Editor-in-Chief & Publisher: MIR JAVED RAHMAN


Major Leaguer
Larry Ellison


Issue Date 09 - 15 Sept, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Larry Ellison

The founder and chairman of the international giant Oracle, Larry Ellison is one of the most inspiring figures in tech. Ellison went to high school in Chicago's middle-class South Side before attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He dropped out during the second year of his college after his mother passed away. He tried college again later at the University of Chicago but dropped out again after only one semester. He moved to Berkeley, California – near the future Silicon Valley, the place where the burgeoning tech industry was taking off, in 1966.
He took multiple jobs, including stints at companies like Wells Fargo and the mainframe manufacturer Amdahl, and learned his computer and programming skills. He then worked for the electronics company Ampex, which had a contract to build a database for the CIA codenamed "Oracle."
Ellison and partners Bob Miner and Ed Oates founded a new company, Software Development Laboratories in 1977. The company started with $2,000 of funding, $1,200 of which came out of Ellison's own pocket. In 2014, Ellison officially stepped down as Oracle CEO, handing control over to Hurd and Katz. At that time, Ellison held the title of fifth-richest person in the world.
Oracle is going through a transition. It was slow to adopt the cloud technology that is so popular in Oracle's crucial enterprise market, though it's made more aggressive moves recently. The upstart Amazon Web Services, for instance, is stealing Oracle customers away at an alarming pace.

 

 


Col du Chaussy

Ancient Routes
Col du Chaussy

One of the most scenic drives in the world, Col du Chaussy is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1,533 metres above the sea level and is located in the Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.
The road encompasses miles of stunning views through twisty hair pin corners, high elevations and steep grades. Through a series of 17 tight corners, drivers beat a vertical drop of 400 meters in just 3 miles away. The road continues with quite regular slope (7-8 %) passing through the villages of le Noirey, Montbrunal et Montpascal.
In the mountains, when the road is not wide enough to allow two vehicles to pass, the vehicle going up has priority over the one that goes down.
There are 2 possible routes to reach the top of Col du Chaussy. Starting from La Chambre, the ascent is 14.4 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1062 metres and the average percentage is 7.4 %. And from Pontamafrey, the ascent is 14 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 1031 metres and the average percentage is 7.4 %.
The southern ramp to the road is available in two variants, both starting 3km north of St-Jean-de-Maurienne at motorway junction 27 of the A43. A roundabout on the other side of the motorway is the choice for the cyclist – straight ahead via Chatel to Montvernier, on the left, parallel to the motorway, slightly sloping towards Pontamafrey – this road is usually not shown on road maps. In Mont Vernier, the two alternatives come together.

Col du Chaussy

WEEK IN HISTORY

09 September, 2005: Queen Elizabeth II became Great Britain's longest-reigning monarch at 63 years and seven months, beating the previous record set by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.

WEEK IN HISTORY

10 September, 2008: The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, described as the biggest scientific experiment in history, was powered up in Geneva, Switzerland.

11 September, 2001: In an unprecedented, highly coordinated attack, terrorists hijacked four U.S. passenger airliners, flying two into the World Trade Centre towers in New York and one into the Pentagon, killing thousands. The fourth airliner, headed towards Washington likely to strike the White House or Capitol, was crashed just over 100 miles away in Pennsylvania after passengers stormed the cockpit and overtook the hijackers.

12 September, 1974: Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, was deposed by an army coup after 44 years as ruler.

13 September, 1956: IBM introduced the RAMAC 305, first commercial computer with a hard drive that uses magnetic disk storage, weighs over a ton.

14 September, 1997: World’s first practical helicopter, the VS-300 designed by Igor Sikorsky took (tethered) flight in Stratford, Connecticut.

15 September, 1897: Scottish bacteriologist Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin while studying influenza.


Natural History Museum

Vantage Point
Natural History Museum

The colossal and magnificent-looking London building’s encyclopaedic permanent collections comprise some 70 million specimens. The entire museum and its gardens cover a huge 5.7 hectares and contains 80 million specimens from across the natural world. More than five million visitors come each year, so queues can sometimes get long, especially during the school holidays.
The Dinosaurs Gallery (Blue Zone) is one of the most popular attraction for children. Adults for their part will love the intriguing Treasures exhibition in the Cadogan Gallery (Green Zone). The oldest item, the Wold Cottage meteorite, is thought to be around 4.6 billion years old.
Also in the Green Zone, the Mineral Gallery is a breathtaking display of architectural perspective leading to the Vault, where you'll find the Aurora Collection of almost 300 coloured diamonds. In the Orange Zone, the vast Darwin Centre focuses on taxonomy, showcasing 28 million insects and six million plants in a giant cocoon; glass windows allow you to watch scientists at work.
At the centre of the museum is Hintze Hall, which resembles a cathedral nave – quite fitting, as it was built in a time when the natural sciences were challenging the biblical tenets of Christian orthodoxy. After 81 years in the Mammals Hall, in 2017 the Blue Whale skeleton was relocated here, with the famous cast of a diplodocus skeleton (nicknamed Dippy) making way for the colossal mammal.
The museum is transforming its outdoor spaces, tripling the Wildlife Garden in size, creating a piazza in the eastern grounds and adding a geological and palaeontological timeline walk.

Natural History Museum

Greenland

FLAG
Greenland

The largest island in the world, Greenland, was discovered by Europeans around 982, although it had been settled up to 3000 years before then by hunters from North America. Although settled by Norwegians in the 10th century, the island passed to Denmark after the union of the Norse and Danish crowns. From the 18th century until the 1950s, Greenland was run by the Royal Greenland Trading Company, being absorbed then into the Kingdom of Denmark until achieving home rule in 1979. The island remains a self-governing part of the kingdom. Greenland’s flag was the winning entry in a locally held competition, and was officially adopted in 1985. The red and white of Denmark have been retained but now depict a far-northern scene, with the white of the flag representing the inland ice and icebergs, and the red deouctubg the sunrise and sunset.


Say ‘Thank You’ in Different Languages

Word Play
Say ‘Thank You’ in Different Languages

Perhaps the best word/phrase you can learn to show your willingness to learn is the old and faithful ‘thank you’. Saying a simple thank you can mean a lot to the recipient. Here’s a list of 30 different ways to be grateful in different languages.





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