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Musiqa, Noblemotion put on their thinking caps


Cellist Bree Ahern and dancer Shohei Iwahama, featured wearing EEG caps, in “LiveWire”, a collaboration between Musiqa, NobleMotion Dance and the Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) Systems Laboratory.

Photo: Lynn Lane

The arts have long served as a vehicle for self-expression, a way to explore things both seen and unseen, but to what extent are artists able to convincingly and comprehensively portray what is really going on in the human brain?

The interplay between art and science has been of great interest to Anthony Brandt, co-founder and artistic director of Musiqa, ever since he befriended neuroscientist David Eagleman more than a decade ago. The pair eventually co-wrote “The Runaway Species,” which delves deep into the scientific study of creativity.

Since 2017, the book has been published in 13 countries, but it by no means marked the end of Brandt’s curiosity for research. In fact, it forms the basis of the next program in Musiqa’s 20th anniversary season lineup, an evening where neuroscience will join the conversation.

On January 21-22, the composer-led new music collective, in partnership with NobleMotion Dance, will perform “LiveWire” at the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, where audience members will first be greeted by the “Loop” of three minutes by Carlos Simon. for String Trio” in the lobby surrounded by the fantastic brain portraits of visual artist Emily Fens.

The program will also include the Houston premiere of Pierre Jalbert’s “Piano Quintet” in addition to two dance works – NobleMotion’s premiere of “The Spider’s Den”, a heartfelt duet on Lei Liang’s “Gobi Gloria” and “Rhythm Study “, a dynamic piece featuring guest artists from Sam Houston State University.

Yet it is the titular work of the evening, created in collaboration with Dr. Jose L. Contreras-Vidal, that will truly exemplify the reputation that Musiqa and NobleMotion have built within the local arts community and beyond to shatter artistic boundaries. Entering the theatre, one may have the impression of having entered a laboratory more than a performance hall. From the audience’s perspective, a team of scientists will be working at a table in the upper right corner of the stage, while four musicians are preparing their instruments on the opposite side, and the dancers, two of whom will be staring at EEG skull caps (EEG) at their heads, take their starting positions.

“Dance is a window that allows us to study the brain,” says Contreras-Vidal, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the BRAIN Center at the University of Houston. “Ultimately, we’re looking at how we can use the arts to reach parts of the brain that may need a little help in some people. Think depression, TBI, stroke, Parkinson’s disease; they not only affect your motor skills but also cognitive and emotional aspects.

In a multifaceted effort to demonstrate the neural basis of creative movement and ultimately the medical benefit of the arts, Contreras-Vidal and his team used the EEG capsules to record the brain activity of the same two dancers, as they were learning and refining new choreographies. in the studio for several months. The scientists will repeat the process during each performance, and the real-time data will be projected onto a monitor behind one of the dancers seated nearby.

The 30-minute piece centers on a new string quartet, in which Brandt meticulously illustrates a different process of the human brain in each of the five movements. NobleMotion co-artistic directors Andy and Dionne Noble then fill in another piece of the puzzle with their choreographic representation of the music, which is further enhanced by an abstract version of the brainwave patterns that appear in the design of the lighting.

“It’s one of the most cerebral works we’ve done,” says Andy Noble. “You have scientists studying dancers, and at the same time music and dance is about science, so it’s self-referential and it’s all contained. I think that’s what’s really special about the project.

This weekend’s performances will give Houston audiences a taste of the interdisciplinary experience before it tours the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Virginia as part of an international conference on the brain and the dance at the beginning of April. By the final show, Contreras-Vidal hopes to accumulate at least 10 readings that will be included in the upcoming analysis.

“One of my beliefs is that the arts have been incredibly insightful into human psychology,” says Brandt, “and that artists and scientists working together are the most productive way to arrive quickly and accurately at real revelations and insights”.

Lawrence Elizabeth Knox is a Houston-based writer.

Last chance to compete leads to second victory for Meeks at Search for the Stars

Michael Oleksyn/Daily Herald Relan Meeks performed his original song “Heartbreaker” during Search for the Stars on Sunday at the EA Rawlinson Center.

In her final year of competition, 18-year-old Relan Meeks won the Singer-Songwriter award at this year’s Search for the Stars show at the EA Rawlinson Center.

It was Meeks’ second straight win for an original song. She also won in the online version last year.

“It’s an amazing feeling knowing this is my last year,” Meeks said. “Winning is an incredible feeling. I feel so accomplished.

Meeks grabbed the hand of senior winner Rebecca Strong as judges Allyson Reigh and LJ Tyson announced the winner of the competition.

“Yeah, there was a tight grip there,” she laughed.

Its other competitors in the category were alternative rock band Subpar. She said they were two very different but comparable talents.

“Subpar did really well, it was a good competition. I felt like we had an even chance to win,” Meeks said.

Meeks’ winning song was titled “Heartbreaker” and she drew heavily on her life experiences to write it.

“I was basically in a relationship and it didn’t go as planned,” she explained. “I felt a lot of emotion and I didn’t know how to feel that emotion. I decided that writing a song might be a good outlet for me to release all those feelings.

“It was super therapeutic for me to write it all down,” she added. “I played a few chords and found a great melody and thought, ‘this is going to be a really good song.'”

It was the end of an era for Meeks, who entered his seventh and final competition. She said the experience was meaningful.

“I’m so sad that I can’t do it next year,” she said.

Michael Oleksyn/Daily Herald The judges and winners of Search for the Stars posed for a photo after the contest on Sunday at the EA Rawlinson Center.

Meeks is currently a student at the University of Saskatchewan campus in Prince Albert. She has been singing since the age of 7 and playing the piano since the age of about 10.

The featured singer-songwriter award was $1,000. “Heartbreaker” gave Meeks her second straight win, but it was actually the third song she wrote for the competition.

“People who have a dream or something they think they can’t do should do it anyway, no matter what anyone says,” she said.

Search for the Stars kicked off on Saturday, with the final show taking place on Sunday afternoon.

Unlike last year, the public was allowed inside the Rawlinson to view this year’s competition.

Canadian Tire’s Malcolm Jenkins was on stage to present the award as event sponsor.

Search for the Stars has been divided into several categories, each winning prizes.

Berkley Derenewski won Junior Star (8-10), Morgan Mihliewicz won Intermediate Star (11-14), Rebecca Strong won Senior Star (8-15) and Rijja Mansoor was the most improved star (any age group).

In addition to performing in front of the judges and the public, the candidates were also able to participate in workshops led by the judges.

Judges Reigh and Tyson were at the event in person and presented awards, while judge Jordy Balicki had to provide commentary and judge Zoom at home.

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After Tamil Nadu, Bengal, Delhi painting unlikely to be part of 2022 Republic Day Parade – The New Indian Express


Through PTI

NEW DELHI: This year’s Republic Day parade is unlikely to have a Delhi tableau, official sources said on Monday.

However, no release was available from the Delhi government on this.

“There will be no Delhi board in the 2022 Republic Day Parade. The reason is not known,” an official said, adding that this year “Delhi-City of Hopes” had been chosen as the theme of the painting.

Also in 2020, there was no Delhi tableau in the Republic Day parade.

Last year, the Delhi painting took part in the parade on Rajpath where the city government presented its model for the redevelopment of Chandni Chowk to represent the fusion of the architectural heritage of the walled city of Shahjahanabad with modern infrastructure.

Sources in the central government said a total of 56 proposals came from states and central ministries.

Of these, 21 have been shortlisted and a similar selection process is adopted each year, they said.

Proposals for paintings received from various states and central ministries are evaluated in a series of meetings of a committee of experts composed of eminent personalities in the field of art, culture, sculpture, music , architecture and choreography, among others, the sources said.

The policy regarding the exclusion of paintings from the Republic Day parade escalated on Monday with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MP Stalin joining his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee in demanding the PM’s immediate intervention. Narendra Modi and some leaders of non-BJP ruled states claiming it was an ‘insult’. by the Center, which dismissed the charge.

Pointing out that the proposals from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal were rejected by the committee of subject matter experts after due process and deliberation, central government sources criticized the chief ministers for presenting the result of an objective process like a “flash point”.

A total of 56 proposals came from states and central ministries.

Of these, 21 have been shortlisted and a similar selection process is adopted every year, the sources said and added that the tables for these states have been approved several times in the past under the Modi government.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Stalin said that excluding Tamil Nadu from the painting would deeply hurt the feelings and patriotic feelings of the people of the state.

It came a day after a miffed Banerjee sent a letter to Modi as the Kerala government on Friday protested the exclusion of his painting of social reformer Sree Narayana Guru.

Calling it “a matter of grave concern to Tamil Nadu and its people”, Stalin sought “the urgent intervention of the Prime Minister to arrange for the inclusion of the Tamil Nadu painting” which will highlight the freedom fighters of the state during the Republic Day Parade 2022. in New Delhi.

Banerjee had expressed shock at the exclusion from the West Bengal painting, which focused on Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birthday, and said such a move would cause locals ‘pain’ of his state.

She had said that the exclusion from the painting, which also featured other icons like Rabindranath Tagore, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo, “amounts to belittling and undermining freedom fighters”.

His Trinamool Congress party accused the BJP-led central government of “repeatedly” and “systematically” insulting “our history, our culture and our pride”.

V Sivankutty, Minister of Education of Kerala, had asked the Kerala BJP to state whether it agrees with “this insulting attitude towards the Kerala Guru”.

Some BJP leaders in those states also seemed worried about it.

Senior leader Tathagata Roy on Monday urged Prime Minister Modi to allow the West Bengal painting, but made it clear that his request should not be construed as support for the “petty politics” of the Trinamool Congress.

BJP Tamil Nadu Unit Chairman K Annamalai said he will take up the issue of the inclusion of the state table proposal with the concerned authorities.

Congress expressed dismay at the developments, with its leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury writing to Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday.

Chowdhury said the decision was an “insult” to the people of West Bengal, their cultural heritage and Bose.

“This is blatant discrimination against all non @BJP4INDIA states. This affront should not be tolerated,” party MP Karti Chidambaram tweeted on Monday.

However, central government sources have denounced efforts to link the issue to regional pride and frame it as an insult to the people of the state.

“This scenario plays out almost every year as well. It is a bad precedent adopted by state CMs to present the outcome of an objective process as a flashpoint between the Center and the states,” an official from the state said. central government.

This goes a long way towards undermining the federal structure of the country, he said, adding that these chief ministers may not have “a positive agenda proper to resort to the same old trick of using misinformation year after year.” year”.

Proposals for paintings received from various states and central ministries are evaluated in a series of meetings of the committee of experts composed of eminent personalities in the field of art, culture, sculpture, music, architecture and choreography, among others, the sources said.

The committee reviews proposals based on theme, concept, design and visual impact before making recommendations.

Due to time constraints, only some of the proposals can be accepted, they added.

It should be noted, however, that table proposals from Kerala were accepted under the same process and system under the same Modi government in 2018 and 2021, and those from Tamil Nadu in 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Table proposals from West Bengal were accepted in 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2021, they said.

With this year’s painting from the Central Department of Public Works, which is under the central government, including Bose in its theme, no question of his insult even arises, the sources said.

UK music stars recite Beatles ‘Help’ for new mental health campaign


A new video has been released which features British music stars encouraging people struggling with mental health issues to seek help.

Merseyside Girls Aloud pop star Nicola Roberts and singers Craig David and Tom Grennan are among the famous faces featured in a new NHS mental health campaign reciting lyrics from the Beatles song Help!

The historic campaign encourages people struggling with their mental wellbeing to seek help.

In the video, stars like Max George of The Wanted, Ella Henderson and songwriter Laura Mvula recite the lyrics to John Lennon’s famous track.

The classic soundtrack, written by the Beatles superstar in 1964, includes the lyrics “Help me if you can, I’m feeling down” and was donated by Sony Music and Apple Corps for the campaign’s rendition.

Since the start of the pandemic, 2.3 million people have registered for talk therapy with the NHS.

Girls Aloud musician Nicola Roberts said:

“I am someone who has benefited tremendously from talk therapy.

“I think there’s such a taboo around it that people almost feel like they’ve failed or aren’t strong enough to figure out a situation on their own.

“But if you feel like you can’t see the wood for the trees or the light at the end of the tunnel, it’s imperative to reach out because you can’t always do it alone.

“It’s about saying this is what’s happening to me, it’s not my fault, but my happiness matters and I’m going to raise my hand and say I need help.

“I wouldn’t be where I am now without therapy.”

The NHS is encouraging people with mental health problems to try Talking Therapies, a confidential service run by fully trained experts, which you can access on your own or through your GP.

Laura Mvula added: “Through my own personal experience when I went to therapy on the NHS, it did so much for my emotional well-being to know that someone really cared for me on a regular basis.

“It helped me see that things are temporary and as bad and permanent as your situation feels, reaching out and sharing with someone you can trust is so important.

“It’s okay to ask for help – everyone needs it.”

The NHS is increasing its community mental health services by £2.3billion a year, which will improve access to talk therapies.

NHS Mental Health Director Claire Murdoch said:

“The pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of the country, and we know that January can be a particularly difficult month for many.

“Over a million people already use NHS talk therapies every year, but we know we can help millions more just by telling them it’s there for them and it’s exactly the purpose of this campaign.

Mental Health

Craig David appears in the video

“If you are suffering from anxiety, stress or feeling depressed, it is important that you know that you are not alone and that there is help available. No one should suffer in silence.

“NHS staff have done everything they can throughout the pandemic to keep mental health care services open, and it’s fantastic to see some of the biggest names in music supporting our campaign and encouraging people to get the support they need.”

The star-studded campaign is backed by charities Mind, Royal College of Psychiatrists and Age UK.

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F&O Data Holds Rising Support and Resistance Levels


After remaining at 18,000 CE for six weeks, the resistance level rose 1,000 points to 19,000 CE, while the support level rose 500 points to 18,000 PE. During the previous week, the resistance level became the support level. The latest options data on NSE points to positive movement for the week ahead (January 17-21, 2022). Call and sell bases remain highest at 18200 strike, above which NSE Nifty closed. This suggests some consolidation in the index. A consolidation cannot be ruled out after a sharp rise of more than 900 points in January. At the same time, given the current dynamics of mid and small caps, analysts expect the focus to be on equities ahead of the Union budget.

The highest call OI is observed at 19,000 keystrokes followed by 18,800/18,300/18,700/18,400 keystrokes. Additionally, 19,000/18,200/18,800/18,400/18,650 strikes saw a strong Call OI accumulation.

On the Put side, the 18,200 strike witnessed a maximum base Put OI followed by 18,000/17,900/18,100/17,800/17,700 strikes. Other strikes 18,200/18,000/ 17,900/ 18,100/18,150 also attracted a significant addition from Put OI.

Dhirender Singh Bisht, Senior Research Analyst (Derivatives) at SMC Global Securities Ltd, said: “On the derivatives side, Call and Put writers remained active at 18,200 strikes, while 18,000 strikes had a peak concentration of open interests of nearly 46 lakh shares in Puts.

According to ICICIdirect.com, despite the sharp move, OI in the Nifty remained subdued near a crore of shares and only the FII segment is net long in index futures. A further addition is crucial for a new movement in the index. Meanwhile, given large retail and proprietary client positions, stock-specific moves are likely to continue.

“The nifty index ended in green territory for the fourth straight week as the banking, IT and reality counters supported the rise in the past week,” Bisht added.

For the week ended January 14, 2022, BSE Sensex closed at 61,223.03 points, a net gain of 1,478.38 points or 2.47%, compared to the previous week’s close of 59,744.65 points . Rising 443.05 points or 2.48%, NSE Nifty ended the week at 18,255.75 points from 17,812.70 points a week ago.

Bisht predicts, “From a technical standpoint, Nifty can be seen trading in an uptrend channel with the formation of a higher pattern and should continue its momentum towards the 18,500 level in the coming sessions. On the downside, the 18,100 and 18,000 levels would act as support for the index. We keep our bullish stance intact for the Indian markets and advise traders to use any declines to create new long positions.

The Indian VIX fell 0.90% to the level of 16.56. On the volatility front, the Indian VIX did not drop below the 16 level despite the bullish move and closed the week near 16.5. Before the EU budget, volatility would remain higher, but a positive bias would prevail until volatility remains below 18%.

“Implied call volatility closed at 16.61%, while put options closed at 17.85%. The Nifty VIX for the week closed at 16.71%. The OI PCR for the week closed at 1.67,” Bisht noted.

After the initial spike in volatility, no major uptick was seen in the Volatility Index, while FIIs selling quantum also declined significantly from December.

In the F&O space, FII activity has focused on the index options segment. With the Nifty rallying significantly, FIIs remained cautious. According to data from ICICIdirect.com, FIIs were net buyers of index options worth Rs 1,938 crore and sold Rs 650 crore in equity futures.

Clever bank

The NSE Banking Index closed the week at 38,370.40 points, a marginal recovery of 630.80 points or 1.67%, from the previous week’s close of 37,739.60 points. For Bank Nifty, a strong OI is seen at ATM Straddle of 38500 and this indicates some consolidation near that level. However, the support for the index remains at 38,000, which is the highest selling base. With this support, the index should head towards the 40,000 level on the upside.

Quarterly earnings from banking heavyweights are lined up in the coming days, which should trigger stock-specific action, but looking at the overall closeouts of call write positions, the Bank Nifty should test the 40,000 levels on the upside. . For the January series, Bank Nifty has witnessed close-in futures and the current portion of short hedging may continue.

Kacey Musgraves is happy to take her sad divorce case on the road, from St. Paul


On top of all the renewed concerns about COVID, Kacey Musgraves faces what seems like another daunting hurdle ahead of her tour this week: singing the ultra-personal, heartbreaking songs from her latest album night after night.

Like a Texan caught in a flurry, however, the Grammy-winning country-turned-pop singer ignores this latest concern — and plenty of other headline-grabbing news related to her 2021 album “Star-Crossed.”

“I’m in a happy place now,” she said firmly. “I’m comfortable sharing the pain and showing that I’ve overcome it.”

“Comfort” was the word of the day as the East Texas native spoke on the phone two weeks ago on a day when snow pelted her Nashville home – a scene she relished.

“I’ll be ready for you,” she joked to the Minnesota reporter, which ended up being her chosen spot to kick off her tour in mid-January.

Musgraves, 33, returns Wednesday to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, the same venue where she had her breakthrough gig in the Twin Cities, opening for Harry Styles in 2018 just as her ‘Golden Hour’ album arrived. . (“It was such a good feeling to be embraced by Harry’s fans,” she recalled.)

Loaded with the clever puns, small-town bustle and self-deprecating humor that have permeated his two previous albums – 2013’s ‘Follow Your Arrow’ ranks among the top 5 country radio hits of the past decade – “Golden Hour” traded the Musgraves’ most grounded country sound for synth-tinged dance-pop and up-tempo, breezy Southern California twang-pop.

The musical change worked like a charm. “Golden Hour” has been picked up by pop and adult-contemporary radio stations on the verge of being named the 2019 Grammys album of the year.

“I don’t like feeling like I have to serve a particular entity or a person’s taste when I go in to make a song,” Musgraves said of his sonic progression. “If it makes me feel good, I go with it, and I hope I’m not the only one who likes it.”

She followed that instinct by doing “Star-Crossed.” Released in September, the 15-song collection was written and recorded with the same Nashville collaborators as “Golden Hour.” The big difference this time around was the emotional tone of the songs.

“Star-Crossed” follows Musgraves’ divorce from singer/songwriter Ruston Kelly after 2½ years of marriage. “It just didn’t work out,” the musical couple said in a joint statement, adding that they were “put into each other’s lives for a divine reason” and “both changed immeasurably for the sake of it.” better”.

Many of the songs on the album follow a similar no-love-lost, lessons-learned attitude. From the balladic Spanish guitar-infused title track, which opens the LP, to the slow, rambling single “Justified,” Musgraves more often sings about his own guilt and mixed emotions than those of his ex.

“Moving on, feeling strong, but healing doesn’t come in a straight line,” she sings in “Justified.”

Musgraves said the “moving forward” line will be central to her upcoming performances – which she promised “will be uplifting”.

“I truly believe this chapter of my life deserves a platform, and it’s something that a lot of listeners will tune into,” she said.

“I’m talking about the fact that healing is not linear, and you have to learn to depend on yourself, learn to depend on your friends. There’s been a lot of spiritual exploration and coming together with all that God is throughout this process.”

She promised to drop many songs from “Golden Hour” “to lighten things up,” but she also pointed out that the new songs aren’t entirely filled with heartache.

“There’s a lot of love on the album too,” she said. “It’s a divorce file, but there’s a lot of love, admiration and reflection on the experience I had with this person. It’s not because it didn’t last. forever, it doesn’t take away the beauty he once had.”

It’s time to “de-stress”

Although she thinks everyone in the crowd can relate to the posts — “especially after what we’ve all been through for the past two years,” she said — Musgraves chose “Good Wife” as a song that “has certainly been a favorite among women more.”

The lyrics include, “God, help me be a good wife cause he needs me / Even when he’s not right, he still needs me.”

“That song was kind of a fun little prayer,” she explained, “a little nod to myself being newly married and in over my head and not really knowing how to support someone. unconditionally. It’s hard.”

Upon the release of “Star-Crossed”, Musgraves found his support in the country music industry to be far from unconditional. The album received little attention from country radio and was even deemed ineligible in the country categories of the (currently postponed) Grammy Awards – never mind that “Golden Hour” was equally untwangy and won those same categories in 2019.

You could attribute these perceived rebuffs to sexism, given the more feminist tone of “Star-Crossed” (“I really couldn’t tell if that’s the case,” that’s all Musgraves said), but she don’t sweat them.

“I already have six Grammys, so I can’t really complain,” she said. “It gets risky these days when you try to break down and dissect the type of music on an album. Some of my favorite artists are kind of genreless.

“Really what matters most to me at the end of the day is that I’ve written songs that feel authentic to me, no matter what category they’re placed in.”

After already waiting four months to perform those songs on tour, Musgraves said she doesn’t want to delay any longer, even with the rise of the omicron variant of COVID.

“We have the vaccines, the boosters and the masks to protect us, and I think people now know what they’re comfortable with,” she said. (Note: St. Paul’s new citywide mandate for documentation of vaccines/tests and masks at indoor events goes into effect Wednesday.)

“I think we can all enjoy an evening to de-stress a bit,” she added.

As well as finishing “Star-Crossed,” Musgraves said she spent the long months of lockdown taking pottery lessons (“It’s super meditative”) and working on her Spanish skills. She shows this latest work on the closing album cover of Violeta Parra’s “Gracias a la Vida”, a dramatic ballad that Musgraves described as “an ode to the experience of life and all that is terrible and beautiful”.

She has also settled into her new home and has been writing a lot of songs over the past few months. When asked what his next record might look like, Musgraves wouldn’t go into detail – but did share probably the most important detail.

“Just an idea here,” she said with an audible wink, “but I think it will be a lot happier.”

Kacey Musgraves

With: King Princess, Muna.
When: 8 p.m. Wed.
Or: Xcel Energy Center, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul.
Tickets: $16 to $100, ticketmaster.com

The day – Business briefs


Attorney Andrea A. Geyer and Attorney Kathleen M. Flynn and joined the law firm Muller Greene. Geyer, a Ledyard native, is admitted to the Connecticut Bar and Connecticut Federal Court. She practices in the areas of landlord/tenant defense, bankruptcy and foreclosures. Flynn, a resident of Pawcatuck, is admitted to the bars of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts as well as the Federal District Court of Rhode Island. She practices in the areas of personal injury, recovery, litigation and family law. Mueller Greene, located at 300 State St., Suite 209, New London, and can be reached at 860-442-2252.

Liz Burton joined Therapeutic Riding High Hopes, Inc. as director of development. She has over 20 years of experience in various professional environments, leading non-profit organizations and engaging in strategic relationships. High Hopes is a Therapeutic Riding Center and International Instructor Training Site, accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding International (PATH Intl.) since 1979. For more information, visit www.highhopestr. org.

Brandy Happgood was promoted to District Executive for Centerville Bank and Junior “Junior” Ortega joined the bank as a district manager. Hapgood, who worked in banking for about 27 years, joined Centerville Bank in 2011 and was most recently a branch manager. She lives in Plainfield. Ortega is responsible for overseeing nine branch offices in Rhode Island and Connecticut and managing day-to-day operations. His banking career spans approximately 16 years. He lives in Woonsocket, RI For more information, visit www.centrevillebank.com.

Yvette Petite of Norwich was elected to the Norwich Arts CenterBoard of Directors for a 2 year term at a recent meeting. A resident of Norwichtown, she retired this year from Foxwoods Resort Casino as a senior luxury goods buyer. She also worked in Norwich for 14 years with Chelsea Outfitters as a store manager and buyer. Small has been involved in volunteer roles with the Rose Arts Festival and the Norwich Arts Center. For more information visit www.norwicharts.org/be-a-volunteer.


Eastern CT Chamber of Commerce, SECT Cultural Coalition and SeCTER will host a free webinar on January 20 on how best to use CORE, the region’s unique directory for events, activities, and professional development opportunities happening in Eastern Connecticut. Register at www.ChamberECT.com/events or 860-701-9113.


Eastern CT Chamber of Commerce will host its first Business After Hours of 2022 on January 26 at Mystical luxury cinemas, featuring networking and a film. Register at www.ChamberECT.com/events or 860-701-9113.

GOAL will host:

“FORWARD”, sponsored by KirkpatrickAward, presented by Maria Miranda, Creative Director of Miranda Creative, Wednesday January 19, 12-1:30 p.m., Zoom.

“Website Planning 101,” Jessica Baldwin, co-founder of Cardsetter, Tuesday January 25, 12-1:30 p.m., Zoom.

“Building Your Marketing Playbook (or 5 Thrifty Marketing Games for Small Businesses)” Sarah Blécher, Thursday February 3, 10-11:30 a.m., Zoom.

“Small Business Loans: Issues and Options”, Chelsea Groton Bank, Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region, Small Business Administration and Community Investment Corporation, Thursday February 10, 12-1:30 p.m., Zoom.

For more information, contact Anne Driscoll at [email protected]


The bird bird has chosen as its 2022 Lyme-Old Lyme Food Share Garden gift wrap program proceeds beneficiary. LOLFSG is a voluntary non-profit organization whose goal is to provide fresh produce to reduce food insecurity and support healthy eating for local families in Lyme, Old Lyme and surrounding communities. The Bowerbird donation program runs until October 31.

The Bowerbird in Old Lyme recently wrapped up their 2021 gift-wrapping campaign to raise money for New London-based Safe Futures. A check in the amount of $3,058 was presented representing 2,597 wrapped parcels. The Bowerbird charges a nominal fee for gift wrap purchases and donates 50% to local nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.thebowerbird.com.

Ocean State Jobs BundleThe Buy, Give, Get program collected 47,500 winter coats, an increase of 5,500 coats from the 2020 program, to donate to veterans in need this winter. From late October through the end of the year, the “Buy, Give, Get” program encouraged customers to buy a men’s or women’s winter coat for $40 and return it to the store to donate to a veteran. fighter. As a thank you for the donation, customers receive a $40 Crazy Deal gift card.

Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation awarded $12,500 in grants to nine local health and social service organizations. The grants were announced by Michael Alberts, president of the Jewett City Savings Bank Foundation. United Community & Family Services received a $5,000 grant and Day Kimball Hospital received a $1,000 grant. Jolly John’s Keep You Truckin’ Fund, Plainfield Recreation Department, Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA) Senior Nutrition Program, Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group, Northeast Placement Services and Westcott Wilcox Elderly Residential Housing Inc. also received grants of $1,000 . , a $500 grant was awarded to Griswold PRIDE. For more information, visit http://www.JCSBank.com.


Chelsea Groton Bank earned “Best of Bauer Bank” status from BauerFinancial, Inc. This distinction is reserved only for institutions that have achieved the highest rating (5 stars) from Bauer consistently for at least 25 consecutive years. This is the 111th consecutive quarter that Chelsea Groton Bank has been awarded a 5-star rating. For more information visit www.chelseagroton.com and www.bauerfinancial.com.


Eastern CT Chamber of Commerce welcomes new members: ACE Handyman Service of Hartford & New London; South East Mental Health Authority; Great Neck Country Club; and the capital of high tide.

The Great Mystical Chamber of Commerce welcomed new members: Advanced Window Systems, LLC; Grass and Bones; Green Planet Films, Inc.; HJ Smith Inc.; Just mystical; Legends in concert; Nanas Bakery and Pizza; Milestone Mortgage Solutions; My screen print guy; Mystic Oysters Co.; Mystical Massage LLC; Mystic Transportation Limited; pot of green; Power Posse Productions LLC; Robert Boris Ventures; Gold Lounge; SLR Energy – Smaran Shrestha; Southeast Connecticut Cleaning Company; Barn; Whalers Brewing Company; Wood River Health Services. If you are interested in joining the Grand Mystic Chamber of Commerce, call Membership Manager Morgan Yandow at (860) 572-9578, email [email protected]

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Virtual after-school programs available for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Programs focus on the use of hobbies, problem solving, and coding to support the development of social skills; Applications due before January 21

Social and recreational programs will be offered from February through April for Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Programs will be offered virtually and will emphasize the use of recreational, problem-solving, coding and gaming skills to support social skills development.

Child Friendship Training
A nine-week evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated children diagnosed with ASD who want to learn ways to help them make and keep friends. This program will take place on Wednesdays from February to April.

Play Ball Kidz recreational program
A nine-week, multi-component recreational program designed to improve the gross motor and social skills of children diagnosed with ASD. This program will run from February to April.

Escape Room Social Skills Program
A nine-week escape room-themed program designed to improve the problem-solving skills of children diagnosed with ASD with an emphasis on cooperation and teamwork to support the development of social skills . This program will run from February to April.

Coding and Robotics Social Skills Program
A five-week coding and robotics-themed program designed to improve the computing, problem-solving, and social skills of children diagnosed with ASD by focusing on following instructions, creativity, and conversational skills . This program will run from February to March.

Music Social Skills Program
A nine-week music program designed to improve the emotional regulation and social skills of children diagnosed with ASD by focusing on singing, dancing, and instrumental playing in a virtual group setting. This program will run from February to April.

Parents/guardians are an important part of the programs and will receive resources and support to help children develop and practice new skills at home and at school.

Limited places are available. Complete the initial application form on the SCDSB website before January 21.

This does not guarantee enrollment in the program. You may be contacted for an initial telephone interview to assess whether the program is appropriate for your child.


Student well-being is a family affair, advises therapist


As CAO decision time approaches, stress levels within households tend to increase. However, with the world in the midst of a pandemic, stress levels are already high to begin with, and parents and therapists around the world are reporting massive increases in anxiety levels among young people.

Psychotherapist and trainer for children and teenagers, Edel Lawlor sees the effects the pandemic has had on families every day in her practice, and has helpful ideas for parents and their teenagers to help them navigate this new transition in life. family. It starts with understanding teenagers, learning to listen and take care of yourself.

“We are in a global pandemic that is impacting children and families.

Teenagers missed rituals like parties and their debs, which aren’t just debs, it’s a transitional stage of leaving home.

They missed so many things we all took for granted at that age. The parents, on the other hand, are exhausted, she explains, and their well-being is just as important as that of their children.

All is not gloomy, however, according to Ms Lawlor. Some teens learned to appreciate the little things they took for granted before, like meeting friends for coffee, while wearing masks and studying on zoom suited others.

Parents: be an elephant and don’t be afraid to let them fail

From around the age of 12 until they are around 20 or 21, children enter the adolescent tunnel. Parents have no place there and must stay away. It’s a place where young people go through an important phase of development where they explore their own identity, take risks and notice all your flaws.

During this phase, parents can walk outside the tunnel. There will be chaos inside and times when the teenagers regress and come out of the tunnel, but they have to go back. There are other times when they fall and need to be picked up, but other than that parents need to take a step back.

“As parents, we have to let our teenagers struggle, otherwise we cripple them to face any adversity,” says Ms Lawlor, adding that parents also need to be aware if they are trying to fix their own teenage experience at through their child.

While a teenager is in the tunnel, what parents can do is listen to their child and take care of themselves, as many parents are exhausted.

“Teenagers watch their parents like hawks and see how they take care of their mental health. Use this time to get back to the basics of self-care and reach for the stars yourself,” says Lawlor.

“Take care of yourself and your teenager by going for a drive and having a coffee. They might have their headphones on and not say a word to you, but that’s okay. It’s spending time with them and doing something positive for both of you,” she advises.

“Also, ask yourself what kind of listener are you? Are you an elephant – all ears? Or are you a crocodile? You have to be the listening elephant so they know you’re there,” she says.

The teenagers eventually come out of the tunnel and Ms Lawlor says that one day around 20 or 21 they will ask you for coffee.

“You’ll look at them and say, ‘Is that you?’ but then you will know that they came out the other side.

Students – self-care checklist

Top of the list is controlling your use of social media.

Take breaks.

Move, move, move… it helps when you’re anxious about making decisions. It gets you out of your head, relieves stress, and you’ll feel more relaxed.

Listen to music. The rhythm of music is beneficial for our neural pathways. Also pay attention to the mood of the music you are listening to. If it’s always Adele or something sad all the time, it might get you down. To mix together.

Talk to a friend or therapist Doodle: This helps us set Journal in a notebook or on your phone where you can lock it.

Chewing gum: When we are stressed, we jam our jaws and chewing gum helps relax the jaw.

Yoga, meditation, watching an uplifting movie.

Ask for help if you need it.

Choose what lights you up

Don’t pressure yourself to go to college if you know it’s not for you. Not everyone goes to college. Many successful people never went to college.

Ask yourself what makes you smile, what lights you up? If you are interested or passionate about something, if a smile appears when you think about it, it can be a strong indication of the right path for you. Choosing from a cognitive location can often result in having to change course later.

Parents may discourage you from certain careers because of your low income or working conditions. They come from difficult times. Go with what makes you happy.

Ms Edel Lawlor is a child and adolescent psychotherapist and founder and director of the Kerry-based Expressive Play Therapy and Training Centre.

To prevent vote consolidation against BJP, Muslim Rashtriya Manch appeals to UP voters


Consider the welfare schemes for Muslims by the Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath governments, leave behind 70 years of ‘bonded slavery’ by other parties, and look beyond being seen as vote banks : this is the call launched by the Muslim Rashtriya Manch to mobilize Muslims in the polls. – tied Uttar Pradesh to vote for BJP.

An organization associated with the RSS, the Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) was tasked with mobilizing the minority community ahead of the assembly elections. Sources said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a target of at least five crore minority votes for the BJP by 2024.

The call came at a time when the BJP faces a challenge of consolidating Muslim votes ahead of crucial UP polls. The government led by Yogi Adityanath has, however, found an ally in the MRM, which is mobilizing its cadres in areas with a Muslim majority.

Sources further said that 400-500 of the organization’s representatives will travel to the state to raise awareness of the slogan ‘Sabka saath, sabka vikas’ of the Modi-led government through social welfare programs for the community. The party is wary and trying to avoid the kind of consolidation of Muslim votes in assembly polls in West Bengal.

“We worked in the Muslim community during the verdict of the temple of Ram and on many similar occasions. Our cadre is aware of the progress of the Muslim community under the rule of the BJP. We have Muslim workers who are literate and know their rights. They are heard when they go to their community. They will distribute leaflets. We are not affiliated with RSS, so we openly work in poll-related states,” a source said.

The MRM also issued an appeal letter, a leaflet calling on the minority community not to become vote banks for parties such as SP, BSP, Congress, TMC, AAP and AIMIM, and to give the BJP a chance instead. The leaflet also claims that communal riots and attacks on Muslims have decreased significantly under BJP rule.

The BJP has been attacked by the opposition for peddling the ‘community agenda’ with CM Yogi’s ’80 against 20′ commentary.

A senior MRM official spoke more about the need to reach the community through the numbers. “We are about 19% in the state and control 144 electoral districts. Our community should be enlightened to see who wishes them well and who does not.

