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Edakkal

Edakkal is a remote location in Wayanad district of Kerala, the site of the Edakkal Caves. The tallest mountain in the district, Ambukuthi mala, is located here. Above the caves are views of the mountainous junction of the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka; the nearest major town is Sulthan Bathery, around 12 km away, while the closest urban centre is Ambalavayal, located at a distance of 4 km. Three pre-historic caves known as the Edakkal Caves, dating from at least 5000 BC, had been discovered on Ambukuthi mala. There are stone age pictorial writings on the walls of these natural caves. In late 2007, a major effort had been initiated by several archaeologists - both Indian and Western to have the UNESCO declare the site of the Edakkal Caves a World Heritage Centre. There are different sets of works; the older group of cave paintings and engravings, going back at least 7000 years, depict pre-historic tribal chieftains, elephants and tools. A less ancient script from the 3rd or 4th century BC is seen in the complex of caves

Ruffian (horse)

Ruffian was an American champion thoroughbred racehorse who won 10 consecutive races by wide margins. In July 1975, she entered a anticipated match race with Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure, in which she broke down. Surgery was attempted but Ruffian reacted poorly and exacerbated the injuries while coming out of anesthesia; as a result, she was euthanized. Ruffian was ranked among the top U. S. racehorses of the 20th century by The Blood-Horse magazine. Her story was told in numerous books. Ruffian was foaled near Paris, Kentucky, she was bred by Stuart S. Janney Jr. and Barbara Phipps Janney, owners of Locust Hill Farm in Glyndon, Maryland. Janney, a cousin of prominent horseman Ogden Mills Phipps became the chairman of the Bessemer Trust. Ruffian was sired by the Phipps family's Bold Ruler stallion and out of the Native Dancer mare Shenanigans, she was trained by Frank Y. Whiteley, Jr.. Ruffian was a nearly black filly standing 16.1 hands high as a two-year-old. Sportswriter Joe Hirsch called her the most imposing juvenile filly he'd seen.

William Nack, author of Ruffian: A Racetrack Romance, wrote, "She looked like an outside linebacker." Ruffian used her size and strength to intimidate other fillies before they started to race. Ruffian made her debut at Belmont Park on May 22, 1974 in a ​5 1⁄2-furlong maiden special weight race, she went straight to the front and set fast fractions while pulling away from her rivals. She won by 15 lengths and tied the track record, a noteworthy feat for so young a horse, it was a sign of things to come: Ruffian was on the lead at every point of call in every race she ran. She set a new stakes record in each of the eight stakes races, she equaled two track records. Ruffian's jockey Jacinto Vasquez was asked in an interview if it was hard to get to the lead at the beginning of races, he replied, "No, Ruffian sets her own pace and gets there on her own". In her second start in the ​5 1⁄2-furlong Fashion Stakes, Ruffian faced stiffer company but still won by nearly seven lengths while equaling her own track record.

She next won this time by nine lengths. Her next start at Monmouth Park on July 27 in the Grade I Sorority Stakes would prove a greater challenge as she faced another top class filly called Hot n Nasty, who like Ruffian had earned multiple stakes wins. Ruffian went to the early lead, setting a "torrid" pace but Hot n Nasty was just a length behind; as they turned into the stretch, Hot n Nasty moved alongside Ruffian and for a moment seemed to be leading. For the first and last time, Vasquez hit Ruffian with the whip. Ruffian responded by inching back into the lead finally drew away to win in a stakes record by ​2 1⁄2 lengths – the third place horse was 22 lengths behind; the day after the race, Ruffian came down with a heavy cough. Vasquez believed she had popped a splint in the race, although not a serious injury, was painful and enough to take the edge off of most horses. On August 23 at Saratoga Race Course, Ruffian won the Spinaway Stakes by ​12 3⁄4 lengths in a track record time of 1:08​3⁄5.

The morning after the race, a stable hand found. Whiteley examined the filly and noticed that her right hind leg was sensitive, so he had a veterinarian perform scans on her leg, it was discovered. Whiteley was interviewed about the fracture and asked if it were true that it happened during the race, he answered, "It did happen during the race, she was just a couple of strides from the wire." When asked why he thought Ruffian was not showing any signs of being hurt until the next day, he replied, "She is a tough filly, doesn't like to show any weaknesses." Ruffian missed the rest of the two-year-old season but her five wins were sufficient to earn her the Eclipse Award for American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly. Ruffian was voted 2 year old "Horse Of The Year" by Turf & Sport Digest as well as 1974 "Filly 2 year old Champion" Ruffian started her three-year-old campaign with an allowance race win, followed by a victory in the Comely Stakes at Aqueduct on April 30. In the latter, she set a stakes record of 1:21​1⁄5 for 7 furlongs.

Ruffian swept the New York Triple Tiara, which at that time consisted of the Acorn Stakes, Mother Goose Stakes and Coaching Club American Oaks. In the Acorn Stakes on May 10 at Aqueduct, Ruffian was the 1-10 favorite and won by ​8 1⁄2 lengths in a stakes record time of 1:34​2⁄5 for one mile, she followed up with another win in the Mother Goose Stakes on May 31, again at Aqueduct, breaking the previous stakes record by ​4⁄5 of a second while winning by ​13 1⁄2 lengths without urging from her jockey. In the Coaching Club American Oaks on June 21 at Belmont Park, she was again made the 1-10 favorite, she opened up a 6 length lead on the backstretch but the field closed on her during the far turn, getting as close as 1 length. In the stretch, Ruffian again pulled away to win by ​2 3⁄4 lengths while tying the stakes record of 2:27​4⁄5 for ​1 1⁄2 miles. Ruffian was undefeated in her first ten races, covering distances from 5.5 furlongs to 1.5 miles, with an average winning margin of 8​1⁄3 lengths.

She set stakes records in each stakes race she entered. Ruffian's eleventh race was run at Belmont Park on July 6, 1975, it was that year's Kentucky Derby winner, Foolish Pleasure. In the past, the horses had shared the same jockey: Jacinto Vasquez. Vasquez chose believing her to be the better of the horses.

Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare

The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare is a non-profit organization established in 1995 to increase compassion and more meaningful collaboration between patients and medical professionals. The Schwartz center has over 550 organizational members in the U. S. U. K. and Canada and supports 200,000 health care professionals each year. By providing education and resources, convening regular conferences to advance compassionate care. In November 1994, Boston health care attorney Kenneth Schwartz was diagnosed with lung cancer. During his 10-month illness, he discovered the importance of the human connection between caregiver and patient, saying that “the smallest acts of kindness made the unbearable bearable.”At the end of his life Ken outlined the organization he wanted to create. It would be a center that would promote compassion in medicine, encouraging the sorts of caregiver-patient relationships that made all the difference to him, he founded the Schwartz Center in 1995, just days before his death.

The center promotes their trademarked Schwartz Center Rounds, which they claim take place in more than 400 healthcare organizations throughout the U. S. and Canada and more than 150 throughout the U. K; the aim is to offer healthcare providers a scheduled time to discuss the social and emotional issues they face in caring for patients and families, to share their experiences and feelings on topics drawn from actual patient cases with colleagues from other healthcare disciplines. The sessions are led by a trained facilitator, can include over 200 healthcare professionals at a time; the premise is that caregivers are better able to make personal connections with patients and colleagues when they have greater insight into their own responses and feelings. The rounds have been shown to reduce stress in doctors who attend them, to improve the capacity to manage the psychosocial aspects of patient care. Official website

Jared Green

Jared Green is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He is the founder and CEO of 365 Staff LLC as well as an Associate Pastor at Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia. Green played college football for Southern University and for the University of Virginia He signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2012, he had brief stints with the Panthers, Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders before retiring from professional football in 2014 to pursue his business and ministry dreams. Green attended Oakton High School in Virginia. Green played college football at the University of Virginia from 2008 to 2010, he transferred from Virginia to Southern for the 2011 football season. He finished his college career with 52 receptions, 670 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns. In his freshman year at Virginia, Green played in 12 games had 12 receptions, 144 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. On November 1, 2008, he had three receptions for 25 yards and a touchdown against Miami in which Virginia lost the game in Overtime 24-17.

In his sophomore year, he played in 11 games in which he recorded 15 receptions, 104 receiving yards and no touchdowns. On September 5, 2009, he had three receptions for 28 yards in a loss against Mary. On September 19, 2009, he had 4 receptions for 18 yards in a loss against Southern Mississippi. In his junior year, he played in 11 games and recorded 8 receptions, 95 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. On September 25, 2010, he recorded four receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown against Virginia Military Institute in which Virginia wins the game 48-7. In his senior year at Southern, he started in three of them, he finished the season with 307 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. On October 15, 2011, he had a career-high 7 receptions, career high 141 receiving yards and one touchdown against Arkansas-Pine Bluff but Southern lost 22-21. Green went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft. On May 11, 2012, he signed with Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent. On August 31, 2012, he was released.

On September 1, 2012, he was re-signed to the practice squad. On January 7, 2013, Green signed with the Dallas Cowboys to a future/reserve contract. Green was signed to the Oakland Raiders on December 12, 2013. On December 30, the Raiders signed him to a futures contract. On June 5, 2014, Green decided to retire from football, he is the son of Hall of Fame Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green. He has an older sister, a younger sister, Joi, he presented his father for induction to the Hall of Fame in Canton in 2008. Jared is married to Joanna Green and they have four daughters, named Alana Green, Bailey Green and Cori Green.. Virginia Cavaliers bio Southern Jaguars bio Carolina Panthers bio Dallas Cowboys bio

Irma Cornier

Irma Cornier is a community outreach coordinator and activist in Chicago, Illinois who ran for alderman of the 31st ward in 2015 Irma Cornier is a community outreach and public event coordinator responsible for providing free access services to the predominant Latino population in Chicago for the Belmont Cragin, Hermosa and Humboldt Park, Chicago Communities. Volunteered with various homeless programs including "Hot Meals for the Homeless," "Meals in Humboldt Park," "Outreach to the Homeless ministry," collected toys, medical supplies, toiletries for Lydia Home and orphanages both here and out of the country. Helped several seniors with public assistance programs and aided numerous veterans with their benefits and recognition, she has conducted community engagements in the Cook County Jail. Aldermanic Graduate Intern for the City of Chicago in 2014 for over six months. Precinct Coordinator and Poll Watcher for the former 8th District Cook County Commissioner Edwin Reyes in 2014, volunteer for Illinois Senator William Delgado in 2014, Canvasser and Organizer for Mayoral Candidate Pastor Wilfredo de Jesus in 2011.

Cornier has been organizing community events in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood for more than a decade. She works with the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Irma Cornier comes from humble beginnings. A Chicago native, Irma was raised in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood by a family of community-based activists. Irma has been involved with service through her local parish, committing more than 15 years of service, in addition to service for several other organizations. Cornier's cornerstone accomplishment was helping her grandfather to receive his purple heart for his services during the Korean War, she worked tirelessly for several years to help him receive this honor, which entailed multiple visits to the V. A. and numerous letters to politicians. In 2014, she earned her M. A. in Social Justice and Community Development from Loyola University in Chicago in just a single year instead of the usual two. Cornier credits her diligent work ethic and a high set of morals and values to her grandparents, whom she was raised by.

Irma writes: "My grandfather taught me diligently that humanity is precious and must be protected and nourished by serving the community and acknowledging the importance of life, regardless of socio-economic background." Chicago aldermanic elections, 2015