Anderson .Paak Releases Second Slamming Single As NxWorries [Listen]

first_imgAnderson .Paak is unstoppable. After his incredible collaborations with Dr. Dre on his 2015 album Compton, .Paak started a global assault on the music industry, delivering his huge breakthrough album Malibu before appearing at what seemed like every major music festival around the world. The artists has combined hip-hop and R&B with funk and punk, essentially creating a new genre along the way. His drumming is determined and tight, and his band, The Free National, easily move from one genre to the next in the live setting – ultimately creating a vibe that pretty much everyone can get down to.Now, Anderson .Paak is moving in a new direction, with the release of a new album with Kendrick Lamar producer Knxwledge under the name NxWorries – due out October 21. The duo actually released an EP a few weeks before Malibu dropped, and this new LP is an expansion on the project that they started last year. The new album, entitled Yes Lawd, is due out on October 21st on Stones Throw Records, and will feature nineteen tracks, seventeen of which are brand new, never before-heard recordings.Following the release of “Lyk Dis” a few weeks back, comes today’s release of their second single, “Get Bigger”. You can stream the new track below:Yes Lawd! Tracklist:01. Intro02. Livvin03. Wngs04. Best One05. What More Can I Say06. Kutless07. Lyk Dis08. Can’t Stop09. Get Bigger / Do U Luv10. Khadija11. H.A.N.12. Scared Money13. Suede14. Starlite15. Sidepiece16. Jodi17. Link Up18. Another Time19. Fkkulast_img read more

Is your brand the neighborhood Eddie Haskell?

first_img 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Details Branding expert Chris Collins was quoted in a recent Forbes article as saying “You can’t talk your way out of a brand you behaved yourself into.”It’s a short quote — but powerful.It made me think about how credit union branding can apply to an old favorite television show of mine, Leave it to Beaver. You know, the one featuring Ward Cleaver as the sage father, June as his doting wife, Wally as the cool older brother and Beaver as the trouble-prone kid.While the show featured an assortment of other supporting characters, one of my favorites was always Eddie Haskell. Friend of Wally, Eddie was obnoxious, sneaky, insincere and, to use the word most often associated with him on the show, a real creep. Eddie was famous for saying one thing to adults on the show and entirely different things to the teenagers and kids. He was sweet as sugar to the parents and rotten as garbage to the kids. While he usually got away with it, Eddie was occasionally outted as the real creep he was.You see, Eddie Haskell professed one brand to one set of people but lived in an entirely different brand to another. And, after time, everyone noticed. Much to his chagrin, Eddie sometimes found himself unable to talk his way out of the brand into which he behaved himself.Your credit union brand is no different.Odds are, you’ve spent a lot of time, money and effort creating and nurturing a brand that speaks to the diversity and uniqueness of your credit union and its membership. For example, your brand might speak to the eclectic and quirky nature of the millennial crowd you’re trying to attract. Or, your brand might speak of speed, flexibility and understanding the challenging needs of young families. Whatever and whoever your brand speaks to — it must speak with a sincere and authentic tongue.Otherwise, just like with Eddie Haskell, eventually people will catch on to your ruse. Nothing can damage your brand more than a credibility gap.Your brand is the living embodiment of the promise made between a your credit union and its consumers. It is also important to remember that your brand is also what your consumers think about you. And, as with most things in life, perception is reality. If your consumers perceive your brand as authentic, terrific. However, if they see it as a lie, you’re in trouble.A powerful tool to help avoid the Eddie Haskell brand credibility dilemma is employee brand training. After all, your frontline staff are the ones tasked with living the brand in front of members every day. Sure, it’s up to your executive management team to lead the brand, but all too often I encounter credit unions with terrific brands that fall flat due to a lack of employee buy-in, comprehension and/or training. It’s simply not enough to talk about your brand – you have to train to it, as well.Ultimately, your staff will only live in love what you teach. Brand engagement training empowers your frontline staff to actively engage with members and live and love your unique brand. If your employees fail to execute the brand on a daily basis, and in front of members, all your branding efforts are for nothing.People are constantly bombarded with advertising. Consumers are increasingly jaded and crave authenticity. Your members are the same – increasingly jaded and in search of authenticity. For your credit union brand to be something into which they can truly place their faith and trust, it must be authentic. And not the “That’s a lovely dress you’re wearing, Mrs. Cleaver” Eddie Haskell approach to authenticity.last_img read more

Social distancing and the need for self-serve banking

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Every American citizen, along with the rest of the world, has been impacted by COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus disease. In these uncertain times, businesses are moving to work-from-home operations, events have been postponed or canceled, and school districts across the country have closed their doors. While there are many unknowns and the long-term impact is yet to be determined, financial institutions have the opportunity to leverage technology and self-serve channels to empower their account holders and borrowers to manage their banking needs, while minimizing their trips away from home.During times like these, we often hear about the importance of diversifying investment and loan portfolio assets in order to protect your overall business; however, diversifying your payment channels can not only give you a strategic advantage, but it can also offer your members convenient ways to make their loan payments and access their accounts in a time when travel is being limited.Self-service trendsIn today’s age of social distancing, self-servicing, online purchasing, and curbside pick-up have become a part of our new “normal.” Account holders not only are looking for a more convenient way to pay, but a safer one. With branch lobbies being closed, employees and members working from the comforts on their home, and entire cities being mandated not to leave their house, financial institutions are forced to evolve and adapt. Self-service payment channels are no longer a convenience; they have become a necessity. continue reading »last_img read more

Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals – Highlights & Stats

first_img– Advertisement – Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya departed with the victory target of 157 in sight so it was left to Ishan Kishan (33no from 19 balls) and Krunal Pandya to get Mumbai over the line with eight balls to spare.Delhi Capitals tasted defeat in their first IPL final despite the best efforts of captain Shreyas Iyer (65no from 50) and Rishabh Pant (56 from 38), who rescued them from 22-3 and helped Ricky Ponting’s men post a respectable 156-7.More to follow…- Advertisement – Rohit Sharma led from the front with a blistering 68 from 51 balls as Mumbai Indians powered their way to a fifth Indian Premier League title with a comprehensive five-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in the final.The Mumbai captain was in supreme form as he reached his half-century from 36 balls and by the time he was dismissed in the 17th over, his side needed less than a run-a-ball.- Advertisement –last_img read more

USDA says new Listeria rule has made a difference

first_imgDec 3, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Most firms that produce ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products have taken specific steps to prevent Listeria contamination since new federal safety rules took effect last year, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this week. The document says that in the first 9 months under the new regulations, 76% of the plants had no “noncompliance records,” or violation notices, while 24% had been notified of some type of violation. The report doesn’t describe what kinds of violations were most common. About 51% of all RTE plants are classified as “very small,” and these accounted for 56% of the Listeria-related rule violations. Jun 6, 2003, CIDRAP News story on announcement of interim final rule on Listeriahttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/june0503listeria.html The report says that FSIS has found Listeria contamination on about 1% or fewer of recent RTE product samples. However, it cites limited evidence from other sources that 3% to 5% of RTE meats from retail delicatessens—which are not regulated by the USDA—may harbor Listeria. The FSIS said it would accept comments on the report as well as on the Listeria rule itself until Jan 31, 2005. (See FSIS news release link below for details on how to submit comments.) The report also says that no firms have availed themselves of an option under the new rules to cite Listeria-control measures on their product labels. The provision was intended to give companies an incentive to install newer control technologies, with the idea that citing these measures on labels would confer a marketing advantage, FSIS spokesman Steven Cohen told CIDRAP News. The USDA does not regulate retail delis, which are under the jurisdiction of the FDA and state and local health departments, according to FSIS officials. But the report recommends that the FSIS should increase comparisons of the levels of Listeria on RTE products at production plants and at retail delis. The report suggests that retail delicatessens may be a soft spot in defenses against Listeria. “Evidence indicates that slicing and packaging of luncheon meats at retail deli counters presents a significant source of exposure to L. monocytogenes,” it states. “Prevalence reported from these sources ranges from 3 to 5 percent in deli meat sliced at retail.” But more studies are needed, because the samples that yielded the data were small, the report says. The data come from unpublished findings from New York State and one published study. Dec 1 FSIS news releasehttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/NR_120104_01/index.asp “Under the Listeria rule, ready-to-eat meat and poultry products are safer and public health is being better protected,” Elsa Murano, USDA under secretary for food safety, said in a news release. “If progress continues at the current rate, we should achieve the Healthy People 2010 goal of lowering the incidence of listeriosis to 0.25 cases per 100,000 people.” However, close to a quarter of firms that produce RTE products, such as hot dogs and deli meats, failed to comply with some aspect of the new Listeria rules in the first 9 months after they took effect, according to the report by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Random testing of RTE products this year, including tests on the riskiest products, has shown Listeria on about 1% of samples or less, the report states. In general sampling, 3 of 345 samples collected in the first 5 months of this year tested positive for the pathogen. In testing of the highest-risk products over the same period, 11 of 1,349 samples tested positive. In October 2003 the FSIS added a requirement that firms take specific steps to prevent Listeria contamination of RTE foods. The rule says producers must choose one of three approaches: (1) using both a “post-lethality” (post-cooking) treatment, such as heating, and a chemical growth inhibitor; (2) using either a post-lethality treatment or a growth inhibitor; or (3) using sanitation only. Firms using sanitation only are supposed to get the most FSIS inspections and those using the first approach the fewest.center_img The team reports that more than 87% of the nearly 3,000 plants that produce RTE meats have adopted at least one Listeria-related measure since the regulations took effect in October 2003. About 17% of the plants began using a post-lethality treatment to control Listeria, and 27% began using an antimicrobial agent or “other control process” in one or more of their RTE products. Also, about 59% of the firms started testing for Listeria or similar organisms on food-contact surfaces after the rules took effect, the report says. Listeria monocytogenes can grow on refrigerated meat and cause serious illness in pregnant women, elderly people, and others with weak immune systems. Largely because of the risk of listeriosis, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says these groups should not eat hot dogs or deli meats unless they are reheated, nor should they eat refrigerated meat spreads, refrigerated smoked seafood unless cooked, or products containing unpasteurized milk. See also: Full FSIS reporthttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/Oppde/rdad/frpubs/97-013F/LM_Assessment_Report_2004.pdf “This may be a way to differentiate their product from others,” Cohen said. “It’s a little early at this point to expect to see much of that. They would have to propose a label, and we’d evaluate it.” The new report was prepared by a 28-member FSIS team that was assigned to measure the effectiveness of all aspects of the Listeria regulations. The USDA began strengthening its Listeria rules for RTE meats in November 2002, after an outbreak in the Northeast involving at least 52 illness cases, seven deaths, and three miscarriages. That prompted the agency to require plants to start testing their surfaces and equipment for Listeria or else submit to increased testing by the FSIS. Previously the FSIS had tested RTE products but not plant equipment. In other items, the report says most of the small and very small plants producing RTE products didn’t receive or didn’t know about the FSIS compliance guidelines for the Listeria regulations. Cohen said he was confident that all the firms were aware of the regulations, since inspectors meet weekly with plant managers, but there may not have been “100% penetration on all the supporting materials that were available.” Nov 2002 CIDRAP News story on requirement that plants test environmental surfaces for Listeriahttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/listtests.html CIDRAP News story on recent FDA Listeria risk assessmenthttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/oct2103listeria.htmllast_img read more

Other Sports Olympic Committee ‘regrets’ North Korea sports goods ban

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Lausanne: The International Olympic Committee expressed regret on Thursday after the United Nations refused to lift a ban on sports goods exports to North Korea.The UN’s sanctions committee yesterday approved measures allowing aid groups and UN bodies to gain exemption status from sanctions adopted to end North Korea’s nuclear programme.Sporting goods were excluded, however.Stan Kroenke secures Arsenal FC takeover with $712M bid “The IOC has noted with regret that the United Nations Security Council Sanctions Committee has not granted an exemption on sporting goods for North Korean athletes,” the IOC said in a statement.“This makes it more difficult for the IOC to accomplish its mission to bring athletes from all over the world together to promote understanding and friendship regardless of political background or any other differences.”The IOC was active in paving the way for isolated North Korea to take part in this year’s Winter Olympics, staged in Pyeongchang, South Korea, triggering a thaw in inter-Korean ties. last_img read more

Think She Has Great Hair Naturally? Surprise! It’s a…

first_img*Name changed to protect privacy. Facebook9Tweet0Pin0 Merle Norman has a number of wigs to choose from in either human or synthetic hair.Every year before Jane* leaves on a vacation with her husband, she stops by Merle Norman in Lacey to buy a new wig. Her natural hair is just fine, but she says that she likes to try on a whole new look where no one knows her, and a vacation is the perfect opportunity.In the past, we could easily spot a wig, but today’s wigs are beautifully constructed, hold their shape, are easy to maintain and look like a woman just received an incredible cut and color.There are two types of wigs — human hair or synthetic hair. There are advantages to both.Human hair wigs can withstand heat, color and perms – anything you can do with your own hair, you can do with a human hair wig. The downside of human hair wigs, is that it does not hold a style for as long as a synthetic wig.Synthetic hair, as long as you never comb them when wet, maintain any added curl or body.Merle Norman customers often report that they find it easier to take care of and style a wig than their natural hair.Some Merle Norman customers prefer hair extensions and hairpieces to wigs. For example, customers who have male-patterned baldness find that a hairpiece is the perfect solution.Women going through chemotherapy are able to find wigs that match their natural hair, but some go for an entirely different look, and find themselves continuing to wear wigs long past the point where they need too.  Merle Norman offers a 10% discount on wigs for chemotherapy patients.Let’s face it, wigs look great! They are perfectly colored and have incredible-style. Whether it is for a special occasion, or to feel better when going through medical treatments, wigs look fantastic.To learn more about wigs, hair extensions or hairpieces, contact:Merle Norman Cosmetics, Wigs and Day Spa3925 – 8th Avenue SE, Suite FLacey, WA 98503360.491.4911last_img read more