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  • Inside Ray LaMontagne’s Rich New Psychedelic Release, ‘Ouroboros’

    first_imgRay LaMontagne’s new album Ouroboros is a sprawling opus that takes a majestic nose dive into psychedelia that is the most enveloping musical experience LaMontagne has put to tape.Rich and heavily textured, songs are given free-reign to explore the expansive psychedelic environment they inhabit. The album represents a distinctive shift in sound from the musician’s early output of blue-eyed, meadow-soul on releases Trouble and Till The Sun Turns Black, though it builds upon his first forray into a more electric sound on 2014’s Supernova. The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach produced the album, who is experiencing his own sonic shift with his new band The Arcs, and his rock and roll stylings definitely influenced the album’s direction. Ouroboros was helmed by LaMontagne’s pal Jim James and his mystical touch molded the aesthetic of the album (To bring Ouroboros on the road, LaMontagne will be backed by the members of My Morning Jacket, minus James).LaMontagne couldn’t have set the tone any better for what Ouroboros is all about than with “Homecoming,” which opens the album with a serene calmness. Centered around contemplative piano, lightly strummed guitar and LaMontagne’s hushed singing, the song hangs in the air like morning mist in the the pre-dawn darkness. It’s eight-minute length gives LaMontagne plenty of space to wallow in the atmospheric melody and lets the song naturally develop into the shining piano outro that cracks through just at the end like the first rays of sunlight bleeding through the trees, signaling a new beginning.This new trail is something the LaMontagne is certainly embracing, which he alludes to in the monstrous “Hey, No Pressure.” “Anything you want your life to be it can be/ Anything you want it to be/ Anything you want to be you can be, hey no pressure,” yearns LaMontagne as the song’s fuzzy, liquid guitar hook weaves in and out. Layers of guitars, keyboards and bass give the groove a heavy, lavalamp flow to it, with a strobe-like guitar solo breaking open the ceiling of the song. “The Changing Man” rests on the back of a gnarled blues lick with heavenly aspirations and immediately segue into “While It Still Beats,” which really just continues the melody as it slowly ascends to another realm on the voices of an angelic choir.Beyond the musical shift in direction on Ouroboros, the craftsmanship on this album is really something to behold. The songs are meticulously built with each instrument and they grow in beauty as each element blooms. Quarantining them into three or four minute compositions would be a disservice to the natural elegance of the songs, like trying to harvest a meadow into flower boxes. It is exemplified in the luscious ending couplet “A Murmuration of Starlings” and “Wouldn’t It Make A Lovely Photograph,” which the former begins as a meditative instrumental lost somewhere in rolling hills of grasses. LaMontagne heartfelt singing takes the reigns on the latter and continues the breezy affair with a gentle soul. The songs lose their impact when they are taken separately and the album’s flow is built upon each song being placed perfectly in context with the songs around it.No one song exists on its own and Ouroboros is best when one takes the time to enjoy it all in one sitting. It is an album in its purest form and the best one LaMontagne has ever made. Find out where to purchase it here.last_img read more

  • Phish Approves 8 Songs For New Jersey State Parks Promo Videos [Watch]

    first_img[H/T Jeff MacMullen; Photo: Andrew Scott Blackstein] Phish has always been fairly hesitant to lend their music for commercial use, though occasionally, a track will pop-up unexpectedly on television or the radio. However, Jeff MacMullen of the New Jersey State Parks just clued us in that Phish granted the New Jersey park system permission to use their music for a number of online promotional clips. Each video in the eight-video series highlights a different state park in New Jersey, providing facts about the area as well as high-definition drone footage of each park’s most scenic attractions.Ben & Jerry’s To Host “Phish In The North Country” Exhibit For Phish Food’s 20th AnniversaryThe first of these videos was released on Tuesday, showcasing the natural beauty of New Jersey’s High Point State Park and pairing the footage with Phish’s “You Enjoy Myself”. Other songs to be featured during the promotional series include “Party Time”, “Divided Sky”, “Harry Hood”, “Glide”, “Guyute”, “Cars Trucks Buses”, and “Fuego”. MacMullen noted that the remaining seven videos in the series will be released weekly, with the videos going up on the New Jersey State Parks’ Facebook and Instagram each Wednesday.last_img read more

