Film festivals like Whistler help women crack the celluloid ceiling

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Whistler Film FestivalNov. 30-Dec. 4 | various Whistler locationsTickets and info: whistlerfilmfestival.comDirector Amy Jo Johnson wrote her first feature film The Space Between for a man and then hired a crew of mostly women. “The whole film is really female driven without it being on purpose,” said Johnson about a crew list that is 90 per cent female.“None of this was really on purpose. It was Jessica (producing partner Jessica Adams) and I finding the right people and feeling the right connection. The majority ended up being a bunch of really talented women.” Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Login/Register With:  Amy Jo Johnson, left, directs a scene with Jayne Eastwood and Kristian Bruun on the set of The space Between.  Submitted photo / PNGAs for the man the movie was written for, that honour was bestowed upon an actor Johnson co-starred with on the CTV drama Flashpoint.“I wrote for the film, really, for Michael Cram because I worked with him on Flashpoint and I just love him to death,” said Johnson a Maine native who has called Toronto home since 2008. “He’s such a quirky person in real life.”Cram plays Mitch, a regular guy who wakes up one morning to find out his infant daughter is not his biological daughter.Playing at the Whistler Film Festival Dec. 3 and 4, The Space Between is part comedy road movie, part family drama and a whole lot of the understanding of the many forms of love. Facebooklast_img read more

Judge denies interveners a say in Indian day school settlement

first_imgkmartens@aptn.ca@katmarte Justice Michael Phelan of the Federal Court of Canada. (Supplied)Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA judge has dashed the hopes of a consortium of Indigenous organizations and lawyers wanting to challenge the tentative Indian day schools settlement agreement.The decision was posted Thursday in one sentence on the Federal Court docket.“To assist parties with planning, the Court is giving early notice that it will shortly be issuing decisions on the intervener motions heard in Calgary dismissing each of the motions with reasons,” Justice Michael Phelan wrote.Phelan was referring to motions heard April 10 APTN News reported earlier this week.Read: ‘They’re going to try and stall it’: Indian school plaintiff worried about challenge to settlement agreement Ray Mason of Manitoba was delighted with Phelan’s decision.“That’s awesome,” the former day school student, who helped initiate the class-action lawsuit for compensation, said Thursday morning.Mason was worried the interveners would delay the settlement’s certification hearing scheduled for May, forcing aging survivors to wait longer for the redress he says they’re owed for abuse and loss of culture suffered at the federally mandated schools.There are between 120,000 and 140,000 living former students who were forced to attend more than 700 schools.They were excluded from the Indian residential schools compensation program because they slept in their own beds at night instead of at the schools.But Mason says they suffered similar emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and a negative impact on their language and culture.“People are waiting for a settlement,” he said in a telephone interview.Under the terms of the settlement proposed by Ottawa, former students would receive compensation of $10,000 “for harms associated with attending a federal Indian day school” to a maximum of $200,000 “depending on the severity of abuse suffered.”Read: Concerns growing about proposed day school settlementBut the interveners say the settlement isn’t fair.They want to see more time added to the 12-month application period, extra funds for individual compensation, and money for additional legal fees.Calling themselves the Indigenous Day School Group, the group of lawyers from western Canada says it represents roughly 15,000 survivors of the day school program.They say they’ve shared their concerns with Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett.last_img read more

OGC says November earthquake caused by fracking

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission has determined the three seismic events which occurred approximately 20 km south of Fort St. John on November 29, were caused by fluid injection during hydraulic fracturing operations conducted by Canadian Natural Resources Limited.According to OCG, the events measured 3.4, 4.0 and 4.5 magnitude, with the first event recorded at 18:27 MST followed by two smaller aftershocks ending at 19:15 MST. The Commission received 14 reports of felt events related to this seismicity. CNRL performed wellbore integrity assessments, and no problems were reported. As per the Commission’s Kiskatinaw Seismic Monitoring and Mitigation Area Special Project Order and the Drilling and Production Regulation, CNRL immediately suspended hydraulic fracturing operations.OCG says the investigation included a review of operational and seismological data within a 10-kilometre radius of the epicentres as determined by Natural Resources Canada. An improved pre-assessment of seismic hazards may allow for more targeted mitigation measures in areas of specific concern. CNRL has satisfied the pre-operation and active operation requirements as per the KSMMA order. However, all hydraulic fracture operations within the lower Montney formation will remain suspended at the 5-22 well pad pending the results of a detailed technical review. CNRL continues to cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation.The Commission is taking the following steps to further understand and mitigate induced seismicity:• Working with KSMMA area operators to catalogue and characterize known geologic faults.• Conducting a third party review of geo-mechanical properties, hydraulic fracture design and seismologic data to refine induced seismicity hazard assessments.center_img “The events occurred during hydraulic fracture operations targeting the lower Montney formation. Seven upper Montney wells had been previously drilled and completed at CNRL’s well pad (5-22-81-18W6) from May to June 2018. No events larger than magnitude 2.5 were detected during that period. A pre-assessment report relating to completion operations for two wells (‘G’ and ‘H’) targeting the lower Montney was submitted as required by KSMMA and concluded induced seismicity was likely to occur, but events larger than magnitude 3 were not expected.”Factors leading to this determination include:• The timing of the events coincided with hydraulic fracture operations within the lower Montney zone in the ‘G’ and ‘H’ well of the 5-22 pad which were ongoing from Nov. 27, 2018 until the occurrence of the events on Nov. 29, 2018.• The epicentres of the events were located in close proximity to the ‘G’ and ‘H’ wells based on data from both the Canadian National Seismograph Network and a proprietary seismic array deployed to monitor for induced seismicity.• Water disposal was occurring in the Septimus area but the closest active disposal well was approximately six km from the epicentre of the 4.5 magnitude event. Further, the depth of the events as determined by the proprietary dense array was significantly lower than the formation where water disposal was occurring.• Based on “felt” reports, ground motion appears to have been strongest in the vicinity of the ‘G’ and ‘H’ wellbores.last_img read more

