Kamasi Washington, St. Vincent, More Perform On ‘Later… With Jools Holland’ [Watch]

first_img[Videos: BBC Music][H/T CoS] On the latest episode of BBC2’s Later… with Jools Holland, the show welcomed a variety of musical guests to deliver their newest tunes to the British television audience, including St. Vincent, Kamasi Washington, Christine and the Queens, and James.St. Vincent performed “Fast Slow Disco”, a recently reworked version of the MASSEDUCTION song “Slow Disco” to headline the show. Kamasi Washington, who the show described as the “jazz king,” performed “Fists of Fury”, one of his latest releases from his upcoming double album, titled Heaven And Earth—the album is slated for release on Friday, June 22nd. The nearly 10-minute composition, which was written as a rearrangement to the title song of Bruce Lee‘s classic film Fist of Fury, was cut down to 4:14 minutes.Christine and the Queens also guested on the television show, where they performed “Girlfriend”, her first new single since 2015. British alternative rock band James also performed a pair of songs, “Better Than That” from their upcoming EP and their 1990 single “Sit Down”.Watch all four groups perform on the Later… with Jools Holland below.last_img read more

Ken Burns offers preview of ‘Central Park Five’ at HLS

first_imgThis week, PBS will air “The Central Park Five,” a new documentary by award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, which tells the story of five black and Latino teenagers who were wrongly convicted of raping and beating a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. Convicted as teenagers, the five defendants spent between six and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist admitted to the crime and their convictions were overturned.At HLS on March 12, Burns and his co-producers, Sarah Burns and David McMahon, joined Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree and two Central Park Five members for a film screening and panel discussion. The event was co-sponsored by Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, the Prison Studies Project and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.After the screening, Ogletree moderated a discussion with the filmmakers and Central Park Five members Raymond Santana and Kevin Richardson. “I think we set out to try to answer two questions: how could something like this happen, and who were these five?” said Burns.Read more about the screening and watch a video of the panel on the Harvard Law School website. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Culturalist Challenge! Which Stud Should Star in the Magic Mike Musical?

first_img View Comments The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and rank your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. We’ll announce the most popular choices on the new episode of The Broadway.com Show every Wednesday.Last week, in honor of Pride Week in New York City, we asked you to rank your favorite LGBTQ characters in musicals. The results are in, and Angel from Rent came out on top! This week, we’ve been counting down the days until Magic Mike XXL hits theaters on July 1. A Magic Mike musical is currently in the works, and it’s getting us even more excited to find out which Broadway hunk would strip down as Mike on stage. Broadway.com Features Editor Lindsay Champion posted her list of top 10 picks here!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button. (If you don’t have a Culturalist, you will be asked to create one at this point.)Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the next episode of The Broadway.com Show!last_img read more

Weekend Pick: Snowshoe Mountain Resort Demo Days

first_imgSki season is in full swing here on the East Coast with a cold front providing great temps for snow making and even the possibility of a little natural white stuff coming down later this week. Skiing and snowboarding is great  really great, but there are significant hurdles to overcome to get on the slopes. One of the biggest being the price of admission. Lift tickets don’t come cheap, and then you have to buy or rent equipment, have the proper apparel, etc. The price tag can roll up pretty quickly. If you go skiing a lot, or even just once or twice every winter, it pays to have a set of your own gear. Boots fit snugger, skis stay sharper, and one is just way more comfortable on the slopes riding their own boards. Plus, if you aren’t out there every day, a solid set of boots and boards will last you a good long while, decades even with the way they make stuff these days. But that’s a big investment and you want to make the right decisions for your skill level, aggression, terrain, etc.So, how do you do it?You go to Snowshoe Mountain Resort Demo Days. Snowshoe will host the biggest names in the snowsports industry this weekend to provide free demos of their latest and greatest gear. Techs will be on hand to custom fit you, make suggestions on what you should be looking for, and helping you get into some new gear. If you are looking for a new set of skis or a new snowboard, or are just trying to get an idea of what you should be looking for in the equipment you use, don’t miss this opportunity to pick the brains of the guys and gals that know everything there is to know about skis, boards, boots, and bindings. This is also a great chance to do some holiday shopping reconnoissance for that special shredder in your life.Demo Days will be happening on Saturday and Sunday, December 14-15, and all you need to participate is a photo ID and a regular lift ticket. If you are an experienced skier looking to step up your game or a novice just seeing what’s out there, this event is not to be missed.See you on the slopes!last_img read more

