Sri Lankan delegation holds talks in Tamil Nadu on refugee issue

The program brought together a team from Sri Lanka representing the Registrar General’s Office and Department of Immigration and Emigration headed by Controller General, M.N. Ranasinghe and Additional Secretary (Bilateral Affairs), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sumith Nakandala. The High Commissioner held a meeting with the officials from Sri Lanka and from the Sri Lankan Mission in Chennai and discussed the need to examine complicated cases with regard to providing birth certificates and citizenship certificates to Sri Lankan refugees on Indian soil. He also discussed the issues pertaining to the voluntary repatriation process of the Sri Lankan refugees. He met with functionaries working with refugees, the Consular Division of the Chennai Mission and officials from Sri Lanka. The High Commissioner addressed the gathering of Sri Lankan refugees, stating that he understood their problems and that the Government of Sri Lanka is committed in bringing a solution to the issues they faced.The three day program began with a visit to the Maha Bodhi in Chennai and a call on OfERR, a leading organization working with refugees.   A Sri Lankan delegation had talks with officials in Tamil Nadu on the refugee issue.Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to India Austin Fernando was on a working visit to Southern India to participate in the Special Consular service program at the Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission in Chennai from 07-10 February 2019, the Foreign Ministry said today. High Commissioner Austin Fernando also paid courtesy calls on Banwarilal Purohit, Governor of Tamil Nadu at Raj Bhavan Chennai and Dr. (TMT) Girija Vaidhyanathan IAS, Chief Secretary to the Government of Tamil Nadu at Tamil Nadu Secretariat on 09th February 2019 and held cordial discussions.  He conveyed Sri Lanka’s interest in developing closer bilateral cooperation in regard to the voluntary repatriation of Sri Lankan nationals.A debriefing session was held on 10th February 2019 where the Controller General, Mr. M.N. Ranasinghe and Sumith Nakandala explained the preparation for the return of refugees and follow up action.For the courtesy calls, the High Commissioner was accompanied by Sri Lanka’s Deputy High Commissioner to Southern India, V. Krishnamoorthy, Additional Secretary Sumith Nakandala, Controller General M.N. Ranasinghe and Ms. Achini Perera, Counsellor of Sri Lanka High Commission, Delhi. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Remembering Modular Mining pioneer Dr James White

first_imgDr James White, Modular Mining Systems Co-Founder, Chairman Emeritus, and pioneer in fleet management, sadly passed away on January 8, 2017, in Tucson, Arizona.Dr White co-founded Modular Mining Systems in 1979, with the groundbreaking DISPATCH Fleet Management system, forever changing the way mines operate in real time. Under his guidance, Modular has grown from three employees to over 700, with offices in 10 countries and deployments at over 250 sites, worldwide. After a long and successful tenure at Modular, Dr White retired in June of last year. His innovative vision has been a key element in Modular’s success and a driving force that will continue to move the company forward.In 2012, Dr White received the Komatsu Presidential Award, recognising his vision, leadership, and intrinsic understanding of the needs of the mining industry. He was inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in 2015.last_img read more

Renovalia Ciudad Real won Spanish Super Cup

ASOBALRenovalia Ciudad RealSpanish Super Cup ← Previous Story AG Copenhagen opened season with a win over champion! Next Story → Celje Pivovarna Lasko won Slovenian Super Cup 2010 Current Spanish champion, Renovalia Ciudad Real opened a new season with a new trophy. In the final of Super Cup, team of Talant Dujshebaev took third title in this competition aftet win over F.C Barcelona 29:28 (11:14), expecially after quality perfomance in second half time.Ciudad Real – F.C Barcelona 29:28 (11:14)Renovalia Ciudad Real: Jonas Kallman (2), Isaías Guardiola (4), Julen Aguinagalde (6), Luc Abalo (5), Chema Rodríguez (1), Alberto Entrerríos (2), Joan Cañellas (1p), Marius Jurkiewicz (1), Viran Morros (2), Kiril Lazarov (5).FC Barcelona-Borges: Juanín García (1), Raúl Entrerríos (4), Cedric Sorhaindo (2), Albert Rocas (1), Konstantin Igropulo (1),Jesper Noddesbo (2), Víctor Tomás (1), Dani Sarmiento (3), Lazslo Nagy (4), Siarhei Rutenka (9).ASOBAL League beggining next weekend. read more

Stephen Rea Ireland not doing enough to tackle male suicide rates

first_imgACTOR STEPHEN REA has warned Irish society that it is not doing enough to reduce its soaring rate of male suicides and he called on the government to address the crisis.Speaking to at the launch of Pieta House’s annual ‘Darkness into Light’ charity walk at the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin, the actor referred to the latest suicide figures which show that for every ten deaths by suicide in Ireland, eight of them are men.“We aren’t addressing that,” he commented. “This has to happen at the highest level,” he said and suggested that the government had a role to play. He added:I have young sons. You worry desperately about young men who seem to lose connection. I think it is much easier to lose connection in our society – we are in a kind of freefall.He suggested there was “huge pressure to be men” as well as “pressure to succeed” and “financial pressures”. “We just have to watch out for the signs of suicide,” he said.“When people were poorer they seem to have had less pressures. They were more together as a community. If people know how to express a need for help they can seek it but even older men – they don’t know how to reach out,” he said.Rea explained why he was there in solidarity with Pieta House. “If you can help in saving one life or help these amazing people to do the great work they are doing – how could you refuse?” He was joined at the launch by rugby star Brian O’Driscoll.Joan Freeman, founder and CEO of Pieta House, told that the former Irish rugby captain “won’t speak on behalf of any organisation dealing with suicide because he has experienced it at close hand and would find that far too difficult” – a reference to the death by suicide of his best friend in 2008.Referring to Pieta House’s most recent campaign, ‘Mind Our Men’, Freeman, a psychologist who set Pieta House up in 2006, described Ireland’s suicide rate as “appalling”.“We need to mind our men in this country because they are dying. If we can address the male suicide rate, we are tackling the overall figure of suicide,” she said.She underlined the importance of friends, family and colleagues as the “eyes and ears” between the people in distress and organisations like Pieta House.“We have got to encourage people to know the signs. provides information on the symptoms of suicide and the tipping points that cause men to take their lives,” she said.Pieta House is a professional therapeutic service which is free of charge.The ‘Darkness into Light’ walk takes place on 11 May 2013 at twenty venues around the country. The main walk begins at 4.30am in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.Read more at>Support for all affected by depression at>Other helplines include:Samaritans 1850 60 90 900 or email jo@samaritans.orgTeen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634Console 1800 201 890Aware 1890 303 302Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email mary@pieta.ieChildline 1800 66 66 66last_img read more

Tumbleweeds along Lonsdale Street

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram What was once the Greek Mecca in Melbourne, Lonsdale Street has lost a lot of its defining character. Walking along the street, with the cultural centre covered up, QV closing in and the plethora of miscellaneous non-Greek small businesses, it’s easy to forget the street is still technically the Greek Precinct. High rents and a lack of Greek foot traffic has pushed many businesses elsewhere and the precinct has suffered. Only seven Greek shops keep vigil on the strip.The council has admitted in a recent review of the precincts program that the Greek Precinct has been an issue. Big disparities between the Greek precinct and the popularity of other precincts has forced the Council to review Lonsdale Street’s relevance and it wants to shift funding to “more deserving” precincts. Currently, the council has given upwards of $650,000 to all precincts for the 2012-13 financial year, and has suggested precincts that have less that the minimum 25 members should be given a much smaller share of funding. The Lonsdale Street Greek Precinct Association just meets the minimum numbers and has been given $23,000 of funding for the past two years by the council. In the report, council management revealed “Greeks want big things, plaza, pillars etc. Council isn’t in a position to deliver those, so they have got a few things in the scale of Council’s possibilities”. The council feels that throwing money at the failing precinct won’t solve any problems, and in fact admits there is a lack of transparency with where funding has gone. “Money invested in a place that is disappearing (Greek Precinct); the money should come from the community.“What have they done with the funding?”Ignatios Karasavvidis, President of the Lonsdale Street Greek Precinct Association and owner of Medallion and Dion restaurants, told Neos Kosmos some money was spent on advertising in travel magazines, but declined to reveal where the remainder has gone. Councillors also admitted they could remove “districts which are arbitrary” and are happy to see precincts fade away to make room for other precincts. Already Melbourne has seen a resurgence of small Greek ‘precincts’ pop up in the suburbs. Away from the city, Oakleigh has become the biggest new Greek hub and has the foot traffic to support it. With new shops opening what seems like weekly, Oakleigh definitely has the new charm that Lonsdale Street lacks. But, its distance is a negative aspect. Lonsdale Street still has the tourist market that none of the suburban Greek hubs have been able to acquire. President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria, Bill Papastergiadis thinks with the huge number of Greeks in Melbourne, there is more than enough room for multiple precincts and there isn’t an excuse for a lack business presence in Lonsdale Street. “I think with 300,000 Greeks here, Melbourne can more than comfortably cater to two, three, four or five precincts,” he tells Neos Kosmos. “At the end of the day, this is the CBD, it’s the centre of Melbourne. This is where the tourists are, this is where all the captains of industry are and it’s important that we have a presence here.”What has been left out of the review completely is the impact the new 15-storey Greek Cultural Centre will have on the precinct. More than 15 businesses are tipped to call the centre home, and will bring new life to the strip.“You’re going to see a massive acceleration and increase in the number of businesses of Hellenic background in the precinct within 12 months,’ Mr Papastergiadis believes. Nicole Kostandakopoulos, manager of Stalactites Restaurant on Lonsdale Street, is happy to see the cultural centre contribute to the strip.“What GOCMV is doing is really positive for the street and for Greek cultural identity,” she tells Neos Kosmos. “It will definitely assist in bringing people back to the city.”For the embattled precinct, the lone shop fronts have remained the same for almost 30 years. Stalactites has stood the test of time by not being afraid to keep up with trends and embrace new customers.When Neos Kosmos put it to Mr Krassavvidis that the failure of Lonsdale Street has been the unwillingness for shops to keep up with change, he strongly denied it.“It’s wrong for people to accuse the shop keepers on Lonsdale Street that it’s their fault,” he says.“If there is no interest, one day we’re going to go – what’s going to happen there? Everyone will come back to us and say it’s our fault that Lonsdale Street is gone. No, it’s not our fault, it’s the community’s fault.”Stalactites’ Nicole Kostandakopoulos doesn’t see the logic.“Keep offering the same and your market will be the same,” she says.“You always constantly need to refresh and renew and make sure your business is always modern and keeping up to date with what’s going on in the world, fashion and trends.”Neos Kosmos understands that the Lonsdale Street Greek Precinct Association won’t be changing their strategy, but are willing to take suggestions. “Everybody’s welcome to advise us if they have new ideas which we haven’t thought of, everybody is welcome. We’d love to hear from every Greek that’s here,” says Mr Krassavvidis.Despite the lack of change by the association, GOCMV has been proactive in hearing from the public on the issue. Mr Papastergiadis reveals the Community has set up a committee to work with the traders and the owners of the buildings on Lonsdale street to discuss re-energising the strip.“We aim to have our first meeting within the next four weeks to form a unified voice to gain some traction within the general Greek population and start lobbying the council that they properly represent and reflect what is going on in the street,” he tells Neos Kosmos. For all the heritage and history associated with the precinct, it desperately needs a lifeline.last_img read more

Settling rivalry on the pitch

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A bit of rivalry is healthy, especially if it’s between friends. For the National Union of Greek Australian Students, their university rivalry is about to get a little bit more heated, as students get the chance to play in an indoor soccer tournament.The inaugural NUGAS Cup will encompass all nine Victorian university Greek clubs, with each university told to set up a team and prepare for the October tournament.The idea was born years ago, and finally is coming to life.Victorian NUGAS president Tass Sgardelis is very excited to be hosting the event and bringing the clubs together through sport. “It’s been in the pipeline for a while, and now is the right time, we finally found an appropriate venue for it,” he tells Neos Kosmos.“We thought we’d make it a bit more professional this year and take it to the next level at the Sports and Aquatic centre with trophies.”It’ll be a change of pace for the group, which is known for its booze cruises and BBQs. The cup will be a chance for all university Greek clubs to better collaborate and mingle while keeping fit.It’s also a chance to create a bit of healthy rivalry between the university clubs. “People get really into it, it’s good healthy competition,” Mr Sgardelis says.There are ground rules to make sure no one is left out. Mr Sgardelis says each team must look to sign two females to their team. “We’ve made it mandatory that there is a minimum of two females to a team out on the field at all times, that way we found that it’s far more inclusive,” he says. Some of the larger universities like Monash and Melbourne University will have more than one team to field, making the total teams competing in the cup 16. The initiative is something NUGAS wants to bring back for future years, and will use the inaugural cup in October to see if it will be viable. “We are looking at extending it too, to make it more of a summer thing and include different sports,” Mr Sgardelis says. The event will hopefully pay homage to the already existing indoor soccer tournaments between universities around Australia, but add a uniquely Greek flavour. NUGAS will be calling for friends, family and all football lovers to come to the matches and try and recreate the atmosphere at a Greek Super League match – maybe sans the flares.“Spectators are welcome with a gold coin donation, and all profits from the event will go to a nominated charity,” Mr Sgardelis says. The NUGAS Cup is open to all Greek Australian students and members of ACUGA, DUGS, LUGS, MHSS, MUnGA, PAM, RUSH, SUGA, VUGS Greek university clubs. It will be a very busy couple of weeks for Greek Australian students, with NUGAS Victoria hosting their annual ball on September 28 and a special VIP party night with Nikos Ganos.The NUGAS Cup will be on October 4, starting from 12.30 pm at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. For those interested in joining a team, contact your affiliated university Greek club or visit read more

ExEvergreen teacher gets 6 months in upskirt case

first_imgFormer Evergreen High School teacher Matthew Morasch was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail for trying to take “upskirt” images of a girl in his class and another woman at a local Goodwill store.Morasch, 42, was convicted last month by a Clark County Superior Court jury of one count of voyeurism, a felony, and two counts of attempted voyeurism, gross misdemeanors.He was a freshman physics teacher at the school and was in his 10th year with the district when the crimes occurred. The district placed him on leave when the allegations surfaced, but he later resigned.His former student — the only victim who was identified by police — testified at his trial that in addition to Morasch attempting to take video up her dress, she was also the subject of a separate photo taken in the spring of 2015. She was 14 at the time. Morasch additionally took an upskirt video of an unidentified woman in the Battle Ground Goodwill store in April 2015.During sentencing, his former student asked the judge to hand down the maximum sentence — 364 days in jail. She said that Morasch abused his authority and trust.last_img read more

State auditor gives Port of CW clean bill of health

first_imgIn two separate reports released Monday, the state Auditor’s Office said the Port of Camas-Washougal is keeping its financial house in order and that its “internal controls were adequate to safeguard public assets.”In its financial and accountability audit reports, the Auditor’s Office examined multiple areas of the port’s operations, including financial statements, procurement of public works projects and open public meeting minutes.The period of the financial audit was Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2012. The accountability audit was from Jan. 1, 2011, to Dec. 31, 2012.The Port of Camas-Washougal has been free of findings for six years, the Auditor’s Office said.last_img


Wires from Miami Gardens light pole spark fire leaving residents without power

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Live wires came down from a light pole in Miami Gardens, causing a small fire and leaving some nearby homes without power.The blaze broke out in the area of Northwest 186th Street and 46th Avenue, Saturday afternoon. Cellphone video captured the flames and live wires hanging on some grass near the pole.Florida Power and Light crews responded to the scene quickly. All power was fully restored by 3 p.m.Crews are investigating to determine whether inclement weather in the area was responsible for the blaze.Remember, if you see news happening and can do so safely, take a picture or shoot video and send it to: 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

