Org links – Best Toplink http://besttoplink.info/ Fri, 20 May 2022 13:35:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://besttoplink.info/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.png Org links – Best Toplink http://besttoplink.info/ 32 32 From Armstrong to Z Fest, and of course Jazz Fest – Chicago Tribune https://besttoplink.info/from-armstrong-to-z-fest-and-of-course-jazz-fest-chicago-tribune/ Fri, 20 May 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/from-armstrong-to-z-fest-and-of-course-jazz-fest-chicago-tribune/ As usual, summer is shaping up to be very Chicago — touring is back, capacity restrictions are mostly moot, and festivals are back to their usual length. Our jazz favorites of a summer in full bloom, in chronological order: Z-Fest: This citywide festival celebrates what would have been the 44th birthday weekend of Saalik A. […]]]>

As usual, summer is shaping up to be very Chicago — touring is back, capacity restrictions are mostly moot, and festivals are back to their usual length. Our jazz favorites of a summer in full bloom, in chronological order:

Z-Fest: This citywide festival celebrates what would have been the 44th birthday weekend of Saalik A. Ziyad (aka Z), whose baritone voice graced performances by the Association for the Advancement of Musicians creative for years. Ziyad died in 2019; now in its second year, this festival continues its legacy with multidisciplinary performances across the city, many featuring members of the AACM. 7 p.m. June 2 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street; 8:30 p.m. June 3 at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Ave.; 8:30 p.m. June 4 at Elastic Arts, 3429 W. Diversey Ave. #208; and 4 p.m. June 5 at Stony Island Arts Bank, 6760 S. Stony Island Ave.; all concerts are free, donations are accepted. More information at zfestchicago.com

Cécile McLorin Salvant at the Symphony Center: In March, the singer with multiple laurels released “Ghost Song” (Nonesuch Records), leaning into original tunes more than any album in its catalog to date. But whether it’s an original version or a cover version (the album begins with a chilling rendition of Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights”), the whole “Ghost Song” is disarmingly vulnerable, as if you were seeing something you weren’t supposed to see. In this Symphony Center appearance, Salvant is joined by a five-piece band. It’s unlikely anyone will park behind the Orchestra Hall organ console for the feverish incantatory dream that is “I Lost My Mind,” but hey, we can only hope. 8:00 p.m. June 3 at the Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave; tickets $29-$199 at cso.org

Tigran Hamasyan at Lincoln Hall: This exploratory pianist first came to prominence when he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk competition as a teenager. Now 34, Hamasyan released his first standards album earlier this year, “StandArt.” (Nonesuch Records) — and it’s as wonderfully itinerant as you’d expect from Hamasyan, whose improvisations wind with folkloric modalities from his native Armenia. He plays his first local appearance since the pandemic with frequent partners Arthur Hnatek (drums) and Evan Marien (electric bass). 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show June 9 at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.; tickets $35 at lh-st.com

100 years of Louis Armstrong in Chicago: “I arrived in Chicago about 11 p.m. on the night of July 8, 1922, I will never forget, at Illinois Central Station at 12th and Michigan Avenue,” Louis Armstrong recalled in “Hear Me Talkin’ to Ya”, an oral history of mid-century jazz. A century later and some eight miles west, the Jazz Institute of Chicago will celebrate Satchmo’s momentous arrival from New Orleans with performances by trumpeters Pharez Whitted and Derek Gardner. Jazz Links students open the show. 6:30 p.m. June 10 at the Columbus Park Dining Hall, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd.; free. More information at jazzinchicago.org/louis

Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band in Old Town: One of the game’s most inventive drummers plays alongside compatriots Jon Cowherd (piano), Chris Thomas (bass), Myron Walden (saxophone) and Melvin Butler (saxophone), with a set list from his Blue Note discography Records. 8:00 p.m. June 17 at the Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.; tickets $36 at www.oldtownschool.org

Ravinia is back in force: The Highland Park mega-festival has another big lineup this year, with the must-see being a star-studded tribute to Ramsey Lewis; the dean of the piano himself—who will have turned 87 the previous month—does the headlines (June 19, 7 p.m., doors 5 p.m.). Other highlights: Trombone shorts shares the stage with the best of New Orleans in his “Voodoo Threauxdown” tour, featuring Tank and the Bangas, Big Freedia and George Porter Jr. of The Meters, among others (June 26, 6 p.m., doors 4 p.m.), and great thinker bassist Esperanza Spalding and effervescent Colombian pop group Mr. perine will close Ravinia’s Breaking Barriers Festival (July 31, 6:30 p.m., doors 4 p.m.). May 20-Sept. 18 at the Ravinia Park Pavilion, 201 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park; tickets for the shows above range from $38 to $105. More information at ravinia.org

