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Capricornia Cays National Park

Capricornia Cays is both a national park and a scientific national park in Queensland, located 486 km and 472 km north of the state capital Brisbane respectively. Collectively they comprise 241 ha of coral cays. Popular recreational activities in the park includes bird and turtle watching as well as camping, swimming, boating and diving. Capricornia Cays National Park is noted for its biological diversity and for provided habitat for a number of endangered plants and animals. In particular the cays are recognized as having the largest breeding population of endangered loggerhead turtles in the South Pacific. Access to the islands via boat is available from Gladstone, Bundaberg and 1770; the cays form an Important Bird Area because they support more than 1% of the world populations of black noddies and wedge-tailed shearwaters, making up the majority of the east Australian breeding populations of these species, sometimes more than 1% of the world population of brown boobies. Seasonal closures in some areas is imposed to protect breeding seabirds.

233 mollusc species have been recorded from the islands. Capricornia Cays National Park protects eight vegetated coral cays in the Capricorn and Bunker group of islands of the southern Great Barrier Reef: Erskine Island Heron Island Lady Musgrave Island - Open for visiting, capable of 40 campers. Masthead Island - Open for visiting, capable of 60 campers, however this is limited to 30 from October to March each year to allow a less disrupted egg laying ground for turtles. North West Island - Open for visiting, capable of 150 campers. Tryon Island - Currently closed to public access due to a tree infection, the island has the capacity for 30 campers. Wilson IslandThe cays are built by corals; the area is of significance as a fishery for king prawns These eight islands are part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and all surrounded by reefs. Vegetation on the cays is dominated by the flowering tree species, Pisonia grandis. A further six cays form Capricornia Cays National Park: One Tree Island Wreck Island Fairfax Islands, Hoskyn Islands There is no public access to these cays.

Area: 0.44 km2 Coordinates: 23°20′07″S 151°57′24″E Managing authorities: Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service IUCN category: Ia Protected areas of Queensland Capricornia Cays National Park

USS Minneapolis (C-13)

The first USS Minneapolis was a United States Navy Columbia-class protected cruiser. She was named for the city of Minnesota. Minneapolis was laid down 16 December 1891 by Philadelphia; the class was designed with three funnels. This may have been to make them resemble specific passenger liners. Assigned to the North Atlantic Squadron, the new cruiser took part in maneuvers and cruises along the eastern seaboard and in the West Indies until she was assigned to the European Squadron 27 November 1895, arriving Gibraltar, 13 December. After cruising in the Mediterranean Sea, she visited Kronstadt, Russia, 13 May to 19 June, as flagship of Rear Admiral Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr. representing the United States at the coronation of Czar Nicholas II. Following visits to principal ports of northern Europe, she returned to Greece, she arrived at Philadelphia 6 July. The next day, she was placed in reserve at Philadelphia. Upon outbreak of the Spanish–American War, Minneapolis was assigned to the Northern Patrol Squadron operating along the north Atlantic coast of the United States.

In April 1898, she was dispatched for scouting duty in the West Indies, searching for Admiral Cervera's fleet as far as the coast of Venezuela, returning to Santiago de Cuba, 19 May 1898, en route to Key West, Florida. She decommissioned at Philadelphia 18 August 1898 and remained in ordinary in League Island Navy Yard until recommissioned as a receiving ship, 23 April 1902, she again decommissioned at League Island Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 2 June 1903 and recommissioned 5 October 1903. She took part in the Louisiana Purchase Celebration at New Orleans, Louisiana from 16 to 28 December, spent much of the next year cruising the West Indies. Minneapolis arrived New London, Connecticut 23 May 1905 to participate in the unveiling of the John Winthrop Monument was assigned to a Special Service Squadron with collier Caesar and screw steamer Dixie, under the command of Rear Admiral Colby Mitchell Chester, to make astronomical and other scientific observations off the coast of Spain and Africa, she sailed from New York 3 July 1905 and arrived at Gibraltar on the 17th, carrying scientists to observe the solar eclipse, 30 August 1905.

She departed the Mediterranean 10 November 1905 and sailed via France and England to the United States arriving Hampton Roads, 23 December. She was at Annapolis, Maryland, 20 April to 5 May 1906, for ceremonies commemorating the arrival of the body of John Paul Jones, after taking midshipmen on a practice cruise, conducted training cruises for men of the naval militias of New York and Connecticut, she decommissioned at Philadelphia on 7 November 1906 and remained in ordinary until the United States entered World War I. Recommissioned 2 July 1917, Minneapolis got underway from Philadelphia 15 September for Hampton Roads, departed that base 26 October for Colon, Panama Canal Zone, where she joined British transports Arawa and Corinthia; the vessels sailed from Colon 6 November and steamed by way of Hampton Roads to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The cruiser continued to operate along the Atlantic coast until assigned to transatlantic convoy duty 24 February 1918. During the next 8 months, she made four escort voyages, departing New York and sailing to ocean rendezvous where the convoys were turned over to British destroyers.

On her last voyage, she departed New York on 9 October as escort for a convoy to Sydney, Nova Scotia, returned to New York, 19 October. Minneapolis was assigned to the Pacific Station as flagship, arriving in San Diego, California on 7 February 1919, she was decommissioned at the Mare Island Navy Yard two years on 15 March 1921, sold on 5 August 1921. Her only surviving parts, the mast and bell, are preserved on the northeastern shore of Bde Maka Ska near Lake Street in Minneapolis; the ship's wheel was preserved, but was stolen. This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships; the entry can be found here. Media related to USS Minneapolis at Wikimedia Commons Photo gallery of USS Minneapolis at NavSource Naval History USS Minneapolis

Ahmad Esmaeilpour

Ahmad Esmaeilpour is an Iranian futsal player. He is a Right Winger, a member of Shenzhen Nanling Tielang in the Chinese Futsal League and the Iran national futsal team. Esmaeilpour was part of the Iranian team for the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup who finished third place after defeating Portugal in penalties. Esmaeilpour scored four goals throughout the tournament and won the Bronze Ball, given to the third best player of the tournament. FIFA Futsal World Cup Third place: 2016 AFC Futsal Championship Champion: 2018 Runners-up: 2014 Third place: 2012 Asian Indoor Games Champion: 2009 - 2017 WAFF Futsal Championship Champion: 2012 Grand Prix Runner-Up: 2015 AFC Futsal Club Championship Champions: 2010 - 2012 Runner-Up: 2011 - 2013 - 2017 Iranian Futsal Super League Champions: 2009-10 - 2010-11 - 2011–12 - 2012-13 - 2016-17 Runners-up: 2013-14 - 2014-15 Top Goalscorer: AFC Futsal Club Championship: 2012 Iranian Futsal Super League: 2011–12 - 2012–13 Chinese Futsal League: 2018–19 Best Player: Best Winger: 2013–14 Iranian Futsal Super League Bronze Ball: 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup Official website Ahmad Esmaeilpour – FIFA competition record Ahmad Esmaeilpour on Facebook

Americanism (heresy)

Americanism was a group of related views perceived by some to be held by some American Catholics. European "continental conservative" clerics thought they detected signs of modernism or classical liberalism of the sort the Pope had condemned in the Syllabus of Errors in 1864, they feared that these doctrines were held by and taught in the 1890s by many members of the American Catholic hierarchy, who denied that they held these views. Pope Leo XIII wrote against these ideas in a letter to Cardinal James Gibbons, published as Testem benevolentiae nostrae; the Pope lamented an America where church and state are "dissevered and divorced" and wrote of his preference for a closer relationship between the Catholic Church and the State along European lines. The long-term result was that the Irish Catholics who controlled the Catholic Church in the United States demonstrated their total loyalty to the Pope, traces of liberal thought in the Catholic colleges were suppressed. At bottom it was a cultural conflict, as the continental conservative Europeans, angered at the heavy attacks on the Catholic Church in Germany and other countries, did not appreciate the active individualism in America.

During the French Third Republic, which began in 1870, the power and influence of French Catholicism declined. The French government passed laws bearing more and more stringently on the Church, the majority of French citizens did not object. Indeed, they began to look toward legislators and not to the clergy for guidance. Observing this, encouraged by the action of Pope Leo XIII, who, in 1892 called on French Catholics loyally to accept the Republic, several young French priests set themselves to stop the decline in Church power, they determined that because the Church was predominantly sympathetic to the monarchists and hostile to the Republic, because it held itself aloof from modern philosophies and practices, people had turned away from it. The progressive priests believed that the Church did too little to cultivate individual character, put too much emphasis on the routine side of religious observance, they noted that Catholicism was not making much use of modern means of propaganda, such as social movements, the organization of clubs, or the establishing of settlements.

In short, the Church had not adapted to modern needs, these priests endeavored to correct this. They began a domestic apostolate which had for one of its rallying cries, "Allons au peuple." They agitated for social and philanthropic projects, for a closer relationship between priests and parishioners, for general cultivation of personal initiative, both in clergy and in laity. Not unnaturally, they looked for inspiration to America. There they saw a vigorous Church among a free people, with priests publicly respected, with a note of aggressive zeal in every project of Catholic enterprise. In the 1890s, this issue was brought forcefully to the attention of European Catholics by Comtesse de Ravilliax's translation of a biography of Isaac Thomas Hecker by Paulist father Walter Elliott, with the introduction by Abbé Felix Klein drawing the most ire from the Vatican, his biography, written in English by the Paulist Father Elliott in 1891, was translated into French six years and proved an inspiration to the French.

Father Hecker known as "The Yellow Dart," had been dead for years at this point and had never been viewed by the Pope with disfavor. However, this translation of Hecker's biography and Abbé Klein's introduction to the book made him appear to have been much more of a radical than he in fact was. Hecker had sought to reach out to Protestant Americans by stressing certain points of Catholic teaching, but Pope Leo XIII understood this effort as a watering down of Catholic doctrine. Hecker had used terms such as "natural virtue," which to the pope suggested the Pelagian heresy; because members of the Paulist Fathers took promises but not the vows of religious orders, many concluded that Hecker denied the need for external authority. The French liberals admired Father Hecker for his love of modern times and modern liberty and his devotion to liberal Catholicism. Indeed, they took him as a kind of patron saint. Inspired by Father Hecker's life and character, the activist French priests undertook the task of persuading their fellow-priests to accept the political system, to break out of their isolation, put themselves in touch with the intellectual life of the country, take an active part in the work of social amelioration.

In 1897, the movement received a new impetus when Monsignor Denis J. O'Connell, former Rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome, spoke on behalf of Father Hecker's ideas at the Catholic Congress in Fribourg. Catholics who saw striking differences between the Church's treatment by adherents of classical liberalism took alarm at what they considered to be symptoms of pernicious modernism. In France the conservatives were to a man, anti-republicans who distrusted and disliked the democratic abbés, they complained to the Pope, in 1898, Abbé Charles Maignen wrote an ardent polemic against the new movement called Le Père Hecker, est-il un saint?. The European conservatives were reinforced by German American Catholic bishops in the Midwest, who were distrustful of the Irish, who dominated the American Catholic Church. Arthur Preuss the foremost German Catholic theologian in the United States, was an outspoken enemy, filling his scholarly journal Fortnightly Review with attacks. Many powerful Vatican authorities opposed the "Americanist" tendency.

But Pope Leo XIII was reluctant to chastise the American Catholics, whom he had praised for their loyal

Montana Taylor

Arthur "Montana" Taylor was an American boogie-woogie and piano blues pianist, best known for his recordings in the 1940s, regarded as the leading exponent of the "barrelhouse" style of playing. Taylor was born in Butte, where his father owned a club; the family moved to Chicago and around 1910, to Indianapolis, where Taylor learned piano. He moved to Cleveland, Ohio. By 1929 he was back in Chicago, where he recorded a few tracks for Vocalion Records, including "Indiana Avenue Stomp" and "Detroit Rocks", he disappeared from the public record for some years, during which he may have given up playing piano. However, in 1946 he was rediscovered by jazz fan Rudi Blesh, was recorded both solo and as the accompanist to Bertha "Chippie" Hill; the recordings proved he had lost none of his instrumental abilities, had developed as a singer. Taylor's final recordings were from a 1946 radio broadcast and after that he was reported working as a chauffeur. Montana Taylor died soon after 1957. In 1977, Taylor's complete recordings were compiled by Martin van Olderen for the Oldie Blues label.

Included were two recently discovered radio performances from 1946. In 2002 Document Records released the complete recordings on CD. 1929 - "Whoop and Holler Stomp" b/w "Hayride Stomp" - 78 rpm 1929 - "Indiana Avenue Stomp" b/w "Detroit Rocks" - 78 rpm 1977 - Montana's Blues - compilation LP with Montana Taylor's complete recordings 2002 - Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order 1929-1946 - compilation CD with Montana Taylor's complete recordings Montana Taylor discography at Discogs Illustrated Montana Taylor discography

Floyd Hughes

Floyd Hughes is a British, Brooklyn based production designer, storyboard artist and comic book illustrator. He is an art professor at the Pratt Institute. Hughes was born in the East End of London, he spent his early years working in London's Dark They Were, Golden-Eyed fantasy book and comic shop, situated deep in London's SoHo district, in the late 1970s. He had a stint in Forbidden Planets' first store in London's Denmark Street in the early 1980s. Hughes began his professional career in 1980 working as an artist/writer in British comics and magazines. Hughes' first professional work was published in a 2000 AD Summer Special and his fanzine work had been in David Hornsby's Apocolypse fanzine published in the UK. In the early 80’s he produced concert stage artwork for The Clash and worked in the film and television industry as a storyboard artist, production illustrator and special make-up effects technician on films that include Clive Barker's Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Highlander.

In 1988 he moved to New York City and continued his freelance career working in comics, film, music videos and as a designer for MTV Animation's Downtown and Celebrity Deathmatch. Hughes illustrated the Marvel Comics mini-series Hellhound and served as art director on Russell Simmons Presents B. A. D Magazine, a project funded by Time Warner under its Mad brand. Hughes produced on screen artwork for the movie Antitrust and pre- production illustrations for the Will Smith film I Am Legend. Hughes did two CD sleeve paintings for the AC/DC album Ballbreaker. In 1990 Hughes collaborated with music journalist Charles Shaar Murray on Purple Days, a comic strip inspired by the life and times of Jimi Hendrix. Purple Days appeared in Revolver, a 48-page magazine-sized comic book published in the UK. In mid-2008, Hughes worked with director Spike Lee on a Burger King commercial starring P. Diddy, his graphic novel adaptation of fine artist Danny Simmons’ 2003 novel Three Days As the Crow Flies was published February 2008 by Simon & Schuster.

Hughes is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Pratt Institute School Of Art and Design in Brooklyn, New York, was the recipient of the prestigious "Most Distinguished Teacher Award 2008/2009". Hughes created storyboards for Spike Lee films, including Red Hook Summer and BlacKkKlansman 85, a novel. Written by Danny Simmons, illustrated by Hughes. Simon & Schuster, 2008