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Wrestling at the 2006 Asian Games – Men's freestyle 84 kg

The men's freestyle 84 kg wrestling competition at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha was held on 14 December 2006 at the Aspire Hall 4. This freestyle wrestling competition consisted of a single-elimination tournament, with a repechage used to determine the winner of two bronze medals; the two finalists faced off for silver medals. Each wrestler who lost to one of the two finalists moved into the repechage, culminating in a pair of bronze medal matches featuring the semifinal losers each facing the remaining repechage opponent from their half of the bracket; each bout consisted of up to three rounds. The wrestler who scored more points in each round was the winner of that rounds. All times are Arabia Standard Time LegendF — Won by fall Results FILA Database

Action in the Gulf of Sidra (1986)

In the Action in the Gulf of Sidra, the United States Navy deployed aircraft carrier groups in the disputed Gulf of Sidra in the Mediterranean Sea. Libya claimed that the entire Gulf was their territory, at 32° 30' N, with an exclusive 62 nautical miles fishing zone. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi asserted this in 1973, dubbed it "The Line of Death"; the United States claimed its rights to conduct naval operations in international waters, a standard of 12-nautical-mile territorial limit from a country's shore. Tensions between the United States and Libya heightened after the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 on 14 June 1985, the Rome and Vienna airport attacks on 27 December, that same year; the United States claimed that the Libyan leader was involved in these actions through his support of the alleged perpetrator, Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal. At the same time Libya began the installation of SA-5 surface-to-air missile batteries and radars they received from the Soviet Union in late 1985, to bolster their air defense.

As the United States Navy had done for several years, they continued to challenge Libya's claim to the Gulf of Sidra by crossing the so-called "Line of Death." Following the terrorist attacks in Rome and Vienna, the U. S. Navy began several "Freedom of Navigation" operations in the area around Libya in an operation named "Attain Document", the first two parts of the operation being held from 26–30 January, 12–15 February, without incident; the third part of the operation began on 23 March, with a surface action group from the United States Sixth Fleet consisting of three aircraft carriers – USS America, USS Coral Sea and USS Saratoga. USS Detroit, USS Savannah and USS Mount Baker were the fuel and combat stores replenishment ships that supplied the entire battle group. Muammar Gaddafi had made threats that he would shoot down or destroy U. S. aircraft or ships moving over the "Line of Death". According to U. S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz, the United States' position was quite clear. S. naval movements through international waters.

By crossing the "Line of Death", American forces were asserting their right to keep international sea lanes open and "conduct naval and air exercises in every part of the globe." During the operations held in January, February, the United States Navy had made 130 intercepts of Libyan fighters in the airspace over the Gulf of Sidra, although neither side opened fire. On 23 March 1986, American aircraft from the three aircraft carriers crossed the "Line of Death" and began operating in the Gulf of Sidra. On 24 March at 06:00, USS Ticonderoga, accompanied by two destroyers, USS Scott and USS Caron, moved south of the "Line", covered by fighter aircraft. A Libyan missile installation near Surt launched two Soviet-made SA-5 "Gammon" surface-to-air missiles at 07:52, toward F-14A Tomcats of America's VF-102; the missiles fell harmlessly into the sea. Two additional SA-5 missiles were jammed by an EA-6B Prowler. Two hours two MiG-23s took off from Benina air base with orders to intercept and shoot down some of the U.

S. fighters. Before the Libyan aircraft could get close enough, a U. S. E-2C Hawkeye detected them and alerted two F-14s from VF-33, which intercepted the MiGs at 20,000 feet; the Libyans began aggressive head-on maneuvering in an effort to get into firing position on the two F-14s ⁠— ⁠a clear sign of hostile intent. The F-14 wing leader reported "excessive hostile actions and intentions", which led the air warfare commander aboard USS Saratoga to give the pilots the signal "warning yellow, weapons hold". An intense dogfight ensued, though without any missiles being fired; the F-14s dropped to 5,000 feet where they had a distinct advantage over the MiG-23s and positioned themselves between the sun and the Libyans. The F-14s moved into a six o'clock position behind the hostile MiGs, locked on to them with radar and acquired AIM-9 Sidewinder tones, which meant they were ready to shoot the Libyans down; the MiGs moved off, seeming to follow a return course to their base. However, one of them reversed course.

Before permission could be granted, the MiG-23 headed south. Several Libyan patrol boats headed out towards the U. S. battle group, the Americans responded by sending up aircraft to counter them. When one of the patrol boats locked on to American aircraft with its fire control radar, USS Richmond K. Turner, a Leahy-class destroyer leader, serving as anti-aircraft radar picket ship defending the carrier group's right flank responded by firing an RGM-84 Harpoon missile, striking the vessel and setting it ablaze; this was the first surface to surface firing of a Harpoon missile in combat. USS Saratoga launched A-7 Corsair II aircraft armed with HARM missiles from Attack Squadron VA-83, A-6 Intruder aircraft armed with Harpoon missiles and cluster bombs from VA-85 and EA-6Bs from VAQ-132. USS America had A-6Es from VA-34 and EA-6Bs from the Marine squadron VMAQ-2 and USS Coral Sea had A-6Es from VA-55 and EA-6Bs from VAQ-135 in the air; the first air strikes occurred around 19:26 when two A-6 Intruders from VA-34 found a French-built La Combattante IIa-class patrol boat.

Neatnik Saucer

Neatnik Saucer is the patented high chair cover and baby place mat all-in-one. It prevents food and toys from falling to the floor while providing a sanitary barrier and clean activity space for infants and toddlers. Neatnik is a lightweight and collapsible juvenile product, designed to fit restaurant style high chairs and some home models, it is suitable for use by parents of babies aged from six months to three years. In 2007, the inventors, Danielle Batchelor and Cookie Centracco created the only product that covers the standard restaurant style high chair and extends onto the table like a place mat to prevent food and toys from falling to the floor; the product was designed to provide a germ barrier by covering every thing within baby's reach such as the high chair itself and table surfaces. It will function with some home high chair models as well; the Neatnik Saucer consists of a waterproof tray portion attached to a seat portion, with a flexible rim to catch spills and food. Suction cups on the underside of the place mat section provide stability on smooth surfaces and straps secure toys and cups with handles.

It is produced using child-safe fabrics. The Neatnik Saucer is collapsible and folds up into a small, useful bag; the Neatnik Saucer is manufactured and distributed by Coulson's Crib, LLC, a Houston, TX based company. In 2010, the Neatnik Saucer was granted its Patent. Parent Tested Parent Approved Award Winner National Parenting Center Seal of Approval Winner The Lekotek Center Helping Children with Special Needs / "Great Find" in all areas of Disability Wes Watkins New Product and Process Fair - Grand Prize Winner Overall and First Place Winner in Small Business 2009 US Patent Information The Global Business Search Engine] The Giggle Guide US Patent #7717504 Parent Tested Parent Approved Award The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval Lekotek / "Great Find" Neatnik Saucer® Official Website Philips Avent Baby Monitor Overview


A Springald, or espringal, is a mechanical artillery device for throwing large bolts and less stones or Greek fire. It is depicted in a diagram in an 11th-century Byzantine manuscript, but in Western Europe is more evident in the late 12th century and early 13th century, it was constructed on the same principles as a Greek or Roman ballista, but with inward swinging arms. It was known as a'skein-bow', was a torsion device using twisted skeins of silk or sinew to power two bow-arms. Examples have been drawn by Leonardo da Vinci, but at a time when he was drawing powder-propelled weapons. There are no known archaeological finds of parts for these machines, but it is likely that due to the nature of the materials used that some material recycling took place at the time of their demise. Several reconstructed examples can be found, Jean Leibell produced a 12-inch model for his researches into "Springalds and Great Crossbows", commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum, a larger model can be seen at the Tower of London.

The only known full-size example is in the Royal Armouries Museum at Fort Nelson, Portsmouth at around 8 feet long and capable of hurling a 2.4 kilograms bolt over 55 metres and a 1.5 kilograms bolt over 77 metres. This example was removed by the manufacturer, The Tenghesvisie Mechanical Artillery Society, for further research into the winding mechanism and firing tests; the machine was to be returned to the museum in the spring of 2013 for a public demonstration of mechanical artillery at Fort Nelson. There exists or existed a huge springald at Trebuchet Park, Albarracín, Spain. Although Leibell describes this size of machine as a "Great Springald", it is more to be the standard size. If the evidence is investigated, such as the size of the figures in "The Romance of Alexander", where they are at about the height of the top horns, there is no evidence to suggest that they are dwarves. Although the length of the bolt to be fired may be a little on the long side. An espringal was mentioned in the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones.

Trebuchet Nicolle, David. Medieval Warfare Source Book Vol. II. Arms and Armour. ISBN 978-1-86019-861-8

Charles Larned

General Charles Larned was an American lawyer, military officer, politician. He was Attorney General of Michigan Territory. Charles Larned was a native of Berkshire County, Massachusetts, he was the son of Simon Larned, Sheriff of Berkshire County, who had come to America when young, during the American Revolutionary War, was Colonel of the 9th Regiment United States Infantry, aide-de-camp to General Washington. Larned graduated from Williams College in 1806 and studied law in Kentucky in the offices of Henry Clay. During the War of 1812, while Larned was dining with a group of prominent citizens in Shelby County, word came to the group from Governor Isaac Shelby that General William Henry Harrison was in danger of being overwhelmed by British General Henry Procter and his Indian allies. One of the group, Colonel Owen, undertook the organization of a regiment, including Larned and commanded by Governor Shelby himself, to reinforce Harrison's troops. Many of the regiment were slaughtered by the Indians after surrendering to the British, in an event known as the River Raisin Massacre.

Larned himself survived and soon rose to the rank of major, participated with the regiment in the Battle of the Thames. While stationed in Detroit, along with eighty others learned of General William Hull's plan to surrender Detroit to the British without a fight; the men signed a document, found among Larned's personal papers, agreeing to seize Hull and depose him in order to prevent the surrender. Hull learned of the plan and instead sent Larned and many of the others south to Ohio to meet a supply convoy. While returning to Detroit, they received word that Hull had surrendered and they were to become prisoners of the British. After the war, Larned began practicing law in Detroit, served as Attorney General of Michigan Territory during the Black Hawk War, under Territorial Governor George B. Porter. In 1813 he married Sylvia Easton Colt, he served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Michigan from 1821 until his death. He survived the cholera epidemic that swept Detroit in 1832; when cholera returned in 1834, Larned worked to alleviate the suffering of others, at one point going without sleep for 48 hours straight.

In the end, he succumbed to it and died August 13, 1834. Charles C. Trowbridge, Mayor of Detroit paid tribute to him, saying he left "a family, a city, a State in mourning." He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery. His wife died August 24, 1845. Larned Street in Detroit is named after him. Barnard, F. A. American Biographical History of Eminent and Self-made Men: Michigan Volume, Cincinnati: Western Biographical, OCLC 2988468 Carlisle, Fred, ed. Chronography of Notable Events in the History of the Northwest Territory and Wayne County, Detroit: O. S. Gulley, Bornman, OCLC 13694600 Franck, Michael S. Elmwood Endures: History of a Detroit Cemetery, Detroit: Wayne State University, ISBN 0-8143-2591-2]