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‘Steel Magnolias’ at Everyman Theater is a beauty

After a 15-month hiatus, Everyman Theater resumed its live performances this month, kicking off its 31st season with a refreshing revitalization of Steel magnolia trees, showcasing the brilliance of her all-female ensemble, each member bringing their dynamism, dimension and variety to the endearing ’80s story of friendship and brotherhood that stands the test of time.

Although most people are familiar with the popular version of the 1989 film, featuring a cast of famous actresses (Julia Roberts, Sally Fields, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah and Olympia Dukakis), Steel magnolia trees is actually based on an original story by Robert Harling, a New York actor from Louisiana, who wrote the play in honor of his sister six months after her death from complications from diabetes.

Megan Anderson (standing) as beauty salon owner Truvy and Katie Kleiger as Shelby in ‘Steel Magnolias. Photo by Mark Garvin.

Set in a bustling beauty salon in Northwestern (Chinquapin) Louisiana, where six very distinctive and particularly interesting Southern women come together over a three-year span, sharing their ups, downs, and just about every detail between Both, award-winning director Casey Stangl, working with set designer Milagros Ponce De Leon, lighting designer Harold F. Burgess II, sound designer Twi McCallum and costume designer David Burdick, create an incredibly versatile scene where each character can effectively transform her hair while exchanging hilarious and fun dialogue and repartee. .

After a warm welcome from General Manager Marissa LaRose and Artistic Director Vincent M. Lancisi to an audience fully vaccinated (everyone had to present their vaccination card at the entrance of the theater) and masked, but nonetheless enthusiastic, the member of Resident Company Megan Anderson (recently praised by The Baltimore sun as “Best Stage Actor in Baltimore”) as a salon owner, Truvy immediately captivates with her colorful wardrobe, eye-catching hair and vibrant personality; she’s as lively and sassy as a late-night actress, but she’s just as warm and generous. It’s easy to see why Truvy’s Beauty Salon is the epicenter where a community of women meets regularly to discuss the defining moments in their lives.

Every member of the cast is exceptional and does their own thing, featuring intertwined subplots, centered around marriage, marriage, and the journey of local social leader M’Lynn (Beth Hylton) and her daughter Shelby (Katie Kleiger) to become mom.

Annelle’s (Heather A. Gibson) transformation from a retired and sweet young girl / aspiring esthetician with a mysterious past to a born-again Christian widow and former widow of Mayor Clairee (Nancy Robinette) is discovered as a result of the her husband’s death makes for humor exchanges throughout the show, but Helen Hedman’s performance as a cranky and sarcastic Ouiser was particularly stealing a stage; her reading of “not crazy, just cranky for 40 years” with its perpetually bitter expression was hysterical at almost every turn.

Likewise, Shelby de Kleiger was well-rounded with a calm charm and resilient optimism; she easily expressed her determination to live fully and her unwavering quest to become a mother. She and Hylton’s M’Lynn realistically demonstrated the ups and downs of a mother-daughter relationship in a relatable way.

Likewise, Annelle’s Gibson take was pleasing to the eye; she brought a remarkable openness and nuanced authenticity to the role that was genuine, making her insight and perspective in the second act all the more compelling and impactful.

Extremely heartwarming, Everyman’s production Steel magnolia trees combines beauty and strength with wit and charm, demonstrating the enduring power of friendship and the therapeutic magic of laughter to tenaciously overcome life’s challenges.

Duration: About two hours and 30 minutes, with an intermission.

Steel magnolia trees runs through September 5, 2021 at the Everyman Theater, 315 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD. The show can be broadcast from August 27 to September 19, 2001. Tickets can be purchased in line or by calling 410-752-2208. The counters are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SEE ALSO: Season 2021/22 Live From Everyman Theater Starts In August

Krystle Bascombe Brings Global Experience to Reform Generation Music Platform



Krystle Bascombe launched Reform Generation (ReGen) a platform through which people can access music and arts education. Photo Courtesy of Krystle Bascombe –

Krystle Bascombe has traveled the world as a full-time musician for over 20 years, sharing the stage with local, regional and international artists like Isaac Blackman and The Love Circle, Machel Montano, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Donnie McClurkin and George Benson .

In 2015, she became a drummer and touring musical director with Cirque Du Soleil, an entertainment company based in Montreal, Canada and the world’s largest producer of contemporary circus. But for her, Trinidad and Tobago will always be her home and the place to which she most wishes to return the knowledge and experiences that her musical career has given her.

On August 3, Bascombe launched Reform Generation (ReGen), a platform through which people aged five and up across TT can access training in what she knows best – music and the arts. .

“If you don’t, then who will?” Everyone has a vision, but successful people are the ones who can take that vision and turn it into action. The realization that our young people need more perspective on what their future might look like sparked the concept of this initiative, ”said Bascombe.

She had considered starting the program for many years, but was never “home” long enough to do so. She used the downtime caused by the covid19 pandemic to make things work. The virtual program takes the form of musical instruction in acoustic guitar and bass, drums, keyboard and music theory for people of all ages.

“Over time we will add dance, theater and circus numbers,” she told WMN.

Bascombe, 37, has told TT here and in her travels she has seen how people have made music and the arts work for them.

“I’ve seen the positive impact music has on communities… I’ve seen a lot of artists grow up in neighborhood bands and what things like Best Village do to bring communities together. The government is generally more sport-oriented and has put music on the back burner. “

Krystle Bascombe was teaching music in the United Arab Emirates when she was invited to audition for Cirque Du Soleil. She became a touring drummer and musical director for the Canada-based entertainment company. Photo Courtesy of Krystle Bascombe –

But, she said, Re Gen aims to tap into the musical and creative talents of TT and has assembled a team of experienced musicians and artists with a common vision to bring the program to its full potential.

Bascombe is the program’s drum instructor – an area in which she also has formal training. She holds an Advanced Diploma in Popular Music and Drum Performance from Tech Music School in London and has conducted drum workshops in Ghana, the United Arab Emirates and London. She also holds a Masters Certificate in Music Business Management from Berklee College of Music and is currently pursuing an online degree in Entertainment Law at Harvard University.

How she ended up on the circus circuit, said Bascombe, is nothing short of divine intervention. Diego Martin’s resident told WMN that she was a music teacher in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates when this happened.

“One day I was playing percussion with a DJ on MTV Dubai. Someone was watching Cirque du Soleil and said, “I want her. They emailed me and that’s it. To enter the circus, the hearing is very intense, so I was really surprised when it happened. It’s a serious process to go into this, so when I got this email I said, “God, you do your thing, that’s all you, not me. “

She said the circus consists of residency shows in Las Vegas, touring shows that stay in one location for about a week, and marquee shows that stay for months in cities. She is one of the tours that have taken her to Australia, Asia, Europe, North America and parts of South America.

“It’s a really wonderful experience, the culture is diverse because there are people from all over the world and the acts are so varied. I was amazed at the way people use their talents. I don’t think a lot of people in the Caribbean understand, “I can juggle for a living, or do the Russian swing or the high ladder and make a living on that.” There are people who do what our moko jumbies do. My last show was an ice show, and people were skating on stilts and walking on stilts. I wish more Caribbean people would know that they can capitalize on things like this.

She hopes to use ReGen to get this message across as well.

“A lot of people see music as a hobby and don’t realize that they can have a lucrative future in the arts. This is why I emphasize music theory in my curriculum, as it will help open more doors of opportunity.

Bascombe said one of the first lessons she had to learn was the discipline required to accompany circus performances.

“It’s different from the usual group setting. It is very energetic and very disciplined because you accompany very dangerous acts. In a regular group you have the freedom to get away from what has been rehearsed, with the circus you cannot. You play what you get paid for and nothing different because people’s lives depend on it. Over time, she said, she has become part of the process of creating new shows – good lessons in discipline and using the talents she thinks she can pass on to her ReGen students.

Registration for ReGen started on August 3 and ended on August 21, with a fee attached to cover some necessary expenses. The cycle will last three months and at the end participants will receive certificates of participation.

“Honestly, I wish I didn’t have to charge anyone, but I have to pay for things like using the online platform… But if you don’t have the money, contact us”, Bascombe said.

Krystle Bascombe has toured the world as a full-time musician, sharing the stage with local, regional and international artists such as Machel Montano, Shaggy, Donnie McClurkin and George Benson. Photo Courtesy of Krystle Bascombe –

She said that while the online courses are convenient in terms of logistics and the number of people she can reach, they do have their drawbacks.

“One of the biggest challenges with online lessons is that not everyone will have the instruments at home. With the battery it’s easier because people don’t need to have a battery at home. They can use buckets, chairs, whatever they can knock on to create the rhythms. The other instruments are difficult. The in-person sessions would have been so much easier.

She said that over time, she would seek to get people to sponsor a person or instrument, and find places within the communities where in-person classes can be facilitated.

“One of my dearest wishes is to have community centers where I can organize classes. “I hope that along the way there will be spots in every community across TT for people who want to be a part of the program.”

Eventually, Bascombe said, as the entertainment industry begins to reopen, she will have to resume her circus tours.

“I’ll handle it from afar, but there are other people who understand the vision and will be able to continue with the program when I’m not physically there. And I’m sure some of the people in the course will eventually become teachers. “

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How Aaron Dessner found his voice (with help from Taylor Swift)


COLUMBIA COUNTY, NY – Aaron Dessner sat down at the black upright piano in his Long Pond studio, hit the soft pedal, and played a four-note phrase that had changed his life. These were the first notes – GF E-flat F – of a music file he sent to Taylor Swift in March 2020.

Swift was a fan of Dessner’s longtime indie rock band The National, and she contacted him out of the blue as the pandemic shutdown began. “One night I was just sitting down to dinner,” Dessner recalls, “and I got a text saying,“ It’s Taylor. Would you be ready to collaborate remotely with me? “

“I was flattered and said ‘Sure’,” he continued. “She said, ‘Just send anything, even the strangest random sketch you have,’ and I sent her a folder of things I had been working on. And then a few hours later, she said. sent this song, “Cardigan”.

“Cardigan” – which went on to become a # 1 hit – began the collaboration that became Swift’s two career repositioning albums in 2020, “Folklore” and “Evermore”. The creative partnership didn’t end there: she wrote and sang “Renegade” for Dessner’s independent recording project, Big Red Machine, and provided the title for her second album, “How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last? , Which arrives on August 27.

“We talked a lot about, how come we did so many songs together in such a short time? Dessner, 45, said in a conversation on his lawn, overlooking the pond. “It’s a bit abnormal and it’s hard to maintain. You have this streak, but you don’t know when the ideas, the inspiration, or the spark will die out.

For Swift, Dessner’s music unlocked new ideas. “The quality that really baffled me about Aaron’s instrumental tracks was that for me they were immediately, intensely visual,” Swift wrote in an email. “As soon as I heard the first one, I understood why he called them ‘sketches’. The first time I heard the song “Cardigan,” I saw high heels on cobblestones. I knew it had to be about communication issues in teens and the loss of what could have been.

She added: “I have always been very curious about people with synesthesia, who see colors or shapes when they hear music. The closest thing I have ever experienced is seeing an entire story or scene unfold in my head when I hear Aaron Dessner’s instrumental tracks.

The studio is in a converted barn a short walk from Dessner’s house near Hudson, NY It is an open room with a high church ceiling, tall windows and a view of the woods, carefully laid out for recording. any of his instruments – guitars, keyboards, drums, percussion – whenever an idea pops up. It can open it to let in the sound of birds, insects, frogs or wind in trees. Dessner has recorded most of his music in Long Pond since the making of the 2017 National album, “Sleep Well Beast”. During the pandemic, he took care of it.

“For someone like me who has traveled for 20 years, rarely with more than a month or two off touring, it was good to be home for almost two years, where I’m just in this beautiful place, ”he said. “I made a lot more music than I had ever done before. And I think it allowed me to elevate or push what I was doing, and bring it to different places.

Dessner founded Big Red Machine with Justin Vernon, who records as Bon Iver and is known outside independent circles for working with Kanye West. The new album also builds on, as Dessner said, “almost everyone I’ve done a record with.” This includes his twin brother, Bryce, who is also a member of the National, as well as songwriters Robin Pecknold (of Fleet Foxes), Anaïs Mitchell (whose musical based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, “Hadestown”, will reopen Broadway in September), Sharon Van Etten, Lisa Hannigan, Naeem, Ben Howard and others.

“Building and contributing to a music community means so much to Aaron,” Swift wrote. “He’s technically in the music business, but all he really wants to do is play and make music with his friends.”

Paradoxically, Big Red Machine’s sprawling collective effort has become something deeply personal. As Dessner and the other musicians put the songs together, largely from a distance, the themes merged: childhood memories, lost innocence, struggles with sanity. And after years of working in the background – with The National and as a producer for other songwriters – Dessner stepped forward, for a few songs, as the lead singer.

“I remember he was really nervous about having his own lead voice there,” Mitchell said by phone from Vermont. “And I was like, absolutely – you should. Especially considering her work with Taylor over the past year, it was really nice to have people watching behind that curtain, getting to know the person behind a bunch of things.

Big Red Machine is not exactly a band. “For me, it’s like a laboratory for experimentation and also a vehicle to collaborate with friends and try to grow,” Dessner said. “And also to just get back to the feeling of what it’s like when you start to play music – what it’s like to create stuff without really knowing what it is.”

Dessner’s musical imprint is a fondness for patterns: small, evocative patterns that can interlock in complex ways. In the songs The National has released since its debut in 2001, they can be soothing and meditative, or they can allude to the commotion behind a thoughtful exterior. For Dessner collaborators, these small musical cells help to generate larger structures.

“I’m going to surprise myself in small drawings, where I have a feeling you could build some kind of architecture out of it,” he said. “A lot of times there’s something a little weird about the timing, or something that I maybe pulled out of a classic piece that I heard. There is a core, and then I start to to build.

For Dessner, there is also healing in repetition. “When I really started playing music seriously, I was going through pretty severe depression when I was a teenager,” he said. “I wasn’t at all at a disadvantage, there was nothing wrong – it was brain chemistry. I have found playing music this way calming for me. The rhythm and the melody are in this circular way of playing. This is when I feel the best with music. At one point, ideas started to take on stranger time signatures, and there was more experimental sounds around them. But all the same, at the heart of it is this emotional, circular musical behavior. “

Big Red Machine was born out of a fruitful misunderstanding. Dessner wanted to write a song with Vernon for “Dark Was the Night,” a 2009 all-star indie-rock album the Dessner brothers produced for the Red Hot Organization, the nonprofit HIV charity. He sent Vernon the sketch of a song he called “Big Red Machine” after his hometown baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds; Vernon, ignoring the sports benchmark, instead wrote lyrics on the human heart.

Dessner and Vernon then created and organized the Eaux Claires music festival in the mid-2010s and brought together an idealistic music collective called 37d03d (which reads, backwards, as “people”). In 2018, they released Big Red Machine’s debut album, a cheerfully experimental song set starring Vernon right off the bat, full of cryptic lyrics and electronic effects, and they assembled a jammy live band for a handful of concerts in 2018 and 2019. (A song on the new album, “Easy to Sabotage,” was assembled from loud concert improvisations, new Naeem lyrics, and complex computer processing.) ‘evaporated in 2020, Vernon had convinced Dessner to play in arenas in the first part of Bon Iver.

Dessner had already sketched out new avenues for Big Red Machine. Most of the new songs have a pastoral and rootsy tone, sometimes suggesting the band, although they are also often imbued with drum machine rhythms and stealthy electronic currents. “I liked the idea of ​​trying to do something more song-oriented this time around and more cohesive,” he said.

Vernon, meanwhile, wanted a less central role in Big Red Machine. “I wanted it to feel a lot more inclusive and representative of all the extracurricular energy that we’ve put in over the years, trying to make the music industry a little more communist or something,” he said. -he declares. “And I’m so sick of being the lead singer, and I’m in another band. I was like, you have so many connections. Let’s reach out and see what other people are having on these leads. And I wanted to continue to support Aaron and honestly, frankly challenge him to come out more in front. There are little tracks that I show and do on the record, and I obviously wrote a few words and sang a few tunes, but really, it’s Aaron’s record.

The songs often deal with loss and fragility. The album ended with two songs featuring Mitchell’s whispered soprano: “Latter Days,” which was written before the pandemic but imagines experiencing disaster, and “New Auburn,” a reminiscent (located in the geography of Wisconsin de Vernon) of the road to childhood travels, reflecting on when “We were too young not to be forgiven.”

One of the first songs Dessner wrote for the album was “Brycie,” which offers gratitude for the way his brother saw him go through episodes of depression; it starts with folk guitars and transforms into a prismatic mesh of synthetic and hand-played sounds behind Dessner’s soft voice.

Dessner and Swift recorded “Renegade” in Los Angeles, the week before the 2021 Grammy Awards; a few days later, as producer and performer, they shared the album of the year award for “Folklore” (along with the album’s other producer, Jack Antonoff.) Dessner already had a Grammy – National’s best alternative album for “Sleep Well Beast” – but it was a much higher pop profile; lately he has been “approached by people,” he said.

“I like to collide with new people and learn from people, so it’s an exciting time,” he said. “But I also tend to be a little shy. I like the idea of ​​being able to count my collaborators on one or two hands, to stay with this feeling of family. So I don’t rush to work with a million people. It’s not really my personality.

He added, “I haven’t done anything yet where I feel like I’m trying to satisfy a commercial instinct. I’m not sure how I would do it. I don’t know if I have the skills to do it.

Not ready to prepare your own factory for success? He shrugged his shoulders. “I guess I could move to LA and put this in place,” he said. “But it wouldn’t end well.”

9 hip-hop and R&B samples of Aaliyah that prove her music is timeless


Almost 20 years after her death, young R&B prodigy Aaliyah remains almost as influential today as she was during the late 1990s to the 2000s. Although her complete music discography – three albums studio and countless radio hits – never released on streaming services before, the legacy of the late R&B star has survived, very often in the songs of others.

From OutKast to Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole to Tamar Braxton, hip-hop and R&B artists and musicians have long drawn inspiration from the sweet tones of Aaliyah and the adventurous production work of her songs with the kind courtesy of Timbaland and (unfortunately) R. Kelly. Drake’s notorious obsession with the late singer has spawned several tracks featuring Aaliyah’s vocals, from her song “Unforgettable” with Young Jeezy, which opens with her vocals, to “Is There More” where she incidentally closes the song.

Now, with the first release of Aaliyah’s highly anticipated catalog arriving on Spotify this Friday, NYLON has rounded up nine of Aaliyah’s greatest samples in hip-hop and R&B, featuring songs from Drake, The Weeknd, Tink. , Normani, and more.

“Unforgettable” by Drake ft. Young jeezy

Samples: “At your best (you are love)” by Aaliyah

“Unforgettable” from Drake’s debut studio album Thank me later, is on the surface a lead on dealing with a breakup while simultaneously becoming famous. But the song’s title hints at its deeper meaning, a theme that’s ingrained throughout Drake’s career: a desire to be legendary, timeless – like a classic R&B song. Sampling the Isley Brothers’ 1994 rendition of Aaliyah’s 1976 “(At Your Best) You Are Love” makes this point instantly clear. What could be more unforgettable than one of the most iconic singers of our time?

Tamar Braxton ft. Future, “Let me know”

Samples: “At your best (you are love)” by Aaliyah

Aaliyah’s slow, silky ballad “At Your Best (You Are Love)” received a burst of energy when Tamar Braxton reused the song’s beat and Aaliyah’s voice for a mid-tempo R&B tune with accents. traps with Future. Aaliyah’s song “Let me know” in an angelic chipmunk tone echoes softly in the background throughout the song. Overall, the 2016 track is a tasteful little bop that hits all the good nostalgia buttons as well.

“What You Need” from The Weeknd

Samples: Aaliyah’s “Rock The Boat”

“What You Need”, a seductive and hypnotic ballad of the enigmatic of The Weeknd Balloon house era, samples Aaliyah’s sultry “Rock The Boat” – a song about her addiction to her lover’s touch. “Boy, you really get me high / I feel like I’m drugged,” Aaliyah sings in the opening of the R&B song; So it’s fitting that Abel sampled the song from “What You Need” – a song about his daughter’s addiction to her love like one might be with drugs. (Although the original version of the song sampled Aaliyah’s “Rock The Boat”, it was the only sample not allowed for repackaging of Abel’s early mixtapes in Trilogy, and the sample was then removed from the track it inspired).

“Blow My High (Members Only)” by Kendrick Lamar

Samples: Aaliyah’s “4-page letter”

“RIP Aaliyah,” Kendrick sings throughout the chorus of this Article 80 title in direct tribute to the late singer. In fact, the whole song shows Kendrick paying homage to fallen hip-hop icons, as he samples Aaliyah’s “4 Page Letter”, the late Pimp C verse from Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin” and references Lisa “Left Eye” from TLC. Lopes, who died at the age of 30 in a car accident.

OutKast, “Pink and blue”

Samples: “Age is nothing but a number” of Aaliyah

“Pink & Blue”, from Outkast’s double album in 2003 Speakerboxxx / Love below finds Andre 3000 fantasizing about a relationship with an older woman. “Miss Lady, you could have been born a little later, but I don’t care / So what if your head has some gray hair?” He raps with signature candor. The track opens appropriately with a sample of Aaliyah’s “Age Ain’t Nothin ‘But A Number” – a turnaround from its original meaning, which referred to Aaliyah’s relationship, then 15 years old, with R. 27 years old. Kelly.

Tink, “millions”

Samples: Aaliyah’s “One in a Million”

Of the 21 songs borrowed from Aaliyah’s “One In A Million” according to WhoSampled, few do it better than Tink who raps on a repurposed and revitalized version of the song’s clean beat courtesy of none other than Timbaland himself. same. Indeed, the producer himself defended Tink as the Next big thing, and this track proves this distinction. Even on a direct rhythm from Aaliyah, she manages on her own.

J. Cole, “Best Friend”

Samples: Missy Elliott’s “Best Friend” with Aaliyah

One of the deepest samples on this list, J. Cole’s “Best Friend” is taken from the song “Best Friends” by Missy Elliott and Aaliyah. It’s also less of a sample than a straightforward remix, as Cole lets Elliott and Aaliyah do their chorus thing while he takes over the verses. At his best, it almost feels like the rapper is in an active dialogue with the late R&B singer, revealing the power transcending time that a properly placed sample can have.

Drake, “Is there more”

Samples: “More than a woman” by Aaliyah

So Scorpio The track that concludes Disc 1 of the giant project, Drake uses a slightly distorted version of Aaliyah’s lush vocals from “More Than A Woman” to close the song. Throughout it, he wonders if there is more to life than money and success, and if there is more than he needs. The sample is cut like a divine intervention – “Passion, moment / Sweat pearls, feel me”, sings Aaliyah – resulting in a rather percussive connection for the first part of the disc.

Normani “Wild side”

Samples: Aaliyah’s “One in a Million”

This one is tricky. Although Aaliyah’s uncle said that Normani’s team did not actually get permission to sample the beat of “One In A Million” – as his team insisted the song doesn’t use a direct sample from the track – it seems the hit inspired “Wild Side” in a way or another. When Timbaland (who produced “One In A Million”) gave his seal of approval by sharing a video of him playing on the song, Normani replied, “I must have died when I saw this.” The “Motivation” singer has also spoken about the song’s influence in interviews: “The drum motif is there,” she said. Zach Sang.

Independently. At the very least, “Wild Side” is a very tangible tribute and homage to Aaliyah. Normani humbly raps and sings to the song’s “One In A Million” drum motif, bringing out a completely different side to the iconic production. It’s a connection between two R&B prodigies that seems almost cosmic.

Review: Lorde’s Solar Power Album Is Magic And Improves


Lorde has long been the deity that could have lived on your street when you were a child. The 24-year-old New Zealander, both a laid-back homebody and one of music’s most enigmatic stars, has a unique energy and approach to her craft; elements that led her to be cited as a voice of her generation. On his first album, 2013’s Pure heroine, she unwrapped the anxieties of growing up in the suburbs, weighed down by a world much bigger than herself, making her fans feel “seen” by her frankness. Four years later, she made a best-of-the-century breakout album with Melodrama, further deepening that connection. So it’s no surprise that the pressure of being portrayed as a messiah seems to have reached Lorde on her latest album, Magic and Improvement. Solar energy.

Here, the specifics of the existence of teens and early twenties are less obvious. But she’s aware of that disconnect, talking about the same celebrity and the same excesses she once lamented on her breakup track. “RoyalsIn another context. Having acquired it, she has now lived the experience of ease and considers herself more as a down to earth and anchored Norman. Yes Pure heroine and Melodrama were albums that embraced the ugliness of growing up, then Solar energy is a record about an adult, realizing the rare power she has accumulated over eight years in the limelight. Upon her, she urges us to look beyond her for answers to our problems, pointing to the same source of her own consolation: the world around her.

It’s made up of the kinds of questions we’ve all asked ourselves over the past year: What matters in my life? What makes me happy? Am I investing my time in the right things? Am I truly grateful for the planet we live on? Memes have been around compare the overall themes of the album to this woman in that skirt and toed shoes you see wandering the flea markets, believing only in holistic therapy and gems. In some ways it’s a fair picture of what Solar energy flike eels, although more contemplative and spiritual than deranged and moralizing. The glimmers of the early 2000s acoustic pop she referred to are all present here, but imagine that as a pre-Ample Nelly Furtado record with glimmers of “Pure shores“”, “The Californian dream ‘” and “Live forever” too much.

This spirituality is evoked from the offset on the choral and acoustic opening “The Path”. It is about the rejection of fame; a desire for very human responses; a realization that no matter how much the public makes her their personal Jesus, “the Savior is not me”.

“, She sings on her chorus. “Hopefully the sun will show us the way.” On the contrary, it feels like a loss of Lorde’s melancholy as a hallmark of her music. The rest are – for the most part – simple pleasures and personal care.

Jack Antonoff’s production – something that has become a controversial topic among popheads recently, who see his style shaping his productions too much for others (Lorde recently called such “sexist” and “downright insulting” accusations) – softens the case and keeps it tight. Underneath his almost incessant acoustic guitars are less obvious, more woozier electric strings, crackling drums courtesy of Matt Chamberlain (responsible for the same on the Fiona Apple classic Tide) and vocal choirs composed, for the most part, of Clairo and Phoebe Bridgers.

There was no promise of radio success here, and Lorde isn’t lying, but she did manage to form many earworm tunes. “Secret from a Girl (Who’s Seen It All)” is the closest album to a post-pop hit “Solar Power”, a melon-fresh, harmonious and eerie sounding letter Lorde wrote to herself. younger. “Member, what did you think was grief before you got the call?” / Little girl, no one will feel the pain for you, ”she sings. (The call refers to news of Pearl, her deceased dog, who is falling ill.) “You’re going to love again, so try to stay open / And when the time is right, you’ll fall.”

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The hook of the chorus gives way to a heartwarming semi-ASMR outro, in which Robyn, CEO of crying on the dance floor, takes on the role of a sci-fi flight attendant speaking overhead. a tannoy (“Your emotional baggage can be picked up at Carousel # 2 / Be careful it doesn’t run into someone you love”), offering wise advice as always.

Even the most thematically depressing tracks aren’t as gloomy as you might expect. The only brilliant piece of firework on the entire record, in fact, is the roar of the 808 drum that appears in the middle of “Fallen Fruit,” a track about the effect our elders had on a planet they were with. will not have to deal with in its most tragic and imminent chapter. While playing, Lorde imagines herself leaving the earth for a new utopia under the guise of cataclysmic rains like a black superhero, “from the Nissan, to the Phantom, to the airplane”.

But even this track is not a huge shock absorber on Solar energythe spirit of; its silver lining being, as Lorde herself puts it, “the way I feel when I’m outside is cheerful, light and grateful”. It’s reflective, rather than depressing. Likewise, “Big Star,” an ode to her dog Pearl, who passed away in 2019, is less of a painful praise than a sweet song about how much she loved him when he was alive, and how much bigger the landscape was when. Pearl was one of them.

For those who wanted Lorde to come back with an album that would hit you hard, making you feel seen on the first listen, Solar energy will not be. Instead, see it as a germinating seed that takes time and investment. First impressions could fool you. Lethargic, slow, or heavy it might seem at first glance, in reality Lorde’s energy simply flows through us differently. The jugular euphoria carried by his music is now a long, slow draw of a joint.

On the most beautiful and brilliant closest to the album, “Oceanic Feeling,” Lorde contemplates her home, her family, her wild past and her unpredictable future – but more respects where she is right now: ” Grateful for this offer, and all living things / Under the sun, “she sings. To the most loyal fans, those who have long deified her, this sounds like a monumental offering in itself: one that reminds you her genius while graciously directing you to her inspiration too, as if she was saying, nonchalantly, Lorde’s new shrug: “You too are capable of creating deep things in this world.”

She’s so good at it, so convincing and smart you’ll feel like it Solar energy‘s comes out as this seed begins to grow upward, eventually blossoming into a flower. She may not be our divinity anymore, but in the world of pop music, Lorde’s ability to create art in motion is everlasting.

Lorde solar power album cover

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How “The Daily” covered the fall of Afghanistan


In the case of “The Fall of Afghanistan”, this process began for me on Sunday morning. We had an episode on the bridge that was quite advanced in production and had nothing to do with Afghanistan. But as the weekend news unfolded, it became pretty clear that we needed to pivot and do a new show for Monday.

At 9 a.m. on Sunday a team got together to talk about the reporting we had at that time, what kind of story the moment demanded, and what we could put together within the allotted time frame. Lynsea, who had contacted sources in Afghanistan for a while, said she exchanged voice memos with a source all weekend, as the story unfolded. After listening to the tape, we all felt it was exactly the voice we wanted to hear on Monday.

Once we knew we had a powerful band, we wanted to preserve what was so powerful about it: that we move through time with the source; getting his raw emotional response to what was going on, as it was going on.

But the tape was lacking in certain things – in particular, what specific news it was responding to. And given that we wanted this story to unfold as a series of voice memos between Lynsea and the source, we couldn’t rely on a narrator or a host. Instead, we used the weekend media coverage between the voice memos to help move the listener through time and mark critical inflection points that appeared in the voice memos.

Beyond all of these considerations, we also strive to use the tools in our support to help create an experience, so we pay special attention to the little details – down to tenths of a second – where the music helps connect. two thoughts together, where the rhythm can help an idea to sink, where a breath can transmit an emotion. These details take time to hear, process and rework, and we have to listen to each draft in real time. And with each change, we listen to the draft – in real time – again.

It’s not the kind of story you can tell in a day. It took a whole team of people to reach out to sources, record their conversations, and stay on top of the news. And through their hard work, we were able to bring to life a deeply intimate portrait of a historic moment. I finished my last listening to the episode at 3 a.m. and handed it over to our engineer to mix and prepare for the post.

As a sound engineer, I love the art of taking something that can be a bit rough around the edges and chiseling it into something, not necessarily smooth, but something where the finish is intentional and has its sound. own character. That way the sound engineering feels quite tangible, something like carpentry.

Windlas Biotech hits new low since listing; 16% decrease compared to the issue price

Windlas Biotech (WBL) shares continued their decline and were trading lower for the third day in a row since listing. In intraday trading on Wednesday, shares fell 4% to Rs 385.50 on BSE, and are down 16% from its issue price of Rs 460 per share. The action of the pharmaceutical company debuted on Monday, August 16, 2021.

The company had raised Rs 402 crore in an Initial Public Offering (IPO) and offered to use the funds to purchase the equipment needed to expand the capacity of its existing facility at Plant IV from Dehradun. The company will use the net proceeds of the issue to fund additional working capital requirements and to prepay / repay the Company’s borrowings.

WBL is a leading contract development manufacturing (CDMO) organization focused on the chronic therapeutics category. With over two decades of experience manufacturing solid and liquid pharmaceutical dosage forms, WBL offers a full suite of CDMO services including product discovery, product development, licensing and commercial product manufacturing. generics.

Religare Broking analyst believes the company is well positioned to seize the opportunity arising from the industry given its strong product portfolio, customer relationships, R&D capabilities and manufacturing facilities. efficient and consistent with quality.

“From a financial standpoint, the performance of the company has been stable. We have a positive view of the company from a long-term perspective. The main risks are that the business is operating in a highly competitive market and requires significant working capital, “said the brokerage firm.

Having said that, WBL’s financial record has been very weak even as it tries to reorganize its business, which is a long drawn out process.

So much better options can be found among the listed players, says Sneha Poddar, Research, Brokerage and Distribution Analyst at Motilal Oswal Financial Services.

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Healing Through Art – The New Indian Express


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HYDERABAD: While art, or the arts, are practices and activities aimed at expression, they are often used as therapeutic tools. Practitioners of hearing therapy, movement and painting tell us about their healing benefits.

Music therapy has been popular in the West but has grown in India over the past decade. Indian classical music guru and music movement therapist Dr Shambhavi Das explains that music therapy uses the naturally stimulating properties of music to help people improve their mental health and general well-being.

“We generally use music therapy for children with Down syndrome, ADHD, schizophrenia and other mental problems such as depression, stress, anxiety, insomnia and even for high blood pressure in adults and adolescents. We do Indian music therapy where we use songs, rhythms, ragas, swaras to heal, ”Shambhavi explains.

The therapist tries to revive ancient Vedic practices through her team, the Indian Music Therapy Association, which has 800 members, including about 50 physicians. Shambhavi has also published 30 articles on Indian classical music and music therapy.

Sehar Ali, holistic counseling psychologist

Emotion and movement are interconnected, explains Harsha Maheshwari, aka Komet, a dance and movement therapy enthusiast. Harsha had started her journey as a dancer and then moved into healing, therapy and mental health awareness.

“I then included dancing and healing in my performances and workshops. My workshops involve a lot of self-awareness activities such as playing a song and asking participants to move and dance in a way that dedicates the dance to their body, rather than another person.

I have noticed that dancing is such a divine art form that it is highly vibratory. Any kind of vibration that can change your mood and get you out of somewhere, which will make you feel so much better. While dancing, you are not just venting it, but you are also creating at the same time. Whether it’s good or bad, you just take it out and create a movement. Dancing brings you back to your basics and makes you feel like it’s normal for you to move and heal in a certain way, ”says Harsha.

In a regular dance class, the teachers may or may not talk to you, their priority would be to teach you the dance forms, know the choreography and off you go, says Harsha. “In a dance movement class, it’s so about you; you are in the center. The teachers would try to get the most organic movement out of you. When you walk in and out of a dance movement class, you will see a difference, ”she adds.

Sehar Ali, a holistic counseling psychologist, uses art as a means of expression and creativity. She has been a consulting psychologist for the past 18 years. “Creative art and movement in therapy is very liberating and cathartic for anyone who paints because it is not about their artistic ability and talent; it’s more about getting in touch with your creative energy and healing using art as a medium.
In ordinary art, there are a lot of rules that people start to worry about, but when it comes to art and movement in therapy, you can use your own strokes and draw however you want ”, explains Sehar.

CODA review: Emilia Jones ran high emotional quotient family drama with poignant performances



CODA Distribution: Emilia Jones, Eugenio Derbez, Troy Kotsur, Marlee Matlin

CODA Director: Sian Heder

Streaming platform: Apple TV +

CODA stars: 3.5 / 5

As humans we take most things for granted and one of them is also our ability to not only have a voice but to use it. In one of Sian Heder’s scenes CODA, we’re left to ponder with that same question when Ruby Rossi (Emilia Jones) choir teacher Bernardo Villalobos (Eugenio Derbez) says, “There are plenty of lovely voices that have nothing to say.” It’s one of the many introspective moments this film will leave you with as you get drawn into the story of the Rossi family and their teenage CODA (child of deaf adults), Ruby.

CODA, which is adapted from the French film, The Aries Family (2014) will leave you crying until the moment you reach the climax of the movie. To put the film in a simple fork of a coming-of-age genre would be unfair to the film’s powerful performances which transport it through different genres ranging from a full family drama with comedic relief that shines through to the most moments. unexpected.

In CODA, Emilia Jones’ Ruby must make the difficult choice between her family and her new musical dream as she finds a way to use the voice that remains muffled at home amidst her hearing-impaired parents, Father Frank Rossi ( Troy Kotsur, mother Jackie Rossi (Marlee Matlin) and brother Leo (Daniel Durant). As Ruby realizes she is destined to sing, as her family’s performer, she also has to deal with a crisis as their fishing business is experiencing a setback due to changing government rules and a disabled system that does not do enough to support deaf people and their businesses through all arrangements.The film relies on shuttles between Ruby and the guilt of her family as they try to hold on in more serious situations.

Sure, CODA has a story that sounds stereotypical and has a hangover from other teen dramas such as the 2016 film, The edge of seventeen but there is one thing that cannot be taken away from this film and that is its treatment. It’s no surprise that Heder’s film took top honors at the Sundance Film Festival this year and also has a strong buzz at the Oscars.

One of the film’s biggest assets happens to be its lead star, Emilia Jones, who breathes life into the character of Ruby with a lot more nuance than the run-of-the-mill teenage portrayal we often get with youth-focused films. adult. To match Jones’ talents, there’s also the Rossi family with Troy Kotsur, Marlee Matlin and Daniel Durant all bringing their A-game. It’s hard not to take their family dynamics seriously, whether it’s the fun jokes on Tinder or the sex education class Kotsur’s character gives in sign language after Ruby’s male friend, Miles (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) ends up in Rossi’s chaotic house.

What Sian’s script does skillfully is that it gives viewers silences of the Rossi family who speak more and do not need any sign language interpretation. It’s as smart as the name of the film which delivers two senses and beyond its acronym, it is also the summation of the pieces of the film coming together towards the end, like a musical coda, which simply means a passage which ends a piece. In a heartbreaking climax, Ruby’s coda comes to her performance of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now, which finds absolutely new meaning when placed in the context of the Rossi family.

A few dramatic high school shots make their way into this film as well, they manage to remain the only points that seem to remind us of how high the film goes up on the formula and a script we know far too well but also makes us realize how everything is not predictable after all.

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Sian Heder builds a movie knowing he will touch hearts on a human level than any of his technically designed moments. Kind of like what one might say about Lee Isaac Chung Minari, the film remains faithful to a unique family experience. Of course, the latter has a broader commentary to offer. As for CODA however, it is mostly about the Rossi family and their manners. From the heart to heart of Ruby with her mother on whether she would have been happier if her daughter had been deaf to the film’s wonderful opening sequence which shows Emilia’s Ruby indulging in a carefree singing jig, it’s the heart and the emotion in each image that make it an irresistible watch.

Emilia Jones is a revelation and her journey seems to have only just begun. Beware of Emilia becoming a favorite for roles that would end up in the same space as Saoirse Ronan. As for the film, with all of its stereotypical pitfalls, Heder presents a tasty film in emotional authenticity. It is a family drama with a lesson on the adult who brings pure voices, making an off-screen point on the representation for deaf actors (case example, the casting of Troy Kotsur, Marlee Matlin and Daniel Durant) and an onscreen lesson on never letting his voice fade under any circumstances.

Overview of COVID-19 Fall 2021 Books


For a certain time this spring it was as if we could have turned a corner. Things seemed to be entering a new phase that I considered “pre-post-COVID”. The disrupted routines and ambient tension of the previous year have not gone away. But the masks started to come off, and you might imagine being able to refer to the pandemic in the past without a tempting sense of fate.

