The wild eyed guitar and bass antics of Hall don’t obscure his impressive skill on whatever stringed instrument rests in his hands. His back and forth eye contact with the man on the marque, and the keys, Ivan Neville, had the element of a soldier and a general, setting the plan of attack. Neville makes playing the organ look like a dance, as if each keystroke is an extension of a connection to a higher groove that he is trying to share. Whether he was entertaining the crowd with tales of their day of travel or extorting them to sing along as Dumpstaphunk shook the rafters, Ivan Neville gives the same full-tilt commitment to the moment, and it’s invigorating to see.For nearly two hours, Dumpstaphunk laid down slabs of pulsating funk that seemed to subsume the room and made the people marionettes in the hands of musical masters. Guitarist Ian Neville continues to carve out more lead time in the mix, with several blistering leads and slinky rhythm lines that drew appreciative cheers from the packed house. When the last notes faded, an appreciative and somewhat bewildered audience greeted the band’s outstretched arms with an uproarious cheer, showing their appreciation for the mind warping display they had just undergone.The night’s festivities kicked off with Joytribe, a funk & soul collective based out of the Rose City. Led by sax player Chelsea Luker, the band was trying out some additional players, and the thick sound made a serious impact on the early arriving crowd. With show-stopping turns on the mic singing and playing Luker grabbed the listeners attention, but the funky vibe of the band kept them riveted. Their set was very well received, and it appears an answer was given to the band’s musical question of whether adding a few more hands was a good idea or not.It will be fun to see what the future brings for Joytribe! Dumpstaphunk is touring the Pacific Northwest, acting as funk ambassadors and making it their mission to bring the get down vibe to the people who need it, wherever they may be. Their noble quest brought them the Star Theater in Portland, OR on a clear Thursday night, which they filled with waves of bass, organ and slinky guitar that swept away everyone like a groove tsunami.There’s no adherence to the age old wisdom “Too much of a good thing” when it comes to Dumpstaphunk, as the trance dancing audience was delighted to hear. Nick Daniels possesses one of the deepest, sweetest bass tones of any living player that strikes listeners at their centers and takes hold. Over the course of the set, he ranged from precise to sludge-thick, while sharing lead vocal duties in a powerful falsetto. As always with Dumpstaphunk, if one is good then two must be better, and Daniels was joined in the deep end by multi-instrumentalist Tony Hall.
A U.S. District judge Monday dismissed three lawsuits–including one by the National Credit Union Administration–brought against U.S. Bank National Association and Bank of America, National Association regarding their duties as trustees of residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS).NCUA filed the lawsuit in December alleging the two banks failed to fulfill their duties as trustees for 99 of the trusts. Despite knowing about defects in the mortgage loans, the complaint said, U.S. Bank and Bank of America failed to provide required notices to certificate holders and other parties and failed to take timely action to force the repurchase, substitution or cure of defective mortgage loans or otherwise preserve trust remedies (News Now Dec. 18).U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest ruled the NCUA lacked standing to sue U.S. Bank and Bank of America over 74 of the trusts that the agency moved into new, independent trusts (Bloomberg May 19).Nothing in federal securities law “authorizes NCUA (or the [corporate credit union] for which it acts as liquidating agent) to sue on behalf of separate statutory trusts,” Forrest ruled, according to court documents. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) and a New York City Democratic Congresswoman are co-sponsoring legislation that would lift the veil on shell companies that hide the owners’ true identity in order to move potentially ill-gotten gains through the United States as a ploy to evade scrutiny from federal and state authorities.The bill, which will be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by King and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan) on Thursday, comes on the heels of an explosive hidden camera investigation by the anti-corruption nonprofit Global Witness that aired Sunday on 60 Minutes.“This is a massive loophole,” Maloney told reporters Monday. “And it’s really hurting our efforts to combat corruption and money laundering.”To document how the uber-wealthy hide their funds, whether they became rich legally or through nefarious deals, the anti-fraud activists had an undercover investigator meet with 13 New York City law firms under the guise of representing a West African mining minister who made millions of dollars from government business. At the time of the inquiry, one of the lawyers was the president of the American Bar Association.The investigator said the minister wished to secretly purchase a brownstone, a yacht and a private jet with the funds he obtained. London-based Global Witness deliberately concocted a story meant to raise red flags to test how far the lawyers were willing to go. In separate preliminary meetings, all but one of the 13 lawyers suggested the minister use an anonymously owned company or trust to essentially launder