  • Protecting the heart with optimism

    first_imgOver the last few decades numerous studies have shown negative states, such as depression, anger, anxiety, and hostility, to be detrimental to cardiovascular health. Less is known about how positive psychological characteristics are related to heart health. In the first and largest systematic review on the topic, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found a connection between psychological well-being and a reduced risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular events.The study was published online April 17 in Psychological Bulletin.More than 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease (CVD) each day, an average of one death every 39 seconds, according to the American Heart Association. Stroke accounts for about one of every 18 U.S. deaths.“The absence of the negative is not the same thing as the presence of the positive. We found that factors such as optimism, life satisfaction, and happiness are associated with reduced risk of CVD regardless of such factors as a person’s age, socioeconomic status, smoking status, or body weight,” said lead author Julia Boehm, research fellow in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at HSPH. “For example, the most optimistic individuals had an approximately 50 percent reduced risk of experiencing an initial cardiovascular event compared to their less optimistic peers,” she said.In a review of more than 200 studies published in two major scientific databases, Boehm and senior author Laura Kubzansky, associate professor of society, human development, and health at HSPH, found that there are psychological assets, such as optimism and positive emotion, that afford protection against cardiovascular disease. It also appears that these factors slow the progression of disease.To further understand how psychological well-being and CVD might be related, Boehm and Kubzansky investigated well-being’s association with cardiovascular-related health behaviors and biological markers. They found that individuals with a sense of well-being engaged in healthier behaviors such as exercising, eating a balanced diet, and getting sufficient sleep. In addition, greater well-being was related to better biological function, such as lower blood pressure, healthier lipid (blood fat) profiles, and normal body weight.“These findings suggest that an emphasis on bolstering psychological strengths rather than simply mitigating psychological deficits may improve cardiovascular health,” Kubzansky said.The study was supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio through the grant “Exploring Concepts of Positive Health.”last_img read more

  • Vermont’s Chroma, among Inc. Magazine winners

    first_imgInc. magazine and Winning Workplaces today announce the winners of the 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces competition the best small and mid-sized places to work in the country in Inc.’s June issue. The magazine features the 20 winners, which range from the New York Jets professional football team to A Yard and a Half landscaping company to Patagonia, the outdoor clothing designer and retailer. A list of the 20 finalists also is included.This is the eighth consecutive year that Winning Workplaces, the Evanston, IL-based nonprofit organization, has recognized those firms that attribute much of their business success to their commitment to exemplary people practices and outstanding workplace cultures.  The common characteristics of the Top Small Company Workplaces include a commitment to aligning their workforce with a clear vision, mission, and values; communicating with openness and trust; and investing in employees’ continuous learning and development. These practices were maintained or strengthened as a means to weather the recession. Further, many winners chose to share the pain rather than lay off colleagues. Salary reductions were taken across the organization, starting with the CEO.Winning Workplaces and Inc. received nearly 500 completed applications for the contest. A national panel of experts in leadership and small to mid-sized business judged the finalists based on specific metrics and qualitative assessments of their success in creating the kind of workplaces that engage employees and deliver successful results.”This year’s winners show that the quality of the workplace can be a competitive advantage. I’m amazed at how well they have come through the recession. Clearly, their commitment to their values and people practices are an important part of this success,” said Gaye van den Hombergh, President of Winning Workplaces.”People want employers who care for and challenge them. And they want those employers to be financially healthy so they can keep caring for and challenging them far into the future. The 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces do just that. Their stories, in the June issue of Inc. magazine, are models of smart management and enlightened leadership,” said Jane Berentson, Editor-in-Chief of Inc. magazine.The 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces winners include:A Yard & A Half Landscaping LLC – Waltham, MAAll4 Inc. – Kimberton, PAAlternate Solutions HomeCare – Kettering, OHBiomark Inc. – Boise, IDChroma Technology Corp – Bellows Falls, VTDaphne Utilities – Daphne, – Burlington, VTDixon Schwabl – Victor, NYGinger Bay Salon & Spa – Kirkwood, MOMAYA Design Inc. – Pittsburgh, PANY Jets – Florham Park, NJOptimax Systems Inc. – Ontario, NYPatagonia – Ventura, CAPortionPac Chemical Corporation – Chicago, ILRed Door Interactive Inc. – San Diego, CAReturn Path Inc. – New York, NYTarlton Corporation – St. Louis, MOTasty Catering – Elk Grove Village, ILThe Sky Factory LC – Fairfield, IAVan Meter Industrial – Cedar Rapids, IATo read the 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces report, please go to is external).About Inc. magazineFounded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. magazine ( is external)) is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 724,110, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing and technology.About Winning WorkplacesWinning Workplaces ( is external)) is an Evanston, IL-based not-for-profit, whose mission is to help the leaders of small and mid-sized organizations create great workplaces. Founded in 2001, Winning Workplaces serves as a clearinghouse of information on workplace best practices, provides seminars and workshops on workplace-related topics and inspires and awards top workplaces through its annual Top Small Company Workplaces initiative.Source: Inc. New York, NY, June 7, 2010last_img read more

