ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Alaska Governor Bill Walker, a political independent, halted his re-election campaign on Friday and endorsed his Democratic challenger, ending a three-way contest in which neither had appeared capable of defeating the Republican front-runner.
With just 18 days left before the Nov. 6 election, Walker said he concluded that he could not win a second term in a race against both former U.S. Senator Mark Begich, a Democrat, and former state Senator Mike Dunleavy, a Republican.
Walker, 67, said his decision to bow out was based entirely on what he felt was “best for Alaska” and involved no deal with the Democrat or any promise of a role in a Begich administration should he win.
Walker’s withdrawal came three days after his former running mate, Byron Mallott, a Democrat and the first Alaska Native elected to statewide office, abruptly resigned as lieutenant governor over admitted but unspecified “inappropriate comments” in a scandal that threw the governor’s campaign into disarray.
But public opinion surveys were already showing Dunleavy, 57, running well ahead of the two other men and indicated Begich, 56, had greater support than the incumbent governor.
After consulting for days on whether Walker or Begich had a better shot at running a competitive race against Dunleavy, the determination was made that “Begich has the better odds,” the governor said in a statement posted on his campaign’s website.
Walker also said Begich’s positions on various key issues “more closely align with my priorities for Alaska,” including their support for Medicaid expansion in Alaska and state action on climate change. Dunleavy opposes both.
“Today’s developments leave Alaska voters with a clear choice,” Dunleavy’s campaign said after learning Walker halted his re-election campaign.
A former teacher and outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump, Dunleavy had focused his campaign on criticizing Walker for reducing the annual oil-fund dividends all Alaska residents receive.
Walker has said limiting the payout was necessary to address big budget deficits. Dunleavy has advocated deeper spending cuts and more oil and mining development.
The latest announcement came at the annual convention of the Alaska Federation of Natives, a powerful constituency in the state, just before Walker, Begich and Dunleavy were all scheduled to participate in a gubernatorial debate.
Begich and Walker, whose name will remain on the ballot despite his withdrawal, were widely seen as likely to take votes away from each other in a three-way race. Begich, a one-time Anchorage mayor who served six years as a U.S. senator from Alaska ending in 2015, called Walker’s move “unbelievably gracious.”
Walker changed his party affiliation from Republican to independent before launching his successful 2014 campaign for governor on a “unity” ticket with Mallot as his running mate.
In that election, Walker unseated the Republican incumbent, Sean Parnell, who had been lieutenant governor under Sarah Palin, the one-time Republican U.S. vice presidential nominee, and he became governor in 2009 when she quit.
Walker’s campaign spokesman previously acknowledged that the governor and Begich had been in talks for days to discuss a “path forward that’s best for Alaska.” Begich told reporters Friday night he did not know of Walker’s decision until just before it was announced.
(This version of the story in paragraph 9, removes incorrect description of Dunleavy as “retired Air Force lieutenant colonel”, clarifies he was a former teacher)
Reporting by Yereth Rosen in Anchorage; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Sam Holmes and Jane Merriman
FRISCO, Texas — Having converted on just 9-of-38 third-down opportunities in their first three road games, the Dallas Cowboys’ offense met Thursday to discuss their issues away from home before Sunday’s game at the Washington Redskins.
“We addressed the elephant in the room as an offense,” quarterback Dak Prescott said. “I think it was great. It was a great meeting. We had the whole offense in there and just talking among the coaches and players about the thing maybe we need to do better on the road, just communication. I know we’ll take a lot from that conversation and our communication will be better. We had a great day of practice and yesterday and just got to carry it over to Sunday.”
With third downs the focus of Thursday’s practice, the offense wanted to make sure they were addressing the issues collectively.
“It’s a challenge that every team has every time the ball is snapped in the and making sure 11 guys are playing together,” coach Jason Garrett said. “And we’ll continue to emphasize that with our team.”
Communication has been the theme of the week for the Cowboys’ offense. It started on a conference call on Tuesday with Pro Bowl right guard Zack Martin, continued on Wednesday with running back Ezekiel Elliott and on Thursday with Prescott, Garrett and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.
“Just being on the same page, that’s killed us the first three road games,” Martin said.
The Cowboys have not scored more than 16 points in a road game this season, averaging just 276 yards and 16 first downs. The Cowboys are coming off their most productive offensive game of the season in a 40-7 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars at AT&T Stadium and hoping for some carry over Sunday at FedEx Field.
