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JLL: more than a third of leases signed until mid-2022 were for life sciences companies


Life science companies have been active in seeking Class A office space, research and development/laboratory and manufacturing facilities until mid-2022 – this is according to a new report from JLL released on Monday.

The latest figures show that more than a third of leases signed in New Jersey in the first half of the year were for life sciences companies, the highest proportion among the various industries. Cell therapy and biomanufacturing tenants remain in expansion mode, while growing biotech companies are tapping into the pool of skilled employees available following consolidations among big pharma players.

Looking ahead, JLL’s report finds that accelerating demand from life science companies seeking modern, amenity-rich workspaces will drive the conversion of outdated office buildings with supportive infrastructure. to laboratories.

Several notable transactions through mid-2022 are significant. The largest transaction in the state involved PTC Therapeutics moving its headquarters from South Plainfield and leasing 360,000 square feet at 400 and 500 Warren Corporate Center Drive in Warren. Both buildings will house PTC Therapeutics’ offices, collaboration and conference spaces, and research labs.

Additionally, in vitro diagnostic test maker Access Bio has leased 152,740 square feet at 7 Fitzgerald Ave. in Monroe Township and South San Francisco, California, Cellares also leased a 118,210 square foot building at 95 Corporate Drive in Bridgewater for its cell therapy manufacturing. operations, while Gilead Sciences took 96,300 square feet at Latitude West in Parsippany for its new East Coast hub.

While life science company restructurings and relocations freed up more than 445,000 square feet of sublease space in the office market in the first half of 2021, less than 150,000 square feet were put on the market during the same period one year later. The largest block added in 2022 was 94,500 square feet of Teva Pharmaceuticals at 400 Interpace Parkway – Building D in Parsippany, while Kyowa Kirin began marketing 27,690 square feet in sublease at 135 Route 202/206 in Bedminster . Additionally, Sanofi has removed 233,250 square feet previously available for sublease at 55 Corporate Drive – Building A in Bridgewater. Approximately 436,750 square feet continued to be marketed in Buildings B and C, representing the largest sublease availability in the Route 78 submarket.

The demand for modern laboratory space is driving new construction and redevelopment projects in the Garden State. After acquiring a 42-acre site on the Princeton West Innovation Campus in Hopewell last November, BeiGene broke ground on the first phase of a 400,000 square foot pharmaceutical and biologics manufacturing facility in April 2022. more, Onyx
Equities announced two potential redevelopment plans for Celgene’s former campus at 86-90 Morris Ave. at Summit, which was purchased from Bristol-Myers Squibb. Celgene was acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2019. Now branded Summit East, two high-end office buildings are marketed in the complex, with concepts calling for either razing new
other buildings to maximize green recreational space, or redevelop the buildings into a single 190,000 square foot custom office building.

Opioid painkillers provide little relief for people with chronic pain. Maybe music is the answer


We will all have felt pain at one time or another in our lives. We all know how pain can affect our physical activities, but it also affects how we feel mentally and emotionally, as well as other health-related factors such as our ability to sleep. This is especially true for those who suffer from chronic pain.

When we have an injury, pain signals travel along specialized nerve fibers and the spinal cord to reach certain parts of our brain. The brain and spinal cord both play a role in signal processing and work together to create pain sensation and perception.

The prevalence and widespread impact of pain on our lives was defined in the 2017 Health Survey for England. Some 34% of respondents reported some level of chronic pain. And of them, 34% reported “high interference” and 66% reported “low interference” with their usual daily activities.

Currently, opioids are often prescribed for acute or end-of-life pain relief, but there is very little evidence that they are helpful for long-term chronic pain. Despite this, from 1998 to 2016, opioid prescriptions increased by 127% in the UK, a trend that has led to greater emphasis on monitoring their use.

And in September 2020, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency issued stronger warnings about dependence and addiction as risks associated with opioid use.

We are now in a situation where the risks of opioids are clear and yet the need for effective pain management is high. So, are there any alternatives? NICE offers other solutions, including exercise programs, psychological therapy, and other pharmaceuticals.

But several groups of researchers around the world are looking at a totally different method of treating pain: music.

A landmark study by a group of Massachusetts dentists in 1960 revealed the possibility that sound and music can help relieve pain. Researchers played music to patients during 5,000 dental operations and found that it promoted relaxation and the noise directly suppressed pain, with some people not needing local anesthesia or nitrous oxide for relief pain.

More recently, a study by researchers in China has identified the neural mechanisms by which sound can attenuate pain, but so far only in mice. These mechanisms involve the auditory cortex and the thalamus. The auditory cortex is a sound receptor and processor and the thalamus receives and relays various sensory inputs and signals. It is thought that it is the sound pathway that can alleviate pain in mice.

In their experiment, the Chinese researchers played a piece of classical music, a burst of white noise and an unpleasant music arrangement, to mice with inflamed paws. The three sound bites, when played at 50 decibels, about the same volume as quiet conversation, reduce sensitivity to pain – the mice don’t flinch, lick or pull their paws. The key factor in producing the effect seemed to be the volume of the sound rather than the type of sound.

To go further, the researchers then monitored neural activity in the auditory cortex. They found that low-volume sounds blocked communication between the auditory cortex and the thalamus, and thus reduced pain processing in the thalamus.

This exciting new research could provide a foundation for how we might use music in the future to manage pain and the perception of pain. More work is still needed to see if this effect in mice will carry over to humans.

Of course, it is impossible for us to know how mice perceive music and what it means to them. As humans, we have all experienced how inexplicable and unmeasurable nuances and emotions are involved when we listen to music – not just the type of instrument or genre, but the lyrics, rhythm and the pitch, as well as the emotional memories and associations that each piece of music holds dear. Is it possible that these extra layers of sense can increase the analgesic effect in humans?

Music potentially holds so many possibilities for how we feel and perceive pain, and, therefore, excitingly, how we might deal with it.

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Stress can disrupt circadian rhythms and lead to weight gain

  • Most human cells, including fat cells, are driven by their own circadian clocks that coordinate metabolism with the daily rest-wake cycle.
  • Two recent studies from Weill Cornell Medicine found that stress and other factors can disrupt these “clocks,” contributing to weight gain.
  • The findings could pave the way for innovative approaches to treating obesity.

Scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York say that stress-induced circadian clock disruptions can influence weight gain.

A study published in June showed that mice with artificially increased stress levels and interrupted hormone releases experienced increased fat cell growth. Its results appear in Cell reports.

The second study, published in August, found that fat cell precursors only commit to becoming fat cells within hours overnight. This work appears in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences (PNAS).

Mary Teruel, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry at Weill Cornell Medicine, was lead author on both studies.

“Many forces work against healthy metabolism when we are out of circadian rhythm,” Dr. Teruel said in a press release. “The more we understand, the more we will be able to do something about it.”

In the Cell reports study, Dr. Teruel and his team implanted pellets of glucocorticoids, a type of stress-related hormone, in mice. It was to mimic the effects of chronic stress or Cushing’s disease.

Cushing’s disease triggers high levels of cortisol, the body’s stress hormone.

The pellets released glucocorticoids under the mice’s skin at a constant rate for three weeks. The researchers also observed control mice showing typical daily fluctuations in stress hormones.

Although all the mice ate the same healthy diet, the mice on the pellets ended up weighing more than 9% more than the control mice.

The researchers observed whether the weight gain came from fat expansion and found that the brown and white fat of the pellet mice more than doubled. Their insulin levels also increased.

To the team’s surprise, the metabolic disturbances kept blood sugar levels low. In addition, the disturbances prevented fat from accumulating in the blood or liver.

When the researchers removed the pellets, these changes immediately reversed.

Dr. Teruel explained to DTM: “We saw that in our paper, basically, once we stopped flattening corticosteroids, [the mice] started backing up [the fat mass gain] and the hyperinsulinemia disappeared so that the increase in insulin seemed to cause the fat mass gains which disappeared when the rhythm was restored.

She added that this study indicates that chronic stress can make weight gain more likely, even with a healthy, low-fat diet.

“If you stress the animals at the wrong time, it has a dramatic effect. Mice don’t eat differently, but a big change in metabolism leads to weight gain,” Dr. Teruel said in the statement.

Dr. Teruel’s research team hopes their findings will lead to the development of drugs that could help reset circadian rhythms to help obese people.

“We don’t know enough [yet]but one would think that cortisol receptor antagonists or […] things that restore cortisol rhythms would probably help a lot.

– Dr. Mary Teruel, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry at Weill Cornell Medicine and senior author of both studies

Experts understand that defects in circadian clock genes can alter cell differentiation in fat, immune, skin and muscle cells.

The PNAS One study found that while differentiation occurs within days, differentiation engagement occurs within hours. The results also show that the “daily bursts” of cell differentiation seem to be limited to the evening phases, when people are normally resting.

“The decision to become a fat cell is made quickly in 4 hours. It’s like a switch,” said Dr. Teruel.

Medical News Today discussed it with Dr. Mir Ali, bariatric surgeon and medical director of MemorialCare Surgical Weight Loss Center at Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California.

Dr. Ali explained how fat cells are formed: “Fat cells are formed from [an] adipocyte progenitor cell or a type of cell that has not differentiated into its final form. The form it takes [to become] a fat cell depends on the hormonal and chemical stimulation it receives.

In the study, Dr. Teruel and his partners used fluorescent markers to observe daily fluctuations in fat cell production.

The researchers attached a red fluorescent protein to a protein that regulates circadian clock genes. They also attached a yellow fluorescent protein to the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARG), a protein that controls the production of fat cells.

They found that during the resting period of the day, a certain circadian protein – CCAAT enhancer binding protein alpha – induces a rapid increase in the protein that regulates fat cell production.

The researchers also found that when PPARG levels reach a certain threshold, individual fat precursor cells “irreversibly commit to differentiating within just a few hours, which is much faster than the resting phase and the process global differentiation over several days”.

Dr. Teruel and his team believe that working with this time window “may open up therapeutic strategies for using timed treatment versus the [circadian] clock to promote tissue regeneration.

Dr Ali said: “These studies are interesting in that they show that the timing and duration of stimulation affects the formation and growth of fat cells. The implications of this are that if we can find a way to safely influence the cell to grow or not grow, it may affect obesity in humans.

However, he thinks more research is needed to make the results of the studies applicable to humans.

Dr. Teruel said DTM that she and her co-writers were “just trying to work out basic mechanics […] Right now we have to show that it’s really a mechanism that happens […]”

The researchers plan to replicate the studies with people. “We are looking at protein ribbons and humans using saliva samples,” Dr. Teruel shared with DTM. “We plan to do these kinds of experiments.”

Their main goal, she said, is “to find ways to restore the circadian rhythm [rhythms].”

Dr. Teruel mentioned that currently known strategies, such as meditation and regular dark sleeping, can help.

She expressed the hope that “there might be pharmacological means [to] solve this problem in the future”.



I remember when the new Yankee Stadium was built next to the original house. The construction workers were extremely proud to build the stadium of the future for the Bombers. As Derek Jeter said at the time, we will carry our legacy across the street, in a few words. And then I remember there was this chatter about now Hall of Famer, David Ortis, trying to bury his jersey in the foundation to place a hex on the Yankees. I know he didn’t, but am I really? So fast forward to today. I witness the success of our rival New York Mets at Citi Field. It makes me sick and excited at the same time.

There’s so much energy, padgetry and just excitement blaring from this stadium – literally thunderous. Like trumpets sounding as their triumphant draws near, Edwin Diaz trots from the outfield a bit like a Mariano Rivera did for us when we were, well good. Maybe that’s it. Maybe the Yankees need trumpets in their clubhouse, wrapped around their stadium, and the smooth, loud music they need to get out of this crazy spiral of losses and start playing again as we know it.

Source: The Washington Post

Diaz getting into games to a bouncing trumpet beat is nothing new. After leaving Miky Woodz’s “No Hay Limite” in 2019, the right-hander’s terrible first season in New York following a trade from the Seattle Mariners, Díaz returned to “Narcobefore the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and has been using it ever since. With the first-place Mets enjoying their best season since winning the World Series in 1986 and Díaz knocking out more than half of the batters he faces, the entry has taken on a life of its own this year.” wrote The Washington Post.

Source: MLB.com

Much like a movie, SNY’s John DeMarsico made the shows light and fun, adding more salt to my wounds as a die-hard Yankee fan. “I never understood why a baseball show couldn’t be more like a movie, and that’s how I approach every day,” DeMarsico, 35, said in a phone interview. “I’m covering a game, but I’m going to choose a place here or there where I’m going to show people something they’ve never seen before.” wrote The Washington Post.

Yankees broadcasts are dull, boring, and filled with TV announcers berating the team on the field. The Mets broadcasts are completely opposite with Keith Hernandez often trending on Twitter for his clever banter and lighthearted disposition. So, between the Yankees’ recent poor performances, the broadcasts haven’t been kind to them either. Maybe a little music will cheer them up too.

Source: Tampa Bay Times

Music is known to soothe babies, calm busy kids, provide hours of fun for teens and is definitely a mainstay for exercise junkies, beachgoers, celebrations and just life on the back deck. For years, players have DJ’d in the dugout to boost their team’s energy and excitement. So how do you use music and a bit of cinema to revive this team? Heck, if we were to hire an entire group to host in Judge Aaron Where Anthony Rizo to the plate and rock the stadium, then do it!

Source: The New York Post

The downward spiral of Clay Holmes is probably the most upsetting as the Yankees continue to struggle with pitching overall, both the bullpen and starting rotation. Maybe we should offer him some music therapy. The Yankees just won’t win if they don’t get out of this funk. And it can’t be the long ball or no ball. It takes the whole unit working together to generate leads and protect leads.

The Yankees need trumpets in their clubhouse. In other words, they have to shake it off. Otherwise, they will once again fall short of their target – and I barely remember 2009.

–Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Senior Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof

Chicago Classical Review » » Kalmar, Tetzlaff and Grant Park Chorus deliver summer highlight with Shostakovich, Vaughan Williams


By Lawrence A. Johnson

Christian Tetzlaff performed Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra on Friday night. Photo: Norman Timonera

We rarely appreciate the great things in life at the time. It is only after they have passed into the receding distance that one realizes their excellence and significance.

So on the penultimate weekend of this year’s Grant Park Music Festival, let’s take a moment to celebrate the golden age of classical music that Carlos Kalmar, Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra & Chorus have brought to Chicago audiences over the past few years. two decades. No other classical organization in Chicago has managed to match the festival’s deft lineup – artfully balancing rarities and new music with repertoire favorites – or the ever-successful results consistently served up over a tight ten-week summer season. .

Friday night’s unlikely pairing of a Shostakovich concerto and a choral work by Ralph Vaughan Williams delivered the finest lakeside concert of the summer and a musical highlight of the year. There’s a rehearsal on Saturday night – cancel your plans and go.

Dmitri Shostakovich wrote his Violin Concerto No. 1 in 1948, but put it in a drawer until a future date when he hoped Stalin’s cultural commissars would take their foot off his neck. The work will have to wait seven years and after the death of the communist dictator to receive its creation in 1955 with David Oistrakh as a soloist.

The result is the best of Shostakovich’s six concertos, and one of his finest achievements, a work that begins in the deepest sadness and ends in dazzling triumph.

In his opening remarks, Kalmar mentioned that while Shostakovich’s concerto was a statement against Stalinist repression, it eternally serves as a symbol of artistic freedom. This is true, and not only against other oppressive regimes; today’s high-tech oligarchs all seem too eager to suppress free speech and speech when it goes against the interests of the politicians they are currently currying favor with .

Within its larger historical and political setting, Shostakovich’s concerto is also a masterful musical achievement, alternating dark and gloomy passages with passages of blinding virtuosity, culminating in what is the most exhilarating finale of any concerto for violin.

While it may be true that the greatest works are better than they can ever be played, Christian Tetzlaff’s mesmerizing performance on Friday night with the Grant Park Orchestra seemed to deliver all the elements of this fascinating, multifaceted work. .

Perhaps the first solo bars of the opening Nocturne could have been more subdued, but the violinist was soon in the zone. Tetzlaff played this research music with free, sometimes shocked expression, probing a deep vein of research rumination. Scherzo’s galumphing provided a fitting contrast with Tetzlaf digging into the thorny accents with an incisive bite and Kalmar whipping up frantic energy in the faster second theme.

The Passacaglia is the heart of the work and here Tetzlaff was supreme. From the removed opening lines, he explored the dark depths of this dark, inner music with a dark viola-like tone and a range of widely-tiered dynamics. The soloist’s muted and focused expression gave the impression of a protagonist searching for a way out of the darkness.

This conflict reaches a peak of intensity in the cadence that bridges the slow movement and the finale. For once, this prolonged single-player conflict truly felt like the life-and-death struggle it was meant to be. After increasingly complex and restless bursts of soloing, the violinist finally emerges with an assertive statement of the finale’s main theme, centered on the composer’s DSCH musical motif.

The Burlesca was exhilarating, not just for the instrumental fireworks, but for conveying a cumulative sense of liberation and energized confidence in the face of dark forces, with Tetzlaff and Kalmar picking up the tempo and speeding up to a triumphant coda.

Support from Kalmar and the GPO was on par with their virtuoso soloist. The only slight flaw was that the festival had not provided a celesta for a key solo moment in the first movement. (The passage was played on the harp instead.)

The well-deserved cheers and standing ovation quickly brought Tetzlaff back for an encore. The interpretation posed by the Sarabande violinist of Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D minor brought a refreshing balm after the frenetic coda of the concerto.

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ dona nobis pacem is less well known today than the work it inspired a quarter of a century later, that of Britten Requiem of war. Written in 1936 at a time of shadows of the Great War and a new war looming, dona nobis pacem is, unfortunately, still relevant, especially with Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine.

Yet this deeply felt work is every bit as masterful and powerful as Britten’s, a strongly worded anti-war statement that ultimately manages to end in hopeful optimism. The five movements of the work, performed without a break, alternate between settings by Walt Whitman, with biblical verses and a speech by John Bright warning that England is entering the Crimean War.

Maeve Höglund was the soprano soloist in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ dona nobis pacem. Photo: Norman Timonera

From the ethereal interpretation of the title of the work by soprano Maeve Höglund (“Grant us peace”) in the first seconds, one had the feeling that this performance would be a remarkable experience. The solo soprano’s angelic sound was immediately swept away by the full chorus of “Beat!” To beat! Drums!” sung with vehement and violent intensity by the ensemble.

The Grant Park Chorus, conducted by Bell, delivered one of its finest outings of recent seasons – imposing and sonorous yet refined and perfectly blended, bringing touching intimacy as well as emotional fervor.

Höglund was inspired in the final section, as well as in her repeated repetitions of pleadings from Dona nobis pacem. Her final, plaintive swoon over those words brought the performance to a moving end, conveying a sense of hushed blessing.

Nathan Berg provided a fine contrast as another soloist, wielding his heavy bass-baritone with biblical authority and crystal-clear enunciation in his solo moments.

Kalmar pulled it all together, who led a powerful yet intimate and touching performance, with the 35-minute work unfolding in a seamless arc.

The program will be repeated at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. gpmf.org

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What happens if you transfuse blood from old mice to young ones?

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Scientists have transfused blood from old mice into young ones to better understand how to lessen the effects of aging. Image credit: Buena Vista Images/Getty Images.
  • One of the hallmarks of aging is senescence, a state in which cells stop growing and dividing.
  • A new study shows that receiving a single blood transfusion from old mice caused tissue aging in young mice.
  • Treatment of aged mice with senolytic agents, which are drugs that eliminate senescent cells, before blood transfusions to young mice reduced levels of markers of senescence in young mice.
  • The study shows that senescence can occur not only from wear and tear associated with aging, but also from blood-borne factors.

A recent article published in Natural metabolism shows that a single blood transfusion from old mice to young animals can induce senescence — cellular aging — in young mice.

Identifying factors in the blood of aged animals that induce aging could help develop therapeutics that slow aging

Study author Dr. Irina Conboy, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, said Medical News Today:

“[Our study shows that] cellular senescence is neither intrinsic to the cell nor purely chronological — a phenomenon of accumulation of damage; it can be rapidly induced within 2 weeks in young animals. Senolytics only partially reduce the negative effects of old blood on young cells and tissues, suggesting additional therapeutic avenues.

Dr. Conboy added that this study further confirms the role of old blood factors in promoting aging.

Cells tend to respond to injury or stress by undergoing cell death or entering a state where they stop multiplying. This state in which cells stop growing and dividing is known as cellular senescence.

In addition to external stimuli such as stress, intrinsic factors such as changes in DNA structure with aging can also cause senescence.

During senescence, cells can send signals to the immune system, facilitating their deletion by immune cells.

A gradual decline in the ability of the immune system to eliminate these senescent cells occurs with aging, resulting in the accumulation of senescent cells. Accumulation of senescent cells contributes to organ aging and is associated with chronic disease.

Senescent cells can also secrete molecules that signal nearby cells to also undergo senescence. These molecules secreted by senescent cells, known as the senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP), include pro-inflammatory proteins and other factors that remodel the neighboring tissue.

However, the influence of these factors secreted by senescent cells in promoting aging is not well understood.

Evidence from previous studies suggests that molecules or cells present in older animals can induce tissue aging in younger animals.

For example, studies have shown that surgically joining a young mouse to an older mouse can rejuvenate the tissues of the older mouse. At the same time, this procedure causes tissue aging in the younger animal.

In addition to having a common circulatory system, surgically joined animals also share organs and are exposed to a similar environment. It is therefore difficult to distinguish the potential source of pro-aging or rejuvenation factors.

Similarly, blood transfusion from older mice to younger mice can cause the tissues of the younger animal to age. These studies suggest that certain factors present in the blood of older mice can induce aging in their younger counterparts. However, it is unclear whether these pro-aging effects of old blood are due to senescent cells.

In the current study, the researchers investigated whether senescence could be transferred from older mice to younger ones through blood transfusions.

To assess the ability of old blood to induce senescence, the authors transfused blood from older mice (22-24 months) to their younger counterparts (3 months). The control group consisted of young rats (3 months) receiving blood transfusions from other young rats of the same age.

14 days after receiving the blood transfusion, young mice receiving blood from older mice showed increased expression of biomarkers of senescence in muscle, kidney and liver. However, such increased levels of markers of senescence were absent in the lungs, heart, and brain.

Young mice that received blood transfusions from older mice also showed deficits in muscle strength assessment tasks and exhibited lower physical endurance.

Similar to skeletal muscle tissue, young mice receiving blood from older mice also showed elevated levels of biomarkers for tissue damage and impaired or suboptimal function in the liver and kidneys.

The researchers also transfused blood from younger mice into older mice and found that receiving young blood reduced tissue damage in the liver, kidneys, and muscles of older mice.

In sum, these results suggest the induction of senescence in young mice after receiving blood transfusions from older mice. Moreover, the senescence induced in young animals after receiving blood from old mice was tissue-specific.

The researchers next investigated whether eliminating senescent cells in aged mice could prevent the induction of senescence in young mice after blood exchange.

For this experiment, the researchers kept the aged mice on a diet of senolytic drugs which eliminate senescent cells for about 4 to 6 weeks. As expected, treatment with the senolytic drugs reduced the levels of secreted factors associated with senescence in the plasma of aged mice.

The researchers then transfused blood from older mice treated with senolytic drugs or vehicle into young mice.

Young mice receiving blood from older senolytic-treated mice showed reduced expression of senescence markers in muscle, liver, and kidney than young mice receiving old vehicle-treated blood.

Senolytic treatment also attenuated declines in liver, muscle, and kidney function and reduced damage to these organs in young mice given old blood.

Additionally, administration of senolytics to older mice also reduced the adverse effects of old blood on physical activity levels and energy balance in younger mice.

Young mice given blood from older mice treated with senolytic drugs also showed lower levels of proteins associated with inflammation, a hallmark of senescence.

However, young mice receiving blood from older mice treated with senolysis showed some negative effects associated with old blood transfusion. For example, administering senolytics to old mice before blood transfer failed to prevent some of the negative effects on kidney function in young mice.

These experiments show that clearance of senescent cells in aged mice attenuates the pro-aging effects of transfer of old blood to young mice. In other words, in addition to being caused by stress or aging, senescence can also occur due to exposure to factors present in old blood.

Further research is needed to identify factors – such as molecules, organelles or senescent cells themselves – present in the blood that were responsible for inducing senescence in young mice.

Senescent cells secrete a number of signaling molecules into the circulation and these molecules could, at least in part, be responsible for inducing senescence. Identifying these factors could help develop therapies to delay the aging process.

Dr. James Kirkland of the Mayo Clinic Kogod Center on Aging told us:

“[This is an] interesting study that supports the effectiveness of senolytics in alleviating age-related dysfunctions. It confirms and extends previous findings that transplantation of senescent cells from old animals into young animals causes dysfunction and that removal of these senescent cells from transplanted mice restores function as well as the finding that transplantation of hearts hearts into young mice causes the spread of senescence and dysfunction in young mice while transplanting hearts from young into young mice does not.

The results of this study raise several interesting questions about aging and potential treatments to slow the aging process.

Dr. Stefan Tulius, director of the Transplant Surgery Research Laboratory at Brigham and Women’s Hospital noted that “[a]Like any great scientific contribution, this study raises many open questions in addition to providing us with a most relevant aspect of a better understanding of aging and the potential for extending a healthy lifespan.

“These open questions concern in particular the clinical relevance of the mainly experimental results: how much blood will have to be transferred to observe the effects? Will a single human blood transfusion make a difference, or will the exchange of blood have to go far beyond that? How long will the effects last? Will they be reversible and ‘only’ temporary?

“The authors report changes that included lasting target organ damage with scarring in the liver and kidneys,” Dr. Tulius added.

“Understanding the mechanisms involved in this process can be very interesting and revealing. Also interestingly, functional effects, including compromised physical activities, were observed in mice. Will they be permanent or just temporary? Moreover, if physical abilities are compromised, can we then also expect cognitive compromises? Indeed, the authors present fascinating findings raising many intriguing open questions that can guide us to better understand aging and develop new approaches to facilitate healthy aging,” he continued.

South Park’s Karen Remade Iconic MCU Scenes From Doctor Strange


The following contains spoilers for South Park: The Streaming Wars Part 2, now streaming on Paramount+.

In recent seasons of South To park, Randy Marsh was more eccentric than usual. He had an identity crisis, secretly making music as Lourde, not to mention he was neck-deep in the weed business. It is the latter that now takes up the most time, pushing him to earn money with Tegridy Farms.

Unfortunately, Randy caused a lot of chaos in the district by trying to crack Steve’s Credigree Weed. This resulted in the rivals clashing in The streaming war, not realizing that they were helping to create a drought that Pi-Pi could monetize by selling his urine. Fortunately, Part 2 Randy finally came to his senses, which led him to rework the most iconic Doctor Strange scenes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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It all came together when Randy had a touching conversation with his family. He had abused his wife, Sharon, and children, Stan and Shelly, for years, but this water shortage finally made him appreciate them. He regretted becoming a stoner, and more so how he turned into a Karen who lacked compassion and empathy.

It inspired him to become a geologist again, when the seasons began, but his desalination plant and his ambitions to convert seawater into drinking water were derailed when Pi-Pi sent ManBearBig to destroy the facility. Randy felt defeated, but his family had another intervention; this time, wanting her inner Karen to reappear. They hoped that it would change Randy and that he would go to the park to solve all his problems.

Sharon ended up revealing that she had the asset for her transformation – some of the Thanksgiving Special cannabis. Randy walked into the barn, lit his joint and then, using that marijuana, he started performing some of Doctor Strange’s MCU spells. True, while he saw glyphs and magic symbols, his family did not see anything, understanding how high he was. In the process, Randy created a ring similar to what Doctor Strange did in Spider-Man: No Coming Home for memory-altering spells. Luckily, Randy didn’t have Spider-Man to alter his “transformation spell.”

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Right after that, Randy copied the multi-armed pose that Strange did in Avengers: Infinity War. The Sorcerer Supreme, at this time, was using the Time Stone to sort out ways to beat Thanos, only discovering one. Unfortunately, it required the Snap and five years of deaths. But in Randy’s case, he exploited that and broke through the barn doors, revealing that the big, mean Karen was back.

He wanted answers, and it didn’t matter if he had to walk to Pi-Pi on foot. When he arrived, he demanded to see the director, with a high-pitched cry confirming the weed and those odd moments made Randy a force to be reckoned with. In the end, it brought out the villainous version of him; the one who inspired ManBearPig to turn on Pi-Pi, and who ended up saving the town by getting water from a less conventional source.

Both parts of South Park: The Streaming Wars are now streaming on Paramount+.

Nicki Minaj, Death Cab, MIA, Grimes, YG and more


So many artists, so many songs, so little time. Every week we review a handful of new albums (from all genres), round up even more new music we’d call “indie” and talk about what metal comes out. We post music news, track premieres and more all day. We are updating a weekly playlist of some of our current favorite tracks. Here is a daily summary with a bunch of interesting and recently released songs in one place.


YG has a new album on the way via Def Jam, and it will include new single “Toxic,” which finds YG taking his bouncing West Coast rap in an R&B direction.


After teasing a clip on social media, Nicki Minaj has officially released “Super Freaky Girl,” which prominently samples Rick James’ “Super Freak.”


MIA will release a new album MAST soon and while we wait for more details about it, she released the new single “Popular” which was produced by Boaz van de Beats and Diplo.


Death Cab for Cutie’s new album asphalt meadows was released in September, and the new single is the masterful “Foxglove Through The Clearcut”. “Foxglove is by far the most personal song on the record,” says Ben Gibbard. “As I was writing it, I thought I was just the narrator. But the more I sat with it, I realized I was both the protagonist AND the narrator.” Pre-order asphalt meadows on pink vinyl.


Producer and instrumentalist Brady Watt tapped rapper Ransom for this cinematic, triumphant track.


First Aid Kit have announced their new album, palominowhich is due out November 4 via Columbia, and shared the video for new single “Out of My Head”, inspired by Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind. “We wrote this song last year with songwriter and producer Björn Yttling,” they say. “It was our first time writing for First Aid Kit with someone else and it was very inspiring. The song was written on the spur of the moment, almost like a stream of consciousness. is about feeling stuck in your own thoughts and desperately wanting to escape. We produced the song with Daniel Bengtson in Stockholm. It sounds a bit different from our previous songs. We wanted the production to sound like an old song 80s rock. We were inspired by Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush and Tom Petty. This is one of our favorite songs we’ve ever written, we’re so proud of it and so excited to finally be able to share it.


Jake La Botz’s new album hair on fire drops Sept. 9, and it will include the gritty, punky Americana of “Let It Fall.”


Soul-trap purveyor Morray brings his irresistible croon to a slow-motion new single, “Ticket.”


Meyhem Lauren’s next album Black Vladimir was produced entirely by Griselda’s in-house producer, Daringer, and other Griselda members also appear on the album, such as Westside label boss Gunn, who brings his distinct raps and ad-libs to “Trigger Point Therapy.” “.


After appearing on singer and TikTok star Bella Poarch’s video for “Dolls”, Grimes collaborated with her on another new single, “No Man’s Land”.


Jessie Reyez plans to release her second album Yessie “soon” via FMLY/Island Records, and it will include orchestral alt-pop from “MUTUAL FRIEND.”


“I traveled all the way to Stirling in Scotland to work with Sam,” PinkPantheress said of their new collaborative track. “He’s a genius producer.” Sam adds: “After meeting Pink P for the first time in London last year, we decided to plan a trip for her to come to Scotland and write. I’m so happy with how this one turned out and it was an honor to see what a visionary Pink Panther really is. this track will be my summer anthem for now and for many years to come.”


Tim Hause has shared his first single as TIM, “High Hopes”. It’s an upbeat folk rock song that was produced by Will Hoge and features Tim’s older brother, Dave Hause.


Pittsburgh metalcore band 156/Silence have shared another rage from their upcoming LP Narrativeand he finds their balance between melody, aggressiveness and emotion more impactful than ever.


The Louisville rapper EST Gee remains prolific and follows recent single “Blood” with the ruthless street rap of “Love Is Blind.”


Mike Skinner isn’t the first musician this year to release a song with the title “Brexit at Tiffany’s” but his is definitely more British than Tess Park’s (best?) song of the same name.


Panda Bear & Sonic Boom’s new album, Reset, was released today (we’ve seen it twice) and one of the many hits is “Danger”, which is based on a snippet from “Love of My Life of the Everly Brothers. They just shared a video, featuring Panda Bear and Sonic Boom, not to mention a ballet dancer.


“Wait A Minute is basically a short story inspired by an article I once read about a private detective found dead in a south London car park,” says Jude Lilley of Moorish Idols. “I wrote the lyrics from the perspective of an agent/hitman, stalking his target, unaware that the target is one step ahead of him and had been tipped off to kill said hitman from the same source I struggled to understand how something so archetypal and fictional could happen in a place as mundane as Sydenham.” “WAM” is taken from Moorish Idols’ EP Float out today via Speedy Wunderground.


Tom Vek gave his 2020 album New symbols a complete overhaul, with more glitchy production, more synths and less guitars.


One of the highlights of Italians Do It Better’s After dark 4 comp is the first solo song by Annie-Claude Deschênes of Duchess Says. It shows a much softer side to the usually incendiary singer and is the first track from her upcoming solo debut.


Canadian hardcore band Mortality Rate are back with two new songs and you can find out more here.


Roc Marciano has announced a new album produced entirely by The Alchemist, The bones of the elephant manand you can read more about the first single “Deja Vu” here.


The Bad Brains HR frontman has released a new reggae song, “Easy”, a collaboration with Ted Bowne of reggae rock band Passafire which is available now via LAW Records. Learn more here.


Dreamville R&B singer Ari Lennox has announced her second album, age/gender/locationand you can read more about the first single “Hoodie” here.


Beyoncé has teamed up with soul legend Ronald Isley for a revamp of the Isley Brothers’ 1975 classic “Make Me Say It Again Girl (Part 1 & 2).” Learn more here.


Mike Park and Catbite release new 12″ split for Bad Time Records wave breakers series, which brings together ska bands/artists from different generations. Two songs have been released now, and you can read more about them here. You can also listen our new podcast episode with Mike and Catbite, and pre-order our exclusive electric blue variant from 12″.

