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Ellesmere Island

Ellesmere Island is part of the Qikiqtaaluk Region in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. Lying within the Arctic Archipelago, it is considered part of the Queen Elizabeth Islands, with Cape Columbia being the most northerly point of land in Canada, it comprises an area of 196,235 km2 and the total length of the island is 830 km, making it the world's tenth largest island and Canada's third largest island. The Arctic Cordillera mountain system covers much of Ellesmere Island, making it the most mountainous in the Arctic Archipelago; the Arctic willow is the only woody species to grow on Ellesmere Island. The first human inhabitants of Ellesmere Island were small bands drawn to the area for Peary caribou and marine mammal hunting about 2000–1000 BCE; as was the case for the Dorset hunters and the pioneering Neoeskimos, the post-Ruin Island and Late Thule culture Inuit used the Bache Peninsula region extensively both summer and winter until environmental and social circumstances caused the area to be abandoned.

It was the last region in the Canadian High Arctic to be depopulated during the Little Ice Age, attesting to its general economic importance as part of the Smith Sound culture sphere of which it was a part and sometimes the principal settlement component. Vikings from the Greenland colonies reached Ellesmere Island, Skraeling Island, Ruin Island during hunting expeditions and trading with the Inuit groups. Unusual structures on Bache Peninsula may be the remains of a late-period Dorset stone longhouse; the first European to sight the island after the height of the Little Ice Age was William Baffin in 1616. Ellesmere Island was named in 1852 by Edward Inglefield's expedition after Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere; the US expedition led by Adolphus Greely in 1881 crossed the island from east to west, establishing Fort Conger in the northern part of the island. The Greely expedition found fossil forests on Ellesmere Island in the late 1880s. Stenkul Fiord was first explored in 1902 by Per Schei, a member of Otto Sverdrup's 2nd Norwegian Polar Expedition.

The Ellesmere Ice Shelf was documented by the British Arctic Expedition of 1875–76, in which Lieutenant Pelham Aldrich's party went from Cape Sheridan west to Cape Alert, including the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf. In 1906 Robert Peary led an expedition in northern Ellesmere Island, from Cape Sheridan along the coast to the western side of Nansen Sound. During Peary's expedition, the ice shelf was continuous. Ellesmere Island is separated to the east by Nares Strait from Greenland, to the west by Eureka Sound and Nansen Sound from Axel Heiberg Island, to the south by Jones Sound and Cardigan Strait from Devon Island. Ellesmere Island contains Canada's northernmost point, Cape Columbia, at 83°6′41″N. More than one-fifth of the island is protected as Quttinirpaaq National Park, which includes seven fjords and a variety of glaciers, as well as Lake Hazen, North America's largest lake north of the Arctic Circle. Barbeau Peak, the highest mountain in Nunavut is located in the British Empire Range on Ellesmere Island.

The most northern mountain range in the world, the Challenger Mountains, is located in the northeast region of the island. The northern lobe of the island is called Grant Land. In July 2007, a study noted the disappearance of habitat for waterfowl and algae on Ellesmere Island. According to John Smol of Queen's University in Kingston and Marianne S. V. Douglas of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, warming conditions and evaporation have caused low water levels and changes in the chemistry of ponds and wetlands in the area; the researchers noted that "In the 1980s they needed to wear hip waders to make their way to the ponds...while by 2006 the same areas were dry enough to burn." Large portions of Ellesmere Island are covered with glaciers and ice, with Manson Icefield and Sydkap in the south. The northwest coast of Ellesmere Island was covered by a massive, 500 km long ice shelf until the 20th century; the Ellesmere Ice Shelf shrank by 90 percent in the 20th century due to warming trends in the Arctic in the 1930s and 1940s, a period when the largest ice islands were formed leaving the separate Alfred Ernest, Milne, Ward Hunt, Markham Ice Shelves.

A 1986 survey of Canadian ice shelves found that 48 km2 or 3.3 km3 of ice calved from the Milne and Ayles ice shelves between 1959 and 1974. The Ward Hunt Ice Shelf, the largest remaining section of thick landfast sea ice along the northern coastline of Ellesmere Island, lost 600 km of ice in a massive calving in 1961–1962, it further decreased by 27% in thickness between 1967 and 1999. The breakup of the Ellesmere Ice Shelves has continued in the 21st century: the Ward Ice Shelf experienced a major breakup during the summer of 2002; the piece is 66 km2. In April 2008, it was discovered that the Ward Hunt shelf was fractured, with dozens of deep, multi-faceted cracks and in September 2008 the Markham s

Firebird 2015 AD

Firebird 2015 AD is a 1981 Canadian science fiction film directed by David M. Robertson and starring Darren McGavin and Doug McClure. In the year 2015 the US government outlaws the distribution of gasoline to the public, reserving it only for the politicians, the Military and law enforcement. While it is implied this is due to a fuel shortage dialogue rebuffs this stating that gasoline is in abundance. Civilians are banned from owning or using any form of motor vehicle, those that do are refer to as Burners who do so as a form of rebellion. Burners however are monitored and dealt with harshly by the DVC. Red, a middle aged Burner drives a 1980 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am, his teenage son Cameron however isn't much of a car enthusiast and always raises the issue of how Red is breaking the law. Meanwhile, another Burner is planning on chauffeuring a senator to a conference where he intends to make civilian use of motor vehicles legal again, but while en route to pick up his passenger, the Burner is intercepted by a DVC squad led by McVain.

His subordinate Dolan. While Shana, another member of McVain's team is appalled by this and how McVain overlooks the matter. Red takes Cameron for a ride to spark his interest in motor cars, they meet up with Red's friend Indy. While he and Red race through the desert to see whose car is faster, Cameron gets acquainted with Indy's frisky daughter Jill, who makes repeated sexual advances on him while showing him how to drive her dune buggy. Red and Indy's race however is cut short, but an over-anxious member fires too soon and the two make their getaway. Cameron and Jill head in to a barn to have sex, but are caught by McVain's subordinates who ruff up Cameron and assault Jill before making it off with her. Cameron tells Red and Indy what happened, they modify their cars for a raid on the DVC's camp site to rescue Jill. During this, Shana appalled at Jill's treatment frees her and the two escape while the rest of the DVC are run down by the burners; the next day Cameron and Jill decide to chauffeur the senator themselves in the Fire Bird, while Red gets acquainted with Shana.

Darren McGavin as Red Doug McClure as McVain George Touliatos as Indy Robert Wisden as Cam Mary Beth Rubens as Jill Barbara Williams as Shana Alex Diakun as Dolan Lee Broker as Saunders Frank Pellegrino as Chance Bill Berry as Burner Firebird 2015 AD on IMDb

Jennifer McClellan

Jennifer Leigh McClellan is an American politician of the Democratic Party. She is a Virginia State Senator, representing the 9th district in Greater Richmond, she is vice-chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia and a member of the Democratic National Committee. From 2006 to 2017 she was member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 71st district. McClellan grew up as the child of a Virginia State University professor involved in civil rights activism. McClellan attended Matoaca High School in Chesterfield County, where she became valedictorian at 17. McClellan attended the University of Richmond for college and the University of Virginia for law school. After law school, McClellan began practicing law at Williams. In 2005, McClellan ran for office for the first time, seeking a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates vacated by Viola O. Baskerville, who stepped down to run for lieutenant governor. McClellan won the election and from 2006 to 2017 served as the 71st District's member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing parts of the city of Richmond and Henrico County.

In 2010, McClellan made history as the first pregnant Virginia Delegate to participate in a legislative session. When Terry McAuliffe was elected Governor of Virginia in 2013, McClellan headed the transition team. McClellan is vice-chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia; as a DNC member, she was a superdelegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. McClellan was elected to the Virginia State Senate in a special election held on January 10, 2017, to fill the 9th District seat vacated by Donald McEachin's election to the US House of Representatives, she defeated Libertarian Party opponent Corey Fauconier. In the race, McClellan received endorsements from McEachin, as well as Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, US Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and Governor Terry McAuliffe, she holds the seat, once held by Governor L. Douglas Wilder. McClellan works as regulatory counsel for Verizon. In 2016, McClellan supported a change to the state's marriageable age that would no longer permit girls under age 16 to be married.

McClellan has two children. Her mentor Tim Kaine performed her wedding. Jennifer McClellan official website Appearances on C-SPAN

Grammatical gender in Spanish

Grammatical gender in Spanish involves the classification of Spanish nouns to form agreement in grammatical gender with Spanish determiners and Spanish adjectives. All Spanish nouns have a lexical gender of either masculine or feminine, most nouns referring to male humans are grammatically masculine, while most referring to females are feminine. In terms of markedness, the masculine is unmarked and the feminine is marked in Spanish. Compared to other Romance languages, Spanish kinship terminology derives more female terms from male terms: for example, uncle/aunt is tío/tía in Spanish but oncle/tante in French. Spanish pronouns uniquely retain feminine forms of the first and second person plural; the most common genders are called masculine and feminine, while some Spanish pronouns are considered to have neutral gender. A few nouns are said to be of "ambiguous" gender, meaning that they are sometimes treated as masculine and sometimes as feminine. Additionally, the terms "common gender" and "epicene gender" are used to classify ways in which grammatical gender interacts with "natural gender".

Many adjectives ending in -a may be masculine or feminine, while adjectives ending in -o are always masculine. The masculine: As a general rule, nouns ending in -o and nouns which refer to males are masculine. Exceptionally, mano is feminine; some colloquial shortened forms of feminine nouns end with -o: la foto, la disco, la moto, la radio. The feminine: As a general rule, nouns ending in -a and nouns which refer to females are feminine; the endings -ción, -sión, -dad, -tad, -umbre indicate feminine gender. Exceptionally, día, mapa and sofá are masculine. Nouns of Greek origin ending in -ma or "-ta" are masculine; the neuter: The pronoun ello and the demonstrative pronouns esto and aquello are said to have neuter gender because they do not have a gendered noun as their antecedent, but rather refer to a whole idea, a clause, or an object that has not been named in the discourse. The neuter article lo, is not used with nouns, it is used with adjectives to create abstract "nouns": the good part. Contrast el the good person or thing.

"Common gender" is the term applied to those nouns, referring to persons, that keep the same form regardless of the sex of the person, but which change their grammatical gender. For example, el violinista, la violinista, el mártir, la mártir, el testigo, la testigo, el espía, la espía, etc. To this gender belong present participles derived from active verbs and used as nouns, such as el estudiante, la estudiante, el atacante, la atacante, el presidente, la presidente, etc. "Epicene gender" is the term applied to those nouns that have only one grammatical gender, masculine or feminine, but can refer to a living creature of either sex. Most animal names are of this type. E.g.: el ratón, la rata, la rana, la comadreja, la liebre, la hormiga, el búho, el escarabajo, el buitre, el delfín, el cóndor, la paloma, la llama. To specify sex, a modifying word is added, with no change of gender: el delfín macho, el delfín hembra, la comadreja macho, la comadreja hembra. Ambiguous nouns whose grammatical gender varies in usage are said to be of "ambiguous" gender.

The change of gender brings about a change of connotation. E.g.: el mar, la mar, el calor, la calor, el azúcar, la azúcar. In the recent history of the Spanish language, there is a unidirectional tendency for words with unusual gender to be regularized by analogy to other words of their class. For example, in some Spanish dialects, la tribu, the only word ending in -u to be feminine, has been changed to el tribo; the word idioma, masculine in standard Spanish, has become feminine in some dialects. Some feminist movements and ideologies have criticized certain grammatical rules in Spanish which use grammatically-masculine forms rather than grammatically-feminine forms; these include the grammatical custom of using a grammatically-masculine plural for a group containing at least one biological male. There exist solely-masculine apocope forms (e.g. al ("t

Joeli Vidiri

Joeli Vidiri is a retired Fijian rugby union footballer who played for the New Zealand All Blacks. He played as a wing. Vidiri studied at Queen Victoria School, he represented Fiji in both 15s and sevens before coming to New Zealand in 1994. He played for the Auckland Blues in the Super 12 competition and represented Counties Manukau in the NPC, he only managed to play two tests for New Zealand in 1998. In 2001 he was diagnosed with a kidney illness and placed on dialysis treatment like his fellow Auckland Blues winger Jonah Lomu. Vidiri played in the Super 12 for the Auckland Blues from 1996 until 2001, where he scored 43 tries in 61 games, at the time an individual record. In 2000 Joeli created the record for most tries scored in one match scoring 4 against the Bulls, a record which has since been equalled but not yet broken, he had a song named after him, popular with the Auckland Blues fans at home games at Eden Park. He appeared in only five Super 12 matches in 2001, with his illness impacting on his ability to play.

In 2000 Vidiri played for the Barbarian F. C. against Leicester Tigers. Vidiri made 71 provincial appearances for Counties, for. After two early matches with Auckland in the 2001 NPC, he ended his career. After his career was cut short, it was revealed that Vidiri had been waiting on a transplant for over a decade, on 8 April 2013 episode of Campbell Live, it had been revealed he was talked out of a kidney transplant in 2008, had taken himself out of the waiting list due to his mother's scepticism and traditional views against transplants and surgery, he lives and works in Pukekohe. Joeli Vidiri at

Shadow (Ashlee Simpson song)

"Shadow" is the second single by American singer and songwriter Ashlee Simpson, taken from her debut album, Autobiography. The single peaked at # 57 in the United States. "Shadow" was written by Kara DioGuardi and producer John Shanks. It is three minutes and fifty-seven seconds long, is the third track on Autobiography; the song is about feelings Simpson had, according to one interview of living in the shadow of the dreams and accomplishments of her famous older sister and finding her own identity. Although "Shadow" is noted for having somewhat dark lyrics, it concludes with a positive message, as Simpson sings that "everything's cool now" and "the past is in the past." Simpson has said that it is "about loving yourself and coming to terms with who you are". There has, however been criticism of the song's lyrics for seeming excessively dramatic in light of Simpson's loving family and fortunate circumstances. Asked in one interview about the unhappiness she expresses in "Shadow" about her childhood, whether it's "just for the song," Simpson replied: Simpson related, on another occasion, that "hen my sister heard the song she cried and said,'That's the most beautiful song I've heard!'"

The music video for "Shadow", directed by Liz Friedlander deals with the theme of the song. In the video, Simpson plays two different versions of herself and brunette, who live in separate "worlds" which exist side by side; the world of the blonde Ashlee appears happy and perfect, while the brunette Ashlee seems to have more negative feelings—at one point she shoves a bowl of cereal prepared by the blonde Ashlee off a kitchen table—but it is revealed that the blonde Ashlee is not as happy as she seems. At the end of the video, shadows are seen leaving the brunette Ashlee; these scenes are intercut with Simpson singing in a living room setting with her band. The "Shadow" music video premiered on MTV's Total Request Live on September 13, 2004, debuted on the countdown the next day at number ten. In its fourth day on the countdown, 20 September, it reached its peak at number two; the video spent 22 total days on the countdown, with its last day being October 21. "Shadow" debuted at number 20 on VH1's Top 20 Countdown for the week of October 6–12, 2004, it rose the next week to number 15.

It reached number 11 for the week of 27 October–2 November and fell to number 16 the next week. On September 22, Simpson performed "Shadow" on two U. S. shows: Live with Regis and Kelly and The Tonight Show. "Shadow" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in September at number 68 and reached a peak of number 57. It was unable to match the popularity of Simpson's first single, "Pieces of Me", which reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100. "Pieces of Me" reached number one on the Billboard Top 40 Tracks, but "Shadow" reached only number 27. In Australia, "Shadow" was Autobiography's second single, it reached number 31 on the ARIA singles chart in November 2004. In early January 2005, after some time spent out of the ARIA top 50, "Shadow" rebounded to number 34. In the United Kingdom, the song "La La" was the second single instead of "Shadow". "Shadow" - 03:59 "Pieces of Me" - 04:05 "Sorry" - 03:45 "Shadow" Vocals – Ashlee Simpson DrumsKenny Aronoff Guitars, keyboards – John Shanks Piano, organJamie Muhoberac Chamberlin – Patrick Warren String arrangement – David Campbell Background vocals – Ashlee Simpson and Kara DioGuardi Watch "Shadow" on Youtube Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics