GLENDALE – The Armenian alphabet was created 1,600 years ago by Mesrop Mashtots, a monk, theologian and linguist who was interested in translating the Bible into his native tongue. The alphabet strengthened Armenia’s church and its kingdom and started a national literature that continues today. The Glendale Central Library opened Saturday a month-long display on the development of the Armenian alphabet, one of several planned for this month in the Glendale area. “What it’s made me realize is the significance of the book and the significance of writing to the Armenian culture,” said Nancy Hunt-Coffey, Glendale’s director of libraries. “It’s a tremendous infusion of resources that are in high demand,” Hunt-Coffey said. Today, the Alex Theatre will host a celebration of the 1,600th anniversary of the creation of the Armenian alphabet. The free program is presented by the Hamazkayin Educational & Cultural Society, and it will feature keynote speakers from UCLA and UC Berkeley and performances by dancers and musicians. On Oct. 6, His Holiness Aram I, the Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church, will visit the Homenetmen Glendale Ararat Chapter for the opening of its exhibition on the Armenian alphabet. The exhibition will be open to the public Oct. 7-9. “Since its creation, the letters were never changed or reformed, making the Armenian language one of the most extremely precise languages,” said Armond Gorgorian, executive director of the Homenetmen chapter. Homenetmen is an an international Armenian youth organization. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 email@example.com IF YOU GO: A display of Armentian arts and culture runs through Oct. 31 at the Glendale Central Library, 222 E. Harvard St. The Hamazkayin Educational & Cultural Society will present a Celebration of the 1,600th Anniversary of the Armenian Alphabet, 6 p.m. today at the Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Free. The Homenetmen art exhibition on the Armenian alphabet will open to the public Oct. 7-9 at Homenetmen’s Ararat Chapter, 3347 N. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles. His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, will mark the opening of the exhibit at an invitation-only ceremony at 7 p.m. Oct. 6. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Writing and the manuscripts are valued in the same way that we value priceless works of art. The writing is sort of inextricably tied to (Armenian) cultural development in the same way that the great artists are tied to western development.” The display features dozens of books and more than 50 pieces of art, including prints, sculptures and pottery. Material for the display comes from the Matenadaran book depository in Armenia. Armenian alphabet expert Nona Manoukian from the Glendale Public Library visited Matenadaran recently and brought back the material. The display, which runs through Oct. 31, also highlights the Glendale Public Library’s acquisition nearly a year ago of 12,500 Armenian books donated by the now-defunct American Armenian International College in La Verne. Librarians are still going through the collection and have begun putting some of the books on shelves. Some of the more academic books will go to local universities. The library had 4,000 Armenian books before the donation.
Dhaka: Myanmar on Monday expressed its readiness to take back Rohingya Muslims even as Bangladesh said the neighbouring country must earn the persecuted minority group’s trust for launching the repatriation process, amid fears of their fate once they returned to their homeland. The development came as a high-level Myanmar delegation visited the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar and talked to their representatives. “I asked them (Rohingyas) that this is the right time to consider whether they should go back or not, because we provided explanation to their key issues,” Myanmar’s Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Myint Thu, who led a 19-member delegation, told reporters in Dhaka. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Myanmar is ready to welcome the Rohingyas (back home)… but the only thing is they (Rohingyas) have to decide (about their return) by themselves,” Thu said. Bangladesh’s acting Foreign Secretary Kamrul Ahsan, who was also present at the briefing, however, said Naypyidaw must generate trust among the Rohingyas for their spontaneous return. “As long as confidence is not built up they (Rohingys) won’t go back,” he said. Ahsan added: “We (Bangladesh) won’t push back anyone forcibly”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSome 740,000 Rohingya fled a crackdown by Myanmar’s military in 2017 in Rakhine state and are living in camps in Cox’s Bazar. Myanmar has faced international pressure to allow the Rohingya to return to Rakhine and grant them citizenship rights. A 19-member Myanmar delegation in the last two days visited the Rohingya camps, one specially erected for Hindu residents of Rakhine who were also forced to flee their home along with the Rohingya Muslims. This was the third visit by a Myanmar delegation to the Rohingya camps, but this time they were accompanied by a 5-member ASEAN observer group during the interactions. Thu said during the interactions they tried to convince the Rohingyas to go back to Myanmar, saying the situation in their homeland in northern Rakhine is now better and called the discussion “very candid”. “Then we tried to build up trust between the community leaders and our delegation,” he said. Thu said they also showed fact-sheet to Rohingyas detailing the proposed repatriation process as well as their access to justice and access to education, health and social services. The top Myanmar foreign affairs bureaucrat said a part of the discussion was related to the Rohingya’s citizenship NVC card issues. Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, meanwhile, in a separate media interaction on Monday said Myanmar has expressed its plan for the first time to provide the Rohingyas the natural citizenship which he called a “major breakthrough”.
Rap impresario Jay-Z is changing the sports agent game and scaring the white establishment as he’s doing it. Big-time athletes are breaking ranks, signing with Beyonce’s husband’s agency, Roc Nation, not just because it’s cool to be on his team, but also because his business acumen is producing blockbuster results.People laughed and smirked when Jay-Z announced he was expanding his empire to athlete representation two years ago. Impressively, he leveraged his popularity as an artist to attain some of sports’ top young stars’ attention and is doing right by them in contact negotiations.Jigga Man is laughing now with his latest coup, signing Dallas Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant, who shunned agent Eugene Parker just as he is up for a new, mega-contract. Bryant’s reasons for the move mirror the thoughts of others who have shunned going with large, white firms for representation.He can relate to Jay-Z.“I feel like it fits me,” Bryant said to ESPNDallas.com. “It fits what I’m trying to do, what I’m trying to accomplish in life. I want to be the best that I can possibly be. It ain’t about a contract. It’s about me branding myself and being an icon for these kids. I love kids and they look up to me.“I come from dirt — point blank, period — and every day I’m writing my story and it’s getting better. I feel like they were the best choice for me. They can help me get to where I want to be. That’s what it is.”One person not laughing is Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who also serves as general manager. He reportedly talked Bryant out of hiring Roc Nation in the summer and was “not happy” when Bryant went against his wishes last week. It is unclear why Jones did not want the receiver to join Jay-Z’s agency. Jones dealt with Parker, who also is Black.Whatever the case, Jay-Z wins, and so his quest to be a mega-player in the agency game climbs another rung, even while many root against him. It will be interesting to see how negotiations between Jones and Roc Nation go, as Bryant has earned the right to a new contact around $12 million a season, which would be commensurate with his status as one of the elite receivers in the NFL.“I’d be highly disappointed,” Bryant said, if he did not get a max deal. Almost any agent could accomplish that; he’s deserving. It’s the outside-football exposure and endorsements where Roc Nation can up the ante for Bryant.Roc Nation has only 12 sports clients for now, and they include some of the athletic world’s top performers. Significantly, Jay-Z and Co. negotiated a 10-year, $240-million deal for Robinson Cano when he left the New York Yankees for the Seattle Mariners—an enormous deal that set Roc Nation in flight.Also on the Roc Nation team is NBA superstar Kevin Durant. Jay-Z earned its most significant deal for the Oklahoma City Thunder forward, an endorsement package with sneaker and athletic apparel giant Nike that could peak at $300 million. How Roc Nation pulled off the bonanza was as impressive as the numbers.It smartly pitted and created a bidding war between Nike and rising Under Armour, which Roc Nation knew was eager to make a splash in the endorsement world by stealing away Durant. The story goes that Nike offered $20 million a year for Durant. Jay-Z took that number to Under Armour, which offered about $26 million, intent on overtaking its competitor.But Nike flexed its muscle and offered $30 million a year, giving Roc Nation a landmark deal that shows other athletes, like Bryant, its negotiating power and legitimacy. Beyond that, there is speculation that Durant never had any intentions of leaving Nike—he took less in his previous contract instead of fleeing to Adidas.Other Roc Nation clients include WNBA star Skylar Diggins, New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith, Detroit Lion lineman Ndamukon Suh and New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz, among others. Don’t be surprised if that client list rapidly increases.Curtis Bunn is a best-selling novelist and national award-winning sports journalist who has worked at The Washington Times, NY Newsday, The New York Daily News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In the two months since it launched the “Save Paste” campaign, ailing Decatur, Georgia-based music magazine Paste has raised more than $250,000 from approximately 10,000 donations—enough to keep the magazine in business.“We’ve published two issues since the campaign began, sent a third to the printer and are seeing advertising pick up for the fall and expect to be around for a long time,” publisher Nick Purdy wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. The campaign officially closes this month, he said.In May, Paste said it was cash-strapped and in crisis as ad dollars declined dramatically. Through the first week, the campaign raised $166,000. At the time, Paste said it needed an additional $134,000—or a total $300,000—to “take care of bills that spiraled up during the ad slump.” Paste said it implemented several cost-cutting measures, including a 20 percent pay cut, leasing out office space and eliminating all “non-essential travel.”Paste hopes to reinstate salaries before the end of the year, Purdy said.In addition to the campaign, Purdy said Paste is talking with investors “who want to get involved and help accelerate our growth.”
Youtube screengrabThe IIT-JEE has always been a source of nightmare for a majority of Indian students studying in classes 11 and 12. The intimidation they face as well as the pressure makes the teenagers want to run the other way.Clearing the JEE is the first step to get into the Indian Institute of Technology, which the most prestigious university in India.Surprisingly, Australian professors who took a look at the JEE question papers also called the questions “tricky and intimidating”.A video of Australian professors reacting to the questions went viral on social media, with the professors talking about how intimidating the questions were and that the test was literally a race against time. Six Australian professors, including two of Indian origin, were interviewed for the video, posted by a YouTuber, ‘Tibees’.In the video, a Chemistry professor, Dr James Hutchison, said that he will be surprised if a school going student will not find the questions intimidating since he found them slightly so. “I’d probably, you know, leave the exam room crying if I was in year 12 and I had to do this. Yeah, good luck, good luck,” he said.He added that the topics discussed in the examination are usually taught at the university level.Professor Barry Hughes, a mathematician, pointed out how answering the questions was a race against time. He also spoke about access to training for these types of examinations.”We all know that in any educational system if you go to a good school, well resourced, with the best teachers and so on like that, you expect a better outcome… But with these race-against-the-clock-style examinations, there’s a trade-off between the student’s ability in the subject, natural intelligence, and their having been trained to deal with examinations of this type,” he said. Other professors interviewed in the video said that most of the questions here depend on memorizing facts instead of applying concepts. They added that passing the test doesn’t necessarily mean they will turn out to be good engineers.
Share Listen Listen 00:00 /00:59 Photo via Pixabay X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /07:55 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Texas also saw a slight increase in the number of undocumented workers, though their overall share of the workforce was down.“Texas is also attracting U.S.-born workers and legal immigrant workers and those numbers are growing more rapidly,” according to Cohn. She said economic opportunity is likely what’s driving immigrants and others to come to the state.Using the interactive graph below, you can see undocumented population trends in Texas, the United States and other states, since 1990.The study comes as the Trump administration railed against Central American arrivals at the U.S. border and threatened to close it down. ….All will stay in Mexico. If for any reason it becomes necessary, we will CLOSE our Southern Border. There is no way that the United States will, after decades of abuse, put up with this costly and dangerous situation anymore!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2018Pew data also shows the median length of time an undocumented immigrant has lived in the U.S. is 15 years. X A new Pew Research Center study shows the undocumented population nationwide has dropped to its lowest number in a decade, down to 10.7 million people in 2016. The decline is partly due to a sharp decrease in the number of unauthorized Mexican immigrants arriving to the United States.However, the nationwide trend does not extend to the border state of Texas, though California, Arizona and New Mexico did see a decline in the unauthorized population since 2007.“Nationally, we’re seeing a decline in the number of unauthorized immigrants but in Texas the number was stable,” Pew researcher D’Vera Cohn told Houston Matters in an interview. The undocumented population in Texas was 1.55 million people in 2007 and 1.6 million people in 2016, creeping up 3% over those ten years. By contrast, in the 12 years prior to 2007, Texas’ unauthorized population doubled.
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uJustice Department attorneys will not recommend civil rights charges be brought against former Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, although the ultimate decision still lies with Attorney General Eric Holder. We’ll analyze the Justice Department’s position with legal expert Cheryl Wood as well as the issue of race and law enforcement with University of South Carolina law professor Seth Stoughton. Plus, we’ll take a look at new Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s budget released earlier today. It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.
The final report and study recommends a long terms solution to the hypoxic conditions present in the Mississippi River Basin and the Northern Gulf of Mexico. The proposed plan to reduce nutrient discharges across the river basin and ecological water will take up to a decade to realize a difference in water quality downstream in the gulf. Nine states; Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee contribute three-fourths of the phosphorous and nitrogen discharged into the Gulf of Mexico, according to the American Chemical Society study by Anderson et. al. 2008. WTSB recommends a targeted approach to curb nutrient discharges by prioritizing intervention at the highest nutrient loading areas by directing conservation in watershed areas located in the river basin area. As a corollary objective the EPA and Department of Agriculture should identify specific areas within watersheds where the expenditure of funds and resources will have the highest probability of achieving a positive result. WTSB suggests EPA and the Department of Agriculture establish a Nutrient Control Implementation Initiative, (NCII) and a new Mississippi River Basin Water Quality Center. The WTSB further recommends certain goals for evaluating, demonstrating and creating an institutional model for local, state and federal counterparts to share research and their efforts to control nutrient discharges. WTSB recommends that Municipal and industrial point dischargers should be required as a condition to their permit under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System to monitor phosphorous and nitrogen levels. Further,WTSB recommends a cost analysis of community and governmental efforts of various nutrient control actions. Lastly, conduct a pilot project and compile and disseminate a best practices guidelines.According to the report, the most significant task for improving water quality everywhere, but in particular the Mississippi River Basin comes from nonpoint source pollutants derived from runoff flowing across agricultural land, forests, urban lawns, streets and other paved areas. The primary culprit for this region is the use of nitrogen and phosphorous based fertilizers used in agriculture. A relatively recent change in land use including subsurface drainage, increase demand for commodities and use of fertilizers with added boosts of phosphorous and nitrogen has made the most significant impact in nutrient pollution in the region. Row crops like soybeans and corn contribute 25-percent phosphorous and 52-percent nitrogen of all nutrients in the Gulf of Mexico. Pasture and range land is the next highest source of nutrient discharge with a combined discharge of 42-percent, ‘other crops’ discharge approximately 32-percent of all nutrients with ‘urban and population’ contributing 21-percent. The least nutrient discharger is ‘natural land’ and atmospheric conditions contribute only nitrogen at a rate of about 16-percent.The report states that unequivocal and decisive action is necessary for the implementation of its recommendations. For years the region has languished in a state of inertia due to a variety of reasons. Some reasons simply lack awareness of the current scientific knowledge gathered by the USGS SPARROW modeling team identifying sources and related work developing an adaptive management paradigm. More importantly, the expansive, complex, ecosystem combined with an ever fluctuating human factor will never have a perfect approach. The quest for perfection has in effect resulted in no action whatsoever to ameliorate the deteriorating conditions. Other objections by some include a lack of knowledge of the level of reduction of nutrient discharges it would take to improve water quality. The report finds that whether the recommended Mississippi River Basin Water Quality Center uses the EPA’s 45-percent reduction of nutrient discharges or 20 to 30-percent reduction in nutrient discharges is not the pivotal question. A dramatic reduction in phosphorous and nitrogen is necessary now. Other objections include state and federal conflicts, leadership and other bureaucratic turf wars for funding.The report concludes that the Clean Water Act has broad authority and overlapping authority with the states concerning nutrient use and discharge into the region. Governmental agencies and non-profit association do have access to resources including conservation and remediation funding. The recommended Mississippi River Water Quality Center would serve as the vehicle to incorporate federal, state, private sector, NGOs and interested citizens in the creation of an overall plan of action. The report indicates that the current state of inertia is not an option.Source:Nutrient Control Actions for Improving Water Quality in the Mississippi River Basin and Northern Gulf of Mexico (2009),Water Science and Technology Board (WSTB)© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further Stronger EPA leadership needed to improve water quality in Mississippi River Phosphorous Delivered to Gulf of Mexico. Courtesy of USGS This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Hypoxia is caused by an excess discharge of nutrients, in particular phosphorous and nitrogen into a waterway. A chain of naturally occurring events take place which include widespread algae blooms and ends with the decomposition of the dead algae blooms which in turn depletes dissolved oxygen from the water column causing hypoxia in the Northern Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi River Basin. The hypoxic conditions and related nutrient pollutants in the basin region literally chokes the oxygen from the waterway causing fish kills and potential toxic effects to humans and fish alike. The problem has increased dramatically over the past decades for varying reasons including changing land use,urbanization and the introduction of new varieties of agricultural products.According to the study, “Nutrient Control Actions for Improving Water Quality in the Mississippi River Basin and Northern Gulf of Mexico, 2009” data compiled since 1985 of the region is complicated by the fact that the source of phosphorous and nitrogen discharges are attributable to numerous watersheds and tributaries involving a huge land mass spanning 31 states, covering approximately 41-percent of the conterminous land in the United States with multiple governmental authorities responsible for managing the Mississippi River Basin leading to the Gulf of Mexico. Cooperative efforts between state, federal and cross-discipline regulatory schemes (ie. water quality and nutrient control) was key in the assessment of downstream effects and analysis of decades of data in order to create the WTSB recommendations. The plan for implementation was produced by the National Research Council, WTSB at the behest of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture with the objective of implementing the Clean Water Act. The specific charge of the request was to advise the EPA in the following areas: 1) initiate nutrient pollutant control programs; 2) identifying alternatives for allocating nutrient load reductions across the river basin and 3) documenting the effectiveness of pollutant loading reduction strategies on the gulf hypoxic zone and state designated uses. Special committees were formed and met during the last half of 2008 under the auspices of the WTSB. Citation: The Mighty Mississippi Basin and Gulf Suffocating: Inertia Not An Option (2009, July 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-07-mighty-mississippi-basin-gulf-suffocating.html The Water Science and Technology Board, (WTSB), Division on Earth and Life Sciences of the National Research Council has released for publication its study for improving water quality in the Mississippi River Basin and Northern Gulf of Mexico. The purpose of the study was to create an action plan for reducing nutrient load in the effected areas causing low levels of oxygen and creating a condition called hypoxia.