Looking for even more new songs? Browse the archive of new songs.

EVgo Stock: Risk with Lots of Reward (NASDAQ:EVGO)




EVgo, Inc. (NASDAQ:EVGO) is still down more than 47% from its 52-week high due to macro conditions and negative investor sentiment. Supply chain issues have slowed electric vehicle (“EV”) production, while the gas-guzzling EVgo business has turned away investors seeking safety amid market fears. However, EVgo’s growth potential remains intact and its valuation continues to rise.

Company presentation

Using EVgo’s own infrastructure, their core business is the provision of EV charging services to individual EV drivers (45% of total revenue), OEMs (1%) and fleet owners (9%). As the owner of the charging infrastructure, the company also earns money from the regulatory credits produced by its charging operations, which represent nearly 18% of total revenue.

Q1 2022 analysis

EVgo’s growth remains strong. In the second quarter of 2022, they reported revenue of $9.1 million, an increase of 89.6% year-over-year. The company also had EPS of $0.06, which beat analysts’ expectations of $0.24. Finally, it should be noted that EVgo increased the number of user accounts by 17% quarter over quarter to almost 450,000 user accounts.

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Looking for Alpha

Earlier this year, EVgo benefited from strong electric vehicle sales, in part due to rising gas prices and enticing tax incentives. Although growth in electric vehicles is slowing due to supply chain issues, the market as a whole remains in strong demand, with second-quarter sales surging to over 190,000, representing growth of 13% from compared to the first quarter.

The business model has great rewards

Some investors are hesitant about EVgo due to its high cash burn and asset-heavy business model. However, the fact that the EV market is heavily subsidized, EVgo’s market dominance, and ultimately its valuation combine to make it a sound investment.

Earlier this year, Biden’s infrastructure bill guaranteed more than $5 billion over 5 years for grants to create a national electric vehicle charging network. As a result, the electric vehicle charger market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 30% through 2028. Additionally, the fact that EVgo is the only charging network running on 100% renewable energy makes it a more attractive candidate. attractive for climate change related grants compared to its peers.

Charging electric vehicles at an EVgo station

EVgo deposits

While EVgo’s business model may be more risky, it also comes with its upsides. EVgo currently has the fastest charging speeds on the market as well as the most charging stations in the United States. As the electric vehicle market consolidates, they have the best chance of becoming a market leader in a rapidly growing market.

EVgo charging stations in the United States

EVgo charging stations in the United States (EVgo Filings)


In 2021, the global electric vehicle charging market was worth $17.59 billion, with EVgo taking around 4% of the market. By 2028, the market is expected to reach $111.9 billion. I valued the company considering all of its growth potential with a conservative attitude and assumed that EVgo would retain its 4% market share in 2028. Then I used the P/S ratio of the energy sector by 1.12x and applied it to the company in 2028. In total, this translated to a stock value of $72.46 in 2028, and the discount to today gives a price target of $41.35 and an impressive upside of 300%. However, I do not want to give this assessment without stating the caveats. No matter how strong a company is right now, there’s no guarantee it would remain relevant in a market like EV Charging (because it’s so new and bound to be disrupted by new technologies and consolidations). Therefore, EVgo is definitely a high risk, high reward game.

Insider buying activity

On July 26, 2022, two directors purchased 11,962 shares each. These insider trades serve as additional indirect statements of confidence in EVgo’s ability to withstand near-term macroeconomic conditions and grow in the long-term.

Yahoo funds insider buying activity

Yahoo finance


EVgo is a strong contender in a growing and essential market and I think this stock should be bought. As investors seek refuge in value stocks amid the recession, EVgo’s potential for growth and value should not be ignored. However, investors should always remain cautious as the business remains a high risk to reward investment.

Singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers asks judge to block defamation lawsuit filed against her by music producer


(CN) – Singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday to ask a judge to block a lawsuit brought against her by Chris Nelson, a music producer who alleged that Bridgers had defamed in an Instagram post.

Nelson, who owns a downtown LA recording studio and is a collector and dealer of vintage musical instruments, sued Bridgers in September 2021. Bridgers filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit on anti- SLAPP, a legal tactic available in California and other states to block lawsuits seeking to restrict the right to certain forms of protected free speech.

On Thursday, Judge Curtis Kin said he was leaning to grant the motion to block Nelson’s trial.

“It sounds like a he said/she said glitch,” Kin said. “It is difficult to see, looking at the record, how the complainant could show that Ms Bridgers, when published, either knew her statements were untrue or had serious doubts as to their veracity.”

Nonetheless, the judge did not rule on the matter or on a separate motion to release Bridgers’ deposition, which is currently sealed.

Bridgers, 27, has been nominated for four Grammy awards and has performed on Saturday Night Live. She is also known for dating musician Ryan Adams and accusing him of emotional abuse. She later spoke out in favor of women accusing musician Marilyn Manson of sexual abuse.

Beginning in 2018, Bridgers, Nelson, and Nelson’s girlfriend Emily Bannon began having what Nelson would later call in his trial “consensual sexual encounters”. Bannon testified that these encounters only happened a handful of times. Bannon and Nelson broke up in 2019.

In 2020, Bannon posted a long series of Instagram stories (social media posts that disappear after 24 hours) accusing Nelson of a wide range of crimes and immoral conduct, including murder, physical abuse, theft and psychological abuse. Among other things, she claimed that Nelson owed her $12,000; that he had defrauded his neighbor of more than $100,000; and that he claimed to have beaten “a young Latinx boy to death with a baseball bat after taunting him with a racial slur”.

Bridgers, in his own Instagram story, expressed his support for Bannon, writing, “I have witnessed and can personally verify much of the abuse (caretaking, theft, violence) perpetrated by Chris Nelson, owner of a studio called Sound Space.” She added: “For anyone who knows Chris Nelson, is considering working with him, or wants to learn more, there’s an articulate and stunning account on @emilybannon’s page as a highlight. TRIGGER WARNING for pretty much anything that goes off.” Bridgers, at the time, had around half a million subscribers on the photo-sharing platform.

In his civil complaint, Nelson said the post had devastated his businesses and “musicians and artists have taken [his] name of their projects and stripped [Nelson] credits he had earned by producing their music. Nelson also sued Bannon and another woman, Noel Wells, for defamation.

In order to win a defamation suit, the plaintiff usually must prove that the defendant lied or acted with a reckless disregard for the truth. Bridgers has defended her statement as true – that is, she says (according to court documents referencing her sealed deposition) that Nelson told her he beat someone to death with a baseball bat and stealing $30,000 worth of musical equipment and burying it in the desert to hide it from law enforcement.

Nelson’s attorney, Bradford Hughes, called the Instagram Stories posted by Bridgers and Bannon “set up by two malicious individuals…upset at the end of a romantic relationship.” He said that although Bridgers and Bannon were told of Nelson’s alleged criminal history, they said nothing until their threesome relationship fell apart – until, Hughes said, Nelson had a new girlfriend.

“After that, Emily Bannon said to Phoebe Bridgers, ‘I want to take this guy down,'” Hughes said.

Hughes claimed the text messages showed the two plotting on Instagram Stories. Bridgers denied this. Hughes said in his deposition, Bridgers admitted to never personally seeing Nelson stealing, committing acts of violence or “grooming” (a word Bridgers uses a little differently than law enforcement or most other people), despite her Instagram post saying she “witnessed…much of the abuse.”

Bridgers’ attorney, Michael Strub, said Bridgers was just repeating what Nelson told him.

“The plaintiff told him he had killed someone with a baseball bat,” Strub said. “This is enough to show that Ms Bridgers, when she posted her Instagram post, did not believe it was untrue.”

He also defended the delay in reporting Nelson’s behavior.

“When you’re in this situation, you don’t necessarily realize the extent of the abuse you’re seeing,” Strub said. “It kind of encroaches on you.”

Judge Kin said he was inclined to grant the anti-SLAPP motion and suggested Bridgers’ posts were a matter of public interest and therefore protected speech.

“It appears to be a matter of public interest,” Kin said. “Phoebe Bridgers is trying to provide protective information to consumers… She wants to provide complete information to those who are considering working with Mr. Nelson.”

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The Harvard-Yale cantata plays 54 Below next month


54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, again features a cast of (mostly) Harvard and Yale graduates and current students in The Seventh Annual Harvard-Yale Cantata: A New Chapter. Come join us as the Harvard-Yale cantata takes a new path!

Most years, the Cantata, like the Regatta, is a competition. We pitted songs and performers from Harvard against songs and performers from Yale. Yale leads the series, 5 to 1, but some of those wins have come with very slim margins, due to the high quality of everyone’s work. This year, Yale’s winning team, led by music director and team captain Farrah Rothman, will oversee a departure from the competitive format. It feels like a time when we should all be working together. Farrah (Yale ’19) and producer Tom Toce (Yale ’78) are planning a program featuring artists and songs from alumni of Yale, Harvard, and many other Ivy and non-Ivy League colleges. Keep an eye on this space for updated information on all the special songs and performers we’re adding to the mix.

Harvard and Yale songwriters to include perennial cantata favorite John Forster (“Entering Marion”), Matt Corriel (foam deer Intervention Award Winner), and Tom Toce (Winner of the MAC award for “Shalom, Santa”). Former Judges (and Princeton Alumni) Bob Stillman (Nominations of Tony as a performer for Dirty Blonde and as a songwriter for Urban Cowboy) and Cheryl Davis (winner of a Writers’ Guild Award and a Kleban Award) will also contribute songs.

Additional performers and songwriters will be announced closer to the date.

“The Harvard-Yale Cantata” plays 54 Below (254 West 54th Street) Thursday, September 15 at 9:30 a.m. There is a $30-$40 cover charge ($65 premium) and a $25 minimum for food and beverages. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com. Day of show tickets after 4:00 p.m. are only available by calling (646) 476-3551.

Dogecoin Falls Below 100 EMA; DOGE pursues consolidation


The first thing that started to excite investors with volatility and rising prices, Dogecoin was a king of those things in 2021. With a 160x move in the first four months of 2021, expectations were skyrocketing for DOGE. Alternatively, any holder would be a fool to continue expecting an uptrend even after such a huge move. As profit bookings began to grip the price action, we saw major support levels being destroyed.

The negative action induced by profit booking continues through August 2022, and price action over the past two months has at least jumped from its lows of June 2022. Due to volatility and consolidation In price, Dogecoin jumped from the top ten to eleventh with a combined market capitalization of $9.05 billion. The outlook for this token may take a turn with positive news and trader acceptance as the move to Mars could take a few more decades.

Dogecoin Price Analysis

Dogecoin price is experiencing strong resistance that is decimating any buying sentiment at $0.0730. Despite repeated attempts by the buyers, the technical indications did not suggest any possibility of a breakout.

At first glance, the price action looks much better from the $0.0500 levels in mid-June 2022. The upward move created positive price action and a 50% gain, but DOGE seems to have peaked under the negative sentiment on cryptocurrencies. Over the past two months, RSI has simply copied the actual price action. The upside spikes below the consolidation zones indicate that the sellers are taking matters into their own hands just as prices reach the upper boundary of $0.0730.

On the other hand, DOGE made two downtrends even in July that exceed the lower boundary. Buyers appear to be taking advantage of the lower bounds and continuing to decline towards the immediate support level, while sellers do not allow a gain higher than $0.0730. This price consolidation will induce a perfect breakout in the next swings, but the current swing is heading for a retest at the immediate support levels. Discover our Dogecoin Prediction for detailed information on DOGEUSD’s future projections.

Dogecoin Price Analysis

Dogecoin’s outlook is a red flag version of its daily candlestick patterns. DOGE failed to make a positive breakthrough with consistent profit bookings pushing the value below $0.0730 despite positive bids from the buyers.

Since the June 2022 retracements, sellers have continuously undervalued Doge. There hasn’t been a week indicating positive action on the candlesticks, as the past seven weeks have simply allowed DOGE to stay afloat at the consolidation level.

MACD embarked on a positive breakout, but RSI confirms consolidation with its tight price action which is just 10% above the overbought zones. The outlook is more tilted towards the negative end than consolidation on the long-duration charts, as DOGE is trading at a 91% discount to its peak value of $0.7605.

Brian May got ’emotional’ about Osbourne + Iommi Onstage Reunion


Queen guitarist Brian May, an avid rock music fan as well as a professional rock musician, admitted to being a little ’emotional’ watching Black Sabbath members Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi come together to play classical material of Sabbath during the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2022 in England, Monday August 8.

Although Iommi opened the games, Ozzy’s involvement came as a complete surprise to spectators at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium and viewers at home. It was the first time the two heavy metal legends had played together since Black Sabbath’s last gig in 2017.

Naturally, May was excited. “That’s the way to do it!!!” said the Queen rocker alongside a snippet of the performance which he later shared with his social media followers.

“I must say that I was a little moved to see Ozzy and Iommi on stage together again,” he added. “Epic!!!”

Joining Osbourne and Iommi on stage on Monday were a familiar pair of musicians. They would be drummer Tommy Clufetos, who played live with Black Sabbath from 2012 and has been part of Ozzy’s solo band since 2009, and bassist Adam Wakeman, who played keyboards live for Sabbath and Osbourne. for many years.

Osbourne and Iommi also recently reunited on record. The Sabbath guitarist contributes two songs on Patient number 9, the new album to be released by the metal singer. One of those songs, “Degradation Rules,” was released as a single last month.

At the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, Osbourne and Iommi performed Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” and a truncated version of the band’s “Iron Man”. (Watch the video below.) Last month, May wrapped up the long-running “Rhapsody Tour” with Queen + Adam Lambert.

Ozzy Osbourne + Tony Iommi, “Paranoid” (Live) – August 8, 2022

11 bands that never found their classic singer

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The fair offers four nights of family fun, including rides, games, crafts and a variety of foods.

(Passaic County, New Jersey) – The Passaic County Board of County Commissioners and Friends of Passaic County Parks, Inc. will host the annual Passaic County Fair beginning at August 11e-14e at Garret Mountain Reservation. The opening ceremony will take place on Thursday, August 11e at 7:30 p.m.

The fair will offer four days of unique activities for everyone, from games and rides to art activities and environmental excursions. Plus, there will be pony rides, bouncy houses for kids, and more. “Family Night” is Thursday, August 11e, where customers can purchase a $25.00 wristband for unlimited rides. The four-day celebration will also include three fireworks displays on Thursday, August 11efriday august 12e and Saturday August 13e at 9:30 p.m.

The county fair stage will feature an array of local musicians. Some of the bands on this year’s list are Garret Mountain Boys, Big Beat Band, Grand Theft Audio, Naughty Humphrey and The Kootz. Live music will be complemented by a beer garden and some of the best food in the county.

“The Board of Commissioners is proud to bring back and support the annual Passaic County Fair. The County Fair is an annual summer event that our residents, visitors, and vendors look forward to each year, and we’re excited for everyone to enjoy the various carnival rides, games, food trucks, small local businesses, live music, and shows, fireworks and a plethora of other activities offered by the fair,” said Passaic County Commissioner Director Bruce James. “This is an incredible four-day event and the proceeds from it go directly to supporting our residents’ quality of life through the Passaic County Parks System.”

A special thank you to all of our individual sponsors and our event sponsors Lakeland Bank, Packetalk, Schumacher Chevrolet and Braen Stone Industries, Inc.

Admission to the fair is free; parking at the Passaic County Fairgrounds is $5.00 per car. All proceeds from the fair benefit Friends of Passaic County Parks, Inc. for future programming, park improvements, and preservation projects throughout the Passaic County parks system.

For more information, please visit seepassaiccounty.org/passaic-county-fair.

The live music and fireworks schedule is as follows:

Thursday August 11

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Larry Stevens Band
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – The Kootz
9:30 p.m. – Approximate start of the fireworks

friday august 12

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Garret Mountain Boys
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Big Beat Big Band
9:30 p.m. – Approximate start of the fireworks

Saturday August 13

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Eddie Belton Band
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – MPACK
9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Grand Theft Audio New Jersey
9:30 p.m. – Approximate start of the fireworks

Sunday August 14

12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Rock School
3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – From Bach to Rock
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Naughty Humphrey
No fireworks

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  • Braen Stone Industries, Inc. Event Sponsor
  • Lakeland Bank Event Sponsor
  • Pacetalk Event Sponsor
  • Schumacher Chevrolet Event Sponsor
  • SHI Fireworks Sponsor
  • United Federated Systems Fireworks Sponsor
  • Aton Bronze Sponsor
  • Bronze Sponsor of Blue Onyx Enterprises
  • Bronze Sponsor of Christian Health Care Center
  • Colliers Engineering & Design Bronze Sponsor
  • Corradino & Papa Patron Bronze
  • Bronze Sponsor of the Creamer-Sanzari Joint Venture
  • Bronze Sponsor of Fairview Insurance
  • RFS Commercial Inc. Bronze Sponsor
  • Bronze Sponsor of Shotmeyer Brothers Fuel Co.
  • Spencer Savings Bank Bronze Sponsor
  • Bronze Sponsor of St. Joseph’s Health System
  • Weiner Law Group, LLP Bronze Sponsor
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After two years, the AWB group is back


The group from the music program Abilities Without Boundaries (AWB) are back in public after a two-year absence due to COVID-19. AWB, a non-profit organization based in Cheshire, provides group work opportunities and day support programs for adults aged 22-80 with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As part of its programming, AWB has created a music therapy program that includes in-house programs and public performances. Amanda Barnes, Executive Director of AWB, said: “In our music room, a banner reads, ‘When words fail, music speaks. We see time and time again how music reaches even our non-verbal selves. Performance builds the confidence of our individuals and helps the public better understand their abilities. We hope this will in turn lead to more work opportunities for our individuals.

The band is made up of AWB individuals led by their teacher, Cheshire musician John Ingrassia. Its last public performance was on March 7, 2020 at the Cheshire Library. The first case of COVID-19 in Connecticut was announced the very next day. (That was no one involved in the gig.)

Performing in public means so much to the band members. It’s part of their music therapy. They feel part of their community. It’s a way for them to contribute, according to Ingrassia. Now they are back, Sunday August 14, outdoors on the beautiful back lawn of Señor Pancho’s Prospect Restaurant. They are one of five acts offering a free concert from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Señor Pancho’s will have its full menu available, complete with servers, for those who enjoy music. Prospect’s location is at 280 Cheshire Road.

AWB’s Music Program Band has performed for AWB board members, donors, and spouses; at a Summer of Rock concert in August 2019 with a variety of other rock and roll bands; during a holiday concert at Señor Pancho’s Prospect in December 2019 and the aforementioned Cheshire Library concert in March 2020. Fundraising through their appearances supports the purchase of instruments, lessons for individuals, the transportation and support staff required by some of the interpreters.

AWB is also looking for donations of used musical instruments. Ingrassia, a Cheshire music teacher and rock and roll performer, worked with AWB staff to create a non-profit music program.

Gun Ports Market 2022 Offered in New Research Forecast to 2028 – Shanghaiist


The Global Gun Ports Market from 2022 to 2028 study report, which recently became published by MarketsandResearch.bizwas built with an excellent mix of business knowledge, modern ideas, realistic solutions and current technology to provide a better person experience.

The report gives a perfect picture of the global gunport market currently and during this investigation. It also has separate chapters which includes the regional studies to get a picture of the markets with future opportunities followed by the estimated annual growth during the investigation period from 2022 to 2028.

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Extensive research and numerous trends in the global gun ports market are included in this study.

The global Gun Ports market study is segregated into applications, such as

  • Army
  • Government
  • Citizen
  • Others

The following companies are covered in the global market:

  • Armortex
  • Overly Door Co.
  • Kontek Industries
  • Manufacturing RJ
  • Dynamic defense solutions
  • ACE Armor

The major players in the global Gun Ports market are consolidations or acquisitions, studied and markets served.

One of the important geographical areas covered by the document is

  • North America (United States, Canada and Mexico)
  • Europe (Germany, France, UK, Russia, Italy and Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, Korea, India, Southeast Asia and Australia)
  • South America (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and rest of South America)
  • Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, South Africa and Rest of Middle East and Africa)

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This summer – Trendy


Rose and her parents have been trekking in the small town of Awago for as long as she can remember. And every summer she meets Windy, who is kind of like the sister she never had and whose family has a cabin just down the road.

Each year, it is the two of them who walk in the woods, play on the nearby beach, collect shells, listen to music, etc. And this year, it’s kind of the same… but again, it’s not.

This year, the girls are seeing things they might not have paid attention to before. Rose realizes that her parents aren’t as happy. There’s a silent tension between them that she can feel in the air but can’t quite grasp. And the girls are also starting to notice the local teens: the words they use, the things they drink, their dirty talk about sex.

Rose begins to pay attention to one teenager in particular, who must be at less five years older than her and Windy (although Windy thinks it’s more). This guy, Dunk, works at the convenience store in Awago. He calls Windy hip-hop and pink blonde. Rose likes the nickname. It makes her feel like an adult.

In fact, Rose and Windy will be discovering a lot more adult stuff this summer. Some of them will be secret stuff, some will be sad, and some will be downright scary. And for a teenage couple, these things won’t always be easy to understand.

Docklands will introduce valets to park bikes in September

The City of Melbourne has announced its latest round of fundraising activations to encourage visitors to the city, and the most eye-catching is a ‘Bike Valet’ scheme.

To encourage more visitors to Melbourne – particularly the still-struggling Docklands area – the City of Melbourne has announced a new round of funding for activation schemes, ranging from floral garden pop-ups along the river to a valet program that parks visitors’ bicycles. for them.

The Council’s City Activation Grants will provide over $800,000 in this funding round, to support pop-ups, performances and events across Melbourne from August to December. The successful grant recipients for the next four months are as follows.

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around Melbourne here.

  • ‘Winter Sessions’ – bringing together emerging and established Melbourne musicians to create live music hubs in the Queen Victoria Market area, Lygon Street and Alexandra Gardens in August.
  • ‘Florals by the Docklands’ – converting the waterfront precinct into a floral wonderland with spring-themed street art installations and projections in September.
  • ‘Bike Valet’ – provides valet-style bike parking in Docklands, encouraging cyclists to make the most of the city’s September sunshine.
  • “Salsa in the City” – dance and live music sessions across the city from September to December, at Queensbridge Square, Dukes Walk and Collins Landing.
  • ‘Remember the Wild’ – an augmented reality experience about Melbourne’s past and future.
  • ‘Creek Chat’ – a sound-based public art intervention amplifying the Williams Creek underground waterway in the CBD, acknowledging the journey the creek has traversed over Wurundjeri Land.

Recipients will receive up to $50,000 to support the delivery of their activation.

“We know Melburn locals and visitors alike can’t get enough of the town’s spectacular range of activations and pop-ups, which celebrate our world-class arts, music and cultural offerings,” said Mayor Sally Capp.

“The City Activation Grants program will give people an extra reason to explore every corner of the city, with pop-up salsa dancing, musical jam sessions, and video and augmented reality experiences among the programming designed to draw people in. .”

For more information on the winners, visit the City of Melbourne website. website.

A simple yet powerful way to engage older people with dementia


Since the start of the COVID pandemic, lockdowns, social distancing and intermittent quarantine have made it difficult for families and communities to connect. And these isolation issues are compounded for people with dementia and their caregivers.

Due to increased medical issues, social interactions and outings may be reduced or canceled, leaving the caregiver and the person with dementia more “alone” time together.

Filling the endless hours with meaningful and rewarding activities can be a challenge for both family and professional caregivers. That’s why it’s no surprise that one of the questions frequently asked by caregivers of geriatric specialists and neurologists is: what can we do all day?

Now an organization is hoping to deliver an answer, an answer that arrives at your doorstep in a brightly colored box.

Targeted and personalized activities

In July 2022, Prairie Elder Care, a Kansas-based assisted living and dementia care organization, launched Connectivity, a monthly subscription service for caregivers of people with dementia.

“Often for guardians, the burden of planning overshadows their ability to really engage,” said Michala Gibson, RN, co-founder of Connectivities. “Connectivities delivers a simple, targeted and personal solution right at the gatekeepers’ front doors. »

Each box includes eight or more seasonal activities, puzzles, games, and more that have been tested by people with dementia in assisted living. Although they may seem simple, the materials in the box are carefully selected to engage people with different cognitive and physical abilities.

Although they may seem simple, the materials in the box are carefully selected to engage people with different cognitive and physical abilities.

“We spend a lot of time testing different shapes and sizes of the same product to determine what will work best for this particular activity,” said Mandy Shoemaker, former elementary school principal and co-founder of Connectivities.

To encourage multi-generational participation, Connectivities includes a step-by-step written guide with photographic illustrations, so many activities can be carried out or completed with the help of elementary-aged children and teens.

Additionally, the instructions include therapy goals and modifications to tailor the activity to the appropriate level of difficulty.

“In dementia care,” Shoemaker said, “we talk a lot about how the memory of an activity or interaction can quickly fade, but the feelings they create last.”

Each box also comes with a link to a website that offers instructional videos as well as additional music therapy and exercise activities and supportive links to a caregiver community.

Foster a sense of community, connection and control

As owners of the Prairie Elder Care and Prairie Farmstead group homes in Kansas, Gibson and Shoemaker’s experiences led them to develop a philosophy of care that permeates the contents of every box.

“The connectivities really came from our engagement model, which is based on community, connection and control,” Gibson said. “People with dementia need to have a sense of control to be able to connect with people and form a community. “

In her 20 years of caring for people with dementia, Gibson has discovered that a sense of control depends on caregivers’ ability to understand, anticipate and meet needs before frustration, confusion and frustration arise. anger.

“When you have a group of people who all feel in control, they can connect with the people around them and the environment, like animals and gardens,” says Gibson. “And the more connections we have, the more we have a sense of community or a sense of belonging.”

More than just a do-it-yourself kit or a busy job, Connectivity boxes aim to strengthen the bonds between caregivers, family members, friends and the person with dementia.

More than just a do-it-yourself kit or a busy job, Connectivity boxes aim to strengthen the bonds between caregivers, family members, friends and the person with dementia.

The 30-minute activities are designed to spark a sharing of memories and experiences as well as to foster connections with family, nature, the senses, history, our past, science, music, our body, food, creativity, etc.

Activities also help maintain important life skills and intellectual abilities. For example, pouring beads and confetti into a tube to make the Independence Day stick requires concentration and problem-solving skills. During testing, Gibson noticed one couple in particular, who became very focused and worked together to complete tasks.

“The activities give them that meaning and use the skills they have, rather than highlighting or testing the things they no longer have,” she said.

The activities give them that meaning and use the skills they have rather than highlighting or testing the things they no longer have.

Involve everyone in the family

A follower recently described how the activities enhanced the family visit with her 99-year-old great-grandmother.

“Nothing seemed to motivate her or ground her in the present moment,” the follower wrote. “We showed him the Connectivities box and started the beach activity with sand and shells. Everything changed during our visit [through the sharing of memories] the beaches of California (his home for 67 years before moving to Kansas) together.

Activities can also help some family members make a meaningful transition.

“Before dementia, maybe the person wouldn’t have enjoyed these activities,” Shoemaker said. “But things are a little different now, and sometimes family members have to let go of who and what they were and accept individuals as they are now.”

Although they own and expand their group homes, the two women see a lot of potential for the program.

“Our hope for Connectivities,” Gibson explained, “is that it helps people stay home longer, have a better quality of life, and answers this question: what do I do to engage people dementia?”

Cost of connections and subscription information

only one Connectivities box including shipping $69. The subscription price is $62.99 including shipping, and group boxes are available from $199.99 for six people up to $499.99 for 24 people.

Archie Battersbee: Proud mum pays moving tribute to ‘beautiful little boy who fought until the end’


It was the devastating end to the most heartbreaking of public legal battles.

At 12.15pm on Saturday, Archie Battersbee died in hospital, surrounded by his family, after doctors finally removed his life support.

Appearing outside the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London, where the 12-year-old has been in intensive care since April, his visibly distressed mother Hollie Dance paid a moving tribute to her ‘beautiful baby boy’ who “Fought well until the end”.

Announcing the death of her son, she said: “I am the proudest mum in the world. He was such a beautiful little boy and he fought until the very end, and I’m so proud to be his mom.

The story of Archie, an aspiring Olympic gymnast, and the family who fought so hard for their lives, has captured the hearts of the nation.

The fit and active baby boy was found unconscious in his bedroom in Southend, Essex, four months ago following what Mrs Dance, 46, and Archie’s father, her former husband Paul Battersbee, 56 years, thought a social media game had gone tragically wrong.

Deprived of oxygen, he ended up with a catastrophic brain injury.

Since that day, they have stayed by his side, not wanting to give up hope that he can recover. Even when doctors told them Archie was extremely likely to be brain dead and recommended removing his care, they continued to fight to give him a chance of survival.

Their stoicism was simply remarkable.

Ms Dance described how she believed her son had held her hand, his facial expressions had changed and she knew, instinctively, ‘my son is in there’.

Camera iconArchie Battersbee’s life support system was disabled yesterday. Credit: spreadpurplewave/instagram
As little Archie Battersbee's life support system was disabled, his mother paid a moving tribute to her son.
Camera iconAs little Archie Battersbee’s life support system was disabled, his mother paid a moving tribute to her son. Credit: spreadpurplewave/instagram
Hollie Dance, mother of Archie Battersbee, 12.
Camera iconHollie Dance, mother of Archie Battersbee, 12. Credit: James Manning/PA

She talked to her little boy, read to him and played him her favorite music. She slept next to him, waking up to check her machines every 40 minutes.

They fought against Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, and took their fight to the High Court, Court of Appeal and European Court of Human Rights in a bid to give it more time under respiratory assistance.

They publicly criticized the trust, saying there was ‘zero support’ and that a letter given to them outlined plans that amounted to a ‘choreographed execution’ of Archie.

Just last week, they fought for him to be transferred to a hospice to live his last moments in a more private setting. But that offer fell through on Friday night. No other option remained.

Mrs Justice Theis said in her decision that the “family’s unconditional love and devotion to Archie is a golden thread that runs through this case. I hope now that Archie will have the opportunity to die in peaceful circumstances, with the family that meant so much to him that he clearly does for them.

Archie Battersbee's mother, Hollie Dance.
Camera iconArchie Battersbee’s mother, Hollie Dance. Credit: Dominique Lipinsky/PA
Archie Battersbee.
Camera iconArchie Battersbee. Credit: spreadpurplewave/instagram

In an interview shortly afterwards, Ms Dance said: ‘It was really difficult. Despite the tough face and appearance in front of the cameras so far, I’ve been pretty broken.

When asked if there was anything more she could do, she added, “No. I did everything I promised my little boy I would do. I did it.”

On Saturday morning, well-wishers began leaving floral tributes and lighting candles at the entrance to the hospital. Candles twinkled in the shape of the letter “A” and also formed a love heart around a card with Archie’s name on it.

Family friends and family campaign supporters also rallied in solidarity.

A family spokesperson said the atmosphere inside the venue as Archie’s final moments approached had been “very charged”.

At 10 a.m., the court order preventing the hospital from removing Archie’s life support expired.

Doctors stopped the medical treatment he was receiving and, two hours later, his ventilation was taken off.

He died shortly afterwards.

At 10 a.m., the court order preventing the hospital from removing Archie's life support expired.  Doctors stopped the medical treatment he was receiving and, two hours later, his ventilation was taken off.  He died shortly afterwards.
Camera iconAt 10 a.m., the court order preventing the hospital from removing Archie’s life support expired. Doctors stopped the medical treatment he was receiving and, two hours later, his ventilation was taken off. He died shortly afterwards. Credit: spreadpurplewave/instagram

Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, which supported the family’s case, said: ‘We will continue to support the family as we have done throughout.

“It was a privilege to be with them.

“The events of the past few weeks raise many important questions, including questions about the definition of death, how these decisions are made and the place of family. We need an urgent review and reform of the system.

Baroness Finlay, a professor of palliative medicine and former president of the Royal Society of Medicine, has called for an independent inquiry into how these cases of brain damage are being treated.

“Adversarial conflict does not help anyone,” she said.

The interbank peer backed the introduction of ‘Charlie’s Law’, a campaign by parents of baby Charlie Gard to introduce new rules to give parents more say in how their children are treated .

Charlie died in 2017 after a long legal battle between his doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital and his parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard.

Their proposal could allow parents to seek mediation and independent experts if they disagree with what doctors decide.

Baroness Finlay said: ‘I fear these cases are going to court too quickly and too soon, and we need another way of managing communication between doctors and parents.’

When lawyers are involved, she added, communication becomes more difficult. There is no specific timeline for these proposed changes.

But Archie’s case will bring renewed urgency to the need for change. Perhaps despite losing the little boy they loved so desperately, the family’s battle will not have been entirely in vain.

Carlyle Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CG) largest shareholder sells $668,637.04 worth of stock


Carlyle Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CG – Get Rating) largest shareholder Carlyle Group Inc. sold 14,852 shares of the company in a trade that took place on Wednesday, August 3. The stock was sold at an average price of $45.02, for a total value of $668,637.04. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 41,656,293 shares of the company, valued at $1,875,366,310.86. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, accessible via this hyperlink. Large shareholders who hold more than 10% of a company’s stock are required to disclose their transactions with the SEC.

Carlyle Group shares down 1.1%

Carlyle Group stock traded down $0.42 at midday Friday, hitting $37.96. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,031,338 shares, compared to an average trading volume of 2,575,849 shares. The Carlyle Group Inc. has a fifty-two week low of $30.01 and a fifty-two week high of $60.62. The company has a quick ratio of 2.63, a current ratio of 2.63 and a debt ratio of 1.24. The company has a market capitalization of $13.72 billion, a P/E ratio of 7.02, a P/E/G ratio of 0.40 and a beta of 1.63. The company has a 50-day simple moving average of $34.86 and a 200-day simple moving average of $40.87.

The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG – Get Rating) last released its quarterly results on Thursday, July 28. The financial services provider reported earnings per share of $1.17 for the quarter, beating analyst consensus estimates of $1.11 by $0.06. The Carlyle Group had a return on equity of 40.15% and a net margin of 31.86%. The company posted revenue of $1.16 billion for the quarter, compared with $1.17 billion for analysts. On average, research analysts expect The Carlyle Group Inc. to post earnings per share of 4.09 for the current fiscal year.

The Carlyle Group announces dividend

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, August 16. Shareholders of record on Tuesday August 9 will receive a dividend of $0.325 per share. This represents an annualized dividend of $1.30 and a dividend yield of 3.42%. The ex-date of this dividend is Monday, August 8. The Carlyle Group payout ratio is 23.77%.

Analysts set new price targets

CG has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Morgan Stanley raised its price target on The Carlyle Group from $39.00 to $41.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Tuesday. Goldman Sachs Group cut its price target on Carlyle Group from $58.00 to $48.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a Wednesday, June 29 report. UBS Group raised its price target on Carlyle Group from $34.00 to $40.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday. BMO Capital Markets lowered its target price on The Carlyle Group from $69.00 to $60.00 in a Friday, April 29 research note. Finally, StockNews.com downgraded The Carlyle Group from a “held” rating to a “sell” rating in a Wednesday, May 4, research note. One equity research analyst has assigned the stock a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and eight have assigned the stock a buy rating. According to data from MarketBeat, the company has a consensus rating of “Moderate Buy” and a consensus target price of $54.09.

Hedge funds weigh on the Carlyle Group

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently changed their positions in the stock. Commonwealth Equity Services LLC increased its stake in The Carlyle Group by 1.9% in the fourth quarter. Commonwealth Equity Services LLC now owns 74,970 shares of the financial services provider valued at $4,115,000 after buying an additional 1,420 shares last quarter. CWM LLC acquired a new stock position in The Carlyle Group during Q4 worth approximately $56,000. Robeco Institutional Asset Management BV increased its position in shares of The Carlyle Group by 77.2% during the 4th quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management BV now owns 227,589 shares of the financial services provider worth $12,498,000 after buying an additional 99,122 shares in the last quarter. Qube Research & Technologies Ltd acquired a new equity position in The Carlyle Group during Q4 for a value of approximately $18,586,000. Finally, Fifth Third Bancorp increased its stake in The Carlyle Group by 35.7% in the 4th quarter. Fifth Third Bancorp now owns 2,964 shares of the financial services provider worth $163,000 after acquiring an additional 779 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors hold 93.84% of the company’s shares.

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Liberty Village offers an enhanced memory care program

MARYVILLE – Liberty Village of Maryville has unveiled a newly enhanced memory care program for its residents and future residents.

“Memory Lane – Fitness for the Mind” debuted on July 28 at Liberty Village, located at 6955 State Route 162 in Maryville. The program is designed to exercise the brain, improve memory and maintain independence.

“Through years of research by the Alzheimer’s Association, Liberty Village was able to create a structure with specialized and individualized programming for the patient, to help them maximize function and physical abilities,” said Dena Boss, Marketing Director of Liberty Village. of Maryville. “They use the Allen Cognitive Scale, performed by a licensed professional, and designed to determine the patient’s exact level of memory impairment. Once the assessment is complete, it is color coded to help memory care specialists quickly identify activities and enrichment programs for the resident.

“Research has proven that the program we run here helps residents. It will not stop or prevent the disease, but it may delay the onset or worsening of symptoms. We keep residents engaged and keep their minds active. We are working with our residents on what they are still able to do. We take these abilities and capitalize on them in order to allow the patient to feel a sense of accomplishment, thus minimizing frustrations and behaviors.

The Fitness for the Mind program was developed to focus solely on a resident’s strengths. Using these strengths, Liberty staff then implement personalized therapy programs that have been specifically designed to focus on existing memory function, allowing staff to exercise the resident’s brain.

Therapy teams will perform a thorough assessment of each individual to target their remaining abilities. Enrichment programs will be offered throughout the day based on that person’s specific cognitive abilities. These programs are designed to enhance these abilities as well as provide opportunities for social interaction, intellectual stimulation and recreation.

“We started this program two years before the pandemic, but COVID has stopped the rollout so far,” said Memory Lane director Chaela Pollard. “Memory Lane – Fitness for the Mind is an individualized program for residents, and it’s color coded and individualized to keep their minds busy. The program is much easier for my staff to be able to work with each resident.

Each resident of Memory Lane is designated by their functional level using a color code.

Memory Lane’s activities and games are also color-coded, with a sticker on each activity designating the levels it’s suitable for.

“Staff know what color a resident is, and it lets them know what activities to do with each person and how to teach them how to play the game,” Pollard said.

Liberty Village replaced their dishes with red, which is an appetite stimulant, which has been shown to increase appetite by 25% and fluid intake by 84%.

Similarly, Liberty Village has changed all toilet seats in Memory Lane to black with a contrast wall, helping the resident easily identify themselves, which will reduce falls and help them maintain independence in their self-care.

Liberty Village memory care specialists have received rigorous training in caring for people with memory impairments. They are available around the clock to ensure that all interactions are guided by evidence-based interventions that will boost each resident’s cognitive abilities.

Specialized programs are offered daily to improve brain power and exercise the mind. Programs are guided by recommendations from highly trained professionals and are based on individualized assessment of each resident’s unique level of functioning.

Enabling each resident to retain as much independence as possible is of paramount importance to Liberty Village staff. By focusing on this independence, Memory in Motion programming allows each individual to do as much as possible on their own, with guided support and assistance as needed from memory care specialists.

Memory in Motion programs provide independence with daily tasks such as dressing, bathing and maintaining personal hygiene. Fitness for the Mind programming also focuses on programs to enable residents to walk, eat independently, and maintain continence for as long as possible.

Additionally, Liberty Village offers monthly support group meetings, with the next meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday, August 19 in the Memory Lane Activity Room. Pollard will lead the group.

Boss emphasized that the event is for the whole community and not just people who are part of the Memory Lane family.

“A lot of other people need this support, and we want to make sure we’re providing it to them as well,” Boss said. “In return, we build a relationship with them.”

For more information or to visit Liberty Village of Maryville-Memory Lane-Fitness for the Mind, call 618-288-3800 or visit https://libertyvillageofmaryville.com/.

Motorcyclists ride in memory of Ryan Passey five years after nightclub murder

Motorcyclists taking part in Ride for Ryan, in memory of Ryan Passey, on the Stourbridge ring road

The sun set on the crowds who came to celebrate the life of the 24-year-old footballer, who was stabbed to death while out with friends at a Stourbridge nightclub in 2017.

The runners set off from The Widders, on Barrack Lane in Cradley, towards Stourbridge High Street, where they passed the former Chicago nightclub where Ryan was killed. They also cycled five laps of the Halesowen ring road to mark five years since Ryan’s death, honking their horns as they passed.

After arriving at their destination, Quatt Bike Café in Bridgnorth, everyone then returned to The Widders for a fun day out which included a DJ, bouncy castle and live music. Donations had to be collected along the way.

This was especially special for the community as it has been three years since the last Ride for Ryan due to the pandemic.

Ryan’s mum, Gillian Taylor, said: “Last time was great and this time I think it’s even better. It’s a great turnout – it’s quite overwhelming.

“There are people who, because of this event, went out and bought a bike.

Motorcyclists taking part in Ride for Ryan, in memory of Ryan Passey, on the Stourbridge ring road

“John Hill (of The Widders) organized this, we’ve been friends with him for years and Ade used to work with him and he does a lot of charity events for other people as well.

“He just thought it would be a nice gesture because we were trying to raise money for legal costs and everything – but it’s not all about that now. It’s about Ryan’s memory.

“During the pandemic, everything stopped, we couldn’t do anything, but his memory is still there. I have nothing to do, for me anyway, to remember him.

“It actually upsets me, I’m really overwhelmed with the number of people showing up.

“It’s not really going to help us, it’s going to help the next person. We just want to raise awareness of the justice system and how it let us down. It’s for the next family, to help them more than us .

“Nothing we do will bring him back.”

Ryan Passey

Ride for Ryan began in 2018 in memory of the footballer who was stabbed to death on August 6, 2017, during a fight on the dance floor in Chicago.

Six months later, an eight-day trial took place at Birmingham Crown Court.

The jury heard that Kobe Murray, who was 19 at the time, admitted to stabbing an unarmed Ryan through the heart with a knife.

Murray told the court the stabbing was an “accident” and that he acted in self-defense while holding a gun he took from a friend.

Although the trial revealed how he lied to the police, he walked out of court after being acquitted of both murder and manslaughter.

The verdict shocked Ryan’s devastated family and friends and sparked a campaign for justice that continues to this day.

The last 12 months have seen a number of significant developments in their fight.

After pushing for more than a year, the campaign succeeded in getting West Midlands Police to agree to an independent review of the initial investigation into Ryan’s death.

A Ryan memorial plaque was unveiled at the former Chicago nightclub in Stourbridge in 2019

The review, which is being run by West Yorkshire Police, is ongoing and an update is expected in the coming weeks.

Another landmark decision saw Ryan’s family win a civil case against Kobe Murray, who is now known as Kareem Gayle, after he filed a lawsuit claiming the 24-year-old was unlawfully killed.

A judge at Liverpool Civil and Family Court agreed and awarded almost £10,000 in damages, and also ruled the defendant had to pay over £12,000 in legal costs.

The family recently contacted the High Court asking the bailiffs to collect damages.

The family also recently took an important step in their attempt to provide greater support to victims in serious crime cases where an acquittal is reached.

After submitting their demands to a minister following an intervention by Stourbridge MP Suzanne Webb, who supports their campaign, they met Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss the campaign.

August Pop Music Picks | Culture


Hazel English at the Great American Music Hall

Student exchange programs – do these city-changing cultural trips really work? Are they even a thing anymore? The ethereal Melbourne artist known as Hazel English swears by them and admits she owes her entire career to one that happened in 2013, when she temporarily left Australia to study at San Francis.

Soon after, the singer (born Eleisha Caripis) had moved to Oakland, met Jackson “Day Wave” Phillips at a bookstore where she worked, and created the collaborative dream-pop persona of her pseudonym, beginning with their first co-writing. aptly, “Never go home.”

Following this spark, they began releasing EPS, leading to his feature film “Wake UP!” Los Angeles. And so far this self-sufficient Sheila, now 31, has no pending plans to return home after nearly a decade abroad, knock on wood. Find her in The City on August 18.


hazelnut english

Where: Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., SF

When: 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 18

Tickets: $15

Contact: www.gamh.com

Florist at the bottom of the hill

When it comes to culture shock relocation, Brooklynite Emily Sprague knows a thing or two. In 2017, after the death of her mother, this singer from the inactive folk-pop combo Florist chose to deal with her grief in a drastic way – by moving, alone, across the country to Los Angeles, something that she would never have had the courage to do so while her parents were alive.

Leaving his father behind was difficult, she says. But she had a specific goal in mind at the end of the trip. “I really wanted to start surfing, so it was a big sign that I set my sights on. I just had a…a feeling about it,” she adds. “I don’t know how. describe it any other way. And I’ve always made my decisions that way – I decide I’m going to do something, and I do it.

Once Sprague got into the rhythms of the ocean, cathartic songs flowed in, enough to figure out 2019’s “Emily Alone,” essentially a solo album but released as Florist’s third set. Feeling both confident and at peace (therapy also helped, she admits), the sweet 4AD singer returned to the Catskills to be near her dad. And in June 2019, she regrouped with her bandmates in a rented living/working space in the Hudson Valley to record the band’s self-titled new set, which comes in at a generous 19 tracks. In the meantime, Beyonce had discovered them and used an instrumental part from their old “Thank You” cut in her 2019 Netflix documentary “Homecoming.”

Now, what does this ex-hodad do when she’s thirsty for surfing? “I don’t know – I’m trying to figure this out,” she says. “But I live seven minutes from a lake and I have a lake pass, so lately I’ve been taking my surfboard up there and paddling in the lake.” Maybe it’s not cawabunga crazy, she adds. “But for now, it’s the best thing to do.”



Where: Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., SF

When: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 11

Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door

Contact: bottomthehill.com

Psychedelic furs at The Masonic

Everything that happened in his career was a gift of good fortune, reflects Richard Butler, at 66. This includes the charismatic, sandpaper-singing voice he first showcased on the Steve Lillywhite-produced debut of his band The Psychedelic Furs, as well as over four decades of the band’s utterly unique sound.

“I think it was the result of having two guitarists and a saxophonist – it created an unholy racket,” he said in retrospect. But the same serendipity also applies to his works, oil portraits that look like distorted human faces through a child’s kaleidoscope.

These images have occupied his free time so much, in fact, that it took until 2020 for the Furs to finally release their new masterpiece “Made of Rain,” the first in 29 years. And now, with a bit of a delay, Butler and company have finally arrived in town for a Masonic Auditorium support tour this month. And if you thought the signature “Pretty in Pink” was sonically surreal, get ready for the eerie but ethereal new material – this band just keeps getting better.

And as a concert bonus? Punk X Legends just opened.


Psychedelic furs, X

Where: The Masonic, 1111 California St., SF

When: 8 p.m. August 11

Tickets: $20-$65

Contact: livenation.com

Sonny and the Sunsets and Tav Falco at the Great Northern

If budget is a factor in your concert ticket purchases, a great way to save money to close out August could be a great headlining bill with San Francisco’s Sonny Smith ( ahead of his excellent band Sonny and the Sunsets) and volatile rockabilly R&B. brandon Tav Falco, anchoring his classic Panther Burns combo.

When we last spoke to the foppish Falco, the Philadelphian had moved, first to Paris and then to Vienna. But during the pandemic, he moved to an even more exotic location: Bangkok, Thailand, where he talked about the new EP “Club Car Zodiac”. And all that entertainment can be yours for as little as five dollars. It’s not a bad investment for an unforgettable evening.


Sonny and the Sunsets, Panther Burns by Tav Falco

Where: The Great Northern, 119 Utah St., SF

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, August 25

Tickets: $5

Contact: eventbrite.com

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Mija Movie Review and Movie Synopsis (2022)


“Mija” was directed by Isabel Castro, a Mexican-American documentarian who is making the leap from television to feature films with this Sundance Labs project. She does this with a deep empathy for her subjects, who all come from similar, but not identical, backgrounds. As a result, “Mija” weaves a more nuanced emotional tapestry than typically seen in immigration stories like this. Yes, sadness and fear are present. But gratitude, resentment, guilt, stress, hope, and excitement are also central to Doris’ story, her family’s story, and the Mexican-American community as a whole.

All of these emotions are expressed through the music, which forms the backbone of the film. Ecuadorian-American avant-pop artist Helado Negro wrote the film’s score, and the soundtrack is filled with tracks from indie Latinx acts like Divino Niño, Omar Apollo, Buscabulla, KAINA, and The Marias. These round out the two artists who actually appear as themselves in “Mija”: Cuco, the bedroom sensation that Doris directs at the start of the film, and Jacks Haupt, a Dallas Chicana teenager obsessed with Amy Winehouse and Lana. Del Rey who Doris lights up on Instagram.

The performance scenes that dot the film sway under dreamy multicolored lights, emphasizing the music’s escapist qualities while using the relative size of venues and crowds to show where Cuco and Jacks are at in their careers. The behind-the-scenes glimpses of the recording sessions and photo shoots are more varied: some are downright romantic, while others show the more monotonous side of the business. Jacks’ parents don’t approve of their daughter’s risky career choices and chew on her more than once on speakerphone during her big career trip to Los Angeles. Through it all, Doris stands in the background, feeling responsible for everything and everyone.

Can civilians “reinvent security” on struggling transit systems?

BART ambassadors patrolling a train. (Photo courtesy BART)

Security issues have long plagued transit agencies such as San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit District. But with the pandemic pushing security concerns to new heights, BART is testing new security measures that go beyond increasing police presence.

Last year, BART Police began piloting its Transit Ambassadors program, using uniformed but unarmed personnel to respond to passengers facing homelessness, mental health emergencies, drug overdoses and abuse. other crises. Although Community Ambassadors are still accompanied by police officers, the program is part of a shift in many transit agencies’ approach to passenger safety.

“The idea is to really reinvent safety and meet the needs of all types of cyclists, but especially marginalized communities who often aren’t listened to or don’t receive resources based on their needs,” says Alicia, BART Communications Director. Trost.

Although crime incidents on BART per million passengers have declined since the start of the pandemic, they remain higher than before. BART recorded 3.6 crimes per million passengers in the first quarter of 2018, 31.85 crimes in the second quarter of 2020 and 7.21 crimes per million passengers in the third quarter of 2021.

The same goes for quality of life attacks, which involve people harassing passengers, begging, playing loud music, urinating or defecating in public.

BART recorded 134.41 such violations per million passengers in the first quarter of 2018, which climbed to 446.29 per million passengers in the second quarter of 2020, then fell to 222.41 per million in the third quarter of 2021.

Meanwhile, BART ridership has not fully returned to pre-pandemic levels. In June, weekday ridership continued to be one-third of pre-pandemic ridership, while weekend ridership generally hovered around half.

The pandemic-induced hemorrhage of ridership has made it ripe for those affected by homelessness and the opioid epidemic to use public transit as a refuge of last resort, creating an uncomfortable experience for passengers.

“Poll after poll indicates that the number one reason people aren’t going back to public transit is no longer COVID. It’s the fear of public safety,” says California Senator Dave Min of Irvine, who sponsors SB 1161a bill requiring agencies to address what makes passengers feel unsafe.

The bill passed the California Senate unanimously and is currently pending in the Assembly.

BART seems to be ahead of what the bill asks for.

The agency conducts continuous surveys of its passengers to understand what they think of the service. What they learned from these surveys prompted them to deploy their first ambassadors at the dawn of the pandemic.

The ambassadors, who are accompanied by BART police officers, are considered members of their own community and speak multiple languages, including Spanish and the Cambodian representative of the BART riders. Their objective: to ward off harassment and resolve conflicts without involving the police officers who accompany them.

The following year, BART brought in crisis intervention specialists, who help people in mental health crisis, homelessness or substance abuse.

“[Some] literally [want] a cop in each car. But at the same time, [when] we talk to certain communities…they say, ‘It’s scary’…that kind of level of presence is actually scary for them,” Trost says.

The police are calling

The deployment of ambassadors seems to be working. During the pilot period between February and August 2020, Ambassadors called the police to resolve less than 1% of the more than 14,000 interactions they have with passengers.

Reports of sexual harassment, sexual assault and lewd behavior sent by runners through their BART Watch app are also down, from 2% in 2019 to less than 1% so far this year.

“The biggest role [of ambassadors] really is harassment prevention. Specifically, just by having staff on board a wagon, people will generally follow the rules,” says Trost.

“It was extremely rare that an officer had to be called to the scene.”

But longtime BART pilot Darrell Owens, who along with other transit advocates lobbied the agency to implement a transit ambassador program after age 18 . Nia Wilson was killed on a train platform in 2018, doubts it will have any impact.

“I’ve only seen them three times in my whole life, which isn’t great. And every time I’ve seen them, it’s a bunch of them kind of lumped together into one group, which doesn’t seem very efficient,” says Owens.

“The only time I saw them they were discouraging someone from getting too close to the platform which is good. It would be nice to see them spread more and travel more through the system.

Crisis intervention specialists

Their crisis intervention specialists, which they have deployed to respond to the majority of police calls for service consisting of welfare and medical assistance, have produced mixed results.

They appear to be more effective in addressing homelessness, with 34% of BART riders surveyed in Q3 2021 believing BART is doing very well in addressing homelessness, up from 23% in Q3 2018.

And complaints of aggressive begging have fallen from 4% of all crimes in 2019 to 1.1% so far in 2022.

However, it does not appear to be effective in tackling drug use, complaints of which have risen from 18% in 2019 to 25.5% so far this year.

“This is a complex societal problem that goes beyond any transit agency and is not necessarily solved by traditional law enforcement techniques,” said BART communications manager Chris Filippi.

“Support [BART Police] Solving the problem of drug use requires a closer partnership with our justice system to ensure that the people we arrest have access to drug diversion courts.

BART insists it is better to deploy its own crisis response specialists than to rely on help from counties, as this has produced inconsistent results.

“When you’re not a BART employee, sometimes it’s ‘where is your sense of being part of the culture and being part of this family approach’ when it comes to engaging our riders,” laments Trost.

She says all of their non-prison security staff are directly employed by BART and unionized, which means they have more control over how much they are paid and what benefits they receive compared to contracting with a company. private enterprise, a decision which, according to them, cultivates the motivation of the workers. to ensure system security.

Nevertheless, BART is not alone in exploring non-prison approaches to security. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has an ambassador program that relies on entrepreneurs, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in front follow.

Homeless Action Team

The Metro Transit Police Department in the Twin Cities has created a 2018 Homeless Action Team which linked over 400 formerly homeless people who borrowed the accommodation system to social housing run by its parent agency, the Metropolitan Council.

But BART can’t keep programs running forever. While it’s funded by fare revenue, it’s also funded by one-time federal pandemic relief funds, which are about to run out. A separate proposal to the California legislature hopes to allocate $30 million to the 10 busiest transit agencies to continue this work.

Lawyers can’t wait. One such incident that prompted the bill, according to San Francisco-based nonprofit Stop AAPI Hate, which collects data from Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have been harassed in because of their race, involved a passenger using racist, anti-Asian and homophobic slurs at another passenger. and continue to follow them from car to car.

Even with BART’s new approaches to securing their system, they don’t plan to eliminate its police presence anytime soon.

“Don’t forget that public transit has the reality of being [a] terrorist threat,” says Trost. “If a gunman walks into our station and takes a station agent hostage, that’s a scenario [where] we need an armed response.

Henry Pan is a Minneapolis-based freelance journalist who primarily reports on his lifelong passion: transportation issues. This article has been originally published in Next City. The Crime Report is pleased to reprint it here through the Journalism Solutions Exchange, part of the Solutions Journalism Network’s programs to disseminate rigorous reporting on problem responses.

Tilian Pearson Sexual Misconduct Allegations, Explained


Post-hardcore Dance band Gavin Dance have released their tenth studio album, Jackpot Juice Extractor, July 29. And their tour, currently underway, ended in minutes. But their plans for the future with their lead singer, Tilian Pearson, remain unclear and controversy looms over the operation.

Earlier this summer, Pearson faced sexual misconduct allegations that prompted him to walk away from the band. However, the length of his hiatus has never been confirmed, and it has now been weeks since Pearson has made any comment. Here’s everything we know.

What are the charges against Tilian Pearson?

On June 1, an anonymous woman posted a long post detailing his alleged experiences with the singer on Reddit. She claimed to have slipped into Pearson’s DMs on Instagram when she was “definitely under the influence of something” in April this year. According to her, the two exchanged numbers, started talking and made plans to meet. Pearson and the wife have hung out several times, she wrote, with each encounter taking place around SwanFest, the group’s progressive rock festival that takes place every April.

“Things moved pretty quickly which was good,” she wrote, “I was in that mindset of ‘well this will probably be the only time I’ll be with him so I am up for anything! There were definitely some awkward spots and lots of red flags, but I kept brushing them off, saying, ‘Well, we’re pretty drunk, so…'” As she later wrote in the same post, “Things got uncomfortable relatively quickly, and I was put in this position of not really knowing what to do.”

The post continues, weaving claims of intoxication, emotional coercion and physical pain. “I knew he was quite drunk and going through an extremely stressful time, so I helped him through it and I was really happy to do that. I was comfortable enough now to finish this that I started,” she wrote, referring to the aftermath of her bandmate. The death of Tim Feerick from a fentanyl overdose, also in April. And later, his allegations become more explicit: “But at some point, this man decided to slap me directly. Obviously, it was to try to be ~sexy~ but it ended up REALLY hurting. I I said it like, ‘Hey, uh. That’s cool and all but you could ask next time, and maybe not do it that loud?’ He heard me, hesitated for a second, then started again. I mean. Loud enough that my hearing went haywire and I passed out for a few seconds – that wasn’t cool.”

Pearson originally made his own statement, also on Reddit on June 1, which has since been deleted, but was shared on strong wire“I take the subject of sexual assault seriously, and want to strongly reiterate that there was no time when anything happened that was not consensual,” he wrote. “I understand that in a new sexual relationship there is a period to determine each other’s preferences, but there is no doubt that our physical contact has ever crossed the line into anything resembling assault.”

Pearson then issued a second apology, on June 3, saying he would not deny this poster his experience and would enter therapy. “I understand my responsibility regarding consent as a man and I’m sorry you felt anything but respected and your boundaries honored,” he wrote. “I appreciate the strength it probably took for you to present this narrative. I hold myself fully responsible for causing you this emotional pain. I will be entering an intensive therapy program to address this issue head-on in order to become the healthiest, most responsible version of me, doing the work necessary to make sure this never happens again.”

(More claims too appeared on Twitter following round trips.)

How did Dance Gavin Dance respond to the allegations?

Two days after the allegations were published, June 3, Dance Gavin Dance released a statement that Pearson was stepping away to “seek professional help” and that he would not be performing on their current tour.

The group tapped two fill-ins. Band member Andrew Wells, who previously covered Pearson, is now the sweet lead vocalist on their An Evening With Friends tour. And Kurt Travis, a name that will sound familiar to longtime fans, will also help.

For the uninitiated, however: the band have released their first official album, Downtown Battle Mountain in 2007 with Jonny Craig as frontman. Craig was kicked out due to drug addiction and Travis took over as lead sweet vocalist for follow-up albums Dance Gavin Dance and Happiness. But Travis left and Craig came back for their 2011 album, Downtown Battle Mountain II. (Although Craig was soon asked to leave after the infamous MacBook scandal and his ongoing struggles with drug addiction.)

In 2013, fans received and embraced Pearson. He was the lead vocalist on the albums Acceptance speech, instant gratification, mothership, artificial selection, afterburner and, more recently, Jackpot juice extractor.

What’s next for Dance Gavin Dance?

During the Gavin Dance is currently on tour for his new album without his lead singer, fans are wondering: will Pearson ever return to DGD? Is “walking away” something happening for now or for good?

There’s no denying that the band enjoyed the greatest commercial success with Pearson as their main frontman. But the group has not spoken about Pearson or the allegations since the beginning of June, despite actively promoting new songs and music videos that feature him. They say their commitment to supporting the album is because, yes, they worked hard on set, but also because these are Feerick’s final recordings.

Wells’ first foray into this fandom didn’t go exactly well either. He was critical for not being able to hit the same notes as Pearson. Ouch. We’ll keep this space updated as more permanent decisions take place.

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When helping can become harmful


The idea of ​​self-care isn’t just about indulging in massages and facials or spending a week at a wellness retreat (although that’s all nice!); it goes beyond the lavish services we can buy, but rather how we can genuinely take care of our well-being on a fundamental level.

Currently, with so many responsibilities, deadlines, rising bills and external pressures, how does a person take time for their well-being? How can we even afford to take care of ourselves with the rising prices of daily necessities?

Wellness encompasses not only our physical health and is not only based on relaxation services, but also our mental, emotional and spiritual health. Many forms of self-care have no cost other than spending time on them. It can be as simple as turning off the music when you get home to have some quiet time with yourself, or the other way around, like listening to your favorite music to help lift your mood.

Another example is practicing deep breathing for a few minutes throughout the day to help calm your nervous system. Self-care can include taking a walk, drinking more water or tea throughout the day, going to bed earlier rather than staying awake and watching a crazy show, choosing a healthy snack rather than a transformed snack, to have dinner while being present with your loved ones rather than eating in front of the television or with a smartphone in hand, taking the time to keep a journal, draw or read, take the time to meditate, pray, or learn something that will uplift you, whether through religious or spiritual practice, or an inspirational story or motivational speech.

Did you know that saying “no” can be a major form of self-care? Some people have learned or conditioned growing up that to be a “good” person you have to constantly give to others. Let’s be clear, there’s nothing wrong with giving or helping others – it’s a nice act. Where the imbalance occurs is when a person is not able to say “no” and ends up hurting themselves by depleting their own resources (i.e. emotional, mental, physical, financial ). If someone’s metaphorical “cup” is emptied, what is left to give to others? Taking care of yourself is like filling your own cup so that you are not constantly in deficit when giving to others.

What to do in Miami: Silvana Estrada at the Citadel August 5, 2022

To understand how talented 25-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter Silvana Estrada is, just watch the first few minutes of her song “Si moi matan” on YouTube. With a single camera and a shoestring budget, the video captures the power of her unique voice and the intense, honest way she connects as a performer, even with a one-person audience.

Estrada, guitar in hand, sits in a large stone courtyard empty except for two chairs and a standing microphone. She sings for another woman, seated directly opposite her, whose identity keeps changing – a young woman with tattoos, an older woman with glasses who begins to cry at the first words of the song, a indigenous woman with a squirming girl on her lap. , a woman whose arms embrace her very pregnant belly.

The lyrics to “Si me matan” speak in a painfully personal way about the gender-based violence that takes the lives of more than ten women in Mexico every day, with Estrada imagining what she hopes people would say about her if she too was found murdered: “Digan…que como todas crecí con miedo/Y aun así, salí solita a ver estrellas” (“They say… like all girls, I grew up in fear/But even so, I’d go out alone to see the stars”). She writes in her notes to the video that she hopes the song will heal the wounds left by indiscriminate violence.

Like her mentor and friend, Natalia Lafourcade, Estrada caresses her native Spanish as she sings, and like jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant, she can pick up a note and effortlessly turn it into sublime, otherworldly patterns.

Miami audiences will have the opportunity to see the rising star – who has sold out gigs in Mexico, the United States and Europe – in the intimate, state-of-the-art music space of the Citadel on Friday, August 5.

Estrada hails from Coatepec, Veracruz, a region of Mexico rich in musical traditions. “I grew up playing with my family and with my friends,” she explains in a telephone interview, “going with my family to fandango”, neighborhood hootenannies where the community gathered to sing and dance to son jarocho, the typical folk music of the region.

Her childhood, indeed, was fertile ground for a budding musician. Not only do both of her parents play instruments, but they also make them: “I grew up in a family of luthiers,” she says. “My mother, she makes violins and violas, and my father, he makes double basses and cellos.”

She remembers growing up in her country house in a happy environment.

“The memories I have are of many musicians who came to my house to buy instruments or to repair instruments. My house was always full of musicians playing, trying out their instruments for the first time,” Estrada explains.

During Tiny Desk Concert for National Public Radio, which featured the singer, there is a glimpse of her idyllic childhood. The performance was filmed in the workshop of her parents’ house, where tools and stringed instruments in various states of the assembly line, walls and nature look ready to burst through the windows. Estrada ends the video by singing a haunting duet in the garden with her father, who accompanies her on double bass. It’s a musician’s paradise.
In addition to her parents, Estrada’s main points of reference growing up, she says, were legendary Latin American singers and songwriters. Chile’s Violeta Parra, Argentina’s Mercedes Sosa and Mexico’s adopted daughter Chavela Vargas were the soundtrack of her youth, with a healthy dose of American jazz from Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan rounding out the mix. . In fact, Estrada was so passionate about jazz that as a teenager she studied it at the University Conservatory of Xalapa, then went to the United States to immerse herself in the New York jazz scene.

At 19, she was doing backing vocals for Snarky Puppy, among others. But when bandleader Michael League heard Estrada’s own compositions, he helped convince her that she really should chart her own path as a songwriter in Mexico.

Estrada, who says she’s been writing poetry “always,” didn’t initially envision her future as a singer-songwriter. Encouragement from musical guardian angels like League, guitarist Charlie Hunter and drummer Antonio Sánchez helped her realize that singing her own work was a more authentic expression of who she was as an artist than singing jazz. in English could never be.

The Miami concert will feature music from Marchitahis first solo album on Glassnote Records. Marchitawhich received a four-star rating from rolling stone magazine and was featured in the British newspaper The GuardianJune’s list of the best albums of 2022 is an ode to first love and the singular pain felt at its loss. His lyrics are richly poetic: “Cambiaste mareas y corrientes/Dejaste tu nom en el mar/Volteaste la cara sonriente/Y yo, que no supe nadar” (“You changed the tides and currents/You left your name on the sea/You turned your smiling face/And me who couldn’t swim”). The arrangements are sparse, letting the raw honesty of Estrada’s voice shine through.

While Estrada heals the wounds of lost love Marchita, her first love, the Venezuelan cuatro, is still with her. She has said in interviews that when she discovered the little guitar-like instrument at 16 or 17 – it was one from her father hanging around the workshop – she also discovered her voice as a ‘songwriter. What was imposed on the piano, which she studied at the conservatory, flowed effortlessly onto the cuatro. A cantautore was born.

Estrada already feels very far from this difficult moment in his young life which inaugurated Marchita around the world and is determined to make the most of every minute of this hard-earned new period, performing around the world and sharing the stage with musicians like Lafourcade, Mon Laferte and Andrew Bird. As she says in one of her songs, “Sonreír es remedio de valientes(“Smiling is the remedy for the brave”).

– Helena Alonso Paisley ArtburstMiami.com

Silvana Estrade. 8 p.m. Friday, August 5, at the Citadel, 8300 NE Second Ave., Miami; escalasonora.com. Tickets are $45 via seetickets.us.

What to look for in a physiotherapy center


Newswise – After an injury or surgery, physiotherapy often plays a vital role in recovery. It may also improve the physical condition and function of people with chronic pain. A personalized rehabilitation program can do a lot of good for patients, but not all facilities provide the same type or level of care.

“Physiotherapy centers are not all created equal, and many people don’t realize the importance of choosing the right therapist and the right facility for their needs,” says Zack Rogers, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCShead of the rehabilitation site Special Surgery Hospital Center for Rehabilitation and Performancewhich recently opened at HSS Long Island in Uniondale.

Some facilities may focus more on sports rehabilitation after a sports injury or surgery. Others have physical therapists with advanced training and certification in treating orthopedic conditions such as back pain, arthritis, tendon problems, or ligament sprains. Certified specialties range from pediatric physiotherapy to geriatric physiotherapy.

Some centers, such as the HSS, offer direct, one-to-one care. “When a patient comes in, I work exclusively with that person for the entire session,” says Rogers. “In other institutions, the therapist may give the patient exercises to do alone, treating several people at the same time.”

While patients who have worked out in the past may be fine with doing exercises on their own, others may prefer the undivided attention of a physical therapist who works with them all the time, Rogers says.

To find a physical therapy provider, people may receive a referral from their doctor or a friend who has had a positive experience. But it is up to many people to find a rehabilitation center on their own. The Internet can be a good place to start, as many firms list particular areas of expertise and other relevant information on their websites, Rogers says. They often show photos and may offer a virtual tour of the facility.

