Krasno, Nikki Glaspie, Taz, Mobetta Brown & More To Support Dumpstaphunk’s Phunksgiving Eve In NYC

first_imgDumpstaphunk has just announced support and a bevy of special guests for their 3rd annual Phunksgiving Eve show in New York City on Wednesday, November 23rd at American Beauty (purchase tickets here). This is going to be one hell of a way to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.Bob Weir Joins Ivan Neville And Dumpstaphunk At Sweetwater Music Hall [Watch]Joining Ivan Neville and his cast of NOLA-based funk brethren will be Soulive/Lettuce guitarist Eric Krasno, former Dumpsta member and current Nth Power drummer Nikki Glaspie, 13-year-old guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, and the Steel Town Horns. Grammy Award-winning trumpet player/producer Maurice “Mobetta” Brown will be bringing along his band SOUL’D U OUT to open up the celebration proper.With this lineup, it’s safe to say that this will be the best Phunksgiving Eve event yet. American Beauty is a more intimate venue, so don’t snooze on getting tickets for this special performance.Purchase tickets to Phunksgiving Eve on Nov. 23rd at American Beauty here.Join the Facebook Event page to get additional show updates and info here.Dumpstaphunk “Dancing To The Truth” from last year’s Phunksgiving throwdown:Maurice “Mobetta” Brown & SOUL’D U OUT – “Nighttime”:last_img read more

HIV, malaria, women, and children

first_imgA new report on global health policy calls for the United States to maintain its commitment to fight HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis and to double the funds committed to maternal and child health, to $2 billion a year.The report, unveiled at a Boston University (BU) conference co-sponsored by BU, Harvard, and the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Center for Strategic and International Studies on Monday (April 26), also recommends strengthening efforts at disease prevention, setting national global health priorities for the next 15 years, and bolstering collaboration and support of international institutions that can help in the effort, such as the World Health Organization, the World Bank, UNICEF, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.Harvard Provost Steven Hyman, who spoke at one of the event’s three panels, said it’s important that, as the academic field of global health emerges, it not be bound in a traditional academic silo. Though the creation of academic disciplines has been an important way to focus efforts in some fields, Hyman said a more problem-centered approach that draws solutions from many fields is more appropriate for global health.Hyman said New England is well placed to play a key role in global health, with collaborations already established among universities, hospitals, and businesses.BU President Robert Brown said that student interest in global health is “profoundly” greater now than it was a decade ago and that the international flavor of the region’s universities — both with many students from abroad coming here and students studying abroad — will give the area an advantage as global health increases in importance.The evidence that more students are interested in global health today is reflected on Harvard’s campuses, Hyman said, in courses that are so packed that students have to be admitted by lottery. When they graduate, though, he cautioned, those students will need careers that can harness their enthusiasm and apply it toward the greater good.“The real question is are we going to create the kinds of … opportunities that allow this wonderful burst of idealism to be wedded to a career path that allows a student to make a career in global health,” Hyman said.Novartis senior director Phil Dormitzer, who spoke on the panel featuring Hyman and Brown — and which also featured U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano and Genzyme Senior Vice President James Geraghty —  said that New England’s concentration of research institutions attracted Genzyme’s operations a few years ago from the San Francisco Bay area. Still, he said, one of the biggest challenges in global health is not necessarily marshalling the brain power, clinical expertise, and capital to conceive, test, and bring products to market. To be usable in the developing world, where the need is greatest, vaccines and critical drugs need to be made very inexpensively, something that is best done in other parts of the world.New England, Capuano said, has long outgrown its textile mill industrial roots and specializes in well-paying, knowledge-based industry. Today the dominant industry is in the biosciences, which Capuano said will likely move elsewhere as it matures, as production practices become refined and as manufacturing costs become more and more important. By then, Capuano said, the region’s powerful combination of knowledge-based resources will likely be on to the next big thing, whatever that may be.“We do intellectual capital. We build it in the university, we test it in the hospitals, we commercialize it in our businesses,” Capuano said.Outside of New England, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) student Amy Bei, participating on a panel of future global health leaders, said it is critical that capacity be built in the developing nations themselves. Bei, who worked in Tanzania on malaria, said she has a passion to help train local scientists.last_img read more

What’s in a face?

first_imgWhen you meet people for the first time, what’s the first thing you think you notice? Is it their hair color, or eye color? Maybe it’s whether they’re wearing a suit or a T-shirt and jeans, or whether they have a firm handshake.But your brain, Harvard researchers say, immediately takes note of two key characteristics: their race and gender.Using real-time scans of the brain, recent Harvard Ph.D. Juan Manuel Contreras, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics Mahzarin R. Banaji, and Psychology Professor Jason P. Mitchell found a brain region in which patterns of neural activity change when people look at black and white faces, and at male and female faces. The study is described in a paper published last month in the journal PLOS ONE.“We found that a brain region called the fusiform face area, or the FFA for short, seems to play a key role in differentiating faces along these two dimensions,” said Contreras, the study’s first author, who earned his doctorate in psychology. “When we studied the patterns of activation in this region, we found they were different for black and white faces, and for female and male faces.”Interestingly, Contreras said, the fact that those patterns appear in the FFA, which earlier studies had shown to be active just 200 milliseconds after seeing a face, suggests that differences in race and sex are parsed early in visual perception. While the brain seems to be collecting information about race and sex, Contreras said, it’s not until later in visual processing that meaning is attached to those differences.“It’s important to note that previous research suggests the FFA does not endow visual stimuli with meaning, so it probably does not know anything about sex and race. It’s simply a brain region in the visual system that sees faces as belonging to two different sets,” Contreras said. “The information is simply being gathered, and is then handed off to other parts of the brain that begin to process what those differences mean — other regions that have information about what men and women are like or what it means for a face to belong to a black person or a white person”To understand how the brain gathers that information and begins to process it, Contreras and his colleagues turned to functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, a technique that allows researchers to monitor changes in blood flow in the brain in real time.After placing participants in a scanner, the subjects were shown a series of images on a computer screen. For some images, the participants were asked to identify whether the faces were male or female, and for others whether the faces were black or white.“We take images every few seconds,” Contreras explained. “Using statistical analysis, we can identify patterns of neural activity that correspond to different social categories. We could then look for differences in those patterns between the faces of blacks and whites, and between the faces of men and women.“We also found evidence that, when we asked participants to pay attention only to the sex of a person, this region was still recognizing race. When we told them to pay attention to race, the FFA was still recognizing sex, so it appears as though this region is constantly categorizing faces by sex and race.”The question now facing researchers, Contreras said, is why.One possible reason is that, whether for evolutionary or developmental reasons, it can be important to know the sex and race of other people, especially in contexts in which those differences should change the way in which you interact with them.“Sex and race can be important things to know about another person, so it would make sense that as soon as you see another person, you need to know figure out the social categories to which they belong,” Contreras said.“What’s interesting is that the FFA is also believed to be involved in some aspects of processing identity,” he added. “Obviously, characteristics that are inextricably linked to you, like your race and your sex, are part of identity. Other scientists have shown that we perceive identity by perceiving the sex and race of faces, and what we’re showing here is a sort of neural correlate of that. If this region is responsible for identity processing, it might make sense that it’s also responsible for recognizing race and sex differences.”last_img read more

‘She took advantage of every day’: Friends, Notre Dame community members remember Valeria Espinel

first_imgTo Valeria Espinel’s friends, it seemed like she had an unlimited amount of time. That she could do everything productive for school and more and still have time to be there for her friends. Almost like she was working with an extra few hours more than anyone else.People say freshman year of college is hard. That it’s hard to find a balance between meeting new friends, doing school work and adjusting to a new environment — adding in a pandemic can’t make it any easier.  Courtesy of Lorena Colon Valeria Espinel celebrated her birthday on campus with a gathering planned by her best friend Olivia Laura Rojas.But somehow it seemed as if Valeria found the time to “meet everyone” in the Latino community within just two months of starting college, get ahead in school and plan for internships as just a freshman. Her friends say she made more friends than they ever thought possible in two months.A native of Guayaquil, Ecuador, Valeria lived in Badin Hall until she was killed in a car accident in October, along with her best friend Olivia Laura Rojas.According to Badin Hall rector Sr. Susan Sisko, Valeria always “bounced down the hallways.”Valeria’s Badin Hall resident assistant, Grace Kaiser, said she “had an effortless confidence and liveliness” that anyone could sense after meeting her.“Val used to give me and everyone in our section these sweets called Dulces de Leche that she brought for us from Ecuador. She would leave a whole stack of them in the candy bowl outside of my room for all to share. Before the campus-wide prayer service, we as a Badin community had a short service for Valeria at the Grotto. Pretty much our entire dorm community and even some off-campus Bullfrogs showed up, which I think is a testament to how loved Valeria is and how much she will be missed,” Kaiser said in an email.Through Zoom calls, GroupMe messages and Facebook groups, Valeria made friends with fellow first years as soon as she could. Many of her friends she hung out with every day throughout the semester she made before stepping foot onto Notre Dame’s campus in the fall. Courtesy of Carlos Fabrega Valeria, left, and Olivia.Once she got to campus, Valeria and her friends she’d met in the Notre Dame Latino community would hang out every day.“We studied a lot together and [did] basically everything [together],” first-year Augusto Simons said. “We were always together with her. She was very close to all of us. She was a great friend. … She had a lot of friends.”Although her friends said the Latino community at Notre Dame is a very welcoming one, they noted Valeria had a special ability to make friends quicker than anyone else.First-year Nico Lopez counts Valeria as his first friend at Notre Dame.“She was friends with everyone. I mean, it’s kind of impressive,” Lopez said. “I was a little bit jealous because she would become best friends with everybody. … Every single day I would meet another person who would say, ‘Oh, yeah, you’re friends with Valeria.’”According to her friends, Valeria put as much work as she did making friends into school as well.“You can define her, basically, as a work hard, play hard type of person. She was always in every plan she could go to, and she would always seek out to hang out with people and to meet new people and to build new friendships,” Simons said. “But she was also extremely responsible with school. She was always on top of every class, she would help us with our classes we were having trouble with, she was very responsible with all her homework. She was like the perfect student, basically, because she was a very all-around person.”With that seemingly unlimited resource of time, Valeria pushed everyone around her to be better.“She was one of the most well-rounded people I’ve ever known. It was like she had an unlimited resource or resource of time, … like she had so much time, but she had the same time as us. She got so much done in the same time as we did. And she helped us catch that pace and become better versions of ourselves,” Lopez said. First-year Lorena Colon, who became friends with Valeria before they arrived on campus, echoed Lopez’s sentiments.“She just made everyone feel good. And she would never bring anyone down. She really cared about all her friends, and finding that balance between studies and having fun. I think she didn’t want to sacrifice like one for the other,” Colon, her roommate, added. “She would always push you to be a better version of yourself.”One of her friends, first-year Juan Alvaro, remembers when Valeria would go out of her way to remind him to do his work.“Something really special she used to do for me is that I’m very prone to falling behind in classes, especially Moreau. So after she found out [that] I started to fall behind in Moreau for the second time, she would always remind me even though her Moreau wasn’t the same day as mine,” he said. “She would always text me Monday nights and be like, ‘Hey, do your Moreau.’”Valeria met her best friend Olivia prior to arriving at Notre Dame, and by all accounts, they were inseparable.“They were always together,” Simons said. “It was very common to hear in the sentence, ‘Valeria and Olivia.’ They came together, basically. Like they were always together.”“Every single picture, it was Valeria and Olivia. Everything they did, they did together. It was very impressive for us how they became so close through Zoom and how they really made such a strong friendship,” Lopez added.Many of Valeria’s Notre Dame friends were able to meet her friends and family from home in Ecuador through video chats, and Valeria remained extremely close with her parents and three younger brothers while at school.“I think we could all agree that she brought up part of Ecuador with her, and we all got to live a little bit of it through her,” Alvaro said.After Valeria’s death, friends from Ecuador wrote and sang an original song for her called “Little Miss Perfect” that now has over 8,000 views in an Instagram post. The song professes Valeria “always cared for everyone else,” and she “never let life bring [her] down, those were the things she lived by.”According to the song, Valeria was called “little miss perfect” growing up.Although she only was enrolled at Notre Dame for a short time, Valeria made it clear to her friends that she loved Notre Dame.“I remember that she talked to me about her decision making, and she was accepted into a large number of selective institutions. But she never flinched about choosing Notre Dame because she felt like it was going to be the place where she will not only become a better student, which she already was, but she would become a better person,” Lopez said. “I think that she was striving more to become a better person more than a better student because she was already an amazing student. She was pushing her academics even farther. But Notre Dame does a very good job of forming you as a person. And I think that she really felt connected to that.”Her friends remember her as always taking advantage of every opportunity in life and for her quirks, some of the things that made Valeria, Valeria — an obsession with tuna, her baking business she began in quarantine and being a self-admitted easy crier are just a few. But above all, they remember Valeria as being so happy with the life she’d made for herself in the Notre Dame community.“She was the happiest here that she’s been in her life. She was constantly telling us that she was very happy here and that Notre Dame was everything that she ever wanted and more. And her parents knew that, her friends knew that,” Lopez said. “I think that we all thank the Notre Dame community as a whole for having given Valeria such an amazing place to be, even if it was not for the longest of times.”Following Valeria’s death, her friends found agreement in one specific thing about her life, something they want to emulate going forward in their own lives.“When I was talking about this with our friends,” Colon said. “The one thing we agreed on is that she definitely enjoyed her time here and lived as fully as she could, even though it was a very short amount of time. That’s what we were talking about. We were like, ‘We should try to live as fully as she did.’ Because she really did make the most out of her time here.”Tags: obituary, Olivia Laura Rojas, Valeria Espinellast_img read more

Indonesia repatriates 122 more Tablighi Jamaat members from India

first_imgThe government has repatriated another 122 Indonesian members of the global Islamic missionary movement Tablighi Jamaat who were stranded in India after attending an Islamic gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said on Thursday.“On Wednesday, the Indonesian Embassy in New Delhi sent off 122 Indonesians. Thank God, they have arrived safely in Jakarta today [Thursday],” Retno said during a press briefing in her office.With the latest repatriation, a total of 515 Indonesian Tablighi Jamaat members have returned home, more than 60 percent of the 751 Indonesian pilgrims who have become stranded in 12 states in the South Asia country, according to the ministry’s data. Retno said repatriating the pilgrims amid the pandemic was not an easy matter.“The repatriation of 122 Indonesian citizens is the result of various efforts made by the teams in New Delhi and Mumbai, as well as between capitals [New Delhi and Jakarta] so that our brothers and sisters can return to Indonesia,” she said, adding that she had asked the Indian foreign minister to continue assisting the repatriation process of the remaining Indonesian Tablighi Jamaat members.As reported previously, 436 Indonesian members of the group stood trial in India for violating the country’s immigration and quarantine policies. Last month, the ministry reported that as many as 431 Indonesians had accepted the court’s ruling and been required to pay penalties ranging from 5,000 Indian rupees (US$67.89) to 10,000 rupees.Topics :last_img read more

Cuswoth Commends First Bank for Supporting Valentine Kitty

first_imgIn the Gross category for women, ChiChi Alamu emerge winner after 90-gross score. Mrs Busola Joseph won in the veteran category for women while Ayo Fagbemi topped the men’s winners chart.Adebiyi Fetuga came second after 71-nets wining on count back while Garrard Onyiuke came in the third position with a net score of 71. Onyiuke also won on count back.Jimoh Ogundare won the trophy staked in the gross category for men while Tunde Oremade won in the veteran category.Explaining the delay in organising this year’s event, Cusworth said it was as a result of some unforeseen circumstances, adding that plans are being put in place to make sure that the event holds as schedule in subsequent editions.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The convener of the annual Valentine Kitty, Mrs Bola Cusworth has thumped up First Bank Nigeria Plc for their support for the tournament over the years.She gave her commendation at the closing ceremony of the 2016 edition of the event which held at the Ikeja Golf Club last week. According to her, the tournament survived this far because of First Bank and other well-meaning Nigerian’s support.Meanwhile, Nkoli Mouka has emerged winner of the 2016 edition of the competition. Playing off a handicap of 23, Moka netted a score of 69 to defeat others in the keenly contested event, while Alaba Adetunji with a net score of 75, came in the second position.last_img read more

On Q Financial: Don’t Get Stuck with the Hiccups When Buying…

first_imgFacebook13Tweet0Pin0Submitted by On Q FinancialWhen faced with the idea of purchasing a home, we have choices. We choose what area of Thurston County suits us and our families best, which real estate broker fits our personality and needs, and who to trust to handle the financing aspect of the transaction.  The emphasis and importance on your mortgage has never been bigger, and working with the right Mortgage Consultant can change your entire experience.Chris Johns helps local home buyers navigate the process of purchasing a new home. He enjoys all our area has to offer with his family, seen here.It is quite common for me to get a phone call or e-mail from a real estate broker working with a buyer that has obtained a pre-approval letter from out of state or an ‘internet’ type lender.  Most of the top real estate brokers that I work with in the Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater areas understand that a pre-approval letter from an out of state lender can very often hurt the client’s ability to get an offer accepted.  Both the online and the out of state loan officers are often less experienced in the industry, unfamiliar with County building codes and local guidelines, and unable to meet with you face to face.  All of these factors go into making their process more cumbersome, complicated, and stressful.Today, financing is the #1 key and most essential element in executing a home purchase transaction.  My experience shows that listing agents will hesitate to advise their seller clients to accept a buyer’s offer when a pre-approval is provided by an unknown or out of area lending entity.For the consumer, the perception of doing a pre-approval on-line is that it’s easier and faster.  The true reality is that a very high percentage of all loans done in America are underwritten to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Ginnie Mae guidelines.  Any lender executing these loans will follow the same guidelines with only minor variances on guidelines, and will need to collect the same financial documentation. The major difference, and most crucial piece of a purchase transaction, is the assortment of issues that can and do arise on nearly every transaction.  Experienced mortgage loan officers anticipate these issues.Common hiccups that occur during a purchase include:Source of down payment changesIncorrect tax returns submitted by buyerThe appraisal comes in lower than anticipatedHealth and safety items need to be repairedBorrower no longer qualifies because of a late information additionIRS verification comes back a mismatchLarge deposits into accounts can’t be sourcedChris Johns enjoys the educational aspect of his role as a mortgage consultant, which includes helping clients understand their options.Another important factor that should not be overlooked is, a great mortgage consultant will be your lender for life.  When you work with a local lender you will find a financial ally that cares not only about closing on time, but also plans to be there for you long term.  Effective mortgage consultants want to help you manage your home loan into the future just as a financial planner manages your portfolio.  A mortgage is often the biggest debt most people will incur in a lifetime and you should have a single, trusted mortgage advisor available to you now and 10 years from now.Question:  How do you get your home offer accepted by the seller and assure that your loan will close on time?Answer:  By acquiring your home loan through an experienced problem solver who can be your local advocate to walk you through the process.  A local mortgage consultant with years of experience is the key to a successful and stress free home buying experience.The material provided is for information and educational purposes.  These programs are available only to qualified borrowers.  Programs are subject to change without notice. Some restrictions may apply.On Q Financial, Inc. is an Equal Housing Lenderlast_img read more