Security Council welcomes peaceful end of voting in South Sudans referendum

The Security Council today welcomed the conclusion of voting in the referendum for the self-determination of Southern Sudan, describing the voting exercise as “largely peaceful and orderly” while urging both parties to Sudan’s peace agreement to respect the outcome of the poll.The week-long referendum, which ended on 15 January, is part of the process to implement the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended two decades of civil war between the north and the south. Sixty per cent of the nearly four million voters registered to take part in the referendum needed to vote for the outcome to be valid, with results expected in early February. “The members of the Council underline the need for the CPA parties to promote calm, including by providing immediate and ongoing reassurance to people of all nationalities in Sudan, including southerners in the North and northerners in the South, that their rights, safety and property will continue to be respected,” the Council said in a statement, read out to the press by its president for the month of January, Ambassador Ivan Barbalic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.Earlier, the Council had held a meeting on Sudan, at which it was briefed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative and head of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), Haile Menkerios, and, via video-link, the head of the Secretary-General’s Panel on the Referenda in Sudan, Benjamin Mkapa, a former Tanzanian president. On Sunday, the panel welcomed the end of polling, saying the process was well organized and enabled the people of the region to express their will freely. In its statement, the Council commended the leadership shown by the parties to the CPA, as well as the work of the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) and the Southern Sudan Referendum Bureau, and congratulated the support provided by UNMIS throughout the referendum. It added that it looked forward to the SSRC’s announcement of the referendum’s results.“The members of the Council call on all parties to respect the outcome of the referendum, and appreciate, in this regard, the commitments made by President Omar al Bashir and by Vice-President Salva Kiir,” the Council said in its statement.On the issue of Abyei, an area which straddles northern and southern Sudan and which had its own referendum on whether to join the north or south delayed, the Council voiced concern about violence that occurred there during the referendum period as well as the area’s future.“The members reiterate their deep concern about the absence of an agreement on Abyei,” the Council said. “They stress the utmost importance of continued implementation of the CPA and urge the parties to reach quickly an agreement on Abyei and other critical issues, including border demarcation, security arrangements, citizenship, debts, assets, currency and natural resource arrangements.”Throughout the referendum period, UNMIS intensified its peacekeeping patrols in Abyei after reports of clashes between Arab nomadic cattle-herders, known as Misseriya and linked to the North, and the Dinka ethnic group linked to the South.In its statement, the Council welcomed the decision by the leaders of the Misseriya and Dinka communities in Abyei to work together to reduce tensions and to resolve outstanding issues. Earlier Tuesday, UNMIS welcomed an agreement on security arrangements in Abyei – concluded on 17 January between delegations from Government of Sudan and the Government of Southern Sudan – and said it stands ready to provide all the necessary support. In his briefing to the Security Council, the Secretary-General’s envoy, Haile Menkerios, said the referendum could turn out be the key to lasting peace and stability in Sudan and the region.While describing the peaceful conclusion of the referendum as a “testament of the commitment of two parties to the agreement they signed six years ago, and an illustration of their strategic decision to uphold the CPA,” Mr. Menkerios noted that the next few months will provide the basis for a transition to the post-CPA environment. “As with any transition, it will be marked by a degree of uncertainty, considerable expectations and hopes for some, and fears of the new, the unknown for others,” he said, while urging both the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in southern Sudan and the National Congress Party in northern Sudan to continue displaying the statesmanship and political courage they have demonstrated over the past few weeks.“Whatever the referendum’s outcome, both Northern and Southern Sudan will remain multiethnic, multicultural, and multi religious societies – this diversity is always the strength of nations, never their weakness,” Mr. Menkerios said, adding that, “Sudan is on the eve of a new dawn, and it is going to need a heavy dose of encouragement and support from the international community to make sure committed implementation of the CPA signifies a final and definitive break with the past and opens a new era of prosperity and stability for all Sudanese.”The SSRC will announce preliminary referendum results 2 February. Barring legal challenges, the final results will be declared on 7 February, and in the event of appeals, on 14 February.In his remarks to the Council meeting, the head of the UN panel tasked with monitoring the referendum, Mr. Mkapa, echoed the panel’s reaction on Sunday, noting that his team is satisfied that the referendum process so far has been conducted in a peaceful and transparent manner that allowed the people of Southern Sudan to express their will freely.“Both parties have given important and unequivocal public assurances about respecting the outcome of the referendum,” Mr. Mkapa said. “The positive momentum achieved can only be sustained by further demonstration of goodwill and political commitment on both sides.” 18 January 2011The Security Council today welcomed the conclusion of voting in the referendum for the self-determination of Southern Sudan, describing the voting exercise as “largely peaceful and orderly” while urging both parties to Sudan’s peace agreement to respect the outcome of the poll. read more

Sierra Leone as UN mission ends Security Council urges continued donor aid

“With Sierra Leone now stable and at peace, the Security Council sees a great opportunity for the development of a mature and vibrant political culture,” the 15-member body said in a presidential statement by read out by Paul Johnston of the United Kingdom, which holds the Council Presidency for December.“Achieving this will require tolerance, cooperation from all sides and a shared commitment to act responsibly and avoid inflammatory rhetoric. To that end, government and political leaders should reaffirm their commitment to the basic principles of democratic governance. This will pave the way for fair, transparent and peaceful elections in 2007.”Commending the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) for “its invaluable contribution” to the country’s recovery, the Council noted that the new UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNOSIL) had been set up to provide continued support to the Government as it tackles the many challenges ahead, including good governance, sustainable economic development, job creation and delivery of public services.“The Government will need the sustained help of donors and development partners, particularly in addressing difficult but essential issues like security sector reform, fighting corruption, the reinforcement of governance mechanisms including the judiciary, and equal rights for women and girls,” it said.“The Council, therefore, encourages Sierra Leone’s development partners to continue their support in all these areas, and notes with satisfaction the outcome of the recent Donors’ Consultative Group meeting on Sierra Leone in London,” it added. The statement hailed the innovations in UNAMSIL’s methods of operation that may prove useful best practice in making other UN peacekeeping operations more effective and efficient, including an exit strategy based on specific benchmarks for drawdown and an integrated mission with a Deputy Special Representative managing governance, developmental and humanitarian elements.Substantial, regular cooperation and coordination with other UN peacekeeping operations and offices in the region also played a significant role.“The Security Council continues to emphasize the importance of a regional approach to the countries of West Africa,” the statement concluded. “The Council hopes that Sierra Leone’s neighbours will intensify their cooperation, not least through the Mano River Union and the Economic Community of West African States, especially in the area of peace and security, and with the continued support of the United Nations and development partners.” read more

Ohio State mens volleyball making sweeping a habit

Members of the OSU men’s volleyball team celebrate during a game against George Mason at St John Arena on Jan. 15. Credit: Ed Momot | For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s volleyball team won its fourth straight match Friday night, dispatching  Coker College in straight sets (25-11, 25-15, 25-23) at St. John Arena. The three-set defeat of the Cobras was no anomaly, as all of the Buckeyes’ wins on their current winning streak have come by way of sweeps. The stellar play of late from the Buckeyes comes after they dropped two of their first three matches, with losses at McMaster University and against UCLA at a neutral site of State College, Pennsylvania.  “The Canadian team, McMaster, is the No. 1 team in Canada and we schedule those teams for a reason, and that is to challenge our guys and learn about our team,” OSU coach Pete Hanson said after the win over the Cobras. “We learned a lot of things.”The Buckeyes’ only other loss came against UCLA, which is now the top-ranked team in the United States. “When we do the things that we talk about — pass the ball to our setter, let our setter run a basic offense, guys take good swings — we see a high level of success,” Hanson said. A big factor in the Buckeyes’ resurgence has been the play of sophomore Nicolas Szerszen. Just last week, Szerszen won the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association’s Offensive Player of the Week award. It marked the fourth time Szerszen has earned the award, doing so twice as a freshman and twice already in 2015-16 — just three weeks into his sophomore season. “That’s a guy that takes a lot of pressure off a lot of other people on the floor,” assistant coach Tim Embaugh said of Szerszen. “It’s a lot like having Kobe Bryant on your team.”In both its losses, OSU attacked at an average of .173. But in their five wins, the Buckeyes haven’t had an attack percentage below .347, which came against Princeton in the second game of the year. OSU redshirt sophomore middle blocker Matt Dorn (15) prepares to hits the ball during a game against George Mason at St John Arena on Jan. 15. Credit: Ed Momot | For The LanternThroughout the four-game win streak, OSU has attacked north of .400 twice — .474 against USC and .429 versus Erskine. The increased offensive efficiency equaling victories is no coincidence. The Scarlet and Gray look to continue this improved offensive attack on Friday, as they are set to head on the road to take on Quincy University. The Hawks now sit at 4-4, after dropping their first four games of the season. Quincy won a pair of games over the weekend to keep its momentum building as it heads into its clash with OSU. After taking on the Hawks, the Buckeyes are scheduled to travel a little further west to St. Charles, Missouri, to square off with Lindenwood. With back-to-back games looming on the horizon, OSU took necessary steps to make sure the team is near full strength to keep up with improved level of play. “We are letting a couple of guys rest up over the weekend,” Hanson said. “Right now, the goal is just to manage the bodies, make sure everyone is as healthy as they can be and we will get back in the gym on Monday and start to gameplan for the two upcoming opponents.”After their two-game road trip, the Buckeyes are slated to return to Columbus to take on Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne on Feb. 4. read more

