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Mount Lofty

Mount Lofty is the highest point in the southern Mount Lofty Ranges. It is located about 15 km east of the Adelaide city centre in South Australia, has panoramic views of the city and the Adelaide plains to the west, of the Picadilly Valley to the east; the summit can be accessed by road from the South Eastern Freeway at Crafers, from the eastern suburbs via Greenhill Road and the Mount Lofty Scenic Route. The more enthusiastic can walk up the gully from Waterfall Gully, through the Cleland Conservation Park and from Chambers Gully; the track from Waterfall Gully to the summit is a 4 km uphill trek and one of Adelaide's most popular exercise circuits so the carpark at the bottom is busy. The summit provides panoramic views across Adelaide, a cafe-restaurant and gift shop; these are new due to protracted disputes over appropriate development following the destruction of the old cafe in the 1983 Ash Wednesday fires. Kangaroos are spotted on the trails leading up to the summit cafe. On the ridge near the summit are three television transmission towers, the Mount Lofty Fire Tower operated by the Country Fire Service.

The summit has become a popular spot for tourists to Adelaide, for cyclists coming up the old Mount Barker Road through Eagle on the Hill. Mount Lofty was named by Matthew Flinders on 23 March 1802 during his circumnavigation of the Australian continent, it was first climbed by a European when the explorer Collet Barker climbed it in April 1831 six years before Adelaide was settled. A stone cairn at the summit was used to mark the trig point, in 1885 this was replaced by an obelisk which served as the central reference point for surveying purposes across Adelaide. In 1902 the obelisk was rededicated and renamed as the "Flinders Column"; the Summit was closed to the public during the Second World War, when the obelisk was considered an indispensable navigation aid. A flashing strobe was fitted to the top to improve visibility at night; this strobe was removed after the war, but re-installed in the 1990s, when the obelisk was repainted and restored during construction of the new kiosk. Summit Road, Mt Lofty, was one of the best-known addresses in South Australia, with the summer houses of several prominent families being located there.

These were all destroyed or damaged by the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983, but have subsequently been restored. They include: Mt Lofty House - Arthur Hardy Eurilla - William Milne, 1917. Part of this property was excised for mast. Note that "Mount Lofty" addresses referred to the area now known as Crafers and to parts of Stirling. Due to Adelaide's mild winters, temperatures cold enough to produce snow in the Adelaide metropolitan area never occur, the nearest snowfields to Adelaide are in eastern Victoria, over 700 km away. However, light snowfalls are not uncommon on the summit This is a huge novelty for the 1.4 million residents of the Adelaide Plains, a photograph of the event has made the front page of the local newspaper multiple times in the past. Mount Lofty is the coldest location in the Adelaide area; the summit is the most common location for snow in South Australia. List of mountains in Australia Official Cleland Conservation Park webpage

Adept (band)

Adept is a Swedish metalcore band from Trosa. Formed in 2004, the band consists of vocalist Robert Ljung, guitarists Gustav Lithammer and Kasper Larcombe-Tronstad, bassist Filip Brandelius, drummer Gabriel Hellmark. Adept have released three EPs and four studio albums to date, including Another Year of Disaster in 2009, Death Dealers in 2011, Silence the World in 2013, their latest release Sleepless in 2016, they are signed to Napalm Records. Adept was founded in 2004 and in their first year, they self-released their first demo, Hopeless Illusions; this was followed a year by their first EP, When the Sun Gave Up the Sky self-released, again in 2006 by another EP, The Rose Will Decay. The band soon was signed by the Panic & Action label. Gustav Lithammer and Filip Brandelius both left their other Metalcore band to join Adept in 2010 and 2012 respectively. On 4 February 2009, Adept released Another Year of Disaster. In 2010, Adept toured in Germany with the band Her Bright Skies, playing six venues: Hamburg, Osnabrück, Munich and Cologne.

