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Grand National

The Grand National is a National Hunt horse race held annually at Aintree Racecourse, near Liverpool, England. First run in 1839, it is a handicap steeplechase over an official distance of about 4 miles and 2½ furlongs, with horses jumping 30 fences over two laps, it is the most valuable jump race in Europe, with a prize fund of £1 million in 2017. An event, prominent in British culture, the race is popular amongst many people who do not watch or bet on horse racing at other times of the year; the course over which the race is run features much larger fences than those found on conventional National Hunt tracks. Many of these Becher's Brook, The Chair and the Canal Turn, have become famous in their own right and, combined with the distance of the event, create what has been called "the ultimate test of horse and rider"; the Grand National has been broadcast live on free-to-air terrestrial television in the United Kingdom since 1960. From until 2012 it was broadcast by the BBC. Between 2013 and 2016 it was shown by Channel 4.

An estimated 500 to 600 million people watch the Grand National in over 140 countries. It has been broadcast on radio since 1927; the most recent running of the race, in 2019, was won by Tiger Roll ridden by jockey Davy Russell for trainer Gordon Elliott. The next Grand National meeting will start on 2 April and will finish on 4 April 2020. Since 2017, the race and accompanying festival are sponsored by Randox Health; the Grand National was founded by William Lynn, a syndicate head and proprietor of the Waterloo Hotel, on land he leased in Aintree from William Molyneux, 2nd Earl of Sefton. Lynn set out a course, built a grandstand, Lord Sefton laid the foundation stone on 7 February 1829. There is much debate regarding the first official Grand National; this same horse won again in 1837, while Sir William was the winner in 1838. These races have long been disregarded because of the belief that they took place at Maghull and not Aintree. However, some historians have unearthed evidence in recent years that suggest those three races were run over the same course at Aintree and were regarded as having been Grand Nationals up until the mid-1860s.

Contemporary newspaper reports place all the 1836-38 races at Aintree although the 1839 race is the first described as "national". To date, calls for the Nationals of 1836–1838 to be restored to the record books have been unsuccessful; the Duke was ridden by Martin Becher. The fence Becher's Brook is where he fell in the next year's race. In 1838 and 1839 three significant events occurred to transform the race from a small local affair to a national event. Firstly, the Great St. Albans Chase, which had clashed with the steeplechase at Aintree, was not renewed after 1838, leaving a major hole in the chasing calendar. Secondly, the railway, opened from Manchester to Liverpool in 1830, was linked to a line from London and Birmingham in 1839 enabling rail transport to the Liverpool area from large parts of the country for the first time. A committee was formed to better organise the event; these factors led to a more publicised race in 1839 which attracted a larger field of top quality horses and riders, greater press coverage and an increased attendance on race day.

Over time the first three runnings of the event were forgotten to secure the 1839 race its place in history as the first official Grand National. It was won by rider Jem Mason on the aptly named, Lottery. By the 1840s, Lynn's ill-health blunted his enthusiasm for Aintree. Edward Topham, a respected handicapper and prominent member of Lynn's syndicate, began to exert greater influence over the National, he turned the chase into a handicap in 1843 after it had been a weight-for-age race for the first four years, took over the land lease in 1848. One century the Topham family bought the course outright. In the century the race was the setting of a thriller by the popular novelist Henry Hawley Smart. For three years during the First World War, while Aintree Racecourse was taken over by the War Office, an alternative race was run at Gatwick Racecourse, a now disused course on land now occupied by Gatwick Airport; the first of these races, in 1916, was called the Racecourse Association Steeplechase, in 1917 and 1918 the race was called the War National Steeplechase.

The races at Gatwick are not always recognised as "Grand Nationals" and their results are omitted from winners' lists. On the day of the 1928 Grand National, before the race had begun, Tipperary Tim's jockey William Dutton heard a friend call out to him: "Billy boy, you'll only win if all the others fall down!" These words turned out to be true. That year's National was run during misty weather conditions with the going heavy; as the field approached the Canal Turn on the first circuit, Easter Hero fell, causing a pile-up from which only seven horses emerged with seated jockeys. By the penultimate fence this number had reduced to three, with Great Span looking most to win ahead of Billy Barton and Tipperary Tim. Great Span's saddle slipped, leaving Billy Barton in the lead until he too fell. Although Billy Barton's jockey Tommy Cullinan managed to remount and complete the race, it was Tipperary Tim who came in first at outside odds of 100/1. With only two riders completing the course, this remains a reco

Wladimir Klitschko vs. Lamon Brewster

Wladimir Klitschko vs. Lamon Brewster was a professional boxing match contested between former WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and Lamon Brewster for the vacant WBO heavyweight title; the event took place on 10 April 2004 at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Last Vegas, Nevada. After his shock knockout defeat at the hands of Corrie Sanders, first brought in new trainer Freddie Roach to assist lead trainer Fritz Sdunek for his quick knockouts of Fabio Eduardo Moli and Danell Nicholson. Following these fights Roach left the Klitschko camp to make way for new lead trainer Emanuel Steward who had become avaliable after the retirement of WBC & Lineal champion Lennox Lewis. Brewster was on a five fight win streak since his 2000 defeats against Clifford Etienne & Charles Shufford, he was set to challenge newly crowned WBO title holder Corrie Sanders, who declined the fight in favour of a bout with Vitali Klitschko for the vacent WBC belt, he was set to face David Tua for the vacent belt in February 2004 before Tua unexpectedly pulled out.

In the midst of this, in October 2003, his veteran trainer Bill Slayton died at the age of 81. After a press conference before the fight Brewster was seen in tears after talking about Slayton death, leading to comparisons with Buster Douglas who's mother passed away in the build up to his title bout with Mike Tyson. On the day of the fight Brewster was a 7 to 1 underdog; the first four rounds were dominated by Klitschko, who knocked Brewster down in the fourth with a right hand and appeared to be close to stopping the American but he made through the round. In the fifth round Klitschko appeared somewhat fatigued and with less than a minute left in the round Brewster caught him with a pair of left hooks than sent him into ropes which referee Robert Byrd classified as a knockdown. Brewster dominated the remainder of round before Klitschko hit the canvas shortly after bell sounded to end the round. After making it to his feet Klitschko attempted to return to his corner but Byrd waved the fight off giving Brewster a TKO victory and the WBO belt.

Throughout the fight Klitschko landed 39% of his punches while Brewster landed 27%. Shortly after the fight Klitschko was rushed into the hospital; the examination showed Wladimir's blood sugar level two times higher than the permissible norm. After returning from the examination to the hotel, Klitschko fell ill with nausea, followed by physical weakness.. On April 12, Wladimir arrived in Las Vegas and donated blood and urine samples for an independent examination, supposed to be done by Donald Katlin, who specialized in such cases; the examination showed no signs of anabolic steroids in his blood, but Katlin suggested that Klitschko could have been poisoned with Haloperidol. The drug has no taste or smell and causes mental disorders, which are accompanied by impaired coordination, a weakening reaction and overall physical weakness. After that, Wladimir demanded the tests taken by the Medical Center of South Nevada and the Nevada Quest Diagnostics to be passed on to Dr. Robert Wow for further research.

However, the tests disappeared. Brewster dedicated his victory to Slayden, would make his first defence five months against Kali Meehan; the two boxers would have a rematch in 2007 with Brewster's corner asking the fight to be stopped at the end of the sixth round, throughout the rest of his long carrer Klitschko would use this loss as driving force saying in an interview with ESPN's Dan Rafael "I will be thankful to Lamon until my grave. It's something. I'm not sure what I would have become; that fight changed my life for the good.". Confirmed bouts

St. John's Church (Orange, New Jersey)

The Church of St. John the Evangelist is a Gothic Revival architecture style Roman Catholic church in the United States and a prominent landmark of the City of Orange Township, Essex County, New Jersey, it is a parish church, located at 94 Ridge Street, New Jersey. The land on which the present church sits was purchased in 1865 for the sum of $10,000, it is located on the highest hill west of east of First Watchung Mountain. The church was designed by Jeremiah O'Rourke in the Gothic Revival style. O'Rourke was a Newark architect. Nearby examples of his work are the chapel at Seton Hall University and the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, New Jersey; the parish school, Columbus Hall designed by O'Rourke, was erected in 1894 across the street from the church. O’Rourke’s design for St John’s Church is a Victorian adaptation of German Gothic architectonics. Like many other 19th century houses of worship in the Orange Valley, the church’s exterior is faced with locally quarried brownstone. Philanthropist and real estate speculator Llewellyn S. Haskell donated the stone for St. John’s from his quarry in West Orange.

Under the direction of the pastor, Rev. Edward M. Hickey, work began on June 24, 1866; the cornerstone was blessed by James Roosevelt Bayley on September 23 of that year, the church was dedicated by Bishop Bernard John McQuaid of Newark on October 10, 1869. With its huge proportions and position on the highest hill between Manhattan and First Watchung Mountain, the building—which replaced a modest frame church, constructed nearby in 1851—dominated the area; the tower and spire were completed by 1881, included architectural features copied from the tower of the Senlis Cathedral in France. The completion of the church and provision of its internal furnishings were due to the efforts of Rev. Hugh P. Fleming, LL. D, M. A, rector of the parish from 1874 to 1908. An 1872 fire caused $7,000 damage and called attention to the extent of the debt owed by the church, which had grown to $300,000. In March 1874, when the church was to be closed to pay off the debt, Bishop Michael Corrigan of Newark ordered collections in every Catholic church in New Jersey to prevent the sale of the property.

The installation of 12 electric chandeliers in 1923 is said to have been supervised by Thomas Edison, whose laboratories were located a few blocks away. The church, which could accommodate 1200 people, occupies the southeast corner of the intersection of White and Ridge Streets, Orange; the building is 180 feet long and 68 feet wide, the nave is 140 feet long. The original windows, created by August Doremus in 1868, were removed in 1931. A few windows in the entry area are all. In 1923, von Gerichten Art Glass of Munich installed windows above the main altar, including a large triple window over the sanctuary and directly behind of the main altar depicting the crucifixion with an ornamental Gothic background setting. On each side of the center window are single windows with blank panels and gothic canopies, each including a representation of three roses; the windows were installed at a cost of $5,000. Between 1930 and 1931, Zettler Studios of Munich installed windows along the aisles of the nave.

The centerpiece of the interior is the carved oak paneling and reredos of the high altar, created by the Goyers Brothers of Louvain, Belgium, in 1892. The four rear panels which flank the altar contain angel figures in high relief; each angel carries a scroll with a phrase from the hymn "Gloria in excelsis Deo." The carved work is continued on the reredos, with the Last Supper, other sacred scenes, figures of angels and saints carried upward to a great height. Wooden panels lining each side of the sanctuary feature high-relief statues of the twelve apostles; the reredos and sanctuary area cost $25,000. The sanctuary parquet floor, installed in 1892, depicts inlaid vines and leaves and other magnificent floral patterns. During the 1880s, Lamprecht of Munich installed painted scenes from the life of Christ above the arches of the bays; the series of paintings continues into the sanctuary. Fourteen images of the stations of the cross, carved from wood by Italian craftsmen, were installed in 1871. Although ground was broken in 1866, it was not until 1881 that the elaborate spire with protruding gargoyles and statues of the four evangelists, was added.

The spire features a richly crocheted area near the top. The original height of the spire was two hundred feet. On August 1, 1922 a gilded cross, which measured seven feet was installed at the top of the spire. A moving picture was shown on screens throughout the country. In 1881 a chime of 11 bells was installed in the tower. Three of the bells were cast in Italy and displayed at the Exposition Universelle, where they had been awarded the gold medal of excellence; the remaining eight were cast by the McShane Bell Foundry of Maryland. The bells were solemnly blessed on November 1881 by Bishop Winand Wigger of Newark; the pitch of the heaviest bell is C in the middle octave. In about 1955 the bells were fitted with an electric striking mechanism, controlled by a small keyboard located in the gallery; the keyboard range is C to D, includes two semi-tones, F-sharp and B-flat. In 1915 E. Howard & Co. of Boston installed a tower clock of four illuminated dials, mad

Port Bolivar, Texas

Port Bolivar is an unincorporated community located on the northern shore of the western tip of the Bolivar Peninsula, separated from Galveston Island by the entrance to Galveston Bay. The Bolivar Peninsula itself is a census-designated place, in Galveston County and part of the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area; the entire peninsula was damaged during Hurricane Ike on September 13, 2008. The US Census does not consider Port Bolivar as a separate community, so any population numbers are estimates from unofficial sources; the estimate suggested by City-Data was 1,349 as of 2013. One real estate site suggested 1,477 as of 2014, while another indicated 1,907 as of July 1, 2015; the community is home to the historic Bolivar Lighthouse, which once guided ships entering Galveston Bay. In 1819, James Long based his operations in the area wher Port Bolivar would be located. In 1838, Samuel D Parr surveyed the land, it was granted to him by the Republic of Texas to be called Parrsville, it changed hands as Archibald Wynns and William Lawrence developed it.

The land was bought by a company and renamed to Port Bolivar in 1893. Fort Travis is on the southern shore of the Bolivar Peninsula, adjacent to Port Bolivar; the site of the Confederate Fort Green, with a different Fort Travis located on Galveston Island, this Fort Travis started construction in 1898 and adopted the name from the Galveston Island fort. The new fort had its own railroad spur; the 1915 Galveston hurricane damaged Port Bolivar, its port was not rebuilt. Until the Second World War, the Gulf and Santa Fe Railway served the length of the peninsula, extending as far west as Port Bolivar, provided a ferry service to Galveston for railcars. In 1942, the rail service was cut back to High Island, 28 miles east, where the Bolivar Peninsula expands onto the full mainland; the rails on the Bolivar Peninsula were scrapped for the war effort. After Hurricane Ike, the United States Postal Service temporarily relocated Port Bolivar post office box services to Winnie, Texas, 18 miles north of High Island.

Ferry service is provided by the Texas Department of Transportation between Port Bolivar and Galveston. The Galveston-Port Bolivar ferry can accommodate vehicles as heavy as 80,000 pounds, as long as 65 feet, as high as 13.5 feet and as wide as 8.5 feet. The ferry was closed because of Hurricane Ike but re-opened on November 11, 2008. Port Bolivar residents are zoned to Galveston Independent School District schools. Residents attend Crenshaw Middle School for grades Pre-K3 through 8 on the peninsula. Residents attend Ball High School in Galveston; the Crenshaw school was located in Port Bolivar. A resident of Crystal Beach, 10 miles east of Port Bolivar, donated land there for a new Crenshaw campus, which opened in 2005. Galveston College serves Bolivar Peninsula; the Galveston County Department of Parks & Cultural Services, that includes Senior Services, operates the Bolivar Community Center, 1802 Madison Avenue, the Fort Travis Seashore Park at 900 State Highway 87, the Pilsner Boat Ramp. The United States Postal Service operates the Post Office at 2500 Broadway Avenue, Port Bolivar, TX 77650 - 0736.

There is no home delivery on the Bolivar peninsula, only rural delivery

Samir Kadhim

Samir Kadhim Hassan is an Iraqi football Defender who played for Iraq in the 1996 Asian Cup. He played for Al Wakra Samir was a dominating and aggressive man-marker and a regular for the Iraqi national team during the 1990s, he was a member of Iraq’s Asian Youth Championship winning team in 1988 in Doha, Qatar which included goalkeeper Emad Hashim, captain Radhi Shenaishil and attacking midfielder Laith Hussein. A year Samir participated in the World Youth Cup, helping Iraq top a group featuring Argentina and Spain, but in the 2nd round the Iraqi team lost 2-1 to USA. Samir was part of the 1998 World Cup campaign and away to Kazakhstan. Samir retired from the national team 10 years after making his debut. Daham has managed many teams, Al-Diwaniya FC, is coaching Al-Samawa FC now. In June 24 of 2019, Kadhim was appointed as Al-Samawa FC manager, he had six games left to make the team stay in the Iraqi Premier League. Kadhim had to get a win at least to make the dream come true. That's what happened when Al-Samawa FC won Kadhim's third game 2-1 against Amanat Baghdad, the main success for Kadhim, he ended the season with one win, three draws and a two loses.

On July 30, Samir Kadhim renewed his contract with the Al-Samawa FC after talks with Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya because of some administrative problems. As of match played 2 November 2019 11v11 Profile

Solamente para Bajitos

Solamente para Bajitos is the twenty-eighth studio album and the seventh Spanish language album by Brazilian singer, TV host and actress Xuxa Meneghel. It was released February 12th 2005 by Sony BMG in Argentina; this album marks the return of Xuxa to the Hispanic market, after 7 years, reunites the biggest hits of the last four albums of the XSPB. The album reunites re-recordings of the biggest hits of the first four albums of the series Xuxa só para Baixinhos. To perform only for Bajitos, there were seven months of production need. Two months only for recordings of songs per week during music videos recordings, two months to edit and three months to completion. In addition to a team of 80 professionals, including cast, video, set designers and cameras. More than two tons of equipment were used in a 1,200 square meter studio. Solamente para Bajitos album reunites re-recordings of the biggest hits of the first four albums of the series Xuxa Só Para Baixinhos. To realize Solamente para Bajitos, there were seven months of need of production.

Two months only for recordings of songs per week during recordings of music videos, two months to edit and three months to completion. In addition to a team of 80 professionals, including cast, video technicians, set designers and cameras. More than two tons of equipment were used in a 1,200 square meter studio; the album was released in VHS, DVD, CD and had a promotional version of the CD. To promote his new work, Xuxa went to Buenos Aires and made two presentations, in television programs La Noche del 10 hosted by Diego Maradona and Showmatch with Marcelo Tinelli. Curiously, the song El Trencito did not enter the CD version of "Só para Bajitos". Xuxa gained platinum certification by Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers, after selling 40,000 copies in Argentina; the first edition of Xuxa Só Para Baixinhos was released in 2001, winning not only the Brazilian market, but international recognition. The artist was appointed to three Latin Grammy for "Best Children's Album", winning in 2002 with Xuxa Só Para Baixinhos 2, in 2003 with Xuxa Só Para Baixinhos 3.

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