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United Nations Office at Nairobi

The United Nations Office at Nairobi is one of four major United Nations office sites where numerous different UN agencies have a joint presence. Established in 1996, it is the UN's headquarters in Africa; the United Nations Office at Nairobi hosts the global headquarters for two programmes: the United Nations Environmental Programme and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. In November 2004, the United Nations Security Council held a rare session at Nairobi to discuss the armed conflicts in southern and western Sudan that constituted a phase of the Second Sudanese Civil War; the meeting was convened at the urging of then-Ambassador John Danforth of the United States. The complex of buildings is located next to the Karura Forest in the Gigiri district of Nairobi, along United Nations Avenue, it stands across the street from the US Embassy in Kenya. The UN complex contains a'green' building, a energy and carbon-neutral building, housing UNEP and UN-Habitat offices; the building is the first of its kind in Africa, recycling water and using natural light to reduce reliance on artificial lighting.

In addition, the building is designed to use natural flow of air as a substitute to air conditioning, it contains solar panels to generate all the energy that the building might consume. It was opened on 31 March 2011 by Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki. Burned Trees, a series of sculptures designed by Monegasque artist Philippe Pastor aimed at drawing attention to forest conflagrations, has been exhibited continuously at the office since 2006; the office complex can be visited by the public, in the form of pre-booked, guided tours, provided by the UN Visitors' Service of Nairobi. Anyone interested has the opportunity to book a tour, during which one can learn about the history and work of the UN, while getting an opportunity to see the offices, including the above mentioned green building. Tours are available during office hours each day, in various languages. Headquartered at Nairobi: United Nations Environment Programme United Nations Human Settlements Programme Presence at Nairobi: Food and Agriculture Organization International Civil Aviation Organization International Labour Organization International Maritime Organization International Monetary Fund Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS United Nations Centre for Regional Development, Africa Office UN Women United Nations Development Programme United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization United Nations High Commission for Refugees United Nations Industrial Development Organization United Nations Children's Fund United Nations Common Air Services United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs United Nations Office for Project Services United Nations Political Office for Somalia United Nations Population Fund World Bank World Food Programme World Health OrganizationUNON hosts the annual East Africa Model United Nations Conference for secondary school and University students from East Africa.

UNON is headed by a Director-General, at the rank of Under-Secretary-General in the United Nations System. The Director-General is appointed by the Secretary General; the current Director-General is Maimunah Mohd Sharif. She is the Executive Director of UN-Habitat Klaus Töpfer, Germany, 1998–2006 Anna Tibaijuka, Tanzania, 2006–2009 Achim Steiner, Brazil, 2010–2011 Sahle-Work Zewde, Ethiopia, 2011–2018 Hanna Tetteh, Ghana, 2018–2019 Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Malaysia, 2019–Present United Nations Headquarters, New York City United Nations Office at Geneva United Nations Office at Vienna List of United Nations organizations by location United Nations Office at Nairobi

Lunches for Learning

Lunches for Learning provides a nutritious meal to the poor children in public schools and kindergartens within the Republic of Honduras. Children are coming to school to receive a meal, as well as the priceless gift of education and knowledge. Lunches for Learning, Inc is a 501 non-profit organization founded in 2004 and incorporated in 2005 by Ron Hicks. Lunches for Learning, Inc. is listed as an incorporated entity in the republic of Honduras, where it predominantly operates. The scope of the Lunches for Learning program is to help break the cycle of poverty in rural Honduras by providing nutrition and nutritional supplements to the impoverished children in public schools and kindergartens; the primary objective of the program is to permit children, who would otherwise have to leave school to seek food, to attend school and receive a basic six-grade academic education. Lunches for Learning provides and supplements a daily lunch for elementary school children by utilizing the cooperative efforts of individual contributors, corporate sponsorship, the government of Honduras.

The Lunches for Learning program accommodates 29 schools and 1,700 children. In the US, L4L's operations are predominantly staffed by volunteers under the leadership of an Executive Director. In Honduras, L4L employs local Honduran citizens who provide essential management and administration of their program in country. Both volunteers and employees in Honduras and the US are dedicated individuals, working efficiently to keep administrative and logistical costs low so that more hungry children can be fed. In addition to its main goal, Lunches for Learning helps build kitchens and assists World Food Program transport legumes, corn and cooking oil necessary for producing meals. Craig Simons, Chairman: As a graduate Electrical Engineer, Craig began his career in Technical Product Development leading to a 20-year career in Sales Management for a fortune 500 technology company. More he partnered with his wife, becoming COO of their Healthcare Recruiting & Staffing firm. Presently, Craig is active as an investor, coach and volunteer.

He is a leader in his church, an active Rotarian, a leader in a Job Networking Ministry, community supporter. Terry Taylor, Vice-Chairman:Mr. Taylor is the founder and President of Tight Line Drywall and Exteriors a construction firm located in Marietta Georgia, he has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry holding the position as Director of Sales for USG Corporation. He has lived in many parts of the country, moving from the west coast, to the mid-west to the south for various corporate career opportunities. In 1997 he moved his young family to Marietta Georgia where he assumed the role of Director of sales for North American Industrial products. In 2004 he began his entrepreneurial career investing in Tight Line. Terry has an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has a passion for faith based mission work, is active in his community and church. He sits on the board for Roswell Rotary and Lunches for Learning. Art Walsh, Secretary:Mr. Walsh retired from full-time employment but continues to provide consulting services to a few clients.

He was a senior executive with more than 40 years’ experience involving consulting, senior operating roles, project management, start-up/IPO management, M&A activities and divestitures. He has a strong background in finance and accounting, corporate governance, human resources management, information systems, office services, facilities management, cost management, legal matters and contract administration. Mr. Walsh helped form a 501 organization and held the Treasurer position on the Board. Mr. Walsh has been active in Roswell United Methodist Church, having served on the Finance Committee, the Grow Committee as a member and Chairperson, the Board of Stewards, the Space Allocation Committee and the Golf Committee. Mr. Walsh is a member of the Pastor Parish Relations Committee. Mr. Walsh graduated magna cum laude with a BBA in Accounting from Georgia State University. Jeff Bohman, Vice President and Treasurer: Vice President and partner with the consulting affiliate of Wilson Price, a large accounting firm in Alabama.

With more than 20 years of combined business and IT experience, Mr. Bohman provides leadership in areas of financial integrity, operation infrastructure, administration of L4L. Linda M. Browder, Director: Ms. Browder retired from Warren Averett CPA and Advisors where she was the Regional Director of Warren Averett Staffing & Recruiting, she is the former Human Resources Director of the Montgomery Advertiser, former Senior Human Resources Manager for MacMillan Bloedel, served as the Human Resources Director at Vaughan Regional Medical Center. She is the immediate Past President of a Paul Harris Fellow, she is a past member of Business Networking International and the Business Council for Troy University. Ms. Browder is the former President of the Society for Human Resources Management Montgomery Chapter and is serving as the Foundation Chairman, she is the former Board President of the Family Guidance Center of Alabama. Ms. Browder is a magna cum laude graduate of University of Southern Colorado and received her master's degree from the Troy University Executive program.

Jacque Digieso, Director:Mrs. Digieso is a retired educator, raised in a military family and traveled her whole life, she began her education at Agnes Scott College in Decatur and earned h

Cell junction

Cell junctions are a class of cellular structures consisting of multiprotein complexes that provide contact or adhesion between neighboring cells or between a cell and the extracellular matrix in animals. They maintain the paracellular barrier of epithelia and control paracellular transport. Cell junctions are abundant in epithelial tissues. Combined with cell adhesion molecules and extracellular matrix, cell junctions help hold animal cells together. Cell junctions are especially important in enabling communication between neighboring cells via specialized protein complexes called communicating junctions. Cell junctions are important in reducing stress placed upon cells. In plants, similar communication channels are known as plasmodesmata, in fungi they are called septal pores. In vertebrates, there are three major types of cell junction: Adherens junctions and hemidesmosomes Gap junctions Tight junctions Invertebrates have several other types of specific junctions, for example septate junctions or the C. elegans apical junction.

