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Al Zubara Fort

Al Zubara Fort known as Fort Zubara, Zubara Fort, Al Zubarah Fort, or Az Zubara Fort, is a historic Qatari military fortress built under the oversight of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani in 1938. Al Zubara Fort was built by Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani in 1938 to serve as a Coast Guard station, although some utter that it was built to serve as a police station, it was renovated into a museum to display diverse exhibits and artworks, most for contemporarily topical archaeological findings. Al Zubara Fort is situated in the ancient town of Zubarah, which in turn is located on the northwestern coast of the Qatar peninsula in the Al Shamal municipality, is about 105 km from the Capital of Qatar. Zubarah known as Al Zubarah or Az Zubarah, the town in which Al Zubara Fort is situated, is a deserted town located on the northwestern coast of the Qatari Peninsula, in the municipality of Al Shamal, which in turn, is about 105 km from Doha, the capital city and state of Qatar. Zubarah covers an area of 400 hectares and about 60 hectares inside the outer town wall.

Zubarah as a whole is the largest archaeological site in the whole Qatari Peninsula. It was once a thriving pearl fishing and trading port positioned midway between the Strait of Hormuz and the west arm of the Persian Gulf, it is one of the largest and best preserved examples of an 18th-19th century merchant town in the Persian Gulf region. The entire layout and urban fabric of a settlement dating to this formative period in the region have been preserved; the Zubarah archaeological site provides an important insight into urban life, spatial organization, the social and economic history of the Persian Gulf before the discovery of oil and gas in the 20th century. Lofty, compact walls and profuse in broadness, swathe this eminent fort which are one meter in length and bulk, it was said that the walls of the fort were fabricated and were put together by merging and blending overlapping raw pieces of coral stones limestone, with a mortar and a pestle conceived for grinding mud. The fort has a protective roof, jury-rigged by utilizing compressed mud.

The roof endows shade and coolness for the ones inside the fort. The fort's roof was erected for the soldiers who would patrol and traverse the surrounding areas for enemies; the fort has three, gargantuan yet superbly conceived corners, each having massive, circular towers on top, which are geared with diverse varieties of Qatari-style defenses, with the fourth one as the most picturesque corner, as it has a rectangular tower with exquisite triangular-based ledges with slits that are called machicolations. Of course, the soldiers themselves had their own respective rooms. Eight rooms were constructed to accommodate such valiant and patriotic soldiers which are situated in the ground floor; these rooms were just converted to house exhibits and other archaeological findings. The fort has external staircases which were used to climb up to roof. For more information about the Al Zubara Fort's structure, see the table below; the well once provided fresh drinking water all year round, but today, like other wells in the area it is dry.

Dug by hand through the hard dammam limestone the well reached down to a thin band of fresh water. If it were dug too deep the water would become salty. Rubble in the bottom means we do not know how deep this well is, but it goes down at least ten metres. Today, Al Zubara Fort serves as a famous landmark; as a result, a schedule for opening and closing the fort for visitors and tourists is needed. The fort is open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. except for early Friday mornings and Saturdays. Barzan Tower Al Koot Fort Qatar Tourism Authority - Forts Al Zubarah Fort Qatar Visitor Embassy of Qatar - Major Museums & Forts Traditional architecture in Qatar

Bill Falkinder

Charles William Jackson "Bill" Falkinder, was an Australian air force officer and politician. Born in Hobart, Tasmania, he was educated at Hobart High School and served in the Royal Australian Air Force from 1940 to 1945 during the Second World War. Attached to the Royal Air Force's Bomber Command and Pathfinder Force for much of this time, Falkinder flew some 117 missions over occupied Europe and was decorated with the Distinguished Service Order, Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar, he continued rising to the rank of wing commander. In 1946 he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Liberal member for Franklin, narrowly defeating Labor minister Charles Frost with a ten percent swing, he held the seat until his retirement in 1966. Appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his service, Bill Falkinder died in 1993

U. B. Unamboowe

Ukku Banda Unamboowe was a Ceylonese politician. Unamboowe attended Kandy and in 1924 was appointed Rate Mahatmaya of Kotmale, he married Mallika née Galagoda. and in 1952 he was granted an OBE in the New Year's Honours, for agricultural services in Kotmale. At the 1st parliamentary election in 1947 K. Kumaravelu of the Ceylon Indian Congress was voted in as the member for Kotagala. In 1948 the Parliament passed the Ceylon Citizenship Act and subsequently in 1949 passed the Ceylon Amendment Act No.48, whereby Indian citizens were unable to contest for parliamentary seats or vote, as a result the seat become vacant. Unambooke was appointed as the United National Party candidate winning the Kotagala electorate at the subsequent 1952 parliamentary election, securing 46% of the total vote, 1,134 votes ahead of his nearest rival. At the 3rd parliamentary election, held in April 1956, Unambooke failed to retain his seat losing to J. D. Weerasekera of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party by 1,523 votes

Keren Craig

Keren Craig is an Swiss-born British fashion designer. Together with Georgina Chapman, she founded the high-end fashion label Marchesa in 2004; as teenagers, Craig met future partner Georgina Chapman while they were both students at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Craig graduated from Brighton Art College in 2000 with a BA in Fashion Textiles with Business and afterwards concentrated on print and embroidery design; this included freelance printmaking at Dolce & Gabbana. In 2004, Craig and Chapman launched Marchesa, named after socialite Marchesa Luisa Casati. Investors of the brand include Steve Witkoff. In 2006, the label was named one of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund's top ten finalists. At Marchesa, Craig was Director of Textile Design. In June 2019, among the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Craig announced that she was going to leave Marchesa, her mother is the animator Bobbie Spargo, her grandfather is Nicholas Spargo, creator of Willo the Wisp. MARCHESA website Keren Craig at FMD

Samjiyon

Samjiyŏn is a city in Ryanggang Province, North Korea. It takes its name from three lakes in the city. Samjiyŏn is situated near Mount Paektu, tour groups fly to the city's airport to see the mountain, which holds significance in North Korean mythology. Many houses and buildings in Samjiyŏn have been upgraded in recent decades, many new buildings, including a recreational centre for youths, were finished in 2005. Popular activities in Samjiyŏn are skiing and various activities for schoolchildren, who use the surrounding area of Mt. Paektu for various scouting-like operations in conjunction with school-led vacations or outings. In December 2019, Kim Jong-un opened a completed expansion of the existing township, described by state media as a "modern" city with residences and industrial parks; the city was known as a county until the decision of a name change in December 2019. Samjiyŏn is divided into 10 dong and 4 rodongjagu: Samjiyŏn is served by the Korean People's Air Force along with the national flag carrier Air Koryo which operates scheduled flights and charter services between Samjiyŏn and P'yŏngyang, Wŏnsan and Ch'ŏngjin.

In 2005, the airport was closed due to major renovations, which were underwritten by the Hyundai corporation. Samjiyŏn county is served by the narrow-gauge Samjiyŏn Line of the Korean State Railway. Construction of a new, 78 kilometres standard-gauge line from the Pukbunaeryuk Line at Hyesan to Samjiyŏn is underway since 2008, with 80% of the roadbed and 70% of lineside structures being complete as of June 2015; the current presidential train station is located near Ŭihwa-ri in Poch'ŏn county, Ryanggang, in a narrow gorge, making aerial attack difficult. The facilities of this station are much more sophisticated than the nearby civilian Hyesan Ch'ŏngnyŏn Station. Called Hyesan No.1 Railway Station, it is known as Wangdŏk Station due to the original 1985 station having been built only 2 kilometres from Wangdŏk. The first station was built in 1985, but as it was viewed from China, in 1989 it was destroyed and moved to a second site, 2 kilometres north of the current third site. However, on inspecting the completed facilities, Kim Il-sung deemed it unsuitable, as it was in view of China's mountains.

Ordering a third rebuild, the second station was taken over by the Samjiyŏn Precision Machinery Factory after completion of the current, third site, in 1992. This third station is located directly on the Paektu Mountain Tourist Road, which gives direct access to Kim Il-sung's palace compound. 20 civilian personnel and two military squads protect the area around the station. During the annual presidential visit in July or August, the entire civilian population is employed to clean the transportation system and local environment; the Samjiyon Grand Monument consists of four groups of sculptures called On the Battlefield, Fatherland and Forwards. Samjiyŏn has been a holiday destination for two presidents of North Korea. Both Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il have established palaces and compounds in the area, accessed by a specially developed and exclusive railway station for the presidential train. Samjiyon has a subarctic climate with cold, dry winters, it has one of the three speed skating ovals in the country.

List of cities in North Korea Geography of North Korea North Korea Uncovered, a Google Earth map of most of Samjiyŏn's monuments, tourist facilities, political residencies. A collection of photos from in and around Samjiyon Samjiyon County Changes Its Appearance picture album at Naenara

Ricardo PĂ©rez

Ricardo "Gato" Pérez Tamayo is a retired Colombian footballer. He was president of the América de Cali between 2018 and 2019, at which time the team was champion of the 2019 Torneo Finalización Pérez began his professional career with Millonarios, where he would spend most of his playing career. After a wonderful 1993 Copa Mustang, he was bought by "giants" América de Cali for an undisclosed fee. After three years at América, he did not enjoy a lot of confidence from the coach, so he returned on loan to Millonarios. At Millonarios again, he scored 17 goals in 46 matches, being one of the tournament's best players in 1997. Pérez made several appearances for the senior Colombia national football team, including four matches at the 1993 Copa América. Ricardo Pérez at National-Football-Teams.com