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Big Van Vader

Leon Allen White, better known by his ring names Big Van Vader or Vader, was an American professional wrestler and professional football player. Throughout his career, he performed for New Japan Pro-Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, the World Wrestling Federation, All Japan Pro Wrestling during the 1990s and 2000s. According to CBS Sports, White is "widely regarded as one of the greatest super-heavyweight pro wrestlers of all time". White performed as a monstrous wrestler capable of aerial maneuvers: his diving moonsault was voted the "Best Wrestling Maneuver" of 1993 by Wrestling Observer Newsletter readers. Among other accolades in WCW and Japan, he won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship and the WCW World Heavyweight Championship three times each, the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship twice, the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship once, won the battle royal main event of the 1993 Battlebowl pay-per-view. Vader was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1996.

White was a nationally ranked center, recruited by forty colleges. He played offensive line at the University of Colorado, where he was a second-team All-American for the Buffaloes in 1977, he earned a business administration degree. In the 1978 NFL Draft, White was drafted as a center by the Los Angeles Rams with the 24th pick of the 3rd Round. During White's first season—which bought them to the Super Bowl and earned White an NFC championship ring—and he was put on the injured reserve list, retired due to a ruptured patella. While working out at a gym, White was spotted by a man who remembered him from his college football days who suggested he look into professional wrestling. Trained by Brad Rheingans, White got his first national exposure in the American Wrestling Association, he went by the moniker Baby Bull, changed to Bull Power. White honed his skills during this time, his ring work improved to the point that he was booked in a match with Stan Hansen for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship, where he was defeated.

In May 1986, White went to Europe to compete for Otto Wanz and his promotion, Catch Wrestling Association, touring Austria and Germany, using the name Bull Power. That summer, he took part in Austria, he made it before losing to Klaus Wallas. On March 22, 1987, he won his first championship, the CWA World Heavyweight Championship, defeating Otto Wanz in Denver, ending Wanz's reign of nearly nine years in its only title change in the United States, he held onto the title for nearly four months, before losing to back to Wanz on July 11 in Graz, Austria. In December 1987, he participated in the Bremen Catch Cup, in Germany, he defeated Rambo in the finals. In 1989, Bull Power returned to the CWA, to challenge Otto Wanz for the CWA World Heavyweight Championship. On August 21 in Vienna, Austria, he defeated Wanz to win his second CWA World title, he held onto the title for a little over four months before losing it back to Wanz in Bremen, Germany, on December 22. A year Otto Wanz retired and the CWA World title was held up.

Bull Power defeated Rambo to win the vacant title for the final time. He held to the title for over six months, before losing it to Rambo in Graz, Austria on July 6, 1991. Five months he defeated Tatsumi Fujinami to become the inaugural CWA Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, he vacated the title in 1992 after signing with World Championship Wrestling. Although signed to All Japan Pro Wrestling, AJPW owner Giant Baba traded White's contract over to New Japan Pro-Wrestling in 1987 after consideration. Upon joining NJPW, White was given the ring name Big Van Vader and began to wear a black wrestling mask, his new identity was based on a strong warrior of the same name from Japanese folklore. He was introduced as the crown jewel of the Takeshi Puroresu Gundan stable, managed by Takeshi Kitano. Vader challenged Antonio Inoki, who had defeated Riki Choshu, defeated the worn-down Inoki; the pro-Inoki audience rioted, resulting in NJPW being banned from its home arena. The ban remained in effect until 1989, when NJPW did their first show back in Sumo Hall on February 22.

After winning the final match of an eight-man tournament against Shinya Hashimoto at Battle Satellite in Tokyo Dome, Vader was declared the new IWGP Heavyweight Champion. He was the first gaijin wrestler to hold the title. On May 25, one month after being crowned champion, Vader lost the title to Russian suplex master Salman Hashimikov. Hashimikov dropped the title to Vader's old rival, Riki Choshu, on July 12. On August 10, Vader defeated Choshu to become a two-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion. On February 10, 1990, Vader faced Stan Hansen at an AJPW versus NJPW supercard show called Super Fight In Tokyo Dome. Before Vader entered the ring, Hansen accidentally broke Vader's nose with the bullrope Hansen carried to the ring for his matches. During an exchange of stiff punches, Hansen unintentionally poked Vader's left eye with his thumb during their brawl, which caused the eye to pop out of its socket. After removing his mask, pushing the eye back into its socket and holding it in place with his eyelid, Vader continued wrestling Hansen until the match was rendered a no contest.

