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Abadeh

Abadeh is a city and capital of Abadeh County, in Fars Province, Iran. Abadeh is situated at an elevation of 6,200 feet in a fertile plain on the high road between Isfahan and Shiraz, 190 kilometres from the former and 270 kilometres from the latter. At the 2006 census, its population was 52,042, in 14,184 families; as of 2009, the population was estimated to be 59,042. It is the largest city in the Northern Fars Region, famed for its carved wood-work, made of the wood of pear and box trees. Sesame oil, castor oil and various fruits are produced there; the area is famous for its Abadeh rugs. An interesting fact is that Abadeh is closer, road-distance-wise to 4 provincial capitals of Isfahan, Yasuj and Shahrekord compared to the distance to the provincial capital of its corresponding province, Shiraz. Abadeh historical monuments include Emirate Kolah Farangi, Tymcheh Sarafyan and Khaje tomb, located in the Khoja mountains. Abadeh crafts can be embroidered in cotton; the town produces Abadeh rugs.

The rugs tend to be based on a cotton warp and have a thin knotted pile. Most Abadeh rugs are cut making them flat. Although some of the older Abadehs vary in style, many of the new designs are recognisable; these new designs, known as Heybatlu consist of a single diamond shaped medallion in the centre with smaller medallions on each corner. The pattern is geometrical flowers or animals and the main colours are light reds or burnt orange on top of a dark blue background with strong green details; the corners or borders are ivory in colour. Although some Abadeh and Shiraz rugs appear similar Abadeh can be differentiated by their higher knot counts as well as the fact that the warp is invariably cotton; the rugs are always medium in size and the KPSI of an average Abadeh is around 90. As always in the rug-world you get what you pay for however in general Abadeh are well made and popular items in modern interiors or those with a Mediterranean or North African style. Expressway 65 passes through Abadeh.

This situation helps Abadeh to improve its capabilities compared to Eqlid. Road 78 makes connections from Abadeh to Yazd Eqlid and Yasuj, it has a junction with Abadeh Shiraz Expressway 24 km south of the city. A road starts from Abadeh Ring Road to Soqad and Semirom, Road 55; the railroad from Isfahan to Shiraz passes Abadeh and there are train services at Abadeh Railway Station to Shiraz, Esfahan and Mashad. Abadeh Airport was planned to be built in the mid 1990s. Abadeh's main sport is Football, like the rest of the country; the main stadium is Takhti Stadium located in Mo'allem Square. The main team in Abadeh is Behineh Rahbar Abadeh F. C., playing in Iran Football's 3rd Division after finishing first in Fars Provincial League last year. It played in Hazfi Cup 2010-11 reaching the fourth round. In 2012 Iran announced it had started the construction an air defense site in city of Abadeh, the site is planned to be the largest in the country and will house 6,000 personnel for a variety duties including educational ones.

Abadeh features a continental semi-arid climate with extreme heat and dryness over summer, cold and wet winter, with huge variations between daytime and nighttime throughout the year

Jon Ford (Australian politician)

Jonathan Robert Ford is a former Australian politician. He was a Labor member of the Western Australian Legislative Council from 2001 to 2013, representing the Mining and Pastoral region. Ford was born in the New South Wales country town of Deniliquin, he moved to Western Australia in the 1980s to work in the mining and gas industry in the north of Western Australia. In 1990, he joined the Australian Labor Party, was elected to Western Australian Legislative Council at the 2001 state election. Ford was a minister in the governments of Alan Carpenter. In March 2005, Ford became the Minister for Fisheries and the Minister for Kimberley and Gascoyne, he took on a third portfolio when he became Minister for Local Government and Regional Development in February 2006 the Minister for Regional Development from December 2006. A fourth portfolio was added to his responsibilities when he became Minister for Employment Protection in February 2008. Ford ceased to be a minister. Ford was the Labor candidate for the Western Australian seat of O'Connor at the 2016 federal election.

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Clarence Lung

Clarence Lung was a film and television actor. He appeared in films such as Dragon Seed, Song of the Sarong, Experiment in Terror, Prisoner Of War, Operation Petticoat and The Hundred Days of the Dragon. Among the television programs he appeared in were China Smith, he died on 15 October 1993, aged 78. His television credits include Guys Like O'Malley, a story about an observation post during the Korean war, in which he appeared along with James Best and Neville Brand. In film, one of his early roles was a small part in The Good Earth, he played Attorney Yung in Experiment in Terror, a film that starred Glenn Ford and Lee Remick. He had a supporting role in Dragon Seed. In that film he had the distinction of being the only American actor of Chinese descent to play an adult member of the Tan family and have screen credit, he appeared alongside James Hong in the 1959 film Blood And Steel. Clarence Lung on IMDb Clarence Lung at Aveleyman

Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School (North Carolina)

Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in Kernersville, North Carolina, minutes from downtown Greensboro and Winston-Salem. It operates under the direction of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, it is the only Catholic high school in the Piedmont Triad area. Bishop McGuinness was named one of the nation's top 50 Catholic high schools by the National Catholic High School Honor Roll. Our Lady of Grace Catholic School, Greensboro Blessed Sacrament School, Burlington Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School, Winston-Salem Saint Leo Parish School, Winston-Salem Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School, High Point Saint Pius X Catholic School, Greensboro The mascot for Bishop McGuinness is the Villain; the mascot comes from the Villa Marie Anna Academy. The boys basketball team won the NCHSAA State Championship in 2009; this team holds the school record for most wins in the best overall record. Boys Basketball has claimed 5 state championships- 1963, 1982, 1983, 1987, 2009, 2019.

As of 2014, the girls basketball team have won nine consecutive state championships, the NCHSAA Record, is tied for the 2nd longest consecutive state championship win streak nationally. The Boys' Cross Country team has qualified for the NCHSAA 1A Regional and State meets seven consecutive times since 2005, finishing as low as eight, with their highest finish of third place in the 2011 NCHSAA 1A State Championship at Beeson Park, they have won the NCHSAA Northwest 1A Conference title in 2009 and 2011, as well as having won the NCHSAA 1A Midwest Regional Meet in both 2007 and 2011. They have won the state title twice, in 2012 and 2013; the Girls' Cross Country team has an more exceptional record. Although they have only appeared in the NCHSAA State Meet since 2006, they have been awarded runners-up three times, they have won the Midwest 1A Regional and Northwest 1A Conference meets five of the past six years, holds the NCHSAA 1A State Title for 2008, 2012, 2013. The Boys' Tennis team won the 2011 NCHSAA 1A State Championship defeating the North Carolina School of Math and Science in the final.

In addition to the team championship, Senior Joseph Riazzi won the NCHSAA 1A individual doubles state championship. List of high schools in North Carolina National Catholic Educational Association

James William Grant (astronomer)

James William Grant FRSE FRAS, 3rd Laird of Wester Elchies was a Scottish astronomer and landowner. On 23 July 1844 he was the first person to observe and record the existence of the star Antares B, he was born on 12/13 August 1788 at the family home of Wester Elchies and was baptised on 28 August 1788 at Knockando church. He was the son of Robert Grant, Laird of Elchies and Ballintomb, his wife Isobel Campbell, his father had made a fortune as a fur trader in Canada, purchasing the estate of Wester Elchies in 1783. From 1805 until 1849 he worked for the East India Company, beginning in the role of Writer and rising to be its official Astronomer, based in Bengal. In 1828 he inherited the estate of Wester Elchies from his elder brother. In 1849 he returned to Scotland and built a fine private observatory from granite at Wester Elchies, flanked by a pair of sphinx. In 1851 he purchased the Trophy Telescope, a centrepiece of the Great Exhibition of 1851 at the Crystal Palace in London, it was set up to search for double stars.

It was used by Prof Piazzi Smyth in 1862. It was sold in 1864 to a Mr Aytoun of Glenfarg; the telescope was the largest in Scotland at that time with an 11-inch aperture, 16 feet focal length lens. In 1852 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, his proposer being Robert Morrison, he resigned in 1854. He died on 17 December 1865 at Wester Elchies, he is buried in the family vault at Knockando churchyard. On 22 November 1807 he married Margaret Wilson at Knockando, she was the daughter of Rev Thomas Wilson of Gamrie in Banffshire. Margaret is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery. Children: William Grant, Maynard Eliza Grant, Isabella Charlotte Grant, Lenora Margaret Hamilton Grant, Mary Ballard Grant, Julia Sherer Grant, James William Grant, Charles Thomason Petrie Grant - prior to 1877), Helen Bradden Grant, Henry Alexander Grant Emily Forbes Grant His grandson James W H Grant was son-in-law to Sir Archibald Levin Smith, buried at Knockando. Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh from 1852 to 1854 Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society from 1854

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency is an inter-regional supportive network of independent emergency units throughout the Caribbean region. Formed on September 1, 2005 as the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency it underwent a name change to CDEMA in September 2009; the participating member states and agencies of the CDEMA include: In recent years, the role of the CDEMA has been to provide disaster assistance to member countries. Such roll out of CDEMA personnel was witnessed for Grenada and Jamaica in early September, 2004 after the passage of Hurricane Ivan. During the mid-1990s, the sudden eruption by the Soufriere Hills volcano in Montserrat caused the CDEMA to spring into action, to provide additional support to the people on the island; the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency regularly monitors the Soufriere Hills volcano, in addition to the active undersea volcano named Kick'em Jenny to the north of Grenada. Members of the Regional Security System have requested military and logistical assistance through that agreement after natural disasters as well.

Towards the end of the twentieth century, severe weather had been increasing in the Caribbean region and the Gulf of Mexico. Being able to control and minimize the damage caused by these disasters is critical to life in that part of the world; the world recognized a need to establish an organization to handle natural disasters in that region and in July 1984 the Pan-Caribbean Disasters Preparedness and Prevention Project was established. The Caribbean has battled with independence from its mother European countries for centuries and before the PCDPPP came about the traditional way of handling disasters in the area was though private donors, a method, dependent on others and failing to help their cause for independence; the creation of the PCDPPP was a collection of international sponsors such as the United States Agency for International Development, the Canadian International Development Agency, the Government of the Netherlands, the United Nations Disaster Relief Organization. The PCDPPP failed to break free from the direct and indirect dependence the Caribbean had towards Europe and the United States.

One significant failure of the PCDPPP was for its participants to take part in the organization itself and become more involved with civil society. In 1989, with the widespread destruction of Hurricane Hugo, a response for a more effective form of natural disaster management and preparedness was recognized. In 1991 the Caribbean Disaster and Emergency Response Agency was created; the Caribbean was moving towards the independence. CDERA was formed with 16 participating Caribbean nations; this way the Caribbean countries had regional support along with international support. Aid from regional sources was now becoming more of a possibility. CDERA would take a name change to encompass their end goal of not only responding to disasters but managing all types of disasters. In the first decade of the twenty first century CDERA became CDEMA, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. In 1989, when the PCDPPP was beginning to fall apart Hurricane Hugo struck the Caribbean. Relief was still relying on foreign aid from countries such as the United States.

By 1990 the insurance companies were criticizing the PCDPPP and how it was necessary to revamp the system in which the Caribbean responding to natural disasters. The construction industry in particular was criticized for not enforcing enough standards in structure’s abilities to withstand disasters prone to the Caribbean. In 1991 the PCDPPP ceased to exist and for about a month the insurance agencies in the region were desperate for a replacement. In terms of disaster relief and management the Caribbean region was in limbo awaiting a strong force to aid them in a time of crisis. There were little signs of funding for the formation of such an organization and meeting the deadline of June 1, 1991 of the implementation of a new disaster relief organization was looking doubtful. Funding was and still is a huge part of this region and in terms of disaster relief meant everything; the Caribbean Community was able to take the initiative and set up CDERA in September 1991. The growth of CDERA is said to have been slow throughout the 1990s.

Things began to improve starting in the twenty first century with CDERA. In 2003 studies showed how their own developed earlier warning systems in the Caribbean straight from the Caribbean Metrological Organization based in Trinidad and Tobago were reducing the lives loss in disasters. There was still controversy over whether the people had confidence in this system and they needed to study how the public interacted with these systems for improvement. In 2005, CDERA was planning to better coordinate with the tourism industry and get them up to speed on preparing a response strategy and a clear plan for preparing for natural or man-made disasters. CDERA was formulating plans to better train their employees and improve the spread of information; the Caribbean Tourism Organization claimed the current system CDERA was using needed to become more united into one system instead of a “tower of Babel” effect occurring. That year CDERA coordinator, Jeremy Collymore, started putting pressure on the individual countries of the Caribbean Union to increase their preparedness plan, giving them encouragement to become more self sustainable in case of an emergency.

While encouraging strengthening from within, aid from Japan was used to help develop their community early warning systems and hazard management ability. With the recent tsunamis in Thailand and Somalia aid was sought from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center to develop earlier tsunami warning system