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Elfin Cove, Alaska

Elfin Cove is a census-designated place near the northwestern corner of Chichagof Island in Hoonah-Angoon Census Area, United States. The population was 20 at the 2010 census, down from 32 at the 2000 census. Elfin Cove is located off Cross Sound on Chichagof Island at coordinates 58°11′56″N 136°21′19″W; the CDP occupies the northern end of the Inian Peninsula. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 10.4 square miles, of which 10.2 square miles are land and 0.2 square miles, or 1.73%, are water. According to the Köppen climate classification system, Elfin Cove has an oceanic climate. Elfin Cove first appeared on the 1940 U. S. Census as an unincorporated village, it appeared again on the 1950 census, but did not appear in 1960. It was returned again in 1970 and made a census-designated place in 1980; as of the census of 2000, there were 32 people, 15 households, 9 families residing full-time in the CDP. Among full-time residents, the population density was 3.0 people per square mile.

There were 35 housing units at an average density of 3.3/sq mi. The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.75% White, 3.12% Pacific Islander, 3.12% from two or more races. Of the 15 households 20.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.3% were married couples living together, 40.0% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.7% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.67. In the CDP, the population was spread out with 15.6% under the age of 18, 3.1% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 37.5% from 45 to 64, 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females, there were 146.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 170.0 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $33,750, the median income for a family was $33,750. Males had a median income of $48,750 versus $0 for females; the per capita income for the CDP was $15,089.

There were no families and 5.6% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64. Elfin Cove community website

Truck scale software

Truck Scale Software known in the EU as "Weighbridge Software" is a class of software pertaining to the collection of transactional scale weighment data. For truck scales used to weigh heavy trucks, light trucks, or other commercial vehicles; the basic concept of truck scale software is to provide the end user with a means of collecting and organizing weighment information. The truck scale industry is not a vertical niche market as one might expect. With consumers ranging from single-site low transaction "mom and pop shops" to multi-national heavy volume corporations; the basic concept of Truck Scale Software is to provide the end user with a means of collecting and organizing weighment information. Before the software industry found the Truck Scale niche scale users would either have to come up with their own customized methods for tracking data, or require that the scale vendor provide one as part of the weighing system; this led to scale vendors needing to be able to provide data collection and management solutions in order to compete.

Today, scale vendors are still offering simple solutions with systems, sometimes in direct competition with the software developers who are creating much more powerful data collection packages and dynamic user-friendly interfaces. Many of the larger scale vendors however, have started referring to certain Truck Scale Software packages or directly reselling them. Sometimes, truck scale software is part of a much larger software. Many targeted ERPs for industries like quarry/mining/agriculture contain interface module for weighbridges; some truck scale manufacturers develop and sell their own software for weigh system interfacing and data collection. Many software suppliers and small businesses believe they can produce software and use it for capturing weighing transactions, within the EU weighbridge software is subject to legislation and a useful guide for developers exists and is published by WELMEC. Within the consumer sector of the truck scale industry are several subcategories of end user.

The consumers range from the single-scale users to multi-national corporations with hundreds or thousands of scale sites, some of them unmanned running unmanned weighbridge software. In many cases each companies requirement is unique to the point where a "canned package" is out of the question; the market is service-oriented, with any final solution being somewhat custom tailored to the end user's needs. It is not uncommon for a software package to have an obscure feature only because one particular customer "had to have it and was willing to pay for it"

Edit Schlaffer

Dr. Edit Schlaffer, is a social scientist and the founder of Women without Borders, based in Vienna, Austria, her international efforts focus on grassroots, community-based female diplomacy, namely empowering women as agents of change and a critical driving force in stabilizing an insecure world. She and Cheryl Benard contributed the piece "Benevolent despotism versus the contemporary feminist movement" to the 1984 anthology Sisterhood Is Global: The International Women's Movement Anthology, edited by Robin Morgan. Schlaffer started Women without Borders in 2001, headquartered in Vienna, which partners with local organizations in various countries to implement a number of integrated projects that aim to strengthen capabilities through education and self-confidence: key tools for establishing a female power base in countries in crisis and transition. In 2008 she launched the Sisters Against Violent Extremism campaign, focusing Women without Border’s efforts to the security arena, organizing women internationally to take part in a research-based, family-centered counter-radicalization platform.

Schlaffer's work seeks to propagate a security paradigm. In implementing the SAVE platform, Schlaffer has partnered with organizations in 16 different countries including India, Tajikistan, Indonesia and Nigeria to set up "MotherSchools." These series of weekly training meetings, run by female community leaders, empower mothers with the competence and confidence to safeguard the young from the threat of violent extremism and the lure of radicalization. Furthermore, these meetings allow for collaboration, mutual support, shared understanding. A regular contributor to various news outlets including Huffington Post and Reuters Trust Law blogs, Schlaffer’s efforts and research focus on gender and counter-terrorism strategies, peace-building through dialogue, examining the role of civil society in improving the security architecture. In 2013, Schlaffer, in collaboration with Dr. Ulrich Kropiunigg, conducted the first empirical research study into the potential of mothers to recognize early warning signs of radicalization in their sons and the needed tools to respond effectively.

