Agat (US): Long after clergy sex abuse erupted into scandal in the United States, it remained a secret on the American island of Guam, spanning generations and reaching to the very top of the Catholic hierarchy. For decades, abusers held the power in a culture of impunity led by an archbishop who was among those accused. Anthony Sablan Apuron was convicted in a secret Vatican trial and suspended in 2016, after which restrictions he supported on the reporting of abuse were eased. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USMore than 220 former altar boys, students and Boy Scouts are now suing the U.S. territory’s Catholic archdiocese over sexual assaults by 35 clergy, teachers and scoutmasters, hoping to finally see justice. The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year, estimating at least 45 million in liabilities, and survivors have until Aug. 15 to file for a financial settlement. Thousands of pages of court documents reviewed by The Associated Press, along with extensive interviews, tell a story of systemic abuse going back to the 1950s and of repeated collusion by predator priests. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSeven men have publicly accused Apuron of sexual assaults they endured as children, including his own nephew. The archbishop, now 73, denies the allegations, but in April the Vatican revealed that Pope Francis had upheld the findings of a secret church trial that he was guilty of sex crimes against children. “He believed he was untouchable, more powerful than the governor,” said Water Denton, a former U.S. Army sergeant who alleges he was raped by Apuron 40 years ago as an altar boy. “But it was me against him, and I had nothing to lose.” Though Apuron has been removed from public ministry and effectively exiled from Guam, he remains a bishop and receives a monthly USD 1,500 stipend from the church. The Guam archdiocese said it did not know where Apuron is, and his lawyer declined repeated requests for comment. The AP found he recently registered to vote in New Jersey, but residents at the address he listed said he doesn’t live there and they don’t know him. To this day, no member of the Catholic clergy on Guam has ever been prosecuted for a sex crime, including Apuron. Secret church files that could have helped provide evidence for prosecutions are alleged to have been burned. And unlike dozens of archdioceses on the U.S. mainland, Guam has yet to issue a list of priests whom the church deems credibly accused of sexual assault. Despite church law that requires bishops and archbishops to maintain records on sex abuse allegations, the new archbishop, Michael Jude Byrnes, said his predecessor left him nothing. He couldn’t explain why, but said he had heard rumors of “a big bonfire” outside the chancery before Apuron left. “It’s horrific,” Byrnes said. “The sins of the fathers are left to the children. … It’s important for the Church of Guam to confront, in a good way, the evil that we found, and to acknowledge it, and to own it.” Catholicism is deeply engrained in the culture of Guam’s indigenous people, known as Chamorros. Four out of five Guamanians are Catholic. Many streets on this former Spanish colony of 165,000 are named for bishops and priests including some now accused of sexual abuse. Brothers Tomas and Ramon De Plata have filed suit alleging abuse by more than one priest. In March 1964, the brothers say, Apuron then a seminarian in his late teens was at a sleepover in the rectory. Around midnight, Ramon says, he walked into the priest’s bedroom looking for the bathroom and saw Apuron and another priest engaged in sex acts with a boy from his school. Ramon says the future archbishop got up from the bed and placed a hand on his shoulder. “He was calling me to join them,” recounted Ramon De Plata, now 65 and retired from the U.S. Army. “I said, ‘Don’t touch me!'” Denton says he dreamed as a 13-year-old altar boy of becoming a priest, just like Father Tony. So he felt privileged when in the spring of 1977, Father Tony invited him to spend the night before Sunday mass in the squat concrete block rectory. He says he woke up face down on bed, his legs spread, and the priest on top of him. “I yelled, I screamed, and I begged Father Tony, ‘Please stop! Please stop!'” Denton, now 55, recounted.
OTTAWA — Canada’s trade minister says the government is expecting Canadian business interest in China to slow amid significant tensions between the two countries.However, Jim Carr also says he is confident Canada and China will eventually work through their differences, allowing economic ties between the two Pacific nations to flourish once again.Carr says his confidence is based on the long and complex trading relationship between Canada and China, which has continued in spite of what he described as a “difficult period.”Ottawa and Beijing have been locked in a diplomatic dispute since the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver last month at the request of the United States.After her arrest, China detained two Canadians on allegations of engaging in activities that endangered the country’s national security, and sentenced another Canadian to death for drug-smuggling.American authorities formally requested Meng’s extradition to the U.S. last month, and her case is due back in a Vancouver court in March.The Canadian Press
Jerusalem: Israel’s prime minister is portraying an Arab lawmaker, Ahmad Tibi, as a threat to national security in a campaign that critics say questions the loyalty of the country’s Arab citizens ahead of April elections. Benjamin Netanyahu has been slumping in the polls after the announcement of his pending corruption indictment. The prime minister has been repeating a campaign mantra, using his own nickname: “Bibi or Tibi.” The slogan highlights Netanyahu’s efforts to paint his challengers as conspiring with Arab Israelis and a hostile media to oust him. Tibi says he is concerned about what he views as Netanyahu’s attempt to demonize Israel’s Arab minority. Arabs make up about 20 per cent of Israel’s 9 million residents. They hold full citizenship rights but have faced decades of discrimination.
An abandoned mechanized boat, believed to have been used by people smugglers to illegally ferry Sri Lankan refugees to Australia, was reportedly seized by ‘Q’ Branch CID police off the Muttom Coast in Kanyakumari District in India, the New Indian Express reported.The boat was seized after the police had rounded up a few Sri Lankan refugees who had paid for the passage and had returned recently after encountering coastal patrol boats blocking their route, police sources said. The boat, said to be around 75 feet in length, had been stranded at Old Harbour in Muttom. It had been registered in Kerala but had been painted over by the smugglers with a fake registration number. Selvaganesh, one of the headmen at the Melmonavoor Refugee Camp told Express that two members of the camp had been taken to Nagercoil and Kanyakumari by the police, who wanted the men to pinpoint the exact location where the agents had launched the illegal ferry from. “They are now returning back to the camp as they had shown the boat to the Vellore Q branch officials,” he said. Selvaganesh told Express that the refugees had paid the agents Rs 90,000 per head for the dangerous trip across the Indian Ocean.Top Q-Branch officials however said that the rates vary depending on the agent. “They don’t have any fixed rates (to ferry the refugees). Instead, they make their demands based on what they think the families can afford and also based on the age and health of the people they are smuggling. For instance, in Pollachi, one person had paid Rs 10,000, while another had paid around Rs 1 lakh,” said the source. Officials also said that many Sri Lankan refugees who are found by the coast guard in Australia are sent to “processing” centers in the islands of Nauru and Papua New Guinea. “These migrants are held for very long periods of internment at these camps. The agents do not tell the refugees about these dangers. So, if caught, the agents will be booked for cheating, among other offenses,” the official added.Q Branch SP, S Maheshwaran, speaking to Express, said that the checks were part of routine procedure. “Some disused or abandoned boats have been checked. They have not been seized and we have not registered a case,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) The police had learned that nine refugees from the Vellore Melmonavoor Refugee Camp had been missing since June 19. The nine persons returned on June 23, and were questioned by Q Branch sleuths. During the course of their interrogation, it was learned that one of the four men arrested by the department recently in Pollachi, along with a few other “agents,” had received money from the nine refugees and had promised to ferry them to Australia. The people smugglers had planned to ferry the nine refugees from Kanyakumari, but were forced to turn back after encountering coastal security, just a few nautical miles off the Kanyakumari Coast.
The Government says it is undecided if it will attend Parliament sessions tomorrow.Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the Government will further discuss the outcome of the Supreme Court order issued today and decide if it will attend Parliament tomorrow morning. The Supreme Court today issued a stay order against President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament and hold a snap election in January. However Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the Government will consult its lawyers and decide the next step.He also said that the Government lawyers will request the Supreme Court to have a full bench when hearing the case and not just a three-judge bench. The case was heard yesterday and today by a three-judge bench. (Colombo Gazette) Following the court order, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced that Parliament will convene at 10am tomorrow.
