Marty Stuart, a five-time GRAMMY-winning country music singer/songwriter, has hosted his Late Night Jam at the Ryman Auditorium for MusiCares in Nashville, Tenn., since 2001.MusiCares recently sat down and talked to the legendary country star to talk about the event.You’ve been a longtime supporter of MusiCares; can you describe why you feel so strongly about MusiCares?Well, the stories come from our time working together with MusiCares. One experience is when the flood hit Nashville in 2010. I cannot think of a greater example of a natural disaster, wiping so many people out — whether it’s no rent due to lost gigs, losing instruments, jobs, buildings, or homes. I know for a fact that MusiCares was at the forefront of providing vital and immediate help to people in our industry who needed assistance. You can’t ask for a greater example than that.How have you seen MusiCares help those in need?Everybody thinks that since we sing, have records and are on TV, that everybody has a lot of money. There was an old country music hero of mine [who] gave and gave during the good years of his life. He came off the road, got old and diabetes set in. He lost a leg and that was unthinkable, but he weathered through. He began receiving rehab and then the unimaginable happened: he lost the other leg. After another round of hell, he finally got home and the first round of prescriptions was $4,500. I remember calling you and, in less than a week, he had his medicine.Another thing that happens from time to time is drugs and alcohol take over and that’s a hell that I understand. It was a part of my life for a long time. Sometimes we get too close to the fire and we don’t know how to get out and we have to go to the side and ask for help. I know so many instances when MusiCares has been that entity that stepped up and confidentially took care of people and their situations. The bottom line [is], MusiCares saves lives.What inspired you to create the Late Night Jam?The great truth of the matter is, CMA Week, which used to be fan fair, the first one I was ever a part of was in 1973. When the show moved, things changed. At the time when I started my band, the Fabulous Superlatives, we didn’t have a record deal for a brief period of time, which meant we couldn’t play the big stage. I thought, “Well, I’ve been a part of this since 1973 and I don’t want to be relegated to a lesser stage because I don’t have a hit at the moment,” so I thought, “We have to go beyond this.” So, Tony Conway helped me approach the Ryman Auditorium and we set up the first Late Night Jam 13 years ago.To date, through the Late Night Jam, you’ve raised more than $200,000 for MusiCares to support our emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery programs. How does that make you feel?It makes me feel like I’m doing the right thing. As entertainers and creative people, we are so blessed and we have so many gifts at our disposal and to be able to give a little part of that back is the bottom line.I was pumping gas recently and some guy came up and shook my hand — he knew I hosted the Late Night Jam annually. He said to me, “MusiCares saved my life and I thank you for all you do for them.” I replied, “That’s what we do and it’s what we are supposed to do.” So, doesn’t that say it all right there? It’s like the old mission — if you’ve helped one soul, it’s been worth the whole journey.To read the full interview, visit Grammy.org.
APTN National NewsA groundbreaking study reveals a surprising difference between Aboriginal children and non-Aboriginal children.The new research indicates culture can affect how children express their experiences of pain.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 3, 2018 – Grand Bahama – On Saturday, 17th February, 2018, the Ministry of Labour and the Grand Bahama Department of Labour will host “Labour on the Blocks” at the Susan J. Wallace Park at Columbus Drive and Nansen Avenue on Saturday, 17th February from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Senator Dion A. Foulkes, Minister of Labour, along with Senior Executives from the Department of Labour will be in attendance.The “Labour on the Blocks” initiative was announced during the debate on the Speech from the Throne by the Labour Minister and it is designed to bring together job seekers and employers at locations which are in or close to residential communities. Additionally, all job seekers are registered in the Department’s data base. The staff of the Public Employment Services Unit (PES) of the Department of Labour are the lead organizers of the events. So far two successful “Labour on the Blocks” have been held in New Providence. The Ministry of Labour is very pleased with the turnout at the New Providence events and is confident that there will be great numbers of persons who will attend the Grand Bahama “Labour on the Blocks” event.To date, the Minster of Labour has noted that he is “very pleased with the level of private sector participation” from all sectors and industries. Businesses are welcome to participate in the “Labour on the Blocks” initiatives, many of whom have hired jobseekers on the spot in New Providence. Minister Foulkes notes that “this speaks to the effectiveness of this new initiative, which is providing hope and opportunity for jobseekers. The same is anticipated for Grand Bahama on 17th February’’.The Ministry of Labour intends to host monthly “Labour on the Blocks” events throughout The Bahamas, including other Family Island communities. Economic growth and job creation remain one of the leading priorities of the Government, and the “Labour on the Blocks” is successfully answering the needs of jobseekers as well as employers in effectively connecting eligible candidates with the right jobs. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Department of Labour encourages all jobseekers in The Bahamas or abroad, and employers with vacancies to register with in the Department’s recruitment database: jobseekers.bahamas.gov.bs Persons attending the “Labour on the Blocks” Job Fairs are asked to bring along their NIB Card, and a valid Government-issued ID such as a passport or voters card. Registering in the database in advance is also recommended.For more details on the “Labour on the Blocks” initiative, please contact the Public Employment Services Unit at The Grand Bahama Department of Labour. 352-7865/6Press Release: Ministry of Labour Related Items:
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri insists his team’s performance during their disappointing loss to Tottenham Hotspur has to be their worse so far this season.The Blues were defeated 3-1 in the Premier League on Saturday at Wembley Stadium, ending their unbeaten start to the season.England midfielder Dele Alli gave Spurs an early lead with a header before Harry Kane doubled the home side’s advantage. Heung Min-Son completed the rout in the second half, before Olivier Giroud got Chelsea on the board with a header late in the game.Maurizio Sarri’s side have made a good start to the 2018-19 season but were outclassed by Tottenham in the London derby, and the former Napoli boss conceded it was ‘perhaps the worst Chelsea performance’ this term.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“We played badly against a strong opponent,” Sarri said, according to Metro.“Perhaps it was the worst Chelsea performance of the season, but it was also in a stadium that I don’t like.”“There is an enormous distance from the crowd, so you don’t get the usual atmosphere of an English arena.”
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Infosys co-founder N R Narayana MurthyREUTERS/Bobby YipInfosys co-founder Narayana Murthy has been accused on several fronts since Vishal Sikka resigned from his position citing baseless, malicious and increasingly personal attacks.An ex-board member has now written an open letter to Murthy accusing him of hurting Infosys’ morale with his constant attacks.Here is the full text of the letter:Dear Mr Murthy,I have known and admired you for over two decades, been an independent director of Infosys for 15 years, and still serve as a board member of Infosys BPO. Unfortunately, I am obliged to write this formal and public letter to you.Formal, because the events that have occurred involving you, your supporters and Infosys — starting from November 2016 and culminating in Vishal Sikka’s resignation on August 18 — need a formal response. And public, because it is no longer a private matter between you and the board of the company.I, and each ex-independent director that I’ve known, held