John Mayer Gets Dark And Bares His Soul On New Album ‘The Search For Everything’

first_imgJohn Mayer may have just titled his stellar new album The Search For Everything, but it really seems like he’s already found what he was looking for. Mayer makes being a rock star look so easy it’s almost offensive. He can croon with the best of them and tickle the ivories before laying down guitar-hero arena sized riffs. He’s dated supermodels and fellow pop stars, appeared on stages all around the world, and took Jerry Garcia’s role in the newest iteration of The Grateful Dead with Dead & Co. Sadly, even singing cheek-to-cheek with Bob Weir isn’t enough to make Mayer forget the one who got away.Unfortunately for Mayer, having it all hasn’t apparently worked out as well as he might have wanted. The Search For Everything is dotted with numerous references to mistakes and powerlessness. After much conjecture in the media, he admitted that the first single, “Still Feel Like Your Man,” was indeed about his ex, mega-star Katy Perry. While the song itself is built around a soulful and bouncy background, it is clear that their is a dichotomy between tone and intention. Give the song a spin below and listen for yourself.“Still Feel Like Your Man”An undercurrent of melancholy is present on much of The Search For Everything. The theme is quickly reinforced on the second track, “Emoji Of A Wave,” a song of hope in the face of a growing uncertainty. “Helpless” attempts to throw the malaise of the first two tracks through the power of rock. The blues-guitar outro is fitting and soulful if not overly remarkable. Even songs that seem positive on the surface like “Love On The Weekend” have dark lyrical and sonic undertones.Doubts seem to plague John Mayer. On “In The Blood” and “Changing,” he seems to be examining every facet of his life. At the album’s midpoint, Mayer puts down his pen and let’s the music do the talking with “Theme From The Search For Everything.” After catching his musical breath, he drops one of the slinkiest guitar grooves you’ll hear this year on “Moving On And Getting Over.” Once again, the groove doesn’t match the message, as he clearly hasn’t moved on.The Search For Everything is an impressive example of the dying art of making a complete album. Mayer’s mixture of repetitive imagery lyrically makes his confusion and isolation painfully clear. On “Rosie,” he practically begs an ex for a one night stand, only to play a bubbling blues riff as he is again rebuffed. Time and again, Mayer’s hope of love is dashed against the rocky shores of emotional disconnect.For those paying attention, it was obvious that there was no cheerful finish on the way. The first stanza of the closing track “You’re Going To Live Forever In Me” concludes with the words “…it all ends unfortunately.” The testimonial of undying love he makes isn’t a promise made to the true love he seeks. When he sings the words “You’re going to live forever in me, wait and see,” he is making a sad promise to a uncaring ear. It’s the most poignant moment of the album, a perfect summation of all that has come before.The bravery John Mayer shows in sharing his heart in such an open way is undeniably entrancing. Artistically, it is said that it is best to “Write what you know” if you want to have any hope of true emotional resonance. The Search For Everything clearly shows Mayer as a student of that school of thought. The album is a love letter to missed opportunities and unfortunately placed optimism. Mayer may have written and record this album to exorcise his demons, but he also managed to show the true depths of his, and by extension, everyone’s humanity. Not bad for a white boy who can’t dance.last_img read more

