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Amando Kapauan

Dr. Amando F. Kapauan was a chemist and researcher, he graduated magna cum laude from University of the Philippines, Diliman in 1952, with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Southern California in 1959. In the Ateneo de Manila University Department of Chemistry, he worked on inorganic and physical chemistry on radioactive bromine. With other colleagues, he initiated investigations in the 1970s on heavy metals analysis in our environment, he was among the first to look into the problem of mercury in the environment, he designed the appropriate equipment for mercury analysis in water and soil. Kapauan linked with international groups, taught one of the first environmental chemistry courses in the country, involved himself in policies on urban-rural planning, he went into the field of electronics chemical instrumentation. Together with Fr. William Schmitt, S. J. they pioneered the maintenance and modification of instruments. Kapauan’s first publication appeared in the Journal of Chemical Education in May 1973.

He started to interface traditional instruments with the popular PC. By the 1980s, his students were designing software for them, including Fourier Transform of signals, he redesigned a spectrophotometer with vacuum-tube technology into one with solid-state technology, run by a PC with software written by his students. He designed and built new electrochemical systems, which merited publications in Analytical Chemistry; this was an honor considering that these were the few, if not the only, international publications done by one Filipino in the Philippines. He continued to find applications for these electrochemical systems, dreaming that they might be distributed to data stations all over the country for trace analysis of metals and for mapping of water quality, he was one of the founders of the Philippine Institute of Pure and Applied Chemistry, one of the architects of the Ph. D. program of the UP-Ateneo-DLSU Chemistry Consortium. He moved into environmental concerns and microelectronics in the infant stages of their applications in chemistry.

He wrote "General Chemistry," with Amando Clemente and Antonio I. de Leon. He made “Cardboard Orbital Domain Models” and published this in Journal of Chemical Education in August 1966, his 1967 Unesco stint in Thailand brought together a series of innovative experiments for “lab-less” high schools, published as a book, “Creative Chemistry.” Kapauan replaced expensive equipment with materials he bought from the grocery, photo supply and the drugstore. He taught his students to do audio-visuals, including 8-mm animated films, molecular models, computer-aided instruction. Kapauan died on October 12, 1996

Peter Johnson (poet)

Peter Johnson is an American poet, novelist. He received his B. A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, his M. A. and Ph. D. in English from the University of New Hampshire. His poems and fiction have appeared in Field, Denver Quarterly, The Iowa Review, Indiana Review, Quarterly West, North Dakota Quarterly, The Party Train: A Collection of North American Prose Poetry, Beloit Fiction Journal. Johnson is the founder and editor of The Prose Poem: An International Journal, the editor of The Best of The Prose Poem: An International Journal, he is contributing editor to American Poetry Review, Web del Sol, Slope, teaches creative writing and children's literature at Providence College, Rhode Island, where he lives with his wife and two sons and Lucas. He is the winner of the 2001 James Laughlin Award for his second collection of prose poems, Miracles & Mortifications, he received a creative writing award in 2002 from Rhode Council on the Arts and a fellowship in 1999 from the National Endowment for the Arts.

"Just Listen", poets.org "Hell", pith Mortifications. White Pine Press. 2001. ISBN 978-1-893996-18-2. Eduardo & "I". White Pine Press. 2006. ISBN 978-1-893996-46-5. Pretty Happy!. White Pine Press. 1997. ISBN 978-1-877727-75-7. Love Poems for the Millennium. Quale Press. 1998. ISBN 978-0-9656161-2-6. I'm A Man. Rain Crow Publishing. 1998. ISBN 0-89754-157-X. What Happened. Front Street Books. 2007. ISBN 978-1-932425-67-3. Loserville. Front Street. 2009. ISBN 978-1-59078-581-2. I'm a Man. About his work, the poet Bruce Smith has said: Because Peter Johnson does not guide himself either by the turns and counterturns of verse or the horizontal urge of prose, he must continually reinvent the wheel and its destination, he writes with a yogi's self-discipline. His funny poems are heartbreaking and his serious ones are hilarious. Archived webpage on Peter Johnson

