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Kokopelli

Kokopelli is a fertility deity depicted as a humpbacked flute player, venerated by some Native American cultures in the Southwestern United States. Like most fertility deities, Kokopelli presides over both agriculture, he is a trickster god and represents the spirit of music. Among the Hopi, Kokopelli distributes them to women, he takes part in rituals relating to marriage, Kokopelli himself is sometimes depicted with a consort, a woman called Kokopelmimi by the Hopi. It is said that Kokopelli can be seen on the full and waning moon, much like the "rabbit on the moon". Kokopelli presides over the reproduction of game animals, for this reason, he is depicted with animal companions such as rams and deer. Other common creatures associated with him include sun-bathing animals such as snakes, or water-loving animals like lizards and insects. In his domain over agriculture, Kokopelli's flute-playing chases away the winter and brings about spring. Many tribes, such as the Zuni associate Kokopelli with the rains.

He appears with Paiyatamu, another flutist, in depictions of maize-grinding ceremonies. Some tribes say he carries babies on his back. In recent years, the emasculated version of Kokopelli has been adopted as a broader symbol of the Southwestern United States as a whole, his image adorns countless items such as T-shirts, ball caps, key-chains, patio decor. A bicycle trail between Grand Junction and Moab, Utah, is now known as the Kokopelli Trail. Kokopelli has been revered since at least the time of the Hohokam and Ancestral Pueblo peoples; the first known images of him appear on Hohokam pottery dated to sometime between 750 and 850 AD. Kokopelli may have been a representation of Aztec traders, known as pochtecas, who may have traveled to this region from northern Mesoamerica; these traders brought their goods in sacks slung across their backs and this sack may have evolved into Kokopelli's familiar hump. These men may have used flutes to announce themselves as friendly as they approached a settlement.

This origin is still in doubt, since the first known images of Kokopelli predate the major era of Mesoamerican-Ancestral Pueblo peoples trade by several hundred years, as well as the Aztec Empire and its pochtecas. There is another story from the Hopi Culture that talks about Kokopele being a hunchbacked member of the village who tricks the village beauty into having sex with him. Many believe that Kokopelli was more than a trader, more an important conveyor of information and trinkets from afar; as a storyteller par excellence Kokopelli had the gift of languages with a formidable repertoire of body-language storytelling skills to complement his many talents. Kokopelli's usual noisy announcement upon arrival secured both the identity, therefore the safety, of his unique presence into a community. Accompanied by an apprentice in his travels and trade, Kokopelli was important in linking distant and diverse communities together. In the South American Andes, the'Ekeko' character functioned in much the same way.

Upon arrival, his banging and clanging of his wares dangling all about his person signaled to all that a night of entertainment and trade of his goods and talismans was at hand. Today, occasional outside visitors may be called or referred to as'Kokopelli' when they bring news and trinkets from the outside world to share with the little pueblos or villages. Another theory is that Kokopelli is an anthropomorphic insect. Many of the earliest depictions of Kokopelli make him insect-like in appearance; the name "Kokopelli" may be a combination of "Koko", another Hopi and Zuni deity, "pelli", the Hopi and Zuni word for the desert robber fly, an insect with a prominent proboscis and a rounded back, noted for its zealous sexual proclivities. A more recent etymology is that Kokopelli means "kachina hump"; because the Hopi were the tribe from whom the Spanish explorers first learned of the god, their name is the one most used. Kokopelli is one of the most recognized figures found in the petroglyphs and pictographs of the Southwest.

The earliest known petroglyph of the figure dates to about 1000 AD. The Spanish missionaries in the area convinced the Hopi craftsmen to omit the phallus from their representations of the figure; as with most kachinas, the Hopi Kokopelli was represented by a human dancer. Kokopelli is a cottonwood sculpture carved today. A similar humpbacked figure is found in artifacts of the Mississippian culture of the United States southeast. Between 1200 to 1400 AD, water vessels were crafted in the shape of a humpbacked woman; these forms may represent a cultural heroine or founding ancestor, may reflect concepts related to the life-giving blessings of water and fertility. The construction of the Santa Fe Railroad in the 1880s brought about the rise of Southwestern Indigenous arts and crafts as commodities; this commodification was the result of the growing tourist industry in the Southwest and the appeal of directly purchasing artwork from Indigenous makers. Kokopelli represents these commercial facets of the Southwest, his humpbacked, flute-playing figure can be found on a variety of merchandise and marketing products.

The commodification of Kokopelli represents cultural appropriation – a single element from a single Indigenous culture is appropriated and misrepresented to stand for an abundance of unique Indigenous nations and identities. The cultural appropriation o

Neil Wagner (baseball)

Neil Kannas Wagner is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Saitama Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball. He has played in Major League Baseball for Toronto Blue Jays. Wagner attended Eden Prairie High School in Minnesota, he enrolled at North Dakota State University, where he played college baseball for the North Dakota State Bison and studied biology and chemistry. He left before graduating; the Cleveland Indians selected Wagner in the 21st round of the 2005 Major League Baseball draft. On May 14, 2010, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations, he was promoted to the majors for the first time by the Athletics on August 30, 2011. On May 28, 2012, Wagner was claimed by the San Diego Padres. Wagner spent most of 2012 with the Triple-A Tucson Padres, he was designated for assignment on August 23, became a free agent on November 3. On November 15, 2012, the Toronto Blue Jays signed Wagner to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training; the deal was announced by the Jays on November 21, 2012.

Wagner began the 2013 season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. He was called up by the Toronto Blue Jays on May 29. Wagner recorded his first career win in a game on June 7 against the Texas Rangers, pitching 1​1⁄3 innings in relief. After posting a 2–3 record with a 3.26 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 20 appearances, Wagner was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on July 21 to make room on the 25-man roster for Melky Cabrera's return from the disabled list. Wagner was recalled when Cabrera went on the disabled list on August 2, 2013; the Blue Jays optioned Wagner to the Buffalo Bisons on March 14, 2014. He was recalled by the Blue Jays on April 9, 2014, sent back to Buffalo on April 26. After a consultation with Dr. James Andrews on August 12, 2014, it was determined that Wagner would require Tommy John surgery and was expected to miss the rest of the 2014 season as well as the entire 2015 season, he was designated for assignment on September 1, 2014. The following day, Wagner was released. On September 12, Wagner signed a two-year minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, that included an invitation to 2016 spring training.

He was released on August 2, 2017. On August 15, 2017, Wagner signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets, he elected free agency on November 6, 2017, signed with the Saitama Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball on December 13. He was placed on waivers on September 28, 2018. Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference

Halldis Moren Vesaas Prize

The Halldis Moren Vesaas Prize is a Norwegian literary prize, awarded annually to a Norwegian for lyric or other poetry which through the quality and magnitude of the work has established a significant voice in Norwegian poetry. The prize was established by the publisher, Olaf Norlis Bokhandel upon Halldis Moren Vesaas death in 1995; the jury consists of a manager from Norlis, the literary director from another publisher and the current head of The Norwegian Writers' Center. 2007 Eldrid Lunden 2004 Morten Øen 2003 Espen Stueland 2002 Torgeir Schjerven 2001 Haakon Dahlen 2000 Øyvind Berg 1999 Georg Johannesen 1998 Torild Wardenær 1997 Bjørn Aamodt 1996 Rune Christiansen 1995 Arvid Torgeir Lie

Warwick Ventures

Warwick Ventures is a University technology commercialisation office of the University of Warwick, in Coventry, United Kingdom. The company was set up as an academic department within the University of Warwick by Ederyn Williams in 2000. In 2010 it was spun-out as a separate company to manage the intellectual property portfolio belonging to the University; the business development managers employed by the company work with academic inventors at the University to identify and develop intellectual property resulting from their research. This IP is commercialised through licensing and the formation of spin-out companies. Warwick Ventures provides researchers with commercial advice, funds patent applications and legal costs, negotiates third-party licences and spin-out company agreements, it manages the resultant patent portfolio, seeks to license patents and technologies to companies who invest in developing and selling the products. The company works with University academics to create new companies, in order to develop University intellectual property into new business opportunities, including by identifying and sourcing investment and professional services.

As of 2010, the company had made more than 100 patent applications, founded 49 companies, raised over £30 million in funding for those companies from venture capitalists and business angels, the company's founder received a Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion for individual achievement. Spin-out companies from Warwick Ventures include: Base 4 Innovation, a Cambridge-based company developing single molecule detection platforms for healthcare and the life sciences Molecular Solar, a company that commercialises third-generation solar cell technology developed in an R&D programme at the University of Warwick. Allinea Software Ltd, a supplier of software development tools for high performance computing Warwick Audio Technologies, specialising in the development of flat, flexible loudspeaker technology for original equipment manufacturers. Apnee Sehat, a social enterprise that plans lifestyle programmes with a special interest in the British Asian community, trading since 2008. Circadian Solar, which develops and deploys concentrator photovoltaic systems.

Recycling Technologies, is developing technologies to produce fuel from mixed plastic waste 2011 – present Quentin Compton-Bishop 2011 – present Kevin Marks 2010 – 2011 Rob Sprawson 2000–2011 Ederyn Williams University of Warwick Science Park Warwick Ventures Warwick Science Park

2019–20 in skiing

This article is about the 2019–20 snow skiing season and results. For other sports' results, see 2020 in sports. January 10 – 15: 2020 Winter Youth Olympics in Les Diablerets Boys' Super-G winners: Adam Hofstedt. Girls' Super-G: Amélie Klopfenstein. October 2019 October 26 & 27: ASWC #1 in Sölden Giant Slalom winners: Alexis Pinturault / Alice Robinson November 2019 November 23 & 24: ASWC #2 in Levi Slalom winners: Henrik Kristoffersen / Mikaela Shiffrin November 27 – December 1: ASWC #3 in Lake Louise Ski Resort #1 Men's Downhill winner: Thomas Dreßen Men's Super Giant Slalom winner: Matthias Mayer November 30 & December 1: ASWC #4 in Killington Women's Giant Slalom winner: Marta Bassino Women's Slalom winner: Mikaela ShiffrinDecember 2019 December 3 – 8: ASWC #5 in Lake Louise Ski Resort #2 Women's Downhill winners: Ester Ledecká / Nicole Schmidhofer Women's Super Giant Slalom winner: Viktoria Rebensburg December 3 – 8: ASWC #6 in Beaver Creek Resort Men's Super Giant Slalom winner: Marco Odermatt Men's Downhill winner: Beat Feuz Men's Giant Slalom winner: Tommy Ford December 14 & 15: ASWC #7 in St. Moritz Women's Super G winner: Sofia Goggia Women's Parallel Slalom winner: Petra Vlhová December 14 & 15: ASWC #8 in Val-d'Isère #1 Men's Slalom winner: Alexis Pinturault December 17: ASWC #9 in Courchevel Women's Giant Slalom winner: Federica Brignone December 18 – 21: ASWC #10 in Val Gardena Men's Super G winner: Vincent Kriechmayr December 19 – 22: ASWC #11 in Val-d'Isère #2 Here Alpine Combined and Downhill events was cancelled.

December 22 & 23: ASWC #12 in Alta Badia Men's Giant Slalom winner: Henrik Kristoffersen Men's Parallel Giant Slalom winner: Rasmus Windingstad December 26 – 29: ASWC #13 in Bormio Downhill winners: Dominik Paris Alpine combined winner: Alexis Pinturault December 28 & 29: ASWC #14 in Lienz Women's Giant Slalom winner: Mikaela Shiffrin Women's Slalom winner: Mikaela ShiffrinJanuary 2020 January 4 & 5: ASWC #15 in Zagreb Slalom winners: Clément Noël / Petra Vlhová January 8: ASWC #16 in Madonna di Campiglio Slalom winners: Daniel Yule January 9 – 12: ASWC #17 in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee Downhill: Corinne Suter Alpine Combined: Federica Brignone January 11 & 12: ASWC #18 in Adelboden Giant Slalom: Žan Kranjec Slalom: Daniel Yule January 14: ASWC #19 in Flachau Slalom: Petra Vlhová January 14 – 19: ASWC #20 in Wengen January 18 & 19: ASWC #21 in Sestriere January 21 – 26: ASWC #22 in Kitzbühel January 23 – 26: ASWC #23 in Bansko January 28: ASWC #24 in Schladming January 29 – February 2: ASWC #25 in Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort January 30 – February 2: ASWC #26 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen #1February 2020 February 6 – 9: ASWC #27 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen #2 February 8 & 9: ASWC #28 in Chamonix February 12 – 16: ASWC #29 in Yanqing District February 15 & 16: ASWC #30 in Maribor February 20 – 23: ASWC #31 in Crans-Montana February 22 & 23: ASWC #32 in Yuzawa Naeba February 29 & March 1: ASWC #33 in La Thuile February 29 & March 1: ASWC #34 in HinterstoderMarch 2020 March 5 – 8: ASWC #35 in Kvitfjell March 7 & 8: ASWC #36 in Ofterschwang March 12 – 14: ASWC #37 in Åre ski resort March 14 & 15: ASWC #38 in Kranjska Gora Ski Resort March 16 – 22: ASWC #39 in Cortina d'Ampezzo January 3 – 5: MC #1 in Cerkno Giant Slalom Winners: Christopher Jon Kaucic Andrea Zanei Doris Bergener, Thomas Reisenbichler Bettina Digruber, David Horacek Karin Maier, Klaus Gstinig Roberta Maria Persico, Roberto Siorpaes Boza Torkar, Lorenzo Ferrari Hermann Brandstaetter Markus Kerschbaumer Josef Kovak Leopold Gruber Gottfried Suppan Slalom Winners: Christopher Jon Kaucic Andrea Zanei Doris Bergener, Tadej Prebil Mariia Titova, Peter Furlan Karin Maier, Klaus Gstinig Ivana Ohlschlegelova, Roberto Siorpaes Brigitte Pirker, Lorenzo Ferrari Elisabeth Kabusch, Hermann Brandstaetter Anna Fabretto, Markus Kerschbaumer Leo Maerzendorfer Bruno Pachner Gottfried Suppan January 10 – 11: MC #2 in Reiteralm Giant Slalom Winners: Rene Pongritz Monika Gstoettinger, Andrea Zanei Doris Bergener, Thomas Reisenbichler Bettina Digruber, Hansjoerg Spitaler Anita Gstrein, Otto Unterkofler Marianne Ascher, Roberto Siorpaes Hermine Lindner, Josef Fuchs Elisabeth Kabusch, Harald Lipp Renate Abfalterer, Pepi Neubauer Traudl Gilger, Josef Kovar Leopold Gruber Gottfried Suppan Super G Winners: Rene Pongritz Monika Gstoettinger, Stefan Mangard

List of highways numbered 142

The following highways are numbered 142: National Road 142 Nova Scotia Highway 142 Prince Edward Island Route 142 Japan National Route 142 Alabama State Route 142 California State Route 142 Colorado State Highway 142 Connecticut Route 142 Georgia State Route 142 Illinois Route 142 Illinois Route 142A Indiana State Road 142 Iowa Highway 142 Kentucky Route 142 Louisiana Highway 142 Maine State Route 142 Massachusetts Route 142 M-142 Missouri Route 142 New Hampshire Route 142 New Mexico State Road 142 New York State Route 142 North Carolina Highway 142 Ohio State Route 142 Oklahoma State Highway 142 Pennsylvania Route 142 Rhode Island Route 142 Tennessee State Route 142 Texas State Highway 142 Texas State Highway Loop 142 Utah State Route 142 Vermont Route 142 Virginia State Route 142 Washington State Route 142 Wisconsin Highway 142Territories Puerto Rico Highway 142