March 2

EXCLUSIVE: Inaugural ‘Central Jazz’ Taps Supergroups With Dumpsta, Galactic, Meters, Lettuce, & Motet Members

first_imgOn June 9th, Central City, Colorado will host a proper New Orleans takeover during Central Jazz, a new music festival presented by Feyline, KUVO, Dazzle, and Central Presents. Channeling the super jams that abound during New Orleans Jazz Festival, Central Jazz has crafted an enviable lineup of supergroups and side projects featuring the likes of George Porter Jr. and members of beloved, high-profile musical acts like Galactic, Dumpstaphunk, Lettuce, The Motet, and Jerry Garcia Band.At the top of the bill is Dragon Smoke, a project consisting of Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Rob Mercurio (Galactic), Stanton Moore (Galactic), and Eric Lindell that was born during 2003’s Jazz Fest and rarely makes its way outside the confines of the Crescent City. The festival also plans to curate a super jam of high-profile musicians each year under the moniker NOLA Central All-Stars—this year the NOLA Central All-Stars will feature George Porter Jr. (The Meters) in addition to the entire Dumpstaphunk lineup of Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Alvin Ford Jr., Nick Daniels III, and Tony Hall.Outside of the NOLA Central All-Stars set, George Porter Jr., the iconic bassist from The Meters, will perform with one of his solo projects, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners. The festival has also tapped the Joe Marcinek Band featuring Melvin Seals (JGB & Melvin Seals), Tony Hall, and Joe Marcinek and will host the highly anticipated Colorado debut of the Adam Deitch Jazz Quartet. Following these main stage performances, the music will continue to run until 3 a.m. with a number of afterparties, including performances by Juno What?, a side project led by Joey Porter of The Motet and featuring Lettuce and Motet members, as well as local Colorado acts like Cycles and Mlima.The lineup also boasts a number of up-and-coming local acts in addition to Cycles and Mlima, including The Copper Children, The Midnight Club, and Christopher The Conquered. KUVO and Dazzle, keeping with the name of the event, have also curated local jazz acts for Central Jazz, including Venus Cruz and Adam Bodine Trio—the Adam Bovine Trio will be featured during a special morning brunch set hosted by KUVO Jazz.Central Jazz is a revival of the Center City Jazz Fest—a former music festival in the city that ran from 1976 to 1992. For the 2018 edition, the festival will feature four stages spread out across Central City, effectively taking over the entire town while encouraging patrons to explore all that the quaint and beautiful location has to offer. Free parking will be available to those who drive (Central City is a 30-minute drive outside of Denver and a 45-minute drive outside of Boulder), though other ride options will be announced in coming weeks.A kick-off event on Friday, June 8th, will be open to the public (21+) and hosted by Grand Z Casino. More information about Central Jazz on June 9th can be found at the event’s website here. You can snag tickets for the inaugural festival here.last_img read more

March 1

Molecules as motors

first_imgScientists from around the world gathered at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Friday to report on progress and exchange ideas about the advancing science of microscopic motion and the increasing understanding and use of molecules as motors.The all-day event, held in the Radcliffe Gymnasium, was introduced by Interim Dean Lizabeth Cohen, the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, who said the institute is proud of its annual science symposia, which have covered topics ranging from tissue engineering to the origins of life.The symposium highlights how the institute views itself: as a place that fosters cutting-edge research, as a central meeting site for authorities in many fields, and as a conduit through which that work is shared with the public.“This year’s symposium epitomizes how the institute sees itself,” Cohen said.Researchers from such places as Switzerland, California, and Missouri gathered to discuss topics ranging from molecular motors in axonal transport to designing nanobots to how eukaryotic cells move.Chemistry Professor Ayusman Sen of Pennsylvania State University described several designs for extremely tiny robots that can move on their own. They are controlled using chemical gradients that induce the robots to move. One example uses tiny rods with platinum at one end and gold at the other. In a solution of hydrogen peroxide, the differences between the two metals generate a current, inducing negatively charged electrons to flow from the platinum side to the gold, and positively charged protons to flow in the opposite direction along the surface. Because protons pull on water molecules, that causes the rod to move.Sen discussed several types of these tiny robots, some that can repel or attract each other, and pointed out that the same action that causes them to move through a liquid could pump that liquid if they were fixed to a single point. That creates the possibility of a new generation of tiny machine parts.Viola Vogel, professor in the Department of Materials and head of the Lab for Biologically Oriented Materials at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, discussed her work into naturally occurring molecules that operate as motors, such as integrins, which help a cell pull on a substrate. She is also examining the mechanical properties of a molecule called fibronectin, which forms part of the structure of human skin.Vogel’s work examines how fibronectin’s structure relates to the invasion of wounds by bacteria. She found that bacteria can’t bind to fibronectin when it is physically stretched, as it would be in intact skin. Bacteria can bind to fibronectin when it is relaxed, however, as it might be near a wound site.“Bacteria may be able to specifically target a wound site because extracellular matrix fibers are relaxed,” Vogel said.last_img read more

October 19

Daily coronavirus cases in India near 20,000 as Mumbai extends lockdown

first_imgBut experts fear its hospitals will be unable to cope with a steep rise in cases.The western state of Maharashtra, which has reported the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country, extended its lockdown by another month until end of July, as new cases rose in key cities such as Mumbai, Pune and Aurangabad.Mumbai witnessed massive traffic jams on key roads connecting suburbs to the southern business district on Monday as authorities erected roadblocks to police new travel restrictions.Under the new rule, residents can visit markets, salons, and parks within a 2 km radius of their homes, but asked not step out of the house unnecessarily. Office-goers are exempt from the rule. India reported close to 20,000 fresh novel coronavirus cases for the second day running on Monday, as the financial hub of Mumbai extended its lockdown by a month.There were 19,459 new cases reported in the previous 24 hours, according to data from India’s federal Health Ministry released on Monday. That is down slightly from Sunday’s record of 19,906, but still sign cases in the country are yet to subside.India lags only the United States, Brazil and Russia in total cases. More than 16,000 have now died from the disease caused by the virus since the first case in India in January — low when compared to countries with similar numbers of cases. Topics :last_img read more

October 16

Wolf Administration Strongly Opposes Eliminating Federal Home Heating Program

first_imgWarren1,268 Delaware10,536 Human Services,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf expressed his strong opposition to President Trump’s budget proposal and the elimination of funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The President’s proposed budget would eliminate critical funding for services to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable citizens.“The proposal to eliminate the LIHEAP program is cruel and will put many Pennsylvanians at risk,” said Governor Wolf. “I vehemently oppose a federal budget cut to a program that helps keep our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians warm in the harsh winter months.”LIHEAP provides assistance for home heating bills to keep approximately 345,000 citizens including the elderly, children, and individuals living with a disability warm and safe during the winter months. The program is available to both renters and homeowners. The support comes in the form of a grant, so the individual does not have to repay assistance, and goes directly to their utility company or home heating fuel provider.The Department of Human Services received approximately $185.5 million in federal funding for the 2016-17 LIHEAP season.“The department’s hope is that the federal proposal is solely an ill-advised negotiating tactic, not a serious proposal.” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas.During the 2015-16 LIHEAP season, 345,246 households received cash benefits and 89,735 households received crisis benefits statewide totaling $159.5 million in assistance. These households each received an average of $462.The chart below gives a county breakdown of the number of households participating in LIHEAP. Juniata769 Susquehanna1,202 Crawford3,563 Chester3,876 Beaver5,355 Elk854 Jefferson1,674 Dauphin5,493 Potter667 Union936 Butler4,084 Venango2,390 Blair5,878 March 21, 2017 Fayette9,195 Tioga1,317 York7,799 Clarion1,336 Pike1,078 Lycoming4,051 Luzerne12,258 Westmoreland11,329 Clearfield4,367 Armstrong2,691 Franklin3,140 Erie11,155 Mifflin2,198 Washington5,179 Cameron285 Fulton666 Allegheny30,953 Adams1,642 Indiana3,025 Somerset3,748 Cambria6,814 Northumberland3,676 For more information on the LIHEAP program, or to download an application, visit Snyder962 Lebanon2,714 Bedford2,497 Berks7,807 Sullivan249 McKean1,626 Mercer4,424 Carbon2,308 Monroe3,801 Schuylkill5,940 Bradford2,045 Montour450 Forest247 Perry1,060 Philadelphia74,933 Centre2,129 Lawrence4,210 County# of Housholds Lancaster6,818 Wyoming902 Lehigh7,150 Huntingdon2,051 Greene1,662 Bucks5,278 Clinton1,418 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Cumberland3,156 Wolf Administration Strongly Opposes Eliminating Federal Home Heating Program Columbia2,308 Montgomery7,249 Northampton4,815 Wayne1,607 Lackawanna6,989last_img read more

