Renowned jazz musician Robert Glasper is set to release his tribute to Miles Davis, titled Everything’s Beautiful, on May 27th. In anticipation, Glasper has shared one exciting cut from the new album; a track entitled “I’m Leaving You.”“I’m Leaving You” features work from John Scofield and Ledisi, and was entirely inspired by a recording of Davis saying a three-word phrase, “wait a minute.” The whole album blends Davis’s extensive body of work, including outtakes and master recordings, to put together something new and beautiful. Glasper explains his thought process behind “I’m Leaving You” in the premiere article featured in Essence.“I found a clip of Miles saying “wait a minute”—just that simple phrase—and it had so much of his classic swag in it, and it had such a rhythm, I decided to build that whole track around that and that’s how it started,” said Glasper. “After that it was a real group thing: (Ledisi) wrote the lyric, my man Black Milk took a Lenny White drum pattern and chopped it up for the beat, and that’s John Scofield—who is our direct link to Miles for this project, having been in his ’80s band. That brought it full circle. I love the R&B uplift this track gives the whole project!”Listen to “I’m Leaving You” below:Glasper commented on the whole album as well, saying “I like that this whole record has a smoky, late-night vibe that is consistent through almost all the tracks but that really just happened naturally. No one told anyone what tempo or mood to go for, so the track with Ledisi really stands out. You know she’s a super jazz geek anyway, and can sing the heads of almost any bop tune you want to name. I’ve seen her do it!”The full album features contributions from Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Hiatus Kaiyote, Bilal, Illa J and so many more, in celebration of what would have been Davis’s 90th birthday. You can read about it here.
Fletcher Allen and the Vermont Federation of Nurses andHealth Professionals Announce Recruitment & Retention Plans”100 Nurses/100 Days” Campaign to Run August 2 – November 9BURLINGTON, VT – Fletcher Allen Health Care and the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals today announced a comprehensive recruitment and retention plan designed to attract 100 nurses in 100 days to Vermont’s academic health center, and to retain the nurses who already work there.”This campaign is a top priority for Fletcher Allen and represents an intensive effort to strengthen our nursing workforce in support of our patient care mission,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Melinda Estes, MD. “We want to send a clear message to both prospective and current nurses with these initiatives. The message is simple: ‘At Fletcher Allen, we value the profession of nursing.'””Nurses know what patients need, and we believe that this agreement is a hopeful signal that this new Administration recognizes that the retention and recruitment of Nurses is critical to the needs of our patients and the community,” said Jen Henry, RN, President of the Vt. Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals.Fletcher Allen currently is using temporary nurses or “travelers” to fill its open nursing positions. Fletcher Allen has approximately 180 open registered nursing positions, equal to 116 full time equivalents. The organization currently employs approximately 130 travelers from other parts of the country to address this shortage. “Using travelers to address the nursing shortage is a temporary and expensive solution to a long-term problem,” said Chief Nursing Officer Mary Botter, Ph.D., R.N. “The real solution is to hire permanent nurses and retain them. Fletcher Allen is committed to both recruitment and retention, and we are working with our nurses union to ensure that we do both.”Recruitment Campaign (Call 802-847-4429 or 800-722-9922)Fletcher Allen’s “100 Nurses/100 Days” recruitment campaign will run August 2 through November 9. It will include a variety of marketing strategies including direct mail and an advertising campaign featuring testimonials from registered nurses currently on staff at the academic health center. Specific initiatives include:Fletcher Allen will advertise in several Vermont newspapers and on several Vermont radio stations, in addition to advertising in northern New York, southern New Hampshire and Sherbrooke, Canada.Fletcher Allen will run ads in Advance for Nurses, a monthly nursing trade publication mailed to every registered nurse with an active license in New England.Fletcher Allen will advertise on the Web site of Nursing Spectrum, a nursing trade publication with a national electronic job board.The organization will send a recruitment letter to all registered nurses with an active license living in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Eastern New York.As part of the recruitment plan, Fletcher Allen also will offer a variety of financial incentives to current employees who refer nurses to the organization, and Fletcher Allen will offer financial incentives to new nurses who choose to join Fletcher Allen on a part-time or full-time basis. All sign-on bonuses will be offered in two payments – half at 90 days and the remaining half after one year, with a required employment commitment of two years.Retention EffortsIn the area of nurse retention, following a series of discussions with the Federation of Nursing and Health Professionals, Fletcher Allen has agreed to take several actions to support retention, including:To reopen discussions with the union about wages for current nurses. These discussions will begin in January of 2005, which marks mid-point of the current three-year contract.Tuition reimbursement will be increased from $1,650 to $2,000 per year for full-time nurses and will be prorated for part-time nurses.Nurses will be allowed access to Extended Sick Bank days upon the first day of illness or injury, eliminating a waiting period that currently exists.Fletcher Allen has agreed that its health care benefits contributions for part-time nurses will remain at 60%, with employees paying 40%.The current contract had called for a reduction of this benefit.These new initiatives are intended to build on several other ongoing efforts already underway to help foster a work environment that ensures nurse retention. Ongoing initiatives are targeting the following areas:Facilitating the involvement of staff nurses in decision-making across the organization.Facilitating career development of nurses from the novice to expert level.Development of an enhanced “preceptor” or mentoring program to orient nurses new to the organization.Enhancing management education to ensure managers are skilled in creating a nursing environment that is supportive of nursing practice.Financial IncentivesFletcher Allen will offer the following financial incentives as part of its recruitment program. All sign-on bonuses will be offered in two payments: half at 90 days and the remaining half after one year, with a required commitment of two years.Financial Incentives for Employees Who Refer Nurses to Fletcher AllenFletcher Allen will offer the following financial incentives to current employees who refer new nurses to the organization:$1,000 payment to employees who refer a part-time nurse to the organization$2,000 payment to employees who refer a full-time nurse to the organization.Financial Incentives for “Per Diem” Nurses Who Increase CommitmentFletcher Allen will offer the following financial incentives to current per diem registered nurses at the organization who step up their commitment to work additional hours.$3,000 bonus for per diem nurses at Fletcher Allen who sign up to work on a part-time basis$6,000 bonus for “per diem” nurses at Fletcher Allen who sign up to work on a full-time basis.Financial Incentives for Part-Time Nurses Who Increase Commitment to Full-TimeFletcher Allen will offer the following financial incentives to current “part-time” registered nurses at the organization who step up their commitment to full-time.$3,000 bonus for “part-time” nurses at Fletcher Allen who sign up to work on a full-time basis.Financial Incentives for Registered Nurses Who Join the OrganizationFletcher Allen will offer the following financial incentives to registered nurses who join the organization:$5,000 payment toward the last semester of college for new graduate nurses who commit to work full-time$6,000 bonus for “traveling” nurses at Fletcher Allen who decide to sign on permanently on a full-time basis with the organization$3,000 bonus for former Fletcher Allen nurses who rejoin the organization on a part-time basis within one year of departure$6,000 bonus for former Fletcher Allen nurses who rejoin the organization on a full-time basis within one year of departure$1,500 sign-on bonus to nurses who join the organization on a part-time basis$3,000 sign-on bonus to nurses who join the organization on a full-time basisFerry Subsidy for all Nurses and all EmployeesFletcher Allen will begin offering a ferry subsidy to all nurses and all of its employees who commute from New York — both current and newly hired
Outside the Jeep, the world is wet, sometimes frozen but mostly just saturated, rarely dry. It’s the Southeast after all. Save for the rhythmic thump of the windshield wipers sliding away the ice, the rain, the wiper fluid rinsing dust from my front and rear windows, I drive in relative quiet. No Sirius XM. No podcast. No phone call coming through on Bluetooth. Just the swish of wipers moving up, then down, then up again. Steady and smooth, they stay true like a metronome, be there drizzle or downpour.Palm trees pass by my window. Then golden maple leaves rimmed in the ruby red of fall. Then evergreens, their limbs limp from the heavy snow that dumps from a clouded sky. Occasionally, there are skyscrapers, too, and then that lush and wooded world turns to a concrete jungle filled with reds and greens and golds of a different nature. Static, then blinking. Brake lights. Traffic lights. Streetlights.It’s never the same. A constant blur of landscape and cityscapes careening past by day, stealthily sliding by at night. With camper in tow, my eyes flit from rear view mirror to side view mirror then back again.Today, there’s no weather to contend with, no traffic to sit through. It’s a nearly cloudless summer day. The setting sun blazes against the pavement. With the push of one, two buttons, the air conditioning is off, the windows are down. The warmth of the sun fills the interior, the rush of wind tousling my hair. I plug an auxiliary cord into my iPhone. Spotify. Talking Heads. Road to Nowhere. Speakers, six of them, hum during the chorus.I’m going somewhere, of course, headed south toward the coast of the Carolinas, but David Bryne’s words ring loud and clear.Maybe you wonder where you are. I don’t care. Here is where time is on our side. Take you there. Take you there.I adjust the side view mirror away from the sun’s glare. The yellow dotted line ticks by in rhythm with the whizzing reflections of fence posts lining the carless road. In the air is a hint of freshly cut hay, a dash of cooked concrete.A pinkish-orange hue fills the sky beyond my windshield. The few clouds hanging lazily on the horizon are a deep indigo, their edges bleeding fiery crimson. Behind me, the sun showers the road ahead in a golden light.It’s a sight worthy enough of a desktop screensaver, a college dorm room poster with a cliché quote—Not all who wander are lost. I think of my job and balancing the extremes of long hours behind the computer, followed by long hours alone with car and camper (The Rigsbys) as my sole companions.Life on the road isn’t for everyone. At times I’ve wondered if it’s even for me. But when I’m feeling lonely, or I’ve made a wrong turn, lost a headlamp for the umpteenth time to the folds of my backseat, it’s moments like these, when it’s just me and the open road, that draw me to the bend up ahead. Gripping the Jeep’s steering wheel doesn’t just feel powerful. It feels like possibility.
Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start LOS ANGELES — Two months after moving to the bullpen, Julio Urias will make a spot start on Thursday against the San Francisco Giants.The Dodgers are currently in a stretch of 18 days between off days and play on 24 of the final 25 days before the All-Star break. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the move is motivated by a desire to give each of their starting pitchers an extra day of rest between outings during this stretch.But there is another benefit to one of those starters. Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu had been lined up to start the final game before the All-Star break, thus making him ineligible to pitch in the All-Star Game. With no other changes before then (and taking into account an off day on July 1), Ryu is scheduled to start July 3 against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium.That would give him five days off before a potential All-Star start. Ryu currently leads the majors with a 1.26 ERA and the National League in WHIP (0.82) with a 9-1 record. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies In the most recent voting update, Bellinger led all players. Muncy (first base), Turner (third base) and Kiké Hernandez (second base) were each fourth in the National League at their positions with injured shortstop Corey Seager third at his. Pederson was seventh among NL outfielders.ALSOMajor League Baseball announced the first of a series of games to be broadcast exclusively on YouTube. The Dodgers’ July 18 game in Philadelphia (a day game starting at 9:30 a.m. PT) is among them. The game will not be available on SportsNet LA and is not subject to blackout restrictions. …David Freese has been dealing with a sore right knee but Roberts said he’s “doing okay” and will be in the starting lineup again Thursday against left-hander Madison Bumgarner. “We’re managing him,” Roberts said. “He’ll play these next two days and then he’ll be down a couple days with some righties.”UP NEXTGiants (LHP Madison Bumgarner, 3-6, 3.87 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Julio Urias, 3-2, 3.05 ERA), Thursday, 7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), 570 AM Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “I think it’s a benefit to all of them, to be quite honest,” said Roberts who, as manager of the NL stars, will name the starting pitcher for the game. “It’s not really to push him off (the Sunday start before) the All-Star Game. We’re not looking out that far. It’s more we just feel the best thing through October is to give these guys an extra day during this stretch.”The Dodgers have made standard practice of giving starting pitchers extra rest whenever possible under president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. Since the start of the 2016 season, the Dodgers’ starting pitcher has had extra rest in 374 of a possible 562 regular-season games (66.5 percent of the time). This season, Dodgers starters have had extra rest in 49 of the first 75 games. That has resulted in the lowest starters’ ERA in the majors this year.Urias made four starts at the beginning of the season with Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill both on the Injured List. When they returned, Urias moved to the bullpen as a way to limit his workload this season (his first full season since major shoulder surgery). Since moving to a relief role, he has made 12 appearances, going 2-1 with three saves and a 2.49 ERA but a decreased strikeout rate.Urias has thrown more than 40 pitches just twice in those 12 relief appearances, topping out at three innings twice. Roberts said Caleb Ferguson will be available to follow him against the Giants. Between them, the two young left-handers should be able “to take down a lot of that game,” Roberts said.“It’s just a matter of how efficient he can be,” Roberts said. “We’ve built him up a little bit. It’s just more of how the game plays out.” Roberts indicated Urias will return to the bullpen following Thursday’s start and not remain in a six-man rotation.“For right now, tomorrow only. But we’ll see,” Roberts said.BALLOT BOXWith Ryu and Cody Bellinger locks for the NL All-Star team, Roberts was asked which other Dodgers he thought were worthy of making the team.“I think there’s a lot of guys,” he said. “You’re looking at the best team in the National League. So logic says we should have the most representatives, for me. I think Clayton should be in the conversation, certainly. I think Kenley (Jansen) should be in the conversation. I think Max Muncy should be in the conversation. I think Justin Turner should be in the conversation. And if you look at production – and we’re not done yet but by the time we get to the All-Star Game, Joc Pederson with his production is kind of going to be a part of it.“There’s a number of guys I feel warrant consideration, real strong consideration.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error