click links in text for more info

Geography of Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a densely-populated, low-lying riverine country located in South Asia with a coastline of 580 km on the northern littoral of the Bay of Bengal. The delta plain of the Ganges and Meghna Rivers and their tributaries occupy 79 percent of the country. Four uplifted blocks occupy 9 percent, steep hill ranges up to 1,000 metres high occupy 12 percent in the southeast and in the northeast. Straddling the Tropic of Cancer, Bangladesh has a tropical monsoon climate characterised by heavy seasonal rainfall, high temperatures, high humidity. Natural disasters such as floods and cyclones accompanied by storm surges periodically affect the country. Most of the country is intensively farmed, with rice the main crop, grown in three seasons. Rapid urbanisation is taking place with associated commercial development. Exports of garments and shrimp plus remittances from Bangladeshis working abroad provide the country's three main sources of foreign exchange income; the physical geography of Bangladesh is varied and has an area characterised by two distinctive features: a broad deltaic plain subject to frequent flooding, a small hilly region crossed by swiftly flowing rivers.

The country has an area of 147,610 square kilometres and extends 820 kilometres north to south and 600 kilometres east to west. Bangladesh is bordered on the west and east by a 4,095 kilometres land frontier with India and, in the southeast, by a short land and water frontier with Burma. On the south is a irregular deltaic coastline of about 580 kilometres, fissured by many rivers and streams flowing into the Bay of Bengal; the territorial waters of Bangladesh extend 12 nautical miles, the exclusive economic zone of the country is 200 nautical miles. 80% of the landmass is made up of fertile alluvial lowland called the Bangladesh Plain. The plain is part of the larger Plain of Bengal, sometimes called the Lower Gangetic Plain. Although altitudes up to 105 metres above sea level occur in the northern part of the plain, most elevations are less than 10 metres above sea level. With such low elevations and numerous rivers, water—and concomitant flooding—is a predominant physical feature. About 10,000 square kilometres of the total area of Bangladesh is covered with water, larger areas are flooded during the monsoon season.

The only exceptions to Bangladesh's low elevations are the Chittagong Hills in the southeast, the Low Hills of Sylhet in the northeast, highlands in the north and northwest. The Chittagong Hills constitute the only significant hill system in the country and, in effect, are the western fringe of the north–south mountain ranges of Burma and eastern India; the Chittagong Hills rise steeply to narrow ridge lines no wider than 36 metres, with altitudes from 600 to 900 metres above sea level. At 1,052 metres altitude, the highest elevation in Bangladesh is found at Saka Haphong, in the southeastern part of the hills. Fertile valleys lie between the hill lines, which run north–south. West of the Chittagong Hills is a broad plain, cut by rivers draining into the Bay of Bengal, that rises to a final chain of low coastal hills below 200 metres, that attain a maximum elevation of 350 metres. West of these hills is a narrow, wet coastal plain located between the cities of Chittagong in the north and Cox's Bazar in the south.

About 67% of Bangladesh's nonurban land is arable. Permanent crops cover only 2%, meadows and pastures cover 4%, forests and woodland cover about 16%; the country produces large quantities of quality timber and sugarcane. Bamboo grows in all areas, but high-quality timber grows in the highland valleys. Rubber planting in the hilly regions of the country was undertaken in the 1980s, rubber extraction had started by the end of the decade. A variety of wild animals are found in the forest areas, such as in the Sundarbans on the southwest coast, the home of the royal Bengal tiger; the alluvial soils in the Bangladesh Plain are fertile and are enriched with heavy silt deposits carried downstream during the rainy season. Urbanisation is proceeding and it is estimated that only 30% of the population entering the labour force in the future will be absorbed into agriculture, although many will find other kinds of work in rural areas; the areas around Dhaka and Comilla are the most densely settled. The Sundarbans, an area of coastal tropical jungle in the southwest and last wild home of the Bengal tiger, the Chittagong Hill Tracts on the southeastern border with Burma and India, are the least densely populated.

Bangladesh has a tropical monsoon climate characterised by wide seasonal variations in rainfall, high temperatures, high humidity. Regional climatic differences in this flat country are minor. Three seasons are recognised: a hot, muggy summer from March to June. In general, maximum summer temperatures range between 38 and 41 °C. April is the hottest month in most parts of the country. January is the coolest month, when the average temperature for most of the country is 16–20 °C during the day and around 10 °C at night. Winds are from the north and northwest in the winter, blowing at 1 to 3 kilom

Evan Kaufmann

Evan Kaufmann is a German-American former professional ice hockey forward who played in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. Kaufmann, Jewish, was born in Plymouth and graduated from Robbinsdale Armstrong High School at Plymouth in 2003, his great-grandparents were murdered during the Holocaust. At the University of Minnesota, Kaufmann played on the Golden Gophers hockey team and studied accounting at the Carlson School of Management. Kaufmann was a Western Collegiate Hockey Association scholar-athlete pick all four years at Minnesota. Kaufmann moved to Germany in 2008 and received German citizenship in order to play for the national team, DEG Metro Stars of Deutsche Eishockey Liga, he is among the top scorers in the league. Kaufmann admits that his teammates are curious about him being Jewish and ask him questions. Kaufmann told the UK's Daily Mail: "I didn't have to think hard about it, it is a great honour but it will be a emotional moment for me when I hear the national anthem played."On February 16, 2012, Kaufmann agreed to leave DEG at season's end and signed with fellow DEL club, Nürnberg Ice Tigers, where he played through the 2014-15 season.

In July 2015, he announced his retirement from ice hockey. He played a total of 315 games in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga and won 17 caps for the German Men's National Team, including seven outings at the 2012 World Championships. After retiring from professional hockey, Kaufmann began working as an investment banking analyst and was promoted to an associate position. List of select Jewish ice hockey players Biographical information and career statistics from, or, or The Internet Hockey Database

2006–07 ACF Fiorentina season

ACF Fiorentina had a fantastic season points-wise, scoring just a couple of points less than second-positioned Roma, but due a 15-point penalty because of the club's involvement in the Calciopoli scandal, it missed out on the Champions League, had to settle for 6th and a position in the 2007–08 UEFA Cup. New signing Adrian Mutu was able to compensate for Luca Toni not having such a spectacular season as the one before, both players netted 16 goals. Goalkeeper Sébastien Frey had a top-class season, conceding only 31 goals all year, despite having a defensive line without renowned stoppers. Sébastien Frey Bogdan Lobonț Vlada Avramov Cristiano Lupatelli Per Krøldrup Dario Dainelli Alessandro Gamberini Alessandro Potenza Alex Tomáš Ujfaluši Manuel Pasqual Massimiliano Tagliani Davide Brivio Andrea Pierro Marco Donadel Guly do Prado Michele Pazienza Fabio Liverani Andrea Paolucci Manuele Blasi Riccardo Montolivo Massimo Gobbi Martin Jørgensen Zdravko Kuzmanović Danilo D'Ambrosio Filipe Mario Santana Christian Riganò Adrian Mutu Luca Toni Samuel Di Carmine Giampaolo Pazzini Matthias Lepiller Reginaldo Last updated: 27 May 2007


Alluxio is an open-source virtual distributed file system. As research project "Tachyon", Alluxio was created at the University of California, Berkeley's AMPLab as Haoyuan Li's Ph. D. Thesis, advised by Professor Scott Shenker & Professor Ion Stoica. Alluxio sits between storage in the big data analytics stack, it provides a data abstraction layer for computation frameworks, enabling applications to connect to numerous storage systems through a common interface. The software is published under the Apache License. Data Driven Applications, such as Data Analytics, Machine Learning, AI, use APIs provided by Alluxio to interact with data from various storage systems at a fast speed. Popular frameworks running on top of Alluxio include Presto, Apache Spark, Apache Hive, Tensorflow, etc. Alluxio can be deployed on-premise, in a hybrid cloud environment, it can run on bare-metal or in a containerized environments such as Kubernetes, Apache Mesos. Alluxio was started by Haoyuan Li at UC Berkeley's AMPLab in 2013, open sourced in 2014.

Alluxio had in excess of 1000 contributors in 2018, making it one of the most active projects in the data eco-system. The following is a list of notable enterprises that have used or are using Alluxio: Clustered file system Comparison of distributed file systems Global Namespace List of file systems

Gorgophone (Perseid)

In Greek mythology, Gorgophone was a queen of Messenia and Sparta. Her name means "Gorgon Slayer", a tribute to her father Perseus who killed Medusa, the mortal Gorgon. Gorgophone as one of the Perseids, was the daughter of Perseus and Andromeda, she was the sister of Perses, Heleus, Sthenelus of Mycenae, Electryon and Autochthe. Gorgophone was a prominent figure in the mythical history of Sparta, having been married to two kings, Oebalus of Laconia and Perieres of Messenia, being considered the first woman to have married twice. After the death of her first husband Perieres by whom she had sons, Leucippus, Tyndareus and Pisus, Gorgophone took Oebalus as her second spouse and by him she begat a daughter Arene and some say, of Tyndareus also. Perseus' descendants played a central role in the Homeric epics and the legendary pre-history of Greece through Gorgophone's children, Tyndareus who became the mortal father of Helen of Troy, Clytemnestra and Pollux, Phoebe and another son Icarius, father of Odysseus's wife.

Gorgophone was said to be buried in Argos. Pseudo-Apollodorus. Bibliotheca, with an English Translation by Sir James George Frazer, F. B. A. F. R. S. in 2 Volumes. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press. Pausanias. Description of Greece, with an English Translation by W. H. S. Jones, Litt. D. and H. A. Ormerod, M. A. in 4 Volumes. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press.

Swan Lake (Maine)

Swan Lake is the second largest lake in Waldo County, Maine. Known as Goose Pond, during the 19th century it came to be referred to as Swan Lake, after the town of Swanville, which before incorporation had been known as the Plantation of Swan; the lake is drained by Goose River, through a small dam, owned and operated by Goose River Hydro, Inc. which owns the water rights. In 1979 an agreement was brokered between the towns of Swanville, Frankfort and Goose River Hydro, Inc; the agreement covers water levels as well as Goose River Hydro's responsibility for the dam and land around it. Most of the area of the lake is in the town of Swanville, with the remainder in Searsport and Frankfort. 350 houses line the shore of the lake. Swan Lake State Park is on the north shore. List of lakes in Maine Swan Lake Association Swan Lake State Park