The MRM leaflet also talks about welfare schemes for Muslims with particular emphasis on a ‘bright future for Muslim women’. The literature cites the number of Muslims fielded by the BJP in the elections of Gujarat, Lakshadweep and Jammu and Kashmir.

“Whether Congress, SP, TMC, AAP, Owaisi or RJD, every political party has treated Muslims as a bank of votes. The BJP cares the most about the community. States like Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Punjab, Goa, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh will go to the polls in 2022-2023. For the past 70 years, all political parties have treated Muslims as a bank of votes and turned them into enslaved slaves of appeasement. This was broken by the Modi government in 2014 with its slogan “Sabka saath, sabka vikas and sabka vishwas”. This is why in 2019 both Hindus and Muslims voted for the BJP. We ask you to vote for the BJP this time,” reads an appeal in the MRM flyer.

The flyer further reads: “It is imperative to vote for Modi and Yogi for a better future for Muslim women and all other members of the community.”

The literature also gives a detailed account of Yogi-led government welfare programs for the Muslim community. Citing CM Yogi’s address to the assembly, the leaflet said that although Muslims make up 19% of the population in the state, they received around 30-35% of the benefits of the programs.

“The intention of PM and CM is to uplift minorities and ensure trust via ‘Ek haath mein Quran aur doosre haath mein computer,'” the leaflet states in reference to the modernization of the educational system in madrasas.

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Thousands of tearful mourners attend emotional vigils for Ashling Murphy who was killed by an unknown man while jogging


THOUSANDS of mourners attended an emotional vigil for Ashling Murphy who was killed by an unknown person while jogging.

They descended on Town Park on the outskirts of Tullamore, Ireland, on Friday evening, pledging to send “solidarity and support” to the Murphy family.


Ashling Murphy’s body was found along the Grand Canal in Tullamore, Ireland on Wednesday.Credit: PA
Ashling's mum, dad and sister Amy comfort each other as they attend a candlelight vigil


Ashling’s mum, dad and sister Amy comfort each other as they attend a candlelight vigilCredit: Getty

Irish police are still searching for the killer of the 23-year-old, who was found dead on Wednesday after running on the banks of the Grand Canal in the town of Co Offaly.

During the hour-long vigil, people wept, grabbed candles and softly clapped as prayers were said and music was played.

As the light dimmed, traditional Irish music – played by Ashling’s friends and former teachers – formed the centerpiece of the service.

Attracta Brady, who was the young woman’s first violin teacher, performed alongside others as they performed two songs Ashling is said to have done with her trad band.

She described her protege as a “fabulous musician”.

“She was the most beautiful girl inside and out,” Ms Brady said.

“She was a parent’s dream. She was everything you would want in a girl. She had integrity, she was honest, she was trustworthy.

“She was quirky and a bit cheeky at times with the prettiest smile and she got away with it because she had this beautiful sparkly smile.

“She was never in a bad mood, she was always smiling and she loved her violin.

“Her parents only told me yesterday that she should never be told to train. She was bright and energetic and everyone loved her.”

Prayers were said for Ashling’s family, friends and students as well as for all women who have experienced violence.


A local priest, Father Joe Gallagher, addressed the vigil before calling for a minute’s silence.

He told the rally: “We remember his heartbroken family, his colleagues in work, in music, in sports, in friendship and in his young first class students who loved their teacher.

“This is a time of mourning beyond words. We need to be together. We need to support each other in this dark time.

“We are united, united with groups across our country, and even beyond, united with women who fear and know the trauma of violence. United in grief, anger, shock.

“On this dark evening, we want to hold a light in our hands, to stand in solidarity with each other to share our tears and our deep sorrow. It’s time to pray, to reflect, to listen, to be together.”

The women present at the vigil shared their anger and disappointment.

Roslyn Kavanagh, a resident of Tullamore, said: “I think that shouldn’t happen in society at all. And as a woman I felt, in places, insecure and vulnerable and as a woman, I shouldn’t feel like this.”

Roslyn’s friend, Chloe Galvin, said: “I too am a young woman in my twenties. I have walked this canal line many times by myself, with friends and family. It is something you never think about in the light of day: is someone going to attack me?

“We are taught as young women, in the evenings, you stay with your friends. You never leave them, you text them to make sure they come home safe. Now we’re going to expect us to do this in broad daylight.

“Now we have a work plan that we’re all going to walk to our cars and make sure everyone’s okay, and have a group chat (asking), ‘Are you home okay? ?’

“It shouldn’t be like this. The reason I’m here is because it’s time for women to take a stand and say, ‘No more, it’s over.’

“We should be treated the same as men.”

Ashling’s grieving parents, Kathleen and Ray, along with her sister Amy and brother Cathal, linked arms as they attended a separate candlelight vigil later that evening near where the teacher was killed.

In a tribute to his youngest daughter, Ray played his favorite song, When You Were Sweet Sixteen, on the banjo.

The talented musician, who worked at Durrow National School, was training along a well-known route when she was targeted.

Police believe she died in an unprovoked and random attack.

Last night cops released a man they had questioned about his death and said he was no longer considered a suspect.

Ashling students also paid tribute


Ashling students also paid tributeCredit: PA
Thousands of mourners descended on Park Town


Thousands of mourners descended on Park TownCredit: PA

Techno therapy: how learning to DJ helps children’s mental health


TEACHING kids to DJ isn’t what most people would think of when looking to improve the mental health of young people. However, Rebecca Highton, a Manchester-based occupational therapy trainee at the Together Trust, has found common ground between music and support for young people with autism and mental health needs.

Rebecca said: “DJing is my hobby, and one day my line manager and I thought it would be fantastic to use as a therapy intervention. There is a young man in one of the schools where I work who loves music. He has a severe learning disability and we wondered if we could try using DJing to support him.

“I had to think of a way to make it more accessible and adaptable because it’s quite a difficult skill to learn. So we ran a finance offer and found a starter pack online with a reasonably priced controller, headphones, and speakers. You can take it with you, and all you would need is a laptop to plug it in, and you’re set.

And just like that, Rebecca started holding weekly group or one-on-one sessions with the youth.

Students work to improve their motor skills using techniques such as midline crossing and sequencing skills. It also helps young people to develop their memory and concentration.

Rebecca shares that while DJing can be a tough job, one of the students picked it up so quickly that he managed to record his own 30-minute mix and ended up having his own minor DJ system. at home.

Rebecca said: “I worked with a student who had a real passion for music and had difficulty dealing with her anxiety. So I used music and DJing to build a therapeutic relationship with her, which ended up improving her school attendance. She learned beat-matching, which is a complicated skill to learn, but she just had an ear for it and understood it very well. After the DJ sessions, we were able to explore other coping strategies to support anxiety management.”

Rebecca is an occupational therapy apprentice with the Together Trust, a charity which supports children and adults with disabilities, children in care and experienced carers.

Children’s Services Board Supports Grandma’s Place

Roxanne Jacobs, Executive Director of Grandma’s Place, (center) accepts the $25,000 grant from the Children’s Services Council.

Grandma’s Place, a non-profit organization based in Royal Palm Beach, recently announced that it had received a $25,000 recovery grant from the Children’s Services Council. The grant is used for the Parent Support Program’s Ability, Behaviour, Learning & Education (ABLE) program.

Grandma’s Place is the only location in Palm Beach County that offers 24/7 respite services for parents of children with special needs from birth to 12 years old, including night and day availability. ’emergency.

In addition to family emergencies, night shifts are vital for first responders and parents of hospital staff, especially during this time of COVID-19. Respite services for parents include their child(ren) attending ABLE during their respite stay. The ABLE program offers extracurricular and weekend activities such as music therapy and specialized learning tablets, all of which promote self-esteem, inclusion and the development of social skills. Respite services are essential to the well-being of the family by strengthening and creating a stable family environment best suited to the development of one or more children with special needs.

Grandma’s Place became eligible for the $25,000 funding because it previously received support from the Council for Children’s Services through the Great Ideas Initiative. Since 2016, the Great Ideas Initiative has financially supported more than 85 forward-thinking local nonprofits that help children and families thrive.

The Children’s Services Council is a specialized government agency created by the voters of Palm Beach County. It provides leadership, funding, services and research on behalf of county children so they grow up healthy, safe and strong.

For more information about this program or Grandma’s Place, call (561) 753-2226, visit www.grandmaplacepb.org or email [email protected]

Sterling continues to consolidate against the Japanese yen


The British Pound moved back and forth again during Thursday’s trading session against the Japanese Yen as we continue the same consolidation we have been in for two weeks. This is not a huge surprise, given how parabolic the market had been, so the question now is whether or not we are simply consolidating before making a bigger move, or whether we are in a “consolidation phase”. delivery”?

GBP/JPY Video 14.01.22

If we are in a distribution phase, a drop below the ¥155 level would certainly confirm this, and we would likely see a repeat of the last time we went parabolic, which means we could go down to the ¥155 level. ¥150. . Keep in mind that this pair is very sensitive to risk appetite, which also comes into play. By observing other markets, you can get an idea whether or not this market should go up or down.

Alternatively, if we can break above the ¥158.50 level, that clears any resistance and sends this market much higher and likely more of a parabolic “buy and hold” situation where we look to the ¥160 level pretty quickly. I don’t necessarily like this move, at least not without knocking out a lot of the foam we’ve seen over the past two weeks. Frankly, I even like the idea of ​​buying a pullback closer to the ¥155 level, as that is my “line in the sand” as far as this pair is concerned. All things being equal, you will need to be careful in the next two sessions.

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The Circle program works on developing students’ social skills and emotional health | News


KEESEVILLE — A program to empower young students is having an impact at Keeseville Elementary School.

The Circle program, hosted by Sweethearts & Heroes, builds empathy among students by listening and communicating with their peers in a circle.

“We are thrilled to partner with Sweethearts & Heroes this year. They have been so supportive throughout our time working with them,” said Keeseville Elementary Principal Mike Francia.

“Last year when we were fully remote, they adapted the program to connect our students while they weren’t in person at school. The social and emotional well-being of our students is one of our top priorities here at Keeseville Elementary. »


The Sweethearts & Heroes Circle program helps activate many social-emotional skills in students, said Tom Murphy, director and co-founder of Sweethearts & Heroes.

The program was presented at the school on Wednesday and will be presented again on January 19.

“Circle is about creating a support network for students at all levels, so that when they are struggling with social and emotional barriers, they have the resources to deal with those challenges. If you regularly engage in Circle, an entire culture can change. We’ve seen this happen thousands of times,” Murphy said.

“You have to commit to teaching this social-emotional growth. Empathy is like a muscle in the brain, if you exercise it it grows, otherwise it atrophies and falls.


The development of these social skills in children has been disrupted by the pandemic, when learning moved online, Murphy said.

“A teacher told me that we might not understand all of the developmental implications of the pandemic until our kindergartners graduate,” Murphy said.

“Many children reported a real sense of loneliness and isolation. All of us as human beings need a real sense of purpose and meaning, whether it’s sports, music or a job, and too many students have seen that undone. There’s some big stuff that we won’t know the impact of for years.


Pat Fish, chief presenter of Sweethearts & Heroes in Keeseville, said the Circle program has increased the bond between students and teachers.

“You see teachers learning things about their students that maybe they didn’t necessarily know before, and the students are also learning about their teachers,” Fish said.

“The best way to teach children is to show them, and teachers also practiced vulnerability in these circles. When you have a teacher talking about past life experiences and things they may have done differently, that’s a great lesson for these kids to learn.


Developing those skills has been the Sweethearts & Heroes program’s top priority since the pandemic began, Fish said.

“The biggest thing when schools came back is what did students lose the most when they were home and away from each other?” says fish.

“If you talk to any teacher in the country, they will tell you that the most important thing to work on is the emotional and social health of the student. These kids have been through a ton, now we need to help them bounce back and overcome some of these difficulties. We believe we are in an excellent position to help them.

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Cebu City and Mandaue City have reached Alert Level 3


CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu City and Mandaue City were raised to Alert Level 3 from January 14 to 31, 2022, in a new statement from the Interagency Task Force (IATF).

Acting Presidential Spokesman Secretary Karlo Nograles announced on January 12, 2022 that 28 provinces and cities are under Alert Level 3, including Cebu City and Mandaue City, due to the increase in cases COVID-19 in these regions.

Other areas of the Visayas that are under Alert Level 3 include Bacolod City, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, and Tacloban City.

Cebu City saw a rapid increase in active cases in the first few days of the year, with cases reaching 778 as of January 11, 2022. By comparison, Mandaue City lags far behind with just 143 active cases as of the same date. .

The city of Lapu-Lapu, which was previously placed under Alert Level 3, is no longer on the list after Mayor Junard Ahong Chan appealed their case.

Yet Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama will not appeal the city’s high alert status given the increase in cases.

“We will have to review what activities are below alert level 3. No appeal. We shouldn’t be appealing now. We see the numbers increase. We don’t want any problems at the moment, we want to focus on recovery, ”said the mayor.

Rama understands that implementing Alert Level 3 in a typhoon-stricken town with many homes damaged and residents still reeling from the typhoon’s aftermath will be a challenge.

To address the concerns of residents who still suffer from the lack of basic utilities in their homes, Rama met with Visayan Electric and the telecommunications companies on Wednesday.

Rama told CDN Digital that Globe and Smart promised to repair connectivity within three days, just in time for the Alert Level 3 implementation.

“If VECO provides electricity, then our telecom operators can restore connectivity,” the mayor said.

Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera, Deputy EOC Implementation Officer, hopes IATF will give Cebu City some leeway in implementing the Level 3 alert status account given the damage caused by the typhoon.

“I don’t know their base apart from the growing number of cases, we have other areas they need to consider, our hospital occupancy rate, mortalities (none), our level of response and intervention despite the fact that we have just survived the most powerful typhoon that has hit our city in decades.

“Finally, you should know that the parameters are set at level 3,” said the advisor.

Mandaue city officials have yet to make a statement on the new status of the alert level.

Alert level 3

Under Alert Level 3, intra-zonal and inter-zonal movement is subject to “reasonable restrictions” which may be imposed by local government units, the IATF said.

People under the age of 18 and those belonging to the vulnerable population are also allowed to access and travel to procure and procure essential goods and services and to work.

The following establishments and activities are prohibited under the strictest alert level:

  • Face-to-face courses in basic education
  • Contact sports
  • Fair festivities
  • Karaoke bars, clubs, concert halls, theaters
  • Casino
  • Horse racing, cockfighting, cockpit operation, lottery and betting shops and other gaming establishments outside of those authorized by the IATF or the President’s office
  • Social gatherings where individuals do not belong to the same household

The following activities, on the other hand, will be authorized with a reception capacity of 30% for fully vaccinated persons and an external capacity of 50%:

  • Cinemas
  • Meetings, conferences, exhibitions
  • Social events such as weddings, engagements, debuts, birthdays
  • Tourist attractions, including libraries
  • Theme parks
  • Leisure places
  • In-person religious gatherings
  • License exams
  • Catering services
  • Personal care services
  • Fitness rooms, non-contact sports
  • Film, music, television production

Currently, Alert Level 3 is high in 19 areas, including Metro Manila and its adjacent provinces Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal and Laguna.


IATF will place 28 additional zones under Alert Level 3 from January 14

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Laurie M. Tisch Enlightenment Fund announces organizations to receive grants for new arts and mental health program


Philanthropist Laurie M. Tisch announced today that 14 New York-based organizations will receive grants under the new Enlightenment Fund Arts and mental health program, an expansion of its Arts in Health initiative. The Arts and Mental Health program is designed to increase access to mental health services for communities with long-standing health disparities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 120 arts and culture organizations responded to the Illumination Fund’s open call for tenders for small and medium-sized organizations with budgets of less than $ 5 million. Organizations that receive grants work in communities that have often been neglected and underfunded to address the mental health issues of their populations.

“After two long years, with so many tragic illnesses and deaths, data shows the COVID-19 pandemic has created a mental health pandemic in its wake, particularly evident among communities already struggling to overcome other challenges. “, said Laurie Tisch, founder and president of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund. “More people than ever need mental health services and we want to make sure our most vulnerable communities have access to programs that can help alleviate their suffering and build their resilience. “

The COVID 19 pandemic has blatantly highlighted long-standing health disparities that hurt historically marginalized and vulnerable people, including communities of color and people with pre-existing social, economic and health challenges .

Disproportionate rates of infection, hospitalizations and death have been widely reported, however, less attention has been paid to the uneven burden of impacts on mental health. Similar inequalities based on race and ethnicity are exacerbated by circumstances such as unemployment, domestic violence, homelessness, pre-existing mental illness, disabilities and immigration status. Grants in the Arts and mental health aim to use the arts as a vehicle to address mental health challenges and address the stigma that is a barrier to seeking help.

Organizations receiving grants deploy a variety of strategies, including:

  • narrative development and group storytelling facilitated;
  • the development of programs based on music, dance and theater with facets targeted at mental health;
  • the sewing of fabrics by refugees and survivors of gender-based violence;
  • new partnerships with mental health organizations or licensed providers;
  • integrate mental health counselors on staff and program participants;
  • provide training in trauma-informed practices;
  • increasing access to therapy for performing artists and arts workers; and
  • develop public performances as a vehicle for de-stigmatizing mental health problems and raising awareness of resources.

The beneficiaries of the Illumination Fund’s Arts & Mental Health program are:

Artistic debut: To hire its first clinical social worker for creative arts workshops for youth and homeless youth and families in the system.

Common threads: Creation of two groups of refugee women and survivors of gender-based violence in partnership with the Bellevue program for survivors of torture and the City College psychological center, using the inherently healing properties of creating story paintings in a circle sewing with other survivors. Participants can also show their work in exhibitions that raise awareness about gender-based violence.

Dances for a variable population: Developping Moving Minds, an adaptation of their Movement Speaks program: adding a mental health specialist to expand and improve dance and movement workshops for seniors in Harlem, Bronx, Queens in the neighborhood Chinese and the Lower East Side.

Dance / New York: New programs to provide mental health support to staff of the organization, which serves thousands of dancers, dance workers and dance organizations.

Darkness RISING project: Musical performances and lively discussions for the black community and cross members of the LGBTQIA community, the Latinx community, formerly incarcerated people and artists who have lived with mental health issues.

DE-CRUIT Veterans Program: Drama workshops using Shakespearean plays to spark dialogue and address the mental health needs of vulnerable military veterans, with a particular focus on veterans of color, low-income veterans and incarcerated veterans.

ID Studio Theater: To expand the Bilingual Healing Arts Initiative, an innovative and culturally relevant artistic programming that includes music, dance, theater, movement, meditation, memories and art, developed in partnership with hospitals and health centers in the South Bronx.

Indie space: Community care program and mental health resources serving individual artists with disabilities and immigrants from BIPOC, LGBTQIA +.

Kundiman: Trauma-informed creative writing workshops and annual retreat for the Asian American writing community.

Pregones Puerto Rican Traveling Theater: Development of Abrazo: The Embrace for Mental Health, a new interactive theater project to raise community awareness about post-COVID mental health crises and to enable local New York participants to seek and access mental health services existing.

Redhawk Native Arts Council: Serving members of New York’s Indigenous community, the Redhawk Native American Arts Council created Healing Through Indigenous Culture and Traditions to provide Indigenous people the opportunity to create traditional instruments and learn songs and dances to foster the connections between traditions and using music and song as a medium to tell stories about healing and Indigenous traditions that have been practiced for thousands of years.

Showcase for art and architecture in collaboration with Land, DYKWTCA (Do You Know Where the Children Are, co-organized by artists-activists Marie ellen Carroll and Lucas Michel), The architecture of Reddymade, and Dr Jessica Marshall: Development of “RSVP” (Please respond), which will support refugee and immigrant children and families in the Bronx with a specially designed trauma response program involving the creation of a portable structure in the health services mental, medical and legal of Terra Firma. clinic to organize arts-based mental health activities for adults and youth.

Target margin theater: Community storytelling project, serving members of the Sunset Park community, including Muslim, Asian and Latinx immigrant groups.

ViBe theater experience: Wellness program and staff training in mental health strategies for programs for girls, young women and non-binary colored youth.

Edina Realty enters South Dakota market with purchase of Hegg Realtors


Edina Realty stakes its first dealership in South Dakota by acquiring Hegg Realtors, a Sioux Falls-based brokerage house that has been in existence for nearly 80 years.

The deal will add 200 agents to Edina’s roster and give the company a foothold in a rapidly growing market.

“We have always sought to increase our presence in larger regional markets like Sioux Falls,” said Greg Mason, President and CEO of Edina Realty Home Services. “The more we talked and got to know each other, we knew this was a great fit for both companies.”

The deal was announced Tuesday morning shortly before Minneapolis-based HomeServices of America announced the purchase of three additional out-of-state brokerage firms and a national moving company.

HomeServices, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, is a holding company that includes Edina Realty and other brokerages in 33 states. In 2020, the company was the country’s largest brokerage house in terms of transactions, but second behind Realogy Holding Group, owner of Coldwell Banker Realty, based on total sales volume, according to a 2021 brokerage report from RealTrends. .

The five transactions were closed at the end of December and crown what was otherwise just an ordinary year for consolidations and acquisitions of brokerage companies. The terms were not disclosed.

These new companies will add 1,400 sellers, 15,000 transactions and nearly $ 8 billion in closed sales volume to HomeServices’ 2021 portfolio.

The latest acquisitions include Bennion Deville Homes, which closed nearly 4,400 deals and $ 3.1 billion in sales in Coachella Valley, California; Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Alliance Real Estate and Alliance Title Group, which has completed 4,000 transactions and $ 1.3 billion in sales in the St. Louis area and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida, which is based in Santa Rosa Beach and has closed more than 2,700 transactions and has $ 2.1 billion in sales.

The acquisition of Joe Moholland Moving, which operates primarily in Virginia, Maryland and the Washington DC area but has an international presence, will allow HomeServices to reinforce what it calls a commitment to a “customer to customer” business model. life “.

Increasingly, real estate brokerage firms have focused on offering affiliate services, including title, mortgage, and insurance, in an effort to streamline the buying and selling process. Such offers also create a source of additional income for real estate companies who have traditionally relied on a slice of an agent’s sales commission and other fees.

HomeServices, which is based in downtown Minneapolis, has continued to expand its presence across the country, primarily through the acquisition of established and well-known local businesses that have strong brand recognition. As is the case with the acquisition of Hegg Realty by Edina Realty, HomeServices generally retains the local brand and leadership.

After making just a few acquisitions earlier in 2021, the December deals will dramatically increase HomeService’s presence in the United States

These transactions are the first local brokerage acquisition announcement of 2022 and they come after a 2021 sluggishness for such transactions. Earlier in 2021, HomeServices announced the acquisition of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hudson Valley Properties, based in LaGrangeville, New York. And in July, the company announced it had acquired Americana Holdings, which operates in Arizona, California and Nevada.

Twin Cities-based Coldwell Banker Realty also had a 2021 intermediary for the acquisition. In April, the company purchased Real Services Inc., an independent subsidiary of Coldwell Banker known as Coldwell Banker East West Realty. This agreement included 60 agents in seven offices in northern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Edina Realty CEO Greg Mason said he expects 2021 to be a busier year for acquisitions for his company and others.

“When you have a really good market for several years it becomes onerous for a lot of companies and they start looking for exit strategies,” he said. “The challenges of running a brokerage over the past two years have been a challenge for many small businesses. “

Shaka Faces Emotional Pain on New Single | Entertainment


Dancehall artist Shaka says he wrote his latest single, Walk, to address her pain and the concept of universal love during a time of sadness.

“You see, Walk is a song that most people can relate to because all human beings have experienced this kind of emotional pain at one time or another. Everyone is always out for a walk, traveling the streets, ”he said. He released the single with visuals on December 24, which racked up more than 140,000 views. The single was produced by Terro ChopCity Records and Tekktroniic Muziq.

Shaka, named Shaquille Davis, grew up in the Canaan Heights community in Clarendon and attended Foga Road High School where he first fell in love with music. As a teenager, he idolized the American rapper Tupac Shakur, who remains his main musical influence.

“Music was my first choice since high school and when I left I spent all of my time developing my skills and writing continuously,” Shaka said. He recorded his first song, titled Falling soldier, in 2016. Shaka strives to make music that is both “emotional and inspiring” while remaining accessible to the masses.

He scored his first big hit with the emotionally charged single Karma, which was produced by Terro ChopCity Records and Tekktroniic Muziq. The song deals with the consequences of a gangster lifestyle.

Karma is a reality song that motivates and helps people protect themselves and reminds them of what’s going on around them, he said. Shaka is part of an artist collective dubbed WestSide, which is Shaka’s team, and includes other artists such as Kun Don.

Get off to de-stress – SRQist :: Article from SRQ magazine by Brittany Mattie

Horseback riding is like chicken soup for the soul.


Beyond the pet-owner relationship that many of us have lovingly experienced, some pets go even further. In therapeutic settings, they often help individuals overcome mental health issues, recover from difficult times or emotional harm. Growing in popularity due to its experiential, holistic approach and evidence-based efficacy, “horse-assisted therapy” and “horse-facilitated psychotherapy” are at the top of Google searches as neoteric terms. for those looking for a helping hoof. Longtime recreational rider Jaymie Klauber says riding the trails for her is “chicken soup for the soul.” Whether it’s a peaceful, solo getaway to unwind life’s stressors, or a fun activity to get together with friends and hubby Tommy Klauber with a picnic of cooked meals. home for an afternoon outing, Jaymie says a look in a horse’s eye and, “You’re hooked.


“Something about their eyes, it’s like they can see straight into your soul. There is such a special bond and partnership between horses and humans. So much confidence is involved in riding, part of it in you and the horse. So I guess that’s what makes it easy for a person to connect with them compared to another animal. ”

Contact Jaymie at epicequineexperiences.com or 941-705-3884 to arrange a race.


When the Klaubers decided to shut down their restaurant and catering business, Jaymie wondered what would bring her most joy in her next chapter, and the answer stared at her in the form of a majestic pure- blood brown color. “I wanted to be around the horses as much as possible, to spend more time with them, so I decided to create Epic Equine Experiences to teach others about the beauty and the healing possibilities of horses.”

And sometimes the healing goes both ways. Calm, sensitive and full of endurance, Jaymie’s eight rescued horses of various breeds are mostly former racehorses or retired thoroughbreds from the racing world. Adopted and adopted for other equestrian pursuits, Jaymie gives them a second chance at life and a new “off-piste” goal. Between their protruding stature and their free spirits, “there’s a feeling around horses that is just plain good for your mind and soul,” says Jaymie. “Everything you do on horseback is also good for your body. On the one hand, you need to be in shape, or riding will get you in shape quickly. The old joke is, “What’s the problem? The horse does all the work. But that’s not true! She laughs. Using just about every muscle in your body, your arms to lead and control, the core tightens for balance and keeps you upright, while your legs are like an alligator clip against their sides for added stability during movement.

But beyond the physical form of riding, the emotional healing and mental release involved with horses is what keeps Jaymie’s riders from leaving Epic Equine Experiences. In particular, a woman diagnosed with cancer and currently undergoing chemo. “She’s planning different days to get off here from St. Pete. She comes in between her chemotherapy treatments on days when she knows she will feel good, ”Jaymie shares. “She used to cycle a long time ago, but she got back to it while going through this cancer, as part of her recovery. It brings him so much joy and release. With their calming effect on the brain and their ability to lift spirits and elicit smiles, “people get quite addicted to horses,” she continues. “I see people going out into the stable and you can just see the pressure of their day ease as soon as they touch a horse, it’s wonderful to see. There is a lot of smile involved.

Photo courtesy of @epicequineexp


Epic Equine Experiences offers riding experiences through county and state parks near the city and I-75. On well-groomed trails and explored “off-road” scenic areas, cyclists will be immersed in ecological wonders, native flora and Spanish moss, Florida wetlands and swamps, hundreds of bird species exotic, wild animals and tranquil meadows. Homemade meals and decadent drinks are provided to riders by the Klaubers – a nod to their ancient careers in gastronomy and a bonus for riders who wish to picnic outdoors in the oak forests.

XQC was the most watched Twitch streamer of 2021


Twitch analyst Streams Charts has compiled a list of the most watched streamers in 2021, looking at both viewing times and peak viewers. In terms of hours watched, xQc takes the top prize with over 100 million more than second place.

He got 274.96 million viewing hours while sitting at a peak of 173,620 viewers – that’s a lot, but it’s not the most. In fact, TheGrefg has the highest peak despite having fewer viewing hours – they have a staggering peak of 2.5 million viewers.

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In second position, the Gauls with 165.39 million hours watched and a peak audience of 343,315. Auronplay occupies third place with 121.14 million hours watched and a peak of 332,926 viewers. Then you have ibai, loud_coringa, Summit1g, Shroud, HasanAbi, NICKMERCS, and the aforementioned TheGrefg. You can see the bar graph with the numbers in the embedded tweet below.


Streams Charts also looked at the most popular female Twitch streamers, looking only at times watched. In the lead are Amouranth at 38.96 million, then Saddummy, Pokimane, IamCristinini, Jinnytty, 39daph, fuslie, pqueen, Kyedae and itsHafu.

As for the most popular categories, they were quite varied – number one, unsurprisingly, is Just Chatting. Then you have GTA 5, League of Legends, Fortnite, Valorant, Minecraft, Call of Duty: Warzone, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Apex Legends, and Dota 2. These are just the game categories.

For categories not related to games, Just Chatting remains in first place. Then you have the slots, music, sports, art, ASMR, talk shows and podcasts, pools, hot tubs and beaches, science and technology, and then the travel and the outdoors. The spa meta peaked earlier in 2021, sparking controversy on Twitch’s point-of-care platform, and it certainly left a mark with 43,000 hours of viewing time. It’s not at the same level as the 267 million music, but it’s impressive enough to get into the top ten.

And to top it off, xQc is still going strong in 2022, remaining the most-watched streamer in January so far. He is joined by Trainwreckstv, ibai, HasanAbi, shroud, LVNDMARK, TheGrefg, WillerZ, fps_shaka and Rubius.

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TV tonight: enter a real couples therapy room | Television



Couple therapy

10 p.m., BBC Two

Get out the popcorn and take some notes: you’re about to be a fly on the wall in a couples therapy session. In this American reality TV series, Dr. Orna Guralnik invites couples into the room for an hour at a time. First of all, Annie remembers the time she threw her husband Mau’s birthday party – and he hopped on a plane to Italy instead. Uh … Hollie richardson

Junior oven baking

5 p.m., channel 4

Now for some tea time fun. Harry Hill welcomes 16 kids to the Bake Off tent to shame us with their spatula skills in the first of a new series. In the opening round, Ravneet Gill and Paul Hollywood judge two cake-based challenges, including a show that depicts the bakers’ proudest moments. TIME

Inside Art Special: Coventry City of Culture

7 p.m., Sky Arts

The Midlands are in the spotlight tonight, with a focus on Coventry – the cultural city of 2021 – in this hour-long special. Described as “the city where the movement began”, spectators tour its museums and galleries, while recalling the city’s innovation in the transportation industry and the historic activism that takes place there. TIME

Unpackaged food goes vegetarian

8 p.m., Canal 4

Here’s something for anyone who is currently ditching meat for January to chew. This collection of vegetarian features from the show sees Jimmy Doherty subjecting Beyond Burger’s plant-based patties to a taste test, Kate Quilton investigating the versatile jackfruit, and tips for viewers who want to grow their own vegetables. TIME

Art on the BBC: Van Gogh – Life and Art

9 p.m., BBC Four

Art historian Kate Bryan draws on BBC archives to understand the television history of one of the world’s most famous artists: Vincent van Gogh. From fine art documentaries to dramas such as Doctor Who, Bryan learns that television has long been drawn to the tortured painter, who chased the sun into the sunflower fields of Provence. Henri wong


10:05 p.m. Sky Atlantic

Season two of the shocking drama for Sam Levinson’s parents has been a long time coming, but now it’s back to pick up the story of 17-year-old Rue Bennett (Zendaya, who won an Emmy for her performance) and her battle. with addiction. She was last seen hitting rock bottom, making bad choices, and turning to what looked like a very stylized clip. So, has she found her way back to relapse? Hunter Schafer as Jules Vaughn and Sydney Sweeney as Cassie Howard also reprise their roles in the cast of the Revolutionary Ensemble. Dawson’s Creek it doesn’t, with the promise of an even darker feel this time around (Levinson said it would be a “brutal” season). Hannah verdier

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England Cup Soccer: Manchester United v Aston Villa 7:30 p.m., BBC One. A tie in the third round of Old Trafford.


As Order Reestablishes In Kazakhstan, Its Future Looks Darker Than Ever | Kazakhstan



For many Kazakhs, the whole story behind last week’s unrest remains as murky as the haze that enveloped both Almaty, the country’s largest city and the center of violence.

People were unable to access precise information as an internet outage froze almost all access to the outside world during a few tragic days of violence in which military vehicles drove through the streets, buildings and buildings. government officials burned down and state television broadcast recurring threats that “bandits and terrorists” would be ruthlessly wiped out.

Now order and the Internet have largely been restored, but there are still more questions than answers. One thing that is clear is that many of the old assumptions about Kazakhstan, the resource-rich Central Asian state, have been overturned.

Just last month, the country celebrated the 30th anniversary of its independence, with official speeches highlighting the image of a peaceful and prosperous nation, which had largely avoided political turmoil and boasted of an independent foreign policy. and “multivectorial”.

Kazakhstan, it seems, had even managed the delicate transition of power from its longtime president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, who ruled the country from independence from 1991 to 2019, to his handpicked successor, Kassym. -Jomart Tokayev.

A month later, and the picture is quite different. Peaceful protests have turned into violent clashes, Tokayev has announced that he has ordered security forces to “shoot to kill, without warning,” and troops from a Russian-led military alliance are on the ground after been called by Tokayev.

Riot police during the uprising in Almaty. Photograph: Alexander Kuznetsov / EPA

Amid it all, dozens of deaths and the feeling of an eyewitness reports that the actual number of victims could be much higher than the 26 “armed criminals” and 18 security guards who the ministry said Interior, were killed. Over 4,000 people have been arrested.

It was suspected all week that there could be more than just a popular uprising, and this was reinforced by the announcement on Saturday that Karim Masimov, a powerful former security chief and prime minister, had been arrested on suspicion of treason.

The move only increased speculation that the initial protests could have been used by groups within the country’s political elite to wage their own battles. A source in the Kazakh business community gave credence to this scenario, describing a situation in recent months of growing tension between figures close to Nazarbayev and his successor, Tokayev.

“In the past six to 12 months there has been an increase in quarrels, which has crippled decision making,” the source said. “It has been bubbling for a while.”

One of the most surprising episodes of the week was Tokayev’s transformation from a placid placeholder to a furious autocrat, vowing to brutally crush the revolt.

“We were dealing with armed and well-prepared bandits, local and foreign. Bandits and terrorists, who should be destroyed. It will happen as soon as possible, “Tokayev said in an uncompromising speech to the nation on Friday, noting that there were 20,000 of these” bandits “in Almaty alone. He also posted an English message on Twitter: “In my opinion, no talks with the terrorists: we have to kill them. It was then deleted.

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is the hand-picked successor of Kazakhstan’s independence leader Nursultan Nazarbayev. Photograph: Xinhua / Rex / Shutterstock

“He used to come across as a calm, mealy-mouthed diplomat, but the rhetoric we saw on Friday was that of a general leading an army,” said Kate Mallinson, partner at Chatham House.

Amnesty International has described Tokayev’s promise to shoot without warning as “a recipe for disaster”, and the question now arises as to how much the government’s response will differentiate peaceful protesters from violent groups. Tokayev put Kazakhstan’s already besieged civil society on alert when he said free media had helped fuel the unrest.

“There is still very little independent information and a lot of uncertainties. However, one thing is clear: the peaceful protest was genuine and spontaneous, ”said Diana T Kudaibergenova, a sociologist at the University of Cambridge. “People have taken to the streets to voice their grievances and we have seen some self-organization, especially in western Kazakhstan. “

The protest started in the west last weekend, sparked by rising fuel prices, and quickly spread to other cities, including Almaty. There, many people in the streets reported that on Wednesday and Thursday the protest was hijacked by violent groups, some of whom appeared to be well organized, and who attacked government buildings and briefly took over the airport.

