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Satinder Vir Kessar

Satinder Vir Kessar is an Indian synthetic organic chemist, academic and an Emeritus professor of Panjab University. He is known for his researches in heterocyclic chemistry, he is an elected fellow of The World Academy of Sciences and all the three major Indian science academies, viz. The Indian National Science Academy, the Indian Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, India; the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the apex agency of the Government of India for scientific research, awarded him the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, one of the highest Indian science awards, in 1972, for his contributions to chemical sciences. S. V. Kessar was born in Hoshiarpur, in the undivided Punjab of British India on 9 June 1932 to Durga Dass, a lawyer and his homemaker wife, Susheela Devi, his schooling was at DAV Senior Secondary School, Hoshiarpur and at Indian Military Academy after which he graduated in chemistry from Panjab University in 1953. While continuing his studies at the same institution for MSc by research, he appeared for the Civil Services Examination in 1953 and stood among the top 100 candidates.

Choosing to pursue a career in chemistry, he passed MSc and moved to the US to join the University of Southern California where he studied under the guidance of M. C. Kloetzel to secure a PhD in 1958, he stayed in the US for a while more to complete his post-doctoral studies at the laboratory of S. W. Benson and returned to India to start his career as an assistant professor at PEC University of Technology. Returning to his alma mater, Panjab University in 1959 as a lecturer, he spent the rest of his academic career there where he served as a Reader and as a Professor. On his superannuation from service, he was made the Emeritus Professor of the university. In between, he served as a CSIR Distinguished Chair from 1992 to 1997, the first professor to hold the position. Kessar is married to Urmi, his colleague at Panjab University and an art historian and they have two daughters and Radha; the couple lives in Chandigarh. Kessar's days with S. M. Mukherji during his master's degree research produced the first of his several articles, A Novel Synthesis of 4-Methyl-1: 2-Benzanthracene, published in Nature in 1954.

He worked on the synthesis of pyrrolines which earned him his doctoral degree in 1958. Through his day researches, he built the infrastructure of solanum alkaloids, accomplished the synthesis of azasteroids using a new pathway, developed a protocol for linking aromatic rings which he utilized for the synthesis of the phenanthridine ring system and other heterocyclic systems as well as the synthesis of aporphine and related alkaloids. Among the other natural products and drugs he synthesized include steroidal sapogenins, aporphine, quinculidine and venlafaxine, he elucidated the mechanistic pathways of the transformations and developed methodologies for benzyne cyclisation of anils and Lewis acid- promoted lithiation, both have since become standard synthetic procedures. Kessar has authored several articles detailing his research findings which have been published in peer-reviewed journals, he holds patent for one of the processes. He served the executive council of Panjab University Alumni Association during 2014–15 and has written a book on the city of Jaisalmer.

He serves a member of the councils of the National Academy of Sciences and the Indian National Science Academy and was the vice president of INSA Council during 1993–94. Besides being a National Fellow of the University Grants Commission of India and an elected fellow of The World Academy of Sciences, Kessar is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy and the Indian Academy of Sciences and an honorary fellow of the Punjab Academy of Sciences; the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research awarded him the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize, one of the highest Indian science awards, in 1972. Madhya Pradesh Council of Science and Technology awarded him the Jawaharlal Nehru National Science Award in 1991 and he received the Golden Jubilee Commemoration Medal of the Indian National Science Academy in 1992; the Association Award of the Indian Science Congress reached him in 2008 as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Indian Chemical Society and he has delivered the Basudev Banerjee Memorial Lecture of the society.

He is a recipient of the Prem Singh Medal, Gold Medal of Chemical Research Society of India, Hari Om Award and the Goyal Prize of the Kurukshetra University. Arkivoc journal issued a festschrift on Kessar in 2005 on his 70th anniversary year by way of its December issue. Satinder Vir Kessar. "Novel monoamine re-uptake inhibitor". Patent No. WO 2009118765 A3. Vig, O. P.. M.. "A Novel Synthesis of 4-Methyl-1: 2-Benzanthracene". Nature. 174: 834. Doi:10.1038/174834a0. Kessar, Satinder. "Heterocyclic Compounds. X. Hydrogenated Derivatives of Isoindole and 2-Azaazulene from Reductive Cyclization of γ-Nitro Ketones"; the Journal of Organic Chemistry. 27: 1314–1317. Doi:10.1021/jo01051a046. Satinder V. Kessar. "A novel route to condensed polynuclear systems. Acc. Chem. Res. 11: 283–288. Doi:10.1021/ar50127a005. Kessar Satinder V..

Samoa Tourism Authority

The Samoa Tourism Authority is a state-owned enterprise responsible for the marketing of Samoa as a holiday destination and the sustainable development of new and existing tourism products in the country. The authority was established as the Samoa Visitors Bureau in 1986 following the passing of the Western Samoa Visitors Bureau Act in 1984; the change of name to'Samoa Tourism Authority' in 2002 was a shift to emphasize the broader concept of tourism. The STA's main office is located on the ground floor of the FMFMII Government Building in the Apia central business district, it operates the Visitor Information Centre on main Beach Road and Information Booth at the Faleolo International Airport. STA has Market Representative Offices in New Australia and UK/Europe. There are four core divisions of the STA, namely Marketing & Promotions, Planning & Development, Research & Statistics and Policy; the Finance & Corporate Services division provides the necessary administrative support services. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is the current Minister of Tourism.

The STA plays a key role in the National Beautification Committee. It coordinates the annual Teuila Festival, as well as the Miss Samoa Pageant in collaboration with Manaia Events. Samoa Tourism Authority Official Website Government of Samoa Samoa travel guide from Wikivoyage

Iciss Tillis

Iciss Tillis is an American professional women's basketball player. She was born in Oklahoma. Tillis played for Cascia Prep School in Tulsa, where she was named a WBCA All-American, she participated in the 2000 WBCA High School All-America Game. Tillis is the daughter of former Heavyweight boxer James Tillis. James Tillis fought for the Heavyweight championship once and was the first professional boxer to fight Mike Tyson to a decision. Tillis has played in the WNBA with the Detroit Shock, New York Liberty, Los Angeles Sparks, appearing in 66 games, she played collegiately for Duke University, where she was named an All-America in 2003 and on the All-ACC first team from 2002 to 2004. Tillis has played professionally in Europe. A scandal erupted in France, where Tarbes Gespe Bigorre attempted to sign Tillis to replace injured star Isabelle Yacoubou despite being over the eligible limit of non-European players imposed by the Ligue Féminine de Basketball. Tarbes was forced to sell Tillis to TTT Riga in Riga, where she made the Euroleague's all-star team in 2008.

Source Tillis was named to the team representing the USA at the 2003 Pan American Games. The team lost the opening game to Cuba rebounded to win their next five games, including an overtime win against Brazil, they faced Cuba for the gold medal, falling short 75–64 to take home the silver medal. Tillis averaged 5.0 points per game

Lyot (lunar crater)

Lyot is a large lunar impact crater, located along the southeastern limb of the Moon. It lies within the irregular and patchy lunar mare named Mare Australe, to the south of the crater Hamilton. Due to its location, this formation is viewed at a low angle from the Earth, its visibility is affected by libration; the interior floor of this crater has been resurfaced by lava, leaving a dark interior with an albedo that matches the surrounding mare. The outer rim is low and worn, with a perimeter that forms a somewhat distorted circle; the southwest part of the floor and rim is marked by several bowl-shaped craters. There is the remains of a ghost crater to the east of the crater midpoint. By convention these features are identified on lunar maps by placing the letter on the side of the crater midpoint, closest to Lyot. Wood, Chuck. "A Dome on the Limb". Lunar Photo of the Day. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-01-08

Boomerang (2019 film)

Boomerang is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film written and directed by R. Kannan; the film features Atharvaa, Megha Akash and Indhuja Ravichandran in the lead roles, while Upen Patel plays an antagonistic role alongside Sathish, RJ Balaji in supporting roles. The music was composed by Radhan with cinematography by editing by R. K. Selva; the film released on 8 March 2019. The movie begins with a patient being rushed to the operation theater; the patient is revealed to be Siva. It is told that Siva's face was damaged in a fire accident and that the doctors think that a face transplant is the only way out to rectify his facial deformities. At the same moment, another patient, Shakthi, is admitted in the hospital, he is declared brain dead, doctors request his mother, Gowri Tiruselvan, to donate his organs. Upon hearing the pleas of Siva's parents, she relents, Siva's face is swapped with that of Shakthi's. Siva, who gets a new lease of life, plans to start a business to take care of his family.

Little did. After getting attacked by some strangers a couple of times, Siva realizes that someone is after his life. Following a third attempt on his life and his friend Gopal realize that the troublemakers could be targeting his face and not him in particular, as not many were aware of his face transplantation surgery. Siva learns from Gowri that his face donor was not her son, from another friend, that this person hailed from a Village near Trichy. Siva sets out to Trichy with his girlfriend Gigi to know Shakthi's whereabouts. In a parallel storyline, it is revealed that Gigi had rejected Siva earlier, during the course of the train journey, Siva reveals his true identity. Gigi asks for his forgiveness, after which the two reconcile. In Trichy and Gopal go about trying to find out more about Shakthi, when yet another attempt is made on Siva's life. While chasing the perpetrators by car, Siva accidentally knocks down a person on the road. Out of guilt, Siva admits the person in a hospital, there they meet Maya, who narrates Shakthi's life to them and tells them why people are after Siva.

Shakthi, along with his friend Shanmugam and Maya, used to work for a multinational company. Due to some internal conflicts, the three are sacked from their jobs, along with many others. Shakthi gets frustrated and decides to go back to his village and do farming instead of continuing in the IT industry. Shakthi and his friends face resistance in the form of the local councillor, insisting on all farmers selling their lands to him for money instead of continuing agriculture, he instigates Shakthi's father against his own son, but in a public meeting with the villagers, Shakthi and Maya convince the villagers to help them unite a dry river in their village with an overflowing river in a village 20 kms away, by building a canal. The reason being shown is that the said river has a surplus amount of water and floods that village during monsoon, the idea is to use the excess water by means of the canal for farming; the villagers, pleased with idea, offer their support to Shakthi. Shakthi and his friends face tough challenges in the form the government officials and the local police, but overcoming all struggles, the trio, supported by the villagers, protests in front of the district collector's office to obtain permission for constructing the canal.

Things go awry when two goons enter the crowd in disguise and incite violence, thus forcing the police to charge on them. Miffed about the nuisance, the collector argues, but after hearing out Shakthi and his friends, he relents and gives permission; the trio and the villagers begin work in full earnest. While the work is going on, a sudden landslide occurs, in a bid to escape, a lot of people get buried underneath and lose their lives, including Shanmugam. In the present day, Maya reveals, she tells that Shakthi felt guilty of indirectly causing so much life loss. Intrigued, Siva requests Maya to tell more about the river interlinking project. Shakthi's laptop is locked, upon seeing a face recognition option, Siva unlocks it using his newly-obtained face; the laptop contains details about various people supporting Shakthi and his friends in the initiative, including residents of that neighboring village. It contains an unsent mail addressed to Maya. In an attached clip, a video reveals Shakthi's final moments.

After finding out about a bomb that triggered the landslide, Shakthi rushes to the Sub-Inspector and urges him to take action. The Sub-Inspector takes Shakthi to Sooraj, it is revealed that Sooraj caused Shakthi and his friends to lose their jobs and face trouble from the local government and police. The goons at the collector office too are revealed to be henchmen sent by Sooraj, who has the councillor on his payroll. Sooraj wanted hence, caused so much trouble. In the ensuing fight, the Sub-Inspector gets killed, while Shakthi gets grievously injured but somehow escapes from Sooraj before the latter tries to kill him. After escaping in a lorry, Shakthi attempts to send it to Maya. Siva is touched by Shakthi's past st

2004–05 Regional One-Day Competition

The 2004–05 Regional One-Day Competition was the 31st edition of the Regional Super50, the domestic limited-overs cricket competition for the countries of the West Indies Cricket Board. The naming rights sponsor for the previous seven seasons, Red Stripe, did not renew their contract, and, in lieu of a replacement, the competition was unbranded for the first time in its history. For the first time since the 1995–96 season, the competition did not feature any invitational teams, with only the six regular teams of West Indian cricket competing; the round-robin stage was played with the semi-finals and final all played in Barbados. The round-robin was marked by its evenness, with the top four teams all finishing with three wins and two losses. Trinidad and Tobago defeated Guyana in the final to win their seventh domestic one-day title. Leeward Islands batsman Runako Morton led the tournament in runs, while Trinidad and Tobago's Imran Jan took the most wickets; the top five run scorers are included in this table.

Source: CricketArchive The top five wicket takers are listed in this table, listed by wickets taken and by bowling average. Source: CricketArchive