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Vivian Street

Vivian Street is a one-way arterial road in central Wellington, New Zealand. It forms a part of the country's State Highway 1 network. Since March 2007, Vivian Street's one-way direction has flowed east-bound, following the completion of the Wellington Inner City Bypass through Te Aro; the street was part of Wellington's red-light district in its western half around the junction of Cuba Street, during most of the 20th century. It contained peep shows and illegal brothels. During WW1 the area was known as Gallipoli due to the number of soldiers visiting the area. With the decriminalisation of prostitution in the early 21st century, Vivian Street's'reputation' is undergoing a revival, with the recent opening of Il Bordello Gentlemen's Club, the reopening of the Liks Bar. Between these two establishments is a live music venue for underground musicians and other emerging artists of New Zealand, Valve Bar. Wises Map of Vivian Street

October-class missile boat

The October class is a series of six missile boats constructed for the Egyptian Navy in the mid-1970s as a replacement for the aging Komar-class missile boats. The design of the vessels is based on the Komar class and the six ships were constructed at Alexandria and completed by Vosper Thornycroft at Portsmouth, United Kingdom, they entered service in the late 1970s. Two were removed from service and four are still active; the October class is based on the Soviet Komar-class missile boats, acquired by the Egyptian Navy in 1962. The October class have wooden hulls and have a standard displacement of 71 long tons and 82 long tons at full load, their small size leads to cramped conditions for the crew, with access to the engine room through a removable operations room. The missile boats are 84 feet long with a draught of 5 feet; the vessels are propelled by four CRM 12 D/SS diesel engines turning four shafts, rated at 5,400 horsepower. This gives them a range of 400 nmi at 30 knots; the missile boats have a complement of 20.

Missile boats in the class are armed with two OTO Melara Otomat surface-to-surface missiles and four Type 32 30 mm/75 guns in two twin mounts for anti-aircraft defence. The October class are fitted with Marconi S 810 surface search radar and Marconi/ST 802 fire control radar, they mount a Racal Cutlass radar warning system and two Protean fixed decoy launchers. Six October-class missile boats were ordered by the Egyptian Navy to replace the Komar-class missile boats in service, they were constructed at the shipyard in Alexandria and launched in 1975–1976. The incomplete missile boats were taken to Portsmouth, United Kingdom to have the missiles and electronics installed by Vosper Thornycroft and the vessels completed between 1979 and 1981; the October-class vessels were named 207, 208, 209, 210, 211 and 212. The final pair to complete, 207 and 212 arrived in Egypt on 25 April 1981; the ships were renumbered to their current names and 791, while being carried aboard a freighter, was lost overboard during the delivery voyage on 16 December 1980.

The missile boat was salvaged on 30 June 1981. 791 underwent repairs, which were completed on 13 August 1982. By 2009, 785 was laid up and 791 was non-operational. Couhat, Jean Labayle, ed.. Combat Fleets of the World 1986/87. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0-85368-860-5. Gardiner, Robert. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1947–1995. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-132-7. Saunders, Stephen, ed.. Jane's Fighting Ships 2009–2010. Alexandria, Virginia: Jane's Information Group Inc. ISBN 0-7106-2888-9.

2002 Oklahoma's 1st congressional district special election

The 2002 United States House of Representatives special election in Oklahoma's 1st congressional district was held on January 8, 2002 to select the successor to Steve Largent who resigned to focus on his campaign for Governor of Oklahoma. Both of the major parties held primaries to determine their nominees; the Republican primary featured a competitive contest between then-First Lady of Oklahoma Cathy Keating, state Senator Scott Pruitt, the eventual winner state Representative John Sullivan. Sullivan subsequently defeated Tulsa School Board present Doug Dodd by a ten point margin. Given the strong conservative bent of the district, which voted for George W. Bush over Al Gore 62% to 38% in 2000 and has not been represented by a Democrat since 1987, Democrats did not contest this race. List of special elections to the United States House of Representatives

Sarv-e Abarkuh

The Cypress of Abarkuh called the Zoroastrian Sarv, is a Cupressus sempervirens tree in Abarkuh in Yazd Province of Iran. It is protected by the Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran as a national natural monument and is indeed a major tourist attraction with a height of 25 metres and with a perimeter of 11.5 meters at its trunk and 18 meters higher up around its branches. It is estimated to be over four millennia old and is the oldest or second-oldest living lifeform in Asia; the exact age of the tree has been difficult to determine, but it is estimated to be between 4000 to 5000 years old. Favorable natural conditions of its location have been credited as the main reason for the tree’s longevity. There is a legend about the tree. List of oldest trees Cypress of Kashmar Tree

List of High Commissioners of the United Kingdom to the Solomon Islands

The High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to the Solomon Islands is the United Kingdom's foremost diplomatic representative to the Solomon Islands, in charge of the UK's diplomatic mission in the Solomon Islands. The current British High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands is employed as the High Commissioner to the Republic of Vanuatu. and to the Republic of Nauru. 1978–1982: Gordon Slater 1982–1986: George Stansfield 1986–1988: John Noss 1988–1990: Junor Young 1990–1995: Raymond Jones 1996–1998: Brian Connelly 1998–2001: Alan Waters 2001–2004: Brian Baldwin 2004–2008: Richard Lyne 2008–2011: Timothy Smart 2012–2016: Dominic Meiklejohn 2016–: David Ward UK and Solomon Islands,