MILAN — Luxury carmaker Maserati says that its highly successful four-door Ghibli sedan will be the first of its models produced with a hybrid powertrain.The carmaker owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced Thursday production and electrification roll-outs as part of plans announced last year to invest 5 billion euros in Italian production from 2019-2021.The hybrid Ghibli will begin production next year in Turin. Maserati also confirmed plans for a new sports car and utility vehicle, to be produced in Modena in northern Italy and Cassino, south of Rome, respectively.Maserati said it is “reinforcing the importance of Italy” as its centre of production. Investments of 800 million euros are earmarked for Cassino, where a new production line is set to open next year, and in Turin.The Associated Press
Addressing the plenary session of the UN General Assembly at the start of a daylong High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, Mr. Annan said the follow-up report on the declaration, though showing progress, “makes for sober reading” in that several of this year’s goals have been missed.”Even more important, we are not on track to begin reducing the scale and impact of the epidemic by 2005,” Mr. Annan declared. “By that date, we should have cut by a quarter the number of young people infected with HIV in the worst-affected nations; we should have halved the rate at which infants contract HIV; and we should have comprehensive care programmes in place.”On this, the report is crystal clear: at the current rate of progress, we will not achieve any of those targets by 2005,” he added.Outlining a litany of shortcomings, he noted that a third of all countries still had no policies to ensure that women had access to prevention and care, even though women now account for half of those infected worldwide; more than a third of heavily affected countries still have no strategies in place for looking after the increasing number of AIDS orphans; and fully two-thirds of all countries fail to provide legal protection against discrimination for the groups that are most vulnerable to HIV.Moreover, only one in nine people wanting to know their HIV status has access to testing, and in sub-Saharan Africa, only one in 16, and only one in 20 pregnant women receiving antenatal care has access to services that could help her avoid transmitting HIV to her baby, or to treatment that could prolong her life.”If we are to stand any chance of meeting the 2005 targets, these ratios will have to be improved drastically,” Mr. Annan declared.He mentioned the progress, too: significant new resources pledged both by individual Member States and through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which has now committed $1.5 billion to 93 countries; annual spending this year projected to reach $4.7 billion.”Yet we are still only half way to the $10 billion a year that is needed by 2005. The resources available must continue to increase – through the Global Fund, but also through all other efforts, including those of national governments in heavily affected countries,” he said.”We have come a long way, but not far enough. Clearly, we will have to work harder to ensure that our commitment is matched by the necessary resources and action. We cannot claim that competing challenges are more important, or more urgent. We cannot accept that ‘something else came up’ that forced us to place AIDS on the back burner. Something else will always come up,” he added.Video of Secretary-General’s address
by Jonathan Muma Posted Jul 4, 2016 11:09 am MDT Last Updated Jul 4, 2016 at 11:10 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email As Alberta struggles, Saskatchewan sees increased oil and gas investment (Stock photo: FreeImages.com) Oil and gas companies may not be investing in Alberta but that doesn’t mean they’re sitting on their hands.A number of recent deals in Saskatchewan have boosted that province’s position in the oilfield service sector.Not only is light oil more attractive right now because of commodity prices, but Mark Salkeld, President and CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada, says politics play a role too.“Premier [Brad] Wall is, no surprise to anybody, an unabashedly proud supporter of the oil and gas industry,” he said.The other significant factor is train capacity, and proximity to the U.S. border.“The producers who were active in those plays in Saskatchewan were ramping up their railcar loading capacity because their product was in demand in the U.S.,” he explained.But Salkeld points out Alberta crude is still in demand and as soon as prices turn around, things will pick up here, adding two or three times as many wells are still drilled in Alberta, even during the slow times.
President of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association, Shyam NoktaSmall businesses have shared their concerns on the impending oil and gas industry, acknowledging that while it might be beneficial, they are likely to be at risk from not benefiting from the value chain.This was shared by the President of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association Limited (GMSA), Shyam Nokta.He suggested that some of these local establishments are in favour of the local content policy so as to enhance their profits.“Guyana continues to receive international attention, and there is the movement of investors looking for opportunities here. This is good for business and good for Guyana. We need to benefit from those who have experience and expertise in oil and gas,” Nokta said.He, however, mentioned that there are concerns within the local business community that, in this new sector, local businesses could be vulnerable; or, worse yet, not be part of the value chain in a meaningful way.This, he added, has fuelled the discussion on local content, with some advocating for legislation to ensure Guyanese businesses benefit.The GMSA is under the impression that the local content legislation should be crafted at the soonest, and Government should implement stringent implementation strategies.“The GMSA share the concerns that we need to have a strong local content framework in place sooner (rather) than later, and with Government playing its part in ensuring local content plans are implemented,” Nokta added.Nokta said the GMSA is of the belief that after the framework is finalised, local establishments should be prepared to provide quality services. The document should also be adjusted to ensure that there is mutuality between international and local establishments.“However, we also believe there is the need to adopt a systematic approach, and not be too prescriptive too early. Even as we push to ensure there is a framework to facilitate mutually beneficial partnering, and joint ventures between foreign and local businesses, we, as Guyanese businesses, also need to raise the bar in terms of our preparedness for this new sector,” he posited.In terms of preparedness, the GMSA President signalled that the Centre for Local Business Development has made remarkable improvements in aiding businesses to increase their professionalism. “In this regard, the Centre for Local Business Development need to be recognised for the work they are doing.Many GMSA members have been taking advantage of the orientation and training offered, (and) we would like to urge more businesses to take up this opportunity. We also recommend that the Centre’s programmes expand and be rolled out in other parts of Guyana,” he said.In the business sector, “critical” components, such as local content policy and legislation for a Petroleum Commission and a Sovereign Wealth Fund continue to be “discussed and debated”.Amid criticisms over the establishment of the Policy, the Energy Department had assured that the piece of legislation will be available before the first oil, which is due to come in less than two years.The local content policy will defend the country against local companies being bypassed for contracts and services in favour of foreign companies and workers. Energy Department Head Dr Mark Bynoe was quoted as saying that a second draft policy will be finalised before yearend.This is after collaborating with the Private Sector, a section of the economy which stands to gain wide-ranging benefits from a favourable local content policy. He, meanwhile, updated the press that once all is settled and ironed out, a ‘white paper’ while be presented to the National Assembly to be debated upon.The draft local content policy was criticised for lacking provisions which would guard against exploitation by companies.It had been reported that the document fails to cater for issues such as how to avoid procurement fraud, conflict of interest, and favouritism. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMeasures critical to overall growth of manufacturing sector still outstanding- GMSA PresidentMarch 29, 2018In “Business”Emerging oil & gas sector could test legislative framework of CCJ- GMSA PresidentAugust 3, 2018In “Business”While Govt focusing on Oil & Gas other sectors faltering- GMSASeptember 28, 2017In “Business”
MORE THAN 50 pro-choice activists are staging a protest outside the Spanish Embassy in Dublin today against the Spanish government’s plans to change its abortion laws.There are now proposals in draft legislation to roll back a 2010 decision to allow any woman to have an abortion within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.The new law would only permit a termination if a woman had been raped or if her health was at serious risk.Gráinne Griffin, spokesperson for the Abortion Rights Campaign, the group which organised the demonstration, said yesterday that the proposal will force Spanish women to travel abroad for abortions, as thousands in Ireland currently do.“We do not believe that people in Spain should be forced to live like we do in Ireland.”
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece has met the conditions for the second instalment of a 110-billion-euro rescue loan after making swift progress in its budgetary reform efforts, the EU’s executive arm said on Thursday.The European Union and International Monetary Fund put together the three-year package for Greece, worth 141 billion dollars, in May in return for severe austerity measures aimed at restoring its public finances to health.Some 20 billion euros was handed over in a first tranche.Euro finance ministers are expected to approve the second tranche, which totals nine billion euros, 6.5 billion from the eurozone and 2.5 billion from the IMF when they meet on September 7, the European Commission said.Greece should receive the money 24 hours later, a commission spokesman said.“Greece has managed impressive budgetary consolidation during the first half of 2010 and has achieved swift progress with major structural reforms,” European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said.The assessment followed a mission by experts from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF to assess the progress made by Greek authorities to slash a huge public deficit.The audit mission had concluded that Athens had made “considerable progress in a vast array of areas” but that “key challenges” remained.Rehn also found that “despite the significant progress made, challenges and risks remain.“The main immediate challenge is to safeguard adequate liquidity and financial stability of the banking sector,” he said.“At the same time, the structural reform agenda needs to be pressed ahead to unleash the huge potential for raising growth”.The measures undertaken by Greece have begun to bite and the country’s economy is forecast to contract by 4.0 percent this year.Meanwhile The Bank of Greece governor George Provopoulos said Thursday that there is “every reason to be optimistic on the progress that Greece is making.” “Public finances are under control, structural reforms have ambitiously started and the country has begun on an upward virtuous cycle,” he said.The The Bank of Greece governor met with Prime Minister George Papandreou where they discussed the current economic situation in Greece and the further reforms that may be required.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Without knowing who he was or what he might do, police briefly had Travis Reinking in their sights days before the deadly assault on a Waffle House restaurant.Alerted to the theft of a BMW from a car dealer last week, officers decided against a risky police chase, knowing the car had a GPS device and could soon be located.Sure enough, the car was recovered the same day, outside Reinking’s apartment. But police didn’t figure out who stole it until Sunday, after the Waffle House attack. By then, police say, the 29-year-old with a troubled past used an assault weapon — the same AR-15 once taken from him at the FBI’s request — to kill four people and wound four others.Reinking escaped on foot from the restaurant after a quick-thinking customer wrestled the gun from his grasp, and he shed the only item of clothing he was wearing, a green jacket. By the time he was captured in the woods nearby, police had searched his apartment, and found the key fob to the stolen BMW.Nashville Police Department Lt. Carlos Lara told reporters that a detective was tipped to the suspect’s presence by some construction workers, and confronted Reinking, who lay down on the ground to be handcuffed. He carried a black backpack, with a silver semi-automatic weapon and .45-caliber ammunition.
Both Real Betis and Club America have announced that 18-year old Diego Lainez, has signed a new contract with the Spanish club.In what can arguably be considered one of the best news of the year for Mexican football, young talent Diego Lainez has been announced as the newest transfer for Real Betis from the Spanish La Liga.At only 18-years of age, this player has been permanently linked to several clubs in European football which included the likes of Ajax, Manchester City, AS Roma, Olympique Lyonnais among others.Apart from Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano, this player has an incredible set of skills that place him at the very top amongst the most promising players of his generation and Club America new perfectly that they couldn’t hold him at the Mexican club for much longer.Despite the efforts of possibly keeping him for another semester, logic finally prevailed and the Liga MX champions accepted an offer for €15 million that was made official effective immediately.Both Club America and Real Betis announced the transfer just hours ago, they both celebrated this massive decision from one of the most talented Mexican players in recent history.Diego Lainez has been analyzed by our experts at Ronaldo.com already, this is a winger with skills that are very similar to those of great young talents such as Justin Kluivert from AS Roma, Vinicius Junior from Real Madrid, and even a young Neymar from his days at Santos FC.¡Viva México, cabrones! 🇲🇽😎🤙#Lainez2024 pic.twitter.com/AINUQKzYLT— Real Betis Balompié (@RealBetis) January 10, 2019When the rumors first started rolling around in several news outlets, there was a feeling that a major club in Europe could’ve decided to snatch him up from America but that would’ve possibly stopped his development to become a world-class player.To those who do not remember, Lainez was the MVP of the traditional Toulon Tournament that usually has featured some of the best players in the world at a very early age and he reached the final with Mexico but lost it against England.But that tournament was the beginning of an incredible journey that would eventually take Lainez to make this decision to give his first crack at European football in the Spanish La Liga, the youngster understood that coming to a club that wasn’t amongst the best in the continent but had a good reputation would be the way to go about things.In fact, there is actually no better squad than Quique Setien’s Real Betis for Diego Lainez to begin his career.The Spanish manager has always valued skill over physical prowess and he has never minded that his players are not very tall, only that they know what to do with the ball when they have to create chances in the last third of the pitch.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).📣 OFICIAL | El #RealBetis y el @ClubAmerica acuerdan el traspaso de Diego Lainez 👋🇲🇽😃➡ https://t.co/12N0KFYnTg#Lainez2024 pic.twitter.com/sCzYWgK6pz— Real Betis Balompié (@RealBetis) January 10, 2019Diego Lainez is already fixing every little detail that will get him sorted to make the trip, he should be in Spain in the following couple of days and he might even make his debut on Sunday when Real Betis plays against Real Madrid in La Liga.Playing his first-ever match in Spain against the current European champion would be a fitting way to start his career in the continent, Diego Lainez has always been a player who seems destined to do great things.Let us not forget that this player managed to become a regular for Miguel Herrera last season during the playoffs, and the bet resulted in Club America winning their 13th title in history.The youngster sent all the Real Betis fans a message through Twitter after the announcement was made: “I am very happy to be a part of Betis and it’s a very beautiful opportunity for everybody,” said Lainez on the Real Betis official website.“I’ve been told a great deal about the supporters here and that makes me very happy. I accept this challenge and I love all the passion there is at Betis.”“I am also very happy to be a part of this new project that has many quality players and top technical staff,” he concluded.¡Bienvenido a la familia bética, @DiegoLainez10! 🤗⚽✨#Lainez2024 pic.twitter.com/ykKyWnbbkm— Real Betis Balompié (@RealBetis) January 10, 2019How do you think Diego Lainez will do on his first season at Real Betis? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (CNS) – President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration today for the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians due to damage to tribal land caused by heavy rains, flooding and mudslides last month.Trump granted federal aid to the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians to assist the tribe’s efforts to repair or replace damaged facilities and to help with the removal of debris from the 8,541-acre reservation, which is located off State Highway 76, about 25 miles east of Escondido and 60 miles northeast of San Diego.The federal government is making aid funding available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.Representatives of the tribe were not immediately available for comment. Acting FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor named Mark Wingate, an official with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations for the tribe’s area. According to FEMA, the federal government may designate additional aid and assistance to the tribe at a later date if tribal officials request it and if federal officials deem it necessary.The La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians is one of six federally recognized Luiseno tribes in Southern California. March 26, 2019 President Trump approves Disaster Declaration for Luiseno Indian Tribe Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Posted: March 26, 2019
(WSVN) — A woman’s body was found Monday locked in a Walmart bathroom that had an “out of order” sign on the door.Fox 5 reports that employees at the Oklahoma store posted the sign on the door because it was locked and that they assumed the toilet was broken.The woman was seen on surveillance video entering the bathroom on Friday afternoon, according to the Sand Springs Police Department.The shocking discovery was made on Monday when the bathroom was finally unlocked.Police believe the woman may have died from a heart attack. Her name was not released.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Explore further Citation: Fabricating 3D Photonic Crystals (2009, January 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-01-fabricating-3d-photonic-crystals.html (PhysOrg.com) — “In photonic crystals, the ability to control the structure of a material in full three dimensional space, allows you to control the way that light flows through it,” John Rogers tells PhysOrg.com. “This approach to photonic materials can be useful in applications ranging from communications to lasers to optical waveguides.” Rogers, a scientist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his colleagues at the University of Illinois and a team from Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, have developed a simple technique that allows for the fabrication of silicon photonic crystals in 3-D. Their process is described in Applied Physics Letters: “Three dimensional silicon photonic crystals fabricated by two photon phase mask lithography.”“Theoretical studies of idealized structures of this general type suggest their promise for manipulating of the flow of light through devices,” Rogers continues, “but from a practical standpoint, the fabrication has been difficult. Often, these crystals are patterned in a two dimensional plane defined by a silicon wafer. If you want something three dimensional, you stack them up to form a thin structure that has some level of 3D character. Unfortunately, with this method, you have more steps, making it more involved and expensive.”The team from the University of Illinois and Sandia decided to use phase mask lithography to create a full three dimensional silicon photonic crystal from the outset. Silicon is used because it has a high index of refraction, making it ideal for applications that make use of light. “The technique we’ve achieved is the culmination of six years of work as we tried to figure out how to optimize this process.”In order to create 3-D photonic crystals, the team used rubber optical elements and a specially prepared polymer. Using a laser, it is possible to create a pattern out of the polymer to define the crystal geometry of the crystal – a mold. Next, Rogers said, the three dimensional structure mold was used as a template. “We grew silicon on the polymer template, similar to what is done in two dimensions in the microelectronics industry.” Finally, the polymer template is burned away, leaving the silicon photonic crystal behind.“One of the key aspects of this fabrication process is that it is scalable,” Rogers says. “Not only are we facilitating patterning up front, but we’re also talking about a process that we can do over large areas, such as a square meter. In addition, it has the advantage of being adaptable to technology that already exists.”The ability to create silicon photonic crystals that are larger, using a process that is less expensive and elaborate than what is normally used, offers some potential for applications dealing with light. Rogers points out that this fabrication process would be useful for reflective (or even anti-reflective) coatings, creating optical diodes and even accomplishing high speed data routing. He even sees potential to adapt the process to work on a micro level, integrating these types of techniques with electronics. “There are a number of applications that could benefit from this fabrication process, since it offers high quality, low-cost photonic crystals.”More information: Shir, D., et. al. “Three dimensional silicon photonic crystals fabricated by two photon phase mask lithography.” Applied Physics Letters (2009). Available online: link.aip.org/link/?APPLAB/94/011101/1 . Copyright 2007 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. 2-D crystals conforming to 3-D curves create strain for engineering quantum devices 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.
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Liberacionistas sing “Viva Pepe” the party’s theme song following massive defeat @TheTicoTimes pic.twitter.com/KDjMKfHhVa— Lindsay Fendt (@LEFendt) April 7, 2014 “Most of us in the PLN were clear we weren’t going to win this election, but the difference [in votes] was much bigger than we thought,” Araya supporter Roberto Castro told The Tico Times at Liberation headquarters. “I think the people’s will was clear: They do not want a third National Liberation Party administration.”President-elect Solís and his campaign managed to displace Costa Rica’s oldest and most established political party, which won the presidency the last two consecutive terms.President Laura Chinchilla, whose troubled administration and ongoing scandals helped lay the groundwork for the PAC victory, called Solís to congratulate him. She also thanked Costa Ricans for another peaceful election unmarred by violence. PLN campaign manager Antonio Álvarez Desanti discusses the loss of his candidate Johnny Araya in Costa Rica’s 2014 presidential election on April 6. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesThroughout the day and late into the night Costa Ricans stayed connected on social media. One Twitter user, @Denisblabla, summed up the historic day in less than 140 characters: “Acá unas crayolas cambian un gobierno; no las armas” – “Here a few voting crayons can change the government; not weapons.”https://twitter.com/denisblabla/status/453029753642307584Organization of American States Secretary General José Miguel Insulza recognized Solís’ victory and noted that voting was “absolutely tranquil.”Solís, a political scientist and historian at the UCR, surprised pollsters, who had him in fourth place ahead of the Feb. 2 first round of voting. He ended up taking first place, coming in with 30.6 percent of the vote, just slightly better than Araya’s 29.7 percent. But it was not enough to exceed the 40 percent plus one required to avoid a runoff.The PAC candidate has never held elected political office but is no stranger to the halls of power, working in several PLN administrations and serving as ambassador to Panama during the administration of José María Figueres (1994-1998), before leaving the party for the PAC in 2009 2005.Solís, the son of a cobbler and father of six, traces his roots back to his Jamaican-Chinese grandparents who worked banana plantations in the Caribbean province of Limón in the early 19th century. The candidate’s family history and humble demeanor resonated with voters fed up with perceived corruption, stagnant poverty and rising inequality in Central America’s oldest democracy.