COVID-19: Jakarta prepares local quarantine scenario

first_imgThe Transportation Ministry is preparing a scenario for a local quarantine in Greater Jakarta to slow the spread of COVID-19, depending on a decision expected to be made at a Cabinet meeting scheduled for Monday, a ministry official said.Transportation Ministry land transportation director general Budi Setyadi said that the ministry, in coordination with the National Police’s traffic corps, had developed a plan including so-called “stopping posts” at toll gates and along other roads to and from Greater Jakarta. If a regional quarantine is enacted, the police at the posts will turn back those trying to enter or leave the city. “We have not ruled out the possibility [of a local quarantine], but the decision depends on the leaders,” Budi told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. “We are only acting as the implementer who creates the standard operating procedures and [plans] what the protocol will look like.”The government has already issued a warning discouraging people living in Greater Jakarta from leaving the city for their hometowns for the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus).However, many have ignored the warning. Central Java, for example, has reported thousands of mudik travelers arriving in the province, including in Jepara with 1,776 arrivals, Purwokerto with 2,323 and Wonogiri with 2,625 as of Tuesday.Central Java had reported 55 confirmed cases and seven deaths as of Saturday, the fifth highest number of cases of the country’s provinces. Read also: Greater Jakarta failing as floodgate to nationwide COVID-19 epidemic”After the meeting [on Monday], I do not know whether it will still be a stronger warning or a complete ban. It depends on the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister, [Luhut Binsar Panjaitan],” Budi said.Budi previously told reporters during an online press briefing on Friday that his ministry was ready to close the entrances to Greater Jakarta and other national roads. However, he said he had no knowledge about when the decision would be made.The Post has obtained a copy of a classified Jakarta Police telegram, dated March 28, ordering the closure of the city’s main roads.Jakarta Police spokesman, Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus, did not deny the authenticity of the telegram but said that the police were merely training for the possibility of a local quarantine.”We are still implementing physical distancing and social distancing, because there have yet to be any government regulations [requiring quarantine],” Yusri told the Post on Sunday. Indonesia had reported 1,155 confirmed COVID-19 nationwide as of Saturday, 627 of which were located in Jakarta. Sixty-two people have died of the disease in the capital, while 43 have recovered.While the total number of COVID-19 cases in Greater Jakarta is unclear, many of those who tested positive in other regions had recently traveled to Bogor and Bekasi, West Java, which is the province with the second-highest number cases in the country.Medical experts and COVID-19 volunteers have called on the government to implement local quarantines in virus-stricken areas such as Greater Jakarta. They say the government’s policy of physical distancing is not sufficient to contain the spread of the disease.The 2018 Health Quarantine Law stipulates that during public health emergencies, the central government can impose “regional quarantines” on areas that experience an outbreak of a disease. (dfr)Riza Roidila Mufti and Sausan Atika contributed to this story.Topics :last_img read more

Pullenvale home for sale after 18 years

first_img142 Airlie Rd, PullenvaleTerry Mau and Luba Malecky bought the property, at 142 Airlie Rd, Pullenvale, in 1994 and, along with their two daughters, called it home for 18 years. “We were a bit nervous about buying it but it was exciting to take on this glorious old home because it had been neglected a bit,” Mr Mau said. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The couple set out to restore the home to its former glory, replacing the verandas and roof, installing insulation and repainting the whole property. “The exterior painting took close to six months and we actually moved out,” Mr Mau said.“We used the opportunity to remove a lot of the lead paint that was originally used. We did a lot of restoration of the timberwork inside and we replaced some of the stained glass windows.”Mr Mau said the formal dining room was his favourite part of the restored home. “It has a fireplace and we had an amazing antique mahogany table in there so we could host dinner parties with 20 or so people sitting at the table,” he said. The home also has a wraparound veranda, formal and informal reception rooms and a classic kitchen with granite benchtops. The master bedroom has walk-in robes, a powder room and a marble ensuite, while two of the other bedrooms have walk-in robes. A “secret” staircase leads to a wine cellar and there is a separate guesthouse on the property. “It is an amazingly quiet and relaxing place to live,” Mr Mau said.“The neighbours are a good distance away and there is lots of wildlife about.” 142 Airlie Rd, PullenvaleA century-old manor house that was once a ladies college is on the market in Pullenvale. The former Moreton Bay Ladies College is on a 3.41ha block with swimming pool and tennis court.last_img read more