you in high regard when you invited us to join in your vision of reinventing India’s boardrooms and building a thriving institution that would survive us all. Today, each of us is deeply upset by your public conduct, and of your two ex-Infoscion supporters.Your actions have de facto created a crisis that has forced the exit of a CEO, led to a stupendous 9.6 per cent drop in the share price, and a loss in market capitalisation of over Rs 22,600 crore in one trading day, and initiated the process of class-action suits in the US. Despite my friendship with you and the tradition that most directors strive to follow where board matters remain within the board, I have finally decided to come out in the open.Let me broadly recapitulate the events. In October-November 2016, you and some other ex-directors of Infosys, including I, were disturbed by the board agreeing to a huge severance pay to its ex-CFO, Rajiv Bansal. This had never occurred before, not even to executive directors who left the company. You sent a letter to the Infosys board to that effect — one where I played a minor role in redrafting.The board responded, admittedly belatedly, by freezing Bansal’s remuneration to what was actually paid out, which was 70 per cent less than what it had agreed to. It also asked David Kennedy, the legal counsel, to resign at his pre-contracted, pre-joining severance pay.You also wanted the chairman and two other directors to quit, and the board to induct another independent director from your list. After discussions with you, the board appointed an ex-Infoscion, D N Prahlad. For the record, I sit with Prahlad on the Infosys BPO board and respect his fiduciary qualities.It didn’t end there. Following a whistle-blower complaint in February, you started publicly pressurising the company’s board to conduct a legal-cum-forensic investigation on the $200 million acquisition of the Israeli software firm, Panaya, and then to disclose the entire report on the company’s website. An investigation was done by Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, a reputed US law firm, for which you, too, were interviewed.The Panaya report absolved the management of wrongdoings, and its basic conclusions were disseminated to the public. My first question: would you have posted the full report if you were running Infosys? You wouldn’t, as you didn’t in instances that needed detailed investigation.You then wanted a co-chairman who met with your approval. Here, too, the board complied by elevating Ravi Venkatesan. By accommodating you, it created a fiduciary eccentricity of three different people at the top: a chair, a co-chair and a managing director and CEO.Why did the board agree to so many of your demands, all played out in public fora? A generous interpretation is that it respected you and wanted to arrive at a middle ground. But it appears that you have not played your part, and have publicly leveraged your lionised position to constantly shift that middle ground for extracting more concessions.Truth be told, the board was collectively timid. So, here’s my next question: if you were at the helm, and a person representing a small proportion of Infosys’ share capital did what you have done, how would you have reacted? You would have blasted him out of the water with no quarters given.It didn’t end there. You and your two colleagues in this war complained about Sikka’s pay, though it was performance-linked and backloaded.You praised U B Pravin Rao, but criticised his pay as well. The list is too long to accommodate here.What does this mean for Infosys? The company was lagging behind industry when Vishal took over. It is now in the top quartile. Per-capita revenue has grown for six successive quarters. In an extremely difficult competitive milieu, Infosys had started increasing its margins while undertaking a profound change in business from leveraging labour costs to offering all-inclusive solutions to clients. Vishal’s task was far from complete when you entered the fray. And now, thanks to you, he is leaving.How can Infosys strengthen employee morale under these circumstances? How can it find a worthwhile replacement for Vishal with you sniping at the wings? How can it get away from this sapping, deleterious war that has got it lower valuation and titters from the competition? How can it focus on doing business if you are readying to rearm your weapons?You will claim that it is all for corporate governance. But why don’t I, your corporate governance disciple, believe this anymore? Nor does any other ex-independent director that I have spoken to, each of whom you respect.Enough is enough. You have drawn first blood. Do not mortally wound the organisation by persisting in your actions. Let Infosys get on with its business, heal itself from the injuries that you have inflicted and again grow shareholder value. Learn to walk away, as you had promised when handing the reins to Vishal. The corporate governance halo that was conferred upon you is shrinking. Let it not disappear.I have respected you more than many others in the corporate world. So, pardon me for this missive. How I wish it weren’t needed.
Jazz enthusiasts can enjoy music in full fervour as Capital Jazz, in collaboration with Teamwork Arts is going to present Jazz Utsav 2015, a 2 day festival featuring the best known Jazz artistes from India and across the globe in the national Capital.This year, in its 31st edition, this definitive Jazz festival held annually in the capital, celebrates the coming together of the past, present and future of Jazz. It will be held on December 5-6 at One Golden Mile, R K Puram. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With the Jazz Utsav, Capital Jazz have been pioneers in bringing the best of Indian and International Jazz artistes together on the same platform in India, and are largely credited for the growing appreciation of this genre of music in India. This year, Teamwork Arts, India’s premier arts and entertainment company have signed a partnership with Capital Jazz to present Jazz Utsav and explore touring this to a number of Indian cities.This year’s line-up is sure to brighten the mood of music enthusiasts in Delhi with a stellar line-up including The Woodstock Jazz Band of the students from Mussoorie’s Woodstock School and Joel Lyssarides from Sweden representing the electrifying Future of Jazz; the legendary flag bearers of its unforgettable Past – Derek Julien, who was part of the first wave of Jazz in India in late ‘60s, and Karim Ellaboudi featuring Vasundhara. Then there are the beacons of present day Jazz – international Jazz rage Arthur Dutkiewicz Trio from Poland and the current toast of the Jazz circuit -Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Gamak from USA, with his grounding in Carnatic classical music and his passion for jazz coming together to craft a unique blend of music. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCommenting on Jazz Utsav 2015, Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts said, “Teamwork Arts aims to create exponential value for the arts by bringing to the forefront a multitude of art forms through our events and festivals. In Capital Jazz we’ve found partners who are just as passionate and enthused with these ideas and have kept alive the love for this exciting musical genre. With the best of musicians from India and across the world, this year’s Jazz Utsav will be an unparalleled celebration of all things Jazz and over the next few years we hope to grow this festival into one of Asia’s major music events.” Astri Ghose of Capital Jazz said, “This year’s festival is special. We have the best of Indian jazz with the amazing guitar of Derek Julien. Women are well represented. If you haven’t heard Kittu Sequeira or Vasundhara Vidalur it’s time you did at Jazz this year. And if you wonder what the future holds for Indian jazz, see the talented young girls and boys in the Woodstock Jazz.”Jazz Utsav began in 1978 and has found a dedicated following and is credited with largely influencing the Jazz scene in India, bringing together old and new lovers of this musical style. This definitive annual festival is attended by Jazz enthusiasts from across ages and walks of life, including young music lovers, executives, diplomats, ambassadors, judges, working professionals and other eminent personalities. The festival is now in its 31st year and has, in the past, featured some of the best names in the Jazz world, like Sonny Rollins, Larry Carlton, Trilok Gurtu and Wayne Krantz.When: December 5-6Where: One Golden Mile, R K Puram
Adding a feather to its cap of achievements, Chandigarh is all set to bask in the glory of hosting 8th Theatre Olympics, the world’s largest theatre festival, held in India for the first time.This edition of the global theatre festival will cover 17 cities in India with over 25000 artists performing 450 shows, 600 ambience performances, and 250 youth shows.The Chandigarh chapter of Theatre Olympics 2018 is being organised by the National School of Drama (NSD) under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India in collaboration with Department of Culture Affair, UT Chandigarh/Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy. This was stated by Chairman, Sangeet Natak Academy, Kamal Arora; Suresh Bhardwaj, Festival Convenor, NSD, New Delhi, and Sudesh Sharma, Chief Coordinator, 8th Theatre Olympics Chandigarh Chapter, here today. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Chandigarh is home to cosmopolitan and folk cultures and therefore offers a perfect backdrop for an international festival like 8th Theatre Olympics,” Kamal Arora stated.”Chandigarh is a city of theatre lovers. We are very happy to have Chandigarh as a co-host of the 8th Theatre Olympics,” affirmed Suresh Bhardwaj, Festival Convener, National School of Drama, New Delhi.”We are very proud to host a chapter of 8th Theatre Olympics in our city. We will make every effort to make this event a grand success”, Sudesh Sharma reiterated. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe fortnight-long event in the city, from March 20 to April 3 at Tagore Hall, will stage 15 plays comprising four specially invited plays as well as folk theatre and international plays. Famous productions such as “Macbeth” (Ratan Thiyam), “Mohna Batav”(Navid Inamdhar, Latur), “Indipity” (Pranjal Saikia), and “Hasyachuramari” (Saurabh Anant) will be staged during the theatre festival in Chandigarh. Few allied activities will also take place during this period. “For the past three years, we had the dream to bring Theatre Olympics to India. The dream that we had seen has come true. Since we began to envision and achieve this feat, Dr Mahesh Sharma and the Ministry of Culture have extended wholehearted support to the idea and have played an instrumental role in making it a reality. Throughout centuries we have seen playwright like Shakespeare and Bertolt Brecht becoming a part of Indian theatre, while despite having our own extraordinary playwrights and theatrical figures, we are still to make a similar impact. This is a huge leap towards that direction of putting Indian theatre on the world map,” Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, NSD added.The festival will culminate on April 8 in Mumbai.