the ill-gotten gains. Some even noted that their firm’s bank account could be used in the transaction.None of the lawyers actually took the investigator on as a client and money never exchanged hands, Global Witness said.Jeffrey Herrmann, the lone lawyer who refused to discuss the matter, repeatedly said, “It’s not for me” and ended the conversation.The undercover investigator taped the conversations in 2014.Gillian Caldwell, CEO of Global Witness, said in a conference call with reporters Monday that shell companies were “like getaway cars for the criminal and the corrupt.”She noted that a “loophole”—in this case, creating a quasi-legitimate company for the purpose of laundering money—is popular among organized gangs, tax evaders, credit card scammers and terrorists.The bill being sponsored in the House would target criminals who abuse state laws in order to create a back door into the banking system. The legislation would close the loophole by requiring a company to disclose the identity of its owner.Maloney said in the conference call that if states refused to act, then the U.S. Treasury Department would then step in. Only law enforcement would be privy to the owner’s information. “This simple requirement would enable law enforcement to stop money from flowing across our borders to terrorist organizations,” King said in a statement through a spokesman.The number of people who create shell companies to hide money in the US and around the world is believed to be legion.Governments across the world have sought to tackle the problem, but critics say the US has not done enough to stop money from flowing into the country.“The United States is sadly lagging behind,” said Caldwell, the Global Witness CEO, during the conference call.According to Global Witness, the World Bank considers the US as the top destination for corrupt politicians and criminals to launder money through shell companies.The World Bank in 2011 wrote a report titled “The Puppet Masters: How the Corrupt use Legal Structures to Hide Stolen Asset and What to do About it?” that recommended governments take steps to make anonymous companies more transparent.“It serves as a powerful reminder that recovering the proceeds of corruption is a collective responsibility that involves both the public and private sector,” the World Bank wrote in its report. “Law enforcement and prosecution cannot go after stolen assets, confiscate and then return them if they are hidden behind the corporate veil.”On Monday, Caldwell said none of the lawyers recorded via hidden camera broke any laws. And some did say they would need more information about the minister and his funds.Still, Maloney said even going so far as suggesting ways to move questionable sums of money around in the US is “unacceptable.”“Our legal system should not protect the rights of bad people to do bad things in secret,” Maloney told reporters.Sounding exasperated about the status quo, Maloney noted: “It isn’t difficult for them to do so. In fact, it’s shockingly easy.”Previous attempts to strengthen laws to increase transparency have been defeated. Maloney said she believes there’s more public pressure to get it done this time around.Global Witness also has a petition calling for U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to support similar legislation in the U.S. Senate. Embed from Getty Images
The Latest: Celta Vigo player Smolov flies home to Russia That ensures there will be no play until the end of June at the earliest.The Trophée Hassan II in Morocco from June 4-7 was postponed and the following week’s Scandinavian Mixed tournament in Stockholm was canceled and will now be played in 2021.Eleven tour events have been either postponed or canceled because of the virus outbreak.The next potential tournament is the BMW International Open in Germany from June 25-28.___ Smolov says he is abiding by an “obligatory” quarantine and remains in constant contact with Celta’s coaching staff to follow team protocol. He says he will return “as soon as the club requires.”___The Russian track federation says it will no longer give national team places to some athletes with past doping bans.The federation said Sunday it won’t select athletes who were given bans since November 2015 for a range of doping and doping-related offenses, or who work with a coach who was banned since that date.The move could be subject to a legal challenge. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has struck down similar national selection rules before if it deems they impose extra punishments on athletes who have served their doping bans. CAS overturned a British Olympic Association rule in 2012 that athletes previously banned for doping could not be selected for the Olympic team. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Celta Vigo forward Fedor Smolov has left his confinement in Spain to be closer to his family back home in Russia. Associated Press Bayern Munich players have returned to training in small groups despite restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision by the German champions came after some rival clubs made similar moves. Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg have had players train in pairs or small groups.Bayern said Sunday that the training session would “be done in coordination with government policy and the relevant authorities.” The club added that “it goes without saying that all hygiene regulations will be strictly observed.”German league games have been suspended until at least April 30. Clubs and the league have discussed resuming the league without fans and with regular virus tests for players and staff.No German league games have been played since March 8. The rules come as the Russian federation’s new management tries to mend its relationship with World Athletics. Russia has been suspended from international track competitions since 2015 for widespread doping.The federation last month formally admitted wrongdoing in a case where fake medical documents were used to give a Russian athlete an alibi for being unavailable for testing. It is facing a $10 million fine and a cap of 10 athletes for its track team at the next Olympics.___A doctor at French soccer club Reims has killed himself after getting infected with the coronavirus.Reims Mayor Arnaud Robinet told Le Parisien newspaper Bernard Gonzalez “is a collateral victim of COVID-19 because he had tested positive and was in isolation for 14 days. I know he had left a note to explain his decision.” April 6, 2020 Smolov says he informed the Spanish club of his plan and had its support. The club could not be immediately reached to confirm whether it had authorized the player’s departure.Spain is expected to remain in a nationwide lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic until April 26. The country has more than 135,000 confirmed cases of the new virus with more than 13,000 deaths.Smolov wrote on Instagram that because of the closure of borders “I have found myself obligated to return to Russia to be closer to my family.”Smolov says he is “very grateful to Celta for its support and I want to emphasize that I informed the club about every step.”Spanish media reported that the 30-year-old Smolov flew home on a private jet for the 18th birthday of Maria Yumasheva. She is the granddaughter of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Smolov published photos on Instagram in January showing him and Yumasheva together on vacation. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Officials at the club say Gonzalez died Sunday. He was 60.Gonzalez had worked at the club for 23 years.Reims remembered Gonzalez as a man with the “soul of an artist” who was in love with the six-time champions.___Two more golf events on the European Tour have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Women’s World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe explains USWNT’s celebrations amid criticism Megan Rapinoe has overcome a hamstring injury to return to the United States’ starting XI for the Women’s World Cup final, while Lieke Martens has also been handed a start for Netherlands following a fitness test.USA forward Rapinoe, who has scored five goals in France, missed the semifinal win over England with a “slight hamstring strain,” but trained the following day and said all week she expected to be fit. However, despite not being involved in the portion of training open to the media on Saturday, she is healthy enough to take her place in Sarina Wiegman’s side. Related News Martens’ status was less assured, the Barcelona star having come off at halftime in the semifinals win over Sweden due to a toe injury she sustained when celebrating her winner against Japan in the round of 16. Christen Press, who replaced Rapinoe and scored the first goal against England, reverts back to the bench as one of two changes in the USA team, with Sam Mewis also coming in for Lindsey Horan.The Dutch have made just one change, Anouk Dekker replacing Merel van Dongen.The teams are in! #USANED#FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/iCjt3NLAuj— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 7, 2019
Australia – Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and ResearchChina – National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of SciencesItaly – National Institute for AstrophysicsNew Zealand – Ministry of Economic DevelopmentRepublic of South Africa – National Research FoundationThe Netherlands – Netherlands Organisation for Scientific ResearchUnited Kingdom – Science and Technology Facilities Council SAinfo reporter 3 January 2012 The world’s biggest telescope project has taken a crucial step forward, with its international partners joining forces and agreeing funding for the detailed design of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The SKA is a €1.5-billion global science project to build the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope. Scientists, engineers and industry partners from around the world are collaborating on research and development for the SKA, which will be capable of answering some of the most fundamental questions about the universe. South Africa, allied with eight other African countries, is competing against Australia (allied with New Zealand) to host the SKA. The decision on the host country is due to be announced in early 2012. On 23 November, seven national governmental and research organisations announced the formation of the SKA Organisation, an independent, not-for-profit company established to formalise relationships with international partners and centralise the leadership of the SKA project. The signatories – from Australia, China, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK – plan to spend €69-million (including in-kind contributions) to fund the project in the period leading up to the construction phase, which starts in 2016. Further signatories are expected to join the SKA Organisation and commit additional resources over the next six months. Professor John Womersley, chair of the founding board that prepared the formation of the SKA Organisation, said in a statement: “I am delighted that the partners have recognised the scientific, economic and societal benefits that investing in international science projects like the SKA can bring.” The new SKA Organisation will directly employ staff, have the power to make legally binding decisions and lead the work of the international partners on the design of the telescope. Outgoing SKA project director Professor Richard Schilizzi said: “We are keen to start reaping the rewards that this new structure will bring, not only to the engineering development work, but to the project as a whole.” The office of the SKA Organisation will be located in purpose-built premises funded by the University of Manchester at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire, UK. The office will take over from the SKA Program Development Office currently based at the University. Dr Michiel van Haarlem was appointed interim director-general of the new SKA Organisation following Schilizzi’s retirement in December. The SKA project is expected drive technology development in antennas, fibre networks, signal processing, software and computing, and power. The design, construction and operation of the SKA has the potential to boost skills development, employment and economic growth in science, engineering and associated industries, not only in the SKA host countries but in all partner countries. The SKA signatory organisations are:
20 November 2012A group of medical students who left for training in Cuba on Monday will be able to assist with the roll-out of South Africa’s National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme when they return, says KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize.Mkhize was speaking at King Shaka International Airport in Durban during a farewell function for the 115 students who were selected to study medicine in Cuba as part of the South Africa-Cuba Medical Training Programme.The programme was started 16 years ago.Mkhize said the provincial government regarded the students as assets that would transform public health in the province and the rest of country.“Upon completion of their studies, they will be at the forefront of the implementation of NHI in various health institutions,” Mkhize said.Improving the quality of health services“For the public to use the publicly funded NHI services in the public and private sector, the quality of health services must improve and these students will assist in this regard.”He added that the disparity in resource distribution between the public and private health sector and consequent inequities in access to care continued and that government had a responsibility to ensure that barriers to access to quality health care for all were removed.“These students have been selected from all districts in the province with the assistance of mayors and district Aids Councils,” he said.“They are fully aware that they all represent the aspirations of poor people who cannot afford medical aid in order to access quality healthcare.”About 143 students in the province have left for Cuba already and more than 60 are expected to leave over the next two days.Mkhize said the main target as the KwaZulu-Natal government was to train more medical students in order to increase the current output of doctors produced each year by the country.KwaZulu-Natal has been ardently implementing key interventions and activities as part of the preparatory work for the implementation of NHI.As part of the pilot process, the province has also been testing components that focus on improving financial management capacity and systems at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital and King Edward VIII Academic Hospital.Source: SANews.gov.za
20 August 2013South Africa President Jacob Zuma has invited businesses from the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries to partner with Africa in its drive to develop the continent’s infrastructure.Addressing the first meeting of the BRICS Business Council in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Zuma noted that South Africa, as part of its push for increased regional integration and cross-border trade within Africa, was a strong promoter of both private and public sector investments on the continent.“Over the last few years, the South African Reserve Bank approved nearly 1 000 large investments into 36 African countries.”Intra-African trade levels were still far below their potential, Zuma said, owing in large part to under-developed production structures and inadequate infrastructure – a major theme of the meeting between BRICS and African leaders at the 5th BRICS summit in Durban in March/April.African infrastructure initiative“In my capacity as the champion of the AU’s [African Union’s] Presidential Infrastructure Initiative, I warmly invite you to collaborate with us in realising the delivery of infrastructure on the continent,” Zuma told the gathering of business leaders.“We specifically champion the North-South corridor with its particular emphasis on road and rail infrastructure, initially from Durban to Dar es Salaam and ultimately from the Cape to Cairo.”Zuma noted that South African state corporations, including electricity utility Eskom and the Development Bank of Southern Africa, were already intensifying, or preparing to intensify, their investments in African infrastructure projects, particularly in electricity supply and road infrastructure.The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) had invested a total of R6.2-billion in 41 projects across 17 African countries in 2012, the bulk of these being in mining, industrial infrastructure, agro-processing and tourism.Within South Africa, Zuma said, the government was on course to spend in excess of R4-trillion on infrastructure over the coming years, focusing on rail, roads, energy, water, sanitation and communication.“There is a lot of scope indeed for mutually beneficial partnerships within the BRICS community which will create much-needed infrastructure in Africa,” Zuma said, adding that Africa’s success story augured well for the BRICS-Africa relationship.African free trade areaThe rate of return on foreign investment in Africa was already higher than in any other region in the world, Zuma said, and the continent’s potential – given its mineral wealth, agricultural resources, young population and growing middle class – was enormous.In addition, the East African Community (EAC), Common Market for Eastern and Central Africa (Comesa) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) were working on creating free trade area that would join the markets of 26 countries with a combined population of nearly 600-million people and a GDP of US$1-trillion.This, Zuma said, “will form the basis for an Africa-wide free trade area, which could create a single market of 2.6-trillion US dollars.”Zuma noted that a key outcome of the BRICS summit in Durban had been the agreement to establish a BRICS development bank to help finance infrastructure development in the BRICS and other developing countries.“BRICS leaders plan to meet again on the margins of the G20 Summit in Russia next month and we will consider the progress report from our finance ministers in this regard,” Zuma said, adding: “I trust that this meeting will provide further impetus to the BRICS-led new development bank.”SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest No change in the forecast this morning. A cold front finally leaves the eastern part of the state today, and we should start to see some clearing work in from west to east. It may take into mid or late afternoon for everything to completely break up and leave eastern Ohio, but better weather is coming. We will be cooler today behind the cold front, and winds stay strong for a good chunk of the day. As a matter of fact, winds may be the biggest issue in the forecast todayTomorrow and Thursday turn out partly to mostly sunny. We can see a few more clouds in far northern Ohio, thanks to wrap around clouds and light moisture around the Low as it moves through the Great Lakes into Ontario tomorrow. Thursday should feature full sun in most areas. Friday, a weak frontal boundary seems to fall apart as it moves in. We will allow a few hundredths to a tenth over 40% of Ohio, but generally think just a few more clouds around on Friday. Saturday will start with sunshine but clouds will build.We still have moisture in the forecast to finish the weekend, but models disagree on timing and intensity of action. Right now we are going to keep rains at .25″-1″ for a relatively long window from Saturday late afternoon through Sunday. But, realistically, we think that precipitation will be confined to a smaller window than that…timing is just uncertain. The European model is likely a little over done with heavy moisture coming up from the south.Next week features a dry window from Monday through Wednesday. Another strong system is likely toward the end of the 10 day window next Wednesday night and Thursday, with rain potential again at .25″-.1″, and potential for thunderstorms boosting that upper rain boundary. That means we have 10 day rain totals from half to 2″ for a large part of the state, thanks to 2 strong systems and a more active pattern (map below)
Mobile phones have long been status-symbols, in addition to being a force for empowerment of poor people around the world. Why use shame to try to push people to buy your phones? It’s just the kind of pseudo-edgy condescending humor that box store marketing insiders are likely to approve. If these people could make six figures giving nerds wedgies, they likely would. But now it’s the cool kids with highly functional mobile devices! (And the pricey, multi-year contracts.)Anyway, the videos in this campaign are much funnier than the little songs that visitors are encouraged to email to their mobile-Neanderthal friends. Compare the two videos below and ask yourself which example of cruel mocking humor deserves a multi-million dollar contract and which deserves a firing from a sales job? (Note that the cartoon one has dirty words in it and will burn the ears of children.)Then go visit the Best Buy microsite and email a link to a single mom you know, stuck in a dead end job, about how dumb her phone is. Good times! Go BestBuy! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Best Buy made the news last week for suspending and likely firing a young employee who made an online cartoon mocking iPhone buyers – even though the video made no mention at all of Best Buy. Apparently the company doesn’t mind cruel humor if it’s the one dishing it out, or if the target is poor people instead of Apple, or something. Now Best Buy has launched a new ad campaign designed by shock-dork-marketers Crispin, Porter + Bogusky (Subservient Chicken) called “Phone Shame Eliminator.” The campaign tells people too poor or otherwise disinclined to have smart phones that they are sexually unattractive, going nowhere at work and not very bright. Some of the ads are also funny, even if they are classist, tasteless, obnoxious and cruel. They are not nearly as funny as the cartoon the Best Buy employee got fired for making. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#advertising#web