Celebrate Q-Tip From A Tribe Called Quest’s 47th Birthday With These Performances

first_imgWith Jack White at MSG, “Excursions,” 2015 Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest turns 47 today. Born on April 10th, 1970, the celebrated artist has topped out many lists of best MCs and producers, solidifying him as a tour de force in the hip-hop world. Q-Tip both as a solo artist and during his time with Tribe has continued to innovate and push boundaries. Most recently, he was appointed in March as the Kennedy Center’s first artistic director for hip-hop culture, where he is responsible for curating hip-hop related programming for the arts center.You can check out a handful of performances by the MC below, to honor this legendary lyricist on his birthday.A Tribe Called Quest, “Can I Kick It?” 1998With Busta Rhymes, “Scenario,” 2008A Tribe Called Quest Medley, 2008“Bonita Applebum,” 2013last_img read more

PHOTOS: The Motet Members Join Both Disco Biscuits & TAUK On Dominican Holidaze Day 2

first_imgLoad remaining images Dominican Holidaze | Day 2 | 12/2/17 | Photos: Josh Timmermans Load remaining images Dominican Holidaze | Day 2 | 12/2/17 | Photos: Dave Vann Yesterday, Cloud 9‘s annual tropical destination event Dominican Holidaze continued with another jam-packed day of music and general sun-soaked shenanigans. First, Wolf + Lamb got the day started with a  poolside set, before the Main Stage schedule opened up with a daytime set from Umphrey’s McGee. Lotus was up next, followed by GRiZ and The Disco Biscuits, who were joined by The Motet‘s horn section (Gabe Mervine and Drew Sayers) for a cover of David Bowie‘s party classic “Let’s Dance”.The Disco Biscuits – Dominican Holidaze – Breathless & Now Onyx Resorts – 12/2/17 – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – Photo © Dave Vann 2017Finally, TAUK closed out the night with a late-night set at the Onyx Theater, which also got a spike of funk when they were joined by Motet’s horns, guitarist (Ryan Jalbert) and vocalist (Lyle Divinsky) for a high-energy sit-in.[Photo: Josh Timmermans]PHOTOS: Dominican Holidaze Kicks Off With Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, The Motet, GRiZIn between the sets, fans are encouraged to explore the Breathless Resort & Spa and neighboring Now Onyx all-inclusive experiences (like musical bingo with GRiZ and Muzzy Bearr), with endless pools, fine dining, and beachfront activities. With the main stage in the sand, and DJ sets in the pools, it doesn’t get much better than celebrating the holidays with Dominican Holidaze..Brendan Bayliss of UM will kick off Sunday’s lineup with a poolside set, and STS9 will follow with an afternoon set at the Main Stage. Next, the Disco Biscuits and Umphrey’s McGee will both play full three-hour performances, after which Spafford will keep the jams going late into the night. Finally, on Monday, December 4th, DJ Naysayers (a.k.a. The Motet saxophonist Drew Sayers) will kick off day four with a poolside set, followed by and afternoon Disco Biscuits performance, full three-hour shows from STS9 and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and a late-night by Wolf + Lamb.Below, you can view breathtaking photos from day two of Dominican Holidaze 2018, courtesy of Dave Vann of Dave Vann Live Music Photography and Josh Timmermans of Noble Visions.last_img read more