  • Vermont one of few states to have increased mental health budget last three years

    first_imgRhode Island$6.3+7.4%3 STATEChange$ MillionsPercentChangeRank by% Change Kansas$18.9-16.4%7 South Carolina$40.5-22.7%3 tied Indiana$3.6-3.0%26 tied About NAMINAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1,100 state and local affiliates engaged in research, education, support and advocacy.  Wisconsin$107.1-22.4%4 STATEChangeMillionsPercentChangeRank by% Decrease Illinois$113.7-15.1%9 ARLINGTON, Va., March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — New Mexico$0.9-2.0%30 D.C.$44.2-19.1%5 New Hampshire$8.8-8.5%19 California$587.4-16.3%8 New Jersey$5.3-0.7%31 Alabama$12.3+2.5%13 North Dakota$2.9+4.4%7 Wyoming$3.1-2.9%27 INCREASES FY 2009-2011 Colorado$10.2-6.7%21 Nevada$39.2-17.3%6 Washington$34.5-11.0%14 Connecticut$17.7+2.6%12 Alaska$47.9-35.0%2 Michigan$24.5-7.9%20 North Carolina$58.5+20.9%2 Two thirds of states have cut mental health care in the last three years’even though need has increased because of the nation’s economic distress and troops returning home from war, according to a report released today by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).Seventeen states managed to increase mental health budgets during the same three years. For 10 of them, the increases totaled four percent or less.”State mental health cuts are a national crisis,” said NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick.  “Some states are trying to hold the line or make progress, but most are cutting deep. This stands in contrast to the intense national concern about the mental health care system following the Arizonatragedy two months ago.”State Lists and DataThe report can be downloaded at is external).  State-by-state tables appear in the appendices. A summary of decreases and increases appears below listing the total change in dollars, percentages and rank.In all states, the budget squeeze is getting worse in part because of the expiration of enhanced federal Medicaid support in June 2011. Oregon, for example, which increased mental health by $57.4 million over three years, will lose $156 million because of the expiration.The report focuses primarily on non-Medicaid mental health services, which are financed with state general funds and provided through state mental health agencies. It is the part of the mental health system that state legislatures have the most control over.”Cutting mental health means that costs only get shifted to emergency rooms, schools, police, local courts, jails and prisons,” Fitzpatrick said. “The taxpayer still pays the bill.”Mental health cuts mean that clinics, crisis centers and hospitals close. Admissions are frozen. Emergency room visits increase. Where services remain, staff is cut, wait times for appointments are stretched and when people finally are seen, it’s for shorter amounts of time.”Cuts mean people don’t get the right help in the right place at the right time. Communities suffer and families break under the strain. Some people end up living on the street or dead.”The report makes five priority recommendations:Protect state mental health funding and restore budget cuts, but tie funding to performance.Maintain adequate numbers of inpatient beds for psychiatric treatment.Invest in research on early detection and intervention in the treatment of serious mental illness in youth and adults.Implement mental health screening and assessment programs.Support programs designed to educate families, peers and the public about serious mental illness and how to respond to people living with mental illness.”Decisions need to be made carefully rather than simply cutting for cutting’s sake. If done right, the state budget crisis can still be turned into opportunity,” said Fitzpatrick.DECREASES FY 2009-2011 Pennsylvania$33.8-4.7%22 Georgia$2.0+0.5%16 Tennessee$16.8-10.1%15 Idaho$5.3-11.4%12 tied Utah$10.4-11.4%12 tied Louisiana$11.8-2.8%28 Minnesota$2.8+1.4%15 Oregon$71.0+23.2%1 Maryland$26.2-4.0%23 West Virginia$9.5+6.6%4 Oklahoma$4.8-2.3%29 Massachusetts$63.5-9.3%16 Ohio$57.7-11.3%13 Kentucky$193.7-47.5%1 Maine$10.4+5.2%6 Hawaii$27.2-12.1%11 New York$132.0-3.5%24 Iowa$15.2-8.9%18 Missouri$16.5+3.7%10 Montana$2.6+2.1%14 Nebraska$4.2+3.9%9 Arkansas$4.2+5.9%5 Virginia$38.5-9.1%17 Florida$1.2+0.2%17 Arizona$108.4-22.7%3 tied Mississippi$38.6-14.7%10 Vermont$4.5+3.0%11 South Dakota$1.8+4.0%8 Texas$27.6-3.0%26 tied Delaware$2.4-3.1%25last_img read more

