Bruce Hornsby Welcomes Justin Vernon, Mavis Staples On New Album Release [Review]

first_imgIn his thirty year career, it’s safe to say Bruce Hornsby has seen it all. From chart success with his band The Noisemakers on his first record as well as his latest release, Rehab Reunion, his membership in the Grateful Dead and his many other solo and side projects, he’s had a career any musician would envy. Despite the many twists and turns of his musical journey, there have been a few constants, chief among them his incredible talent. No amount of practice can replace the natural connection that Hornsby seems to posses with the very heart of music itself. Each inflection, each note seems to be informed from a higher plane or a deeper part of the soul than most can reach.Hornsby has always leaned heavily on the southern charm his Virginian pedigree have instilled in him naturally, and the new album has him fully embracing his roots. The opening track, “Over The Rise,” sets the table from the first note. Everything from the deep tonal resonance of Hornsby’s dulcimer work, the crackle of the washboard and the wail of the tracks special guest Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.  While the world waits for new solo work from Iver his collaboration with Hornsby raises the musical stakes and gives the slow build of the tune a weight that reflects the lyrical vision of a life’s love progression.Tracks like “Soon Enough” illustrate perfectly one of Hornsby’s more unsung talents, his ability to find songwriting gold in the simplest of subjects. What are for most of us simple musings on childhood memories become in Hornsby’s hands charming mixtures of entrancing cadence and striking personal insight. A later track, “Tipping,” shows an ability to look past a societal ritual to the practical effect that a few extra pennies can have on the life of another and the odd social contract that has formed between server and served.All of these thoughts are delivered in conjunction with a rich acoustic and electric accompaniment that makes the wisdom expressed all the more authentic and irresistible. Gibb Droll‘s guitar work vacillates between sweet peals of joy and intricately picked and strummed that have made him high on many artists short list for dream collaborators. Ross Holmes deft mandolin work and lilting fiddle notes establish true bluegrass bonafides with a consistently heartfelt and delicate intensity that checks the right boxes. Driving the show alongside Hornsby’s intense strumming is drummer and percussionist Sonny Emory, whose mixture of straight kit work and well worn washboard give a tidal rhythm to each composition.The title track, “Rehab Reunion,” is a fun look at temptation and the bargaining mindset of an addict that seems a perfect fit for the songs unabashed take on the classic country sound. Tracks like “Hey Kafka” and “TSA Man” again show Hornsby’s impressive ability to find inspiration in mundane and random places. Not many folks would think to write a folks song about bleak novelist and faceless bureaucrat Franz Kafka, and fewer still would make it a toe tapping and succinct summation of such a complicated individual. His commentary on the oddness of both privacy and human condition in modern society, “TSA Man,” shows an impressive understanding of the fractured state of our human connections. Avoiding the well-trodden path of the subject of the intrusive invasions, he instead focuses on the oddly positive effects of getting groped by a stranger because you want to visit relatives a few states away.Bringing in the legendary Mavis Staples to help guide Rehab Reunion to a righteous conclusion, Hornsby returns to more universally resonant subject matter with the uplifting “Celestial Railroad.” Staples voice is exactly as powerful and emotive as it was when she first set the world on fire decades ago, and the connection she has built up with listeners over the generations gives her and her words an immediate and inescapable authority. The focus on perseverance and the strength and succor that the universe has waiting for all who just reach out for it is made all the more believable by Staples impassioned urgings for us all to join her in mainlining the cosmic power of hope itself.Often when a musician whose career spans decades releases new music, it seems simply like an excuse to return to the road and play the hits. But on newest creation, Rehab Reunion, Hornsby shows that, not only is his creative well still deeply filled, it’s growing all the richer for years well lived.last_img read more

