Queens, NY-based DJ and local scene favorite DJ Cochon de Lait has put together a special In Memoriam: 2016 mix, showcasing the long list of incredible musicians that we lost this past year. The set consists of well-known classics, as well as some lesser known tracks by artists that left this earthly plane such as David Bowie, Prince, Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest, George Michael, Natalie Cole, Leonard Cohen, Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire, Tower of Power founder and trumpeter Mic Gillette, both Keith Emerson and Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and so many more.The almost 2-hour mix, featuring 50 artists, is sleek, sexy, and most importantly, funky, with some incredibly funny interludes featuring clips from various movies and TV shows that will be instantly recognizable. While there have been countless articles written about the artists we lost in 2016, this mix is truly the best way to honor them and to simply get down in remembrance of the sheer amount of genius that was lost this year. Cochon de Lait had this to say about the mix:“We lost a lot of great artists and notable figures in 2016, and this is my tribute to some of them. Unfortunately, I couldn’t include every great musician who passed away last year, but I did recognize 50 individuals in this mix. Some of them you know well, and I hope you’ll take this opportunity to learn about the legacies of the others. For the most part, I didn’t choose the most obvious song, but I made sure to pick selections that showcase the true soul of the individual. May they all rest in peace.Please note that while there is no foul language, the content of some of these songs would not be appropriate for you to blast in your office, church, or cub scout meeting. You have been warned.”Without further adieu, here is the full In Memoriam: 2016 mix by DJ Cochon de Lait:For more info on when Cochon de Lait is spinning near you, check out his Facebook page here. He spins every Third Thursday at Brooklyn’s Threes Brewing from 9pm – 1am.[cover photo via Christhebarker]
Willie Nelson got some help from an unlikely guest when Senate candidate and current Congressional representative Beto O’Rourke joined him on stage on Wednesday night. The El Paso Democrat, who is currently running to unseat Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz, joined Nelson and a number of other musicians for a run of three song during country music legend’s annual 4th of July Picnic in Austin.Rep. O’Rourke has been a vocal supporter of marijuana legalization on the campaign trail, so it was a fitting surprise when the Congressman sat-in for back-to-back renditions of Nelson favorites “Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die” and “It’s All Going To Pot”. The politician, who was first elected to Congress in 2012, took up the acoustic guitar during his appearance, which wrapped up with take on “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and “I’ll Fly Away”. Additionally, Rep. O’Rourke made a passionate speech in defense of immigrants and American values before the night’s fireworks display.Other guests during the show included Margo Price as well as members of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Head and The Heart, and Asleep At The Wheel (whose frontman, Ray Benson, sported a Beto O’Rourke shirt).Rep. O’Rourke may be a politician by trade, but he’s no stranger to music. In the early 1990s, Rep. O’Rourke played guitar in a punk rock band called Foss that, notably, featured The Mars Volta/At The Drive-In frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala on drums and vocals. “I wasn’t very good at it,” O’Rourke told the Washington Post in 2017.Americans will head to the polls for the midterm elections on November 6, 2018. You can register to vote here.Willie Nelson, Beto O’Rourke, and Family [Video: Beto O’Rourke’s Facebook page]Beto’s speech / 4th of July fireworks [Video: ohmylauren][H/T – Dallas Morning News]
The death of a mother in pregnancy or childbirth is not an isolated tragic event, but one that also can devastate the health and economic wellbeing of her family. A panel discussion held October 7, 2014 at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) explored new findings documenting these repercussions in five African countries where maternal death rates are high.The event was sponsored by HSPH’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and the International Center for Research on Women. HSPH’s Ana Langer, professor of the practice of public health and director of the Women and Health Initiative, moderated the panel, which included Alicia Yamin, lecturer on global health and policy director of the FXB Center.Yamin led one of the studies discussed at the event, which looked at the effects of maternal death on children and families in Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Africa, and Malawi. The researchers found stark differences between the health of children whose mothers did and did not survive. Children were often abandoned by their fathers, undernourished, and forced to drop out of school and take on difficult household and farm tasks. The second study, conducted in Kenya, found that newborns of mothers who die in childbirth are far less likely to survive.The panelists expressed hope that the new findings will help spur policymakers to take action to address these largely preventable deaths, and to raise women’s health to the center of the global health and development agenda. Read Full Story
A boost for managing cities From a royal palace to ivy halls: A dissident’s view of the Arab Spring Democratic Knowledge Project bridges core knowledge and diverse perspectives in statewide pilot of interactive curriculum Related Reframing civics education When Kostas Bakoyannis, M.P.P. ’04, was elected mayor of Greece’s capital city with a hefty 65 percent of the vote last May, he went to the people — appropriately enough, in the birthplace of democracy — to ask about local concerns. And what he heard was clear.“They wanted a city that was safe and secure, a city that’s clean, a city that’s well-lit, a city that they could be proud of,” he said. Emerging from the devastating financial crisis of the previous 13 years, Bakoyannis said, Athenians wanted “a city that would grow in self-confidence and be optimistic again.”Presenting ideas on “Reinventing Athens” to a capacity crowd at Adolphus Busch Hall on Tuesday, Bakoyannis told Elaine Papoulias, executive director of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, that, “People gave a lot of credence to what we call back to basics.” As a candidate, he and his team had done a lot of what he called “walking the city” and listening to its residents, and they’d learned that what they wanted was within the purview of city governance.For starters, Bakoyannis decided to “reinvent and restructure city services.” Parts of the city had gone without essential services for so long that simply restoring the basics was challenging, and a building right next to city hall was stuffed with 35 tons of trash that was removed only recently.Using “the so-called broken-window theory,” Bakoyannis said he is working toward “an urban environment that’s welcoming to our families.” To address that, he established a coordination center with security forces. “In certain neighborhoods, residents felt neglected,” he said. “They felt forgotten, so one of our main priorities was to bring back a sense of security.”Another project is creating primary healthcare centers, the first offered by a Greek municipality. Six are now open and, as a seventh is about to open, he is pushing to extend their hours and to link them to elder residences. “The idea is to be able to prove to the state that primary healthcare will be in the purview of local government,” Bakoyannis said. “Cities are the true laboratories of change. Cities are the engines of growth.” “There is more depth and more strength to democracy than what we’re letting on. But it’s never easy.” — Kostas Bakoyannis Bloomberg gift will fund Kennedy School, Business School partnership program to assist mayors, improve programs Some of his plans, he acknowledged, may face pushback. Informal rentals through online clearinghouses such as Airbnb, for example, have proved a source of income for many and a lifeline during the financial crisis. However, they have also driven up rents, pushing out the young and lower income and likely contributing to the nation’s “brain drain.” (More than half a million Greeks have left the country since 2009.) To find a solution, Athens is keeping its focus hyper-local, working on individualized plans to limit or license such rentals on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis.Other projects, such as banning cars in some areas of the city, may be unpopular at first but will serve several functions. “We want to reclaim public space,” said Bakoyannis, citing increasing interest in green or sustainable city planning and the climate crisis.“Athens has three records: We have the least urban green space per capita in Europe, the most asphalt per capita in Europe, and our houses have the most square meters per capita in Europe,” he said. “These numbers show what the problem is but also what the solution is.”Reclaiming roadways for green space and non-vehicle access will not only improve urban life for residents, he pointed out, it should also help with tourism. Athens, he noted, currently has 5.5 million visitors annually, where Venice has 45 million. “Clearly there is room to grow.”Athens’ youngest elected mayor, Bakoyannis now 41, was first elected to office in 2011 as mayor of the town of Karpenisi, and then as regional governor in 2014, so he is not so green as to think his plans will be unanimously welcomed. “When you’re asking people to change their habits, that’s never easy. At the beginning there is a lot of hot water, but with time people recognize that the change can be positive. It has to be a bottoms-up deliberative process that engages all stakeholders.”“There is more depth and more strength to democracy than what we’re letting on. But it’s never easy.” Hicham el Alaoui, who gave up a title for scholarship, discusses hopes for reform
NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a fraudster facing sentencing next week lured one investor by bragging that Rudy Giuliani had agreed to be the face of a fraud-busting company that was a fraud itself. The revelation was included in court papers filed late Monday as prosecutors urged a judge to sentence David Correia next week to about three years in prison. The Florida man has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud and making false statements to the Federal Election Commission. His lawyer asked that he serve no prison time. But prosecutors said he deserves years in prison for a fraud that cheated seven individuals of over $2 million. They say he also doesn’t seem contrite.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan will perform at the Morris Performing Arts Center in downtown South Bend on March 6 as part of a series of events proceeding IDEA Week, according to a press release issued Monday. Gaffigan will be performing his “Quality Time Tour.” IDEA Week, an annual conference and festival sponsored by Notre Dame and several other organizations from the South Bend-Elkhart region, aims to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the local community.This year’s IDEA Week is scheduled to take place April 8-13.Gaffigan will perform as part of the new IDEA Week Event Series, which will extend IDEA week programming beyond the week-long conference, the release said.