In multicellular plants, the structural functions of cell junctions are instead provided for by cell walls. The analogues of communicative cell junctions in plants are called plasmodesmata. Cells within tissues and organs must be anchored to one another and attached to components of the extracellular matrix. Cells have developed several types of junctional complexes to serve these functions, in each case, anchoring proteins extend through the plasma membrane to link cytoskeletal proteins in one cell to cytoskeletal proteins in neighboring cells as well as to proteins in the extracellular matrix. Three types of anchoring junctions are observed, differ from one another in the cytoskeletal protein anchor as well as the transmembrane linker protein that extends through the membrane: Anchoring-type junctions not only hold cells together but provide tissues with structural cohesion; these junctions are most abundant in tissues that are subject to constant mechanical stress such as skin and heart.

Desmosomes termed as maculae adherentes, can be visualized as rivets through the plasma membrane of adjacent cells. Intermediate filaments composed of keratin or desmin are attached to membrane-associated attachment proteins that form a dense plaque on the cytoplasmic face of the membrane. Cadherin molecules form the actual anchor by attaching to the cytoplasmic plaque, extending through the membrane and binding to cadherins coming through the membrane of the adjacent cell. Hemidesmosomes form rivet-like links between cytoskeleton and extracellular matrix components such as the basal laminae that underlie epithelia. Like desmosomes, they tie to intermediate filaments in the cytoplasm, but in contrast to desmosomes, their transmembrane anchors are integrins rather than cadherins. Adherens junctions share the characteristic of anchoring cells through their cytoplasmic actin filaments. To desmosomes and hemidesmosomes, their transmembrane anchors are composed of cadherins in those that anchor to other cells and integrins in those that anchor to extracellular matrix.

There is considerable morphologic diversity among adherens junctions. Those that tie cells to one another are seen as isolated streaks or spots, or as bands that encircle the cell; the band-type of adherens junctions is associated with bundles of actin filaments that encircle the cell just below the plasma membrane. Spot-like adherens junctions help cells adhere to extracellular matrix both in vivo and in vitro where they are called focal adhesions; the cytoskeletal actin filaments that tie into adherens junctions are contractile proteins and in addition to providing an anchoring function, adherens junctions are thought to participate in folding and bending of epithelial cell sheets. Thinking of the bands of actin filaments as being similar to'drawstrings' allows one to envision how contraction of the bands within a group of cells would distort the sheet into interesting patterns Communicating junctions, or gap junctions allow for direct chemical communication between adjacent cellular cytoplasm through diffusion without contact with the extracellular fluid.

This is possible due to six connexin proteins interacting to form a cylinder with a pore in the centre called a connexon. The connexon complexes stretches across the cell membrane and when two adjacent cell connexons interact, they form a complete gap junction channel. Connexon pores vary in size and therefore can be specific depending on the connexin proteins that constitute each individual connexon. Whilst variation in gap junction channels do occur, their structure remains standard, this interaction ensures efficient communication without the escape of molecules or ions to the extracellular fluid. Gap junctions play vital roles in the human body, including their role in the uniform contractile of the heart muscle, they are relevant in signal transfers in the brain, their absence shows a decreased cell density in the brain. Retinal and skin cells are dependent on gap junctions in cell differentiation and proliferation. Found in vertebrate epithelia, tight junctions act as barriers that regulate the movement of water and solutes between epithelial layers.

Tight junctions are classified as a paracellular barrier, defined as not having directional discrimination. There is evidence to suggest that the structures in which solutes pass through are somewhat like pores. Physiological pH plays a part in the selectivity of solutes passing through tight junctions with most tight junctions being selective for cations. Tight junctions present in differen

AM Taxi

AM Taxi is an American rock band from Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed by Adam Krier, Chris Smith, Jason Schultejann in 2007. After building a base in Chicago, AM Taxi was included on multiple US tours including Vans Warped Tour. Adam Krier-Vocals/Guitar Jason Schultejann-Bass Chris Smith-Drums/Back-Up Vocals Jay Marino-Guitar/Back-Up Vocals/Mandolin AM Taxi was known as American Taxi but changed AM Taxi because their original name was too similar to the bluegrass group, Great American Taxi; the band was started in May 2007 by Adam Krier and Jason Schultejann of Lucky Boys Confusion and Chris Smith. The trio recorded their first EP, Runaway Songs. Shortly thereafter and Luke Schmitt joined the band. AM Taxi was signed by Virgin Records in April 2009, they produced their first LP, "We Don't Stand A Chance" with producer Mike McCarthy in Austin. The album was released on June 9, 2010; as of March 2011, the group has split ways with Virgin Records. As of January 2012 Jay Marino joined on guitar as brothers John Schmitt & Luke Schmitt parted ways from the band.

In 2013 and 2014 AM Taxi released back to back EP's, “King of the Pond” & “Bastards of the Deep Blue Sea,” to be followed up in 2016 by the “Semi-Confessional” mixtape. Semi-Confessional was released only on cassette, but is now available digitally, it is a collection of past EP releases, alt versions, unreleased material, collaborations. AM Taxi released the album Shiver by Me on January 25, 2019. Runaway Songs The Mistake Dead Street Tanner Boyle Vs; the 7th Grade Shake Rattle and Stall Paper Covers Rock Maps And MedicineThe Good, The Bad and the Fed Up Fed Up Charissa The Mistake Champagne Toast Girl Song We Don't Stand A Chance Dead Street The Mistake Fed Up Charissa Tanner Boyle Vs. The 7th Grade Paper Covers Rock Maydays and Rosaries Shake and Stall Reckless Ways Woodpecker Champagne ToastKing of The Pond Central Standard TIme It's Only DuPage Wasteland Chelsea Sorry You're SickBastard of Deep Blue Sea I Don't Like Your Neighborhood Reckless in the Moonlight Frostbit SeamsSemi-Confessional Reckless in the Moonlight Enough to Feel Like Enough Stone Cold Virgo Lets Continue to Dig Epilogues Shake and Stall Bored and Raised Out on the Fire Escape Cant Talk My Way Into You It's Only Dupage WastelandShiver by Me Saint Jane Harpoon Movie About Your Life Swim Before You Sink Fighting in Cars L' patron Stuck Around Brandy Don't Let Me Down Minute Alone Shaken Over You Warsaw Blues Virgin Records.

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NACAC U23 Championships in Athletics

The NACAC U23 Championships in Athletics is an under-23 athletics competition held between the member associations of the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association. Rules and regulations were approved at an extraordinary meeting of the members attending the XVIII Central American and Caribbean Games in Maracaibo, Venezuela held on August 18, 1998. First, the competition was open for athletes aged under-25; the Congress held on the island of Grenada on July 3, 2003, resulted in the reduction of the age limit for its bi-annual championships to athletes under-23 years of age in the year of competition. The following list is assembled from the following sources. MenWomen ht = hand timing A = affected by altitude * Under-25 championship records List of North, Central American and Caribbean records in athletics Full list of NACAC U-23/U-25 winners

Subspace Encounter

Subspace Encounter is a 1983 science fiction novel by American writer E. E. Smith, a posthumously published sequel to his Subspace Explorers; the book describes two "spaces" that exist in the universe, each of three spatial dimensions, each occupied by human beings of equal technological standing. The people in the two "spaces" have no awareness of each other, but each has developed faster-than-light transportation that relies on navigation through a fourth dimension that the two spaces share. Through their joint use of the fourth dimension, psychics in the two spaces become aware of each other, meet to exchange technologies; the residents of one of the spaces use their superior weaponry and psychic abilities to help the residents of the other defeat a Hitler-like leader who plans to kill or enslave all those who do not belong to his "Garshan" race. The book was published twenty years after Smith's death, edited by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach