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DepositThe Pleasures of Polyglossia in Emirati Cinema: Focus on From A to B and Abdullah

Polyglot films highlight the coexistence of multiple languages at the level of dialogue and narration. Even the notoriously monolingual Hollywood film industry has recently seen an increase in polyglot productions. Much of Europe’s polyglot cinema reflects on postwar migration. Hamid Naficy has coined the phrase ” accented cinema ” to define diasporic filmmaking, a closely related category. This essay considers polyglot Emirati films as part of an increasingly popular global genre. It argues that the lack of a monolingual mandate is conducive to experiments with language choices, and that the polyglot genre serves best to emphasize efforts made to accommodate the diversity of cultures interacting in urban centers in the United Arab Emirates. Case studies of Ali F. Mostafa’s From A to B (2014) and Humaid Alsuwaidi’s Abdullah (2015) demonstrate the considerable contributions Emirati filmmakers have already made to a genre, which offers a powerful potential for cinema in the UAE. A comparative analysis identifies the extent to which each of the two films reveals elements inherent in three of the five sub-categories outlined by Chris Wahl.

DepositInstitutional Competency Assessment and Other Factors Influencing the Nurse Licensure Examination

The passing rate in the Nurse Licensure Examination (NLE) is considered a key indicator of the quality of the nursing program. While a plethora of studies has identified the factors affecting NLE success, no study has tried to explore the role of an institutional standardized competency examination on NLE. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship of institutional terminal competency assessment (TCA) and other factors on the NLE performance of nursing graduates. This study used a descriptive-correlational research design using data sets of nursing graduates of West Visayas State University from 2015 to 2017 (N=354). Pearson’s r set at .05 alpha level was used in the inferential analysis. Results indicated that TCA was significantly related to NLE performance. Other factors such as High School Grade General Average, College Grade General Weighted Average and scores in College Admission Test, Nursing Aptitude Test, and Pre-board Examination were significantly correlated with NLE rating. Aside from the known factors in the literature, nursing schools may also benefit from developing and conducting an institutional standardized competency assessment administered at the end of the nursing program to aid in assessing students’ likelihood of success in the NLE.

DepositQueering Poins: Masculinity and Friendship in Henry IV, The Hollow Crown, and the RSC’s “King and Country”

Although scholars have overlooked the minor character Ned Poins, I argue that he is central to the construction of masculinity in Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays. I analyze Poins in two cultural moments in the context of shifting ideas about male friendship and same-sex desire: the sixteenth-century texts and two twenty-first-century productions, the first series of the BBC’s The Hollow Crown (2012) and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings” (2014-16), directed by Gregory Doran. I propose that Poins is a queer figure according to both early modern and modern definitions. In an early modern context, he is effeminate and possibly a sodomite whose corruption threatens to contaminate Hal; in the modern productions, he becomes a queer hero whose loving relationship with Hal must be swept aside to enable Hal’s rise. A focus on Poins can bolster existing readings of the Henriad as a sequence that eradicates female and queer difference, but a memorable, sympathetic Poins can also undermine the notion that Hal journeys toward a positive conclusion. The otherwise conservative BBC and RSC productions used Poins to offer a modern take on the Henriad, making it a story of same-sex desire and loss that entangled past and present notions about queerness and encouraged audiences to critique a society that expects heteronormativity and narrowly defined masculinity.

DepositWho is the Barbarian? Considerations on the Vandal Royal Title

The Vandal royal title Rex Vandalorum et Alanorum is known from the reign of king Huneric (477-484) from two decrees preserved in Victor of Vita’s History of the Vandal persecution. This catholic polemic pamphlet itself derives from the eighties or nineties of the fifth century. As traditional diplomatics throughout the 19th and 20th centuries considered these decrees as rather authentic, the title was seen as an important case to understand the transformation of the Roman world in the late antique mediterranean via the ‘ethnic’ titles of its new rulers. Furthermore there is a silver bowl bearing the same title for king Gelimer (531-533), the last Vandal king. This means the title is comparatively well attested in our sources. But is it really possible to define Hasding royal titulature and especially the twofold title as a special and unique case using ethnic labels earlier and more prominently than in any other kingdom emerging from Roman provinces throughout Late Antiquity? The royal title ‘king of the Vandals and Alans’ was in use and implied certain political backgrounds. We do not know yet how these backgrounds may be characterised exactly. So the twofold title as well as the single ethnic title ‘king of the Vandals’ has to be discussed again. This article will offer some considerations. Generally speaking I will try to put Vandal history back in a Roman and a local context.

DepositTreatment of Vegetable Oil Refining Wastes

Kaya, D, and Hung, YT (2020). Treatment of vegetable oil refining wastes. In: “Evolutionary Progress in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM)”, Wang, Lawrence K. and Tsao, Hung-ping (editors). Volume 2, Number 2, February 2020; 80 pages. Lenox Institute Press, Newtonville, NY, 12128-0405, USA. No. STEAM-VOL2-NUM2-FEB2020; ISBN 978-0-9890870-3-2. ————— ABSTRACT: The common vegetable oils are soybean, sesame, sunflower, corn, canola, and cotton seeds. Their yields, compositions and physical and chemical properties determine their usefulness in various applications aside edible uses. Crude oils obtained by pressing of such vegetable seeds are not usually considered to be edible before the removal of various nonglyceride compounds through operations known as refining. The refining processes remove undesirable materials such as phospholipids, monoacylglycerols, diacylglycerols, free fatty acids, colour and pigments, oxidised materials, etc., but, may also remove valuable minor components such as antioxidants and vitamins (carotenes and tocopherols). The major steps involved in chemical refining include degumming, neutralizing, bleaching, and deodorizing which are the main sources of the effluent. The chapter covers refining steps, its environmental impacts, waste characterization, source reduction, recovery and treatment technologies.