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Nakapiripirit District

Nakapiripirit District is a district in Northern Uganda. Like many other Ugandan districts, it is named after its'chief town', where the district headquarters are located; the district is bordered by Napak District to the north, Moroto District to the northeast, Amudat District to the east, Kween District to the southeast, Bulambuli District to the southwest, Kumi District to the west and Katakwi District to the northwest. Nakapiripirit, the main municipal and commercial center in the district, lies 125 kilometres, by road, northeast of Mbale, the nearest large town; this location lies 360 kilometres, by road, northeast of Kampala, the capital of Uganda and the largest city in that country. The coordinates of the district are:01 55N, 34 40E; the 1991 national population census estimated the district population at about 66,250. In 2002, the national census conducted that year estimated the population of the district at about 90,920. Between 2002 and 2012, it is estimated that the district population has been growing at an annual rate of 6%.

In view of those data, it is estimated that in 2012 the population of Nakapiripirit District was about 161,600. The majority of the population are Karamojong and the language spoken is the Karamojong language; the main activity in the district is animal husbandry and the majority of the population are pastoralists. However in some areas in the south, some agricultural activity takes place. More the exploration of the rich mineral landscape has begun in earnest by American, Middle Eastern and Indian prospectors; the Place to Relax In Nakapiripirit

Cochlospermum religiosum

Cochlospermum religiosum is a flowering plant from the tropical region of Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent. It is a small tree growing to a height of 7.5 m found in dry deciduous forests. The name religiosum derives from the fact, it is known as silk-cotton tree because the capsules containing the seeds have a fluffy cotton-like substance similar to kapok. Another common name is buttercup tree because its yellow and bright flowers look like large-sized buttercups. In Theravada Buddhism, this plant is said to have used as the tree for achieved enlightenment, or Bodhi by nineteenth Lord Buddha called "Siddhaththa - සිද්ධත්ථ"; the plant is known as කිණිහිරියා in Sinhala, කණිකාර in Sanskrit.. Media related to Cochlospermum religiosum at Wikimedia Commons

Break fast

Not to be confused with Breakfast with a meaning of "breaking of the fast."A break-fast in Judaism is the meal eaten after fast days meals such as Yom Kippur and Tisha B'Av. During a Jewish fast, no food or drink is consumed, including water; the major fasts last over 25 hours, from before sundown on the previous night until after sundown on the day of the fast. Four other shorter fasts during the year begin at end after sunset. In Islam fasting occurs during the month of Ramadan where Muslims fast for the whole duration of the month for around 30 continuous days; the fasting ends by sunset where the first meal "break fast" is eaten. During the time of fast no form of food and drinks are consumed. A break-fast follows each of the major Jewish fast days of Yom Kippur and Tisha B'Av, as well as the four minor fast days of Fast of Gedalia, Fast of Esther, Tenth of Tevet, Seventeenth of Tammuz. Sometimes the fast is broken with cake before eating a full meal. A drink of milk or juice before the post-fast meal helps the body to readjust and diminishes the urge to eat too much or too rapidly.

Customs for the first food eaten after the Yom Kippur fast differ. Iranian Jews eat a mixture of shredded apples mixed with rose water called "faloodeh seeb." Polish and Russian Jews will have cake. Syrian and Iraqi Jews eat round sesame crackers. Turkish and Greek Jews sip a sweet drink made from melon seeds; some people start with herring to replace the salt lost during fasting. North African Jews prepare butter cookies known as rhuraieba for the meal after the Yom Kippur fast. Orthodox Jews do not eat meat or drink wine at the break-fast after Tisha B'Av because the burning of the Temple on the 9th of Av is said to have continued until noon on the 10th of Av; when the 9th of Av falls and Shabbat and Tisha B'Av is observed on the 10th, though all other Nine Days restrictions end with the fast and meat are customarily still not consumed at the break fast. Iftar

Pieros Kezou

Pieros Kezou is a Cypriot composer and singer. Pieros Kezou was born in Cyprus on 15 November. Growing up in the first difficult years of the islands recent turbulent history, Pieros showed early signs of maturity and a high interest in music. Ηe would lock himself in his room with a voice recorder and a small synthesizer and singing his first musical pieces. His teachers, recognizing his talent, would often give him the chance to present his work at school shows and productions. At the age of 18, he moved to Nicosia for his studies, he works as a music teacher in primary education. During his studies he was again given the chance to perform, it was clear to him that he didn't want to follow the usual musical norms in both the music and the lyrics, thus he's trying to create a more pioneer and authentic sound for his work. He took part in various competitions as a performer, including The Laiki Bank Song Contest For Young Cypriot Artists, The Lions of Cyprus Song Contest and as a backing vocalist for the local Eurovision Song Contest preselections.