After Layoffs Rodale to Continue Strategic Shift

first_imgRELATED: Rodale Lays Off 111After Rodale announced yesterday that it was laying off 111 employees and consolidating positions across the company, Emmaus, Pennsylvania-based publisher of Men’s Health said the cuts were necessary  “in order to shift resources toward its highest growth potential activities,” including its online, book and international businesses.CEO Steven Murphy said in a statement that Rodale “will continue to build great brands, launch new products, create smart, integrated sales programs and expand online and internationally. The decisions we are making will serve to align our resources to better support that strategy in 2009 and beyond.” A spokesperson declined to say how much money the cuts would save Rodale.In a memo to staffers, Murphy said the company realized in 2007 that it needed “to stay flexible and nimble” in order to survive a future economic collapse. “We knew the world of media was changing so fundamentally, and so quickly, that in addition to staying relevant to our customers, we had to manage our costs and be willing to make tough calls in order to fund our growth initiatives and protect against market downturns,” Murphy wrote. “This strategy has stood us well. In the face of the most difficult and turbulent market any of us have experienced, we have had a strong year.”Revenue Up Slightly Rodale is expected to release its third quarter financial report next week. Revenue through the first nine months is up 2.5 percent compared to the same period last year, a spokesperson said. In an e-mail to FOLIO:, the spokesperson pointed to last month’s book launch of Flat Belly Diet! and to Rodale’s 11 international magazine launches this year as examples of growth. That includes Rodale’s announcement last week of its plans to launch editions of Women’s Health in Argentina, Brazil, New Zealand and Turkey before the end of the year. In September, Rodale increased Best Life’s rate base from 500,000 to 550,000 and said it would launch editions in China and Russia. When asked, the spokesperson declined to comment on Rodale’s specific plans for international launches into 2009.Building Online, Struggling in PrintNext year, Rodale is looking to expand its partnership with and build out its individual magazine sites and premium content subscription services such as, the spokesperson said.Despite print growth overseas, Rodale, like so many other publishers, is facing difficulties with domestic revenue. Advertising pages across Rodale’s magazine brands were down 3.5 percent through the first nine months, according to Publisher’s Information Bureau figures. Losses were offset by gains from Women’s Health and Best Life (18.1 percent and 6.1 percent respectively). Men’s Health has watched ad pages fall 13.2 percent year-to-date.last_img read more


NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Associate Director (Talent Acquisition) at Charles River LabsFull-Time Animal Care Technician II at Charles River LabsFull-Time Assistant Project Manager at Trinity Building & Construction ManagementFull-Time Project Superintendent at Trinity Building & Construction ManagementFull-Time Packaging Technician (Food Manufacturing) at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Machine Operator (Forming) Manufacturing at Stuffed FoodsFull-Time Corporate Inventory Control Assistant at Heilind ElectronicsFull-Time Member On-Boarding Team Lead on Ametros Financial CorporationFull-Time Merchandiser Relief at Frito LayFull-Time Supplier Development Engineer at Ametek(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Assembly takes up high cost of Anchorage childcare

first_imgThe Anchorage Assembly chambers at the Z. J. Loussac Public Library in Anchorage. (Staff photo)The Anchorage Assembly doesn’t think the city has decent childcare options. On Friday, members convened a work session to hear about high costs and limited availability, a first step in learning about the issue as they prepare potential policy proposals.Listen nowAssembly members heard the message from daycare professionals that quality childcare in Anchorage is not currently financially feasible. Care for a single infant costs $10,100 on average, and households spend nearly double a share of their income on childcare as is recommended by federal guidelines, 13 percent in the city compared to to seven percent.Assembly chair Forrest Dunbar says the issue came on his radar during a short-lived proposal from him and member Suzanne LaFrance related to subsidizing daycare for elected members. In the process, constituents told him that even middle-class families with two working parents struggle to pay for childcare.“It’s more expensive than a mortgage, more expensive than healthcare in some cases,” Dunbar said after an assembly work session. “It’s their single largest expense.”Dunbar says the goal of upcoming meetings on the topic is to better understand municipal policies that can affect childcare costs and availability. That might include adjustments to zoning requirements or other code changes. He expects a potential ordinance could come during the summer.last_img read more

Fairweather gets reprieve in draft ferry schedule

first_imgThe M/V Fairweather steams through Chatham Strait in 2011. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld / CoastAlaska)Once headed for mothballs with its sister ship, the fast vehicle ferry MV Fairweather appears likely to return to service in Southeast Alaska next summer, according to a proposed schedule released Friday by the Alaska Marine Highway System.Listen nowThe Fairweather would make three runs a week between Juneau, Haines and Skagway, plus a weekly run to Sitka from May to September.“We’re just really glad to see it didn’t get mothballed and put out to pasture,” said Robert Venables, chair of the Alaska Marine Transportation Advisory Board. “It’s still in working condition. It was put up that way at the end of the season this year, and I’m glad to see that it’s available for use next year.”The future of the fast ferries, which are capable of making runs in half the time of the rest of the fleet, has been uncertain.The 14-year-old catamarans are expensive to run and can be difficult to maneuver in rough conditions. Cost-cutting by the ferry system has left the Fairweather’s sister ship Chenega tied up since 2015.State lawmakers have consistently cut funding to the state ferry system to the tune of about $35 million over the past five years.Venables said that’s led to inevitable maintenance problems and misery-inducing delays.“It’s increasingly more challenging for the department to meet the service needs the way the boats have been demanding more and more repair and servicing,” Venables said.  “It’s still a work in progress but we’re really glad to see them fill the gaps as much as they’ve been able to.”The schedule also doesn’t anticipate the new Alaska-class ferries to go into service before September. Originally ordered as day boats by the Parnell administration, those ferries are having crew quarters added to extend their service range.The proposed schedule isn’t final. The marine highway is asking for written feedback sent on or before Nov. 23 via email at or faxed to (907) 228-6873.last_img read more


2 held over rape charges from Gazipur

first_imgRapeTwo people have been arrested by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Gazipur for reportedly violating two teenage girls in Gazipur and Sirajganj districts, reports UNB.RAB members arrested the prime accused in a case filed over the ‘gang-rape’ of a girl from Baroboika of the city on Sunday afternoon.The arrestee Hridoy Hossain, 22, is son of Billal Hossain of the area.Commanding officer of RAB-1 Porabari camp Abdullah Al-Mamun said the teenage girl of Nagpara in the city was ‘gang-raped’ by a group of 4-5 people on 3 July. The criminals also took the video footage of the rape incident and sent it to her family members.Later, the victim’s family filed a written complaint with the RAB-1 on 13 July.Following the complaint, a RAB team conducted a drive at Baroboika and arrested Hridoy.RAB members arrested Momin Hossain Munna, 22, son of Amirul Islam of Joypura village in Shahjadpur upazila of the district on Sunday, from Konabari in Gazipur district on Sunday for ‘violating’ a mentally challenged girl in Sirajganj.Acting commanding officer of RAB-12 SM Morshed Hasan disclosed the arrest at a press briefing at his office in Hatikumrul on Monday.On 7 June, Munna violated the girl when she went to the bank of the Jamuna river for bringing goats.A case was filed in this connection.Meanwhile in Jhalakati, a case was filed over the rape attempt on a schoolgirl at Baroiara in Sadar upazila.Victim’s father filed the case against Rajmoni Khan, 30, son of Moslem Ali Khan, on 7 July. However, the matter came to the fore on Monday.On 3 July, Rajmoni went to the victim’s house and tried to violate her when all the family members were asleep.last_img read more


This 10YearOld Found Shelter In Austin Now Shes Helping Other Evacuees

first_imgGABRIEL CRISTÓVER PÉREZ / KUTZada Brown, 10, at the Delco Center shelter. She came with her family from Victoria after Harvey.Some evacuees from Hurricane Harvey are coming up on a week living away from home. That’s a long time to spend on a cot in an unfamiliar city, especially if you’re a kid. So what is there to do?At the Delco Center shelter in East Austin, one 10-year-old volunteered to help others.“When we first came, there was nothing. Then they gave us cots and blankets and pillows and toothbrushes and toothpaste,” says Zada Brown from Victoria, “I just wanted to volunteer because they helped me out and I just wanted to help them out.”On Tuesday, she says she spent time handing out care packages, bringing food to evacuees and helping with cleaning.  At the center on Wednesday, other children jumped rope, kicked soccer balls or drew pictures with shelter volunteers. Zada’s older brother, Noe Alvarez, sat with their other sibings and grandmother. Share GABRIEL CRISTÓVER PÉREZ / KUTPatricia Belcher speaks with her daughter as she lays with her grandchildren, Kamayiah Franklin, Zada Brown and Noe Alvarez at the Delco Center.“I just… keep to myself,” he said, looking at pictures a friend had posted from flood-devastated Houston.CREDIT GABRIEL CRISTÓVER PÉREZ / KUTNoe Alvarez watches videos recorded by friends showing flooding in Houston on his smartphone.“All the water got into her home, “ he said pointing to one, “this is her neighborhood.”Zada said she wasn’t didn’t know what her next week after the storm would be like. But she was sure of at least one thing.“I know that we’re going to be safe.”GABRIEL CRISTÓVER PÉREZ / KUTZada Brown and her sister Kamiyiah Franklin.last_img read more


Study suggests history of Rapa Nui on Easter Island far more complex

first_img For many years, Earth scientists and others have used Easter Island and its inhabitants, the Rapa Nui, as a lesson in what can happen when a parcel of land is overpopulated and thus overused—resources diminish and the people starve to death (or resort to cannibalism as some have suggested). But now, the researchers with this new effort suggest that thinking may be wrong.Scientists believe Polynesians first settled on Easter Island sometime around 1200 AD—over the course of the next several hundred years the settlers became the Rapa Nui, famous for the massive maoi statues that were erected. Over that time period, the people cut down most of the trees on the northern part of the island and a lot of the other vegetation. That led to the loss of nutrient rich topsoil due to erosion and the idea that the people began to starve to death.To better understand what actually occurred both before and after Europeans arrived in the 1700’s, the researchers used a technique known as obsidian hydration dating on artifacts found at various sites on the northern part of the island where the Rapa Nui lived. That allowed them to gain insights into how the land in that area had been used during different time periods. From that they were able to construct a timeline that showed where the people were living over the course of hundreds of years. And that, the researchers report, showed that rather than a population crash due to starvation, there were population shifts that reflected changing weather patterns. Some areas did see population losses before European contact, and some actually saw initial gains afterwards. The population did see a dramatic decline, of course, sometime thereafter as the Rapa Nui people became exposed to European diseases such as smallpox and syphilis and as many were taken and sold into slavery. This means, the team concludes, that there is little evidence of population collapse prior to European contact. (—A team of researchers with members from the U.S., Chile and New Zealand has uncovered evidence that contradicts the conventional view of the demographic collapse of the Rapa Nui people living on Easter Island, both before and after European contact. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes how they conducted obsidian hydration dating of artifacts from the island to trace the history of human activity in the area and what they found in doing so. More information: Variation in Rapa Nui (Easter Island) land use indicates production and population peaks prior to European contact, Christopher M. Stevenson, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1420712112AbstractMany researchers believe that prehistoric Rapa Nui society collapsed because of centuries of unchecked population growth within a fragile environment. Recently, the notion of societal collapse has been questioned with the suggestion that extreme societal and demographic change occurred only after European contact in AD 1722. Establishing the veracity of demographic dynamics has been hindered by the lack of empirical evidence and the inability to establish a precise chronological framework. We use chronometric dates from hydrated obsidian artifacts recovered from habitation sites in regional study areas to evaluate regional land-use within Rapa Nui. The analysis suggests region-specific dynamics including precontact land use decline in some near-coastal and upland areas and postcontact increases and subsequent declines in other coastal locations. These temporal land-use patterns correlate with rainfall variation and soil quality, with poorer environmental locations declining earlier. This analysis confirms that the intensity of land use decreased substantially in some areas of the island before European contact. © 2015 Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore furthercenter_img A Rapa Nui Rock Garden, or agricultural field, with Poike volcano in the background. Credit: Christopher M. Stevenson This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Study suggests history of Rapa Nui on Easter Island far more complex than thought (2015, January 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Genomic data support early contact between Easter Island and Americaslast_img read more


The Cyclops Myth – Two Competing Theories on How it Began

first_imgMonsters have occupied bits and pieces of our imagination probably since the beginning of civilization. Among the earliest known ones are the Cyclopes, the ugly-looking, one-eyed mythological giants who treated themselves to humans for dinner, and of whose existence we are especially aware thanks to the ancient Greek story about Odysseus. From Homer’s epic, we learn about one of the most legendary Cyclops of all–Polyphemus. The gruesome giant is eventually outwitted and blinded by Odysseus.Polyphemus, by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, 1802Homer further tell us that Polyphemus was Poseidon’s son, and the rest of the Cyclopes were all his siblings. Everyone from the race grew prominently large and had their single eye socket planted at the center of the forehead.The Cyclops, gouache and oil by Odilon Redon, undatedIn nature, these monsters were barbarous and chaotic, with no prospects to befriend them. They were associated with Hephaestus, the Greek deity of fire and blacksmith, and had their workshops inside the fiery mountain Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in all of Europe.And just like every other fantastical figure that belongs to the abundant Greek mythology, there are various versions of the Cyclops myth, just as there are multiple theories that try to explain the very origin of these figures and what made people invent them.Hephaestus hands in the new Achilles’ armor to Thetis (Iliad, XVIII, 617). Attic red-figure Kylix, 490–480 BC.Hesiod, another early Greek poet, asserts the existence of merely three Cyclopes, implying the species was not large at all. These were Arges, Steropes, and Brontes, all three rulers of thunder and lighting.They were the first smiths, and Cronus–the mighty Titan who grasped the power of the world after castrating his father Uranus–had them placed in prison. It was Zeus who freed the Cyclopes afterward and the creatures helped him clash and overthrow the Titans.ZeusIn an act of gratitude for gaining back their freedom, the Cyclopes provided Zeus with his potent light and thunder mystical weapon. The one-eyed monsters kept forging the thunderbolts for Zeus ever after.The connection that Cyclopes have with smiths is omnipresent in whichever myth we read about them. This has led some scholars, including the eminent German expert on Greek mythology, Walter Burkert (1931-2015), to seek the origin of the monster among the ancient Greek smith workers and guilds to find out if it was them who generated the Cyclops lore.The Forge of the Vulcan by Luca Giordano (c. 1660)A blacksmith was a much-needed, demanding and also very dangerous job. Workers reportedly covered one of their eyes with an eye-patch as a means of protection, in case of an accident.Wearing one eye-patch guaranteed that at least one eye will survive if an extremely hot substance splashed their face. The men who worked this also needed to be quite muscular to handle the heavy hammers and transform the iron ore for hours.Cyclopean walls at Mycenae.It is also convenient that the Cyclopes may have been inspired by something that the ancient Greeks saw and witnessed in nature. Just as other ancient civilizations who lacked the advantage of modern science to explain and make sense of the world around them, the ancient Greeks tried to explain things through myths and stories.The myth of Pandora’s BoxThey observed nature and their surroundings. They observed the forests, the seas, the volcanoes, the cycles of nature, and the wildlife. So what could have possibly been that one thing that captured their imagination so much that they devised such a gruesome-looking creature?Perhaps it was a fossil, the skull of an ancient animal, some suggested as early as the first half of the 20th century, including the so-called “father of paleobiology” Othenio Abel.Statue of a Cyclops at the Natural History Museum in LondonAccording to National Geographic, it could have been the cranial remains of a super large Deinotherium giganteum. This species, now extinct, is considered a distant relative to modern-day elephants. They sported huge tusks, as long as 15 feet and their bodies were exceptionally large too.Deinotherium skull from Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Photo by Ballista CC BY-SA 3.0Deinotheres lived all across Europe, Asia, and Africa in between 23 to 1.8 million years ago before going extinct. The remains of this mammal were found also on Crete in 2003. They would have reached Crete by leaving Turkey and swimming to the island. Their skull is marked by a prominent nasal opening at its center, which is where the answer to the origin might lie.Robotic cyclops, Yorkshire Museum (mid-late 1990s) Photo by Mariomassone -CC BY-SA 3.0“To paleontologists today, the large hole in the center of the skull suggests a pronounced trunk. To the ancient Greeks, Deinotherium skulls could well have been the foundation for their tales of the fearsome one-eyed Cyclops,” writes the National Geographic.Read another story from us: Roman Emperor Nero Competed in the OlympicsIndeed, very easily, the nasal opening could have been interpreted as a single eye-socket. Starting from there, eventually, this grew into a monstrous figure, impressive enough that it has never left our imagination.Stefan is a freelance writer and a regular contributor to The Vintage News. He is a graduate in Literature. He also runs a blog – This City Knowslast_img read more


