Dave Matthews Debuts New Song “Here On Out” With An Orchestra At Lincoln Center [Watch]

first_imgLast night, Dave Matthews could be found among a number of talented performers at Joshua Bell’s “Seasons of Cuba” event at Lincoln Center. Bell led an ensemble that included a number of artists, with many paying respect to the Cuban culture in honor of opening the US-Cuban relations after many decades. The Chamber Orchestra Of Havana was also on hand, adding a magnificent touch to each performance.Dave Matthews was one of the final musicians to play, first joining up with Carlos Varela for a rendition of “Muros y Puertas (Mirrors and Doors).” Matthews then played his new song “Samurai Cop,” complete with the orchestra, Varela, and Alonso Orlando. After that song, Dave was left with the orchestra, where he performed a brand new song called “Here On Out.” This was the first time that “Here On Out” was played live, but the song title was actually revealed back in May of 2015, when composer David Richard Campbell (aka Beck’s father) posted an image with the name on some sheet music. The song selection makes sense, as Matthews actually had an orchestra in the studio when recording “Here On Out” at the time.You can watch the full video of “Here On Out” with the Chamber Orchestra Of Havana below, courtesy of dt41lt on YouTube.Matthews’ set concluded with a performance of “Ants Marching,” before all of the musicians returned to the stage for an encore of “Guadalajara.” By all accounts, it was a great night of music.With so many new songs in Matthews’ catalog, it seems that an announcement of a new album is imminent. We’ll be sure to keep you posted.last_img read more

Naughty Professor Shares New Single “Darker Daze” Featuring J5’s Chali 2na [Watch]

first_imgNew Orleans-born jazz-funk outfit Naughty Professor just released a new single and video in collaboration with legendary Chali 2na of Jurassic 5. “Darker Daze” features a guest appearance by New Orleans-based vocalist and guitarist Dexter Gilmore. The track is the second single released off Naughty Professor and Chali 2na’s forthcoming collaborative album, Identity, due out later in 2017, which is set to feature Ivan Neville, Benny Bloom, Mike Dillon, members of The Soul Rebels, and other collaborators.“Darker Daze” is highly political and was intentionally released this week in anticipation of the presidential transition. From the press release, drummer Sam Shahin noted: “Darker Daze” plays on an obvious double entendre that represents the confines placed on marginalized people throughout the history and development of organized government in the United States. As these confines became less physical and less embedded into the written law, the daze of these confines emanated into the systematic power structures and societal norms. Some say things have been uncovered recently, we say the daze has thickened to the point that even those with weak vision can’t help but feel it shrouding the move of every American.Chali 2na had this to add: “Darker Daze” is a song that reflects the opinions, predictions, and fears of people who are against a Donald Trump led America. Basically, “Darker Daze” is our way of saying, whether you like it or not, fasten your seat belts because there will be turbulence! The Naughty Professor family created the inspiration and the vessel to convey this concept and I am happy to have been a part of this collaboration.You can listen to the track and watch Naughty Professor and Chali 2na’s collaboration below. With the release of the new single, Naughty Professor also dropped their 2017 Winter Tour dates, which can be found below the video. More information and tickets can be found on the band’s website.Naughty Professor Winter 2017 Tour Dates1/27/17 – Last Concert Cafe – Houston, TX1/28/17 – Brass Hall – Marble Falls, TX2/4/17 – Martin’s – Jackson, MS2/11/17 – Blue Nile – New Orleans, LA2/17/17 – Broadway Oyster Bar – St. Louis, MO2/18/17 – Schuba’s Tavern w/ NastySnacks, Funk Trek – Chicago, IL3/4/17 – Punta Gorda Funkfest – Punta Gorda, FL3/5/17 – Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL3/16/17 – Dunedin Brewery – Dunedin, FL3/17/17 – Pi on Broadway – Ocala, FL3/18/17 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA3/22/17 – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC3/23/17 – American Beauty – New York, NY3/24/17 – Thunder Road – Boston, MA3/25/17 – Nectar’s w/ Rumblecat – Burlington, VT3/27/17 – Bryac – Bridgeport, CT3/28/17 – The 8 X 10 – Baltimore, MD3/29/17 – James Street Gastropub – Pittsburgh, PA3/30/17 – Asheville Music Hall w/ Stoop Kids – Asheville, NC3/31/17 – Hogs For The Cause – New Orleans, LAlast_img read more

Patients with surgical complications provide greater hospital profit-margins

first_img Read Full Story Privately insured surgical patients who had a complication provided hospitals with a 330% higher profit margin than those without a complication, according to new research from Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health system innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Boston Consulting Group, Texas Health Resources, and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Medicare patients with a complication produced a 190% higher margin. The findings mean that, for hospital managers, efforts to reduce surgical complications could result in substantially worsened financial performance.The study appears in the April 17, 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).“We found clear evidence that reducing harm and improving quality is perversely penalized in our current health care system,” said Sunil Eappen, the lead author and chief medical officer of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.“It’s been known that hospitals are not rewarded for quality. But it hadn’t been recognized exactly how much more money they make when harm is done,” said senior author Atul Gawande, director of Ariadne Labs, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at HSPH and a surgeon at BWH.last_img read more

Multiple micronutrient supplements to mothers improve survival for newborn girls

first_imgMultiple micronutrient (MMN) supplements given to pregnant women reduced deaths among female newborns and provided better birth outcomes than iron and folic acid supplements alone, especially among anemic and undernourished women, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers and colleagues. They found no evidence to support concerns that MMN supplements pose health risks for pregnant women.The findings suggest that antenatal care guidelines released last year by the World Health Organization (WHO), which expressed reservations about the use of MMN supplements in low- and middle-income countries, should be reconsidered, said first author Emily Smith, who did the research as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Global Health and Population and is now a program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “This paper fills an evidence gap that may have prevented national and global policy adoption and scale-up of this intervention. We hope this research leads to re-examination of global and national guidelines for antenatal care.”The study was published Oct. 10, 2017 in The Lancet Global Health.It’s common for women in low- and middle-income countries to be anemic … and they may also be low in vitamins A, D, E, zinc, and calcium. This is mainly due to diets that are poor in fruits, vegetables, and protein. These deficiencies are often worsened by pregnancy, and they can lead to babies born with low birthweight and other health problems.The new study…looked at data from 112,953 pregnant women who were participants in 17 randomized controlled trials done in 14 low- and middle-income countries. The studies compared MMN supplements containing iron-folic acid to supplements with iron-folic acid alone.The findings showed that MMN supplements provided significantly greater reductions in the deaths of newborn girls than iron-folic acid supplementation alone. Boys did not show similar improvement, for reasons that may be due to differences in causes and timing of deaths by infant sex, according to the researchers. Multiple micronutrient supplementation also reduced the risk to babies of both sexes of being born preterm or with low birth weight. The researchers did not see any evidence that MMN supplements increased the risk of stillbirth and infant mortality, concerns expressed in the WHO guidelines and by other researchers.“MMN is just one part of ensuring a positive pregnancy experience and healthy growth and development for all infants,” Smith said. “But it’s something that can be done right now as policy makers and health care providers strive for the best outcomes for women and children.”“Antenatal multiple micronutrient supplementation is not a ‘silver bullet’ to improve maternal and infant health, but should be considered as an additional tool for more comprehensive and equitable prenatal care in resource-limited settings,” said senior author Christopher Sudfeld , assistant professor of global health and nutrition.Other Harvard Chan authors included Wafaie Fawzi, Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences, professor of nutrition, epidemiology, and global health, and chair, Department of Global Health and Population, and Anuraj Shankar, senior scientist in the Department of Nutrition.—Amy Roeder Read Full Storylast_img read more

