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Alfonso I of Asturias

Alfonso I of Asturias, called the Catholic, was the third King of Asturias, reigning from 739 to his death in 757. His reign saw an extension of the Christian domain of Asturias, reconquering León, he succeeded his brother-in-law Favila, was succeeded by his son, Fruela I. Alfonso's youngest son, Mauregatus became king, his daughter Adosinda was consort to king Silo of Asturias; the dynasty started by Alfonso was known in contemporary Al-Andalus as the Astur-Leonese dynasty. As the son of Duke Peter of Cantabria, Alfonso held many lands in that region, he is said to have married Ermesinda, daughter of Pelagius, who founded Asturias after the Battle of Covadonga in which he reversed the Moorish conquest of the region. He succeeded Pelagius' son, his brother-in-law, Favila, on the throne after the latter's premature death. Whether Pelagius or Favila were considered kings in their own lifetime is debatable, but Alfonso was, he began a lifelong war against the Moors. In 740, he in 754, León, he went as far as La Rioja.

However, the few urban populations of these frontier regions fled to his northern dominions, leaving a depopulated buffer between the Christian and Muslim states. This created the so-called Desert of the Duero, an empty region between the River Duero and the Asturian Mountains. Alfonso intended it this way. Besides the martial aspects, the demographic and cultural effects of this policy on Asturian and Portuguese history is large, it was over a hundred years. The Arab writers speak of the kings of the northwest of Iberia as the Beni Alfons, appear to recognize them as a Galician royal stock derived from Alfonso I. Alfonso is credited with establishing the shrine of Our Lady of Covadonga, in commemoration of his father in law's victory at the Battle of Covadonga, he and his queen are interred there. Their epitaph reads: "AQVI YAZE EL CATOLICO Y SANTO REI DON ALONSO EL PRIMERO I SV MVJER DOÑA ERMENISINDA ERMANA DE DON FAVILA A QVIEN SVCEDIO. GANO ESTE REY MVCHAS VITORIAS À LOS MOROS. FALLECIO EN CANGAS AÑO DE 757.""Here lies the Catholic and Holy King Don Alfonso the First and his wife Doña Ermesinda, sister of Don Favila to whom he succeeded.

This king won many victories against the Moors. He died in Cangas in the year 757." Alfonso had four children. Three were through his marriage to Ermesinda, one, was born to a Muslim slave, Sisalda. Fruela I of Asturias: succeeded Alfonso as king. Vimorano: assassinated in 765 by Fruela. Adosinda: queen consort of King Silo of Asturias Mauregatus of Asturias: Succeeded Silo as king

Andrew J. Lederer

Andrew J. Lederer is a New York-based comedian who has starred in low-budget movies and worked in writing and production. Growing up in New York City, Andrew appeared as a vocal soloist with the Brooklyn Borough-Wide Chorus, both in live performance and on CBS-TV, he became a comedian as a teenager and acted in movies and television, including Family Ties, The Facts of Life, Fame plus starring roles in the movies Out of Control and Body Count plus an excised scene - restored on DVD - in This is Spinal Tap. He became an entertainment journalist, working as a writer and/or editor for Film Threat Magazine, Wild Cartoon Kingdom, Sci-Fi Universe and others. At present, he blogs for The Huffington Post. Andrew wrote a substantial portion of the famous Disney/McDonald's Trivia Challenge, his original screenplay, Won't Fade Out, was given its own chapter in the book The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made, alongside unfinished efforts by the likes of Stanley Kubrick, Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock. With Dave Feinman, Andrew created CWA, a semi-cooperative management company that represented many of the better Los Angeles comedians for acting work during the late 1990s.

Andrew was a prominent "alternative" comedian, as that term was understood in the U. S. at the turn of the millennium. His long-running The Second Show and Eugene Mirman and Bobby Tisdale's Invite Them Up were the first comedy shows at Rififi/Cinema Classics, one of alternative or indie comedy's most important New York venues, his one-person shows, Petula Clark's Greatest Hits, Bridge-Burner, Me and Hitler were all presented as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe In 2003, he made a high-profile return to singing as part of the Loser's Lounge Tribute to the Bee Gees, followed by two New York-area solo shows. In 2007, Andrew was a consultant for The Green Room, his 2006-2008 blog was featured on the UK's Chortle comedy website. Andrew's most famous role was as Frank, the editor of ASS Magazine in the television series The Adventures of Electra Elf. Lederer's performance style has tended toward storytelling rather than a recitation of jokes or more standard comic observations, his one-time roommate, Marc Price, has called him the "father of alternative comedy" but, as Lederer points out, this could only be true if any of the major practitioners had been influenced by him, which they provably have not.

Lederer has worked in the background providing material for other performers and writers. He contributed to animation and film histories by Jerry Beck and others, he wrote sequences performed by comedian Jackie Diamond on Fox TV's Comic Strip Live, consulted for Marc Price on CBS TV's The Midnight Hour As a consultant to Will Ryan, he was a key player in some of the more recent attempts to popularize the animated character Elmo Aardvark. He suggested comedian Harris Peet for the role of Muddy Mudskipper on The Ren and Stimpy Show and directed his audition tape, and though Lederer "works clean", underground comic Rick Shapiro has credited seeing Andrew with making him realize he could talk about what he wanted to on stage and not be limited by convention. Lederer was mentored by comedian Jeff Garlin at around the time Garlin was co-creating Curb Your Enthusiasm, he was the only regular performer, aside from Garlin himself, on Garlin's live, weekly comedy show in the spring of 1998 and hosted when Garlin could not.

Lederer consulted on the rewriting of an abortive sitcom pilot by Garlin and the two glancingly considered a writing collaboration on a possible HBO bio of Milton Berle. Lederer assisted Garlin during the making of a short Jackie Gleason documentary and was one of those asked to offer opinions on the feature, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With before the completion of its edit; the burgeoning comedic storytelling scene in the UK was inspired by Lederer's Anthology series at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Both Sarah Bennetto's Storytellers' Club and an earlier Amused Moose effort were started by veterans of the Anthology shows. Lederer's 2007 and 2008 London Anthology presentations have been Critic's Choices in both Time Out and the Evening Standard. Andrew has been producer or co-producer of a number of live productions including many of Scott Blakeman's political comedy shows and the play Lysistrata 100, he co-produced comedian Ahmed Ahmed's Richard Pryor Award-winning 2004 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show and the Edinburgh run of Rain Pryor's Fried Chicken and Latkes in 2005.

Andrew, with Parker produced the musical variety series, The Savage Breast. Lederer has at various times been a regular performer at New York's fabled Comic Strip, Catch a Rising Star and Caroline's comedy clubs and at Los Angeles' The Comedy Store. Alternative venues have included New York's Surf Reality, Collective: Unconscious and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and L. A's Creativity Bookstore. Recent live credits include Heeb Magazine's storytelling show and The Onion's comedy series, both at Joe's Pub; the Rejection Show at Mo Pitkin's, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney's Oh, Hello and Sherry Weaver's Speakeasy Stories. In the UK, he has appeared on such progressive, live stand-up and variety shows a

2010–11 Newport County A.F.C. season

The 2010–11 season was Newport County's first season back in the Conference National since the club was expelled mid-season in 1989. County confirmed promotion on 15 March the previous season — the first team in senior football in Britain to do so; the club finished the season in 9th place. The season began with the second-longest trip of the season and County's first visit to Darlington since the 2–0 victory in May 1988; this time however the home side came away with a 1–0 win, with home'keeper Sam Russell putting in a man-of-the-match performance. The first home game against Tamworth was drawn 1–1 with Craig Reid scoring the first Conference National point with a 71st-minute penalty. In the following home game with Histon, County looked on course to record their first victory, with the scoreline 2–0 within the first 18 minutes; however the visitors got back into the game, with the score 2–1 at half time and the equaliser coming in the second half, the game was drawn. The next game was County's first visit to the Kenilworth Road home of Luton Town since the 1–1 draw in January 1968.

Despite former Luton youth player Charlie Henry firing Newport into the lead that game too was drawn 1–1 and County were still without a win in the new campaign. That win came with the 3–0 defeat of visitors Kidderminster Harriers and County embarked on an unbeaten run culminating with the club going second in the table following the 3–1 home win against Forest Green Rovers. County's first visit to Grimsby Town's Blundell Park ground since December 1978 resulted in only the second defeat of the season, but County had slipped to sixth. However, following the 28 December away 3–2 victory at Kidderminster, County were back in second place, beating top-of-the-table Crawley Town along the way; the new year began with optimism that County could cement themselves in the play-off positions, but instead began with a run of 12 games without a win and the loss of their manager, slipping down to 11th place in the process. The home game with Bath City on New Year's Day was lost 2–1 thanks to an injury-time winner by the visitors.

County were leading AFC Wimbledon 3–2 in the following home game, in front of a season's best crowd but they conceded an equaliser in the 82nd minute drawing 3–3. County were again winning away at Southport until an 87th-minute equaliser and a penalty in the sixth minute of injury time, losing 2–1 seconds later. On the morning of the away match with Tamworth it had been announced that manager Dean Holdsworth had left to take up the managers post at Aldershot Town, but he would manage the County game in the day. Newport were leading 2–1 until a 76th-minute equaliser and another 90th-minute penalty meant Holdsworth's last game in charge would end in a 3–2 defeat. Former County boss and latterly Director of Football Tim Harris took over as caretaker manager but the bad run continued. At home to Rushden & Diamonds when trailing 1–2 Danny Rose missed an 88th-minute penalty which would have gained County a point. To make matters worse the visitors scored again in the 89th minute leaving the final score 1–3.

In the next game away to Histon Craig Reid missed an 83rd-minute penalty leaving the final score 0–0. Away to Mansfield Town County were two up within two minutes. With the score 3–0 by 28 minutes this looked like the end of the win-less run, but after the sending off of Chris Todd and resultant penalty in the 33rd minute the score was only 3–2 in County's favour; the equaliser came and the game ended 3–3. The next game at home to Fleetwood Town was heading for a 1–1 draw until the visitors' 84th and 90th-minute goals resulted in yet another last-gasp loss; the bad luck came to an end at home to Altrincham. Finding themselves 1–0 behind after only 46 seconds, County won the game 2–1; the Tottenham Hotspur coach Anthony Hudson was announced as new manager on 1 April. His appointment coincided with a revival in form where revenge victories were exacted over Grimsby Town and Barrow, culminating in the season's best 7–1 victory away at Gateshead. County finished the season 9th in the table. Only competitive games from the 2010–11 season are included.

Newport County AFC 2010-2011: Results Newport County's results from season 2010/2011

Ryan Merritt

Ryan Adam Merritt is an American professional baseball pitcher, a free agent. He played in Major League Baseball for the Cleveland Indians. Merritt was raised in Celina, is a graduate of Celina High School, where he lettered in baseball and football, he attended McLennan Community College. The Cleveland Indians selected Merritt in the 16th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft; the Indians added him to their 40-man roster on November 20, 2014. Merritt started Game 5 of the 2016 American League Championship Series, just his second major league start. Merritt is one of only two pitchers in MLB history to have started just one game in the regular season before pitching in the postseason, the other being Matt Moore. On July 13, 2018, Merritt was designated for assignment. After clearing waivers, Merritt was outrighted to the minor leagues on July 21, he elected free agency on November 3, 2018. On November 14, 2018, Merritt signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, he became a free agent following the 2019 season.

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Elgsnes is a village in Harstad Municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway. It is located on the northeastern part of the large island of Hinnøya, along the Andfjorden, about 24 kilometres northwest of the town of Harstad and about 16 kilometres north of the village of Kasfjord. Elgsnes is located at the tip of a narrow peninsula, looking across the Toppsundet strait towards the village of Grøtavær on the island of Grytøya. Elgsnes Chapel is located in this village. Elgsnes has been inhabited from the early Stone Age, at least 10,000 years ago. Many finds have been made around the village; some of the finds come from the Neolithic period, but from the Bronze Age there is little left from the two big cairns. A woman's grave from the Merovingian period was richly equipped, including jewelry from the Baltic region and Karelia. A blacksmith's grave from the Viking Age was, when it was opened in the 1950s, considered to be the fourth richest of its kind in Scandinavia; the trade station down at Raten has a history dating back to 1675.

At its peak there were 23 houses at the promontory, including the main building from 1723. In 1798, the trade station got a royal license as a guesthouse, so the use of the building for overnight guests started more than 200 years ago; as Harstad developed as a trade center, the trade in Elgsnes declined, in 1914 it came to an end. The houses were sold off, so today only the main building is left from the old trade station houses

Fleur Beale

Fleur Una Maude Beale is a New Zealand teenage fiction writer, best known for her novel I Am Not Esther, published worldwide. Beale was one of six children of a dairy farmer, Cedric Corney, of a teacher and author, Estelle Corney, she was born in Inglewood, New Zealand, on the farm where her father was born. Beale grew up in the town and attended Inglewood High School From 1958, before attending Victoria University and Christchurch Teachers' College, where she met her husband, Tim, she taught at Melville High School in Hamilton from the mid 1980s to the late 1990s. Beale's first stories were written for the children's radio programme Grandpa's Place, her first book was a small reader and picture book for young children and she started to write for teenagers in 1993. Her stories involve troubled adolescents engaged in outdoor activities. Beale was a finalist in the AIM Children's Book Awards and her 1998 novel I Am Not Esther was shortlisted for the senior fiction section of the 1999 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards.

In 1999 she was awarded the Children's Writing Fellowship at Dunedin College of Education and quit teaching to write full-time. Her 2001 novel Ambushed was a finalist for the Junior Fiction section of the 2002 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards, her 2004 account of how an indigenous girl discovers how her education can save her tribal lands received a Storylines Notable Book Award in 2005, as did Walking Lightly. In 2012, Beale became the last recipient of the Margaret Mahy Award during Margaret Mahy's lifetime. In the 2015 New Year Honours, Beale was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature. Fourteen-year-old Kirby Greenland's mother leaves her with unfamiliar relatives in a strange city leaving New Zealand for two years to help refugees. Kirby's new guardians and their six children belong to a strict fundamentalist Christian sect called the Children of the Faith, they abhor any immodesty, devoting themselves to industry and bible study. They insist that Kirby must leave her old self behind and emphasise that Kirby dissent, her uncle insists that the entire family prays over her until she repents.

Concern for her youngest cousin prompts her to relent but she soon becomes aware that she is losing her identity and determines to escape although she feels responsible for the cousins that she has grown to love. She is concerned about the fate of her cousin, who disappeared shortly before her arrival, but is mentioned by the family, other than her being "dead", she knows that not all the children of the cult members are indoctrinated: her cousin Daniel wants to be a doctor, despite the proscription on higher education, her schoolfriends misbehave when they are away from home. Kirby and Daniel are thrown out of the sect at the end of the book because he reveals his wish to be a doctor "so I can help you all". A mass brawl/fight scene ensues, they go to Wellington, find Kirby's mother in a psychiatric hospital and help her to recover. Meanwhile, Kirby has been having nightmares about becoming Esther again; the title I Am Not Esther comes from Kirby's catchphrase "I am not Esther", as this is what her aunt and other people in the faith insist on calling her.

She is worried that she is turning into Esther when it is pointed out to her that Kirby would have said "I'm not Esther" – the faith did not use abbreviated words. Beale was inspired to write this by "a boy I taught, thrown out of his family because he wanted to be a doctor", she describes the cultists with respect. Despite this, the cultists are depicted as brutal opponents of the brave doubters as a consequence of using Kirby's perspective. In 2012, Beale published a sequel to I Am Not Esther, titled. One of the sequels is written from the perspective of her cousin Rebecca, moving to Nelson with the rest of her family, as shown at the end of I Am Not Esther; the third book is called "Being Magdalene", written from Magdalene's point of view. The Great Pumpkin Battle’', Shortland A Surprise for Anna, Cocky's Circle Slide the Corner, Scholastic Against the Tide, HarperCollins Driving a Bargain, HarperCollins Over the Edge, Scholastic The Fortune Teller, HarperCollins Dear Pop, Land's End The Rich and Famous Body and the Empty Chequebook, Land's End Fifteen and Screaming, HarperCollins Rockman, HarperCollins Further Back than Zero, Scholastic Keep Out, Learning Media Destination Disaster, Shortland Playing to Win, Scholastic Trucker, Learning Media Deadly Prospect, Scholastic Ambushed, Scholastic Seven readers for Pearson Education, Singapore Lucky for Some, Scholastic Red Dog in Bandit Country, Longacre Lacey and the Drama Queens, Scholastic My Story A New Song in the Land.

The Writings of Atapo, Pahia, c.1840, Scholastic Walking Lightly, Mallinson Rendel A Respectable Girl, Random House The Transformation of Minna Hargreaves, Random House My Life of Crime, Mallinson Rendel Slide the Corner, Scholastic End of the Alphabet, Random House Dirt Bomb, Random House The Juno series: Juno of Taris Fierce September Heart of Danger I Am Not Esther I Am Not Esther, ISBN 0-7868-0845-4 I am Rebecca, ISBN 978-1-77553-549-2 Being Magdal