Prescott has been sacked 19 times this season with 13 coming in road games.
The Cowboys do not have Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick, who is dealing with Guillain-Barre syndrome (an autoimmune disorder), and are breaking in a rookie at left guard in Connor Williams. They also have new faces at wide receiver with Allen Hurns, Deonte Thompson and Michael Gallup and have inexperienced tight ends.
The Cowboys pump in loud music for every practice during the week.
“We just have to handle our business better,” Linehan said. “One the road, we’ve been in the past, until this season, so good on the road. We’ve talked about a lot of the thing that have to be shored up that weren’t there in the previous three road games and hopefully we can be better.”
Meteorologist Ginger Zee knows how to bring the thunder.
Zee is an author, adventurer, mother of two and of course, the chief meteorologist for ABC News and “Good Morning America.”
“I didn’t study reporting, I didn’t study television. I had studied meteorology,” Zee said about launching her career in broadcasting. “I had no idea what I was doing at first and I was like, ‘Fake it ’til you make it.'”
Zee definitely made it, but not without challenges. The 37-year-old struggled with anorexia and depression, topics she candidly talked about in her book, “Natural Disaster.”
“I dove into an eating disorder that took over my life,” Zee said about her high school years. “I wish I could go back and tell that girl that pizza is not evil and it’s not going to change your life 30 years from now.”
Six months before landing her first full-time meteorologist job in Flint, Michigan, Zee, who was 21, attempted suicide.
“I was very hard on myself and put so much pressure on myself,” she said about her struggle with the disease.
You don’t have to have it all, all at once.
Shortly afterwards, Zee checked herself into a mental health hospital to seek treatment. She decided to share her struggles to help destigmatize depression and bring hope to others who are going through similar experiences.
As you can probably tell, Zee has no problem opening up, especially when it comes to raising awareness around mental health.
With years of life and professional experience under her belt, here is Ginger’s advice from “A to Zee.”
1. Life changes will help you grow.
If you thought Zee was brave in the face of natural disasters, take a look at some of the bold fashion choices of her youth.
“I took every fashion risk at that time and put them all on for one picture,” Zee said with a laugh.
The photo features Zee and her BFF, Jenny Syler. Zee had just changed high schools and was able to reunite with her then bestie for this fabulous pic.
“Friends and relationships and things just change. That’s how life is. Not all of the changes happening at that time were as devastating as I thought they were,” she said.
2. There’s beauty in a cookie.
See said the challenges she faced as a teen affected her psyche in high school.
“This is the time that anorexia really started for me,” said Zee. “I wish I could go back and tell this girl that there’s beauty in a cookie here and there.”
3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
“Yes! This was my time on ‘The X-Files,'” Zee said.
This photo features Zee at her first full-time television job in Flint, Michigan, at WEIY-TV. She said she was hired as a weekend meteorologist though she did not have broadcast experience.
“I would say to myself, feel free to ask some more questions and don’t feel so embarrassed,” she said.
4. Your personal life doesn’t have to be perfect.
Zee said the start of her career was very exciting and looking back, it helped teach her balance.
“Your personal life doesn’t always have to be as wonderful as your career. You don’t have to have it all, all at once,” she said.
This wasn’t the easiest lesson for Zee to learn.
“I wanted to have the guy that was going to be my husband and I wanted my career taking off,” she said.
She wanted it all.
Zee said she put a ton of pressure on herself at this point in her life and wishes she would have been kinder to herself, something she now practices each day.
5. High school isn’t forever.
“You did it! You went all the way there!” laughed Zee as we showed her a photo of herself from her college pom squad team. “Life was really starting for me.”
Zee began studying meteorology at Valparaiso University and credited her time on the pom squad as a way to let loose.
“This was kind of like a creative outlet for me to have,” said Zee, who joined the team her freshman year.
“I was probably still with my high school boyfriend thinking that would work,” said Zee. “Not everybody marries their high school boyfriend and that’s OK!”
6. Having a child is the best thing you are ever going to do.
“I would tell myself in this picture, ‘get ready lady, your life is about to change forever,'” she said.
Unbeknownst to Zee, this photo was taken of her diving in Pulau when she was pregnant with her first child.
Zee was on assignment as the time and kept it a secret until she could tell her husband.
