Snarky Puppy‘s new studio album has arrived! Titled, Immigrance, the eight-track album hears the band continuing to explore and create a lush mix of funk, nu jazz, and smooth rock through original, instrumental-based compositions.Related: Purple Party Announces NOLA Late-Night With Prince, Snarky Puppy, Tank And The Bangas, TAB, Motet MembersReleased on Friday via GroundUP Music, the band’s follow-up to 2016’s Culcha Vulcha includes their previously-shared singles, “Xavi” and “Bad Kids to the Back“. Snarky Puppy had actually debuted the new songs from the album live during their performance at their own GroundUP Music Festival in Miami Beach in February.As previously reported, the tracks heard on Immigrance are highlighted by a distinctly different, dark and heavier tone.“This record is largely informed by our travels, and we’re always trying to pass specific ideas through our filter and into our idiom without being disrespectful to the tradition at hand,” bassist Michael League said to go with the album’s announcement back in January. Fans can stream the new album in full via the Spotify player below to decide for themselves!Snarky Puppy – ImmigranceThe band will hit the road for an extensive North American tour to promote their new material beginning on May 10th in Providence, RI, and continuing well into the summer months before wrapping on June 15th with a show in Brooklyn, NY. Fans can head here for tickets and info for all of the band’s upcoming 2019 performances.
The historic Central Jazz Fest of Central City, CO will return in 2019, marking the second edition of the revived event since its hiatus began in 1992. Once again, the event features a number of New Orleans icons and Mardi Gras-style attractions throughout the quaint streets of Central City.On Thursday, Central Jazz Fest expanded their 2019 lineup with the additions of Joey Porter, Tony Hall, Dave Watts, Ian Neville, Woodshed Red, Wes Watkins, The Sweet Lillies, and Venus Cruz. The two-day event also revealed their daily lineups, which you can view below.Newly expanded to two days for 2019, Central Jazz Fest will take place on June 7th and 8th featuring previously announced performances by Dumpstaphunk, The New Mastersounds, George Porter Jr. Runnin Pardners, Melvin Seals and JGB, New Orleans Suspects, Michal Menert Trio, The Jauntee, and The Copper Children in addition to special performances from the NOLA CENTRAL ALL STARS led by Vince Herman and the Color Red Allstars (featuring Eddie Roberts, Jeremy Salken, and Gabriel Mervine and more).Central Jazz Fest takes place in various locations throughout the picturesque mountain town just 40 miles west of Denver, spilling into the downtown streets in addition to venues like Grand Z Casino and the Teller House, where the festival will host open jam sessions for its talented roster of artists.Both GA and VIP ticketing options are available, in addition to hotel packages. For more information, or to grab your tickets, head to the event website here.
For two days this week, a gathering of experts met at Harvard to discuss how to control the spread of tobacco — a lawful product that when used as directed kills half its consumers.By the end of the conference, “Governance of Tobacco in the 21st Century,” a few recommendations for international controls stood out: Consider public health a basic human right, and tobacco promotion a violation of that right. Embed tobacco governance in global trade agreements. Persuade corporations to stop regarding Big Tobacco as a legitimate corporate enterprise, worthy of all trade, legal, and social protections.Also: Tax tobacco revenue at least $200 million a year, and use the money to implement governance. Finally, set a goal to reduce rates of adult smoking prevalence to less than 5 percent by 2048.Each step is “a tiny ripple of hope,” said conference emcee Gregory N. Connolly. “When these ripples gather, they will create a torrent that will take out the biggest tyrant” — a phrase he used for the tobacco industry. Connolly, who helped develop tobacco regulations two decades ago in Massachusetts, is the director of the Center for Global Tobacco Control at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).During the 20th century, tobacco use across the world killed 100 million people. By the end of the 21st, if trends continue, the death toll from tobacco will reach 1 billion.With 250 registrants from 35 countries, the conference at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study drew experts from diverse vantage points, including public health, trade, finance, agriculture, and law. They included representatives from the World Health Organization (a conference co-sponsor, along with HSPH and the Harvard Global Health Institute), the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization.“All the right people are in one room,” said Harvard’s Allan Brandt, a professor of the history of science and the Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine. His landmark cultural and social history, “The Cigarette Century,” appeared in 2007.The conference took place in the context of some grim realities.During the 20th century, tobacco use across the world killed 100 million people. By the end of the 21st, if trends continue, the death toll from tobacco will reach 1 billion.Then there’s the economic cost of coping with tobacco-related diseases, projected at $47 trillion in the next two decades alone. The costs come from lost productivity, premature deaths, and the fact that smokers live in poor health for more years than non-smokers.Tobacco consumption has a disproportionate effect on developing countries, where 82 percent of the world’s 1.1 billion smokers live; where smoking rates rose 18 percent in the last decade (compared with a 10 percent decline in rich nations); and where by 2030 four of five tobacco-related deaths will occur.Meanwhile, experts fear that global free trade agreements expand tobacco markets and give added legal protections to tobacco companies.WHO Director-General Margaret Chan hailed two recent developments: Japan selling its tobacco holdings and Russian President Vladimir Putin proposing tough new tobacco legislation.In the face of the “unprecedented carnage” caused by tobacco, said John Seffrin, CEO of the American Cancer Society, there are only two choices: outlaw the industry or heavily regulate it. In the conference’s strongest words, he added, “We must begin to treat the industry as the unpunished, unrepentant criminals they are.”Seffrin joined a lineup of first-day speakers who together gave a picture of both the victories and the challenges of present-day governance efforts.WHO Director-General Margaret Chan hailed two recent developments: Japan selling its tobacco holdings and Russian President Vladimir Putin proposing tough new tobacco legislation.She also praised what could be the speediest and most efficient engine of tobacco governance: the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), adopted by the United Nations in 2005. It was the first international treaty negotiated by WHO, and the first global treaty “to regulate a product of mass consumption,” she said. One hundred and seventy-six nations are party to the FCTC, accounting for 90 percent of the world’s population.Country by country, regulations to govern tobacco are working, said Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission. Laws have been in place in South Africa since 1993, and have helped reduce the prevalence of smoking — an activity that “has lost its glamour,” she said.Nicola Roxon, the former attorney general and minister of health in Australia, shared the story of her country’s “plain packaging” law for tobacco products, which was passed in 2011 and survived a court challenge in 2012. The resulting cigarette packages are “fairly confronting,” she said — they carry images of tumorous gums and the dying, set off by warnings in big type and on brown packages. “Cigarette packs are no longer alluring, exciting, or colorful.”Australia’s plain packaging — a strategy about to be adopted in New Zealand as well — will test the limits of how far Big Tobacco will go in defending the “intellectual property” of its image, said Roxon, as well as how far non-tobacco companies will go in defending a corner of capitalism that kills so many people.The issue will also test the strength of a strategy commonly used of companies whose products are limited by regulation — that such laws encourage a “nanny state” eager to move on to regulating fast food and other legal products.About 6 million people die each year worldwide from tobacco-related causes, most of them in low-income countries. But European Union (EU) official Bernard Merkel reminded the assembly that about a third of the 500 million citizens in the EU’s 27 nations still smoke. “It’s not an easy business getting prevalence rates down,” he said.Current EU law limits product placement, TV ads, and sponsorship for tobacco products. But new legislation was proposed in December, and if passed would widen strictures, change packaging, ban additives, and confront the issue of electronic cigarettes. Then will come the legal challenges, said Merkel.Good science about the efficacy of governance programs remains a necessity — and the results robustly show that regulations work, said economist and physician Jeffrey E. Harris, a smoking and health researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He offered parallel data sets from programs in Massachusetts and Uruguay. In both places, following programs to govern tobacco, smoking rates declined. There is also some evidence to support related declines in rates of heart and respiratory disease.All of these messages will get out to the world, said conference organizer Monique Bertic, project director at the Center for Global Tobacco Control. A Harvard monograph is expected by this summer, and will be widely distributed in print and electronically.
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageJAMESTOWN – The National Weather Service in Buffalo issued a High Wind Watch for Chautauqua County effective from Monday morning to Monday evening.Forecasters say winds will blow from the Southwest at 25 to 35 m.p.h. with gusts up to 60 m.p.h. possible.Officials warn that damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines.Widespread power outages are possible, and travel could be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. For updates, download the WNYNewsNow Mobile App on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.Viewers can submit weather photos and videos via email (NewsDesk@WNYNewsNow.com) or on social media.
By Dialogo April 21, 2011 In the heart of San Salvador’s Parque Cuscutlán, the solemn Monumento a los Desparecidos [Monument to the Disappeared] bears the names of over 25,000 victims of El Salvador’s long-running civil war. The 85-meter wall of black granite stands as a stark reminder of this country’s violent past. “We come here every year on November 11, the day of the offensive, and also on November 2, the day of the dead,” said Carolina Solis, a middle-aged woman and staunch supporter of the Frente Farabundo Martí de Liberación Nacional (FMLN), the leftist rebel group whose successors are today running El Salvador. Solis was here to honor the memory of her brother, Edwin Omar Solis. The FMLN guerrilla was only 17 when he was killed in a 1989 battle in Nanastepeque, a tiny village in the department of Cabañas. Yet the country has made tremendous strides since then. A peace treaty in 1992 ended the 13-year civil war, which killed an estimated 75,000 people and created millions of refugees. The economy eventually rebounded, and in 2009, former journalist who became a member of the FMLN Mauricio Funes became president, defeating Rodrigo Avila of the Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA) in balloting widely deemed to be free and fair. It marked the first time in 20 years ARENA had lost an election. On June 5, El Salvador will host the 41st General Assembly of the Organization of American States. The theme of the three-day gathering is “Citizen Security in the Americas,” coming little more than two months after the historic visit of U.S. President Barack Obama, who pledged $200 million to help El Salvador fight drug trafficking and gang violence. El Salvador’s minister of defense, David Mungía Payés, told journalists that the struggle waged by Mexican authorities to combat drug trafficking in that country poses one of Central America’s gravest threats.” “As you press on the north, the cartels strategically move south into Central America. The presence of the Los Zetas drug cartel in Guatemala is serious, and they are also in Honduras now,” he said at a recent press conference in San Salvador. In December, the government of Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom declared a state of siege in the department of Alta Verapaz, where Zeta smugglers have turned the area, near the border with Mexico, into a center of operations. Mungía Payés, underlining the gravity of the situation for all of Central America, warned that “Honduras has become the main route for drug traffickers” because the ongoing political crisis in that country “has led the Honduran government to focus more on political issues than security issues.” No wonder, then, that “citizen security” is the theme of the OAS General Assembly to take place in San Salvador. “Your choice of topic speaks of your understanding of what is important to the Americas,” said Albert Ramdin, assistant secretary general of the OAS, during a recent meeting in Washington with El Salvador’s foreign minister, Hugo Martínez. “Security and development are both issues of main concern for our people, and therefore the eyes of the world will be on El Salvador during the first week of June.” Ramdin added that “we should be proud that a country like El Salvador — a relatively small country but an important member of the OAS — makes itself available to host such a meeting, with all the costs it implies.” For his part, Martínez reaffirmed his country’s willingness “to strengthen the hemisphere and take concrete actions that benefit the peoples of the Americas, especially in an area that is very sensitive, such as security.” These days, El Salvador’s biggest problem is not political violence but rather rampant violence caused by drug traffickers that have terrorized the region. Even so, Funes —despite a struggling economy and rising crime — is still backed by some 79% of voters, making him Latin America’s most popular leader. One of those Salvadorans who support Funes is businessman Eduardo Quiñónez Caminos, a director at real-estate developer Grupo Agrisal. “This is the first time we have a leftist conservative government,” said Quiñonez, whose company owns the Crowne Plaza Hotel, official venue of the upcoming OAS meeting. “Most people expected a Marxist-Leninist approach to government after the FMLN came to power. But this president has proven that he’s not so left-wing. He’s more of a centrist, and he has the biggest popularity ratings of any president we’ve had in the past 20 years.” Asked what the biggest obstacle to doing business in El Salvador, Quiñonez replied “security” without any hesitation. “Our crime rates are still very high, and there’s a big problem with the maras [gangs],” he said. “The government is heading in the right direction with these issues, but of course it takes time to fight crime. Everybody feels threatened.” El Salvador — with the collaboration of the other Central American countries and the United States — is organizing an international conference directly after the OAS General Assembly to focus on regional security, Martínez said. The meeting will address issues such as finance, technology and cooperation in aviation and maritime patrols to intercept drug traffickers. “The U.S. has a specific vision for Central America. Before, this whole area was seen within the context of Plan Mérida, and Central America was diluted,” he explained. “We’ve always told them that if there’s a Plan Colombia in the south and a Plan Mérida in the north, then the pressure from both sides would push all the narcotraffickers towards the center.” The result has been a U.S. program called the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). Yet since that program’s establishment in 2008, funds allotted to CARSI’s seven members amount to around $260 million — less than one-fourth of Mexico’s share of counternarcotics assistance. The irony is that Central American nations have confiscated more than three times as much cocaine as confiscated in Mexico — about 100 metric tons per year. And the northern half of the isthmus, comprising Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, is now the most violent region in the world outside of active war zones. “We don’t only want to punish criminals, we also want a social development plan,” said Martínez. “Even though we must combat crime with all our strength, we must also generate opportunities for the new generation. If we don’t, they will become the perfect targets for criminals.”