Three or four months later, the pre-post-COVID era seems to continue indefinitely. The worst is over, hopefully, but intensive care units are again overcrowded. It’s reasonable to make travel plans for November or December, but not without a pang of heart. I can’t stop remembering a scene from comedian and musician Bo Burnham’s Netflix special Inside. A one-man multimedia production that he created in isolation during confinement, it would earn him a place in posterity if only for the song “Welcome to the Internet.” Inside never explicitly mentions the coronavirus, but brilliantly evokes the number of people who have faced it. (Or didn’t, sometimes.)

The part I have in mind comes in a Sesame Street-style skit featuring a sock puppet with a decidedly awakened take on how the world works. Burnham asks him where he was. “I have been where I always am when you are not carrying me on your hand,” Socko replies. “In a frightening liminal space between states of being – not quite dead, not quite alive. It’s similar to a constant state of sleep paralysis!”

This is the pre-post-COVID condition, okay – stuck between states of being. A number of scholarly press titles take advantage of this uncertain time to assess the situation, often with a view to considering what might ensue. Here is a brief overview of a few of them.

Doreen Dodgen-Magee Reboot: Designing a Healthy Post-Pandemic Life (Rowman & Littlefield, October) suggest that “over a year [spent] too dependent on our technology, unable to spend time safely socially and in relation to others “has exacerbated social anxiety and” the tendency to avoid embarrassment in embodied spaces [that] were increasing before the pandemic. “Studies have confirmed that face-to-face interaction is necessary for human development, so that” the social isolation from which we come will have profound and lasting effects on us, unless we actively work to re-enter the community. living healthily. “The enormous cult following Burnham’s special in just two months is largely a matter of focusing on these concerns. The author seems considerably more optimistic. She proposes that” the daily reopening to the world in – a person’s life “can be channeled into” creating[ing] healthier relationships with technology, our social connections and ourselves. (The passages quoted here and below are taken from publicity material for the respective titles.)

In You bet your life: from blood transfusions to mass vaccination, the long and risky history of medical innovation (Basic Books, September), Paul A. Offit, MD, assesses four centuries of efforts to introduce new treatments. His chronicle of “the tortured relationship between intellectual advancement, political realities and human weaknesses” emphasizes that “understanding risks is crucial to knowing whether, as a society or as individuals, we accept them”. The recent experience “has shown us, with its debates on containments, masks and vaccines, how easy it is to go wrong.”

Foresight is not enough. Sandro Galea Contagion next time (Oxford University Press, October) takes into account that no one has predicted when and where the COVID pandemic will strike. But “we knew that a pandemic would strike sooner or later” and that the extremes of “racism, marginalization [and] socio-economic inequalities “were expected to worsen the impact when they arose. The lesson that” failure to tackle these forces has made us vulnerable to COVID-19 and the ensuing global health crisis “should draw attention to “the fundamental forces that shape health in our society and how we can strengthen them to prevent the next epidemic from turning into a pandemic. “

Quite true. But demagoguery after the fact is so much easier. Zhou Xun and Sander L. Gilman’s I know who caused COVID-19 “: Pandemics and xenophobia (Reaktion, October) examines four cases of how specific groups have been targeted as having “caused and spread” the coronavirus: “residents of Wuhan and black African communities in China; ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in the US, UK and Israel; African Americans in the United States and black / Asian / mixed ethnic communities in the United Kingdom; and right-wing white groups in the United States and Europe. The comparative study examines “the stereotypes and false attribution of blame towards these groups, as well as what happens when a collective is really at fault.”

As a genre of scholarly publishing, the collection of multi-author articles seems particularly suited to responding to a complex global situation. Mohammad Gharipour and Caitlin DeClercq, editors of Epidemic urbanism: contagious diseases in cities around the world (Intellect Books, December), bring together contributors from “history, public health, sociology, anthropology and medicine” to examine “how cities are not only the primary places of exposure and quarantine but also the site and the intervention instrument ”.

Contributors to Exposures to the pandemic: economy and society in the time of the coronavirus (HAU, distributed by University of Chicago Press, November), edited by Didier Fassin and Marion Fourcade, take up “the complexity of the entanglements that the crisis has created and revealed not only between health and wealth but also around morality, knowledge, of governance, culture and daily subsistence. “The viral legacy is one of the” disruptions “that” have both accelerated the rise of new social divisions and hardened old inequalities and dilemmas. “

Drawing attention to the prospects for humanities in China, Jiang Jiehong The otherness of everyday life: twelve conversations from the Chinese art world during the Covid-19 pandemic (Intellect Books, also distributed by the University of Chicago Press, July) collects dialogues with personalities from “anthropology, architecture, art, conservation, fashion, film, literature, media, museums, music and photography ”as they responded to the crisis in the summer of 2020. Participants“ explore the threat of the invisible; notions of distance and spatialization, separation and isolation, communication and mobility, discipline and surveillance, and community and collective; and China’s changing relationship with the rest of the world ”.

To finish, two volumes take up the pandemic as a case of systemic crisis requiring systemic responses undertaken with very uneven success. Based on “years of working alongside public health and resilience experts to develop policies to prepare for both pandemics and climate change,” Alice C. Hill’s The fight for the climate after COVID-19 (Oxford University Press, August) considers the pandemic and climate change to be a “threat multiplier[s], increasing vulnerability to damage, economic impoverishment and the collapse of social systems ”, with“ deep uncertainty as to when they will happen, how they will unfold and how much damage they will cause ”. The author “exposes parallels between the measures governments should have taken to contain the spread of COVID-19 – such as early actions, cross-border planning and strengthening emergency preparedness – and the measures leaders can take now to mitigate the impacts of climate change. “

Likewise, Danielle Allen Democracy in the time of the coronavirus (University of Chicago Press, September) highlights how the pandemic exposed “our government’s failure to rapidly develop and implement strategies to trace and contain epidemics as well as widespread public distrust of government provoked by often confusing and contradictory choices “. The challenge, as the author understands it, is to establish “a more resilient democratic regime … that can better respond to both the current pandemic and future crises.”

She pleads “for the relative effectiveness of collaborative federalism over authoritarian constraint and for the unifying power of a common cause.” No Exit.”

Mustang Advisors Review: Debt Consolidation Program Gets An A +


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Are you more and more in debt?

If so, you are not alone. The pandemic has created a need to repay debt like we have never seen before. You should compare credit card refinancing to debt consolidation services. You should consider all types of credit card relief.

If you are trying to study the pros and cons of debt consolidation, you are not alone. In fact, you are in good company as consumer debt is now well over $ 14 trillion. It’s probably safe to say that countless consumers are looking for debt relief options besides you. There is therefore no need to be discouraged.

Here are the pros and cons of debt consolidation that you should consider.

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Pros and Cons of Debt Consolidation – The Good News

Easier debt management

Easier debt management is a possible benefit with debt consolidation. Since debt consolidation works by taking out a loan that combines all of your loans into one sum, paying off can be less stressful. You only need to pay one amount instead of multiple payments each month.

Lower interest

If you have a good deal, then you can take advantage of a lower average interest rate for all of your debts combined. Your chances of getting a lower interest rate depend on your debt consolidation company’s negotiating skills, your credit score, and your creditors’ willingness to cooperate.

The possibility of a lower interest rate emerges as one of the main advantages and disadvantages of debt consolidation. Of course, you may not necessarily be able to benefit from a lower interest rate. But more on that later.

Better use of credit cards

Credit card refinancing is a key factor in your credit score. With debt consolidation, you can reduce your credit card balances and thus improve your credit utilization rate. As you continue to pay off your debts, your card balances will decrease and therefore the credit utilization rate will also decrease. Your credit score will increase accordingly.

Thus, you could increase your credit score if you strictly follow the payment schedule of your debt consolidation plan. This is another of the main pros and cons of debt consolidation to know about.

Pros and Cons of Debt Consolidation – The Bad News

You still need to change your financial habits

A debt consolidation loan is not a magic elixir for your financial woes. It won’t change your financial habits – the very factors that led to high debt in the first place.

In order for debt consolidation to work, you will need to make some serious changes in your financial habits. Instill good habits like spending less and saving more. Make sure you read plenty about good financial habits to boost motivation and find out how it’s done.

You may need to turn to a debt counseling agency to help you with your financial habits. They can contact you and advise you on adopting sound financial habits. They will probably have helped many others before you and could benefit you if you cooperate.

The financial knowledge you gain in this way could help you get out of your current situation. You will of course have to pay extra for the counseling service.

As explained above, a good debt counseling agency can help you develop better financial habits. But even with such a program in place, you should still do your own research to find other ways to boost your financial situation.

Could harm your credit score

If you are successful in negotiating better terms with your creditors, they will most likely report it to the credit bureaus. It will go on your credit report.

If you miss your payments, it will impact your credit score. But if you pay rigorously on schedule, it will ultimately improve your credit score.

Fees and scams

You have to watch out for hidden fees and charges. Make sure you read the entire deal to make sure you’re getting a good deal. Find out about anything that is not clear. Read the fine print and make sure you know everything about the deal.

To reduce your costs, it is advisable to opt for non-profit debt consolidation companies. You should also do your research to find out the quality of their service, their customer satisfaction and their success rate.

And beware of debt consolidation scams. As with all other legitimate businesses, there are debt consolidation scams. Some of these scams can be subtle and not so obvious. But they can still end up hurting you if you miss them. Beware of old stuff like the fine print, nebulous contract language, and vague terms that seem ambiguous. To mitigate the risk of scams, avoid commercial services. Also, nonprofits often charge lower fees.

Waste of time

Hurry up. When you register with a debt consolidation company, they may ask you to stop paying creditors until negotiations are complete. But these negotiations can go on for weeks without any resolution or results. Creditors are not obligated to cooperate with debt consolidation. In fact, it might be their policy to avoid any interaction with such companies. This is a major drawback among the pros and cons of debt consolidation that deserves attention.

If the negotiation phase doesn’t work, you can end up suffering big damage to your credit score, accumulating interest, and a greater possibility of lawsuits by creditors – all for nothing.


Failure to get a lower interest rate

The main benefit of debt consolidation is to reduce the interest rate. Besides your luck, a lot of it depends on your credit score, the tactics of your debt consolidation business, and the willingness of your creditors to provide leeway.

Without a lower interest rate, debt consolidation is largely futile. This is another major pitfall to think about when thinking about the pros and cons of debt consolidation.

To fully understand the pros and cons of debt consolidation based on your particular situation, it is best to seek advice from a financial advisor.

Faculty of Medicine researchers receive awards from the John R. Evans Leaders Fund


Recipients of the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (clockwise): Dr Ali Bashashati, Dr Anna Blakney, Dr Ethan Greenblatt, Dr Jonathan Rayment, Dr Jackie Whittaker, Dr Tamara Vanderwal and Dr Julia Schmidt.

Researchers in the medical school have received funding from the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

They are among a number of UBC researchers who have collectively received more than $ 5.7 million in funding for 37 projects.

The JELF Awards were announced by the Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, as part of a larger announcement of more than $ 77 million to support 332 projects of research infrastructure in 50 universities across the country. This contribution will help universities attract and retain the best researchers.

The announced results include the funding rounds of November 2020, March 2021 and June 2021.

The recipients of the Faculty of Medicine and their projects:

    • Ali Bashashati, School of Biomedical Engineering
      AI-based platform to translate precision medicine findings into female cancers
      Price: $ 325,000
    • Anna Blakney, School of Biomedical Engineering
      RNA Improvement and Clinical Translation Platform (REACT)
      Price: $ 125,000
    • Dr Ethan Greenblatt, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
      The RNA Regulation Laboratory (RRL): A platform to discover the roles of RNA regulation in autism spectrum disorders
      Price: $ 220,000
    • Dr Jonathan Rayment, Department of Pediatrics
      Pediatric Hyperpolarized 129 Xenon Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
      $ 200,000 (5 years)
    • Dr. Julia Schmidt, Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy
      Innovations for brain injury rehabilitation
      Price: $ 120,596
    • Dr Tamara Vanderwal, Department of Psychiatry
      Naturalistic neuroimaging of psychiatric disorders in children
      Price: $ 124,319
    • Dr Jackie Whittaker, Department of Physiotherapy
      Musculoskeletal health and mobility laboratory infrastructure
      Price: $ 125,000

The Beat (Drum Circle) continues to Vista del Monte


The Beat (Drum Circle) continues to Vista del Monte

Musical groups punctuate the residents of this retirement community in Hidden Valley

By Leslie Dinaberg

The Drumming Group at the Vista Del Monte Retirement Community. | Credit: Erick Madrid

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the spirit, a flight to the imagination and life to everything.


“Rhythm is the soul of life. The whole universe turns in rhythm. Everything and every human action turns in rhythm.

—Babatunde Olatunji

People of all ages benefit from music therapy, with particularly positive changes for people with autism; visual, motor, emotional, hearing or cognitive disabilities; or high stress levels. With these benefits in mind, the residents and staff of Summer House, which is the memory care unit of the Vista del Monte Retirement Community (vistadelmonte.org) – regularly participates in drum circles.

“The sound waves and the sound of the drums and the feel of the drums are very powerful for those with cognitive problems,” said Helene Hellstern, director of life enrichment for Vista del Monte, where residents meet in a common area called The Alcove. every Tuesday and Thursday. “When we tell people that we are doing a drum circle, they are very willing to participate in this activity, and we usually have at least a dozen people if not more.”

First, there are exercises to warm up your hands and give yourself energy. Next, Hellstern uses a 70-inch computer screen to broadcast images of nature or a particularly stimulating country or culture. “Then we start drumming,” she said, explaining that the groups are usually led by Karen Rojas. “We’re just going to do different rhythms and have residents repeat them. And we always integrate the fact that the residents do their own little rhythm, and so it’s just one person doing their own rhythm and we all repeat it.

The Vista del Monte Drum Circle keeps residents engaged and active. | Credit: Erick Madrid

Music, exposure to the community, and physical activity are all beneficial. “A lot of our residents have mobility issues or aren’t ambulatory, so we tend to just use hand movements, although if people want to stomp their feet that’s definitely encouraged,” Hellstern said. “The movement of the arms or the drum itself is a very good movement. It energizes the whole body and the sound waves because the drum is on their body, they feel it as well as they hear it.

And there is scientific data on how it helps people with memory problems. “They determined that music in particular triggers most areas of the brain,” she said. “And not just the drums, but other music often triggers their long-term memory.”

Drums have also become a tool for therapy beyond the circles. “Sometimes we just take out the drums if what we planned doesn’t quite work – everyone reacts very well to that,” she said. “A truly holistic approach to healing, group drumming breaks down social barriers, promotes freedom of speech, non-verbal communication, unity and cooperation. “

To see vistadelmonte.org.

Cork opera singer Sinéad Ní Mhurchú selects her favorite music, playing and viewing options


Sinéad Ní Mhurchú is a Cork soprano who has performed in opera and concerts in her country and abroad. As part of Magic Nights by the Lee, she will perform a selection of opera arias at Glen River Park on Saturday, September 4, in a lineup that includes Keith Pascoe of the Vanbrugh String Quartet and singer-songwriter Jack O ‘Rourke. Sinéad is married with two daughters and teaches at Cork City Music College.

Half of a yellow sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. A brilliant story weave and vibrant characters let you feel the true emotional impact of the horrors of war. A work of fiction based on real facts and first-hand accounts.

Best recent film

The films of the Covid era were very family-oriented (suffice to say, I know ALL Marvel characters by name!). That said, Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems stands out in recent memory as something thrilling in terms of pace and intensity – up there with Whiplash for dry mouth and adrenaline discomfort.

Best recent show / concert you have seen

The streaming concerts left me a little sad and eager, and very grateful for the reality, as a live performance is an experience that I don’t think I can properly portray on screen. Before confinement, I could hear Anita Rachsvelishvilli sing Amneris (Verdi’s Aïda) in Verona. It was a visceral experience – totally unforgettable.

Best song you have listened to recently (new or old)

Blood on the rails. I’m a latecomer to Dylan, among others, having long been obsessed with opera and classical. As my tooth grows, I understand better the urgency of his message. On the other hand, I fell in love with Cesaria Evora again. Its ambiance was the perfect backdrop for our recent heat wave – evoking sunsets, holiday cocktails, the smells and sounds of hot summer nights.

First piece of music that really moved you

I distinctly remember a performance of Peter and the Wolf at Town Hall when I was a child and I was delighted by the characters having their own instrument or motif. However, it was through the Dead Poets’ Society with Robin Williams that I discovered the Adagio of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.5. I was captivated by its breathtaking beauty and simplicity.

The best opera production you have ever seen

John O’Brien’s treatment of I Pagliacci in The Everyman. I mean, talking about overturning opera and recalibrating the art form to be a completely immersive experience for the audience. His innovation brought the wow factor to Cork Opera House.

Watch television

Unorthodox on Netflix sparked a fascination (in Yiddish) for similar stories of religious oppression and rebellion within ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities. Also, Call My Agent was such a great idea for a series – a real who’s who of French cinema, that made me laugh.

Listening to radio and / or podcasts

In the car, I listen to Lyric FM unless it’s John Creedon. It educates my ear and soothes my soul in equal measure. For the school run, I cried listening to heartbreaking stories about Joe Duffy, but mostly I cried laughing – Joe pisses me off fiercely!

I dive into podcasts that try to figure out what it’s all about: Pat Divilly, Russell Brand, How to Fail with Elizabeth Day, and a bit of Motherfoclóir with Darach Ó Séaghadha.

You are in the cast of the opera of your dreams – who would be the three living singers?

Lise Davidsen, Anita Rachsvelishvilli, Piotr Beczala – I would listen to any of them sing just about anything but I would settle for all three in Verdi’s Il Trovatore.

Your Best Celebrity Dating

I spent a summer aupairing in Paris at the time. As it turned out they were celebrities and their friend was Omar Sharif, hence the afternoons spent in a swimming pool in Deauville feasting on his Hollywood adventures and what it was like to play in front of Barbra Streisand! There were pictures; my mother was delighted.

You can refer to any cultural event or musical era – where, when and why?

Paris in the 1920s – to experience the raw energy of the Roaring Twenties, the birth of European jazz, the culture of cafes in “the navel of the world”.

You are the queen of the art scene for a day, what is your first decree?

May the arts be treated as a source of air for the human soul and not just as an afterthought as we are seeing with this pandemic. Let music be a core curriculum from the early years with tuition, instrument and support for each child. This is after having overhauled the entire system to ensure a minimum living wage for creatives, at least equal to the European average.

After all, what got people through the dark days of Covid? Now where’s my magic wand …

MJMK announces a new Nuno Mendes restaurant and a permanent AngloThai site


he restaurant group behind last year’s successful Mexican opening, Kol, keeps busy announcing three new projects, including Nuno Mendes’ new restaurant, with the chef who made Chiltern Firehouse a successful return to London after a few years of absence.

Mendes, who although linked to the fire station has not cooked there for several years, will open his new restaurant in the first half of 2022. For now, details are scarce but the idiosyncratic style of the Portuguese chef should dominate, and the restaurant will aim to showcase the cuisine and restaurant style popular in Lisbon. A name has not yet been decided.

When it opened, Mendes had been heavily involved in a London scene for two years; he left his latest project, Shoreditch’s Mãos, in February of last year. Since then he has been involved in various projects abroad, mainly in his hometown of Lisbon.

The chef was persuaded to return to the capital by MJMK restaurants, originally the Kol and Algarve inspired chicken restaurants, Casa do Frango. Marco Mendes (no parent), who co-founded MJMK, said of the news: “[Nuno] is someone who has inspired us for a long time and enjoys an excellent reputation in the industry – and rightly so. Considering our mutual ties with Portugal, we always have a lot to talk about and it’s great to have found someone who is so aligned with our own ambitions; every time we speak we seem to be on the same line and that creates a great working relationship.

“As a true Lisboner, Nuno really captures the essence of Lisbon, knows the city a lot – not just its food, but all of its culture and spirit, and that’s very impressive.”

Along with the announcement of Nuno’s new opening, MJMK is also launching AngloThai’s first permanent incarnation, the husband-and-wife team John and Desiree Chantarasak project. After a series of suppers and festival appearances, the Chantarasaks will be opening their new home in central London early next year. It will, unsurprisingly, be a continuation of their current half-British, half-Thai concept – inspired by John Chantarasak’s past – where ingredients from the United Kingdom are used to cook Thai dishes, accompanied by a list of natural wines with low intervention. .

Major projects: Jake Kasumov and Marco Mendes from MJMK

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Ahead of the opening, the couple will be hosting a series of small dinners, dubbed AngloThai Baan, at their own south London home, which should give some idea of ​​what they are up to. MJMK did something similar with Chef Kol Santiago Lastra, improving his profile in the UK ahead of the opening of the Marylebone site.

Before either, the group first opens a “very personal project”, a new Cuban-inspired bar just off Oxford Circus. Named after one of Havana’s most famous streets, La Rampa bar will open in the market square one week from today, August 16. The goal, according to MJMK, is to open an authentic Cuban-style place; Mendes’ business partner Jake Kasumov spent his youth in the country and said he was determined not to open up a culture pastiche. He said: “I lived in Cuba until I was six and my father spent most of his life in Havana, which means I traveled there often throughout my life. life.

“I have always been in love with Cuba’s cultural heritage, but I find it has often been distorted by cultural appropriation abroad. Marco and I are passionate about bringing Havana’s beautiful history to life in a way that celebrates the country’s authentic food, drink and design. ”

Cuban Classics: Bar La Rampa doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel, but rather represents the country’s culture in an authentic way

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The cocktail list was compiled by Marcis Dzelzainis – the name may be familiar to Londoners from his times at Sager + Wilde, 69 Colebrooke Row, Satan’s Whiskers and Dandelyan, who is said to be a frequent traveler to Cuba. The list will focus on Cuban classics – mojitos, daiquiris and others – with a particular emphasis on rum. The menu was designed by Ana Gonçalves and Zijun Meng from TÄ€TÄ€ Eatery restaurant. Live music will also be in the spotlight.

Mendes said of the news: “Jake’s Cuban heritage makes Bar La Rampa a very personal project for us. Being able to bring an authentic Cuban experience to London is very exciting. We are not reinventing the wheel, the drinks are absolute classics, served as they would be in the bars of Havana.

“We’ll have live music twice a week, from Cuban bands, so it should get pretty lively – after the year we’ve all had, London looks set for a party.”

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While the federal government has sketched out the categories of companies most likely to be able to tax vaccines (aviation, healthcare, essential retail) under existing industrial law, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has so far firmly resisted pressure from business groups to provide clear legal protection. to companies that choose to use the law.

“We are not looking to impose vaccines,” Morrison said when asked if the government would compensate companies as it has promised to do for general practitioners who deliver vaccines.

“It is not government policy. This is not how Australia has conducted successful vaccination programs in the past.

“We are not going to seek to impose a compulsory vaccination program by the government on the sly.


“Now I indicated on Friday that there are already powers that employers have, both in terms of legal guidelines [and] reasonable instructions to their employees. Likewise, business owners have property rights over who they can allow to enter and leave their premises. These property rights, these powers that they have for their employees already exist.

Health Minister Greg Hunt insisted that all elderly care facilities have their staff vaccinated by mid-September, but noted waivers could be granted.

“Every senior care facility in Australia should and on the advice I have a plan to complete this vaccination process during the period by mid-September,” Mr Hunt said.

“In particular, as part of this, there is also a provision on exceptional circumstances which if there was a barrier such as for example a lockdown that prevented workers from getting vaccinated.”

In fact, this provision is broader and refers to areas where the vaccine supply may be insufficient to allow all workers in an elderly care facility to be vaccinated.

So far, just over half of elderly caregivers have received at least one vaccine against the coronavirus.

The Prime Minister did not directly respond to whether it is time for elderly care providers to start firing staff who refused to be vaccinated to ensure they had time to ” hire new staff in time for September.

Above & Beyond Drops Dates for 2022 Group Therapy Weekend


Get ready Anjunafamily! Above & Beyond just announced that Group Therapy Weekender is set to return to The Gorge in July 2022.

If there is one thing that Above and beyond have become known over the years beyond their music, it’s their ability to cultivate a thriving community and organize fantastic experiences that they can attend. While many people wish to flock to their landmark storefronts from around the world, in 2019 they organized one of the most unique expeditions for the Anjuna family to date, Group therapy weekend.

Continuing with vibrations similar to those of their flagship ABGT250 show at The throats, the first edition of the event quickly became the talk of the city as its stacked lineup played in full force and many memories were created along the way. While they originally announced the return of Group Therapy Weekender in 2021, the pandemic turned out to upset their plans – but today they’re back on track with dates set for July 23-24, 2022.

Related: Want To Dig Deeper Group therapy after the album hit its 10th anniversary? Check out our article highlighting the massive release of Above & Beyond.

Announced at the end of the most recent edition of Group Therapy Radio (ABGT445) after a fantastic mix from Joseph Ray, Above & Beyond’s Tony McGuinness took the mic to provide an update on ABGT450 and Anjunadeep Open Air London – but also dropped early details from Group Therapy Weekender. “And great news, we are delighted to be returning to The Gorge next year for another weekend of group therapy,” he said before dropping dates and more details to come.

Sign up for more updates on Group Therapy Weekender 2022 via their website and stay tuned for more details on the next edition. We are sure it will be quite a magical experience.

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Grant Gilmore’s authoritative voice as a media professional lends an unusual credibility to EDM journalism. As the founder of EDM Identity, he has indeed raised the bar when it comes to coverage of the biggest youth cultural phenomenon of the past decade. After ten years of working for the nonprofit Pro Player Foundation, Gilmore launched EDM Identity as a medium providing accurate, informative coverage of the rave scene and electronic music as a whole. Although they cover a full subject, they have taken special care in interviewing Armin van Buuren, Adventure Club, Gorgon City, Lane 8 and Afrojack. Along with familiar names, they’ve also highlighted unsung heroes in the industry through their ID Spotlight segment. Whether he’s covering it or not, expect Grant Gilmore to attend the next big electronic music event. To know the rest of his itinerary, follow him via the social links below.

YENDRY hesitates to like on ‘YOU’ and more in this week’s new music

This is a weekly compilation small reviews of songs and EPs from our musical authors. Discover new favorites, read nuanced reviews of the hottest releases of the week, and more. Follow our playlist containing these songs and more on Spotify or Apple Music.

Rincon Sapiência – “Todo Canto”

In recent years, Rincon Sapiência has made a name for himself in Brazilian hip-hop thanks to his unstoppable thirst for musical creation and numerous dancing and catchy releases. In “Todo Canto”, however, he delivers a dark track with aggressive lines, exploring a path that sounds good in his spitting bar. The sinister violins and crispy snares starring in his new song are inspired by the vaguely dark and pop ensemble of Pop Smoke and, more recently, “Body” by Russ Williams and Tion Wayne. But under Rincon’s rapper-slash-producer goals, rhythm is much more of a field where he can play with words and double meanings, a typical aspect of his pen playing. It’s like the title of the song itself, an Afro-centric motto that means both everywhere and every song. -Felipe Maia

YEИDRY feat. Damian Marley – “You”

It can be difficult to keep up with YEИDRY’s exploits these days. From a promise to come to one of the next big things in pop music, the Dominican-Italian singer has worked at a globetrotting pace, paving the way for new releases and hit songs around the world. whole in the last few months. In her latest stop, Jamaica, she sits alongside reggae master Damian Marley in the loving and teasing lyrics to “YOU”. Showing a much softer tone of his vocals, YEИDRY skims over an icy overdub beat as Damian abandons his MCing style with Kingston toaster tips. It’s a question-and-answer game ready to surpass a few late summer playlists and playlists. -Felipe Maia

Victor Internet – “One day”

“One day.” The homecoming dance number will definitely put you on your feet. But lyrically, Victor isn’t holding back at all, as he calls out a girl in his life for sucking joy out of everything with his self-centered attitude. You will soon be singing “I need an intervention” and you will definitely love it. -Cheky

Geo Equihua – “La Barca”

In a world that is in desperate need of tenderness, Geo EquihuaThe new single from “La Barca” comes as a welcome antidote. Extract from his next EP Yo Soy Mi Casa, the song is a calm electronic lullaby that gently cradles us like waves in the sea, as the Mexican artist dedicates beautiful words to the motherly love that makes us cry. -Cheky

Dos Santos – “City of Mirrors”

Love letter to Puerto Rico after the natural disasters that have rocked the country in recent years, Dos Santos of Chicago invokes the ghost of Gabriel García Marquez to express his anger and sadness. The band takes a salsa groove and infuses it with acid rock influences to transform it into a soulful song without sacrificing warmth. By keeping the groove slow and the instrumentation organic, Dos Santos manages to empathize with a painful memory that remains very palpable. -Marcos Hassan

Madi Diaz – “Resentment”

In the video for “Resentment”, singer-songwriter Madi Diaz walks through a dumping ground, a setting that is not grandiose but perfectly reflects the song’s themes. There is something very cathartic about Diaz’s weightless voice, and the understated arrangements help express how breakups can make it seem like everything is falling apart. “Resentment” is like stepping out of the wreckage and having hope that the light at the end of the tunnel might signal a bright future. -Marcos Hassan

Mare Advertencia Lirica + Son Rompe Pera + Ali Gua Gua – “Ay Que Cumbión”

The excitement of Cumbia across the country! ” Yes ! Ke Cumbión ”, the latest single from Mexican cumbia, rock and electronic agitator Ali Gua Gua is a steadfast new jam combining hedonistic grooves from Mexico City, Veracruz and Oaxaca. Recruit the talents propelled by the marimba of Son Rompe Pera, brilliant production by DJ Rambon and incisive bars by Mare Advertencia Lírica, the hypnotic track imbues all the bawdy attitude of your favorite sonidero with a good dose of community heart. -Richard Villegas

Norwegian – “Anestesia”

Norwegian astronomers from Guadalajara are back with a scary new single titled “Anestesia”; a frizzy-haired angst bomb drenched in black basslines and spectral moans that will spark thousands of gothic dances. Building an immersive sound wall on distortion pedal and buzzing drums, the band unleashes guitar riffs high enough to cut through the haze of any grief that haunts their hearts. -Richard Villegas

Omar Apollo – “California Dreamin ‘”

Omar Apollo picks up the classic “California Dreamin ‘” from The Mama and Papas for its latest release as part of Spotify’s Singles series. His cover choice, the singer-songwriter quotes in a statement, was inspired by his obsession with the song via its fascinating use in Wong Kar-Wai. Chunking Express. Recorded at the East West Studios in Los Angeles, the same studio as the original, the reimagined interpretation of Apollo carries the same spellbound spirit while transforming the famous sunny folk-pop song into a hazy, seraphic acoustic serenade. -Jeanette Diaz

Marcos G – “The Lights Are Going Down”

With the release of his latest EP To look for something, Marcos G delivers his first single and visuals for “Lights Coming Down”. A fluid and fluid melody driven by the guitar freezes with his soulful voice which is lost in the imagination of nostalgic memories. As the song progresses and its emotional build-up intensifies, the rhythmic composition which is imbued with glimpses of the influence of 2000s R&B songwriters, electronic synths and advanced Latin percussion. -Jeanette Diaz

Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas has brain tumor surgery


Michael Tilson Thomas, the Los Angeles-born conductor who served as musical director of the San Francisco Symphony for 25 years, is recovering from a successful operation to remove a brain tumor, his representative said on Friday.

Tilson Thomas has had surgery on an undisclosed date and will be in therapy for several months. The conductor’s previously scheduled public appearances will be canceled until November, including performances with the National Symphony Orchestra for the Kennedy Center’s 50th anniversary and with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony in Miami Beach and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

“I deeply regret that I missed projects that I had high expectations for,” Tilson Thomas said in a statement. “I can’t wait to see everyone again in November.

Tilson Thomas, affectionately known as MTT, maintained a deep connection to the West Coast, serving seven times as Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival, while serving as Deputy Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and later in as Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1981 to 1985, he was the Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Two years later, he founded the New World Symphony orchestral academy.

A gifted pianist known for his exuberant compositions and dynamic interpretations of Gustav Mahler, Tilson Thomas became the 11th Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony in 1995. He stepped down from that post after the 2019-2020 season and was named award-winning Music Director of the organization.

Harmonizing for health: a choir of patients with Parkinson’s disease


Editor’s Note: GHN is reprinting this 2019 article in tribute to its author, Judi Kanne, a recently deceased Atlanta freelance journalist and nurse.

Singing is nothing new to Mike Shortal, who is 81 years old and lives in Sandy Springs. He loves music and says being a member of a choir has long been one of the joys of his life.

“I became an engineer because I knew I couldn’t make a career in music, but I always tried to be in one choir or another,” he says.

His passion for singing is one of the reasons he took the news so hard when, at 73, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

“It was a difficult diagnosis to accept,” he says.

Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that gradually affects the way the body works. At first, this can lead to stiffness and difficulty walking, balancing, and coordinating. As the disease progresses, the vocal cords, as well as the ability to swallow, are affected. In addition, mental and behavioral changes including sleep problems, depression, memory, and fatigue can ensue.

Symptoms usually progress slowly. Ultimately, involuntary tremors of the hands, arms, legs, jaw, and tongue can accompany slow movement and signs of stiffness, making life with the degenerative disease increasingly difficult.

As one can guess, it was the prospect of vocal issues that made Shortal’s initial diagnosis so distressing. He had suspected he had Parkinson’s disease even before it was confirmed. But once we were sure he had to reckon with the possibility of becoming unable to sing. He wanted to keep his beloved hobby as long as possible.

Then he heard news that changed his outlook: a therapeutic choral program had been developed in the metro Atlanta area. He would not have to be silenced by his illness.

Shortal got involved and the experience made her life much better than it could have been otherwise.

Three organizations have come together to build the success of this unique choir. Most of the funding comes from the Thanks Mom & Dad Fund, which supports programs and services for the aging population.

Additional funding comes from two other Atlanta-based organizations, the George Center and the Alchemy Sky Foundation. The first offers scholarships to families, organizations and programs that provide music therapy services. The latter works with community organizations to bring the healing power of music to those in need.

A crippling disease

Each year, approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and more than 10 million people worldwide live with the disease.

Parkinson’s disease is generally associated with aging. Although there is an “early” form that strikes people under 50, it is relatively rare. The average age from someone diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease is 56 years old.

Choir director Claire Morison is behind the pulpit; Mike Shortal is to his left in a white shirt.

The combined direct and indirect cost of Parkinson’s disease, including treatment, Social Security payments and lost earnings, is estimated to be nearly $ 52 billion a year in the United States, according to the Parkinson Foundation. Medications alone cost an average of $ 2,500 per year, and therapeutic surgery can cost as much as $ 100,000.

Development director Annie Long of the Parkinson Foundation in Georgia said about 20,600 Parkinson’s patients live in Georgia today.

Parkinson’s disease has been personal for a long time. Her mother was diagnosed a few years ago.

“With Parkinson’s disease, there is so much that is beyond our control that you cannot anticipate,” says Long.

Build the right muscles

A number of research studies support the theory that singing helps strengthen muscles associated with swallowing and respiratory control. And music can reduce signs of stress, mood swings, and feelings of depression.

Based on this correlation, patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and choral groups provide an ideal setting for research programs.


“We’re not trying to make them better singers,” says Elizabeth Stegemöller, of the Iowa State University department of kinesiology and music therapist. As a researcher, she works to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease through music.

Stegemöller’s first goal was to help patients enjoy music while gaining additional facial muscle strength, thereby improving their speaking and swallowing abilities.

Certified music therapist Jamie George says she knows about Stegemöller’s extensive research and hopes the word about music therapy will reach more people than ever before.

“More media coverage will result in the expenditure of additional resources to examine research and science,” said George.

She opened the George Center in 2010 and is happy to help support Singing with Parkinson’s Choir. “Music should be the gold standard in almost any rehabilitation setting,” says George.

George says the “feeling good” part is what makes music therapy accessible and motivating – “that’s why patients initially want to participate”.

Music therapist Claire Morison leads the Singing with Parkinson’s choir. She is also a neurological music therapist by training.

In addition to clients with Parkinson’s disease, the George Center offers music therapy to children and adults with various ailments. This includes people with the autism spectrum, people recovering from traumatic brain injury, people with developmental delays (such as cerebral palsy and Down syndrome), and patients with dementia and post-stroke injury. .

Monica Goodman is another fan of music therapy. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 54, which is unusual, and says she was aware of the symptoms at age 46, which would place her in the ‘early onset’ category. “.

“I have definitely seen an improvement in the quality of life since I started singing,” says Goodman of Canton.

Goodman says speaking can be more difficult at night, but not singing.

She says she has had two intensive speech therapy programs (16 sessions in four weeks) and believes this Parkinson’s choir has been of even greater benefit to her.

“The choir chooses songs that address different types of voice issues,” says Goodman. “For example, we train with warm-up exercises to increase our lung capacity,” she says.

“The director’s goal is to improve the tone, pitch, and quality of our voice, and I believe these singing exercises do just that,” Goodman says.

Choose songs carefully

“We have very specific goals and objectives that relate to the communicative symptoms of Parkinson’s disease,” says Claire Morison, Music Director and Certified Music Therapist. The vocal warm-ups and the music itself are designed to enhance neurological music therapy techniques, she says.

Impaired speech quality and slow speech are problems for many patients with Parkinson’s disease. Morison keeps this in mind and “selects music that will help clients improve their respiratory support, articulation and tone quality, as well as strengthen the muscles that open and close their mouths.”

Morison (left) and George

The choir members just enjoy what they do, Morison says. Most are too focused on the song they are singing to stop and consider how therapeutic the whole process is.

And that’s good, because the choir members experience the music and bond with each other instead of dwelling on their own individual struggles. “We see an incredible amount of camaraderie within the group and positive social interactions,” says Morison.

Of course, any choir is better off when its members get along. But for these singers, socializing with other patients who understand the disease process is a real benefit.

Goodman encourages others with Parkinson’s disease to stay involved in the things that matter to them. In his case, it is the choir of other patients.

“It can be a pretty debilitating condition, and attending Parkinson’s choir rehearsals and recitals makes my day brighter,” she says.

“I love to sing, but honestly I’m terrible,” Goodman adds. “I had never joined a choir or been in a choir group before, but when I come to this class, I never feel like I’m terrible.”

Although she is modest about her own vocal abilities, she says several people in the choir have “awesome voices.”

“I might never sing like Adele,” Goodman says, referring to the acclaimed British artist, “but I am strengthening my voice and improving my quality of life.”

Read our article on Judi Kanne here

Teon Releases New “Do You Wanna” Ft 3fifs Video With Pleasant And Reliable Tunes That Reflect His Emotional Moods


Teon, an aspiring hip-hop artist, comes from WEST PALM BEACH, where the calming vibes of the beach encourage you to put all your worries aside and enjoy the tropical sunlight amidst the American people. He is well known both by his professional name and as the exultant master who has generated several successes. His biggest hit, however, will always be the unusual rap tune. ‘Do you want’ Ft 3fifs. The track has already been streamed a million times. After the highly anticipated release, All In Entertainment and Slip N Slide receive international recognition. With this exclusive interview, he takes the time to discuss his recording experience in the industry. Learn more about your musical idol in this conversation with the one and only native of WEST PALM BEACH. Please visit his YouTube and Instagram profile to stay up to date with all the latest news regarding his new musical creation.

Hello Teon! Congratulations on the colossal popularity of your recent song, and thank you for doing this interview with us!

Q: Fans are very excited about this interview because it involves revolutionary musician Teon. What do you think of your most recent releases?

Reply : Well, the city of West Palm Beach has definitely supported me since the start of this video. I think my new release went really well and the response I got after my first night out of the music video, we had about 200 people showing up, that was good.

Q: …… What do you think of your success?

Reply : Hopefully after working with big names like trick daddy and 3fifs, we can explode a lot.

Q: “Do You Wanna” has received over a million streams. Did that seem strange to you for a little while?

Reply : It was at first, but just seeing my numbers increase day by day has been amazing and the team we have made made it all possible.

Q: I was in deep trouble when I discovered new music releases on YouTube. How did you come up with such original musical concepts?

Reply : Well about 5 years ago I was making music with 3fifs, flyguy and bloopie, and they always told me I had a different sound, so when my producer introduced me to this beat, I knew that was the song that would put me on the Raise.

Q: Your songs use a simple approach that connects two stories. What adjectives would you use to describe your music?

Reply : Gravitating.

Q: What have been the main musical inspirations in your life?

Reply : Trick dad because he was ready to help a new artist take it to the next level.

Q: You can compose both poetic lyrics and thunderous hip hop rhythms. What type of project do you prefer to work on?

Reply : I like hip hop rhythms and reasoning because I have a different sound.

Q: Have you ever thought about making freestyle music?

Reply : Yes always.

Q: Your musical endeavors are taken very seriously. What more do you have up your sleeve that people should know?

Reply : Well I’m doing a video for the single Baja feat 3fifs and Bloopie, another artist from Florida, it’s gonna hit the town like a plague.

Q: Who are your cultural icons in this industry?

Answer: Well Chris Brown, Drake.

Q: Would you like to share words of wisdom with those who strive for success in business like you?

Reply : Just keep fighting for the best song, let everyone say you can’t do it because just because.

Q: What is your absolute favorite instrument, and why can’t you exclude it from a recording?

Reply : The piano makes a sound of pain and awareness.

Miami-Dade Republicans and Congressional allies offer platitudes over liberation of Cuba, few details

For those energized by recent historic human rights protests in Cuba, a group of Republican members of Congress from Miami-Dade and their allies in Washington, DC, have been a beacon for Cuba’s future freedom.

On the night of August 4, this group, operating under the general title of House Minority Leader of the United States Kevin mccarthy“The Cuba Leader’s Advisory Team” organized its lecture tour at the Versailles restaurant in the Cuban enclave of Little Havana in Miami.

They were greeted by some 700 people, many of whom waved and carried Cuban flags and hoisted placards with messages about Free Cuba, all demanding freedom for the island nation and more action from the president. Joe bidenthe administration of. Some praised the former president Donald trump and opposed “dumber sanctions”.

More than 800 Cuban liberation supporters gathered at the Versailles restaurant in Little Havana.

Frequently in unison, the peaceful assembly of protesters demanded the intervention of the United States. Several rallygoers have repeated called the Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel a murderer.

But the event was far from joyless. For every passionate and indignant cry for US military action, there was an example of merriment, camaraderie, and celebration of a united cause – dancing, singing, kissing – as if the participants knew they were helping to write a story page together.

Some participants in the rally wore shirts comparing the Cuban president to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and calling for his assassination.

Oddly enough, it was the strangers among members of Congress who spoke up – non-Miamiens and non-Cubans – who drew some of the loudest responses of the night with calls for delivery by the United States. of Internet access to the island but few other concrete measures.

Those of Miami-Dade – Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, Carlos gimenez and Maria Elvira Salazar – delivered oratories similar to those they gave near the United States Capitol a week before.

Giménez said Biden was missing a major political opportunity by not taking a more forceful stance on Cuba. Díaz-Balart again pleaded for escalation. Salazar thanked McCarthy for his support, presenting him as “the future Speaker of the House”.

Signs and chants calling for a US intervention in Cuba were common at the rally on August 4, 2021.

McCarthy spoke mostly in platitudes but asserted that for Cubans and opponents of communism, “This is not a moment; it is a movement, and we will not stop until we have freedom for Cuba.

Democrats, meanwhile, called the Republican speaking tour of Cuba nothing less than a sign of virtue.

Abel Iraola, spokesperson for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, called the Miami speeches a “pathetic and cynical attempt to appropriate the Cuban people’s struggle for freedom for their own political ends.” They have lost all credibility, he said, due to their attempt to “invalidate millions of legitimate votes” from the 2020 election and “persistent apologies for those who carried out the Jan. 6 attack on the government. Capitol ”, among other irregularities.

“In the long years that we Cuban exiles in Florida have suffered as our homeland has been mismanaged and destroyed by a brutal and incompetent Communist regime, we have grown used to certain things,” Manny Diaz, chairman of the Florida Democratic Party, said in a statement. “One of them sees half-hearted Washington Republicans coming to Miami in an attempt to reap the political benefits that often come from bowing to our community.”

Diaz called McCarthy “one of the least credible voices possible when it comes to defending the ideals of democracy” and that his “cowardly attempts to undermine House inquiries into the violent insurgency targeting Congress January 6 (and) voting to overturn the 2020 election results ”is proof that his support for democracy is circumstantial.

At the Wednesday night rally, Mike mccaul from Texas, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, added to his speech a few common phrases in Spanish with squeaky inflections, which won over the participants.

“I come from the great state of Tay-has. We love Cubans in Tay-has, ”he said to the crowd’s“ Thank You ”chants. “You know, Fidel Castro promised more than 60 years ago a utopian society, communism and socialism. Guess what? This is a lie. It does not work. It is time for the Castro regime to end.

Flags, shirts, hats, placards and chants praising former President Donald Trump were commonplace.

Towards the end of his speech, the longest ever given by an elected official that evening, McCaul transformed the crowd’s song “Libertad” – “Liberty” in Spanish – into “USA”

representing Brand Green, also from Texas, invoked religion to defend Cuban freedom. He compared the right of a people to express themselves and defend their freedoms to that of an under-represented loyal sect to the divine right of unhindered worship.

“Freedom in Cuba would be like people of faith being able to practice their religion without harassment from the government,” he said. “Our right to freedom comes from God, and no government should ever take it away from us. “

Green highlighted the difficulties the Cuban people face on a daily basis, which the Internet – through web access expanded under President Barack obamaof administration – helped to enlighten.

“When a mother doesn’t have to stand in line for two hours for food, rice and beans to feed her hungry children, that’s freedom,” he said. “When artists can say what they believe in their music, their paintings and their creations, that’s freedom. When the communist regime in Cuba breathes its last and a democratic republic is reborn from its ashes, Cuba is free. And it is time.

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Britney Spears Takes Equine Therapy Sessions to Help “Alleviate Social Anxiety” – Music News


Britney Spears takes equitherapy sessions several times a week.

The popstar has been in the spotlight ever since she expressed a desire to end her controversial trusteeship deal and accused her management team and family of abuse, in court proceedings held in late June. .

But while on vacation in Maui, Hawaii this week, Britney put the ongoing legal drama aside and, in an Instagram post, shared that she had a sweet encounter with a pet pig. local and revealed that she found spending time with the animals “therapeutic”.

“Damn, I’ve never seen a pig like this before !!!! I’ve never shared this because it’s embarrassing because I’m supposed to be a fearless artist … but I also had the used to spend time with horses in equine therapy a few days a week to relieve my social anxiety … I find spending time with animals like this peaceful pig very therapeutic !!!! ” she wrote in the caption. “I think it helps when I hear about other people going through the same thing … it makes me feel like I’m not alone !!!!”

But while Britney loved meeting the pig, she’s not planning on going into farming anytime soon.

“On that note I’m sure having a pet pig might sound cool and I thought that too when I first got out of the car, but five minutes after meeting this little guy he did. poop five times, ”the 39-year-old said. exclaimed.

‘Let’s make music’: Fenton Community Orchestra musicians reconnect after pandemic hiatus


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Bassist Michael Visniski performs with the Fenton Community Orchestra on Thursday June 10 behind the high school for an informal reunion. It was the first such meeting since the start of the pandemic.

FENTON – The sounds of the Fenton Community Orchestra erupt from the parking lot behind the school on a clear spring evening.

It’s a standard orchestral warm-up, but it’s the first time the musicians have performed together since March 2020.

Most of the state’s community bands and orchestras are in the same situation as we are, and they haven’t played together for a long time, ” FCO Says director Andrew Perkins. That evening, they got together to socialize and possibly play their favorite music together. There are no audiences except for a few family members watching from lawn chairs.

The pandemic had ended their weekly rehearsals and regular public performances, which drew hundreds of people.

Perkins says his orchestra tried to come together in small groups or by video call, which didn’t work for them. But as businesses reopened and mask mandates were lifted, performance groups were also able to return to the stage and practice spaces.

Tuba player Brian Moe says he missed in-person musical gatherings during the pandemic. Tim Jagielo / WDET

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Tuba player Brian Moe says he missed in-person musical gatherings during the pandemic.

He says some Michigan community ensembles have closed or reorganized, but his group has been lucky. the FCO had 149 members before the pandemic; 119 are registered now.

Looking around tonight there are a lot of new faces, ”Perkins says. “So any limbs that we may have lost, it looks like we’re about to take on new faces. And it’s exciting too.

According to the League of American Orchestras, there were 1,600 groups across the country before the pandemic and most have survived or formed a new entity.

Perkins says his band is set to make a solid comeback. However, this gathering is not a rehearsal or a public performance. The first priority was just to socialize and catch up.

Casually dressed musicians kiss and greet each other, finally heading to the chairs arranged in concert in the parking lot to prepare their instruments.

Brian Moe from Deerfield Township checks the valves on his old brass tuba. He says many of these musicians missed their social life without rehearsals or concerts. “It’s a reunion of musicians, so to speak,” he said.

The Fenton Community Orchestra is a multigenerational group, with tweens and octogenarians playing together.

George Hameline is one of the oldest members of the orchestra at 86 years old. He plays the baritone horn.

The baritone horn is not an orchestral instrument, ”says Hameline. “But Andy [Perkins] let me play anyway. I receive trumpet parts and bass clarinet parts.

The FCO is a multigenerational group, made up of teenagers and octogenarian members.Tim Jagielo / WDET

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the FCO is a multigenerational group, made up of teenagers and octogenarian members.

Hameline says that despite seeing bands again, he’s not nervous about COVID-19. He is vaccinated and looks forward to a full orchestral program in the fall.

Failed orchestra. I missed going to church, I missed the church choir, ”says Hameline. “But it’s all starting to pick up a bit now.”

Cameron Carleson, 16, plays the transverse flute and will keep his mask handy if needed.

And especially at school, we always have to wear it because young children are still vaccinated, ”Carleson explains. “So it’s just a little weird not to wear it almost. “

Flautist Cameron Carleson, 16, says not wearing a mask in June was a bit uncomfortable as he had gotten used to wearing it during the pandemic. Tim Jagielo / WDET

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Flautist Cameron Carleson, 16, said not wearing a mask in June was a bit uncomfortable as he had gotten used to wearing it during the pandemic.

Eventually, the din changes from excited chatter to instrument tuning, and Perkins steps onto the podium, stick in hand.

It’s for us, ”he says. “We’ve all failed to make real music with real people without screens, with headphones and all kinds of annoying stuff… so let’s make music. “

He takes them through scales and possibly several selections of familiar songs.

While many were for fun, one was chosen as a lamentation or memorial for members of the orchestra who may have lost someone to the pandemic. “Londonderry Air,” also known as “Danny Boy,” gently drifts across the high school grounds as the few selected family members watch and film on their phones.

The music rises to a crescendo with “The Butcher of Seville”, after which the group applauds and laughs together. Clarinetists Cheryl Kopplin of Davisburg and Janelle Chopp of Tyrone Township hug each other.

Clarinetists Cheryl Kopplin of Davisburg and Janelle Chopp of Tyrone Township laugh together after sharing a hug on June 10.  They said a lack of rehearsals and performances left a big emotional void in their lives.Tim Jagielo / WDET

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Clarinetists Cheryl Kopplin of Davisburg and Janelle Chopp of Tyrone Township laugh together after kissing on June 10. They said a lack of rehearsals and performances left a big emotional void in their lives.

I’m so happy to be back, ”said Kopplin. “I missed it so much. The camaraderie, the play… it’s like heaven, again. She says the lack of a musical outlet was bad for her sleep.

Chopp says she has missed the creativity of music in her life for 15 months, especially “… the expression part of it … there was one piece that was missing, and now it is. return.”

The Fenton Community Orchestra hopes to return with an in-person season with regular rehearsals and performances this fall.

Like the cases of the delta variant of COVID-19 nationwide increase, Perkins says they will follow all official federal, state and local guidelines. He says they are planning several scenarios in the event of further restrictions. “We try to be as proactive as possible while remaining open to the possibility that we have to withdraw it again if things go downhill,” he says.

Listen: The musicians of the Fenton Community Orchestra dusted off familiar tunes together.

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Tencent promises new gambling restrictions after $ 60 billion ‘spiritual opium’ attack

SHANGHAI, Aug.3 (Reuters) – Chinese firm Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK) on Tuesday said it would further restrict minors’ access to its flagship video game, hours after its shares were beaten by an article from state media describing online gambling as “spiritual opium”.

Economic Information Daily quoted Tencent’s “honor of kings” in an article in which it said minors were addicted to online games and called for more restrictions on the industry. The outlet is affiliated with China’s largest state-run news agency, Xinhua.

The broadside rekindled investor fears over state intervention in China after Beijing previously targeted the real estate, education and tech sectors to reduce cost pressures and reaffirm primacy of socialism after years of galloping market growth. Read more

“They don’t believe anything is outlawed and will overreact, sometimes overreacting to anything in state media that matches the tech crackdown,” Ether Yin, partner at Trivium, a consultancy firm based in Beijing.

China’s largest social media and video game company saw its shares fall more than 10% at the start of trading, wiping out nearly $ 60 billion from its market cap.

The stock was on track to plummet the most in a decade before cutting losses after the item disappeared from the outlet’s website and WeChat account on Tuesday afternoon. The article reappeared later that day with the historically laden term “spiritual opium” removed and other sections edited.

The CSI300 index (.CSI300) fell more than 5% last week for its biggest monthly loss since October 2018.

In the original article, the newspaper named “Honor of Kings” as the most popular online game among college students, who the newspaper said played for up to eight hours a day.

“‘Spiritual opium’ has grown into an industry worth hundreds of billions,” the newspaper said.

“… No industry, no sport can develop in a way that will destroy a generation. “

Visitors are seen at the Tencent Games booth during the China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference, also known as ChinaJoy, in Shanghai, China on July 30, 2021. REUTERS / Aly Song / File Photo

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Opium is a sensitive subject in China which ceded Hong Kong Island to Great Britain “in perpetuity” in 1842 at the end of the First Opium War, fought over for the export of the drug by Britain to China where drug addiction has become widespread.

Tencent said in a statement that it will introduce more measures to reduce miners’ time and money spent on games, starting with “Honor of Kings”. He also called for a ban on the games industry for children under 12. Read more

The company did not address the article in its statement, nor did it respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

The article also touched on the actions of rivals. NetEase Inc (9999.HK) fell more than 15% before cutting losses to about 8% lower in late afternoon trading. Game developer XD Inc (2400.HK) fell 8.2% and mobile game company GMGE Technology Group Ltd (0302.HK) fell 15.6%.

Outside of gaming, investors were also caught off guard by the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) on Tuesday, saying it would investigate auto chip distributors and punish any hoarding, collusion and rising prices. price. The semiconductor stock index (.CSIH30184) then fell more than 6%. Read more


The republished Economic Information Daily article, in a change of tone, said authorities, game developers and families need to work together to tackle children’s addiction to online video games, and parents need to be responsible for supervision.

Chinese regulators have sought to limit the time minors spend playing video games since 2017, and companies like Tencent already have anti-addiction systems that they say limit young users’ playing time.

But in recent months, authorities have focused on protecting children’s well-being and have said they want to further tighten rules around online gaming and education. Last month, they banned for-profit tutoring in basic school subjects, attacking China’s $ 120 billion private tutoring sector. Read more

This was in addition to other regulatory measures in the tech industry, including a ban for Tencent from exclusive music copyright agreements and a fine for unfair market practices. Read more

At one point on Tuesday, Tencent was briefly dethroned as Asia’s most valuable company by the market capitalization of chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (2330.TW).

Reporting by Samuel Shen and Brenda Goh; Additional reporting by Yingzhi Yang in Beijing, Tom Westbrook in Singapore, Andrew Galbraith and Josh Horwitz in Shanghai; Editing by Vidya Ranganathan, Christopher Cushing and Nick Macfie

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Okaloosa County Investigates Ways to Improve Foster Care, Families First


SHALIMAR – Okaloosa County Commissioners have asked staff members to explore how the county can play a meaningful role in improving local foster care services.

Commissioners voted last month to further discuss the county’s attempt to take over the management of foster families from the Families First network based in Pensacola, instead deciding to explore concrete steps that can be taken to help Families First better. do its job.

Before a vote was taken, foster care advocates and parents across the county came out in support of Families First. Many said the agency has improved its communication with them and has become a strong ally.

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“We’re hoping the county will join this wave of momentum we’re on right now rather than choosing to spend energy laterally to pursue a separate foster care program,” said a woman named Kara (the foster parents did not provide their last names at the meeting for security reasons).

Kara and others have suggested many ways the county could help Families First and other groups working with foster children provide better service to parents. Most included incentives within the public and private sectors to make it easier for foster parents to obtain local treatment or necessities such as child care.

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Walter Sachs, regional director of the Florida Department of Children and Families, said what the county can best do to help foster children is to provide more preventive services to keep children out of the foster system. or, failing that, move them as quickly as possible to reunite with their parents.

“I don’t think you can solve it by being the main advocate. You need involvement, partnership, advocacy. You have to look at the problem,” he said.

Sachs said the “best role” the county could play in bringing about meaningful change would be “to actually fund preventative services where there is a desert today.”

“If you look where you don’t have children’s mental health services and ask why a family has to drive from Okaloosa to Navarre for therapy and ask ‘can the county play a role in solving this problem? “

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At their April meeting, the Commissioners voted 4-1 to spend up to $ 25,000 to study the idea of ​​bringing foster care internally. County staff were also tasked with examining the concept of placing the county in an ‘advocacy role’ through which it would offer advice to administrators of the foster care system without taking on the duty of running what amounts to a business. .

Deputy County Administrator Craig Coffey described the staff study on the issue of foster care. Families First will learn in November whether DCF will renew an existing contract, Sachs said.

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Music wise | Jesus’ Creed


We continue the series with the graduates of the Séminaire du Nord who summarize their chapter of Wise church.

This article is by Julie Murdock.

“Music is an age-old way to raise our voices together in praise and thanksgiving to God our Father, as well as to introduce and reinforce important lessons from our faith.” (p.87) Music and especially song have been an integral part of Christianity in our defining times; angels sang to celebrate the birth of Jesus, and Jesus and the apostles sang hymns as part of the Last Supper. Sadly, music has also been a source of conflict within churches, especially over the past 200 years. I imagine that most, if not all, church leaders at some point have faced “hymn wars”. These conflicts are emotionally charged because the music speaks to our emotions, our traditions and our soul. Although music in most churches serves in a secondary or supporting position, the dissensions surrounding hymns and music often take center stage in the life of the congregation. Traditional or contemporary, organ or guitar, musical preferences often pit segments of the ecclesial family against each other: the youngest against the oldest, conservatives against progressives, tradition against innovation. The time and resources devoted to finding solutions or options to please everyone means that the church has to create several services, several hymns or songbooks, several groups of musicians or any other multitude. solutions the church has witnessed over the past 50 years.

It is a most unfortunate development and, in the proverbial true sense, insane. Music has been and can continue to be a powerful tool in imparting wisdom and in building a culture of wisdom. Like no other mode of communication, music has the power to transcend speech and connect what is said to the emotional and spiritual self in addition to the rational self. In discerning how music can be put to good use as a tool for the growth of wisdom, it is important to examine how the church has used music throughout its past to worship and teach. Additionally, it is important to understand the impact of music on the listener during and after listening. Knowing the history of music in the church, the traditions that have been passed down for millennia, and understanding the conscious and subconscious reactions to music can not only help church leaders choose wise music, but also address the conflict that arises from musical choices.

The early church, born from the cradle of Judaism, sang psalms and hymns as they used to in the synagogue. Gentle converts to Christianity were also comfortable singing hymns to God, as it was also common in the worship of pagan gods. This ancient music was centered around the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Thus, it is also engaged as an educational tool for the transmission and strengthening of the fundamental beliefs of the Christian faith. The singing of hymns and psalms was also encouraged as a practice not only as a form of personal worship and devotions, but also as a means of keeping the teaching of the church in mind. As the teachings began to diverge, the church used hymns to promote orthodoxy and combat heresies. In the 4th century CE, when Christianity became legal and churches were no longer required to meet in small groups in secret, the size of the congregation increased. At the same time, the hymn grew; many believe that this was in part the result of a less intimate practice of the Eucharist. Also around this time, debates arose over whether or not hymns should be used in services, as some church fathers were uncomfortable with the similarities between Christian and pagan practices. Specifically, the flute and the zither were considered pagan instruments, while the harp and lyre were considered acceptable due to their use in the Psalms.

After the reformation, church leaders discovered a new use of music, involving the congregation in worship, although this view is not unanimous. Until this time, hymns were mainly composed of psalms and scriptures. However, in the 18th century, and more particularly in the Methodist tradition, hymns began to be written and sung as a guide to the Christian life and to the practical doctrines of the Christian faith. While remaining faithful to the scriptures, they attempted to answer the questions on a more practical level. Some examples of these new topics were the goodness of God, the joy of fellowship, and songs appropriate to the seasons of the church calendar. There were churches that resisted this new direction in the hymn, notably the Church of England and the Catholic Church. The Great Awakening saw hymns that combined worship and teachings with community experiences. Nowhere is this more evident than in the moving Negro Spirituals which were created in the 19th century and are still sung today. Throughout the history of the church, music has been used to praise and worship God and to teach Bible truths and doctrines that are important for the faithful to repeat.

As stated above, in addition to the rich traditional heritage, we are touched by music in more ways than singing or listening. Through the experience of music, we benefit from a synergy between words and music, creating an experience that is more than the parts. Company-wide, uniting voices in praise and worship strengthens feelings of oneness and koinonia. Moreover, when the music is chosen in accordance with the sermon or scriptural teaching, the message is reinforced, emphasized, if you will, by the emotions encountered through the song and the participation. Individually, each listener participates in a mimetic way in the music, whether by singing, humming or simply moving in rhythm. This mimetic participation promotes feelings of accomplishment and belonging. The more familiar a listener is with a piece of music, the more powerful its impact as the mind receives a reward as the music makes sense and the message is reinforced. Mimetic participation motivates and forms conceptions in the minds of the faithful. Combining a message with music that will reinforce the objectives of the message and help listeners conceptualize the message results in a powerful tool. As a tool, this mimetic action can be put to good use, or a tool that can cause damage and misconceptions.

In conclusion, the church has always used music and hymns first for praise and worship, and then as a teaching aid. They have also been used to approach the Christian life in a practical way and to celebrate the Christian life of love and brotherhood. These messages and lessons have a lasting impact on the faithful when they leave the church. They will reflect on the music and the message long after Sunday morning by mimically participating in the music. Church leaders can use this influential tool to guide their congregations and foster the growth of wisdom by choosing hymns that maintain the church’s original focus on worship and the life of Christ and using it to communicate sound doctrine and guidance. Great care and attention must be given to the selection of music for the service, understanding the lasting and impactful effect the hymns will have on their listeners. As the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth: “What should I do then? … I will sing praises with the spirit, but I will also sing praises with the spirit. (1 Cor. 14:15)

Third-generation Koss Music Center ready to reopen in Lorain – Morning Journal

Third-generation music teacher Dominic Ricciardi will host an open house at the new Koss Music Center, 5374 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on July 21, 2021. Ricciardi, who plays numerous instruments and is director of school orchestra and certified intervention specialist, is recovering from the novel coronavirus pandemic, job loss and fire that destroyed his old studio in Sheffield Township. It has been long, long, long years for a third generation music teacher striving to provide the biggest lessons in the world.

Koss Music Center will have a grand reopening from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on July 24 in its new studio, 5374 avenue Oberlin in Lorain.

It’s the next step after more than three years of work by owner Dominic Ricciardi, 38, the grandson of founder Edward A. Kos, an army veteran who fought in WWII and then returned live in Sheffield Lake.

His eldest son, Greg Kos, ran the studio before Ricciardi, Greg Kos’ nephew, took over.

“It made me fall, get up,” Ricciardi said. “Lots of reversals.”

In 2020, Ricciardi and the rest of the world were facing the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Third-generation music teacher Dominic Ricciardi holds his 1975 Gibson ES 175 guitar at the Koss Music Center, 5374 Oberlin Ave., Lorain. Ricciardi will hold an open house there from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on July 21, 2021. Ricciardi, who plays numerous instruments and is a school conductor and certified intervention specialist, is recovering from the novel coronavirus pandemic, d ‘a job loss and a fire that destroyed his old studio in Sheffield Township. (Richard Payerchin – The Morning Newspaper)

It was to be the rebound year for the Koss Music Center, which suffered catastrophic loss when a fire broke out on February 24, 2018 at the former studio at 2483 North Ridge Road in Sheffield Township.

Ricciardi entered the building that night.

The flames were out, but the water was not, and he described watching a firefighter breaking through the floor and ceiling of his office to evacuate it.

“It all looked like a disgusting, murky swamp, a smelly, murky swamp, water pouring down from the ceiling, and it didn’t look like my studio,” Ricciardi said. “At that point, I knew, it was like, oh, my God, that’s it, I’m not coming back from this one.”

But he did.

Despite fire, smoke and water damage to the building, Ricciardi’s computer survived.

It was his warehouse of student data, band information, and digital music and artwork files.

Another survivor: Ricciardi’s Gibson ES 175 from 1970, a personal favorite.

“I really like this guitar,” he said.

Third-generation music teacher Dominic Ricciardi, left, and aspiring guitarist Ben Domain warm up at the new Koss Music Center, 5374 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, July 21, 2021. Ricciardi will host an open house at the studio of 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. July 24, 2021. Domain, of Lorain, is graduating this year from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland and will be studying business at the University of Miami. (Richard Payerchin – The Morning Newspaper)

Ricciardi said the firefighters felt bad for him and used as many instruments as they could.

He thanked the Sheffield Township Fire Department, other response services, and its owners and neighbors who helped.

“All this inventory, but most important, probably, was all the work that I did for so many years, and my grandfather and uncle did, that I did, to have so much ‘students and have an active clientele,’ says Ricciardi. “And then you have nowhere to teach all these students – you’re away, and for who knows how long.”

Ricciardi worked as a conductor and physical education instructor for St. Anthony School in Lorain.

Parish and school staff helped, but their musical work was phased out.

Eventually he found the studio next to Dr. Mark Marshall, Lorain’s dentist who had a grandchild who was studying with Ricciardi.

Then, in March 2020, COVID-19 exploded in Ohio and across the country.

Ricciardi adapted with a few online lessons.

But he couldn’t qualify for small business grants, loans, or unemployment because those programs relied on tax records from the previous year and the studio was not making money to recover from the blaze.

Setbacks never broke Ricciardi’s mind.

His formal training is in jazz guitar and he teaches guitar, drums, bass and piano, as well as marching band and orchestral strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion.

“I think my specialty now is helping students have fun with music,” Ricciardi said. “It’s not just a specific instrument anymore, although I obviously do.

“But, I think he grew a lot more than that, because my work is no longer just this physical instrument, but inspiration. I like to have them hear all these different instruments and all these different bands and things. And work together.

“There’s still that community thing. Work with other musicians.

In Kanye’s “therapy” ranch where “Donda” came to life


Two months after Kanye West took his first step in Wyoming and bought a massive 4,524-acre ranch for $ 7.7 million in October 2019, he bought another, bigger ranch for $ 14.5 million.

Located in Greybull, the sprawling property, known as Bighorn Mountain Ranch, spans over 6,700 acres and was used as a haven for the rapper after his divorce from Kim Kardashian in February.

While his first ranch, Monster Lake Ranch in Cody, was used more to host public events, Sunday masses and concerts, his second ranch is where West, 44, lives and writes his music.

The two ranches are approximately 50 miles from each other.

According to a source, Bighorn Mountain Ranch, which has a total of seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms, is where West found peace after their split and where he premiered his 10th studio album, “Donda,” which is expected come out at some point. in the near future.

“This album is from Yeezy,” a source told The Post of the album, due for release on Friday. “I wouldn’t call it the divorce album, but he really got into it after the divorce. Every day.”

Inside Wyoming's 7,000-acre ranch, Kanye West, used as inspiration for his latest album,
Inside Wyoming’s 7,000-acre ranch, Kanye West took inspiration from his latest album, “Donda,” due out soon.
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“And I would say the mountains of Wyoming… all this endless space where he could really find comfort, was kind of therapy for him and helped create what I think is one of his best albums to date,” added the source.

The ranch has been described as “an upscale paradise with excellent views, wildlife and privacy,” according to the listing.

The Post has reached out to representatives for West for comment.

Scroll down to take a peek inside a piece of the West Oasis.

The Bighorn Mountain Ranch spans nearly 7,000 acres.
The Bighorn Mountain Ranch spans nearly 7,000 acres.
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Kanye West has found solace at the ranch after his divorce from Kim Kardashian.
Kanye West has found solace at the ranch after his divorce from Kim Kardashian.
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A source told The Post that Bighorn Mountain Ranch was therapeutic for Kanye West as he worked on his 10th studio album, "Donda."
A source told The Post that Bighorn Mountain Ranch has been therapeutic for Kanye West as he worked on his 10th studio album, “Donda”.
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Another view of the main living space.
The main living space.
The main cabin benefits from high ceilings.
The main cabin benefits from high ceilings.
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A solarium.
A solarium.
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A terrace in the house min.
A terrace built around the main house.
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Probably the coolest part of this ranch are the dinosaur fossils that have been found on earth in the past.

The listing reads: “Known for the abundance of shell fossils located in the area, nearby exposed formations such as the Cloverly Formation and the Morrison Formation have yielded numerous fossils of dinosaurs and other animals.

Two heated helicopter platforms are also set up for year-round access to the ranch, which is only a short 10-minute helicopter flight from Greybull.

Property records show renovations have been done since West purchased the resort in June.

The main house consists of seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms.
The main house consists of five bedrooms and four bathrooms.
The kitchen.
The kitchen.
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A separate living room.
A separate living room.
A stream.
A stream crosses the ranch.
The sun rises over the Bighorn Mountain Ranch.
The sun rises over the Bighorn Mountain Ranch.
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Upgrades at Bald Ridge consist of a 5 bedroom, 4 bath log home with commercial kitchen, dining room, relaxing living room, panoramic deck, large wood burning fireplace and beautiful surroundings.
Upgrades at Bald Ridge consist of a five-bedroom, four-bathroom log home with a commercial kitchen, dining area, relaxing living room, wraparound deck, large wood-burning fireplace, and beautiful surroundings.
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Fields of flowers.
Fields of flowers.
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The ranch has abundant wildlife, with approximately 3,500 elk traveling each year and between 1,500 and 2,000 elk using the ranch.

Originally built by the Flitner family in 1906 on a property known as Cow Camp, the Bighorn Mountain Ranch has grown over the past 100 years, adding surrounding area and encompassing over 20 square miles. Agriculture was crucial to the Flitner family at the time, and they owned over 160 acres of land in Wyoming.

Improvements to the ranch also consist of a five-bedroom, four-bathroom log home with a commercial kitchen, dining room, living room, wraparound deck, and large wood-burning fireplace.

A top view of the living space.
A top view of the living space.
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A solar water pump.
A solar water pump and a purification tank
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Another kitchen with bar area.
Another kitchen with bar area.
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This ranch location, just 80 miles from Sheridan and 80 miles from Cody, gives the property access to the outside world.
This ranch location, just 80 miles from Sheridan and 80 miles from Cody, gives the property access to the outside world.
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The ranch consists of several cabins and properties.
Next to the lodge is the kitchen cabin which has an excellent commercial kitchen and a beautiful terrace with a view, as well as sleeping quarters for two.
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Another dining room in another cabin.
Another dining room in another cabin.
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An aerial view of the ranch.
An aerial view of the ranch.
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The property also has three cabins that can accommodate four to six people with full bathrooms and optimal privacy and views.

Next to the main lodge is the galley cabin which includes a commercial kitchen and expansive deck with ranch views, plus sleeping quarters for two, according to the listing.

Additional features include an outdoor kitchen area with a fireplace and grills.

Kanye West gets emotional while playing.
Kanye West gets emotional while performing “Love Unconditionally” during his Apple listening party for his latest album “Donna” on July 22, 2021.
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Although the album’s release was scheduled for midnight on Friday, “Donda” remains unreleased, in a Kanye-expected way.

Wearing a full face mask, a puffy red jacket and red pants, West showed up at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Thursday night to perform some of the songs from the album – which is named after his beloved mother Donda. West, who died in 2007.

Kim Kardashian matches Kanye in red as she supports her ex at her listening event for the highly anticipated Kanye "Donda" album.
Kim Kardashian matches Kanye in red as she supports her ex during her listening event for West’s highly anticipated “Donda” album.
Kanye West and Jay-Z perform onstage during the 28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theater LA LIVE on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.,
Kanye West and Jay-Z perform onstage at the 28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards at Nokia Theater LA Live on August 28, 2011 in Los Angeles.
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Surprise debuts include Jay-Z, who reportedly recorded his verse for the album’s last track at the last second earlier Thursday.

West received family support of her ex Kim Kardashian, 40 Рwho brought their children North, 8, Saint, 5, Chicago, 3, and Psalm, 2 Рas well as her sister Khlo̩ Kardashian, 37.

It is evident that West remains heartbroken after the breakup as he became moved while performing “Love Unconditionally” – crying as he rapped about “the loss of my family”.

‘Hospital Playlist’ Season 2: episode 6 fixes doctors’ mistakes and leaves fans moved


So far, Season 2 of “Hospital Playlist” has focused on each of the gang’s budding relationships. We saw Chae Song-hwa (Jeon Mi-do) start to see Lee Ik-jun (Cho Jung-seok) in a slightly different light, as well as Yang Seok-hyeon (Kim Dae-myung) slowly but steadily opening up. in Min-ha (Ahn Eun-jin). Ahn Jeong-won (Yoo Yeon-seok) relationship has blossomed, while Kim Jun-wan (Jung Kyoung-ho) is still recovering from grief.

As the series follows the lives of doctors Lee Ik-jun (Cho Jung-seok), Ahn Jeong-won (Yoo Yeon-seok), Kim Jun-wan (Jung Kyoung-ho), Yang Seok-hyeon (Kim Dae- myung) and Chae Song-hwa (Jeon Mi-do), episode 6 of the series delves deeply into the emotional toll a doctor can face.


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With new interns joining Yulje Hospital, fans see a new set of medics trying to adjust to the hectic life of a hospital. This episode sees these young new interns fumbling around and making a ton of mistakes. Even Gyeo-ul (Shin Hyun-bin) is out of luck, as she struggles to perform a liver transplant and Ik-jun comes to help her.

She is visibly upset that she didn’t grow up as a doctor, and turns to Ik-jun for a few heartwarming words, and asks him if he ever made a mistake while he was an intern. Ik-sun tells him how once, while on tour with Jeong-won as an intern, the doctor in charge asked for a tongue depressor, and he brought an entire drawer and a ruler instead, seeing that he had misinterpreted it.

Later during the group’s training, Jeong-won is furious, seeing that Ik-jun was wrong in this story, not him. Then each of the gang members start talking about the stupid mistakes they made as interns. When it came to Jun-wan, he spoke of the time he had to announce the time of a patient’s death. Although he did it professionally, he later cried in the bathroom. It was here that the whole group explained how they encourage all of their students and interns to never hold back their emotions. Their job is not easy and they are also human. The episode offered valuable insight into the mental toughness of doctors no matter what they are up against and that there is nothing wrong with expressing emotions, especially a patient’s grief.

Fans took to Twitter to say how sincerely they enjoyed the episode. “Loved tonight’s episode, it healed my heart again. It might be short but I loved the way they tell us that we are humans and that we choose to do mistakes. Hayy, how am I ever going to let my lazy ass take over my thesis when I want to touch people’s lives already? # HospitalPlaylist2ep6 “one fan said.

“Even showing that the people we admire also make mistakes. Because the truth is we become the best version of ourselves by learning from every mistake we make. This whole episode made me scream. # HospitalPlaylist2 # HospitalPlaylist2ep6, “pointed out another.

“‘You are your superstar’, you can make mistakes, you will eventually learn from them and become better. # HospitalPlaylist2 # HospitalPlaylist2ep6,” tweeted one fan. “I finally feel like I’m back in the real HosPlay world with # HospitalPlaylist2ep6 the beat, the overall feel of ordinary doctors and patients stories, THE SONG OMG !!! It feels good to feel again that about HosPlay !!! ” added another.

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Catalent continues to add to key Italian plant, this time with a pair of new bioreactors and 100 jobs – Endpoints News


For the second time in less than six months, Catalent will modernize its sleek new facility in Anagni, Italy, this time to add biologic drug manufacturing capabilities to meet increased demand.

Two new 2,000-liter single-use bioreactors with new manufacturing suites will support early clinical development and late-stage commercial transfers, the company said in a press release, along with space for two more bioreactors to add in the future. The project is expected to add 100 new employees and is expected to be operational in April 2023.

When completed, the expansion will have a manufacturing capacity of 16,000 liters. The lots may range from 2,000 to 8,000 liters. The program will cost around $ 100 million, Catalent said.

The plant was acquired from BMS in 2019 and in response to the pandemic, Catalent has increased its vial filling, inspection, labeling and packaging services. In March, the company announced that it would increase the supply of the J&J Covid-19 vaccine. This agreement extended a vial filling line to align with J&J approval by the FDA.

“Catalent is committed to supporting customers, from small virtual biotech companies to large biopharmaceutical companies who need the right capabilities, scale of capacity and integrated solutions to meet their needs for new biologic treatments and vaccines,” said Mario Gargiulo, President of Regional Biologics for Europe, said in a press release. “Catalent was an early adopter of single-use technology due to its flexibility, and we continue to invest in technology that enables adaptable and scalable solutions for the rapidly growing segment of biologics targeting to medium-sized and orphan patient populations. “

The factory made headlines in March, when Italian police raided it amid complaints that AstraZeneca had stored doses of its vaccine, which AstraZeneca later denied, saying the process was ” complex and long “.

The expansion is in addition to its European operations in Limoges, France, and Brussels, Belgium, and the United States at Madison, WI, and Bloomington, IN. The New Jersey CDMO just completed an expansion of the Wisconsin plant with the goal of producing twice as many Moderna vaccines by the summer. Two new suites with new single-use bioreactors have also been added.

Since the pandemic, there has been a wave of activity within the CDMO industry, and Catalent has been at the forefront of that. Last week, it announced a partnership with Curtana Pharmaceuticals, based in Austin, Texas, to make CT-179, its drug treatment for brain cancer. He also joined the cannabidiol world with a partnership with JOS Pharmaceuticals to study arousal anesthesia using CBD for use in cataract surgeries.

Reggae and country music? How Gramps Morgan made it work in Nashville


A decade ago, reggae musician Roy “Gramps” Morgan got off a tour bus and took to the Ryman Auditorium stage.

Beyond its name and the fact that it was a beautiful venue, Morgan says he didn’t know much about Nashville’s most legendary venue, often referred to as “The Mother Church of Country Music” for its connection with the Grand Ole Opry. It wasn’t his tour, after all: he’d joined R&B star India Arie on the road after collaborating on the hit duo “Therapy”.

What he knew: singing on this stage, in this city, for an engaged and music-loving audience, it was really, really good.

“Something struck me that day at Ryman that said, ‘This is where you belong. This is where it starts. It’s your new journey, ”Morgan remembers today. “It was like a gospel.”

Basking in the stage lights and generous applause, he made a bold and impulsive proclamation that night – straight into his microphone.

Musician Gramps Morgan is pictured at Soultrain Sound Studios in Nashville, Tenn on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

“I’m moving to Nashville! he said, and the cheers rose again.

Then Morgan went to the dealer table to meet the fans and sign autographs. He quickly found himself overrun by real estate agents.

Shortly after this tour ended, he hopped on his Harley Davidson and left Atlanta for Franklin, Tennessee, an affluent suburb of Nashville that’s home to countless country and Christian music stars – and now a member of Grammy-winning reggae royalty.

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“It’s a bet, isn’t it?” “

Morgan is the son of Jamaican reggae hitmaker Denroy Morgan, who found success in the United States with songs like “I’ll Do Anything For You” from 1981. For nearly 30 years, Gramps and two of his many brothers and sisters played in family group Morgan Heritage, which won their first Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2016.

Since moving to the Nashville area, Morgan has found himself explaining to his friends, neighbors and fellow musicians the strong and surprising connections between country music and reggae.

Musician Gramps Morgan is pictured at Soultrain Sound Studios in Nashville, Tenn on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

His daring new album “Positive Vibration” is a pure celebration of those connections – a space where steel drums and steel pedal guitars lick each other, while Morgan sings a conch-filled track he calls the “conky- tonk “.

Hear waves crashing over banjo plunks as special guest Shaggy invites listeners to do “whatever floats on your boat” and “A Woman Like You” combines an infectious island rhythm with the beating heart of a country ballad.

“I think it brings those two worlds together perfectly,” Morgan says. “Because musically, it’s a gamble, isn’t it? A lot of people have said, “How are you going to make this work? But when they heard ‘A woman like you’ they were like ‘Whoa! Grandpa, what have you done? And I’m like, ‘It’s not me. This is the universe. ‘”

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Country and reggae connections

Along with reggae, country music was also the soundtrack to Morgan’s formative years. Growing up, Sundays in his house were “Rice and Peas Days,” when his family broke bread while songs like Randy Travis’s “Forever and Ever, Amen” were played on the stereo.

“Country music is an integral part of my DNA,” he says.

The storytelling and spirituality of the genre gained a receptive audience in Jamaica in the mid-20th century. One of Bob Marley’s first singles was a cover of Claude Gray’s 1961 country hit “I’ll Just Have a Cup of Coffee (Then I’ll Go)”. Kenny Rogers was greeted like a king when he first performed in Jamaica in 2004, after songs like “The Gambler” lasted there for decades.

And the legendary reggae group Toots & the Maytals – led by family friend “Toots” Hibbert, whom Morgan grew up nicknamed “Uncle Toots” – took over “Country Roads” shortly after John Denver’s version was broadcast on the airwaves.

Musician Gramps Morgan is pictured at Soultrain Sound Studios in Nashville, Tenn on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

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Right before moving to Nashville, Morgan had dipped his toes into the country world, covering Alabama’s “Feels So Right” for the compilation album “Reggae’s Gone Country”. But he didn’t really take the plunge until he met another transplanted Nashville from a far away land: Scottish-born artist, songwriter and producer Johnny Reid.

The unlikely duo met at a Nashville Predators game, and it didn’t take long for them to create songs from Reid’s Soultrain Sound Studio in Berry Hill.

“This relationship is going to be a catalyst to really help people say, ‘Tell me your story, man. What have you been going through? ‘ Morgan says. “And if we know each other’s story, we will have remorse, feelings, care and love.”

‘Bring people together’

With Shaggy, “Positive Vibration” features appearances from India Arie and Jamaican dancehall star Lybran, and on “Secret To Life” Morgan sings with his father Denroy and son, Jemere Morgan.

But unlike other genre-mixing albums made in Nashville, you won’t find any country star cameos. Morgan says he’s open to such a collaboration but adds that the way “Positive Vibration” turned out is a testament to the fact that it’s an album made by people, not the industry.

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He’s more interested in real friendships – in fact, he got to know country superstar Luke Bryan, while their sons play on the same basketball team. And he thinks more collaborations are on the horizon, but as his song says, “the secret to life is taking it one day at a time.”

“I can’t get this vision out of my head and the sound of having my steel guitarist, and my violinist next to me on stage, and a bassist from Jamaica,” Morgan said. “And I’m saying this sound is gonna change the world. It’s gonna help bring people together who don’t realize we have more in common than we think.”

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New NHS drug fund will speed up access to breakthrough treatments


A new drugs fund worth £ 340million will be used by the NHS to speed up the monitoring of rare disease patients so they can get new drugs and treatments that have not yet been approved .

NHS England has confirmed plans to create an Innovative Medicines Fund, which was a clear commitment from the Tories in 2019, to work alongside the existing Cancer Drugs Fund, for a combined total of £ 680million .

The money will be used to give patients access to treatments such as gene therapy and drugs where they are believed to benefit patients but have not yet met the requirements for routine use in the NHS.

This will open up the possibility of new treatments for many more patients with rare diseases other than cancer.

The Cancer Drugs Fund was created in 2010 by the coalition government of the day to fund drugs deemed too expensive for the NHS. It has proven to be controversial and has been criticized as an inefficient way to allocate NHS money in a way that offers the most benefit.

NHS England said CDF would be guaranteed funding separately from the new pot, for a combined total of £ 680million in ring-fenced money.

NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: ‘The NHS long-term plan leads to rapid access to innovative and cutting-edge therapies, at the same time as the NHS is also treating more than 400,000 hospital patients with Covid and provides the fastest and largest vaccination campaign in our history.

‘Over the past year, NHS England has successfully negotiated deals for a range of new treatments, including drugs that could keep toddlers with spinal muscular atrophy walking on’ the world’s most expensive drug. world ”, as well as giving CF patients the option of the latest medications for their wasting disease. This new fund will build on these successes, offering hope to even more patients. “

There will be a consultation on the new fund which will operate in the same way as the cancer fund. Provide access to treatments while more data is being collected and ensure that their cost and longer-term use is of good value to the NHS.

Over the past five years, the Cancer Drugs Fund has provided treatment to more than 64,000 people who otherwise might not have been available for years.

Health and Social Affairs Secretary Sajid Javid said: “The Innovative Medicines Fund is another example of the government’s implementation of its overt commitments, and it will significantly reduce the time needed for new medicines. most promising to reach patients, including children and people with rare diseases. diseases, saving lives and giving many people hope for a healthier future.

Kids Haven and their advice on drug use

Kids Haven is a care center for children and adolescents created on October 27, 1992 to care for and protect street children, those with street connection behaviors and children in crisis in the Ekurhuleni region and beyond. .

The main center is located in the CBD of Benoni.

“Every child has the right to basic nutrition, shelter, health care and support, but they also have the right to be protected from abuse, neglect, abuse and harm,” said Don Mofokeng, Head of Kids’ Pre- and After-Care Community Services Program. Haven.

“At Kids Haven, we take the protection of children seriously. We see it as the fundamental starting point for a child’s development. If a child is afraid, vulnerable, and insecure, that child is not easily able to grow, play, learn and thrive. Plus, we help kids with challenging behaviors, ”said Sam Mokgopha, CEO of Kids Haven.

Kids Haven has community workers who reach out to street children to build trust and build a relationship with them.

Don Mofokeng and Sam Mokgopha from Kids Haven. Photo: Jemma Pringle.

“Then we support them and help them participate in our ‘intake program’ where we conduct assessments, refer them to statutory services for admission to care or reintegrate them into their families,” Mofokeng said.

“Those with serious drug problems are referred to Sanca for specialized services. Once they have been helped through drug rehabilitation, Kids Haven then intervenes with other counseling, life skills, education and other recreational programs.

“When they’re fully recovered and rebounded in life, we then reunite them with their families or prepare them for an independent living program. “

With many children struggling with drug re-life, Kids Haven is also dealing with runaways.

“We contact them and encourage them to come back. We have therapy programs, recreation programs and life skills. We refer them to a rehabilitation center if the problem persists, ”Mokgopha said.

According to the center, an average of 11 children run away per year.

“This includes all children with difficult behaviors and not necessarily all drug addicted children. However, we do not have so much the problem of leakage. Others disappear in such a way that we cannot even trace their whereabouts anymore because they do not return to their families or to the places from which they were expelled after their flight, ”Mofokeng said.

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Kids Haven does a lot to help children who come to them or are found by them.

“We put them in our various programs, whether it is the life skills program, gender-based violence, men and boys, therapy and sport. We also encourage their exposure to other ways of life so that they can see other alternatives in life.

The center has faced many different addictions such as children who smoked nyaope, benzene, dagga and cocaine, with dagga being the most popular as it is easily accessible to street children, followed by nyaope.

“Some children even started with alcoholic disinfectants,” Mofokeng said.

“Drug addicted children have serious behavioral issues, such as breaking Kids Haven rules, stealing items inside to sell outside, violence, disrespecting staff. Some even create gangs inside to steal or intimidate other children. “

They even had situations of children trying to bring drugs into the center.

“We have cases of drug smuggling, mostly dagga, but we have isolated cases where they bring in hard drugs like cocaine. We search their bags and clothes when they come back from school or activities outside the center, ”Mokgopha said.

“In one incident, we discovered that a leader was bringing in and sending other people to bring drugs inside whenever they were outside Kids Haven.

“We focused on providing more specific therapy and other life skills programs. We also monitor them 24/7 to make sure they no longer have access to medication. For those who bring drugs to the center, all privileges are taken away from them. “

Addiction is a big problem in the world right now, and Kids Haven is just a center doing its best to save young people.

“If you think your child may have a problem, watch and observe your children’s behavior, eating habits, and if any items are stolen or go missing in the house,” Mofokeng said.

“They become withdrawn, depressed, less motivated, calm, hostile, angry, uncooperative, deceptive, secretive and unable to concentrate or spend a lot of time sleeping and, moreover, signs of a sudden loss of power. inhibitions, hyperactive and / or unusually elated, will pick it up for you quite easily.

“If you’ve just found out or have reason to believe that your child is using drugs, the first thing to do is sit down and prepare for the important conversation ahead. The most important thing you can do first is just listen to your child.

“Your child may not be ready to speak, and if you find that this may be the case, prepare a list of specific questions about their recent behaviors. Ask why he / she went out late, who he / she spent time with and where he / she was when he / she comes home smelling the smoke.

“Ask when the substance use started and how exactly does he get the drugs or alcohol. Is he / she under pressure from someone?

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Mokgopha added, “Consider professional help sooner. We know that drugs and alcohol affect teens differently than at any other age. We also know, however, that drug addiction in adolescents and young adults can be treated successfully.

“If you think your teenager is addicted to drugs, see a social service agency or Sanca may be the next step. Early intervention is essential to maintain health and well-being and help her adopt a sober, drug-free lifestyle in the future.

“One of the most important things to remember is that you shouldn’t wait until your child becomes dependent before asking for help. Discovering the first signs of drug or alcohol abuse in your teen will be the best time to act.

“It’s never too early to talk to your teen about their drug use habits, and never too early to seek the help of addiction professionals.

Local Wildflower Montessori Schools Host Free Block Party in Downtown Haverhill

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Two existing local Montessori Wildflower Schools and a new one are planning a free community block party on the downtown Haverhill promenade with an outdoor movie to follow.

Glycine Montessori, 76, rue Merrimack; Marigold Montessori, 26, rue White; and Snowdrop Montessori, scheduled to open in September at 181 Washington Street, are hosting the event on Saturday, August 7 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Representative Brian S. Dempsey’s promenade behind Harbor Place. A rainy date is forecast for Sunday August 8th.

There will be an exhibition of original artwork created by children from Marigold and Wisteria Montessori schools, a community mosaic project led by local artist Faith Benedetti and interactive science experiments. Children also have the opportunity to participate in yoga, music and dance activities.

Youth organizations, Violence Prevention and Intervention, Merrimack Valley NAACP Youth Council and Model UN will share information and organize activities. Youth groups from Be Imagine Music Studio will host performances and Melanie Capalbo from Rise will lead a dance demonstration.

Haverhill Public Library also plans to offer free books and fun gifts for all ages, as well as information on library services for children, parents and teachers. The Wisteria Montessori School will be offering school visits to interested families throughout the event.

A screening of the 1973 film, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, follows the block party at sunset.

Questions can be emailed to [email protected].

Five points: Laura Fox


Five points: Laura Fox

Residence: York

Guilty associations: I play solo and with my duo Fox + Roy (with Whitney Roy from OldHat Stringband)

Favorite spot on the coast: It’s so difficult. I grew up in the Seacoast so I have 33 years of living and visiting this place. Right now it’s the stretch along the York River from Wiggly Bridge to Harbor Beach, my neighborhood walk.

Average sleep time: 8 hours.

Favorite color: Blue / green.

Here we are:

EDGE: Music. What’s the point? Why are you looking for it? Why create it?

Fox: Music is a universal good. I think with every feeling or experience you have – there is music that will help make it better or alleviate it in any way you need to.

Music has always been a security for me. When I was little my mother sang to me to sleep and I often sang with her. As I got older, I sang to myself when I felt overwhelmed or scared, excited or happy. It became a form of therapy for me, almost like a place I could go where I would always feel held and safe to express myself fully. I feel honest and connected when I sing, and I’m pretty much always looking for that feeling in life.

I feel more like myself when I sing than with anything I have ever tried. It roots me and lifts me up at the same time. Writing songs and performing just allowed me to take that feeling to the next level and connect with others. I feel most alive when I’m on stage.

EDGE: How have things changed for you (musically) since the whole pandemic started? How has your musical exploration changed over the past year and how has it changed? Interesting takeaways? Heck, how did your outlook on life in general change from this experience (if any)?

Fox: Dude, that’s a weighted question. In January 2020, I played The Press Room for my second gig with my whole band. I was looking at 2020 as if this was finally going to be a time where I could develop my music and collaborate with other musicians in a way that I had only experienced fleetingly. It was a dream of mine to lead a full band, playing my original songs. Unfortunately, we played two concerts together and then the world stopped.

I wish I could say that 2020 has been a year full of creativity and that I have finally learned to play solo guitar and new songs are coming out of me every day. But it is so far from true. Honestly, for most of 2020, I barely sang or even picked up my guitar. Fortunately, I had some life changes in a positive direction at the end of the year that turned things around and allowed me to slowly turn to music creation.

EDGE: Community. What does this word mean to you? What do you like about the community you are a part of in this part of the world?

Fox: Community = connection. I think connecting with others is the most important thing we have as human beings. It might be the extrovert in me, but I’m always looking for ways to cultivate a deep connection and develop relationships in my life. If this year has taught me anything, it’s that living fully is living in community with others: sharing, connecting, helping, growing. While the past year has made things harder to do, it has also made it even clearer that this is the reason for life. What is the point of getting up in the morning if we are not in contact with other people? Of course, there are other important aspects in life, but if we don’t cultivate deep relationships with people, I think we are missing the mark.

EDGE: When you’re not playing music, what do you do? What does a typical “day in the life” look like for Laura Fox?

Fox: I don’t really have a typical day, but most days are about talking to the people I love, cooking great food, going for a walk, taking a yoga class, and hopefully. to laugh. I grew vegetables this summer which fascinates me enormously. I made plans for the next live shows to see (finally!), And spend some time on the shore or in the water. For the past 3+ years I have worked from home as a freelance marketing strategist so work life hasn’t changed too much for me which I am truly grateful for. I mainly work with small businesses in the Seacoast area, which I really like. So on the days that I am working I look at a laptop, but it’s important for me to find some balance every day, and being your own boss allows that. It’s okay with me.

EDGE: Now that things are opening up again and concerts are more and more a part of our existence (THANKS), what have you got to come? What motivates you to appear in front of an audience? On the other hand, are there any mental obstacles to overcome?

Fox: My first comeback gig is at Vernon Family Farm in Newfields, this Friday July 23, with my duo Fox + Roy. Vernon Family Farm is also a marketing client of mine, and I adore owners Nicole and Jeremiah, so I’m super excited to have my return to live music outside at their lovely family farm. Singing with Whitney is one of my favorite things to do; hearing his harmonies on my originals particularly fills me, so I’m so happy to have this in my life again. I will also be performing more outdoor shows at Kittery Community Center, Dixon’s Campground and Arrowheads Estate in the coming weeks.

I go back and forth between feeling elated and terrified at the thought of singing for strangers again. I learned new covers and had to relearn a lot of songs that I had forgotten (including my own original songs). But really, I feel more alive on stage singing than anywhere else, so I’m dying to go back. At the same time, there is certainly a level of “Wait, how can I play guitar again?” What is the first line of the second verse? I had come to a place where it was rare enough for me to feel the jitters, but I really anticipate that I will feel it again. Fortunately, the physical act of singing calms me down, so once I start it’s only from there. I couldn’t be happier to play again.

Katie Couric paid tribute to her late husband during a speech at her daughter’s wedding


Katie Couric shared a moving memory of her late first husband, Jay Monahan, at their daughter Ellie Monahan’s wedding earlier this month.

The 64-year-old former TODAY co-host shared the full text of her moving speech on her personal website. In it, Couric thanked the many friends and family who have supported her as she raises Monahan, 29, and her younger sister, Carrie Monahan, 25.

After sharing happy memories for several minutes, Couric devoted a special passage towards the end of his speech to Jay Monahan, who died of colon cancer in 1998 at the age of 42.

“I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t tell you that for many years I dreaded this day – because of the people who are not here,” she began before mentioning the late grandparents and other relatives. of the bride and her husband, Mark Dobrosky.

“But most of all, the father of the bride, Jay Monahan. Jay would be so proud of you two and so thrilled that Ellie married a lacrosse player. And a great guy,” Couric said.

“When Jay was in the throes of cancer and it seemed like the end of his life was near, he looked at me and said, ‘You know, nothing really matters except your friends and your family. “When everything else was taken out, Jay understood what was essential for a meaningful life,” she continued.

“Ellie, it would be radiant to see the woman you have become … and in a way, I hope he is,” she added.

The seasoned TV journalist, who found love again with her second husband, banker John Molner, whom she married in 2014, concluded her speech by sharing a quote from her mother, Elinor, and another from the superstar country Kacey Musgraves.

“My mother used to say, ‘In everyone’s life, a little rain must fall.’ Life, in fact, is a strange alchemy of joy and sorrow, of hope and despair, of triumphs and disappointments.

“But in the immortal words of Carrie’s favorite, Kacey Musgraves, ‘Hold on tight to your umbrella, cause honey, I’m just trying to tell you there’s always been a rainbow over it. off your head, ”she said, adding to the bride and groom,“ Hold on tight to your umbrella and to each other. ”

Couric wasn’t the only one honoring Monahan at the festive event. Ellie Monahan also made sure her late father was part of her special day.

In one of Couric’s many Instagram posts chronicling the wedding, she revealed that Monahan paid homage to her father by walking alone down the aisle to one of her favorite songs, “Ashokan Farewell,” an American folk composition. performed by composer Jay. Ungar and his family group.

“Jay Monahan loved this song, which was used in Ken Burn’s Civil War series, so it was a way of honoring him,” Couric wrote.

“Yes, I cried all the time,” she added. “Most of the people there did.”

Summa Equity Acquires G-CON Manufacturing, America’s Leading POD® Cleanroom Solution Provider


Through its acquisition of G-CON, Sum of equity enters rapid growth biopharmaceutical manufacturing market, including manufacture of cell and gene therapies.

STOCKHOLM, July 20, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Summa Equity Fund II (“Summa”) has acquired a controlling interest in G-CON, a leading US manufacturer of prefabricated clean rooms used for manufacturing in the pharmaceutical industry. G-CON designs, builds and installs turnkey GMP (Current Good Manufacturing Practices) suites called PODs, for a global biopharmaceutical customer base focused on biologics, pharmaceuticals, CDMOs (contract development and manufacturing) and manufacturing cell and gene therapy.

Founded in 2009 in University Station, Texas, G-CON has developed a unique prefabricated cleanroom solution, which differs from traditional cleanroom facility structures due to the ease of scalability, mobility, and the ability to reuse PODs once the process is completed. production reaches the end of its life cycle. The company has experienced strong growth and has sold more than 300 clean rooms since its inception.

As the biopharmaceutical market evolves, emerging modalities, such as cell and gene therapy, and the need to rapidly evolve manufacturing requirements, have resulted in a pressing demand for off-site built solutions that can be manufactured, installed and scaled quickly. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need for uninterrupted off-site construction of cleanroom infrastructure.

G-CON has become a market leader in meeting this demand, with high-quality, scalable and flexible manufacturing solutions delivered on fast and reliable delivery times. Its value proposition is particularly relevant to the growing and highly complex biologics and personalized medicine market, which has unique manufacturing requirements.

By addressing and disrupting the boundaries of conventional manufacturing processes that many biopharmaceutical manufacturers face, G-CON aligns itself with Summa’s focus on solving global challenges and its theme of changing demographics, as well as on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) n ° 3 of the UN: “Ensure good health of life and promote the well-being of all at all ages”, and # 9: “Industry, innovation and infrastructure”.

Summa supports the company on its journey to become one of the world’s leading providers of turnkey bioprocessing solutions by expanding the range of products and services and establishing a local presence outside of the United States.

“We are proud to partner with G-CON for the next exciting chapter of its growth trajectory ”, says Marika Vitiä, director at Summa Equity. “We are confident that G-CON has the potential to dramatically speed up bioprocess production times, help biopharmaceutical manufacturers enter the market earlier and fully meet their post-launch capacity needs. It is a vitally important part of the healthcare value chain, ensuring that more of society has access to the right healthcare when it needs it. ”

We are extremely excited to be partnering with Summa Equity as their vision and activities support our goal of helping more patients get affordable medication quickly. With Summa’s support, we will expand our capabilities, services and product offerings, to transform manufacturing capability in the biopharmaceutical market. We look forward to working with the team to further accelerate the global adoption of our unique bioprocessing solutions ”, mentionned Maik jornitz, CEO of G-CON.

The transaction closes on July 15, 2021. Guillaume Blair acted as exclusive financial advisor, Ropes & Gray as legal advisor, PwC as FDD and tax advisor, McKinsey & Company as business due diligence advisor and Frank Partners as ESG advisor to Summa Equity for the transaction. Jefferies LLC served as exclusive financial advisor and Vinson & Elkins LLP as legal advisor to G-CON.

About Summa Equity
Summa invests in companies that solve global challenges and create positive environmental, social and governance (ESG) outcomes for society.

Summa’s goal is to co-create a win-win for investors, portfolio companies and society by aligning its vision and results with sustainability goals, ensuring a net positive impact on ESG challenges and the potential for long-term sustainable outperformance. .

Investments are focused on industries and businesses within three sustainability megatrends: resource efficiency, demographics, and technology companies. On these themes, Summa’s portfolio companies support a world in transition and show that businesses can be part of the solution. Summa has more than 1.4 billion euros in assets under management.


About G-CON Manufacturing, Inc.
G-CON Manufacturing designs, builds and installs G-CON POD® prefabricated cleanrooms. G-CON’s POD portfolio provides cleanrooms in a number of sizes for a variety of uses, from lab environments to personalized medicine and production process platforms. G-CON POD® cleanroom units outperform traditional cleanroom structures in terms of scalability, mobility and the ability to reuse PODs once the production process reaches the end of its lifecycle. For more information, please visit the G-CON website at https://www.gconbio.com. G-CON manufacturing… BUILDING FOR LIFE ™

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AI gets creative, in style

“There is no must in art because art is free”

Vassily kandinsky

Art is subjective, ambiguous and reactionary while AI is objective, universal and logical, at least on paper. So what happens when the two worlds collide?

Artificial intelligence is redefining the creative process with computers creating music, poetry, and more. According to the Association of Computational Creativity, the goal of computational creativity is to model, simulate or reproduce creativity.


AI as an imitator

Neural art style transfer is used to create works of art based on the data fed into it and uses deep neural networks to recreate, replicate and mix styles to produce new pieces.

Pastiches produced by Google AI

Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs) are a class of artificial neural networks associated with sequential models and time series that can mimic the work of writers. RNNs are mainly used in language translation and speech recognition.

Human collaboration and AI

AI can inform and inspire artists to discover ideas, connections, and patterns across huge sets of data points. For example, “trending emotions” around the world.

“Drawing or painting has never been my strength, because I have never been able to have the same control over the muscles in my hands as when I write code. So instead of fighting against my body to produce an image that I could have in my head, I preferred to learn how to order machines to do so. Now that I have the ability to create and control my own visual worlds, the question remains, what do I ultimately want to find there? Mario Klingemann, a German AI pioneer artist, says.

Harshit Agrawal, a computer-human interaction researcher, organized 60,000 images of human surgical dissections. He calls this the “human-machine creativity continuum,” a fusion of human and machine creativity.

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Dr. Algorithm’s anatomy lesson from Harshit Agrawal

The ability of AI to independently create works of art is a moot point. Many AI systems do not need human intervention in the artistic creation process, but require human creative contributions and interventions in the learning process. It was observed that most people could not tell the difference between AI art and real human art. 75% of the time, subjects confused computer-generated images with art created by real artists.

Ethical issues

The use of AI in art and culture raises ethical questions. ‘The next Rembrandt‘for example was created by analyzing 346 Rembrandt paintings pixel by pixel and enlarged by deep learning algorithms 351 years after the painter’s death. Every detail of Rembrandt’s artistic identity laid the foundation for the AI ​​to work on.

When a human author is replaced by algorithms and machines, who owns the copyright and to what extent can it be exercised?

The issues of piracy, plagiarism, originality, and creativity have all come under scrutiny as to how we perceive and understand these terms. AI makes art from the data of existing works. If so, how original is the art of AI?

Rage against the machine

AI is changing our relationship with art and the way we perceive beauty, imagination, literature, music, and other fine art.

A work of art is preceded by social and historical patterns. It embodies cultural heritage and lived experiences. Art itself is mysterious, and it is often difficult to explain where creative ideas come from, and we tend to use vague notions of inspiration and intuition to define art. But art is a human condition; It reflects life.

What a machine lacks is the artistic process. Algorithms can create compelling images, but they live in a nurtured and isolated creative space that lacks social context. Human artists are influenced and inspired by people, places, movements, and they use these experiences to create transcendent works. The machine also lacks intent.

Will AI one day be able to create art as a form of resistance? Can he transgress in his own way, resist establishments or fuel revolutions? The collaboration of the two could be the future of art and could fundamentally change the world and our perceptions.

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I graduated in Literature, Media and Psychology, which is a big part of my confusion in life. I love to write, especially on music. You will find me clicking pictures and playing music on my guitar most of the time!

After an assassination, the Haitian community of Miami wonders: who can fix this mess?

First, the question that ricocheted in hair salons, bakeries and botanicas in Little Haiti was: “Who killed the president?

But as Haiti sank into deeper turmoil following the assassination of President Jovenel Moise on July 7 – with Haitian officials providing a long list of suspects from Florida, Colombia and Venezuela; the announcement of a new government; and preparing for the slain leader’s funeral on Friday – Haitian Americans here have asked an even more puzzling question: “Who can we trust to fix the mess? “

“Some groups say, ‘We need American troops. We need the American money. We need American intervention. And then you have people saying, ‘No, no, no, no, no! The last time they came here, X, Y and Z arrived, ”said Kassandra Timothe, 31, a first-generation Haitian American and newly elected city councilor for North Miami. “So there is this question of what this aid looks like? “

In Little Haiti, the neighborhood four miles north of downtown Miami where waves of Haitians began to settle in the 1970s, the mood has recently been mixed – even though the happy, swaying rhythms of Haitians Kompa music was booming in record stores and stores selling herbal remedies.

“Everyone is so sad for Haiti,” said Laider Andre, 57, owner of the 3×3 Santa Barbara Botanica, as a stream of shoppers strolled through his lime-mint-striped corner store to buy basil. fresh, tea leaves, candles. and bottles of Agua Bendita to drive away evil.

Andre, a Haitian voodoo priest, shook his head as he considered how Haitians in South Florida could help bring peace and stability to those on the island facing the escalating gang violence that has drives up food prices, closed schools and overwhelmed police.

“There is nothing we can do,” he said.

It was a mantra repeated from top to bottom in the brightly colored but abandoned business district of Little Haiti, where many stores are closed.

While South Florida is home to the largest Haitian population in the United States – with over 300,000 people living along the sprawling coastline of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach – Little Haiti’s historic enclave is more the dynamic center of the Haitian diaspora.

Many local businesses have been forced to close as landlords raise rents and the area has become a magnet for real estate speculators betting coastal Miami residents will move to higher land due to the surge. waters.

Even Haitians and Americans of Haitian descent who took small, practical response steps – going to the Caribbean Air Mail money transfer store on 2nd Avenue with crisp dollar bills to send to cousins, aunts, grandparents of the island – expressed their despair.

“Everyone is in shock, but there is nothing we can do,” said Marie Laphoret, a 49-year-old nursing assistant, sending money to her cousin and aunt. In recent months, as the situation on the island worsened, she had also shipped rice, vegetable oil and beans to her family.

Across the Miami area, Haitians said the assassination had heightened the concern of relatives back home.

“If this president was assassinated with all the security he had, what will protect the Average Joe?” said Gepsie Metellus, 61, executive director of Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center, a social service organization in North Miami.

Yet Haitians – many of whom are deeply religious – hope the prayers will help them.

At the Notre Dame d’Haïti Catholic Church in Little Haiti, Rollande Louis, a 54-year-old technical nurse, prayed in a shrine of imposing stained-glass windows “so that grace let God open his eyes to Haiti”.

“We need to pray more for Haiti,” she said as she left the morning mass. “I don’t know what’s wrong with this country, because Haitians, they pray therefore a lot.”

Even though many feel helpless, some activists and elected officials note that Haitian Americans are in the strongest position they have ever been to bring change to the island.

Over the past several decades, the Haitian diaspora has built political power in South Florida, with Haitian American politicians winning a series of mayor, city council, and county commission seats in greater Miami, as well as representation in the Legislative Assembly. This year, for the first time, Americans of Haitian descent formed the majority of the North Miami City Council and the North Miami Beach City Commission.

“We are small but powerful,” said Timothe, noting that she was the 14e Haitian civil servant elected in South Florida.

Some in South Florida say the Haitian diaspora must follow the lead of the Cuban exiles, who for decades have led raucous protests and urged the United States to intervene and free Cubans from the Communist government.

“We Haitians cannot solve this nation,” said Farnel Louis, 43, a FedEx driver born in Haiti and moved to the United States in his late teens. “The UN or the US government, they have to send troops. We need help to run the country. We are in a state of emergency.

Haiti’s Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph – who on Monday announced he would step down and hand over the post to Prime Minister-designate Ariel Henry – called on the United States and the United Nations to send troops to the nation Caribbean Under Siege to Restore Order and Protect Key Infrastructure. It is a request that makes many Haitians uncomfortable.

Calls for intervention by the United States have long been controversial for Haiti, which became the world’s first black-ruled republic and the second oldest republic in the Western Hemisphere in the early 19th century when Africans collapsed. slavery in the French Caribbean colony of Santo Domingo revolted and threw it out of French colonial control.

Many talk about the last time a Haitian president was assassinated. In 1915, President Woodrow Wilson sent the US Marines to seize the capital and repel a German invasion of Haiti after the assassination of Haitian President Jean Vilbrun Guillaume Sam. The US occupation lasted 19 years.

In 1994, when democratically elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was overthrown in a military coup, President Clinton sent over 20,000 troops to bring him back to power. A decade later, after another armed uprising against Aristide, the United States pressured him to resign and deployed 1,800 troops as part of a UN force.

“The worst, the worst-case scenario is that there is an American military intervention, which we have already experienced,” said Krystina François, an American Haitian who is the executive director of the New Americans Office in the county of Miami-Dade. “We don’t want boots on the ground in Haiti. “

Biden said last week that sending the US military to stabilize the country was “not on the agenda.” But the American commitment is not limited to the troops. The Biden administration sent a delegation of US officials to Haiti to help secure infrastructure and investigate the assassination.

The United States and the United Nations are also pushing for Haiti to move forward with legislative and presidential elections slated for September and November – a move that many Haitians, as well as a former US ambassador say, United would be a mistake due to the complete collapse of institutions, infrastructure and trust on the island.

“How are you going to organize an election in this climate where people are afraid with all these gangs out?” said Metellus.

Still, some with close ties to Haiti have said they welcome the elections.

Dorothy Content, 30, a Haitian entrepreneur who moved to Miami at the age of 17 and this year started a business selling Haitian coffee and fair-trade guava jelly in the United States, said that she was as suspicious of the current leaders of Haiti as of the United States.

According to the island’s constitution, the president of the Supreme Court is expected to take power, but he died of COVID-19 on June 23. The national parliament is no longer in office after Moise dissolved it in January 2020. Joseph, the interim prime minister, took power with the backing of the military. But he was appointed by Moise on an interim basis and should have been replaced by Henry, a former Home Secretary, on July 7, the day Moise was assassinated. Now Joseph seems to have seen the light and stepped back for Henry to take power.

“The leaders we have now are not elected by the people. We don’t trust them, ”Content said at a Hope 4 Haiti solidarity memorial in North Miami. “I don’t think they should be leading anything. It’s chaos.

Even the exiles who criticized the US intervention in Haiti were careful to note that they too were foreigners who did not fully understand the situation on the island.

Metellus, who left Haiti at the age of 12 as her family fled the dictatorship of Francois Duvalier, said she recognized her ideas were influenced by her experience of living in the United States for almost a half-century.

“I’m not on the pitch,” she said. “I don’t understand the intricacies and nuances, the lay of the land, the psyche.”

But if there was one thing she had learned from the history of Haiti, she said, it was that solutions imposed from outside would only fail.

“The fundamental point is that we can decide for ourselves,” she said. “You can help us, but we have to be in the driver’s seat. “

Green Mountain Falls Musician Judith Piazza Finds Creative Outlet in Curbside Culture Series | Pikes Peak Courier


“The Sound of Healing”, with elements of nature and human connection added, is something that Judith Piazza, drummer from Green Mountain Falls and versatile “Sound Medicine Woman,” Judith Piazza offers listeners and attendees in her musical offerings. .

COPPeR’s Curbside Culture series – established during the pandemic – may have inspired Piazza’s “Porch Songs”.

Piazza performed with Curbside Culture last year for the cogwheel wagon grand opening in Woodland Park on a cold winter day in February.

“Like the coldest day you can imagine, and the wind was just blowing, and we were in the middle of the Covid affair.”

She stayed out for it and played the handpan – a melodic percussion instrument made of two steel pans stuck together – with gloves on half of her hand.

The idea of ​​connecting artists with listeners at outdoor events got Piazza thinking. And as the creativity arose, a new plan developed.

She thought, “It’s a good idea that they hire musicians and have some sort of curbside thing – so how about my veranda?”

Piazza then coordinated a few small, but little publicized because parking was limited, opportunities to gather for live music outside his house.

“It worked really well because I live in this magical place with breezes, a flowing creek, birds singing with us, chipmunks running around,” she said.

Piazza says that the past year and the experiences that go with it “have sparked such internal questions for me as a woman, as a musician – how can I continue to offer and bring people together in a way? meaningful because we know the arts are essential right now.

Curbside Culture has seen over 60 performances and bookings, ranging from dance and drumming to aerial arts, last year.

Currently, with indoor performance venues still having audience limits and artists attempting to recoup lost bookings, the series continues, with a growing number of artists joining the roster.

Curbside Culture invites accomplished artists living in El Paso and Teller counties to apply to the program. An app is available on the Curbside Culture website, culturaloffice.org/programs/curbside-culture.

Businesses or individuals interested in hiring local artists through Curbside Culture can access a digital toolkit on the website to use to share bookings with friends and the public.

As stated on the website, as the host site for Curbside Culture, you will be responsible for providing power if needed, gathering a small audience, and making financial transactions directly with the artist (s).

Piazza said she approached these opportunities as “a coming together with the intention of bringing joy and opening of heart – not a performance of how great I can be in front of people.”

Her background in music therapy informs her art, she says, and in another connective and musical endeavor, she’s brought together 12 to 15 women to play the drums for a few years now, about twice a month. An opportunity for ‘skills development in tandem’, she says, ‘we let the rhythm flow through us and in this way we are connected to each other’.

“We know that the drum helps us relieve stress and anxiety – it’s a safe, effective and foolproof way to stop the chatter of the mind so that we can feel our body, feel our heart more, and we feel more. gather in community. The percussion circle is open to new people.

Just as the Pikes Peak area cultural office connected residents and visitors to the arts as part of their ‘Curbside Culture’ series in 2020, while pulling together the pandemic restrictions highlighted the importance, as pointed out their promotional literature, from “patios, porches and curbs” in our society, artists find new ways to create these essential moments of connection.

Comment: Music, a powerful medium that can move the memory of people with dementia


SINGAPORE: In the movie The Father, Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins plays a man who slowly loses control of reality as he grows in memory.

In history, music plays an important role in its rapidly deteriorating condition. In one scene, he comes to life by singing and tap dancing.

While Sir Hopkins is a role-playing actor, I see patients as the character he played. Amil * is a loving and cheerful patient of mine, but during her depressed times she cried for her daughter.

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But one thing would cheer her up: When she attends music therapy sessions at Dover Park Hospice, familiar songs like Burung Kakak Tua make her smile.

For Amil, such songs take her back to her youth where she remembers participating in dance competitions. As the song plays, her body and hands move in time with the music.

It’s almost like a reflex muscle memory response triggered by music. As his condition deteriorated, Amil began to speak less. But the moment a familiar song came along, it would light up and sing along.


Music is a natural, non-pharmaceutical approach for people with dementia. As cognitive and verbal skills decline with the progression of dementia, people with dementia may not be able to communicate their needs effectively.

Due to the difficulty in expressing their unmet needs, patients may become agitated and make repeated requests. To deal with it, drugs are sometimes given in nursing homes for the elderly, but there are possible side effects.

Psychotropic drugs such as administered antipsychotics can often cause drowsiness and affect quality of life.

Researchers have found that melody, even lyrics, can stay in our memory for a long time because the part of our brain that stores musical memory is preserved. (Photo: iStock / Cécilie_Arcurs)

But increasingly, studies show that non-pharmaceutical approaches such as music therapy, art therapy can benefit patients with dementia.

The results of a 2013 study by Scandinavian researchers showed that the six-week intervention in music therapy reduced disturbances in agitation and prevented the increase in medication in people with dementia.

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In another study of patients with severe dementia in Japan, music was found to reduce stress in patients and improve quality of life. The interventions used were based on individualized music, selected to elicit pleasant memories and evoke positive emotions.

In our profession, we see that music can bring comfort to patients.

Researchers have found that melody, even lyrics, can stay in our memory for a long time because the part of our brain that stores musical memory is preserved despite illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease. In other words, our long-term “autobiographical” memory is less affected by such neurological diseases.

Autobiographical memory includes self-referential memories such as the location of the house and episodic memories of events such as a wedding day.

This is also why we remember our favorite songs and can sing them by heart, no matter how old we are.

It also works in dementia patients – songs from their early years remind them of their loved ones.

