Today, Eric Krasno has announced a three-night residency at New York City’s iconic The Blue Note from March 19th through 21st, with two performances each night (one at 8 p.m. and one at 10:30 p.m.). Under the banner Eric Krasno & Friends, the beloved Soulive and Lettuce guitarist has tapped a number of other high-profile musicians to join him for these performances. As the “house band,” Krasno will reconvene his long-dormant former outfit, Chapter 2, comprised of Nigel Hall (Lettuce) on the keys as well drummer Louis Cato (Jon Batiste and Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and bassist Chris Loftlin (Brian McKnight).However, while this lineup as a standalone is exciting, Krasno & Friends will also be joined during the performances by three very special guests: Questlove, Cory Henry, and Robert Randolph. Questlove is best known for his work as a drummer and joint frontman for the classic hip-hop group, The Roots, currently the house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Robert Randolph, the Grammy-nominated pedal steel guitarist, has performed with the likes of Phil Lesh, Eric Clapton, Phish’s Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell, and many more, in addition to touring regularly with his own Robert Randolph & The Family Band. Rounding out the bill’s special guests is organist Cory Henry, who is well-known for his fruitful solo career as well as for his work with Snarky Puppy, though he has also toured with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Michael McDonald, P. Diddy, The Roots, and others.With such an all-star lineup, it’s clear that Eric Krasno & Friends’ run at The Blue Note will be one of the can’t-miss events of the season. Tickets for all six performances can be found here. Shows will take place at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on March 19th, 20th, and 21st.[Cover Photo: Robert Randolph, Patrick Hughes; Eric Krasno, Lou Montesano; Questlove, FERNADO MARTINS FERREIRA; Cory Henry, Press Photo]
The list of things we can unlock with our fingerprints, faces and irises is getting longer. JetBlue passengers can board a plane from Boston to Aruba by pausing in front of a camera. Samsung Galaxy S8 owners can access their phones with their eyes. And fingerprint authentication is becoming so ubiquitous in the workplace, there are now entire sets of regulations governing its use.As biometric technology improves and more use cases evolve, we discover more about the benefits, risks and the growth potential of the technology each day. In fact, here are three things we’ve recently learned about the technology.The world’s largest biometric database houses 1+ billion profiles.Did you know 99 percent of Indian adults have given their biometric profiles over to their country’s government? The result has been the building of the world’s largest biometrics database containing the faces, all 10 fingerprints and two iris scans of each of 1.16 billion people. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Paris St Germain have been linked with the Ivory Coast international but Pellegrini is adamant the 31-year-old will be staying. Pellegrini said: “There must be a lot of reports telling (the story) that Yaya will be sold. Maybe (it is) all the other teams that want Manchester City to be a weaker team. “Yaya is a very important player. He played very well in the first half (against CSKA) – he scored a goal. In the second half he made a mistake and he was sent off but – never in my mind – I am sure nobody at the club is talking about selling Yaya Toure. “Maybe that news comes from other teams (who want) to see our team weaker.” Toure was outstanding as City won the Barclays Premier League last season, scoring 20 goals in the competition. Problems began in the summer, however, as he voiced criticisms of the club and then became embroiled in a row over how his birthday was celebrated. There was also tragedy as his brother Ibrahim lost his battle with cancer and earlier this week he was the victim of racial abuse after reactivating his Twitter account. His form on the pitch is part-reflected in City’s underwhelming start to the season. City are yet to hit their stride in the Premier League and are facing early elimination from the Champions League. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed any suggestions that Yaya Toure could be sold. Toure, a midfield talisman at the Etihad Stadium since his signing from Barcelona in 2010, has performed below his usual high standards for much of the current season. He was sent off for an act of petulance in the midweek Champions League loss to CSKA Moscow and there have been reports that City are now willing to consider offloading him. Last Sunday’s derby victory over Manchester United was City’s only win in five games. As well as players’ performances being questioned, Pellegrini is also starting to find himself in the firing line, but the former Real Madrid coach has again insisted he does not feel pressure. The Chilean said: “I never feel pressure. In my career I have had 25 years managing teams and the only pressure I feel is my own pressure to return to play in the way I like this team to play, to play attractive football and be a winning team. “I don’t read press, I don’t have any other pressures. I don’t feel external pressure (and have not done) in my whole career.” Pellegrini insists it is too early to be writing off his side. They trail leaders Chelsea by six points in the Premier League but are still third. At the equivalent stage last season City were fifth, trailing then leaders Arsenal by six points. The Champions League challenge is more precarious, with just two points gained from four group games but City could yet progress if they can hit form against Bayern Munich and Roma. Pellegrini said: “It is difficult to progress in the Premier League when you won the title last year but we try to continue fighting for the title. “I don’t know if you can take some conclusions when you have to play 28 games more. It is a lot of games and we are just in November. “About the Champions League, we have to take the conclusions when we have finished the group. If we don’t qualify it will be a step back but you can’t talk about things you don’t know will happen. “I always say that mathematics can give you qualification and we are going to fight for it. We have six more points to play for.” Pellegrini is hoping for a reaction as City travel to QPR, although weakened by the absence of injured captain Vincent Kompany, on Saturday. He said: “Yes of course, I want to see the same team we saw in the derby three days before. “It is very important to return to the Premier League, trying to continue winning so we can fight for the title until the end. “In this moment we turn the page because it is very important to continue in Premier League the way we are doing now. We have won four of five games that we played in the Premier League. “It is difficult to recover physically and mentally in less than 72 hours from what happened on Wednesday but we are trying to do it and I hope tomorrow the team that start will have the answer for the moment.” Press Association
DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 cheat sheetMLB Top Prospects: 2BThe Rays’ Brandon Lowe may not play much 2B this year in Tampa but he can certainly hit, and his positional versatility (2B, 1B, OF) should allow him to see regular playing time. In 43 big league games last year Lowe only hit .233, but he slugged .450 and has the tools to be an above-average hitter in the majors. Lowe isn’t a big guy, but a compact swing and plus bat speed allow him to hit for above-average power. He swung at too many pitcher’s pitches in his first taste of the bigs, but he should adjust as he gains more experience. His bat path can be inconsistent and he doesn’t have the hand-eye coordination to hit for a high average, but a .265 average and 20 home runs are very realistic numbers if he plays every day.2019 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers: Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Each teamGarrett Hampson and Brendan Rodgers (No. 22 in our prospect rankings) opened camp as potential starters at second base for the Rockies, but both have been out-played by Ryan McMahon. Rodgers now looks certain to begin the season in the minors, but Hampson still has a shot to win the job.Hampson is a polished hitter with the hand-eye coordination, pitch recognition, and bat speed to hit for average and post an above-average on-base percentage. He doesn’t have any power, but his carrying tool is his speed, which should make him a 25-plus SB threat if he plays regularly.Rodgers isn’t the future star that the Rockies envisioned when they drafted him third overall in 2015, and although he’s been playing mostly short this spring, he’ll probably end up at second base given that Trevor Story is firmly entrenched at the six in Colorado. Still, he’s a hard worker who has gotten better each season. He also shows excellent offensive skills across the board, including plus bat speed, good lower body balance, and above-average raw power. He’ll return to Triple-A to open the season, but a hot start could get him a promotion by midseason. Long term, he should hit about .280 with 20-plus home runs over a full season.2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Three other guys who could be playing second base in the majors by mid-season are Milwaukee’s Keston Hiura (No. 24 in our prospect rankings), Toronto’s Cavan Biggio, and the White Sox Nick Madrigal (No. 46).The Brewers currently have a surplus of infielders which means that Hiura will certainly open the season in the minors. Like many skilled hitters, he’s used to being able to hit pretty much any pitch, so he’ll need to learn to be more selective to succeed against advanced pitching. Still, he’s one of the best pure hitters in the minors, with plus bat speed, great balance, and a compact swing path. A quick start could force the Brewers to find room for him in Milwaukee. Once he gets his chance, expect an average near .300 with moderate power (12-15 home runs) that could increase as he matures.Fantasy Baseball Rankings Tiers, Draft StrategiesCatcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Closer Second base used to be a defense-first position but now those who play the Keystone Sack need to hit as well. Last year, 8 big-league second basemen hit 20+ home runs, led by Javy Baez who clubbed 34 round-trippers. Teams may put up with a good-field, no-hit shortstop but a second baseman who can’t contribute offensively won’t last long in the majors these days.There aren’t any future superstars in this year’s crop of second base prospects but there are a few guys who should open the season in the majors with a handful of others who could make an impact beginning around mid-season. An adjustment to his swing path before last season turned Biggio from a contact-oriented hitter into a legitimate power threat. In fact, last year at Double-A he looked like a “three true outcomes” guy (26 HRs, 100 BBs, 148 Ks) rather than the speedy leadoff hitter he was in college. Biggio will need to be more consistent with his swing path and make more consistent contact to succeed in the majors, but he’s a skilled hitter who should adjust. He’ll probably open the season at Triple-A and could get a promotion to Toronto with a fast start. Long-term, he probably won’t hit for average, but his bat speed, raw power, and good plate discipline should allow him to hit around .260, post a high on-base percentage, and slug 20 home runs over a full season in the majors.Top MLB ProspectsCatcher | First | Third | Short | Outfield | Pitcher | Top 50Madrigal has only played 43 games as a pro and will probably start the season at High-A but he’s already a polished hitter who should move quickly this season. As a pro, Madrigal has shown excellent contact ability (only five strikeouts in 173 plate appearances) and has played plus defense at second base (.994 fielding percentage). He doesn’t have any power and his above-average speed hasn’t translated to many stolen bases, but he’s an elite hitter who should post a .300 average in the majors. Don’t be surprised if Madrigal quickly flies through Double-A and is pushing for a big league promotion by midseason.