People often start by looking for a center in a convenient location that accepts their health insurance. Many states allow “direct access” to physical therapy services, which means people don’t need a doctor’s referral. The exception is when an individual has Medicare or a health insurance plan that requires a referral. Coverage may also be limited to the plan’s network facilities.

Convenience shouldn’t be the only consideration, says James Wyss, MD, PT, a former physical therapist who later earned a medical degree and specialized in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Wyss, who sees patients at HSS Long Island and specializes in treating patients with sports injuries and other painful conditions, says physical therapy is a balance of science, art and experience. “Some physiotherapists have areas of particular focus, with additional training and qualifications, and the right therapist can make all the difference in a patient’s progress,” says Dr Wyss, who is chief medical officer at the Long Island Nets team. “But patients also need to understand that they are also responsible for their recovery. They need to work with their physical therapist, communicate openly and follow their advice, as well as the advice of their doctor.”

Rogers agrees that it’s important to find a physical therapist you have a good relationship with. “Communication is key. Physiotherapy is a partnership, a team effort, and having that connection makes a big difference. I want people to feel comfortable enough to tell me what’s going on and how they feel, so I can treat them better,” says Rogers, who encourages his patients to call or email him with any questions or concerns.

HSS experts have developed a checklist for choosing a physical therapy facility:

  • Select the best practice for your needs. Call and ask questions to make sure there are physical therapists experienced in treating your specific problem and ask about this therapist in advance.
  • Ask who will be treating you and what the therapist’s experience is. Once you start physical therapy, make sure you receive care from a licensed physical therapist or licensed physical therapist assistant. It is best to receive care from the same therapist at each visit.
  • Try to schedule a time to visit the facility before starting therapy. Virtual tours may also be available online.
  • Check if the installation is clean and well maintained. Do therapists wash their hands between patients? Is the equipment disinfected after each patient?
  • If coronavirus is a concern, check the facility’s safety policy ahead of time. Some practices also offer remote physiotherapy. The Special Surgery Hospital, for example, offers virtual labas well as individual distance training and ergonomic assessments of its workspace.
  • Are you comfortable with the noise level? If loud music is deafening and therapists are shouting instructions, it can distract you. Some people like the gym atmosphere of loud music, while others may find it intolerable.
  • Consider the general mood. Are therapists and therapy assistants actively working with patients, or are there people waiting to be treated?
  • Do the people who work there wear a name badge with their job title? They are required to do so in many states, including New York.
  • Ask about the cancellation policy. Some facilities charge a fee for canceling an appointment.
  • Consider how quickly you can get an appointment. If you have to wait longer than a week or two, you might be better off finding a place where you can start earlier.

Experts also point out that you should be assessed and treated by a licensed physical therapist who has completed many years of study and training to obtain the doctorate required to practice. The physical therapist should develop a personalized plan to meet your specific needs and goals. PT assistants are also trained and licensed, and they can work with your therapist to provide care after your assessment.

You shouldn’t receive treatment from an unlicensed physical therapy assistant or technician, Rogers says. Assistants help physical therapists with tasks such as basic administrative tasks, preparing treatment areas, and escorting patients into the clinic, but they are not legally allowed to provide treatment or teach patients exercises . If you are unsure of the credentials of the person treating you, you have the right to ask.

You should also receive instructions on exercises to do at home. The therapist can provide handouts, a link to a video showing the correct movements, or some other form of instruction to ensure you are doing the exercises correctly.

HSS experts say that if you ever feel uncomfortable or an exercise or treatment is painful, you should talk about it. If you feel the physiotherapist is not spending enough time with you, seems distracted, or is back and forth between you and other patients, you may want to find someone who provides more personalized care and attention.

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Merging Modesto and Salida Fire May Work If Politics Gone


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On July 21, 2022, the American Legion Memorial Hall in Tuolumne River Regional Park in Modesto burned down.

Some who remember the ill-fated former merger of the Salida and Modesto firefighters would not be wrong to ask: If it didn’t work before, what makes you think it will work now?

It’s a good question.

When the Modesto Regional Fire Authority was created in 2011, the new agency garnered all sorts of adulation from Modesto and Salida officials, as well as my predecessors on the Opinions page. Consolidations that save taxpayers’ money deserve and generally receive rave reviews.

But MRFA only lasted 3 and a half years, and some concluded that it was just impossible to force macho hero types from different community-centric firehouse cultures to join hands and not do one.

This assumption is wrong, as the Modesto Fire Department has recently proven by uniting with the departments of Oakdale, Rural Oakdale and Ceres, and taking over fire management duties to Turlock and the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District, which covers Riverbank, Waterford, Empire, Hickman and LaGrange. Modesto now provides fire services for three quarters of Stanislaus County’s population.

Modesto proves, in a grand way, that people can learn from their mistakes – that is, the failed experiment with Salida. And the secret really isn’t that complicated: get rid of the politics.

The MRFA was doomed because its leadership was poorly structured as a joint powers authority, allowing for power struggles at the top.

Modesto Fire eliminated the policy by simply offering to provide fire protection in a contract. No more turf wars, just services paid and rendered.

A new deal to reunite Salida and Modesto, which is being worked on, follows that pattern, Modesto Fire Chief Alan Ernst told Bee reporter Ken Carlson.

There is every reason to believe that the past is over and that the new agreement will work.

Don’t be shocked if Modesto Fire continues its Manifest Destiny expansion. I wouldn’t be surprised to see even more fire agencies recognize the benefits of hitching their water cart to a larger partner, including access to advanced life support trained paramedics and expertise in hazardous materials and technical rescue.

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Garth Stapley is the Opinion Editor of The Modesto Bee. Prior to this assignment, he worked 25 years as a Bee reporter, covering local government agencies and the high-profile murder case of Scott and Laci Peterson.

Sky Sports campaign stresses importance of sport being ‘live only once’


Brothers & Sisters have worked closely with Sky Creative, Sky’s in-house advertising and creative agency and Europe’s largest in-house agency, to create a campaign for Sky Sports designed to make hearts flutter and remind fans that football is ‘only live once’. The campaign is fully integrated and features bespoke spots to be broadcast on TV, outdoor, radio and social media, as well as DMs and in-store activation.

At a time when it’s all too easy to munch on snippets of highlights on YouTube or Twitter, the campaign’s aim is to remind football fans that football’s emotional roller coaster only happens once during live experience. If you miss it, it’s gone forever.

The TV work uses clever visual effects to seamlessly take popular Sky Sports pundits including Jamie Redknapp, Jamie Carragher, Gary Neville, Karen Carney and Micah Richards on an emotional journey through the authentic experience of live football .

Putting fans at the heart of the campaign captures the raw passion of real fans at home watching the games live. Placing Sky Sports pundits in these scenes reinforces that incredible events – and the real feelings and emotions they evoke – are because they only happen once.

The ads feature football’s best moments in a series of 60″, 40″, 30″ and 10″ spots. Each spot ends with Declan Rice declaring “It’s only live once”, creating that jaw-dropping feeling that fans don’t want to miss.

For radio, the campaign relies on the clever use of audio to get the heart racing. Two spots reiterate the “It’s Only Live Once” message with the inclusion of emotional music and drum beats that work to convey a sense of momentum and excitement that only comes when a match is watched live.

On social media, the content shows how no replay and highlight packages come close to the excitement of live events. The short films show how highlights can be forgettable, how homemade highlights can never match reality, and the difference that appears when a match is seen live.

OOH material created by Sky Creative goes live this week, revealing a dynamic freeze frame of over 20 thrilling moments from last season across the Premier League, WSL, SPL and EFL. With a selection of the best players, managers and fans, we are able to relive the highs, lows and thrilling moments that live football offers.

These visuals are supported by handwritten type that complements the dramatic atmosphere and a custom painted logo that breaks the channel’s mold, bringing disruptive energy to the posters and ensuring a consistent look and feel throughout the campaign.

Bekah Huggett, Marketing Director of Sky Sports, commented: “Sky Sports have always been the biggest champions in live sport and as we head into the start of the new Premier League season, that excitement has not changed. . We’re passionate about making the live experience a never-to-be-missed moment and this campaign really reinforces that message.”

Andy Fowler, ECD at Brothers and Sisters, says: “Just when you thought it had all been said in sports advertising, we’ve unlocked a whole new way of thinking about the experience of watching live football through this convincing idea of ​​”once”. Long live the new season!”

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Executive Creative Directors: Robin Garton, Lee Parker, Ceri Sampson

Creative Directors: Andy Fowler, Chris Dorn, Simon Cole, Andrea Locatelli

Accounts : Nicholas Hoile, Benjamin Trenchard, Sara Burton

Production : Alistair McGee, Steve Ryan,

Creations: Ravi Beeharry, Andrea Mancuso

Design: Andrew Hudson, Andy Crocker, David Bergen

Praise to a good doctor

The doctor I consulted has all the traits that a doctor should have and that a patient expects from a doctor. Defining what makes a good doctor is a delicate task. A good doctor identifies the nature of the problem by probing at different levels.

When treating an ill person, good doctor-patient communication and patient satisfaction are essential to maintaining a therapeutic doctor-patient relationship. A good physician engages in conversation with a patient to gather the necessary information to facilitate a correct diagnosis, followed by appropriate medical treatment.

These skills must be mastered to achieve the best outcome, essential for effective care delivery. So being a doctor isn’t just about handing out pills or fixing broken bones or torn tissue.

It requires being technically adept, knowing the craft of medicine and also a bit of “magic” which does not come from Alladin’s magic lamp but being an inclusive person who is both scholarly, sincere, friendly, kind, humble, patient, passionate, optimistic, efficient, equipped and ready to give the best of himself for the healing of his patients. Much more than medication, effective communication and strong interpersonal skills go a long way toward a patient’s recovery.

Although it is difficult to find so many virtues in a single soul, medicine is fertile ground for finding such mixtures, and “he” is the embodiment of what a doctor should be. His kindness to me, modest demeanor, and extraordinary interpersonal skills, while respecting his professional boundaries and standards, make him an exceptionally good physician.

The mezzo-soprano performing on the world stage is ‘grounded in the Catholic faith’

RICHMOND, Va. — While shopping at various Richmond-area grocery stores in the early 2000s, customers may have heard a toddler sing in the cart as his mother shopped for her family.

Little did they know that the young cereal aisle singer would one day perform opera on the international stage and release her first single recording, “Cinema Paradiso”, based on the closing scene of the award-winning 1988 film.

“I’ve always had a love for music and a listening ear,” said Hannah Magnelli. “I was taking singing lessons at a young age and, of course, it was very basic singing that suited someone in that age group.”

The second eldest of James and Raquel Magnelli’s four children – she has an older brother, Phillip, and a younger sister and brother, Olivia and Benjamin – she played the violin for more than a decade before singing became his greatest interest.

“I started taking classical voice when I was about 13 and slowly doing Italian art forms, Latin music used in church,” said Magnelli, whose family belongs to the parish. St. Joseph of Richmond, where Mass is celebrated in Latin. “Then I did a bit more in the realm of classical musical theatre.”

As a student at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot High School, Magnelli became involved in the performing arts. She sang “Time to Say Goodbye” at the senior talent show, and at graduation, she and Olivia sang “The Prayer.”

After a semester at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, and a private internship at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, ​​Spain, under the tutelage of German conductor Sebastian Weigle, Magnelli entered Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008. from Richmond, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance.

“When you go to college, whether or not you want to sing pop or Broadway music, classical singing is the basic technique, so you have to sing and learn more classical opera technique,” he said. she declared. “It’s kind of the basis for going into other genres that you desire.”

Magnelli, who is fluent in Spanish and is a Spanish-English interpreter contractor, with a minor in German.

“Everybody said when I went to the opera, ‘You have to learn and know German.’ The reason is that it is a very popular language in the world of classical music, not only among singers and musicians, but it is a very universal language in European countries,” she said, adding that she spoke some Italian and would like to learn Arabic..

While Magnelli draws inspiration from the works she has performed, such as ‘La Clemenza di Tito’, ‘Carmen’ and ‘Così fan tutte’, she draws daily inspiration from the practice of her faith and takes the 1999 work of Saint John Paul II. “Letter to the Artists”, in which he writes: “In song, faith is experienced as vibrant joy, love and confident expectation of God’s saving intervention. »

“Knowing that it’s a gift that God has given me, and that it’s something that I know brings joy to people, it’s something that I’m very passionate about, something that I likes to do,” she told the Catholic Virginian, Richmond’s diocesan newspaper. “So when I sing, I know I’m sharing God’s gift. I feel like I can brighten someone’s day or convey a message that someone could easily relate to.

Magnelli knows that when she sings, she can inspire someone or spark a “wonderful memory” for them.

“Sometimes when you listen to music, and it’s really beautiful music, you feel like God is talking to you, and it’s just sharing the beauty that God has created,” she said. “You really feel like your mind is dancing inside what it hears, depending on what exactly you’re singing.”

Noting that in her profession and in other performing arts, there is a lot of pressure “to be perfect”, which Magnelli says some performers deal with with drugs and alcohol.

“For me, I’ve never had to do that. I want to have that confidence on my own without having to, and being decently grounded in my Catholic faith has helped me be able to deal with those things,” she said, adding that praying the daily rosary is one of the “little things” that keeps her grounded.

Magnelli said it’s easy to “get swayed by a very secular world” when you’re in the entertainment business, but she managed to deal with it.

“When I travel alone, I still go to mass on Sundays, and if I need to, I will try to find a place to confess, even abroad,” she says. “I was able to stay on track with my Catholic faith.”

Magnelli said she doesn’t “trust anyone”, taking an example-based approach.

“Be the light in the darkness. If you want to influence someone and hope they convert or come back to God, the best thing you can do is absolutely nothing,” she said. “Do what you do , be yourself, be that light, and if they see that influence, then you can talk to them about it and give them resources if they ask.”

She recalled how she bonded with another Catholic.

“I met another Catholic girl, a new roommate, when I was singing for ‘The Sopranos,’ who was a devout Catholic,” she said. “I didn’t know she was Catholic.”

“I was studying music and she saw the brown scapular hanging off my shirt and she literally said, ‘Oh my God! Are you wearing that?’ And she pulled hers out. I did a double take like, ‘What! Are you wearing one?'”

One of the most popular devotional scapulars, the brown scapular is associated with Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

“I was a bit shocked,” Magnelli said. “It’s just not something you see. It is a very liberal and secular field. Many of them are birthplace Catholics who do not practice or go to mass.

“It was really nice to connect with her,” she said, “and we still stay in touch to this day – to meet someone who believes the same as you because it’s really hard. in this area if you are godly with your faith.”

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Editor’s Note: To learn more about Magnelli, visit www.hannahmagnelli.com, or find her on Facebook (Hannah Magnelli, Mezzo Soprano) or Instagram (@hannah_magnelli). Visit https://modernclassicalx.lnk.to/CinemaParadiso to order his single.

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Olszewski is editor of The Catholic Virginian, a bi-weekly publication for the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia.

Maggie Rogers’ “Surrender” is an almost perfect album


Final score: 9.2/10

“Surrender” consists of 12 tracks.

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Ahgrim: Rogers coined the phrase “wild joy” to describe the dominant theme of “abandonment”.

I’m sure this will be described by other reviewers as an escape record, given that joy feels like an act of rebellion or even dissociation these days. But it’s clear to me that Rogers’ work was born out of a desire to engage with the world more deeply and more thoughtfully, to throw in head first, not to leave it behind.

“Surrender” is a complete album – sweaty, full of stains and bruises, but strong and graceful at its core.

It’s music that makes me think of the humidity and feeling your heartbeat at your fingertips, like a summer night in New York. Chances are you’ll go through the full gamut of human emotions in a matter of hours, only to return home sore and happy.

These nights remind me how strange and miraculous it is to be alive; how gross the human body can be while functioning as a complex set of invisible muscles, nerves and impulses; how impressive it is to carry on despite constant tragedy.

“Surrender” shares the same effect. Rogers, who single-handedly wrote every word on this album, is a passionate and sensitive lyricist. She imbues every moment of freedom and liberation with an existential dread: a mother’s death lurks in the middle of her song about female friendship; amidst a whirlwind of happy 80s synths, the phrase “I’m scared” is frantically repeated five times. His vocal delivery is visceral, making every hint of emotion feel big and immediate.

But the beauty is that it also works in reverse. None of Rogers’ songs are just one thing. None are purely sad, desperate or fearful. There is always a whisper of hope, a sun that will rise tomorrow.

At its core, “Surrender” is what it feels like to be happy against the odds.

Larocque: Earlier this week, at an album release party with Spotify, Rogers said she “knew I wanted to do a classic record and I wanted to spend some time really digging into making one.”

“Surrender” cannot be categorized as one thing; it’s not a sad album, a happy album or an angry album, nor a breakup album or a romantic album. Instead, it’s a kaleidoscopic mix of all of the above – without ever feeling inauthentic or forced, overcrowded or cluttered.

Rogers surrendered to every ounce of emotion pulsing through her mind and body and infused every last drop of it into this record. All his instincts – from sexual urges (“Want Want”) to the call of the void (“I could break a glass just to see it break”) – are laid bare for listeners to co-opt.

Throughout “Surrender”, Rogers champions the idea that life is communal, that everything we feel is, at some point, felt by someone else too, and we’re usually better off for that. . Rogers has no interest in a fruitless quest for unique experiences – if she’s going to lose her mind, she’s going to lose it with you.

But it was this embrace of mutual understanding and commonality that helped Rogers succeed in his efforts to create a classic album. Almost all of the songs on “Surrender” play well on their own, but still lend themselves to live performance. I can imagine a crowd collectively shouting “Begging for Rain” or shouting “Honey”. I’m willing to bet “Anywhere With You” will become a mainstay on every set list Rogers does in the future.

With “Surrender”, Rogers has done something that will fucking last.

To listen :


“This Is Where I Am”

“Want Wanna”

“Anywhere With You”


“Be cool”

“To break”

“Ask for Rain”

“I have a friend”


Background music:


“Different Kinds of World”

Split decision:

N / A

Press jump:

N / A

*Final album score based on songs per category (1 point for “Worth listening”, 0.5 for “Background music”, 0.5 for “Split decision”, 0 for “Press skip”).

Reghan Winkler: Student loan scams


If you have a student loan, be prepared. The pause on federal student loan payments is set to expire August 31, 2022. The pause was put in place in response to the COVID-19 emergency.

The national stock of student debt is now $1.7 trillion, and as of this writing, the Biden administration is still deciding whether to extend the pause beyond the August date.

The reason you should be prepared is the likelihood that the rapidly approaching expiry date will lead to a dramatic increase in scammers trying to take advantage of people desperate for a chance to ease the burden of their student loans.

Although there are legitimate companies and organizations now offering help to those seeking loan relief, the student debt relief industry is not highly regulated.

The size of student loan debt, coupled with huge demand for relief and loose regulation, opens a wide door for scammers to gain access to those affected. When the Biden administration reinstates an actual student loan repayment date, scams are expected to increase exponentially.

As I mentioned above, there are legit services out there that offer help in navigating student loans, but most of these advertised services are things available to you for free and aren’t as difficult as you might think. think so.

If you are contacted by an unknown or unsolicited organization offering loan management or cancellation services, here are some red flags to watch out for:

• Almost any email, text, or voicemail stating that you might be eligible for the “Biden Student Loan Program” or “Biden Student Loan Forgiveness” is likely a scam.

• Beware of limited time offers and other high pressure sales tactics. Access to programs offered by the Ministry of Education does not require you to make a quick and immediate decision.

• If you are asked to stop communicating with your student loan officer, it’s a scam. Maintain frequent contact and continue to make monthly payments to avoid becoming delinquent.

• Similarly, be extremely suspicious of anyone claiming to be affiliated with your loan servicer. Call the number on your billing statement or log into your repairer’s online portal to verify the claim.

• Asking for personal information over the phone, such as your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID and password, banking information, or social security number, is a huge red flag. Providing such information allows scammers to terminate your loan service and empty your bank account.

• Be careful if you have to pay in advance for services that should be free. The Department of Education does not charge fees for loan consolidations, deferrals, or federal student loan forgiveness programs.

• Currently, the rapid elimination of student debt is a myth. If you receive a phone call from a student debt relief company promising to cancel your loan immediately, you are almost certainly dealing with a scam.

If you’re having trouble repaying your student loan, you might consider enrolling in an income-contingent repayment (IDR) program or requesting a deferral on the FSA website. You can also consider lowering your monthly payments by refinancing a private loan and a lower interest rate. You can compare student loan finance rates for free by visiting www.Credible.com without compromising your credit score.

If you think you have been the victim of a student loan scam or have ever been a victim of one, be sure to report it to the BBB at 419-223-7010 as well as the Ohio Attorney General’s website www. .ohioattorneygeneral.gov.

Reghan Winkler is executive director of the Better Business Bureau serving West Central Ohio. The BBB can be found on the Internet at bbb.org/us/oh/lima.

Trad and emotional: Belfast Tradfest salutes the legacy of late fiddler Seán Maguire


Seán Maguire, West Belfast’s amazing fiddler, was part of the tradition, but he was also determined to excite it in new ways.

We lost him in 2005 but his recordings are infinitely good and various old YouTube videos show the liveliness and precocity of an artist who would not let himself be defeated.

Watch online as the light reflects off the glowing rings of his left hand. His fingers are confused and the other musicians are perplexed, delighted.

It consumes jigs, bagpipes, and set tunes, then breaks a few hearts with the slow tunes. Seán also explored Hungarian tsardas and klezmer music. He was voracious.

There were many honors in his life. He was admired both in America and in the former Soviet Union. You can see his painted image on the corner of Iveagh Street and Falls Road. He is remembered at Madden’s Bar and there is apparently a tribute near the ancestral family home in Cavan.

The traditional music community is still coming to terms with its substantial life. He was born into a family of musicians at 7 Dunmore Street in the Clonard district. He was trained in classical music, but his heart said otherwise. But this duality was the making of his style as he got rid of the key shapes and fingering given from the violin tradition.

He has been compared to violin game changers, like Stéphane Grappelli. Most likely there were references to Paganini and those fiery variations. And when you hear Seán’s deconstruction of The Mason’s Apron, you can only imagine how upset he must have upset purists with their beloved Michael Coleman records, expecting to hear more, forever.

Interestingly, Belfast blues guitarist Gary Moore also tried his hand at The Mason’s Apron, increasing speed and virtuosity.

Fast-paced play on its own may not be a virtue, but when it matches the sense of fun and dizzying possibility, you can say it’s allowable.

The Seán Maguire Music Society was formed in 2021 to continue the legacy. This year they have worked alongside Belfast Tradfest programmers to organize a festive fiddle concert at the Duncairn Arts Centre.

The musical poster was exceptional, but so were the stories and the memories.

Johnny Murphy had been a teenage pupil of Maguire and he was the evening’s entertainer. He spoke kindly but there were plenty of jokes.

He remembered the generosity of his teacher but also his fearsome side. He did not tolerate repeated mistakes and the standards were strict.

The maestro had earned his living as a mechanic, loved motorcycles and had a weakness for alcohol and the force of expression. Seán would sometimes show up to concerts without his own violin, expecting a decent violin to be provided. There was talk of trips to Donegal and meetings with legendary player John Doherty. What a collision that must have been.

When he visited the Smithsonian in Washington, the curators showed him their collection of violins made by Stradivarius. They were worth millions, but Seán was not impressed at all. Also in America, he received a beautiful bow, custom made by a master craftsman. He kept looking askance at her during the concert. “I asked for black horsehair,” he said afterwards.

The concert included Sorcha Stockman, Ciaran Ó Maonaigh and another former student, Méabh O’Hare. It was an opportunity to revisit great pieces like The Golden Eagle hornpipe, performed by the exceptional Bríd Harper. We heard from a great Baltimore player, Jesse Smith, who testified about Maguire’s transatlantic import, and how Seán remembered the name of Jesse’s dog years later.

And so the players maintained their own conversations with the man. We heard a beautiful interpretation of My Lagan Love, with all the history and connotations of this tune.

Mary Dillon showed up with a vocal rendition of Bonnie Blue-Eyed Lassie and feelings soared against the beautiful backdrop of Duncairn.

In various conversations, there was a hint that Seán’s game and his manner had fallen out of favor at some point. Certainly, concert halls have lately been more conducive to the ghostly footsteps and slow tunes of Martin Hayes and The Gloaming. This event in the city was therefore an important work of reconquest.

Dónal O’Connor, the artistic director of Belfast Tradfest, was on stage with his own childhood stories of meeting Maguire on a train platform in Dundalk. It was like an epic back-and-white movie, he recalls, as the player got out of the car in a trench coat and a big hat.

Many of us are drawn to mythology in music and Seán Maguire fulfills some of those expectations. But maybe the violinist didn’t want us to be too romantic. According to Johnny Murphy, he particularly hated two things: writing music and confessing. It is therefore more appropriate that his friends, his followers and the true warmth of the bow on the strings remember him.

NIH and GreenLight Biosciences to collaborate on COVID-19 vaccine development for new variants

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BOSTON, July 29. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — GreenLight Biosciences announced a collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop COVID-19 vaccines that more broadly protect against new variants and with longer lasting effects.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for us to partner with a leading vaccine discovery team and use our mRNA platform to accelerate the development of coronavirus vaccines that are more broadly protective and durable than those currently available. available,” says Amin Khan, PhD, Scientific Director of GreenLight. Officer, Human Health.

GreenLight, in collaboration with the Vaccine Research Center (VRC), part of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will co-design and test mRNA coronavirus vaccines with the goal of developing vaccines that confer a longer lasting immune response than current vaccines. Additionally, they will work together to develop systems that accelerate the clinical use of new designs.

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, continues to evolve and accumulate genomic mutations that may negatively affect the effectiveness of existing medical countermeasures. For the current COVID-19 pandemic and future coronavirus-related pandemics, the rapid development and deployment of vaccines active against a range of coronaviruses, including variants of SARS-CoV-2, will be vital for public health.

According to the NIH, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements, or CRADAs, “provide NIH researchers with an exciting opportunity to join colleagues in industry and academia in the joint pursuit of common research goals. Government scientists serve the larger mission of the NIH, to facilitate the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical and health care products. Companies can also leverage their own R&D efforts while collaborating on cutting-edge NIH research. »

About GreenLight BiosciencesGreenLight Biosciences aims to solve some of the world’s biggest problems by harnessing the full potential of RNA for human health and agriculture. Our RNA platform enables us to research, design and manufacture for human, animal and plant health. In human health, this includes vaccines and messenger RNA therapeutics. In agriculture, this includes RNA to protect bees and a range of crops. The company’s platform is protected by numerous patents. GreenLight’s human health product candidates are in the preclinical stage, and its agricultural market product candidates are in the early stages of development or regulatory review. GreenLight is a utility company that trades under the symbol GRNA on the Nasdaq. For more information visit https://www.greenlightbiosciences.com/

ContactDavid PesciHead of Media RelationsGreenLight Biosciences[email protected]For the press, send an e-mail: [email protected]For investors, send an e-mail: [email protected]

Notes to Editors

  1. GreenLight developed a Covid vaccine prior to this announcement. More details can be found here: https://www.greenlightbiosciences.com/greenlight-envi-and-iavi-begin-work-on-omicron-variant-adapted-covid-19-vaccine-candidate/
  2. GreenLight is designing three messenger RNA products, including a shingles vaccine with the Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s largest vaccine producer. SII also has the potential to further extend the relationship for two other vaccine or therapeutic targets. https://greenlightbiosciences.com/greenlight-biosciences-holdings-pbc-grna-enters-into-multitarget-licensing-agreement-with-serum-institute-of-india-to-develop-and-commercialize-messenger-rna- products-for-emerging-markets-around-the-world/
  3. GreenLight’s Human Health Advisory Board includes Barney Graham, named one of Time magazine’s 2021 Heroes of the Year for his role in developing the COVID-19 vaccine: https://www.greenlightbiosciences.com /co-developer-of-covid-19-vaccine-joint-greenlight-advisory-board/

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/826c004a-589b-4c5e-bc03-136ffec49bec

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JMIR Formative Research | Digital life coaching during stem cell transplant

News — JMIR Publications recently published “Digital life coaching during stem cell transplantation: development and usability study” in JMIR Formative Research which reported that the authors initiated a single-arm pilot study to investigate the feasibility of engaging patients with digital life coaching (DLC) during this intensive time.

Enrolled patients received 16 weeks of virtual access to a life coach starting day -5 before the stem cell transplant (SCT), including while hospitalized for high-dose chemotherapy and the transplant itself. Coaches used structured frameworks to help patients identify and overcome personal barriers to well-being. Patients chose preferred coaching topics and communication styles.

The authors found that the patients were able to interact with their coach by phone and text two-way during this intensive period, with an average conversation frequency of every 6.2 days during the 3-month study period. . Based on the positive results of this pilot study, a larger, randomized Phase 2 study of DLC during TSS – with support from an ASCO Conquer Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award – is underway to investigate the efficacy of the DLC regarding patient well-being during TSS.

The team concluded in their JMIR Publications Search Results, “Selected patients receiving high-dose chemotherapy followed by autologous SCT can meaningfully engage with life coaches using their phones, even during 2-week hospitalizations. A randomized phase 2 study to assess the effectiveness of DLC in this population is ongoing. If future studies demonstrate the effectiveness of DLC in improving quality of life and symptom burden during TSS, this type of intervention could eventually become a tool routine to support patient well-being during intensive cancer-focused therapies.

The lead author of the study, Dr Banerjee from the University of California, San Francisco, added, “One of the benefits of digital supportive care tools like the DLC is their convenience for patients and their scalability between facilities. Many studies of supportive care during transplantation focus on tools that require additional visits and the in-person expertise of acupuncturists, music therapists, or others. On the other hand, patients can easily reach their coach using the DLC from their phone, whether in the hospital or at home. »

However, he warned that the DLC must be extended in a way that avoids deepening a “digital divide” among patients. While their pilot study required enrolled patients to have a personal smartphone and speak English, they are actively exploring strategies to expand the DLC to other patient populations.


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Dunkin’ donates to Huntsville Women’s and Children’s Hospital


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) – On Thursday, Dunkin’ of Huntsville presented Huntsville Women’s and Children’s Hospital with a check for $5,000 through the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation.

On Dunkin’ Iced Coffee Day, May 25, $1 off every iced coffee purchased at participating Dunkin’ restaurants nationwide supported the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation’s mission to bring joy to children who are battling an illness.

Dunkin’ Iced Coffee Day has collectively raised $1.8 million to support children in children’s hospitals.

Funds from the Iced Coffee Day program will support Huntsville Hospital’s Women’s and Children’s Music Therapy Program, funded by HHF donors and free to all patients.

“Every day I am privileged to witness the joy and healing that music can bring to our young patients,” said Kate Leonard, Board-Certified Music Therapist at Women’s Hospital. and children of Huntsville. “We are extremely grateful to Dunkin’, the Joy in Childhood Foundation and our community for advancing this special work through the Iced Coffee Day donation.”

The hospital’s music therapists use personalized music experiences to assess patients and effectively relieve their anxiety and pain.

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Raksha Bandhan Movie Title Song Released, Fans Get Emotional


Song by Dhaagon Se Baandhaa: The title track “Dhaagon Se Baandha” from Khiladi Kumar’s most anticipated Bollywood film “Raksha Bandhan” was released today, which is quite emotional. Arijit Singh and Shreya Ghoshal gave voice to this song. The lyrics of the song are written by Irshad Kamil and the music is by Himesh Reshammiya. The song was pictured on Akshay and her on-screen sisters.

Song: Dhaagon Se Baandha

Speaking of the song, Akshay Kumar’s sister is getting married in it. Meanwhile, flashbacks of his entire life begin to play. The love of brother and sister is shown in the song. The brother is very happy to see his sister’s wedding but he finds it very difficult to leave his house. Seeing the brother and sister shed tears together in the song can also water your eyes. His music is largely reminiscent of Salman Khan’s film Tere Naam. Akshay Kumar shared this song on his social media handle.

Raksha Bandhan movie details

The story of Raksha Bandhan directed by Aanand L Rai, besides the romantic relationship between brother and sister, also hurts the evil practice of dowry prevailing in the society. Akshay Kumar has four sisters in the film. The sisters are played by Sahejmin Kaur, Deepika Khanna, Sadia Khatib and Smriti Shrikant. Bhumi Pednekar also plays an important role. The film is produced by Zee Studios, Color Yellow Productions and Cape of Good Films. The film is released on Rakshabandhan day i.e. August 11th.

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Beginning of the Music at the Market concert series

Steve Marshall & Highroad, whose members are featured in the publicity collage, kick off the 2022 Music at the Market concert series at Surry County Farmers Market in Dobson on Friday, August 26 at 7 p.m. Food trucks will start at 6 p.m. Free entry.

Food, farming and bluegrass picking are a staple of Surry County and from Friday August 26th the three will mingle in harmony when the Music at the Market concert series kicks off at Dobson Farmer’s Market.

People everywhere can satisfy their taste buds with on-site food trucks at 6 p.m. and whet their bluegrass appetite with the music of Steve Marshall & Highroad from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission is free and citizens must bring their garden chairs. BJ’s Fry Shack, My Kitchen and Station 1978 Firehouse Peanuts should be at the first concert.

Utilizing the Farmer’s Market location off Dobson US Hwy. Exit 601, at 903 E. Atkins St., Dobson, concert series organizers hope it will be a crowd pleaser and a lasting draw.

All concerts in the series are free and will take place at the same time of the evening from late summer through fall, which should allow for cooler weather – fingers crossed.

The concert series is sponsored by Carolina West Wireless, Surry Communications, Frontier Natural Gas and Surry-Yadkin Electric Membership Corporation.

There are six bands performing during Music at the Market.

“Combining their precise instrumental skills with their powerful harmony, Steve Marshal & Highroad produce music steeped in bluegrass tradition with feeling and soul,” according to the band’s promotional materials.

The next show will be on September 9 with Hubert Lawson and the Bluegrass Country Boys. They have been described as a traditional bluegrass and gospel bluegrass band that plays in and around North Carolina.

Hubert Lawson, who hosts the show and plays guitar, shares the stage with his wife Vera, on bass, and their two sons Lee and Eddie Lawson.

Wood Family Tradition will end the month with its show on September 30. Family values, heritage, faith and humor are just a few of the things Wood Family Tradition brings to the stage with over 150 years of combined Bluegrass and Bluegrass experience. Gospel genre.

Wood Family Tradition traces its roots to legendary banjoist and songwriter Al Wood. Mike and Bobby are his sons and Jason is his grandson. Other members include Jason’s wife Mackenzie and banjo player Brian Aldridge.

Prepare the violins for The Country Boys on October 7. The Country Boys have performed at most regional fiddlers conventions and have repeatedly won the coveted first place in the Galax Fiddlers Convention competition. The group also placed second in the former Union Grove Fiddlers Convention.

The group specialized in fiddle tunes and received much of their repertoire from Kenny Baker and Lester Flatt. More recent influences have come from the Country Gentlemen, while adding their own modern twist.

On October 28, it will be time for Gap Civil to take the state for music to market. The band is an Appalachian Mountain music group built on the motto of honor and innovation. They honor the mountain traditions that have shaped and rooted their music, but they take great pride in innovative and exciting original songs, melodies and arrangements.

Gap Civil was formed in 2017 in Sparta and features Caroline Noel Beverley on guitar and vocals, Chris Johnson on banjo and bass, Lucas Pasley on fiddle and vocals, and Kyle Dean Smith on bass and guitar.

The Slate Mountain Ramblers will end the list of performances in style on November 11. The Slate Mountain Ramblers are a family group from Mount Airy. They once lived in Ararat, Virginia. For many years, Richard Bowman, his wife Barbara and their daughter Marsha spent weekends playing music. Richard plays the fiddle, Barbara the bass and Marsha the claw banjo.

The band has a winning tradition at fiddler conventions over the years. Richard, on fiddle, and Marsha, on claw-hammer banjo, have received numerous individual awards. The Slate Mountain Ramblers play for shows, dances, family and community gatherings, benefits, and attend fiddling conventions throughout the year.

The Ramblers have performed internationally at the Austrian Alps Performing Arts Festival and in Gainsborough, England for the Friends of American Old Time Music and Dance Festival. They also lead violin, banjo, double bass and dance workshops.

No music festival would be complete without a cool drink and something to snack on. Food trucks scheduled to take part in this year’s Music at the Market concert series include:

• BJ’s Fry Shack: August 26

• My kitchen: August 26, September 9

• Shikora Express on Wheels: September 30

• 13 Bones Food Truck: October 7

• Mermaids on the move: September 30, October 28 and November 11

• Station 1978 Firehouse Peanuts LLC: August 26, September 9, September 30, October 7, October 28 and November 11.

If the tunes weren’t enough, food trucks could add a tasty extra incentive for people to hang out and enjoy dinner and music, organizers said.

Nicorette motivates smokers to take healthier breaks with a personalized music listening experience, SmokeLess Break Beats


Developed in partnership with Berklee Music and Health Institute, the program will feature original music and encourage smokers to listen during smoke-free breaks.

WARREN, NJ, July 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Nicorette unveils SmokeLess Break Beats, a unique and personalized music listening experience that uses the science of music therapy to meet the needs of smokers and motivate them to take healthier breaks. Nicorette partnered with the Berklee Music and Health Institute to enlist more than 30 students and faculty to craft eight original tracks, referencing scientific research on how to overcome tobacco addiction. These original compositions are presented in four playlists that promote relaxation, focus, confidence and physical release, which are the main benefits that smokers seek during cigarette breaks. Available for free on Spotify, each playlist contains the original tracks and is personalized using the listener’s music history, functioning as an emotional and behavioral pause tool to help quit smoking.

Cigarette breaks are ingrained in smoking culture, serving as “precious moments” that regularly help smokers slow down and relax. On average, smokers take about three 15-minute breaks a day.1 With stress, fatigue and burnout at an all-time high, it’s more important than ever that people take breaks to reduce stress and focus2. This is why Nicorette encourages smokers to continue to take the breaks previously used to smoke a cigarette, but to replace the cigarette with an alternative: music.

“Music is scientifically proven to reduce cravings and even activate the same pleasure centers in the brain as nicotine. to smoking, such as respiration, mood, and heart rate,” said Joy AllenPh.D., MT-BC, Director, Berklee Music and institute of health Berklee College of Music. “We are very proud to partner with Nicorette to offer music as an accessible tool that smokers can use on their journey to quitting smoking.”

The more tools a person has at their disposal on their journey of surrender, the better. Combining additional behavioral support tools with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), such as Nicorette, can help increase the odds of quitting success by 70% 3. When used during a break, music can provide distraction, encouragement, and mindfulness, offering them immediate support to continue their journey of surrender.

“For more than 20 years, Nicorette has made it its mission to help smokers quit tobacco. Quitting smoking is not a one-size-fits-all journey, and we know it can be extremely difficult to get started and stick with it,” said Pam Remach, Marketing Director, US Smokers’ Health, Haleon. “We know there are emotional, physical and behavioral challenges to quitting smoking. SmokeLess Break Beats is designed to help smokers maintain the habit of taking breaks, but replaces smoking with listening to music at instead,” explained Dan WertheimBrand Manager, US Smokers’ Health, Haleon.

Visit smokelessbreak.com to take Nicorette’s one-question cravings quiz and unlock your personalized pause list, musically designed to help you better break away from the science of music, and stream via Spotify. To learn more about Nicorette visit Nicorette.com.

About Nicorette
For over 20 years, Nicorette and NicoDerm CQ have been helping people successfully quit smoking. Nicorette is available in gum, lozenges and mini-lozenges and helps people quit smoking by gradually reducing exposure to nicotine. NicoDerm CQ is a nicotine patch designed to help people quit smoking. Studies show that nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products combined with behavioral support can improve the chances of quitting smoking.

About Haleon USA
Haleon (NYSE: HLN) is one of the world’s leading consumer healthcare companies with a portfolio of brands trusted by millions of people daily. In United States, the organization employs more than 4,700 people who are united by Haleon’s powerful purpose to deliver better health every day with humanity. Haleon products cover five categories: Oral Health, Pain Relief, Respiratory Health, Digestive Health and Wellness. Built on scientific expertise, innovation and deep human understanding, Haleon brands include Abreva, Advil, Benefiber, Centrum, ChapStick®Emergen-C, Excedrin, Flonase, Gas-X, Natean, Nexium, Nicorette, Parodontax, Polident, Preparation H, Pronamel, Sensodyne, Robitussin, Theraflu, TUMS, Voltaren, and more.

For more information about Haleon and its brands, please visit www.haleon.com or contact [email protected].

About Berklee Music & Health Institute
Berklee Music and Health Institute (BMHI) draws on the expertise of Berklee’s music therapy department to engage the innovative ecosystem of academic, artistic, scientific, entrepreneurial and technological talent, bringing together the most creative minds to help accelerate ideation and develop solutions that can improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

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3. Stead LF and Lancaster T (2012) Combined pharmacotherapy and behavioral interventions for smoking cessation (Review). Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews, Issue 10

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BUNGELTD: Entering into a Material Definitive Agreement, Creating a Direct Financial Obligation or Obligation Under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant, Financial Statements and Exhibits (Form 8-K)


Section 1.01 – Entering into a Material Definitive Agreement

On July 26, 2022, Bunge Limited Finance Corp. (“BLFC”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Bunge Limited (“Bunge”), entered into an unsecured agreement WE
$750,000,000 (the “Total Commitments”) Three-year term loan agreement (the “Term Loan Agreement”) between BLFC, as borrower, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation,
Bank of America, North America., BNP Paribas, Citibank, North America., Rabobank UA Cooperative,
New York Branch, ING Bank, NV, JPMorgan Chase Bank, North America., Mizuho Bank, Ltd.,
PNC Bank, National AssociationRoyal Bank of Canada, The Toronto-Dominion Bank,
New York Fork, Truist Bank, National Association of American Banks and Wells Fargo Bank, National Associationas syndication agents, JPMorgan Chase Bank, North America., as administrative agent, and certain lenders parties thereto (the “Lenders”). Under the Term Loan Agreement, the Lenders agree to make loans (the “Loans”) only once for an aggregate amount not to exceed the Total Commitments on any date (the “Drawdown Date”) ) prior to October 26, 2022 (the “Engagement Period”). The Term Loan Agreement matures on the third anniversary of the Draw Date. BLFC may use the proceeds of loans under the term loan agreement to fund intercompany advances to Bunge and/or some Bunge subsidiaries, repay the outstanding pari passu indebtedness of BLFC, pay expenses incurred under the Term Loan Agreement and any pari passu indebtedness of BLFC and for general working capital purposes.

Loans under the Term Loan Agreement will bear interest at the daily Simple Secured Overnight Funding Rate (“SOFR”) plus a SOFR Adjustment of 0.10% and the applicable Margin (defined below). ). The margin applicable to a daily simple SOFR loan (the “Applicable Margin”) will vary between 0.70% and 1.25% and will be based on the highest rating of the senior long-term unsecured debt that Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. (“Moody’s”) and Standard & Poor’s Rating Services
(“S&P”) provides (a) Bunge or (b) if Moody’s or S&P, as applicable, fails to provide such rating of Bungethen the Bunge Master Trust or (c) if Moody’s or S&P, as applicable, fails to provide such rating of Bunge or the Bunge Master Trust, then BLFC (the “JPM rating level”). Amounts under the term loan agreement that remain undrawn are subject to a commitment fee payable on the last day of the commitment period based on the undrawn portion of the term loan agreement at rates ranging from 0.09% to 0.225%, varying according to the JPM Level rating.

The Term Loan Agreement contains certain customary representations and warranties and positive and negative covenants, including certain limitations on BLFC’s ability to, among other things, incur liens, incur indebtedness, sell or transfer assets or receivables or to engage in mergers, consolidations, mergers or joint ventures, and customary events of default.

BLFC’s obligations under the Term Loan Agreement are secured by Bunge
pursuant to a separate warranty, dated July 26, 2022 (warranty”). The Warranty contains certain customary representations and warranties and positive and negative clauses. The guarantee obliges Bunge maintain a specified ratio of consolidated total current assets to adjusted total consolidated current liabilities, a maximum ratio of consolidated adjusted net debt to consolidated adjusted capitalization and a maximum ratio of secured debt to tangible assets. The Warranty also includes certain limitations on the ability to Bunge to engage in merger, consolidation or amalgamation transactions or to sell or otherwise transfer all or substantially all of its property, business or assets.

From time to time, some of the lenders under the Term Loan Agreement and/or their affiliates provide financial services to BungeBLFC and other subsidiaries of Bunge.

The Term Loan Agreement and the Guarantee are included as Schedules 10.1 and 10.2, respectively, herein and are incorporated herein by reference.

The foregoing descriptions of the Term Loan Agreement and the Guarantee do not purport to be complete and are qualified in their entirety by reference to the full text of these documents.

Item 2.03 – Creation of a Direct Financial Obligation or Obligation Under an Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement of a Registrant

The information set forth in Section 1.01 of this Current Report on Form 8-K is incorporated by reference in this Section 2.03.

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Item 9.01 – Financial statements and supporting documents

(d):   Exhibits.

Exhibit No.             Description
  10.1                  Term Loan Agreement, dated July 26, 2022
  10.2                  Guaranty by Bunge Limited pursuant to the Term Loan Agreement, dated July
                        26, 2022
104                     Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)

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Jenna Dewan Gets Emotional During Her Daughter’s Landmark Moment


Watching a child grow up and become independent can be a moving experience for a parent. In typical mom fashion, Jenna Dewan got emotional when her daughter went to camp for the first time. Everly, 9, looked more ready for the big adventure than mom, according to Dewan’s Instagram photos.

Jenna Dewan – Instagram

An emotional send-off to summer camp

Sunday was Everly’s big day – it was time to leave for summer camp. That day seemed to have come too quickly for Dewan, 41, who captioned an Instagram Story with, “Then one day she grows up and wants to go to summer camp.” In a photo of Everly saying goodbye to her 2-year-old brother Callum, Dewan captioned, “She asked Callum for 20 hugs.” Dewan said she “held on until the car” and shared a photo of herself with tears in her eyes.

“From crying tears of joy watching Evie overcome stage fright, to successfully sending her off to camp, to brother sister hugs and Irish dancing and dove kisses, my heart is FULL this weekend,” said said Dewan captioned a photo carousel, also posted on Sunday. The photos included Callum dancing while watching his sister’s dance class, a photo of doves kissing and others. The comments section was a sea of ​​red hearts, beautiful messages of support, and pure happiness.

Jenna Dewan's children
Jenna Dewan – Instagram

Everly has found a new passion and Dewan couldn’t be more excited

Her daughter, along with her ex Channing Tatum, is growing up before our eyes. Dewan spoke to People in May about his daughter’s newfound passion. “Everly has been obsessed with Irish legends, folklore, music, all her life. Fairies, all that. I showed her Riverdance and she was like, ‘I want to do this mum, find me a place’,” she said. “So I found this woman [at] Irish Celtic Dance Academy in Burbank. We were there last week and she loves it but it’s hard. I’m so proud of her for persevering. She takes it very quickly. The ‘Step Up’ actress said she was supportive of her daughter’s newfound passion but didn’t want to get too excited and push her into it. “I’m scared she’ll fall in love with it, so I’m like, ‘Yeah, fine, we’re in a good place now,'” she said. Everly even had the chance to go to Ireland with her dad and loved it.

Child’s play is not in the cards for Everly

And while Everly is loving her newfound passion for dancing, Tatum and Dewan are on the same page, with Everly following in her famous parent’s acting footsteps. He told People, “Jenna and I have always been in agreement on this one. It’s quite difficult to be a child actor or artist. I also believe that if you really want to be a beautiful artist, you have to go live a real life. And I think kids in Hollywood, in general, there’s a lot of things that get in the way of living a very normal life in the world. Tatum went on to explain, “When she turns 18, she has lived a full life and she can make her own decision, so I will put her in anything and everything that I can possibly put her in because she will be the one. coolest thing in the world and she is the coolest thing in the world.

Jenna Dewan and Everly
Jenna Dewan – Instagram

Her life as a busy mother

Dewan, also mom to Callum with her fiancé Steve Kazee, knows what it’s like to be a busy mom. She’s been busy curating her new DSW collection, which features a range of shoes under $150. “It’s about finding a shoe for every person. One that’s versatile and comfortable to wear if you’re running around town, and one that’s a shoe for hanging out with your girlfriends or for a first date,” she said. “I wanted something for everyone.”
Jenna Dewan
Jenna Dewan – Instagram

Meet two researchers bringing virtual reality to psychedelic therapy

Two unassuming Australian psychedelic researchers are proposing a radical paradigm shift in the way psychotherapy is conducted. The duo have developed a unique protocol for incorporating virtual reality into the still-experimental mode of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, and it promises to shatter 20th-century ideas of therapy.

Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy is still a deeply experimental concept. While MDMA therapy for PTSD has reached advanced stages of clinical trials and imminent FDA clearance, other more classic psychedelics such as psilocybin and LSD are still in relatively early research stages.

Agnieszka Sekula and Prash Puspanathan founded Enosis Therapeutics to explore ways to integrate virtual reality into psychedelic therapy. The duo’s philosophy behind Enosis is based on the idea that virtual reality technology can help people connect more directly to the visceral nature of a psychedelic experience.

The psychedelic experience, according to Prash, is an embodied and emotional experience. Yet modern psychotherapy frameworks often operate within cognitive therapy protocols. It is this chasm between the ineffable nature of a psychedelic experience and the pragmatic and analytical structure of talk therapy that Enosis attempts to bridge.

“Anything we can do to get things back to being more emotional, more embodied or grounded in the true principles of this [psychedelic] the experience would be incredibly beneficial in sustaining those ideas,” Prash told New Atlas.

Most current psychedelic psychotherapies follow a conventional structure involving a few preparatory therapy visits, before one or more active drug sessions, which are then followed by a handful of therapy sessions designed to help patients integrate the knowledge gained from of their psychedelic experiences. A full protocol of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy can last anywhere from eight to 12 weeks.

The protocol proposed by Enosis is both simple and radical. Agnieszka and Prash envision virtual reality being used at all stages of psychedelic therapy, serving as a kind of adjunct to help patients stay connected to these deeply resonant altered-state experiences over weeks and months.

“The way we work is to inject virtual reality in a targeted way into different parts of the therapy,” explained Agnieszka. “We use it for the whole process, from preparation to dosing to integration, in every session if possible. In a way that keeps the treatment cohesive so that there is an environment that you keep coming back to that helps transition between the therapeutic space.

Enosis offers a number of different VR scenarios deployed at different stages of the therapy process. In the beginning, before any drug experience, there are preparatory sessions designed to help patients become familiar with the VR space and formulate certain intentions for future psychedelic sessions.

A photo of Enosis Therapeutics’ “Surrender” VR scenario experienced before the drug’s effects kicked in


Perhaps the most conventional part of the Enosis VR protocol is a sort of 15-20 minute meditative scenario called “SurrenderVR”, designed to be played on a dose day, shortly after a patient has consumed their psychedelic. The goal of this VR engagement is to help reduce a patient’s anxieties while they wait for the medication to take effect.

Both Agnieszka and Prash are keen to point out that virtual reality is not used at all during the active experience of the psychedelic drug. It’s not about tripping in a VR environment, so the dose-day introductory storyline is short and ends at the point where a psychedelic experience is likely to occur.

The most interesting part of the Enosis Protocol is at the end of the psychedelic experience. At some point, four or five hours after taking the drug, another virtual reality scenario is engaged. This is dubbed “AnchoringVR” and involves placing the patient in a quiet VR environment by the beach.

The beach environment is part of the anchoring virtual reality scenario, which a patient returns to during follow-up therapy sessions to rekindle the felt experience of the psychedelic sessions
The beach environment is part of the anchoring virtual reality scenario, which a patient returns to during follow-up therapy sessions to rekindle the felt experience of the psychedelic sessions


The patient is presented with a series of floating jewelry. As each piece of jewelry is held, the patient is asked to describe an idea they got from the previous psychedelic experience. Their own words are recorded and then attached to the jewelry. Patients can record as many ideas as they want, each connecting to a unique shape in this virtual beach environment.

When the patient returns to meet with their therapist in the days and weeks following the psychedelic drug experience, they reenter this virtual reality scenario on the beach. Each time a gem-related insight is touched, they hear their own voice telling what they felt in the moments immediately following the psychedelic experience.

Over several follow-up therapy sessions, these ideas begin to connect with each other in the VR scenario, creating a sort of three-dimensional visual map filled with interconnected ideas. Sometimes these ideas take the form of seeds, planted on the beach and grow bigger from session to session, other times disparate ideas can come together to form bigger clouds of achievement.

VR Protocol anchor party attaches psychedelic ideas to jewelry on a beach
VR Protocol anchor party attaches psychedelic ideas to jewelry on a beach


This virtual reality-based mode of therapy feels unconventional, futuristic, and oddly appropriate in its relationship to a family of psychedelic drugs that are themselves known to destroy preconceptions. It’s certainly a fun, interesting, and unusual way to frame a psychotherapy experience, but does it actually help improve therapy outcomes or is it just a shiny tech gimmick?

Establishing the clinical effectiveness of this type of VR-assisted protocol will be a challenge given that psychedelic therapy itself is still in the preclinical stage. But Agnieszka and Prash are certainly doing their best to try, with clinical trials in the works.

The first real tests of the technology took place recently in the Netherlands. In collaboration with Swinburne University and Psychedelic Society Belgium, the Enosis VR system was tested with four volunteers as part of a two-day psychedelic retreat.

Two main measures were investigated in this preliminary study, namely whether pre-session anxiety could be reduced using early virtual reality scenarios and whether post-session anchoring scenarios increased recall of psychedelic ideas the next day.

The data has yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, however, according to Agnieszka and Prash, these early tests were incredibly promising. Qualitatively and quantitatively, the emotional state of the psychedelic experience could be measurably revived during the subsequent integration session with the virtual reality scenarios.

“There were more memories than I thought,” said one participant in this preliminary study. “I thought I didn’t need to start recording this, but I said more than I remember.”

Building on these findings, Enosis plans to begin a more robust clinical trial next year. This will directly contrast the VR psychedelic therapy protocol against a more traditional psychedelic therapy protocol.

To be conducted in healthy volunteers and using the traditional psychedelic therapy setting as a control, the trial will compare the effects of VR on reducing pre-session anxiety and more rigorously measure how well VR anchors the psychedelic experience and helps subjects reconnect with these ideas in the after therapy sessions.

Ultimately, what Agnieszka and Prash are proposing is a relatively radical reimagining of how psychotherapy can incorporate psychedelics in the 21st century. If, as researcher Rick Doblin envisions, there could be thousands of psychedelic therapy clinics around the world over the next decade, then Enosis sees no reason why VR couldn’t be a new tool among others designed to increase the benefits of this treatment.

Underlying all of this discussion of virtual reality and psychedelic therapy is the idea that psychedelics may not be so well suited to our current medical models. So basically, the goal of using virtual reality as an adjunct to psychedelic therapy is more about getting closer to a clinical setting better suited to the intrinsic effects of psychedelics.

Prash candidly points out that trying to cram psychedelics into whitewashed clinical spaces is probably not ideal. Taking these substances into more natural outdoor environments would be a much better model, he suggests.

“While it’s optimal, it’s not scalable,” Prash said. “We understand that the Trojan horse for bringing this into the mainstream is that it fits into the medical model, however, we recognize that this model is not optimal. So what can we do to approach the unfortunate necessity of the one we need to fit into, in something that is perhaps more closely related to what will be an optimal model? These are some of the tools we can use to help us get there.

While the first iteration of psychedelic psychotherapy has yet to reach mainstream clinics, researchers like Agnieszka and Prash are already trying to imagine ways to improve it. It’s a bit like psychedelic therapy version 2.0.

Beaches Resorts and Sandals Foundation are launching the community. “Compost and Grow” program to strengthen food security

With demand for local agricultural products currently outstripping supply on the islands, Sandals Foundation and Beaches Resorts have collaborated to launch the first community composting training to enhance food security and increase solid waste management.

Speaking at the recent launch event on Tuesday, July 12, James McAnally, General Manager of Beaches Resorts Turks and Caicos, said while the company strives to protect the environment and meet the needs of its guests , it is equally important that Beaches Resorts build the capacity of surrounding communities.

“This Compost and Grow program aims to strengthen food security in the Turks and Caicos Islands. It will introduce farmers to composting; build their capacity to increase product yields; and reduce solid waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

McAnally continued, “Educating today’s farmers is essential, but sharing that knowledge with the next generation will be essential to ensure sustainability. We are thrilled to have our Beaches team members leading this effort and sharing best practices with communities.

Sandals Resorts International, the operators of Sandals and Beaches Resorts, already sources more than 90% of its food supply locally and is increasing its investments in agriculture and institutions, training the next generation of producers.

The Turks and Caicos Islands have a wide variety of soil quality and quantity spread across its many islands and cays. This has resulted in the concentration of commodity farming on some islands more than others.

Courtney Missick, a well-known farmer from North Caicos, expressed the potential impact this program will have on food security and communities.

“If we continue to invest in the agricultural sector here in the Turks and Caicos Islands, I am sure that one day we will be able to feed the entire population with our locally grown natural products,” Mr Missick said.

The Honorable Josephine Connolly, Minister of Tourism and Agriculture, who was present at the ceremony, spoke about the national policy directive to build the capacity of citizens to eat more of what they grow.

Minister Connolly added that the new Compost and Grow program will have many benefits for the island’s food security.

“The program will be two-pronged, providing opportunities for students and farmers from surrounding communities to learn, participate, and share the knowledge and practices gained with their communities,” said Georgia Scarlett, Environmental Coordinator at Sandals. Foundation.

“The first phase will see organic waste in the form of fruit and vegetable scraps separated in the resort’s kitchen. These will then be collected by the Grounds team to complete the compost production process by adding sand, as well as ‘periodic mixing and water,’” Scarlett said.
Compost produced by the all-inclusive family resort will be used to fertilize the property’s gardens, adding nutrients to ornamental plants like ixoras, hibiscus, bougainvillea and more.

Schools to Join Compost Training

In addition to workshops aimed at building the capacity of farmers to produce and use compost, the program will also involve a number of schools in the practice of waste management.

“The second phase of the project will see members of the Grounds team training students and farmers. Theoretical and practical principles of compost production will be shared with the trainees to increase organic farming production on the island,” said Kyle Brinovcar, Assistant Grounds Manager at Beaches Resorts.

The Compost and Grow program builds on the islands’ Farming in Schools program, reducing not only solid waste but also greenhouse gases caused by carbon sequestration.

The Honorable Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education, highlighted the importance of the environmental education component of the program as a key element of sustainability.

Agriculture and agricultural support is one of the six main focus areas of the Sandals Foundation, which is implementing 40 key sustainable community projects in honor of its parent company’s 40th anniversary. Other areas of focus include conservation efforts and touring, support for local artisans, small business and community market support, hospitality training and certification, and music education and entertainment.

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More help is coming for Hawaii’s homeless youth


At 2 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, the teens in the Residential Youth Empowerment and Services program had just finished their music therapy class. Inside the mint-green building, young people cook up a late lunch on the stove and relax on overstuffed sofas.

Located at the Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center, RYSE began in 2018 as the state’s first emergency shelter for youth ages 14-24. Following the recent passage of Law 130, Hawaii can expect to see similar spaces emerge in the years to come.

Bill 130 directs the Department of Social Services to develop the Youth Safe Spaces pilot program. The program aims to create shelters that provide homeless youth with basic resources ranging from overnight accommodation to 24/7 medical and mental health services. DHS has $600,000 to create the program over the next three years and contracting with local nonprofits that are already supporting homeless youth.

Bill 130 creates the Safe Spaces for Youth pilot program that establishes 24/7 shelters serving homeless youth across the state. Megan Tagami/Civil Beat/2022

Priti “Maya” Tayal, director of community programs at Hale ‘Opio Kaua’i Inc., emphasized the importance of serving older youth, ages 14-24, in the pilot program. Most young people coming out of the foster care system and entering adulthood lack the resources and skills to find housing and become self-sufficient, she explained.

By getting young people off the streets and providing them with safe living spaces, the pilot program helps them avoid arrest for state offenses, such as violating the 10 p.m. curfew, the senator said. Joy San Buenaventura. The program will also address concerns about human trafficking by preventing young people from congregating in spaces where they are most vulnerable, she added.

“We want them to be able to be transported to a youth shelter and not be mixed with adults who are better able to fend for themselves and not be subject to inducements and human trafficking” , said San Buenaventura.

The law builds on the continued efforts of local organizations and previously introduced legislation. As early as 2013, Hawaii Children and Youth Summit attendees identified the importance of supporting homeless youth to reduce contact with the juvenile justice system, said Judith Clark, executive director of the Hawaii Youth Services Network.

Over the next several years, Clark and other advocates worked to bring Hawaii into the National Safe Places Network, which relies on local organizations and providers to provide round-the-clock services to homeless youth in crisis.

“It takes a whole village to raise a child,” Clark said. “We are increasing the connectivity of these villages, giving children more places and people they can contact when they need to.”

Although legislation to include Hawaii in the Safe Places Network was never enacted, Clark hopes DHS will incorporate aspects of the national program into the Bill 130 pilot program. She added that initiatives to better support homeless youth are already underway.

Yet Hawaii continues to face a shortage of centers that can accommodate homeless youth. According to data from the Demonstration program for homeless youthHawaii had 222 unaccompanied youth in homeless shelters or on the streets in 2020.

Hale’ Opio provides comprehensive services to homeless youth – but, due to limited funding, it can only operate as a drop-in centre. No facility in Kauai currently offers 24/7 services to young people, forcing those in crisis to seek help at community hospitals, Tayal said.

RYSE is one of the few organizations currently equipped to provide round-the-clock supervision and emergency housing, making it a potential nonprofit that could collaborate with DHS, San Buenaventura said.

In an emailed statement, DHS said it would hold discussions with community stakeholders as part of planning for the pilot program’s implementation.

“The Safe Spaces for Youth pilot program will build on the department’s recent efforts, which include the development of the Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center in Windward Oahu,” DHS said.

Youth Residential Services and Empowerment of Homeless Youth Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center
RYSE, located in Kailua, currently accommodates up to 25 youth ages 14-24. Megan Tagami/Civil Beat/2022

RYSE is one of many programs at the Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center, Carla Houser said. The executive director of RYSE said her organization would welcome funding from Bill 130 to maintain its programs. However, Houser added, DHS has yet to contact RYSE about a potential partnership.

RYSE is no stranger to working with state agencies. The program first received funding in 2018, a three-year “Ohana Zone” contract dedicated to reducing homelessness in Hawaii. RYSE then developed programs ranging from financial education classes to care coordination services supporting youth from across the state to visit the Kailua Center.

Tim, 17 at RYSE, is currently taking GED courses from The Learning Center. He added that with the support of RYSE counselors, he learned to navigate the job application process while expanding his understanding of what he can accomplish in the years to come.

“If you’re willing to meet them halfway, they’ll meet you and help you as much as they can,” he said.

But public funding has recently dried up for RYSE. Funding for the Ohana area expired in 2021, and the state chose not to renew the money amid the pandemic. RYSE currently relies on community fundraisers and financial support from private foundations, Houser said.

Houser has mixed feelings about Bill 130. Creating the pilot program may not have been necessary, given that RYSE already offers all of the youth services required by law, Houser said. But, she added, Bill 130 provides a new opportunity to expand RYSE’s programs across the state, allowing the organization to serve youth in their own communities.

“I would have liked to see the state be prouder because the state has worked very hard to provide these ‘Ohana Zone’ emergency proclamation funds from the governor’s office and take a direct interest in the work that is happening. is being produced because of it,” Houser said. “What I love about this bill is that it has the potential to support outer islands and support others doing the same work.”

Donovan, a 17-year-old currently residing at RYSE, said he welcomes the creation of the state pilot program. His favorite part of RYSE, he added, is just having someone who knows him and cares about him.

“This place is amazing. It really is a net for people,” he said. “We should definitely be more sympathetic to these people and at least give something because right now we’re not doing much.”

Civil Beat health coverage is backed by the Atherton Family FoundationSwayne Family Fund of Hawaii Community Foundation, Cooke Foundation and Papa Ola Lokahi.

Struggling to get by» is part of our series on «Hawaii’s Changing Economywhich is supported by a grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation as part of its CHANGE Framework project.

Indian company EdTech upGrad acquires Harappa Education for $38 million


UpGrad, an India-based integrated higher education company, announced a $38 million merger with Harappa Education to establish leadership in corporate learning in India.

UpGrad said in a statement that Harappa Education will record approximately $10 million in revenue this year.

UpGrad completed the transaction with current Harappa Education shareholders Bodhi Tree Systems, a newly formed platform between James Murdoch and Uday Shankar and co-founders Pramath Raj Sinha and Shreyasi Singh.

The New Delhi-based online learning institution offers self-paced courses to address the growing problem of poor employability, inadequate leadership and an ill-equipped workforce. Harappa Education has an active customer base of 100 medium to large organizations.

“Similar to the integrated approach we have been able to implement in the business-to-consumer (B2C) segment, we intend to offer a full suite of products to our partner companies. A combination of refresher courses with these essential skills that Harappa Education has to offer would set us apart,

“We are seeing strong demand from our customers and with the arrival of Harappa Education, we believe we will be able to grow exponentially within the segment by leveraging synergies. Pramath and Shreyasi have a strong business heritage, which in turn fuels our ambition to become the global leader in edtech,” said upGrad co-founders Ronnie Screwvala and Mayank Kumar.

Launched in 2015, upGrad is a pioneer in the online education revolution, focused on the career success of a global workforce of over 1.3 billion people.

It is one of the few integrated lifelong learning technology companies in the world – spanning from college student to working professional in the 18-50 age bracket and through first grade courses. undergraduate, academic and job-related programs, study abroad, short form to executive programs to diplomas, masters and doctorates – with a learner base of over 3 million in over 100+ countries of 300 university partners and a robust company with a customer base of 1000 companies worldwide.

UpGrad’s global learning engine is built on four pillars: its vast repository of original and owned content and intellectual property, its own proprietary, best-in-class technology platform, its human-led delivery service backed by coaches and mentors, and an 85% course. track record of completion, backed by a guaranteed performance of 80% additional career results.

The company has offices in the UK, US, Middle East, India, Singapore and Vietnam, and has a presence in many other countries.

“Consolidations bring like-minded entrepreneurs together to create powerful and inspired formations. We are excited to develop the immense potential of our unique Social, Cognitive and Behavioral Skills program, together with Ronnie and Mayank, who have created such an exciting global business,

“As a combined force, Harappa and upGrad will anchor our purpose and belief in creating a truly healthy learning ecosystem for lifelong learners in India and abroad, with our proven pedagogy, flagship curricula and our rich partnerships to ensure unparalleled outcomes for our learners and clients,” said Pramath Raj Sinha and Shreyasi Singh, Founders of Harappa Education.

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Owensboro Health partners with local nonprofit to fight eating disorders

Owensboro Health joins Aubrey’s Song Foundation as presenting sponsor of its upcoming event, Pickin’ for a Cause: Keeping Aubrey’s Song Alive! September 22 at the Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Museum. Pickin’ for a Cause is a community outreach event aimed at educating the public about the seriousness of eating disorders. The event will include a silent auction, dinner and live music from musicians Justin Cole, Cam Thompson, Toy Heart, Chris Joslin and Randy Lanham and the Possum Pickers. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Aubrey’s Song Foundation for Eating Disorders, a 501(c)(3) organization, and local families affected by eating disorders.

“We are thrilled to have Owensboro Health join us in this effort to promote the prevention and early intervention of this debilitating mental illness,” said Board Chair Michelle Mayfield. “Picking for a Cause will provide a fun night and allow Owensboro Health, our other sponsors and our guests to play a role in bringing HOPE to those impacted by eating disorders. »

Pickin’ for a Cause aims to raise $30,000 to fund Aubrey’s Song’s new family and patient advocacy program; a program designed to guide families through the challenges of finding treatment and supporting loved ones struggling with an eating disorder. It will also support continuing a family support group and starting patient support groups. Tickets are $75; tables of eight are $550. Tickets and tables can be purchased at www.AubreysSong.org.

