Branford Marsalis Talks About Appreciating The Grateful Dead In Newly-Recovered 1996 Interview

first_imgBeloved saxophonist Branford Marsalis famously sat in with the Grateful Dead at the Nassau Coliseum in 1990, producing one of the most iconic performance of the Dead’s thirty-year career. While many have heard the performance, including the infamous “Eyes of the World,” few have heard Marsalis’s thoughts on the collaboration.Fortunately, thanks to YouTube user Josh Daniel, we have footage to share from a great interview with Marsalis in 1996. Held shortly after the death of Jerry Garcia, the interview talks about Marsalis’s work with the group, but dives into numerous topics about the iconic band. It’s interesting to hear Marsalis’s thoughts on how the band truly earned their audience with rigorous touring, how Dead shows were all about the music, and how open-minded the Grateful Dead and their fans were about music itself.You can enjoy this fantastic interview with Marsalis, below.Of course, an article about Marsalis wouldn’t be complete without full audio from the 3/29/90 Nassau Coliseum show. Stream it:last_img read more

Reparations given to white borrowers: House report

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A House Financial Services Committee report said the CFPB is erroneously sending settlement checks from Ally Financial to white borrowers after the lender’s alleged racial discrimination against African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians.Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) said the CFPB’s actions “invite fraud on a massive scale” and called upon Attorney General Loretta Lynch to suspend the distribution of settlement checks until the eligibility of the recipients are confirmed in writing. continue reading »last_img read more

Belgian pension fund association decries government’s workplace plan

first_imgIts reaction to the government’s ideas, made public this week, comes after the academic pensions council earlier this month raised the alarm over the reform plan, saying it represented a “dangerous” move towards “individualisation”.Pensions minister Daniel Bacquelaine in turn responded by saying he was “astonished” the council was “contesting the right of an employee to freely build a complementary pension in the second pillar”.Bacquelaine said he nonetheless intended to modify this right so it could better address “the reality” as concerns complementary pensions in Belgium, and that the details were still to be developed.‘Jungle’ fearsPensioPlus said the minister should submit his proposal to the national labour council for its opinion if he intends to follow through with his idea to allow workplace personal pensions.“PensioPlus considers that a ‘voluntary’ individual pension for an employee does not fall under the remit of the second pillar and reminds the pensions minister that the ‘specificity’ of each pension pillar needs to be respected,” it said in a statement. Belgium’s pension fund association has added its voice to concerns over a government proposal for personal workplace pensions, calling for the “specificity” of the different pension pillars to be respected.The government last month announced that, as of 2018, all employees should be able to save for a second-pillar pension even if their employer does not offer this opportunity.Under the government proposal, an individual could, on his or her own initiative, decide to contribute part of his/her salary to a pension, and the tax benefits would be the same as those applicable to contributions into pension schemes set up by employers.PensioPlus, the country’s pension fund association, said it was worried about the possible impact on the second pillar. Personal pensions need to be addressed through supplementary pensions in the third pillar, which is the general definition applied by the OECD, it added.Philip Neyt (pictured), president of PensioPlus, said: “We should first do the groundwork and learn from the experiences with these kinds of individual pension accounts, like in Chile, Mexico and Eastern Europe, and [that] now are pushed back under a lot of pressure due to high costs, disinformation, financial illiteracy, etc.”He told IPE the experience of auto-enrolment in the UK would be worth studying given the apparent success of it so far, including for potential lessons about how to get the many small companies in Belgium “on board” in the second pillar.The government’s proposal is unnecessary and potentially damaging and ineffective, according to Neyt.He said there were already “fairly extensive measures” allowing individuals to save for retirement on top of the second pillar, with tax benefits, and that there could be scope for improving pension coverage within the existing system by strengthening the second and/or third pillars.“The minister should first examine the ‘blind spots’ in the second pillar to take adequate measures,” said Neyt.He said it could be damaging in the sense that it could “cannibalise” the second pillar by undermining the motivation for employers to offer workplace schemes if there were alternatives that transferred the risk to the individual and were not subject to prudential regulations or social and labour laws governing second-pillar pensions.“I fear costs especially,” he said, “even more in a low-yield environment. I would not want, after a couple of years, people to become dissatisfied because that would have a collateral effect on all the pillars.” The government’s proposal could amount to the introduction of a pure investment product rather than a pension product, with a host of inter-related associated issues such as consumer protection, costs and financial education, according to Neyt.“We don’t want to create a jungle in the pension world in Belgium,” he said.last_img read more

The Will to Win By Yajurvindra Singh

first_imgThe defeat in the super over in the 3rd T20I faced by New Zealand against India at Hamilton, showed how the mind has become as important as matter, in the game of cricket. India, came through victorious because they had the ‘Will’ to win rather than just a ‘Hope’ to win. The New Zealand cricket team is a prime example of a team that needed a mental coaching stint, especially after their defeat in the finals of the 2019 World Cup against England. Also Read – Meghalayan mid-fielder Phrangki Buam joins ISL side FC Goa The New Zealand board has faltered in not doing so and therefore, unfortunately, it will now take a while for their cricket team to get their confidence back. The Kiwi players had the Indian side on the verge of defeat but the reality of it happening dwindled just at the winning post.South Africa, a side that should have done wonders in the past, failed to do so, when they were put to the test under pressure and thereafter were branded in world cricket as ‘chockers’. The New Zealand side, one can now firmly establish, has followed in the same vein. Also Read – COVID-19: Football team observes ‘social distancing’ during match, loses 37-0India, on the other hand, seems a side that has mentally grown by leaps and bounds. The temperament shown when under such immense pressure by both Md. Shami bowling the last over and Rohit Sharma in the super over was quite remarkable. The mature words of Sharma after his feat was even more impressive. He said that he kept his head still and waited for the bowler to make the mistake. One needs to have been prepared and experienced to think in such a calm fashion at a time when ones adrenalin was flowing with such a high level of anxiety. Also Read – Big push to sports infra in Mizoram, gets Khelo India State CentreOne has seen Rohit Sharma winning in a similar fashion on the last ball in an IPL game for Mumbai Indians but to do so for India, shows how he has grown not only as a player but also as a thinking cricketer.Shami, on the other hand, is a player who has surprised everyone in world cricket. He is going through an upheaval in his personal life but seems to put all that behind him when he gets the ball in his hand. He is bowling sharp, accurate and seems to have a natural cricketing brain that sometimes astonishes one. The way he changed his length and strategy after the initial 2 balls of the final over of the Indian innings in the 3rd T20I, was what astute cricketing thought process is all about. Also Read – Manipur’s Thounaojam Kritina Devi all set to be part of the FIFA U-17 World CupIndia, in the past were a side that had the potential but faltered quite often when most needed. The Indian cricketers of both the Senior and the U-19 sides presently are showing one distinct characteristic and that is, that they are not afraid to fail. One can also see the camaraderie, team work and that element of happiness that they show case in one another’s success. One needs to applaud the people behind the scene to create such an atmosphere. A thumbs up to each and every one of them.The T20 format needs players to be daring and innovative. But if one looks deeper, it has this wild savage thought process to it. A cricketer has those precious minute seconds to think and therefore, instinctive cricket reaction becomes the order of the day. One can go into the game with all the planning, but T20 cricket is more of a mind game, “Mind reader approach” as one can term it, to get that advantage over ones opponent, whether in batting or in bowling. The batsmen do get that extra bit more of an advantage than the bowlers with the field restrictions, but cricket somehow has always been kinder to the batsmen than the bowlers.This does help in keeping the spectators on the edge of the seat. This is precisely why, for a cricketer, the T20 format is exciting to play. Furthermore, stardom is a possibility to become a real live hero, but the down side of it is that it can also lead to failure which could haunt one for the rest of ones life.This is why mental coaching and mentoring has become essential for the development of a modern cricketer. Keeping one’s mental balance intact during the good times and especially after a failure is so important. A blemish could lead to a major depression. Therefore, it has become very important for all the cricket Boards around the world to address this issue very seriously.Unfortunately, we are still at the stage of the old ways of thinking about a sportsman being tough physically and mentally. This one feels comes with the territory that a cricketer operates in. Every cricketer needs to imbibe the will to win but the wounded need to be looked after much more. Mental preparation is the only way out and the Indian side is showing that winning or losing, success or failure, all are now a part and parcel of the game and it is only the process that needs to be put in place to be successful. They have started the year 2020 with a bang in T20-20 cricket. A great beginning that one hopes finishes the year with a win in the World Cup T20 later in the year in Australia.Well done team India, to not only get acclimatized to the conditions in New Zealand so early on but also to strike with a force never seen before and for the wonderful and an exceptional historic T20 series win.Also Read: Cricket: A Game of Destiny And Lady LuckAlso Watch: CRISIL Foundation’s Gram Shakti certification to drive financial literacy and Inclusionlast_img read more