Tank And The Bangas Perform New Hip-Hop-Infused Single “Nice Things” On ‘The Tonight Show’ & For Vevo [Watch]

first_imgNew Orleans five-piece Tank and The Bangas are gearing up to release their sophomore studio album, Green Balloon, due out on Friday, May 3rd via Verve Forecast Records.Ahead of Green Balloon‘s May 3rd release, Tank and The Bangas recently shared a catchy new hip-hop-infused tune “Nice Things”, which they performed live on Thursday as part of their debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The band also shared a recording of “Nice Things” from a recent session for Vevo.Brought to fame as the unanimous winners of NPR’s Tiny Desk contest in 2017, Tank and The Bangas have been all aboard a wild ride since the band jumped on the map. Following up the band’s debut LP, 2013’s Think Tank, in April 2018, Tank and The Bangas released “Smoke.Netflix.Chill“, their first release via a major label (Verve Forecast). Led by vocalist and songwriter Tarriona “Tank” Ball, the group continues to evolve in more ways than just music, as Tank continues to grow and develop as a performer and writer.Well-respected producers including Jack Splash, Mark Batson, Zaytoven, Louie Lastic, and Robert Glasper (who also features on three tracks) were all tapped to help create the 17-track LP.Watch Tank and The Bangas perform “Nice Things” on The Tonight Show and for Vevo below:Tank and The Bangas – “Nice Things” – The Tonight Show [Video: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon]Tank and The Bangas – “Nice Things” – Vevo[Video: TankandtheBangas]Head here to pre-order Tank and The Bangas’ Green Balloon LP.For ticketing and a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates in support of their forthcoming record, head to Tank and The Bangas’ website.Green Balloon Tracklist:01. Colors Introduction02. Spaceships03. Dope Girl Magic04. Ants05. Hot Air Balloons (feat. Alex Isley)06. Forgetfulness07. Get Up Interlude (feat. Robert Glasper)08. Too High Prelude09. I Don’t Get High10. Happy Town (feat. Pell)11. Nice Things12. Smoke.Netflix.Chill.13. Floating Interlude14. Mr. Lion15. In London Interlude (feat. Robert Glasper)16. Lazy Daze (feat. Robert Glasper)17. Colors ChangeView Tracklistlast_img read more

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Pakistan court orders release of man accused in Pearl death

first_imgISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered the release of a Pakistani-British man convicted and later acquitted in the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002. The court also dismissed an appeal of Ahmad Saeed Omar Sheikh’s acquittal filed by Pearl’s family. Sheikh has been on death row since his conviction. An attorney for Sheikh said the court also ordered the release of three other Pakistanis who had been sentenced to life in prison for their part in Pearl’s kidnapping and death. Sheikh was convicted of helping lure Pearl to a meeting in Karachi, during which he was kidnapped.last_img

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OIS receives record number of applications

first_imgThe Office of International Studies (OIS) received a record number of applications for study abroad during the 2011-12 school year, according to Kathleen Opel, director of OIS. An increase in applicants is a recurring trend, Opel said. “The number of applications is very slightly higher than last year,” she said. “Each year the number rises slightly.” Opel said 1,002 students submitted 1,571 applications. OIS accepted approximately 800 students. That number will rise in the coming weeks as OIS accepts students from wait lists. “A number of offers of acceptances will be extended in the next two weeks to cover those who withdrew an application or declined acceptance,” Opel said. The rise in applications displays students’ interest in education extending beyond Notre Dame’s campus, Opel said. “The numbers indicate Notre Dame’s study abroad programs are strong, and that our students recognize the value of an international education experience, whether on an OIS study abroad program, a service-learning international experience or a research or internship opportunity off campus,” she said. Opel said OIS works to be a valuable asset to students’ educations. “Being engaged with the international community is an integral part of a Notre Dame education,” she said. The deadline for applications for the 2011-12 academic year was Nov. 15, 2010. Opel said the process of evaluating the applications is very intensive. “Each program has a committee that reads all the applications to determine if the student meets the qualifications necessary and if the student preferences for site and semester can be met,” she said. Opel said in addition to two students who were accepted to the new program in Dakar, Senegal, OIS is looking to replace the Leuven, Belgium program by next year. OIS accepted 26 students to its program in Cairo. Opel said despite the political upheaval in the country, OIS is exploring all possible options for students who were admitted. “It is not clear that the [Cairo] program will run, particularly in the fall.  We are presenting the students with several options including deferring acceptance to spring semester when the situation may be clearer or changing to their second preference program for consideration,” she said. “I hope and anticipate that Cairo will continue to be a study abroad site in the future.” Regardless of the location, Opel said OIS ensures programs affiliated with Notre Dame are of the highest quality. “We know our partners abroad and work with them to ensure that our students are in quality programs that provide rigorous and stimulating educational experiences while keeping students in safe living and learning environments,” she said. Regardless of whether OIS acceptances or rejections, Opel said Notre Dame undergraduates should attempt to study abroad by any means possible. “We in OIS want to help provide this opportunity to every student we can,” she said. “If there is not an opportunity through OIS, we urge students to explore other international options through ND or beyond ND.” Opel said the power of international educational experiences is defined by how students develop in a foreign setting. “Study abroad can change you, your life goals, your perspectives about other countries and cultures as well as your own,” she said. “It provides a window on the world beyond the U.S.  It allows you to grow and test yourself in ways that aren’t possible when you are in a completely familiar environment.”last_img read more

