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Kourou is a commune in French Guiana, an overseas region and department of France located in South America. In addition to being an administrative district in French Guiana, it is the main town in that district. Within the Kourou district lies the Guiana Space Centre and the European Space Agency's main spaceport; some 60 km northwest of the French Guianese capital Cayenne the Kourou River empties into the Atlantic Ocean. At the mouth of this river sits the town of Kourou, ringed by four hills: Carapa, Café and Lombard, with the Singes and Condamine mountains not far behind. There are three lakes within the town's city limits: Lake Bois Diable, Lake Marie-Claire, Lake Bois Chaudat. Long white sand beaches and some rocky outcrops line the town's ocean coast, the riverbank and all points inland consisting of mangrove and dense tropical rainforest; the town had a population of 26,522 inhabitants at the 2016 census. Its inhabitants can be classified into three ethnic groups of equal size: Indigenous peoples, Maroons and Foreigners The Saramaka settled in the quartier Saramaka, along the river.

Much of it burned down in a fire in 2006, hasn't yet recovered. Guiana in general has a high level of crime compared to the rest of France's départements. A march protesting the high level of insecurity felt by most of the population was held in Kourou on 27 October 2006. Shopkeepers of Chinese descent in particular are targeted by armed robbers, their cash registers emptied and some products stolen. Kourou is the port of departure for those going to the îles du Salut, of which the most famous is Devil's Island, it is common for many to go up the river in canoes on weekends to camp in the forest. The Guiana Space Centre, where the European Space Agency starts missions, is located a little behind and outside the town. Part of the town and the islands are closed during rocket launches. Like most of French Guiana, Kourou has a tropical monsoon climate with a short dry season centred around the months of September and October when the Intertropical Convergence Zone is furthest north. During the remainder of the year rainfall is always heavy.

Between December and June a total of 2,396.4 millimetres or 94.35 inches can be expected in seven months, with rain on most days and cloudy skies. Not much is known of the pre-colonial era; the area was populated by Kalina, or Galibi before the arrival of the French in the late 17th century. There is a place not far from the town called les Roches Gravées, where indigenous art can be seen on the rock walls. Vicente Yáñez Pinzón sailed along most of the north coast of South America and passed by the current location of Kourou in 1500; the Jesuits Lombard and Creuilly baptised a few Galibis at the church of Saint Nicholas in Cayenne in December 1710 and returned with them soon after to farm the land at Guatémala, across the river from Kourou. The Society of Jesus was disbanded in 1762, Kourou was nothing more than a small village until the arrival of the Expedition. In 1744, La Condamine, in charge of the expedition sent to Peru in 1735 to determine the length of a degree of the meridian arc in the neighbourhood of the equator, passed by and gave his name to one of the mountains behind Kourou.

The mission at Kourou being abandoned by the Jesuits, the engineers Mentelle and Tugny designed the layout of the future town. This resulted in the neighbourhood called the Bourg, around the Church of Saint Catherine and next to the port on the river; that same year, 1763, as agreed in the Treaty of Paris, Great Britain took control of New France. Having lost their largest and richest colony, the French decided to send a large expedition to Guiana, commanded by Choiseul. Around 10,000 to 12,000 people Frenchmen, tempted by stories of an El Dorado on the other side of the ocean, settled in Kourou; the small town, surrounded by marshes and rainforest, was unprepared for such a massive influx of people, around 6,000 of the pioneers died within the year due to fevers and other illnesses. Those remaining fled to the îles du Salut, free of mosquitoes due to constant winds, to recover before being repatriated to Metropolitan France. Hence the name, "Salvation Islands." They had been known as the îles du Diable, one of the islands retains the name to this day.

The failure of the Expedition only served to discourage settling in Guiana. The colony earned the nickname Enfer Vert. No other project of mass colonisation was undertaken, the population of Whites was always drastically lower than that of the slaves; the population of the colony, of all races, did not rise above 20,000 until the gold rush, the second abolition of slavery in 1848 and the founding of the prisons. Kourou was the home of the "Kourou Prison", one of the main prisons in French Guiana, and, a part of the notorious Devil's Island Prison System; the Kourou Prison was dedicated to agriculture. In 1852 the three main islands off of Kourou's coast, the Salut island group became prisons; these island prisons held political prisoners, as well as some of France's toughest criminals. The first prisoners arrived in 1862. In 1938, a law was passed prohibiting the transport of any n

Obeng Regan

Obeng Regan is a Ghanaian footballer who plays as a defensive and attacking midfielder for Istra 1961. Born in Kumasi, he played in Ghana with Fetteh Feyenoord academy before being signed by Asante Kotoko SC in 2010, he debuted for Kotoko in the 2010–11 Ghana Premier League having made 4 appearances in the league that season under the coach Bogdan Korak. Regan moved to Serbia where he spent one year attending high school in the city of Čačak and training with local teams Borac and Sloboda. Earlier he had trained with clubs in England and the Netherlands. In summer 2012 he signed with FK Napredak Kruševac who brought him along another Ghanaian, Harif Mohammed former Asante Kotoko player, he played with Napredak youth squad, but soon he made his league debut for the senior team by playing against OFK Mladenovac, on August 25, 2012. At the end of the 2012–13 Serbian First League season Napredak finished top, thus won promotion to the 2013–14 Serbian SuperLiga. In May 2014, Regan went on a trial with Ajax, Ajax's coach Frank de Boer wanted to sign him.

Regan signed a four-year contract with Čukarički on 17 August 2014. NapredakSerbian First League: 2012–13 Voted among best 15 players in the Serbian leagueČukaričkiSerbian Cup: 2014–15

G. J. R. Krishnan

Lalgudi Gopala Iyer Jayaraman Radhakrishnan, popularly known as GJR Krishnan, is a Carnatic violinist and composer. Lalgudi G. J. R. Krishnan was born in Chennai to Lalgudi Jayaraman. A post graduate in commerce and a Cost & Works Accountant band a Company Secretary education, Krishnan has dedicated his life to a career in music. Lalgudi G. J. R. Krishnan became popular, he travels extensively on musical tours all over the world. His style like his father's is the gayaka style closest to vocal rendition. G J R Krishnan performs duets with his sister, Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, a violin Vidushi. True to his father's legacy, audience can decipher the sahithya from their performance, whether it is a rendition of'Jananipahi',or that of'Smarasada maanasa' of Swati Tirunal or'Aadamodi galade' of Tyagaraja or'Govardhanagireesam' of Muthuswami Dikshitar. G J R Krishnan's world tours include performances - at the Lincoln center, New york - a symphony "Sunada Pravaham" at the Singapore Arts Festival - at the Tropical Institute of Amsterdam - in Concertgebouw-Amsterdam for the Indo Amsterdam Festival - at the Smithsonian Institution-Washington, USA - at the India festival in the erstwhile USSR - at the Purcell Room, London Krishnan's prodigious performing skills and a deep perception of the precious art of Carnatic Music have earned for him many prestigious titles and awards and recognition by many organizations and in various forums.

Following are some of the awards: 1981 - Jaycees Award 1986 - Best Violinist Award from the Music Academy, Chennai 1987 - Yuva Kala Bharathi - - by Bharat Kalachar, Chennai 1990 - Creatalent Award 1992 - "ISSAIPPEROLI" from Karthik Fine Arts, Chennai 1997 - Rajamanikam Pillai Memorial Award from Sriragam Fine Arts 1997 - Rotary Award for Vocational Excellence from Rotary Club of Nangallur 1998 - The Title of "Sangeetha Choodamani: was conferred by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha,Chennai 1998 - "Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Award " the Kalki Krishnamurthy Centenary year from the Kalki Krishnamurthy Memorial Trust 2004 - "Nadhabhushanam" from Sree Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha, New Delhi 2006 - "Kalaimamani" by the Tamil Nadu Isai Nataka Manram, Chennai 2007 - Appointed Asthana Vidwan of Kanchi Mutt in Kanchipuran 2009 - "Sangeetha Kalasagara' Award conferred at the 42nd Annual Cultural Festival of Music,Dance & Drama 2015 - "Sangeet Natak Academi" Award Bow to the violins

Val d'Aran

Aran is an administrative entity in Catalonia, consisting of the Aran Valley, 620.47 square kilometres in area, in the Pyrenees mountains, in the northwestern part of the province of Lleida. This valley constitutes one of only two areas of contiguous Spain that are located on the northern side of the Pyrenees. Hence, this valley holds the only Catalan rivers to flow into the Atlantic Ocean; the Garonne river flows through Aran from its source on the Pla de Beret near the Port de la Bonaigua. It is joined by the Joèu river, it reappears in the Val dera Artiga de Lin before reaching the Aran valley through France and to the Atlantic Ocean. The Noguera Pallaresa river, whose source is only a hundred meters from that of the Garonne, flows the opposite way towards the Mediterranean. Aran borders France on the north, the Spanish Autonomous Community of Aragon to the west and the Catalan comarques of Alta Ribagorça to the south and Pallars Sobirà to the east; the capital of the comarca is Vielha, with 5,474 inhabitants.

The entire population of the valley is about 9,991. As of 2001, a plurality of people in Aran spoke Spanish as their native language, followed by Aranese Catalan with 7.56% having a different native language. While Aranese is the mother tongue of 62.87% of people born in the region, it is less frequent among residents born outside the valley. In 1313, James II of Aragon granted administrative and political autonomy to the Aran Valley, the legal details of which are described in a Latin manuscript called the Querimonia; the devolution of power was a reward for the Aranese pledging allegiance to James II in a dispute with the kingdoms of France and Mallorca over control of the valley. This situation was suppressed in 1834, when the Valley was integrated into the new Province of Lleida, in the context of creation of the liberal state. On 19 October 1944, Spanish Communist Party guerrillas invaded the valley in an attempt to bring about the fall of the Spanish dictatorship, they took control of several villages until October 27, 1944, but were forced to retreat back into France after Franco sent reinforcements to defend Vielha.

Before the construction of the Vielha tunnel, opened in 1948, the Aran valley had no direct communication with the south side of the mountains during winter. In 1990 the autonomy of Aran was restored by the Parliament of Catalonia, as well the establishment of the Occitan as official language. In 2015 the powers of Aranese institutions were increased. Aranese is the standardized form of the local Gascon variety of the Occitan language. Aranese has been taught at school since 1984. Like several other minority languages in Europe that faced decline, Aranese is experiencing a renaissance; the name Aran comes from Basque haran. Maps and road signs in Spain use the name "era Val d'Aran" to refer to the valley, where era is the Aranese singular feminine article; the same practice goes for all towns and other locations in Aran, for example, the Aranese spelling Vielha is used instead of Catalan and Spanish Viella to refer to the capital of Aran. Basque toponyms reveal; the growing influence of Latin began to drive Basque out after the turn of the first millennium.

Administratively, Aran is a "unique territorial entity" equivalent to a comarca with additional powers, informally referred to as a comarca. This status was most formalised in February 2015; the area is divided into six administrative divisions called terçons. The current arrangement of the divisions dates from the 15th century. Since 1991, Aran has an autonomous government called the Conselh Generau; the major political parties are the Unity of Aran - Aranese Nationalist Party, the Aranese Democratic Convergence (the local chapter of the. The Occitan Republican Left party was founded in 2008; the main economic activity in the valley is tourism. Other primary sectors of the economy include forest products, cattle ranching and agriculture, all of which have become progressively less important since the opening of ski resorts. Many native animals of Aran are in danger of extinction. There are programs to reintroduce and/or protect: Brown bear Rock ptarmigan Aran rock lizard Bearded vulture Page of the Conselh Generau d'Aran Information from the Generalitat de Catalunya Touristic information about the Val d'Aran Smith, Dominic.

"Language planning in the Val d’Aran: The recent work of the Conselh Generau d’Aran’s ‘Oficina de Foment e Ensenhament der Aranés’ and its effects on the Aranés-speaking population.". 2003

The Saint and Her Fool

The Saint and Her Fool is a 1928 German silent drama film directed by William Dieterle and starring Dieterle, Lien Deyers and Gina Manès. It premiered at the Capital am Zoo in Berlin. Art direction was by Andrej Andrejew. For a long time, the movie was considered lost. Although never released in the US, a nitrate copy was discovered in Jack Warner's personal vault. In 2008 it was restored, it was remade twice into a 1935 German film directed by Hans Deppe and a 1957 Austrian film directed by Gustav Ucicky. William Dieterle as Harro, Graf von Torstein Lien Deyers as Rosemarie von Brauneck Gina Manès as Fürstin von Brauneck Félix P. Soler as Fürst von Brauneck Camilla von Hollay as Fräulein Braun Mathilde Sussin as Frau von Hardenstein Heinrich Gotho as Märt Sophie Pagay as Tante Uli Auguste Prasch-Grevenberg as Tante Marga Hanni Reinwald as Lisa, Rosemaries Zofe Loni Nest as Rosemarie als Kind Kreimeier, Klaus; the Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918-1945. University of California Press, 1999.

The Saint and Her Fool on IMDb


Genovevaburg js a castle standing on the southwestern side of Mayen in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The castle is the symbol of Mayen and has been rebuilt several times since first being destroyed in 1689, its name comes from a legend, according to which the seats of counts palatine and his wife, Genevieve of Brabant, were supposed to be on the same hill in Mayen. The earliest references linking the legend to this region date to the 17th century. Since when the castle and its bergfried, the so-called Golo Tower, have been linked to the legend is unknown. Fridolin Hörter: Die kurfürstliche Burg und das Landschaftsmuseum in Mayen. 1st edn. Gesellschaft für Buchdruck, Neuss, 1980, ISBN 3-88094-322-2. Matthias Kordel: Die schönsten Schlösser und Burgen in der Eifel. 1st edn. Wartberg, Gudensberg-Gleichen, 1999, ISBN 3-86134-482-3, pp. 44–45. Udo Liessem: Die Burg in Mayen. Eine gotische Anlage westlicher Prägung. In: Burgen und Schlösser. No. 1, 1982, ISSN 0007-6201, pp. 2–6. Michael Losse: Hohe Eifel und Ahrtal.

57 Burgen und Schlösser. Konrad Theiss, Stuttgart, 2003, ISBN 3-8062-1775-0, pp. 62–65. Entry on the Genovevaburg in EBIDAT, the databank of the European Castles Institute Website of the Eifel Museum Website of the Eifel Library