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Edward Blyth

Edward Blyth was an English zoologist who worked for most of his life in India as a curator of zoology at the museum of the Asiatic Society of India in Calcutta. Blyth was born in London in 1810. In 1841 he travelled to India to become the curator of the museum of the Royal Asiatic Society of Bengal, he set about updating the museum's catalogues, publishing a Catalogue of the Birds of the Asiatic Society in 1849. He was prevented from doing much fieldwork himself, but received and described bird specimens from A. O. Hume, Samuel Tickell, Robert Swinhoe and others, he remained as curator until 1862. His Natural History of the Cranes was published posthumously in 1881. Avian species bearing his name include Blyth's hornbill, Blyth's leaf warbler, Blyth's hawk-eagle, Blyth's olive bulbul, Blyth's parakeet, Blyth's frogmouth, Blyth's reed warbler, Blyth's rosefinch, Blyth's shrike-babbler, Blyth's tragopan, Blyth's pipit and Blyth's kingfisher. Reptilian species and a genus bearing his name include Blythia reticulata, Eumeces blythianus, Rhinophis blythii.

Blyth was the son of a clothier. His father died in 1820 and his mother sent him to Dr. Fennell's school in Wimbledon. Here he took an interest in reading but was to be found spending time in the woods nearby. Leaving school in 1825, he went to study chemistry, at the suggestion of Dr. Fennell, in London under Dr. Keating at St. Paul's Churchyard, he did not find the teaching satisfactory and began to work as a pharmacist in Tooting, but quit in 1837 to try his luck as an author and editor. He was offered the position of curator at the museum of the Asiatic Society of Bengal in 1841, he was so poor. In India, Blyth was poorly paid, with a salary of 300 pounds per year, a house allowance of 4 pounds per month, he married in 1854, tried to supplement his income by writing under a pseudonym for the Indian Sporting Review, traded live animals between India and Britain to wealthy collectors in both countries. In this venture he sought the collaboration of eminent people such as Charles Darwin and John Gould, both of whom declined these offers.

Although a curator of a museum with many responsibilities, he contributed to ornithology ignoring the rest of his work. In 1847, his employers were unhappy at his failure to produce a catalogue of the museum; some Asiatic Society factions opposed Blyth, he complained to Richard Owen in 1848: They intrigue in every way to get rid of me. I could astonish you by various statements of, he found the ornithologist George Robert Gray, keeper at the British Museum, uncooperative in helping him with his ornithological research far away in India. He complained to the trustees of the museum but it was dismissed with several character references in favour of Gray including Charles Darwin. Blyth's work on ornithology led him to be recognized as the father of Indian ornithology a title transferred to Allan Octavian Hume. Mr. Blyth, rightly called the Father of Indian Ornithology, was by far the most important contributor to our knowledge of the Birds of India; as the head of the Asiatic Society's Museum, by intercourse and correspondence, formed a large collection for the Society, enriched the pages of the Society's Journal with the results of his study.

Thus he did more for the study of the birds of India than all previous writers. There can be no work on Indian Ornithology without reference to his voluminous contributions.... He married a widow, Mrs. Hodges who had moved to India, in 1854, she however died in December 1857, a shock which led to his health deteriorating from on. Edward Blyth wrote three articles on variation, discussing the effects of artificial selection and describing the process in nature as restoring organisms in the wild to their archetype. However, he never used the term "natural selection"; these articles were published in The Magazine of Natural History between 1835 and 1837. In February 1855 Charles Darwin, seeking information on variations in domesticated animals of various countries, wrote to Blyth, "much gratified to learn that a subject in which I have always felt the deepest interest has been undertaken by one so competent to treat of it in all its bearings" and they corresponded on the subject. Blyth was among the first to recognise the significance of Alfred Russel Wallace's paper "On the Law which has regulated the introduction of Species" and brought it to the notice of Darwin in a letter written in Calcutta on 8 December 1855: "What think you of Wallace's paper in the Ann.