As a result of the injury, Vader required a metal plate to be surgically placed under his eye. Vader's success garnered the attention of World Championship Wrestling, who convinced him to work for them while still the IWGP Heavyweight Champion and an active competitor in NJPW. In January 1991, Vader defeated Tatsumi Fujinami to earn himself


Hellesylt is a small village in Stranda Municipality in Møre og Romsdal county, Norway. The village lies at the head of the Sunnylvsfjorden, a branch of the Storfjorden, which the more famous Geirangerfjorden in turn branches off nearby; the 0.44-square-kilometre village has a population of 258 and a population density of 586 inhabitants per square kilometre. There are several hundred other people living in the surrounding valley area as well. In the summertime, thousands of tourists stay in Hellesylt each day. Most of them take the ferry to the nearby village of Geiranger, which in high season runs every one and a half hours. There is a cruise ship pier that can handle large ships; the village is surrounded by valleys. The Sunnylven Church is located in Hellesylt, the administrative center of the former municipality of Sunnylven. Hellesylt is under constant threat from the mountain Åkerneset, about to erode into the Sunnylvsfjord. A collapse could cause a tsunami destroying most of downtown Hellesylt.

Released in March 2016, "The Wave" is a Norwegian disaster movie based on the premise of a rock slide from the mountain Åkerneset. Hellesylt Info

Face the Shadow

"Face the Shadow" is a song performed by Armenian supergroup Genealogy. The song is composed by Armen Martirosyan and the lyrics are by Inna Mkrtchyan; the song represented Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 on 23 May 2015, finishing 16th overall, with a total of 34 points from only 8 countries including a maximum 12 points from Georgia. Genealogy is made up of Armenians representing the five continents and a representative from Armenia; the five Armenian diaspora artists at the same time symbolise the five petals of the forget-me-not flower. In their centre, the group is unified by a sixth artist, from Armenia. Members in alphabetical order of surname are: Essaï Altounian - France - representing Europe's Armenians Inga Arshakyan - Armenia Tamar Kaprelian - USA, representing Armenians from the Americas Mary-Jean O'Doherty Vasmatzian - Australia, representing Oceania Vahe Tilbian - Ethiopia, representing Armenians from Africa Stephanie Topalian - Japan, representing Armenians from Asia The lyrics of the song was written by Inna Mkrtchyan, while it was composed by Armen Martirosyan who has worked on Eva Rivas' "Apricot Stone" in 2010.

The site of Eurovision has stated that "Face the Shadow" is about universal values and its message tells that "happiness is born when people are united and live in harmony with themselves, their families, love relationships and so on". A music video for the song directed by Aren Bayadyan was shot in late February 2015; the director has stated that the team was inspired by the name of the group and its logo, the tree of life. Writing about the music video, the official site of the contest states. "The concept of the video is the idea of genealogy: the captured family is considered as the symbol of humanity: the base is the shift of generations and the phenomena that the new generation is always replacing the previous one carrying out the traditions and values in them." The designer of the music video is Armen Galyan who combined Armenian and European fashion approaches finding modern solutions. The video features the performers singing in a gray maze, wearing pins with pictures of their grandparents and patterns on their clothes, alternating with scenes of families posing for photographs in World-War I style clothes and close-ups of hands embroidering a bird on piece of fabric.

In the final scene of the video, the six members of Genealogy, wearing WWI style clothes, pose together for a photography. The music video for "Face the Shadow" was premièred on 12 March on Armenia 1 and was uploaded to Eurovision's official channel on YouTube. Upon its unveiling, "Face the Shadow" became the subject of controversy due to allegations that the song conveyed political messages. In particular, it was believed that the song was intended to pay tribute to the victims of the Armenian Genocide, with its lyrics and its original title, "Don't Deny", perceived to be a call for recognition of the genocide. Critics alleged that the song's music video contained visuals alluding to the genocide, with one scene depicting the group's members posing for a family photo in World War I-era outfits, disappearing from sight. Representatives of Azerbaijan—which, alongside Turkey, denies the genocide—criticized the song for its alleged political themes, stated that they would "act adequately" to prevent the contest from being "sacrificed to the political ambitions of a country."On 16 March 2015, the Armenian delegation announced that it would change the title of the song from "Don't Deny" to "Face the Shadow" to quell concerns over the alleged political themes of the song and to "strengthen" its themes.

The delegation continues to deny any specific political subtext in the song."Face the Shadow" received 7.19 out of 10 points from a jury of Eurovision blog Wiwibloggs

Fred Jarvis

Frederick Frank Jarvis CBE is a retired British trade union leader. He was President of the National Union of Students from 1952 to 1954 and General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers from 1975 to 1989. Jarvis served as President of the Trades Union Congress in 1987, the first Oxford graduate to hold that position; as a child Jarvis attended Plaistow Secondary School in what was the County Borough of West Ham in Essex. At the start of World War II, the family moved to Wallasey. In the war, he joined the Army, taking part in the Normandy landings. In 1947, he went to University of Liverpool for a Diploma in Social Sciences, obtained a BA in Philosophy and Economics at St Catherine's College, Oxford, he married Anne Colegrove, herself a vice-president of the NUS, in 1954. In 1951 Jarvis fought the safely-Conservative seat of Wallasey on behalf of the Labour Party, but was defeated by the incumbent, Ernest Marples, by 15,705 votes. Jarvis remains a lifelong supporter of West Ham United Football Club.

A keen photographer, Jarvis had an exhibition of his work at the TUC Centre in 2010 in aid of the North London Hospice. In 2014 he published his autobiography. Jarvis was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2015 New Year Honours. Named after Jarvis and his late wife, the Fred and Anne Jarvis Award was established in 2007 and presented annually by the NUT. For individuals outside the NUT who have campaigned tirelessly for children and young people, in 2017 the award was given to an NUT member. From 2019 the award has been presented by the National Education Union, which has succeeded the NUT. For a list of winners of the Fred and Anne Jarvis Award see List of Fred and Anne Jarvis Award winners. Biography, Who's Who

Hertzian cone

A Hertzian cone is the cone produced when an object passes through a solid, such as a bullet through glass. More technically, it is a cone of force that propagates through a brittle, amorphous or cryptocrystalline solid material from a point of impact; this force removes a full or partial cone in the material. This is the physical principle that explains the form and characteristics of the flakes removed from a core of tool stone during the process of lithic reduction; this phenomenon is named after the German physicist Heinrich Rudolf Hertz, who first described this type of wave-front propagation through various media. Although it might not be agreed by all, natural phenomena which have been grouped with the Hertzian cone phenomena include the crescentic "chatter marks" made on smoothed bedrock by glacial ice dragging along boulders at its base, the numerous crescentic impact marks sometimes seen on pebbles and cobbles, the shatter cones found at bolide impact sites. James Byous, working independently has made a protracted study of Hertzian cones.

Some of his work may be found directly at Dowd Research. He has produced a comprehensive glossary on related terms. A Hertzian cone is 104 degrees when created by an indenter. Smaller cones may be produced due to lack of size of the material, or irregularities in the structure of the material. However, in ballistics the faster the projectile the steeper the edges and angle of the cone. Conchoidal fracture Flint knapping

She's a Sheik

She's a Sheik is a 1927 American silent comedy adventure film produced and distributed by Paramount Pictures and starring Bebe Daniels. This film is lost. Near the end of Bebe Daniels' life in 1971, the National Film Theatre, honored her with a screening of this film, but it is unclear what has happened to the print since her death. Likable sendup comedy uses many of the elements and pokes fun at the Valentino'sheik' films with the exception that a woman, played by Bebe Daniels, is the protagonist. Bebe Daniels as Zaida Richard Arlen as Captain Colton William Powell as Kada Josephine Dunn as Wanda Fowler James Bradbury Jr as Jerry Billy Franey as Joe Paul McAllister as Sheik Yusif ben Hamad Al Fremont as The major She's a Sheik on IMDb Synopsis at AllMovie Bebe Daniels in dress for She's A Sheik Stills at Stills at