OBITUARY James E Ashley Jr 85

first_imgSCARBOROUGH, ME — James E. Ashley, Jr., 85, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 16, 2018, in the company of his family.Born in Portland on March 17, 1933, Jim was the son of the late James and Ethel (Dunn) Ashley. He graduated from Cheverus High School Class of 1951. Following high school, Jim honorably served his country in the United States Army where he was stationed in Iceland. When he returned home, he worked diligently to attain his bachelor’s degree from Bentley University and Northeastern University.In 1957, Jim married the love of his life, Mary Jane Naples “Napolitano”. Together, they began their young family in Somerville, Massachusetts, eventually settling in Wilmington, Massachusetts, where they raised their family. However, Jim and Mary Jane always made sure that they stayed close to their roots in Maine. The Ashley Family, along with other close family, would take treasured vacations to Higgins Beach in Scarborough, creating a lifetime of memories.Jim worked as a comptroller for many companies in the Boston area including Sweetheart Plastics, KLH & Advent eventually retiring from Semicon Inc. Following his retirement, Jim and Mary Jane decided to move back home to Maine. In his retirement, Jim really enjoyed keeping himself busy. Whether it was enjoying Sunday morning breakfast, in their reserved seats, with his wife at IHOP, collecting mallards, working for the Auto Parts store making local deliveries or keeping the books for the condo association, he remained active. In addition, he enjoyed playing golf at Willowdale, doing crossword puzzles which included his whiteout tape, reading the paper, and most of all, spending time with his grandchildren.Jim was the type of man who would do a good deed for someone else and never say a word about it. He will forever be remembered for being a very humble, devout Catholic who always put others above himself. He will be deeply missed.In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his best friend and brother-in-law, Francis McDonald; and sister, Christina Keating.Jim is survived by his children, James E. Ashley, III and wife Sarah of Haverhill, MA, Susan M. Ashley-Kistner and husband Peter of Phoenix, AZ, Gregory M. Ashley and wife Elizabeth of Tewksbury, MA, and Christopher J. Ashley and wife Elizabeth of Chelmsford, MA. He was the loving grandfather of Jonathon, Jared, Jaelyn, Juliette, Joshua, Jonathan, Jaime, Nicholas, Meghan, Jacob, Jesse and Julia; great-grandfather of Jaquilyne. In addition, he is also survived by his brothers, Kenneth Ashley of Windham, ME and Richard Ashley of Portland, ME; as well as several nieces and nephews.Visiting Hours celebrating Jim’s life will be held on Friday, December 21 from 4-6PM at the Conroy-Tully Walker South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home on Saturday, December 22 at 10:15AM followed by an 11AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Broadway, South Portland. To view Jim’s memorial page, or to share an online condolence, please visit http://www.ConroyTullyWalker.com.Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Barron Center, 1145 Brighton Ave, Portland, ME 04102.James E. Ashley, Jr.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home.)Like 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Keith P. Sicard, 42In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Brandon M. Long, 27In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Corruption in railway recruitment again

first_imgA quarter close to the railway minister is making millions over the recruitment of 865 cleaners to the Bangladesh Railway (BR), alleged Railway Sramik Karmachari Sangram Parishad, a platform of BR staffs backed by the ruling Awami League. The general manager (GM) of the BR’s East Zone on 27 December told a recent operational review meeting that he had been facing pressure from the AL leaders, including ministers and parliamentarians, to recruit people loyal to them. The railway minister, however, was not present at the meeting attended by all the top officers of the organisation, with director general Md Amzad Hossain in the chair. The cleaners, known as khalasis, are government employees of the 20th grade, the last tier. Their basic pay is Tk 8,250. The recruitment test’s viva voce was held in 2015, but the procedure was stalled due to an ongoing case. railwayGM Abdul Hye in that meeting told the DG that he could not even appoint a family member of a recently deceased railway staff because of the minister’s non-cooperation, according to four officers present at the meeting who all sought anonymity. The DG, however, did not make any comment on the issue. Md Mizanur Rahman, chief mechanical engineer of the railway’s west zone, is the convener of the recruitment committee. He, too, did not want to give further details about the problem. Speaking to Prothom Alo at his office on 3 January, Abdul Hye said he was against appointing anyone by taking bribes, adding that the applicants mostly come from lower class families.Referring to the arrest of former railway GM Yusuf Ali Mridha and Omar Faruq, personal secretary to the former rail minister Suranjit Sen Gupta, with Tk 7 million allegedly made from rail recruitment business on 9 April in 2012, Abdul Hye said it was time the railway rectified its reputation. Speaking to Prothom Alo on 31 Decmeber, rail minister M Mujibul Haque said, “I don’t know what the GM said on 27 December. A number of journalists, ministers, MPs, political leader and leaders of different cultural organisations made recommendations for the appointments. You can also recommend. The appointments, however, will be done following the policy.”The Railway Shramik Karmachari Sangram Parishad held a press conference at the Chittagong Press Club on 31 December protesting the irregularities regarding the appointment of the cleaners. Its convener Mokhlesur Rahman alleged that a syndicate close to the rail minister was finalising the appointment list in exchange of bribes.Replying to the accusations, the rail minister said the people questioning the recruitment process were ‘Jamaat and BNP supporters’. He also said he wanted to end the recruitment process as soon as possible.The railway authorities, meanwhile, cancelled the allotment of residence to Mokhlesur Rahman’s son, a junior auditor, on 1 January, the day after the press conference.Mokhlesur claimed the cancelation was an act of vengeance.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hasan.last_img read more

EC to meet Sunday on foreign polls observers

first_imgelection commissionThe election commission (EC) hoped that observers from different countries will arrive to oversee polls, reports UNB.The commission is scheduled to sit in a high-level meeting on Sunday to discuss security, visa processing and accommodation of foreign observers and journalists who will come to monitor the election.Joint secretary of the commission SM Asaduzzaman said the meeting will be held at Agargaon Nirbachan Bhaban with chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda in the chair.Officials from home, foreign affairs ministries as well as senior officials concerned of the department of immigration and passport will attend the meeting, he said.Earlier on Monday, foreign secretary Md Shahidul Alam met the CEC to discuss issues relating to the meeting.Sources at the EC office said though the European Union sent a large number of election observers in the 2008 and 2001 elections they did not send observers for the 5 January election in 2014 due to pre-election violence across the country.The European Union has already said it will not send its observers to monitor the upcoming 11the parliamentary elections, for what it says a lengthy process.The high-level meeting will also discuss how to complete necessary formalities if foreign observers want to monitor the election.Officials at the commission said a total of 8,874 observers from 35 local organisations and only four foreign observers came to Bangladesh to monitor in the 10th parliamentary elections held on 5 January 2014.Some 159,000 local observers and 593 foreign observers monitored the 2008 national election, 218,000 local observers and 225 foreign observers watched the 2001 general election, 40,000 local observers and 265 foreign observers monitored the 1996 (7th) national election and 30,000 local observers and 59 foreign observers monitored the 1991 national parliamentary elections.The commission held meeting with 118 local observer organisations registered with the election commission last Tuesday.EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed instructed them on their duties during the election.Earlier, the election commission invited applications from both local and foreign observers to watch the upcoming national election.Foreign observers were suggested to apply through the foreign ministry as the EC has a plan to complete their appointment process by the first week of December.last_img read more

Airports alerted over return of Bangladeshi militants from Syria

first_imgIslamic StateThe Bangladeshi nationals, who went to Syria to fight for Islamic State (IS), may now return home as the militant group is about to be uprooted from the pockets in the civil war-torn Middle East country.In such a context, alerts have been issued at all airports, according to officials at Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of the police.”We guess, the Bangladeshis who went to Syria have planned to return home. Airports have been asked to remain alert about any possible situation,” CTTC unit chief Monirul Islam told Prothom Alo.He said airports have been provided with necessary information along with suspected militants’ photos so that they cannot avoid arrest and officials have been asked to ensure that.The CTTC unit chief said the militant suspects will require passports and travel documents to enter Bangladesh.However, he added, it is assumed that they lost passports immediately after joining the IS. In that case, they can contact Bangladesh embassy in Turkey and officials there have also been asked to take necessary steps.The police official could not confirm identity of those who are actually trying to return.The last stronghold of IS in Syria was reportedly lost on Saturday.Around 800 foreign militants were detained by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The US has called for their trial in their respective home countries.The police officials said the government of Bangladesh has no intention to bring such militants back and try them.Sources in the law enforcement said they have confirmed that two Bangladeshi passport holders — Ibrahim Hasan Khan and his brother Zunayed Hasan Khan want to return. Their family lived in Saudi Arabia for long although these two brothers went to Syria via Dhaka. Before leaving Bangladesh, they lived in a house in Bashundhara residential area.It is learnt that physician Rokonuddin, who went to Syria along with his family, has been trying to return, officials said.Dhaka Shisu Hospital physician Rokonuddin along with his wife Naima Akhtar, daughter Ramita Rokon and Rewana Rokon and son-in-law Sad Kayes left the country to join the IS.According to the law enforcement agencies, a total of 40 Bangladeshi passport holders left the country to join the IS. It is believed that half of them died.Efforts are on to find out whereabouts of the rest, likely to be around 20 millitants.An official at the CTTC unit said some people possessing Bangladeshi passports may join the IS from other countries. At least one of such person has been detected. There are four to five Bangladeshis in Baghouz in eastern Syria where IS was defeated on Saturday. However, their fates are yet to be known.Kurdish news agency ANHA published a report on detainees captured by SDF in Syria last month. It quoted Bangladeshi physician Arafat Rahman Tushar who went to Syria from Bangladesh.”The Caliphate movement has come to an end. There is no trace of the caliph for whose call we went to Syria,” ANHA quoted Tushar as saying.Ishfaq Ilahi Chowdhury, a retired air commodore, said those, who went to Syria, denied identity of their state and showed allegiance to the IS. “They should not be brought back under any circumstance,” he said adding that they would not be allowed to be regrouped.Ilahi said it is true that IS was defeated in Syria, but there are some videos posted on social media where their activists and supporters are threatening to regroup.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islamlast_img read more

Dutch study suggests WiFi possibly harmful to trees

first_img More information: Wageningen University original (Dutch): www.wageningenuniversity.nl/NL … euws/Bomen101120.htm (PhysOrg.com) — A new study carried out in the Netherlands suggests radiation from Wi-Fi networks may be damaging trees and affecting the growth of other plants near routers. Image: Wikipedia. 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: Dutch study suggests Wi-Fi possibly harmful to trees (2010, November 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-dutch-wi-fi-possibly-trees.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Shade trees fight global warming in Calif. Explore further Scientists from Wageningen University were asked to carry out the study five years ago after local officials in Alphen aan den Rijn noted that ash trees planted near a wireless router were suffering from bleeding bark, cracks, lumps, discolorations, and their leaves were dying. No bacterial or viral infection could be identified in the trees.The researchers, led by Dr. A.A.M. van Lammeren, exposed small ash trees and other plants to six sources of radiation at frequencies varying from 2412 to 2472 MHz and a capacity of 100 mW EIRP, the range common for Wi-Fi. The plants were placed at distances varying from 50 to 300 cm for a period of more than three months. The results revealed that in trees closest to the Wi-Fi source the upper and lower epidermis (skin) of the leaves developed a metallic luster and began to die off. A survey of trees in urban areas in the Netherlands showed 70 percent of all deciduous trees had similar symptoms, compared to only 10 percent five years ago, while in wooded areas away from urban centers trees were unaffected.Reports on the study may inflame concerns in some over locating wireless routers in schools and fears radiation from them may affect humans as well as trees, but the scientists concerned stress the findings are preliminary and no far-reaching conclusions can be made. The researchers say larger scale research is needed over a longer period to confirm the findings. It is unclear whether the experiments ruled out other possible factors such as the presence of more pollution in urban areas than forests. The study also acknowledges that other research carried out elsewhere has shown Wi-Fi radiation has no detrimental effects.The study will be the subject of a conference in the Netherlands in February next year.last_img read more

A manmade material that mimics the curling of the mimosa leaflet

first_img Play Static self-assembling properties of circular-shaped Janus bilayer demonstrating artificial tropism in response to a microdroplet. Credit: Wong et al. Sci. Adv. 2016; 2 : e1600417 PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen In addition to providing a roadmap for the development of a new class of self-organizing materials, the team believes their material could be used in a wide variety of applications, ranging from sensors built into clothes (which could self-activate when exposed to sweat) to sensors made for responding to other bodily fluids. It might even prove suitable for harvesting water from fog or for creating micro-robotic devices programmed by shape. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Researchers create tiny pump that provides continuous and spontaneous antigravity water delivery (Phys.org)—A combined team of researchers from the Australian National University and City University of Hong Kong has created a material that is capable of mimicking the action of a mimosa leaflet when it is touched. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes their material and how it reacts when a drop of liquid is deposited onto its surface. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen © 2016 Phys.org Explore furthercenter_img More information: W. S. Y. Wong et al. Mimosa Origami: A nanostructure-enabled directional self-organization regime of materials, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600417AbstractOne of the innate fundamentals of living systems is their ability to respond toward distinct stimuli by various self-organization behaviors. Despite extensive progress, the engineering of spontaneous motion in man-made inorganic materials still lacks the directionality and scale observed in nature. We report the directional self-organization of soft materials into three-dimensional geometries by the rapid propagation of a folding stimulus along a predetermined path. We engineer a unique Janus bilayer architecture with superior chemical and mechanical properties that enables the efficient transformation of surface energy into directional kinetic and elastic energies. This Janus bilayer can respond to pinpoint water stimuli by a rapid, several-centimeters-long self-assembly that is reminiscent of the Mimosa pudica’s leaflet folding. The Janus bilayers also shuttle water at flow rates up to two orders of magnitude higher than traditional wicking-based devices, reaching velocities of 8 cm/s and flow rates of 4.7 μl/s. This self-organization regime enables the ease of fabricating curved, bent, and split flexible channels with lengths greater than 10 cm, demonstrating immense potential for microfluidics, biosensors, and water purification applications.Press release Citation: A man-made material that mimics the curling of the mimosa leaflet (2016, June 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-man-made-material-mimics-mimosa-leaflet.html Play Mimosa Origami assembly of the Janus bilayer strips performing double right-angle turns on a superhydrophobic PS-PDMS substrate. Credit: Wong et al. Sci. Adv. 2016; 2 : e1600417 Play Modular microfluidics: Janus-based Mimosa Origami strips with double-ended bulbs on a superhydrophobic PS-PDMS substrate showing in-channel droplet mixing. Credit: Wong et al. Sci. Adv. 2016; 2 : e1600417 Journal information: Science Advances As the researchers note, nature is filled with examples of living systems that react to stimuli by engaging in self-organization behaviors. One such example is the fern-like mimosa plant, it has multiple leaflets along individual twigs that are each independently sensitive to touch—such stimuli (such as children over the generations having some fun with their friends) causes the leaflet to curl up into a hollow tube shape resembling a very small straw. Developing materials with similar characteristics is highly desirable because it allows for creating unique products, such as very low power sensors.In this new effort, the researchers created the new material by fashioning stacks of multi-function layers of a Janus nanoparticle based material (offering opposite hydrophilic-hydrophobic properties) to a bottom layer made of polyvinyl chloride microfibers. The result was a thin length of flat white material with a larger round formation at one end. When a liquid was dropped onto the round formation, the liquid was pushed, through self-action, by the material all the way to the other end—as it was pushed, the material curled from one end to the other, resulting in what looked like an ordinary straw. The researchers report that the action was fast, taking just 33 milliseconds to get started. They note also that the self-action was reversible as well—as the material dried, it flattened. Play Modular microfluidics: Janus-based Mimosa Origami strips at a T-junction, showcasing double-ended split for potential in multichannel capabilities. Credit: Wong et al. Sci. Adv. 2016; 2 : e1600417 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.last_img read more

Sleepovers with stuffed toys may encourage kids to read

first_imgA sleepover programme – designed to make kids believe that their favourite stuffed toys enjoy reading – can help encourage children to pick up more books, a new study suggests.Stuffed animal sleepover programmes are designed to get children interested in picture books. Children take their toys to a library for the night. At this point, staff and volunteers take photos of the animals exploring the library and reading together.The next day, the children collect their stuffed animals and the photos of what they did during the night. They are also given the books their animals chose to read. Researchers including those from Osaka Institute of Technology in Japan organised a “book-night party”, a typical stuffed animal sleepover programme for about 42 preschool children. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe children’s behaviour was observed on that day, after three days and one month later, to determine the effect and how long it lasts. It was found that before the sleepover the children did not spend time looking at the books in their play area at preschool.Immediately after the sleepover, the number of children who read to the stuffed animals was significantly higher than the number who did not, but after three days the effect had worn off. The researchers also tested an approach for sustaining the effect, they reminded the children of the sleepover a month later, by hiding the stuffed animals and showing them the photos again the next day. This simple method led to a significant increase in the number of children reading to their stuffed animals. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study reveals for the first time that children who take part in stuffed animal sleepover programs read picture books to their stuffed animals significantly more. “We wanted to know if there really was an effect, and if so, how long it lasts,” said Yoshihiro Okazaki of Okayama University in Japan. “Surprisingly, not only did the children show interest in the picture books, but they also began to read to their stuffed animals,” said Okazaki.Reading is important for the development of children’s language skills and imagination. When parents read to their children, it is a passive form of reading for the child. However, when children read to their stuffed animals, it is a more of a self-directed form of reading, helping them develop into more active readers researchers said. The study was published in the journal Heliyon.last_img read more

Social media push for antidengue drives

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will embrace social media in a big way to boost its dengue drive this year. People of the city particularly the young generation are very active on social media so planned use of the social media platform is expected to widen the civic body’s reach in creating awareness. The step will help to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.”We will start our campaigns on Facebook and Whats app and for this we have already started discussions with experts associated directly with these social platforms. We are in the process of preparing a strategy for our campaign,” said Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh, who is also in-charge of Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s Health department. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe Health department of KMC has already been undertaking drives to prevent mosquito-borne diseases in the city with special emphasis on visiting households which had witnessed dengue cases last year. The civic body is armed with a map of those addresses across the city. The team from the KMC visited Chatubabu Lane and Ananda Palit Road area under ward 55 which are dominated by slums. We have come across a number of vacant plots which are privately owned or belong to the Kolkata Improvement Trust (KIT) or WAKF land which needs to be cleaned up. We have identified the owners and will soon slap notices to them under Section 496 A of the KMC Act. We will be cleaning up the places but the owners have to pay charges against it,” Ghosh said. The KMC team spoke to patients who had dengue last year and advised them on how to keep their premises clean. The team of KMC’s Health department was accompanied by the ward councillor, borough chairman and officials from the Solid Waste Management department of the KMC.last_img read more

