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Jim Ryun

James Ronald "Jim" Ryun is a former American politician and Olympic track and field athlete, who at his peak was considered the world's top middle-distance runner. He won a silver medal in the 1500 m at the 1968 Summer Olympics, was the first high school athlete to run a mile in under four minutes, he is the last American to hold the world record in the mile run. Ryun served in the United States House of Representatives from 1996 to 2007, representing Kansas' 2nd congressional district for the Republican Party. According to Ryun, he began running; when you're cut from the church baseball team, the junior high basketball team, you can't make the junior high track and field team... I'd go to bed at night and I'd say, "Dear God, if you've got a plan for my life, I'd appreciate it if you'd show up sooner or because it's not going well." I found myself trying out for the cross-country team and running two miles though I'd never run that distance before. All of a sudden, I made the team, I got a letter jacket, I started thinking there's a girlfriend behind the letter jacket.

But that's. In 1964, as a high school junior at Wichita East High School, Ryun became the first high school athlete to run a mile in under 4 minutes in the time of 3:59.0, when he took 8th place at the 1964 California Relays, the last under four minutes in a historic mass finish under 4:00. His time of 3:55.3, set winning the 1965 AAU Championship race ahead of Olympic gold medalist and former WR holder Peter Snell, was a high school record that stood for 36 years. Ryun ran five sub-four minute miles while in high school including the only sub-four minute mile run in a high school event, a 3:58.3, at the 1965 Kansas HS state meet. As a high school senior he was voted the fourth best miler in the world by Field News. ESPN.com named him the best high school athlete of all time, beating out people such as Tiger Woods and LeBron James. He was Track and Field News "High School Athlete of the Year" in 1965. In 1966, at age nineteen, Ryun set world records in the half-mile, he received numerous awards, including Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportsman of the Year" award, the James E. Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete, the ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year award, the Track & Field News' Athlete of the Year award as the world's best track & field athlete.

In 1967, Ryun set a world record in the indoor half mile and the outdoor mile from, a record that stood for eight years. That same year he set the world record for the 1,500 meters. In NCAA competition, Ryun was the 1967 NCAA outdoor mile champion, he was the NCAA indoor mile champion in 1967, 1968, 1969. Ryun still holds the American junior records at 1,500 m, one mile, two miles, his American junior record in the 800 meters lasted 50 years. In all, he broke the American record for the mile four times: once as a high school senior, twice as a college freshman, once as a college sophomore. Ryun participated in the 1964, 1968, 1972 Summer Olympics. At age 17 years, 137 days in 1964, he remains the youngest American male track athlete to qualify for the Olympics. In 1968, he won the silver medal in the 1,500 meters in Mexico City, losing to Kip Keino from Kenya, whose remarkable race remained the Olympic 1,500-meter record for 16 years. Before the race, Ryun had thought that a time of 3:39 would be good enough to win in the high altitude of Mexico City.

He ended up running faster than that with a 3:37.8, but Keino's 3:34.9 was too tough to beat at that altitude. Keino moved into the first position with two laps to go at world record pace. Ryun continued to move up during the last two laps from eighth to second but was never closer than about 30 yards from Keino. Years in 1981, he told Tex Maule in an interview for The Runner magazine, "We had thought that 3:39 would win and I ran under that. I considered it like winning a gold medal. Ryun was attacked by some writers. "Some said I had let down the whole world. I didn't get any credit for running my best and no one seemed to realize that Keino had performed brilliantly." In the 1972 Munich, Games, he was tripped and fell down during a 1,500-meter qualifying heat. Although the International Olympic Committee acknowledged that a foul had occurred, U. S. appeals to have Ryun reinstated in the competition were denied by the IOC. Ryun's 1,500-meter world record, run in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during the United States vs.

British Commonwealth meet in July 1967, was one of Ryun's greatest running performances. Track and Field News reported that "after 220 yards of dawdling, a record seemed out of the question." However, after 440 yards, which Ryun, in third, passed in 60.9 seconds, Kip Keino took the lead and ran the next lap in 56 seconds. Ryun, just behind, passed the 880-yard mark in 1:57.0. At 1,320 yards the two were side by side in 2:55.0. Ryun pulled away to finish in a record that stood for seven years. With last 440 yards of 53.9, a last 880 yards of 1:51.3, the final 1320 yards in 2:47.4, Cordner Nelson of Track and Field News called it "the mightiest finishing drive seen," and said of Ryun's performance, "This was most his greatest race."Ryun's final season as an amateur was in 1972, included the third-best mile of his career (at the time, the third fastest in history: a 3:52.8 at Toront

Philip Levi

Philip Levi was an early settler and pastoralist of South Australia. Born at Brixton Hill, England, Levi arrived in South Australia at the age of sixteen, aboard the Eden in 1838 with his parents Nathaniel Philip Levi and Sarah Levi, their five other children, he was involved in pastoral and mercantile businesses in the north of South Australia and became a well known and influential businessman. His pastoral interests involved sheep and cattle in various partnerships, many of which in the period 1855–1870 involved Alfred Watts, his shipping interests included, a share in the Port Adelaide tug Goolwa. He was in 1863 one of the founders and a trustee of the Adelaide Club, where a portrait of him still hangs today. In 1853, Levi purchased Vale House, located near the River Torrens, east of Adelaide. Over the next 96 years, it became one of the centres of social activity of Adelaide society. In 1870 Levi's Company disposed of many of its properties including Moolooloo and Wirrealpa and Wadnaminga, Mount Margaret and Booleroo Station.

Together these properties were stocked with over 3,000 cattle. He died at Vale House and was buried in the Jewish section of the West Terrace Cemetery, where his father was the first to be interred, his estate passed on to other members of his family, in 1948, his niece left Vale House to the Town of Walkerville. He is remembered by Levi Caravan Park. Philip Levi's and Elizabeth Symes' children included: James Frederick Levi, he died at Bridgewater after being thrown onto the Mount Barker Road in a vehicle accident when his horse stumbled. Charles Levi worked at Port Essington and Melville Island in the Northern Territory, died at Port Lincoln. Andrew Philip Levi of Port Adelaide Adelaide Philippi Levi married James William Field George Nathaniel Levi worked for J & A. G. Johnston, of OakbankEdmund Levi was a brother and business partner

Meena Keshwar Kamal

Meena Keshwar Kamal known as Meena, was an Afghan revolutionary political activist, women's rights activist and founder of Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, assassinated in 1987. In 1977, when she was a student at Kabul University, she founded Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, an organization formed to promote equality and education for women and continues to "give voice to the deprived and silenced women of Afghanistan". Despite the Saur Revolution and women's rights placed high on the Democratic Republic's agenda, Kamal felt that there was no vast changes of women's deprivation in Afghanistan. In 1979 she campaigned against government, organized meetings in schools to mobilize support against it, in 1981, she launched a bilingual feminist magazine, Payam-e-Zan, she founded Watan Schools to aid refugee children and their mothers, offering both hospitalization and the teaching of practical skills. At the end of 1981, by invitation of the French Government, Meena represented the Afghan resistance movement at the French Socialist Party Congress.

The Soviet delegation at the Congress, headed by Boris Ponamaryev, left the hall as participants cheered when Meena started waving a victory sign. She would move and base her RAWA organization in Quetta, Pakistan, in opposition to the Afghan Marxist government. Kamal was married to Afghanistan Liberation Organization leader Faiz Ahmad, murdered by agents of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar on November 12, 1986, they had three children. Kamal was assassinated in Quetta, Pakistan on February 4, 1987. Reports vary as to who the assassins were, but are believed to have been agents of the Afghan Intelligence Service KHAD, the Afghan secret police, or of fundamentalist Mujahideen leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. In May 2002, two men associated with the KHAD were hanged in Pakistan after being convicted of Kamal's murder. In a special issue of Time magazine on November 13, 2006, included Meena among "60 Asian Heroes" and wrote that "Although she was only 30 when she died, Meena had planted the seeds of an Afghan women's rights movement based on the power of knowledge."RAWA says of her "Meena gave 12 years of her short but brilliant life to struggle for her homeland and her people.

She had a strong belief that despite the darkness of illiteracy, ignorance of fundamentalism, corruption and decadence of sell outs imposed on our women under the name of freedom and equality that half of population will be awaken and cross the path towards freedom and women's rights. The enemy was rightly shivering with fear by the love and respect that Meena was creating within the hearts of our people, they knew that within the fire of her fights all the enemies of freedom and women would be turned to ashes."An enduring quote from Meena states: Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan Taliban treatment of women Meena - Heroine of Afghanistan, book by Melody Ermachild Chavis ISBN 0-312-30689-X. RAWA's biography of Meena Meena, an inspiration More photos Full text of Meena's Poem "I'll Never Return" A song by Korean singer Hae Kyoung Ahn based on Meena's above poem A Biography

Cygnus OB2-8A

Cygnus OB2 #8A is a double-lined spectroscopic binary located near the centre of the Cygnus OB2 association located 5,500 light years away. Until 1951 Cyg OB2 #8 had been known only as an anonymous catalogue entry in the Bonner Durchmusterung, it was identified as one of several luminous hot stars close together in Cygnus. Despite being referred to as Schulte #8A, the number 8 was first published in an earlier paper. Schulte identified the grouping as a massive stellar association and split star #8 into four components, including #8A; the Cygnus OB2 # 8A. The primary is a 44 M☉ supergiant and the secondary is a 37 M☉ giant star; the two stars are not thought to be exchanging mass and their luminosity classes match the main sequence turnoff in the Cyg OB2 association at around O6. The nearby stars Cyg OB2 #8B, #8C, #8D thought to be a single star, are all massive and luminous class O stars. Cygnus OB2-8A on WikiSky: DSS2, SDSS, GALEX, IRAS, Hydrogen α, X-Ray, Sky Map and images

Golf Street railway station

Golf Street railway station is located on Golf Street in Carnoustie, Angus and serves the town's central areas. The station opened in 1960 as Golf Street Halt before changing its name on 16 May 1983. British Rail operated local passenger services between Dundee and Arbroath until May 1990. Since these were discontinued, most of the intermediate stations have had only a sparse service, provided so as to avoid the difficulty of formal closure procedures. Abellio ScotRail provides Golf Street with only two trains a day in each direction, Mondays to Saturdays. Southbound services call at 06:15 at 07:52 for Glasgow Queen Street. Northbound services originate at Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh Waverley, calling at 18:08 and 18:49 and both terminating at Arbroath. Patronage of the station is very low. In the Strategic Rail Authority's 2002/3 financial year, only nine people paid fares at Golf Street station, with nine disembarking, making it the third least busy station in the United Kingdom, after Gainsborough Central and neighbouring Barry Links.

In 2005/06 there were 65 passenger entries/exits at the station, but this dropped to 38 in 2006/07. During the 1999 Open Championship, extra services were laid on to bring spectators to Carnoustie Golf Links boosting passenger figures for that year. Train times and station information for Golf Street railway station from National Rail

Synthetic dreads

Synthetic dreads called dread extensions, dread falls, cyberlocks, are interlocked coils of synthetic hair kanekalon, that give the look and feel of natural dreadlocks without the commitment or maintenance. They are worn as a fashion statement for the subculture of cybergoth. Mixed with both influences from America and the United Kingdom's versions of techno and other electronic music, cybergoths tend to dress in bright colors, neon lights, lots of plastic, loud, or costume jewelry known as "kandi" and one of the most essential items is fake hair. Synthetic dreads or falls are most seen in the cybergoth and cyberpunk fashion and are accessorized with LED threads of light, wool, tubed crin and more. Dread extensions can be sewn, or wrapped into natural hair. With proper maintenance extensions can last up to 4 months, sometimes longer depending on how fast the hair grows and creates looseness at the scalp. Dread extensions come in single and double ended. Single ended means the synthetic hair is created with the loop on the top so that natural hair can slide through and be braided or wrapped onto the dread tied off with a rubber band or thread.

Double ended is twice the length of a single and folded in half to create the look of "two dreads in one." Only one half of the dread is braided or wrapped into the hair while the other half hangs loose, giving a more realistic appearance because there is no braid at the top on half of the set. Dread Falls are single ended dreads looped onto a piece of elastic. Falls are attached by pony tail or pigtail and range from short to long, they are customizable, they are removed with no damage or strain on natural hair. Many other materials can be used in either dreads or extensions such as tubed crin, yarn, fiber optic string lights, flat plastic in neon colors, etc; some sets can be made from wool. Wool dreads give a similar look to real dreads and are soft. Wool can range in many colors that cannot be recreated in synthetic hair, therefore they give a certain appeal to cybergoths who tend to coordinate with a lot of different colors. There are many different styles of dreads. Solid Coloured Dreads are made from a single coloured fibre.

Candycane Dreads are made using two or more colours twisted together to give a candycane effect. Blended Dreads are made from a blend of different colours to create a more subtle tone. Transitional Dreads start in end with the tip being another colour. Natural Style Dreads are made from the same synthetic materials but resemble natural dreadlocks