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Federal Government College attack

On February 25, 2014, fifty-nine boys were killed at the Federal Government College of Buni Yadi in Yobe State, Nigeria. The twenty-four buildings of the school were burned down as a result of the attack. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but according to media and local officials the Islamist militants Boko Haram are suspected to be behind the attack; the Federal Government College is a boarding school located in Buni Yadi, a town in Yobe State, Nigeria. The co-educational, secondary school had twenty-four buildings at the time of the attack. Islamic militants have been in conflict with the government in Northern Nigeria since 2009. Militant groups have focused on targeting civilians since May 2013 when President Goodluck Jonathan authorized the military to eliminate the resistance; the violence has brought increased instability to the top petroleum producer in Africa. In February 2014, militants were responsible for 300 deaths of civilians. In late February, the government shut the Nigeria–Cameroon border in an attempt to keep militants from launching attacks in Nigeria and fleeing into Cameroon.

The militant group Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sinful", has targeted schools for violent attacks on a number of occasions. The group has been labeled as a terrorist organization in Nigeria and the United States, large rewards have been offered for information leading to the capture of the group's leadership. In total, more than 1,000 deaths have been attributed to Boko Haram since May 2013; the group has burnt more than 200 schools, according to official figures. Abubakar Shekau, suspected leader of Boko Haram, issued a video statement in mid-February 2014 promising to continue the group's campaign against western values and threatening to broaden the scope of attacks. A week before the attack, Boko Haram members killed 60 people in the town of Bama in neighboring Borno State. On February 25, 2014, militants barged into the Federal Government College while the students were sleeping, they threw explosives into dorm rooms. According to an eye-witness "students were trying to climb out of the windows and they were slaughtered like sheep by the terrorists who slit their throats.

Others who ran were gunned down." All twenty-four buildings were burnt to the ground during the attack. Fifty-nine boys were killed in the attack; some died from gunshots or knife wounds. Survivors and victims' bodies were taken to Sani Abacha Specialist Hospital in the state capital of Damaturu. A hospital spokesperson said it appeared that the militants had intentionally "spared" female students. According to media reports, the attack "bore the hallmarks" of Boko Haram. Local officials attributed the attack to the group, but no claim of responsibility was made. President Goodluck Jonathan called the Federal Government College attack "callous and senseless murder... by deranged terrorists and fanatics who have lost all human morality and descended to bestiality". He vowed to "permanently eradicate the scourge of terrorism". UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the attack saying "no objective can justify such violence" and said he was "deeply concerned about the increasing frequency and brutality of attacks".

Relatives of the attack victims surrounded the morgue angrily demanding answers. The military had to take control of the building to restore order; the government's failure to prevent the Federal Government College attack and similar incidents has led to public anger in northeast Nigeria. Students across the region refused to sleep in their boarding schools after the attack and returned to their family homes. According to the Yobe State Government, soldiers guarding a checkpoint near the attack site had withdrawn from their post hours before the attack. State governor Ibrahim Gaidam blamed the withdrawal for the attack and said the national military had failed to protect the students. A national military spokesperson, said the checkpoint had been dismantled earlier as part of a Joint Task Force operation, he said bad phone lines cut by the attackers, had prevented the military from hearing about the attack in time to respond. Boko Haram, declared a terrorist organisation by Nigeria and the United States, is suspected to have started the attack as part of its fight "to create an Islamic state" in Nigeria's Muslim north.

Yobe State school shooting Timeline of Boko Haram insurgency

Red Hat Virtualization

Red Hat Virtualization is an x86 virtualization product produced by Red Hat, based on the KVM hypervisor. Red Hat Virtualization uses the SPICE protocol and VDSM with a RHEL-based centralized management server, it can acquire group information from an Active Directory or FreeIPA domain. Some of the technologies of Red Hat Virtualization came from Red Hat's acquisition of Qumranet. Other parts derive from oVirt. Before 2016, up to version 3.x product was named Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization. Certified by KVM community. RHV support scheduling policies that defines the logic by which virtual machines are distributed amongst hosts. RHV support up to no maximum number of virtual machines, it support hot plugging virtual CPUs allows to run unlimited guest machine in comparison with RHEL, limited to 4 guest machines. RHV solution is based on two primary software components Red Hat Virtualization Manager Red Hat Virtualization Hypervisors or hosts: Red Hat Enterprise Linux or RHV Host Different backup solutions are available including support from Veritas Netbackup since 2019.

2.2 – released June 22, 2010, at the Red Hat Summit in Boston. 3.0 – announced January 18, 2012, which expanded ISV partnerships alongside new features such as management features and scalability for both Linux and Windows workloads, a power user portal for self-service provisioning, RESTful API, local storage. 3.1 – released December 5, 2012. 3.2 – released June 12, 2013. 3.3 – released January 22, 2014. 3.4 – released June 16, 2014. Among other improvements, it provides better integration with OpenStack and version 7 of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux. 3.5 – released February 11, 2015. 3.6 – released March 9, 2016. 4.0 – released August 24, 2016. Rebranding to Red Hat Virtualization. 4.1 – released April 19, 2017. Support for QCOW3 image format. Hot unplug CPUs. VMs with SR-IOV can now be live-migrated. Ability to sparcify thinly provisioned disks when VM is shut down, it is now possible to pass on discard commands to the underlying storage. Up to 288 vCPU per VM. RHV Host images now include tcpdump, screen.

4.2 – released May 15, 2018. Brings ease-of-use and continued tighter integration with the Red Hat portfolio. 4.3 – released May 15, 2019 which included Guest Time Synchronization among other enhancements. Red Hat Distribution of OpenStack Official website

Periwig Maker

Periwig Maker is a 1999 German short stop motion animation film. 15 minutes long, it is based on Daniel Defoe's novel A Journal of the Plague Year. The film was produced by Ideal Standard film, directed by Steffen Schäffler and narrated by Kenneth Branagh; the film is set in London during the Great Plague. The protagonist is a wig maker who locks himself in his shop, isolating himself from society so that he will not contract the plague, he watches from within his shop as the plague ravages the city, taking the lives of the majority of the citizens. He writes down his observations in his journal, hypothesizing that the plague is transmitted through effluvia; the camera pans through the dilapidated city filled with death. The wig maker focuses on a newly orphaned girl with striking red hair, he watches her mother's corpse get tossed to the body collectors and the girl succumb to the plague herself. The night before she dies, the girl's spirit visits the periwig maker and informs him of her imminent death.

After her death, he retrieves her red hair to make a wig from it. In the final scene, the wig maker lies in bed, wearing the red wig, describing the reconstruction of London after the dissipation of the plague; the short film utilizes several characteristics of the Gothic style. It includes the physical terror that the Periwig Maker experiences as he shuts himself in his house in order to prevent contracting the plague, while the psychological terror of observing the sickness and death through his window and being unable to aide the victims and secure his own health; the mystery of the cause of the spread of the plague pervades the short film, the periwig maker rhetorically records in his journal his speculations of the cause but is never able discover the answer. The young orphan, another common component of the Gothic, takes center stage of the story when we see her mother's corpse being carried away and her subsequent death inducing contraction of the plague; the supernatural is incorporated into the story with the apparition of the young redhead, it remains unclear if this is a construct of his psyche or an actual occurrence.

Death dominates and lingers not only with the plague victims but in the air that transmits the illness and finally in the wigs that contain the hair of the deceased. Though the Periwig maker has escaped the clutches of the plague, the last scene of him wearing the red-haired wig indicates that he has lost some semblance of sanity. Therefore, far after the plague has dispelled, his psychological degradation and madness remain. 2000 Best Short Fiction Film – Children's Jury: 24th Annecy International Animation Film Festival, 2000 2000 Best Animated Short Film: BAFTA Awards, 2000 2000 Special Recognition for Excellence: Aspen Shortsfest, 2000 2000 Special Distinction: 40th Kraków International Short Film Festival, 2000 2000 Best Short Film: 26th Seattle International Film Festival, 2000 2000 Best First Film: 14th Animafest Zagreb: World Festival of Animated Film, 2000 2000 Grand Prize for Short Film: 4th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, 2000 2000 Special International Jury Prize: 8th Hiroshima International Animation Festival, 2000 2000 Best First Professional Film: Ottawa International Animation Festival, 2000 2000 Best First Film: 7th I Castelli Animati: International Animated Film Festival, 2000 2000 Best Animation Film: 4th LA Shorts Fest, 2000 2000 Special Mention of the Ecumenical Jury: 43rd DOK Leipzig: International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, 2000 2000 Best European Film: 24th Cinanima: International Animated Film Festival, 2000 2001-Best Animated Short Film: 73rd Academy Awards Periwig Maker on IMDb

Blowing Rocks Preserve

Blowing Rocks Preserve is an environmental preserve on Jupiter Island in Hobe Sound, Martin County, Florida, USA. It is owned by The Nature Conservancy, it contains the largest Anastasia limestone outcropping on the state's east coast. Breaking waves spray plumes of water through erosion holes; this distinctive spectacle thus earned the limestone outcrop's name. The limestone outcropping encompasses coquina shells and sand; the preserve features several coastal ecotones, including maritime hammocks, mangrove wetlands, beach dunes. Common native species include sea grapes, gumbo limbo, Sabal palms. Invasive exotic plants are removed in order to preserve indigenous flora; the preserve includes an educational center, native plant nursery, oceanside path, a butterfly garden. The Hawley Education Center features rotating natural history and art exhibits, offers environmental education classes and workshops. A boardwalk along the Indian River Lagoon contains interpretive signs about the plants and area environment.

Blowing Rocks Preserve USGS photos

Hadland Fishing Camp

The Hadland Fishing Camp is a historic fishing camp in the Apostle Islands of Ashland County, Wisconsin. Built in 1938, the camp is located on the eastern shore of Rocky Island and is part of the Rocky Island Historic District, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on August 18, 1977. Christian Hadland immigrated from Egersund, Norway in 1905 and fished with his brother from a camp on Outer Island. In 1938 he moved his operations to this site on Rocky Island; each year he net-fished from late spring until bad weather in the fall. Mrs. Hadland and the kids joined him on the island each summer and returned to the mainland when school resumed; as many as eight hired hands lived on the island at times. Hadland's sons Clifford and Harvey still fished from the island at least into the 1970s; the site includes a log cabin that Hadland built in 1920 in the French piece-sur-piece style on Outer Island moved to Rocky Island in 1938. There are other cabins, a shed for storing nets, an ice house, gill net winders, drying frames