Historic Perú cocaine seizure even larger than initial estimate

first_img Perú seized 7.6 tons of cocaine last week – more than two tons more than initial reports. “This is the largest drug seizure ever in Perú. It’s historic,” Interior Minister Daniel Urresti said. The final tally, pricing the haul at more than US$300 million, places the seizure well above the already record-breaking six tons originally reported. The cocaine was found stashed in a shipment of coal in the city of Trujillo and was expected to be trafficked to Spain and Belgium. Officials said the cocaine belonged to a Mexican cartel in the Andean nation and didn’t name the organization publically. Vicente Romero, the head of the Anti-Narcotics Division of Perú’s National Police, said the bust culminated a six-week operation that included the help of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The seizure represents a major step in Perú’s counter-narcotics fight, as the country supplanted Colombia as the world’s leading cocaine-producing nation. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) 2012 Crop Monitoring Report, Perú is home to 13 regions encompassing 60,400 hectares that grow coca, which is the main ingredient used to produce cocaine. Authorities seized 2,200 metric tons of precursor chemicals bound for coca-growing regions, Romero said. The confiscated chemicals, combined with the coca crops that were destroyed, prevented at least 190 metric tons of cocaine from being produced, according to the National Commission for a Drug-Free Life (DEVIDA). Ninety-three percent of the country’s coca crops are used for the drug trade, with the remaining plants used for traditional consumption and industrial use, according to DEVIDA. So far this year, the Peruvian government was more than half way to reaching its goal of eradicating 30,000 hectares of illegal coca crops in 2014, according to DEVIDA. Major narco-trafficker arrest in Colombia Meanwhile, Colombian authorities arrested alleged international narco-trafficker Óscar Antonio Berrocal, a Costa Rican charged with trafficking cocaine shipments to the United States while working for Mexico’s ruthless Sinaloa Cartel. “In Colombia, there is a valid order for his arrest and extradition [to the U.S.],” Colombian migration officials said in a prepared statement. Berrocal – who goes by the aliases “Charlie,” “the Chef,” “Finquero” and “Rolex” – was taken into custody in Bogotá on Aug. 28. Colombia is one of the world’s largest producers of cocaine, manufacturing about 290 tons of it annually, according to the UNODC. The arrest of Berrocal, 52, continued Colombia’s string of recent successes. Berrocal was apprehended three days after security agents seized 40 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a shipment of coal on a Liberian-flagged ship in the port municipality of Ciénaga, the Colombian Navy said. Colombia’s Coast Guard Station Santa Marta and the Magdalena’s Technical Investigation Corps Prosecutors Office executed the interdiction. The ship, the “Ping May,” had arrived from England and was bound for the Netherlands when agents found 40 packages of cocaine. “The operation was developed by strengthening units and port controls by the Navy, which in this specific case allowed to conduct research in coordination with the CTI, establishing the cargo ship was contaminated,” the Colombian Navy said in a prepared statement.center_img By Dialogo September 02, 2014last_img read more

Suffolk Passes Gun Control Aimed at Mentally Ill

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County legislators unanimously approved legislation Tuesday that aims to prevent people with documented psychiatric issues from getting their hands on guns.The bill requires law enforcement agencies to check Suffolk County’s pistol license registries for the names of the people involuntarily taken to Stony Brook University’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) for mental health treatment.“An involuntary transport to a psychiatric emergency room should be a red flag of an individual’s mental state,” said Legis. Kara Hahn (D-Setauket). “This is a common sense measure that moves us toward the goal of keeping guns from individuals too unstable to have access to such a weapon.”The move comes two months after New York State lawmakers approved new gun control legislation aimed at preventing mass shootings such as those at a Connecticut school and a Colorado theater last year. Congress is also debating new control measures.Suffolk County Police Commissioner Edward Webber said he implemented the idea when Hahn brought it to his attention and that he supported codifying the procedure to require the checks by law, which extends to the five East End towns beyond the police district.Nearly 3,000 people are taken to CPEP annually for mental health evaluations. Those taken there involuntarily have been deemed by police to be a potential threat to themselves or others.Anyone taken to the unit whose name and address match information in the pistol license registries will be investigated by the respective pistol licensing bureau, which will make a decision regarding suspension or revocation of the person’s license.Hahn said the measure puts the task on police, which is different than a provision in the new state law requiring mental health providers report to authorities when they have knowledge that a person is likely to harm themselves or others.She added that police already refer names to pistol licensing bureaus that come up in domestic violence-related calls.The bill now goes to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.last_img read more

