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Houston, Arkansas

Houston is a town in Perry County, United States. The population was 159 at the 2000 census, it is part of the Little Rock–North Little Rock–Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area. Houston is located at 35°2′0″N 92°41′42″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of all land; as of the census of 2000, there were 159 people, 74 households, 48 families residing in the town. The population density was 60.8/km². There were 87 housing units at an average density of 33.3/km². The racial makeup of the town was 94.97% White, 0.63% Black or African American, 1.26% Native American, 3.14% from two or more races. 1.26 % of the population were Latino of any race. There were 74 households out of which 21.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.8% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.8% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older.

The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.63. In the town, the population was spread out with 18.9% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 32.1% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.7 males. The median income for a household in the town was $25,000, the median income for a family was $33,750. Males had a median income of $26,250 versus $20,000 for females; the per capita income for the town was $17,130. About 5.4% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen and 18.8% of those sixty five or over. Early childhood and secondary school students attend one of two school districts: East End School District, which leads to graduation from Bigelow High School. Perryville School District, which leads to graduation from Perryville High School

Stelvio Pass

The Stelvio Pass is a mountain pass in northern Italy bordering Switzerland at an elevation of 2,757 m above sea level. It is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, the second highest in the Alps, 7 m below France's Col de l'Iseran; the pass is located in the Ortler Alps in Italy between Stilfs in South Tyrol and Bormio in the province of Sondrio. It is a mere 200 m from the Swiss border; the Umbrail Pass runs northwards from the Stelvio's western ramp, the "Three Languages Peak" above the pass is so named because this is where the Italian and Romansh languages meet. The road connects the Valtellina with Meran. Adjacent to the pass road there is a large summer skiing area. Important mountains nearby include Ortler, Trafoier Eiswand, Monte Scorluzzo, Piz Umbrail, Piz Cotschen; each year on the last Saturday of August or first Saturday of September the Stelvio National Park administration organizes the Stelvio Bike Day. On that day the roads from Bormio and Prad to the pass, as well as the road from Santa Maria Val Müstair to the Umbrail Pass are closed to all traffic except for bicycles.

On average around 12,000 cyclists participate in the Bike Day, with the majority taking the road from Prad to the pass and the descent over the Umbrail pass to Val Müstair. Since 2017 there has been a Stelvio Marathon for runners, from Prad to Glurns, back to Prad and thence through Stilfs to the pass; the first was held on June 2017, with over 300 participants. The second was held on June 16, 2018 and the third on June 15, 2019; the original road was built in 1820–25 by the Austrian Empire to connect the former Austrian province of Lombardy with the rest of Austria, covering a climb of 1,871 m The engineer and project manager was Carlo Donegani. Since the route has changed little, its seventy-five hairpin turns, 48 of them on the northern side numbered with stones, are a challenge to motorists. Stirling Moss went off the road here during a vintage car event in the 1990s, with an onboard video of his incident being shown on satellite TV. Before the end of World War I, it formed the border between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Italian Kingdom.

The Swiss had a hotel on the Dreisprachenspitze. During World War I, fierce battles were fought in the ice and snow of the area, with gun fire crossing the Swiss area at times; the three nations made an agreement not to fire over Swiss territory, which jutted out in between Austria and Italy. Instead they could fire down the pass, as Swiss territory was around the peak. After 1919, with the expansion of Italy, the pass lost its strategic importance; the Stelvio Pass remains important for sport. Countless cyclists and motorcyclists struggle to get to the highest stretch of road in the Eastern Alps, it is the highest finish of any Grand Tour. The Giro d'Italia crosses the Stelvio Pass; as the highest peak, it has been named the Cima Coppi in each edition. The last winner on the pass was Mikel Landa Meana in 2017; every year, the pass is closed to motor vehicles on one day in late August when about 8,000 cyclists ride and around 25 runners run to the top of the Stelvio. Bormio hosts World Cup ski racing in late December for a men's downhill event.

The Stelvio Pass was picked by the British automotive show Top Gear as its choice for the "greatest driving road in the world", although their search was concentrated only in Europe. This conclusion was reached in the first episode of the show's 10th series after the team went in search of a road that would satisfy every "petrolhead's" driving fantasies. Top Gear decided that the Transfăgărășan Highway in Romania was a superior driving road. In 2008, Moto Guzzi started selling a Stelvio model, named after the pass. Alfa Romeo debuted its Stelvio crossover SUV at the 2016 Los Angeles Motor Show; the Stelvio Pass Glacier in Italy, at an altitude of 3,450 metres permits skiing year-round, but was closed to skiing for the first time in 90 years in August 2017 due to a heatwave. List of highest paved roads in Europe List of mountain passes Greg, "Over the Top. Stelvio. Crossroads of Peace Profile on Photos Hairpins and Cycling Elevation Profile Michelin map of 23032 Passo dello Stelvio Photo of Stilfser Joch north ramp and Monte Scorluzzo

Hogeschool Gent

University College Ghent is the largest university college in Flanders, with three faculties, one School of Arts and 13,000 students. Its establishment in 1995 is the outcome of two successful mergers that involved sixteen Belgian institutions of higher education. Many had been influential leaders in higher education for several decades; the current faculties are spread over the city center of Aalst. University College Ghent is one of the 17 university colleges in Flanders, it was founded in 1995. In 2001, a second merger took place to form University College Ghent. In 2003, University College Ghent became part of the Ghent University Association, a cooperative body of universities and university colleges; the governing bodies of University College Ghent are the Board of Governors, the President, the Executive Board, the Principal, the Deans and the Faculty Councils. University College Ghent consists of one School of Arts; each of these entities is led by a dean, responsible for the day-to-day management of his or her faculty.

Education, Health & Social Work Science & Technology Business & Information Management School of Arts University College Ghent is a modern urban university college located throughout the city of Ghent. There are campuses in the neighbouring cities of Aalst and Melle. Student facilities include libraries, concert halls, learning centres and study centres, a 3,000 m² sports centre and much more. Additionally, University College Ghent offers its students a complete range of student services, from housing and catering to student jobs, cultural events and medical assistance. All these services are centrally organized by the Office for Student Life. University College Ghent offers a wide range of bachelor and master programmes in the following fields of study: Applied Engineering & Technology Applied Linguistics Architecture Audio-Visual & Visual Arts Biotechnology Business Administration Education Health Care Music & Performing Arts Social & Community WorkFive of the study programmes are taught in English.

These programmes are organized for foreign exchange students, but they are open to Belgian students. Master of Audiovisual Arts Master of Fine Arts Master of Music International postgraduate course in Computer Systems Validation for the Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Industry English Programme Education and Social Work Business, Languages and IT Services Programme Furthermore, University College Ghent offers a wide variety of follow-up programmes. Besides focusing on education, University College Ghent continues to stress the importance of research and service provision; the multi-sector learning environment has a strong research tradition and boasts a number of research groups whose excellence is recognized internationally. Nearly 414 researchers are involved in more than 110 research projects. In 2008, University College Ghent’s research funds totalled €13 million, an increase of €2 million euros on the previous year; each University College Ghent faculty has cooperation agreements with a number of partner institutions, amounting to 250 bilateral agreements with institutions from 26 European countries.

The School of Arts at University College Ghent encompasses the former Royal Academy of Fine Arts, founded in 1741 and merged into the university in 1995, the Royal Conservatory. Concerts and exhibitions are organized throughout the academic year; the Royal Conservatory was one of the sixteen cultural institution merged into the University in 1995, with a history and heritage in its own right. The founding director was Martin-Joseph Mengal, in 1835. Notable students and faculty at the conservatory have included François-Auguste Gevaert, who studied directly under Mengal in 1841, Paul-Henri-Joseph Lebrun, who studied here and became a professor, Edouard Potjes, who served as professor of piano for 22 years. At the Faculty of Music and Drama, the art library will be moved and expanded in the course of 2009-2010; this is a important step in the creation of a stimulating working environment for both artists and art students. Moreover, in 2010, University College Ghent will have a new and professional exhibition infrastructure for artistic productions.

A Prior is an international magazine for contemporary art, published by the Faculty of Fine Arts. It is one of the media through which the activities and research at the Faculty of Fine Arts are communicated. Website of the Hogeschool Gent

Federal Home Loan Bank Act

The Federal Home Loan Bank Act, Pub. L. 72–304, 47 Stat. 725, enacted July 22, 1932, is a United States federal law passed under President Herbert Hoover in order to lower the cost of home ownership. It established the Federal Home Loan Bank Board to charter and supervise federal savings and loan institutions, it created the Federal Home Loan Banks which lend to building and loan associations, cooperative banks, homestead associations, insurance companies, savings banks, community development financial institutions, insured depository institutions in order to finance home mortgages. The act was notably amended by Financial Institutions Reform and Enforcement Act of 1989, which transferred regulation of thrifts to the Office of Thrift Supervision. On November 21, 2013, Rep. Steve Stivers introduced the bill To amend the Federal Home Loan Bank Act to authorize insured credit unions to become members of a Federal home loan bank into the United States House of Representatives; the bill would amend the Federal Home Loan Bank Act to treat certain insured credit unions as insured depository institutions for purposes of determining eligibility for membership in a federal home loan bank.

The bill was scheduled to be voted on under a suspension of the rules on May 6, 2014. Notes History and text of the Act at the Federal Housing Finance Agency web page


Aasaan or Asan is a Malayalam/Tamil word meaning teacher or guide. Aasaan is a simplification of the Sanskrit term "Acharya" to denote "teacher/guru"; the Kaniyar or Ganaka people of Kerala in India from southern region were held this title Aasan by virtue of their past vocation as Kalari teachers. They acted as the media for literacy to Non-Brahmins. Ezhuthuassan was another name. Till the second half of twentieth century the AsanKalari or Ezhuthu Kalari or Ezhuthu palli were common in each village as it was conducted in many families of Ganaka in Travancore; the female members of Ganaka were addressed as Asatti or Asaatti, because they too had engaged in teaching 3Rs to pupil. For the last two centuries, it has not been uncommon to adopt this title by many learned people from other castes as well; the common usage of the term Asan lost its original meaning as a venerated symbolic representation for teachers, as it is found used in every parlance without any significance to its meaning. Kumaran Asan, one of the triumvirate poets of modern Kerala Media related to Aasaan at Wikimedia Commons

LED stage lighting

LED stage lighting instruments are stage lighting instruments that use light-emitting diodes as a light source. LED instruments are an alternative to traditional stage lighting instruments which use halogen lamp or high-intensity discharge lamps. Like other LED instruments, they have high light output with lower power consumption. LED stage lights come in three main types. PAR cans, striplights and'moving head' types. In LED PAR cans, a round printed circuit board with LEDs mounted on is used in place of a PAR lamp. Moving head types can either be a bank of LEDs mounted on a yoke or more conventional moving head lights with the bulb replaced with an LED bank. In actual fact, there is no such thing as an LED PAR can - it is a misnomer attributed to Chinese manufacturers; as there is no Parabolic Aluminised Reflector in an LED'PAR', they would be more referred to as to as'LED flood lights'. Many LED fixtures are now made using a small number of high-output diodes that allow the beam to be focused on a "hard edge", allowing full use of gobo/beam effects.

LED instruments can and have been used to replace any conventional lighting fixture, some shows, such as Radiohead's 2008 tour, have used only LED lighting instruments. However, most shows use LEDs only as top, side or back light, they can be used as'audience blinders'. LED instruments can contain a number of different coloured LEDs red and blue, different light output colours can be achieved by adjusting the intensity of each LED color group. LED instruments should have a long service life relative to other options, without the expense of colour gel or replacement lamps. LED instruments are used for live music events, most notably festivals where they are more visible than conventional lighting under daylight. LED instruments were prominently used for the Live Earth festival as they are regarded as more environmentally friendly as fixture for fixture they use far less power than other lighting. Another advantage of LED instruments is that they can be controlled directly using DMX and do not require additional dimmers.

Because of their low power consumption several units can be daisy chained to one power supply. Due to low heat output, LED instruments can be used in areas where the high amount of heat conventional stage fixtures put off would not be ideal. For this reason, LED instruments are used to light ice sculptures when lighting the sculptures from within. LED instruments cannot be used to create a hard-edged beam, needed for gobos and other effects which require the use of an ellipsoidal reflector spotlight, though LED fixtures are now made that through the use of a small number of high-output diodes now allow the beam to be focused to a "hard edge", allowing full use of gobo/beam effects; because color mixing is done using three or more colors of LEDs, mixed colors will have multiple edges to shadows where different colors are showing. Solid-state lighting LED lamp