Watch Khruangbin Perform Their Signature Thai Funk At The Otis Mountain Get Down [Pro-Shot]

first_imgGearing up for their 2017 event, Otis Mountain Get Down has released spectacular video footage from last year’s festival. Khruangbin, a thai funk, surf soul trio from Texas, made quite the impression, as Laura Lee (bass), Mark Speer (guitar), and Donald Johnson (drums) presented their 1960-esque psychedelia-infused sounds at the 2016 event. The festival has shared pro-shot footage from their performance, which you can watch below.Watch Khruangbin perform “People Everywhere (Still Alive)”, “The Number 3” and “The Number 4” below at Otis Mountain Get Down:Performing at this year’s festival are: Jojo Abot, Delicate Steve, Overcoats, Sam Evian, Landlady, The Go Rounds, LuxDeluxe, Upstate Rubdown, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, smalltalker, Kepa, Stuyedeyed, Iron Eyes Cody, Sam Moss, Common Holly, Ada Lea, Le Grotto, The Ladles, T.O.Speers, Glenn Echo, and The Wormdogs. More information is available on the festival website.[Photo by Malcolm Watts]last_img read more

USC, NASA send fungi to space for drug research

first_imgResearchers at USC and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab are working toward observing the growth of fungi in space that could help create useful drugs in the future.Clay Wang, a professor of pharmacology, pharmaceutical sciences and chemistry at the USC School of Pharmacy and the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, said the team wants to examine how the organisms behave in the new environment.“In this project we’re utilizing the space station to understand how microorganisms, specifically fungi react to space conditions. And we are interested to see whether we can find new drugs from them,” Wang said.According to studies, the vast majority of molecules that fungi can produce remain undiscovered. The study is specifically based on the fungus Aspergillus nidulans. The space station will be used to understand the growth, gene expression and physiological responses of these organisms and compare them to earth. In most cases, the mechanisms to make these drugs are not turned on, and these organisms make drugs only when they have to. The space condition is used to test how the organisms behave under the stressful environment of the International Space Station.Fungi have the potential to produce many substances that could be useful for drugs, such as penicillin, but in most cases they are not produced. There is potential to find new molecules produced by these organisms when they grow on the space station.“We are going study how these microorganisms behave and also its gene expression,” Wang said. “If we can figure out whether they are being made more on the space station and what are the switches to make more, we can repeat that on Earth. Once we know what the genes are, we can genetically modify them on earth so we will be able to make drugs in large amounts and bring down their costs.”This project originated in NASA’s space biology division and NASA provided the grant to USC. This research mission, called Micro-10, examines the effects of space conditions on fungal cells and seeks to understand the changes in the types of molecules that these cells produce as a response to different conditions.Kasthuri Venkateswaran, a scientist at NASA’s JPL, was the main collaborator with Wang in this research. Two members of Wang’s research team, Jillian Rohmsdahl and Adriana Blachowicz are graduate students at USC.Wang stressed how crucial the work of Rohmsdahl and Blachowicz has been to this experiment.“I think it’s important to highlight the graduate students who are the main drivers on this project and the opportunities here at USC to be able to do things,” Wang said. “It is a very exciting point that School of Pharmacy is now doing space research. It was a very good collaboration with NASA and Dr. Venkat because he gave his expertise, but we at USC gave the pharmaceutical science expertise.”The samples of the organisms have been provided to NASA by Wang and his team. The first attempt of the space launch of the samples Friday.last_img read more

Small errors have doomed USC thus far

first_imgThe USC baseball team looks to snap its three-game losing streak tonight in Long Beach, Calif., as the Trojans take on the Long Beach State 49ers at Blair Field.Nicked up · Senior starter Kevin Couture was injured during Sunday’s loss to UCLA and is among a large contingent of Trojans with injuries. – Geo Tu | Daily Trojan The Trojans (3-4), who lost to Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt and rival UCLA over the weekend in the Dodgertown Classic, are still unsure who will start tonight’s matchup. Sophomore starter Ben Mount was set to start the contest, but he pitched 4 1/3 innings Sunday after replacing injured senior Kevin Couture at Dodger Stadium. Couture was hit on his pitching hand on a come backer in the second inning.With Mount now out of the mix for tonight’s matchup, USC will turn to juniors Brett Williams, Chris Mezger or sophomore Brad Douthit.USC coach Chad Kreuter said that although injuries are upsetting they create opportunities for other players to step up.“I’m hoping someone will expose themselves as a frontline guy,” Kreuter said. “That’s what you hope for when you have injuries and guys get an opportunity to play.”The 49ers (3-3), on the other hand, have a few starting options to turn to because of Sunday’s rainout against Arizona. Long Beach State can either start sophomore Brandon Pinder on extra rest or skip Pinder’s turn in the rotation completely and go with freshman Eddie Magallon. Pinder (0-1) allowed four runs in six innings with two strikeouts in his first outing against Cal State Fullerton, while Magallon (0-1) gave up three runs in 4 2/3 innings in a losing effort against UCLA last Tuesday.The 49ers are hitting .269 as a team, compared with the Trojans’ .286, and their staff ERA is 4.58, compared with USC’s 5.71.Although Long Beach State’s offense is not prolific in the power department, Kreuter said the 49ers use the humid air surrounding Blair Field because of its proximity to the ocean to their advantage by playing small ball. The 49ers are traditionally known to steal a lot of bases, drop many bunts, execute hit and runs, and play exceptional defense throughout their games.Even though the ball doesn’t carry well at Blair Field, Kreuter said his team is prepared to adjust to the environment.“I’ve been building this ball club to compete on both venues,” Krueter said. “We’re a small ball team, and then also, obviously, we have some guys that can hit some home runs too and hit for some power. We also feel our defense can defend against the small ball.”The key for USC in tonight’s contest will be avoiding the little mistakes that followed it throughout the weekend. Kreuter said the Trojans need to speed up their delivery times to the plate, control the running game and stabilize the defense behind the plate to be successful.By eliminating those mistakes, he believes his team can compete with anyone.The coach said the best thing for his team right now is to get back on the field and forget about the losing weekend.“This game is huge,” Kreuter said, emphasizing that his team needs to get back on the winning track as soon as possible. “This team has battle in it. We’ve got a lot of fight.”First pitch at Blair Field is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

Green Dot PBC to Host Screening of “I Am Jane Doe”…

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Green Dot Palm Beach County is hosting a screening and discussion of the critically acclaimed documentary “I Am Jane Doe” this Saturday, Jan. 11, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. It will be held in the Allied Health Building Room 101, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth Campus, 4200 Congress Avenue, Lake Worth.The film chronicles the epic battle that American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex trafficking on, an adult classified advertising website.After the screening, community members and parents are invited to join a discussion and learn how they can put an end to this horrific epidemic. The screening is suggested for ages 12 and older. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.last_img read more

Taylor to lead Scorpions attack in Super50

first_imgSidelined West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor has been named in a Jamaica Scorpions 14-man squad for the upcoming WICB Regional Super50 Tournament to be hosted jointly by Barbados and Antigua and Barbuda.Taylor, who was axed by the West Indies after a series of below par showings, will lead the Scorpions pace bowling unit, which also includes recent West Indies A recruit Reynard Leveridge, left-arm seamer Gavin Brown, and West Indies all-rounder Rovman Powell.Meanwhile, hopes that opener Chris Gayle would make a return were dashed when it was announced yesterday that he will miss the tournament due to a foot injury.The Scorpions batting will be led by Jermaine Blackwood, wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton and Powell. It will also feature in-form West Indies A opener John Campbell, Andre McCarthy, Devon Thomas, and enterprising, young batsman Brandon King.NEW PLAYERThe team, which will again be led by new four-day captain Nikita Miller, also features one new overseas player in United States opener Steven Taylor.The left-hander, who plays for Melbourne Cricket Club and represented Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20, was recently named in the ICC America’s team. However, after impressing the national selection panel, he was drafted by the Scorpions.There was also a place in the squad for little known St Ann Cricket Association off-spinner Damani Sewell, who will be looking to make his regional debut.The Scorpions, current leaders of the regional four-day tournament, have been drawn in Group B and will play their preliminary round matches in Barbados. The group is completed by last year’s beaten finalists Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars, Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners and ICC Americas.Group A, which will be contested in Antigua, will feature home team Leeward Island Hurricanes, title-holders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, West Indies Under-19s, Windward Islands Volcanoes, and English County side Kent.Jamaica Scorpions Squad: Nikita Miller (captain), John Campbell, Steven Taylor, Jermaine Blackwood, Brandon King, Andre McCarthy, Chadwick Walton, Devon Thomas, Damion Jacobs, Jerome Taylor, Reynard Leveridge, Rovman Powell, Gavan Brown, Damani Sewell.last_img read more

‘Dad … I guess I still love you’

first_imgStern’s life-altering epiphany came on Jan. 23, 2002. He was watching a Lakers game on television when he decided to fulfill a promise to his wife, Lisa, and feed the dog. When he got to the dog bowl in the back of the house, he heard muffled screams coming from the garage. Stern opened the garage door and saw armed men punching his struggling wife. One pointed a gun at him, but he stayed calm. “What do you want?” Stern said. “The ring,” the man said. Stern told Lisa to give them her diamond engagement ring and they fled with the jewel. But the life-and-death moment was not what changed Stern. Instead, it was how his daughter, who was then 5, reacted to the crisis. Unlike Stern, who was frantically calling 911, she calmly fetched her mom a glass of water and a towel to wipe her bloody face. The little girl’s focus on her family struck Stern, who vowed to remake his life. Stern’s new book, “CEO Dad: How to Avoid Getting Fired by Your Family,” retells his epiphany with a heavy dose of fiction and funnies. It was published earlier this month by Davies-Black Publishing based in Mountain View. Laura Simonds, director of marketing and sales at Davies-Black, thinks the book will appeal to top executives, their families and the employees they terrorize. The underlying theme doesn’t worry Simonds because workaholic parents are a reality. “I think it’s something that families have had in the back of their minds for a long time,” Simonds said. “It’s one of those unspoken things that Mom or Dad just has to be that way. But in their heart of hearts they are screaming, `We want you. We want you back.”‘ Five one-minute animated shorts based on the strip are slated to air on CNBC in June. A spokesman for the network said they are “in talks” with Stern but declined to confirm details. Bob Balaban, who co-starred in “For Your Consideration” and “Best In Show,” is directing the shorts. He said he signed onto the project because it passed his three criteria: It was “innovative, funny and good.” The main character, Frank Pitt, “has no balance whatsoever” between work and life, Balaban said. “But he keeps trying. And I think that’s an inherently funny concept.” [email protected] (818) 713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Stern tames his dark side by volunteering with recovering drug addicts and by following a strict regime of pushing his two daughters, ages 4 and 10, on the swing set in the backyard of his Woodland Hills home. He still works 50 to 60 hours each week, but he does it around his daughters’ schedules. Used to be that wasn’t the case, as Stern highlights in one comic in which Frank Pitt gets a Father’s Day card from his son: “Dad, you never come to my soccer games and you treat your customers better than your own family … but I guess I still love you,” the card reads. “These are your words?” Pitt asks. “Mom helped,” the son replies. WOODLAND HILLS – Tom Stern has been in recovery for five years, two months and 25 days. His addiction? CEO Dadism – when workaholic business executives treat family like employees. Stern, 51, beat his addiction by creating a comic strip poking fun at himself. In one comic the main character, Frank Pitt, considers rewarding his second child’s stellar grades by promoting her to first born. Now, with fresh successes – the strip is the basis for a new book and series of animated shorts to run on CNBC – Stern’s micromanaging tendencies are flaring up. “That’s the thing with CEO Dadism,” Stern said from behind the desk of his immaculate home office. “You never fully recover.” last_img

SA, Equatorial Guinea eye more trade

first_img8 February 2013 Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe is optimistic that South Africa and Equatorial Guinea have room for increased trade and investment. Thabethe was speaking on her return to South Africa on Thursday following a four-day outward trade and investment mission to Equatorial Guinea, where she led a business delegation comprising representatives from 13 South African companies. “In my short stay in Equatorial Guinea, I was mostly impressed by the multiple infrastructural development projects that they have undertaken,” Thabethe said. “I could determine from observing the state of their road infrastructure, the buildings and electricity network that this is a healthy economy with abundant opportunities.” During her trip, Thabethe held discussions with the country’s minister of mines, Gabriel Mbaga Obiang, on possible collaboration in the sector. The minister said Equatorial Guinea would be sending a delegation to South Africa to engage relevant industry stakeholders. “I am confident that from the business-to-business interactions that took place during the mission, and the intelligence gathered from presentations and the site visits, [that] we are in a better position to achieve our goal of establishing new markets and increasing the flow of trade between the two countries.” Thabethe’s visit was a follow-up to a state visit by Equatorial Guinea President Teodore Nguema Mbasogo to South Africa in 2011. Source: read more

Fujitsu FlexFrame Now Integrates with Oracle VM

first_imgsteven walling Tags:#enterprise#Products Fujitsu has announced the newest version of its FlexFrame for Oracle, and it now supports the Oracle VM, the server virtualization software. By integrating with Oracle VM, FlexFrame can now handle a more dynamic enterprise infrastructure. A centralized storage system may not be as new and exciting as the cloud, but this new partnership will make a difference to large-scale IT. Like Fujitu’s FlexFrame for SAP, this product is a pre-integrated piece of infrastructure specifically designed to allocate server resources to Oracle services. In other words, it’s custom tailored to work for enterprises already using or moving to Oracle databases and application servers. The new support for Oracle VM in FlexFrame probably won’t deliver the ease of management and 60% lower cost of ownership that Fujitsu is promising, but it will reduce IT’s headache in dealing with virtual servers. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh directs ministers to draw action plan

first_imgWith his government completing its half-term, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday directed his ministers to formulate a comprehensive action plan for their respective departments and engage more closely with legislators to give further impetus to the development work in their regions. The Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers discussed the progress made by the government over the past 30 months and the way forward as they geared up to take the State’s development plans forward, an official statement said here. Mr. Singh expressed satisfaction over the work done so far by all the departments, despite the severe financial crunch faced by his government as a result of the gross mismanagement of the State by the SAD-BJP coalition in the 10 years of their rule. Terming the half-way mark of his government as “an occasion to stop and review the work of the past and to draw out a detailed strategy for the second half”, he underlined the need to go forward with focussed action plan. He asked the ministers to work closely with the MLAs in their respective areas to get their inputs and feedback on a regular basis. Mr. Singh directed them to pay special attention to the development work identified or initiated by the MLAs in their constituencies. He said it was important to look at the future strategy from both political and administrative viewpoints. “Politically, we need to identify how to engage better with the people, take our achievements to them and prioritise their issues that need urgent attention,” Mr. Singh stressed. Underpinning the administrative aspect of the government’s role, he urged the ministers to review their work of the past 30 months from the perspective of the progress made with respect to implementation of the poll promises and the manifesto announcements. In this context, he asked them to take particular note of the performance on the flagship government of India programmes and the new legislations or policies of the government. Restructuring of the departments and recruitment of critical manpower for smooth and timely execution of policies and projects were identified by the Chief Minister as a crucial focus area for all the ministers, as the government prepared to move forward even more pro-actively and aggressively towards the development of the State. He was of the view that every department should check and review its achievements holistically with a focus on issues that had not been addressed very effectively so far or were yet to be taken up by the government. Mr. Singh emphasised on the importance of ensuring that the aspirations of the people, who continue to have high hopes from the government, are fulfilled completely. He said while every member of the government had shown exemplary performance in these 30 months, it was time now to scale up the levels even further. While 140 of the 161 announcements of the government had been implemented already, the remaining were also in the process of execution, he said. Mr. Singh called for concerted measures to bring Punjab back on the track as India’s leading State in terms of overall development and across the key indices of health, education, industrialisation, agriculture and law and order. While considerable progress had been made on every count, his government was committed to ensuring the highest levels of all-round development for the State and every section of its people, the Chief Minister said.last_img read more