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Cathedral of San Fernando

San Fernando Cathedral called the Cathedral of Our Lady of Candelaria and Guadalupe is a cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church located in downtown San Antonio, Texas, USA, facing the city's Main Plaza. It is the mother church of the seat of its archbishop, its dome serves as the city of San Antonio's geographical center. The cathedral is known as the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria y Guadalupe and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is notable as one of the oldest cathedrals in the United States. The original church of San Fernando was built between 1738 and 1750; the walls of that church today form the sanctuary of the cathedral, which gives rise to its claim as the oldest cathedral in the State of Texas. The church was named for Ferdinand III of Castile; the baptismal font, believed to be a gift from Charles III, who became King of Spain from 1759, is the oldest piece of liturgical furnishing in the cathedral. The cathedral was built by settlers from the Canary Islands, for this reason the interior is an image of the Virgin of Candelaria, the patroness of the Canary Islands.

In 1831, James Bowie married Ursula de Veramendi in San Fernando. In 1836, the cathedral, still a parish church, played a role in the Battle of the Alamo when Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna hoisted a flag of "no quarter" from the church's tower, marking the beginning of the siege. In 1868, under the director of architect Francois P. Giraud, the cathedral was enlarged in the Gothic style, the addition forming the existing nave; the carved stone Stations of the Cross were added in 1874. The striking stained glass windows were added in 1920. On September 13, 1987, Pope John Paul II visited the cathedral during the only papal visit to Texas. A marker commemorates the event. In 2003, a $15 million renovation project was undertaken which involved three phases: Phase One – restoration and stabilization of the cathedral foundation and structure and its enhancement for liturgy and other events. Among the changes, the altar was relocated to a movable platform closer to the center of the church to enhance the experience for Mass and the baptismal font was relocated from the back of the church into the main aisle.

Phase Two – replacement of the rectory with a new Cathedral Centre which will house a small cafeteria, counseling rooms, gift shop, reception room, television control room, vesting sacristy. Phase Three – construction of a community centre to house community and social services, meeting rooms, a hall, church offices, a residence for the priests; the 2003 renovation was supervised by Father Richard S. Vosko, a liturgical design consultant and priest of the Diocese of Albany who has overseen the redesign and renovation of numerous churches and cathedrals around the country; the cathedral remains at the heart of Catholic religious life of San Antonio, this includes involvement in annual events such as the Fiesta Week. Over 5,000 participate at weekend Masses each week of the year. Over 900 baptisms, 100 weddings, 100 funerals, countless other services and special events are performed each year, most notably in the staging of the Good Friday Passion Play, which attracts thousands of visitors. In February 2006, the cathedral began a year-long celebration recognizing San Antonio's 275th Anniversary.

In 2011, Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, broke from the design envisioned for the cathedral restoration and reversed some prior alterations, unveiling a new altar. Donations from parishioners and outside donors in the amount of $150,000 funded the 2011 project; as part of the dedication, the archbishop placed three relics in the altar. Two are relics of a Doctor of the Church and the patron saint of San Antonio. List of Catholic cathedrals in the United States List of cathedrals in the United States San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Alamo Mission in San Antonio Alamo Plaza Historic District Main and Military Plazas Historic District List of the oldest churches in the United States Official cathedral site Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio National Register of Historic San Fernando Cathedral at the Handbook of Texas Online

Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour season 2015–16

The 2015–16 Pro Tour season was the twenty-first season of the Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour. It started on 8 August 2015 with Grand Prix San Diego and Hong Kong and ended on 7 August 2016 with the conclusion of Pro Tour Sydney; the season consisted of 49 Grand Prix and 4 Pro Tours, located in Milwaukee, Atlanta and Sydney. Four Pro Tours and forty-nine Grands Prix were held in the 2015–16 season; these in addition to the World Championship and the World Magic Cup are the events that awarded Pro Points, the points that were used to determine the Player of the Year Standings and Pro Club levels. Players were awarded Pro Levels for earning 18, 33, 50 points, however only the six best Grand Prix results counted. Pro Club Levels come with certain benefits such as qualifications to subsequent Pro Tours, byes at Grand Prix, airfare to Pro Tours. Based on the final standings of Pro Tours, Grand Prix and the World Magic Cup Pro Points are awarded as follows: For competitors finishing outside the final elimination stage of Grand Prix and Pro Tours points are awarded depending on their score after the final Swiss round.