This study was supported by the Austrian Fund for Scientific Research. Additionally Schlaffer has produced a number of short films highlighting female change-makers as well as perpetrators and survivors of terrorist acts, her recent film, Your Mother, features the testimonies of mothers of sons who harmed or intended to harm others in the name of Jihad. The film is used as an education tool to raise awareness in communities where radicalism is propagated. Schlaffer is a regular speaker in diverse settings: from TED talks, the Hedayah Center of Excellence, the Omega Institute, the Global Center on Cooperative Security, the Europe-wide Radicalisation Awareness Network to the OSCE and various United Nations branches. Women without Borders under her leadership has been lauded by both government and independent agencies surrounding its efforts to empower women in combatting extremism as an alternative security strategy. In 2005 she was awarded the Kaethe Leichter Austrian State Prize for Gender Research.

In 2011 Schlaffer was named one of Newsweek′s "150 Movers and Shakers" and in 2010 she was named "21 Leaders of the 21st Century" by Women’s eNews. She was included on the Daily Beast′s 2014 List of the World’s Women of Consequence and spoke at the 2014 Women of the World Summit at the Lincoln Center in New York about SAVE’s work in galvanizing women and mothers to counter the increasing radicalization of youth. In 2012 she spoke at TEDxWomen in Washington DC, alongside two members of SAVE’s partner organizations in Pakistan and India promoting reconciliation and collaboration among groups of women with histories of political conflict. Former Secretary Hillary Clinton has twice highlighted SAVE’s contributions to the field. Most Schlaffer was awarded the Aenne Burda Award for Creative Leadership at the 2015 Digital Life Design Conference in Munich. Schlaffer serves as Civil Society Board Member for the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund, she was the former Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Politics and Interpersonal Relations and Chairperson of the Austrian Foundation for World Population and International Cooperation.

She is the co-author of a number of titles covering themes of politics and gender relationships published in German. She earned a doctorate in Communication Science and Sociology from the University of Vienna and completed psychoanalytical training at the Children's Hospital in Vienna. Schlaffer is married and has two children

Take the Lead

For the song, see Take the Lead. Take the Lead is a 2006 American drama dance film directed by Liz Friedlander and starring Antonio Banderas as dance instructor Pierre Dulaine, the founder of Dancing Classrooms, it stars Alfre Woodard, John Ortiz, Rob Brown, Yaya DaCosta, Dante Basco, Elijah Kelley, Jenna Dewan. The film was released on April 7, 2006. Although based in New York City, it was filmed in Toronto. Stock footage of various locations in New York City was used. A group of students are preparing for a school dance. Rock is denied entry by Mr. Temple and Principal James. After leaving, Rock is provoked by a group of thugs to vandalize the Principal's car; when Pierre Dulaine comes on the scene, they all run off. The next morning, Pierre arrives at the school to see the Principal. After explaining that he witnessed her car being vandalized, Pierre offers to take over the detention shift and teach them ballroom dancing, she agrees. His first class goes badly due to the uncooperative personalities of the students.

When Pierre returns the next morning, Principal James explains that the reason LaRhette had refused to dance with Rock the day before was because Rock's brother was involved in a gang war, in which one of the casualties was LaRhette's brother. At Pierre's dance studio, Caitlin is under pressure to learn to dance because her cotillion is approaching, she feels a failure and envies Morgan for her graceful sensuality, remarking to Pierre that she is "like sex on hardwood." This gives Pierre an idea of. He invites Morgan to give them a demonstration of the tango, which inspires the students to be more willing to learn. Caitlin decides to join them for dance class and practices with Monster. Though the other students suspect her of wanting to "tell her upper class friends that she's slumming" at first, they learn to accept her when she admits that she feels better with them. LaRhette, the daughter of a prostitute, cares for her younger siblings while her mother works the streets. One night, she runs out of the apartment and to the school after one of her mother's clients attempts to rape her.

While practicing her dancing, she runs into Rock, who'd gone down there to sleep after losing his job and getting kicked out of his house after a physical confrontation with his drunken father. They are caught by security. Principal James wants to suspend them both, but agrees to give them extra detention with Pierre instead. Pierre tells the class about a dance competition; the students begin to trust Pierre. When the detention basement is flooded, Pierre takes the students to his dance studio to practice; the youngsters become disenchanted by the skills of Pierre's students there as well as the $200 entrance fee for the contest. However, Pierre promises to pay the fee. LaRhette and Rock, who have now learned to respect each other, are assigned to compete in the waltz, rivals Ramos and Danjou learn to share Sasha during practice. Mr. Temple complains about the school's resources being wasted on the dance program; when Pierre is brought to a meeting with the parents' association, he convinces them to keep the program going after demonstrating how ballroom dancing has taught the students "teamwork and dignity".

On the night of the contest, Rock is told by the gang he has joined that he must participate in a theft. He intentionally shoots the sprinkler system, setting off the alarm, all have to flee. At the competition, it is announced. Monster saves Caitlin from tripping. Sasha and Ramos perform an impressive three-person tango but are disqualified because the event is a partner dance. Morgan defuses the tension by calling it a tie and giving Sasha her trophy. Principal James is impressed with the success of the program and tells Pierre she is making it permanent. Rock arrives at the last minute to dance the waltz with LaRhette; the final credits roll as Pierre's students triumphantly dance to hip hop music, having tampered with the sound system. Antonio Banderas as Pierre Dulaine, a ballroom dance instructor Alfre Woodard as Principal Augustine James John Ortiz as Mr. Joseph Temple, a teacher who only cares for academic success. StudentsRob Brown as Jason "Rock" Rockwell Yaya DaCosta as LaRhette Dudley Dante Basco as Ramos Elijah Kelley as Danjou Jenna Dewan as Sasha Bulut, caught in a love triangle with Danjou and Ramos.

Laura Benanti as Tina Jasika Nicole as Egypt Brandon D. Andrews as Monster, a large and overweight pupil Lauren Collins as Caitlin Marcus T. Paulk as Eddie, a talented DJ Katya Virshilas as Morgan Jonathan Malen as Kurd Shawand McKenzie as Big Girl, Monster's cousin Joseph Pierre as TreyThe film stars Alison Sealy-Smith and Phillip Jarrett as Rock's parents. Banderas turned the producers down; the thought of ballroom dancing sounded "so cheesy", he felt the film didn't have much of a story. He said to his agent: "nah, I don't want to do this", but after much persuasion, he agreed to meet with the producers. Once they showed Banderas a documentary on Pierre Dulaine, he said he "loved" it, he found Dulaine to be "very" fascinating. Many of the "kids" had no acting experience prior to being cast in Take the Lead. Brandon Andrews

Sailors' Chapel, Angle

Sailors' Chapel, Seamen's Chapel or Fishermen's Chapel is a Grade I listed building in Angle, Wales. The chapel, dedicated to St Anthony, is located in the churchyard of St Mary's parish church; the chapel is a single-cell vaulted building above a raised and vaulted crypt. It was founded in the 15th century by Edward de Shirburn a "knight of Nangle", it was restored in 1853, again by Elizabeth Mirehouse in 1862, rededicated in 1929. A receiving place, or charnel-house, for the corpses of drowned sailors, it became a chapel of rest in the 20th century. Constructed of coarse masonry under a modern tiled roof with a Celtic cross finial, the chapel has Victorian stained glass windows, one of which depicts the miracle of Christ walking upon the sea. There is a stone altar

ID Sniper rifle

The ID Sniper rifle is an art project, a fictional, hoax weapon devised by artist Jakob Boeskov and industrial designer Kristian von Bengtson. The rifle shoots GPS chips, the police force may tag persons with this rifle for easy retrieval, it was produced by the fictional company Empire North. According to its specs, "It will feel like a mosquito-bite lasting a fraction of a second. At the same time a digital camcorder with a zoom-lens fitted within the scope will take a high-resolution picture of the target; this picture will be stored on a memory card for image-analysis." The design was presented in 2002 in Beijing at the China Police exhibition. Boeskov created an artistic project, "My Doomsday Weapon", a travelling exhibition of the ID Sniper rifle, in which he humorously describes his "infiltration" of China police. Boeskov says that a Chinese company offered a location for manufacturing; the news about the weapon was spread over the internet. When the news was "slashdotted", the Empire North website was hit with about 1.6 million viewers.

Computerworld was hoaxed although they withdrew the report. In the spring of 2004 the news and work of the company reached Washington, DC, in the Homeland Security newsletter published by the Congressional Quarterly Group. Engadget published a brief comment about the hoax, together with a picture of the "weapon" shortly after the Computerworld article was released. On March 7, 2007, Engadget posted further images and news of the "weapon" under the title "ID Sniper Rifle fires GPS tracking chip into unwitting humans" despite having denounced it as a hoax three years before. On August 31, 2013 the Sydney Morning Herald reported that the ID Sniper Rifle had been referred to in a 2011 police paper titled "Microchipping of human subjects as a productivity enhancement and as a strategic management direction of NSW Police". "Abuse Your Illusions - The Disinformation Guide To Media Mirages and Establishment Lies", edited by Russ Kick ISBN 0-9713942-4-5 "Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID", by Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre ISBN 1-59555-020-8