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Speaker discusses social reconstruction

first_imgProfessor Dinka Corkalo Biruski, visiting research fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, presented her research Thursday on social reconstruction in post-war societies in a lecture entitled “When Community Falls Apart: Challenges of Recovery and Social Reconstruction in the Aftermath of War.”  Annette Sayre | The Observer Biruski’s research, which started in 2000 and has received support from both the Kroc Institute and Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA), focused on the process of social reconstruction in the community of Vukovar, Croatia, one of many communities affected by the 1991 Croatian war for independence. Biruski defined the process of social reconstruction as the process a society goes through in order to achieve normalcy after a conflict or mass traumatization.“We actually talk about two processes,” Biruski said. “The process of individual recovery, and the process of social recovery, where individuals need to deal with their post-traumatic symptoms and the community needs to find ways to deal with painful collective history in relation to narratives of who they are to who in the past war.”According to Biruski, the community of Vukovar currently faces severe ethnographic division between Serbs and Croats. While pre-war relations among Serbs and Croats were relatively peaceful, post war relationships between Serbs and Croats have been characterized as socially divided, a definition that permeates aspects such as schooling, sports and business relations.“It’s more than obvious that social metric is not there anymore,” Biruski said. “It means that an important source of social support is lacking, which makes services for reconciliation or recovery much slower.”According to Biruski, there are four levels of social reconstruction: individual, community, societal and structural. Her research presented these levels as key to understanding and implementing changes in communities affected by war. Biruski emphasized the importance of social context in understanding mass traumatization and social reconstruction.“The social context where mass traumatization happened has qualities or characteristics that distinguish it from the circumstances where individual violence occurred,” she said.Biruski said she focused her research in segregated schooling between Serbs and Croats in the region of Vukovar. While schools in Vukovar before the war were integrated and possessed a common Serbo-Croatian dialect, education is now segregated between the two ethnicities and each ethnicity teaches in their respective language. According to Biruski, history is a delicate and poorly-handled subject in both ethnicities.“We do not claim that school division actually created negative attitudes,” Biruski said. “However we do argue that separate schooling does not help in social reconstruction. By keeping children apart in education, they lack a possibility to meet others.”Biruski said her research demonstrated that children in Vukovar are less equipped both socially and psychologically to contact or form relationships with people of another ethnicity, while adults, because they have pre-war memories of integrated relationships between Serbs and Croatians, are more equipped to engage in relationships between Croats and Serbs.“The only reality children have is the reality of a divided community,” Biruski said.Biruski said another factor that influences social reconstruction is misconceptions of the definition of reconciliation in a divided society.“We would be able to generalize more on the typical processes and obstacles in social reconstruction when we talk about the aftermath of war,” she said.Tags: Croatia, Kroc Institute, lecture, reconstruction, Serbia, social reformlast_img read more

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Education through customization

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jason Hill Jason is a business executive with 18 years of experience in sales and the management of sales teams, with both start-up and mature financial technology companies. Prior to LendKey he … Web: www.lendkey.com Details It has long been said that credit unions have two balance sheets—one financial and one social. Education, of course, is a part of this calculus as it’s one of the missions of the credit union. An educated member benefits by getting the best loan or investment deal and the organization gains and maintains financial strength through an informed membership.Education is especially needed for student loans as students and parents find that financing a college education can be both a complex and confusing journey. A continuous stream of negative media reports tend to sensationalize and distort while ignoring the notion that student loans are a wise investment that can improve family earnings and the national economy.Education via customizationAs consumers have become increasingly comfortable purchasing goods and services online, a valued by-product has been education. An example of this is Kayak, the travel search engine, who pioneered the concept of education through customization by showing consumers how different choices affect prices.As the user selects options, like the number of stops and which day they want to travel, they’re doing two things: customizing their travel and educating themselves on the variables that go into the cost of an airline ticket. It’s a seamless, transparent process that revolutionized travel, provided new options and created a more educated consumer.This same concept can be extended to the student loan market, whether we’re talking about new private student loans or student loan refinancing products. It is a market where consumers could greatly benefit from reliable information, transparency and financial literacy.Customization would allow the borrower choice, transparent pricing and fast decisions. If, for example, an applicant is able to submit a single credit application online and receives instant loan offers specific to their credit profile, it would give that borrower more control over the financial decision they’re about to make, and more information on the implications of each variable in their shopping process.If that same borrower was able to apply for a loan digitally and was able to customize their loan, they would start to understand the factors that go into loan pricing—variable or fixed rate, whether to have a co-signer and repayment terms. Through customization and the resulting education, the borrower would obtain the best loan for their needs, would be informed about the loan process, and would build a stronger relationship with the credit union that helped him or her obtain a loan in such a seamless, educational and transparent manner.The credit union would benefit by gaining a member who knows what they are getting into when they sign up for a private student loan, makes smarter decisions about how best to meet their college financing needs and drives higher payback levels. And it is likely that a substantial number of new members that would sign up via this process, would be solid candidates for cross-selling opportunities.At LendKey we believe that it is time for such a user experience. We’re calling this shopping and fulfillment process the LendKey Network, and will be introducing it shortly. We recently demonstrated this experience at FinovateSpring 2015, where we highlighted how credit unions can expand their mission of educating and serving members via this digital lending network. We look forward to setting a new standard in online lending, one that simultaneously educated and helps new and existing members make informed financial decisions.last_img read more

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The machine learning dilemma: So much data, where do we begin?

first_img 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr According to industry headlines, the answers to many challenges facing credit unions today lie deep within their member data.However, with volumes of data spanning a credit union’s systems and applications – and multiplying by the minute – bringing it all together under one technological roof is easier said than done.So how can credit unions better manage their data, implementing the right strategies and infrastructure to transform data into both operational efficiencies and better member experiences?“Machine learning technology is quickly advancing and promises to benefit credit unions and their members in many important ways – from fraud detection and risk management to member services and marketing,” said Phong Q. Rock, Sr. VP, corporate strategy and business development for Feedzai. “However, leveraging all that machine learning has to offer requires credit unions to first ensure the quality of their data.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Middle Island Man Charged With Drugged-driving in Fatal Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A driver who was allegedly high on drugs crashed into another vehicle, killing the 45-year-old man driving the second car in the victim’s hometown of Shirley on Tuesday, Suffolk County police said.Kendell Owens, 31, of Middle Island, was driving an Infiniti G35 eastbound on Montauk Highway when his vehicle struck a Chrysler Sebring driven by Richard Garcia, who was heading northbound on William Floyd Parkway at 9:51 p.m., police said.Garcia was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue, where he was pronounced dead.The driver of a third car that crashed into Garcia’s suffered minor injuries. A fourth car carrying five people—including an infant and a 2-year-old girl—were also treated for minor injuries after their car was hit by the first two.Owens, who was also treated for minor injuries, was arrested and charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and leaving the scene of an incident without reporting involving a fatality.He will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with any information about this crash to call them at 631-852-6555.last_img read more

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Argentina coronavirus death toll surpasses 10,000

first_imgArgentina’s coronavirus death toll surpassed 10,000 on Monday, the government said, as the South American nation struggles to bring its infection rate under control.There have been 10,129 deaths, with 488,007 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to government data. Almost half of coronavirus tests are yielding a positive result.Argentina has been under lockdown since March 20, though cases have spiked in recent weeks. Some areas of the country, including capital Buenos Aires, remain under varying levels of quarantine, though some activities, like exercise and outdoor restaurant dining, recently resumed. Topics :last_img

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Protests, clashes, arrests continue amid jobs law outrage

first_imgClashes between protesters and the police continued for a third day on Friday, as cities throughout the country saw public outrage at the passage of the Job Creation Law and observers raised concerns about the treatment of detainees.In Bandung, West Java, the police detained at least 200 people during clashes on Wednesday, many of whom were later discharged. But about 20 people were still struggling to get legal assistance on Friday.“We have not been given access for legal assistance. They were detained because of possession of sharp weapons and Molotov cocktails,” Bandung Legal Aid Institute (LBH Bandung) director Lasma Natalia said on Friday. After Thursday’s protests, at least 89 more were detained at the Central Bandung Police station, while at least 100 others were detained at the Bandung Police headquarters, Lasma said.Read also: Civil groups urge police to stop ‘repressing’ omnibus law protestersIn Yogyakarta, the police arrested 95 people during chaotic demonstrations against the jobs law in front of the Yogyakarta Legislative Council building on Thursday.Four people were charged under the Criminal Code for allegedly destroying the police post at the end of the famous shopping street, Jl. Malioboro. Those who were not charged were released on Friday afternoon.LBH Yogyakarta director Yogi Zul Fadhli criticized the police for not allowing families and lawyers to visit the demonstrators after they were arrested, saying it violated human rights.In Malang, East Java, the police arrested at least 129 people during violent protests that took place around Tugu Malang square on Thursday, which led to at least eight vehicles being damaged.Malang Police chief Sr. Comr. Leonardus Simarmata said some of the protesters had come from areas outside of Malang, including Jombang, Banyuwangi and Pasuruan.Eighteen police officers received medical treatment at Saiful Anwar Hospital in Malang for mild injuries.Read also: Semarang Police arrest dozens of students protesting jobs lawIn Makassar and Palopo, South Sulawesi, the police detained 250 people, 72 of whom were minors, in clashes from Thursday to Friday morning.A number of government and police facilities were damaged. Five police officers and a civil servant were reportedly injured.South Sulawesi Police public relations head Sr. Comr. Ibrahim Tompo said on Friday that the police were investigating the incidents and had not yet named any suspects.In Jambi, protests against the passage of the law continued on Friday. About 100 students clashed with authorities in the courtyard of the Jambi Legislative Council building at noon.“We urge all members of the council to sign a petition against the omnibus law,” shouted one protestor.On Thursday, Jambi Legislative Council chairman Edi Purwanto signed such a petition, witnessed by about 30 members of a student alliance.Jambi Police chief Insp. Gen. Firman Shantyabudi said the police had apprehended four people and were investigating their potential roles in the chaos that damaged the council building.Read also: Govt encourages critics of jobs law to apply for judicial review rather than staging protestsIn Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, a number of student associations under the Cipayung Plus group protested in front of the East Nusa Tenggara Legislative Council building on Friday.The protest, which started peacefully with a march and joint prayers involving both protesters and authorities on the street, ended in chaos after protesters began a discussion with East Nusa Tenggara Legislative Council speaker Emilia Nomleni and deputy speaker Inche Sayuna.After two minutes of discussion, water bottles and stones flew from the back of the crowd toward the police. Emilia and Inche were escorted away by the police.The students were later disbanded after clashes with police officers. None of the students were reported injured.East Nusa Tenggara Police chief Insp. Gen. Lotharia Latif, who was at the scene of the protests, called on everyone to cooperate and keep the peace. (syk)–Andi Hajramurni from Makassar, Jon Afrizal from Jambi and Djemi Amnifu from Kupang contributed to this story.Topics :last_img read more

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Rolls-Royce UK pension fund seals record £4.6bn de-risking deal

first_imgThe Rolls-Royce UK Pension Fund has insured the pension benefits of around 40% of its members in a £4.6bn (€5.2bn) deal with a Legal and General unit.The transaction will reduce Rolls-Royce’s post-retirement obligations by around £4.1bn. In addition to offloading these pension liabilities, the trustee will transfer around £4.6bn of assets to the insurer.Rolls-Royce will also make an exceptional cash contribution of around £30m.The deal covers the benefits of around 33,000 in-payment pensioners out of a total of 76,000 members. Joel Griffin, head of global pensions & benefits at Rolls-Royce, said: “This agreement will result in increased security for Rolls-Royce pensioners and reduced risk for our business.“This would not have been possible without the close collaboration and commitment of our trustees and advisers over many years, ensuring that the scheme is well-funded.”Stephen Daintith, Rolls-Royce’s chief financial officer, said: “This is a significant transaction which represents another step on our journey to simplify, de-risk and strengthen the company.”The transaction was structured as a partial buy-in to buyout, meaning Legal & General would also become responsible for administering and paying the pensions.The insurer noted that the deal “involved a number of significant and innovative solutions”, such as the transfer of a hedging portfolio and the restructuring of an existing longevity swap held by the pension fund.The insurer said the deal represented about 30% of the pension fund’s assets and was equivalent to 25% of the market capitalisation of Rolls-Royce Holdings.Legal & General said the transaction was the UK’s largest pension buyout. The previous largest UK bulk annuity transaction was a £4.4bn deal between the British Airways Pensions Scheme and Legal & General.The insurer has struck more than £6bn worth of global bulk annuity transactions this year.last_img read more

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