India, with a population of over a billion people, will have the worlds youngest population by 2020. While this sounds promising in terms of the composition of the workforce, the millennial generation is also proven to have higher stress levels in comparison to those of an older generation. Several studies suggest that there has been a marked increase in stress levels among millennials owing to various factors involving increased competition at the work place, unstable relationships and sedentary/unhealthy lifestyle, among others. The unmanaged stress further leads to depression. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfExperts share a few tips for millennials who lead stressful lives: Plan your schedule: One minute of planning translates into at least 10 minutes saved. Planning is a great tool to enhance efficiency and also brings down stress. When tasks pile up, it is natural to get overwhelmed. This can be prevented by keeping a simple checklist or to-do list. Once you’ve been doing it for a few weeks, it becomes second nature. Ensure you have a plan for the day with a clear objective; this allows you to focus on your goals and keeps you motivated. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveListen to instrumental music to relax: From time immemorial, music has been known to play a positive effect in soothing a person’s senses. The tempo, lyrics and volume of the music you listen to have an enormous effect your mood. Slow-tempo, quiet music will help you relax – and soothe your frayed nerves. While you are working, you can listen to calm instrumental music. This clears the mind and helps you unwind. If you’re feeling low, play upbeat music. This will lighten up your mood and elate your senses. Sometimes, vocals and lyrics can inspire you and lift your spirits. Get enough sleep and rest: Staying up late in the night is common amongst millennials but can have dangerous effects on mental health. Some people have trouble sleeping early, while others find entertainment or social media preventing them from having an early night. One of the best ways that can help you sleep early is exercising for at least 45 minutes every day. This also helps you sleep better and you’ll wake up feeling more refreshed. Getting a minimum of six hours of sleep is necessary to stay fit throughout the day. However, if time constraints prevent a full eight hours of sleep, meditating for 15 minutes can have the same effect on your mind and will leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Incorporate Ashvagandha herb in your diet: Owing to hectic and sedentary lifestyles, we tend to “unfollow” healthy eating habits. We often skip eating wholesome meals. Most of us may be unaware that certain foods can help in relieving stress and anxiety. Fruits such banana and avocado in addition to carrots and yogurt, help you calm down. A herb like Ashvagandha, according to Ayurvedic texts and modern research, is an adaptogen, which helps relieve stress. The herb is easily available in the form of tablets. One can consume one or two tablets daily, or as directed by the doctor. These are some of the simplest ways to combat the stress faced by millennials. It’s always a good idea to start with simple, natural remedies, as they can be extremely effective.
Share Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun upgrades five of 11 on-site dining venues MEXICO CITY — Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive has unveiled five refurbished dining venues following a multi-million-dollar renovation to its property last year.Located on site, the five restaurants now feature refreshed décor and new furniture that are sure to surpass guest expectations, said the company.“We aim to serve more than just meals and provide guests with a complete dining experience where they won’t just remember the food they ate, but will be able to take away the entire experience – from the top-quality service to the restaurant’s vibrant atmosphere,” said Gerardo Rivera, Corporate Chef of Posada Mexico.Among the resort’s 11 dining options is El Mexicano, which recently debuted an enhanced menu featuring such signature dishes as Costillar de Res, or rib of beef, cooked in its juices and served with a guajillo chili sauce. The restaurant’s colourful atmosphere and Mexican-accented décor complement tunes of traditional live music.El Mexicano RestaurantAdditional renovated dining areas include La Cenaduria, the Lobby Bar, the Sushi Bar and la Cevicheria, another guest favourite for such specialty dishes as the famous Aguachile de Sinaloa seafood syrup and fish tacos.La Cevicheria RestaurantFiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive is part of La Colección Resorts by Fiesta Americana, a collection of 12 distinctive resorts located in Mexico. For more information go to https://www.lacoleccionresorts.com/properties/cancun/fiesta-americana-condesa. Travelweek Group Posted by Thursday, September 20, 2018 Tags: Cancun, Fiesta Americana, Openings & Renovations << Previous PostNext Post >>