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Dangme East District

The Dangme East District was one of the ten districts in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, until the district was dissolved in 2012 by Legislative Instrument 2029 and Ada West District and Ada East District were carved out from it. It used to cover a surface of 909 km². Major Towns in the district were Ada Kasseh. Ada Foah, the district capital, is located at the beach and river estuary. Most of the inhabitants belonged to the cultural group of the Dangme, it had a population of 71,671. According to oral history, the people of Ada, who are called Dangmeli, are believed to have migrated from Tagologo near Shai-Osodoku in the Dangme West District, it has been estimated that several hundred years ago they settled at a place called Okorwhem in the south-western part of the district. After several years of inhabitancy, part of the people decided to move downwards to Togbloku and settled there. While staying at Togbloku, the founder of the Kudzragbe clan, Torgbe Adela Atsu discovered that Big Ada was a good place to stay and the Dangmeli and Togbloku people inhabited the area.

Ada, according to oral history backed by many historical edifices, was founded by an Adangbe man known as Lomowe jointly with an Ewe man known as Togbe Havi Etse. There exist authorities of oral history in Ada; the current head of the Kudzrabe clan at Ada,Nene Tsatsu Pediator could be contacted, since he is a direct descendant of Torgbe Havi Etse. In the olden days the people of Ada spoke two languages i.e. Agdangbe. Ewe language was spoken in the evening/night whiles Dangbe was spoken during the day; the Dangme East District is part of the Greater Accra Region. It is bordered on the west by the Dangme West District, on the east and north by Keta district, South Tongu and North Tongu and on the south by the Gulf of Guinea; the Dangme East District is conveniently located off the main connecting road between the Ghanaian capital of Accra and the Togolese capital of Lomé. Its proximity to Accra and the good connection with public transport make the district an obvious holiday and short-trip location.

The quality of the road is good compared to similar roads around the country. Away from the main roads, tourists without their own transportation can get around with car or motorcycle taxis or boats. Since there are no schedules or regular routes transport is less predictable but in general a lot faster and better adjusted to the passengers needs. Coming from the Volta Region, passengers can cross the river with the ferry that connects Anyanui and Ada Foah twice on market day every Wednesday. Electricity and water supply was broadly introduced in the district in the 1990s which accelerated tourism development considerably; the district's coconut palm fringed coastline is 45 kilometers long and provides a living to many people that are employed in fishing and fish processing. However, this coastline is being eroded by the strong tidal waves that are washing away or threatening several villages that are located close to the beach. In order to solve this problem, the construction of a sea defense wall is under way since 2010.

The long, sandy beaches are some of the most important tourist attractions. However, there are certain obstacles such as the lack of toilets in the villages close to the beach and the consequence of using the beach as such. Garbage – plastic – is piling up at the beach, some of it disposed there, some washed up from the sea by the tide. Apart from the sandy beaches, another natural attraction in the district is the Volta River and its estuary; the Volta River forms the eastern boundary of the district. The islands in the river and in the estuary are a wildlife paradise: marine turtles, birds and monkeys are some of the animals living there; the mangrove vegetation in the salty parts of the estuary is another attraction and an important ecosystem. It is however endangered by human activity along with rare animals that are hunted down; the estuary offers the best conditions for water sports like sailing, fishing, water skiing, wake boarding and jet skiing. Another important water body and one of the most important salt mining areas in the country is the Songor Lagoon.

Additional to visiting it and learning about salt mining it serves as a base for birdwatchers. Temperatures are high throughout the year, ranging from 23 to 33°C, but the sea has a cooling effect. Rainfall is heavy during the major seasons between March and September. However, during the harmattan season the area is dry with no rainfall at all. In general, humidity is high due to the proximity of the sea, the Volta River and other water bodies; because 82% of the population lives in rural areas the pressure on the land and on the resources is growing. Many young people are moving away from the district for the lack of job opportunities; the development of the district towards a tourism destination is expected to help reducing youth unemployment and change this migration trend. For this purpose special Youth Employment Programs have been put in place to provide youth with community jobs such as teaching assistants, health workers, environmental aids and agricultural workers; the majority of the population works in the informal sector.

Apart from commercial salt mining companies that employ about 300 people at the Songor lagoon there are no bigger companies employing the local population. There is no social security system in place that would help people with no income such as unemployed and senior citizens. So far, the traditional system of family suppo

Hurricane Sergio (2018)

Hurricane Sergio was a powerful and long-lived tropical cyclone that affected the Baja California Peninsula as a tropical storm and caused significant flooding throughout southern Texas in early October 2018. Sergio became the eighth Category 4 hurricane in the East Pacific for 2018, breaking the old record of seven set in 2015; the twentieth named storm, eleventh hurricane, ninth major hurricane of the season, Sergio originated from a system, located over northwestern South America on September 24. The National Hurricane Center monitored the disturbance for several days as the system organized into a tropical storm on September 29. Sergio strengthened for the next couple of days as it traveled west-southwestward, becoming a hurricane on October 2; the storm turned towards the northwest as it underwent rapid intensification and an eyewall replacement cycle, before peaking as a Category 4 hurricane on October 4, with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. The hurricane maintained peak intensity for 12 hours before undergoing a second eyewall replacement and turning towards the southwest.

The system began another period of intensification, achieving a secondary peak with winds of 125 mph on October 6. The next day, Sergio began a third eyewall replacement cycle, falling below major hurricane strength. At the same time, the system unexpectedly assumed some annular characteristics. Over the next few days, the cyclone curved from the southwest to the northeast, weakening into a tropical storm on October 9. Sergio made landfall as a tropical storm on October 12 on the Baja California Peninsula, in northwestern Mexico as a tropical depression before dissipating early on October 13. Sergio's approach warranted the issuance of tropical storm watches, warnings along the western and eastern coasts of Baja California from October 10–11; the cyclone made landfall in western Baja California Sur and Sonora on October 13 as a tropical storm and tropical depression causing over US$2 million1 in damage, over a thousand school closures, a few hundred evacuations due to severe flooding. Sergio's remnants brought heavy rainfall to Arizona.

Multiple tornadoes spawned in Texas as a result of the increased moisture. About US$548,000 in damage occurred throughout both states. No injuries or deaths were reported in association with its remnants; the origins of Hurricane Sergio can be traced to a system, located over northwestern South America on September 24. Although uncertain, there is a possibility that Sergio arose from a tropical wave that departed from the west coast of Africa on September 13; the National Hurricane Center forecasted on September 25 that a low-pressure area would form a few hundred miles south of the Gulf of Tehuantepec in about two days. A low-pressure system materialized a few hundred miles south-southeast of Mexico's southern coast around 12:00 UTC on September 26; the NHC continued to track the disturbance for a few more days as the system traveled west-northwest, before it developed into Tropical Storm Sergio on September 29 at 12:00 UTC, while 385 mi south of Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Unlike most other tropical cyclones, Sergio did not possess an inner wind core.

Instead, the maximum sustained winds were located in a rainband 125 mi east of the center. Despite being located within a favorable environment of warm sea surface temperatures and low wind shear, Sergio only intensified over the next couple of days, the system becoming a Category 1 hurricane on October 2 at 00:00 UTC. Meanwhile, the storm tracked just south of west as a mid-level ridge developed to the north. At that point, the storm had developed a well-defined eye surrounded by −85 °C clouds; the hurricane began a period of rapid intensification, reaching Category 3 major hurricane status by 18:00 UTC. The wind speed leveled off for about 18 hours as the system underwent an eyewall replacement cycle. At the same time, the mid-level ridge had weakened, resulting in the storm travelling to the northwest. Sergio began another period of intensification, becoming the eighth Category 4 hurricane of the season on October 4 at 00:00 UTC, breaking the old record of seven set in 2015. Six hours the system peaked with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph and a minimum central pressure of 942 mbar, while located about 825 mi southwest of Cabo San Lucas.

The storm maintained peak intensity for 12 hours before weakening due to another eyewall replacement cycle. As a result, its structure deteriorated, the eye fading and the surrounding cloud tops warming. A faraway mid-latitude ridge caused Sergio to turn towards the southwest from October 5–6. After bottoming out as a low-end Category 3 hurricane on October 5 at 06:00 UTC, Sergio began to intensify once more, reaching a secondary peak with winds of 125 mph on October 6 at 00:00 UTC. After maintaining its intensity for 18 hours, the hurricane began to weaken around 00:00 UTC on October 7 due to upwelling and a third eyewall replacement cycle. Soon after, Sergio began another turn, rotating from the southwest to the northeast over the next few days due to the influence of a mid-latitude trough, it unexpectedly acquired some annular characteristics early on October 7, the eye having doubled in size while most of the banding features disappeared. The system weakened over the next two days, falling to tropical storm status on October 9 at 18:00 UTC, due to cooling sea surface temperatures.

Sergio made landfall near Los Castros, Baja California Sur, around 12:00 UTC on October 12, as a 50 mph tropical storm. After crossing over the Baja California Peninsula and traversing the Gulf of C

Wigner fusion

The Wigner fusion research groups are involved in magnetically confined nuclear fusion experiments around the world. Wigner fusion consists of research groups from four different research institutes and universities, 3 if which are located in the Department of Plasma Physics at the Wigner Research Centre for Physics, one in the Institute of Nuclear Techniques of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics other specialist are involved from the Centre for Energy Research and from the Institute for Nuclear Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, in the coordination of the Wigner Research Centre for Physics. Wigner fusion connected to the European fusion research programme through EUROfusion consortium which coordinated fusion research in Europe. At Wigner fusion more than 40 researchers and technicians work together in these research groups who are involved in more than half a dozen magnetic confinement experiments around the world, such as ITER, JET, Asdex-Upgrade, W7-X, KSTAR, EAST, MAST-Upgrade and COMPASS.

