Nahko and Medicine for the People Deliver Heaping Dose to NYC With Covers Of Pink Floyd, Bob Marley

first_imgNahko Bear, who was born in Portland, Oregon with Apache, Puerto Rican, and Filipino bloodlines, formed the beginnings of his medicine tribe in Hawaii. These roots are evidenced not only in the prevalence of Hawaiian words and phrases in the lyrics, but also in the group’s fight for the rights of indigenous peoples of the Americas and abroad. Nahko and Medicine for the People have a clear mission of creating global awareness and accountability, hoping to serve as a catalyst that inspires environmental and societal change. Partnering with several different charities and performing at events like the Healing Music Festival in Israel (a fest aimed at uniting Israelis and Palestinians through music), these musicians take great strides to practice what they preach. And what exactly are they preaching? That, together, we can be the change the world needs. That we all have a voice and, collectively, power. Perhaps, it is best summed up in the call to action of “Manifesto”:   “Don’t waste your hate    Rather gather and create    Be a service, be a sensible person    Use your words and don’t be nervous    You can do this, you’ve got purpose    Find your medicine and use it”The crowd, no doubt fully medicated, was hopefully inspired by the musical message to activate change, or at the very least be aware of its global necessity. As Ribner noted, even if only one person in the audience was influenced to make a change, then their daily mission was accomplished. Mahalos were exchanged at the end of the show and Nahko, again, thanked the crowd for making their New York debut a sell-out.After this tour wraps, Nahko and team will be hitting the summer music festival circuit, including scheduled performances at Hangout Music Festival, Lightning in a Bottle, and Electric Forest. A full list of their upcoming gigs can be found here. Be sure to check them out to get your summer dose! On the final leg of their “Make A Change” spring tour, socially-conscious Nahko and Medicine for the People wowed a sold-out crowd at Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl for their debut New York City performance. The band’s excited energy could be felt throughout the evening, with frontman Nahko Bear announcing, “It’s (bassist) Pato’s first time in New York!” and later explaining that they felt Brooklyn was an appropriate place to showcase new material off their upcoming album HOKA. In true New York City fashion, the crowd ate up every drop of these special treats – “Make A Change,” “On Time,” and “The Wolves Have Returned,” the latter of which beautifully highlighted the vocal abilities of drummer Justin “Chitty” Chittams and guitarist Chase Makai.This soul-filled performance featured the beloved “Black as Night” and prayer-like anthem “Aloha Ke Akua,” and the adoring “Tribe” of fans turned every song into a sing-a-long, bringing glorious harmony to the depths of each song’s lyrics. The tremendous amount of musical talent within this diversified six-piece was obvious, from violinist, Tim Snider, to trumpet and flugelhornist, Max Ribner. When Snider welcomed special guest Max ZT, who crushes it on the hammered dulcimer, he was playing with such fervor during “Great Spirit” that the strings of his bow began to break. Ribner dominated his extended solos and masterfully accompanied the acoustic encore performance of “Love Letters to God,” and also took a few minutes to call attention to the need for clean, filtered water both locally and globally. The group later welcomed soul-sister duo Climbing PoeTree, for a spirited rendition of “Warrior People.” On top of all of this, the band somehow managed to interlace a medley of covers throughout the show, including Adele’s “Hello,” Justin Bieber’s “Sorry,” Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick In The Wall,” Flobot’s “Handlebars,” TLC’s “No Scrubs,” and Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up” – just to name a few. What an exhilarating performance!last_img read more

Who’s that girl?

