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Ayanna Howard

Ayanna MacCalla Howard is an American roboticist and the School Chair for Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith Endowed Chair in Bioengineering in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the director of the Human-Automation Systems Lab, she is the Chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the Georgia Tech College of Computing. As a little girl Howard was interested in robots, her favorite TV show was The Bionic Woman. Howard received her B. S. in Engineering from Brown University in 1993 and her M. S. and Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1994 and 1999, respectively. Her thesis Recursive Learning for Deformable Object Manipulation was advised by George A. Bekey. Howard began her career working at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In 2008 she received worldwide attention for her SnoMote robots, designed to study the impact of global warming on the Antarctic ice shelves. In 2013, she founded Zyrobotics, which has released their first suite of therapy and educational products for children with special needs.

She has served as the associate director of research for Georgia Tech’s Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines and as chair of the multidisciplinary robotics Ph. D. program at Georgia Tech. In 2017 she became the Chair of The School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. Howard's research interests include human-robot interaction, assistive/rehabilitation robotics, science-driven/field robotics, perception and reasoning.. Howard's research and published works span across various topics in robotics and AI, including intelligent learning, virtual reality for rehabilitation and robotics in the role of pediatric therapy, her research is highlighted by her focus on technology development for intelligent agents that must interact with and in a human-centered world. This work, which addresses issues of human-robot interaction and autonomous control, has resulted in more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. Howard's numerous accomplishments have been documented in more than a dozen featured articles.

In 2003, she was named to the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35. She was featured in TIME magazine’s "Rise of the Machines" article in 2004.. She was featured in the USA Today Science & Space article. A list of the most significant awards follows: Lew Allen Award of Excellence for significant technical contributions, 2001 MIT Technology Review Top 100 Young Innovators of the Year, 2003 NAE Gilbreth Lectureship, 2010 A. Richard Newton Educator ABIE Award, Anita Borg Institute, 2014 Computer Research Association’s A. Nico Habermann Award, 2016 Brown Engineering Alumni Medal, 2016 AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador, 2016-2017 Atlanta Magazine’s Women Making a Mark, 2017 Walker’s Legacy #WLPower25 Atlanta Award, 2017 Forbes America's Top 50 Women In Tech, 2018 Home Page ECE Profile Presenter at Cusp Conference 2008 United Nations Academic Impact Podcast Interview

Yamaha XS Eleven

The Yamaha XS Eleven motorcycle called XS11 and XS1100, is a Japanese standard produced from 1978 to 1981, powered by an air-cooled 1,101 cc 4-stroke, DOHC inline four-cylinder engine mounted transversely in a duplex cradle frame with swingarm rear suspension, shaft drive, telescopic forks. The XS Eleven made its debut in 1978 as the largest capacity in production, it featured a rear disc brake, shaft drive and cast wheels. In 1979, Yamaha followed the growing trend of offering a "factory custom" version of the bike, called a "Special" by Yamaha. Pullback handlebars, a stepped seat, a smaller, fatter rear wheel, a smaller capacity tear-drop gas tank adjustable suspension, altered frame created a factory custom, forerunner of the modern cruiser; the XS Eleven Special sold well despite complaints about the poor ergonomics. "What that translates to is a bike with an awkward riding position but excellent road manners. In fact, most of the things that irritated this staff in the way the bike rode and handled could be traced to the handlebar, although as trendy as disco dancing, was not what the ergonomics doctor ordered for precise, comfortable control."For the 1981 model year, an more touring oriented version of the XS Eleven was produced.

This model, dubbed the Venturer was equipped with a fairing made by Pacifico for Yamaha. Venturers included matching hard bags. Additionally, the Venturer included a 6.3 gallon tank for increased range. XS Eleven models were superseded by the 1982 XJ1100 Maxim which used an engine based closely on the XS1100 unit; the XJ1100 Maxim was only built for one year, before being phased out. In Europe, the XS Eleven differed from the North American model by having a larger petrol tank, a lower handlebar and longer exhaust pipes; the European market featured the 1.1 Sport with small cockpit fairing, Martini 1.1 complete with the two piece Mockett fairing, with colour scheme similar to the bike that Mike Hailwood used as his personal transport at the 1978 Isle of Man TT. The XS Eleven was the first four-cylinder four-stroke motorcycle from Yamaha, it exploited well-proven technology, first used by Yamaha in their released XS 750 four-stroke triple. When the XS Eleven was introduced, it earned a reputation as a powerful bike.

In 1978 and 1979 it won Cycle Worlds Ten Best Bikes as the best Touring bike."Nobody gets far riding the XS Eleven before they become acquainted with the fact that it's strong. Cycle Magazine had this to say of the Eleven: "...the XS is a Rolls Royce with a blown Chrysler Hemi motor..." The handling of the XS Eleven was not as well received. "When this behemoth of a motorcycle hits a corner at anything approaching interesting speeds it takes a good deal of muscle to lay it down. While the Yamaha doesn't disgrace itself in corners it doesn't commend itself either." Testers of the day all echoed the same story: "The XS1100 was a solid bullet in a straight line, but cornering at high speeds was done at your own risk." "Cycle warned its readers that the bike could go, stop and steer — just never two at the same time."'Which Bike' magazine described the XS1100 as having'a bullet proof motor, tea trolley handling'. The XS Eleven went endurance racing in Australia for promotional reasons; the chassis was developed for months and as stated by Cycle World "after which'parts-book engineering'...."

The XS Eleven enjoyed a series of wins and high placed finishes in the Australian motorcycle endurance racing circuit between 1978 and 1981, its success helped by a larger fuel capacity than the competition. Darryl Flack of Motor Sport Retro wrote: "While the new CBX1000 and Suzuki were out and out sports bikes, the shaft-drive XS1100, affectionately called the'Xcessive', was more of a muscle bike come tourer. Heavier than and not as fast as its rivals, the XS1100 did have one particular ability – winning races.""In the lead up to the Six-Hour, the XS1100 had swept the Adelaide Three-Hour, the Perth Four-Hour and the Surfers Three-Hour. The unlikely XS1100 and Pitman Yamaha rider Greg Pretty had upstaged the biggest, baddest production bikes around, confounding everyone." In the 1979 Castrol 6 hour, XS Elevens finished second third and fourth The XS Eleven's successful racing career was a remarkable achievement considering its shaft drive and long distance touring capabilities. British motorcycle journalist Roland Brown, says in his book Superbikes of the Seventies: "The Yamaha's lack of reputation gives it one advantage these days, though, in that a clean XS such as this one costs less than its more successful contemporary rivals – whose performance advantage, so crucial is far less important now.

Two decades and more after its launch, maybe the XS1100's time has come." In a 1978 test by Cycle World a stock XS1100 ran a quarter mile time of 11.78 s 1/4 mile @114.21 mph. Yamaha XS750 Yamaha XS650

Stephen Finlay

Stephen Finlay was an English actor and artist. He trained as an artist at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, he is the son of actor Frank Finlay. Film and television credits include. In the theatre, Stephen appeared in Nicholas Nickleby for the Royal Shakespeare Company, An Ideal Husband, All My Sons, Hunting Stuart, Death Trap, The Promise, The White Scourge, The Will and many other plays; as a writer his first play, The Games Rule was performed in the Royal Shakespeare Company Festival in Stratford-upon-Avon. Subsequent productions include the King's Head, The New Inn, The Waterman's Arts Centre, The Chelsea Centre, The Edinburgh Festival, the Brighton Festival; the Games Rule has been performed as far away as Australia. Other plays include Richer in The Ironing Board Man and Screaming Inside; the radio adaptation of Screaming Inside was Awarded the 1999 Independent Radio Drama Award and was broadcast with Stephen playing the lead role of Stuart Pearce.

The inaugural stage production was in the 2012 Brighton Fringe Festival by the Brighton Theatre Collective starring Shane Armstong and featuring the voices of Frank Finlay, Cathy Finlay and James Coombes. It was directed by Daniel Finlay; the production was nominated for best new play by New Writing South. Other writing includes. Finlay worked in a variety of mediums but is best known for his works with Cow Parade these pieces include "Beefeater – It Ain't Natural" and "Ermintrude", both were part of the 60 most spectacular cows of Cow Parade London 2002. Both were was sold at a gala auction to benefit Child Line on 10 October 2002 at Sotheby's Olympia

Any Human Heart (miniseries)

Any Human Heart is a British drama television miniseries, based on the 2002 novel of the same name by William Boyd. It was announced in April 2010, was broadcast on Channel 4 from 21 November to 12 December 2010, consisting of four episodes of one hour each. A re-edited version aired in the United States on 13, 20 and 27 February 2011 on PBS; the miniseries was awarded Drama Serial at the British Academy Television Awards 2011. It was released on DVD on 27 December 2010 and in the US on 5 April 2011. Jim Broadbent as Logan Mountstuart Matthew Macfadyen as Logan Mountstuart Sam Claflin as Logan Mountstuart Conor Nealon as Logan Mountstuart Hayley Atwell as Freya Deverell Ed Stoppard as Ben Leeping Samuel West as Peter Scabius Gillian Anderson as Wallis, Duchess of Windsor Tom Hollander as Edward, Duke of Windsor Kim Cattrall as Gloria Scabius Holliday Grainger as Tess Scabius Tobias Menzies as Ian Fleming Charity Wakefield as Land Fothergill Stanley Weber as Swiss Detective Valerie Kaprisky as Gabrielle Dupetit Theo Cross as Nat Tate Any Human Heart on Channel 4 Any Human Heart on PBS Any Human Heart on IMDb