Convict captured after 41 years by facial recognition technology

first_imgCONVICTED ARMED ROBBER Ronald Dwaine Carnes eluded authorities for nearly 41 years after escaping from a North Carolina prison.But with the help of facial recognition technology, investigators say he’s been caught living in northeastern Iowa under the identities of two 5-year-old boys who died in the 1940s.Carnes, 69, was set to appear  today in federal court in Iowa to face weapons, identity theft and Social Security fraud charges in one of the most extraordinary fugitive cases Iowa investigators can remember.They say Carnes spent decades underground after escaping from a now-closed prison in Huntersville, North Carolina, in August 1973.“It’s kind of odd to have somebody be able to survive that many years without being detected,” said Paul Steier, director of the Iowa Department of Transportation’s bureau of investigation, which helped crack the case. “He had basically started a new life.”All along, Carnes apparently used the identities of Louie Vance and William Henry Cox as he traveled from Chicago to Georgia to Washington state to Iowa, according to a complaint filed Monday.He convinced the Social Security Administration to grant him disability and retirement benefits under both names for years.But after moving into a modest brick home in Waterloo, Iowa, last year, investigators say a mistake and new technology ended his long run from justice.Facial recognition software, used by the Iowa DOT since 2008, flagged Carnes’ photo after he applied for a license in Vance’s name in March. The smiling face appeared to be the same man — black, 5 feet 11 inches tall and trim, with a mustache and the same large mole or birthmark on his forehead — who had obtained an Iowa license last year under Cox’s name.Investigators soon determined the individual was using the Cox and Vance identities to receive Social Security benefits. Disability payments meant for Cox started in 2003, while retirement benefits intended for Vance began in 2009. They were being deposited into a Boeing Employees Credit Union Account opened when Carnes lived in Washington. But authorities didn’t yet know who was behind the apparent scheme.Investigators served a search warrant at Carnes’ Waterloo home in April, where they found birth certificates for Vance and Cox and other documents suggesting he was really Carnes, according to court documents.By his bed they found ammunition and a .380-caliber pistol, the same model found near Carnes’ vehicle when he and an accomplice were arrested in the 1970 armed robbery of a female convenience store clerk in Winston-Salem, the documents said.Carnes was arrested in April following the warrant, and a fingerprint match soon verified his true identity, investigators say.Relatives of Cox and Vance, meanwhile, told investigators that both were 5-year-old boys when they died in accidents seven decades ago, according to an affidavit signed by agent Juston Jennings of the Social Security Administration. Cox, born in Denver, died in 1949. Vance, born in Ruleville, Mississippi, died the previous year.Carnes was three years into a 20-year sentence when he escaped from the Mecklenburg Correctional Center. The escape is so old that the North Carolina Department of Public Safety doesn’t have any details about what happened, and the prison has been closed 16 years, agency spokesman Keith Acree said.The month after Carnes escaped, someone applied for a Social Security card in Chicago for Vance, according to Jennings’ affidavit. In 1979, the Social Security Administration assigned a Social Security number for Cox. Carnes had also obtained a Georgia driver’s license in 1999 under Cox’s name, the affidavit said.County prosecutors in Iowa dropped charges against Carnes on Thursday to allow federal prosecutors in the state to take the lead. Carnes has been jailed without bond since his arrest.North Carolina officials will only seek Carnes’ extradition for the escape after he completes any federal prison time that results from the case, Acree said. A public defender representing Carnes didn’t return a message.The arrest surprised retired attorney Robert Sapp in North Carolina, who represented Carnes on the 1971 appeal of the robbery conviction but doesn’t remember details.“Wow,” he said. “If he was doing what they said he did, I hope they lock him up. I shouldn’t say that about a former client, but I don’t remember him at all.”Read: Escaped convict turned himself in because it was ‘too cold’last_img read more

Verizon to pay 5bn for iPhone subsidies in 2011

first_imgVerizon‘s nearly four year ordeal trying to claw American exclusivity to the iPhone away from AT&T finally ended yesterday with their triumphant announcement of the Verizon iPhone. It must be a big relief to Verizon, since Verizon was the carrier that Apple came to with the original iPhone to begin with, only to turn Cupertino down flat because of Apple’s “unreasonable” demands of selling the phone without carrier branding or software. That mistake has haunted Verizon for years… and even now that they have the Verizon iPhone, it’s still likely to cost them. According to BusinessWeek, Verizon is likely to spend as much as $5 billion this year on iPhone subsidies alone.According to analyst John Hodulik from UBS AG, the subsidy Verizon will be paying is $400 per user, and with Verizon estimated to sell up to 13 million iPhones this year, that equals a $5.2 billion upfront expenditure. Sure, Verizon will eventually make that money back, but counterintuitively, getting the iPhone so late in the game might mean they are in the red for awhile. He said, “You basically write customers a $400 check. We expect margins to be down pretty meaningfully in the first quarter and second quarter.”Read more at Business Weeklast_img read more

Irish Rail releases CCTV footage of moment truck crashes into Amiens Street

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4582470 Source: Iarnród Éireann/Twitter Monday 8 Apr 2019, 7:45 PM Short URL By Hayley Halpin Train services were temporarily suspended between Connolly and Tara Street following the incident.Engineers then checked the bridge and deemed it safe for traffic to pass through again. Releasing the CCTV footage, Irish Rail tweeted: “Had pedestrians, cyclists or motorists been on the other side of the road, people could have been killed at Amiens St this lunchtime. “Know your load height for the safety of all.”This incident comes after a truck struck the Amien Street bridge on 15 March. Services between Connolly Station and Pearse Station were suspended for over an hour as a result.  Apr 8th 2019, 7:45 PM Share44 Tweet Email1 center_img Irish Rail releases CCTV footage of moment truck crashes into Amiens Street bridge Train services were temporarily suspended between Connolly and Tara Street following the incident. Had pedestrians, cyclists or motorists been on the other side of the road, people could have been killed at Amiens St this lunchtime. Know your load height for the safety of all. @RSAIreland pic.twitter.com/IDA648GMLm— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) April 8, 2019 31 Comments 45,071 Views IRISH RAIL HAS released CCTV footage of the moment a truck crashed into a bridge on Amiens Street in Dublin earlier today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

