Chris Walker is a British motorcycle road racer and former scrambler with the nickname The Stalker. He is a four-time runner-up in the British Superbike Championship, a former race winner in the Superbike World Championship. For the 2015 season Walker signed for Tommy Hill's Be Wiser Kawasaki Team aboard a Kawasaki ZX-10R in the British Superbike Championship, following his 2014 season with Lloyds British GBmoto squad. Team manager Hill left in August, 2015, the team folded in September, leaving Walker without a ride for the final two race meetings of the season. In early 2016, Walker announced he would no longer participate in superbikes, instead switching to the British Sidecar Championship with a two-year contract. With no previous experience, Walker stated. Like Formula One legend Ayrton Senna, Walker developed Bell's Palsy in 2002 which paralysed part of his face, he lists his determination as his best feature, his love of puddings as his worst. He races #9. Walker only started road racing in 1995 after many years as an accomplished motocross rider, but by the end of that year and into 1996 he rose through the ranks with ease and had ridden in Grands Prix and scored points.
In 1997 he challenged for the prestigious British Superbike championship with Yamaha, finishing as runner-up to experienced team-mate Niall Mackenzie. He switched to Kawasaki for 1998, winning in the season’s first race, before it became clear that the Yamahas of Mackenzie and Steve Hislop were the bikes to beat. Injury to Hislop allowed Walker to take 2nd in the series again, a feat he repeated behind Troy Bayliss’ Ducati in 1999, he came agonisingly close to the 2000 title, when an engine failure in his Suzuki took him out of a winning position with just three laps remaining of the final race at Donington Park, leaving Walker in tears and gifting the title to GSE Ducati’s Neil Hodgson. He did however take a second place at Brands Hatch in the World Superbike round that year, the best of his many wild card entries in the UK rounds over the years. Walker made an attempt at the 500 cc World Championship in 2001, he predicted that "For me it's going to be the toughest year ever", which proved accurate, as the factory Shell-sponsored Honda was hard to ride and forced Walker to override, resulting in many huge crashes.
In 2002, he moved to the Superbike World Championship with the Fuchs Kawasaki team. Walker placed 6th in the championship for GSE Ducati in 2003, 11th for Carl Fogarty's Foggy Petronas team in 2004 teamed with James Toseland and Troy Corser. In 2005, he joined the PSG-1 Kawasaki Corse team, proving to be the most consistent Kawasaki rider in terms of pace and results, securing one podium finish and finishing 7th place overall. 2006 saw Walker teamed up with Frenchman Régis Laconi and Spain's Fonsi Nieto on a Kawasaki Europe backed ZX-10R for PSG. Walker secured his maiden Superbike World Championship race win on 3 September 2006 in Race 1 at Assen, Netherlands in his 131st race. Starting the race in 13th position, dropping to 26th position at the first corner following an excursion onto the grass, Walker braved the torrential rain and a high rate of attrition to win in a time of 44 minutes, 23.501 seconds. He came 9th overall 19 points ahead of Nieto as the highest Kawasaki. Despite his finishing position, Walker was subsequently dropped by PSG for the 2007 season, while Kawasaki still supported PSG as an official factory team.
Walker struggled on the Rizla Suzuki in the British Superbike championship outpaced by rookie team-mate Cal Crutchlow. When Neil Hodgson tested the bike some speculated; the team insisted it wasn't, at Oulton Park he took third in race one, in tricky conditions which saw many top riders crash out. This was only his second podium of the season, his points tally for the year was 225, comparing favourably to his team-mate's 152. He was not retained for 2008, but raced in the Supersport World Championship for the first time in and 2008, for the GIL Kawasaki team alongside teammate Katsuaki Fujiwara. However, the bike was not competitive, he switched to the Paul Bird VK Vent-Axia team in World Superbikes for the final five rounds of the season, he crashed twice at Donington Park. For 2009 he was optimistic of a top British Superbike Championship ride, as all the established good riders are gone, he joined the Henderson Yamaha team, but struggled for much of the year. He was competitive in race 1 at Mallory Park until controversy struck.
He was running second when Josh Brookes lost control of his bike and catapulted race leader Simon Andrews, dropping oil from Brookes' Honda. Walker was one of five other riders who either downed their bikes to avoid crashing; the red flag was shown, but these seven riders were excluded from the results, due to an unexpected application of the rules. Brookes received a two-race ban for his mistake. For 2010 Walker was released by the Motorpoint Henderson Yamaha, it looked like he would not be racing in 2010, but he arranged a deal wirh on a run Suzuki tuned by former BSB rider Ray Stringer just a week before the opening round. After 2 races Walker was offered a ride in the MSS Kawasaki team when Simon Andrews was injured in a crash while guesting in World Superbikes, he returned to the Suzuki once Andrews was fit again, but raced for SMT Honda at Snetterton, scoring the team's
Takuma Sugano is a former Japanese football player. Sugano was born in Kanagawa Prefecture on April 5, 1980. After graduating from high school, he joined J1 League club JEF United Ichihara in 1999. On April 12, 2000, he debuted against Oita Trinita in 2000 J. League Cup; however he could only play this match. In May 2000, he moved to J2 League club Ventforet Kofu on loan, he played. In 2001, he returned to JEF United Ichihara; however he could hardly play in the match. In August 2001, he moved to Shonan Bellmare, he played. In 2002, he moved to Paraguayan club River Plate Asunción. In 2003, the player scores during a promotion play-off against 3 de Febrero on 12 October; the fixture ends 4–2 in favor of 3 de Febrero. He retired end of 2005 season. Takuma Sugano at J. League
The Santa Fe Indian Market is an annual art market held in Santa Fe, New Mexico on the weekend following the third Thursday in August. The event draws an estimated 150,000 people to the city from around the world; the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts organizes the market, showcasing work from 1,200 of the top Native American artists from tribes across the country. Indian Market was organized by Kenneth Chapman in 1922 as part of an expanded Fiesta de Santa Fe sponsored by the Museum of New Mexico. In 1936, the New Mexico Association on Indian Affairs took over the event. Today, the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts organizes the market; the market features pottery, textile weavings, sculpture, beadwork and other traditional and contemporary work. It is the largest juried Native American art showcase in the world; the economic impact of the Market has been calculated at more than $19 million. Artists display their work in booths around the Santa Fe Plaza and adjacent streets, selling directly to the general public.
In order to participate, all artists must provide proof of enrollment in one of the federally recognized tribes, their work must meet strict quality and authentic materials standards. Art experts distribute awards and prize money in various categories. On the evening before the Market's opening, members of SWAIA may attend a preview of representative works by the artists as well as the winners in each category, it is a way for potential buyers to preview the winning items for sale. Many buyers make a point of arriving downtown early in the morning, it is not unusual to find artists having sold out within a few hours. Native American art List of Native American artists Southwestern Association for Indian Arts official website
Hurricane Neki was the final tropical cyclone of the 2009 Pacific hurricane season. It developed on October 18 as an unusually large disturbance from a trough south of Hawaii. Moving northwestward, it organized at first due to its large size. After reaching hurricane status on October 21, Neki intensified at a much faster rate and peaked with winds of 125 mph, it turned to the north and north-northeast and weakened due to hostile conditions. While passing through the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Neki was downgraded to a tropical storm after the center became exposed from the deepest convection, it caused little impact in the island chain. After stalling and executing a small loop, Neki resumed its northward track and dissipated on October 27; the origins of Hurricane Neki were from a surface trough that persisted near the equator in the central Pacific Ocean in the middle of October 2009. A weak tropical disturbance became evident in the trough on October 15, three days the system began developing curved bands of convection on its northern and southern periphery.
This created an unusually large gyre for the region. Following the formation of a well-defined circulation, it is estimated the system developed into Tropical Depression Three-C late on October 18, about 730 mi south of Ka Lae, Hawaii. Upon developing into a tropical cyclone, the storm was moving west-northwestward, influenced by a ridge to its north, it was located over an area of warm sea surface temperatures and moderate wind shear, which favored gradual intensification. The convection diminished during a diurnal cycle before redeveloping the next day. Maintaining an unusually large size, the depression organized separating from the trough from which it developed. On October 19, the CPHC upgraded it to Tropical Storm Neki, shortly thereafter the storm turned toward the northwest. By the next day, the cyclone resembled the structure of a monsoon depression found in the western Pacific Ocean. However, the structure began to more resemble a tropical cyclone after the outermost convection diminished and the thunderstorms around the center increased.
Following the development of a banding-eye feature, Neki intensified into a hurricane early on October 21 about 625 mi southwest of Honolulu, Hawaii, or about 335 mi east-southeast of Johnston Atoll. After reaching hurricane status, Neki began intensifying as it turned northward, due to an approaching upper-level trough to its north. An anticyclone aloft provided favorable outflow. Early on October 22, Neki reached its peak winds of 125 mph about 215 mi northeast of Johnston Atoll, based on estimates from satellite imagery using the Dvorak technique. Afterward, the trough that influenced the hurricane's track began restricting westerly outflow and increasing wind shear, which caused a steady weakening trend, it maintained major hurricane status – a Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale – for about 24 hours, during which the track turned toward the north-northeast. The weakening and deterioration of the storm's structure became more marked on October 23 after the thunderstorms failed to persist over the center.
While approaching the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Neki weakened to tropical storm status. Continued wind shear exposed the circulation from the convection, although further weakening was slow to occur. On October 24, Neki made its closest approach to land after passing within 13 mi of the uninhabited Necker Island, its forward motion slowed due to a building ridge to the north, causing the storm to execute a small loop. Despite the shear, Neki was able to continue developing thunderstorms, although cooler water temperatures resulted in further weakening; the storm resumed its northward motion after the ridge receded to the east, on October 26 Neki weakened to a tropical depression once the circulation decoupled from the thunderstorms. The next day it dissipated as the center became elongated ahead of an approaching cold front. Although still a minimal tropical storm at the time, the CPHC anticipated Neki to become a hurricane as it tracked northwestward; as such, they issued a hurricane watch for Johnston Island on the afternoon of October 19.
The following day, the hurricane watch was replaced by a tropical storm watch as Neki was no longer forecast to pass close enough to the island to produce hurricane-force winds. That day, a hurricane watch was issued for the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument for areas between the French Frigate Shoals and Lisianski Island; the following morning, a supplementary hurricane warning was issued for the monument for areas between the French Frigate Shoals and Nihoa. Additionally, the tropical storm watch for Johnston Island was discontinued. Early on October 22, the hurricane watch for Lisianski Island to Marco Reef was replaced by a tropical storm watch. Several hours the CPHC discontinued this watch. Early on October 23, as Neki weakened to a tropical storm, the hurricane warning for areas between the French Frigate Shoals and Nihoa was replaced by a tropical storm warning; the tropical storm warning remained in effect for more than a day before being canceled during the afternoon of October 24.
As the hurricane turned northward and was seen as a threat to the Hawaiian Islands, officials in the Papahanaumokuakea requested that all 17 personnel in the region be evacuated. Several days before the storm passed through the islands, an AC-130 aircraft was flown to the area and evacuated the people stationed on Tern Island, while a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel evacuated the temporary residents on Laysan Island. Hurricane Neki caused little damage in the Papahanaumokua
"Black Balloon" is a song recorded by the Goo Goo Dolls. It was released in June 1999 as the fourth single from the band's 1998 album, Dizzy Up the Girl, reached number three in Canada, number 16 in the United States and number 23 in Iceland; the song, according to lead singer John Rzeznik, is based on a woman, struggling with a heroin addiction and her lover, trying to save her. He has said that it is about "seeing someone you love, so great just screw up so bad." Speculation as to the exact subject matter of the song has been attributed to the ex-wife of bassist Robby Takac. Like many other songs by Goo Goo Dolls, "Black Balloon" uses an unusual alternate tuning. Several electric guitars used in the introduction and the acoustic rhythm guitar are tuned to an open D-flat fifth chord, it was half-stepped on the album version. The video for the song opens with a woman blowing smoke into a soap bubble; the video changes focus and shows various scenes from a 1950s or 1960s era swim club while the band performs the song.
Tracy Phillips is found in this video as well. The video was done by Nancy Bardwell. During live performances of the song, fans can be seen inflating black balloons and batting them around in the crowd; the track was moderately successful at rock radio, reaching number 13 and number 28 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, respectively. It became the fourth pop hit for the band, reaching number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. In Canada, the song reached number three on the RPM Top Singles chart, giving the Goo Goo Dolls their fourth top-three hit in that country. Outside North America, the song only managed to chart in the United Kingdom in February 2000, debuting at number 76 falling out of the top 100 the next week. United States release "Black Balloon" - 4:10 "Slide" - 3:33United Kingdom release "Black Balloon" - 4:01 "Black Balloon" - 4:10 "Naked" - 3:44Australia release "Black Balloon" "Lazy Eye" "Naked" "Flat Top" Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics