Q-Tip Hints At New ‘Incarnation’ Of A Tribe Called Quest In New Interview

first_imgIt has been well documented that that We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service is supposed to be the final album from hip-hop legends A Tribe Called Quest, especially after Phife Dawg passed away earlier this year while secretly working on the album. Q-Tip had previously stated it in a Facebook post recently, as well. But…and it’s a big ‘but,’ it appears that may not be the case anymore.Social Consciousness And Racial Inequality Are Front And Center On A Tribe Called Quest’s Surprise Comeback Album [Review]In an interview with Annie Mac at BBC Radio 1, Tip states, “Stay tuned for any other incarnation because we don’t intend on stopping….That was Phife’s M.O.: ‘This time we gotta do it and keep going.’ And now he’s left us with the equation of how do we do it, but we’re going to need it, and we’re going to continue.”Now, a pending world tour is apparently in the works and being planned, but comments made in this interview would certainly appear to be a hint at something different than tour dates. With friends and collaborators such as Busta Rhymes, André 3000, Consequence, and more making appearances on the album, it’s anybody guess what this new “incarnation” could turn into. But this has certainly piqued our interests. Listen to the interview below:[via SPIN]last_img read more

Student senate hears board of trustees report, discuss clear bag policy

first_imgThe emeritus student body leadership presented the spring Board of Trustees’ report to the student senate Wednesday.Emeritus student body president Rebecca Blais, emeritus student body vice president Sibonay Shewit and emeritus chief of staff Prathm Juneja shared their report on representation in leadership with the senate.Blais and Shewit, seniors, and Juneja, a junior, presented to the Board of Trustees in the fall regarding alcohol culture on campus. For their spring report, they decided to report on the representation of women, racial minorities and people of low socioeconomic status in student and University leadership.“We’re looking at leadership both amongst the student body — so RAs and in the student union — and we look at faculty, administration, who’s in the president’s leadership council … all the way up to the Board of Trustees and the Board of Fellows,” Blais said.They found that 28 percent of the Board of Trustees are women, compared to 49 percent of the undergraduate student body; and 4 percent of the president’s leadership council are people of color, compared to 30 percent of the undergraduate student body, Juneja said.Shewit said these statistics demonstrate “that our leadership does not at all mirror what we see in our student body.”Because of the small number of women in leadership roles, it is difficult for female students to find female mentors among University administration, Blais said.Representation of students of color is low in both hall staff and University newsletters, Shewit said.“In the Arts and Letters exemplar newsletter … only 13 percent of the students highlighted were students of color,” Shewit said. “We are asking that instead of putting students of color on brochures or inviting them to dinners, actually highlight the work that they’re doing and make sure that they’re represented just the same as all of our other students.”The University should also encourage and incentivize students of low socioeconomic status to become RAs in order to increase support for undergraduates in similar situations, Juneja said.Blais, Shewit and Juneja are also asking to decrease the severity of the punishment for students caught with marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia on campus.Currently, the punishment is immediate on-campus housing suspension. They hope to change the punishment to housing probation for a first offense, Juneja said.“For my peers that I know that have been kicked off campus, it was more of a detriment to me to have them not be in the community, and it was more of a detriment to them because they were isolated … and didn’t have people to support them during this tough time,” Juneja said.While the students will discuss several topics, the main purpose of the report will be to bring the topic of minority underrepresentation in leadership to the board, Shewit said.“The reason that we wanted to pick this topic is because we’ve seen the importance of having representation in leadership and we’ve seen that influence our own work, so we wanted to bring that to the attention of groups that we don’t think have had as many conversations about this,” Shewit said.The senators also discussed the new clear bag policy that the University recently announced would be enacted next semester.Dunne hall senator and sophomore Zachary Spitzer said that many universities will begin using a similar policy.“All of the schools in the SCC conference are implementing the policy in their stadiums and a whole bunch of other schools in other conferences as well … have started implementing this, especially in light of everything that’s been going on in recent months,” Spitzer said.Diversity council chair and junior Alyssa Ngo suggested that the University give out free clear bags at the beginning of the school year to aid the transition. She also said women, in particular, will be affected if they desire to bring feminine hygiene products into the game.“I don’t really want to bring that in a plastic bag, for obvious privacy concerns,” Ngo said.The senators also approved the bestowal of emeritus status on Matt Ross, the judicial council president for the previous term.The senators unanimously approved each of the nominations for vice presidents of judicial council, the SUB executive board and the assistant student union treasurers.After the duration of the meeting surpassed an hour but before the meeting was adjourned, senators began leaving. After several had left, Gayheart said that no other senator could leave or the senate would lose quorum and would be unable to adjourn.“You all committed to this and you need to be here to represent your constituents when we vote on things,” Gayheart said.No other senators left and the final senate meeting of the semester adjourned.Tags: Board of Trustees report, clear bag policy, representation, student senatelast_img read more

Be a differentiator: 5 simple ideas to help your credit union stand out

first_img 46SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jayni Sech Jayni founded Marketing Solutions Unlimited, a credit union marketing company, in 2001 to offer creative solutions to marketing challenges in the credit union industry. Her vision was to build a … Web: Details In today’s competitive environment of financial institutions, it’s difficult to stand out from the crowd – especially for the little guys. Big multibillion-dollar credit unions have healthy marketing budgets, marketing teams, business development professionals, sponsorship opportunities, advertising campaigns across multiple channels, commercials, and a strong social media presence. But how do the small credit unions compete and have a voice in such a saturated market?It’s simple.Be a differentiator. Do something unique that shows you value your members and your community and then tell the world about it!Some of our credit union clients have implemented very “outside the box” ideas to make them just a little bit different.   ScholarshipsMany credit unions offer scholarships. That’s nothing new. Even the small credit unions are able to offer scholarships. But what makes your scholarship different? At a credit union’s strategic planning session last fall, we discussed their scholarship and how they could put a unique spin on it. They’re currently revamping their program to specifically target students attending a vocational school instead of a college or university. Their community has several vocational trade schools, so their objective is to fill a void that a “traditional” scholarship might overlook. Higher learning has become more of a challenge for many. The cost of a college education and no guarantee of a career upon graduation have some students looking for alternatives. This credit union recognizes that by continuing to give back to their community with a unique scholarship offering, they are helping local students follow their dreams! One-on-One Home Buying SeminarsAnother credit union client has a very unique approach to attract first-time home buyers. The Mortgage Specialist (MS) offers FREE one-on-one mortgage classes to anyone interested in learning what they need to know about buying their first home. Mortgage seminars aren’t that unique, but hers are, because she conducts them individually, one-on-one with a member. Her sessions include reviewing credit scores and the importance of an accurate credit report; how to determine “how much house” they can afford; what costs are involved; and how to be prepared for the application process. The MS personally meets with members at least once, but she continues to work with them as needed. Each “session” is tailored to the individual need of the member. The MS discusses specific details about what they need to do to qualify for a loan, and that might include an additional follow up meeting months later to assess if their credit score or income has improved. This program has been in place for a little over a year, and the credit union is proud to report that one of the first participants is currently living in their purchased home…with a mortgage from the credit union! Hand-written Note CardsPersonally, I’m a fanatic about hand-written note cards. Whether it’s a “thank you” note, a “get well soon” note, or a “how are you doing” note, I’m always writing notes. I think it’s a lost ritual in our society of texts, emails, and emoji communication. However, a few years ago at a strategic planning session, we were discussing how a credit union could better onboard new members. What could help the experience? How do we show the new member that we value their business? We came up with the idea of sending hand-written note cards to every new member. The credit union has note cards with their logo on the front and blank inside, and every new member gets a hand-written “thank you for joining the credit union” note card within 45 days of opening their account. Of course, other staffers use the cards for various purposes, but this credit union is hand-writing over a hundred note cards every month to new members! Pay It ForwardAnother credit union was doing charitable projects throughout the year, but they wanted to develop a strategy for what they were doing and how they were giving back to the community. So they formed a committee of various staff members, and they balance their activities with planned charitable deeds as well as surprise events. We “branded” the group with the name “Sharing & Caring Squad” and designed a logo, and the credit union purchased t-shirts for various events. Regularly, the Squad transports food from local restaurants and grocery stores to the local food bank. Last summer, the credit union hosted a free Shred Day, and they collected voluntary donations for a local charity. This past Halloween, the Squad dressed in costume and visited an assisted living facility. And, they have been known to drop in at the local McDonald’s and hand out $5 gift cards to patrons to “pay it forward” for their coffee or breakfast at their next McDonald’s visit. The activities vary between surprise goodwill gestures and charitable projects and contributions within their community. They have actually had members comment about the Squad’s activity around town! Credit Builder LoanCredit unions are always looking for creative ways to help members build or rebuild their credit. One of our clients offers a Credit Builder Loan up to $1,000 with a term up to 18 months. Loan proceeds are deposited to a special Share Savings Account with a loan pledge for the full loan amount. After six months, the member may apply to have the loan pledge reduced, equal to the outstanding balance of the loan, and can obtain the funds to pay other debt. At the time of application, members are strongly encouraged to add a $10 savings deposit to their loan payment, which most do, to reduce the pledge amount as well as build savings. If a member’s payment is seven days delinquent, the credit union can transfer the loan payoff from the savings account and close the loan. This credit union has helped several members rebuild their credit history with this unique loan product!Small credit unions are constantly trying to find ways to position themselves differently in the financial institution space. It’s an ongoing struggle for those with limited resources and increasing operational demands. People still want to work with people. Consumers come to credit unions because they’ve heard about the differences between credit unions and banks. They want the personal attention, the recognition, and the feeling of being treated like a person and not a number. Implementing any of these ideas will help reinforce the credit union difference in your members’ eyes. The power of collaboration and idea sharing has been known to light the fire of motivation to try something new. Hopefully, I’ve given you a little spark to be a DIFFERENTIATOR.last_img read more

Rugby’s £100m industrial goal

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Governor Wolf Sends Letter Reaffirming Commitment to Refugees

first_imgGovernor Wolf Sends Letter Reaffirming Commitment to Refugees October 15, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf sent a letter to President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reaffirming his commitment to keeping Pennsylvania a state that opens its doors to people facing persecution and danger.“Pennsylvania is a commonwealth founded on tolerance and inclusion,” said Gov. Wolf. “I will continue to pursue this mission of creating a place where people of all backgrounds feel welcome. That includes welcoming refugees.”The full letter is as follows:Dear President Trump and Secretary Pompeo:I write today to reaffirm Pennsylvania’s founding values and our commitment to be a welcoming state. In that spirit, I am confirming that Pennsylvania will continue to welcome refugees to live and work in our communities. Pennsylvania has a rich history of opening its doors to those facing persecution and danger. William Penn founded our commonwealth on the principle of religious freedom, seeking to allow those in Europe to escape persecution.It is vital that America retain its moral authority throughout the world. And that means that when vulnerable and displaced individuals seek refuge from violence and oppression elsewhere, we welcome them to find that refuge in America. This maintains our image as a beacon of hope and freedom, and shows the world that America is the antithesis of the places these individuals are fleeing.For decades, refugees have made our communities better, and I am committed to continuing that tradition to the fullest extent of my ability. In communities from Allentown to Lancaster to Erie, and elsewhere, refugees are resettling, making a home, finding employment, starting businesses, paying taxes, and enriching their communities. Church World Service, based in Lancaster, has gained national attention for how it has brought refugees and communities together to find mutual understanding and build strong relationships despite differences. That, to me, is the best of America.As you know, refugees seeking to resettle in America are subject to the highest level of security checks, which includes an in-person interview, a full health and biometric screening, and involvement from the National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense.During past conflicts, America has accepted hundreds of thousands of refugees who were fleeing violence and persecution. Jewish refugees came to Pennsylvania from Germany and other European countries to escape the Nazi occupation and religious persecution. Following the Vietnam War, President Gerald Ford resettled 130,000 Vietnamese refugees.As millions of people in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Africa face violence, persecution, and death, we should continue to help those we can while taking care to protect our commonwealth and our country, just as we have done for hundreds of years. To reject refugees outright emboldens the message of those who seek to inspire hatred by saying that we, as Americans, do not have compassion or care for specific groups of people in the world facing persecution or worse.I am dismayed that America is sharply reducing its commitment to extend a hand of hope and freedom to vulnerable families across the world. But I remain committed to ensure – to the fullest extent possible – that Pennsylvania continues our founding traditions of tolerance and acceptance.If other states reject these families, they will be welcomed here.Sincerely,Governor Tom WolfRead the full letter as a PDF or on Scribd.20191015 Refugee Letter to Trump and Pompeo by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribdlast_img read more

PensionsEurope: ‘Commission should not dictate ESG rules’

first_imgMatti Leppälä, PensionsEuropeIn accordance with the notion that pension funds should only be subject to minimum harmonisation, it was left to member states to further specify the rules as part of their implementation of the legislation. The deadline is January 2019, although some countries have already drafted legislation.Now, however, the Commission has proposed to amend IORP II to empower it “to adopt delegated acts specifying the ‘prudent person’ rule with respect to the consideration of ESG risks and the inclusion of ESG factors in internal investment decisions and risk management processes”.Leppälä said the Commission’s plan “would fundamentally change the IORP II as adopted by the co-legislators”.“Risk management was specifically and deliberately left outside the competence of EIOPA and the European Commission to regulate it with delegated acts,” he said.He told IPE the association would need to examine the Commission’s proposal with its members, but that the view was generally that it should be up to member states to decide on the specifics of the rule.The Commission also referred to the need for delegated acts in IORP II to “provide for means to equally safeguard consumer protection and a level playing field between IORPs and other financial market participants”.The Commission’s legislative proposal on investors’ disclosure of sustainable investments and sustainability risks also concerns legislation covering asset managers and insurers.Leppälä said he disagreed with the Commission’s thinking about placing pension funds on a level playing field, saying that they did not operate across borders.“It gives the wrong perception of what IORPs are,” he said.PensionsEurope was otherwise positive about the Commission’s proposals.“[The] measures are an important step towards creating clarity on which investments can be considered environmentally sustainable,” said Leppälä in a statement. “Pension funds will be able to better understand and measure how green assets and funds are, which helps to improve their communication with members and beneficiaries.” A proposal from the European Commission on sustainable investing rules would subject European pension funds to an unprecedented level of prescriptiveness, according to PensionsEurope.The proposed regulation would allow the Commission to create Europe-wide requirements within the new EU pension fund legislation – the IORP II Directive – by way of a delegated act.Matti Leppälä, secretary general/CEO of PensionsEurope, said: “Pension funds have not yet been subject to such a level of prescriptiveness.“We have always believed national supervisors are best equipped to oversee how pension funds manage ESG risks, in order to take account of local governance structures and sustainability preferences.” Delegated acts allow the Commission to set out the details of a law instead of leaving more detailed regulation to individual member states. They were kept out of the final IORP II Directive by the European Parliament and the European Council following lobbying from occupational pension associations.The IORP II Directive, which came into force in January 2017, was generally seen as placing consideration of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) matters more firmly on pension funds’ agenda.It included provisions on ESG, such as requiring pension schemes to have a risk management system that covers, among other things, “environmental, social and governance risks relating to the investment portfolio and the management thereof”.last_img read more

10 Surprising Things Men Look For in a Wife.

first_img Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! LifestyleRelationships 10 Surprising Things Men Look For in a Wife. by: – July 13, 2011center_img Share By Zoe RudermanReal dudes (in a rather revealing mood) shared what their futures Mrs. must have.When #whoeverImarry starting trending on Twitter, we expected to read a lot of tweets from women sharing their laundry lists for a future husband. And we did. But we also noticed a hell of a lot of dudes sharing their thoughts on what makes a woman wifey material.We rounded up the ones that jumped out at us—either because they were sweet, ridiculous, or just prime examples of male dumbassery—and put them below.Whoever I marry…“…gotta have some big boobs and can’t where panties. So if that ain’t you sorry. You’re not eligable.” —@JuiCyIsMyBOSS (We’re guessing bad spelling isn’t a dealbreaker for him, though.)“…gotta be able to sit back watch ESPN, Good Times, Martin, Wayans Bros on a daily with me” —@PRESiDENTEel“…will be my lover AND my bestfriend it won’t be a perfect relationship, but at least it’ll be REAL” —@iRespectFemales“…has to have all her teeth” —@ItsMePancho“…must have a college degree” —@JuztsayiN“…has to have big boobies and wear makeup” —@beejsarmiento“…better be a big freak. [k]now how spin around n keep the d*** still inside. —@HardBodyDavis“…need[s] to be on my side 100% supporting me as much i support her and help me with my career decisions as i do for her” —@mikey_free“…will be my biggest fan and i will be there biggest fan too” —@Luke1luk“…better not try put the plate in the sink with food still in it .. like how could u be so dutty? Just scrape it out” —@AshaunOConnorAnd here are of a few of our favorite tweets from you ladies…Whoever I marry…“…can not shave/wax his chest, arms or arm pits. That having been said, if necessary he must shave/wax his back.” —@BrandiBelle73“…must understand that if justin bieber HAPPENED to show up one day I cannot be held responsible for my actions” —@emmaaa_louise“…needs to be able to cope with my weridness & my love for #harrypotter” —@kimberleyxo1D“…only wear flat-front pants. I will not tolerate pleats.” —@elliekrupnick“…better be able to handle my crazy without ever calling me crazy.” —@catewhite Alright, your turn. Finish the sentence, “Whoever I marry…” 30 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Lady Cardinals Win Against St. Michael’s Lady Trojans

first_imgThe 7th Grade Lady Cardinal St. Louis Volleyball team received their first win of the season by defeating the St. Michael’s Lady Trojans 25-18, 23-25, 15-14.  It was a tight match. The Cardinals served up 80% of their serves. The lead score was Ashley Hunter with 10 points. Rachel Suttmann contributed 8 points followed by Kalli Obermeyer and Cora Roth with 7 points each and Lucy Aplanalp and Jaelyn Owens with 1 point each. Sophia Hohenstein had her best passing game to help setup the offense.  The offense was led by Suttmann and Abplanalp with 2 hits and Obermeyer and Hohenstein with 1 each. The Cardinals worked hard and dug deep within side themselves to pull the win out against a well-rounded team.   The St. Louis Cardinals 8th Grade Volleyball team served a solid game to defeat the St. Michael’s Lady Trojans 25-24, 25-23. The Cardinals serves kept them in this game. Isabelle Wonnell led the team with 8 points followed by Catherine Streator 7 points, Lilly Schebler 6 points, Kate Weber 3 points and Rhea Miller, Ella Moster and Claire Saner 2 points each. Maggie Beiser and Ingrid Tuveson supported the team with their passing skills from the back row. Ava Owens was able to connect with the ball for a kill.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.last_img read more

Quique Sanchez Flores staying positive ahead of Christmas test

first_imgManager Quique Sanchez Flores accepts Watford’s Christmas fixture list could have been kinder, but sees no reason why his side should not enjoy some festive cheer heading into 2016. The Hornets travel up to Sunderland looking to record a third straight Barclays Premier League win, with a run of just two defeats from the last six putting them in 10th place. It has been a positive start both for the Hertfordshire club on return to the top flight and Spaniard Flores in his first English job. However, the sternest test of just whether Watford have what it takes to hold their own among the elite clubs is fast approaching. After Saturday’s trip to Wearside to face a Sunderland team scrapping to get out of the bottom three, Watford host Liverpool, head to Chelsea on Boxing Day before tackling Tottenham and then Manchester City on January 2. Flores, though, sees no reason to believe his men should not be able to get something out of all of those daunting fixtures provided they continue to deliver the required approach. “For us, I cannot guarantee we will presume (to get) three points against Sunderland or against Liverpool, it is impossible, I do not know what will happen during the matches,” he said. “We will try to analyse things and get the best information to the players, but this is football and anything is possible in football. “It is not the easiest problem for December, but we will just play every game. “We are just thinking about the next match, our idea is always to try to get the result, be competitive and do our work.” The Spaniard continued: “After any result, whether it has been a win, draw or a loss, we remove completely what has happened in the match before and are focused on the next game. “Of course we are positive after (beating) Norwich, but need to control that positive energy and use it well.” Press Association Sunderland may have slipped back to 19th place following defeat at Arsenal last weekend, but Flores has been impressed by the work of new manager Sam Allardyce, whose side won at Crystal Palace then beat Stoke at home before being edged out by the title-chasing Gunners. Flores said: “Sunderland have changed a lot with the new manager and I respect that a lot. He (Allardyce) has a lot of experience in the Premier League and has changed the shape and dynamic of the team. “He is changing systems during the matches, so we have to be ready for different options which they are going to use against us. “Sunderland will be a very tough team, with their fans very close (to the pitch) it will be difficult. “But we have 2,000 fans who follow out team, we have a spirit and so it will be possible for us to get everything also.” last_img read more

Swimmer Shivangi Sarma continues good show in South Asian Games

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam’s swimmer Shivangi Sarma bagged two more medals in the South Asian Games in Kathmandu today. With these two medals she took her individual medal tally to 6.Among the two medals, that Shivangi won today, one is gold which she collected in 4X100mts medley relay. On the other hand the swimmer won a silver medal in the 100mts free style. Meanwhile fencer from Assam Kavita Devi bagged second gold in the competition today. This time Kavita collected the yellow metal in Women team event.Also Read: Shivangi Sarma wins 2 more medals in South Asian Games Also Watch: AASU hangs effigies of State Ministers in Kokrajhar against CABlast_img