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Mahé, Seychelles

Mahé is the largest island of Seychelles, lying in the northeast of the nation in the Indian Ocean. The population of Mahé was 77,000, it accommodates 86 % of the country's total population. The island was named after Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais, a French governor of Isle de France. Mahé's tallest peak is Morne Seychellois at 905 m, which lies in the Morne Seychellois National Park; the northern and eastern parts of the island are home to much of the population and the Seychelles International Airport which opened in 1971. The southern and western parts have Baie Ternay Marine National Park, Port Launay Marine National Park, University of Seychelles; the Sainte Anne Marine National Park lies offshore, as do Conception Island, Thérèse Island, Anonyme Island and several smaller islands. Mahé was first visited by the British in 1609 and not visited by Europeans again until Lazare Picault's expedition of 1742; the French navy frégate Le Cerf arrived at Port Victoria on 1 November 1756.

On board was Corneille Nicholas Morphey, leader of the French expedition, which claimed the island for the King of France by laying a Stone of Possession on Mahe, Seychelles’ oldest monument, now on display in the National Museum, Victoria. In August 1801 a Royal Navy frigate HMS Sibylle captured the French frigate Chiffonne on the island. Mahé remained a French possession until 1812, it remained a colony until 1976. Mahé's forests have rare endemic plants found only in Seychelles, such as the critically endangered Medusagyne oppositifolia, the carnivorous Nepenthes pervillei, many unique species of orchid. Mahé had a huge land reclamation project due to a shortage of housing, in the areas of Bel Ombre and the Port of Victoria. Mahé's economy is dependent on tourism. Air Seychelles has its head office on the property of Seychelles International Airport on the island; the Port of Victoria is home to a tuna canning industry. From 1963 to 1996 the United States Air Force maintained a satellite control network here at the Indian Ocean Station, where it had a significant impact on the local economy.

The island has multiple districts. National Bureau of Statistics info Mahe Map 2015 Info on the island

Dual Alliance (1879)

The Dual Alliance was a defensive alliance between Germany and Austria-Hungary, created by treaty on October 7th, 1879 as part of Germany's Otto von Bismarck's system of alliances to prevent or limit war. The two powers promised each other support in case of attack by Russia; each state promised benevolent neutrality to the other if one of them was attacked by another European power. Bismarck saw the alliance as a way to prevent the isolation of the German Empire, which had just been founded a few years before, to preserve peace, as Russia would not wage war against both empires; when Austria-Hungary and Germany formed an alliance in 1879, it was one of the more surprising alliances of its time. Though both realms shared the German language and a similar culture, Austria-Hungary and Germany were driven apart, most notably in the recent Austro-Prussian War. Additionally, the Habsburg rulers of Austria believed that the promotion of nationalism, favored by Germany, would destroy their multinational empire.

However, their common dislike for Russia brought the two nations together for a common cause. After the formation of the German Empire in 1871, German chancellor Otto von Bismarck wanted to portray his nation as a peacemaker and preserver of the European status quo, as well as gain more power for the German Empire and unify Germany. In 1878, Russia defeated the Ottoman Empire in the Russo-Turkish War; this development outraged Russia's chief rival in the Balkan region. Hence, in 1878, Bismarck called an international conference; the Treaty of Berlin that resulted from the conference reversed Russia's gains from the Treaty of San Stefano and provided the Austrians with compensation in the form of Bosnia. Despite Bismarck's attempts to play the role of an "honest broker" at the Congress of Berlin, Russo-German relations deteriorated following the conference; the Three Emperors' League was discontinued, Germany and Austria-Hungary were free to ally with one another against Russia. In 1881, Italy lost in the competition with France to establish a colony in Tunis.

To enlist diplomatic support, Italy joined Germany and Austria-Hungary to form the Triple Alliance in 1882, the first formal war-camp in Europe, the second being the Triple Entente, an informal alliance, formed in 1907. During World War I, Italy did not go to war with its allies but stayed neutral. In 1915, it joined the Entente powers and declared war on Austria-Hungary, Germany in the subsequent year; the Dual Alliance persisted throughout the war, known as the Central Powers, ended with their defeat in 1918. Translated text of the Dual Alliance

Blume High School

The former Blume High School is a historic building in downtown Wapakoneta, United States. Built in 1908 in a mix of architectural styles, it was designed by architects Frank Packard and W. M. Runkle, it was the first exclusive home of Wapakoneta High School. Prior to that time, WHS was housed with other grades; the original part of the high school was built at a cost of $41,315. In the mid-1920s, it was expanded with the construction of a gymnasium, a library, the "Red Brick Section" addition. N. Blume. Growth in the Wapakoneta City School District resulted in overcrowding by the mid-1950s. After a series of failed attempts, the school board succeeded in winning voter approval for the construction of a new school in 1956, the new Wapakoneta High School building, which today serves as the Wapakoneta Middle School, opened at the beginning of 1959. Blume was converted into a junior high school for several years, but a 1988 vote resulted in the school's closing by 1990. In 1996, the former Blume High School was listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its architecture.

Neil Armstrong - NASA astronaut, first man to walk on the moon

Koh-Lanta: Thaïlande

Koh-Lanta: Thaïlande is the 15th season of the French version of Survivor, Koh-Lanta. This season takes place in the Ko Yao District in Thailand where 21 contestants survive for 40 days on a deserted island to try and win €100 000; the main twist this season is. The next day, the contestants have to decide which two will stay on the island until after the first tribal council; the island became a place where each tribe had to send one of their members to be exiled, missing the immunity challenge but tribal council. On the island, there are immunity collars that the contestants can find that they can play at tribal council and have all votes against them removed; the season aired on TF1 from 12 February until 27 May 2016 where Wendy Gervois won against Pascal Salviani in a close 6-5 vote. Cassandre Girard and Pascal Salviani returned to compete in Koh-Lanta: Le Combat des héros. Official website

New Constellation

New Constellation is the sixth studio album by American rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket, released October 15, 2013, through Abe's Records. It is available on vinyl and as a digital download. Financed with more than $250,000 from 6,300 contributors on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter, it is the first full-length studio release since the band's 1997 album Coil. Following the band's official breakup in 1998 the members played numerous shows and released several albums, including a compilation of hits and fan favorites in 1999, a live album in 2004 and a greatest hits album in 2011; the band recorded two new studio tracks for P. S. and a Christmas song performed by Sam Phillips titled "It Doesn't Feel Like Christmas" in 2011. In an interview with Yahoo Music published on July 29, 2014, singer/guitarist Glen Phillips described the one-off shows and the time period around them: "Three to four years ago, it started feeling like fun again. We started enjoying each other’s company and remembered what made it good and we kind of got out of our own inter-personal dramas a little bit.

At some point, it felt like it would be a good idea to make another record, to enjoy each other’s company and make some good art again." On March 22, 2013, it was announced on the band's Facebook page that the recording process of their new album was finished. The album was produced and mixed by Mikal Blue at Revolver Studios in Thousand Oaks, California. To fund the album, the band decided to use the crowdfunding source Kickstarter with hopes of raising $50,000 within a few months; the goal was reached in just 20 hours and surpassed $250,000. On June 29, 2013, the full album was made available as a download to contributors of the Kickstarter campaign; the band put together several bundles of the release based on the amount pledged. Some packages included signed copies, limited editions and personal appearances; the physical and retail digital release came October 15, 2013, through the band's independent record label, Abe's Records. New Constellation received positive feedback from music critics.

Michael Perone of WhatCulture! Describes the album's tracks as having "a sunny pop sheen reminiscent of their home state’s weather," and that "it’s difficult to get any of the melodies out of your head." Fred Thomas of AllMusic writes, "Older and with a newfound hopefulness that wasn't there in their younger days, Toad deliver an uncluttered and thoughtful next step of their ongoing songcraft." All tracks are written by Toad the Wet Sprocket. New Constellation debuted at No. 97 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 4,000 copies in its first week of release. Credits adapted from AllMusic Official website

Kuala Terengganu Drawbridge

Kuala Terengganu Drawbridge or Jambatan Angkat Kuala Terengganu is a bascule bridge in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia, which crosses the mouth of Terengganu River. The bridge is the fourth bridge in Kuala Terengganu City area that straddles the river after Sultan Mahmud Bridge, Manir Bridge, Pulau Sekati Bridge. Kuala Terengganu Drawbridge is a part of the projects for the East Coast Economic Region, it is the first drawbridge built in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, constructed by Zelan Construction Sdn Bhd with a cost of RM248 million. The construction of the bridge started in August 2014 and was completed in mid-2019; this drawbridge is a component in the development of Kuala Terengganu City Centre. Its design was inspired by London Tower Bridge in London; the drawbridge has a 23 metre-wide single-carriageway that spans 638 metres over the mouth of Terengganu River. It connects Muara Selatan, a reclaimed area in Kuala Terengganu city centre, near Tanjung, Muara Utara in Seberang Takir, it has a 12.5 metre clearance above water.

The clear span of the drawbridge is 50 metres long. There are four 15-storey towers, with each set of two towers connected by a skybridge; the towers contained with lobbies that allow visitors to go up to the commercial areas located at the skybridges. At night, the structures are lit up with colourful illuminations; the drawbridge allows users to cut their travelling time between Sultan Mahmud Airport as well as Universiti Malaysia Terengganu and Kuala Terengganu by about 15 minutes. A four-lane coastal road was built to connect the bridge with Kuala Nerus; the bridge was opened for trial during the Aidilfitri festive season. After a short closing period to allow other tests and improvement works to be carried out, it was opened for motor vehicles and pedestrians on 1 August 2019. Sultan Mahmud Bridge Pulau Sekati Bridge