M. N. H.? Good! Upon the whole!... Wallace has, put the matter well. A trump of a fact for friend Wallace to have hit upon!"There can be no doubt of Darwin's regard for Edward Blyth: in the first chapter of On the Origin of Species he wrote "Mr. Blyth, whose opinion, from his large and varied stores of knowledge, I should value more than that of any one..."In a 1959 paper, Loren Eiseley claimed that "the leading tenets of Darwin's work – the struggle for existence, natural selection and sexual selection – are all expressed in Blyth's paper of 1835". He cited a number of rare words, similarities of phrasing, the use of similar examples, which he regarded as evidence of Darwin's debt to Blyth. However, the s

Eucalyptus annettae

Eucalyptus annettae is a mallet, endemic a small area in the south-west of Western Australia. It has dark grey bark on the lower part of its stems and smooth bark on its upper parts; the adult leaves are lance-shaped, the flower buds are ribbed and arranged in groups of seven, the flowers are pale yellow and the fruit are conical with longitudinal ribs. Eucalyptus annettae is a tree in the form of a mallet that grows to a height of 8 m but does not develop a lignotuber. Thicker stems have hard but thin, dark grey bark while the upper parts have smooth, dull cream-coloured to grey bark, shed in strips; the adult leaves are lance-shaped, 90–130 mm long and 23–50 mm wide and bluish at first but become gloosy as they mature. The flowers buds are borne in groups of seven on a flattned, widening peduncle that curves downwards and is 20–26 mm long and 8–13 mm wide; the mature flower buds are waxy, 14–16 mm long and the floral cup is ribbed. The operculum is conical about 10 mm long, the same length as or up to twice as long as the floral cup.

The stamens are mid-yellow. The fruits are waxy, cone-shaped capsules with longitudinal ridges and 12–17 mm long and 14–20 mm wide. Eucalyptus annettae was first formally described in 2012 Dean Nicolle and Malcolm French and the description was published in Nuytsia from a specimen collected in the Cape Arid National Park; the specific epithet honours the wife of one of the authors. This tree is only known from a small area near Israelite Bay. Eucalyptus annettae is classified as "Priority Two" by the Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife meaning that it is poorly known and from only one or a few locations. List of Eucalyptus species

Fedde Schurer

Fedde Schurer was a Dutch schoolteacher, language activist and politician, one of the most influential poets in the West Frisian language of the 20th century. From 1904 on, Schurer grew up in the Frisian fishing village of Lemmer, from a young age worked as a carpenter. Through self-education in the evenings he studied to become a schoolteacher, in 1919, he was appointed in that position to the local Christian elementary school in Lemmer, his wife Willemke "Willy" de Vries, a schoolteacher, his colleague at this school, he had met when he was still a carpenter's apprentice, as she was the girl who delivered the newspaper at the carpenter's workshop everyday. Schurer and Willy were married on 1 July 1924. In 1930, his pacifist stance caused Schurer to lose his job, after which he moved to Amsterdam, where he was appointed to a state-run school, he was a talented orator, his pacifist and socialist views were seen as a danger to society at that time, why the BVD, the Dutch secret service, started a file om him.

Schurer joined the Christian-Democratic Union, a Christian-socialist splinter party, in 1935–1936 he served as a member of the provincial assembly of North Holland for a year. In World War II he was involved with the Dutch resistance in Amsterdam, where his house was used as a temporary hiding place for people wanted by the Nazis, before they could be smuggled out of the city. After the war, Schurer returned to Friesland, where he lived in Heerenveen, worked as a journalist. Like most people from Friesland, he was a native West Frisian speaker, from a young age he had been an ardent supporter of his mother tongue; when in several court cases in Friesland in 1950 and 1951 the judge denied the defendants the right to speak Frisian, Schurer wrote a worded editorial rebuke in the Friese Koerier newspaper. He was charged with slandering the judge, had to appear in court on Friday, 16 November 1951, in the provincial capital of Leeuwarden, together with another journalist, Tsjebbe de Jong, who stood accused of the same offence.

On the Zaailand square, in front of the Leeuwarden Palace of Justice, a large crowd gathered that day. There were some supporters of Schurer, some Frisian nationalists, members of the Frisian-language press and a group of students carrying plackards, but it happened to be market day that day, a lot of the people there were market goers who came over to see what all the fuss was about. Through inept crowd control by the police the situation got out of hand and turned into a riot known as Kneppelfreed. Something like this was unheard of in sleepy Dutch post-war society, the event triggered angry protest meetings throughout Friesland; the story made headlines in the foreign press, questions were raised in the Tweede Kamer, the Dutch lower house of parliament. Under pressure to resolve the situation, the national government in The Hague sent a committee consisting of three ministers to Friesland to confer with the Frisian leaders, which led to changes in the national laws, making it possible for Frisians to speak their own language in the court of law and giving the Frisian language in the Province of Friesland the official status of tweede rijkstaal.

Kneppelfreed is considered one of the most important milestones in the emancipation of the West Frisian language. As for Schurer, he lost his case, after the appeal he had to pay a fine, he served from 1956 to 1963 as a member of the Dutch national parliament for the Dutch Labour Party. He continued to win acclaim as a poet. In fact, although Schurer is known as both a writer and a poet, his body of prose, consisting only of the short story collection Beam en Bast and his posthumously published autobiography De Besleine Spegel, is diminutive when compared to his poetry oeuvre. Schurer wrote two plays and Bonifatius. Active as a translator, he was responsible for the Frisian text of the Book of Esther in the New Frisian Bible Translation, while in 1931 he published a collection of poetry written by Heinrich Heine, which he had translated into Frisian. Fedde Schurer died in Heerenveen, in 1968, was survived by his wife and their adopted son Andries. In 2010, the first comprehensive biography on Schurer was published, titled Fedde Schurer: Biografie van een Friese Koerier, written in Dutch by Johanneke Liemburg, the mayor of Littenseradiel.

1925 – Fersen 1931 – Utflecht 1936 – Op Alle Winen 1940 – Fen Twa Wâllen 1947 – It Boek fan de Psalmen 1949 – Vox Humana 1955 – Frysk Psalm- en Gesangboek 1955 – Fingerprinten 1966 – Efter it Nijs 1966 – Opheind en Trochjown 1966 – De Gitaer by it Boek, part 1 1969 – De Gitaer by it Boek, part 2 1974 – Samle Fersen 1963 – Beam en Bast 1963 – Brood op het Water 1969 – De Besleine Spegel 1945

Ivan Jandl

Ivan Jandl was a Czechoslovak child actor. He appeared in the 1948 film The Search as a nine-year-old Czechoslovak boy who had survived Auschwitz and was searching for his mother in post-war Germany; the movie was filmed on location in Germany and at a studio in Zurich, from June to November, 1947. The boy had to learn his lines phonetically, he was awarded an Academy Juvenile Award for his work, but was not permitted by the communist government of Czechoslovakia to travel to the USA to accept it. At the Academy Awards ceremony in 1949, his Oscar was accepted on stage on his behalf by the director of The Search, Fred Zinnemann, he was awarded a Golden Globe for his performance in the film and both statuettes are now preserved in the Czech National Film Archive. He appeared in some Czech films in 1949 and 1950 left acting to continue his studies, he tried unsuccessfully to continue his acting career in his late teens, found work in radio. He died from complications of diabetes in Prague in 1987, aged 50.

The minor planet 37736 Jandl is named after him. Thirty years after his death, on 9 January 2017, the ashes of Ivan Jandl were transferred to the Vyšehrad cemetery, the final resting place of many Czechoslovak personalities, thanks to the efforts of the Actors' Life Foundation with the support of the Czech Actors' Association. Ivan Jandl on IMDb

Jamie Little

Jamie Little is an American pit reporter for NASCAR coverage on Fox. Little is a former pit reporter for ESPN/ABC coverage of the Indy Racing League, although she returned to her pit reporting duty for the 2007 and 2008 Indianapolis 500 as well as the 2013 Firestone 550, NASCAR on ESPN. Little covered both the Winter and Summer X Games, she is well known among the motocross and extreme sports community for being a pit report on ESPN's Motoworld program. Little won the 2008 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, edging out Craftsman Truck Series champion Mike Skinner by 0.324 seconds. Little announced on her website she would return to the Winter X Games in January 2010, covering the Snowmobile Motocross. Little returned to her hosting duties for ESPN's second annual New Years, No Limits special on New Year's Eve. On September 25, 2014, it was announced that Little would move to FOX Sports beginning in January 2015 to serve as a NASCAR pit reporter for NASCAR Cup Series, Xfinity Series and Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series races.

Little is a 2001 graduate of San Diego State University. Attended Greenspun Junior High School and graduated 8th grade in 1992. Attended Green Valley High School. In December 2010, Little married Cody Selman in California. On August 9, 2012, she gave birth to Carter Wayne Selman. On October 24, 2016 Jamie and Cody welcomed the couple's 2nd born child. Selman & Little own two Jimmy John's franchises near their Las Vegas home

Australian ufology

Australian ufology refers to a historical series of Australian events and or activities pertaining to government departments, civilian groups or individual Australians, which centre on or around the study of Unidentified Flying Object reports, sightings and other related phenomena, known as ufology within the Australian context before 1984. Early reports about UFOs in and around Australia date back prior to 1947. However, the Kenneth Arnold case and the Roswell UFO incident became international press items and appeared in Australian newspapers; the first gathering of UFO enthusiasts occurred in Melbourne in March 1949 at the Federal Government's newly established Aeronautical Research Laboratory. The minutes of the non-government meeting show an attendance of 23 enthusiasts from various state and local groups such as the British Interplanetary Society, Royal Aeronautical Society, Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation, Royal Australian Air Force and the Army Research Establishment. By May 1949, this gathering of enthusiasts became known as Aeronautical & Meteorological Phenomena Research led by Brian Boyle and Jack Seers.

AMPR started to list and research UFO stories and produced a small quarterly publication called Interplanetary Saucer. AMPR's workload increased. In 1951 AMPR became Phenomena Research Victoria. In May 1952, R. M. Seymour, Superintendent of the Federal Civil Aviation Department, Air Traffic Control Branch Melbourne, reported that Australian Intelligence officers had refused his Department permission to investigate flying saucer reports on the grounds that UFOs were "security matters". In July 1952, Edgar Jarrold founded the Australian Flying Saucer Bureau in Sydney, its headquarters were in Fairfield. AFSB began publishing the Australian Flying Saucer Magazine in May 1953. At some point, the APRV made contact with Jarrold and agreed that the AFSB and APRV would assist each other when possible; the APRV nominated John. M. Anderson as their AFSB liaison on the condition that his appointment was seen only as being neutral, there would be no branch affiliation with AFSB. Jarrold was seen by APRV as a secretive "loose gun" but both groups maintained an average working relationship.

AMPR decided on 6 February 1953 to form an auxiliary group called the Australian Flying Saucer Investigating Committee in partnership with the Astronomical Society of Victoria. Such was the interest in UFOs during the period that on 20 November 1953, Alexander Downer, the member for the Federal Division of Angas, enquired during Question Time in the House of Representatives about whether the RAAF was investigating the UFO phenomenon; the Minister for Air, William McMahon replied that the saucers were a problem "more for psychologists than for defence authorities". In July 1954, AFSIC released a study of 55 sightings; the flying saucer topic came under intense criticism. Public support for the continuation of investigation into the UFO phenomenon was driven by newspaper coverage of the 1954 sightings. Then-Federal Minister for External Affairs and Minister in charge of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Richard Casey wrote a letter to The Advertiser newspaper, published on 30 January 1954.

The clipping included this: I have lists of the dates over the last several years on which people have reported having seen ‘flying saucers’ in Australia and have compared them with the dates on which the earth passes through the principal meteoric showers. There appears to be a noticeable relationship between these two sets of dates. Baron Casey was a member of APRV, his time as Minister in charge of the CSIRO and as Minister for External Affairs enabled him to act as a conduit between governmental research, the public, public enthusiast clubs. Casey’s curiosity on the subject related to UFOs remained with him until his death in June 1976. In March 1954 Jarrold was contacted by a South Australian called Fred Stone. Stone agreed to form a branch of Jarrold’s group and so the AFSB was formed. However, this relationship was fragile and as Jarrold's behavior changed due to stress the relationship deteriorated; the RAAF noted problems with Jarrold. Sq Leader A. H. Birch, AFC, Air Force Headquarters, Victoria Barracks, made note of this in a letter dated 5 April 1955: "...the discussion during the brief interview I had with Mr. Jarrold concerned the possibility of his Society causing embarrassment to the Royal Australian Air Force."

The RAAF changed their policy and shifted their help to other organisations within Australia. "The Director would be happy to extend this service to your Society also." After Sq/Ld Birch meeting with Edger Jarrold's UFO group AFSB collapsed, in just under four years, Jarrold departed the active UFO scene for good, only to appear on rare occasions. After this, a new state group emerged; the most prominent and first to re-build was under the directorship of Fred Stone, who formed the Australian Flying Saucer Research Society based in Adelaide, South Australia in February 1955. Stone saw a chance to become the governing body of all Australian Ufology, he asked APRV to come under his plan. However, APRV agreed to extend the same relationship. M. Anderson as their contact; this arrangement was agreed to and APRV supplied a list of contacts for Stone on possible branch organisers. Stone's plan was to form three new state groups under his control. With a new members list Stone set his plan into motion. Although each new group developed due to individuals within these groups