Toongabbie Government Farm Archaeological Site

The Toongabbie Government Farm Archaeological Site is the heritage-listed site of a former convict government farm at Goliath Avenue, Winston Hills, City of Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia. The farm was built by convict labour from 1791 to 1813, its site includes areas today known as Palestine Park, Oakes Reserve and Settlers Walk and is known as the Toongabbie Government Farm Convict Site. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 11 December 2012. A number of clans or families, known as the Darug people, settled along the Parramatta River and its headwaters. At the head of the river were the Burramattagal of the Parramatta district, while to their west and north lived the Bidjigal who were known in both the Castle Hill and Botany areas. Pemulwuy, the Aboriginal warrior and his son Tedbury were of the Bidjigal clan; the Darug people lived on a diversity of animal life. Fresh water streams yielded mullet, crayfish and turtles. Male food-gathering activities ranged from trapping and hunting native animals to collecting bull ants and their eggs and larvae of the longicorn beetle.

Lizards, birds, potoroos and possum were hunted. Toongabbie Creek was situated in an alluvial valley running eastwards from Prospect to the sea, dominated by stands of tall timber with gullies providing humid and fire-free conditions; these developed the closed canopies that supported patches of local rainforest or "brush" in the rich soil, some of which still remain along the creek between Oakes Road and Briens Road. The turpentine and the coachwood or scented satinwood were common, as were the lillypilly and the water gum. Governor Phillip's 1787 instructions to "proceed to the cultivation of the land" using convict labour resulted in the early establishment of government farms, his settlement of Rose Hill in November 1788 was driven by the need to develop an agricultural community that would make the colony self-sufficient. The government farm at Rose Hill thrived and paved the way for emancipist farming on land grants and the expansion of settlement around the township of Rose Hill. With the arrival of the Second Fleet in June 1790, Phillip decided to expand settlement to the north-west of Rose Hill, along the Parramatta River valley, where the fertile river and creek lands could be cleared for cultivation.

The first expansion was a new "public settlement" about 2.4 km to the north of Rose Hill on the south side of Toongabbie Creek, in the corner of land formed by the creek and the head of the Parramatta River. The site is now occupied by Westmead Children's Hospital and remnants of the Psychiatric Centre Farm. Collins referred to it as "the new grounds" in August 1791. Under the direction of Thomas Daveney, 500 convicts, housed in 13 large tent huts, cleared 134 acres, sown for maize. Karskens notes Watkin Tench's comment that their labour was "unassisted by any liquor but water". In 1791 Governor Phillip appointed Thomas Daveney to select and superintend a more extensive "second settlement" further up the Toongabbie Creek, about 4 km north-west of the New Grounds. Here 500 convicts, most of whom were newly arrived on the Third Fleet, cleared 300 acres of forest in 30 days in late 1791, burning off the timber and planting the first crop of turnips to prepare the ground for maize. A year in October 1792, Phillip could report that: "One thousand acres of ground are in cultivation on the public account at Parramatta and a new settlement formed about three miles to the westward of Parramatta, to which I have given the name of Toon-gab-be, a name by which the natives distinguish the spot".

Legend has it. However, Phillip named Parramatta in June 1791 and Toongabbie a month in July. Governor Phillip laid out the town plan for Toongabbie in a similar fashion to his 1790 plan for Rose Hill with convicts housed on huts on allotments along a main street. By December 1792, Toongabbie had fulfilled Phillip's intention of becoming the principal farm of the colony with over 696 acres of wheat and maize while Parramatta's cultivation had dwindled to 316 acres. Most of the government's stock of cattle and sheep were kept at Toongabbie as well; the settlement came to be self-sufficient with a barber, tailor, thatcher and eight constables as well as convict overseers. Toongabbie was designed to accommodate a convict workforce of 700, but its convict population swelled to over a thousand, including 260 women, many boys and some "old and feeble men" who were hutkeepers. Convicts worked from 5 am till 10 am, rested til 2 pm worked until sunset. Work included felling trees, piling them up for burning, digging out stumps and turning the ground with spades and hoes.

Convicts were employed in raising grain, maintaining the township infrastructure and in looking after the government stock of cattle, sheep, goats and chickens. Convicts constructed a new stockyard in 1796 and a large shed for government cattle in 1797; when Governor King arrived in the colony in 1800 there were 262 cattle, 30 horses and 137 sheep at Toongabbie. These were useful for manuring the 120 hectares still under wheat and the 40 hectares ready for maize. By 1801, King had all stock except cattle removed from Toongabbie to Parramatta. In 1792, Toongabbie became the first location for the secondary punishment of convicts; those convicted of stealing maize at Parra

New Hampshire Circuit Court District Division

The New Hampshire Circuit Court District Division is the "community court" of the U. S. state of New Hampshire, made up of one circuit for each County and is located in 36 cities and towns. The District Division has jurisdiction over all juvenile matters, domestic violence cases and misdemeanor level offenses, small claims, landlord-tenant issues and other civil cases. Upon the creation of the District Court in 1963, the state Municipal Courts were abolished. On July 1, 2011, the New Hampshire Circuit Court was created and consolidated the District Courts with the Probate Court and Family Division; the District Division has jurisdiction in the following matters: Misdemeanor and criminal offenses Civil cases in which the damages claimed, excluding real estate titles, not exceeding $1,500 The court shares jurisdiction with the Superior Court over civil actions for damages in which the damages claimed, excluding real estate titles, do not exceed $25,000. The court shares jurisdiction over domestic violence cases with the Superior Court.

The District Division has 36 courts located in 34 districts. The locations of the court were devised by the legislature so that each District Court would be within 20 miles of the inhabitants of each district; the District Division has 50 part-time judges. Part II, Article 46 of the state constitution, states all judicial officers shall be nominated and appointed by the Governor and Executive Council, it states that such nominations shall be made at least three days prior to such appointment and no such appointment shall take place unless a majority of the council agrees. All judicial officers hold their offices during "good behavior," according to Part II, Article 73 of the state constitution. Part II Article 78 of the state constitution requires Judges retire at the age of seventy years; the salaries of the District Division judges and other state judges are set by the General Court. In the District Court salaries are weighted based on the caseload of the court from the previous year. Associate judges receive a weighted salary, but can make no more than 70% of a District Division judge.

In 1963, district courts were created by the legislature to replace the existing municipal courts. RSA 502-A:35, effective July 1, 1964, abolished all Municipal Courts, unless cities and towns voted by ballot to "continue to maintain its existing municipal court so long as its present judge remains in office." The law required that once there was a vacancy on the Municipal Court judge, it could not be filled and that court would be abolished and its jurisdiction transferred to the appropriate District Court. List of New Hampshire state courts by town Official Website NEW CIRCUIT COURT BEGINS OPERATIONS JULY 1 RESTRUCTURING SUPPORTED BY GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE

Frank Nicotero

Frank Joseph Nicotero is an American comedian known as the host of the syndicated comedy game show Street Smarts. Frank Nicotero got his start in Pittsburgh doing stand up finding success when he landed his first stand-up gig at Pittsburgh's famed Funny Bone comedy club in 1988. Shortly afterward, he toured college circuits, appearing with other comedians including Drew Carey, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider—and appearing at more than 300 colleges and clubs throughout the country, he has been a regular for over 10 years at The World Famous Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip. He is a regular at The Icehouse in Pasadena and The Comedy Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California. In 1996, Nicotero appeared as a contestant on Wink Martindale's Debt, winning the episode's grand prize of $14,106, retiring his debt of $7,053 and being awarded a corresponding cash prize, he appeared on the Fox Sports Network trivia game The Ultimate Fan League where he won $10,000 in prizes. That same year, he was approached to write for Outrageous.

He wrote and produced Gameworld and Faux Pause for the Game Show Network, in the summer of 1999, was contacted by the producers of Street Smarts. Nicotero has co-hosted The Sharon Osbourne Show and has appeared as a guest on The Wayne Brady Show, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, FSN's The Sports List, Jury Duty, the comedy game shows Make Me Laugh and Comedy on the Road. In December 2008, Frank was the voice over announcer for NBC’s Funniest Christmas Moments Special. In 2011, he hosted, he was chosen as the second voiceover for TruTV's It Only Hurts When I Laugh, replacing Thom Kikot. In 2012, Frank went on the road with The X Factor as the emcee for all the try-out shows, he was considered as a host for the show. In 2013, he hosted a CMT game show set in a pawn shop. In 2015, he hosted Pontoon Payday, he is on the syndicated 2019 game show, 25 Words or Less and is credited as a warmup to the studio audience. Nicotero is a graduate of North Allegheny Senior High School and is the cousin of special effects artist Greg Nicotero.

