Corpus Christi Primary School share their global pandemic story

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first_imgAdvertisement The students of Corpus Christi Primary School 5th classSTUDENTS from Corpus Christi Primary School in Moyross have made it through to Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year competition with their film about the global pandemic.The students of Corpus Christi Primary School 5th class were named as Munster finalists in the competition as part of Fresh International Film Festival.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Munster regional heats took place online this year due to the global pandemic and the schools short film ‘High Hopes’ was selected for the national finals in the Junior category.A still from the film ‘High Hopes’ in which the children of 5th class Corpus Christi recall their experience of the first lockdown, celebrate what they have learnt and share their hopes for the future.The impact of the current global pandemic on young people was a recurring theme for the films entered in this year’s Festival and this year’s crop of entries shine a light on how young people have been affected, directly and indirectly, by the pandemic.Every film entered proved to be unique in its own way, but they all shared a common message – the need to protect and keep their loved ones safe.This year’s submissions were as always creative and diverse, with many young filmmakers involving their family members as cast and crew in their films.A still from the film ‘High Hopes’ in which the children of 5th class Corpus Christi recall their experience of the first lockdown, celebrate what they have learnt and share their hopes for the future.In the film ‘High Hopes’ the children of 5th class Corpus Christi recall their experience of the first lockdown, celebrate what they have learnt and share their hopes for the future.Emma Downey (age 11) said, “I love singing and I missed performing during lockdown. The song High Hopes tells the story of someone who was very down and then realised that they had High Hopes for the future. We can do the same.”Charlie Tobin (age 11) added, “Making this movie was great! It made me think about all the matches and training I will be able to get back to soon. I can’t wait!”The video was the brainchild of fifth class teacher Diarmuid Hickey, and resource teacher Fionnuala Bromell. In September 2020, the children of Corpus Christi returned to school after five months apart.Corpus Christi is a very creative school and encourages the children to express their emotions through imaginative and creative outlets. With a strong tradition of film making, Mr Hickey’s fifth class set about exploring their experiences of lockdown through the media of film and music .After many brainstorming workshops the idea for High Hopes was born. High Hopes is a reflective piece that develops the children’s feelings around their losses and gains throughout the pandemic.Some children missed huge milestones like visiting a new born brother in hospital, while others missed a day out in Penney’s.But all the children missed the people in their lives, visiting grandparents, playing with their friends and sharing their lives and celebrations with the people they love. The process allowed the children to express their emotions of sadness, anxiety and worry freely and realise they were not alone.However High Hopes doesn’t dwell on the negative. The children wanted to convey an optimistic message. As they look forward to a future that is Covid-19 free, they have high hopes and great plans. Some children were looking forward to their sports training, swimming classes, dance, drama and music classes.Some children really wanted a vaccine so there would be no need to worry, but what most children really realised was that what makes them happy are the small things in life like friends, grandparents, a party, a match or a day’s shopping for cosy socks in Penney’s.After much deliberation, the class decided on the song High Hopes as a soundtrack to the short movie. It  is sung so beautifully by eleven year old Emma Downey and best describes how the children were feeling after lockdown, but how they were now ready to look forward to brighter days ahead.The film gave the children a chance to work together collaboratively, explore emotions in an honest way and plan ahead for happier safer pandemic free days .5th Class Teacher Mr. Diarmuid Hickey said, “High Hopes offers a unique insight and true representation of the thoughts, feelings and emotions that the children of Corpus Christi went through during lockdown. It showcases the enormous talent they possess and highlights what incredible ambassadors they are for their community and county.”Jayne Foley, Founder and Artistic Director of Fresh Film said, “The films entered this year in the Festival are a glimpse into how young people in Ireland are dealing with the challenges of the pandemic.“Films are a powerful form of expression and an effective way to educate, create awareness, improve understanding and encourage action. Lockdowns during the pandemic have forced young people to come to terms with a new way of living life.“What surprised me about this year’s crop of pandemic themed films was how positive the films were and how resourceful young people can be. This year’s Festival is introducing the world to a new generation of young film innovators highlighting how they are living and coping with global health issues.”About Fresh Film:Fresh Film encourages young people to make films by hosting an annual international film festival for young people, presenting Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards, acting as an advocate for young filmmakers and promoting their work worldwide.Fresh International Film Festival invites young people from Ireland and overseas, aged 7 to 18 years, to create, exhibit and share films. The festival provides an opportunity for these young filmmakers to have their work seen on a cinema screen for the first time and to compete for the title of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year. All films submitted are also considered for a range of Specialist Awards.Fresh International Film Festival 2021 takes place Monday, March 22 to Sunday, March 28 and features an alumni showcase and a week of film screenings and workshops with the Junior Finals taking place on Thursday, March 25 and the Seniors Finals on Friday, March 26 via a YouTube live stream with presenter and documentary filmmaker Stephen Byrne and comedian and social creative Justine Stafford hosting this year’s awards. See www.freshfilmfestival.com for more info. 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Cells flow like glass, study finds

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first_imgBy studying cellular movements at the level of both the individual cell and the collective group, applied physicists have discovered that migrating tissue flows very much like colloidal glass.The research, led by investigators at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the University of Florida, advances scientists’ understanding of wound healing, cancer metastasis, and embryonic development.The finding was published online Feb. 14 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Cells often move from one part of the body to another. In a developing embryo, for example, cells in the three germ layers have to arrange themselves spatially so that the cells that will become skin are on the outside. Similarly, as a cancerous tumor expands, the cells proliferate and push others aside. As a wound heals, new cells have to move in to replace damaged tissue.It is known that cells accomplish these movements through internal cytoskeletal rearrangements that allow them to extend, retract, and divide. At some point during the migration, though, the new tissue settles into place and stops.“We’re trying to understand it from a fundamental point of view,” says principal investigator David Weitz, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at SEAS. “What we’re really trying to get at is: Why do things stop moving?”The glass under discussion is not the kind used in windows — though that is part of the larger category, which includes any amorphous materials that are viscous enough to remain solid for a reasonable period of time (often thought of as 24 hours) but which flow over longer periods.Cream that is churned into butter goes through a sort of glass transition, as the increasing density of particles in the fatty emulsion forces it to become solid. Like any glass, butter will lose its form if the temperature rises.As supercooled fluids and colloids (like cream) become dense and approach the glass transition, the particles exhibit certain characteristic motions.“We study this extensively,” says Weitz, who leads the Experimental Soft Condensed Matter Group at SEAS. “We take small particles, and we increase their concentration more and more until they stop moving and they become a glass — and we understand how that behaves very well.”Living cells, though, add several levels of complexity to the system: They vary in size, shape, and rigidity; they divide; they sense their environment; and they exert their own forces on their surroundings.“What is really surprising to us in this research with tissues,” says Weitz, “is that many of the features that inert particles exhibit as their concentration increases are also exhibited by cells. The real qualitative difference is that small particles move only because of thermal motion, whereas cells actually move themselves.”To simulate and study the migration of living tissue, Weitz’s team deposited thousands of epithelial cells — specifically, canine kidney cells — onto a polyacrylamide gel containing the protein collagen. The researchers watched them grow and move under a microscope while measuring the individual and collective cellular movements, as well as the changes in density caused by proliferation.The researchers found that when the cells are in a confluent layer (close enough to be touching), they flow like a liquid. However, when cell density increases past a certain threshold, the tightly packed cells begin to inhibit one another’s movement. As a result, some cells are able to travel in groups, while others hardly move at all.In other words, they behave just like a supercooled fluid or colloidal suspension transitioning into a glass.“The implications for biological processes are very surprising,” says lead author Thomas E. Angelini, formerly a postdoctoral researcher at SEAS and now an assistant professor at the University of Florida.“Imagine a model wound in which a large group of cells are removed from the middle of a confluent layer,” he says. “Cells will migrate inward to fill the void. Our results demonstrate that the low density of cells in the center of the wound is analogous to a raised temperature in the center of a molecular glass, causing flow within the hotter region.“You could say that a wound is melted glass.”Weitz and Angelini’s co-authors include Edouard Hannezo of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in France; Xavier Trepat of the Institut de Bioenginyeria de Catalunya, the Universitat de Barcelona, and Ciber Enfermedades Respiratorias in Spain; Manuel Marquez of YNano LLC; and Jeffrey J. Fredberg of the Harvard School of Public Health.The research was supported by the National Science Foundation’s Division of Materials Research, the Harvard Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, and the University of Malaga.Tightly packed epithelial cells (part A) start to impede each other’s motion as the tissue becomes more dense. As the collective motion slows, some cells are able to move in increasingly large groups, while others are forced to remain nearly stationary (part B). Image courtesy of Thomas E. Angelinilast_img read more

Zidane wants Ramos to retire at Real Madrid

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first_imgReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane wants club captain Sergio Ramos to retire at the club in the coming years.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…center_img The Spanish international is currently in talks with the Los Blancos board over a contract extension, with his current deal expiring in June 2021.The club have a policy of only offering one year extensions to players over 30, but Ramos wants to commit for two more years beyond the end of next season.Zidane is keen for the club to negotiate and enable the 34-year old to stay on and complete his career in the Spanish capital.Zinedine Zidane wants Sergio Ramos to retire at Real Madrid“Ramos is our leader and captain. He shows us the way on the field,” Zidane told a post match interview with Marca.“He has been here for many years, and he must retire here.”Ramos has made 644 appearances for the club in all competitions, including 448 in La Liga action, making him the fifth highest appearance maker in the club’s history.Read Also: Video: Ramos fires home wonder free kick against Real MallorcaHe only needs one more game to equal fourth place Santillana’s all competitions recordHowever, he will need that two year contract if he wants to break into the top three, with Manuel Sanchis (710), Raul Gonzalez (725) and Iker Casillas (741).last_img read more

Datebook

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Swedish Language and Culture Class, beginning, intermediate and advanced, 6 p.m., Reseda Community Adult School, 18230 Kittridge St., Reseda. (818) 3443-1977. Poetry Show and Open Mike session, 6:30-9 p.m., Panera Bread, 12131 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. (310) 621-7425. The Newbury Park Library will sponsor “Saudi Arabia after 9-11,” 8:30 p.m., 2331 Borchard Road, Newbury Park. Free. (805) 241-8855. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TUESDAY: Moderate hike, 8:30 a.m., Nike Missile Radar Site, Caballero trailhead, across street from Braemar Country Club, Reseda. Meet at trailhead kiosk at the end of Reseda Blvd. The Joseph Wahl Arts Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of local painters, sculptors, photographers and artists, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 5305 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills. (818) 340-9245. Tiny Tuesday story time for children, 11 a.m.-noon, Storyopolis, 12348 Ventura Blvd., Studio City. Winter Botanical Drawing Workshop, 11 a.m., Sooky Goldman Nature Center, Hollywood. Reservations required. (323) 656-3899. Look for William O. Douglas Outdoor Classroom south of Mulholland Drive and Franklin Canyon intersection. last_img read more