Funksters Vulfpeck continue to impress fans with their infectious live energy, tight-knit musicianship and humorous personas. The Ann Arbor, MI band hit the local Live On Washington Festival, playing an hourlong set that featured some of their best works like “Christmas In L.A.,” “Funky Duck” and more.The band also had vocalist Antwaun Stanley sit in throughout the set, and he lent his vocals to a version of Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish” for the performance. They also worked in a cover of Steely Dan’s “Peg” as the encore, playing with keyboardist Ian Finkelstein on the Rhodes.Thanks to DSA, we have full set video to share with soundboard audio. Tune in below!1. introduction by Neutral Zone LOW curators 00:00 (video begins 24 secs after audio)2. Outro – with Matthew Setzler, alto sax 01:113. Fugue State 05:434. Rango 08:325. My First Car 12:116. Back Pocket – with Jesse Clayton, keys 17:077. Smile Meditation – with Tyler Duncan, Irish whistle 22:458. Funky Duck – with Antwaun Stanley, vocals 28:119. 1612 – with Antwaun, and Ian Finkelstein, keys 32:5010. Wait for the Moment – with Antwaun 37:4011. Christmas in LA 42:1312. Beastly 48:2013. It Gets Funkier — 54:1214. I Wish – with Antwaun 57:1615. encore: Peg – with Ian Finkelstein, Rhodes 1:02:20[H/T JamBase]
Criminals are at their best when victims are unaware. Financial crooks, especially, are most handsomely enriched when they can pull off their cons quickly before their marks get wise. Aside from speed, payment fraudsters – from check-kiters to identity thieves – also pay close attention to geography. In some cases, it makes sense for them to stay close to the victimized individual or organization to evade fraud prevention efforts triggered by zip code. In other situations, crooks must jump from city to city, or state to state, to keep ahead of local law enforcement. For this reason, it’s more important than ever for credit unions to be a part of a national fraud prevention network like CO-OP Shared Branch.Here are three recent incidents that highlight what happens with credit unions across the nation work together to advance fraud detection and prevention.Fraud Ring Accomplice Stopped by Illinois TellerFor three months in the early part of this year, one particularly nasty perpetrator was committing identity fraud in credit union branches in several different states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Texas and Florida. CO-OP, acting in collaboration with several different law enforcement agencies and credit union organizations, ultimately got her off the streets and out of the movement’s branches.As the crook, who is believed to be part of a larger identity theft ring, made her moves, CO-OP engaged a syndicate of state networks and credit unions to gather security images and additional information on each fraud incident. After all the details were compiled, a fraud alert was distributed across the entire CO-OP Shared Branch network, reaching 1,800 credit unions and their frontline staff.Shortly thereafter, a credit union teller in Illinois recognized the woman as she entered the branch. The teller contacted police, and the thief was arrested. CO-OP continued to support law enforcement post-arrest by working with the U.S. Secret Service to assist with the suspect’s interrogation.25 Driver’s Licenses and 60 Fake Checks Found on SuspectMore recently, a thief in Virginia had been purchasing merchandize with counterfeit checks issued by a credit union. Thanks to the fast-acting of credit unions in the CO-OP Shared Branch network, the impacted state’s credit union league and the FBI, the perpetrator was captured before he could do more damage.When arrested, he was in possession of 50 credit union- and bank-issued checkbooks, 60 loose checks and more than 25 driver’s licenses all with the same name. According to the arresting officer, the suspect had reported his driver’s license lost multiple times. Each time, he successfully secured a new card with a new driver’s license number. Armed with this collection of fake IDs, he had the opportunity to continue his spree for many months had he not been stopped.Georgia ID Used to Steal from Colorado Member in North CarolinaJust last month, a Colorado credit union member noticed unusual withdrawals from her account. The transactions had occurred in North Carolina. The perpetrator had used a counterfeit Georgia driver’s license to request cash withdrawals at three different credit union branches within the same local area. CO-OP quickly alerted the state league and published a fraud alert, including an image of the suspect. Thanks to the notification, credit union staff in North Carolina recognized and denied the crook’s request when she visited their branch. Days later a second credit union’s staff member, who also recognized the perpetrator from the alerts, called the authorities who ultimately arrested the suspect.Credit Unions Link Together to Fight FraudAs these incidents demonstrate, collaboration is critical to thwarting the fast-moving, far-reaching payment crimes of today. When part of a network like CO-OP Shared Branch, credit unions can quickly communicate fraud trends, incidents, tips and tricks. Collaboration with law