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Sandavágur

Sandavágur is a city on the south coast of the Faroese island of Vágar. The name Sandavágur means sandy bay and refers to the sandy beach which used to be much larger than present. From one point in Sandavágur you can get a view of all the southern islands in the Faroes. Sandavágur used to be a municipality until 1 January 2009, when it fused together with the neighbour village Miðvágur into the new Vágar municipality. Data: The town has an ancient history. A 13th century runestone, discovered in 1917, bears an inscription stating that the Norwegian Viking Torkil Onundarson from Rogaland was the first settler in this area; the stone can be seen in Sandavágur Church. Excavations in the town have uncovered ruins from the Middle Ages. Á Steig in Sandavágur was the residence of the Lagman, the lawspeaker and leader of the Faroese parliament, until 1816, when the office was abolished and the islands became a Danish administrative district. The clergyman V. U. Hammershaimb, born in Sandavágur in 1819 and became the father of the Faroese written language, was the son of the last law speaker.

There is a freestanding rock to the east of the town called Trøllkonufingur, which means Witch’s finger. It is said to have been climbed only once, the story goes like this: "Frederick VII of Denmark visited the Faroe Islands in 1844, a man climbed the Witch’s finger so that he could wave to the King as he sailed past; when the man had come down, he realized that he had left one of his gloves on the top of the rock, so decided to climb it again. On his way to the top he fell and died." The beautiful red-roofed Church has a distinctive architecture and was built in 1917. A memorial was erected outside the church to one of the many ships that were sunk during the Second World War. Sandavagur takes turns in hosting a civic festival called Vestanstevna which takes place annually at the beginning of July; the other participating villages are, Sørvágur. The festival is smaller. Kovin, the canning factory in Sandavágur produces canned fish products: shrimp, but roe and normal fish meat, it produces various kinds of pâté, for example from salmon and tuna.

Pilot Whales are harvested in the “Grind”. In the second Grind of this year 80-100 were killed on April 29, 2019, including pregnant females and young whales; this is a controversial issue. The status of Whales and Dolphins as sentient beings deserving of protection is under consideration; the local football team was SÍF Sandavágur until they merged with MB Miðvágur to form FS Vágar in 1993. The merger collapsed in 2004 and the clubs separated again only for SÍF to become part of a newly formed club, 07 Vestur; the scorer of the only goal in the Faroe Islands national football teams first competitive match, a shock win over Austria in 1990, Torkil Nielsen, was born in Sandavágur. V. U. Hammershaimb - founder of the Faroese written language. Torkil Nielsen, scorer of the first goal of the Faroe Islands national football team Samuel Jacob Sesanus Olsen - teacher and translator. List of towns in the Faroe Islands Vágar Official website of Vága kommuna

Rajab Ali Khan Baloch

Rajab Ali Khan Baloch was a Pakistani politician, a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan, between 2002 and 2018. He was born on 24 September 1969, he was elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan as a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League from Constituency NA-78 in 2002 Pakistani general election. He defeated Peerzada Ashraf Zia, a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League, he ran for the seat of the National Assembly as a candidate of the PML-Q from Constituency NA-78 in 2008 Pakistani general election but was unsuccessful. He lost the seat to Rahela Baloch, he was re-elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of PML-N from Constituency NA-78 in 2013 Pakistani general election. He defeated an independent candidate, Muhammad Safdar Shakir. During his tenure as Member of the National Assembly, he served as Federal Parliamentary Secretary for National Food Security and Resources. Baloch was suffering from cancer and died on 13 May 2018 in Lahore where he was under treatment