16 Swiss rounds are played at Pro Tours, 15 at individual Grand Prix, 14 at Team Grand Prix. Pro Points are awarded as follows. Players that participated in the World Championship earned one Pro Point per win in the Swiss Portion and two Pro Points per win in the single elimination stage. Seattle Prize pool: $150,000 Format: Modern Masters Booster Draft, Magic Origins Booster Draft, Modern The following twenty-four players received an invitation to the 2015 World Championship due to their performance in the 2014–15 season, they are ordered according to the final standings of the event. Milwaukee Prize pool: $250,000 Format: Standard, Booster Draft Barcelona Prize pool: $250,000 Format: Team Constructed, Team Limited Atlanta Prize pool: $250,000 Format: Modern, Booster Draft At the end of this event, the top ranking player in Pro Points, Owen Turtenwald, was awarded the "Mid-season master" title, which will yield him an invitation to the 2016 World Championship. Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad was the 100th Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour.

For the Top 8 single elimination stage the mode was modified from previous Pro Tours. Only the first game was played unsideboarded with players having access to their sideboard for all subsequent games in a match. From PT Shadows over Innistrad on, players only have access to their sideboard beginning with the third game of a Top 8 match; the Pro Tour's Top 8 included some of the most successful Magic players of all time, including Hall of Famers Jon Finkel, Luis Scott-Vargas, Shouta Yasooka. Location: Madrid Prize pool: $250,000 Format: Standard, Booster Draft Sydney Prize pool: $250,000 Format: Standard, Booster Draft The 2015–16 Pro Tour season ended after Pro Tour Eldritch Moon; these are the final standings of the Player of the Year race, including every player who at the end of the season reached Platinum, the highest Pro Club Level. The following twenty-four players received an invitation to the 2016 World Championship due to their performance in the 2015–16 season

2003 Svenska Cupen

Svenska Cupen 2003 was the forty-eighth season of the main Swedish football Cup. The competition started on 27 March 2003 and concluded on 1 November 2003 with the Final, held at Råsunda Stadium, Solna Municipality in Stockholms län. IF Elfsborg won the final 2-0 against Assyriska Föreningen. There were 34 matches played between 27 March and 18 April 2003. There were 68 teams in the first round from Division 1, Division 2 and Division 3, but including a few teams from Division 4 and Division 5. In this round the 34 winning teams from the previous round were joined by 30 teams from Allsvenskan and Superettan; the 32 matches were played between 29 April and 7 May 2003. The 16 matches in this round were played between 20 May and 5 June 2003; the 8 matches in this round were played between 18 June and 7 August 2003. The 4 matches in this round were played between 7 August and 2 October 2003; the semi-finals were played on 25 September and 16 October 2003. The final was played on 1 November 2003 at the Råsunda Stadium.

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Tholu bommalata

Tholu bommalata is the shadow puppet theatre tradition of the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Its performers are part of a group of wandering entertainers and peddlers who pass through villages during the course of a year and offer to sing ballads, tell fortunes, sell amulets, perform acrobatics, charm snakes, weave fishnets, tattoo local people and mend pots; this ancient custom, which for centuries before radio and television provided knowledge of Hindu epics and local folk tales, not to mention news, spread to the most remote corners of the subcontinent. Tholu bommalata means "the dance of leather puppets"; the puppeteers comprise some of the various entertainers who perform all night and reenact various stories from Hindu epics such as the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The performance begins with a series of sung invocations and a line of ornate, strikingly stylized puppets pinned in overlapping fashion onto the sides of the screen; the puppets are mounted in the middle on a palm stem, extended to form a handle used to move the body of the puppet.

