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Franco Battiato

Francesco "Franco" Battiato is an Italian singer-songwriter, filmmaker and, under the pseudonym Süphan Barzani a painter. Battiato's songs contain esoteric and religious themes, he has been for decades one of the most popular singer-songwriters in Italy. His unique sound, song-crafting and his lyrics containing philosophical and culturally exotic references, as well as tackling or painting universal themes about the human condition earned him a unique spot on Italy's music scene, the nickname of "Il Maestro", his work includes songwriting and joint production efforts with several Italian and international musicians and pop singers, including the long-lasting professional relationship with Italian singer Alice. Together with Alice, Battiato represented Italy at the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "I treni di Tozeur". After graduating from high school at the Liceo Scientifico "Archimede" in Acireale, following the death of his father, in 1964 he moved first to Rome. Franco Battiato moved to Milan at age 22, soon after won his first musical contract.

His single, "La Torre", was released and Battiato appeared on TV to perform the song. He scored some success with the romantic song È l'amore. After further covers of pop songs, he met the experimental musician Juri Camisasca in 1970 and collaborated with Osage Tribe, an Italian psychedelic-progressive rock band; as a solo artist, he released the science-fiction single La convenzione, one of the finest Italian progressive rock songs of the 1970s. Starting from 1971, Battiato devoted much of his efforts to experimental electronic music, producing a series of LPs that remained unknown at the time, but are now eagerly sought by collectors worldwide. Starting out with electronic progressive rock with some emphasis on vocals, his music became experimental moving into the realms of musique concrète and minimalism: Foetus, Sulle Corde di Aries, Clic and M.elle le “Gladiator”. In 1975, he moved to the Dischi Ricordi label, producing Battiato, Juke Box and the experimental L'Egitto prima delle sabbie, which won the Stockhausen award for contemporary music.

After the Ricordi label failed to re-sign him, Battiato signed with EMI. He abandoned the prog rock experiments of the previous years and moved to a more pop-oriented style which afforded him increasing popularity with Italian audiences. In this period his albums were in collaboration with the renowned musician and violinist Giusto Pio, whose two albums were produced by Battiato. After L'era del cinghiale bianco. Patriots was released, it was his first LP of the 80s; that album was successful enough to reach the thirtieth position on the charts. It contains a few songs which have become Battiato's classics, such as "Le Aquile", "Prospettiva Nevskij"; this new era of his music marks the beginning of his collaboration with the singer Alice and the violinist Giusto Pio. His following LP was "La Voce del Padrone", he had more success with this album than with "Patriots". His compositions sound both easy to listen to; this was the key to his growing fan base, of course. "La Voce del Padrone" contains lots of songs.

It stayed in the number one position for six months, becoming the first Italian LP with more than one million copies sold. His commercial success was confirmed by L'arca di Noè in 1982. Songs such as "L'era del cinghiale bianco", "Prospettiva Nevskij", "Centro di gravità permanente", "Bandiera bianca", "Voglio vederti danzare" established Battiato in Italy. Orizzonti perduti, which Battiato himself called a kipper, was followed by the successful Mondi Lontanissimi, which featured a solo version of the popular "I treni di Tozeur"" a duet with Alice performed at the 1984 Eurovision Song Contest.1988's Fisiognomica sold more than 300,000 copies and it confirmed Battiato's success. The album, considered by Battiato himself his best work for the balance between music and lyrics, contained the hit "Nomadi" recorded by Alice and written by his old friend Juri Camisasca, who in the meantime had retired to a Benedictin monastery; the album included the songs "E ti vengo a cercare", performed by director/actor Nanni Moretti in his 1989 movie Palombella Rossa, "Veni l'autunnu" with lyrics in the Sicilian and Arabic languages.

In 2013 he signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. He carried on making albums, mixing classical sounds. In the middle of the 90s he started a collaboration with the Sicilian philosopher Manglio Sgalambro, most of the songs which were written in that period were complicated, either in terms of the style or the text. However, the LP "L'imboscata", issued in 1996, contained "La Cura", one of the best songs he has written, based on its popularity. Afterwards, he explored rock with "Gommalacca", which contains heavier rock sounds in which electric guitars played a bigger role. In 1994 Battiato began to collaborate with the Sicilian philosopher Manlio Sgalambro, to write all the lyrics of his following albums. After the tentative L'ombrello e la macchina da cucire of

Magadi, Kenya

Magadi, Kenya is a town in the Kenya Rift Valley at Lake Magadi, located southwest of Nairobi, in southern Kenya. Magadi is northeast of Lake Natron in Tanzania; the general population of Magadi, Kenya is 980 people, the elevation of Magadi, Kenya is 595 meters in altitude. Magadi township lies on Lake Magadi's east shore, is home to the Magadi Soda Company, now owned by Tata India; this factory produces soda ash. Magadi is the central town of Magadi division of the Kajiado County. Magadi has gained organized access to the Internet, computer usage, through the United Nations Development Programme-Kenya for solar-powered laptop computers, begun in July 2002: by the end of 2003, about 10,000 residents had visited the five E-Centers for Internet computer access, developed by the UN project. Magadi was a filming location for Fernando Meirelles's film The Constant Gardener, based on the book of the same name by John le Carré, although in the film, the shots are supposed to be at Lake Turkana, which are at Lake Magadi.

Photo of Great Rift Valley: showing vegetation and desert


Wutinoceras is a genus of now extinct nautiloid cephalopods of the Wutinoceratidae family. It exhibits orthoconic actinocerids with ventral siphuncles composed of broadly expanded segments. Wutinoceras, as with its family the Wutinoceratidae, has a reticulated canal system within the siphuncle, distinguishing it from forms with arcuate canal systems. Septal necks, components of the siphuncle that project from the back side of the septa, are cyrtochoanitic and may be recumbent. Connecting rings are reflective of the ancestral form; the three varieties of Wutinoceras are based on the form of the siphuncle, each contains a number of species. These have not been ascribed to subgenera, they include those with broad segments and recumbent brims to the septal necks. The genotype Wutinoceras foerste, which comes from northeast China, is of the second variety. Wutinoceras species of the broad-segment variety are found in Newfoundland and Tasmania; those of the small-segment variety have only been found in Nevada.

Unless new species described from elsewhere can be included. Wutinoceras may have its origin in the primitive actinoceroid Georgina from the upper Lower Ordovician of Northern Australia and east Asia although its exact ancestor remains elusive. Wutinoceras was once thought to be derived from Polydesmia from northern China, later) found to come from beds that overlie those with Wutinoceras, thereby precluding the possibility. Wutinoceras gave rise to Cyrtonybyoceras with the development of a curved, cyrtoconic shell and to Adamsoceras with the development of a more narrow siphuncle. Wutinoceras is the ancestor of the Armenoceratidae which gave rise in the Middle Ordovician to Actinoceras and Gonioceras

Massachusetts Route 103

Route 103 is a 4.92-mile-long west–east state highway in southeastern Massachusetts. Its western terminus is a continuation of Rhode Island Route 103 in Warren, Rhode Island and its eastern terminus is at U. S. Route Route 138 in Somerset. Massachusetts Route 103 is a continuation of R. I. Route 103, it begins in Swansea at the Warren line. It crosses the Cole River before entering the village of Ocean Grove; as the route enters Somerset it crosses the Lees River, just east of its junction with Exit 4 of I-195. From there it continues eastward, north of Brayton Point and the Dominion Resources power station before Wilbur Avenue turns northward, intersecting with Riverside Avenue at the end of Brayton Avenue, where all three roads met the Slade's Ferry Bridge. Route 103 continues northward along Riverside Avenue to its end at intersection with the former alignment of U. S. Route 6 and Route 138 just west of the former Brightman Street Bridge, before US Route 6's realignment to the new Veteran's Memorial Bridge.

Route 138 continues northward along Riverside Avenue from the new bridge, creating a gap between the end of 103 and the northward curve of 138. Before the removal of the Slade's Ferry Bridge, Route 103 traveled along that bridge, ended in Fall River where Routes 6 and 138 meet; the entire route is in Bristol County. Massachusetts Route Log Mass. Rt. 103 endpoint photos

The Cheetah Girls (film)

The Cheetah Girls is a 2003 American musical television film based on the book series of the same name by Deborah Gregory. Four teen girls in Manhattan—Galleria, Chanel and Dorinda—perform at a children's birthday party as The Cheetah Girls. During the performance, several mistakes occur, including stumbles from Dorinda. While they feel a bit discouraged, Galleria is there to provide encouragement and remind the girls of their dreams of stardom. After the performance, Chanel rushes home to tell her mother about the show, but her mother is too busy preparing for a date with her new Parisian boyfriend to pay attention. Galleria comes home to her parents, who chastise her for not taking phone messages for her mother or walking their Bichon Frise dog, Toto. While it is clear that Galleria's parents are supportive, they wish that Galleria was more focused. Meanwhile, Dorinda must hurry off to her job, revealed to be janitorial work at a community center; the girls hope to become the first freshmen to win the talent show in their school's history.

After a successful audition for the talent show, a famous alumnus of the school, Jackal Johnson, expresses interest in signing The Cheetah Girls to his record label. In front of the rest of the girls, Galleria introduces herself as the founder and songwriter of The Cheetah Girls, not appreciated by the group's other members. While Galleria's mother, Dorothea, is hesitant to let The Cheetah Girls pursue the opportunity with Jackal, she allows the girls to have a meeting after being encouraged by Galleria's father; the meeting is a success, despite some ongoing concerns from Dorothea, the girls begin to prepare to record their first song. This success leads to arrogance from Galleria, she suggests that The Cheetah Girls are too good to make time for the talent show without asking the group's other members for opinions, she criticizes Dorinda for wearing the same dull clothing. Aqua encourages Galleria's oldest friend, to speak to Galleria before things get worse. Meanwhile, Dorinda has the opportunity to work a dance audition at the center.

She is offered a paying role because of her work, but taking on the role would require her to leave the Cheetah Girls. Chanel becomes distressed after overhearing a voicemail suggesting that her mother was planning to sell their New York City apartment to move to Paris with her boyfriend. Feeling neglected, Chanel takes advantage of having her mother's credit card to go on a shopping spree on Madison Avenue. In an act of kindness, Chanel purchases a cheetah jacket for Dorinda; this leads to the discovery. Instead of being a tenant at a nice apartment with a doorman, she is a poor foster child who lives in a 10-child household with a mother whose husband is a superintendent for the building. Chanel assures Dorinda that she is Cheetah Girl for life because of who she is on the inside despite her financial troubles. At the next meeting between The Cheetah Girls and Jackal Johnson, Jackal reveals that a marketing team has developed a new image for the group that will require them to wear masks and lip sync.

Galleria is devastated by this and declares that The Cheetah Girls refuse the offer, but the other girls stay behind due to their frustrations with Galleria's bad attitude. Galleria leaves under the impression. Things get worse for Chanel when she arrives home and learns that her mother's credit card has been declined and that therefore, her mother knows about the shopping spree. However, Chanel breaks down after thinking about how grateful she is for her mother given Dorinda's current status as a foster child, Chanel's mother agrees to make more time for her daughter; when things are at their worst among the four friends, Galleria's dog Toto falls into an obstruction on the Manhattan streets. This attracts a great deal of attention, including a live news story, which alerts all four Cheetah Girls members about what is going on and causes them to come to Toto's rescue. Only their singing can calm Toto down and allow for his safe removal from the obstruction; this act of bonding causes the girls to repair their friendship, they go on to sing a new song on the news for all of New York to see.

Jackal Johnson regrets trying to change The Cheetah Girls after seeing how talented and appreciated they are, but The Cheetah Girls refuse an offer with him. In a surprise twist, because the director of the talent show has come to check on Toto, The Cheetah Girls end up winning the talent show, the girls renew their commitment to achieving their dreams and maintaining their friendship. Raven-Symoné – Galleria Garibaldi known as Bubbles Adrienne BailonChanel Simmons known as Chuchie Kiely Williams – Aquanetta Walker known as Aqua Sabrina Bryan – Dorinda Thomas known as Do Lynn Whitfield – Dorothea Garibaldi, Galleria's mother Juan Chioran – Francobollo Garibaldi, Galleria's father Lori Anne Alter – Juanita Simmons, Chanel's mother Vince CorazzaJackal Johnson, a record producer and the film's antagonist Kyle Schmid – Derek, Galleria's love interest Kyle Saunders – Pucci Simmons Ennis Esmer – Rick Johnie Chase – Doorman Kim Roberts – Mrs. Bosco Sandra Caldwell – Drinka Champane The film was directed by Oz Scott and produced by Whitney Houston, Debra Martin Chase and Co Producer Cheryl Hill.

The script was written by Alison Taylor and the music was composed by John Van Tongeren and Mark Mothersbaugh. It was shot during October and November 2002 in Toronto, Ontario and Manhattan, New York Cit

Housing Justice

Housing Justice is a charity based in London formed in 2003 when the Catholic Housing Aid Society and the Churches' National Housing Coalition merged. It helps churches use spare land for social housing; as the former names suggest Housing Justice has close links with churches in England and Wales and works with them and church-based projects to raise the profile of homelessness amongst Christians of all denominations. With over 60 years' experience it is one of the oldest housing and homelessness charity in the UK. Other homelessness charities such as Shelter and Crisis were formed as a result of action by CHAS staff and board members. Robina Rafferty, Housing Justice's first Chief Executive when she was Assistant Director of CHAS served on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Urban Priority Areas, responsible for the 1985 Faith in the City report; the current Presidents of Housing Justice are the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, Rachael Lampard, Team Leader of the Joint Public Issues Team and Bishop Dr Joe Alread.

The Chair of Housing Justice is the Bishop of the Rt Revd James Langstaff. The organisation is led by Kathy Mohan, who took over the role in 2017 and is the first non Roman Catholic to lead the charity. Housing Justice today is active in over 35 communities across the UK funding housing advice centres, community regeneration projects and supporting church based homelessness projects, it is responsible along with Scottish Churches Housing Action for organising Homelessness Sunday, held in January each year. As well as providing practical help to homeless people, predominantly those classified as'statutory homeless' - i.e. accepted as homeless under the terms of the homelessness legislation, Housing Justice campaigns against homelessness, lobbying politicians as appropriate. Housing Justice's predecessor was involved in setting up the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Homelessness and Housing Need in Parliament in 1989. Official website Homelessness Sunday