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Geography of Seychelles

The Seychelles is a small island nation located in the Somali sea northeast of Madagascar and about 835 mi from Mogadishu, its nearest foreign mainland city, while Antsiranana is the nearest foreign city overall. Seychelles lies between 4ºS and 10ºS and 46ºE and 54ºE; the nation is an archipelago of some granite and some coral. The majority of which are uninhabited; the landmass is only 452 km2, but the islands are spread wide over an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1,336,559 km2. About 90 percent of the population of 90,000 live on 9 percent on Praslin and La Digue. Around a third of the land area is the island of Mahé and a further third the atoll of Aldabra. There are two distinct regions, the granitic islands, the world's only oceanic islands of granitic rock and the coralline outer islands; the granite islands are the world’s oldest ocean islands, while the outer islands are very young, though the Aldabra group and St Pierre are unusual, raised coral islands that have emerged and submerged several times during their long history, the most recent submergence dating from about 125,000 years ago The Inner Islands is the collective term for 45 islands with a total area of 247.2 km2, 54% of the Seychelles area but with more than 99% of the population.

The Granitic Group consists of 45 granite islands, all within a 56 km radius of the main island of Mahé. These islands are rocky, most have a narrow coastal strip and a central range of hills rising as high as 914 metres; the most important islands of this group are: Mahé is the largest island, with a size of 156.7 km2. Victoria, the capital, is on Mahé. Praslin Island, Silhouette Island, La Digue. Two coralline islands, at 90 km to the north, make up the remainder of the Inner Islands: Bird Island Denis IslandThere are a number of artificial islands, including Romainville Island. Millions of years ago, the archipelago was created by a combination of the separation of India from Africa as well as undersea volcanoes similar to those from which Mauritius and Réunion were created. Subsequently the vast majority of this huge land area became submerged over time. Seychelles straddles the eastern portion of the Somali plate; the Outer Islands consist of five groups of coralline islands: Southern Coral Group, a collective term for Île Platte and Coëtivy Island Amirante Islands Alphonse Group Aldabra Group Farquhar Group The Outer Islands comprise 211.3 km2, but less than 1% of the population.

The coral islands are flat with elevated coral reefs at different stages of formation. They can sustain human life only with difficulty; the Seychelles is part of the granitic Mascarene Plateau which broke off from the Indian Plate about 66 mya. This rift formation is associated with the Réunion hotspot, responsible for Réunion Island and the Deccan Traps in India; because of its long isolation, the Seychelles hosts several unique species including the coco de mer, a palm which has the largest seeds of any plant and the world's largest population of giant tortoises. The climate is equable and healthy, although quite humid, as the islands are small and subject to marine influences; the temperature varies little throughout the year. Temperatures on Mahé vary from 24 to 30 °C, rainfall ranges from 2,900 mm annually at Victoria to 3,600 mm on the mountain slopes. Precipitation is somewhat less on the other islands. During the coolest months and August, it drops to as low as 24 °C; the southeast trade winds blow from May to November, this is the most pleasant time of the year.

The hot months are from December with higher humidity. March and April are the hottest months, but the temperature exceeds 31 °C. Most of the islands lie outside the cyclone belt, so high winds are rare; the uniqueness of the Seychelles' ecology is reflected in the US$1.8 million project of the Global Environment Trust Fund of the World Bank entitled Biodiversity Conservation and Marine Pollution Abatement, that began in 1993. The World Bank study for this project states that the islands contain, out of a total of 1,170 flowering plants, "at least 75 species of flowering plants, 15 of birds, 3 of mammals, 30 of reptiles and amphibians, several hundred species of snails, insects and other invertebrates" found nowhere else; the diversity of species in the islands is being assessed by the Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles. In addition, the waters contain more than 1000 kinds of fish, of which more than one-third are associated with coral reefs. Specific examples of unique birds are the black paradise flycatcher, the black parrot, the brush warbler, a flightless rail.

Most famous of all the Seychelles animals are the giant tortoises of the genus Aldabrachelys. As a result of extensive shipping to Seychelles that brings needed imports and the discharge of commercial tuna fishing, the waters suffer some pollution. Furthermore, goats brought to Aldabra Islands are destroying much of the vegetation on which giant tortoises feed or seek shade. Rats have reduced biodiversity on many islands. Climate change is a significant issue. Seychelles began addressing the conservation problem in the late 1960s by creating the Nature Conservancy Commission renamed the Seychelles National Environment Commission. A system of national parks and an

Natasha (2015 film)

Natasha is a Canadian drama film, which premiered in 2015 before being released in Canada in 2016 and in the United States in 2017. The film was written and directed by David Bezmozgis, based on the title story from his 2004 short story collection Natasha and Other Stories. Mark Berman, an idealistic Jewish Canadian teenager in Toronto is seduced into a torrid affair by the mysteriously appearing but ruthless Natasha, the daughter of his uncle Fima's new Russian mail-order bride, living a double life as a sex worker since childhood. Although the original short story took place in the 1980s, for the film Bezmozgis updated the temporal setting to the present day in order to explore the impact of contemporary technology, such as the internet, on the story; the film premiered at the Boston Jewish Film Festival in November 2015, was screened at several other film festivals before going into general commercial release in Canada in May 2016. The film garnered two Canadian Screen Award nominations at the 5th Canadian Screen Awards in 2017, for Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Natasha scored an "Extremely Fresh" rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 7.1/10 user rating on IMDb. Canada's newspaper of record, The Globe and Mail gave a 3/4. Natasha on IMDb

Coach Trip (series 7)

Coach Trip 7 was the seventh series of Coach Trip in the United Kingdom. It was filmed from May until June 2011 and aired from 29 August to 7 October 2011; the length of this series was the same as the previous non-celebrity series but with weekends excluded. The tour began in the UK, before moving to France, Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic plus for the first time Poland and Slovakia. Tour guide Brendan Sheerin, coach driver Paul Donald, narrator Dave Vitty and the coach with registration number MT09 MTT all returned for this series, aired on Channel 4 with the airing time reverted to 5:00pm, a similar start to series 1 and a similar end to series 3. Mark & Laura, Partners from Torquay. Kyale & Olivia, Flatmates from London. Tony & Wolfy, Friends from North London. Frankie & Alice, Friends from Yorkshire. Helen & Dave and daughter from Barnsley. Araf & Uzi and nephew from Middlesbrough and North London. Lynne & Steve and her husband from? Linda & Chris and client from? Helen & Daniel and son from The Wirral.

Tina & Monica, Friends from Birmingham. Jamie & Mark, Friends from Newcastle Upon Tyne. Wayne & Nigel, Salsa dancers from Bristol. Annette & Martin, Married antique dealers from Cornwall. Tom & Anita, Colleagues from Leeds. Alison & Ashley, Engaged partners from Bolton. Nathan & Katie, Friends and trainee teachers from Brighton Bonnie & Sam, Goth girlfriends from Norwich. Danielle & Lauren, Friends from Blackpool and Hale, Greater Manchester. Fiona & Oliver and son from Rochdale Stephen & Margaret and wife from? Rosemary & Judith, Friends from?. Indicates that the couple received a yellow card Indicates that the couple was red carded off the trip Indicates that the couple left the coach due to other reasons than being voted off or being removed from the coach Indicates that the couple was immune from any votes cast against them due to it either being their first vote or winning immunity from the vote Indicates that the couple were voted as the most popular couple and won series Indicates that the couple were voted as the second most popular couple Indicates that the couple were voted as the third most popular couple Indicates that the couple were voted as the fourth most popular couple ^1 On Day 1, Brendan instated an opening voting rule - on vote time the couple who received the most votes would get an immediate red card without entering mainland Europe, this happened to be Laura & Mark making them join Delia & Jacqui of series 3 to the shortest stay records.

^2 Tony & Wolfy were removed with a red card on Day 7 for inappropriate behaviour during the previous night, including being loud and drunk and disturbing other tourists in the hotel held by Alan & Lorenzo of series 2 and Jasmine & Rara of series 6. ^3 Frankie & Alice walked at the start of Day 8 in protest because Wolfy and Tony were unfairly red carded. No post-vote arrivals in series International tour guide Brendan is eager to meet his new group of tourists, who spend the first day of their journey in London. While in the city, they tackle a pole-dancing lesson; the fun and games end when there is a shock early departure for one unlucky couple. Having travelled to France by train, the tourists take to the streets of Paris, where they attempt to blend their own perfumes; the group all put their best foot forward, learning to walk the runway with Parisian models. A first new couple join the trip, but things soon turn sour at the vote and group harmony begins to stray off key. Day 3 of the trip sees the tourists visiting a French circus school and theme park.

But the fun soon fades when a falling out between two of the tourists means it is a roller-coaster ride all the way to the vote. On Day 4, the coach trundles into the Champagne region of France, where a visit to a grand vineyard is music to the ears of one hard-partying couple, Wolfy Foxlow and Tony Class. After sampling the Champagne highlife, it all goes downhill fast as the tourists ride a quarter-mile zip wire. One couple come down to earth with a bump at the vote. Day 5 and, after a night's heavy drinking, one tourist is in no mood for the da

Bear in heraldry

The bear as heraldic charge is not as used as the lion, boar or other beasts. In England it occurs in canting arms, e.g. in the familial coats of arms of Barnard, Barnes, etc. In British heraldry, a bear's head is muzzled, is more used as a charge than the whole beast. In England, the bear's head traditionally includes the neck, while in Scottish heraldry bear heads are cut off close behind the ears; the bear in the coat of arms of Berlin is used cantingly, appears in representations of the Berlin coats of arms in the early modern period. Canting, but associated with a legendary false etymology of the city's name, is the bear in the coat of arms of Berne. At the Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa in 1212 between Alfonso VIII of Castile and the Almohads, the council of Madrid sent a detachment in support of the Christian king. According to chronicles of the time, these troops carried a flag or banner which identified them: a statant bear on a silver field; the bear is used in arms representing Saint Gall, based on a legend of the saint involving a bear.

This is the origin of the bear in the coat of arms of Appenzell. The bear of Appenzell is represented pizzled; the saddled bear of Saint Corbinian's legend is the heraldic symbol of Freising and the Diocese of Munich and Freising. Pope Benedict XVI, former archbishop of Munich applied it in his Papal Arms. In 1666 a polar bear on a blue field was added to the greater/royal arms of the king of Denmark to represent Greenland, it has since been adopted by Greenland itself as its coat of arms, with the current version having been adopted in 1989. The Greenlandic version bucks European heraldic tradition in favour of Inuit custom by having the bear's left arm raised rather than the right, it is blazoned Azure, a polar bear rampant argent and as such neither version contradicts the other. A demi bear appears in the crest of Lawson in Canada. A grizzly bear, with wings, appears as a supporter in the bearings of Norris in Canada. Canada has armigers with polar bears in their bearings. Chimerical half-bear, half-ravens appear as supporters of the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Civic heraldry in Warwickshire abounds in bears. A bear is used, cantingly, in the arms of the Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council. Russian bears and polar bears appear on the coats of arms and flags of numerous Russian federal subjects and cities, including the Republic of Karelia, the Mari El Republic, the city of Veliky Novgorod and Novgorod Oblast, the Yaroslavl Oblast, Khabarovsk Krai, Perm Krai, the Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug; the Finnish region of Satakunta and the corresponding historical province feature a crowned sword-wielding bear on their coats of arms. Pori, Satakunta's capital, features a crowned bear's head on its arms; the coat of arms of Madrid depicts a bear reaching up into a madroño or strawberry tree to eat some of its fruit. The coat of arms of Carpatho-Ukraine, which features a red bear, is used as the coat of arms of the Ukrainian Zakarpattia Oblast. A black bear appears on the coat of arms of Poland. A black bear with silver claws and a collar appears on the coat of arms of Samogitia, now a province of Lithuania.

Bear in mythology Russian Bear Buddy bears a.^ The bear was the heraldic animal of the seal and coat of arms of Bern from the 1220s, attested shortly after its foundation by Berchtold V, Duke of Zähringen in 1191. Swiss chronicles are unanimous in deriving the name of the city from the name of the animal.

Tokio Seki

Tokio Seki is a Japanese actor and voice actor from Tokyo Metropolis. He is affiliated with Serikawa Office, he was affiliated with Gekidan Subaru. Abarenbō Shōgun III Haru no Hatō Musashi Sangamoyu Uchū Keiji Shariban Hana-bi Madame to Nyōbō Alice in Wonderland Dumbo The Sword in the Stone 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure Hercules Tarzan Tarzan 2 Tarzan and Jane The Jungle Book The Jungle Book 2 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh The Rescuers Down Under The Black Cauldon The Small One Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Monsters, Inc. A Bug's Life Disney productions Pinocchio Peter Pan Peter and the Wolf Robin Hood Bongo Song of the South Song of the South 2 Mickey Mouse Revue Serikawa profile Tokio Seki on IMDb

2004 Bradford Bulls season

This article details the Bradford Bulls rugby league football club's 2004 season, the ninth season of the Super League era. February 2004 Bradford started the 2004 season off by beating Penrith Panthers 22–4 in the World Club Challenge to become World Champions for the second time; the Bulls start to the regular season rounds could not have been better as Lesley Vainikolo set a Super League record with the most tries in a match scoring five in Bradford's 34–6 win against Wigan Warriors. The Bulls could not retain their Challenge Cup title as they were knocked out in Round 4 as St Helens R. F. C. Beat them 30–10. March 2004 Bradford continued their run of form with a comprehensive 40–6 win against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats; the Bulls kept their league winning streak going with a hard fought 20–6 win against Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Giants. April 2004 The Bulls started April by grinding out a 25–18 win against Salford City Reds. Bradford's first league loss of the season came in Round 5 against arch rivals Leeds Rhinos who came out 26–18 winners.

The Bulls picked themselves up after this defeat and hammered St Helens R. F. C. 54–8 with Shontayne Hape scoring a hat-trick. Bradford lost for the second time this season as Hull F. C. beat them. The Bulls finished the month with a 22–22 draw at Warrington Wolves. May 2004 Bradford started May with a much needed 24–12 win against London Broncos; the Bulls beat Castleford Tigers 44–18 with Stuart Reardon scoring four tries. Bradford kept their winning run on track with a 30–20 win against Widnes Vikings; the month finished badly for the Bulls as their winning streak was broken in a 35–30 loss to St Helens R. F. C.. June 2004 The start of June was a poor one for Bradford as they lost 26–12 to arch-rivals Leeds Rhinos. Bradford soon got back on track; the Bulls posted an impressive 40–12 win against Huddersfield Giants with Paul Deacon kicking them to victory with 10 goals. Bradford finished the month with a 38–30 win against Widnes Vikings. July 2004 The Bulls started July well as they smashed Castleford Tigers 60–12 with Lesley Vainikolo stealing the spotlight with four tries, he scored another two the following week in a 36–26 win against the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

The good start to the month came to an end. Bradford recovered from this defeat and beat London Broncos 44–16. August 2004 Bradford's month got off to a bad start as they lost 25–14 to Hull F. C. keeping the Bulls fifth in the table. The Bulls got their season back on track with a hard fought 36–22 win against Warrington Wolves thanks to a Lesley Vainikolo hat-trick. Bradford backed this win up with an outstanding 38–12 win against Wigan Warriors with Iestyn Harris leading the way with two tries and a goal; the Bulls were brought crashing back to earth as league leaders and arch-rivals Leeds Rhinos beat them 40–12, the Bulls were down to 12 men for at least 20 minutes of the match as Leon Pryce received two sin-bins. Bradford finished the month strong as they beat Hull F. C. 26–12, Lesley Vainikolo scored his fourth hat-trick of the year to help the Bulls get the much needed win. September 2004 The Bulls continued their charge to second in the league as they beat woeful London Broncos 60–18, Shontayne Hape scored a hat-trick, Logan Swann and Rob Parker scored two tries each to help the Bulls get the win.

Bradford continued their winning end to the season with a nail biting 28–27 win against Warrington Wolves where Paul Deacon's two late drop-goals secured the points for the Yorkshire side. The Bulls finished the regular season by thumping St Helens R. F. C. 64–24, both Stuart Reardon and Lesley Vainikolo grabbed hat-tricks whilst Hape scored two tries to help the Bradford team finish the 2004 season second in the league. October 2004 Bradford qualified for the 2004 Grand Final by defeating arch rivals Leeds Rhinos in the Qualifying Semi-final; the Bulls came out as 26–12 winner thanks to tries from Robbie Paul, Lee Radford, Lesley Vainikolo and a double from Shontayne Hape. However Leeds soon got revenge. WCC: Logan Swann scored his 1st try for the Bulls. Round 1: Aaron Smith scored his 1st try for the Bulls. Round 1: Lesley Vainikolo scored his 1st five-try haul, 1st four-try haul and 3rd hat-trick for the Bulls. Round 2: Chris Bridge and Paul Johnson scored their 1st tries for the Bulls. Round 2: Tevita Vaikona scored his 100th try and reached 400 points for the Bulls.

Round 6: Shontayne Hape scored his 1st hat-trick for the Bulls. Round 6: Michael Withers reached 400 points for the Bulls. Round 7: Lesley Vainikolo scored his 50th try and reached 200 points for the Bulls. Round 10: Stuart Reardon scored his 1st four-try haul and 1st hat-trick for the Bulls. Round 10: Paul Deacon reached 1,100 points for the Bulls. Round 11: Leon Pryce scored his 75th try and reached 300 points for the Bulls. Round 12: Karl Pratt scored his 1st hat-trick for the Bulls. Round 14: Chris Bridge kicked his 1st goal for the Bulls. Round 15: Shontayne Hape scored his 25th try and reached 100 points for the Bulls. Round 16: Andy Smith scored his 1st try for the Bulls. Round 17: Lesley Vainikolo scored his 2nd four-try haul and 4th hat-trick for the Bulls. Round 19: Paul Deacon kicked his 500th goal and reached 1,200 points for the Bulls. Round 20: Iestyn Harris kicked his 1st goal for the Bulls. Round 22: Lesley Vainikolo scored his 5th hat-trick for the Bulls. Round 23: Iestyn Harris scored his 1st try for the Bulls.

Round 25: Lesley Vainikolo scored his 6th hat-trick for the Bulls. Round 26: Shontayne Hape scored his 2nd hat-trick for the Bulls. Round 28: Stuart Reardon scored his 2nd hat-trick for the Bulls. Round 28: Lesley Vainikolo scored his 7th hat-trick for the Bulls