Princeton Day School
Princeton Day School is a private coeducational day school located in Princeton, New Jersey, serving students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The largest division is the Upper School, with an enrollment of 400; the school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1989. As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 926 students and 121.1 classroom teachers, for a student–teacher ratio of 7.7:1. Of the 2011 graduating class of Princeton Day School seniors, a third were honored as semi-finalists or commended scholars in the National Merit Scholarship Program. In the five years through 2018, the most common schools for members of the PDS graduating classes were Duke University, Princeton University, Lehigh University, University of Chicago, New York University and Boston College; the school is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, New Jersey Association of Independent Schools and the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools.
Founded in 1899, Miss Fine's School in Princeton prepared girls for college with a curriculum including English, Latin and mathematics, at a time when women were not expected to attend college, when only one out of eight children in America went to school at all. For years, the institution was, quite Miss Fine's School. John Finley, editor of The New York Times during the 1910s, wrote of her, "So was the school under her wise and gentle rule a place where happy children grew into her spirited likeness." Fine died two years later. Miss Fine's School moved into what had been The Princeton Inn on Bayard Lane in 1924, included boys from kindergarten through 3rd grade. In 1924, a group of parents established a 4–9 grade school for boys on Bayard Lane, next to Miss Fine's School; the boys' school was known as Princeton Junior School. The school moved in 1932 to an independent campus with purpose-built buildings at 171 Broadmead in another section of Princeton not far from Palmer Stadium; the name was changed to Princeton Country Day School, although in honor of its founding name the school magazine was called the "Junior Journal."
It had large playing fields across the street for soccer. In the winter, there was skating on Carnegie Lake nearby and while ice hockey was played at Princeton University's Baker Rink. In the spring, there was an annual school fair held as a fundraiser; the school had an excellent academic reputation and most graduates went on to New England boarding schools for secondary education. The buildings and campus of PCD are now part of Princeton University and used as a nursery school. Princeton Country Day merged with Miss Fine's School in 1965 to become Princeton Day School. Princeton Day School's campus along The Great Road in Princeton opened in 1965, thanks to the contributions of Dean Mathey. In September 2005, the school launched the public phase of a five-year $50 million capital campaign, "Investing in Excellence" to support new and renovated facilities and increased endowment for faculty salaries and financial aid that raised a total of $53 million from more than 4,000 contributors. Over the years, Princeton Day School enjoyed many traditions.
These include an Upper School pie-eating competition that continued until the eighties, an annual sophomore-junior canoeing trip, intended to bridge the gap between two grades that traditionally do not share many classes, legendary English teacher Anne Shepherd's wreathmaking assembly. The wreathmaking rite started in Miss Fine's School in 1900, since, by the 1980s, participation in the event had dwindled, it was cancelled. A December 1982 article in PDS's student-run newspaper, The Spokesman, explained that "This raised such an uproar that, by popular demand, the was given one last chance." By the 1990s, wreathmaking was gone, indicative of the passing of certain traditions over time. New traditions have joined the Maypole Dance in recent years, including the annual Powder Puff game, a fiercely competitive flag football match between the junior and senior girls, held since 2004, Dr. Seuss Day, a day of boisterous noise and frosted cake in the otherwise tightly-run Upper School library. Two of PDS's most celebrated current traditions are the Halloween Parade, Blue & White Day.
For at least 20 years, the senior challenge, or the Halloween Challenge, had been a yearly PDS tradition. A collection of four Halloween-themed skits performed by each Upper School grade in front of the extended Lower School, Middle School and faculty each Halloween, the competition was introduced each October during announcement period, where the seniors would unexpectedly take control of the microphone and issue a public challenge to the other three grades. More the four Upper School grades have each picked a theme, each member of the class follows that theme in dressing up, to compete for the most spirited and cohesive cos
Polydioxanone or poly-p-dioxanone is a colorless, biodegradable synthetic polymer. Chemically, polydioxanone is a polymer of multiple repeating ether-ester units, it is obtained by ring-opening polymerization of the monomer p-dioxanone. The process requires heat and an organometallic catalyst like zirconium acetylacetone or zinc L-lactate, it is characterized by a glass transition temperature in the range of −10 and 0 °C and a crystallinity of about 55%. For the production of sutures, polydioxanone is extruded into fibers, however care should be taken to process the polymer to the lowest possible temperature, in order to avoid its spontaneous depolymerization back to the monomer; the ether oxygen group in the backbone of the polymer chain is responsible for its flexibility. Polydioxanone is used for biomedical applications in the preparation of surgical sutures. Other biomedical applications include orthopedics, maxillofacial surgery, plastic surgery, drug delivery, cardiovascular applications, tissue engineering.
It is degraded by hydrolysis, the end products are excreted in urine, the remainder being eliminated by digestive or exhaled as CO2. The biomaterial is reabsorbed in 6 months and can be seen only a minimal foreign body reaction tissue in the vicinity of the implant. Materials made of PDS can be sterilized with ethylene oxide. Other biodegradable polymers: polycaprolactone polyglycolide polylactic acid poly poly-3-hydroxybutyrate
Party of Democratic Socialism (India)
The Party of Democratic Socialism is a political party in West Bengal in India. The PDS was founded in February 2001 by former Communist Party of India leaders Saifuddin Choudhury and Samir Putatundu; the PDS was in opposition to the Left Front government in West Bengal. The PDS was founded by Saifuddin Chaudhury on 21 February 2001. Samir Putatunda, expelled from CPI, joined the new party. There was speculation that the PDS would joint with the All India Trinamool Congress, or else that it would be a constituent of an anti-CPI mahajot, but the link between Trinamool and the Hindu rightist Bharatiya Janata Party hindered such a development; the PDS has formed relations with other pro-Congress leftist outfits, such as the Communist Marxist Party in Kerala and the United Communist Party of India. PDS participates in the Confederation of Democratic Socialists. Ahead of the West Bengal state assembly elections in 2001, the PDS had launched their own front; the PDS put up 98 candidates. None of their candidates were elected.
Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2004, the PDS had joined hands with Congress, put up two candidates supported by Congress. The flag of the PDS is a red flag with a red star in a white circle; the president of the PDS is Saifuddin Chaudhury, the general secretary is Samir Putatundu, the treasurer is Subir Chaudhury. The women's organization of the PDS is called Paschim Banga Nari Sanghati Samiti; the president of PBNSS is Kishwar Jahan. The PDS publishes Natun Path. Party of Democratic Socialism Yechury blasts CPI-M dissidents Cong offers two seats to Communist Confederation
Piedras Negras International Airport
Piedras Negras International Airport is an international airport located at Piedras Negras, Mexico, near the U. S.-Mexico border. It handles national air traffic for the bi-national metropolitan zone Piedras Negras–Eagle Pass, Texas, it handled 20,565 passengers in 2016, 21,787 passengers in 2017. The airport has one terminal with one concourse, plus a VIP Aeromar's lounge, the Barra Diamante open to all passengers of the airline. Quality Inn Holiday Inn Express Best Western List of the busiest airports in Mexico Airport information for MMPG at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006. Coahuila State Government
Party of Democratic Socialism (Germany)
The Party of Democratic Socialism was a democratic socialist political party in Germany active between 1989 and 2007. It was the legal successor to the Socialist Unity Party of Germany, which ruled the German Democratic Republic as a one-party state until 1990. From 1990 through to 2005, the PDS had been seen as the left-wing "party of the East". While it achieved minimal support in western Germany, it won 15% to 25% of the vote in the eastern new states of Germany, entering coalition governments in the federal states of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Berlin. In 2005, the PDS, renamed The Left Party. PDS entered an electoral alliance with the Western Germany-based Electoral Alternative for Labour and Social Justice and won 8.7% of the vote in Germany's September 2005 federal elections. On 16 June 2007, the two groupings merged to form a new party called The Left; the party had many progressive policies, including support for legalisation of same-sex marriage and greater social welfare for immigrants.
Internationally, the Left Party. PDS was a co-founder of the Party of the European Left and was the largest party in the European United Left–Nordic Green Left group in the European Parliament; the grassroots democracy movement that forced the dismissal of East German head of state Erich Honecker in 1989 empowered a younger generation of reform politicians in East Germany's ruling Socialist Unity Party who looked to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev's glasnost and perestroika as their model for political change. Reformers like authors Stefan Heym and Christa Wolf and attorney Gregor Gysi, lawyer of dissidents like Robert Havemann and Rudolf Bahro, soon began to re-invent a party infamous for its rigid Marxist–Leninist orthodoxy and police-state methods. By the time of a special party conference on 16 December 1989, it was obvious that the SED was no longer a Marxist-Leninist party. During the second session the party accepted a proposal from Gysi, who had become party chairman earlier in the month, that the party adopt a new name, "Party of Democratic Socialism."
Gysi felt. The proposal came directly after a speech from Michael Schumann highlighting the injustices perpetrated under the SED, distancing the conference from certain high-profile party leaders - notably Honecker and the country's last Communist leader, Egon Krenz. Above all Schumann's speech opened the way for the party to reinvent itself, using a phrase, much quoted: "We break irrevocably with Stalinism as a system!", A brief transitional period as the SED/PDS followed. By the end of 1989, the last hardline members of the party's Central Committee had either resigned or been pushed out, followed in 1990 by 95% of the SED's 2.3 million members. On 4 February 1990, the party was formally renamed the PDS. However, neo-Marxist and communist minority factions continued to exist. By the time the party had formally renamed itself the PDS, it had expelled most of the remaining prominent Communist-era leaders from its ranks—including Honecker and Krenz; this was not enough to save the party when it faced the voters for the first time in the 1990 East German elections—the first and only free elections held in East Germany.
The party was roundly defeated, winning only 66 seats in the 400-seat Volkskammer, finishing a distant third behind the East German wings of the Christian Democratic Union and the refounded Social Democratic Party. The PDS had experience as a junior coalition partner in two federal states —Berlin and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania— where it co-governed until 2006 with the Social Democratic Party of Germany. Political responsibility has burnished the Left's reputation as a pragmatic, rather than ideological party, it remained strong in local government in eastern Germany, with more than 6,500 town councillors and 64 elected mayors. The party continued to win eastern voters by emphasizing political competence and refused to be labelled as a "protest party", although it attracted millions of protest voters in the federal election, profiting from growing dissatisfaction with high unemployment and cutbacks in public health insurance, unemployment benefits, labour rights. In the first all-German elections in 1990, the PDS won only 2.4% of the nationwide vote.
However, a one-time exception to Germany's electoral law allowed eastern-based parties to qualify for representation if they won five percent of the vote in the former East Germany. As a result, the PDS entered the Bundestag with 17 deputies led by Gysi, one of Germany's most charismatic and articulate politicians. However, it was only reckoned as a "group" within the Bundestag, not a full-fledged parliamentary fraction. In the 1994 federal election, in spite of an anti-communist "Red Socks" campaign by the then-ruling Christian Democrats aimed at scaring off eastern voters, the PDS increased its vote to 4.4 percent. More Gysi was reelected from his Berlin seat, three other PDS members were elected from eastern districts. Under the German constitution, a party that wins at least three directly-elected seats is eligible for proportional representation if it falls short of the five percent threshold; this allowed it to re-enter the Bundestag with an enlarged caucus of 30 deputies. In the 1998 federal election, the party reached the high-water mark in its fortunes by tallying 5.1% of the national vote and 36 seats, thus clearing the critical 5% threshold required for guaranteed proportional representation and full parliame
Precision Drill Squad (Singapore)
Precision Drill Squad is a form of exhibition drill practised in Singapore which involves the execution of rifle drills in complex series of movements with great co-ordination and precision. The natures of these drills exhibit a plethora of diversity. During performances, performers move in unison through choreographed patterns with the rifles moving under their control, always synchronised with the rhythm of the music. Drills are executed without command and the only sound, heard is the snap and pop of the rifles on every step, in perfect synchronisation and with precision. PDS is performed and executed by the Singapore Armed Forces Military Police Command and a few privileged National Cadet Corps units and National Police Cadet Corps units in Singapore at school events, inter-unit competitions or open houses. PDS is derived from rifle exhibition drill, which originated from United States' various drill teams such as the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon and have since spread to many other countries such as Norway, Australia and Taiwan.
PDS is identical to the Silent Precision Drill Squad of the SAFMPC. Introduced in 1984, SPDS is performed in the Changing of Guard Ceremony at the gates of the Istana on the first Sunday of every month and in major events like National Day Parades and Chingay Processions, was adopted in its present form by the National Cadet Corps, where it is performed by NCC school units which have adopted PDS in their training syllabus by 1999, with an initial participation of only about 20 school units. Due to its rarity and difficulty, the element of PDS in NCC units and NPCC units is considered a great privilege. PDS is most executed with either the 4 kg Lee–Enfield Mk IV rifle, or the many variations of the Mk IV fiberglass or wooden replica rifles, which are 105.5 cm long, 3.2 cm thick at the muzzle, weigh from 1.6 kg to 5.0 kg. Variations include the heavier Competition rifle; the dummy rifles are black by default, but come in various colours and designs to match the nature of the performance. Some versions include tips or other additions to enhance the ` feel' of the performance.
M-16 rifles are sometimes used, on occasion, with bayonets fixed. The official attire for PDS stipulated by HQ NCC is the Smart No. 4 uniform for all cadets, although air or sea units are permitted to wear their respective No. 3 uniforms without badges. Since male cadets in Land units only receive their No.3 uniform upon graduation from the Cadet Officer Course, No. 3 uniforms are sometimes borrowed for the sake of performances. In this case, the No. 3 uniform is worn with white stable belts, white polyester laces and combat boots with trousers tucked into garters, in imitation of the Military Police No. 3 Uniform. Modified versions of the attire can be worn to increase the aesthetic appeal of the performance, notable examples being Half No. 4 with Jockey Cap, Half No. 3, No. 3 with Brassards labelled "PDS", "Precision Drill" or with ranks embroidered in imitation of the SAF Military Police No. 3 Uniform. White gloves can be worn for performances; these are the NCC units that are known to practise Precision Drill: The NCC PDS Centre of Excellence was set up to allow NCC units that wish to introduce Precision Drill as part of their training curriculum but do not have the necessary expertise may send their specialists and cadet officers for training at the centre.
As a Centre of Excellence, the unit's Centre of Excellence Council is given the autonomous right to train key stakeholders of NCC units of other schools and issue them Basic PDS badges and patches on their course completion, the first unit awarded the title being Hwa Chong Institution in 2007. To qualify as PDS training centre, the NCC school unit must, on a regular and yearly basis, conduct PDS training for different NCC units in their respective District. Hwa Chong Institution Deyi Secondary School Fairfield Methodist School Anglican High School The PDS Center of Excellence was awarded by the Ministry of Education to Hwa Chong Institution in 2007. To qualify for the Center of Excellence, the unit must be endorsed by Ministry of Education and the National Cadet Corps HQ; the NCC PDS Committee was formed on 25 May 2012 by a group of PDS Auxiliary Instructors, intended to improve and maintain the standard and prestige of PDS in the National Cadet Corps. The PDS Committee assists HQ NCC in running the Basic PDS Certification and any other PDS-related HQ Courses.
The current Overall-In-Charge of the PDS Committee is C/LTA Keith Tan. Cadets from NCC PDS units have the opportunity to attend the Basic PDS course, held at the NCC campus st Amoy Quee Camp or the nine NCC PDS Training Centres quad-annually. During the 3-day course cadets are instructed in the execution of basic PDS drills, more referred to as the basic 21 and the conduct of PDS Rifle Physical Training. Cadets are tested based on Drill Execution and Presentation. Upon passing of the test, cadets will attain Basic PDS patch and a certificate. Units that include Basic PDS in their training syllabus may skip the course and send their cadets for Basic PDS certification directly. Upon passing of a stringent selection test, outstanding cadets will have the privilege of attending the PDS Auxiliary Instructor Course. Cadets may enroll in the Enhanced PDS Auxiliary Instructor Course, held in the Military Police HQ at Mowbray Camp and conducted by SPDS instructors from the SAF Military Police Command SPDS unit, or at HQ NCC.
The 5-day course will cover 7 advanced arm drills, basic choreography and train participants on the conduct of PDS as an instructor
Panzer Dragoon Saga
Panzer Dragoon Saga is a 1998 role-playing video game published by Sega and developed by Team Andromeda for the Sega Saturn. It departs from the linear rail shooter gameplay of the Panzer Dragoon series, introducing traditional RPG elements such as random encounters, semi-turn-based battles, free-roaming exploration; the player controls Edge, a young mercenary who rides a powerful dragon and encounters a mysterious girl from a vanished civilization. Development began in early 1995 alongside Panzer Dragoon II Zwei. Sega felt an RPG was critical to succeed against the PlayStation, wanted to compete with Final Fantasy VII; the game underwent an arduous development process. Much of the challenge came from incorporating the series' shooting elements into an RPG with full 3D computer graphics and voice acting. Two staff members died during development, which director Yukio Futatsugi attributed to the stressful working conditions of the video game industry. Panzer Dragoon Saga is the most critically acclaimed Saturn game, is listed as one of the greatest games of all time.
However, the game suffered from a limited release in the west as Sega had shifted focus to its Dreamcast console, worldwide sales were poor. It has not been rereleased and English copies sell for high prices. After its release, Sega disbanded Team Andromeda. Unlike the other Panzer Dragoon games, which are rail shooters, Panzer Dragoon Saga is a role-playing video game; the player controls a young mercenary who rides a flying dragon. Gameplay is divided into three modes: traversing large areas on the dragon, battling enemies, exploring on foot. On foot, Edge can talk to non-player characters, upgrade his weapons, buy items such as potions, use a targeting reticle to interact with locks and other elements. In one sequence, Edge rides a hoverbike instead of the dragon; the player travels through environments including canyons, deserts and subterranean ruins. Campsites save points; the game features full voice acting and numerous FMV cutscenes. Saga simplifies many RPG conventions. For example, it has few travel sequences and side quests, requires little "maintenance work" such as managing inventories or skill trees, features only Edge and his dragon rather than a party of playable characters.
It can be completed in less than 20 hours, making it much shorter than most RPGs at the time. Panzer Dragoon Saga uses a random encounter system, in which battles are triggered at random intervals as the player rides the dragon. Battles mix turn-based elements. Three action gauges charge in real time. Waiting for multiple gauges to charge gives the enemy more opportunity to attack, but grants the player more options, such as making multiple moves in quick succession; the speed at which the gauges charge is governed by the dragon's agility attribute. The player can circle the enemy by moving between quadrants to expose weak points and escape dangerous positions. A radar at the bottom of the screen indicates safe and dangerous areas, with the front and rear quadrants posing the most danger. Changing position temporarily stops the gauges. Enemies may change position to force the dragon into vulnerable areas. Weak points can sometimes be attacked only from dangerous areas, enemy attack patterns may change mid-battle, forcing the player to adapt.
The two primary attacks are the dragon's laser, which strikes multiple targets and Edge's gun, which focuses damage on a single target and is useful for striking weak points. Edge's gun can be upgraded with power-ups including three-way fire and the "Sniper" modification, which deals additional damage to weak points; the dragon's "berserks", the equivalent of magic spells in other RPGs, can heal, boost the dragon's attributes, or inflict powerful attacks. Berserks require berserk points and sometimes multiple action gauges. Certain enemy attacks change the dragon's status: "stun" prevents it from using its lasers or berserks. Players can morph the dragon to change its attack, defense and spiritual attributes. Boosting one attribute diminishes another. Certain berserks are only available in certain dragon configurations, the dragon learns some types of berserks more in different forms. After battle, the player earns a ranking based on their performance. Edge, a mercenary hired by the Empire, guards an excavation site filled with artifacts from the Ancient Age, a vanished advanced civilization.
Fending off an ancient monster, he discovers a girl buried in a wall. The site is attacked by the mutinous Black Fleet, who seize the girl, kill Edge's companions, shoot Edge. Edge survives, escapes with the