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Flag of Europe

The Flag of Europe or European Flag is an official symbol used by two separate organisations, the Council of Europe as a symbol representing Europe, the European Union. It consists of a circle of twelve five-pointed stars on a blue field; the design was conceived in 1955, adopted that year by the Council of Europe as a symbol for the whole of Europe. The Council of Europe urged it to be adopted by other European organisations, in 1985 the European Communities adopted it; the EU inherited the emblem's use when it was formed in 1993, being the successor organisation to the EC starting from 1 December 2009. It has been in wide official use by the EC since the 1990s, but it has never been given official status in any of the EU's treaties, its adoption as an official symbol of the EU was planned as part of the proposed 2004 European Constitution, which failed to be ratified in 2005. The flag is used by different European organisations as well as by unified European sporting teams under the name of Team Europe.

The blazon given by the EU in 1996 describe the design as: "On an azure field a circle of twelve golden mullets, their points not touching." The flag used is the Flag of Europe, which consists of a circle of 12 golden stars on a blue background. Designed in 1955 for the Council of Europe, the flag was adopted by the European Communities, the predecessors of the present Union, in 1986; the Council of Europe gave the flag a symbolic description in the following terms, though the official symbolic description adopted by the EU omits the reference to the "Western world":Against the blue sky of the Western world, the stars symbolise the peoples of Europe in a form of a circle, a sign of union. Their number is invariably twelve, the figure twelve being the symbol of entirety. Other symbolic interpretations have been offered based on the account of its design by Paul M. Levy; the five-pointed star represents aspiration and education. Their golden colour is that of the sun, said to symbolise glory and enlightenment.

Their arrangement in a circle represents the constellation of Corona Borealis and can be seen as a crown and the stability of government. The blue background resembles the intellect, it is the colour traditionally used to represent the Virgin Mary. In many paintings of the Virgin Mary as Stella Maris she is crowned with a circle of twelve stars. In 1987, following the adoption of the flag by the EC, Arsène Heitz, one of the designers who had submitted proposals for the flag's design, suggested a religious inspiration for it, he claimed that the circle of stars was based on the iconographic tradition of showing the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Woman of the Apocalypse, wearing a "crown of twelve stars". The French satirical magazine Le Canard enchaîné reacted to Heitz's statement with an article entitled L’Europe violée par la Sainte Vierge in the edition of 20 December 1989. Heitz made a connection to the date of the flag's adoption, 8 December 1955, coinciding with the Catholic Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Paul M. G. Lévy Director of Information at the Council of Europe responsible for designing the flag, in a 1989 statement maintained that he had not been aware of any religious connotations. In an interview given 26 February 1998, Lévy denied not only awareness of the "Marian" connection, but denied that the final design of a circle of twelve stars was Heitz's. To the question "Who designed the flag?" Lévy replied: "I did, I calculated the proportions to be used for the geometric design. Arsène Heitz, an employee in the mail service, put in all sorts of proposals, including the 15-star design, but he submitted too many designs. He wanted to do the European currencies with 15 stars in the corner, he wanted to do national flags incorporating the Council of Europe flag."Carlo Curti Gialdino has reconstructed the design process to the effect that Heitz's proposal contained varying numbers of stars, from which the version with twelve stars was chosen by the Committee of Ministers meeting at Deputy level in January 1955 as one out of two remaining candidate designs.

Lévy's 1998 interview gave rise to a new variant of the "Marian" anecdote. An article published in Die Welt in August 1998 alleged that it was Lévy himself, inspired to introduce a "Marian" element as he walked past a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. An article posted in La Raison in February 2000 further connected the donation of a stained glass window for Strasbourg Cathedral by the Council of Europe on 21 October 1956; this window, a work by Parisian master Max Ingrand, shows a blessing Madonna underneath a circle of 12 stars on dark blue ground. The overall design of the Madonna is inspired by the banner of the cathedral's Congrégation Mariale des Hommes, the twelve stars are found on the statue venerated by this congregation inside the cathedral; the Regional Office for Cultural Affairs describe this stained glass window called "Le vitrail de l'Europe de Max Ingrand". According to graphical specifications published online by the Council of Europe in 2004, the flag is rectangular with 2:3 proportions: its fly is one and a half times the length of its hoist.

Twelve yellow stars are centred in a circle upon a blue background. All the stars are upright, have five points and are spaced like the hour positions on the face of a clock; the diameter of each star is equal


Bloodfang was a story about a tyrannosaurus rex published in British comic Eagle, issues 116–127 and 129–158. It was written by John Wagner, under the pseudonym F. M. Candor, illustrated by Jim Baikie and Carlos Cruz and Vanyo. A one-episode story appeared in the Eagle Holiday Special 1985; the first series begins with Bloodfang hatching from his egg, 100 million years ago. He promptly kills his siblings, is raised by his mother, until she is killed in a fight with the tyrannosaur pack leader, who happens to be Bloodfang's father. During the fight Bloodfang is wounded in the face by Blackheart. Bloodfang flees, becomes an outcast from the pack. Forced to fend for himself, the young tyrannosaur struggles to survive, nearly starves, his first meal without his mother's assistance consists of carrion. However, when other dinosaurs try to steal his meal from him, he cunningly bides his time until they have gorged themselves, attacks them when and bloated, they are vulnerable, killing two and driving the others away.

Over the next four years he grows to become six metres tall and weigh ten tonnes, by which time he has learned to be a ferocious fighter, stronger than most adults of his species. Bloodfang returns to his pack during mating season, kills a rival male tyrannosaur to steal his harem of females. Bloodfang establishes his status as one of the strongest of the pack, but backs down when challenged by Blackheart, still the leader. During a final reckoning, Bloodfang kills Blackheart and usurps him as leader of the pack, while the rest of the pack feast on Blackheart's corpse. In the second series time-travellers from 2150, hunting dinosaurs for meat with which to feed the people of the 22nd century, attack Bloodfang's pack. Bloodfang fights back, but is captured, brought to 2150 and kept in a zoo. Escaping, he goes on a rampage. Carlos Cruz illustrated the first 22 episodes, Vanyo the remaining eight; the first series was reprinted in the monthly comic Best of Eagle no. 6. Bloodfang entry at ComicVine Flesh, a series about dinosaurs and time-travel in 2000 AD published by IPC Magazines

Atlantic Theatre Festival

The Atlantic Theatre Festival was a professional theatre company located in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. The Theatre Festival presented a "broad range of critically acclaimed theatre classics" during the summer in Wolfville's Festival Theatre, the former town hockey arena, converted into a 504 seat, thrust stage theatre and professional production facility by the Atlantic Theatre Festival Society. Over two million dollars was contributed by the local, Nova Scotian, Canadian governments to create the Festival Theatre. Stratford Festival veteran Michael Langham was among the directors who brought national acclaim to the festival during the Founder's Season of 1995; the reputation of the festival grew over the following seasons as it attracted the likes of Megan Follows, Christopher Plummer, area native Peter Donat to join its company. In years, despite being conceived as a classical repertory, the festival maintained its critical success as it began to include works by Canadian playwrights as well as family-friendly musicals.

Despite a strong critical reputation, mounting debts over the first five years forced the Atlantic Theatre Festival to reduce cast sizes, lay-off crew, cancel productions. The construction of the Festival Theatre came as a result of a twenty-year lease from Acadia University. In 2002, this agreement was terminated and a new lease was offered that reduced the professional theatre company to a seasonal tenant; this arrangement threatened the Atlantic Theatre Festival's existence, causing the cancellation of the 2004 season. The festival theatre stage remained dark in 2005, but had a successful renewal in 2006. With one main stage production and comedic readings to form the "Summer of Laughter" season both audiences and tourists returned; the financial success did not continue the following season as the festival returned to a multi-play format. In August 2007, artistic director Nigel Bennett was forced to resign mid-season after the Board of Directors informed him that sufficient funds were not available to continue.

One production completed its run while two others, one on stage and the other in rehearsal, were cancelled. A lack of funding from both provincial and federal levels was named as the main cause of the closure; the Festival Theatre is used for the Acadia University Performing Arts Series, which are held throughout the University school year, for conferences. Nigel Bennett Jerry Etienne Michael Bawtree 2007 Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare 2006 Noises Off by Michael Frayn2003 Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov2002 Charley's Aunt by Brandon Thomas The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare The Miracle Worker by William Gibson2001 The Hobbit adapted by Kim Selody A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams Billy Bishop Goes to War by John Gray and Eric Peterson2000 Amadeus by Peter Shaffer High Notes: A Musical Revue by Jerry Etienne Private Lives by Noël Coward Macbeth by William Shakespeare Billy Bishop Goes to War by John Gray and Eric Peterson1999 Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen The Constant Wife by W. Somerset Maugham The Boar Hog and The Pregnant Pause by Georges Feydeau1998 Othello by William Shakespeare Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder Sam Slick Goes Ahead by Andrew Gillis1997 Tartuffe by Molière The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov1996 Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen1995 The Tempest by William Shakespeare The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov A Flea in Her Ear by Georges Feydeau Atlantic Theatre Festival 14 December 2006.

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Wanted (OneRepublic song)

"Wanted" is a song by American band OneRepublic, released as a single from their upcoming fifth album Human through Interscope Records on September 6, 2019. It was co-written by frontman Ryan Tedder with bassist Brent Kutzle, Casey Smith, Tyler Spry and Zach Skelton. On December 20, 2019, a new version titled "Wanted", was released, which features more string instruments; the music video was shown to Universal Music Group executives in Berlin in September 2019. On December 23, 2019, a performance video was released for the "String Mix", showing Ryan Tedder singing while the Colorado Symphony played. Digital download"Wanted" – 2:16Digital download – TT Spry Remix"Wanted" – 2:54

Deborah Jeanne Dawkins

Deborah Jeanne Dawkins is an American politician, a Democratic member of the Mississippi Senate, representing the 48th District since 1999. Dawkins has four grandchildren. Dawkins attends Mount Zion Methodist Church in Mississippi. Dawkins is a member of several organizations including the League of Women Voters, National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, America Association of University Women, the University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association. Dawkins is a member of nine Senate committees, is the primary sponsor of 634 bills and the secondary sponsor of one bill. Upon Governor Phil Bryant signing a bill into law in 2014 that banned abortions from taking place after 18 weeks of pregnancy, Dawkins said, "It occurs to me the past few years that a lot of men do not understand how the female body works; this is about removing the rights of women without means, whether anybody here is willing to admit it or not. Because this is women's bodies, they're used to controlling women in so many other ways, they're comfortable with it."

She has expressed her support for legalization of medical marijuana. In January 2015 Dawkins introduced a bill into the legislature that would give patients with serious medical conditions the access to medical marijuana and would reclassify the drug as a Schedule II substance. Mississippi State Senate - Deborah Jeanne Dawkins official government website Project Vote Smart - Senator Deborah Jeanne Dawkins profile Follow the Money - Deborah Jeanne Dawkins 2007 2005 2003 1999 campaign contributions

Interstate 29

Interstate 29 is an Interstate Highway in the Midwestern United States. I-29 runs from Kansas City, Missouri, at a junction with Interstate 35 and Interstate 70, to the Canada–US border near Pembina, North Dakota, where it connects with Manitoba Highway 75; the road follows the course of three major rivers, all of which form the borders of U. S. states. The southern portion of I-29 parallels the Missouri River from Kansas City northward to Sioux City, where it crosses and parallels the Big Sioux River. For the northern third of the highway, it follows the Red River of the North; the major cities that I-29 connects to includes Iowa. Near its southern terminus, I-29 is concurrent with I-35 and U. S. Route 71; the interstate diverts from U. S. 71 just north of St. Joseph and follows a sparsely populated corridor along the Missouri River to Council Bluffs. During the design phase there was an alternative sending the route further along U. S. 71 through the bigger towns of Maryville and Clarinda, Iowa.

During the Great Flood of 1993 the Missouri River flooded this section and traffic was rerouted to U. S. 71 through Maryville and Clarinda. I-29 was closed again for about two months during the 2011 Missouri River Flood. All of I-29 in Missouri is in an area called the Platte Purchase, not part of Missouri when it entered the Union. Interstate 29 begins in Iowa near Hamburg, it goes northwest to an interchange with Iowa Highway 2 goes north until Council Bluffs. It runs concurrent with Interstate 80 until separating from I-80 less than a mile east of Omaha, Nebraska to follow the Missouri River north, winding its way along the western and northern edges of Council Bluffs. North of Council Bluffs, I-29 runs concurrent with Interstate 680 between Exits 61 and 71. After Interstate 680 separates, I-29 continues on a northwesterly path toward Sioux City. At Sioux City, Interstate 129 spurs off of I-29 to go west toward Nebraska. After continuing toward downtown Sioux City on a northerly route, I-29 turns west and enters South Dakota.

Interstate 29 enters South Dakota at North Sioux City by crossing over the Big Sioux River. It runs northwest until its interchange with South Dakota Highway 50 near Vermillion, where it turns north; the highway alignment is due north until just before Sioux Falls. In the Sioux Falls area, I-29 serves the western part of Sioux Falls while I-229 spurs off and serves eastern Sioux Falls. In northwestern Sioux Falls, I-29 meets Interstate 90. After that, it continues north past Brookings and an intersection with US 14. At the intersection with South Dakota Highway 28, I-29 turns northwest toward Watertown. After Watertown, the highway continues north and passes an intersection with US 12 before continuing into North Dakota. Interstate 29 enters North Dakota from the south, near Hankinson. At Fargo, it meets Interstate 94/U. S. Highway continues north along the Red River toward Grand Forks. At its northern terminus, I-29 enters Canada and becomes Manitoba Provincial Trunk Highway 75, which leads to Winnipeg.

The portion from Fargo, North Dakota, to the Canada–US border was considered for designation as Interstate 31 in 1957 for present-day I-29. No freeway was planned south of Fargo. However, it was subsequently decided in 1958 to connect I-31 between Sioux Falls and Fargo; the entire freeway was built and numbered as I-29. Residents of Missouri and Louisiana began campaigning in 1965 via, the "US 71 - I-29 Association," to extend Interstate 29 all the way to New Orleans, Louisiana following the US 71 corridor; the campaign would create a limited access highway from New Orleans on to Winnipeg. That extension came to be called Interstate 49, not part of the 1957 master plan, it was named I-49 instead of I-29 because the interstate naming rules mandate that north-south roads are odd numbered and named in increasing order from west to east. North of their concurrence, I-29 is west of I-35, but south of Kansas City Interstate 35 and Interstate 45 are to the west of the proposed route, Interstate 55 is to the east.

Interstate 49 was the number chosen. When Interstate 49 is complete, the goal of the Association will have been accomplished, with only a brief gap and name change in Kansas City. In March and April 2019, as a result of the 2019 Midwestern U. S. floods, Interstate 29 was closed in both directions for 187 miles between St. Joseph and Omaha. Much of this section of I-29, including at the Missouri-Iowa border, runs over or through a large floodplain for the Missouri and Platte rivers; as such, multiple elevated sections of the highway collapsed and other sections were submerged or washed out by floodwaters. This was the largest closure of an Interstate Highway in terms of distance in the history of the Interstate Highway system. A signed detour was not designated in most areas, as the roads that would be used as detours are rural farm roads that were submerged by flooding. However, along I-80 in Iowa, traffic from I-80 in Iowa was detoured via I-35 from Des Moines to Kansas City. U. S. Route 75, paralleling I-29 on the other side of the Missouri River, was closed in large sections due to flooding.

By May 2019, the vast majority of Interstate 29 had been repaired and reopened, with the exception of 10 miles around Omaha where the highway runs concurrent with Interstate 680. However, throughout the remainder of the spring and summer, early fall, more rainfall and flooding resulted in sections of Interstate 29 being closed again, including on the repaired sections. At a few time