Jennifer Lopez donating 1m to hurricane relief

Jennifer Lopez
Updated 25 September 2017
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Jennifer Lopez donating 1m to hurricane relief

LAS VEGAS: Jennifer Lopez is donating $1 million to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.
The 48-year-old singer-and-actress — who revealed last week she has not heard from her family on the island since a series of hurricanes hit the area — has reached out with financial aid and she and her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez are doing everything they can to help.
Speaking during a press conference with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, she said first in Spanish, and then in English: “Alex Rodriguez and I, who are both New Yorkers, are using all our resources and relationships in entertainment, sports and business to garner support for Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.”
The “On the Floor” hitmaker revealed the New York Yankees and Major League Baseball have pledged to help in a major way, while she and her ex-husband Marc Anthony — the father of her nine-year-old twins Max and Emme — have been working to mobilize over 30 athletes and artists to quickly get aid to Mexico and the Caribbean.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and player J.J. Barea have been working with Jennifer and have two planes of help and generators ready to fly to Puerto Rico.
She added: “We are working day and night to identify the needs.”
During the press conference, the “Shades of Blue” star admitted she still has not heard from her family and she is “concerned,” for both her own loved ones and “everyone on the island.”
Jennifer previously used Instagram to urge her fans to help the aid efforts in Puerto Rico.


A hairy issue: Sailors tell the US Navy, ‘We want beards’

Updated 20 July 2018
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A hairy issue: Sailors tell the US Navy, ‘We want beards’

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island: Now that women in the Navy can wear ponytails, men want beards.
The Navy said last week that servicewomen could sport ponytails, lock hairstyles, or ropelike strands, and wider hair buns, reversing a policy that long forbade females from letting their hair down.
Servicemen immediately chimed in on social media, asking the Navy if they could grow beards. A sailor’s Facebook post with a #WeWantBeards hashtag was shared thousands of times.
Beards were banned in 1984. The Navy wanted professional-looking sailors who could wear firefighting masks and breathing apparatuses without interference.
The Navy says that’s still the case. Still, some hope the change in female grooming standards opens the door.
Travis Rader, a 29-year-old naval physical security officer, said allowing beards would boost morale for men, just like allowing ponytails and locks has for women. There are two things that would make many Navy men happy: beards and better boots, he added.
Rader had a 6-inch-long beard when he joined the Navy after high school.
“You take something away from somebody, and they want it more,” said Rader, a master-at-arms assigned to Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.
The Navy announced it was adding grooming options for women during a Facebook Live event. Many black women had asked the Navy to be more inclusive of different hair textures. The Navy had the standards in place because of safety concerns and to ensure everyone maintained a uniform, professional look.
Rader was one of several sailors who wrote in the comments section of the Facebook Live event to press for beards. Bill Williams, a 20-year-old naval information systems technician, commented too, asking why sailors can’t have beards if bearded civilian firefighters wear masks.
Williams said he thinks a nice, well-groomed beard looks very professional.
“It’d be great because I know that when I shave for multiple days in a row, it starts to really hurt,” said Williams, who works at the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Hampton Roads in Virginia.
Sailors can get permission to grow a beard for religious reasons or if they have a skin condition that’s irritated by shaving. Mustaches are allowed as long as they are trimmed and neat.
“Handlebar mustaches, goatees, beards or eccentricities are not permitted,” the policy states. The Navy isn’t currently considering changing that.
Safety continues to be the primary concern, said Lt. J.G. Stuart Phillips, a spokesman for the chief of naval personnel. He referenced a 2016 study by the Naval Safety Center, which concluded that facial hair affects the proper fit and performance of respirators.