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Starting Jan. 1, 2016, federal credit unions will not be subject to the current 5% cap on fixed assets. That rule, along with a final rule involving shifting the stress test and capital planning schedules, were approved by the National Credit Union Administration board Thursday.The new fixed-assets final rule not only will remove the 5% threshold, it will also eliminate a waiver process, and establish a six-year time period for partial occupancy of premises.“We’re pleased the NCUA board listened to CUNA and credit unions by removing the 5% fixed-assets threshold,” said Jim Nussle, president/CEO of CUNA. “CUNA has long advocated for this change which will allow credit unions more flexibility in deploying resources to benefit their members. However, we will not have a complete picture of the true regulatory relief until NCUA provides credit unions with guidance.”The NCUA’s Office of Examination and Insurance has drafted a supervisory letter that will provide guidance to examiners to address safety and soundness compliance.“This supervisory guidance will not only help with ensuring examination consistency, it will provide exam scoping policies and procedures and expectations for safe and sound fixed asset management,” said D. Scott Neat, director of the NCUA’s Division of Supervision. “It will be provided prior to the rule’s effective date, likely sometime in September.” continue reading »
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr At TransUnion, we believe that consumer access to multiple credit scores is key to expanding economic inclusivity. Earlier this year, we looked at how the use of additional credit scoring models in the mortgage market could address unequal lending access among disparate economic and ethnic groups. We also examined the explosion of consumer engagement with a variety of credit scores via direct financial institution relationships, freemium sites and the credit reporting agencies (CRAs), ushering in a new era of consumer credit-savvy and empowerment.These developments are generating exciting innovations in credit scoring, with the potential to help more individuals and families gain access to capital and improve their standards of living. One of the more promising movements is the incorporation of trended data into credit scores. Trended data, also known as historical or time-series data, illustrates more than a view of consumer debt at a single point in time. By using trended credit data, lenders can incorporate up to 30 months of account history on loans and credit accounts, exposing patterns that can help them make better-informed decisions.For example, the VantageScore 4.0 credit score leverages historical credit data like changes in balances and actual payment amounts. This information allows lenders to see, for example, whether a consumer is paying off credit cards each month or carrying a balance — and whether that monthly balance is trending downward or upward. VantageScore 4.0 credit score also offers solutions to three specific challenges that traditional models present to lenders and consumers alike: continue reading »
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Trump said earlier this week that voters could use a mail-in vote — which he has slammed as a ruse to rig the election against him — and then also cast a vote at a polling station as a guarantee, with officials left to decide which of the ballots to count.The president has repeatedly raised doubt over whether he would accept defeat in November’s election, charging that his Democrat Party opponents are doing all they can to fix the outcome.Relations between Trump and the German government have become increasingly strained over a whole series of issues, especially defence spending, leaving the traditionally strong allies drifting further apart.Topics : German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Sunday that an “unscrupulous” President Donald Trump was trying to sow doubt about the US presidential election by urging his supporters to vote twice, which is illegal.”We owe an incredible number of things to the United States and the country remains one of our closest partners but… it is disturbing to see that an American president thinks he might need such” a move, Maas told Sunday’s Bild, Germany’s top selling daily.”I have confidence that Americans’ good sense will scupper this unscrupulous effort to sow doubt on the validity of the election with the later aim, probably, of not accepting defeat,” he added.
Governor Wolf Signs Fair Funding Formula, Renews Call To Restore Funding June 02, 2016 Bill Signing, Education, Press Release, Results, Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 1552 into law, which establishes a fair funding formula and provides emergency funds for two of the commonwealth’s financially distressed school districts. Governor Wolf also called for new funding to help restore equity to Pennsylvania public school districts.“Prior to today, Pennsylvania was one of only three states in the nation without a fair funding formula,” said Governor Wolf. “Following great work by the Basic Education Funding Commission, the commonwealth finally has a permanent formula for the distribution of basic education funding that takes into account each district’s unique needs.”“I look forward to continuing to work with leaders in the coming weeks to further address our challenges and reach agreement on a budget that is balanced, fixes the deficit and further invests in education at all levels,” Governor Wolf continued. “We still have a lot of work to do in order to restore funding, but we are now closer to resolving the inequity in Pennsylvania’s school funding distribution.”House Bill 1552, now Act 35, establishes a fair, equitable formula for allocating new state funds to Pennsylvania schools.The Basic Education Funding (BEF) Formula accounts for district based factors including the wealth of the district, the district’s current tax effort, and the ability of the district to raise revenue. It also includes student-based factors like:Number of children in the district who live in poverty,Number of children enrolled in charter schools, andNumber of children who are English language learners.The BEF Formula was created and unanimously adopted by the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission in June 2015. Having a formula in place will assure school districts that new funding will be distributed equitably and investments in education will no longer be determined by the influence of one legislator over another.Governor Wolf is seeking additional education funding in the 2016-17 budget, which would be distributed using the new BEF Formula. The 2015-16 budget included a $200 million increase in Basic Education Funding that will be distributed using the Fair Funding Formula.This increase, along with the new funding formula, will continue to restore Pennsylvania schools from the deep cuts of 2011. This will also help to ensure that all students are getting equitable access to a quality public education.In addition to enacting a fair funding formula, Act 35 contains emergency funding for two financially distressed school districts in the commonwealth. Wilkinsburg in Allegheny County will receive $3 million and Chester Upland in Delaware County will receive $12 million, with each amount being applied to the districts’ base funding moving forward.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter