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Canons Park

Canons Park is a residential suburb of London and the western part of Edgware, situated in the north western London borough of Harrow. It is located to the south of Stanmore, the west of Edgware town centre, the north of Queensbury, it takes its name from a former country estate which survives as a public park. "Canons" refers to the canons or monks of the Augustinian priory of St Bartholomew in Smithfield, London. In mediaeval times the site was a part of the endowment of the Priory of St Bartholomew's which operated St Bartholomew's Hospital in London. Following the dissolution of the monasteries the land was sold in 1543 into private hands. A large house was built there during the 16th and 17th centuries at one time owned by Thomas Lake, James I's Chancellor of the Exchequer. Canons Park is located on the site of the magnificent early 18th-century country house Cannons built between 1713–25 by James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos. A few years after the Duke's death in 1744 this house was demolished.

The current building on the site housing the North London Collegiate School was built about 1760 by the gentleman cabinet-maker William Hallett. The original house-site, transformed into ambitious Edwardian gardens was bought in 1929 by the school for £17,500. A large portion of the original gardens of James Brydges' house now form the public pleasure gardens of Canons Park; the modern park includes a folly known as ` the Temple' and an orchard. Canons Drive follows the original path of the entrance to James Brydges' house, retaining the two large pillars which acted as gateposts where it met the Edgware Road; the remains of a second, carriageway running from Cannons can be traced through Canons Park in the direction of Whitchurch Lane. A 7-acre lake and separate duck pond formed part of the original Cannons Estate and survive within the boundaries of the Canons Drive residential area. Canons Park is listed as Grade II on the Register of Gardens; the designation recognises features surviving from the ducal park as well as more recent features.

The park contains several listed buildings. The King George V Memorial Garden is a walled garden in the park; this area was part of the duke’s kitchen gardens and was re-designed in the 1930s, after the park became public. The garden reflects the 1930s period, with a structure of evergreens highlighted by seasonal displays, it features a central square pool surrounded by a raised terrace with steps, formal flower beds and a pavilion. In 2006-7 the garden and the park were restored with support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Situated adjacent to the public park is the remarkable church of Whitchurch; the name Whitchurch had some currency as an alternative name for this area. The church has a stone tower dating from c. 1360, but the main body of the church was rebuilt in a unique Continental Baroque style in 1714-16 for Brydges by John James. The walls and ceiling of the dramatic interior are covered with paintings; the panels on the ceiling are attributed to Louis Laguerre and show miracles taken from St John’s Gospel.

The ceiling above the altar depicts the Adoration of Jehovah. Behind the altar is an imitation sky, lit by a concealed window, characteristic of the baroque style of continental Europe; the tradition and style suggests. The paintings of the Nativity and the Descent from the Cross, which are seen on either side of the altar, the Transfiguration, above the Duke’s Pew, are attributed to Antonio Bellucci. Most of the interior woodwork is attributed to Grinling Gibbons; this includes the organ case, carved with cherubs, pea pods and other typical Grinling Gibbons decorations. The famous composer George Frideric Handel was employed by Brydges in 1717-18 as his composer-in-residence. At the time Brydges had yet to be elevated to the dukedom, but the eleven anthems he commissioned from Handel are known as the Chandos Anthems, these were certainly performed at the church with Handel directing the singers and small orchestra employed by his patron. On the north side of the church is the Chandos Mausoleum, again built to the order of the first Duke of Chandos.

The centrepiece documented by Grinling Gibbons, 1717, is a Baroque monument to the Duke and his first two wives, for which the Duke felt he had overpaid. Burials here, in addition to James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos and his first two wives, include James Brydges, 3rd Duke of Chandos. Barnet F. C.'s training ground complex, The Hive, opened in the locality in 2009. The club constructed their new 5,176 capacity home ground at the site, which opened in summer 2013, is shared with Tottenham Hotspur F. C. Women and London Bees; the area is served by Edgware tube stations of the London Underground. The 79, 186 and 340 buses go past Canons Park tube station. St Lawrence Little Stanmore Howard Colvin, 1995. A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1660-1840.: "John James" Friends of Canons Park Canons Park Estate

Rusty McNealy

Robert Lee McNealy is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who made a brief appearance with the Oakland Athletics toward the end of the 1983 season. While playing college baseball for Florida International University, McNealy was drafted by the New York Yankees in the fourth round of the January 1978 amateur draft, but did not sign, his stock fell by his senior year, as the Seattle Mariners waited until the seventeenth round of the 1980 Major League Baseball Draft to call his name. He batted.306 with three home runs, sixty runs batted in, 124 runs scored and 73 stolen bases in his two seasons in Seattle's farm system. On December 9, 1981, he and fellow minor leaguer Tim Hallgren were traded to Oakland for pitcher Roy Thomas. In his first season with the A's, he batted.310 and scored eighty runs for the double A West Haven A's to be voted the sixth best prospect in the Eastern League in a 1982 poll of the league's managers. After one more season in the minors, he received a September call up to Oakland in 1983.

A's manager Steve Boros used McNealy as a pinch runner in the fifteen games in which he appeared. McNealy logged just four plate appearances without getting a hit, but still managed to score five runs. On September 27, 1983, he scored the game winning run of their 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox pinch running for Jeff Burroughs. On December 7, 1983, he was traded to the Montreal Expos for veteran pitcher Ray Burris. Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference

Curtain Falls

"Curtain Falls" is a song by English boy band Blue. It was released on 8 November 2004 as the first single from their first greatest hits album, Best of Blue; the song produced by Stargate. The background music is identical to that of Coolio's 1995 hit, "Gangsta's Paradise", as they both share usage of a sample of Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise"; when released as a single, it peaked at number two in Italy, number four in the United Kingdom and number eight in Germany. In France, the song was re-recorded in French and re-titled "Quand Le Rideau Tombe". UK CD1 "Curtain Falls" – 4:03 "Best of Blue Medley" – 5:19UK CD2 "Curtain Falls" – 4:03 "Long Time" – 4:14 "Too Close" – 5:41Quand Le Rideau Tombe "Curtain Falls" – 4:03 "Quand Le Rideau Tombe" – 4:03 "Quand Le Rideau Tombe" Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

Khongor-Biye

Khongor-Biye is a rural locality, the only inhabited locality, the administrative center of Salbansky Rural Okrug of Namsky District in the Sakha Republic, located 72 kilometers from Namtsy, the administrative center of the district. Its population as of the 2010 Census was 345, of whom 180 were male and 165 female, up from 338 as recorded during the 2002 Census. Official website of the Sakha Republic. Registry of the Administrative-Territorial Divisions of the Sakha Republic. Namsky District. Государственное Собрание Республики Саха. Закон №173-З №353-III от 30 ноября 2004 г. «Об установлении границ и о наделении статусом городского и сельского поселений муниципальных образований Республики Саха », в ред. Закона №1058-З №1007-IV от 25 апреля 2012 г. «О внесении изменений в Закон Республики Саха "Об установлении границ и о наделении статусом городского и сельского поселений муниципальных образований Республики Саха"». Вступил в силу со дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Якутия", №245, 31 декабря 2004 г

List of Afghan security forces fatality reports in Afghanistan

This is a partial list of Afghan security forces killed in the War in Afghanistan. Besides serving as an indicator of some of the numbers of policemen and private military contractors deaths during specific time periods, this article allows readers to investigate the circumstances of those deaths by reading the citation articles. By mid-October 2009, overall it was confirmed that more than 5,500 soldiers and policemen were killed since the start of the war. In early March 2014, the number was updated to 13,729. Another 16,511 soldiers and policemen were wounded. Among the dead were 4,551 soldiers who died by 20 March 2013; the number of soldiers killed was updated to 6,835 by September 20, 2014. Based on the numbers below, in the Afghan Defense and Interior Ministry section figures, by December 31, 2014, 21,008 soldiers and policemen had been killed since June 2002. According to Neta C. Crawford, a Professor of Political Science at Boston University and Co-Director of the Costs of War Project, an estimated 23,470 security forces members, including 14,200 policemen and 7,750 soldiers, had been killed since the start of the war until the end of 2014.

Additionally, 28,529 policemen and soldiers were reported killed in the period between January 2015 and mid-November 2018, but this was revised to over 45,000 fatalities for the period between the end of September 2014 and late January 2019. Crawford presented a new updated estimate of 58,596 dead for the whole war, up to October 2018; the Turkish Anadolu Agency reported that, according to declassified figures, an estimated 7,000 Afghan security forces were killed during 2019. Note: most of these annual numbers are per the Afghan calendar which starts on March 21 of the Gregorian calendar. In 2006, in addition to the overall above-mentioned total, 49 policemen were reported killed and four policemen were missing in action. January January 3 - One policeman was killed in Zabul province. January 5 - A suicide bomber killed three policemen along with seven civilians in Oruzgan province. January 27 - A roadside bomb killed two policemen in Helmand province. February February 3 - Fighting in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province left six policemen dead.

February 4 - Fighting in the Nauzad district of Helmand province left one policeman dead. February 5 - A roadside bomb killed six policemen in Kandahar province. February 7 - A powerful bomb exploded outside the police headquarters in Kandahar killing seven policemen and six civilians. February 13 - Three policemen were killed when their checkpoint was attacked in Helmand province. February 15 - A bomb blast left one policeman dead. February 16 - A clash killed one policeman in Nimroz province. February 18 - Taliban militants attacked a police post in Helmand province killing three policemen. March March 12 - Various Taliban attacks in the country left three policemen. March 17 - Various Taliban attacks in the country left 10 policemen dead. March 19 - A Taliban attack on a police post in Kandahar province left two policemen dead and four missing. In 2005, in addition to the overall above-mentioned totals, 42 policemen were reported killed. May May 30 - Four policemen were killed in an attack on a police station in Zabul province.

August August 2 - Taliban militants attacked a police checkpoint in Nuristan province killing four policemen. August 17 - A roadside bomb killed one policeman in Kandahar province. August 21 - A roadside bomb killed two policemen in Zabul province. August 22 - A roadside bomb killed two policemen in Oruzgan province. August 31 - Militants kidnapped David Addison, a British engineer, his interpreter after an attack in western Afghanistan that left at least three policemen dead. Addison’s body was found September 3. September September 4 - Various Taliban attacks in the country left eight policemen dead. September 17 - A Taliban attack in Kabul killed three policemen. September 18 - Fighting in the east of the country left two policemen dead. September 26 - A roadside bomb killed two policemen in Helmand province. September 28 - A land mine killed two policemen in Kunar province. October October 23 - Nine policemen were killed in an ambush in Helmand province. 2013 March 1 – Seven PMCs were killed by a roadside bomb in Konar province.2009 February 5 – Six PMCs, guarding the governor of Musa Qala district, were killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand province.

March 19 – Three PMCs, guarding an Afghan lawmaker, were killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand province. The lawmaker and a senior policeman were killed. April 1 – Ten people were killed, including one PMC, in a Taliban attack on a provincial council building in Kandahar. April 20 – One PMC was killed by a roadside bomb in Oruzgan province. April 25 – Three PMCs were killed by suicide bombers targeting the governor's offices in Kandahar province. April 26 – Two PMCs were killed in a Taliban attack. May 2 - One PMC was killed along with an American PMC in a Taliban attack. May 4 – Various Taliban attacks in the country killed nine PMCs. May 28 – Four PMCs were killed in an ambush in Herat province. June 1–10 PMCs were killed in an ambush in Farah province. June 2–10 PMCs were killed in an ambush in Paktia province. June 5 – One PMC was killed in fighting in Khost province. June 6 – Three PMCs were killed in an ambush in Nimroz province. June 7 – Four PMCs were killed in an ambush in Paktika province.

July 11 - Various Taliban attacks in the country killed five PMCs. June 12 - Four PMCs were killed in a Taliban attack. June 13 - Nine PMCs were killed by a suicide bomber in Helmand province. June 28 - One PMC was killed in an ambush of a logistics convoy in Andar. July 2 - Four PMCs were killed by a roadside bomb in Khost province. July 12 - Four PMCs were killed in an ambush in Ghazni province. July 14 - Three PMCs were killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand province. July

Ponte de Lima

Ponte de Lima, is the oldest vila in Portugal. It is part of the district of Viana; the population in 2011 was 43,498, in an area of 320.25 km². The town proper has about 2,800 inhabitants, it is named after the long medieval bridge that passes over the Lima river that runs next to the town. The present Mayor is Victor Mendes, elected by the People's Party, it is the only municipality in Portugal administered by this party. The municipal holiday is 20 September. Administratively, the municipality is divided into 39 civil parishes: Ponte de Lima is located in the southern bank of the Lima, a small river with sources in Spain. One of the oldest towns in Portugal, it was significant as a Roman settlement in the road from Braga to Santiago de Compostela and Lugo, the first place in Portugal getting a municipal charter; every second Monday, it holds one of the largest country markets in Portugal. In the second weekend of September, Ponte de Lima hold the Feiras Novas for three days since 1826, granted by the Royal Provision of king Peter IV of Portugal.

The attractive rural area around has the largest concentration of baroque manors in Portugal. Ponte de Lima is known in the region for its red Vinho Verde wines. Municipality official website