Load remaining images Rising Ethno-fusion/Glitch-hop/Downtempo star CloZee stopped by Stella Blue’s in New Haven to play an intimate show with friends Rasp5 (trip-hop lyricist) and fellow producer Nocturnal Status before catching a plane back to France, capping off a busy and successful two-month tour across the country. Fans in the area were eager to catch show, her last scheduled in the northeast for the time being. Appreciating the intimacy and energy in the small venue, she brought a high energy set awhile also sharing moments with everyone in the crowd around her.CloZee will be playing shows in her native country of France until July 22nd, when she returns to the states for Camp Winnarainbow in CA.
Jamiroquai buzz has grown to a fever pitch over the last year-and-change. First came the release of Automaton in March, 2017, the band’s first new album after years out of the spotlight. They then set out on a world tour to support the new release–with a notable absence of any U.S. performance. Now, Jamiroquai’s American performance drought is about to end: The band will play their first stateside show in 13 years this weekend at Coachella, followed by a handful of confirmed performances in San Francisco and New York City. They’ve also been hinted at as headliners for this year’s Suwannee Hulaween.Return Of The Space Cowboy: Why Jamiroquai Playing The U.S. Has Everybody On Cloud 9But just as this new chapter in the story of Jamiroquai was beginning, an earlier chapter ended sadly. One year ago today, the band’s founding member/ex-keyboardist Toby Smith (pictured above, right) passed away at the age of 46 after secretly battling cancer for multiple years. As we prepare, at long last, to begin the first batch of Jamiroquai U.S. performances in more than a decade, we remember the late keyboardist who helped create the funk phenomenon…Toby Smith, Founding Member/ex-Keyboardist of Jamiroquai, Dead at 46By: B. Getz[Originally published April 12th, 2017]Toby Smith, founding member/former keyboardist of Jamiroquai, has died at the age of 46. Smith, along with singer Jason Kay and bassist Stuart Zender, formed the band in 1991 and released their first single, “When You Gonna Learn?” in 1992. The singer is survived by his wife and children.He retired from the band and touring in 2002 after a decade behind the Fender Rhodes and walls of analog synths. Smith spent his remaining years in semi-seclusion; a private person to begin with, he was a doting father, husband, and recording engineer in the studio he helped build. No official cause of death has been released as of press time. [Note: The cause of death was later revealed to be a years-long battle with cancer.]The first five Jamiroquai albums featured prominent songwriting and virtuoso musicianship from Smith. Emergency on Planet Earth (1992), The Return of the Space Cowboy (1994) and Travelling Without Moving (1997) saw Zender and Smith unite for freakishly inventive, mouth-watering jams. After Zender left the band in 1998, Smith and Kay steered the ship on records Synkronized (1999) and A Funk Odyssey (2001). Smith then abruptly departed the band on the eve of the Funk Odyssey World Tour, just before the band returned to the US for a show at Hammerstein Ballroom on September 10, 2001.Jamiroquai – “Too Young To Die” We reached out to a longtime Smith/Jamiroquai fanatic, keyboardist Todd Stoops of Electric Beethoven for some words on a fallen hero: Oh man! What a loss – Toby was a huge influence on my playing – his vibe on those monster tracks like Cosmic Girl and Canned Heat and of course the massive hooks behind Virtual Insanity… madness! Not many people know he was a co-writer with Jay Kay for their biggest hits – gone way too soon! RIP TobyA note from the author B.Getz: As a pianist, fan, journalist, and somebody who looked up to Toby Smith for a variety of reasons, I am personally devastated by this loss. His effortless way of making tall, lanky, curly-haired dudes be cool went a long way with me in my youth. His tasty, classy playing on the seminal records remains timeless (“Just Another Story” is STILL unreal, 22 years later), and his contributions to the songs and vibe that make early Jamiroquai remain relevant decades later, will definitely not be overlooked nor forgotten. Please enjoy some of my favorite videos of Toby Smith’s time in Jamiroquai.Club Citta, Kawasaki, Japan, 10/10/1993[Courtesy of Mathijis de Graaf]Glasgow, Scotland, 4/30/1997[Courtesy of funkandrockcity]Montreux Jazz, Montreux, Switzerland, 7/12/1995[Courtesy of Zsolt Horváth]Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan, 11/18/1999[Courtesy of SerpicoBerserk]Fila Forum, Milan, Italy, 10/12/2001[Courtesy of The Tribe With The Vibe]RIP Toby Smith- 1970-2017 [From official fan-site Funkin.com]
By Dialogo February 04, 2020 U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), spoke before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on January 30, 2020, to provide lawmakers an assessment of SOUTHCOM’s concerns and initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean.Stressing that the Western Hemisphere is a shared home, Adm. Faller highlighted the connections the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean share. “In my first year in command, I have had the opportunity to visit our partners and see firsthand the opportunities and challenges that directly impact the security of our hemisphere,” Adm. Faller said.“I have come to describe the challenges as a vicious circle of threats that deliberately erodes stability and security in the region,”,Adm. Faller added, referring to countries with weak democracies which are plagued by poor governance and porous legal frameworks. Adm. Faller also remarked that, “this situation is exacerbated by a propensity toward corruption, which in turn leads to the spread of transnational criminal and violent extremist organizations along with external state actors — most notably China, Russia, and Iran — that exploit these countries at the expense of U.S. and partner nation security.”“This vicious circle continues to negatively impact our homeland, most acutely in the form of illegal immigration and illicit drug flows, but also in other, more harmful ways. Due to high levels of insecurity and corruption, democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean is shifting in a negative direction, providing further openings for China and Russia to increase their influence,” Adm. Faller added.Russian misinformationSenator Mike Rounds of North Dakota spoke of Russia’s presence in the region and asked about the disinformation campaigns Moscow continues to conduct. “The disinformation campaign that Russia has been on is truly about — in all instances — painting the United States in an inaccurate light,” Adm. Faller said.Venezuelan migrants wait to get a refugee application at the Binational Border Attention Center at the Peruvian border post in Tumbes, on June 14, 2019. (Photo: Cris Bouroncle / AFP)Adm. Faller provided the example of an occasion when Russia reported that he was on the border of Venezuela preparing to lead an invasion. In another instance, Russian disinformation campaigns attempted to sow discord by fabricating statements that Adm. Faller had said, which were contrary to what U.S. Vice President Mike Pence had previously stated. “Their largest effort by volume — in social media — is in Spanish and you have to ask: What’s the national interest of Russia of that disinformation here in this region,” Faller added.Crisis in VenezuelaRegarding the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro remains in power and is being propped up largely due to the help of China, Russia, and most notably Cuba, Adm. Faller said in his opening remarks.At the recent Defense Writers Group conference in Washington D.C. in October 2019, Adm. Faller said that “while Russia has hundreds of people in Venezuela, Cuba has thousands.” In fact, he told the writers, “100 percent of the Venezuelan ‘palace guards’ protecting Maduro are Cuban.”“What’s happening in Venezuela is a tragedy. The illegitimate Maduro regime is using food as a weapon,” he went on to say during his opening remarks before the Senate. “The human suffering in this once thriving democracy has driven five million people to flee to neighboring countries like Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile, who are now having to provide health care, education, and other basic services to those millions of migrants.”While sanctions continue to be placed on Maduro’s regime, the remainder of the world and the United States look forward to the day when Venezuela reclaims its rightful place as a prosperous and democratic member of the community, Adm. Faller concluded.Growing presence of ChinaAdm. Faller also expressed concern over the presence of China in Latin America, which is “trying to achieve a positional advantage right here in the region,” through large infrastructure investments, multiple port deals, and a technological and cyber security structure. “The best way to outcompete China is through partnerships,” Adm. Faller said. “Our partners want to work with us. They want the advantage of the United States: education, training, exercises and military equipment — which is the best in the world, and it’s up to us to deliver.”
20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: www.twoscore.com Details Being a marketing consultant in the credit union industry for many years, I’ve talked with countless credit unions about their vision for future marketing success. They interview us to evaluate whether TwoScore is a good fit, and we find the window through which we look at an extremely vital part of a credit union and its potential for future success: its culture.A well-executed marketing strategy is an essential element in your credit union’s business plan, but it isn’t the only thing you need in place to ensure long-term success. As we have seen with many industries over the past decade or longer, companies are focusing on their cultures and their brand experiences as the connecting point with members and potential members.While a great rate or a snazzy promotion might bring them in the door for that loan or checking account, what will keep them loyal to your organization is your culture and how it is expressed through your brand experience. So how does a company do that? Here are some steps to help you along the way to bringing your culture to life:Find your why. Your credit union may grant loans and open savings accounts, but why do you offer those services? How are you making a difference in the lives of your members?Define your brand elements. Has your mission statement been sitting in a binder somewhere? Is it too long for your employees to memorize? Is it relevant? Having clearly-defined brand elements (vision, mission, brand values and brand promise) are the essence of your credit union’s personality because they inform everything you do as an organization. Put them front and center for everyone to see every day. Just like looking at your goals every day is the key to success, so is having culture elements in front of everyone for it to truly become the vehicle of your credit union’s growth.Develop a unique brand experience based on your brand values. This will be what differentiates your credit union because it is through your brand experience that you get the opportunity to truly connect with your members and potential members.Hire (and fire) based on employees who live out (or don’t) your brand promise. Your employees are the most important asset of your culture and they have the critical job of forming relationships with members and delivering the brand experience.Share the credit union’s goals and progress on them. Additionally, share member successes and stories. Emotion is just as powerful for your employees as it is your members. An emotional tie takes a “cross sell” opportunity to a “helpful suggestion” in the eyes of front-line staff. At the end of the day, credit unions are life changers. To us, it’s a loan or an account, but to members it is a new home, a car to drive to work or a way to get out of debt to save money. Your culture is the leader of your marketing efforts and driver of long-term marketing success.