PREMIERE: Louis Cato Drops New Single “Down For You” Off Debut Solo Album

first_imgLouis Cato’s Starting Now Tracklisting1. introlude2. in my reach3. back and forth4. down for you5. starting now6. light7. anymore8. se interlude9. someone else10. look within11. se bonus Louis Cato is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. The Grammy-nominated and internationally renowned multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter has toured with the likes of Snarky Puppy, Marcus Miller, John Scofield, George Duke, and Bobby McFerrin and recorded with artists like Beyonce, Jack White, John Legend, Q-tip, and more. In addition to these credentials, he’s also regularly performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, locking down a coveted spot as a member of the house band Jon Batiste and Stay Human.Vulfpeck Covers Aretha Franklin, Welcomes Rachael Price & Louis Cato To Friday Show [Full-Set Audio]While Cato boasts an enviable list of past and current collaborators and projects, on November 17th, he will add yet another accomplishment to the list with the release of his debut solo album, Starting Now. The upcoming record sees a different side of the critically acclaimed musician, with Cato taking on the role of singer-songwriter and offering a masterful eleven-track collection of upbeat, funk-pop songs that still tap into his soulful, gospel roots.Cato said of his upcoming release, “When I set out to create this album, my sole purpose was to make an honest statement. Starting Now is me saying, ‘This is who I am and what I do. I’m a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist that prioritizes writing good songs rather than flash or facility alone.’”Watch James Casey, Natalie Cressman, Felix Pastorius, Louis Cato, & More Cover SBTRKT At Brooklyn Comes AliveToday, Live For Live Music is proud to premiere a brand-new single off Starting Now, a smooth new tune titled “Down For You”. The song highlights Cato’s immense musicality, with the tune highlighting his earnest voice and augmented by a rolling, rumbling bassline and gorgeous harmonies. Louis Cato had this to say about the number, “‘Down For You’ was one of the most natural choruses I ever wrote lyrically. It speaks from a place of determined love; reassuring and even a bit self-encouraging, anyone in a committed relationship will find something in it.”You can take a listen to the Live For Live Music world premiere of Louis Cato’s “Down For You” off his debut solo album, Starting Now–due out on November 17–below. To see Louis Cato in action, you can catch him live with The Nth Power and Ghost-Note at New York City’s Cutting Room on November 18th, where he’ll be featured as a special guest, or watch him on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert weeknights at 11:35 p.m. (EST).last_img read more

The Scarlet F: Why fat shaming harms health, and how we can change the conversation

first_img“Headless fatty photos have got to go,” says Monica Kriete, M.P.H. ’18. “The message they send is so harmful.” A student of social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Kriete is also a passionate activist. Last fall, she helped mobilize student support for striking Harvard dining hall workers, talking into a bullhorn, her corkscrew curls bouncing.But despite her outspokenness, Kriete, who identifies as fat, has long been attuned to the cultural signals, both subtle and blatant, that her body is not acceptable. After immersing herself in fat activism blogs as an undergraduate biochemistry and women’s studies concentrator, she’s come to the School to acquire the tools to help change the conversation around weight and health. A key part of that is attacking stigma and shame.Kriete describes weight stigma as a toxic exposure, like air pollution. The more you breathe it in, the more it puts your physical and emotional health at risk — from depression to hormonal changes that can lead to long-term physical damage. It can come from a nasty comment on the street, a blunt physician, or a family member practicing “tough love.” And there’s mounting evidence showing that it’s not just cruel, it’s also counterproductive.One might think fat shaming would be trending down as the size of the average American has gone up, but perceived weight bias is actually rising. Among women, it’s now even more common than racial discrimination, according to work by Rebecca Puhl and colleagues at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut. They and others have found that most Americans see weight as a matter of personal choice and willpower—and people with larger bodies as undisciplined and lazy. Being formerly obese does not make one immune to biased thinking about people who still carry excess pounds, Puhl has found. It can even make newly thin individuals more likely to feel contempt, because having successfully lost weight themselves, they may be more likely to scorn those who have not. According to Puhl’s research, the factor most likely to protect against biased attitudes toward overweight is having a friend or loved one with obesity. The young woman strides down a city sidewalk gripping a textbook and folder. Maybe she’s worrying about missing class, but probably not about being photographed. Nevertheless, she is caught in a camera’s viewfinder. The lens zooms in, focusing on the body part that will come to define her — a fold of belly revealed by her tight top. Her head is cropped out of the resulting photograph, which will go on to be picked up by news sites across the internet. You can now see her body next to headlines like “Too Fat to Graduate” and “Junk in the Trunk” — an anonymous symbol of disgrace. Read Full Storylast_img read more

The Man Behind RaysWeather.com

first_imgDr. Ray Russell is a man of many talents. A minister with a Ph.D. in computer science and a running coach’s certification, Russell is mostly known around town as the weatherman. Self-taught in the art of meteorology, Russell first began reporting weather in the High Country after the blizzard of ’93 blew through Boone, bringing with it nearly 36 inches of snow. As a professor of computer science at Appalachian State University (a position he maintains to this day), Russell was one of the few who could decipher the inner workings of the Internet, which was then only in its infancy.Using primitive web design, Russell crafted a snow report for western North Carolina on his university site, posting semi-regularly during the winters of 1994-96. By the time he received a weather station from his wife during the Christmas of ’98, Russell already had a well-established following of weather watchers.Now, Russell’s forecast (raysweather.com) covers more than the High Country surrounding Boone, spanning the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway from Cherokee, N.C., to Waynesboro, Va. Though Russell now has five meteorologists working for him, he still updates daily forecasts for his hometown. The company’s annual Fearless Forecast has become like a Farmers’ Almanac to southern Appalachian powder hounds awaiting winter’s arrival.ray-russell-boston-marathonRay Russell Runs the Boston MarathonBRO: CAN YOU REMEMBER THE FIRST TIME YOU EVER EXPRESSED INTEREST IN THE WEATHER?RAY: When I was young, I bought every book a 10-year-old could get on meteorology and read. When you asked me what I was going to be when I grew up, well, I was going to be a meteorologist of course. As time went on, I did other things. The weather just kinda happened out of hobby and interest and accident.BRO: WHEN WAS THE TURNING POINT FOR RAY’S WEATHER?RAY: February of 2000. Unbeknownst to me, a local radio station started going to the site and looking at it. They wanted me to talk about weather on the radio. For the next three years, every day at 7:10, that became a staple of the radio station.BRO: WHAT MAKES YOUR WEATHER FORECAST DIFFERENT?RAY: If you go to weather.com, they’re going to tell you what the temperature is in Beech Mountain, but they don’t have any idea. They’re just guessing. With those national [weather] sources, there are no people behind that. It’s all computer generated. It goes from a computer model through some processing straight to the website or mobile device with no human brain that ever intervenes in that process.BRO: DO YOU THINK YOUR ACCURACY HAS LED TO RAYSWEATHER.COM’S SUCCESS?RAY: I call it my hobby gone berserk. I don’t really understand it all. Back in the day, I wrote some pretty zany things I couldn’t get away with anymore, but it was a creative outlet for me, not just the weather, but just to write something funny. We have a golf-o-meter for good days and snowman-o-meter for snow days. We’ll issue a white leg warning on the first warm day after winter, and if it’s windy, we’ll issue a big hair alert. We have fun with it but it’s a serious forecast.BRO: SO WHAT’S OUR WINTER LOOKING LIKE?RAY: It’ll be a slow start to winter, but snowier than average in the Foothills and throughout Southern Appalachia. The heart of our winter will begin late January and February.[divider]Related Contact[/divider]last_img read more

Robin Williams, 63, Dead in Apparent Suicide

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Robin Williams, the Oscar-winning actor and comedian, is dead in a suspected suicide, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed through a press release Monday.Williams was 63. He leaves behind a wife and three children.Dubbed “the funniest man alive” by Entertainment Weekly in 1997, Williams’ career as a television and Hollywood funny man spanned nearly four decades and included acclaimed roles in such shows and films as the TV series Mork & Mindy (1978-1982), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), and Good Will Hunting (1997), among many others.Most recently, he starred in CBS’ television comedy The Crazy Ones. It was canceled by the network in May.Williams was a stand-up comedian at heart whose seemingly neverending reservoir of spot-on impersonations delivered via an equally endless arsenal of voices bled through into the vast array of characters he’d portray throughout the decades, whether across the Broadway stage, TV set or silver screen. For countless fans across the globe, the man was synonymous with laughter.Yet Williams also fought a darker side.“On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communications received a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA,” reads the statement from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division posted on its website.“The Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm,” it continues. “The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA.”“At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made,” it adds. “A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.”Williams spoke openly about his battles with addiction and substance abuse throughout the years, telling The Guardian in an extremely candid (Heartbreaking? Most definitely.) 2010 interview: “I was shameful, did stuff that caused disgust–that’s hard to recover from.”Rest in peace, Robin.last_img read more

Banking analytics gives credit unions a better eye on profitability, risk

first_imgby: Brandon BoglerWith new data mining and predictive analytics solutions, financial institutions (FIs) can gain precious insights into consumer behavior. Specifically, banking analytics can help improve how FIs segment, target, acquire and retain customers. Additionally, analytics can improve risk management, consumer understanding and fraud prevention, enabling FIs to achieve a number of objectives across departments.A recent bankingexhange.com article featured 10 of the most useful ways data analytics can aid FIs in consumer screening and behavioral understanding. I’ve highlighted five below.Is their ID fake? — Analytics can compare photo IDs to state databases to authenticate various forms of identification.Are they transient? — Stability is often a key factor in determining a potential borrower’s risk. Data on address quality and longevity can greatly aid in the determination of stability.Are there patterns to their credit card spending? — Trend data makes it possible to look at a consumer’s spending timeline. This offers a chance to track spending and payments over time to better evaluate risk, and to understand a cardholder’s motivating experiences. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

US to Send 450 More Troops to Iraq, Yet Congress Refuses to Authorize War

first_imgThe lack of a clear strategic end-game was crystallized by the administration’s decision to bolster the US troop presence in Iraq, just as ISIS has claimed more territory. In a conference call with reporters last week, a transcript of which was posted online, US officials asserted that the additional 450 troops would help train and “advise and assist” Iraqi security forces at Taqaddum military base in eastern Anbar Province. Troops will not be placed into ground combat, officials said. “The intent of the additional site is to provide personnel to assist with planning, integration, logistics, and support to the Iraqi security forces and tribal forces as they fight to retake Ramadi and Fallujah, and ultimately all throughout Anbar,” said Elissa Slotkin, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.As more troops head overseas to assist the Iraqi army, US Congress remains non-committal with respect to authorizing the ISIS war. US troops and the American people are left to wait and see if its elected lawmakers act on their oath to discharge the duties of their office. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]I[/dropcap]t was more than three years ago when the last remaining US service members were withdrawn from Iraq, capping a devastating nine-year war that saw more than 4,000 Americans casualties and countless survivors suffering traumatic physical and psychological wounds. As a war-weary American public is all-too aware, US troops have returned to Iraq to assist a seemingly dysfunctional Iraq army in what has now become a 10-month battle against the so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. The number of troops there grew last week when the Obama administration—following a request from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi—authorized the deployment of 450 US troops, bringing to 3,550 the total number of US soldiers in Iraq. The administration’s decision to bolster the number of troops in the war-torn country follows troubling advances by ISIS, most notably its recent takeover of Ramadi, the capital of western Anbar Province. This time last year, ISIS routed the Iraqi army and claimed Mosul, which Iraqi security forces have failed to retake.While troops were preparing to embark on another mission in Iraq, albeit in an advisory role, Congress was offered the opportunity to vote on an amendment added to a defense appropriations bill that would’ve forced lawmakers to authorize the war against ISIS. That amendment failed to pass. For the last 10 months, the US has been fighting a war that has yet to be authorized by Congress, the only branch of government with the power to approve war. The Obama administration has been relying on a pair of post-Sept. 11 war authorizations—the 2001 AUMF and 2002 AUMF—to justify its war on ISIS. The administration often evokes those versions to validate its borderless drone war and to explain why it had the authority to kill a US citizen-turned-radical cleric in Yemen. The 2001 AUMF, drafted in the days following Sept. 11, in particular has been blasted by civil liberty groups as overbroad. That version gave President George W. Bush the authority to defend the nation against the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks, meaning al Qaeda. ISIS didn’t exist then. And although it was born out of the terror network, al Qaeda has since disavowed the group, partly due to its brutality. After Congress decided not to act in the months preceding the mid-term elections, the Obama administration proposed its own AUMF, which would remain in effect for three years. Yet, as US Secretary of State John Kerry explained in one of the few debates on Obama’s war authorization, the administration doesn’t believe it needs Congress’ legal endorsement. The Obama AUMF is essentially a symbolic move to ostensibly show the international community that US lawmakers, the military, and the executive branch are united in the effort to “degrade and destroy” ISIS. One day after Obama authorized the troop build-up, Congress was in session, debating a defense appropriations bill. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) proposed an amendment that would’ve required Congress to vote on war authorization by March 31, 2016. If Congress failed to do so, funding for the ISIS war would’ve halted immediately. The amendment failed by a 196-231 vote. Long Island’s Congressional delegation voted along party lines, with Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City), Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans), and Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) voting in favor of the amendment. LI’s GOP contingent, Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), voted no. “If this is worth fighting ISIS, and I believe it is, it’s worth having Congress do its job,” Schiff said during his floor speech. “If we’re going to ask our service members to risk their lives, we ought to have the courage ourselves to take a vote on this war.” Schiff accused Congress of being “derelict” and slammed his colleagues for abdicating their duties. “During the course of that war, we have put our pilots and other service members at considerable risk and we have suffered casualties,” Schiff said. “We’ve expended hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars. And as yet there is no end in sight to this conflict.”last_img read more

Blue collar boom? College grads, baby boomers big winners in Trump’s economy

first_imgNet worth combines the value of assets like real estate and stocks and subtracts liabilities like mortgage loans and credit card balances.Because America’s bottom 50 percent are starting from such a small base, given the enormous disparities in wealth in the United States, even large moves in their fortunes do little to dent the overall distribution. In dollar terms as of the end of September 2019, that latest data available from the Fed, the combined net worth of the poorest half of families was $1.67 trillion out of total US household wealth of $107 trillion.Here is what the Fed’s Distributional Financial Accounts have to say:Historically, 17 percent growth in household wealth over 11 three-month “quarters,” or nearly three years, is pretty standard. There have been 110 such periods since the Fed’s data series begins in mid-1989, and the most recent ranks 55th, squarely in the middle.On a quarterly basis, compound growth in household wealth since 1989 has averaged 1.39 percent. Under Trump it is slightly less, at 1.34%.The bottom half of households saw their net worth rise by 54 percent under Trump, from $1.08 trillion to $1.67 trillion. That’s compared to an 18 percent rise for the top 1 percent, who control roughly a third of the total household wealth in America, or around $34.5 trillion.Even after those gains, that works out to average net worth of around $26,000 for the bottom half of households versus around $27 million for the ones at the top.Much of that increase among the bottom half was due to increases in real estate, not stocks, after a resurgence in home ownership rates that began in 2016.Wages for lower-skilled jobs have of late been rising faster than those for higher-skilled occupations. But it takes time for income to be saved and translate into wealth. Since Trump took office, households headed by a college graduate captured 75 percent of the net worth gains, or around $11.88 trillion.They represent about a third of all households, according to the Fed survey on which the data series is based.Overall, households headed by a high school graduate, a group on the front lines of Trump’s pledge to restore blue collar fortunes, lost $0.4 trillion in net worth during his time in office. Those households represent about a fourth of the total.A baby boomer boomGenerationally, households with a head born from 1946 to 1964 did not get fooled again, as the 1971 rock anthem pledged. The title of Trump’s speech was “The Great American Comeback.” It could just as easily have been “OK Boomer, What About the Rest of Us?”Baby boomers under Trump, himself a member of that generation, captured around $10 trillion of recent wealth gains, or about two-thirds of the total.The Fed survey’s demographic estimates are as of 2016, and the population would have changed slightly since then. In 2016 about 36 percent of household heads (in the case of mixed-sex couples the Fed considers the man to be the head, in same-sex couples it is the oldest of the two) were headed by a member of the baby boom.Wealth accumulates with time, and older people would tend to have a larger base to start with. But for millennials, those born between 1981 and 1996, the last three years of booming markets have meant an extra half trillion dollars only, spread across about 20.6 percent of households. GenX’ers, born between 1965 and 1980, got about 21 percent of the gains, and made up roughly 26 percent of households. The pre-baby boom “Silent Generation” got 16 percent of the gains, roughly in line with that group’s share of households.Analyzed by race, the data told a familiar story of inequality. About 84 percent of recent wealth gains accrued to the 64 percent of households that self-identified to the Fed as white.About 4.6 percent of wealth gains went to the 14.5 percent of households that identified as black, and 3.8 percent to the 10.1 percent of households that identified as Hispanic.Topics : US President Donald Trump rolled out an eye-catching statistic in his State of the Union address Tuesday: the wealth held by the poorest half of American households increased three times as fast as the wealth held by the “1 percent” since he became president.That’s true, according to Federal Reserve data.On average, Americans have seen a 17 percent jump in household wealth since Trump’s election, while wealth at the bottom half has increased 54 percent. “This is a blue collar boom,” Trump also said Tuesday. That’s less apparent. The biggest winners on a dollar basis were a familiar group – whites, college graduates, and people born during the “baby boom” between 1946 and 1964.Since December 2016, President Barack Obama’s last full month in office, average household wealth has increased US$15.8 trillion, but the vast majority went to groups that have tended to accumulate wealth in the past.Even with a 54 percent increase in their household wealth under Trump, the poorest half of American households, around 64 million families, still have just 1.6 percent of household “net worth.”Half of Americalast_img read more

Azpilicueta anticipates changes

first_img The Brazilian defender admitted Chelsea manager Mourinho will be well within his rights to make wholesale changes after Tuesday’s 1-0 loss. Chelsea host Southampton in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday and Azpilicueta rejected the suggestion players will have any cause for frustration if overlooked. He said: “The manager decides about that (team selection). “Sometimes he makes changes, sometimes more, sometimes less, it depends on how he sees us and the way we have performed. “He is the manager and will try to do the best for our team.” Azpilicueta also refused to accept that fatigue played a part in Chelsea’s Champions League loss in Switzerland. “We are a little bit tired, but that’s normal,” he said. “You can’t always play 100 per cent. I feel okay, I finished the game well without any problems. “It’s normal when you play every three days that the players feel a little bit more tired. “The most important thing is the mental approach, to forget the tiredness of the body.” Chelsea’s stars can have no complaints if Jose Mourinho wields the axe after lacklustre defeat in Basle, according to Cesar Azpilicueta.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

MILO schools football tournament 2019 finalists to be decided today

first_imgTHE two finalists for the 2019 MILO schools football tournament crown will be decided today when semi-final action kicks off.Set for the Ministry of Education ground on Carifesta Avenue, the double-header will begin at 14:00hrs.In the first game, Annandale will go toe-to-toe with Linden’s Christianburg/Wismar Secondary.Both sides had runaway wins in their previous matches and their meeting at the semi-final stage is expected to provide fireworksThe second game of the afternoon pits President’s College against Lodge Secondary – a feisty affair which will see a no-holds-barred kind of footballThe final is billed for next weekend. The tournament is sponsored by the Ministry of Public Health under the ‘Stop Gender-based Violence’ campaign.last_img read more

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