Guild for Exceptional Children
The Guild for Exceptional Children is a nonprofit organization in Brooklyn which offers schooling and other services for children and adults with a disability. It identifies itself as a provider of direct and indirect services for developmentally delayed or disabled persons, from infancy through old age, their families; the organization was founded by families that needed extra support for their children with special needs, but it now provides services for adults and the elderly. People attending Guild programs may become members of a "self-advocacy" group where they discuss their rights and recommend changes within the agency; the Louis Boehm Diagnostic and Counseling Clinic provides screenings, evaluations and therapeutic services, for persons who are developmentally delayed or disabled, as well as their families. It was established in 1966, now is a certified and licensed Article 16 Clinic; the Boehm Clinic is the first point of contact for families interested in GEC's adult programs. The Carrie Mastronardi Early Childhood Education Center serves children from birth to age four, their families.
The Day Habilitation Workshop Program provides adults with moderate and mild mental retardation with community-based activities, such as penmaking, labeling. The Hope C. Morrison Day Center provides both day day habilitation. Pre-Vocational "Day-Hab Without Walls" provides training and work experience for developmentally challenged adults in various worksites such as hospitals, retail stores, nursing home; the Peter J. Mulligan Day Habilitation Program provides habilitation and job training services for individuals that are moderately to developmentally disabled. Various activities include work sites, computer classes, culinary classes, exercise classes; the Early Intervention program offers service coordination and therapeutic services for special instruction and language therapy, occupational therapy, feeding therapy, physical therapy and social work. The Residential Services department offers several residential facilities in southwest Brooklyn with services varying according to individual needs.
Horticulture/Greenhouse: Day Hab participants help to grow herbs in a greenhouse and other horticultural facilities throughout Brooklyn. This greenhouse is open for public to purchase plants. GEC participants participate in Brooklyn Botanic Garden Horticultural programs; this makes a Guild for Exceptional Children, a member of the American Horticultural Therapy Association. The Waiver Services group helps families get access to services that they might not otherwise be able to participate in. Other specialized services include Medicaid service coordination, social rehabilitation, an adult daycare center for seniors, family Support and in-home respite care; the Guild for Exceptional Children was founded in 1963, at a time when many public schools did not provide classes for some children with a disability. The founding president of the Guild for Exceptional Children was Olga DeFelippo. In 2001, the City of New York renamed part of 68th Street in Brooklyn, between Ridge Boulevard and 3rd Avenue, as "Guild For Exceptional Children Way."Like many other agencies that serve the developmentally disabled, the Guild is operating at a time of budget cuts from the state and working to adapt to serve a population, for the first time living past middle age.
Old age has brought a range of additional challenges to the agency, from compounded psychiatric issues to decreasing mobility amongst residents and day program attendees. Official site
Green Electronics Council
Founded 2005 the Green Electronics Council promotes green computing and "envisions a world where green electronics is a cornerstone of a healthy and vibrant world." GEC achieves this mission by supporting the production of consensus-based environmental leadership standards. The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool system assists in the purchase of "greener" PCs and Displays, Imaging Equipment and Televisions; the EPEAT system evaluates electronics on more than 50 environmental criteria, some required and some optional, that measure a product's efficiency and sustainability attributes. Products are rated Silver or Bronze depending on how many optional criteria they meet. On 2007-01-24, President George W. Bush issued Executive Order 13423, which requires all United States Federal agencies to use EPEAT when purchasing computer systems. President Barack Obama issued a similar Executive Order in 2009. In 2012 EPEAT was launched in India. Since a number of registered green devices has risen by 108%.
In partnership with the Yale Center for Green Chemistry and Engineering, in Sept. of 2008 GEC held a Forum for Sustainable Information and Communication Technologies at Yale. Green Electronics Council hosts and presents annual Catalyst Award for "practical projects whose impact can inspire further innovation in the electronics space." In the 2015 Dell received an award for their innovations in environmental safety of electronic production. During the 2014 calendar year Dell used 5000 tons of recycled plastic in its production of 34 products. Other notable nominees included Hewlett-Packard and Arrow Electronics. Emerging Green Conference is an annual event organized by Green Electronics Council, where technology leaders meet to discuss " advances and future of sustainable electronics." Latest gathering happened in September 2015 where over 30 companies and organizations attended a two-day event at The Nines Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Kent Snyder, J. D. - Chairman - Attorney at Law, Snyder & Associates P.
C. Alan Keith - Vice Chair - Vice President, Walt Disney Animation Studios Carl Smith - Treasurer - CEO, Call2Recycle Christine Ervin - Secretary - Principal, Christine Ervin/Company Mike Biddle, PhD - President and Founder, MBA Polymers, Inc. USA Amy Knight - Director of CSR, Inc. Paul Anastas, PhD - Director, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering Kirsten Ritchie - Principal, Director of Sustainable Design, Gensler Liz Gasster - Vice President, Business Roundtable Green chemistry One Laptop per Child Official websitePublicationsClosing the Loop Electronics Design to Enhance Reuse/Recycling Value, research on what information electronics recyclers need from OEMs in order to make recycling more economically and environmentally effective and how that information might be managed, 2009 The Connection Between Electronics and Sustainability
Lufthansa Cargo AG is a German cargo airline and a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa. It operates worldwide air freight and logistics services and is headquartered at Frankfurt Airport, the main hub of Lufthansa. Besides operating dedicated cargo planes, the company has access to cargo capacities of 350 passenger aircraft of the Lufthansa Group. Lufthansa operated a cargo subsidiary, called German Cargo, between 1977 and 1993, when – in an effort to restructure the company – the cargo division was re-integrated into its parent, split up into two parts. Lufthansa Cargo was created as a limited stock company on 30 November 2004, along with Lufthansa Cargo Charter. Lufthansa Cargo uses LH, as well as GEC as airline codes. Lufthansa is unique compared to its major European competitors like British Airways and Air France in that the cargo business is organized in an different airline entity. For some years, Lufthansa Cargo was the leading cargo airline in terms of international freight tonne-kilometres carried, but has since been surpassed by Cathay Pacific and Korean Air Cargo.
As of 2011, all Lufthansa Cargo aircraft are based at Frankfurt Airport, the seventh busiest freight hub in the world, where the airline enjoys a strong co-operation with Fraport, the operator of the airport. Cargo facilities at the airport are divided into two places, of which the first one is nearly used by Lufthansa Cargo. In earlier years, Lufthansa Cargo had a secondary base at Leipzig/Halle Airport, the European hub for DHL Express, from where it operated flights on behalf of DHL. Activities at this airport came to an end following the formation of AeroLogic as a joint venture between Lufthansa and DHL, which henceforth caters for the DHL flights, allowing Lufthansa Cargo to concentrate on other services. In 2000, Lufthansa Cargo was a founding member of the WOW Alliance, a global cargo airline alliance, but left in 2007 as it did not see any benefits for the future. Lufthansa Cargo used to operate a hub for intra-Asian flights at Astana International Airport in Kazakhstan, but was forced to relocate it to Yemelyanovo Airport in Russia in 2007, because otherwise the airline would have been banned from entering Russian airspace, in what was described as an act of economic blackmail by the Russian authorities.
In 2008, Jade Cargo International was founded as a joint venture between Shenzhen Airlines, Lufthansa Cargo, the German Investment Corporation, a German governmental entity. Jade ended operations in 2011. In May 2011, Lufthansa Cargo opened another hub at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad, in order to transport temperature-sensitive goods pharmaceuticals, between South East Asia and Europe; as of October 2013, Lufthansa Cargo serves 57 cities worldwide with its cargo aircraft. As of April 2019 the Lufthansa Cargo fleet consists of the following aircraft: With the delivery of the first Boeing 777F, Lufthansa Cargo started to name their aircraft in a scheme referring to typical greetings of the countries they serve; the first 777F was named USA, while an MD-11F was named Buenos días México for example. The initial fleet of Lufthansa Cargo had belonged to German Cargo, was expanded by cargo-converted former Lufthansa mainline Boeing 747-200s. From 1998, the airline began to phase out all other aircraft types in favor of a fleet consisting of the McDonnell Douglas MD-11, its successor, the Boeing 777 freighter.
In March 2011, the order of five Boeing 777F was announced, the same aircraft type which had earlier been chosen for AeroLogic. The entire Lufthansa Cargo fleet today is composed of purpose-built freighter aircraft. Over the years, the following aircraft types were operated: On 7 November 2004 at 16:35 local time, a Boeing 747-200 freighter and operated by Air Atlanta Icelandic, overshot the runway upon take-off at Sharjah International Airport and was damaged beyond repair; the aircraft, registered TF-ARR, had been leased by Lufthansa Cargo to operate Flight 8457 to Frankfurt Airport. The pilots had decided to abort the take-off run though the remaining runway length did not suffice to bring the aircraft to a halt because of a burst tyre and the ATC notification of an alleged fire; the four persons on board were not injured. On 27 July 2010 at 11:38 local time, Lufthansa Cargo Flight 8460, an MD-11 registered D-ALCQ, crashed upon landing at King Khalid International Airport, Saudi Arabia and was damaged beyond repair in the ensuing fire.
The Pilot in command and the First Officer — the only two persons on board — were able to leave the aircraft by themselves. Media related to Lufthansa Cargo at Wikimedia Commons Official website
Gran Enciclopèdia Catalana
The Gran Enciclopèdia Catalana is a Catalan-language encyclopedia, started in fascicles, published in 1968 by Edicions 62. The soul of the work was written by Max Cahner, the first director was Jordi Carbonell. From the second volume the work had its own publisher: Enciclopedia Catalana SA with Jordi Pujol, the new director was Joan Carreras i Martí; the encyclopedia collects alphabetical entries about different subjects: history, cultural studies, etc. It includes worldwide views as well as information, it contains a dictionary of common vocabulary, reviewed in the first edition of the work by Ramon Aramon i Serra. GEC had a fixed team that wrote the content, furthermore a broad set of partners, among which were the most prominent experts in each subject, involved in the preparation of the GEC with a great desire for service to the Catalan people. Editions have come out with several volumes and an appendix, as well as a digital edition. In 1991 it received the Cross of Saint George; the Great Catalan Encyclopedia gained popularity and sold well, causing the encyclopedia to expand to include a broader series of historical and lexical issues.
L'Enciclopèdia L'Enciclopèdia en línia
Goa Engineering College
Goa Engineering College or Goa College of Engineering is a public college in Goa, offering courses in engineering disciplines and affiliated to Goa University. Founded in 1967 and situated at Farmagudi plateau, Ponda, it is the oldest engineering college in Goa, with over 2,200 students; the college started in 1967 with undergraduate courses in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. The Electronics and Telecommunication course was introduced in 1982, Computer Science in 1988, Information Technology in 2001 and Mining in 2011. All courses in the college are affiliated to Goa University, it has eight masters programmes, the duration of each being two years: The college is recognized as a research institute under Goa University. The affiliation to Ph. D. programs in Civil, Electrical & Electronics, Computer Science & Engineering and Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering are recognized from academic year 2014–15 onwards. The college has a memorandum of understanding with IIT Bombay, many of its faculty go there to pursue Ph.
D. degrees. The Farmagudi campus houses National Institute of Technology Goa and Indian Institute of Technology Goa; the National Board of Accreditation has accredited four branches of the college – the Computer, Mechanical and Electronics and Telecommunications branches. This means the academic curriculum and the teaching-learning process is of a good standard, with adequate infrastructure and faculty, acceptable to the All India Council of Technical Education. A study conducted in 2006 by the magazine Dataquest India ranked the college at 75th in India. In Dataquest's 2011 survey the college was unranked; as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations, it was announced that the college would soon house an Incubation Centre for boosting entrepreneurship on campus. The college has one of the largest libraries in the state, it is home to over 86,000 books and magazines, catering to all the subjects taught in the college. The library has a multimedia section that houses electronic modes of information such as encyclopedias.
The library has a book bank facility with which students can obtain books for the entire year and return after the completion of the year, by paying a small fee. With the largest campus in Goa, spread well over 285 acres atop Farmagudi hill, the college has five boys' and two girls' hostels, staff housing, guest house facilities for visiting faculty and students; the campus has bicycles, donated by the alumni, for use by the staff and students. Besides the main canteen and multiple mess facilities, the college has small stalls and a restaurant that are frequented by students; the campus shopping complex has a restaurant, as well as shops that cater to student needs ranging from photocopying to stationery and other day-to-day needs. The campus has a computer center; the college gymkhana houses a power gym, accessible to students during non-working hours. There is an indoor badminton court, a basketball court, a full-length natural grass football ground that can be used as a cricket field. Notably, the Electronics and Telecommunications branch features a robotic arm - the KUKA KR-16 Industrial Robot, used in assembly lines across many industries, for training its students.
The students of Goa Engineering College call. However, not all post-graduate students identify themselves with this term; the college has many active clubs: The college has a Nature Club which organizes tree planting programmes in the surrounding regions and organizes treks to locations in Goa. The college Photography Club has been organizing Photoflare, an international photography festival, since 2010; the college Quiz Club organizes quizzes for the college events. The college Music Club conducts workshops and organizes open mike sessions at the college's festivals, it has its own music room with equipment in the Mining Department. The college Literary and Debate Club organizes many small activities and helps organize TEDxGEC; the college has a Coding Club. The college Drama Club was one of the oldest clubs, has been restarted after a gap of seven years; the college students founded the Astronomy Club in 2018, with the maiden event hosting Dr Vithal Tilvi, who discovered the furthest known galaxy in the Universe in 2013.
The college has active student chapters of the IEEE, CSI, Google Developers Group, Women Techmakers, Goa Android User Group, Goa Technology Association and FSAI. The college had a Robotics club and a Linux User Group. Student associations, based on their departments, are as follows: MESA – Mechanical Engineering Students Association ENEXSA – Electrical and Electronics Engineering Students Association ACES – Association of Civil Engineering Students CURSOR – Association of Computer Engineering Students INTENSA – Information Technology Students Association ASSETS – Association of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering Students MINESCO – Mining Engineering Students CouncilThese associations conduct events and non-technical, once or twice per semester, they come together to organise Spectrum, the college's technical festival. The students celebrate religious festivals Ganesh Chaturthi and Christmas every year on the campus. Happenings is the cultural festival organized by the college. Started in 1981, it is the oldest college festival in Goa.
The college has rock shows by Zero and Millennium in 1997, Parikrama in 1998, Ezee Meat in 1997, Brahma in 2000, Moksha, PDV, Metakix, Sceptre in 2004. Rock machine, now known as
Bridgestone Arena is an all-purpose venue in downtown Nashville, completed in 1996, is the home of the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League. Designed by HOK Sport in conjunction with the Nashville-based architecture/engineering firm Hart Freeland Roberts, INC. it was designed at an angle on the corner of Broadway and 5th Avenue in Nashville in physical homage to the historic Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. Bridgestone Arena is owned by the Sports Authority of Nashville and Davidson County and operated by Powers Management Company, a subsidiary of the Nashville Predators National Hockey League franchise, its primary tenant since 1998; the Predators hosted the NHL Entry Draft here in 2003. In 1997, it was the venue of the United States Figure Skating Championships, in 2004 hosted the USA Gymnastics National Championships, it was the home of the Nashville Kats franchise of the Arena Football League from 1997 until 2001, hosted the team's revival from 2005 to 2007, when the Kats folded.
The arena has hosted college basketball events, including both men's and women's tournaments of the Southeastern Conference and the Ohio Valley Conference. Nashville will serve as a primary venue for the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament nine times between 2015 and 2025 after the SEC signed a long-term agreement with the Nashville Sports Council in 2013, it hosted the 2014 NCAA Women's Final Four and will host women's tournaments in 2018, 2022, 2026. In odd-numbered years, the arena was one of eight sites to host the first and second rounds of the men's NCAA Basketball Tournament for the first ten years of its existence, though it was taken out of the rotation for several years due to the obsolete octagonal mid-1990s-style scoreboard that hung above the arena floor, it was replaced in the summer of 2007 by digital control room. The NCAA Tournament returned to Nashville in 2012. Since 2002, the arena has hosted a Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series event every year until 2010; the event moved to the Arena in 2002 after having occupied the Municipal Auditorium from 1994 to 2001.
The venue has hosted numerous concerts and religious gatherings. Beginning in 2006, the Country Music Association Awards have been held in the arena, after the awards show moved from the Grand Ole Opry House with a one-year stop in New York City at Madison Square Garden in 2005. Due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout, the Predators did not host any games that season until January 19, 2013. Instead, the arena hosted a Southern Professional Hockey League preseason game between the only other Tennessee pro hockey franchise, the Knoxville Ice Bears, their cross-border rivals Huntsville Havoc on October 20. Bridgestone Arena has a seating capacity of 17,113 for ice hockey, 19,395 for basketball, 10,000 for half-house concerts, 18,500 for end-stage concerts and 20,000 for center-stage concerts, depending on the configuration used, it has hosted several professional wrestling events and a boxing card since its opening. The seating configuration is notable for the oddly-shaped south end, which features two large round roof support columns, no mid-level seating, only one level of suites, bringing the upper-level seats much closer to the floor.
The arena can be converted into the 5,145-seat Music City Theater, used for theater concerts and Broadway and family shows, by placing a stage at the north end of the arena floor and hanging a curtain behind the stage and another to conceal the upper deck. The arena features 43,000 square feet of space in a trade show layout. Mumford & Sons set the attendance record on March 2019, with 19,047 fans in attendance. During construction of the arena there was a major time loss accident October 5, 1995 when a temporary column collapsed. Lead ironworker connector Daniel Lane Foreman suffered a shattered pelvis and was hospitalized for 10 days at Vanderbilt University Hospital. Ironworker Raymond Vance Foreman was treated and released. Besides hosting the Nashville Predators, Bridgestone Arena has seen many other famous performers and events: CMA Awards CMT Music Awards 2003 NHL Entry Draft June 21, 2003 61st National Hockey League All-Star Game January 31, 2016 2017 Stanley Cup Finals Game 3, 4 and 6.
This is the fourth time. The first was in 1998 as the Nashville Arena, in 1999 and 2000 as the Gaylord Entertainment Center. In 2017 it was named loudest arena in sports; the arena's original name when opened in 1996 was Nashville Arena. In 1999, the arena was renamed Gaylord Entertainment Center after a 20-year, $80 million naming rights contract was signed between the Predators and Nashville-based Gaylord Entertainment Company, which at the time was a minority owner of the team. In February 2005, it was announced that the Predators and Gaylord had reached an agreement terminating any further involvement between them, that the Gaylord name would remain on the building only until a new purchaser could be found for the naming rights; as a result, many in the Nashville media reverted to calling the facility by its original name. With the beginning of the
United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation was launched in 1998 with a $1 billion gift from Ted Turner to support the United Nations causes. The creation of the Foundation was intended to encourage other donors to support the UN in its activities; the main issue areas that the Foundation addresses are child health, climate change & energy, sustainable development, women and population, supporting the United Nations. Some of the biggest global campaigns that the UN Foundation has been involved in include Nothing But Nets, the Measles & Rubella Initiative, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Girl Up, Shot@Life, the Digital Impact Alliance, the Better World Campaign, among others. United Nations Foundation's original purpose was to build support for United Nations causes and to make sure that the United States honors its commitments to the United Nations. Since its beginning, the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Campaign have provided grants in order to support the UN goals worldwide; the United Nations Foundation serves as the largest source of private funding to the United Nations.
In conjunction with the UN, they established the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships to serve as the UN counterpart to the Foundation. The United Nations Foundation has collected more than $1.2 billion from other places, including from other foundations, corporations, NGOs, individuals. The Foundation works with UN partners in order to provide policy recommendations and project proposals; the Foundation and its sister organization, The Better World Campaign, have helped raise awareness of and support for the UN among global policy makers and the public. The UN Foundation's current budgetary breakdown is $115.7 million going to program services, $7.3 million to fundraising, $11.8 million going to management and overhead. Ted Turner, who in 1996 was worth $3.2 billion due to his shares in Time Warner, decided to make a $1 billion contribution to the UN because he had donated to similar causes, felt about the issues the UN were participating in. Before donating to the UN, Turner was a proponent for the protection of the environment in combating global warming.
Turner believed that his $100 million per year donation over the course of 10 years would make a difference in the direction of the United Nations, that he could use this donation to encourage other wealthy members of society to make financial contributions to the work of the UN. By giving away nearly 1/3 of his wealth while still living, Ted Turner was a major influence in the Giving Pledge movement; the UN Foundation is led by chief executive officer Kathy Calvin. She served as the President of AOL Time Warner prior to becoming the CEO of the UN Foundation. Timothy E. Wirth, a former United States Congressman, U. S. Senator, the first Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs in U. S. President Bill Clinton's administration served as the Foundation's President from 1998 to 2013. Ted Turner serves as the chairman of the board. Aaron Sherinian is the current chief communications spokesman of the UN Foundation. Other notable board members include Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan and Chairman Emeritus Infosys N. R. Narayana Murthy, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, former US Ambassador to the UN and Mayor of Atlanta Andrew Young, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Muhammad Yunus among others.
When the UN Foundation started, it desired to assist the UN with a wide variety of issues, bring attention to particular modern problems. The Foundation wished to help Secretary-General Kofi Annan with the problem of reforming the UN, they desired to bolster UN programs that were viewed as successful, including children's health, population control, environment issues, land-mines. One of their priorities was to work with the private sector to raise more money for the UN, they had the intention of raising awareness of the UN and its programs amongst the American population. They have had a close relationship with the UN and its leadership from the beginning in order to set goals and provide funding for particular programs. One of the global issues that the UN Foundation focuses on is children's health, they work with private sector partners and UN agencies in order to address a variety of children's health issues. One of their biggest campaigns is working to reduce the number of deaths from measles.
The Measles & Rubella Initiative, as it called, is a partnership between the UN Foundation, the American Red Cross, UNICEF, the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization in order to provide measles vaccinations to children across the African continent. During the first year of this campaign, vaccines were distributed across 8 African countries, which vaccinated over 21 million children; this campaign not only focuses on vaccinating children, but putting into place health infrastructure, promoting better access to health-care across the continent. In ten years, the Measles Initiative has protected more than 1 billion children from measles; the UN Foundation runs the Nothing But Nets Campaign, targeted at reducing malaria across the African continent. This campaign started when Sports Illustrated writer Patrick Reilley published an article asking his readers to donate money to a campaign to buy mosquito nets for those in Africa suffering from malaria. With support from the UN Foundation, Reilley's project got off the ground, has to-date provided over 7 million nets across Africa.
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is a partnership that includes the UN Foundation, Rotary International, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, the U. S. Centers for Dis