Q&A on the News

Q: I read that businessman Gregory Elias bankrolled the cost for the Rolling Stones’ concert in Cuba, so it was free to those who attended. Why did he do this?

—Tony Gardner, Cumming

A: Elias’ foundation — Fundashon Bon Intenshon – “initiates and supports international charitable projects in the fields of education, athletics, cultural literacy, health care and tourism as well as other attempts to mitigate the impact of general poverty,” it states on its website.

The Rolling Stones’ website stated that the band and corporate suppliers would provide supply Cuban musicians “of all genres” with “much needed musical instruments and equipment.”

Fundashon Bon Intenshon — which states it’s “a foundation for good intention” — sponsors and supports many festivals and concerts, including the Curaçao North Sea Jazz festival and Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam

The Rolling Stones’ concert in Havana, which was held on March 25, also was filmed was part of film project called “Concert for Amity.”

Cubans earn an average of $20 a month, CNN.com reported, so there was no cost to attend.

Q: I have several spent flashlight batteries. Where is a good place to dispose of them in Cherokee County?

—Joe Blackwell, Woodstock

A: Here are three places to take used batteries in Cherokee County.

  • The Cherokee County Recycling Center: 470 Blalock Road, Canton, 770-516-4195, cherokeega.com/recycling-center
  • Batteries Plus: 9820 Highway 92, Woodstock, 770-852-2282. Batteries Plus takes all types of batteries, but charges for alkaline ($1.80 per pound).
  • Super Target: 2022 Cumming Highway, Canton, 678-880-4311. The drop-off area is at the front of the store to the left.

Andy Johnston with Fast Copy News Service wrote this column. Do you have a question? We’ll try to get the answer. Call 404-222-2002 or email q&a@ajc.com (include name, phone and city).

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