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Morning Star (British newspaper)

The Morning Star is a left-wing British daily newspaper with a focus on social and trade union issues. The paper was founded in 1930 as the Daily Worker by the Communist Party of Great Britain. Since 1945, it has been owned by the People's Press Printing Society, it was renamed the Morning Star in 1966. The New Statesman has described Morning Star as "Britain's last communist newspaper"; the paper describes its editorial stance as in line with Britain's Road to Socialism, the programme of the Communist Party of Britain. Articles and comment columns are now contributed by writers from socialist, social democratic and religious perspectives; the Morning Star was founded in 1930 as the Daily Worker, the paper representing the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Great Britain. The first edition was produced on 1 January 1930 from the offices of the newspaper in Tabernacle Street, London, by eight Party members including Kay Beauchamp and Tom Wintringham. In January 1934, the Daily Worker's offices moved off City Road.

The first eight-page Daily Worker was produced on 1 October 1935. On 3 September 1939, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain spoke to the nation on the BBC, at which time he announced the formal declaration of war between Britain and Nazi Germany. Daily Worker editor J. R. Campbell, backed by his political ally, Party General Secretary Harry Pollitt, sought to portray the conflict against Hitler as a continuation of the anti-fascist fight; this contradicted the position of the Comintern in the aftermath of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact that the war was a struggle between rival imperialist powers, Campbell was removed as editor as a result, being replaced by William Rust. The paper accused the British government's policies of being "not to rescue Europe from fascism, but to impose British imperialist peace on Germany" before attacking the Soviet Union; the newspaper responded to the assassination of Leon Trotsky by a Soviet agent with an article on 23 August 1940, entitled "A Counter Revolutionary Gangster Passes", written by former editor Campbell.

The paper criticised Sir Walter Citrine after his meeting in Paris with French Labour Minister Charles Pomaret in December 1939. Time said of the events following the meeting, "Minister Pomaret clamped down on French labour with a set of drastic wage-&-hour decrees and Sir Walter Citrine agreed to a proposal by Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir John Simon that pay rises in Britain be stopped". Citrine sued the Daily Worker for libel after it accused him and his associates of "plotting with the French Citrines to bring millions of Anglo-French Trade Unionists behind the Anglo-French imperialist war machine". Citrine alleged, in response to his lawyer's questioning, that the Daily Worker received £2,000 pounds per month from "Moscow", that Moscow directed the paper to print anti-war stories. During this period, when the Soviet Union had a non-aggression pact with Germany, the Daily Worker ceased to attack Nazi Germany. On 21 January 1941, publication of the newspaper was suppressed by the Home Secretary in the wartime coalition, Herbert Morrison.

It had ignored a July 1940 warning that its pacifist line contravened Defence Regulation 2D, which made it an offence to'systematically to publish matter calculated to foment opposition to the prosecution of the war'. A Scottish edition of the Daily Worker was produced from its plant in Glasgow from 11 November 1940. On 16 April 1941, the Daily Worker offices at Cayton Street were destroyed by fire during the Blitz; the paper moved temporarily in 1942 to the former Caledonian Press offices in Swinton Street. New offices were acquired in 1945, at a former brush-makers' warehouse at 75 Farringdon Road, for the sum of £48,000; when Germany invaded the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, the situation changed. For the rest of the war, the paper was a strong supporter of the British war effort, campaigned to organise a "Second Front" in Europe to assist the Soviet Union; the government's ban on the Daily Worker was lifted in September 1942, following a campaign supported by Hewlett Johnson, the Dean of Canterbury, Professor J. B. S. Haldane.

A "Lift the ban" conference at Central Hall, Westminster on 21 March 1942 was attended by over 2,000 delegates. A key part of the campaign was to secure Labour Party support. On 26 May 1942, after a heated debate, the Labour Party carried a resolution declaring the Government must lift the ban on the Daily Worker; the Daily Worker welcomed the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, editorialising "The employment of the new weapon on a substantial scale should expedite the surrender of Japan". The paper applauded the bombing of Nagasaki, called for the use of additional atomic bombs against the Japanese. Since September 1945 the paper has been owned and published by a readers' co-operative, the People's Press Printing Society, which operates on a one-vote-per-shareholder basis; the Daily Worker reached its peak circulation after the war, although precise circulation figures are disputed – from 100,000 to 122,000 to 140,000 and 500,000. The Daily Worker was supportive of the show trials in Hungary and Bulgaria in the late 1940s, as well as the split with Tito and Yugoslavia in 1948.

In 1956, the Daily Worker suppressed correspondent Peter Fryer's reports from the Hungarian revolution, which were favourable to the uprising. The paper

Roberta Gemma

Floriana Panella, best known with the stage name Roberta Gemma is an Italian actress related to porn and horror movies. She started her career in 2006. In 2008, she won the Miss Maglietta Bagnata pageant; that same year, Gemma was the "madrina" and the hostess of the PesarHorrorFest, a horror film festival set in Pesaro. She has starred in several comedy films. House of Flesh Mannequins Bloody Sin The Transparent Woman A Taste of Phobia 2006 Eroticline Awards winner - Best Newcomer International 2007 Eroticline Awards winner - Outstanding Achievement 2008 Eroticline Awards - Best Cross Over Star 2008 International 2010 Venus Awards - Best Female Performer Europe 2011 Venus Awards - Best Female Performer Europe 2012 Venus Awards - Crossover Star Roberta Gemma at the Internet Adult Film Database Roberta Gemma at the Adult Film Database

Bärenbrucher Teich

The Bärenbrucher Teich is an historic reservoir in the Harz Mountains of central Germany. It lies east of Buntenbock near Clausthal-Zellerfeld, it belongs to the Upper Harz Ponds, that were laid out to supply water power for the Upper Harz mines. Its retaining capacity is 186,000 m³ and its barrage is around 7 metres high; the history of the Bärenbrucher Teich goes back to 1634. The water of the Bärenbrucher Teich can be channelled along the Bärenbruch Ditch, laid in 1948, through a sequence of six water tunnels and intermediate ditches to the Rosenhof, where it was used to supply power to the Rosenhof Pit and the Ottiliae Shaft Power Station. Another drainage outlet is the normal bottom outlet, which discharges water into the Ziegenberger Teich located below it. Today the Bärenbrucher Teich is operated as a spillway basin, that is, the bottom outlets are closed and water flows over the spillway into the Ziegenberger Teich. There is a Harzer Wandernadel hiking checkpoint in the refuge hut at the eastern end of the dam

Jacory Harris

Jacory Sherrod Harris is a Canadian football quarterback for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Harris started for Miami Northwestern High School during his last two years. In his senior year, Harris broke the state record for passing touchdowns and won the 2007 High School Football National Championship, he was named Florida's Mr. Football. During his freshman year of college in 2008 with the Miami Hurricanes, he split time with Robert Marve in a two-quarterback system. After the Emerald Bowl in late December, Marve transferred to Purdue making Harris the undisputed starter for the rest of his career as a Hurricane, he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in May 2012. Harris attended Miami Northwestern High School, located in Liberty City, Florida, he became the starting quarterback for the Northwestern Bulls football team as a junior in 2006. That year, he would lead Northwestern to an undefeated season and its third state championship while completing 275-of-425 passes for 3,542 yards, 35 touchdowns, six interceptions.

As a senior in 2007, under his leadership, the team went on to another undefeated season and state title, as well as the high school football national championship. During his senior year, he completed 222-of-333 attempts for 3,445 yards, with 49 touchdowns and only six interceptions. In total, Harris finished with a 30-0 record as a starting quarterback in high school. Harris was awarded a Class 6A first team all-state selection, the Mr. Football Award, Class 6A Player of the Year. Harris attended the 2007 Elite 11 football camp and was ranked as the seventh best pocket-passer quarterback in the nation. Harris came to University of Miami to compete for the starting quarterback position with former Mr. Florida award winner Robert Marve. Harris and Marve split time with Marve starting 11 of 13 games. Marve subsequently transferred out of Miami, leaving Harris the full-time starter heading into the 2009 season. During the 2008 season, Harris led Miami on two comeback drives against Virginia. Harris finished the season with 1,195 yards, 12 touchdowns, seven interceptions as the Hurricanes wound up 7-6.

In a July 31, 2009, interview with Dan Le Batard, Harris told the world that he will pick up his Heisman Trophy wearing a pink suit and with a "pimp cup" in hand. He earned himself a new nickname in this interview: Afro Butterfly. During the first game of his sophomore season against #18 Florida State, Harris went 21-of-34 for 386 passing yards with two touchdowns and ran for a score in Miami's 38-34 upset road victory. Harris managed just 122 of his 386 passing yards after a tough hit from FSU's blitzing cornerback Greg Reid with 11:45 left to play, which left his right arm numb until the next drive. In the second game of the 2009 season versus the Yellow Jackets at home, Harris completed 20-of-25 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns—and the 20th-ranked Hurricanes snapped a four-game losing streak against #14 Georgia Tech with a 33-17 victory on September 17, 2009. In the third game of the season against conference rival Virginia Tech, Harris struggled, throwing for nine completions out of 25 passing attempts, 150 yards, no touchdowns in a 31-7 loss.

The Hurricanes dropped to # 17 in the polls. In the fourth game versus the favored Oklahoma Sooners, Harris started the game off throwing two interceptions finished 19-for-28 with 202 yards passing and three touchdowns; the 21-20 win brought Miami back up to #11 in the polls. In the fifth game versus Florida A&M on October 10, Harris went 16-for-24 passing for 217 yards and two touchdowns in a 48-16 win; the Hurricanes moved back up to #9 in the AP Poll. In the sixth game of the season, Harris threw for a touchdown; the Miami Hurricanes went on to beat the UCF Knights, 27-7. Miami moved up one spot in the AP Poll. In a losing effort in overtime versus the Clemson Tigers, Harris put up 256 passing yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions. In overtime, after a 20-yard Graig Cooper run and the Hurricane offense failed to push in the possible game-winning touchdown; the Hurricanes lost 40-37. The loss put Miami down to #19 in the AP Poll and out of the BCS Standings. In an ACC matchup against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Harris went 22-for-44, 330 yards passing, three touchdowns, one pick.

On a key 4th-and-16 on the Hurricanes final game-winning drive, Harris found Aldarius Johnson on a finger-tip catch which kept the drive alive. Harris sealed the 28-27 victory for "The U" off a 13-yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin; the Hurricanes moved up to #16 in the polls. The ninth game brought a change for the BCS 17th-ranked Hurricanes, as a 24-17 halftime lead against the Virginia Cavaliers broke into a dominant second half. Miami outscored Virginia 28-0 to defeat the Cavaliers 52-17. Harris went 18-of-31 with 232 yards, two touchdown passes, one interception; the previously-struggling Miami defense was not to blame for the allowed points, however, as two special teams miscues leading to two blocked punts brought 14 points to Virginia. The tide-turning play: a 66-yard punt-return by sophomore WR Thearon Collier that brought seven points for the Hurricanes. Harris and the rest of the Miami Hurricanes went up to Chapel Hill to take on the North Carolina Tar Heels. Harris went one touchdown and four interceptions.

The Hurricanes lost 33-24 and went from #14 to #21 and were out of contention for the ACC Championship and a BCS bowl game bid. In the final game at home for the Hurricanes against the Duke Blue Devils on November 21, Harris went

Cue sports

Cue sports known as billiard sports, are a wide variety of games of skill played with a cue stick, used to strike billiard balls and thereby cause them to move around a cloth-covered billiards table bounded by elastic bumpers known as cushions. The umbrella term was billiards. While that familiar name is still employed by some as a generic label for all such games, the word's usage has splintered into more exclusive competing meanings in various parts of the world. For example, in British and Australian English, billiards refers to the game of English billiards, while in American and Canadian English it is sometimes used to refer to a particular game or class of games, or to all cue games in general, depending upon dialect and context. In colloquial usage, the term billiards may be used colloquially to refer to pocket billiards games, such as pool, snooker, or Russian pyramid. There are 3 major subdivisions of games within cue sports: Carom billiards, referring to games played on tables without pockets 10 feet in length, including balkline and straight rail, cushion caroms, three-cushion billiards, artistic billiards and four-ball Pool, covering numerous pocket billiards games played on six-pocket tables of 7-, 8-, or 9-foot length, including among others eight-ball, nine-ball, ten-ball, straight pool, one-pocket, bank pool Snooker, English billiards and Russian pyramid, games played on a billiards table with six pockets called a snooker table, all of which are classified separately from pool based on a separate historical development, as well as a separate culture and terminology that characterize their play.

There are other variants that make use of obstacles and targets, table-top games played with disks instead of balls. Billiards has a long and rich history stretching from its inception in the 15th century, to the wrapping of the body of Mary, Queen of Scots, in her billiard table cover in 1586, through its many mentions in the works of Shakespeare, including the famous line "let's to billiards" in Antony and Cleopatra, through the many famous enthusiasts of the sport such as: Mozart, Louis XIV of France, Marie Antoinette, Immanuel Kant, Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, George Washington, French president Jules Grévy, Charles Dickens, George Armstrong Custer, Theodore Roosevelt, Lewis Carroll, W. C. Fields, Babe Ruth, Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason. All cue sports are regarded to have evolved into indoor games from outdoor stick-and-ball lawn games, as such to be related to the historical games jeu de mail and palle-malle, modern trucco and golf, more distantly to the stickless bocce and bowls; the word billiard may have evolved from the French word billart or billette, meaning'stick', in reference to the mace, an implement similar to a golf club, the forerunner to the modern cue.

The modern term cue sports can be used to encompass the ancestral mace games, the modern cueless variants, such as finger billiards, for historical reasons. Cue itself came from queue, the French word for a tail; this refers to the early practice of using the tail of the mace to strike the ball when it lay against a rail cushion. A recognizable form of billiards was played outdoors in the 1340s, was reminiscent of croquet. King Louis XI of France had the first known indoor billiard table. Louis XIV further refined and popularized the game, it swiftly spread among the French nobility. While the game had long been played on the ground, this version appears to have died out in the 17th century, in favor of croquet and bowling games, while table billiards had grown in popularity as an indoor activity. Mary, Queen of Scots, claimed that her "table de billiard" had been taken away by those who became her executioners. Billiards grew to the extent that by 1727, it was being played in every Paris café.

In England, the game was developing into a popular activity for members of the gentry. By 1670, the thin butt end of the mace began to be used not only for shots under the cushion, but players preferred it for other shots as well; the cue as it is known today was developed by about 1800. The mace was used to push the balls, rather than strike them; the newly developed striking cue provided a new challenge. Cushions began to be stuffed with substances to allow the balls to rebound, in order to enhance the appeal of the game. After a transitional period where only the better players would use cues, the cue came to be the first choice of equipment; the demand for tables and other equipment was met in Europe by John Thurston and other furniture makers of the era. The early balls were made from wood and clay. Early billiard games involved various pieces of additional equipment, including the "arch", "port" and "king" in the 1770s, but other game variants, relying on the cushions, were being formed that would go on to play fundamental roles in the development of modern billiards.

The early croquet-like games led to the development of the carom or carambole billiards category – what most non-Commonwealth and non-US speakers mean by the word billiards. These games, which

Dioncophyllaceae

The Dioncophyllaceae are a family of flowering plants consisting of three species of lianas native to the rainforests of western Africa. Their closest relatives are Ancistrocladaceae. Both families lie within a clade of carnivorous plants which, since 1998 or so, have been moved to the order Caryophyllales; this clade includes the families Droseraceae and Nepenthaceae, as well as Drosophyllaceae. All species in the family are lianas at some point in their lifecycles, climb by the use of pairs of hooks or tendrils formed by the end of the leaf midribs; the best-known member is the carnivorous Triphyophyllum peltatum, although the family contains two other species: Habropetalum dawei and Dioncophyllum thollonii. The Cronquist system had placed the family in order Violales; the APG II system, of 2003, does recognize this family and assigns it to the order Caryophyllales in the clade core eudicots