“I think the second that you find out that you’re pregnant it just changes everything but in the best way,” she explained.
Zee said having kids is the best thing she’s ever produced!
7. Try to see the world through a child’s eyes
Zee was all smiles when looking back at this photo of herself as a kid.
“This one looks so much like my son Adrian!” she said. “The smile is the same, the laughter and the pure joy and innocence is the same.”
Zee said her son, who is almost 3, still has that joyful personality.
“It’s nice to know that I had that once too,” she added.
If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Every Federal Reserve policymaker backed raising interest rates last month in a meeting where they also generally agreed borrowing costs were set to rise further, according to minutes from the meeting released on Wednesday.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell holds a news conference following a two-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) policy meeting in Washington, U.S., September 26, 2018. REUTERS/Al Drago/File Photo
The hike was the third of this year and the display of unanimity at the Sept. 25-26 meeting could bolster expectations the central bank’s rate-setting committee will raise rates again in December.
“All participants expressed the view that it would be appropriate for the committee to continue its gradual approach to policy firming by raising the target range for the federal funds rate,” according to the minutes.
Compared to the minutes of Fed’s previous meeting held in August, the September minutes appeared to show less discussion around the prospects that a recession might be lurking around the corner. Rather, some of the central bankers appeared to see some indications of a stronger U.S. economy.
“Almost all participants saw little change in their assessment of the economic outlook, although a few of them judged that recent data pointed to a pace of economic activity that was stronger than they expected earlier in the year,” according to the minutes.
Still, policymakers noted that the relative weakness of the international economy could create “potential for further strengthening of the U.S. dollar,” a factor that could weigh on U.S. exports.
They also noted that some businesses said they were investing less in the energy sector due to tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, part of an array of trade conflicts the Trump administration has pursued with trading partners.
The U.S. economy has been growing more quickly this year than many economists believe is possible without generating higher inflation, with the jobless rate at its lowest level in decades.
The Fed has been raising interest rates since 2015 and after the rate hike last month it stopped describing the stance of monetary policy as “accommodative,” meaning that it no longer thought the level of interest rates was stimulating the economy.
The minutes showed that “almost all” policymakers agreed it was time to stop staying they were stimulating the economy.
Reporting by Jason Lange and Pete Schroeder; Editing by Andrea Ricci
Female Franklin College Student Football Coach hopes to return as player Indianapolis Star
FRANKLIN, Ind. — She’s on the field throwing passes, helping the defensive backs run different routes. She’s carrying around cards, getting the scout offense ready for the defense. On the clipboard, she looks at the script for practice, where she needs to go next.
Hope Nelson is a freshman student football coach for Franklin College. It’s a tremendous feat, a woman helping to lead a team that this season is 5-1 and undefeated in its conference.
But it’s not her dream. Not even close.
Coaching is the backup plan.
She’s in the weight room, squatting 245 pounds, getting her legs stronger — ready to make tackles. She’s running sprints, getting lightning fast — to cover receivers and defend against pass offenses. She’s watching the guys on the field, the cornerbacks in particular.
“When I tell people, it’s always ‘Wow.’ And they’ll ask, ‘What position do you play? Kicker?'” Nelson said. “But that’s not the case. I’m out on the field making tackles. And I want to do that here. I know I can do it.”
Nelson’s goal is to play at Franklin next season as a sophomore. For spring practices, she will suit up with the guys.
She will prepare to make football history, as the first woman in the school’s 184-year existence to play the game.
But that is just the beginning of Nelson’s story of persistence and perseverance.
A lifelong dancer and cheerleader, Nelson is a fighter, a woman who overcomes obstacles every single day.
And she knows what is most daunting, should she take the college football field next year, is a right side hit that comes out of nowhere.
Nelson doesn’t have a chance to see it coming.
She is blind in her right eye.
‘It’s just made me who I am’
The night before, it had seemed like the best solution – at least the only solution for the short term.
Nelson’s babysitter had taken the doorknob off in the bathroom – because her own kids kept trying to lock themselves inside.
The next day, a 3-year-old Nelson was at the house playing hide-and-seek with the babysitter’s daughter.
When she darted into the bathroom, Nelson chased after. As she was just about to catch her, the door slammed shut.
The metal prong exposed by the missing doorknob stabbed Nelson in her right eye.
“I just remember my eye shriveled up like a raisin in my eye socket,” said Nelson.
Her mom was called, but the paramedics beat her to the house. They decided not to take Nelson in the ambulance.
She was tiny and scared and in severe pain. She needed her mom.
Once at the hospital, Nelson was rushed into surgery. Doctors filled her eye with saline and water. It plumped back up. The surgeon put 21 stitches in her ruptured eye.
Her eye looked better afterward, cosmetically. But it didn’t work. Doctors told her parents the devastating news. Nelson would be blind in her right eye.
Through the years, people have said things to Nelson – mean, rude, negative things.
“If I let it bother me, then I would be down on myself all the time. So, I just keep a positive outlook,” she said. “If I could go back and change it, I wouldn’t. It’s just made me who I am.”
When it all started
That accident was traumatizing. And yet, instead of shrinking up, becoming introverted, something wonderful happened to the 3-year-old girl.
“That’s probably when it all started — her becoming this, ‘I can do anything,'” said her dad, John Nelson. “Before that, she was really laid back and quiet.Then, she got a little spunk.”
Nelson poured her heart and soul into dancing. She was going to be the best. She was a cheerleader in high school at Indian Creek in Trafalgar, Ind.
“I believe that everything happens for a reason, good and bad,” said John Nelson. “We’ve raised her that you have to overcome things in life and you’re going to fail more times than not.”
But failing wasn’t an alternative for Nelson. Any time a hurdle popped up, she leaped right over it and moved on.
“She is very independent and if you tell her no, that’s not going to be an option,” her dad said. “That’s kind of the scenario we’re in now.”
Yes. The football scenario.
It was her junior year of high school when Nelson tore her ACL while cheerleading — twice.
She decided to move on to a new pursuit. The path had been cleared when doctors discovered that her retina had detached, which freed her to play contact sports.
“That is when I decided I want something to challenge me,” said Nelson. “And so I went to football and loved it ever since.”
Well, it wasn’t quite that easy. First, she had to get onto the team and, before that, she had to persuade her dad and mom, Jennifer, to let her play.
“I’m not going to deny I was a little scared,” said John Nelson. “At the end of the day, you only live once. I guess if that’s what you want to do, go for it.”
Nelson and her dad set up a meeting with Indian Creek football coach Brett Cooper.
“When I met with coach Cooper, I said, ‘Here’s the deal. She gets no different treatment than a man if she is going to play football,” John Nelson said. “If she wants to play this sport, she needs to really play the sport.”
Cooper remembers that meeting and those words from Nelson’s dad. It was a relief to him. No need for special treatment. Nelson most certainly didn’t want that, either.
“She was one of the guys,” Cooper said. “The only thing that really separated her was she wasn’t allowed in our locker room in certain situations. Our guys saw her no differently. They didn’t bat an eye.”
Because she was inexperienced, Nelson played mostly junior varsity so she could get solid playing time. But she got into some varsity games, too.
Nelson said she is taking everything she learned from that season of playing — as well as her time on the Franklin team as coach — and preparing for a college football career.
At 5-5 and 155 pounds, Nelson can hit.
There was the practice where one of the players didn’t recognize it was Nelson and she pummeled him.
“And he was like, ‘Whoa, I didn’t realize that was you and you could hit that hard,'” Nelson said. “I’m a lot stronger than a lot of people think I am.”
Like any good player, she knows her weakness, too. There was the game where a player came up on the right side of her and knocked her to the ground.
“And I didn’t see it, so I was completely blindsided,” she said. “Which, if I possibly play next year, that’s something that I really have to work on. Keep my head on a swivel.”
‘Chase after it’
Beyond the talent Nelson brings to the team, is her story. She interned as a high school senior for Franklin coach Mike Leonard last year and he was enamored with her tenacity.
“I would just brag on her all the time to the team, telling them how tough she is and what kind of perseverance she has,” Leonard said. “And then when she came to us, I just knew she would be an inspiration in a big way just because of her work ethic and what she’s been through.”
Defensive back Bryan Wells, a senior on the team, first met Nelson at this year’s training camp.
“I was like, ‘Man, is she playing football or is she coaching?’ I wasn’t really sure,” he said. “When coach Leonard told us she was coaching, I thought it was pretty cool. She is a great coach. She supports us all.”
Recently, Nelson confided in Wells that she’d like to play on the team.
“She loves the game,” he said. “It really opened my eyes.”
Nelson hopes her spirit and what she’s doing open a lot of people’s eyes.
She thinks often of young girls going through tough times, as she did. Children who might have a goal that seems unreachable, as she did.
“I’d tell them, ‘Chase after it,'” she said. “You have to go after your dreams.”
A new guideline from the World Health Organization (WHO) aims to help reduce steadily rising rates of caesarean sections around the globe. While crucial at times for medical reasons, caesarean births are associated with short-term and long-risks health risks for women and babies that may extend for years.
In June 2018, Serena Williams told Vanity Fair about her journey to motherhood, including the story of how she nearly died a few days after giving birth. In September, Beyoncé punctuated her Vogue cover with the story of how she developed a life-threatening pregnancy condition called preeclampsia, which can lead to seizures and stroke. Throughout the summer, headlines like “Dying to Deliver” and “Deadly Deliveries” and “Maternal Mortality: An American Crisis” popped up on newsfeeds and streamed on screens across America.
As a professor who studies safety in pregnancy, I was quoted in many articles and media features. I explained what the harrowing stories indicate about our health systems, our public policies, our society at large. But as an obstetrician, I’ve been puzzling over how to explain to my patients what this means for them individually. And my pregnant wife, who is due any day, has been noticing the headlines too.
What is maternal mortality?
Typically, deaths that occur due to complications of pregnancy or childbirth, or within six weeks after giving birth, are recorded as maternal mortality.
What do the statistics tell us?
In 1990, about 17 maternal deaths were recorded for every 100,000 pregnant women in the United States. While relatively rare, this number has risen steadily over the last 25 years, indicating a worsening safety problem. In 2015, more than 26 deaths were recorded per 100,000 pregnant women. This means that compared with their own mothers, American women today are 50% more likely to die in childbirth. And the risk is consistently three to four times higher for black women than white women, irrespective of income or education.
Additionally, for every death, pregnancy-related conditions, such as high blood pressure or blood clotting disorders, result in up to 100 severe injuries. For every severe injury, tens of thousands of women suffer from inadequately treated physical or mental illnesses, as well as the broader disempowerment mothers face in the absence of paid parental leave policies and other social support.
Are the statistics misleading?
The root cause of these startling statistics is often misunderstood. The public image of maternal death is a woman who has a medical emergency like a hemorrhage while in labor. However, very few deaths counted in maternal mortality statistics occur during childbirth. Rather, four out of five of these deaths happen in the weeks and months before or after birth. So, they occur not in the hospital, but in our communities. And they represent many failures — not just unsafe medical care, but also eroding social support necessary for women to recognize medical warning signs, like abnormal bleeding or hopelessness about the future, and to seek timely care.
A few days after having a baby, American women are sent home from the hospital, infant in hand. More often than not, mother and family are left on their own until a cursory 15-minute visit with a healthcare provider several weeks later. During long gaps between checkups, mothers experience deep worry for their infants. They struggle with rapidly accelerated responsibilities, extreme sleep deprivation, and relentless pressure to return to work. And all while recovering from pregnancy and adjusting to parenthood — a transition that marks one of life’s greatest physiological endurance tests. Too often, this experience is isolating, disempowering, and mortally dangerous. And over time, these risks are getting increasingly severe.
What can we do to help?
Undoubtedly, clinicians and hospitals can do more to ensure the safety of women giving birth. For example, they can issue health guidelines and run simulations to better prepare to handle emergencies. Policymakers can do more, too, including tracking maternal mortality so that failures like delays in lifesaving care can be identified and fixed.
In some cases, moms can do more to take care of themselves, including by eating well and exercising to stay healthy. The challenge, of course, is that most new moms are exhausted because motherhood is exhausting. And in general, society expects moms to put themselves last in order to put their families first.
So, I would say a major responsibility to address the well-being of mothers actually lies with the rest of us. If rising maternal mortality is fundamentally a failure of social support, we all need to step up: birth partners, grandparents, friends, neighbors, professional colleagues — all of us. All people are vulnerable during the period surrounding the birth of their child. But in the United States, we forget to advocate for ourselves and for each other. We need to listen to moms. And we need to support them. After distilling all the data, and reading all the headlines, I believe saving their lives is as simple as that.
It’s a lesson for life, but racing sailors have got this down to a fine art as they seek incremental gains in performance.
From dinghy sailors reading the wind as they race around a short course, to circumnavigators hitching a ride on pressure systems barreling around the planet, harnessing the weather is a fundamental principle in sailing. And knowledge equals power.
In the super high-tech world of the America’s Cup, micro analysis of climatic conditions is becoming increasingly important as hydrofoil technology becomes even more advanced.
And, although foiling fever has gripped the world of sailing over the last decade or so, the giant multihulls that rose out of the water to “fly” over the surface on hydrofoils at the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco were a game-changer.
At the 2017 America’s Cup, raced in foiling AC50 catamarans in Bermuda, Emirates Team New Zealand trounced all-comers and demolished holder Oracle Team USA 7-1 to regain the Cup.
Much was made of the Kiwis’ revolutionary “cyclors” — using leg power to operate the winches rather than traditional arm grinders — but their in-depth analysis of the weather, applied to complex hydrodynamics data to determine which specific foil configurations to use, was one of the real keys, according to team chief Grant Dalton.
“The met [meteorology] was probably the unsung super gain that we had,” Dalton told CNN’s Mainsail.
Dan Bernasconi, head of design for Emirates Team New Zealand, said the team had a number of design options for foiling appendages on any given day and would make their selections based on the information from the team meteorologist, Roger “Clouds” Badham.
“We had two different options for dagger boards and different options for rudders and elevators, so we had to develop our processes so we could make changes to the boat as late as possible, because it was absolutely crucial to the performance of the boat to have the right foils on for the right conditions,” said Bernasconi.
Dalton added: “These set-up changes made massive speed issues — 3-4 knots if we got it wrong.
“So Clouds was under the most pressure he’s ever been under in any campaign. Basically, we waited for him to tell us what boards we were going to race with. Whatever he called was what we’d do.”
As winners, the Kiwis have taken the historic event back home and will host the next edition of the America’s Cup in 75ft foiling monohulls in Auckland in 2021.
Five separate race courses from the mouth of Auckland’s Waitemata Harbor into Hauraki Gulf will provide very different conditions.
A scientific knowledge of the wind and water state at any given moment during the short 20-minute races could be the difference between winning and losing the Cup.
“This is a city where you go out in 5 knots and it’s blowing 25 knots before you get to the race course,” added Dalton.
“That’ll affect your foil configuration and what jibs you have on board, and because we’ll go quickfire, we won’t have time for a three-hour build up. They’ll [meteorologists] have better tools but the interpretation will need to be even finer and you will take a gain if you get that right.”
When an America’s Cup campaign for 2021 will cost in excess of $140 million, you can’t afford to take your eye off the weather.
A week after deleting his Twitter and Instagram accounts, the rapper was back on Twitter.
The last video featured more than nine minutes of Ye, as he now wants to be known, offering thoughts on myriad subjects including the role he thinks social media plays in mind control. Note some of the videos might contain offensive language.
“You know when people try to influence you through social media and try to tell you what to do, or if you post something that’s, like, positive on Instagram, it gets taken down if it’s not a part of a bigger agenda that’s like mind control,” he said.
But it was the videos he shared Sunday that had his music fans more excited.
West has traveled to Uganda, where he reportedly has constructed a pop-up studio to work on his next album, titled “Yandhi.”
The rapper shared how he is spending time in the African country, including running with his 5-year-old daughter, North, one of three children with his wife, reality star Kim Kardashian West.
One tweet offers an inside look of the pop-up studio, which has been constructed as a makeshift dome.
West raps in a Twitter video that’s more than 11 minutes long, appearing to preview some new music.
“Relax your mind/ Let your conscious be free/ No matter what they say/ I’m gonna still be free,” he raps at one point.
The Team Kanye Daily Instagram account has also been sharing images and video, including a Periscope of West rapping.
West’s “Yandhi” album was originally expected to be released at the end of September.
The controversial rapper has been criticized for support of President Donald Trump and a meeting with the Commander-In-Chief in the Oval Office, where West had plenty to say.
On Monday the president of Uganda, Yoweri K Museveni, tweeted a welcome and photos of him meeting with West and Kardashian West.
“I held fruitful discussions with the duo on how to promote Uganda’s tourism and the arts,” Museveni tweeted. “I thank Kanye for the gift of white sneakers. Enjoy your time in Uganda. It is the true Pearl of Africa.”