The research groups of Wigner fusion: Pellet and Video Diagnostics Group, Wigner RCP ITER and Fusion Diagnostics Group, Wigner RCP Beam Emission Spectroscopy Group, Wigner RCP Fusion Research Group, BME NTI Europe launches EUROfusion to make fusion energy a reality - Horizon 2020 ProjectsSpecific Wigner Research Centre for Physics Centre for Energy Research Institute for Nuclear Research Hungarian fusion community website EUROfusion website EUROfusion Nuclear fusion

The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation

The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation was founded in 1999 by Paul Stanford in Portland, Oregon. To date THCF has helped over 250,000 patients obtain a legal permit to use medical marijuana in the states where it is legal and where THCF has clinics. THCF is the largest chain of medical marijuana clinics in the U. S. with clinics operating in 12 states. THCF has produced over 800 episodes of live TV programs of the Cannabis Common Sense TV show. THCF is the main sponsor of Hempstalk in Portland, Oregon, celebrating their 11th anniversary as a yearly free festival dedicated to promoting hemp and cannabis. In 1991, THCF started publishing an online newspaper called Hemp News, the oldest online publication still published today. Hemp News is printed in Spanish. THCF, along with The Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp, was responsible for placing Oregon's Measure 80 to legalize hemp and cannabis on the ballot in 2012. Ballot Measure 80 received 47% of the Oregon vote in November 2012. In 2012, THCF helped Willie Nelson obtain his Oregon medical marijuana permit.

THCF helped other members of Nelson's entourage obtain their Oregon medical marijuana permits. It was during this same visit with Nelson that Paul Stanford asked the singer to publicly support a proposed initiative to legalize marijuana in Oregon, being sponsored by THCF. Nelson appeared in a 30-second public service announcement in support of the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act ballot initiative. Since the year 1999, THCF has opened medical clinics in 12 states. 250,000 patients have gone through THCF's clinics to get their permits to use medical marijuana. THCF has medical marijuana gardens in Oregon and Washington where marijuana production is legal, the medicine from these gardens have won many awards at yearly Cannabis Cup events. On May 24, 2007 the DEA along with the Federal Government and federal prosecutor James Hagerty filed a subpoena for the medical records of 17 individuals, 14 of which were patients who had received medical marijuana permits from a THCF clinic. Eleven of the patients who were named in the subpoena were registered patients with the State of Oregon's Department of Human Services medical marijuana program.

The subpoena demanded that the State of Oregon turn over the THCF patients’ private medical records to the government. A federal judge sided with THCF and the State of Oregon and granted a motion to quash both subpoenas. "Absent a further showing of necessity and relevance, compliance with the subpoena would impact significant State and medical privacy interests and is unreasonable," wrote Judge Robert H. Whaley of the U. S. Court Eastern District of Washington. Www. THCF-News.com www. THCF-News.org

Risk intelligence

Risk intelligence is a concept that means "beyond risk management", though it has been used in different ways by different writers. The term is being used more by business strategists when discussing integrative business processes related to governance and compliance; the first non-definitive usage of the phrase "risk intelligence" appears in the 1980s and aligns to the definition of intelligence as being information from an enemy The topic of balancing risk and innovation using information and the cognitive processes involved appears at this time. Recent usage is more aligned to intelligence as problem solving; the US business writer David Apgar defines it as the capacity to learn about risk from experience. Management consultant and risk advisor Rick Funston defines risk intelligence as a dynamic approach to protect and create value amid uncertainty, it is an enterprise wide process integrating people and tools to increase information available to decision makers for improved decision making.

The UK philosopher and psychologist Dylan Evans defines it as "a special kind of intelligence for thinking about risk and uncertainty", at the core of, the ability to estimate probabilities accurately. Evans includes a risk intelligence test in his book and on his website analogous to IQ or EQ. American financial executive and Columbia University professor Leo Tilman defined risk intelligence as "The organizational ability to think holistically about risk and uncertainty, speak a common risk language, use forward-looking risk concepts and tools in making better decisions, alleviating threats, capitalizing on opportunities, creating lasting value." He has argued that risk intelligence is essential to survival and relevance of companies and investors in the post-crisis world. In this latest book Agility: How to Navigate the Unknown and Seize Opportunity in a World of Disruption, Tilman describes risk intelligence as a cornerstone of organizational agility; as an emerging concept, risk intelligence shares characteristics with other topics such as business intelligence and competitive intelligence.

As such, there are some in those camps who believe that risk intelligence is the set of processes for the transformation of risk data into meaningful and useful information for risk analysis and planning purposes. Projection Point - Online risk intelligence test