2015 IIHF World Championship rosters

Each team's roster consisted of at least 15 skaters and two goaltenders, at most 22 skaters and three goaltenders. All 16 participating nations, through the confirmation of their respective national associations, had to submit a roster by the first IIHF directorate meeting. Age and team as of 1 May 2015. A 53-player roster was announced on 6 March 2015, trimmed to 26 on 4 April 2015. A 28-player list was released on 21 April 2015. Head coach: Dan Ratushny The first 19 players were announced on 14 April 2015 by Hockey Canada. On 26 April a 21-player list was named. Head coach: Todd McLellan The first 18 players were nominated on 16 March 2015 while the roster was made of 29 players on 11 April 2015. On 24 April 2015 a 28-player squad was publishedHead coach: Vladimír Růžička A 49-player roster was named on 12 March 2015. On 28 April 2015 a 25-player list was published. Head coach: Dave Henderson A 30-player roster was announced on 28 March 2015. On 28 April 2015 a 26-player list was published. Head coach: Pat Cortina A 30-player roster was announced on 23 March 2015 of whom 26 made the cut on 31 March 2015.

On 27 April 2015 a 26-player roster was named. Head coach: Aleksandrs Beļavskis A 22-player roster was announced on 6 April 2015. On 15 April 2015 a 24-player squad was named. On 28 April 2015 a 28-player squad was revealed. Head coach: Pär Mårts A 22-player roster was announced on 23 March 2015, while on 3 April 2015 a few changes were made and 25 players were selected. On 18 April 2015 a 26-player roster was named. A 25-player roster was revealed on 28 April 2015. Head coach: Glen Hanlon A 27-player roster was announced on 24 March 2015. Head coach: Dave Lewis Head coach: Janne Karlsson A 27-player roster was announced on 7 April 2015. On 27 April 2015 a 25-player squad was named, with the third goalkeeper being announced at a date. Pekka Rinne was named as the third goalkeeper on 27 April 2015. Head coach: Kari Jalonen A 24-player roster was announced on 29 March 2015. A 25-player squad was revealed on 27 April 2015. Head coach: Roy Johansen A 23-player roster was announced on 5 April 2015. Head coach: Oleg Znarok A 20-player roster was announced on 19 March 2015.

Head coach: Vladimír Vůjtek A 22-player roster was announced on 3 April 2015. Head coach: Matjaž Kopitar The roster was announced on 13 April 2015. Head coach: Todd Richards

International Commission Against the Death Penalty

The International Commission against the Death Penalty was founded in Madrid in October 2010, as a result of a Spanish initiative. ICDP is an independent body composed of 16 commissioners who have experience in international law and human rights, are committed to global abolition of capital punishment, their experience, geographical representation and personal involvement towards abolishing the death penalty, enables them to engage with senior officials from different countries. The Commission is supported by a diverse group of 19 countries from all world regions. ICDP opposes capital punishment in all situations, urges the immediate establishment of a universal moratorium on executions as a step towards total abolition of the death penalty. Federico Mayor President of ICDP. Former Director General of the UNESCO and Former Minister of Education and Science of Spain. Giuliano Amato. Former Prime Minister of Italy. Louise Arbour. Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

Robert Badinter. Former Minister of Justice of France. Mohammed Bedjaoui. Former Foreign Minister of Algeria, Former Judge and President of the International Court of Justice. Ruth Dreifuss. Former President and Minister of Home Affairs of the Swiss Confederation. Michèle Duvivier Pierre-Louis. Former Prime Minister of Haiti. Hanne Sophie Greve. A judge and Vice President of the High Court for Western Norway and has served as a judge at the European Court of Human Rights. Asma Jilani Jahangir. President of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and Former UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial and summary executions. Ioanna Kuçuradi. UNESCO Chairperson of the Philosophy and Human Rights Department and Director of the Centre of Research and Implementation of Human Rights in Maltepe University. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Former President of the Philippines. Rodolfo Mattarollo. Ambassador for UNASUR in Haiti and Former Deputy Secretary for Human Rights in Argentina. Ibrahim Najjar. Former Minister of Justice.

Navanethem `Navi´ Pillay. Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and well-known judge in the ICC and President of the International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda. Bill Richardson. Former Governor of New Mexico. Horacio Verbitsky. Journalist and writer, current member of the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch/ America and chair of the Center for Legal and Social Studies. Honorary member Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Former Prime Minister of Spain; the work of ICDP is varied: letters and statements about specific cases are issued urging States not to carry out executions and condemns carried out executions. ICDP attends meetings and events to promote abolition of the death penalty. ICDP’s Members conduct country missions and engage dialogue with different stakeholders working on the abolition, such as NGOs, government representatives, members of parliament. For example, Commissioner Ruth Dreifuss visited Tajikistan in 2011 and 2013 “to advocate for full abolition of the death penalty in the national law”.

Several reports and opinion pieces have been published by ICDP, including a report on How States abolish the death penalty “which reviews the processes towards abolition of capital punishment by analysing the experiences of 13 States”. Official website