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Homagama is a town in the Colombo District, Sri Lanka, about 24 kilometres south-east of Colombo. The Homagama Pradeshiya Sabha consists of the Homagama divisional secretariat and 10 GN division of Padukka DS division; the total Land area is. The Pradeshiya Sabha was established under act No 15 of 1987, has the highest population of any pradeshiya sabha area in Sri Lanka, it is home to notable places such as the campus of the National School of Business Management, Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology, the Panagoda Cantonment, Upali Newspapers, Mahinda Rajapaksa College Homagama, St. Michael's College, the Sri lanka Buddhist and Pali University, Ceylon Biscuits Limited and the Laxapana Battery Company. Data is drawn from the 2012 national census. Homagama sits along the A4 Highway connecting it beyond; the town is served by two rail lines with 66 trains a day connecting Homagama's two rail stations with Maradana and Avissawella. Homagama is served by a significant bus service both internally and as through-routes: Through-routes 69 - Maharagama - Kandy, Hatton - Ampara 99 - Colombo - Badulla - Welimada - Passara 122 - Colombo - Avissawella - Ratnapura - Embilipitiya - Sooriyawewa - Rakwana - Sewanagala - Urubokka 124 - Maharagama - Ihala Bope 125 - Pettah - Padukka - Ingiriya 128 - Kottawa - Kiriwattuduwa - Yakahaluwa 128/1 - Maharagama - Munamalewatta 129 - Kottawa - Moragahahena 138/4 Henegama - Pettah 138/128 Thalagala - Pettah 366/138 Dimuthulanda - PettahRoutes originating from/terminating at Homagama 126 - NSBM 128 - Kottawa - Thalagala 128/1 - Maharagama - Munamalewatte 128/2 - Temple Junction 128/3 - Govijanapadaya 128/6 - Kuruduwatte 138 - Pettah 149 - Piliyandala via 203 - Horagala 219 - Hanwella 293 - Hanwella 299 - Lenegala 299/1 - Nawalamulla 299/2 - Walpita 308 - Maharagama 313 - Kalubowila 366 - Halbarawa 366/1 - Horagala 392 - Migodadeniya 697 - Kaduwela 698 - Kaduwela


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Kontra-Punkte is a composition for ten instruments by Karlheinz Stockhausen which resolves contrasts among six instrumental timbres, as well as extremes of note values and dynamic levels, into a homogeneous ending texture. Stockhausen described it: "Counter-Points: a series of the most concealed and the most conspicuous transformations and renewals—with no predictable end; the same thing is never heard twice. Yet there is a distinct feeling of never falling out of an unmistakable construction of the utmost homogeneity. An underlying force that holds things together—related proportions: a structure. Not the same Gestalten in a changing light, but rather this: various Gestalten in the same light, that permeates everything". The first, untitled version, written in 1952–53, was a sparse-textured, "punctual" composition scored for flute, E-flat clarinet, contrabass clarinet, trumpet, contrabass tuba, piano four hands, harp and double bass; this score was immediately rejected by the composer, who created a new version in the spring of 1953 for flute, clarinet in A, bass clarinet, trumpet, piano, harp and cello.

This version has the distinction of being "Nr. 1" in the composer's catalog of works, although the Klavierstücke I–IV, designated "Nr. 2", were composed in the previous year. The hyphenated title signifies a "counter-action" against the punctual style in vogue in the early 1950s, an action embodied in the composition itself as a process of transforming dissociated "points" into cohesive "groups" of notes, therefore from an static condition to an audibly dynamic one; the title implies a criticism of Stockhausen's own earlier composition Punkte, as well as of his friend Pierre Boulez's 1951 work Polyphonie X—a criticism for which Boulez seems to have forgiven Stockhausen. Kontra-Punkte was first performed during the ISCM World Music Days in Cologne on 26 May 1953 by members of the WDR Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hermann Scherchen; this performance, was only of the first two-thirds of the work, owing to lack of sufficient time for the pianist to prepare the difficult closing part. That same year, Scherchen conducted the first complete performance on a Domaine musical concert in Paris.

One review of the 1953 premiere reported that Scherchen repeated the piece because, shortly after the beginning of the first performance, the pianist had gotten two bars behind, despite being assisted by the composer "who from time to time played a note not within the capacity of ten fingers but required by the score". Somewhat confusingly, an earlier, orchestral work by Stockhausen was titled "Kontrapunkte"; this work, suppressed by the composer at the time on grounds that it was unplayable, was drastically recomposed in 1962 and issued under the title Punkte, by which name the original work is now called. "A'punctual' ensemble style using ten soloists divided into six sound groups is transformed irregularly but into a soloistic style articulated by'groups' focussing on the piano part". This version adds progressively longer insertions of denser note groups in single instruments, while at the same time replacing more and more long notes with groups of rapid, shorter ones in a technique called Ausmultiplikation.

This gradual erosion of the sparse texture, reflected in the hyphenated title, complements three parallel processes present in the first version: the heterogeneous timbres of the full ensemble are reduced to the "monochrome" of the solo piano. This unidirectional process has been compared on the one hand to that of Maurice Ravel's Boléro, on the other to Haydn's "Farewell" Symphony. Countless minor changes have been introduced in subsequent revisions, the last of which, in January 2004, replaced the A clarinet with the B-flat instrument. In chronological order of recording. Les Concerts du Domaine Musical: IVe Concert—Saison 1956. Anton Webern: Symphonie op. 21. 13. Luigi Nono: Incontri. Karlheinz Stockhausen: Kontra-Punkte. Pierre Boulez: Le marteau sans maitre. Solistes du Domaine Musical. LP recording, 1 sound disc: 33⅓ rpm, monaural, 30 cm. Series: Présence de la musique contemporaine: Serie artistique. Vega C 30 A 66.: Vega, 1956. Reissued on CD1 of: Pierre Boulez: Le Domaine Musical, 1956–1967.

Vol. 1. CD recording, 5 sound discs: digital, stereo, 12 cm. Accord 476 9209: 476 8858, 476 8859, 476 8860, 476 8861, 476 9210.: Accord. The New Music. Karlheinz Stockhausen: Kontra-Punkte. Frederic Rzewski, piano. LP recording, 1 sound disc: analog, 33⅓ rpm, stereo, 30 cm. RCA Victrola VICS 1239. New York, N. Y.: RCA Victrola, 1967. Reissued as Musica Nova vol. 1. LP recording. RCA 940044.: RCA France, 1969. Issued as disc 2 of 3-LP set: La Musica Nuova. LP recording, 3 sound discs: analog, 33⅓ rpm, stereo, 30 cm. RCA Italiana SLD-61005.

Huang Ai

Huang Ai better known by his pen name Huang Yushi, was a Chinese translator. He is among the first few in China who translated the works of Charles Dickens's into Chinese language. Huang was born in Zhongxiang, Hubei in 1919, he graduated from Tsinghua University in 1950. After graduation, Huang worked in the People's Literature Publishing House, he translated Selected Works of Mao Zedong from Chinese to English in 1950s. Selected Works of Mao Zedong Oliver Twist The Shipwreck The Way of All Flesh Rainbow Joseph Conrad A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Chinese Translation Association - Senior Translator Huang has a son, Huang Yisi, who a translator

The Journal of Pediatrics

The Journal of Pediatrics is a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal that covers all aspects of pediatrics. It is published by Elsevier. Although it was affiliated with the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is associated with the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs; the journal is abstracted and indexed in Scopus, PubMed, MEDLINE. In 2015, according to the Journal Citation Reports, The Journal of Pediatrics had an impact factor of 3.890, ranking it 6th out of 120 journals in the category "Pediatrics". The Journal of Pediatrics was established in 1932 by the American Academy of Pediatrics and was published through a partnership with C. V. Mosby; this partnership ended in 1947 when the academy launched Pediatrics, citing their desire to have sole responsibility for all aspects of publishing their own society journal. The Journal of Pediatrics remained unaffiliated with any other medical society until 2001, when the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs began publishing a monthly feature in it.

Since July 1947, the journal has been governed by its own editorial board, which has sole responsibility for creating and maintaining editorial policy. Due to the expanding international scope, an international advisory panel was added to the editorial board in 1999; the following persons have been or serve as editor-in-chief: Borden S. Veeder and Hugh McCulloch Borden S. Veeder Waldo E. Nelson Joseph M. Garfunkel William F. Balistreri Official website Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs