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Banba

In Irish mythology, daughter of Delbáeth and Ernmas of the Tuatha Dé Danann, is a patron goddess of Ireland. She was married to a grandson of the Dagda, she was part of an important triumvirate of patron goddesses, with Ériu and Fódla. According to Seathrún Céitinn she worshipped Macha, sometimes named as a daughter of Ernmas; the two goddesses may therefore be seen as equivalent. Céitinn refers to a tradition that Banbha was the first person to set foot in Ireland before the flood, in a variation of the legend of Cessair. In the Tochomlad mac Miledh a hEspain i nErind: no Cath Tailten, it is related that as the Milesians were journeying through Ireland, "they met victorious Banba among her troop of faery magic hosts" on Senna Mountain, the stony mountain of Mes. A footnote identifies this site as Slieve Mish in County Kerry; the soil of this region is a non-leptic podzol. If the character of Banba originated in an earth-goddess, non-leptic podzol may have been the particular earth-type of which she was the deification.

The LÉ Banba, a ship in the Irish Naval Service, was named after her. She could have been a goddess of war as well as a fertility goddess

Sunda Straits Crisis

The Sunda Straits Crisis was a two-week confrontation between the United Kingdom and Indonesia over the passage of the Illustrious-class aircraft carrier HMS Victorious through the Sunda Strait, a major waterway separating the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra, occurring between August and September 1964. The incident was part of the larger Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation, an armed conflict between Indonesia and Malaysia over the formation of the latter as an independent state. On 27 August 1964, the British aircraft carrier HMS Victorious and her two destroyer escorts sailed through the Sunda Strait, an international waterway claimed by Indonesia, en route to Australia. Upset by the casual warning the British had given of the ships' impending passage through the Strait and wary of the possibility that the British were attempting to provoke a violent response, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided two days to prohibit the warships from making the return journey to Singapore, scheduled for the middle of September.

Infuriated by what was perceived as yet another affront to British prestige after the recent landings at Pontian and Labis by Indonesian volunteers in southwestern Malaysia, members of the British Cabinet Peter Thorneycroft and Louis Mountbatten, favoured sending the carrier back through the Strait in spite of the Indonesian ban. Though British naval commanders in the Far East had grave concerns that the Victorious would be indefensible while in passage, the prevailing opinion was that not to send the ship would result in an immense political defeat on both a domestic and international scale as well as the loss of rights to an important waterway. Tension mounted as the British and Indonesians each refused to bend, as the carrier's time to sail came, war became likely. On 10 September, the Indonesians proposed a way out: an alternative route through the Lombok Strait; the British took them up on this offer, to the relief of both parties, the Victorious made a peaceful return through Indonesian territory.

War was averted, the climax of tensions during the Confrontation had been passed. Never again was the threat of all-out war a realistic possibility, despite some large land battles in northern Borneo the following spring, the Confrontation wound down by late fall of 1965, it had never escalated into a major conflict, a peace deal was signed the following year. On 31 August 1957, the British territory of Malaya received its independence from the Crown as a part of Britain's colonial withdrawal from the Far East, after nearly a decade of tortuous counter-insurgency warfare by British and Commonwealth troops against Malayan rebels in the Malayan Emergency. British plans dictated that the new state would be federated with the British colonies of Sarawak and Brunei in northern Borneo in order to better protect British military and economic interests in those regions. Brunei did not join, but Sarawak and Singapore had all agreed to join the new Federation by 1963; this project, labeled the'Grand Design' by politician Malcolm MacDonald in the 1950s, became the cornerstone of British strategic thinking concerning Southeast Asia, led to the initial federation of the numerous Malayan states in spite of their multifarious differences, with Singapore and the Borneo states to join later.

This plan earned the support of the Malaysian government, which hoped to forestall claims from Indonesia on Borneo. Indonesia and her longtime president Sukarno, was vehemently opposed to the creation of the Federation. Sukarno opposed both the preservation of the'imperialist' British presence in Southeast Asia, a region in which he aspired to be the supreme power, the incorporating of the Borneo colonies into the new Federation, as his goal was to control the entire island. Indeed, through possession of the Kalimantan region, Indonesia controlled the vast majority of the massive island. To improve Indonesia's position at the negotiating table before the Federation was created, Sukarno initiated a period of Konfrontasi with Malaysia. Consisting of frequent raids by Indonesian'volunteers' into Malaysian territory, the conflict was not considered a war by either side, least of all by the Indonesians. In fact, when questioned on what the Confrontation was, Foreign Minister Subandrio of Indonesia replied, "Confrontation does not include war, because it can be carried on without war."To Sukarno, this sort of operation had a number of merits.

