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Green Island National Park

Green Island National Park is a protected area declared over a small coral cay of Green Island, Cairns Region, Australia. It is known to the local Gungganyji Aboriginal peoples as Dabuukji; the Gungganyji people used the island as an initiation ground. It is 27 km offshore from Cairns, can be accessed by a choice of boats leaving daily from Cairns, is reputed to be the most visited island National Park within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Green Island is a true coral cay formed over thousands of years by the build-up of sand and coral rubble deposited on the calm side of a platform reef; the island is covered in tropical vine forest which supports a diversity of insects. The surrounding coral reef is home to many kinds of corals, fish and other reef life. Green and hawksbill turtles are seen offshore. More than 60 species of bird are found on the island. While exploring the east coast in 1770, Lieutenant James Cook recorded on his chart "a low green woody island" and named the island after his ship's astronomer, Charles Green.

In 1857, the first of many beche-de-mer fishing stations was established on the island. In 1928, the first regular ferry service began in the region. Green Island has been a popular tourist resort for more than a century; the island became a national park in 1937, a marine park in 1974 and part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area in 1981. Today the island and beaches are managed together as a recreation area. Camping on the island is not permitted. A small luxury resort is built on the island with daily ferry services providing access. Protected areas of Queensland Australian Explorer Green Island page, a brief outline and some photographs

Prakasha

Prakasha, popularly known as Dakshin Kashiis a village situated on the bank of Tapi River in taluka Shahada in Nandurbar district, India. Prakasha has a population of around 20,000, of which 90% is in agriculture and 10% in small business. Prakasha is a holy place to visit, it has more another temples around the village. Among which the most visited temple is sangameshwar temple. Prakasha is known for its Dhawaj Parvani, which comes after every 12 years and held on the banks of the Gomai river; this event is visited by lakhs of devotees. Most of the population in the village is dependent upon allied fields; the crops cultivated here include Wheat, Sugarcane, Jowar, Toor dal, Amaranth, Water melon, Musk melon, Castor Oil Plant etc. Prakasha is popularly known as Dakshin Kashi. Prakasha is one of the fastest developing place in nandurbar district because of its location on state highway and has all facilities around the village including petrol station, civil hospital, junior college and school, some small scale industries.

The village is flooded during the rainy season but the temple suffers from no damage despite its proximity to the river. The village turns into an island during floods as it is located at the junction of 2 rivers which cutoff the roads leading to village from both the sides. On 10 Jan 2008 Soma Enterprise completed Prakasha Barrage Project at Prakasha Tal. Shahada, Dist. Nandurbar, awarded to it by the TIDC; the scope of work for the Rs. 1.65 billion project included construction of barrage of total length of 1443 m, providing & erecting 27 Vertical Lift Type Mild Steel Gates of size 15m x 9m, having steel component of 5700 MT. The Reservoir Capacity would provide irrigation to 8856 Ha of land. In 1955, an excavation was carried out at this site by an Archaeological Survey of India team under the direction of B. K. Thapar; the excavation revealed a more than 17 m deep occupational deposit, belonging to four periods with a break between the earlier two and a continuous sequence thereafter. The periods of occupation are:On the confluence of the rivers Tapti and Gomai in Shahada Taluka, the site located to the s.-e. of the present village, with its longer axis running along the Gomai.

An excavation was undertaken at this site by B. K. Thapar on behalf of the ASI in 1955.. Period I is Chalcolithic in its cultural content and is further divided into Sub-Periods IA and IB, the former being characterized by the occurrence of blades and microliths, hammer-stones, a restricted use of copper or low-grade bronze, four ceramic industries. Sub-Period I B is distinguished by the intrusion of two more ceramic industries, viz. the black-painted red pottery of the Jorwe fabric and the Lustrous Red Ware. The other industries and crafts of the previous Sub-Period continue throughout the occupation. Period II, following after a time-gap, heralds the Iron Age, Stone implements like blades and microliths are replaced by tools of iron; the use of copper becomes more common, though remaining subordinate to that of iron. Period III, which in its earlier levels overlaps with Period II and in the levels with Period IV, does not introduce any revolutionary change; the characteristic ceramic industries of the preceding Period go into disuse and are replaced by a nondescript poorly made red ware.

From a comparative study of the past flora and the present vegetation it may be concluded that the cover was forest, if the region on the whole has remained more or less of the same type. Taking these factors into consideration, it would be reasonable to infer that the climate and rainfall in the Khandesh region have not changed to any appreciable extent during the past 3500 years or so

H.R. 3487 (113th Congress)

The bill H. R. 3487 has the long title "to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act to extend through 2018 the authority of the Federal Election Commission to impose civil money penalties on the basis of a schedule of penalties established and published by the Commission, to expand such authority to certain other violations, for other purposes." The bill would allow the FEC to continue to use a fee schedule to impose small fines on things such as late filings. The bill was introduced into the United States House of Representatives during the 113th United States Congress, it passed the House on November 2013 by voice vote. This summary is based on the summary provided by the Congressional Research Service, a public domain source. H. R. 3487 would amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to extend through December 31, 2018, the authority of the Federal Election Commission to impose civil money penalties on the basis of a schedule of penalties fit has established and published. The bill would apply such penalties to violations of qualified campaign contribution and expenditure disclosure requirements.

H. R. 3487 was introduced into the United States House of Representatives on November 14, 2013 by Rep. Candice Miller, it was referred to the United States House Committee on House Administration. On November 15, 2013, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced that the bill would be considered under a suspension of the rules on November 18, 2013, it passed the House on November 2013 by voice vote. List of bills in the 113th United States Congress Federal Election Commission Library of Congress - Thomas H. R. 3487 beta.congress.gov H. R. 3487 GovTrack.us H. R. 3487 OpenCongress.org H. R. 3487 WashingtonWatch.com H. R. 3487 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Government

Herman Branover

Herman Branover is a Russian Israeli physicist and Jewish educator. He is best known in the Jewish world as an author, translator and educator. Branover is known in the scientific community as a pioneer in the field of magnetohydrodynamics. In his personal conduct he adheres to the customs and mystical philosophy of Chabad Hasidism. Branover was born in Latvia into an atheist Jewish family, his father was killed in World War II by Latvian Nazi collaborators, but his mother managed to escape with him to Russia and survive. He earned his Ph. D. from the Moscow Aviation Institute specializing in magnetohydrodynamics, completed a D. Sc. degree in physics and mathematics at the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute. Concurrently, he spent a substantial part of his time in the National Library of Russia where he learned Hebrew from whatever books he could find there. After finishing his studies in Saint Petersburg he returned to Riga and started working in several scientific institutions while making inroads into the Chabad movement.

When he had first applied for a permission to immigrate to Israel, he lost his academic job and made his living by selling clothing. As a young scientist in Riga, Branover wrote philosophical essays questioning atheism and determinism and seeking God, he led a fifteen-year struggle to leave the Soviet Union, during which he initiated and directed a great number of activities advancing Jewish education and culture. He learned Hebrew secretly at great peril while a student in Leningrad. Frequent arrests and harassment by the KGB did not stop him from teaching Jewish thought and ethics to many individuals and groups. Branover was the first Jew holding a Doctor of Science degree and the title of Full Professor to receive an exit visa to leave the USSR. In Israel, Branover started a research and development company, which developed a non-conventional environmentally safe energy generator which has led to many spin-off technologies. Branover is President of the SHAMIR Association of Religious Professionals from the USSR and Editor-in-Chief of its publishing house.

The SHAMIR office in Jerusalem runs a free employment placement service for immigrants, which boasts a 20-percent success rate. In 1991, the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences invited Branover to supervise its 8-volume Encyclopedia of Russian Jewry. Covering 1000 years, the encyclopedia details the contribution of Jews to Russian and world civilization; the late Sir Isaiah Berlin of Oxford was the first chief consultant of the encyclopedia, the Israeli Ministry of Education helps support the project. Three volumes have been printed in Russian. An English translation of Volume One was published in 1998 by Jason Aronson Publishers in the U. S. and a children's version is planned. Under Branover's direction, SHAMIR established a well-accredited Jewish day school in Saint Petersburg. SHAMIR has sent Rabbi Natan Barkan to Riga to serve as the Chief Rabbi of Riga and Latvia. Together with Rabbi Barkan and Prof. Ruvin Ferber, Branover has organized four international conferences in Riga entitled “Jews in a Changing World.”

This is the only forum in the world where former Soviet Jews discuss spiritual and cultural problems on an academic level. Most of the Russian-speaking participants are successful academics who have never before studied Jewish Mysticism or thought of applying it to their lives, his early philosophical manuscripts were secretly reproduced and smuggled out of the USSR to Israel and published there in Russian and Hebrew by the Israeli Ministry of Education. While in the USSR, Branover undertook to translate some of the fundamental works of Judaism into Russian, he has continued this work in Israel through SHAMIR, where he has organized and trained a team of translators and editors to complete and expand his work, which includes most the Pentateuch with commentaries, the Code of Jewish Law, writings of Maimonides and Yehuda Halevy. Over 12 million copies of 400 titles of Russian-language Judaica have been published by SHAMIR. Branover's autobiography "Return", including De Profundis, a collection of his early philosophical essays has been published in Russian, Portuguese and English.

Branover founded the periodical "B’Or Ha’Torah" in 1981. It was founded at the urging of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who gave the periodical its name; the publication allows distinguished scientists - those close to the Rebbi - to bring their discussions of contradictions between Torah and science to a wider audience. Out of its 97 authors, 28 are Chabad Hasidim and 69 are not. Most of the referees are not affiliated with Chabad. Modern day Orthodox Jewish views on evolution Prominent Orthodox physicists: Nathan Aviezer Cyril Domb Aryeh Kaplan Yehuda Levi Alvin Radkowsky Gerald Schroeder Profile borhatorah.org Prof. Branover's writings Branover's Biography of the Lubavitcher Rebbe

Kelly Williamson

Kelly Williamson is an American triathlete who races in non-drafting, long-course events. In 2012, she took 2nd place at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Williamson was raised in Zionsville, Indiana before moving to Illinois to attend college at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, she attended on a swimming scholarship and served as the swim team captain for two years while studying kinesiology. As a swimmer she focused on the 1650 and 500 free, the 200 fly, the 400 IM. In 2002, following college, Williamson was invited to the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs by USA Triathlon after being identified as potential elite young talent at Olympic distance triathlon racing, she had experienced some early success in triathlon after college swimming, where she used triathlon as a new way to stay active and satisfy her enjoyment of athletic training. At the OTC she trained for two years while competing on the International Triathlon Union racing circuit. During this time she won the 2002 Pan American ITU Regional Championships and was named the 2002 Elite Rookie Triathlete of the Year.

In 2005, Williamson began coaching after suffering an injury in a bike crash that kept her out of competition for most of 2005. This down time allowed her to evaluate her triathlon career and to pursue non-drafting triathlon racing after she found that she wasn't enjoying the ITU racing style despite her initial success in 2002. Williamson moved to Austin, Texas with her husband and began racing Ironman and half-Ironman distances, saw her results improve each year. In 2012, Williamson by her own admission was having the best season of her professional career and had a 2nd-place finish at the 2012 Ironman 70.3 World Championship where she had the fastest run time of the day. However, she finished a "disappointing" 15th place a month at the 2012 Ironman World Championship, her third appearance at the championship event. In May 2014, Williamson won her first Ironman distance race at Ironman Texas, posting the only sub-3 hour marathon by a female in the race. Williamson resides in Austin where she coaches with her husband Derick and their Durata Training endurance training coaching business.

Williamson's notable achievements include: Official website ITU Results - Handel ITU Results - Williamson

List of Catalonian saints

This page is a list of Catalan saints, blesseds and Servants of God, as recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. These people were born, died, or lived their religious life in the Autonomous Community or Republic of Catalonia; the history of the Catholic Church in Catalonia may date back to the earliest times, with visits of Saints Paul and James. The written record dates to the third century, with the Acts of the Martyrdom of the bishop St. Fructuosus and his deacons Augurius and Eulogius. St. Anthony Mary Claret St. Carmen Salles y Barangueras St. Enrique de Ossó i Cervelló St. Eulalia of Barcelona St. Felix of Girona St. Francesc Gil de Federich de Sans St. Francisco Coll Guitart St. Fructuosus of Tarragona St. Jaime Hilario Barbal St. Joaquim Masmitjà St. Joaquina Vedruna de Mas St. Josep Manyanet i Vives St. Joseph Oriol St. Justus of Urgell St. Maginus St. Michael de Sanctis St. Miguel Febres Cordero St. Nebridius St. Olegarius St. Ot of Urgell St. Pacian St. Paula Montal Fornés St. Pere Josep Almato Ribera Auras St. Peter Claver St. Peter Nolasco St. Peter Sanz St. Raymond of Penyafort St. Raymond Nonnatus St. Rosa Francisca Dolors Molas Vallvé St. Salvador of Horta St. Severus of Barcelona St. Teresa Jornet IbarsThe patron saint of Catalonia is Saint George.

Other people have been canonized saints who, while Catalan by language or ancestry, were not from the modern Community or Republic of Catalonia. An example is Saint Junípero Serra. Bl. Thomas ‘Bookish Blessed’ Colleran Bl. Andres Sola Molist Bl. Anna Maria Janer Anglarill Bl. Francisco Castellet Vinale Bl. Francisco Palau Bl. Josep Tous Soler Bl. Juan Santamarta Bl. Luis Exarch Bl. Manuel Domingo y Sol Bl. Maria Angela Astorch Bl. María Rafols Bruna Martyrs of the Spanish Civil War Bl. Andreu Carrio Bertran Bl. Bartomeu Arbona Estades Bl. Braulio Martinez Simon Bl. Candido Rivera y Rivera Bl. Constanti March Battles Bl. Demetrio Zurbitu Recalde Bl. Dionisio Vicente Ramos Bl. Eugenio Remon Salvador Bl. Federico Lopez y Lopez Bl. Felipe Iriondo Amundarain Bl. Felix Cots Olivera Bl. Francesc Audi Cid Bl. Francisco Javier Tena Colom Bl. Francisco Remon Jativa Bl. Gertrudis rita Florencia Suris Brusola Bl. Isabel Ferrer Sabria Bl. Jaume Noguera Baro Bl. Joaquim Maria Valenti de Marti Bl. Joan Guix Marsal Bl. Joan Rovira Orlandis Bl.

Jose Roma Carres Bl. Josep Munoz Albiol Bl. Josep Antoni Verges de Trias Bl. Josep Llatje Blanch Bl. Josep Sampol Escalas bl. Josepa Mongoche Homs Bl. Lluis Bogunya Porta Bl. Lorenzo Isla Sanz Bl. Manuel Peypock Sala Bl. Maria Dolors Llimona Planas Bl. Miquel Mendoza Reig Bl. Modesto Vegas y Vegas Bl. Pedro Bruch Cotacans Bl. Ramon Artigues Sirvent Bl. Teresa Jimenez Baldovi Bl. Pere Tarrés i Claret Bl. Peregrina Mogas Fontcuberta Ven. Caterina Coromina i Agustí Ven. Dorotea Chopitea Villota Serra Ven. Esperanca Gonzalez Puig Ven. Filomena Ferrer Galcerán Ven. Jacint Alegre i Pujals Ven. Jaume Clotet Fabres Ven. Joaquina Maria Mercedes Barcelo Pages Ven. José Gras y Granollers Ven. Josep Torras i Bages Ven. Juan Bonal Cortada Ven. Juan Collell Cuatrecasas Ven. Lliberada Ferrarons i Vives Ven. Magi Morera Feixas Ven. Maria Antonia Paris Ven. Maria del Carmen Albarracín Pascual Ven. Maria Guell Puig Ven. Maria Llorença Llong Ven. Maria Rosa Teresa Gay Tibau Ven. Montserrat Grases Ven. Paula Delpuig Gelabert Ven. Rosa Ojeda Creus Ven.

Saturnina Jassa Fontcuberta Ven. Teresa Gallifa Palmarola Ven. Teresa Guasch Toda Ven. Teresa Toda Juncosa Servant of God Adolfo Rodríguez Vidal Servant of God Angela Margarida Prat Servant of God Angelo Cantons Fornells Servant of God Anna Maria Ravell Barrera Servant of God Anna Narcisa Maria Soler Pi Servant of God Antoni Gaudí Servant of God Bartomeu M. Xiberta i Roqueta Servant of God Buenaventura Codina y Augerolas Servant of God Carme Badosa Cuartrecasas Servant of God Carme Sala Bigas Servant of God Catalina de Balmaseda y San Martín Servant of God Claudio López Bru Servant of God Coloma Antonia Marti Valls Servant of God Diego Penalosa Servant of God Encarnacio Colomina Agusti Servant of God Enrique Pélach y Feliú Servant of God Enrqiqueta Radon Asencio Servant of God Eduardo Laforet Dorda Servant of God Francesc Crusats Franch Servant of God Francesc Sagrera Riera Servant of God Francesc Xavier Butinyà i Hospital Servant of God Francisco Barrecheguren Montaeut Servant of God Francois-Benjamin May Servant of God Gertrudis Castanyet Seda Servant of God Guillem Rovirosa Albet Servant of God Isabel Ventosa Reig Servant of God Jose Maria Gran Cirera Servant of God José María Hernández Garnica Servant of God Jose Maria Pujadas Ferrer Servant of God Jose María Vilaseca Servant of God Josefina Vilaseca Alsina Servant of God Josep Maria Cases Deordal Servant of God Juan Fonte, of the Jesuit Martyrs Companions of Fernando de Santaren Servant of God Magdalena Aulina Saurina Servant of God Magin Catalá Servant of God Marc Castanyer Seda Servant of God Maria Benedicta Daiber Heyne Servant of God Maria Carme Surruca de Pastors Servant of God Maria del Carme de Sojo Ballester de Anguera Servant of God Maria Cristina Alonso y Alonso Servant of God Maximina Garcia Presa (Maximina of Jesus Cruc