“My political strategy is aimed towards those who think professional politicians are no good,” Solís told The Tico Times last November.That strategy succeeded. President-elect Luis Guillermo Solís greets the crowd at Plaza Roosevelt in San Pedro de Montes de Oca, in eastern San José, on April 6, 2014. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesThe Tico Times’ L. Arias and Lindsay Fendt contributed to this report. Who is Luis Guillermo Solís? Read our full interview with him last November, and follow all of our election coverage at the hashtag #Elections 2014. Stay tuned for more analysis on Costa Rica’s historic 2014 presidential election. Facebook Comments Opposition candidate and former professor Luis Guillermo Solís easily won Sunday’s runoff election, ushering in Costa Rica’s first third-party candidate in 44 years.Rallying at Plaza Roosevelt in San Pedro, east of San José, Solís of the Citizen Action Party (PAC) and red-and-yellow clad supporters cheered the results as the Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) announced him the winner in a landslide with 77.8 percent of the votes to National Liberation Party (PLN) candidate Johnny Araya’s 22.1 percent, with 96 percent of the votes counted Sunday night.“More than one million Costa Ricans said ‘yes’ to change” today, the president-elect told an exuberant crowd of supporters. “No longer will corruption live in our country.” A crowd of supporters reacts to an announcement that Citizen Action Party candidate Luis Guillermo Solís has just won the presidency, in eastern San José, on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesAraya quickly conceded the race after the TSE released its initial count just after 8 p.m. showing Solís with more than 77 percent, with over 70 percent of the votes counted.“After hearing the results of more than 77 percent of the polling centers, we must congratulate the president-elect of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís,” Araya said. “With humility we must recognize Costa Rican people’s clear and forceful will.”Arguably, Araya had already conceded the race in March when he surprised his party followers by announcing he would stop campaigning after a disappointing showing in a University of Costa Rica poll and dwindling campaign funds. Araya, 56 and a former mayor of San José, left Solís unencumbered to clinch Sunday’s vote. National Liberation Party candidate Johnny Araya reacts to his loss in Costa Rica’s 2014 presidential runoff election on April 6, 2014. Lindsay Fendt/The Tico TimesSolís stressed that voter abstention would be his greatest challenge after Araya left the field, leading some analysts to wonder if low turnout would weaken his popular mandate. However, Solís exceeded his goal of 1 million votes, garnering just under 1.3 million – the most votes ever captured by a Costa Rican presidential candidate, according to Teletica. (Araya’s was the worst vote tally in PLN history.) Predictably, voter abstention remained higher than in the first round, at just over 43 percent compared to 31.8 percent on Feb. 2, according to the TSE. Still, at last count, Solís had managed to capture more votes than the number of voters who abstained, which also was just under 1.3 million.“I’m overwhelmed with pride, confidence and [a sense of] security for the country,” PAC supporter Sylbell Bedoya, 58, told The Tico Times at Sunday night’s post-election rally. “[Solís] has brought back confidence to the country, to the Costa Rican people.”Several PAC supporters waved brooms with red and yellow flags attached, signifying a sweep. Solís beat Araya in all seven Costa Rican provinces, and he even won in the former San José mayor’s own home town of Palmares by a margin of more than two to one.“It’s a broom to sweep away pericos!” Feliz Salas, a 65-year-old teachers representative, told The Tico Times, referring to the small green birds associated with the ruling PLN. Thousands of PAC supporters threw a party in eastern San José with five different Costa Rican bands to celebrate Luis Guillermo Solís’ victory. Alberto Font/the Tico TimesCompared to the festive atmosphere at Plaza Roosevelt, PLN headquarters – known as the Balcón Verde – in western San José was subdued, stinging from the trouncing at the polls. A group of Liberación youth dressed in green tried to liven the atmosphere by playing a live rendition of the party’s anthem, while an emotional Araya clapped along. But he looked as if he’d rather have been elsewhere. Related posts:What keeps Johnny Araya awake at night? UCR Poll: Solís running away with runoff election Johnny Araya is down and out, but not his party, says analyst Solís wins big but bigger challenges may be ahead, say analysts