Geneticist Stephen J. Elledge wins Breakthrough Prize

first_imgStephen Elledge, the Gregor Mendel Professor of Genetics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, has been named a 2017 recipient of the Breakthrough Prize, which recognizes paradigm-shifting discoveries in the life sciences, physics, and mathematics.Elledge was honored for his wide-ranging contributions across multiple fields in biology. His work has elucidated critical mechanisms in cell division, cell aging, cancer growth, and protein breakdown and recycling.The Breakthrough Prize — said to be the largest in the world for science — includes a $3 million award for each recipient and was celebrated during a televised gala at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley and broadcast live on the National Geographic channel on Sunday.“This magnificent award is a fitting recognition and acknowledgement of Stephen’s outstanding ingenuity, tenacity and vision,” said Elizabeth G. Nabel, president of Brigham and Women’s Health Care. “We are extremely fortunate to count him among our colleagues here at Brigham and Women’s, and congratulate him and this year’s other prize winners on their remarkable achievements.”One of Elledge’s most pivotal discoveries was unraveling the process by which cells sense DNA damage and initiate self-repair, a critical fail-safe mechanism that safeguards both individual cells and the integrity and health of the entire organism.DNA fends off constant damage from various sources, including normal metabolic byproducts, environmental toxins, sunlight, and normal aging. Such assaults can alter DNA’s chemical structure, leaving behind mutations in the cell’s genetic code. If left unrepaired, these alterations can disrupt key biological processes, leading to serious diseases, including cancer.A cell’s failure to sense the presence of aberrations in its DNA can spark cancerous mutations and malignant cell proliferation.Elledge’s work revealed that a “watchdog” protein-enzyme pair sniff out damaged DNA and send a message to the cell’s internal repair machinery to fix the problem. If and when the cell fails to mend its broken DNA, it issues a command to self-destroy. This process, known as cell suicide, or apoptosis, is the body’s way of stemming the proliferation of abnormal cells and preventing cancer. Elledge’s discoveries explained how and why this mechanism sometimes fails.Cancer development is an astoundingly complex process. It is the end result of a series of failures in the cell’s ability to detect, repair, and halt DNA damage.Unraveling the intricacies of cell behavior in response to DNA stress has been one of the most vexing challenges in genetics, oncology, and indeed modern medicine. It is also one that holds great therapeutic hope for cancer. Elledge’s discoveries explain one of the key steps in this process, and in so doing shed light on one of the long-standing mysteries in cancer genomics: why and how cells sometimes fail to sense the presence of DNA malfunction.“Stephen’s work toward elucidating the way cells sense DNA damage and initiate self-repair is breathtaking in its scope and elegance,” said Barbara McNeil, acting dean of Harvard Medical School. “His passion for discovery, his curiosity and creativity embody the spirit of Harvard Medical School and the noblest traditions in scientific thought and inquiry. This award is a testament to that.”Elledge made his initial observations about DNA damage in yeast while working as a postdoctoral student at Stanford University in the late 1980s. He noticed that levels of a certain enzyme spiked when yeast DNA was damaged or failed to copy itself properly. Speculating that the same enzymatic “alert” mechanism might be at play in the cells of mammals and humans, Elledge relentlessly pursued that notion for the next 20 years.Working with collaborators from several other institutions, Elledge went on to devise genetic models to test that concept in mammalian and human cells. He described, step by step, the signaling pathway that regulates the cell’s response to DNA damage stress and, ultimately, to identify the central characters that regulate this elaborate, yet elegant, protective mechanism.Elledge’s scientific pursuits culminated in the discovery in the early 2000s of a pair of protein-kinase complexes that engage in an intricate interplay to detect DNA damage, notify one another of its presence and ultimately alert the cell’s “central command” to the presence of damaged DNA.“Steve is not only a primary founder of the DNA damage surveillance and response field, he has been its intellectual leader. He has shown the courage to move where the science demands that he move,” said Gary Ruvkun, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, who won the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences in 2015 and is a member of the selection committee for the 2017 prize. “Further, he has consistently promoted novel genetic technologies that have had a profound impact on research by many labs, including his own.”Elledge has applied basic principles of mathematics to design technologies that can analyze massive gene databases to help identify candidate genes that may play a role in cancer and autoimmune disorders.More recently, harnessing the power of proteomics and computational analysis, Elledge and colleagues designed a new method to track the footprints of every single virus to which a person has been exposed in a lifetime. That knowledge could help illuminate new understanding of the long-term consequences of past viral encounters and elucidate the role that viruses may play in the development of disorders ranging from cancer to autoimmune diseases to neurodegenerative conditions.“I’m truly honored to receive the Breakthrough Prize,” Elledge said. “It is deeply gratifying to see the profound impact that basic research can have not only in promoting scientific knowledge but also in improving human health.”Elledge plans to apply a significant portion of the funds he receives through the Breakthrough Prize toward philanthropic causes, which will include efforts to promote secondary and higher education with an emphasis on science.Elledge is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. His work has been recognized with the 2015 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, the National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology, the Genetics Society of America Medal, the Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research, and the Dickson Prize in Medicine, among other organizations.Now in its fifth year, the Breakthrough Prize was founded by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, and Yuri and Julia Milner. Winners are selected by a committee drawn from past Breakthrough Prize laureates.last_img read more

Want to Know How to Become President? Lady Day Star Audra McDonald Has the Answer

first_img Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill View Comments Related Shows Hallelujah! Lady Day star Audra McDonald is back doing her hilarious lounge-singer-with-all-the-answers bit on The Tonight Show. This time Jimmy Fallon got a little help from the charming Josh Charles in asking McDonald nutty questions. And once again McDonald sang Yahoo Answers with a straight face. So. Damn. Funny. If you’d like to know how to be the life of the party, what vodka does to bees and wasps, how to deal with an ice cube in your throat and more, the six-time Tony winner’s got you covered. Watch and learn! Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014last_img


first_imgThe University of Georgia Tifton campus and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) are providing high school and college students the opportunity to explore a career in agriculture at the upcoming ShowCAES recruitment event.According to Katie Murray, admissions counselor at UGA-Tifton and one of the event’s coordinators, ShowCAES provides all of the information potential students need about CAES in one place. Potential students can visit UGA-Tifton and get information about UGA admissions, as well as explore CAES majors and programs.“ShowCAES is our one stop shop for all things UGA and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences here in south Georgia,” Murray said.ShowCAES will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. For more information, including details about how to register for the event, visit event is not just for freshmen or first-year students who may want to pursue a career in agriculture. It is also for students who are currently taking core classes and interested in transferring to or enrolling in graduate school at CAES.An admissions officer from the UGA Athens campus will be at ShowCAES to tell potential students about financial aid, first-year admissions and transfer admissions.Students will also learn how UGA CAES can help launch them into professional career fields such as pre-law, pre-med, pre-vet and pre-pharmacy.“A lot of students who are pursuing a degree at UGA are interested in those careers and don’t realize they can pursue that opportunity through CAES,” said Murray. “We tell people, even if they’re not expressly interested in an agriculture major, come on out. You never know what you might find that will be interesting to you within the college.”ShowCAES also provides students a chance to connect with current UGA students, including Ethan Cobb, a fourth-year agribusiness major. He knows firsthand how beneficial attending the ShowCAES event can be.“I attended this event once before transferring to UGA-Tifton,” said Cobb. “As a student ambassador, I now enjoy seeing prospective students’ faces when they see everything that CAES has to offer.”Cobb wants to be sure all the potential students who attend the event feel welcome, have their questions answered and engage with other students.“(My advice is to) talk to everyone in attendance with a booth or display, because they are here to educate you on what they have to offer,” he said.For more information on UGA-Tifton academic programs, visit read more

New York Special: Who would you follow?

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Wolf Administration to Announce Partnership with CVS Health to Create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities

first_imgWolf Administration to Announce Partnership with CVS Health to Create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for Pennsylvanians with Disabilities October 24, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Human Services,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Details at 3:00 PM press event with Labor & Industry and CVS Health.Harrisburg, Pa. – Governor Tom Wolf announced today a partnership between CVS Health and OVR’s Hiram G. Andrews Center (HGAC) in Johnstown to create ‘Jobs that Pay’ for individuals with disabilities at CVS stores across Pennsylvania. The Department of Labor and Industry and CVS Health will hold a formal announcement at HGAC, 727 Goucher Street, Johnstown, at a 3:00 PM press conference today.“When people with disabilities hold jobs and earn competitive wages, they can achieve greater independence and inclusion in the community,” Governor Wolf said. “However, far too many Pennsylvanians with disabilities are not working. Part of my administration’s Employment First initiative aims to address that disparity. Establishing partnerships between service providers and employers, such as the one that will be announced today between HGAC and CVS Health, will help individuals with disabilities find meaningful, sustainable employment.”The Employment First initiative underscores the commonwealth’s commitment to helping individuals with disabilities find competitive, integrated employment, making Pennsylvania a model state when it comes to creating a climate hospitable to workers with a disability.Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Executive Director for the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) David DeNotaris will be joined by Leslie Reis, senior advisor for CVS Health’s Workforce Initiatives team to announce the new program, as well as members of HGAC management, representatives from the Cambria Chamber of Commerce and Johnstown Area Regional Industries, and Cambria County commissioners. In addition, HGAC will be hosting the National Consortium of State-Operated Comprehensive Rehabilitation Centers annual conference, and administrators from several rehabilitation centers across the U.S. will be in attendance.The partnership between CVS Health and HGAC will provide a direct link to employment for individuals successfully completing the training program. The program will commence at the beginning of 2018.CVS Health is the largest pharmacy health care provider in the U.S. The company has 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, and is a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members.The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. In 2016, OVR helped place 8,438 OVR customers into employment, and connected with 6,000 Pennsylvania employers to achieve hiring results. OVR’s Hiram G. Andrews Center provides a comprehensive program of services featuring the integration of pre-employment transition services, education on campus at the Commonwealth Technical Institute in Johnstown, counseling, evaluation, and physical restoration in a barrier-free environment.last_img read more

Liverpool Legend, Gerrard, Hangs Boot

first_imgFormer Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has retired, ending a 19-year playing career.The midfielder is England’s fourth most-capped player with 114 appearances and captained the side at three of the six major tournaments he played at.“I feel lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights over the course of my career,” said Gerrard.“I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy. “I fulfilled my childhood dream by pulling on the famous red shirt of Liverpool.”Gerrard had been linked to a job in management with MK Dons after announcing he would leave LA Galaxy, but said on Wednesday the opportunity came “too soon” for him.Gerrard – who is working towards his UEFA A coaching licence, the second-highest qualification available – has also been linked with moves to Celtic and Newcastle United, as well as a return to Anfield as a coach.Yesterday, he said he will take time to consider his options before making an announcement on the next stage of his career “very soon”, adding: “I am excited about the future and feel I still have a lot to offer the game, in whatever capacity that may be.”Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp played down talk of Gerrard returning to the Premier League club in a coaching role and said he should be given “room and space to jump in and learn something new”.“When something is announced then we will talk. It is clear that one day in the future there will something to announce, that is pretty sure too, but until then there is nothing to say,” said the German, who became Reds boss in October 2015.“The first thing you should all learn is that, if someone wants to help Steven Gerrard, stop being so excited about each step he is doing next.“The door is always open for him. From our side, if he wants to make a different career to his former career then we want to help him.“There is nothing else to say – but maybe that is already too much.”Gerrard was made Liverpool captain by Gerard Houllier in 2003 and led the side to the Champions League title in 2005, scoring the Reds’ first goal as they recovered from being 3-0 down at half-time to beat Italian giants AC Milan on penalties in the Istanbul final.“I am proud to have played over 700 games for Liverpool, many of which as captain, and to have played my part in helping the club to bring major honours back to Anfield, none more so than that famous night in Istanbul,” he added.“I feel privileged to have won 114 England caps and to have had the honour of captaining my country.”While the Champions League success is surely the highlight of Gerrard’s Liverpool career, he also helped his boyhood club win two FA Cups, three League Cups, a UEFA Cup and a UEFA Super Cup.“I was lucky to play alongside some great players and under some fantastic managers during my time at Anfield and would like to thank each and every one of them, as well as all of the backroom staff at the club throughout my time there for the fantastic support they showed me,” he added.Gerrard scored his first England goal in the 5-1 win over Germany in September 2001Gerrard made his England debut against Ukraine in 2000 and scored his first international goal in a 5-1 win in Germany in a 2002 World Cup qualifier the following year.He went on to make 114 appearances for the Three Lions, captaining his country at three major tournaments.Fabio Capello was the first England manager to make Gerrard his captain in 2008, but it was not until 2010 that he took on the role on a more permanent basis when he stood in for the injured Rio Ferdinand at the 2010 World Cup.Gerrard kept the captaincy for Euro 2012, the year in which he won his 100th England cap, before announcing his retirement from international duty after a group-stage exit at the 2014 World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Western Union Becomes Liverpool FC Shirt Sponsor

first_imgThe Western Union Company and Liverpool FC wednesday announced a multi-year partnership that will see Western Union, a leader in global payment and money transfer services, become an Official Principal Partner and the Official Money Transfer Partner of Liverpool FC. They will also become the club’s first-ever official shirt sleeve sponsor – with the Western Union logo appearing on it.As the official Money Transfer Partner of Liverpool FC, Western Union will use its global cross-border digital transfer and payments platform to provide money transfer capabilities to the club. Western Union will offer fast, easy digital payments and money transfers for Liverpool FC and its fans, linking them to their home communities or to virtually anywhere in the world. President of Global Payments at Western Union, Jean-Claude Farah, stressed yesterday that the businesses of Western Union and Liverpool FC are both driven by passion in bringing communities together, whether through moving money or delivering the excitement of football experiences.“This partnership goes far beyond a badge on a shirt, as we will be bringing our digital money transfer expertise to better connect Liverpool FC and fans around the world,” observed Farah.Billy Hogan, Chief Commercial Officer and Managing Director at Liverpool FC said: “Western Union is an instantly recognisable brand with a truly global footprint and we are absolutely delighted to welcome them as our first ever Shirt Sleeve Sponsor and official Principal Partner.“We are very much looking forward to working with Western Union through this partnership to create new experiences and opportunities for our fans both in the UK and abroad.”The two organisations mirror each other in their storied histories and truly global followings. Just as football powerfully transcends borders and brings people together, Western Union has a 160-year global brand history of connecting customers across more than 200 countries and territories.The 125-year-old Liverpool football club has more than 700 million active followers globally across television, social and traditional media.The partnership will see Western Union benefit from a diverse range of LFC marketing and promotional rights, including digital and social media support, pitch side LED messaging, and branding across Anfield Stadium, its fan lounge and the club’s media channels. Also included are exclusive hospitality and conference opportunities, and access to International pre-season tours, Liverpool FC players and Legends.To celebrate the launch of the partnership, Western Union is offering Liverpool FC fans in the UK, Ireland, France, Denmark, Norway and Sweden a fee-free money transfer promotion, running from August 10 through until the end of August.It also revealed that the Western Union patch will be available free of charge to all LFC fans that have purchased a 2017-18 Liverpool FC shirt and will be available in-store and online from Sunday August 27.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more