“A lot of interest was generated in IDEA Week after its first successful year,” event director Nick Swisher said in the release. “We had many speakers and entertainment acts contact us to see how they could be a part. To keep the momentum and fun going, as well as to accommodate those acts whose schedules don’t fit our April 8-13 window, we will now be hosting events like Gaffigan throughout the year.”This year’s IDEA Week will feature more than 50 events in four modules, “Learn, Play, Meet and Compete,” the release said.Gaffigan is best known for his stand-up comedy but has also received acclaim for his work as an actor, producer and writer.According to the release, Gaffigan last performed in the South Bend region when he came to Notre Dame in 2013.Tags: Idea Week, IDEA week 2019, Jim Gaffigan, Morris Performing Arts Center
View Comments As The Book of Mormon reaches five years on Broadway this month, those black tie-clad boys have an extra reason to leap for joy. The Tony-winning musical once again made an appearance in the top five shows by gross and claimed the number one spot by capacity. Joining it in the top spots were perennial box office favorites Hamilton, The Lion King, Wicked and Aladdin. Eclipsed reached a capacity of 94.28% but saw a lower gross during the critics performances. The Lupita Nyong’o-led play opened officially on March 6, and will likely reach a higher average ticket price and gross following its good reviews and word of mouth.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending March 6:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($1,766,223)2. The Lion King ($1,461,331)3. Wicked ($1,337,007)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,278,459)5. Aladdin ($1,079,248)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Eclipsed ($340,891)***4. Disaster! ($296,010)*3. Hughie ($256,454)2. Bright Star ($255,641)**1. Our Mother’s Brief Affair ($167,916)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.49%)2. Hamilton (101.73%)3. Noises Off (100.07%)4. The Lion King (97.94%)5. Eclipsed (94.28%)***UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. An American in Paris (61.70%)4. Kinky Boots (60.26%)3. Jersey Boys (57.07%)2. Chicago (56.69%)1. The Phantom of the Opera (52.49%)* Number based on eight preview performances**Number based on seven preview performances*** Number based on seven preview performances and one regular performanceSource: The Broadway League Nic Rouleau in The Book of Mormon(Photo: Joan Marcus)
A key problem when it comes to personal finance and saving for retirement is that people don’t necessarily associate money with happiness. Sure, they might think that when they have more money, they’ll be happier, or when they’re basking in their retirement dream scenario, they’ll be happy. But when it comes to managing money, saving and investing, happy isn’t the first word that comes to mind. It’s more of a chore.But creating a happy, healthy relationship with money is essential. Not only are happy people healthier (that’s a money-saver right there), but having a positive mindset can make it easier to stick to good habits like saving and investing for future retirement goals. A positive mindset and distinct focus on those goals can also give people the determination willpower to break bad habits, like overspending or relying on credit cards. Researcher Shawn Achor calls this the “happiness advantage,” and says:“Happiness is perhaps the most misunderstood driver of performance. For one, most people believe that success precedes happiness. But because success is a moving target – as soon as you hit your target, you raise it again – the happiness that results from success is fleeting. In fact, it works the other way around: People who cultivate a positive mind-set perform better in the face of challenge.”This chain of thought is so common, especially when it comes to money: “When I stick to my budget and save $250 a month, then I’ll be happy.” Or, “When I finally pay off that last student loan, then I can start savings and investing.” Flip this thinking on its head, and focus instead on creating spending habits that maximize your happiness and bring you closer to achieving your long-term goals. continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
In study after study, results indicate that an increasing number of consumers are choosing a “D-I-Y” approach to accessing financial products and services. According to a recent report by Accenture, 52 percent of U.S. adults utilize smart phones and tablets to conduct their banking business whenever and wherever they choose.And while the rise in the number of video ATMs and mobile apps that provide access to online banking services has had a substantial impact on declining branch transaction volume across the country, there are still many instances where consumers prefer one-on-one interaction and expert advice when transacting important financial business. For traditionally staffed financial institutions, this creates a challenge to find the most efficient way to adjust to new service preferences.And this is no easy task. It can require time away from on-going operational responsibilities and sometimes forces management and staff to think outside of the conventional box to imagine a different way of doing business. But when compared with the cost of losing members to competitors that have taken the necessary steps to understand what consumers expect from their financial institution, taking a serious look at the effectiveness of your service model can be a very wise investment. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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