Back in March, Vulf Records released a six-track EP under a new moniker The Fearless Flyers. The new band—comprised of Vulfpeck bassist Joe Dart, guitarist Cory Wong, drummer Nate Smith, and Snarky Puppy guitarist Mark Lettieri—have released four music video-supported tracks from the self-titled EP so far, with the rest of the tracks available for purchase/download here.In addition to the previously released “Aces of Aces”, “Under the Sea / Flyers Drive”, and “Barbara“, Vulf Records has shared the music video for their sped-up, jammed-out, funkified rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”, featuring guitarist Blake Mills and gospel performer Sandra Crouch.Watch “The Seal Team 6 of funk” take on “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” with special guests below:[Video: Vulf]The new-ish project—which is produced, composed, and mixed by the “Vulfmon” himself, Jack Stratton (bandleader/multi-instrumentalist of Vulfpeck)—is seemingly a “2.0” version of the original Vulfpeck lineup. Basically, any musical group under the Vulf Records establishment will resonate with fans of Vulfpeck, as the brain and tools behind the music will all come from the same place. The Vulf Compressor, indeed, continues its legacy.The full record is available on Bandcamp and features all sorts of musical nuggets. “Introducing the Fearless Flyers” showcases the tight musicianship between the four players, providing the style of playing that fans of Vulfpeck crave from the band’s earlier days. A secondary version of “Barbara” also appears on the record, featuring Sandra Crouch again on the tambourine, as a follow-up to Vulfpeck’s 2012 Vollmich version of the song. There’s also a “kids” version of The Little Mermaid‘s “Under The Sea”.The six-track presentation closes with “Bicentennial”, a clear continuation of the closing groove from Vulfpeck’s “Grandma” track from Mr. Finish Line. Vulfpeck’s soulful original version of the song features Antwaun Stanley on vocals, David T. Walker on guitar, and James Gadson on drums and closes with a 45-second groove that left fans wanting more in 2017. The Fearless Flyers’ “Bicentennial” is the extension of that groove and it features Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Elizabeth Lea on trombone and the voice of Jack Stratton as the “sibilant announcer.”You can own a copy of The Fearless Flyers today for $6, if you didn’t already reserve a copy of the vinyl, here.
Mortality rates in England and Wales were on average 3.8% lower in 2019 than in 2018, the highest year-on-year reduction since 2011, according to the Continuous Mortality Investigation (CMI).CMI also said mortality in 2019 was the lowest it had ever seen in England and Wales.As a result, its 2019 model includes a slight increase in life expectancy projections, with cohort life expectancies at age 65 for both males and females around one month higher than for the 2018 model, although still lower than in all earlier versions of the CMI model.Aon said it expected use of the latest CMI model to lead to a slight increase, of less than 0.5%, in liabilities for UK defined benefit (DB) schemes compared with using the previous version of the model. Liabilities would still be lower under the new version of the model than under earlier versions. Alastair Walker, UK head of longevity analytics at Mercer, said lower mortality rates in 2019 were raising questions about whether the slowdown in mortality improvements in recent years would continue or whether improvements could start to accelerate again.“Following the slowdown in mortality improvements since 2011, some trustees and sponsors may have become complacent about longevity risk,” he said. “However, today’s news shows longevity trends can go both ways and it is worth considering alleviating the risk altogether.”Stephen Caine, a director at Willis Towers Watson, said DB schemes undergoing valuations this year were still likely to assume that members live less long than was assumed when they last went through the process three years ago.Cobus Daneel, chair of the CMI mortality projections committee, said: “It’s important to stress that mortality rates are volatile and, in isolation, the improvement seen in 2019 should not necessarily be interpreted as a return to the high level of improvements that we’ve seen in previous decades.“Not everyone experiences the same level of mortality improvements. In recent years, people living in less deprived areas of England and Wales have experienced higher mortality improvements than those in more deprived areas.”The CMI mortality projections model is updated on a broadly annual basis. It does not provide an assumption around long-term mortality improvements, requiring users such as UK pension schemes to make their own assessment.The CMI is part of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, but has an independent executive and management.
Associated Press March 8, 2020 For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com La.-Lafeyette, Ga. Southern meet in Sun Belt quarters SQUAD LEADERSHIP: The Ragin’ Cajuns are led by Jalen Johnson and Mylik Wilson. Johnson has averaged 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds while Wilson has put up 11.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game. The Eagles have been led by seniors Ike Smith and Isaiah Crawley. Smith has averaged 14.2 points and 5.6 rebounds while Crawley has put up 13.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.JUMPING FOR JALEN: Johnson has connected on 27.9 percent of the 154 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 16 over his last three games. He’s also converted 82.6 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Louisiana-Lafayette is 0-9 when scoring fewer than 65 points and 14-9 when scoring at least 65.WINNING WHEN: Georgia Southern is a perfect 5-0 when the team records 11 or more steals. The Eagles are 13-13 when they steal the ball fewer than 11 times.TOUGH DEFENSE: Georgia Southern has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 22 percent of all possessions, the highest rate among all Sun Belt teams.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLouisiana-Lafayette (14-18, 9-12) vs. No. 5 seed Georgia Southern (18-13, 12-8)Sun Belt Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, W.S. Hanner Fieldhouse, Statesboro, Georgia; Monday, 6 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: A spot in the Sun Belt semifinals is on the line as Louisiana-Lafayette and Georgia Southern prepare to meet. In the regular season, Georgia Southern won both of the head-to-head matchups. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 8, when the Eagles outshot Louisiana-Lafayette 58.2 percent to 48.3 percent and recorded five fewer turnovers en route to the 86-79 victory.