Aiming to discover a new musical performing approach he decided to follow lessons in classical singing and musical with soprano Tiziana Sojat. He has since performed songs of classical/musical repertoire as a soloist in various occasions, he has collaborated with sopranos Marilena Solomou, Maria Poulli,Tiziana Sojat, singing demanding pieces like "Bring Him Home" from Les Misérables, "Tonight" from the West Side Story, etc. He has recorded songs for the theatre for children and songs of other composers like Michalis Roussos, Yiorgos Fylaktou and Guy Creen, he took part in the CYBC series "Artos kai Theamata", performing songs from the Cypriot Theatre and Operetta. Although Pieros performed in a wide variety of genres, his real love is for the mainstream and contemporary music scene. Influenced by Brian Eno, Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis, he has composed orchestral music combining electro music, ethnic music and avant garde music elements. Moreover, his recent work of the last couple of years, is concentrating in song writing.

Influenced by Kate Bush, David Bowie, Depeche Mode and the Johnsons, he's writing songs with personal and revealing in English lyrics, finished with interesting orchestrations and sensitive vocal touches. He is inspired not only from personal circumstances but from the lives of people who surround him, he is in his work self sarcasting, other times observing and challenging taboo issues. Pieros is preparing his collection of songs entitled "Songs made of beautiful tears". Songs that are possible candidates for his new album are: "Authorised Biography", "The Witch Song", "Digital Boyfriends", "Concern", "Stilnox" as well as some instrumental songs he composed. Pieros Kezou was one of the contestants of the 2009 Cypriot Eurovision National Selection Final hosted by local TV station CYBC, his song "Bleed 4 U" is a dark song with an edgy electronic pop sound. "Bleed 4 U" was written and will be performed by Pieros as he did all the backing vocals himself. He describes his Eurovision entry as "Pet shop boys doing a Depeche mode cover with a touch of Goldfrapp somewhere"

Crystal Darkness

Crystal Darkness is a 30-minute Emmy and Telly Award-winning documentary on the dangers and prevalence of the drug methamphetamine. The film features testimonies of young people who have gone through meth addiction, as well as interviews with high-profile politicians and law enforcement officials; the documentary is the centerpiece of a city-by-city, state-by-state campaign and has garnered the attention of residents in regions across the United States when it aired. In Arizona alone, the program reached an estimated 2.5 million residents and took over 1,200 phone calls from persons seeking help with meth addiction. The Crystal Darkness documentary was created and produced in Reno, Nevada in 2006 by Michael Reynolds; the campaign was edited by Logan Needham. The entire program is produced by Global Studio. A small portion of the film is pre-packaged with information on how meth affects the brain, how it's made, whom it affects and testimonials from law enforcement and individuals who have struggled through its addiction.

The rest of the program is filmed in the host city or state with local experts and providers, law enforcement, elected officials and recovering addicts. It is unique in that each city it airs, it is run as a media roadblock, wherein all the network stations in a target region air it simultaneously; the program airs in Spanish on Spanish-language stations. The documentary features original music by alldaydrive and Today Is The Day NV. Both groups are based in Nevada; the program is sponsored by Childhelp, a national child abuse prevention and treatment non-profit organization. Childhelp is responsible for maintaining the program’s hot line, 1-888-METH-AID, in addition to its child abuse hot line, 1-800-4-A-CHILD; the non-profit organization reports over two-thirds of the cases of child abuse it handles have a direct correlation to meth use or production by the child’s parents or guardian. The campaign has reached a large audience. Prior to agreeing to be a host city or state, representatives interested in bringing the program to their community are invited to attend a dinner event the night the program airs in another location.

There, they learn from individuals who have run a past campaign what is involved, how the program operates and how they achieved success. Each host city is responsible for pitching the local media to run the program in a media roadblock, where all stations in the region agree to air the program at a certain time and date; the program is a collaboration of effort among religious organizations, law enforcement, elected officials, treatment providers and more. Each is delegated responsibilities ranging from community outreach to compiling a comprehensive provider resource book. Listed below are the regions the campaign has aired in to-date and cities that have campaigns in motion. Reno, NV Las Vegas, NV Oregon San Diego, CA Sacramento, CA El Paso, TX Ciudad Juarez, Mexico New Mexico Arizona Sonora, Mexico Arkansas Central Valley, CA Colorado Oklahoma In October, 2008, the Arizona Broadcaster's Association received the Governor's Award from the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The Emmy Statuette recognized the work of the Childhelp Crystal Darkness campaign in Arizona and its extensive community outreach. The Governor's Award is given annually to a deserving program and is the highest achievement the NATAS Chapter rewards. Official Childhelp Crystal Darkness Website Official Childhelp Website Childhelp Crystal Darkness on IMDb Official alldaydrive band website Official Today Is The Day NV website

XV International AIDS Conference, 2004

The XV International AIDS Conference was held in Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand, from July 11 to July 16, 2004. The main venue for the conference was the IMPACT Muang Thong Thani convention centre at Nonthaburi, north-east of downtown Bangkok, it was the first international AIDS conference. International AIDS conferences have been held since the first one in Atlanta in 1985. At the opening ceremony on the evening of July 11, the main speakers were the Thai Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan; the opening was screened live on Thai national television. Thaksin, whose government had been criticised by foreign observers for its harsh attitude to injecting drug users, surprised the conference by pledging to adopt a "harm minimization" approach to AIDS prevention among drug users, to work co-operatively with non-government organizations, including the Thai Drug Users' Network. AIDS activists suggested that Thaksin had been promised increased funding from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria if he adopted a more flexible attitude.

Annan, in a forceful speech, praised Thaksin and the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, seated in the front row, for their leadership in developing strategies for fighting AIDS in developing countries. But he said that much more was needed, including a radical change in attitudes to women in many countries, since HIV infection is now increasing more among young women in developing countries that in any other population group. Annan said the empowerment of women in African and Asian countries, was the key to preventing the further spread of HIV infection; the conference was attended by more than 20,000 delegates and a large contingent of local and international media. Many people with HIV/AIDS and delegates from developing countries were subsidized to attend the conference by governments, the United Nations, other international organizations and drug companies; the United States, however reduced its official presence at the conference as compared to previous conferences. The Department of Health and Human Services, which spent US$3.6 million to send 236 people to the XIV International AIDS Conference in Barcelona in 2002, spent US$500,000 and sent only 50.

The move was seen as a response to events in Barcelona, when Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson was shouted down by protestors. The co-chairs of the conference were Dr. Vallop Thaineua of Thailand and Joep Lange of the Netherlands, president of the International AIDS Society, the formal host organization; the content of the conference was run by three program committees, the Community Program Committee, chaired by Senator Mechai Viravaidya and Donald De Gagne, the Scientific Program Committee chaired by Professor Prasert Thongcharoen and Professor David Cooper, the Leadership Program Committee chaired by Pakdee Pothisiri and Debrework Zewdie. The Leadership Program section of the Conference was, thrown into doubt by security concerns. On July 7 the Thai government cancelled a meeting on HIV/AIDS for national leaders planned as part of the conference; the leaders of 13 countries and United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan were invited to the summit, to be hosted by Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, but only one national leader and Annan accepted.

As at previous international AIDS conferences, both local and international organizations staged protests about various aspects of HIV/AIDS policy at the Bangkok conference. Activists protested during the opening of the conference to call attention to what they said were failures by governments worldwide in fighting AIDS. Tight security prevented any disruption to the ceremony, although Prime Minister Thaksin was heckled during his speech by some sections of the audience; the protests were co-ordinated by Thailand's AIDS Access Foundation. They called for increased worldwide access to antiretroviral treatments and greater financial support for treatment and prevention. Activists said that the United States and other Western nations were backtracking on funding pledges made at the Barcelona conference; the XV International AIDS Conference is organised by the International AIDS Society and the Thai Ministry of Public Health as the local Host. The co-organisers of the conference are UNAIDS, three international community networks: ICW, ICASO, GNP+ and TNCA, a conglomerate of Thai AIDS NGOs.

Starting with Bangkok the IAS has established a central conference secretariat to organise the International AIDS Conferences as well as the HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment Conferences. The Local Host Secretariat is located in Bangkok to coordinate the work of local subcommittees; the Community Program Secretariat is located in Bangkok to handle capacity building and the community aspects of the program. Representatives from the organisers and co-organisers form the basis of the Conference Organising Committee; the Chairs of the conference represent the Local Host. The COC in turn appoints two chairs each for the Scientific Program Committee, Community Program Committee and Leadership Program Committee; the Committee Chairs serve on the COC. The SPC, CPC and LPC are composed of leading representatives from a variety of fields who bring a diverse expertise to the conference planning process. On the third day of the conference Professor Dennis Altman of Melbourne, a leading figure in the arena of international HIV/AIDS politics since the 1980s, delivered the Jonathan Mann Memorial Lecture.

His theme was "structural interventions and vulnerable communities," men who have sex with men, injecting drug users and sex workers. But he was not confined by this topic, he said of the late Professor