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Accra

Accra is the capital of Ghana covering an area of 225.67 km2 with an estimated urban population of 2.27 million as of 2012. It is organized into 12 local government districts – 11 municipal districts and the Accra Metropolitan District, the only district within the capital to be granted city status. "Accra" refers to the Accra Metropolitan Area, which serves as the capital of Ghana, while the district, within the jurisdiction of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly is distinguished from the rest of the capital as the "City of Accra". In common usage, the terms "Accra" and "City of Accra" are used interchangeably; the intersection of the Lafa stream and Mallam junction serves as the western border of Accra, the Great Hall of the University of Ghana forms Accra's northern border, while the Nautical College forms the eastern border. The Gulf of Guinea forms the southern border. Formed from the merger of distinct settlements around British Fort James, Dutch Fort Crêvecoeur, Danish Fort Christiansborg as Jamestown and Christiansborg Accra served as the capital of the British Gold Coast between 1877 and 1957 and has since transitioned into a modern metropolis.

The capital's architecture reflects this history, ranging from 19th-century colonial architecture to modern skyscrapers and apartment blocks. Accra is the Greater Accra Region's economic and administrative hub, serves as the anchor of the larger Greater Accra Metropolitan Area, inhabited by about 4 million people, making it the thirteenth-largest metropolitan area in Africa. Strategic initiatives, such as transportation, are coordinated between the local government authorities, while the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, based in West Ridge, is responsible for the administration of the 60 km2 City of Accra only; the central business district of Accra contains the city's main banks and department stores, as well as an area known as the Ministries, where Ghana's government administration is concentrated. Economic activities in Accra include the financial and commercial sectors and the manufacture of processed food, plywood, textiles and chemicals. Tourism is becoming a thriving source of business for those in arts and crafts, historical sites and local travel and tour agents.

The Oxford Street in the district of Osu has grown to become the hub of business and night life in Accra. In 2010, the Globalization and World Cities Research Network think tank designated Accra as a Gamma level world city, indicating a growing level of international influence and connectedness; the word Accra is derived from the Akan word Nkran meaning "ants", a reference to the numerous anthills seen in the countryside around Accra. The name refers to soldier ants, was applied to both the town and people by the Twi speakers; the name of Accra in the local Ga language is Ga or Gaga, the same name as that of the Ga people and a cognate with Nkran. The word is sometimes rendered with the nasalised vowels as Gã or Gãgã. Historian Carl Christian Reindorf confirmed this etymology, proposing a link between the martial qualities and migratory behaviour of the local ants and those of the Ga people; the link between the ethnonym and ants was explicitly reflected in the recognition of anthills as sacred places.

Ringed by sacred fences, the tall red mounds dotting Accra's hinterland were seen as microcosms of human community and as nodal points between the known world and the world of the dead. While the Ga used the reference to the invasive species of dark-brown swarming ants to connote military prowess and their ancient conquest of Guang speakers residing in the Accra Plains, the Akan-speaking appropriation and translation of this metaphor had a less than generous meaning. Instead of viewing Ga speakers as a formidable military force, the Akan-speaking term "Nkran" cast Ga peoples as pests or nuisances to be controlled or exterminated; the name Ga is a cognate of the name Akan, one of a few words in which corresponds to in Akan. Ga gave its name to the Ga districts surrounding Accra; the spelling Accra was given to Nkran by Europeans. An earlier spelling used by the Danes was Akra; the main Ga group known as the Tumgwa We led by Ayi Kushie arrived by sea. When the Guan on the coast saw them on their canoes at sea, they looked like ants.

Hence, the Lartehs refer to them as Nkran. Nkran was corrupted by the Danes to Akra to present-day Accra. Nkran in the Ga language is Gaga, thus they started calling themselves Ga. Due to their sheer numbers, the indigenous Lartehs thus relocated to the Akuapem ridge; the Ga are part of the main Guan group that started the initial migration from the Nubia Empire. Accra was not the most prominent trading centre; the Dutch built the nearby outposts of Ussher Fort while the British and the Swedes built James Fort and Christiansborg castles, respectively. By the 17th century, Portugal and Denmark, had constructed forts in the city. Britain acquired the interests of all other countries beginning in 1851, when Denmark sold Christiansborg and their other forts to the British; the Netherlands was the last to sell out, in 1871. In 1873, after decades of tension between the British and Ashantis, the British attacked and destroyed Kumasi; the British captured Accra in 1874, in 1877, at the end of the second Anglo-Asante War, Accra replaced Cape Coast as the capital of the British Gold Coast.

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2000 Pro Bowl

The 2000 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 1999 season. The game was played on February 6, 2000 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii Attendance— 50,112; the game was broadcast by ABC with a running time of sixteen minutes. The final score was NFC 51, AFC 31; the AFC coach was Tom Coughlin of Jacksonville. The NFC coach was Tony Dungy of Tampa Bay. Randy Moss of the Minnesota Vikings was the game's MVP with 9 catches for 212 yards and one touchdown; the referee was Tom White. The scores broken down by quarter: 1st Quarter NFC— Aeneas Williams 62-yd interception return, 12:14. 10-7 NFC 2nd Quarter NFC— Mike Alstott 1-yd run, 12:57. 27-21 NFC 3rd Quarter NFC—Alstott 1-yd run, 7:08. 37-21 NFC 4th Quarter AFC—Mare 33-yd FG, 14:49. 51-31 NFC Starting Lineups as voted on by NFL players and coaches Notes: a Replacement selection due to injury or vacancy b Injured player.

Giant (2009 film)

Giant is a 2009 comedy film and directed by Adrían Biniez, an Argentinian film director living in Uruguay. Jara is a security guard at a supermarket who falls in love with Julia, a cleaning worker on the night shift. Jara is about 30 years old, solitary and big; that is why before approaching to Julia, he watches her via the television cameras monitoring the supermarket, pursues her across the city of Montevideo, where the film is set. Horacio Camandule as Jara Leonor Svarcas as Julia Diego Artucio as Omar Ariel Caldarelli as Jara's boss Fabiana Charlo as Mariela Andrés Gallo as Fidel Federico García as Matías Néstor Guzzini as Tomás Esteban Lago as Gustavo Ernesto Liotti as Danilo Carlos Lissardy as Kennedy Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear Goya Awards Best Spanish Language Foreign Film List of films featuring surveillance Giant on IMDb

Tavito Nanao

Tavito Nanao is a Japanese singer-songwriter who debuted in 1998. He has worked with a great number of musicians, including Takkyu Ishino and Yakenohara. Nanao has reached a wider audience since 2007, after his album 911 Fantasia, a 3CD musical about the September 11 attacks, his collaboration single with Yakenohara, "Rollin' Rollin'," and the success of his 5th album, Billion Voices. Nanao was born prematurely on August 20, 1979, grew up in a rural area of Japan; until 13, most of the music Nanao had listened to was jazz, due to the influence of his father. From the beginning of middle school, Nanao began to listen to musicians such as a rock band B'z. In the summer of 1994, he discovered grunge music and would be absent from school. On New Year's Eve of 1994, Nanao decided to write music, by humming tunes and writing down lyrics, throughout the next year began writing songs daily. After copying the styles of several bands he enjoyed, Nanao found songwriting a spontaneous activity. In 1996, after a year of high school, Nanao decided to drop out of high school, in September took a friend's acoustic guitar and multitrack recorder and moved to Tokyo.

In a year's time in 1997, Nanao sent in a demo tape for the Sony Soytzer Music Audition, which led to Nanao being signed to Sony. Nanao's initial recordings were in Los Angeles in March and July 1998, where he bought acoustic and electric guitars. In September, Nanao debuted with the single "Omoide Over Drive." After several other singles, Nanao recorded his debut album throughout early to mid-1999, released it in August, titled Ame ni Utaeba...! Disc 2. In March 2000, Nanao performed his first live at the Shinjuku Liquid Room. Nanao worked on his second studio album, Heavenly Punk: Agadio, throughout 2000 and 2001, releasing two singles in 2000. Most of the work was completed between December 2001 and March 2002, with the final product released in April; the album was the first album to be released through Wonderground Music, an independent record label. In May and June 2002, Nanao performed his first tour alongside Hiroya Komeiji, performing at four cities across Japan. Nanao continued to work with Wonderground, releasing a self-accompanied album in 2003 and a single+DVD set in 2004.

The single was the first of Nanao's works through both Sony and Wonderground to chart on Oricon's albums and single charts. In 2007, Nanao released a three CD musical album called 911 Fantasia, themed around the events of the September 11 attacks. Nanao considers this the peak work of his 20s; the release of this album lead to Nanao's introduction to rapper Yakenohara, the pair collaborated with the single "Rollin' Rollin" in 2009. This, along with Nanao, 2010 album, were both releases that charted in the top 50. Ame ni Utaeba...! Disc 2 Heavenly Punk: Agadio Hikigatari Monogatari Vol. 1: Humming Bird 911 Fantasia Billion Voices Little Melody Official site Official blog Tavito Nanao on Twitter

North Darfur

North Darfur State is one of the wilayat or states of Sudan. It is one of the five states composing the Darfur region, it has an area of 296,420 km² and an estimated population of 1,583,000. Al-Fashir is the capital of the state. Other significant towns include Ailliet, Kutum, Mellit and Umm Keddada. North Darfur occupies more than half of the territory of the Darfur region, includes part of the Marrah Mountains; the northern part is desert. To the south there is more rainfall with the eastern side being plains with low sandy hills, while the volcanic Marrah Mountains occupy most of the western side of the south. In the southern portion the most important crops are millet and peanuts. North Darfur is bounded on the northwest by Libya, on the north by Northern State, on the east by Northern State and North Kurdufan, on the southeast by South Kurdufan, on the south by South Darfur, on the west by West Darfur and the Republic of Chad. North Darfur shares much of the history of Darfur, it was the center of the Sultanate of Darfur and contained both its capital al-Fashir and its biggest trading city Kobbei.

State profile "Fresh hopes for North Darfur" by Julie Flint, BBC News From Our Correspondent, 14 June 2007

Rangeville, Queensland

Rangeville is a residential locality in Toowoomba in the Toowoomba Region, Australia. In the 2016 census, Rangeville had a population of 8,312 people. Rangeville is located 5 kilometres south-east of the Toowoomba city centre; the suburb's eastern boundary is along the top of the Great Dividing Range and is home to four reserves: Picnic Point Park. The western boundary along East Creek is home to the Toowoomba Bicentennial Waterbird Habitat. At Picnic Point a 150-foot flagpole was erected as part of the Q150 celebrations; as closer settlement moved further along the range from Toowoomba, the suburb appears to have been named Rangeville to distinguish it from The Range, the general term for the area along the Great Dividing Range. The Range State School opened on 1 July 1909. In December 1909 it was renamed Rangeville State School. In 1955 William Brennan, Roman Catholic Bishop of Toowoomba, invited the Christian Brothers to establish a boys' school in eastern Toowoomba. Three brothers were appointed and arrived in October 1955.

The foundation stone for the school was laid on 15 December 1955. St Joseph's College opened in 1956 offering schooling from Year 4 to Year 12 with an initial enrolment of 116 boys; the official opening was held in September 1956 and was conducted by Bishop Brennan and James Duhig, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane. The Christian Brothers ceased operating the school in 1983. Other changes at that time was to make the school secondary only; the school offered enrolment to girls. Rangeville has a number of heritage-listed sites, including: 1 South Street: Geeumbi 2 South Street: Rodway 168 Tourist Road: Picnic Point and adjacent Parkland Rangeville State School is a government primary school for boys and girls at 32A High Street. In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 732 students with 58 teachers and 32 non-teaching staff, it includes a special education program. St Joseph's College is a Catholic secondary school for girls at 54 James Street. In 2017, the school had an enrolment of 801 students with 39 non-teaching staff.

"Rangeville". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland