Rabat – Saudi authorities have just admitted that prominent Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.The Saudi news channel Al Akhbariya made the announcement. Saudi authorities are claiming that Khashoggi was killed in a fight that erupted after he entered the consulate.According to the same source, Khashoggi died from a choke hold during a physical altercation. The announcement contradicts a previous official statement by Saudi authorities. Originally, Saudi Arabia denied any involvement in the Saudi journalist’s death and stressed that he left the consulate shortly after he arrived.It also contradicts statements by Turkish officials to the New York Times in which they asserted that a hit squad that flew in from Saudi Arabia to eliminate the journalist tortured, killed, and dismembered Khashoggi.Saudi authorities announced the arrest of 18 individuals after an investigation established their link to Khashoggi’s murder.Saud Al Qahtani, an adviser to Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman, was dismissed from his post. Al Qahtani is notorious for having spearheaded a ferocious media campaign against Qatar since the start of the Saudi-led blockade against its neighbor in June 2017.In late 2016, Qahtani told Khashoggi that he was banned from writing or posting tweets after he made “unfriendly” comments about Trump.???: ?????? ????? ?? ?????? “???? ????? ????? ????? ?????”? ?????? ???? ???? ???? ??????? ?? ????? ??? ????? ???? ???? ? #???????_???????— ???? ???????? (@saudq1978) August 17, 2017In August 2017, Al Qahtani took advantage of his large base of followers and launched a blacklist. He called on all Saudis to report any account showing sympathy towards Qatar or questioning the Saudi decision to impose a blockade on its neighbor.US Senator Lindsay Graham has questioned the narrative of Saudi Arabia. The senator, known for being a close ally to President Donald Trump, said in his Twitter account that he is more than “skeptical about the new Saudi narrative.”To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement. https://t.co/am4fraUL6H— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 19, 2018Representative Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the US House Intelligence Committee, expressed the same skepticism and called on Congress to hold Saudi Arabia accountable if the Trump administration fails to do so.The claim that Khashoggi was killed while brawling with 15 men dispatched from Saudi Arabia is not at all credible. If he was fighting with those sent to capture or kill him, it was for his life.The Kingdom must be held to account. If Administration doesn’t lead, Congress must.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) October 19, 2018
BERLIN — The German government says the country’s economy is in a weak phase but it doesn’t currently see indications it will enter a long-term recession.The German economy, Europe’s largest, contracted by 0.1% in the second quarter and is widely predicted to shrink again in the third quarter, which would put it into a technical recession.The Economy Ministry said Friday that data in September, the last month in the quarter, don’t point to a turnaround, with exports moving sideways and no sign of an industrial recovery even though the construction sector remains strong.The Ministry says “the German economy is in a weak phase; the subdued global industrial growth is affecting the export-oriented German economy.”But it adds: “a stronger downturn, or even a pronounced recession, is not currently expected.”The Associated Press
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says it and Rwanda have signed tripartite agreements with many African governments on the voluntary return of Rwandan refugees. “The process of convincing all Rwandan refugees to come home is still going on,” the agency says.The UN declared 7 April the International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda to remember the mostly Tutsi and moderate Hutu Rwandans killed by their Hutu countrymen. The Rwandan Government recently estimated the death toll at 937,000.Among the events scheduled for Wednesday will be a worldwide minute of silence observed in memory of the victims. Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser for Africa, Ibrahim Gambari, will represent the UN at ceremonies in the Rwandan capital Kigali, while Mr. Annan will address a special commemorative meeting of the UN Commission on Human Rights on the prevention of genocide in Geneva.In New York, staff from UN Headquarters will march in a circle in front of the UN Secretariat building and observe a minute of silence at the Japanese Garden near the Peace Bell donated by the Government of Japan. The UN General Assembly will also convene a meeting and the UN will host a high-level discussion panel.During the 100-day genocide, refugee camps in neighbouring countries grew to the size of major cities, UNCHR says. There were 200,000 people at Kibumba, in what was then eastern Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and nearly 500,000 refugees in camps in western Tanzania.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) notes that ethnic and regional quotas have been abolished by the Government of National Unity, but the country bears a heavy burden to provide care for hundreds of thousands of children affected by war, genocide and HIV/AIDS. The genocide orphaned some 95,000 children.“The children of Rwanda witnessed unspeakable violence,” says UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy. “Tens of thousands lost their mothers and fathers. Thousands were victims of horrific brutality and rape. The impact of the tragedy simply cannot be overstated.”Thousands of children, some as young as 7, were forced into military operations and compelled to commit violent acts against their will. Many of them were then jailed for these atrocities.Major gaps exist in the provision of psychosocial care services and peace education, UNICEF says.In the settlement of Buremera, where UNHCR built houses for returnees, as well as for vulnerable local citizens, Deocratien Kadeyi, 66, a Tutsi man who survived by fleeing his village and sleeping under banana leaves for five days, says reconciliation has taken hold in the hearts of Rwandans, nonetheless. “Several years ago we started to forget what happened.”At the Gikongoro Memorial, where the preserved bodies of genocide victims bear mute witness to the horrific ways in which they died, Emmanuel Murangira haltingly tells the story of how he lost 50 members of his extended family.Asked if Rwanda could experience another genocide, he eventually says: “I don’t fear another genocide. The genocide was carried out by people. If they understand it’s a bad thing, they are not going to repeat it.”Photo Gallery: – Collection on peacekeeping in 1994- Exhibit at UN Headquarters
After two seasons, offensive lineman Jack Wohlabaugh will move on from Ohio State and transfer to Duke, the redshirt freshman announced Thursday afternoon.Excited for what the future holds! pic.twitter.com/iXx1xXPqWu— Jack Wohlabaugh (@JackWohlabaugh) January 4, 2018Wohlabaugh did not play in 2017 and served as depth, but did not have a clear path to future playing time. A former three-star prospect, Wohlabaugh was the 20th-ranked guard in the country and the No. 16 player in Ohio, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He is the second offensive lineman to make the move from Ohio State to Duke in the past year. Then-redshirt junior Evan Lisle announced his transfer to Duke in January 2017.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The religious feast of the Epiphany — the Twelfth Day after Christmas — was celebrated throughout Greece on Thursday with the traditional “Blessing of the Waters” in ports, rivers, lakes, reservoirs and fountains in front of cathedrals. The ritual commemorates Christ’s baptism in the River Jordan, termed the Epiphany by St. John Chryssostom (from the Greek word for ‘manifestation’, ‘epifaniea’).In Piraeus, Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece officiated at a ceremony in the country’s largest port. The government was represented by Maritime Affairs, Islands & Fishing Minister Yiannis Diamantidis, and was also attended by main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras, Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) party leader George Karatzaferis, numerous officials, and political party MPs.In Athens, the ceremony was held at the Kolonaki rservoir, attended by new Athens Mayor George Kaminis and MPs from various parties, and government vice-president representing the government.The ceremony in Thessaloniki, officiated by Metropolitan Anthimos, was attended by the new mayor Yiannis Boutaris and political party representatives, with the government represented by Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos. Source: ANA
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Abbott government’s plan to help Qantas by repealing section 3 of the Qantas Sale Act was dealt a blow this week, with Independent Senator Nick Xenophon saying that he would join with Labor and the Greens to stop the legislation passing through the Senate.The government – which rejected a request by the national carrier for a debt guarantee – has said that Qantas should be allowed to access investment through foreign ownership deals, allowing it to operate on a level playing field with Virgin.Any changes involving part ownership are based upon a restructuring plan that will divide Qantas into international and domestic divisions.Those changes would mean foreign investors – including government-owned airlines – would be able to take a majority stake in the domestic arm, but foreign ownership of the international arm would stay capped at 49 per cent, ensuring the airline remains an Australian carrier with related landing rights.The Abbott government has conceded that any decision to repeal elements of the Qantas Sale Act is liable to send maintenance jobs offshore. Meanwhile, Nick Xenophon has called for a judicial inquiry into the airline’s financial management, and said that such an inquiry should underpin any decision to amend the Qantas Sales Act.“This is a red herring, the real problem here is the failed strategy pursued by Qantas management,” Xenophon told reporters in Canberra this week. Xenophon made the call for an inquiry following Qantas’ announcement that it would shed 5,000 jobs, having reported a $252 million half-yearly loss. “Alan Joyce and the Qantas Board have brought one of the world’s great airlines and a national icon to its knees,” said Xenophon, who is adamant that only a judicial inquiry, “with sufficient forensic account resources”, would reveal the underlying causes of Qantas’ economic troubles and determine whether changes to the Qantas Sale Act were needed.“Their botched strategy of pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into Jetstar’s Asian operations seems to be the real cause of the demise, and Australians shouldn’t believe Mr Joyce’s lame excuses.”Senator Xenophon has also questioned whether current Australian accounting and corporate governance rules needed to be changed.“Right now, the consolidated accounts of Qantas Group, with over 129 entities trading under it, don’t need to pinpoint how well or how badly each division is doing….the public deserves to know how the various parts of the group are performing.”Labor has said it is ready to team up with Xenophon and the Greens to launch a Senate inquiry into Qantas’ financial dealings. Opposition transport spokesman Anthony Albanese is reported to have prepared the terms of reference for such an inquiry.On Thursday the House of Representatives cleared a bill lifting the 49 per cent foreign ownership limit in the Qantas Sale Act by 83 votes to 53, after a debate in which Bill Shorten called Coalition MPs “cheese eating surrender monkeys of Australian jobs”. The bill has no chance of being passed through the Senate if Labor, the Greens and independents such as Xenophon hold their line.
Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target No name looms as large in the world of science fiction cinema than George Lucas. He took a humble space opera and built it into one of the most successful franchises of all time, with nine Star Wars films and counting. And there’s no denying that the bones he laid down for a galaxy long ago and far away have resulted in some incredible entertainment.But here’s the thing: no man is perfect. Even a titan like George Lucas has made some dumb decisions over the course of his career. Even though we’re in a celebratory mood because The Last Jedi is so good, we still have to take a look back at Lucas’s life and point out the times that he seriously boned up.AdChoices广告The Special EditionsWe can’t really fault George Lucas for wanting to mess around with the original Star Wars trilogy in the late 1990s. He’d been living with those movies for decades, and things he saw as mistakes and flaws just get worse over time. So he took an opportunity that most filmmakers don’t get and went back in with the best technology the era had to offer and made some changes – beefing up crowd scenes, adding in a CGI Jabba, getting rid of “Yub Nub.” Whatever your view on these alterations, they happened, and most fans would have been fine except for one thing: Lucas claimed the new versions were the only proper ones and pulled the originals from circulation. This is, straight up, a weird dick move that he was rightfully excoriated for.Midi-ChloriansThe concept of the Force is one of the most enduring things to come out of Star Wars, a continuum of energy that can be used to hurt or heal. It’s a potent metaphor that lends itself to all kinds of stories, which is why people lost their mind when George Lucas tried to claim it was just the side effects of some weird bacteria in your blood. Midi-Chlorians were introduced in The Phantom Menace as a bizarre