Bizarre movie trailer with Demi Lovato is being accused of being antiasexual

first_imgCharming comes from the producers of Shrek and tells the story, not of a princess, but a prince who’s under a curse.So what’s the curse? Well, Prince Charming compulsively proposes to every woman he meets and they, in turn, fall in love with him. When Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella all find themselves engaged to the same man, he sets out to break his curse by marrying his True Love.(There’s also definitely a shot of Disney’s Belle from Beauty and the Beast in the trailer.)That’s where Lovato’s character, Lenore, comes in. She’s a baker and seems to be a cross-dresser (disappointing people who wanted the character to be trans or genderqueer) and she’s ‘incapable of love’. IMDB further describes Lenore as being after Prince Charming’s money.Oof.[embedded content]A messy premise gets roastedAn extensive Twitter thread from user @AnaMardoll lays out the potential problems with a premise like this.Namely, that Lenore seems primed to be a love interest and therefore her asexual/aromantic identity will be ‘fixed’ by falling in love with Prince Charming.[Possible anti-ace/anti-aro bigotry? Not sure yet?]Has anyone seen this trailer of Charming by the Shrek team?— Ana Mardoll (@AnaMardoll) July 16, 2018 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… — Ana Mardoll (@AnaMardoll) July 16, 2018Other people also pointed out other concerns.Namely, the film’s treatment of characters of color.I hold out little hope for a movie that features the task of “survivng an unsurvivable attack and has what appears to be, well…— Sardonic the Hedgehog (@GinnyLurcock) July 16, 2018As well as John Cleese’s role.I’m…also uh. Kinda concerned about this. John Cleese? Is that…is that John Cleese voicing a…fairy godmother? Is…uh. Um. What??— Joss the Jealous (@Hexchosen23) July 16, 2018There’s also the inherent heterocissexism that the Prince only proposes to (seemingly) cis, straight women.Asexual and aromantic people are vastly underrepresented in media. People who identify as such wanting positive and authentic depictions of their identity is entirely valid.Charming comes out in the US and UK later this year.It features the voice cast of Lovato, Wilmer Valderrama, Sia, Avril Lavigne, Ashley Tisdale, G.E.M, and the aforementioned Cleese.More from Gay Star NewsThe Bi+ ManifestoWATCH: Gym brand explains LGBTI alphabet in stunning video – but leaves out asexualsLGBTTQQIA2S and more, what all the letters meanGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Pray that Prince George is straight, says former Queen’s ChaplainNetflix’s edgy gay teen sex comedy is delightful but unbalancedAlex Strangelove portrays bisexuality ‘simply as a stepping stone’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : People on Twitter are calling out a new animated movie starring the vocal talents of Demi Lovato as anti-asexual and aromantic. Lenore and Prince Charming | Photo: YouTube/ONE Media So I’m now really damn concerned that Lenore being “incapable” of love is something the movie will try to “fix”. Which would be anti-aro in the extreme.— Ana Mardoll (@AnaMardoll) July 16, 2018Xie further points out that aro and ace people can get married ‘for many reasons’ but isn’t sure, based on the trailer, this movie will do that justic.I want to add, to be clear, that aro people and ace people absolutely can get married for many reasons (IMDB claims Lenore “wants him only for his money”, which………………………..) but that I’m unsure whether the Shrek team will do this with sensitivity.last_img read more

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first_img Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | July 03, 2019 Civco Displaying Universal Couchtop ProForm Head & Neck Solution at AAPM The upcoming release of Civco’s Universal Couchtop ProForm Head & Neck Solution will allow proton therapy centers… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | June 14, 2019 University Medical Center Groningen Performs First Automatic Log-based Proton Therapy Patient QA IBA announced the physics team of University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) in the Netherlands has developed and… read more Related Content May 17, 2013 — New hope for cancer patients is building in North Texas as construction begins on the $105 million Texas Center for Proton Therapy, the first proton therapy center in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The center, spearheaded by healthcare leaders Texas Oncology, The U.S. Oncology Network and McKesson Specialty Health, will have capacity to treat more than 100 patients per day when it opens in 2016.Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation treatment that delivers precisely targeted radiation to tumors, minimizing side effects and damage to surrounding healthy tissue, which helps patients maintain quality of life during and after treatment.“At Texas Oncology, we believe that our patients and physicians deserve access to a full range of treatment options, including advanced proton therapy,” said Steven Paulson, chairman and president of Texas Oncology. “Bringing this innovative technology to patients here is an important step forward in cancer care in North Texas and offers hope that more people will survive their disease.”Dedicated to patientsHighlighting the essential role of community support in fighting cancer, more than 50 people — patients, survivors, members of the healthcare community and city leaders — gathered to dedicate the site to current and future cancer survivors. After breaking ground, project leaders and several cancer survivors unveiled and signed a 7-foot ‘HOPE Wall’ inscribed with words of encouragement for cancer patients. Over the course of construction, others will be invited to add expressions of hope and inspiration to the artwork, which later will be installed in the center’s community room.Those participating in the dedication included Bruce Feiler, New York Times columnist, cancer survivor and best-selling author of “The Council of Dads.”“The ‘council of dads’ idea was my way of asking my friends to be a personal circle of support for my young children following my cancer diagnosis,” said Feiler. “Treating and surviving cancer ultimately is a shared, community endeavor, for families as well as the broader healthcare community — as represented on a large, impactful scale in the proton therapy center project here in North Texas.”Deep expertise in proton therapyGary Barlow, who previously was technical director at the University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute, has been named director of the Texas Center for Proton Therapy. Barlow brings more than 25 years of experience in radiation therapy management. Barlow’s vision for ensuring the patient experience is as positive and supportive as the treatment itself includes plans for a full range of concierge services, combined with focused therapeutic activities for patients, families and caregivers.“We’ll surround our patients in a community of care as we deliver this technologically advanced treatment,” Barlow said, adding that the technology is an important new tool for physicians who depend on a wide range of treatment options to help patients fight cancer. “The promise of proton therapy is particularly meaningful for our youngest patients and those with tumors in sensitive areas such as eyes where precision is especially important.”Designed by RTKL Associates and to be built by Linbeck Group, LLC, the 63,000-square-foot facility will be located in Irving-Las Colinas off Royal Lane at the George Bush Turnpike. Housing the technologically complex proton radiation equipment will require more than 20 miles of electrical conduit and 14,500 cubic yards of concrete.Equipment from IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) will include a 220-ton cyclotron, a massive magnet-packed particle accelerator. The center will have a fixed beam treatment room, as well as two isocentric gantry treatment rooms, each containing a 30-foot tall, 110-ton machine that rotates to enable pinpoint accuracy in treating tumors. The center also will include the newest positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning and imaging technology, as well as on-site laboratory services. When complete in early 2016, the facility is expected to be one of approximately 23 proton therapy treatment centers in the United States.Advancing cancer care in TexasEach year more than 100,000 Texans are diagnosed with cancer. Adding proton therapy as a treatment option complements the existing array of advanced cancer care choices in the region. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | May 17, 2013 Construction Begins on the Texas Center for Proton Therapy Advanced treatment facility to include 220-ton cyclotron and ‘HOPE Wall’ to encourage and inspire patients News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Quality Assurance (QA) | June 07, 2019 IBA Dosimetry Launches myQA iON IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) announced the launch of myQA iON at the 2019 Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (… read more News | Proton Therapy | July 17, 2019 Shorter Courses of Proton Therapy Equally Effective in Treating Prostate Cancer July 17, 2019 — Treating prostate cancer read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Technology | Treatment Planning | July 02, 2019 RaySearch Releases Version 9A of RayStation Treatment Planning System RaySearch announced the release of RayStation 9A, the latest version of its radiation therapy treatment planning system… read more last_img read more


Tourism to overtake dairy export as New Zealands top foreignexchange earner

first_imgNew Zealand, the nation that was the first to commercialise bungee jumping, is counting on visitors to sustain growth after dairy exports slumped. Tourism might contribute to around half of New Zealand’s economic expansion, said Shamubeel Eaqub, an independent economist in Auckland.“We’re starting to see a broad-based recovery in tourism and serious dollars coming into the New Zealand economy. If we didn’t have that, then economic growth would be a lot lower,” said Eaqub.With the local dollar hovering just above a six-year low, travellers are flocking. Visitor spending jumped 38% to a record NZ$9.4 billion ($6.3 billion) in the year through September, the government reported.With airlines opening new routes from the U.S. and Asia and the visitor influx outpacing government forecasts, tourism is starting to rival dairy as the nation’s biggest foreign-exchange earner. According to a report released in October, New Zealand generated revenue of NZ$11.8 billion from international tourists and foreign students in the 12 months ending March 31, nearing the NZ$14.2 billion the country received for its dairy exports.Travellers from China spent NZ$1.55 billion in the 12 months ending September 30, a 78% increase from a year earlier, as per government data. Chinese visitor numbers are predicted to reach 600,000 by 2021, more than double the 265,000 in 2014.last_img read more