Winter Break recharge

first_imgFor many undergraduates, Winter Break (Dec. 22-Jan. 23) will be a welcome opportunity to recharge after the fall semester. At the same time, students looking for something to do between semesters will find plenty of exciting activities offered by Harvard and its alumni, on and off campus.“Winter Break is a time for students to explore experiences they might not have during the semester — whether that’s looking at careers, performing public service, or simply having the opportunity to learn about something outside of their concentration,” says Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds.Students who want a glimpse of life after college can shadow the head of Fox Music in Los Angeles for a day, meet alumni who work in international relations in Taiwan, or participate in another of the dozens of unpaid externships set up by Harvard alumni. The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) hopes to offer more than a hundred of these experiences during Winter Break, as well as a global networking night on Jan. 13 for students and alumni around the world. More information is available in the Crimson Careers area on the Office of Career Services (OCS) website.Nancy Saunders, associate director of career services for employer relations and internships, says that OCS will offer a full slate of services and activities to undergraduates during Winter Break.“Although the College will not reopen to students until Jan. 16, OCS will offer appointments either in person or by phone beginning Jan. 3,” she says. “Winter Break is a great time to prepare for the internship search, to get your resume in top shape, and to sharpen your interview skills.”Saunders says that students may also explore different careers through a number of daylong “treks” in New York and Washington, D.C., in addition to the popular weeklong “Harvardwood” arts, entertainment, and media trek in Los Angeles.“The treks are open to all undergraduates,” she says. “Many of our students live in or near these cities or can get there by reasonably priced transportation.”The one-day treks — on Jan. 13 and 14 — will include retail and fashion-themed trips to Bloomingdale’s and Ralph Lauren Polo; arts and publishing-themed visits to Lincoln Center and a prominent New York publishing house; and visits to the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Department of Education. Enrollment for each trip will be limited to 20 students and will cost $20, not including travel to and from the host city. Pre-registration for treks opens on Nov. 15.Not all undergraduates will head home for Winter Break. A small group of students who have a demonstrated need to be on campus — varsity athletes, senior thesis writers, lab researchers, and international students who are upperclassmen — will remain at Harvard. The College received 1,375 requests to remain in residence this year, and approved nearly 1,300 of them.Houses and dorms officially reopen to all undergraduates at 9 a.m. on Jan. 16, eight days before the beginning of spring semester. That time will be crammed with programming for both students and faculty, as part of the College’s new Optional Winter Activities Week (OWAW).“Winter Break is a chance for students to get out of Cambridge,” says Erin Goodman, manager of Winter Break operations for the College. “With OWAW, students can also do things on campus that they would not otherwise be able to do during the semester.”OWAW programming will be as diverse as students’ interests — from intensive arts workshops to seminars on writing a summer grant application, learning a language, and making sushi. Paul J. McLoughlin II, associate dean of Harvard College and senior adviser to the dean of the College, says that the administration wants to see what type of programming might be possible between terms.“We’re taking our cues from students,” says McLoughlin. “The activities they propose and their level of participation for OWAW will tell us a lot about what kind of programming they want during Winter Break — and how to structure future Winter Break periods.”The Undergraduate Council (UC) will fund many student-led programs, but proposals that do not require funding may be entered into the OWAW online portal at any time and will automatically appear on the Harvard Events calendar. Each event should list a contact and be cost-neutral so as to be accessible to all students, although some may include a small fee for materials and supplies.“We expect a large range of events to take place during OWAW — from speakers to performances to video projects, and everything in between,” says Luis Martinez ’12, chair of the UC’s Finance Committee. “The creativity and enthusiasm of my peers has been amazing and I’m positive that students that are here for OWAW will have some great events and projects to choose from.”College officials encourage undergraduates to visit the Winter Break, OWAW, and OCS websites for updates on new programs and events, and to go to the OWAW portal to propose any activities of their own. First-year students should also visit the Freshman Dean’s Office website for advice and information that can help them navigate the time off.Nate Flores ’14 of Indiana says that he’s looking forward to his first Winter Break experience, particularly OWAW.“It sounds appealing,” he says. “I’d like to volunteer at the Greater Boston Food Bank and also go to the summer grant training sessions at OCS. The treks are a really great idea too. If I can get to New York or Washington, D.C., that’s something I’d like to take advantage of.”last_img read more