Starting a military operation against'imperialists' would help to bind together the antagonistic forces of the army and the Communist Party in supporting him, while not creating a escalated conflagration would prevent the militarily superior British and their Commonwealth allies from using their full force. Indonesia had pulled off a successful operation using similar techniques in the West Irian campaign against the Dutch a decade previous, a raiding campaign into Western New Guinea had ended with the Dutch ceding that territory to prevent Indonesia from'falling' to Communism; the main part of the Confrontation is split into three distinct phases. In the first, Indonesia supported revolts against the Anglo-Malaysian rule in Northern Borneo, most notably the Brunei Revolt in December 1962. In the second, the guerrilla raids for which this conflict is most reputed for began in earnest, from April 1963 onwards; the fighting in this phase, while causing some damage and casualties, was small in scale and the incursions were only made by small bands of no more than platoon size crossing the Kalimantan border into Sarawak and Sabah.

These operations

Dan Crowley (rugby union)

Dan Crowley is a retired Australian rugby union player who played for the Wallabies 38 times and earned over 100 caps for the Queensland Reds during his rugby career. He became one of only twenty dual Rugby Union World Cup winners. Crowley's family moved to Australia from the United Kingdom to Central Queensland, before moving to Brisbane. Crowley made his first appearance for the Wallabies at age 23 on 1 July 1989 in a match against the British Lions, which Australia won 30 points to 12, he played in the two subsequent tests, which the Lions won. His next appearance for the Wallabies was at the 1991 Rugby World Cup which Australia went on to win, he earned two international caps in 1999 in tests against Wales. He played against Canada in Calgary the following year. In 1995 he was capped twice for Australia for two games against Argentina, before heading to South Africa for the 1995 Rugby World Cup, he played in the losses to the England. In 1997 he was capped on seven occasions for Australia, ten times during 1998.

He was subsequently selected in Australia's 1999 Rugby World Cup squad for Wales. Crowley finished his international career as a double world champion, as his last game was the final against France, which Australia won 35 to 12, he is now one of the Reds' most capped players - with 124. He was named on the bench of the Wallaby Team of the Decade. Crowley worked as an undercover police officer with the Queensland Police Force, specialising in busting drug-rings on Queensland's Gold Coast, he writes of his experiences in his book Undercover Prop, works as a motivational speaker. On some occasions, he was working undercover during rugby tours in New Zealand. Former Wallaby Dan Crowley, abc.net.au. Dan Crowley profile, sporting-heroes.net.

Gilbert Insall

Group Captain Gilbert Stuart Martin Insall, VC, MC was a British aviator and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth subjects. Insall was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps on 14 March 1915, during the First World War, he was appointed a Flying Officer in the RFC on 16 July, was confirmed in his rank from the same date. Insall was 21 years old, a second lieutenant in the 11 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps when he won the Victoria Cross. On 7 November 1915 near Achiet-le-Grand, Second Lieutenant Insall, on patrol in Vickers F. B.5 Gunbus No. 5074 with 1st Class Air Mechanic T. H. Donald, engaged an Aviatik two-seater and forced the German pilot to make a rough landing in a ploughed field. Seeing the air crew scramble out and prepare to fire, Insall dived to 500 ft and his gunner opened fire, whereupon the Germans fled. After dropping an incendiary bomb on the downed German aircraft, Insall flew through heavy fire at 2000 ft over enemy trenches.

The Vickers' petrol tank was hit, but Insall brought the plane 500 yards back inside Allied lines for an emergency landing. Insall and Donald stayed by the Gunbus through a bombardment of about 150 shells while awaiting nightfall. After dark, they set to work by torch light to salvage their plane. After they repaired the machine overnight, Insall flew them back to base at dawn; the announcement and accompanying citation for Insall's VC was published in a supplement to the London Gazette on 23 December 1915, reading: For most conspicuous bravery and determination, on 7 November 1915, in France. He was patrolling in a Vickers Fighting Machine, with First Class Air Mechanic T. H. Donald as gunner, when a German machine was sighted and attacked near Achiet; the German pilot led the Vickers machine over a rocket battery, but with great skill Lieutenant Insall dived and got to close range, when Donald fired a drum of cartridges into the German machine, stopping its engine. The German pilot dived through a cloud, followed by Lieutenant Insall Fire was again opened, the German machine was brought down in a ploughed field 4 miles south-east of Arras.

On seeing the Germans scramble out of their machine and prepare to fire, Lieutenant Insall dived to 500 feet, thus enabling Donald to open heavy fire on them. The Germans fled, one helping the other, wounded. Other Germans commenced heavy fire, but in spite of this, Lieutenant Insall turned again, an incendiary bomb was dropped on the German machine, last seen wreathed in smoke. Lieutenant Insall headed west in order to get back over the German trenches, but as he was at only 2,000 feet altitude he dived across them for greater speed, Donald firing into the trenches as he passed over; the German fire, damaged the petrol tank, with great coolness, Lieutenant Insall landed under cover of a wood 500 yards inside our lines. The Germans fired some 150 shells without causing material damage. Much damage had, been caused by rifle fire, but during the night it was repaired behind screened lights, at dawn Lieutenant Insall flew his machine home with First Class Air Mechanic T. H. Donald as a passenger.

Insall could not receive his VC in 1915, however. While in captivity, he was promoted to lieutenant, on 1 April 1916. Insall escaped on his third try, on 28 August 1917, made it home over the Dutch border on 6 September, his VC was presented by the King on 27 September 1917. He returned to duty as the Flight Commander of "A" Flight, 50 Squadron, with the temporary rank of captain, on 11 January 1918. After the war, Insall remained in the service, receiving a permanent commission as a captain in the newly formed Royal Air Force on 1 August 1919, he was promoted to squadron leader on 1 November. On 16 December, he was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in escaping from captivity as a POW during the war. On a clear day in 1925, he spotted a strange formation of pits in the ground below him, he took a photograph, from this one photograph came the rediscovery of the Bronze Age site now known as Woodhenge two miles from Stonehenge. In 1929 he discovered Arminghall Henge. Insall served in Southern Mesopotamia against the Akhwan in 1927–1928, for which he was mentioned in despatches and awarded the General Service Medal.

He was promoted to wing commander on 1 July 1929, to group captain on 1 July 1935. Continuing to serve during the Second World War, he retired from the RAF on 30 July 1945. Insall's headstone is in Nocton Churchyard, Lincolnshire, his Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon. Location of grave and VC medal G. S. M. Insall Gilbert Insall at Find a Grave

1985–86 European Cup

The 1985–86 European Cup was the 31st season of UEFA's premier club football tournament, the European Cup. The European Champion Clubs' Cup was won by Steaua București on penalties in the final against Barcelona. Steaua București became the first Eastern Bloc side to win the tournament thanks to the heroics of their goalkeeper Helmuth Duckadam, who after keeping a clean sheet in the final saved all four of Barcelona's penalties to win the cup. No English club was entered into the competition this year, owing to a ban from European competition after the Heysel Stadium disaster. Had the ban not been imposed, Everton would have represented England in the competition. Juventus, the defending champions, were eliminated by Barcelona in the quarter-finals. Everton could not fulfill this fixture due to the ban on English clubs entering European competition following the Heysel Stadium disaster in 1985. Bayern Munich won 6–2 on aggregate. Austria Wien won 4–1 on aggregate. Omonia won 10–0 on aggregate. Budapest Honvéd won 5–1 on aggregate.

Steaua Bucharest won 5–2 on aggregate. Zenit Leningrad won 4–0 on aggregate. Kuusysi won 4–2 on aggregate. Servette won 4–3 on aggregate. Aberdeen won 7–2 on aggregate. Göteborg won 5–3 on aggregate. Fenerbahçe won 3–2 on aggregate. 2–2 on aggregate. Porto won 2–0 on aggregate. Hellas Verona won 5–2 on aggregate. Juventus won 9–1 on aggregate. Bayern Munich won 7–5 on aggregate. Anderlecht won 4–1 on aggregate. Steaua București won 4–2 on aggregate. Kuusysi won 4–3 on aggregate. Aberdeen won 1–0 on aggregate. Göteborg won 5–2 on aggregate. 3–3 on aggregate. Juventus won 2–0 on aggregate. Anderlecht won 3–2 on aggregate. Steaua București won 1–0 on aggregate. 2–2 on aggregate. Barcelona won 2–1 on aggregate. Steaua București won 3–1 on aggregate. 3–3 on aggregate. The top scorers from the 1985–86 European Cup are as follows: 1985–86 All matches – season at UEFA website European Cup results at Rec. Sport. Soccer Statistics Foundation All scorers 1985–86 European Cup according to protocols UEFA 1985/86 European Cup - results and line-ups

Darren Holden (footballer)

Darren Holden is an English-South African professional footballer who plays for Consett, as a defender. Born in Krugersdorp, South Africa, Holden made his senior debut for English club Hartlepool United in April 2011 in a 1–1 draw, with other debutants Andy Rafferty and Josh Rowbotham, against Tranmere Rovers. After being a regular for the reserve and youth side, Holden was handed a professional deal with Hartlepool in April 2012. Holden was rewarded with a new contract in December 2012 to keep him at Victoria Park, he went on to make 17 league appearances in the 2012–13 season which saw him challenging to keep the experienced left-back Evan Horwood out of the first-team. Holden became a regular in the second half of the 2013–14 season after an injury to Neil Austin, which led to him starting in Pools' final twenty games of the season. In May 2014, Holden signed a new contract with Hartlepool, he signed for Scottish club Ross County in June 2015, making his debut on 25 August in a 2–0 Scottish League Cup victory over Ayr United.

He scored his first senior goal in a 7–0 Scottish League Cup win over Falkirk on 22 September. On 5 February 2016, Holden signed for National League side Gateshead, he made his debut on 13 February as a substitute in a 0–4 defeat to Dover Athletic. He made a further 6 appearances before being released at the end of the season. After a spell with Jarrow Roofing, he signed for South Shields in November 2016, he played with West Auckland Town before moving to Guiseley in 2017. Following their relegation, Holden was signed for Consett. Holden is an attacking-minded left-back known for his long throws, fast pace, having a strong left foot. South Shields FA Vase: 2016–17 As of match played 16 June 2018