September 29

Supervisory board of €11bn Dutch real estate manager quits unexpectedly

first_imgThe €11bn Dutch property investor Bouwinvest is seeking a new supervisory board (RvC) after all of its four members resigned, following a reported dispute with owner BpfBouw about the investor’s strategy and organisation.The entire RvC resigned in December, while chairman Kees Beuving and member Roel Wijmenga – also chairman of the €19.4bn Philips Pensioenfonds – were to complete their statutory term at the end of December.Dick van Hal, chief executive of Bouwinvest and spokesman for the parties involved, said that the resignations were unexpected and the differing views turned out to be irreconcilable.He added that he could not provide details about the conflict. Van Hal said he didn’t recognise claims made in a recent analysis in trade journal Vastgoedmarkt, which suggested that the dispute was about Bouwinvest’s intention to increase its assets under management to €15bn in 2021. BpfBouw – the €58bn pension fund for the building sector – did not want a change, according to the journal.Vastgoedmarkt reported that regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) wanted BpfBouw to reduce its 16.5% allocation to real estate.The report also suggested that DNB had been critical of Bouwinvest’s growth target, which was in part based on investments by other pension funds. This would have reduced the pension fund’s control over Bouwinvest.However, Van Hal dismissed these suggestions as “nonsense”, pointing out that both the RvC and BpfBouw had endorsed the growth target, and that the 19% strategic property allocation of the pension fund hadn’t changed.“I would have known if DNB opposed this goal,” he said. “Moreover, BpfBouw is still by far the largest stakeholder in our investment funds.”Bouwinvest’s CEO also insisted that all parties agreed on the organisational changes needed for growth, including the extension of the executive team and new offices in Sydney and New York.According to Van Hal, the departing RvC will stay on until a new supervisory board was installed. “We aim to have filled in the vacancies no later than 1 April,” he said.BpfBouw’s Dutch property holdings are invested in five funds of Bouwinvest.Three funds for residential, retail, and offices are open to investments from other pension funds, which currently have a combined stake of €1bn. BpfBouw also invests in hotel and healthcare funds.The pension fund’s stakes in international real estate are invested in mandates for Europe ex-Netherlands, North America and Asia Pacific.last_img read more

September 28

Gold Coast houses standout performers of 2019

first_imgNew data shows the Gold Coast property market is ending the year on a high.THE new year is tipped to be a cracker for the Gold Coast’s housing market with prices back on the rise after months of stagnation.The Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s latest Queensland Market Monitor shows the city’s median house price has recorded its strongest quarterly result in the past year.Property experts believed it was a positive sign heading into 2020 and meant the market would go out with a bang come the end of the year.Houses were the city’s standout performers in the September quarter with the report revealing they were holding steady in the rising part of the property cycle. MORE NEWS: Where to buy a home in 2020 Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:12Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:12 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhen is the best time to sell or buy? Property cycles explained02:13 MORE NEWS: The suburb that topped the country’s highest sales listcenter_img “It was a 3.2 per cent gain in values to $640,000 across 1246 transactions – the strongest quarterly result recorded in the past 12 months,” the report read.“For the year to September 2019, the annual median house price fell 0.3 per cent to $625,000 across a total of 5359 transactions.”REIQ Gold Coast Zone chairman Andrew Henderson said the results marked a good end to a tough year. REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson. Picture: Jerad Williams“The quarter has been a very strong one, which has then balanced the year off to finish pretty well stable,” he said.“Because of that last quarter, it should lead to a strong start (next year).”While the year was shaping up to be a much more stable one, Mr Henderson said it might be tougher for buyers.“Stock levels are still low, which means buyers do have a little bit less choice on offer,” he said.“I still think the stock (numbers) will be lower than we’ve seen in past years.”McGrath Palm Beach co-director Josh Willatt said the biggest difference between now and the start of 2019 was market confidence. McGrath Palm Beach co-director Josh Willatt.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“We had a pretty horrible start to the year, the main thing was a lack of confidence,” he said.“The buyers have definitely got a lot of confidence (back) and they’re happy to pay that little bit extra to secure a property.“I think the $900,000 to say, $1.6 million on the Gold Coast is going to see really good growth.”The unit market painted a gloomier picture with the median price dropping 2.3 per cent over the quarter to $425,000 across 1578 transactions, according to the report.However, it softened by just 0.9 per cent in the year to September to an annual median of $435,000.CoreLogic’s The Year That Was … And The Year Ahead report tipped the Gold Coast to be one of Queensland’s strongest performers next year.“Outside of Brisbane, it’s the coastal markets that are showing the strongest growth trajectory heading into 2020, particularly the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast regions situated to the north and south of Brisbane,” it read. “Demand for lifestyle properties, especially those with some depth to the local economy, within easy commuting distance to Brisbane and close to a major airport, are likely to increase in popularity.”last_img read more