NEST sees returns dampened by ‘challenging’ market conditions

first_imgThe UK’s National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) has seen all its default funds achieve positive returns over the last year, despite what it said were challenging times facing investors.The master trust, which at the end of March had £825m (€1bn) in assets under management, ended the financial year with nearly 3m members – the majority of whom were saving into its 50 default retirement date funds.NEST released its annual report as the UK government asked whether the scheme should be allowed to offer its members drawdown products, an area from which it is currently barred, as pension scheme members were required to annuitise when NEST’s founding statute was drafted.Despite nearly doubling scheme assets over the course of the year, NEST attributed a net increase of £406m to member contributions, and only £16.9m to investment return. This compared to a £38m gain from investments during the 2014-15 financial year, and a net increase in assets of £296m from contributions.While all of NEST’s default retirement date funds achieved a positive return, volatile investment markets meant the consumer price index (CPI) plus 3% target for members in growth phase was missed.Of the sample of funds listed in its annual report, NEST said members in the 2040 fund achieved an annual return of 0.66%, while a member targeting retirement in 2059 achieved a return of 1.4%.Only funds targeting outperformance relative to CPI or the London Interbank Bid Rate (LIBID) were able to outperform their benchmarks, and both the ethical fund and sharia fund fell short, returning 1.21% and 1.32%, respectively.“The year under review was a challenging time for markets, with considerable investment volatility, particularly in the summer of 2015 and at the start of 2016,” NEST said.It added that stocks with “heavy” commodity exposure suffered over the course of the financial year, and said credit markets were “challenging”.“Against that backdrop,” it said, “NEST Retirement Date fund returns were understandably lower than in previous years.”However, it emphasised that the annualised performance for its funds since inception in 2011 remained “comfortably ahead of target”, as was the case with the ethical fund’s 9.9% annualised return compared with its target of 4.6%.Default funds in the lower-risk foundation phase have also fared well since inception, with members targeting retirement in 2059 seeing an annualised return since inception of 7.9%, compared with its annualised investment target of 1.56%.The scheme’s annual report was released as the Department for Work and Pensions launched a consultation on the future of NEST, asking whether the scheme should be allowed to offer drawdown products after the introduction of pension freedoms and the end of compulsory annuitisation.The consultation suggested allowing NEST to offer decumulation products to its existing members, and noted the scheme’s previous research, which saw it propose the introduction of blended products combining deferred annuities and income drawdown.In emphasising that NEST would only offer decumulation to existing members, the DWP is likely seeking to stave off criticism from an industry fearful that the scheme will dominate the nascent drawdown market.It therefore also asked those responding to the consultation, which closes at the end of September, to detail the impact of the decision on individuals, and other pension providers.Commenting on the consultation, pensions minister Ros Altmann said: “NEST has played a vital role in the success of automatic enrolment, and its importance is likely to increase in coming years.“It is right, therefore, that we now consider how it continues to deliver its services in future.”NEST has 3.3m members and has seen its assets increase to £970m.last_img read more

GCE Ocean Technology Names Board Members

first_imgGCE Ocean Technology said that Jon Arve Sværen (OneSubsea) was re-elected as chairman of the board at its annual meeting in Bergen in April.In addition, a new board was elected.The GCE board structure in 2019-2020: Jon Arve Sværen, OneSubsea; Tove Ormevik, Aker BP; Tor Willgohs Knudsen, Equinor; Tom Georg Indrevik, Nye Øygarden Kommune; Ove Magne Kallestad, TechnipFMC;  Inger Graves, Aandera Data Instruments;  Geir Anton Johansen, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences; Steinar Matre, Westcon Olvondo; Gunnar Birkeland, Unitech Offshore; (Deputy)Hege Hammersland-White, Scantrol Deep Vision, (Deputy); Henrik Bang-Andreasen, Seaproof Solutions (Deputy).Furthermore, GCE Ocean Technology extended its gratitude to the board members leaving their position in the board, for their valuable work; Elin Sjødin Drange from Bergen Kommune, Mads Arild Eidem from DNV GL, Lasse Ståløy from Radøygruppen, and Silje Skarstein from Akers Solutions.last_img read more

New Head of Corporate Sales for LIME Dominica

first_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews New Head of Corporate Sales for LIME Dominica by: – November 8, 2011 Share 81 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Elizabeth Wayland.Roseau, Dominica – November 9, 2011 – General Manager of LIME Dominica, Jeffrey Baptiste is pleased to announce that Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Wayland has taken the post of Head of Corporate Sales at LIME. Wayland, who officially joined the LIME team effective Monday November 7, 2011 takes over from Kervin Francis who has moved on to a Regional role. The former Dominica Grammar School and Dominica State College student holds both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Marketing from Georgia State University. Her work experience spans over a decade to include stints in the US and the Dominican Republic before returning to Dominica to take up the role as Head of Marketing at Discover Dominica Authority, DDA.Her time spent in the Dominican Republic exposed her to a foreign language, and over one year she became very fluent in Spanish satisfying her desire to learn a new language. The opportunity also presented itself to work as an instructor of English to business professionals.“I am excited to be joining the team at Dominica’s leading telecommunications provider LIME, and I have no doubt that I will further strengthen an already strong and positive sales culture which exists at LIME”, said Miss Wayland. Press ReleaseLIME Dominicalast_img read more

All-Star Wrap-Up

first_imgHow many of you watched the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby?  As I pointed out earlier, I checked occasionally to see who was leading in the Home Run Derby.  I did the same with the All-Star Game.  Unfortunately, my doubts about the strategy that the National League managers would use came true early.  They insist on using their starting pitcher for more than one inning, and what has been a reoccurring theme came true again.  Cueto gave up 3 runs in his second inning of work, and the game was over.  Unfortunately, the American League will have home field advantage in the World Series again.last_img

Betty Sue Ison

first_imgBetty Sue Ison 78, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Sunday September 2, 2018 in Ft. Thomas , Kentucky.She was born April 8, 1940 in Whitesburg, KY, daughter of the late William Henry Hamilton and Oma (Back) Hamilton.She worked at Thatcher Glass MFG, for many years.She was a member of Thatcher Glass Retiree Club. Betty Loved to read the newspaper and be on face book. She loved to spend time with her family and especially enjoyed the grandchildren.Betty is survived by her loving spouse of almost 60 years Doyle Ison, sons, William Michael (Rhonda) Ison of Moores Hill, IN,and John Randall (Sheryl) Ison of Milan, IN; siblings, Billy (Gay) Hamilton of Republic, OH, Bessie Hamilton Shepherd of Whitesburg, KY, Bonnie (Jimmy) Salyers of Bel Alton, MD; grandchildren, Travis Ison, Tyler (Shana) Ison, Jenna Ison, Ryan (Courtney) Ison & Adam Ison; great-grandson, Parker May.She was preceded in death by father, William Henry Hamilton, mother, Oma Hamilton, and sister, Bobbie Jo Brown.Friends will be received Thursday, September 6, 2018, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, at 2:00 pm, following visitation, with Pastor Charles Miller officiating.Interment will follow in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Freshmen stars shining brightly

first_imgCollege football, like all major sports, is a land of stars.The problem is, most of these players are shooting stars; you enjoy them for a bit, but then they are gone.This makes it all the more special when an underclassman steps up and allows the fans to enjoy his production for at least three seasons. If you look at the biggest stars in college football over the past decade, almost all of them produced as a freshman or a sophomore. Adrian Peterson set the rushing record for a freshman at Oklahoma. Tim Tebow won a national championship in his freshman year and won the Heisman as a sophomore. If you want a star closer to home, Ron Dayne started all four years for the Badgers, earning the Heisman trophy as a senior.Here are the freshmen who have a chance to be the next big stars in college football: Jacquizz Rodgers, Running Back, Oregon StateMost fans know Rodgers as the running back who handed USC and their vaunted defense their only loss. What few people know, is that game was far from an aberration. The 5-foot-6-inch, 160-pound running back has played far larger than his size would indicate. Many would assume that a half back of Rodger’s size would gain many of his yards on outside runs, but as the feature back for the Beavers, Rodgers does most of his running in between the tackles. On the season, Rodgers has rushed for 812 yards and nine touchdowns, while sporting a 4.3 yards per carry average. He is a typical workhorse, and he has shown no signs of slowing down. Over the past five games, Rodgers has topped the 100-yard mark four times. This little running back will continue to cause big problems for defensive coordinators over the next four years. Terrelle Pryor, Quarterback, Ohio StateThe No. 1 recruit out of high school has yet to disappoint Buckeyes fans this season. After splitting time early in the year with fifth-year senior Todd Boeckman, Pryor has taken over the starting role with authority. While he is viewed as a dual-threat quarterback, many believe Pryor chose Ohio State — as opposed to Michigan or Penn State — to shake that label and prove he can throw the ball as well as he runs it.So far, so good. While there is clearly room for improvement, Pryor is completing 65.6 percent of his passes, and he has only thrown two interceptions on the season. Though erratic at times, Pryor has the arm to make every throw, and head coach Jim Tressel has taken off the training wheels the past few games.That being said, Pryor is still most dangerous when he runs in the open field. He produced the game-winning touchdown against Wisconsin on a last-second scramble, and he is second on the Buckeyes rushing list with 411 yards.Unfortunately for the rest of the Big Ten, Pryor has shown the work ethic and motivation needed to advance his game. Despite being the No. 1 recruit in the nation, Pryor manages to find a way to carry a chip on his very broad shoulders.“People don’t know what I can do,” Pryor said. “They say I’m overrated. Wait and see. The time will come, and you will find out.”Though I am not sure who finds Pryor “overrated,” the perceived slight should serve as motivation for Pryor to reach his potential and dominate the college game the next three years. Julio Jones, Wide Receiver, AlabamaDespite head coach Nick Saban’s best efforts to keep this stud freshman under wraps, Jones became a star before the season even started when a video leaked out of Jones stiff arming all-SEC safety Rashad Johnson to the ground in a scrimmage.Even with defensive coordinators on notice, Jones has still been the best receiver for the undefeated Crimson Tide. Though his numbers are average — 22 catches for 341 yards — Jones has done everything Saban has asked of him, and he leads the team in both yards and receptions. Most importantly to Saban, though, the 6-foot-4-inch, 210-pound Jones has taken to blocking enthusiastically. The Crimson Tide are powered by their ground game, and Jones blocking downfield has shown maturity and understanding beyond the realms of a typical freshman. With Saban as his coach, we can expect Jones to evolve into the top wide receiver in the game over the next four years. Kellen Moore, Quarterback, Boise StateIt’s official. What Gonzaga is to college basketball, Boise State is to college football. No other small school has sustained success on the national level like Boise State has in recent years.The reason? They recruit players like Moore. The freshman quarterback has led the Broncos to a 5-0 record, and they are well within reach of another BCS bowl bid. Moore has thrown for 1,591 yards in five games, and he is completing 72.4 percent of his passes. Besides the gaudy numbers, Moore has shown poise in ways most freshman never achieve. The young quarterback has thrown 13 touchdowns opposed to only three interceptions on the season. There are fifth-year seniors (See: Allan Evridge) that can only dream of ball security like that. Furthermore, Moore has proven he can win on the road in a hostile environment when the Broncos beat Oregon the third game of the season.Boise State has proven they are far from a one-hit wonder, and with Moore at the helm, we should see plenty of the blue turf over the next four years.last_img read more

Syracuse gets ‘program-changing win’ over No. 10 Florida State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The third-largest Carrier Dome crowd of the season rose to its feet as point guard Alexis Peterson hoisted two arms into the air at midcourt and embraced center Briana Day, who was galloping toward her.Tears streamed down Brittney Sykes’ face. Brianna Butler, who was standing in front of Sykes in the handshake line, wiped hers away.On the other side of the court, No. 10 Florida State was mostly expressionless — some going through the line with their heads down and scampering off the court as quickly as possible.“Great quality win for our season,” head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We knew coming into this game that this was one of the opportunities that we had to beat a very good basketball team and tonight we came out and did that.”The No. 23 Orange (21-6, 11-3) was dominated down low, getting outrebounded by 13 boards, outscored by 26 in the paint and giving up 14 second-chance points. But SU scrounged up an 83-73 win over No. 10 Florida State (21-5, 11-2), on Thursday night. It was SU’s highest-ranking win of the season and one that’s significance transcends just this year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“This is a Top 10 team,” Sykes said. “This is a program-changing win.”The change has been a process.On Wednesday, one day prior to the game, Hillsman said there was no pressure on Syracuse to win. Nobody was expecting it. And for much of Syracuse’s history, even against non-ranked opponents, that sentiment rang true.SU’s all-time conference record – which includes both ACC and Big East play – coming into the season sat at just above 41 percent. In its 44-year history the squad had won only 52 percent of its games.The team didn’t win its first NCAA Tournament game until two years ago — also the first time it reached the tournament in consecutive years.“There was a time when we were trying just to be .500,” Hillsman said. “We just didn’t want to have a losing season and the goals have changed, they really have, as this program has grown.”But in 2012, Hillsman brought in Butler, Sykes, Taylor Ford, Cornelia Fondren and others — all seniors who played possibly their last games at the Carrier Dome on Thursday — to make up the sixth-best recruiting class in the country, a record for the Orange. The class’ 72 winning percentage over the last four years is a record, too.Butler, the 3-point record holder for SU, was the first to lead the charge for SU on Thursday, knocking down four 3-pointers in the first quarter. When she cooled off, Sykes chipped in with 15 points and Fondren added six steals, five assists and nine points.“A road loss up here isn’t anything to hang our heads about,” Florida State head coach Sue Semrau said. “This was a tough game here tonight.”Consistent wins over highly ranked opponents have always eluded Syracuse. But SU has beaten three ranked teams this season, the most during Hillsman’s tenure and the most since the 2001-2002 season.With 30 seconds left on the game clock and the final result all but absolute, the crowd erupted. Cutouts of Butler, Ford, Fondren, and Maggie Morrison bounced above fans’ heads in the stands.In what could be their last game in Syracuse, the winningest class in team history, the one that started it all, gave Syracuse one of its biggest regular-season wins of all-time.“Every year we just had to build bigger and bigger,” Sykes said. “We go to NCAA, get the win, go to the second round. Now, going into the post season and finishing out these two games we just want to make more records.” Comments Published on February 18, 2016 at 11:47 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuscenter_img Related Stories Taylor Ford’s 15 points propel No. 23 Syracuse past No. 10 Florida Statelast_img read more