were able to track down some surveillance video that showed two men breaking in and stealing our van and trailer. Unfortunately, there was not much the authorities or anyone could do. After filing the police report and talking to neighbors, we piled up in a hatchback and drove six hours to New York to play because the show must always go on!”Watch Mungion rip an amazing live in-studio version of “Schvingo” from 2016’s Scary Blankets below via the band’s Facebook page:A matter of days before setting out on their first headlining tour, the band’s entire infrastructure literally disappeared overnight. However, the Chicago community, and the music community at large, banded together to help Mungion in their time on need, raising over $30,000 to replace their gear and their transportation with help from a successful GoFundMe campaign, a local benefit show in Chicago, and even a spot on NBC News Chicago about fans’ supportive response to the situation. In the latest twist of this bizarre story, security camera footage of an armed robbery executed by five men in Dearborn, MI, just a few miles from where Mungion’s van was stolen, showed several of the suspects wearing official Mungion hats—the same ones that were taken with the rest of their belongings.Stolen Mungion Merch Worn In Armed Robbery Of Beauty SalonWhile the band still has a ways to go (donations are still open for the next couple days), thanks to the overwhelming support of the community, Mungion has hit the road for their first headlining tour as planned, including a pair of stops in Colorado, on 9/7 at Globe Hall in Denver and on 9/8 at the first-ever Canyon Jam festival at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre.The Main Squeeze, Mungion, and More Ruled The World at Canyon Jam [Videos]On Wednesday, November 15th, Mungion will make their way to Manhattan for a performance at American Beauty NYC. After the crazy up-and-down saga of the stolen tour van, fans are eager to catch the Chicago quartet live, and the band will surely imbue their performance with the excitement and emotion of their current and ongoing predicament, because as the band says, “the show must always go on!”You can purchase tickets to Mungion’s New York City performance at American Beauty here.[Cover photo via Gary Sheer]
A new national initiative encourages consumers to add plants to their homes and landscapes for the health benefits plants provide.“Our goal is to grow a healthy world through plants, gardens and landscapes by increasing the number of households in the United States participating in consumer horticulture,” said Bauske, who led the creation of the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH). “Consumer horticulture includes the cultivation, use and enjoyment of plants, gardens, landscapes and related horticultural items.”Ellen Bauske of the University of Georgia’s Center for Urban Agriculture and her colleagues across the nation tout beneficial plant data based on research by Charles Hall, professor and Ellison Chair in the Department of Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University. This research shows that hospital patients show less fatigue when plants are added to their rooms, and they request less pain medication.In the workplace, people report they’re in a better mood when plants are around. These workers take less sick leave and report less eye strain.In schools, students in classrooms with plants score 10 percent higher on tests than students in classrooms without plants. Students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have less severe symptoms when plants are added to play areas.Indoor plants increase ambient humidity in dry indoor environments, and they improve air quality by removing carbon dioxide. Indoor plants also stimulate physiological and psychological relaxation responses.To develop a plan to share these plant benefits nationwide, NICH held its first national meeting June 27-29 in Atlanta. More than 80 people from across the nation attended, including Amanda Tedrow, the UGA Cooperative Extension county coordinator for Athens-Clarke County, Georgia.“The initiative fits well into our mission at UGA Extension: to improve lives through education, specifically about home gardening and horticulture,” Tedrow said. “It is exciting to see a national initiative based around these same principles, and I’m thrilled to see the rising popularity of plants across the nation. At the conference, I worked with representatives from across the country to think about ways we can improve our communities through horticulture.”More beneficial plant data show that:Plants in the workplace reduce employee sick time by 14 percent.Well-landscaped homes are priced higher. Homes represent 25 percent of personal wealth, so outdoor plants pack a powerful personal-finance punch.Americans are growing more of their own food. In fact, 25 percent of Americans grow berries, vegetables or fruit trees.Shaded roadways save 60 percent of repaving costs.America’s public gardens generate $2.3 billion in tourism spending.For additional information about the NICH, visit www.consumerhort.org. To learn more about the benefits of plants, go to www.consumerhort.org/plantsdothat.
St Michael’s are in Limerick to take on Moyross FC in the Munster Junior Cup Semi-Final.That match gets underway at 5 o’clock this evening.Meanwhile, Clonmel Town face Ringmahon Rangers from Cork in the FAI Youth Cup Semi-Final. The action in that encounter begins at 12.30.
Dead: Leon HescottThe excitement of an overseas-based son visiting home was short-lived for the relatives of 36-year-old Leon Hescott, after he was fatally shot and killed during a suspected robbery at Middle Road, La Penitence, Georgetown, on Friday evening.Hescott called “Dudu” was shot at about 19:00h in an abandoned yard near his La Penitence, Georgetown house. The clothes vendor had recently returned from French Guiana and according to relatives, he was here to renovate his father’s house at Lot 155 Middle Road, La Penitence.When Guyana Times visited the home of Wilfred Thomas, the dead man’s father, he explained that he had just returned home from a day’s work when a grandson informed him of the shooting. He further related that upon arrival at the scene, which is not too far away from where he lives, he saw his son’s bloody body lying lifeless.“When I come home, my grandson come and tell me they shot up Dudu just now out there. By time I left and go there I see my son lying down now bleeding from his head, because they shot him in his head…anyhow he had a friend there and he tek he money and keep it, he de come back fuh build this house so somebody had to [do] duh fuh get the money,” Thomas said.The grieving father explained that it is hard to lose a child, adding that his son is married and has three children. The father also claimed that his son does not have a criminal record, but Police records showed that Hescott was charged in 2007 for robbing a Belgium dealer of $90 million worth of diamonds. Reports from 2007 had stated that on March 2, 2007, Hescott along with another, while armed with a gun, had robbed Karim De Toledo of $90 million in diamonds and $350,000. It was alleged that the diamond dealer was about to enter a restaurant in Kitty, Georgetown, when the incident occurred.Meanwhile, Hescott’s sister told Police that at about 15:00h, her brother left the house with a sum of foreign currency. She said she later received information that he was shot and robbed.A suspect has since been taken into custody as Police continue their investigations.