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Shimamura Hayao

Marshal-Admiral Baron Shimamura Hayao was a Japanese admiral during the First Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese Wars as well as one of the first prominent staff officers and naval strategists of the early Imperial Japanese Navy. Born in Kōchi city Tosa Province, Shimamura entered the 7th class of the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy following the Boshin War. Graduating at the top of his class of 30 cadets in 1880, he served as midshipman on the corvette Tsukuba, as ensign on the ironclad warship Fusō, as a sub-lieutenant and lieutenant on the corvette Asama. Selected for staff work, Shimamura served as a junior officer for several years during the mid-1880s. Studying abroad in Great Britain, he served as a foreign naval observer with the Royal Navy from 1888 to 1891. After his return to Japan, he was assigned as chief gunnery officer on the Takao, he was promoted to lieutenant commander in 1894. During the First Sino-Japanese War, Shimamura was assigned as a staff officer of the Standing Fleet from August 1894 to April 1895 and involved in planning the column formations of the battle.

He was wounded while on board the cruiser Matsushima during the Battle of the Yalu on September 17, 1894. After serving in various staff positions after the war, Shimamura was promoted to captain in 1899 and commanded the cruiser Suma and marines during the Battle of Tientsin during the Boxer Rebellion. From 1902-1903, he was captain of the battleship Hatsuse. Promoted to rear admiral on June 6, 1904, shortly before the Russo-Japanese War, Shimamura was made Chief of Staff of the 1st Fleet. In command of the 2nd Fleet's Second Battle Division, Shimamura was aboard his flagship, the cruiser Iwate during the Battle of Tsushima on May 26, 1905. After the war, he was assigned command of the Training Fleet and became Commandant of the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy from 1906-1908, he became Commandant of the Naval War College from 1908-1909. He was subsequently Commander in Chief of the 2nd Fleet from 1909–1911, Commander in Chief of the Sasebo Naval District from 1911–1914, Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy General Staff during World War I from 1914-1920.

Shimamura was opposed to the deployment of the Imperial Japanese Navy to the Mediterranean under the Anglo-Japanese Alliance, as he felt that this would weaken Japan's defenses against the "true threat" of the United States. Promoted to full admiral on August 28, 1915, Shimamura was ennobled as a danshaku under the kazoku peerage system in 1916. Following his death in 1923, Shimamura was posthumously promoted to the rank of Fleet Admiral, his grave is at the Aoyama Cemetery in Tokyo. Dupuy, Trevor N.. Encyclopedia of Military Biography. I B Tauris & Co Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85043-569-3. Kowner, Rotem. Historical Dictionary of the Russo-Japanese War; the Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0-8108-4927-5. Jansen, Marius B.. The Making of Modern Japan. Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674003347. OCLC 44090600. Nishida, Hiroshi. "Imperial Japanese Navy". Archived from the original on January 30, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2007. "Rising Sun in the Mediterranean-Second Special Squadron 1914-1916". Ufficio Storico della Marina Militare.


Staffan Olsson

Erik Staffan Olsson is a retired Swedish handball player and Swedish national coach. Olsson, who always played with no 13, was a left-handed right wing player with one of the most feared shots of all the elite players. In his career he won praise for his great playmaking skills. Olsson was born in Uppsala, he started his career, in the Swedish team Skånela. Other clubs are Niederwurzbach, HK Cliff, THW Kiel and Hammarby, he played 358 caps with the Sweden national handball team. After a long career in Germany he returned to Sweden and played his final season in Hammarby Handball, a club he coached to three consecutive national championships. In 1988 he was a member of the Swedish handball team, he played all six scored 16 goals. Four years he was part of the Swedish team which won the silver medal, he played six scored seven goals. At the 1996 Games he won his second silver medal with the Swedish team, he played five scored seven goals. His last Olympic appearance was at the Sydney Games in 2000 when he won his third silver medal with the Swedish team.

He played six scored twelve goals. Caps/Goals: 357/852 goals World champion 1990 and 1999 European champion 1994, 1998, 2000 and 2002 World champion runner up 1997 3rd place in the 1993 and 1995 World championships German champion with THW Kiel 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002 Participated in four Summer Olympics: Seoul, Barcelona and Athens Swedish champion with Hammarby 2006, 2007 and 2008 Staffan Olsson at Olympics at


Birdforth is a village and civil parish in the Hambleton district of North Yorkshire, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 13; the population remained less than 100 at the 2011 Census. Details are included in the civil parish of North Yorkshire; the village is on the A19 road, about six miles south of Thirsk. Birdforth was the name of one of the wapentakes, or subdivisions, of the North Riding of Yorkshire, which covered the area around the village. A school was built in 1875, but closed in 1961; the village lies within the Malton UK Parliament constituency. It is within the Easingwold electoral division of North Yorkshire County Council and the Helperby ward of Hambleton District Council; the nearest settlements to the village are Hutton Sessay 0.8 miles to the north-west. Birdforth Beck, which flows at the south end of the village, is part of the tributary system of the River Swale; the 1881 UK Census recorded the population as 42. There is a church in the village dedicated to St Mary.

The Grade II Listed Norman Church was rebuilt in 1585, but is no longer in use. St Mary's Church, Birdforth

Napier City Rovers FC

Napier City Rovers are an association football team based in Napier, New Zealand. They are competing in the Central Premier League; the team was founded in 1973 via a merger of Napier City. Napier City Rovers have won New Zealand's premier knockout football competition five times, in 1985, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2019 won the old New Zealand National Soccer League in 1989, 1993, 1998, 2000, they represented New Zealand at the Oceania Club Championship in 2001. The Hawke's Bay region, of which Napier is a part, were represented by Napier City Soccer in the first year of New Zealand's new Football Championship in the summer of 2004, the only region, not represented by an amalgamated franchise; that changed the following year with the change of name to Hawke's Bay United. As with all teams making up the new franchises, they continue to compete in local winter football leagues, in the Chatham Cup. National Champions 1989, 1993, 1998, 2000. Chatham Cup Winners 1985, 1993, 2000, 2002, 2019. Central League Champions 2012, 2015, 2018.

Oceania Club Championship 2000–01 – 3rd Place – Won against AS Vénus 3 – 2 Official website Ultimate NZ Soccer page

Mount Abuna Yosef

Abuna Yosef is a prominent mountain near the eastern escarpment of the Ethiopian Highlands. At 4,260 metres it is the 19th highest of Africa, it is located in the Lasta massif in the Semien Wollo Zone of the Amhara Region. A notable landmark on this mountain is the Church of Gennete Maryam, a monolithic church which tradition reports was excavated during the reign of Yekuno Amlak. Notable are four free-standing churches build inside caves in the mountain, the oldest and most famous being Yemrehana Krestos Church, built by the Zagwe king of the same name; the other three are Emakina Medhane Alem, Lidetta Maryam, Zammadu Maryam. The churches of Lalibela lie in its foothills; the Abuna Yosef Community Conservation Area covers about 70 km² of the Abuna Yosef massif. List of Ultras of Africa The Abune Yosef Massif: Birds and Mammals of a Hidden Jewel of Ethiopia. Universitat de Barcelona. 2009