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Worldcon

Worldcon, or more formally the World Science Fiction Convention, the annual convention of the World Science Fiction Society, is a science fiction convention. It has been held each year since 1939; the members of each Worldcon are the members of WSFS, vote both to select the site of the Worldcon two years and to select the winners of the annual Hugo Awards, which are presented at each convention. Activities and events at the convention include: Activities to support fan and external charities Art show presenting paintings, drawings and other work on science fiction and fantasy themes Autographing sessions, literary beer or coffee-with meet-ups, "Walks with the Stars", other chances to meet favorite science fiction and fantasy professionals. Awards ceremonies: Hugo Awards, John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book Chesley Awards Costuming - both formal competition and casual "hall costumes" or cosplay Dancing - one or more dances with live music or a DJ Exhibits - including photos of prominent fans and authors, historical displays, information about space and science, local information and more Huckster room, the fan term for a dealers' or vendors' room - a large hall full where fans can buy books, games, comic books, jewelry and other goods Fan lounge - A place for reading, contributing to and talking about fanzines Fan tables - where fan organizations and representatives of other conventions promote their groups Filk and other musical performances, music circles, workshops Films - an independent film festival, other film rooms showing science fiction movies, television shows, etc.

Gaming - live-action and tabletop board games, card games, role-playing games Live theatrical performances Panel discussions on a wide range of topics pertaining to speculative fiction literature. Selection of the recipients is by vote of the Worldcon members. Categories include novels and short fiction, dramatic presentations, various professional and fandom activities. Other awards may be presented at Worldcon at the discretion of the individual convention committee; this has included the national SF awards of the host country, including the Japanese Seiun Awards as part of Nippon 2007, the Prix Aurora Awards as part of Anticipation in 2009. The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the Sidewise Award, though not sponsored by the Worldcon, are presented, as well as the Chesley Awards, the Prometheus Award, others; each Worldcon committee selects a number of guests of honor for the convention. There is an author and a fan guest of honor. Many conventions have artist and science guests, most have a toastmaster for major events, such as the opening and closing ceremonies and the Hugo award ceremony.

A few conventions have had two or three author guests. While other conventions may select guests on the basis of current popularity, Worldcons select guests of honor as an acknowledgement of significant lifetime contribution to the field. Selection is treated by authors and others as a recognition of lifetime achievement; as such, the tradition is to award it only to those who have been making significant contributions for at least 20 years. Guests of honor receive travel expenses, a small per diem from the convention, but no speaking fees. In order to announce guests after site selection, Worldcon bid committees select one or more guests before the site selection vote. Fans consider it inappropriate for bids to compete on the basis of their chosen guests, so bids do not reveal who their guests are until after the vote, losing bids never reveal who they invited; this is treated with the same discretion as the Hugo Awards, where only a few people might know in advance who the guests will be. The name "Worldcon" is owned by the World Science Fiction Society, an unincorporated literary society whose purpose is to promote interest in science fiction.

WSFS has no standing officers, only small standing committees, a large membership composed of the members of the current Worldcon. Its main activities are running the selection process for various awards; the conven

Dar al-Manasir

Dar al-Manasir is the region of the Fourth Cataract, the most impassable of all rapids of the Nile. It is the homeland of the Arab tribe of the Manasir. Still today the water rapids cannot be crossed by any large boats making the region accessible only via a sandy and rocky desert track. At the height of the Island of Muqrat the Nile river is blocked from its northward course taking a sharp turn SSW for 280 kilometres before continuing to flow north. In the middle of this S-shape between the Bayudah Desert to the south and the Nubian Desert to the north, the Nile is forced by the topography to split up into a multitude of tributaries forming a fertile river oasis of small rocky islands described by the traveller GRAY with the following words: "Whereas in the Nile Valley is confined to the belt on two banks on which the river has deposited silt, in this cataract area, where islands are scattered like a flock of goats, the number of silt-covered river banks in any given 10 kilometres may be up to a dozen".

Dar al-Manasir will be successively flooded by the Merowe Dam project. Dar al-Manasir is confined by the upstream living Rubatab tribe in the area of Abu Hamed and the downstream Shaiqiyah tribe past the village of Birti. Dar al-Manasir is covering a distance of 130 km along the Nile with most villages lined up along the left river bank called "Western side", but the heart of Dar al-Manasir consists of twelve of them permanently inhabited. The climate is arid with an annual rainfall of about 50 mm in good years; the exact amount and spatial distribution of the precipitation during the rainy season in the months of August until October is variable and therefore unpredictable. The rainy season coincides with the flood season of the Nile; the Manasir pursue small scale agriculture in the immediate vicinity of the Nile. Tiny pockets of alluvial sediments and the seasonally inundated riverside land are intensively irrigated and cultivated; the most important cash crops of the region are dates. During good rainy seasons, in which grazing grounds are abundant, many male Manasir join members of their tribe in the adjacent Bayudah Desert.

Politically Dar al-Manasir belongs to the River Nile state. The administrative centre with the only local run police station, branch of the Agricultural Bank and Secondary Schools for both sexes is Shiri on Shiri Island. Dar al-Manasir is among the most neglected areas in Northern Sudan. Apart from basic educational institutions no public infrastructure such as tarred roads, bridges or ferry boats and hospitals exist, but the Manasir are aware of advantages of this situation and describe them in terms of exceptional safety and honesty, untainted beauty of their country and cleanness of the water which they drink straight out of the Nile. The landscape, described by Innes as "most barren and the most beautiful" along the Nile, is rocky and referred by the inhabitants as "our rocks". Dar al-Manasir with all its villages and agricultural land will be successively flooded in the coming months by the Merowe Dam project, its residents are going to be moved, but the exact relocation area is still not clear and a matter of ongoing discussion.

Date cultivation in Dar al-Manasir Gray, T.: "The Fourth Cataract". In: Sudan Notes and Records, Vol.30, p. 120-121. Innes, N. MCL.: "The Monasir Country". In: Sudan Notes and Records, Vol.14, p. 185-191. Lagnah al-Tanfidhiyah lil-Muta'thirin: Khasan al-Hamdab wa Qissah Tahgir Ahali al-Manasir. 20 p. Salih, A. M.: The Manasir of the Northern Sudan: Land and People. A Riverain Society and Resource Scarcity. 282 p. Al-Hakem, A. M. A.: "Merowe High Dam and its Impacts". In: Kush XVI, 25 p. Beck. K.: "Wer kennt schon Hamdab? Ein Staudammvorhaben im Sudan". In: Pörtge, K.-H.: Forschungen im Sudan. Erfurter Geographische Studien, Bd.5, pp. 79–88. Beck, K.: "Escaping from the Narrow Confines – Returning to Tight Communities. Manasir Labour Migration from the Area of the Fourth Nile Cataract". In: Hahn, H. P. & G. Spittler: Afrika und die Globalisierung, pp. 201–211. Beck, K.: "Die Aneignung der Maschine". In: Kohl, K.-H. & N. Schafhausen: New Heimat. Katalog zur Ausstellung im Frankfurter Kunstverein, pp. 66–77. Cavendish, M. W.: "The Custom of Placing Pebbles on Nubian Graves".

In: Sudan Notes and Records, Vol.47. Pp. 151–156. Corkill N. L.: "Weight Equivalent of Sudan Foods sold by Measures of Capacity". In: Sudan Notes and Records, Vol.29, pp. 126–127. Crowfoot, J. W.: "Customs of the Rubatab". In: Sudan Notes and Records, Vol.1. Pp. 119–134. Gray, T.: "The Fourth Cataract". In: Sudan Notes and Records, Vol.30, p. 120-121. Innes, N. McL.: "The Monasir Country". In: Sudan Notes and Records, Vol.14, pp. 185–191. Jackson, H. C.: "A Trek in Abu Hamed District". In: Sudan Notes and Records, Vol.9 No.2, pp. 1–35. Lagnah aL-Tanfidhiyah lil-Muta'thirin: Khasan al-Hamdab wa Qissah Tahgir Ahali al-Manasir. Pp. 20 Leach, T. A.: "Date-Trees in Halfa Province". In: Sudan Notes and Records, Vol.2, pp. 98–104. Nicholls, W.: "The Sakia in Dongola Province". In: Sudan Notes and Records, Vol.1. Pp. 21–24. Bashir, al-N. T

Dream Girl (TV series)

Dream Girl is an Indian television drama show, which premiered on 9 March 2015 on Life OK. The show produced under Shashi Sumeet Mittal Productions, it starred Shraddha Arya and Nikita Dutta as female lead, while Mohsin Khan and Sudeep Sahir as male lead, Kunal Verma and Khalid Siddiqui plays pivotal role. The show went off air on 4 March 2016; the story follows arpimd Lakshmi Mathur a small town young woman from Jodhpur, who nurtures the dream of being India's next Dreamgirl and becoming the main heroine of Navrang Studios. Navrang is owned by a prestigious film family residing in the plush Pali hill, Mumbai. Lakshmi comes to Mumbai to fulfil her dreams. During the process she finds herself in love with Samar Sareen, the second son of the Sareens in disguise of, they both confess their love to each other. On the other hand, the current Dreamgirl, Ayesha Sareen, a cunning and ambitious woman, is overprotective of her power and title, she wants to be India's one and only dreamgirl. She doesn't want anyone else to replace her.

All these years, she was safe because no other girl spark like her. But when Lakshmi comes, she gets to know. Lakshmi tries to prove her acting skills to Ayesha time and time again, she does everything she can, to keep Lakshmi away from the Dreamgirl title and Samar Sareen, Ayesha's brother-in-law as she gets to know that Samar and Lakshmi love each other. Samar has a lot of faith in his so-called'Bhabhi'. Ayesha throws a lot of challenges in Lakshmi's life. Lakshmi overcomes all of them and sees that Ayesha is insecure of her. Ayesha in the process to keep Lakshmi away from her Sareen house tells her brother Karan that Lakshmi loves him. All these misunderstandings take place and both Samar and Lakshmi clear all them and prepare for their wedding, and in this process finds out the "Real Ayesha", a cunning girl. Ayesha transfers all the rights on the property of Navarang to her name and succeeds. After Lakshmi's and Samar's wedding, their set property is set on fire and Manav and Karan go to the set to extinguish the fire.

However and Manav die due to a car crash, while Samar' body is recovered, Manav's body is not found. The Sareen family come to know, they find out Ayesha'dark secret' who in fact is her twin sister, Aarti. They use Aarti to fight back against Ayesha for their studio. Aarti impersonates Ayesha and tells all the investors that she will pay all their money along with interest to them. There is a new entry in Raghu; the story shows Ayesha trying to impress Raghu. Aarti tries to get Navrang back to its former glory. Ayesha marries Raghu by deceiving everyone, pretending to be Aarti as Aarti and Raghu fall in love after many meetings where Raghu thinks that Aarti is Ayesha and he finds out that it is Aarti instead. Aarti's face is burned and no one can tell which one is Ayesha or Aarti. Aarti is planning to take revenge on Ayesha. Ayesha has always caused Aarti pain and harm. Now, Aarti has a new face and she appears as a strong character and fights against Aarti to reveal her truth to everyone. After a few upturns and twists, Ayesha's truth is revealed to everyone by Aarti as'Shikha' and Raghu.

But, Ayesha cunningly starts pretending as if she's lost her 4-5 year's memory and as a result, the police can't arrest her until her recovery. So, she is allowed to stay in the Sareen House. In the meanwhile and Raghu get married and soon have a girl child. Ayesha has her own intentions and as she gets the opportunity, she steals Aarti and Raghu's daughter and escapes with the child, leaving her career and dreamgirl title for one single motive-to make the baby girl her own daughter and, to train the child, as the next DREAMGIRL. Nikita Dutta as Lakshmi Samar Sareen – Samar's widow, Karan's love interest and Rishi Mathur's daughter Shraddha Arya as Ayesha Manav Sareen/Ayesha Raghav Rastogi – Karan's elder sister, Aarti's twin sister, Manav's widow and Raghu's first/ex-wife Shraddha Arya as Aarti Roy – Aarti's twin sister and Karan's elder sister Megha Gupta as Aarti Raghav Rastogi – Karan's elder sister, Ayesha's twin sister and Raghu's second wife Sudeep Sahir as Raghav "Raghu" Rastogi – Ayesha's second/ex-husband and Aarti's husband Mohsin Khan as Samar Sareen – Manav's younger brother and Lakshmi's husband Khalid Siddiqui as Manav Sareen – Samar's elder brother and Ayesha's first husband Kunal Verma as Karan Roy – Ayesha and Aarti's younger brother Alina Kumar as Tanya Purvi Mundada as Richa Virendra Singh as Rishi Mathur – Lakshmi's father Aparna Kumar as Nandini Thakur Chaitanya Choudhury as Abhimanyu Rukhsar Rehman as Amrita Geeta Tyagi as Shanti Mathur/Bua Ji – Lakshmi's aunt and Rishi Mathur's sister The series is set in Jodhpur and Mumb