Their articulated arms are moved with detachable sticks that have a small piece of string with a peg at the end, which slip into holes on the hands. One puppeteer manipulates all three sticks of a single puppet, holding the central handle stick in one hand and two arm-control sticks in the other. Two to three puppeteers operate puppets on the screen at the same time, each one delivering the lines for his or her own puppet; as the players manipulate the puppets, placing them on the screen and moving them away, they create the illusion of the figures materializing and fading out. They cause the figures to walk, sway and fly through the air, they can swivel a dancer's detachable head and manipulate her hands while keeping her hips swaying to create a remarkable illusion of twirling. The puppeteers accompany all the character's speeches with animated movement of the arms and hands, which they can flip over to create a three-dimensional effect; the swaying of dangling legs adds to the feeling of animation.

When several puppets are stationary on the screen at the same time, they can be pinned to the screen with date palm thorns. A puppet can be pinned with one or two of the long, thin thorns passed through perforations in a headdress or shoulder ornaments; such puppets are still able to engage in animated conversation by means of the sticks moving their hands. Characters that engage in rough fighting, such as the monkey king Hanuman or the jesters, are held from the hip, enabling them to be moved with greater control than by the central stick alone; every few minutes throughout the performance, the action will be broken by the episodes of broad comic relief from the jesters speaking in a slangy, quirky style and engaging in slapstick antics. Some of these depend on a strong dose of scatological humor, puns or risqué allusions. Except for certain used expletives, their language is not obscene, though sequences may be bawdy to a degree not observed in other popular forms of entertainment. Interspersed with spoken dialogue, verse passages in literary Telugu and Sanskrit are sung with instrumental accompaniment.

These occur in contexts of heightened emotion or important events, rather like the arias in European operas. The players serve as their own musicians and all members of the troupe know the music that accompanies the various passages; the musical instruments consist of a harmonium, a portable keyboard organ that sometimes serves only as a drone. A wooden shoe with stilts is used to keep its wearer above the mud during the rainy season, can be struck against schoolchildren's seating planks to create dramatic clacking and banging sound effects for fight scenes; the singing style and the conventions of vocal delivery that accompany tholu bommalata resemble the form of singing from an old-fashioned drama genre known as Satyabhamakalapam. Accompanied only by the drum and finger cymbals, the player sings raising his hand up to one ear, as if to listen to what he is singing. Comparisons of shadow plays to movies can be informative; the shadow play was an ingenious technology of animating pictures, developed centuries before the advent of the motion picture industry.

Here was a method of enabling four or five people to bring a hundred or more colorful mythological characters to life in the most remote village, all accompanied by virtuoso singing, contagious rhythms, dramatic sound effects. The characters' costumes were elaborate, with swirling sashes and ornate necklaces and garlands, all cut to let points of light glisten in intricate patterns. Three types of skins have been used to manufacture puppets: spotted deer and goat. Antelope skins are reserved for making a limited number of auspicious characters, such as the gods and epic heroes. Deer skin, noted for its strength and resistance to rough handling, is employed in the figures of the warrior Bhima and the ten-headed demon king Ravana. All other puppets are made from goat skin available locally. Most puppets are made from a single skin. At least four skins are necessary for Ravana – one for his body, one for his legs, one to make each set of five arms; the shadow play has been only one set of techniques for dramatizing the vastly rich Hindu epics.

