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Banerjee Memorial Club

Banerji Memorial Club is a private social club situated in Thrissur city, Kerala state in India. It is the oldest club in Central Kerala. Located at the heart of the Swaraj Round, the club was founded in 1914; the club is named after Diwan of Cochin Kingdom who founded the club. The first President of the club was J. W. Diwan of Cochin Kingdom. Rama Varma XV, the Maharaja of Cochin, was the first patron of the club; the club is locked with a land dispute with Thrissur Municipal Government of Kerala. The club sits in 51.625 cents of land. The club is popular for organising corporate workshops, business conferences, training sessions, annual general meetings, product launches and exhibitions; the club has a bar, conference room, clubhouse, a billiards room, card rooms and a tennis court

Afro Blue

"Afro Blue" is a jazz standard composed by Mongo Santamaría best known in its arrangement by John Coltrane. Mongo Santamaria first recorded his composition "Afro Blue" in 1959, when playing with Cal Tjader's band, Cal Tjader Sextet; the first recorded performance of the piece, recorded live on April 20, 1959, at the Sunset Auditorium in Carmel, with composer Mongo Santamaría on percussion."Afro Blue" was the first jazz standard built upon a typical African 3:2 cross-rhythm, or hemiola. The song begins with the bass playing 6 cross-beats per each measure of 128, or 6 cross-beats per 4 main beats—6:4; the following example shows the original ostinato "Afro Blue" bass line. The cross noteheads indicate the main beats. While the bass sounds the six secondary beats, Paul Horn's flute solo and Emil Richards' marimba solo emphasize the four primary beats. Francisco Aguabella takes the conga drum solo on the first recording, quoting phrases from the vocabulary of the abakuá bonkó drum. Using brushes, Willie Bobo plays an abakuá bell pattern on a snare drum.

This cross-rhythmic figure divides the twelve-pulse cycle into three sets of four pulses. Since the main beats are grouped as four sets of three pulses, the bell pattern contradicts the meter. Bobo played this same pattern and instrumentation on the Herbie Hancock jazz-descarga "Succotash."The harmonic structure of Santamaria's version is a simple B♭ pentatonic blues. In 1959 lyrics were added by prolific songwriter Oscar Brown. Abbey Lincoln recorded it for her 1959 album Abbey Is Blue. Oscar Brown himself included it on his 1960 album Soul. Singers to record the standard were Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright. In 1963, John Coltrane recorded "Afro Blue" with Elvin Jones on drums. Jones took the opposite approach of Santamaría, superimposing two cross-beats over every measure of a 34 jazz waltz; this particular swung 34 is the most common example of overt cross-rhythm in jazz. Coltrane and Jones reversed the metric hierarchy of Santamaria's composition, by performing in 34 swing, instead of 68 or 128.

Coltrane's version of "My Favorite Things" uses a 34 jazz waltz rhythm. Coltrane added several chords, making his version more harmonically sophisticated than Santamaria's original version

Human rights in Sierra Leone

Human rights in Sierra Leone are in a rather deplorable state, but have improved since the end of its civil war in 2002. Among the major human-rights problems in Sierra Leone today, according to a 2011 U. S. State Department report, are "security force abuse and use of excessive force with detainees, including juveniles. Sierra Leone has acceded to or ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. In September 2011, Sierra Leone's First UPR Report was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Of the 129 recommendations made by the review committee on 5 May 2011, the government of Sierra Leone noted that it had implemented 57. In November 2012, Sierra Leone was elected to the U. N. Human Rights Council. A 2001 overview noted that there had been "serious and grotesque human rights violations" in Sierra Leone since its civil war began in 1991.

The rebels, the Revolutionary United Front, had "committed horrendous abuses", including rape and the amputation of limbs. The report noted that "25 times as many people" had been killed in Sierra Leone than had been killed in Kosovo at the point when the international community decided to take action. "In fact, it has been pointed out by many that the atrocities in Sierra Leone have been worse than was seen in Kosovo."Crimes committed during the war "included severing limbs, forcibly recruiting children into armed groups, widespread rape and coercion of women and girls as'bush wives' of combatants, burning houses, killing and maiming of civilians. More than 200,000 people are estimated to have been killed, hundreds of thousands more were displaced across the country."About one quarter of the soldiers serving in the government armed forces during the civil war were under age 18. "Recruitment methods were brutal – sometimes children were abducted, sometimes they were forced to kill members of their own families so as to make them outcasts, sometimes they were drugged, sometimes they were forced into conscription by threatening family members."

Child soldiers were deliberately overwhelmed with violence "in order to desensitize them and make them mindless killing machines". Sierra Leone's civil war ended in January 2002 after the U. N. established a large peacekeeping force that helped restore stability. A Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established, in 2004 it issued its final report, which included a long list of recommendations intended to remedy "some of the endemic problems that the TRC identified as causes of the war including issues relating to protecting human rights, fighting corruption, the need for wholesale reform of the justice and security sectors, improving the democratic participation of youth and women". In 2004 UN peacekeepers handed security over to Sierra Leone's armed forces and police and were replaced by a UN peacebuilding mission, UNIOSIL, which in 2008 was in turn replaced by the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone, tasked with monitoring and upholding human rights and the rule of law.

According to Amnesty International, "stability and security have increased in Sierra Leone since 2002". The government has made efforts to improve human rights on a variety of fronts, establishing "systems of accountability for human rights and humanitarian law violations committed during the conflict, promoting rule of law and democratic governance", according to a 2010 report by the International Center for Transitional Justice. Still, the country falls short by most human-rights measures, the ICTJ notes that despite "progress on its obligations to provide justice to victims of serious human rights violations", Sierra Leone "needs to work harder" at implementing the TRC's recommendations; the following chart shows Sierra Leone's ratings since 1972 in the Freedom in the World reports, published annually by Freedom House. A rating of 1 is "free". Citizenship is denied to persons who are not of "Negro-African descent". Although freedom of speech and of the press are guaranteed, they are restricted and journalists engage in self-censorship.

As a rule, journalists lack skills and professional ethics. Libel cases are rare. Radio is the major source of news, in 2009 radio stations owned by political parties were closed by the government after riots. There are no restrictions on Internet access, academic freedom, cultural events, or freedom of assembly, although police have sometimes broken up demonstrations. On April 16–18, 2012, for example, police responded with disproportionate force to a protest in the town of Bumbuna by employees of African Minerals, killing one and wounding several more; the right to move around the country, travel abroad, move abroad, move back to the country is guaranteed, although police demand bribes at roadblocks. While the Liberian border is open, border officials exto

Darvaz (region)

Darvaz, alternatively spelt Darwaz, Darvoz, or Darwoz, was an independent principality until the 19th century, ruled by a mir and its capital was at Kalai-Khumb. The kingdom controlled territory on the left and right banks of the Oxus River. In 1878 Darvaz was absorbed into the Bukharan Emirate. In 1895 the left bank of Darvaz was transferred to Afghanistan as part of a border agreement. In the 1920s the portion of Darvaz located in the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic in the Soviet Union was assigned to the Gharm Oblast; when the Gharm Oblast was dissolved in 1955, Darvaz became part of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast. Today, the northern half of Darvaz is the Darvoz district, Tavildara District, Vanj District, in the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province in Tajikistan; the southern half of Darvaz is the Darwaz District, Khwahan District, Kuf Ab District, in Badakhshan Province in Afghanistan. They are connected by the Tajik-Afghan Friendship Bridge, a permanent overland link that carries commercial and passenger traffic.

The bridge was opened in July, 2004. Darwaz District in Afghanistan has a population of 21,000 after sub-division in 2005 which led to the formation of Districts Nusay District, Maimay District, Shekay District, was

Max Lugavere

Max Lugavere is an American television personality and science journalist and musician. He resides in Los Angeles and New York City. Lugavere earned a degree in film and psychology from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. From 2005 to 2011, Lugavere was a presenter on Current TV, the Emmy-winning, independent cable network started by former U. S. Vice President Al Gore, where he hosted and produced more than 100 hours of original content, he co-hosted the show "Max and Jason: Still Up" with Jason Silva and they became a prolific hosting and producing duo, with stories ranging from illegal immigration and counterfeit IDs, to profiling a brave new singer songwriter right before signing a publishing deal, to a taped philosophical sit-down with director Darren Aronofsky. Their story on counterfeit IDs earned them a featured appearance and interview on Anderson Cooper 360, their franchise, "Max and Jason Style" was one of the hallmarks of their work on Current TV. They covered issues in a distinctly unique way juxtaposing telegenic images and a heightened filmmaking aesthetic with bold and intelligent content.

Max Lugavere hosted Pangea Day on May 10, 2008, a live 4-hour program of film and speakers broadcast worldwide to over 150 countries and with a projected audience of 500 million people. The goal of the event, created by filmmaker Jehane Noujaim and TED curator Chris Anderson, was to unite the people of the world through the power of film. In 2013, Lugavere created and became the host of Tribeca Enterprises' first-ever original series, Acting Disruptive, airing across the AOL universe, in a major original content push by the digital media giant; the series covers disruptive ideas and innovation, while featuring prominent entertainer-entrepreneurs. Forbes Magazine described the show as "two parts big ideas, one part late night talk show." In January, 2015, Lugavere launched. The project was to explore "the impact of our diets and lifestyles on brain health" as a means towards dementia prevention. In a substantial media campaign to raise initial funding for the film, Lugavere revealed that his motivation for launching the project, as well as investigating brain health in general, was that his mother had developed cognitive impairment at a young age.

The crowdfunding effort was successful, raising nearly double its goal from 1,748 backers from around the world. As of January 4, 2018, the film has been submitted to film festivals. Lugavere was featured in the Fall 2008 Gap "Icons" campaign worldwide. Lugavere has contributed to The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Fast Company, Munchies on topics of science and technology; as a musician, Lugavere has performed at other venues in the Los Angeles area. He self-financed his debut EP entitled "One Year Later," a collection of songs both acoustic and full-band that have received critical acclaim. Produced by Aaron Tap, mixed by Tony Lash, featuring guest vocals from Columbia recording artist Angel Taylor, it was released digitally in the US on June 8, 2010 via Daylighter Records. Lugavere founded Rockdrive, a collaborative philanthropic concert series to benefit changing education paradigms, with events held in Los Angeles and Miami, he has appeared multiple times as a guest on the TYT Network's panel show The Point, as well as The Rubin Report.

Since 2015, Lugavere has been a "core expert" on The Dr. Oz Show where he appears to discuss nutrition and other health topics. In 2018, Lugavere published his first book "Genius Foods", it became a New York Times bestseller and prompted him to launch a podcast titled "The Genius Life". Official Web Site. Pangea Day announcement of Max and Jason's involvement. Max Lugavere's Music Profile on MySpace. Max Lugavere's Twitter Page