“Love Born from pain is the real thing,” is the central lyric and chorus to singer-songwriter Matisyahu’s newest single “Love Born”. Co-written and produced by Matisyahu’s long-time bass player and friend Stu Brooks, the song melds a strong roots-and-dub-Reggae feel with a lyrical narrative that weaves through moments of pain and despair to the strength of pushing through and seeing the love within the struggle.“‘Love Born’ is about accepting pain and learning to transform it. It’s the ability to look back at one’s history and bring close those moments of pain and confusion and work with them in the present to evolve with strength to one’s future,” explains Matisyahu, who takes this same approach on stage focusing on improvisation with his band every night. Life has no cushion, music has no net. This approach requires trust, patience, and a leap of faith that each player will listen to, and absorb what is happening around them, and be able to transform it into a collective whole.Take a listen to “Love Born”:For fans of Stu Brooks, catch him play an all-star Tribute to J Dilla at the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive festival in Brooklyn, NY alongside Borahm Lee, Adam Deitch, Adam Smirnoff, Nate Edgar, and more, on October 22nd. With musicians from Dead & Co., The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The String Cheese Incident, Dopapod, Lettuce and more all performing,this event looks to be one of the best! More details here.
Dictionary.com announced that it added over three-hundred new words to its dictionary a few days ago, with the terms ranging in meaning from stochastic terrorism to 420. Alongside new words such as bitchface, sext, cat café, and man bun is the word petrichor, a delightful term for Phish fans as well as the general public, particularly those who have been antsy trying to figure out what to call the smell of rain.Dictionary.com defines petrichor as “a distinctive scent, usually described as earthy, pleasant, or sweet, produced by rainfall on very dry ground.” It’s is a relatively new word, created in the 1960’s by Australian scientists who developed it to describe the scent of rain in the air, which we now know is caused by “an oil that’s released from the earth into the air before rain begins to fall.” Dictionary.com does not take the job of adding new words to their dictionary lightly; rather, the online dictionary employs various methods of research to ensure each word they add is worthy of the honor. One way is to look at new words that are used regularly over a number of different text sources, which is how Black Lives Matters made the list. The dictionary also uses users search data to identify words that are frequently looked up but that do not lead to a dictionary entry. In the case of petrichor, the lexicographers at dictionary.com added the word because many people wrote in requesting its definition be added.So while Dictionary.com cites that petrichor was added to its dictionary primarily because of written requests by users, we like to believe that Phish’s “Petrichor” off Big Boat might have had something to do with it. The song opens with the lyrics, And the rain came down and washed it all away, so clearly Phish was in on the word’s definition before Dictionary.com was. Following this past year’s New Year’s gag, an extravagant rain-themed choreographed Broadway dance to “Petrichor” with simulated rain eventually turning to “raining cats and dogs,” we have an inkling suspicion that us phans helped petrichor earn its dictionary spot, either by looking it up or from it being mentioned frequently following New Year’s across the web.For those who need a refresher, you can check out pro-shot footage of Phish’s 2016 New Year’s Eve gag below, courtesy of the band.[Cover photo: Jeremy Scott]
Elizabeth “Dolly” Duffy, associate director of the Notre Dame Alumni Association, has been appointed executive director of the association, as well as associate vice president for University Relations, according to a University press release. Duffy will succeed Charles F. “Chuck” Lennon in July when he leaves the University after 30 years leading the most extensive alumni network in the nation. “I’m absolutely thrilled to build on the strong outreach, programs and service that Chuck and this wonderful staff have accomplished over many years,” Duffy said. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to work with our alumni, parents and friends to deepen their connection to Notre Dame.” The association connects the University with its nearly 132,000 alumni. Lennon increased the number of clubs from 151 to 276 during his career. “As we begin this next chapter in the history of the Notre Dame Alumni Association, I have great confidence that Dolly will build upon an organization that is considered a model for excellence in higher education with the wisdom, enthusiasm and commitment to excellence necessary for still further growth and greater good,” said Louis M. Nanni, vice president for University Relations. “Her experience as an entrepreneur, combined with her deep faith and commitment to family, uniquely qualify her to take on this important role in the broader Notre Dame family.” Duffy is a 1984 graduate of Notre Dame. She was selected for the position after a four-month worldwide search for Lennon’s replacement. “I am delighted for Dolly and her family,” Lennon said. “She brings a breadth of experience, a knack for relationship-building, a keen understanding of the University and a passion for our University. This array of qualification and abilities will serve her well in her new position. I am confident she has the ability, experience and passion — as well as the support of the University administration, Alumni Board, club and class volunteers and staff — to take the Alumni Association to the next level.” Duffy earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Notre Dame. She has worked as a press secretary for a U.S. congressman and an account executive for public relations firms in St. Louis and Kansas City. Duffy also purchased Atchison Products in 1990 with her husband and grew it substantially over 17 years before it was acquired by BIC Graphic USA. Duffy served on the board of directors for Notre Dame clubs in Washington, D.C., St. Louis and Kansas City, and she became associate director of the association in early 2008. She directed the launch of a new online platform and strategy called myNotreDame, designed to help alumni connect more easily with one another and the University. She also supported the creation of ND Women Connect and led a strategic review of the association’s programs and initiatives. Duffy and her husband live in South Bend with their five children.
Jeremy Jordan The movie, directed by Richard LaGravenese (who also penned the screenplay), is an adaptation of the 2002 off-Broadway musical that centers around Jamie, a writer, and Cathy, an aspiring actress, over the course of half a decade. Jamie tells the story from beginning to end, while Cathy starts with their separation. The film will feature cameos from stars of past productions of the tuner, including Sherie Rene Scott and Betsy Wolfe. See, we’re smiling at this news! The film adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last 5 Years, starring Broadway fave Jeremy Jordan and movie musical darling Anna Kendrick, will soon receive its world premiere. Jordan took to Twitter to announce that the flick will play the Toronto International Film Festival, which is set to kick off this fall on September 4. While we still have a few months (and a trip to Canada) before we can check out The Last 5 Years on the big screen, take a look at the two stars filming on the set last year, from start to finish, as well as their adorable interview from a VIP screening earlier this year. Star Files View Comments
Rock Bottom will return off-Broadway to Joe’s Pub. The show created by Bridget Everett, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Matt Ray ended its recent limited engagement on October 16. Everett will star in the show again from January 6, 2015 through February 20. Additional cast members will be announced later. Rock Bottom Related Shows The show features familiar songs heard in Everett’s monthly showcase with her band The Tender Moments at Joe’s Pub and new original songs written with Shaiman, Wittman, Ray and Horovitz. Cole Escola, Celisse Henderson and Chelsea Packard joined Everett on stage in the show’s run earlier this year. Directed by Wittman, Rock Bottom is the story of what happens when you’re too passionate to give up, and too big to fail. In it, Everett barrels through life tip-toeing toward disaster, wine bottle by wine bottle and man by man. However, instead of succumbing to a chardonnay-induced stupor, Everett embraces a series of revelations that lead her to redemption. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 20, 2015