  • Organized Crime Worth $870 Billion Worldwide

    first_imgBy Dialogo October 17, 2012 It is important that in the assessment of the Executive Director of the UNODC it is added the damage to the environment caused by criminals of drug trafficking with supplies such as precursors and other chemicals to process drugs. In addition, also calculate the costs for damage to the environment caused by chemicals utilized by the authorities to destroy the crops, and the costs in human lives to combat, control and penalize the criminals of drug trafficking, together with the costs involved to assist in prevention and care to consumers. All of this surely exceeds the amount of two billion dollars. This is the result in the world without the fear of God. International organized crime is worth $870 billion, the head of the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on October 15, urging greater coordination in fighting it. “We are able to quantify the cost of transnational organized crime,” UNODC executive director Yury Fedotov told a crime conference in Vienna. “But we cannot calculate the misery and suffering caused to millions of people by these illicit activities,” he added. The perpetrators are “smart, sophisticated and largely opportunistic,” he said, calling for better international cooperation to tackle highly mobile organized crime groups. Some 800 ministers and civil society representatives are attending the week-long conference on transnational crime in the Austrian capital.last_img read more

  • Mikel Arteta backs David Luiz to make a successful manager when he retires

    first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Apr 2020 6:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link150Shares Advertisement Arteta has had a promising start as Arsenal boss (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal defender David Luiz has the ‘attributes, knowledge and experience’ to make the switch to management when he retires from football. The veteran 33-year-old centre-back has quickly established himself as a first team regular for the Gunners since his move from Chelsea last summer, starting in 25 Premier League games this season.Spanish boss Arteta admitted the absence of football due to the coronavirus pandemic has left many players with time to stop and analyse the game at a deeper level.Arteta told the club’s official website: ‘I think we can get a few [coaches from the current squad]. I said the other day, just joking a little bit, but through this process they are really willing to try and understand the game better you know and how can they coach as well.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Mikel Arteta backs David Luiz to make a successful manager when he retires Luiz has been an important player for the Gunners this season (Picture: Getty Images)‘It is not just myself but how can they coach each other on the pitch? A lot of them are showing a lot of interest even if they are 18, 19, 20 years old.‘Obviously, he mentioned to me, David Luiz, he wants to be a coach in the future. He has started doing his badges already. ‘And I can see he has the attributes, the knowledge and experience to become a coach one day.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalGunners defender Pablo Mari hailed teammate Luiz as a ‘role model’ and leader on the pitch. He said: ‘We talk a lot, we speak on the pitch. He’s a role model to me, he’s a hero in Brazil.’MORE: Thomas Partey’s father confirms talks over Arsenal transferMORE: Manchester United move ahead of Arsenal in transfer race for Dayot UpamecanoFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