Tokayev, in his remarks, vaguely referred to “foreign-trained” attackers, but gave no details and did not specify who they were supposed to work for.

Many questions remain about Nazarbayev’s role in the week’s apparent behind-the-scenes feuds. Tokayev announced on Wednesday that he was removing Nazarbayev from the head of the security council, without specifying whether it was with or without the approval of the former president. Persistent rumors circulated throughout the week that Nazarbayev and his family had fled the country.

Nazarbayev spokesman Aidos Ukibay on Saturday denounced the rumors as “knowingly false and speculative information”. He said Nazarbayev was in close contact with Tokayev and wanted the nation to rally around the new president. But the man himself has remained silent during the most dramatic week in the history of the young country.

It was a surprising absence of a politician who has personified Kazakhstan for the past three decades. When he resigned in 2019, the new capital he ordered to be created in 1997 was renamed Nur-Sultan, in his honor. But despite all the excesses of personality cult, Nazarbayev’s Kazakhstan has long been a much smarter autocracy than those of other post-Soviet Central Asian nations.

Many Western diplomats had a positive view of his leadership, despite democratic shortcomings, in part because of the lucrative opportunities for Western businesses the country offered. “He succeeded in balancing Russia and China, as well as other outside influences, and he implemented real reforms,” ​​a Western diplomatic source said.

At the same time, a small elite close to Nazarbayev became extremely wealthy, while many ordinary citizens still lived in poverty. Over time, the resentments only intensified. “In Kazakhstan, the market economy means capitalism, which means a lot of money, which means big bribes for the better connected,” as a former US ambassador put it in a diplomatic cable disclosed in 2010, paraphrasing a conversation with a prominent Kazakh businessman.

Whatever the final outcome of last week’s unrest, images of a statue of Nazarbayev in the town of Taldykorgan being shot and crowds chanting “Old man, out!” Are likely to fundamentally change the legacy he hoped for.

The independent foreign policy that was one of his most treasured achievements is also at stake. When, on Wednesday evening, Tokayev asked for support from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CTSC), a Russian-led military alliance , the request was approved within hours. At a time when all eyes were on the troops massed near the Russian-Ukrainian border, suddenly there was a different Russian intervention to contend with.

Both the Kazakh and Russian sides have insisted that the contingent will be limited in size, scope and duration, and so far claims of Russian occupation appear to be exaggerated. But even if the troops are gone in a few days, the balance of power in the region is likely to have been irrevocably altered. “Nothing is free with Putin, and there will be a quid pro quo,” Mallinson said. Besides the geopolitical implications, the sudden collapse of the Kazakh security forces and the legacy of Nazarbayev can also have important repercussions on Russian domestic politics.

“Russia and Kazakhstan are two very similar political models: post-imperial resource-based personalized autocracies,” said Moscow-based political scientist Ekaterina Schulmann. The “Nazarbayev option” had been seen as a possible way for Vladimir Putin to safely step down at the end of his current term in 2024, but it now seems a much less attractive option than it could have done there. has a week.

Those involved in political decision-making in Russia would likely conclude from recent events in Kazakhstan that even a managed transition is dangerous and that the security forces should be further strengthened, Schulmann said.

“If you have a pet idea, whatever happens it will fuel your pet idea,” she said, noting that the Kremlin is obsessed with preserving current power structures. and repelling perceived external threats by quelling dissent at home.

As attention shifts to internal feuds and geopolitical implications, some inside the country are urging that the human tragedy of the last days not be forgotten. On Saturday, a group of Kazakh civil society organizations wrote an open letter to the authorities: “Unrest and violence have no place in peaceful protests … We call on the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into every aspect of this tragedy.


The Scottish singer’s last wish to come true after losing a two-year fight to rare cancer



A fundraiser for the funeral of a young Scottish singer who died of cancer surpassed her goal of £ 7,500 – and more donations will be used to set up a charity in her name to bring music therapy to life available to other young cancer patients.

Paige Dougall, 17, of Kirkcaldy in Fife, spent two years battling Ewing’s sarcoma, which attacks bones and died of the disease on Wednesday.

Heartfelt tributes are pouring in for the young singer, who managed to carve out a place in the UK top 40 after recording a heartwarming song with pop star Ella Henderson.

The track “I’m Going Through Hell” recounted her battle with cancer and raised awareness among other people with the disease.

After Paige died, a fundraising page was set up on Thursday to give her “the send she deserves.”

A post shared by the organizers of the fundraising page, read: “Any money that exceeds funeral expenses will be used to fund Paige’s Last Wish – a charity on her behalf, dedicated to making music therapy accessible to everyone. hospitals to help other young people who are fighting. Cancer.”

The post stated that Paige was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma shortly after her 15th birthday in 2019. Prior to that she had experienced a lot of pain which resulted in numerous trips to the hospital leading up to the discovery. of her cancer.

He said she “fought bravely” with the support of her family and that although she went into remission in July 2020, in time for her 16th birthday, she relapsed in February of the year. last.

In December, new scans showed substantial cancer growth, but she “never stopped radiating positivity” and was treated at the Royal Infirmary for Sick Kids in Edinburgh, and more recently at the Victoria Hospice in Kirkcaldy.

The post said: “As Christmas approached, she had the strength to come home and spend the rest of her time surrounded by her family until she passed away peacefully with her mother by her side.

“Paige was an incredibly joyful person whose laughter was infectious, she had an intense love for music and a strong passion for helping others throughout her own journey.”

Paige wrote several songs that she uploaded to YouTube about the fight against cancer, in the hopes of reaching audiences who could sympathize with her situation and find solace in her lyrics.

The fundraising post said her last wish was for a charity to be established in her name that offers music therapy and classes to other young people battling cancer.

He said she found music to be a big outing on her trip and believed others might benefit from access to instruments and lessons in hospitals.

Following the sad news of her passing, Scottish singer Callum Beattie, who released a charity single with Paige last year, was among those who paid tribute on social media and described her as a “truly soul. , really special “.

Ewing’s sarcoma is a rare type of cancer that affects the bones or the tissues around the bones. It mainly affects children and adolescents but it can also be found in adults.

Anyone wishing to donate on the fundraising page can do so HERE.

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Melanie Greenberg shares her ‘wild story’ in her musical ‘The Elephant in the Room’ | Arts-theater


LENOX – Picture this: a 10ft, over 10,000 pound elephant hanging out around a circus-themed party in the backyard of an affluent Los Angeles neighborhood.

For Melanie Greenberg, who grew up on the Upper East Side of New York City, the image not only serves as a symbol that she likens to how out of place she grew up and her teenage angst, but it t is also a real detail of his life story.

While not carrying an actual elephant with her, Greenberg, a new resident of Great Barrington, brings her story to life on the stage at the Apple Tree Inn on Friday night. Told against the backdrop of a psychedelic ayahuasca journey, the solo musical “The Elephant in the Room” takes audiences through poignant moments in Greenberg’s life, while paying homage to the performance tunes that helped her. to survive his education.

“I have a crazy story: I ran away from home when I was 15. I found myself in a family of born-agains. I’ve been sent to various institutions, ”Greenberg said. “I took the events of my life and what I really did was rewrite them the way I wanted to tell them. I took every chapter of my show and found a Broadway musical that I love, to take my hat off, and kind of reimagined that chapter of my life as a musical that way. .

From the psychiatric ward to a “therapeutic” boarding school for troubled youth, to the Ivy League and drug rehab, Greenberg spent his adolescence and early adulthood browsing the full range of institutions. Americans, while trying to make sense of a strained relationship. with his mother.

Among the moments in her life that she reimagined, Greenberg said she considered the point of view of the psychiatric ward doctor and reimagined her as Miss Hannigan from the musical “Annie”.

Sip inventive martinis while listening to a troubadour rocker at The Ostrich Room, a modern-day underground bar

“In my head, I always sing a song.”

By marrying trauma with music and comedy, “The Elephant In The Room” acts as an invitation from the narrator to the audience to reshape and reclaim their own stories. The process of creating this work only served to deepen Melanie’s belief that sharing stories is the key to understanding yourself and others.

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Writer, actress and musician Melanie Greenberg shares how she spent her teenage and early adulthood browsing the full spectrum of American institutions in her one-woman show, “The Elephant in the Room.”

In my mind I always sing a song so why not tell my story in a way that feels like the fantasy of how I want to live ie in a fabulous dress singing a song on the piano ” , she said. . “It’s not everyone’s version, but for me it’s fantasy.”

Greenberg, who has written and performed his entire life, holds a master’s degree in fine arts from the New School of New York.

She was the creator and host of the YouTube channel, Kill Switch. She has also written, produced, and starred in a TV comedy pilot about a middle-aged mother trying to become YouTuber in order to gain the respect of her children.

“The Elephant in the Room”, however, is her first performance piece she wrote as well as her first autobiographical piece.

The show’s writing process allowed Greenberg to examine his own narrative from his own perspective as well as that of others.

It won the award for best comedy at the 2021 United Solo Festival.

The show is directed by Joanie Schultz with Bill Zeffiro as musical director. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Greenberg was able to reconnect with Schultz, who was a childhood best friend.

“I ran away from home when I was 15 to be with my childhood best friend, who was my soul mate at the time, like your 15 year old best friend. The series of events happened and I was fired and never saw her again, ”Greenberg said. “I reconnected with her during the pandemic and found out that she was a stage director and I remember having chills and I was wondering, ‘is she going to end up directing my show ?’ And she did.

The storytelling has had such a powerful and healing impact on Greenberg’s life that she is also in the process of starting a Berkshires-based non-profit organization. “The sanctuary of history.” With the association, she hopes that individuals and communities in conflict can come together to develop empathy and self-awareness through storytelling.

Believing in the healing power of storytelling, Greenberg works with the New York-based nonprofit Open Doors, a project of the Center for Transformative Action on Roosevelt Island. Inspired by the stories she heard, she decided to tell her own poignant and unconventional story.

“When we share stories, we start to see this thread of humanity that connects us all. When I listen to the stories of these guys [from Open Doors,] there is something about the humanity of the story or the feelings they had that I can relate to. There is something universal, ”she said. “For me, that’s what I love about storytelling. It connects us to each other.


Dancehall artist Shaka explores betrayal and obstacles in ‘Walk’



Future dancehall artist Shaka knows the pain of betrayal.

“I wrote ‘Walk’ to address my own pain and the concept of universal love during a time of sadness,” said the DJ.

“I had friends who turned their backs on me for no reason; I had close friends who betrayed me, stabbed me in the back at the lowest,” he explained, adding that it is difficult to cope with betrayal.

“This song [“Walk”] is to show people that you will encounter many obstacles in your personal journey; it’s like a rite of passage, most people have to go through it, ”the singer, real name Shaquille Davis, said of his recent outing.

Shaka’s hardcore lyrics and haunting, soulful voice on ‘Walk’ seem to connect with Jamaicans. In 10 days, the video has accumulated nearly 150,000 views on Youtube.

He released the single ‘Walk’ with visuals on December 24. It was produced by Terro ChopCity Records and Tekktroniic Muziq and is available on all digital download platforms.

“You see, ‘Walk’ is a song that most people can relate to, because all human beings have experienced this kind of emotional pain at one point or another; everyone is always out for a walk, traveling the streets, ”he said. .

Shaka grew up in the Canaan Heights community in Clarendon and attended Foga Road High School where he first fell in love with music. As a teenager, he idolized the murdered American rapper 2Pac, who remains his main musical influence.

“Music was my first choice since high school and when I left I spent all of my time developing my skills and writing continuously,” he said.

He recorded his first song, ‘Falling Soldier’ ​​in 2016.

Skaka said he wanted to make music that was both “emotional and inspiring” while still being accessible to the masses.

The young artist recorded his first big hit with the emotionally charged single, “Karma”, which was also produced by Terro ChopCity Records and Tekktroniic Muziq. The song deals with the consequences of a gangster lifestyle.

“Karma is a reality song that motivates and helps people protect themselves and reminds them that what is happening is happening,” he said.

Shaka is part of an artist collective dubbed WestSide, which is Shaka’s team and includes other artists such as Kun Don.

Shaka continued to polish her performing arts, performing at community shows in Clarendon and other parties and events throughout the island.


“All Relationships Begin With A Fantasy”: Why Young Couples Seek Therapy | Life and style


Irene Wu, 28, and Dillon Tang, 24, had not been together for a year when they started couples therapy. The couple, who are from Los Angeles, started seeing each other in the early days of the lockdown, when severe growing pains set in. They found themselves arguing constantly and their different communication styles confused them both. Specifically, Wu said: “Dillon seemed ‘to care’ nothing, while I give a parcel fuck.

“We were almost going to call him,” Wu recalls. But then something changed. “I was talking to Dillon about my therapy appointment one day, and he asked me, ‘So when are we going to do couples counseling? “”

Wu and Tang did not share a child, pet, or even a room. The length of their engagement itself could have easily made for a clean breakup, but instead they self-prescribed in couples therapy.

Ten years ago, the young couple might have been considered an anomaly, but Wu and Tang represent the millions of millennials for whom professional help has become fundamental in maintaining mental health. The American Psychiatric Association recently reported that 37% of Gen Z have sought counseling, followed closely by Millennials at 35%, and therapists believe the shift to view mental health as something that needs to be done. maintained – rather than just in times of crisis – has also changed the way young people perceive their relationships.

“In general, the younger generations tend to feel less ashamed about seeing a therapist and to improve and share their feelings,” says Simone Bose, relationship counselor for Relate, a UK counseling charity. to couples. Often, one of them has already been in individual therapy and suggests they take relationship counseling together, ”she says.

Lisa Hochberger’s clients’ motives for therapy vary, but recently almost all of them have shared one thing in common: Like Hochberger herself, they are under 35.

“Young people no longer want to turn to alcohol, food, drugs or partying to keep them calm,” she says. “These young people want to prevent themselves from living a life like their parents who may not have had access to their unconscious pain and trauma.”

The numbers back it up: A 2017 survey by MidAmerica Nazarene University estimated 51% of millennials aged 23 to 38 who received couples therapy, with couples aged 25 to 30 making up the majority of people. undergoing therapy. And in 2018, charity council Relate revealed a 30% increase in the number of UK customers under 40 in four years.
But while married couples typically take at least six years to seek professional help with problems in their relationships, the pandemic may have sped things up, forcing couples to cohabit early and self-quarantine. .

Missourians Emily, 28, and Katie, 31 (last names withheld for confidentiality reasons) had been dating for two years and were living apart when they first sought therapy. Faced with the prospect of moving in together during the pandemic, the two couldn’t get along. Emilie thought moving in was the natural next phase of their relationship (plus it would bring cheaper living expenses), while Katie recoiled. Coming to a dead end, Emily gave Katie three options: prove you love me and live with me, break up, or seek outside advice. They chose option three.

“The problem that brought us here turned out to be related to a whole host of other ‘problems’, as are most responses to trauma,” explains Emily. “A lot of things happened that I never predicted we would talk about, which is truly terrifying and intimate.”

The couple were forced to address disparities in their approaches to monogamy, finances and even friendships. Emily needed stability and control, while Katie closely protected her freedom.

“We were sort of at that crossroads in the road and if something didn’t change between us, we were definitely headed for the breakup,” Katie adds.

After Katie and Emily’s first shoot, a sense of relief set in.

“Having someone there to help us feel validated and be there for our relationship was good,” says Emily. “It’s like the way yoga instructors always say, ‘Thanks for getting on the mat today.’ I think just making a commitment to come to the therapy process was a huge turning point for us. “

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Couples therapy has also become more visible in popular culture over the past five years – with a growing number of very popular books, podcasts and TV shows that allow viewers to see the therapeutic process as real life. couples cross it. From Where should we start from Esther Perel to couples therapy and Love, Sex, Goop, these shows offer a nuanced description of the therapy; who needs it; and why – break the taboo to do so.

This contrasts sharply with the romantic beliefs that many millennials grew up with. Between Victorian literature and modern Hollywood romantic comedy, the concept that our significant other should be “ideal in all respects” has been sold to us for centuries. Now recognizing these beliefs as unrealistic, young people are recruiting outside help to redefine their expectations.

“All relationships begin with fantasy,” says Laura Day, author of the best-selling self-help book Welcome to Your Crisis.. Fantasies include how the relationship will change us, how the other will make us feel, how the couple will alleviate our individual vulnerabilities and challenges – and all of this only lasts for the time of the fantasy.

For our ancestors, this fantasy gave way to resigned discontent.

“Older generations see therapy as treatment for mental illness, you have to have a problem and be mentally ill to seek a therapist,” says relationship counselor Lia Holmgren. “Now couples in love fear it will end and can learn communication skills and understand each other better at the beginning. “

Chelsea, a 31-year-old New York-based communications consultant, was happy in her relationship when she decided to seek therapy. But with marriage on the cards, she and her partner wanted to put their “Better foot forward”.

“Just as we know each other, we usually don’t have a forum to talk about how we feel, how we’ve been brought up, or specific issues we’d like to work on in our relationship,” she says. “I feel like couples therapy has an unfair reputation as being a last resort, but if you’re going to be in therapy with your partner as a last resort, it might be too late.”

After a year of therapy, Wu admits that she and Tang are “very different people” than they were when they first started dating. Their therapist often urged the couple to unravel all of the past arguments from the previous week and identify their catalyst. During the first few sessions, Irene says they went back to the “honeymoon phase”. While at times Dillon can feel misunderstood and Irene misunderstood, therapy has given the couple the tools to express these emotions.

Chelsea believes therapy is the “best investment” she and her husband have made in their partnership. “What started out as a prenuptial project with a finished timeline has turned into something that has been fully integrated into our daily lives.”

Emily and Katie have continued their therapy and are now approaching six months with their therapist. The anxiety about the engagement has dissipated and the couple have since moved in together. “I feel closer to Katie than I ever have been,” says Emily. “I don’t mean to say that I feel invincible, but it definitely makes me feel a lot more present and loving.”

After 12 sessions, the initial lack of communication that plagued Irene Wu’s relationship improved dramatically. She learned about her triggers, how to stop past trauma from influencing her behavior, and that her boyfriend’s nonchalance should not be confused with disinterest.

“We accept and love each other for our differences,” Wu explains. “I was more patient and he learned to understand my emotions better. At the end of the day, we both want the same thing.


Uprising in Kazakhstan complicates Putin’s calculation in Ukraine



Russian paratroopers descended on Kazakhstan’s largest city Thursday to help quell the biggest uprising in the history of the former Soviet republic – with potential strategic implications for Russia’s plans in Ukraine.

Why is this important: The first-ever collective intervention by the Moscow-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CTSC) complicates Putin’s strategic direction for early 2022, as Russia’s military threats to Ukraine were expected to reach a point of inflection.

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The last: Violent clashes between security forces and armed protesters in Kazakhstan continued on Thursday, as 2,500 troops from Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan arrived for a “limited” operation aimed at restore peace.

  • Meanwhile, high-level security talks between US and Russian officials are scheduled to begin on January 10 in Geneva, followed by a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on January 12 and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe January 13.

  • Putin’s goals are either to gain concessions on NATO expansion, or potentially to invade Ukraine and reverse its Western drift by force.

Between the lines: Experts say the limited deployment of Russian troops in Kazakhstan is unlikely to affect military planning on the Ukrainian border, where Moscow is expected to maintain a strong position of strength throughout negotiations next week.

  • This is a strategic “bandwidth” problem, rather than a logistical one, explains Max Bergmann, European security expert at the Center for American Progress.

  • A lingering political and security crisis in Kazakhstan – Russia’s main military ally, Central Asia’s largest economy and a strategic “buffer” state in the region – would require special attention from the Kremlin.

  • Against this backdrop, a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which would devour and trigger a massive economic response from the West, might be too much for Putin to take on.

What they say : “For Russia, this is an exceptionally delicate mission,” explains Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center. “Russia has essentially intervened in an internal crisis in a large neighboring country where people do not welcome foreign interference and where Russia’s own population, by a margin of 2 to 1, does not see the need for” intervene militarily “,

Yes, but: The CSTO’s intervention in Kazakhstan, if successful, may represent an opportunity for Putin to project his strength and restore Russian influence over a neighbor who also has ties to China.

  • As in Belarus, where besieged dictator Alexander Lukashenko has become fully dependent on Moscow, Putin could “turn a crisis into an opportunity,” Trenin told TBEN.

The bottom line: That said, instability on his doorstep is the last thing Putin needs before next week’s negotiations.

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Kyle is always super fooled



Kyle is always super fooled: Back in 2020 when Kyle (formerly known as SuperDuperKyle and KiD but born Kyle Thomas Harvey) released his See you when I’m famous album, it sounded like a self-fulfilling prophecy. A little arrogant in every way. Two years later, and things are going about as expected for the artist who sells platinum. He just released the single “Perfect” and his new album, It’s not so bad, falls on January 28. Just look at these headlines to see that positivity reigns with Kyle right now.

The artist from Ventura says that the sound of the new album has evolved tremendously since it, mainly because he only knows how to create according to what interests him now.

“I’m like a kid where my interests will change from one genre to another, from one tone of voice to another,” he told us over the phone. “At See you when I’m famous I was talking about Ventura, my hometown, and it was very influenced by surf rock. But on It’s not so bad, I got really passionate about R&B and house, and the British garage started to influence me. The sound has therefore become really more mature. He feels sexier and more relationship oriented. I realized that I wanted to talk about things that I’m educated about, and I happen to have been in love for a very long time, so I know those topics, rather than going so far as to rap about things that I don’t. have no idea. “

The current confinement has naturally had an impact on the recording and release of this next album. Initially, Kyle says the whole story came from the fact that he was locked in the house and only had negative things to focus on. At first, he said, he was going to make a lo-fi album which was very sad. But then his state of mind changed.

“I have a bunch of songs like that,” he says. “Wanting to connect with people in a real way and having that taken away from me confronted me with a lot of work that I have to do on myself to come to the conclusion that life is not. not that bad and there’s a bunch of things to be thankful for and happy for. I was depressed when trying to connect with people over the phone, and my phone didn’t really like me at all. That’s not true. All Instagram and social media do is give you that false dopamine feeling, but that’s not real life. When I lost that connection with my fans, I had to rediscover for myself why life isn’t so bad, what to be happy about and how to deal with things when I’m alone. That’s what a lot of the album is about. So yeah, the pandemic fully helped him. While working on those sad songs, I had to go to Miami a bit and realize that I wanted to dance and make uptempo music. It’s like a long therapy session. Every album is with me.

On this theme, the new single is “Perfect”, a song that Kyle describes as self-help music.

“I try to say nice things to myself and I do it to this house music,” he says. “The studio session where I did ‘Perfect’ was inspired by trying to find a phrase that people could say to themselves or other people that made them feel better about themselves. I feel like so much music these days, even if you repeat the hook, is pretty messed up negative shit. I wanted to find a phrase that just adds a bit of positivity to someone’s ethics when they say it. ‘Perfect’ turned out to be this record. It’s like a great, body-positive, self-help club song. The people at the club don’t secretly know that we are doing therapy with them.

As of this writing, we are still in the process of coming to terms with Drakeo the Ruler’s death. Kyle was a fan.

“It’s really sad,” Kyle said. “I’m sorry that a life was cut short so young, with so many promises before his career. Not just for him, but for his family and the people who depend on him. I feel like festivals and places, when you host artists who maybe are busy with things you should take extra care to make sure everyone is safe.

Looking ahead, 2022 should be another big year for Kyle. It also takes a step ahead of the tech game by releasing the new album as S-NFT.

“Basically, in simple human terms, my fans or anyone else has the opportunity to be part of the ownership of this music with me,” Kyle said. “So I’m selling 50% ownership of this album on the open market. You have the option of purchasing a part of the album. If the album explodes into a platinum record and has all this success, your investment is now making you money. It’s like you can invest your money in someone you believe in. You put the ball in his court. These are the people who buy the music, and now they can promote the music for you because they are invested in it. We do this together. Why not share the royalties with people who love me and see what we can do together? I really think this is the future of the music industry.

Beyond It’s not so bad, Kyle has a lot more planned for next year.

“I have several albums planned,” he says. “Now that I’m independent, I feel inspired to move to the beat that I want and I want to give my fans as much music as possible. There is an upcoming short film for It’s not so bad that I’m excited. So expect more movies, albums, and an entire tour. I’m working on getting a six pack as well, so we’re going to achieve that as well. “

Good for you, sir.

Kyle is always super fooled: The single “Perfect” is now available. the It’s not so bad the album was released in January.


Noel Gallagher reveals overwhelmingly emotional reason Ireland was key to Oasis’ existence in new Supersonic biography



NOEL Gallagher believes that the legendary rockers Oasis only existed because they came from the Irish lineage.

He said it struck home for him and his brother Liam when they played in Dublin and their Mayo-born mum Peggie was with them with fans calling out her name.


Noel Gallagher said he felt the Oases existed because they came from Irish stocks
Liam and Noel at the time of the Oasis


Liam and Noel at the time of the Oasis

Noel, 54, explained, “I remember those shows at The Point being, like, extremely emotional with the crowd and stuff.

“I remember it was breathtaking, the energy and the vibe in the room, it was amazing. We could feel it, and it was almost like we weren’t worthy of it.

“There is rage in Oasis music and let me explain that to you.


“If I tell people that there is rage in music, people might think about screaming and screaming, but you can be raging with joy.

“When the Irish are sad they are the saddest people in the world, when they are happy they are the happiest people in the world.

“When they drink they are the drunkest people in the world, there is one rule for the Irish and different rules for everyone.

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“We are Irish, me and Liam. There is no English blood in us, and anyone who knows that will know that there is alcohol and then there is Irish alcohol. Irish consumption can be endless.

“Oasis could never have existed, to be so big, to be so important, to be so imperfect, to be so loved and hated, if we weren’t all predominantly Irish.”

In the new Authorized Biography Supersonic, Liam recalled the “good times” they had as children during summer vacation in Ireland.

But when the brothers hit the big time with Oasis, he admitted he was put in his shoes by Peggie.


Liam, 49, said: “Mum isn’t impressed with all this rock and roll stuff.

“She’s proud and stuff, but I guess there are times when she’s completely and completely gone, ‘You fucking fist heads,’ cringed and rightly so.”

“There are things that come out of our mouths that were just plain ridiculous.

“I wanted to make her proud. I talk to myself mom three or four times a day. So I would always reassure her.

Noel described Peggie as “fearless” and Liam credits her for giving her her swagger – but confessed he got nervous when she was at their concerts.


He said, “Mom was an angel, she still is. But I didn’t like mom coming to concerts.

“I was always on edge; I could never relax with me mom at concerts.

Peggie said she worried about her boys like any mom, but wouldn’t let them get too big for their boots.

She added: “I worried, I did nothing but worry about them. When they were away, I worried about them. I spend my whole life worrying about them.

“Never in a million years did I think they were going to be as big as they are.”

Noel, Paul, Liam and mom Peggy Gallagher.


Noel, Paul, Liam and mom Peggy Gallagher.


In the face of loss, accept change and don’t force closure, therapist urges


The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 825,000 lives in the United States and millions more around the world, but it has stolen far more.

Loved ones have died without families by their side. Millions of people have suffered from lockdowns isolation and social distancing. Young people lost the graduation rituals and saying goodbye to their classmates.

People can yearn for closure, which psychologists define as the act or feeling of ending or solving a problem we are suffering from. But we’ll never get over what COVID-19 has taken from us, says Pauline Boss, retired family therapist and professor emeritus of psychology at the University of Minnesota. And she wants us to know it’s OK. In fact, she argues, not feeling closed is actually healthy as we seek to move forward in life.

“Closure is a really good word in trade deals where you make a deal, or shut the road in a flood,” she says. “But it is a cruel word in human relations.”

In his latest book, published in December, The Myth of Closure: An Ambiguous Loss in Times of Pandemic and Change, Boss offers ways to heal the catastrophic daily losses of the past two years – without trying to erase them.

The boss coined the term “ambiguous loss” as a graduate student. Since the 1970s, she has studied how people view the loss of a loved one who has disappeared in sometimes unclear ways, such as those who are missing after the 9/11 attacks, or someone with dementia or mental illness. serious.

An ambiguous loss can also come from bereavement that does not directly involve death, such as the end of a relationship or separation from one’s home country – or the disruption of norms and social networks caused by the pandemic. . In the United States, black Americans suffer a continuing ambiguous loss ranging from slavery to police violence today. And many people experience this kind of grief in the face of the inexorable effects of climate change.

To heal from such loss, Boss says, we must recognize what has been lost and then give it new meaning. “Our best option is to face with some sort of action – seeking justice, working for a cause, or protesting to right the wrong.”

NPR spoke with Boss about his new book.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

You coined the term “ambiguous loss” and studied it for decades. Was there anything you learned about this during the pandemic that surprised you?

My husband died during this time, not of COVID but of a stroke. I was surprised that isolation was a good time to grieve. It allowed me to cry in a way that whenever I was sad I could be sad at that time and didn’t have to worry about being with other people and being around. compel me. I was surprised at how I adjusted to not being able to go out and do the things that comforted me before.

I’ve heard other people say the same thing – that they were more adaptable than they thought they were. I also saw him during World War II. I was then a young person. People adapted and were extremely resilient and made it out, those who were still alive. I see him now. I am once again pleasantly surprised by human resilience. It’s not true for everyone, but it’s true, I think, for most people. And so I say this to people: pat yourself on the back.

Are the people who deny or downplay the pandemic trying to force some sort of closure on this period of ambiguous loss – are they trying to button it up and move on?

That’s right. They say it’s over or it never happened.

You cannot continue to hope that we will return to what our society was like before the pandemic. Changes have already taken place. And they won’t come back after it’s over. You should go ahead with something new to look forward to.

What makes ambiguous loss so difficult to deal with?

An ambiguous loss is a situation that exceeds human expectations. We know death: it hurts, but we are used to loved ones dying and having funerals and rituals. With an ambiguous loss, there are no rituals; there is no customs. Society doesn’t even recognize it. The people who experience it are therefore very isolated and lonely, which makes the situation worse.

Many people in this world have been forced to live with: families with missing loved ones such as missing soldiers or kidnapped children, as well as people with loved ones with dementia. What I have learned over the years is that most of them go on to live relatively good lives with the ambiguity of loss. They do this by keeping two opposing ideas in their minds at the same time: My beloved is here and also gone. This way of thinking keeps us from thinking for sure, you know, “You are either dead or alive.” Well, sometimes we just don’t know.

For a therapist to say, “Look, they’re dead, get over it” would be cruel. We do not know [whether they’re dead]. This is why grief therapy does not work with ambiguous loss. It requires dealing with the stress of not knowing and therefore how to deal with it. Your only option is to build resilience.

Even with death, there is no fence. You will remember it. And you’re going to keep them in your heart and your mind, and so a transformation takes place. Ties after a person’s death tend to last for most people. They remember the person, think of them, use their recipe, or wear their shirt.

How should we deal with ambiguous loss – especially as we continue to live with the pandemic?

We must increase our tolerance for ambiguity and our willingness to constantly need certainty.

We become sedentary and we feel comfortable in our own little circle of people who are like us, and there is so much more in the world. We have to reach out and get a little uncomfortable trying something new.

The virus will be with us forever. It will become an endemic virus, but it will not go away. The 1918 virus is still with us. There will therefore be no fence on the pandemic. Wouldn’t it be nice if some people could increase their tolerance for ambiguity and know that things are often not absolute in our lives? Often times things are more in the dark, and we have to get used to it.

You describe slavery, racist laws, and police violence in the United States as ambiguous loss to black people. What do you mean?

He was ignored. And because of that, it’s ambiguous. It’s a major generational loss that has just been swept under the rug. And it is huge. There are many, many different groups that we don’t pay attention to that have suffered ambiguous losses. And we don’t recognize them, then the pain is passed on from generation to generation.

Who do you hope to read this book, and what do you hope they get out of it?

It’s not a therapy book, but I hope it’s therapeutic. When there are so many people suffering, like after a disaster, you cannot rely on individual therapists; there is not enough for everyone. The minority of people will need psychotherapy or medical help. So I write for the majority [to] have information so that they can help themselves. It’s an amazing time, and I think any little information that comes out to help people cope with stress could be helpful.

You mentioned that children intuitively understand ambiguous loss. Why is that?

Children know that they are not totally responsible. So when things happen, they can understand ambiguity better than adults, who have gained more agency in their life. When we get older we want to be in charge, and we are not. If there is dementia in the family, for example, [children] maybe not so upset that grandpa doesn’t know who they are. Sometimes when you visit him he knows who you are, and sometimes he doesn’t. They can still crawl on [grandpa’s] knees and talk to him, while an adult child may have a bad time. They are interested in ambiguity, children are, if we do not spoil them. They want to investigate new things.

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Studies Agree: Creativity Makes Us Feel Good



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“Creativity,” according to the APA Psychology Dictionary, “is the ability to produce or develop original works, theories, techniques, or thoughts. A creative individual usually demonstrates originality, imagination and expressiveness. Generator of inspiration, creativity is good for health and well-being, especially in the face of the anxieties undergone in recent years.


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Painting, crafts, coloring, molding a clay ball or making music, all forms of creativity help “focus the mind and have even been compared to meditation because of its calming effects on the brain and body. “Ashley Stahl said in Forbes. , July 25, 2018. “Even gardening or sewing releases dopamine, a natural antidepressant. The wonder of creativity springs from the brain, involving multiple neural networks.

Scientific studies suggest that three brain networks provide the teamwork for creativity, the default mode network, the executive control network, and the salience network.

“The default mode network is what happens in the brain in a resting state (but not asleep), the waking state of the brain,” said Dr. Grant H. Brenner in “Your Brain on Creativity “, Psychology Today, February 22. , 2018. Directing decision-making, “The executive control network monitors what’s going on, manages the emotional parts of the brain (and) directs resources like attention. The third network, the salience network, “determines what kinds of things tend to be noticed and which tend to go unnoticed,” Brenner added.

By working together, brain networks generate and evaluate ideas and select worthwhile ones from among many options. Studies suggest that creativity might run in families, and that children are inspired by watching others be creative; unstructured play leads to creativity. Best of all, each individual has the potential for creativity.


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The researchers found “dense functional connections” scattered throughout the frontal and parietal cortices, Brenner said. The areas identified “are hubs for different networks including, for example, the left posterior cingulate for the default mode, the left anterior insula for salience, and the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex for executive networks.” Brain activity linked to creativity led to the field of art therapy.

Studies have long shown that artistic endeavors can act as an intervention for depression and anxiety and improve an overall sense of well-being. The emerging field of neuroesthetics “uses brain imaging, brain wave technology, and biofeedback to gather scientific evidence of how we respond to the arts,” Brittany Harker Martin, associate professor, leadership, policy and governance with specializing in arts education at the University of Calgary. , said in “Brain research shows the arts promote mental health” in The Conversation. The findings point to evidence “that the arts engage the mind in new ways, tap into our emotions in healthy ways, and make us feel good.”

Focusing on creativity without judgment can help people cope with illnesses and chronic stress. With art, cancer patients and others with illnesses and conditions can express their feelings through painting or sculpture when no words can express their anguish or their hopes.

In Canada, art therapy became part of the healthcare system in 1968 with the creation of the first training program at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. Professional art therapists guide various clients to greater well-being through creativity and psychotherapy. (In the United States, art therapy began with psychologist Margaret Naumberg in the 1940s. Naumberg called her program “dynamically oriented art therapy.”)


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“In healthy adults, certain solitary activities, such as coloring, can help reduce stress and negative feelings,” said Girija Kaimal in “How Art Can Heal,” American Scientist, July issue. August 2020. She noted that an art therapist can help the process “dramatically improve positive mood and boost measures of well-being, such as self-confidence and self-perception of creative abilities.”

Kaimal noted that caregivers with burnout also feel better after doing art. “Many responded that the experience distracted them from their day-to-day concerns and allowed them to focus elsewhere,” and that “this was the first time that some participants had the chance to deal with the psychological and existential challenges of combating Cancer”. Afterwards, they proudly took their artwork home or to their workplace “and often can’t believe they did.”

Art in the classroom has remarkable benefits, although it is not yet a priority. As part of the curriculum, art increases “academic performance and the development of innovative thinking,” Harker Martin said. Artistic creation can create a state of mindfulness and makes it easier to use different parts of the brain compared to using linear and logical thinking.

Giving suggestions for mindfulness through artistic creation, Martin says he is “willing to make mistakes”, to let the logical and linear parts of the brain rest by not speaking too much during creation and playing music without words. . She suggests that reusable materials are a good choice, such as whiteboards and markers, or modeling clay, so that the creation can be enjoyed without having to worry about doing something “that looks good.” “.

Immerse yourself in the rainbow of paint, move your body to music, and sculpt this smiling puppet character in your imagination. Whichever art form you choose, “the neurochemicals that are released feel great, and that’s how your brain thanks you for the experience,” noted Martin. Cooking, making fabric arts, planting seeds… art is good for mental health, good for physical health and good for the soul.

Susanna McLeod is a writer living in Kingston. One skit a day keeps the grumpy away.



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James Harrison shares touching tribute to Ben Roethlisberger



Ben Roethlisberger’s playing days are almost certainly coming to an end after this season. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is set to play what could be his last home game at Heinz Field on Monday night against the Cleveland Browns. In light of Roethlisberger’s potential retirement, many Steelers legends have reached out to No.7 with warm words and tributes. Legendary Steelers linebacker James Harrison was among the first to reach out to Roethlisberger, congratulating him on an incredible career in Black & Yellow.

Harrison shared a video montage featuring multiple images of the two kissing, with emotional music playing in the background. Anyone who expects to see anything other than these two hugs will be sorely disappointed. Still, Harrison’s tribute was hugely touching and showed the connection between the two that extends beyond the football field.

Roethlisberger would go on to become one of the greatest quarterbacks in franchise history, having won two Super Bowls with the team, as well as having participated in six Pro Bowls throughout his career. Roethlisberger is by far the all-time leader in passing for the Steelers, having amassed more than 63,000 yards in the air during his career. He also holds the franchise record for touchdown passes thrown at 416, and is the team’s longest-serving starting quarterback in 247 games.

Harrison wasn’t the only former teammate to reach out to show his love for Big Ben, as former Steelers RB Jerome Bettis also paid tribute to the quarterback ahead of his possible final home game. Roethlisberger has called Heinz Field home for his entire NFL career, and Pittsburgh fans should give him a huge standing ovation for the service he has provided.

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what they are and how to deal with side effects


For more information on the toxicity of certain drugs, see the Symptoms and Treatment of Certain Poisons table.

The term side effects is imprecise and is often used to refer to unexpected effects of the drug that occur when using therapeutic doses.

Side effects, some key points

Because all medicines have the potential to cause side effects, a risk-benefit analysis (which analyzes the likelihood of the medicine’s benefits versus the risk of side effects) is necessary when a medicine is prescribed.

In the United States, 3-7% of all hospitalizations are due to adverse drug reactions.

Adverse drug reactions occur in 10-20% of hospital patients and about 10-20% of these are serious.

These statistics do not include the number of adverse reactions occurring in outpatient clinics and in nursing homes.

Although the exact number of adverse drug reactions is uncertain, they represent a serious public health problem that, for the most part, is preventable (1, 2).

The incidence and severity of side effects of the drug may vary depending on the characteristics of the patient (eg age, sex, ethnicity, coexisting diseases, genetic or geographic factors) and pharmacological factors (eg type of drug, route of administration, duration of treatment, dose, bioavailability).

The incidence is higher with advancing age and polypharmacy. The side effects of the drug are more serious in elderly patients, although age itself is not the main cause.

The extent to which prescribing errors and poor patient adherence contribute to the incidence of adverse drug reactions is unclear.

Adverse drug reactions: etiology

Most adverse drug reactions are dose related; others are allergic or idiosyncratic.

Dose-related side effects are usually predictable.

Side effects that are not dose related are usually unpredictable.

Dose-related side effects are of particular concern when drugs have a narrow therapeutic window (eg, bleeding from oral anticoagulants).

Adverse drug reactions may result from decreased drug clearance in patients with renal or hepatic impairment or from drug interactions.

Allergic drug side effects are not dose related and require prior exposure

Allergies develop when a drug acts as an antigen or an allergen.

Once a patient is sensitized, subsequent exposure to the drug produces one of many types of allergic reaction.

The proper history and skin tests can sometimes help predict unwanted allergic reactions to medications.

Idiosyncratic side effects are unexpected side effects that are neither dose related nor allergic in nature.

They occur in a small percentage of patients taking a drug.

Idiosyncrasy is a loose term and has been defined as a genetically determined abnormal response to a drug, but not all idiosyncratic reactions recognize a pharmacogenetic cause.

The term may become obsolete as the specific mechanisms of adverse drug reactions become known.

Symptoms of illnesses linked to adverse drug reactions

Adverse drug reactions are generally classified as mild, moderate, severe, or fatal.

Serious or life-threatening side effects of the drug may be specifically mentioned in boxed warnings in the manufacturer’s prescribing information.

Symptoms may appear immediately after the first intake or only after chronic use.

Some adverse drug reactions are easily caused by the use of drugs, others are mild manifestations that are difficult to identify after taking a drug.

In older people, even mild side effects from drugs can lead to functional disturbances, changes in mental status, growth difficulties, loss of appetite, confusion and depression.

Adverse drug allergic reactions usually happen immediately after taking a medicine, but usually do not happen after the first dose; usually they occur when the drug is administered after a previous exposure.

Symptoms include itching, rash, drug rash, upper or lower airway edema with difficulty breathing and hypotension.

Idiosyncratic side effects of drugs can occur with virtually any symptom or sign and usually cannot be predicted.

Diagnosis of adverse drug reactions

Usually, the symptoms that appear immediately after taking a medicine are easily related to the use of the medicine.

However, the diagnosis of symptoms due to chronic drug use requires significant diagnostic suspicion and is often complicated.

Deciding to stop a drug is sometimes necessary but difficult if the drug is essential and there is no acceptable substitute.

If the evidence for a relationship between the drug and the symptoms is high, the possibility of re-administration of the drug should be considered, except in the case of severe allergic reactions.

In the United States, doctors should report more suspicious symptoms of adverse drug reactions to MedWatch (the FDA’s [Food and Drug Administration] Adverse Drug Reaction Monitoring Program), which is an early warning system.

It is only through such reports that unexpected side effects of drugs can be identified and studied.

MedWatch also monitors changes in the nature and frequency of adverse drug reactions.

Online reporting of adverse drug reactions is recommended.

Adverse drug reaction information reporting forms are available in the Physicians’ Desk Reference and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) News Daily Drug Bulletin, as well as at www.fda.gov (MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program); the forms can also be obtained by calling 800-FDA-1088.

Nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals should also report side effects to medications.

The FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) is a research tool that improves access to data on adverse drug reactions (1).

The incidence of serious or life-threatening side effects is very low (typically

Thus, these unwanted effects can only be detected once a drug has been made public and is widely used.

Doctors should not assume that as soon as a medicine is on the market all side effects are known.

Postmarketing surveillance is extremely important to monitor side effects of low incidence drugs.


  • Dosage modification
  • Discontinuation of the drug, if necessary
  • Switch to another medication

For dose-dependent adverse reactions, modification of the dose or elimination / reduction of triggers may be sufficient.

Increasing the rate of drug elimination is seldom necessary.

In the event of adverse reactions to allergic and idiosyncratic drugs, it is usually necessary to stop the drug and avoid re-administration.

Switching to another drug class is often necessary in the event of allergic adverse reactions and sometimes necessary in the event of dose-related effects.

For example, opioid-induced constipation can be improved by the use of an opioid receptor antagonist such as lubiprostone.

Adverse drug reactions: prevention

Prevention of adverse drug reactions requires knowledge of the drug and the potential reactions to it.

Analyzes should be performed with appropriate software to check for potential drug interactions; tests should be repeated each time drugs are changed or added.

In the elderly, medications and starting doses should be chosen with care.

If patients develop non-specific symptoms, adverse drug reactions should always be considered before initiating symptomatic treatment.

Several genes have been identified as having an association with adverse drug effects.

For example, several liver enzymes affecting cytochrome P450 metabolism have been characterized, and many of them are affected by single nucleotide polymorphisms, resulting in clinically significant effects on a wide range of commonly prescribed drugs.

Therefore, pharmacogenomics can help predict, reduce, and minimize adverse drug reactions (1, 2).

However, only a limited number of these tests are used in routine clinical practice (for example, treatment with genotype-guided warfarin [3]).

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NDLEA boss offers “amnesty” to illicit drug cartels



By Adedapo Adesanya

The President and CEO of the National Drug Control Agency (NDLEA), Mr. Mohamed Buba Marwa, offered a amnesty to those still involved in the illicit drug trade, urging them to turn the page or risk losing their freedom and property in the New Year.

In his New Year’s message, the anti-drug champion said the NDLEA and its staff are entering 2022 with a resolution to rid the country of illicit substances and “continue our aggressive pursuit of drug cartels, barons and traffickers wherever they are. the country or even outside.

He said “given our pedigree in 2021, there should be no doubt about our ability to achieve these stated goals.

“Over the past year, we have ramped up our capabilities and re-energized our anti-narcotics activities. Our efforts have resulted in arrests and bans. This should be a clear signal to all those involved in drug trafficking that the rules of the game have changed.

“In 2022, our goals remain the same: to dismantle the drug cartels and unions, and that includes the arrest and incarceration of drug-addicted offenders by the court and, ultimately, to rid our society of all traces of illicit substances. “

While leaving open a window of repentance for traders, Mr. Marwa said; “There is still a window of opportunity for drug dealers and barons: now is the time for them to turn the page before NDLEA ignites the fire and they lose everything. Since most of them are in the business to amass wealth and now they have made their fortunes through this business which is hurting the society, so now is the time to stop.

“We call on them to think about the common good, to think about the future of this country, to think about young people and future generations. Let common sense prevail, and on your own, make a meaningful contribution to the effort to have a peaceful and harmonious drug-free society.

“We have seen the ravages of illicit drugs due to the ugly development in parts of our country due to drug abuse by young people and also the general scourge caused by cannabis abuse across the country.

“Those who heed this warning will thank themselves for making the wise decision to stop the drug trade in the days to come. Those who think and act differently can be assured of a difficult year in 2022.

“They can learn from what happened in 2021, where the Agency imposed various prison terms on over 1,200 drug traffickers, including nationals of other countries and we brought in six barons from drugs, including those from outside the country and those who had been on the run for as long as 10 years.

While emphasizing Nigeria’s determination to win the war on drugs, Marwa said that with the full support of President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Assembly, the judiciary and citizens, NDLEA will spare no effort to fulfill its mandate in 2022.

“In this campaign against drug abuse and illicit substance trafficking, the Agency has 100% public support.

“The presidency supports the NDLEA to the end. Legislators give the Agency the necessary leverage. And in court, as recent developments prove, there is no respite for drug dealers and barons. Likewise, we maintain good relations with international partners.

“Therefore, those who sell illicit substances can be sure that the long arms of the NDLEA will reach them and they will be subject to heavy penalties from the law,” he added.


Use music when visiting patients with Alzheimer’s disease



Q: My uncle has Alzheimer’s disease. He goes through these horrible phases where he is restless and frightened. We noticed that the music calmed him down, especially when it was something from when he was young. Why would that be? Maybe music should be part of Alzheimer’s therapy.

A: You have had the chance to discover a therapeutic practice that dates back at least to ancient Greece. Aristotle and Plato believed that music could soothe the troubled soul, and physicians in their day used musical instruments to induce sleep and relieve mental disorders. Today, there is a solid body of research on the therapeutic uses of music for people living with Alzheimer’s disease.

It turns out that due to the unique way this type of dementia evolves, the areas of the brain related to musical memory remain mostly free from damage. This allows Alzheimer’s patients to recognize and respond to music, especially when it is about something they have liked in the past. This has been found to be helpful in managing the periodic episodes of distress and agitation which are among the many challenges of the disease.

When researchers in Canada played new music for a patient with advanced Alzheimer’s disease, she did not respond. But when they played melodies that she knew well, she sang. She remembered all the words and continued to sing the songs precisely, even after the recordings ended.

Grandmother learned to play the piano.

More recently, Canadian researchers who have studied people with mild cognitive impairment or early-onset Alzheimer’s disease have linked the practice of listening to music that was personally significant and improved neuroplasticity. It refers to the ability of someone’s brain to change and adapt in response to new experiences. Writing in the Journal of Alzheimer’s disease, the researchers found that this was especially true when the person felt a deep connection to the music that was being played. Not surprisingly, it has also been found that music relieves stress and reduces anxiety for caregivers.

As you have suggested, music is indeed incorporated into therapy for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. It has been used both to engage the patient in the present moment and in the hope that it may have a beneficial effect on the progression of the disease. When connecting with your uncle through music, there are some guidelines to keep in mind. Start by eliminating any competing sounds, such as a TV or radio, which can be confusing. Choose from music that he knows and loves, and that evokes happy memories. For many people, these are the songs that were popular in their youth. Singing, clapping or even dancing can enrich the experience for both of you.

It is important that you remain aware of your uncle’s reaction. If the mood changes, be ready to change songs or end the session. And be careful to avoid overstimulation. You want things to be fun, easy, and manageable. Regularly adding music to your visits with your uncle can be fun for both of you. And as emerging research continues to suggest, music may be a unique therapeutic avenue for the benefit of cognition.

• Dr. Eve Glazier is an internist and associate professor of medicine at UCLA Health. Dr Elizabeth Ko is an internist and assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Health. Send your questions to [email protected]


The retirement of an artist sparks a debate in Egypt: is singing authorized or contrary to religion?



CAIRO – Egypt and several other Arab countries are questioning whether singing and performing are haram after Jordanian artist Adham Nabulsi announced his withdrawal from singing because “it is not in accordance with God’s commandments.”

In a video he posted to Facebook on December 20, Nabulsi said: “The main focus is to worship God and obey his commandments, and throughout my current career I don’t see that. happen. He called his retirement announcement “good news”.

Nabulsi first rose to prominence in 2013 as a candidate for the Arab edition of the X-Factor and has gained notoriety considerably over the years.

According to media reports, Dar al-Ifta in Egypt stressed that “Listening to music, attending concerts, learning music and playing instruments are allowed, unless they incite passion, the temptation, flirtation and promiscuity associated with alcohol, provocative dancing and immoral acts, or preventing people from performing their duties, in which case they are prohibited.

Dar al-Ifta noted that it is permissible to start singing as a source of income unless it incites haram, as mentioned above.

But the clergy, artists, and writers disagree on the extent to which singing and performing are prohibited. Sheikh Saeed Noman, a former member of the Fatwa Committee at Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, told Al-Monitor: “Singing and music are allowed, but they are prohibited if they offend religion or incite haram, like promiscuity, alcohol, provocation. dancing and so on.

Noman pointed out that the Prophet Muhammad allowed poetry and that he had a fellow poet, Hassan ibn Thabit, explaining that poetry and literature are emotional language to soften emotion, politeness and uplift the spirit.

Meanwhile, Al-Azhar University professor Mabrouk Attia posted a video on his YouTube channel on December 21, explaining that singing is not prohibited unless it stirs up sedition, calls for distraction or incites to haram.

“The proof is that the Prophet Muhammad, on his travels, used to require chants to facilitate the journey of armies… and the good word is sung and chanted and people memorize it,” noted Attia.

Egyptian author Khaled Montasser told Al-Monitor: “Preachers and religious consider art in all its forms as an adversary that rivals them for the conscience and spirit of the recipient, for art and religion play on the harmony of emotion and spirit.

Montasser added: “The clerics are afraid of losing their power over the popular conscience to the benefit of art, which has more tools of joy and influence than the clergy. The clerics regard the artists as their enemies because of this.

Meanwhile, Lebanese singer Maya Diab attacked Nabulsi, dismissing all claims that singing is haram. “Art is not haram. You are part of it, it is “, she tweeted.

Nabulsi responded in an interview on Dec. 24, saying he never claimed that art is haram because he is neither a mufti nor a sheikh to decide this issue.

“I was only talking about myself and my personal experience. I can only judge my own life and the things that I have been through. I never mentioned anyone else, ”he explained.

Nabulsi thanked those who supported his decision, expressing his desire to resume reciting the Quran.

Days after Nabulsi retired from singing, an audio recording of him reciting verses from the Quran went viral.

He has since deleted 10 songs from his social media and YouTube accounts.

Many other artists besides Nabulsi retired for religious reasons, including Egyptian actresses Hanan Tork and Hala Shiha, and many more.


3 essentials to stay in love


How many people wish the initial rush to “fall in love” could last? While some may dismiss these feelings as infatuation or the way human evolution prompts people to procreate and continue existence, others suggest that the early stages of love might be the truest expression of love. love. For example, Bruce Lipton, author of The biology of belief and The honeymoon effect, argues that the initial feelings of falling in love tear people away from their autopilot-driven self-obsessive thoughts and behaviors and plunge them into the beautiful, magical moment.

A person who is newly in love considers the other to be perfect and all of their peculiarities as precious and adorable. Empathy, compassion, communication and understanding are at an all time high. In addition, love is transferred to other areas of life, so that the world looks brighter; the sunsets are brighter and the wind looks like magical pixie dust connecting every living organism. While the modern world tends to dismiss love on the first try as comparable to an untrustworthy drug-induced high, Lipton says new love can be the truest love because it serves as a awakening to the authentic experience of the world – and fall outside love means that a person falls back into their unconscious conditioned habits which are largely filled with negative perceptions. So the once charming loved one becomes boring, and the dancing butterfly that once seemed to perform a ballet in sync with a divinely orchestrated symphony of nature sounds now appears as a pesky parasite, if seen at all.

Interestingly, researchers have found that the most positive feeling that reduces inflammatory and pathogenic chemicals in the body is the state of admiration. Feelings of fear seem to be a component of first love. People in love and amazed can feel gratitude on steroids, but drug-free. In fact, drugs and mind-altering chemicals like alcohol actually prevent you from feeling fearful. The same goes for distractions like the Internet and cell phones. Perhaps this is why the new love is so liberating: it saves the person from a self-imprisoned worldly existence that is not fully conscious. Love brings a person back to life, like breathing into the lungs after saving a person from drowning.

How to maintain love?

1. Try to continue to see the person with new eyes. Be careful when projecting your feelings onto a partner, as if you are criticizing them when in reality it is your own self-criticism that is beating you and beating them now. Seeing the person with new eyes can help you listen better and understand that everything about that person is special.

2. To be in love is to practice intimacy. Intimacy has been described as “into-me-see” and is sacred between people. When people are mutually intimate, research shows they have a better quality of life, longer and healthier lives, increased immune function, improved memory, increased creativity, and a greater experience of fear states. . Intimacy means fully listening to someone’s heart and deepest feelings, and sharing your heart and deepest feelings. Intimacy means trying to listen and understand when someone is hurt, and working through conflicts with each other in a way that honor and respect the relationship. Intimacy means hanging on and building mutual trust, security, and heart-to-heart resonance. Intimacy means having a sense of self and a decrease in defensiveness. Intimacy does not seek to harm, punish, blame, attack, condemn or criticize. It is not abusive; it’s therapeutic.

3. To be in love is to keep the adventure alive. Working together to give and to uplift others is an important form of being in love. Many couples have children and grandchildren and tend to see the fruits of their love as something greater than themselves. Being in love means a loss of selfishness, pride and ego. He seeks to make the world a little better and brighter for others. Being in love is humble and, temporally, exists right here now. Being in love is a state of mind that can include a specific loved one or become a state of life that you can embrace at any time.


Expect the unexpected in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan



The Taliban’s surprising return to power may not be what no one expected at the start of the year, except the militants themselves. But when it comes to Afghanistan, 2021 was a year to expect the unexpected.

Plans for an orderly final withdrawal of foreign troops failed as the West-backed Afghan government and its security forces collapsed in the face of a fierce Taliban onslaught.

The Taliban’s military takeover of Kabul on August 15 marked the end of nearly 20 years of foreign intervention in Afghanistan during which efforts were made to cultivate women’s rights, inclusive democracy and stability in Afghanistan. this war-torn country.

Rushed out, quick rewind

Chaos ensued as US and NATO forces retreated across the country, leaving the Afghan National Army (ANA) trained abroad to repel a staggering Taliban advance.

The ANA has proven to be second to none. The Taliban captured their first provincial capital on August 6. Two weeks later, Taliban fighters reached the gates of Kabul.

As militants surrounded the capital, President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. Hours later, the triumphant militants held court at the presidential palace.

Taliban fighters inside the presidential palace after taking control of Kabul on August 15.

Hold on to hope

Thousands of foreigners and Afghan civilians have headed to Kabul airport, the last stronghold controlled by foreign forces, in the hope of being evacuated from the country.

Many were thwarted by the Taliban’s efforts to block their escape, and scenes of desperation unfolded among the crowds of people who reached the tarmac, including some who clung to a departing US cargo plane and eventually plunged into death.

Afghans run alongside a US transport plane as it attempts to exit Kabul International Airport on August 16.

Afghans run alongside a US transport plane as it attempts to exit Kabul International Airport on August 16.

The winner goes to the loot

After two weeks of chaos punctuated by a deadly suicide bombing by the Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K), the last American soldier was evacuated by plane on August 30, narrowly passing the withdrawal deadline.

With foreign forces out of the way, the Taliban won a victory lap in US and ANA military vehicles its fighters captured along the way.

Celebrating Taliban troops aboard a convoy of captured Humvees in Kandahar on September 1.

Celebrating Taliban troops aboard a convoy of captured Humvees in Kandahar on September 1.

Parade time

The supply of military equipment acquired by the Taliban included American-made armored personnel carriers and Russian-made helicopters that marched through the capital.

A military parade in Kabul in November featured US M1117 armored vehicles and Russian Mi-17 helicopters.

A military parade in Kabul in November featured US M1117 armored vehicles and Russian Mi-17 helicopters.

Locked and loaded

Many Taliban fighters took to wearing the uniforms and wielding modern equipment of their defeated enemies, including night vision goggles, communication instruments and assault rifles.

Special forces members of the elite Taliban 313 Badri Battalion after the US withdrawal.

Special forces members of the elite Taliban 313 Badri Battalion after the US withdrawal.

Fly in style

The Taliban leadership, meanwhile, has tried to portray itself as a more moderate version of the regime that was known for its brutality and strict interpretation of Sharia law when it last ruled from 1996 until the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

As Washington sought assurances that the Taliban would prevent Afghanistan from becoming a haven for terrorists and uphold the rights of women and girls as well as religious and ethnic minorities, Taliban negotiators seemed more at ease. in their role.

Taliban delegates pictured en route for face-to-face talks with US officials in Doha in October.

Taliban delegates pictured en route for face-to-face talks with US officials in Doha in October.

Blurred lines of authority

Since the announcement of their interim government in late August, the Taliban have been less than transparent about the inclusion of some powerful figures, including spiritual leader Haibatullah Akhundzada.

While the Taliban claimed Akhundzada made a public appearance in October, no videos or photographs of the event have been released, fueling reports that he may have died a year ago.

And the militant group has taken steps to obscure images of other government figures, including acting Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani.

Acting Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani was reportedly seen greeting families of suicide bombers during an event in Kabul in October 2021.

Acting Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani was reportedly seen greeting families of suicide bombers during an event in Kabul in October 2021.

Monumental tasks

With the return of the militants came the irony that they would be the guardians of the cultural history they had tried to erase during their last stint in power.

In December, the Taliban announced that the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul, where its fighters once destroyed irreplaceable historical treasures, would be open to visitors.

Taliban fighters guard the former site of the Bamiyan Buddhas.

Taliban fighters guard the former site of the Bamiyan Buddhas.

But despite assurances that its fighters would guard the site of the Bamiyan Buddhas destroyed by the Taliban in 2001, videos quickly emerged of the remains of the statues being used again for shooting exercises.

Taming the zoo

The Taliban have also started to portray themselves as the keeper of the Kabul zoo, the former home of Marjan, the lion of Kabul. The animal, which has only one eye after a Taliban fighter’s brother threw a grenade into his enclosure in 1995, lived to become a symbol of survival for the Afghan people until she got old in 2002.

While animal rights watchdogs such as UK-based Wild Welfare have expressed concerns over the fate of the facility under the Taliban, zoo officials assured RFE / RL’s Radio Azadi that the animals were healthy and there were plans for expansion.

A Taliban fighter takes money by the horns in September 2021.

A Taliban fighter takes money by the horns in September 2021.

Sporting luck?

Under the previous Taliban regime, women were not allowed to play sports at all, and men’s participation was tightly controlled.

Popular sports such as cricket, football, and buzkhashi had been banned on the grounds that they were “un-Islamic”, and playing fields were often used to stage public executions.

As athletes rushed to leave the country after the Taliban returned to power, the new leadership maintained that while it was “not necessary” for women to participate in sports, they were ready to make concessions to women. men.

A Taliban fighter watches spectators at a Twenty20 cricket match between two Afghan teams in Kabul in September.

A Taliban fighter watches spectators at a Twenty20 cricket match between two Afghan teams in Kabul in September.

Veiled events

Fears that the Taliban would reverse the gains made by women over the past 20 years sparked daily protests immediately after the militant group’s takeover.

Public protests for women’s rights to education, employment and political representation have since continued despite the Taliban’s ban on unauthorized gatherings.

But events have shrunk in number and scale, and many women have protested indoors and online amid the threat of retaliation.

Pro-Taliban protesters also took to the streets. Many of them were draped in conservative clothing, including foreign clothing like the black niqab.

Afghan women participate in an anti-Pakistani rally in Kabul in September.

Afghan women participate in an anti-Pakistani rally in Kabul in September.

The day the music died, once again

The previous Taliban regime also banned music, prompting many musicians to flee the country for fear of reverting to the old policy.

While officials have remained largely silent on the subject, it has been reported that musicians have been harassed and their instruments destroyed. The drivers, too, cut their radios within earshot of Taliban checkpoints.

Amid the uncertainty, the national anthem adopted in 2006 appears to have been replaced by instrumentless religious hymns popular among the Taliban.

Students from the Afghan National Institute of Music who fled the country by train for a concert in Qatar in October.

Students from the Afghan National Institute of Music who fled the country by train for a concert in Qatar in October.

All work and no play

As the Taliban tightened their control across the country, its fighters provided entertainment.

Photos showed activists paddling in swan boats, riding rides and roller coasters, and making time to stop for bumper cars.


Music therapy could help improve brain function




Scientists are currently studying the feasibility of treating “brain fog” with music. It can be as easy as downloading an app to your phone.

Music has been used as a medicine for years, often to treat anxiety. But, what if patients could use music to improve their brain function and cognition on their own?

Dr. Soma Sengupta is a neuro-oncologist at the University of Cincinnati. “I wanted an app that could allow patients to express their music, their musical ability,” Dr. Sengupta said.

Scientists at the University of Cincinnati were set to develop ARMCAN, active receptive music for cancer patients. These researchers designed the app to be used in two ways.

The first is to stream music to enjoy the music they already love. The second way is to allow patients to take a more active role by creating their own music.

“So in other words, to have musical turns where you can layer genres and create your own piece of music,” Dr. Sengupta said.

Patients are assigned to a group that listens or creates music. Then they do their assigned activity for 15 minutes a day.

Dr Sengupta believes that repetition and music help. “So these technologies in a way help rewire and exercise areas of the brain that normally wouldn’t.”

Researchers have started randomized trials with breast cancer survivors who suffer from brain fog. The team plans to assess patients using surveys and MRIs at six, 12 and 18 months. They hope to be able to observe any changes in the brain during music therapy.

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I’ve been waiting for this moment: singer Harrysong moved as he carries his daughter for the first time



  • Music star Harrysong first became a father and carried his newly returned baby daughter Daviva
  • The singer’s wife gave birth in Malta and she returned home with the baby, causing great joy to the Better Pikin crooner
  • Harrysong announced he would have a visitation day for baby Daviva on January 7th and he carried his child with great happiness

Nigerian music star Harrysong is proud to welcome her baby girl Daviva who has just returned to Nigeria with her mother from Malta.

The singer’s wife has given birth to the baby in Malta and he has the great opportunity to carry his little baby for the first time.

Harrysong welcomes his baby girl home. Credit: @iamharrysong
Source: Instagram

The Better Pikin crooner shared the heartwarming moment on his Instagram page and announced that he will have a visit day for baby Daviva. He wrote on his page:

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“I’ve been waiting for this moment… to give you a hug, welcome home Daviva we love you || PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT January 7th is DAVIVA’s visit day…. Come chop, drink and party. “

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Reactions from his fans

Nigerians reacted to Harrysong carrying his baby and showered the father and daughter with adorable words.

Legit.ng chose some of the reviews, read below:

Oga Network:

“Joy joy joy.”


“Address of the congratulations icon.”


“Our baby is at home.”


“Congratulations brother daviva, you are welcome.”


“Av has tears of joy in my eyes.”


“Happy for you boss that God bless the newborn baby.”


“We are coming congratulations.”


“You are going to learn to wear the pikin oooo.”


“Congratulations sir @iamharrysong, bless me as you have been blessed sir.”

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Harrysong welcomes his first child

Legit.ng previously reported that singer Harrysong shared good news with his fans and followers on social media.

The Better Pikin crooner revealed he became a father while sharing a video calling session with his wife, showing how happy he looked.

Harrysong then revealed his daughter’s name, adding that she had been taken away from the country.

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bell hooks and its pedagogy of hope


“The fear of losing control in the classroom often leads teachers to fall into a conventional teaching model in which power is used destructively. “- bell hooks

As a teacher, I have always believed that our academic culture needed a thinker / educator / emancipator like doorbell hooks. Even though we can no longer see, feel and experience his embodied existence, it is important for us to invoke him again and again, to let ourselves be touched by his passion and conviction, and to redefine the meaning of teaching and scholarship. Yes, we have read a series of obituaries before; and enough has been said and written about this black American feminist thinker, her scathing critique of racism and patriarchy, her expanded horizon that has enabled her to continually write about gender, racism, sexuality, culture, pedagogy, love and even children’s literature, and above all, the immense political-intellectual force that characterized the trajectory of her life – of being born into a working class family, of having grown up in a ghettoized / segmented black locality, and ultimately to become a charismatic teacher nurturing and inspiring generations of students.

However, I want to highlight three principles that Bell Hooks internalized as a scholar / teacher; and these principles, I would say, have immense relevance if we are to humanize the dominant academic culture. For starters, let it be made clear that Bell Hooks was pleasantly different from a typical “value neutral” scholar – devoid of emotion and passion, and loaded with highly technical and jargonized publications. And this disease, every initiate knows, is tempting; it touched many Marxist, poststructuralist, postmodernist and even feminist thinkers and writers. Ironically, scholarship has been equated with incomprehensibility. But then, Bell Hooks was gifted with immense courage; she challenged the style of this sort of prose; instead, his books and articles flow like a river, his words touch the soul of the reader. In a way, theory to her was like poetry. Yes, many academics at major American universities where she taught were not very happy with her style and the way she wrote. Yet she inspired us and gave us the confidence to realize that writing, instead of being reduced to a purely narcissistic exercise in demonstrating one’s “intellect”, can be therapeutic.

Second, it changed the character of the class. In a way, she took Paulo Freire quite seriously. For her, emancipatory education must be dialogical and experiential. And a teacher should cultivate the art of non-judgmental and compassionate listening. Often, in our classrooms, no engaged dialogue takes place. A “scholarly” lecture by a professor, the absence of reality and lived experience (even poetry or popular culture is taught as differential calculus), with a long reading list and repeated production of jargon seminar materials : most of our students go through this routine, or the coldness of academia. But then the doorbell hooks transformed her classrooms, changed the meaning of the teacher-student relationship, and encouraged young minds – especially black women in a space dominated by white men – to express. their voice, their pain and their trauma. Through this dialogue, this reflexivity and this inner turmoil, she continually questioned the patriarchy, racism and other forms of domination in her class. Of course, most of us seek to avoid this type of engagement with our students, as it can be emotionally taxing as well. Often, therefore, our engagement with students remains limited to a bureaucratically defined task – “covering” the program, rating students, and then forgetting them. Anyone who wants to join the vocation of teaching, I think, has to read bell hooks – in particular, Teaching to Transgress: Education as a Practice of Freedom.

Third, the bell hooks taught us another important lesson: love is the essence of revolution. Quite often, in a dry intellectual environment, we experience the absence of heat. And it is impossible not to witness the growing culture of cynicism and despair. But Bell Hooks, despite the violence she has seen in the world, has not lost her fiery religiosity – the religiosity of love and hope. We live in a culture that normalizes violence, be it structural, psychological or cultural. We live in a spectacular consumerism with the violence of what Erich Fromm would have considered as a “mode of existence having”. It is a hyper-competitive social Darwinism which, as Thich Nhat Hanh would have said, denies the art of living “here and now” with mindfulness and meditative calm, and hyper-masculine aggression. militarism, religious fundamentalism and toxic nationalism. It is easy to accept this pattern and “adapt” to this pathology. However, the bell hooks reminded us of the “redemptive” power of love, compassion, empathy, and forgiveness. In times of pain and despair, I read her amazing book, All About Love, and echoed with her: “No matter what happened in our past, when we open our hearts to it. love, we can live as if we were born again, not forgetting the past but seeing it in a new way, letting it live in us in a new way. We move forward with the new idea that the past can no longer hurt us. “

Without love, there can be no pedagogy of hope. Perhaps for those who celebrate the enchanting power of engaged pedagogy and still dream of a compassionate, inclusive and egalitarian world, the Bell Hooks would stay alive and continue to sing its songs.

The writer is professor of sociology at JNU


Joey Guerra’s 12 best Houston albums of 2021



Houston rapper Bigg Fatts poses for a photo on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at the Houston Chronicle Studio in Houston. Bigg Fatts grew up in South Park and has continued to grow beyond Houston.

Photo: Yi-Chin Lee, Houston Chronicle / Staff Photographer

The best thing about Houston’s signature sound is that there isn’t one. Rap continues to occupy an important place in the musical composition of the city. And there are dozens of talented lyricists beyond the obvious hitmakers. There are also other sounds and artists who go beyond the genre standards to create their own sounds. This year, they’ve fought demons, pondered loss, and stood up for sanity.

1. “Back to Form”, John Allen Stephens: Stephens, who has worked with many of Houston’s most talented artists, showcased his own skills on this nifty and concise album that is less than 30 minutes long. The songs detail his addiction to prescription pain relievers after a motorcycle accident in 2016 and the death of his best friend in 2017 from an overdose. Her voice, piercing and supple, anchors every moment.

2. ‘Chapter 1: Desire and Chapter 2: Loss,’
Madeline the person

: Madeline, who grew up in Bellaire, was signed to Warner Records after being discovered on TikTok. But his songs belied the fleeting nature of the app. They are painful and hard-hitting confessionals, fueled by everything from her father’s death to past relationships. But she finds beauty in these difficult times. And she could be the next big star in town.

3. “Preparing the mill”

Big fat

: The tracks of rapper Bigg Fatts’ albums are inspired by food, a play on his size and his love of food. “The Mill Prep”, a riff on the phrase “meal prep”, is indeed a feast, the best showcase to date of his personality and potential. The songs go from silly to serious, and it’s to Fatts’ credit that the album never loses its momentum.

4. “She’s a bad person”, Robyn Tha Bank: Humor and wit are the pillars of this vibrant EP, the creation of Robyn Troup, from Houston. The single “Don’t Stop Groovin ‘” references’ 90s band Deee-Lite, and the video features a pregnant troupe and two dancers in Third Ward and EaDo. Every song, in fact, radiates Troupe’s superstar charisma. She won the My Grammy Moment competition in 2007, sang on stage with Justin Timberlake and recorded a cover of AC / DC’s “Back in Black” with
Carlos Santana and Nas

5. “Corner store legend”, Rob Gullatte: Gullatte, who has been recording for nearly a decade, has a beginner’s focus and fire on “Corner Store Legend”. The title song alone, which opens the album, builds itself beautifully and announces the arrival of real strength. “Military Minded” has the vibe of a radio hit. And Gullatte does everything without features or collaborations. It’s his only scene to shine.

Five more in Houston:

“Soul Not for Sale 2”, Youth Soul Love

‘Afuera’, Gio Chamba and Coffeeleaf

“Let my hair fall out,” said a girl

“Genesis of sound II”, Christopher Anton

“Forward Ever”, Dem Roots Music

6. “Flight behavior”, SuperFly Mixx: This ambitious project by Marcus Thompson, who records under the name SuperFly Mixx, has many bops. (Stop Playing Wit ‘Me “is that one.) But it’s really a concept album about mental health, interspersed with a trio of therapy sessions. Thompson reflects on family, death, and COVID-19 – but the “Black Boy Joy” celebration ends the album on a happy note.

7. “Manipulated”, Emily Cole: It’s hard to stand out in a city populated by young eccentric pop singers. Cole rises above with an elegant and heartfelt collection of songs she has written and produced. His strength is to take everyday and often discussed topics and personalize them, both lyrically and vocally. This allows a lively and luminous listening.

8. “A place where we were,” Blossom Aloe: It’s hard to believe this is the debut album from the pop quintet Blossom Aloe. Each song is beautifully crafted, evoking a sense of dreamlike nostalgia. It’s the sound of a group of people who were supposed to make music together. And the fact that this is just the beginning makes it all the more exciting.

9. “Alarm clock”,

Paul Moon

: Luna is bold and brash on this collection of originals that take inspiration from old-school and southern rap. He says he is proud to represent the LGBTQ + community in a genre that is not always welcoming. He does not apologize on the stars “Flawless” and “No Vaseline”. But his creativity and charisma deserve to be recognized beyond the labels.

10. ‘2,’ Guardian of Atlantis: This solo effort by Ramon Medina, formerly of the Linus Pauling Quartet and the Cryptographers, addresses a myriad of social issues. But it’s also just a trippy listening. The songs are both melodic and lyrical, psychedelic and noisy.

11. “Cracked, Faulty and Frayed”, Brightwire: There is something charming and unvarnished about folk-rock trio Brightwire. That appeal is well captured on this album, a solid showcase for their vocal harmonies and playing skills.

12. “Famous Thot”, “Slime Season 4” and “Snako Malfoy”, Sludge Von: On the strength of ambition alone, rapper Sludge Von ranks for releasing three albums in 2021. “Snako Malfoy” is the most accomplished, and together they form a fascinating card of an artist who focuses on his sound. .

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  • Joey guerra

    Joey Guerra is the music critic for the Houston Chronicle. It also covers various aspects of pop culture. He’s reviewed hundreds of concerts and interviewed hundreds of celebrities, from Justin Bieber to Dolly Parton to Beyonce. He appeared as a regular correspondent on Fox26 and served as the chief judge and director of the Pride Superstar singing competition for a decade. He has been named journalist of the year several times by OutSmart magazine and the FACE Awards. It also covers various aspects of pop culture, including the local drag scene and “RuPaul’s Drag Race”.


Arlo Parks wants to work with Thom Yorke and Arctic Monkeys



29 December 2021, 17:49

Arlo Parks has revealed who she would like to work with.

Photo: 1. Thom Yorke, Arlo Parks, Alex Turner /? Getty 2. JMSernational / JMSernational for the BRIT Awards / Getty Images 3. Paras Griffin / Getty Images

The Mercury Prize-winning artist has said she would love to work with the Sheffield band and create an “emotional” song with the Radiohead frontman.

Arlo Parks wants to record a “big and moving” song with Thom yorke and think it would be “interesting” to work with Arctic monkeys.

The 21-year-old singer has a long list of artists she would love to collaborate with, including the Radiohead singer and rockers from Sheffield, because she loves to see musicians of different genres come together.

“I would like to do something with Billie Eilish and Franck Ocean, Where Thom yorke from Radiohead, she told the Wired column of the Daily Star newspaper.

“I would love to do something big and emotional with Thom, like the songs from Radiohead Naked Where Card castle.

“Arctic Monkeys would be an interesting combo too. I love it when people of different genders meet.”

READ MORE: Arlo Parks wins 2021 Hyundai Mercury Award

the caroline the singer completed most of the work on her debut album collapsed in the rays of the sun – who won the prestigious Hyundai Mercury 2021 award – in his childhood bedroom.

She revealed: “It was really weird writing locked in the room I was 17 years old in, wanting people to listen to my music first.

“But it got me back to making music for fun, not focusing on sharing.”

Arlo was so used to the warm vibe while writing her debut that instead of heading into the studio, the singer and her writing partner Luca Buccellati chose to rent apartments in London on Airbnb rather than going to the studio.

“I’ve always been a little intimidated by the studio setup,” the Cola the singer explained. “By going to such personal places in my songs, I want to be somewhere comfortable.”

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teacher turned businesswoman gives homeland tours



Dr Delia Gillis has spent decades teaching African and African American history in the Midwest. As the founding director of the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Central Missouri, she introduced hundreds of students to the rich and comprehensive history of people of African descent. She was even the faculty director of the Missouri Africa Program (MAP) at the University of Ghana.

But by taking his passion for African history to the homeland was not enough. Dr Gillis wanted to present immersive cultural heritage directly to others.

On a whim, Dr Gillis decided to apply for a program in Tulsa that pays entrepreneurs to move to the city and start a business. Not expecting to be accepted to Tulsa Remote, she called it “divine intervention” when she received the good news and arrived in the summer of 2020 at the height of the George Floyd-inspired protests. She was surprised to find a welcoming environment with other like-minded people.

“In the Kansas City area my community, my village are educators, but in Tulsa it was ultimately black women entrepreneurs who were very welcoming and very helpful,” said Dr. Gillis. The Black Wall Street Times.

Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum in Ghana

It was then that she realized that Tulsa had a favorable environment for entrepreneurship. Dr Gillis didn’t expect to be a business owner herself, but after encouragement from other members of the community, she decided to transfer her knowledge and passion into a travel group that takes tourists. to a major destination in the mother country: Accra, Ghana.

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“I spent a semester in Ghana before the pandemic. And it was just a life affirmation, ”said Dr Gillis.

The history teacher had traveled to other countries on the continent, “but it was something to be in Ghana and have this reconnection to your roots,” she added.

Notably, Ghana launched an initiative in 2019 to commemorate 400 years after the first enslaved Africans were forcibly brought to American shores. “” From Ghanayear of returnWas a historic spiritual journey that encouraged people of African descent across the global diaspora to venture into the country and embrace their cultural heritage.

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Wli Waterfalls, Ghana

Gillis, who took several groups to Ghana’s capital Accra, said the journey to the homeland is mentally healing and life changing for black people.

“I looked like everyone else. I did not stand out and I was not the only one. I didn’t have to break down a barrier or represent an entire group of people, and I just think all of our young people deserve this opportunity, ”said Dr Gillis. TheBWSTimes.

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On a mission to show people that Ghana is a place to visit, invest, work and even retire, Dr Gillis said its smooth launch over the summer has turned out to be bigger than expected. .

Fifteen people aged 18 in the early 1960s joined the inaugural tour of Ghana, and they came from six different states: Florida, California, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.

Describing the trip as an incredible two weeks, Dr Gillis said she took tourists to two of the most important “castles” or slave dungeons: Cape Coast and Elmina. The two international historic monuments receive tens of thousands of visitors a year. “Castles” were among the busiest slave trading posts for hundreds of years.

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Elmina Castle in Ghana, where slave owners traded African slaves

Olivia Davis is a student at the University of Tulsa. She studied in Ghana on a summer program after receiving a Frederick Douglass Summer Scholarship. She took a course on Twi, a popular language in Ghana, and a course on the Atlantic slave trade.

“I loved Ghana. I was constantly learning something new every day, which I think is one of the most important aspects of studying abroad, ”said Davis. The Black Wall Street Times by email.

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Davis said one of his favorite Ghanaian places was the Alley Bar in Osu.

“It has the perfect combination of great food, music and entertainment,” she said. “It is a very welcoming and peaceful country. Every young person, especially African Americans, should experience being in a country that looks beyond differences and welcomes you in spite of them.

Ultimately, Dr Gillis said travel was essential.

“Despite the trauma, it was necessary. There are so many affirming things. You know, when I see music and dance, and their connection to our fraternities and sororities in HBCUs, a big part of who we are as a culture, ”said Dr. Gillis.

While tourists will need to obtain a visa first and have sufficient funds for the trip, Dr Gillis called the experience “transformational.”

“I had people who didn’t want to go back to work after the trip,” she added.

To learn more about how to apply for a Ghana tour in March, June, or Thanksgiving 2022, visit this page. eyeadomtravel.com or email [email protected]


Hailing from Scarsdale, Bochner Makes Waves in Indie Pop Music | Best Stories



“I’m 20 and something and I think I need a refund,” sings Rachel Bochner, aspiring indie-pop artist and SHS 2015 graduate, in her latest single, “Ghosted My Therapist.”

Ironically, listening to one of Bochner’s fiercely honest, intelligent, and well-written songs turns out to be sort of a therapy session in itself – at least for those 20+ who are struggling through trials and tribulations. of adult youth.

“I try to combine my own experiences and the things that I have lived and experienced with a little bit of fiction,” the 24-year-old singer-songwriter told the Inquirer of the inspiration behind her. original music.

Bochner’s songs, which often juxtapose catchy and upbeat tunes on deep and complex subjects (self-image, sexual orientation, sanity, loneliness and relationships, to name a few), reflect an artist conscious of himself and emotionally intelligent.

“I think [indie pop] is a great umbrella term because I’m definitely in the pop world, but I like the fact that with indie pop it gives you a little bit of flexibility to take advantage of different genres, ”the artist said. based in New York. “Some of my songs are a little darker and maybe a little more alternative… but still keeping a firm footing in the pop realm. “

Considering the immense success of Bochner’s music so far – it has amassed several million streams across all platforms and featured in many music publications, like Rolling Stone India – it may come as a shock to know that ‘she has only been writing her own music for three years.

Rachel Bochner poses for the cover of her upcoming single.

“I was still singing, but I think there was this subconscious insecurity that kind of kept me from getting more into writing my own music,” Bochner said, adding that this fear of being. late in the game “had initially prompted her to seek work primarily on the etiquette side of things. “I think so many artists when you ask them [how they got into music], they say, ‘Oh my God, I’ve been writing songs since I was 11.’ It is so fantastic. But that’s just not the case for me.

In the end, an A&R (Arts & Repertory) internship at a record company the summer before his final year prompted Bochner to tear his floats off and dive headfirst into the world of musical creation and performance. .

“I kind of had this epiphany [during the internship] that the only thing that would make me really happy and feel really fulfilled is for me to launch out and pursue a career as an artist …

After graduating from the University of Richmond in 2019, Bochner enrolled in a two-week songwriting course at New York University to connect with other artists, writers and producers. The skills and connections gained from this program allowed Bochner to start releasing his music and polishing his unique sound.

“I think it’s a little crazy to think of the songs I was writing in the summer of 2018 when I was starting to talk about them seriously compared to now,” Bochner said. She continued, “I think I’ve evolved a lot as a songwriter… it’s interesting how much I’ve learned so just from writing with other people. I really enjoy the co-writing and I think it transformed my songwriting experience.

Bochner’s last two singles, “Ghosted My Therapist” and “Hating Myself in the Summer”, were co-written with other artists.

“Ghosted My Therapist,” which went viral on TikTok after its release in early September and has since amassed over 500,000 streams across all platforms, was co-written by Bochner and two of his close friends in the music industry, Sasha Campbell and Annick Blaize.

Hyper-relative and intimate anthem for all ages 20 and over going through quarter-life crises, “Ghosted My Therapist” was shaped from a light exercise in letting go.

“Honestly, it kind of started out as a joke,” Bochner said, explaining how she was going through a writer’s block when she met Campbell and Blaize. “They were like, ‘You don’t have to take yourself so seriously right now. Let’s just write a song about anything and don’t be overly critical of every line you write.

“Hating Myself in the Summer”, released in mid-July, was co-written by Bochner and songwriter Sasha Ballentine.

“What started out as a sad girl’s ballad about fighting the part of myself that was conditioned to think I’m not good enough if I don’t look like a certain aspect, turned into my own little empowerment anthem, ”Bochner wrote on his Instagram page, @rachelbochner.

Interestingly, the music video for “Hating Myself in the Summer” was shot in the Bochner area, the Secor Farms area of ​​Scarsdale, and features familiar places like the local JCC parking lot.

Although Bochner is a frequent visitor to the house, she has lived in the Big Apple since July 2021 and has even managed to perform a handful of shows live – albeit in front of a masked audience.

The experience of playing his original music, and pop music in general, has been interesting, said Bochner, who until last August had only performed live with his college a cappella group The Sirens. the former Scarsdale High School a cappella group, For Good Measure, and in childhood musical theater productions.

“[Pop music] is such a different world, and you have to develop a different skill set. It was really fun and cool to work on that side of being an artist, ”said Bochner.

So what’s next for the up-and-coming pop singer-songwriter?

Bochner plans to continue writing and recording new music in the New Year and will release his next single, “Pretty When You Cry”, on January 19.

“I guess the easiest way to describe it is a friendship love song,” Bochner said of the unreleased song, co-written with Megan Dervin-Ackerman. “There are so many love songs about romantic relationships, and it’s just for your lifelong friends, as cheesy as that sounds… the song is meant to remind those people in my life that I’m going to love them. whatever. So bring it on. Bochner added that this song is her father’s favorite among those she has released so far.

Despite “the universe that does not take its messages” as she sings in her latest piece, Bochner seems to have paved the way on her own, with no plans to slow down any time soon.

“I started out very insecure and have become more and more confident with myself as a writer and as an artist and performer and I can sort of manage now… I have the ‘Feel like a whole different person in this respect compared to a few years ago, ”said Bochner.

Listen to Bochner’s music on Spotify, YouTube, YouTube Music, Pandora, Apple Music or iHeart Radio, and follow @rachelbochneron Instagram for updates on his upcoming releases.


Rihanna pays tribute to late cousin Tavon four years after his murder – Billboard



Rihanna pays tribute to her late cousin, Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne, four years after his murder in Barbados.

The 33-year-old singer and founder of Fenty took to social media Sunday, December 26, to honor Alleyne with a series of heartfelt photos, many of which showed her lovingly posing alongside him.

“I miss you and it smiles because,” Rihanna captioned the moving Instagram post, adding the hashtag #Tavon.

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Alleyne, 21, was shot and killed on December 26, 2017. At the time, local media Country News reported that he was shot at around 7 p.m. while walking along a track near his home in St. Michael, Barbados, when a man shot him repeatedly and took the leak.

Rihanna shared the tragic news in a heartbreaking Instagram post at the time. “RIP cousin… I can’t believe it was last night that I held you in my arms!” I never thought this would be the last time I would feel the heat in your body !!! I still love you man! ” she wrote alongside a series of photos with her cousin, concluding with the hashtag #endgunviolence.

Rihanna then attended Alleyne’s funeral in her native Barbados. After the emotional “celebration” of her cousin’s life, the singer shared a dedication on her Instagram story, as well as a photo of Alleyne’s coffin adorned with flowers.

“Sleep well mate… we are at peace knowing that you are in a better place than us. We will always have a void without you, but we will never stop loving you,” she wrote. “Hope you were happy with your leaving party today.”

See Rihanna’s heartfelt post below.


The Day – Lessons from the Sackler era



It was a supreme moment of addition by subtraction. On December 9, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced an agreement with representatives of the Sackler family to remove the Sackler name from “seven named exhibition spaces in the museum, including the wing that houses the iconic Temple of Dendur. “.

The Sacklers were one of the most famous philanthropic dynasties of the past half century. In recent years, they have also become better known as the owners of a company, Purdue Pharma, which manufactured and vigorously promoted Oxycontin, a pain reliever that helped trigger the opioid crisis.

The Met’s announcement was the culmination of a campaign led by photographer Nan Goldin – who was previously addicted to opioids and an overdose survivor – and her advocacy group Prescription Addiction Intervention Now (PAIN) to lobby cultural institutions to abandon the name Sackler. PAIN held its first protest in March 2018 at the Met – with activists throwing pill bottles into the reflecting pool in the museum’s Sackler wing – and quickly took over other museums, some of which agreed to break up associations with the family. The Met even promised in May 2019 to refuse any future donation from the Sacklers.

But those names have remained carved on the walls of the museum – until now.

The Sacklers are a somewhat exceptional case; for much of the past few decades, few other families could claim such a gulf between their polished public identities as famous benefactors and the sordid reality of how their fortunes were made. But the Sackler saga may remind us of the importance of dealing with the gap between the two domains of capitalist accumulation and philanthropic redistribution.

Since the dawn of modern philanthropy in the late 19th century, concentrated wealth has been legitimized by the potential to give some of it, even though such gifts have helped obscure the means by which the money was made. . As prescribed by Andrew Carnegie’s 1889 essay “Gospel of Wealth”, since adopted by generations of philanthropists, what mattered most was the intelligence and skill with which wealth was redistributed to the public by the ” steward ”devoted.

So in 1892, shortly after Carnegie’s surrogate brutally quelled a strike at a steel mill in Homestead, Pa., Carnegie faced local opposition over a donation he made to fund a library, music hall and art gallery in Pittsburgh – then responded by emphasizing the need to “separate the giver and his many flaws” from his “donations that have none.”

This logic clearly appealed to many business leaders and benefactors, who did not particularly want the public to sniff around their “mistakes” and who could have seen in philanthropy an opportunity for what is now called “money laundering”. of reputation ”. But it also attracted fundraisers and the boards of charitable institutions that depended on large donations and who preferred not to see their solicitations cluttered with awkward questions about the source of the donations.

Of course, the logic was unconvincing for the men and women who protested against these Carnegie-funded institutions in Pittsburgh. Their presence in history highlights a force that has followed large-scale philanthropy as it has flourished in different time periods, including over the past several decades: a critical audience that values ​​the benefits of philanthropy by against its costs to justify concentrated wealth and questionable business practices.

At the head of these efforts are often those who frequent institutions that rely on philanthropy, as well as those whose lives have been most profoundly shaped (or distorted) by the companies that have produced wealth that fuels philanthropy. The Met’s decision is the crowning glory of this audience.

For nonprofits, the Met’s decision may lead to a more cautious approach to granting naming rights. It is likely, for example, that the news will encourage an emerging trend to incorporate time limits into naming rights agreements (it was a 20-year limit on naming rights that allowed the Louvre to remove all traces of the name Sackler in July 2019, becoming the first major cultural institution to do so).

Some have encouraged time limit provisions as a way to secure a renewable philanthropic resource for nonprofits. In fact, the Sacklers and the Met have made a gesture towards this justification by announcing the deletion of the name, presenting it as a “gracious gesture” on behalf of the family passing by.[ed] the torch ”to a new generation of benefactors who could afford naming rights.

The Met’s move could also convince some of the refractories who still bear Sackler’s name – among them Guggenheim, Yale, Oxford and the National Gallery in London – to remove it.

More broadly still, this latest development will hopefully encourage charitable institutions to think more carefully about the relationship between their mission and the source of the philanthropic dollars they seek to support it. Faced with relentless pressure to bring in more dollars, fundraisers and boards of directors need to think about who they honor and who they could dishonor, by accepting certain large-scale donations.

What could donors learn? The recent Met move and the protests that prompted it have not entirely revoked the license that grand philanthropic acts have historically given to wealthy individuals to tolerate or commit corporate mischief. But they are reminded that, unlike Carnegie, the public pays more attention to the connections between donors, their flaws, and their donations. And so in the future, we can only hope that the erasure of the Sackler name will lead a potential benefactor to act more scrupulously in the heat of the moment.

Benjamin Soskis is a Senior Associate Researcher at the Center on Nonprofit Organizations and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute. He wrote this for the Los Angeles Times.


Vigo County Criminal Justice System Expands Services in 2021 | Indiana News


The Vigo County criminal justice system has seen its fair share of stress and progress in 2021 as courts navigate the COVID-19 pandemic while adjusting to fill service gaps in the system.

In addition to efforts to widen the backlog of criminal cases created as a result of COVID-related closings and delays, the Vigo County District Attorney’s Office used 2021 to expand its services.

In May, the office officially began its partnership with Indiana State University with the creation of a High Tech Crime Unit, or HTCU, to help local law enforcement agencies process digital evidence.

Tribune-Star / Joseph C. Garza File Technology at Work: Vigo 6 Superior Court Judge Michael Lewis describes how he uses live streaming technology in court proceedings July 8 at Vigo County Courthouse . Behind him is Joe LaBree, chief information officer for the county courts.

Four student investigators and two mentor professors were sworn in as special investigators for the Vigo County District Attorney and began helping to acquire and analyze digital evidence. Early efforts included developing evidence and accessing digital information in a murder case.

The Indiana Board of Attorneys received funding from the state legislature to establish 10 HTCUs across Indiana.

After a competitive five-month application process, Vigo County was selected to be one of the 10 host counties. The prosecutor’s office received a grant of $ 285,000 to establish and operate the Vigo County HTCU serving Vigo, Clay, Fountain, Hendricks, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan and Vermillion counties.

“Digital evidence is a steadily growing field, including cell phone communications and location data, computer forensics and surveillance recordings. This evidence not only strengthens investigations, it has also been used to exclude suspects from investigations, ”said prosecutor Terry Modesitt. “This program provides our student investigators with training, certifications and real-life experience, while helping law enforcement access and preserve important evidence.”

Following on from discussions initiated in 2020, the prosecutor’s office continued to work on establishing a juvenile drug court program.

Drug Court is an intensive program that provides services to people diagnosed with a substance use disorder. The goal of the Juvenile Drug Court is to provide alternatives other than trial and punishment to non-violent children and drug addicts to reduce drug addiction and criminal recidivism. After laying the groundwork throughout 2021, this program has been approved for funding by the Vigo County Council and will begin providing services in 2022.

Another new development in 2021 came when the Indiana Supreme Court authorized live video broadcasting of jury trials.

The entire court process had to be adapted to meet COVID security protocols, and jury trials were the area that needed the most adaptation.

From jury selection in large rooms allowing for social distancing, to reliance on new technologies to present evidence to the jury, to ensuring that all electronic devices worked to allow the public to always have access to the evidence. public hearings, many comfort zones have been extended.

“Jury trials require a lot of energy and preparation under the best of circumstances to prove a person’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. But we have faced the challenges and changes brought about by COVID and have been very successful in our jury trials and in resolving several major cases, ”Modesitt said.

The prosecutor said he was proud of the work of our assistant prosecutors, legal secretaries, child support officers and other support staff. Like most organizations, the office has had to adapt to the changes required by COVID.

“We made a smooth transition from working at home when the courthouse was closed to working at the office when circumstances permitted,” Modesitt said. “Our team continued to provide high level service to law enforcement, courts, the community and those who have been victims of crime throughout this difficult year.”

Vigo 6 Superior Court Chief Justice Michael Lewis said the situation with jury trials and the safeguards taken to protect jurors during the pandemic were major efforts for the justice system.

The establishment of a dual diagnosis and work release program through Vigo County Community Corrections has also changed the landscape of the justice system at the local level.

The relationship between addiction, mental illness and incarceration is well known to those who work in the criminal justice system on a daily basis.

The Dual Diagnosis Program helps inmates with the dual diagnosis of mental illness and addiction stay out of prison and move forward towards a stable and healthy future.

Established through the Vigo County Community Corrections Work Release Program, the Therapeutic Program accepts qualified participants discharged from Vigo County Jail.

Participants receive mental health treatment and appropriate counseling while residing in the out-of-home placement center. Social workers help people register with community treatment agencies such as the Hamilton Center and Wabash Valley Health Center, apply for housing, and follow court-ordered directions.

“This program bridges the gap between us and our community partners,” said Bill Watson, director of court services for Vigo County. “Often times things get overwhelming for these people as they try to do the many things the court wants them to do, such as registering for counseling, drug treatment and probation. So we have social workers who can help them through the process. “

The program also helps relieve overcrowding in the county jail by moving people to the community corrections program for pre-trial services.

Lisa Trigg can be reached at 812-231-4254 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at TribStarLisa.


Gogglebox brings tears to my eyes at Rose Ayling-Ellis and Giovanni’s Strictly emotional dance



The Gogglebox cast started crying as they watched Rose Ayling-Ellis dance with Giovanni Pernice on Strictly Come Dancing.

Gogglebox returned with a Christmas special on Christmas Day (December 25) – and when the cast watched their silent dance – plenty of stars began to gush.

In November, Rose and Giovanni paid tribute to the deaf community by dancing to Clean Bandit’s Symphony – and they paused the music for 10 seconds and danced in silence.

EastEnders star Rose became the first deaf contestant to appear on the show and was crowned the winner in the grand finale.

Jenny started to cry as she sat on the sofa watching the routine with her best friend Lee.

Jenny and Lee were stunned by Rose and Giovanni’s silent dance – and Jenny started to cry

She wiped the tears from her eyes as she said, “Oh, Christ.”

The Worthingtons were also looking for the tissue boxes – and Alison said, “Oh, this is moving. This is ridiculous.”

Sophie Sandiford said: “This is my favorite Strictly dance that I have ever watched.”

Her brother Pete, who recently became a dad, agreed, “I think this is the best ever.”

Rose and Giovanni paid tribute to the deaf community with their silent dance
Rose and Giovanni paid tribute to the deaf community with their silent dance

Stephen Webb admitted he was “smothered”.

“Sometimes it’s more than scores and notes and dances, sometimes it’s just a moment, and we just got that. Thank you very much,” Judge Motsi Mabuse said in the evening.

Giovanni told Heat: “This dance meant so much to us and we are so proud that we were able to show a glimpse into Rose’s world and represent the deaf community in this way.”

Rose and Giovanni won the show in December – and they chose to dance their silent symphonic routine for their Couple’s Choice.

The couple won the BBC's hit dance show
The couple won the BBC’s hit dance show

After winning the show, Rose wrote a powerful Instagram post where she paid tribute to her dance partner.

She wrote: “I dedicate this post to the most wonderful human ever, Giovanni.

“The person who was there with me everyday for four months, who really knows what this trip has been for me, the reason why I have gained confidence in myself. He came into my world and got the best out of it. about me. I can’t thank enough for all the hard work and effort to make me the dancer that I am today. “

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Could you be a Lifeline volunteer? Here are the screening questions you may be asked


Compassion, empathy and a listening ear – if these qualities describe you, read on.

You may be the person Lifeline is looking for.

The Suicide Prevention Crisis Support Service has braced for an increase in calls this Christmas season, as people navigate emotions, fractured relationships and isolation during the holidays.

But more supporters of the crisis are needed – one in five calls to Lifeline nationwide recently went unanswered due to a shortage of people working on the phone.

In her role as Program Manager, Lifeline Canberra’s Alisha Tarrant is the first voice potential volunteers hear when they express an interest in joining the service.

These are the questions she asked future crisis call operators to determine if they are suitable for the job.

Can you give up trying to “fix, save or save” someone?

There are a series of questions that are asked of volunteers before they can start working at Lifeline. (Noah Schultz-Byard – ABC Local)

Ms. Tarrant has conducted hundreds of interviews with selfless community members who have decided to give back to the community and have a purpose in helping a stranger in their darkest times.

She said many people signed up to become Lifeline volunteers because they had been through a mental health crisis – people who have overcome personal crises make great volunteers because they have built a “motivation to help.” reduce the number of suicides and loneliness ”.

But Ms Tarrant said in some cases it can be both a blessing and a red flag.

“Part of my role is to listen to all possible triggers and to have an open, honest and non-judgmental conversation. [with the applicant],” she said.

“We listen to open, self-aware people.”

Lifeline advisers at work on good generic WA phones.
Ms Tarrant says many people volunteer because of their personal experience with mental health, but it can be a problem.(ABC News: Pamela Medlen)

Ms. Tarrant said volunteers should be aware that everyone’s experiences are different and that it is not the responsibility of every supporter to “fix, save or save” callers.

As such, she keeps a close watch on respondents for any signs that they may be projecting their own experiences onto those in need, or indications that they might be particularly distressed by the calls.

“And if I am alerted in any way that this work may cause harm to someone… then I suggest waiting maybe six or 12 months… until the person is in a place. where she no longer tries to fix people, ”she said.

Ms Tarrant said most people who have applied to Lifeline don’t have Savior complexes and understand that the role is to listen, highlight strengths and empower people to ask for help. in their time of crisis – while learning their own communication skills and a sense of purpose.

How do you feel about not knowing the end?

Lifebuoy phone
All calls to Lifeline are anonymous which can be a challenge for some volunteers.(ABC)

Anyone who phones 13 11 14 can do so anonymously – this is an important part of Lifeline’s service, but it also means that volunteers have no way of knowing what is happening to whoever they are. speak.

Confidential conversations have no possibility of follow-up, and there is no established familiarity between caregivers and help-seekers.

Lifeline volunteers can request emergency services for certain callers, adhering to “strict procedures” if a life is in danger.

But Ms Tarrant said this open nature of interactions can be difficult for some supporters to accept.

“We are not pursuing therapeutic work in any way,” Ms. Tarrant said.

“We also don’t build relationships or seek common ground or similarities, although the goal is to make sure people feel connected.

However, Ms. Tarrant pointed out that debriefing sessions are readily offered to volunteers who may need help letting go or taking stock of a particular conversation.

Can you make the time commitment?

It costs Lifeline $ 10,000 to train each new volunteer, with the course spanning six months.

Once trained, volunteers must devote at least 92 hours per year, for at least two years.

As such, potential supporters in a crisis are asked whether they have the capacity to devote sufficient time to the service.

“We are asking everyone to follow a process to ensure that the service we provide to the entire national community on the crisis line is consistent service,” Ms. Tarrant said.

“Therefore [we give] the training to get through it, but also the resources to make sure people are supported and feel as confident as possible to take what is sometimes difficult and confronting conversations on the crisis line. “

Ms Tarrant said that in the past few weeks she had conducted more than 50 interviews and that it had gone “incredibly well” and that she was looking forward to welcoming new hires in 2022.

“It’s the hardest job you’ll ever love.”


‘Transform Alabama’ Uses Hip-Hop Music to Encourage Voters | Southern Poverty Law Center



As the first black woman to run for a major party candidate in the Alabama General Election 3e Congress District, Adia “Dr. Dia” Winfrey learned a lot about community outreach over two consecutive campaigns – though she didn’t win either.

The use of hip-hop music to energize a younger black electoral base during his last political campaign showed him that there was a desire among young voters to get involved, to have a voice in the community. the way government operated.

As the accounts arrived on the night of November 3, 2020, the seeds of Transforming Alabama, a non-profit organization focused on voter education and empowerment, were seeded. Even in defeat, Winfrey and his campaign team saw they had made an impact.

“My campaign has become more about voter education than me as a candidate, and I agree with that,” Winfrey said. “This is not election day. It’s about helping the public see the importance of the electoral process, how it fits into it, and how your vote counts and your voice is very, very important. So we used the campaign for that.

The new 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, dedicated to voter registration, voter education and political engagement, grew out of the non-traditional outreach Winfrey used in his campaign . This included not only hip-hop music, but also music videos and a call to action aimed directly at young black voters in his constituency.

“In the space of organizing and voting rights, you often hear that young people are not engaged in the political process or are apathetic to issues of democracy, but I don’t think that’s true,” said Rachel Knowles, Southern Outreach Paralegal. Poverty Law Center Voting Rights Practice Group. “Young people like me care deeply about the future of their communities, but sometimes legacy civic engagement organizations just don’t know how to connect with us. Dr. Dia and Transform Alabama do not have this problem as they are an organization by and for young Alabamians.

“New ideas, tactics and energy”

Oscar Austin is a perfect example. He wasn’t actively political, but that changed the day he met Winfrey in 2018 while he was spinning tunes as a DJ for an event at Chisholm Park in Tuskegee.

“They were putting up signs,” Austin said. “She was running for Congress the first time. She walked over and said, ‘You are really falling out. Do you mind if I introduce myself? “

Adia Winfrey addresses a crowd gathered in Montevallo, Alabama, for Shelby v Holder Day of Action on June 25, 2021. (Courtesy of the Alabama NAACP)

After Austin gave Winfrey the mic so she could do her stump pitch, she said something that would prove crucial to both of them.

“Do you know what a great idea would be?” She asked Austin. “What if I had my own DJ for the countryside?” “

He joined Winfrey’s staff, initially providing a soundtrack for his election hopes. He then becomes the media director of the campaign. He also brought research skills to the team, using his experience as a history graduate from Tuskegee University.

“They bring new ideas, tactics and energy into the Alabama voting rights space and focus on smaller, more rural counties that often receive less investment than the big subways,” Knowles said. “It’s really exciting to watch them grow up.

Combining hip-hop and mainstream politics may sound unorthodox, but this isn’t the first time Winfrey has fused the two like a DJ mixing songs on turntables.

She called herself the “mother of hip-hop psychology” after her doctoral thesis led to a book, Healing young people through empowerment (ADVERTISING THRESHOLDS): A Hip-Hop Therapy Program For Black Teens, which integrated hip-hop culture with psychological theories. The transition of his efforts and messages from political campaigning to nonprofit outreach was organic.

“Our goal from the start has been to provide practical information on political education to as many Alabamians as possible,” she said. “We decided that operating as a non-profit organization was the best way to do this. ”

“I bet our time is now”

She made hip-hop music videos while working with Austin during his political campaign. Using this same medium for Transform Alabama was obvious. The first clip, “Bet”, features Winfrey on location at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma and Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham.

In the video, she raps on a trance rhythm:

They thought they beat us / Kill in the streets

Hip-hop is the strength / Movement is the source

Go to the poll / Your vote has power

Bet our time is now / Sign up I’ll show you how.

The closing verse, “They thought they beat us / I bet we prove them wrong,” repeats footage of the Bloody Sunday March for the franchise on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, along with recent footage of Transform Alabama supporters crossing the bridge.

The video for “Bet” was shot on location at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, and at Kelly Ingram Historic Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Youtube)

“By infusing hip-hop culture into the delivery, the words and all aspects of my campaign – because that’s kind of how it all happened – we found people to be more open,” said Winfrey.

The first rap was born from a discussion between Winfrey and his team about a radio spot.

“I told them if we were going to do radio, I wanted to do a song, something catchy,” she said. “I didn’t want to just talk.

She wanted to call the 13 counties of the 3rd Congressional District of Alabama. Although the district is the largest geographically, its counties are largely rural, stretching along more than half of the Alabama-Georgia line. The district has yet to endorse a Democrat for president or U.S. representative in this century.

What came out of the brainstorming session was a 40 second spot which featured the “3rd District Roll Call”, a song in which Winfrey says the names of the counties in the district along with the election date, a warning and a few dance steps from Winfrey and her four children.

“I really wanted to call all the counties in the 3rd arrondissement,” she said. “When I found the statistic that we had the lowest voter turnout as a district, county for county, it was almost as if our voice as a district hadn’t moved the state of l ‘Alabama. If we could do a song and call the counties by name, maybe we could turn them on and get them to vote. “

‘A new song’

Building that momentum and carrying it to next year, when the midterm elections take place, is a primary focus for Winfrey.

“In 2022, we’re hoping to have events and get more out of the public now that things are opening up a bit,” Winfrey said. “In 2021, we had really just established ourselves, put in place our vision, our mission and a good foundation.”

Already, Transform Alabama is scheduled as a partner on the 21st Annual Stop Violence Rally in Selma on January 17 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and Selma Jubilee 2022 Intergenerational hip-hop political summit scheduled for March 5. And, of course, Winfrey is on the hunt for the band’s next hip-hop track.

“Every movement has a hymn, so I’m going to start meditating on the next song,” she said with a laugh. “We’re working on a new song and we’re planning something for 2022. We still have music involved and are working on a cool campaign.”

Top photo: Adia Winfrey poses at Hip-Hop Independence Day on Sunday, May 16, 2021, in Atlanta. (Courtesy of Ameerah Winfrey)


Jaden Smith gained weight after family intervention – Music News



Jaden Smith has revealed that he gained weight after his family organized a procedure in 2019.

On a recent episode of Red Table Talk, the 23-year-old musician discussed previous bowel issues and health issues with his mother Jada Pinkett Smith and grandmother Adrienne Banfield-Norris. The Summertime in Paris singer recalled that due to feeding problems, his family had organized an intervention with him in 2019.

“I was able to work with the doctors and really get my vitamins and supplements and protein shakes,” he said. “It’s half my diet. It’s like a password I have to find for my body. I’m now 10 pounds heavier at this point.”

He added that he had recently started to gain more muscle by going to the gym. After being shown a photo comparison every now and then, he said, “It was far from where I was when I was at Coachella, where I was like bones. that I was so tight. I was like, “That. I’m a fan of it. Like, I need to take my shirt off right now. “

Jada revealed that she and her husband Will Smith had a discussion with Jaden about her health on an episode of Red Table Talk in 2019.

“Will and I had a little intervention with Jaden because he’s a vegan now, but we realized he wasn’t getting enough protein,” she said. “So he was wasting away. He just looked exhausted, he was just exhausted, he wasn’t getting the nutrients.”


the year in Latinx music.



At Slate’s Annual Music Club, Slate reviewer Carl Wilson writes emails about the year in music alongside other reviewers – with Lindsay Zoladz, New York Times contributor, freelance writer Briana Younger, the reviewer. musical NPR Ann Powers, Glitter in the dark author Sasha Geffen, Pitchfork editor Jenn Pelly, WXNP Nashville Jewly Hight editorial director, Penguin Books author Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, critic Steacy Easton, Slate pop culture critic Jack Hamilton and Chris Molanphy, host of Slate’s Hit parade.

Yo no tengo miedo,

Jenn, I love what you have written about music and how it can foster community even when we are not physically close to each other, and especially in the midst of the various social and political upheavals of the genre that we have. had over the past two years. This year, I’m still barely out; Even as vaccines were no longer available in New York City and neighborhoods began to show signs of nightlife again, emerging from the mental cocoon of isolation felt Herculean in reach. Instead, I clung to headphone music that seemed to be uttered in sentences, as if to replace conversations I was missing: songs that distilled the experiences on our screens and in our heads, Insta’s microclubs. Live and quasi-social FaceTimes. in isolation. I particularly relied on young women like Olivia Rodrigo, PinkPantheress, HAWA and Self Esteem – their interiority was so specific, listening to it was like camping in their heads. They include a micro-generation of Billie Eilish sidekicks, some even younger than the savvy 20-year-old superstar.

For part of the year, I felt an unusual disinterest in cinematic bombast. Watching out of my apartment after the vaccination was gum activity, a necessary caution to re-acclimatize. Who in 2021 attended a social gathering for the first time in months and does not have feel disoriented, or that they had lost their capacity for witticisms, intimidated by the sight of full bodied flesh-and-blood friends as opposed to Max Headroom busts chirping on a Zoom screen?

Not me, that’s for sure. I stumbled upon the awkwardness and felt spiritually seen by the denominational music which could translate legibly on my small screen, scrolling TikTok until my thumb aches and trying to remember the last time I did. felt something as intensely as Olivia Rodrigo seems to do. Trying not to disassociate myself, I gorged myself on the chatty chamber club of PinkPantheress, a 20-year-old from Bath who hooks up diaristic storytelling in the British garage and drum and bass gestures. Listening to her, I imagined her wandering through a warehouse rave around the year 2000, as her words appear through a thought bubble. Her observations, about her own melancholy, relationships, and disaffection, were pithy and thoughtful, sung conversationally in a high cadence that avoided harsh vibrato. The breakups turned into mundane tragedies in group chat lingo, even if she wasn’t in such a rush, as on the heartbreaking opening line of “All My Friends Know”: “Did you ever want to of me ? / No worries otherwise. “Of course, this appealed to a British dance music stan who, during the pandemic, reached an age that could be described as ‘middle’; PinkPantheress was also grappling with the emotional uproar of a new phase of life. , measuring the young adult’s outlines against genres and song samples – “Flowers” ​​by Sweet Female Attitude, “Gypsy Woman” by Crystal Waters – she was not yet born to.

After accepting the fact that I had become grayer since March 2020, older but also more tired of an oppressive day job and pointing out the disheartening fate of the news in the second, I left this shit and moved my fire. Bad Bunny, the biggest star in the universe when it comes to my WhatsApp chats and myself, debuted both as a professional wrestler and as a flossy cartel flack on Narcos: Mexico and dropped “Volví” with the megaliths of the American Dominican bachata Aventura, a slightly dirty number that looked like a passing of the torch, with Romeo Santos’ croon gossamer acknowledging Conejo’s level and relevance to the world. My friends and I edited it up and texted it, practically swooning from a video that reminded us that pop can still pump out mind-blowing moments – and, with its reggaeton / bachata mutuality, mixed music – to bond over and over again. group, even in our disconnection.

Bad Bunny is an artist who can cross genres with as much agility as any pop star. And I really enjoyed the discussion here about the genre, especially how industry terms have limited musicians primarily based on race, and its usefulness or lack of it as a designation. This has been a huge topic of discourse in Latin music for years, especially after the brilliant historians and journalists Katelina “Gata” Eccleston and Jenny Mota launched “el movimiento” to supplant the racial term “urbano” for music like reggaetón and dembow. music invented and produced largely by Afro-Latinx artists. As these genres become more and more consumed (and sanitized) by the general Anglo public, this continues to be a subject of conversation and derision; just last week a pianist by the name of James Rhodes tried to hit reggaeton. (Gata summed it up perfectly in a guest column for the LA Times’ crucial Latinx Files newsletter: “Put simply, perreo’s intentional composition is the continuation of a legacy that aims to maintain and inspire a private people. of its rights. ”) And yet this year has seen one of perreo’s greatest triumphs to date: a full house at Madison Square Garden for El Alfa, el jefe of the Dominican dembow, long one of the most popular genres. most alive and exciting on the planet, and whose specificity – language, spirit, rhythm – is crucial for its ingenuity.

That’s all to say, I am of the opinion that the complete elimination of the genre can lead to erasure, especially when the genre in question is self-designated and is born out of specific cultural and political influences. I feel it especially at a time when English speakers are working hard to make “Latinx” another political flashpoint, a whistling term in the genre (ha) of “critical race theory”, which means little but represents one. extreme right-wing resistance to racial and cultural difference. What this really symbolizes to me, unequivocally, is the continued politicization of “Latinos” in the United States among the Anglo expert class, without a genuine interest in understanding the diversity within our communities – “latinidad” is also a contested term. ; we are not a monolith, as well as a widespread contempt for queer people both inside and outside of Latinx cultures. To zoom in on that, react to Lil Nas X’s single “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)”, which sparked its own pearl wave in the form of his weird sexuality and flickering profanity – not just law. religious, but also among other rappers, some of whom can’t let Lil Nas X breathe without tweeting something homophobic. (After which he completely smokes them on social media; you can’t beat Nas at his own game.)

Carl, you mentioned Meg’s “Thot Shit” video, which provided its own response to last year’s conservative response to “WAP”, brutally usurping the classically boring mix of evangelical bustle and compulsive titillation. On a related note, there’s a salient passage from Jeremy O. Harris’s interview on GQ with Lil Nas X from November that still makes my brain vibrate, pointing out that the call is also coming from within. of the House :

I think you are really one of the hypermasculine breakdowns that have been happening in hip-hop recently.

I think it is certainly true. I’m not gonna lie, I feel bad for DaBaby. I hope he will come out of it. I hope he is able to. But I do not know. The whole landscape is very hypermasculine. It’s so awesome and so amazing that all of these female rappers perceive. And, in a way, female rappers are the greatest rappers around.

This is another reason why male performers go crazy and feel broken, isn’t it? For the first time, there isn’t just one Lil ‘Kim. There are seven Lil ‘Kim’s and one Missy Elliott. They can’t keep up. Because neither of them is Jay-Z or Kanye, and they all know it.

That the queering of mainstream rap has paralleled the domination of women in the genre is no coincidence. It’s not just because artists like Nas, Meg and Cardi are the most talented and charismatic stars, but because everything is starting to open up, in part because the critics, people in the industry and most of all young people on the Internet have these kinds of difficult conversations. and advance culture. So even though I shut myself down this year – to no avail, as I type this with a nasty fit of Covid fatigue – there was still something close to the community about the music, and that’s all that I could hope.

If you wanna run over a dude named Scott, go get shot,


The 21 songs I listened to the most in 2021, in rough order of obsession:

HAWA – “Wake up”

Kamo Mphela – “Nkulunkulu”

Bree Runway – “Hot Hot”

Ty Dolla $ ign ft. Bryson Tiller, Jhené Aiko and Moutarde – “By yourself”

Bad Bunny x Aventura – “Volví”

Megan Thee Stallion – “Thot Shit”

Anz f. George Riley – “You Could Be”

Tokischa, Haraka Kiko, El Cherry Scom – “Tukuntazo”

Meenoi – “Salang Salang”

Amber Mark, “Worth It”

Doja Cat ft. SZA – “Kiss Me More”

Jarina from Marco ft. Empress of – “Vacío”

PinkPantheress – “Get Out”

Bomba Estéréo – “Tamborero”

Kali Uchis ft. SZA – “Fue Mejor”

Cassper Nyovest ft. Abidola and Boohle – “Siyathandana”

Katy B – “Under my skin”

Tierra Whack – “Walk the Beat”

Burna Boy – “Kilometer”

Thuy – “In my bag”

El Alfa ft. Farruko, – “Curazao”

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Opinion: The Most Critical Part of Financial Planning for Retirement


Retirees and near-retirees often don’t know what to look for when looking for a financial advisor.

We know this because of the emptiness of the selling points used by consulting companies to get our retirement planning business. Since these companies often employ some of the best PR firms on Madison Avenue, we can assume their arguments are effective. But given how little they really tell us, that means retirees and near retirees must be largely ignorant.

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Consider the following radio commercials, each from one of the largest national consulting firms. While these arguments may sound compelling, they do not differentiate one company from another. There is no financial planning firm in the country that could honestly not accept each of the following statements.

  • Tailored financial advice for a well-planned life

  • It’s not just what you earn, it’s what you keep

  • Allowing you to stop focusing on saving and focus on life instead

  • It’s never too early to think about retirement

  • If there’s one thing we all share, it’s that our lives are all unique.

  • So you can live your life

  • A lifetime of dedication deserves a lifetime income

These pitches remind me of Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So” stories, like the one about how the leopard got his spots. These stories seem superficially plausible and entertaining. But they don’t tell you anything about the real world.

The reason why the pitches of these companies don’t say much of a big deal is that they can’t. What is really important when it comes to financial planning for retirement is the relationship with the advisor. And individual relationships cannot be turned into a mass approach to retirement planning.

My wife, a clinical psychologist, tells me that the situation is similar when it comes to therapy. There are dozens of different theories, modalities, and systems that therapists use to describe their approaches. But, at the end of the day, research suggests that what is therapeutic in therapy is above all the relationship with the therapist.

What’s your risk tolerance, really?

Consider perhaps the most important question every retiree or near retiree must answer: “What is your tolerance for risk?” It’s actually almost impossible for most of us to answer this deceptively simple question without extensive self-exploration and engagement with a good financial planner.

Many believe that this question can be answered scientifically via risk questionnaires, but they are wrong. These surveys, which vary slightly from company to company but are otherwise largely the same, ask questions such as whether you care more about not losing money or making a lot of it. The problem is, few of us know how to answer these questions accurately.

It’s not that we’re outright lying. We can really think that we have the gut courage and discipline to stick to a strategy through a bear market, for example, but when the situation arises, we don’t.

Most financial planners also realize that these questionnaires are worthless. A few years ago, Wade Pfau, professor of retirement income at the American College of Financial Services, asked planners about their attitudes towards risk questionnaires and found that 95% found them ineffective. Pfau found from surveys of individual investors that 82% of them shared the skepticism of planners.

And yet, these questionnaires remain ubiquitous. Why, if planners and clients realize that they are not helpful? It is as if we are sleepwalking throughout the retirement planning process, indulging in lots of activities that ultimately mean next to nothing.

What is success?

If our true tolerance for risk is largely hidden, even from ourselves, then financial planning in its initial stages is little more than a film in the dark. It is only after a sometimes lengthy process of exploration, with the guidance of a trusted and empathetic financial planner, that we discover our true tolerance for risk. And only then can we begin to develop a proper financial plan.

Notice I said “appropriate”. Success in developing our financial plan for retirement is not judged by rates of return. Instead, success is coming up with a plan that fits. It is not something that can be completely quantified.

This idea helps us understand an otherwise impenetrable comment that Benjamin Graham, the father of fundamental analysis, made in his famous book “The Smart Investor”.

He wrote: “The best way to measure your investment success is not whether you beat the market, but whether you have a financial plan and behavioral discipline in place that can get you where you are. want to go. . “

Many found Graham’s comment surprising, as their sole goal is to beat the market, and they assumed Graham shared that goal. But Graham realized that beating the market is only part of a successful overall financial plan.

What about robot advisers? I am not a big fan. It’s not that they are unable to give us access to a huge amount of valuable information that is relevant to retirement planning. But they cannot satisfy the crucial role played by personal relationships with a trusted advisor.

Ultimately, I believe there is no substitute.

Mark Hulbert is a regular contributor to MarketWatch. Its Hulbert Ratings tracks investment newsletters that pay a fixed fee to be audited. He can be contacted at [email protected].


Portable: Zazu Zeh star settles down with Poco Lee and Kogbagidi say na ‘promo’ – See wetin bin cause di kasala



Wia dis foto comes from, Instgarm / portable_omolalomi1

Up-and-coming Nigerian musician Portable Omolalomi reunites with dancer Poco Lee and promoter Kogbagidi afta e bin rant and blames Poco Lee for social media.

To prove that all is well, Portable shares pictures of imsef togeda with Poco Lee, Kogbagidi and Musician, Olamide wey im dey call e benefactor for im Instagram handle.

Also, the di Zazoo Zeh star for a recent viral video starring Poco Lee says everything going between the two dem na “promo oh”.

Then Poco Lee responds for di say e no carry ‘Drinking money oh’ unlike di accuses wey di Zazoo Zeh musician bin accuses am before.

But Poco Lee later came to share a video of singer Burna Boy as they impersonate Portable and write; “Funny how I accept to accept wetin no dey true so that peace reigns, I show love oooo.”

Wia dis foto comes from, Instagram

Kogbagidi’s post for social media management with a video of all saying they are a happy family.

“A HAPPY FAMILY: True leaders understand that we get stronger by pulling the odas up,” writes Kogbagidi.

“Great respect and love to Big Fish for this game, Olamide and my first brother Poco Lee, you know I’m going to support you, rain it, it shine.”

“Time does not show that you are true leaders. Your Portable son Omolalomi knows better now. He is ready to learn and use your rich experience for the industry.”

Wetin Happun between Poco Lee and Portable

Wia dis foto comes from, Instagram / @ Pocoleedance

On Tuesday, December 21, Portable bin shared a video online where he accuses Poco Lee saying he’s showing his love but he’s just trying to cheat on him.

Portable statement says Poco Lee is trying to steal song ‘Zaazoo Zeh’ and hala says song does not belong to Poco Lee

After saying that Poco Lee would have chosen $ 3,000 with the Wizkid spray for the stage, I would only give $ 600 on the cash.

The accusations come as a result of a serious social media tok-tok and make portable music promoter Kogbagid upset for the morning.

Later that day, Kogbagidi shares a video of wen e they drive a portable comote from a hotel room and write saying, “Unruly and unprofessional driving is always expected from next.”

“You are never able to say that we are going to continue for the spirit or the head. I am shocked and embarrassed at this point. Do I have to fix your career and your head at the same time? Asks Kogbagidi.

How will Portable react later?

Wia dis foto comes from, Instagram / @ Pocoleedance

After all the social media talk and the Nigerians’ reactions, Portable come and apologize to the benefactor, Olamide and all di pipo wey im sama accuse give.

“My sincere apologies go to my Olamide benefactors, Poco Lee and Kogbagidi,” portable Instagram post with video.

“I am learning, I know better now. Please forgive me and forgive the street in me. Much love and appreciation to all my fans, words cannot express my feelings yet.

“Thank you for your intervention and your words of comfort. Now I know I’m not alone for this. I love you guys. I will never let you down again. Expect more from your boy. Zeh nation.”

Di later for di mata be dit Portable and Poco Lee togeda with Kogbagid do not reunite and settle the difference after Olamide choking mouth for di mata.

Who to be Omolalomi Portable?

Wia dis foto comes from, Instagram / portable_omolalomi1

Portable Omolalomi whose real name is Habeeb Okikiola is a rapper, singer and songwriter.

Di self-proclaimed Son Of Shaku Shaku, did not climb the ranks of the fastest rising singers.

The portable Olalomi come from the state of Ogun in southwestern Nigeria.

For a video I’m sharing for the im tiktok page, and to say that Nigerian rap star Olamide is putting me in the limelight.

Dem bin also shares a video of wia im meet wit di Nigeria rap star.


Leave magical messages and stars on a virtual Christmas tree to raise funds for the Leicestershire Hospice



Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People is asking for donations for people to share a keepsake or remember someone special on a star on the tree.

People are encouraged to leave magical messages and stars on a virtual Christmas tree to raise funds for the Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People in Leicestershire.

The charity is asking for donations for people to share a keepsake or remember someone special on a star on the tree.

Money raised from donations goes directly to Rainbows as they help provide critical care and support to over 300 children and youth in Harborough and the East Midlands.

A donation of £ 5 will help fund a day of arts and crafts supplies, allowing families to have fun together.

£ 20 could fund a play session, allowing siblings to create magical memories and £ 55 will support a music therapy session – giving children and young people a chance to express themselves.

Alison Furlong, Community and Events Manager at Rainbows, said: “Donating for a star on the virtual Christmas tree is a great way to support us and leave a wonderful memory or special message to what is. , once again, a difficult time for many.

“Any donation you can make to our charity will go a long way in creating special memories for the children and youth who use our services – some of whom could be their last Christmas with their families. “


Whatever the needs of the music, whatever the needs of the story



When I was 17, my high school choirmaster stood in front of the whiteboard and wrote down his three musical priorities. At number one, only one word: musicality.

Musicality is defined as “the quality of having a pleasant sound; melodious ”, but that is a woefully insufficient description. It’s the shaping of the song – the use of dynamics, crescendos and beyond to express the narrative and the emotion behind the notes. By ranking it first, my conductor was saying that technical precision doesn’t matter if a song lacks soul.

I remembered this while talking to Katherine FitzGibbon, founder and artistic director of the Resonance Ensemble of Portland.

Katherine FitzGibbon. Photo by Rachel Hadiashar.

“When you sing, you are ready to make the story and the emotional commitment to the music come first,” says FitzGibbon. “And yes, you have to have good intonation and rhythm and all the things that are your good traditional choral techniques. But I know it’s possible to have choirs that do all of these things ‘right’, but you feel a kind of emotional distance or you move away from it. “

Emotional distance was not an issue for Resonance Ensemble in 2021. As the pandemic’s noose tightened, the group emboldened, taking their music outside with two new series – Under the Overpass and Commissions for Now – and tackling Portland’s homeless crisis with a hit concert called Homepage.

To understand the power of the performances Resonance Ensemble has unleashed over the past year, which are still available for free on their YouTube channel, I immersed myself in videos of their work and spoke to FitzGibbon about his take on the band. . This is what I learned.

Under the viaduct and the commissions for now

For Under the Overpass, imagined by Elizabeth Bacon Brownson, Director of Marketing and Operations at Resonance, the choir sang Ysaye Barnwell’s “Wanting Memories” under the Hawthorne Bridge, “Stand by Me” under the Ross Island Bridge, ” Bridge Over Troubled Water “under the St. Johns Bridge in Cathedral Park, and selections from Darrell Grant’s Sanctuaries at Dawson Park.

“Making music outdoors is great for minimizing the risk of the spread of COVID,” says FitzGibbon. “We put in some really brilliant videographers and sound engineers that could help capture really everyone’s singing well, but you also get a bit of a vibe from the overpass itself. “

Despite struggling against the limits of suffocating masks and cacophonous traffic, Under the Overpass produced some memorable and moving performances, especially “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Working from an arrangement by music directors Shohei Kobayashi and Derrick McDuffey, the singers brought lively gospel-style energy to the leafy sweep of Cathedral Park.

For Commissions for Now, Resonance continued to sing and film outdoors, but used original compositions. The first was Jasmine Barnes’ “Normal Never Was”, a play that explored the madness of a post-pandemic “return to normal” and which was filmed at the Barge Building in Zidell Yards, where the singers were surrounded by white sheets. which flowed like shrouds

“Normal Never Was” was followed by “We Hold Your Names Sacred”, which was shot at Cerimon House and fused the poetry of author and playwright Dane Figueroa Edidi with the music of classical composer Mari Esabel Valverde. It was envisioned as a requiem for the lives lost due to violence against trans women of color.

“It was a really meaningful experience – and a learning experience – to really dive into the stories of these individual women, who were really part of the video and what we really had in mind when we shared that music.” , FitzGibbon said.

“We Hold Your Names Sacred” is a piece Resonance Ensemble may not have performed when it premiered in 2009. devoting its efforts to music designed to promote social change.

“Basically, we just completely pivoted and changed our mission statement,” she says. “We haven’t looked back. We feel like we’re doing what we’re supposed to do.


One of the most powerful works featured in Homepage is spoken, not sung. In “Outdoor School,” actor Vin Shambry reflects on a homeless childhood, as well as the liberation and fear that outdoor school attendance has brought to his life. “When I was little I never cried,” he says. “I never had the time.”

Resonance often mixes song and speech. “We always have some sort of spoken word element in our program,” says FtizGibbon. “Music kind of puts you in that emotionally receptive place – and I think it sets the stage for people to listen intently so that the speaking has an even greater impact than it could on her. only.”

When Homepage was played and filmed at Cerimon House on October 2, FitzGibbon knew he couldn’t capture every individual’s experience with roaming. Still, she believed she could call audiences to action by taking them on an emotional journey.

“I really think about the emotional arc of the concert and what the emotional experience will be like for the audience,” she said, adding that she wanted to “bring people deeper into the experience by thinking about the rhythm and the the energy of each. piece. “

As i watched Homepage on YouTube, I felt the effects of this consideration. The opening songs accurately convey the scale of the homelessness crisis, using songs like guest conductor Alexander Lloyd Blake’s arrangement of “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” to make audiences feel desperate to no longer be tied down.

This angst persists, but FitzGibbon and Blake knew that there can be no action without hope. They included tracks later in the concert that offer a vision of a more stimulating future, the most memorable “Take What You Need” by Indo-American classical composer Reena Esmail, who surrounds you with lyrics as heartwarming as a childhood blanket:

Take a moment


Take time

Take care

Take the heart

Take hope

To take a position

FitzGibbon credits much of the concert’s success to Blake, who leads Los Angeles-based choir Toality and has personal experience with roaming. “He listens to things that are different from me,” says FitzGibbon. “For him, the rhythmic structure of everything is really important. The very specific dynamic mixes were a little different at times than I would have asked for, in an incredibly inspiring way.

Alexander Lloyd Blake conducting Resonance Ensemble at Cerimon House, October 2020.
Alexander Lloyd Blake conducting Resonance Ensemble at Cerimon House, October 2020.

Blake and FitzGibbon’s approaches may be different, but they’re both storytellers. Home’s ideas, emotions and sounds seem intertwined because they see no distinction and because they possess the attitude “It’s not about me, it’s about the music” that FitzGibbons looks for in the singers she auditions.

“Some of these elements may be intangible, but some result in the crescendos being more dramatic or that the kind of vocal colors that people are willing to use are really varied,” she says. “The people at Resonance … are people who are willing to do whatever the music needs, whatever the story needs, and listen to each other and be part of an approach. daring that I really love to hear and explore with them. “

Under the Overpass, Commissions for Now and Home are available on the Resonance Ensemble YouTube channel.

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Our favorite podcasts on Christianity today from 202 …


2021 has been an exciting year for podcasting in CT. In addition to launching The rise and fall of the hill of Mars, our first long-running narrative series, we continued to produce a diverse network of shows, such as Quick to listen (about to start her sixth year), Cultivated, and new shows like Adopt Hope, the Art of the Shepherd, and Church law. To close the year, we asked our podcasters to share their favorite episodes from 2021.

Mike Cosper, host of Cultivated and The rise and fall of the hill of Mars

I will start with an episode of Cultivated since the beginning of January 2020: a conversation with my friend Makoto Fujimura. We talked about Mako’s work as a painter who blends global and historical traditions, his sense of the world as a place of abundance, and the mysterious relationship between suffering, trauma and renewal. It was a remarkable conversation, filled with hard-earned wisdom from Mako’s own death and resurrection experiences.

Morgan Lee, co-host of Quick to listen

I’ve known about the one-child policy in China for almost as long as I’ve known the country itself has existed. The same is true of the persecution the church faces at the hands of the government. But I had never heard much about how Christians themselves treated these policies. After China officially began allowing families to have three children, longtime house church pastor Raymond Yang joined Quick to listen to share his story about the advice he heard from Christian leaders when his wife became pregnant with their second child and the cost it imposed on their families for the birth of their son. It is a privilege to host a show where we hear members of the body of Christ struggling with how to live their faith, even when it calls for sacrifice.

Ted Olsen, co-host of Quick to listen

My favorite Quick to listen episodes are where we start with great ingredients but have no idea what we’re up to. I knew “Old Testament Wisdom for Renaming Public Schools” would be a good thing: we had some heated debates, some rough thoughts on biblical concepts that might connect, and a brilliant guest. I didn’t expect to have so much fun talking about how much God cares about the identity of people, places and communities. It was a very 2021 episode, but one that I’ll be thinking about in five and ten years.

Heather Thompson Day, host of Viral jesus

My favorite episode from our first season was with Karen Swallow Prior. She explains that it is not enough to have a platform; we (the content creators) have to do the job. And if we faithfully serve the work, it will create the basis of our platform. It’s a conversation I want each of my students to listen to.

Sandra McCracken, host of Closed

If you only have a few minutes, my conversation with Curt Thompson offers us warm therapeutic encouragement as we all slowly recover from the past disorienting years. Beauty and community are true vectors of the hope of God here and now.

Russell Moore, host of The Russell Moore Show

My favorite episode would have to be The First, a live event with a studio audience recorded here in Nashville. My guest was my friend Beth Moore, to talk about “Lessons to Go and Stay”. Afterward, as we stood and chatted with guests and friends, I continued to hear listeners say the same thing about this episode: “I didn’t expect to laugh. And they were right, we laughed together throughout the episode. It has become kind of a metaphor for me, not only of this episode but also of the last few years: a new joy on the other side of pain, a new community on the other side of exile.

I realized 2015 Russell Moore couldn’t have hosted this episode. And in 2015, Beth Moore would not have shown up with photoshopped slides of my “baby photos”. Neither of us could have done this show in 2020. But we were there.

Guess that’s why I love this episode the most. It represents what I have learned over the past half decade, that there is joy in unlikely circumstances, community in unlikely places, friendship in unlikely people. And, in all of it, the same Jesus that was there to begin with. Guess what I mean is I didn’t expect to laugh.

Rasool Berry, host of Where do you come from ?

I absolutely loved my conversation with Christina Edmondson. We often feel that we have to choose between dealing with serious issues of injustice or embracing a life filled with humor and joy. Dr Edmondson breaks down this false choice thoughtfully and with a lightness that reveals his fascinating point of view: “Laughter and trauma live in the same building. In these times, when we have had to contend with the absurdity of life, his ideas are refreshing and encouraging.

Ronnie Martin, co-host of The art of pastoral care

I really enjoyed our episode “The Ministry in the Face of Fear”. It was a great opportunity to discuss the common thread we share with all pastors, which is that we all struggle to believe that God goes before us. This is probably a universal theme that we can highlight over the past couple of years, but luckily God has compassion on us in our weaknesses.

Jared Wilson, co-host of The art of pastoral care

My favorite episode of The art of pastoral care was the engagement Ronnie Martin and I had on anxiety (episode 1). As someone who suffers under this threatening shadow, in the ministry and outside, it was a very personal conversation for me, and I hope our transparency could encourage others as well.

Clarissa Moll, co-host of Surprised by sorrow

Estimates tell us that more than 167,000 children in the United States have lost a parent to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. In light of this heartbreaking statistic, I can’t think of a more important episode. Whether you experienced childhood loss, are raising a grieving child, or are in regular contact with students at church or at work, “Suffer the Little Children” offers essential insight into grieving. childhood and explains how adults can love and support children as they carry burdens beyond their years.

Joyce Koo Dalrymple and Sasha Parker, co-hosts of Embrace hope

Brian and Amy Shaw tearfully recounted their adoption journey of seven children, knowing that Brian’s battle with brain cancer was drawing to a close. Just five weeks after the episode aired, Brian, at the age of 47, went with his Jesus. Amid unexpected and painful circumstances, the Shaws chose to hope over and over again. Even in the interview, they showed their 11 children the reality of eternal life and Christ’s deep love for each of them. Brian’s heartfelt cry was “My life is Yours, Lord, glorify Yourself.”

Oliver Hersey, co-host of Transform discipleship

As someone passionate about building healthy communities, I have found this conversation with Scot McKnight very informative. He is brilliant and fair with his suggested habits to create a good culture. In recording this episode during Lent, we also chose to offer questions that would help listeners assess the levels of good and bad in their own communities by looking at themselves and their communities, and seeking to speak the truth. on what God reveals.

Kevin Miller, co-host of Monday morning preacher

Alison Gerber draws on her background as a screenwriter to help us bring biblical scenes to life. This episode changed my preaching more than any other from 2021.

Steve Carter, host of Craftsmanship and character

Steve explained what leadership anxiety is, how easy it is for pastors to experience this on a daily basis, and gave a deeply practical insight on what to do about it. One of my favorite moments from the podcast was when Cuss unpacked his bags when a devotee sent him a simple text about a walk and how that simple request to text caused all of these internal stories based on the anxiety. He reviews this and shares a simple practice for dealing with your leadership anxiety.

Erika Cole, host of Church law

This first season of Church law podcast was so well received by you, our listeners! You told us that the podcast is a “must have addition to the podcast world” and that the information shared is “timely and relevant … [for addressing] church and ministry issues.

While I enjoyed sharing each episode, Episode 8 gave voice to a critical issue. Research shows two-thirds of churches do not have a written succession plan, and with changes in church dynamics (exacerbated by COVID-19), many pastors and church leaders are committing to plan for the longevity of their church.

Check out the rest of our 2021 year-end lists here.


The Music Industry Still Not Safe For Women – But They Work In It



Calls for change in the music industry have grown louder than ever. Jessie Moss finds out what to do.

It has been a calm and frustrating year for the music industry. Concerts postponed and canceled. Recording sessions pending. It has also been a year of recalibration and reflection for many who work to improve the industry; in particular, how to make it more secure.

years of media and personal stories documenting the abuse of women in the industry, and the high rates of women dropping out of the music business altogether, show that there is an urgent need for change.

But a year after APRA and Massey University’s 2020 Gender Diversity Report, Amplify Aotearoa, what tangible progress has been made? With the return of musicians on stage this summer, will their workplaces and their audiences be safer?

Singer Katie McCarthy-Burke says she has been the victim of harassment many times. When playing in private, she explains, “there’s no security, there’s no St. John’s. Because it is a private party, there is a lack of accountability. People will behave as they want. She says alcohol and drug use is common at public and private events. “In this situation, I already feel a loss of control. As a performer, this environment is quite dangerous.

The APRA report showed that 70% of its registered writers experience gender bias, discrimination and disadvantage; this is seven times the rate of men surveyed. In addition, almost half of them said they did not feel safe in the places where music is made and played. Of all the disparities that the report highlighted, it is the findings of danger to women and their precariousness in industry that are the most obvious and urgent.

Massey University Lecturer Catherine Hoad and Associate Professor Oli Wilson, authors of the report, expressed concern when data from the Tertiary Education Commission showed that first-year music school enrollments at the nationwide were led by men. “We attract a certain demographic to study music,” Wilson explains.

Hoad added that the trend in university studies in other fields is slightly in favor of students who identify as women; the field of music is an anomaly. Wilson says that by viewing the data, they immediately had an interest in correcting it. “We are motivated to achieve the best results for our students in order to work towards a fairer industry. That’s why we picked up APRA’s phone.

Hoad says the numbers 60% of men to 40% of women in the first year of study send a clear message. “It’s a widespread problem, and we have numbers to back it up. We need to take a serious look at what we are actually doing to change the conditions on the ground for women and people of diverse genders working in the industry.

Tami Neilson attends the 2021 Aotearoa Music Awards at Aotea Center wearing a dress to protest the treatment of women in the music industry. (Photo: Dave Rowland / Getty Images)

RadioActive Program Director Harri Robinson said her team always strives to keep abreast of “the company’s current feelings on nuanced issues.” She is committed to making her community safer and says the job is never done.

“We have 40 years of history and a very dedicated fan base. With that comes a social responsibility to ensure that we maintain ethical, inclusive and opportunistic environments as much as possible. This kaupapa is never finished.

When entering the station, you cannot miss the signage clearly indicating their position on sexual abuse. “What does the intervention of witnesses look like?” Reads a poster. “When you see sexual harassment #dosomething”. The team are clear on their policies, and Robinson says no one is above reproach. “No one in this industry, whatever the intentions in this space, is above the things that go wrong. This is to make sure that if things go wrong, we take the “someone who has been harmed” approach first.

She knows this is a difficult subject to broach. “No one likes to talk about injured people, especially in such a tight-knit and tight industry as New Zealand. It is so important to give people safe spaces to talk. I have found a whole bunch of new foundations. help I hadn’t heard of. I thought, if I haven’t heard of it, maybe our listeners either?

Promoter Lucy * works hard to keep her organization’s expectations and policies clear. Prioritizing the success and well-being of women has become a central part of her career.

Having been in promotions for many years and seeing the failures of the industry, Lucy found herself motivated to run her own festival to create more opportunities for women, both on and off the stage. In addition to finding women to perform, its festival’s security team was mostly made up of women to reduce bullying and increase accessibility.

Lucy is very open about what she does. “We’re not going to hide it. This year, we have developed a code of conduct and a complaints process. We hire young women, [so] we have to have things in place to make them feel secure, a professional border. We set expectations. We have zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Promoters, like venues and management, need to consider both musicians and the audience, as musicians’ workspaces are often spaces for public recreation.

McCarthy-Burke often feels like audiences don’t think of music as work, and that’s a problem. “We have the same rights as anyone in an office building. It’s work. I don’t need people to come and try to kiss me while I’m doing my job. Whether it’s other musicians or the crowd, it’s inappropriate and it’s not safe.

For the past year, the music industry action group SoundCheck Aotearoa hosted professional respect training workshops with the goal of “developing and growing our industry through a safe and inclusive culture”. One of its objectives is to give musicians an understanding of their rights and responsibilities at work; while most are self-employed, that doesn’t diminish the fact that anyone who hires a musician is an employer. Both have a responsibility to ensure safe workplaces, including preventing and dealing with harassment and sexual harm.

There is an employer-employee relationship between musicians, venues, and all other staff at a concert. (Photo: Getty)

However, dealing with harassment and harm in the workplace is not as easy as knowing your rights.

When she experienced harassment, McCarthy-Burke called on her group mates. More than once she has been left to deal with situations on her own. “If no one in your group is doing anything to protect you, you get this message that no one cares about you, so just keep going.”

She said the message was clear: “Don’t make a scene. You are just there to sing and be quiet. I am put in a position where I have to choose whether I want to be seen as a rocking boat or keep my head down.

She knows that women in the industry suffer more, expressing her frustration that “that doesn’t happen to you guys.” She feels like she is replaceable if she has a problem. She wants the musicians themselves to express themselves, especially the men. “[It would be good] to know that someone was ready to let go. The problem is, most people feel like they’re literally putting their necks on the chopping block to stop the abuse. How did it become something you would be vilified for, being an ally for someone who is being abused? “

Former bartender and artistic director Indigo * has seen and suffered sexual harassment at work. “This stuff doesn’t happen where no one can see it. The most humiliating thing is when you are in public and the whole room can see you.

Despite his experiences, Indigo is hopeful. As a young woman who has worked in several areas of the industry, she advises promoters and venue owners. While she likes to see Ask Angèle signs at sites, security personnel must also be on board. “It’s frustrating to see young women being assaulted and then male security kicks them out because they don’t know how to handle this situation.

When organizing a concert, Indigo makes sure to have a “kōrero” with the band, the venue manager, bar staff and security. It doesn’t cost anything to do that.

Wilson is hopeful. “My optimism comes from the fact that our graduates are the ones leading this change, who are technologically equipped, but also with a critical understanding of power and how power relations dictate working relations in our industry, which we know through our work is highly gendered. . “

For Lucy, an ideal world would be one where “women have been booked for time slots and where the crowd is diverse and safe. Where the sexual damage is low and the intoxication is low. To enjoy live musical experiences. This is the vision of my event, to try to change what I can.

* Lucy and Indigo were interviewed anonymously. These names protect their identity.

Find out more or ask for help:

Wellington, January 17: Safer spaces in music education hui.

SoundCheck Aotearoa training and events

SoundCheck Aotearoa reporting tools


Girls rock! Aotearoa

Respect Ed Aotearoa

Rape prevention education


My return to concerts means reconnecting with a lost love



Aerin spruill

At the risk of sounding like a lesser B high school student looking for a hackneyed quote to answer the word count or page count of an essay, I find that Bob Marley’s, “A good thing about music, when it hits you, you hit you. feel no pain ”, is really the only way for me to describe what I have felt over the past two months as I rekindled my love for live performances.

At the first concert I attended after closing, I felt as anxious as I would secretly feel to meet an ex-lover I swore I would never stir emotions again. And I had no idea why I felt like this as I stood in the lobby of Charlotte’s Belk Theater in front of my love (my true love, because I have no plans to meet an ex-lover, c ‘is just an analogy), sipping a plastic cup of expensive whiskey and cola before rushing to our seats.

It was my boyfriend who brought me back to this cursed lover and watching him watch live music made me come alive; not because of the music itself, but because of the intimacy of the experience – to stand next to him waiting for his gaze or his arm around my back when darkness fell around us like a warm blanket.

You’d think I’d invite our third wheel on with open arms, but instead I groped through the emotions like live shows and having sex for the very first time. When we took our seats, I couldn’t understand why I was so nervous. Then the lights went out and my breath quivered at the first notes, unbeknownst to my sweet love, and I became overwhelmed by the weird, mesmerizing, enchanted crowd and movement of it all.

But it was not the group. It wasn’t the performers then or any of the shows that followed. None was my choice, none was even my type. It was the simple fact that I had forgotten at those times that when the lights went down and the music started, nothing else mattered. The metaphorical cloud of sadness that seems to follow me everywhere I go, that creeps in when I smile the hardest, goes away.

During our series of breakups, I hated live music shows. Outrageous drink prices. Sitting in the backseat of a long Uber ride. The queue patiently waiting to be stopped, searched and swung. And more importantly, each seemingly “too much fun” person sent me on a “what if” frenzy, convinced that I would experience the worst case scenario: having to fight my way to the top of a human rush.

It wasn’t until after a pandemic and four family deaths that I realized how much I truly loved the chaos and the beauty of it all.

A plethora of screenshots and photos proving my vaccine status are scattered around my phone, now lost in a sea of ​​food, drink, dogs, and memes that I save between shows. Cranky staff scan IDs, secure wristbands, and triple check vaccine photos. The shock of buying a tallboy and a cola whiskey knowing I would hear, “It will be $ 28.50.” The often unpleasant smell of the bathroom which is surely located far enough away that you miss at least one song if you “break the seal”. The titled but excited viewer who still asks politely, “Can you lower your cap so I can see over your head?” as if by magic your head could shrink. And of course, the sweat under a mask that can not wait for the reprieve of the not so fresh air.

At each performance, I took in deep breaths to appreciate the aroma of secondhand smoke and alcohol wafting through the air. Then I exhaled as if I was settling into an upside down dog in yoga class, releasing all the negative thoughts and emotions into the air.

The first sounds of the ensemble pour into the room like the screech of a teapot brewing quietly on the stove for some time, as the light show sets in – laser beams projected into a dark room propagating across the stage. That’s when the trauma ends and my renewed faith in the hour-long therapy sessions without the off-grid fee of $ 350 begins. Oh, how I missed you.

After such a long distance between this world and my own reality, it’s now that I fear that this love affair stuck in the cycle of on-agains, off-agains will come to an abrupt end. That I will forget how much we missed each other, or that I will follow my eating habits and my excesses, the two paths leading to my transcending the sheer, simple, childish nature of those moments in the dark, once encapsulated. more by live shows.

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Songs of endangered birds in Australian music charts



An album of bird songs from Australia’s most endangered species climbed two spots to third in the Australian Aria rankings.

Songs of Disappearance beats Christmas albums by Paul Kelly, Michael Buble and Mariah Carey after two weeks on the charts.

The collection of 54 songs was based on recordings by famed animal recorder David Stewart, who has spent decades traveling across Australia for his work.

The album reached No. 5 on the ARIA Top 50 Albums chart in the first week of its release, beating ABBA’s latest album, Voyage.

It was produced by cellist Anthony Albrecht, who is also a doctoral student at Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory.

“The Australian public needs to be made aware of the dire plight of our unique wildlife,” Mr Albrecht said ahead of the album’s release.

“With Songs of Disappearance, we deliver the sounds of species that may soon be extinct forever.”

The 53 species included in the album are the rarest in Australia and all on the brink of extinction.

“The nocturnal parrot is a special call because it has been recorded so rarely. Few people would have heard any of these bird calls,” Mr Albrecht said.

Also featured are songs of the extremely rare Fast Parrot, Orange-bellied Parrot, and some vulnerable migratory shorebirds, such as the Far Eastern Curlew and the Bar-tailed Godwit.

Mr. Albrecht is co-creator of The Bowerbird Collective, which aims to strengthen emotional connections with nature through the arts.

Songs of Disappearance was inspired by a similar project in the UK: Let Nature Sing.


Football stadium, block of 18 classrooms, studio: features and photos of the new school built by the Nigerian governor



  • Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu built a new secondary school in Lagos named Elemoro Community Junior Secondary School
  • Described as a state-of-the-art building, the school includes a block of 18 classrooms, 12 standard classrooms, a soccer field, an art and music studio, a science lab, and more.
  • Governor Sanwo-Olu said he built the school to ensure that students in the community no longer have to travel long distances before having access to education.

Lagos, Nigeria – Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday, December 14, commissioned a newly built school named Elemoro Community Junior Secondary School in Lagos.

In one declaration Posted via his official Facebook page, the governor of Lagos State explained that the move was intended to ensure that students in the community no longer had to walk long distances before gaining access to schools.

Governor Sanwo-Olu opens Elemoro Community Secondary School in Ibeju Lekki LGA, Lagos. Photo credit: Babajide Sanwo-Olu
Source: Facebook

He noted that his administration designed and launched the school project as an intervention to address a lack of access to education in the community.

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“Before the school was built, students in the city typically had to walk long distances to schools outside their community. “

Characteristics of the new school

The school, which Governor Sanwo-Olu described as a state-of-the-art building, is located in the Ibeju Lekki local government area in Lagos State.

It is built on 1.54 hectares of land and is designed to provide learning services, recreational activities and extracurricular recreation.

The school has a college-sized football pitch complemented by a 50mm thick pile of grass and soft infills to ensure playability and impact absorption from falls.

In addition to the block of 18 classrooms, Elemoro Junior High School also has 12 standard classrooms, six special rooms for home economics, a technology room, an art studio and music, a science laboratory, a library and an ICT room. It also has offices for teachers, an infirmary, a standard canteen block and more than 30 toilets.

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Other recreational facilities built in the school include a six-lane sandwich athletic running track and a large seating arena.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said that the infrastructure installed on the premises provides the platform through which students can realize their dreams and ambitions for the future.

He also said his administration’s vision for education is to ensure that every child enrolled in a public school has unlimited access to quality education.

Nigerians react

Ajala Ifeoluwa said on Facebook:

“This is what I expected from all schools in Lagos or even better than that

“You can’t be a center of excellence for nothing with the structure of yeye schools that you have. “

Akomolafe Shina Ayodele Jeffrey said:

” Yes ! This is the norm. Lagos shows more.

“Well done sir for using our money well. “

Oyebola Elebute Edison said:

“Waohhhhhh !!!!! It’s all the shades of Excellence !!!!!!!!! Any child will be proud to be a student of this school !!! Well done your Excellency Sir !!!! More of that await us sir. “

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Babatunde Ajiboye said:

“Good job, the governors of Lagos give me hope that all is not lost with this ‘almost hopeless’ country.”

Emmanuel Ekusma Chijioke said:

“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu commissioned this wonderful project on his own without calling a special guest to do it, but if he were to be in Rivers State, someone would invite the whole world and start insulting everyone. world…

“Nice job Mr. Governor”

Sanwo-Olu promises massive rice production

In addition, Governor Sanwo-Olu visited the Imota rice mill site on Friday December to ensure the level of progress.

The Governor of Lagos was pleased to announce that the plant will begin production by the end of the first quarter of 2022.

He revealed that the 32-ton-per-hour mill with 16 silos with a combined capacity of 40,000 tons is built to produce 2.8 million 50-kg bags of rice per year.

Source: Legit


Local News: LawCo for People with Developmental Disabilities Board of Directors Approves Grants (12/18/21)



Over $ 511,000 in approved funding

Members of the Lawrence County Tax Board for the Developmentally Disabled recently approved more than $ 511,000 in funding for various programs in the county.

The Barry Lawrence County Development Center in Monett received $ 38,500 in funding for its programs. The center was established in 1973 to provide early intervention services to children with developmental delays and disabilities. The directors recently opened a new 6,000 square foot facility currently under construction at Chapell Drive and Park Street in Monett.

Michael Cassity, who established the music therapy and art therapy programs for local clients, received $ 95,300 for the music therapy program for clients in Lawrence County and $ 27,000 for the art therapy program. , which now has a waiting list of eligible customers. More. Cassity asked Monett for $ 25,000 for the new dance therapy program.

Preferred Healthcare received $ 5,000 to provide services such as lawn care to clients living in dedicated housing.

The Champion Athletes received $ 4,000 in funding to provide activities such as swimming, bowling, yoga, aqua aerobics, softball and basketball to local patrons.

OATS, which provides transportation for SWI Lawrence County employees to Monett, for $ 37,581; and $ 32,371 for the rural transportation program. These combined funds, totaling $ 69,952, have been approved.

A request from the Town of Pierce City in the amount of $ 24,952 for disabled accessible playground equipment has been approved.

People First announced it will be asking for $ 2,000 for clients in Lawrence County, which will cover expenses associated with socialization and behavioral development, such as trips to Cardinals baseball games and a Christmas party and ball. of combined graduates. The request has yet to be submitted, but Martha Pettigrew, a board member, offered to set aside funds in anticipation of receiving the formal proposal. His motion was approved.

A total of $ 75,000 has been set aside for SWI Barry-Lawrence County in Monett, formerly Monett Area Sheltered Workshop. The workshop underwent a management change in July 2021 for SWI, and since then several improvements have been made to the facility.

David Dunn spoke about recent progress in the program since plant manager Rob Walker took over in July. He noted that the payroll had increased by $ 2,000. In addition to redesigning the workspace, Dunn reported new life skills training programs and ongoing facility upgrades were underway.

LCDD Director George Woodward requested $ 78,000 for the Related Services Program, which subsidizes the voucher program and dental services; and $ 70,000 for Hope Partnership waivers for eligible clients.

Lastly, Woodward announced that he would reduce his work hours from full-time to 18 hours per week starting December 28. Board chairman Bill Alexander has indicated that a vice chairman will likely be elected at the next quarterly meeting, scheduled for March 24. , 2022.


Touching moment Tiwa Savage paid tribute to Sylvester Oromoni and others at concert in Lagos



  • Popular Nigerian singer Tiwa Savage performed at the Livespot Festival in Lagos on December 17
  • Among the many highlights of her performance was when she paid tribute to several deceased Nigerian stars.
  • Video that has since surfaced on social media captures the moment Nollywood actress Toyin Abraham was moved by the performance

Tiwa Savage wowed the guests at the Livespot Festival in Lagos which took place on Friday December 17th.

The singer paid tribute to some deceased stars. Photo credit: Bright Daniels
Source: Origin

During the energetic performance, the mother-of-one took a moment to honor the deceased stars, with a beautiful song.

In the video, Tiwa is seen performing a Halleluyia song while a choir supports her in the background.

In the slideshow behind them, photos of Sylvester Oromoni, Sound Sultan, Baba Suwe, Obama DMW, Virgil Abboh, among others, are displayed on the screen.

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The performance was so touching that it made Toyin Abraham cry. A trending clip online shows the moment the Nollywood actress wipes away her tears as the singer celebrates her memories.

Watch the clip below:

Fans jump on stage and grab Wizkid’s leg during performance in Abuja

Grammy Award-winning singer, Ayo Balogun, better known as Wizkid, is no stranger to mad fan love and this time around is no different, as a trending clip suggests.

The international music star ravished his Abuja fans when he showed up to his show on Friday, December 17 – so much so that some fans found their way onto the stage to show him how happy they were to be. to see him.

In the video that is currently circulating the Internet, two young men are seen taking the stage and grabbing one of the singer’s legs before being kicked off stage by bouncers.

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Adorable video of the singer and his son, Jamil

Tiwa Savage is not ready to see how quickly her son, Jamil, goes beyond the childhood fantasies that some people hold dear.

In a video shared on the Jam Jam page, Tiwa revealed that he would lose another tooth and made a revelation about this tooth fairy.

Tiwa then asked Jam Jam who he thought the Tooth Fairy was, and he didn’t hesitate to point out that he knew it was her.

Source: Legitimate Journal


The 5 Best Psychologists in Baltimore, MD


Below is a list of the best psychologists in Baltimore. To help you find the best Psychologists located near you in Baltimore, we’ve compiled our own list based on this list of review points.

Top Baltimore Psychologists:

The top rated psychologists in Baltimore, MD are:

  • Live deliberately – provide a safe and welcoming environment in which you can explore your thoughts and feelings
  • Counseling services for a better future – offer a very individualized approach adapted to each of their clients
  • Bolton Therapy & Wellness – believes that the patient-therapist relationship directs the healing process
  • Apex Advisory Center, LLC – is a state of Maryland licensed outpatient mental health facility staffed with highly trained clinicians
  • New Connections Advice Center – strives to foster a climate of intentional inclusion of all people

Live deliberately

Live deliberately is a compassionate and integrative team of mental health practitioners, dedicated to the personal and emotional growth of their clients. They recognize that asking for help isn’t always easy, which is why their goal is to provide a safe and welcoming environment in which you can explore your thoughts and feelings. They have an integrated and diverse team of social workers, counselors and art therapists who provide a variety of therapeutic treatments. They accept a variety of insurance plans as well as self-paid people.


Individual therapy, Relationship counseling, Family therapy, Group therapy, Private practice consultation


Address: 4419 Falls Rd STE D, Baltimore, MD 21211



“This Dr has really helped me understand things that I couldn’t see on my own. I really trust him, which is not easy for me. I think he is awesome and I wish to go wherever he goes. He listens and remembers what he and his clients are talking about. For me, he goes the extra mile for people and he’s great at what he does. Normally I don’t trust them first, but it wasn’t hard to do it with him. – Erica J.

Counseling services for a better futureThe best psychologists in Baltimore

Counseling services for a better future is there to help you move forward towards stability and calm. They work with children, adolescents, adults, and couples to help them uncover hidden abilities that can be used to heal emotional scars. If you or a member of your family has mental health problems, anxiety, gender dysphoria, or marital problems.

Their therapists work with a variety of emotional and behavioral challenges, including depression therapy and grief counseling, as well as parenting support, couple counseling, and more. They offer a highly individualized approach tailored to the unique needs of each of their clients in a pleasant and supportive environment to help them achieve the personal progress they desire.


Therapy for depression and anxiety, counseling for couples, parenting support, grief counseling, work and career issues, stress management, anger management, substance abuse and recovery, conflict resolution, therapy for disorders bipolar and psychotic, LGBTQIA + issues, self-esteem counseling, children and adolescent counseling, transitional support


Address: 114 E 25th St # 3, Baltimore, MD 21218
(443) 873-8727


“Absolutely amazing. I’ve been going for three years and wouldn’t have gone as far as I did without them. It’s amazing to know that my therapist genuinely cares about my well-being and really wants me. help. I don’t know what I would do or where I would be without her. – Briana W.

Bolton Therapy & WellnessBaltimore Psychologists

Bolton Therapy & Wellness is a compassionate, non-judgmental therapy practice that gives you the freedom to achieve your best life. They believe that therapy is a process in which the most important aspect is how they relate to each other. They believe that the patient-therapist relationship drives the healing process, which is why my goal is to provide a safe, non-judgmental environment where you can feel heard and understood.

When working with a couple, their goal is to help each partner develop the communication skills necessary to meet the demands of their relationship. When you work with an individual, their goal is to help you regain the balance and stability that will lead to happiness in your life.


Individual therapy, Couples therapy, LGBTQ therapy, Family therapy, Virtual therapy, Group therapy, Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression


Address: 1534 Bolton Street, Baltimore, MD 21217
(410) 942-6585


“I cannot say enough good things about Bolton Therapy & Wellness. Desiree gave me back my life. The success I have had over the past year is incredible, and therapy has grown from a need to want – what I once needed to get through the day is now part of my personal care. It’s time that I really look forward to a comfortable, safe and inclusive space. – Sydney M.

Apex Advisory Center, LLCGood psychologists in Baltimore

Apex Advisory Center, LLC is a state of Maryland licensed outpatient mental health facility staffed by highly trained clinicians. Psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers and professional counselors are among the qualified experts on our team. Children, adolescents and adults, as well as specific populations, are treated with Apex.

In addition to onsite treatment, Apex offers therapy through mental rehabilitation programs, adult health care centers, and in some cases, offsite visits. Our clinicians have extensive training and are qualified to work with children, adolescents and adults. They use a variety of treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior therapy, and hypnosis, to treat a wide range of illnesses and disorders.


Stress Management, Anger Management, Adjustment Problems, Anxiety, Relationship Problems, Phobias, Trauma, Physical Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Chronic Mental Illness, Impulse Control, AD / HD, Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy , child and adolescent psychotherapy, medication Management, psychiatric assessments, counseling


Address: 3200 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224
(410) 522-1181


“Apex Counseling and especially Dr Jeffrey have been a huge help in my life. They did a great job of getting me an appointment and a therapist as quickly as possible. It was extremely obvious that they wanted to make sure their clients were taken care of. Dr Jeffrey received my case, something for which I feel very lucky. With each appointment he gives new perspectives and connects the dots on how to improve my life. Plus, he’s very approachable and knows things are tough, but helps you find ways to improve. I feel like the techniques he gives me are the ones I can take with me for the rest of my life. – Kévin W.

New Connections Advice CenterOne of the best psychologists in Baltimore

New Connections Advice Center is open and assertive and strives to foster a climate of voluntary inclusion for all. They value racial and cultural identity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious origin and beliefs, marital status, family structure, age, mental and physical health, appearance, size, political position, and educational and classroom diversity. They help stressed people and people who put themselves last.

They are there to help you understand why you feel the way you are, why you are doing the things you are doing, and what is hindering some of your goals. Their therapists are experienced guides in this process of self-discovery, but they see you as the expert on yourself, even if you don’t realize it. They believe you already have the answers.


Anxiety Treatment, Depression Therapy, Life Transition Counseling, One-on-One Relationship Counseling, Alcohol Abuse Treatment, EMDR Therapy, Trauma Therapy & PTSD Treatment, Marriage Counseling & Couples Therapy, counseling for women, therapy for men, therapy for students, therapy for survivors of sexual assault, LGBTQ therapy, therapy group for single mothers


Address: 3600 Roland Ave Suite 4, Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 801-9700


“The New Connections Counseling Center has incredibly knowledgeable clinicians who are dedicated to the clients they work with. They help foster the warm, supportive and empathetic environment that is so evident at New Connections. The practice values ​​authenticity and a sense of community among clinicians, which in turn fosters strong and genuine therapist-client relationships. I would highly recommend this group practice if you are looking for therapists who will make you feel empowered, comfortable, and help you achieve your goals. – Christine K.


Life Outside The Streets Takes A Brain Health Approach For Healing



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Tracking down families for money was an overwhelming way of making a living for Jon McKay, but his time working with a collection agency gave him insight. He would found an organization to help his community restore its finances.

“This is how I was going to save the neighborhood,” said McKay, 37, “by teaching financial literacy.”

McKay’s Life Outside the Streets group held on to that mission until the entrepreneur with a stock of ideas had another ‘Aha’ moment. But this one looked more like a thunderclap.

A workshop trainer described the effects of traumatic experiences on the brain. The distress due to abuse, neglect, violence and poverty affects the functioning of the brain and makes it more difficult for reason to govern behavior. Research also shows that childhood trauma can contribute to the development of serious health problems.

McKay was fascinated. At the root of so many community ailments, according to McKay, is a physical condition that can be treated. He felt compelled to share what he had learned and made a commitment to change the mission of the organization he founded. Life Outside the Streets would focus on educating people about trauma and its effects on the brain so that they can recognize them and begin the healing process.

Since that day in 2016, McKay has preached a gospel of trauma-induced health and behavior issues to anyone who would listen. His organization has organized workshops to promote arts education to foster adaptive skills. McKay spoke at community events and marched to protest the violence in the city. He has partnered with other activists, including the creators of the Philly Truce app, a device that helps its users resolve conflicts.

“Stressors like poverty, violence, drug addiction – they damage your stress response system,” said McKay, whose first name is Jon is pronounced Yon. “If we think of it as a medical condition and the person as the patient, the approach and the tone will be different,” McKay said.

McKay carries this philosophy with him as he walks the halls of Vaux Big Picture High School in North Philadelphia and El Centro de Estudiantes High School in Frankford, where he has worked as a “climate officer” and mentor since September. He describes his duties as “discipline management” and detention management, while providing mentorship and support that creates a framework for academic success and “success in life”.

Each firm, yet friendly “hello” and each brotherly handshake is an invitation to connect and engage with McKay. The single father of two, whose home is not far from schools, has custody of his daughter.

“He brings joy to his job and an unwavering passion,” said Shavonne McMillan, Director of Vaux. “And he’s a visionary. He always has an idea, ”she said.

Jon McKay runs a workshop at Vaux Big Picture High School in North Philadelphia. Photo by Tezarah Wilkins

The final step is to form a corps of student ambassadors who would mediate to help defuse conflicts among their peers. They would learn the science behind brain trauma, as well as coping skills and self-care. The initiative is at the planning stage.

When families don’t get along or street violence threatens loved ones, students may feel “upset” and “messed up,” but try not to show it, said Rhyin Bradley, 15, a student in college. second year at Vaux.


Mahershala Ali’s Apple TV offering is dark, slow-burning, even heavy in parts-Entertainment News, Firstpost



Some scenes are filled with vast expanses of gloomy silence. What makes it work is the performances, led by a seductive dual role of Mahershala Ali.

A cross section of science fiction across the media is devoted to the idea of ​​getting around mortality, extending life, or having some sort of overhaul. Think about the number of recent projects that involved some form of eternal recurrence: that of Natasha Lyonne Russian doll, the star of Andy Samberg Palm springs et al. Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never let Me Go, the recent Amazon Prime series To download, the Netflix series Altered carbon – these are just a few examples where the story explores ethical dilemmas around cloning, or something quite close to cloning. At the heart of every story is a bold but, as we learn, ultimately misguided attempt to subvert the natural order of life and death, which leads to serious emotional issues among the protagonists.

The impressive debut feature by Benjamin Cleary Swan song establishes a similar premise: In the near future, Cameron (Mahershala Ali) is a terminally ill artist and graphic designer who enlists a secret hospice and research facility run by Dr. Scott (Glenn Close). The modus operandi of Dr. Scott’s small operation is ingenious: they “molecularly regenerate” a terminally ill person, with their memories (even unconscious or repressed) and their ways. The clone meets the original but the memory of this encounter is erased. And one night, just like that, the clone takes over the life of the original, while the latter spends his days in the hospice, which is set in a wild and beautiful nature (the film was shot in the vicinity of Vancouver ).

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Oh, and you can even watch the clone “become” you, slip into your family’s life, thanks to the cameras staring into the clone’s eyes. Wearable technology is, in general, a big issue in Cleary’s vision for the near future: most notably, some sort of air capsule that everyone wears and the aforementioned voice-activated operating system. Cleary does a great job using these small but crucial details – the world-building seems to be organic and never relies too much on exposure.

The move is supposed to be “nicer” for your family because they don’t know the difference. They don’t know you’ve been replaced by a clone. But, as Cameron finds out after going through the process, it’s not easy to keep the peace when you watch your lookalike interact with your family. “Jack” (the Cameron clone, which was named by Dr. Scott) fits into the lives of Scott’s wife, Poppy (Naomie Harris) and her son. Soon Cameron begins to have a series of doubts that reflect the different stages of dealing with Jack’s existence – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

Swan song is a dark, slow-burning, even heavy film in several parts. Some scenes are filled with vast expanses of gloomy silence. What makes it work is the performances, led by a seductive dual role of Mahershala Ali.

As Cameron, he’s a little sad sap, which only comes alive when he’s with Poppy or at her sketchbook (which he, we learn, gave up after the death of his beau -Brother André in a road accident). Like Jack, he’s even more impressive, a response to the “evil twin” stereotype in sci-fi tales.

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The rest of the cast also supports its ending; Glenn Close is reliable and brilliant as Dr. Scott, icy but strategically compassionate. Awkwafina plays the guy as moody and humorous Kate, a woman Cameron meets at the hospice, someone who has undergone the procedure and is also depressed at the sight of their replacement clone. Naomie Harris is stuck in a one-note character but does well. Poppy feels both underwritten and underwritten, strangely enough: perhaps that’s because one of the few details of her life that is presented to us is that she teaches children with disabilities. learning… with music therapy. I mean, I understand we’re supposed to feel Cameron’s pain of losing her, but I think it can be achieved without making the character downright smug.

I’ve enjoyed several lo-fi sci-fi movies lately – the low-budget sci-fi story, following the dominance of IP-driven films, feels like a statement of artistic protest. Think The immensity of the night Where Moon or the old classic by Shane Carruth Upstream color. They are all very different from each other and none of them follow Hollywood role models (except when doing so in conversation with them). Swan song joined the ranks of those films with a tearful for the ages.

Evaluation: 3/5

The film is streaming on Apple TV +.

Aditya Mani Jha is a Delhi-based freelance writer and journalist who is currently working on an essay book on Indian comics and graphic novels.

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Unruly reveals the best emotionally engaging vacation commercials of



LONDON, December 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Indiscipline, one of the world’s leading advertising platforms for video and connected television (CTV), today unveiled the most moving holiday ads of 2021 using its content testing tool, Unruly EQ, which measures consumer reactions to video advertising. Global data from Unruly shows vacation ads with high emotional responses include those from Disney, Wegmans, Frito-Lay, Coca-Cola, Tesco, Macy’s, Australia Post, IKEA and McDonald’s.

The full list of global results is available on Unruly’s Holiday Ad Hub.

As December 2020 approaches, brands have been doing all they can to identify with the uncertainty of the holidays amid a global pandemic. Last year’s posts reflected the shift in legendary traditions and the adaptability of consumers as they still try to bring joy to their holiday season.

By comparison, many in the 2021 crop of holiday announcements do not reference or allude to Covid-19, and instead seek to create nostalgia for Christmases gone by and inspire consumers to come together and celebrate with their families. relatives.

Other trends seen in top rated ads:

  • The best performing ads have high EQ scores (above 6 or 7) and demonstrate a combination of intense emotional response, brand favor, and viewer purchase intent.
  • Using the animation illustrated by Chick-fil-A’s “Whoopsery” commercial, part of their fully animated series “Stories of Evergreen Hills”, and Macy’s “Tiptoe and the Flying Machine”, which is reminiscent of the stop motion animation iconic holiday movies from the 60s and 70s.
  • Nostalgic pop music has performed very well this year, with hits repurposed by Queen and Hall & Oates.
  • A strong presence of diversity (both in age and race, often together) in the United States as well as in advertisements from the United Kingdom and the Philippines.


Unruly analyzed the emotional responses of approximately 9,700 consumers worldwide to more than 50 global festive ads released this year using its content measurement tool, UnrulyEQ. UnrulyEQ helps advertisers maximize the impact of their video content across multiple screens, to more effectively drive brand metrics and target responsive audiences at scale.

Unruly’s Christmas Ads Effectiveness Chart uses Unruly’s combined metric, the EQ score, to rank the most popular holiday ads based on their emotional, social, and business impact, as well as to compare them to level means of emotional response to advertisements in each market. The intensity of emotions viewers experience while watching, brand preference, authenticity, and purchase intent all contribute to an ad’s final score.

About Undisciplined
Unruly is a global programmatic video and CTV advertising platform that enables advertisers and publishers to buy, sell and optimize online advertising in a premium, transparent and brand-safe environment.

A member of the Tremor International group, Unruly’s mission is to transform digital advertising for the better. Its unique proprietary programmatic technology combines unique audience data, predictive analytics, and creative optimization to deliver exceptional advertising experiences to engaged audiences worldwide.

Media contact:

Caroline Smith, Vice President of Communications, Tremor International
[email protected]


CSD Describes Its Uses For $ 2 Million In State SIA Funds | News



INDEPENDENCE – The Central School District Administration briefed the Central School Board at its December 6 meeting on how its spending shows the Student Investment Account (SIA) money derived from the Student Success Act 2019. students (SSA).

Brian Flannery, district director of student growth and achievement, said the SSA is the biggest investment the state has ever made and a huge investment in equitable results.

“This allows (on a commitment) to look for many years into the model of quality education, putting forward year after year how do we achieve these equitable results,” explained Flannery.

In 2019, the Oregon Legislature passed the Student Success Act, promising when fully implemented, that it would invest $ 2 billion in Oregon education every two years. He pledged a billion dollar investment in early learning and kindergarten to grade 12 education each year. According to the Oregon Department of Education, $ 200 million of these funds goes to the State School Fund, and the rest is divided into three accounts: the Early Learning Account, the Statewide Education Initiatives Account, and the Student Investment Account.

Flannery explained that at the heart of SSA is a commitment to improving access and opportunities for students who have been historically underserved in the education system.

He added that the focus was on two main areas – supporting student mental and behavioral health and academic success, while reducing disparities for historically underserved students.

The central school district’s share of SIA dollars amounted to $ 2.195 million for the 2021-2023 biennium.

The CSD addressed four areas within the SIA:

Julia Heilman, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, said the administration hosted a series of community discussions in the spring and fall of 2019. Superintendent Jennifer Kubista engaged with several community stakeholders, including large and small groups, specific and targeted groups for general information. information, which included parents, staff, community and student representatives.

Heilman said that from all of these contributions, the administration has put together six strategies:

1. Build behavioral support / interventions, mental health supports and socio-emotional learning support from a trauma perspective

2. Have K-12 alignment on core common core standards, quality intermediate formative and summative assessments, and faithfully implement frameworks identified by the district.

3. Build K-12 programming focused on CTE, electives, AP, specializations, college courses, arts, physical education, extracurricular activities, and expanded learning opportunities.

4. Build a long term community planning / building committee.

5. Develop a family involvement plan.

6. Develop a community partnership and resource plan.

Suggestions written on sticky notes filled entire whiteboards.

“The post suggestions came with a massive list of activities that we believe would be ways to address these strategies, such as bilingual psychological support, behavioral specialists, additional AVID coaches (a program we we currently have in college and high school), school psychologist, adding nursing services, additional licensed staff, additional classified support, intervention specialist, intervention software, transportation, ”Heilman said.

Heilman added that the administration will continue to be on the massive list so that it can go back and review the district’s changing needs each year and re-prioritize as needed.

For example, of the $ 2.195 million, Heilman said the district funded the hiring of a Whole Child Coordinator Britta Santoni, increased contracts with Polk County Behavioral Health, hired a teacher in Spanish at Talmadge Middle School and developed music, French and Vocational Technical Education (CTE) at Lycée Central. In addition, they added health support assistants in all schools and special assignment teachers (TOSAs) at the elementary levels to help with interventions and programming for students.

Flannery said the next steps in planning for the AIS include:

Continue with youth discussions on how things went, looking at opportunities for improvement and next steps,

Start community discussions in 2022

Continuation of conversations with union leaders

Adjust plans, ODE permitting, to meet the needs of students in the district during school years 2021-22, 22-23.

“We will use the latitude we have to make adjustments and the data we have in measuring our performance and the impact on how we make those decisions,” said Flannery.

Kubista added that the state requires the CSD to answer several questions about its goal. She directed the community to the district website, go to ‘About Us’, click on the link to see a direct link to SIA) which has questions that the administration is answering. Kubista said the list is essentially a “self-assessment of where we think we are.”

Many items on the list have yet to be addressed due to the pandemic, Kubista said.

“We left a lot of what was in our original plan, community committees that we all had last year, we added some things,” Kubista said. “We were very intentional to do it broadly, so if we have to make it happen, we can. The status was clear to us, if it is not on your list it will not be funded. We want adaptability. So we’ve been really intentional in our planning to give ourselves that ability to maneuver where we need to maneuver and stay the course where we need to stay the course.

Cec Koontz, director of finance and operations, explained that 2021 was the first year of spending under the SIA. She said the first year was a very small amount because the state didn’t know what kind of revenue it would have from the corporate activity tax to pay the SSA.

“So they were quite conservative in the amount allocated to the districts. The first year we had exactly what we needed to do what we planned. We put in some positions first – Whole Child Coordinator, Additional Environmental Health, and Special Teachers on Mission for Behavioral Issues and English Language Development. We pre-funded them from the general fund for a year because we knew we could, and then we slipped them into SIA, ”explained Koontz.

Kubista added state-developed benchmarks that the CSD must meet in order to continue receiving funds, including attendance, ninth grade numbers on the track, on-time graduation, and performance scores. third grade reading.

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Music therapy proves effective in patients with Alzheimer’s disease



Dear doctors: My uncle has Alzheimer’s disease. He goes through these horrible phases where he is restless and frightened. We noticed that the music calmed him down, especially when it was something from when he was young. Why would that be?

Responnse: You had the chance to discover a therapeutic practice that dates back at least to ancient Greece. Aristotle and Plato believed that music could soothe the troubled soul, and physicians in their day used musical instruments to induce sleep and relieve mental disorders.

Today, there is a solid body of research on the therapeutic uses of music for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Due to the unique way in which this type of dementia evolves, the areas of the brain related to musical memory remain mostly free from damage. This allows Alzheimer’s patients to recognize and respond to music. This has been found to be helpful in managing periodic episodes of distress and agitation.

When researchers in Canada played new music for a patient with advanced Alzheimer’s disease, she did not respond. But when they played melodies that she knew well, she sang at the same time. She remembered all the words and continued to sing the songs accurately even after the recordings ended.

Other researchers who have studied people with mild cognitive impairment or early-onset Alzheimer’s disease have linked listening to music that was personally significant and improved neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to s ‘adapt in response to new experiences. Writing in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the researchers said this was especially true when the person felt a deep connection to the music being played.