Vermont’s economy second-fastest growing in nation

first_imgIn the third quarter of 2009, Vermont’s gross state product went up 5.3 percent over the previous quarter. This increase ties Vermont with Washington, DC, at second place nationwide in terms of growth. New Hampshire saw a 3.8 percent climb this quarter, and sits at ninth place. The US average was 2.2 percent.Vermont’s quarterly real gross state product in this quarter, seasonally adjusted, was $23.8 billion at constant 2005 prices. In the second quarter, the state’s GSP was $23.5 billion. Vermont’s GSP dropped by a 0.1 percent annual rate in the third quarter from the same quarter a year ago.Growth Across the NationQuarterly Gross State Product (GSP) Briefing, February 2010Gross State Product (GSP)Rank Vermont GSP, Third Quarter of 200915.825.335.344.854.664.474.283.993.8103.8113.8123.6133.6143.5153.4163.0173.0182.8192.7202.7212.7222.5232.5242.4252.4262.4272.3282.3292.2302.2312.2321.9331.6341.6351.5361.3371.2381.0Vermont’s Quarterly State Accounts @ a Glance391.0400.9Third Quarter of 2009410.8420.8Gross State ProductSeasonally Adjusted Annual RatesGrowth & Inflation430.6or State GDP GSP / GDP in Billions of DollarsPercent Change in440.5State & NationalLatest Quarter AgoYear Ago Third Quarter of 2009 from450.4Statistics2009:Q32009:Q22008:Q3Quarter AgoYear Ago 460.1Vermont 51-3.5● Real GDP*$12,973$12,902$13,3252.2%-2.6% 2.2    *Chained 2005 dollars.   **Current Dollars.   ***Index, 2005=100.*Annual % change from the previous quarter in GSP at 2005 chained dollars.Source: US GDP, Department of Commerce.  State GSP, also called state GDP, from ‘Quarterly GSP Trends,’ Vol. V, No.3, February 2010, by e-forecasting.com, Durham NH, USA.Source: www.e-forecasting.com(link is external) 2.25.2010. 47-0.3● Real GSP*$23.8$23.5$23.85.3%-0.1%48-0.4● Nominal GSP**$25.7$25.5$25.52.7%0.5%49-0.9● GSP Price Index***107.8108.5107.3-2.4%0.5%50-1.2United States last_img read more

Backpacking 101: Six Essential Tips for your Inaugural Thru-Hike

first_imgBen King grew up exploring the wilds that surround Bryson City, North Carolina. He turned this passion into a career when he opened Bryson City Outfitters last April. His quaint, downtown shop houses gear, offers advice, and upholds a community-minded ethos.“Community over commerce,” says King. “Local independent shops have a lot of experience and knowledge to impart. I think that has a lot more value than amazon.com.”King is a specialist at dialing in beginning backpackers. Here are a few of his tips.1. NavigationPlan a modest route. Do not overestimate yourself. Make sure you find the right map. “I use National Geographic maps,” King says. Eventually learning to use a compass will provide added security. King sends a lot of hikers to Nantahala National Forest. Smoky Mountain National Park, it should be remembered, requires reservations, a camping fee, and does not allow dogs. His regional favorites include Wesser Bald, Deep Creek, and Panther Town. Wherever you choose, make sure to plan a manageable journey and bring a good map.fullsizerender-22. Pick the Right Pack “For a short trip a 32-liter pack should do it,” says Kings. “You don’t want just any pack. If your pack doesn’t fit properly, you’ll be sore and have a horrible trip.” According to King, good suspension and proper fitting are key. You want the weight on your hips. “As an independent, small retailer this is where our knowledge comes into effect,” explains King. He recommends two of the oldest companies in the industry, Gregory and Kelty. “They invest a lot of time into systems to fit torsos,” he says. “Gregory comes with a rain fly. Going backpacking without a rain fly is a nightmare. That rain fly can be lifesaver.”    fullsizerender-3 3. Sleep Tight“I try to introduce beginners to the mummy style bag. A good synthetic 32-degree bag will meet their needs. At any outdoor gear shop you’ve got 500 different options. Packability size is a big thing – how small can you get it. You don’t want to be lugging around a huge bag.” As for brands King says Kelty and Sea to Summit sleeping bags are the way to go.4. Tent Over Hammock “Going out into the backcountry for the first time you are going to be more comfortable in a tent than a hammock. You want to be looking at a three-season tent. I try to find a tent that has a footprint – a piece that goes down first before you set it up to give you a little extra insulation from the ground. I would stick to a two pole system with a rain fly. They’re not going to be super light weight without paying big bucks, but you can split up weight with two people.” fullsizerender5. Calories Count  A butane single burner stove and 100 gram canister mean hot meals, however there are countless strategies to getting vital calories. Instead of expensive dried meals, King gathers grocery store basics. “I take Ramen and packaged salmon or tuna. Take those dried starches to save a lot of weight. Summer sausage. Cheese. It takes a long time for cheese to get moldy.” King advises backpackers to not worry about anything more than calories. “You want to replace those calories that you’re losing. Poptarts are not necessarily good for you, but there are a lot of calories and they go down easy. Also, trail mix. It’s worth the reward, but make sure you pour into your partner’s hand. Don’t let them reach in the bag.” 6. Clean Water “Water filtration is a big thing,” says King. “I am comfortable identifying a spring or a clean water source, but having something to filter water is source of mental stability.” For a two-day hike, most people can carry enough water, but the extra weight is burdensome. King uses a sawyer mini water filtration system. “It’s a filter about four inches long. You can screw it on a bottle or use like a life straw straight from the source. My backup is always to have your iodine tablets.”last_img read more

Top 5 compliance issues of September: Supervisory Committee Guide, Truth in Lending

first_imgNAFCU’s award-winning compliance team works daily to offer compliance assistance and services to keep credit unions’ informed of the ever-changing regulatory environment. Each month, the team answers hundreds of compliance-related questions from NAFCU members and blogs on key issues. Here were the five most popular topics in September.The NCUA Supervisory Committee Guide: Following the NCUA Board’s decision to retire the agency’s Supervisory Committee Guide, NAFCU Regulatory Compliance Counsel Reginald Watson discussed the recently issued final rule on Supervisory Committee Audits and Verifications.2020 Truth in Lending Threshold Adjustments: In another blog post, Watson noted the CFPB’s annual inflation-based adjustments to certain thresholds for transactions covered under Regulation Z.Bonuses to members: NAFCU Senior Regulatory Compliance Counsel Jennifer Aguilar provided insight into the NCUA’s rules regarding credit unions providing bonuses to members, including an overview of Part 707 of  the agency’s Truth in Savings regulation. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: Marsha Majors – Safe spaces (#78)

first_imgThank you for tuning in to episode 78 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of CUInsight.com. This episode is brought to you by our friends at PSCU. As the nation’s premier payments CUSO, PSCU proudly supports the success of more than 1,500 credit unions.In today’s environment of remote work and social change, what is your credit union doing to ensure your members and employees feel welcome, heard, and well taken care of? On this week’s show, I’m sitting down with Marsha Majors, President and CEO of US Eagle Federal Credit Union in New Mexico, to learn more about how she’s leading her credit union through not only this global pandemic, but also George Floyd’s death and the social upheaval that has followed in communities across the country. To that end, we discuss how important it has been for Marsh to continually communicate and reiterate the vision and values of US Eagle Federal Credit Union to her team and members through it all. Marsha also talks about the need to build trust and educate members in this new environment to help them feel safe and ensure a smooth transition to more efficient services channels. We also chat about why she thinks credit unions must be better about advocating for themselves going forward. Also in the episode, Marsha and I discuss how she’s using her position as President and CEO to inspire and mentor young girls and women, and why she chooses to lead by example. Additionally, she shares her useful methodology for making difficult decisions, discusses the mistakes she sees young leaders making today, and details some of the ways her mentors have helped her in her career and how she is paying it forward by mentoring the young people of her community. In the final portion of our conversation, we learned that Marsha wanted to be a teacher when she was growing up and likes to listen to mellow music. She shares that the COVID-19 crisis has really forced her to stop and smell the roses, and appreciate the people in her life. I hope you enjoy this fantastic conversation! Find the full show notes on cuinsight.comSubscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Books mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Marsha:Marsha [email protected] MajorsLinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter Show notes from this episode:A big shout-out to our friends at PSCU, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you! Check out all the outstanding work that Marsha and her team at US Eagle Federal Credit Union are doing here. Shout-out: Randy’s mother Shout-out: Renée SattiewhiteShout-out: Jill NowackiShout-out: Maurice SmithShout-out: Global Women’s Leadership Network Album mentioned: Anthology by Maze featuring Frankie BeverlyAlbum mentioned: The Best of Sade by SadeBook mentioned: Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Spencer Johnson and Kenneth BlanchardBook mentioned: Becoming by Michelle ObamaPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Renée Sattiewhite, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37 & 64), Maurice SmithIn This Episode:[02:16] – Marsha, welcome to the show![03:13] – Marsha shares how she provides a safe place for her staff and members during these critical crises.[06:00] – Will the pandemic change the way members do business with credit unions going forward?[08:11] – Marsha speaks about how she believes credit unions should advocate for themselves and stay relevant.[10:11] – Marsha shares how she came up through the ranks in a credit union.[12:53] – In a year from now, what will you be most proud of that you and your team have accomplished?[14:43] – Marsha speaks about what inspired her to take the position with US Eagle Federal Credit Union.[16:05] – Has the inspiration changed since you took the position?[16:50] – Marsha believes her leadership style is servant leadership, putting people first and leading by example.[18:35] – As a leader, is there something your team has heard you say so many times they can finish your sentence?[19:49] – Marsha discusses how she was born with the ability to make hard decisions.[21:00] – When you become a leader, you have made it, a myth she wants to debunk.[21:53] – Marsha shares the mistakes she has made and the mistakes she sees young leaders make today.[22:59] – Stay true to yourself, know your capabilities are pieces of advice she has been given that she still uses.[23:53] – How has the power of mentorship helped you in your career, and how are you paying it forward?[24:53] – Marsha shares some recent self-doubt she has had to overcome.[26:34] – Marsha speaks about some community work her organization has done that makes her smile and feel proud.[27:40] – Marsha chats about what she does when she has a day off to recharge.[30:16] – What were you like in high school and do you remember ever getting into memorable trouble?[31:03] – Marsha says that she wanted to be a teacher when she was growing up.[32:36] – What is your favorite album of all time?[33:14] – Is there a book you think everyone should read?[33:57] – People have become more important and spend time with family. [34:49] – Marsha shares her final thoughts for the listeners.[35:38] – Thank you so much for being on the show today! 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Detailslast_img read more

CUs: A penny for your thoughts?

first_imgAmid the coronavirus pandemic, consumers are using physical currency less frequently, which has resulted in fewer coins moving through the supply chain. NAFCU member credit unions are encouraged to submit responses to this month’s Economic & CU Monitor survey by Friday and share their recent experiences related to coin circulation and member coin deposits.Last month, the United States Mint encouraged consumers to pay for things with exact change and return any spare change to circulation as part of its effort to offset the current disruption to supply channels. As part of the U.S. Coin Task Force, NAFCU has been working with the Federal Reserve, the U.S Mint and other industry stakeholders to address the problem and outline ways consumers can help.Credit unions are encouraged to help promote awareness and understanding of the coin circulation issue by using #GetCoinMoving on social media posts.Reponses to the Monitor survey are due this Friday, Aug. 14; the survey can be filled out online. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Trump’s tariffs will hurt all Americans

first_imgThat’s the rationale Ross invoked to escape what would otherwise be American commitments under international trade law. Superficially plausible – planes are made of aluminum; tanks from steel – it’s basically bogus.A real expert on national security, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, has been decidedly cool on Ross’ protectionist project and said so in a memorandum to the commerce secretary, albeit between the lines.While Mattis said he was against countries “intentionally” using “unfair” trade practices to harm the U.S. defense industrial base – as opposed to outcompeting us, which is what some of the trading partners potentially affected by the Trump tariffs are actually doing – he also pointed out that U.S. industry can easily meet the military’s steel and aluminum needs without protection.If we must go ahead with tariffs anyway, Mattis urged, we should spare our “key allies” from “negative impact” and encourage them to join us in putting pressure on China, whose market manipulations in both steel and aluminum are real and a legitimate focus for U.S. response.However, the president gave no sign Thursday that he would heed either suggestion. On its face, his decision applies equally to hostile powers such as China and Russia and to close treaty allies such as Canada and Japan.Without major modifications, the president’s plan will encourage U.S. allies to join forces with U.S. adversaries. Mattis also urged making it clear to U.S. industry that protection would be conditional, “to set clear expectations domestically regarding competitiveness.”Instead, Trump promised a roomful of steel and aluminum executives “you’ll have protection for the first time in a long while,” adding vaguely: “You’ll have to regrow your industries, that’s all I’m asking.”Trump’s words are not always an exact guide to the policies his administration formally adopts.Already, though, the president and his commerce secretary have legitimized unilateral invocation of a “national security” exception to normal trade rules.Other countries can play that game, too; and more might try, now that the United States has set this bad example.Race to the bottom, trade war: Call it what you will, the spiral will eventually harm everyone, the United States and its metal industries very much included.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post.President Donald Trump announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports Thursday, following the recent recommendations of his secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross.Actually, Trump went a bit further, saying he would hit steel with a 25 percent levy, rounded up from the 24 percent Ross had said was necessary to keep the U.S. industry operating at the 80 percent of capacity that central planners in his department deem optimal.For aluminum, the charge will be 10 percent.Prices on everything made from steel and aluminum will go up; jobs saved by producers may be offset by jobs lost elsewhere.If that seems contradictory, consider the fact that this tax increase on raw materials comes from the same president who says the economy is booming because he cut taxes on income.Ostensibly, these added burdens on all Americans except those involved in steel and aluminum production are necessary for national security.last_img read more