Girls with diabetes at high risk of irregular periods

first_imgGirls diagnosed with type 2 diabetes have a high frequency of menstrual irregularities, a study has found. Menstrual irregularities can have a variety of causes, including pregnancy, hormonal imbalances, infections, diseases, trauma and certain medications.Adult women with obesity are known to be at risk for menstrual disorders like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which can lead to the development of diabetes or other metabolic problems. However, little is known about the reproductive function in girls with youth-onset type 2 diabetes. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”It’s important for girls with type 2 diabetes to be assessed for menstrual problems,” said Megan Kelsey from University of Colorado in the US.”Infrequent periods can be associated with heavy and painful periods, increased risk for fatty liver disease, fertility problems and long-term increased risk for endometrial cancer,” said Kelsey.The researchers performed a secondary analysis of the data from the Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Youth (TODAY) study, a research study to find the best way to treat young people with type 2 diabetes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe new analysis focused on evaluating the frequency of menstrual irregularity in girls with recently diagnosed diabetes and whether the addition of intensive lifestyle or rosiglitazone to previous treatment with metformin helped to improve symptoms.These treatments are often used to treat both diabetes and PCOS.The researchers found that more than 20 per cent of girls in the study had irregular periods. Many of those girls also had high testosterone levels, pointing to PCOS as an underlying cause. Not all the girls with irregular periods had elevated testosterone, suggesting other causes for menstrual dysfunction. Despite two years of intensive treatment with either metformin alone, metformin and lifestyle changes, or metformin and rosiglitazone, the participants still had significantly irregular periods.”Our findings suggest that girls with youth-onset diabetes may need the additional intervention above and beyond to improve their menstrual health.”last_img read more

55 years on only 1 CPIM candidate retains deposit

first_imgKolkata: Within 55 years after the CPI(M) was formed, only one candidate of the party has been able to retain his deposit in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.The CPI(M) had fielded 29 candidates while Forward Bloc, RSP and CPI had three candidates each in the Lok Sabha election. Sitaram Yechury, the party general secretary, said it will carry out post-poll analysis at a two-day meeting on May 26 and 27 in New Delhi. It is interesting to note that only Bikas Ranjan Bhattacharya, former Mayor of Kolkata who had contested from Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat, was able to retain his deposit. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBhattacharya has finished third in the triangular contest. Mimi Chakraborty of the Trinamool Congress won the seat by 2.95 lakh votes while Anupam Hazra of the BJP came second. According to the rule of the Election Commission of India (ECI), if a candidate fails to achieve one sixth of the total valid votes cast in any constituency, then the amount deposited by the candidate with the EC is seized. For the Lok Sabha polls, it is Rs 25,000 and Rs 10,000 for general candidates. For SC and ST candidates, the amount that is deposited with the Election Commission is half the amount deposited by the general candidates. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAmong the prominent figures who have forfeited their deposit included Nandini Chakraborty, a teacher of Jadavpur University in Kolkata South, Nepaldeb Bhattacharya, a well-known organiser in Dum Dum, Gargi Chatterjee in Barrackpore, Kaninika Bose (Ghosh) in Kolkata (North) and Deblina Hembram in Jhargram. The CPI(M) was set up in Kolkata in 1964. The first nine Politburo members were Jyoti Basu, Pramode Dasgupta, EMS Namboodiripad, M Basavapunniah, Puchalapalli Sundarayya, B T Randave, A K Gopalan, P Ramamurthi and Harkishan Singh Surjeet. After the Left Front came to power in Bengal in 1977, the CPI(M) slowly became a powerful political force in the country. Even party veteran like Ram Chandra Dome forfeited his deposit. Abhas Roy Choudhury who was fielded in Bardhaman Durgapur also forfeited his deposit. The Left Front’s poll percentage has dropped to 5 percent from 28 percent in 2010. Twenty three percent votes have been transferred to the BJP. It may be mentioned that former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had requested party members not to vote for the BJP. The poll result has proved beyond doubt that the political bosses in Alimuddin Street do not have any control over the rank and file. Local leaders supplied the BJP with their election machinery to ensure victory of the candidates. The CPI(M) supporters said the party has failed to assess the situation. To oust the Trinamool Congress from Bengal, the party has taken a suicidal step and it will not be easy for it to bounce back.last_img read more

Karen Gushue convicted on two counts

first_imgKaren Gushue convicted on two counts MISSISSAUGA — A Fort Erie woman has been convicted on two counts of operating as a travel agent without registration.Karen Gushue, also known as Karen Robinson was previously charged by TICO in 2017 while operating in Fort Erie and elsewhere in Ontario.She was also charged with a number of counts of fraud over $5,000 and fraud under $5,000 under the Criminal Code of Canada.Sentencing proceedings are scheduled to take place on April 12, 2019. Travelweek Group Tags: Conviction, Fraud, TICO Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

A new low for nofrills flying easyJet assigns backless seat to passenger

first_imgTags: easyJet, Funny Wednesday, August 7, 2019 LUTON, ENGLAND — Hello, welcome to easyJet. Would you like a window seat, aisle seat, or a backless one?Sounds odd, we know, but for one woman a seat without a back was her only option on a recent easyJet flight from Luton to Geneva.In a photo uploaded to Twitter by fellow passenger Matthew Harris, the unidentified woman is seen sitting onboard the plane in an aisle seat that was completely missing a back. In his tweet, Harris wrote: “#easyjet beats @Ryanair to have backless seats. This is flight 2021 Luton to Geneva. How can this be allowed.”#easyjet beats @Ryanair to have backless seats. @IATA @EASA this is flight 2021 Luton to Geneva. How can this be allowed. @GeneveAeroport @easyJet_press @easyJet pic.twitter.com/EthMoWRR8P— Matthew Harris (@mattiasharris) August 6, 2019The airline responded to his tweet, thanking Harris for bringing the situation to their attention. It then asked Harris to remove the photograph and direct-message them before they investigate further.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaHarris refused to take down the photo, replying with: “One has to wonder how safe the rest of the plane was. This was her seat. The lady was moved to a spare seat once the flight was fully boarded. Not sure what would have happened if the flight was full.”Hi Matthew, thanks for bringing this to our attention, before we can investigate this could I ask you to remove the photograph & then DM us more info regarding this, so we can best assist you. Ross https://t.co/Qq2zhBAizh— easyJet (@easyJet) August 6, 2019In a follow-up tweet, easyJet assured passengers that despite what the photo may suggest, its main focus is safety.“Be assured safety is our highest priority and passengers would have never been allowed to fly in these seats as they were inoperative. If the flight had been full then two passengers would have been offered an alternate flight as they would not have been permitted to travel in these seats,” tweeted the airline.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portaleasyJet further clarified in a statement reported by Mashable that the woman was not “permitted” to sit in the seat as it was waiting for repairs.So, we guess they’re chalking it up to one big mix-up? Or is this the new standard for no-frills flying? Travelweek Group A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengercenter_img Posted by Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