  • Picture-perfect Queenslander on the Gold Coast hits the market

    first_imgThe stylish bathroom.Poised on 5680sq m, the house comes with a few modern twists which Mrs Thomson said they added over the years.“We built it almost 20 years ago so the house has really evolved with us,” she said.“We have renovated the kitchen and the bathrooms from timber to stone and restyled the furniture over the years,” she said.“The Queenslander style never seems to age though.” The inside sprawls out to the wraparound deck.The couple then built a beautiful blue Queenslander with wraparound verandas. Mrs Thomson said they designed the house around family living and entertaining. 50-56 Gibsonville St, Tallebudgera Valley has hit the market.IT WAS a dream come true for homeowners Shane and Letitia Thomson when they stumbled across a slice of their past. The couple bought a block of land at Gibsonville St, Tallebudgera Valley in 1996 after envisioning a picture-perfect Queenslander. The kitchen area.The five-bedroom house comes with quintessential Queenslander features such as ornate cornices, french doors and fret windows. The mother-of-three said the timber was made in Southport at The Woodworker’s Door Warehouse. “My husband and my dad are both carpenters so they were able to build most of the house together,” she said. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours agoThe wraparound deck.“When we have guests the first room they see is the formal lounge with the fireplace and it always makes a great first impression,” she said. “We put the kitchen at the back of the house so it open out onto the veranda.” center_img 50-56 Gibsonville St, Tallebudgera Valley.A bar, library and fireplace add a touch of luxury. A fire pit with sandstone seating overlooks the pool, which the couple said was something they had put in 10 years after they built the house.The property is priced between $1.9 million to $2.1 million Tony Holland and Rachael Ford of McGrath Coolangatta and Tweed Heads are marketing it. What a pool!They have a strong links to Gibsonville St — Mr Thomson worked on the former farm when he was growing up. “He did some agricultural work as a jackaroo so he knew the owners really well and the land even better,” Mrs Thomson said. “My husband found out the owners were subdividing it and selling it so he was quick to grab a block,” she said. Relax in the grand home.“The barn house is my favourite, they built it from the trees on the property.” Mrs Thomson said the style of the house perfectly fitted her family’s lifestyle. “All my kids were born here and they got the luxury of having a creek to play in and a tree house to climb,” she said. “All the french doors in their bedrooms open onto the veranda and they used to ride their bikes and play out.”last_img read more

  • Liverpool star blows hot: ‘I deserve Super Eagles call-up like others’

    first_img Promoted Content8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldTop 9 Rarest And Most Valuable Items In The WorldThese Films Were Sued For The Weirdest ReasonsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Loading… “I’m happy for [Kelechi] Iheanacho and Uzoho because they are deserving of the opportunity,” he told BBC Sport Africa. “Personally, I feel like I deserve a chance. I recall when I was playing well and scoring goals in Belgium. Nigeria had a friendly game, and I thought I had done enough to get a look in that would hopefully enhance my quest for a UK work permit, but I was overlooked. “You begin to understand that it’s not something you can control or have power over. You just need to enjoy what you do and keep on working hard.” read also:Awoniyi thanks German ref for saving his life Awoniyi spent last season on loan at Bundesliga side Mainz, and he is likely to be sent on loan again next campaign as his work permit issues remain a stumbling block for his Anfield breakthrough. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Liverpool striker, Taiwo Awoniyi, has urged national coach, Gernot Rohr, to look into his direction and give him a call-up to the Super Eagles camp. The player believes he has done enough over the past few years to merit a call-up to Eagles, even if it is just for a friendly encounter. Awoniyi scored four goals at United Arab Emirates 2013 to power the Golden Eaglets to their fourth title at the fifteenth tournament of the FIFA U-17 World Cup. That victorious Nigerian youth team also had attackers Isaac Success and Kelechi Iheanacho as well as goalkeepers Dele Alampasu and Francis Uzoho. Each of them has earned at least a cap for the Super Eagles. Awoniyi’s inability to feature for Nigeria’s senior team has robbed the youngster of the opportunity to earn a work permit, which would have boosted his chances of playing for Liverpool in the Premier League. The 22-year-old has had loan spells at five different European clubs, but he felt his exploits last year at Belgian side Royal Mouscron – where he scored 21 goals and provided ten assists in 47 games – should have seen him get an international cap.Advertisementlast_img read more