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Sunday, November 17, 2013

This has been a tough weekend for 16-year-old male student Raymond Wang. He has been a student at the League School of Greater Boston since 2007. He had fun on Friday night until one moment where he reached the Bulbapedia page about the censor introduced in Pokémon Black and White that prevents certain profane or sensitive words from being used as nicknames. The censor was updated in Pokémon X and Y to prevent inputs that contain the forbidden sequence of letters, but this has resulted in the censorship of many seemingly innocent words and phrases. In the early hours of Saturday 11/16, he visited multiple threads on multiple social websites, including Reddit, GameFAQs, etc., reading about people’s problems with the censor. He worried that his favorite Shakespeare name Clitus got censored in the game. It does, but we will get to that later. In the morning, Ray woke up, brushed his teeth, and got in the car with his 13-year-old brother Bryan, as Dad drove the boys to a program known as the Splash program. At 2:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Dad gave Ray the 3DS owned by Bryan, in hopes of getting Ray to calm down. Bryan started his journey in Pokémon Y a few weeks ago, under the Trainer name of “KBF123” and generally allows Ray to use the file as long as Ray does not save. Ray then confirmed what he had feared; the name Clitus does get censored in the game. Ray was very disappointed. A few minutes later, Ray told Bryan that the name “HM Slave” was a censored name. It is a popular nickname for Bidoof and its evolution Bibarel as it can learn multiple hidden moves.

When Ray finally got back home last night, while walking around in the front yard, he said to himself under his breath, “They have received more shock value from me in the last 24 hours than they usually get from me in a month.”

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Public officials, experts discuss lessons learned during West, Texas explosion

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Public officials, experts discuss lessons learned during West, Texas explosion

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

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Public officials and other experts gave presentations earlier this week regarding lessons learned during the aftermath of an explosion which struck the small town of West, Texas in April of this year. The event, which was live-streamed to various locations across Texas, was sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a part of its Grand Rounds seminar offerings. Three officials, each of whom were heavily involved in responding to the event, gave individual presentations.

Frank Patterson, Emergency Management Coordinator for the city of Waco and McLennan County, was the first to speak. Early on, Patterson commented about injuries sustained by citizens of West who lived in the neighborhood surrounding the chemical plant where the explosion occurred. He also said 113 different agencies responded to the event. Specifically, Patterson said, “This was the first time I didn’t have to request federal [agency] support. They just showed up.” He also presented a broad array of photos taken from the blast site and the surrounding neighborhood, pointing out that debris was found as far as 2.5 miles away from the chemical plant. Regarding lessons learned during the days following the explosion, Patterson said all such incident teams need a social media person on-site. He also said, “Stress will take its toll on all involved.”

Dana Lafayette represented the local mental healthcare provider for the county. She explained mental health professionals offered assistance following the blast, but avoided being too intrusive with citizens. Lafayette clarified, “We would walk through [the area] and hand [survivors] water, along with the information cards and say, ‘If you need us, we’re here.'” She also stated, “It was interesting to see the amount of resiliency within the community.”

Kelly Craine, Public Information Officer for Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, also spoke. She indicated her agency’s primary focus was to “create some sort of ‘safe haven’ for victims of the blast.” Craine’s agency used a local church as a gathering place for citizen displaced from their homes as a result of the incident. Notably, speaking about her agency’s after action report, Craine said, “This [event’s] after action report is so big, we’re still working on ours.”



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Litigation for Varanasi Heritage intensifies

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Litigation for Varanasi Heritage intensifies

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

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On Thursday, the Allahabad High Court in India published a key judgment relating to the the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) suit filed by the Kautilya Society, an Indian public interest organization, that accuses the State of Uttar Pradesh of negligence in protecting the heritage of the historic city of Varanasi. The dispute is increasingly polarising public opinion.

The rear portion of the Darbhanga palace. Before demolition (2 floors), during construction (2004-2013) and now (4 floors)
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In the Court hearing of 8th November, the Varanasi Development Authority was supposed to explain why it compounded the four-floor new construction section in the rear portion of the historic Darbhanga Palace in Munshi Ghat, in spite of a law specifically prohibiting construction within 200 metres from the river Ganges.

The agenda was changed when the lawyer of Darbhanga Palace owners, the Aggarwal family, requested the Court to completely dismiss the PIL on the ground that the Varanasi administration had lodged two FIRs (i.e. criminal reports) against the Kautilya Society.

Vrinda Dar, in her role of Society Secretary, claimed that the FIRs had no connection with facts but are falsities for misinforming the public of Varanasi. She asked the Court to order an independent investigation on the allegations, so that she may receive protection from what she calls an “institutional harassment”.


Vrinda Dar i a long interview published on YouTube in explains why she thinks that protecting the heritage is important for the sustainable development of Varanasi.
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