In our patients, it triggers memory. Although they may forget where they are or not recognize the people in their life, they can remember the lyrics of a song they know. And in doing so, it gives them meaning and the assurance that they are safe.


Singing and playing percussion is an experience that people with dementia can easily share with others. It is not physically demanding. It also taps into individuals’ resources such as their long-term memory.

A caregiver touching the hand of an old man who is holding a stress ball

Researchers followed participants in nursing homes and specialty memory clinics for 20 years to see who developed dementia and whether fitness affected their risk of contracting the disease. (Photo: Pexels / Matthias Zomer)

More importantly, it is the act of doing something that fosters a sense of belonging.

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I remember a patient who barely spoke, and due to COVID-19, her family based abroad was unable to visit her.

During a video call with his family, his young grandchildren chose the song Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to sing for him.

While playing the guitar for them, I saw this patient light up in response to their voices. Soon she began to sing and raised her hands, opening and closing her palms like a star.

For people with dementia, music is a powerful motivator that also encourages movement.

Music can be a way for them to channel and expend their energy in a natural way, giving them the opportunity to be creative and to be themselves. Music can also maintain muscle memory to some extent.

I remember cases of patients retaining the ability to play instruments, or even doing “aerial guitar” to the sound of the guitar.

This is because there is an automatic synchronization of neural activity, physical movement, as well as heart and respiratory rates with the rhythmic signals of music.

Most of the time, music is a great mood lift. In music therapy, we encourage patients to choose the type of music they would like to hear.

A common principle is to respond to the mood of the person at the time. For example, while slow, soothing music is usually chosen for relaxation, there has been one case in music therapy where a patient has chosen loud, fast piano music instead. This music for him was cathartic.

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He spoke of feeling relaxed and happy after listening to him. Likewise, a song that sounds happy may or may not be suitable for someone who is feeling down. This is why making a personalized playlist can be useful in the management of patients with dementia. We all have personal tastes in music.


We have also found that music is an effective distraction from physical or subjective ailments.

I remember a patient who used music to regulate her discomfort. She would ring the bell to get my attention, choose the music wisely and explain her choices. Sometimes she wanted me to play quick songs to combat the drowsiness caused by the drugs.

At other times, she would ask for slow instrumentals that helped her relax.

Music can therefore be helpful for psychosomatic pain. It is also an illustration of total pain in palliative care, a concept where pain is not only due to physical reasons, but also psychological, emotional and spiritual distress.

We all have musical stories. Music reminds us of important memories and our identity such as religious faith or nationality. People with dementia are mothers, fathers, sisters; a person with a story. Sometimes you can forget about it and focus on their illness.

Dementia causes profound losses, and the path can be difficult for both patients and their families. But in taking care of our loved ones, it is important to see the personality that is always present.

Music is a way to unlock memories, helping people with dementia remember who they are. We also remember who they are and who we are to each other. And that’s what matters most in the end.

* Pseudonyms have been used in this comment.

Camellia Soon is a music therapist at Dover Park Hospice.

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Biotech firm secures additional £ 6.2million in funding


A Coventry-based biotech company developing a new cell engineering tool for new targeted therapy modalities has raised an additional £ 6.2million in seed funding.

The NanoSyrinx funding round was co-led by incoming Octopus Ventures and existing investor M Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Merck.

Previous investors BioCity, now We are Pioneer Group, and the UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund (UKI2S) have joined the round with IQ Capital and Jonathan Milner.

NanoSyrinx Ltd was founded in 2020 to develop a fully customizable genetic platform that selectively delivers peptide and protein payloads directly into the cytosol of targeted cells. It was first identified by the Waterfield Lab based at Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick.

The company will use this investment to study the applications of its technology in a range of therapeutic indications and new modalities. Proof of concept studies for both in vivo active pharmaceutical delivery and ex vivo cellular engineering will be undertaken

Managing Director Dr Joe Healey said: “We are delighted that all of our current investors have recognized the tremendous progress the company is making in 2020 and have chosen to continue to support us.

“It is also a pleasure to welcome Octopus, IQ Capital and Jonathan Milner to the union and we are delighted to be working together. This investment will help us develop our approach to better target the therapeutic areas where we can have the most impact. “

Dr Uzma Choudry, early stage investor at Octopus Ventures, added: “Targeting diseased cells without affecting healthy cells is the holy grail of medicine. This is why we are delighted to support the brilliant NanoSyrinx team in the development of their platform delivery products to treat the disease.

“The first applications of this technology will be in the cell and gene therapy space, where we may see it being used to create highly effective cancer treatments with dramatically reduced side effects.

“The opportunity is huge and we look forward to working with Joe and the team to help make NanoSyrinx’s vision a reality.”

Indonesian singer Lyodra releases ‘Emotional Roller Coaster’ which is her self-titled debut album


Indonesian pop singer Lyodra has released her long-awaited debut studio album, “Lyodra”.

The eight-track album, released last Friday (July 16), followed the release of four singles: “Gemintang Hatiku”, “Mengapa Kita (Terlanjur Mencinta)”, “Tentang Kamu” and “Sabda Rindu”. The album release was also accompanied by a music video for ‘Kalau Bosan’.

For her debut album, the 18-year-old singer and actress was helped by producers Anji Manji, Laleilmanino, Yovie Widianto, Dipha Barus, Ade Govinda and Mario G. Klau – who together helped Lyodra create a melting pot of pop, R&B, dance and rock ballads.

NME met Lyodra to discuss the recording of the album, take inspiration from Agnez Mo and pay tribute to her Karo heritage on the record. Read the interview below.

In this industry, it can be difficult for a young newcomer to have the privilege of recording a feature film. When did you learn that your label Universal Music Indonesia had finally given the green light to your album?

“It was my dream to record an album from day one. But obviously I had to release standalone singles first, just to see how people would respond to them and how excited they were. It turned out that they wanted more and more. I think I finally got that green light towards the end of 2020 – after releasing my third single ‘Tentang Kamu’.

Apart from the vocals, how involved were you in the making of this album?

“Honestly: a lot. From the concept of the album, lyricism, arrangement, etc. The thing I’m grateful for is that I’ve had the chance to work with songwriters and producers who are very supportive and open to discussion. Throughout the registration process we have always tried to come up with ideas and we have always tried to find the best solution together.

‘Lyodra’ offers different sounds. How did you manage to achieve cohesion?

“When I made this album, I didn’t deliberately try to create something coherent or a little ‘neat’. But the end product turned out to be pretty consistent anyway, so I was really moved by that. [laughs]

“In terms of production, I really wanted to offer a lot of variety. I didn’t want to make an album that was like break-up ballads from start to finish because I didn’t want listeners to be bored. The album must have something for everyone.

“When recording this album, I took inspiration from Agnez Mo – especially her music from the mid-2000s. Also, I got a lot of inspiration from my big sister Ariana Grande. [laughs] I was very inspired by the way Grande composes her arrangement, her rhythms and how she balances the lyrics with the music. Dua Lipa also provided some influence.

Many considered “Mengapa Kita (Terlanjur Mencinta)” written by Yovie Widianto as your flagship song. A year after its release, this song remains popular. Why do you think it is?

“Because the song is good and the singer is great. [laughs] Seriously, it’s a really good song. The emotion is perfect from start to finish and, from a narrative point of view, this song is also quite painful. People can always relate to situations where you can’t help but fall in love despite the circumstances. This is the kind of problem that is relatable, universal, and will exist forever. “

Compared to the previous songs produced by Laleilmanino, ‘Sabda Rindu’ seems to be their most complex work to date. Was this the most difficult song you have ever recorded?

“I have to say: I performed this song live three times and each time I felt like I didn’t pull it off. It’s a really tough song – especially when I have to perform it on stage. The tone changes, the voice changes, and then, the whistle in the bridge. On top of that, the lyrics are very tight and there is also some added choreography. It was totally overwhelming at first.

“But, over time, I pretty much got used to it. Besides, if I suck at singing my own song, what would my mom say? [laughs]

‘Kalau Bosan’ is your first rock-influenced ballad. Can you talk a bit about the recording process with the song’s producer, Ade Govinda?

“When I first heard the demo of the song, I liked it. However, there were several tweaks and changes that I proposed to Govinda. Surprisingly, he was very open and I thought “My God, he is so nice!”. There was a lot of talk between us until we finally got on the same page with this song.

“I describe ‘Kalau Bosan’ as very ‘addicting’. The more you listen to it, the more you want to press repeat. The lyrics are simple and memorable while the production is really catchy. Again, we were looking for the relatability factor. Just look at the lyrics: ‘If you’re bored with me don’t disappear / If you’re bored with me tell me. ‘ I mean, sad but true, right? This line looks very simple, but in real life it is very difficult to do. In addition, the “ghost” is all the rage these days.

Does the next track “Dibanding Dia” continue the story of “Kalau Bosan”?

“Both songs were produced by Govinda and honestly when we recorded those songs we didn’t think that far. But, if you listen to these two songs, they’re kind of related, aren’t they? ‘Kalau Bosan’ is about the guy who ignores the girl, and ‘Dibanding Dia’ might be about the girl who finds out why.

The dance floor ‘Oe .. Oe ..’ refers to the Karo heritage. Can you talk about it a bit?
“The producer of the song, Dipha Barus and I are both of Karo origin. We figured that since this opportunity was hard to find, why not do a dance song with Karo references? We decided to add traditional instruments, ethnic drums, and the song title is actually in the Karo language. ‘Oe‘ means ‘Yes‘ In English.”

You end the album with the sad ‘Pesan Terakhir’. Why?

“I admit that this song is very sad. I’m talking about a little sad “misery in small pieces”. It was written by Mario G. Klau and I was amazed at it. This song is so desperate, heartbreaking and devastating. That’s why I decided to have it as the final track – as if all the pent-up emotions on the album were completely released through this song.

“At the end of the day, this album is an emotional roller coaster. First I build the emotion, then I break it down, then I keep it still and calm, then I lift it, and when the listeners reach the final track, I drop it on the ground.

Finally, how do you see this album, from a personal point of view?

“I see this album not only as a debut album, but also as a reward for hard and hard work. I’ve worked so hard to make sure this album delivers the best of the best. Plus, I can’t help but think about enemies and opponents. I didn’t make this album to prove the enemies were wrong. This album is kind of my way of saying: “I don’t care what all the enemies say, it’s me and it’s my album!”

Reunion: a return to normal for TFC fans

At some point in the past 14 months, during the darkest and most desperate days of the pandemic, we all looked inside and asked ourselves, “What would it be, what would be?” that thing that to me would mean the pandemic is largely behind us, and things are back to normal?

For some, it would be a return to their favorite bar or restaurant. For others, it may be that trip that has been postponed for a year. Maybe it’s going to see a live concert or a movie in a real movie theater. Regardless of the individual case, we all have our personal totems that we can turn to and say, “Yes, we survived this… things are starting to get back to normal. “

It was towards the end of last summer, sometime after the Disney tournament (ed – “MLSisBACK”), that I noticed that I didn’t spend as much time with my son as his boyfriend (as well as his dad), and rather, I was having an increasingly uncomfortable time being an e-learning enforcer , or a stricter discipline on the mask of rules and social distancing or whatever the new roles that this pandemic had asked of us. What was missing, however, were the few hours a week where I was just becoming her boyfriend. He and I hang out less as a father and son with a 33 year age gap, but we’re just “boys” sharing laughs and laughs, and bonding. Of all the things this wonderful life has given me to do and allowed me to do, being a father to my son is still my most favorite thing in the world, but there has been a break in the balance. There was a static and a new inertia.

The problem was clear. You don’t bond without the proper crucible, and while this pandemic raged, this lakeside crucible would remain closed to us. In order for me to feel ‘normal’ again, Toronto FC would have to return home to BMO Field, which would once again allow me to bring my son back to the stadium and add a new chapter to an ongoing story that lasts. for eight years. years, one that started before he even took off his diapers.

The return to BMO Field was not just a mark of celebration for us, it had become a necessity.

Over the past month or so, one by one the signs that we were getting back to normal were all there. There were patios, backyard meetings, haircuts (him, not me unfortunately), drum lessons, and little by little there was that sense of fun in our relationship again. Surely a sign that we had passed the worst.

But then the email from Toronto FC came in that there would be a game this Saturday and maybe I could go!

My immediate thought was “Winning this could be as big as Lotto 6/49!” (Really, I’m a prisoner of the moment, and I didn’t really think about it!) Once the confirmation arrived that I had two tickets, my dilemma came to me. While I am doubly vaccinated, my 8 year old does not qualify for a vaccine, would I risk it by attending this game?

So began this internal debate: Do Ontario’s numbers seem secure enough for him to attend? Is the outdoor environment safe? What are the actual security protocols? Calculating normality and positivity versus security and negativity is not easy, I can assure you.

I considered taking someone else, but are you really going to visit the Pope and take your atheist friend? Can’t do it right? So the decision was made, we were going to double the mask, wear glasses and arrive later to avoid the queues to try and do it as safely as possible … but we were going to go back to the crucible.

I’m not a fan of superstition, but yesterday I might have taken it a little bit to feel that familiarity and comfort that was taken from us on Friday March 13, 2020, the day the world fell. at our feet.

I got gas at the same station as usual, although I had enough room for four dollars of gasoline in my car. We drove the exact same way we always do, although it takes an extra five minutes. We parked in the exact same spot we always do in Lot 2, even though that meant leaving dozens of closer spaces behind us. We walked to the same gate as we always do, although it wasn’t the most convenient for my moved tickets. This was not superstition, but rather an attempt to take back everything that had been taken from us last year. There was an underlying therapeutic challenge against the one-year prison sentence this pandemic had imposed on all of us.

Once we settled into our seats it was so happy to understand everything. The sights, sounds and smells. Everything was catharsis. Yeah, we missed our usual seats, and you can’t replace Colin and his kids, and Taylor, Michelle, David and Justin, but it was pretty darn close.

Yesterday we made some new memories. It turns out that after watching a Man United season fascinated with the Euro Championship and kicking my ass in FIFA ’21, I now had a seatmate who can appreciate some of the finer details. beautiful game. We chatted at a level we hadn’t even talked about before. He was impressed with some of the players’ strategies and techniques and had technical questions about how Toronto FC was put together. The game talk, the hot dogs, the cold drinks, the lake breeze, it all made for an almost perfect evening. I say almost perfect because a win and the ensuing release listening to Depeche Mode on the speakers sound different, you know?

So yesterday, after so many more days than I want to keep track of, we did everything we love to do at BMO Field. The car ride home was talking and laughing. There were laughs. Jokes inside that only he and I could understand. There was a snack of crisps and late night sports chatter as we watched the end of the NBA Finals game, which hadn’t been there for 14 months now.

I don’t know when we’ll be back, because my comfort with 15,000 is very different from that of 7,000, but these are semantics, details that we can sort out later. The option being there presents a freedom that we haven’t had for a long time now. But for now, we’ve got the photos and the selfies to look back at, and a game this coming week that we’ll be carefully sorting out together, as those bonds are not only forged but hardened.

Neither team lost yesterday, but a lot of people came out feeling they won. That’s the beauty of it all. Years from now we won’t remember the wins and losses, the number of goals scored and who did what. This year, more than any other in my life, sport is the backdrop to the larger stories that guide and shape us all. Therapy, normality, whatever it was yesterday, it was all made possible by a simple homecoming.

Ben Platt: “Evan Hansen is a painful role to live all the time”


ghe returning to high school was hard work for Ben Platt. The singer, Broadway prodigy and film veteran was already 20 when he started working Dear Evan Hansen in 2014. By the time the acclaimed musical was made into a movie, he was 27 years old. To play a teenager would be an exaggerated exercise.

“I shaved, you know, three times a day,” Platt says of Zoom, sporting a full beard now, “which is funny because when I was in high school there were five or six guys with beards, but what do I know? ” He lost weight too. “I was on a sort of deprivation diet. And I was walking 14,000 steps a day and using the little Fitbit guy, and I lost about 20 pounds. “

It almost worked. When the film’s first trailer was unveiled in May, it sparked a wave of social media talk, mostly about Platt’s age. Some thought he was clearly too old to play a teenager.

When I bring up criticism, Platt is generally gracious. “It’s a very selective crop right now,” he says. “There are about a hundred different examples of things being interpreted the same way, where all high school kids are actors in their early to mid-twenties. And sometimes people like to climb on specific things just because. I have no control over it, and that’s fine on my end.

Platt is an efficient, talkative but thoughtful interviewee, analytical but always spontaneous. He is, quite simply, a pro. His hair is tousled – he let it grow out to play Hansen and keep it that way. When I ask what the writing on his T-shirt says, he gets up to show me: it’s the name of the Adidas brand, in vintage cursive.

Ben Platt performs with the cast of “Dear Evan Hansen” at the Tony Awards on June 11, 2017 in New York City

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While Platt is well aware that there can be “no right to anything” in a creative career, he knows how much he helped shape the character of Evan Hansen. His performance as an anxiety-riddled teenager, whose personal life is turned upside down after a classmate’s suicide, made the musical an international phenomenon and earned him a Tony Award in 2017. Platt worked and developed the role for years, long before the play did. on Broadway. The result was a rare synergy between character and performer – the kind that makes it almost impossible to imagine someone else in Hansen’s place.

“I created the role and I prepared it in the studio and read it and did the out-of-town production and off-Broadway production,” says Platt. “I really built it with the writers and a lot of me, my rhythms, my voice and who I am is embedded in the character. … This is the only character who, in my opinion, has become mine. Universal Pictures agreed. When the time came to produce the film adaptation of the musical, the distributor would only go ahead with the project if Platt reprized the role.

It was an emotional journey as well as a physical one. Platt, like Hansen, suffered from anxiety – replaying it meant revisiting a range of uncomfortable emotions. “An experience as incredible as [the role] was and the doors she opened to me and the power of the story, it’s a painful and difficult thing to go through all the time, ”he says. Yet at least he didn’t have to go through the full panoply of emotions six nights a week. “We only had to visit each place in history once,” says Platt. “If we were to shoot [the uplifting duet] ‘Only Us’ all day, it was a very happy day.

While all of this was going on, Platt fell in love with the man who had once replaced him as Evan Hansen on Broadway. He and Noah Galvin have been talking about their relationship for several months, in interviews and on social media.

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Romance is the inspiration behind Platt’s new song, “Happy To Be Sad”, a bittersweet pop ballad released Friday July 16th. Platt and Galvin spent the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic together before being forced into a long-distance facility when Galvin had to go shoot a TV show in Vancouver, while Platt was scheduled to shoot a movie in Georgia.

“The day he left I felt such a strange mixture of [emotions] – a real pit in my stomach and a real sadness because I missed being next to me, “says Platt. “But at the same time, I felt this excitement, this euphoria and this joy. I had never had this experience of finding someone who could make me feel that way. And I was like, “How lucky is this person out there now?”

Ben Platt’s second album ‘Reverie’ to be released on August 13


“Happy To Be Sad” is taken from Platt’s second studio album Reverie, which follows its debut in 2019 Sing Me Instead of. Where its debut was full of powerful ballads that showcased Platt’s showtune-infused lineup, the new version draws on that DNA and gives it a retro, synth bent. The album took shape in the summer of 2020, when Platt was quarantined with his parents in Los Angeles, working in his childhood bedroom.

“I was living in this weird limbo because of where I was,” he says. “I felt very connected to the past and to who I was and where I was from and the comfort of that – mixed with the fact that the pandemic has given everyone a new perspective. And I was in an adult relationship, I felt very involved and very advanced. So I felt stuck in the middle of those two things.

Looking back, Platt’s childhood reads like a premonition of his future career. The son of a film, television and theater producer, he attended the Adderley School for Performing Arts in Los Angeles as a child (other alumni include Modern family‘s Sarah Highland, model Gigi Hadid, and Heby Jack Dylan Grazer). As a young adult, he enrolled at Columbia University in New York City, dropping out after six weeks to play one of the lead roles in The Book of Mormon, first in Chicago and then on Broadway. Meanwhile, Platt played Benji Applebaum in two Perfect cinema. Then in 2015 came Dear Evan Hansen, the acclaimed musical that made Platt – as a New York Times The headline said it – “The Lying, Sobbing, Loving Broadway Toast”.

There is a joy and a comfort in playing a queer character

Platt has had continued success on television (playing the lead character in two seasons of cheerfully chaotic Ryan Murphy The politician) and in the cinema. He is ready to play in The people we hate at marriage, a film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Grant Ginder, starring Allison Janney and Annie Murphy. Platt’s character is gay, which as he recently put it NME, “It’s not something that I’ve done very often” but it’s “something that I really wanted to do, just because I like to see more and more queer actors telling their own stories. stories ”.

“We should be able to play anything across the map,” he says now. “There’s a joy, excitement and comfort to playing a queer character that I think people who aren’t in that position can take for granted. Because there are elements of yourself, manners, instincts, and humor that sometimes you need to calm down or avoid when playing a character who isn’t queer. I’m really excited to be able to use all of these things and lean into them and experience the freedom of them.

Ben Platt and Zoey Deutch in “The Politician”

(Giovanni Rufino / Netflix / Kobal / Shutterstock)

Platt is also eager to return to the stage – first to spin his album, then to the theater, his “happiest place.” He “was dying to come back to that experience and that lifestyle”, whether it was playing in a Shakespeare play or doing another musical – “whatever is new again”. Speaking of Broadway, Bruce Springsteen recently drew an anti-vaccine protest outside his own Broadway venue for demanding that his audience be vaccinated against Covid-19. Does Platt agree with the policy?

“Absolutely,” he said. “I mean, it’s up to everyone what they want to do, but when we’re talking about live artists who are maskless and who are in the room with you, then I think it’s perfectly fair to ask. that if you want to come and share that experience and be in this room, then you should have something that is completely free and available to everyone and that has been scientifically proven to be very useful.

In an industry known for giving as much as it takes, there’s something almost supernatural about Platt’s determination to keep conquering new lands. He says it is because of his “relentless conduct”.

“I have always had a very specific directive,” he adds. “I started working when I was nine and knew I wanted to be a performer back then.” Still, the pandemic and her relationship with Galvin gave her a new perspective: “I’m putting a little less pressure and stress on myself because I have something so fulfilling. I am very happy to have this kind of change. But I will always have a little fire under the buttocks. It’s just who I am.

‘Reverie’ releases August 13 with single ‘Happy to be Sad’ now available

Inclusiveness First: The Norwood Park Project Moves Forward | Local News


FAIRMONT – Norwood Park’s transformation on the East Side will take a big step forward this week.

On Tuesday, the Town of Fairmont will hold a public hearing at the Public Safety Building from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to gather community ideas and feedback on the Norwood Park project. Current plans call for the park to be transformed into an inclusive park, allowing anyone of all ages and abilities to play together in one space.

In 2017, the Fairmont Parks Commission planned to “revitalize” many of the city’s parks. On their radar was Norwood Park, a small playground on the East Side of little interest, but the location and property has a lot of potential. The park is located at the corner of Morgantown Avenue and Suncrest Boulevard near the Victory Baptist Church.

The commission continued to plan for the park over the next year and in the fall of 2019 announced that Norwood Park would become all-inclusive. The committee voted and approved the decision to redevelop the site.

In May, the city’s parks commission met again around the theme of Norwood Park to take stock of the progress of the project. At the meeting, the committee was joined by Jim Christie of Civil & Environmental Consultants, landscape architect and project manager, who led a discussion on the Norwood project.

At the May reunion, Christie unveiled a conceptual render for the new Norwood Park. The commission was satisfied with the progress made by the CEC and Christie. Norwood Park is adjacent to a property owned by Novelis’ Fairmont location, which has pledged up to $ 75,000 to fund the purchase of playground equipment. The company will also provide volunteers. who will work on the park renovation project.

“What we did was we included other groups to be all inclusive,” Christie said at the May meeting. “The Disability Action Center is a big part of that, Morgantown’s PlayWorks, Messenger Speech Therapy, WVU Music Therapy, and the Challenger League.”

Too often, with projects like these, planners and architects avoid consulting with community members who are affected by their project, but CEC has approached those who stand to gain the most from the new inclusive park. Many organizations, such as DAC and PlayWorks, which work with people with disabilities have directly contributed to the project.

“The CEC did an incredible job with the concept,” said Julie Sole, director of the DAC. “We gave [CEC] lots of ideas when it came time to come up with a design and CEC really hit him out of the stadium.

The concept of Norwood Park goes far beyond the usual playground. The concept includes sensory spaces, communication walls, fully accessible to residents who experience different forms of mobility and an integration of inclusive elements, rather than adding them.

“These are the components we were looking for – unique, safe, accessible and inclusive,” Sole said. “For that, their initial concept is fantastic.

While most parks have ADA compliant items, those items are usually an afterthought. A park will have a swing, then on the side is a single wheelchair swing.

“We want inclusion to be a natural process, not a forced process,” said Mike Lentz, owner of PlayWorks. “It’s not really inclusion if it’s forced. By making these parks [inclusive] Right from the start, inclusion is natural and that’s what all parents want for their kids … they want it to be easy for their kids.

This inclusive park seeks to integrate these elements by putting everyone on the same level.

“There are a lot of things that children who don’t develop normally learn from their peers that typically develop,” Lentz said. “They want to do what they do, they want to be included.”

And these interactions are healthy, not only for people with special needs, but for the education of all concerned.

“It is very important for people with special needs to interact with people who have a ‘typical function’, you might say,” Sole said. “But it’s even more important for children and normally developing adults to interact with … people with special needs.”

“It will really promote inclusion,” Lentz said. “You can’t just call something inclusive and hope it works, you have to build it from the inside out. “

This park will not be just for children, but for people of all ages. Generally, playground equipment is not designed to accommodate a full-sized adult. However, plans call for the equipment in this new park to be specially designed to accommodate adults.

“We wanted to take into account the height and weight of individuals and how everyone can have access to all areas of the park,” Sole said. “There will be no space for people with special needs and space for people without developmental disabilities – it’s all there together.

“This is how the world should be.”

Questions or suggestions regarding the Norwood Project should be sent to Hanna Turner, City of Fairmont Marketing and Communications Manager, at [email protected]

Cuban Americans from across the United States demonstrate in front of the White House and Cuban Embassy – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

WASHINGTON (WSVN) – Hundreds of Cuban Americans from across the United States, including southern Florida, have come to the nation’s capital to take their growing calls for freedom in Cuba to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

7News cameras captured New York resident Dustin Garcia, his face and white T-shirt appearing to be bloodied, as he walked back and forth and waved the Cuban flag in front of the House Blanche, Saturday afternoon.

“I feel sad. Sometimes I feel like I want to go with them, join them and fight with them, but the only thing I can find to support them right now is to be there for them and to do everything possible to fight for them, ”he said.

One of the many Spanish signs held up read: “If Cubans are in the streets, so are we.”

Among the protesters who filled Pennsylvania Avenue and Lafayette Square were Oscar Martinez and his group.

“We want the world to know what’s going on,” he said.

Martinez said they were from Miami.

“We want freedom for Cuba. We don’t need drugs, we don’t need anything else. We need humanitarian intervention. We need help, “he said.” This is just the beginning. “

Cuban Americans want their voices to be heard. Many of them traveled to the Cuban Embassy in Washington, DC on Saturday to listen to music through the speakers.

“They use our own music to stop our voices,” said Ivis Rodriguez, a resident of Texas.

The loud chants of the demonstrators ended up drowning out the music.

“Let’s see if they can hear us since we’re closer now,” said New Jersey resident Darina Alarcon.

A banner adorning the facade of the Cuban Embassy reads “Cuban life matters. End the blockade now! “

“This is not the message. It’s a joke, ”Rodriguez said. “We are fighting for freedom, just that, freedom. No more excuses for this. It’s a joke.

Cuban Americans who spoke to 7News said they plan to continue moving towards freedom, thanks to a movement that Cubans on the island launched on Sunday.

“We are so proud of this young generation. We thought hope was lost, and hope was right under it, and it’s going up, ”Rodriguez said.

Martinez said some of those in his group will return to South Florida on Saturday night and the rest will return on Sunday.

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2 Chainz says new album will be his last trap record

2 Chainz evolves. And apparently, this evolution includes no longer releasing albums dedicated to the trap.

Tity Boi has been one of the most ardent artists in trap music over the years. However, he seems to have changed his mind. On Saturday morning (July 17), he shared his epiphany with his fans on Twitter. “This became my last trap album, enjoy it,” the Atlanta MC tweeted.

It’s unclear why Tit is moving in a different direction. It could be him who just wants to progress as an artist and not be cataloged in a subgenre. If his next album is indeed the last trap record, the former member of Playaz Circle has had a hell of a tour, which includes over 20 mixtapes, EPs and albums focused on the life of trap.

2 Chainz’s most recent album, So help me god, was released last November. It peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart. In February, Tit announced he was planning a new project by tweeting: “Im Fina is dropping another project”. There has been no update on the new offering, but it has been reported that Chainz and Lil Wayne are wrapping up the sequel to their joint album, ColleGrove.

While trap music may soon become a thing of the past for the Pretty girls love trap music rhyming, he continues to take legal business steps in real life. Earlier this month, he announced an investment in a solar technology company. “So I invested in this company which essentially takes solar energy and conditions it for reuse even at night, a bit like a solar refinery,” he revealed on Twitter.

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After COVID-19, we’ll need more than therapy


At the beginning of Avengers: Endgame, there is a surprisingly premonitory scene. Captain America, the valiant soldier who wields an indestructible shield, appears in civilian clothes as he leads a support group. He’s here to help survivors of the Snap, an event triggered by the villainous Thanos in which billions of people die without warning or explanation. Still struck by the sudden loss five years later, support group participants are looking for answers on how to cope with their pain.

When a man says he’s just been out for the first time, Captain America replies, “That’s it. It’s those brave little steps that we have to take to try to become whole again, to try to find a purpose.”

Although the Marvel movie premiered in 2019, I’ve kept coming back to this scene in my mind since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The dimly lit room, the dark voices, the sign on the wall that says, “Where are we going, now that they’re gone?” It was a minute-long glimpse of what healing might look like in a fantasy world defined by mass death.

Now here we are, after at least four million unexpected deaths worldwide, trying to find some semblance of normal like COVID worrisome variants overturn our expectations. Investors and entrepreneurs saw the magnitude of this suffering and saw it as a business opportunity. In 2020, investors invested $ 2.4 billion in digital behavioral health companies, many of which aim to embrace the therapeutic model of individual treatment and make it more accessible through virtual platforms. Some are trying to automate mental health care using chatbots that talk to users about their emotions.

These connections can support us in vital ways.

These services are important and can be useful, but strange as it sounds, the support group in End of Game proposes a model that is perhaps more realistic and meaningful. It demonstrates the irreplaceable value of peer and community support in the face of disaster. As we navigate the post-vaccination period of the pandemic and learn more about the emotional and psychological distress we still feel – along with our friends, family, neighbors and colleagues – we must prioritize some form of healing that builds on bonding and helps us build new relationships.

These connections cannot replace accessible, high-quality therapy, but they can support us in vital ways. They make us feel less alone, help us collectively deal with grief and trauma, help resolve practical or emotional issues, and bring communities together. We will continue to need this support as we face future waves of trauma from climate change, and research suggests that such social capital can lead to better mental health outcomes following disasters.


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As venture capital invests billions of dollars in efforts that will vastly expand an infrastructure of paid services that keep people in silos with a therapist, behavioral health coach, chatbot, or automated tool, imagine a federal initiative. major nationwide to fund community support groups. A small pilot project that provides support groups for agricultural workers could provide a plan. In one such group format, trusted mental health professionals lead wellness conversations with a focus on empowering participants to help each other rather than diagnose them.

Educational workshops that help people learn basic information about mental illness, how to identify signs and symptoms, and how to engage in empathetic conversations should be another important part of the recovery resources available to everyone. . We already have a model in Mental health first aid, at national scale Peer reviewed program that teaches people about mental health and wellness. However, the workshop is often promoted to first responders, teachers, social workers and other professionals who encounter people with mental illness or seizures more frequently. Expanding access and knowledge of MSFA could dramatically increase the ability of people to understand their own mental health and respond sensitively to others in difficulty.

With increased federal funding, community mental health centers, which typically operate as small hospitals or therapy clinics, could serve as hubs for support groups and workshops. They could also add social programs that bring people together to enjoy hobbies and activities like baking and basketball. If that doesn’t sound like mental health care, Dawn Belkin Martinez, associate dean for equity and inclusion and associate clinical professor at Boston University’s School of Social Work, isn’t. agreement.

“I think the community is a healing intervention,” she says.

“I think the community is a healing intervention.”

Belkin Martinez applies a “health release” philosophy to his work with students and clients. The goal is not just to help people cope better with stressors and mental health issues. It’s also about helping them understand how the systems that govern their lives – think capitalism, structural racism, misogyny, etc. – affect their well-being, then take action to change these external conditions while deconstructing negative messages about themselves. the sentence they internalized as a result. By adopting a different framework for viewing their problems while tapping into community networks and support to thrive, they can chart the course forward.

Unfortunately, this is what is lacking in many therapy experiences. Belkin Martinez says traditional training does not teach therapists how to collaboratively identify and discuss the links between mental health and socio-political factors. Psychology as a labor force too is not diverse, which means therapists may be culturally incompetent depending on their client’s background. In particular, people of color, people with disabilities and those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender who have asked for help but have had to fight stereotypes or discrimination are well aware of this barrier.

Even though talented therapists and psychiatrists have valuable skills and expertise, not everyone wants such treatment, they can’t either to afford or access he. A long-standing shortage mental health care providers makes dating rare, especially now given growing demand. The issues we face in affordability, access and quality cannot be solved with Internet therapy, which has exploded during the pandemic. Some may prefer anonymity and convenience, but still cannot find the right therapist for them.

Community leaders develop creative approaches to the problem of quality and access. Take for example, PyschoHairpy“, a program that certifies barbers and stylists in the provision of “culturally sensitive mental health first aid”. Founded by a black clinical psychologist who is also a natural hairstylist, the program trains participants in “microcounseling” skills such as active listening, mindfulness and storytelling therapy.

The organization Estoy Aqui (I’m here) aims to reach the Latino / Latinx and Black communities of western Massachusetts with a suicide prevention ‘community care’ model called La Cultura Sana, or Cultural cures. Its founder, Ysabel Garcia, told me that the model focuses on dismantling factors like systemic racism and white supremacy, which she believes contribute to suicide risk and mental health issues. Starting in August, Garcia plans to offer workshops to Latin / Latinx and black businesses that also serve as a common gathering place, such as barber shops, bodegas and laundromats. She hopes that by providing mental health awareness to business owners and their staff, they will be better equipped to identify signs of emotional distress, know what cultural strengths they can draw on to support others and respond. with thoughtfulness and sensitivity.

Some will still need the expertise of therapists and psychiatrists, especially as we learn more about the mental health problems and psychosis that may accompany COVID-19 infection. But think what might happen if the private sector and government invested in us, ordinary people who need community in the aftermath of a tragedy, and who love their neighbors, colleagues, friends and family, and want to help but often do not. know how.

We actually don’t need Captain America, but we could definitely use each other.

If you want to talk to someone or if you have suicidal thoughts, Crisis text line provides free and confidential 24/7 support. Text CRISIS to 741741 to be put in touch with a crisis counselor. Contact the NAMI Hotline at 1-800-950-NAMI, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, or by email [email protected]. You can also call the National lifeline for suicide prevention at 1-800-273-8255. Here is a listing of international resources.

The Recorder – “A Little Help From My Friends”: Artists Get Help from Emily’s Fund


Emily List was a huge Beatles fan who understood Ringo when he said, “I get by with a little help from my friends.”

Thus, the fund created to honor Emily’s memory, the Emily List Fund for Performing Arts Therapy, will this year give a little boost to her fellow entertainers who use theater, dance and music to help people. disadvantaged.

Grants in this 10th year of the fund will go to five groups emerging from a difficult pandemic year in which they continued to work with their clients online instead of playing, dancing and making music with them online. nobody.

The fund was established in 2012 in memory of Emily, an actress, dancer and lover of all the performing arts, who lost her life to a rare form of cancer in 2011. During her 10 premieres years he has awarded $ 65,000 in grants. to 25 groups, mostly local.

This year’s recipients hope to use their grants to reconnect with the real world.

Whole Children, based in Hadley, helps teens and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities explore their passion for theater because, as Valle Dwight puts it, “people with disabilities shouldn’t be sidelined in theater. or in life ”.

The March 2020 Whole Children’s show had to be canceled a week before opening night due to the pandemic, but Dwight, director of development and communications, says they are bringing the theater back in person this summer and teaching two course because of its popularity.

Enchanted Circle Theater works with schools in Holyoke and Springfield to create and perform original plays related to the curriculum, which it continued to do remotely last year.

Executive Director Priscilla Kane Hellweg says thousands of students are served each year through these programs that motivate them to learn, help them believe they can be successful and help them “develop the skills of innovation and 21st century creative thinking necessary for their success in the future ”- programs that hopefully can take place in person next school year.

Born Dancing Inc., run by founder Melissa van Wijk, offers high-level dance classes to students with physical and intellectual disabilities and other underserved communities. Born Dancing produces original performances in which students appear with professional dancers, after taking courses that turn into productions.

Van Wijk had to cancel last year’s performances, but she shared videos of the dancers working from home and is now creating a new show – “our biggest production yet” – at the Flea Theater in New York City.

SciTech Group Director Gary Bernice is hoping to rebuild the group – literally – after a year in which he and his co-directors have created a comprehensive online music program for their musicians. Over 400 instruments were distributed to students at home, and group directors created 250 lesson videos and conducted 6,000 individual lessons on Zoom.

Called “The Pride of Springfield,” the group has created “an environment through music that challenges and motivates students to strive for excellence,” according to Bernice, and those who play for more than a year are three times more likely to stay in school. .

“This school year was like no other,” says Bernice, “but our students never gave up!

Neither were the participants in “Dancing with Our Docs,” a fundraiser for a dance program for breast cancer survivors sponsored by the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Mount Clemens, Michigan.

Pat Keigher, Regional Director of Cancer Services, says: “Like Emily, our patients use dance to help them fight cancer. The power of dance and music helps shift their focus to healing, not diagnosis. Their performances are truly inspiring and a tribute to all cancer patients. “

The program had to be canceled last year, but the same four patients, paired with their doctors in choreographed and costumed dance routines, are preparing to dance again this fall when they perform in front of a thousand guests at the show. an annual breast cancer awareness event. .

And with a little help from Emily’s Fund, they will.

Karen List is Emily’s mother and a professor in the journalism department at UMass. For more information, visit emilylistfund.org/.

Hyatt Regency collapse remains among deadliest in U.S. history: NPR


Firefighters rescue people under a collapsed walkway in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency hotel in Kansas City, Missouri on July 17, 1981. The collapse left 114 people dead and more than 200 injured.

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It was another summer night in 1981. Hundreds of people gathered for a “tea dance” at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Kansas City, Missouri on July 17th.

Among them were Karen Jeter, 37, and her husband, Eugene, 48, who had just married a few weeks earlier.

“She was a really good dancer. She loved dancing, loved music. She was the one who taught me to dance,” said Karen’s son Brent Wright. “They were really wonderful people.”

TV crews were also at the Hyatt Regency that evening to cover the social event in the hotel lobby. Years later, Wright would watch footage of Karen and Eugene Jeter on a national news program.

“They had captured this video of my mom and stepdad dancing, laughing, just having fun,” Wright said.

“It’s really a good thing to know that at least that night they were having fun and living their lives to the fullest, you know, still newlyweds,” he said. “At first, after a tragedy like this, these things are difficult to watch.”