Along China’s keys

first_imgThe evocative piano sonatas and etudes of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, and Debussy are legendary, beloved around the world and celebrated in the classical canon. But what is known about the playing of Liu Xue’an, or the compositions of He Luting?Piano music in China is young by the standards of the West, as an exhibit at Loeb Music Library reveals. On view through Dec. 18, “One Hundred Years of Chinese Piano Music” sheds light on a tradition influenced by native folklore, poems, philosophy, and even a complex social-political movement, as well as Western styles and techniques.The show traces the century-long history of the publication of piano music in China and was inspired by a 10-volume anthology of Chinese piano works released by the Shanghai Conservatory Press in honor of the centennial. Selected volumes appear in the exhibit alongside signature Chinese compositions, photos, and other items drawn from the Loeb Music Library, Harvard’s Fine Arts Library, the Harvard-Yenching Library, and the Shanghai Conservatory.Visitors can see examples of music colored by both Western and Chinese traditions. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThat China’s rich classical repertoire is largely a secret beyond its borders is unsurprising, said the exhibit’s curator, Harvard library assistant Lingwei Qiu.“It’s a relatively new history,” said Qiu, a pianist who donated to the show several items from her own collection. The exhibit, she said, is “a good chance to just introduce something new, something different. This is like an overview. It’s not a complete history, but it covers the most important moments in Chinese piano music history. It opens a new window.”Visitors who peer into that window will see examples of music colored by both Western and Chinese traditions. Some pieces use the five-notes-per-octave pentatonic scale, which is common in Chinese music. Other compositions are based on the heptatonic scale, which includes seven pitches per octave and is more standard in Western music. Examples of canons and fugues, reminiscent of Bach and Beethoven, are on view. While they have a distinctly Western feel, many are inspired by Chinese folk songs, even ancient works of art.The show’s oldest published piece has a direct Harvard connection.China’s first published piano work appeared in a journal of the Science Institute in Shanghai almost exactly a century ago and was the product of the well-known linguist and musician Chao Yuen Ren. In 1915, the same year his piece was published, Chao traveled to Harvard to pursue his Ph.D. in philosophy. (His daughter, Chao Rulan, became a longtime professor in Harvard’s departments of music and East Asian languages and civilizations.) The composer’s Western-style composition is titled “March of Peace,” and may have been a reaction to World War I, said Qiu.One case of the three glass cases and two wall displays that make up the exhibit is dedicated to contemporary Chinese piano music and includes a 1987 composition by Zhao Xiaosheng inspired by the Chinese theory of I Ching. Another case contains works based on compositions for the ancient Chinese stringed instruments pipa and guqin, whose original music, in some instances, dates back more than 1,000 years.For Lingwei Qiu, the Loeb Library exhibit celebrates not only the treasures of the past, but also the future of Chinese piano music. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerAmong the show’s highlights is one of China’s most famous compositions, “Yellow River,” a four-movement concerto for piano and orchestra based on a 1939 cantata of the same name by Xian Xinghai. The concerto, which premiered in 1969, was inspired by a poem by Guang Weiran that urged the Chinese to rise up against Japanese invaders. Despite its Western-influenced compositional style, its patriotic sentiment made it popular with Communist officials in China, who encouraged performances of the piece during the Cultural Revolution. It remains a popular favorite today.For Qiu, the Loeb Library exhibit celebrates not only the treasures of the past, but also the future of Chinese piano music.“This is also a show representing Chinese culture, Chinese history, and Chinese daily life, and it marks a significant step toward the next 100 years.”last_img read more

Undergraduate Women in Business host annual conference

first_imgThis weekend, Undergraduate Women in Business (UWIB) will be hosting its 8th annual Professional Development Conference titled “Work Like a Girl! Gender in the Business World.” The conference will begin Friday at 5:45 p.m. in Jordan Hall of Science and concludes Saturday afternoon.The weekend will consist of networking opportunities and workshops with companies such as JP Morgan, Deloitte, P&G, PwC and others. Keynote speakers for the conference include Nicole Sherrod, managing director of Ameritrade, and Theresa Sedlack, engagement director of Innovation Park.Sophomore business major Erin Callaghan says she is excited to attend the conference because of the potential to learn more about and speak with the various companies in attendance.“UWIB does a great job of providing opportunities for career exploration and networking,” Callaghan said. “The firms that will be in attendance cater to all majors within the business school and many are attractive places to potentially work.”On SAO’s website, UWIB describes its goal as “to build a stronger sense of community among undergraduate women who aspire to business-related professions through events that highlight the many opportunities that are available to them.”Junior and conference co-chair of UWIB Haley Rosenbach says that the keynote speakers represent women who have had continued success in the business world and are strong professional role models for aspiring businesswomen.“I’m really excited for Nicole Sherrod because she’s a really successful woman in the financial industry and does a great job of balancing the home and work life,” Rosenbach said.Rosenbach went further to explain how the keynote speakers embody two women who prove that a successful career and a family life are not mutually exclusive. She said she hopes conference attendees leave the conference with the notion that women do not have to choose between career and family.“I think that now our generation has been raised to do both [family and career] and not question it and I think that this club and the opportunities it provides are a cool, unique way to foster that idea. It doesn’t have to be a choice between the two,” Rosenbach said.Callaghan said she looks forward to the more relaxed atmosphere for networking that the conference will provide.“I’m looking forward to the breakout and networking sessions that give us an opportunity to meet employers and hear stories about experiences they have had in their professional lives,” Callaghan said. “It is a great way to make the environment more relaxed and genuinely get to know people who have taken the time to come to Notre Dame.”Rosenbach said the conference will provide a more relaxed setting for women in business that will hopefully inspire more questions for the keynote speakers and more discussion.“Since it’s through UWIB, it’s only open to women on campus and I think that creates a really cool dynamic at the conference,” Rosenbach said. “In the business school, the gender ratio is kind of skewed so it creates a really cool unique setting where the girls are more comfortable.”Callaghan said she hopes to walk away inspired by the keynote speakers and better acquainted with employers.“I’m still discerning my career path, as we all are, but I believe this event will help me further develop my professional goals,” she said.Tags: UWIB, UWIB Conferencelast_img read more