Eating disorders can affect anyone, regardless of size, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or ethnicity. 900,000 Kentuckians suffer from an eating disorder and more than 29,800 live with life-threatening conditions. Kentucky has no inpatient or residential treatment facilities, and only one outpatient treatment center in Louisville.

For more information about this collaborative partnership, please contact Carolyn Ferber, 270-852-6514 or Cherita Flener, 270-685-7194.

For more information about the Aubrey’s Song Foundation for Eating Disorders, please visit www.AubreysSong.org.

Aubrey’s Song Foundation for Eating Disorders is Western Kentucky’s nonprofit eating disorder resource for information about this mental disorder, local treatment options, educational programs in schools, and links with out-of-state treatment facilities. Since 2005, Aubrey’s Song has worked to raise awareness; promoting body positivity and early intervention; provide community and professional education; and developing local resources for treatment. Aubrey’s Song offers HOPE and support to patients and families impacted by eating disorders.

Who is Aimee Hauer? All about Rosie O’Donnell’s new girlfriend as the couple make their red carpet debut

Rosie O’Donnell and girlfriend Aimee Hauer recently made their red carpet debut at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles for the Stand Up for Friendly House comedy benefit event.

The couple were seen in high spirits as they posed for photos while smiling and wrapping their arms around each other. Hauer wore a sleek black dress and matching black boots, while Rosie O’Donnell wore a casual white shirt and brown jacket with a pair of ripped jeans.

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The Russian doll star, who hosted the sold-out event, was also joined by her friend Kathy Griffin. The latter returned to the stage for the first time since her fight against lung cancer.

Ahead of their red carpet appearance, the couple were seen hanging out with Griffin and Rosanna Arquette at O’Donnell’s house in Malibu as they got ready for the show.

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Rosie O’Donnell went Instagram official with Aimee Hauer on June 1 when the latter posted a photo with her partner on her page. However, it is not known when the couple started dating.

Rosie O’Donnell’s girlfriend Aimee Hauer is an expert in Eastern and Western massage techniques

Aimee Hauer is a massage therapist based in Spokane, Washington. According to The Focus, she graduated from the Utah College of Massage Therapy in November 2003 and is listed in the downtown Spokane business directory.

Hauer is said to have learned Eastern body therapies such as shiatsu, reflexology, and acupressure; western practices like trigger point therapy, wound massage, sacral cranial therapy and therapeutic massage techniques based on Swedish theory during his studies.

The massage therapist also appeared on the lesbian talk podcast in 2021, where she shared that she was raised in a strict Mormon setting in Boise, Idaho, and married “out of duty” at age 21.

Although she welcomed two children with her husband, the marriage ended in divorce. Hauer faced an eight-year legal battle for custody of her daughter before winning the case.

She recently made the news after her relationship with O’Donnell came to light. The couple also made their red carpet debut on Saturday. However, little is known about their relationship as the duo have kept their personal lives out of the public eye.

A look at Rosie O’Donnell’s previous relationships

O'Donnell and his former fiancée Elizabeth Rooney (Image via Getty Images)
O’Donnell and former fiancée Elizabeth Rooney (Image via Getty Images)

Rosie O’Donnell dated in 2002 and was previously married to Kelli Carpenter. Following their divorce in 2004, the comedian married Michelle Rounds in 2012.

The couple separated in 2015 and Rosie O’Donnell later got engaged to police officer Elizabeth Rooney. However, the couple called off their engagement in 2019.

After O’Donnell separated from Rooney, the Insomnia in Seattle The actress told Extra that it’s hard to maintain relationships and deal with breakups in the public eye:

“I’m fine. We’re still figuring things out – it’s hard in the light of the public… It’s hard for a person who is a normal person in a normal job. I’m in it a bit I’m used to it… We’re trying to figure it out I’m a hopeful person and I hope for the best.

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O’Donnell shares children Parker Jaren (27), Chelsea Belle (24), Blake Christopher (22), Vivienne Rose (19) with Carpenter and daughter Dakota (9) with Michelle Rounds. The latter tragically committed suicide in 2017.

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On International Self-Care Day, SLAY with Glance and Roposo


Personal care has grown in popularity over the years. Today, Generation Z don’t just talk, but deeply practice wellness, mindfulness, therapy, stress management, self-love and more. Undoubtedly, many young people continually want to know more about the different types of self-care routines. To educate and raise awareness of the importance of self-care, Glance and Roposo are hosting a special “SLAY – Self Love And You” event on International Self-Care Day (July 24). Through this day-long celebration, users will have the opportunity to watch 11 engaging live shows specially curated for their well-being in categories such as yoga, nutrition, music therapy, habit building, retail therapy, mindfulness in the workplace and many more. . In preparation for this event, some of the creators who broadcast their shows on Glance have launched a self-care challenge on social media. Using the hashtag #TogetherWeSlay, the challenge involves a creator showing a small part of what they do to take care of themselves and invites other creators and users to join the challenge by sharing their own unique ways to ensure their health. physical, mental and emotional. welfare.

The live extravaganza, SLAY, will simulcast on Glance and Roposo on July 24 starting at 8 a.m. It will kick off with a special – Music Spa For The Mind, which will help viewers channel their self-healing powers, while experiencing a relaxing and rejuvenating sound bath with expert sound healer, Manjula Singh . This will be followed by Yoga For The Body, which will be a live broadcast from yoga expert Khushi Bajwa who will guide users through different yoga routines. Following the refreshing yoga show, viewers can experience an innovative session with Habit Coach Ashdin Doc that will help them develop habits that will make them more energized, more productive, and most importantly, stress-free.

In the afternoon, a unique Art for All performance with Kanupriya Soni and Samiksha Suri will help viewers release their inner artists and express their emotions through art. This creative session will be followed by SLAY with Retail Therapy, which will really uplift viewers’ moods. Indulging in a shopping spree is proven therapy and Yashasvi will reveal to everyone how retail therapy can make you happier and more relaxed. SLAY at Workplace is another exciting show, where Haider Turabali Jasdanwala and Veena Nellissery Sethuraman will talk about the importance of taking care of yourself at work and how companies can encourage employee health and wellbeing.

In the evenings, a spoken word artist and a freelance singer will collaborate to bring you stories in music, while talking about music as a form of self-expression during Surily Stories. There will also be a comedic take on self-love by Sorabh Pant in a show called Pant’s Rants which will also feature Vividh the Kurta Guy. Popular makeup artist and LGBTQIA+ creator, Bhumneshwar Manhas will also talk about the importance of accepting yourself while sharing some makeup tips and tricks on his live show – Bhumneshwari’s Magic Brush. Last but not least, the day will end with a showstopper talking about self-care and self-love! Krishna Shroff will be on board to talk about his fitness and self-esteem.

All in all, SLAY will surely break taboos and misconceptions around self-care culture and it’s something you can’t miss watching on Glance and Roposo.

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Cities and counties aiming for a share of federal money for regional road and trail projects


SPRINGDALE — Cities and counties in northwest Arkansas began vying Thursday for a share of nearly $19 million in federal funds the region is set to receive next year for road and trail projects .

The money, based on area population, is administered by the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission.

Regional planning expects to receive $15.4 million from the Federal Highway Administration’s Surface Transportation Block Grant program for highway projects and $3.4 million from the Transportation Alternatives program, which targets cycling and pedestrian paths and facilities.

The programs provide for an 80% federal share and a 20% local counterpart.

There are more requests than money available. Applications will be reviewed and recommendations will be made to the Regional Planning Policy Committee for approval next month, according to Tim Conklin, assistant director for regional planning.

The money would allow small towns such as Farmington and Centerton to connect to larger trail networks in northwest Arkansas.

Farmington, for example, is asking for $687,700 to extend Creekside Park Trail to the city’s easternmost boundary with Fayetteville. Centerton is asking for $500,000 for McKissic Station Park Trail, Phase II. Centerton eventually hopes to connect to the Bentonville trail system.

Aaron Boehmier of engineering firm Burns and McDonnell said Farmington is considering a sub-1 mile connection to join the Fayetteville trail system. It’s a small project, but there’s a bigger picture, he said.

“Thinking about regional connectivity is a major focus for Farmington,” Boehmier said. “Farmington is now going to be a community that is connected to the region and just essential for the staff, the mayor and the citizens of the town. Immediately 500 homes are going to be connected. Going forward 4,500 homes are going to be connected . related.”

Boehmier said Farmington is also working on a central loop of trails in the city, which could eventually be part of a west trail to Lake Wedington.

Springdale is asking for $7.2 million to help extend Don Tyson Parkway west to Arkansas 265 where a roundabout is planned. The money would be used to build the four-lane road. The project received a total of $1.5 million in 2021 and 2022.

Fayetteville is requesting $1.8 million to help add sidewalks on College Avenue from North Street to Sycamore Street and to improve crosswalks, driveway consolidation and other work. The work is part of a project expected to cost approximately $6 million.

Fayetteville is also seeking $500,000 for bicycle and pedestrian accommodations as part of planned improvements to the Interstate 49 and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard interchange. The city is still working with the State Department of Transportation. ‘Arkansas on the planning and design of the proposed improvements, which are expected to begin in 2024.

Fayetteville also wants $320,000 for right-of-way acquisition and environmental work as part of intersection improvements in the Millsap Road, College Avenue and North Hemlock Avenue area, a congested area on the north side of town. This is part of a project to extend Sain Street into Millsap, allowing traffic to bypass College Avenue and also access an existing flyover to reach the Fulbright Freeway and I-49.

Bentonville is seeking $500,000 to help relocate the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Greenway to I-49 and US 71. The project has received a total of $750,000 in 2021 and 2022.

Centerton is also asking for $600,000 for a side road along Arkansas 102, part of a planned expansion of the road by the Department of Transportation. The city wants a wider side road than the state will pay for.

Cave Springs is seeking $348,000 for sidewalk extensions on North Wallis and Sands Roads. The sidewalks would join the Rogers sidewalks.

Gravette is asking for $725,000 for phase II of its trail network. The plan is to connect Pop Allum Park to local schools.

Siloam Springs is seeking $184,000 to help with what would ultimately be a 10-foot-wide side road along Progress Avenue.

Benton County is requesting $800,000 to cover unexpected construction cost increases and unplanned utility relocation for a one-lane bridge replacement project on Wagon Wheel Road, crossing Spring Creek. The project has already received $2 million since 2018.

Bella Vista is seeking $326,845 to extend the Razorback Greenway along Mercy Way and build a bridge. Construction is underway. The project has already received $5.3 million.

Lowell’s big ask is $1.7 million for costs associated with the Monroe Avenue extension from Oak Street to Arkansas 265.

Lowell is asking for $240,000 to help cover rising construction costs for a project to improve the intersection at US 71B and Arkansas 264. The project received $730,000 last year.

Lowell is also asking $560,000 for a roundabout at Arkansas 264 and Bellview Road. The project is in partnership with the State and is scheduled for 2024; he received $900,000 over the past two years.

Rogers is seeking $168,000 for design and environmental work associated with planned improvements at West Pleasant Grove Road and Arkansas 265 and $200,000 for design and environmental work at the intersection of Arkansas 265 and New Hope Road.

Major AJ… Retro Vibes from Newest Choc Boy | The Guardian Nigeria News


By Chinonso Ihekire

July 23, 2022 | 4h20

Spinning around town in a sedan, his mind drifted away from the flurry of cars passing in front of him. As our eyes met mine on the virtual chat, you could see the glint of excitement in his eyes; it was the usual thrill with emerging stars excited about their come-up adventures.

Spinning around town in a sedan, his mind drifted away from the flurry of cars passing in front of him. As our eyes met mine on the virtual chat, you could see the glint of excitement in his eyes; it was the usual thrill with emerging stars excited about their come-up adventures. And for Major AJ, Chocolate City’s newest signee, that trip up the fame ladder has been a long time coming.

Born Boluwatife Vincent Ajogwu, Major AJ is one of the most vibrant voices in the Nigerian music scene, especially at a time when the industry is leaning towards RnB/Pop monotony. His musical style, an eclectic mix of electronic funk, pop and RnB, takes listeners back to the golden age of the 80s, when the Steve Monites, Fela Kuti and William Onyeabors of this world thrived with their distinct sounds. of escape.

With his debut dubbed EP, Retroverse, doing the rounds, Major AJ has begun to gain a cult following and is on his way to becoming a top sound of his generation. From having to save up for six months to afford his first record to choosing a name that honors his late father, the 24-year-old musician shares his complex, intentional and interesting journey, including the stories behind his love and life-themed EP, as well as his plans for the future, in this heartfelt conversation with Guardian Music.

How do you feel about everything?
I feel grateful and blessed. As a creative, when you work on a project for a while, you want to get to a point where you want to share it with the world. So goes the music. I’m really grateful that my music is finally here. The feedback has been incredible.

You titled the EP Retroverse, what does that mean?
The Retroverse is an alternate dimension for Afrobeats; it’s just a world that I invented in my creative space. It’s an alternative version of Afrobeats, with lots of funk, disco and retro inspired elements.

From production to delivery, some songs on the project lean towards the retro side. Some other songs lean towards the Afro side, like Afrodisco. The Retroverse is just an alternate dimension of Afrobeats in my head, with my own kind of spice.

Why this sound direction?
Basically, the most important thing is the music; that’s what got me into it. I didn’t decide to be an artist because I was hungry; there were other solutions to not be hungry. I decided to be an artist because I really love music. I want to make amazing music for people to listen to and love.

Basically, after being signed to Chocolate City, we were working and going to the studio every day. I am very versatile. I tend to experiment and play with sounds a lot. I’m never afraid to try new things. I feel like you have to find your own way to express your creativity. I want you to listen to me and know that I marked you.

There are so many artists making great music, so I want my own music to be an experience for you. The music itself led us here. The first song I recorded was Afrodisco, and everything lined up like it should. I didn’t decide to start experimenting, but the music brought us here. This is the Retroverse era for me. After that, I go to another era.

When did this all start for you?
So, I grew up in Kainji, Niger State. There were few or no resources to make music – no studios, nothing! I had always gone with my mother and aunt to church choir practice. I started to be fascinated by musical instruments. I learned to play the drums and the piano. I started singing in church actually. Over time, I realized that was what I loved.

As a kid, music was fun. I had friends who were dedicated to playing football and running around school. For me, it was the music. When I came to school, I thought I would write the lyrics to people’s songs and memorize the lyrics. So it all started in freestyle; me and my friend used to rap and freestyle. We had a band, but there was a day when I knew music was the calling.

If you listen to the song, Superstar, I said I saw a vision of me on stage and people were singing. It was like something spiritual. I started the journey and God just aligned it. I’m just happy to be able to do what I love as a profession.

How were you able to finance your first recordings? How was the family support?
Yo, that was crazy! The first song I recorded in my life cost N3000 for the recording session. I had to save for about six months. I used to get an N50 allowance at school every day back then. So I tried to save N20 daily.

The song was a cover of Over Killin It by Djinee. It was the first song I did in the studio.

My family had none at all. They liked music, but when I started to say that I wanted to do my job, they weren’t smiling; my mother kept emphasizing school. In the end, everything justified the means. My mom is a big fan right now. I just hung up on her before this interview. She was just calling me to ask me how it was going.

How did you come up with the name Major AJ?
When I started my career, I had so many names; I had a lot of corny names. At the end of the day, I just wanted a name that meant something to me that I could connect with. A person who means so much to me in the world is my father. He was in the army; he was major. I lost it when I was very young. I wanted a name related to it. Everyone called him Major Ajogwu. So, I just made up the name Major AJ from there, just to always take him on the journey. AJ is for my dad, basically.

You worked closely with Dunnie as a producer. What was it like working with her?
The experience was so enjoyable; she is an amazing producer. Also shout out to Steph; he’s the only other producer I’ve worked with, he produced Omnirascal. I moved completely to Lagos, in 2020. Luckily I met Telz and through him I met Steph. And we all started working.

With Dunnie, I did a recording camp in March. I had listened to his previous work on Ria Sean projects; I just wanted her to work. On the last day of registration camp, the connection was so good. I feel so good creating music with her. She is very good at what she does. We just kept making music.

Tell us about the stories behind some songs from the EP.
Each song is a different experience. With Afrodisco, it was when Dunnie told me she had made a beat before coming to my recording camp. She just felt like she had to play this beat for me. When she played it, I was in a romantic mood. There was a girl that I really liked, but we had a fallout. It was a very different feeling; I was just vibrating to the beat and the sound was coming from within.

With Taboo she played another beat and the hook came instantly. Normally I think a lot and talk to people. Even when I’m out of the studio, I still think about life experiences. So every time I freestyle, those thoughts come out. Each beat evokes different emotions; Taboo came with its own optimistic emotion. Everyone just felt the song. So, I just really thought about a certain time in life. I had many emotional experiences. So I tend to sing about those experiences. Taboo was just about singing about a woman who was a flirt but was bad for me. Then, the same day, I heard another beat for Mr Lover, and we continued to experiment with the retro vibe.

When I was listening to the Mr Lover beat, it just gave me a lot of 90s disco vibes. So, I was talking about a girl trying to act like she wasn’t into me. So, I wanted to let him know that I locked him; that kind of atmosphere. It was an awesome song.

Omnirascal was inspired by Lagbaja. Growing up, I listened to him a lot. I didn’t even know which direction we would have gone, but I let the music guide me. Finally, Superstar is the song I recorded last. The beat just spoke to me emotionally; I just wanted to talk about my background. It was filled with ups and downs.

Tell us about your musical influence, growing up and now.
My family listened to a lot of music. I listened to WestLife, Micheal Jackson, The Jackson 5, and a lot of Africans too, like Ebenezer Obey, and even Fela Kuti. In my teens, I mostly listened to Rap music; Lil Wayne, YMCMB and lots of them.

Basically, it started from rap and retro sounds. Now I also take inspiration from Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido and everyone who makes great music. I also listen to Drake, Koffee, Chronixx and lots of different sounds.

So what’s next for Major AJ?
I released music videos and performance videos. I plan to have a retro themed show very soon. So we have that coming. On time, amazing music! This is just the start of the journey. There is definitely more to come.

In a few years, Major AJ will sing in front of millions of people. My music would have a positive impact in people’s lives. Music makes me happier; I just want to do my business. I want people to listen to my songs and feel better. In the years to come, my music will be everywhere.

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – Dr. Rosanne Leipzig will talk about aging for high school

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On Sunday, July 24, Dr. Rosanne Leipzig will present “Honest Aging: What’s the Right Medical Care for Older Adults?” for Monadnock Summer High School.

The presentation will take place at the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church, 25 Main Street, at 11 a.m., preceded at 10:30 a.m. by music from Fireside Winds.

A leader in geriatric studies, Leipzig’s awards include the Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Award, the Brookdale National Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine, the Paula Ettlebrick Community Service Award for Advocacy for LGBT Elders, and Mount Sinai’s Jacobi Medallion. She has appeared in “Today”, “CBS Evening News” and “CBS Sunday Morning”, and has been featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

His talk will focus on the medical evidence that provides a framework for making decisions about illness and medical intervention, including the questions patients and families should ask and providers should answer, and how decision-making about health can be made less expensive and more closely aligned with one’s own health. personal definition of health.

Moderator Meredith MacMartin is director of inpatient clinical services for palliative care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and director of the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care. A native of Peterborough, MacMartin graduated from the College of William and Mary, attended Wake Forest School of Medicine and trained in internal and palliative care at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

The program is also available online. Go to monadnocklyceum.org for more information.

Classical or reggae? What genre of music is best for relieving your dog’s anxiety and stress? – Pasadena Star News


Have you ever wondered why your Spot’s ears perk up when it’s perfectly silent? Or why Fido barks a minute before the delivery guy shows up with a package outside your door? Well, it’s quite simple. In addition to the fact that some dogs can smell people or objects up to 12 miles away, dogs have much more sensitive hearing than humans.

Although my dog ​​Sueshi sometimes acts like he can’t hear me at all when I give him a command, in fact, dogs can hear sounds four times farther away than us. Dogs can hear higher frequencies, can differentiate between sounds (like the sound of your car versus other cars), and are good at pinpointing the exact location of sounds.

With such superior hearing, you can imagine it might be difficult for dogs to eliminate distracting noises.

This may be why studies show that music, especially classical music, helps reduce stress levels in shelter dogs, as measured by their heart rate and observable behaviors. Dogs that listened to classical music were more likely to lie with their heads down in their kennels than other dogs that were more likely to vocalize, pant, and lift their legs against the kennel door.

While on the surface this may seem like an interesting discovery, I assure you it has bigger implications. Not only does reduced stress benefit the mental and physical well-being of shelter dogs, but it also translates directly to how quickly pets are adopted into a shelter. Dogs that seem calm and quiet find homes faster. Additionally, a calm kennel environment is less stressful for all animals and more welcoming to future adopters.

At Pasadena Humane, we take these discoveries seriously. To help reduce stress and anxiety, the dogs at the shelter benefit from music therapy twice a day: “Symphony Hour” in the morning and “Lullaby Musical Hour” in the evening. During this time, classical music plays through loudspeakers in the kennels, helping the dogs to relax.

Nine-year-old Daenerys has a calm and relaxed vibe, but loves to walk around and likes a toy when she’s in play mode. She’s extremely affectionate and loves back massages. (Photo courtesy of Pasadena Humane)

And while many dogs prefer classical music, that’s not always the case, as our friends at the Scottish SPCA have discovered. The dogs they cared for showed a lower stress response to soft rock and reggae rather than pop, classical and Motown.

Although there has been less research on the effects of music outside of a shelter environment, I know that many dog ​​owners leave the music or radio on when they go outside. If you want to try playing music for your pooch, it’s now easier than ever. Major streaming services like Spotify and Amazon Music offer personalized dog playlists, plus access to old favorites “Through a Dog’s Ear,” “Canine Lullabies,” and more.

It’s okay to experiment if you’re not sure what kind of music your dog likes the most! Keep an eye on their body language and go with what seems to bring them the most zen.

Good listening !

Dia DuVernet is President and CEO of Pasadena Humane. pasadenahumane.org

2022-07-21 | NYSE: NBHC | Press release


DENVER, July 21 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — National Bank Holdings Corporation (NYSE: NBHC, “NBH” or the “&CloseCurlyDoubleQuote Company”) announced today that it has now received all regulatory approvals from the Federal Reserve Board, the Utah Department of Financial Institutions and the Colorado Division of Banking for the previously announced acquisition of Community Bancorporation, the holding company of Rock Canyon Bank. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in September 2022.

“We are delighted to have received the required regulatory approvals and look forward to completing this acquisition in the coming weeks, ” said Tim Laney, Chief Executive Officer of National Bank Securities Corporation. “Our teams have worked together to ensure a smooth transition for our customers. The conversion of our systems is planned for the fourth quarter of 2022 and remains on track. We look forward to welcoming Rock Canyon Bank associates and customers to the NBH family and strengthening our presence and engagement in the greater Salt Lake City area.”

The transaction adds approximately $809.7 million in total assets, including $476.2 million in total loans and $727.7 million in total deposits, as of March 31, 2022. Following the completion of the acquisition, the company expects to have approximately $8.0 billion in pro forma assets. , including $5.3 billion in total loans and $6.9 billion in total deposits in the attractive markets of Utah, Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Missouri and New Mexico.

About National Bank Holding Corporation

National Bank Holding Corporation is a bank holding company created to build a leading community banking franchise that delivers high quality customer service and is committed to stakeholder results. Through its banking subsidiary, NBH Bank, National Bank Holding Corporation operates a network of 81 banking centres, serving individuals, small, medium and large businesses, as well as government and non-profit entities. Its banking centers are located in its central footprint of Colorado, the greater Kansas City area, Texas, Utah and New Mexico. Its comprehensive residential mortgage banking group primarily serves the bank’s core footprint. NBH Bank operates under a single state charter through the following brand names as divisions of NBH Bank: in Colorado, Community Banks of Colorado and Community Banks Mortgage; in Kansas and Missouri, Bank Midwest and Bank Midwest Mortgage; and in Texas, Utah and New Mexico, Hillcrest Bank and Hillcrest Bank Mortgage. Additional information about National Bank Securities Corporation is available at www.nationalbankholdings.com.

For more information, visit: cobnks.com, bankmw.com, hillcrestbank.com or nbhbank.com. Or follow us on one of our social media sites:

Colorado Community Banks: facebook.com/cobnks, twitter.com/cobnks, instagram.com/cobnks;

Midwest Bank: facebook.com/bankmw, twitter.com/bank_mw, instagram.com/bankmw;

Hillcrest Bank: facebook.com/hillcrestbank, twitter.com/hillcrest_bank;

NBH Bank: twitter.com/nbhbank;

or connect with one of our brands on LinkedIn.

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This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements contain words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “may,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “can,” “predict,” “seek,” “potential,” “will,” “estimate,” “target,” “plan,” “project,” “continuing,” “ongoing,&CloseCurlyDoubleQuote “expect,” “intention” or similar expressions that relate to the Company’s strategy, plans or intentions. Forward-looking statements involve certain important risks, uncertainties and other factors, each of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in such statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, “Risk Factors” referenced in our most recent Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), other risks and uncertainties listed from time to time in our reports and filings with the SEC, and the following factors: ability to obtain regulatory approvals and fulfill the other conditions for the completion of the mergers under the conditions and according to the schedule provided; delay in closing mergers; difficulties and delays in integrating the businesses of NBHC, Community Bancorporation and Bancshares of Jackson Hole Incorporated or in fully realizing cost savings and other benefits; disruption of business as a result of the proposed transactions; ability to execute our business strategy; commercial and economic conditions; the effects of any potential government shutdowns; economic, market, operational, liquidity, credit and interest rate risks associated with the Company’s business; the effects of any changes in trade, monetary and tax policies and laws; changes imposed by regulators to increase capital standards; the effects of inflation, as well as fluctuations in interest rates, the securities market and money supply; changes in the economy or imbalances between supply and demand affecting local real estate values; changes in consumer spending, borrowing and saving habits; with respect to our mortgage business, the inability to negotiate fees with investors for the purchase of our loans or our obligation to compensate purchasers or repurchase related loans; the Company’s ability to identify potential candidates for, consume, integrate and realize operational efficiencies from acquisitions, consolidations and other expansion opportunities; the Company’s ability to realize from time to time the anticipated benefits of improvements or updates to its major operating systems without significant change in customer service or risk to the Company’s control environment; the Company’s dependence on the information technology and telecommunications systems of third-party service providers and the risk of system failures, interruptions or security breaches; the Company’s ability to achieve organic loan and deposit growth and the composition of that growth; changes in sources and uses of funds; increased competition in the financial services sector; the effect of changes in accounting policies and practices; the Company’s share price; the Company’s ability to realize deferred tax assets or the need for a valuation allowance; the effects of tax legislation, including the potential for future increases in applicable tax rules, or challenges to our position; continued consolidation in the financial services sector; ability to maintain or increase market share and control expenses; the costs and effects of changes in laws and regulations and other legal and regulatory developments; technological changes; the timely development and acceptance of new products and services, including in the area of ​​digital technology, our 2UniFi digital solution; the company’s continued ability to attract, hire and retain qualified personnel; ability to implement and/or improve operational management and other internal risk controls and processes, and reporting system and procedures; regulatory limits on dividends from the Company’s banking subsidiary; changes in estimates of future credit reserve requirements based on periodic review thereof in accordance with relevant regulatory and accounting requirements; natural and other large-scale disasters, pandemics, upheavals, political instability, acts of war or terrorist activity, cyberattacks or international hostilities; a cybersecurity incident, data breach or failure of a key IT system; adverse effects due to the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on the Company and its customers, counterparties, employees and third-party service providers, and adverse impacts on our business, financial condition, results of operations and our prospects; impact of reputational risk; and success in managing the risks related to the above. The Company cannot guarantee that any objective, plan or expectation set forth in the forward-looking statements will be achieved and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. Forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and the Company does not intend, and undertakes no obligation, to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which the statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unforeseen events or circumstances, except as required by applicable law.


Analysts/Institutional Investors: Aldis Birkans, Chief Financial Officer, (720) 554-6640, [email protected]

Media: Jody Soper, Chief Marketing Officer, (303) 784-5925, [email protected]

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Miguel Espinoza Fusion will perform in Boalsburg | Center County Gazette


Submitted by Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum

BOALSBURG – The Columbus Chapel and Boal Mansion Museum in Boalsburg has announced that the internationally acclaimed Miguel Espinoza Fusion will stop in Boalsburg as part of its Living in a Daydream tour.

The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 23 at the grounds of the Boal Mansion in Boalsburg.

Miguel Espinoza is considered one of the best flamenco guitarists in the world. He is joined on this tour by Grammy Award-winning Howard Levy on harmonica and piano, Mario Moreno on percussion, Nabin Shrestha on tabla and vocals, and Linda Richardson on castanets.

From Denver, Colorado, the Miguel Espinoza Fusion is currently performing to sold-out audiences throughout the Northeast. The band won Best of World Music 2019 from Denver’s Westword magazine and their debut CD, “Turtle Dreams”, won Best Instrumental Album of 2019 from Indie Acoustic.

Miguel Espinoza Fusion’s performances are packed with original music described as “colorful and vibrant”, “emotional”, an “astonishing combination of jazz, flamenco and subtle world music” and “sophisticated rhythmic elements…emotional, natural and organic. ”

Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets, lunches and drinks. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the Boal Museum at (814) 466-6210 or visit www.boalmuseum.com.

Living alone, healthy and happy | The Guardian Nigeria News

All singles over 35, especially women, will agree with me that there are pressures when living single. It’s all over the world. There may be more support in the western world. America, Britain and China have singles holidays; in recognition of their population of mature singles.

Why is there so much pressure for some to become so depressed and even commit suicide? It is true that some are mentally stronger than others. Psychologists will tell you that single people are prone to depression. Studies done with singles of a wide age range have reported similar results. (Ref: Associations between relationship status and mental well-being at different life stages, from youth to mid-adulthood (Source – www.sciencedirect.com – Internet).

The pressure is real.

That said, keep in mind that some people want to stay single. Nigerian society cannot leave room for these people to live freely. It is a society that respects married women and does not respect single women. I remember when I was looking for an apartment, as a young single woman in her twenties. After a few rejections by the owners, I learned that the only way was to introduce someone as my “husband”. It worked. Fortunately, owners are more reasonable these days.

Another pressure comes from isolation. You probably have an apartment. Your friends and siblings are busy with their families. If you are an entrepreneur working alone, this could add to the isolation. Your married friends have other married friends and may even have disconnected from you.

Here are some tips for dealing with isolation:
Reach out with kindness to someone every day.
Take up a new hobby and connect with like minds.
If you are introverted, reach out via social media. Connecting with people eliminates loneliness and draws attention away from yourself.
Exercise often. Raise the endorphins. It is the “feel good” hormone. If you can’t go to the gym or practice a sport, walk. It helps to boost morale.

Pressure can also come from the biological clock. Consider adoption. It can be a long process. You can try to become a host family, which is not a lifetime commitment, legally.

If all of this seems a bit overwhelming, get yourself a pet. They have been proven to be therapeutic. The Lagosians have understood this; considering how many dog ​​owners I’ve met at my local vet clinic.

Another pressure comes from comparing yourself to classmates and feeling left behind. DON’T. You do better than some. So, someone’s a grandmother and you don’t have kids? We have different destinies. Check your list of achievements. You’ve probably done what that grandma never imagined.

Lots of mature singles; especially women, have a delay in social life. Why? Perhaps to escape social pressures. Or maybe you’re getting fewer invites.

Don’t let societal pressures or fewer invitations keep you from having the kind of social life you want. Connect with people who have similar interests. I was delighted with the number of people sharing the same passion for fine dining; like me. Get out! Enjoy every day God has given you and be thankful for everything. Believe in the best, every day.
This article will be concluded in another edition.

The book titled “Why Am I Still Single?” was written to encourage mature singles, by sharing the experiences of mature singles. It offers solutions to the problems of mature singles, from a Christian perspective. The first five applicants will each receive a free copy, through the Nigerian Guardian Newspaper.

•Olugbemi Fernandez is a market research consultant based in Lagos. She has a ministry with mature singles.

Send your comments and requests to [email protected]

‘They all deserve options’: California paves way for students with major cognitive disabilities to graduate from high school

Defenders have been fighting for this for at least a decade. Several other states offer similar options for students with dementia, and California already offers alternative degree paths for certain groups of students, such as those whose education is interrupted due to homelessness. , with a host family or migrants.

In 2020, the state budget set aside funds for a task force to study the issue and make recommendations. The working group reportreleased last fall, discusses details including transcripts and whether students continue to work toward their degree after turning 18 (they can).

The 2022 budget, passed in June, included $1 million in federal funds from the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to implement the task force’s recommendations. The new path could be implemented as early as next year. Although not required, the state encourages all districts to adopt it.

Sue Sawyer, president of the California Transition Alliance, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities after they graduate, has been working on the issue since 2013. The main reason for the new path, she said, is new research and understanding of what people with dementia are capable of.

“Our expectations have changed. We now expect people to go to work,” Sawyer said. ” It is very simple. If you leave school without a diploma, it closes doors. If you have a degree, you have options. I’m excited about the future because although we still have work to do, I think we’re on the right track.

Joyce Clark, co-director of the Exceptional Family Resource Center in San Diego, said a path to a degree won’t solve everything for students with disabilities, but it’s a crucial step toward further education, rewarding careers, and higher incomes, which could lead to greater independence.

Music in Scituate, Type One fundraiser in Kingston


Live Music Saturday at Scituate VFW

SCITUATE – Native Scituate The irresponsible with Peter Montgomery and Barry Marshall will perform soul, rock and power pop music from 7 p.m. to midnight SaturdayJuly 23, at Scituate VFW, 736 Chief Justice Cushing Highway. The cover charge will be $10. For more information, call Debby Young at 781-545-0224.

After: Service dogs are the perfect listeners for young readers at the Hingham Public Library

Two opportunities to read to a therapy dog ​​in Pembroke

PEMBROKE – A certified therapy dog ​​will be at Puppy Dog Tales in Pembroke Public Library, 142 Center St., 4:15-5 p.m. July 28 and August 18. Readers of all ages will have the chance to read to the therapy dog ​​to develop their literacy and presentation skills while building their confidence and self-esteem. Dogs and trainers provide an environment conducive to practicing reading aloud. Reservations are not required. Free. For more information, call 781-293-6771.

Take Better Phone Photos at Quincy’s Library

QUINCY – Learn how to take better pictures with your phone during the “Photography for Smartphones” workshop from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, July 30, on the lawn of the Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington St. Joy Marzolf will lead the categorize and offer tips on composition, lighting, and other ways to improve your photography. Registration is mandatory. For more information and to register, visit thomascranelibrary.assabetinteractive.com.

Cosmic Storytime at the Pembroke Library will feature a new author

PEMBROKE – Alec Carvlin will read his first picture book, “How to create a universe”, at Cosmic Storytime at Pembroke Public Library, 142 Center St., from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17. Kids can decorate their own cosmic sunglasses, listen to the book read aloud, and ask questions about science. Storytime is best suited for children ages 4-8. Registration is mandatory. Free. For more information, call 781-293-6771.

Auction and dinner in Kingston to benefit diabetes research

KINGSTON- Type a, a Hingham-based nonprofit that raises money to support type 1 diabetes research, will host the “Par and Serve for the Cure” auction and dinner on Tuesday, September 27 at the Indian Pond Country Club. , 60 Country Club Way, Kingston. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and a shotgun will begin at 11 a.m. There will be a cocktail and dinner at 5 p.m. Individual player registration is $200. A tennis tournament will be held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Kingsbury Club, 186 Summer St., for $95 per player. Dinner is purchased separately and costs $40. To RSVP, become a sponsor, or find more information, visit secure.givelively.org.

Hingham Schools appoints acting assistant superintendent

HINGHAM- The city’s school service has named Katie Roberts acting assistant superintendent of teaching and learning for the 2022-23 school year. Roberts has worked for Hingham Public Schools for over 25 years and has been Scientific Director for K-12 for 11 years. Hingham Public Schools will begin its search for a permanent assistant superintendent in January 2023.

After: YMCA Quincy branch to be renamed for long-time donors, philanthropists Rob and Karen Hale

Changes to SamTrans bus routes arriving on the coast in August | Local News


Years of public transport planning will lead to changes to local bus routes from August 7.

The planned service updates, called “Reimagine SamTrans”, are designed to prioritize fairness, efficiency and expanded connections. The first wave of updates are mostly line consolidations aimed at increasing efficiency.

Elton John shares moving news that marks the end of an era: ‘This is it’


Ahad Sanwari

Elton John has had an incredible career, but is now ready to hang up his touring shoes as he continues his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.

MORE: Elton John and David Furnish ‘deeply saddened’ as they pay tribute to ‘great friend’ after sad death

The English singer has been on the road for years now, the tour kicked off in 2018 and is set to finally end in July 2023.

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Talk to music week earlier in the week he confessed that was the finish line for him when it came to hitting the road.

“I can tell you now that’s it,” he shared. “I won’t be without music, but as far as traveling the world doing shows, I don’t want to do any more. I’ve been doing it since I was 17.”

MORE: David Furnish reacts after George Michael’s ex Kenny Goss makes comment about Elton John

Elton is currently performing a leg of his tour in the United States, most recently taking the stage in Detroit, Michigan.

The singer clarified that since this was his final salute, it would be his last concert he planned to have in the state and thanked his fans for their support.

Elton’s farewell tour marks his final world tour

“Tonight is my 55th and my last concert in Michigan and Detroit and I want to thank everyone who came out tonight dressed in their flashy glasses, who brought signs, everything,” he said. he sprang.

“You were responsible for me being here. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be here so I can’t thank you enough.”

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He’s had some really special moments since he started touring all those years ago, including a number one duets album in late 2021 and a world peak in Cold heart with Doua Lipa.

However, one of the highlights of his tour came at his recent gig in London’s Hyde Park, where his two adorable sons, Zachary, 11, and Elijah, nine, made an appearance.

The singer’s sons joined him for his concert in Hyde Park

The Rocketman The singer paused his performance and revealed that his two sons were actually watching the concert that night, shouting at them with their school friends accompanying them as the screens next to the stage showed them performing to greet wildly.

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Burgers & Brochures scheduled for Friday | Local

Residents of the Columbus area will have a chance to grab a bite to eat and check out the resources available to them at an event taking place this Friday in Frankfort Square.

District 5 Probation is hosting “Burgers & Brochures” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 22. The meal is free and includes a burger, a bag of chips, a cookie and a bottle of water. Several different agencies will have booths available for people to learn about the different resources available in the community.

District 5 Chief Probation Officer Carrie Rodriguez said it stood in part because this week was pretrial, probation and parole week.

“Probation and parole officers across the country celebrate the work our staff do in our communities, and we wanted to involve the community in our celebration this year,” Rodriguez said. “We thought a great way to get the community involved would be to host an event that would allow people to learn about all the services in and around Columbus because there are so many resources available for families. “

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Rodriguez said Burgers & Brochures is funded by a grant and the meal was intended to entice people to stop by.

Agencies present include Mediation Center (Fremont), Head Start/Early Head Start, CASA Connection of Platte and Colfax Counties, Department of Health and Human Services – CPS, Platte County Juvenile Services, Columbus Area United Way, Family Partnership, Big Pals- Little Pals of Greater Columbus, East-Central District Health Department, SNAP & Workforce, Nebraska Department of Labor, 211 Helpline Coordinator, Midland United Way, Platte County Victims Assistance, Good Life Counseling, COR Therapeutic, Colegrove Counseling, and the Center for Survivors.

“There’s information on everything you can think of, whether you need housing help, mental health help, addiction help; any type of services in the Columbus area that can help people who may not be aware of what services are available,” Rodriguez said.

For the Center for Survivors, Burgers & Brochures is one of many events the nonprofit tries to attend regularly, according to outreach coordinator Tlalia Garcia.

The organization often participates in county parades, where it distributes candy and awareness items.

“Just so we can spread our information,” Garcia said. “Usually we have our office number and crisis line that we run 24/7.”

There are two purposes behind attending these community events, she said, one of which is to continue to build relationships with other agencies.

“We are a non-profit agency, so in terms of funding there is not much we can do. It needs to be within our scope of domestic violence or sexual assault so we can really, really help,” Garcia said, noting that the Center for Survivors always provides other resources when unable to help. ‘to help someone. “With this event, there are going to be 15 to 20 other agencies where we are missing somewhere, we can reach out to one of them. And we can always help our clients in any way.

The other, Garcia added, also builds a relationship with community members. People can put a face to a name instead of defenders being a random voice on the phone, she noted.

Outreach events also help humanize people who work for agencies like DHHS or East-Central, she said.

“We don’t always just deal with crises… There’s a program in place,” Garcia said. “So it kind of shows that we’re not just here. We’re seeing so much. It’s kind of opening up that relationship to building relationships with us here in the office or in one of the agencies.

Austintown School Board Selects Architect for $14 Million Sports Facility | News, Sports, Jobs

AUSTINTOWN – The Austintown Board of Directors

of Education has approved Strollo Architects to begin designing a new sports facility on the school grounds.

Superintendent David Cappuzzello said the priority of the project was to revamp the stands on the home side of the stadium. Some repairs to the foundations will be carried out and toilets and changing rooms will be added. He said the district might also consider adding an indoor practice facility with a grass field.

“Simply put, if we were in Florida, we wouldn’t need this facility,” Cappuzzello said. “But with the springs we have, this facility will help our athletes compete to the best of their abilities.”

The entire project will not exceed $14 million, he said. The board voted 4 to 1 to hire Strollo Architects, with board member Harold Porter voting not without comment.

Cappuzzello said an indoor facility would allow all teams to train and compete, despite the weather issues. This would especially help baseball and softball teams, which often have to deal with a slew of canceled games due to rain.

In the fall, it would help alleviate scheduling conflicts between sports and allow the marching band to practice when it rains, he said.

The district may also consider creating intramural leagues for various sports. These leagues would also use the indoor facility. Cappuzzello said it would allow more students to stay active because leagues would play during the school day and could attract those who might not be keen on joining a sports team.

In other business Monday, the board approved several new hires:

∫ Katie Corbett will fill the vacant position of Title I teacher at Austintown Middle School, with a starting salary of $50,051;

∫ Erica DiFrancesco will replace Chloe Kephart as language arts teacher at Fitch High School, with a starting salary of $35,148;

∫ Maria McKeen will take on a new position as a K-12 art teacher, with an internship at Austintown Middle School for the upcoming school year, with a starting salary of $38,875;

∫ Derek Summer will replace Amy Fierst as the K-12 Intervention Specialist, with middle school placement with a starting salary of $46,326;

∫ Mark D’Eramo will replace Stacy Sahli as high school science teacher, with a starting salary of $44,569;

∫ John Anthony will replace Kyle O’Donnell as K-12 music teacher, with a starting salary of $57,890.

The board also agreed to the transfer of Kathy Schmidt to AIS Custodian Tower Manager and the transfer of Julie Kiss to Austintown Elementary School Custodian Tower Manager.

The contracts of several employees for extracurricular activities have been extended. They include Anne Marenkovic as athletic trainer, Cynthia McCutcheona as Fitch Link Crew advisor, and William Klein and Jeremy McClaine as FHS group co-directors.

The board accepted the retirement of Darlene Wiery from her position in food services after being with the district for 25 years. He accepted the resignations of Jason Marcum as AFH intervention specialist, Sara Rodgers as attendance coordinator and Kyle O’Donnell as K-12 music teacher.

In other actions, the council:

∫ Accepted nearly $2,000 in donations;

∫ Bethany Martinez and Sue Tamulonis, Registered School Nurses, were each compensated $3,500 for overtime worked during the previous school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Can listening to the Beatles improve your memory?


When Paul McCartney wrote “Get Back,” he never predicted how useful or relevant the song would become for music therapists.

The refrain of the song – “Go back to where you once belonged” – could just as well be a therapist encouraging a patient with dementia to recall a distant memory. In new research, Psyche Louisassociate professor of music, attempts to do just that.

Posted in of nature Scientific reports, Loui found that in older people who listened to some of their favorite music, including the Beatles, connectivity in the brain increased. Specifically, Loui and his multidisciplinary team of music therapists, neurologists, and geriatric psychiatrists discovered that music bridges the gap between the brain’s auditory system and the reward system, the domain that governs motivation.

“There’s something about music that’s this functional connectivity between the auditory system and the reward system, and that’s why music is so special and able to tap into these seemingly very general cognitive functions that are suddenly very engaged. in people with dementia who hear music. said Loui, who leads the Music Imaging and Neural Dynamics Lab.

The original idea for this research came from Loui’s own experiences playing music in retirement homes. She recalled how people who couldn’t finish a sentence or a thought would suddenly tune in and sing along to a song she was playing.

“[Music] seems to engage the brain in this way that’s unlike anything else,” Loui said.

Researchers asked a group of Boston-area adults aged 54 to 89 to listen to a playlist for an hour each day for eight weeks and keep a diary of their reaction to the music afterward. . Loui and the team scanned participants’ brains before and after listening to measure their neurological response.

The playlists were highly personalized and featured a combination of participants’ self-selected songs, ranging from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen, and a pre-selected mix of classic pieces, pop and rock songs and new compositions created by teacher Hubert Ho. aggregate. music at Northeastern. Participants then rated each song based on its likeability and familiarity.

“The most important lesson we learned from the music therapist is that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for what type of music works best,” Loui said.

What the researchers found was striking: the music essentially created an auditory canal directly to the medial prefrontal cortex, the brain’s reward center. Notably, the medial prefrontal cortex “is one of the areas that loses activity and functional connectivity in aging adults, particularly in people with dementia,” Loui said.

Music that was both familiar and loved tended to activate the auditory and reward areas more. However, the music that the participants chose themselves provided an even stronger connection between these two areas of the brain.

“This could be the central mechanism for the changes that occur in the brain when you listen to music and when you listen to music consistently, persistently, and consciously during an intervention,” Loui said.

Loui hopes this study, which is one of the first to document neurological changes resulting from prolonged exposure to a music-based intervention, could have a significant impact in a field that has rapidly grown in importance. The National Institute of Health is currently pushing initiatives around music therapy, and AARP’s Global Council on Brain Health recently convened a panel, on which Loui sat, to examine the evidence for the influence of music on health. of the brain. The panel finally recommendations formed to learn how people over 50 can incorporate music into their lives to promote mental well-being.

Music’s ability to calm the elderly and those with mental illness is well documented, Louis said; but what is less known is how and to what extent music can help improve memory, cognition and executive functions.

“It’s something we’re working on right now, and I think there might be something about music being an art that unfolds over time,” Loui said. “For example, you listen to a beat, then you can tap your feet to the beat. This type of process engages the brain’s reward systems and cognitive systems in ways that could benefit long-term cognitive function.

In the future, Loui hopes to extend her study to older people with cognitive and neurodegenerative disorders, people who could benefit even more from the effects of music therapy.

“We’re trying to design these new therapies to take advantage of the rhythmic properties of music and the rhythmic properties of the brain,” Loui said, “and tuning neuronal populations to the acoustic cues of music might be useful for improving cognition. .”

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Unusual conditions created by August primary, special election – The Daily Gazette


MONTGOMERY COUNTY — Some voters will vote twice in separate elections on Aug. 23, according to the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

“It’s not normal procedure,” Republican county board of elections commissioner Terrance Smith said Friday.

Specifically, registered Democrats in the cities of Canajoharie, Minden, Palatine, Root and St. Johnsville will receive two separate ballots when they visit the polls next month.

The rare circumstance will result from the State Legislature’s scheduling of primaries for the House of Representatives and State Senate on August 23. The same day Governor Kathy Hochul called a special election to fill the vacancy in the 19th congressional district created by the resignation of current Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado.

Both elections will have early voting periods from August 13-21.

The late primary is required after redistricting maps approved by state lawmakers were thrown out by New York’s highest court for gerrymandering and redrawn by a court-appointed special master.

All registered Democrats in Montgomery County will be able to vote in next month’s primary for the 21st congressional district. Matt Castelli and Matt Putorti seek the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent Representative Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, in November.

Registered voters of any party affiliation in the 19th congressional district in western Montgomery County will also vote in the special election. The candidates are Pat Ryan on the Democratic and Labor Party lines and Marcus Molinaro on the Republican and Conservative lines. Whoever is elected will take office immediately until the term of office expires on December 31.

State officials have sought to simplify matters by scheduling summer primary and special elections on the same day, but Smith said the unusual situation is confusing voters and posing logistical questions for the Board of Elections that are still under development.

“During the primary in June, a lot of people were surprised by the offices on that ballot,” Smith said. “We are still trying to determine if we need to have two poll books.”

The Board of Elections is now trying to spread the word about the unknown circumstances voters will encounter next month, Smith said.

“We’re just trying to get the information out to voters so they might understand a little bit better what’s coming,” Smith said.

Beyond the rare summer elections, Smith said some voters will vote at new polling places in August. The Board of Elections is consolidating some sites due to the reduced number of eligible voters in the summer primary and special elections.

The consolidations include the Barkley Primary School polls which will move to the United Presbyterian Church instead; McNulty Elementary School polls will move to Amsterdam’s Century Club; and Sacred Heart Church polls will move to the RA Papa Town of Mohawk office building.

The unavailability of the Hagaman Volunteer Fire Department during the renovations will also require polling stations to be transferred to the United Methodist Church in Amsterdam.

The availability of poll workers was not a factor in the decision to consolidate polls, according to Smith.

“There is always a concern for the number of poll workers, we are always trying to find enough,” added Smith.

Notices to voters affected by changes to the polling place will be mailed in the coming weeks. Early voting sites will remain unchanged during the summer elections. Normal polling stations are expected to be restored for the November 8 general election.

Anyone wishing to vote in the August primary or special election by mail can apply online at elections.ny.gov/VotingAbsentee.html. Ballot requests must be submitted by August 8 to allow time for mailing.

While the Board of Elections works to ensure voters have all the information they need, Smith acknowledged county officials are still unsure whether the state will provide funding to cover additional expenses. linked to the organization of the unscheduled elections in August.

If localities are left to fend for themselves, Smith was unsure if the Board of Elections would have enough funds in its budget to cover the costs or would need to ask the Montgomery County Legislature for additional funding. He estimated that the cost of organizing the August elections could total around $50,000.

“We haven’t addressed that issue,” Smith said.

Voters seeking additional information about the upcoming election can visit the Montgomery County Board of Elections website at co.montgomery.ny.us/web/sites/departments/boe/default.asp or call the office at (518) 853-8180.

Contact Ashley Onyon at [email protected] or @AshleyOnyon on Twitter.

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Best Ghibli Songs, Ranked


Ghibli The films are undoubtedly the most popular animated films ever made. These popular and beautiful Ghibli movies have stunning and artistic visuals, brilliant characters, and iconic music that all help create worlds like no other.

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Ghibli’s number one director, Hayao Miyazaki, is one of the best anime directors of all time, and he’s the most well-known of them all. His longtime collaborator, Joe Hisaishi, musical genius and film composer, is the musical director behind the movie studio’s most beloved songs. These songs transcend genres and decades to become some of the most well-known and beloved movie soundtracks of all time.

8 On a Clear Day – Kiki’s Delivery Service

Kiki’s Delivery Service is one of the most charming coming-of-age Ghibli movies starring one of anime’s best cats and is set in a magical world where humans and witches live together. The story follows the adventures of a young witch named Kiki, who tries to earn a living and build a life for herself in a new town.

While Kiki is a witch and has a magical flying broomstick, she still has to deal with the same hardships as an average teenager. The film’s catchy, catchy music is filled with wonder and nostalgic dreams.

seven A Journey – The Wind Rises

As the wind picks up is one of the most popular international animated films of the decade. This moving story was inspired by a real warplane designer, Jiro Horikoshi, and the writings of Tatsuo Hori, and tells how war destroys dreams and love.

Jiro’s struggle with his dream and his new love as they are both overshadowed by World War II is one of Ghibli’s most realistic and meaningful films. The film’s melancholy tone and atmosphere was perfectly matched with the equally calm yet catchy melodies that accompany it until the end.

6 Legend Of The Wind – Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind is one of the most important Ghibli films with a powerful message that has become more relevant than ever. The movie has a weird and wonderful dystopian world as well as a brave young princess who wants to help her people win a war in a more peaceful way.

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Much like the movie, its soundtrack is magical, charming, and deep, and while it has its sad moments, it’s still soothing to the soul like most Ghibli melodies.

5 Legend of Ashitaka Theme – Princess Mononoke

Hayao Miyazaki has always been good at crafting brilliant feminist characters and meaningful fantasy stories that have stood the test of time. More than that, Princess Mononoke is another Ghibli classic with a meaningful environmental message that rings truer than ever.

The story takes place in a world where the harmony between humans, nature and the gods begins to break down due to greedy humans consuming all of nature’s resources and mercilessly killing its creatures. Joe Hisaishi’s majestic music further intensifies the viewer’s adventure throughout the story.

4 Path of the Wind – My Neighbor Totoro

Totoro is Ghibli’s most recognizable creation that transcended anime and became one of the most beloved magical creatures in movie history. My Neighbor Totoro is set in rural Japan and chronicles the daily lives of two young girls and their friendships with spirits who have become their friends and often help them in difficult situations.

It’s a magical story about the beauty of childhood and the difficulties of growing up. My Neighbor Totoro has valuable life lessons not only for young audiences, but also for adults. While, in the end, it’s an uplifting and joyful film, it’s not without dark moments, and the accompanying music still perfectly conveys the shifting emotions and narrative developments of the story.

3 A Summer’s Day – Spirited Away

Taken away as if by magic is Studio Ghibli’s most critically acclaimed and well-known film. Her magical story is filled with exciting characters and magical creatures, including one of the most powerful evil witches in anime history, and set in a stunning fantasy world. The story follows Chihiro and her journey through a spiritual realm where she must fend for herself after her parents’ transformation.

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Although things get tough for Chihiro pretty quickly, she still chooses to fight, so she can return to the human world and save her parents. The story is filled with emotional elements and deals with various themes like greed, identity, and most importantly, the loss of the past. Joe Hisaishi’s calm yet rhapsodic melodies perfectly capture the film’s many messages.

2 The Girl Who Fell From The Sky – Castle in the Sky

Castle in THE sky is a beautiful story of a young girl named Sheeta, who has a mysterious magic crystal and must escape from alien agents and pirates with the help of her new friend Pazu to find Laputa, a legendary floating castle.

Similar to many other Ghibli films, humans are greedy and continue to use Laputa’s friendly robots for destruction to further their own selfish goals. Similar to the film’s story, its music is majestic and grand while evoking strong emotions and sending its listeners straight to Laputa.

1 Merry Go Round Of Life – Howl’s Howl’s Moving Castle

Howl’s Howl’s Moving Castle is one of Ghibli’s most beloved feel-good movies with meaningful themes, lovable and relatable characters, and, thanks to Sophie, one of the most iconic anime hats of all time. The story follows Sophie, who is cursed by a powerful witch and is forced to leave her home. Her journey takes her to the moving Castle of Howl, where she becomes a self-proclaimed housekeeper.

Sophie soon realizes that nothing is what it seems and that Howl is not the dangerous, selfish wizard he wants to show the world. Together, they must find their true selves and help each other realize their full potential. Much like the story, its soundtrack is filled with the wonders of life as well as all of its misery.

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Court of Appeal overturns judge’s ban on investigation | Family law

A family court judge exceeded his powers by issuing an order preventing the Metropolitan Police from interviewing two children who reported allegations of abuse by their fathers, the appeal court found.

A request for a review of the “highly exceptional order” was presented to the judges at a hearing on June 28 and the appeal was upheld after it was ruled that Judge Keehan should not have restricted the police actions.

The welfare of the siblings at the center of the case has been the subject of a “long, complex and sad” private family law proceeding detailed in four published judgments.

Following instructions from two court-appointed experts, Dr Janine Braier and Ms Karen Woodall, who worked with the family for 15 months, the mother was found to have ‘alienated’ the children from their father and in November 2020 , they were transferred to his care despite being granted extremely limited access. After initially running away and being picked up by police, the children are said to have settled down.

However, as described in the judgment, delivered by Appeal Judges Lady Justice Macur, Lord Justice Peter Jackson and Lord Justice Nugee on Friday, an email was sent to the children’s school on October 15, 2021 with allegations against the father and apparently signed by both children. He said: “Currently, our father has custody of us. In the past, we have been locked up, searched, beaten, pushed, strangled. He continues: “We live in a constant state of terror”, and adds: “We spoke to the police, several times. We spoke to social services. We’ve run away time and time again and no one believes us. Karen Woodall. Judge Keehan. Social services. These are the people and organizations that have failed time and time again to help us. »

The school notified the police and when officers attended the home they saw no signs of injury or abuse. But when police attended the school the same day, the father arrived to say a court order prevented them from speaking to his children. The injunction said the court was ‘satisfied that the father had not acted inappropriately towards either child’ and prohibited the Metropolitan Police and Children’s Services from interviewing the child. one or other of the children without the “express order” of the judge. It was then varied but its scope was still too limited, the Met said.

In the meantime, the children had asked to be represented separately by their own lawyer to whom they had provided “clear and convincing instructions” on the “abuse” of their father. But the request was denied by Keehan.

Further allegations surfaced in December 2021 after Woodall, working as a child therapist, testified that one of the teenagers alleged he was repeatedly contacted by his mother, breaking court orders, by the intermediary of a third party.

Woodall produced a report that a man had appeared on the street providing them with phones, prompting Keehan to suggest the children needed bodyguards and were at “exceptional risk of harm”.

At a high court hearing in March, a police lawyer argued for the injunction to be overturned. But Keehan refused, saying local authorities were confident the children were safe in the care of their father and that police questioning about the allegations against either parent would cause the children “harm emotional and psychological”.

A lawyer representing the Metropolitan Police Commissioner told the appeal court last month that the allegations were of concern to both police and the public. Richard Howell QC said it was ‘unsatisfactory’ that the father chose not to involve the police in the allegations made by the children about a third party at Woodall. “For the father to use the legal process to prevent the police from telling his children, in part, about the allegations against him doesn’t seem fair.”

Howell added: ‘It must be in the wider interests of children to have a voice and to know that the police are there for them. If the police were to talk to children, it would be a completely independent approach. There is nothing in any of my submissions that is anti-mother, anti-father, or anti-Woodall.

Representing the father, Stuart McGhee urged the court to dismiss the appeal. The lawyer said: “The judge found in favor of the father that he posed no risk.” McGhee asked the court to consider Keehan’s earlier remarks, which indicated that police intervention would divert the children from therapy. “He notes…the most vital thing for children is not to engage in litigation but to engage in therapeutic work with Karen Woodall. Anything that gets in the way of therapy will harm the children. The judge says the focus should be on repairing the relationship with the father.

The appeal was allowed on three grounds relating to the court’s power to make an order of this nature, including that Keehan erred in not quashing the October order and “erred” in not taking sufficient account of the duty of the police to investigate matters. in the interests of the children and in the broader interests of justice.

Two other grounds relating to the assessment of the judge’s well-being and in particular that Keehan had placed too much weight on Woodall’s expert report, were rejected.

In a judgment upholding the appeal, Macur said there was no indication of how Keehan arrived at the assertion that the father had not acted improperly.

She added that in refusing the police request, Keehan said the local authority had ‘ensure the children were safe and well in the care of their father’ and that there was no more protective role for them. However, Macur noted that it was not suggested the local authority spoke to either child before making the decision.

She said the police, in previous submissions to the court, failed to point to the relevant case law, which made clear how “the circumstances in which a high court should … make a restraining order against an authority public exercising powers.”

Macur said there was a ‘considerable body’ of case law, including a 1985 case in which Lord Scarman said: ‘The high court cannot exercise its powers, however wide, so as to interfere on the merits in an area of ​​concern entrusted by parliament to another public authority.

“Keehan’s previous findings that the children were manipulated into making false allegations against the father do not rule out the possibility that those made more recently are credible, nor do they absolve the Metropolitan Police Service of its responsibility to consider whether to investigate the allegations,” Macur said.

She said Woodall’s testimony raised allegations of serious criminal activity in which the children appeared to have been stalked and cared for and rightly led Keehan to question the need for bodyguards.

Macur added: ‘I find it difficult in these circumstances to understand why he and the father’s lead solicitor felt that Ms Woodall’s testimony would or should deter the Metropolitan Police Service from wanting to pursue the claim.’ Jackson and Nugee agreed that the appeal should be allowed.

While the important appeal highlights the interplay of powers between the Family Division’s focus on child welfare and the statutory duties of public agencies, the broader case also raises questions. questions about the scope and use of court-appointed psychological experts in cases where allegations of “parental alienation” are raised.

In court documents for the June 28 hearing, Met lawyers highlighted Woodall’s role, writing: Mrs Woodall in relation to the police talking to children. She apparently plays a big part in the Metropolitan Police Service being unable to even have a preliminary conversation with the kids.

A skeletal argument supporting the appeal from the mother’s legal team highlighted their concerns that Woodall’s recommendations are being relied upon by the court despite her not being registered with the regulator, the Council health and care professionals.

He highlighted advice from the Association of Clinical Psychologists UK, which notes that “only a practicing psychologist registered with the HCPC, such as a clinical psychologist, can make a diagnosis or make recommendations about treatment interventions”.

The court document also raised questions about Woodall’s independence, including a claim that she provided ‘childcare and nanny services over a weekend’ when the father traveled overseas .

Woodall was not a party to the case. However, in a skeletal argument, McGhee claimed that the mother had “a strategy to destabilize the children living with their fathers and disrupt the psychotherapy work that continues with [Woodall]an expert in [mother] has sought (unsuccessfully) to withdraw from the case and who continues to work with the children against the mother’s overt opposition.

Macur referenced the mother’s skeleton argument, saying it contained issues with an obvious partisan slant despite the rejection of leave to appeal on welfare grounds.

No criticism was leveled at Woodall by the appellate judges or Keehan.

Nigeria should not host UNWTO summit, by tourism stakeholders — Guardian Arts — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News

Insist the government has done little to boost the industry after the COVID-19 lockdown

Tourism stakeholders have bemoaned the state of the industry following the pandemic lockdown and questioned why Nigeria is keen to host the United Nations World Tourism Organization conference on cultural tourism and creative industries, describing it as “wild goose hunting with no benefit to Nigeria”. ”

They said the tourism industry has stalled, even as policymakers around the world look for ways to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the recovery Nigeria has not been properly managed.

Earlier in 2022, the Federal Government had signed an agreement to host the first World Conference on Cultural Tourism and Creative Industry in Lagos from November 14-17, 2022.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, signed the agreement in Madrid, Spain, together with the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili.

He had assured me that the country would organize an innovative event.

He described the signing of the agreement as the clearest indication to date of Nigeria’s commitment to hosting a successful conference, officially titled “UNWTO’s 1st Global Conference on the Linkages between Tourism, Culture and Creative Industries: Pathways to Recovery and Inclusive Development”.

He said the global conference would confirm Nigeria’s status as a creative industry hub in Africa and help reposition cultural tourism and the creative industry as an engine of growth not just for Nigeria or Africa. Africa, but also for all the countries of the world.

Mohammed said the conference would boost the creative industries, which the UN says generate annual revenues of $2.25 trillion and support 30 million jobs worldwide.

He commended UNWTO for organizing the conference and granting Nigeria the hosting rights.

In addition, UNWTO Secretary-General, Mr. Pololikashvili, assured that the UN agency would immediately launch a global publicity campaign for the event as part of efforts to ensure its success.

In an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, issued by the Chairman of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), Mr. Nkereuwem Onung, they said that Nigeria has no moral right to host the conference because he hasn’t done much to promote tourism here.

Tourism stakeholders said: “The priority has not translated into the physical reality and transformation of our sector, which is globally recognized as a multi-tiered industry and the largest employer of labor with every “one” in 10 jobs in the tourism sector. ”

They noted, “the Ministry responsible for Tourism; the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, and the Minister responsible, Alhaji Mohammed, have neglected tourism to say the least, without basic policy direction, programs and activities fully initiated and/or in partnership with the private sector to drive tourism to improve its contribution to the country’s gross domestic product.

The letter also states that the department and the minister appear to have an outspoken contempt for domestic tourism and to work with the private sector as a fulcrum to change the narrative and disruptive innovations in the sector, as has been done under other climates.

“Even in the difficult times of COVID-19, when most Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) were working closely with the private sector to devise palliative strategies for survival, the Minister and the Ministry did not considered wise to woo the private sector.

“The minister’s only reaction was to set up a ‘controversial’ creative industry committee to work out palliatives for the sector.

“Unfortunately, the recommendations of the committee and the review committee are now gathering dust and cobwebs in the minister’s ‘golden’ cabinet; neither disclosed nor recommendations implemented.

Almost two years after the inauguration of the post-COVID-19 initiatives implementation committee for the creative industry, artists and culture workers are still waiting for their own palliative. The committee was inaugurated on August 18, 2020.

The Guardian has learned from government sources that creatives should wait a bit longer as the government cannot currently fund the package.

The sources said that “the government is still working to secure the necessary funds and when they will be available; it will surely be paid to creative workers.

In March 2020, most cultural institutions closed shop and events were postponed or cancelled, either voluntarily or on the recommendation of the government. These included libraries, archives, museums, film and television productions, theater and orchestra performances, concert tours, zoos, as well as music, art and exhibition festivals. The tourism industry was practically dead and needed recovery plans.

Recognizing that the pandemic has had an unprecedented effect on jobs and that many people have been temporarily or permanently out of work, governments around the world have begun to introduce measures to support workers and businesses affected by COVID-19 that apply to all sectors of the economy, including those working in the cultural sector.

Governments noted that fiscal stimulus and charities for artists would boost growth. The Federal Government, at the time, said it was working with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to provide palliative and strategic intervention to the creative industry to cushion the effect of COVID-19 on the sector. .

Already, the government had put in place measures to tackle the impact, which include different financial interventions including N50 billion targeting households and micro and small businesses. The interest rate was also reduced and a moratorium was announced on principal repayments for CBN response facilities.

The government has also announced an additional N100 billion response fund in the form of healthcare loans to pharmaceutical companies and healthcare professionals intending to expand/strengthen their capacities, as well as identification of a few key local pharmaceutical companies who will benefit from financing facilities to support the supply of raw materials. and equipment needed to boost local drug production and 27 billion naira to save existing aviation industry organizations and jobs, through a targeted stimulus package and accelerate the establishment of a national carrier led by the private sector.

Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed noted that the creative industry is a major part of the Buhari administration’s economic diversification policy, as it creates the most jobs after the ‘agriculture.

“Overall, the pandemic has been very severe for the creative and entertainment industry, but the government is reaching out through CBN to provide palliatives and intervention to cushion the effects of the pandemic,” he said.

Mohammed said that due to the challenge, “so we decided that instead of solving this problem piecemeal, we should do it holistically for a more positive outcome”, noting that the creative industry is a very critical sector of the national economy.

Drawing inspiration from Europe and America, the federal government approved the appointment of Ali Baba, Segun Arinze and others to a committee of creative industry players to advise it on the best way to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the industry.

The committee, which was headed by Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome, professionally known as Ali Baba, had Anita Eboigbe of Nigeria’s news agency, NAN, as its secretary. The other members of the Committee were Bolanle Austen Peters, Charles Novia, Segun Arinze, Ali Jita, Baba Agba, Kene Okwuosa, Efe Omoregbe, Prince Daniel Aboki, Chioma Ude, Olumade Adesemowo, Dare Art Alade and Hajia Sa’a Ibrahim.

The committee’s mandate included assessing the expected impact of the pandemic on the industry in general and advising the government on how to mitigate job and revenue losses in the sector, as well as create relief for small businesses in the industry.

According to the Minister, the committee must also suggest the type of taxation and financing that is best suited to the industry at this time to encourage growth and also advise the government on any other measures or measures that can be taken to support the industry. industry.

Following the submission of the committee’s report, the minister gave an assurance, noting that “we will study the report and begin its implementation in earnest.”

