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Knight Rider

Knight Rider is an American entertainment franchise created by Glen A. Larson; the core of Knight Rider is its four television series: Knight Rider, Team Knight Rider, Knight Rider. The franchise includes three television films and video games, novels, as well as KnightCon, a Knight Rider convention. Beginning with the original television series and continuing with the subsequent films and series, the franchise has developed a cult following and spawned many pop culture references; the original Knight Rider series followed the adventures of Michael Knight, a modern-day crime fighter who uses a technologically advanced, artificially intelligent automobile. This car, named KITT, is indestructible, due to a high-tech coating applied to it. Knight Rider stories depict either average citizens, or ethical heads of corporations, being bullied into subservience to an overbearing or ruthless criminal organization; the protagonist of each particular series is instructed by the Foundation for Law and Government to assist in some manner.

The protagonist has the assistance of a high-tech, self-aware, nearly indestructible vehicle. The series debuted in 1982 and ran for four seasons on NBC; these adventures were continued with the television films Knight Rider 2000 and Knight Rider 2010 and the short-lived Team Knight Rider. One other television movie, Knight Rider, served as a pilot for the 2008 television series Knight Rider. In 1985, a spin-off series, Code of Vengeance premiered. Three television series make up the bulk of the Knight Rider mythos: Knight Rider, Team Knight Rider, Knight Rider. There was a spin-off series, Code of Vengeance, that ran for one season. In total, 133 Knight Rider episodes have been produced across the seven seasons of the four various TV series; the original Knight Rider series saw Michael Knight, a crime fighter who uses a high tech, artificially intelligent automobile, the Knight Industries Two Thousand. This car is a indestructible weapon that fights for justice, is voiced by actor William Daniels.

The show was created and produced by Glen A. Larson, was broadcast on NBC from 1982 to 1986; the show has 90 episodes over four seasons, was popular with audiences. The two-part episode Knight Rider episode "Mouth of the Snake", was a backdoor pilot for a 1984 series to be called All That Glitters. Rejected by NBC, the lead character and actor were recycled for a short-lived 1985–1986 series titled Code of Vengeance, in it, David Dalton, a Vietnam veteran-turned-drifter, travels across the United States in a camper van, with only his dog for company. Dalton involves himself in the personal lives of people. In a similar fashion to Knight Rider, he uses his fighting skills to help them gain justice over their enemies; the Dalton character was retooled for the planned spin-off series, whose pilot, Code of Vengeance, was a surprise ratings success in June 1985. A subsequent series, to be called Dalton, was ordered by NBC for midseason production was cancelled after just four episodes were completed.

These aired in the summer of 1986 as a television movie titled Dalton: Code of Vengeance II and as a part of a fill-in series called Dalton's Code of Vengeance. Team Knight Rider is set ten years after the original series, sees that the Foundation of Law and Government has used a team of five "highly skilled operatives" to do the job that Michael Knight used to do, they are Kyle Stewart, Jenny Andrews, Duke DePalma, Erica West, Kevin "Trek" Sanders. In one of the episodes it is implied that Jenny Andrews is the daughter of Michael Knight, however it is never confirmed; the series was created by writer/producers Rick Copp and David A. Goodman, was distributed by Universal Domestic Television, it ran for a single season of 22 one-hour episodes. The new Knight Rider series followed Michael "Mike" Traceur, the estranged son of Michael Knight, as he takes up the mantle of the FLAG driver; this time, he is driving the Knight Industries Three Thousand known as "KITT". The series stars Justin Bruening as Mike Traceur/Knight, Deanna Russo as Sarah Graiman, Traceur's former girlfriend and love interest.

Sarah is the daughter of Charles Graiman. Graiman, played by Bruce Davison, is the creator of a new generation of KITT, voiced by Val Kilmer. On May 19, 2009, NBC announced that Knight Rider was canceled after one season because of poor ratings, it was announced that Machinima, YOMYOMF and NBCUniversal Brand Development are developing a Knight Rider reboot with Justin Lin producing and directing the series. Knight Rider 2000 is a television sequel movie to the original Knight Rider series, it aired on May 19, 1991. It was written by Rob Hedden and Glen A. Larson; the movie sees Michael Knight teaming up once again with Devon Miles in a near future science fiction setting. He is paired up with a new supercar, the "Knight 4000" to combat Thomas J. Watts, a former police officer turned psychotic killer; the movie starred Susan Norman as Officer Shawn McCormick, Carmen Argenziano as Russell Maddock. The movie was developed as a pilot for a proposed new series, but despite high ratings, the plan was abandoned.

Knight Rider 2010 is a television movie loosely based on the original Knight Rider series. It aired on February 13, 1994, it was written by John Leekley. The movie is set in a Mad Max-style future where Jake McQueen (Richard Josep

Alvaro Estrella

Alvaro Raul Estrella Zapata is a Swedish singer and dancer with Chilean origin who has participated twice in Melodifestivalen, the selection process for picking the Swedish entry to the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2020 he entered the contest with Chilean-Swedish singer Méndez, with the song "Vamos amigos" written by Palle Hammarlund, Jimmy Jansson, Jakke Erixson, DJ Méndez, they performed in the second semi-final in Gothenburg, advancing to The Second Chance round where they will perform on 29 February 2020 in Eskilstuna. In 2014 he competed with the song "Bedroom" written by Jakke Erixson, Jon Bordon, Loren Francis, Kristofer Östergren, he sang in the first semi-final in Malmö but he didn't pass to the final, taking the 6th place. Estrella has appeared as dancer for many years in the Melodifestivalen contest including for singer Danny Saucedo in Saucedo's song "Amazing" in 2012, he participates in Melodifestivalen 2020 with the song "Vamos Amigos" along with Mendez

Bruno Gaspar

Bruno Miguel Boialvo Gaspar is a professional footballer who plays for Greek club Olympiacos F. C. on loan from Sporting CP as a right back. After starting out at Benfica's reserves, he went on to play 96 Primeira Liga matches in representation of Vitória de Guimarães and Sporting, he played professionally in Italy, with Fiorentina. Born in Portugal, Gaspar represented that country as a youth, before switching to Angola at senior level. Born in Évora, Alto Alentejo Province, Gaspar joined S. L. Benfica's youth academy as a 12-year-old, he made his professional debut for their reserves on 6 January 2013, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 away draw against C. D. Santa Clara as the visitors ended with nine players. Gaspar scored his first goal as a senior – and in the Segunda Liga – on 15 February 2014, in a 2–0 home victory over S. C. Braga B, he finished the season with 24 appearances. On 2 September 2014, Gaspar was loaned to Primeira Liga club Vitória de Guimarães, his first match in the competition occurred 12 days in a 1–1 home draw to FC Porto where he conceded a penalty after grabbing Yacine Brahimi in the penalty area.

For the 2015–16 campaign, the move was made permanent and the player signed a four-year contract. On 19 June 2017, Gaspar agreed to a five-year deal with ACF Fiorentina from Italy, his maiden Serie A appearance took place on 27 August, when he came on as 46th-minute substitute for Nenad Tomović and provided the assist to Milan Badelj in a 1–2 home loss against U. C. Sampdoria. Gaspar returned to his homeland and its capital in June 2018, signing for five seasons with Sporting CP, he scored his first goal for the club on 3 January 2019, in a 2–1 home victory over C. F. Os Belenenses. On 31 August 2019, Olympiacos F. C. announced the acquisition of Gaspar on loan. Gaspar won his first and only cap for the Portuguese under-21 side on 13 November 2014, playing seven minutes in a 1–3 away friendly defeat against England. On 20 May 2019, he was pre-called up by Angola for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, making his debut on 8 June by featuring 29 minutes in a 2–0 friendly victory over Guinea-Bissau held in Penafiel.

As of 4 March 2020 Sporting Taça de Portugal: 2018–19 Taça da Liga: 2018–19 Bruno Gaspar at ForaDeJogo National team data Bruno Gaspar at

Marja Merisalo

Marja Merisalo is a Finnish choreographer, dancer and cultural coordinator. She has the Master of Arts degree of Dance from the Helsinki Theatre Academy She represents contemporary art dance where she has developed her own styles. Marja Merisalo has worked as choreographer, actor, producer as well as director of theatre and dance projects, she has worked in numerous productions and theatres since 1982 including Q-teatteri in Helsinki, Helsinki City Theatre, the Student's Theatre of Helsinki and the Finnish National Theatre. Merisalo worked in the city of Pori as the Regional Artist under the Ministry of Education and Culture during the years 2009–2011, her main work was coordinating numerous cultural activities in the municipality of Satakunta in western Finland. On she has made project planning for an artist's network called ArtPeople in Helsinki during her work as cultural coordinator in the area of Arabia in Helsinki under Arts Promotion Centre Finland. Merisalo has been since 2006 member of an international theatre group based in Italy.

She has been touring with the group's productions internationally in West End - London, Manhattan - New York City, Rome, Basel and Italy. Moreover, besides Finland she has performed internationally in Australia, Sweden the Baltic countries and Russia, she has created numerous dance and theatre projects. One of the latest being the "Echoes from Karelia", which brings together a fusion of traditional Karelian folk culture with modern elements; the project has toured in Finland, Sweden and Italy. Ilmatar in India, Russia 2019 Echoes from Karelia and Sortavala, Russia 2015 and 2019, Sweden 2016, Italy 2018 Tid och Energi, Vantaa 2008, Pori 2011; the Tyger, London 2007, Italy 2007. Adimaya, Australia 2006. Elefanttimetsä, Dance Theatre Raatikko, Finland 2004. O Lal Meri, Italy 2004. Mahamaya, India 2003, Italy 2003. Gypsies Are Found Near Heaven - "Mustalaisleiri muuttaa taivaaseen, Lappeenranta City Theatre, Finland 1997. Spring is coming - Kevät saapuu, Finlandia Hall 1995. Echoes from Finland, Espoon Teatteri 1994.

Tid och Energi, Martinus Concert Hall Vantaa, Finland 2008, Promenadisali Concert Hall, Pori Finland 2011. Tuulen poika, Helsinki 2007, Arabia Primary School, Helsinki 2013 Apinakuningas Hanuman, Keinutie Primary School, Helsinki 2006. Zum Zum Zananana, EU Urban II -project 2005. Tiikeri tanssii, Dance Theatre Raatikko, Finland 2003. Pikkubussilla alkuräjähdyksestä atomiaikaan, Helsinki 1996. Ilveilijän testamentti, Ylioppilasteatteri 1992. Theatre of Eternal Values: Eternity in an Hour, Helsinki Festival 2008, Tour in Italy Milan, Rome 2009, Swiss tour Geneva, Basel, 2009 New York Fringe Festival, New York City 2010, Theater Basel 2010, Touring Turkish National Theatres in Istanbul and Bursa 2011. Theatre of Eternal Values: William Blake's Divine Humanity, New Player's Theatre, West End, London, 2007. Helsinki Theatre Academy: Paalu, 1994. Ylioppilasteatteri: Ilveilijän testamentti, 1992. Ylioppilasteatteri: Vanja-eno, 1992. Q-teatteri: Sudenhetki, Helsinki 1990. Finnish National Theatre: Kullervo´s Story, 1989.

Ylioppilasteatteri: Zoo, 1989. Helsinki City Theatre: Kalevala, 1985. Helsinki City Theatre, list of performances Milliyet-newpper blog 2011, Turkey Zaman-newspaper, Turkey Bursakultur, Türkiye Bugünbugece Istanbul biggistanbul kültür Theater Basel The Happiest Medium theatre review, New York New York Theatre Review The FringeNYC festival The FringeNYC festival program 2010 TEV-theatre at New York Fringe festival Eternity in an Hour Biography in English - as cultural coordinator in Helsinki Tuulen Poika -performances in Arabia Art Coordinator´s blog Kopiosto Danceinfo London Theatre Database Indielondon The Stage listings - UK This is London, reviews Helsinki Student´s theatre City of Pori News Satakunnan taidetoimikunta, läänintaiteilijat - Regional artists of Satakunta, Finland Taiteen edistämiskeskus - Arts Council of Finland Taiteen Edistämiskeskus - Arts Council of Finland - "Ilon ja Valon Satakunta" -festival Ilon ja valon satakunta Q-teatteri history Dance Theatre Raatikko performances during 2000´s

Alnus glutinosa

Alnus glutinosa, the common alder, black alder, European alder or just alder, is a species of tree in the family Betulaceae, native to most of Europe, southwest Asia and northern Africa. It thrives in wet locations where its association with the bacterium Frankia alni enables it to grow in poor quality soils, it is short-lived tree growing to a height of up to 30 metres. It has separate male and female flower in the form of catkins; the small, rounded fruits are cone-like and the seeds are dispersed by wind and water. The common alder provides food and shelter to wildlife, with a number of insects and fungi being dependent on the tree, it is a pioneer species, colonising vacant land and forming mixed forests as other trees appear in its wake. Common alder dies out of woodlands because the seedlings need more light than is available on the forest floor, its more usual habitat is forest edges and riverside corridors. The timber has been used in underwater foundations and for manufacture into paper and fibreboard, for smoking foods, for joinery and carving.

Products of the tree have been used in ethnobotany, providing folk remedies for various ailments, research has shown that extracts of the seeds are active against pathogenic bacteria. In the Midwest, Alnus glutinosa is an invasive terrestrial plant soon to be banned in Indiana. Alnus glutinosa is a tree that thrives in moist soils, grows under favourable circumstances to a height of 20 to 30 metres and exceptionally up to 37 metres. Young trees have an upright habit of growth with a main axial stem but older trees develop an arched crown with crooked branches; the base of the trunk produces adventitious roots which grow down to the soil and may appear to be propping the trunk up. The bark of young trees is smooth and greenish-brown while in older trees it is dark grey and fissured; the branches are somewhat sticky, being scattered with resinous warts. The buds have short stalks. Both male and female catkins remain dormant during the winter; the leaves of the common alder are short-stalked, rounded, up to 10 cm long with a wedge-shaped base and a wavy, serrated margin.

They have a glossy dark green upper surface and paler green underside with rusty-brown hairs in the angles of the veins. As with some other trees growing near water, the common alder keeps its leaves longer than do trees in drier situations, the leaves remain green late into the autumn; as the Latin name glutinosa implies, the buds and young leaves are sticky with a resinous gum. The species is monoecious and the flowers are wind-pollinated. During the autumn they become dark brown to black in colour, somewhat woody, superficially similar to small conifer cones, they last through the winter and the small winged seeds are scattered the following spring. The seeds are flattened; this enables them to float for about a month. Unlike some other species of tree, common alders do not produce shade leaves; the respiration rate of shaded foliage is the same as well-lit leaves but the rate of assimilation is lower. This means that as a tree in woodland grows taller, the lower branches die and soon decay, leaving a small crown and unbranched trunk.

Alnus glutinosa was first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753, as one of two varieties of alder, which he regarded as a single species Betula alnus. In 1785, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck treated it as a full species under the name Betula glutinosa, its present scientific name is due to Joseph Gaertner, who in 1791 accepted the separation of alders from birches, transferred the species to Alnus. The epithet glutinosa means "sticky", referring to the young shoots. Within the genus Alnus, the common alder is placed in subgenus Alnus as part of a related group of species including the grey alder, Alnus incana, with which it hybridizes to form the hybrid A. × hybrida. The common alder is native to the whole of continental Europe as well as the United Kingdom and Ireland. In Asia its range includes Turkey and Kazakhstan, in Africa it is found in Tunisia and Morocco, it is naturalised in the Azores. It has been introduced, either by accident or by intent, to Canada, the United States, South Africa and New Zealand.

Its natural habitat is in moist ground near rivers and lakes but it can grow in drier locations and sometimes occurs in mixed woodland and on forest edges. It tolerates a range of soil types and grows best at a pH of between 5.5 and 7.2. Because of its association with the nitrogen-fixing bacterium Frankia alni, it can grow in nutrient-poor soils where few other trees thrive; the common alder is most noted for its symbiotic relationship with the bacterium Frankia alni, which forms nodules on the tree's roots. This bacterium fixes it in a form available to the tree. In return, the bacterium receives; this relationship, which improves the fertility of the soil, has established the common alder as an important pioneer species in ecological succession. The common alder is susceptible to Phytophthora alni, a evolved species of oomycete plant pathogen of hybrid origin; this is the causal agent of phytophthora disease of alder, causing extensive mortality of the trees in som