In August 2010, Adept began working on a follow-up to Another Year of Disaster. They worked with Fredrik Nordström, a music producer who had worked with well-known acts such as In Flames, Bring Me the Horizon and At the Gates. On 11 March 2011, they released their second album, Death Dealers, which saw their sound shifting from post-hardcore towards metalcore, they toured Europe for the first time that same year, starting in Sweden and moving on through France, Finland, Finland, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Italy. In May they played some shows in Germany as part of their tour, supporting As Blood Runs Black and For Today, planned to play some shows in Austria and appeared as an opening act for August Burns Red. Adept released their third and latest album, Silence the World in late 2013, supported it by once again setting out on a European tour. On 14 November 2014 Adept announced via their Facebook page that their next album Sleepless will be released in 2015 while confirming their appearance at that year's Impericon Festival, which toured Europe in April and May.

However, they were forced to re-record the whole album due to contractual issues and ended up signing a new deal with Napalm Records in November 2015. Sleepless was released on February 19, 2016. In October 2016, after playing various shows across Asia, the band announced the departure of guitarist Jerry and drummer Gabriel; the gaps in the band were filled by Kasper Larcombe-Tronstad on guitar and Mikael Norén, playing for Walking With Strangers, on drums. Hellmark re-joined the band two years later. Studio albumsEPsMusic videos "At Least Give Me My Dreams Back, You Negligent Whore!" "Sound the Alarm" "Shark! Shark! Shark!" "The Ivory Tower" "Secrets" "The Toughest Kids" "Dark Clouds" "Carry the Weight"

USS Spinax (SS-489)

USS Spinax, a Tench-class submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy named after the spinax, one of the spiny sharks scientifically known as Squalidal. Her keel was laid down on 14 May 1945 by the Portsmouth Navy Yard, she was launched on 25 November 1945 sponsored by Mrs. Tom C. Clark, commissioned on 20 September 1946 with Commander A. R. Faust in command. Spinax moved to New London, Connecticut, on 15 November and was assigned to Submarine Force, Atlantic Fleet. On 15 December 1946, she sailed for the Caribbean Sea to begin her shakedown cruise which lasted until 28 January 1947, she returned to New London and participated in local operations until November when a fleet exercise took her north of the Arctic Circle near Labrador. In January 1948, designated a radar picket submarine, her hull classification symbol was changed from SS to SSR. After conducting operations in the Caribbean during the first part of the year, she returned to her home yard, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, in May for an overhaul which lasted until the end of October.

In addition to the installation of much radar and communication equipment, the work included the removal of her aft torpedo tubes, demilitarization of two forward tubes, installation of a snorkel system, conversion of the after room into a combat information center. When she emerged from the yard, Spinax possessed the capabilities of a radar picket destroyer. Spinax deployed to the Mediterranean Sea from 3 January to 3 March 1949, as the first postwar submarine unit of the Sixth Fleet. Upon her return to New London, she was assigned to Submarine Squadron 6 based at Norfolk, Virginia—the first time since World War I that submarines had been scheduled to operate from that base, she conducted operations along the east coast until again being deployed to the Sixth Fleet from 6 January to 23 May 1950. She returned to Norfolk until 12 June; the submarine arrived at San Diego, California, on 29 June and proceeded up the coast to the San Francisco Naval Shipyard for an overhaul. She returned to San Diego.

She resumed her routine duties. Spinax was overhauled at Mare Island from April through early August and returned to San Diego on 7 August 1952. Spinax operated out of that port until 1 November 1954 when she sailed for an extended tour in the Far East; the submarine operated with the Seventh Fleet and visited the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan before returning to San Diego on 7 May 1955. Overhaul at Mare Island from June through October 1956 was followed by refresher training in the San Diego area, she was deployed to the western Pacific from 4 January to 1 July 1957 and again from 3 July to 16 December 1958. Emphasis in antisubmarine warfare resulted in Spinax’s being converted to a Fleet Snorkel submarine; this was accomplished at Mare Island from 13 April to 11 September 1959. All radar except search and fire control were removed, the communication facility was reduced to that of a regular submarine; the ship received improved sonar and fire control equipment, modifications were made to her hull.

On 15 August, she resumed the hull classification symbol SS-489. When the conversion was completed, the submarine conducted refresher training and local operations until early 1960. A brief shot of the ship was used in the 1953 sci-fi movie "Phantom from Space" where she is seen on radar picket duty. Spinax departed San Diego on 3 May 1960 for a tour in the western Pacific with the Seventh Fleet which lasted until 3 November when she returned to her home port. Thereafter, except for four deployments in the Far East, her west coast operations were interrupted only by yard overhauls. Spinax was deployed from 27 June to 17 December 1962. In September 1969, Spinax was declared unfit for further service, she was decommissioned and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 11 October 1969. Her hulk was scrapped; this article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here. Photo gallery at navsource.org

Get Dead or Die Trying

Get Dead or Die Trying is the debut studio album by British death metal band The Rotted. 28 Days Later is a cover of the soundtrack song In the House - In a Heartbeat from the film of the same name, composed by John Murphy. "Nothin' but a Nosebleed" – 2:54 "The Howling" – 2:54 "A Return to Insolence" – 3:41 "Kissing You with My Fists" – 2:56 "Angel of Meth" – 3:17 "A Brief Moment of Regret" – 2:38 "The Body Tree" – 3:42 "Get Dead or Die Trying" – 2:37 "It's Like There's a Party in My Mouth" – 3:05 "Fear and Loathing in Old London Town" – 3:56 "28 Days Later" – 6:41 Ben McCrow - Vocals Tim Carley - Guitar Gian Pyres - Guitar Phil Wilson - Bass Nate Gould - Drums

Morocco–European Union relations

Morocco is a neighbouring and associated country of the European Union. The relations between the two are framed in the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Union for the Mediterranean. Among the ENP countries, Morocco has been recognised an advanced status, opening up to high levels of political cooperation; the main legal ties between Morocco and the EU are set by the 2000 Association Agreement. Several other agreement cover sectoral issues, including the 2006 EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement and the 2006 Open Skies agreement. Diplomatic relations between Morocco and the European Union date back to 1960, when a commercial agreement was concluded. In 1976 a first co-operation agreement was signed. At the 1995 Barcelona conference the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership was inaugurated, establishing a policy with ambitious and long-term objectives in the fields of the political and security partnership, the economic and financial partnership and cooperation in social and human affairs; the beginning of King Mohammed VI's reign marked a major shift toward more cooperation and partnership.

In order to improve the Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation, the Union and Morocco have set up the EU–Morocco Association Agreement. This document, dated 1 March 2000, is the legal basis for relations between Morocco and the EU. With the inauguration of the European Neighbourhood Policy and of the Union for the Mediterranean and the EU have drafted and adopted an ENP Action Plan in July 2005, delineating the next steps of cooperation. Under the Neighbourhood Action Plan Morocco has embarked on a major effort to align itself on the legislation and standards of the EU; this should enable it to exploit the possibilities offered by the Neighbourhood Policy, in particular progress beyond the existing relations towards a significant degree of integration. This will require a great effort by Morocco to create the necessary legislative and institutional conditions; this ambition is reflected in Morocco's advanced status with the EU, "more than association, less than accession". With the Advanced Status granted to Morocco on 13 October 2008, the partnership acquired a high-level political cooperation level.

The first EU-Morocco summit took place on March 7, 2010. Fisheries agreements have been periodically signed between Morocco and the EU since the 1980s, allowing European vessels to fish in Moroccan waters in exchange for a monetary contribution. Since 2000 Morocco and the EU have signed many bilateral agreements. Various agreements of free trade that Morocco ratified with its principal economic partners like the Euro-Mediterranean free trade area agreement; the two sides announced plans to extend their Free Trade Agreement to cover not only goods, but agriculture and services, giving Morocco the same deal with Europe as member states have with each other. Those agreements are parts of the Euro-Mediterranean free trade area signed in Barcelona, Spain in 1995. Morocco and the EU have signed an open-skies agreement; the agreement is Europe's first outside its borders. It came into force in summer 2006. In 2017, Federica Mogherini, the foreign minister of the European Union, stirred controversy and diplomatic confusion over her statement that the trade agreements between Morocco and the EU would not be affected by the 2016 ruling by the European Court of Justice on the scope of trade with Morocco.

This ruling confirmed that bilateral trade deals, such as the EU–Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement, covers only agricultural produce and fishing products originating within the internationally recognized borders of Morocco, thus explicitly excluding any product sourced from Western Sahara or its territorial waters. The international community, including the EU, unanimously rejects Morocco's territorial claim to Western Sahara. In 1987, Morocco applied to join the European Communities; the application was rejected on the grounds that Morocco was not considered to be a "European country" and hence could not join. This geographic membership criterion was enshrined in the Copenhagen criteria; the rejection was expected as the King had sent feelers two years prior and received such a response. Morocco tops the list of partners that benefited from the European Union's financial support as part of neighbourhood assistance, receiving about 205 million euro in 2009. In order to help the country in this new statutory phase in bilateral relations, the EU will increase aid for the period 2011-2013.

In December 2009, the EU granted Morocco a donation of MAD 771 million to promote investments and exports, contribute to the financing of the Rabat-Salé tramway project. Under the four financial protocols of the 1976 Cooperation Agreement signed between the European Community and Morocco, Morocco received a total of €1091 million, including €574 million from the Community budget and of €518 million in the form of loans from EIB own resources; the protocols gave sectoral priority to rural development. Other sectors of activity were, in order of importance: economic infrastructure, the social sector, the private sector, vocational training and civil society; the Meda programme is the EU's principal financial instrument for the implementation of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership. The budgetary resources allocated under Meda were €3.4 billion for 1995–1999 and €5.4 billion for 2000–2006. Morocco has become the principal beneficiary of the Meda pr

Johnny Archer

Johnny Archer is an American professional pool player. He is nicknamed "the Scorpion". On June 8, 2009, Johnny Archer was nominated to be inducted into the Billiard Congress of America Hall of Fame. Archer grew up with his two brothers and two sisters in Twin City and began playing pool at the age of 12, he is one of the most successful nine-ball players of the past two decades, having won the majority of the game's major tournaments at least once, culminating in his being named Billiards Digest Player of the Decade at the end of the 1990s. Archer is a two-time WPA World Nine-ball Champion, winning in both 1992 when he defeated Bobby Hunter, again in 1997 after beating Lee Kun-fang of Chinese Taipei, he was a runner-up the following year, losing in the final to Takahashi Kunihiko of Japan. He was the 1999 US Open champion, has won over 60 professional tournaments throughout his career, he has been a regular on the US Mosconi Cup team, having joined them a record seventeen times, winning on nine of those occasions.

In 2003, one of Archer's most successful years, he won tournaments such as Sudden Death Seven-ball and the first World Summit of Pool. Archer won the 2006 US$50,000 winner-take-all International Challenge of Champions by defeating Thorsten Hohmann in the finals. In 2007, he won. While in the 2005 event the entire purse was awarded to the winner, in the 2007 event the purse was split; the Ripley's Believe It or Not! television show, on September 3, 2003, pitted Archer and Jeremy Jones against each other in a challenge match in speed pool. The show had them timed against each other, to try to beat the record, which at that time stood at 1 minute 30 seconds to break a full rack of balls and pocket all fifteen balls, move to another table and do it again. Archer was the victor; the event was recorded in a warehouse in Los Angeles where other challenge matches were taking place to beat records. Archer has rejoined the staff of Inside Pool Magazine, where he writes a monthly instruction column. For 2007, he was ranked # 3 in Billiard Magazine's "Fans' Top 20 Favorite Players" poll.

2014 Music City Open runner up 2007 Pool & Billiard Magazine Fans' Top 20 Favorite Players, #3 2007 Joss Northeast Nine-ball Tour Classic VIII at Turning Stone Resort and Casino 2006 International Challenge of Champions winner 2007 Texas Hold'Em Billiards Champion 2006 SML Open winner 2003 World Summit of Pool winner 2003 Brunswick Pro Players Champion 2003 Sudden Death Seven-ball winner 2003 On Cue. He's an avid golfer, ascribes his strong pool break to playing a lot of golf, noting similarities in having the timing right and using one's whole body in the stroke. Archer's official website