September 20

No joy for Postulation in USA

first_img Press Association The Khalid Abdullah-owned three-year-old was a narrow winner of the Silver Stakes at the Curragh on his penultimate outing, but Pat Smullen’s companion failed to trouble the judge at Belmont Park as Force the Pass emerged a brilliant three-and-three-quarter-length winner. Successful trainer Alan Goldberg said: “We brought him up here three days ago – he’d never been here before – and he never turned a hair. We’ll give him the summer off and look towards the fall.” Dermot Weld was out of luck in America on Saturday as Postulation could finish only sixth in the Belmont Derby.last_img read more

September 18

The Latest: Rain forces closed roof for Williams, Medvedev

first_img Associated Press 1:55 p.m.Second-seeded Dominic Thiem earned a spot in the third round of the U.S. Open with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 win over over Sumit Nagal. Thiem, who turned 27 on Thursday, faces 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic in the next round. On the women’s side, ninth-seeded Johanna Konta had an early exit at Flushing Meadows. Romania’s Sorana Cîrstea knocked off Konta 2-6, 7-6, 6-4 to earn her spot in the third round.____1:10 p.m. The forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 76 degrees.___More AP tennis: and Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times EDT):7:35 p.m.The U.S. Open was hit with rain, forcing the roof to close in matches involving Daniil Medvedev and Serena Williams. A 32-year-old Bulgarian, Pironkova left the women’s tour to give birth to her son Alexander in April 2018. She is playing in her 12th Open but her first since 2016, and it’s her first tournament since Wimbledon in 2017.She finished with an ace for her 22nd victory against a top-20 player.___11:25 a.m.The fourth day of play is underway at the U.S. Open, with Serena Williams, reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, Andy Murray and Dominic Thiem among those scheduled to take the court. Williams faces Margarita Gasparyan, who is ranked No. 117. In a wonderful display of “act like you’ve been there” vibes, Berrettini simply turned around and strutted away. No wild celebration. There was still a match to win, and soon enough it was over, with the sixth-seeded Italian beating Ugo Humbert 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (6).___4:55 p.m.Vasek Pospisil beat fellow Canadian Milos Raonic 6-7 (1), 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 to advance to the third round of the U.S. Open. Pospisil has been strong since returning from surgery last year on a herniated disk and helped Canada reach the 2019 Davis Cup final. He was strong over the last three sets to hold off the 25th-seeded Raonic.It’s been a strong start at Flushing Meadows for the Canadians. Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov of Toronto also won their men’s opening matches to send four men into the second round for the first time since 1959.Pospisil is into the third round of the U.S. Open for the first time in his career. Raonic has never advanced past the third round of this tournament. He seemed poised for better things after reaching the final of the Western & Southern Open.Pospisil next plays No. 8 Roberto Bautista Agut. Pospisil and No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic would be the co-presidents of a new group they are trying to set up to represent men’s professional tennis players.___ Reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin has won her second-round match at the U.S. Open against unseeded Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3.Seeded No. 2, Kenin had more winners than unforced errors and never faced a break point. The American has lost in the third round at the Open each of the past three years, and will try to snap that streak Saturday.___Amanda Anisimova has won a matchup of American teenagers, rallying past wild card Katrina Scott 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the second round of the U.S. Open. The 19-year-old Anisimova, a surprise semifinalist at the French Open last year, steadied her game in the second set and pulled away. The 16-year-old Scott is ranked 637th and was coming off her first tour-level victory in the opening round Tuesday when she made her debut in the main draw of a Grand Slam. Daniil Medvedev won the first set against Christopher O’Connell when the roof had to be closed in the second in Louis Armstrong Stadium. The start of Williams’ match against Margarita Gasparya was briefly delayed while the roof was shut at Arthur Ashe Stadium. 6:15 p.m.Sloane Stephens continued her path toward a second U.S. Open championship with a dominant 6-2, 6-2 win over Olga Govortsova.Stephens wore a “No Justice/No Peace” mask for her post-match interview.The 26th-seeded Stephens won at Flushing Meadows in 2017. She won two straight matches after entering the tournament with a 1-7 record in 2020 and she had lost in the first round in last year’s U.S. Open. The Latest: Rain forces closed roof for Williams, Medvedev Anisimova, who is seeded 22nd, won the girls’ singles at the Open in 2017.___12:55 p.m.Tsvetana Pironkova has pulled off an upset to reach the third round at the U.S. Open, her first tournament after a three-year break to focus on motherhood.Pironkova, who has no ranking because of her layoff, beat No. 10-seeded Garbiñe Muguruza 7-5, 6-3. September 3, 2020 She could face Serena Williams in the third round. Williams plays later in the night against Russian Margarita Gasparyan.___5:30 p.m.Matteo Berrettini produced a memorable shot at the U.S. Open — and a reminder that the rules of tennis don’t say the ball must go over the net. Around the net is just fine, too.At 5-all in the third set of his third-round victory, the 2019 semifinalist sprinted to his right, far wide of the doubles alley, to get to a ball that seemed completely out of reach and somehow laced a forehand that went between the net post and the chair umpire, curling in for a winner.last_img read more

September 18

Letter to the sports editor

first_imgBCB condemns behavior of Region six sports officerTHE Management of the Berbice Cricket Board would like, in the strongest possible way, condemn the behaviour and attitude of the Regional Sports Officer, Region 6, attached to the National Sports Commission. Since the election of Hilbert Foster as president of the Berbice Cricket Board in February, 2018, the sports officer has unleashed a daily abuse of the president, selected executives and the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club on his Facebook account and also in the public arena.As Regional Sports Officer, it was expected that the government official would seek to work closely with all sports associations to promote the importance of sports in the Region. Over the twenty months of Mr. Foster’s presidency, the sports officer has never contacted or visited the Berbice Cricket Board or sought to find out how he can use his good office to assist us to fulfil our mandates. The Berbice Cricket Board, under Mr. Foster’s leadership, has been willing to work along with every person, organisation and clubs to lift Berbice cricket even higher. Sadly, the Regional Sports Officer, who seemed to have a personal obsession with the president for reasons known only to him, has never reached out to the Berbice Cricket Board.He is very close to some leaders of the Guyana Cricket Board and this seems to be the reason for his unprofessional behaviour. He is known to have signed his government position on a Guyana Cricket Board’s letterhead on matters concerning junior female cricket, scored at GCB Franchise matches during official working time and even organised lunches, refreshments at these matches. At our last Annual General Meeting on the 22nd December, 2019, he was present outside of our office, encouraging delegates to remove the president. Leading up to that meeting, the sports officer was openly campaigning for another candidate, who has failed to turn up while accusing the president of being a supporter of a certain political party. This official also sent/posted messages on social media that he would slap the nineteen-year- old BCB Public Relations Officer on his face whenever he sees him. This was his second threat to this youth.At the election, the BCB president was re-elected 31-0. The sports officer also accused the president of bypassing the position of a vice president for the nomination of a PPP supporter. The truth of the matter is that the vice president indicated that he was not available to serve due to his pressing duties as a senior government official in Region 6. The question that the sports officer needs to answer is how political views affect his capacity to function in an NGO. That officer has also threatened to end the careers of several national players with a single phone call.The Director of Sports and the Minister of Social Cohesion are fully aware of the behaviour of this individual. There are other organisations which have made complaints to the Director and Minister Norton and other government officials. Minister Norton, at a public meeting in Rose Hall Town, was informed of this sickening attitude and he had publicly told the official to put his house in order. Sadly, the situation has gotten worse.The Berbice Cricket Board has no problem with this official and we are willing to work along with him to further develop the lovely game of cricket. All government officials are expected to work along with every Guyanese to develop our country and our tax payers should not be taken for granted. It is a waste of tax payers time to pay salary/wages for persons who seek to cause confusion and to make division among our people. We are open to answer any question from stakeholders of Berbice cricket and should the Region 6 sports officer follow the correct channel, we would answer all of his questions.The daily and constant abuse of our president via social media has most of us worried about his personal and family safety. Should any harm occur to him and his family, that government sports officer would have to take the blame and full responsibility.While we do not seek or cause anyone to lose their jobs, it is the Berbice Cricket Board desire that the relevant Ministry of Social Cohesion Official take the time to correct this situation. The funny thing is that the same Region 6 sports officer served as asst treasurer and then treasurer of the Berbice Cricket Board in 2017 to early 2018, and has failed, to date, to give an account for the withdrawal of over $2M that was withdrawn from the BCB’s account during the period which he served. Requests were made for over 20 months for a Financial Statement and, to date, has never received same.Angela Haniff,Secretary,BCB.last_img read more

September 17

Larry King offers advice, entertainment

first_imgLegendary CNN anchor Larry King spoke to a half-filled Bovard Auditorium Tuesday night, relaying humorous stories about his early life and his rise to fame, and also dispensing advice to aspiring journalists.Live · Larry King, host of CNN’s Larry King Live, spoke to a half-filled Bovard Auditorium on Tuesday. King told stories from his life and discussed the future of journalism. – Vicki Yang | Daily Trojan The event was sponsored by USC Program Board, who hoped King’s story would provide a valuable learning opportunity for communication and journalism students.King’s first experience as a broadcaster was at a small station in Miami Beach, Fla. on May 1, 1957. In the 53 years since then, he has conducted more than 40,000 interviews and won an Emmy and two Peabody awards.King began by telling the audience he hadn’t planned any of his speech, which consisted of tales from his youth. Throughout the speech he had the audience laughing and engaged.King never attended college, but he said he knew early on where he was going.“I always wanted to be a broadcaster,” he said.In 1957, he had a cleaning job at a Miami Beach radio station. One day, one of the radio personalities quit, so King, then known as Larry Zeiger, stepped in and soon gained local renown.King told the audience about his experiences giving speeches, including at the Miami Shores Country Club, whose members, he joked, were ultra-conservatives who “handed out baby pictures of Rush Limbaugh saying ‘he is born.’” He also spoke for the Mafia once, he said.King also told the story of the time he faked the death of his cousin in junior high school, saying that he and two friends collected $211 by asking for money to fund the funeral.When he was done telling personal stories, King took questions from the audience.“They charge this kind of tuition…” King started, laughing, when a microphone at the front of the auditorium wasn’t working.One student asked King where he predicted the media was going.“All of this overwhelms me — the Twitter, the Facebook,” King said. “Where is it going? I have no idea.”King said his producer runs his Twitter page and that he merely dictates what goes up online. He described Twitter as an “egomaniac’s heaven.”His advice for aspiring journalists was simply to focus on breaking into the business through any means possible.He added that the key to success is to be yourself.“The only secret in broadcasting is there’s no secret,” King said. “If you’re good enough, you’re good enough.”Though the rain may have kept some would-be audience members from attending the sold-out event, those who did come said they enjoyed King’s stories.“He’s way funnier than I was expecting,” said Katie Barker, a sophomore majoring in cinema production. “I really enjoyed his anecdotes about his personal life. You don’t get to hear that on his show.”Students were surprised with King’s persona compared to what they are used to seeing on T.V.“We got to see an aspect of his personality that doesn’t come through on T.V.,” said Greg Kestenbaum, a sophomore majoring in environmental studies. “He’s more jovial than I imagined.”USG Director Beibei Bai, who coordinated the event, said one of the reasons the Program Board chose King to speak for this event is his experience conducting tens of thousands of interviews. Bai said she thought the discussion would be relevant to journalism and communication majors.“I feel a lot of students don’t get the chance to talk to someone who’s an important figure in entertainment but on a serious note,” Bai said. “With King, it’s not purely entertainment.”last_img read more