Why professional development matters

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Professional development matters, according to Rudy Pereira, president/CEO of $1.8 billion asset Royal Credit Union in Eau Claire, Wis.Prior to taking the reins of the credit union in 2012, Pereira spent more than 25 years in the movement, working at Alliant, Kinecta Federal, Schools Financial, and Wescom credit unions as a technology leader.He’s also well-known in the industry for his credit union professional development efforts in leadership positions with the CUNA Councils. continue reading »last_img

Generating profit & revenue in emerging cash intensive businesses (Part 4)

first_imgThis is the fourth in a series of articles covering the generation of non-interest income in cash-intensive businesses with an emphasis on Marijuana Related Businesses (MRB’s). The first article discussed evaluating if entering this vertical is appropriate for your specific institution. The second article focused on the regulatory guidance that surrounds providing financial services to MRB’s. The third article discussed establishing appropriate policies and procedures within the institution surrounding the banking of MRB’s. This installment will begin discussions on implementation and operations.At Hypur, we are involved in regular and frequent conversations with both financial institutions and regulators at the state and federal level. Although this series of articles has an emphasis on the banking of state legal cannabis accounts, many of the concepts discussed also pertain to Money Service Businesses (MSB’s) and other cash intensive business accounts as well.I have seen a growing trend this year with regulators requiring that financial institutions apply more technology and automation to their operations, especially those that are involved with the banking of MRB’s and MSB’s. It is now a common practice for our financial institution clients to send our Scope of Services to their regulator to show them in advance how our services will improve efficiencies and increase their ability to properly maintain cash-intensive business accounts. Others are having to submit our Scope of Services to their regulator to clean up and rectify existing problems or deficiencies.Regulators are now seeing a greater importance in involving technology from the initial planning stage, and not as an afterthought once problems start emerging. Although we can apply our services at Hypur to clean up problems, we would prefer have those regulatory problem situations never occur. Keep in mind that the banking of cash-intensive businesses may be very profitable, but you must devote the proper human, financial, and technology resources in order to maintain the compliance necessary to protect this revenue stream.From last year’s popular song “All About That Bass,” for bankers it’s all about that baseline. Establishing trends and baselines are critical to determine anticipated activity and to create alerts and red flags for suspicious transactions.For many of you reading this article, MRB’s may be new to your state. How do you determine and establish baselines for an industry that is relatively new to any state, and possibly brand new to your state? A good place to begin is with publically available information, such as:Other states’ information. Research states that have had legalized cannabis for a while. Colorado, for example, releases data from their Department of Revenue regarding cannabis sales and the associated taxes and fees collected. They also publically list Licensed Facilities such as Centers, Cultivators, Infused Product Manufacturers and Testing Facilities. You can use this information to start backing into averages such as sales per store to start getting a feel for deposit volume. Bear in mind that a small MRB in a remote location may have a greatly different sales volume than an MRB located in downtown Denver.Your own state’s information. If your state is new to this vertical, they may or may not have information that will be useful to you.Market data. There are a number of research companies that exist in the MRB space. I have seen information from companies such as ArcView Market Research and New Frontier that I deemed beneficial in market research.Applicant information. Finally, a financial institution will need to rely on the information provided by the applicant seeking an account.Keep in mind that a client’s projections are estimates, but this is a very good place to start. You will most likely be underwriting these accounts based on the estimates they provide, plus research information you have gathered from state and other sources. Know that you may need to quickly adjust anticipated volume up or down based on actual activity. However, be careful not to underwrite or change permissible deposit volume midstream that would violate any of your other applicable policies.I divide activity into the following categories:Estimated Activity (Report by client via their application)Anticipated Activity (Derived by baseline analysis and Estimated Activity)Actual ActivityYou will utilize all three of these categories in all phases of the banking of an MRB client.Establishing baselines applies to more than aggregate deposit volume. You also need to consider and review not only all sources of deposits, but all methods of the client in removing money from your institution. The ability to detect unusual and suspicious transactions applies to both credits and debits, and there are a number of moving parts that you need to control and monitor.The next article in this series will continue to discuss baseline analysis and how to calculate and deal with the three categories of activity. 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Andre Herrera Andre’s broad experience in payment system and banking technology management spans over 22 years and includes the management of complex, large-scale conversions, migrations and new product implementations. He also … Web: hypur.com Detailslast_img read more

