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Glenn Turner

Glenn Maitland Turner played cricket for New Zealand and was one of the country's best and most prolific batsmen. He is the current head of the New Zealand Cricket selection panel. Born in Dunedin, he represented New Zealand in 41 Tests, achieved an average of 44.64, including seven centuries. He went to Otago Boys' High School, he would have appeared for his country much more, had he not elected to be unavailable for several seasons after falling out with administrators. His brothers are poet Brian Turner and golfer Greg Turner, his wife Dame Sukhi Turner, whom he met while touring India in 1969, is a former mayor of Dunedin. Turner made his mark on the first-class cricket scene with Worcestershire in the English county championship. In all, he played 455 first-class matches, amassing 34,346 runs at 49.70, including 103 centuries—making him one of a select few to score a "century of centuries", one of only four non-English cricketers to do so. Turner coached the New Zealand side twice—once in the mid-1980s, when he presided over the team's first and only series victory in Australia, again a decade later.

Turner is one of only two players since the Second World War to have scored 1000 first-class runs in England before the end of May, a feat he achieved in 1973. Among the eight batsmen who have done this, only Turner and Donald Bradman did it while playing for a touring team, he holds the record of highest percentage of runs scored in any completed innings 83.43% after he scored 141* out of Worcestershire's 169 against Glamorgan at Swansea in 1977. The remaining batsmen scored 27, highest 7 and there was one extra. On 29 May 1982, Turner became the first batsman in 33 years to score 300 runs in a single day in England, he was 311 not out when Worcestershire declared at 501-1 against Warwickshire. His 171 not out against East Africa in the 1975 World Cup is the longest individual innings in one-day international history, occupying 201 balls. Glenn Turner is the first to score an ODI 150 as well as world cup 150 and holds the record for the only batsman in ODI history to have faced over 200 deliveries in a single innings.

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William W. Thomas Jr.

William Widgery Thomas Jr. was a United States politician from Maine. He was born in Portland, Cumberland County, the son of William Widgery Thomas and Elizabeth White Thomas. A lawyer before entering foreign politics, most notable was his effort to bring Swedish colonists to northern Maine and founding the community of New Sweden, Maine in 1870, he is noted for being the last U. S. ambassador to the united kingdoms of Norway. A Republican, Thomas found a love for the people of Scandinavia at an early age. At only 23 years of age, full of enthusiasm for his task, he was appointed consul to Gothenburg, Sweden on October 23, 1862. Prior to that he had gone as American consul to Galatz in Romania, after a voyage of four months he reached Gothenburg in the middle of June, 1863, he learned to understand and speak Swedish, as consul in the kingdom of Sweden-Norway he laid plans for a large emigration of both Swedes and Norwegians, with the hopes that most would seek new fortunes in his home state of Maine.

As he wrote April 5, 1864, for the encouragement of immigration: "Besides all other reasons, I believe these honest, plodding Swedes would form an excellent balance to the fickle, light-hearted Irish, who are now crowding in such goodly numbers to our shores." After the Second war of Schleswig between Denmark and Prussia ended in 1864, Swedish volunteers coming back from Denmark wanted to go to America and continue fighting there in the American Civil War. Thomas solved this problem without asking his government for directions, he arranged with the captains of the Hamburg steamers to take these soldiers across the ocean at half price, together with some friends he "made up a little purse" with which they could be sent to Hamburg. "I am well aware," he reported to the U. S. Department of State, "that as consul I can have nothing to do with enlisting soldiers, but no international law can prevent me from paying a soldier's passage from here to Hamburg out of my own pocket." In the course of the following winter Thomas induced more Swedish soldiers to go to America.

The same year he had planned to enlarge his propaganda for emigration considerably. He wrote to the Department: "I have the honor to ask for a leave of absence from this Consular district, but not from this Kingdom, for three months. My design is to visit the mines in the interior of Sweden and Norway, to see and talk with the people of this country in their own homes. One of the chief objects of my expedition will be to encourage all whom I meet to emigrate to the United States. In every hamlet where I pass the night, at every post-station where I await fresh horses, I shall scatter such information as I have found by experience to be best calculated to promote the emigration of these Scandinavians to our own land, it is my intention on my return to report the results of my expedition to the Department, giving special attention to the subject of immigration, stating what impediments still exist, the best means of overcoming them. Hon. J. S. Haldeman, Minister Resident at Stockholm, has authorized me to mention that he warmly approves of my intended journey."

The Department, approved. It granted, but when this permission arrived, he was so busy arranging his other plans that he decided to postpone his trip until the next year. Towards the end of June, 1865, he set out on the journey he had planned, taking with him the text of the Homestead Act and other documents printed in the language of the country, proposing to sow this good seed broadcast all along his way. In fact, the journey came to embrace Norway exclusively. Returning to Gothenburg after several months, he sent his report to the Department of State, an excerpt of it reads: One of the chief objects of my expedition was to diffuse knowledge tending towards emigration, whether driving over the fjelds, scaling mountains, resting at stations, or coasting along the shore in steamers, I everywhere preached an immigration crusade to the laborer's paradise in the New World. I spoke of our homestead law — the fertility of our soil — the length of our summer — the richness of our immense mining districts, but I found nothing so telling as the simple description of the condition and prospects of the working man in the United States of America.

Of fifty odd postillions I had along the road, all promised me to immigrate to the United States next Spring, save one. Sometimes some Norwegian proprietors, not liking the tendency of things, would commence a discussion in presence of the deck-passengers. I found it easy to refute all their arguments; when driven from every other point they invariably took refuge under the palladium of patriotism — love for Gamle Norge. To this I replied, that I recognized no love of country, not connected with love for our countrymen. I however always treated these Norwegian gentlemen with the greatest respect. In no case did one discussion descend to altercation, no unfriendly words were used. Thomas estimated a total of 10,000 immigrants that year to the United States from Sweden and Norway, but he was quick to add the numbers would prove rather under than over the truth. Shortly after this propaganda trip through Norway, the consular activities of Thomas came to an end. At the begin

San Jose Obrero Church (Floridablanca)

The San Jose Obrero Parish Church known as the Floridablanca church, is a 19th-century Neo-Gothic church located at Barangay Poblacion, Pampanga, Philippines. The parish church, under the aegis of Saint Nicholas of Tolentine, is under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Fernando. Available records tell that present-day Floridablanca started as the Hacienda de San Jose de Calumpaui and had its own chapel since 1823. By 1867, a petition was signed to move the town center to its current site; the petition was approved in November of the same year and the formal inauguration of the town followed in January 1879. In 1887, Father Luciano Morros Ylla built the convent. Several renovations were done into the church structure before and after the turn of the century: Father Rodriguez Prado rebuilt the convent of stone and wood in 1893; the church became a casualty of the World War II, with only the walls withstanding the bombing of 1945. It was said; the parish was renovated and enlarged in 1967. The original structure measures 56 meters long, 20 meters wide and 10 meters high, with a main nave and two aisles.

The style is of Pseudo-Gothic, with prominent pointed arch windows blending in with the other Neoclassical features of the facade. Besides the pointed finials on the second level of the facade and the cornices along the base and edge of the imaginary pediment, the facade is devoid of any other ornamentation. To the right of the church is the slender three-level, belfry

Diamond blade

A diamond blade is a saw blade which has diamonds fixed on its edge for cutting hard or abrasive materials. There are many types of diamond blade, they have many uses, including cutting stone, asphalt, coal balls and ceramics in the construction industry. Diamond blades are available in different shapes: Circular diamond saw blades are the most used type of diamond blade. A diamond gang saw. Tens or hundreds of diamond gang saw blades are used together to saw raw stone blocks. A diamond band saw blade is a flexible closed steel band with diamonds fixed on one edge of the band. Diamond blades designed for specific uses include marble, concrete, asphalt and gem-cutting blades. General purpose blades are available. Blades using diamonds embedded in a metal coating of nickel electroplated onto a steel blade base, can be made to be thin—blades can be tens of micrometres thick, for use in precise cuttings. Vacuum brazed diamond saws are manufactured by brazing synthetic diamond particles to the outside edge of the circular saw blade in a vacuum brazing furnace.

All of the diamond particles are on the exterior cutting edge of the blade, with no metal-diamond mixture. Depending on the manufacturer's recommended blade application, vacuum brazed blades will cut a wide variety of material including concrete, steel, various irons, tile and glass. Finer synthetic diamond grits will reduce the chipping of tile and burring of steel and provide a smoother finish. Larger diamond grits will provide a higher cutting speed, but will be more to cause chipping, burring, or cracking. Fire departments require blades to be made with a large diamond grit, to tear through material quickly. An intermediate grit size is used by the production industry. Sintered metal-bonded diamond blades are the most common type of blade; these blades consist of a steel core and diamond segments, which are made by combining synthetic diamond crystals with metal powder and sintering them. The diamond segments are known as the "cutting teeth" of the blade; the steel core can vary in design. Some cores have spaces between segments to provide cooling and slurry removal, while others have a single continuous rim for smoother cutting.

The type of core that can be used depends on the type of materials that the diamond blade is designed to cut. There are three types of sintered metal-bonded diamond blades according to their manufacturing methods: wholly sintered diamond blades, silver brazed diamond blades and laser welded diamond blades. A wholly sintered diamond blade is made by putting the steel core, together with the diamonds and the metal bond materials, into a mold and sintering it in a sintering furnace equipment; the diameter of wholly sintered diamond blades is not large not more than 400 millimetres. Because it is participating in the sintering process, the steel core cannot be quenched, so the hardness and strength of the core are not high; this means that these types of diamond blade may deform in high-load and high-intensity cutting processes and can exhibit low cutting efficiency. Silver brazed and laser welded diamond blades do not have this weakness because their diamond segments and steel core are treated separately.

The steel core can be quenched and processed with other heat treatments, so its hardness and strength can be high, meaning that the blade can be used in high-load and high-intensity cutting processes with high cutting efficiency and a smaller degree of deformation. Silver brazed; these blades can only be used in wet cuttings. If they are used in dry cuttings, the silver solder may melt and the segments can break from the steel core and become a serious safety hazard. A laser melts and combines the metal of the diamond segment and the steel core creating a stronger weld, which can hold the segments in high temperatures, meaning that laser welded diamond blades can be used to cut many types of stone without water cooling. However, when cutting hard or abrasive materials, e.g. concrete containing reinforcing rebar, laser welded diamond blades should be used with adequate water. Otherwise, it is possible for the diamond segment itself to break or the steel core below the segment to wear and break, creating serious safety hazards.

A diamond blade grinds, rather than cuts, through material. Blades have rectangular teeth which contain diamond crystals embedded throughout the segment for grinding through hard materials; the bond is a term used for the softness or hardness of the powder metal being used to form the segments. The powdered metals hold the diamonds in place; the bond controls the rate at which the diamond segments wear down allowing new diamonds to become exposed at the surface to continue grinding with a "sharp" edge. An important step in choosing a blade is to match the bond to the specific material to be cut. Additional factors to consider are the type and power of the equipment to be used and the availability of water. Harder materials need a softer bonded segment to allow for continuous diamond exposure. Softer materials like asphalt or freshly poured concrete can use a harder segment to resist the increased wear that softer, abrasive materials create. In addition, the diamonds' grit and concentration should match the nature of the material to be sawed.

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John Fitzgerald (offensive guard)

John Fitzgerald is a former college American football player. He played offensive guard for the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma from 1997-2000. During his career, he was named an NCAA All-American following his sophomore and senior seasons, he was named Daktronics All-West Region all three seasons and All–Lone Star Conference each season. Fitzgerald was the Lone Star Conference Offensive Lineman of The Year in 1998. Injury prevented a career in the National Football League. In 1999, The Daily Oklahoman honored Fitzgerald by naming him to the All-Century State College Football team, which honored the best small college players from 1900–1999. Fitzgerald was named to that team following his sophomore season. In 2005, UCO honored Fitzgerald by naming him to the All-Century University of Central Oklahoma team; this was a team honoring the best football players in the 100 years of football played by the University of Central Oklahoma. In 2006, the Lone Star Conference celebrated its 75th Anniversary by selecting the 75 greatest football players in the history of the conference.

Fitzgerald was one of six Bronchos named to this elite team. During Fitzgerald's career at UCO, the Bronchos won 35 games. During 1997, UCO finished with a record of 9–2 and won the Lone Star Conference North Division Championship. In 1998, they had the most success of that four-year span; the Bronchos ranked number one in the nation. They won the Lone Star Conference North Division Championship as well as the overall conference championship, they won the NCAA West Regional Championship. In 1999, UCO finished the season with 3 straight losses, they still won their second straight overall conference championship. In 2000, UCO finished 5-5. Fitzgerald was invited to the NFL Combine and trained with Chip Smith at Competitive Edge Sports in Atlanta, Georgia. While in Atlanta, Fitzgerald trained with NFL stars Rudi Johnson, Alge Crumpler, Champ Bailey and Brian Urlacher, he suffered a shoulder injury. Fitzgerald was a standout track and field athlete while at Central Oklahoma. Fitzgerald twice qualified for the NCAA Indoor & Outdoor National Championships in the shot put and discus throw.

During his time at UCO, he had a personal best in the discus of 180 feet 4 inches and a best in the shot of 52 feet 10.75 inches. Fitzgerald is on the 2015 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot. Fitzgerald is the color analyst for Central Oklahoma Bronchos football games, alongside Dave Garrett. USA Today Profile for John Fitzgerald

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils is a work of fiction by the Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf. It was published in two books, 1906 and 1907, was first published in English as The Wonderful Adventures of Nils in 1907 and Further Adventures of Nils in 1911; the two parts are published together, in English as The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, but that name may refer to the first part alone. Selma Lagerlöf, like many leading Swedish intellectuals of her time, was an advocate of Swedish spelling reform; when published in 1906, this book was one of the first to adopt the new spelling mandated by a government resolution on April 7, 1906. The background for publication was a commission from the National Teachers Association in 1902 to write a geography reader for the public schools. "She devoted three years to familiarizing herself with animal and bird life. She has sought out legends of the different provinces; these she has ingeniously woven into her story." The book is about a young lad, Nils Holgersson, whose "chief delight was to eat and sleep, after that he liked best to make mischief".

He takes great delight in hurting the animals in his family farm. Nils captures a tomte in a net while his family are at church and have left him home to memorize chapters from the Bible; the tomte proposes to Nils. Nils rejects the offer and the tomte turns Nils into a tomte, which leaves him shrunken and able to talk with animals, who are thrilled to see the boy reduced to their size and are angry and hungry for revenge. While this is happening, wild geese are flying over the farm on one of their migrations, Martin, the farm's white goose attempts to join the wild ones. In an attempt to salvage something before his family returns, Nils holds on to Martin's neck as he takes off and joins the wild birds; the wild geese, who are not pleased at all to be joined by a boy and a domestic goose take them on an adventurous trip across all the historical provinces of Sweden observing in passing their natural characteristics and economic resources. At the same time the characters and situations he encounters make him a man: the domestic goose needs to prove his ability to fly like the experienced wild geese, Nils needs to prove to the geese that he would be a useful companion, despite their initial misgivings.

During the trip, Nils learns that if he proves he has changed for the better, the tomte might be disposed to change him back to his normal size. The book includes various subplots, concerning people and animals whose lives are touched in one way or another by Nils and the wild geese. For example, one chapter centers on a young provincial man who feels lonely and alienated in the capital Stockholm, is befriended by a nice old gentleman who tells him about the city's history - and only finds that it was none other than the King of Sweden, walking incognito in the park; the book was criticized for the fact that the goose and boy don't make any stop in the province Halland. In chapter 53 they fly over Halland on the way back to Scania, but they aren't impressed by the sight and they don't stop. However, such a chapter has been added to some translations of the book. In depictions Nils is wearing a red cap, although this is erroneous as he is described in the original Swedish edition as wearing a white cap.

This section follows the English-language translation by Velma Swanston Howard published in 1907 and 1911 as The Wonderful Adventures of Nils and Further Adventures of Nils. The Howard text is that of many publications that contain the original illustrations, new illustrations, or none at all. Howard's first volume contains 21 chapters. Swedish-language chapter titles listed here are identical to those of the 21 chapters in the original volume one. Howard's second volume contains 22 chapters numbered 1 to 22, where the original volume two contains 34 chapters numbered 22 to 55. Swedish-language chapter titles listed here are identical to those of 22 among the 34 original chapters. Chapter titles 6 to 18 match original chapter titles 36 to 48. Howard cut some chapters and abridged others; some provinces are not featured in the Howard translation, including Dalarna, visited in four original chapters. The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, Illustrated by Harold Heartt Foley. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1907.

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, translated by Velma Swanston Howard. Illustrated by Mary Hamilton Frye. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1913; the Wonderful Adventures of Nils, Illustrated by H. Baumhauer. J. M. Dent and Sons, 1950. A Soviet traditionally animated feature film called The Enchanted Boy was released in 1955, it was directed by Vladimir Polkovnikov and Aleksandra Snezhko-Blotskaya and produced at the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow. Adventures of Nils Holgersson was released in 1962, it was shot from helicopters and downplaying the drama of the plot. It was directed by Kenne Fant. An anime adaptation consisting of fifty-two 25-minute episodes was broadcast on NHK from January 8, 1980—March 17, 1981; the anime was broadcast: Albania in the Arab World Belgium Canada China Czech Republic Finland (as "Peukaloisen retket", not dubbed in Finnish but narrated over the German