A farewell to Nicholas Sikavitsas

first_imgOne of the most humble benefactors of the Hellenic Community in Victoria and a proud Macedonian Hellene, Nicholas Sikavitsas passed away late last week in Melbourne. An enthusiastic loyalist of the Hellenic legacies, a devotee of the Macedonian cultural identity and a true patriot, Nicholas will be remembered for his immense contribution to philanthropy and his unfailing support for the Hellenic studies. His pivotal contribution in the communal affairs of the Macedonian Hellenes will be also missed; he served for many years as public affairs officer of the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria and founder and founding president of the Macedonian Argites in Argos Orestikon, a nice village of Kastoria and Western Macedonia.I had the honour to interview him seeking to establish his contribution and to absorb his migration experience as a valued member of Macedonian Hellenism and a benefactor of our wider community. I wish to publish a portion of his story as I portrayed it in my book currently under publication under the title Macedonian Hellenes in Australia.Benefactor and philanthropist Nicholas Sikavitsas was born in Argos Orestikon, Kastoria on the 1st January 1937 to indigenous father Christos Sikavitsas (1905-1982) and an Asia Minor refugee mother from Nikomedeia, Anastasia Spyropoulos (1912-2002). Nikos Sikavitsas was the first-born son; he had two brothers, Aristeidis who died at a young age in Rumania, and another called Thomas. Nikos graduated from the local primary school and attended the first years of the local high school, before joining a local carpentry and furniture workshop in his native town as an apprentice. Being inspired by the news that his Argites compatriots in Melbourne had found the caring protection of Pantelis Megas and they were earning a good living in Australia, he decided to emigrate. He travelled to Piraeus and began his long voyage to the southern seas aboard the Egyptian Zum Hürriyet, a cargo ship which was eventually transformed into a passenger ship for immigrants. The voyage lasted for more than forty days as it stopped in various port cities including Port Said, Aden, Colombo and Fremantle. Nikos recalled these initial days with a rather romantic outlook: “We disembarked in Melbourne on the 1st October 1956 within the mouth of Yarra River together with other cargo ships; we were travelling in one huge dormitory divided with a curtain into two compartments in every deck; each dormitory contained more than 200 persons, men and women and children. On one side there was an endless row of beds for men; the other side for women; the environment was stuffy and the service almost non-existent. In Colombo we spent one week as the ship was undergoing maintenance and needed provisions; we were preparing to cross the treacherous Indian Ocean; fortunately we were young and desperate for new opportunities in life. In Port Said we had seen thousands of travellers strolling the streets around the port, desperate to catch a ship to the Far Orient or Australia; it was the period of the Suez Crisis and only a few months earlier Nasser had nationalised the company administering the Canal passing. In the Port of Colombo we had adequate time to discover the landscape of this island-country that had gained its independence only eight years earlier in 1948. We disembarked at the Quay berth which was opened only two years earlier with 16 alongside berths, transit sheds and warehouses. It was the busiest harbour in South East Asia.” On arrival in Melbourne Nikos settled in Brunswick with brother-in-law Aristeidis Liokos and another four Argites, all young, living in the three available bedrooms and sharing the facilities and amenities with another two families: “My sister, Photeini, was betrothed by distance to Aristeidis, who was a prospective groom for her; I had introduced him to her with a photo; so he was now expecting my sister to arrive as a ‘bride’ from Argos to be married. I was also expecting to receive my younger sister Malamati, at a later stage.” Nevertheless, following his settlement in Brunswick, Nikos was taken by Aristeidis to visit a brickyard in the neighbouring suburb of Thornbury; it was there that he introduced him to a Jewish builder, who employed him on the spot as a carpenter and maintenance handyman; his knowledge of English was not adequate and the remuneration was insufficient. There was a great demand for tradesmen in the booming building industry in Melbourne; however, he received only nine pounds per week, not enough to save after paying for meals, the rent and his feral smoking habits. He moved to country Victoria where there was a scarcity of workers to man the wine and fruit plantations and work in the local juice and raisin factories; he settled initially in Red Cliffs, only 16 kilometres from Mildura; he was a fast picker working long hours; he was also an ambitious person in pursuit of wealth and security:“I found employment and shelter in a large vineyard in Red Cliffs; there was a bungalow for the employees working in this spacious estate; the owner, Vic Race, was a well-spoken, fair businessman and a hospitable Australian; his son, Ray Race was a very polite and generous young man of my age; his perseverance and his patience with me was something extraordinary; he was determined for me to learn English; he was spending a lot of hours teaching me the vocabulary and the correct pronunciation. I spent two years at their farm; when the picking period was over, I was working at the local raisin and currant factory, then on the weekends and during the afternoons I was working in potato and fruit farms. I believe it was my second year in the hinterland, when I approached the owners of a local café, the Golden Key café in Red Cliffs established and owned by Ithacan settlers during the 1890s. This historic café was purchased by Ithacan Dimitris Vlassopoulos in the early 1920s. It was a precious family business; for decades his children worked through its premises along with hundreds of Macedonian Hellenes and other Greek immigrants finding shelter and employment; his son Stathis Vlassopoulos served the Greek Community of Melbourne as secretary during the 1950s. In 1959, when I approached the café’s owners, it was his daughter Eleni and his son-in-law Kyriacos Kyriakakis who were running the business; I called in asking for a job; they used to pay six pounds per week for a two-hour work every evening to clean the kitchen and the stoves. I used to have my meal there and obtain my smoke free. During my two years of employment in the Victorian hinterland I amassed enough capital to return to Melbourne and purchase one house in Pearce Avenue in Brunswick with my brother-in-law and my sister.”Upon his return to Melbourne, Nikos was employed in a carpentry workshop and factory in Northcote as leading hand. His senior post in the factory soon allowed him to introduce certain changes in the employment rules, allowing members of the same family to be employed; he offered employment to his father who migrated to Australia with his wife Anastasia and their daughter Melpomeni in 1960. Nikos also offered employment to a group of six Kastorians. Concurrently, after the normal shift in the factory, he was working in the transport industry of J.D. Barnes, based in Moonee Ponds, as a bus driver. He was soon familiar with the bus line running between the suburbs of Moonee Ponds and Williamstown Beach. There were four buses in this line operated by Nikos and another compatriot Evangelos Spyrou. “In 1964, the proprietor J.D. Barnes asked me and Evangelos if we wished to buy the bus line running from Broadmeadows to Moonee Ponds and from Sunbury to the city. We accepted the offer and we purchased the four buses of the line, working double shifts seven days a week; then the former boss came back proposing to sell the other bus line running to Keilor and Keilor West involving another four buses. He insisted, claiming that we were hard and committed workers, and we were making enough savings to accept the second offer. However, we did not have adequate capital; then Mr. Barnes suggested that he would remain as a third partner, if we accept to purchase the additional line of Keilor. ‘When you will amass the capital that I want, then you can pay me and I will walk away’ he said to me and my partner Evangelos. We accepted the second offer, increasing the pace of our labour; we were working more than double shifts with Evangelos until we finally set aside the agreed amount; I called on Mr Barnes advising that the requested capital was collected; the accumulated capital to hand was equal to the value of purchasing four houses; when we convened and offered him the agreed amount he said that this would not be enough for him to surrender his share in the business; ‘I want double this amount,’ he stated. We were astonished. ‘Why are you doing this to us?’ I dared to ask. ‘Next time, you should learn to sign proper contracts and obtain signatures via your solicitors,’ he replied, ‘you now will pay me double so that you will never forget this lesson’ he insisted. I was compelled to borrow the money from the bank. This time we lodged the transfer of the business to our solicitor and a proper agreement was signed with him the same evening that we obtained the loan, in the presence of our solicitor. The final transaction with Mr Barnes took place in 1967. We never looked back since then…”It was the same year that Nikos finally found the time to marry; his bride was an attractive young lady, Arête Voutsidis (27 February1943) from Larissa, Thessaly, who had migrated to Australia in 1966; their initial meeting was pre-arranged only a few weeks earlier by the relatives, as was customary in those days. Nikos was impressed by the charisma of the proposed bride, her polite manners and naturally her extroverted and inviting character. It was during the St Charalambos name day; his mother was working with another lady in the factory who used to know Arête’s family; her husband’s name was Charalambos; so both families were invited to attend a celebration party.“I attended the gathering unsuspicious of the arrangement; her parents were Dimitris and Maria and she had two other sisters Olympia and Eleni; they never migrated to Australia; I liked the girl; it was February; the following month we were engaged and we married on May 7. We married on the 7th of May simply because I could not find any other days suitable for me, as I was working double shifts seven days a week; I was expecting the May school holidays to find the time to go to the church! During the holiday period we were working with one bus less. ‘I could only marry now; if not you have to wait until November when I could find another free weekend’ I told my parents.”Nikos and Arête, despite this busy lifestyle, raised two sons: Christos was born on the 2nd June 1968 and Dimitris on 30 April 1970. Christos studied computers and business administration, whilst Dimitris completed his courses in mechanics at the local Broadmeadows Technical College. The combination of the two disciplines assisted the family business to expand a few years later, as we shall see, into the taxi industry. In May 1970 Nikos decided to split his partnership with his Kastorian compatriot Vangelis Spyrou. The new family obligations and the increasing customer service necessitated new business strategies; the overall volume of work had increased dramatically over the last ten years, serving three of the busiest bus lines in Melbourne. Vangelis retained the Keilor line under the business name Kastoria Buses which had been established by the two partners in 1964; while Nikos maintained the other and busier line under the trading name Tullamarine Buses, paying more to his departing partner. Each partner retained seven buses with their drivers; by the year 2000 the fleet of the Tullamarine Buses increased to 31, employing almost fifty drivers. So by the year 2000, Nikos decided to involve his sons, Christos and Dimitris more decisively in the business; they had graduated from their schools and they were promised a share and an input into the family business which had been growing fast over the previous twenty years. By 2009 the two brothers embarked on a business offensive to accelerate their revenues; they became involved in the Smart Buses innovative transport system introduced by the State Government, acquiring an additional fleet of twenty buses with thirty drivers. The new scheme was based on a contract system between the state and the bus line industry.“The Victorian government always subsidised the bus lines to make them profitable and hence productive; it was a very fair system of collaboration between the state and private industry; their support was much needed to introduce new buses, to upgrade the services to make the transport safer; we used to pay half a million for each bus; the subsidy in fiscal terms was an incentive to improve our industry; we purchased a spacious block of land of four acres in Airport West, where we erected our mechanical workshops, our offices, our administration and our maintenance departments. As we were growing we had the opportunity to negotiate better environment for the commuters, safer trips, more convenient and reliable buses.”On 30 June 2010, Tullamarine Buses entered an agreement with a successful businessman and longstanding benefactor of the Greek community, Tassos Revis, purchasing the business arm of the Taxi Staffing Service; this successful enterprise was established in 1969 by Tassos Revis and his partner, Norm Granger, operating initially from their depot in Craine Street, South Melbourne. Ten years later, in 1979 this well-developed taxi industry which held the licenses of a fleet of more than 130 taxis was moved to 25 Murphy Street in Richmond. The negotiations between Nikos and his two sons and Tassos Revis were successfully completed and the administration of this significant fleet of taxis was finally passed to Christos and Dimitris Sikavitsas. The daily take from their hundreds of taxi drivers is submitted to the appointed manager, and 50 per cent kept as their remuneration. The spacious Richmond depot incorporates a centre for mechanical works, panel beating workshops and stores.Nikos and Arête endowed their children with the benefits of Hellenic culture; they remained closely attached to their Greek language and culture, sending their grandchildren to Greek schools and using the Greek language at home. The elder son, Christos, met and married in Melbourne Nicoletta Kolaras, born to Greek immigrant parents; they raised two children, Nikos and Arête; his younger brother Dimitris married the charismatic Efrosyne Paraskevopoulos, and together they brought up two children, Nicholas and Stamatia. Nikos’s vast communal involvement and input has taken various forms over the last forty-five years. For almost forty years he served his native town Argos Orestikon, and for more than twenty years the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria. His contribution to the brotherhoods of Kastorians was also decisive. In 1988, having served as treasurer from 1970 until 1988 in the Argos Orestikon Brotherhood, he was elected president, a post he held until 1996, initiating the most significant changes, including the 1992 acquisition of the association’s premises at 85-87 Warrigal Road in Oakleigh for $155,000. During his presidency, the constitution of the Argites was written by Menelaos Sikavitsas and Georgios Tezepsidis and was finally endorsed by their assembly; while in 1992 the association was legally registered in Victoria, enabling its members to possess and manage their property in Oakleigh. In 1996, Sikavitsas resigned his post to allow more people to contribute; in 1998 he was re-elected once again to the most senior post, in an effort to consolidate the operations of the club, to refurbish their building and commence a profitable rapport with the authorities in their native Argos in Macedonia. Nikos Sikavitsas and his family were distinguished as benefactors of Hellenism over the years, offering significant donations and in-kind support to Greek community organisations, university faculties and departments of Hellenic studies, Greek daily schools and research centres for the study of Hellenism. They became major benefactors of the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria, offering tens of thousands of dollars for the erection of the new Community premises in the city of Melbourne; they benefited the former national centre for Hellenic Studies and Research at La Trobe University and the Greek Daily Alphington Grammar School; generous gifts were offered to the Thessalonikeans, the Kastorians and the Australian Institute of Macedonian Studies to conduct their conferences and seminars.On behalf of the members of the Australia Institute of Macedonian Studies and my associates of the former National Centre for Hellenic Studies and Research, I wish to reiterate that we shall remember him. To his kind wife, children and grandchildren we wish them courage. Our thoughts will be with them. Let us not forget, that memory is the only transgression of death.*Anastasios M. Tamis is Adjunct Professor of Greek Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Australia. 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Gary Neville tips Pochettino for United job

first_imgSky Sports pundit Gary Neville believes that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is the right man to take the United job after Jose Mourinho was sacked on Tuesday.Mourinho was fired by Manchester United on Tuesday after a poor start to the season, and assistant manager Michael Carrick will act as interim manager until a new temporary boss is appointed within the next two days.Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has long been linked with the job, but Neville says Pochettino would be perfect to take over.“I said last season that the next manager of Man Utd should be Pochettino,” Neville told Sky Sports.“If I look at the values of United, you look at Pochettino’s belief in young players at Southampton and with Tottenham.“You look at his performance levels and style of play, the way in which he carries himself at all times – publicly and in private – I have been fortunate enough to spend two or three days at Tottenham’s training ground and for me, he just feels like the most ideal candidate.“There will be others who say ‘no’, but Man Utd have tried managers who have won European Cups, managers who have won multiple leagues, managers who have had that solid grounding in the Premier League.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“My view is they need someone who meets the three key principles of that football club – the promotion of youth, entertaining football and to win football matches.“So at this moment in time, I see him – and people will suggest that he has not won a trophy yet at Tottenham, but with a net spend of -£29m, or something over the last four years, he could not have done more. He has done the most incredible job and I do think he is the person who is the most outstanding candidate.“But if you are a Tottenham Hotspur fan, you will not appreciate me saying that. If you are Daniel Levy at Tottenham Hotspur, you will be grabbing and holding on to him for dear life because you are moving into a new stadium.“But he is the individual who fits the profile of what Man Utd need in terms of what he has done in the Premier League over the last five, six, seven years at both clubs.”last_img read more

6th Annual Walk the Talk Gala

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: March 19, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A local nonprofit organization that engages a caring community to help San Diego foster youth is getting ready for to hold its 6th annual Walk the Talk fundraising celebration.The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.The Walk the Talk Gala is held to raise awareness and resources for transition age foster youth in San Diego County.To learn more about Walk the Talk or to purchase tickets, please visit www.jitfosteryouth.org 6th Annual Walk the Talk Gala March 19, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Bikeshare coming to Encinitas this summer

first_img Posted: April 22, 2019 FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Bike-share coming to Encinitas this summer The City Council voted 5-0 Wednesday, April 17, to approve a licensing agreement with Gotcha Ride LLC to use the bike-share pilot program.Gotcha said they will provide the City of Encinitas with 200 3-speed electric assist bikes and approximately 25-30 bike hubs. GotchaENCINITAS (KUSI) – Residents of Encinitas will be able to use electric-powered bicycle around town sometime before summer. April 22, 2019last_img read more

3 of a family found hanging at home on IITDelhi campus

first_imgNew Delhi : A 35-year-old man, his wife and his mother were found hanging in three different parts of their residence inside the IIT campus in south Delhi, police said on Saturday. Gulshan Das, who worked as a senior lab assistant in the department of bio-chemistry at the premier institute, was found hanging from an overhead rod in the corridor. His wife Sunita and his mother Kanta were found hanging from ceiling fans in two bedrooms on Friday night, they said. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor accepts Modi’s language challenge Advertise With Us Police said the door of the house was open when they reached there. “All were hanging with pieces of cloth,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (southwest) Devender Arya said. He said crime and forensic teams have analysed the scene and prima facie, the deceased did not have any external injuries and the bodies were moved to Safdarjung hospital. The couple married in February 2019 and had no children. It was second marriage for both of them, police said. A domestic violence complaint was filed against Das by his wife merely two months after their marriage. Sunita had alleged that Das used to assault her and had asked her to leave the house. She had also alleged that he had demanded dowry from her family, police said. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us They suspect the couple might have fought on Friday night following which the three family members took the extreme step. No suicide note has been recovered, however. A senior police officer said they were alerted by Sunita’s mother Krishna Devi, who lives in Naraina, at 10:59 pm on Friday. “She called her daughter all day but Sunita did not respond, following which she panicked and informed police,” the police officer said. An inquest has been initiated by a magistrate as mandated by law, since the couple had not been married for more than seven years, he said. The post-mortem examination will be conducted by a board of doctors, which has been constituted. The investigation so far suggests the case to be of suicidal hanging, the DCP added.last_img read more

Siemens employees threaten to go on a strike after firm announces 6900

first_imgSiemens workers protest in Berlin, GermanyReutersSiemens’ decision to lay off 6,900 employees worldwide has kicked up quite a storm. While the German manufacturing conglomerate clarified its move and also said that it will try and adjust the laid-off workers in its 3,200 vacant posts in various other divisions, many employees of the firm have now threatened to go on a strike.The job cut is mostly going to affect employees in its power and gas division, which has been seeing a slowdown due to the competition posed by the renewable power market. Out of the 6,900 jobs, Germany is likely to lose about 600.”Should management stick to its plans we will continue with the means available to us as a trade union,” Reuters quoted Juergen Kerner, a board member at IG Metall, Germany’s largest union, as telling Sueddeutsche Zeitung. “In this context, we do not rule out industrial action, or strikes, as a last resort.”After the job cuts were announced, numerous employees also protested at Siemens’ Berlin factory and have pledged to fight the firm’s decision. “We are Siemens and we aren’t going anywhere,” the protesting employees said, according to AFP. The protest was also called by IG Metall and a union member said that the employees will protest the decision until Siemens comes up with a fair step.”I can tell you that the mood in the meetings is very combative, he added. Siemens workers protest in Berlin, GermanyReutersSiemens had announced the layoffs on November 16, explaining that “the power generation industry is experiencing disruption of unprecedented scope and speed.” The brand’s management board member Lisa Davis had noted that the company was facing huge pressure.Janina Kugel, Siemens’ chief human resources officer, had also explained the decision in similar terms and called the step “necessary.” However, Kerner had lashed out at Siemens for such a move and said: “Job cuts of this magnitude are totally unacceptable given the company is in an outstanding overall position.”German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries also noted that Siemens’ employees are now concerned about their future and that the firm must work with them and the trade union to find a fair solution. German firm Siemens set to cut 6,900 jobs globallyReutersNow, Siemens has said that it is ready to discuss the layoffs with German workers’ representatives and said that the firm hopes that the issue could be sorted through dialogue instead of protests. “I hope that the unions will find a way to go from protest to dialogue and that we can reach a balance of interests,” Kugal told the Tagesspiegel newspaper.last_img read more

United Methodist court upholds Traditional Plans ban on LGBTQ clergy same sex

first_img Buttigieg walks fine line in courting religious left August 29, 2019 By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! New name, broader mission: Oldest church magazine goes after general readership Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,CHICAGO (RNS) — The United Methodist Church’s top court has upheld much of the Traditional Plan approved earlier this year, continuing the global denomination’s ban on the ordination and marriage of its LGBTQ members.Approved by delegates to a special session of the United Methodist Church’s General Conference in February, the Traditional Plan strengthens language in the denomination’s Book of Discipline that bars LGBTQ clergy and forbids same-sex marriage.That rulebook currently states that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching” and that “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” cannot be ordained as ministers, appointed to serve or be married in the church.RELATED: Why United Methodists are watching the results of a denominational court meetingThe Traditional Plan, as upheld by a Judicial Council decision announced Friday (April 26), defines a “self-avowed practicing homosexual” as a person who is “living in a same-sex marriage, domestic partnership or civil union or is a person who publicly states she or he is a practicing homosexual.”The plan also bars bishops from consecrating, ordaining or commissioning “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” even if they have been elected or approved by the appropriate church body. It prohibits those church bodies from approving or recommending them as candidates, as well.And it strengthens current complaint procedures and penalties in the Book of Discipline. A clergy member who performs a same-sex wedding will face a minimum one-year suspension without pay for the first offense and a loss of credentials for the second.The new rules will take effect in January 2020.The Judicial Council reviewed the Traditional Plan during its spring meeting, which ran Tuesday (April 23) to Friday in Evanston, Ill.The court ruled seven of the 17 petitions that made up the Traditional Plan — including four amended during the special session — were unconstitutional and will not be added with the others to the Book of Discipline.In a statement thanking the Judicial Council for its review, Bishop Ken Carter, the president of the denomination’s Council of Bishops, noted additional questions about those rules may arise before the end of the year.Meanwhile, Carter said, “The Judicial Council’s decisions are clear and sound, and they give helpful guidance to the Church.”This is the third time the Judicial Council has ruled on the constitutionality of the petitions that made up the Traditional Plan.Delegates to the special session had passed a motion made by the Rev. Timothy Bruster requesting a “declaratory decision” by the court on the “constitutionality, meaning, application and effect” of the Traditional Plan.Bruster is a delegate from the Central Texas Conference and the first clergy alternate for Judicial Council, though he recused himself from the spring meeting.In a brief to the court, Bruster argued that the plan should be considered as a whole, pointing to a previous case where the Judicial Council rejected an entire plan to reorganize the UMC because parts of the plan were unconstitutional.But the Judicial Council ruled on each petition in the Traditional Plan separately and largely upheld its earlier decisions, ruling only on the constitutionality of the petitions.“The petitions held unconstitutional have no effect on the petitions declared constitutional. The constitutional petitions are not dependent on the unconstitutional petitions and can survive without the unconstitutional petitions,” it said in its decision.The Judicial Council did limit implementation of the entire Traditional Plan.A petition that would have allowed the denomination’s Board of Ministry to investigate whether or not a candidate for ordination is “a practicing homosexual,” including a review of a candidate’s social media posts, was ruled unconstitutional.So was a petition that would have required candidates to certify to a bishop their willingness to comply with the Book of Discipline in its entirety, “including but not limited to” all ordination requirements. The court ruled that such an “open-ended and unconstitutionally vague certification requirement” violated the principle of legality, which ensures “all individuals and entities are equally bound by Church law.”In a separate ruling Friday, the Judicial Council upheld an “exit plan” that allows churches to leave the denomination with their property over decisions made at the special session.February’s special session was called after the last quadrennial General Conference meeting in 2016 to consider several plans to move the United Methodist Church forward despite its divisions.But the plan approved by the General Conference and the rulings Friday by the Judicial Council are unlikely to end debates over the inclusion of LGBTQ United Methodists in the denomination, which date back to the 1970s, when language about sexuality was added to the Book of Discipline.Some opponents of the Traditional Plan already had indicated they don’t plan to follow the new rules, and United Methodists on all sides have said they are open to the possibility of launching a new Methodist movement.In response to the court’s decision, Reconciling Ministries Network, a movement advocating for the full inclusion of LGBTQ United Methodists in the church, released a statement that read in part: “The outcome is not surprising and does not change our plan to continue to resist the decisions of GC2019; continue to live into Biblical Obedience; show up at General Conference 2020; and remain open to new possibilities for our Church.”Meanwhile, supporters of the Traditional Plan were pleased by the decision.Mark Tooley, president of the conservative IRD, said in an email to Religion News Service that it “confirms that United Methodism will continue to globalize and move in a more traditionalist and orthodox direction.”“This ruling should also alert adamant dissenters that the church’s teaching on marriage will not change and that the time has come for creating new more liberal denominations that will accommodate their views. Traditionalists are willing to assist in this process on generous terms,” Tooley said.All across Africa, members of the UMC Africa Initiative, an unofficial advocacy group, had been praying for the court, said Jerry Kulah, a delegate from the Liberia Conference and general coordinator of the UMC Africa Initiative. United Methodists in Africa generally are viewed as more conservative than those in North America.“Confident in the power of prayer and believing that God has answered our prayer by the decisions of the Judicial Council today. We give God all the glory,” Kulah said.The General Conference will meet again next year in Minneapolis.In her concurrence, Judicial Council member Beth Capen noted, “Presumably these matters will end up before the Council again in one form or another.“Hopefully, General Conference will be proactive in reconciling these problems.”(This is a breaking news story and has been updated.) 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Nanobiocomputing lipid nanotablet

first_imgSingle-nanoparticle logic computation on LNTs. (A) Schematics of the LNT platform. Two types of DNA-modified nanoparticles, immobile receptor (R) and mobile floater (F), are tethered to an SLB and monitored by DFM. (B) R–F pairs as nanoparticle Boolean logic gates. Each logic gate takes DNA as inputs and yields either an assembly or a disassembly between the two particles as an output. Bidirectional arrows denote R–F interactions. Surface DNA ligands are not depicted. (C) Single-nanoparticle YES gates. Functional domains are represented by color and subscripted numbers with arrowheads indicating their 3′ ends. Asterisks denote complementarity. Glowing circles behind R–F dimers illustrate plasmonic coupling. (D) Image analysis. A single-particle tracking algorithm first identifies receptor signals from a raw image sequence. Afterward, the detected signals are sampled and used to generate a new dark-field movie that visualizes only receptor signals. (E) Kinetics analysis. Receptor-only snapshots (top) and a kinetics plot (bottom) of the Assembly YES gate are provided for each input condition. A kinetics plot is obtained by cumulatively counting the number of state-switching receptors over time. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau2124 The receptor-only visualization of a dark-field movie. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau2124. Scientists can expand on the demonstrated scope of lipid bilayer-based nanoparticle computation to advance the existing molecular computing technologies to operate nanoparticle circuits. They can also integrate lipid bilayers with DNA nanostructures to open the development of new molecular circuits by expanding on dynamic inter-origami interactions for more complex and practical molecular computations. Current limits of the experimental setup prevent the construction of arbitrarily large circuits. These can be overcome to generate broader design space for circuit buildup with new modes of communication, dynamic reconfiguration and DNA walkers. Seo et al. envision that the molecular computing network can be analogously built in a similar approach to silicon-based computers that have improved through the years. The scientists can advance the experimental setup by increasing the nanoparticle density, to increase the computing capacity and expand parallelism, so that each nanoparticle may independently perform its own computation. For practical applications, the lipid nanotablet will play a pivotal role in building dynamic, autonomous nanosystems in molecular diagnostics and smart sensors; to sense multiple stimuli and trigger the appropriate response. If such nanocircuits are introduced into living cell membranes, scientists can create novel bioengineered nano-bio interfaces as biologic-inorganic hybrid systems. The particles can also be used separately to study membrane-associated phenomena in living cells. In this way, by facilitating communication between nanosystems and cellular systems, the scientists will be able to activate new pathways to navigate complex and dynamic theranostic applications. © 2019 Science X Network Explore further On a lipid nanotablet in solution, Seo et al. established that a single nanoparticle logic gate senses molecules as inputs and triggered particle assembly or disassembly as an output. They demonstrated Boolean logic operations alongside fan-in/fan-out of logic gates and a combinational logic circuit as a multiplexer in the study. The scientists envision the novel approach would be able to modulate nanoparticle circuits on lipid bilayers to engineer new paradigms and gateways in molecular computing, nanoparticle circuits and system nanoscience, in the future.Matter can be merged with computation across many length scales, ranging from micro-sized droplets in microfluidic bubble logic and micro-particles to biomolecules and molecular machines. Implementing computation in nanoparticles remains unexplored, despite a wide range of applications that could benefit from the ability to algorithmically control the useful photonic, electrical, magnetic, catalytic and material properties of nanoparticles. These properties are currently inaccessible via molecular systems. Ideally, systems of nanoparticles equipped with computing capabilities can form nanoparticle circuits to autonomously perform complex tasks in response to external stimuli to combine the flow of matter and information at the nanoscale. An existing approach to use nanoparticles as substrates for computation is to functionalize the particles with stimuli-responsive ligands. A group of such modified nanoparticles will then perform elementary logic operations that respond to a variety of chemical and physical inputs. Scientists aim to use an individual nanoparticle as modular nano-parts and implement a desired computation in a plug-and-play manner. However, there are difficulties in wiring integrated multiple logic gates in the solution phase since it is challenging to control the diffusion of inputs, logic gates and output in 3D space. To solve this challenge, scientists were inspired by the cell membrane; a biological equivalent of a circuit board that can host a variety of receptor proteins as computational units. In nature, compartmentalized proteins interact with receptors as a network to conduct complex functions. The membranes can also allow parallel computing processes to occur and therefore materials scientists were inspired to rewire the biological phenomenon. To construct lipid nanotablets in the experimental setup, the scientists used three key components – small unilamellar vesicles (SUVs), glass flow chambers and DNA-functionalized plasmonic nanoparticles. The DNA modified nanoparticles adhered to the lipid bilayer to form logic gates and circuits that processed molecular information. The scientists classified the functionalized nanoparticles into immobile receptors (reporters for computation) or mobile floaters (information carriers of computation). In this context, floaters were “wires” that carried information of upstream gates into downstream gates through robust lateral diffusion. They characterized the nanoparticles to validate their material properties prior to constructing the experimental circuits. Researchers use disordered matter for computation, evolving breakthrough nanoparticle Boolean logic network Seo et al. used dark field microscopy (DFM) imaging to measure the performance of the nanoparticle logic gates in response to molecular inputs in solution. When dark-field image sequences were obtained from the logic operations, the scientist processed and quantified them using a custom-built image analysis pipeline. Altogether, the scientists engineered nanoparticle Boolean logic gates and single-nanoparticle YES gates assembly and disassembly operations in real-time. Single-nanoparticle YES gates formed the simplest examples in the study. To detect the scattering signals of a nanoparticle logic gate, the scientists relied on plasmonic coupling between two core particles that composed the gate. To form the nanoparticles, Seo et al. synthesized gold nanorods with silver shells, gold nanospheres and silver nanospheres on gold seeds referred to as red, green and blue nanoparticles to exhibit red, green and blue scattering signals in the study. The scientists represented the behavior of logic-gated nanoparticles in a simple, nanoparticle reaction graph to show an assembly reaction from a floater to a receptor and a disassembly reaction, providing an intuitive view on each nanoparticle logic gate behavior. The scientists used a sufficiently high density of nanoparticles and incorporated single-particle tracking algorithms to profile the scattering signals and visualize the receptor signals alone in a dark background. To qualitatively understand the overall computing performance of a single nanoparticle logic gate, they used the “receptor-only” view. The results showed that the population of nanoparticle logic gates switched into the ON state in response to performing a YES logic operation. The scientists deduced that a population of nanoparticle logic gates produced high output counts only when the molecular input met TRUE conditions.To demonstrate two-input, single-nanoparticle logic gates, Seo et al. similarly developed: Assembly AND, Assembly OR, Disassembly AND, and Disassembly OR gates via “interface programming”. The scientists showed that the design principles for interface programming were straightforward and could be generalized among circuits. They expanded the interface programming to enable nanoparticle logic gates to process INHIBIT logic. The scientists then increased the complexity of reactions at the receptor-floater interface but noticed incomplete reactions or spurious interactions occuring in the system. Such anomalous interactions indicated that they could not rely on programming particle interfaces as before to construct complex circuits. Instead, they introduced a conceptually distinct approach termed nanoparticle “network programming” to allow two single-particle logic gates to be combined with AND or, OR logic. In the resulting network programming of wired nanoparticle logic gates, the scientists showed the strategy could be implemented to build complex multilayer cascades readily without extensive optimization. Seo et al. successfully implemented the nanoparticle multiplexer to show the ability to design and operate nanoparticle circuits on LNTs in a highly modular and controlled manner. Journal information: Nature Nanotechnology , Science Advancescenter_img , Nature Chemistry Nanoparticles can be used as substrates for computation, with algorithmic and autonomous control of their unique properties. However, scalable architecture to form nanoparticle-based computing systems is lacking at present. In a recent study published in Science Advances, Jinyoung Seo and co-workers in the Department of Chemistry at Seoul National University in South Korea, reported on a nanoparticle platform built in with logic gates and circuits at the level of the single particle. They implemented the platform on a supporting lipid bilayer. Inspired by cellular membranes in biology that compartmentalize and control signaling networks, the scientists called the platform “lipid nanotablet” (LNT). To conduct nano-bio-computing, they used a lipid bilayer as a chemical circuit board and the nanoparticles as units of computation. More information: Jinyoung Seo et al. Nano-bio-computing lipid nanotablet, Science Advances (2019). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau2124 Maxim P. Nikitin et al. Biocomputing based on particle disassembly, Nature Nanotechnology (2014). DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2014.156 Mikhail Motornov et al. “Chemical Transformers” from Nanoparticle Ensembles Operated with Logic, Nano Letters (2008). DOI: 10.1021/nl802059m Katarzyna P. Adamala et al. Engineering genetic circuit interactions within and between synthetic minimal cells, Nature Chemistry (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2644 Time-lapse dark-field imaging of a nanoparticle Assembly YES gate. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau2124. Bioinspired by cellular membranes, in the present study, Seo et al. demonstrated a lipid bilayer-based nanoparticle computing platform. As a proof-of-principle, they used light-scattering plasmonic nanoparticles to build circuit components, DNA as surface ligands and molecular inputs alongside biotin-streptavidin interactions to tether the nanoparticles to the lipid bilayer. After fixing the nanoparticles to a supported lipid bilayer (SLB), they provided several key features in the experiments; They compartmentalized the nanoparticles from a solution containing molecular inputs.Particle-to-particle interactions were confined so they would occur only through lateral diffusion at the fluidic 2D reaction space,They tracked the laterally confined nanoparticles and analyzed them in situ with single-particle resolution since a large number of light-scattering nanoparticles were shown to be confined in the focal plane using dark-field microscopy (DFM).The scientists implemented nano-bio computation at the interface of nanostructures and biomolecules, where the molecular information in solution (input) was translated into a dynamic assembly/disassembly of nanoparticles on a lipid bilayer (output). As a key component of an LNT, Seo et al. engineered a flow chamber with a lipid bilayer coated at the bottom of the substrate. Design principles for nanoparticle logic gates. (A) Graphical summary of the generalizable concept. Illustration of effector-mediated nanoparticle Assembly/Disassembly YES gates (left) and truth table for the concept (right) are provided. Selective effector-ligand pair and effector-chelator pair are required for construction of Assembly/Disassembly logic gates. To build a logic gate using two nanoparticles, “bonding” interactions in the receptor–floater interface need to be programmed in such a way that the bonds are formed (via assembly) or cleaved (via disassembly) only if two molecular inputs satisfy AND or OR logic. (B) Two-input Assembly AND gate. (C) Two-input Assembly OR gate. Assembly reactions are controlled by AND logic when the bond-forming interaction require the serial activation by the two inputs and by OR logic when the bond-forming interaction is controlled in parallel. (D) Two-input Disassembly AND gate. (E) Two-input Disassembly OR gate. Similarly, Disassembly reactions are modulated by AND logic via parallel disconnection and by OR logic via serial disconnection. (F) Table summary. These illustrations describe the generalized concept of the interface programming. In this study, we used sequence recognition and strand displacement of DNA as the mechanisms to implement the logic. Specifically, we used single-stranded DNA molecules as effectors, thiolated oligonucleotides as ligands, and a strand displacement as chelation mechanism. We foresee that this design rules can be potentially applied to other ligand systems and core nanostructures. Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau2124. , Nano Letters Citation: Nano-bio-computing lipid nanotablet (2019, March 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-nano-bio-computing-lipid-nanotablet.html Wiring of nanoparticle logic gates via network programming. (A) Wiring with AND logic. Two logic gates (Disassembly AND gate and Assembly YES gate) are designed to operate in series for AND wiring. The floater F1, which is bound to the first receptor R1 in its initial state, acts as a Disassembly AND logic gate and subsequently as an Assembly YES gate with the second receptor R2. The generation of R2–F1 dimers is an output of the (X1 AND X2) AND X3 circuit. (B) Wiring with OR logic. Two logic gates (Disassembly AND gate and Disassembly YES gate) are designed to operate in parallel for OR wiring. The two gates both release G-NFs as outputs. The generation of the G-NFs is an output of the (X3 AND X4) OR X5 circuit. Circuit diagrams (top), single-particle dark-field analysis (middle), and kinetics analysis of circuits (lower left) and intermediate reactions (lower right). Credit: Science Advances, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aau2124 This document is subject to copyright. 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GJM turns tail on BJP to support TMC in Dooars