handwave that explains why some people can use the Force and others can’t. It’s sort of like Dragonball Z‘s power level, only it takes an elegant concept and reduces it to numbers and a blood test. Definitely a huge misstep.Killing Darth MaulThe villains are almost a more compelling part of the Star Wars cosmology than the heroes, as evidenced by the decision to make the prequel trilogy about the creation of Darth Vader. A huge amount of the promotional material for The Phantom Menace centered on Darth Maul, the horned dual-ended lightsaber wielder played by Ray Park. He was a fierce and frightening figure, a strong antagonist to set up the early days of the Sith – and he was pretty unceremoniously disposed of in the same movie. We’re not saying that every character has to survive, but it was a massive waste of potential.Comparing Disney To White SlaversIt’s safe to say that the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney was the key decision that kickstarted the new films and brought the franchise back to relevance. It was a hard pill for George Lucas to swallow, though. After the relative failure of the prequel trilogy, watching other creators take his babies away had to hurt. In an interview with Charlie Rose, though, Lucas put his foot in his mouth with a particularly bad comparison. He’s referred to the films as “his children” before, but to Rose he followed it up with “I sold them off to the the white slavers who take these things and…” Yikes.Howard The DuckIn the late 1980s, the name George Lucas was synonymous with blockbuster box office success. After Star Wars and Raiders, it seemed like he could do no wrong. So when Lucas signed up to produce an adaptation of a Marvel comic book, directed by film school chum Willard Huyck, expectations were high. But this wasn’t a big name-Marvel star: it was an offbeat cult series about a surly bird who gets pulled from his dimension to Earth and has bizarre adventures with villains like the bell-headed Doctor Bong. As everybody knows, Howard The Duck was a disaster, a movie too goofy for adults but too weirdly sexual for kids, and it was a critical and commercial flop. It still stands as the worst-reviewed Lucasfilm movie ever made.Darth IckyWith such a flabbergasting volume of spin-off books, video games and other cultural products, Lucas can’t personally shepherd every single Star Wars thing that exists. But sometimes his underlings approach the throne for advice and get something they didn’t bargain for. During the development of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, developers at LucasArts wanted George to have some input on the game’s protagonist. As the protege of Darth Vader, they thought having a Darth name would be good. Lucas, completely straight-faced, suggested “Darth Insanius” or “Darth Icky.” Needless to say, they passed on those suggestions.Blaming His Retirement On The FansAfter the release of Red Tails in 2012, Lucas did a press tour to dramatically flounce away from the world of blockbuster big-budget movies forever, claiming that he’s going to focus on personal art films. Why would he do that? Well, according to an interview he did with the New York Times, it was all our fault. “Why would I make any more, when everybody yells at you all the time and says what a terrible person you are?” was Lucas’s response to the fan opprobrium after the Special Editions and prequels. Needless to say, that didn’t go over all that well.Casting Hayden ChristensenThere are plenty of criticisms to be leveled against The Prequels, but at their core they tell a good story: the transformation of Anakin Skywalker into Darth Vader. Unfortunately, that story needed a gifted actor with potent emotional range, and instead George Lucas gave us Hayden Christensen. No offense, he seems like a perfectly nice guy, but Christensen just wasn’t up to the task. Lucas has never been particularly masterful at dealing with actors – his only feedback to Mark Hamill was to say his lines “faster and more intense” – so he wasn’t much help. Throw in a horrifically clunky script and you had a franchise shooting itself in the foot.His Congressional SpeechOne of the worst things to look like in this world is a hypocrite, somebody who says one thing and does another. When George Lucas went before Congress to give an impassioned speech against the trend of colorizing and altering classic movies in 1988, he seemed to be solidly on the side of keeping movies the way they were originally released. In his remarks, he said that “People who alter or destroy works of art and our cultural heritage for profit or as an exercise of power are barbarians.” And then he would go on to relentlessly alter his original Star Wars trilogy for special editions, adding unnecessary special effects and changing scenes. Make up your mind, dude.The Holiday SpecialThis is obviously well-traveled ground, but the Star Wars Holiday Special will haunt George Lucas to the grave. Rushed to cash in on the surprise popularity of his film in 1978, he didn’t have a lot to do with its production but one of the most inexplicable ideas in the whole thing – the idea to center the main story around Chewbacca’s family, who don’t speak English – came from his desk. Obviously Lucas has no problem with merchandising his creations, as the bazillions of Star Wars products on the market show, but this was early on before he realized that it would be smart to keep a little more control over the proceedings.Jar Jar BinksThe Star Wars universe is full of colorful characters, but none of them inspire the sheer rage that Jar Jar Binks does. Lucas was inspired by Disney’s weird lanky humanoid dog Goofy to create a comic relief character to counterbalance the dark themes of the prequel trilogy. Originally the alien was supposed to have been played by Michael Jackson in extensive prosthetics, but Lucas went for an entirely CGI-generated look with motion capture and voice by Ahmed Best. Lots of things feel flat in the prequels, but Jar Jar epitomized the weird tone and bad dialogue more than anything else. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Real Madrid are looking set to return to their pursuit of David de Gea this summer with the club confident that they can sign him for £100m, reports the Manchester Evening NewsLos Galacticos have made it no secret for their admiration for the Manchester United goalkeeper and came close to signing De Gea back in 2015, but a technical problem in sending the paperwork during the final hours of the summer transfer window ultimately meant that the Spaniard stayed at Old Trafford.Jose Mourinho is understood to be strongly against allowing De Gea to leave in the summer and Real are resigned to the fact that they will very likely have to pay for a world-record fee for a goalkeeper in order to sway United.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The Red Devils have set themselves the aim of securing the 27-year-old’s long-term future at the club, but Real are hopeful that the appointment of Julen Lopetegui will help with them.The new Real boss worked with De Gea during his spell in charge of Spain, before he was shockingly fired on Wednesday.Currently, De Gea has another 12 months on his contract at United, but the club does have the option to renew it by another year if they are unable to reach an agreement with their prized asset.
OMSI and the American Meteor Society are looking for details about the fireball that streaked across the sky at about 5:55 a.m. Wednesday.You can report what you saw on The AMS WebsiteRemember the adage: The early bird catches the fireball.At least that’s what early risers in Clark County and much of the Pacific Northwest can claim if they were looking at the sky at 5:55 a.m. Wednesday morning.That’s when a brilliant, whitish-blue fireball streaked through the sky for about eight seconds, according to reports from across the region. “I saw this! It was awesome. Couldn’t get to my phone quick enough though,” said Frank Decker, a commenter on The Columbian’s website.OMSI and the American Meteor Society are hoping that those who saw it will report in with details on the Web at http://www.amsmeteors.org/.“Those people who saw it, they’ll remember it for the rest of their lives,” said Jim Todd, OMSI’s director of space science education. Their short duration in the sky makes fireballs hard to photograph, but Todd said he’s hoping a security camera or other device may have captured the event.
Goodman Masson, JP Morgan and Sky (pictured) are among those shortlisted for Most engaging benefits proposition at the Employee Benefits Awards 2016.The award, sponsored by Personal Group, recognises employers that have used benefits and rewards as part of their wider strategy to engage employees within the organisation.The full category shortlist is:Advent Capital (Entered by Xerox HR Services)Goodman MassonJP Morgan: Elements (Entered by Vebnet)Live Nation Entertainment: Live Benefits (Entered by Thomsons Online Benefits)Phonographic PerformanceSky: My Sky Rewards (Entered by Capita Employee Benefits)Visualsoft: Creating a culture of trust – Visualsoft and Hive HRThe winners will be announced during a ceremony at the Artillery Garden at the HAC, London, on 3 June 2016.See the full shortlist.For more information and to reserve your seats.
WILMINGTON, MA — The following events are FREE and OPEN TO ALL (regardless of age) at Windsor Place of Wilmington (92 West Street) this January:Wednesday, January 2Art Matters Lecture with Beth KnausTopic: Art Keeps Us Human11:00 am, Activity RoomArt teaches. Art communicates. Art has humor, adventure and passion. Art matters! People are the only living creatures who make art. It is a uniquely human activity and the sole reason we have an advanced civilization. We use visual images to communicate with one another as a species. Art transcends language, different cultures, time and distance. It keeps us connected to one another. It keeps us human. Join us for a mini-history of western civilization through art, from the caves to the shuttle, to see and understand how art and civilization depend upon each other. Be sure to bring your sense of humor and your sense of Human.Monday, January 7 and 21Chair Yoga with instructor Marianne Bergonzi10:00 am, Activity RoomAll are welcome to attend Marianne’s bi-monthly yoga class. Yoga is a study of your body, mind and breath. It is about learning how to undo unconscious repetitive patterns of movement that do not serve us well. Yoga teaches us how to open up the joints of our body and allow more supple movement of the spine, freeing ourselves of tension and stress. This class will last for 45 minutes.Thursday, January 10Slide-Illustrated Lecture with Michael Perry, Topic: March Scandinavian Holiday11:00 am, Activity RoomMichael Perry, from Freeport, Maine takes you on a late winter visit to Finland and to Oslo, Norway. First we will cross country ski across Finland in the 34th annual Border to Border event, starting out near the Russian Border and skiing west 250 miles to the Swedish border over a seven day period. The beautiful snow-laden evergreen forest and vast farmland seem oddly misplaced as we follow along the Arctic Circle. Then we take the plane from Helsinki to the Capitol city of Norway, Oslo, for a full day of walking around and enjoying the sights. The crown jewel of Oslo is the artistic Oslo Opera House looking out over Oslo on its sloping roof with views over the water. We will also visit the Royal Palace, the Oslo Theater, the site of the annual Nobel Peace Prize award, the imposing fortress of Akershus dating back to 1308. Plus insights into native sons: playwright Henrik Ibsen and painter Edvard Munch. Inspiring photos, mixed with Michael’s warmth and humor, make this a fun program!Friday, January 18Gary Hylander LectureTopic: The Boston Police Strike Of 191911:00 am, Activity RoomGary Hylander holds a Doctorate in Presidential History and is a scholar entirelyimpassioned by his subject matter. He makes U.S. history come alive as he lectures each month. This month’s topic is: The Boston Police Strike of 1919. This year marks the centennial of the Boston Police Strike of 1919. Boston Patrolmen were rated among the finest law enforcement officers in the nation. Beneath the surface however, all was not well. Police stations were in disrepair, wages were low and the hours were long, in some cases almost 80 a week. When patrolmen voted to unionize and went on strike in 1919, their actions were condemned as subversive and radical. Most officers were fired. “There is no right to strike,” said Governor Coolidge, “against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, anytime.”Tuesday, January 22Abagail by Gail Presentation: Colonial Life for the 18th Century Family: The Tools of Survival2:30 pm, Activity RoomIn this session, Abigail describes how a colonial family provided for their basic needs. Using primary sources like the family’s probate inventory, learn about which items were important for survival and how they were made. Audience members are encouraged to explore reproduction artifacts just like those that were a part of everyday life. Explore the importance of craftsmen and imported goods. Discover how a family not only survived, but thrived!Thursday, January 31Ron Falong LectureTopic: China11:00 am, Activity RoomInternational travel agent Ron Falong will share his expertise on traveling to China. Falong is a professional tour guide who has travelled to 42 countries and all 7 continents.(NOTE: The above information is from Windsor Place of Wilmington.)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 email@example.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor: WOW Factor Auto Detailing Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWindsor Place Of Wilmington Offers FREE Programs This July (Public Welcome)In “Community”Windsor Place Of Wilmington Offers FREE Programs This April (Public Welcome)In “Community”Windsor Place Of Wilmington Offers FREE Programs This February (Public Welcome)In “Business”
Share Atlantic Coffee Solutions announced its decision to close the plant and cease operations starting June 12, 2018. According to abc13 the plant cited economic reasons for the closure.“The company is working closely with customers to smooth transitions of their products to other providers,” the company said in a statement. “Employees will be released over the next few months in a phased process as our customers transition.”According to the Houston Chronicle about 279 employees will be affected by the closure. The plant was previously home to Maxwell House Coffee.Atlantic Coffee Solutions is one of the largest coffee manufacturing plants in the world.