VirPack Touts Newest Enhancements to Doc Management System

first_imgVirPack Touts Newest Enhancements to Doc Management System In Virginia, document services provider VirPack announced the latest upgrade to its Document Management and Delivery System.The new update brings the system to Version 3.3 and continues VirPack’s mission to deliver innovative features that reduce labor costs, improve accuracy, and increase origination and delivery efficiencies.“VirPack’s Document Management and Delivery System remains well ahead of the rest of the industry, but we wanted to open that gap even wider, and with this new release, we have done that,” said CEO Michael Coar.“We are constantly speaking to our customers, lenders and our partners for ways to enhance the solution. Their recommendations were the basis of several upgrades that make the technology easier to use, more flexible, improve efficiencies, and deliver competitive advantages to them,” Coar added.The upgrade adds a pack of enhancements, including loan checklists, image tags, status-based access controls, automated assignment of tasks, and more.“Too often lenders rely on the document management features that their loan origination system provides. LOS vendors simply do not have the time and expertise to develop the type of robust platform that is required, especially considering the heightened regulatory scrutiny that lenders of all sizes face,” Coar went on. “In contrast, we are down in the trenches with our customers, and focused on improving our enterprise-wide document management system every day.” in News, Technology February 21, 2014 573 Views center_img VirPack 2014-02-21 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

November 8 2017 Master Yakimoto came to Arcosanti

first_imgNovember 8, 2017Master Yakimoto came to Arcosanti to teach his famous wood carving technique.“Takimoto uses what he calls an empty head to create art that runs counter both to current Japanese wood carving and to the rhythms of his modern world.”The class was held in the Colly Garden in the afternoon on October 27th.Takimoto collects pieces of wood from around the world for these classes of all kinds of trees; cedar trees, maples, sequoias, or, specifically at Arcosanti, mesquite and cottonwood.He lays all the different pieces out on a blanket and each student picks a piece to work with. The process is to take the kiridashi knife – a traditional japanese wood carving knife, and without thinking of anything, using an “empty head,” carve little shavings off the piece little by little until it starts to take shape.If you were to pass the class in the Gardens, you could feel the meditative energy in the silence and concentration of the students. Yo Takimoto’s process is all about energy. When a student needs assistance, they raise their hand. Takimoto does not immediately offer assistance though, first he plays Rock Paper Scissors with the student. If the student beats Yo, he says, “You have good energy, so keep going.” If the student loses, he takes the piece of wood and adds his expertise.He brought along several of his own finished pieces as inspiration as well. For more information on Yo Takimoto, visit www.matterofhand.com/yo-takimoto/(Photos by Sue Kirsch and Shannon Mackenzie, text by Shannon Mackenzie)last_img read more

Rep Canfield announces September office hours

first_img14Sep Rep. Canfield announces September office hours Categories: Canfield News State Rep. Edward ‘Ned’ Canfield invites residents of the 84th House District to attend his office hours this month.The office hours will be on Monday, Sept. 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Port Austin Township Hall, located at 8265 N. Van Dyke Road, Ste. 2 in Port Austin.“Constituent feedback is vital in ensuring I represent the 84th District to the best of my ability,” said Rep. Canfield, R-Sebewaing. “I value each and every comment, suggestion and question as it is my number one priority to see that people’s concerns are addressed.”No appointment is necessary. Residents who are unable to attend are encouraged to contact Rep. Canfield by phone at (517) 373-0476, or by email at EdwardCanfield@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

Contrast this with senators and congressmen who st

first_imgContrast this with senators and congressmen who stay in office for decades on end, selling all sorts of favors, amassing multi-million dollar campaign funds, and making themselves rich in the process. Most of them never really go away. At this point, our philosophical forefathers would be looking for places to buy torches… and they would be ready to beat anyone who called a system that supports such shenanigans a democracy.#4: Citizens chosen for positions like overseer of the marketplace were chosen completely at random. The word democracy is held in awe these days. Mention it almost anywhere and you’ll get instant nods of approval. People actually believe that democracy gives us harmony and peace, not to mention wealth. They are sure that it is the ultimate and inevitable end of human development, created by the wise and noble Greeks and given to us, the enlightened society that took it to the ends of the Earth! But if the ancient Greeks could see what we call ‘democracy,’ they would spit at it. They’d probably want to burn it down. As many problems as they had (and they had plenty), they were not fools, and it wouldn’t take them a day to condemn what the West now worships. Why would the old Greeks be so upset? Let’s take a look at their (Athenian) system and see how our modern form stacks up: #1: Greek citizen assemblies met 40 times per year in an open, public forum. Any citizen could speak and any citizen could vote. A vote of those present was final. Have you paid attention to the DC crowd lately? Have you noticed that they never leave? Instead, they slide back and forth between congress, commissions, agencies, lobbying firms, mega-corps and media. Have you noticed how often their children marry each other? Imagine choosing the boss of the IRS at random. We all know what would happen: You’d get a housewife from Portland one year and a plumber from Topeka the next. And they’d act like humans, rather than unfeeling automatons. The sanctimonious abuser state would crumble.#5: At the beginning of their democracy, the citizens of Athens were divided into ten tribes (and NOT along regional or family lines). This was done specifically to break the power of the aristocratic families. Because of this, the Greeks would be insulted when you assured them that we have “the rule of law.” They would say that when people can’t know the law, they are living in a tyranny, and no amount of fancy argumentation would convince them otherwise. And, again, they would be right. If you are ignorant of the law (80,000 pages of government-speak) but are still subject to punishment under the law, you are living in a tyranny. The founders would have no confusion about that.#3: A Council oversaw the daily affairs of the democracy. Each of ten tribes provided 50 men. But, only one tribe’s men (50 of them) served at any one time, and only for one month. (The Greeks had ten months in their year.) And once any person served as a Councilor, they were forbidden from serving again for ten years. That’s called “aristocracy.” However, people who are emotionally bound to the system can’t see it. The Greeks certainly wouldn’t be fooled.Losing Our Religion Do you remember a haunting song from the 90s called Losing My Religion? If so, cue that up in the back of your mind, because that’s what stands in front of the people of the West. The majestic “Democracy” that was supposed to be our savior is actually an abusive fraud. It’s time to let it go. That’s not easy, I know, but it needs to be done. Will you take the first step? Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comcenter_img Under this arrangement, playing tricks became almost impossible: as soon as the first of the month came along, the next tribe could turn your tricks around and do worse to you. If you were to take an ancient Greek to see “our laws,” they’d be looking at more than 80,000 pages of almost indecipherable language. (And those would be only the Federal laws.) The citizen is clearly unable to participate or even to understand what’s going on. Just this fact would cause the “fathers of civilization” to pronounce our system a fraud, and rightly so. The citizens are non-participants.#2: Laws were inscribed on stone pillars (stelae) and posted in prominent locations so that everyone would see them. Contrast that with what passes for (American) democracy now: Only special people are allowed to attend the assemblies. On top of that, there are far, far more meetings than anyone could hope to follow: General sessions, meetings for dozens of committees, party caucuses and more, running at all hours. No one person can come remotely close to keeping up with it all. Greek laws were accessible to every Greek. Not only were they required to be posted, but this requirement also guaranteed that there couldn’t be too many of them. Look at the Presidential lineup: Bush – Clinton – Bush – Obama – Clinton? – Bush?last_img read more