enforcement is also easier when credit unions are connected and working together to fight fraud.Just as credit unions share information with law enforcement, agencies like the U.S. Secret Service regularly share crime intel with credit unions via CO-OP’s fraud team. For example, the agency recently shared detailed instructions, authored by a convicted and incarcerated identity thief, on how to create a credit union member profile. The instructions had been scrolled on a writing pad discovered in a prison cell. Armed with real-time information like this, the movement’s ability to not only spot, but predict, payment fraud scams is immediately enhanced.The Complete PictureStopping all fraud is a lofty goal, but one credit unions and CO-OP’s fraud team pursues none-the-less. The combination of human talent with advanced technology like machine learning is creating a very unfriendly environment for even the savviest of fraudsters. Relentless, creative and tenacious, collective fraud teams across the network have contributed to a fraud loss rate of .003 percent from January to June of this year. Ongoing collaboration between law enforcement, credit union networks, state leagues and other credit union organizations is proving to be an effective defense against fraud. 125SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Cara Jade with Samuel, 2, and Matthew, 3, ride near their West End home. Picture: Evan MorganWEST End resident Cara Jade says she wouldn’t live anywhere else in Townsville thanks to the suburb’s character homes and family-friendly feel.Ms Jade has lived in West End for the past two years with her two sons Samuel, 2, and Matthew, 3 (pictured).More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020She said she had seen the suburb evolve with new shops opening and beautiful renovations being completed on historic homes. Ms Jade said West End was ideally located, being close to top-quality schools, the CBD, and shops.“The location is great, I like the heritage style of the homes and it’s just a really nice place to live,” she said.“I feel really safe and here I regularly ride my bike with the boys around the streets and because it’s so quiet here you hardly even see a car. “The neighbours are great as well and everyone looks out for each other.”Ms Jade said she had witnessed the suburb become more popular among young people while living there.“I have really seen it pick up with little shops opening up and it seems to be a place for young professionals and families,” she said.
Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional OECS regional parliament described as ‘people’s assembly’ by: – March 23, 2012 Tweet Share BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) — Director general of the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Dr Len Ishmael, has described the soon to be OECS regional parliamentary assembly as a “people’s assembly” during a recent visit to St Kitts and Nevis.OECS logo. Photo credit: thewestindiannews.comIshmael, who was in the Federation to update key officials including prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Denzil Douglas, on specific OECS matters, explained that the OECS regional parliamentary assembly will be viewed regionally.“The work of the assembly is to debate issues of strategic policy interest to the OECS as a whole before they become law on the level of the region, and so it’s very much a people’s assembly,” Ishmael noted. “So much so, that heads of government will always determine that this is an assembly that will move. It will sit in all the locations and it will be broadcast live. So citizens of the OECS have the right to see and hear what is being debated on their behalf.”The Revised Treaty of Basseterre, which was passed June 18, 2010, established the OECS Economic Union. Ishmael explained that the regional parliamentary assembly will be one of the outcomes of the new treaty considering that it envisages the parliament among its five governance structures or organs. The additional structures are the authority, ministerial councils, the economic affairs council, and the commission. She emphasized that the parliament is pioneering.“It is pioneering for us; we’ve never done it before but we are working towards the inaugural meeting on June 15, 2012, which is soon,” Ishmael emphasized. The treaty requires that every independent country will nominate five members – two are identified in the treaty as being the prime minister or the premier and the leader of the opposition. Non-independent countries will field three members to that assembly.”The OECS director general revealed that Antigua and Barbuda presented a proposal to become the permanent seat of the regional parliamentary assembly and as such will host the first meeting. She outlined that the body would still be allowed to rotate throughout the region. In terms of being citizens of the region, Ishmael made a plea for OECS nationals to have a specific sense of ownership.“Each one of us has to be an ambassador for that cause, I don’t mean formally appointed ambassadors, I mean all of us, all OECS persons must champion and advocate for our strategic interests,” Ishmael stressed.Caribbean News Now 14 Views no discussions Share