The news clip captured some of the Jeters’ last moments.

They were among 114 people who were killed at the Hyatt Regency that night when two elevated walkways freed from their support rods and collapsed into the crowd below, injuring more than 200 people and leaving a pile of rubble crumpled digging for rescuers.

It remains one of the deadliest accidental structural failures in US history and draws parallels to the recent condo collapse in Surfside, Florida, which killed nearly 100 people some 40 years later. .

How the Hyatt Regency collapsed

In 1981, the same year the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside was built, the Hyatt Regency, some 1,500 miles away, was enjoying its second summer open to the public.

The concrete “heavenly bridges” floating above the lobby were a hallmark of the new 40-story hotel in the middle of Missouri’s largest city.

The site of one of the nation’s worst disasters is quiet after bodies were removed from the Hyatt Regency lobby. A still intact walkway hangs overhead as sections of the two collapsed walkways lie in the rubble.

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They would also be what would condemn him. After the collapse, investigators would conclude that a seemingly minor design change contributed to the disaster.

The elevated walkways were held by rods connected to the roof of the atrium. But the second floor walkway was connected to the fourth floor walkway – not the roof. This meant that the fourth floor walkway was taking double the expected load.

As the July 17 tea dance unfolded, the crowd grew in the lobby as well as on the catwalks, where spectators gathered to get a bird’s-eye view of the festivities below.

Then suddenly the second and fourth story airlifts began to sway before collapsing and crashing into the lobby, killing some revelers and trapping others under the broken concrete.

Among the first responders to the scene was Dr. Joseph F. Waeckerle, who had recently resigned his post as Kansas City medical director to take up a post at a local hospital.

“You have to understand the chaos and carnage that had taken place in this hall. The water was flowing, the power grid was cut when the walkways collapsed. Electric wires were hanging, electric arcs and sparks. ‘there was no light, ”Waeckerle said.

He said he spent around 12 hours in the hotel lobby, overseeing rescue triage operations for those who survived the collapse.

Even for Waeckerle, who had responded to other disasters, the scene at the Hyatt Regency was a shock.

“Like everyone else, I closed my eyes for a moment and said, ‘Damn, what am I doing here?’ and said a little prayer and prayed that I could do my best, ”he said. “And then left.”

Rescuers worked hard through the night, using cranes and other heavy machinery to move the huge chunks of concrete that made up much of the pile. First responders went to great lengths to extract victims who were trapped under stationary debris, sometimes amputating their limbs to get them out.

For Wright, it wasn’t until the next morning that his father and stepmother, who had also attended the tea dance, told him and his sister that Karen and Eugene Jeter were dead.

“It was unimaginable. You never expect this kind of news, especially when you’re a kid. And to say it was difficult is an understatement,” Wright said. “Part of your initial reaction is shock, and it’s almost too horrible to even believe it.”

It would take months, if not years, for Wright and the other families of the victims to get answers as to how something so unimaginable could have happened on such a joyous occasion.

Lessons learned

Civil engineers are still closely studying the deadly structural failure of the Hyatt Regency. It serves as an uplifting narrative for similar conceptions.

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After the collapse, the engineering firm that signed the plans for the footbridges lost his license, and the owner of the Hyatt Regency paid $ 140 million in damages to the families of the victims.

The fatal structural failure is still closely studied by civil engineers and serves as a caveat for similar designs.

Waeckerle said first responders also learned lessons after working at the collapse site, such as how to improve communications, which he said is “still the biggest problem” in the event of a crash. disaster.

“For example, initially we used a megaphone, and it shortened very quickly when you were sprayed with water,” he said. “Then it was dark, so people screamed and screamed. And then we kind of got organized.”

He urged first responders to continue their research into the Surfside condo collapse to follow formal emergency management rules, but also to maintain an emotional connection with victims and survivors.

“Follow command and control. Follow communications. Never give up hope. And never give up on respecting your patients,” Waeckerle said.

Wright, who now helps lead the Skywalk Memorial Foundation to honor the victims of the collapse and the first responders who rushed to help, said he understands the lives of many families of those lost in the Surfside disaster.

“I have thought about all these people in Florida every day since this event,” Wright said in a recent interview. “I can only hope that they have friends and family with them to give them hope, comfort and help them through incredibly difficult days.”

Wright urged those relatives of the victims to continue their search for answers to what happened, and he acknowledged that for many years a period of excruciating mourning remained to come.

“But be patient. Sit down with these people who love you and love you and take it one day at a time. Eventually you will see a little light at the end of the tunnel. And with all of that, you ‘I m I know you can.

Branjae from Tulsa brings music and activism to the Woody Guthrie festival

Branjae literally takes the idea that “the truth will set you free” with her latest musical project.

The Tulsa singer, songwriter and actor latest single, “Free Facts,” deals a blow to the current scourge of willful ignorance with a fiery funk sound and an upcoming sci-fi short.

“People grab small pieces of information, bytes of information, that just support their biases and what we want to believe. We don’t see all the evidence for the truth so that we can make informed decisions and decisions. appropriate and choose the way we want to believe, ”she said.

“So it’s really a tribute to people becoming more individual again, instead of going their separate ways. We’ve seen a lot in our country over the last five or six years, that it’s really split in two. a lot of people don’t take the time to do their own research, to make their own decisions, to choose what they want to be. “

“The most famous Oklahoman on the planet”:Woody Guthrie Folk Festival returns to Okemah

Branjae is a Tulsa-based singer-songwriter, actor and activist.

Artist and activist, Branjae brings her “Free Facts” and other new music to this year’s Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, where she will perform an intimate and stripped-down set at 1:30 p.m. on July 17 in the historic Crystal Theater at the end, the hometown of Okemah, a great folk icon.

“I’m a fan of Woody Guthrie and everything he stood for. And that’s super important,” said Branjae. “His music is something that we can look back and refer to. We’re fighting the same fight that Woody wrote back then. We’re still fighting him. So I’m still on my way to Woodyfest.”

After going fully online last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Woodyfest is back in Okemah, Guthrie’s birthplace, for its 24th annual edition, continuing through July 18 at multiple locations across the city.

“Branjae brings an energetic and expressive performance unlike anything WoodyFest has experienced before,” said Maddie Gregory, president of festival marketing.

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Tulsa activist and musician Branjae speaks at the unveiling of the Tulsa Race Massacre Memorial Tree on April 17 hosted by Plant Seads, Up With Trees and the Centenary of the Race Massacre Tulsa in the Greenwood district of Tulsa.

The return of Woodyfest

Two-time Grammy-winner, singer-songwriter Patty Griffin, Grammy-nominated Mary Gauthier, Brennen Leigh, Owned by Paul James, Jonny Burke, Bonnie Whitmore and Oklahomans Mike McClure and Saugeye are among those who make their debut at WoodyFest this year.

The Guthrie family are represented at this year’s festival by Cathy Guthrie and Sarah Lee Guthrie, two of Woody Guthrie’s granddaughters, and Serena Guthrie, one of his great-granddaughters.

Along with Branjae, Oklahoma favorites in the lineup include John Fullbright, Samantha Crain, Levi Parham, Kyle Reid & the Low Swingin ‘Chariots, Carter Sampson, Ken Pomeroy, Greg Jacobs and more.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Woody Guthrie Coalition, which runs the festival, enforces physical distancing, encourages face covering, and limits capacity at festival venues.

Shows inside the Crystal Theater are limited to around 250 tickets, well below the 600-seat capacity, and people are encouraged to stay within their social-distancing “bubbles” on the Pastures of Plenty stage. The festival also returns to Lou’s Rocky Road Tavern, which will be a free venue as well as the house of the open mic, as usual.

“We are also going to be getting vaccinated armbands, so that every time people check in they can show their proof of vaccination and they will get a vaccination cuff that will somehow help reassure everyone around them that ‘they’re vaccinated,’ Gregory mentioned.

Branjae Jackson performs a interpretive dance to close the ceremony at the unveiling of a mural by Michel Rosato in the Greenwood district on Thursday, May 27, 2021.

Back on stage

With the pandemic shutting down the majority of live music outlets for most of the past year, Branjae said she was excited to be back on stage at Woodyfest.

“It feels good to be able to come back. It’s time to start backing up and playing gigs again. For me, it’s a little different, coming out with fresh energy, with new songs,” said Branjae, which was part of last year’s Virtual Woodyfest lineup.

“I’m just ready to spread out and see what’s new and what’s changed and what’s different. It’s time to share some love and be with people again. I’m so excited. to be with people again, the audience being back on stage. It’s been too long. ”

One of her highlights so far this year has been performing at the recent Black Wall Street Legacy Festival, as part of the centennial commemoration of the Tulsa Running Massacre.

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre is now known as one of the worst episodes of racial violence in US history. Between May 31 and June 1, 1921, crowds of white residents attacked, torched, and ultimately devastated the Greenwood district of Tulsa, which at the time was one of the wealthiest black communities in the United States, this which earned it the name of “Black Wall Street”. The deadly tragedy has been covered up for decades and omitted from the history books, but the centenary has captured national media attention.

“It can be something quite sensitive when we talk about race and racism, white supremacy and things that have happened.… It is such a tragic event,” said Branjae, becoming moved.

“Now we’re finally looking at it. We’re finally opening the lines of communication. I’m happy to see more of my white siblings… who actually want to learn and want to listen and want (to get) rid of white supremacy.”

Tulsa singer, songwriter and activist performs in music video for her cover of Lowell Fulson's song

Spectacular short film

In 2019, Branjae released a music video for “Street Light,” which she co-directed with Basil Childers. More of a short film than a traditional music video, she said the song and visual came from her personal experiences with domestic violence. She became active with the Domestic Violence Intervention Services in Tulsa and donated the proceeds from “Street Light” to support the organization.

“Street Light” stars the artist (aka Branjae Jackson) as a woman who leaves when her partner becomes violent and is greeted by a street party with circus performers ready to lift her up.

After this clip “went around the world,” the Broken Arrow High School graduate was taken to continue to develop visually, including making her film debut playing Sugar Plum in “Finding Carlos,” a hip-hop holiday movie inspired by the classic ballet “The Nutcracker” and directed by Oklahoma City filmmaker Lance McDaniel.

“I learned so much working with these actors and this team, and it was so positive,” said Branjae. “We’re looking to do more. We’ve been on the phone and exchanged emails and talked about new opportunities for more roles and more films.”

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Branjae appears in a photo from her upcoming short "Free facts."

Cover songs and laser beams

The Tulsan stars as a singer who had a hard time in the short film of her cover of “Tramp,” a song by Lowell Fulson, a Tulsa-born bluesman who was African American and Native American. She worked with Jeremy Charles, director, screenwriter and producer of Tulsa-based Cherokee, owner of FireThief Productions, to create the short, which was shortlisted for the New York Lift-Off Global Network Film Festival.

Branjae recorded the cover of the album “Back to Paradise: A Tulsa Tribute to Okie Music”, a compilation of 17 songs written by influential Oklahoma icons recorded at Leon Russell’s famous Paradise Studio on Grand Lake and released. last year on the Tulsa- based on the non-profit label Horton Records.

“It’s kind of an arrogant song. And I wanted to take the song, and kind of give it a twist… because I’m a woman and the song is called ‘Tramp’. So we wanted to flip it over a little, ”Branjae said in a spring interview at a spring event of the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial.

“Brian Horton from Horton Records contacted us saying, ‘Hey, we want to do a video for you.’ We said, “We want to make a short film. … So we developed this character, and she makes her way to the top and fell hard through the hard times and really seeks her dream and becomes that star.” which she has always thought about and imagined for whatever life has thrown at her. ”

In addition, Branjae reunited with Brian Hicks, with whom she worked on “Street Light”, to edit the short film for her new song “Free Facts”. She said she hopes the cut will be completed by the end of the month on the sci-fi drama she wrote and directed.

“This is a future society controlled by laser technology and computers. So everyone who is stuck in this society is controlled by a pendant embedded in their head,” she said.

“My character arrives in this weird, stark, completely white place, and everyone is tanned, walking in some sort of robotic movement – and their job is to break free.… I have to bring up a serious subject concerning the individual being thought of, then create this awesome visual. “

To fund the project, she launched a Kickstarter campaign, which raised nearly $ 8,000 towards the planned goal of $ 6,500. She worked with the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa to make tax-deductible donations and pledged to donate 20% of the campaign to the nonprofit.

“This is one thing that artists in general, but especially black artists lack, is support.… They are always a part of what is happening in our community, lobbying for the community and pushing for black artists. and keeping it diverse and really telling the truth, ”Branjae said. “Woody’s legacy, his memory, what he stood for… it’s really important. We’re just happy to be a part of it.”

Tulsa Branjae musician appears as Sugar Plum in OKC filmmaker Lance McDaniel's holiday hip-hop flick

24th Annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival

When: Until July 18.

Or: Several locations in Okemah.

Tickets and information: https://www.woodyfest.com.

As COVID casts a veil, people turn to yoga, music, meditation for relief


With the COVID-19 pandemic triggering lockdowns, isolating people and reducing social interactions, many have taken refuge in spiritual practices like meditation, yoga, Buddhist chanting and even music therapy to relax.

Psychologists say that meditation and chanting bring the mind into an area of ​​consciousness, preventing it from wandering. Representation photo: iStock

Perhaps the next worst thing to die for an average human is the thought of losing a loved one. So when the whole family of Rashmi Rekha Das, a journalist based in Odisha, fell victim to COVID-19 last year, she was on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

Barely reconciled with the loss of her father a few years ago, Rashmi was terrified for her three-year-old daughter. “My heart sank to see a perfectly singing baby get to bed in one day. She was under my responsibility and I cursed myself for being an irresponsible mother, ”she said.

It was then that a close friend taught Rashmi to sing four phrases to calm his nerves – “I’m sorry, please forgive me, thank you and love you.” The mantra known as Ho’oponopono, an ancient Hawaiian practice, when said to oneself, is believed to cleanse and heal the mind through feelings of love, forgiveness, repentance, and gratitude.

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For Rashmi, it worked like a charm, encouraging her to join an online meditation group. Rashmi says that since then she has not only improved but is also able to handle people and situations with greater clarity.

“The four sentences cleansed my mind of all guilt and worry. I was able to breastfeed my daughter without fear of losing her and she recovered quickly. Meditation, on the other hand, has helped me flush out all the pent-up bitterness, guilt, and dissatisfaction from my personal and professional life. Today, I am a more forgiving person and at peace with myself and my environment, ”she says.

Many, like Rashmi, have found a secure foothold in spiritual practices like meditation, yoga, and chanting during the pandemic, which besides wreaking havoc on lives and livelihoods, pushed many into the abyss. bottomless depression.

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The summary dismissal of office colleagues and the sudden deaths of five close friends and three relatives came as a brutal shock to Rajesh Patel (name changed), a telecommunications engineer based in Mumbai.

“Income has been severely reduced and I have a family to feed and rent, taxes, IME loans and school fees to pay. The deaths around me, the fear of being fired from my job, the reduced income and the insensitive attitude of the company towards us were too much to bear at one point, ”he says.

Meditation not medicine

As the burden of stress grew, Rajesh found himself insomniac. He sought psychological help when doses of homeopathy failed to remedy his misery. The psychologist recommended meditation over medicine.

“I have meditated and walked twice a day for the past two months. I won’t say that I have fully recovered, but I am starting to feel better, ”he says.

A recent study found that 66.2% of 649 adults who practiced both yoga and meditation during the COVID-19 pandemic had normal mental well-being, compared to 50.6% of individuals who did not. no. The study, published in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, associated the practice of yoga and meditation, or preferably both, with “a higher level of mental well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic “.

As busy as her day is, Devleena Chakravarty, a government consultant in Chennai, takes an hour to join her peers in a Buddhist singing group. Although she started practicing in 2013 to relax from the doctoral blues, Devleena says singing has helped her deal with emotional stress and keep negative thoughts at bay.

A typical session involves a group of participants – known as the sangha – sitting together and singing Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō (roughly translated as “I devote myself to the universe”), a mantra from the Nichiren school of Buddhism.

“It is a verbal meditation that aims to bring you absolute happiness despite your circumstances. You are supposed to look at a script or look at a blank wall and sing the words. There is no time limit, you can end it whenever you want. Sometimes I even sang for hours at a time, ”she says.

She recounts her horrific experience last year when she found herself stranded in the middle of a vacation when the country was locked down due to the pandemic.

“My parents and I were stranded at my brother’s house in Hyderabad for two months. It was a great time to bond, but also a nerve-racking time when emotions were running high and you had nowhere to go beyond apartment 2BHK. That’s when we started singing together. We have experienced less confrontation and more understanding. The relationship between my mother and my sister-in-law has undergone a radical change, ”she says.

Healing power of vibrations

Many others have turned to music therapy to block noise.

Dr Kummar Chatterjee, who runs Music Mantra, a Mumbai-based organization that offers music therapy, says the vibrations of music and mantras (chants) have enormous healing powers.

“The sound of ‘Om’, a lullaby or even songs from a movie have healing powers,” he says.

Chatterjee uses Waltz Music, which has a rhythm of three beats in each bar, as standard. “The particular model is called Shasti Taal in Indian music. Rhythm has the power to create vibrations in the brain. Music like Shiva Tandava Stotra or Raj Kapoor Jeena Yahan Marna Yahan were set at this rate. Our brain is stimulated when we chant these mantras or sing these songs. And a stimulated mind has no room for toxic thoughts, ”says Chatterjee.

Chatterjee says he personalizes therapy based on each individual’s health status and social background.

“We first study an individual and then try to cure him. If it’s a Hindu, I can ask them to recite the Ganapati Mantra or the Gayatri Mantra, and if it’s a Muslim patient, it would be one of the Quls of the Quran for them, ”he said .

Chatterjee, who does not believe in treating depression with drugs, believes the disorder developed during the pandemic, mainly due to fear. He says people with severe depression who come to his therapy sessions have reported feeling numb after dusk. “There is a saying from Saint Kabir that words hurt the most. So it’s not the fear of COVID, but what is being said about it that scares people. I ask my patients to avoid watching or reading news or rumors related to the pandemic, or talking about it, ”he says.

Dr Sumathi Chandrasekaran, psychologist and founder of Mind Café in Chennai, agrees that no medicine can keep the body and mind as integrated as these spiritual practices can.

Citing a study which after interviewing 10,000 Indians found that 43% suffered from depression after the COVID-19 outbreak last year, Dr Sumathi says it’s time people understood that the mind and the bodies are connected and a fragile mind makes the body vulnerable to disease.

She attributes the spread of the pandemic primarily to panic. “If COVID is a trigger, how you respond to it matters. The pandemic has spread like wildfire because most Indians have gone into panic mode. When the mind is threatened, the reptilian brain, which controls heart rate and body temperature, activates and secretes unhealthy hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. This causes anxiety, capsizes the stomach, the heart beats quickly and wheezing sets in. This is where it becomes easier for the virus to infect the body, ”she says.

Dr Sumathi says the trick is to put the brain in an area of ​​awareness rather than danger. “When you do yoga, chant the Gayatri Mantra, or listen to therapeutic tunes like Indian classical music, they bring you to a state of consciousness, preventing the mind from wandering. It helps you become aware of the pandemic and protect yourself instead of panicking and falling prey to it, ”she adds.

The joy of sharing

Since most of these practices are group activities, members say that one of the most therapeutic parts is sharing their thoughts with fellow groupmates and listening to their stories.

“The beauty of my Buddhist group is its white collarless nature. When I was in the United States before the pandemic broke, we had former drug dealers and homeless mothers singing with us. Realizing that my miseries are tiny compared to theirs has given me a new perspective on life, ”says Devleena.

Rashmi, who credits meditation and yoga with putting her life back on a disciplined path, says the changes in her own life inspired her family, especially her mother, to embrace the practice. “She became depressed and sleepless after my father died and couldn’t sleep without taking pills. But now she is off medication and is looking forward to life, ”says Rashmi.

Swami Suyagna, a full-time monk and volunteer at the Coimbatore-based Isha Foundation, said people were increasingly aware of their mental and physical health after the pandemic. Sharing the account of a Sathyamangalam volunteer in Erode, Suyagna says that a school field in the village of the former, which was once empty, now has at least 20 walkers who go around in the morning.

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The monk says that the last few months have also seen an increase in the number of clicks to Isha’s free meditation videos like “Isha Kriya” and “Simha Kriya” on YouTube.

“Everyone has lost someone to the pandemic and people, warned by this, are starting to turn in on themselves. The main changes that I have noticed in people are the change in outlook on life and the practice of consciously eating and exercising, ”he adds.

Federal subsidy to Shuffle Tampa restaurant approved, then revoked after race and gender prioritization lawsuit


Danielle O’Connor (right) and Jennifer Evanchyk, co-owners of Shuffle Tampa.Hutchinson Photo c / o Tampa Shuffle

Jennifer Evanchyk, co-owner of Shuffle Tampa, was ready to breathe a sigh of relief after the difficulties her business faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In May, Mix, the only indoor shuffleboard bar and restaurant in Florida, received a letter of approval for a federal grant through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The amount: $ 117,000.

It was a “life changing” feeling, she says. Shuffle had waited so long for relief.

Funds had to be deposited into their business account within seven days. Evanchyk and his business partner Danielle O’Connor checked their bank accounts every day, eagerly awaiting the money. Shuffle could improve his air conditioning for the brutal summer heat, Evanchyk thought. It could fix the company’s backyard and make other crucial improvements. She and O’Connor could finally emerge from the turbulent pandemic year.

But day after day, the money was not there. The anticipation became more terrible and their anxiety intensified. She was constantly logging into an online portal to check the status of their loan.

She checked over and over again, until one day, towards the end of June, she logged in to see a devastating word: “rejected”.

“It was pure shock,” Evanchyk told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.

The official rejection letter gave three reasons why Shuffle could have been refused the loan, after being approved.

  • You have applied for the SVOG (Shuttered Venue Program) and are therefore not eligible for the RRF.
  • You have already defaulted on an SBA loan.
  • After reviewing your award request, the SBA has decided that your award cannot be approved due to an ineligible business type or other related reasons. The SBA will take no further action on your request.

But neither of the first two applied to Shuffle, Evanchyk said, and the last potential reason was vague.

She looked for answers. She made calls and texted, but no one answered. Finally, she thought to herself: how could they approve us, then suddenly deny us?

Around this time, Evanchyk saw a June 24 article published by FSR Magazine: “SBA Cancels More Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grants. “

“Another twist in the distribution of Restaurant Revitalization Fund grants by the Small Business Association (SBA) took place at noon on Wednesday as an unknown number of previously approved applicants received rejection notices,” the article.

In March, when Congress created the $ 75 billion restoration fund as part of the Biden administration’s $ 1.9 trillion US bailout, it included language that the SBA should give the priority for funding businesses owned by women, people of color and veterans.

In June, a conservative legal group founded by Stephen Miller and Mark Meadows, close associates of former President Donald Trump, filed a complaint in Texas on behalf of the owners of the restaurant “Blessed Cajuns”, arguing that the prioritization of candidates on the basis of race and gender is unconstitutional.

Next month, the New York Times reported that the federal judges said it was evident that the program’s policy violated the Equal protection clause of the Constitution. The SBA suddenly ended the policy and revoked the awards of nearly 3,000 priority applicants who had been approved for grants. A total of 265,000 business owners have been denied funding from the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, while more than 100,000 have been approved.

Since the story broke, it has reached the national media, while affecting the livelihoods of people across the country.

It leaves people like Evanchyk and O’Connor to suffer.

“Having gone through the last 15 months of this pandemic and being told that help is on the way, just pulling everything out from under you is a blow to the bottom,” she says.

It’s one thing to simply be denied, says Evanchyk. But having the funds secured and then having them revoked is disastrous for their livelihood and for the efforts that Shuffle has put into the Tampa Heights community.

Shuffle opened in March 2018 and was famous front vagina since. It offers community shuffleboard league nights, corporate team building and recreational therapy for local veterans. The building has four indoor shuffleboard courts, a full bar, and a kitchen. Maintaining such a business is expensive and the last year has been the biggest challenge in Shuffle’s existence.

“I feel like these SBA funds died in the water,” Evanchyk says.

But she and O’Connor aren’t giving up.

They have contacted state officials and are asking community members to do the same. At the top of the home page on the Shuffle website is a link to the congress petition to top up the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. It literally takes 15 seconds to complete, says Evanchyk.

With enough people making their voices heard on the situation, there is a possibility for a better future.

“We hope that new funds will open,” says Evanchyk. “And that would mean so much to us.”

CL has contacted the local SBA office to inquire as to why Shuffle was approved and then denied his loan, but has yet to receive a response. Has your business been denied an SBA loan after it was initially approved? Email me ([email protected]) or CL’s anonymous inbox ([email protected])

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BLACKPINK Rosé shares soulful cover of Paramore


Tuesday July 13, BLACKPINK’s Pink appeared on a South Korean variety show Sea of ​​hope. During the program, the K-pop star performed an acoustic cover of Paramore’s “The Only Exception”.

Rosé performed the moving song on the TV show’s intimate outdoor beach stage in front of a small crowd. The Korean-Australian singer sat on the floor playing the acoustic guitar, accompanied by another guitarist and a keyboardist.

Last month, Rosé covered John Mayer’s “Slow Dancing In A Burning Room” on the show, which Mayer called “gorgeous.” on Twitter after the performance went viral.

In March, Rosé released her first solo album, R, which sold over half a million copies in the month following its release, making Rosé the first South Korean soloist to do so in 19 years. The album contains the singles “Gone” and “On the Ground”.

Otherwise, BLACKPINK is releasing their five-year anniversary movie – BLACKPINK THE MOVIE – in August, which will feature exclusive interviews and re-edited concert footage of the K-pop group. The film will be part of the group’s new “4 + 1 Project” which celebrates five years since their Square One debut in 2016. Details of the remaining four parts of the “4 + 1 Project” have yet to be confirmed.

Check out the cover below and read our interview with Rosé here.

Removal of music tuition fees welcomed by MSPs in the northeast

Fees for children learning a musical instrument at school will be waived thanks to funding of over £ 7million from the Scottish Government.

The councils will also receive £ 6million to waive core program fees that may be levied on families for things such as home economics material or theatrical outings associated with drama qualifications.

The agreement with COSLA covers the academic year 2021-22 and marks the delivery of two more commitments for the first 100 days of this government.

The cost of learning a musical instrument in Scottish schools will be waived.

Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “My priority is to ensure the best possible outcomes for all Scottish children and young people, regardless of their background.

“All children should have the best start in life and the ability to participate in the essentials of education should never be limited by a child’s ability to pay.

“The announcement means families won’t see bills for music lessons or core program activities in the new school year. I will continue to work with COSLA and local authorities to develop a sustainable and funded model for years to come. “

The definition of “core curriculum” is a classroom activity in the eight core curriculum areas of general general education in primary and secondary education, as well as the activity associated with preparing for SQA qualifications in the phase superior.

Stephen McCabe, COSLA spokesperson for children and youth, said: “The councils recognize the importance of instrumental music lessons for the learning and development of our children and youth.

“Where tuition fees were in place for tuition fees, this is due to a series of local pressures on base council budgets.

“The one-year funding program agreed between COSLA leaders and the Scottish Government will allow for the abolition of tuition fees over the next academic year and the maintenance of existing benefit levels, so that fees and charges do not are not an obstacle to learning an instrument.

‘We welcome the commitment of the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills to work with COSLA and industry partners to examine the intent, impact and broader implications of this Scottish Government policy intervention. and to develop a model for the long-term sustainability of instrumental music education services across Scotland, which are to include sustainable funding arrangements for all boards. “

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin welcomed the move.

Ms Martin said: ‘The Scottish government has made it a priority to ensure the best possible outcomes for children, regardless of their background.

“Funding to support free music lessons and to help with other costs is very welcome and necessary.

“This means that families will not have to face additional costs for children wishing to play musical instruments or attend subjects where additional costs may have been incurred.

“We need to do everything possible to make sure that there are no barriers to learning a musical instrument or craft.”

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Karen Adam also praised the decision.

She said: ‘The rollout of the SNP’s 100-day plan continues as the Scottish government announces the removal of tuition fees from music and other basic activities, such as art and theater.

“This welcome announcement means that many more families across Scotland will now be able to offer their children the opportunity to learn invaluable new skills throughout life.

“Particularly when it comes to core activities such as music, art and theater, it is linked to supporting our long-term goal of achieving a welfare economy, especially by because of the transformative effect that music, art and drama can have on the positive development of young people.

“This is something I have been a huge advocate for in my role as Aberdeenshire Town Councilor, which is why I am delighted to support this change in my role now as MSP for Banffshire and the Buchan Coast. “

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Jewish Senior Life expands its music therapy program


Jewish Senior Life’s music therapy program now has two certified neurological music therapists on staff.

Melody Boyd and Kristina Jewell use an evidence-based processing model comprised of 20 techniques for sensorimotor training, speech, language, and cognitive training, and focus on the neurosciences of music to process the brain and brain connectors in people with human injury or disease. the nervous system.

“The NMTs provide groups on the Neurobehavioural Unit and the Memory Care Unit, as well as one of them offering one-on-one campus-wide tours,” said Meghan Bevins, Director of Recreation Therapy. “For example, we could partner with a physiotherapist to reduce freezing episodes in a resident with Parkinson’s disease in order to optimize their safety and independence. In a group setting, both NMTs meet individual and group needs through structured musical exercises that stimulate cognitive function, access to memory and movement, while allowing for socialization at the level of engagement of each patient.

“Music therapy helps our residents achieve their personal goals and gives them a sense of belonging and purpose. With only 7,000 certified music therapists in the United States, we are pleased to have this service available to our residents.

Populations served by NMT include patients with stroke and head trauma, as well as those with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and other neurological disorders that affect communication, movement and cognition. The special designation requires a four-year degree combined with training, continuing education, and an exam which must be passed every three years to ensure they are up to date on current changes in research and intervention. .

Jewish Senior Life also offers various music programs including SingFit, Simpl Players, Music and Memory, as well as live performances by artists from the Rochester community. SingFit is the newest venture and allows for safe singing through a lyrical track, as well as interactive group sessions that include movement and reminiscence through musical interaction.

Current Jewish Senior Life Artist-in-Residence Ashlen Wright is a trained singer at Nazareth College who provides music to all of its residents.

Lilly acquires Insulin Innovator Protomer – PharmaLive


Based in Indianapolis Eli Lilly and company is to acquire Protomer Technologies, based in Pasadena, Calif., In a deal that could exceed $ 1 billion.

Protomer has a drug technology platform made up of proteins capable of sensing the concentrations of specific molecules and adjusting to create varying doses. This pipeline includes an insulin product that adapts to different glucose levels in diabetic patients. The company was founded in 2014 by researchers at Caltech led by Alborz Mahdavi. In November 2020, Lilly conducted an investment round which was supported by the JDRF T1D Fund. JDRF T1D’s first funding also included the Paris-based Sanofi. The November 2020 cycle saw Lilly own 14% of the company. Under the new agreement, he acquires the rest of the shares.

In November 2020, Katie Ellias, Executive Director of JDRF T1D Fund, said, “Protomer’s novel mechanism for glucose-sensitive insulin shows tremendous promise and has the potential to be a game-changer for people with type 1 diabetes. . “

No specific financial details were disclosed other than the fact that the $ 1 billion figure was tied to various stages of development and business.

“Lilly has a long history of working to improve the lives of people with diabetes and we are committed to delivering real solutions, including innovation in insulin therapy,” said Ruth Gimeno, vice president of research at diabetes and clinical investigation at Lilly. “Glucose-sensing insulin is the next frontier and has the potential to revolutionize the treatment and quality of life for people with diabetes by dramatically improving both the therapeutic efficacy and the safety of insulin therapy. Protomer’s glucose-sensing insulin program, based on its proprietary Protein Sensor Molecular Engineering (MEPS) platform, shows great promise and Lilly is delighted to enhance our diabetes pipeline with the innovative technology of the society.

Protomer calls its diabetes product “a smart glucagon”. That is, new generation insulins that react to glucose. Insulin would automatically detect when blood sugar levels are rising in the body and activate when needed and stop when blood sugar levels reach normal levels.

Alborz Mahdavi, CEO and Founder of Protomer, said: “We are delighted to join Lilly, a leader in diabetes therapies, and to advance our science with their support to better meet the needs of patients. This transaction validates the accomplishments of our team, and we look forward to continuing our important work with Lilly. “

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Ellias, in today’s announcement, noted that this acquisition was “a significant milestone for the T1D community and a key step in bringing Protomer’s breakthrough technology promise closer to the clinic. Our early support and investment in Protomer is emblematic of our Fund’s mission to help companies with innovative science accelerate next-generation therapies that change the lives of people living with T1D.

Mahdavi added, “We have been supported by JDRF since our inception and working closely with one of the leading type 1 diabetes research organizations has been invaluable to us. The Protomer team is excited to embark on the next chapter of our work at Lilly as we focus our efforts on advancing glucose-sensitive insulins and accelerating the development of these next-generation protein therapies. “

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease where the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Although it can develop in adults, it is usually diagnosed during childhood or adolescence. There is no cure. Treatment involves managing blood sugar levels with insulin, diet, and lifestyle. The cause is unknown, although the body’s immune system typically attacks the islets of Langerhans, the cells that produce insulin, in the pancreas. There appear to be genetic factors, although there are some indications of exposure to viruses and other environmental factors may play a role.

Billy & The Kids deliver an emotional sendoff to Red Rocks with Billy Strings, James Casey and more [Videos]

Billy & The Kids deliver an emotional sendoff to Red Rocks with Billy Strings, James Casey and more [Videos]

After what was initially to be a unique spectacle in Amphitheater of the Red Rocks swollen in a two night run, there was a pervasive feeling throughout Tuesday night Billy and the kids show that we were all on probation.

Once again supported by special guests Billy Cordes and James casey, the extended ensemble led by Grateful dead drummer Bill kreutzmann brought out every last drop of excitement from her last scheduled performance.

Tuesday’s show began with another slow build, as each member of the quartet turned sextet dialed the collective frequency, eventually emerging with Circulation“Dear Mr. Fantasy” directed by Strings. It didn’t take long for the jam to turn into a bit of smooth jazz going through Casey’s saxophone before the keyboardist. Aron Magner ultimately laid the groundwork for Strings to speak on the “Hey Jude” coda that the Dead would often associate “Mr. Fantasy” with from 1988 to the end of the Brent Mydland time.

The story of “Cassidy” came next as Magner and guitarist Tom hamilton split the vocal tasks in a mellow mix before the jam got surprisingly spacious for such a lyrical song. Watch a pro-shot video of the opening segment of the song below.

Billy & The Kids, Billy Strings, James Casey – “Dear Mr. Fantasy”> “Hey Jude”> “Cassidy” – Morrison, CO – 07/13/21

[Video: Relix]

Billy & The Kids came back to reality just enough to slip into a “Jack Straw” that once again saw Magner and Hamilton control the mic. The merry “Jack Straw” wore a noticeable shade of Joe Russo is almost dead of energy as the improvisation sparked from all corners of the stage, with Strings delivering a dazzling solo that seemed to hurt.

Meanwhile, in the sky over Morrison, CO, a few light showers produced a rainbow against the dying sunlight. Downstairs, Billy & The Kids hit the first play stoppage of the night as “Jack Straw” came to a leisurely conclusion and provided a brief respite from the seemingly endless train of sequences that started the show.

This tranquility continued until the next song as Casey mistook the vocals for a touching version of the Charles Johnson-written live Jerry Garcia Group favorite, “My sisters and brothers”. The group then welcomed another special guest as Hamilton introduced the veteran Red Rocks Paul Hoffmann of Green bluegrass at the scene, joking that this might be his “big break.” The tongue-in-cheek commentary heralded a looping moment, as Billy Strings’ very first Red Rocks show returned in 2019 in support of Hoffman and Greensky.

The mandolin player joined in a rustic “My & My Uncle” which gave the voice to Strings and left Hoffman the solo. the Bob weir cowboy tunes continued to come with “Mama Tried,” where Magner provided a rootin ‘tootin’ piano solo before “Dire Wolf,” which completed a three-song series that Strings repeats frequently in his efforts in solo.

Billy & The Kids, Billy Strings, James Casey, Paul Hoffman – “Me and my Uncle” – Morrison, CO – 7/13/21

[Video: Music City Maven]

Billy & The Kids, Billy Strings, James Casey, Paul Hoffman – “Me and my Uncle” – Morrison, CO – 7/13/21

[Video: Music City Maven]

Billy & The Kids, Billy Strings, James Casey, Paul Hoffman – “Dire Wolf” – Morrison, CO – 07/13/21

[Video: Music City Maven]

After Hoffman left the stage, Billy & The Kids were able to resume more electrified jams, an ability they took full advantage of for a tough descent down “Shakedown Street”. The crack team at FANS knew exactly when to start with the psychedelic visuals, adding a bit of flair to an already transcendent saxophone solo by James Casey. This streaming viewer worried for a moment that next to Casey, Billy Strings appeared to have frozen half-ground. After a sustained note of nearly a minute, however, the multi-talented picker finished his musical buffering and helped close the number as well as the first set.

Billy & The Kids, Billy Strings, James Casey – “Shakedown Street” – Morrison, CO – 07/13/21

[Video: Music City Maven]

The second set immediately got off to a flying start with a staggered recovery of WHO‘s “Join Together”, sung by Billy Strings. Billy & The Kids clearly threw out the rulebook for the second set, with an independent “Franklin’s turn” followed. With Tom Hamilton on vocals, one might assume he was just finishing the unfinished “Help On The Way”> “Slipknot!” movement he left hanging with JRAD at The fishing music festival two weeks ago.

Billy & The Kids, Billy Strings, James Casey – “Join Together”> “Franklin’s Tower” – Morrison, CO – 07/13/21

[Video: Relix]

After a funkified jam courtesy of James Casey, Strings took to their trusty acoustics to slow things down with “To Lay Me Down”. Meanwhile, on the other side of the stage, a newly sleeveless Tom Hamilton slipped down a slide to cultivate the mood as the group settled in for a long night without being in a rush to get to a particular location. .

Things started to gradually pick up speed with another JGB favorite in “That’s What Love Will Make You Do”, before the band cocked another curve by nailing the F minor chord to sound “Help On The” Way “, before being joined by his eternal partner,” Slipknot! “

Billy & The Kids, Billy Strings, James Casey – “To Go To Bed” – Morrison, CO – 07/13/21

[Video: Music City Maven]

With “Franklin’s Tower” already played earlier in the set, the band instead took a detour to a “The Music Never Stopped” groove with Aron Magner singing the lyrics to a song that found new meaning in the return of the song. live music.

The musical train never stopped moving as the high speed locomotive raced straight into “Peggy-O” where Magner’s passion from the previous song filtered through the air and was intercepted by Strings who delivered a another stimulating vocal performance.

Billy & The Kids, Billy Strings, James Casey – “Peggy-O” – Morrison, CO – 07/13/21


[Video: Music City Maven]

Things then began to calm down with one final streak in the second Beatlescover of the evening, a contemplative “Dear Prudence”. After a brief stoppage of play, Strings mistook the mic for another with an emotional “Brokedown Palace” before the group took off for a much-needed encore break.

Billy & The Kids, Billy Strings, James Casey – “Brokedown Palace” – Morrison, CO – 07/13/21

[Video: Music City Maven]

Like the day before, the encore began with a segment “Drums” from Kreutzmann who once again saw him join Jeff Franca (Conspiracy). The rest of the group then joined the group as the larger ensemble launched a Terrapin station movement by cutting directly to the meat with “Lady With A Fan” followed by the holder “Terrapin Station”.

Now was not the time for that engine to roll into the station, however, as Billy & The Kids, Billy Strings, James Casey and Jeff Franca pooled all of their collective artistic and energetic resources for a fiery crescendo of “I Know You Rider” to close the evening.

Billy & The Kids, Billy Strings, James Casey, Jeff Franca – “I Know You’re Riding” – Morrison, CO – 07/13/21

[Video: Music City Maven]

With no more Billy & The Kids dates on the horizon, Kreutzmann’s children – and his new parents – will once again scatter to travel the country with their respective groups. Like any good child, however, a day will come when they will need a home cooked meal or do their laundry and they will go home. Hopefully it won’t take another five years.

Billy K, too, will be getting to work this summer with a busy schedule of Death & Company tour dates. View a full list here.

Setlist: Billy & The Kids with Billy Strings, James Casey | Amphitheater of the Red Rocks | Morrison, CO | 07/13/21

Series One: Dear Mr. Fantasy> Hey Jude> Cassidy> Jack Straw, My Sisters and Brothers, Me and Uncle [1], mom tried [1]terrible wolf [1], Shakedown Street

Second series: Join yourselves> Franklin’s Tower, to lay me down, that’s what love will make you do, help each other on the way> Slipknot! > The music never stopped> Peggy-O> Dear Prudence, Brokedown Palace

Again: battery [2], Lady with a Fan [2] > Terrapin station [2] > I know you rider [2]

[1] with Paul Hoffman

[2] with Jeff Franca

Increased lottery funding for community groups through Fife

Frontline organizations have received money to help them adapt and recover from the impact of COVID-19.

Kirkcaldy’s Cottage Family Center received £ 77,000, which will allow it to continue its Connecting Families project, which provides therapeutic interventions to young people and their families facing multiple challenges.

Pauline Buchan, director of the center, said: “There are no words to express how absolutely delighted we are to have received continued funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, especially during what has been a period of time. very difficult for so many of our children, youth and their families.

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“Our continued support of the National Lottery Community Fund will continue to provide a safe, non-judgmental space for families to resolve relationship issues, conflicts and wellness needs.”

The ongoing regeneration of Silverburn Park in Leven has seen £ 106,475 go to FEAT which will use the funding to organize a variety of community activities, including a volunteer program.

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Duncan Mitchell, Company Secretary, said: “It will make a huge difference in our ongoing regeneration efforts, transforming the park from what used to be a decaying place and turning it back into a vibrant place.

Pauline Buchan, Cottage Center, Kirkcaldy (Photo: Fife Photo Agency)

“This project can be a real catalyst to realize aspirations and hope again for the future.”

Buckhind Players got £ 10,000 to continue their adult theater troupe and start a youth group, and the Fife Center for Equalities £ 80,441 to provide a range of services to older people from ethnic minorities,

Nina Munday, Chief Executive Officer, said: “At the onset of the pandemic, we identified that information and support was not reaching older people from an ethnic minority living in Fife.

“This is because the volunteer-run lunch clubs could not take place due to restrictions.

“The National Lottery Community Fund gave us a small grant to enable us to recruit three multilingual employees who distributed culturally sensitive food packages, as well as provide the latest COVID-19 information to seniors in their own language.

“Now, with this new funding, seniors will have more confidence to access traditional services. “

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New piano gives meaning to the elderly community


By Sahar Chmais

Inside Orchard Park, music shines on Tuesdays as community residents gather to sing along to the piano; these days, the elderly residents have a purpose. It wasn’t long ago that they were finally able to revive that goal, as a broken piano and COVID-19 robbed them of these joys.

First, it was the COVID-19 restrictions that forced residents to stay in their rooms without group activities or interaction. After a year of estrangement, residents felt lonely and no longer left their rooms for activities. Music was their saving grace.

“They got used to [staying alone]”said Ruben Flores, Director of Life Enrichment at the Retiree Community.” Having something to do is the only thing that gets them out of their bedroom these days. “

Orchard Park offers plenty of activities for residents, such as art and physical therapy, but that wasn’t enough to get residents involved.

When the residents were finally able to reunite, the piano they sang on, played by Jean Wood, broke. The piano notes were wrong, making it difficult for residents to sing the high notes. Wood didn’t want to sit idly by while her students suffered without the music – she made it her mission to raise money for a new piano.

Wood enlisted the help of the Chapel in the Hills Women’s Guild, where she is also the Music Director. The women in her group were eager to help within days, they donated more money than she asked for.

“They were so excited they kept thanking me,” Wood said of the residents of Orchard Park. “I’m saying I’m not doing anything special, I’m just doing what I’m supposed to do.”

The piano brought a lot of joy to the residents. The afternoon gathering had 14 residents seated in the room, practicing songs from the early 1900s such as April Showers, and raising their voices and volume as high as possible. Some clapped if they couldn’t keep singing, but a woman couldn’t keep her enthusiasm.

Residents of Orchard Park sing along with April Showers as Jean Wood plays the new piano.

Irene Nixon has been a singer since childhood, when she was part of a quartet with her sisters. When April Showers’ lyrics ended, there were only two things left; Nixon’s music and voice, echoing the lyrics.

“We have a soloist,” Wood joked with the band, “her name is Irene. It’s amazing that someone our age has so much air.

Nixon was finally called out of the room before the practice was over, and as she walked out the door, her mouth kept moving, singing the songs she loved.

“Anything that can cheer them up and get them out of their lives and give them pride in what they’re doing,” said Wood, “they were having a blast. when you get older When you have nothing new for several days, you become depressed.

University of Louisville and Medtronic Partner to Develop Epidural Stimulation Algorithms for Spinal Cord Injury

Claudia Angeli (left), with UofL research participants Kelly Thomas and Jeff Marquis and trainer Kristin Benton

A collaborative effort between the University of Louisville and Medtronic to apply epidural stimulation therapy to people with spinal cord injuries was spurred by a $ 7.8 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke .

University researchers made world news in 2018 when two people diagnosed with complete spinal cord injury regained the ability to walk through epidural stimulation for experimental use.

However, despite these findings, the use of epidural stimulation outside of a research lab to restore function in people with spinal cord injury has so far been hampered by a myriad of limitations, including the use of a technology designed for patients with intractable pain — not those with a spinal cord injury.

The $ 7.8 million recently announced by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke – one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – will fund work at the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center (KSCIRC) at UofL in collaboration with Medtronic to develop and test software applications. specially designed for spinal cord injuries that work in conjunction with Medtronic’s commercially available device, Intellis, which is indicated as a spinal cord stimulator for chronic pain.

The five-year project, funded by the NIH BRAIN initiative, focuses on integrating technology to improve control of locomotor and bladder function using epidural stimulation.

Claudia Angeli, Epidural Stimulation Program Director at KSCIRC, said: “We have seen great results with epidural stimulation in the laboratory, but these technological system improvements will greatly facilitate the implementation of this therapy in the community.

“The integration of multiple systems will allow people with chronic spinal cord injury to benefit from daily stimulation by reducing the need to manually monitor and revise stimulation parameters.”

Medtronic epidural stimulators were first used for spinal cord injury in 2009 as part of an investigational device exemption with the FDA in research at UofL led by Susan Harkema, professor of surgery neurologist and associate scientific director of KSCIRC. Epidural stimulation therapy involves implanting a neurostimulator under the skin of patients and implanting electrodes into the epidural space of the lower spinal cord, which together deliver mild electrical impulses to the spine.

Although epidural stimulation has been proven to provide effective relief from chronic pain, there are functionality limitations when treating people with spinal cord injury. For example, the stimulation settings that allow people with a spinal cord injury to stand are different from the settings that allow them to walk, while a third set-up is needed to help bladder function. In addition, the devices researchers use today must be manually programmed for each individual function.

The goal of the new project is to develop integrated closed-loop programming for multiple systems, particularly locomotion and bladder function, using wireless sensors to monitor user condition and adjust pacemaker parameters according to needs. In collaboration with Medtronic, researchers at UofL will develop learning programs for the closed-loop system and integrate programming with commercially available epidural stimulators, on an experimental basis.

Charlie Covert, vice president and general manager of Pain Therapies, which is part of Medtronic’s neuromodulation business unit, added, “Medtronic is delighted to collaborate with the University of Louisville on research related to the use of stimulation of the spinal cord to improve the function of individuals. with a spinal cord injury.

“Collaboration is key to innovation in this space in order to meet the needs of this large patient population. “

Newburyport Chamber Music Festival celebrates its 20th season


The Newburyport Chamber Music Festival will celebrate its 20th season this summer with six concerts over six days, as well as open rehearsals, a conference and a panel discussion.

“The only difference from a normal summer is that they will all be outside,” said NCMF Artistic Director David Yang. “When we planned this festival months in advance, we were a little leery of sitting inside.”

The rain location for most Festival concerts is under the tent at the Theater in the Open, One Spring Lane, Newburyport. The Custom House concert will take place under a marquee at the Custom House.

“Because we can’t have that many people at a Garden Concert, we do more,” Yang said. “We usually have three concerts. This year we will have six concerts in a row, and the concerts will be a bit shorter without a full intermission.

This summer, tubist Scott Devereaux and composer-in-residence Eric Ewazen will join Yang on viola with violinists Sharon Roffman and Rebecca Anderson, and cellist Clancy Newman.

“It’s an amazing band this summer,” said Yang, “a fantastic band. We have this crazy tuba player coming up. Scott is a tuba virtuoso and Eric writes a piece for tube and string quartet. is pretty exciting, I’ve never worked with a hit before.

The festival will begin with a lecture presenting the summer’s main work “Hiding in plain sight: secrets and forbidden love in Berg’s“ lyrical suite ”,” followed by a week of open rehearsals at St. Paul’s where people will be socially distanced. Also on the program, a round table to meet new artists and hear them work on the world premiere of Ewazen.

The repertoire also includes quartets by Haydn and Shostakovich, music for solo violin by Bach and Ysaÿe, and music for solo tuba, including Penderecki’s “Capriccio”, “Winter” from the Four Seasons and “The Flight of the drone ”by Rimsky-Korsakov.

The Newburyport Chamber Music Festival is set to return for its 20th season.  The list of performances includes the festival's artistic director, David Yang, on viola.

The informal family concert in Place Patrick Tracy will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 10. Sit back and bring your own iced tea or smoothie as you listen to selections from summer programs, including works by Ysaÿe, Berg, Haydn, Bach, and Shostakovich. The program is not intended for children, but they are welcome.

Haydn’s Opus 71 String Quartet No. 3 will be featured in five of the NCMF’s garden concerts.

“The Haydn quartet is heaven for me,” said Yang, “and we can play it five times in a row. If I were to play a string quartet for the rest of my life, I would be so happy to play a string quartet. Haydn strings different every day. That would be pure bliss. The Haydn is amazingly beautiful, happy and humorous music. It’s just nice to live with that every day.

“” Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 9, on the other hand, harnesses completely different emotions, starting cryptically and ending with a fierce tornado of sound. As happy as the Haydn is, Shostakovich’s end is a little furious. It’s sad, angry and moving.

Alban Berg’s “Lyric Suite” is the centerpiece around which the Festival revolves.

“The Berg combines it all,” Yang said. “It’s six movements. Some are quite sunny and happy and some are angry and stressful. It covers the whole range.

Books have been written on Berg’s technical mastery, Yang said. The third movement is a palindrome. Part C is part A literally upside down.

Sharon Roffman, seen here with her violin, will perform for the 20th season of the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival.

“It’s just amazing,” he said, “because like all good music, when you remove layer after layer, you discover incredible complexity. The Berg’s third movement is incredibly fast. It’s the hardest thing I’ve played in my life. It’s short and pure, an abject terror for musicians. When you know it, it blows the mind. It is arguably the most influential string quartet of the 20th century. It’s amazing work.

While some pieces will be performed throughout the Festival, each evening is a different program.

“If people want to come to multiple concerts,” Yang said, “they’ll hear different pieces in different contexts. You always hear something new. It’s always incredibly exciting.

Founded in 2002 by Newburyport resident Yang and Jane Niebling, this week-long classical chamber music event series in August was originally sponsored by St. Paul’s Church in Newburyport. The Festival now operates as an independent, non-profit organization.

for your information

WHAT: Newburyport Chamber Music Festival

WHEN: From Wednesday August 4 to Sunday August 15

OR: locations throughout the Greater Newburyport area

INFO: www.NewburyportChamberMusic.org, 978-701-4914, [email protected]. Tickets for the garden concerts are $ 20-30. Other events are free, but some require tickets to ensure safe levels of participation.

L’Oréal sees opportunity in sun care with skin care benefits

“We are proud to be part of L’Oréal’s Research and Innovation team which continues to lead the industry in scientific developments that help improve patient outcomes by providing safe and effective therapeutic skin care.Tom Allison, senior vice president and global head of professional marketing at CeraVe, said in this month’s press release on the brand’s latest consumer survey.

And he explains why research like the one published last April in JDD is particularly relevant for the CeraVe brand: “As a leader in therapeutic skin care, at CeraVe we are committed to working with dermatologists to better understand the skin barrier and develop effective formulas with ingredients essential for healthy skin, such as ceramides, that provide therapeutic solutions for all skin needs. “In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

Focus on ceramides and sun care

There are many scientific and scholarly articles on ceramides and the effects of UV rays on the skin.

But, according to scientists at the L’Oréal research and innovation center — Hawasatu Dumbuya PhD, Xi Yan MD PhD, Ying Chen PhD, Janet Wangari-Olivero PhD, Stephen Lynch PhD, Patricia Brieva PhD, Qian Zheng MD PhD, Charbel Bouez Doctorate-“The direct impact of UV rays on the integrity of the skin barrier in clinical settings remains little explored. “In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

The team’s research results, published in the article entitled Efficacy of Ceramide-Containing Formulations on UV-Induced Skin Surface Barrier Alterations, show that, “Treatment with a sunscreen containing ceramides and a moisturizer reduced erythema and hyperpigmentation, improved skin hydration and maintained the normal morphology and renewal of surface skin cells after UV rays” according to the summary of the article. “Our results”, they write, “Indicate that barrier-enhancing lipid formulations may provide additional benefits in the patient’s daily routine by strengthening the barrier and improving overall skin health against chronic sun exposure. “In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

2021 sun protection use and consumer expectations

In partnership with international market research firm OnePoll, CeraVe conducted a survey in early June 2021, interviewing 2,000 adults in the United States about their use and expectations for sun protection. 96% would not use sunscreen daily.

However (and this is perhaps more relevant for the CeraVe brand), 64% “Say that they would like their sunscreen to have benefits for the skin”, according to this month’s press release.

CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Sheer Tint is the brand’s answer to this expectation. The topical sun care product not only offers UV protection benefits but also the skin care hydration benefits and sheer coverage of the foundation product, “So that consumers do not have to choose between skin care and sun care”, like the release notes.

“CeraVe Hydrating Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 Sheer Tint is the perfect daily step in a skin care routine,” Says Dr. DiAnne Davis, a dermatologist who works with the brand, “Because it provides the broad spectrum sun protection we need every day, along with barrier restoring ingredients that I advise my clients to look for and a shade that pairs well with most skin tones.” skin. “In addition to this, you need to know more about it.

A recent British graduate, Reginald Smith Jr., represents the United States at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.


Less than a month after taking the step to earn a Masters degree from the University of Kentucky Reginald Smith Junior This weekend, at St. David’s Hall in the UK, we will step onto a very different UK stage. Here, the baritone was chosen to represent the United States on the 20th. BBC Cardiff Singer World Competition.

As part of the prestigious classical music vocal competition, Smith will compete on BBC TV, radio and iPlayer from June 12 with the world’s 15 best rising stars in international operas and songs.

Smith will face biennial singers from Austria, China, Denmark, England, Georgia, Iceland, Mongolia, South Korea, Russia, South Africa, Venezuela, Wales and 14 of the first representatives of Madagascar. And the Republic of Kosovo.

This year, the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, performed at St. David’s Hall with no audience for the COVID-19 protocol, will take place from June 12 to 19, with the first round scheduled for June 13. I’m.

“The BBC Cardiff Singer of the World is an important starting point for world-class singers at the start of their careers, and after one of the most difficult years for any performer, this is truer than ever. We hope that this year’s edition will be a light of hope for all young singers, those who are competing or maybe looking for a home. Show your support for the emerging artists. Take advantage of their extraordinary talent and their best live music production for a few days, ”said David Jackson, artistic director of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

The singer of this year was selected on three stages among the candidates for the recording. The main judges are chaired by Welsh National Opera Director General Aidan Lang and include two famous opera stars: Wales bass baritone Neil Davis and American soprano Roberta Alexander. I will accompany the singer for the performance Welsh National Opera With Michael Christie BBC Wales National Orchestra Litton Andrew Litton.

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and his BBC Wales song award Supported by, in association with the Welsh National Opera Cardiff Council. BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, song and audience award winners will receive trophies and prizes.

UKNow recently caught up with Smith. He was quarantined for the tournament this weekend. Smith spoke about his recent success on the Metropolitan Opera stage “Porgy and Bess”. He shared his thoughts on the next competition in the online classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UKNow: By playing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2019, winning a Grammy Award, earning a Masters degree, and competing in Cardiff, you can pull off a pretty good streak. How was the ride quality of the roller coaster?

Black-smith: Fortunately, I had some free time to return to UK to get a masters in vocal performance. The music school teachers are top notch and learning from each of them has really been a highlight of my year. From Masters to Grammys in Cardiff? I can’t even speak. All I can say is that when God prays for your steps, He will follow the path that has been made for you.

UKNow: You have just obtained a master’s degree, what motivated you to ‘return to Japan’ at doctoral school? What was your experience during the pandemic?

Black-smith: I have two bachelor’s degrees in UK and have always wanted to get a masters degree. But I was still busy and couldn’t go back to campus full time. I love to learn and expand my knowledge of things in my content area. You can take them all to the stage or to your private studio.

Due to the pandemic I was able to take the hybrid / online course. I was still working, but it gave me the opportunity to continue my job and my degree at the same time. Working with this faculty and a very talented colleague has really gone beyond my comfort zone. I will bring this experience and knowledge to the world.

UKNow: How did you feel about being selected to represent the United States competing for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World?

Black-smith: Your dreams will come true! This competition started the careers of so many singers around the world. It is worth being selected as finalist of the year and being the sole representative of my country, to say the least.

UKNow: When did you first hear about the Cardiff competition?

Black-smith: I first heard about the BBC Cardiff singer at the world championships in high school. I remember looking around and waiting for them to move on. It’s like an opera Olympics with lots of great musicians from all over the world! Watching the game was thrilling and I caught up with the tournament every time.

UKNow: How do you choose the music for this kind of competition?

Black-smith: Each round, the singer can choose up to 18 minutes of music. For me, I try to present a balanced program rather than hitting the circuits one after the other. I would like to show you various aspects of my art.

UKNow: There is a second competition for art songs, would you like to participate as well?

Black-smith: Yes, I am also participating in the Song Prize competition. I have always loved art songs, more intimate recitals and musical presentations, as well as larger opera performances. I look forward to both tournaments.

UKNow: When pursuing a career, are there any UK mentors / contacts that you continue to work with or are still in contact with today?

Black-smith: I am currently studying singing with another teacher, but I am eternally grateful to my eternal mentor and teacher. Dr Everett McCorby, For all he’s done for me. His immense generosity and wisdom supports me wherever I go. Without the students of Dr McCorby, the British Opera House, the University, the broader artistic culture of Lexington, and a continued commitment to Kentucky’s influence on art, I wouldn’t be me today. world.

Especially with Nan Maxwayne and Professor Cliff Jackson (current honor), McCorby’s incredibly supportive teachers and vocal coaches, I am fortunate to have the most outstanding “team” that anyone could ask for more. I am deeply grateful that they have influenced my career and my life.

Prior to earning his masters in May of this year, Smith obtained two bachelor’s degrees in choir. Musical education Vocal performance from UK in 2013 Smith came to the British Opera Theater As an Alltech Vocal Fellow in 2007 he studied under Everett McCorby during his undergraduate years In UK he has edited several performance and competition credits, including the Coronation Mass of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a solo on the Fauré Requiem. UK Choir Solo Performance with Lexington Philharmonic.

Local audiences are “Falstaff”, Porgy and Bess, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Pirates of Penzance”, “Bat”, “The Magic Flute”, “Labo Ame”, “River of Time”. He has performed on “The Pirates of Penis for Singing” every season and has been a guest on Seagle Music Colony’s elite summer program, the oldest summer vocal training program in the United States.

After earning an undergraduate degree, Smith participated in the Houston Grand Opera Young Artist Program, won the Metropolitan Opera National Council audition in 2015 and recently in the opera world singing on Metropolitan Opera recordings, Grammy Award winner. The production of “Porgy and Bess” in 2019-20, which paved the way for excitement. Visit his website to see some videos of his previous performances. www.reginaldsmithjr.com/videos ..

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A recent British graduate, Reginald Smith Jr., represents the United States at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

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Swimmers dive into Detroit River to raise money for cancer research


Grace Bunke was 11 when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. She developed her love for swimming in physiotherapy after undergoing a partial leg amputation. Grace was able to combine her two passions – swimming and cancer research – with Swim Across America.

“This was one of his last requests from me, is that I continue his legacy and that I continue to swim with Swim Across America to continue to raise awareness but above all to raise funds for research for clinical trials” said Grace’s mother, Vickie Bunke.

Swimmers and volunteers gathered at the Belle Isle Beach home Thursday to raise money for cancer research during the third annual Motor City Mile Swim Across America. Swimmers of all skill levels were welcomed to the event.

Bunke traveled from Atlanta to participate in the 1-mile freestyle in the Detroit River in honor of Grace. Bunke will embark on an “Amazing Grace Tour”, where she will travel the country for 14 Freestyle Swim Across America to celebrate Grace, who has lived for 14 years.

“We will be completing all 14 races in Atlanta in October. We are excited to finish in Atlanta because Grace swam 1 mile in Lake Lanier in Atlanta and that’s how we connected with Swim Across America,” Bunke said. .

Participants can register to swim a half mile, 1 or 2 miles. The charity event is not a race, so the “winner” is determined by who donates the most money.

Swim Across America hosts similar charity swim events across the country. Money raised at each event is donated to a local cancer research center so that the funds directly benefit the community.

Dearborn's Jared and Leighton Akers watch their mother Kendra Bozich swim the course of the Detroit River during the Swim Across America to raise funds for cancer research event in Detroit on Thursday, July 9, 2021. The swimmers have traveled distances of two miles to half a mile.

“Three words we all want to hear are ‘I love you’ and three words you never want to hear are ‘you have cancer’, but if so you want to hear ‘there is hope, “those three words. What I love about Swim Across America is that the dollars we raise here… all stay in the community,” said Rob Butch, CEO of Swim Across America.

The Detroit event raised approximately $ 58,000 this year, which will be donated to the Rogel Cancer Center at the University of Michigan.

“It has been a fantastic collaboration with Swim Across America. Everyone who comes to volunteer, swim and fundraise so that we can support our researchers, we are so grateful, ”said Julie Brabbs, Executive Director of Rogel.

Karrie Lyons kisses her 12-year-old daughter, Joy Lyons, who traveled the two-mile Swim Across America event to raise funds for cancer research in Detroit on Thursday, July 09, 2021. Swimmers walked through distances of two miles to half a mile.

“Funding … is really hard to find for researchers, especially for what we fund, which is early stage cancer research. In order for a researcher to start and be able to get some of the first data for their research, they need funding. but it’s hard to get that national funding for that, ”said Julie Wheatley, vice president of operations at Swim Across America.

This year’s recipient of donations is Dr. Phillip Palmbos, assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan. Palmbos’ research focuses on increasing the rate of positive responses to immunotherapy in patients with pancreatic cancer. Only 1 in 3 patients with pancreatic cancer have a positive response to immunotherapy.

“I deal with cancer patients all the time, so I have faces that come with all of these research projects,” Palmbos said. Her two grandmothers died of breast cancer in their fifties.

Swimmers took to the Detroit River for the Swim Across America event to raise funds for cancer research in Detroit on Thursday, July 9, 2021. Swimmers covered distances ranging from two miles to one. half a mile.

Brabbs also has a personal connection to Swim Across America.

“I myself am a 5 year survivor. The treatment that I have received and the long-term side effects that I will continue to have from it, I am very motivated to support research on it and to help improve the incidents of cancer mortality as well as the quality of life of the patients. survivors, ”Brabbs said. mentionned.

Chad Steed, 49, of Huntington Woods, was the main contributor to Thursday’s event, donating $ 7,000. He too is a cancer survivor.

What he thought was a pink eye from swimming turned out to be cancer. Steed was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in his twenties.

“The first question I asked the doctor was, ‘Can I continue to swim? It’s not going to spoil the swimming, is it? ”Steed said. “Like many of you, if I don’t swim for a few days, I’m a little scared. It makes me happy, so I had to keep swimming, ”he said.

A shirt worn by Vickie Bunke of Atlanta who participated in Swimcross America to raise funds for cancer research in Belle Isle in Detroit on Thursday July 09, 2021. Vickie lost her 14 year old daughter Grace to illness and plans to swim a total of 14 events in his honor.

Steed was treated at the University of Michigan and now, 20 years later, is in remission. The longtime swimmer competed in the 1 mile freestyle at the Swim Across America event.

“We support cancer research. We also want to give family and friends the opportunity to honor loved ones who may be battling cancer or who may have died of cancer,” said Wheatley. “Swimming is a really big challenge for a lot of people. A lot of people think swimming deserves the challenge that cancer patients struggle with.”

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Rob Atteberry, 49, of Clarkston, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 40. Like Grace, he began swimming during his recovery after his second battle with cancer. Atteberry was unable to swim this year but still paddled with the swimmers.

“I’m going to be back here next year for the 2022 Swim Across America, swimming a mile without a doubt about that,” Atteberry said.

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Questlove’s Documentary “Summer of Soul” Captures Emotions of Harlem Music Festival 1969


Black gospel music is often described as uplifting, an expression of joy in the faith. But Questlove, the director of a new documentary about a groundbreaking music festival in Harlem that ran for six weeks in the summer of 1969, said there’s another side of gospel that’s not. minus a release.

“There were a lot, I guess we can call the primitive musical expression or the primitive exotic expression or just the layman term, of people acting wild,” Questlove, the frontman of The Roots, the house band for “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” Religion News Service told a virtual press conference on June 22.

“So if it’s a mind-catching gospel singer, if it’s Sonny Sharrock doing one of the most atonal, destructive, violent solos I’ve ever seen on a guitar,” said Questlove, “I wanted people to know that it’s fair It’s not black people acting wild and crazy, that it was a therapeutic thing. And for many of us, gospel music was the channel. , because we didn’t know the dysfunctional families, therapies and life coaches that we have now. “

Questlove, whose first name is Ahmir Thompson, said he wanted the documentary to explain the meaning of some of the festival’s most moving music.

“Summer of Soul: (… Or, When The Revolution Couldn’t Be Televised)” will hit theaters and air on Hulu starting Friday, July 2. The documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won a grand jury award as well as an audience award in February.

The little-known Harlem Cultural Festival was held from June to August at Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park), drawing a predominantly black audience and well-known African-American musical celebrities. Following the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., organizers envisioned the festival as a way to honor King. Then-New York City mayor John Lindsay supported the festival, hoping to quell unrest.

Hundreds of thousands of people attended during the festival, and musicians and participants celebrated Black history, culture and fashion, seeking unity at a time when the nation was rocked by the Vietnam War. and a drug epidemic even as she faced a racial calculation.

“Summer of Soul” opens with a drum solo by Stevie Wonder and features artists ranging from blues performer BB King to gospel singers Edwin Hawkins Singers to Puerto Rican percussionist Ray Barretto. Gladys Knight recalled in an interview in the documentary how she joined in the prayers of the Pips, her male backing vocalists, before taking the stage and was “totally taken over” as she saw the crowd respond enthusiastically to “I am. heard through the Vine. “

Gospel music featured prominently on one day of the festival, but was also performed on some of the other five Sundays.

Artists and pundits interviewed by Questlove for the documentary and shown between snippets of footage from the festival – which took place in a basement for decades – agreed that the role of gospel goes beyond mere music.

Reverend Al Sharpton in the documentary described gospel music as more than just religious expression: “The gospel was therapy for the stress and pressure of being black in America.

“We didn’t know anything about therapists. But we did know Mahalia Jackson,” said Sharpton, president of the Harlem-based National Action Network and Pentecostal pastor turned Baptist.

Jackson, a very popular and influential gospel singer at the time, played a key role in the festival – not only as a headliner on July 13, 1969, the day designated as the gospel festival, but as a singer. of “Precious Lord, Take Ma main”, a favorite hymn of the murdered civil rights leader.

Moments before his assassination, King had leaned on the balcony just outside his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, and asked a musician to play this hymn at a meeting scheduled for the evening of the 4th. April 1968.

This saxophonist was one of the musicians of the festival a little over a year later.

“Ben Branch has always been revered by kids like me because Dr. King’s last words were addressed to Ben,” recalled Sharpton, who was the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s teenage director of Operation Breadbasket.

The documentary shows Branch, the leader of the Operation Breadbasket Orchestra, performing “Let Us Break Bread Together” as the Reverend Jesse Jackson prepares festival-goers for a musical prayer.

“We want Sister Mahalia, Mavis Staples and all of our groups to prepare for our ‘Precious Lord’ prayer today,” announced Jackson, a pastor who, over 50 years later, still continues his activism and has been arrested during a demonstration. a few weeks before the film’s theatrical release.

Staples, a member of The Staple Singers, recalled in an interview for the documentary that she was struck down by her “idol”, Mahalia Jackson, to help her sing the anthem.

“It was just an unreal moment for me,” recalls Staples, who started the song slowly. “I’m telling you, that was the moment of my life. When she gave me that mic back, I said, ‘Oh, she loves what I do.'”

Questlove noted that it wasn’t just gospel singers who featured the genre in their festival performances. Others, like The 5th Dimension, featuring singers Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., included the style as they sang other flavors of music, including their rendition of “Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In. “, from the Broadway musical” Hair “. “

“This performance from them at the Harlem Cultural Festival was closer to that of a gospel revival,” Questlove said at the press conference. “I’ve never heard Billy Davis, except for one of their songs on their solo album, a song called ‘Your Love’. I’ve never heard Billy Davis Jr. use his hoarse gospel baritone, – AAHHHHEE – that kind of James Brown-ish sock-it-to-me, that sort of thing. “

In their interview in the film, McCoo and Davis explained how happy they were to be received at the festival as they were – black performers who had appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” but had also been attacked for having sang pop music and “not be black enough.”

“Billy did all of these wonderful gospel licks in his ad libs,” McCoo said. “Our producer said ‘OK Billy take him to church’ and Billy knew exactly what to do because Billy sang gospel as a teenager.”

Beyond gospel inclusion, the entire festival exuded a sense of unity and a desire for hope at a time when not only King, but also Harlem-based Sen. Robert Kennedy and Malcolm X , had been lost under the bullets of the assassins.

Sharpton recalled the vocals of Nina Simone, who performed “To Be Young, Gifted and Black”, as he spoke with Questlove in the film.

“Nina Simone sang this with her tone that sits somewhere between hope and mourning,” Sharpton said in her interview in the film. “I mean, no one could capture the two spirits like Nina. It defined a whole generation because you could hear in her voice our pain but our challenge.”

The Wallflowers: Exit Wounds Album Review


During the alternative rock gold rush of the 1990s, the Wallflowers didn’t quite belong to the burgeoning grunge or American camp, but they did benefit from the abundance of guitar bands. They arrived at the heyday of Pearl Jam and Hootie & the Blowfish radio, so there was an audience prepared for their strum-and-jangle. With his singles “One Headlight”, “6th Avenue Heartache” and “The Difference”, quadruple platinum record from 1996 Bring down the horse provided the basis for frontman Jakob Dylan to lead various incarnations of the Wallflowers through roster changes and extended interruptions, negotiating slight mode changes without giving up the band’s adherence to the core elements of rock’n’roll: guitar , bass and drums, all sized by the vortices of the Hammond organ.

Exit injuries, the band’s first album in nine years and only their seventh record in nearly 30 years, doubles that foundation, delivering an album that in many ways could have been released somewhere in the mid-1990s. Dylan is the only original member of the time of Bring down the horse, the coherence of sound and aesthetics is therefore surprising. Revisiting old Wallflowers records shows how much he struggled with a desire to modernize their trad-rock to fit the times – the years 2002 Red letter days has a visibly glassy electronic sheen and instinct to move forward on a clear path.

No attempt to accommodate contemporary fashion is apparent on Exit injuries. Working with a lineup he put together in the late 2010s, Dylan seems comfortable playing the same sort of highway ballads and Saturday afternoon rockers he’s been writing for decades. Her voice carries light nuances of leather which are highlighted by the Americana soul of the Wallflowers, as in the opening track “Maybe Your Heart’s Not in It No More”. The song provides an ideal opening salvo for the record: the group’s confident groove is offset by Dylan’s minimal middle-aged introspection, a sentiment that runs through many of these songs. Dylan balances these moments of doubt with ironic self-mockery, a trend that is brought to the fore on “I’ll Let You Down (But Will Not Give You Up)”. This mix gives a slight boost to his straightforward songs. He arrives at familiar destinations by detours, not by the main road.

Call it wisdom, call it maturity, but the depth of experience deepens the traditionalism of Dylan’s music; he grew up in the clothes he has worn all his life. To that end, he’s aided greatly by the production of Butch Walker, another old-school rock’n’roll follower who knows which elements of Dylan’s music to emphasize. The thinness of Exit injuries is a bit misleading. It may not seem rushed, but the simple and straightforward arrangements give the disc a moderate energy boost. The keyboards soften the harsher edges of the guitars, American singer Shelby Lynne provides harmonies throughout, and the rhythms are smooth even when simple. Every detail not only adds texture but also character.

None of Walker’s brushstrokes come as a surprise, but they accentuate Dylan’s personality. He has a slightly surly disposition that camouflages an open heart; it’s hard not to see his bruises when he sings “I Fire Up Keeping You Warm” on “Roots and Wings”. Like Tom Petty, Dylan prefers small gestures to big statements, finding emotional truth in a clever turn of phrase like “the dive bar in my heart”. This modesty has been one of Dylan’s gifts from the start, when he tried to write songs that seemed to have been pitched for years. Now that he has covered a few kilometers under his belt, his handwriting is crisp and his collaborators seem at ease. At Exit injuries, the Wallflowers are finally becoming the classic rock band they always wanted to be.

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Best of Southern Utah Desert Sands winner Ketamine relieves mental health disorders and chronic pain – St George News


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CONTRIBUTED CONTENT – Ketamine brings hope and healing to people living with treatment-resistant depression and many other disorders. However, patients should not trust just any clinic for their ketamine treatment. The Desert Sands Ketamine Treatment Center has been recognized as the best in southern Utah.

Dr Eric Evans and Shannon Evans, owners of Desert Sands Medical Clinics, St. George, Utah, date unspecified | Photo by Sheldon Demke, St. George News

AT Desert Sands KetamineDr. Eric Evans administers ketamine by IV infusion to treat depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions, as well as chronic pain. Ketamine in a therapeutic setting represents an optimistic new frontier for many patients who have already tried a variety of drugs with little or no success.

“I hesitate to use the word ‘miracle’ with any medicine, but ketamine has been just plain miraculous for a lot of people in our clinic,” he said. “With ketamine, people can wake up in the morning and joy is a possibility again for them.”

Learn more about ketamine

Clinical studies of treating depression with ketamine have shown a success rate of around 70%, Evans said, adding that some patients experience an improvement in mood after their first infusion. In comparison, oral antidepressants typically have a 40-45% success rate and take between four and eight weeks to achieve maximum effectiveness.

Ketamine targets the amygdala, the area of ​​the brain that plays a key role in mood and baseline emotional state. Providing long-lasting results with a much higher success rate than antidepressants, Evans proclaims it a “wonder drug” for treatment-resistant depression and other mood disorders. Patients with painful conditions like migraines, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and complex regional pain syndrome have also experienced remarkable results.

“It’s a great alternative for patients who struggle and haven’t found relief in traditional pharmaceutical offerings,” he said. “We encourage them to reach out and try something different before they give up hope.”

Not all suppliers are created equal

Many patients seeking treatment for mental health conditions and pain have already received a complex list of medications, some of which may not be compatible with ketamine. At Desert Sands Ketamine, each patient sees a doctor who carefully assesses their medical history.

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As a certified anesthesiologist, Evans has administered ketamine regularly in the operating room for the past 25 years and has said the drug is extremely safe. The vast majority of people tolerate both surgical therapeutic doses without side effects. Either way, patients are closely monitored during and after their Desert Sands Ketamine infusions to ensure maximum safety and effectiveness.

“There is an art to donating ketamine,” he said. “We tailor the dose to the individual, which is the main reason we’ve seen such high success rates.”

Serving Southern Utah

Desert Sands Ketamine won Gold in Alternative Therapies as well as Silver in Behavioral / Mental Health Treatment category in 2021 Best of Southern Utah competition. Evans said that although they serve many patients in the greater St. George area, people have come from as far away as New York and Los Angeles, and many places in between, due to the solid reputation. that they established.

As a native of southern Utah, Evans relishes any opportunity to give back to his community. After working in the hospital for decades, he saw the need for another mental health treatment option locally and knew that ketamine, a drug that he administered almost daily to surgical patients, could provide a lifeline. rescue for those struggling with mood disorders.

“The opening of Desert Sands to help patients here in our community has been very gratifying,” he said. “To be voted the best is truly an honor.”

Discover the Desert Sands difference

At Desert Sands Ketamine, Evans has created a welcoming, spa-like healing environment with compassionate staff who are dedicated to helping each patient achieve the best possible results. Nurses are caring professionals whom he has personally selected for their ability to cope with difficult conditions.

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“The setting for ketamine treatment is extremely important,” he said. “Having a comfortable space that allows your mind to relax while consuming ketamine is key. ”

In addition, the clinic provides resources for patients to improve all aspects of their well-being, including dietary counseling, meditation, massage therapy, relationship counseling and talk therapy. The patient experience always begins with a free consultation to discuss their issues and determine if ketamine is right for them.

“Each person has a unique story and a set of issues they face,” Evans said. “We try to use a comprehensive approach for each patient.”

For more information or to schedule a free consultation, visit the Desert Sands Ketamine Treatment Center website or call 435-522-5190.

Written by ALEXA MORGAN for St. George News.



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Orfeh, The Skivvies, Jason Robert Brown and more announced for Feinstein’s / 54 below next week

Next week FEINSTEIN’S / 54 BELOW, the Supper Club and Broadway Private Event Destination, features some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com or call (646) 476-3551.


Tony Award® Winner Jason Robert Brown returns to Feinstein’s / 54 Below to celebrate his very first vinyl release, the Craft Recordings album Coming From Inside The House: A Virtual SubCulture Concert, featuring his fierce band in their first live performance in over one year. With songs from his award-winning shows and movies, his solo albums and a few surprises, it will be a joyful and cathartic JRB concert like no other!

Coverage fee of $ 65. $ 105 in premium seats. $ 25 minimum food and drink.


Go wild with The Skivvies for an evening of music inspired by Little Shop of Horrors. Known for their comedic and varied mashups, Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley don’t just cut out the arrangements – cello, ukulele, glockenspiel, melodica – they literally strip down to their underwear as they play. Having played Seymour and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors productions, Lauren and Nick will bring the story and song to life in a personal and electric way. Plus, expect The Rocky Horror Skivvies Show hits from their debut album and more. Featured in People magazine’s Hottest Bodies issue and as Sports Illustrated’s favorite new band, the Skivvies Award-nominated concerts are packed with great vocals and crazy harmonies … but no pants.

With Lauren Molina, Nick Cearley, Diana Huey, Tamika Sonja Lawrence, Rob Morrison and Juson Williams

$ 45 cover charge. $ 75 in premium seats. $ 25 minimum food and drink.


Broadway royalty Lee Roy Reams returns to Feinstein’s / 54 Below with an all-new show celebrating his collaboration with the late great legend Jerry Herman. Lee Roy will delight audiences with glorious songs and outrageous stories from shows such as La Cage aux Folles and Hello, Dolly!

The ten credits of Lee Roy on Broadway range from Sweet Charity, Applause, Lorelei, Hello, Dolly !, and 42nd Street to La Cage aux Folles, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and The Producers. Come get the theatrical treat from a guy who was there to see everything from Dolly’s eyelashes to Billy Lawlor’s well-worn tap dancing.

Coverage fee of $ 60. $ 95 in premium seats. $ 25 minimum food and drink.


Songs inspired by the nerve, style and history of Chicago, the musical. Sirius XM Radio’s On Broadway host and former Broadway Mama Morton Christine Pedi celebrates the Chicago spirit with “feel good” and “bad girl” songs from the Roaring Twenties and beyond, including classics from composers Kander & Ebb and a star – A mix of “Chicago Divas” with the famous prints of Ms. Pedi. Hear from some of the great ladies on stage and on screen get the chance to play Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly! Musical direction by Matthew Martin Ward.

$ 45 cover charge. $ 60 in premium seats. $ 25 minimum food and drink.


With the energy of a teenage girl, the wisdom of a sage and the memory of a superhero, Marilu Henner, star of “Taxi”, “Evening Shade” and Gettin ‘the Band Back Together, takes you on a journey through his decades long career filled with Broadway shows, movies, two hit sitcoms and three husbands! Hilarious and sincere, it’s an evening you won’t forget!

Coverage fee of $ 60. $ 95 in premium seats. $ 25 minimum food and drink.


After a very brief hiatus (and almost a year after the release of his debut album), Robbie Rozelle returns to the basement with a brand new show. And after a year and a half of binging all over Netflix, the acclaimed artist has things to say. Join Robbie and his little group as they celebrate life, love and life aloud in a hilarious new adventure from the creator of Songs From Inside My Locker and Tuesdays at 54 that’s sure to be full of his signature medleys, razor-sharp wit, and just a hint of snark. He just hopes his suit jacket still fits him. And if not, who cares? It is a party !

Written and performed by Robbie Rozelle

Musical direction and arrangements by Yasuhiko Fukuoka

With Robbie Rozelle and special guest Joseph C. Townsend

Coverage fee of $ 40. $ 65 in premium seats. $ 25 minimum food and drink.

ORFEH: OR & MORE-JULY 15-17 at 7:00 p.m.

The roof comes off the house with the mighty Tony Award® herself a Grammy nominated and nominated diva, Orfeh! She will be joined by more friends with more songs than ever. From pop hits to Pretty Woman, you’ll dance in your seats and wave your towels for Or & More … and more.

With the main group of Orfeh led by musical director Steven Jamail and vocalists Niki Kimbrough and Tim Kodres.

With Orfeh with special guests Eric Anderson, Raymond J. Lee (July 16 only) and Marissa Rosen

$ 85 cover charge. $ 135 in premium seats. $ 25 minimum food and drink.


After a sold-out race in 2019, Broadway and Symphony Orchestra performer and BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award nominee 2020 Blaine Alden Krauss, known for Hamilton, The Cher Show, Kinky Boots and Great Comet, brings back his success, From The Soul, at Feinstein’s / 54 below. The return of this bouncy evening of music features Krauss’ vocal and emotional renditions of favorites Funk, Broadway and Pop. Starring the award-nominated arranger, Dylan Glatthorn, Prince, Stephen Sondheim, Purlie !, Stevie Wonder, Judy Garland and The Wiz!

Coverage fee of $ 40. $ 65 in premium seats. $ 25 minimum food and drink.


Taylor Sorice is a singer / songwriter / performer who has been singing since before she could walk. Known as SORICE on the Billboard Jazz charts with the hit single “You Better Know It” and her latest single, “I Won’t Be Your Fool”, Taylor is a multi-genre singer who began her career in singing and studying musical theater. here in Manhattan.

Join us for An Evening With Taylor Sorice as she takes us on a journey through the roles and songs that shaped her career to become what it is today! You’ll hear classics of musical theater from the shows that shaped her like Anastasia, Little Women and South Pacific, as well as many SORICE originals and pop covers. You will laugh, you might cry, and you will certainly enjoy the surprises she has in store for you along the way!

An Evening with Taylor Sorice is directed and produced by Megan Minutillo

With Taylor Sorice and special guests Christopher Hlinka and Jaqueline Balducci

Coverage fee of $ 35. $ 60 in premium seats. $ 25 minimum food and drink.


Celebrating Ari Grooves’ upcoming and debut album, Ari Groover aka “Ari Grooves” (Holler If Ya Hear Me, Bare), is a Broadway gem / DJ with something to say. Message From a Wanderer is about a woman with gifts from the future going back to the past, all the way to the year 2020, to find understanding of herself and what it really means to be a “wanderer”. 2020 appears to be the year of devastation, filled with major changes that seem daunting. The vagabond forces us to unwrap ourselves to see the masterpieces that we are. We don’t know, the journey we are about to take will be the start of a new renaissance. We are all wanderers looking up to the sky for answers! Let’s celebrate with Ari Grooves and his friends!

With Ari Grooves, Shaq Hester, Akilah Sailers and Joy Woods

Coverage fee of $ 40. $ 65 in premium seats. $ 25 minimum food and drink.


Sally Wilfert (Assassins, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer) returns to Feinstein’s / 54 Below with her brand new show, How Did I Get Here? She and Music Director Joseph Thalken take you on a musical journey from an innocent farmer in Ohio to an acclaimed Broadway singer.

Coverage fee of $ 55. $ 90 in premium seats. $ 25 minimum food and drink.


Natalie Walker spent the pandemic somewhere outside her body watching her brain break and reassemble and shatter and reassemble endlessly (Latin, intellectual …..). Now the only thing that feels set to her is singing and / or screaming in a basement and being a witness throughout, so she goes it alone at Feinstein / 54 Below for the very first time afterwards. having successfully ridden her ponytails. extraordinary friends in previous engagements with Bonnie Milligan and Heath Saunders. In the great classical tradition (opera, highbrow …..), Natalie Walker: Mad Scenes is an evening dedicated to the art of swaying. Accompanied by musical director Dan Garmon, Walker will take the audience * on a tour from daze to hysteria, from Lucia to Liza, from Norma to Neely, from Beale to Bensimon (Housewives, nerd, taste has no no sense) and vice versa.

* Walker’s Cavalier states that the audience ratio between close friends and people she doesn’t know very well is okay, so the vibe is “warm and encouraging” but stops far from “maybe intervention ? She doesn’t know what that exact ratio is and will never know because she doesn’t respect numbers as an art form, but trusts everyone to “just be cool” and “sort of. feel it “.

Coverage fee of $ 40. $ 65 in premium seats. $ 25 minimum food and drink.

Feinstein’s / 54 Below is committed to protecting the health of its artists, staff and guests and has created a safety plan to ensure safe conditions as well as optimal performance conditions. The new policies require performers, production, kitchen and dining staff, and all members of the public to show proof of vaccination to enter the premises. Additional information on our security protocols can be found here.

Capacity will currently be limited to only 100 guests for shows until August 31, 2021. Tickets for all shows up to that date will be sold in capsules of 2, 3, 4 or 6 tickets. Unaffiliated parties will not be seated at the same table. Feinstein’s / 54 Below installed improved airflow and filtering systems as well as added plexiglass barriers between some tables. Based on CDC and New York State guidelines at the time of performance, safety protocols and seating arrangements may change, and policies may be adjusted as needed.

Billie Eilish reveals how therapy helps her write songs | Music


Billie Eilish reveals how therapy can help her creative process.

The makers of “Bad Guy” hits see therapists “once a week”. She encouraged everyone to do the same, just like she did when she discussed the benefits of opening the door for someone.

She told Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1:

“Everyone should go, even if they think their life is wonderfully perfect and everything is fine. Everyone should go.

“And I think it helps my creative process, because it keeps me from throwing up, and it keeps me from having everything here.”

A 19-year-old star working on the long-awaited second album Happier Than Ever explained that the therapeutic conversation influenced his lyrics.

“It makes me talk about things, and then I think about it constantly. I’m talking about therapeutic things that I don’t even think about in my life.

“It’s like I’m thinking about next week. Wow, I should write about this on what we talked about during the treatment. It’s really interesting.'”

“And it really helps, it gets you out, and it really needs it.”

Billy also said that she experienced a lot of “soul searching” on her new album.

She said: “There was as much soul-searching as I was.

“I realized that I had never even faced in my life, and that I had never done so.

“And the same thing that I’ve witnessed and seen around me is happening, and I’m talking through it, taking it off of me, and then you know that sounds good. “

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Addiction Council calls for increased funding

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Five drug addiction programs overseen by four organizations will seek a 17.6% increase in funding for 2022.

The total funding of $ 1.24 million, which is $ 186,515 more than what was approved for this year, received a preliminary recommendation from the Drug Addiction Public Funding Council on Wednesday.

Although each of the five proposed budgets was passed unanimously, the board can only make funding recommendations. The final decisions are entrusted to the elected officials of the municipal and departmental councils. These applications are generally funded 50/50 by the city and county.

City and county councils will begin 2022 budget hearings in the coming months that include these recommendations.

Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress (ASAP) – Hub.

Total demand: $ 521,839 (compared to $ 499,641 this year)

Opened in September 2019, the Doug Otto United Way Building center provides the resources needed to recover from addiction, including referrals to already existing programs. The hub also helps navigate healthcare, insurance systems, resources for connecting to community services, and even the basics of obtaining food, shelter, and transportation.

As soon as possible, retiring executive director Doug Leonard said part of the requested increase would go to a grants writer, who can help make the HUB more self-reliant. Currently, the organization relies on a Columbus Regional Health grants writer who is only available a few hours a week, he told the board. If the funding is approved, Leonard says an experienced, but retired grants writer is the primary candidate for inclusion.

The other unmet need included in the proposed new funding is for a full-time, bilingual Spanish-speaking staff member, Leonard said. In recent years, the center has seen very few members of the local Hispanic population, which is the second largest ethnic group in Bartholomew County, he said.

ASAP – Housing

Total request: $ 51,759

There are now 10 different sober living or salvage homes in the Columbus area. Demand has increased to the level where it will take many homes to fill the void. Current estimates have about 90 recovery beds in Bartholomew County. But with more homes slated to open in the next six to 12 months, Leonard said about 350 to 450 people would be served in those homes each year.

The funds sought will allow ASAP to hire a full-time sober home liaison who will ensure these homes maintain a positive community image, said the retired ASAP director. This person would also act as a navigator to ensure that those looking for a salvage house are able to find one that matches their needs and circumstances, he said.

The liaison would also endeavor to ensure that the 12-step recovery meetings follow best practices, as well as meeting with those in charge of the house to foster familiarity and trust, as well as to raise common issues. in every house.

Leonard spoke about the need to establish a specially designed reintegration home for those who have just been released from prison.

Recovery Makes a Life for Men (REALM)

Total demand: $ 215,878 (compared to $ 205,042 this year)

Inspired by a successful community correctional program for women, REALM’s goal is to provide comprehensive, evidence-based residential treatment that focuses on the substance abuse needs of 30-40 male offenders each year.

Since the start of REALM in early 2010, 53 inmates have participated. Among the men who successfully completed the program, their risk of committing another offense was reduced by almost 48%, according to Bartholomew County Community Corrections Director Rob Gaskill.

The additional money being sought for next year would provide a 4% salary increase for two residential agents who are currently publicly funded ASAP, Gaskill said. The request also includes $ 6,970 to fill a funding gap to pay a case manager who is not covered by grants already acquired.

Adult Drug Recovery Court (DRC)

Total demand: $ 115,292 (compared to $ 103,951 this year)

DRC integrates evidence-based drug treatment, mandatory drug testing, penalties, incentives and bridging services. The goal is to reduce recidivism and drug addiction among those at high risk or high need, Bartholomew Circuit Court Judge Kelly Benjamin told the fundraising board.

When court officials did their initial planning, funding for that year was supposed to be $ 207,000. However, Bartholomew County officials paid $ 80,900 directly to the salary and benefits of a second case manager who will divide her workload between the DRC and the Family Restoration Court, the judge said. With financial assistance from the city and county, the court hopes to expand its capacity from a maximum of 25 participants this year to 35 to 40 participants in 2022, Benjamin said.

The program will also begin to seek new forms of funding, as a grant from the Federal Office for Judicial Assistance will expire at the end of next year.

Part of the increased funding will be used to provide 4% salary increases to key DRC members who are likely to face a heavier workload next year, Benjamin said. It would also provide additional drug testing and incentives to court participants.

Bartholomew Prison Drug Treatment Program.

Total demand: $ 340,291 (up from $ 249,910 this year)

Opened in early 2020, this program provides treatment to non-violent offenders with historical substance abuse and mental illness disorders. Applicants who meet the criteria receive group and individual therapy for up to 16 weeks. After graduation, they receive treatment for an additional 6 to 12 weeks. About a third of the 292 offenders who applied to the program were accepted, said prison addiction treatment coordinator Theresa Patton.

The funding sought is for staffing next year, Bartholomew County Deputy Chief Sheriff Major Chris Lane said. This would involve making Patton a contract employee paid $ 145,000 per year with no benefits. Last year we asked for one full-time recovery counselor, but two part-time counselors who would not be receiving benefits. However, there have been no qualified candidates willing to work part-time, Lane said.

“Even the full-time position took us three to four months to fill it,” Lane said.

Lane therefore proposes that another full-time advisor be hired with benefits instead of two part-time.

‘It’s like a house’: Baton ready, Andris Nelsons reflects on his return to Tanglewood | Local News

LENOX – On the eve of the official opening of the Tanglewood Summer Festival and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s first public performance in 17 months on Saturday night, Music Director Andris Nelsons took some time to reflect on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the arts in general, and the BSO in particular.

With at least 12 sold-out concerts in the compressed six-week classical season, the orchestra is looking to return after losing $ 60 million in ticket sales since February 2020 and cutting its annual budget by 50%. of $ 107 million.

During a Wednesday break between rehearsals with the BSO and the young student musicians of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Nelsons, 42, emphasized his belief that audiences are hungry for shared experiences. He also shared how he spent some unforeseen free time, including renewing his passion for martial arts.

Excerpts from his conversation with The Eagle follow:

Q: It must have been a moving experience to come back to Tanglewood and the orchestra.

A: Absolutely, although I conducted the orchestra in January and April for the streaming, and it was wonderful to see the musicians, but we missed the audience, and now we can play side by side without masks.

It’s incredible; barely got here, I took my golf cart, I walked around, everything is so green, so beautiful. The students play wonderfully with a lot of passion and excitement. It’s like a house, walking around, talking with musicians or a member of staff. It’s so human; that’s what has always been the gem here. It brings everyone together. It can be very busy, but everyone is smiling.

Q: Playing with an audience instead of empty space must make a difference.

A: It’s inspiring, and there can be no substitute for live concerts; we need to be able to share. Streaming was not a substitute for concerts, but it saved the musicians from being separated from each other for too long, so they now find themselves with the audience. The orchestra is like family, absolutely.

Q: During the pandemic, you had more free time than at any time in your career; you must have thought about the lack of live music.

A: I haven’t had that much free time since I was 11 because in my teenage years I was very busy studying the trumpet, then came professional life, and since then it’s been busy, busy , busy.

So at first we were shocked, but we thought it would take a few weeks or even two months, but we soon realized that it was a terrible disaster.

I spent a lot more time with my family so it was wonderful to be with my daughter, my parents, my wife. Of course, I’ve been listening to music, YouTube, and comparing performances, studying songs that we’re going to do next season.

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Nelsons, shown at the Tanglewood field, said the downtime during the coronavirus pandemic had helped renew his passion for martial arts.

Q: What about personal activities?

A: I practiced martial arts from 11 to 18, then quit for 22 years. During the corona I started going to the martial arts club [in Leipzig, Germany], to think about my physical condition and take care of it as much as possible, because it helps your inner being to express itself.

I have always been fascinated not only by the physical aspects, but also by the philosophy and psychology of taekwondo (Korean traditional martial art). It is self-discipline, and I will continue to do so.

Plus, we’ve all experienced where the true friendships are, and we’ve also realized that music and culture is very clearly not high on the agenda in some places. The world has become less predictable, we have planned five, ten years in advance, and it has proven that in a very short time everything has stopped and changed.

It’s kind of a sign from somewhere; we think we know everything and we can influence nature and everything. But, in fact, everything is very fragile, and we have to look at the priorities of life, and be ready to support ourselves, and sometimes we have forgotten that.

It’s a return to the basics of humanity, really. This is the time to reflect and think, to breathe. You don’t always have to rush.

Q: Will this experience affect your approach to creating music?

A: I think so; I don’t know if it will be better; it might be a lot worse (laughs), but making music has so much to do with thinking, sharing. And this time will certainly teach us to cherish every moment we have in life, everything positive we have, the opportunity to say things and express thoughts. Now we can come back to a pace where we can reflect.

Q: Could this affect the balance between your career, family, time to walk and talk to people?

A: Maybe that’s true, and I love the two orchestras I have (Boston and Leipzig Gewandhaus), and in fact I have more free time than before due to less guest conducting.

I don’t cut the time with Boston or Leipzig, but in between, when traveling, it’s so nice to arrive a few days early. And I cherish every moment that I have to be with my daughter, Adriana, 9; Time passes so fast. She loves music, but at the moment she is playing tennis.

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Members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra rehearse in the Shed at Tanglewood Thursday, in preparation for Saturday’s opening concert – the orchestra’s first public performance in 17 months.

Q: This summer at Tanglewood, vocal music is missed by all of us which had to be avoided due to the pandemic.

A: There are still other challenges to overcome, but next summer we plan to return to opera in Tanglewood, and vocal music, along with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, is so important.

Q: Are you hoping to explore more contemporary music?

A: We’re including contemporary pieces this summer at Tanglewood, and we’ve planned several more commissions from a wider range of composers.

Perhaps the attitude of musicians and audiences watching contemporary pieces could change; we will think more about why this music is as it is and what it expresses. There’s a reason it’s complicated or atonal, reflecting what’s going on in life and in the world.

I always try to think about musical and emotional reasoning, and maybe that will encourage us to delve deeper into contemporary music, because there is so much wonderful music, and sometimes it is hidden. We need to invest more time for this; we don’t want to neglect it.

Q: How do you feel about your role as a teacher, working with young musicians at Tanglewood?

A: I felt so fulfilled two summers ago, I’m passionate about it and maybe I’ll try to expand it, because these young musicians have very interesting ideas; it allows us to remember when we were students.

For conductors of all ages, it’s a never-ending process, to make sure that your communication is what you feel on the inside, as it’s not that easy to show how you feel.

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The orchestra will return to the Shed on Saturday. With at least 12 sold-out concerts in the compressed six-week classical season, the BSO is looking to return after losing $ 60 million in ticket sales since February 2020 and cutting its annual budget by 50% from $ 107 million.

Barkley gains popularity in sports betting ahead of celebrity golf


He’s known to have an unusual golf swing and an overall dismal golf game, but Charles Barkley is a popular choice in sports betting this week.

Of course, the bet isn’t exactly a huge show of confidence in the former NBA star and current basketball TV presenter.

Bettors have an 8: 1 odds for Barkley to finish in the top 70 at this week’s American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament at Edgewood-Tahoe. Those odds, from William Hill, started at 17-1 a few weeks ago.

If Barkley ends up in the top 70 in the field of 89 people, a bet of $ 100 pays out $ 1,700.

Charles Barkley starts off at the ACC Golf Tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in South Lake Tahoe on Saturday July 11, 2020.

Barkley told media he is working with new swing trainer Stan Utley and has erased the many voices that haunted his thoughts on previous rounds of golf.

Utley said Barkley’s problems on the golf course in the past have been physical.

“I’m not too worried about his ability to compete under pressure in front of a gallery. I think he understood that,” Utley said. “I’m pampered by people who think he has mental issues with golf. Charles’s issues were purely skill issues. They have nothing to do with confidence, the mind.

Fans line the 17th fairway during the ACC Golf Tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in South Lake Tahoe on Saturday July 11, 2020.

Former MLB pitcher Mark Mulder, who has won three in a row at Edgewood (2015-17), has said he will go against popular betting.

“I guess there are too many people doing this,” Mulder said with a smile. “I would probably go the other way because I’m a really bad player. What everyone thinks, I’ll do just the opposite.”

The Celebrity Golf Tournament takes place Friday through Sunday at Edgewood.

Mardy Fish hits a drive on the 17th hole during the ACC golf tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course last year.

Celebrity Notes

Odds of winning the Caesars Sports Book (William Hill): Mardy Fish is the defending champion, but two-time winner Tony Romo is the favorite in 3v2 betting.

Romo had to retire in the second round last year at Edgewood due to a wrist injury, which later turned out to be a broken wrist.

Romo said punters are “just guessing” and Fish is the favorite.

Fish scored a course record of over 37 points in the second round last year in the modified Stableford scoring system, a score of 63 in regular scoring.

Romo added that 10 or 15 players are capable of winning this week.

“It shows that the players are only getting better. They are getting better education. And they are working on their game,” Romo said. “You see a guy like Kyle Williams the last teardrop just came out of nowhere for this area, but for those of us who know he always had the ability to hit the golf ball really well. other person like that to sneak in. And it’s really fun. “

Mulder also said Fish or Williams are among the favorites to win.

“It’s hard to go against Mardy. I don’t know if anyone really hits him off the tee to the green better than him. Over the last few years I guess you could tell he would sometimes have a hard time putting. “But last year he put in great, obviously. You can’t put the numbers he did and not putt well. It would be hard for me not to put money in,” Mulder said.

Tony Romo swings off the 1st tee during the ACC Golf Tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in South Lake Tahoe on Saturday July 11, 2020.

Athletes active in the field: Stephen Curry, Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, TJ Oshie, Joe Pavelski, Derek Carr, Seth Curry, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Travis Kelce, Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson, Kyle Fuller, Kyle Rudolph, Robbie Gould, Kyle Lowry, Kyle Rudolph, Adam Thielen , Golden Tate and Andrew Whitworth.

Steph Curry hits a tee shot as Aaron Rodgers watches during the ACC Golf Tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in South Lake Tahoe on Friday July 10, 2020.

Hall of Fame in the field: (17) Marcus Allen, Ray Allen, Charles Barkley, Jerome Bettis, Terrell Davis, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Mike Modano, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, John Smoltz, Annika Sorenstam, Michael Strahan, Charles Woodson, Brian Urlacher, Jerry Rice, Charles Woodson and Steve Young.

More notable competitors: Justin Timberlake, Travis Kelce, Tony Romo, Justin Tuck, CC Sabathia, Dell Curry, Larry the Cable Guy, Roger Clemens, Kevin Nealon, Mark Mulder, David Wells.

Justin Timberlake is back at Edgewood this summer.

Two for 32: Jim McMahon and Jack Wagner have played in the 31 previous celebrity golf events at Edgewood.

Beginner players: Derek Carr, Seth Curry, Sean McDermott, CC Sabathia, Michael Strahan and Andrew Whitworth

Golfers: Kira K. Dixon, Dylan Dreyer and Annika Sorenstam.

Odds for favorites:

Tony Romo 3/2

Mardy fish 2/1

Mark Mulder 4/1

John Smoltz 8/1

Kyle Williams 8/1

Annika Sorenstam 8/1

Stephen Curry 12/1

Derek Lowe 18/1

Joe Pavelski 25/1

Jack Wagner 30/1

Steve Young hits a tee shot during the ACC Golf Tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in South Lake Tahoe last year.

Steve Young partners with the therapy room at Renown Children’s Hospital: The Renown Health Foundation announced a partnership with former San Francisco 49ers and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young and the Forever Young Foundation to build a Sophie’s Place at Renown Children’s Hospital.

The Music Therapy Room, which will be inaugurated later this year, is designed for children and their families to enjoy music and interactive activities during their hospital stay.

Young, a longtime ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, has helped raise more than $ 1 billion to support children’s hospitals across the country, like Renown’s Children’s Hospital.

Fantastic Celebrity Golf: There are fantastic leagues for almost every other sport and now fans can form celebrity golf teams.

Visit ACCfantasygolf.com to create a team for a chance to win prizes each day of the tournament.

Fans choose one player from each of the five flights. There will be a winner each day. Each day’s winner will win a trip for two to Edgewood next year, hotel and airfare included.

On Sunday, the big winner will also receive a paid trip for two to Edgewood, as well as $ 10,000 donated to the charity of their choice on behalf of American Century.

The final group travels the 16th fairway during the American Century Championship golf tournament at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline, Nevada on Sunday July 19, 2015.

Jim Krajewski covers high school and youth sports for the Reno Gazette Journal. Follow him on twitter @RGJPreps. Support his work by subscribing to RGJ.com.

Treneti makes music that literally heals

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“This past year has changed my listening habits, with music being an active part of finding calm and centering me in the midst of all the confusion. Treneti’s avant-garde explorations of jazz and soul have deep meditative qualities and nourish the mind – throw him in your headphones and let his voice overwhelm you. It will do you a world of good, I promise you.

Treneti Brown only found his musical instrument four years ago.

Professional dancer, her body was her instrument for a long time, until she took a bass for the first time and didn’t put it down for two hours.

“I find myself playing a lot of different instruments,” she laughs, “but I don’t know how to play them”.

Brown was undergoing big changes in her life the moment she started playing bass. In 2017, she left her hometown of Chicago and was traveling across the country. She spent time at a spiritual sanctuary in northern Michigan, where she meditated seven hours a day and learned toning, singing, frequency therapy, and how to layer sounds with gongs and tuning forks. She also traveled to Guatemala, where she worked with a drum shaman and learned indigenous vibratory singing.

Eventually, she moved to Portland, where she found a scene eager to welcome her music: a vast collection of electronic staccato beats that are both meditative and sultry, and soothing electro soundscapes, grounded in sung vocals.

Brown enjoyed a rapid rise in the Portland music scene, playing a few smaller shows in 2018 before being booked into Mississippi studios. Soon she was selling both the Mississippi Studios and the Old Church.

Yet she had to overcome a steep learning curve to produce and publish music. In January 2020, she released her first album, Psalms of Saturn, a more direct album with bass, drums and vocals, followed by his electronic EP Her’isness in December 2020.

There is a hypnotic quality in Treneti’s music. You notice that your head involuntarily moves and that your body is less tense, as if you had received a contemplative sound bath. This healing effect is intentional.

“Some music has a regenerating and calming effect on the body, and others are abrasive. Some music totally disturbs the ship, ”explains Brown. “For me, it is really important to create a sanctuary and a place of sound nourishment. “

When Brown talks about the healing properties of her music, she’s not talking figuratively. A fanatic of math and science, Brown builds her own synths with specific frequencies that have regenerative properties for the body. For example, 528 hertz is the frequency of solfeggio, the frequency of the healthy human energy field, and the frequency of love, while 25 hertz is the frequency of a cat’s purr.

“These are the ancestral frequencies,” she says. “This is how, in ceremonies, prayers and rituals, our ancestors channel these divine frequencies. I’m just basically doing the same thing.

The influence of healing sounds is persistent in his work; she also runs the Solaris Voice Academy, which helps artists develop their voices with holistic singing training and empowerment techniques.

But it’s somewhere between the emotional and mathematical space of healing frequencies that Treneti’s music thrives.

“Much of me was unsatisfied until I discovered not only music but also music production and literally working with frequencies, mixing them and balancing them,” she says. “When I tapped into that, I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is what I was looking for: this is math.’ All synthesis is ultimately trigonometry. It gave me quite a space to be a nerd.

Study reveals link between chromosomal instability and cell senescence

Chromosomal instability is a hallmark of solid tumors such as carcinoma. Likewise, cellular senescence is a process strongly linked to cellular aging and its link with cancer is becoming increasingly clear. Scientists led by ICREA researcher Dr Marco Milán from IRB Barcelona have revealed the link between chromosome instability and cell senescence.

Chromosomal instability and senescence are two characteristics common to most tumors, yet it was not known how one relates to the other. Our studies indicate that senescence could be one of the intermediary links between chromosome alterations and cancer. “

Dr Marco Milan, Head of the Development and Growth Control Laboratory, IRB Barcelona

“The behavior we observed in cells with chromosomal instability made us think that they could be senescent cells and indeed they were!” says Dr Jery Joy, first author of the article published in Development cell.

The study was conducted on the fly Drosophila, an animal model commonly used in biomedicine, and the mechanisms described may help understand the contribution of chromosomal instability and senescence to cancer, and facilitate the identification of possible therapeutic targets.

Reverse the effects of chromosome instability

Researchers from the Development and Growth Control laboratory have shown that, in epithelial tissue with high levels of chromosomal instability, cells with altered chromosome number balance break away from neighboring cells and enter senescence. Senescent cells are characterized by a permanently arrested cell cycle and the secretion of a large number of proteins. This abnormal secretion of proteins alters surrounding tissue, alerting the immune system and causing inflammation.

If senescent cells are not immediately eliminated by the body, they promote abnormal growth of surrounding tissues, leading to malignant tumors. “If we identify the mechanisms by which we can reduce the number of senescent cells, then we will be able to reduce the growth of these tumors,” says Dr Milan. “In fact, this study shows that it is possible, at least in Drosophila“says Dr. Joy.

Cells with an imbalanced number of chromosomes accumulate a high number of aberrant mitochondria and, as a result, a high level of oxidative stress, which in turn activates the JNK signaling pathway, triggering entry into senescence. “We have shown that reducing this high number of mitochondrial abnormalities, or regulating the oxidative stress they induce, is sufficient to decrease the number of senescent cells and the negative effects of chromosomal instability,” reiterates Dr. Joy.

These results open new avenues of research to find therapeutic targets and reduce the levels of senescence caused by chromosomal instability in solid tumors.

Extrapolation from fly to mammals

The vinegar fly, Drosophila melanogaster, is widely used in biomedicine. It is a valuable animal model in cancer research due to its short life cycle, the availability of a large number of genetic tools, and the presence of the same genes as in humans, but with a lower redundancy level.

In fact, experiments designed to dissect the causal relationship between cellular behavior or characteristics of human tumors, such as chromosomal instability and senescence, are more easily analyzed in this model organism.

Future laboratory work will continue to dissect the molecular mechanisms responsible for cellular behaviors found in solid tumors of epithelial origin produced by the simple induction of chromosomal instability. “The more we understand the biology of a tissue subject to chromosomal instability and the molecular mechanisms responsible for the cellular behaviors that emerge and give rise to malignant tumors, the better our chances of designing effective therapies and reducing the growth and malignancy of the cells. Human carcinomas are large, ”concludes Dr. Milan.


Biomedicine Research Institute

Journal reference:

Joy, J., et al. (2021) Proteostasis failure and mitochondrial dysfunction lead to aneuploidy-induced senescence. National Library of Medicine. doi.org/10.1016/j.devcel.2021.06.009.

The historic Battle of Brooklyn setting provides the perfect outdoor location for the Brooklyn Conservatory Orchestra


Khuent Rose on the steelpan. Photo: Rathkopf Photography

The Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra (BCCO) performed a free outdoor concert last night at the Old Stone House. Members of the audience stretched out on picnic blankets and lawn chairs to listen to glorious music from Haydn, Dvorak and Bruch’s violin concerto – with solo violin Luis Casal – as well as catchy highlights from “Pirates of the Caribbean”. The group was led by BCCO director Dorothy Savitch. Khuent Rose kicked off the evening with an upbeat steelpan set.

Dorothy Savitch runs BCCO. Photo: Rathkopf Photography

BCCO is a passionate group of dedicated amateur and professional musicians who perform the great masterpieces of the orchestral repertoire.

This event was one of many free outdoor events hosted by the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (BKCM) in recent months, including its Spring Benefit music festival (May 15), a Juneteenth performance (June 19) and the World Refugee Day Music Festival (June 20), and more. Other free outdoor performances will be announced shortly.

For more information on BKCM, visit BKCM.org.

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The solo violin Luis Casal. Photo: Rathkopf Photography

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music transforms lives and builds community through the expressive, educational and therapeutic powers of music. Our Park Slope house offers private music lessons, group lessons, ensembles and music therapy. Through our community engagement programs, we provide high-quality music education and music therapy to more than 6,000 students and clients in public schools and community organizations in the city’s five boroughs. We strive to be a safe, supportive and inclusive place where all people can come together and experience learning, joy, creativity and healing through music.

Q&A with Jenny Sherak, AmerisourceBergen

Jenny Sherak: As Senior Vice President and President of Specialty Physician Services, I focus on the strategic direction of AmerisourceBergen’s services for specialty physician practices, which range from oncology, neurology and rheumatology to ophthalmology, gastroenterology and other specialties. Every day, we optimize the value we deliver to this clientele while developing and executing new technology solutions and programs for the benefit of practices and patients.

Previously, I was Global Head of Oncology Pipeline Commercialization and Business Development at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. In this role, I was responsible for defining long and short term growth strategies for the Oncology business unit. I have worked to ensure the continued growth of the company by maximizing the innovative global immuno-oncology pipeline while leveraging external collaborations, mergers and acquisitions.

I have spent my career helping fuel the pipeline of new oncology products, particularly those that could be used in the community setting, and now I am excited to provide these and other specialty products to community physicians, so most patients ultimately have access to therapies that improve or save life. One of the things that my experience has shown me is how essential this connection between the manufacturer or developer of pharmaceuticals and the doctor in the community is. I have seen with my own eyes how complex both sides of the relationship are, and now I have the opportunity to help bring these two worlds together as successfully as possible and to collaborate with our partners to advance health.

How would you describe your approach to customer relations?

For me, it’s about creating partnerships based on mutual respect, trust, communication and good support. The pharmaceuticals we deliver to doctors’ offices treat complex illnesses, and these therapies can be expensive and fragile. We know how important it is to offer the right product to the right customer at the right time because human life is expected and often depends on it. It’s a responsibility I don’t take lightly – I believe in being reliable out of respect for what our clients do and what patients experience. At the same time, it is extremely important for me to listen deeply to our customers and to hear what is difficult for them. We challenge ourselves to think creatively and be their partner in order to facilitate their work. It’s not just about dropping off the drug, but how can we help identify the right patient, ensure the practice can receive and administer the treatment, ensure reimbursement, and help the patient obtain financial assistance. I believe that, in a partnership, we should ask ourselves, every day, what else? What more can we do?

How have the needs of medical offices evolved in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic?

In the first months of pandemic ‘stay at home’ orders, community physicians saw a 40% drop in new patient visits as well as a 100% increase in cancellations and no-shows. The fall in patient volumes has created new financial constraints for them. and, as a result, fifty percent of private practices had to lay off office staff.

Despite the uncertainty, our medical practice clients adapted and moved very quickly to adjust business operations to meet patients where they felt most comfortable, whether it was implement telehealth capabilities, revise office workflow to accommodate patients in a socially distant, front-line business, and more. After 15 months, we are seeing our oncology practice clients, as well as all specialties, return to “normal” or “pre-COVID” patient volumes, which is encouraging on several levels.

This return of patients to our medical practices also has implications for our pharmaceutical partners. In fact, I believe that one of the most critical services provided by AmerisourceBergen’s specialty division is using our sophisticated analytics and algorithms to monitor the types of patients entering the practices we serve and help identify peak needs in specific products. Not only does this data allow us to help medical practices better navigate inventory management, reimbursement needs and changing workflows, but we also seamlessly turn this data into a resource that helps our pharmacy partners and biotechnologies to better manage their supply chain.

What services and solutions have proven most useful for practices in a changing healthcare landscape?

At AmerisourceBergen, our specialty physician office solutions connect practices with products, technology and information that aim to maximize efficiency and improve the patient experience, allowing physicians to focus on patient care. . Our technology solutions and consulting expertise help firms optimize every aspect of their business, from workflow management to financial operations.

Considering all the changes that the practices have gone through over the past year and continue to undergo, we have seen an increased dependence on their partners, and the main one is their GPO. We work closely with practices to ensure they have access to the most advanced therapies at competitive contract rates, but our work goes beyond that. Our experts take pride in helping member firms harness their business’ potential and support their patients, which includes accessing clinical trials, navigating reimbursement, and resolving barriers to patient care. Our GPOs were created to help community practitioners realize more value on everything from pharmaceuticals and diagnostics to surgical and medical equipment. We partner, on behalf of our customers, with the country’s leading pharmaceutical and biotech manufacturers to provide a range of products on contractual terms, but even more so, we help ensure their products reach the patients who need them.

In fact, one thing that excites me a lot is our ability to support physician practices and implement precision medicine. As therapies are increasingly tailored to each patient, it is essential that we support community practices through the implications of these advancements, be it access, workflow, or otherwise. For example, we have new solutions that we’re going to roll out in the short term that help speed up the process of matching an individual patient with the right treatment, whether in the market or in a clinical trial, for their specific condition and disease. genetic makeup. At the same time, we propose and continue to develop tools that support adherence strategies from the start of treatment, including the identification of financial support or co-payment assistance for patients in order to make therapies more affordable.

Ultimately, my team’s goal is to connect community practices and drug companies in a way that promotes patient outcomes, product adherence, and long-term success. We strive to create the best possible access to products and provide actionable data insights that support our collective understanding of physician and patient needs. We use our extensive global distribution network and extensive industry expertise to simplify and optimize product access while providing expert advice and GPO contracts to help each practice thrive.

How do you envision innovation in solutions for physician practice over the next five years?

With the potential of more than 40 breakthrough cell and gene therapy products approaching FDA approval by 2024, we are continually looking for innovative ways to successfully support the next wave of therapies and the physicians and patients who will want it. to access. Allogeneic therapies have a huge advantage over first-generation autologous CAR-T cell therapy and are likely to become more accessible to physicians and patients in the hope that they will continue to provide many benefits for patients. As healthcare progresses, so too must the processes for connecting patients to the therapies they need.

Innovative delivery systems, such as cell and gene therapy, require new levels of coordination, from complex logistics to provider preparation and patient services, to ensure treatment success. These are game-changing therapies, but there are some limitations as they must be administered in certified hospital settings. Our job is to support physician-led practices so that they are ready to administer these advanced and expensive treatments, and that is what excites me the most. Our experts provide market access, reimbursement, and information on specific therapeutic areas to help practices understand the unique market landscape. Not only are we looking to make sure our practices are ready for the next wave, from a logistical and data support standpoint, but also from a patient identification standpoint. As we prepare our pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical practice partners for the coming future, we challenge ourselves to think about how we should prepare for this very different reimbursement and payment model. Overall, AmerisourceBergen’s specialist division aims to ensure patients have access to new and innovative life-saving therapies, through their nearest provider, at the best price. We strive to ensure that people around the world are living the healthiest lives possible.