Tuesdays on the MCA terrace: A serious contender for the city’s most photogenic summer jazz series, this weekly program offers respite from rush hour on the leafy Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Moving for sure: a century-old nod to Charles Mingus by the bassist Jeremiah Hunt and his gang (July 5); saxophonist Edwin’s Daughter tribute to South Side music pedagogue Captain Walter Dyett (July 19); and 95 years old by George Freeman show with another guitarist Mike Allemanawho recently released a “Vonology” tribute album commemorating Freeman’s inimitable saxophonist brother, Von (August 9). 5:30 p.m. June 7-August. 30 at MCA Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave. ; free. More information at mcachicago.org

Chicago Latin Jazz Festival: An oasis during the scorching days of summer, the Latin Jazz Festival returns to Humboldt Park. This year’s lineup includes projects from live stalwarts: saxophonist Roy McGrath’s Menjunje Setviolinist James Sanders Conjunto and drummer Luiz Ewerling’s amada. trumpet player Victor Garcia closes the festival with a tribute to “El Inolvidable”, the crooner Tito Rodríguez. 6 p.m. July 15 and 5 p.m. July 16 at Humboldt Park Fieldhouse, 1301 N. Humboldt Dr.; free. More info on jazzinchicago.org

Chicago Jazz Fest: Details are still being worked out for this epic end-of-summer party, but the headliners that have been chosen are promising. Opening night features Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and reedist Henry Threadgill, whose formative years with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians of Chicago influenced later adventurous projects – including his quintet, zooid, with whom he plays here. Other highlights: guitarist Bill Frisellebass player William Parker and his quintet, saxophonist Miguel Zenonbass player Linda May Han Ohand singer Horn Jazzmeialuckily making a local appearance after a canceled Ravinia program. September 1-4 at Millennium Park, 201 E Randolph St.; free. More information at chicago.gov

England Jazz Festival: Now in its 23rd edition, this jazz festival is the most bittersweet in town — bitter because it heralds the end of summer, sweet because organizer and saxophonist Ernest Dawkins reliably brings together a world-class range. This year includes bassist Endea Owens (you may have seen her in the house band of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert”), Hypnotic brass ensembletrumpeter based in North Carolina Al Fort and singer-songwriter Meagan McNeal, with more acts to be announced. Opening day features a world premiere from Dawkins, but if that performance is postponed, he plans to reprise “Blacker Than Black,” the tribute to the late historian and civil rights leader Timuel Black that he premiered earlier this this month. September 15-17 at Hamilton Park Cultural Center, 513 W. 72nd Street; free. More information at englewoodjazzfest.org

Hannah Edgar is a freelance writer.

The Rubin Institute for Music Criticism helps fund our coverage of classical music. The Chicago Tribune maintains complete editorial control over assignments and content.

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Turkish expat in Germany attacked for links to Gülen in apparent hate crime https://besttoplink.info/turkish-expat-in-germany-attacked-for-links-to-gulen-in-apparent-hate-crime/ Wed, 18 May 2022 16:49:12 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/turkish-expat-in-germany-attacked-for-links-to-gulen-in-apparent-hate-crime/ A Turk who has resided in Germany for 41 years was attacked in an apparent hate crime by the Turkish owner of a kebab shop in Kamen, North Rhine-Westphalia, because of his links to the Gülen movement, reported Turkish Minute. According to Kronos, Ramazan Yılmazer, 59, was physically assaulted by Rıfat Yılmaz, the owner of […]]]>

A Turk who has resided in Germany for 41 years was attacked in an apparent hate crime by the Turkish owner of a kebab shop in Kamen, North Rhine-Westphalia, because of his links to the Gülen movement, reported Turkish Minute.

According to Kronos, Ramazan Yılmazer, 59, was physically assaulted by Rıfat Yılmaz, the owner of Özay’s Kebab Haus in Kamen, where he went to dinner with his daughter and son-in-law more than a year after the last time. ate there.

Yılmazer told Kronos that upon entering the store, he asked Yılmaz about its owner, whom he had known for years, and discovered that Yılmaz had recently taken over the store. He then asked her about an employee named Yetiş, and Yılmaz replied, “I fired them all, I can’t work with guys like that. The man was a member of FETÖ, he’s a terrorist, you know.

FETÖ is a pejorative term used by the Turkish government to refer to the Gülen movement, a faith-based group inspired by Turkish cleric Fethullah Gülen, as a terrorist organization.

Yılmazer continued, “I said to him, ‘I don’t know you, but I’ve known these people for 30 years. Did they use violence against you? Did they participate in armed acts? how can you talk [about them] like that?’ Then he replied, ‘So you’re one of them,’ [and] he started to swear. He got really aggressive.

Leaving the store, Yılmazer also told the attacker, “You can’t call people terrorists. We all live in Europe. Terrorism has a definition. Besides, I’m a customer. I came here to buy a kebab, not to listen to insults.

According to Kronos, Yılmaz then started insulting his family, came out from behind the counter and attacked Yılmazer, who had some of his front teeth knocked out as a result of the assault.

When the police arrived, Yılmaz complained to them about Yılmazer, saying he was afraid of him because he was a terrorist, but the police paid no attention to his claims, Kronos said. , citing Yılmazer.

After filing a police report, Yılmazer also went to the hospital to get a medical report, where he was advised to leave immediately as Yılmaz has a big family that no one wanted to mess with.

“[But] I am not the culprit. I am not the aggressor. Germany is a rule of law. I will assert my rights in court,” Yılmaz said.

Claiming he was assaulted by racists in Germany in 1996 and now being targeted by supporters of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government, Yılmaz described his ties to the Gülen movement as follows: “I am only a carrier [by profession]. I am not responsible for any association or foundation [affiliated with the movement]. I support [Gülenists’] educational and cultural activities on a voluntary basis.

The Gülen movement is a global citizens’ initiative rooted in the spiritual and humanistic tradition of Islam. The foundations of the movement are various service projects initiated, funded and carried out by people motivated by Gülen’s humanitarian discourse.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been targeting supporters of the movement since corruption investigations from December 17 to 25, 2013, involving then-Prime Minister Erdoğan, his family members and those around him.

Dismissing the investigations as a Gülenist coup and a plot against his government, Erdoğan branded the movement a terrorist organization and began targeting its members. He locked up thousands of people, including many prosecutors, judges and police involved in the investigation.

Erdoğan intensified the crackdown on the movement following a coup attempt on July 15, 2016, which he accused Gülen of orchestrating. Gülen and the movement strongly deny any involvement in the failed putsch or any terrorist activity.

The movement’s supporters have been the target of hate speech, hate crimes, unlawful prosecution, torture and kidnapping, among other serious human rights violations.

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PennDOT Announces Posting of Plans for US 222 Expansion Project at Berks https://besttoplink.info/penndot-announces-posting-of-plans-for-us-222-expansion-project-at-berks/ Mon, 16 May 2022 21:53:31 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/penndot-announces-posting-of-plans-for-us-222-expansion-project-at-berks/ The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) invites the public to participate in an exhibit of public plans for a US 222 widening project in Maidencreek and Richmond Townships, Berks County. The purpose of posting the plans is to provide details and gather community feedback regarding the proposed transportation improvement project. The posting of plans will […]]]>

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) invites the public to participate in an exhibit of public plans for a US 222 widening project in Maidencreek and Richmond Townships, Berks County.

The purpose of posting the plans is to provide details and gather community feedback regarding the proposed transportation improvement project. The posting of plans will show corridor modifications, environmental features and the planned construction schedule. The proposed improvements are to widen US 222 from Schaeffer Road in Maidencreek Township to the Kutztown Bypass in Richmond Township.

Anyone viewing the posting showing proposed improvements is encouraged to ask questions or provide feedback via comment cards. Individuals or groups with a demonstrated interest in the project boundary, surrounding businesses and local property owners are encouraged to participate.

The in-person public plan display is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18 in the Georgian Hall of the Old Main Building, located on the Kutztown University campus, 15200 Kutztown Road, Kutztown, PA 19530. The plan display audiences will be an open house format from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. In addition to posting the public plans in person, information about the project will be available on PennDOT’s website beginning May 18.

PennDOT invites community members to provide public comments for the draft. To access the web page, visit www.PennDOT.gov/District5, click the Public Meetings link under the District Links heading, select the Berks County box, and then choose the US 222 Widening project thumbnail. The digital version of the information will be available online until June 15, 2022.

The purpose of posting plans is to introduce the project and to solicit public comments, questions or concerns about the project. This is also an opportunity for the public to review and comment on the potential effect of the project on cultural resources in accordance with the Historic Preservation Advisory Council’s 36 CFR Part 800 regulations implementing Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Project documents can be made available in other languages ​​or formats upon request. If you require translation/interpretation services or have any special needs or concerns that require individual attention, please contact Joshua D. Golomb, Consultant Project Manager, at 717-216-5285 or by e -email to [email protected].

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, PennDOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. If you believe you have been denied benefits or participation in a PennDOT program or activity, you may contact the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Office of Equal Opportunity, DBE/Title VI Division at 717-787- 5891 or 800-468-4201.

For more information on the projects in progress or in the process of being called for tenders this year, those made possible or accelerated by the financing plan of the State transport (Act 89) or those of the plans of four and twelve years of the department, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.

Motorists can check conditions on major roads by visiting www.511PA.com. The 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to over 1,000 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone app for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Follow regional PennDOT news on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAAllentownand like the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.

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Students at Central Bucks School protest furloughed teacher; a new censorship of books is looming in the neighborhood https://besttoplink.info/students-at-central-bucks-school-protest-furloughed-teacher-a-new-censorship-of-books-is-looming-in-the-neighborhood/ Sat, 14 May 2022 22:17:03 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/students-at-central-bucks-school-protest-furloughed-teacher-a-new-censorship-of-books-is-looming-in-the-neighborhood/ More censorship on the horizon, but rooted in politics A new district-wide policy for library book selection was officially released on Tuesday, April 10. The policy would allow the school board to decide which books are placed in all district libraries and allow the board to remove books already in libraries. If a book is […]]]>

More censorship on the horizon, but rooted in politics

A new district-wide policy for library book selection was officially released on Tuesday, April 10.

The policy would allow the school board to decide which books are placed in all district libraries and allow the board to remove books already in libraries.

If a book is removed from the library, it will not be reviewed for at least 10 years.

The policy states that “materials selection is an ongoing process that includes removal of collections deemed by the board or district library supervisor or person designated by the superintendent to be no longer appropriate and replacement or periodic repair of documents still of educational value. ”

Much of the policy focuses on describing material that is considered “inappropriate”. For middle and high schools, this means “explicit written descriptions of sexual acts”. For elementary schools, “explicit or implicit written descriptions of sexual acts”.

Maura McInerny, legal director of the Education Law Center, said the policy violates the First Amendment right to free speech. She said ELC is reviewing the policy and informing parents in the district of their rights.

“While some limitations are constitutionally permitted, that’s not what happens when students are told they can’t borrow books from school because they haven’t been ‘approved.’ McInerny said.

Pennsylvania schools have banned books more than 450 times in the past nine months, according to a new report from PEN America. It is the second highest total in the United States, behind Texas.

“What we’re seeing in Pennsylvania is a purge,” McInerny said.

Kate Nazemi is a mother of two students in the district and has been opposing the new policy for months.

“The target is LGBTQ [literature] because in a lot of young adult literature about it, it’s about relationships and identity,” Nazemi said. “And you have to talk about body parts and people having relationships if you want to talk about this experience. So it’s a safe way to get rid of all those pounds.

The parents of Central Bucks have been reading passages from books they have wanted removed from libraries since March. All of the books are listed on the WokePa website, including many by black and LGBTQ authors, including Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye.”

District teachers, librarians and parents appeared at Wednesday’s school board meeting for their policy committee, to voice their opposition to the project.

Katherine Semisch, a retired English teacher from Central Bucks West High School, said the proposed policy puts a “chokehold” on new books, in part because it requires the school board to read all books before approval.

“The proposed policy promotes content removal over content inclusion,” Semisch said.

“Is it the school’s job to edit the world, to prevent children from learning the truth?”

She listed books like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Romeo and Juliet and parts of the Bible as works that would not be eligible for libraries under the policy.

Many are concerned about the lack of transparency on the board.

Chris Kehan ​​is one of Warwick Primary School’s librarians.

“When was this written? Who wrote it? Who was used? It was obviously cut and pasted from something else,” Warwick said.

The Bucks County Beacon recently reported that the policy was mostly a copy of a policy of the Texas Education Agency.

Laura Ward, president of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, said she had never seen such a policy before in Pennsylvania.

She said, “It’s heartbreaking,” especially for vulnerable students.

“If we remove things that reflect them, we’re telling them that we don’t value them, we don’t see them, we don’t want to hear them,” Ward said.

She said the policy violates the American Library Association’s “freedom to read” principles, which are based on the United States Constitution.

Due to widespread moves toward censorship in Pennsylvania, the PSLA recently formed an Intellectual Freedom Task Force, to support any librarian facing censorship threats.

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UK to help Finland and Sweden in case of Russian attack, says Defense Minister Wallace https://besttoplink.info/uk-to-help-finland-and-sweden-in-case-of-russian-attack-says-defense-minister-wallace/ Thu, 12 May 2022 23:28:00 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/uk-to-help-finland-and-sweden-in-case-of-russian-attack-says-defense-minister-wallace/ A Finnish Border Guard member on duty in Finnish Lapland near the Russian border in 2021. Photo by Finnish Border Guard If Russia attacked Sweden or Finland for NATO membership, the UK would stand up for Stockholm, the UK defense secretary said today. “We have a 10-nation security agreement” with all the Nordic countries and […]]]>

A Finnish Border Guard member on duty in Finnish Lapland near the Russian border in 2021. Photo by Finnish Border Guard

If Russia attacked Sweden or Finland for NATO membership, the UK would stand up for Stockholm, the UK defense secretary said today.

“We have a 10-nation security agreement” with all the Nordic countries and the Netherlands, Ben Wallace said during a Washington Postt online forum. He added that the arrangement was “an acknowledgment that things were getting worse” in relations with Moscow after Russia captured Crimea in 2014 and supported separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Relations have not improved since, as the Lithuanian, Estonian and Latvian presidents said in March. As well as calling for a greater forward presence of NATO land and air forces, they welcomed Swedish and Finnish partnerships as members of the alliance to secure the Baltic.

As to whether that arrangement included providing Sweden and Finland with the UK’s ‘nuclear umbrella’, Wallace said London’s policy was ‘strategic ambiguity’ when it comes to the use of such weapons. .

Wallace said threats of retaliation against the two neutral Nordic nations had “the opposite effect” that Russian President Vladimir Putin had intended. “He never understood [that Sweden’s and Finland’s parliamentary movements to join NATO] is of its own making” with the invasion of Ukraine.

Wallace said “we shouldn’t be surprised” by the Kremlin’s latest threats of retaliation, including the use of nuclear weapons, against its neighbors.

Since the “escalation to de-escalation” use of tactical nuclear weapons is part of Russian military doctrine, “we must always take the threat seriously.” Wallace cited the Kremlin’s use of nerve agents in attacks on perceived enemies living in the UK shows the lengths Moscow will go to to achieve its ends. The fact is that “NATO surpasses it [in military capability and capacity]. I don’t think he wants to “use weapons of mass destruction in Ukraine.

Wallace said Putin “was true to form” under his presidency, particularly since the “color revolutions” of the 2000s that toppled regimes that were always pro-Moscow in former Soviet republics. Putin followed an ‘escalating trajectory’, threatening NATO’s Baltic members and countries he associated ‘former Russian people’ if they did not return to Russia’s orbit when he was re-elected in 2018. Putin would have continued the aggressive moves he first used in 2008 against Georgia “if we hadn’t done anything,” Wallace explained.

Kremlin leaders “all had a mistaken assumption” that NATO was “brain dead” and that the alliance was militarily weak, he added.

Arguing that Putin was “focused on his legacy,” Wallace said the Kremlin leader expected Russian forces entering any of those countries to be welcome. “Ukraine was a buffer for him”, with its fierce resistance and the military and economic support of other European nations.

Although Wallace did not respond directly to a question about kyiv attacking military targets in Russia, he said: ‘Ukraine is perfectly within its right to defend itself’ as the war becomes a war of attrition . To help kyiv in this phase, he added that the United Kingdom and the United States were sending advanced artillery and air defense systems to blunt the new Russian offensives in the east and south.

“The next step is to train ‘Ukrainians in their proper use and ‘to make sure there is no collateral damage,'” Wallace said. He said he did not view the new aid as an escalation in fighting, as the Kremlin appears to be doing by attacking civilian targets. More sophisticated air defenses are meant to make it “more difficult to fly” to these targets.

As to whether Ukraine should receive Russian-built fighter jets and helicopters from NATO members, Wallace said London has none in its arsenal. “It is a good example of calibration” in providing short-range air defenses and unmanned systems in Kyiv. “It doesn’t mean a fixed-wing aircraft,” he said.

Looking at the stalled invasion in the first phase of the war and the Ukrainians holding tight to the east now, Wallace said of Russia’s top military leadership, “I think a lot of guys are going to be sacked.” He added, “there is no upward candor” in Sergei Shoigu, Russia’s defense minister since 2012, or General Valery Gersimov, a senior Kremlin officer, explaining military realities to Putin. Wallace said it was the mark of a “fear-driven regime”.

The result, he said, is that “the poor old soldier is turned into cannon fodder”, and there will be a price paid by senior officers, as has always been the case in the Russian armed forces and Soviets.

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Q&A: Explaining Cryptocurrency and Blockchain https://besttoplink.info/qa-explaining-cryptocurrency-and-blockchain/ Wed, 11 May 2022 02:34:00 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/qa-explaining-cryptocurrency-and-blockchain/ Expert Bina Ramamurthy discusses the pros, cons and future of alt-currency in New York and beyond Dr. Bina Ramamurthy is director of the Blockchain ThinkLab at the University at Buffalo. She is also a crypto miner herself. This puts it at the forefront of the industry, which poses a challenge to traditional currency and has […]]]>

Expert Bina Ramamurthy discusses the pros, cons and future of alt-currency in New York and beyond

Dr. Bina Ramamurthy is director of the Blockchain ThinkLab at the University at Buffalo. She is also a crypto miner herself. This puts it at the forefront of the industry, which poses a challenge to traditional currency and has raised environmental concerns due to its energy demand.


Blockchain and cryptocurrency are mysteries to many people, so to understand the interview, let’s define what we are talking about.

blockchain, introduced in 2011, involves computers and servers programmed to solve complex mathematical problems on a continuous virtual register. This work is handled by so-called “crypto-miners,” who earn cryptocurrency – most often Bitcoin – when a problem is solved. They can then exchange it for another currency or retain ownership.

Cryptocurrency is an alternative and decentralized form of currency. Bitcoin is the most popular form of this digital currency; one coin is currently worth $31,666.70. Cryptocurrency can be used to pay for goods and services; It does not exist in physical form, like a coin or dollar bill, but rather virtually in data form.

Outside buyers can get in on the action without a mining operation, buying all or part of a bitcoin through cash transactions or exchange transactions.

The appeal of cryptocurrency is its decentralized nature; it knows no national borders. It circumvents banking and government policies and practices. Critics argue that the extensive use of power-hungry computers is bad for the environment and that its unregulated nature opens the door to use by criminals.

The state legislature is considering a two-year moratorium on new mining operations seeking to move into the state using fossil fuel power. It would also limit the expansion of current operations by doing the same.

Investigative Post reporter Layne Dowdall interviewed Ramamurthy the week of May Day.


Dowdall: Describe a crypto-mining operation to me.

Ramamurthy: Racks and racks and racks of high-powered computers and servers. They calculate the numbers to solve the puzzle. It is very difficult to solve, but very easy to prove. And solving that puzzle in order to write something in the ledger takes a lot of energy and that’s why they call it mining. They don’t dig into the ground, but they make coins in the process. If you keep trying, at some point you solve the puzzle and you are rewarded.

So there’s mining in Finger Lakes, there’s mining in China, there’s mining in Iceland, there’s mining in Pittsburgh, there’s mining in Tennessee, there’s mining in Austin. They all compete to solve the puzzle. If they solve the puzzle they can write the block to the blockchain, the reward for this is cryptocoin.

The more power you have, the higher the probability that you will solve the puzzle before the others. So, for example, if you have to solve the puzzle by yourself, it will take 10 days. If you employ 10,000 people, you might solve it in an hour.

Right now this crypto coin reward is worth around $30,000 which I would say is a pretty good incentive of mine. Who are the people behind the mining, and are there many of them here in Western New York?

There are many miners with large mining rigs – server racks – and there are individuals who run small mining operations. Sometimes individuals come together to form a pool of servers to improve their chances of mining a block and getting rewarded. In this case, the reward is shared among the pool participants.

One of the largest crypto operations in the United States is located in Rochester, Foundry LLC. Not only do they do crypto mining, but they also focus on research and development around cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Full disclosure, Foundry donated to UB Blockchain ThinkLab research.

I have heard of cryptocurrencies being used by those involved in criminal activity.

There are crimes in the crypto world, just like in, you know, the frontier lands. But that’s not the only thing. There are people who take advantage of it, deliberately or by mistake, accidentally. It’s like any other industry. It’s like the old west, it’s the beginning of time. Everyone is trying to find a way. And people who commit crimes are also looking for opportunities. The way I look at it, people notice [the crime] because it’s a lot louder than the real thing happening.


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Why do you think there is this opposition to mining operations like what we see from community members in North Tonawanda and Niagara Falls?

This consensus process and solving this puzzle in order to write something in the ledger consumes a lot of energy. To operate batteries and batteries and batteries of machines, you need energy. You also need to cool the heated racks that run 24/7 to solve the puzzle.

If you’re spending more money on energy than on rewards, that’s debatable, isn’t it? You need to balance the amount you invest with the reward you get. This is why operations are migrating to places where there is cheap or free energy, which may mean using non-renewable energy sources. We have hydroelectricity in New York. In Pennsylvania, they use all mud coal, which is very, very bad. And in Texas they’re using all the remaining sites of all these oil wells to run the rigs.

It’s like having a factory next to your residence. Would you like noise and pollution and all that? Residents don’t want their premises disturbed by all this. I think all of this could be taken care of by zoning and other regulations.

New legislation is being considered in New York that would prevent new mining operations from moving into old power plants that use fossil fuels as their main source of energy. It would also halt any expansion of current mining facilities. What is your point of view ?

You don’t want to get in the way of innovation, we want to be on the cutting edge of technology. At the same time, we also want to be cautious about climate change and other related effects. These are things that can be written down through policies and regulations. If the legislators do this, the industry will follow this and create responsible innovation.

It’s happened to other industries. Look at the soda industry, there’s a five-cent can surcharge. Planes and cars are heading towards net zero emissions. And then look at the plastic bags turned into paper bags. These are things we did responsibly. This does not mean that we are going to ban the automobile because it consumes a lot of gas. You make it better, you make it effective. So this is where we are in blockchain and cryptocurrency. Everyone, in their own interest, tries to improve it.

]]> Former US Senator Bob Krueger dies at 86 https://besttoplink.info/former-us-senator-bob-krueger-dies-at-86/ Sat, 07 May 2022 20:25:05 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/former-us-senator-bob-krueger-dies-at-86/ Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to date with the most essential news from Texas. WASHINGTON – Former U.S. Senator Bob Krueger, a human rights advocate and the last Democrat from Texas to serve in the U.S. Senate, died of congestive heart failure in his hometown of New Braunfels […]]]>
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Paralyzed ex-teacher arrested to serve out sentence for being found guilty of links to Gülen https://besttoplink.info/paralyzed-ex-teacher-arrested-to-serve-out-sentence-for-being-found-guilty-of-links-to-gulen/ Thu, 05 May 2022 17:00:45 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/paralyzed-ex-teacher-arrested-to-serve-out-sentence-for-being-found-guilty-of-links-to-gulen/ A former teacher who has been paralyzed for 19 months has been sent to prison after a high appeals court upheld a conviction handed down to her for her affiliation with the faith-based Gülen movement, the news site reported. Bold Medya. Serife Sulukan, 45, is almost totally disabled and unable to take care of herself. […]]]>

A former teacher who has been paralyzed for 19 months has been sent to prison after a high appeals court upheld a conviction handed down to her for her affiliation with the faith-based Gülen movement, the news site reported. Bold Medya.

Serife Sulukan, 45, is almost totally disabled and unable to take care of herself. She cannot walk unassisted or use the bathroom on her own. Doctors warned Sulukan that she could suffer another stroke in the near future.

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) MP Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu said on Twitter that Sulukan’s arrest was outrageous and called on the authorities to release her immediately.

Sulukan was sentenced to six years and three months and sent to a prison in the western province of Edirne. She was accused of having sent her children to a private school affiliated with the movement.

In an earlier interview with Bold Medya, Sulukan said her children attended private schools on state scholarships. “So if these schools were illegal, why did the state pay for my children’s school fees? ” she says.

Sulukan was also accused of using the ByLock smartphone app; however, the phone was registered in her husband’s name.

Turkey views ByLock, once widely available online, as a secret communication tool among Gülen supporters since a July 15, 2016 coup attempt despite the lack of any evidence that ByLock messages were linked to the coup aborted, leading to the arrest of thousands who used it.

The Gülen movement is accused by the government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of orchestrating the failed coup and is labeled a “terrorist organization”, although the movement denies any involvement in the coup attempt or any terrorist activity.

Sulukan’s husband was arrested in December 2017 on similar charges and is currently being held in a prison in the southeastern province of Urfa.

Human rights activists and opposition politicians have frequently criticized authorities for not releasing seriously ill prisoners so they can receive proper treatment.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Züleyha Gülüm, an HDP MP, said Turkish prisons were turning into scenes of slaughter and political prisoners were the most disadvantaged.

According to the Human Rights Association (İHD), as of June 2020, there were more than 1,605 sick inmates in Turkish prisons, of which around 600 were seriously ill. Although most of the critically ill patients had forensic and medical reports deeming them unfit to remain in prison, they were not released. The authorities refuse to release them on the grounds that they represent a potential danger to society. In the first eight months of 2020, five seriously ill prisoners died because they were not released in time to receive proper medical treatment.

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New study links strains of gut microbiota to m https://besttoplink.info/new-study-links-strains-of-gut-microbiota-to-m/ Wed, 04 May 2022 02:09:09 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/new-study-links-strains-of-gut-microbiota-to-m/ (May 4, 2022, Lyon, France) A new study has identified strains of gut microbiota associated with more severe strokes and poorer post-stroke recovery, revealing that the gut microbiome may be an important factor in risk of stroke and its results1. The study, presented today at the European Stroke Organization Conference (ESOC 2022), identified specific groups […]]]>

(May 4, 2022, Lyon, France) A new study has identified strains of gut microbiota associated with more severe strokes and poorer post-stroke recovery, revealing that the gut microbiome may be an important factor in risk of stroke and its results1.

The study, presented today at the European Stroke Organization Conference (ESOC 2022), identified specific groups of bacteria associated with poorer neurological recovery after ischemic stroke, both in the acute phase (24 hours) and after three months.

Research has identified several types of bacteria associated with ischemic stroke risk, including Fusobacterium and Lactobacillus. Negativibacillus and Lentisphaeria were associated with more severe stroke in the acute phase (at 6 and 24 hours respectively) and Acidaminococcus linked to poor functional outcome at three months.

Dr Miquel Lledós, lead author from the Pharmacogenomics and Stroke Genetics Laboratory at the Sant Pau Research Institute, Barcelona, ​​Spain, said: “The influence of the gut microbiome – the trillions of bacteria and other microorganisms that live in the gut – is a modifiable risk factor associated with stroke risk and with post-stroke neurological outcomes. However, most research has already been done in animal models.

“In this study, we collected fecal samples – the first samples taken after the event – ​​from 89 humans who had suffered an ischemic stroke. By comparing with a control group, we were able to identify several groups of bacteria associated with a higher risk of ischemic stroke.

An ischemic stroke occurs when a clot or other blockage blocks the blood supply to the brain and is the most common type of stroke. In Europe, 1.3 million people suffer a stroke each year and it is the second most common cause of death.2.

“This discovery opens up the exciting prospect that in the future, we may be able to prevent strokes or improve neurological recovery by examining the gut microbiota. In other pathologies, clinical trials are underway where researchers replace gut flora with dietary changes or fecal transplantation from healthy individuals and this should be further investigated in the area of ​​stroke.

The association between certain strains of gut bacteria and the risk of ischemic stroke has been strengthened in another study presented at ESOC this week by a team from Yale University, Connecticut, USA3.

The researchers analyzed statistics from the Flemish Gut Flora project and the MEGASTROKE consortium, using a technique called Mendelian randomization (MR) which measures gene variation to examine the causal effect of an outcome or exposure. The study identified 20 microbial traits significantly associated with the risk of developing at least one ischemic stroke subtype.

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Notes to editors:

A reference to the European Stroke Organization (ESO) conference should be included in any coverage or article associated with this study and research.

For more information or to arrange an interview with an expert, please contact Luke Paskins or Sean Deans at luke.paskins@emotiveagency.com, sean.deans@emotiveagency.com or press@eso-stroke.org, or call + 44 (0) 208 154 6396.

About the author of the study:

Dr. Miquel Lledós is from the Pharmacogenomics and Stroke Genetics Laboratory at the Sant Pau Research Institute, Barcelona, ​​Spain.

About ESO:

The European Stroke Organization (ESO) is a pan-European society of stroke researchers and doctors, national and regional stroke societies and non-professional organisations, founded in December 2007. ESO is an NGO made up of individual and organizational members. The goal of ESO is to reduce the burden of stroke by changing the way stroke is viewed and treated. This can only be achieved through professional and public education and by making institutional changes. ESO is the voice of stroke in Europe, harmonizing stroke management across Europe and taking action to reduce the burden.

Four facts about stroke:

  1. In 2017, there were 1.12 million first strokes in the EU, 9.53 prevalent stroke cases and 460,000 stroke-related deaths4
  2. In 2017, 7.06 million disability-adjusted years were lost due to stroke in the EU4
  3. By 2047, it is estimated that there will be 40,000 additional strokes per year in the EU (a 3% increase).4
  4. 80% of premature heart disease and stroke are preventable5

References:

  1. Influence of the Gut Microbiome on Ischemic Stroke Risk and Ischemic Stroke Outcome, presented at the European Stroke Organization Conference, May 4, 2022.
  2. status and prospects of acute stroke care in Europe | Stroke (ahajournals.org)
  3. The gut microbiome influences the risk of acute ischemic stroke: a Mendelian randomization study, presented at the European Stroke Organization Conference, May 5, 2022.
  4. https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/STROKEAHA.120.029606
  5. https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/noncommunicable-diseases/cardiovascular-diseases/data-and-statistics

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Two new DC Council bills would respond to climate change and provide more housing – Greater Greater Washington https://besttoplink.info/two-new-dc-council-bills-would-respond-to-climate-change-and-provide-more-housing-greater-greater-washington/ Wed, 27 Apr 2022 14:08:04 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/two-new-dc-council-bills-would-respond-to-climate-change-and-provide-more-housing-greater-greater-washington/ Image by Lawrence G. Miller under Creative Commons license. Blair endorsed by MoCo Sierra Club in county executive race The Montgomery County group of the Sierra Club has announced it will back David Blair, a former health care executive, for the county executive seat this year over incumbent Marc Elrich and general council member Hans […]]]>

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