CASEY Severe but survivable event coming

first_img CASEY: “Severe but survivable” event coming This event will have repercussions on everything from how and where you shop and seek medical care…to how you invest and receive fixed income benefits, such as Social Security. Click here to learn more. Is it time to buy beaten down energy stocks? Energy prices have collapsed over the past 19 months. Last week, oil closed below $27 for the first time since 2007. Oil is now down 70% since June 2014. The price of natural gas has dropped 53% over the same period. Last month it hit $1.74, its lowest price since 1999. Shares of giant U.S. energy companies have crashed… Since June 2014, Exxon Mobil (XOM), the largest U.S. oil company, has fallen 25%. Chesapeake Energy (CHK), the largest U.S. natural gas company, has plummeted 89%. Halliburton (HAL), the largest U.S. oil services company, has plunged 56% since June 2014. Oil services companies sell “picks and shovels” to the oil industry. •  Kinder Morgan’s (KMI) stock has tanked… Kinder Morgan is the largest U.S. pipeline company. It operates 84,000 miles of oil and natural gas pipelines. Companies pay Kinder to transport oil and gas through its pipelines. In the early stages of the energy collapse, brokers sold Kinder stock as a less-risky way to invest in energy. Investors looking for safe income piled in. In 2014, Kinder Morgan paid a 4.8% annual dividend yield…2.5 times higher than the S&P 500’s dividend yield of 1.92%. Big energy companies’ profits depend on oil and gas prices. But as a “toll road” that makes money based on the volume of oil and gas it moves, Kinder should be able to withstand low oil and gas prices. At least that was the theory… In reality, crashing oil & gas prices have slammed Kinder’s business. Last year, the company’s first-quarter sales dropped 11% from the year before…second-quarter sales dropped 12%…and third-quarter sales dropped 14%. Last Wednesday, Kinder Morgan’s stock hit an all-time low of $12.01. That’s a 73% decline in less than two years. •  After Wednesday’s close, Kinder Morgan reported an 8% drop in fourth-quarter sales… The company lost $0.29 per share. It was the worst quarterly loss in the company’s history. •  Many investors were caught off-guard when Kinder Morgan’s stock tanked… Market Watch reported last month: Pipeline and fuel storage companies have been prized by many investors as the safest way to invest in the U.S. shale boom. But the companies paid out most of their available cash to shareholders eager for reliable dividends, which left many of them with large debt loads and at the mercy of lenders’ and investors’ willingness to continue lending to fund new projects. Until recently, borrowing or raising more money hasn’t been a problem. The fees that pipeline companies charge brought in steady, toll road-like revenue, and the companies were much loved by yield-hungry buyers, often wealthy retirees, who wanted steady dividends with little risk. Now that oil and gas prices have plummeted to less than half their 2014 peak, lenders could be tightening their requirements to tap more capital. •  On its earnings call, Kinder Morgan announced major spending cuts… The company slashed this year’s capital spending budget from $4.2 billion to $3.3 billion. Last month, the company cut its quarterly dividend by 75%. It was the first time in company history that Kinder cut its dividend. As Casey readers know, Kinder Morgan is one of many major energy companies to cut spending recently. According to banking giant Barclays, global energy producers cut spending by 23% last year and plan to cut another 15% this year. New Law Cracks Down on Right to Use Cash The U.S. government is trying to restrict your access to cash. But not for the reason you think…According to leaked evidence, it’s much, much worse. We’ll let you know when oil and gas stocks start to carve out a bottom. Chart of the Day Are gold miners carving out a bottom? Today’s chart shows the performance of the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX), which tracks the performance of major gold mining stocks. Gold miners are leveraged to the price of gold. When the price of gold jumps, shares of major gold miners can jump two or three times more. GDX has been in a downtrend since gold peaked in 2011. In the summer of 2015, it started to carve out a bottom. As you can see, the price held above $13 for about six months. However, GDX recently broke below $13 and hit a new low. Although it didn’t drop much below $13, this is a reason to invest with caution. It’s a possible sign that the carved bottom won’t hold. We’re optimistic on gold miners. GDX has fallen 80% since 2011, making gold stocks extremely cheap. When gold stocks rally, the gains could be huge. However, we’re taking a cautious stance for now while we wait to see if this recent bottom holds. Recommended Links Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida January 25, 2016 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful.center_img •  Investors were happy with Kinder’s cost-cutting plan… Kinder Morgan’s stock jumped 15.6% on Thursday. It was the stock’s best day ever. And it climbed another 11% on Friday. The rally has many investors calling a bottom in Kinder stock. Barron’s published a story over the weekend titled “Kinder Morgan Hits Bottom”… We think these calls are premature. The chart below shows the performance of Kinder Morgan’s stock since the start of 2014. You can barely see the recent spike in Kinder’s stock price… •  The energy market is highly cyclical… It goes through huge booms and busts. Today, the energy market is in a major bust. As Casey readers know, large oil and natural gas deposits (and the companies that own oil & gas infrastructure) are some of the most valuable assets on the planet. Owning these top resource companies can make you rich…if you buy at the right price. Buying top resource companies at bargain prices is a key strategy we use to build lasting wealth. •  But we’re not buying Kinder Morgan stock yet… Kinder Morgan stock is still plummeting. And it’s extremely risky to buy a stock that’s plummeting. Instead, we like to buy stocks that have “carved out a bottom.” “Carving out a bottom” is a simple concept. A stock in a downtrend carves out a bottom when it stops falling, forms a bottom for a period of time…and then starts climbing higher. A stock that’s carving out a bottom should hold above a certain price for a significant amount of time. This is a key signal that buyers are stepping in at this price, giving the stock a floor. The chart below shows video streaming giant Netflix (NFLX) carving out a bottom. It traded in a range for 17 months before finally breaking out in January 2013. The stock went on to gain 257% over the next 11 months. – —last_img read more