Cats, featuring a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by T.S. Eliot, Trevor Nunn and Richard Stilgoe, ran for 21 years in London and 18 years on Broadway. It won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Based on Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the tuner tells the story of the Jellicle cats and each cat’s individual quest to be selected as the lucky one who will ascend to “the Heaviside Layer.” Broadway.com attended the London production’s opening night in December and spoke with Lloyd Webber; check out the video below where the legendary composer told us he believes Scherzinger is “one in a million.” His latest leading lady has sold 50 million records with the Pussy Cat Dolls and 16 million records as a solo artist. Scherzinger recently served as a judge on the U.K. X Factor and won the U.S. Dancing With the Stars in 2010. Stage credits include Maureen in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl, directed by Neil Patrick Harris. Screen acting credits include How I Met Your Mother, Men in Black 3, Half & Half, My Wife and Kids and Love Don’t Cost a Thing. Looks like the memory will live again on Broadway! Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed to The Guardian that his Tony-winning musical Cats will return to the Great White Way and that he “greatly hopes” Nicole Scherzinger will star in the show. The former Pussy Cat Doll is currently appearing as Grizabella in the recently extended revival in London’s West End. No word yet on dates or theater, but the production will not be able to play at its former Main Stem home, the Winter Garden Theatre—Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock will begin performances there on November 2. View Comments
Displaying a spirit and commitment greater than communities 30 times its size, the greater Rutland area turned out in force Tuesday and reclaimed the New England single-day blood drive record at the Gift-of-Life Marathon.‘After last year, we knew just about anything was possible, but this is absolutely amazing,’ said CVPS spokesman Steve Costello, one of the organizers. ‘Rutland County should be enormously proud. We beat Boston, and we beat Boston handily!’Boston, which held the record of 772 pints until Rutland collected 856 in 2008 and 1,024 in 2009, collected 1,177 pints Sept. 11 at Fenway Park, retaking the record from Rutland. GOLM organizers immediately vowed to reclaim the record, and local residents did just that ‘ collecting 1,393 pints on Tuesday.‘I continue to be amazed by the people of this area,’ said WJJR program manager Terry Jaye. ‘Someday we may set a goal that is unattainable, but the community spirit we witnessed today makes that seem unlikely to happen anytime soon.’The eighth annual event, which was organized and sponsored by WJJR and CVPS in collaboration with the American Red Cross, collected 368 pints in 2003. It has grown steadily ever since.Residents from across Rutland County ‘ and a few dozen from across Vermont and a few from New York and New Hampshire ‘ streamed into the Paramount Theatre throughout the day. Many came with loved ones, co-workers, teammates or friends. Thanks to a live broadcast on WJJR, hundreds of gift bags filled with items from local businesses and a collective but fun-loving focus on the record, donors enjoyed a block-party atmosphere.‘I’ve been to hundreds of blood drives throughout my career, but I’ve never seen anything like the energy, commitment and strength I witnessed today,’ said Amor Ostojic, a Red Cross account representative. ‘You could feel the energy as soon as you walked in the building ‘ a palpable feeling of goodwill and togetherness. I’ve never felt anything like it.’Local residents will be reminded of Tuesday’s record-setting drive every time they see Jaye, Ostojic, Costello or Mayor Chris Louras between now and June 21. The quartet pledged to grow beards for six months if Rutland County reclaimed the record, and some of them even started early to give donors a preview of things to come.Ostojic said the GOLM would ensure an adequate blood supply in the region through the holidays, when supplies normally plummet. Costello said while that was the main purpose of the Gift-of-Life Marathon, it has also morphed into something else.‘This is an answer for anyone who thinks Rutland has a bleak future,’ Costello said. ‘It’s become an annual a reminder that we’ve overcome long odds before, and we can do it again and again. When the GOLM ends each year, I think of all the lives that will be changed by the blood donors, and how this event is slowly changing the way many people think about our community.’