Music is indeed integrated into the therapy of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. It has been used to engage the patient in the present moment and in the hope that it may have a beneficial effect on the progression of the disease.

When connecting with your uncle through music, first eliminate any competing sounds, such as TV or radio, which can be confusing. Choose music that he knows and loves and that evokes happy memories. Singing, clapping or even dancing can enrich the experience for both of you.

If your uncle’s mood changes, be ready to change songs or end the session. And be careful to avoid overstimulation. Keep it fun, easy, and manageable.

As emerging research suggests, music may be a beneficial therapeutic pathway for cognition.

Dr. Eve Glazier and Dr. Elizabeth Ko are internists at UCLA Health.


I was so focused on one child that I missed the signs of mental illness in the other


The day of my first therapy appointment was the day I first said, “I think my daughter probably has OCD.

It was a footnote for a larger conversation. Who lives in the house with me? How are our relationships? What are the important dynamics to know before entering a therapeutic relationship?

I had spent the last five minutes talking to Ellie about my oldest daughter: her health, her learning disabilities, her anxiety and her depression. The youngest had none of these problems. She was in good health, advanced in her studies, and showed no signs of her sister’s instability.

Most of my limited reserve of attention and energy was focused on stabilizing the big girl so that she could participate in school, social and family activities. Little didn’t need so much attention. She was still so cold. She was doing fine.

I told myself that, although it was becoming clearer and clearer, it was not. Having a child with mental health issues was hard enough – having two could break me.

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Out of nowhere, she became inflexible.

My daughter (I don’t use my children’s names in my stories, and actually I usually write about my older daughter, but from now on in this one I’ll try to refer only to my younger daughter, to avoid confusion) has always been incredibly brilliant. We often say that we don’t remember her first words because it seems like she has been speaking in full sentences since birth.

As a baby and toddler she was the most relaxed child I have ever met. She hardly ever cried. She was the kind of kid who would run errands with you all day, take a nap in the car and was an absolute pleasure to be with you. She played with other children, idolized her sister, and had an amazing imagination.

This cold, fluid attitude started to change when she was around preschool. Suddenly things had to be done a certain way.

When I left the house, I had to do all the goodbye things in the right order (“Beep, wave, blow a kiss, lower your window but wait”, and don’t ask me why we are going down the window afterwards. having done all of these other things or what we expect; it doesn’t make sense).

If I messed up, I could see her face crumble as she stood on the porch, sobbing and waving goodbye.

When we were playing with his toy figures, we had to follow his vision (even though it wasn’t articulate enough to communicate that vision), otherwise there would be a collapse. If I took her to a place she had been to before, she would have to walk through the door in the same order as last time and sit in the same chair in the waiting room. You get the picture.

You can’t exactly explain to a three-year-old that no matter what order you walk through the door, the experience, once inside, won’t be affected. It terrified her when things changed. So most of the time we did things as “well” as possible, in an attempt to save her anxiety and our eardrums. (Often even that didn’t help, but we did our best.)

The stunning began a few years later.

As the schools moved away, we noticed other behaviors that concerned us.

She was using her tablet to do her homework and she started to sniffle. Sniff. Sniff. Sniff-sniff-snort. Soon she was sniffling from the moment she woke up in the morning to the time she fell asleep at night – even when she was in bed falling asleep, sounds were drifting down the hallway.

Then there was the rubbing of the fingers and toes. I can’t even describe this one clearly, but it was another stimulation that started off slowly and quickly picked up to the point that she couldn’t finish a single sentence without stopping to sniff or rub. And then she would have to start the whole sentence over again.

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I have a lot of compassion. I recognize how difficult it is to live with mental illness. I even have my own stimuli, which developed when I was in preschool and ignites when my anxiety is high.

But these behaviors were difficult to manage, even for me.

In the end, it was she who asked for help.

One night I was lying next to her at bedtime and my beautiful, sweet seven year old daughter said to me, “Mom, sometimes I want to kill myself.

Words won’t capture the feeling I had at the time. I never received a punch in the stomach, but I imagine that is how I would feel. All the color has flowed out of the room, the blood in my brain has pooled somewhere in another dimension.

And yet I responded as if she hadn’t said the scariest thing a parent could hear. I kept my voice clear and calm, with some concern.

Don’t minimize. Don’t ignore it. Show you care. Let him know the seriousness of his words. Don’t discourage her from opening up to you like that.

“Honey, why are you saying that?” It’s a pretty serious thing to say.

Meanwhile, my heart was pounding so hard that she could surely hear it from her place next to my shoulder.

“Well don’t kill me,” she said. Thank God. “I just want to stop doing these things.”

The finger stuff, she explained. And the things on the toes, which I guess didn’t even realize she was doing, but that made sense when I thought about how she would change as she spoke, rubbed her fingers, sniffed. and starting his sentences over and over again.

She wanted to stop, but she didn’t know how. It’s a familiar story.

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The next day, she had an appointment with a therapist.

I’m going to take a quick interlude here and acknowledge how incredibly lucky we are to live in a place where there are child therapists, and we were able to make an appointment so quickly, and we were able to get her to go. due to our flexible working conditions, and that we didn’t have to worry about where the money would come from for these appointments, and that we had insurance that would reimburse us for part of the costs. More on that in a different story, but what a parody that not everyone has these privileges.

It is the same but different.

Learning to help my oldest daughter was difficult. It required breaking out of my ingrained patterns of behavior, taking the time to empathize before huffing a joint, and giving her the space to feel heard.

With my younger daughter the same skills were in order, but because she processes her emotions in such a different way, and probably also because I use so much energy on her older sister, these skills are more difficult to use. ‘access for me.

I often feel like I’m learning to make my way into another treatment community, developing a whole new way to help someone I love more than life itself live a full life. and healthy.

And sometimes that’s too much.

It’s overwhelming to schedule all the dates, and even to take a step back and take a deep breath and not give in to a scolding when I realize that she is bleeding yet again from the scabs that she opens. and continually reopens on his arms and legs.

I walk through the open water, struggling to catch my breath as more and more pebbles are added to my pockets.

But all of this swimming is making me stronger, and although my swim is not perfect, I will continue as best I can. Because, as overwhelming as it can be to be the parent of multiple children with all of their needs and peculiarities, it’s also my job to help them navigate this confusing world.

And that thought is what keeps me afloat.

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Nikki Kay is a New England writer, educator and mental health advocate. She writes on the intersection of mental health and parenting with a focus on recovery from trauma. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook: @NikkiKayAuthor

This article originally appeared on Invisible Illness. Reprinted with permission from the author.


Musical interventions can provide “psychological first aid” to stressed patients during lockdown



A violinist playing a soothing tune tailored to a patient’s particular health condition and personal musical preferences in the hospital can provide “psychological first aid,” reports a new study from Northwestern Medicine of neurological patients who have received telemusic therapy during the lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an era when patients in the neuroscience unit were isolated from their loved ones, a musical intervention improved patients’ emotional states, reduced stress and anxiety, and provided an enjoyable experience, the study showed.

Musical interventions, and in this case tele-music, can affect the emotional well-being of patients, their families, the healthcare team and improve patient care. “

Dr Borna Bonakdarpour, lead study author, professor of neurology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Northwestern Medicine neurologist

The study will be published in Frontiers in Neurology December 13.

“The impact of the results can be applied to patients beyond the neuroscience unit to include other specialties and other hospitals,” Bonakdarpour said. “Music as a clinical tool is underused in ambulatory settings and in hospitals. “

Patients said they felt emotionally supported. The music woke up their speech and prompted them to dance in their hospital beds despite their neurological disability for which they were admitted. The aesthetic experience, which is not usually associated with hospital stays, empowered patients and their families and facilitated medical procedures as patients were less anxious and more cooperative. Patients in emotional distress often require more care from nurses and, according to nurses’ testimonies, patients who received the music intervention were more satisfied with their stay.

Study participants were offered a 30-minute live music session on FaceTime by a clinically trained violist in consultation with a music therapist and certified music practitioner. The music used for the procedures was personalized for the patient. Participants were assessed with the Music Assessment Tool where they indicated their musical preferences and the music they opposed. After the intervention, participants responded to a questionnaire assessing the impact of music on their emotional state on a scale of 1 to 10. Scores were then averaged for all patients and calculated as a percentage.

Eighty-seven sessions were performed over a three-month period. Despite varying degrees of disability, most patients had a significantly positive response to the music session. They agreed that the intervention improved their emotional state (92%); that it provided a pleasant experience (92.4%); and that it reduced their stress and anxiety (89.5%).

“Our study underscores the importance of demographically and clinically informed musical and artistic interventions for patients as an essential part of their care,” said Bonakdarpour.

This pilot project serves as a prelude to a more in-depth study of how musical interventions can support patients admitted to neurology. Northwestern scientists are studying the effect of music in patients with epilepsy and dementia using specific physiological measures (heart rate, functional MRI, brain wave tests).


Journal reference:

Bonakdarpour, B., et al. (2021) Neurology telemusic program at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic: transforming hospital time into aesthetic time during the crisis. Frontiers in Neurology. doi.org/10.3389/fneur.2021.749782.


Sanjay Sabha Live: Gravity-defying Journey into the Unknown



A famous classical musician is unable to sleep after an evening concert and gets up to write a rare moving note to his audience: “Yesterday was a confirmation that life goes on and as artists we have to keep doing what we do. I am a singer and I get up every day to sing. I do this while I can’t wait to sing in public, and when I do, I hope and wish you all show up and feel worthy and motivated to give my best. It also confirms and justifies the work I do every day at home and leaves me with a feeling of euphoria, emotion and above all gratitude! All I can say is thank you thank you thank you”.

As he himself admits, it was the “high” of the concert that kept him more or less awake all night.

The musician is Sanjay Subrahmanyan and the “Sanjay Sabha Live” concert in Chennai on Saturday – his return to the big stage after the pandemic-induced disruption of nearly two years.

And what a sensation it was!

Probably something that even his most seasoned fans would not have known before. An intriguing thriller that took us on completely unknown paths, a grandiose journey into nature. There were no beaten paths and it was full of twists and turns. One of those unusual trips to “live the moment” in which you just had to immerse yourself in the moment and live a magical experience. The return to reality was when he sang a touching Ashtapadi followed by the farewell piece (mangalam) after three hours.

Any description of Sanjay’s music lately has become a cliché of superlatives; However, it’s safe to say that on Saturday it was a new Avatar who took his music – technically, aesthetically, and experimentally – to a whole new realm. There were indeed early signs that it was going to be quite a trip when he started with the Viriboni varnam in Bhairavi. Unlike the usual setting, in which the Varnam is kind of a warm-up piece that synchronizes the stage as well as the audience, it was at full blast from the start – in the air and in the pitch. As audiences would soon realize, the remarkable exuberance and power that suddenly erupted before them was not just a harbinger of things to come, but a sure promise that would be kept too much.

It was during the raga alapana Saveri and Revati that we felt that this concert had already reached a new magical field of experience. His regular audience is well acquainted with his Saveri, but this time it seemed to have acquired a new face of beauty and expansion and a new radiance. But when the line (Sa Ri Ga Sa Ri), which he lightly uses to connect with his audience, came late, they laughed together reliving memories of past concerts.

Revati (Ragam Thanam Pallavi) defied gravity. Usually in his live concerts, when Sanjay goes up the octave, he only touches the upper Pa (and occasionally Dha); but this time he went all the way to Shadjam, effortlessly and with clarity of expression. And it suddenly opened the doors to a new magical world. It was a Sanjay that we had never seen live before. While there were a few musicians who crossed three octaves, in Sanjay’s experiential depth art, it meant a new layer of mystery. And in the same alapana, he did it all over again. The unknown desert was suddenly wide open in front of a person.

Audience during Sanjay Sabha Live

Indeed, the inventor Kalpanaswaras in the second song (Raghunayaka by Tyagaraja) in Hamsadhwani itself had made the public take off soon enough. Probably even his most seasoned violinist, S Varadarajan, would not have anticipated that he would start swaras the way he did; but then they coasted together as the swaras began to organize themselves, with a subtle mathematical flavor, from scratch. The Harikambhoji (Pamalai, Papanasam Sivan), Narayani (Bettada Melondu, Akka Mahadevi) and Bhoologakumari (Ranjani, Subramania Bharati) which preceded the Revathi RTP all had high characteristics of inventiveness in terms of sangathis, variations, swaras, and emotional depth. After all, he is a master of expressions.

Overall, the most notable feature of the concert was its journey into the unknown. Unbridled exploration, where the people you take – including those who have traveled with you for years – have wide eyes in bewilderment, without violating the integrity of form is not easy; but Sanjay did it as a daring magician. As the great American pianist and teacher Leon Fleischer said, “the performer is like a mountain dweller in the Alps. He knows the way to the top of the mountain. He takes you there, but his goal is to make you enjoy the view ”.

Varadarajan, Neyveli Venkatesh (mridangam) and Anirudh Athreya (Ganjira) also made the trip enjoyable by setting the stage on fire. The way Varadarajan complimented the vocals and the way Venkatesh amplified the pace with incredible speed, energy and impact with Anirudh was simply outstanding. the Thani Avarthanam was a real stumbling block that elicited one of the longest standing ovations I’ve heard at recent concerts.

Besides his virtuosity, what really strikes about Sanjay is his musical wisdom and social intelligence. In fact, none of the skills matter without them. Fleischer summed it up quite eloquently when he spoke of the importance of playing every note in a piece of music while maintaining the big picture: the microcosmic and the macrocosmic. Sanjay has the unusual ability to simultaneously visualize this big picture and the finer details. He also knows that exhilarating musical experiences are co-created with audiences.

Sanjay Subrahmanyan during a concert. (Facebook / sanjaysubmusic)

What was on display was also the Sanjay Subrahmanyan brand, thanks to Bhargavi Mani and his team at Bhargavi Mani & Consultants, who was the architect of “Sanjay Sabha”, the digital channel and now, “Sanjay Sabha Live”.

And let me quote Leon Fleischer once again to sum up the concert: “Every piece of music is an adventure in anti-gravity because we conquer gravity when we make music. The moment the music stops, gravity takes over.


The 7 most important things to know when loving someone with depression


Depression just might be one of the worst things around because it feels like you are sinking no matter how hard you try to swim to the surface. It’s like you’re tied up and gagged and whatever knife you use to slice the boundaries you can’t.

I am what they call a bubbly and effervescent woman, but I have experienced depression in my life. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 14.8 million American adults suffer from major depressive disorder per year. It’s a lot of people.

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When you love someone who suffers from depression, your relationship isn’t always easy. Loving someone with depression takes work.

Here’s how people with depression love differently from others.

1. Sometimes a depressed person will withdraw emotionally.

Depression is a delicate beast. Your lover can withdraw from you through no fault on your part in order to come up with rather sad feelings, only to come back to chance. And sometimes it can seem like there is no rhyme or reason to this pattern.

Know this: it is not your fault. Your partner may step back just so you don’t have to deal with their unpleasant feelings and come back when the person feels able to give without pouring a rainy parade over your head.

It’s best to give your depressed partner the opportunity to walk away as long as they can come back without serious intervention.

If your partner pulls out to succumb to a dangerous level of depression, this is when you need to step in. One should only be allowed to wallow for so long before it becomes a huge problem.

2. People who are depressed may not want to as often as they used to.

A depressed lover may need less because he or she has low motivation, or your “blue” partner may be looking for more to fulfill that sad, boring feeling through depression. The first scenario is more common than the second, but many depressed lovers seek therapeutic treatment and will want lots of contact and foreplay.

This is good as long as the person isn’t looking for it outside of the relationship or to avoid dealing with uncomfortable feelings like addiction.

On the other hand, if your depressed partner doesn’t want to, it can be really hard on you. Talk openly about it with your partner and watch out for your downcast lover’s bedroom habits.

3. We can look for a shoulder to cry on that is not yours.

Back in the days when I was feeling down, I had people I went with because I felt comfortable telling them about my lethargic mood. Your lover can decide it’s you … or not.

Don’t be crazy. As long as your partner has someone to confide in so they can get over this change in mood, that’s most important.

It would be nice if that person were you, but maybe it’s better for your other half to unload on someone else – that way you won’t feel like the relationship is more of a storyline. of therapy-patient.

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4. People who are depressed can have mood swings.

I have friends and have dated men whose depression seemed to come out of nowhere, like a terrorist mood attack on their brains. Don’t be surprised if your partner is carefree one minute, then the next day, slowly sinking into the fog of depression.

The sudden mood swings between elation and depression could be manic depression, and that’s not what I’m talking about.

A depressed partner may appear to be fine and then start to sink into a sad state. It is essential to do things to keep your partner active and less stressed, but, more importantly, your partner must be able to recognize the impending depression and try to avoid getting stuck in its clutches.

But if someone is seriously depressed, he or she is going to have a very hard time doing so. You will have to be patient if you are to deal with this.

5. We empathize with other people with mental health issues.

Your depressed lover will most likely be an empathetic and kind lover.

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Knowing what it’s like to face a mental health issue, your partner has a different outlook on life than Miss Mary Sunshine, which is a good thing as long as the person isn’t emo 24h / 24 and 7 days a week.

6. Depressed people are great listeners.

A depressed lover can be a great listener just because he or she has spent so many hours listening intently to the sad and not so sad voices in their head, struggling with reason.

Your depressed lover will want to be by your side because he knows how difficult it is for anyone to understand their own dark thoughts.

7. Sometimes a depressed person can be selfish.

On the other hand, your excellent listener / depressed partner can be selfish at times. He or she doesn’t mean to be, but depression has this nasty way of making you feel like it’s just locked in your own world, with your own morbid thoughts.

It’s hard to see someone else’s perspective when you’re trapped in your depressed island world.

No matter how sad or blue your partner is today, once you understand how people with depression love differently, be a supportive partner and see the value of your lover’s life experiences. And there is a good chance that this depression will pass too.

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Billie Eilish’s best sketches, ranked



Kick-off of the first of two Saturday Night Live shows this month before the extended vacation was the host and musical guest Billie Eilish. At just 19 years old, Eilish has already accomplished what most artists hope to achieve after a long career. In an episode of The Hollywood Reporter podcast Rewards chat, Billie sat down with her best friend, brother and coworker Finneas o’connell to look back on how their huge success started 6 years ago when Finneas asked him to sing “Ocean Eyes”, a song he had worked on with his band but felt he couldn’t handle.

Music has never been not present ”in her home growing up, whether singing on car trips with her parents, attending her mother’s low-budget music recording sessions, attending the rehearsal of a choir or sing its activities throughout the day. Above all, choral practice helped cement his passion for singing. “These years spent in this choir have been my favorite moments in my life to this day.” But back in the days of “Ocean Eyes” dancing had been her goal and what she thought was her future. Due to an injury, however, she was unable to perform on stage but has been able to sing “Ocean Eyes” and collaborate with his brother. They uploaded the song to the popular music streaming site. SoundCloud, and it became an instant fan favorite. She remembers turning 14 a month later and how “all year it was meetings and meetings and reunions” with managers and people in the music industry.

Since then, Eilish has released the 2017 EP Don’t smile at me with two albums, 2019’s When we all fall asleep, where do we go? and last july Happier than ever, both of which debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. She won five trophies at the 2020 Grammys, including the top four categories of Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New artist. She is the first artist born in this millennium to have a song in the Hot 100 chart, and according to Rolling stone, his 2019 album is “one of the 500 greatest albums of all time.” Eilish and Finneas’ unstoppable talent led them to produce, write and sing the main theme song of No time to die, the last film in Daniel craigfrom the James Bond franchise. The song won the Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media even before the film hit theaters. The musical duo will also be write three songs for the next Pixar movie Turn red. There’s also a good chance we’ll see her at the Oscars as a nominee this year, whether it’s for her documentary. Billie Eilish: The world is a bit hazy or for the best song of No time to die.

The world might have been a bit of a blur, but it was clear that Billie Eilish was ready for Saturday Night Live. She had known Studio 8H from her time as a musical guest in 2019, but this time she was both a musical guest and host. So how was the singer as the host? A little unbelievable. She fearlessly jumped into every skit with genuine excitement and has proven that not only can she crush it as a musical guest, but that she can also really make you laugh. And his brother and his parents were by his side.

Let’s take a look back at some of the best moments from the December 11 episode of Saturday Night Live. Live from New York, it’s Billie Eilish!

5. Hotel announcement

Eilish and SNL cast member Kate mckinnon (she’s back!) chuckled their way through the last skit of the night. The two played the “office ladies” of the hotel Kathlyn and Kathreen in a spooky commercial for a hotel chain known as the Business Garden Inn & Suites & Hotel Room Inn. (Rolls to the right on the language.) You know how some hotels act as a relaxing getaway? Well, this is not one of those hotels. But he is the perfect place to organize an intervention, chat with the unlucky concierge Doreen (Aidy bryant) and eat wet eggs. Please, for Doreen, see the cave.


4. The night I met Santa Claus

Have you ever met a famous person that you never thought you would meet and then totally blank on a normal thing to say to that person? This is exactly what happened to Leslie D (Eilish) and her backing vocalists (Kate McKinnon and Ego Nwodim) when they met Santa Claus (Kenan thompson). Sit back, relax and listen to these women singing about their unique and uncomfortable encounters with the cheerful guy. Maybe if you meet someone famous, learn from their mistakes and avoid guns, unwelcome advances, and trial and error.

3. TikTok

Ah, TikTok, that app on your phone that drains all of your battery and keeps you from doing virtually all of your responsibilities. Why would you waste your time taking out the trash when you could literally watch strangers do whatever? Whenever. All over. This clever (and disturbingly accurate) pre-recorded sketch is from the perspective of your phone’s screen as you go past what you planned to be ten minutes, but it actually turns into ten hours of scrolling without reflect on TikTok. Sure, your dad might really need you right now, but you’re too busy watching random people talk about celebrities, hearing what a guy has to say about it. Spider-Man: No Path Home trailer, or watch nurses twerk as their patient is on the verge of death. TikTok, where would we be without you?

2. Lonely Christmas Announcement

Christmas is almost here, and that means you’ll likely be spending time with family and friends. But unfortunately there are a lot of people who don’t have loved ones to visit while on vacation. This girl (Eilish) can’t imagine what it would be like to have such a joyous vacation alone, and decides to hold an invitation in her apartment window to her sad, lonely, elderly neighbor (McKinnon) who eats alone on Christmas. The woman is delighted when she reads the handwritten invitation, but has a few questions. This heartwarming exchange takes a dark turn, and then a few more and more upsetting turns afterward. Don’t forget to give your friends and family a hug this Christmas. And be very careful who you invite to Christmas dinner.

1. Billie Eilish’s monologue

Eilish was all smiles as she walked down the stairs to the legendary Saturday Night Live stage. Wearing a dress that she said looked like ‘Mrs. Claus going to the club’, the singer reveals the real reason she wore loose clothes exclusively, explains how stressful it is when fans and internet users assume that ‘she will always be the same person she was when she started out and remembers a momentous childhood moment that made her think she was not a good actress. She also unveils a photo of a 16-year-old girl Colin Jost, which is … something that you definitively can not ignore.

Next week, host Paul Rudd joined the Saturday Night Live Five-Timers Club with musical guest Charlie xcx for the last episode of the year.

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Cole Swindell + Lainey Wilson both lived through “Never Say Never”



The old saying goes write what you know, and when Cole Swindell wrote “Never Say Never” with Jessi Alexander and Chase McGill, he added lyrics so immersive and dark it seems like they must have come from personal experience.

“I probably can’t say that, but certainly [I had someone in mind when I wrote it], admits Swindell in a recent conversation with Taste of rural nights. Told from the perspective of a person who cannot break free from a relationship even though they know it won’t end well, “Never Say Never” admits that “It’s hell and it’s heaven with you / Everything is possible / The ups are unstoppable. ”

Swindell’s moving new song is a duet with country newcomer Lainey Wilson, who scored his first No.1 hit earlier this year with “Things a Man Oughta Know” – a deeply moving ballad in its own right. In fact, the importance of emotional authenticity in the performance was something the two artists agreed on when they decided to work together, explains Swindell.

“I can not sing [a song] if I did not live it or if I did not want it or if I would not have done it. That’s kind of how it goes, “the singer said.” Me and Lainey both talked, you know, no matter where you are, how old, it seems like everyone has been through this at a given moment of life. “

“That’s why I said yes when he asked me to be a part of this,” Wilson nods. “I felt like I wrote the song myself. It just made me feel something. I think we’ve all been there in one way or another.”

“That’s why we love music: it’s accessible,” adds Swindell. “I think a lot of people hear that and it reminds them of someone whether they can say it out loud or not.”

The couple met in 2017 – even before Swindell wrote ‘Never Say Never’ – when they were introduced by their mutual publishing house in the hopes they could be soul mates in the bedroom. of the writer. Not only did they share similar visions of songwriting, but they quickly found that their voices complemented each other well.

“We laughed at the thought of it. We didn’t even start writing; we just recorded a duet,” Swindell recalls.

Best Country Songs of 2021, Ranked

You’ll find much more than the 10 best country songs of 2021 on this list. Enjoy the 21 best country songs of the year, based on the opinion of Taste of Country staff and country music fans, along with business data (sales, streaming, broadcast).


‘Sometimes I have trouble with the accent, but I’m learning’


Mark Lanegan, born in Ellensburg, Washington, 57 years ago, is one of the most distinctive singers of his generation. Since the split from his first band Screaming Trees, his gritty baritone has graced and dishonored albums by Queens of the Stone Age, Soulsavers, UNKLE, Manic Street Preachers and many others, not to mention multiple collaborations with Isobel Campbell, Greg Dulli and Joe Cardamone.

Lanegan, who introduced his friend Kurt Cobain to Where Did You Sleep Last Night by Leadbelly? when they worked together on The Winding Sheet in the 1990s, released an ever-brilliant series of solo albums in 30 years, drawing inspiration from everything from creepy blues to scuzz-rock to electro.

Shortly after publishing his 2020 memoir Sing Backwards And Weep, a raw and heart-wrenching saga of addiction, destitution and grief, Lanegan and his wife Shelley Brien moved from California to Co Kerry, a place they had. first met when they appeared on Other Des Voices in 2004.

“A friend of mine had a house here,” says Lanegan. “When I regained my awareness of the physical beauty of the place and made some great friends from the start, the warmth of these people made it an easy place to stay. Sometimes I have trouble with the accent of the high-pitched voice, but I’m learning. . . “

Lanegan thrived during confinement, entering a prolific period of writing lyrics, poetry and music, until the morning he woke up completely deaf and unable to stand or draw oxygen. He lost his balance, had a bad fall and was admitted to intensive care, where he was diagnosed with a life-threatening case of coronavirus.

Artificial coma

What followed was a three-month bedridden ordeal of sleeplessness, hallucinations, intubations, a four-week medically induced coma, endless demands for blood tests, and the constant struggle to breathe. If he had had to face the American health care system, says Lanegan, “I would be dead or in debt for 10 lifetimes. I have been incredibly lucky to be here.

This month sees the publication of his this season’s story in a Covid service, Devil In A Coma, a short but intensive, part essay, part free-form poetry. What the prose lacks in literary finesse is more than offset by the authenticity of the author’s voice and the gravity of his experiences. He’s a compelling character: restless, impenetrable, somewhat off-putting, with a graveyard spirit. In person and on the phone, he chooses his words carefully and uses them sparingly.

The difference between writing songs and writing books, he argues, is simple: “One of them is nice and the other isn’t. For me, the lyrics are something that comes instinctively, I just try to do what I think is appropriate for any piece of music. But putting together a book, as you know, is a job, a labor. And it’s also hard on the eyes, if you write on your phone, which I usually do.

“When I started writing the first book, a friend of mine who was a writer told me that if I was to write anything other than just a shitty rock biography, I should find a level of honesty that I would be uncomfortable (laughs). In a way that totally freed me up to let it fly. There were people I talked about in the book who were extremely unhappy with the way I described them. , but, you know, they knew me before I wrote it.

The misery of addiction

More than one reader I know has suggested that there are passages in Sing Backwards And Weep so inflexible about the misery of heroin addiction that they should be used in NA meetings.

“Well, I take that as a compliment. I certainly wouldn’t want to relive that experience. It wasn’t the easiest thing to write, but it’s a good caveat, I guess. “

Hungarian-Canadian physician Gabor Maté argues that all drug addiction stems from childhood developmental trauma. In Lanegan’s case, he had a drinker father and a mother figure who seemed to hate his very existence.

“Obviously, I have an extremely complicated family life,” he concedes, “but that said, I think I was born into a drug addict, I just needed something to make it happen, because the whole first time ever putting substance in my body I was extremely happy and wanted to do it again immediately after.

Has he submitted to the joys of talk therapy?

“I have been sent there several times. In fact, more than a few. But I never lasted very long. I think that’s good for a lot of people, it’s just not really my bag, so to speak. I am probably too old. Too anchored in my habits.

Perhaps, despite Lanegan’s claims to the contrary in the past, the writing serves a therapeutic purpose. Devil In A Coma reads like a feverish dream. How did he get back to that hallucinatory state of mind when he wrote it down? Did he use any particular tricks, memory cues?

“I just start at the beginning and go where it takes me, basically I never really took notes on anything much to my editor’s chagrin on the first book because I wouldn’t write no plan. Although he taught me quite a few writing lessons that were useful in real life. A lot of it was written while I was there, so there wasn’t much to remember, and then the past stuff. . . I just have a memory for a long time!

Avoided tracheotomy

Did the experience make him more courageous or more fearful?

“You know, I’m still working this out. It went on incredibly long and took several trips to the hospital, more than what I wrote. It hit me pretty hard, so right now I’m probably somewhere in between those two polar extremes you just mentioned.

One of the most frightening moments in the book comes when doctors consider performing a tracheostomy and Lanegan’s wife, Shelley, intercedes because the risk to her voice is too great.

“I was incredibly proud of her, but again she knows me pretty well, and the doctor’s job is to sustain life, that’s what they do. If that means chopping off your legs to survive then they can do it, so you can’t blame these guys for doing their jobs. I was just glad she was there to stop him. The people in the hospitals I was in were incredibly kind and selfless, but still, for a person like me, it’s like prison.

Have the years of difficult life made her body more susceptible to the virus?

“It’s hard to say, you know, it attacked some places where I had been traumatic before, but it was like accidents, stuff of that nature. I have a pretty sturdy build, I think that’s probably why I’m still here.

Singing profession

This is also how he managed to maintain a long solo career despite his profile which never exceeds the cult figure. Lanegan enjoys the approval of his peers, but he has a complicated relationship with his own creative drive. As devoted as he is to the art of singing (and he is an excellent performer as well as a songwriter), he is not a comfortable performer. I ask what is he focusing on when he’s on stage, hanging off the microphone stand, eyes closed?

“I try to get lost in the song itself and not be swayed by anything outside of that, because it’s not something that really comes naturally to me, even after all these years of playing. do it, so I have to be very careful what I do or I might screw it up. I think I learned to do it by trial and error. When I first started I was not very good, I was singing songs written by someone else [Gary Lee Conner, Screaming Trees’ guitarist] who sang in a much higher register than me.

How does he keep an old song fresh, night after night?

“Someone once said to me, don’t write a song unless you’re willing to sing it for the rest of your life. I kind of took that to heart. While I’ve written a lot that I won’t, I try to make sure that there is enough that I have a cache.

What advice would he give to someone who wants to sing?

“Do it. I think anyone can sing. People who say they can’t are full of shit.

Devil In A Coma is published by White Rabbit Books


Matthew Tavares on leaving BADBADNOTGOOD: “The environment was so negative”



“I can’t explain how frustrating it is to see the band carry on a narrative where I basically haven’t done anything.”

Posted on December 10, 2021

After interrupting his tour with BADBADNOTGOOD in 2017, keyboardist and band co-founder Matthew Tavares confirmed his departure from the Toronto band in 2019, sharing that the decision was not easy to make. Now, the artist has shared other feelings about her release and how the band and their team reacted to the news.

In a statement shared via Instagram, Tavares recalls how his since-deleted announcement of his 2019 departure – in which he explained how the fact that ‘the band comes first in my life’ led him to become unhappy – was written to be “balanced and harmless.” and gave an honest take on the difficulty of a decision. “

After writing in this 2019 announcement that he and the remaining members “are still on good terms,” ​​Tavares now claims that drummer Alexander Sowinski and the management of BADBADNOTGOOD “disagreed” on the nature of his position. , recalling how it wasn’t followed by the group’s Instagram account soon after, but “not without them commenting on an emoji heart on my post to make sure no one got it. and that everything was ‘good vibes’ “.

Tavares reiterates that he made the choice to leave BADBADNOTGOOD himself and understands how “a lot of people are going to roll their eyes thinking that this is motivated by meanness because I am no longer in the group”. He calls the aforementioned social media activity “a little microcosm of what it was like to be in BADBAD the 9 years I was in the band.”

As the co-founder of the group, Tavares first challenges a biography of the group written for the famous 2021 album by BADBADNOTGOOD. Talk Memory. The bio, included in the press material and available for reading via Bandcamp, tells how the group “passed between three and four members” during its formation in 2010 “before establishing its current formation in 2015”, without mentioning the name of Tavares.

“Their lack of recognition of my departure has become an insult,” writes Tavares, who shared the news of his departure in 2019 before any official announcement from the group. “When I was about to leave, the management told me to play with this narrative so that they didn’t sacrifice their [XL Recordings] recording contract, and I did, but the disc is out now and I can say that the story will not be rectified by them. I wasn’t just an interchangeable member of the group, as their bio suggests. “

Leaving the group in 2019, Tavares illustrated the different ways he had “invested every waking hour in this project since I was 20”. Now he deepens his contributions during the early days of the group.

He recalls his role in the filming and editing of BBNG’s first videos, funding their first studio with Frank Dukes “when the band had no money”, recording and mixing all of the band’s acclaimed LPs in 2016 IV, designing the artwork and packaging for their releases, launching the website and associated server that brought their first recordings to the world, being the only band member licensed to conduct before saxophonist Leland Whitty became a full time member , and more.

“You can call it narcissistic or selfish to report it all,” Tavares writes, “but I can’t explain how frustrating it is to see the group perpetuate a narrative where I basically haven’t done anything. of their own insecurity. Being not followed by the Instagram you created is a fun feeling. I have given every breath of my life for 9 years and every ounce of my ability to this group, to help create what it was. “

Tavares adds that when he made the decision to stop touring, “it was constantly over my head by [Sowinski]. Always mentioning it to other people, without of course mentioning the enormous amount of money he made when I was no longer taking my full share. “

Tavares then tells a shocking story of how his former bandmate and band director reacted to his intervention in a sexual assault he witnessed in South Africa. Following “screams coming from an alleyway” on his way home, Tavares ran past the group after stopping to see “a man literally holding a woman to the ground”.

In what he considers “one of the scariest times of my life”, the keyboardist “grabbed the guy and forced him down until the cops arrived.” Tavares claims that despite the seriousness of the incident, “the next day [Sowinski] said I should have “beat him more” monotonously, despite being 2 blocks away the entire game, and the manager said “no longer saving lives”.

“Of course, I can feel resentment and jealousy not to be on a big label anymore or to have the visibility of the group, I have my freedom and I have love and I am surrounded by people that I respect and respect me. It’s an incredible feeling, “concludes Tavares. “Don’t assume I’m writing this from an angry place. I really feel very grounded and happy, but I need to live honestly.”

You can read Tavares’ full post below.

Since leaving BADBADNOTGOOD, Tavares has continued to go out solo material alongside his work with other artists, including this year’s Danica. Most recently he delivered a compilation of 88 songs Arkive, which brings together “music that is too crazy / weird / vulnerable to be put on my previous releases”, recorded between 2008 and 2021.

Today, BADBADNOTGOOD delivered the new single “Break of Dawn” with Montreal upstart Skiifall. The group is currently on tour in Canada to end 2021.

Talk Memory was recently ranked as one of Exclaim’s best albums! from 2021.