The American Medical Association is suing North Da

first_imgThe American Medical Association is suing North Dakota to block two abortion-related laws, the latest signal the doctors’ group is shifting to a more aggressive stance as the Trump administration and state conservatives ratchet up efforts to eliminate legal abortion.The group, which represents all types of physicians, has tended to stay on the sidelines of many controversial political issues, and until recently has done so concerning abortion and contraception. Instead, it has focused on legislation that affects the practice and finances of large swaths of its membership.But, said AMA President Patrice Harris in an interview, the organization felt it had to take a stand because new laws forced the small number of doctors who perform abortions to lie to patients, putting “physicians in a place where we are required by law to commit an ethical violation.”One of the laws, set to take effect Aug. 1, requires physicians to tell patients that medication abortions — a procedure involving two drugs taken at different times — can be reversed. The AMA said that is “a patently false and unproven claim unsupported by scientific evidence.” North Dakota is one of several states to pass such a measure, even as researchers who study the procedure say it’s not effective.The AMA, along with the last remaining abortion clinic in the state, is also challenging an existing North Dakota law that requires doctors to tell pregnant women that an abortion terminates “the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.” The AMA said that law “unconstitutionally forces physicians to act as the mouthpiece of the state.”It’s the second time this year the AMA has taken legal action on an abortion-related issue. In March, the group filed a lawsuit in Oregon in response to the Trump administration’s new rules for the federal family planning program. Those rules would, among other things, ban doctors and other health professionals from referring pregnant patients for abortions.”The Administration is putting physicians in an untenable situation, prohibiting us from having open, frank conversations with our patients about all their health care options — a violation of patients’ rights under the [AMA] Code of Medical Ethics,” wrote then-AMA President Barbara McAneny.It’s an unusually assertive stance for a group that has taken multiple positions on abortion-related issues over the years.Mary Ziegler, a law professor at Florida State University who has written several books about abortion, says that the AMA’s history on abortion is complicated. In general, she says, the AMA “didn’t want to get into the [abortion] issue because of the political fallout and because historically there have been doctors in the AMA on both sides of the issue.”In recent years, the AMA has taken mostly a back seat on abortion issues, even ones that directly addressed physician autonomy, leaving the policy lead to specialty groups like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which has consistently defended doctors’ rights to practice medicine as they see fit when it comes to abortion issues.Ziegler says it is not entirely clear why the AMA has suddenly become more outspoken on women’s reproductive issues. One reason could be that the organization’s membership is skewing younger and less conservative. Also, this year, for the first time, the AMA’s top elected officials are all women.In its earliest days, the AMA led the fight to outlaw abortion in the late 1800s, as doctors wanted to assert their professionalism and clear the field of “untrained” practitioners like midwives.Abortion was not an issue for the group in the first half of the 20th century. The AMA became best-known for successful fights to fend off a national health insurance system.Leading up to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide, the AMA softened its opposition. In 1970, the AMA board called for abortion decisions to be between “a woman and her doctor.” But the organization declined to submit a friend-of-the-court brief to the high court during its consideration of Roe.In 1997, the AMA, in a surprise move, endorsed a GOP-backed measure to ban what opponents called “partial-birth abortions,” a little used procedure that anti-abortion forces likened to infanticide. A year later, however, an audit of the AMA’s leadership found its trustees had “blundered” in endorsing the bill and had contradicted long-standing AMA policy.One reason the organization may be moving on the issue now could be the shifting parameters of the abortion debate itself. In 1997, the abortion procedure ban that the AMA endorsed “polled well and allowed abortion opponents to paint the other side as extremist,” Ziegler says.Exactly the opposite is true today, she says, as states pass abortion bans more sweeping than those seen at any time since Roe. Yet most public opinion polls show a majority of Americans want abortion to remain legal in many or most cases.”As abortion opponents take more extreme positions, the AMA is probably a little more comfortable intervening” Ziegler adds.Molly Duane, a lawyer from the Center for Reproductive Rights who is arguing the case for the AMA and North Dakota’s sole remaining abortion clinic, says the laws being challenged are “something all doctors should be alarmed by. … This is an unprecedented act of invading the physician-patient relationship and forcing words into the mouths of physicians.”Kaiser Health News is a national health policy news service. It is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, which is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Copyright 2019 Kaiser Health News. To see more, visit Kaiser Health News.last_img read more

Watch Summer break for political Sunday sermons

first_imgWhatsApp SharePrint Partit Nazzjonalista leader Adrian Delia said that there will be no Sunday activities for now, since it is on a break. Replying to questions from Newsbook.com.mt, the Nationalist leader was asked why the traditional Sunday party activities were not being held.Following the May elections, Partit Nazzjonalista has now entered its third week of not holding its Sunday sermon. On the other hand Partit Laburista continued with its activities in the form of one to one interviews with party leader Joseph Muscat.Delia explained following the electoral campaign, people had “too much of the same thing” adding that he thinks that the electorate is now looking forward to more refreshing things rather than heavily partisan discourse. He further explained that his idea is to have a little break and then have issues which people are talking about on the agenda.Data leakWhen asked about a possible data leak to General Workers’ Union weekly newspaper It-Torċa, said that he could not understand how such claim was made when “these are petitions which were running around with loads of people involved”. Delia added the way petitions work, is that many people are involved. He denied any breach of data.READ: PN petitioners accuse party of data leak, divide and rule tacticsOn Sunday former PN’s executive committee president Mark Anthony Sammut said that each petition paper had 10 signatures and that only Ivan Bartolo had access to the complete list. Sammut along with four other PN councillors presented a petition asking the general council to convene and debate Delia’s leadership. The petition asks for a secret ballot on whether Delia should shoulder responsibility for the electoral results.center_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Building a Car or Fixing a House These YouTubers Can Help

first_img Apply Now » Guest Writer Building a Car or Fixing a House? These YouTubers Can Help. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Add to Queue 41shares Not long ago, I found a YouTube video that provided step-by-step instructions on how to fix the lid on a kitchen trash can that’s supposed to open when you step on the pedal. Whether you need to learn how to play a bass or fillet a bass, chances are there’s at least one video on YouTube that will provide a detailed how-to for the task at hand.It’s reminiscent of the podcast explosion. If you search for a podcast about heavy metal bands who only sing about fly fishing, chances are you’ll find one.For DIYers who like to make their own furniture, one of the YouTube superstars of the so-called maker video scene is a 50-year-old master craftsman named Jimmy Diresta. The guy can fabricate anything out of wood, steel and synthetic materials. Diresta has a million-plus YouTube subscribers who watch him work magic in a 5,000-square-foot Catskills Mountain work space. His toolset includes everything from rusted, century-old lathes to state-of-the-art CNC machines such as routers and plasma cutters.”Everything I’ve ever done for a living was making something,” said Diresta, who started making and selling signs to other kids when he was in elementary school.As an adult, Diresta spent 18 years building prototypes for the toy industry Then he started doing TV shows for Fox and the Discovery Channel. But he soon grew frustrated bending to the will and whim of his producers and clueless executives. So he turned to YouTube and hasn’t looked back. Diresta estimates he’s done more than 400 videos at this point, including exclusive content for Make magazine (the journal of the maker movement), the industrial design website Core77 and Rockler, which sells woodworking tools.Diresta says the key to a successful a maker video channel is producing content that your audience will want to share. Twenty-five of his videos, including videos about a sword that is concealed in a cane (below) and a hollow log treasure chest, have had more than a million views on YouTube. A few, including one in which he attached a multi-tool to a bowie knife, have have been viewed more than 5 million times.Diresta’s fans come from all over the world to visit him in New York. And some who don’t make the trek send him handmade stuff with the Diresta logo stenciled on it, a hat tip to his YouTube videos, which conclude with Diresta spray painting his surname on his projects with a stencil. In another nod to YouTube tradition, Diresta unboxes gifts from his fans on camera.The man receives a continuing stream of emails from other makers who initially express admiration for his video handiwork and then write back to alert him to their first videos. “My style has been stolen a million times to Sunday,” he says, “but I don’t mind. I like it.”Building houses and making gnocchiOne of Diresta’s admirers, who is starting to make a name for himself on YouTube, is Gardner Waldeier, a 34-year-old woodworker, auto mechanic and gourmet chef in Waterford, Maine. Waldeier is known as Bus Huxley on YouTube, a name he says just came to him. His videos are often made with the help of both a 60-year-old Ford tractor and a brand-new iMac.Waldeier has been cutting down trees on his land, milling them nearby, and building a new house with the lumber. There are 21 episodes so far in his A House Built from Trees series, with no end in sight. But he doesn’t limit himself to building in his videos. His eclectic channel offers screen time to baby raccoons, recipes for tacos and pickled jalapenos and such wacky endeavors as using a chainsaw to propel himself across a frozen lake.When he started making videos, Waldeier used an iPhone with a cracked screen someone gave him and a low-resolution garden cam that allows you to record video one frame at a time by setting the interval between frames.Waldeier’s videos do not yet have the reach of similar videos from Diresta. His four-minute video on fixing the brakes on a Toyota Corolla garnered fewer than 100 views. But his tutorial on changing a gas tank on a 1996 Ford pick-up truck had 12,000+ views. Waldeier’s most widely seen video is a step-by-step demonstration of how to make gnocchi, which accrued some 21,000 views.”I get many comments from people who say, ‘I’m trying this [recipe] tonight,’ and then the next day they write and say, ‘This is a great recipe. It worked just as the video said it would.’ That is hugely satisfying to me,” Waldeier tells PCMag.Diresta says he gets feedback from his subscribers every day. “Sometimes it’s someone who never thought to work with metal, but because I’ve been doing a lot of metal projects, they say, ‘I finally got my first welder. I never, ever was interested in welding but I see the combination of wood and metal you do, so now I’m going to try and do that.'”Diresta says his videos appeal to people who are not makers.”I always strive to make sure my videos include a transformation. If it shows a transformation, I think people become entertained and educated,” he said. “They say, ‘I didn’t know that pile of wood could become that beautiful piece of furniture.’ Or, ‘I never understood how a giant chunk of metal gets machined and turned into this other shape.'”Pushing gadgets to the limitThe makers on YouTube couldn’t do what they do without a GoPro or other small so-called action cameras.”You can plop them and drop them everywhere,” says Diresta, who owns a bunch of GoPros and swaps them out when the batteries drain. “GoPros just open up a whole new world of looking at things from underneath, inside, outside.”Waldeier has positioned his GoPro in some strange places: on shears he used to prune an apple tree (below), on the steering wheel of a cross-country ski trail groomer, in a pot into which he was ricing potatoes, on the scoop of an excavator he used to pull tree stumps out of the ground. It’s not surprising, then, that his GoPro has been subjected to more than a fair share of abuse.”I’ve dropped it from a 90-foot pine tree. I’ve run it over with my tractor. I’ve hit it with a hockey stick,” he says. “It’s incredible. It’s cracked but it’s holding up.”Not all Waldeier’s creative attempts to provide his YouTube followers with a birds-eye view pan out. Footage he recorded with a GoPro submerged in sap wasn’t used in his video about making maple syrup.These maker videos often violate some of the cardinal rules in filmmaking. Jump cuts abound, and what might be deemed as hokey attempts at magical realism also pass muster. During editing, Waldeier can take a tire off a car in an instant with the magic of his cursor, while vegetables seem to dance across a cutting board.Most of the time, the action in these step-by-step video are sped up. The first task in a project may be shown in real time but then the footage zooms by to give the viewer a sense of the project’s entirety. But there’s also a time for slowing things down.”If I’m holding up something that’s important, I’ll literally grab those three seconds and slow it down to… six seconds so that people can absorb it,” says Diresta. “I slow things down so people can do a frame grab on it and look at it and see what it is. So, I’ll show a bottle that I’m using only for an instant of a second, knowing that someone will just click through the frame rate and then, ‘Oh, I see it. Okay, that’s edge coat for leather. Let me write that down and go find that.'”The technique of speeding up or slowing down footage is as old as motion pictures themselves, but Waldeier says slow motion can have a powerful effect.”You can see the ax going into the piece of wood and see the wood splitting apart,” observes Waldeier. “And the same with sawdust shooting out. You see things happening [in slow motion] that you’re not aware of in regular life. It’s a whole unseen world.”Two other YouTube channels worth checking out are Tim Sway, a Connecticut-based maker who specializes in upcycling discarded objects into furniture, and a Swedish immigrant in Oregon who uses the nom de YouTube Darbin Orvar. Her maker career started in second grade in Sweden, where she was required to study wood-working and sewing in school. Among her YouTube projects are a concrete vase, a Bluetooth speaker, an upholstered headboard for a bed and a camera bag. Jon Kalish Writer Next Article July 24, 2017 For DIYers who like to make their own furniture, one of the YouTube superstars of the so-called maker video scene is a 50-year-old master craftsman named Jimmy Diresta. YouTube Image credit: YouTube via PCMag The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This story originally appeared on PCMag 8 min readlast_img read more