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2019 Pan American Games

The 2019 Pan American Games the XVIII Pan American Games and known as the Lima 2019 Pan-Am Games or Lima 2019, were a multi-sport event governed by the Panam Sports Organization, was held in Lima, Peru from July 26 to August 11, 2019, with preliminary rounds in certain events having begun on July 24, 2019. The opening ceremony took place on July 26 at the National Stadium, the Games were declared open by Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra; these Pan American Games were held at venues in and around Lima, are the largest sporting event hosted by the country. A total of four bids were submitted for the 2019 Pan American Games, they were announced on February 1, 2013; these were Lima in Ciudad Bolívar in Venezuela and La Punta in Argentina. Lima bid for the games for the second consecutive time after losing to Toronto for the 2015 edition of the games. Santiago had won the rights to stage the 1975 and 1987 Pan American Games but withdrew both times before hosting; the other two cities bid for the games for the first time.

Lima was elected as the host city on October 11, 2013 where PASO members gathered in Toronto, Canada to elect the host city. The city was considered the favourite to win the rights to host throughout the contest; the events were held in various Lima districts and neighboring cities, with most of them concentrated in the clusters of VIDENA, Pan American Park, the Sports Village of Callao, a sports complex in Costa Verde. The total budget is estimated at US$1.2 billion, with $470 million in sports infrastructure, $180 million building the Pan American Village, $430 million spent in organization, $106 million for other expenses. 9,500 athletes and team officials were accommodated in a complex with 1,700 units in Villa El Salvador. The torch was sent from Mexico to Lima by sailboat, the torch relay started in Machu Picchu; the torch had toured through 23 cities over 23 days and covered 5,500 kilometers en route to the Peru National Stadium in Lima on July 26, 2019 for the opening ceremony. The cities include Machu Picchu, Cusco, Lake Titicaca, Camaná, Ica, Huancavelica, Cerro de Pasco, Huánuco, Tarapoto, Bagua Grande, Cajamarca and Huaraz.

The opening ceremony of the games took place on July 26, 2019 and the closing ceremony took place on August 11, 2019. All 41 nations who are members of the Pan American Sports Organization are expected to compete; the numbers in parenthesis represents the number of athletes a country qualified. 419 events in 39 sports were contested in Lima, the largest number of medal events held at a single edition of the Pan American Games. Bodybuilding and surfing were contested at the Pan-Am Games for the first time in 2019, basque pelota was reinstated after being absent from the 2015 Games, women's baseball was dropped after debuting in 2015. All of the new events being contested at the 2020 Summer Olympics were on the Pan-Am Games' programme. Sport climbing was excluded because it did not have the required number of national federations in the Americas to be eligible for inclusion. Skateboarding was pulled from the programme in May 2019, with Panam Sports citing that World Skate had diminished the quality of the event by having not made the Games be a qualifier for the Olympics, its partner Street League Skateboarding having scheduled a World Tour event in Los Angeles that directly conflicted with the Games.

The new event disciplines introduced for the 2020 Summer Olympics were added, including the 4 × 100m mixed medley relay, men's 800m and women's 1,500m in swimming, 3-on-3 basketball, BMX freestyle park, two new women's boxing events, madison track cycling, the transfer of three men's events to mixed team events in shooting, table tennis mixed doubles, archery mixed team, triathlon mixed relay. There was a reduction of one men's weightlifting event, all canoe events being gender-neutral. In addition, a 1m springboard discipline was added to diving, as well as compound archery, modern pentathlon relays, 49er, Nacra 17 and kiteboarding events in sailing, extreme canoe slalom, mixed doubles squash, women's wakeboard, poomsae events in taekwondo, women's 50 km race walking, doubles table tennis. Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of medal events to be contested in each sport/discipline; the calendar was unveiled on April 2019, 100 days ahead to the start of the competition. Key * Host nation Mediapro served as host broadcaster.

The Lima Convention Centre hosted the International Broadcast Centre. Panam Sports launched the Panam Sports Channel on its website, which featured supplemental video content from the Games hosted by local personality Alexandra Hörler; the official logo of the 2019 Pan American Games is inspired by the amancay, an indigenous flower that flourishes from June 24 through September 30. The flower and its pistils represent three athletes with open arms and the three Americas, with the identity of Lima, it was designed by Peruvian graphic designers Jorge Luis Zárate. In June 2017, after over a thousand submissions, the organising committee revealed the final three in the running to be the mascot of the games; the final three designs were: Milco, influenced by Cuchimilco sculptures. In July 2017, it was announced. There was approx

Vakhtang Kikabidze

Vakhtang "Buba" Kikabidze is a Georgian singer, screenwriter and composer. He performed in a number of films, among them the main role of a helicopter pilot in the iconic Soviet film Mimino; the son of Princess Manana Bagration-Davitashvili, Kikabidze was born in Tbilisi. He is a People's Artist of Georgia, has been awarded the USSR State Prize and the Order of the King Vakhtang Gorgasali as well as of Nikolai Wondermonger and Knight Cross of St. Konstantin the Great, he was acknowledged by a number of various music contests and film festivals in the Soviet Union and worldwide. In 1999, his star was embedded on the "Star Square" in Moscow. Apart from Mimino, Kikabidze performed in a number of other films, including Don't be Sad, Melodies of Veriski Quarter, Completely Lost, his last film, was directed by the famous Georgian and Soviet film director Georgi Daneliya in 2000. As a screenwriter and director, Kikabidze produced two feature films: Be Well, Dearest One, which received the top award at the International Comedy Festival in Gabrovo and Men and All Others.

During the August 2008 Russian-Georgian war, Kikabidze rejected Russia's Order of Friendship bestowed upon him in July 2008 and cancelled the concert dedicated to his 70th birthday, to be held at the Kremlin as a protest against Russia's actions. Vakhtang Kikabidze is married and has only one child, a son - Konstantin, two grandchildren - Vakhtang and Ioan. Vakhtang's wife, has a daughter - Marina, from a previous marriage to her first husband - Guram Sagaradze, a grandson and great-granddaughter, Alexandra; the Kikabidze family is from the Kartli region. "Ku! Kin-dza-dza" – Russia, 2013 "Fortune" – Russia, 2000 "Real Men and the Others" – Georgian SSR, 1985 "Olga and Konstantin" – Russian SFSR, 1984 "TASS Is Authorized to Declare..." – Russian SFSR, 1984 "Morning Without Marks" – Russian SFSR, 1983 "Cheers, My Dear!" – Georgian SSR, 1981 "Till Next Time, Friend..." – Georgian SSR, 1980 "Mimino" – Russian SFSR, 1977 "The Lost Expedition" – Russian SFSR, 1974 "Melodies of the Vere Quarter" – Georgian SSR, 1974 "Hopelessly Lost" – Russian SFSR, 1972 "I'm a Detective" – Georgian SSR, 1971 "Don't Grieve" – Georgian SSR/Russian SFSR, 1969 "Orera" – Georgian SSR, 1967 "Meeting in Mountains" – Georgian SSR, 1966 "Cheers, My Dear!"

– Georgian SSR, 1981 "Real Men and the Others" – Georgian SSR, 1985 Pismo drugi. BUBA Records, 1999 Sekret Schastya. BUBA Records, 1999 Tango Lyubvi. OST-Records, 1999 Luchshie pesni. Noks Myuzik 2001 Grand Collection. Kvadro-Disk, 2002 Moi goda. Russkoie snabshenie 2003 Stariki-pasboiniki. Super Music 2004 Lyubownoye nastroyenie. Nikitin, 2005 Official website Vakhtang Kikabidze on IMDb

Kentucky Farm Bureau

Kentucky Farm Bureau is a voluntary organization of farm families and their allies dedicated to serving as the voice of agriculture by identifying problems, developing solutions and taking actions which will improve net farm income, achieve better economic opportunities and enhance the quality of life for all. For more than three-quarters of a century, Kentucky Farm Bureau has served as the "Voice of Kentucky Agriculture," representing the interests of agricultural producers and rural communities; the organization was founded at a meeting in Louisville, in November 1919. With nearly 500,000 members, KFB is one of the largest Farm Bureaus in the nation; the organization's staying power has been the result of many factors, but the most important is the nature of Farm Bureau's leadership structure. Control of Farm Bureau, whether at the county, state or national level, is vested in the hands of agricultural producers, comprising the grass-roots leadership. Kentucky Farm Bureau has established a reputation as an effective advocate for its members.

Its information products and member service programs are well respected and successful. In 2003 Kentucky Farm Bureau began production of the half-hour television program Bluegrass & Backroads, which can be seen nationwide on RFD-TV. Programs offered include Public Affairs, Farm Bureau Insurance and other member services, Women's Leadership Activities, Ag in the Classroom, Safety and Wellness, Theft Reward, Estate Planning, Commodity Market Information, Certified Roadside Farm Markets and Young Farmers. Mark Haney, President Eddie Melton, First Vice President Sharon Furches, Second Vice President Marshall Coyle, Immediate Past President Drew Graham, Executive Vice President American Farm Bureau Federation The Kentucky Farm Bureau Web Site Fayette County Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation Web Site