1994 Marshall Thundering Herd football team

The 1994 Marshall Thundering Herd football team represented Marshall University in the 1994 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The team advanced to the Semifinals of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs, where they lost to Boise State. Marshall went undefeated at home during the regular season and lost one game on the road to Appalachian State. Marshall's 7–1 conference record earned them the Southern Conference championship. By winning the Southern Conference championship, Marshall was awarded a bid in the 1994 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. Marshall defeated Middle Tennessee State and James Madison in Huntington before falling to Boise State in Boise in the semifinal game. During the James Madison playoff game Marshall cornerback Melvin Cunningham set a 1-AA playoff record with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown. William Pannell, 1st Team All-Southern Conference Travis Colquitt. 1st Team All-Southern Conference Shannon Morrison, 1st Team All-Southern Conference Billy Lyon, 1st Team All-Southern Conference Jamie Wilson, 2nd Team All-Southern Conference David Merrick, 2nd Team All-Southern Conference

32nd Cairo International Film Festival

The 32nd annual Cairo International Film Festival was held from November 18 to November 28, 2008. Spanish director Imanol Uribe was the President of the Jury; the following films competed for the Golden Pyramid. The following films were screened in the Digital Competition for Feature Films category; the following films were screened in the Arab Competition for Feature Films category. The following films were screened out of the competition; the winners of the 2008 Cairo International Film Festival were: Golden Pyramid: Retorno a Hansala by Chus Gutiérrez Sliver Pyramid: Los by Jan Verheyen Best Director: Pernille Fischer Christensen for Dansen Saad El-Din Wahba Prize: Bram Renders for Los Safy Nebbou & Cyril Gomez-Mathieu for L'empreinte de l'ange Best Actor: Juan Diego Botto for El Greco Best Actress: Yolande Moreau for Séraphine Naguib Mahfouz Prize: Safy Nebbou for L'empreite de l'ange Youssef Chahine Prize: Oliver Pavlus for Tandoori Love Special Mention: Finding Shangri-La by Ismene Ting Los girasoles ciegos by José Luis Cuerda Best Arabic Film: Mascarades by Lyes Salem Best Arabic Screenplay: Rachid Masharawy for Laila's Birthday Basra for Ahmed Rashwan Golden Award for Digital Films: Nokta by Derviş Zaim Silver Award for Digital Films: Goodbye by Bunyo Kimura FIPRESCI Prize: Chus Gutiérrez for Retorno a Hansala Official Cairo International Festival Site Cairo International Film Festival:2008 at Internet Movie Database

Sascha Rothchild

Sascha Rothchild is an American writer. Rothchild is one of three siblings, her father, John Rothchild, is a well-known non-fiction writer and her mother, Susan Rothchild, is the daughter of 21 Club founder Charlie Berns. She attended Boston College and graduated with honors in 1998, she moved to Los Angeles and began her writing career. She lives in Los Angeles. Rothchild was featured reading from her teen diary at the stage show, Mortified, on This American Life, My Experimental Phase episode, her segment "Miami Vices" is on the This American Life best of Hope and Fear. Rothchild was featured on This American Life on Showtime, episode titled Growth Spurt. Rothchild writes scripted television, such as The Carrie Diaries, she blogged about relationships for Psychology Today Magazine and Huffington Post. Her LA Weekly article "How To Get Divorced By 30" about her failed starter marriage, spawned a memoir published by Penguin, her work appeared in CNN living. Rothchild is a Supervising Producer and writer on the hit Netflix series GLOW.

How To Get Divorced By 30, January 2010. ISBN 978-0-452-29599-5 "INTERVIEW WITH SASCHA ROTHCHILD: HOW TO GET DIVORCED BY 30: MY MISGUIDED ATTEMPT AT A STARTER MARRIAGE", Jen Schwartz, Divorce Candy FEB 04, 2010 "Q&A: Sascha Rothchild, author of How to Get Divorced by 30", Miami Herald, Connie Ogle, January 27, 2010 Q&A with Sascha Rothchild at the Powerhouse Arena, NY. Sascha Rothchild website This American Life This American Life This American Life Psychology Today Magazine The Penguin Group Penguin blog "Sascha Rothchild Enters the Ninja", January 2, 2008