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Basse-Terre

Basse-Terre is a French commune in the Guadaloupe department of France in the Lesser Antilles. It is the prefecture of Guadeloupe; the city of Basse-Terre is located on the western half of Guadeloupe. Although it is the administrative capital, Basse-Terre is only the second largest city in Guadeloupe behind Pointe-à-Pitre. Together with its urban area it had 44,864 inhabitants in 2012. Basse-Terre is located in the south-western corner of the Basse-Terre portion of the island of Guadeloupe, itself located some 100 km north of Dominica and some 450 km south-east of Puerto Rico; the commune is at the foot of the Soufrière volcano and is connected to the rest of the island by three main roads: The N1 which exits the commune in the south on the coast and continues inland to Gourbeyre all the way around the coast to Pointe-à-Pitre on Grande-Terre. The N2 which goes north along the coast to Vieux Habitants and continues all the way around the coast to join the N1 at Baie Mahault; the N3 which traverses the length of the commune and continues to Saint-Claude inland.

Basse-Terre has a maritime station that receives cruise ships and has a ferry service to the Îles des Saintes. The commune is urban with some farmland in the north-east and north-west; the different districts of Basse-Terre are: Agincourt, Bas-du-Bourg, Desmarais Guillaud, Morne-Chaulet, Morne-à-Vaches, Petit-Paris, Rivière-des-Peres, La Rue-Maillan, Saint-François, Sur-le Morne, Versailles. Basse-Terre lies at a transitional point between a tropical rainforest climate and a tropical monsoon climate. While Basse-Terre does feature a drier stretch from January through March, the town does not quite have a dry season month; the town’s driest month sees on average 60 mm of precipitation. A monthly precipitation average below 60 mm is considered dry season month; as is the norm with cities with these two climate types, Basse-Terre features consistent temperatures throughout the year. The name comes from the mariners' vocabulary of the 17th century which designated a land or coast sheltered from the wind, as opposed to Capesterre "Cape to the east of Land".

Before Basse-Terre became a French town it was a village of American Indian horticulturists and potters. The village was on the site of the present Basse-Terre Cathedral where archaeological excavations found human remains and other evidence of occupation during the restoration of the cathedral. In 2005 on the lower part of a Native American garbage dump, excavations have uncovered a new dump containing large amounts of archaeological material: food waste, stone tools and shell tools, charcoal and a tomb. In 1635, when it was part of Saint Kitts and Nevis, an expedition was seeking a place of lasting presence in Guadeloupe; the operation was entrusted to Charles Liénard de l'Olive and Jean du Plessis d'Ossonville together with 4 missionaries and 550 colonists. The landing took place on 28 June 1635, at Pointe Allègre, far from Basse-Terre. Famine pushed the party to the south near the present town of Vieux-Fort in early 1636; the relationship between Native Americans and colonists degraded quickly.

In 1660 a treaty forced him to retreat to Saint Vincent. The war forced him to build today Fort Olive at Vieux Fort. In 1640 Jean Aubert succeeded Liénard as the government of the island and he soon left the site to settle on the left bank of the Galion, the current Gourbeyre marina. In 1643 Charles Houël du Petit Pré replaced Aubert and, in 1649, he left the marina site for the right bank of the Galion and built a fort; some religious built the first church, now the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, shortly afterwards and the city was organized around the chapel and from the fort to the river of Herbs. This was the beginning of Basse-Terre. Around 1680 on the right bank of the Rivière aux Herbes the Capuchins built a chapel dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi where the present Guadaloupe Cathedral is located and a second centre of population grew around this place of worship; the River of Herbs separated the two distinct villages: Basse-Terre and Saint Francis. In reality, people flocked to the new town because of attacks by the English who burned the town of Basse-Terre in 1691 and again in 1703.

Following these raids the people thought that the fort was attracting the invaders and moved to Saint Francis. A stone bridge was built in 1739 replacing a wooden bridge across the river of Herbs. On 23 January 1759 the island was taken over by the British; the island was occupied by the British until 10 February 1763. The colony was experiencing a resurgence of activity despite the founding of Pointe-à-Pitre in 1764 - a town in a better position for the ocean swell - and despite a fire in September 1782; the town was redesigned around 1787. The French Revolution reached the island and therefore Basse-Terre in September 1789. In 1793, counter-revolutionary planters agreed to cede the island to the British, they took the town from the hands of Governor Victor Collot on 22 April 1794 and appointed Thomas Dundas as Governor. As early as May 1794, Victor Hugues, sent by the National Convention in Paris, managed to take back the colony in hand and abolish slavery; the French installed a guillotine. The city was the scene of military operations conducted by General Richepanse, sent by Napoleon to reestablish slavery, against Louis Delgrès in 1802.

Delgrès retreated to the fort on 20 May 1802 and abandoned it on 22 May

Skoal Pacific Bell

Skoal Pacific Bell #14 was a ProRodeo Hall of Fame bucking bull best known for being the only three-time consecutive Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Bucking Bull of the Year and for only being ridden 5 times in 150 attempts. He was inducted to the hall of fame in 2007; as of 2016, he was the most recent bull so honored. The PRCA said in an official YouTube induction video that "Skoal Pacific Bell was a crowd pleaser and a cowboy challenger." Skoal Pacific Bell was born in 1981. He was a dark tan/black color with a big white face, he was a brangus bull. Raised and owned throughout his career by stock contractor Dan Russell, Skoal Pacific Bell was born and raised on the Russell Ranch in Folsom, California, he earned the name Pacific Bell at age 4 after he began bucking and Russell noticed that "he liked to throw back his head while bucking as if he wanted to reach out and touch someone."Like the undefeated PRCA bull Red Rock, undefeated PBR bull Mick E. Mouse ridden PBR bull Bushwacker and other such famous bulls, Skoal Pacific Bell showed that he had no set bucking pattern.

The bull would toss his head side to side and could jump high. His bucking abilities made it difficult for cowboys to determine what the bull was going to do and get a qualified ride from him. At the age of four, Skoal Pacific Bell began to buck, became the top bull at the 1987 National Finals Rodeo for bucking off Rickey Lindsey and Dale Johansen. While the bull was part of the PRCA circuit, he bucked off cowboy after cowboy, including many of the best bull riders of the time; these included 1987 World Champion Lane Frost, the only cowboy to ride 1987 Bucking Bull of the Year Red Rock. Came three-time world champion and rider of "the most dangerous bull ever" Bodacious, Tuff Hedeman. Skoal Pacific Bell bucked off "King of the Cowboys" Ty Murray. At the 1988 NFR, World Champion Jim Sharp logged an 85 point ride on Skoal Pacific Bell, it paved the way for one of Sharp's two world championships. "He’s a bull that’s quick and kicks high and spins real fast,” Sharp told reporters. “He just bucks hard.

It's a combination of everything. He does it all.” Skoal Pacific Bell bucked off World Champions Michael Gaffney and Charles Sampson. World Champion Ted Nuce was awarded 83 points on him at the 1988 NFR. In February 1993, Pacific Bell gave 1992 PRCA World Champion Cody Custer a concussion and a laceration to his chin at Bullnanza in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Skoal Pacific Bell died in late 1993; the bull never lived to see his 2007 induction into the hall of fame. Russell died on December 2013of a heart attack at age 61 in his home near Henryetta, Oklahoma, he was known for raising and owning many champion bulls in the PRCA, including Trick or Treat, Pacific Bell, Grasshopper, the last two of whom won the PRCA Bucking Bull of the Year title at least once. Selected as the top bull at the 1987 Nationals Finals Rodeo his first year in the PRCA rodeo† 1988 PRCA Bucking Bull of the Year award decided by vote of top 30 bull riders 1989 PRCA Bucking Bull of the Year 1990 PRCA Bucking Bull of the Year Only bull to win PRCA Bucking Bull of the Year three award three times in a row Inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 2007†Red Rock won Bucking Bull of the Year in 1987 Skoal Pacific Bell Official PRCA YouTube video Pacific Bell 1988 NFR Ted Nuce.

MP4 YouTube Video Skoal Pacific Bell vs Charles Sampson - 90 Rodeo Salinas YouTube video

Jack Condon (footballer)

John Peter "Jack" Condon was an Australian rules footballer who played with Geelong in the Victorian Football League. Condon was recruited locally to Geelong, from the St Mary's club. Following a premiership with the seconds in 1948, he made his senior debut for Geelong in the 1949 VFL season as a mature recruit, two weeks shy of his 27th birthday. Condon, who worked off the field as a fireman became Geelong's regular ruckman. Described as a "good battler", he won the club's "best first year player" award for 1949, he played 14 of a possible 19 games that year, with a suspension for attempting to strike Footcray's Dick Wearmouth costing him four weeks. In 1950, Condon made 17 league appearances, he showed his capabilities as a forward when he kicked eight goals in Geelong's 33-point win over Footscray at Kardinia Park in round two. His final game for Geelong was the 1950 preliminary final loss to North Melbourne, when they gave up a 39-point quarter time lead, he kicked two goals in the 17-point loss.

He accepted an offer in the 1951 pre-season to be playing coach of Portland in the Western District Football League. They finished runners-up in Condon's first season as coach in 1952 he steered the club to their first premiership in the league, with a six-point grand final win over Hamilton, which were led by former Melbourne player Fred Fanning. Portland were losing preliminary finalists under Condon in 1953 and 1954. Jack Condon's playing statistics from AFL Tables