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Lanzarote

Lanzarote is a Spanish island, the northernmost and easternmost of the autonomous Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. It is located 125 kilometres off the north coast of Africa and 1,000 kilometres from the Iberian Peninsula. Covering 845.94 square kilometres, Lanzarote is the fourth-largest of the islands in the archipelago. With 149183 inhabitants, it is the third most populous Canary Island, after Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Located in the centre-west of the island is Timanfaya National Park, one of its main attractions; the island was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1993. The island's capital is Arrecife; the first recorded name for the island, given by Italian-Majorcan cartographer Angelino Dulcert, was Insula de Lanzarotus Marocelus, after the Genoese navigator Lancelotto Malocello, from which the modern name is derived. The island's name in the native language was Tyterogaka or Tytheroygaka, which may mean "one, all ochre". Lanzarote is located 11 kilometres north-east of Fuerteventura and just over 1 kilometre from La Graciosa.

The dimensions of the island are 60 kilometres from north to south and 25 kilometres from west to east. Lanzarote has 213 kilometres of coastline, of which 10 kilometres are sand, 16.5 kilometres are beach, the remainder is rocky. Its landscape includes the mountain ranges of Famara in Ajaches to the south. South of the Famara massif is the El Jable desert, which separates Montañas del Fuego; the highest peak is Peñas del Chache. The "Tunnel of Atlantis", the largest underwater volcanic tunnel in the world, is part of the Cueva de los Verdes lava tube. Called the "Island of Eternal Spring", Lanzarote has a subtropical-desert climate according to the Köppen climatic classification; the small amount of precipitation is concentrated in the winter. Rainfall during summer is a rare phenomenon and often summers are dry without any precipitation. On average the island receives 16 days of precipitation between December and February. Sometimes, the hot sirocco wind prevails, causing dusty conditions across the island.

Average precipitation in June and August is less than 0.5 millimetres. It borders a tropical climate, with winter means of 18 °C and summer means of 25 °C. Lanzarote is the northernmost and easternmost island of the Canary Islands and has a volcanic origin, it was born through fiery eruptions and has solidified lava streams as well as extravagant rock formations. The island emerged about 15 million years ago as product of the Canary hotspot; the island, along with others, emerged after the breakup of the African and the American continental plates. The greatest recorded eruptions occurred between 1730 and 1736 in the area now designated Timanfaya National Park. There are five hundred different kinds of plants on the island; these plants have adapted to the relative scarcity of water in the same way as succulents. They include the Canary Island date palm, found in damper areas of the north, the Canary Island pine and wild olive trees. Laurisilva trees, which once covered the highest parts of Risco de Famara, are found today.

After winter rainfall, the vegetation comes to a colourful bloom between March. The vineyards of La Gería, Lanzarote DO wine region, are a protected area. Single vines are planted in pits 4–5 metres wide and 2–3 metres deep, with small stone walls around each pit; this agricultural technique is designed to harvest rainfall and overnight dew and to protect the plants from the winds. There are 180 different species of lichen-forming fungi; these survive in the suitable areas like rock surfaces, promote weathering. Apart from the native bats and the mammals which accompanied humans to the island, there are few vertebrate species on Lanzarote; these include reptiles. Some interesting endemic animals are the Gallotia lizards and the blind Munidopsis polymorpha crabs found in the Jameos del Agua lagoon, formed by a volcanic eruption; the island is home to one of two surviving populations of the threatened Canarian Egyptian vulture. The official natural symbols associated with Lanzarote are Munidopsis polymorpha and Euphorbia balsamifera.

As of 2018, 149183 people live on Lanzarote, an increase of 6.9% from 2008. The seat of the island government is in the capital, which has a population of 61351. According to the 2011 census, the majority of the inhabitants are Spanish with a sizeable number of residents of other nationalities, notably Britons, Colombians and Moroccans. Other populous groups include Italians, Chinese people and Romanians, which constitute a large proportion of the remaining 12.9% of the population. The island has an international airport, César Manrique-Lanzarote Airport, through which 7327019 passengers travelled in 2018. Tourism has been the mainstay of the island's economy for over 40 years, the only other industry being agriculture. Lanzarote is part of the province of Las Palmas, is divided into seven municipalities: The island's main point of entry is César Manrique-Lanzarote Airport which, in 2018, handled 732701

Stanko Poklepović

Stanko "Špaco" Poklepović was a Croatian professional football player and manager. He was notable for managing Hajduk Split in four different occasions during his career, he was the first manager to win the Croatian First Football League with Hajduk Split, in its inaugural season, in 1992. He died on 24 December 2018, after a long battle with health issues. Throughout his whole career, Poklepović played for RNK Split, he played for Split from 1956 to 1976. With Split he won the Yugoslav Second League twice, first in the 1956–57 season, after in the 1959–60 season, he made his impact in the 1984–85 Yugoslav First League as the manager of Hajduk Split when he took over the Croatian powerhouse at the time when a lot of important players left the club and a lot of young players like Asanović, Andrijašević and Španjić joined the club with no experience. Poklepović won the league but finished 2nd because of match-fixing, popular with other clubs in the league. Hajduk scored 2 or more goals in every match that season.

In the 1985–86 UEFA Cup, Poklepović lead Hajduk to the quarter-finals. Poklepović won the first leg match against Waregem 1-0 on Poljud but he was sacked from Hajduk for under-performing in the league so he didn't manage the second leg game against Waregem which Hajduk lost on penalties after a 0-1 defeat. In 1991, he returned to Hajduk and won the 1992 Prva HNL, Stanko's first league trophy in his career. In 1992, he took over the Croatian national football team but after 4 games and only 1 win, he left the team. In 1994, he went to manage Persepolis, he won the 1995 -- the 1996 -- 97 Azadegan League with Persepolis. In 1998, he took over Osijek and won the 1998–99 Croatian Cup, Osijek's first and only trophy till today, he finished 4th in the 1998–99 Prva HNL and secured a place in European competitions for Osijek. He returned again to Iran in 2009 but unsuccessfully. In February 2010 he returned to Hajduk Split for the third time, he won the 2009–10 Croatian Cup and finished 2nd in the 2009–10 Prva HNL.

He qualified with Hajduk for the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League after defeating Dinamo București and Unirea Urziceni in the qualifying rounds. In the 2010–11 Prva HNL, he controlled the 1st position for a while and became a favorite of the fans and the media. In the European league, he defeated Anderlecht 1-0 on Poljud, Hajduk's biggest European victory since the mid 1990-s. After losing a cup game against Istra 1961 in the 1/16 round and losing the 1st position in the league, he was sacked by Hajduk chairman Joško Svaguša on 27 October 2010. In February 2015, five years Poklepović returned again to Hajduk Split for the fourth time in his career, but in April, he was sacked because of underperforming in the league; as of 4 November 2017 Split Yugoslav Second League: 1956–57, 1959–60 Hajduk Split Prva HNL: 1992 Croatian Cup: 2009–10 Croatian Supercup: 1992Persepolis Azadegan League: 1995–96, 1996–97Osijek Croatian Cup: 1998–99 Stanko Poklepović profile at soccerway.com

Greatheart Silver

Greatheart Silver is a 1982 science fiction novel written by Philip José Farmer. It is a collection of three of Farmer's stories from the series Weird Heroes published in the 1970s with the title character, a lineal descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, working for the Acme Zeppelin Corporation as a blimp pilot and private detective. Greatheart Silver, the thirty-year-old first mate on Acme Zeppelin 8, is the sole survivor of an attack by the Mad Fokker, an air pirate and World War I veteran, mothballed by the United States government because it could not undo his mental conditioning. Bendt Micawber cites his survival as dereliction of duty. Receiving a plastic prosthetic leg as well as his pension as compensation, Greatheart is fired from Acme. During his recovery, Greatheart's fiancee breaks up with him and his Sioux grandmother sends him a birdcage with two ravens inside, he names them Muninn after the Norse god Odin's all-seeing ravens. Using his skills with computers to alter his records and receive a glowing reference from Micawber, Greatheart is soon employed by the Phoenix branch of Acme Security-Southwest.

Under the tutelage of Fenwick Phwombly, Greatheart journeys to the town of Shootout, where many aging villains have gathered for a last great crime. However, they are stopped by a group of aging heroes including Phwombly in an action similar to the gunfight at the OK Corral. Two years Greatheart is disguised as an employee of Acme W-W Cleaners and narrowly avoids averting a kidnapping; the victim of the terrorist group turns out to be Micawber's estranged daughter, Jill Micawber, who went under an assumed name so she would not be associated with her ruthless father. Greatheart traces the kidnappers, despite the efforts of Micawber to trail him, to the Fokker D-LXIX Press building, specializers in erotica owned by Acme Zeppelin. Using a DRECC computer, executive Rade Starling can transform any printed work into a sensually appealing one and after knocking Greatheart out reveals his plan, with a microchip embedded in the books' front covers, to overwhelm readers' emotions and make them euphoric and suggestible.

With the help of Jill, a previous acquaintance of his from UCLA, Greatheart enables Starling's project to overwhelm him and his associates. Since the project was conducted on Acme-owned property, Greatheart has sufficient blackmail on Micawber to prevent his harassing him again. With Jill's leverage, Greatheart marries her and becomes captain of Acme Zeppelin 49. On a trans-Pacific journey to Minerva with a cargo of iridium and platinum, another group of kidnappers attempts to abduct Jill and encounters a Brittany separatist group on board; when gunshots go off and penetrate the airbag as well as short out the computers on the bridge, the groups must work together to reach land