PREMIERE: KDTU’s Chris Littlefield Debuts New Single, “Settle Down,” From Side Project Klozd Sirkut

first_imgKlozd Sirkut shows a deep love of the groove, offering an inspired and refreshing take on funk and electronic music. Led by longtime Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe trumpet maven Chris Littlefield, the Seattle-based electro-funk quartet is taking off to untold galaxies, earning new fans constantly with their relentless dancefloor escapades. Along with Littlefield, the band includes the extremely inventive Papa Josh, who fronts the band as its guitarist and bass player, programs beats, and acts as a hub for impressive looping among the musicians. Drummer Davee C is “The Groove Merchant” — a renowned funk and reggae player from the PacNW who is similarly well established as a DJ in the scene. Keyboard player Joey Walbaum is the glue that holds Klozd Sirkut together, providing textures and sweet vocals atop the mix.Today, Live For Live Music is proud to premiere Klozd Sirkut’s robust new single “Settle Down.” The song features a gigantic low-end groove motor that recalls Bootsy Collins and Zapp, while also ushering in sexy electronic vibes that are a leap into the future. Check it out for yourself below. You can also catch Klozd Sirkut during one of their regular tours of the West Coast, which go down a few times each year. Plans are underway for the band to venture further; now, with a record in the pipeline and this bangin’ new single “Settle Down,” the future looks to be blinding for this funky fearsome foursome. Klozd Sirkut will be hosting a record release party tomorrow on Saturday, July 1st, at High Dive in Seattle, Washington, with DJ Logic also featured on the bill.last_img read more

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Lawyer group: Trump adds ex-prosecutor to impeachment team

first_imgCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Donald Trump is adding another attorney from South Carolina to his impeachment legal team: a former federal prosecutor-turned-defense attorney who specializes in white-collar crime.,That’s according to the head of a South Carolina trial lawyer group.,In an email Monday to South Carolina members of the American College of Trial Lawyers, group chairman Wallace Lightsey says Deborah Barbier has been hired to join Butch Bowers in crafting a defense for Trump’s unprecedented second impeachment trial, set for the week of Feb. 8.,Neither Lightsey nor Barbier returned messages seeking comment Monday.last_img read more

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Saint Mary’s completes greenhouse reconstruction

first_imgWith the addition of a new and improved greenhouse facility, complete with state-of-the-art environmental control systems, the Saint Mary’s Science Hall now provides further opportunities for students to research and learn, assistant professor of biology Cassie Majetic said.“[It] has a new airflow system, heating and cooling, a curtain system … vents that pop open and closed … and all of it’s automated,” Majetic said. “You can actually go into a computer program and set the parameters that you want, and the greenhouse will automatically do those things to control the environment within.”Christina Russo | The Observer To maintain climate stability, the greenhouse has to account for external changes in weather that could impact internal conditions, director of facilities Benjamin Bowman said.“There is a weather station mounted above the greenhouse to track outside conditions and control the way the greenhouse reacts based on the humidity and temperature outside,” Bowman said. “The greenhouse controls can notify via telephone message any conditions outside of the predetermined set points.”Majetic said she can manually adjust the settings and run the greenhouse directly from her office, using a computer program connected to the controls.In addition to the updated environmental system, the new greenhouse has larger facilities, including partitioned climate zones.“The new space has … rolling benches so that we can accommodate more plant material and now we have three separate zones in the greenhouse, so that you can carry out multiple experiments under different environmental conditions,” Majetic said.Additional plans for the space include adding grow lights at a later date, Bowman said.Majetic said updates to the facility, which was originally built in 1956, were highly necessary because the old air conditioner “had not worked since the ’90s.”With no temperature control, the biology department could not use the old greenhouse during the winter. Bowman said the Grounds Department utilized the old facility to prepare plant life to be placed around campus.Majetic said the old greenhouse had a highly inefficient layout and no drains in the floors, which made it very difficult for the senior biology majors to conduct their experiments. The entire previous structure had to be torn down to make way for the new one.“The biggest challenge [was] identifying and reacting to unforeseen conditions,” Bowman said. “We had to make changes to the sanitary sewer that left the new greenhouse because the existing sewer was not located where indicated on the existing drawings.”The Science Steering Committee began the conceptual design for the new greenhouse in December 2012 and completed construction documents in February 2014, Bowman said.In May 2014, a press release about the College’s “Faith Always, Action Now” fundraising campaign announced renovations to the Science Hall. Updating to a new greenhouse was the first of many projects to come for the Science Hall, with greenhouse construction beginning in May 2014 and ending by August.To document the construction process over the summer, the College set up live camera overlooking the site. Throughout its construction, students, staff and faculty could access the feed to monitor the progress of the new greenhouse, Bowman said.Faculty and student interest in the greenhouse is peaking as it grows closer to opening for use.“I’m hoping, now that I have more space, to actually use [the greenhouse] to conduct experiments with classes,” Majetic said.“I feel it will provide a better learning environment for our biology students,” Bowman said.Tags: Greenhouse, Saint Mary’s Science Halllast_img read more

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Op-Ed: Coal Subsidies Harm Texas’ Economy

first_imgOp-Ed: Coal Subsidies Harm Texas’ Economy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Monitor: “Trump Digs Coal” became one of the most recognizable slogans of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, and candidate Donald Trump’s promises to scrap the controversial Clean Power Plan (CPP) and bring back coal jobs struck a chord in Midwestern mining states. The vision of an unfettered, resurgent U.S. coal industry resonated with working class voters, helping to tilt the electoral map Trump’s way.The Trump Administration is following through on its promises to scuttle the CPP, withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, and abolish other environmental regulations that are odious to the coal industry. However, the coal industry has continued to struggle against strong economic headwinds, primarily market competition from sustained low (sub-$4/mmBtu) natural gas prices.Wall Street analysts agree that long-term economic forces are working against any federal effort to rehabilitate the U.S. coal industry. They identify the advanced age and inefficiency of many coal-fired power plants; long term regulatory uncertainty that disfavors investment in new coal plants; reduced demand from countries that import U.S. coal; and most importantly, sustained price competition from cheap natural gas as the major economic factors that make a U.S. coal renaissance highly unlikely.In Texas, several utilities have announced plans to deploy more electric power from renewable energy regardless of changes in federal regulations. Luminant has announced plans early this year to close three coal-powered plants — Monticello, Sandow and Big Brown. CPS Energy, in San Antonio, has long planned to mothball the JT Deely coal plant by the end of 2018, and reiterated their decision after President Donald Trump’s executive order in March on the CPP. The Austin City Council voted in 2014 to begin phasing out of the city’s share of the coal-powered Fayette Power Project starting in 2020, with the goal of getting out of the project altogether by 2022.As the longed-for coal recovery has been slow to materialize, policy discussions in Washington, D.C., and in Appalachian coal country have moved beyond loosening environmental controls and into the previously disfavored arena of direct market intervention in the form of taxpayer-funded coal subsidies. Ill-conceived policies, like coal subsidies or taxpayer bailouts for coal plants, would distort the U.S. energy market and interfere with the well-functioning Texas electric market, delaying or derailing the Lone Star State’s market-driven transition to clean energy.Asking taxpayers to bear the burden of propping up a coal industry whose product cannot compete in the U.S. or global open-energy market is a violation of free market principles and a self-defeating economic policy for our state and our country. Texans in Congress, state leaders and fiscal conservatives should reject attempts to manipulate the energy markets to prop up older, uneconomical plants that burn coal at the expense of cleaner, cheaper electricity produced from home grown natural gas, wind and solar power.More: http://www.themonitor.com/opinion/columnists/article_9720da9a-f26a-11e7-960a-23229cefc983.htmllast_img read more

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Live entertainment coming to Johnson City after NYS approval

first_imgThe live entertainment is also the first of it’s kind to be approved by New York during the pandemic, pioneering the way for drive-in activities across the state. (WBNG) — In just a few short weeks, you’ll be able to enjoy local, live entertainment, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. X-Cite wrestling is transforming the Oakdale Mall into a drive-in hub. Live wrestling, drive-in movies, and other outdoor events will start in August, after X-Cite received approval from the state. “This is big because nobody else will be able to do it with an audience, unless they can figure out how to properly do it as a drive-in,” said X-Cite Owner Jonathan Musok.center_img Musok says the drive-in entertainment will pave the way for how sports could look throughout the pandemic. He says social distancing and strict guidelines will be maintained for all audiences and wrestlers. For more information on how you can buy tickets, visit their website. The first wrestling event is set to kick off on August 22.last_img read more

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Sheffield student digs are investment treasures