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A mother and her 11-month-old son were held hostage for five days last week before they escaped a harrowing kidnapping in which the young mom was stabbed, whipped with an electrical cord, and threatened at gunpoint, Nassau County police said.Their alleged kidnappers were identified as 20-year-old Malachi Blaylock, the child’s father, whom the woman has an order of protection against, and the tot’s grandmother, 51-year-old Yolanda Gilreath, police said. Both were charged with kidnapping, among other disturbing charges, and were arrested Monday night, one day after the victim had contacted Rockville Centre Village police.The 20-year-old mother was hospitalized in Brooklyn on Saturday, police said. The child was unharmed during the “horrific” ordeal, said Nassau County police Insp. Kenneth Lack Tuesday at a press conference at police headquarters in Mineola.Despite the order of protection against Blaylock, the woman traveled to Gilreath’s apartment on Old Mill Court in Rockville Centre at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 20, after being cajoled into visiting, Lack said. They were moved to an apartment in Hempstead on Wednesday, and escaped captivity two days later, police recounted.“They were lured by the mother via text message that the grandmother wanted to see the grandchild,” Lack said.Upon arriving, Blaylock allegedly grabbed the toddler out of his mother’s arms and ordered the woman into his bedroom.After handing the child off to Gilreath, Blaylock allegedly pushed the mother of his child to the ground, yelled at her, and punched her in the face and body, police said.The violence didn’t end there, police said.“She was beaten repeatedly during the five days,” Lack said. “She was strangled. She had injuries all over her body—contusions, lacerations. She was beaten with an electrical cord; she was stabbed in the hand with scissors. It was a horrific experience.”At one point Gilreath appeared to intervene, reacting to the woman’s screams by calling Blaylock’s sister. The sister, who was not identified, saw the woman’s condition and attempted to dial 911 but was stopped when Blaylock allegedly knocked the phone out of her hand, Lack said. That was the only attempt made by anyone on hand to alert the authorities.Blaylock allegedly moved the woman and child to an apartment in Hempstead on Wednesday, July 22, for unknown reasons. As of Friday, the woman had tried to flee three times, police said, but later that evening she took advantage of Blaylock’s absence.Blaylock had left the apartment at around 10 p.m., police said. The woman used a tablet to contact her mother, who traveled to the apartment and rescued her daughter and grandchild, police said.She visited a hospital in Brooklyn on Saturday and contacted police the next day.Lack was not aware of any missing person’s report filed in the woman’s name during the five days she was held captive.As for a motive, Lack said investigators believe the grandmother and father were interested in seeing the toddler, and that “the father was jealous of the victim having possible other relationships.” He emphasized that the investigation into their motive is in the preliminary stages.An order of protection was issued against Blaylock for an alleged assault earlier this year, Lack said. Blaylock’s criminal history is sealed. The grandmother appears to have no criminal record, Lack said.Investigators have yet to determine whose name is listed on the apartment in Hempstead where the woman and child were held for three days. Police did not release an address.Blaylock and Gilreath are both expected to be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead. Along with kidnapping, Blaylock was also charged with unlawful imprisonment, robbery, two counts of assault, strangulation, criminal contempt, and menacing. Gilreath was additionally charged with hindering prosecution, unlawful imprisonment, and endangering the welfare of a child.Lack told reporters that Blaylock was being investigated for potential gang ties.
Scotland last qualified for a major tournament in 1998. The Tartan Army are praying their 22-year stint in international football’s summer wilderness will come to an end at the Rajko Mitic Stadium as they come up against Serbia in Thursday’s winner-takes-all European Qualifying play-off final.- Advertisement – Walker: “It was a given when I was growing up that we’d qualify for the major championships, but we would consistently then let ourselves down. But from a selfish point of view, I’ve got three boys in their 20s and they don’t remember 1998.“They’ve gone through the 2000s and they think it’s a given that we don’t get there. There’s a hint of excitement, and the Nations League format has absolutely worked for us. We’ve got a right good chance.” – Advertisement – Qualification for a first tournament since 1998 will give a ‘frustrated generation’ of Scotland fans, and the entire country, a lift says James McFadden Ian Crocker is joined by Andy Walker and Kris Boyd to preview the big game. Andy and Kris both picked their XI for the match and look at what a win and qualification to a first major tournament since 1998 would mean to the younger generation.Scotland are potentially just 90 minutes away from a place at next summer’s European Championships, and Walker has no doubt that Clarke’s team grasp the enormity of the opportunity ahead of them.“I think they’ve got a really good chance of doing it,” Walker told the Scottish Football Podcast. “I’ve been looking at the squad that Serbia have and I know there was a bit of doubt about the availability of some players with the Covid-related problems in Italy, but I think they will still go with their strongest squad.- Advertisement – Walker: “I think David Marshall will be in goal despite his howler at the weekend for Derby. The back three picks itself for me but the only possibility is whether Scott McKenna is given some game time as Serbia are likely to start with Aleksandar Mitrovic up front so he could look to nullify the aerial threat and the physical contest.”Boyd: “Declan Gallagher can provide that too. If there’s one thing we need in the centre of the back three, it’s an out-and-out defender who can head and kick anything that’s in his way. I wouldn’t be surprised if Clarke goes with him as he’s played well the past couple of games.“We’ve seen it before where if you miss a trip and someone comes in and does well, you may have to bide your time to get your place back. Where the Scotland squad is right now, it’s potentially where McKenna is given the form of those in the Scotland team right now. Gallagher has earned his right to play.” Steve Clarke says Scotland must treat their final Euro qualifier in Serbia as they do every other game “Even being away from home in Belgrade, you can’t really call it an intimidating place – nowhere is intimidating at the moment as there are no fans. Scotland can be cautious, as Steve Clarke likes it. You can have your five at the back, and make it very frustrating and stay in the game as long as possible.“We’ll need to try to get some pace into the team at some point, and I think we’ve got a decent goal threat when you consider the form Lyndon Dykes has been showing over a number of games. Former Scotland manager Alex McLeish is expecting a tough match in Thursday’s winner-takes-all play-off against Serbia Walker: “With Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dusan Tadic just behind him, we all know what they’re capable of, and they’ve got plenty of firepower. I just wonder whether we have as much. We’ve got enough in the middle of the park, but will Dykes get the service? Will we play with three at the back or will it more often than not be a five?”Boyd: “If our full-backs are pushed back, it will be up to players like Ryan Jack and John McGinn to be brave on the ball. We’ve got other options if we need a goal. I don’t think Leigh Griffiths will start, but he’s shown over the past few weeks that he’s in condition to come on in the last 15 or 20 minutes to make an impact. Scotland’s Scott McKenna accepts there is pressure ahead of their play-off final against Serbia but says they have ‘momentum and a feel-good factor’ in the squad The barren years since Colin Hendry led out his team to face Brazil in the opening match of France ’98 have been filled with near-misses and painful let-downs for the Scotland support.“We’ve got a fantastic opportunity to get to a major tournament,” Boyd said. “I don’t think we’ve seen the importance of the Nations League in terms of helping get your team to a major competition.“Fraser is a massive miss and would’ve been in Clarke’s mind to start. He really stretched the game against the Czech Republic and linked up really well with Dykes so the focus will be on whether Christie or Armstrong can come in and have the same impact.”Boyd and Walker’s starting XI 3:02 0:21 “He’s a confident player and so is John McGinn – he can provide goals from the middle of the park while Stuart Armstrong and Ryan Christie are both goal threats. I wonder whether Ryan Jack will come into the side, to be that bit more cautious and aware of what you’re up against so the starting XI will be interesting but given the quality we have, I feel we have a right good chance.”The majority of Clarke’s team have no memory at all of seeing Scotland in action at a major tournament. Kick off 7:45pm Walker: “I do wonder if Armstrong does get the nod because of his ability to carry the ball and get up in support of Dykes, but Christie has been doing it over the past couple of games.”Boyd: “Armstrong and Christie are more of a dilemma for me than Gallagher and McKenna. I think you could put a case forward for Armstrong to come in but with Christie playing week in, week out, I feel there’s no doubt he’s more of a goal threat than Armstrong, and I feel it would give us a little bit more balance.”Tactical analysis “A bit like us having to make do without Ryan Fraser, they may have one or two absent, and although they have players from teams in Italy and Germany, we’re selecting from teams such as Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Celtic and Rangers – a lot of them have Champions League and big-game experience. 0:33 1:19 Serbia forward Dusan Tadic says Thursday’s Euro 2020 play-off final against Scotland in Belgrade is too close to call 0:45 0:38 Reading head coach Veljko Paunovic says Thursday’s Euro 2020 play-off final between Serbia and Scotland will be an ‘intense game’ in Belgrade Image:Can Scotland finally end their 22-year wait to reach a major tournament? “In terms of finishing, I’m not sure if there is anyone better in a Scotland jersey right now, but it’s a big ask to start the game as Lyndon Dykes has performed well and he will lead the line.“If Steve Clarke needs someone to get Scotland back into the game or to go searching for a winner, he can turn to Griffiths as his finish against Aberdeen was unbelievable. All good goalscorers go searching for goals, which is what he did in the Europa League. If Clarke needs a player to turn to off the bench, I’m sure Leigh will be ready.”What winning would mean… Boyd: “The players have the chance to become legends and it would have a big impact on the country. It’s been generation after generation of failed Scotland teams, and we’d be kidding ourselves if we didn’t say that wasn’t having a wider impact on society. When you were a young boy, you wanted the names on the back of your Scotland strips.“You don’t see so many Scotland strips kicking around, and that’s because we’ve not given the country the lift it needs. I’m sure if the players get there on Thursday, I think we’ll see a big shift. Kids will want to become the Andrew Robertsons, the John McGinns and the Lyndon Dykes – not the players they see in England.” Thursday 12th November 7:00pm – Advertisement –
The minister’s threat targets mask manufacturers that withhold the goods from distribution or produce low-quality masks for selling at marked-up prices to profiteer from the global emergency.Countries around the world are seeing an inordinately high demand for face masks that has led to skyrocketing prices following fears of a global pandemic of COVID-19.Read also: Kimia Farma puts in place mask and hand sanitizer rationing to ensure availabilityPanic buying over the past two days has caused a surge in the price of face masks, both online and offline. A box of masks is now selling for Rp 300,000 (US$21) on average – a whopping 15-fold increase (1,500 percent) from the usual Rp 20,000 per box. The government has bared its fangs at manufacturers, threatening to revoke the licenses of any that attempt to restrict distribution with an intent to cause artificial scarcity and hike the price of face masks. It is taking the measure in a bid to control prices as the supply of face masks in the country plummets amid unusually high demand during the global coronavirus outbreak.Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said on Thursday that the government would follow a three-step process in taking action against any manufacturers that attempt any unfair trade practices: a warning, followed by a sanction, and finally license revocation.”We will have to revoke their business licenses […] if they violate the trade and health laws,” Agus said, adding that while a portion of masks would be confiscated from the errant manufacturer’s stock as evidence, the rest would be distributed to fulfill domestic demand. “We urge [mask producers] to increase production and fulfill domestic needs first,” Agus said. “We are calling on producers not to export [masks].”Meanwhile, National Police Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) chief Insp. Gen. Listryo Sigit Prabowo said on Thursday that the department had made 30 arrests in 17 separate cases for allegedly hoarding masks and hand sanitizers.Bareskrim had also confiscated 822 boxes containing 61,550 masks and 138 boxes of hand sanitizers.The chief said that the Bareskrim team uncovered three of the alleged hoarding cases through Polda Metro Jaya (Jakarta metropolitan police), as well as two cases each in West Java and South Sulawesi and one case each in Central Java and the Riau Islands to total nine cases. They had also uncovered four other cases of alleged disinformation or hoaxes.”We will continue to monitor [the situation] alongside the Trade Ministry to ensure the availability of masks and basic needs,” Listyo said, adding that similar unethical business practices could violate the 2014 law on trade.Article 107 of the law prohibits any practice that intentionally withholds a certain volume of critical or basic goods over a certain period of time during times of scarcity.Read also: Police seize 350 boxes of face masks during raid on suspected hoarder in West JakartaAt a press conference on Monday, National Consumer Protection Agency (BPKN) chairman Ardiansyah Parman pointed out that violators of the law could face up to five years in prison or be fined a maximum Rp 50 billion (US$ 3.53 million).”Don’t try to [exploit] opportunities when the public is experiencing difficulty,” he said. “Empathize with them instead.”Topics :