CFPB appropriations, tax reform proposals on tap this week

first_imgBoth chambers of Congress are in session this week, and CUNA will be following a few hearings, votes and a markup of regulatory relief legislation. Potential tax reform, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) funding and Dodd-Frank Act changes are all on CUNA’s radar this week.The House Financial Services Committee will mark up two bills Wednesday, starting at 10 a.m. (ET). One bill is the CUNA-supported Taking Account of Bureaucrats’ Spending Act (H.R. 1486). The bill, introduced by Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.), would place the CFPB under the appropriations process.“Since the inception of the bureau, CUNA has held the position that the most appropriate funding scheme for a consumer bureau would be through the appropriations process,” said Ryan Donovan, CUNA’s chief advocacy officer. “We support the legislation because it not only gives Congress more oversight over the bureau, but it would also incentivize the bureau to focus its attention on the abusers of consumers.”CUNA sent a letter supporting H.R. 1486 Monday, with CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle thanking Barr for his legislation, saying it is “a step in the right direction toward ensuring that credit unions and other small financial institutions do not pay for the misdeeds of other entities through additional regulatory burden.” continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

6 steps for detecting and preventing synthetic ID fraud

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » In our last post, we overviewed the different kinds of synthetic identification fraud and their impacts. Synthetic IDs are easy for fraudsters to create—they make quick money and access services for which they will never pay because their identity remains concealed. A record of a home address or fictitious lease agreement, water or electric utilities can be ordered for a vacant address under the false ID. The fraudster will then take one of these bills to their financial institution as proof of residence in order to open accounts, typically credit accounts or loan products. By providing the necessary documentation, they pass the usual first line of defense identity checks, and begin making purchases on these fraudulent lines of credit. So, how do you prevent your credit union from falling victim to these fraudsters?Often, it’s the most simple and pragmatic identity checks that can help prevent or minimize your losses. It starts with close collaboration among your risk officers, front-line operations, collections, and credit operations units. Follow these six steps to detect and prevent synthetic ID fraud.last_img read more

COVID-19: Credit union industry resources & information

first_imgAllied SolutionsCFPBCO-OP Financial ServicesCornerstone AdvisorsCUESCUNA & AACULCUNA Mutual GroupDCUCFederal ReserveFilene Research InstituteFinancial Health NetworkGallagherInclusivJMFALucro Commercial SolutionsNAFCUNASCUSNational Credit Union FoundationNCUAOn The Mark StrategiesPSCUSWBCTransUnionTrellanceTwoScoreVelocity SolutionsWOCCUClick here for the latest #coronavirus news from CUInsight! Last updated: August 11, 2020CUInsight has always connected the credit union community to news, content, opinion, press, career opportunities, events, trusted partners, and each other. Now, during these challenging days, we are also compiling a comprehensive list for you of resources and information from across the industry and the globe on the COVID-19 situation. Together, we can continue to keep the credit union industry strong, improving the lives of countless members in this difficult time.Health resource pagesCenter for Disease ControlCoronavirus.govJohn Hopkins Coronavirus Interactive MapWorld Health OrganizationIndustry resource pages*To add resources to this list, please reach out to us.  3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Kuru study implies risk of waves of vCJD cases

first_img The authors state that because of the genetic basis for vCJD susceptibility, the cases identified so far may represent people who are genetically predisposed to have the shortest incubation period. “Because of the powerful genetic effects on incubation period in laboratory animals, vCJD patients identified could represent a distinct genetic subpopulation that has an unusually short incubation period of BSE prions,” they write. Jun 29, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Current estimates of how many people could die of variant Creutzfeld-Jakob disease (vCJD) may be too low, because the disorder may have a prolonged incubation time in some people, according to a study of a related disease published in the Jun 24 issue of The Lancet. Aug 13, 2004, CIDRAP News article “Study implies many more vCJD cases may emerge in UK” The analysis of disease onset dates revealed that the minimum estimated incubation period for kuru among these patients was between 34 and 41 years. The likely incubation times in men were between 39 and 56 years and could have been up to 7 years longer, according to the report. Kuru is thought to have an average incubation time of 12 years, based on data from more than 2,700 kuru cases occurring after 1957. The authors also point out that animal studies show a prolongation of incubation time in cross-species transmission of spongiform encephalopathies. A human epidemic, they say, will be difficult to model accurately until modifier genes are identified and their frequencies in the population are known. The authors of the study, John Collinge of University College London and colleagues, report on some kuru victims in whom the disease incubation period was several decades. They suggest that the same could be true for vCJD, which implies that the cases seen since the disease emerged in the 1990s may be only a fraction of the ultimate toll. Kuru occurred among the Fore until Australian territorial authorities outlawed ritual cannibalism in the late 1950s. Once the practice was banned, the number of cases of kuru declined sharply. See also: The investigators suggest that the vCJD epidemic may be multiphasic and that recent estimates of its size, based on an assumption of uniform genetic susceptibility, could be substantial underestimations. Implications for vCJD and dissenting viewsThe study may have implications for individuals who have eaten BSE-infected beef and are at risk for vCJD. The disease’s incubation period is unknown. After vCJD emerged in the United Kingdom in 1996, some experts estimated that more than 100,000 cases could eventually occur among the millions of people at risk. But only about 160 cases of vCJD have been detected in the UK to date, and the early estimates were sharply reduced. Collinge J, Whitfield J, McKintosh E, et al. Kuru in the 21st century—an acquired human prion disease with very long incubation periods. Lancet 2006 Jun 24;367(9528):2068-74 [Abstract]center_img The Times also quoted several other dissenting experts, including Dr Richard T. Johnson, a Johns Hopkins University microbiologist; Dr Robert Klitzman, a Columbia University psychiatrist who wrote a book about kuru; and Dr Eugene O. Major, acting director of basic neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health. They observed that kuru is a human disease and that human-to-human transmission is more efficient than cross-species transmission such as cow-to-human, as occurs with vCJD. DNA analysis of the prion protein gene (PRNP) from 10 of 11 patients showed that 8 of the patients were heterozygous at polymorphic codon 129, a pattern associated with extended incubation periods and resistance to prion diseases. This distribution pattern was not significantly different from that of 140 normal South Fore members who were used as a comparison group, however. The authors speculated that current kuru cases might be used to assess the disorder’s incubation time. By studying individuals who developed kuru long after cannibalism had been prohibited, the investigators sought to provide a better estimate of the BSE-like disease’s incubation period. Not all experts agree with the expectation of many more cases of vCJD. A New York Times article describing the study quoted one prion expert, Dr David Westaway of the University of Toronto, as saying, “That’s a provocative conclusion, but I am not sure it’s totally plausible.” Cultural practices among the Fore dictate that boys be separated from their mothers at the age of 6 to 8 years and sent to live with the men of the tribe, according to the article. The boys were exposed to the same risk as men from that time onward. Because men did not participate in ritual cannibalism or eat brain, the most infectious tissue, this event provided a baseline estimate of the incubation period, according to the authors. Other genes analyzed included those implicated in long incubation periods in human prion diseases. These genes’ distribution was also not significantly different from frequencies among the healthy South Fore. The authors of the study acknowledge, however, that the number of affected patients represented a small sample size for comparisons. Variant CJD is a prion disease linked to eating meat infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. The Lancet report deals with kuru, another human prion disorder, which arose from cannibalistic funerary practices among the Fore tribe in Papua, New Guinea. Jun 12, 2006, CIDRAP News article “Study implies broader risk for vCJD in UK” The scientists identified 7 men and 4 women in the South Fore tribe who were born between 1933 and 1949 and fell ill with kuru between 1996 and 2004. All of the patients were born before cannibalism had been outlawed and had been exposed to the practice. Four female patients had died within 1 to 2 years after disease onset between the ages of 49 and 58 years. The age of onset among affected males was between 46 and 62.last_img read more