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Test kits arrive as part of Seoul’s US$500k aid for Indonesia’s COVID-19 fight

first_imgA shipment of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test kits arrived on April 24 as part of South Korea’s US$500,000 grant-in-kind to help Indonesia battle the COVID-19 outbreak on its shores.South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia Kim Chang-beom handed over the consignment of donated equipment to Indonesia’s national COVID-19 task force on their arrival in Jakarta.“This donation of test kits is a follow-up to the South Korean government’s commitment to prioritize Indonesia in COVID-19 mitigation cooperation,” Kim said on Friday during a press briefing at the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) in Jakarta. “We welcome and express our great appreciation to not only the South Korean government, but also its citizens who have always been close partners and friends to Indonesia,” said Santo.Read also: COVID-19: Indonesia on hunt for PCR testing kitsIn a separate statement, the South Korean embassy said that the two countries would continue to maintain close communications on COVID-19 mitigation, including humanitarian aid.“We hope that the PCR test kits distributed by the government of the Republic of Korea can help improve the COVID-19 testing capacity of Indonesia, as the country is facing difficulties in procuring health equipment,” the statement said.In a phone conversation on Tuesday, President Joko Widodo and South Korean President Moon Jae-In individually expressed their hopes of increasing cooperation between Jakarta and Seoul during the pandemic.Several South Korean conglomerates have also pledged to supply medical equipment to Indonesia’s COVID-19 mitigation effort. On Friday, Indonesia reported 8,211 confirmed cases and 689 deaths, while South Korea reported 10,700 cumulative cases and 240 deaths. Globally, around 2.8 million people have contracted COVID-19 and 197,000 people have died of the disease.Topics : “[We face] good times and hardships together,” the South Korean ambassador added.Seoul has sent enough test kits to analyze up to 32,200 samples, while it sent an earlier consignment of electric pump sprayers that arrived in Indonesia on April 8.During Friday’s press briefing, Foreign Ministry’s director for East Asian and Pacific affairs Santo Darmosumarto expressed his appreciation to South Korea. Seoul has been a strategic partner to Jakarta since 2017.last_img read more

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US COVID-19 vaccine program to start manufacturing by late summer, says US official

first_imgThe Trump administration has helped finance the development of four COVID-19 vaccines so far though its Operation Warp Speed Program, which aims to produce 300 million vaccine doses by the end of 2021.The US government has given grants ranging from several hundred million dollars to over $1 billion to Johnson & Johnson , Moderna Inc, AstraZeneca Plc and Novovax Inc.It also signed a $450 million contract earlier this month with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc to help it supply therapies for patients who are sick with the virus.Clinical trials for therapeutics can produce results in a matter of weeks, making it possible to produce hundreds of thousands of doses by fall, the senior administration official said. Drugmakers partnered with the US government are on track to begin actively manufacturing a vaccine for COVID-19 by the end of the summer, a senior administration official said on Monday.”If you say exactly when will literally the vaccine materials be in production and manufacturing, it is probably four to six weeks away, but we will be actively manufacturing by the end of summer,” the official, who declined to be identified by name, said.He added that the administration is already working with companies to equip and outfit manufacturing facilities and acquire raw materials. “While we think is fair to say that vaccine progress is occurring at warp speed pace, faster than any vaccines have been developed in history, therapeutics are even faster,” the official said.The “slate is not closed” for additional funding agreements and the administration plans to announce more in the future, the official said.The novel coronavirus has infected more than 3 million people in the United States and killed more than 130,000.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Germany’s ‘Black Forest Rambo’ nabbed after six-day manhunt

first_imgRausch was slightly injured in the arrest, as was a member of the special forces who was cut with the axe.”I am relieved, happy and grateful that this exceptional situation for our town has come to an end,” Uwe Gaiser, the mayor of the village of Oppenau, told reporters.Rausch had fled into the forest on Sunday after he managed to disarm four police officers, sparking a huge search operation.More than 2,500 officers combed the area with the help of special forces, helicopters, sniffer dogs and thermal imaging cameras for the fugitive, nicknamed “Black Forest Rambo” by the German press after pictures emerged of him dressed in combat gear. After a huge six-day manhunt, German police said Friday they have caught the “Black Forest Rambo”, a heavily armed suspect accused of stealing officers’ weapons and going on the run in the woods.Yves Rausch, 31, was found sitting in a bush after a tip-off from two witnesses, “with four guns visible in front of him”, said Juergen Rieger, the head of the search operation.The suspect also had an axe in his lap and one further gun, and there was a letter in front of him, Rieger said. Read also: Joint operation extends Poso terror group manhunt, again’Weapons freak’ The drama began on Sunday morning when police were informed that a suspicious man was hanging around a hut in the forest near Oppenau.Four officers sent to the scene said he cooperated at first when approached.But then he “suddenly and completely unexpectedly” threatened them with a gun and made them put down their own weapons before running away with them.Police had earlier warned that he may also be carrying a bow and arrow. Oppenau prosecutor Herwig Schaefer described Rausch on Tuesday as a “weapons freak” with a “great affinity for arms”.He has a long criminal record, including charges related to the possession of illegal weapons, theft and bodily injury.He received a juvenile sentence of 3.5 years in 2010 after he shot an acquaintance with a crossbow, seriously injuring her.Police found child pornography on his mobile phone while investigating him for the possession of explosives in 2019.Schools, kindergartens and the local swimming pool were closed on Monday as a precaution.Swastikas and SS symbols Investigators initially said they did not suspect any far-right or other political motive for Rausch’s behavior.However, they later revealed he had received an eight-month suspended sentence for incitement to hatred when he was 15 for altering the letters on a sign for a youth organisation so that it read “Juden weg” (“Jews be gone”).They also said he had made a fake bomb and was known for anti-Semitic statements as well as the use of swastikas and SS symbols. Rausch had been homeless since autumn last year and had been squatting in the hut where he was spotted on Sunday.According to a former neighbor who described him as “not an easy person”, he Rausch did odd jobs as a rail worker and a golf course caretaker, the Bild tabloid reported.Various weapons and petrol canisters were found in his apartment after he was evicted, as well as a small shooting range in the attic, according to Bild.He then reportedly lived in his car by the local swimming pool for a while before moving into the hut at the edge of the forest.Rausch will be examined by a psychiatrist due to the “gravity of the crime” and his past history, Schaefer said.In addition, a blood sample will be taken to check whether he was under the influence of drugs or other substances.Topics :last_img read more

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Almost two years after earthquake, Haiti shows signs of progress, says UN official

first_img 9 Views   no discussions Share NewsRegional Almost two years after earthquake, Haiti shows signs of progress, says UN official by: – November 30, 2011 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Nigel Fisher. Image via: cbc.caNEW YORK, USA — Almost two years after the devastating earthquake that killed over 200,000 people, Haiti is showing remarkable signs of progress, a United Nations official said on Tuesday, stressing that reconstruction efforts need to be put into context to assess their effectiveness. Nigel Fisher, deputy special representative of the secretary-general for Haiti, told reporters in New York that there have been significant advances on education, health, job creation, and infrastructure, among other sectors, through effective reconstruction projects. Fisher emphasized that to be able to provide an integral picture of the situation in Haiti, pre-earthquake conditions need to be considered. Before the earthquake, Haiti was already the poorest country in the western hemisphere, Fisher said. “Three quarters of the population earned and still earn less than two dollars a day, 70 percent did not have stable jobs, more than half of children did not go to school, and the great majority – about 70 to 80 percent – had no access to electricity, and only five percent of roads were in decent condition.“The earthquake highlighted decades of chronic political instability, lack of basic social services and economic opportunities that left so many Haitians in deep poverty and chronic vulnerability,” Fisher added, stressing it was against this backdrop that the international community and the government responded. However, Fisher said that large-scale recovery projects that were already starting to have a visible impact in the country. “In July 2010, 1.5 million Haitians were sheltered in camps receiving clean water, food, medical care and access to latrines. Today, 500,000 people are still in those camps. While this is still a significant number, it represents a two-thirds reduction in just over a year,” he said. Fisher stressed that even as things improve, aid is still needed to continue the work carried out so far. “Even as housing and resettlement programmes accelerate, thousands of people still have basic social needs at a time when humanitarian funding is decreasing and too many partners are closing essential operations.” Regarding the cholera epidemic last year, Fisher said that a national response system and an alert system are now in place, and that fatality rates have dropped to just over one percent. He also addressed criticism of aid distribution as being too slow by pointing out that 88 per cent out of the $4.6 billion in aid pledged by countries last year, have already been dispersed or committed to specific programmes for transport, debris removal, education, job creation, water and sanitation, public administration, health, housing, energy, among other areas. Fisher underscored that there is still much to be done on all fronts in the country, but urged countries to see the bigger picture, and keep supporting Haiti in the long-term. Progress should be put into context, he said. As an example, he said Haiti has managed to get rid of almost 50 percent of debris, equivalent to five million cubic metres. In contrast, it took five and a half years to remove 1.3 million cubic metres in Aceh after it was hit by a tsunami in 2006. “The suggestion that no progress has been achieved is to paint a false picture,” Fisher said, adding that continued support will make it possible for the country to achieve further advances. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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