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Évora

Évora is a city and a municipality in Portugal. The population in 2011 was 56,596, in an area of 1307.08 km². It is the seat of the Évora District; the present Mayor is Carlos Pinto de Sá of the CDU coalition. The municipal holiday is 29 June. Due to its well-preserved old town centre, still enclosed by medieval walls, many monuments dating from various historical periods, including a Roman Temple, Évora is a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is a member of the Most Ancient European Towns Network.Évora being inland leads it to being one of Portugal's hottest cities prone to stong heat waves. So, it is milder than areas farther inland across the Spanish border. Évora is ranked number two in the Portuguese most livable cities survey of living conditions published yearly by Expresso. It was ranked first in a study concerning competitiveness of the 18 Portuguese district capitals, according to a 2006 study made by University of Minho economic researchers. Évora has a history dating back more than five millennia.

It was known as Ebora by the Celtici, a tribal confederacy, south of the Lusitanians, who made the town their regional capital. The etymological origin of the name Ebora is from the ancient Celtic word ebora/ebura, plural genitive of the word eburos, the name of a species of tree, so its name means "of the yew trees." The city of York, in northern England, at the time of the Roman Empire, was called Eboracum/Eburacum, after the ancient Celtic place name *Eborakon, so the old name of York is etymologically related to the city of Évora. Alternative hypotheses are that the name is derived from oro, aurum, as the Romans had extensive gold mining in Portugal, it may have been capital of the kingdom of Astolpas. See Ebora Liberalitas Julia for more on Roman Evora; the Romans expanded it into a walled town. Vestiges from this period still remain. Julius Caesar called it Liberalitas Julia; the city grew in importance. During his travels through Gaul and Lusitania, Pliny the Elder visited this town and mentioned it in his book Naturalis Historia as Ebora Cerealis, because of its many surrounding wheat fields.

In those days, Évora became a flourishing city. Its high rank among municipalities in Roman Hispania is shown by many inscriptions and coins; the monumental Corinthian temple in the centre of the town dates from the first century and was erected in honour of emperor Augustus. In the fourth century, the town had a bishop, named Quintianus. During the barbarian invasions, Évora came under the rule of the Visigothic king Leovigild in 584; the town was raised to the status of a cathedral city. This was a time of decline and few artifacts from this period remain. In 715, the city was conquered by the Moors under Tariq ibn-Ziyad who called it Yaburah يابرة. During the Moorish rule, the town, part of the Taifa of Badajoz began to prosper again and developed into an agricultural center with a fortress and a mosque; the present character of the city is evidence of the Moorish influence. During that time, several notables hailed from Evora, including Abd al-Majid ibn Abdun Al-Yaburi عبد المجيد بن عبدون اليابري, a poet whose diwan still survives to this day.

Évora was wrested from the Moors through a surprise attack by Gerald the Fearless in September 1165. The town came under the rule of the Portuguese king Afonso I in 1166, it flourished as one of the most dynamic cities in the Kingdom of Portugal during the Middle Ages in the 15th century. The court of the first and second dynasties resided here for long periods, constructing palaces and religious buildings. Évora became the scene for a site where many important decisions were made. Thriving during the Avis Dynasty under the reign of Manuel I and John III, Évora became a major centre for the humanities and artists, such as the sculptor Nicolau Chanterene. Évora held a large part of the slave population of Portugal. Nicolas Clenard, a Flemish tutor at the Portuguese court, exclaimed in 1535 that "In Évora, it was as if I had been carried off to a city in hell: everywhere I only meet blacks." The city became the seat of an archbishopric in 1540. The university was founded by the Jesuits in 1559, it was here that great European Masters such as the Flemish humanists Nicolaus Clenardus, Johannes Vasaeus and the theologian Luis de Molina passed on their knowledge.

In the 18th century, the Jesuits, who had spread intellectual and religious enlightenment since the 16th century, were expelled from Portugal, the university was closed in 1759 by the Marquis of Pombal, Évora went into decline. The university was only reopened in 1973; the Battle of Évora was fought on 29 July 1808 during the Peninsular War. An outnumbered Portuguese-Spanish force of 2,500, assisted by poorly armed peasant militiamen, tried to stop a French-Spanish division commanded by Louis Henri Loison but it was routed. Led by the hated Loison, known as Maneta or One-Hand, the French went on to storm the town, defended by soldiers and armed townsmen. Breaking into the town, the attackers slaughtered combatants and non-co

Kafir Kot

Kafir Kot are ancient ruins of Hindu temples located in Dera Ismail Khan District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, near the cities of Mianwali and Kundian, in Punjab, Pakistan. Kafir Kot consists of the ruins of 5 temples, the ruins of a large fort protecting the site. Kafir Kot is referred to as "Northern Kafir Kot," with the "Southern Kafir Kot" located in the city of Bilot, 35 kilometres to the south. According to the district Gazetteer of Mianwali of 1915 the remains of Kafirkot "are indication of the existence of a Hindu civilization of considerable importance and antiquity", it is located at 32°30'0N 71°19'60E The ruin consists of two forts in the north-west of the district on small hills attached to the lower spurs of the Khasor Range, overlooking the Indus River near the Chashma Barrage. One lies a few miles south of Kunda] and the other near Bilot. According to the District Gazetteer of Mianwali: Bilot Fort is the second fort situated next to the town of Bilot Sharif and about 55 km north of Dera Ismail Khan in Pakistan.

It was an ancient Hindu Fort with a famous temple inside its walls. The fort has disintegrated over time but the temple still stands. Sculptures and architectural components from the site have been dispersed to museums across Pakistan and the rest of the world. One of the largest collections from Kafir Kot outside Pakistan is in the British Museum. Site map of ruins - University of Pennsylvania. Temples Along the Indus

Agami Systems

Agámi Systems, Inc. was a network storage company headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. Agámi Information Servers were marketed to both network attached storage and storage area network markets; the company was founded in April 2003 by Kumar Sreekanti in California. Its first round of venture capital of about $5.5 million included investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Alta California Partners, New Enterprise Associates, Apex Ventures and Advanced Equities Venture Partners. It was called StorAD for its first year, included intellectual property acquired from failed company Zambeel, in a similar market and had been founded in 1999. A second round of financing raised over $25 million in September 2004. Hercules Technology Growth Capital provided $11 million in debt financing in August 2006. David Stiles joined in 2005 and became chief executive in May 2007, just after chief financial officer Dean Seniff was replaced on April 30. In March 2007 support for the iSCSI block access protocol was announced.

The company located in Sunnyvale, filed for raising more capital through 2007, including new investor Duff and Goodrich. A third round of $45 million in funding from existing investors was announced in February 2008 during the start of the Great Recession; the company shut down operations on July 28, 2008. The employees were told of the shutdown at 11:00 AM, it was effective two hours at 1:00 PM; this led to speculation that the funding announced in February had not closed. By September 2008 Stiles had purchased Agámi assets and used their office space for a new company named Scalable Storage Systems. In October 2008, Ocarina Networks hired Agami Systems India operations and engineering team in Hyderabad; the AIS6000 series was supported 36 terabytes of raw data. AIS6136 specifications: Chassis Form Factor: 5 EIAU high - 19-inch IEC rack-compliant Maximum disk drives: 48 × SATA drives Disk drive densities: 750 GB Disk Controllers: 2 × 24-port SATA Raw Capacity: 36 TB Processor: 4 × AMD Opteron CPU ECC Memory: 12 GB NVRAM: 2 GB Network Connectivity: 12 × 1 Gigabit/s Ethernet