first_imgDarjeeling: In a major setback for the BJP, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Thursday announced its decision to forge an alliance with the Trinamool Congress in the forthcoming Panchayat elections, in Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts. This comes on the heels of Kamtapur Progressive Party (KPP) also throwing its weight behind the TMC in Dooars for the rural polls.The day saw a core committee and working committee meeting of GJM at Bagrakote in Jalpaiguri, from where this new political equation has emerged. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”We have decided to forge an alliance with the TMC in the two districts of Dooars for the rural polls. We will support TMC candidates in some Panchayats and in our strongholds, we will field independent candidates. A four-member GJM team will be visiting Dooars soon, to negotiate with TMC on seat sharing,” stated Suraj Sharma, GJM Spokesperson.GJM top brass, including president Binay Tamang, was present in the meeting. When questioned on why the GJM decided to leave the BJP fold, Sharma stated: “BJP has let down the Gorkhas. There are numerous instances of this. They have never been serious about the Gorkhas and have just used us for securing seats during elections.”He further stated that while the BJP-led Union government had called for a report within 3 hours of the recent Ranigunj strife, it remained a mere spectator during the 2017 unrest in Darjeeling and the 104-day-long bandh.”Whereas Mamata Banerjee has helped restore peace and normalcy in the Hills. We want Dooars to benefit also,” added Sharma.The GJM has strongholds in several areas of Dooars.last_img read more

Agents can now book Club Med through SIREV

first_img TORONTO — Club Med has joined the SIREV booking platform to help travel agents achieve their targets and meet customer demands.Effective immediately, all travel advisors will have the opportunity to inquire on and book trips, with flights included, to 26 Club Med resorts using the web-based resource. This includes not only locations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Florida, but also resorts in the French, Italian and Swiss Alps.“We are very pleased to be joining the SIREV solution, which is easy to access and available at all times for travel professionals,” said Jacinda Lowry, National Sales Director at Club Med. “In a constantly evolving travel industry, it was important for us to adapt to the day-to-day lives of our partners who mostly use this tool.”Used by thousands of travel advisors, SIREV’s shopping and booking system allows them to quickly access information about Club Med offers. In branch, on the phone or on the road, the information is accessible at all times.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problemAdditionally, SIREV offers a personalized service to customers, which Club Med says is an asset. With the filter system, agents can offer the most relevant product for the client’s request.For more information email Canada.Sirev@clubmed.com or call (514) 227-3969 or 1-800-895-6429. Posted by Agents can now book Club Med through SIREV << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img Tags: Club Med Share Tuesday, February 26, 2019 last_img read more

Child pornography arrest

first_imgA 52-year-old man from Limassol was arrested on Friday afternoon in connection with child pornography.The man was arrested after Europol alerted Cypriot authorities that the user of a social media account had sent another person a child pornography video.Police seized a mobile phone located in his home on which illegal material was allegedly found.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more