first_imgOur ability to recognize faces is a complex interplay of environment, neurobiology, and contextual cues. Now a study from Harvard Medical School suggests that country-to-country variations in sociocultural dynamics — notably the degree of gender equality in each — can yield marked differences in men’s and women’s ability to recognize famous faces.The findings, published Nov. 29 in Scientific Reports, reveal that men living in countries with high gender equality — Scandinavian and certain Northern European nations — accurately identify the faces of female celebrities nearly as well as women. Men living in countries with lower gender equality, such as India or Pakistan, fare worse than both their Scandinavian peers and women in their own country on the same task. U.S. males, the study found, fall somewhere in between, a finding that aligns closely with America’s mid-range score on the United Nations’ Gender Inequality Index.The results are based on scores from web-based facial recognition tests of nearly 3,000 participants from the U.S. and eight other countries, and suggest that sociocultural factors can shape the ability to discern individual characteristics over broad categories. They suggest that men living in countries with low gender equality are prone to cognitive “lumping” that obscures individual differences when it comes to recognizing female faces.“Our study suggests that whom we pay attention to appears to be, at least in part, fueled by our culture, and how and whom we choose to categorize varies by the sociocultural context we live in,” said study senior investigator Joseph DeGutis, Harvard Medical School assistant professor of psychiatry and a researcher at VA Boston Healthcare System.“Our findings underscore how important social and cultural factors are in shaping our cognition and in influencing whom we recognize and whom we do not,” said study first author Maruti Mishra, a research fellow in DeGutis’ lab. “Culture and society have the power to shape how we see the world.”The team’s findings showed that men living in the U.S. performed better when asked to identify famous male politicians, actors, or athletes than when they were asked to identify famous female politicians, actors, or athletes, and they fared worse than women in identifying famous female celebrities. Men from countries such as Norway, Denmark, and Finland — all of which have high levels of gender equality — performed equally well in recognizing famous male faces and famous female faces. On the other hand, men living in countries with low gender equality — India, Brazil, and Pakistan, among others — performed worse than U.S. men and worse still than Scandinavian men in identifying famous women. The study suggests that men living in countries with low gender equality are prone to cognitive “lumping” that obscures individual differences when it comes to recognizing female faces. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. The Gender Inequality Index measures the level of a country’s gender inequality by accounting for things such as the status of women’s reproductive health, education, economic status, and participation and attainment of high-level positions in the workforce. The U.S. scored in the mid-range in 2014-2015, with a score of 0.21, compared with 0.05 for Scandinavian countries, and 0.49 for countries such as India, Pakistan or Egypt.For the study, the researchers asked nearly 2,773 adults, ages 18 to 50, to look at a series of famous faces online and identify them. Participants included 2,295 U.S. men and women; 203 men and women from Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, and Norway; and 275 men and women from India, Egypt, Brazil, Pakistan, and Indonesia. The celebrity faces were almost exclusively those of U.S. politicians, actors, athletes, and performers. To ensure that U.S. participants didn’t have an unfair advantage over their foreign peers, the researchers only analyzed results from international participants who had indicated they were familiar with or had seen the celebrities’ faces before.Overall, male celebrity faces were recognized with 8 percent greater accuracy than female celebrity faces by both men and women, regardless of where they lived. The one notable exception was women from countries with lower gender equality, who performed better at identifying female celebrities than at identifying male celebrities.But the truly intriguing differences emerged when researchers analyzed each gender’s accuracy in recognizing famous female celebrities.In the U.S. sample, female participants had, on average, 7 percent higher scores than their male counterparts in recognizing the faces of famous women. Gender differences were also pronounced among participants from Pakistan, India, Brazil and Egypt. In those countries, women scored on average 10 percent higher on female celebrity recognition than men. In contrast, among participants from the Netherlands, Norway, Finland, and Denmark, test score differences in recognizing famous women’s faces were minuscule, less than 2 percent.The researchers say the pronounced own-gender bias among males is a variation of other forms of perceptual bias that have been documented in past research. For example, research shows that people tend to overlook interpersonal variations in the faces of people from races other than their own — the so-called “other race” effect. Another manifestation of this is the bias toward noticing interpersonal variations in individuals who are higher on the workplace hierarchy but obscuring interpersonal differences among those who rank lower on totem pole. The classic example is forgetting the name or other individual characteristics of a lower-rung coworker or intern, but remembering the name or distinguishing characteristics of someone higher up.“All these biases stem from a tendency to categorize rather than individualize,” DeGutis said.Self-awareness is the first step to combating own-gender bias, the researchers said. Previous research suggests that practicing individualizing members of other races rather than lumping them into categories can seriously mitigate the other-race effect.“Own-gender bias is a form of unconscious bias,” DeGutis said. “But by becoming aware of it, we can overcome it or at least minimize it.” The researchers acknowledge the study has a few limitations, including the use of binary gender designations rather than a continuous gender spectrum.Co-investigators included Jirapat Likitlersuang, Jeremy Wilmer, Sarah Cohan, and Laura Germine.The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute (grant R01EY026057).last_img read more

Fighting Narcotraffickers with Staunch Allies

first_img Systematized area registry: so that the dogs learn exactly where to search, how to carry out searches and what to search for and find. Adaptation to extreme situations: consists of familiarizing the canines with loud sounds, textures of different types of terrain, different environments, weather, etc. Collar or leash-restricted tracking: habituates the dog to only obey his master’s orders by use of these tools. Point-to-point tracking: is utilized on the battlefield in front of the entire troop. Association of smells: consists of permeating dog toys with different smells, including narcotics, explosives, etc., and teaching the dogs to recognize these by way of positive stimulation. During a visit to the Colombian Military’s School of Engineers’ (ESING, for its Spanish acronym) Bogotá Canine Training and Re-Training Center, Diálogo talked to the NCOs responsible for the canine program and met many of the teams during their training sessions. Sergeant First Class Rafael Viveros, director of the search and rescue program, explained that the use of dogs for this type of task is not only a logical move, but one that greatly benefits the force because, “[the dogs] have 250 million olfactory cells in comparison to the five million that humans have. In addition to their agility and speed, this makes them an important asset to find a person that may need help.” The Army recruits or purchases the dogs from different breeding kennels, mainly Labradors or golden retrievers, for their agility, intelligence, ease of learning, good-natured disposition and in general, for the positive results gained thus far. But they also work with German and Belgian shepherds. At the same time, the Army personnel look for specific profiles to fit the dogs’ human counterparts. They carry out thorough psychological testing in order to choose personalities that are kindred to animals and the work involving them. The courses for the dogs and their trainers vary in length. For example, the canine guide courses for search and rescue and explosives detection last 14 weeks each, divided into 48 weekly training hours of classes, such as explosives detection techniques, crinology, first aid, canine training techniques, explosives, kennel maintenance and upkeep, and weaponry. Likewise, the courses designed for the dogs last three months in which the pups learn to recognize smells by means of repetition and positive reinforcements. During training the dogs run through a field where they smell out a number of metal containers distributed throughout until correctly identifying the one holding a small amount of explosives. Once they identify it they sit next to it, a passive sign to their trainer that the search was successful. Given the case, the trainer rewards the animal with one of its toys, which in turn serves the dog as a stimulus, and is previously impregnated with the smell of the explosive substance it is being trained to recognize. According to data from the Colombian National Army and statistics from the Presidential Program for Mine Action, 1,079 members of the Armed Forces died between 2000 and 2009, while 3,711 were hurt, most of them mutilated. “The participation of canine-soldier teams has been highly effective for our Army because the percentage of casualties and those injured by explosives –both, to our troops and to the civilian population, has been greatly reduced as a result,” said Captain Eliécer Suárez, chief of the Canine Department at ESING. During the search and rescue of anti-personnel mines in the operational field, the dogs are trained to sniff through a given area until they successfully identify the exact place where the mines are buried. Just like during the narcotics detection course, they know that once their objective is detected, they must warn their trainer of the find through a passive sign. This is done simply by sitting close to the objective. “It’s difficult for a dog to make a mistake,” assures Sgt. Viveros, sitting next to Zeus, his German shepherd specialized in search and rescue. Regardless of each dog’s specialty, or of the place where they develop their specialties, it is clear to all Colombian professionals dedicated to working with dogs that this duty has made them more human. I WANTED TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON WHAT YOU DO WITH THESE ANIMALS. YOU MANAGE TO CONVERT THEM INTO OTHER HEROES AS YOU ARE. I WANTED TO ASK THE FOLLOWING: I DONATED A DOG TO A CANINE CENTER. I WANT TO KNOW IF AT LEAST SOME DAY I WILL KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT HIM. I WANT TO BE CALM BY KNOWING HE IS OK. CAN THEY SEND ME PICTURES OF HIS PROGRESS? I KNOW I TOOK THE BEST DECISION, BUT CAN I SEE THE DOG AGAIN? OR AT SOME POINT THEY CAN GIVE ME PERMISSION TO ONLY VISIT HIM? THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR THE ANSWER YOU CAN PROVIDE ME. Sasha served the Colombian National Army for most of her life; she was one more soldier fighting on the frontlines against the South American country’s terrorist groups. She was trained in explosive and anti-personnel mine detection since the beginning of her military career. Becoming an expert specialist in this area, Sasha served in approximately 3,000 missions during six years of service, in which she detected more than 100 anti-personnel mines, saving innumerable human lives. During Operation Sodoma, the military operation executed by the Colombian Army in September 2010, from which the death of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) leader aka “Mono Jojoy” was produced, Sasha detected eight anti-personnel mines close to the guerrilla leader’s shelter. But the terrorists launched a grenade very close to her, resulting in her untimely death caused by the explosive range. Sasha was the institution’s only casualty during Operation Sodoma. Sasha was a 7-year-old black Labrador retriever, trained by the Colombian Army since her first year of life, and she represented half of her team –a human guide coupled by a dog for life in the Army’s K-9 operations. Her human counterpart, who did not reveal his name during an interview in honor of the black Lab by local television program Vamos Colombia, remembered Sasha as being “a sweet, playful and very smart puppy who was completely devoted to her job.” The Colombian Army’s K-9 Department currently has close to 3,500 active dogs, like Sasha, in 13 training centers distributed throughout the country’s main cities. The units fall under the Directorate of Military Engineers, which has been responsible for training and pairing up teams to confront challenges imposed by rivals as well as by nature since 1997. The dogs are specifically trained in one of five specialties, including: mine and narcotics detection, search and rescue, installation security and agility. Each dog is assigned to a human counterpart for life, and together they make up the teams that only end when one of the team members dies. “He is like a brother in the patrol. He is another soldier,” agree many of the non commissioned officers (NCOs) and soldiers that have trained in the different specialties. The training is carried out in five phases of operational and terrain adaptation, each of them necessary to make the teams fully capable in each specialized field. These begin as games as soon as the dogs reach one year of age. The phases include: By Dialogo January 27, 2012last_img read more

Surging flu cases may herald tough season in England

first_imgDec 24, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – While the US influenza season has started slowly, cases are surging in England, raising concern that the country could have its toughest season since 1999-2000.In England and Wales last week, about 68.5 people per 100,000 saw a general practitioner for influenza-like illness (ILI), a 73% increase over the 39.5 per 100,000 the week before, according to the latest weekly report from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). A BBC News report said the number also is73% higher than the same week a year ago.Dr. Douglas Fleming, director of the RCGP Research Unit in Birmingham, said the increase was significant, according to BBC News. “In the past 10 years, the only substantial outbreak was in 1999-2000,” he said. “I think we could be looking at something that approaches that this year.”The RCGP report says ILI visit rates of 30 to 100 per 100,000 population per week are “usual when influenza viruses are circulating,” rates above 100 are above average, and rates exceeding 200 are “exceptional.” The RCGP data are drawn from about 85 general practitioner clinics around the country, representing an at-risk population of about 840,000.ILI rates rose in all age-groups and regions in the week of Dec 15 to 21, the RCGP report says. The highest rates were seen among 15- to 44-year-olds, with 79.7 cases per 100,000, and 45- to 64-year-olds, with 75.6 cases. The 65-and-older group had 44.7 cases per 100,000, which was more than double the 18 cases seen the week before.The BBC report said experts believe the unusually cold weather might have contributed to the surge in cases.British public health officials define a flu epidemic as an ILI rate of 200 per 100,000, according to the BBC story. The last time that happened in England was in 1989-90, the report said.”That one caught everyone a bit off guard but there’s been a big push on flu vaccination since then,” virologist John Oxford of Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry in London told the BBC.Oxford and others quoted in the story urged people to get a flu shot if they haven’t done so yet.David Salisbury, director of immunization at the UK Department of Health, told the BBC, “We have had a very unusual run of winters with almost no flu, so we should not be surprised that here is a winter with more flu. It is very difficult to predict what makes the change winter to winter.”In contrast to the situation in England, flu activity in the United States has remained low so far this season, according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, issued Dec 19. The report, for the week that ended Dec 13, said only three states—Texas, Virginia, and Hawaii—were reporting local flu activity. Thirty-six states reported sporadic cases and 11 states were reporting none.Google Flu Trends, a Web site that estimates US flu activity from the volume of Internet searches for flu information, currently shows “moderate” activity only in Hawaii, Maryland, and Virginia, with the rest of the country having low activity.See also: CDC flu surveillance updatehttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/Google Flu Trendshttp://www.google.org/flutrends/last_img read more

Clippers relish role as underdogs against the Golden State Warriors

first_imgThe Clippers will take their first crack at an upset of epic proportions on Saturday at 5 p.m. in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series at Oracle Arena, where they’ll be greeted by the top-seeded Golden State Warriors. After finishing the regular season a relatively mortal 57-25, Golden State begins the playoffs as the odds-on favorite to win its fourth NBA title in five seasons.The surprising, eighth-seeded Clippers (48-34) have yet to win a title, but those within the organization, with its ambitions of landing star free-agents this summer and competing for championships soon, believe every additional step now is taking them in the right direction.This season has already been a success, which the Clippers acknowledge, even if they’d rather not focus on that right now.“You want to push that out of your mind,” said starting forward Danilo Gallinari, who will make his first playoff appearance since 2012, when he played for the Denver Nuggets. “You get to this point and it doesn’t make any sense to get to the playoffs and just lose in the first round and then you’re out. You want to be focused, you want to win, you want to go to the end. That’s the reason why you make it to the playoffs.“It’s great to be here and of course nobody thought that we could be here but now we here, we want to play.” PLAYA VISTA — Somewhere between David’s upset over Goliath and Denver’s shocking first-round takedown of the top-seeded Seattle SuperSonics in 1994, that’s where you’d file a Clippers first-round series victory over the Golden State Warriors.“I think it’s bigger honestly (than 1994); Golden State is one of the greatest teams ever to be assembled,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before practice Friday.Still, “someone’s gonna beat them,” Rivers said. “It’s gonna happen. Either it’s gonna be another team or they’ll implode themselves, but I just know 10 years from now, they’ll not still be winning. Someone’s gonna do it.“You gotta go in thinking it’s us.” The teams’ play, in some respects, is relatively even.They’re two of the league’s top scoring squads. The Warriors rank second in the NBA with an average of 117.7 points per game, not all that far in front of the Clippers’ fifth-ranked 115.1 – figures that reflect the fact that both teams are top eight or better in key shooting categories.Golden State shoots 47.1 percent from the field, the best in the league. The Clippers make 49.1 percent of their shots, seventh in the NBA.From behind the arc, the Clippers make their shots at a 38.8 percent clip (second); the Warriors hit 3s at 38.5 percent rate (third). And from the free-throw line, the Warriors are 80.1 percent shooters (fifth) and the Clippers are 79.2 percent foul shooters (eighth).They also rebound at a similar rate: Golden State grabs 46.2 boards per game and the Clippers get 45.5 per contest. They even turn over the ball about equally often, with the Warriors losing it 14.3 times per game and the Clippers 14.5.Still, in key ways, the Warriors have Goliath-esque advantages. Take their ball movement, for example; it’s the best.The Warriors average 29.4 assists per game, No. 1 in the league. The Clippers’ 24 assists per game ranks 18th.And so the Clippers will be tasked with trying to interrupt the Warriors’ wicked transition game.“Listen, they do what they do and they do it well,” Rivers said. “We have to try to guard it as hard as we can guard it. We have to be as physical as we can be without losing who we are and losing our principles.”They’ll pick their poison, preferring for center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Draymond Green to get looks at the basket before sharpshooters Steph Curry, Klay Thompson or Kevin Durant.“I don’t think we need an analytical staff to tell you that if Steph, Klay and Durant are taking the bulk of the shots, it’s probably not gonna turn out well for you,” Rivers said. “Anytime you can limit any one of those three from taking a shot, it’s a good thing.”The Clippers will do their best to respond to Golden State’s inevitable scoring barrages with runs of their own: “The game of basketball is a game of runs, that’s all it is,” Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell said. “It’s about who’s run can go the longest.”Rivers said his gladly overworked coaching staff has spotted some things that could benefit the Clippers in their labored evaluation of the teams’ four meetings this year (the last three of which were won by the Warriors).“Of course,” Rivers said. “Same with them. I’m sure they see things they’re gonna try to take advantage of.”The key, Clippers rookie point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said, sounding wise beyond his 20 years, will be hanging tough.“They’re obviously really talented and they come at you for 48 minutes,” he said. “So (it’s about) withstanding their talent level and their energy level for 40 minutes.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more