Velev’s earlier work focused on gel-based photovoltaics, diodes and other devices – but their downside was the rigid electrodes used as contacts. Currently, however, the research team is studying a moldable liquid metal. “We originally thought about combining the metal with the gels to make a device completely out of soft materials resembling Jell-O,” quips Dickey. “What we discovered is that the gel environment and the oxide that forms on the metal can work synergistically to form memory. Once we made this observation, the main challenge was elucidating the exact mechanism – which our rather brilliant students figured out with some very clever experiments.” Copyright 2011 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. At the same time, the materials that make memristors (and electronic devices in general) possible are usually rigid in structure and can never operate in water. This means that some of the most promising uses of memristor technology – such as in vivo sensors and oceanic rescue robots – are not feasible without needing protection from the liquid environment in which they operate.The best of all possible electronic worlds, then, would have the ion-based functionality of memristors embodied in a flexible hydrophilic material. As it turns out, that – and potentially much more – is precisely what researchers in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University have demonstrated. Prof. Orin Velev, Prof. Michael Dickey, and graduate students Hyung-Jun Koo and Ju-Hee So, have devised a new class of easily fabricated memristors based entirely on so-called soft matter – hydrogels doped with polyelectrolytes sandwiched with liquid metal electrodes – that operate using ionic conductance in aqueous systems rather than conventional electron transport. Moreover, in being able to operate in water, the new gel-based soft matter differs significantly from the many soft matter electronics efforts that use polymer semiconductors but are not water-compatible.In essence, this suggests that in addition to having the potential to realize memristor-based neuromorphic structures, the polysaccharide hydrogel core of these devices is biocompatible, could possibly be interfaced with live neural and other tissue, and could lead to three-dimensional soft circuits and their in vivo operations. A crossbar array of soft material-based memristors. (a) Photo¬graph of a prototype of an integrated soft memristor circuit with a 2 × 2 crossbar array. The device is flexible as shown in the inset image and compatible with water. (b) Schematic of the prototype in (a). The arrows point to the gel nodes. (c) Switching performance of the memristor circuit device. The switching bias to turn ‘off’ (+5 V) and ‘on’ (−5 V) the nodes is applied to the 1-B node for the first and second cycles and to the 2-A node for the third cycle, respectively, as shown by the arrows. The filled symbols represent the nodes in the ‘off’ state. The switching bias was applied to each node for 1 sec to minimize the crosstalk. © 2011 PNAS, doi: 10.1002/adma.201101257 Citation: Memristors with a twist: Quasi-liquid soft matter foreshadows biocompatible electronics and flexible robots (2011, July 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-memristors-quasi-liquid-soft-foreshadows-biocompatible.html More specifically, Dickey continues, “there are two key research issues that we addressed to make the technology work. The first was learning that the thickness of the oxide layer controls the resistance through the soft device – a property we use to define on and off states that correspond to conductive and resistive states, respectively. The second was learning that we could introduce asymmetry into the device – a requirement for memristors – by doping the gels with polymer to control the chemical environment around the metal.”Going forward, Dickey continues, “We hope to take advantage of the fact the water-based gels in the device are biocompatible, and could in principle be integrated with biological species, such as cells, enzymes, proteins, and tissues. We also made no attempt to optimize the memory capacity in our prototypes, which is an area for improvement. Finally, we’re working to understand the subtle aspects of the operating mechanism.”Velev stresses that two primary areas of the group’s future soft-matter research are electrochemical biosensors and soft-matter actuators. “For example,” he explains, “gel-based actuators respond to external voltage with controllable biomimetic movement that mimics the locomotion of jellyfish – and like jellyfish, are water-based and even biodegradable. This could lead to the development of gel-based soft robotics technology, which would have some parallels with DARPA’s earlier Soft Robotics program, although this similarity is not intended as much as arises from a shared focus on futuristic ideas that are based on mimicking Nature. I also believe,” he continues, “that our research ideas are close to some of the goals of the DARPA Programmable Matter program, but we are not supported by or participating in this program – although we hopefully will apply in the future after we have some actuation results.”One of the most-discussed memristor characteristic is its synaptic biomimesis. “State-of-the-art computers have difficulty mimicking the operation of the brain,” Dickey notes. “Memristors, on the other hand, are effective at mimicking synapses. If you were interested in only mimicking brain function, then solid-state memristors would be more practical because they contain many more memory elements and are much more optimized at this point. One of the things distinguishing our work is that the device behaves like a memristor and has other properties similar to the brain. Conventional electronics tend to be rigid, 2-D, moisture-intolerant, and operate using electrons; the brain, in contrast, is soft, 3-D, wet, and operates using ions and in addition to adopting many of these properties, our device is composed of biocompatible hydrogels.”Dickey points out that while the team has not demonstrated any interfacing of their soft-matter devices with biological species, and that it is unclear if it is even possible to interface with the brain, their technology “has many of the obvious properties one would look for this type of interface – including the ability to scale down to 10-100 microns in length. In fact,” he acknowledges, “we’ve just started a project to study the interface of these materials with neurons, but it is too early to comment on it.” Velev is also cautiously optimistic that while he doesn’t foresee medical applications of the soft-matter devices at the moment, he agrees that “hypothetical interfacing with living neurons is possible.” The real strength of the group’s technology, he adds, is that “both neuronal tissue and soft matter use an ionic current to propagate signals. In the near future,” Velev adds, “likely applications include an advanced biocompatible matrix – for biomolecules and living cells, biosensors, and interfaces with mammalian cells other than neurons – immersed in water and biological fluids. While we’re not working on experiments involving live cells right now,” he concludes, “we’re hopeful that this could be a future development – potentially through new collaborations and funding.” More information: Towards All-Soft Matter Circuits: Prototypes of Quasi-Liquid Devices with Memristor Characteristics, Advanced Materials; Article first published online July 4, 2011, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201101257 Memristor prototypes based entirely on soft materials. (a) A schematic depiction of the memristive device. Two polyelectrolytes entrapped in a matrix of agarose/H2O dictate the pH values of each hydrogel layer. (b) I-V traces of the device with ±5 V sweeps. The numbers and the arrows represent the order and the direction of the bias sweeps, respectively. The hysteresis of the I-V curves is a characteristic feature of memristors. The dotted line indicates the reading bias of 1 V, where the “memorized” resistance is measured. The sweep rate is 0.04 V/s. © 2011 PNAS, doi: 10.1002/adma.201101257 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. In some circles, memristors (from “memory resistor,” as coined by Leon Chua in a 1971 paper outlining memristive theory) are all the rage – and for good reason: As circuit elements which “remember” the amount of current that has passed through them in the past and show great functional flexibility, memristors show promise for applications as diverse as artificial synapses, nanoscale memory and sensors, and eventually a new class of computers based on neuromorphic architecture. Explore further Soft memory device opens door to new biocompatible electronics (w/ Video)
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September 23, 2014 489 Views LenderLive Movers & Shakers 2014-09-23 Seth Welborn Share Domestic-based mortgage services provider LenderLive Network has announced the hiring of Charlie Kent as VP of national sales for the Settlement Services division.Kent’s responsibilities in his new position with Colorado-based LenderLive include supporting existing client relationships and developing new ones. Immediately prior to joining LenderLive, Kent served as the national account director for First American, where he was in charge of many high profile accounts with top level clients.He has also held many executive positions with First American in addition to serving as national account director, including SVP, VP, and strategic account director.”Charlie is a proven business leader and industry veteran with deep experience in the title, lending, default, home equity and servicing industries,” said Joe Mowery, president of LenderLive Settlement Services. “His addition to the team enhances our strong capabilities and commitment to provide clients with solutions that help them control rising costs and remain compliant with current and upcoming new regulations.”Kent has worked in the mortgage servicing and title and settlement services industries for more than 20 years. He began his career at Transamerica MetroScan and moved on to TRW/REDI Property Data, later First American. He has also served as a vice president and national client director for CoreLogic. LenderLive Brings on VP of National Sales for Settlement Services in Headlines, News, Uncategorized
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