Listing the government’s callousness towards the sector, he said: “Our sector was already grappling with an infrastructure deficit and financing opportunities before COVID-19 hit and then this ‘slowdown’ that followed. The results? Our government has said it’s looking for money, which is understandable, but other governments are passing infrastructure bills and funding their various communities to get the economy moving again, we’re here passing policies that are contrary to growth and development.

The letter said: “Unfortunately, the minister did not feel the need to work in this direction, especially given our particular situation; with our bleeding economy and tourist destinations plagued by insecurity that does not trust tourists and investors to revamp our neglected tourism.

“On the contrary, what we have seen over the last seven years is that the minister and the ministry have focused more on just attending international events and UNWTO meetings, and therefore, are become “specialists-in-waiting” in lobbying for hosting rights for any UNWTO-related events without putting into perspective the economic costs and benefits to the country.

The letter concluded: “We, the private sector, strongly believe that this global conference is of no benefit to Nigeria and our tourism industry. It’s rather selfish and more personal aggrandizement and these can be deciphered from a critical analysis of the current state of our tourism and culture.

Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai recap: Abhimanyu will tell Akshara about his injury


In the latest episode of Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, we see Akshara and Abhimanyu struggling with new challenges. Abhimanyu’s hand injury after the fire, Aarohi’s medical negligence, and Akshara and Aarohi’s fight are their obstacles. Read this article to learn more. (Also read | Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai Written Update July 15)

Aarohi throws Akshara out

Akshara tries to comfort Aarohi, but instead she keeps hurting her. She calls her dreams a facade to show the world that she’s not just a housewife. She picks up her things and throws them at him to pick them up and leave. Akshara tries to reconcile but Aarohi is furious beyond consolation. Akshara feels hurt and picks up her things crying. Aarohi then throws her out of the room. As Akshara leaves, Kairav ​​feels bad for her and is angry at Aarohi for hurting her.

Manish and Swarna also wonder what Aarohi could have said to Akshara that upset her so much. They are all worried about their two daughters. The family members are also wondering if they should go ahead with Aaorhi’s marriage proposals for the time being. Meanwhile, Akshara returns home and Manjiri notices her upset. She instantly realizes it must be Aarohi’s doing. She comforts Akshara and asks him to talk with Abhimanyu.

Abhimanyu feels useless

At the hospital, Abhimanyu is struggling with his hand injury when Rohan comes and tells him that a patient specially requests to be treated by him. He tells her that Anand will perform the operation as he is on leave. The patient decides to wait. Worried that he will never be able to return to surgery, Abhimanyu feels useless. Anand comes there and asks him not to lose hope as his friend can cure him successfully. He also suggests that Abhimanyu should confront Akshara about her injury before she finds out about it elsewhere.

Akshara comes to the hospital and treats a patient with her music therapy. As she begins to sing, Akshara receives an offer to enter India’s biggest singing competition. After being hurt and demotivated by Aarohi’s words, she feels like taking this step to aspire to do something huge with her talent. She agrees to go to the auditions without discussing it with Abhimanyu. Later, he decides to tell her his truth and she also decides to tell him about the auditions.

In the next episodes, we will see Abhimanyu and Akshara discover the secrets they are hiding. How will Abhimanyu react to Akshara’s big step? Will Akshara be able to handle the shock of Abhimanyu’s injury? Keep reading HT Highlights for more written updates.

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CMS Releases Medicare OPPS and ASC Proposed Rule


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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposes actions to advance health equity and improve access to care in rural communities by establishing policies for rural emergency hospitals (REHs) and providing payment for certain behavioral health services provided through communications technology.

And consistent with President Biden’s Executive Order Promoting Competition in the U.S. Economy, the proposed rule for the 2023 Prospective Inpatient Payment System and Outpatient Surgical Center Payment System includes proposed enhanced payments as part of of the OPPS and the prospective inpatient payment system for the additional costs of purchase. NIOSH-approved domestically manufactured N95 surgical respirators. It also seeks comment on competition and transparency in the US healthcare system.


CMS is proposing to establish payment rates for services provided in WERs and provider registration procedures for WERs, a new provider designation established by the Consolidated Appropriations Act.

To advance health equity and improve access to care in rural areas, CMS broadly proposes to consider all covered outpatient services as WER services. The agency offers a higher payment rate for furnished REH services; WERs will receive the standard OPPS payment rate plus 5% for each WER service provided.

In order not to limit the types of services that WERs can provide, CMS is also proposing that WERs can provide certain outpatient services beyond those paid for under the OPPS, and they would be paid according to the applicable fee schedule. without the additional 5% payment.

Additionally, as required by law, CMS proposes that REHs receive a monthly payment for facilities beginning in 2023, which would increase annually by the percentage of the hospital’s basket beginning in 2024. The agency anticipates that these payments would improve access to emergency services, observational care and additional ambulatory services in rural communities whose hospitals are at risk of closing.


In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, CMS has undertaken the development of emergency rules to implement a number of flexibilities to support providers and patient care during the pandemic. Many flexibilities will expire at the end of the PHE, including one that allows clinical staff in hospital outpatient departments to provide behavioral health services remotely to patients at home.

The proposed rule would continue payment for remote behavioral health services provided by clinical staff in hospital outpatient departments after the conclusion of the PHE.


In a future pandemic, or during an increase in the community spread of COVID-19, hospitals must be able to access a reliable supply of NIOSH-approved N95 surgical respirators that are delivered in a timely manner to protect workers from health and their patients,” CMS said.

Maintaining domestic production of these products, according to the agency, is important to help maintain this assurance. CMS recognizes that hospitals may incur additional costs when procuring domestically manufactured NIOSH-approved N95 surgical respirators and is proposing additional hospital payments under IPPS and OPPS that would take these into account. costs.


The proposed rule includes a request for information on improving transparency and competition in the healthcare system.

In April, CMS attempted to promote competition and transparency by publicly releasing data on mergers, acquisitions, consolidations and ownership changes from 2016 to 2022 for Medicare-enrolled hospitals and nursing homes.

CMS is seeking feedback on how the data can be used more to promote competition and quality improvement, and whether CMS should consider publishing data on mergers, acquisitions, consolidations and ownership changes for further information. other types of providers.


CMS is proposing to update the OPPS payment rates for 2023 for hospitals that meet the applicable quality reporting requirements of 2.7%. This update is based on the projected percentage increase in the hospital market basket of 3.1%, reduced by 0.4 percentage points for the productivity adjustment.

Using the proposed hospital market basket update, CMS proposes to update the ASC rates for CY 2023 by 2.7% for ASCs meeting the relevant quality reporting requirements. This update is based on the projected percentage increase in the hospital market basket of 3.1%, reduced by 0.4 percentage points for the productivity adjustment.

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Courtney Barnett Doc is an emotional portrait of fame


Anonymous Club hits a sweet spot that the best music does, hitting notes that are both relatable and alien, painting a surprisingly grounded picture.

The best music documentaries do the impossible, simultaneously creating an intimate portrait of a larger-than-life figure and grounding them in a world that seems fantastical to most, while maintaining a certain level of grandeur that conveys what it means to be the subject of dedication. Anonymous club, which follows Australian-born singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett, finds itself in a unique position. His subject is notoriously shy, but finds himself on a world tour in support of his album tell me how you really feel in front of thousands of cheering fans. “I feel like I’m part of this scripted performance of what we think we’re supposed to see on stage and it feels really unnecessary“, says Barnett from the start, ruminating on the fact that she has the whole next year of her life mapped out. anonymous club hits a sweet spot that the best music does, hitting notes that are both relatable and somehow alien, painting a surprisingly emotional and grounded picture of what it means to play for the world when you’d rather stay in bed.


Told by Barnett herself, the performer was given a dictaphone by filmmaker Danny Cohen, and as the film progresses, she becomes increasingly reckless. Barnett is about to embark on a world tour and Anonymous club is filmed over a three-year span of her life as she faces rising importance while plagued with self-doubt.

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anonymous club offers access to Barnett in a way she has never opened up before and offers fleeting moments of intimacy that feel like a form of intentional voyeurism. This is partly due to the way it is shot. 16mm film gives anonymous club an aesthetic that feels appropriate, with Barnett’s low whisper guiding the audience from scene to scene. Some of these scenes feel like actual peaks behind the curtain, and when those intimate moments are contrasted with the more visceral, angry undertones of the music she plays, there’s an interesting juxtaposition to be found there.

Courtney Barnett in Anonymous Club

Yet sometimes it feels like this juxtaposition is just surface tension, a basis on which something could be explored further. Perhaps it’s Barnett’s loneliness paradox that makes it feel like there’s something the audience isn’t being told, as if Barnett is still holding something back. Barnett’s openness to this, along with the candid discussions of mental health and how fame can affect it, creates an interesting sort of Catch-22. One of the first scenes in the film shows Barnett in a gold-plated room in a hotel in Berlin. She professes “to like“, but there is always a feeling that she is not entirely comfortable in this environment.

The only place Barnett looks quite comfortable is onstage. This is where Barnett and the film itself shines. There’s something primal about Barnett’s stage presence and anonymous clubThe use of 16mm film and close-ups during her performances is almost as personal as the singer’s storytelling. Music documentaries sink or swim when it comes to portraying artists on stage and anonymous clubThe strength of is that it recognizes when Barnett is most comfortable, zooming out or panning in moments that seem almost too intimate.

Cohen and Barnett feel in tune with each other in these times and that’s part of what makes anonymous club so special — the documentary filmmaker has a clear appreciation of his subject. This can be both a good and a bad thing, however. Maybe it does anonymous club feeling just a little held back, afraid to push your subject too far beyond comfort. Still, Barnett’s opening is a wonderful sight to behold in itself, and while questions linger about the person behind the performer after the film’s end, it still feels like the audience witnessed something. Special.

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anonymous club released in theaters on July 15. The film is 83 minutes long and is unrated.

Our assessment:

3 out of 5 (good)

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Rajkummar Rao’s Crime Thriller Is A Guessing Game Until The End

HIT The First Case (2022) stars Rajkummar Rao, Sanya Malhotra, Dalip Tahil, Shilpa Shukla, Milind Gunaji and others. The film is a Hindi remake of the Telugu film of the same name by director Dr. Sailesh Kolanu. Sailesh also directed the Hindi film, produced by T-Series and Dil Raju Productions. Mithoon and Manan Bhardwaj composed the music. Autonomy is 136 minutes.

HIT – First Case Review (Hindi): Plot Summary

Vikram (Rajkummar Rao) is a Homicide Squad officer in Rajasthan, with an extremely traumatic past. Past traumas harm his health and affect his work. Despite pleas from his doctor and his girlfriend Neha (Sanya Malhotra), Vikram doesn’t want to quit his job. He decides to take 3 months vacation instead.

When Vikram leaves, a girl named Preeti goes missing and the case is taken to HIT. Neha, who finds a clue in her case, also disappears. Vikram must abruptly end his vacation and return to work on the case. Every person, including him, is a suspect with motive. We sit till the end and keep guessing who the culprit might be.

HIT The first case study: discussion and performance

An accumulation of events is crucial in a thriller, especially in a Whodunnit story. Director Sailesh Kolanu manages to create that first-half buildup with his solid and intriguing script. The main criminal event takes a while to happen. But when it does, you’re eager to know what happened, how it happened, why it happened, and most importantly, who did it.

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The narrative becomes more complex in the second half, and I say that positively. We are left to speculate as to what must have actually happened. When Vikram delves into the case of the missing girl, we discover unexpected information about her background, secrets are revealed, and the list of suspects keeps growing.

Kolanu manages to fully absorb us into the suspenseful plot until it becomes monotonous. The second half suffered from the tension in the build-up, which grew tiresome after a while. They created the tension in order to trap us in the story. But crime story fans like me will eventually guess the author before Vikram even finds out.

Therefore, even when twist after twist occurs, I was not surprised. But I was interested in the motive of the person. Thankfully, the reveal element makes up for the overloaded investigative part. I was thrilled by the series of unfortunate events that led to the crime.

But the title suggests that this is the first case. So even when the story is over, it’s not really over.

Rajkummar Rao as Officer Vikram, went through so much trauma in the movie. We don’t really learn about his past. But the flashbacks he continues to have seem painful. The investigation into the missing girl and Neha only adds to the deaths he has witnessed in person. Well, there’s another huge pile of traumas added to his TRAUMAS list.

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There are a lot of emotions that Vikram goes through – anger, fear, pain, loss and, well, traumatic events. Rajkummar Rao is terrific in HIT – The First Case. It’s easy for an actor like him to pull off such difficult roles because he’s extremely talented.

Sanya Malhotra doesn’t have much to offer as Neha. She disappears half the time. Her character reminded me of Kiara Advani in Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. We meet her at the beginning and at the end. Sanya is a fantastic actor who deserves better roles and more screen space.

HIT The First Case Review: Final Thoughts

Globally, HIT the first case is a thriller story that will keep you guessing until the end. The accumulation is impressive, the investigation part is mind-blowing and the performances are good. If the second half had been cut a bit short, it wouldn’t have revealed the culprit for me. But did I enjoy sitting in the room eagerly to find out what happened? YES!

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Heal with Hearts drum circle at Pour House has been connecting kids to music for 10 years | Charleston Scene


JAMES ISLAND — Marley Zen Harwyn, 3, and Zoe Sunshine Harwyn, 2, were a little shy at first when they joined a lively drumming circle of about 30 kids at the Charleston Pour House.

Their mother, Ashley Harwyn, said she had been frequenting the James Island concert hall for a decade now, but this was the first time her daughters had attended the typically monthly drumming circle organized by Heal with hearts.

The organization offers art, dance and music therapy classes to children in the community, focusing on low-income schools. The free Pour House program has been around for 10 years now.

“We all jam at home,” Harwyn said, noting that her husband plays guitar. “But it’s about community, learning to make noise and music together – introducing them to the hippie lifestyle.”

A sphere of West African djembes took up most of the outer deck on July 9, with paint stations on one side and market vendors selling paintings and jewelry on the other. One of the spinning drum instructors, Sinclair Jamison, called out the names of particular traditional rhythms and started showing the band.

Small hands attempted to imitate sounds like Kassa, a celebration of a new harvest, and Yankadi, a romantic rhythm often played at weddings.


Sinclair Jamison and Kamau Nesbitt lead the drumming circle organized by Heal with Hearts at the Pour House on James Island on July 9, 2022. Laura Bilson/Staff

Jamison’s mother runs the African dance and drum production Deninufay, a company whose mission is to share the West African drumming tradition and uplift young people one dance at a time. He has been teaching at the Heal with Hearts children’s drumming circle a few times a year since 2016.

“For me, it’s all about culture and excitement and spreading that out into the community,” Jamison said. “Kids love it. It makes me feel like a rock star.”

It is about sharing the joy while simultaneously educating the youth of the region on West African traditions, he added.

“We break it down, let them know where it came from, and then they tune in and play with us,” Jamison said. “It’s really educational.”


Sinclair Jamison leads the drumming circle organized by Heal with Hearts at the Pour House on James Island on July 9, 2022. Laura Bilson/Staff

Wes Powers, local percussion teacher and drummer for Solar powered trainand Cody Dixon of the arts advocacy nonprofit Soul Power Productions are also rotating instructors for the program.

Heal with Hearts draws from a group of around 20 local teachers, said founder Megen Mims.

Although Mims is not a musician herself (she is a visual arts teacher), she has seen the direct impact of music in decreasing anxiety and increasing self-esteem.

“Everything that music does to relieve pain, worries and provide a calming effect, I’ve seen that impact on drum circles,” she said.

Some infants fall asleep to soothing rhythms, she shared. Other young children have taken to the drums wholeheartedly, such as Gus, the 11-year-old son of Pour House owner Alex Harris. He started coming into drumming circles when he was just one year old. Now, he seems to be an expert on the group; at one point he moved to sit right next to Jamison and help guide the circle himself.

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“It’s amazing to see the progression of kids coming into the drumming circles to lead the circles and becoming more confident,” Mims said.

Heal with Hearts began by integrating arts programs into Charleston County schools and involving patients at MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital in music therapy. Since then, the initiative has been present in 18 Charleston County schools and at the Pour House for a decade, thanks to funding from the South Carolina Arts Commission and individual donors.

Hopes this year are to purchase more drums to add to the roughly 25 the group has collected over the years and embark on a year-long residency at a local school, Mims said.

Typically, the group runs nine-week programs integrating art, dance and music in schools – recently, St. Julian Devine Community Center and Sanders Clyde Primary School.

Heal with Hearts has also worked on programs that combine arts enrichment with literacy. One of the current goals is to secure a one-year residency at a school in Charleston that would focus on both endeavors.

It would also be great to expand the music program beyond drums to include guitar, piano and other instruments, Mims said. However, the pandemic has hampered the organization’s fundraising efforts, so no plans have yet been made.

The James Island drum circle is a constant, however. For a while it moved to the outdoor parking lot to provide enough space to spread out during the pandemic. But now he’s back on the terrace and just as popular as ever.


A model father drumming for his son in the drumming circle organized by Heal with Hearts at the Pour House on James Island on July 9, 2022. Laura Bilson/Staff

For an hour, at least 60 parents and children came together to play drums and create art.

Tara Irving, who moved to Charleston from Savannah in December, said she loves the number of kid-friendly activities the Lowcountry has to offer. It was her first time participating in the drumming circle with her children, Ellebelle and Gene. She found the event online.

“It’s a big selling point to be here,” she said.

Sam Walters of Summerville and his 4-year-old son, Derek, were also part of the drumming circle for the first time.

Derek has drums at home that he enjoys playing with, but it was a whole new experience, Walters said. She got a video of him beating the drum, as many other parents documented their children’s participation in the group activity.

Jamison was all smiles as he showed off more West African rhythms to the groove group, some timidly tapping, others pounding. While a few older children seemed curious to improve their own skills, many youngsters were all laughing, engrossed in pure fun.

“That’s what it’s all about,” Jamison said.

The next drum circle will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. on August 6 at the Pour House. Mims hopes the tradition will celebrate another 10 years. It’s definitely on the right track.

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A general introduction to international arbitration in the United Kingdom (England and Wales)


All the questions


Arbitrations sitting in England and Wales,2 both international and domestic, are governed by the Arbitration Act 1996 (the Act).3 The Act, which is based in many respects on the UNCITRAL Model Law, consolidated and reformed existing arbitration law, introducing a modern, arbitration-friendly legislative regime. Although comprehensive, the Act does not codify all aspects of English arbitration law.4 Practitioners must therefore consult the common law as well as the Act to determine the status of the law on many issues.

i The structure of the law

The provisions of the law are divided into four parts:

  1. Part I contains the main provisions relating to the arbitration procedure, including the appointment of the arbitral tribunal, the conduct of the arbitration and the powers of the tribunal and the court. Section 4 of Part I expressly distinguishes between mandatory provisions (i.e. those which have effect notwithstanding any agreement to the contrary) and non-mandatory provisions (i.e. those which may be excluded by agreement). Mandatory provisions are listed in Schedule 1 of the Act;
  2. Part II contains provisions dealing with domestic arbitration agreements and consumer arbitration agreements, and small claims arbitration in county court;
  3. the provisions of Part III give effect to the obligations of the United Kingdom to recognize and enforce awards under Articles III to VI of the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards (New York Convention); and
  4. Part IV includes provisions concerning the distribution of proceedings between the courts, the entry into force of the law and the extent of its application.

ii Major Principles of the Fa

The law is based on three general principles set out in Article 1, which have served as a starting point for judicial reasoning and innovation in law enforcement. A member of the Departmental Arbitration Advisory Committee (DAC), which helped draft the law in consultation with arbitration practitioners and users, recently described these principles as the “philosophy behind the law.”5 The principles are:

  1. fairness (“the object of arbitration is to obtain the equitable resolution of disputes by an impartial tribunal without unnecessary delay or expense”);6
  2. party autonomy over arbitration (“parties should be free to agree how their disputes are resolved, subject only to such safeguards as are necessary in the public interest”);seven and
  3. the restriction of judicial intervention in proceedings (“in matters governed by [Part I] of the Act, the court should intervene only in the cases provided for by [that] Part’).8

Section 1 of the Act provides that Part I is based on these principles and is to be interpreted accordingly, and English courts continue to refer to the guiding principles to resolve issues of interpretation and application of the law.9

iii The Economy of the Law

The above general principles are also reflected in all provisions of the Act. For example, the law supports the general principle of fairness by imposing on the parties the duty to “do all that is necessary for the smooth running and speed of the arbitral proceedings”; and in court, the duty to act fairly and impartially,ten and to adopt appropriate procedures to “avoid unnecessary delay or expense, so as to provide a fair means of resolving the issues to be decided”.11

As for the autonomy of the parties, the Act reinforces this general principle by the non-mandatory nature of most of the provisions of Part I.12 Unlike provisions specified by law as mandatory, parties may opt out of non-mandatory provisions by agreement.

Courts have in turn emphasized in a number of judgments the importance of party autonomy in the arbitral process. The Supreme Court of Jivraj vs. Hashwani13 upheld an arbitration clause that required arbitrators to be from a particular religious group when the Court of Appeal declared the clause void for breaching EU anti-discrimination law.14 In this judgment, their lordships endorsed the following statement of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC):

The rationale for arbitration is that it provides for the final and binding settlement of disputes by a court in a procedure acceptable to all parties, in circumstances where other forums (especially national courts) are judged inappropriate (for example, because neither party will submit to the courts or their counterpart; or because the available courts are considered insufficiently expert for the particular dispute, or insufficiently sensitive to the positions, culture or perspectives of the parties ).15

The Act gives effect to the third principle – limited court intervention – in many of the mandatory provisions of Part I.16 give instructions regarding the ownership or preservation of evidence17 and to order interim measures,18 the court, on the other hand, has only a limited power of intervention. Court intervention is limited to certain circumstances to support the arbitration (such as the appointment of arbitrators if the agreed procedure fails,19 and subpoena of witnesses to appear in court);20 and the tribunal has the same powers for the purposes of and in connection with arbitral proceedings as with respect to court proceedings, such as hearing witnesses, ordering the preservation of evidence, granting interim injunctions or the appointment of a receiver.21 In this respect, the Law mirrors the UNCITRAL Model Law.22

Furthermore, the law confers only limited rights to challenge an award, on the grounds that either the tribunal lacked jurisdiction on the merits (under Article 67) or there has been a serious irregularity. causing substantial injustice (under section 68), or that an appeal is warranted. on a point of law (under Article 69). Since these provisions are designed to support the arbitral process and reduce judicial intervention in arbitral proceedings,23 courts place a significant hurdle on parties seeking to set aside arbitral awards,24 insisting that such challenges are “long stops[s] is available only in extreme cases where the tribunal has been so wrong in its conduct of the arbitration that justice demands that it be corrected”.25 Although appeals to awards for serious irregularity under article 68 do not require the authorization of the court, unlike appeals in cassation under article 69, there is no evidence that this lesser requirement has encouraged frivolous litigation. .26

iv Legal Remedies in Support of Arbitration

A recurring theme in recent case law, in 2021 as in previous years, has been the exercise by English courts of their power to make orders in support of arbitrations sitting in England and Wales. The Supreme Court noted that the court has jurisdiction to grant an injunction against prosecution under section 37 of the Superior Courts Act 1981 even where there are no arbitral proceedings in view or there is no legal basis under the law for an injunction, in circumstances where the court seeks to support arbitration by requiring the parties to submit their disputes to arbitration.27

v Requests under the Act

Two specialist subdivisions of the High Court in London hear most arbitration-related claims under the law,28 namely the Commercial Court (for general commercial arbitration) and the Technology and Construction Court (for construction disputes).

Shehnaaz Gill channels her inner Taylor Swift as she recreates the empty space, Sidharth Shukla fans are moved saying “Bhai Kidhar Ho, Dekho Apni Moti Ko”

Shehnaaz Gill transforms Taylor Swift as she recreates empty space, netizens call her Sidharth Shukla Ki Sherni! (Photo credit – Instagram)

Expect the unexpected from Shehnaaz Gill. The actress always manages to surprise her fans with something different and melt their hearts. In a new recreation, she channeled her inner Taylor Swift as she performs on Blank Space. Sidharth Shukla fans are moved and here’s all they have to say.

As most know, English hasn’t been the most comfortable space for Sana. One can remember how she struggled to speak the language even inside Bigg Boss 13, but her kindness was worth it. Cut to today, she recreates songs from Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello among others. Quite a trip it’s been, hasn’t it?

In the latest video posted to her Instagram, Shehnaaz Gill could be seen wearing a blue crop top and white wide leg jeans. She complimented her look with nude heels. Kabhi actress Eid Kabhi Diwali caught the eye when she portrayed Taylor Swift’s Blank Space and the way she matched every word to her action was phenomenal.

In fact, she displayed her cute and hot avatar as required in the music video. Fans of Shehnaaz Gill were impressed, but it was fans of Sidharth Shukla who were moved as they embraced his transformation over the years.

One user wrote: “This girl is the next big thing”

“Sid.ki.sherni.sana,” another commented.

Another remembered Sidharth Shukla and shared, “bhai kidhar ho, dekho apni moti ko. i miss you bhai.

“The balance she strikes between beauty and warmth is second to none,” one comment read.

“Shining star,” wrote another.

“Sid would be proud,” one user commented.

Professionally, Shehnaaz Gill will make his Bollywood debut alongside Salman Khan in Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali. Her set look has recently gone viral on all social media platforms.

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Electroacupuncture shows promise for depression-related insomnia

Electroacupuncture (EA) can significantly improve sleep quality in patients with depression who also suffer from insomnia, according to new research.

In a study of more than 200 adults with depression and comorbid insomnia, the change from baseline to week 8 on the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) was 3 points higher in the group receiving l EA compared to a group receiving sham acupuncture (SA) plus standard care, and 5 points higher compared to a control group receiving only standard care. The improvements were maintained for a 24-week post-intervention follow-up.

The EA group also showed significant improvement in depression, insomnia, self-rated anxiety and total sleep time – which were not found in the SA or control groups.

“Based on the results of our trial, we recommend that patients with depression and insomnia seek EA treatment as an alternative and complementary therapy for best results,” said Shifen Xu, PhD, researcher at the Municipal Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai University. Traditional Chinese Medicine, China, told Medscape Medical News.

The results were published online July 7 in Open JAMA Network.

Two-way relationship

“Sleep disturbances are the main symptom in patients with depression,” the researchers note.

Depression and sleep problems have a two-way relationship, in that “poor sleep quality contributes to the development of depression, and depression makes a person more likely to develop sleep problems,” they write.

Patients with depression and co-occurring sleep disorders are more difficult to treat and have a greater risk of relapse and recurrence of depression, they add.

Acupuncture may be an “effective drug-free approach to help treat mental illness and sleep disorders,” the researchers note. A previous study suggested that acupuncture may improve sleep efficiency and prolong total sleep in patients with primary insomnia.

“EA is the combination of traditional Chinese acupuncture with electric pulse stimulation, and it can improve the therapeutic effect of acupuncture points throughout the needle retention time,” Xu said.

A previous pilot study of EA for depression-related insomnia showed significant improvements in sleep quality after EA treatment, but the sample size was small.

The current researchers therefore undertook the present study – with a larger sample size and a comparison with SA and standard care. They divided 270 adults (mean age, 50.3 years; 71.9% female) at three tertiary hospitals in Shanghai into three groups, each consisting of 90 participants.

The EA plus standard care group and the SA plus standard care group received 30-minute treatments three times a week for 8 weeks. The control group received only standard care.

All participants had DSM-5-diagnosed depression; baseline PSQI scores greater than 7, with higher scores indicating poorer sleep quality and more sleep disturbances; and Hamilton Depression Rating Scales (HDRS-17) scores from 20 to 35, with higher scores indicating higher levels of depression.

Patients with secondary depressive disorders due to other conditions, medications, or psychotic disorders were excluded, as were patients with a history of alcohol or drug abuse or those who had received acupuncture during course of the previous year.

Of the patients who completed the 8-week intervention, 83 were in the EA group, 81 in the SA group, and 83 in the control group. Almost all participants (91.5%) completed all outcome measures at the end of the 24-week follow-up period (also called week 32).

Calm mind, balanced mood

At the 8-week post-treatment assessment, which was the primary endpoint, the EA group had a mean reduction from baseline of 6.2 points (95% CI, -6.9 to -5 .6) of the PSQI score.

There was a significant difference in the PSQI score between the EA group and the SA group (-3.6 points; 95% CI, -4.4 to -2.8; P P

The efficacy of EA in treating insomnia was maintained during the post-intervention follow-up period when the EA group showed a significantly greater reduction in PSQI score compared to the SA group (-4.7; 95% CI, -5.4 to -3.9; P P

Patients receiving EA also experienced significant effects (all Ps

  • HDRS scores (−10.7; 95% CI, −11.8 to −9.7),

  • ISI scores, (-7.6; 95% CI, -8.5 to -6.7)

  • Scores on the self-reported anxiety scale (-2.9; 95% CI, -4.1 to -1.7),

  • Total sleep time, as recorded by sleep actigraphy (29.1 minutes; 95% CI, 21.5, 36.7)

Additionally, the EA group showed significant improvement in depression scores compared to the SA and control groups at both 8 and 32 weeks (all Ps

Results EA vs SA (95% CI) EA vs control (95% CI)
HDR 8 weeks: −5.5 (−6.8 to −4.3)

32 weeks: -5.8 (-6.8 to -4.7)

8 weeks: -8.8 (-10.1 to -7.4)

32 weeks: -5.8 (-7.1 to -4.5)

Participants in the EA group also had a 4.2% higher sleep efficiency score (95% CI, 2.6%, 5.8%) at week 8 compared to those in the SA group (P

Additionally, they had lower scores on the ISI and the Self-Rated Anxiety Scale, and longer total sleep time, compared to the control group at week 8.

None of the participants reported serious adverse events.

“Our results provide subjective and objective evidence for the efficacy and safety of EA with standard care in the treatment of comorbid depression and insomnia compared to AS with standard care or standard care alone,” the researchers write.

“The acupuncture points we used in this trial work primarily to calm the mind, relieve negative mood, and balance the yin yang“, added Xu.

Viable add-on therapy

Commenting for Medscape Medical NewsAlbert Yeung, MD, ScD, associate director of the Mass General Depression and Clinical Research Program and associate professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, said that with the evidence from this study, “acupuncture and/or electroacupuncture could be a viable adjunctive treatment for depressed patients who suffer from insomnia.”

Yeung, who was not involved in the study, co-authored an accompanying editorial.

“More well-designed studies are warranted to provide evidence for integrating holistic treatment into medicine,” he said.

The study was funded by grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China and Shanghai Municipal Health. Investigators have not reported any relevant financial relationships. Although Yeung also does not report any relevant financial relationships, his co-author’s disclosures are listed in the original editorial.

JAMA Netw Open. Published online June 7, 2022. Full Text, Editorial

Batya Swift Yasgur, MA, LSW is a freelance writer with a consulting firm in Teaneck, New Jersey. She is a regular contributor to numerous medical publications, including Medscape and WebMD, and is the author of several consumer health books as well as Behind the Burqa: Our Lives in Afghanistan and How We Escaped to Freedom (the memoirs of two brave Afghan sisters who told her their story).

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Biden says gun violence has turned communities into ‘killing fields’

As he commemorated on Monday the passage of the first great federal gun safety legislation in three decades, President Joe Biden has claimed that the rise in gun violence seen across the country has turned many communities into “killing fields”, CNN reported.

“Now is the time to galvanize this movement because it is our duty to the people of the nation. We owe it to these families in Buffalo, where a grocery store has become a battleground. This is what we owe to these families in Uvalde, where a primary school has become a battlefield. We owe it to those families in Highland Park, where the Fourth of July parade became a battleground,” the president said. said at an event at the White House.

“We owe it to all those families represented here today and across the country over the past few years in our schools, places of worship, workplaces, stores, music festivals, nightclubs and so many other places. of everyday life that have turned into killing fields,” he continued.

Biden added that “this legislation is real progress, but there is still a long way to go.”

According to the White House, the event brought together survivors of the mass shootings from Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Tucson, Sandy Hook, Parkland, Santa Fe, Uvalde, Buffalo and Highland Park, as well as “survivors and members of the family of daily acts of gun violence that do not make national headlines.

During his speech, ABC News reported that Biden was interrupted by Manuel Oliver, whose son was killed in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

“We must do more than that!” shouted Oliver, who has publicly criticized the gun laws. “I tried to tell you for years!”

Biden said, “Let him do the talking,” before continuing his speech as Oliver was escorted away.

Last month, Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act in the law, which aims to prevent dangerous people from accessing firearms and increase investment in the country’s mental health system. The legislation includes millions of dollars for mental health, school safety, crisis intervention programs, as well as incentives for states to include minors’ records in the nation’s instant criminal background check system. The money can be used to implement and manage what is called red flag lawsthat allow authorities to temporarily remove firearms from people threatening to use violence.

In addition, the bill closes the “escape boyfriend,” which allowed convicted domestic abusers to buy guns if they were not married to their partner, even if the spouses who commit domestic violence are. There are also significant changes in the process when an individual between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one tries to purchase a firearm.

Biden said he was determined to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, although it would have a good chance of passing through Congress given the wafer-thin majorities of Democrats in both houses.

“I’m not going to stop until we do,” he said.

Ethen Kim Lieser is a Washington State-based finance and technology editor who has held positions at Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow him or contact him on LinkedIn.

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Ryan A Carroll’s “Stature” Is Nothing Less Than Musical Therapy To Help You


Ryan A Carroll’s most recent song, “Stature”, has once again amazed his followers. The song has already broken Spotify records just weeks after its release. Ryan is making a lot of noise right now. Thanks to the song, he is on the way to becoming a well-known musician.

Ryan is a newcomer to the music industry who has only recently started his career. However, he is not a beginner. The music of David Guerra and Tiesto had a huge influence on him. So, at the very least, his music is not amateurish. His music illustrates the work of a talented musician. His music became famous due to its exceptional quality. Ryan piqued everyone’s interest.

The song “Stature” sets Ryan apart from the other characters in the plot. He has a unique timbre of voice. His genius is apparent. He’s a breath of fresh air in the music industry right now. He is starting to make an impression and is heading in the right direction. We should expect a lot more from him in the future.

Follow Ryan’s journey on Instagram @ryvncarroll

Listen to this song and others via his Spotify: