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Deutscher Wetterdienst

The Deutscher Wetterdienst or DWD for short, is the German Meteorological Service, based in Offenbach am Main, which monitors weather and meteorological conditions over Germany and provides weather services for the general public and for nautical, aviational or agricultural purposes. It is attached to the Federal Ministry of Digital Infrastructure; the DWDs principal tasks include warning against weather-related dangers and monitoring and rating climate changes affecting Germany. The organization runs atmospheric models on their supercomputer for precise weather forecasting; the DWD manages the national climate archive and one of the largest specialized libraries on weather and climate worldwide. The DWD was formed in 1952. In 1954, the Federal Republic of Germany joined the World Meteorological Organization. In 1975 the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts was formed for numerical weather prediction up to ten days in advance. In 1990, following the reunification, the weather services of the German Democratic Republic were incorporated in the DWD.

Since the 1990s, the DWD has continuously reduced the number of manned weather stations, which entailed substantial staff cutbacks. The DWD does not expect a reduction in forecast quality, given techniques like weather radar or satellites, which have improved weather data collection; the German Meteorological Service runs a global hydrostatic model of its own, the GME, using a hexagonal icosahedral grid since 2002. They developed the High Resolution Regional Model in 1999, run within the operational and research meteorological communities and run with hydrostatic assumptions; the German non-hydrostatic Lokal-Modell for Europe has been run since 2002, an increase in areal domain became operational on September 28, 2005. Since March 2009, the DWD operates a NEC SX-9 with a peak performance of 109 teraFLOPS to help in the weather forecasting process. Since 2005, the DWD has been publishing regional warnings against heat with the aim to reduce heat related fatalities; this decision was made because of the hot summer in 2003, when estimated 7000 people died from direct or indirect effects of the heat.

Additionally it sends out sea weather reports as radioteletype and faxes. Since 2006, the pollen warnings can be subscribed to for free on the DWD web site. Within its duty of primary meteorological information, the DWD offers a free daily weather report for Germany which can be subscribed to by email on their official website. DWD offers free access to its climate data; the Deutsche Wetterdienst is attached to the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and thus linked to the German federal and local governments, to the business community, to the industrial world in terms of cooperation and consulting. Its work is based on the German Meteorological Office Act; the DWD consists of 2600 occupants. Besides the DWD central in Offenbach, there are regional centers in Hamburg, Leipzig, Essen and Munich. Additionally, it runs Germany's densest network of meteorological measurement points with 183 full-time meteorological stations, as well as about 1784 extraordinal weather stations run by volunteering amateurs.

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Ken Whiteley

Kenneth "Ken" Whiteley is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. He began performing folk music in the early 1970s, making frequent appearances at the Mariposa Folk Festival and recording and touring with acclaimed children's performer Raffi. Whiteley performed with his brother Chris Whiteley and with his niece and nephew Jenny Whiteley and Daniel Whiteley. Whiteley has been honoured with numerous awards, including a Genie Award in 2004, he was inducted into the Mariposa Festival Hall of Fame in 2008. Whiteley was born in Pennsylvania to Canadian parents, they moved to Toronto. He began to play guitar at the age of twelve and was influenced at an early age by the folk and jug band traditions, he began performing with his older brother Chris Whiteley and in 1965 they, along with clarinettist Tom Evens, formed the Original Sloth Band. The trio recorded three albums and appeared at numerous folk festivals, including Mariposa, the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the Vancouver Folk Festival. Whiteley became a Life Member of the Toronto Musicians' Association, Local 149 of the American Federation of Musicians, in May 2017

2013 Mackay Cutters season

The 2013 Mackay Cutters season was the sixth in the club's history. Coached by Kim Williams and captained by Jardine Bobongie and Joel Clinton, they competed in the QRL's Intrust Super Cup; the club enjoyed their most successful season, finishing the regular season in second place and defeating the Easts Tigers 27–20 in the Grand Final to win their first premiership. After the departure of head coach Anthony Seibold at the end of 2012, the Cutters hired former Melbourne Storm SG Ball Cup coach Kim Williams as his replacement; the club's biggest off-season recruit was former Australian international and NRL premiership winning-prop Joel Clinton, returning to Australia after three seasons with Hull Kingston Rovers. He was named co-captain of the club, alongside veteran Jardine Bobongie. On 28 April 2013, just hours after a 22–22 draw with the Tweed Heads Seagulls, North Queensland Cowboys contracted hooker Alex Elisala was found unconscious and not breathing after jumping from a hotel balcony.

He died in hospital the following day. In honour of Elisala, the Cutters retired his number 14 jersey for the rest of the season. Despite the tragedy, the Cutters pushed forward and finished the season in second on the ladder, their highest finish. In Week 1 of the finals, they suffered a 18–31 loss to the Easts Tigers before bouncing back to defeat the Ipswich Jets and Northern Pride to qualify for their first Grand Final and set up a rematch with the Tigers. On 28 September 2013, the Cutters defeated Easts 27–20 in the Grand Final at North Ipswich Reserve to claim their maiden Queensland Cup premiership. Prop Tyson Andrews was named the club's Player of the Year, while Cowboys contracted players, Sam Hoare and Curtis Rona, were selected for the Queensland Residents side; the following players contracted to the North Queensland Cowboys played for the Cutters in 2013: Alex Elisala, Kalifa Faifai Loa, Clint Greenshields, Chris Grevsmuhl, Sam Hoare, Rory Kostjasyn, Tyson Martin, Anthony Mitchell, Michael Morgan, Curtis Rona, Zac Santo, Tariq Sims and Jason Taumalolo.

Mackay Cutters' Grand Final winning side: 1 Liam Taylor, 2 Bureta Faraimo, 15 Michael Morgan, 4 Kalifa Faifai Loa, 5 David Milne, 6 Dan Murphy, 7 Matt Minto, 8 Tyson Andrews, 9 Anthony Mitchell, 10 Sam Hoare, 17 Jason Taumalolo, 12 Chris Gesch, 13 Jardine Bobongie. Interchange: 11 Dean Webster, 16 Karl Davies, 18 Kelvin Nielsen, 20 Jason Schirnack. Coach: Kim Williams. Player of the Year: Tyson Andrews Players' Player: Bureta Faraimo Sponsor's Player of the Year: Jardine Bobongie Rookie of the Year: Karl Davies Club Person of the Year: Chris Fraser

Marga Höffgen

Marga Höffgen was a German contralto, known for singing oratorio the Passions by Johann Sebastian Bach, operatic parts such as Erda in Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, performed at the Bayreuth Festival and Covent Garden Opera in London between 1960 and 1975. Born into a merchant family to parents Friedrich Höffgen and her mother Maria, née von Eicken in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Höffgen was 17 when she started studying at the Folkwangschule in Essen with Anna Erler-Schnaudt. Two years in 1939, she continued at the Musikhochschule Berlin with Hermann Weißenborn until 1942. In 1943, she was contracted by the Staatsoper Dresden, but did not start because she was pregnant with her second child, she made her concert debut in Berlin in 1952. She was noticed internationally when she performed the alto part in Bach's St Matthew Passion in Vienna in 1955, conducted by Herbert von Karajan, she was identified with the part of Erda in Wagner's Das Rheingold and Siegfried, sung first in 1959 at Covent Garden in London, repeated at the Vienna State Opera and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires until 1975.

She sang this role at the Bayreuth Festival 1960 to 1964 and 1967 to 1975, from 1964-1975 the First Norn in Götterdämmerung. She died in Müllheim/Breisgau. During the 1950s and 1960s, Höffgen was a soloist in recordings of Bach's major works with renowned conductors and ensembles, she recorded Bach's Mass in B minor with Karajan in 1953, with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Nicolai Gedda and Heinz Rehfuss. In 1954 she recorded the St Matthew Passion with conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler, Anton Dermota as the Evangelist, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau as vox Christi, Elisabeth Grümmer and Otto Edelmann. In 1955 she appeared in the St John Passion, conducted by Fritz Lehmann, with Uta Graf, Julius Patzak, Gérard Souzay and Walter Berry. In 1965 she sang the contralto arias in the two famous Bach's Passions with Eugen Jochum and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, she appeared in Bach cantata recordings in the series of Kurt Thomas, Fritz Werner and Helmuth Rilling. In 1966, she took part in a distinguished Henry Wood Proms performance of Beethoven's Missa solemnis under Antal Doráti and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, issued by the Doráti Society.

She recorded the role of Third Lady in Otto Klemperer's recording of The Magic Flute, available since the vinyl days. In 1978, she recorded Requiem compositions by Max Reger, including his Hebbel-Requiem and the unfinished Dies Irae, with the NDR Chor and the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Roland Bader. In 1941, at 20 years of age she married conductor Theodor Egel in Mülheim an der Ruhr, she had 4 children, Hans-Peter, Martin and Thomas. In 1976, Höffgen was named Kammersängerin by the state of Baden-Württemberg, she received the Order of Merit First Class in 1988. Ruhrpreis für Kunst und Wissenschaft 1962-1974, Stadt Mülheim an der Ruhr, pp. 47–50 Literature by and about Marga Höffgen in the German National Library catalogue Marga Höffgen at AllMusic Marga Höffgen Marga Höffgen BBC Max Reger - Requiem op. 144b/op. 145a/Dies Irae 25 January 2008

Damernas Värld

Damernas Värld is a Swedish language monthly fashion and women's magazine published in Stockholm, Sweden. It is one of the oldest magazines in the country; the magazine was started with the name Flitiga Händer in November 1939. In 1940 its original name was changed to Damernas Värld; the magazine is part of Bonnier Group. It is published on a monthly basis by Bonnier Tidskrifter. Gunny Widell served as the editor-in-chief of the magazine. Martina Bonnier is the editor-in-chief; the headquarters is in Stockholm. Although the main focus of the magazine is fashion, it features articles on health and beauty. Since 1982 the magazine offers the Damernas Värld Guldknappen, an annual award targeting Swedish fashion designers. In April 2015 Damernas Värld celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary with a cover featuring the editor-in-chief Martina Bonnier. Damernas Värld reached peak levels of circulation during the 1970s; the circulation of the magazine was 102,000 copies in 1999. The magazine had a circulation of 87,300 copies in 2010.

Its circulation was 85.000 copies in 2013 and 72,300 copies in 2014. List of magazines in Sweden Official website

Terepaima National Park

The Terepaima National Park Is a protected area with the status of national park in the South American country of Venezuela located in the mountainous region of the Lara and Portuguesa States. Southeast of the city of Barquisimeto, capital of the Lara State, it covers areas belonging to the municipalities Iribarren and Simón Planas, it was decreed National Park on April 14, 1976 with the purpose of protecting the flora and fauna of the region. It has an area of 18,971 hectares, its temperature varies between 26 degrees Celsius. Its vegetation in the highest parts is of cloud forest with the presence of trees such as mountaineers and mountain manzanita, as well as several species of ferns. In the park there are several endangered species such as the front and jaguar bear, other mammals such as cachicamos, rabipelados, monkeys araguatos, capuchin monkeys, cunaguaros, dantas, bears meleros, pumas And báquiros; the predominant birds are tortolites, tufted paují, white moriche, cristofué, paraulata llanera and paují copete of stone, among others.

You can find reptile species such as the rattlesnake, the mapanare and the hunting tigra. List of national parks of Venezuela Mochima National Park