Nicotero resides in girlfriend Courtney Tyler. Frank Nicotero on IMDb TBS bio TV.com bio Official website Book Frank Nicotero

Pam Chun

Pam Chun is a writer and marketing consultant, most notable as the author of the book The Money Dragon. Born and raised in Hawaii in a family of storytellers, Pam Chun attended Punahou, the University of Hawaii, graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley. Recent publications include works on Asian Pacific Americans and Hawaii. Pam has been interviewed and featured on National Public Radio, at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C. at the National Archives and Records Administration's Conference on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, in the 2004 documentary, Hawaii's Chinatown, which premiered on Hawaii PBS. Pam has been a speaker at Alameda's first Literary Festival for readers, San Francisco's first Litquake, the San Francisco Writer's Conference, the Bamboo Ridge Writer's Workshop, many universities. Multi-page interviews of Pam and her publications appear in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, the Seattle International Examiner, the South China News and Alameda Magazine.

Reviews of her novels have appeared in national publications and internationally. THE MONEY DRAGON, Pam's first novel, named one of 2002's Best Books in Hawaii, topped the bestseller charts for months upon its hardback and paperback release. In 2003, her novel received the Kapalapala Po`okela Award for excellence in literature from the Hawaii Book Publisher's Association. THE MONEY DRAGON, a tale of Old Hawaii, is the saga of Pam's great-grandfather, Lau Ah Leong, one of the legends of Hawaii and founder of Honolulu's Chinatown who, despite his immense power and wealth, is not mentioned in any history of Hawaii or of the Chinese in Hawaii, it is a tale of cultures, empowered women, the conflict of Hawaiian and Federal laws, the power of love. The anthology Honolulu Stories includes an excerpt from THE MONEY DRAGON. Pam Chun's second novel, WHEN STRANGE GODS CALL, which expands on one of the scandals of her infamous family, focuses on the contemporary clash of cultures in Hawaii and received the 2005 Ka Palapala Po`okela Award for Excellence in literature.

Pam Chun's fourth novel THE PERFECT TEA THIEF was published in 2014. Under the guise of an inexperienced plant hunter for the British Horticultural Society, a dour Scot named Robert Fortune steals China's secrets of tea production, a brazen act of industrial espionage that devastates China's 5,000-year-old civilization; the Perfect Tea Thief, about this little-known episode. The Perfect Tea Thief is a tale of deceit and lies, in a country of tradition crumbling under the powers of industrialization in a clash of Empires. Pam Chun is on the Executive Advisory Board for the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim, chair of its Women's Roundtable on the Board of Directors for the California Alumni Association at the University of California and has been an officer for 30 years on CAL's Chinese Chapter Board, she is one of the veteran Storytellers at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Pam was honored as one of 2004's four Outstanding Overseas Chinese by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association.

She served as a fiction judge for the 2008 Kiriyama Prize for Pacific Rim Literature. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Transpac sailor Fred J. Joyce III, she has one son, a U. S. diplomat stationed overseas. Visit her on the web at www.pamchun.com Pam Chun has been a marketing consultant to high-tech and high biotech companies in the Bay Area, an Asian audience development consultant to the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and the University of California, Berkeley. Recent publications include works on Asian Pacific Americans and Hawaii, her first novel, The Money Dragon, for which she was awarded a California Gubernatorial Commendation, captured the true saga of her great-grandfather, Lau Ah Leong, the founder of Honolulu's Chinatown and his family of fives wives and ten sons in the colorful days of Old Hawai`i. During a fundraising trip to Hawaii for CAL with Chancellor Tien, Senator Hiram Fong told Chun that her great-grandfather, L. Ah Leong, had founded Honolulu's Chinatown and owned the largest retail business in the Hawaiian Islands.

The resulting novel, The Money Dragon became a bestseller in HawaiiIt was named one of 2002's Best Books in Hawaii by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and received a 2003 Ka Palapala Po`okela Honorable Mention from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association for excellence in the literature about Hawaii. Her second novel, When Strange Gods Call, won the 2005 Ka Palapala Po`okela Award for Excellence in Literature. Pam Chun has been featured on National Public Radio, at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D. C. at the National Archives and Records Administration's Conference on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, in the 2004 documentary, “Hawai`i’s Chinatown.”Pam Chun is on the Executive Advisory board for the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim, chair of its Women's Roundtable, a Storyteller for the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. She has been a fiction judge for the 2007 Kiriyama book Prize. In 2004, Pam was named Outstanding Overseas Chinese by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association Official Page of Pam Chun