Irish pensions levy ‘kept alive’ to fund protection scheme, suggests lawyer

first_imgThe Irish government may well have extended the current 0.6% pensions levy to prepare for the launch of a pension protection fund, a pensions lawyer has suggested.Jamie McConville, partner at LK Shields in Dublin, said it was “hard not to make some kind of connection” between the government’s extension of the pensions levy, at 0.15% for two years, and the potential for a Waterford Crystal High Court hearing to result in further compensation claims by members of the insolvent company’s pension fund.The matter, which is soon to be discussed by the Labour Relations Commission, could still be heard in the High Court, following a ruling against the Irish government by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) that found the state was in “serious breach” of its obligations to protect scheme benefits.Following the ECJ ruling, Ireland changed the priority order upon wind-up, allowing for active and deferred members to have greater security of benefits, while also confirming that those subject to benefit losses after a double insolvency will be compensated by the state. However, McConville said the problem was that the minimum funding standard (MFS) for defined benefit (DB) funds was increasingly perceived as “quite weak”, especially in light of a recent court ruling that saw trustees of the Omega Pharma scheme granted an additional €2.23m contribution, despite the fund meeting the statutory minimum requirements.“If the courts are not seeing the minimum funding standard as necessarily being the key benchmark, it seems to me difficult for that to be ignored by courts in the future, in a case such as Waterford Crystal where they are having to assess what is an adequate level of compensation,” he said.He speculated that it was “entirely possible” the High Court would deem a set percentage of accrued benefits being guaranteed, as currently allowed under the revised priority order, as insufficient when it came to a verdict in the Waterford Crystal case.“Then, two questions arise,” McConville said. “What is a sufficient level and how is the cost going to be met?“I wonder if the fact the pension levy is being kept alive beyond this year, albeit at a lower level of 0.15%, is perhaps for the possibility of future funding of a pension protection fund in mind.”Ireland introduced a four-year, 0.6% pensions levy in 2011, with proceeds funding general expenditure.In last year’s Budget, the government introduced a new, 0.15% levy that would overlap with the final year of the previous duty, then continue as a standalone charge until 2015.In 2013, the 0.6% levy raised €520m, with the additional charge expected to increase earnings by €135m.The sum compares favourably with the £695m (€865m) levy income for the UK Pension Protection Fund predicted for the current financial year, despite the UK’s pension assets, at close to £1.2trn, dwarfing Irish pension assets of €86bn, based on the income of the pensions levy.last_img read more

Toboso official hits failure to release P11-M rice subsidy

first_imgIn another development, SB member Peewee Estrada warned about a possible misuse of the municipal ambulance. The ambulance, driven by job hire Glen Bustillo, met with an accident on June 30 in Barangay Pinapugasan, Calatrava on its way back to Toboso from Barangay Paghumayan, Calatrava town. Bustilo was immediately dismissed from the service. “Up to now the rice is still stocked at the municipal gym,” said SB member Madelene Dela Torre in a privilege speech during their regular session yesterday. The P11-million fund used to procure rice represented one month Internal Revenue Allotment of Toboso released by the Department of Budget as part of the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act relative to the threat of  COVID-19, she pointed out. According to Estrada, the ambulance was transporting a drunken former barangay official and an incumbent barangay captain./PNcenter_img BACOLOD City – A member of the Sangguniang Bayan (SB) in Toboso, Negros Occidental questioned the municipal government for failing to release rice assistance worth P11 million to cushion the economic effect of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Dela Torre also said some sacks of rice may have already been damaged by rain. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA The rice should have been distributed before the Bayanihan Act 1 expired on June 25, said Dela Torre.last_img read more

Winterfest at Kings Island will light up the holidays

first_imgMason, Ohio —Winterfest is back at Kings Island this season, bringing more than 5 million lights, nighttime rides, and blue hot chocolate.This year’s festival runs on select nights from Nov. 22 through Dec. 31 of this year. Tickets start at $27.99.The amusement park is transformed into 10 enchanting winter wonderlands. With more than 5 million lights, and holiday characters will spread Christmas merriment, including Jack Frost, Candy Cane, and the Sugar Plum Fairy, as well as ice skating on the Royal Fountain and seeing the park’s Eiffel Tower transformed into a 314-foot tall Christmas Tree.last_img