Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar were the big winners at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, with Mars taking home six statues and Lamar earning five awards. While their victories didn’t come as that big of a shock, there were a few first-time winners that caught our eye.Festival favorites The Infamous Stringdusters picked up their first Grammy last night when their 2017 release Laws of Gravity was named Best Bluegrass Album. Founded in 2007, the band—Andy Hall (dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass)—has put out eight studio albums and recently announced the launch of their new record label. “Cannot thank you all enough for being along for this ride!,” The Infamous Stringdusters said in a statement. “Winning this award was made even better by sharing the honor with Rhonda Vincent.” (In a rare tie, Vincent’s’ All The Rage – In Concert Volume One also won a Best Bluegrass Album award). After a handful of past nominations, LCD Soundsystem earned their first-ever Grammy for their 2017 single “Tonite”, which took home Best Dance Recording. Their comeback album American Dreams was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album, though it lost to The National‘s Sleep Well Beast.Interestingly, electronic music legends Kraftwerk earned their first in-competition Grammy at last night’s show, despite having already been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award and a spot in the Grammy Hall of Fame. The pioneering German outfit beat out a much younger field to win Best Electronic/Dance Album for their 2017 release 3-D The Catalogue, a record that was borne out of a retrospective project the band showcased at museums and music venues.In a less surprising move, the winners in the blues categories were decidedly on the older side as well. Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ picked up Best Contemporary Blues Album for their collaborative release TajMo, while rock icons The Rolling Stones won Best Traditional Blues Album for Blue & Lonesome, their first studio release in 11 years.Portugal. The Man beat out rising pop stars The Chainsmokers and Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee to win their first Grammy, an award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their single “Feel It Still”. Evidently, the group didn’t take the honor very seriously, as their acceptance speech saw frontman John Gourley pretend to wipe his butt with the trophy while bassist Zach Carothers declared “Hail Satan!”.Other winners at last night’s ceremony included John McLaughlin (Best Improvised Jazz Solo), Alabama Shakes (Best American Roots Performance), Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit (Best Americana Album and Best American Roots Song), The War on Drugs (Best Rock Album), and many more. You can check out the full list of winners here.
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Good morning from NAFCU’s spring Regulatory Compliance School! Sometimes a question from a member leaves me digging around in the Federal Register looking for more information. Where a rule or its commentary still leave you wondering what is required, those old preambles can provide clarity. It’s pretty satisfying when that actually happens. Other Federal Register dumpster dives are less illuminating but helpful anyway. Today’s blog covers one of these recent research efforts.As credit unions who sell mortgage loans to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (the GSEs) are likely aware, there is a new Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA) coming. For applications received on or after February 1, 2020, credit unions who sell loans to the GSEs will be required to use the new URLA. The GSEs are allowing lenders to start using the redesigned URLA as early as July 1, 2019. The URLA was updated in 2016 in anticipation of compliance with changes to Regulation C(HMDA) that require seeking specific race and ethnicity information from borrowers. However, these additional upcoming changes to the URLA are more significant.Many credit unions use the URLA for mortgage loans even though they are not selling to the GSEs. Why is that? Likely because of Regulation B, where Appendix B to the rule has model application forms including the 2004 version of the URLA. Regulation B has some general rules against seeking information from credit applicants. Use of one of the model applications in Appendix B is generally considered to be in compliance with provisions in the rule that limit credit unions from asking for certain information. While there are some exceptions, there are general rules against:
… 2016 Champions bow out in controversyMOUNT MAUNGANUI, New Zealand (CMC) – West Indies Under-19s title defence ended in shambles with a heavy 76-run defeat to South Africa Under-19s, but controversy accompanied their disappointing exit from the ICC Youth World Cup here yesterday.Asked to chase 283 at Bay Oval, the young Caribbean side collapsed from 177 for four in the 39th over to 206 all out in the 46th, to crash to their second straight defeat following their loss to hosts New Zealand Under-19s in their opener last Saturday.Alick Athanaze top-scored with 76 and Kirstan Kallicharan chipped in with 44 but fast bowler Hermann Rolfes rocked the Windies with four for 33 to put South Africa in command.The defeat left the reigning champions third in Group A without a point thus eliminating them from reaching the second round.To complicate matters, captain Emmanuel Stewart sparked a firestorm during the South Africa innings when he appealed for an obstructing-the-field dismissal and had batsman Jiveshan Pillay controversially given out.The left-handed Pillay had effortlessly cruised to 47 off 51 deliveries when he inside-edged a drive at fast bowler Jarion Hoyte and then watched carefully as the ball rolled to a stop next to his stumps.However, he subsequently picked up the ball and tossed it to Stewart who then appealed and after umpires consulted, Pillay was given out for obstruction under Law 37.4.Stewart’s actions drew heavy criticism from past and current players, reminiscent of the Mankad incident during the last Under-19 World Cup when West Indies also found themselves at the centre of controversy.The contentious decision also soured the contest and detracted from South Africa’s innings, highlighted by a superb, run-a-ball unbeaten 99 from wicketkeeper Wandile Makwetu.Gerald Coetzee chipped in with 29 and Kenan Smith, 22, as the South Africans got up to a challenging 282 for eight off their 50 overs after they were sent in.Pillay, who struck five fours and two sixes, put on 56 off 64 balls for the first wicket with Matthew Breetzke (18) before five wickets tumbled for 56 runs to leave the young Proteas tottering on 112 for five in the 27th over.The right-handed Makwetu, batting at number five, then stitched up the innings in a 58-run stamd for the sixth wicket with Smith before adding a further 31 for the seventh wicket with Jade de Klerk who made a cameo 21 from 16 balls.However, it was Makwetu’s 67-run, eighth-wicket stand with Coetzee which provided the late momentum as South Africa gathered a whopping 77 runs from the last five overs.Makwetu struck 12 fours and a six and combined with Coetzee to plunder 27 from the final over sent down by fast bowler Ronaldo Alimohamed.In reply, West Indies were given a sound start by openers Kimani Melius (24) and Keagan Simmons (20) who put on 38 off 42 deliveries for the first wicket.Once the left-handed Simmons was given out caught behind down the leg-side off seamer Coetzee (2-21), however, the Windies lost four wickets for 49 runs to decline to 87 for four at the end of the 21st over.Stewart was bowled for two in the 12th over needlessly giving Rolfes the charge, Melius nicked a push at left-arm pacer Akhona Mnyaka and was caught behind while Bhaskar Yadram (13) was also caught at the wicket by Makwetu, cutting at left-arm spinner de Klerk (2-40).With West Indies stuttering, the left-handed Athanaze combined with Kallicharan in a 90-run, fifth -icket stand which put the South Africans under pressure.Athanaze faced 100 balls and counted six fours and a six while Kallicharan stroked five fours and a six in a handsome 50-ball knock.Rolfes proved the trump card in the end, returning to trap Kallicharan lbw in the 39th over, triggering a dramatic slide which saw the last six wickets perish for 29 runs.Athanaze was the ninth batsman out, in the 45th over after smashing a return catch to the enterprising Rolfes.