It has now been superseded by motion pictures and television, which have reinvigorated the epics for the electronic age. But the shadow play was a brilliant innovation, one whose visual artifacts hold clues to the history of South Asian art and drama and deserve t

Nokia X2-01

The Nokia X2-01 is a low-cost feature phone with a Nokia S40 mobile operating system released under the X-series line of phones by Nokia. It features a full QWERTY keyboard, it is being advertised as an entry-level messaging & Music phone. It's similar to the Nokia X2-00, only differences are that it has a QWERTY keyboard, the display is landscape and has a downgraded VGA camera with no flash. Nokia X2-01 is a basic phone with installed extra features of Ovi Mail and Ovi Chat where users can set up email and chat accounts directly from the device; the X2-01 has a VGA camera, 2.4-inch screen, support for up to 8 GB of storage on a MicroSD card. The phone is available in various colours: black-titanium, black-red, black-azure, white silver, white-pink.. General 2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 Announced: 2010, November Status: Available. Released 2011, January Body Dimensions: 119.4 x 59.8 x 14.3 mm, 86.6 cc Weight: 107.5 g Keyboard: QWERTY Dedicated music key Display Type: TFT, 256K colors Size: 320 x 240 pixels, 2.4" Sound Alert types: Vibration, Polyphonic, WAV, MP3 ringtones Loudspeaker: Yes 3.5 mm jack: Yes Dedicated music key Cameras Primary: VGA, 640x480 pixels Video: Yes, QVGA@24fps Secondary: No Features Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email Browser: WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML Radio: Stereo FM radio with RDS Games: Yes + downloadable GPS: No Java: Yes, MIDP 2.1 Colors: Red, Deep Grey, Lilac, And Azure, white MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV video player MP3/WAV/WMA/AAC audio player Organizer Voice memo, ability to keep track of notes Predictive text input Battery Battery: Standard battery, Li-Ion 1020 Stand-by: Up to 480 h Talk time: Up to 4 h 30 min

Songs in the Key of Bree

Songs in the Key of Bree is the debut album by Buck-O-Nine released in 1994 on Immune Records, subsequently re-released on Taang! Records in 1996; this album consists of many of the songs that the band wrote over a period of two years as it played numerous gigs in Southern California and Arizona, saw its regional following swell in numbers. After a gig supporting Skankin' Pickle, the band was encouraged by then-sax-player Mike "Bruce Lee" Park to start touring. Booking agents told the band they would need to have a CD released before they should consider touring nationally, so they promptly entered the studio. During the recording process, Immune Records offered to release the album through a two-year licensing deal, one week after the album's release, Buck-O-Nine began its first national tour, filling the support slot on the "Skamaggedon" tour, opening up for ska veterans Gangster Fun and MU330; the Irish Drinking Song from Songs in the Key of Bree is sometimes mistakenly credited as "Drink and Fight" by Flogging Molly, The Bouncing Souls or Dropkick Murphys.

Although Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys are known for playing similar types of songs, that particular song was written and recorded by Buck-O-Nine. There is a Canadian band called Mudmen who wrote a song called "Drink and Fight." "Barfly" - 2:59 "More Than Your Eyes Can See" - 3:22 "Poorboy" - 2:51 "Few Too Many" - 3:03 "Tool" - 2:31 "Nite Lite" - 2:48 "I Can't Believe" - 3:01 "Irish Drinking Song" - 1:58 "King of the Box" - 2:43 "She's Fat" - 2:08 "Ah Yeah" - 2:43 "Happy Stay" - 2:04 "Voice in My Head" - 3:43 "New Generation" - 2:45 "I Don't Wanna Be No" - 3:23 "Sappy Love Song" - 3:22 "I Don't Seem to Care" - 4:39 "True or False" - 2:50 "Voice in My Head'96" - 3:09 Jon Pebsworth - Vocals Jonas Kleiner - Guitar Dan Albert - Trombone Anthony Curry - Trumpet Craig Yarnold - Alto Sax Scott Kennerly - Bass Steve Bauer - Drums Produced by Jeff Forest and Buck-O-Nine Engineered and mixed by Jeff Forest at DoubleTime Studios, San Diego, California