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Kazakhstan national football team

The Kazakhstan national football team represents Kazakhstan in international football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Kazakhstan. They split from the Soviet Union national football team after independence in 1991 and joined the Asian Football Confederation's Central Asian Football Federation. After failing to qualify for the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups, they joined UEFA, but are yet to qualify for a FIFA World Cup or a UEFA European Championship; the country of Kazakhstan declared independence from the Soviet Union on December 16, 1991. Its national team split from the Soviet Union national football team and joined the Asian Football Confederation. At the time, they were one of strongest teams in Central Asia, one of the most improving teams in Asia; the team played their first match against another former-Soviet debutant, Turkmenistan, on June 1, 1992, as part of a Central Asian tournament. Kazakhstan won 1–0; the tournament saw the footballing debuts of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

After beating Libya in a friendly in North Korea on July 3, Kazakhstan played the remainder of its Central Asian fixtures and avoided defeat in all of them. They beat Uzbekistan 1–0 at home on July 16 drew 1–1 away in Turkmenistan on September 14, in Kyrgyzstan on September 26 and Uzbekistan on October 14; the final match was a 2–0 home victory over Kyrgyzstan on October 25. Kazakhstan entered qualification for the first time in the attempt to reach the 1998 FIFA World Cup. In the first round they were placed in Group 9 alongside Iraq. Kazakhstan's first qualifying match was won 3 -- 0 at home in Almaty on May 1997, against Pakistan. On June 6 they travelled to Baghdad to face Iraq and won 2–1 five days won an away match against Pakistan, 7–0 in Lahore; the result remains Kazakhstan's biggest-ever international win. They retained their 100% start to World Cup football by beating Iraq at home 3–1 on June 29. In the second and final round of qualification, Kazakhstan came last in the group, their only victory was on October 1997, when they beat the United Arab Emirates 3 -- 0 at home.

Kazakhstan drew three other games – all at home. In the first round of Asian qualifying, Kazakhstan were placed in Group 6 alongside Iraq and Macau. All games in the group were to be held in Almaty, after Nepal failed to organise matches in Kathmandu in March 2001. After an Iraqi protest, the first three games for each team were moved to Iraq. Kazakhstan started off well in Baghdad by beating Nepal 6–0 with two goals by Oleg Litvinenko on April 12, Macau 3–0 two days later. On April 16 they held Iraq to a 1–1 draw in front of 50,000. Ruslan Baltiev put the Kazakhs in front in the 6th minute and Abdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail equalised with a penalty in the 31st. In Almaty Central Stadium, Kazakhstan beat Nepal 3–0 with two goals by Maksim Igorevich Shevchenko on April 21. Two days they beat Macau 5–0, Dmitriy Byakov and Igor Avdeyev scored two each after a goalless first half; the final game on April 25 saw a 1–1 draw against Iraq in front of 25,000. Litvinenko put Kazakhstan ahead in the Iraq equalised ten minutes later.

Despite being level on points, Iraq advanced on goal difference due to a 9–1 victory over Nepal. Being a transcontinental country, Kazakhstan joined UEFA in 2002, they had to wait until the 2002 FIFA World Cup finished on June 30 before making the switch, as they had entered the tournament as an AFC member. Kazakhstan therefore could not enter qualification for UEFA Euro 2004, as the draw had been made on January 25, 2002. Since joining the UEFA, Kazakhstan has been a minnow force in the continent, with most of their qualifications being unsuccessful and finish near dead last or bottom. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification, now as members of UEFA, Kazakhstan was placed in the last drawing pot with Andorra and Luxembourg, being placed in Group 2 alongside Turkey, future UEFA Euro 2004 winners Greece, Ukraine and Albania, their first official UEFA match was on 8 September 2004 and ended in a home defeat by 2–1 against Ukraine. Kazakhstan lost their next 9 matches, including a 6–0 home defeat against Turkey, their tied-biggest defeat up to 2018 and conceding a home defeat to Greece into four minutes of the stoppage time.

Their sole point of the qualifying came in the next match, on 8 October 2005, in a 0–0 away draw against Georgia played behind closed doors, before losing the last match at home against Denmark. For the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, Kazakhstan was once again placed in the last drawing pot, their campaign started with two away draws against Azerbaijan. They lost the next three matches before getting their first official win as UEFA members in a 2–1 home triumph against Serbia with goals from Kairat Ashirbekov and Nurbol Zhumaskaliyev. After a home loss against Armenia, Kazakhstan got their sixth and seventh points after drawing again with Azerbaijan and Belgium, both at home. Losses against Poland and Portugal were followed by their second win, this time away from home, with Sergei Ostapenko scoring the winning goal against Armenia, their last match was a delayed game against Serbia, ending in defeat. In the end, Kazakhstan finished in 6th out of the 8 Group A teams; the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification had Kazakhstan in the 5th of 6 drawing pots, drawn in Group 6 with Croatia, Ukraine and Andorra.

They started the campaign with a 3–0 home win against Andorra on 20 August 2008. However, the only opponent they managed to get points from, after they won the reverse fixture 3–1 on 9 September 2009 and losing all the other group matches

Pokémon Puzzle Challenge

Pokémon Puzzle Challenge is a video game for the Game Boy Color. It is based on Panel de Pon, only with characters from the Pokémon franchise; the characters in Pokémon Puzzle Challenge are based on those in the Gold and Silver games, while those in Pokémon Puzzle League—its Nintendo 64 equivalent—were based more on the anime characters. However, the game is focused around beating the Johto leaders in a puzzle challenge in Johto region; the game play mode is divided into 1 Player, 2 Player, Training. The game was released on the 3DS eShop on November 6, 2014. Pokémon Puzzle Challenge features Pokémon characters in a version of Panel de Pon. Panel de Pon featured unique characters for both opponents, it features the ability to collect Pokémon by battling certain trainers in order to unlock new and permanent Pokémon to play as. The music in the game was redone from the original Gold and Silver with new upbeat, yet familiar songs to complement the gameplay style. Players attempt to meet a goal, achieve a high score, or outlast opponents by preventing blocks from reaching the top of the player's playfield.

The game has three modes of play — single player, multi player, training modes. There are several other sub-modes: Marathon, Time Zone, LineClear and Garbage!. Marathon involves playing infinitely. With the exception of Puzzle, reaching the top in any of these modes results in the mode ending; the gameplay is the same as in other games in the Puzzle League series. The objective is to clear blocks in at least three block clears or more, while players are encouraged to combo and/or chain. Combos are performed by clearing more than three blocks, chains are performed when falling blocks from one clear cause another set of blocks to clear. In certain modes, combo and/or chain clears will cause objects called garbage blocks to fall on enemies' areas with intent of forcing them to reach the top, thereby ending the round in players' favour. Unlike its counterparts on other platforms, it uses a 6x9 puzzle grid, smaller in size. Tetris Attack and Kirby's Star Stacker for the Game Boy use the same size puzzle grid.

Pokémon Puzzle Challenge was first announced in Nintendo employee Peter Main's "Industry Review" webcast under the title Pokémon Attack on January 13, 2000. It was published by Nintendo, its name was changed to Pokémon Puzzle League, similar to the Nintendo 64 video game. It was released as Pokémon Puzzle Challenge; the delay was explained as being due to the release of Pokémon Gold and Silver, believing them to be enough to appease fans. A screensaver was released by Nintendo to promote the game, it was released in Japan on September 21, 2000, December 4, 2000 in North America, June 15, 2001 in PAL regions. When it was first announced, few details were revealed. Upon hearing about it, IGN theorized that it was an Americanized version of Puyo Puyo Sun with Pokémon characters, similar to how Kirby's Avalanche was a localization of Puyo Puyo. In a preview, IGN praised Pokémon Puzzle Challenge for its gameplay, calling them "nice and simple to appeal to players of all ages and levels". In another preview, they comment that this idea was a great one to get kids to "stare at more Pokemon images for more hours on end".

Since its release, Pokémon Puzzle Challenge has received positive reception. It holds an aggregate score of 90.20% at GameRankings, making it the 10th best Game Boy Color game and the 300th best video game on Game Rankings. Nintendo Power gave it a perfect score, while Electronic Gaming Monthly gave it a nine out of 10. Nintendo Power nominated it for "best puzzle game" and "best Pokémon game". Ultimately losing to Pokémon Puzzle League for the former category and Pokémon Gold and Silver for the latter. Nintendo Power listed Pokémon Puzzle Challenge as the 13th best Game Boy/Game Boy Color video game, calling the gameplay only second in addictiveness to Tetris giving the nod to this version of the gameplay over Tetris Attack because of a few extra features. Game Informer's Ben Reeves called it the 12th best Game Boy game, he noted. Children's software & new media revue: Volume 9 called it "addictive", commenting that those who were not interested in the series would be fine, commenting that it "holds little similarity" to the Pokémon franchise.

IGN editor Craig Harris called the return of the Tetris Attack gameplay "welcome", commenting that it was "as fun and addictive as it was". However, he criticized its lack of a Puzzle Edit mode, a mode found in the Nintendo 64 counterpart game Pokémon Puzzle League, he awarded it the Editor's Choice award. In a

Horse Creek (McKenzie River)

Horse Creek is a tributary of the McKenzie River in near the unincorporated community of McKenzie Bridge in Lane County in the U. S. state of Oregon. It begins in the Cascade Range in the Three Sisters Wilderness of the Willamette National Forest, its headwaters are near the Pacific Crest Trail. It flows northwest to meet the river about 65 miles upstream of the McKenzie's confluence with the Willamette River; the creek flows through a series of lakes—Sunset, Middle Horse, Lower Horse—in its upper reaches passes through Cedar Swamp. Named tributaries from source to mouth are Eugene, Pothole, Castle, Separation and Spring creeks. Below that come Avenue, Cedar Swamp, Wilelada and King creeks. Horse Creek branches into distributaries as it nears the river; the named ones are West Fork Horse Creek. Two additional named tributaries and Drury creeks, enter the West Fork before it meets the river. Horse Creek Campground along the creek's lower reaches has room for up to 60 campers and 23 vehicles. Amenities include drinking water, picnic tables and campfire rings.

The campground is open from early May to late October. The Horse Creek Bridge was a covered bridge spanning Horse Creek near McKenzie Bridge. Built in 1937, it was dismantled in 1987, its timbers were used in two other covered bridges, one in Cottage Grove and the other in Myrtle Creek. List of rivers of Oregon McKenzie Watershed Council

Visa policy of the Republic of the Congo

Visitors to the Republic of the Congo must obtain a visa from one of the Republic of the Congo diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries that can obtain a visa on arrival. Citizens of the following 5 countries who hold a biometric passport can visit Republic of Congo without a visa for up to 90 days: Visa not required for citizens of China provided their normal passports are endorsed "For Public Affairs". Visa not required for holders of a V. I. P Invitation letter. Holders of diplomatic or service category passports issued to nationals of Brazil and Russia do not require a visa as well as holders of diplomatic passports of Portugal and Turkey. Visa waiver agreement for diplomatic and service passports was signed with Angola and it is yet to come into force. Citizens of the following countries can obtain a visa on arrival: Passengers with a confirmed onward ticket for a flight to a third country on the same calendar day, they must stay in the international transit area of the airport and have documents required for the next destination.

In April 2019 Congolese authorities announced a plan to introduce electronic visas in August 2019. Visa requirements for Republic of the Congo citizens

Baldassare Castiglione

Baldassare Castiglione, count of Casatico, was an Italian courtier, soldier and a prominent Renaissance author, most famous for his authorship of Il Cortegiano or The Book of the Courtier. The work was an example of a courtesy book, dealing with questions of the etiquette and morality of the courtier, was influential in 16th-century European court circles. Castiglione was born in Casatico, near Mantua into a family of the minor nobility, connected through his mother, Luigia Gonzaga, to the ruling Gonzagas of Mantua. In 1494, at the age of sixteen, Castiglione was sent to Milan under the rule of Duke Ludovico Sforza, to begin his humanistic studies at the school of the renowned teacher of Greek and editor of Homer Demetrios Chalkokondyles, Georgius Merula. In 1499, Castiglione's father died unexpectedly and Castiglione returned to Casatico to take his place as the male head of the family; as such, Castiglione's duties included numerous official and diplomatic missions representing the Court of Francesco II Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantua, whom Castiglione would accompany in that year in Louis XII of France's royal entry into Milan.

On a diplomatic mission to Rome, Castiglione met Francesco Gonzaga's brother-in-law, Guidobaldo da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino, husband of Francesco's sister Elizabetta Gonzaga. The court of Urbino at that time was one of the most refined and elegant in Italy, a cultural center ably directed and managed by the Duchess Elizabetta and her sister-in-law Emilia Pia, whose portraits, along with those of many of their guests, were painted by Raphael, himself a native of Urbino. Regular guests included: Pietro Bembo; the hosts and guests organized intellectual contests, dances, recitations and other cultural activities, producing brilliant literary works. Elisabetta's virtue and abilities inspired Castiglione to compose a series of Platonic love songs and sonnets in her honor, she was devoted to her husband. In 1506 Castiglione wrote a pastoral play, his eclogue Tirsi, in which he depicted the court of Urbino allegorically through the figures of three shepherds; the work contains echoes of both ancient and contemporary poetry, recalling Poliziano and Sannazzaro as well as Virgil.

Castiglione wrote about his works and of those of other guests in letters to other princes, maintaining an activity near to diplomacy, though in a literary form, as in his correspondence with his friend and kinsman, Ludovico da Canossa. In 1508 Francesco Maria della Rovere succeeded as Duke of Urbino on Guidobaldo's death and Castiglione remained at his court, he and the new Duke, appointed capitano generale of the Papal States, took part in Pope Julius II's expedition against Venice, an episode in the Italian Wars. For this the Duke conferred on Castiglione the title of Count of Novilara, a fortified hill town near Pesaro; when Pope Leo X was elected in 1512, Castiglione was sent to Rome as ambassador from Urbino. There he was friendly with many writers. In tribute to their friendship, Raphael painted his famous portrait of Castiglione, now at the Louvre. In 1516 Castiglione was back in Mantua, where he married a young Ippolita Torelli, descendant of another noble Mantuan family; that Castiglione's love for Ippolita was of a different nature from his former platonic attachment to Elisabetta Gonzaga is evidenced by the two passionate letters he wrote to her that have survived.

Sadly, Ippolita died a mere four years after their marriage, while Castiglione was away in Rome as ambassador for the Duke of Mantua. In 1521 Pope Leo X conceded to him the tonsura and thereupon began Castiglione's second, ecclesiastical career. In 1524 Pope Clement VII sent Castiglione to Spain as Apostolic nuncio in Madrid, in this role he followed court of Emperor Charles V to Toledo and Granada. In 1527, at the time of the Sack of Rome, Pope Clement VII suspected Castiglione of having harbored a "special friendship" for the Spanish emperor: Castiglione, the pope believed, should have informed the Holy See of Charles V's intentions, for it was his duty to investigate what Spain was planning against the Eternal City. On the other hand, Alonso de Valdés, twin brother of the humanist Juan de Valdés and secretary of the emperor, publicly declared the sack to have been a divine punishment for the sinfulness of the clergy. Castiglione answered both the Valdés in two famous letters from Burgos.

He took Valdés to task and at length, in his response to the latter's comments about the Sack of Rome. While in his letter to the pope, he had the audacity to criticize Vatican policies, asserting that its own inconsistencies and vacillations had undermined its stated aim of pursuing a fair agreement with the emperor and had provoked Charles V to attack. Against all expectations, Castiglione received the pope's apologies and the emperor honored him with the offer of the position of Bishop of Avila. Historians today believe that Castiglione had carried out his ambassadorial duties to Spain in an honor

Ahmad Jamal at the Top: Poinciana Revisited

Ahmad Jamal at the Top: Poinciana Revisited is a live album by American jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal featuring performances recorded at The Village Gate in 1968 and released on the Impulse! label. Thom Jurek of Allmusic states the album "reveals Jamal playing in a more driving, percussive style, though he keeps his utterly elegant chord voicings intact". All compositions by Ahmad Jamal except. "Have You Met Miss Jones" – 3:47 "Poinciana" – 9:19 "Lament" – 8:05 "Call Me" – 4:51 " Valley of the Dolls" – 4:23 "Frank's Tune" – 5:50 "How Insensitive" – 5:52 Ahmad Jamal – piano Jamil Suliemanbass Frank Gantdrums